Book Spotlight: The Boyfriend by Alex Pilalis
I'd like you all to welcome a special Guest today! Welcome Alex Pilalis, multi-published author. I read his most recent publication, The Boyfriend and I loved it. A great mix of suspense and thriller with a twist of an ending that I didn't see coming. Not to mention that I loved to see the romantic subplot from the male perspective. A nice short read when you don't want to get into a novel. So what's it about? Let me tell you!
Mary might be everything that Andy has been looking for; bright, sexy, interesting, and very keen on him. Not usually having much luck with the ladies, Andy might rightly be cautious about this flirtatious young girl who thinks they were fated to meet – especially when things start to take a darker turn, as he gets to know Mary more.
What Andy discovers next shocks his whole existence. Can he successfully navigate his relationship with Mary and still keep his life?
I highly recommend that you pick this one up today. It's available in the Solstice Publishing anthology, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Vol 4, which is stuffed full of nice spooky reads just in time for Halloween.
check out this Sample:
“I’d… better get back to my friends,” Mary said. “They leave tomorrow.”
Okay,” Andy said, suddenly realizing he was running out of time with her. He hated asking a girl for her number—usually because they found new and creative ways of saying ‘no’ when he asked. However good the conversation seemed to go, the clincher was finding out if they wanted to give him their number or not.
“Are you on Facebook?” she asked, surprising him.
“Yes,” Andy said, instinctively reaching for his phone. “Maybe we could meet up sometime, and I’ll show you around town.”
He opened the Facebook app and handed her the phone.
“Sure, that sounds nice,” Mary said as she searched her name and added herself as a friend.
What a cool move, Andy thought.
“Hey,” she said, scrolling down his Facebook profile. “Your birthday was recently.”
“A few weeks ago,” he said.
She looked up at him, flashing her large eyes. “Mine too.”
“No way,” he said, smiling. “When’s your birthday?”
Andy paused, raising his eyebrows. He let the revelation settle within him before he spoke. “That’s… that’s the same day as my birthday.”
Her eyes widened. “Are you joking?”
“No, no. Really,” he said, shaking his head.
She gave him a bemused look, wrinkling her brows. “How old are you?”
“Twenty-nine,” he said.
She barked a laugh, covering her mouth with her hand as she composed herself.
“What?” he asked.
“I just turned twenty-nine, too.”
“Wait,” Andy said. “So we were born on the same day, in the same year?”
She handed him back his phone, watching him closely. Her finger brushed his as he took the phone.
“Andy,” she said. “This might sound strange, but… do you believe in fate?”
Andy blinked, momentarily frozen. “I do, actually.”
Mary smiled, looking away briefly before meeting his eyes again. “That’s good to know.” She touched his shoulder and kissed his cheek as she moved away.
“Get in touch,” she said.
Andy’s heart fluttered again. This girl was really something. “I will,” he said smoothly, trying to sound cool.
She turned back and smiled as she walked away, before entering the dark club.
Andy let out a relieved sigh. That had gone so well. What were the chances of meeting a girl who was born on the same day and same year as him? And she mentioned fate! He could already tell that she was someone special. Someone worth knowing.
His friends whooped and cheered as he returned to them.
“Oh my God!” Emma shouted. Her words were slurred and she swayed slightly as she pressed both hands on his shoulders. “That was Monica! Oh I’m so happy for you! She’s so pretty.”
They went back in and danced the night away, sweating and drinking until the club finally closed. Andy didn’t see Mary in the club again. But that was okay, he could get in touch with her on Facebook. He thought about Mary the rest of the night. He couldn’t help but acknowledge a nagging, troubling feeling, however. One he told himself was nothing to worry about.
Talking to Mary, getting along well with her, something about it all had been too easy.
After completing an Art Foundation course and a BA in Digital Arts, Alex Pilalis pursued his interest of animation with an MSc in Computer Animation and an online course with Animation Mentor. He is currently an animator on children's television shows.
Alex began his publishing journey with two children's story books, "Three Wishes" and "Where Dreams May Go," and was spurred on to write and create more.
As a big science fiction and fantasy fan, and heavily inspired by classic adventure stories such as The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars films and Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Alex felt a great urge to tell his own story. Being an avid gamer, he spent the majority of his time growing up developing a video game adventure concept, and to this day has amassed hundreds of A4 pages, several filled notepads, dozens of word documents and a detailed Wiki, collecting all the ideas and images of the world as it progressed and became what it is today. Feeling the overwhelming need to bring the story to life and out into the ether, somehow, Alex decided to use his passion for writing and storytelling and turn the game into a novel, which has become Island Legends: The Awakening of James Island. Doing so has allowed him to delve into the character's minds and bring them to life so much more than he ever thought possible back when he was designing hit-point percentages of sword attack combinations, and the result is a much more mature and complicated story than his younger mind could have ever conceived.
Originally from London, Alex currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.