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

ABOUT THE PROJECT FIERCE ANTHOLOGY

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.

FREE GIVEAWAY!!!

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 EXCERPT

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: http://jcpbooks.com/

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

Raffle:

  • 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!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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.

Visit the University Book Store for more info.

RSVP for this reading on Facebook!

Hope to see you there! :D

Registration for Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 is Open!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarRegistration for the second annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up is now open at Brown Paper Tickets! You can now reserve your seat for the 2014 Meet-Up that will be held at the Seattle Public Library on Sept. 20, 2014!

Reserve your GRNW 2014 spot now!

Come join more than readers, fans, publishers, and more 50 LGBTQ romance writers for this one day event, the only conference in the Pacific Northwest that celebrates the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction!

Check our conference page for more details about the day’s proceedings.

And here is a list of the GRNW 2014 Attending Authors! Please visit our authors page for more info.

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors are:

  • 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
  • Diana Copland
  • Adrianna Dane
  • DP Denman
  • Megan Derr
  • Kim Fielding
  • LE Franks
  • Stormy Glenn
  • Amelia C. Gormley
  • Cat Grant
  • Ginn Hale
  • Dena Hankins
  • Daisy Harris
  • David Holly
  • Laylah Hunter
  • Amber Kell
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • Morticia Knight
  • Lori L. Lake
  • Emma Lanner
  • Pearl Love
  • Kate MacLachlan
  • Belinda McBride
  • Sasha L. Miller
  • M.J. O’Shea
  • E.E. Ottoman
  • Samuel Jarius Pettit
  • Jordan Castillo Price
  • Radclyffe
  • Rick R. Reed
  • Devon Rhodes
  • Charlie Richards
  • Jeffrey Ricker
  • EJ Russell
  • Tara Spears
  • Andrea Speed
  • Draven St. James
  • Ethan Stone
  • Lou Sylvre
  • Anne Tenino
  • Karis Walsh
  • Sheri Lewis Wohl

 

And a big THANK YOU to our 2014 Sponsors–Blind Eye Books, Bold Strokes Books, Decadent Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, Loose Id, MLR Press, Riptide Publishing, and Samhain Publishing!

And a big THANK YOU to our 2014 Community Partners–Gay City, Gay City LGBT Library, Lambda Literary Foundation, Pride Foundation, Rainbow Romance Writers, Rose City Romance Writers and The Seattle Lesbian!

Come join us at Seattle Public Library on September 20, 2014 for this momentous second conference! We look forward to sharing the love of these wonderful books with you! :D

Tips on How Authors Can Work with Local Libraries

Speed_AndreaBy Andrea Speed

At last year’s first inaugural Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, Marlene Harris gave a talk on how to get your books into your local libraries. I am a huge proponent of libraries. I grew up reading books from my school libraries and community libraries, and I still visit my local one once a week. I really wanted to do this.

So I followed Marlene’s advice. I brought a copy of one of my published books into the library, and talked with the head librarian, giving her the copy, and also mentioning that it won a Rainbow Award. Because it did, and it never hurts to mention any awards you’ve won or been nominated for. She had to pass the book on to someone higher up, in charge of book acquisitions, and it took a couple of weeks before I heard anything back.

InfectedPreyBut the news was very good. Not only are there physical copies of some of my books in the system now – and e-copies! – but I was approached about doing a local author event. I am doing that May 4th, and they’ll have some of my books available for check out for people who

The advice works well, and I can’t encourage enough authors to do it. Now I realize that for right now, this only applies to authors who actually have physical copies of their work, but times are changing, and the fact that they added e-copies of my books as well feels like a step in the right direction.

Libraries are fantastic. You can find a whole lot of new readers there, and they just encourage reading in general, which we as authors should always support. Because if no one was reading our stories, why publish them at all?

So if you have a local library and haven’t visited it in ages (or ever), I encourage you to stop by. Who knows, cultivating a good relationship now could pay off in the future.

But above all else, keep writing, and keep reading. And visit GRNW too. You never know what you’ll learn.

UPCOMING EVENT – May 4 – Andrea Speed at the Parkway/Spanaway Library

2:00pm – 3:30pm – 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma 9844

Local author Andrea Speed discusses her popular paranormal fiction series, Infected. She shares what inspired her to become an author, her experiences with the writing and publishing process and her other works of fiction.

Books will be available for checkout, purchase and signing. Visit the site to read more.

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. She’s the author of the Infected series for Dreamspinner Press, the Josh of the Damned series for Riptide Publishing, and has a bunch of non-series stuff as well. She makes up stuff, just to be an ass. In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution! Visit Andrea’s website.

GRNW Registration opens this Saturday + News!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarMark your calendars for those interested in attending the 2014 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference on September 20, 2014. Registration will open this Saturday, April 26, 2014!

(April 26 Edit! Aaaaand it’s open! Go forth and save your seat!)

How much is registration for GRNW 2014?

Early-bird tickets will be $17.50. That ticket price will go up to the final ticket price in August to $25.

What will happen at GRNW 2014?

GRNW 2014 will be a full day of events, starting in the morning of Saturday, September 20 with workshops, pitch sessions with publishers, and a reader meet-up with games and giveaways.

The main conference will start in the afternoon at 1pm with a keynote address and followed by three panel discussions on different aspects of the genre.

Like last year, after the conference we will have a book festival across the street at the Hotel Monaco. And following the book fest, there will be an after-party for more mingling and also short readings!

It will be a long, but very fun day. We hope you can join us! (And wear comfortable shoes!)

And like last year, we’ll have a free public reading event on the Friday night before the conference as well as more opportunities to meet with other attendees.

How big will GRNW 2014 be?

The main conference space at the Seattle Public Library fits 275 people, so that is our max.

Who is attending GRNW 2014????

Great question! Here are the more than 50 authors planning on attending!

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

 

Check out the GRNW Authors page for more info about all these wonderful writers!

mta-queerdetectiveIf there anything else going on beside the September conference??

OMG—tons! We have two events this month, more events next month, and more coming soon!

Please check our events page for more info about our upcoming Portland reader meeting on April 27, “The Queer Detective” reading event at the Seattle Public Library on April 30 with Nicole Kimberling, Lori L. Lake, and Lou Sylvre, an event on May 4 in Tacoma with Andrea Speed, the Lambda Literary finalists reading in Seattle with LC Chase on May 9, and more!

Geez, that’s a lot! What is up with GRNW? Are you guys bored?

GRNW is not so much one conference but more a regional movement to better connect local LGBTQ romance authors and readers to each other and to community resources and organizations.

There are so many great reasons why these wonderful books should have a higher profile within popular culture, and our role is to help shepherd these communities, events, readings, and convenings, so more readers can find these awesome works, and more writers can have their voices heard.

As always, GRNW is a completely volunteer-run initiative. Give us a shout-out if you would like to join the movement! We’d love to have you a part of these events! :D