Thursday, November 3, 2016

Guest Bloggers: Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes
I'm so excited to have Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes here today sharing an excerpt from their upcoming release Running Blind that's out on November 7th. Here's a peek inside the book:

He checked the time when he got to the Greek restaurant and learned that he was ten minutes early. He hovered uncertainly just inside the front door until a woman spoke up. “Can I help you?”
“I’m supposed to meet someone, but I’m—”
“Kyle!” Seth sounded as if he was hurrying over from the restaurant interior. He briefly touched Kyle’s elbow. “I got us a table already.”
Navigating through restaurants was tricky. Tables and chairs could be anywhere, not to mention servers with their arms full of food. And patrons didn’t much appreciate having a cane whack against their legs. Kyle was grateful when Seth gracefully and expertly guided him through the dining room without making Kyle feel like a blind stegosaurus. Still, a small sigh of relief escaped him after he sat down.
“Would you like a menu?” asked a different woman.
“Not unless it’s in braille.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. The braille menu is in use right now. I can bring it over as soon as it’s available.”
“It’s fine.” Kyle turned to Seth. “Do you mind reading yours to me?”
“Sure. It’s an epic menu, nearly as long as the Iliad.”
Oh, so we’re going for light and playful.
“You mean there is more to the menu than saganaki, dolmades, and hummus?” Kyle used one of his anime voices with a Greek accent. He didn’t know what possessed him, but it felt good.
“Well there goes my excellent opportunity to impress you with my Greek pronunciation of avgolemono and spanakopita. Ooh! And tzatziki.
The awkwardness of not having a menu eased with the bit of levity. The waitress gasped. “Oh my God! You sounded just like the bad boy in Werewolf PTA!” She said it a bit too loudly, and the noise immediately around them abated a bit. “Can you say something else?”
Kyle ordered his drink in Terry James’s voice. She was so excited she nearly forgot to get Seth’s drink order. When Seth just ordered in his normal voice, she seemed disappointed.
“I horrified her, didn’t I?” Kyle deadpanned.
“Slightly,” Seth responded in kind. “I don’t think she’ll ever come back.” They both chuckled. “Well, the only thing I can do is lawyer speak. Will that be okay enough for me to narrate the menu? If you fall asleep, I’ll know I did my job.”
Kyle laughed. “Let me be the judge of that before you audition through ACX.” When Seth lapsed into puzzled silence, Kyle laughed again. “Sorry. It’s what I do for a living, actually. Narrate books.”
“Really?” Seth said, sounding slightly excited at the prospect.
“Yeah. Well, I used to be a voice-over actor, but I haven’t figured out yet how to do that without sight. Narrating books is an easier fit for now.”
“So you are the voice of bad boy Terry James in Werewolf PTA.”
“Was. And yes, one and the same.”
“That is so cool! Jeez, ex-lawyer sounds so lame compared to that. Plus you’re totally going to judge my menu-reading skills.”
Kyle leaned back in his chair and smiled. “I won’t.”
“What books have you narrated? Oh! I have the Audible app! I can look you up right now!”
“Um….” Kyle wasn’t so sure he was ready to admit to the Bible and gay romance. “How about if we order first. I’m kind of hungry.”


Kyle Green is on top of the world. He and Matt have been together for ten years, and—as the voice of Ecos, the wildly popular anime character—Kyle is treated like a rock star in anime circles. But in an instant, a stroke leaves him blind. When photographer Matt gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Kyle reexamines their relationship, discovers it has been a safety net rather than a true romance, and sets Matt free to pursue his dream. Kyle’s life and career as he knew them are gone, and he must now find the courage and creativity to draft a new plan.
After being away for fifteen years, Seth Caplan comes home to Chicago to care for his mother and to partner with a small start-up tech company. He and Kyle meet after Kyle’s collision with a child’s sidewalk toy, and they hit it off. Kyle wants to get back into running, and Seth becomes his guide. As they get to know each other, they start seeing each other beyond their three-times-a-week runs. But Seth’s revelation of the dark reason why he left his career in California sends the relationship into a tailspin and leaves both men running blind.

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Kim Fielding is very pleased every "me someone calls her eclectic. Her books have won Rainbow Awards and span a variety of genres. She has migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States and currently lives in California, where she long ago ran out of bookshelf space. She’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full "me. She also dreams of having two perfectly behaved children, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others

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Venona Keyes is a modern woman who believes in doing it all; if doing it all is only in her head. She amazes people that she can be wholly unorganized yet pack a perfect carry on suitcase for a ten day trip to Paris. Ms. Keyes is a believer in the just in time theory, and can be seen sprinting in airports to the gate before the plane door closes.
Venona has experienced love and loss at the deepest level, and is thankful for writing and daydreaming, for it kept, and still keeps her sane. Writing also introduced her to some of the most supportive and wonderful people, to which she will always be grateful.
Venona is a voracious reader, loves her feline boys, volunteers at an animal shelter, attempts to cook everything in her CSA boxes, is an accomplished speaker, is a seasoned triathlete, and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, skipping, dancing, and her beloved overgrown garden.

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  1. Thanks so much for letting us visit today, Mary!

  2. The book sound interesting..on the TBR list

  3. Wow, the blurb makes suggests a powerful story. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the release.

  4. Wooow the blurb promises quite the book =D

  5. I'm excited to read this book; it sounds like it could be really great.

  6. Sounds like a major page turner!