What do you do when you’re a lesbian, but your girlfriend has a husband? Marry her husband’s secret boyfriend, of course.

It’s the 1990s and Roni, Gina, Steven, and Early decide the most logical way they can live happily as a family is through a dual bearded arrangement. They buy a large home and become the supportive family none of them ever had. It’s everything they could have dreamed…until life happened.

Relatives. Children. Careers. And, through the years, a society that gradually starts to become more accepting of homosexuality.

How does a family that is based in secrecy stay together when the freedom to be who they really are is at their fingertips?

Can they even stay together?


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I was lucky enough to get a chance to ask Serena a couple of questions about her recent release!

Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I had never read a novel that approached the challenges of gay relationships as society was evolving.

What do you like best about it?
That my heterosexual friends have told me that it opened their eyes to several aspects of what it’s like (what it was like) to be gay in America. Also, I just love Early.

Can you tell the readers something about Beards that they might not know just from reading the book?
The entire idea for the book came when I was wondering what it would be like for two women to disagree over the wine pairing of liver and fava beans in the film adaptation of Silence of the Lambs.

In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
It’s a character study with considerable angst and humor.


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Serena J. Bishop

Serena J. Bishop

Serena J. Bishop is a daydreamer who comes from a long line of storytellers. When she’s not writing fiction she enjoys being a nerd, surprising others with her pop culture knowledge, dining out, or finding a new craft beer she loves. She currently resides in Maryland with her lovely wife and chihuahua.

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