Hi! Kim Fielding here, and I’m excited to announce that my newest novel, Staged, is available now from Riptide Publishing.
And I’m going to admit a new addiction to you: My name is Kim, and I’m addicted to Zillow.com.
See, it began when I was writing this book. Sky Blue is a slave, a singer at a New York nightclub until he’s sold to a man who takes him to San Francisco. They live in a loft apartment in the SoMA neighborhood (because this alternate universe is very similar to our own). I wanted to get a good mental image of what their home might look like, and I found this: http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/apartment_duplex_type/80736375_zpid/825023-_price/3000-_mp/loft_att/37.794915,-122.382524,37.775481,-122.424409_rect/14_zm/
And yes, let’s take a moment to catch our breath after seeing how much that place would cost. An important scene takes place in a house in Outer Richmond. This one, perhaps: http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile,land_type/15092903_zpid/854424-_price/3000-_mp/featured_sort/37.785775,-122.477882,37.766338,-122.519768_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/
And a minor character lives in the Mission. Here, I think: http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile,land_type/2098124143_zpid/854424-_price/3000-_mp/featured_sort/37.770477,-122.400956,37.731591,-122.484727_rect/13_zm/0_mmm/
After seeing these three, I was hooked. I started dreaming about multimillion-dollar highrises with views of the Bay Bridge and a ten-million-dollar Victorian in Cow Hollow.
I eventually finished writing Staged—despite the real estate distractions. But my addiction wasn’t over, because the next book is set in Portland, Oregon. The one after that? I haven’t decided yet. Which city do I want to pretend to live in next…?
Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.
Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.
A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.
About Kim Fielding
Kim Fielding picked up a pencil when she was three years old and never put it down. She always dreamed of becoming an author, but took a roundabout way of getting there, first spending an inordinate amount of time as a student and ending up with a law degree and a PhD in psychology. She wrote plenty of academic articles and even a few books, but fiction continued to call to her. One day, she finally put that pencil to its intended use again and began to write novels.
Today, Kim is the best-selling, award-winning author of numerous gay romance and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning multiple -genres. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in fifteenth-century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, slaves, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Kim writes authentic voices and unexpected heroes.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there among the cows and almond trees with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
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To celebrate the release of Staged, one lucky person will win a $25 Riptide gift certificate and a copy of Treasure by Kim Fielding in audiobook. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 23, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!