Kim Fielding on Love Can’t Conquer ~ Guest Blog

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Title: Love Can’t Conquer
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 06/03/2016


Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.

Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.

Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.


Hi, I’m Kim Fielding and I want to talk a little bit about bullying.

One of the main characters in my new novel, Love Can’t Conquer, was bullied as a kid. It’s one of the reasons he fled his small town in Kansas as soon as he could, landing in Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, Jeremy Cox is tall and muscular, an ex-cop who heads the local urban park rangers. Even though it’s been many years since anyone dared to bully him, those childhood experiences left their mark. He reacted to them by making himself strong, by casting himself as a superhero out to rescue those in need. But that doesn’t mean he’s not still vulnerable. As Jeremy himself realizes, “Inside every man was the boy he used to be. No matter how much bigger he’d grown or how many miles he’d traveled. No matter how high the bridge from which he’d leaped.”

The other main character, Qayin Hill, was bullied too as a youth. But in his case, the abuse came from within his own family, and his scars run deep.

Bullying used to be almost taken for granted, but in recent years it’s received more attention. There’s a growing body of research on the subject, showing the effects on victims. Some of these effects can last for years, such as anxiety and depression. Bullies, too, are often damaged people who experience many difficulties in life.

One of the messages I wanted to convey in this book is that growing up doesn’t mean we leave our childhood problems behind. We often carry them around with us like a ratty old school backpack we can’t remove. I also wanted to make it clear that even falling in love with a wonderful person won’t heal all those old wounds. But there’s a hopeful message too—with the support of good friends and loved ones, we can overcome a troubled past and even experience our own HEA.


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About the Author

Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

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3 thoughts on “Kim Fielding on Love Can’t Conquer ~ Guest Blog

  1. When you said, “…growing up doesn’t mean we leave our childhood problems behind…” My jaw dropped open and then I thought about a recent visit to my hometown.

    My family was poor and my clothes came from Goodwill or the Salvation Army, I was also extremely tall and skinny. By 5th grade, I was already wearing a size 10 women’s shoe (and that’s what I wear today). Every single day, a group of kids picked on me and my sister because of these. clothes – on the bus, at lunch time, at recess, or in physical education. Adults – Teacher’s and administrators – said and did nothing. They would sometimes laugh along with the kid(s).

    I’m really glad that these behaviors are deemed unacceptable now and that victims have recourse. It’s not a perfected situation but it’s so much more than what I had.

    I had a “friend” who used to invite me over to her house and randomly (it didn’t happen every time) she would threaten to let her German Sheperd loose. That dog was mean and growly and known to bite people that it didn’t like. There was even talk in the neighborhood that the dog had bitten two kids and both kids had to have rabies shots. Every time I was invited over, it was a physical experience. I would literally throw up thinking about whether I should go over or not. This “friend” was popular and had the ability to make my life easier or harder with the other kids so the majority of the time, I went. I thought that if I behaved differently that this would eliminate this friend’s behavior. I learned very quickly that if I was not acting submissive that this was an automatic threat. Acting submissive meant that I allowed her and any other kids who were with us, to walk all over me. It’s embarrassing looking back on this.

    That series of experiences continues to affect me as an adult. I am very afraid of dogs (even though my children have a dog).

    In my neighborhood, if I see a dog being walked, I will avoid them and their owner at all costs.

    So back to my recent visit to my hometown. I ran into the “friend” and at a separate time, some of the other people that taunted me daily. Both times, my stomach jumped and it took everything in me to keep an appearance of “nothing you say can hurt or affect me”. I was polite but closed off the contact as quickly as possible.

    I’ve had a lot of success in my career and I’m used to people approaching me but these former kids…not even sure why they would think that I would want anything to do with them.

    Kim, I’m sitting in my big, comfy chair getting ready to read Love Can’t Conquer. I pre-ordered it and am glad I have it in hand.

    I have really loved your books. You just have a way – some magic – where you are able to create memorable characters and storylines that don’t preach, aren’t all about sex, and always leave an impression on my heart.

    • Thanks so much for such a thoughtful, heartfelt comment. We’re better about stopping bullying nowadays, but I think some people still underestimate the lifelong impact.

      I do hope you enjoy the book! <3

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