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Thursday, April 16, 2015

What's Up, Pat?

Runway pictures from Men's Fashion Week. 
Fredi wears a suit like one of these when he meets Max for the first time.
Only Fredi pairs it with a red shirt and cream knit tie.  Lovely!
I'm currently in the middle of edits for the second book in the Foothills Pride novella series, Redesigning Max.  No cover or flashy art to show yet, so I'm using an image I pulled off the Internet from one of the European fashion shows to illustrate what Fredi Zimmer, the narrator of Redesigning Max, might look like.  He's a fashionista to the nth degree.

In the writing arena, I've submitted the third book in the series, Behr Facts, to Dreamspinner and am awaiting their decision whether to take the novella or not.  What can I say about it? 

Abe Behr and his younger brothers Ben and Connor are the heart and soul of Behr Construction Company, the firm that turns Fredi's designs into reality.  Abe's the stalwart, loyal, stoic linchpin of the company.  If he hadn't taken over when his alcoholic father stopped caring and working, the company which employs most of the Behr relatives in the area would have folded.

Abe thinks of himself as asexual until he meets CPA Jeffrey Mason.  The only problem is Jeff is a Mason, the family Abe's father hated.  In fact Old Man Behr hated the Masons more than he loved his own sons and lost his youngest, Dominic, because of his indifference.  So how are a Behr and a Mason going to get together?  And in the unsettled climate of queers moving into the Sierra Foothills, how are Abe's younger brothers, the Behr clan, and the community going to react to Abe's coming out?

All of those books are on the back burners of my mind since they're finished.  What's roiling around on the front burners are two novellas in progress.  More about them in future posts.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Q & A and Giveaway!

That's right!  Jimmy and Guy, of What's in a Name?, ask a multiple choice question at The Romance Reviews Anniversary party tomorrow and the winner gets a prize.

Check it out on Monday, March 30.  YOU could be the big winner.

Good luck!

Buy What's in a Name? at online booksellers including

Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes and Noble
Dreamspinner Press

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congratulations, Heidi!

One of the things I'd hoped to do when I started writing reviews of gay romances at All About Romance and Booklist was to have m/m romances become an accepted part of the larger romance universe.  I didn't accomplish my goal, but I'm so happy to report that Heidi Cullinan has!

Her marvelous romance, Fever Pitch, is on the finalist list for the Romance Writers of America 2015 awards.  As far as I know, this is a first for both Heidi and for m/m romances. 

It's a validation that what we are writing isn't so fringe after all, and gay romance is just as important in the world of romance writing as the Regencies, historicals, contemporaries, and other splinter groups that have been accepted for decades.

If you haven't read Fever Pitch, I urge you do so.  You can buy it at these and other online booksellers:
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes and Noble
Samhain Publishing

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Winners! We've Got Winners...

Jimmy and Guy, protagonists of What's in a Name?, talk about the Starbucks coffee card giveaway:

Jimmy:  See?  I told you readers would enter to win a coffee card.

Guy: Huh.  Still think we shoulda offered a bottle of Chivas or a case of Flat Tire or something.

Jimmy:  Hey, hey, you can't argue with 1, 591 people.  Coffee's popular.

Guy:  That's how many entered?  Huh.  Guess there're a lot of thirsty people around.

Jimmy:  A lot of connoisseurs of non-alcoholic beverages, you mean.

Guy:  Whatever.  Who won?

Jimmy:  Barbra and Cornelia!  They should be sipping away as we speak.

Guy:  Hope they bought a copy of the book, too.  Then they can come into Stonewall's and tell me all the mistakes I made wooing you.

Jimmy bursts into giggles, muttering "Woo, woo, woo..." and has to take a few deep breaths before he can add, "Congratulations, Barbra and Cornelia!  Enter Stonewall's at your own risk."

Guy pulls Jimmy in for a kiss and they walk away.  Maybe even to drink some coffee.  Maybe.

Thanks again to Will Parkinson of Pride-Promotions for all the wonderful work he did on What's in a Name?  You are the best!

If you haven't already gotten your copy of What's in a Name? you can order it from these booksellers:

Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another Morning with Jimmy and Guy

Somewhere in Northern California:

I heard the shower go on and then nothing for a while.  Guy and I were visiting Crystal’s Many Reviewers and Rebecca Cohen Writes today to promote What’s in a Name? and didn’t have time to waste.

I opened the bathroom door and yelled at Guy, “What’s taking you so long?  What are you doing in there?”


“What?  We don’t have time to wait around,” I protested.  “What are you waiting for?”

“Santa Claus.”

As I thought about what he’d said, he added, “The Easter bunny.”  Another silence, then, "Land shark."

Oh, yeah.  Now I got it.  I shucked my clothes and opened the shower door.

“How about a barista instead?”

“Yeah, that’s what I was waiting for.”

Join Jimmy and Guy (after they get cleaned up and out of the shower) at Crystal’s Many Reviewers and Rebecca Cohen Writes today.  Also, remember to sign up to win a coffee card!

Thank you, Will Parkinson and Pride-Promotions, for making this Remember Me Tour, a trip to remember! 
I can't tell you how much I'm going to miss you between books.  Will will be doing his magic for Redesigning Max this summer when it releases from Dreamspinner Press.  Until then, buy and read all the books he promotes! 

Buy What’s in a Name? at the following places and wherever eBooks are sold:

Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes and Noble

Friday, March 13, 2015

5 Days Left to Win a Coffee Card

Hey, it's Friday the 13th!  Time to make sure you've signed up at Rafflecopter to win a gift card for coffee.

Then you can sit back and take a couple of hours to read What's in a Name? and decide whether you'd like Jimmy or Guy to be yours.

Buy a copy of the book at
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Jimmy and Guy

Jimmy Patterson and Guy Stone of What's in a Name? are getting ready for two blog visits today.  Here's what's happening in their kitchen:

What’s that you got in your hand?” Jimmy asked.

Guy looked down, pecked a kiss on Jimmy’s brow, and answered, “Pop Tart.  Why?”

Jimmy frowned and plucked the Pop Tart from Guy’s fingers.  “That’s not a nutritious breakfast for a big guy like you.  We’ll be out visiting a couple of places today.  You’re stomach’s going to be making rude noises while we’re telling people about the book.”

Guy rubbed his midriff, and Jimmy got a lustful glint in his eyes.  Jimmy suddenly slapped Guy’s hand away.

“Nice try, but we’ve got to get serious here.  Or we’re going to be late.”  Jimmy turned and grabbed some cheese and eggs from the fridge.  “Here.  Grate some cheese.  I’m making you an omelet.  I also got some free-trade Nicaraguan dark that we’ll brew in the French press.”

As Guy sat down and started rubbing the gouda chunk against the grater, he asked, “Where we going today?”

“Well, first to Prism Book Alliance.  They’ve got some questions for Pat, so all we have to do is sit and look alert.  And not make any hunger noises.”

“Hey!  I didn’t say I wouldn’t eat a real breakfast,” Guy yelped.

“Then we’re going to Elisa’s blog.  You know, the one with her reviews andramblings.  Not really sure what’s happening.  We’ll see when we get there.”

When Guy was eating his omelet and toast, Jimmy zipped into the bathroom to get ready.  Then it was Guy’s turn.  By the time Guy got back, the kitchen was clean and Jimmy was munching on something.

“Whatcha got there?” Guy asked, pointing.

“Uh, Pop Tart,” Jimmy answered with a laugh.  “Let’s go!  We’re late.”

Buy your copy of What's in a Name? at:
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes and Noble