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Title: Part & Parcel
Author: Abigail Roux
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
We are here today to talk about Part & Parcel, the third book in the Sidewinders series. What can you tell us about it?
Part & Parcel is a little bit different in tone and style from the rest of the books in the Cut & Run universe. There’s no outside antagonist for Nick and Kelly to battle in this one, it’s all about them battling their inner demons . . . and each other. For that reason, it’s slower in pace than most of my books tend to be, and closer to the tone of Shock & Awe than any other book in the universe. This is the book that will make or break them as a couple, and hopefully let the reader into the minds and their souls of all of Sidewinder, including Elias Sanchez, so that going forward we’ll feel like we’re adventuring with friends instead of strangers.
By now most readers are familiar with Nick & Kelly. What do you want to say to those who haven’t followed Zane and the Sidewinder boys to this point?
Oh, I’d say don’t start with Part & Parcel. Going forward in the Sidewinder Series, the adventures may become stand-alone type books where new readers can hop in on the 4th or 6th book or whatever and not miss a beat, but right now they’re not. You don’t have to’ve read the 9 Cut & Run books to follow the Sidewinder Series, because I give you the basics of what you need to be able to follow the plot. But they do share a world, which I’ve tried to make crystal clear to readers, so I’m not sure why anyone would think there’s a way to convey 9 books worth of richness and backstory in a paragraph or two of catching up in a new book. For people who just don’t like the Cut & Run books, the Sidewinders might be different enough to enjoy, and I’ve heard from a good number of readers who are doing just that – reading Sidewinder without ever having picked up a Cut & Run book – who are following along happily. But my advice would be, if you love the Sidewinder world, track down the 9 Cut & Run books and Warrior’s Cross to read as well, because you can immerse yourself in their world for quite a long time.
What about Part & Parcel makes you the proudest?
To be perfectly blunt, the fact that I even finished it. Not only was this book written in the atomic cloud that rose up after I completed the Cut & Run Series (which took a huge mental and emotional toll on me that I quite stupidly hadn’t expected), but also halfway through writing this book my health took a drastic downturn. I’ve spent most of the last year or so on heavy pain pills due to damaged nerves in my spine, a condition that I was devastated to learn is now permanent. And then on top of that, I had to have my rotator cuff repaired for the fourth time, which is a long and painful recovery. After only 4 weeks of recovering from that operation (which usually takes a solid 3 months to get back to 100%) I had to go in for an urgent gall bladder removal. And that diseased gall bladder plus 6-8 gall stones was the reason I’d been so sick for so long. I had to finish the book, though, so the finishing touches of this novel were written with me in a sling and five holes in my belly! That’s probably a lot of information that no one needs, but I share it because my creativity and ability to tell a good story centers mostly on me being content! Writing this novel was just all pain for me, and I poured that pain into the characters until they had nowhere to go but to explode, and then I popped them like balloons to relieve the pressure. I couldn’t rid myself of it, so I used them in my stead. It was cathartic for me, and I hope the experience of reading this book will be cathartic for others as well.
What is left for Nick, Kelly, and crew?
Their whole lives are ahead of them! Part & Parcel offers them a chance to recover from the events of the Cut & Run story arc, to move past that trauma and to become stronger, for Sidewinder to remember why they all loved each other, for Nick and Ty to re-forge their friendship even stronger than it was when they were young, for Kelly to face the guilt of his past and the feeling that his actions were the beginning of the end for Sidewinder as a team. Once they all heal, the sky is the limit for them all, and that’s where the Sidewinder Series will follow them.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Oh goodness, I don’t know that I’m the right person to be giving anyone advice. I basically tripped and fell into my career, so giving rookie writers pointers on the hows and whys is a little out of my wheelhouse. And I think everyone would agree with me when I say I’m a polarizing personality. People either really love me, or they really hate me, and there’s rarely a middle-ground for whatever reason, so I tend to shy away from offering advice. If I’m being pressed, though, I’d say simply to write what you love and keep your blinders on to everything else.
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
That my books helped them realize their own identity. Be it gay, bi, asexual, ect, I’ve had a good number of people tell me that, and it always puts things into perspective for me. Because while I tend to be writing the literary equivalent of a summer blockbuster with the main character sauntering toward the camera as a CGI explosion destroys a mid-sized city behind him, I’m doing something right if the bare bones of the story are honest and speak to someone deeply.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I always feel super guilty when I’m asked this question, because I haven’t read anything in a long time. All that health crap I went over a couple questions back makes reading surprisingly hard. It’s difficult to concentrate when you’re all doped up, and the rotator cuff makes it excruciating to stay in one position for very long or even to just hold a book. I’ve been catching up on a lot of TV, though, watching movies I’d missed from the last few years. Netflix and Chill, basically!
Rapid Fire Time
- Love Story or Thriller? Thriller.
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Ehhh, neither.
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? People actually fold their underwear??
- Music or TV/Movies? Music.
- Electronica or Jazz? Jazz.
- Coke or Pepsi? Coke if I’m in Europe. Dr. Pepper at home I’M A REBEL!
- Fire or Ice? What is the fire or ice doing? Am I looking at it and thinking it’s pretty? Is it killing me? Is it sliding down a mountainside toward a small village? I choose ice for any of those.
- Salty or Sugary? Salty.
What are you working on? What is next?
I’ve got tons of projects lined up. I’ve been compiling them for the last year or so. I had to put all my focus on Crash & Burn to make it as satisfying an end to the Cut & Run Series as I possibly could, so any time I had even the tiniest speck of an idea or inspiration, I wrote it down and shoved it aside for later. And then Crash & Burn came out and lifted that weight off my shoulders, but it wasn’t long after that I got sick. During the lowest stretch of my past year I wasn’t even bothering to write stuff down, which I regret immensely because a lot of stellar ideas got lost to the abyss. I’ve slowly been collecting and gathering all the ideas I left on the wayside, though, and now I’ve got nothing but time to write them! I’ve become a little leery of sharing the details of future projects publicly because people can be unscrupulous with ideas. But I’m too excited about some of these projects not to share them! There’s going to be a Sidewinder 4, which will center on Owen Johns. I’ve been calling it ‘the murder book’ but that’s all I can share right now since it’s still in the planning stages. I had an idea just today that will be one of those novels I save for when I need to write something heartbreaking to get it out of my system, about a straight-laced guy who finds out he’s dying, then goes off on one last adventure because he’d never just let go before. A lot of the new stand-alone stories I’m fiddling with are contemporary romances, which everyone knows is not my normal strike-zone. If you want to get philosophical with me for a second, I think being so sick for so long has me subconsciously yearning for vignettes of normality. So I’m kind of anxious to see if I can write a nice, sweet contemporary or three, and write them well. I’m pretty excited about the handful of plots that I do have fleshed out enough to share. Bringers of Gifts, a Christmas story where two feuding neighbors get trapped together in their building during the blizzard of the century. Beeswax is set in the rural South and follows a single dad who is hired by a wealthy guy from the city to help him follow the quirky guidelines of his grandfather’s will in renovating the family’s dilapidated plantation house. One novel I’ve had in my WIP wishlist for literally years but just never could find time or inclination to work on is called The Bleeding Heart, where a comically suave thief dares the detective he has a crush on to stop him from stealing a mystery item some time in the next year, but the item turns out to be the Detective’s heart (figuratively, not literally, I don’t write horror). And finally there’s another big city guy moves to small town story that currently has no title but I’ve been calling it Wahoo and can’t remember why, where the entire town decides that this new guy needs to be set up with the local favorite son, the town mechanic, and it becomes a comedy of errors trying to get them together. There are a bunch of others bits and pieces of ideas floating around, and I’m so grateful that I’m on the mend now and can start plucking these ideas up and get back to work. And I’m also incredibly grateful for everyone who continues buying my books and makes it possible for me to keep on truckin’!
To celebrate the release of Part & Parcel, we are selecting TWO giveaway winners! One will receive the last four Cut & Run books in audio, and the other will receive the full Sidewinder series in audio. Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 26, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!
About the Author
Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year.
Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.
Connect with Abi:
- Website: com
- Twitter: @abigailroux
- Facebook: com/Abigail-Roux
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- Goodreads: com/AbigailRoux
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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