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Wed
Sep 20 2017 1:30pm

“Found Family” Can Be the Best Family

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4 Favorite Found Families

Family doesn't always have to be the people you're related to by blood. Many of us have found that the people we're closest too are the ones that we share no blood ties with at all. Today, authors Michele de Winton (Ride Me Right), Violetta Rand (One Taste of Angel), Michele Mannon (author of the Deadliest Lies series), and Katana Collins (author of the Harrison Street Crew series) are here to discuss some of their favorite found families in fiction. Thanks, ladies!

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FOUND FAMILY 
Definition: A group of unrelated persons who commit to one another as a family.

Oceans Eleven. Harry Potter. Friends. The Found Family is a favorite trope used within fictional storytelling. It’s often done with clear intention and can be very obvious, like in the movie, The Avengers. This story revolves around an unlikely band of misfit superheroes who’ve joined together to save the world. And if you think about it, this is usually the case with adventure stories where the plot lines revolve around newly established and often unexpected brotherhoods. Moviegoers appreciate the rich characterization that goes hand in hand with this type of storyline.

However, the Found Family trope can be showcased in a slightly more subtle way, as is the case in the movie, Steel Magnolias. In this movie, a deep, very realistic sisterhood develops between the characters. Yet it’s the undercurrent of what bonds them together—a strong case of southern moxie along with a dark, painful tragedy—that bears closer inspection. 

We asked four dark contemporary/suspense authors to share examples of their favorite brotherhoods and sisterhoods. And, as is the way with author-hoods writing within the same trope, we received four uniquely different responses.

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Sun
Aug 6 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Michele De Winton Excerpt: Ride Me Right

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Ride Me Right by Michele De Winton

Enter the gritty biker world of the Raising Hellfire MC series where these L.A. bikers drink hard, drive fast, and dig deep for love.

Bike mechanic Lucy Black is running out of luck. With an attitude louder than a Harley engine, her mouth is always getting her in trouble and she’s been fired, again. Desperate for money to send home to support her kid sister, Lucy takes a housekeeping job at Wilde Hotel, the adopted home of the Raising Hellfire MC. After a steamy moonlit encounter with a dark stranger, Lucy is horrified to find out he’s her new boss so she’s more determined than ever to make her hotel stay brief.

Jake “The Iceman” Slade is drowning in guilt and can’t give himself a break. A tragic accident on set made him step away from his job as a real life action hero in the film lots of Hollywood. Now he’s reluctantly agreed to run his half-sister’s hotel, Wilde’s, while she’s away, trying to keep it—and himself—from going under. Lucy is the kind of trouble he can’t afford, but can’t seem to resist. But with an equally troubled past, will Lucy be the fire to melt his frozen heart?

Get a sneak peek at Michele De Winton's Ride Me Right (available August 8, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

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Lucy Black took another slug from the flask of bourbon and stuffed the bottle into her pocket as she kept sorting her tools. One, two, three, four, five . . . she was missing a wrench. “Who borrowed my six-inch?” She stood up, large wrench in hand, and cast an eye around the workshop. No one met her eye. “Seriously? You’re gonna be like that?”

“No one’s being like nothing,” said Gav, the head of the bike shop Lucy had called home for the last four months. “If you’ve lost a wrench you’ve lost a wrench. It happens. Deal with it.”

Through gritted teeth she forced the words out. “I had it yesterday. Last time I looked it hadn’t grown legs and taken itself out for a beer.”

Someone snickered.

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