Shira Anthony on A Solitary Man ~ Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: A Solitary Man
Author: Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery


Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

Thank you, Brandilyn and Prism for hosting this stop on the A Solitary Man Blog Tour! I thought I’d share a little bit today about writing a romance that focuses on important issues and striking a balance between entertainment and a message. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post with instructions about how to enter the blog tour giveaway on Rafflecopter!

I admit it. I read romance to escape. I won’t write a book without a happy ending and I try not to read them. Why? Because, for me, reading and writing romance is a chance to escape reality and let my imagination fly. I think that’s true for most readers of the genre. Romance writers sell fantasy don’t they?

Can a romance novel take us away and still have something real to say? I think so. And I think the story can say it in a way that is entertaining but doesn’t shy away from tough topics.

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A Solitary Man was inspired by two very serious topics: commercial sexual exploitation of children and juvenile solitary confinement. For those who know me and Aisling Mancy, you may know that we both advocate for the rights of children, albeit in very different ways. I work as a public sector attorney and handle cases involving child abuse and neglect. I’m also a survivor and have been a CASA/GAL volunteer for abused and neglected children. Aisling works directly with child survivors of abuse and, as Cody Kennedy, writes YA books that address abuse, recovery and, above all, give those survivors hope for their futures.

Juvenile Detention Solitary2 We are horrified by stories involving the use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention facilities. A 2011 report by the American Civil Liberties Union found nearly 100,000 youth under 18 were held in detention facilities in the U.S. Many of these facilities use solitary confinement for days, weeks, or months to punish, house, or “protect” these children. Can you imagine spending 22 hours a day in a tiny cell with no contact with the outside world? The ACLU report showed that when juveniles are subjected to solitary confinement they suffer serious harm to their mental and physical health. Worse yet, they are often denied access to treatment for their medical, psychological, and developmental needs.

So how do two fiction writers address serious issues like solitary confinement and child sex trafficking and still create an entertaining book? By injecting exciting action and hot romance into the mix.

Chance, the DA prosecuting drug crimes in Dare’s Landing, is firmly in the closet. Xav, the former FBI agent turned sheriff’s deputy, is out but not advertising. When they meet, the romance sparks fly. But when they meet again—at work—they’re both taken by surprise.
Add a mystery that’s unrelenting and the lives of many people at stake, and A Solitary Man will have you hanging onto your seat and wanting to know who will survive the hot North Carolina summer. We hope you’ll join us when A Solitary Man is released tomorrow, November 6th! -Shira

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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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30 thoughts on “Shira Anthony on A Solitary Man ~ Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. I love books that deal with serious issues but also have an entertaining story. I get to be enlightened/educated and entertained at the same time.

    A Solitary Man sounds great and I have added it to me TBR list.

  2. I think the best fiction educates as it entertains–and yet so subtly most of us aren’t aware we’re being educated. I read a post earlier today in which someone (rather loudly) stated they didn’t want a ‘message’ in their stories, and erroneously went on to use Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as an example of macabre entertainment purely for the sake of the gruesome story. Most historians would agree that Shelley’s story was rooted in some of the technological and medical advancements being made at the time–and that her story was a direct commentary on such acts. 🙂 But that’s not what we remember about Frankenstein..

    I think by making readers connect with characters and sharing your personal insights, you’re making readers aware of a flawed system by putting a face–albeit a fictional one–to its victims. That’s how changes start. So kudos to you and Aisling for tackling a difficult subject with compassion and skill.

    • Firstly, thank you so very much for the astute, even profound, observations, Sarah. Joseph Conrad, who, during a discussion of the writer’s “job,” declared “It is above all to make you see.” If we can do that in our storytelling, then our work is done here.

      Secondly, I’m a firm believer that education and information not only gives us choices, but enables us—gives us the power to change the world–even if only by writing one book at a time. We aren’t only wordsmiths. We aren’t only recording history, one perspective at a time. We’re paving the way for desperately needed change.

      Thirdly, thank you for the high compliments. We can’t wait to hear what you think of the final story.

      My best always,

  3. This is a story exemplifies the wonderful talents of Aisling and Shira in their ability to bring such harsh realities to the forefront and still be able to offer hope and support for those that are in the midst of hardships. I am really looking forward to reading A Solitary Man and I know that by the end of the book I will have another viewpoint, a broader, more compassionate one. Thank you for this!! <3

    • Thank you so very much for the high compliments, Sara! We covered some tough subjects, we want people to learn things, to be aware, above all to get involved and have hope. We hope we have achieved those goals and can’t wait to hear what you think! Thanks for dropping by and commenting! It’s great to see you here!

  4. I love Shira Anthony and love Aisling Mancy’s writing as Cody Kennedy so I’m sure to love this book too! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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