I pulled the plug a couple of weeks ago when it suddenly occurred to me that if I was going to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a published author, I needed to stop reading so much and start writing.
I'm sure to most people this sounds like common sense, but obviously I had to come to this astounding conclusion the long, painful way.
Truth be known, Dreamspinner Press can take a little credit for my decision. I signed a contract with them for my novella, "What's in a Name?," to be published right after the first of the year. It seemed like a conflict of interest that I was reviewing some of their books after signing the contract.
So after kicking the review habit and vowing to work on my fiction writing career, I also contacted my former colleague and friend Shawn Hansen and will be getting together with her in the near future to see what she has to offer as far as promotion is concerned, not only for the novella, but also for the first book in the Vampire's Food Chain series.
But what about the Swan Song, you ask.
A core collection list of gay and lesbian romance novels has gone public in the September 15, 2014, issue of Booklist. I suggested running a list of "must have" books to editor Donna Seaman earlier this year, and she took my list of 15 proposed titles, whittled it down, added lesbian romances, and voila! a list was born.
Below is the original list and my comments about each title. I wish each of these books could have been in the list published by Booklist, but alas, there wasn't room. However, I want the authors to know that I was thinking about them.
A gay minister and an atheist tattoo artist work with homeless GLBT teens and debate whether God loves gays in this gritty, powerful book.