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Book Hooks: Time for “Changing Faces”

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Folks, I haven’t done Marketing for Romance Writers’ BookHooks Blog Hop in a while, and I’m not sure why that is. I know that my life has been busy and stress-filled lately, but I am proud of my latest novel, CHANGING FACES, and it’s perfect for my friends in Marketing for Romance Writers. (Or, really, anyone at all who likes good romances with an unusual premise…but I’ll get to that.)

First, a quick blurb about my LGBT-friendly fantasy/romance, CHANGING FACES:

Allen and Elaine are graduate students in Nebraska, and love each other very much. Their life should be idyllic, but Elaine’s past includes rape, neglect, and abuse from those who should’ve loved her—but didn’t, because from childhood, Elaine identified as transgender.

When Elaine tells Allen right before Christmas, he doesn’t know what to do. He loves Elaine, loves her soul, has heard about transgender people before, but didn’t think Elaine was one of them—she looks and acts like anyone else. Now, she wants to become a man and is going to leave.

He prays for divine intervention, and says he’ll do anything, just please don’t separate him from Elaine…and gets it.

Now, he’s in Elaine’s body. And she’s in his. They’ll get a second chance at love.

Why? Because once you find your soulmate, the universe will do almost anything to keep you together—even change your faces.

And now, a few lines:

CHANGING FACES cover“Dammit, Elaine! I love you. Can’t you see that? Why else would I be out on a night like this, if I didn’t?”

“I love you, too, but this isn’t going to work.” The set of her jaw bothered me; she’d obviously made up her mind.

“It won’t work only if you decide it won’t,” I told her, trying to keep the edge out of my voice. “Why won’t you listen to me?” I snuck a peek at Elaine. The beauty of her oval face, her liquid brown eyes, her pointed, determined chin…how anyone that beautiful could want to become a man, I didn’t know.

“Let’s not argue, Allen,” she said wearily. “I can’t bear it.”

“Okay, then.” But while I’d stopped talking, I hadn’t stopped thinking. Why does Elaine want to become a man? Why? What have I done wrong, that she should want this? I must have done something wrong, something terrible, for her to want this…

Inwardly, I prayed, hoping that God existed and would hear me despite my usual disbelief. Oh God, if you’re listening . . .please don’t take my beautiful Elaine away from me. I’ll do anything, absolutely anything…

My reverie was broken when the car went into a skid. “Hang on!” I yelled, while I turned into the skid. That should’ve gotten us safely off the road, albeit into a ditch…but it didn’t work.

Instead, something big, something solid, was in the way.

Something that shouldn’t have been there.

“Oh my God!” Elaine screamed.

I tried to reach out to her, to reassure her, but I couldn’t. My body just wouldn’t respond.

Before I could worry about that, the world went black.

(end excerpt)

Now, if that intrigued you — and I sincerely hope it did, or I’d not have decided to do this — please hop on over to Amazon, and pick yourself up a copy today. (It’s only ninety-nine cents, too…how can you go wrong?) Here’s the link:


And do check out my fellow Marketing for Romance Writers blog hoppers (those doing the BookHooks hop today) at — tell ’em Barb sent you.

Written by Barb Caffrey

August 2, 2017 at 2:58 am

16 Responses

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  1. I love the back story to this novel. What a great idea!! Problem solved ❤ xo

    Muffy Wilson

    August 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

  2. Reblogged this on MUFFY WILSON and commented:
    I love the back story to this novel. What a great idea!! Problem solved ❤ xo

    Muffy Wilson

    August 3, 2017 at 10:50 am

  3. Wow. That’s a unique twist on a romance story. Very interesting and thanks for posting.

    Amber Daulton

    August 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  4. A transgender romance that ends up with the two switching bodies is both a unique premise and one that is brave of you to take on. The transgender market is extremely loyal, so I hope you get many new readers with this one.


    August 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    • Thanks, Kathryn. I am hopeful. So far I haven’t had much traction. But hope springs eternal, and the folks who have read it have liked it.

      Barb Caffrey

      August 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm

  5. This sounds really different. Good job.


    August 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

  6. This sounds interesting! Interesting take on a transgender’s story in a romance. 😀


    August 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

  7. Wow … what an ending. I like the idea of the story.

    Iris B

    August 4, 2017 at 7:15 am

  8. Although I have nothing new to contribute, I’ll add my voice in saying that this sounds like a really interesting read. A perfect way for Allen to find an understanding of what Elaine is going through, to walk a mile in her skin. Love it!

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