Friday, January 31, 2014

Hound Dogs and Coffee



So just a few words to let you know about a few contests going on and a guest blog appearance I wanted you to know about.

Make sure you run over to the wondrous J.P. Barnaby's Blog where I am guesting right here:  http://www.jpbarnaby.com/2014/01/24/guest-b-g-thomas/  There are some giveaways there that you just might want to check out!

And I want to give you a chance to get in on the coffee deal as well...


If you email me direct at bgthomaswriter@aol.com you can get a chance to win about the best coffee you've ever had in your life!  It comes to us directly from the best coffee cafe I have ever been to called Oddly Correct.

It is a bag of premium roasted coffee beans from Finca Sinai – Alfredo Boas. It is a “Best of Huila Winner,” with bright raspberry & lime tones, along with savory cocoa and herb character and a silkier “mouthfeel.” NOTE! It is not flavored. The description is coffee-language, and you will be amazed at the taste! You'll say, "Well I'll be darned! Coffee really does have all those tones, it isn't just snobbery!"

Don't miss out!  BUT SORRY!  You have to be in the continental United States for this one!

And please check out "Hound Dog & Bean!' Don't miss out on the sale at Amazon! I am surprised it is still going on!  It is $5.38 instead of $6.99 right now!  http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/10147/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_4_last

 
 
Or if you would be so kind, but it directly from Dreamspinner Press!  They are wonderful and deserve the direct sale!  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hound+dog+%26+bean&osCsid=d92b9bcvufoorv9hd8vmums273&x=0&y=0


Thank you for your support!  I am hoping hoping hoping to be able to give up my evil day job in the next year and when you purchase my books you make that happen!
Love and Light (and puppies and coffee to you!)
BG


Monday, January 27, 2014

A Few Links (Including a Giveaway) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Today I'm going to share a few really nice things related to my upcoming release - Walk with Me.

Walk with Me is the last book in the Home series and Paul Richmond, the artist who made all the covers in the series, wrote a really interesting blog post about his artistic process. He shared sketches from the "during" phase and even a couple of pictures. The post is well worth checking on its own merits but the good people at Swept Away by Romance have sweetened the pot and added a giveaway for a gift card to Dreamspinner Press. See Paul's post and the giveaway here.

Another experience that warmed my heart relating to this book is a review from Multitasking Momma. She has followed the whole Home series and says she has seen me improve as a writer. I strive to grow and create better books for readers so hearing that meant a lot to me.

Walk with Me Banner - Black and White II
And finally, Kazza from On Top Down Under reviewed the book and created something really special. Weddings play a huge part throughout the book, including wedding invitations. So I was all smiles when I saw the invitation.



Have a wonderful week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

What a Wonderful Day for Hound Dog, Bean & Me!


 

Hound Dog & Bean have flown up the charts in the last two days! I am so pleased and so happy. Words cannot express how much I love this book and to see it so well received means the world to me. Thanks to all of you for supporting me and my new novel. 

On Dreamspinner Press's Top 25, HD&B is #10!  HURRAY!
 

Hound Dog & Bean is terrifically at Amazon!

#4  on Gay and Lesbian Erotica Top 100
#13 on Gay Romance Top 100
#16 on Gay Fiction Top 100
#21 on Gay & Lesbian Top 100


I am so happy and SO BLESSED!  So very very blessed.

Thank you all for supporting me. Maybe soon I can give up my day job and write full-time!

Namasté and remember...
Leap and the Net WILL Appear!
BG Thomas

PS:  A picture sent from a fan...!



Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy Monday by Cardeno C.


Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day so it's a good time to remind myself of something I hope to exhibit every day. This picture says it best.

For those of you who are (or want to become) members of the Love Romances Cafe Yahoo group, they're picking their annual award winners. Something in the Way He Needs is nominated in the contemporary category and I'd appreciate your vote. You can vote here or join the group here.   

Mary Calmes has two nominations: Best Alpha Male in a book for Logan in Honored Vow (or the man I like to call, lucky for having Jin in his life) and Best Man in Uniform for Sam in Matter of Time (or the man I used to call an expletive until he finally settled down and became an incredible partner and husband to Jory). 




Friday, January 17, 2014

Don't Forget! Hound Dog & Bean to be Released This Monday!



Don't forget! My new novel Hound Dog & Bean will be released this coming Monday!  Watch for severl guest blog appearances with lots of prizes as well! You'll find me at Joyfully Jay, Mary Calmes, Eli Easton, Sid Love and JP Barnaby!

Here's the blurb...

Dogs never bite me - just humans.
~~ Marilyn Monroe

There's been little love in H.D. "Hound Dog" Fisher's life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he's concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room.

"Bean" Alexander settled in Kansas City to open his coffee shop after years of traveling. He never expected to open his heart too. When a man with a grudge takes a swing at H.D. while in line at Bean's shop, Bean jumps to intervene.

So taking a hit for H.D. gets Bean noticed, and H.D. feels obligated to pay a debt. But then the unexpected happens. A series of misadventures causes H.D. to open up—but falling in love makes him turn tail and run. Trust is a tough road to travel. Will good friends, a dog named Sarah Jane, and a bit of folk magic be enough to bring Hound Dog and Bean a happy ending?


And here's the buy link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hound+dog+%26+bean&osCsid=3tiquu0s3dpbanp6kch6h94o75&x=0&y=0

This is going to be fun guys!  I promise!

Much Love
BG Thomas

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Memory by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Home Again, the first book in my Home series, was released in paperback this week. It's funny because all the other books in the series are already in paperback, but that one was a smidge shorter so it didn't make the cutoff. Thankfully, we found a way to solve that problem by including another story in the
paperback - A Shot at Forgiveness.

If you haven't read either of these stories, now is the time because the paperback comes with both ebooks for free. Also, Noah, one of the main characters in Home Again, makes an appearance in the last Home book so you can meet him early. If you want to know a little more about the books, you can check out the reviews they got at Joyfully Jay (love that review site!): Home Again review; A Shot at Forgiveness Review.

Following in my footsteps from last week, I'll share a memory from when I wrote Home Again. I was at a retreat thing for work. We were out far away from everything in cabins in the woods. The people sharing my cabin were out so I had some time to myself. I sat on the porch, enjoyed the sunset and the fresh air, and wrote a scene about my main character's mother passing away: 
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Her funeral was beautiful. It was like the earth knew one of its believers was coming home. The normally cold November weather tempered. The sky was extra blue, scattered with white, fluffy clouds, and decorated with a double rainbow. As we stood outside and lowered her casket into the ground, the leaves on the trees danced and a light breeze sailed past me in a soft caress, drying my tears before they could make their way down my cheeks.

Lots of people came out to remember my mother that day—her friends from childhood who still lived in Emile City, her friends from all over the country who flew in to see her, her sister and cousins, and even some of my friends, including the Formans. Noah caught my gaze as my mom was lowered into the ground. Looking into his hazel eyes gave me strength and comfort. After we buried her, everyone went back to my Aunt Shirley’s house and sat around telling stories about my mother.

The Formans came by, but they left after only a few minutes. I briefly wondered whether the stories had driven them away—my mother was no wallflower, and almost all of the stories involved tales of her youth, which was spent wandering the country with different men, fighting for a variety of causes.

“Clark, are you sure you don’t want to stay here with us? We have plenty of space for you, dear. The girls are happy to share a room and we can put you in Tracey’s room.”
Everyone had left and I was helping my Aunt Shirley clean up the last of the plates and glasses.

“Thanks, Aunt Shirley, but I want to go home. I won’t turn down a home-cooked meal every now and then, though.”

She patted my back. It didn’t feel exactly like the pats my mom used to give me, but it’d have to do.

“There’s no problem with that, Clark. You’re welcome here anytime. This is home now, you hear? Don’t you dare try to stay away.”

I gave her a hug.

“You know I won’t. Good night, Aunt Shirley.”

By the time I got home, it was after ten. I sighed as I set my keys in the bowl by the door and looked around. This was it, I was alone. Well, I still had her in my heart. That wouldn't ever change.

I took a long shower and let the hot water hit my back and relieve some of my tension. That was the longest I’d stood still in days, and my exhaustion finally caught up with me. When I noticed my eyelids drooping shut, I turned off the water, wiped myself dry, and shuffled to my bedroom. I pulled on some sweats pants and a long shirt, crawled under the covers, and was about to close my eyes when I heard the doorbell ring.

What the hell? A look at the clock on my nightstand told me it was after eleven o’clock. I walked out to the living room quietly, and moved toward the front door without making any noise, in case the person out there was up to no good. A quick look through the peephole confirmed that suspicion, but not in a bad way.

I swung my door open and smiled for the first time in a week.

“Noah Forman. Should I even bother asking what you’re doing out at this hour?”

Noah raised his captivating hazel eyes up to meet my blue ones and my heart stuttered. He stuffed his hands in his pockets and shifted from foot to foot. For the first time since I’d met him, Noah seemed nervous.

“I wanted to see if you were okay. I… I thought you could use some company. Can I come in?”
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Have a great week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com


Monday, January 6, 2014

A Bit of Background by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! For today's blog post I want to share a link to a review site I really enjoy and to a review that made me all warm and fuzzy with memories. 

Rainbow Book Reviews is a great site with professional, detailed, and never snarky book reviews. I love going there when I'm looking for a new book to read. This week one of their reviewers (Christy Duke) posted a really nice review of Where He Ends and I Begin and it got me thinking about writing and
publishing that book.

Where He Ends was the first book I wrote. For years that story floated in my head but I never considered the possibility that anyone else would be interested or that I could write it down in a way that would make anyone want to read it. I didn't know there were gay romance novels at that time but I found a site online that published free gay romance stories so I thought it was worth a shot.

I wrote the beginning of the story, posted it online, and headed for a weekend in Vegas with friends. I thought that would be the end of it. I wrote something, sent it into the mysterious internet, and that would be the end of that. Except it wasn't.

My first big writing memory is standing in a casino in Las Vegas, close to the tables but on the part of the carpet that looks like a sidewalk because you can't look at your phone right next to a table. Anyway, I pulled up my phone because it was beeping and there were emails. I got emails from people who read my story! I couldn't believe it. My smile was so huge, my friends noticed and asked what I was looking at on my phone. 

It was a happy, wonderful, exciting moment and when I got home, I wrote the rest of that story down. Then after that, there was another book. And then readers suggested I try my hand at publishing with Dreamspinner Press and once again, I thought it wouldn't go anywhere but why not?

Anyway, you know how the story ends. But it began with Where He Ends and I Begin and readers who were nice enough to take the time to write and support me. 

Have a wonderful week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com 


Friday, January 3, 2014

Just Thought You All Might Like to See the Progression of a Book Cover!


Hello Constant Reader

Thought some of you might be interested in seeing the progression of a book cover.

First is author is given a detailed sheet to fill out and what our book is about, what the characters look like and what we think might be a good cover. This is the original drawing that the incomparable Paul Richmond came up with...


I asked him to make just a few changes. Show Hound Dog's tummy, make Bean more muscular, add a porch railing since so much of the book takes place on Bean's back deck... Oh! And I wanted a very different concept for the title.


I loved what he did and gave him the go ahead to progress. This is what he came up with!!

 
I was thrill beyond words and finally it came time for Paul to add color...!
 
 
I ask you...could I possilby be any happier?  Thank you Paul Richmond!
 
There's been little love in H.D. "Hound Dog" Fisher's life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he's concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room.

"Bean" Alexander settled in Kansas City to open his coffee shop after years of traveling. He never expected to open his heart too. When a man with a grudge takes a swing at H.D. while in line at Bean's shop, Bean jumps to intervene.

So taking a hit for H.D. gets Bean noticed, and H.D. feels obligated to pay a debt. But then the unexpected happens. A series of misadventures causes H.D. to open up—but falling in love makes him turn tail and run. Trust is a tough road to travel. Will good friends, a dog named Sarah Jane, and a bit of folk magic be enough to bring Hound Dog and Bean a happy ending?
 
It's\available for preorder!
 
 
Love and Namaste,
BG Thomas
 
And remember!  Leap and the Net Will Appear!