Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cover Reveal, The Straight Boyfriend by Renae Kaye

Okay!  The time has come to show you my new pretty!

I'm excited for the third book in the Loving You series - Aaron and Vinnie's story.  So without further ado:

Loving You: Book Three
Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he’s dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door—and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can’t pay by himself.
Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life—get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend… and move out of his parents’ house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.
Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It’s a good arrangement until everything between them changes
Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There’s only one problem—he’s still straight. He’ll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who’s captured his heart.
Release Date: 21 November 2016

I'm very proud that I've actually managed to get to a THIRD book in a series.  Now you guys just need to wait for #4 and #5 **wink**

The Straight Boyfriend is currently available for pre-order from Dreamspinner HERE (and at a discounted rate this weekend!)

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Odds and Ends by Riley Hart

As you guys are reading this, I will be flying to Kansas City for my very first GRL!! I'm so excited. I can't wait to meet everyone, to be around so many lovely book people! My books have been packed and sent. I have a few more I'll have to carry in my suitcase along with my swag. Other than that...I haven't done much of anything. LOL. I really need to get going!

Also, my newest young adult novel, TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, written under the name Nyrae Dawn is out today! This book is probably one of my favorite books I've written. I'm so proud of it. It really means something to me for so many different reasons. I hope you guys will give it a shot and I hope you enjoy it!

Hunter Donovan’s life always seemed perfect, but there was something rotten beneath the shiny surface. When the truth comes out and his dad is sent to prison, Hunter can only react with anger. His rage boils out of control, leading to a violent incident at school, and then to Hunter being sent to a mental health facility—Better Days.

Hunter doesn’t see how therapy can help him. If it can’t change the past, what good is it? It’s not like he can go back in time, see the horrible things going on right under his nose, and put a stop to them. No, he should have found that strength when he had the chance, and now it’s too late.

There is a ray of light at Better Days, though, in the friendships Hunter forges. Anxiety-ridden Casey, uninhibited Rosie, recovering bulimic Bethany, and Stray, a self-harmer who’s never had a home, lighten Hunter’s feelings of isolation.

Despite the connections he’s forming—and even the love blossoming between him and Stray—Hunter can’t escape his shame and remorse. If Hunter can’t open up and find a way to deal with what happened, he might end up another casualty of mental illness, just like one of the friends he’s grown to love.


Harmony Ink

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ask Andrew - Plotter or Pantser - Andrew Grey

Dear Andrew

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you know how a book will end when you begin writing it or do you make it up as you go along?


Dear Dawn

Okay, I think I need to explain what we're talking about first.  Writers tend to fall into two categories.  Plotters and pantsers.  A plotter outlines the story in some detail, knowing at least the basic outline of the story and the twists and turns that the story is going to take.  A pantser begins with an idea and begins writing the story letting it unfold as it progresses.

I am most definitely a pantser for the most part.  I generally start with two characters and a situation, and write the story from there.  I don't usually have an outline or even a roadmap to the story.  Sometimes I have a clear view of the ending and at other times I don't.  It depends on the story. 

There are stories where I act a little more like a plotter.  When I'm writing a suspense story, as Dirk, I tend to outline more because of the mystery and suspense elements that require more planning.  A good example is the upcoming Playing with Fire.  The plot is complex so I spent more time planning it out.  But for the most part I fly by the seat of my pants.

Hugs and love

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  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.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Favorite 5 Halloween movies with BA, Sean, Kiernan and Julia

What's your fave halloween movie?

Sean Michael

I've got among my selections, a vampire, a werewolf, a monster, a mummy and a zombie!

Dracula Untold


Victor Frankenstein

The Mummy

Warm Bodies

Kiernan Kelly

Halloween. Nightmare on elm street. Nightmare before Christmas. American werewolf in London. Any of the original Universal Monster movies.

BA Tortuga

Halloween, The Haunting of Hell House, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, Scream (I will be adding Cabin in the Woods to the list, but I'm not giving any of these up)

Julia Talbot

Deep Blue Sea, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Rose Red, Ghost Ship.

Tune in next week for a Halloween prize contest!



Sean’s website is

Julia’s is BA’s is

Kiernan's is


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Foster an Author by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! This post is late because I'm just coming back from vacation and digging myself out of my emails but I want to make sure to thank Beantown Bitches Book Page for featuring me this week as part of the Foster an Author event. Please check out their blog for a giveaway and other fun stuff. :)

Have a great week.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Journal of a Novelist Part 2 by Renae Kaye

Last week I gave you guys a peek into my freaked out world as I took my first steps in being a novelist.  Those steps happened (for me) at breakneck speed.

When I wrote Loving Jay I never expected it to be published.  It was only through encouragement from a few key people and the bravery that came from some unknown well inside me that I actually managed to send it off to Dreamspinner. 

Part of the headache of being an author – especially one published through a traditional publisher – is the lag time.  You will see that I’d written my first four published novels (Loving Jay, The Blinding Light, The Shearing Gun and Safe in His Arms) all before the first novel was published.  I wrote them “blind” – without considering what sort of reception they would have from an audience.

I also wrote them all before I had to think about things like blogging and website updating… and before I had all my wonderful friends to distract me on FB. **wink**

You can also clearly see the crippling self-doubt every author goes through.

So let’s continue the journey:

20 March 2014
 - Heard from Paul regarding the cover of The Blinding Light & also [editor] saying she is starting editing.  THEN – OMG!!!
            Release date!!
 - I’m on DSP’s website!  There is my book.  My author profile has been up for a couple of days.  But FREAK!

- Also, forgot to update journal about 2 events:
            1.  Submitted Safe In His Arms.  Now an 8 week wait…
            2.  There is an anthology call out for a story about Bears.  3000-12,000 words to be submitted before the 14th April.  I’m going to try and do it.  I’ve been researching Bear culture & have written 3k so far.  We’ll see…

4 April 2014
 - OMG!  Total Shock.
 - So I sent in Safe on the 15th of March & counted 8 weeks to acceptance/rejection time.  Then today, a mere 2½ weeks later they’ve accepted **shocked hand-drawn face** !

7 April 2014
 - This Bear anthology book is not going well.  I’m not liking it.  Let’s get it finished today & see what it looks like in the morning.  It’s just not “me” to write short.  I’m not liking anything that is coming out at the moment.
 - I hope it’s just nerves re: Loving Jay release + first edits on TBL + OMG too much on my plate.

11 May 2014
- Wow – didn’t update for a while.  Loving Jay was released quietly – and freaked up the charts like I never imagined.
 - I needed to sell approx 200-300 eBooks to cover my advance.  I thought this would take about 2 months.  It took 3 days.  It has been getting awesome reviews.  As of yesterday it had sold more than 200 books on the DSP website and more than 500 on Amazon US that I can tell.  AND JUST WOW.
 - The Blinding Light got three edits & is off to proofing.
 - The Shearing Gun is due for 1st edits on the 18th.
 - My Bear anthology submission was accepted 2 days ago.  Guess what I get paid for it?  $55US.  YAY!  Plus I have to pay $35US for copyright.  *disgruntled face*
 - Currently working on Shawn’s Law.  Just under 60k.  Not liking it.

And there my attempt at a journal ends.  I was never good at keeping diaries.  I’d forget about them after a while.  As you can see my life just exploded.  I was dealing with a new release, edits finished, edits starting, acceptance and writing a new book all at the same time.  For a first time author, this was pretty hard.

Now I can see that it’s a cycle.  I find it very hard to cope with the cycle, and those authors who (seem to?) do it effortlessly are my champions.  At any one time you’re writing a book (or ten), plotting the next, editing at least two and promo-ing one.

You can also clearly see, for me, what it’s like to write.  I never like anything I write… while I’m writing it.  I didn’t like my anthology story, I didn’t like Shawn’s Law.  I remember a cartoon I saw once about the emotions of an author, showing a graph that swings from “I’m a brilliant writer!” to “I’m crap at this” and then back again.  For me it always happens at about 65-75% of the story. 

I first 3-4 chapters of my story are the easiest to write.  I fly through them.

Then you start getting into the heavy stuff and it drags a little.  You set up the conflict and point out all the pitfalls.  You make it hard for your character.  You chuck in some angst.  You wonder where the hell this story is going and which of the three brain cells in your head thought you could be a writer.  Goddamn it.  It sucks.  Writing sucks.  You suck.  Stupid.

I hate that part of the story.  The writing days are torture.  Your character limps along at a rate of half a chapter written per day.  You go back and reread your stuff so many times to make sure it makes sense.  You doubt yourself.  You run away.  You clean the shower instead of writing the story.  You vow to give up writing and live a simple life where you grow your own vegetables and never need money because you can cut your own hair….

I’m not sure if other writers get this way – although it appears they do.  It takes something to push through.  To persevere.  To keep going.  Each author needs to find their own way through that dark patch.  What brings me through is stubbornness.

When I was twenty-one, I took a job as an administrator.  On Day 3 I nearly quit the job.  But I’m stubborn and I don’t like it when others get the better of me.  I stayed in that job for 5 years, loathing my manager every single minute of the day, but she wasn’t going to win.  That same tenacity gets me through the dark bit of writing.  I tell myself that it’s crap and will never be published, but I’m determined to finish the book, just because it’s not going to win.  That book will not beat me.  I don’t care if I’ve wasted my time writing it and that it’s never going to see the light of day.  I write it because I’m stubborn.

And I push through.

The last 10-15% of a book is usually pretty cruisy too.  By that time you can see the end.  You’ve resolved the conflict (or you’re just about to) and it’s just a matter of getting the words onto the page.

So, if any of you are out there, dreaming of writing and saying you can’t do it?  Try it.  I did.  It was weird, exciting, soul destroying, beautiful, eye-opening and so grand I never even dreamt a tenth of what it could be.  I have no writing experience, no training and no help.  But I flew…  and I’ll never forget that moment.  That first release….  That first book…. 
I flew....

And the freak outs.


They were funny.  And I’m glad I managed to capture a glimpse of them by writing them down.

How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Friday, October 14, 2016

Packing Up by Felice Stevens

This is the final weekend before GRL and of course I'm thinking I'll never be ready. Silly of course because I have everything....don't I?
Swag, and books and candy...wait, no I don't  have candy. Put that on the list. What clothes to wear-check the temperature. Dig out the sweaters.
I loved my first GRL last year in San Diego. I got to meet friends I'd only known on line and fangirl over authors I've been reading for years and never thought I'd meet. It's such a low-key fun event. I can't thank the organizers enough. 
Next Friday, which happens to be my birthday, I'll do a post from GRL and show everyone what's going on. 
But for now, back to my list and checking it twice, three times.....