Finding Our Tribe by Susan Mallery guest blog and giveaway

I think that deep down, everyone wants to belong. It’s hard-wired into our DNA. When we’re alone, truly alone, we feel lost, adrift. We need to know that someone cares about us. We need to care about others, to be connected to the world around us in some way. We need to be part of a tribe.

Almost all of us do it, all our lives. We either join a community or we form one. We have our families, our friends, our clubs, our churches and schools. We’re brought together by blood or shared interest or just a snarky sense of humor. We meet a like-minded soul, and we know immediately, we belong to the same tribe.

Have you ever become instant friends with someone just because she reads romance? Me, too! That’s what I’m talking about. We’re all part of the romance-reading tribe. We bond over our belief in happy endings.

6_25 twoofakindIntellectually, Felicia Swift, heroine of TWO OF A KIND, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, understands that she needs a tribe. And emotionally, she feels it. Deeply. But she doesn’t know how to get there. She’s one of the smartest people in the world, but her intelligence seems to push people away. Even her parents. They gave her up when she was four, intimidated by her freakish smarts. (It didn’t help that she built a bomb.) They allowed Felicia to be raised on a university campus, where she was fed, clothed, challenged, educated… but never loved.

Felicia has moved to Fool’s Gold, typical small-town America, to learn how to interact with normal people so she can become one of them. She longs to fit in. She served as a logistics expert in the Army for years, and found a community there, but it was a life she was in almost by default. What she truly yearns for is to find her tribe, to fall in love, to have a family.

Men tend to be more solitary than women, but underneath, they need a tribe, too. Even if their tribe consists of just one or two other people. Gideon Boylan doesn’t think so. When he was a prisoner of war, he watched his buddies break, one by one, weakened by the families they loved back home. Gideon was the only survivor because, as he saw it, he had no one to miss.

Felicia thinks there’s safety in numbers, and Gideon feels that safety lies in the number one. Bet you can guess who turns out to be right!

About the Author: 6_25 susan malleryWith more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at

Enter the TWO OF A KIND blog tour contest once a day every day from June 25 through July 7 for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or gift card! And because this blog was set up by Fool’s Gold Cheerleader Lesley Lindsey, if you win, she’ll win a gift card, too! Click here to enter:

What shared interests or hobbies help you make close friends?


  1. Lesley L. says:

    Thanks for hosting this blog! Two of A Kind is a wonderful book and I loved the story of Felicia and Gideon. This series just keeps getting better!

  2. Yes, I’ve become friends with people at work because we speak the same language – talking about books and authors we like and exchange books to read too.
    I think that’s why Fool’s Gold is loved so much by so many. We feel like part of the town!

  3. Shannon says:

    Two of a Kind is a fabulous follow-up to Just One Kiss! Felicia is a great character who kept me laughing at every page. The surprises I thought were great twists to the story. A summer in Fool’s Gold is in full swing. Susan Mallery keeps us smiling yet again! Perfect summer read!

  4. this had so many funny parts i couldn’t wait to read them all. such a fun read!

  5. Kim Cornwell says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and the new blog to follow

  6. I loved, LOVED, this book. It was wonderfully written, fun and just made me smile.


  7. Brenda Rumsey says:

    I think our love of family is what draws us together first. Then as we encourage each other through the daily struggles we find we have so much more in common.
    Loved reading TWO OF A KIND. 5 star all the way.

  8. alisha woods says:

    Common interest such as a favorite author. Like the great Susan Mallery. I am a Fool’s Gold Cheerleader

  9. Loved Two of a Kind. The books just keep getting better!

  10. I loved Felicia’s story! I love her character!

    I think my interests in travel, restaurants, photography and crafts give me something to help make friends.

  11. Common interests keep friends and bring new friends! Loved Felicia and Gideon’s story. Two misfits that were looking for acceptance and they find it in Fool’s Gold. Susan Mallery’s textbook dialogue for Felicia was outstanding, soo funny!

  12. Thanks for the information about this good sounding book.

  13. Reading has always helped me make friends. Finding a common book or author gives us something to talk about. Working in a library has also helped me make friends with my co-workers and other librarians in nearby libraries. I even have a weekly girls night at my house to catch up. I loved Two of a kind! I love love love Felicia! She is so honest and inherently kind! It was a joy to follow her as she tried to figure our social cues and fall in love with Gideon! Susan Mallery did it again! Fantastic books! I highly recommend!!!!!!!!!

  14. charlotte says:

    I love Fools Gold and the warmth that envelopes you when you arrive in town for the first time.

  15. I love the town of Fools Gold So cool! Cant wait for the next book!

  16. I love Fool’s Gold. Felicia is so funny. In Just One Kiss, I was so curious of her, but in Two of a Kind, I knew I liked her. I knew she would be a good friend of my.

  17. I love Fool’s Gold. Felicia is so funny. In Just One Kiss, I was so curious of Felicia, but in Two of a Kind, I knew I liked her. I knew she would be a good friend of my. I loved both Just One Kiss & Two of a Kind!!

  18. Allyson Brann says:

    Great post! I absolutely loved this book, such a great summer read!

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