Friday, December 27, 2013

Two Weeks to Dancer's Heart




Dancer's Heart hits Amazon in two weeks! Are you ready?


Simon has a secret.

When the truth comes out will it set him free or leave him a broken man?


25% of royalties go to Lambda GLBT Services Anti Violence Campaign 




















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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Face of a Hero

What do you think of when you hear the word "hero"? For most of us it conjures the image of police officers, fire fighters, soldiers and such. While they all qualify, most of the time heroes look more like this:




Former minister Frank Schaefer gave up his church and his sole means of support for the love of his son. His loyalty to the idea that love is love regardless of gender was an unpardonable sin in the eyes of the Methodist church and they punished him by firing him from his job. As he said, he's been part of that church for decades and being a Methodist minister is all he knows. Still, despite incredible pressure and the threat of loss of his livelihood he stood up to the bullies in his church and suffered the consequences.

Sounds like a hero to me.















Simon has a secret
January 2014



Friday, December 20, 2013

It's Time

This week we received a vivid and heartbreaking reminder that while things are getting better there are pockets of the LGBT Nation we're not reaching...and most of those pockets are filled with kids. 





Lexi Lopez represents the many youngsters who take their own lives each year, each month, each day without ever making it into the news. It's frustrating. It's heartbreaking and it pisses me off every time. 

Too many of us know what it's like to be Lexi. Some of us barely survived our teenage years clawing through day after day of torment clinging to the idea that our sentence was only temporary. At graduation, we'd be paroled from our own personal prison and set free to live in peace. We know all about the ugly words, threats and sometimes even violence. We also know that a kind word from a parent doesn't go very far when every day is another trip into hell.

Lexi wasn't alone. She had friends and family that loved her but it wasn't enough, and many of us know exactly how that feels.

The worst part is the knowledge that there's no miracle cure for this mess. We can't flip a switch and make people more tolerant. We can't stop them from using dogma to validate attitudes and behavior that is nothing less than evil. We can't make administrators put aside their personal feelings and protect a kid in trouble. So what the hell can we do?

There's a new year right around the corner and with it comes the possibility of a fresh start. I've said it before and I'll continue to say it. Now is the time to be brave, people. We have a rich history of men and women who have made incredible sacrifices to bring us this far. They refused to be silent. They refused to stay in their place. Now it's our turn. 

Turn up the volume! 

I'm not saying resort to hating on the haters and bullying the bullies. That never solves anything. It just makes us look as bad as they are. I'm saying stand a little taller. Say the words a little louder. Go to the protests. Carry the signs, wear rainbow suspenders and kiss your partner in the middle of the street. Celebrate your six-month anniversary in a crowded restaurant and dare the other patrons to say something against it. Sing Cher songs at the top of your lungs on the train during your morning commute. Wear your bright blue "Do It for the Gaybies" t-shirt to the gym. 

We have judges ruling against bakeries on our behalf, people. The cupcakes are on our side! It's time to stop being afraid so we can show the kids trapped in their own personal hell that they have no reason to feel ashamed of who they are. There's a sparkling, dancing, singing future waiting. It's not perfect but we're working on it and regardless of who says what they're not freaks. They're not disgusting. They're us.















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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ignorance Is Only Bliss If You Keep It to Yourself

It's been a rough year for public figures as our quest for equality forces people to think, act and speak differently. They're used to being able to insult and abuse the LGBT Nation without challenge. We've been the focus of jokes and slurs for so long that we even insult each other as a matter of course. Standing in front of a camera and voicing opinions that all LGBT people are evil and going to hell wasn't cause for public upset in the past. I'm happy to say those days are over. 

For many people this new way of thinking has a very steep learning curve. Some have shown true remorse for their homophobic behavior. Some have chosen to offer a half-assed apology that sounds nothing like an apology.  For example, Phil Robertson's (of Duck Dynasty fame) empty words after a bigoted tirade that GLAAD called "vile and extreme".


“...I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”


It's a bizarre statement from a guy who equated homosexuals to terrorists in his rant. There's not a scrap of remorse in it but why would there be when he's not actually sorry. The network leaned on him to say something in light of the stir his ignorant remarks created and he chose to pretend he's next in line for sainthood rather than admitting he should have kept his opinions to himself.

Aside from being a stereotypical example of a faux Christian, it's obvious he doesn't know the definition of bestiality nor have any clue what it means to be gay. Somebody needs to buy this man a dictionary!

It's a shame because I honestly enjoyed Duck Dynasty and its silliness but I take this kind of cold-hearted condemnation seriously. If Mr. Robertson favors harsh judgment over simple respect then he's going to end up on my boycott list like everyone else with that mentality. I'm not asking him to approve of homosexuality just to treat people the way he would like to be treated. Until he can manage that, I don't intend to support his career.

I doubt the Robertsons will notice and I'm sure it won't affect their 2014 income statement but they just lost a fan. Adios boys. This isn't the grade six playground. Contact me when you gain a few decades of maturity.



Read more of the story at Huffington Post: Ducks, guns and bigotry

 









January 2014

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cover Reveal - Dancer's Heart

Guess who has a new book coming out? I do!



Simon Leander is living a lie. When the truth comes out will it set him free or leave him a broken man?



Look for it on Amazon January 2014!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

My Pick For Best Coffee Mug

Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know I take my coffee seriously. The same can't be said of the mugs I use to hold it. I've seen a lot of fun ideas online lately...from Pac Man to Star Wars but this one wins my vote for best idea ever! No surprise, it comes from ThinkGeek.com.

















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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Guest Blog: Keira Andrews


My guest today is novelist Keira Andrews, author of the bestselling MM Christmas romance Where the Lovelight Gleams.


Welcome, Keira! Let's break the ice with a few random questions.

Tell us one funny, goofy, dorky thing about you that people might not know.

Oh, I’m a complete dork. I don’t hide it! But people might not know that I love figure skating and follow the sport religiously.

Do you have a set daily/weekly writing schedule?

Yes. I aim for 3,000 words per day, five days a week. I get up by eight a.m. and work for a few hours before going to the gym for a class at noon. Then shower, lunch, and back to work until around seven p.m. Although sometimes I’ll keep going if I’m on a roll! I usually work through the weekend so I can take some time off mid-week to run errands or perhaps sneak in a cheap Tuesday matinee.

What inspires you to write a story (pictures, music, movies, etc.)?

Just life, I suppose. Movie and TV definitely can be inspirations as well. I’m working on a werewolf romance right now that I likely would never have wanted to do if not for the TV show Teen Wolf. My book is completely different in mythology and setting, but because of the show I had werewolves on the brain!

What are some of your favorite things to do when you're not writing?

I’m a big TV and movie person. My to-watch list will get very long when I’m working feverishly on a new book, and then I’ll spend a few days marathoning the shows I missed. I also love yoga and walking. I live in downtown Toronto, which is great for walking everywhere.

Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’m inspired by many authors. I also would say that some reviewers have influenced my writing with constructive criticism.

I love pizza with (fill in the blank).

Ham and pineapple!

What's your favorite dessert?

Oh, that’s a toughie. I’ll have to go with ice cream. Haagen-Dazs cookie dough and mint Oreo are faves.

What's your favorite season?

Summer because the days are so long and I love the sunshine. But there’s something I love about all the seasons. The crispness of bright fall days, Christmas in winter, and hearing the birds singing again in spring.

Do you have a favorite sport?

As mentioned, I’m crazy about figure skating. I also love tennis.

Paperback, hardback or ebook?

These days I have to go with ebook! I can’t remember the last time I bought a paper book, even though I do still love them.

What's your favorite "drug" of choice? (soda, coffee, chocolate, cigarettes, marshmallow peeps, etc.)

Diet Coke, hands down.

What can readers expect from you in 2014?

Speaking of figure skating, my new m/m skating romance, Cold War, is coming from Loose Id in February just in time for the Olympics! I’ll also have that werewolf romance (also featuring a zombie apocalypse) and a WW II-era historical.

Anything else you want people to know?

My new Christmas romance, Where the Lovelight Gleams, is an All Romance Ebooks bestseller. This is a first for me, so I’m really excited! Best Christmas gift I could have asked for. :)





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Blurb:

This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.

Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires, and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?

Find out if Ryan and Cary can take their romance off-screen this Christmas! Get your copy today! 


Author bio:

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy and paranormal fiction, and – although she loves delicious angst along the way – Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” You can find out more about Keira and her books online at her website, Facebook and Twitter.








Friday, December 6, 2013

Cupcakes in Court

This week has been educational for some in the US as business owners are schooled on the difference between religious conviction and legal activity. One case at a time the LGBT community is making its point. This particular point is covered in doilies and cupcakes.





Religions can discriminate because they're protected from the need to treat all people fairly. They can be as biased and hateful as they want, like a childhood club that insists "no girls allowed". The same doesn't apply to its members when they run a business. It can be family owned and have a history of painting religious icons on each cupcake. It can be closed on Sundays and donate a portion of its profits to a church. It can be run by the spouse of a long-time local pastor and have a room reserved for Pat Robertson. None of that matters. It's still a business and whether the owner agrees that LGBT people deserve to be treated with respect is irrelevant. It's the law.

If you don't want to have a gay couple sharing a bed at your B&B and don't want to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding then don't run a business. You can't choose your customers because out here in the real world you can't treat people as second-class citizens without suffering the consequences. Blatant discrimination might be acceptable in some circles but it's still illegal and standing in front of a judge with only the bible as a defense won't get you very far.

That particular rule also applies to people who do cover art. As some of you know, I had a graphic artist refuse to do a cover for me because she considers MM romance anti-American and/or a violation of her religious values. It's not worth a lawsuit to me. If she doesn't want the job others will gladly take it (and it took me less than a day to find one) but she's misguided if she believes that attitude is legal. It's blatant discrimination and every cover she turns down is breaking the law just as if she had refused to do it because she thought I had the wrong color skin.

White supremacist or homophobic it's all the same and I love that the LGBT community finally has the self-esteem to stand up to the attitude that we're less deserving than heteros. It's a spotlight of hope on what can be a dark, depressing stage. One battle at a time we will earn equality and I'm proud of my LGBT brothers and sisters who put their feet down and say, "This isn't right and it ends here".


This round of cupcakes is on me! 










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