Hanging out at author Eden Glenn’s today

Hey, peeps–

Author Eden Glenn had me over for a spot of tea and a little Q&A today. We talked about my latest novella, From the Boots Up, writing, and a couple other things. I’m giving away a .pdf of From the Boots Up, so come on down and comment if you’d like in on the drawing.

Click this link to go over to Eden’s and hang out with me. 😀

Happy Tuesday!

Oh, and it’s National Hug Your Cat Day, so if you have a kitty, give it some lovies.

Ah, vampires

Hey, all–

Fellow author R.G. Emanuelle is giving away a copy of her debut vampire novel, Twice Bitten, at Women and Words today.

Go get you some! R.G. will be holding the drawing tonight, 9 PM EST.

And don’t forget the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, still ongoing, in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

I blogged, and you can get in on the prizes I’m offering by clicking RIGHT FREAKING HERE. We’ll be doing this ’til the 27th. If you go to the Hop website, you’ll see almost 200 other authors involved, and every one of ’em is offering cool words and cool prizes to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

So there you go. Some cool stuff going on.

Happy reading!

Hoppin’ Against Homophobia and Transphobia

AND WE HAVE A WINNER of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of 1 of my books! Lisa W, come on down! YEEE-HA!!!! (Lisa, if you do not have an email message from me, check your spam filter)

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. Thanks for the comments and thanks to those authors who participated in this hop. Happy reading, happy writing.

Hi, peeps. And hello, newcomers. Thanks for joining me today, which is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

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I agreed to join in the (Blog) Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which is going on from May 17-27 on various blogs. I hope you’ll go and check out the others, too, to get an array of perspectives on this very important topic (and also to join in on some prize-winnin’!).

This day (commonly acronymed as IDAHO) was launched in 2004. It’s always on May 17th, which is the day in 1990 that the World Health Organization decided to remove homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses/disorders in the International Classification of Diseases. Transgender identity (referred to as transsexualism in the ICD), however, remains in the ICD as a “mental/behavioral disorder,” classified as a gender identity disorder.

Also, for those of you not in the know, I write F/F mysteries, sci fi, and romance, though all of my works generally include an array of characters. You can find out more about me here on my website (click “About”) and you can check out what I write here and here.

And here’s information about the giveaway I’m doing as part of this blog hop:

Answer the following question for a chance to receive a $25 gift card to Amazon.com and 1 copy of any one of my published books. Here’s my book list, which will explain the order of books in my two series (one is mystery, one is science fiction).

Here’s your question: Who is Alysia Yeoh? Give me a little bit of a reason as to why she might be considered important.

Put your answer in a comment on this post. Please include an actual, working email address when you fill out the comment form. Do NOT include your email address in the comment body, to avoid spam bots. Don’t worry. My little merry blog elves will make sure I get your email address. NOTE: I will notify the winner within 30 minutes of the drawing. If you do not hear from me, CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTER. Thank yuh. Thank yuh ver-uh much. 😀

I’ll draw the winner randomly from all the correct answers on May 27th, 9 PM EST (US). Have fun!

All right. So let’s get global…

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Hi, peeps!

So this Friday is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. To mark that event, I’m participating in a blog hop that’ll be going on from May 17-27 on a whole bunch of different sites. For realz, yo. It’s a veritable cornucopia o’ blogging about this important issue. Seriously. Almost 200 authors/writers signed up.

My blog goes up on the 17th, and along with my thoughts about homophobia and transphobia (beyond the “totally sucks” kind of comments), I’m also doing a little giveaway. All the blog hoppers are doing giveaways, so when we launch, make sure you go and check out some of the other blogs to get some different perspectives, get introduced to new writers, and maybe snag some swag. My blog will include a handy linkie thing at the end that will send you flinging through cyberspace to other blogs involved in the hop.

Wanna see more info about who’s doing the hop? Here’s the link to the Blog Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

There you go. And now, just cuz every time I hear the word “hop” used with “blog,” I always think of Danny and the Juniors and this song.

Hope to see you this coming week!
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What’s going on: Hootenanny and projects

Hey, peeps —

‘Scuse my absence. I’ve been mondo busy because we are putting on another Hootenanny at Women and Words this year.

For those of you not in the know, we did a Hootenanny in 2010. That is, for 12 days, we did nothing but give books away to spread holiday luuuuuv and cheer. Probably 5-8 books every single day for 12 days.

We’re doing it again this year, and we’re giving away even MORE books. Hit the link above for the list of authors and how it works. So I’ve been working with my colleague Jove Belle on that, and coordinating with authors and getting the stuff ready because we launch that pup next week. December 12th, my friends. Go git yew some.

Also, just so you know, I finished the manuscript for the third Far Seek book. It’ll be off to the publisher this weekend. I’m hard at work on New Mexico 4 (which features Chris Gutierrez), and hope to have that finished in the next 3-4 months. And then I’ve got some romances in the pipeline, including another novella for Kindle. 😀

And, in case you wanted to get in on a discussion about erotica as a genre, I posted “Respect the Sex!” today over at Women and Words.

I know. Things are crazy this time of year. Here. Have a reminder about things I’ve learned to help get through the holidays.

All right, all. Happy reading, happy writing, happy Friday!

Holiday fun around the bend

Hi, peeps–

Just wanted to alert those of you who are lesfic fans/readers that once again, fellow author Jove Belle and I will be doing a Holiday Hootenanny over at Women and Words this year.

For the uninitiated, the Hootenanny 2010 was a giant conglomeration of awesome-ness in which a whole bunch of lesfic authors put up copies of their books for holiday drawings. And WHOA Nelly did we have drawings! We gave away probably over 50 books over the course of 12 days (12 days of Xmas…get it?) and we’re going to DO IT AGAIN.

Here’s the list of authors from the 2010 Hootenanny. That’ll also give you an overview as to what it’s all about.

Currently, Jove and I are hard at work contacting authors and getting a schedule ready to go. We’ll let you know whose books are up for holiday fun n’ games later on; we’re planning to launch this here cornucopia o’ book-ness around December 12th.

So stay tuned. Details to come!

Happy Wednesday!

More author interviews coming up at Women and Words!

Hi, kids!

OMG this week has been crazy bizzy. But don’t worry! The Summer Blast Tour has morphed into the Fall Fiesta Tour over at Women and Words, so check in on Fridays for fun n’ games and GIVEAWAYS! YES!

This Friday, author Mary Vermillion stopped by to chat about her series starring radio host/sleuth Mara Gilgannon. Mary sets her mysteries in Iowa (which I think is super groovy). She also has a secret (okay, not so secret) identity as a professor of English and she teaches way cool classes like Law and Literature.

So come on by! She’ll be giving away a copy of her latest, Seminal Murder.


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Here, Mara tries to solve the murder of her friend, Dr. Grace Everest, who was killed right in her own fertility clinic. She and Mara were working on a radio series together about artificial insemination, but someone is out to stop her. Is that someone the person who also killed Grace? Is it the reverend who’s been campaigning against the clinic and the radio station? Is it the person Mara’s buddy Vince invites over to their shared home? Or is it somebody else? And why do lesbians have a particularly low pregnancy rate at Grace’s clinic?

Come on by Women and Words on Friday and put your name in the hat to win it and find out!

Happy reading, happy writing, happy Wednesday!

Tips n’ tidbits

Hi, kids–

Heads up! Tomorrow is International Talk like a Pirate Day! Every September 19th, it’s perfectly acceptable and even encourages to run around and talk like a freakin’ pirate. So go on. have some fun. And check out the official website RIGHT HERE.

In honor of that fab event, R.G. Emanuelle and I will be giving away a copy of our edited anthology, Skulls and Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates over at Women and Words. That’s tomorrow, kids! WOOOO!

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Okay. Hope you come by Women and Words tomorrow for that awesome-ness.

And now a tip. Readers, it’s awesome that you share your thoughts about a book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other sites like that. However, keep in mind that sometimes an issue you have with a book is something that you need to work out directly with the publisher or with the retailer who sold you the book/ebook, and not something you use to diss an author or a book.

Giving a book a low-star rating because your Kindle file, for example, was screwed up isn’t really how those review sections work. Those review sections are designed to allow people to assess the plot, author’s style, and writing structure of the story, not to completely diss a book because something was wrong with the formatting in your efile.

So here’s a tip. If you get an efile of a book and the formatting is all icky and it makes your reading experience sucky, PLEASE contact the retailer and the publisher rather than dissing the book in the reviews. Especially in genres like lesfic, which are small enough that it’s way easy to go to a publisher’s website, get the email address, and let them know that you got a crappy efile. That publisher will most likely be more than happy to provide you a new efile or a gift certificate or something to make up for the crappy file, and they’ll probably check it out with the retailer. Or the retailer will give you a new file.

Don’t give a book a bad review because you got a bad efile. That’s not necessarily the author’s fault, and dissing his or her book because of a problem that has nothing to do with the plot, characters, dialogue, writing style, or writing craft disrupts what those review sections are supposed to be used for.

By all means, let the retailer know and let the publisher (sometimes the publisher IS the author) know that your efile or print book was flawed. Give them a chance to rectify the situation. Because that bad review you gave, that had nothing to do with the story the author wrote, is a little unfair. Diss a book because you thought the story sucked, the writing style was bad, the grammar was terrible, the editing was terrible, the characters were wooden, the craft was bad. That’s what those review sections are for. Not to give an author a bad review because you got a bad efile and ended up not even reading the book.

So in the future, if you get a screwy efile (or even a flawed print book), contact the retailer and the publisher to let them know, so they can check the situation, reimburse you, and correct the issue so you, in turn, can actually read the book and review it on the basis it should be reviewed: what you thought about the quality of writing and the story.

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

Book Giveaway! Oh, yeah! FOR TOTAL REALS!

Hi, kids! HAPPY FRIDAY!

I’m doing a book giveaway at Women and Words, where I also blog. Don’t worry, I’ll provide that link at the bottom for you so you can go and get in on the fun. In the meantime, read more for specifics about this stuff.

Thought I’d toss out a print copy of the anthology Under This Cowgirl’s Hat (ed. SA Clements), which includes my longish short story “From the Boots Up.” I’ll have this on offer throughout Saturday, and we’ll pick a winner on Sunday, noon Eastern Standard US time. The rules are at the end of this post. Seriously. I’m not making that up.

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Here’s the rundown on the stories included therein:

Tea and Kisses by CB Potts
When Iris’ neighbor Randy decides to auction off his ranch, she decides to put a bid in on the place. Renee is the Randy’s sister, and she figures Iris has ulterior motives. Iris is honest, but city girl Renee doesn’t understand how country friendships work. Can Iris make Renee understand how good being neighborly can be?

Reversible Cowgirls by Shanna Germain
Stephanie has some problems with her love life. She’s seeing a married woman, their relationship is going nowhere, and Stephanie needs to break it off. Then she meets Macie, the new veterinarian in town, who takes her by surprise with the heat they generate. Can Stephanie work through her problems and take Macie on full time?

Bright Lights and Boob Jobs by BA Tortuga
Maddie works in the city as an exotic dancer. She’s missing her cowgirl ways and her family, but she’s too proud to go home a failure. When her best friend Shannon shows up, Maddie’s torn between what she thinks she needs to do to succeed, and what Shannon urges her to find in her life. Can love change her mind?

From the Boots Up by Andi Marquette
Meg isn’t at all sure she wants to spend time with an LA reporter who wants to do a feature on her father’s Wyoming dude ranch, but she will for him. A chance meeting at the local feed store takes Meg’s mind off the impending visit from the city slicker, however, and Meg wonders about Gina, the attractive woman whose flat tire she helped fix in the parking lot. When Gina turns out to be the reporter, Meg realizes her summer at the ranch might just have taken a turn for the better.

The Good Life by Jodi Payne
Ruby has come home to New Mexico for her father, who’s in the hospital. She’s been living her own life in the city, far away from cows and scrub brush. Caroline is a cowgirl with a lot of charm, but will Ruby be able to give everything up and stay at the ranch?
[synopses from Torquere Press website, with exception of “From the Boots Up”]

Okay, usual rules. LEAVE A COMMENT AT WOMEN AND WORDS AT THIS LINK HERE if you’d like to be considered for this drawing. DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT HERE. GO OVER TO WOMEN AND WORDS TO LEAVE A COMMENT. Make sure you include your email address AT WOMEN AND WORDS WHEN YOU LEAVE A COMMENT THERE (don’t worry–only the elves here at Women and Words see it! Swear! For reals!) so we can contact you if you win.

You’ve got ’til Sunday at noon EST US time. If you’re not of the US, here’s a link to a world clock time zone converter (that’s how much we luuuuv you). 😀

Cheers and good luck!