I mentioned elsewhere that I’ve requested rights reversions for all my titles with Dreamspinner Press. I’ve received one back so far, for the Playing Ball anthology, which included my novella Home Field Advantage. Keep your eyes peeled, though, because I’ll have that one back out in the world soon!
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Links to my titles (with sale prices):
Two sales to share today! First up, I’ve put my F/F novella, Graphite & Glitter, on sale for just 99 cents at all outlets through the end of the month. Links for your buying convenience:
Also, to cap off its 10th anniversary celebration, Dreamspinner Press is offering 30% off everything through the end of the month. And—just in case you didn’t know—if you buy the paperback from Dreamspinner, you get the ebook for free! Links to my Dreamspinner titles:
Unfortunate Son (Sons: Book 1): Ebook || Paperback
Wayward Son (Sons: Book 2): Ebook || Paperback
Nobody’s Son (Sons: Book 3): Ebook || Paperback
“Sons and Brothers” (Sons: Epilogue)
Sand & Water: Ebook || Paperback
“Ice Cream Dreams” (All in a Day’s Work anthology): Ebook || Paperback
Home Field Advantage (Playing Ball anthology): Ebook || Paperback
“The Cabin on the Hill”
“Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters”
OMG, I am still flailing about this! Playing Ball, the baseball-themed anthology I helped develop with fellow authors Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, and Kate McMurray, won Best LGBT Anthology/Collection in the Rainbow Awards! We owe a great debt to Dreamspinner Press and Elizabeth North for publishing the book and to Grace McCullough for fabulous editing, as well as to those who nominated for and judged the contest. Woot!
In other news, the lovely Kage Alan guested at Love Bytes Reviews today to plug our new anthology, Butt Babes in Boyland. He’s giving away a signed copy of the second butts anthology, Butt Ninjas from Hell, so run over and get your entries in!
More great news! The baseball anthology Playing Ball that I helped put together with Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, and Kate McMurray has received an honorable mention nod from the Rainbow Awards. As awards maven Elisa Rolle explains it, an honorable mention goes to any book that’s awarded a score of 36 or higher (out of 40) by at least one judge. These stories might still place in the final awards listings for their categories.
Here are some of the comments we received:
This was overall a very enjoyable anthology. The characters are ‘people’ one can actually ‘see’ in real life. Their situations are factual, things like what each of these men went through I could see happening to men out there.
This array of stories sucked me in… I liked they were so easy to fall into and feel like you were a part of the story itself—sign of good writing to me.
Probably the best anthology I have ever read. Each story was a little gem. Loved it.
Thank you to the judges, and especially to Elisa for all the hard work she puts into this project every year. 🙂
For those who haven’t tried out this anthology, here are the buy links and story blurbs:
Home Field Advantage by Shae Connor
Toby MacMillan, grandson of Atlanta Braves owner Ray MacMillan, lives for baseball and loves his team. When he meets new team member Caleb Browning, an innocent welcome-to-the-big-leagues dinner leads to a not-so-innocent night together. Toby quickly calls things off, afraid of the ramifications of their tryst, but the two men develop a friendship that soon becomes more. After Caleb takes a fastball to the head, their budding romance hits the news—and Toby’s grandfather hits the roof. When Ray MacMillan demands Toby deny the relationship, Toby must choose between the team he’s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it.
One Man to Remember by Kate McMurray
It’s 1927, and in New York City, Babe Ruth and the Yankees’ unstoppable batting lineup, Murderers’ Row, is all anyone can talk about. Across town, the Giants’ rookie infielder Skip Littlefield racks up hits, creating a streak to rival the Babe’s. Worried his secrets could get out, he avoids the spotlight, but he catches the attention of lauded sports reporter Walter Selby, a notorious dandy whose sexuality is an open secret. Skip reluctantly agrees to an interview, and mutual attraction is sparked. Skip can only hope the more charismatic stars will draw attention away from his romance with Walt. Otherwise, his career and everything he loves is at stake.
Wild Pitch by Marguerite Labbe
Ruben Martell fell in love with Alan Hartner during their years playing baseball. They stepped over the foul line once, but the encounter left them struggling with heartache and guilt, turning away from each other to focus on their families. Now retired from the majors, they run a batting cage together and coach rival Little League teams as they juggle fatherhood and being single again. Though Ruben has never given up hope that Alan might look at him as more than a friend, Alan seems determined to keep things the way they’ve always been. But long-buried feelings and desires have a way of resurfacing, and Ruben can’t wait forever.
One Last Road Trip by Kerry Freeman
With the last game of his Major League Baseball career behind him, Jake Wilson hits the road. Years have passed, but he never got over the romance he shared with Mikko Niemi back in college. Finally, he’s ready to do something about it. He starts with some crucial visits to his ex-wife in New Mexico, his son in Oklahoma, and his daughter in Tennessee. But his true destination is Mikko’s home in Georgia, where he’s hoping to get a second chance at love.
Three of my publishers are having sales today, so just about everything I have out there is discounted. Here’s a quick list so you can pick up anything you’re missing! 🙂
Dreamspinner Press (25% off, plus special codes: BlackFriday1, free eBook w/any order of $50+; BlackFriday2, extra 25% off any order of $25+; BlackFriday3, $2 off any order of $20+)
“Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters”
“The Cabin on the Hill”
Wilde City Press (30% off with code WILDETURKEY)
Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology
Amber Allure Press (50% off)
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.
I 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. 🙂
Two announcements to make!
Sunday 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!
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!
Squeee! Melanie at Joyfully Jay gave the Playing Ball anthology 4.75 stars! A snippet from her review:
This collection of stories demonstrates just why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life. It is full of passion, and history. It’s hilarious and heartbreaking. It’s about the grand gesture and small intimacies. And its about love and all the memorable diverse characters drawn to the National Pastime. Every story here is a home run! It is already on my must reread list.
And over at MM Good Book Reviews, Tams gives Playing Ball an overall 4 hearts rating, saying in part:
I hate baseball. It’s like watching paint dry! But this anthology of short stories based within the sport left me breathless. Each story is different and unique. All the men share an almost common goal of keeping their sexuality a secret. And in the end they will all have to decide if that secret is more important than the happiness they deserve. Sex, steam, passion, and baseball. That is what Playing Ball is all about!
Thanks so much! 🙂