Book Tour & Giveaway: Bend, Nancy J Hedin


What’s the best thing you can hear from a reader?

 The best thing I can imagine hearing from a reader is that they liked the book and felt compassion for the characters. I admit that I want people to like my work, but I can handle constructive criticism that seems like it is an attempt to improve the work. Feedback is helpful and I work on not taking negative feedback personally. A person is responding to my work and may like it or not like it for various reasons and some of the reasons may have to do with craft or something totally unrelated to how well or poorly the work is written. Some books I read I decide are not for me, but that isn’t an indictment on the author of the work.

Is this a lesbian only novel?

 No. I think it will appeal to the GLBT community, but I think it will attract a wider readership because it includes the universal theme of the human drive for community and particularly family approval. This is not just about a lesbian relationship. It is about relationships between siblings, parents and children, schools, churches, and whole communities.

About Bend

Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clause and that one time she kissed the preacher’s daughter.

Everything changes when a new girl comes to town. Charity is mysterious, passionate, and—to Lorraine’s delighted surprise—queer too. Now Lorraine may have a chance at freedom and real love.

But then Becky disappears, and Lorraine uncovers an old, painful secret that could tear the family apart. They need each other more than ever now, and somehow it’s Lorraine—the sinner, the black sheep—who holds the power to bring them together. But only if she herself can learn to bend.


Now available from Riptide Publishing.

About Nancy J. Hedin

I grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. That small town sensibility informs my writing and gives me interesting voices in my head and I strive to choose which voice to bring to the page.

I live in St. Paul with my partner, two daughters, one dog, one beared dragon, and two cats.

I have worked as a mental health crisis worker for over twenty years.

I love reading and getting my books signed by the author. I daydream about my own stories in book form and having others read them.

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To celebrate the release of Bend, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 13, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Thank you for the post!
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St. Paul has always intrigued me…



Thanks for the post!

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Congrats and thanks for the post. This sounds great. It seems like you’re writing what you know, so I’m especially keen about travelling to this small town in Minnesota. And the cover is an impressive match. –
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Jen F

Thanks for the post! Your answers were interesting, especially the part about readers feeling compassion for the characters. I don’t think I have hear and author say that before.