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Title: Blank Spaces
Author: Cass Lennox
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 11/14/2016
Absence is as crucial as presence.
The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave’s life infinitely simpler: he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves. That’s all he really needs, especially since sex isn’t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection. But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision.
Jonah wants his men like his coffee: hot, intense, and daily. But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn’t do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer. No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is.
When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock. Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences. Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work—right? Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them.
Anyone who’s visited my social media accounts will have noticed that I’m actually a British writer. So why Toronto? Why not Toronto! It’s an amazing city, and when I visited, I felt an instant connection to it the moment I arrived. It’s hard to describe, but I almost recognised it, even though I’d never been to Canada before. Something about the collision of new and old architecture, the constant construction, the mix of local and international businesses, the cafe culture, and of course the friendliness of the locals really got to me, on quite a deep level. The city’s one of the most diverse cities in Canada, if not North America, and I felt totally at home while I was there.
I was there for Pride, and the way the city threw itself into celebrating was glorious—and fabulous! Rainbows were everywhere, and I mean everywhere across the city. Not even London (in the UK, where I actually live) had that level of Pride solidarity. Queen Street was cheekily named Queer Street, Church Street had a lovely open whiteboard for people to write down why they had Pride as well as a rainbow pedestrian crossing, and the main Pride march featured WATERGUNS. A total blast, and it was immensely validating to see so much acceptance there.
So when I was inspired to write the stories of these characters kicking around in my brain, Toronto was naturally top of my list of wonderful settings for them. I still feel that way, but I have to say, editing for Canadian spelling alone has made me reconsider that decision multiple times while writing the books in this series 😉 I wanted to bring my impressions of the city in as a defined background to Blank Spaces, and the other books in the Toronto Connections series, because I love stories which can situate you well in its time and setting. I can only hope I’ve managed that. (By the way, any mistakes are totally my own, with my sincerest apologies to Canadian readers. I tried!)
More importantly, I hope I’ve written romances that are as unique and different as Toronto is. I think I’ve managed to do that with Blank Spaces, but I admit I’m also dreadfully biased. If you’re scratching your head over how on earth an asexual guy and a supremely sexual guy can get together, read the book to find out!
To celebrate the release of Blank Spaces, one lucky winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to All Romance Ebooks! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 19, 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
Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.
Connect with Cass:
- Blog: casslennox.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cass-Lennox-1704635609768647/
- Twitter: twitter.com/CassLennox
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.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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