Rowan Speedwell on Angel Voices ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Angel Voices
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: 11/28/2016


One frigid winter night a week before Christmas, college student Will stumbles into a church during choir practice, bruised by his own father’s hands. He’s out of the closet now—there’s no going back since his fundamentalist father learned the truth—but he’s also out of a home, a family, and a future. Will has nowhere to turn. No one to care.

Except . . . Will’s roommate, Quinn, cares. Maybe too much. He’s been attracted to Will since they moved in together, but never dreamed his crush was gay. With Will’s life in pieces, Quinn doesn’t want to push. He also knows he has more experience than Will, who’s never even been kissed.

Then Will’s father makes a reappearance, and Will has to learn to trust his heart more than the voices of his past. But it’s the season of miracles, faith, and hope, and Quinn is determined to teach Will how to love and be loved.

Hello! This is Rowan Speedwell checking in with more stuff about life, the universe, and “Angel Voices,” the second edition of my Christmas story, out November 28th. Since it is the holiday season, what better way to celebrate than with a drawing for a $15 Riptide gift card? Here’s the catch—you can’t just comment randomly. No, you have to ask a question—one I can answer, no “what’s the airspeed velocity of a laden swallow” sort of thing. And no math. And keep it clean! I’ll answer you back and at the end of the blog tour do a drawing for the gift card from all the entries!

Time-sucks. We all have them. For most of us, it’s social networks—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, whatever. You can disappear into them. Slip in there to check something out, and four hours later you raise your dazed head and wonder where the hell the day went. Sometimes it’s a good time—you come out laughing at the latest Joe Biden memes or otter videos. Sometimes you come out broken and bleeding by the awful way people treat each other. It can happen both ways. Social networks are great for networking, and for keeping in touch with people you can’t see regularly, and for reconnecting with long lost friends and relatives. But sometimes it’s an endless feedback loop for insanity.

I don’t spend a lot of time on social networks. I have a Facebook account and a Twitter account, but I almost never post on either anymore. I don’t even follow the Yahoo groups for the various publishers I work with. I know, as an author, that I should be connecting with readers and promoting my books and keeping track of what’s going on… but I can’t. I can’t get caught up in the drama. I can’t muster the outrage that some posts demand of me and still keep sane. After a certain point I can’t even get excited about funny stuff. I just can’t bear the constant input.

Have you ever been to Vegas? Or even a local casino? They have patterned carpeting on the floors, and patterned ceilings. They have lights flashing everywhere. Heck, they have lights on the floors! It’s a nonstop sensory assault—exciting, distracting. I went to Vegas—once. I had two panic attacks in the first twenty-four hours I was there, and have sworn never to return.

I don’t cope well with too much sensory input. Sometimes, like when I’m reading, I can filter things out, but mostly I can’t. If someone’s talking to me and a loud truck goes by, I can’t focus on what she’s saying, because I can’t filter the noise. I live alone and work alone, and it works for me.

You’ll notice I didn’t say that I avoided the Internet. Nope. My time-suck is research. That’s where I can get lost for hours without even noticing the time going by. I compulsively check news feeds, not only for current events—can they get any more depressing lately?—but for the odd things, like scientists discovering critters that can live in volcanoes and figuring out that Pluto has a subterranean ocean because of its erratic orbit or something, or stories about 18th century serial killers. I love that stuff. I can get lost in it for hours.

I think there should be something like Facebook but for asocial types like me. It would be an AntiSocial Network. Lots of research sites, no popup ads (sensory overload!!!), and cute videos with otters and cats and hedgehogs and sloths. And Joe Biden memes. But no mean stuff. No drama. No “share this post and <choose your deity> will reward you with <whatever>.” (Cuz those just suck.) Just things to watch and read and feel good about.

We could call it ReadBook. Who’s with me?


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Angel Voices, one lucky winner will receive $15 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with a thoughtful question and your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 3, 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

An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . .  Hmm.  Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math.  She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry.  She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.

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Farewell Giveaway
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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21 thoughts on “Rowan Speedwell on Angel Voices ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. I would join Readbook, too! And, Vegas casinos give me headaches. I once walked into New York, New York and instantly had a migraine trigger. Luckily I always carry my migraine meds.

    My question is: What is the oddest or most surprising thing you can remember running across while researching something?


    • That General Blucher, who commanded the Germans at Waterloo, had his horse shot out from under him, ended up pinned down by it, and had his entire army basically ride over him. And survived. And fought in the battle the next day. AND was OVER SEVENTY at the time.

  2. Readbook sound like it could be fun and who doesn’t enjoy animal videos? I suffer from migraines at the weirdest times and light sometimes triggers it =( I’ve never been to Vegas which I guess makes me either lucky or unlucky whichever way you want to look at it.

    My question: Do you decorate for the holiday and if you do what is your favorite ornament?

  3. I would love ReadBook, as I consider myself basically asocial as well…Great idea, Rowan
    My question for you is What is the first book you remember reading? Did you like it? do you still have it?

  4. I love Biden memes, if there were lots of those on Readbook, I’d be there! Since Vegas wasn’t for you, what is your favorite travel destination? I enjoyed the time I lived in Vegas, but I was still early 20s.

  5. ReadBook sounds interesting … although if the purpose is just to be anti-social, why go to ReadBook in the first place? I will just grab my Kindle and be anti-social by reading :p


  6. I’m a huge fan and would love to win the giftcard. My question for you has always been…would you ever write a sequel to Illlumination? I love that book and re-read it often. bkadet(at)gmail(dot)com.

  7. That’s very funny, Rowan. I’m a very social person, so I enjoy the social aspect of social media. I find people endlessly fascinating so to me that’s my “research,” learning others’ thoughts & feelings because I’ve only ever been me! I imagine authors often fall down a research hole, and that’s great for us readers! Is there anything really fascinating/weird/mind-blowing that you’ve found recently?

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

    • Okay, nerd hat on. I recently discovered that Jacob Grimm, of the Grimm Brothers, actually was an etymologist who revolutionized the study of the development of European languages. And that “head” and “cap” come from the same European root word, which we wouldn’t have known without his work. (see? Nerd)

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