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Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Romance
Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
The one about Bisexuality
So. I’ve been pretty gone from the interwebs lately because single momming and working full time takes up a big chunk of your time, apparently. WHO KNEW?
So I’ve been absent but not so absent I missed the giant debate, if I can call it that, about gay-for-you stories and bisexuality. I don’t want to lecture about it or hit you over the head with my opinions, even though it makes me sad to see our genre fight. I just want everyone to kiss and make up so we can get along and read books together. And then rave about them in groups because there is so much super good stuff. (Anyone read Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North? Because I just did and LOVED IT.)
Thomas is bisexual in Patchwork Paradise. In a way I’m a little sorry his point of view never appears in the book, because it never really comes out how he defines himself, or if he defines himself at all.
I think the world around him defines Thomas as bisexual, and if he were a real person who ends up in a relationship with a man, a lot of people who never knew him before, would define him as gay. Which happens all too often, so I’m told. While Thomas himself feels sexually attracted to both men and women but only romantically attracted to men. He doesn’t think too much about labels and all that (he’s too busy pining after Ollie and trying to sleep with other people to forget about it) but I think this is maybe an important distinction.
What makes a character bisexual in the eyes of a reader? I’ve had books tagged as gay for you when it clearly states in the blurb that both characters are gay. Is it really necessary to have “experience” with both men and women before a character can call himself bisexual? Is it not important to consider how a person identifies him or herself, rather than what society labels them? Is Thomas bisexual but not biromantic? Does it matter if it doesn’t matter to him?
I find this a very interesting topic, one I’m certainly no expert in, so I’m super interested to hear everyone’s thoughts…
To celebrate, Indra is giving away an ebook from her backlist at EVERY BLOG STOP! She’ll also be giving out a grand prize of $25 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 2, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
About the Author
After living in Michigan, USA for seven wonderful years, Indra Vaughn returned back to her Belgian roots. There she will continue to consume herbal tea, do yoga wherever the mat fits, and devour books while single parenting a little boy and working as a nurse.
The stories of boys and their unrequited love will no doubt keep finding their way onto the page—and hopefully into readers hands—even if it takes a little more time.
And if she gleefully posts pictures of snow-free streets in winter, you’ll have to forgive her. Those Michigan blizzards won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Connect with Indra:
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One random commenter with thoughtful, relevant comments will win a $25 gift certificate each month in 2016.
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