A warm welcome to author Nancy J. Hedin joining us today here at Love Bytes to talk about her new release “Bend”.
Check out the guestpost that holds Lorraines favorites and the giveaway attached!
Welcome Nancy 🙂
Music: Lorraine loves K.D. Lang because it is country enough that Momma doesn’t hassle her for listening to it and Momma hasn’t noticed that K.D. is singing about loving women.
TV show: The Tylers refuse to get cable or internet so Lorraine is stuck with only network TV. She likes crime shows that take place in New York and Los Angeles because of their inclusion of GLBT characters. She’s also a fan of Nashville and Modern Family for the same reason. Nashville is a particular favorite because the writing for the Will Lexington character has sensitively portrayed the ongoing risks and stress of being out in different parts of America.
Book: Lorraine loves all animal field guides of course. She hasn’t had access to GLBT literature at the time Bend was written, but she has a tender heart and great imagination so she easily transports herself in any well-written romance. If push comes to shove she’d admit reading Charity’s underwear is the best read in the world.
Clothes: Lorraine wears a soft sweatshirt over a white tank top, no bra, jeans, and work boots or sneakers. She looks very fit and sexy as she peels off her sweatshirt because her chores on the farm and veterinary work has given her nicely defined arms and shoulders.
Food: Although Lorraine believes her momma is the best cook in the world she would never admit it and would tell you she likes cheeseburgers and fries at the diner best. She keeps a glass jar of water in her truck because she doesn’t want to get hooked on pop. She loves doughnuts and almost has to have one if she thinks of them. Glazed raised are her favorites.
Where would Lorraine take Charity on a romantic weekend? You must remember that Lorraine finds every moment she is with Charity romantic. That said, Lorraine loves nature and would want to take Charity to a secluded cabin on a lake. She’d tie a double hammock between two of the many trees on the lot so that she could be outside with Charity, swinging gently, holding hands, kissing and telling stories. They would swim and fish part of the afternoon and skinny dip as evening falls.
Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clause and that one time she kissed the preacher’s daughter.
Everything changes when a new girl comes to town. Charity is mysterious, passionate, and—to Lorraine’s delighted surprise—queer too. Now Lorraine may have a chance at freedom and real love.
But then Becky disappears, and Lorraine uncovers an old, painful secret that could tear the family apart. They need each other more than ever now, and somehow it’s Lorraine—the sinner, the black sheep—who holds the power to bring them together. But only if she herself can learn to bend.
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About Nancy J. Hedin
I grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. That small town sensibility informs my writing and gives me interesting voices in my head and I strive to choose which voice to bring to the page.
I live in St. Paul with my partner, two daughters, one dog, one beared dragon, and two cats.
I have worked as a mental health crisis worker for over twenty years.
I love reading and getting my books signed by the author. I daydream about my own stories in book form and having others read them.
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To celebrate the release of Bend, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 13, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!