Redemption Arcs by Amy Lane – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Amy Lane who is celebrating today’s release of Fish on a Bicycle.

Redemption Arcs

Most writers have a character like this.

Somebody they’d intended to be the bad guy—or someone they’d intended to be a sort of background character. A little brother or an ex-boyfriend or a cousin or a sister—somebody who was not supposed to get the glory of an entire book, but just to act like a good bra or an impressive jock strap: solid, 100% grade A support.

And then people want to know about the dick in the strap or the boob in the cup, and suddenly you have to write another book.

Some of these characters are awesome—all around nice guys who just need to meet their Happy Ever After.

And… some of these guys are Henry.

Henry was not a great guy when we saw him. He made gross sexist comments at the dinner table because his father encouraged him, and accused his brother, Dex, of becoming a pansy-assed Californian because Dex wasn’t an asshole.

And at the same time, we knew Henry was having an affair with his sister’s husband, Malachi.

We never heard from Henry after Dex broke with his family—but boy, people wanted his story.

I kept putting it off. I was thinking, “Gee, Amy, you have reformed some scumbags before, but… well… that’s a little extreme, right?”

But I kept thinking about him—because his brother, Dex, was really awesome. And Henry must have had Dex level potential somewhere, right? But what about that having an affair with his brother-in-law? That was really sort of sleazy…

How do you reform that?

Well, it took a murder and a kick ass lawyer and Private Investigator, and an extra book.

Fish on a Bicycle is the fourth book in the Fish Out of Water series—and Jackson and Ellery have their hands full with Henry. Fresh from a break-up with his douchebag ex, Henry arrived in Sacramento three months ago, and he’s already so popular he’s being framed for murder.

And not just any murder. His brother’s ex-boyfriend’s murder.

And Henry is so pissed off, he’s pissing Jackson off. You don’t want to piss Jackson off—he gets cranky.

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Jackson and Ellery don’t make things easy on each other as it is—throw in Henry, who’s got a chip on his shoulder not even Jackson can fathom and we have conflict out the wazoo!

Happy, cranky, snarky, delicious conflict.

And in the end, we get to see the beginning of Henry’s redemption.

But only the beginning.

Because Henry’s got his own book out in March.

Like I said, some guys are made to be the dick in the jock or the boob in the cup, but not Henry. Henry’s the asshole who took over the whole suit—and there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye.

Jackson Rivers has always bucked the rules—and bucking the rules of recovery is no exception. Now that he and Ellery are starting their own law firm, there’s no reason he can’t rush into trouble and take the same risks as always, right?

Maybe not. Their first case is a doozy, involving porn stars, drug empires, and daddy issues, and their client, Henry Worrall, wants to be an active participant in his own defense. As Henry and Jackson fight the bad guys and each other to find out who dumped the porn star in the trash can, Jackson must reexamine his assumptions that four months of rest and a few good conversations have made him all better inside.

Jackson keeps crashing his bicycle of self-care and a successful relationship, and Ellery wonders what’s going to give out first—Jackson’s health or Ellery’s patience. Jackson’s body hasn’t forgiven him for past crimes. Can Ellery forgive him for his current sins? And can they keep Henry from going to jail for sleeping with the wrong guy at the wrong time?

Being a fish out of water is tough—but if you give a fish a bicycle, how’s he going to swim?

About the Author:Amy Lane lives in a crumbling crapmansion with a couple of growing children, a passel of furbabies, and a bemused spouse. She’s been nominated for a RITA, has won honorable mention for an Indiefab, and has a couple of Rainbow Awards to her name. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action-adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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