by Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler
Release Date: October 26, 2015
About Dead Ringer
Brandon Ringer has a dead man’s face. His grandfather, silver-screen heartthrob James Ringer, died tragically at twenty-one, and Brandon looks exactly like him. But that’s where the resemblance ends. Brandon is unknown, unemployed, and up to his ears in bills after inheriting his grandparents’ Hollywood mansion. He refuses to sell it—it’s his last connection to his grandmother—so to raise the cash he needs, he joins a celebrity look-alike escort agency.
Percy Charles is chronically ill, isolated, and lonely. His only company is his meddlesome caregiver and his collection of James Ringer memorabilia. When he finds “Jim Ringer” on Hollywood Doubles’ website, he books an appointment, hoping to meet someone who shares his passion for his idol.
Brandon? Not that person.
But despite their differences, they connect, and Percy’s fanboy love for James shows Brandon a side of his grandfather he never knew. Soon they want time together off the clock, but Percy is losing his battle for independence, and Brandon feels trapped in James’s long shadow. Their struggle to love each other is the stuff of classic Hollywood. Too bad Brandon knows how those stories end.
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About Heidi Belleau
Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, graduated with a degree in History from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and now lives outside of Edmonton, Alberta with her tradesman husband and two kids. A proud bisexual woman, her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of queer characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms.
You can visit her online at HeidiBelleau.com, or follow her on Twitter: @HeidiBelleau. She’s always available by email at email@example.com.
About Sam Schooler
Sam Schooler is an Ohioan university student studying journalism with a minor in American Sign Language and a specialization in African American studies. She is both queer and genderqueer, and has found a home in writing trope-themed new adult stories about people of all genders and orientations. She has a wicked and extremely noticeable soft spot for werewolves. After graduation, she intends to flee to Canada to join her spouse Alex and escape the customs regulations that keep her separated from her truest love: Kinder Eggs. Jeremy Renner played her in a movie once.
Find news about her upcoming books, go to samschooler.com. If you’re feeling daring, follow her on Twitter as @samschoolering to get the full immersive experience.
Dead Ringer Special Feature
Hi, and welcome to the Dead Ringer release tour! We’re Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler, here with more Dead Ringer B-roll footage and DVD extras than you can shake a stick at. Stay tuned for author commentary, posters and info about all of James Ringer’s movies, classic Hollywood factoids, and, of course, some sweet prizes!
As part of our tour, we’re sharing the beautiful set of five movie posters that the amazingly talented Vivian Ng designed for us! We both love commissioning art for our books, and we knew that Vivian, who designed Heidi’s Rear Entrance Video series covers, had a style that was perfect for what we wanted.
James Ringer is an enormous presence throughout Dead Ringer, and we wanted to do our part to commemorate his—as Percy would describe it—“completely brilliant” filmography. So we asked Vivian to design a poster for each of James’s five movies, and wrote a synopsis for each one, too!
We’re featuring all five movies in chronological order, one per post, so be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour to see the rest of the James Ringer filmography! And, as one of our tour grand prizes, you can win a postcard set of the five posters—be sure to leave a comment below!
Call Me, Callie (1952)
Dahlia Delair sizzles and seduces as femme fatale and con artist Calendula, the fallen daughter of a good Southern family. Having recently arrived in New York, “Callie” lies, flirts, and steals her way into a gorgeous apartment and a monthly stipend from a rich older man. She’s living the life of any pretty young layabout’s dreams when she falls for the handsome son of the building’s maintenance man—working-class Johnny (Ringer).
Johnny quickly falls under Callie’s spell, but he won’t be any woman’s plaything. He wants an honest marriage and, more importantly, an honest bride. As Callie falls for Johnny’s uncomplicated charms, she must choose: will she live her life in the lap of luxury, a spoiled kept woman with more diamonds and gowns than days to wear them? Will she allow herself to stay lovelessly involved with a married man? Or will she give up every comfort to be the handsome, demanding boy who stole her heart?
Thanks to our generous blog hosts, and thanks to you for hanging out with us! Be sure to check out our full list of tour stops so you can see the rest of our extras and snag yourself more chances to win our giveaway!
Feeling lucky? Leave a comment with your email on this or any of the other Dead Ringer tour posts for a chance to win one of the two grand prizes. Each winner will receive a $15 gift card to Riptide Publishing, plus get their choice of either a poster-sized print of Dead Ringer’s gorgeous cover photo by Marisha Dudek, or a postcard set featuring the eye-catching ephemera of James Ringer’s filmography, designed by Vivian Ng.