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Thursday, November 2, 2017

LIFE ON PAUSE by Erin McLellan Blog Tour

Welcome to the Life on Pause blog tour! Follow along as I stop off at several blogs this week to learn more about this small town m/m romance, which follows a nerdy museum worker and a high school choir teacher as they watch way too much sci-fi on Netflix, wear ridiculous historical costumes, and fall in love.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 Riptide Publishing gift card!

About Life on Pause

Niles Longfellow is a nerd, and not the trendy type of nerd, either. He wears a historically accurate homesteader costume to work every day, has a total of one friend, and doesn’t know how to talk to guys. So when he gets a flat tire and the hottest hipster ever stops to help him, all Niles can think is that he’s wearing his stupid cowboy getup. Normally, Niles feels invisible to other men, but he’d take that invisibility any day over Rusty Adams seeing him in suede and fringe.

Rusty moved to Bison Hills to help his sister raise her daughter, and nothing is more important to him than that. He’s also fresh off a breakup, and isn’t prepared for anything complicated. But then he meets Niles. Rusty sees Niles as more than a clumsy, insecure guy in a costume. He sees a man who is funny, quirky, and unexpected.

Nothing about their connection is simple, though, especially the lies and insecurities between them. Niles doesn’t know if he can trust Rusty with his heart, and when Rusty’s sister decides to move away, Rusty doesn’t know if he can stay behind.

Available now from Riptide Publishing.

Visual Inspiration for Life on Pause

I don’t actively search out visual inspiration or create mood boards while I’m planning or plotting a book, nor do I tend to have actors or models in mind as a cast for my characters. (However, this time, I did have the plus-size model Zach Miko in my head while I was writing Rusty.) But I have found that when I’m neck-deep in a story, looking at visuals helps keep me moving.

This was fun for me while writing Life on Pause because I enjoyed visualizing the small town I created—Bison Hills. Most of these images reminded me of particular scenes or of small town life in general, and you’ll need to read the book to understand some of them. But I’d like to tell you about three of the photos.

Old Farm
One of the main characters, Niles, works at a living history museum called Bushyhead Homestead where he has to wear historically accurate clothing. This image of a farm is very reminiscent of how I imaged that homestead museum.

Niles and Rusty originally bond while watching sci-fi shows on Netflix together, which is why I’ve included a picture of space. Through most of the story, they’re watching the remake of Battlestar Galactica.

Small Town Main Street
Bison Hills has an old school Main Street, which I pictured much like the image in the top right, including the bricked storefronts and bricked road. Rusty lives on the main drag in an apartment above an antique store.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the inspiration behind Life on Pause. If you want to see more, feel free to check out my Pinterest board:

About Erin McLellan

Erin McLellan writes contemporary romance, often set in the South or Midwest—particularly Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas—with characters that are complex, good-hearted, and sometimes a little quirky. Erin likes her stories to have a sexy spark and a happily ever after.

Erin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed writing, but becoming a librarian and meeting enthusiastic romance readers helped her find her own writing passion. Now Erin cheerfully writes romance with characters across the LGBTQIA spectrum. A former public librarian, she still enjoys being surrounded by books and readers, but Erin hopes to find her stories on the shelves as well.

Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska with her husband, and spends her time dreaming up love stories set in the Great Plains. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows.

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To celebrate the release of Life on Pause, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 4, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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  1. Thank you for sharing the visual inspiration with us =)
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  2. Sounds good!
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  3. Good luck with the release!


  4. Thanks for sharing your inspirations!
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