The Romance Reviews

The Romance Reviews


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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Illness and This Writer

The view from the family room window
I went on a car ride yesterday.  Now to most people this isn’t very significant.  To me, however, it’s a big step in getting well.  I’ve had the something that’s “going around” for the past month, at times coughing so hard that I bruised a couple of ribs.

The “something” keeps going around and coming back to me like a boomerang.  Or could it be karma?  At any rate, I’ve had it three times this winter, having missed all of October in a tussin and codeine haze.

The haze and I have become old friends.  The haze beats back the piercing knife thrusts when my ribs speak to me during a cough.  The haze lulled me to sleep even when the only way to sleep was sitting up in a chair all night.

The point of this blog, however, isn’t about physical pain.  It’s about mental pain.  It’s about being a writer who usually wakes up ready to sit in front of a keyboard and have fingers dance across keys, carving out one image at a time from a prescribed number of letters and a few incidental punctuation marks.

Codeine, while taking away the physical pain, adds to the mental pain.  Suddenly the keyboard is a jail cell where the words and images are locked away with no hope of their reprieve until the codeine warden fades away.

I read messages from the front.  On Facebook, fellow writers are meeting each other at conferences, touting their wonderful reviews, and glorying in their word counts.  I’m ecstatic for them.  I “like” and halfheartedly respond.  My goal is to appear alive, connected, when I know I’m not.

The entry morning of a much-heralded conference appears, wanes, and in my stupor, I enter my name late and am shuffled to the waiting list.  My fellow writers dance and sing at being accepted and I, in my haze, rejoice with them.  Even those ill can support.

I promote my book and try to look optimistically at the future.  I finish writing the last of the trilogy of novellas I’m working on.  I hand the pages to my husband and daughter, but know the story isn’t as strong or as well written as the two preceding it.

Codeine says not to worry.  Everything will be all right.  One day at a time.  I so want codeine to be right.

So I take a car ride to see first hand that the world is getting along perfectly well without me.  I take a car ride to cheer myself up.