Saturday, February 24, 2018

Taking A Break by S.C. Wynne


Morning everybody!

As you read this post, I'm on the last day of a six day vacation. It's important to take time off. That seems so obvious, but  it is amazing how often I forget to even take one day off in the week. There's always something to do. Always.

I sent off the sequel to Shadow's Edge before I left, it's called Shadow's Return, and the edits might be waiting for me when I get home. But I should be itching to get back to work by then.

I find it's hard to unwind the first few days of a vacation. It's like my brain just can't accept the fact that I don't have a deadline. I usually work from eight in the morning till eight at night and when you get in that routine, it's hard to stop. The very idea of having nothing to do all day long seems crazy, but it's necessary for your sanity.

So I'm taking that little break this week, drinking and eating my way to relaxation. Hope you all enjoyed your week as well.

S.C.

www.sc-wynne.com

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Release by Felice Stevens


I've had this book in my head for so long, it's almost like giving birth....and since One Call Away released about nine months ago it's rather apropos. All my books carry a piece of me in them and all are special in one way or another but I've made no secret that One Call Away was special. And one of the reasons was Jeremy. I knew as soon as I wrote him he'd need a book because he needed to find Blake. He needed his happily ever after.

Blake is the insecure, broken shy guy. the one who never believes in himself no matter what people tell him. So when Jeremy pursues and catches him, Blake waits for the day when it all comes crashing down. Perhaps there's a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy, but you'll have to wait and read the book to see what comes between them and how they find their own version of Perfect. 

Perfect is available at a special release week price of $3.99 and is in Kindle Unlimited for 3 months. I hope you fall in love with these two and enjoy their story.
Amazon Universal Link: viewBook.at/perfect




Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Better Class of Wall



This week, we're joined by narrator, Andrew McFerrin, who has a different take on the cabin fever we've all been experiencing lately. Sometimes when you feel you've hit a wall, you've only just discovered the secret doorway.

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So it comes to pass that lately I've been on a less-than-productive, slightly depressive jag. They happen. It's part of the way my brain's wired, and in fact the general background hum of discontent that has followed me my entire life is a big big part of the reason why I'm able to do this for a living, not to mention all the gonzo side projects I've come up with to keep myself enthused and amused.

I've tried medications, and don't get me wrong that shit is live-saving. As in, literally has saved my life on at least one occasion and most likely will do again. But they come with the unfortunate side effect of making me too easily contented with any given situation. That's simply not healthy for me, long term.

(Super-bitchin' muscles not shown.)

At this point I need to make it abundantly clear than I'm not shaming anyone for needing these things. I needed these things for quite a while, and almost certainly will need them again. It's like the principle behind lifting weights—you take the extra resistance, push that weight until your muscles fail and you can not push any more. Over time, done correctly with intent and proper nutrition, this gives you super bitchin' muscles that might, say, land you on the cover of a Dreamspinner book. But, and this is the kicker, that only works if you're HEALTHY. If you have a hernia or a slipped disc or some other structural thing going on where your body cannot support this strain, the best you can hope to accomplish by weight-lifting is to (maybe) not injure yourself further. It certainly won't get you any closer to bitchin' muscle-dom.

Same thing with emotional stuff: Many people, through no fault of their own, don't have the support system to handle any additional strain right now.  Maybe not ever.  I'm currently feeling properly supported and healthy in my brain-meats to be able to push a little extra weight. That discontent, rather than shutting me down and making me hurt, is currently driving me to DO GOOD WORK. It's a great feeling, I'm feel lucky to be experiencing it, and I for one intend to ride it while it lasts.

But here's the thing: it becomes very easy to mistake effort for progress. Obstructed by a brick wall, it's super tempting to bang my head against that wall until it falls...even when I can see that the wall ain't going anywhere and, more importantly, my head kind of is. Case in point: I've just recently finished working on a very challenging project. It's been really important to me to have it done ASAP, yet I found myself grinding away at it for a couple of weeks without making any headway.


So what do we do in such a situation? We find a better class of wall. Divert that energy and frustration and faint panic of OH MY GOD IM WASHED UP AND WILL STARVE IN THE GUTTER WITH A CARDBOARD SIGN AND A SCRAWNY FLATULENT DOG into a different, perhaps equally difficult project. To go back to the bodybuilding metaphor: arms are feeling wasted? Okay baby, today is now leg day. Get going. Can't seem to make progress on a book today for physical or mental reasons? Time to go make some music. Find this other wall, hang a picture of the first wall's face on it, and get banging. And when you've gouged away at wall #2 for a while, the QG wall will look different—smaller, finer, more delectably crumbly—upon return.

My longstanding other wall of choice has been a gay-centric horror movie podcast called Candy-Coated Razor Blades, which I produce and co-host with a couple of friends. The newest project is the new theme music, which I spent a lot of time learning how to produce while trying not to spin my wheels on that most recent challenging project I was talking about.

And speaking of...that project is now complete and will soon be available to pour into your ears, dear listeners. In the meantime, however, may this wall inspire you to thoughtfully dismantle some of your own.


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See you next week with more audiobook fun!



And get ready for Andrew's newest narration, soon to be released from Dreamspinner Press, "The Griffin King's Consort," by Jenn Burke. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ask Andrew - Blubberbox


Dear Andrew

What was the last book that made you cry like a sprinkler system?

Dawn

Dear Dawn

Wow, I can't really remember a recent book that made me cry like that.  The cool thing about reading romance is that the stories have a happy ending.  However I can remember a book where I cried for nearly 40 pages.  Its called Virginia Bedfellows and its a historical story.  I hesitate to call it a romance even though there is a love story in it because the story doesn't have a happy ending.

That's the part that had me crying all over the place.  The characters are amazing and one had been through hell and back.   I think that's what affected me the most.  These characters deserved a happy ending so badly, but times were very tough and difficult in the early colonial period and the author wrote an ending that simply ripped my heart out.  The story affected me greatly because I wished the ending had been so very different.

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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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Event! BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean will be at Coastal Magic Con


Come see us at Coastal Magic! We'll all be there!

If you can't come see us, grab a beach read from Evil Plot Bunny (yes, the name is clickable) We have 10% off now through Saturday on your total purchase! Use code Coastal2018 at checkout!

XXOO

Julia

Visit our websites:

Sean's 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, February 17, 2018

I'm Going To GRL! by S.C. Wynne


Morning all!

My post is late today because I wanted to see if I could get into GRL as  Featured Author before I posted, and somehow I did. lol

This will be my very first GRL and I'm really looking forward to it and terrified at the same time. Like most authors, I'm rather shy. But I know that networking and meeting other authors, bloggers and readers is all part of the job.

But being shy, it is intimidating. But that's life. Life and being a grownup is intimidating. You don't back away from it. You take it on. Or at least you try to. So that's what I'm doing this year. Trying to challenge myself out of my comfort zone. GRL will definitely do that.

How about you? Are many of you going this year? Will you go as a reader or as an author? They also have slots for Narrators and Bloggers now.

I'm excited to meet in person so many great people I only know online. It's going to be amazing. I need to start thinking about which books to bring and what swag to order.

But the most important part is done; registering and snagging the hotel room.

I hope to see many of you at GRL 2018 !

S.C.

www.sc-wynne.com

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Audiobook by Felice Stevens


Under the Boardwalk, my first Landmarks series book is now available on audiobook. Nick J Russo perfectly captured Alexi's accent and the entire feel of the Coney Island experience. I decided to share the first chapter with you. I hope you enjoy!
Link to Audible
http://adbl.co/2syPV4T

Link to Listen:
https://soundcloud.com/felice-stevens/chapter-01