The cool, composed facade I present to the world is a lie. I’m a great big, giant dork. Really. Today’s example is how unreasonably excited I am to have gotten an email from a friend and fellow writer with this screen shot inside:

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My little book is getting some attention! Fingers crossed it generates a little more buzz!

With Thanksgiving approaching, I’m going to take a moment, again, to thank everyone who reads and shares and comments and pushes me to be a better writer. I am grateful for my village every day.

Paying It Forward

Imagine that you are carrying graduate level loans and working tirelessly as a social worker, advocating for those who are marginalized. Maybe you’re not paid well, but you are passionate about what you do.

Imagine your spouse enduring a layoff, and then the relief of finding a new job they love.

Imagine the joy—and gut-wrenching uncertainty—of learning you are expecting twins.

Imagine strict bedrest to protect your babies, your spouse expected to carry the financial burden of a family of four on a single salary for the foreseeable future. Imagine that, eight months pregnant, you and your spouse must sell your home and relocate to relieve some of that burden.

Imagine your savings decimated by an unforeseen act of nature.

Imagine the galling unfairness of then facing an expensive and privacy-invading legal proceeding to guarantee your spouse’s right to parent the children in the eyes of the government, because your state doesn’t recognize the validity of your marriage.

marriage equality, crowdfunding, books for a good cause, Cameron D Garriepy, adoption fundraiserI write love stories. I believe in love. I believe fiercely that everyone should enjoy the same rights which I was so easily handed: marriage, family, the secure knowledge that my partner is my child’s safety net in every sense of the word.

Buck’s Landing exists because a group of people believed in my dream, supported my goals, invested in my future.

My dear friend Shauna and her wife Ang are the people I ask you to imagine. They are facing very real financial hardships, even while they are awestruck and overjoyed, awaiting the birth of their twins. I recently learned that a friend of theirs has started a crowdfunding campaign to support Shauna and Ang through the birth and Ang’s legal adoption of her children.

I wish I could simply be their fairy godmother and write them a check. Lacking the resources to do that, I’m putting my book where my beliefs are.

Starting now and running through the next seven days, I plan to donate $1 for every copy of Buck’s Landing sold to support my friends. I’m asking you to read about Shauna and Ang on Youcaring.com and then click one of the links below to buy your copy—or, of course, make a donation directly if you are so inclined. I’m asking you to pass the word along.

Thank you.

Let’s help two remarkable people write the next chapter of their love story.

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You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

I could get used to this, Silas thought, scooping up the last of Sofia’s sauce with a heel of bread. Her lashes brushed her cheeks when she tipped her wineglass to swallow the last of the bright, cranberry-colored wine. He got up to switch the record, finding an old Simon & Garfunkel album that reminded him of the wood-paneled rec room in his parents’ first house in New Jersey. His sister had loved all the old records their parents kept down there, playing everything from psychedelic rock to disco when he was too young to really care.

“We may have to save the lemon bars for another time,” he said, patting his stomach. “That was a great dinner.”

“Lemon bars?” Sofia’s lips curved up, and he resolved to bring her baked goods more often.

They cleared the table together. Sofia loaded the dishwasher as Silas gathered up the table settings. He untied the strings from the bakery box and the sugary tang of the lemon bars wafted out. Sofia was scrubbing out the sauce pot when Silas slipped out of the kitchen.

“I know what will go perfectly with those,” she called.

“Me too,” he replied, coming back in. He pulled her hands out of the soapy water and wrapped them in a dishtowel. “Dance with me.”

He led her to the console and dropped the needle. Dusty Springfield’s soulful croon soared out over horns and close backup harmonies. Silas drew Sofia close. He led her effortlessly, silently thanking the dance classes he’d taken for PE credit in college.

They turned and swayed, their bodies in tune for three aching minutes while Dusty begged her lover to “just be close at hand.” Silas could feel the blood move under her skin, smell her perfume and shampoo. Her soft cotton top shifted against his hand on the small of her back. When she laid her cheek against his chest, the warmth of her breath set his pulse jumping. The track ended, but, instead of releasing her, he ended the dance with a searching kiss.


Write On Edge: Red-Writing-HoodThis week you have 350 words to craft a fiction or creative non-fiction piece inspired by a specific song. The song does not have to appear in your piece, but please include the title and artist at the beginning or end of your piece, so we have the option of listening to the song.

Like what you read? You can have the whole story: Buck’s Landing is available in print and for Kindle/Kindle App from Amazon. Want me to scribble in one for you? You can order via PayPal here.

All the Things!

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I mentioned on Monday that Angela Amman of Tread Softly is reviewing/featuring Buck’s Landing this week, and that AmyBeth Inverness hosted a totally fun interview with me on her blog.

Unbelievably, it gets more exciting!

Looking to pick up your copy? Buck’s Landing is available in print and for Kindle/Kindle App from Amazon. Want me to scribble in one for you? You can order via PayPal here.

Buck’s Landing: The Official Release!

Today belongs not only to me, but to everyone who’s read and commented here, everyone who’s helped me brainstorm and revise, to my beloved family, and to the campaign funders who financed this book’s production.

Bannerwing Books and I are proud to present

Buck’s Landing!

Cameron D Garriepy, New England, romance, novel, Hampton Beach

Sofia Buck escaped Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, ten years ago with no intention of returning, but her father’s untimely death forces her to come back for the summer to deal with Buck’s Landing, the family business he left behind. Sofia has one goal, to keep the business running until it’s sold. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love.

Silas Wilde walked away from an unsatisfying legal career in Manhattan. Relying on instinct and serendipity, he finds himself running a seaside market and gift shop on Hampton Beach’s Ocean Boulevard. He’s content in his new life and livelihood, until a chance encounter with his new next-door neighbor awakens him to the one thing he’s missing. Her.

Threatened by Sofia and Silas’s very different dreams, can their love survive the summer’s end?

Buck’s Landing is available exclusively for Kindle via Amazon for $2.99. The print edition is available via CreateSpace or Amazon for $8.99, or for a personalized copy direct from me, click the PayPal link below. Copies direct from me are priced at $11.49, which includes continental US shipping (I’m happy to ship globally, just email me so we can arrange shipping before you purchase).

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