Book: The Wrong Woman
Series: Toronto Collection
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover artist: LC Chase
Publication date: May 22, 2017
Length: 283 pages
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 Fayed-Smith is 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.
10 Little Known Things about the TC series
Lots of fun stuff happens in the course of researching, writing and editing a novel. Here’s a collection of stuff from across the entire Toronto Connections series.
1. In Blank Spaces, Vaughn tries to watch a Bruins vs Leafs game during the toga party. That game is based on the Wednesday 30 November 2011 game, in which the Leafs lost to the Bruins 3-6. (Bad, but not as bad as the infamous overtime game 7 loss on 13 May 2013 – I’m not that cruel.)
2. The Dam, the fictional bar in The Wrong Woman, was inspired by this excellent establishment in Queen Street West: http://www.thebeavertoronto.com/events/ I had a cup of tea and cake there entirely on a whim while in Toronto. I recommend it!
3. My editor burned through two wood-scented candles while editing Growing Pains. We thought that was appropriate, given the book’s setting in NATURE. (I had a pumpkin and vanilla candle.)
4. There's a scene in Blank Spaces where a reporter gets wrestled to the ground by a burly caterer. Despite these two being entirely background characters I, um, totally ship them. In my head. As it were. *embarrassed mumble*
5. I originally planned to include lyrics from “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet in Finding Your Feet. I decided against it, as permissions requests can stack up and be expensive.
6. The scenes involving Brock's family in Growing Pains were very difficult to write. It turns out I'm bad at putting my characters through negative experiences - my editor really had to push me to up the ante where tension and fear were concerned.
7. This Pride and Prejudice joke happened during Blank Spaces edits.
8. The Wrong Woman was actually the second book I completed for this series. The writing order, submission order, original running order and eventual running order are all different. It helped to connect the characters and keep them consistent, and to work in running jokes across all four books, but honestly, it was a tough way to write a series. I’m sure there are details I’ve messed up.
9. Most of the touristy things Evie does during Finding Your Feet are touristy things I did while in Toronto. (Excluding the dance competition. There was no competition. There were performers at Toronto Pride though.) I definitely recommend visiting the city, it’s a pretty amazing place.
10. I ate more pizza during the year I wrote and edited these novels than I've ever eaten before. Fact.
About the Toronto Connections Universe
The winters might be cold, but hearts are warm in Toronto. Canada’s largest city is home to a big lake, a big tower, and a big queer community. People here are trying to get by like everyone else: pay the bills, deal with life in the city, and maybe find some happiness along the way with someone who’s sweeter than maple candy and more constant than a Canadian’s love for Timmie’s coffee.
For some, falling in love is a real challenge. For others, falling is the easy part—it’s the happy ever after that proves a little more difficult. But in the end, love is worth every complication, misunderstanding, and occasional swear word.
Check out Toronto Connections! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/universe/toronto-connections
About Cass Lennox
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:
- Twitter: twitter.com/CassLennox
To celebrate the release of The Wrong Woman, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 27, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!