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I’m Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I’m here to share some inside information about On Solid Ground.
Follow the tour here to hear about the inspiration for this novel, get some fun facts, and learn more about the characters. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
About On Solid Ground
Chance Crawford and Kit Gibbons are on the cusp of an epic office romance. After months of saying hi in the elevator and making small talk at parties, they’re both dying to make a move. Too bad neither of them can work up the courage. Nerdy, risk-averse Chance is waiting for Kit to give him a sign, whereas Kit’s too afraid of being out in his professional life to date the cutie from IT. If only one of them could find the proper motivation, their shaky flirtation could become something real.
Then an earthquake rocks their city. They band together to help others escape, until an aftershock leaves them trapped in a collapsing office building with little hope of survival. The very earthquake that brought them together could also tear them apart.
Drunk on fear and adrenaline, passions run high, but how can they think about romance when any minute could be their last? They’ll have to face danger, themselves, and each other before they can get back on solid ground.
4.5 stars rounded up
As someone who reads a ton (like, A TON) of contemporary m/m romance, I’m pretty used to the standard formula. I’m not saying all books are the same, but so few these days really jump out and stick with me after reaching the end. But On Solid Ground did just that. It’s different in almost all aspects.
This book takes place over the course of about 24 hours, give or take two or three. Now, with that short time frame, there are a couple things I was expecting and a bit wary of, namely insta-love and a tenuous HFN ending. Though we are only present for a single day out of the lives of Kit and Chance, and a day far from the typical, the author did a really great job of building a connection between the two. The catastrophe behind the story pushes both guys to be honest with themselves and each other and get to know each other in a way most couples don’t for a long time – if ever. And the ending is, ok, yeah, a HFN. Part of me wished for an epilogue a year or more down the line, but most of me likes that we just got this little snippet of their lives, and the rest is up to us to decide what happens. I’m a romantic at heart. To me, they’re happy ever after.
This book plays on some of our instincts and fears as humans – Kit and Chance are in a life or death situation, and emotions (mine, not just theirs) were on full blast. My pulse was racing alongside theirs at the thought of being trapped on the 11th floor of a collapsing building. The generosity and compassion of them and some of the other characters in the story made my heart just about burst. And, speaking of the side characters, while this story is completely driven by Kit and Chance, certain others were so well drawn, especially Chance’s coworker, Marci, and her kids, as well as Pat, the teen who delivers Kit’s lunch. They added a touch of humanity and the outside world into the bubble of this story.
I really, really loved this book. I usually get in a bit of a slump towards the end of the year as all the books I read start to run together. But On Solid Ground came along and mixed everything up. It was exactly what I needed. I highly recommend it! It’s not very long, and it reads like a blockbuster movie. Definitely give this one a go.
An advanced copy of this book was received from the publisher through NetGalley for review on OMGReads.
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
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