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Where to Find Me at RT

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Next week, I’ll be in Las Vegas for the RT Booklovers Convention. Woot! Here’s where you can find me (barring any last-minute complications):

Tuesday, 8PM: Cinema Craptastique. I’ll be in the audience throwin’ shade (and giving away a prize pack) while we mock a Taylor Lautner movie.

Wednesday, 8:30PM: Vintage Vegas Romance Casino. Look for me in an animal-print dress. Rawr!

Thursday, 10AM: Dreamspinner Reader Party. I’m throwing in some goodie bags as prizes for the Apples to Apples games.

Friday, 10AM: Wheel of Romance. I’ll have another prize pack to give away!

Saturday, 10:30AM: Giant Book Fair. I’ll have Unfortunate Son and Nobody’s Son up for sale (and if you buy both, you can get Wayward Son for free!)

Saturday, 6PM: FAN-tastic Day Party. I’m in the first group of authors featured at this Dreamspinner-sponsored event, so get there early!

Saturday, 8:30PM: An Evening with the Bat Pack. Look for me with devil horns at this one. 😀

Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~28%)

 

Straight Shootin’ Spring Fever Giveaway, and Updates

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First up: run over to Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews and check out their awesome Spring Fever giveaway! They’re giving away a Kindle Fire and a whole list of books by a bunch of awesome authors (and me!). Check it out. 🙂

This time next week, I’ll be all packed up and ready to head out to Las Vegas for the RT Booklovers’ Convention. SO EXCITED! I’ll be participating in several events, including Cinema Craptastique, the Dreamspinner Reader Party, the Wheel of Romance, and the FAN-tastic Day Party, and I’ll be signing at the Giant Book Fair on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~28%)

 

How Did We Get Here Already??

February? Really? I swear Christmas was yesterday. I need life to slow down a bit, please.

The past week has been mostly a wash. As many of you know, my mom fell Tuesday morning and broke her ankle badly. After surgery and a few days in the hospital, she’s now settled into a rehab center. She can’t put any weight on her right leg for 6 to 8 weeks, so she’ll need some strengthening and practice on moving around on her left leg only before she can go home. Thankfully, she’s doing well, without a lot of pain.

While I was able to do some day job work from my parents’ place, I made no writing progress and very little on my other major project, which is reading books to judge for the RITA awards. I have eight books to read, and I’ve only finished one so far. I have a pile of recent releases on my Kindle that will just have to sit and wait until I have the required reading done!

I’ve decided to start noting what I’m working on in my blog posts (and to try to post every 2 weeks). Like this:

Currently writing: Rhythm & Blues, M/M novella (~30% complete)

Indigent: A Charity Anthology

It’s my pleasure to feature a new YA charity anthology today. Indigent, edited by Louis J. Harris and Kimi D. Saunders and featuring stories by five authors, will benefit a group of LGBT charities. It releases on June 15, 2015.

Our nature is to live and let live.

Often disregarding the plight of our homeless, our sick, our tired and our handicapped LGBT fellow beings. It gives us great pleasure in presenting this edition to assist our community members wherever they may be. Many of our community members have nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat, and have no work. The proceeds collected from this book will go to rewarding several charities across the globe. These charities are passionate about what they do. Some take in the homeless and others provide a home for the aged and the handicapped. The charities whom we will be assisting:

  • GALA is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa. Their mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTI people.
  • Lost-n-Found is Atlanta’s only non-profit organization dedicated to taking homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth off the street and into more permanent housing, Lost-n-Found Youth is dedicated to the advocacy and service of youth from 13 to 25 years old.
  • Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people aged 12-25 who are facing challenges of homeless- ness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, neglect and abuse. We support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse.
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. Every day they deal with the the effects home lessness can have on young people’s lives.

These charities require funding to assist desperate, needy members of our community and this book is a mere drop in the ocean of how we can reach out socially to them.

indigent_coverIndigent has been produced to entertain and delight and all the stories leave the reader with a “feel good” state of mind.

Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr’s “Indigent”, after which the anthology takes its name, brings the reader to witness an apocalyptic war between the good and evil that rages in one man’s mind. Soon he will know that his problems are insignificant compared to those of others.

Mari Evan’s “Stumbling into Forever” involves a handsome young vampire who will learn that just a sip of blood is the difference between love and freezing to death.

Leona Windwalker’s “If Only the World” takes rejection to another level. A heartbreaking story that is turned on its head by the kindness of strangers.
Shaye Evans’ “Rescued” is a contemporary social statement about the aftermath of a young man’s life after his drink has been spiked at a bar.

M. LeAnne Phoenix’s “Higher Love” takes us on an almost spiritual journey through the minds of two people who have never met, but have spoken on a telepathic level. When they do come together, that bond is already cemented but there is a price to pay.

Buy Indigent at Amazon

Author and Publisher Links

Louis J. Harris
louisjharris@cooldudespublishing.com

Kimi D Saunders (Writes as Leona Windwalker)
https://twitter.com/ShroudedDancer
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leona-Windwalker/890405037684824?fref=ts

Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr
http://www.authorfefeeleyjr.wordpress.com

Mari Evans
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mari-Evans/1412324675676352

Shaye Evans
https://www.facebook.com/ShayeLEvans?fref=ts

M. LeAnne Phoenix
mleannephoenix.com
FB: mleannephoenix
Twitter: @MLPhoenix

CoolDudes Publishing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/CoolDudes-Publishing/1524105151191706
Twitter: @lgbtpublisher

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Final Blog Tour Stops and a Video Chat

Today’s final stop on the Unfortunate Son blog tour is particularly good timing, since my host, J.P. Barnaby, is headed to my place for the weekend! I talk about how my cover model’s real life has given him an even better HEA than Evan and Riley’s. 🙂

I also visited Vicktor Alexander’s blog on Wednesday with a cute, sexy little interview with Evan and Riley. That one was a lot of fun!

And Wednesday night, I helped kick off Dreamspinner’s new DreamWeavers video chat series. Poppy Dennison hosted me, Tere Michaels, and Rick R. Reed, and we had a fabulous time:

Cover Reveal: A Heart for Robbie by JP Barnaby

Today, I’m honored to participate in the cover reveal and launch for J.P. Barnaby’s new novel, A Heart for Robbie. The book will be released on Friday, July 11, but will be available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press starting today.

HeartforRobbieWaiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

Pre-order link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5038

Grand Adventures Release Day and Facebook Chat

GrandAdventuresLGToday is the release day for the Dreamspinner Press Grand Adventures anthology, which includes the second edition of my short story “Stripped.” The lineup of authors is amazing, and everyone involved has donated their time and efforts so that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to authors Eric Arvin and T.J. Klune. Prints of the cover art are also available. Here are the buy links:

 

Anthology: Ebook || Paperback

Cover art prints: Large || Small

 

(You can also donate directly to Eric through GoFundMe.)

 

To celebrate release day, a bunch of the anthology authors will be taking turns chatting on the Dreamspinner Facebook page today. I’m up from 9–10 p.m., along with Amy Lane (yay!), so come on over and join us in some shenanigans! (She’s Shenan and I’m Igans.)

 

The full list of stories and authors:

 

Forward by S.A. McAuley

An Unexpected Thing by John Amory
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd Edition)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley
Object of Care by Zahra Owens
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed
What You Will by Tinnean
Prologue by Brandon Witt

 

Celebrate Freedom with Wilde City

I’ll be spending part of my long holiday weekend (YAY!) on edits for my first story with Wilde City Press, but while you wait for “Fringes” to get all polished up for release, you can check out some of this new publisher’s other great offerings. Today through Sunday, July 4 through 7, take 25% everything at the Wilde City website with the code WILDEFREEDOM.

Wilde City also has a fun blog post up with several authors, including me, talking about our favorite summer memories and where we’d love to run off to for vacation. Read all about it right here!

Hop Against Homophobia: It’s Personal

I let time get away from me and wasn’t able to sign up for the Hop Against Homophobia this year, so instead, here’s a link to last years post. It still applies. Well, except the giveaway parts, sorry. 🙂

(Also sorry about the old logo. Should’ve fixed that before I reblogged. I haven’t had my coffee yet!)

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Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m happy to be participating in the Hop Against Homophobia, and I’m even happier that you’re taking the time to check out my contribution. I’m going to address the serious part of why I’m here first, and then I’ll get to the fun stuff. 🙂

When I started thinking about what I wanted to say in this post, I kept coming back to the same beginning point: Christianity. I’m not trying to start a deep, philosophical discussion. I’m just making a public statement about my personal beliefs.

I’m Christian.

No, wait, don’t leave! That’s the biggest problem I see: as soon as I mention being Christian, a lot of people tune me out, or don’t believe me. Not that I can blame them, but the truth is that I’m Christian, I write same-sex romance, I support marriage equality, and I don’t…

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Reality 301 with @heidicullinan

I told Heidi I was glad she was posting on this subject, because my response would likely read more like ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH.

The Amazon Iowan

 

Tonight Twitterverse roared with outrage over Kendall Grey’s post on Authors for Life where she bemoans the fact that sometimes, publishing is hard. Grey spent four years writing and a great deal of money and effort promoting an urban fantasy trilogy; it tanked. She wrote an erotic novel she describes as a “piece of trash” in two months, spent much less in promotion and gave it much less effort, and that book made some decent money. She’s angry that she wasn’t rewarded for her “beautiful, artistic” book and that by selling out she made money. Grey writes:

I know it’s depressing to hear that in order to find success, you may have to compromise your principles. I’ve come to grips with the fact that in the current market, trashy smut sells, and urban fantasy does not. Tough shit for me. If you want to sell books, you have to…

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