Thanks for joining me on this blog tour for Flawless, the fourth and final book in my Irresistible Attraction series. This is the story everyone’s been waiting for (I hope, I hope!) – Steve Campbell finally getting his happy ending, with a tough, sweet and very unusual guy named Gil. Follow me at all my stops to win cool prizes, including your choice of ebooks from my backlist, signed paperbacks and a chance to name a character in my upcoming Bannon’s Gym series, featuring a hot lineup of mixed martial arts fighters!
The idea for Flawless came about early last year when I met Tyrrell, a fascinating and very unusual woman. If I wrote a novel based on her life, people would laugh. No one would ever believe that one person could’ve earned a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering, served in the Navy, worked at JPL in Pasadena, and owned an auto shop and a string of racing cars. (Not all at the same time!)
Oh, and in the midst of all that, she transitioned from male to female.
She was a treasure-trove of research, wrapped up in a delightful package. And, once she’d read a couple of my other books, she actively encouraged me to write about a transgender character.
An intimidating prospect, and laden with potential pitfalls. I could never know what it’s like to live inside a trans* person’s skin, and I didn’t want to get it wrong. But Tyrrell was a great help. She opened up to me, told me a lot of very personal things I never would’ve had the nerve to ask on my own. And, slowly but surely, she convinced me that I could do a trans* character’s story justice.
Not to equate my cis-gendered reality with what trans* folk experience, but after struggling with obesity my entire life, I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hate what I see. I know what it’s like to be trapped in a body I didn’t choose – a body that’s never felt like the real me. So, with that in mind, I started writing.
Tyrrell proved an invaluable help to me at every step in the process – and she provided some great research about auto racing, too. Over the months I spent writing and researching, we became quite close. So I have this book to thank for opening my eyes to a world I previously knew very little about – and for giving me a wonderful person to share my life with. J
by Cat Grant
Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing.
Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple-red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible.
One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cat Grant lives by the ocean in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and way too many books and DVDs. When she’s not writing, you’ll probably catch her singing along to whatever’s on her iTunes, or fantasizing about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
Her new novella Flawless, the fourth and final book in her Irresistible Attraction series, <a href=”http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/flawless”>is now available from Riptide Publishing.</a>
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