Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry talks Bliss and The Ending that Almost Was ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry for taking the time to talk with us today.


Title: Bliss
Author: Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: unknown

Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau, authors of Bliss.  We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our writing process, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at our book, and even a sneak peek or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? We’re giving away a copy of the first novel we wrote together: King of Dublin!

On the tour today, Heidi shares an email from Lisa.

The Ending that Almost Was:

In the early planning stages of Bliss, Lisa Henry and I did a lot of spitballing back and forth with ideas of how the story would develop and take shape. The ending we chose is ultimately an optimistic one with hope of healing and reconciliation and even love, but that wasn’t always the case . . .

Here’s an early email from Lisa to me about what might have been.


[. . . ] So somehow Rory starts asking too many questions of the wrong people, like chasing up ex-programmers or something, and puts them both in danger?

And he can have a huge sense of guilt about all the stuff he’s done to Tate when he realises later that the guy had no say, and that saying yes, in this case, no way equalled consent.

And I think it would be great fun to have Tate trapped inside his own head, unable to communicate how he really feels. So that maybe when the chip malfunctions he can have his moment of “Don’t fucking touch me!” that really cuts Rory to the core.

And maybe that’s when Rory realises that Tate bears no resemblance to the person he must have been, and the extent of the behaviour modifications… So possibly it’s not him who turns Tate back over to the authorities, but they come and get him anyway because they have an error message or something. And then when Tate gets back he’s all compliant and eager to please, and Rory wants it to be real, wants to touch him, but can’t let himself…

And of course I have no idea how it goes from there.

Maybe that’s the point where Rory gets put in real danger… starts making waves and agitating, and trying to contact people in the underground who can get Tate’s chip out.

And I guess we could end it really darkly with Rory arrested and sitting in the same room where we saw Tate get chipped at the beginning…

Which could kind of be a happy ending, if they end up slaves together. Maybe owned by some guy that was a nice kind mentor to Rory when he first moved there, but turns out to be one of the few people aware of how things really are.

I’m such a sadist to my imaginary friends.

Or of course they could have an actual HEA, where they somehow manage to escape together.

Sadistic me is really leaning toward the both-chipped-together thing.

Sadistic me may need more sleep. 🙂


Ultimately, we chose to go a different route than the one Lisa described here. So check out Bliss and tell us . . . did we make the right choice?


They’re always happy.

Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it.

So is Tate Patterson. He’s from Tophet, too, but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief. A city without crime seems like an easy score, until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen. Instead of jail, Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program. By living with and serving his victim for seven years, Tate will learn the human face of his crimes.

If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. Tate is fitted with a behavior-modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders, no matter how dehumanizing. Worse, the chip prevents him from telling Rory, the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him, the truth: in a country without prisons, Tate is locked inside his own mind.

About the Authors:

Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write.

Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms.

When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her daughter or sipping a drink at her favourite coffee shop.

Author Links:

You can visit Lisa her website, at Goodreads, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Chat with Heidi on Twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.

Browse Heidi’s website at HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com.

Check out Heidi’s books on Goodreads.

Follow Heidi’s Facebook and Tumblr accounts.

Or contact Heidi using good old-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau@gmail.com

Buy Links:



Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a copy of our first joint release — King of Dublin. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your facebook or goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise! On September 1, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win the prize!


Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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16 thoughts on “Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry talks Bliss and The Ending that Almost Was ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway

  1. I love reading about the evolution. You take one idea and go from there and build a fantastic book. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. I don’t want to read the way it could have gone because then I will know how it didn’t go, does that make sense? 🙂 aahickmanathotmaildotcom

  3. I haven’t read any book of this two writers but this book sounds terrific:) Plz count me in for the giveaway:)

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