Guest Post & Giveaway: Phoenix Emrys – Hero Worship

Well believe it or not, here I am again with another book! Certainly hope that’s good news for some. Before I get into the good stuff I would like to give Charlie a big smug and hootch of gratitude for allowing me to guest on her blog. I hope to be slightly entertaining, and at the end of it all, some lucky commenter will walk away with a copy of “Hero Worship”. But before we go any further, how about a look at what you’re going to win!


Blurb: In 1975 Douglas “King” Fisher is a teenage crusader who, with the help of his three friends, keeps the environs of Warden High bully-free. On the last day of school he is about to leave, thinking his job is done, when he answers one last call for help, never dreaming this particular intervention will make much more of a difference than he can possibly imagine.

Thirty-five years later, King lives a quiet, deeply closeted, completely unremarkable life, far different from the destiny he was bound for on that long ago summer day. An unfortunate accident sidelined his dreams, and he never left town. While he never “made his mark,” he still does whatever he can to make things better for everyone—except himself.

He sees no value in what he is or what he does. He doesn’t think he’s a hero, but he has one: larger than life Rex Rodman, 80s action hero and former idol of millions. His impossible dream. Or is he? With his fifty-seventh birthday swiftly approaching, King is about to learn some amazing lessons about himself from the last teacher he’d ever expect.

As there can only be one—winner, that is—anyone else, if you like what you see, you can get it here:



This book is very special to me. Yeah, I know, each time you write one, it’s special in its own way, but more than anything I’ve produced to date this one really comes from where I live, or used to. In fact, while I don’t mention the identity the town where it takes place, the names of the streets are all taken from a small (we’re talking minuscule) Ontario town where I spent most of my teenage years and went to high school. The name of the high school King and his friends attend is different from mine, but they’ve fallen to a similar fate. Unfortunately. (Also, I could have used a King Fisher in high school, but somehow we managed to make it through only a few scars, and they’ve pretty much healed).

Like King I am an unrepentant geek since the days I first laid eyes on Leonard Nimoy as you-know-who (in black and white, yet), and I know a thing or two about obsession.  Heheh. I reached deep down into my nerdy roots to write this one, and it’s an homage to that part of my life, as well to a certain much-loved fandom largely responsible for me being right here, right now typing these words to you.  I’ll leave you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing or a bad thing.  So yeah, lot of me in this one. I loved writing it. Hope you will reading it. Thanks for coming along for the ride and I’ll turn the give-away over to our delightful host. Comment for a chance to win!   Live long and prosper and good luck!


Giveaway: Phoenix will be giving away one eBook copy of Hero Worship. To enter simply leave a comment below. Contest ends Monday, June 16th at midnight Eastern time. Winner will be chosen at random and announced at the Tea House blog on Tuesday, June 17th.

Comment prompt: Growing up, did you have a crush on an idol?

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PhoenixEmrysAbout the Author

Phoenix Emrys began her writing career at age seven when she penned her first opus, a supernatural thriller about a green porcelain horse and her favorite Barbie. She continued to write vociferously into her twenties, producing several fantasy tales featuring two male characters of the intensely bonded, brothers-in-arms variety. The book she slaved over and submitted for publication utterly failed to impress, whereupon she chucked the writing and got on with her life.

In 1999 her first computer and a shiny new obsession for two hot guys in a certain sci fi series led her into the world of fan fiction, where she discovered two hot guys who really liked each other could do way more than hug… a lot. Not only did this exciting new arena rekindle her atrophied desire to write, but the slash revelation inspired her to significantly expand her literary horizons.


Ten years of fan fic writing ensued. During which she wrote—a lot—and learned some too.

Phoenix is a Canadian south paw currently residing in beautiful British Columbia with her daughter, the present love of her life Merlin, a canine Papillion charmer that’s totally captured her heart, as well as a cuddly but completely psycho Siamese kitty that daily tests her patience. She lives to knit and write happily-ever-afters for hot guys in love.

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  1. Hi Phoenix! Thank you so much for being a guest! In the eighties growing up, I admit I had a such a crush on Michael J. Fox. LOL. He was such a cutie! I think it was the whole funny boy next door thing.

    • Heh, heh, have you seen “Greedy”. Wickedly funny movie, Kirk Douglas, Phil Hartmann, to name a few. There’s a lovely shot of Michael’s tushie in it. Has a little rosebud tattoo on it, if memory serves. (In the movie, anyway, can’t speak to real life. heh)

  2. River Phoenix was such a hard crush for me when I was younger >.<

  3. I really did not have a “crush” I supposed other than Harrison Ford as an actor – I wanted to see every one of his movies because they were so good. Huge Indiana Jones fan even though that is not my favorite genre at all.

    I have been really busy at work so I JUST saw the release note today from Dreamspinner. Really looking forward to reading this :) Thanks for writing “mature” characters 😉

  4. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I never have a crush on an actor but I did have a crush on Donny Osmond when I was at high school!!!


  5. Don’t need to win “Hero Worship” as I’m in the middle of reading it and enjoying it very much. No spoilers please 😉

    Charlie, Michael J Fox makes me laugh every time he’s in “The Good Wife” – he really lights up an episode!

  6. Oh gosh this is a tricky one as River Phoenix & Keanu Reeves were crushes, but I also loved the old Hollywood films and actors such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Gene Kelly, Clark Cable, Charlton Heston and many more.

    Thank you for a chance to win one of your books.

  7. You know, I really had to think about this because pre-internet days, it was harder to crush than it is now! When I was growing up, my grandparents had cable but we didn’t at home, and I fell in love with all the great old black and white classics on AMC. I loved Harrison Ford, and Dirk Benedict (from Battlestar Galactica and the A-Team), and Leonard Nimou as Spock, and Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes… I could go on and on. But I didn’t really get ‘obsessed with the pretty’ until I found online fandoms. Such lovely, lovely pictures… :-)

    • Jeremy Brett. Sigh. As much as I love the young modern version he’s still my ‘default’ Sherlock Holmes. Liked Richard Hatch better than Dirk Benedict. heh. And Spock? (Mr Nimoy’s version is the only one that matters!) Day-um!

  8. Hello Like the post and want to thank you for the giveaway. quick edit might need to be done, I think you mean the giveaway end Monday June 16 and not the 19.

  9. Leonardo Di Caprio, now Henry Cavill *.*, thank you for the chance!!!

  10. I wonder, do people only have crushes on idols when they are young. I don’t even remember how old I was when I had my first crush. I have always liked the characters actors portray rather than the actors themselves. Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, some kick as anime characters.

    But idol crush … hmmm … ok, I did like James Masters. Now, these days … I think I’ll keep it a secret because I’m too old to have crushes on people who seem to be half my age. 😀

    • How your perspective changes with age is a funny thing. Recently revisited a series I adored in my twenties, along with the gorgeous male lead I majorly crushed on at the time. Now… he looks like a baby to me. Sigh…

  11. I had a huge crush on Michael J. Fox as a preteen.

  12. I grew up in the late eighties and early nineties with the big hair bands like Bon Jovi, Ratt and Poisen. I had the biggest crush on Jon Bon Jovi, I used to imagine marrying him and having lots of sex and babies!
    Even now, even though he’s happily married for like forever with lots of kids, I still think he’s one of the sexiest men alive.
    Thanks for the giveaway, and the trip down memory lane!

  13. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s being gay I had a big crush on the Hamm brothers male gymnast and Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers.

  14. No I never really had crushes…. I was a strange little child… Sounds like a great book and thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Oh wow, this sounds like a wonderful story! Thank you for the generous giveaway! My brothers still tease me because when I was about 10 I had the BIGGEST crush on Zorro! 😀

  16. I love stories with mature characters! thanks for this chance Phoenix.
    My crush? I think Patrick Swayze in Ditry Dancing even if the film was made the same year I was born

    • Yes, wonderful movie, and Mr Swayze is the main reason! Glad you like mature characters, me too. With any luck (meaning me finishing it and someone wanting to publish it) my next one will feature another well-aged protag. heheh. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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