Burnt Tost B&B; with Charity opportunity

Hi, and welcome to the Burnt Toast B&B blog tour! We’re
Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz, the authors of the book, and we’re so
thankful to have you along for the ride, and thankful to our hosts, [blog
title], for having us here today!
Normally on a blog tour, we like to share all kinds of behind
the scenes goodies to do with the book: inspiration images, glimpses into
research and plotting, deleted scenes, conversations about our process,
character bios, etc. For this tour, though, we’re doing something a little
different, but we hope you’ll still find it worth your while.
When Heidi first pitched The Burnt Toast B&B, it was as
an opposites-attract story centring around the world’s worst B&B . . . and
an M/M romcom where one of the lead guys just happened to be transgender.
Writing solo, she’d done a trans book before, but that was very much a Trans
Book, all about exploring gender identity, defining who you are, and coming out
to your friends and loved ones. This book . . . isn’t that. It’s the story of
an optimistic hipster stuntman and a pessimistic lumberjack who learn to make
espresso, fix up a failing B&B, and generally butt heads in between loads
of laundry.
Ginsberg, our hipster, is much like many of our other
favourite M/M heroes: he’s funny, resilient, romantic, and sexy as hell. He’s
also transgender; secure in his identity, his body, and his sexuality; and
working in a career he loves. But his life isn’t without hardships. Ginsberg
made his own family after his biological one turned out to be too toxic to live
with. He scrimped and saved and borrowed to pay for the medical care he needed
to be happy and healthy. He found a roof over his head as a “considerate
couchsurfer,” living with friends and acquaintances on a temporary basis when
money got tight. In Derrick and his failing B&B, Ginsberg finally finds an
opportunity to have a real home, if only he can convince Derrick to keep the
place open.
Ginsberg’s background of financial hardship and lack of
family support is all too common among many people who, like him, are trans and
trying to live happy, fulfilling lives as their true selves. As such, we the
authors, our publisher Riptide, and our generous blog tour hosts will be using
the next few days to highlight the personal fundraisers of real trans people in
need. We hope that if you’ve got a little extra money this month, you’ll
consider donating, and if money’s tight, maybe you can help by spreading the
word, too.
For our
part, Rachel, Heidi, and Riptide will be giving donors a $5 Riptide credit code
for every $10 in donations you make (up to $50 in codes per person, up to
$5,000 in codes overall)–just email your donation receipt(s) to
 with the subject line “Burnt Toast Tour
Donation,” and Riptide will send out all $5 codes a week after the tour ends.
(It’s totally cool, by the way, to spread your donations across multiple
fundraisers if you’d like; we’ll add up all your receipts sent in a single
email and base your credit vouchers on the grand total.)
We’re also
hosting a special contest for people who donate: every dollar in donations to
any of these fundraisers will earn you an entry into a drawing for a full
paperback set of Riptide’s current Bluewater Bay lineup, OR two signed
paperback copies of The Burnt Toast B&B. We’ll draw one week after the blog
tour ends. Every dollar helps, and every dollar counts!
we’ll randomly select three commenters from all the tour stops and donate $50
apiece in each winner’s name to the trans charity or fundraiser of their
choice. (Please be sure to leave a way for us to contact you if you win!)
Arianna is a proud trans latina
woman born and raised in Peru and living now in Florida.
Lastly, if you or someone you love is transgender and going
through a difficult time, please check out the Trans Lifeline,
This crisis helpline is staffed entirely by trans volunteers and runs at least
twelve hours a day, seven days a week, in the US and Canada. If you’re in
crisis, please call them. If you’d like to support this nonprofit
About The Burnt Toast B&B:
After breaking his arm on set, Wolf’s Landing stuntman Ginsberg Sloan finds himself temporarily
out of work. Luckily, Bluewater Bay’s worst B&B has cheap long-term rates,
and Ginsberg’s not too proud to take advantage of them.
Derrick Richards, a grizzled laid-off logger, inherited the
B&B after his parents’ untimely deaths. Making beds and cooking
sunny-side-up eggs is hardly Derrick’s idea of a man’s way to make a living,
but just as he’s decided to shut the place down, Ginsberg shows up on his
doorstep, pitiful and soaking wet, and Derrick can hardly send him packing.
Not outright, at least.
The plan? Carry on the B&B’s tradition of terrible
customer service and even worse food until the pampered city boy leaves
voluntarily. What Derrick doesn’t count on, though, is that the lousier he gets
at hosting, the more he convinces bored, busybody Ginsberg to try to get the
B&B back on track. And he definitely doesn’t count on the growing
attraction between them, or how much more he learns from Ginsberg than how to
put out kitchen fires.


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