Blog Tour: Ten by Tia Fielding

Author Tia Fielding came by to celebrate the recent Dreamspinner Press release of Ten and is talking about postcrossing! Don't know what postcrossing is? Read on and find out.

Hey, everyone!

I didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to write about on this guest post. I struggle a lot with writing these things with each book, but somehow I get through them just fine in the end, go figure.

So I didn’t have an idea, until I realized one of the cards in my postcard wall had fallen to the floor during the night and I had to reattach it. That’s when I realized that people don’t know lot about postcrossing and what a great hobby it can be.

Today, I’m here to tell you about postcrossing. :) There’s a website, where you create a profile for yourself. For example, mine has general information about who I am and what I do, and then the sentence “If you want to find a card I'd specifically like, well....” after which I list things I would love to see on postcards people send me. My favorites are, for example, words and meanings, writing inspiration and quotes, tattoos, pin-ups, coffee/tea, books, flowers (especially red poppies and a few others) and so on and so forth.

After you register and make your profile, you can choose to send a card. That’s when the fun begins. The website gives you a code, a profile, and the address of the person in that profile. You will then figure out a card you want to send to them, whether based on what you have at hand, what you like, or maybe what that person says they like in their profile (some have no information like that, so you kind of fly blind in those cases), write the card, add the code, and mail it.

Once your recipient gets the card, they register the code on the website, and the system enters your profile to the draw. Soon, you should be getting a card form someone random, somewhere in the world.

Now, I don’t postcross consistently. Just the stamp for an international postcard costs around $2 here in Finland these days. If you want to send five cards a month, that’s already $10 plus the card costs, which can be high because I like to send people things that might make their day when they get them.

I have, however, sent 149 postcards and received 153 in my time postcrossing over the years. In times when you don’t get “snail mail” anymore, receiving postcards can be so much fun!

Last year I finally made my postcard wall out of some of the cards I’d received. I’m going to attach a photo for you, so you can see the variety and how it reflects my profile.

It’s a relatively cheap hobby if you have the money, and you end up getting cards from all over the world. I’m in Finland, so getting a card from Brazil, or Singapore, or Thailand, or Macao, or even Canada feels exciting to me. The countries I’ve gotten most cards from are Germany, Russia, Netherlands, and USA. The ones I’ve sent most cards to are Germany, USA, and Russia, in that order.

So now you know a bit about postcrossing. I hope you check it out if it’s something that sounds interesting to you! It’s the perfect hobby for a writer who doesn’t leave home much, and for anyone who is interested in other cultures and countries.


Can two broken men build one life?

Ten years.

That’s what Makai lost for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s been exonerated, but the abuse he suffered in prison isn’t so easy to leave behind. He heads to the one place he remembers being happy: Acker, Wisconsin, where he spent summers with his grandpa. Unfortunately, not everyone wants Makai there.

Ten days.

That’s how long Emil, now twenty-one, was held prisoner as a teenager. The mental and physical injuries he suffered at the hands of a drug trafficking ring still haunt him.

Nightmares, anxiety, and PTSD challenge the connection forming between Makai and Emil, though together, they might find a way to move beyond their pain and into a future—and a relationship—that both had thought impossible.

Now they just have to convince Emil’s father, the town sheriff. It won’t be easy with danger closer than they know….

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Tia Fielding is a Finnish LGBTQ+ romance author. She lives in a small middle-of-nowhere town surrounded by nature and silence, just like she prefers. Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t fussy about pronouns, because her native language doesn’t have gender-specific ones. She’s a lover of caffeine, sarcasm, peppermint, cats and dogs, sleeping and witty people.

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