Saturday, July 30, 2016

Don't Twunk With My Heart by Renae Kaye



I find being a writer to be an odd profession at times.  You could see an author as a professional liar and con artist.  Isn’t that what we’re doing?  Creating an elaborate con, editing it and serving it up the customers who like to pretend it’s true?

Being an author is also a balancing act.  You’re stuck between being lost in a fantasy world and the reality of real life.  How much time should you spend in each?  How much promo should you do?  How much should you pay for marketing?  Is spending four weeks promoting a book worth it – or is it better spent creating the next masterpiece-wannabe for release?  How long should you write – novel, novella, short?  What sub-genre?  Will readers be turned away by the switch in genre?

I find that I’m learning every day and—yes I admit it—making mistakes.  From learning my “craft”—oh, is THAT what an Oxford comma is—to learning about racism.  I’m also learning my way through social media and dealing with people in an environment where you can’t judge their expressions which has led me to trusting those who I shouldn’t have.

These mistakes plus reading bad reviews and often wondering what the hell that author did to make it to #3 on Amazon (and are those 20 good reviews of theirs fake) can make you question yourself, question your profession choice, and regularly feel bad about your life. 

But all it takes is a small thing—like a Facebook video that goes for less than two minutes—to remind you one of the reasons you write, and renew that urge to make a difference.

Today, for me, it was a video about body image and men.  The video talked about images in the media that made men want to bulk up and put on muscle.  How more young men are using steroids.  How the pressure is mounting on our society. I was reminded about how one of the things that made me start writing was my desire for more stories where the characters weren’t perfect, alpha-male, good-looking, straight-acting, rich men.  I’d read a plethora of these books and often found I couldn’t relate to the character because I’d never met anyone who that perfect.

As a writer, my first priority is to entertain, and the first person I entertain is myself.  And I’m entertained by characters I can relate to—those who are not perfect in their personalities or their physical appearance.  I write to entertain, but I also know I have a responsibility to represent realism in my books.  Oh, I love a good hero book as much as the next girl, but you can’t live on a diet of chocolates.

I grew up reading M/F romance.  It was tiring reading about women who were beautiful and polished.  Sometimes they were plain women who had perfect skin, lovely hair, a nice figure, nice eyes and spoke softly.  I used to wonder if these authors had ever looked up the definition of “plain.”  I wanted to find a character like me with not-so-perfect skin, large wobbly thighs, a nose they hated, and a face that never made a billionaire fall in love at first sight.  Even in romance labelled as BBW the characters had something about them that would make the hero ignore their chubby cheeks but instead focus on the purity of their skin.

So when writing my M/M Romances I like to keep reminding myself of that dissatisfaction I used to feel.  It brings me joy to write about real people who have real problems.  I don’t mind at all if you tell me that it’s not your cup of tea because you prefer your perfect, macho men, because yes, I like those novels sometimes too.  But for me I like to think that I’m reaching an audience out there that is maybe feeling terrible about their own body image, and can be comforted about finding someone similar to them between the pages of a book and—oh, my gosh, no—that person can find love.

I’ve had readers who’ve disliked my choice of characters, disliked my character because of a personality flaw, and who’ve even made fun of my character’s physical appearance in reviews.  I have to remind myself that they weren’t my target audience.  And if a reader tells me that I should’ve written about the character they enjoy instead, I’m going to blithely ignore them.  Because I love my characters.  I have flaming twinks and grizzly bears.  I have guys with attitude and guys who wouldn’t know attitude if they accidentally tripped over them four times in a row.  I have guys with disabilities, guys with hang ups, and guys with pasts.  I write about the lost, the broken, and the ones who didn’t know what was missing from their lives until their perfect match came along.

Some have perfect bodies – Andrew and Paul certainly worked their bodies hard at the gym as they achieved a satisfaction from that.  Some don’t – and I will never ever apologise for Shawn and his curves.  Some dress up, literally – because who doesn’t like a man in a dress? – and some are grateful they can afford a five-dollar polo shirt.  Some are hairy and don’t give a stuff about what people think of that, and some are rather vain about the fact their chest doesn’t grow hair.

My new release, Don’t Twunk With My Heart features two men who are trying to reach an ideal body image—that of a sleek, polished, young twink.  For Tate, the passage of time has taken him away from being a twink and he struggles with diets to try and hold onto that ideal.  Tate needs to realise that his weight and his image aren’t what gets him respect.  For Kee, he struggles with the insult of “fairy princess” an ex threw at him.  He has to work through his idea of masculinity and self-respect.

I like to think that you need to have love for yourself before you can truly love another.  In this book it is true.  Kee must learn to accept who he is, and Tate has to learn to accept who he will never be again.  Neither character is perfect.  But sometimes they just may be perfect for each other.

Don’t Twunk With My Heart is a sweet little story that I hope entertains, but also reminds you to accept yourself and everyone – even those who have the bad taste to wear pink jeans.

Available now for preorder from Dreamspinner.


How to contact Renae:
Twitter:  @renaekkaye

Friday, July 29, 2016

Back to Reality by Felice Stevens


It had to happen. Family vacation anticipated all year is over, and while there will be other trips, this was the one we all look forward to the  most. We spent 10 days in Costa Rica and ate and drank our way to happy times. I'm including some pictures of the wildlife, the surroundings and our food.





This picture above is of the howler monkeys that wander the resort, looking for the mango trees. Can't blame them.

Now it feels like I'm on the back end of the summer and I haven't done anything, except release a book. The Arrangement is doing well and thank you to everyone who's bought it, read it and reviewed it. 
Next up will be the re-release of a fully re-edited Rescued, with a bonus addition at the end—the upcoming sequel, Reunited. Stay tuned for that sometime in either late August or early September.

I hope you've heard of the charity anthology I'm doing with Cardeno C, Riley Hart, Ella Frank, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee and N.r. Walker to benefit the One n Ten Charity. This is their website so please check it out: 


If you haven't read the The Arrangement, you can find it here:



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Anthology for charity by Riley Hart


Hello! I'm really excited to announce that I'm participating in an anthology with two other authors at Cafe Risque, Cardeno C and Felice Stevens, along with Christina Lee, NR Walker and Lane Hayes!! The anthology is called It Was Always You. The cover reveal is August 4th and the book will release October 4th with all of the royalties going to charity!!

I'm really honored to participate. One-n-Ten is an incredible program that provides services with LGBT Teens. Please check them out and all the wonderful things they do. You can also visit their Amazon Wishlist to help with back to school and camp items HERE.



I can't wait to help them reach their goals!! More information on the anthology soon and if you're a blogger who would like to participate in the cover reveal and release blitz, you can fill out the Google doc HERE.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Greatest Writer's Resource - Other Writers - Andrew Grey


Throughout my career I have been aided in my endeavors by so many other authors, its almost staggering.  But I wanted to relate a particular story.  A number of years ago at a convention I met Julie Talbot and Ba Tortuga.  I had known them for some time, but we really got the chance to sit down and talk.  And of course I gained not only friends, but also two writing sisters whom I adore. 

At the time I had bene thinking of writing a bull rider and I needed some information.  The three of us sat down and we talked westerns, bull riding, cowboys and goodness knows what else.  Ba gave me so much information I thought my head was going to explode, but it was one of those memorable talks that I still remember after all this time.  The story that came out of that talk was A Wild Ride and by extension the other two books in that series.  I love those stories very much, partly because they are full of action and fun and partly because my friend Ba helped get me on the path.

By the way I have to say that Ba is my favorite Lesbian and she has the t-shirt to prove it!  Ask her to show it to you sometime. 

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

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


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Twerking and more with Julia, BA, Sean and Kiernan


Random questions today are!

If you were a dance move or style, what would you be?

What is your spirit animal?

How many books do you own?

Dr. Who or Star Trek?

What is your favorite piece of clothing and why?

BA says: two-step, the raven, not enough, but if my ebook collection was physical, you'd call me a hoarder, Star Trek, anything jersey that doesn't itch and doesn't touch me.

Kiernan says: 1. The Stroll - it's old and doesn't go very fast.

2. I took a quiz. According to the quiz I took, I'm a llama. 😝 I promise not to spit on anyone.

3. I haven't counted lately, but including ebooks, I'd have to get Stephen Hawking to do the higher math.

4. neither? *runs and hides*

5. Pajamas for the win! Because pjs are comfy.

Sean replies: The Salsa or the Rhumba - something slinky and sexy if you go by my stories 😉. my spirit animal is the polar bear. um... well, let's put it this way, the last time I moved, I actually hired movers and as they took the boxes of books in they told me they'd never moved so many books. Dr Who AND Star Trek AND Star Wars AND Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit And and and... I have a David Bowie glass spider tour t-shirt that is worn so thin its now see through. Softest and most comfortable t-shirt ever, from the start and still so today

And Julia says: Twerking! I am kinda classless when I dance, and I jerk madly. I love to pop my butt just to horrify watching teenagers. My last dance not with my wife was a Charleston with Andrew Grey at Coastal Magic. My spirit animal is the crocodile. Seriously, they follow me everywhere at zoos and aquariums. I've cut down on paper books with 3 moves in 5 years, but my Kindle shelf... well, I could read one book every day for 5 years and not come up for air. Dr Who. A tank top right now. It's wicked hot.

Got random questions? Comment or email me at juliatalbot@gmail.com

You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot, @batortuga and @KiernanKelly

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, July 25, 2016

I Tried it at Home: Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I have finally found an effective way to boil AND peel eggs. It's one of those things that should be simple, but I always end up with most of my egg breaking apart or sticking to the shell. But not since I saw this video. I took photos of my process so I can share them with you.

1. Put water in the bottom of a pot that has a pasta steamer (no higher than the bottom of the steamer) and turned the heat on high.


    2. Put the eggs into the steamer (which is not yet in the pot). 


    3. When the water is boiling, put the steamer into the pot and put the lid on it. Cook for 13 minutes.


    4. While the eggs are cooking, get an ice bath ready.


    5. When the eggs are done, pull the steamer up and spoon the eggs into the ice bath.



    6. When the eggs are cool, hit them against the side of a bowl and peel away!


    7. Easy breezy ...


    8. No chunked eggs!


    If you try it, let me know how it works for you. Have a great week.

    CC

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    New Release by Felice Stevens


    I had a new release this week; my first since April. For many authors that's quick, but I happen to be a fast writer, so three months is a while for me.

    The Arrangement is also an unusual book for me, in that it is a stand alone, and if you know me, you know I love my series. But like my first book, Rescued, Carter and Reed's story popped into my head and wouldn't let go until I wrote it for them. Their stories may have come out of nowhere, but these two men told me exactly how their story should unfold. 

    I hope you enjoy Carter, Reed and little Jacks's story. Theirs is a story of overcoming hardships and dealing with adversity. I like to think of it as not a gay romance or an MM romance, but simply a modern day romance of family and finding love.

    You can find The Arrangement here:


    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    dream vacations with BA, Julia, Sean and Kiernan-- Reader q


    Reader Jan asks tell me what your dream vacation would be right now.

    B.a. At this point I just want to sleep in air conditioning for a week -- no internet, no stress. Possibly knitting and lots of gluten free pizza.

    Sean An isolated little cottage on the beach in Nova Scotia (the water never truly gets warm in our end of the Atlantic and the water is beautifully cold even in summer). I would sit on the beach and listen to the waves all day long.

    Kiernan On a ship at sea with no deadlines, no phone, no internet, but with certain good friends(shoots BA, Julia,and Sean puppy eyes), and tall, icy very alcoholic drinks. 😍

    A cabin in the mountains that's pet friendly, a hot tub, my girl, and cabana boys who don't speak, just deliver drink. They should rock the lumberjack look with open shirts and tight jeans.

    XXOO

    Julia

    You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot, @batortuga and @KiernanKelly

    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, July 18, 2016

    New Release: Not a Game by Cardeno C.


    Not a Game, my new contemporary novel is now available!




    An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.
    A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

    A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

    An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

    Word count: 55,872

    Sample


    Chapter 1
     
         He had chosen the bar because of its name. The Bookstore. It was clever and unusual and he had laughed internally at how happy his mother would be if he told her he was spending time at the Bookstore instead of in front of his computer. Oliver’s entire life, she had mourned the fact he wasn’t a reader, and even though he had now moved two thousand miles away from their home in Oklahoma City, she still sent him books she was sure he’d love. Maybe someday he’d open one of them.
         For now, he glanced down at the only book he had read countless times and adjusted it at the edge of his table to make the spine as visible as possible. The title—Coding—wasn’t as clever as the bar name, but the information and the way it was phrased had clicked perfectly in Oliver’s brain when he was a college freshman. He had long since moved past the information inside, but the textbook was the closest thing he had to a security blanket, so he had held onto it through four years of progressively more complicated computer science classes, three dead-end computer repair and technical support jobs, and a move to Seattle to finally, finally, live his dream developing video games. When he had to pick a way to identify himself to the stranger who would guide him on the last phase of his journey toward living the life he had always wanted, the first thing that came to Oliver’s mind was the book that had started it all.
         With the spine facing the bar and walkway and his glass empty, Oliver had nothing left to do but wait or get his phone out to play a quick turn on Clash of Clans. He reached into his pocket almost before his brain had formulated the thought. Aquick glance at his screen confirmed it was still twenty minutes shy of eight o’clock. Oliver prided himself on timeliness, something his father had drummed into him since he was a boy, and after two months in Seattle, he hadn’t yet gotten a handle on how long it took to get anywhere, so he had erred on the side of caution and ended up arriving half an hour early.
          In his head, his mother lectured him about playing on his phone when he should be paying attention to people, but he was twenty-eight years old, and she was too far away to see him, so he ignored her and tried to lose himself in a game. Besides, taking his mind off why he was in that bar would stop him from falling headfirst into an anxiety attack, and even his mother would agree that was a good thing in a social setting. Not that she would ever have the chance to know about his plans that evening, because, despite how close they were, this was one activity Oliver absolutely would not share with his family. Or anyone else for that matter.
         Nerves rising, he scratched his upper back through his shirt with one hand and his thigh with the other. Recognizing what he was doing, he forced his hands away before he broke the skin. Hoping for a distraction, he jerked his gaze toward his pop when, suddenly, from the corner of his eye, he noticed someone moving in his direction. Instinctively, Oliver grabbed the glass and scrunched over it, using the act of sipping from a straw as a shield to keep himself from staring at people who inevitably didn’t notice him. But when the man didn’t veer away and instead came closer, Oliver glanced up and realized the stranger was looking right at his book. Which meant he was either coming to tease the chubby nerd for having a textbook ata bar on a Friday night or…
         Oh my God. This is him. Oliver kept his head down but couldn’t stop himself from flicking his gaze back and forth between his still empty glass and the approaching man.
         Older than Oliver, but not too old, broad shoulders, light eyes, short dark hair, anda sculpted face. The man stopped right next to the table, waited for Oliver to look up, and then said, “Interesting reading choice.”


    Have a great week!

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    What is a twunk? by Renae Kaye



    What is a twunk? 

    It feels like a mighty weight has been lifted from me.  I can finally reveal the title of my new book – Don’t Twunk With My Heart.


    As a few select friends can attest to, I came up with this title about 20 months ago.  It was a long, long time.  I’ve been holding it secret for ages, hoping that no one else would steal it from me.  It came from the Black Eyed Peas’ song – Don’t Phunk With My Heart. 


    I was doing some googling and research on twinks and came across the term “twunk.”  Immediately the Black Eyed Peas’ song began rolling through my head, but this time with a small twist.  I was sing, “Oh no no no, don’t twunk with my heart…”

    It was a perfect title.  Just that little bit zany to capture my author’s attention.  And I knew who would be spouting the term – Jay from Loving Jay.  So I wrote the story.

    So what exactly is a twunk?  The definition may change depending on who uses the term, but basically a twunk is a twink with muscle.  He’s a twink that has turned into a hunk.

    And using that definition I created Jay’s friend – Kee.  He used to be similar to Jay.  Kee used to be a twink although he never did the makeup.  But he worked the twink image for all it was worth.  And then something happened that hurt Kee.  He withdrew from his friends and concentrated on getting better.  And when he reappeared, Jay declared that he’d changed.  He was now a twunk.

    Now all he needs to do is find a man, and twunk with that man’s heart…

    Don’t Twunk With My Heart will be on preorder by the end of this month.

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Why did I think this was a good idea? by Riley Hart


    I'm writing three books and revising one.

    Yes, you read that correctly. LOL. I have no idea what possessed me to think it's a good idea to write three books and revise one at the same time. In my defense, the book I'm revising is the only book that's strictly mine. The other three are collaborations. And one of them, we are working on really, really slowly because we're both so busy, so in a way, it's two books and a revision.

    The only thing that's saving me right now is the fact that they're different genres. One is a YA (the really slow book). The other is a NA (that should be done very soon. We're in the home stretch!). And the last one is an adult (emotional, emotional, emotional!).

    It keeps things fresh to work that way. I get in different moods at different times and when I do, I can always find something to write. Or times like now...too many things! LOL.

    So that's what I'm up to this summer. What about you?

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    I Love My Editors - Andrew Grey


    We authors don't do what we do alone.  We have partners who support us along with many other people who help bring our work to you and a very important part of that process is our editors.  I have long maintained that I view my editor as a close partner in my writing process.  They are the people who help me look good.  They clean up my manuscript and often times hold a mirror up to it so I can see the work more clearly. 

    I recently received and edit and the entire time I reviewed it, I was swearing and cursing.  The air in my entire house was blue.  Dominic stayed away from me as much as he could.  At one point he brought me something to drink and then dashed out of the room.  The good thing is that the only one to hear my frustration was Dominic.  While the edit was painful, by the time I had gone through everything and made the changes, the story was better and I was completely wrung out.  (A cigarette would probably have bene appropriate if I smoked. )

    The thing is in the end the story was tighter and better.  So I want to send a thank you to my editors, Nicole, Tricia, Lynn, and Jane.  These are the ladies who work with me and I am ever so grateful for the expertise. 


    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

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

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    8 quick questions for Sean, BA, Julia and Kiernan


    We did a quick and dirty Facebook chat this week because Kiernan's publicist (her hubs Butch) awaits foot surgery in the hospital. Sigh. Hugs to him. So we weren't able to do in depth...

    The questions were: Facebook or Twitter? Cream or sugar? Oral or anal? Dogs or cats? Reading or writing (if you had the choice), hot or cold, weddings or baby showers, spanking or bondage?

    BA Tortuga

    Facebook, sugar, oral, dogs, reading, hot, baby showers, try it and I will kick your ass.

    Sean Michael

    Facebook, cream, Oral AND Anal, thank you very much, dogs, writing, cold, baby showers, spanking AND bondage are both yummilicious

    Kiernan Kelly

    Facebook, cream and artificial sugar, anal, both. Don't make me choose. Please don't make me choose. I can't. It's an impossible choice. Depends - hot for beverages except when I'm really warm and thirsty, and hot for temperature, except when it gets to be 100F and feeling like 120F. Oops...hit send too quickly. Either or, although I kind of like the quirky little games they play at baby showers. Spanking.

    Julia Talbot

    Twitter, Cream, oral, dogs, reading, hot, weddings (I cna't hack eating baby food as a game), spanking

    Spare a few good thoughts for Mr. Kelly, will ya?

    XXOO

    Julia

    You can find us on Twitter at @seanmichael09, @juliatalbot, @batortuga and @KiernanKelly

    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

    Saturday, July 9, 2016

    My newest book by Renae Kaye



    Is it the 9th of July already?  Wow.  How this year has flown.

    Despite my attempts to think I could do otherwise, I’ve only released one story this year.  I feel a bit like a failure on that front.  Only one book out this year, and it wasn’t successful in sales or ratings. That’s always disappointing to an author, but a learning curve.  It makes one doubt their writing, and even their validity in continuing to write.  I’m still debating with myself whether to continue certain series, move into another sub-genre, or even into another genre completely.

    But in the M/M romance genre, have you seen the new authors out lately?  There has been an explosion of new voices, and this should be a reason to celebrate.  More voices mean more choice for the reader.  There should be something for you to love, even if your preference is for unpopular sub-genres.

    I’ve had a look at the latest books on Amazon in the gay romance section, and I’m amazed at the variety of books, the explosion of unfamiliar authors and amount of new stuff coming out.

    Amazed. Yes.  Jealous?  Definitely.

    It seems like everyone has new release out… apart from me.  For some time there I thought about changing my Facebook workplace from “Author” to “Former Author.”  I find it hard to blog when I have no news to impart, and any blog that is political or opinionated is often not well received.   Someone recently wrote that they felt like the world was on fire.  I feel the same – and the radical tensions from factions in every form make it hard work.

    However, leaving aside that stuff, I finally DO have some news to impart.  Sort of.  I have a new book coming out in … well, seven weeks.  It’s ages away, I know.  You can’t know more than me.  With my birthday coming up next week, I wanted to do something special to celebrate on my birthday.  So, guess what?  Cover reveal!  Yay!


    Probably too early, but guess what?  I don’t care about conventional advice any more.  I just want a happy birthday for me, and showing you my latest cover is happy for me.

    SO – there’s a catch.  You either need to follow me on Facebook if you want to be second to find out... or sign up to my brand new newsletter if you want to be first to see.


    A simple email address is all you need, and you can be assured with a promise from me that I’m only sending newsletters out with news.  No spam.  No email every week.  Just when the exciting news comes out.

    So, be watching.  And hopefully you will enjoy Kee and Tate’s adventure.


    How to contact Renae:
    Twitter:  @renaekkaye

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    A Thank You from Andrew Grey





    Writing is often a solitary effort.  We spend hours and hours alone with the characters and situations in our head.  Lord knows I do.  But there is someone in my life who helps me with this process in so many ways its hard for me to say.  My husband Dominic is an incredible man.  Not only does he put up with me and my habit of disappearing for hours on end to sit at my computer and tell my stories.  he also is the first person to read and review my manuscripts.  He cleans them up for me so that I can go on to the next story.  He encourages me, tell me when I've messed up, and had given me a kick in the pants when I need it. 

    He also sees to it that things like galley proofs and the final edit review are done through critical eyes rather than my own which tend to see what I think should be there and are more interested in what my current set of characters are up to.  So sweetheart, this post is for you, for all you do.  I love you and couldn't do this without you. 


    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

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

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    Happy belated holiday!


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    XXoo

    Julia Talbot

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Trip Pics and Happy 4th by Cardeno C.


    Happy 4th of July! I'll be spending the day doing the traditional parade, lunch, fireworks thing. 

    It's nice to be home after my wonderful trip to Canada & Alaska. I posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter and here is a recap of the beauty I saw.








    Have a wonderful holiday and a great week.

    CC
    www.cardenoc.com

    Friday, July 1, 2016

    Happy Fourth! by Felice Stevens




    I've always enjoyed the Fourth of July; in NYC we have the huge fireworks display and its a time when I get to go to the beach. I love the ocean. 
    But this year we will be in Pennsylvania which is a very appropriate place to celebrate as well, with all its history and small town parades. One thing I get to do in Pa. that I can't do in New York City is barbecue. For me, nothing smells like summer than a good hamburger and hot dog off the grill. Pair that with a chunk of ice-cold watermelon and it's one of my favorite meals in the world.


    What's your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July and your go to summertime meal? I'm taking any and all recipes for macaroni salad and potato salad -hold the eggs!