Welcome to author G.B. Gordon and the Operation Green Card blog tour! We’re so pleased to have G.B. here to give us a little insight into how this story came to be, and there’s also a giveaway, so be sure to check out those details below.
In the Beginning …
…there was a tweet by Sarah Lyons that ran something like “Someone write me a green card romance.”
The muse practically exploded out of her skin.
Me? I groaned. I wasn’t finished with Bluewater Blues yet. “Don’t tempt me,” I wrote back.
“Do eeet,” was the response.
“Jason!” squealed the muse.
Jason had just popped up as a side character in Bluewater Blues, and apparently the muse wanted him to have his own story. She does that.
So Sarah’s tweet immediately set off a chain reaction of ideas: about who would marry for a green card, and that Natalya was from Russia and had family there, and how bad that country had recently become again for gay people.
Stars aligned, puzzle pieces fell into place …
I dashed off an email to L.A. Witt, begging permission to use her character (Thanks, Lori!), and tried to keep track of everything the muse fired at me. The whole thing pretty much snowballed into a novel from there.
Well, there might have been little time destroyers like research (green cards and the attendant gay marriages; lower leg amputations and the attendant prostheses and life-altering physical and psychological challenges; Russian culture, language and naming conventions), and, you know, actually putting the words on paper. But other that, the book practically wrote itself. ;)
Many thanks to our gracious hosts, and thanks for dropping by, everyone. Feel free to comment or ask questions.
(And don’t forget to leave your email addy for the raffle.)
About the Book
Arkady Izmaylov is a family man. He’s also gay. In Russia. His sister Natalya has been telling him to get out for years, but it’s only after an attack in the street that he finally concedes and says yes to her desperate plan of him marrying a stranger for a green card.
Jason Cooley was taught from birth that he’s no good to anyone. Then the military taught him he was good enough to save other lives, but that purpose got amputated along with his leg. He’s now working security at Wolf’s Landing and sending monthly checks to his ex for their daughter’s education. When Natalya asks him to marry her brother, Jason knows right away he’ll do it more for the mission than the money she’s offering. But when he actually meets Arkady, his mission turns complicated.
Jason quickly discovers he’s not as straight as he thought. He’s also the man of Arkady’s dreams. Arkady must convince Jason that he’s worth loving, and that Arkady won’t disappear from his life like everyone else. Because Arkady has always wanted a family of his own, and he’s not letting go of this one.
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About the Bluewater Bay Collection
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.
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About the Author
G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.
Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands.
To celebrate the release of Operation Green Card, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 16, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!