Welcome to the book tour for Ambrosia by David-Matthew Barnes! Today you can look at an excerpt from the book as well as get to know the author and his book better in this interview. Visit my blog at Andi’s Book Reviews for my book review. Best of luck in the giveaway!
Sex was an evil, dirty thing and because I had so much of it with
Geoffrey the Waiter, I knew I was going straight to hell. To make matters
worse, Geoffrey was only nineteen, a sophomore at DePaul University (a Catholic
school at that) and lived in a dorm room, which is where the immoral act took
place. Of course I didn’t know any of this when I left work and jumped on a bus
taking me south on Michigan Avenue.
As promised, I met Geoffrey at five o’clock. He walked out of the
restaurant through the revolving door. To his misfortune, he saw me standing on
the corner beneath the yellow blast of a street lamp. I stood there, surrounded
by a buzzing swarm of hungry and overstuffed Christmas shoppers who continued
to flow in and out of the restaurant like cattle. Despite the fact he was
wearing a thick winter parka, a cow-patterned scarf, a knitted black hat, and
matching gloves, he was still sexier than I’d remembered. He stood there for a
second, just staring. It was at that moment I realized I was still wearing the
ridiculous Santa hat.
“Merry Christmas.” I felt my chest tighten. I sounded way too
enthusiastic. My loathing self-critic began its usual mantra in my head: Oh
God, he thinks I’m desperate.He took a long deep breath, as if he were standing on the edge of a pool and
had no idea how to swim. He moved toward me slowly through the crowd. I could
see his hesitation. There was dreaded fear in each step. His cheeks were
flushed pink from the cold. His hazel eyes held reflections of streetlights and
“I didn’t think you’d show up,” he said.
“Sorry to disappoint you.”
He offered me a soft smile. “No, I didn’t mean it like that.”
Nervous, I looked away. A woman with blonde hair was dragging her
crying child down the street by the arm, swearing profusely. I turned back to
Geoffrey and strands of my hair flew into my mouth, nearly gagging me. I
brushed them away and tried to smile. “I made a horrible first impression
on you and I’m sorry.”
“It’s okay,” he decided. “I forgive you.” He smiled again.
His dimples practically radiated, warming a frozen spot inside of me. He
brushed at a few flakes of snow that had fallen on my cheek, stuck there like
wet pieces of tissue paper. He wiped them away with his left index finger. I
shivered when the knitted fingertip of his glove made contact with my almost frostbitten
skin. “You’re cute.”
I knew I was blushing. “You don’t have to lie.”
“Why would I? I hardly even know you.”
“We don’t have to do this. I mean, if you want out…” I shifted
in my heavy black snow boots. I shoved my hands into the pockets of my old
winter coat that was missing a button.
He looked at the top of my head. “Nice hat.”
“I was forced to wear this and I’m having a bad hair day.”
“Where do you wanna go?”
I shrugged. Then, like an idiot, I giggled. “I don’t know.”
“Are you hungry?”
“You want to get a drink?”
“I’d settle for some hot chocolate.”
“I think I can arrange that. I have some hot chocolate back at my
place.” He reached for my hand, which was numb from the cold, and he held
it in his. The softness of his glove rubbed against my palm.
He signaled for a cab. We were on the curb, directly across the street
from the massive Art Institute. Beyond that I could see the cold, silver
surface of Lake Michigan. “You have beautiful eyes,” he said. His
words and breath fell onto my lips in a small blast of warm air.“Thanks,” I replied. My teeth began to
chatter but I knew it wasn’t due to the temperature. I was filled with a sudden
flash of anticipation.
Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.
Tina Duncan has one year to find the perfect man in Chicago. Her search isn’t going so well.
Will we see these characters again?
Yes, you will! Ambrosia is currently being adapted into a television series.
Who would be your dream narrator for the audio book version?
My dream narrator for the audio book version is Parker Posey. I feel like she would connect with Tina Duncan and understand her sense of humor.
How do you make yourself stand out in this genre?
I’m one of a few male authors who writes contemporary romance for and about women.
Tell us about your other published works.
To date, I’ve written twelve novels, including the young adult novel Marijuana Mermaid. I also write stage plays, screenplays, and poetry.
On what are you currently working?
I’m currently finishing the final draft of a holiday-themed romance called The Everlasting Gift. After that, I’ll be working on a dance-themed romance called Dance Break.
What is your writing routine?
I write every day, including weekends. I usually write very early in the morning. I write one thousand words a day. They’re not always great words, but I get them down on paper and then go back and edit them later.
What is the best writing advice you ever received?
One of my college professors told me in order to have a successful writing career, you have to treat it like an airport: you need to have something boarding, taking off, and landing constantly.
What book and/or author changed your life?
After I read Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was eight.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would live in a beach cottage somewhere in Italy.