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Life Lessons in Italian

August 3, 2017

I’m really excited because my first book in translation is coming out August 18th – an Italian translation of “Life Lessons” from Triskell Edizioni (translated by Cristina Bruni who is an author herself) –

And they created such a lovely new cover for me.

The plan is to release the rest of the Life Lessons series in the future as well. I hope Italian readers can connect with my American cop and teacher, and enjoy watching Mac and Tony figure out how well they fit together.

(FB page link – https://www.facebook.com/TriskellEdizioni/posts/1408536402549154)

Rebuilding Year re-releases

June 27, 2017

My self-pub versions of The Rebuilding Year and Life, Some Assembly Required, are now available on Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords will distribute to Barnes & Noble and iBooks in the next 2 weeks.

I decided to put The Rebuilding Year on sale for $0.99 until July 31st, hoping that some new readers may decide to take a chance on it at the sale price. If you already own the Samhain versions, these are minor re-edits and there is no reason to buy the new versions.

On the other hand, re-editing these did make me start the long-promised novella of what happens when Wisconsin finally does have legal gay marriage… I hope to have a little more of John and Ryan, (and Torey and Mark) for you in the not too distant future.

BTW, now that ARe is closed, I’m wondering where people are going to buy pdf, if that’s your format of choice? I have pdf on Smashwords, but SW generates them without the covers and without the polish. (If anyone buys a Smashwords pdf version and wants a better one with a cover – email me with a copy of your SW book and I’ll send you the one lovingly crafted by Deb McGowan with the pretty cover.)

Anyway, they’re out again. Yay!!!!

Sole Support is in final editing, and will be out next month, with a new cover. Thanks to everyone who wrote and asked where they could find these stories. I’m slowly working through the re-releases, and I hope my guys will find new friends.

The Rebuilding Year
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073D52JL7/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073D52JL7/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B073D52JL7/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/732737

Life, Some Assembly Required
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073DGZ6CW/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073DGZ6CW/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B073DGZ6CW/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/732741

Pride 2017

June 26, 2017

This weekend I did a booth at Twin Cities Pride with four of my fellow local Midwest Gay-Romance Authors – it was great fun and more comfortable weather this year. (I’m sure the leather crowd was grateful to have 60s instead of 90s this year, too.) We had a little rain each day, but brief enough not to send the crowds home. I met some great people, had fun conversations, and healed my heart a bit, with the sight of so many people just being who they are, and wearing what they liked, and holding whomever they loved.

I gave away 250 more #illgowithyou trans-support buttons, sold some books, got a few people to clean their glasses with new screen cleaners with Nick’s pretty face on them. It was a ton of fun.

Big thanks to Melissa Hunter for helping with set-up Friday. It would have been impossible without you. Thanks to Jessa Ryan for the canopy, and to Posy’s kid for the company and the help, especially at takedown. My fellow authors Posy Roberts, J R Jen Barten, and Rory Ni Coileain, who shared the booth, and Edmond Manning, who couldn’t attend but sent a butterfly to check up on us.

And a huge thank-you and hello to everyone who stopped by to check our stuff out, or browse, or talk books. It was a lovely weekend.

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/