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Title: The Queer and the Restless
Author: Kris Ripper
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Romance
Release Date: 10/31/2016
Ed Masiello has been on testosterone for a year, is working his dream job as a reporter, and is finally passing as a man (so long as you don’t ask his abuela). But the investigation of a murder case is starting to take over his life. Afraid he’s becoming obsessed, he goes to the local club to relax, and meets the flighty, whimsical Alisha.
Alisha is a free spirit who’s tossed aside ambition for travel and adventure. Her approach to life is a far cry from Ed’s, and while Ed has always assumed that meeting his goals would make him happy, Alisha is much more content than him—despite all the plans she can’t yet fulfill.
As their relationship heats up, so does the murder case. Alisha thinks Ed needs a break, but someone’s got to find this killer, and he wants to be there when it all goes down. Besides, taking off into the great unknown with Alisha is crazy. But opting for what’s safe is just another way of living in fear, and Ed vowed to stop living like that a long time ago.
In The Queer and the Restless, main character Ed becomes a little…obsessed. With his job at the local newspaper. Or rather, with a case he’s reporting on for the paper (and eventually in spite of the paper).
Ed’s always wanted to be a journalist. It’s his dream. In his fantasy of what it’s like to be on the staff of a newspaper, it’s a fast-paced job in which he will be Making A Difference. The reality of sitting at a table day in and day out writing feel-good stories about bingo and spunky pets is starting to really ground him down.
Which is when queer people start dying.
I’m no journalist. I’ll leave the facts for folks who are into that sort of thing. But I totally get obsession. I become obsessed to varying degrees with every book I write. Sometimes I fall into a Wikipedia vortex based on a single Google search.
(We’ve all been there, right? It’s three a.m., and four hours ago you “just had to look up one more thing”, which you misspelled, leading to very strange search results, one of which featured a black and white image of something that might have been a ghost, so naturally you clicked on it, and you read that article, and a suggested article or two after that, and something was so nuts you just had to look it up on Wikipedia, and then, oh then, you spin through page after page of Wikipedia, drunk on words and facts and stories… That, uh, happens to everyone. Right?)
Ed becomes wrapped up in the story of the murders affecting his community. Really wrapped up. Even when he can’t get his editor to take a story on it, he keeps researching, emailing, taking notes, and trying to understand what the hell’s going on, and more importantly, how to stop it from happening.
I loved writing Ed’s obsession, even when it was dark, even when it was sad, because I’ve been there. I’ve been so lost in research, or writing, or a story I couldn’t get out of my head, that I sometimes forget to eat, and hardly sleep. I could completely relate to that (and also to the eventual nudges from friends and coworkers about how…not completely healthy the obsession lifestyle is).
To a certain degree, Ed’s first obsession is journalism. It’s everything he’s always wanted to do, but like a lot of people who end up in the job they imagined they’d always wanted, he has to carve out things he actually enjoys from the daily minutiae. Falling into the story he’s tracking is, macabre as it sounds, something of an escape for him.
But all good obsessions can go too far, and Ed has to find his own balance there. I’m still looking for mine.
To celebrate the release of The Queer and the Restless, one lucky winner will receive an ebook from Kris’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 5, 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
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
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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.
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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