Romance novels are about love

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Romance novels are about love… with a capital L.  They’re about finding that elusive special someone who gets your quirks and insecurities, and accepts you as you are. Throw in a fabulous storyline with plenty of chemistry and you’ve got a winning combination any enthusiastic reader will happily devour.  However, it isn’t only the message of love that moves me in romance books.  It’s the message of hope. This is particularly true in the MM genre. [Read more…]

Sibley Jackson Gay M/M Romance Summer Sale

Sibley Jackson (pen name of Caddy Rowland for gay m/m romance) is pleased to announce the last book, From the Ashes, of her serialized Where There’s Smoke series has just been released!

These books are in Kindle Unlimited, as Caddy is testing the Kindle Unlimited program for borrows. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you can read any Sibley Jackson story for FREE. If you aren’t a Kindle Unlimited member, the following sale is for YOU on Amazon.com. (Please note: Amazon controls which Amazon sites feature sales and which sites offer Kindle Unlimited.)

To celebrate the completion of Where There’s Smoke, Sibley is having a Slide into Summer Sale. It’s a sale taking place over the next five weeks, with the first book, Wicked Heat FREE on Amazon.com for three days starting today, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.

Each book will follow, having its own one week sale at .99. Here is the timeline:

June 1-June 7  Simmering Desire

June 8-June 14  Slow Burn

June 15-June 21 Blistering Blaze

June 22-June 28  Baptism by Fire

June 29-July 5  From the Ashes

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Book Blurb:

Andy isn’t planning on a relationship getting in the way of his career. He needs to prove himself invaluable to his boss, Gordy. Things get messed up the minute Gordy introduces him to his son, Cody, who will be working under Andy for the summer.

At first glance, Andy knows the guy is trouble. Cody is a lethal combination of a pretty face and a very rugged physique. Cody makes him achingly hot, which confuses and angers him. He likes rough-looking men, not pretty boys, even if this particular pretty face comes with a brutally sculpted body. Not only that, the dude is his boss’s son!

Cody also feels the same burning desire. It flusters him, as he’s determined to remain in the closet. Cody knows full well being gay won’t be accepted by his family. Besides, Andy is rude and short-tempered from the start. Who needs someone like that in their life?

Regardless, the heat between the two men refuses to die own. It’s going to be a long, hot summer.

A summer neither man will soon forget.

Again, Wicked Heat  is FREE  On Amazon.com for three days starting today, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, with another book following for .99 each week for 5 weeks.

 

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Here’s to a summer filled with great reading and fabulous summer experiences!

Thank you,

Sibley Jackson/Caddy Rowland

Caddy Rowland is a novelist and painter. Her social media links follow.

To find out about her Sibley Jackson novels visit: Sibley Jackson Author Page

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Twitter: @caddyorpims

 

Queering the Beyond with Adam Sass

With the creation of new worlds, aliens, and inter-galactic politics one would think that science fiction is a literary genre welcoming of diversity. However, both queer and female voices in sci-fi are often either hard-to-find or snubbed by the genre’s readers. Startling Sci-Fi: New Tales of the Beyond edited by Casey Ellis (New Lit Salon Press) is inclusive of both queer and female voices. The collection also attempts to disprove the misnomer that “literary fiction” and “genre fiction” can’t be one in the same. I sat down with one of the anthologies authors, Adam Sass, to find out how he’s helping to queer the beyond.

SF cover, ebook cover WEBBrandon: Why do you think Science Fiction attracts so many gay readers and writers?

Adam: It has a flair, doesn’t it? Sci-fi writing lends itself to splashy, showy, larger-than-life characters. It colors the mundane, presents big ideas, creates fabulous powers, and features operatic drama; all things gays (on average) find to be mother’s milk. It’s also a genre that’s big on metaphor. Gays can really rock a metaphor.

Brandon: Pop culture plays a big role in your story, “98% Graves.” Can you discuss pop culture’s influence on your work in general and in this story specifically? [Read more…]

Dear Henry… Gay Humor on stage in NYC

Friend, author, and playwright Arthur Wooten has a new play hitting the stage in NYC and you won’t want to miss it if you happen to be in the Big Apple on Monday April 27, Sunday May 3, or Saturday, May 9. 

dear henry playbillBrandon: This is a one-man show, is that correct?

Arthur: Yes. It stars the highly accomplished Luke Doyle and revolves around a man writing letters to his boyfriend Henry, who is regaling the numerous and crazy shenanigans (both sexual and non) the two have gotten into during their relationship.

Brandon: How did you come up with this?

Arthur: In 2008 & 2009 I was the humorist for the London-based Magazine reFRESH. I wrote this as a column. reFRESH readers fell in love it and couldn’t wait for the next installment. Soon I had Brits (both gay and straight) waiting to see what the two would get into next. That column became the jumping off point for the show.

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Spotlight on Historical Gay Romance – Harry’s Great Trek

Welcome Roger M. Kean to the blog to discuss his final book in the Empire Trilogy. ~ B.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00009]Brandon: So tell me a little about how you came to write this trilogy.

Roger: I was brought up on a reading diet of H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, and Capt. W.E. Johns’ flying hero, Biggles. Excitement and adventure in far-flung outposts of the British Empire colored my childhood. And I count myself lucky. Unlike my contemporaries stuck in “Austerity” Britain in the era before mass air travel, at eight, I was thrown headlong into an exotic land—I spent my early-to-teenage years in Nigeria. To a little white boy, Lagos was strange, exotic, and excitingly alien: near my home tribal drums still beat a heart-thumping tattoo in the sultry night air. Diverse cultures filled my formative years—not least eccentric British expatriates. Pell-mell I was thrown into the kind of adventures I could never have had back in stuffy old UK. [Read more…]

Retro Reads… and a Giveaway

I’m over at Prism Book Alliance talking about two of my more literary fan favs, Listening to Dust and The Value of Rain. Feel free to stop by, enter to win a gift card, and join in the conversation at Prism.

Read their review of Listening to Dust.

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Spotlight: The Boy and His Wolf – Paranormal Romance

Welcome new author and Librarian of the Year, Sean Thomas, to the blog. 

The-Boy-and-his-wolf-smallMy time in the self-publishing industry has been very short and in less than six months I received recognition as Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America, wrote a novella, and now made it into an audio book. If anybody asked me six months ago if I believed any of this would be possible I would have looked at them like a crazy person. Sure, I’ve always loved to write but I never actually expected to publish anything and to be honest, I hadn’t given self-publishing much thought until very recently. Calling myself an author was just a far off dream that I only hoped I would aspire to one day. [Read more…]

When gay fiction becomes a personal journey

Friend and fellow author, Allen Renfro discusses his new book, Ambiguity. As many writers (and readers) can attest, a novel in the making is often a testament to a life’s journey.

AmbiguityBridgeI think I speak for many writers who become inspired that sometimes a story simply won’t leave you alone. The words come to you as you try to sleep. Walking along the street you see the characters in the faces that pass by. You hear the voices of the characters as you’re sitting in a restaurant and quietly listening. Finally you surrender and began the process of putting words to paper. The story for my novel Ambiguity came to me in such a manner and I think the story resonates even more right now at this point in time than when I first became inspired.

If you’ve read any of my work you are very much aware that my characters often wrestle with the centuries old conflict between religion and sexuality. In my novel Ambiguity, this conflict erupts into all out war. I wanted to explore the horrors of religious hatred toward homosexuality and also show the repercussions on both sides of this hatred. I wrote Ambiguity more for myself than anyone else. I needed to delve into my own experiences with religion, to understand my own mistrust of people who claim religion as their sole purpose for condemning homosexuality. In my own cynicism I wanted to show that many times people use religion to hide behind, to cover up their own secrets. There are many closets to hide in and come out of. [Read more…]

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month. Today, Oct 15th, is the day especially set aside for remembrance.

When I first started researching Summer Symphony I found little to help men deal with the pain of losing an unborn child. At the very end, when nearly all the final edits were done, one of my beta readers came across Grieving Dads. It is one of the only online places we could find where men were able to connect and share over the devastating losses they suffered. I asked the host of that forum, Kelly Farley,  to stop by and share a little insight with us.

To My Knees

farley52I was lucky enough to live 35 years without having to deal with any adversity in my life.  Yes, there were the normal bumps in the road that most people go through, but nothing that brought me to my knees.

In 2004 and right before my 36th birthday, my luck had run out when I lost my first child and daughter Katie.  The death of my daughter dealt a blow that was staggering.  However, due to my upbringing and how I thought I was supposed to respond as a man, I refused to allow myself to feel the impact that had been inflicted upon on me.  Instead, I stood back up as quickly as possible before someone saw me in a moment of weakness.
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Meet me at Shira’s

Summer SymphonyI’m over on Shira Anthony’s blog talking about The Power of Music and how it relates to my new novel, Summer Symphony.

We all have a story about a particular piece of music, or a memory which is triggered when we hear that song. Stop by and share your thoughts.

Summer Symphony is available for pre-order from Amazon, iTunes and Smashwords.