Stuck Landing is the latest novel by Lauren Gallagher and is a part of the Bluewater Bay series. Riptide Publishing has asked me to be a part of the blogtour for this novel and I gladly accepted. The Bluewater Bay series has always been special to me, so this latest release will be just as special. Plus this novel is based upon a bisexual theme, one that you don’t find very often.
Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Lauren Gallagher blog tour for Stuck Landing, the latest installment in the Bluewater Bay series!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Stuck Landing but including titles written as L.A. Witt, Ann Gallagher, or Lori A. Witt) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 19. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget your email or contact info so Riptide can reach you if you win!
Biphobia and Bi-erasure
Anyone who’s ever been to one of my panels at a convention has probably heard me rant about bisexual erasure and biphobia. It’s a subject that’s near and dear to my heart, being bisexual myself.
As with many bisexuals, I’m constantly being defined by the person I’m with. Since I’m married to a cishet man, I’m clearly straight. Except I’m not. And a woman who is with another woman is a lesbian, regardless of whether she’s attracted to men. But…yeah. I’ve had that conversation a number of times. Yay for bi erasure.
Then there’s the biphobia. The stereotypes that make people keep us at arm’s length or turn up their noses at us. We’re all promiscuous and can’t be trusted to be faithful. We’re going through a phase. Experimenting. Using people. Eventually going to leave a same-sex partner for an opposite-sex one. Etc.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to incorporate biphobia into a book. As I wrote about Anna in previous Bluewater Bay books, I started to realize her story would be the one where biphobia reared its ugly head.
And so began Stuck Landing. Anna, a powerful workaholic producer/director, is a recently single and quite biphobic lesbian. She’s dated bi women before, and it didn’t end well. Not that it’s ended well with dating other lesbians, either, but that’s beside the point.
Enter Natalya. She’s everything Anna wants in a woman. She’s smart. She doesn’t take crap from anyone…and that includes Anna.
When Anna’s deep-seated prejudices butt heads with her desire for the incredibly hot and witty Natalya, she’s going to have to do some soul-searching… and quickly!
About Lauren Gallagher
Lauren Gallagher is an abnormal romance writer who has recently been exiled from the glittering utopia of Omaha, Nebraska, to an undisclosed location in South America. Along with her husband, a harem of concubines, and a phosphorescent porcupine, she remains, as always, in hiding from the Polynesian Mafia. For the moment, she seems to have eluded her nemesis, M/M romance author L.A. Witt, but figures L.A. will eventually become bored with the wilds of Spain and come looking for her. And when that time comes, Lauren will be ready. Assuming L.A. doesn’t have her hands full keeping track of Lori A. Witt and Ann Gallagher, which she probably will.
About Stuck Landing
For months, acclaimed Wolf’s Landing director/producer Anna Maxwell has been nursing a crush on Natalya Izmaylova, a former Russian gymnast and current Wolf’s Landing stunt coordinator. When Anna witnesses Natalya’s very public breakup with her boyfriend, she can’t resist inviting her over for drinks to commiserate about love and all that nonsense. Commiseration doesn’t last long, and soon Anna’s in bed with the hottest woman she’s ever touched, living out fantasies she didn’t even know she had.
Despite the amazing sex, Anna wants to proceed with caution. They’re both newly single. They’re colleagues. And there’s the not-so-small matter of Anna’s biphobia.
Natalya won’t commit to someone who clings to ridiculous stereotypes, but they can’t avoid each other at work, and there’s no ignoring their chemistry. Anna’s defenses are slowly eroding, and Natalya is willing to give her another chance. But Natalya only has so much patience, and even scorching-hot sex won’t keep her coming back forever. If Anna doesn’t come to her senses soon and let go of her prejudices—not to mention her insecurities—she’s going to lose the woman of her dreams.
I’m coming by tomorrow to p/u my stuff.
My girlfriend’s text message—your ex-girlfriend, idiot—made me long for the days of flip phones. Dropping my cell into the cup holder wasn’t nearly as satisfying without first slamming the little bastard shut.
From the driver’s seat, my bodyguard, Jeremy, glanced at the phone. “Leigh?”
“How’d you guess?” I rubbed my eyes. “I can’t wait until all this shit is really over.”
“I wish I could tell you it ends overnight.” He shrugged as he pulled into the gym parking lot. “Unfortunately, after you’ve been together that long . . .”
I groaned. “If she’d agree to it, I’d just toss a match in the place so we could both start over fresh.”
“Tempting, isn’t it?” He parked and killed the engine. “It does end, though. Promise.”
“Yeah, we’ll see.” I grabbed the phone, but didn’t look at the screen. Instead, I shoved it into my pocket as Jeremy and I got out of the car. I’d respond to the message later. For now, I needed to blow off some steam after a long week on set. The next season had just started, and though the episodes currently filming had other directors at the helm, I had plenty to keep me busy.
With Jeremy on my heels, I headed into the gym. The instant I stepped through the tinted glass door, I was hit with the familiar pungent smells of sweat, metal, disinfectant, and more sweat. After this long, it didn’t bother me anymore. It just made my brain shift gears from work, work, work to time to sling some iron! My pulse ratcheted up. I hadn’t drunk my preworkout supplement yet, but I was definitely psyched for this. Probably because I hadn’t been here in a few days.