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Putting a face on my men

June 15, 2017

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes Reviews with a few thoughts about about choosing cover guys.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/06/15/putting-a-face-on-my-men/

Pride Month 2017

June 2, 2017

With all that is going on here in the US and around the world, this may be one of the more mixed Pride months in recent years. We take joy in the progress made, from more cities states banning conversion therapy to the legal decision in favor of equal marriage in Taiwan, from new bans on intersex gender surgery on infants in Portugal, to the issuance of intersex and third-gender/agender identification documents. And we fight against the rise of homophobia and transphobia from Texas to Chechnya.

Reflecting that mix, I’ll be walking in the local “March for Equality” June 11th, in a political statement. And then celebrating at Twin Cities Pride in Loring Park June 24-25. (Come by our Midwest Gay Romance Authors booth if you’re around, and say hello. Other local authors like Edmond Manning, Posy Roberts, Rory Ni Coileain and JR Barten will be there too.) This was our 2016 booth –

Whatever you are doing this month to celebrate, to support, to protest – may Pride in June be fun, positive in community and broadbased celebration, and a step forward for us all.

May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 17, 2017

Today – May 17 – is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia – a day to speak up about anti-LGBTQ laws and discrimination, about hate and fear and risks around the world. In places from Chechnya to Saudi Arabia to Uganda, it can be life-threatening to be LGBTQ. Here in the US, bigotry also threatens lives. Even as we make advances here and there, step by step in stories I love to share, still we see painful realities. We see our governments unwilling to speak up against imprisonment and torture and death, muzzled by money and politics. We see them allied with those who would deny care, housing, and love itself, to LGBTQ people. So it’s our place to speak louder in their stead, and to push, and sue, and advocate and vote, until equality moves forward.

I am proud, and hopeful, to be part of a community that tries to do that, every single day. Not a perfect community. Not one where lessons of acceptance and understanding don’t still need to happen. But one where the goal of letting people be their true selves without hindrance or bigotry is the driving force.

http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/ – includes lists of international gestures and events

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If you have comments or posts for this day that you would like to share, please add or link them below.

Writing Kids in M/M

May 15, 2017

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes Reviews about the temptation, to which I often succumb, of putting children into the lives of my M/M main characters.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/05/15/the-patter-of-little-feet/

Re-release of Life Lessons short stories

April 18, 2017
As I’m updating old books, I decided to get a new cover and do a minor edit for “And to All a Good Night” – the free Life Lessons 1.5 short story. And I added the Valentine’s 1.8 story – “Getting It Right” in as well. Isn’t the new cover by Karrie Jax pretty?
This version is now available on Smashwords, (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69096) although it will take a little time for it to work through the system to AZ, B&N etc.

There is no new Mac and Tony story in here, if you’ve already read the two old ones. But if you haven’t, here’s a chance to check them out with a spiffy new look. These both come between Life Lessons and Breaking Cover. (And yes, someday I still hope to write about Mac and Tony with teen kids 🙂 But not this year.)

A re-release of The Rebuilding Year with a few edits and the old familiar cover is the next project.

Illuminating costs, building empathy

April 15, 2017

I’m back on Love Bytes Reviews today, blogging about the multifaceted costs of anti-LGBTQ prejudice in society. Our best books help readers understand, and empathize, by telling stories that matter to them.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/04/15/shedding-light-on-the-costs/

Blogging about the definitions of Romance

February 16, 2017

guysadyoung I blogged on Love Bytes Reviews about the definitions we use to call a book “Romance” and about stretching those limits in M/M.

The Boundaries of Romance – http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/02/15/the-boundaries-of-romance/