GUEST POST: Bru Baker of 'Tall, Dark, and Deported'
Title: Tall, Dark, and Deported
Author: Bru Baker
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 236 pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desires Line
About Tall, Dark, and Deported
Crossing the border into love.
Snap decisions and misguided ideas bring Portuguese national Mateus Fontes and businessman Crawford Hargrave together at the Canadian border crossing.
Mateus is caught in a catch-22. With his almost-expired tourist visa, entrance to Canada is denied, but the US won’t let him back in either. Crawford thinks he’s solved things when he tells the border agent they’re engaged, and it works—except now they have to actually get married before either of them can get back into the United States. But Crawford has been burned by marriage once, and he’s determined not to make that mistake again.
Neither of them expects real feelings to bloom out of their fake marriage, but they do. And the two of them have to learn how to be honest with each other to make things work, which is especially hard when their entire marriage is based on lies.
Many thanks to Kimmers for hosting me as part of the blog tour for my upcoming release, Tall, Dark, and Deported. If you caught me over on MM Good Books a few days ago you know that writing a book for Dreamspinner Press’s Dreamspun Desire line was something I absolutely loved doing. Category romance has so many of my favorite things--tropes! taciturn heroes! damsels (or dudes) in distress!--and getting the opportunity to play with those myself was so much fun.
The situation in Tall, Dark, and Deported seemed so contrived that I never imagined that two years after I wrote it, we’d be living in a country where someone like Mateus might actually end up getting deported. Mateus and Crawford’s situation in the book makes good fiction but a terrible reality. And yet here we are.
I’m the daughter of an immigrant and a staunch supporter of immigrants’ rights, so recent executive orders have really hit home for me. The last thing I would ever want to do is make light of the very real fears that immigrants are facing right now. It was a complete coincidence that my cute, fluffy category romance deals with a topic that has exploded recently.
I don’t want to imagine a future where a man like Mateus can’t make a home for himself in the United States, so I have donated my royalties from pre-release sales of Tall, Dark, and Deported to a cause that is dedicated to fighting for people in his situation. The ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project is doing extremely important work right now defending the civil liberties and rights of those who have been targeted by U.S. travel bans and deportation orders, and I’m so glad that Tall, Dark, and Deported has been able to support that good work.
Everyone who has pre-ordered a copy of the book deserves a giant pat on the back for their role in helping make a $500 donation to the ACLU possible! I hope Mateus and Crawford’s sweet, fluffy romance puts a smile on your face and a lightness in your heart. We could all use some of that right now!
Meet the Author
Bru Baker spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
For more from Bru be sure and visit her website.