Friday, November 11, 2016

Featured Guest Author’s: Running Blind with Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes with Guest Post and Giveaway

rbWe are delighted to welcome Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes to the blog today on their Sinfully stop of their blog tour. Check out what Venona has to say about their new release Running Blind and there are also three giveaways for you to enter with great prizes.

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Thanks Monique, Mark and Debra for hosting us, Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes, on Sinfully Gay Romance! Kim is out doing her daily walk while listening to a book, leaving me to do today's blog post on running.

“I just run. I run in void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void.”

— Haruki Murakami

In our novel, Running Blind, Kyle Green is a runner who is side-lined by a stroke which left him blind. Kyle loved to run. He loved the freedom it gave him. And now, he had to deal with running on treadmills (BORING) at the rehab facility or at home. He thought he couldn't run outside, independently ever again; that he lost his sight and now he had a limitation. He didn't know how to overcome this hurdle.

I began my running with Kick the Can, Freeze Tag, Tag, and Running Bases. They were fun games, we would run around the outside the house (watch out for the evil juniper bush—ouch!) just having a great time. I loved to feel the wind blow through my hair, and gasp for breath after a particularly competitive game of 'You're It!” I felt free. I felt alive.

In elementary school, and middle school, I was a sprinter-- 50- or 100-yard dash were my events.

Puberty hit, and I gained about 50-60 pounds. I was still a fast sprinter, and I could still run a great game of Tag or Kick the Can. I was a competitive swimmer (long distance events), and I was in dance. I was an active child. Then it came time to do the President's Fitness test. I don't know if they still have it today. When I did it, you needed to meet or beat the minimum criteria in the following areas: arm hang, chin ups, sit ups, push ups, ball throw, 50-yard dash, and a one mile run. Back then, there was no organized training system; it just tested your ability, cold, to what you could do. I had to repeat the one mile run several times; I made it, but I was told I would never be a runner. What a dream killer for a young soul. I now had a limitation, and I didn't know how to get over it. I consoled myself with swimming and dancing.

So I didn't run, because I couldn't run. I did triathlons where I skipped, ran, and walked, because I wasn't a runner.

Then one day, someone overheard me say I wasn't a runner. This woman looked me straight in the eyes and said, “You ARE a runner. Own it.” In one of the triathlon magazines, they had a Couch to 5K training program. I followed it. My goal is to shatter the 30 minute mark for a 5K. I will do it one day. I set a goal and I work to achieve it. I run to feel the wind in my hair. I run down hills, arms flailing. I run on curbs. I run through urban and suburban obstacle courses (potholes, strollers, cyclists, etc). I have reclaimed my freedom and joy. I have overcome that limitation put on me as a child an I run.

And let's not forget Kyle, who was reminded, by his dad, that a great way to overcome a limitation, is thinking of it as an adventure. And he regained the joy he once thought was lost.

What limitation(s) have you overcome? What activity brings you joy and a sense of freedom?

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Running Blind by Kim FIelding and Venona Keyes

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Title ~ Running Blind

Author ~ Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 7th November 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Kyle Green is on top of the world. He and Matt have been together for ten years, and—as the voice of Ecos, the wildly popular anime character—Kyle is treated like a rock star in anime circles. But in an instant, a stroke leaves him blind. When photographer Matt gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Kyle reexamines their relationship, discovers it has been a safety net rather than a true romance, and sets Matt free to pursue his dream. Kyle’s life and career as he knew them are gone, and he must now find the courage and creativity to draft a new plan.
After being away for fifteen years, Seth Caplan comes home to Chicago to care for his mother and to partner with a small start-up tech company. He and Kyle meet after Kyle’s collision with a child’s sidewalk toy, and they hit it off. Kyle wants to get back into running, and Seth becomes his guide. As they get to know each other, they start seeing each other beyond their three-times-a-week runs. But Seth’s revelation of the dark reason why he left his career in California sends the relationship into a tailspin and leaves both men running blind.

::: DEBRA’S REVIEW :::

Purchase Links

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AMAZON GLOBAL LINK

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Connect with Kim Fielding

Kim Fielding is very pleased every time someone calls her eclectic. Her books have won Rainbow Awards and span a variety of genres. She has migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States and currently lives in California, where she long ago ran out of bookshelf space. She’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full "me. She also dreams of having two perfectly behaved children, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

Connect with Venona Keyes

Venona Keyes is a modern woman who believes in doing it all; if doing it all is only in her head. She amazes people that she can be wholly unorganized yet pack a perfect carry on suitcase for a ten day trip to Paris. Ms. Keyes is a believer in the just in time theory, and can be seen sprinting in airports to the gate before the plane door closes.

Venona has experienced love and loss at the deepest level, and is thankful for writing and daydreaming, for it kept, and still keeps her sane. Writing also introduced her to some of the most supportive and wonderful people, to which she will always be grateful.

Venona is a voracious reader, loves her feline boys, volunteers at an animal shelter, attempts to cook everything in her CSA boxes, is an accomplished speaker, is a seasoned triathlete, and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, skipping, dancing, and her beloved overgrown garden.

FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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Giveaway #1 ~ International

Make a comment and be entered into win a giveaway!

Audio Books, E-Book, and DSP Gift Certificate

3 Audio Books (Treasure, The Downs, and Guarded)

E-book Coming of Age

$20 DSP Gift Certificate

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Giveaway #2 ~ US only

Manga (Graphic Novels), Audio, and E-Books

Manga:

Traditional Japanese Manga (translated into English): Borders Manga Volumes 1-5 by Kazuma Kodaka

American Manga: Longitudes and Latitudes, Volumes 1 - 3 by True Teargem & Tprinces

American Dōjinshi: Kindly Assistance (A Sherlock Holmes & John Watson Romance) by Halloween Panda

Audio Books & E-books

3 Audio Books (Treasure, The Downs, and Guarded)

E-book Coming of Age

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Giveaway #3 ~ Us only

Bento Ensemble, Audio, and E-Books

Bento Ensemble

Bento Box

Lacquered wooden chopsticks

Handmade drawstring cloth bag with decorative stitching

Audio Books & E-books

3 Audio Books (Treasure, The Downs, and Guarded)

E-book Coming of Age

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Stops!

Oct 31 – MM Good Book Reviews – I Fought the Law

Nov 1 – The Novel Approach – Kyle at Yaoi Con Short

Nov 2 – Rhys Ford – VOA Interview with Greg Tremblay and Joel Leslie

Nov 3 – Mary Calmes – Exclusive Excerpt from Running Blind

Nov 4 – DSP Blog – Siblings

Nov 7 – Divine Magazine – Release Day Exclusive Excerpt

Nov 8 – Gay Book Reviews – The Lord and the Amnesiac Rogue

Nov 9 – Kimmer’s Erotic Book Banter – Kyle and Ecos Short

Nov 10 – Love Bytes – Losing Sense

Nov 10 – Tammy’s Two Cents – Universities

Nov 11 – Sinfully Gay – Running

8 comments:

  1. I don't really think I have experienced many limitations other than those that come with being a woman and luckily, those have been minimal (to my knowledge). What activity gives me a sense of freedom? Standing at the front of a seagoing ship and feeling the wind against my face and body.

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  2. This sounds like a great book - thanks for sharing and for the giveaway :)

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  3. No physical limitations to overcome.
    I play a lot of netball and whilst not wonderfully good, I am in the the third of 5 club teams, a woman of 50+ yrs keeping up with the rest of the team, most in their 20's and some still in their teens!!!

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    1. Go you!! I'm so smug when I outwalk my 17-year-old daughter.

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  4. I used to play competitive volleyball but now have arthritis in my hands and hips. I used to coach volleyball while my daughter played volleyball but it has gotten more difficult.

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    breeze.reed.2015@gmail.com

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