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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart book cover“I loved this book and want to keep it under my pillow forever.”

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The summer after high school graduation, two cute and snarky boys hit the road in an RV. Their mission: follow the traveling fan convention for Castaway Planet, the cult sci-fi show they’re both obsessed with.
 
BRANDON irons his t-shirts, loves the dapper and reserved Castaway android Sim, and hides his pesky Catholic guilt from his out-and-proud roadtrip partner, Abel.
 
ABEL collects funny belt buckles, loves Castaway‘s brave and dashing Captain Cadmus, has a hot boyfriend with a phoenix tattoo, and has nothing to hide—except his epic crush on Brandon.
 
During their six-week cross-country adventure, Brandon and Abel post new entries on their Castaway Planet fan vlog, spar with an online community of slash fiction writers, meet their TV idols, play with their action figures, uncover big secrets, and maybe possibly fall in love. Can two fanboys face down their obstacles and write themselves a real-life romance—or is fiction the only thing bringing them together?
 

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  1. Teresa says:

    I just noticed your book on Mary Calmes’s blog. How to repair a mechanical Heart sounds very interesting!

  2. Kaje Harper says:

    I was wondering if this book is available anywhere other than Amazon. I moderate a YA LGBT Books group, and several members have wanted to read it but don’t have Kindles or Kindle aps, and don’t like to buy from Amazon.

    • J.C. Lillis says:

      Hi there! Thanks for your interest in the book. I’m actually in the process of getting the file formatted for B&N, so the Nook version should be available by the end of January. Am also looking into print copies, though that might take a little longer. (Just as a side note — you can read the Kindle version on an iPad with the free Kindle app, or on a laptop with one of the free Kindle readers Amazon offers. I know you said some of your group members don’t like to order from them, but I just wanted to make sure you knew about all the options!) Thanks again, and stay tuned — will make an announcement here and on Twitter when other versions become available.

      • Peter says:

        Hi, I would like to know if the epub-version of the book is going to be available on smashwords.com or kobo.com at some point. I’m from Germany and Barnes & Noble don’t allow international customers. Thank you!

        • J.C. Lillis says:

          Hi, Peter, and thanks for your interest in the book! I don’t have immediate plans to put it up on smashwords or kobo, though I’d love to do that at some point when I have the time. I know HTRAMH has sold quite a few copies in Germany through Amazon; is the Kindle version not an option for you?

          Thanks for the question!

          • Peter says:

            Thanks for your fast answer! I don’t have a Kindle and because the format is proprietary it’s not compatibale with my Sony and Kobo-E-Readers. But it’s good to know that your are planning to release the epub version someday on other platforms. I’m just going to keep the book on my “to buy” list until then. :-) Thanks again for answering so quickly. Kind Regards Peter

          • Lisa Jenn says:

            Just another plea to make your book available as an ePub! I’ve got a Kobo and can’t read Kindle books or Nookbooks. The gals at Crunchings & Munchings totally sold me, and I’d love to read it.

          • Simone says:

            One more plea for epub version other than Nook. (Canadians really AREN’T Americans after all, at least according to B&N.) Have you tried All Romance Ebooks? Should I bug them to carry it? I just read the sample & reviews & even though I rarely read YA, I must devour this one ASAP.

    • J. Young says:

      Would love to read this but I’ve got a Sony reader, which only takes epubs. So here’s another plea!

  3. Teresa says:

    Great to know it will be out in epub soon. I have problems with kindle files too. It is easier and more portable to read on my ebook reader.

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  5. Cory says:

    Fantastic first effort. One of the top LGBT books I’ve ever read. Are you working on anything new, and if so when can we expect it?!

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  15. Victor says:

    I just finished the book and absolutely loved every part of it (except when it ended.) I don’t suppose there is any chance for a sequel? Even if there isn’t, this book is now my favorite!

    • J.C. Lillis says:

      Victor, thank you! I’m so thrilled you liked it. And ACTUALLY, Brandon and Abel have a subplot in the new YA book I’m writing–it catches up with them 10 years after HTRAMH. They’re not the main characters (the narrator is a teen girl who kind of comes into their orbit), but they play a key part in the book. So not a proper sequel, but you’ll still have some more Abandon action. :-D

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  17. Derick says:

    I absolutely ADORED your book! Your style is such a liberating experience to read! I felt every heartbreak, every struggle (gay teen raised in a religious setting), every fear. Because you described it perfectly! I can’t wait to read more of your work! You are one of my favorite authors!

    • J.C. Lillis says:

      Derick, thank you so much! I squealed when I read your comment this morning; it’s every author’s dream to wake up to a message like this. :-) So glad to hear you enjoyed the book and connected with it on a personal level. Thanks for taking the trip with Brandon & Abel (they’re side characters in the book I’m working on right now, so there’ll be more Abandon soon)!

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