Small Change (Small Change #1) by Roan Parrish
Release Date: 6/1/2017
Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does.
Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.
When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.
Small Change is the first book in a series that will include M/F and M/M romances.
Small Change Playlist
Music is integral to Small Change. Ginger listens to music all day, every day. In her tattoo shop there’s music on all the time, and she puts music on while she’s painting and listens to it while she’s walking around. Hell, the shop name, Small Change, comes from the Tom Waits song and album. Here’s a playlist of music that’s mentioned (or alluded to) in Small Change, as well as some that’s just head canon. You can listen as you read and have a music treasure hunt! [https://open.spotify.com/user/roanparrish/playlist/1SXKKu7s1H9Sif9b619lul]
1. Small Change [Got Rained On With His Own .38]—Tom Waits
2. Girl On Fire—Alicia Keys
4. To the Enemies of Political Rock—Team Dresch
6. I Hate Myself For Loving You—Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
7. Fucking Hostile—Pantera
8. I Put A Spell On You—Nina Simone
9. Tormentor—Skinny Puppy
10. Sleeping Sun—Nightwish
11. Everytime I Die—Children of Bodom
13. Rebel Girl—Bikini Kill
14. Wish You Were Here—Pink Floyd
15. Eleanor—The Butchies
16. He’s My Thing—Babes In Toyland
18. Seether—Veruca Salt
19. Distant Sun—Lacuna Coil
20. Making Pies—Patty Griffin
21. Steel Rain—Chris Cornell*
*R.I.P. Chris Cornell, my favorite
Christopher broke into a smile. He put my coffee on the counter between us and held up the bagel for a long moment, assessing me. Instead of putting it in a bag, he put it on a plate with a napkin. His raised his eyebrows over eyes sparkling with mischief, and bit his lip, like he was waiting to see if I’d call his bluff. He looked like a kid reaching for a second cookie when he’d been told he could have one.
Warmth bloomed in my chest at the idea that he was actively angling to have me stay here and talk with him as I ate. “Wow, you’re not subtle, huh?” I said.
His p popped, and his grin was sunny and boyish. I liked his lack of subtlety. That he was clear about wanting me to stay.
I narrowed my eyes at him, just in case he was joking, but I left the bagel where it was. I shrugged out of my jacket and draped it over the stool, then I sat down across the counter from him. He squeezed his hands into fists and grinned.
“Yay,” he said softly, and I felt another trickle of warmth flow through me that had nothing to do with the coffee.
Praise for Small Change:
“Small Change is a gem. A beautifully written, deeply emotional story with tons of life bursting out of it’s pages. I loved this story! Can’t wait for more.” --Molly O’Keefe, USA Today Bestselling Author
“I can always count on Roan Parrish to deliver emotional truths and gritty realism. Like many readers, I was waiting for Ginger's story. And what a story it was!" -- Sarina Bowen, USA Today Bestselling author of Goodbye Paradise
"It sounds anemic to say, 'You will fall in love with Ginger,' but you will! This tattoo artist heroine manages to be both a delight and a total badass at the same time. Parrish makes her characters work for their happily ever after, which means Small Change has it all: vulnerability and great big leaps of faith, broken hearts and patched-together hearts the stronger for that patching. (Also: smashing the patriarchy and amazing sandwiches.)” --Jenny Holiday, USA Today Bestselling author
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.
When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.