Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blogtour: Home Fires by Kate Sherwood

Please welcome Kate Sherwood and 

Home Fires 

Common Law #4


Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

The sense of Community in Home Fires (and elsewhere)

When I was much younger, I was living in Vancouver during a transit strike. As I recall, it was a bit of a surprise job action and on the first morning there were thousands of people waiting at bus stops for buses that never came.

And commuters pulled over and picked them up. I don’t want to say that nobody was stranded, but I was riding my bike, so going a bit slower than most of the traffic, and I was able to see car after car pulling over, picking up two or three people from each bus stop, and driving them downtown. There was a need, and people saw the need and acted on it and it was so simple and yet so beautiful.

I love seeing people working together like that. It feels like the modern equivalent of a barn raising, and it gives me a real sense of community.

And while it was lovely to see the commuters helping out in Vancouver, I think I’ve seen way more examples of community spirit since I moved to a smaller town. Sure, people can be gossipy and snide and they can hold grudges from the time before we crawled out of the primordial ooze, but they can also really work together.

The school in town has a whole room full of donated clothes of all sizes, and whenever a student needs something, whether a change because they got wet playing in the rain or a winter coat because their family can’t afford one this year, the kid goes and takes whatever’s needed. There are packages of new underwear and socks available because people in town have donated them, and if a kid needs shoes the school has a deal to buy them from the shoe store in town at a huge discount. And the best thing is that the staff also take things from the room sometimes, not because they have a need but in order to make it clear that there’s no stigma and the room is just there for everybody. It’s a room made possible by a community looking after its own.

When someone goes in the ditch in winter weather, the first car behind them stops automatically, without question, to see what help is needed. Our firefighters are all volunteers, so if there’s an emergency they have to leave their regular jobs and get to the site, and no employer would dream of complaining. When the school wanted new playground equipment they fundraised for the actual climbers but the installation was done with community labour and the extra materials (mulch, etc.) were all donated.

The community looks after its own, is what I’m saying.

I drew on a lot of this background when I was writing Home Fires. A town that’s used to looking after its own is threatened from the outside. I don’t want to give too much away, but… I think community spirit is alive and well in Mosely, Montana!
Does anyone have any stories of community, either from a big city or smaller town? And if you’ve lived in both, do you think I’m right that there’s a stronger sense of belonging in a smaller place?

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About the the Common Law series:

Jericho Crewe escaped from Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen and built a new life for himself, first as a Marine, then as an LA police officer. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as confusing as it was before he left.

Especially Wade Granger. Wade’s still a rebel, still a criminal, and still dangerously fascinating. As Jericho digs deeper into the town’s underbelly, he has to decide whether Wade’s the worst the town has to offer, or the only part of Mosely worth saving.

Get all four books from Riptide Publishing.

About the author:

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”--other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy--the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

You can find Kate on Twitter.


To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Home Fires tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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  1. Congrats and thanks for sharing your thoughts about community. This book and the whole series sound great. I love gay mysteries and thrillers, and I've got to get started on this one. - Purple Reader,
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  2. I saw a lot of that after a major earthquake in the '80s. I don't feel like I know as many of my neighbors as I used to, though, since there's so much flux...


  3. It's the silver lining that goes with disasters, isn't it? The long lineups of people waiting to give blood after the Pulse Nightclub shootings, the Muslims shielding Christians and vice-versa when they have a religious celebration after a terrorist attack...

    It calls back the Mr. Rogers quote - "When something is scary, look for the helpers." They're always there.

  4. Thank you for sharing the post on communities. I don't think we see enough of the community getting together unless it's because of some horrible event. The city I live in goes through a transit strike about every year. It's horrid and I wish I lived in a community where crime wasn't rapid and commuters were nice to offer their services to commuters.
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  5. I grew up in a small town & when I was young pretty much everybody knew everybody else. But now things have changed so much. Even though the town is still small, people don't interact the way they used to. When I was little, our town had quit having trick-or-treat for several years because of safety concerns so a bunch of families got together to host private trick-or-treat and our neighbor had a halloween party for all the kids after. Now people carpool their kids to all the neighboring towns so they can get as much loot as possible.

    1. That sucks, Lisa. I wonder what we can do to switch back to the old ways.

  6. I was borned in a small city with small-town mentality. It's perfect if you want if you want to spend quiet days but it can be tedious at times, especially if you're young like me. But I get what you mean, it's more tight that the city I currently live.


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