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Title: Far From Home
Author: Lorelie Brown
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance
Release Date: 08/01/2016
My name is Rachel. I’m straight . . . I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.
My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calm rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess—anorexia is not a pretty word—and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.
And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I’ll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.
Writing process is such an innocent little phrase, isn’t it? Two little words that translate to “absolutely damn thing you please” and encompass a whole range of habits and behaviors.
Absorb media. I read all the books. (I just finished Megan Hart’s Beg For it. Dirty and emotional all in one.) I watch all the movies. (On Friday I’m seeing Bad Mom’s in a theater we’ve rented out and filled with only moms.) I binge all the shows. (I’m on episode 10 of Orange Is The New Black’s season 4 and Peaky Blinders is up next.) You need to consume to create.
I start with one character. For Far From Home, that was Rachel. She came to life for me first, with all her struggles and her issues and her style of narration. I let the idea of her bubble and perk in the back of my brain while I started figuring out her background.
Trope comes next, for me. I like to play with them whenever I can manage. “Take Me Home” comes out in November, and that one’s a classic fake holiday date story. For Far From Home, I knew I wanted to tweak out the marriage of convenience trope. That meant a heroine who needed a green card. I cycled through a few ideas before I settled on logical, calm Pari.
Then I put them in a room together and boom! Magic happens.
You hate me, don’t you? “What the hell, Lorelie??! That’s a bullshit cop out!”
Well, it kind of is and it kind of isn’t. I really do put the characters in a room together and start writing. (Pantser of the first order here.) Either it takes off, or it doesn’t. For Rachel and Pari it really was magic. I started writing and I pretty much didn’t stop for a month. I wrote on my phone on my breaks. I came home and wrote after dinner. I wrote when I was waiting in line at Qdoba.
It doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes I slog through a few thousand words and have to admit that these characters aren’t even going to the dentist together, much less riding off into a sunset hand in hand. I once threw out a book with 35,000 words written. I threw out a different one at 60k. If I’m bored writing it, you’re going to be bored reading it. If I’m high on writing it, I’m going to give you all the feels.
If I make it through the first draft, I’ve got a book. I’m not always sure it’s going to be a great book. That’s what editing is for. Pari needed to be a little less “perfect,” said my editors. I can do that. But Rachel is still Rachel, the character I first dreamed up and set loose on the page. I hope you like her as much as I do.
To celebrate the release of Far From Home, Lorelie is giving away a ring! That’s right, a size 7 ring, similar to the one Pari buys for Rachel in the book. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 6, 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 a seminomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she now lives north of Chicago. She writes her Pacific Blue series of hot surfers in order to channel some warmth.
Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out on a regular basis for not petting him enough.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the Vegas Top Guns and Command Force Alpha series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter. You can also contact Lorelie on Twitter @LorelieBrown.
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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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