Thursday, September 27, 2018

Blog Tour: Rebuilding Hope by Jessie G (Guest Post)

BOOK NAME: Rebuilding Hope
SERIES NAME:  A Kindred Story, Book #1
PUBLISHER: Jessie G Books, Inc.
PAGE/WORD COUNT: 200 pages, 64K words
CATEGORIES: Gay, Contemporary, Shifter
COVER MODELS: TankJoey & Connor Jay
COVER ARTIST: Andrew Reyna

BLURB: Holden Bancroft was born with a better than average brain and not much else. Often described as strange and sickly, his attempts to conform only made him look foolish and a life-long diet of pills hasn’t provided a cure. Deciding to strengthen the only tool in his arsenal was liberating and learning became his greatest joy. But each episode is another reminder that his time is limited, and Holden intends to use everything he’s learned to help the small town of Hope before he dies.

Alpha Crowley Lomond, Zenith of the Americas, isn’t exactly happy with his ascension. Leading isn’t the problem, it’s acting like he’s somehow better than every other shifter that chafes. But while living and working beside them may seem noble, Crowley is more than just an alpha. As Zenith, he’s their example, their teacher and guide, and the one they will turn to when their way of life is threatened.

Meeting changes them in ways they never could have predicted and unveils a web of deceit that began long before they were born. Together, they will have to unravel the lies and reconcile the consequences if they are to protect the shifter way of life. Along the way, Crowley will become the Zenith his Kindred was born to love and their enemies will learn that there's nothing more dangerous than fated mates.

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Q: What's your inspiration for this series?

A: Chris from CJC Photographer showed me the photo of Joey and Connor and I had to have it even though nothing I was working on matched. It wasn't until months later when I was at a booking signing and brainstorming with my friend who is an attorney that I started playing with ideas for a legal contemporary set in the Panhandle. There was going to be a haunted hotel and everything. Still, it was a few more months before I really started writing this story and it went off the rails fairly quickly. By the end of Chapter 1, I knew I was writing a shifter story—my first ever—and that tripped me up for a bit. Did I want to continue down that path? Did anything from that first brainstorming session apply? With some tweaking, it did. Sadly, not the haunted hotel because that just seemed like one paranormal element too many for this book. I write without an outline, so I was pretty adamant that this would be a standalone story. Something else that would also be a first for me. And I failed. Epically. Not only are there clearly defined characters that want their own books, but there's now an overarching series thread I never intended to write.

Like Holden, my best-laid plans went awry and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.


Like many readers, I've dreamed of being a writer most of my life. Thanks to social media, I was able to follow my favorite authors and hoped to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. It isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely been worth it and with four series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it's been amazing to have made this dream my reality.

I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics, and happily ever after. I'm a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families—biological or chosen. All are themes you'll find throughout my books.
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