Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Reader Appreciation Day

Hello, everyone! It's almost time for another Reader Appreciation Day and Open Excerpt Day over at The Sweet Spot! Here's the official announcement for July!

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Saturday, July 19th, is Reader Appreciation Day at The Sweet Spot, the Yahoo Group run by Sloan ParkerJambrea Jo Jones, and me! This fun event is held on the third Saturday of every month and it's a day set aside on out group for authors of M/M Romance to say "thanks" to all the readers out there who support our writing efforts. The list of prizes donated by generous authors will be posted this Friday.

On Reader Appreciation Day (RAD), we'll post a giveaway thread throughout the day featuring a list of all prizes available in the group. Just respond to one of the giveaway threads on the Yahoo Group between 8am and 8pm EST to be included in the drawing.

Authors, if you're interested in participating in the giveaway, send an email to:
Please state what you'd like to donate for the July giveaway and include a link and a cover art pic. For prizes, you can donate books, gift certificates, swag, and other items. All types of prizes are welcomed! At the end of the giveaway, we will email your winner to you so you can send your prize personally. In the future, we'll include you in our monthly announcement for a chance to donate. You can participate as little or as often as you'd like in the RAD giveaway.

Reader Appreciation Day is also an Open Excerpt Day, and all authors are welcomed to post to blurbs and excerpts of their work, and of course, share any other fun news you've got going on!

Hope to see you all at The Sweet Spot!

Friday, July 11, 2014

An Interview With Me!

Hello, ladies and gents! Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything related to what's been going on in my writing world. My EVIL day job has been truly evil and I've been working a crazy amount of hours. But, as my boss tells me, starting this week things are going to lighten up a bit. Here's hoping!

Even though the day job has been wicked and I've been quiet, I've still been writing and doing authorly things. Fellow author, Jamie Lake, was kind enough to invite me to do an interview. Jamie asked me some fantastic questions about my books, me, and what I'm currently writing. I really enjoyed doing the interview and give my thanks to Jamie for having me!

Please do feel welcomed to stop by and check it out:

I'm also going to dig up some time to write a blog post to post here going into some more details focused specifically on how the rest of my writing year is looking right now. Will be doing that very soon! Thank you to everyone who stops by Jamie's place and checks out the interview!

Friday, June 20, 2014

June Reader Appreciation Day: The Prize List!

Ladies and gentlemen, Reader Appreciation Day will be held this Saturday, June 21st, at The Sweet Spot. I must apologize that I will not be able to attend this month's RAD, since I have to work my day job. Boo! I know I'll be missing out on a great time! The proof is here in this incredible prize list! This wonderful collection of prizes has been donated by all of these talented authors as their way of saying "thank you" to the readers out there. There are links with each prize listed, so just click on those to learn more about each book or author!

Sloan, Jambrea, and I give our thank to all of these fantastic authors for their generosity. We appreciate you joining with us in showing appreciation to readers!

Any author who would still like to donate a prize is welcomed to. All you have to do is send out an email to:  Please state what you'd like to donate for the June giveaway, include a link to your work and a cover art pic. Reader Appreciation Day is also an Open Excerpt Day, so all M/M authors are invited to stop by the Yahoo group, share excerpts and your latest news!

Readers, be sure you swing by too and see what some of your favorite authors got going on! We put on this day all for you!

The prize list will be posted throughout the day at The Sweet Spot Yahoo group, starting at 8:00 am EST. To enter in the giveaway, all you have to do is reply to one of the Giveaway emails. Reader Appreciation Day wraps up about 8:00 pm EST, with the winners announced shortly thereafter. Authors who have donated a prize will be contacted after the giveaway closes with their winner's information so you can send your prize personally. To enter in the giveaway, just reply to any of the giveaway threads on the group.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow at The Sweet Spot!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hop Winner!

Hello, everyone! After pulling everyone's names and dropping them in a virtual hat at, I have the winner for my Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia giveaway. And the winner is...

Tracy! I'll be getting in touch with you very soon!

And I want to give my deepest thanks to everyone who stopped by. Reading the comments you left here touched my heart. I thank you all for joining in on this hop. The entire hop was a beautiful display of unity and support. I know as we continue to stand together and push for change, more positive accomplishments toward equality will continue to be made. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia Giveaway

Hey, all! My thanks to everyone who's stopping by here today. For my giveaway prize, I'm offering up winner's choice of a title from my backlist in ebook. To be entered in my giveaway, just leave a comment on this post with an email address where I can reach you. And do be sure to stop by all the other great blogs taking part in this event!

I'm very happy and proud to be taking part in another "Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia." This blog hop is in honor the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. On May 17th, people from all over the world band together to spread messages of support, care, and awareness to put an end to discrimination toward people for their sexuality and gender identity.

If you've read any of my work, you know I'm all about positivity and that's what I want this post to be about. And really, it's one of the things I love about this particular hop. The authors, the readers, the reviewers, the publishers, the cover artists...everyone who takes part is doing so because they care about LGBT issues. Writing, reading, reviewing gay romance, it's about more than those steamy scenes between two men. It's about acceptance. It's about support. It's about compassion. It's about love, in all its forms, from the warmth of friendship to heated passion. It's about bringing all of those things into real life.

When I think back to how things were when I was younger, even only nine years ago when I first started writing gay romance in 2005, the world has changed so much and I'm happy to say, for the better. It hasn't been an easy change. Far from it. There's been much pain, heartache, and most tragically, victims whose lives have been lost in the fight for equality.

The changes started slow and really, still doesn't seem to be happening fast enough at times, but in the most recent years, the equality has gained so much momentum where I know, it can never be stopped. Every year, more States in the United States vote for marriage equality, same as nations around the world. Celebrities and athletes who come out receive more messages of support than scorn and stand as proud role models. More young people find defenders against bullies. And more allies join the fight for everyone to have the right to love who they're meant to love.

Is there still more work to be done? Absolutely. But sometimes it's good to pause and look back on the accomplishments and changes that have been made. It gives hope and strength to continue standing strong for your beliefs, what you know is right, and to keep moving forward. And I don't have a doubt the equality movement WILL keep moving forward. There's too much force behind it. There will be times where its met with resistance and sadly, there will always be those who try to push back progress and spit out hateful words. That's why all of us who understand that no person should ever be denied rights freely given to others need to push back harder and speak out against discrimination for the shameful thing that it is.

For all those fighting the good fight, remain tenacious. Remain strong. Combat discrimination with pride, ugliness with beauty, hate with love. And most importantly, know you're never alone.