UPDATE: The winner is…bn100!
Hugh is my third shared world book, and I’ve signed up to write three more in the next six months. Why? Easy. Because I love the camaraderie of working with other writers.
Writing is very much a solo pursuit. You can join writing groups, cultivate critique groups, find loyal beta readers, and even have accountability partners. In the end, though, unless you’re literally sitting next to another writer and you’re sharing the words, you’re on your own. You might brainstorm a story with a good friend, but getting the actual story on the page is up to you.
Shared world writing is no different. I’m still responsible for writing the story. But I get to have fun working with other authors. We create a world and then we share it with readers. Our characters develop into more than what we see for them. For instance, Charley Descoteaux wrote Jake, the first book in the Single Dads of Gaynor Beach series. I read her book and adored her couple, Micah and Jake. I brought them into my story. I also pulled some of her secondary characters and Wynn – the hero of Amelia Hayden’s book.
Then I created other secondary characters – like Louisa, the local veterinarian. She’ll appear in Kaje Harper’s upcoming book Alec. And, of course, I’m hoping my couple – Hugh and Oscar – appear in future books.
Although writing like this is way more effort, it’s also rewarding. I’ve met some great new authors and gotten to work with several authors whose work I’ve admired in the past. I’ve enjoyed this process so much that I’ve signed up to write Anthony. His book is coming in December 2022. Now, he’s a bit of a jerk in Hugh, so you’ll have to stay tuned to discover why he’s an asshole, and how he’s going to redeem himself.
The one challenge, for me, was choosing an original storyline. With twenty books about gay single fathers, I wanted something unique. For Hugh, I chose to have a single grandfather. He doesn’t know about his daughter, and when she dies, he discovers he has a granddaughter. He races home to take care of her only to discover there’s already someone caring for her. Want to know how that goes over? You’ll just have to read the book!
What are your favorite tropes? I love single fathers. I adore hurt/comfort with a moderate amount of angst. How about you? One random commenter will win a $5 US Amazon gift card. Good luck!
Having spent more than twenty years as an emergency medicine physician in war zones around the world, I barely have a home to speak of. A daughter I didn’t know about has died and left a child behind, so I must get to Gaynor Beach, California to claim my granddaughter. Her temporary guardian is the first man to spark my interest in a very long time, but it would be inappropriate for me to have a relationship with this much-younger man.
Gutted by my best friend’s death, I take solace in the daughter she left in my guardianship. I’ll protect this precious baby with all I have, and no one is going to take her away from me—least of all the man who turns up on our doorstep claiming to be her grandfather. Despite the resemblance, I plan to keep him at arm’s length. I’m going to show him how capable I am. But I might also lose my heart in the process.
This is an 85k word, hurt/comfort, interracial, age-gap, MM romance novel with a moderate amount of angst.
Where to buy:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-Single-Dads-Gaynor-Beach-ebook/dp/B0B5BD7XK5
Universal Book Link: https://books2read.com/b/b6RDGM
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hugh-gabbi-grey/1141709240
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Gabbi_Grey_Hugh_Single_Dads_of_Gaynor_Beach_Book_4
Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61069506-hugh
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Gabbi Grey 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 and Gabbi Powell.
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