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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There be Dragons!





Woot!  I'm pleased to announce that I'm now a member of the Evernight Publishing family!  I just signed a contract with them for a short story of mine called Dragons!  I'll keep you updated, but it should be out this spring!  I can't wait for you to meet Joey and Will!


Dragons (Spring 2015)

A chance encounter in a hospital waiting room between twenty-two year old Will Messina and sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton ends with a gift of a stuffed dragon off the hospital gift cart and a memory neither of them can shake.

Five years later, when a lonely, buttoned-up Will ventures into a gay club, he spots a pale, leather-clad specter with violet eyes tracking his every move. Will realizes he’s being watched by the grown version of the boy who’s haunted his thoughts for years.

Joey recognizes Will, but he’s no longer the sweet, brown-eyed boy worthy of Will’s attention. He’s damaged and defective and lives in a different world than Will now. When his childhood crush makes his way across the bar, Joey doesn’t have time to decide whether to be enchanted or dismayed because, unless he turns and runs, those worlds are about to collide.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Strangers In The Night Cover Reveal!

Helena Stone and I finally get to show off our awesome cover for Strangers In The Night - the sexy little story we co-wrote that's being released by Dreamspinner Press on March 11th.  Thanks to the incredible Reese Dante for bringing our vision to life!



When Army veteran, Slade, stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark, night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.

Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.


Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.    

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Been Educational

I did something the other day I never thought I'd do.  I told my sister-in-law what I was writing.  She asked and I told her.  She insisted she wanted to read my book when it comes out.

(Insert shameless self-promo here: Strangers In The Night, March 11 from Dreamspinner Press)

Yeah, there was some hemming and hawing before I decided to stand up like the adult I am and just tell her: "It's gay, erotic romance." She, of course stammered and stuttered. She literally, at one point, said, "That's gay... I mean great!" I explained to her the characters were both men, because I'm sure she was thinking they were both female.

That led to a very pregnant pause.

I knew what she was thinking. You know what she thinking...

Her: "But, how do you...?"
Me: "Let's just say it's been very educational."
Her: (laughs nervously)
Me: "You can pretty much find anything on the internet. Including how long it takes a sunflower seed to travel the length of the digestive system."
Her: (laughs for real)
Me: "Like I said, it's been extremely educational."



And that's when it hit me - what I've learned in this last year or two - and it has nothing to do with sex: gay, straight, or otherwise.  And it's nothing to laugh about.



And so I started telling her - what I've learned - because everybody needs to learn this shit. Everybody.



  • There are 1.7 million homeless teens in the U.S.
  • 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT
  • 50% of homeless youth report their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn't care.
  • LGB kids are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers
  • 50% of Trans kids have thought about suicide
  • 25% of Trans kids have attempted suicide


Those were the facts I'd learned by heart as I've interacted with all of you and become an ally and an advocate.  Below are a few more statistics I found that are no less heartbreaking:

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24
  • LGB from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times more likely to attempt suicide than peers in no- or low-level rejection families
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization (physical and/or verbal) increases the likelihood of self-harm by 2.5 times.
  • 39% of homeless are under age 18
  • 75% of homeless teens use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate
  • The average age of homeless youth is 14.7


*Statistics quoted are from The Trevor Project and DoSomething.org


We actually had a long, really nice conversation and she turned out to be surprisingly cool and supportive. Huh. Not the first real-life person to surprise me and hopefully not the last.

She continued to insist she wanted to read my book.  I told her what I've told everyone else in my real life. I'll give you another book in the genre to read first. If you enjoy it, let me know. Then you can read mine.  It'll feel less voyeuristic to me that way.

We ended our conversation agreeing that the world has a long way to go but with each generation, the level of discrimination gets diluted. As with everything, I believe it all starts with education. Why wait? When you know better, you do better.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Going Down With The Ship

This has to be one of the funniest things I've ever read about "shipping."  So far I've been able to avoid the supermassive black hole that is Fan Fiction.  Don't get me wrong... I hear the extremely loud sucking sound, trying to draw me in, but so far I've managed to stay firmly anchored to my desk and my Tumblr account.  But, if you've ever read Fan Fiction or shipped anyone, you'll relate to this:

https://callmeafangirl.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/the-story-of-the-shipping-that-is-entering-the-circle-of-the-otps-phenomenology-of-a-fandom/





As most of you know, this is my ship. >>>>>>>


Who's yours?