Posts Categorized: Active Giveaway

27 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 27 : Amelia Bishop talks flawed heroes and unforgivable mistakes

LGBT Fiction Event Day 27 : Amelia Bishop talks flawed heroes and unforgivable mistakes

  As I write this blog post, I’m waiting for my latest book, Love You Forever, to “go live” on Amazon. By the time this posts, it will have been out a few weeks. But sitting here right now, I’m nervous. About the usual stuff (Will it sell? Will people like it? Will I get positive reviews?) and about some other stuff, too. Most notably those sins and mistakes and really bad choices I let my characters make. What kind of “sins”, you ask? In the m/m Romance genre, a big sin is unprotected sex. For some readers, it is a real deal-breaker. So yeah, this book has some unprotected sex. But whatever the morality police say, having those guys use condoms at that point would have been ridiculous. So I stand by my decision. Still, I know it might offend people. How about a bigger “sin” – like cheating? This book has a teeny-tiny bit of cheating, and I know some people HATE cheating in a Romance novel. In… Keep Reading »

26 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 26 : Mina Kelly hosts an interview with her characters from her MM story Inescapable (Incl. Giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 26 : Mina Kelly hosts an interview with her characters from her MM story Inescapable (Incl. Giveaway)

  Notes for the interviewer: Despite the Kuiper family’s insistence that the kidnapping of their son, Richard Kuiper VII, was a botched publicity stunt, there is still a strong feeling amongst the Interplanetary Bodies’ Security Force that a criminal act was committed. The initial internment for the apparent kidnapper, Jared Kel Tamajaq, supports this, as does the fact The Field still has an arrest warrant out to recover him after his jailbreak. Jared Kel Tamajaq also has three outstanding warrants for genetic theft, one for smuggling genetic material, and seven for making indecent proposals to arresting officers and other members of the justice system. There are currently no arrest warrants for Richard Kuiper VII. We are investigating this anomaly. Proceed with caution while interviewing these men. Back up will be made available to you if necessary. Richard Kuiper VII: Seven? Jared Kel Tamajaq: Seven sounds like a lot. Richard: Seven is a lot. Jared: No, I mean… I don’t think it’s seven. Not unless they’re counting that executioner and his… Keep Reading »

25 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 25 : Kate Lowell introduces All the Colors of the Rainbow! (Includes Amazon Gift Card)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 25 : Kate Lowell introduces All the Colors of the Rainbow! (Includes Amazon Gift Card)

  LGBTQ anything is often associated with the rainbow. It’s an excellent allegory. There are so many different colors of non-cis, non-straight, non-heteronormative lives all blending on a sliding scale so that the rainbow really is the logical choice. It also represents the wide range of experiences and emotions that people with “non-standard” sexuality live through. From passion and happiness, to fear, anger, and loathing–it’s all in there. When I was growing up, I was obsessed with the theatre. I started out practicing stage makeup, which is the art of using color and shading to make someone look both completely like–and entirely unlike–themselves in front of an audience. You highlight some parts of their face or body, outline others, and shade bits and pieces until you’ve evoked the character and the emotions associated with their role.. An interest in makeup gradually expanded to include stage lighting, which is another way using color, shadow and highlights to add emotion and direct the audience’s attention toward or away from something. My critique… Keep Reading »

24 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 24 : Michelle Moore introduces her Sci-fi world (Includes Giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 24 : Michelle Moore introduces her Sci-fi world (Includes Giveaway)

  How awesome is it to be participating in Scorching Book Review’s 2014 LGBT event? Wait, wait, I can answer that! REALLY awesome! Where else would I get to participate with so many of my favorite authors in the field? There have been so many fascinating posts on Days 1-23 that I feel a little intimidated, but I’m going to forge on and talk a little bit about world-building. I’m lucky enough to share the world-building in the Ylendrian Empire series with my wonderful partner Reesa Herberth (you can find her 2014 LGBT event post here). Thank goodness, because while I love scifi, I’d be up a deep and swift-flowing creek without her knowledge! Where I’ve muddled along with my own world-building is when it comes to the sleepy little beach town of Playa Escondida. My short story “If Wishes Were Coffee” opened the door to Playa Escondida, poured us some coffee, invited us in for a peek. I realized after that peek that there’s a whole lot more to… Keep Reading »

23 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 23 : My Top 10 Gay Romance Short Stories by Shae Connor (Incl. Grand prize giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 23 : My Top 10 Gay Romance Short Stories by Shae Connor (Incl. Grand prize giveaway)

  I’m a short story writer. I’ve pretty much accepted that about myself. Out of my 15 published stories, all but one have been under 25,000 words. I can write novels—I’ve done it once, and I’m nearly done with another—but it’s a long process. I don’t dare promise anything novel length by a certain date, but I have no trouble meeting deadlines for short stories and novellas. I realize that most readers prefer novels. Heck, I read more novels than anything else too. But I don’t think most people have an appreciation for shorter stories. It can be difficult to put together a complete story in a smaller package: character development, relationship development, meaningful conversations and sex, happy endings—all take time and word count. It takes special skills to fit it all in without leaving threads hanging. For today’s post, I wanted to highlight some of the shorter gay romance stories I find myself re-reading often. These run the gamut from silly to angsty, and each one is a perfect… Keep Reading »

22 Apr '14

LGBT Event Day 22 : MM author Christa Tomlinson hosts a Character Interview with her Swat boys and a giveaway

LGBT Event Day 22 : MM author Christa Tomlinson hosts a Character Interview with her Swat boys and a giveaway

  Hello everybody. Teresa, your favorite romance blogger, here. For today’s interview, I went on a ride along with Sergeant Logan Pierce and Corporal Clay Foster from The Sergeant. I loved talking to these two men. Sergeant Pierce has this air of cool command while Corporal Foster was surprisingly playful for a cop. I met up with the two members of Houston Police SWAT in the garage while their team is waiting to be picked up. The entire group looks bad-ass in their black gear with weapons just about everywhere. Two men separate from the rest of the pack. They have helmets on but I know immediately who is who. Sergeant Pierce greets me first, then Corporal Foster jumps in. By the time the truck pulls up I’ve met everyone on the team and I’m ready to get started. Teresa: This is a pretty intimidating truck Foster: Yep. We want our suspects ready to cry uncle from the moment we pull up. Pierce: It’s called a Bearcat. It’s an armored… Keep Reading »

22 Apr '14

Release Day Guest Post : Tibby Armstrong won’t blame her characters for the BDSM in (what could be) the last in the Hollywood Series! (Incl.Giveaway)

Release Day Guest Post : Tibby Armstrong won’t blame her characters for the BDSM in (what could be) the last in the Hollywood Series! (Incl.Giveaway)

  I’ll tell you a secret. Authors like to pretend their characters are in charge of their stories. We enjoy the fiction that our creations possess us, run away with us, make us say and do things on the page the would bring a scarlet blush to our cheeks if we had been responsible for the story. This excuse is really a not-so-new twist on “the devil made me do it.” In fact, I’d like you to believe this about my newest book, Numbers Game. Two devils named Aaron Blake and Greg Falkner, definitely, certainly, without a doubt, made me write it. *cue crickets* You’re not buying it? Yeah. Me either. The problem is? I think I knew what I was doing all along. You see. I wrote a story that I’d been trying to poke a stick at ever since I began writing the Hollywood series and No Apologies. I knew what and who these characters were the first time Aaron had Greg on his knees looking up at him against the backdrop… Keep Reading »

21 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 21: Andrew J.Peters introduces his new series and hosts a competition!

LGBT Fiction Event Day 21: Andrew J.Peters introduces his new series and hosts a competition!

  Many thanks to Nix for this opportunity to introduce myself to fans of Scorching Book Reviews! I’m a new-ish author, and this chance to connect with potential readers means a lot to me. I write a paranormal series for Vagabondage Press called Werecat. The first installment The Rearing came out in June 2013, and the second The Glaring was just released in March. I also have a young adult novel The Seventh Pleiade with Bold Strokes Books. That came out this past November. It’s the story of a young gay prince who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis. That’s three books that all came out in the past year. It’s all been happening very fast, and in a majorly exciting way. 🙂 The invitation to participate in SBR’s LGBT Event caught my interest right away. I’ve been involved in the LGBT community since the early 90s when I came out as gay. I’ve always been a writer, but the bigger part of my career so far… Keep Reading »

20 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Day 20 : LGBT characters in classic literature by Monica Corwin (Includes Giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Day 20 : LGBT characters in classic literature by Monica Corwin (Includes Giveaway)

  Today I’m going to discuss LGBT characters in classic literature. No, this won’t be a history lesson but an informal discussion and maybe a few good reads you can add to your TBR piles. Classic literature is choc full of LGBT characters…many refuse to acknowledge their presence or try to have certain pieces banned because of this. So…here is my list of a few awesome classic lit titles featuring at least one LGBT character. Although…I can’t guarantee you will love them all…for example my first title: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This is an excellent book and a much revered classic. Basil Hallward is the man who painted Dorian Gray’s infamous portrait and he is very much a gay character…something Dorian Gray takes extreme advantage of. I also like to believe Dorian himself is bisexual but some might contest me on that. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This is a newer novel but undoubtedly is considered a classic. Patrick, in… Keep Reading »

19 Apr '14

LGBT Fiction Event Day 19 : Character interview from Benoît Grenier from ‘Moonlight & Love Songs’ by Alyssa Linn Palmer (Includes Paperback Giveaway)

LGBT Fiction Event Day 19 : Character interview from Benoît Grenier from ‘Moonlight & Love Songs’ by Alyssa Linn Palmer (Includes Paperback Giveaway)

  I sit in a dim corner of the rundown jazz club, Le Chat Rouge, just off the Boulevard St. Germain, in the heart of Paris’s Left Bank. It’s early yet, and the cleaner is just finishing the last of his mopping, carefully scrubbing the small entryway. A bartender chops lemons, and the tart citrus scent briefly overcomes the stale scent of cigarettes and dust. I’m with the club’s pianist, the world-renowned Benoît Grenier. He hasn’t changed for his performance, and he’s still clothed in slightly tatty jeans, a dark sweater, and oxfords that need polishing at the toes Benoît Grenier: Hey, they do not. They’re perfectly worn in. Daniel Marceau (that’s me): If you say so. Not much of an outfit to impress, though, is it? BG: Are you actually interviewing me, or just taking the piss? DM: Someone has to prep you for that reviewer from Metro, and it might as well be me. But we don’t have much time. BG: They won’t really comment on what I’m… Keep Reading »