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. http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/long-shadows
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.
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!