A warm welcome to author G.B Gordon joining us today for their Riptide blog tour on “Bluewater Blues”, part of the Bluewater Bay stories.
Welcome G.B 🙂
In the Beginning
…. there was Jack. I knew I wanted to write his story ever since he’d popped up as a side character in When to Hold Them. Wait, what am I saying? He wasn’t even that; he was window dressing, scenery. He hadn’t been planned at all, he just strolled onto the page in his white dress-shirt and suspenders, as fully fledged as any writer can wish for.
I knew he was from the Deep South, that he had a theatrical streak and an easy smile, dark eyes, and wild curls. I knew he was short, and that he was gay. I knew he had a sister, and that they had a secret, though it took a bit of cross-examining to get to the bottom of that.
The one thing I didn’t know was, what kind of man it would take for Jack to fall in love. So, I doodled down background story and possible developments for Bluewater Blues, and otherwise kept myself busy with edits and social media.
Then, one rainy afternoon, I happened across this tumblr post and was struck by story lightning. The cry of “Write me a story I can see myself in. And if you do, please bother to get it right.” echoed my own, in the past as now.
I wanted to, needed to write that. I could see Mark in that.
But I’m not autistic, and I was (am) so very unsure whether I could do it. Do it right. Whether there’s just too much I don’t know.
Cue over a year of online and RL research. Slowly both Mark and Margaret came to life for me in the faces and blogs of people I talked to and read. Alas, that tumblr blog seems to have been abandoned for years. But., TAL9000, you started this. And I’m hoping hard that my best is enough; that, should you ever read it, you’ll find the story all you wanted it to be.
About Bluewater Blues
Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. Unfortunately, his feelings refuse to stay casual.
Mark Keao is married to his job as a costume designer on Wolf’s Landing. He’s autistic, so he’s used to people not knowing how to interact with him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a hermit. Especially when he meets Jack Daley, who dances with brooms, shares his love of the blues, and gets him like no one else. But relationships have proven complicated in the past.
Just when Mark is ready to try anyway, Jack pulls back. But Mark isn’t giving up, and neither is Jack’s sister. And then there’s the music both men love, bringing them together time and again. It will take trust, though, to bring them together for good.
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About GB Gordon
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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To celebrate the release of Bluewater Blues, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 22, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!