Friday, December 2, 2016

Virtual Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway ~ Angel Voices by Rowan Speedwell

One frigid winter night a week before Christmas, college student Will stumbles into a church during choir practice, bruised by his own father’s hands. He’s out of the closet now—there’s no going back since his fundamentalist father learned the truth—but he’s also out of a home, a family, and a future. Will has nowhere to turn. No one to care.

Except . . . Will’s roommate, Quinn, cares. Maybe too much. He’s been attracted to Will since they moved in together, but never dreamed his crush was gay. With Will’s life in pieces, Quinn doesn’t want to push. He also knows he has more experience than Will, who’s never even been kissed.

Then Will’s father makes a reappearance, and Will has to learn to trust his heart more than the voices of his past. But it’s the season of miracles, faith, and hope, and Quinn is determined to teach Will how to love and be loved.

Available from Riptide Publishing.

ReviewThis was a pretty great holiday short story. 
Full of angst and forgiveness (sort of) and family, even if it's someone else's. 

Will is sweet and you can't not love him and feel his pain. I she's a few years for him. 

Quinn is silly and happy and seems almost the opposite of Will. Together though, he brings Will out of his repressed and beaten down shell. 

I love Quinn's grandmother. Keith (Wills brother) was right, she kind of is like a queen. 

I was so glad for Will when his brother stepped up for him and was there for him. I'm glad he hadn't turned out like his father, like Will was seeming to believe. 

I'm glad Will is getting his HFN ending. I'm not sure if this book would ever continue, but it's left with the possibility.


About Rowan Speedwell

An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . .  Hmm.  Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math.  She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry.  She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.

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To celebrate the release of Angel Voices, one lucky winner will receive $15 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with a thoughtful question and your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 3, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot?


  2. Congrats on the re-release of Angel Voices, Rowan. It's quite an emotional read for me, I read the first edition but ...all the same!
    Best wishes with the blog tour!
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book.
    My question: What genres do you gravitate towards when you're looking for a read?
    Good luck with the release!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Congratulations on the release, Rowan. My question for you is
    Is there a trope you prefer to write about more than any others?

  5. My question here is if you enjoy adult beverages what's your favorite?

  6. Quick: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?


  7. Glad to see the nice review!

    My question is who's your favorite character you've written?

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  8. I enjoyed Angel Voices. Do you have any inclination to write stories about other holidays?




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