Monday, December 02, 2013

Monday Musings with Z. A. Maxfield

Who is Lost and What was Found

Hello, and welcome to the first stop of my Lost and Found Blog tour! It’s a pleasure to be here at Cup O’ Porn! Thanks so much for hosting me. Without bloggers and reviewers, authors go nowhere veeeeery slowly!

To recap, you can find all the blog tour information you need at the Riptide Website, HERE. Be sure you attend all the stops and follow the Rafflecopter instructions for the chance to win a $20.00 Riptide Publishing Gift Certificate and all the songs on my Lost and Found Playlist!  (Winner to be drawn on December 8th at 5pm  EST.  Contest is valid worldwide.)

You know it may seem like this story is about two guys and a dog, but it’s also about the much larger and more important (I think) topic of how and why we love someone. When I was writing this book, and creating the love interest character Gavin, I swear my favorite beta reader, my daughter Zoe, wanted to hurl my computer back at me.

Gavin is flawed. Oh holy cow is Gavin flawed! He’s really not all that when we first meet him, and there is Ringo -- strong, loving, amazing, steadfast Ringo -- and we’re left to wonder… what the heck is that all about???

I realized something about myself, about my life, about the way I write and what I consider love to be while writing this book. I think this is probably the most autobiographical story I’ve ever written. It’s about an immature, emotionally unstable person who really needs boundaries but has never had them, and the truly amazing man who comes along and loves him anyway.

Boundaries are funny. I think a child who doesn't have them feels like he’s in free fall. He has no idea how far he can go before someone snaps and says, enough. He has no real clue how to act, so he simply screams until either a blow comes or a set of arms wrap around him. I think some adults are simply big children, yearning for that attention, but they’re uncertain how to get the attention they need, either because they never got it or they got it for all the wrong things.

Gavin needs someone to say, this is where I draw the line. He needs to hear, if you want to be with me then you may go this far and no farther. He needs unconditional love and a conditional relationship and he needs it spelled out for him by someone he believes is strong enough to walk away forever if he crosses the line. When he gets it, when he really understands what’s at stake, he’ll feel safer than he ever has.

So yes. Gavin is the love interest. The hero is Ringo. I loved creating Ringo so much. I wish there were guys like him around every corner.

Without being too revealing, it takes a mighty amazing person to love someone despite their flaws. It takes huge emotional strength to teach a weak person to walk with empathy and gratitude. I’m married to just such a person, and even though I dedicated this story to my amazing editor Sarah Franz, my hubby knows they’re all dedicated to him, because without him, none of my stories could ever have a happy ending at all.


Here’s a little blurb and some links, and I’ll follow that up with an author bio. Thanks so much for spending some time with me and the guys from Lost and Found!

Lost: one dog and two men in need of each other. Found: love.
RV resort security chief Ringo never believed in love at first sight . . . until he saw Gavin playing his sax on the beach for the tourists. But their on-again, off-again affair—even counting all the great makeup sex—doesn’t come close to the relationship he wants. All he really wants for Christmas is a commitment from Gavin.

Instead he discovers that Gavin has had surgery without telling him, so he lays down a relationship ultimatum while Gavin recuperates. Complicating matters even more, Gavin’s beloved dog Bird runs away, and Gavin blames Ringo for the disappearance.

While Ringo throws every resource he has into finding Bird, he learns deeper truths about Gavin—how hard it is for him to trust and how little faith he has in love. Maybe if Ringo can find Bird, he can salvage Gavin’s faith. Maybe this Christmas, they can all find each other.

You can read an excerpt or purchase Lost and Found HERE. Remember, when you purchase Lost and Found in either ebook format, which you can find HERE or in the print anthology format, which you can find HERE, you’re helping to support the mission of the Ali Forney Center.

About Z. A. Maxfield:  ZAM started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

Readers can visit ZAM at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

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  1. Thanks for the interesting post. I'm looking forward to Lost and Found.

  2. I'm a sucker for a sax player. This is on my wishlist but the old wallet is only full of cobwebs.

  3. Looks like a great story, can't wait to read it.

  4. I enjoyed the story very much!

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    1. Oh, I haven't read it yet but can't wait to ��

  6. This sounds lovely!

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  7. This sounds lovely!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  8. I'm glad to know about the types of heroes to expect in this one. I know you're right about adults who need boundaries too. Thanks for sharing!