Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Life Worth Saving by Tina Blenke Tour & Giveaway !!!

Life Worth Living
Tina Blenke

Release Date: December 9, 2015
Pages or Words: 63,267
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas


“Cora? He’s really gone, isn’t he?”
“You did what you had to do to save both your life and his career. You didn’t do a goddamned thing wrong, you hear me? You are one of the bravest men I know,” she growled.
“Yeah, right. I’m the gayest man you know.”
“You shut the fuck up right now, Jake. I don’t let anyone bad-mouth you around me and that includes you. It takes a real man to stand up for who he truly is on the inside. The easy way out would be to hide who you are and live in the closet for fear of what the world will say or do to you.”
“Now that’s not fair,” I argued immediately, thinking of Quentin’s situation.
“And for what? Admitting that you want to love another man? It’s a beautiful romantic notion, Jake. You throw yourself bare to the world for love, the noblest feeling in the world, and all you expect in return is someone to return the feeling. And what does that rat bastard do? He shows you what it feels like to be loved, only there was a condition on it, wasn’t there? As long as he could hide you from the world and not be proud of the honest, kind and decent man that you are. He should have been yelling your name from the mountains or something. Instead? Instead, he runs and hides so he can save his face from his family.” 

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Meet the author:
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can't get enough of.

Q&A with Tina Blenke
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.

a. There’s a little restaurant in the middle of nowhere Minnesota that made a custom dessert just for me. (I’m quite the picky eater with some food allergies). I loved it so much that they decided to add it to their menu and named it after me.

b. My family and I used to race dirtbikes out in the Mojave Desert. I’ve won a few trophies for placing and even have one overall trophy.

c. I have three university degrees: BS Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, BA Chemistry and an MS in Chemistry with an emphasis in Immunology. This is where I met the real live Quentin and based an entire story on the discussions of one night.

d. It’s possible that I have a puppy addiction. They smell so wonderful and I love to have them crawling all over me. My house is full of pets. I have three dogs (Husky and two Chihuahuas) and a tortoise shell tabby that will turn 19 next month.

2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
a. I would visit my grandmother in Thailand. It’s beautiful in my mother’s native country and I really need to get back for a visit. I’m planning a trip there in April but to have it already paid for would be a nice treat! We have a family home in the old capitol of Ayutthaya and I’m taking my daughters and niece to visit Pattaya and also the new capitol of Bangkok. The younger ones haven’t traveled here before so it will be nice for them to see their heritage first-hand and learn about their history.

3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend
a. I just finished Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan which was absolutely beautiful. My oldest daughter is a dancer so I’ve been a dance mom for many years and could relate with the story. Before that, I read Sixty-Five Hours by N.R. Walker and it was really sweet. I enjoy stories where the characters are a bit older when coming out and this one was a fun read. Currently, I’m reading Resist: Gavin by Heather C. Leigh and I’m having a good time. I think it’s odd that they find each other alluring when they’re pissed off but it’s a different spin. I wished that she included me, as a reader, more with the stalking aspect, but so far I’m enjoying the story.

4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
a. There’s this fantastic sushi restaurant in downtown Providence that has the best rolls in town. I like both their Boston and Providence rolls there. It’s so ridiculously good and the prices are low enough that I’d eat there every week if I could. One of the best reasons about living in Rhode Island is all of the great places to eat, especially in Providence. It’s like there’s a certain culinary threshold and if the place isn’t up to par, then it’s gone and a better tasting dish takes its place. Wonderful for the palate and hard on the wallet!

5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
a. There’s a sequel to Life Worth Living that is out with my fantastic beta readers as we speak so it’d be nice to polish that up and have it submitted this year. I’m also working on a trans YA story that would be nice to include in this year’s publications as well. Maybe a conference? Because of my recent move to Rhode Island, I wasn’t able to attend GRL last year but this year could be promising. I’d like to meet up with old friends and find some new friends, too. It’s always a good time.

6. What do you like to read?
a. I read a lot of M/M romance, some Stephen King, quite a few non-fictional stories about the Crusades have been known to cross my desk. I have a subscription to the New Yorker that I peruse frequently (especially the cartoons!) and I occasionally like to read the Smithsonian magazine, too. Sometimes, I get back to my roots and read a few scientific papers to keep in touch with the current research.

7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
a. I use Facebook groups to see what’s coming out with new authors or with favorite authors. Sometimes, I search out to see what’s available by a particular author. I don’t care about prices as long as the book is good. Word of mouth doesn’t usually do it for me. There are some popular authors in my genre that I don’t particularly care for and that’s okay but I don’t read them. I’d much rather find someone’s voice I like and read all their back stories. There’s much more fun in that!

8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
a. An automated puppy poop scooper would be nice. Hahaha!

9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
a. That’s funny because I don’t see myself as a romantic person and I’m certainly not in touch with my feelings. Gross. I like stories that are realistic. I like it when the two main characters fight against the world and not with each other. I like my happy endings because the world doesn’t play fair and we need happy closure when we come to love the people we’re reading about. We want justice in the world and when two people have had it tough, we want them to find love and happiness.

10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
a. I’m working on a sequel to Life Worth Living that has more of a darker theme that has loosely been inspired by a friend of mine. The manuscript is currently in the hands of my beta readers and may be ready for submission for publication in early spring. I’m also working on a trans short story and I’m not sure of the publication path for that story as of yet. And of course, I have a story or two more for the Shifting Paradigm series.

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Tour Dates & Stops:
23-Dec: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Full Moon Dreaming
30-Dec: Love Bytes, Kirsty Loves Books, Book Lovers 4Ever
6-Jan: Wake Up Your Wild Side, Divine Magazine, MM Good Book Reviews, Hearts on Fire
13-Jan: BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, My Fiction Nook, Louise Lyons
20-Jan: KathyMac Reviews, Unquietly Me, Inked Rainbow Reads, Jessie G. Books
27-Jan: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Alpha Book Club, Havan Fellows
3-Feb: Happily Ever Chapter, TTC Books and More, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Prism Book Alliance
10-Feb: The Novel Approach, Bayou Book Junkie, Molly Lolly, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy


  1. Best of luck with the new release, Tina! It sounds good and I like the cover.

  2. Good luck with your new release it sounds great.

  3. Tina, I wish you good luck with your new release! I cannot wait to read Jake and Quentin's story!

  4. Good luck with the new release. I love the title and the cover. I can't wait to read it.