Hi there and welcome! I’m Marie Sexton, and I’m thrilled to be able to share my excitement over my latest release with Riptide Publishing, Never A Hero.
Never A Hero is available now, and today I’m going to share a little bit about the inspiration behind the town of Tucker Springs. Follow me on the virtual book tour for Never A Hero all week for more exclusive details about the book, the Tucker Springs series, and more. Plus, leave a comment below with your name and email address, and you could be one of three lucky winners to receive a $5 gift card to Riptide. Simply leave your comment by 5/17 at 11:59pm to enter.
Home Town Venues
I don’t think it’s any secret that Tucker Springs is based roughly on my hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. The layout of the Light District is based entirely on Old Town Fort Collins. The amphitheater, the ice cream shop, the fountain are all directly from Old Town. But in writing Never a Hero, I found myself turning to two specific locations outside of Old Town: Taverna and Avogadro’s Number.
Taverna is a Greek grill. I’m not sure if it’s a chain or an independent joint, but the one thing my daughter loves about it is that you get to break things. Several times a night, the staff runs around singing and dancing, and then they pass out plates. Patrons line up to take their turn throwing said plates against the wall, and then everybody cheers. Authentically Greek? I doubt it, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
In Never a Hero, Nick takes Owen to an unnamed restaurant for their first semi-date that is very similar to Taverna. When that proves to be disastrous, he takes him down the street to a sandwich shop called The Vibe.
The Vibe is entirely based on Avogadro’s Number (commonly known as Avo’s), a small music venue and sandwich shop that is practically a landmark in Fort Collins. They’re so granola you can practically smell the hemp butter when you walk in the door, but the sandwiches are awesome and when it comes to live music, their patio can’t be beat. There are few things better than hanging out there on a hot summer evening, drinking a cold beer, listening to some mellow music. Although Nick and Owen are there in the winter when the patio’s closed and miss out on the music, you’ll still get a glance at a bit of homegrown Fort Collins flavor.
Never a Hero is available now from Riptide, Amazon, and all major book outlets. Never a Hero is part of the Tucker Springs universe, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. For more information about Tucker Springs, visit www.TuckerSprings.com.
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.
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