Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler on Dead Ringer ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Dead Ringer
Author: Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Dion Marc and Marisha Dudek
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction


Brandon Ringer has a dead man’s face. His grandfather, silver-screen heartthrob James Ringer, died tragically at twenty-one, and Brandon looks exactly like him. But that’s where the resemblance ends. Brandon is unknown, unemployed, and up to his ears in bills after inheriting his grandparents’ Hollywood mansion. He refuses to sell it—it’s his last connection to his grandmother—so to raise the cash he needs, he joins a celebrity look-alike escort agency.

Percy Charles is chronically ill, isolated, and lonely. His only company is his meddlesome caregiver and his collection of James Ringer memorabilia. When he finds “Jim Ringer” on Hollywood Doubles’ website, he books an appointment, hoping to meet someone who shares his passion for his idol.

Brandon? Not that person.

But despite their differences, they connect, and Percy’s fanboy love for James shows Brandon a side of his grandfather he never knew. Soon they want time together off the clock, but Percy is losing his battle for independence, and Brandon feels trapped in James’s long shadow. Their struggle to love each other is the stuff of classic Hollywood. Too bad Brandon knows how those stories end.


Hi, and welcome to the DEAD RINGER release tour! We’re Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler, here with more DEAD RINGER B-roll footage and DVD extras than you can shake a stick at. Stay tuned for author commentary, posters and info about all of James Ringer’s movies, classic Hollywood factoids, and, of course, some sweet prizes!

Today on the tour . . . Heidi Belleau, talking music!

Sam and I both love to listen to music while we write. I find it’s incredibly inspiring and also useful for maintaining the tone I want to convey, whether it’s over the course of an entire novel or just a scene. Writing DEAD RINGER, I wanted my music to have that nostalgic 1950s vibe . . . but in a sad, melancholy way that suits the story. I spent a lot of time on 8tracks, listening to music there, finding suitable playlists through the tags—whether the resulting lists were comprised of 1950s classics or just modern tunes that evoke the era or our memories of it. Today, I’m passing along a little of that magic to you with a playlist I put together especially for the book. Enjoy!

Dead Ringer from HeidiBelleau on 8tracks Radio.

And as an extra, here are just a few of the many playlists I wrote to!

That 50s Kind of Sadness

And the Mountains Should Crumble

Fly Me to the Moon

Cigarettes & Pearls

rebel. (James Dean-inspired collection)

Jimmy D.

Happy listening!

Thanks to our generous blog hosts, and thanks to you for hanging out with us! Be sure to check out our full list of tour stops so you can see the rest of our extras and snag yourself more chances to win our giveaway!

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks


Feeling lucky? Leave a comment with your email on this or any of our other DEAD RINGER tour posts for a chance to win one of our two grand prizes. Each winner will receive a $15 gift card to Riptide Publishing, plus get their choice of either a poster-sized print of DEAD RINGER’s gorgeous cover photo by Marisha Dudek, or a postcard set featuring the eye-catching ephemera of James Ringer’s filmography, designed by Vivian Ng. Contest ends October 31, 2015 and is not restricted to US entries.

About the Author

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.

She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centred on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with unironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!)

When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her newborn daughter or standing in line at the local coffee shop, waiting on her caramel macchiato.

Connect with Heidi:

About Sam

Sam Schooler is queer and nonbinary, and she grew up surrounded by corn, churches, and cliché “Hell Is Real” signs. After twelve years of Catholic school in southwestern Ohio, she applied to the most liberal university she could find and wound up with a degree in journalism. Now, she writes trope-subverting new adult books about people of all genders and orientations—and all the ways they can love each other. Sam lives with her wife and their two cats in Regina, Saskatchewan.

You can find her backlist and details about upcoming projects at samschooler.com.

If you’re feeling daring, follow her on Twitter as @samschoolering or on Tumblr as meetcute-s to get the full immersive experience.


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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10 thoughts on “Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler on Dead Ringer ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the playlists. I love the 50’s music, the voices are unbelievably soulful!

  2. Happy listening, everyone! I hope you all find some new artists to enjoy! 8tracks is a treasure trove, whether you’re an author or you need some music to clean to or some workout tunes! It’s all there. 🙂

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