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New Release Spotlight, Guest Post & Giveaway: Lessons in Loving Thy Murderous Neighbour by Charlie Cochrane

How the Cambridge Fellows helped get me out of the writing garret

When I look back at my writing life when I was first published, nine years ago, my equivalent of going into the office of a morning was logging on to the computer. The authors (and readers) I met were all online, via facebook or live journal or what have you. It took me a couple of years to be brave enough to find some real life authors to meet face to face.

That first authors’ lunch I attended (after much googling and e-mailing and getting myself invited as a guest) was at the local chapter meeting of the Romantic Novelists Association. It was wonderful, not least because they were so welcoming of new blood and – perhaps more importantly – so unready to bat an eye at the fact I wrote about romance between two men, as opposed to the traditional “boy meets girl”. I felt empowered. Or something.

Next step was to join the RNA as a proper member, then carry on looking for fresh opportunities; once you’ve taken the step into the unknown you’re happy to take that step again. I’d already volunteered to be on the organising panel for UK Meet, which has become a flagship UK event for people who love the LGBTQ genre. It’s a great mixture of business and pleasure, authors and readers, industry stuff and non-industry stuff.

Still, I felt the urge to spread my wings further, and not just along the LGBTQ lines. So much I wanted to do and no idea how to make it happen; then when I least expected it, up an opportunity popped. One of the people I met through the RNA lunches, and who knew about the Cambridge fellows romantic mysteries, said, “Would you be interested in doing library talks? There’s this organisation called Mystery People who have all sorts of things going on.”I almost knocked her down in my rush to say, “Yes, where do I sign?” That point saw the first birth pangs of “The Deadly Dames” who’ve appeared at libraries, literary festivals and conferences for both readers and authors with our unique brand of murder, mystery and mayhem.

One of the other knock on effects of having a story with crime in was being able to join International Thriller Writers Inc, through which I’ve been able to access some great promo opportunities and – in a surreal moment – ended up sitting with a group of authors round Peter James’s dining room table!

I’d encourage all authors, if they can (and I know it’s just not possible for some of us to step out of the garret) to take a deep breath, be brave and go out to find kindred spirits. It’ll do you the power of good and you might just end up having the sort of author experiences you really couldn’t buy.


Title: Lessons in Loving Thy Murderous Neighbour by Charlie Cochrane
Cambridge Fellows Mysteries
Publisher: The Right Chair Press
Genre: Historical, M/M, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 82 pages

Summary:

Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith like nothing more than being given a mystery to solve. But what happens when you have to defend your greatest enemy on a charge of murder?

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Excerpt

Cambridge 1922

“Owens? Owens?” Orlando Coppersmith’s voice sounded louder, and clearer, from his chair in the Senior Common Room at St Bride’s than it had ever sounded before. And with good cause.

“Steady on, old man. We’re in enough of a state of shock without you making sufficient noise to wake the dead.” Jonty Stewart smiled at his friend’s uncharacteristic outburst. Although friendship would hardly be the most accurate way to describe their relationship. Even the description “lovers, companions, colleagues and partners in solving crime” didn’t quite cover the depth of the bond they’d build up in nigh on twenty years. If their hair bore the odd silver thread, their ardour hadn’t cooled.

“Wake the dead or, harder still, wake some of the dons,” Dr. Panesar agreed, mischievously.

“Good point, Dr. P.” Jonty sniggered. “Some of them give the impression they’ve been asleep since 1913.”

A quick glance around the oak panelled room supported his assertion. St. Bride’s may have been one of the most forward looking of the Cambridge colleges, embracing the fact the year was 1922 rather than pretending it was still 1622, but some aspects of the university, including crusty old dons, seemed to be an immutable fixture.

“In which case,” Orlando pointed out, “we’d have ten years of history to explain to them, much of it unpleasant, let alone this latest scandal. St. Bride’s men being asked to defend Owens. What is the world coming to?”


Author Bio

Because Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries. Multi-published, she has titles with Carina, Riptide, Lethe and Bold Strokes, among others.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences with The Deadly Dames.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


Giveaway

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Friday Feature, Guest Post & Giveaway: Heat Wave by Elyse Springer

Summer is here, and what better way to relax by the pool than with a steamy romance! I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that Sara and Laura’s relationship is hotter than Manhattan in July, and I can’t wait to introduce you to these snarky and sexy ladies. I’ll be touring throughout the week to talk about my new release, Heat Wave, and I hope you’ll follow along. Plus, there’s a pretty sweet prize in it if you do!


About Laura and Sara

Every time I write a book, I come up with a complete background and history for my characters. Even if I don’t use any of it in the story, it helps me create fully fleshed characters, so I can understand their motivations and dreams. With Sara and Laura, that was no different, though their backstory and families never appear in Heat Wave.

The sheets I create for these characters are massive and highly detailed (yes, I used to play D&D, is it that obvious??), but here are some of the basics from both Sara and Laura’s character sheets.

Name: Sara Elaine Walker

Hometown: Trenton, NJ

Parents: Joanna and Albert Walker (both still live in New Jersey)

Siblings: None

Birthdate: November 4

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Agnostic

Address: Brooklyn

Sexuality: Straight Definitely bisexual

Myers-Briggs: ESTJ

Common gestures/fidgets: taps her nails when impatient; often paces or moves around a lot when processing emotion (frustration, anger, excitement)

Police Record: Underage drinking (19)

Drink of choice: Corona

Favorite Food: anything salty (fries, pretzels, etc)

Name: Laura Quinn Murphy

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Parents: Sonia and Michael Murphy (both moved to San Diego)

Siblings: two brothers (Brian and Liam)

Birthdate: March 30

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Catholic (lapsed)

Address: Queens

Sexuality: Bisexual

Myers-Briggs: ESFP

Common gestures/fidgets: twirls/tangles her hair, often pulling it up/putting it back down/repeat

Police Record: None

Drink of choice: Margaritas

Favorite Food: Sushi


Title: Heat Wave by Elyse Springer
Seasons of Love Series Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian, Erotic, BDSM, Romance
Length: 262 pages/Word Count: 66,700

Summary:

Sara Walker’s life is going nowhere fast: she has a job she enjoys but doesn’t love, friends who are too busy to hang out with her, and no boyfriend in sight. Then a phone call on a lonely Friday night changes everything, and suddenly she’s spending her weekends with Laura. Newly single and openly bisexual, Laura makes Sara think decidedly not-straight thoughts.

Laura Murphy, with her red hair, freckles, and killer curves, is any guy’s wet dream. But Laura’s done with guys for now, and it’s Sara who can’t stop dreaming about her. When Sara finally gives in to the curiosity, Laura blows her mind and pushes her further than she’s ever gone before.

But Laura makes it very clear that this is only a rebound fling, and she’s still planning to move to California. She’s more than happy to tie Sara up, but she’s not ready to be tied down. If Sara wants to keep her, she’s going to have to work hard to convince Laura that New York is worth staying for . . . and so is she.

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About the Season of Love Universe

New York is the city that never sleeps: where everything can change in the blink of an eye, and where anything is possible—especially romance. In the bitter cold of winter or the impossible humidity of mid-summer, your own happily ever after might be right around the corner.

The people of New York come from all walks of life, and the relationships are just as diverse. So whether you’re a waiter or an aspiring actor, a banker or a model, falling in love can happen quicker than the seasons change.

Check out Seasons of Love! http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/universe/seasons-love


Author Bio

Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, El spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.

She’s always happy to chat with other readers, and you can find her online at:

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Heat Wave, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 5, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Tour Stop, Guest Post & Giveaway: Love and Other Beverages by Laurie Loft

I’m Laurie Loft, author of Love and Other Hot Beverages. Welcome to my blog tour, and thanks for being here! I’m excited to give out super cool prizes to two people who make thoughtful comments to any of my blog posts: one French press (an item which features prominently in my novel), and a $15.00 Starbucks gift card. Either way, you’ll enjoy plenty of hot beverages!

There’ll be seven posts in which I’ll discuss my book as well as unrelated items. Comment, and we can get to know each other a little better.


RESEARCH PROCESS FOR LOVE AND OTHER HOT BEVERAGES

Most authors have to do some research, whether it’s how to kill someone with a tuning fork, or the frequency of meteor showers visible in the American northwest.

Multiple questions came up as I wrote Love and Other Hot Beverages: When does autumn usually come to Denver? What hospitals are in the Denver area? What are the repercussions of this particular kind of injury that I can’t mention due to it being a spoiler? What would a nurse do when someone has a panic attack? What is a Peace Corps interview like? Where can you find a low rent apartment in New York City?

And the biggie: What are some good Spanish swears?

I spent more time researching Spanish swears than anything else. I started by asking a Cuban friend of mine, and I thought that would be the end of it. However, when I repeated these words to another friend who is fluent, he hadn’t heard them before. He learned Spanish in Nicaragua. Apparently, swears are very localized. My character (Sebby) is Mexican, not Cuban or Nicaraguan, and apparently they don’t necessarily cuss the same.

Next I used everyone’s favorite research tool: the internet.

There’s a plethora of sites with guides to Spanish swear words. But, as I read through them, I trusted them less and less. It didn’t appear that any of them were created by Hispanics, and I wanted to make sure I was authentic. I read that incorrect cuss usage ruins the whole story for the native Spanish speaking reader.

I asked my cousin, whose mother is from Spain. She said she wasn’t really sure.

I read some books, including Bless Me, Ultima. The swears in this book, by writer Rudolfo Anaya, must be authentic, I reasoned. But, aw, geeze, the book represents an earlier time, and colloquialisms do change…

I put the question out there on the National Novel Writing Month boards and got mixed results. One Latina told me that it really depended on what was in your heart at the time, and I found that interesting. She also gave me some useful phrases that were not cusses.

There’s a Mexican restaurant that I frequent, and they know me. I hesitated to ask the staff about swear words. Would this be considered impolite? Would they be hesitant to repeat such words to a customer? I repeated a phrase I had learned to the hostess, asking if this is something someone would say when they had messed up. She gasped, and her eyes widened. She assured me that no one EVER says that. So I had to edit that out of my book. One of the waitresses told me that it depended on what was in your heart. So I guess that is a thing! But it wasn’t all that helpful a thing. “Sebby cussed according to what was in his heart,” just doesn’t have quite the force I was looking for.

Eventually, from all these sources, after loads of cross checking and multiple uses of Word’s “Find and Replace”, I cobbled together a reasonable array of swears for Sebby to use. The book was completed, submitted, and edited.

Then it went to a Latina sensitivity reader.

She corrected some misusage and gave suggestions when something didn’t sound right. In one instance, she noted that it didn’t make sense for Sebby to call Todd a particular epithet, even when really pissed off. She helped with some non-swearing language as well.

Authenticity is important to me. I’m glad I didn’t take my Cuban friend’s words and call it good. I’ve learned the importance of fact checking and of having multiple sources. And I had never heard of sensitivity readers before, but I’m a fan now!

What do you think of vulgarities in general? Are they out of place in a romance novel? Do they make you squirm when you read them? Or do you shrug them off? Do they add interest, intensity, drama? Are they the lazy writer’s crutch? Or is the writer just going for realism?


Title: Love and Other Beverages by Laurie Loft
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: 400 pages/Word Count: 107,000

Summary:

After a rough breakup, Todd Addison wants time alone to grieve. While still dreaming of winning back his ex’s love, he moves across the country and finds work with a construction company. The last thing he needs is the cute office boy developing a crush on him, especially since he’s back in the closet.

Sebastián Nye can’t help feeling sorry for the obviously brokenhearted Todd. Though rebuffed repeatedly, Sebby chisels away at Todd’s resistance, determined to help him forget—a task potentially beyond anyone’s capabilities. He never meant to fall for the poor guy, but he does. Hard.

Desperate to hold on to Todd, Sebby hatches a sneaky plot guaranteed to end Todd’s heartbreak—if Todd doesn’t bail and ruin everything. Just when things can’t get more complicated, Todd’s ex wants him back. And Sebby’s abusive ex is just waiting to catch Sebby alone. Todd and Sebby must decide what’s worth fighting for, what’s worth sacrifice, and what’s worth compromise, or their relationship will begin and end with a broken heart.

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Author Bio

Laurie Loft lives in Iowa, endeavoring to write stories to give you that rush. Her husband, cat, and dogs kindly tolerate this odd activity. Her first M/M novel came about because of a minor character in a straight romance who just took over and demanded his own book. Laurie enjoys NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and other forms of writerly torture. She finds inspiration in her NaNo friends and her fellow Riptide authors. When not writing or working at her mysterious day job, she can often be found screaming at tangled cross stitch threads.

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Author Links: Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Love and Other Hot Beverages, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Starbucks gift card and a French press from Laurie! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Tour Stop & Giveaway: Back to You by Chris Scully

Hello! I’m Chris Scully. I’m thrilled to welcome you to my blog tour for Back to You, my new romantic suspense novel. Join me at various tour stops, where I’ll be sharing some background on the novel and the characters, my thoughts on writing, and more. Comment on each stop to be entered in a drawing for a $20 Riptide gift certificate. Thanks for joining me on the tour!


The perils of writing part-time

When I first started in this business, I was in a different job, one that I’d been in for fifteen years and that no longer required much brain capacity from me. That was precisely why I turned to writing in earnest (I’d dabbled on and off for many years). Five years later, I’m still working full-time but in a new job where I’m more mentally challenged and finding that right balance is becoming tougher.

Although I’m almost always making notes throughout the week, the bulk of my actual writing is done on weekends, after errands, visiting with my parents or house work/projects. Occasionally I’ll go out and have fun with friends, but I often feel guilty for not using that time to write. Time management can be a major challenge, as well as the feeling of never getting anything done, but at the end of the day, I know the full-time writer gig just isn’t for me.

The good things about being part-time writer are:

  1. I know where my next paycheque is coming from, which results in less pressure to deliver and more freedom in writing what I want. I’m a slow writer as it is, so I could never turn out enough books to support myself.
  2. It keeps me from becoming too self-involved and fixated on my writing. I have a tendency to become obsessive. When I have a bad review, or sales don’t go well, or I’m full of self-doubt, I can more easily put it aside because I have other things to focus on.

The downside of writing part-time is that I lose momentum and name recognition since it can be up to a year between new releases. I have to essentially re-introduce myself with each new book. I can also often be too tired or computer fatigued at the end of the day to write or spend much time on social media, and it’s easy to make excuses. I’m also probably not as engaged in the genre as I should be, which is both a curse and a blessing because I can avoid a lot of the drama that goes around.

There are those who believe a part-time writer isn’t as invested or as serious about a writing career, but I think it shows just how dedicated we are. We choose to use what free time we do have in writing when we could be spending it with family or friends.

Because I’m being realistic doesn’t mean I’m not serious. As much as I enjoy writing and crafting stories, and I’d love to increase output, I know my limits. I don’t want to push myself to the point where I burn out and the writing suffers, or I miss out on other things in my life. The most important thing I’ve learned is that a part-time writer needs to find the right balance for them. Maybe it takes a year to write a book; maybe it takes more. The point is to keep on writing and be happy while doing it.


Title: Back to You by Chris Scully
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance, Mystery
Length: 266 pages/Word Count: 70,500

Summary:

Journalist Alex Buchanan has come home to the remote British Columbia town he grew up in, but only because his estranged father is dying. For Alex, the homecoming holds a mix of memories, mostly bad. The only bright spot is reconnecting with Benji Morning, the childhood friend he never truly forgot. As boys, the strength of their bond had frightened Alex. But now that he’s confident in his bisexuality, he’s drawn back to quiet, soft-spoken Ben.

Ben isn’t the same boy Alex left behind, though. His life has been overshadowed by the disappearance of his sister two decades earlier, and now a new break in the case threatens to undo the peace he’s worked so hard to attain.

As Alex struggles to repair the relationship with his father before it’s too late, he finds himself caught up in a twenty-year-old mystery, a story he never expected, and a shocking truth that could affect his and Ben’s future together.

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Author Bio

Chris Scully lives in Toronto, Canada. She grew up spinning romantic stories in her head and always dreamed of one day being a writer even though life had other plans. Her characters have accompanied her through career turns as a librarian and an IT professional, until finally, to escape the tedium of a corporate day job, she took a chance and began putting her daydreams down on paper.

Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She divides her time between a mundane 9-5 cubicle job and a much more interesting fantasy life. When she’s not working or writing (which isn’t often these days) she loves puttering in the garden and traveling. She is an avid reader and tries to bring pieces of other genres and styles to her stories. While her head is crammed full of all the things she’d like to try writing, her focus is always on the characters first. She describes her characters as authentic, ordinary people—the kind of guy you might meet on the street, or the one who might be your best friend.

Although keeping up with social media is still a struggle given her schedule, she does love to hear from readers.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Email * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Back to You, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 17, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Tour Stop, Guest Post & Giveaway: Summer Stock by Vanessa North

Top Five Things to See and Do in Banker’s Shoals

Banker’s Shoals may be a fictional town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fantasy vacation there. If you make your way out to the Outer Banks in your imagination, these are the sights you just can’t miss.

5. Watch the horses running on the beach. The Outer Banks are home to wild horses—descended from Spanish Mustangs left behind by early Spanish settlers. You can take horse tours to see them, or you might just see them on the beach during your visit. Just remember to stay back—they’re feral—and respect that the island is their home.

4. The lighthouse. If you’re in the Outer Banks, you’re going to want to spend some time visiting some of the historic lighthouses. The Banker’s Shoals lighthouse is a coastal light and you can find it on the eastern side of the island.

3. Donuts on the boardwalk. What does a high school chemistry teacher do when he retires in the Outer Banks? Ryan’s former teacher opened an old fashioned donut shop, and it is glorious. Try the blueberry cake one—you won’t regret it.

2. Bonfire on the beach. Get yourself a permit, gather your friends, and enjoy the mild evening weather on the beach. If your sister happens to own a touristy bar, you might even be able to get a keg from her…just make sure to have a designated driver.

1. Take in a show at Shakespeare by the Sea. The Summer Stock playhouse features two plays every season—both a comedy and a tragedy. A professional cast and crew bring the bard’s stories to life—and rumor has it one of this year’s players is a big Hollywood name.


Title: Summer Stock by Vanessa North
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, F/M, Romance
Length: 239 pages/Word Count: 63,400

Summary:

Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?

Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.

As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.

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Author Bio

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Summer Stock, one lucky winner will receive a Summer Stock swag bag (pictured below)! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 20, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Tour Stop & Giveaway: Bend by Nancy J. Hedin

Writing Process

I wish I could say I write every day. I can’t say that. I can say that I write or noodle (think about my work) everyday and most days, I also get some writing done. I usually write longhand in cheap notebooks and fun journals. My wife and kids will tell you I have lots and lots of journals and notebooks. I love school supply sales.

In terms of content, often, I hear a line in my head about the next story or novel I am writing. It’s usually dialog, but it may not be from the main character. It may be the narrator’s voice or a minor character. I need to write this down right away or I may not remember it again. I write fast and messy in order to get the ideas down as quickly as possible so that I don’t lose them.

I can write anywhere—at home, work, on buses. I loved assignments in my MFA program at Hamline University and I give myself assignments when I am writing a novel. When I am stuck, I journal. Being stuck for me usually means I have an authorial decision to make and I’m not sure what to do. So, I write about it. I interview myself about what I want to say and where I want to go in the scene. If that doesn’t work immediately—it often does, I may get the direction over the next couple days, in my sleep, or while doing something other than writing. I write lots of pages of crappy stuff trying to get to something that I want to take further now or later. I usually have several novels in process at once and am reading several books. That’s how the creative process works for me.


Title: Bend by Nancy J. Hedin
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Imprint: Anglerfish Press
Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian, Young Adult, Romance
Length: 242 pages/Word Count: 61,700

Summary:
Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clause and that one time she kissed the preacher’s daughter.

Everything changes when a new girl comes to town. Charity is mysterious, passionate, and—to Lorraine’s delighted surprise—queer too. Now Lorraine may have a chance at freedom and real love.

But then Becky disappears, and Lorraine uncovers an old, painful secret that could tear the family apart. They need each other more than ever now, and somehow it’s Lorraine—the sinner, the black sheep—who holds the power to bring them together. But only if she herself can learn to bend.

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Author Bio

I grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. That small town sensibility informs my writing and gives me interesting voices in my head and I strive to choose which voice to bring to the page.

I live in St. Paul with my partner, two daughters, one dog, one beared dragon, and two cats.

I have worked as a mental health crisis worker for over twenty years.

I love reading and getting my books signed by the author. I daydream about my own stories in book form and having others read them.

Author Links: Website * Twitter * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Bend, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 13, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact into!

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