Today I am so pleased to welcome Cass Lennox to Joyfully Jay. Cass has come to share the covers for her upcoming releases, the Toronto Connections series. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Cass a big welcome!
Absence is as crucial as presence.
The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave’s life infinitely simpler: he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves. That’s all he really needs, especially since sex isn’t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection. But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision.
Jonah wants his men like his coffee: hot, intense, and daily. But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn’t do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer. No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is.
When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock. Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences. Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work—right? Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them.
Releases November 14
Finding Your Feet
While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sightsee and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.
Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.
Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.
Releases January 16
Gigi Rosenberg is living his best life: performances in the big city, side gigs at a dance company, a successful drag act, and the boy of his childhood dreams who now adores him. Even if the boyfriend part isn’t the sparkly ride of passion he expected it to be, life is sweet. So when his sister’s wedding calls him back to his hometown, he sees an opportunity to show the hicks from his past how wrong they were about him. Only, his boyfriend isn’t quite on board.
Brock Stubbs left their hometown and his parents behind for a reason, and the prospect of facing them again is terrifying. He swore he’d never go back, but Gigi has made it clear refusal isn’t an option, and Brock will do nearly anything for him. There’s just one deal-breaker of a problem: Brock promised Gigi he was out to everyone, including his parents. He lied.
It’s magical to run into the sunset together, but staying the course takes work. For Gigi and Brock, going home feels like the finale of a long, disappointing year. Sometimes love isn’t all you need.
Releases March 20
The Wrong Woman
As an independent filmmaker, Katie Cherry is used to difficult shoots—but a band’s music video in a tiny lesbian bar is proving worse than most. Stress-busting, expectation-free sex with Zay, the calm, gorgeous bartender, seems just the ticket. But then she and Zay discover the band’s lead singer beaten into a coma in the bar bathroom. They need an alibi, but playing girlfriends is a role Katie’s never excelled at, so she can’t see this ending well.
Zay Fahed-Smith finally getting her life back together after her junkie ex broke it apart. She’s working part-time while pursuing her dream of being a lawyer, and definitely keeping things chill on the girls front. Of course, that’s when a crime happens in her bar and her ex shows up wanting to try again. “Dating” Katie seems like the best way for Zay to keep her head down and teach her ex a lesson.
Except pretty soon, the charade begins to feel less and less like acting. And when the attacker turns his attentions toward Katie, they have to cut through the lies to discover what’s real.
Releases May 22
Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.
Connect with Cass:
- Blog: casslennox.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cass-Lennox-1704635609768647/
- Twitter: twitter.com/CassLennox
Cass has brought a $10 Riptide gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Friday, August 19th at 11:59 pm EST.
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Gorgeous covers! Can’t wait for the books to come out and I’ll definitely add the paperbacks to my collection! So pretty! <3
This series looks promising. The blurbs and titles are catchy. Well done, Miss Cass. I hope that this will be a headstart for a lot of books to come. Hope you’ll have a lot of queer romance to write in the future. ^_^
What wonderful covers, Cass, for books that sound quite appealing! Best wishes with your writing, and thank you for the chance to win.
Thank you, Jay, for hosting this cover reveal!
And thank you, commenters, for the kind words – always lovely to hear those. Good luck with the giveaway!
You are welcome! Great to have you!
Having been raised and currently living in Toronto, I love reading stories set in my gem of a city! I have not read any of Cass’s books but I am looking forward to this series, not only because of the setting but because the characters and storylines have intrigued me. Can’t wait. Thanks
First of all, I really like those covers!! I haven’t read anything by Cass but I am intrigued. Thanks for the post. Best luck to you.
Congratulations on the wonderful series the books look fab and they are going on my wish list.
This sounds like a great series! And the covers are wonderful. Congrats and thanks for the post.
This sounds like a great series from a new-to-me author! I look forward to reading more.
The covers have a lovely simplicity yet have a dynamic quality.
Someone did a great job on the covers, It makes me want to get the books in print. 🙂
The covers are pretty. They all sounds like great reads. I’ve added them onto my wishlist.
The covers caught my eye so I stopped to read the post and I am so glad that I did. I love the story line of each of the books and I can’t wait to read them. Thank you so much for sharing!
Love the covers! These sound great. violet817(at)aol(dot)com
I’ve got to say from the start that the covers are wonderful, simple, refreshing, and just enough of a hint to plot. Well chosen.
What beautiful covers! I love them. So different, colorful and new.
Congratulations on the new series, Cass, and thank you for the giveaway.
I really like how Riptide is contracting for series that include a range of queer romance. This looks fun and I look forward to reading.
Art heists, coffee, dance, Canadian boys…where has this series been all my life?!
Wonderful covers! So simple and lovely. And the series sounds right up my alley, as well! 😀