Congratulations to Bugs! She won this time around!
Look! It’s Cheyenne Blue! How we get so lucky, I’m not quite sure. Nonetheless, here she is! And, because she really is as cool as you think she is, she’s giving away an ebook copy of her latest release, A Heart This Big!
Drop a comment into the space below to enter. I’ll draw the winner on Friday, July 12, 2019.
Last month, my seventh book, A Heart This Big, hit the shelves. Reading through some of the early reviews, many reviewers commented on the common threads in my stories, my brand, if you will. Most of them are set in Australia, they all have women falling in love with each other, they all have a happy ending, they have strong characters, a bit of dry Aussie humour, and a plot that goes beyond two women falling in love.
But there’s one other thing that my books all have in common.
My novels all show the goodness of people. Not in a pious Mother Theresa kind of way, or a rammed-down-your-throat kind of way, or an ostentatious look-at-me-putting-$100-in-the-Red-Cross-tin kind of way. No. While I like a good villain as much as the next person, while bad things still happen to good people, and my would-be lovers can misinterpret a situation with the best of them, at the core of any of my books you’ll find people looking out for others, and doing what they can to make life a little better. Whether it’s their profession, or concern for a friend, whether it’s a grand gesture or a way of life, or simply a tiny gesture that says “Hey, I see you”, my characters build community.
That’s a deliberate choice I made to include this, now more than ever. I can barely bring myself to listen to the news most days as it’s too full of people screwing over others. Violence, oppression of minorities, wars, poverty, refugees, the climate, tax breaks that benefit the rich and fuck the less well off. I completely get that we need to know about these things, as if we don’t, how can we stand up and say what’s right? Remember the old computer acronym GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out. That’s what it often seems like IRL: BIBO – Bad In Bad Out. Hear bad things; do bad things.
So I chose to write happy stories where people look out for each other, they form relationships—and not just romantic ones. They are friends, parents, colleagues, siblings, strangers who stop on the side of the road. They care, and they want to make a positive difference in their own way. Those are the books I like to read, and so those are the ones I like to write. And hopefully, in doing so, I can spread a little positivity, a small antidote to the negativity and shit that is all around us.
You can call my novels “sweet” if you want. I take that as a compliment. 😊
My latest book, A Heart This Big, is about two very different women, each trying to make a difference in their own way. Nina runs a farm where city kids can experience a rural lifestyle. These kids feed chickens, dig veggies, and ride ponies. Leigh became a lawyer so that she could help people such as Nina, but somewhere along the way she got sucked into the world of insurance law. When a kid falls off a pony at Nina’s farm and a lawsuit eventuates, Nina needs Leigh to help her through it.
There’s a community in A Heart This Big – that of the people of Banksia Farm: Nina and her daughter, the volunteers, the Barn Kids on the program and their parents, special needs kids and the people who assist them, even the animals. Leigh doesn’t see the attraction of this community, not at first. But I’ve already given you a huge clue as to the ending. If you can’t already guess, it’s a happy one.
If you’d like to win an ebook copy of A Heart This Big, leave a comment on this post and the good people at Women & Words (who are caring community builders in their own right) will draw a winner.
The title of this post is a line from Alex the Astronaut’s Happy Song. I love it!
Cheyenne Blue has been hanging around the lesbian erotica world since 1999 writing short lesbian erotica which has appeared in over 90 anthologies. Her stories got longer and longer and more and more romantic, so she went with the flow and switched to writing romance novels. She loves writing big-hearted romance often set in rural Australia because that’s where she lives. She has a small house on a hill with a big deck and bigger view—perfect for morning coffee, evening wine, and anytime writing. Check her out at www.cheyenneblue.com on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.