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by Katey Hawthorne
When people refer to nerds and geeks, they’re generally thinking of smart kids with a certain amount of technical prowess in their field, or people who are really into fandom, or something like that. But there’s also that underlying suggestion that nerds hate sports—but more pervasively, that they’re socially inept as a general rule. For this reason, a lot of people who’ve felt the barbs of the word ‘nerd’ don’t want to take the word back and make it theirs. Another large chunk of them tend to go condescending, looking down on anyone who doesn’t fit their idea of nerdery for reasons based on everything from gender (see also the Fake Geek Girl) to area of specialty (see also engineers looking down on humanities).
I never heard anything of either in high school, to be honest, but once I went to an engineering school full of total nerdboys for my undergrad, oh, I got both regularly, lemme tell you. And I was baffled.
But I remain undaunted, and therefore so do my characters. Eddie Kim is my latest hero (Missed Connections: In Distress), and oh man, he might be my most undaunted nerd yet. All the sleeping around & partying and weekly Dungeons & Dragons games are hardly mutually exclusive, and it seems like his life goal to prove it, sometimes, I swear. And then he goes for a guy with a JRR Tolkien-themed tattoo who wrote his Masters thesis on Mary Queen of Scots.
Nerdlove. Could it be because I, too, have a Tolkien-themed tattoo—and have made some fantastic connections with others who do because, hey, this is how we know our own? Because I’ve done enough RPGing that I and my nerdfriends had D&D characters readymade for Eddie and his nerdfriends to use? Could it be because my husband saw me reading the latest Harry Potter at work and used it as an excuse to ask me out on our first date some eight years ago?
I don’t know, man, but in my experience, while some people might foolishly try and use their nerdery to feel superior, there’s nothing socially inept about nerdlove. Nerdery can and should be a great connector of people, not a divider. So I’m all about the nerdlove, and so are my books. And Eddie, at least, is glad for it.
About In Distress
Hopeless romantic Eddie Kim acts out his favorite ‘rescued by the white knight’ fantasies through weekly D&D campaigns, but had almost given up hope of ever getting a real one. Then Callum, a mysterious red-head with freezing superpowers and a memorable kiss, saves him from a burning house but disappears without a trace. Taking pity on him, Eddie’s friends look to craiglist to relocate his hero.
Unfortunately, the publicity brings down the kind of attention Callum Race been trying to avoid; he’s in town to try and clear his family name, and now the dangerous superpowered organization he needs to thwart know he’s come home again. Still, he can’t help following up with Eddie.
The heat between Callum and Eddie flares instantly, and Eddie insists on helping to undo the damage his romantic notions have done. The problem: that will mean becoming embroiled in a nefarious plot, not to mention a superpowered world Eddie didn’t even know existed a week ago. The ‘bad guys’ will try to trick and use him, and in the meantime he has to convince Cal to trust him enough to be the white knight for once–and for real–instead of the perpetual damsel in distress.
About Katey Hawthorne
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.
You can find Katey at her website or email her at at kate[at]kateyhawthorne[dot]com.
In honor of Katey’s newest release, she’s kindly offered up an ebook copy of In Distress to one lucky winner!
The giveaway starts now and will end next Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!
Make sure to follow the blog for the winner’s announcement post or check back next Thursday, April 10th, 2014, to see if you’ve won.
Don’t forget, you can still purchase In Distress or any of the other books in the Superpowered Love series at Loose Id!