All that Jazz (and Blues) With G.B. Gordon

Posted October 20, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Book Tour, Guest Post / 7 Comments

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All that Jazz (and Blues) With G.B. Gordon

Bluewater Blues is a bit of a geeky love letter to blues and jazz, and to all the ways and places in which they so deliciously overlap and play with and off each other.

There’s always music when I write, and I know I’m not alone in this. Playlists seem to be an integral part of writing for many authors.

If a story is woven from different threads, then music is the warp. It sets the mood and provides the bedrock of integrity, the pre-theme, the post holes for the frame. There are still many areas in which the story can fall apart on me at this point, but without the music, the mood, there wouldn’t even be a story at all.

I listened to a lot of classics and fantastic saxophone players while writing this book, but it’s a singer who stood out for me. A new to me artist with a silky edge to her voice whom I discovered by chance while flipping through CDs at the local library. (PSA: Get a library card, if you don’t have one already. You can thank me later.)

Her name is Ndidi Onukwulu, and she excels in an emotionally visceral fusion of different styles. Go on, give her a listen.

And if you read Bluewater Blues (and of course I hope you will), you might want to do it tapping your foot or gently swinging it back and forth to some Blues. Or Jazz. Something mellow and sweet that wraps you into layers of velvet and feelz.

About Bluewater Blues

bluewaterblues_600x900Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. Unfortunately, his feelings refuse to stay casual.

Mark Keao is married to his job as a costume designer on Wolf’s Landing. He’s autistic, so he’s used to people not knowing how to interact with him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a hermit. Especially when he meets Jack Daley, who dances with brooms, shares his love of the blues, and gets him like no one else. But relationships have proven complicated in the past.

Just when Mark is ready to try anyway, Jack pulls back. But Mark isn’t giving up, and neither is Jack’s sister. And then there’s the music both men love, bringing them together time and again. It will take trust, though, to bring them together for good.

Bluewater Blues is available from Riptide Publishing:

About GB Gordon

G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.

Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands.Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.

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To celebrate the release of Bluewater Blues, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 22, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I listen to a lot of music when I’m reading. I have a playlist on youtube and it just keeps playing.

4 years ago

The book’s music angle really appeals to me!

vitajex@aol dot com

4 years ago

It’s cool how music influenced the writing of Bluewater Blues. Thanks for sharing that.

And, I agree, it is so worthwhile to have a library card.


G.B. Gordon
4 years ago

Thanks for hosting us, and, of course, for the lovely review.

And thanks for commenting, everyone. Library cards ftw. 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  G.B. Gordon

Our pleasure! Just as Bluewater Blues was a pleasure to read.

Yessss, library cards! The old librarian in me loves to see that. 🙂

Lisa S
Lisa S
4 years ago

Thanks for the post. I’m looking forward to reading Jack’s story.

Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter

This story sounds so unbelievably sweet! Definitely going to have to read this one!