Trailer Trash

March 21, 2016

28531239Trailer Trash is the new novel by Marie Sexton and together with Riptide Publishing she has asked me to promote the novel and let you all know how great I think it is. I urge you all to buy the story and read it when you can because it is great !

Hello, everybody. I’m Marie Sexton, and I’m thrilled to be here today talking about my New Adult novel, Trailer Trash. Trailer Trash is the story of two high school seniors – Cody, the poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Nate, the new kid in town. It’s set in the fictional town of Warren, Wyoming in the mid-1980s.

I spent the first eleven years of my life in a small town in Wyoming. Granted, my hometown wasn’t anywhere near as small or as isolated as Warren. Still, I don’t miss it much. But in writing Trailer Trash, I found myself pulling out some of my favorite parts of my hometown and putting them into Warren.

The first thing I pulled from my hometown was the Chinese restaurant on Front Street. Their rice was ham-fried (not regular old “pork-fried”), and each table had its own little jukebox, just like this:

Trailer Trash_Hometown Transplants_tabletop jukebox 

 

My grandmother took me there often. I loved flipping through the options and picking songs.

The second transplant from my hometown to Warren was the City Drug. This drugstore still sits on the corner of Main Street in my hometown, and until five or ten years ago, they still ran the old-fashioned soda fountain. My grandmother took me there frequently for snacks when I was a kid. The malts were handspun, the limeades fresh-squeezed, and the sandwiches were served on good ol’ Wonder Bread. (Grilled ham-and-cheese was my favorite.) Last time I went home, I made a trip to the City Drug, trying to decide the whole way there if I was going to get a vanilla malt, an Ironport, or both, only to find they’d finally quit serving food and drinks. It was a sad, sad day for me.

“Wait,” you may say. “What’s an Ironport?” Well, check out some of my other Trailer Trash blog tour stops. One of them will be on regional traditions, and that’s where you’ll find Ironport.

Meanwhile, why not check out Trailer Trash for a bit of angsty heartache mixed with some fun 80s pop culture references? (And it has a happy ending too, I promise!)

About Trailer Trash

 It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.

Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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Giveaway

To celebrate, Marie is giving away a $50 gift card to either Amazon or All Romance Ebooks, winner’s choice. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 26, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

 

 

13 Comments

  • Susan March 21, 2016 at 15:50

    Since I’ve read all of Marie’s other books, including pre-ordering Damned If You Do, I would use the GC to buy this one too!

  • Jen CW March 21, 2016 at 16:01

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway chance! I can remember eating at restaurants with those jukeboxes at every table. I always thought it was so cool, not that I ever got to play any of the music. LOL
    jczlapin@gmail.com

  • Jen March 21, 2016 at 20:24

    Thanks for the post although the soda fountain details made me hungry. I look forward to reading Trailer Trash.

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

  • H.B. March 21, 2016 at 22:27

    Thank you for the interesting post. I can’t remember if I’ve eaten somewhere with a jukebox. It seems like it could be fun.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  • Trix March 22, 2016 at 01:15

    I usually put ham in my fried rice, too…wonder if they read it in the old Trader Vic’s cookbook?

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  • Ree Dee March 22, 2016 at 10:01

    I remember those little Jukeboxes too. We went into a Chain buger and shake place in the mid 90s to find them on each table and my kids were so excited! The major plus was that the songs only cost $0.05 each! Thank you for bringing back the memories!
    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Lee Todd March 23, 2016 at 00:53

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mini jukebox…how cute!

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • AnnMarieF March 24, 2016 at 01:26

    Congratulations on the new book, it sounds great!
    annmarief115 at gmail dot com

  • Lisa March 25, 2016 at 16:03

    That brings back good memories. 🙂 The couple that owned the pharmacy/soda fountain in my hometown were so sweet.
    lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Serena S. March 25, 2016 at 17:28

    Congrats on the new release! And thanks for the giveaway.

  • Juliana March 26, 2016 at 04:45

    I think I’ve only seen jukeboxes in those cheesy Mel’s Diner chains.
    Oceanakers @ aol.com

  • Carolyn March 26, 2016 at 06:51

    There was a fun 50s diner my mom and I used to go to (my dream was to be a hostess there) and they had jukeboxes on every table that hooked into the whole sound system. I loved that place, and it was so sad not far into my adulthood when they closed it down, and I never got to host!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

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