Monday, March 6, 2017

Darkness by Kate Sherwood - Blog Tour with Author Interview and Giveaway

About Darkness, part 3 in the Common Law series

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

Now available from Riptide Publishing.

Wicked Faerie's - Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you're currently working on.

Kate Sherwood - I’m a small-town Canadian, love animals and long walks on the beach… and I’m currently working on the fourth book in a self-published NA m/m series. The series is called Shelter; the fourth book is Pure Bred and will hopefully be out in May.

I’m also working on trying to get a bit of attention for another four-book series (don’t know what it is with me and four) called Common Law. It’s a cop/criminal romance, but a very slow burn – the characters barely even touch each other until the second book, but they sure do WANT to touch before that!

WF's -  Do you follow a layout or storyline when you write or are you a pantser? (aka fly by the seat of your pants writer)

KS - One of the best parts about writing romance is that the ending is already figured out before I even start writing… the characters are going to get together. So before I start I know who my characters are and what’s going to keep them apart, and I know they’re eventually going to get together somehow. That’s about all I know – the rest I figure out as I go.

WF's -  Is there a genre you haven't written in but want to? What genre would that be?

KS - Another great thing about romance is that you can combine it with most other genres, and I’ve had a pretty good run of doing that. Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, SF/F romance, YA romance… lots of variety. But I’d love to write some non-romance stuff at some point. It’s not that I don’t love romance, but there are some other stories I’d really like to tell!

WF's -  Do your characters 'speak/shout' at you to tell their stories or do you pick what story you want to work on next? Or do the Evil plot bunnies running rampant?

I have things pretty well under control that way. For the last few years I’ve based most of my writing decisions on business, more or less. I’m running two different pseudonyms and have a few different series going, so often my writing choices are made because I have a deadline for some series or some publisher or because I have to get something out there so readers don’t totally forget about one of my pseudonyms, etc.

I have a folder full of ideas for other stuff I want to write, when I get time, but… who knows when that will be?

5) Which of your characters is your favorite? Why? 

I am a fickle woman – I pretty much follow a “love the one you’re with” approach to my characters. Whoever I’m working on at a given time is my favourite, but when his story has been told, I throw him away and don’t look back!

I’ve been talking about Jericho, from the Common Law series a lot lately, so he’s probably my current fave – he’s a smart ass, he tries to do what’s right, he’s self-deprecating but not meek – lots of fun!

6) What are the last 5 books that you've read? 

Had to go to Goodreads to answer this one…

Counting audiobooks? The Rosie Project (audio – cute!); At Home: A Short History of Private Life (audio – mostly interesting, but spent too much time on public life for my taste!); Frederica (Georgette Heyer – one of my favourites from her!); Envious Casca (another Heyer – not one of my favourites); The Talisman Ring (damn, another Heyer. I tend to find an author I like and read myself silly, so… this is typical of me. And I enjoyed this book!)

About Kate Sherwood

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”--other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy--the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

Twitter: @kate_sherwood 


To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Darkness tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Thank you for the short interview! Good luck with your WIP =)
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  2. Thanks for the post and interview! Always nice to catch on some pertinent book matters. ;-)
    Looking forward to catch up on this series - congrats on your latest release, Kate.
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  3. Very informative interview!


  4. Jericho's smart mouth gets him nowhere tho. *grins* at least if the first book's the basis. I'd like them to finally get around with each other! lol!

    I can be a demanding prick sometimes. :D

  5. Enjoyed the interview! kimcurington(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. I really enjoyed the post and I'm having a blast follow your tour.
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  7. Congrats and thanks for the nice interview. This book and the whole series sound great. I love gay mysteries and thrillers, and I've got to get started on this one.
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  8. Thanks for the interview. I've read a couple of books from the Shelter series.

  9. Thanks for the interview!