Friday, January 6, 2017

Virtual Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review ~ Long Shadows (Common Law Book 1) by Kate Sherwood

Secondary Characters

Have you guys read books where the main characters were interesting enough but one of the secondary characters ended up stealing the show? I generally love books like that—I feel like I’m getting more bang for the buck—but it’s always a bit strange when people react that way to my own stories.

In the Dark Horse series, a lot of readers had a favourite from the main three guys, and then maybe didn’t like one of the others so much. But everybody loved Chris, Dan’s best friend. In Mark of Cain readers were intrigued by Sean. In Sacrati, Andros got the love.

In the Common Law series? I guess in terms of POV, Wade’s a secondary character, and I certainly hope people are intrigued by him. Otherwise, though, the secondary characters are mostly women, and that’s where I think things get really interesting.

Because as a female m/m author, I’m determined to do right by my sex. My heroes may not be attracted to women, but they will damn well like and respect them. Well, okay, Jericho may not like Nikki, but he’d be stupid not respect her. And when he shows any sort of disrespect toward Kayla, Kayla lets him know (on my behalf?) that his shit will not be tolerated.

I like my male secondary characters just fine, but I love writing the strong women in my heroes’ stories. Sister, mother, ex-lover, friend, colleague, assistant, boss—my heroes appreciate the women in their lives, and so do I.

How about you all? Who are some of your favourite secondary characters? And how do you like your women in m/m?

About Long Shadows

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

Now available from Riptide Publishing.

About Kate Sherwood

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”--other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy--the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

Twitter: @kate_sherwood 


This story takes you through the eyes of Jericho. You have basically zero information to go on, so you're learning Everything with him. There's a bunch to sort through and at first none of it makes much sense. Not until you get further Into the story and discover more hidden secrets, while trying to find two kidnapped children. 

What I loved most about this book was, the chemistry between Jericho and Wade burns hot, and absolutely nothing is done about it. You don't even care that it hasn't yet, because you just have that feeling their time will come. It's also kind of awesome that they're on opposite sides of the law, but yet you just have this glimmer of hope that it'll all work out. I also loved Kay, she's a very strong female character who doesn't take anyone's crap. 

All in all, I give this 3.75 stars


To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Long Shadows tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. My favorite secondary characters are those who help the MC's with love and a stern hand. To whom the MC's can tell everything without being judged. Who has their best interests at heart. I especially love strong women without being them bitches.
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  2. Thank you for the review! I love books that keep the intrigue and do a slow reveal. As for secondary characters, I'm all for them. My favorites are the characters from Charlie Cochet's THIRDs series. Sure a majority of them get their own stories/books but some of them don't but it's always fun to read about them.
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  3. I like secondary characters with enough personality and development that I want them to have their own book! (See Dane in Lara Brukz's REVIEWING LIFE, for instance.) As for female characters in m/m, I like...believable women. Not harridans, not starry-eyed "let's eat ice cream out of the carton together while I ask intrusive questions about your gay sex life and mourn my latest breakup" (GOD, if I see that type ever again!!), and not plot devices who are there strictly for the development of the guys' tale.


  4. I loved secondary characters in Alexa Land's Firsts & Forever series & Jay Northcote's Housemates series before they got their own stories. Riley Hart's Turn the World Upside Down, the other kids in the institution, especially the one playing the flute & the loud girl? You'll find it hard to love them.

    I especially adore those SCs with selfless heart, mature mind, supportive, goofy bestfriends (like the bestfriend of Sathya in Dee Aditya's The Boy Named Khwahish). I have to say the list is endless. :D

    Thanks for coming by to Man2ManTastic, Kate! <3

    1. And of course, the day wouldn't be complete if I don't forget typing my e-mail.


    2. Lemme correct my statement, *"You'll find it hard NOT to love them."*

  5. I have no beef with female in MM romance, in fact one of my favorite secondary character is Christine in Jordan L. Hawk's Whyborne & Griffin series.
    Congrats and best wishes on this new series, Kate - can't wait for all the books to publish!
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  6. My favorite secondary characters are the ones I want to know more about, the ones I want to get their own stories too. As for female characters in m/m, I want them to be strong, secure, & not be a hot mess or batshit crazy. Claudia in Rhys Ford's Cole McGinnis series comes to mind.

    1. and I forgot my email address: legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. It sounds so good and very tense.
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  8. sounds like a great read
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  9. Happy release week! I hope you had a blast.

  10. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway. I love gay mysteries and romance, including those with strong female characters. In fact, in one series I loved, by David Lennon, the gay detective had a partner named Sassy. Loved her.
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  11. Well, I like my women in M/M when they were NOT portrayed simply as stupid plot device to make us root for the couple. I'm a woman, so it annoyed me whenever women just there either as villains or (sorry for the term!!) 'fag hag'.

    Christine Putnam is one of my favorite female in M/M series


  12. I love strong women characters who are funny, supportive and have a strong sense of worth! ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com



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