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Title: Bluewater Blues
Author: G.B. Gordon
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 10/17/2016
Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. Unfortunately, his feelings refuse to stay casual.
Mark Keao is married to his job as a costume designer on Wolf’s Landing. He’s autistic, so he’s used to people not knowing how to interact with him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a hermit. Especially when he meets Jack Daley, who dances with brooms, shares his love of the blues, and gets him like no one else. But relationships have proven complicated in the past.
Just when Mark is ready to try anyway, Jack pulls back. But Mark isn’t giving up, and neither is Jack’s sister. And then there’s the music both men love, bringing them together time and again. It will take trust, though, to bring them together for good.
The Romance of It All
If there’s one thing writing in the Bluewater Bay universe has taught me about myself, it’s that I truly am a romantic at heart. While I’d never written strictly inside the romance genre before Bluewater Bay (it depends on how narrowly that genre is defined), I’ve always loved romance in my writing. But I’ve always wanted to explore more than one genre, and I really enjoy the complexity of stories that have more than one plotline, if they tie in well. And while most of my stories have a strong romantic plotline, the focus is often on action and a related inner conflict. But the undeniable fact remains: I’m a romantic soul.
It’s not just romance as a modern novel genre that draws me in, but romance as a human emotion, be it music, poetry, a walk in the woods or two spoons in an ice cream tub. And yes, in real life I can get embarrassingly cheesy given the right incentive.
I don’t take my protagonists’ HEA as a given. Like, if you’d just find the perfect formula, Right Person+Right Person=HEA. But if all partners involved want the relationship to last and are prepared to work towards that goal, then, yes, I believe it’s possible to make a loving relationship last a lifetime. And I do want that happiness for my characters.
Then there’s the sex(y). Oh, yeah, is there ever. Be it curves or angles, voices, life, joy … I find, almost anything can be sexy that is vibrant and positive (or at least potentially positive). Even inanimate objects, like cars, can be sexy if you infuse them with those qualities.
But I specifically find people sexy, no matter what sex or gender: the curve of a throat, collarbones, jawbones, cheekbones, the scent of clean skin, eyelashes, butts in well-worn jeans, capable hands, blown pupils, moans, licks, touches, kisses. And just feeling someone else’s attraction can be sexy as all get-out.
I want to explore what turns me on, in real life or in fantasy (and, yes, there’s a difference) and run with that, and try to bring my readers along. Because, while people are different and react to different things, there’s also a strong mutual base of biology, chemistry and experiences we draw on as humans, and where at least some of our tastes tend to overlap. In that respect, writing what I feel seems to work quite well.
And I don’t care what gender. (My drawers hold all kinds. It’s a bit of chance that the first ones published are all cis guys. Stay tuned for some others. ;)) Usually whatever I write starts with a character; so whoever my characters are, and whatever sex, gender and sexual orientation they throw at me, I run with. The main draw for me lies in their relationships.
Story feeds off conflict, and relationships are a breeding ground (THE breeding ground?) for conflict. My characters can be wonderfully tortured about admitting to something beyond physical attraction (or even that). And when they do, there’s that delicious voyeuristic tingle of watching two (or more) lovers getting it on, or even just to watch the chemistry between them develop and grow thick as syrup.
I can’t pass under a lit window at night without imagining the life of the people living there and what they mean to each other. I look at travelers at the station or airport and wonder where they’re going, and why, and with whom.
And writing queer romance has the added bonus of pushing boundaries, challenging preconceptions (my own included), broadening my horizon and, last not least, writing diverse books that give readers of all stripes stories they can see themselves in. Because, we need diverse books!
To celebrate the release of Bluewater Blues, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 22, 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
G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.
Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands.Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.
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