Friday, September 30, 2016

A Sweet Year by Felice Stevens




Sunday evening starts the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the beginning of what we call the "High Holidays." It is said that at this time the Book of Life is opened and everything that will happen to you in the coming year is inscribed. You wish for all good things, not only for yourself, but for others. You wish for a sweet year, a year of good health, peace and prosperity. The following week, is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, where the Book of Life is closed and sealed.

Let's not think about that; its a fast day, a day of not only no food, but no coffee of even water. Let's talk about Rosh Hashana. It's a happy, joyous time full of delicious food, most often food made with honey, to celebrate the sweetness of the new year to come. There is honey cake and Teiglach which is pastries and nuts all knotted together and drizzled with honey. One of the traditions my children love is plain sliced apples dipped in honey.


(I have a confession. I don't like honey. I like it fine in baklava, but plain? No thanks.)

We also have a tradition called Tashlich of going to a body of water and tossing bits of bread as a symbol of casting away our sins, and asking for forgiveness.

All in all it is a happy time spent with family and friends and lots of good food.


What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Don't forget the charity MM Anthology, It Was Always You, releases October 4th. You can still pre-order it for only 99 cents on iTunes. It releases on Amazon for $2.99. You can pre-order it here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/it-was-always-you/id1138973029?mt=11
My story is about Danny Friedman and Paul Merola, two men who met at summer camp as teenagers then separated, reuniting years later with old hurts and secrets.




Thursday, September 29, 2016

Weekend away by Riley Hart


I'm really excited about this weekend. I get two nights away with a few of my friends! I never, ever do something like this. I'm always home, and if I go, it's usually for a book signing or something. This weekend will only be about friends, chatting, and relaxing. I think it's important that we treat ourselves to things like that from time to time. This is something that I'm just starting to make myself do. I'm very good at buying things for my kids or my husband, or going to do activities that they love, but it's not often I do something that's just for me.

This weekend will be just for me.

When is the last time you treated yourself? What did you do?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ask Andrew - Dealing With The Haters - by Andrew Grey


Dear Andrew,

How do you deal with negative comments to your books or even in your personal life from those that don't support LGBT equality? It seems like there's SO much hate in the world today.

Thanks, Kendra

Kendra

You are right there is so much hate in the world, but there are also amazingly supportive and wonderful people like yourself in this world as well.  Dominic and I have been very fortunate.  Verbal attacks on us have bene minimal and we have dealt with them together.  He and I decided long ago to live a life that was visible and to let others see how much we cared for each other.  He and I try to lead quietly and by example. 

Social media is another issue completely.  People can be anonymous and that leads to people saying things because they fell that those comments can't get back to them.  I pay little attention to it quite frankly.  There are people out there who hate, rant, and rave about everything under the sun.  It doesn't matter.  It isn't as though their opinion is important to me.  (The delete and unfriend buttons come in handy at those times)

In short my philosophy is that I do what I have to in order to keep myself and Dominic safe and after that I ignore the junk that's out there and focus on the good.  Its affirming and it propels my writing and life forward.  I don't pay attention to the hate.  It's not worth it. 

I hope I answered your question and have an amazing day
Hugs and Love
Andrew

PS:  I figured you all were getting of my mug, so I put up the cover for Eyes Only for You.  I love the guys on this one. 

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

10 Things People Would Be Surprised to Know About You

BA Tortuga

1. I am a huge fan of baroque music.

2. I used to make a living reading tarot cards.

3. I homeschooled my kid through high school.

4. I have been a member of Mensa since 1975.

5. I published my first story in 1976.

6. I can quote Jurassic Park, Steel Magnolias, and Moulin Rouge, line by line.

7. My secret dream is to direct an all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

8. I'm allergic to a vast amount of foods, but I have no hay fever issues.

9. I taught myself to play piano, knit, weave, and sculpt. My next goal is to spin and play the guitar.

10. I didn't smile from the time I was 10 to 13. When I smiled again, it hurt for days after. I am totally making up for it now.

Kiernan Kelly

1. I seriously wanted to be a paleontologist at one time.

2. I attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

3. I was always an artist but didn't start writing until about thirteen years ago.

4. I detest Swiss cheese.

5. I can recite the Wizard of Oz movie from beginning to end.

6. I love the big musicals of the 40's and 50's

7. I'm actually shy. No, really. Stop laughing.

8. I still watch cartoons.

9. I have written dinosaur porn. Trex fisting to be exact.

10. I am a huge horror fan.

B.a. I knew these!

Julia Talbot

1. I was a college library circulation director for 6 years. I quit to write full time.

2. I love weird alien erotica. Tentacles? Probes? Yes please.

3. I adore the original Addams Family TV show and I wanted to be Morticia when I grew up

4. I have a real thing for Georgian era fashion. Conical stays and side panniers? Yes please.

5. I have a terrible fascination with disasters on Mt Everest

6. I once worked as a clown. My wife is terrified of clowns and can't look at the old pics

7. My very first short story was a microfic about powering the world with popcorn

8. In the last 3 years I have broken both my feet and spent well over 8 months in a walking boot combined

9. I can't eat just one slice of carrot cake. Unless I just get one at a restaurant, which is tough now that I'm GF

10. I never used to plot my books. Now I have charts and graphs. I blame BA.

Sean Michael

1. I am a picky eater - I'm way better than I used to be, but there's still a few things that I won't touch. Eggplant, I'm specifically looking at you.

2. Having said that, I will try anything once. Weirdest thing I've tried so far - Haggis.

3. Keeping on the food theme - I love tongue, beef tongue especially. Beef tongue sandwiches are happy making.

4. I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for a year when I was eleven. This is where my lifelong addiction to gummi cokes began. And I am a gummi coke snob - it's got to be Haribo.

5. I have been trying for well over a year to make going to the gym a regular part of my routine with varying levels of success. I hate going to the gym.

6. I have a bunch of allergies, everything from dust to dander to pollen. Luckily, most of the food allergies I had as a kid backed off as I got older.

7. I wanted to be an astronaut growing up. I still dream about going as a writer - like on a mission to mars to record the happenings or something like that.

8. I have a black thumb. I love having plants, but most of them don't make it a year. I keep trying, though.

9. I have always loved coca-cola and am in fact addicted to it. I tried over a half dozen times to quit it. So far this last time has stuck more than 3 years. One drink of it would be a slippery slope back to 3 cans a day - I know this from experience. And I still miss it like crazy.

10. I am not a huge chocolate fan. I like it. Especially the hazelnut praline stuff, but I would almost always rather crunch on some chips (with a side of coke, god, I miss it) than eat a chocolate bar. And I am a chocolate snob - if I'm going to have it, I want it from Purdy's or in a pinch, Godiva's.

XXOO

Julia

Sean’s website is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Facebook:

Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Monday, September 26, 2016

Who Loves Art? by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! The release date for the anthology to benefit the LGBT youth organization OneNTen is almost upon us (October 4th!). 

If you're interested in gorgeous art and in another way to help the youth served by OneNTen, check out this sale of original artwork by a talented artist with all proceeds going to  OneNTen. Some of my favorites are:




The preorder for the anthology is available at itunes but on release day, it'll be at all retailers and I'll link them on my website.

My short novella is called Rough Edges, here is the blurb:

Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.

Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Have a terrific week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Friday, September 23, 2016

There is a Season, Turn Turn Turn. By Felice Stevens


     Farewell Summer. I loved you well. Now we're on to Autumn, so many people's favorite season. Cozy sweaters, snuggly scarves and boots, along with hot apple cider or hot chocolate replace the icey cold drinks of the summer.
     I enjoy the ever changing multi-colors and mourn when we have that one big rainstorm or big wind that rips the final remaining leaves from the trees leaving them to arch bare against the cold gray skies
     Its also the season where the days get shorter and daylight fades earlier. That, unfortunately is the main thing I dislike about the season. Well, that, coupled with the cold weather. I hate leaving work in the dark and I don't like the cold seeping into my feet and turning the tips of my fingers numb.
     So tell me what is your favorite season and why?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Conferences by Riley Hart


Next month will be my very first GRL. I'm really excited to go. There's nothing I love more than being around book people. We get each other. A lot of the people in my day to day life aren't romance readers so they just don't get it. I can't chat books with them or that feeling you get when a couple gets their happily ever after.

That's my favorite thing about conferences--being around book people and talking books with them.

Next year I'll be at Apollycon in March and RT in in May.

Are you going to any upcoming conferences? Which ones have you been to? Any advice for me on my first GRL?