Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Blogtour: For A Good Time, Call by Anne Tenino and EJ Russell

Please welcome Anne Tenino and EJ Russell with 

For A Good Time, Call 

Bluewater Bay #17

Welcome to the For a Good Time, Call Blog Tour! We’re delighted to have you stop by, so please, make yourself comfortable. Can we offer you a virtual beverage?

As part of this blog tour, Anne and E.J. are giving away a $50 Riptide Publishing Gift
Certificate to one lucky winner! *confetti*

To enter the giveaway, please comment on any official tour post with your name and contact info before midnight (EDT), April 15th. Good luck, and enjoy the tour!


Nate’s job for Wolf’s Landing is to construct large props and set pieces that can be destroyed during action scenes without hurting the actors—he builds windows that can shatter without slicing the stunt performers to ribbons, furniture that will break before their bones. His friend Morgan builds hand-held objects—bottles that smash without damage to skull and skin, knives that look real but don’t kill.

In the early days of Hollywood, performers—whether they were stars, professional stunters, or extras—had no such safeguards. In The Parade’s Gone By, an excellent history of the silent film era, Kevin Brownlow calls stunting in silent films “an occupation with few veterans.” The length of the average stunter’s career was about five years—after which they’d either been injured or made enough money to find a less life-threatening profession.

The studios and the directors were far more concerned with quickly turning out a product that would thrill audiences voracious for the next exciting “flicker.” The industry magazines were often quite disdainful of anything that looked like it wasn’t real, and many stars built their names on doing their own stunts.

Buster Keaton’s comedies, for instance, were chock-full of action sequences, virtually all of which he did himself (sometimes as both parties in a two-party stunt). He actually broke his neck once from a fall in a stunt gone wrong—but didn’t find out about it until over a decade later when an x-ray revealed the healed injury.


Harold Lloyd, another silent film comedian who’s probably most recognizable from the iconic “hanging from the clock” scene in Safety Last, always did his own stunts as well. He did them all—that one included—with a right hand missing both thumb and index finger. He’d lost them in a 1919 still photo session, when the prop bomb he was handling proved to be live.

Douglas Fairbanks was famous for his swashbuckling stunts, but he got an assist from sets and props. If he had to leap onto a table, Allan Dwan, his director, made certain that the table was exactly the right height for a graceful leap. If he had to climb a wall, the hand-holds were placed perfectly so they looked natural for Fairbanks’ height and reach.

When Fairbanks was daunted by the massive sets for Robin Hood, thinking he couldn’t compete with its vast grandeur, Dwan demonstrated two stunts for him. The first was an escape from a balcony, assisted by a child’s slide concealed in a drape. The other was a leap across a moat onto a vine-covered wall, aided by a hidden trampoline and the netting under the vines.

Fairbanks was so enthusiastic about the set-up that he played on them over and over again—even before the cameras started rolling!


Thirty-seven-year-old Nate Albano’s second relationship ever ended three years ago, and since he’s grace—gray asexual—he doesn’t anticipate beating the odds to find a third. Still, he’s got his dog, his hobbies, and his job as a special effects technician on Wolf’s Landing, so he can’t complain—much.

Seth Larson, umpteenth generation Bluewater Bay, is the quintessential good-time guy, content with tending bar and being his grandmother’s handyman. The night they meet, Seth’s looking for some recreational sex to escape family drama. But for Nate, romantic attraction comes before sexual attraction, so while Seth thinks they’re hooking up, Nate just wants to talk . . . genealogy?

Dude. Seriously?

So they declare a “just friends” truce. Then Seth asks for Nate’s help investigating a sinister Larson family secret, and their feelings start edging way beyond platonic. But Nate may want more than Seth can give him, and Seth may not be able to leave his good-time image behind. Unless they can find a way to merge carefree with commitment, they could miss out on true love—the best time of all.

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About Bluewater Bay:

Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.

Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landingmedia empire.

Check out Bluewater Bay!

About the authors:

Catalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.

Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi and paranormal tales. Her works have won awards, she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews, and has achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.

Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids, who have all taken a sacred oath to never read her books. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.

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E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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To celebrate the release of For a Good Time, Call…, one lucky winner will receive a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 15, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Promotional post. Materials provided by the publisher.
The Harold Lloyd image is in the public domain in the US. 
Link per Wikimedia Commons.


  1. Congrats on the new release, Anne and EJ. Thanks for the post on stunts in the film industry.
    tankie44 at gmail dot com

  2. A good friend adores Keaton, and I do think his movies are cool!


    1. And even more remarkable when you consider he did them all "without a net"!

  3. Thank you for the fun post and interesting facts.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Congrats and thanks for the film lore. I love Keaton & Lloyd flickers myself. Your book looks like another good addition to this collaborative series. One draw is the theater/tv aspect (my husband is an actor). I also like idea of an older, asexual guy, and I'm curious to see what you do with the premise of "grace" meets gaymer. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  5. Thanks for the fun facts post about stunts!


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