Category Archives: anthology

Dreamspinner Paperback Sale & Preorders for GRL

Attention, GayRomLit attendees! For those who haven’t heard, through this Sunday, September 21, Dreamspinner Press has ALL paperbacks (even ones they don’t normally keep in stock) on sale for 35% off and will deliver your purchases to you in Chicago for no shipping charges. That way, you won’t need to buy on site, and you can order any paperbacks for any authors, including those of us who aren’t registered as authors, or even authors who won’t be attending at all.

To designate your order for pickup at GRL, use the code GRL2014 at checkout.
The offer applies for some books that haven’t officially been released yet, including the All in a Day’s Work anthology, which comes out on Monday. Several of the anthology’s authors will be in attendance at GRL, including Bru Baker, AJ Cousins, and me, of course! You can also order paperbacks of my novel Sand & Water or the Playing Ball or Grand Adventures anthologies.

The 35% discount is available for everyone. You can still order books to be delivered to you directly (with the usual shipping charges). So whether you’ll be in Chicago or not, this is a great chance to stock your bookshelves with old favorites or new reads.

Happy shopping!

COVER REVEAL: All in a Day’s Work

We have a gorgeous cover for the upcoming anthology All in a Day’s Work! Just check THIS baby out:

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Yowza!

I’m happy to be sharing space with some amazing authors for this anthology of workplace-themed short stories. My contribution is titled “Ice Cream Dreams,” and here’s the blurb:

Gage Albert is working at his Uncle Gordon’s ice cream shop when well-regarded young chef Loren Rey stops by, interested in using the shop’s unique flavors for his new restaurant. Gage plies Loren with samples and banter and soon finds ice cream isn’t the only thing on the menu. After the men share a hot night together, Gage approaches his uncle about Loren’s ideas, but he fears Gordon’s religious nature may mean rejection not just for Loren but also for Gage, who isn’t out to his uncle. Torn between the business and the personal, Gage has to decide if a future with Loren is worth revealing all.​

Pre-orders coming soon! (And the paperback will be available to pre-order for GayRomLit!)

Interview with the Playing Ball Authors

PlayingBallORIGI had a great time last night doing an interview with Wt Prater’s “Taste Test” segment on the Writers Online Network along with fellow authors Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, and Kate McMurray. We talked about how the Playing Ball anthology and our stories came about, as well as what we each have coming up. Check out the interview HERE and comment for a chance to win the anthology! Or if you’d like to go ahead and grab a copy, you can get it for 20% off through tomorrow at Dreamspinner Press. 🙂

An Interview and a New Audiobook

Two announcements to make!

PlayingBallORIGSunday night, Writers Online Network will play host to the authors of the Playing Ball anthology for the “Taste Test” feature. Kate McMurray, Marguerite Labbe, Kerry Freeman, and I will be there to talk with Wt Prater about the anthology, our stories, and our mutual love affair with baseball. The show starts at 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. on the East Coast, 5 p.m. on the West Coast). Here’s the link!

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Also, the audiobook for the Dreamspinner Press Grand Adventures anthology is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. As with all the other products related to the anthology, proceeds will go to authors Eric Arvin and TJ Klune to support them during Eric’s recovery process. Here’s the link!

Updates and Stuff

redpenimageTwo bits of writing news to share…

First, last week I signed the contract for All in a Day’s Work, an author-driven anthology that will be published in the fall by Dreamspinner Press. My story is “Ice Cream Dreams,” about a college guy helping out in his uncle’s ice cream shop and the up-and-coming young chef who comes in looking for ideas for his new restaurant.

Second, on Friday I submitted my novel Unfortunate Son, which will be book 1 in the Sons series, currently slated for three books (also with Dreamspinner). Tentative publication date will be January/February 2015, and I’m hard at work on book 2, Wayward Son.

(I rewarded myself for submitting by finally buying Amy Lane’s Ethan in Gold. \o/)

I’m also working on my next butt-themed anthology, which deals with pumpkin pie and sex toys. You know, your average Thanskgiving. 😉 A third Sons novel and another butt story will follow.

And then we’ll see what 2015 brings. 🙂

(P.S. I keep a running tally of my projects under the Works in Progress tab, so check in whenever you like!)

Butt Ninjas Gets Reviews!

A quickie update with a few of the reviews we’ve gotten for the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. We’ve gotten great response, so thanks to all for reading!

Cryselle’s Bookshelf (4.25/5 marbles)

Prism Book Alliance (4.5/5 stars)

Rainbow Book Reviews

Rainbow Gold Reviews (8.5/10 pots of gold)

Also, back on April 21, the authors got together for an online radio interview. It was a little crazy and a lot silly (like us), and you can listen if you like right here. 🙂

Coninsanity

I’ve spent the last almost-three weeks in my own personal “con season.” It’s been an amazing time, albeit exhausting. The bulk of the insanity was a 12-day, cross-country excursion to Tampa and Portland. I left home on April 16 and didn’t return until April 27—and then Outlantacon was 5 days after that!

I started my trip in Tampa for RainbowCon, which was pretty awesome. We had some great panel sessions—I sat on panels about author etiquette and stereotypes in fiction—and the vendor room stayed pretty busy. I left with just one book left from the ones I brought, though of course I had a stack of new ones I purchased from others! I shared a table with the fabulous Nicole Dennis, and we were set up right next to Grace R. Duncan, so we had a great time. It was so great to see so many friends again and to meet some new people. Best surprise: Brandon Shire stopping by! (He’s freaking adorable, too. LOL)

Once RainbowCon ended, I went home with cousins who live nearby for a couple of days off. I mostly did as little as possible: soaked in the hot tub, sat by the pool, ate some great food, and slept a lot. I did write a blog post and worked on plotting my next books, but I focused on resting up because I knew I’d need it!

On Wednesday, April 23, after a quick trip to St. Pete beach, I hopped a plane to Portland by way of Detroit, getting to the hotel at 10:30 local time. Naturally, my body felt like it was 1:30 a.m., so after unpacking the absolute bare minimum and drinking a little chocolate milk, I crashed hard. Thursday, I took care of two Portland touristy essentials: lunch from a food truck (a really good gyro) and doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts. When I got back, I started meeting up with people, and if I tried to list them all, I’d leave people out. But I got to see many of my favorite people and meet a bunch more, and that is always awesome.

The workshop itself was fun and interesting. Lots of information about sales and marketing, suggestions for writing specifics, and plenty of laughter. I had a good talk with Elizabeth North, pinning myself down to a three-book series commitment in the process (eep!), and several other Dreamspinner staffers, in addition to a bunch of authors. Nothing like feeling like you’ve found your people. 🙂

I did manage to squeeze in dinner with a local friend, though plans with another fell through just because I was too tired to think by then. I did hit up a couple more food trucks and wander through the Powell’s location at the airport. Portland is a lovely city, and I’d love to go back at some point.

I flew home last Sunday, along with Nessa Warin and Paul Richmond, which led to quite a bit of insanity, some of which might actually make it into a book (pokes Nessa). Of course, by the time I got home, I was dead on my feet and pretty much only had time to collapse into a bed. I did have to work the next day. 🙂

I survived last week, barely, and picked up J.P. Barnaby and Kage Alan from the airport on Thursday to kick things off. I went to the Eagle with J.P. and William Cooper for the Outlantacon kickoff party, had to work briefly Friday morning, and then spent the weekend doing the panels I listed on Friday and the rest of the time in the dealer room, selling books. We had a big pile of print copies of Butt Ninjas from Hell and sold quite a few. And of course we’re already planning for the next anthology or two. 😉

I’m finishing this up Sunday night, and I’m so tired it’s taking me twice as long to parse things as I go. I should probably stop writing and go get some sleep. Back to the EDJ in the morning!

Outlantacon Panel Schedule

GconThumbnailI’ll be at Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon this weekend, mostly doing things related to the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. When I’m not on a panel, I’ll have a spot in the vendor room, but here’s where you can come to listen to me blather:

Butt Ninjas from Hell: The Back Story
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 PM, Dekalb Room
It’s the sequel to Butt Pirates from Space! Meet the authors of the new Butt Ninjas from Hell Anthology prior to joining them for their book signing party. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, and Eden Winters. 

Writers Workshop Series: Fan Fiction vs Pro Writing

Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM, Decatur II

Some rules are universal, but there are a few distinct differences between writing fan based fiction vs the big leagues. Our experts share their secrets. Mentors: Shae Connor, JP Barnaby, and Kayelle Allen.

 

Butt Ninjas From Hell Book Release Party

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 PM, Magnolia Room (Con Suite)

Check out this ninja themed party and get to know the authors of the hot sequel to Butt Pirates in Space. Refreshments provided. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, Eden Winters

 

Whedon Universe!

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 PM, Decatur I

Can’t get enough Avengers, Buffy, Angel, or Firefly? Neither can we! Let’s talk about it. Presented by: Shae Connor, Kage Alan, and TC Blue

 

Potter

Sunday, May 4, 2:00 PM, Dekalb Room

Potter-verse, Pottermore, and beyond. We’re just wild about Harry. Presented by: JP Barnaby and Shae Connor.

 

Inspiration and Process

Sunday, May 4, 3:00 PM, Decatur I

How does an aspiring author find creative inspiration, stay motivated, and get from the blank page to editing the final draft? Presented by: Shae Connor and JP Barnaby.

Guest Blogging Today (and missed posts from last week)

I’m over at Grace Duncan’s blog today, talking about being different and (relatedly) the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. Thanks for having me, Grace! 🙂

I also missed linking two guest blog posts during my trip. On April 16, I guest blogged at Rainbow Gold Reviews for the Butt Ninjas from Hell blog tour. And on April 23, I participated in the LGBT Fiction Event at Scorching Book Reviews with a list of my top 10 short stories and novellas. Thanks for the guest spots!

Butt Ninjas Now Available for Kindle and in Print!

I’m having a great time at RainbowCon but have slipped away to post that Butt Ninjas from Hell is now available for Kindle and in print! Here are those buy links:

Kindle
Print

If you’ll be at Outlantacon, we’ll also have print copies available there. Other resellers (like AllRomance) are still to come.

Happy reading! 🙂