Monday, August 22, 2011

When Love Is Not Enough

Hello readers :)

I'm a bit nervous as I "blog" so very little. In fact, if you google me not much comes up. :s Tristan asked me to write something as a way to promote my book so here it goes...

When Love is Not Enough is the very first Wade Kelly publication!!! (SO exciting for me!) I started writing this book in 2009 when the image of someone touching a casket popped into my head. Yes, it sounds odd, but I DID grow up watching horror movies! In this mind-image I saw the wood, and I felt a shiver surrealism as if I WERE THE ONE about to look into the dead face of someone I loved. At that moment, I HAD to write it down!

I was on a subway at the time, notebook in-hand as it is so very often. My thoughts raced. What if my character was at the funeral of his best friend? What would he feel? Hurt, sadness, anger, emptiness? the first words in my notebook were, "Matthias Dixon fingered the casket." I later added, "fingered the rim of the wooded casket with distant fascination? uneasiness?" ... These were my first words but as stories change and take on a life of their own, so did my book. This line is now in chapter 3. "MATTHIAS DIXON fingered the rim of the wooden casket with distant fascination. It wasn’t as if he’d never attended a viewing before, but this one… this one sucked all the sorrow right out of him, until he felt as if he were nothing more than a hollow shell." 

I also do not always follow the rules of proper writing--so untrained am I--that I am ever so thankful to Dreamspinner Press for publishing my manuscript!! It is unconventional to say the least. Normal stories, in my experience, go in chronological order. They build up in suspense and keep the reader entranced by the mystery of what might come.  Yeah--no mystery here. You know in the prologue that Jimmy dies. I don't know how to keep secrets. I like to put the tragedy right out there. I ALSO have a hard time reading love stories that take forever to get to the sex. *blushes* These are not girls I am writing about! Sex--in my opinion--doesn't have to be romanticized and seen as a climax of love and commitment. Sex can be raw and urgent, and often based on need not romance. In When Love is Not Enough you will find romance--definitely--but also lust, need, and desire.

I strive for realism. If you feel I am being ridiculous--call me out on it! my book is listed on

I guess what I want to say about this book is that it means a lot to me personally. People say, "Write what you know." There is a little bit of me in every character. I take my own experiences, good and bad, and express them through fiction. It is therapeutic. Bullying over homosexuality is wrong. This book is not exactly about that, but deals more with hate and intolerance. These are real issues and I wanted to write what I have experienced into my characters in hopes of making people think. I hope this book does just that! MAKE THE READER THINK! (and cry! I would love to make people cry.)

So, thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy my book. Leave a comment below this post. (and share this blog around town!) I will be sending ONE person a signed copy of When Love is Not Enough. Comment on WHY you WANT to read it, OR what MEANT the MOST to you when you did. I will give this two weeks and select a winner then.

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  1. Wade, congratulations on your first book! I read the excerpt posted on Dreamspinner's site and immediately added the book to my wish list. It looks brutal. I love raw, honest book about the horrible stuff that actually happens to people, like dealing with a friend/lover's suicide. I've already put Kleenex on the shopping list. Can't wait.

  2. Wade, congratulations on your first book. I read the excerpt and looking forward to getting the book. I have also added you to my tbr list at the top. Can't wait to read it.


  3. Read the blurb as well and it looked very good. Cant wait to read!


  4. I am so excited to read your first book. I was unsure about blogging at first, too, but it really is a useful tool to get you out there and for your readers to get an insight into the person behind the pen (or keyboard-lol) I wish you many sales and can't wait to read it :)

    Good luck!


  5. Budajsguy, Kelly, Araya, & Lisa

    Thank you for your comments! I am so happy that people are looking forward to reading it!

    I will randomly draw a name next monday for a signed copy of my novel. I will post the winner here and what I need to get it to you :)

    If you are on goodreads. PLEASE friend me :)

    I JUST got my first review on there today! ... (it made me get all weepy) 5 stars!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Wade xoxo

  6. Hi Wade! The blurb sounds great and I have just added it to my TBR pile (which never seems to get smaller). I love the cover too - what a fabulous first publication. Congratulations!

    *runs off to 'friend' you on GR*

  7. Don't worry, keep posting. Wade is STILL giving away a novel! Jaxx just needed to say a few things and who am I to deny him :)

    ~Tristan ;)

  8. Congratulations on your first book! Based on the blurb i read, your book is definitely the type of book i enjoy reading. :)


  9. Hey Wade, congrats and I can't wait to read the book. I know, i know, it's been out for a while, but I'm waiting until I have time to actually devote thought to it. I know it won't be a book to rush through and I'll need time for evidence of the "ugly cry" to go away.

    BTW, I totally thought you were being sarcastic. I laughed out loud. You were just like, well, I'm always defensive?

  10. Hi Wade, Congratulations on your "Baby" so far for me its one awesome read and yes the tissues have been put to good use!

    Vio xxx

  11. Hi Wade!

    Congrats on your first book! I absolutely can't wait to read it! When I read the excerpt all I was able to think was: Wow, if the reat is as good as this excerpt, there's no way I'm not going to read the book. I must have this book!

    And I so love angst! Kind of masochistic, I know, but who cares? That's just the way I am.

    As for the cover, it's gorgeous! And I love the title you came up with. So bittersweet. So perfect!

  12. Congratulations Wade! I am looking forward to read your book. It 's a while since I read a book that moved me to tears. Cann't wait. :)

  13. Your story impressed me so much that I am almost speachless. My mind is a jumble of emotions and going a mile a minute. If your goal, as you say above, was to write a realistic book that makes your readers think, you've succeeded admirably. Thank you.

  14. WOW! I am jazzed about all the comments! Thanks for stopping by the blog! (we don't have too many followers)

    For the drawing, you have until 10am EST to post a comment. After that I'll randomly pick a winner. I MAY even give away two books :p

    @Lena- your comment made ME speechless. Thank you. If you were here I would simply hug you :)


  15. Winner-- Morgana-white.

    I did two drawings. ONe on here, and one on goodreads. (I couldn't help it)

    Morgana, I will contact you on Goodreads :)


    PS: winner on GR was Rob :)

  16. I've just got your message, Wade. I still can't believe that I actually won a copy of your book! God, what a day!

    Thank you, Wade! So much! :D

  17. I've never been one to turn down a hug. ;) The praise is well deserved. Otherwise, I'd not have given it. Keep up the good work! We're all cheering you on!