Today I am so pleased to welcome Posy Roberts to Joyfully Jay. Posy has come to talk to us about her latest release, Tangled Mind. She has also brought along a copy to give away. Please join me in giving Posy a big welcome!
I’ve wanted to write a story about a codependent character for a long time, partly because I’ve watched friends living these existences of constant caretaking, only to be browbeaten and used time and again. I felt powerless being an outsider, wanting to help. I found all I could do was listen and offer my support; beyond that, there was little else to be done. One of the most important things for someone who is codependent is to stand up on their own and learn to fight their own battles.
So if watching codependence from the outside was hard, I couldn’t even imagine what it was like living it. I dug into the experience and researched what living with an addict was like as well as the recovery process. Initially it was strange for me to use the word recovery to talk about codependency, yet that’s exactly what it is. Old patterns need to be broken. New patterns must be established to replace the old behavior, and then practiced like crazy. People need to be comfortable alone. The healing is truly within the self, not in healing a relationship like so many think.
When I started to write Tangled Mind, I knew it was going to be an emotional roller coaster. The book opens with a death scene, so there’s that. And Beck is left alone after his boyfriend Brady dies. He’s very much wrapped up in his directionless codependent behaviors and is essentially lost, not knowing what to do now that he no longer has to take care of Brady.
Beck also bucks any sort of help from his friends while he’s grieving, until he’s hit rock bottom. Timothy, his best friend, is the one person who is able to get through to him, and throughout the story, Timothy is a support for Beck, never pushing him or expecting too much. He’s also willing to take care of Beck, something utterly foreign to Beck, who has always been the caretaker.
Yet Timothy does small favors for him, even if they go completely unnoticed while Beck learns how to live his new, free life. Timothy is there for those lighthearted moments too, and he helps Beck laugh and enjoy the simple pleasures again.
And that’s really why I wanted to go down this road. I wanted to write a story of healing, of personal redemption, and of growth. I wanted to follow Beck on that journey so I could see him ready to fall in love again.
After years of him living in the darkness, I needed to see him experience hope.
For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully his best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.
Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and loyal Brony, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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