Today we are joined by the wonderful Renae Kaye (author of Loving Jay) who is excited to share with us the details of her new upcoming novel: The Blinding Light.
Release date: 14th July 2014
from Dreamspinner Press
Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.
Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.
Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.
So, are you excited too?
It’s taken a long time to get Jake and Patrick’s story to you. It seems ages ago that I sat down in front of a blank page and began piecing together their lives. Jake is such a sunny (although snarky) character – nothing gets him down. He’s been cleaning up after his mother and raising his sisters his entire life. A housekeeping job should be a cinch – right?
Patrick is a man hiding behind his blindness – until he meets a man who doesn’t give a shit that he’s blind and tells him to lift his game. There are so many places in this story that my jaw dropped and I told Jake that he can’t say things like that! You can’t threaten to force feed a man just because he doesn’t want to eat! You can’t go around hiding a blind man’s sex toys from him! And it’s really rude to call your employer “Patti-cake.”
(They didn’t listen to me. My characters never listen to me. Rather like my children).
I’d like to say thanks to Bree Archer for giving me such a great cover, and of course all the people at Dreamspinner Press.
Now I just have to wait for the release… 31 days and counting…