Book Spotlight: Staged by Kim Fielding
(Belonging 'Verse #3)
by Kim Fielding
Date Released: July 18, 2016
Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.
Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.
A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.
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A Note from Kim Fielding
Hi! Kim Fielding here, and I’m excited to announce that my newest novel, Staged, is available now from Riptide Publishing.
I’ve lived most of my life in houses in suburbs and small cities. There are some advantages to that, such as space, quiet, and relative privacy. And garages. At my current house, we even have a swimming pool. But what I really yearn for is living in the middle of a big city.
I’ve managed this dream twice, when I lived for short periods of time in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. And it was wonderful. My favorite greenmarket was across the street. I could pop downstairs and within a few steps, be able to choose from a zillion cafés and restaurants, shops, grocers… pretty much anything I wanted. The trams stopped practically at my door, and during one of my stays, there was a multiplex movie theater across the street. Or I could stay in my apartment and watch all the activity passing right underfoot. Twice I saw protest marches. Once a pretty cool tram wreck (nobody was hurt). Once a pro-marriage-equality demonstration.
But eventually I ended up back in my beige stucco house in California, surrounded by a zillion similar beige stucco houses, where the most interesting things within walking distance are an irrigation canal and some almond orchards. I dream of moving.
Although life circumstances keep me here for now, I can live vicariously through my characters. In Staged, the story begins with Sky living in New York City. But then he’s sold and his new owner takes him to San Francisco. All is not sprinkles and unicorns for Sky when he gets there—he’s a slave, after all, and he doesn’t understand what his master wants from him. Even still, he gets to enjoy some of the benefits of city living, like good restaurants, interesting places to walk, and lots of people watching.
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Kim Fielding picked up a pencil when she was three years old and never put it down. She always dreamed of becoming an author, but took a roundabout way of getting there, first spending an inordinate amount of time as a student and ending up with a law degree and a PhD in psychology. She wrote plenty of academic articles and even a few books, but fiction continued to call to her. One day, she finally put that pencil to its intended use again and began to write novels.
Today, Kim is the best-selling, award-winning author of numerous gay romance and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning multiple -genres. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in fifteenth-century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, slaves, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Kim writes authentic voices and unexpected heroes.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there among the cows and almond trees with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
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To celebrate the release of Staged, one lucky person will win a $25 Riptide gift certificate and a copy of Treasure by Kim Fielding in audiobook. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 23, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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