Monday, February 1, 2016

Promotional Post: Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts #Review #Giveaway ~Guest Post

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction, with a splash of MMM+
Length:  Novel, 202 pages
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Farm Fresh, book #1 of Naked Organics by Posy Roberts.
Tagline: Getting down and dirty never felt so clean.

Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.
And one particular farmer.
Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.
Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.


WOW! This was breathtaking, amazing, thrilling, freeing! I’m trying to think of all the words to describe it but It will fall flat. If this book is any indication, this will be one heck of a series.
This story takes place mostly on a commune, Kaleidoscope Gardens. They are people who live free in every way. They live, love, and breathe. It’s so refreshing. Now, for someone like me it would be terrifying. I truly connected with Jude in how he saw everything the first time. I loved how we followed the tour of the place with him and really felt the shock and yes even the terror of living with people who live open. When I say open I mean sexually.
The story is told MOSTLY in Hudson and Jude’s POV but you also get Charlie and Leo’s POV’s too. Normally, that would irritate me because I don’t like many POV’s in one story. However, this did no such thing. It made complete sense. It perfected the story. Because Charlie, Leo, Jude, and Hudson are like one organism in a sense. They share a house… and everything in it.
Jude’s past is horrifying and heartbreaking. It’s no wonder he has so many mental hang ups over sex. And Hudson doesn’t have it that easy either. So many of these people in this commune have suffered a past that has left them scarred. Coming to Kaleidoscope Garden’s is a salve for them.
This it truly and outstanding story. I carried my kindle everywhere with me…. All day. I refused to do anything until I finished. And then, I wanted more. More of these fascinating characters and this amazing place.
Posy Roberts has created a world of brilliance. I can’t wait to read more of this series. This is a must read! A huge bravo to Posy!!!

Blog Post: Why a Commune?
I grew up a fairly sickly child, regularly rushed to the emergency room gasping for air because of severe asthma triggered by allergies, exercise, and extremes in weather. Spending time out in nature was one of those activities that other kids did. The only way I could play outside was if I was heavily dosed with sleep-inducing antihistamines.
I missed out on so much of the outdoor fun my healthy friends had. I barely set foot in my mom's gigantic garden because I'd either be sneezing and wheezing within seconds or I'd be swelling up because of something I touched or ate. During ragweed season, I stayed in the near-hermitically sealed house. I was very much an indoor kid.
When I was eleven, my doctor prescribed my first inhaler. It was 1982 and the albuterol inhaler was brand new, just approved by the FDA. It changed my life. With two puffs of this inhaler, I was able to control my asthma rather than having it control me.
And then I took eighth grade earth science. I quickly became a rock hound and looked everywhere for evidence of how interconnected the earth was with wind, water, and life. I even went on a week-long camping trip with my class. Camping! This asthmatic kid who could barely go outside in the summer was hiking and sleeping outside. And I fell in love with nature.
In college I took an environmental studies class that, again, lit me up. I was fascinated by wind and solar power. I celebrated Earth Day on my college campus and essentially became the early 90s version of a Flower Child. My roommate and I talked about moving to a commune and living off the earth. It was a glorious dream.
I went camping with the man I ended up marrying, and John and I spent any free cash we had in the lean years of our marriage on camping equipment. When we moved to a place with a yard, we gardened, composted, chopped wood, and spent as much time outside as we possibly could.
After I became a mother, I learned one of my daughter’s preschool teachers lived on a commune located less than an hour from my house. These people lived completely off the grid. My curiosity was piqued, and this woman was kind enough to answer my eleventy-billion questions.
So this is part of what brought me to writing a story set on a commune. I still want to live on one, but because of my continued medical struggles, it's not going to happen in my life. If I ever get a chance to spend a week or a month on one, I'll go, but it's very hard work.
The sense of working for the betterment of the entire commune appeals to me. It fits with all my years working in social services with children and parents too: it takes a village. And I love how connected to the earth people living on communes can be. They respect it and want to care for it. Perhaps that appreciation comes from the fact that I'm a descendant of farmers. Take care of the earth and she'll take care of you.
Or maybe it's because I watched too many episodes of Martha Stewart Living, and I really want my own chickens that lay beautiful eggs. ;) Who knows? I just want to get back to the earth.
What do you do that helps you get back to the earth? Have you ever been to a commune? I’d love to hear your stories.

About Posy Roberts
Real life. Genuine men. True love.
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for 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 dedicated Whovian, 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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  1. i never have gone to a nude beach but know people who

    1. I've been skinny dipping at night... in the dark... with no one around... but never to a nude beach. :)

  2. I've been to a nude beach but I only went topless. That was a big deal for me. LOL

  3. I don't think I have ever gone to a nude beach.. Not practical with two small kids lol

    1. Kids complicate a lot of matters. Haha. Mine, however, sees a lot of skin at home, unlike in some homes. I think my best friend's kids think she showers with clothes on.

  4. I think I would faint if I ever even accidentally landed on a nude beach or similar type commune! I'm blushing thinking about it!! ;)

  5. Back in my younger/wilder days I would have been to embarrassed. Now days I would do whatever I want and not care as long as I wasn't the naked one!

    1. Yes! We give less care to convention the older we get, I think. I would live in the moment. I might be very self conscious at first, but imagine how nice it would be to shed all those societal pressures. Ah!

  6. I've never been to a nude beach or a commune. I was never really aware of places like that where I lived.

    1. It's surprising when you do a search for communes how many there are around the world.