Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Heart Untouched - Coming Soon from Andrew Grey


Heart Untouched, the third story in the Hearts Entwined series releases October 9 and I'm really excited about this story.  We get to see some of my favorite characters, James and Trevor, Brent and Scott, as well as other favorites including Lee and Dean.  (Yes, I promise that Dean is going to get his story.  His will be next.)    Each of these stories deal with loss in some way... and how we cope with it.  I'm not ashamed to say that the writing process has helped me cope with some of my own more recent loss and that's been very healing for me.  



A Hearts Entwined Novel
An accident crushed Duncan’s Olympic dreams and landed him in a chair, but he knows it’s time to get his life back on track—and he has a plan in mind. Working with his friend Todd, an Olympic skeleton racer, on a promotional campaign will not only help Duncan regain some direction, but it’ll give Todd the financial boost he desperately needs. The sport Todd loves is draining his resources—so much so that he’s thinking of giving up racing just to make ends meet.
As the two men work together, their friendship blossoms into much more, and suddenly the future is looking brighter than it has in a long time. But just when love, happiness, and success seem within their grasp, the USOC steps in with plans to stop their campaign. That’ll mean an end not just to Duncan’s business, but to Todd’s dreams… and Duncan isn’t about to let that happen to the man who means everything to him.

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Excerpt  
Duncan sighed. “Great. You’re taking me to church.” He closed the laptop and set it aside. “Wonderful. Maybe Henrietta Blodgett will be there, and she can tell everyone again what a shame it is that I got hurt and how you got stuck caring for me.” The old lady had been running her mouth in the community center kitchen when Duncan had gone out there to use the restroom because it was bigger and easier for him to get into.
His mother whirled around, her hands coming to her hips. “First thing, that woman is a menace and an old battle-ax. She can go to church all she wants, but her gossiping is going to send her straight to hell. And no matter what happens, you can’t let people like her get to you. There will always be folks who talk and give you the ‘poor little thing’ face. You think I haven’t seen it a million times since your father died?” She plated the eggs, set them in front of him, sat down, and patted his hand. “No matter what, you have to go on.”
Duncan took a bite and set his fork down. “If we aren’t going to church, then what are we doing?” It was Wednesday, and his mom usually had her ladies circle prayer group at lunch. She’d gone for years.
“Just finish your breakfast and clean up. Shave too. You’re all scruffy, and that isn’t a good look for you.”
She went about straightening up the kitchen as Duncan ate slowly. His appetite had been hit-or-miss for weeks, and it looked like today was one of those days where nothing seemed to taste very good. Not that he said anything to his mom. The eggs she made were good usually, but just not right now, not to him. Still, he finished them and put his plate on his lap to carry it over to the sink.
“Thanks, Mom.” He rolled out of the room and back to the bathroom. In the mirror, he saw he did look awful, his spotty red beard only adding to the disappointment in his eyes and demonstrating the fact that he didn’t really care about anything.
Ten minutes later, after washing up and brushing his teeth, he wheeled himself to his room and went about the daunting task of getting dressed. He was determined to do it on his own, dammit, and he did it. Granted, it was only sweatpants and a T-shirt, but they were on correctly. Duncan even managed shoes and socks, though that took a little more doing. Finally ready to go, he glided back into the living room, where his mother was dusting. “Let’s get this over with.”
His mom ignored the comment and picked up her purse.
Duncan left the house, rolling down the ramp and out to the car. He would have liked to be able to get a van that was equipped with a lift so he could get in the car and drive it himself, but that was way outside their budget. His mom had put in for one, but it was taking a lot of time to get approved. There were grants and things that would help with the cost, but they hadn’t come through yet.
He got into the passenger seat with help from his mom, and she put the chair in the back. Then she climbed in and pulled away from their small ranch-style house in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer, heading out toward the main road.
“Mom, what’s the big secret?” he asked, turning toward her.
“No secret. I thought you could use some time to visit some friends.” She slowed as they approached a light and then turned into the drive of an auto repair garage.
Todd stepped out of one of the bays, smiling brightly.
As soon as she came to a stop, he hurried to his side of the car and pulled open the door. Todd leaned right in, hugging Duncan tightly even with the odd angles. “I came to see you after you were hurt, but they wouldn’t let me in. And then I had to go out on tour and to competitions and….”
Duncan returned the embrace, inhaling deeply as Todd’s rich scent, tinged with work and a touch of grease, filled his nose. Heat washed through him, and Duncan’s breath hitched for a second. He almost didn’t know what to make of his reaction. They stayed that way for longer than was necessary before Todd pulled back.
“I know. But you called, and that meant a lot.”
His mom, who had already opened her door and gotten out, came around the car and pulled Duncan’s chair out.
“What’s the deal?” Duncan asked.
“You remember when you and I used to work together on those old cars I brought home in high school? Well, I still work on them, you know that, and I was hoping you’d help me.”



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Q & A with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Today we have some fun with a little Fall themed Q&A:


What’s the best thing about fall?
What’s the worst thing about fall?
Pumpkin spice flavoring, yes or no?
Is there a fall movie release you’re looking forward to this year?
Have you got a book coming out this fall?


BA
Best thing:  Balloons! Halloween!
Worst thing: Allergies.
I LOVE pumpkin spice lattes. Don't judge.
There are fall movies?


Julia
Best thing about Fall: cooler weather, halloween
Worst thing: raking leaves. Especially since we have no big trees and it's the neighbor's leaves
PSL? Heck yeah
movies. Uh. I'm sure there's a horror something
Fangs for the Memories


Kiernan
What’s the best thing about fall? Halloween! It's my favorite holiday!
What’s the worst thing about fall? I live in Florida and miss the crispness and colors of autumn.
Pumpkin spice flavoring, yes or no? I'm not a fan. No, sireebob.
Is there a fall movie release you’re looking forward to this year? The new reboot of Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Have you got a book coming out this fall? I'm re-releasing several of my order out-of-print novels. First up is the second book in my shifter series, In Their Own Skin: Mark of Cain.


Sean
Best thing about fall is the cooler weather and Halloween!
Worst thing about fall is allergies
I like pumpkin spice flavoring in pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, etc. I do not like it as a flavoring in other places, most especially not in drinks.
Fall movie release - I'm looking forward to a number of upcoming movies - first up - the house with a clock in it's walls - isn't that an amazing title?
I have the second book in the Supers series coming this fall: The Librarian's Ghost


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Importance of Reading As An Author By S.C. Wynne



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Morning all,

I tend to spend most of my time writing. Sometimes I'm guilty because I spend so much time in my make believe world, but it is what pays the bills. What I don't like about writing constantly, is that means I neglect reading.

And that's a fatal mistake. Fatal to my creativity.

One problem I had in trying to read was by the end of the day, when I'll actually give myself permission for a little "Me Time" my eyes are tired from staring at a computer screen all day. I find it hard to concentrate on the words in front of me when my brain is tired from creating all day. But I need to read other authors, good AND bad because it does indeed stimulate the creative process. Yes, even reading crappy books inspires me to write. Of course, let's face it, I prefer to read books I actually enjoy.

Recently I've become addicted to audiobooks. I'm like a kid in a candy store as I search through all the mm romance available. If the author picks great narrators, audiobooks are the best thing ever. I get the same exact jolt to my creative juices as if I read the book, but my eyes are spared. Growing up, my sister used to always read books to me and my other sister. We loved it. I find having a story read to me so relaxing and wonderful. Audiobooks are my new most favorite thing.

Even having audiobooks made is wonderful. I love auditioning the narrators. Two of my VERY favorite narrators are Kale Williams, who I used for my Shadow's Edge book, and Gomez Pugh, who I hope to use for one of my books one of these days soon. There is nothing quite like an attractive male voice reading the words of something you wrote. It really brings the characters to life.

Lately I'd been struggling with feeling a smidge burned out. Not so burned out that I didn't still love writing, but I did feel slightly uninspired.  I still had tons of ideas, but I didn't have that burning desire to put them down. Writing is freaking hard work, and don't let anyone ever tell you different. But after listening to several audiobooks, I feel rejuvenated. I feel so inspired.

I'm sure going to GRL in a month will also be hugely inspiring. Watch out world.

S.C.
www.scwynne.com


Friday, September 14, 2018

What does success mean to you? by Felice Stevens


Success over the years has come to mean different things to me. 
I've had many personal and professional success over the years but I won't discuss any of them except as how it pertains to publishing. 

What is success? I find it hard in this swiftly changing world to come up with one definitive answer. With the advent of self-publishing, its easier than ever to publish your own book, so many more people who might never have gotten to publish because of gatekeepers and hard-line publishers, can now claim the title of author.

Landing an agent can be a success. Signing a contract? Another success. If that's what you want. Winning contests and awards? It feels great. 

Is success hitting number one on Amazon? Many people would say say yes, definitely. I'm not so sure.  Amazon rankings change on the hour so how much weight does it hold to say you were number one on Amazon? And no, I'm not bashing it at all. I have been there and was as thrilled as the next person to see that orange ribbon next to my book. It never fails to be a Sally Field "You like me. You really like me" moment. But it's so fleeting that for me, personally, I don't see it as a bragging right. NYT and USAT? Definitely. That goes to the tremendous number of actual books sold across many different platforms.

I feel as though I've had some successes. Publishing is a business and I have been successful finding a great team to work with. I couldn't put out my books without the help of the best editors and proofers I feel lucky to work with. I love my cover artist and I will never give her up. I hope she knows she's stuck with me. 
I've been successful in making friendships in the book community with other authors and readers I know are real. I can count on these people to listen and hold my hand when I need consoling, or when we want to rant a bit about whatever might be bothering us, aside from publishing.

But real success to me? That's pretty easy. It's the email I got from a reader from India who stated she cried when she read I'd written Sikh characters, even though they weren't the main focus, because she'd never seen anyone like her in any gay romance book she'd read. It's the emails and private messages I still get for a book two years after it was written, thanking me for the sensitivity in taking on anxiety and ADHD in one of my books. Or the emails from older gay men who said they wish they'd had my book to read when they were young to see that love for them was possible. If my books have touched one person, if they have made it easier for them to get through a hard day, for whatever the reason, then doing what I do, what I love doing, means I'm a success.

It's nice to win awards and get the accolades but with the hundreds of books flooding the market daily and the millions on Amazon alone, resonating with readers who take the time to let me know my books touched them is my greatest success. 

What's your greatest success?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Where would you go? with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Today we answer the question: If you could escape to anywhere, any era, where would you go and why?


BA
Escape to anywhere? Hrm. I  guess I'd just stay here and now. I have my girl, my mountains, my house. I'm a happy chicken.

Julia
and I don't really need to escape right now, but if I could go anywhere and any time, I would go back and do the 2005 PBR world finals with my girl instead of a relative stranger who ended up not being very friendly 😉

Kiernan
It's a tough question for me, but I think if I could visit anywhere, any time, I'd pick the south of France about 10K years ago. It would've been at the end of an Ice Age when glaciers still covered a great deal of the northern hemisphere, but most importantly, mega-fauna (mammoth, wooly rhinos, giant elk, cave lions, etc) still lived. Seeing them alive would be awesome!

Sean
Whenever I hear of this kind of question, I decide while it might be neat to see the past, I don't really want to go there. No plumbing, no electricity, none of the amenities I know and love. So my answer is I'd love to go into the future. Given how much things have changed in just the last twenty five years, can you imagine just how different the world could be in a hundred years? It could be awful or it could be amazing, or a combination of the two even, but I would like to know, so that is where I would go. I'd want to come back to hear and now, though, because I like what I have now.


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Saturday, September 8, 2018

So much to do for GRL By S.C. Wynne



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Afternoon, all!

I apologize for the late post. I have been going crazy trying to keep up with real life, and also prepare for GRL in October. I know, I KNOW, it seems like that is far away, but it is racing toward me like a train. I've got my swag and books ordered. I have a wonderful friend, who is kind enough to drive my books to GRL for me, so at least I don't have to ship them to the hotel. I might have to ship them back though, if no one buys them! GAH!

I still need to get my 80's costume pulled together. I can't decide whether Jane Fonda or Madonna should inspire me. lol Maybe I will just go to the Goodwill and see if they have any older style jackets with shoulder pads! Puffy hair and shoulder pads, that sounds easy, right?

I'm concerned I'll be exhausted by the time GRL begins because I have a tiring event the weekend before GRL and then we leave the Monday after that for GRL. I will spend all of Monday doing laundry and repacking everything I just unpacked. Then we will have to zip to the airport, and pray our flights are not screwed around. Flying is the worst these last few years. So many delays and canceled flights. Plus, I just hate flying in general because... well.... you know, I don't have wings!

Deep breath.

I'm sure it will all work out well. I'll feel less stressed once I'm actually there. I tend to over think everything. Once I'm there, I will just jump in and go with it.

What about you? Are you going to GRL? Do you drive or fly this time around? If you are going to GRL, be sure to come by and say "Hi" to me! I'd love to meet you all.

S.C.
www.scwynne.com


Friday, September 7, 2018

New audiobooks and a sale by Felice Stevens


I am so excited for every one to listen to the Man Up audiobooks that have just been released. I chose to do it differently this time and not go exclusively through Audible/Amazon and instead use Findaway Voices. Everything remains the same if you want to purchase on Audible, however, the audiobooks are now also available on over twenty other platforms, including Kobo, Nook, Playster, Scribd, Hoopla, etc. I'm excited to see how this works and I hope to see other authors use it as well to break the stranglehold Amazon has on our audiobooks
Austin: https://adbl.co/2NyFiVF 
 


Rhoades—Undeniable: http://bit.ly/RhoadesManUp

 Frankie—Unforgettable: http://bit.ly/FrankieManUp



Additionally, I have a sale going on for one of my reader's favorite books. The Arrangement is only 99 cents for a limited time:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ttmexq
Kobo: http://bit.ly/29PmDF5
iBooks: http://apple.co/29JbH8k
B&N: http://bit.ly/29Sff7u