by – Liz Faraim (Author)

As Randy seeks the truth, trust erodes, key friendships are strengthened, and more loss awaits her.

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Book Description:

“Rowdy” Randy Cox, a woman staring down the barrel of retirement, is a curmudgeonly blue-collar butch lesbian, who has been single for twenty years and is trying to date again.

At the end of a long, exhausting shift, Randy finds her supervisor, Bryant, pinned and near death at the warehouse where they work. Upon the news of his death, she battles to find a balance between the joys of an exciting new relationship and the struggles of processing her supervisor’s unexpected passing.

The manner of her supervisor’s death leaves Randy unsettled and suspicious as she gets sucked into both a criminal investigation led by the police and an administrative investigation conducted by her employer.

As Randy seeks the truth, trust erodes, key friendships are strengthened, and more loss awaits her.

Reviews for the Book

Miranda “Randy” Cox is fifty-three and hoping for retirement in the next two years. For thirty-three years, she’s worked at a package distribution warehouse. She knows her job in the “crows nest” and all the yard rules well and could have been a supervisor. Liking what she does, she avoided the headache’s of becoming a supervisor. Randy lives in Lands End with her companion Porkchop and has been single for over twenty years and hasn’t had anyone special in her life, not even a hook-up. She thinks about getting back into the dating world which is scary.
After a long tiring shift at work Randy faces a tragedy. She tries to save Bryant, one of the supervisors, whose been pinned at the dock. Randy follows all the rules of the warehouse business, but finds that isn’t good enough. She’s questioned by the police, who she has a difficult time trusting. Then she’s harassed day after day by Shelley of Human Resources. It get’s so bad, Randy has to call on the job steward Brody to attend Shelleys demand meetings. As if that wasn’t enough she get’s a nosy trainee by the name of Mikela, whose constantly asking personal questions. For Randy, she’s had a tragedy of her own that she dealt with at a very young age. The death of Bryant weighs heavy on Randy’s mind. She always liked him and in fact was proud of him when he was promoted to load supervisor. Every time she thinks of Bryant, and the more she’s made aware of, something doesn’t sit right with her and with what’s been called an accident.
Randy does have a good network of friends. Darcy, who lives close to Randy and they often get together for meals and fishing. Darcy works at the Port, loading new cars. Buck and Bear who are great friends and when they feel the urge, they all love to take out their motorcycles for runs. It gives them all freedom from their everyday lives. As Darcy can see that Randy is distressed about Bryant, she reminds her that therapy is open to her.
After their motorcycle run, Randy is approached by Kirsten a grocery store clerk. Kirsten is by no means shy and eventually a relationship grows between them. Randy even gives her a suggestion to apply at the warehouse to make extra money. Again, things start to happen that Randy becomes frustrated about. Now, Randy will have to take the stand in a up coming trial. Even at fifty-three, Randy will have to learn who to trust, who are her real friends and that life is still filled with moments of happiness and heartbreak.
In the way of lesbian literature, Liz Faraim knows how to write a captivating, beautiful and heartbreaking story. With Randy and her well made family: Darcy, Buck, Bear and Vivian, the author shows the loving friendship that lasts forever. It’s a story of lesbian’s that paved the way for so many, with their courage to be free to live their lives open and to work hard. Most of all, each of these women are wonderful, interesting, and memorable. The author really expresses the signs of age, with the aches and pains that Randy learns to deal with and sometimes it’s not as bad when others have it much worse. There’s a wide variety of emotions that are really brought out in Randy’s story. The author also brings the beauty of the scenery and danger that goes along with the adventure of riding a motorcycle. The novel also has moments of: deception, suspense, violence, joy, sadness and love. It also teaches a lesson to be aware of the rules and regulations of employment and know your rights.
“Pinned” is entertaining and realistic and I highly recommend, this first book of “A Randy Cox Novel” series and I hope Liz Faraim continues to bring more of Randy Cox to life. There is more about Buck, Bear and Vivian, and their start of their long friendship in Liz Faraim’s “A Vivian Chastain Novel.” - mak

About the Author: Liz Faraim

Liz has a full plate between balancing a day job, parenting, writing, and finding some semblance of a social life. In past lives she has been a soldier, a bartender, a shoe salesperson, an assistant museum curator, and even a driving instructor. She focuses her writing on strong, queer, female leads who don’t back down.

Liz transplanted to California from New York over thirty years ago, and now lives in the East Bay Area. She enjoys exploring nature with her wife and son.

Pronouns: She/Her

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