Book Give Away: “Barring Complications” by Blythe Rippon

GCLS-2015_Barring-Complications_3D_Blythe-RipponAround eight months ago we published Blythe Rippon’s Barring Complications and wondered, if fiction can outmatch reality when it comes to the US Supreme Court’s decision about marriage equality. 

Today reality outmatched fiction.

To celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, we’re giving away five ebook copies of Blythe Rippon’s debut novel.

If you want to participate in the giveaway, leave a comment (tell us where you first heard about the Supreme Court’s decision today) or send an e-mail to

The deadline for the giveaway is tomorrow 11.59 p.m. EST, which means 6 a.m. on Sunday in Germany.

We will contact the winners directly.

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  1. Marcy Setter June 26, 2015 at 16:07 - Reply

    I heard about it as it was announced via Social Media and have been celebrating since.

    Never thought I would see this day and I’m blessed that I have. I’m fortunate that my wife and I live in a state that was the first to embrace equality and we have been afforded the protection and security of legalized marriage for a number of years now. My home state is the exact opposite and had banned equality. I’m celebrating for my friends who can now legally marry and protect their families!

  2. Charlotte June 26, 2015 at 16:16 - Reply

    Saw it on Facebook! Wow, this is HUGE!!!

  3. Marie-Claude Henrichon June 26, 2015 at 16:21 - Reply

    I learned about it when I opened my Facebook and saw that all of my friends were crying tears of joy!!!

  4. Judy June 26, 2015 at 16:21 - Reply

    I was checking my Facebook page and the first thing I saw what it said. I was like about freaking time.

  5. Heidi Shellgren June 26, 2015 at 16:24 - Reply

    I was watching TV with my dad at the kitchen table getting brunch ready….

  6. Kharisanty Sofie June 26, 2015 at 16:26 - Reply

    I’ve followed many news about this from many blogs like Huffington and Buzzfeed. Tumblr also helps me to get a recent news about this new hope. and I swear I’m more than just curious. I’m full of happiness xoxo Congratulations U S!

  7. cheryll June 26, 2015 at 16:26 - Reply

    I had actually just finished writing a comment on a blog post of Rhavensfyre about not being equal and having to have someone else decide if I should marry or could spend time with my partner in a medical setting. Was asking if the word freedom would ever really mean what is was meant to mean. I logged into facebook and it was rainbow flags and congratulations everywhere!!

  8. Patti June 26, 2015 at 16:28 - Reply

    Had turned to MSNBC to wait for the announcement. My wife and I got married in California last year. I never thought I would live long enough to see this happen.

  9. Tonya Davis June 26, 2015 at 16:35 - Reply

    I got the news via Twitter and my partner told me again when I got home. Got the chance to see President Obama’s speech. Great day for us that are living the life.

  10. Maritza June 26, 2015 at 17:03 - Reply

    Saw it break on MSNBC and immediately thought about the book “Barring Complications.” All I can say is WOO HOO!! Another step toward full citizenship for us!

  11. Pat Bane June 26, 2015 at 17:17 - Reply

    Saw it on Facebook, every friend I had informed me.

  12. Joan Ann June 26, 2015 at 17:22 - Reply

    I saw on a special report on tv which was followed by President Obama. I never thought I would see this day. I am 71. Great news

  13. Lise MacTague June 26, 2015 at 17:38 - Reply

    I was at work, sitting at my desk, when a co-worker stuck her head in and said: “Did you hear?” I hopped online and have been spending the day reading every news story I can find on it. Sorry work, I’m afraid I won’t be getting much accomplished today!

  14. Tami June 26, 2015 at 17:43 - Reply

    I saw it this AM on f a certain book with all the great posts! So happy!!

    • Tami June 26, 2015 at 17:43 - Reply

      On Facebook that is…

  15. Sherry Mills June 26, 2015 at 17:43 - Reply

    I was watching it on TV and the President’s speach.

  16. Maddy June 26, 2015 at 17:56 - Reply

    I heard it on the radio in Canada this morning. Great news and long overdue. Congratulations USA and welcome to the club! 🙂

  17. Anne June 26, 2015 at 18:06 - Reply

    Great news!

  18. Clarissa June 26, 2015 at 18:31 - Reply

    I first saw it on social media (tumblr) and I could not believe my eyes. As I kept going down my dash, looking at all the wonderful posts, it made me so incredibly happy. Same on Facebook, seeing all the support that was out there.

    Such wonderful news! Today’s going to be a great day 🙂

  19. Kerry mcnair June 26, 2015 at 18:39 - Reply

    At work, my phone buzzed with a news headline. I punched my arms in the air.

  20. Sheila Calhoun June 26, 2015 at 18:39 - Reply

    I work an afternoon/evening shift, so I had just rolled out of bed when my future wife messaged me and told me!

  21. Ruth June 26, 2015 at 19:07 - Reply

    I was following the updates on from home. I should have been revising a scene from my manuscript, but I was too nervous to think.

  22. Hayde W June 26, 2015 at 19:30 - Reply

    My partner had called me while I was at work. She found out threw social media. We both held off on getting married ourselves until every one of our LGBT friends could do the same no matter where they resided. Well I’m happy to say we have a wedding to plan! What a glorious day it is!

  23. Danie June 26, 2015 at 20:03 - Reply

    A Co-worker came by very excited, then I went on Tumblr and found that my dash was inundated with posts about it. Very exciting!!

  24. Leslie ward June 26, 2015 at 20:15 - Reply

    I was at work when some of my less than politically correct colleagues were talking in the hallway, so I jumped on my iPad and saw the announcement on CNN! I have been watching the disseminated opinions from the Supreme Court since last Thursday and when it was passed up yesterday I fully expected to wait until next Tuesday for the announcement, what a great surprise this morning! Everyone has one or two monumentous or infamous occurrences in their lifetime, for me it has been the fall of the Berlin Wall (which I was ther for and have some of the wall) and now the SCOTUS ruling! Such a small word, Equal, who knew how much it would really mean?

  25. Nicole June 26, 2015 at 20:30 - Reply

    My wife saw it on Facebook and my father called with congratulations at 7:30am his time. Never thought a Supreme Court decision could put me in such a good mood.

  26. Jennifer June 26, 2015 at 20:36 - Reply

    Saw it first on Facebook. Been looking at all of the news outlets since then. Especially like the White House profile picture for FB.
    Barring Complications is also one of my favorite books.

  27. Karen H June 26, 2015 at 20:51 - Reply

    I was listening at home to KPFA when they had breaking news this morning to announce the Supreme Court’s decision. It was great to hear!

  28. Cindy G June 26, 2015 at 21:16 - Reply

    I heard it on NPR radio while driving home from work this afternoon. Better later than never. The book ‘Barring Complications’ popped into my mind too.

  29. Barbara Dennis June 26, 2015 at 21:24 - Reply

    I was at work on a break checking Facebook, my crew was worried cuz I started crying. They gave me high fives after I told them.

  30. McKenna June 26, 2015 at 23:24 - Reply

    I was at my mother’s house this morning when the “special report” broke through regarding the SCOTUS decision granting marriage equality to all Americans. Of all the people to share this historic moment with – the person who asked me if I was a lezzie when I was a teenager. We sat side-by-side today, 37 years later, and watched Facebook blowup with rainbows and hearts.

  31. Lynn cohen June 27, 2015 at 09:25 - Reply

    Saw it on TV! Overjoyed! What an historic day! Happy to have lived to see this!

  32. Martha B June 27, 2015 at 13:31 - Reply

    My partner texted me while I was at work after she heard it on the news. I’ve always said if it became legal in my state we’d get married! Looks like I’m engaged!!!

  33. Serena June 27, 2015 at 21:08 - Reply

    After testifying before th Wyoming legislature several times to defeat “one man one woman” amendments to the state constitution, celebrating my own marriage and years of helping counseling students understand the difference between tolerance and genuine acceptance, I am overjoyed at this decision. It is time for all marriages to simply be “marriage.” Now we need affectional orientation to be widely understood and used rather than the reductive term: sexual orientation. Our relationships and identities are about so much more.

  34. Cheryl June 27, 2015 at 21:39 - Reply

    I saw it on Facebook. I check on my newsfeed and it was all rainbows, celebrations and tears. It was and still is a glorious day.

  35. Belinda June 27, 2015 at 23:28 - Reply

    Facebook was full of rainbows when I woke yesterday(Australia) – wow- amazing!! Then reality sadly hit – I live in Australia and the news here has not changed!!! Well done America and all the other nations that recognise equality!!!

  36. Stacie June 28, 2015 at 02:14 - Reply

    My best friend texted me the good news. I was set to watch for the ruling yesterday but she beat me to it, thankfully. Tears of joy all day followed, as well as rallying.

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