Thursday, July 31, 2014

Queen + Adam Lambert -- the show DID go on! And on!


On July 20th, which was a week and a half ago, I had the opportunity to see Queen perform, with Adam Lambert stepping into the shoes once filled by the late (and much lamented) Freddie Mercury.

Allow me to say up front that Lambert is no Freddie. That's not an insult, by the way. Nobody could ever be Freddie except Freddie himself. What Adam Lambert is, is... Adam Lambert.

He's stunning, wears costumes and makeup with panache, and when he opens his mouth to sing, he amazes.

When he opens his mouth to sing Queen, he's downright improbable (in the sense of... it seems improbable that this man can hit those notes and hold them the way he does, while running around on stage, and yet he can and does).

There was no opening act, so when I say the show lasted just over two hours, without any real break, I truly mean the Queen show lasted that long. The guys took the stage right around 8:15 p.m. and finished up just before 10:30.

There were a few extended guitar solos and such -- probably to let the rest of the men rehydrate, rest their eyes slightly from the bright lights that were glaring on them, and of course for Lambert's costume changes. There were a fair number of those changes, which isn't even a little bit surprising. I had a band for a number of years (not recently, but still) and part of the fun of performing was coming out in something I hadn't been wearing when I left the stage two minutes earlier. I can't imagine it's any different for Lambert. (We dramatic types enjoy drama. Shocking, right? :P )

I'm not going to run down every minute of the show here. I honestly don't have that kind of time and I doubt anyone wants to hear excruciating detail, coming second-hand, as it were. What I will do is relate what I found to be some of the highlights.

Several of my favorite songs of all time are Queen songs, and as I said above, Adam Lambert is no Freddie Mercury. He is, however, the only current singer I feel can do justice to the words and music. Because songs aren't just meant to be sung. They're meant to be emoted. To evoke an emotional, visceral response, whether that response is happiness, sadness, or something in between. Lambert does exactly that with Queen. He was by turns bold, wistful, proud, and sad... and that was just during Bohemian Rhapsody! :P

That's actually one of the songs I'll never forget, so it was great to hear it; especially because Lambert's performance was interspersed with filmed footage of Freddie himself performing the same song. (This happened on a few songs, and it was brilliant and wonderful and a tiny bit depressing because it just served to remind me that Freddie died much too young.)

Killer Queen was incredibly fun and highly amusing, as Lambert camped it up. There was a rather ornate gold and what appeared to be velvet couch of sorts, upon which he lounged and stretched like a big cat while singing. He had the absolute right degree of over-the-top drama going on and I loved it!

One of my favorite movies of all time is Highlander (the original, not the two that came after). I won't go into the plot and whatnot. If you haven't seen it, you should, and if you have seen it, you'll know what I mean when I say Queen's song Who Wants to Live Forever worked with the film to break my heart a little. Lambert did this song perfectly. I mean perfectly!

I was prepared to be disappointed, because no matter how well the man sings, this song is special to me. I expected him to overdo it; to make it too... something.

Instead, while Lambert's performance was definitely dramatic, it was also gut-wrenching and sorrow filled, which is exactly as it should be. Color me truly impressed. :)

The entire show was incredible, but none of it more so than seeing Brian May and Roger Taylor out there, easily keeping up with Lambert. Roger Taylor's son also did some drumming, keeping with the family legacy, one assumes. Brian May's extended guitar solo (I swear it must have been ten minutes, with just him and his guitar on stage) was brilliant, and he has a lovely voice, though he insisted otherwise. *grins*

The show closed out with We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, both of which Lambert put his own stamp on, of course. :D

It was an incredible night and I'm truly happy to have been there. If you weren't able to catch any of the tour and have the opportunity in future, I strongly urge you to go! Or go again, if you did make it this time! *grins*

Below, you'll find a few links to videos from the tour (though not all are from the specific show I saw). These are on YouTube, provided by TALC, and the quality is very good for a live show. Thanks in advance to TALC and I hope you don't mind me linking. :)

In no particular order (and by no means the full complement of songs performed), I give you... Queen + Adam Lambert!

 Crazy Little Thing Called Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBzQ3sq8Tz8

Bohemian Rhapsody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD9TgtlguM0

Killer Queen & Somebody To Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVL2473RNds

Who Wants to Live Forever:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7juzKiqvZtc

We Will Rock You & We Are the Champions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79mBtKx7hGE

There are more there, of course, so if you feel the urge, please do browse. :)

And on that note, I'm off. Wishing you good times, full glasses, and smiles.

~Tis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ask Andrew - Being Single


Dear Andrew

I have a 2-part question: 1) When you an Dom met at the party, why were both of you unattached at the time? 2) Who is more aggressive, you or Dom; for instance in public and at home?

MSM
Dear MSM

When Dominic and I met in February 1994, both he and I were unattached.  I had been in a weird relationship up until a few months earlier.  (I really don't want to talk about it because its really too weird to explain)  Let me just say his issues had issues.  Dominic had been seeing someone a few months earlier as well, but it hadn't gone anywhere for him either. 

As for who is more aggressive.  I tend to be the aggressive one in the relationship, but it depends on the situation.  In public I'm the more aggressive, but in a restaurant when we get poor service or bad food, he turns into a pain in the ass from hell until he gets satisfaction.  Dominic also rules in the kitchen.  I stay out of there at almost all costs.  In other areas, I tend to take the lead.  Now if you're asking who is more aggressive in the bedroom... well that I'll leave up to your fertile imaginations.  :)

One thing that we both feel is important, as in any relationship, is open communications.  Dominic and I talk about things and make decisions together.  The decisions I make affect him and the ones he makes affect me, so we tend to try to discuss things and come to an agreement before undertaking a course of action. 

Hugs and love
Andrew

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.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Song Inspirations (Siete) by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing the song inspirations for the standalone novels in my Family series.

Something in the Way He NeedsSomething by the Beatles 
In Something in the Way He Needs, Asher Penaz is a rough, non-emotional man who has no interest in relationships and frequents leather bars so he can find men to control sexually. Asher's intensity and harshness make him a hard man to like. But good-at-everything, dynamic Daniel Tover is the ying to Asher's yang and he has no trouble falling for Asher. 

Asher is irresistibly drawn to Daniel, which throws him for an emotional loop (not an easy thing to endure for a man unused to emotions). But there's just something in the way Daniel needs to be held tightly that attracts Asher. To most people, what Asher offers would be frightening and controlling. To Daniel, who has spent his life running from place to place, Asher's intensity and passion represents security and home. So for the first time in their lives, Asher wants somebody to stay and Daniel doesn't want to leave.

Strong EnoughStrong Enough To Be Your Man by Travis Tritt
In Strong Enough, Spencer Derdinger is a kind, intelligent professor tormented by events in his past that have made it difficult to maintain a relationship. Spencer's ego has taken a beating by the people that fade away from him. And then vibrant, confident, kind Emilio Sanchez walks into his life insisting he is strong enough to hold Spencer through the storm. Looking at Emilio's close-knit family and the future he can have with a man he feels is too good to be true, Spencer finds the strength to vanquish his ghosts.

More Than Everything - Pictures Of You by The Cure
I absolutely love this song, have since it was released, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect song to keep me company as Charlie/Chase Rhodes put together a scrapbook of his life. 

Charlie sits at his table and tells the story behind pictures of his great loves - Scott Boone and Adan Navarro. He remembers the kisses, the tears, the love that felt too big to keep, and the pain of losing it. Charlie remembers his past step by step and through the pictures he puts into his scrapbook, he shares his heart, his world, his wants, and ultimately, his happy ending.

Have a terrific week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guest Interview: David Pratt talks Looking After Joey


I'm pleased to welcome David Pratt to share his latest release, Looking After Joey. If you're in the Washington DC area, stop by the OutWrite LGBT book festival next weekend where David and I will both be hanging out and signing books.
Happy reading! Love, Ellis
David is giving away a copy of Looking After Joey! Leave a comment to enter (be sure to include an email address so we can contact you) at the end of this post.
 photo (c) 2014 Eva Mueller; model Nicholas Gorham; design Adrian Nicholas; entire cover (c) 2014 Wilde City Press

Thanks for joining us at Café Risqué today. Can you tell us briefly about Looking After Joey?
Sure! It’s The Purple Rose of Cairo meets gay porn. In Woody Allen’s comedy, Mia Farrow goes to the movies daily to swoon over movie star Jeff Daniels. One day he looks out and beckons her to come into his movie. She does and, in turn, she brings him out into this world. Now, imagine that with gay porn. Our hero, Calvin, enters a porn video in pursuit of his romantic obsession, Joey. Joey then follows Calvin out into what we would call reality. Hilarity ensues. Some very touching moments also ensue. Calvin in effect becomes like a dad. Of a very odd sort.

How would you classify your writing, genre-wise?
Both Joey and my first novel, Bob the Book, have been called speculative fiction. Bob was called a romance, and Joey has been embraced by the M/M romance community, too. I would say the most important thing to me is the comic-picaresque aspect, the theatricality of the author deliberately juggling everything but the kitchen sink. I’m in love with the elements of narrative. More characters! More incidents! What other novel has lubricant, cheese (the dairy kind; get your mind out of the gutter!), porn stars, Dawn Upshaw, butt plugs, Christopher Isherwood, scat videos, a perfectly ridiculous jukebox musical and a Roman soldier with a crucifixion fetish? Now, all that makes it sound “wacky.” It’s really not. It’s very sweet. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry some, too. The main thing real life has that porn doesn’t is time passing. As times passes in Joey, people grow and move on but stay loyal to one another. It’s very touching. Life should be more like that. But you will definitely laugh, too! It’s been great for publicity. People report laughing out loud at Joey on the bus or subway, so others ask them what they are laughing at, and they tell them about the book!
cover by Peach Boy Design and Distillery and (c) 2012 Chelsea Station editions
You’ve had a long career. Can you tell us briefly about it and how that led to your writing Joey?
I published short stories for years before publishing a novel. In short stories you can experiment a lot, because if it doesn’t work, you just move on; the investment has not been much. My story collection, My Movie, not only has the story that was the seed for Joey, it has a story about a woman who goes walking through the fictional land her son and his best friend created for movies they made as adolescents. There’s a story about a man who hooks up with a stranger and finds a mysterious—and horrifying—second bedroom in what the stranger insists is a one-bedroom apartment. A man with AIDS is carried to Heaven or Hell (we’re never sure) by a convoy of semi trucks. In one of my unpublished stories, a geranium rapes an adolescent boy and performs a sex-change operation on him. No only does the short form allow for more narrative risks, those risks are likelier to pay off, because you have more control than with a novel. Nonetheless, the success of those short fiction experiments probably helped convince me that I could try a whole novel with a crazy premise. Actually, Joey has about five crazy premises.
What makes Joey a book only you could have written? (I sort of stole this question from Chuck Wendig, but I love it, so you can blame him for this one)
I would like to think that no one else combines irreverence and tenderness in quite the same way I do. Often in the exact same moment.
Joey has an interesting speculative (I would almost call it paranormal) element combined with a sort of satirical take on porn. For me, it provoked a lot of thought about the way we view adult actors and other sex workers in society. Personally, some of my favorite sex workers have additional jobs—they’re computer engineers or anthropologists or biochemists—yet early in the book, Joey is presented as a childlike blank slate. Was this intended to make a statement about the way we generalize adult models and actors? Was there a different message you wanted readers to grasp?
Keep in mind that Joey is not a real live porn actor. He is a porn character. He is a persona, not a person. The novel is about him becoming a person. But the persona we start with is nonetheless very lovely—sweet and giving and appreciative, and he never loses that, even though he witnesses some less-than-kind human behavior.
You write a very colorful cast of characters. I especially enjoyed Peachy, and his quirks. Did you feel more connected to anybody in this story, in particular?
Calvin is the most like me. That’s why he gets a lot of complex solo scenes—at the Prado and then at the clothing store in Madrid; watching the YouTube video with Dawn Upshaw; or the scene that might be my favorite: his thoughts while watching Peachy and Joey bop down the street singing songs from the musical they have just seen. (Devising that fictional musical was a little treat I gave myself!)
cover by Peach Boy Design and Distillery and (c) 2010 Chelsea Station editions

What do you like to do with your spare time?
Do I even have spare time? I’m not sure. Regardless of income or lack of, I consider writing a profession, so time spent writing is certainly not spare, nor is time spent doing anything that supports writing, like blog posts and other social media. I do listen to music when I can, all types. And I walk, as in, for my health. And I like to cook, which I rarely get to do these days at any complex level.
What’s next for you?

A young adult book—with a bookstore in it! I have a long manuscript about my college days and a shorter one about a woman who grows up as the daughter of a Broadway composer. And there are short stories in various stages of development. One is about a man who hears whispering everywhere in his house, unless he goes into his home office, where it is perfectly silent. Until…well, I’ll have to see if I can get that one published. Thanks so much again for being such a fan and for having me as a guest today!
David reads from Looking After Joey at NYC's Bureau of General Services Queer Division
About Looking After Joey:
From the author of Bob the Book comes a funny, fast-paced, touching tale of love, laughter, family of choice and fabulousness!
Wouldn’t it be great if a porn character stepped out of the TV, into your life? Well, be careful what you wish for. Because that’s how Calvin and Peachy end up looking after Joey. And teaching him everything he needs to know to be be a gay man in New York City. His final exam? A fabulous Labor Day party on Fire Island. But first, they all have to get invited. This will involve a rogues’ gallery of eccentric Manhattanites, including portly, perspiring publicist Bunce van den Troell; theatrical investor Sir Desmond Norma; studly thespian Clive Tidwell-Smidgin; lubricant king Fred Pflester; and a mysterious young man named Jeffrey. Tender, wise, witty and often utterly deranged, Looking After Joey will make you wish that you, too, had a porn character at your kitchen table asking, “So, when can I have sex?”
Find it: Amazon | Wilde City 
Check out the book video, here.

About David Pratt:
David Pratt is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Bob the Book (Chelsea Station Editions) and a new novel, Looking After Joey, from Wilde City Press. His short stories have been collected in My Movie, also from Chelsea Station. He has published in several periodicals and anthologies. He has presented work for the theater in New York at HERE, Dixon Place, the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Flea Theater and the NY International Fringe Festival.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Introducing Renae Kaye



Hello world!


My wonderful, wonderful fellow release-day author, Cardeno C., has invited me to share in Café Risque and I nearly broke an ankle in my rush to accept.  So I’m happy to be blogging to you from this fantastic site.

Umm – who are you?

Oh, sorry.  I forgot to introduce myself.  I’m Renae Kaye.

Who?

Oh.  Well, I’m an author with Dreamspinner Press.  My debut novel, Loving Jay came out in April – on the same day as Cardeno’s Control.  My second novel, The Blinding Light was released last week – ironically on the same day as Cardeno’s In Your Eyes.  So I think that Cardeno is my good luck charm!

Oh, congratulations.  So tell us a bit about you, Renae.

Thanks!  Me?  I’m a humble author who types away at her laptop while her children are engrossed in Disney’s latest offerings.  I’m new to authoring, so I’m still very excitable at every single thing that happens (forgive me!) and when talking to other authors, I’m often found to be fangirling as I feel I’m hanging out with the “cool kids” from high school.  Oh – and I’m an Aussie, so forgive the accent.  I live in Perth, Western Australia.

Umm – where?

Perth?  Okay, I’ll show you.  Pick up your globe of the world.  Now turn it upside down.  Look!  There are actually other countries south of the equator!  Now, turn it around.  Keep turning.  Keep turning…  Yep!  There!  Do you see that little dot on the western side of Australia?  The one all by itself?  That’s Perth.  The second-most isolated capital city of the world.  Auckland, New Zealand takes the title of the most isolated, but that’s because they’re an island.  (Sorry guys!)


So, near Sydney?

Hint.  Australia is a big, big country full of kangaroos.  Sydney is on the opposite side of the continent.  Around 4000 kilometres away.  Yes, you read right.  About the same distance as New York to Los Angeles, or twice the distance from London to Naples.

Oh.  Perth!  Got it! So what do you do in Perth?

Me, personally?  I read a lot of books.  Perth is quite a city now – we have over two million people.  And we have cars, and houses, and internet, and everything!  Pretty much like any other city in North America or Europe.

Except for the Australians.  We have a lot of them in Perth.  And snakes.  And spiders. 

Eek!  How do you survive?  The snakes and spiders, I mean.  Not the Australians, because I’m sure they don’t bite.  Do they?

Most Australians are very well behaved – non-aggressive and will not attack unless provoked.  The snakes and spiders?  Yeah, well.  You just learn to adapt.  You don’t walk softly through long grass (stomping the ground makes the snakes skitter away) and you don’t stick your hand into dark places.  When you do get bitten, then you just toddle off to the doctor.  Medicine is great these days, isn’t it?

Oh.  Can we forget about the critters?  Tell me about your books instead?


Well, Loving Jay is a humorous romp about Liam who is not even sure if he’s gay or not.  How can he not know? you ask? – well, you’re just going to have to read it to find out.  But he’s unsure of his sexuality, mainly because his father makes it clear that none of his sons will be gay.  But Liam finds this particular guy on the train each morning to be fascinating.  Liam calls him “Jay” and doesn’t understand why he’s so attracted to the makeup, the flamboyance and the overall bewitching experience that is Jay.  Jay suffers from a horrible, horrible disease called “verbal diarrhea”, as well as having no off-switch.  But do you know what?  He might just be perfect for Liam.

The Blinding Light takes you into the world of snarky but upbeat Jake.  Jake has an enormous plate of responsibilities, and is drowning in debt as well as trying to look after his three younger sisters and alcoholic mother.  He takes a housekeeping job to a rude and arrogant blind man.  Patrick was born without sight, and shuts himself away from people with bossy notes and fussy rules.  When they meet, a friendship begins.  When that friendship develops, Jake thinks that this may be his chance to break free.  But can he allow himself?


They sound great!  Do you have any more coming?

Well since you asked…  I have a short story coming in several weeks.  It’s a part of Dreamspinner’s new anthology, A Taste Of Honey.  B.G. Thomas has been working really hard to get this anthology together. 

B.G. Thomas?  He’s on this Café Risque blog as well, isn’t he?

He is indeed!  I’m among exaltedness.  B.G. had this great idea to do an anthology on bears, and guess what?  It’s nearly here.  18th of August.

Do you wanna see the cover?

Yes, please.


Oh, nice one.

I know.  Hawt, right?  I know that beards are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m hoping that readers snatch up this book and love the guys inside.  All characters need to be loved, don’t they?

They do.  So now that you are on this blog, what are you going to do?

Ah – good question!  I’m not quite sure.  But I’ll be posting every Saturday.  So feel free to comment, or ask a question, or follow the blog, or whatever.  If you want to know something specific – about Australia, about me or about my writing, feel free to drop me a line.  You can email me on renaekaye@iinet.net.au.

I’ll see you next Saturday.  <waving>


How to contact Renae:




Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ask Andrew - Those Pesky Other Holes We Make for Ourselves


Dear Andrew

My question is this..what is your opinion on piercings? My 39 yr old brother has decided to get a piercing on his penis. Not sure what kind but this is so far from anything  I ever expected from him. I wasn't shocked when he got all the tattoos he has but this threw me. I asked him why and he said he wanted, since his car accident, to "Live life to the fullest"  and express himself. How a piercing can do that I have no clue. I did ask, however since I am the big sister, lol How will people see this expression? Will he show it at parties and family occasions? Love this kid to death but it worries me. So what is your opinion on them.

LeeAnn

Dear LeeAnn

Okay.  I'll start by saying that I used to have a piercing on my left nipple.  It grew out so I no longer have a tinsel tit.  Anyway, tattoos and piercings are a form of personal expression and even a piercing on the penis falls into the category.  Think of it as intimate personal expression.  And no, he shouldn't be taking it out at parties or family gatherings.  (That part of your note had this middle aged man cackling like a fool.  I loved that line.) 

You asked for my opinion, so I'll give it to you.  Body piercings are not to be done lightly and without thought, especially intimate ones.  They are not like piercing ears.   Body piercings of any type require extra care and are unfortunately a potential source of infection, even after a long period of time.  I have a friend who got her lower lip pierced.  The piercing became infected, bit she wasn't aware of it.  The infection spread to her lower jaw, which had to be rebuilt because it ate away most of the bone.  She was lucky.  They caught it when the jaw broke, but before it got to her brain.  I don't use this story to scare anyone, just to give you something to think about.  I had a piercing and loved it, but I took careful care of it and I believe everyone should.

As for more intimate piercings.  There isn't any way anyone is getting anywhere near Mr. Happy with a piercing needle or anything else sharp.  I'm just too squeamish.  However if your 39 year old brothers wants to get his penis pierced, I'd say he had guts, and balls for that matter.  LeeAnn, please make sure your brother is fully informed about the ramifications of what he wants to do.  That's your job as a sister.  His job is to make an informed decision and if he decides to go through with it, take proper care of the piercing. 

Hugs and love
Andrew

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.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Twitter Recap by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I haven't done a twitter recap in a few months, so buckle up - this is a long ride. 
  • Pet peeve: When there's so much stuff @ the end of a bk that I'm only @ the 80% mark & expecting 20% more story but it's unexpectedly over Jul 19, 2014 
  • The wonderful @oorjanie made me this amazing fan art for Where He Ends and I Begin. Love it! http://t.co/y9sezERagB Jul 19, 2014 
  • Have you ever seen such cuteness? http://t.co/w4lSUwMvFZ Jul 18, 2014 
  • Listening to the random playlist my music puts together amuses me. The last four songs: Garth Brooks, Eminem, Kid Rock, David Bowie. Jul 17, 2014 
  • A teaser made by @ontopdownunder1 for one of my (slightly) older books for #tbt. Walk With Me. http://t.co/xOkImhDQea Jul 17, 2014 
  • I read The Blinding Light by @renaekkaye. I'm happy & crying at the same time. Warm, fuzzy, wonderful book. http://t.co/bWTR5K5QpU Jul 17, 2014 
  • I was interviewed by the wonderful @amandastonebks. Check it out here: http://t.co/fIJUhTiR2c Jul 16, 2014 
  • I can't bring myself to listen to this recording. Just reading about it made me anxious. http://t.co/YErFYLouHi Jul 16, 2014 
  • In Your Eyes is now available at Amazon (only $4.99): http://t.co/2DWvBeAWHq @dreamspinners Jul 14, 2014 
  • Diet Coke wrapped in damp paper towel & put in freezer for a bit. Perfect cool drink for #ThirstyThursday. http://t.co/Xv10TQ2qUu Jul 10, 2014 
  • I did a fun interview at @RainbowReviews: http://t.co/5iXtPhqUfi and included a #TeaserTuesday of In Your Eyes. @dreamspinners Jul 08, 2014 
  • Winners in my tagline contest: D. Wright & @rach_writes: Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love. http://t.co/VnkclhKybI Jul 08, 2014 
  • I've shared this before, but I love it so I'm sharing again for #MusicMonday. Best part starts at 5:40. https://t.co/BuNcJWXHpV Jul 07, 2014 
  • I read Loving Jay by Renae Kaye - very cute, sweet book. Perfect for a smiley, happy read. http://t.co/LPYxWTh0kx @dreamspinners Jul 07, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post is my June writing recap. http://t.co/b0DoWw2Pue Jul 07, 2014 
  • Fun pictures from yesterday's parade. http://t.co/rJNdFGfdBd Jul 05, 2014
     
  • Random acts of public art: bike rack cozy. http://t.co/WPw7MctGHJ Jul 05, 2014 
  • Walking around after the 4th of July parade, I saw this in a shop window. http://t.co/G6qs2SUQDE Jul 05, 2014 
  • Reading Alert! A new Mary Calmes novel is available! http://t.co/zieSNYSa4C @dreamspinners Jul 04, 2014 
  • Put my drink in the freezer to cool down & forgot about it. Cup broke & I have a 44oz ice cube. #ThirstyThursday. http://t.co/NdNynGVJuV Jul 03, 2014 
  • Teaser from @ontopdownunder1 for In Your Eyes. Perfect for #HumpDay & on sale for $3.74: https://t.co/kyASr4M8UF http://t.co/DhdECiCCmR Jul 02, 2014 
  • Tee hee. http://t.co/fVh0eVQ2VY Jul 02, 2014 
  • Somebody wasn't ready to get out of bed this morning. http://t.co/aCBTWMdeBS Jul 01, 2014 
  • It's Monday Blog day! Today's post is song inspirations, which is fitting for #MusicMonday. http://t.co/Zcxp4sD1sv Jun 30, 2014 
  • My #FridayFun is a video trailer for In Your Eyes: https://t.co/g6eOCyhgr3 @dreamspinners Jun 27, 2014 
  • My beverage for #ThirstyThursday. I need to go get a 44 ouncer to top this off. http://t.co/SEXc3zhmsE Jun 26, 2014 
  • How seriously do y'all take the "best by" date on milk? Jun 26, 2014 
  • How is it possible that it's still Tuesday? This day has already lasted a week. Jun 24, 2014 
  • My 2 Mates books made this list! Just in time for the July release of In Your Eyes. http://t.co/eDAmWKXZkH via @HuffPostBooks Jun 24, 2014 
  • Gorgeous teaser made by @sinfullysexyB. Perfect for #TeaserTuesday. http://t.co/FF9laIe9bg Jun 24, 2014 
  • Love this video and this song! http://t.co/yayzQ6GnrM #MusicMonday Jun 23, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post: my thoughts on writing and reading romance. http://t.co/MrRc3aCd5c Jun 23, 2014 
  • I have my first book video trailer! Just in time for #FridayReads. Check it out: https://t.co/mkYWPs2Mei Thank you, @sfrancespr! Jun 20, 2014 
  • Power outage today so I'm working at @Starbucks. Perfect for #ThirstyThursday. http://t.co/yEncDTCnFv Jun 19, 2014 
  • Y'all, should I integrate this into one of my books? After I stop laughing, I mean. https://t.co/jpNY9UGBKt Jun 18, 2014 
  • #WednesdayWisdom from Reg in Perfect Imperfections. Love this teaser from @scandallover87. http://t.co/hqLkW0gQ5n Jun 18, 2014 
  • My morning laugh (to the point of tears): http://t.co/nlYRS56cQu Jun 18, 2014 
  • Sharing a gorgeous teaser @SinfullySexyB made for Control. ##TeaserTuesday http://t.co/kyISsrcP6L Jun 17, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today's post: lower book prices. http://t.co/OhZYH0t4ly Jun 16, 2014 
  • My book prices have been lowered at all sites. My novels are now $3.99 or $4.99 and my novellas/shorts range from $.99 to $2.99. So excited! Jun 13, 2014 
  • Damn you, Pringles salt & vinegar. Damn you. Jun 12, 2014 
  • I wish I had HBO so I could watch this show. Laughed so hard. https://t.co/rmKjwUGbiv Jun 12, 2014 
  • Reg from Perfect Imperfections didn't prioritize his Fleshlight at the same level as David Higgins, relief worker. https://t.co/aX2qW5RDnv Jun 11, 2014 
  • I read a really terrific book last night. Stay With Me by SE Harmon: http://t.co/gqfByJfHrS. @dreamspinners Jun 10, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day - my May writing recap: http://t.co/kZAdKc8zfj & a bonus scene for Perfect Imperfections: http://t.co/XKU8HvfcPt. Jun 09, 2014 
  • Last night I read @JK_Hogan's novel. Fun and sweet! (p.s. I get motion-sickness on boats.) http://t.co/WQtEiy4hRd Jun 08, 2014 
  • At the risk of violating the 1st rule of twitter by talking about FB, is anyone else having trouble w/ FB tonight? Jun 05, 2014 
  • Last night I gave myself a treat. I shut down my computer & read the 1st book by the amazing @JaydenBrooks44. Great! http://t.co/GIMdre8Cdo Jun 04, 2014 
  • Monday blog day. :) http://t.co/lRUu6eZDWc Jun 02, 2014 
  • All of Me giveaway & excerpt at @jayhjay432: http://t.co/2IHF6iOHSp & big multiauthor giveaway: http://t.co/Jtz82nbQF2. Jun 02, 2014 
  • Divorce would be lower on his list of problems if he did this to me. http://t.co/9A3TqbJ1cN Jun 02, 2014 
  • New thing I've been noticing lately: online pictures/ads that have sparkles on them. Do you know what I mean? Have you seen a bunch? Jun 02, 2014 
  • All of Me is now available on Amazon. http://t.co/s0Q1Z43yJi Jun 01, 2014 
  • Uh huh. Yup. http://t.co/ShdEneNcmj May 30, 2014 
  • I was working w/ someone who has a last name that sounds like a first name so I called him by his last name. I'm a fool. May 28, 2014 
  • I have the galley proof for the next Mates book! It suddenly feels real. July 14th. In Your Eyes. *biting nails* May 27, 2014 
  • Have any of you tried separating eggs this way? I'll try it and report back. http://t.co/j0NpIbwFaF May 27, 2014 
  • Way to go @KindleAlexander Alexander! Love seeing our genre represented. http://t.co/db14PXik1p May 26, 2014 
  • Veg adventures. Me: I ordered the nachos w no meat & they have meat. Waiter: Do you want something else instead? Me: Yes, nachos w no meat. May 25, 2014 
  • Do they make a coffee/toddy version? http://t.co/nQ8P4Cp4f8 May 24, 2014 
  • Look who's snuggled up in her blanket. http://t.co/jXRbGtq6gf May 24, 2014 
  • To the people who don't believe in love at first sight (and the romantics too): http://t.co/XXuhckkelN May 24, 2014 
  • 13 & 14 are my faves. And 25. http://t.co/HEVGPP7WwB May 23, 2014 
  • There's strong coffee, and then there's things standing on their own coffee. http://t.co/zIhudWMBum May 21, 2014 
  • I'm about 30 min away from a fire and the sky is gray with ash drizzling down like light snow. Surreal. May 21, 2014 
  • Which of my friends-to-lovers books would you recommend to a new-to-me reader? @MinnChica May 20, 2014 
  • Look what I drove by. http://t.co/wnRnaAsLOz May 18, 2014 
  • Guess who joined the Cafe Risque blog team? http://t.co/xzVkOBx0QP (Welcome, @andrewgreybooks!) May 16, 2014 
  • Have you seen this commercial? https://t.co/OXoUBmlLgb May 15, 2014 
  • The oven liner I bought came with a unique warning - birds in the cooking area? What happened to make that necessary? http://t.co/J02q3CO92m May 15, 2014 
  • Kind of awesome, right? https://t.co/8WIUl7UKBm May 14, 2014 
  • Attempted to eat away my stressful week(s) w/ ice cream. I think the universe is trying to tell me something ... http://t.co/VxpJFjamvJ May 14, 2014 
  • I love how quickly these victories are coming. http://t.co/MlVM3NIeVA May 09, 2014 
  • I'm looking for a name for a wolf shifter pack. Any ideas? May 07, 2014 
  • From @ontopdownunder1: Excerpt from Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C. On sale May 8 for $0.99 cents at @dreamspinners http://t.co/H0jptPsROO May 07, 2014 
  • Question, what do you prefer to read during the holiday season (Nov/Dec) - holiday novella or shifter novella? May 07, 2014 
  • I've been very busy lately & when things get to much, I reach for a comfort read. @dwmarchwell's Falling: https://t.co/vwImPFULI8. Love it. May 06, 2014 
  • I am blown away by this gorgeous banner @SinfullySexyB made for Perfect Imperfections. Plus a giveaway http://t.co/ObMd3eSqqs @dreamspinners May 05, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day and release day for Perfect Imperfections, my rock star contemporary novel. http://t.co/oo4tOH9YEC. @dreamspinners May 05, 2014 
  • New favorite drink: dirty chai. Mmmmm. May 05, 2014 
  • This is great. http://t.co/KkkND1shXE May 01, 2014 
  • OH. MY. GOD. https://t.co/qxvze1HA8S Apr 30, 2014 
  • I love these! http://t.co/1dkmTbXP7X Apr 30, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day! Today is my April writing recap. http://t.co/fZFzODqmje Apr 28, 2014 
  • Giveaway of my rock star contemporary Perfect Imperfections: http://t.co/BqgtBoffia). Here's a review to entice you:http://t.co/NuYloAZjUL Apr 25, 2014 
  • Another example in the big pile of proof that I'm nerdy: I spent all sorts of time making a pretty spreadsheet & I love it. Apr 24, 2014 
  • Last night I had my recurring dream where I have exams & am not prepared. I had to wake up and console myself that I'm not in school. Apr 22, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today I shared my song inspiration for Walk with Me & links to Control giveaways http://t.co/1ORx84KKHw @dreamspinners Apr 21, 2014 
  • Puppy loves pistachios. http://t.co/3oxWgDlfVk Apr 21, 2014 
  • Content warning: I'm writing the last 3rd of my book, which requires a big jar of honey for the mounds of sweet and a vat of lube for ... Apr 20, 2014 
  • I thought this was seasonally appropriate. http://t.co/uIUSyR7Nog Apr 20, 2014 
  • To my fellow Mary Calmes fans - a Jory & Sam freebie: http://t.co/VIRY8M9aac. @dreamspinners Apr 19, 2014 
  • If you own vintage Garbage Pail Kids cards hide them from visiting kids unless you want a nighttime call w/ a sobbing kid in the background. Apr 19, 2014 
  • Who can explain tumblr to me? Is it the right medium to put up one or two sentence anecdotes/quotes or is it pretty much porn? Apr 18, 2014 
  • Benefit of cowriting a book: telling my coauthor I told you so about certain things when the book comes out. I'm gloating. It isn't pretty. Apr 18, 2014 
  • Mary & I did an interview at @Gay_Listed http://t.co/VtlNldwI52 & we're giving away a copy of the book at @jayhjay432 http://t.co/E6lPNbeIp5 Apr 18, 2014 
  • Remember the mother's cooking on Better Off Dead? Yeah. That's how my meal turned out. Friends are forcing it down & laughing. Love them. Apr 18, 2014 
  • Links to add yourself to my new release email list (http://t.co/kVdAWCMdcy) & giveaways/sales/coupons email list (http://t.co/wks0hWHdjF). Apr 15, 2014 
  • Dear gov't monitoring agency: When Mary says she'll kill them with her semiautomatic weapon & use an umbrella for cover, she means bugs. Apr 15, 2014 
  • I have done this. Who's with me? http://t.co/Bp4v3N3SeK Apr 15, 2014 
  • My body says it's Friday. Damn my calendar for disagreeing. Apr 15, 2014 
  • It's Monday blog day. Today I'm sharing giveaways of Control, my upcoming release w/ Mary Calmes: http://t.co/smjpyXcHvb @dreamspinners Apr 14, 2014 
  • I can't even. http://t.co/UfEqLFzmpv Apr 14, 2014 
  • My writing buddy today. http://t.co/yHgUFG2jDN Apr 13, 2014 
  • Mary Calmes & I did a character interview & are giving away a copy of Control here: http://t.co/1cLakh6ma0 12, 2014 

Have a terrific week.

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