Tear Jerkers and Heart Breakers in LGBT Lit

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The Value of Rain – Best in LGBT Fiction 2011, Top Read 2011

Chronicles a journey from hate to the unexpected beginning of redemption and reveals the destructive nature of families, secrets and revenge.

Listening to Dust – 2012 Rainbow Award Winner – Best Contemporary Gay Fiction

A book about love found, love lost and the devastating effects of homophobia.

Summer Symphony – Finalist – 2015 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards

A bisexual man’s perspective of what it is to lose a child. It is the story of how two men with exceptional talent and passion find answers in music and what they learn about strength, grace, and the endurance of love.

Summer Book Sale – 50% Off


I know you’ve been waiting, so here it is!

Celebrating Summer Book Sale

I’m over at Smashwords with thousands of other authors and ALL my books are 50% off for the entire month of July (but only at Smashwords). Enter the code SSW50 during checkout and you immediately get 50% off. How great is that?!

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Nominated for Best Novella

Listening to Dust - gay fictionIt is my pleasure to inform you that  Listening to Dust has been nominated for a 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards – Best Novella.  

As many of my readers know, Dust also won a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction in 2012, and it continues to be the book I receive the most email about.

It is not an easy story. It was never meant it be. It is about love and loss. As one reviewer wrote: This ain’t Brokeback Mountain. It will rip your fu*&ing heart out without apology. I think that sums it up pretty well.

I have also made Martin Davies ‘short list’ of writers who make “gay literature and literature with homoerotic themes great.” What a honor to be listed among these writers. I urge you to check out the post and the books listed there. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.



Black Friday Sale for LGBT Readers

I don’t so this often, but it’s been such a spectacular year. Together we have raised over $5000 for homeless LGBT youth and sold over 10,000 books. So, I’m giving back to the readers all weekend long. That’s right, you have until Sunday midnight! But the sales don’t start until Black Friday. Enjoy, and have a great holiday season!

Gay Romance On sale at All Romance eBooks:

 Cold by Brandon Shire

Gay Fiction On Sale at Smashwords

Listening to Dust - gay fiction

For Dust use coupon code: KR86G

An Author’s Favorite Book

my favorite bookEvery author has written a favorite book. It’s their baby, no matter how flawed, criticized, or demeaned, that particular book will always stand out for them.  It’s kind of like having a favorite child, you really don’t want to say it in public and hurt anyone’s feelings, but the truth is still there.  You simply can’t help it.

This year I’ll be talking with LGBT authors about their own favorite books (among other things).  We’ll discuss what those books mean to them, how they developed the manuscript, and why the book is so precious. Sometimes the story is coincidental to an event in their life; sometimes it is simply the love for the characters that they developed, and other times it simply is the book for no other reason than that. [Read more…]

Goodread’s M/M Romance Award Nominations

GR MM Romance Nomination

It has been quite the year and now it is being topped off with two of my books being nominated in SEVEN categories of the  Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards.  I am thoroughly flattered. Thank you! (You can vote for your favorites by clicking on the link M/M Romance above. Voting ends 12/31.) Connect with the M/M Readers’ Group[Read more…]

Best Gay Contemporary Fiction – LGBT Rainbow Awards

Rainbow Book AwardsIn case you haven’t heard, the Rainbow Book Awards were announced and I am very proud to say that Listening to Dust tied for third place in the Best Gay Contemporary Fiction category.

The Value of Rain came in with an Honorable Mention in the same category at #7 and received and Honorable Mention  at #5 for Best Gay Debut Novel.


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Congratulations also go to:

Wayne Hoffman – Sweet Like Sugar 

Ken O’Neill – The Marrying Kind

Lewis DeSimone – The Heart’s History

You can see the extensive listing of all Rainbow Awards and Category winners here: 2012 LGBT Rainbow Awards

Music in the Writing Process

music, fiction, writing tips, writing processIt’s always been my practice to have music playing while I write, but then again, there is always music playing in my home so that shouldn’t seem odd. For me, the written word, like a musical score, has a certain syncopation to it, a vibratory tone that underscores what you read as you read it.

Often my writing is described as lyrical, and this is something I (unknowingly) have striven for over the years as I put words down. The writing always had to not only sound right, but feel right too, and that feeling wasn’t just from word choice but from sentence & paragraph structure which lent itself to a vibratory undertone. [Read more…]

What does writing LGBTQ literature mean to me?

Rain Book reviews Blog Hop

Welcome Blog Hoppers

This is actually a tougher question than it seems.  When I first signed on for this blog-hop I said, Oh that’s easy! I know why I do it. But the question wasn’t Why? It was what does writing LGBTQ lit mean to you?  I spent many, many days tossing this around because writing has been such an intricate part of my life for so long that it has never really had a singular meaning. [Read more…]

We have a WINNER!!


gay fiction, listening to dust, gay romanceCongratulations to Nicole Hanson for winning a signed copy of Listening To Dust from my first Goodreads giveaway.

And thank you to the 500+ people that signed up for it!