A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy Blog Tour

The Notes Behind A Solitary Man’s Playlist

Thanks for hosting us for A Solitary Man’s book tour, Jo and Isa! We’re excited to be here!

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Music is very important to us as we find that music can often express what words cannot. When we look to “score” a story, we look for songs that not only set the tone for that moment, but also convey a message appropriate for the moment in the scheme of the story. The songs contained in A Solitary Man do a wonderful job of enhancing the telling of Chance and Xav’s story.

The lead song in the playlist, “Beautiful Slave,” is not integrated into A Solitary Man. Rather, it represents the fundamental struggles and the “human condition” addressed in the story. The song is written and performed by wonderful musicianaries Take No Glory: “Child slavery, addiction, suicide,[]…there is Hope for all of humanity’s great struggles. We are Take No Glory, a non-profit musicianary band. We write intensely personal songs about dealing with these types of issues and being transformed by Love.”

This playlist is made ever more special because it was created by Mel Leach and Timmy. We don’t have words enough to express our gratitude to them both.

This playlist is dedicated to all who endure.

May your freedom and happiness increase every moment of every day.

Listen to the play-list for A Solitary Man!

Beautiful Slave by Take No Glory

Lost by Coldplay

Burning in the Skies by Linkin Park

Resolution by Matt Corby

Baby Be My Love Song by Easton Corbin

You Can’t Always Get What you want by The Rolling Stones

Blue Moon by Beck

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Set the World on Fire by Black Veil Brides

Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

Echo by Jason Walker

Solitary Man by Neil Diamond

Set Fire to the Rain by Adele

Dead Inside by Muse

Family Portrait by Pink

Breathe In Breathe Out by Mat Kearney

I’d Come for You by Nickelback

Ashes of Eden by Breaking Benjamin

Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz

May It Be by Enya

Failure by Breaking Benjamin

Solitary Man by Johnny Cash

Thank you for joining us in the celebration of Chance, Xav, and A Solitary Man! Go buy the book and read it!


Authors Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy have teamed up to write a red-hot action-packed thriller!

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from Dreamspinner Press November 6th!

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About A Solitary Man

Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Two months later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the thirteen-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

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Thursday, October 29th Cody is at The Novel Approach Reviews

Friday, October 30th Cody is at Jo & Isa Love Books

Tuesday, November 4th Cody is at Bike Book Reviews

Wednesday, November 5th

Cody is at Joyfully Jay Reviews

Shira is at Prism Book Alliance


Yarning to Write Kermit Flail with lovely Amy Lane!

Cody is at Divine Magazine

Cody is on Dreampsinner’s Blog

Saturday, November 7th Cody is at Love Bytes Reviews

Sunday, November 8th

Shira is at My Fiction Nook

LIVE FACEBOOK CHAT with Shira & Cody 2-5pm EST

Monday, November 9th Cody is at My Fiction Nook

Tuesday, November 10th Shira is at Bike Book Reviews

Wednesday, November 11th Shira is at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



About Shira Anthony

Shira loves a great happily-ever-after and never writes a story without one. She’s happy to write what her muse tells her, whether it’s fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, or contemporary romance. She particularly loves writing series, because she thinks of her characters as old friends and she wants to visit them even after their stories are told. Shira writes about the things she knows and loves, whether it’s music and musicians, the ocean, or the places she’s lived or traveled to. She spent her middle school years living in France, and tries to visit as often as she can.

In real life, Shira sang professionally for 14 years, and she currently works as a public sector attorney advocating for children. She’s happy to have made writing her second full-time job, even if it means she rarely has time to watch TV or go to the movies. Shira and her husband spend as many weekends as they can aboard their 36′ catamaran sailboat, “Lands Zen,” at the Carolina Coast. Not only has sailing inspired her to write about pirates and mermen, her sailboat is her favorite place to write. And although the only mermen she’s found to date are in her own imagination, she keeps a sharp lookout for them when she’s on the water.

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About Aisling Mancy

Aisling is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes adult fantasy, science fiction, adult LGBTQ romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

Find Aisling on blog, Twitter @AislingMancy, Facebook, GoodreadsBooklikes, and

Aisling does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

5STAR review

Reviewed by Joanne Swinney for Jo&Isalovebooks Review Team

Solitary a word with various definitions. Confinement being one of them, to be totally isolated from life. Maybe locked in a room or a cell as punishment.
Lonely is another, someone who isolates themselves from others, existing through life unaccompanied.

While reading this book I found that I understood both sides of this definition and found them both equally sad.
I always endeavour to give an honest account in my review and I have to say that this story was overwhelmingly powerful.
A Solitary Man literally gripped my heart and squeezed it tight but yet I couldn’t stop reading.

Xavier ‘Xav’ Constantine who’s previously worked as an FBI agent now a deputy sheriff has possibly the worst job in the world but I guess someone has got to do it. He’s working on a case dealing with child trafficking. These people are sadistic, pure evil. It’s Xav’s job to bring them to justice. Not an easy task considering the lengths these vicious, inhuman criminals will go to.

Chance Evan Fairchild an Assistant District Attorney is having a hard time keeping drugs out of Dare’s Landing. His boss doesn’t help matters by covering up the truth just to stay on top and stay on people’s good graces in order to be re-elected.
Chance gets a bad feeling about things but is struggling with his own ghosts so things get pushed to the back of his mind.

One night Xav and Chance meet in a bar. Both strangers and Chance was definitely looking for a night of hot sex with no strings attached. Both these men are extremely handsome and can cause quite a stir. Xav is completely open about being Gay but Chance is still very much in the closet.

What happens next completely throws Chance, as he believed Xav to be a surfer. Well he has the body of a man that works out, who knew he was the new deputy, certainly not Chance. He has kept his personal life totally separate to business, never once dating anyone from the office,
so seeing Xav in the sheriffs building it comes as shock to say the least.

Xav and Chance end up working together, each with the goal to get the brutal, ruthless criminals who are involved in child trafficking and drugs brought to justice.

Although I found the story line difficult because of the issues discussed, I couldn’t help but love that these two men became friends, I’d even say companions.

Xav has a way of bringing everyone together. The office is buzzing with activity, everyone pulling together to put a stop to these horrendous crimes.
You will meet all these characters, some more than others but all very much lovable for different reasons.

These two Authors really are exceptional writers. The story flowed, giving you just enough detail to imagine what the characters looked liked. How the scenes were set. There was plenty of mystery, a whole lot of suspense. One huge investigation that you will want to read to the end.

Overall I have to say that this story was gripping. Written beautifully and tactful since it deals with very delicate issues.
The two main characters Xav and Chance give this story the smiles and romance that is needed to carry on.

“It’ll make all the difference in the world to you if you can save even one life.”
Heartfelt and meaningful words spoken. This one line has kept me going while reading this book.

I leave you with my lasts thoughts. To reach your goals in life never give up. The outcome may not be what you wanted but always keep trying.

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