Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Good Karma, Good Books: Behr Facts by Pat Henshaw

Every Wednesday, I put on my pimp clothes (zoot suits, feathered hats, platform shoes, and the like) and introduce you to something new and wonderful in the literary world. This week, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on Behr Facts by Pat Henshaw

"My dad was a big man, not quite as tall as Abe Behr, the viewpoint character in this book, but probably as burly as Abe. Also like Abe, my father as the oldest on his side of the family was dedicated to taking care of his two sisters and one brother. Dad was the go-to guy if anyone in the family had problems or needed help. Unlike my aunts and uncle, my dad was the silent one in social situations. He was a shrewd businessman, but not a glad-hander. He was the stand-up guy who kept the family with its myriad ups and downs on as even a keel as he could. 
"When I was writing Behr Facts, I often joked with my husband that I was channeling my dad in Abe Behr. More accurately, in the book I am paying homage to my dad and all the other men, no matter what their sexual orientation, who have a strong family ethic and sense of connection to their relatives. 
"My main message in Behr Facts is to the family and friends of these men, who sometimes bury themselves in their efforts to help others. Maybe it’s time for us to let go of our dependence on them and let them have the freedom to find out who they really are and what they want out of life. Maybe it’s time to let them breathe.
I wish my dad had had a chance to do that in his lifetime.t."
A random commenter (below) can win a $10 Starbucks gift card! Winner will be selected by Tuesday, February 16.

Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.
Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska where she  promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube. 

Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion.  Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

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1 comment:

  1. Angela:

    Thank you for the background info on Behr Facts, it is always nice to read more about why an author wrote the main characters the way he or she did.

    Also thank you for the giveaway chance.