I have a fun new release to feature today: LONG SHADOWS by Kate Sherwood. It's out now, so be sure to go get your copy.
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.
I asked Kate a few questions about her release, and can't wait to share it with you!
Tell us one interesting trait about your heroes.
I think it’s interesting that both of my characters have aspects of their personalities that have been dormant for the fifteen years they’ve been apart. When Jericho lived in Mosely he was a rebel but once he left he went out of his way to find jobs that were all about following orders and respecting authority. And before Jericho left, Wade was wild, sure, but he kept his behaviour more-or-less within the social rules. Once Jericho left, Wade lost that moderating influence on his behaviour and became a full-out criminal. So they’ve both turned parts of themselves off for the last decade and a half, and now that they’re back together it’s interesting to see those aspects being re-invigorated.
Describe Long Shadows in 5 words or less.
Cops and Robbers-who's who
Is this book part of a series, and when can we expect to see more?
Long Shadows is the first book in the Common Law series, and the subsequent books will be coming out once a month from now until April.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the fourth and final book in my Shelter series. I love the characters and want to see them get their happily ever after, but this series is self-published so it’s the one most easily pushed to the side when a deadline for a publisher looms… But I need to get it done!
What is your all-time favorite m/m romance read?
This is weird to say, but I think my favourite m/m novels were the ones I read back when I first discovered m/m, in fanfiction (SPN, represent!). And the frustrating thing is that I’ve totally lost track of them. I can remember bits and pieces, but not enough to find the stories again. And I’m a little worried that they might not be AS awesome as I remember them being… at the time it was all brand new and everything seemed great, but maybe I’d reread them now and think, oh, that old trope, or whatever. So it’s probably best to leave them as a hazy, favourable memory.
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.