Monday, August 17, 2015

Blogtour: When To Hold Them by GB Gordon

Please welcome GB Gordon with 

When To Hold Them
A Bluewater Bay story


Doran Callaghan doesn’t know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.

Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn’t know he had. Doran’s natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn’t seem to know about boundaries—or even to have any—and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.

While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran’s past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier—or himself—is a gamble he’s willing to take.

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A note from the author:

Writing in a shared universe? Let's do it again

When Lori talked about BWB and asked if I had a story for the anthology, I had never written in a shared universe before, and had no clue what it entailed.

I'd read novels set in a shared universe, and had been idly wondering, what it would be like to write in one. But - confession - I'm intimidated by co-writing and all that letting go of control it entails. Hearing about Bluewater Bay had, however, immediately kicked off a story in my head, so I jumped and said yes. As it turned out, that story refused to stay a short, but wanted to be a novel. So it goes.

As it turned out, writing in a shared universe is all the fun of having playmates without any of the panic of having to let go of my plot threads. All those emails going back and forth, offering up characters for one another to play with, or asking for certain settings ("I need a large parking lot in front of the post office.") made the project come alive. I'm grateful to everyone who threw their extraordinairy skills into the ring, without the map-making, keeping our time-line straight, and making sure we didn 't accidentally explode or replace each other's landmarks, this would have ended in chaos. I'm glad I'm not the one having to keep it all straight. A shout-out to our editors at this point.

So, would I do it again?

There's no would about it. I'm already working on the next one. Stay tuned.

More about G.B. Gordon (Riptide's August Featured author of the month):

G.B. Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.

Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.



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  1. I was always curious about what a shared universe entails!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  2. Congrats on the new release!

  3. Congratulations on the new release! I haven't gotten to start this series, but it is on my TBR list. Loved the post. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. Thanks for the great post! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Congratulations on your new release! I enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  6. Many thanks for following along on the tour. Stick around for more writing talk.

  7. It's wonderful to read it was such a great experience to be part of the BWB-verse. I hadn't really thought about how much goes into not stepping on someone else's toes with other events and locations in this world. Fun insight, thanks!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  8. Thanks all for playing, and thank you for having us. Prizes will be drawn soon. :)


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