Blog Tour #Review and #Giveaway – Ari by Cheryl Headford

Title:Ari

Author:Cheryl Headford

Genre:LGBT, romance, transgender, intersex, M/M, F/F

Length:Novel

Publisher:Wayward Ink Publishing

Synopsis

After having known each other online for some time, writers, Benji and Ari meet at a convention.

Their attraction is both immediate and mutual.

But all is not straightforward—Ari is intersex and Benji transgender.

Together they embark on a journey.

A journey that unites families, and heals old wounds.

But not everyone is happy with the blossoming love between these two unique and special individuals.

Will an act of aggression crush the flower before it can bloom?

Ari Cheryl Headford

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Review

I first read Ari as a short story in the Stranded anthology and soon after found out Cheryl intended to expand it. Ari turned into a beautifully written novel, raising important issues in what gender and acceptance are concerned. Ari and Benji are to me the perfect couple. They make each other better, even if sometimes that means confronting difficult situations and having to revise their own opinions of themselves.

Despite the age of the characters and the fact Benji takes care of his little brother, this genuinely sounds more like a young adult than a new adult. The characters are discovering who they are, learning to love, taking on the world and the challenges it brings, and they are, for these two individuals, harsher than they are for most people their age. Especially for Ari.

I believe Cheryl has been very brave to keep writing this intersex-transgender couple. Each of them would have raised enough issues to tackle, more so in this pairing. Yet she took the challenge and wrote an amazing story on how we define gender and love. I have to say I know know a lot more on what intersex and transgender individuals have to deal with.

As always, a Cheryl Headford story comes at the cost of quite a few tears, but it’s always absolutely worth it!

Giveaway

Prizes: 3 UK Swag Packs (Ari mug, notebook, rainbow pen) and 3 International Swag Packs (6.99 WIP gift card, bookmark, key chain)

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About the author

CHERYL HEADFORD was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re-enactment group who traveled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and her two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. The part of her that needs to earn money is a lawyer, but the deepest, and most important part of her is a storyteller and artist, and always will be.

Website: Nephylim-author.blogspot.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.headford
Twitter: @SevenPointStar

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Writer, traveler, coffee and book addict, and also founder of EyesOnBooks. I've loved books all my life and now they are a huge part of my work. I have been blogging for about twelve years and have worked as a PR and marketing consultant in the IT&C field before shifting all my focus to books and authors.


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