GRNW 2014 – What to Expect and Where to go??

Library_outsideWow! We are two days away from the second annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up at the Seattle Public Library on September 20!

We want to provide some up-front info for attendees wondering about the event, especially if it’s their first time. Below is some frequently asked questions (and also please feel free to share your own questions in the comments!)

Can I buy tickets online still? Yes. You can purchase a conference pass for $25 at Brown Paper Tickets.

For all tickets purchased before Friday at 5pm, we’ll have a name tag printed for you at registration. Tickets purchased after that, we will have a blank name tag to fill in.

Can I buy a ticket at registration? Yes, you can purchase a ticket for $25 at registration. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

When does the library open? It opens at 10am. If you are planning on joining the morning sessions, especially the first writing session at 10:15am, we recommend arriving at 10am.

What is the dress code? Seattle is suuuuuuuuper casual, so it’s wear what you want. Most of the conference is in the Seattle Public Library, which is also a pretty casual place.

Are there activities before Saturday? Yes! As listed in our program schedule, we have a couple meet-ups and a book store reading on Friday night, September 19.

  • 5pm – 6:45pm: Meet-up at Flowers Bar (corner of 43rd and University Way NE)
  • 7pm – 8:30pm: Reading at the University Book Store with E.E Ottoman, Jordan Castillo Price, Radclyffe, and Rick R. Reed. (4326 University Way NE, Seatte, WA 98105, half black from Flowers bar)
  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm: Meet-Up at The District Lounge (4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98127, a block and a half from the University Book Store.)

We hope you can join us for the book store reading and meet-ups! It should be a fun time. :-)

What times do things start on Saturday?

It depends on what you’re planning on doing:

Writer Sessions: The first set start at 10:15am. The second set start at 11:10am. Check out the Writer Sessions for descriptions of the program. These are all on the 4th floor of the library.

*Writer session attendees should go directly to the 4th floor and skip registration until later. The elevator is SLOW so it’s better to go to the sessions first.

Visit the 4th floor info table to grab a simple name tag to use for the morning.

Reader Meet-Up: This starts from 10:30am and will go to 11:45am in the Microsoft Auditorium (first floor.) We recommend arriving earlier to register and also, so you can start perusing all the free books we have to give away!

Author Pitch Sessions: These will go from 10:30am – 12pm. Pitch sessions with the seven attending publishers are by appointment. (Make an appointment)

Afternoon registration: Is from 12pm – 1pm at the Microsoft Auditorium. After 1pm, the main doors close and the main programming starts.

Because registration is within the auditorium where programming will be occurring, we strongly recommend arriving before 1pm so you don’t have to come in via the side door.

Main Conference Programming: 1pm – 5pm in the Microsoft Auditorium. There will be ten minute breaks before the end of each hour. At these break times, the main doors will be open. (See Programming Schedule)

Book Festival: 5:30pm – 8pm at the Hotel Monaco (across the street from the library at 1101 4th Ave. The festival is downstairs in the Paris Ballroom.

The festival is FREE to enter, so come and enjoy!

1st Bus going to After Party: 7pm in front of the Hotel Monaco

2nd Bus going to the After Party: 8pm in front of the Hotel Monaco

After Party: 8pm – 11:00pm – Rendezvous Bar/Jewelbox Theater (2322 2nd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98121, Belltown area, around 20 blocks from the Monaco.)

“5 Minutes in Heaven” Readings – 8:30pm – 10:00pm at the Jewelbox Theater. (The theater is in the Rendezvous Bar.

The authors reading at the After Party are:

  • Amelia Gormley
  • David Holly
  • Z.A. Maxfield
  • Kate McLachlan
  • Charlie Richards
  • Jeffrey Ricker
  • Tara Spears
  • Lou Sylvre
  • Jay Vaughn
  • L.A. Witt

And that’s the end of the day! :-D

What should I expect at the free book festival after the conference?

The book fest will feature:

  • 50 LGBTQ romance authors to meet and chat with (See author list)
  • The University Book Store will be selling books by attending authors
  • Book Fest Bingo – with chances to win gift certificates to the University Book Store table
  • Loads of free author swag!
  • Free appetizers
  • A cash bar (For real- it’s cash only.)

What can I expect at the After Party?

The after party will be a very casual setting where attendees can decompress from the day, order food and drinks, chat, and also check out the short readings in the theater.

Where do I pick up my swag bag? You can pick it up at registration.

I hear there will be free books at the conference? Yep! We have loads of free books that you can just grab and take with you. Enjoy!

Is there still a book drive for Gay City going on? Yep! We are also gathering book donations for the Gay City LGBTQ library. Every book donated will get a raffle ticket, and a chance to win some prizes! Books can be donated at the Gay City table at the conference and book festival.

Where can I park? The Seattle Library has parking all day for $7, but it ends at 7pm. Downtown also has some nearby lots. Street parking becomes free after 8pm.

What other questions could we answer? Let us know! :D

GRNW 2014 Secret Stories – Guess the Author!

QuestionMarkAs we gear up for the Sept. 20 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 at the Seattle Public Library, we thought it would be fun to do another Secret Story Event in our GRNW GoodReads group! (Similar to our 2013 event.)

What is a Secret Story Event?

Popular especially in fanfiction communities, Secret Story Events are about posting a story first but not listing the author.

This is a fun way to go in “cold’ into a story without any preconceived notions of style or previous works. Then later we unveil the authors, and you can see how close your guess was! (And maybe even discover a new author who you hadn’t read before.)

2014 GRNW Secret Stories

We have six awesome secret stories to share this year, all contributed by GRNW 2014 Attending Authors!

Names will be revealed Thursday, Sept. 18! But can you guess before then who has written each story???

Batkyn Brinks by Anonymous

After his arrest for charges of “indecent” behavior, Lord Hindstone is brought before the judge for a ruling. What happens when this judge is an old friend who knows what really happened? (3,700 words, historical, explicit content.)

The Darkling’s Kiss by Anonymous

An unpredictable thief and a wizard on a mission. What will happen when these opposites meet? (4,700 words, fantasy, explicit content)

Floating in Space by Anonymous

“Have you ever been naked in vacuum?” She is naked and I already want her so badly that my breathing hitches. (1,200 words, sci-fi, explicit content)

Sailing the Seas of Stars by Anonymous

Ahoy, there! Is that…? It is! Space pirates! (979 words, sci-fi)

Three Goats by Anonymous

One lonely troll has his hands full watching over two rambunctious young goats. And then there’s the rumor that their older brother is returning home… (2,800 words, fantasy)

Three Wishes by Anonymous

A soldier at war finds a genie who will grant him three wishes. What will he choose for love? (5,900 words, fantasy)

Guess the author!

Can you guess which GRNW 2014 author wrote what? And feel free to share your thoughts, comments, and guesses! All will be revealed on Sept. 18!

GRNW 2014 Writer Sessions, Reader Meet-Up, and Pitching to Publishers

GRNW_panel_3_barWe’re excited to announce the schedule for the writer sessions that will be held on the morning of GRNW 2014 in Seattle on September 20!

Six 45-minute discussion sessions will be held on the 4th floor of the Seattle Public Library from 10:15am – 12:00pm

it’s an AWESOME line-up of discussion exploring different topics related to queer romance writing, from working with libraries to world-building to how to market your work.

Check out a quick view of what’s going on below, and see the full description for all the morning writer discussion sessions, including panelists and topic descriptions.

10:15am – 11:00am: Writing Discussions Series 1

  • Ask a Librarian!
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing and Author Persona
  • The Wonders of World-Building!

11:10am – 11:55am: Writing Discussions Series 2

  • Writing Diversity – What to look for and what to ask?
  • All the Things you wanted to ask an Editor (but were afraid to ask)
  • The Mystery Panel! Writing Mysteries and Suspense

View the full descriptions for these sessions.

But that’s not the only programming for the morning! (We’re going to busy!)

10:30am – 12:00pm: GRNW Reader Meet-Up!

Join us in the Microsoft Auditorium on the 1st floor of the Seattle Public Library for a rollicking meet-up as readers gather to gab about their favorite books and authors. This meet-up will include time for meeting new people, LOTS of giveaways and free books, games, and more!

(You won’t forget the awesomeness that will be the Character Type Love Match! Who will be the top couple to win???? Come find out!)

10:30am – 12:00pm: Pitch Sessions with Publishers

Have a story to pitch? Come pitch at GRNW! We are hosting seven publishers who are accepting appointments to hear pitches from authors. Publishers participating are: Bold Strokes Books, Decadent Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, and MLR Press.

Please visit the GRNW Pitch Sessions page for more info and to make an appointment. (Appointments are required to participate in the pitch sessions.)

Time slots are still available for pitch sessions! Come grab yours now. :D

And there’s more???

That’s right! GRNW is a full day of activities, and you won’t want to miss the afternoon programming. Come visit the 2014 Programming page to get the lowdown!

Free Reads Spotlight – Love’s Landscapes

LoveLandscapesLogoEvery summer, the M/M Romance Group on GoodReads puts on an amazing event where writers submit 150+ free short stories and novellas (and even a few novels), all written based on group member prompts, and released every day from June 1 through August. It’s amazing and a treasure trove of stories.

A number of GRNW 2014 authors have already had their 2014 stories published. You can check them out below (and all have ebook versions for downloading!)

Better Than New by Charley Descoteaux (Contemporary)

Guarded by Kim Fielding (Fantasy)

The Raven’s Luck by Laylah Hunter (Urban Fantasy)

Souring Past Death by Morticia Knight (Dystopia/Sci-Fi)

Wet Dreams and Adult Revelations by Tara Spears (Contemporary)

Villains by Andrea Speed (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

Expect the Unexpected by Lou Sylvre (Contemporary)

What more stories will come out? We’ll find out! Until then, happy reading!

GRNW 2014 Panels, Pitch Sessions, and other news!

GRNW authors Heidi Belleau, Kade Boehme, Ginn Hale, Rick R. Reed, and Andrea Speed

Heidi Belleau, Kade Boehme, Ginn Hale, Rick R. Reed, and Andrea Speed at GRNW 2013.

GRNW just announced the afternoon panels for the 2014 Meet-Up, including panels on writing LGBTQ romance, getting the view from the publisher’s perspective, and a discussion on how the genre is changing and expanding.

We have an amazing crew of panelists sharing their thoughts and expertise for these afternoon sessions. We hope you will come join us!

See the 2014 Programming Schedule

Announcing the 2014 Pitch Sessions!

For the first time, GRNW will be hosting pitch sessions so that authors can have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with publishers.

Seven LGBTQ publishers will be listening to pitches: Bold Strokes Books, Decadent Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, eXstasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, and MLR Press.

All pitch sessions must be arranged ahead of time by appointment.

To learn more or make an appointment, visit our Pitch Sessions page.

Early-Bird Rate ends on August 1!

If you haven’t bought your GRNW pass yet, now is a good time! That awesome early-bird rate of $17.50 ends on August 1. (After that, it goes up to $25.) Save your seat now at that amazing price!

Visit our Brown Paper Ticket site to purchase your pass.

GRNW 2014 Authors

Our official GRNW Attending Author group is now closed, but we’ve had a few additions before closing. Check out the full list of attending writers below or visit our 2014 Authors page to read more about them.

  • Lynda Aicher
  • Astrid Amara
  • Talya Andor
  • Eric Andrews-Katz
  • Cate Ashwood
  • David-Matthew Barnes
  • Laura Baumbach
  • Jove Belle
  • Heidi Belleau
  • Angela Benedetti
  • Kade Boehme
  • L.C. Chase
  • Rose Christo
  • Diana Copland
  • Adrianna Dane
  • DP Denman
  • Megan Derr
  • Charley Descoteaux
  • Kim Fielding
  • LE Franks
  • Stormy Glenn
  • Amelia C. Gormley
  • Cat Grant
  • Ginn Hale
  • Dena Hankins
  • Daisy Harris
  • J. Tullos Hennig
  • David Holly
  • Laylah Hunter
  • Amber Kell
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • Morticia Knight
  • Lori L. Lake
  • Emma Lanner
  • Pearl Love
  • Belinda McBride
  • Kate McLachlan
  • Sasha L. Miller
  • M.J. O’Shea
  • E.E. Ottoman
  • Samuel Jarius Pettit
  • Alex Powell
  • Jordan Castillo Price
  • Radclyffe
  • Blak Rayne
  • Rick R. Reed
  • Devon Rhodes
  • Charlie Richards
  • Jeffrey Ricker
  • EJ Russell
  • Tara Spears
  • Andrea Speed
  • Draven St. James
  • Ethan Stone
  • Lou Sylvre
  • Anne Tenino
  • Jay Vaughn
  • Karis Walsh
  • Sheri Lewis Wohl


We look forward to seeing you in September! :D

The Story Behind the Project Fierce Anthology + Ebook Giveaway

By Megan Derr

projectfierce400Project Fierce began quietly, as these things usually do. Less Than Three has always wanted to get more involved with charity work. We’ve done small things here and there, auctioning off prompts for disaster relief, or selling short stories of our own and donating the money. Community and helping each other means a lot to us. LT3 wouldn’t be where it was without all the support and help we’ve received from family and friends over the years. My family has always believed strongly in teamwork, helping others, never leaving someone to suffer alone if its within our power to help. And everyone, everywhere, deserves to have a home. If it’s within our power to help fix a problem, we always want to try.

When Piper Vaughn approached us about doing something to help Project Fierce Chicago, which is an amazing cause, it seemed the perfect start we needed that we kept putting off. At the end of the day, LT3 really didn’t have much to do. The behind-the-scenes details are easy enough when you do it all the time. The bulk of the work went to the authors willing to donate stories, many of whom had never worked with LT3 before but were willing to throw in for the cause. Many many thanks also go to the editors who were willing to donate their time and talent to help us. Also much love to the reviewers and other bloggers helping to spread word of the anthology, and of course the faithful readers so crucial to the entire process :)

We wound up with twenty stories in all, from authors old and new, all of them engaging and well-fitted to the theme. Everyone involved worked hard to bring it all together, and the results have been fantastic. They’ve also been inspiring, and LT3 is very much looking forward to doing more such volumes in the future.

Our next charity project will likely be something much closer to home for LT3: working with Cape Fear Equality right here on the coast of North Carolina.

Much love and thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen, and all our best to Project Fierce Chicago and the youths they help.

~Megan, Sasha, Samantha


Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

Participating Authors: LT3’s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo, Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.


LT3 is offering one free copy of the anthology (the cost of it will still be donated), to be given to a randomly selected winner. To participate, just leave a comment below. :) The winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 24.

To see more of Megan, Sasha, Samantha and Less Than Three Press, join us at the 2014 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on Sept. 20, 2014 at the Seattle Public Library!

Size Matters with Jordan Castillo Price + Meatworks Giveaway!

Size Matters: Novels vs. Novellas, Standalones vs. Series

Price Jordan CastilloBy Jordan Castillo Price

“Chunking” information is a method we use to recall things. Recalling a random seven-digit number might be difficult, but when we add a dash after the first three digits, it becomes easier. (And have you ever had anyone giving you a phone number pause for breath at the wrong part of it, like after the first five digits? Talk about confusing!)

While chunking is a short-term memory phenomenon, conceptually I chunk my stories in 15,000-word increments. For me, unfolding a story in a series of novelettes is absolutely the perfect way to go. I think that having a single, focused mini-crisis and resolution happen in 15-20,000 words, while maintaining a longer series crisis until the last story, feels exactly right. Because more and more of us are consuming our fiction on e-readers these days, we’re no longer bound to the size constraints inherent in traditional paper publishing. We can create works that are just as long or short as they need to be.

Unfortunately, there are considerations that go far beyond format. Pricing ebooks is tricky anyway, but generally readers don’t want to feel like they’re being strung along with crumbs of a story to inflate the price of the series. If each installation of a series is novel-length, fine. But break up that same story in 20,000-word chunks and it begins to feel like an attempt to milk the market. Even if that’s not the author’s intent at all.

There’s also the matter of resolution. I’ve discovered that many readers in M/M want all conflict to be resolved at the end of a book, even if there’s a followup planned. As a storyteller, this is distressing to me, because when everything’s resolved in one book…that’s a standalone. Trump up a new conflict for the subsequent book and it feels contrived.

It’s a catch-22 situation. Series sell better. Readers want to fall in love with characters and watch them develop and unfold over the course of many, many scenes. Yet often readers are vocally dissatisfied if conflict isn’t entirely resolved.

For writers, I don’t think there’s any good answer for this. Once all conflict is resolved, there’s no reason to continue the series. You can try introducing new conflict, but eventually you’ll jump the shark—and no one wants to hear “…and this is the book where the series started to suck.”

Meatworks was a story that took me several years to write, and originally, I planned it as a novelette series. But then I decided I’d be shooting myself in the foot if I didn’t give my Meatworks characters a big ol’ resolution. Now I see this was a good choice. I was already pushing a lot of limits by making the main character a total bastard. I think stringing out the story over the course of several novelettes would have made it even less palatable, since the lightbulb doesn’t go on for my protagonist until the very end. Also, when I combined the novelettes, I realized that there was some resolution I’d built into the middle that would actually work much better at the very end. So the structure then shifted. Without the need for mini-resolutions, I was able to plunge the story even deeper into the black pit of conflict and despair.

So Meatworks became a standalone. And while my series are far more popular than my standalones, I’ve already had a few new-to-me readers say that this will be their gateway JCP novel.

They’re in for a wild ride.


meatworks-600“You’re here for the meeting? It’s supposed to start at seven. And you are?”

“Me? I’m Desmond Poole.”

“Hi, Desmond. I’m Pam Steiner. Come in, make sure you close the door behind you.”

Nah, I figured I’d just let it rain in. I forced a smile. Baring my teeth probably wouldn’t fool anyone, but I couldn’t afford to make a new enemy.

My hostess Pam, a thirtyish chick with sandy, blunt-cut hair and a painfully earnest face, smiled in return. Her smile looked as forced as mine felt.

“I can take your coat. Shoes go there.” She took my wet jacket and pointed to a pile of shoes beside the door. Most of the shoes were in pairs. But a few of them were single.

Gah. I knew the support group was a shitty idea. “I’m gonna leave my shoes on.”

“Oh, is it an issue with your prosthetic? I thought it was your arm, not your leg.”

How she could say the P-word without gagging on it was beyond me. My arm felt like it was full of lead weights. Even though the thing stuck to the end of it supposedly weighed less than my original arm had.

“No, it’s an issue with my…socks.”

“I’m sorry. I just had the hardwood floors waxed last week, is all.”

Pam stood, blocking the doorway from me and effectively trapping me in the front hall until I relinquished my shoes, which would mean being stuck in my socks—and that meant no quick getaway. I considered grabbing my jacket away from her and sprinting out the door. But this was my last chance to prove I’d done the mandatory “sharing” that would help me “heal.”

Like I’d ever heal.

Unfortunately, my social worker said if I kept cutting class, Social Services would stop cutting checks.

Pam clutched my jacket harder. I could wrestle her for it, but half a foot shorter, thirty pounds lighter or not, it was a good possibility that she had a robo-arm too. I didn’t know that for a fact, since one of her hands was currently hidden, with my leather jacket draped over it. But come on, why else was Gimp Group being held at her house? If she did have a robo-arm, it’d be just as strong as mine. Plus, she’d probably have a lot better control over hers than I did, given that for the past three months, I’d been doing my best to pretend the hunk of junk on the end of my stump didn’t exist. Meanwhile, she’d been hanging balloons off her porch light, dusting off the folding chairs, and laying out a spread of stale cookies and decaf.

I bent, untied my combat boots with my real hand, and slipped them off. Pam was smiling harder when I straightened up. “Okay, then. You’re the last one on the list. Shake hands with the housebot and we can get started.”

“I’ll take a pass.”

Pam looked at me like I was nuts. If I didn’t “shake” with the housebot, how would it be able to add my temperature preferences to those of the group and adjust the HVAC system accordingly? And the lighting system? And the music mix? While my own preference for old school punk usually resulted in some bizarre selections when I mingled with a group of more conservative folk, and the housebot averaged our musical taste into something that all of us could snigger at…I’d been less than enthused lately about baring my soul to just any old piece of machinery. “If you don’t scan in,” Pam said, “your social worker won’t know you made it to the meeting.” She gave a little nervous chuckle.

“Besides, if you don’t scan in, you could be anybody, and I wouldn’t know the difference.”

Did I even know anyone who’d be willing to pretend to be me? Maybe someone from the gin mill who wouldn’t mind an easy twenty bucks. Too bad none of ’em were gimps. “I’ll show you my I.D.”

“Theoretically, I mean. I don’t actually think you’re lying about who you—”

“Couldn’t you just call him or something?”

“Call your social worker? On the telephone? I don’t think I even have his number.” I did, but I was busy convincing myself I’d forgotten it. Pam hugged my jacket to her chest as if by doing so, she could vicariously comfort me. She lowered her voice so that she sounded very confidential and concerned, and said, “Is it some sort of phobia?”

“Something like that.”

A muscle twitched in my neck, and my robo-arm flung its fingers wide, like it was so happy to meet Pam it wanted to slip her an exuberant wave whether or not my shoulder chose to get into the act. I ignored it.

“Don’t worry,” she said, “it’s totally safe. There are no moving parts in the scanner. Not one. And I just upgraded a few months ago. It’s very fast. You’ll have your hand back before you know it.”

I would not have my hand back before I knew it. I would not have my hand back, ever. It was an effort not to say as much. Hell, it was an effort not to scream it at the top of my lungs. But I couldn’t take the chance that Pam might decide to actually figure out how to use her phone and tattle on me to my social worker if I started acting like a prick, so I kept my mouth shut and let the fucking housebot scan my remaining hand.

It wasn’t that I was afraid of the dumb thing—I’d repaired enough of them to know there were no moving parts—it was the principle. Can’t a guy go somewhere without being read? What if I want to sweat for a change—or shiver? What if I’m in the mood for some country and western? What if I want to tell my social worker where I’ve been and have him take my word for it?

meatworks-facebook-bannerMEATWORKS E-BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a free ebook of Meatworks! Drawing to be held on Sunday, July 20! :D

Desmond Poole is damaged in more ways than one. If he was an underachiever before, he’s entirely useless now that he’s lost his right hand. He spends his time drowning his sorrows in vodka while he deliberately blows off the training that would help him master his new prosthetic. Social Services seems determined to try and stop him from wallowing in his own filth, so he’s forced to attend an amputee support group. He expects nothing more than stale cookies, tepid decaf and a bunch of self-pitying sob stories, so he’s blindsided when a fellow amputee catches his eye.

Corey Steiner is a hot young rudeboy who works his robotic limb like an extension of his own body, and he’s smitten by Desmond’s crusty punk rock charm from the get-go. Unfortunately, Desmond hasn’t quite severed ties with his ex-boyfriend, and Corey isn’t known for his maturity or patience.

Meatworks is set in a bleak near-future where cell phone and personal computer technologies never developed. In their place, robotics flourished. Now robots run everything from cars to coffee pots. Taking the guesswork out of menial tasks was intended to create leisure time, but instead robots have made society dependent and passive.

Desmond loathes robots and goes out of his way to avoid them. But can he survive without the robotic arm strapped to the end of his stump?

See more of Jordan at the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up in Seattle on September 20! Until then, you can visit her at her website:

Free Read Spotlight – Library Pirates Round Robin is now COMPLETE!

Library_outsideThat’s right, with the last chapter published by Megan Derr, GRNW’s crazy six-month Library Pirates round robin (started in January, ended in June) is now finished!! :D And you can now read the whooooooooole thing! Check out the parts below!

The story! Baxter is new in town, and stops by the huge Seattle Public Library to use their internet, but soon things quickly turn to the weird as the oh-so-normal library setting changes around him, and what’s with those hot pirates running around? Is this some kind of…performance? Baxter doesn’t know what’s going on, but suddenly, getting out of the library without getting blasted by a cannon first becomes his newest priority!

Part 1 by Kim Fielding

Part 2 by Andrea Speed

Part 3 by Talya Andor

Part 4 by Jeffrey Ricker

Part 5 by Tara Spears

Part 6 by LE Franks

Part 7 by Sam Schooler

Part 8 by Morticia Knight

Part 9 by Sasha L. Miller

Part 10 by E.E. Ottoman

Part 11 (Final) by Megan Derr

The Back Story! This round robin was set up on our GoodReads group. After the group voted, the theme “library pirates” was chosen, and things got started.

The participating authors’ parameters? Each author would write a section of the story, and each section could only be the length of one GoodReads post (12,000 characters or around 2,200 words.) With no control about what happens before their piece, and what happens after, how did our our gaggle of awesome writers do? You decide! (But as as a very biased reader, I thought they did a smashing job!)

THANK YOU to all the wonderful authors that participated in this round robin! :D With their creativity, inspiration, and a whole lot of sexy humor, they pulled together an awesome (and always surprising) story of Baxter and his poor, hot-library-pirate adventures!

Read on and enjoy!

And yes, that pic is the Seattle Library where it’s all set! (This is also where GRNW is held!)

June 8 – Come to Old Growth’s Anniversary Party (and help support GRNW!)

Anniversary_Avatar-300x300Join us this Sunday, June 8 in celebrating Gay Romance Northwest’s hosting organization, Old Growth Northwest, for their first year of programming! Old Growth will be holding the event at the Vermillion Art Gallery in Capitol Hill from 4-7pm.

The event will include:

  • Featured readings and presentations from the literary programs of Old Growth Northwest, including a presentation on Gay Romance Northwest and readings by GRNW 2014 authors Laylah Hunter and Andrea Speed.
  • Short presentations about Old Growth’s programming, including updates on what to expect at GRNW 2014!!
  • A Writing On The Wall installation
  • A raffle event to fundraise for the upcoming year
  • Dessert and appetizers


  • Help support future Old Growth Northwest programming by purchasing raffle tickets (five for $3) at the Anniversary Party! There are tons of cool prizes to win1

Book Drive:

  • In support of Old Growth’s partner, University Beyond Bars, Old Growth will be holding a book drive for students of their prison workshops. Books will be donated to the University Beyond Bars library for use by all students at Monroe Correctional Complex.
  • Please bring books from home or from Old Growth’s Wish List to the Anniversary Party.
  • Each book will earn you five raffle tickets!

It should be a FABULOUS time, and a great opportunity to show your love and help support future GRNW programming throughout the year. (GRNW is a volunteer-run initiative, so funds raised go directly to programming.)

Visit Old Growth Northwest to learn more or purchase tickets for the party!

We hope you can join us! :D

June 5 – Love with Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ Romance Fiction

June5_14_Box2Reading Event with Nick DiMartino, Daisy Harris, J. Tullos Hennig, and Laylah Hunter

7:00pm – University Book Store (University District Location)

Come celebrate Pride month and LGBTQ love stories as GRNW presents a special reading event with four northwest writers—Nick DiMartino, Daisy Harris, J. Tullos Hennig, and Laylah Hunter. Whether they explore romance in the modern day or medieval times, each author shines a spotlight on LGBTQ relationships and the universality of love.

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jove Belle and Kade Boehme are no longer able to attend this reading.)

The reading will be at 7pm at the University Book Store in Seattle! We hope you can join us!

Pre-Event Meet-up! For those interested, we’ll be meeting at the restaurant Flowers on the corner of 43rd and University Way starting from 5:30pm. Just look for the GRNW table!


Nick DiMartino has had over twenty plays in full-run productions across the United States. He’s been the campus book-buyer for the University Book Store at the University of Washington for over forty years, hosts two book clubs, and reviews international fiction online for Shelf Awareness. His books include: Student Union, The Devil in Love, Joseph Golem, Women Who Can’t Stop Talking, Love in the American Empire, Pineapple Moon, Changes, Dude, Ghost Novels, Christmas Ghost Story, University Ghost Story, Seattle Ghost Story, Memoirs, Mars versus Maple School, and Throw Me Among My Own

Daisy Harris lives in Seattle in a house full of dogs and children. When she’s not writing gay romance, she can be found experimenting with new ways to cook kale. Every once in a while, she goes out to pay homage to the party of gods of her youth—and maybe to find a little trouble. She is the author of multiple gay romance novels including From the Ashes, After the Rain, Nothing but Smoke, and the Men of Holsum College series.

J Tullos Hennig has had varied professions over a lifetime—artist, dancer, teacher, equestrian—but has never successfully managed to not be a writer. J Tullos is blessed with an understanding spouse, kids, and grandkids, and is alternately plagued and blessed with a small herd of horses and a geriatric collie…. Hennig’s works include the novels Greenwode and Shirewode. Greenwode was a 2013 Rainbow Award winner for Best B/T & LGBT Fantasy, Paranormal Romance & Sci-fi / Futuristic.

Laylah Hunter writes speculative fiction, often queer, often erotic, often concerned with power dynamics, and sometimes all of those things at once. Hunter’s mild-mannered alter ego has a day job in one of the driest and stuffiest corners of the publishing industry, a video game habit, and two cats who consistently fail their aloofness checks. Hunter writes best on rainy days and is powered mostly by lattes, which made moving to Seattle a wise career choice.

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Hope to see you there! :D