Welcome to Z.a Maxfield joining us today to talk about her new release “All Wheel Drive”, part in Riptide’s Bluewater Bay universe.
Welcome Zam 🙂
Hello, and thanks for letting me be here today! I want to share All Wheel Drive, the latest in the Bluewater Bay series from Riptide. I had so much fun writing this book, it really was a labor of love.
Plus, it was a long time coming. I’ve been married to a dude who had a spinal cord injury as a young man for 34 years, but because I wasn’t around when he was injured, a lot of the details of his accident, and the subsequent changes to his body, were kind of shocking to learn about.
One thing I do know is we’re very lucky and I no longer take anything for granted. It’s always nice to get a reminder how blessed one is!
Here’s a tiny exclusive—just a bit—about Diego Luz.
The twilight before dawn was Diego’s favorite time. No matter where he was, no matter what the weather, he always found something fascinating in the transformation of darkness by the subtle, gradual addition of light.
He’d never learned to appreciate sunsets, not the spectacular sunsets of the LA basin, not the many sunsets he’d filmed all over the globe. Morning had stillness. It had a peculiar, awakening scent. The air was different, the sky more vivid, more dramatic—even on days like this, when it was simply a vast gray expanse of light and shadow.
And when there were colors? Dawn’s special rosiness, cold blues, and violets—the golden spears of first light through clouds—made even ordinary days magical, gilding the mountains and tall trees to the east, setting water droplets alight to hang on spider webs like tiny stars.
It hurt his heart to see it, but he made himself watch. Rising before dawn was both old habit and preference. Daybreak was his touchstone. His ritual.
“Light has something to teach us,” his mother had once said. “Even weak light, even filtered light, blocked light, travels at light speed.”
Diego could take his bearings anywhere in the world at daybreak and feel right at home.
So . . . what then, did that make this place? Bluewater Bay . . .
He took his breakfast out to the covered deck, where he made a mental note about refilling the bird feeder. It was peaceful there, if a little cold. The day was every shade of gray. Rain came down, and he liked its musical noise. He ought to put in some kind of fountain, maybe the bamboo kind that filled and tipped and clunked. He could use some wind chimes too, maybe. Under the eaves where they wouldn’t get destroyed by the elements.
Filming was on hiatus. He had no other work that day. No urgent errands to run. His mother used to say, “It’s times like this I get bored and start something reckless.”
She’d follow that up with a raised glass or a raised eyebrow.
“What should we do next?” she’d ask.
About All Wheel Drive
Healey Holly is battered, depressed, and looking to go to ground in his childhood home. He wants to rent the garage apartment, but it’s Diego Luz’s place now, and the last thing Diego wants is to share it.
Diego is recovering too—from the accident that put him in a wheelchair and the death of his mother shortly after. The garage apartment is where he’s keeping his mother’s things, and as long as they’re up those stairs and he’s down on the ground, there’s no way he can deal with his loss. And that’s just how he likes it.
Healey believes in science. Diego believes in luck. It will take a blend of both, and some prayer thrown in besides, for these two to learn that it’s the journey and the destination that matters.
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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 Landing media empire.
Check it out at Riptide Publishing!
About ZA Maxfield
ZA. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
Her published books include Crossing Borders, Epic Award finalist St. Nacho’s, Drawn Together, ePistols at Dawn, Notturno, Stirring Up Trouble, and Vigil.
Readers can visit her website at http://www.zamaxfield.com, and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To celebrate the release of All Wheel Drive, one lucky winner will receive an ecopy of Hell on Wheels and a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 15, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!