Ethan Day Revisits Piper’s Point

Today’s guest Ethan Day tells about drawing on his own memories while writing At Piper’s Point, why it’s one of his favorite backlist titles, and why you should give it a read. 


When thinking about the books from my backlist one still stands out as a favorite for me – at least in the sense that I feel like it hits on multiple levels and is an overall, well written book.

Writing At Piper’s Point was tricky for me, as I had some of my own personal demons about my relationship with my grandmother mixed up in there along with Cassidy’s guilt over his relationship with Sadie. That personal stake made it a difficult book for me to write at times. I’ve always been a master of avoidance when it comes to all things emo – unless the emotion is laughing and having a good time. : ) That made the writing time longer and more grueling for me. I did a lot of whimpering and whining with this one, praying for the day it would be finished already. Not the typical reaction one wants to have when working on a story, lol. I also usually prefer writing in first person. It’s a more personal experience for me to write that way. I chose third here, I think subconsciously, because it allowed me to maintain a tiny bit more distance. I could deal with all of Cassidy’s issues without falling all the way down the rabbit hole myself.

I was worried throughout the entire writing process, wondering how people would handle the fact this story didn’t lead with humor, considering all the books I’d released prior to Piper’s had. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of intended comedy within the page’s of Cassidy’s story, but I also had quite a bit of yin to that comedy yang included. There was a great deal of sadness weighing on his shoulders, a lot of regret his character carried around with him which provided moments of light and dark. In the end, I think those sad moments enhanced the comical ones, making a more emotionally fulfilling read.

Another misconception many people have had prior to reading the book was the assumption that there was a lot of bed hopping, which isn’t the case at all. Cassidy does end up surrounded by men, most of whom he’s been involved with romantically in the past, but their presence within the story is really more about support and perhaps providing a mirror for Cassidy – a real-life parade of his past coming back to haunt him, of you will. : ) At Piper’s Point is very much a romance, a love story about forgiveness and acceptance of you are and of those people around you who may not be perfect, but are there to love and support you nevertheless.

You can find the e-book available through Loose-id as well as most if not all the retailers. The link below will take you to the books page of my website where you’ll find many purchasing options. I’m also happy to report that MLR Press will be releasing a print edition in May!

You’ll find a blurb and excerpt below – I hope those who haven’t read At Piper’s Point will give it a try!
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Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel as interruptions run roughshod beginning with Neil who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep – leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.

Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis as Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly what he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life…At Pipers Point.

Read an Excerpt:

As Nate slowly worked his way down Cassidy’s abs, the tiny hint of stubble dug into his skin. Cassidy held his breath, his entire body going taut as Nate’s hot mouth took him all the way in.

“Fuck,” Cassidy whispered, placing a hand on the back of Nate’s head, urging him back down.

Nate growled as he sucked Cassidy, who wasn’t quite sure whether this was a good idea, then decided he didn’t care as Nate’s tongue worked over the head of his dick.

Cassidy’s eyes popped open, and he jerked his head back up, hearing a gasp and a thud. Natalie was standing in the kitchen one hand over her eyes, the other over her mouth with a basket of bread turned on its side at her feet.

“Holy shit!” Cassidy screamed, which triggered Nate’s enthusiasm, and had him sucking more intensely, obviously misinterpreting the exclamation. Cassidy could feel his eyes rolling back into his head due to Nate’s renewed vigor, so he kicked Nate hard in the gut, yelling out in pain as Nate uncontrollably clamped down a little too hard with his teeth.

Nate choked on Cassidy as Natalie squealed, “I’m sooo sorry!”

Nate stood straight up at his mother’s voice, and Cassidy bumped one of the beer bottles while trying to hop down off the counter. Fumbling to grab the beer, he lost his balance and rolled off the far side of the island. Dog barked as Cassidy hit the floor with a thud while somehow managing to not spill a drop.

“Oh my goodness… I,” Natalie mumbled as Cassidy poked his head up over the top of the island just in time to see her flailing about, eyes shut tight.

She slammed into the door, letting out a squeak as she spun around in a circle.

“Christ, Mom, be careful!” Nate said, scrambling to zip up his shorts while trying to kick Cassidy his clothes.

“Don’t you mind me,” Natalie said, finding the doorway. “Go back to doing… Oh goodness me.”

“Shit,” Nate whispered as Natalie tore down the steps, disappearing from view.

Cassidy was on all fours and naked as a jaybird, staring up at Nate while gathering up his undies and gym shorts. He was beyond mortified, and his entire body was already slightly stiff. His dick throbbed for all the wrong reasons as Nate helped him up off the floor. Cassidy covered his bits with the clothes in his hands but peeked down to make sure his johnson was still attached, relieved that, despite the teeth marks, he didn’t appear to be bleeding.

“Christ, Cassidy,” Nate said, taking a step forward. “I’m so sorry. Let me see it?”

Cassidy stepped back, holding up his hand for Nate to stay back. “I’m fine.” He twisted his body, listening to his spine crack a few times as he attempted to compose himself. “It’s fine as well.” He checked out his dick. “Slightly traumatized…and hopefully not scarred for life, but still attached.”

“Oh God, I’m really… I mean, you kicked me so hard that…”

Cassidy smiled weakly while walking backward toward the hallway. “Right, exactly… I should…go.”

“Let me help…”

“No!” Cassidy said, holding up his hands, inadvertently exposing himself. Realizing his error, he whipped his hands back, covering his business. “I’m fine… All good. Just going to go ice my crotch.”

He turned and hobbled out of the kitchen, not realizing his ass was exposed, as all his attention was currently placed on his dick. He silently gave thanks that he wasn’t currently strapped down, being medevaced to a hospital with his dick sitting in a beer cooler packed in dry ice.

As he slowly climbed the stairs, he looked upward and vowed in Scarlett O’Hara-like fashion, “As God is my witness, I shall never kick a man who’s got my dick in his mouth again.”

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