UPDATE: The winner is…Jennifer Beyer!
Thank you so much for hosting me today. I’m so excited to share the news of my new release.
Stanley’s Christmas Redemption has been quite a journey for me. Last year, I joined a charity anthology. I had mere days to write a novella, and mere hours to plan it out. I dove into a world I’ve created and tried to find a character whose story I could tell. My lumberjack-ginger-Scrooge-hero in Ginger Snapping All the Way had a jerk of an ex-boyfriend who left him while he was in the hospital dealing with a devastating injury. My mind whirled. What if that ass of an ex had a story? What if he had what he thought was a good reason for leaving? What would he have to do to redeem himself in the eyes of his former friends and, more importantly, in the eyes of his ex-boyfriend?
From that seed of an idea came a novella. But readers wanted more. They felt the length didn’t do the story justice. They wanted more of Stanley. (By the way, always be careful of the name you choose for throwaway characters—I don’t know if I would’ve chosen Stanley if I’d know the man was going to get his own book—that being said, the name has grown on me.) As I sat down to tell Stanley’s story, more came to me. My sweet spot for writing novels in 72k to 85k words. Stanley topped out at 85k, yet I don’t feel any of it was padding. I needed that space to tell the story of a selfish man, a caring counselor, and an orphan boy desperately in need of a loving home. Yes, the book is a love story—the happily ever after was guaranteed. The real question was—could Stanley be redeemed? I invite readers to check out the book and see for themselves.
In honor of my visit today, I would love to give out a $5 GC to one of your devoted followers.
Tell me, as a reader, do you believe a villain in one book can be a hero/heroine in the next? Can you think of another story where that’s happened? If that question doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about audiobooks? Do you listen to them? Is there one that stands out in your mind as one you would recommend to other listeners?
Again, thank you for hosting me, Delilah. I always love visiting you and sharing news with your followers.
Stanley’s Christmas Redemption
I have life figured out—a good job, a nice car, and an ex-boyfriend whose heart I broke. But then my half-brother dies unexpectedly, and I go back to our hometown to settle his affairs. A quick trip before Christmas. Instead, I get the shock of my life. Do I face this new challenge or do what I’ve always done—run? Or will I stay and get to know the most amazing man I’ve ever met and take on a responsibility I’ve never dreamed of facing? This will be a holiday season like no other.
I’m a therapist who helps people deal with grief. My life is fulfilling. So what if I’ve been single for years? I have the kids I counsel and co-workers I adore. Maybe I’m tired of going home to an empty house and not looking forward to another Christmas alone. But I’m not going to be taken in by some slick city guy who can’t wait to leave town. I’m not going to upend my life just because I’ve met the man of my dreams. Right?
This is an 85k opposites-attract instalove mid-angst gay romance novel. Previously published in the charity anthology Secret Santa: A Romance Collection, the story has quadrupled in size with more love, laughs, and a touch of Christmas magic.
About the Author
Gabbi lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black.
Newsletter sign-up: https://sendfox.com/gabbigrey
Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Gabbi-Grey/e/B07SJVFX1M
Audible Profile: https://www.audible.com/author/Gabbi-Grey/B07SJVFX1M
Facebook (page): https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGabbiGrey
Facebook (personal): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009821772591