Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cover Art and Blurb: Protective Instincts

Hi there, everyone! After being quiet for a while on the writing front, I have some news to share...an update on my next release, Protective Instincts. This is going to be Book 6 in the Instincts series, and if you've read the series, you just might be familiar with the two leads vamps. Yep, Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura have returned! They previously were the main characters in Book 2, Enduring Instincts and have made several appearances in the series.

I just got the cover this past weekend, made by the awesome Lex Valentine, who along with being a wonderful cover artist, is also a fantastic author. I'm always thrilled to get another cover by Lex. I love in this one that she included the Tokyo skyline and the man drawing the katana :D

The story is still in edits with MLR Press. As of this moment, it has a tentative release date of August 28th. It'll go live at MLR Press first, then will quickly roll out to Amazon, AllRomance eBooks, and other vendors.

I absolutely loved working with my Instincts vampires again! I hope everyone will enjoy seeing them come back!


Blurb:
Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura knew each other for centuries, and when Daniel saw the love Ryu had for him and how it had endured for lifetimes, their lives became forever entwined. In recognizing that love, the two vampires became eternal partners, those with a bond deep and unbreakable.


They’re living in peace and happiness, until a call comes inviting Ryunosuke to interview for the Tribunal, the ruling body of vampire society. Both Daniel and Ryu know everything is about to change. Danger will come with the position and the greatest threat may be from one of the Tribunal members. Daniel and Ryunosuke’s protective instincts are strong, their love even stronger, but when old grudges demand retribution, will those instincts be enough to keep each other safe?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Love Wins!


Today in the United States, a vote by the Supreme Court has issued that all 50 states are to now recognize marriage equality and grant same-sex couples marriage licenses.

There is so much joy in my heart over this. And what's even better, I'm seeing it everywhere. People all across this great nation are rejoicing together, the LGBT community and their allies. I've been a proud ally for many years and to see this historical moment is truly awe-inspiring. 

Back when I wrote my first gay romance book, Conquest, I hadn't thought I'd written anything different than any other romance story. It just happened the two protagonists were men who were in love with each other. I learned quickly once I sought a publisher that others didn't view the love between two men the same. Of course I'd known there was bigotry and discrimination out there, but seeing how hateful people could be fueled my desire to get that book published and write more and more and more stories with gay protagonists. 

It was more than ten years ago when I started writing Conquest, nearly six years since it's been published. Back then, marriage equality seemed so far away. Minds and attitudes needed to be changed. A dramatic shift toward acceptance, understanding, and compassion needed to happen. Battles needed to be fought. But now, today, June 26, 2015, the dream of equality has come true for people all across the land. 


There is so much happiness radiating across the United States and through the world right now. And that's what equality brings - happiness, prosperity, and love.

Certainly, there are dissenters. Some politicians in a couple of states are saying they're going to fight the Supreme Court decision. Not sure where they're going to take that fight since, you know, the Supreme Court is the highest law in the justice system. I've also seen some people waving their Bibles around as if to see who has the biggest scripture against homosexuality. What they don't seem to understand is that if you're using your religion to hurt others, you're using it wrong. Furthermore, religion isn't needed for two people to get married and certainly a Bible isn't required. Granting the rights and license to two people in love harms no one else and takes away the rights of none. And now, by this action of the Supreme Court, zealots are no longer allowed to use religion as an excuse to deny others their unequivocal right to be married.

I'm proud of the people who have fought for years for this moment and never gave up on seeing this dream come true. I'm proud of the Supreme Court Justices who voted for marriage equality and of President Obama for being a strong supporter. I'm proud to have been an ally and will continue to be one against discrimination. I'm proud of so many people coming together in the United States to stand up for what's right, for not backing down, for showing our American spirit in that we will not stop fighting until there is freedom and equality for all in this nation. 

Today, the greatest of victories has been achieved. Love and equality have won!



Monday, May 25, 2015

HAHABT Winner

I want to begin with giving my deepest thanks to everyone who stopped by for the Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, and for the many kind words. The most wonderful thing about participating in this hop is seeing all the readers, authors, publishers, reviewers, and cover artists coming together in a unified stance for equality and acceptance. I'm always happy and proud to be part of it :-)

And now, for the hardest part of holding a giveaway; picking a winner. Really, I don't pick a winner myself. I use a randomizer and let technology do the dirty work, since I can't pick a winner on my own. So without further ado, the winner of my giveaway:

Congratulations to Jen (jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com)

I'll be getting in touch soon!

And again, my thanks to everyone for stopping by. It's awesome to see people coming together for such an important cause and standing up for equality!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

It's a pleasure for me to take part in another Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. This hop and giveaway has been organized to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This is a day of awareness where we join our voices together in support of equality for the LGBT community. 

As part of this event, I'm offering a prize, one of my books, winner's choice of title, in ebook. All you have to do to be entered in my giveaway is leave a comment on this post. Please also include an email address where I can contact you, should you win. Or if you're not comfortable posting an email address, then please stop by when I post the winner and if you're selected, you can email me at S.J.Frost3@gmail.com for your prize. I'll announce the winner on May 25th. Several authors, publishers, cover artists, and reviewers are also taking part in the hop. I've included their info below, so please check out their posts and giveaways. And I hope if you have a moment, you'll read my post, as well :-)

Good luck to all who enter in the giveaways and thank you all for being part of this special event!



We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness...

Many who just read those words will recognize where they're from, one of the single most important documents ever written in the United States of America, our Declaration of Independence. It was written when the forefathers of this nation stood on the precipice of making history. Once again, our nation stands on that edge, ready to either bravely leap forward toward equality, or take steps back and hide in a bigoted past.

The fight for equality continues in the U.S. There have been acts by those in power within the government who have sought to harm the LGBT community. From the passing of the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" in Indiana by Gov. Mike Pence, which in its original form allowed for open discrimination against LGBT individuals, to the Attorney General of MY home state of Ohio, Mike Dewine, claiming LGBT citizens already have too much power and don't need protection, to Senator Ted Cruz's attempts to ban same-sex marriage, there has been a shameful abuse of power in this country and a massive amount of ignorance displayed by those in office.

The politicians in office who argue against equality have lost sight that they are servants of the people. That it's their duty to protect ALL citizens of this country. No one should be made to feel they're a second-class citizen not deserving of equal rights, not deserving of being able to marry the one the love, not deserving to adopt a child because of their sexual orientation, not deserving of protection. And yet, many people live with this day after day in the United States and throughout the world.

The Declaration of Independence states that the government is granted power by the people. So too can the people take it away. We can abolish it, alter it, and stand up against those who refuse to do their duties to serve all people. And we're doing exactly that. There have been many victories in the fight for equality, one of the strongest being against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In a great demonstration of solidarity, people and businesses spoke out against the bill and showed they wouldn't tolerate discrimination. The result was the law got amended.

The victories show that the people of the United States and the world can make a difference. More nations and states than ever are recognizing marriage between people of the same gender and are adding protections for the LGBT community. Progress is being made and the movement for equality continues to grow stronger. Straight, gay, bi, trans, we'll stand together as allies, because we're all of this human race and we understand that all people are equal and all individuals are deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway



There's a special event going on right now. One that everyone should know about, and one that I'm very happy and proud to be a part of, The LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway. As many of you know, a few weeks ago, the state of Indiana and Governor Mike Pence had passed an odious law, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would allow for businesses to discriminate against individuals who are homosexual based on "religious" reasons. One of the first businesses to openly state they wouldn't provide their services to a wedding for a same-sex couple, was a small pizza parlor. In turn, the pizza parlor received backlash for their discriminatory statements and temporarily closed. But it didn't end there, when people from across the globe began donating money to support the pizza parlor's owners' hateful ideas.

Hate and discrimination should never be rewarded. 

Indiana has since made some adjustments to their law, thanks to the collective voice of thousands of people and businesses speaking out for justice and equality. But more work needs to be done. More support needs to be given. The message needs to continue to be stated over and over again, we will not stand for or tolerate other people being denied rights or services because of who they love, their sexuality, or their gender identity.

Many of us in the gay romance writing community wanted to show our support, and 224 authors, publishers, and reviewers have come together for the LGBTQ Pushback Charity Giveaway. I'm offering winner's choice of a title from my backlist in ebook. Here's all you have to do to participate and be entered for a chance to win a great prize from one of the participants. Head on over to The Diverse Reader blog, where they have the full details, give a donation to the LGBTQ charity of your chance, and enter the giveaway. 

So let's push back together. Let's show that love, acceptance, and equality are the values that we as a society will support and stand up for.