by Tia Fielding
Date Released: July 10, 2018
About Like Breathing
A love as easy as breathing.
Life started out rocky for Devin Rice, but it’s turned out pretty well. He has adoptive parents and a brother who love him, and he works as a coder for his dad’s video game company. Romance is scarce, but a chance encounter leads to more than he ever expected.
While dropping off an assignment for his sick brother, Dev meets his mentor. Art history professor Seth Kent is brilliant and gorgeous, just what Dev has been looking for. Except that he’s in a long-term committed relationship.
Seth’s partner, Leaf, is older and sees the world differently due to his unusual upbringing. To him, the clear attraction between Seth and Dev isn’t a problem, it’s an unexpected gift. After all, Leaf is often on the road, going wherever rescue dogs need rehabilitation.
When Leaf meets Dev, all the missing pieces fall into place, and three men from different worlds and at different points in life fill each other’s empty spaces. For them, building a future together is the most natural thing in the world. But their unconventional love causes waves in their careers and family dynamics, and each man has his own doubts and fears to overcome.
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Guest Post by Tia FieldingTo Get to the Other Side
No, this post isn’t about a chicken joke, although it might sound like it based on the title. This is a post about bridges.
See, I live in Finland in a small town in the middle of nowhere. The town is by a massive lake, and there’s a river winding through and around most of the town center. There’s nature, both wild and in tamed parks, all around my town.
I’m lucky enough to live almost by the river. I can’t see it from my windows, but I can walk there in two minutes. The scenery is breathtaking there, at least for me.
You need to understand that in Finland, we have those “nightless nights” in the summertime. In the height of summer, daylight lasts between 20 to 21 hours. It never gets truly dark in the summer.
This means I often walk my dogs around midnight or even later. By then, the weather is cooled down, there aren’t people around, and there’s just something magical about the riverside at that time of night.
So, this leads me to the bridge. There are several bridges over the river. I live on the opposite side of town center, by the way, about half a mile from town proper. There are three main bridges somewhat nearby me. One of them is a railway bridge, another is a regular highway bridge. The one closest to me, is a special one, if only because of its design.
We call it “kaarisilta” in Finnish, or “arch bridge” in English. There’s only one other bridge shaped like ours in the whole country, and there’s certain bride that comes from that fact. But there’s a threat to our bridge: the riverbanks on each side have started to sink.
The instability of the banks means the bridge needs to go. And there have been serious talks about it for more than a year now, and it’s gone from local city council to a legal level I think. It’s a mess for sure.
Here’s a collection of photos of the bridge for you, by the way! All the photos except the sunny one have been taken during summer nights in 2018. That’s how light it is and how beautiful.
So, now that we’re covered my particular bridge, I wanted to talk about my fascination in bridges in general.
I think it started with a local bridge when I was a little girl. As I said, we live in the middle of nature here, and I remember walking on my first ever suspension bridge above a roaring rapid as a child. The sight was scary, but there was no doubt in my mind that the bridge would hold, for some reason.
What do bridges mean, though, if you look at their symbolism? Well, for one, we all know that when someone dies, we talk about “crossing over.” Pets go to the “rainbow bridge.” We also know that any bridges that are even slightly higher have had someone jump off them to end their life, most tall bridges more than one person. Some, hundreds.
There’s also one sort of bittersweet, at least to me, phrase we use sometimes. “Burning bridges” is, after all, a bittersweet thing. Sometimes you’re cautioned not to do it in anger. Other times, you have to, whether to get away from something or someone, or to make sure you don’t go back for whatever reason.
Bridges are meant for crossing obstacles, and I wish people remembered that more. There are new things on the other side, possibly better things. In Tarot, the bridge card means connections, stability, and progress. It can also mean spanning the gap between things.
Some people think of bridges and their symbolism as a sign that if we look hard enough, we have the capability to find a way to overcome any metaphorical river we might encounter. Whether that river meanders past us in an indiscernibly slow, or rushes below us in a roaring white water, there will always be a bridge somewhere for us to cross it when need be.
About Tia Fielding
Tia Fielding is a thirtysomething Scandinavian who is a lover of witty people, words, cats, sarcasm, autumn, and the tiny beautiful things in life. Tia struggles with stubborn muses and depression, but both are things she has learned to live with. Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t strict about pronouns. Why? Because luckily, in her native language there aren’t gender-specific pronouns.
Being a reclusive author living with her fur-babies is another fact of life for Tia, among the need to write that seems to be a part of her psyche by now. In 2013, one of Tia’s novels was recognized by the industry’s Rainbow Awards in the Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award) category.
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