Guest Post and Giveaway with Chris Scully, Author of Back To You!

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OS: Welcome to Chris Scully author of Back to You! Thanks for stopping by and letting us get to know you and thanks for the Giveaway!

CS:
Hello! I’m Chris Scully. I’m thrilled to welcome you to my blog tour for Back to You, my new romantic suspense novel. Join me at various tour stops, where I’ll be sharing some background on the novel and the characters, my thoughts on writing, and more. Comment on each stop to be entered in a drawing for a $20 Riptide gift certificate. Thanks for joining me on the tour!

Who is Chris Scully?

Dear Reader,

We may or may not have encountered each other yet. If we haven’t, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Chris. I’m a part-time writer. Sometimes I struggle with the pressure of essentially working two job, but I have people who live in my head and who won’t leave me alone, so I keep at it. One of the challenges of being a slow, part-time writer is the lag time between books and the impact that has on name recognition. This genre changes at a furious pace, and I feel like each time I do promo I’m starting over.

Like any relationship, books and readers need to have the right fit, and with such a wide variety across this genre, I think it’s only fair that you have an idea of what to expect from me so that we’re both on the same page.

I like to write all sorts of different things, and honestly I never fully know what direction I’m taking until a story is close to finished. I know that makes your job tougher because we all have our preferences, and I can’t guarantee I’ll always meet yours with everything I do. But I try to indicate through the cover art, in the blurb, or the title, which way the book leans so that you can make an informed decision.

I wouldn’t characterize my books as hot and steamy. Most of the time I write stories with little to no sex, although I have dabbled in some hotter stuff (those are labeled as “erotic romance”). But even then, I’m fairly vanilla.

I tend to write about real-ish situations with real-ish characters who have mundane jobs, and who are definitely not perfect. You won’t find chiselled abs or bulging muscles (not that there’s anything the least bit wrong with either). My characters are often older (thirties or forties) and established, although they may still be plagued by self-doubt. I believe that in order to fall in love people have to go through a bit of self-discovery and change. I love stories of redemption or personal growth. I’ve heard that sometimes my characters are hard to love, and I get that. But that’s life.

Other things you should know? I don’t like angst for angst’s sake, so although I may get emotional or tackle serious topics, I try not to do it in a dark or over the top way. I prefer open endings, but while I sometimes may not wrap things up in a nice neat bow, there is always at least a Happy for Now. I like slow burns and generally, the shorter the work, the more relationship focused it is. In my longer works, like Back to You, the romance may be secondary to the plot. In fact, Back to You is a bit of a mixed bag; it’s got an old mystery, lots of family drama, first loves and yes, romance.

So there you have it—that’s me as a writer in a nutshell. Are we a good fit? I’ll leave that to you to decide, and if I’m not your cup of tea, hopefully we’ll still meet again one day.

Thanks for reading,

Chris

About Back to You

Journalist Alex Buchanan has come home to the remote British Columbia town he grew up in, but only because his estranged father is dying. For Alex, the homecoming holds a mix of memories, mostly bad. The only bright spot is reconnecting with Benji Morning, the childhood friend he never truly forgot. As boys, the strength of their bond had frightened Alex. But now that he’s confident in his bisexuality, he’s drawn back to quiet, soft-spoken Ben.

Ben isn’t the same boy Alex left behind, though. His life has been overshadowed by the disappearance of his sister two decades earlier, and now a new break in the case threatens to undo the peace he’s worked so hard to attain.

As Alex struggles to repair the relationship with his father before it’s too late, he finds himself caught up in a twenty-year-old mystery, a story he never expected, and a shocking truth that could affect his and Ben’s future together.

Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/back-to-you

About Chris Scully

Chris Scully lives in Toronto, Canada. She grew up spinning romantic stories in her head and always dreamed of one day being a writer even though life had other plans. Her characters have accompanied her through career turns as a librarian and an IT professional, until finally, to escape the tedium of a corporate day job, she took a chance and began putting her daydreams down on paper.

Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She divides her time between a mundane 9-5 cubicle job and a much more interesting fantasy life. When she’s not working or writing (which isn’t often these days) she loves puttering in the garden and traveling. She is an avid reader and tries to bring pieces of other genres and styles to her stories. While her head is crammed full of all the things she’d like to try writing, her focus is always on the characters first. She describes her characters as authentic, ordinary people—the kind of guy you might meet on the street, or the one who might be your best friend.

Although keeping up with social media is still a struggle given her schedule, she does love to hear from readers.

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To celebrate the release of Back to You, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 17, 2017. 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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10 Responses to Guest Post and Giveaway with Chris Scully, Author of Back To You!

  1. James Escol says:

    Yep. We certainly are a good fit. First, I always prefer writers who release a book months after the release of their previous book than those who constantly release books every month. Second, I prefer HFN than HEA. Always. And third, I’m so with you on not liking angst for angst’s sake. *beams*
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    • Chris Scully says:

      LOL. I’d like to say if I wasn’t working that I’d release more frequently, but the truth is, I like to take my time. It still would likely be the same production rate even if I wrote full time.

  2. Paul Wilgus says:

    Thank you for some writer’s insight. I always love hearing a little bit about what makes authors tick. This book sounds great! I love a second chance romance mixed with a good mystery, especially one that can interfere with that romance.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  3. H.B. says:

    I think an author should release a book whenever they like or are ready to. Everyone works at their own pace. Thanks for the post.
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  4. Trix says:

    The blend of genres sounds really good!

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  5. Chris Scully says:

    Thanks everyone for stopping by. And thanks to Open Skye for hosting me <3

  6. Ami says:

    As an asexual I also prefer little to no sex at all. Instant-love or instant-lust baffles me. I prefer connection first before jumping into physical intimacy. Which is why your books work for me really well

    amie_07(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Purple Reader says:

    Congrats and thanks for your thots about writing. It all makes this sound great. I’d like to see what you do with the bisexuality; I can identify with going back to an estranged parent; and there are some other interesting dynamics, too. –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  8. Serena S. says:

    Thnks for the post! I’ve had the pleasure of reading most of your works and I’ve highly enjoyed them. Back to You sounds like a very good story with a great deal of subjects very interesting.
    serena91291@gmail(dot)com

  9. Lisa says:

    Since I’m not a fan of insta-love & PWP and prefer a slow burn romance with plot driven or character based stories I’d say we fit. I don’t mind angst but cannot stand the conflict to be because the characters DON’T COMMUNICATE! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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