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Title: Tin Man
Author: Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, M/M Romance
Petty thief Ashoka “Ace” King knows better than to get in the way of Tophet’s Anti-Terrorist Unit. Rightfully feared in Tophet’s crime-ridden underbelly, a face-to-face encounter with an ATU is almost certainly a death sentence. But Ace has never been one to follow the rules.
Soren Lau might be an ATU rookie, but he’s not naive enough to believe everything his superiors tell him. Then again, he’s not stupid enough to disobey them, either. If he doesn’t shoot and kill as ordered, he might be next on their list.
But when Soren meets Ace, a moment’s hesitation is all it takes to put both their lives on the line. They don’t know each other, they don’t trust each other, and there’s no way in hell they can both walk away from this alive. But with suspicion and mortal danger mounting against both of them—and the forbidden attraction blazing between them—there’s nothing they can do but try.
Hi! Welcome to Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau’s blog tour for our new release, Tin Man. We’re visiting some of our favourite blogs around the place to talk a bit about writing Tin Man, and sharing some of our influences, our ideas, and even an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to leave a comment, for your chance to win prizes!
Returning to the Bliss universe was something I think we wanted to do from the moment we finished the book. Except this time we decided to set our story in Tophet, instead of Beulah. If anyone’s familiar with Pilgrim’s Progress—yeah, we totally stole those names from there. In Pilgrim’s Progress, Beulah is heaven, and Tophet is Hell. In the Bliss universe, Beulah looks like heaven but turns out to be something very different. But Tophet is still hell.
Tophet, as we learned in Bliss, is a crumbling society, characterized by poverty and violence, with a government that oppresses its own citizens. Tin Man gave us the chance to explore Tophet some more. It’s a world plagued by unemployment, and one where the threat of terrorism has been used to erode the human rights of its residents. It’s a world where the terrorists are the bad guys, but so too are the members of the Anti-Terrorism Unit.
Soren Lau is a member of Tophet’s ATU. He’s a rookie, but he knows better than to ask questions. The only way to stay on the right end of a gun is to shut your mouth and do your job. That’s the way it’s always been, and always will be, under an authoritarian regime. The members of the ATU might be the government’s weapon of choice, but they’re caught in the trap just like everyone else. On the other side of the law, there’s Ace King. He’s a criminal, and an amoral element. He might tell himself that he’s not a mindless drone like Soren, but he’s not any closer to freedom than Soren is.
In Bliss, we worked on the idea that you only need to scratch the surface of a so-called utopia, and find the dystopia underneath. Because utopias, of course, rely on the idea that everyone is in accordance; that there is no conflict and everyone is happy working together for the same goal. How this is expected to work for a whole society when it can’t even work in a university share house, we have no idea. It doesn’t take very much imagination to see how very creepy everything really is underneath a Stepford smile.
In Tin Man, there’s no shiny surface to scratch. Tophet is a hellish totalitarian society, where the Thought Police are very much listening. They might be a teacher, or a neighbour, or a colleague, or a friend. The themes are the same as in Bliss—freedom and slavery, and the right to self-determination—but the worlds those themes impact upon remain very different.
It’s difficult to decide what’s worse: a heaven that masquerades as a hell, or a hell that doesn’t pretend to be anything different than what it is.
Each comment on this blog tour enters you for a chance to win a $20 Riptide credit and an ecopy of Bliss, the first book set in this universe. Entries close July 25, and contest is not restricted to US residents. Remember to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you win!
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.
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