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Title: Starting New
Author: S.C. Wynne
Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: 08/08/2016
Life hasn’t been good to Francis Murphy. He’s survived twenty-one years of homelessness by hooking and taking handouts where he can find them. When the local shelter is vandalized, he’s forced to seek food at the Grace and Light Church, where he runs into the pastor’s son, Randy.
Randy Wright believes the best in others. He’s immediately drawn to Francis, even though Francis is hardened and wary. When Francis is attacked by one of his johns, Randy and his family take him in and offer him temporary work. Randy always thought he was straight, but something about Francis has him yearning for more than just friendship, and realizing he might be bisexual.
Francis is attracted to Randy too, and Randy and his parents say they’ve always believed in gay rights. But talk is cheap. What are the odds that these Christian parents will remain open-minded when it’s their own son in a relationship with another man?
The Challenge of Writing Damaged Characters
I often write about damaged people. My guys are usually guarded and untrusting. Sometimes I’ve had people who don’t seem to understand why a character has to begin the book slightly unlikeable. Well, the reality is sometimes people are kind of jerks. They don’t trust and therefore they treat even good people as their enemy.
But then I always have the more balanced guy too. This man always leads by example. He’s endlessly patient with the damaged character. He sees inside the other man and is willing to be patient. He realizes that a beautiful person is hidden under all the layers of hurt and fear.
If the damaged character began the book all Care Bears and rainbows there wouldn’t be a story. The metamorphosis from jerk to vulnerable and loving human being is a beautiful thing to me.
To celebrate the release of Starting New, S.C. is giving away $30 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 13, 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
S.C. Wynne started writing m/m in 2013 and did look back once. She wanted to say that because it seems everyone’s bio says they never looked back and, well, S.C. Wynne is all about the joke. She loves writing m/m, and her characters are usually a little jaded, funny, and ultimately redeemed through love.
S.C loves red wine, margaritas, and Seven and Sevens. Yes, apparently she is incredibly thirsty. She loves the rain and should really live in Seattle, but instead has landed in sunny, sunny, unbelievably sunny California. Writing is the best profession she could have chosen because she’s a little bit of a control freak. To sit in her pajamas all day and pound the keys of her laptop, controlling the every thought and emotion of the characters she invents, is a dream come true.
If you’d like to contact S.C. Wynne, she can be found amusing herself on Facebook at all hours of the day, or you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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