Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway:
They Were Roommates
By Dawn Cutler-Tran
Not so Normative, Prequel
Dive into the captivating Not so Normative world with this exciting prequel, featuring Frankie and Diego.
Being the fun-loving, good time not a long time guy was going great for Frankie until he met the ruggedly handsome yet aloof Diego. At first, he thought meeting Diego could be the start to his enemies-to-lovers romance – except he doesn’t do romance. After Diego opens up to him about being trans, they become fast friends and eventually decide to open a business together. Frankie is sure he can be a mature business partner, but does that mean that’s all they can ever be?
Diego has spent a long time working towards becoming the man he is today, but he still has a long way to go, and a lot of goals he wants to achieve. The last thing he needs is the class flirt distracting him. But when Frankie proves to be a lot more than he seems, kind, intelligent and impossible to shake, Diego wonders if he can settle for starting a business together and just being roommates. What could possibly go wrong?
They Were Roommates is a cute MM romance that celebrates the rich diversity of trans-masculine, gay, demi, and omni characters. Explore the sweet and spicy moments these two roommates share as they open an inclusive cafe and form an affirming queer community together.
With his eyes, Diego traced the curve of Frankie’s ribs and then followed the angle of his spine up to the taut chords in his neck. Before Diego could stop himself, he went to Frankie, running his fingers over the tight muscles in his shoulder, encouraging him to turn around and look at him.
“Frankie, it’s not what it looked like.”
Frankie turned fully into his arms and before he even knew what was happening, they were kissing. Frankie’s lips were bitten raw, and Diego tasted salt on his lips like maybe he’d been crying.
“Franklin,” Diego tried again, murmuring the words against his lips, holding his shoulders at bay so he could try to speak. “Mi cora—”
Frankie interrupted him with another kiss and a pained noise in the back of his throat. “If you’re going to say anything other than mi novio or mi quesarito, please just… just don’t.”
Diego tried, he really did, but after his rollercoaster of a night, he couldn’t help it. He chuckled softly, which turned into a full-bodied laugh when Frankie glowered at him. “You… want to be my quesadilla burrito?”
Frankie blinked at him and then narrowed his eyes. “What… what the fuck is the word I’m looking for?”
“Querdio?” Diego said and his smile fell when Frankie’s eyes filled with tears and he nodded his head jerkily.
“Darling… my darling… you want to be…” Diego whispered.
“Yes. I want to be your… your darling. I looked it up, and it’s supposed to be really romantic.”
Diego crashed their mouths together again. Frankie melted into the kiss, threading his arms behind Diego, stroking up the sides of his back the same way Diego had been tracing Frankie’s back with his eyes.
Enter the Giveaway:
Dawn Cutler-Tran is an avid board gamer and rock climber who lives on the East Coast of the United States but loves to travel to places near and far as often as they can. Dawn has always identified as queer, but during the pandemic they finally discovered they were nonbinary and came out to family and friends. This book series was part of that process, and they’ve loved exploring different genderqueer identities like their own through their writing, reading, research, and countless hours watching reels and videos on social media.
When they’re not reading or writing, or reading about writing, they dabble in boxing, scrapbooking, cooking, and eating lots of new foods. They love food so much that during the pandemic they wrote a cookbook with their spouse and best friends. This was what started Dawn down the path of writing and helped them get through the long dark days of the pandemic.
Their biggest hope in writing queer fiction is to provide at least one other person out there with characters and story lines that they can recognize themselves, or their friends and loved ones in.
Follow Dawn on Instagram at @dawncutlertranwrites