Hi, I’m Vanessa North, and welcome to the blog tour for Roller Girl!
Throughout the week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on writing the third book in my Lake Lovelace universe. Follow along and join the discussion in the comments to be entered to win a Lake Lovelace Rollergirls swag pack, including a signed copy of the book. Thanks for reading!
About Roller Girl
Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry.
Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.
Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more.
With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.
Okay, so let me get this one thing out the way … I’m not all together sure that F/F romance stories are my thing. Why? Because not a single sexual act was engaging for me except one. And I’m pretty sure that that one was so, purely due to Vanessa North’s writing skill. Every kiss between these two women was incredible. THOSE I felt. But everything else, not so much. But it’s all good.
Now let’s talk about this incredible story. And I actually believe there are two stories/journeys going in Roller Girl. One being the romance story, of course. But the other being just Tina. And I have to say, her journey stole the show. I loved every choice Vanessa North took in telling her story. She chose to give us Tina as she is today and not harp on who she was yesterday and how she got to today. She instead chose to focus on Tina’s growth from this day forward. Tina discovering herself, discovering she can be anything she desires …. discovering she matters. THAT is what this book is about. At least is was for me. And that journey of self-discovery was unfold for us perfectly! It was uplifting and empowering and it warmed my heart.
I don’t think I will ever be a fan of F/F romance books, but I do think I have just become a fan of Vanessa North because her work has feeling. It has intensity. It’s real and it means something. #TRUTH
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for review
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About Vanessa North
Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.
Connect with Vanessa:
- Website: vanessanorth.com
- Facebook profile page: facebook.com/AuthorVanessaNorth
- Twitter: @VanessaNWrites
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/VanessaNorth
To celebrate the release of Roller Girl, Vanessa will be sending one lucky winner a special gift basket!
Gift basket will include an autographed copy of Roller Girl, a purple Lake Lovelace Roller Girl t-shirt in your size, a pair of waffle earrings, some derby stickers, and more! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 30, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!