Indra Vaughn on Patchwork Paradise ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Romance


Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.

The one about Bisexuality

So. I’ve been pretty gone from the interwebs lately because single momming and working full time takes up a big chunk of your time, apparently. WHO KNEW?

So I’ve been absent but not so absent I missed the giant debate, if I can call it that, about gay-for-you stories and bisexuality. I don’t want to lecture about it or hit you over the head with my opinions, even though it makes me sad to see our genre fight. I just want everyone to kiss and make up so we can get along and read books together. And then rave about them in groups because there is so much super good stuff. (Anyone read Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North? Because I just did and LOVED IT.)

Anyway! Bisexuality.

Thomas is bisexual in Patchwork Paradise. In a way I’m a little sorry his point of view never appears in the book, because it never really comes out how he defines himself, or if he defines himself at all.

I think the world around him defines Thomas as bisexual, and if he were a real person who ends up in a relationship with a man, a lot of people who never knew him before, would define him as gay. Which happens all too often, so I’m told. While Thomas himself feels sexually attracted to both men and women but only romantically attracted to men. He doesn’t think too much about labels and all that (he’s too busy pining after Ollie and trying to sleep with other people to forget about it) but I think this is maybe an important distinction.

What makes a character bisexual in the eyes of a reader? I’ve had books tagged as gay for you when it clearly states in the blurb that both characters are gay. Is it really necessary to have “experience” with both men and women before a character can call himself bisexual? Is it not important to consider how a person identifies him or herself, rather than what society labels them? Is Thomas bisexual but not biromantic? Does it matter if it doesn’t matter to him?

I find this a very interesting topic, one I’m certainly no expert in, so I’m super interested to hear everyone’s thoughts…


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To celebrate, Indra is giving away an ebook from her backlist at EVERY BLOG STOP! She’ll also be giving out a grand prize of $25 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 2, 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

After living in Michigan, USA for seven wonderful years, Indra Vaughn returned back to her Belgian roots. There she will continue to consume herbal tea, do yoga wherever the mat fits, and devour books while single parenting a little boy and working as a nurse.

The stories of boys and their unrequited love will no doubt keep finding their way onto the page—and hopefully into readers hands—even if it takes a little more time.

And if she gleefully posts pictures of snow-free streets in winter, you’ll have to forgive her. Those Michigan blizzards won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

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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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22 thoughts on “Indra Vaughn on Patchwork Paradise ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the great post! I have never cared for the GFY label. What I think is important is for people to be able to accept and be comfortable with themselves and not be shamed or pigeonholed by labels.

    P.S. I have read and enjoyed Blueberry Boys.


    • I’m not a huge fan of the label either, unless that’s what the author specifically calls the book, I guess? It’s a tricky line. I mean, tropes are fine, and liking tropes is definitely fine, but it’s also important to be open to recognize it’s possible to like something problematic and that it doesn’t make you a bad person.

      Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. It’s definitely not about what experience a character has IMO. If they say they’re (this label) then they’re (this label). Period.

  3. Thank you for the post. I think some people don’t really think to hard about it. GFY and bisexual, people will interpret as they like and some don’t mean to hurtful and some do. I’ve labeled some books I’ve read as GFY mainly because one of the character realized he was attracted to one guy and never felt attracted to any other guy. To tell you the truth, for me, it kind of is romantic that an individual just found that one guy he’s attracted to. To a lot he’ll be a bisexual guy leaning more to the female persuasion(?) and that’s fine. Will I stop using that label? Probably not since I only use it for books and it helps me to find the books I want when I feel like rereading them.

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    • It’s definitely okay to like certain tropes and find them romantic! That’s why we often read, after all. And I truly believe that 99% of the people don’t mean to be hurtful. I just think it’s important to listen when someone says it hurts them. It doesn’t mean we have to stop using certain labels, but everyone has a right to be heard, right? It’s a tricky subject…

  4. I do not understand the reason for such a debate…. I think Gay for you characters are bisexual, but they did not realise till they meet the right person. That does not necessarily mean that they could not feel attracted to another person of their same sex… If it happened to be the right one again. That’s how I see it… and it is based on my personal experience anyway.
    Congratulations on the new book, Indra. It sounds really good

  5. I have Blueberry Boys to read, so lookingbforward to it.
    I am probably similar to susana in that I think some people come late to a realisation that they are attracted to a person rather than the sex of a person

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  6. The thing is, I see the whole debate on GFY and Bisexual differently as a person and as a reader. Honestly, to me as a reader, GFY or OFY sounds more romantic as a trope: settling down with one gender (for that HEA) after experiencing sexual attraction to both

    BUT as a person, the more important thing to me is how the other see themselves. If they see themselves as bisexual without ever experiencing sex with both genders, who am I to judge or label them? I identify myself as asexual — and I’m sure there are people who think I say that because “I haven’t met the one” and that’s okay because it doesn’t really matter. I know what I am and that label comforts me, knowing that I’m not the only one with asexual identity.

    • It’s definitely true fiction shouldn’t be confused with reality. But there’s the issue of representation, especially in a time like this, and a lot of people do learn and shape behaviors from what they read, and…it’s tricky.

      And I also totally believe you can identify differently in different stages in your life. Maybe you’ll be asexual for the rest of your life and be totally okay and super happy with it, and that’s great. And maybe something will happen that changes that part of you, and that’s totally okay too.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  7. What makes a character bisexual to me is when they’re attracted to people of both genders. Have I tagged books GFY? Yes, but only because the MC strongly identified as het before meeting the one guy he was attracted to. If he meets a guy & realizes or admits he’s been attracted to more than one guy than I’d tag it as OFY, mostly for my own purposes so I’ll remember later. In RL, I would try to avoid labeling someone unless that’s how they want to be identified. Some people are gender/sexually fluid & I definitely respect that even if I don’t identify the same way. legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Yes, we’re definitely labeling books here, and not people. I wouldn’t dream of labeling someone one thing or another. They are who they are and their sexuality is only a small part of their person…ality? Personhood? I don’t know what word I’m looking for exactly…


      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Thanks for your post. I’ve found the GFY label troubling and confusing when it obviously erases bisexuality. Congratulations on your new release! I’m looking forward to reading it. violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  9. I tend to dislike the GFY label, though I’m sure it happens. I’m surprised at how binary sexuality is to so many people, even in the 21st century!


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