Thursday, May 29, 2014

Honor and Courage


Memorial Day has just passed, and I'd like to take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge our soldiers, of every branch of the military and of every rank.

Each of you is someone's child, or sibling, or spouse, or parent. Each of you is valued and cherished for your service and commitment to preserving our freedoms and protecting, with honor and courage, the way of life that you and those of us not in service enjoy.

So I really just want to say thank you to all the serving, discharged, retired and deceased warriors who put their lives on the line serving a greater calling than some of us have ever known.

Your perseverance humbles me. Your determination motivates me. Your dedication inspires me.

There is no better example of these traits than Travis Mills, in my opinion. Here's a little bit about him, from Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame: http://www.today.com/entertainment/mike-rowe-dirty-jobs-host-inspired-after-meeting-amputee-vet-2D79719761

And here's Travis Mills' website, with information about him and his foundation which assists wounded and injured veterans and their families: http://www.travismills.org/about/

To those reading this who have lost friends and loved ones to war, I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. I am also incredibly grateful for their service and sacrifice.

~Tis


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ask Andrew - Loving the Ladies of MM


Dear Andrew

I wanted to know what your feelings are on so many women writing Gay romance and do you feel they do a credible job in depicting the male/male relationship as you know it from a successful and happy relationship yourself, and what do you think of having so many women buying and reading your work, do you think we are just voyeurs peeking into your world? I have read a few comments on FB dealing with gay authors being upset about this "trend" and I value your opinion.

Sincerely,
Cheryl

Dear Cheryl,

This is a question I get asked quite a lot.  First, I'd like to answer the part about women authors.  I read a lot of Gay romance and most of what I read is by my favorite women authors.  To be fair I also read work by male authors and I enjoy both very much.  I have been reading Gay Romance for 7 years now and early on it was easy to tell if the author was a man or a woman simply by the way certain things relating to sex and gay men were written.  (The whole chicks with dicks phenomenon)  That has changed drastically and its often impossible for me to tell any longer and quite frankly I don't care.  If the story is good, it doesn't matter the gender of the person who wrote it. 

Now as for women reading my work, I say hallelujah and send a hug to each and every one of you.  Women reading gay romance are what keep the genre viable.  Without the women readers gay romance wouldn't exist and that's a fact.  There were a number of early publishers of gay romance , decades ago.  They marketed to gay men and folded fairly quickly.  It wasn't until women discovered the genre and began reading and publishing that it really took off.

I would like to add one more thing.  Gay romance and the women authors and readers have helped spread the message of tolerance, understanding, and acceptance for gay people everywhere.  As a result DADT is gone, DOMA id dead, and marriage equality is quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception.    So I love my lady authors and my lady readers.  Write on!  Read on!  And I'll get off my soapbox.  :)

Hugs and Love
Andrew



Andrew's own marriage equality celebration.  October 26, 2013.   I love cake!  And the woman in the picture is my mom.  She looks startled, but I think she's hungry.... for cake!!!!







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

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank You For Your Sacrifice by Cardeno C.


Thank you to those who served and their families. Happy Memorial Day.


CC
www.cardenoc.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ask Andrew - Andrew and Dominic's HEA



Hey Andrew

Which of your books reflect you and Dominic?  During your writings which of your HEAs most reflect you and Dominic?

Mary M.



Hey Mary

The truthful answer to your questions is that almost all of HEA's reflect Dominic and I.  The two of us were both lucky enough to have a great romance and that is reflected in some way in almost all the books I write.  I love him more than anything.  However I will let you in on a little secret.  The book that Dominic and I had the most fun with is The Best Revenge.  Research is a wonderful thing and I was new at writing sex scenes, so he and I would try then out... so to speak.  There was one particular shower scene that Dominic and I had particular fun, getting clean, then dirty, and finally clean again.  :)   I think we both ended up dropping the soap at one point or other.  Whoever said research was boring wasn't investigating the right subject.


Anyway, I digressed a little.  If there is one story that reflects Dominic and I the closest, I suggest the free story Copping a Sweetest Day Feel.  This was written based in a true Sweetest Day incident.  Here is a link for you.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2202




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

Follow him on Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Visit Andrew's web site:  www,andrewgreybooks.com

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia by Cardeno C.


Time got away from me this year so I didn't write a post for the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, but I want to point you to the great bloggers who participated. You can find their links here.

Have a great week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Introducing - Ask Andrew




As a new contributor to Café Risqué, I wanted to come up with something interesting to do on an ongoing basis.  I gave it some thought and decided to try a recurring feature.  Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  These 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.  Let's have some fun with this.  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.


Monday, May 12, 2014

All of My Books Are 30% off by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Dreamspinner Press is celebrating their anniversary by having a sale. Until May 17th, all of my books will be 30% off. You can find them here. Happy reading!
 


CC
www.cardenoc.com

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Big Discounts & Giveaways by Cardeno C.







As a writer of a few series, I often get asked which book in my series should be read first. Because I write each book as a standalone (really, I promise!), I always answer the same way: “Whichever one sounds most interesting to you.” But on May 8th, there’s a new answer to the question because that day - from midnight EST until midnight EST - Dreamspinner is putting one book in each of my series on sale for $.99! So which of my books should you read first? On May 8th the answers are:

Strong Enough (Family series).

Wake Me Up Inside (Mates series).

He Completes Me (Home series).

If you’ve been hesitant to try my books because you’re not a fan of series or you don’t know where to start, now’s the time to give it a go. And if you’ve already read my books, please let other readers know so they can try them too.



On a non-series related note, I'm giving away copies of Perfect Imperfections my standalone rock star novel, at Joyfully Jay and Swept Away by Romance.

And I'm doing a Facebook chat on Twinsie Talks' FB at 9pm EST on May 8th. Please join me here.


Strong Enough by Cardeno C.

When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.


Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C.

Zev Hassick is surprised and confused when he finds himself attracted to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. Zev is the son of the pack Alpha, regarded as the strongest wolf in generations, born to lead. And everyone knows a male shifter has to mate with a female of his own kind to keep his humanity. So shifters can't be gay, right?

Jonah Marvel wants a relationship with Zev, his best friend, the man he has loved since childhood. It wasn’t easy to maintain that relationship over years spent living apart while Jonah studied to become a doctor. And then things grow more difficult when Jonah becomes his own patient. Before he can make a life with Zev, he has to understand his past and cure the unexplained ailments that plague him.


He Completes Me by Cardeno C.

Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to put aside his flamboyant ways or even think about settling down. He is who he is, and no one can make him change. But when he meets Aaron Paulson, his brother's best friend, Zach has to step back and re-evaluate his perceptions of love and family.

Aaron insists he’s falling for Zach, but Zach is certain Aaron sees him as just another project—one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. Zach isn't broken; he doesn't need to be fixed. Aaron’s insistent, though, and Zach finds himself tempted. Zach wants to believe in happily-ever-after, but can he let go of his pride long enough to see Aaron's heart?

cc

Monday, May 5, 2014

Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C. is Now Available



My rock star contemporary novel, Perfect Imperfections, is now available.

Blurb: Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.

ebook link
paperback link (paperbacks come with free ebooks and the first 20 are autographed)

Amazon link

I hope you enjoy it!

CC