2017 – More of the Good Stuff

I mostly suck at New Year’s resolutions. There was the year I resolved to read more books. That went pretty well. But most years, good intentions, hell, you know how it goes.

As you can tell by the progress on my 100 day workout challenge, big goals that are out of my norm often get left by the wayside. So instead of setting new resolutions, I went back through 2016 and picked the things I enjoyed the most that I want to keep doing.

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A Tale of Three Queer Romances

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I had Christmas lunch today with co-workers, including a new team member. After a glass (or two) of pinot gris, my straight middle aged boss says “Tell the new guy what you do in your free time!” I look at the new guy, he looks at me. I know he’s trying to guess what I’m going to say, but there’s no way he can. He’s thinking I foster cats or arrange flowers. Maybe paint abstract watercolours. The words are still tricky to get off my tongue, but I say “I wrote a gay romance novel.” I can see the new guy was not expecting that. The people around me laugh hysterically. I assume they’re laughing at his expression and not my literary aspirations. New guy looks baffled.

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An Interview and Giveaway with Shaunta Grimes

22710113Today, I’m super excited to participate in the Ninja Writer’s SF/F Giveaway Blog Hop. The giveaway includes over 40 novels and novellas. I’m hosting Shaunta Grimes and her novella, Broken Nation. When you’ve read this post and claimed your free novella, be sure to click bag to the blog hop master post to claim more books and meet more amazing authors!

Shaunta Grimes is the ultimate Ninja Writer. She’s also the best thing to happen to my writing this year. This time last year, I was slogging away through the second half of my Pick Up draft. I knew I was going to finish it, but I also knew there had to be a way to write a first draft in less than two years.

Enter Shaunta. I didn’t know her. I’m not even sure now how I found her, but like magic, I saw a tweet that offered something call The Plotting Workshop. In eight weeks, she said, you could plot a novel from beginning to end. It was, as I’ve already said, the beginning of the best thing to happen to my writing in 2016, and it’s been a pretty exciting year for my writing!

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Thunderclap and a Giveaway!

nov-20-promoMy friends over at the amazing Ninja Writers Facebook group are having a giveaway. There are over 40 Science Fiction and Fantasy books that are yours for the taking. Just hippity hop to the link above to claim the titles you want!

After you’ve done that, please share the love. We’re spreading the word on Wednesday using Thunderclap, and we’d love it if you signed up too. Thunderclap is this awesome platform that accesses your social media account for a one-time announcement, so that your peeps will hear about this giveaway too. This isn’t a contest, everyone who wants a book (or books) gets ones. Click on the link and share the Thunder on Wednesday morning!