Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Tribute Act by Joanna Chambers #Excerpt #Giveaway

Author: Joanna Chambers
Book: Tribute Act
A Porthkennack Novel
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Garrett leigh
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
Length: 215 pages


Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his hometown of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.

When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie’s only potential living donor. Nathan’s curiosity about the stepbrother he’s never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest—and hottest ever—one-night stand.

Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that’s easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan’s place to recuperate after surgery, it’s not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack’s wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that’s kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.

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Hello, book lovers! I’m Joanna Chambers and this is the blog tour for Tribute Act, my new romance which is book #8 in the Riptide's Cornwall-set Porthkennack series. I’ll be sharing thoughts on writing my first full length contemporary, writing Christmas songs as an extreme form of authorly procrastination and my love of men with sad eyes. Please join me for a chance to win a copy of the book and a $25 Riptide gift card!


Chapter One
Do you remember last December?
We were so in love last year
I didn’t have to try to please you
You were mine; I kept you near
Thinking now, I don’t know how
We got in such a state, dear
Now we fight most every night
And losing you’s become my biggest fear . . .
— “Christmas Stocking” by The Sandy Coves, 1989
“I hope this doesn’t make you late for your night out, Jonathan love,” Mum said.
Always my full name from Mum, even though everyone else called me Nathan.
Her voice was tight with anxiety, and though I couldn’t see her from where I lay with my head wedged into the tiny space under the kitchen sink in Dilly’s, I could picture her wringing her hands as she watched me work.
I didn’t bother answering her, instead continuing to wrestle with the uncooperative plastic waste pipe. The plastic fittings should have come apart easily but were holding firm, and there was something off about the whole arrangement. I peered it at it more closely.
It looked . . . crooked.
“Has Derek been messing about under here recently?” I called out.
“Not for a while,” Mum replied. “Though come to think of it, the sink did block a couple of months ago and he had to clear out the U-bend. He might’ve had some bother getting it back on.” She paused, then added, “In fact, now you mention it, I’m sure he said something about having to glue it back on?”
Fucking great.
Somehow, I managed to stop myself saying that aloud, though I couldn’t suppress a long-suffering sigh.
I could see the problem now. Could see where Derek had forced the fitting too hard and broken it. The repair with . . . Jesus, what had he used? Superglue?
Derek, my stepdad, was a great guy to go to the pub with but he wasn’t exactly the most thorough handyman in the world. A lick and a promise, that was his style. Which usually meant that Yours Truly would end up having to sort out the mess at some point. In fact, when it came to dealing with those sorts of problems—whether at Dilly’s or at home—Derek tended to go for the easy way out. It was a bit of a bone of contention between us.
And one of the many joys of combining family and work.
I squirmed out from under the sink and clambered to my feet, opening my mouth to deliver a rant about Derek and his slapdash repairs—only to close it again when I saw how exhausted Mum was. She generally favoured a glam look, but it had been a long day and her makeup had all worn off. She had dark circles under her eyes too and, worst of all, her roots needed touching up. I frowned to think she’d done a shift today with her roots showing—she wouldn’t even answer the door like that normally.
But of course, nothing was normal right now.
I sighed inwardly, glancing at the clock. It was already after five. She’d be worried about Rosie and anxious to get home, though probably feeling guilty about leaving me with this mess.
Or rather, bloody Derek’s mess.
“Why don’t you head off?” I said gently. “You look exhausted. I’ll sort this out and finish closing up. It won’t take me long. And it’s not far to Gav’s.”
Lies, lies, lies. It was going to take ages to deal with this and the drive was over an hour. I’d have to text Gav and warn him I’d be late for our first big Saturday night out in months.
“Are you sure?” The weary note of relief in her voice was unmistakable.
“Yeah,” I said. “I’ll be half an hour tops here. You go home and put your feet up.”
She gave me a tired smile and kissed my cheek. “Okay. Thanks, love.”
Once she was gone and I’d locked up behind her, I texted Gav.
Mini crisis at café. Will be late. N x
His answer arrived a minute later.
No bailing, Nathan. You promised to come with.
I sighed, heavy, then texted back.
Not bailing - will get there soonest. N

About Porthkennack

Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

About Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. In between studying, finding a proper grown up job, getting married and having kids, she spent many hours staring at blank sheets of paper and chewing pens. That changed when she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna's muse likes red wine, coffee and won't let Joanna clean the house or watch television.

Connect with Joanna:
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To celebrate the release of Tribute Act, one lucky winner will receive an ecopy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 20, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. I believe I'm the only one who hasn't read a book by this author yet. Shame on me :( Tribute Act sounds very good. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!


  2. Thank you for the excerpt!
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  3. I like the excerpt!


  4. great excerpt and cant wait to read it
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  5. Love the innate kindness Nathan has. <3

  6. I loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the book.
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  7. congrats on the new release


  8. Congratulations on the release, Joanna. I've been waiting for this book for so long!

  9. The book sounds very intriguing, thank you for the reveal!

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  10. Thanks for the excerpt!
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  11. Congrats on the new release! I love your books so I'm real excited about this one.

  12. Congrats, Johanna, and thanks for the post. I liked your historical contribution to this wonderful collaborative series; and with its intense family dynamics, this sounds like another great addition. -
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  13. Great cover - drew me in and fit right in with the intriguing blurb and rest of the series.
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  14. thanks everyone - appreciate all the kind words!