Double Hue by Briana Lawrence
“Maybe he’s right. Maybe I am the cause of this. Maybe you were normal before meeting me.”
When something tragic happens, you want nothing more than to close your eyes and make all of the pain go away. For Gable Peterson it’s a little more complicated than that. When detective Maurice Ashford shows up at his door with news that his boyfriend, Avery Blair, has been found dead, Gable is left devastated. Seeking some sort of comfort, Gable closes his eyes and imagines a world where none of this happened.
Only, when Gable wakes up, he’s surprised to see that Avery is still alive.
“Are you gonna just sit there staring at the back of my head?” Avery asks. “Don’t you have to study or somethin’?”
Study. An actual chance to study. A very real, wonderful chance to be a normal college student. It feels like he hasn’t done anything college related in so long, as if he just walked through the door yesterday and is still trying to figure out how to get around campus. As he glances over at the large book on his desk he suddenly feels the urge to open it and highlight things.
“Why do you still insist on using a key?” He can waste time and hassle his boyfriend. That sounds like a much better idea.
Avery lets out a dramatic sigh. “Do I really gotta explain that again?”
“I mean he has a sword. How do you expect a key to beat a sword?”
Avery frowns, pauses the game, and looks back at Gable. “You know, you could’ve stayed sleeping.”
“Sure I could’ve. But I didn’t. And what happened to the man in the zebra-stripes?”
“I beat him. I guess being half awake made the final boss easier to fight.”
“Awwww, I missed the ending? That’s terrible.” Gable doesn’t mean it. He stands up and quickly puts on his sweatpants. Despite the heat being on in the dorms, the morning chill of Minneapolis still feels like it’s slipping in through the closed window. He sits at his desk and immediately regrets it, the black furniture feeling too cool against his back. “Did your two boys hook up?”
“As a matter a fact, they—”
“No. They didn’t.” Gable says as he signs into his computer. He puts on his glasses and decides to open the marketing book after all, but he’s not sure where he left off. He tries to use the brightly highlighted text as a guide, but it’s difficult to remember why exactly those parts were important enough to highlight.
“How do you know?”
Gable looks up from his book, frowning. “Because it’s a video game. That kind of thing doesn’t happen between two guys in a video game.”
“Actually, in some games it does.”
“Stop. Just stop.” Though, part of Gable is curious about these games. “My point still stands.”
“I suppose two guys relaxing on a beach, alone, and the scene fading to black several times means nothing.”
Gable is quiet for a long moment. He sighs. “Fine. I’ll give you that one.”
Avery smiles and unpauses the game.
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes Double Hue stand out in the crowd?
A: It asks the question, “If you could change the past, would you?” In the case of the lead character, Gable Peterson, the answer is a resounding “yes.” However, as the story goes on and it gets more difficult to change the fate of his boyfriend, Avery, Gable has to constantly ask himself if it’s worth it. On top of that, the story deals with a villain who is crazy, but a bit sympathetic. A killer who targets gay men, but is gay himself and ashamed of who he is. This runs parallel with the fact that Gable and Avery have to deal with coming out themselves.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Double Hue?
A: My favorite quote from Double Hue is:
It’s from the main character, Gable, in regards to his boyfriend being a Theatre major. “You won’t be a starving artist because I’ll be there feeding your ass.” I really like this quote because it takes a moment to show them together as a couple. It’s lighthearted and nice considering the heavy things the two have to go through throughout the story.
About Briana Lawrence
At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best “WRITTER” in the whole wide world. Her fourth grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a “writer” if they couldn’t even spell the word. Back then her stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older they progressed into notebooks and colored ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. When she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, she stopped writing.
Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.
Before she realized it she was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high school romance to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters of Dragonball Z. This continued throughout college where she would always end up writing about the space exploits of the pilots of Gundam Wing and other works of fan fiction. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than that. Her head was full of ideas, full of original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others.
Thus, she stepped into an English Major with some Women’s Studies on the side.
She graduated Iowa State University in 2006 and moved to Minneapolis with her partner. Here, she tried to get into graduate school, but things didn’t pan out the way she wanted. She ended up working retail, her dream becoming buried by Black Fridays and other busy times of year. Once again, however, that dream returned. She went from immersing herself in geeky fan fiction to actually writing about the geeky things she loved for several anime and video game review sites. However, it was her discovery of National Novel Writing Month that made her go back to creating her own characters and plots.
Now, here she is, an author in the writing world.
The Author Wants To Know:
If you could go back in time and try to stop a tragedy from happening, would you, or would you leave things the way they are?