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Beyond the Binary

July 15, 2019

Reading blog posts for International Non-Binary People’s Day yesterday encouraged me to blog on Love Bytes Reviews about trying to develop a better sensitivity to people beyond the binary in my writing and reading.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2019/07/15/beyond-the-binary/

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(Photo credit – The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary – taken by Zackary Drucker – https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/)

Twin Cities Pride 2019

June 24, 2019

Last weekend was Twin Cities Pride, and fellow authors Rory Ni Coileain, Posy Roberts, and I had great fun talking to readers, librarians, and several new and aspiring authors. We lucked out with the weather – despite predicted thunderstorms, we had only a few light sprinkles of rain. My son made it there on Sunday for his first Pride, and we enjoyed everything from the booths and crafts to all the dogs of Pride.

It’s always a great experience, a chance to touch base with a new audience, and to promote the genre and the idea that there are books out there focused on positive stories with LGBTQ characters. I met a young African-American man who told me about the romance book he was working on with a gay, autistic guy like himself as MC. I hope we helped encourage him to keep writing it.

The first Pride was a protest, but Pride currently is also a connection, a community. A chance for people who may be isolated to walk among a crowd of others who share common experiences and identities and goals. From infants to elders, Furries to leather guys, lesbians and bi women in pasties holding hands, teens in Ace flags and tall guys in drag, it was great to see everyone there.

Sex-positivity and M/M Romance

May 15, 2019

I blogged today on Love Bytes Reviews about sex-positivity in M/M romance.

Sex positivity and M/M

Angel Martinez reads from Unacceptable Risk

May 11, 2019

Unacceptable Risk cover image Angel Martinez is an M/M (and other LGBTQ stories) author and she does a Friday Reading Day where she reads an excerpt from other authors’ spec fic stories. This Friday, she generously read a section from Unacceptable Risk, the first book in my Hidden Wolves werewolf series. Take a listen to her presentation of the meeting between Simon (in his wolf form) and Paul the veterinarian here: https://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/from-angels-cave/friday-reading-day-unacceptable-risk

Then check out her readings of some other interesting fantasy and SciFi stories, including her own most recent release The Mage on the Hill at Friday Reading Day. I really enjoy Angel’s writing, which ranges from the light and warm to the fascinating to the emotional, mostly fantasy and SciFi. She also does a great job reading aloud (not one of my own skills) and there are some unknown-to-me stories and authors among them. Enjoy.

Love in Translation

April 15, 2019

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes about having my books in translation.

Love in Translation

“The Rebuilding Year” available in French – “L’année du renouveau”

April 11, 2019

I’m delighted to say that my book L’année du renouveau (The Rebuilding Year) is now available in French from MxM Bookmark. The ebook is currently available, and the paper version will be out on April 29th. And look at this wonderful cover. 🙂

It’s a bit scary to have my words transformed into another language, but always great fun to see my characters finding new friends. I hope my French-speaking readers will enjoy meeting John, Ryan, and the kids.

Publisher Buy Link: http://www.mxm-bookmark.com/produit/lannee-du-renouveau-1/

Patricia Nell Warren and words that matter

February 15, 2019

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes Reviews about the death of author Patricia Nell Warren, and the way her novel The Front Runner changed lives. Including mine. It was the second book with a strong gay relationship that I read, back in 1974 when I was 14. The impact of that story started me on my journey to becoming both an ally and an M/M writer. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude.

Love Bytes Reviews: http://lovebytesreviews.com/2019/02/15/patricia-nell-warren-and-words-that-change-lives/