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GRL Blog Tour: Bru Baker – Ten Random Things About Bru Baker + Giveaway!

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Ten Random Things About Bru Baker

by Bru Baker

I’ll be attending GayRomLit as a supporting author this year, and I’m equal parts terrified and excited as  the date draws nearer. I haven’t attended GRL before, but I’ve heard a lot of authors and readers rave about how awesome it is. I can’t wait to find out for myself!

I know these lists are usually more of  the “Top Ten” or “Ten things you didn’t know…” variety, but that puts a lot of pressure on me to be interesting. Frankly, all of my interesting experiences have already made their way into my books. So we’ll just go with calling this random personal trivia, okay? That lowers expectations, and I get to keep a few quirks under my hat for future book inspiration.

This month marks the two-year anniversary of my first contract with Dreamspinner Press. Seems hard to believe, since I currently have nine titles published (including two shorts in anthologies) and three coming out later this year, but it’s true.

I met the love of my life on the first day of college,  and we’ve been together ever since.  My characters tend to be sarcastic but perfect for each other because for the most part, my whole understanding of romance is based on my own experience with the geeky computer genius I met when I was seventeen. I’ve been with him for half my life, and our relationship is built on humor, compassion, and a shared intellectual curiosity about everything. He gets me in a way no one else does, and I want my characters to love each other that way as well. Flowers and candlelit dinners are nice, but for me, sarcastic bantering and small gestures are the best kind of foreplay. (Which should be pretty obvious, since it’s the one common thread through all my books!)

I am absolutely terrible at remembering names. I called my neighbor the wrong name for five years. Five years. And worst of all, the poor guy responded to it every time. I’ve tried mnemonic devices. I’ve tried repeating names back in conversation, even though that often comes across as creepy. (“Hi, Hal. It’s nice to meet you, Hal. I can’t let you do that, Hal.”) Please don’t be offended if I get yours wrong–or eye up your name tag repeatedly–at GRL.

I’m 6′ of attitude packed into a 5’2” frame. Okay, not really. I like to think that I’m  pretty BAMF, but most people who have met me describe me as sweet and cheerful. But my internal monologue is scathing, I promise. I’m also rounding generously to get to 5’2”.  My second grader steals my socks because our feet are the same size.

I can’t function without Post-Its. I use them for everything, from plotting out novels to writing to-do lists to tucking cartoon sketches into my kids’ lunches. The wall above my desk is littered in Post-Its. There are so many that I have to color code them by topic. It’s pretty shameful, especially since I also set up Wikis (that are then never referred to again, see previous sentence about Wall ‘o Post-Its) to keep track of characters and plot arcs.

I have a guard cat. He plays fetch, too. His name is Pete, and he’s a rescue cat who must be part ninja, since he can open closed doors and child-locked cabinets. He also beats everyone to the door when we have visitors and tries his hardest to physically keep himself between the kids and any strangers who come over. When they were babies, he’d bring them stuffed animals when they cried. We’re pretty sure he thinks he’s actually a dog.

My house is always cleanest when I’m on deadline with a book. I am a world-class procrastinator. But I feel guilty doing something fun when I’m putting off work, so I make myself take care of tasks that fall to the bottom of my to-do list instead. The day before the manuscript for Playing House was due I steam cleaned all the carpets and put together a bookshelf that had been sitting in a box in my study for two months.

I was born in Hawaii but grew up in the Midwest. There’s a picture of me taken a few days after we moved, sitting in the snow just absolutely bawling. Our poor dog is standing next to me, up to his chest in a drift, looking just as upset as I am. And our reaction to snow and freezing temperatures never improved. We were meant for warmer climates, Bo and I.

I have been trying to finish the book Point Counter Point for eighteen years. I dig it out every year or two and start it with fresh eyes, but I’ve never been able to make it through more than a few chapters of the Aldous Huxley book. It annoys me, because it’s literally the only book I’ve ever started and not finished. Maybe this is finally the year.

Today is my birthday.  I was at a Guster concert on my birthday four years ago, and the band sang an ode to 10/10/10 that was absolutely the best birthday serenade ever. Today I turn 35, which seems a bit unreal since I’m still waiting for some magical maturity to kick in so I actually feel like an adult. Maybe that’s at 36?

So to sum up, if you see me at GRL, don’t be offended if I blank on your name. If it’s below 70F I’ll probably be wearing at least one sweater and grumbling about not being fit to live at this latitude. I’ll have a polite smile on my face, but if we talk long enough I’ll eventually lose my filter and start sharing my internal snark monologue. And most importantly, I’ll still be in birthday celebration mode, so come have a drink with me!

Hit me up at GRL for some great swag. I’ll be carrying around book lights to give away!


About Bru Baker

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Bru BakerBru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.

Visit Bru online at or follow her on Twitter.


As part of her GRL stop, Bru has offered up an eBook of winner’s choice from her backlist (excluding anthologies) to one lucky person! The giveaway starts now and ends October 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: Charlie Cochet – Forthcoming Fabulous Fun + Giveaway!

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Forthcoming Fabulous Fun

by Charlie Cochet

Hello all! A big thank you to the Blogger Girls for having me! Well, the time grows nearer. In exactly one week, I’ll be boarding a plane to Chicago. I am so excited! I have a host of THIRDS themed swag goodies for my table, including exclusive signed character cards, THIRDS Nerds lanyards, magnets, stickers, bookmarks, wristbands/hairties, postcards, stationary, pens, bracelets, and lots more! There’s also a special GRL giveaway taking place during the retreat!

At GRL I’ll have a limited number of signed THIRDS character card sets. They’ll be in little leopard print paper bags with my website sticker on them just like the one below. Only FIVE of these sets will have ONE random card with a Destructive Delta logo sticker on the back. Anyone who gets one of these cards with the special sticker on it gets a prize from my magic bag o’goodies!

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So what will I be up to at GRL? Well aside some mischievous shenanigans, here’s my official schedule:

Friday, October 18th: From 12:30 pm until 1:10 pm. Let’s chat! Join me in the Trillium III room for the Author Lounge Event where you can stop by for a one-on-one chat. Whether you have questions about my books you’re burning to ask or just want to stop by an say hello, I’d love to meet you! If we’ve chatted before online, just remind me where. Sometimes with all the excitement and craziness going on, my mind percolates a little slowly on these things, much like Dex’s favorite coffee machine.

Saturday, October 19th: From 9:00 am to 9:55 am. Unspeakable Gay Love: Gay Romance of the Past. I’m super excited to be doing a Storyteller Spotlight in Cyprus I & II with a couple of fabulous ladies: Kate McMurray and Jordan L. Hawk. Historical lovers and skeptics alike are invited to join us as we chat about love throughout history, where love is love no matter the era.

Saturday, October 19th: From 2:00 pm to 5 pm. I’ll be in either the Trillium II, III, or IV for the Featured Author Book Signing. Get your favorite books signed. For those who don’t have books to get signed, I’ll also have bookmarks and swanky postcards I can sign for you. Who knows what else I might have at my signing table. 😉

And can I just say how ridiculously excited I am about the GRL Photo Booth on Sunday? If you want to grab me for a picture, just come find me! I’ll be around until Monday, so plenty of time to hang around! I’m very approachable, so feel free to stop me at any point and say hello, or have a chat. If I’m around fellow author, don’t be shy! None of them will bite.Well, they might take a nibble. I’m kidding. Maybe. ❤


The THIRDS series is available from Dreamspinner Press| Amazon | All Romance eBooks | B&N


About Charlie Cochet

CCochet100Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website | THIRDS HQ | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Newsletter


As part of her GRL stop, Charlie has graciously offered up a chance to win an eBook from her backlist! To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: Taylor V. Donovan – GayRomLit 4.0 + Giveaway!

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GayRomLit 4.0

by Taylor V. Donovan

Hello, everyone! The countdown for GRL 2014 has begun, and I’m here to talk with all of you about it. I’ve got to be honest, though. I don’t have any advice on how to meet people and fight the post-con crud. I’m not an introvert. I love hugs. If I see you around, I’ll talk to you, and I hope you do the same. I’m not equipped to tell anyone how to deal if you find yourself in need of space. There are some awesome posts some of my fellow authors have written about that, so, if you need help, I suggest you read those. They’ll be a huge help. In the meantime, I’m just going to share what GRL means for me. Thanks to The Blogger Girls for hosting me. ☺

So, I wasn’t a published author when I attended the first GRL in New Orleans. I joined the Gay Romance community in April 2011, submitted Six Degrees of Lust to a publisher in May, and went back to my regularly scheduled program. I worked. I took care of my kids. I thought a lot about whether I wanted to keep writing beyond the completion of my serial, “By Degrees,” provided I got a contract for it. I also read an unbelievable amount of M/M romance novels.

I remember I used to feel… mesmerized… totally in awe every time I had an online conversation with one of my favorite authors. They were my rock stars. I thought I wanted to be like some of them when I grew up. Then there were the readers. I was thrilled to be able to talk to other readers that are just like me—gay romance nuts—and discuss stories and characters to death.

Not many knew I was a new author back then. At some point, in between the EDJ and fangirling, I decided to write something else. Heatstroke, a little free story I wrote just for fun (and to prove to myself I could write something different from “By Degrees”) and that was the only title under my belt when October 2011 came around. I went to GRL as a reader that first time, and, let me tell you, I had the time of my life. First of all, it was held in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite cities in the world, and authors were there, you guys. In Person!! It was heaven. ☺ I was all over the swag. I collected autographs. I met these two super cool ladies, The Blogger Girls’ very own Nikyta and Heather, in person for the first time, and I met L.C. Chase, author, cover artist, and lifelong friend. I partied a lot that year. I got sick, but I had fun. Three years later, things haven’t changed that much.

I’ve been attending GRL as an author instead of as a reader since 2012. I show up to my events and the book signing. I talk to my readers and make the rounds. But I still look forward to collecting swag and autographs. I still spend the majority of my time hanging out with my friends and making new ones. And yes, I still manage to get seriously sick every time. But not even the kidney stones I got last year have dwindled my enthusiasm for this event.

GRL is the one time a year when I get to see online friends and friends who have transcended social media. It’s the time I get to hear them laugh instead of reading their “LOLs.” It’s the one time a year when I get to hug them tightly, and I just love having that opportunity.

GRL is a big celebration for the Gay Romance community. It brings readers and authors to one place. It allows me to create memories with awesome peeps, and it’s the culmination of ten super fun months leading up to it. You see, some friends and yours truly have this little group in Whatsapp for all things GRL. Preparations for it begin the day we register to attend, and I love that none of them are authors. Well, one is, but her identity is super secret. The rest are readers and bloggers, and I’m just one of them. I love that they aren’t freaking out over the same stuff I do (i.e. swag, books, people showing up to my Q&A… or not.☺) We talk about flights, clothes, arrivals, clothes, non-GRL things we’d like to do, clothes, makeup, clothes, hair, clothes, shuttle services, clothes, cabs v. limousines, clothes… and sometimes we talk about vibrators, porn, and shoes. *g* As amazing as GRL is, I have to admit this little group makes it a hundred times better for me. They keep me pumped. They keep me entertained. This experience wouldn’t be anywhere near as fabulous if it weren’t for them, so, much love to all of you, my lovelies. You all know who you are. Xoxo

I don’t know if all of you reading this post will be at GRL this year. If you’ll be there, please come by and say Hello. I’ll have goodies… not that I’m bribing you or anything. 😉 For those of you who couldn’t go, I hope to meet you at some other point, but, more importantly, I hope you get to experience GRL and the greatness that is hanging out with our fellow readers.

Love you all!


About Heavy Hitters

Heavy Hitters (Caribbean Tales, #1)His toughest opponent is himself.

World Boxing Champion Santino Malavé has been fighting since he was a kid. Poverty, domestic violence, and emotional abuse were early contenders. Guilt and self-loathing were beaten into him by his homophobic dad at an impressionable age and now machismo, an integral part of the Latino culture, rules his life. In the ring he’s undefeated. Outside the ropes life constantly hits him below the belt. It takes a sucker punch from his best friend to finally knock the denial out of him and force him to face his true nature like a real man.

A natural born entertainer, Luca Betancur has grown up laughing, performing, and celebrating life among his tight-knit family under the scorching Puerto Rican sun. He has also dedicated years to deny his sexuality, study what the Bible really says, and pursue fame. Singing the wrong note on stage is not a mistake the multi-platinum award-winning singer would ever allow. Falling in love with a man is not a transgression his devout family would ever accept. The ties that bind him are strong, but the pull toward his childhood best friend may just be enough to tear it all to shreds.

Anger, mistakes, bigotry, and the need to conform put up a good fight. Can they break down the walls erected by Catholic teachings and a chauvinistic society, or will their relationship lose by technical knockout?

Heavy Hitters is coming soon in late-October!


About Taylor V. Donovan

TVDlogoTaylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistically cynical about the world; lover of history, museums and all things 80s. She is crazy about fashion, passionate about civil rights and equality for all, and shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television.

When she’s not making a living in the busiest city in the world or telling the stories of gorgeous men hot for one another, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and their terribly misbehaved furry baby in the mountains she calls home.

You can find out more about Taylor on her Website, Blog, Facebook or Goodreads.


As part of her GRL stop, Taylor has graciously offered up a whole host of prizes! One lucky winner will get a tote full of goodies that’ll include swag and copies of Heatstroke, Six Degrees of Lust, Six Degrees of Separation, Disasterology 101, Hearsay AND Heavy Hitters!! As part of this giveaway, the winner gets to choose whether to have signed print copies of these stories OR eBook copies! The giveaway is opened internationally; starts now and ends October 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: Deanna Wadsworth – Can’t Wait to Meet Everyone at GRL + Giveaway!

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Can’t Wait to Meet Everyone at GRL!

by Deanna Wadsworth

Thank you so much, Blogger Girls for hosting me today!

My name is Deanna Wadsworth and I have been writing gay romance for six years. I have over a dozen titles to choose from, which range from erotic fairy tales to gritty historicals. If you would like to check out my books, some of them are on sale for only .99 cents on Amazon, like my three book fairy tale bundle which includes a gay erotic retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Book Three of my sexy Christmas books A Gift for Santa which is also less than a buck.

I am so excited about GRL this year! This is my third time attending, and I am looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Many writers are introverts, but if you are attending GRL, it will take you about three point two seconds to know that I am not one of them! LOL

I love to meet fans, talk books, and just have fun. You will find me laughing loudly somewhere, having a drink at the bar or bustin’ a move and raisin’ a ruckus on the dance floor—at both the main events and the After Hours parties. I hope all of you feel free to come up to me and say hi! I promise not to bite…..though I have spanked a few folks before. I swear they asked for it! LOL You know who you crazy cats are!

Any whooo…. Please feel comfortable to come up to me and say hello. I am bringing prizes and goodies that I can’t wait to share. I didn’t bother with the pre-order book sale nonsense, because frankly, I’m attending GRL to meet fans and make lifelong friendships with people like me and I didn’t want to make any extra work for fans. If you wanna buy my print book Easy Rider, there will be copies available at the main books signing on Saturday.

To celebrate GRL and my visit to the Blogger Girls, I am offering a FREE copy of my 1Night Stand book, Accidentally Beautiful, to one lucky commenter!


About Accidentally Beautiful

Accidentally BeautifulMartin Baird is perfectly content in his safe, predictable job as head concierge for Castillo Resorts, but when a handsome stranger whisks him away for a night of tropical escapades—first visiting an isolated gay bar then to a secluded beach where erotic delights await—Martin’s world is thrown upside down. He’s never met a man like Garret Fisher, but it seems he has been waiting for a night like this all his life.

Could something truly beautiful come out of this accidental meeting? Or was it really not an accident at all?

Available at: Amazon


If you would like to meet me, here are my scheduled appearances at GRL:

The Fantasy of Romantic Fiction
Session Room: Cyprus I & II
Time Slot: Thursday October 16th; 3:50-4:45 PM

Readers like to be swept away into far away lands—but what does it take to build a fantasy world—even a romantic fantasy world—brick by brick?  Join Jet Mykles, Amy Lane, and Deanna Wadsworth as they take you through a mad-libbed world and talk about how they recreated their worlds from the ground up using words, imagination, and just a touch of insanity. There are new gods under different moons,  men too gorgeous to be rock stars, and Santa’s elves with candy flavored cum! In a fast paced game of mad-libs, this spotlight is sure to be filled with laughter and prizes. Lots of prizes!


Author Lounge Event
Session Room:  Trillium III
Time Slot:  Friday October 17th;  12:30-1:10 PM

During the lunch break hours on Thursday & Friday attendees can come by the Trillium Ballroom for one on one chats with 30 of your favorite authors in a relaxed, informal setting. Each hour a different assortment of our Featured and Supporting authors will be on hand to answer all those burning questions about their books. Chat with all your favorites and perhaps discover one or two new ones!


Scrapbooking With The Rainbow Romance Writers
Session Room:  Sorrell I
Time Slot: Friday October 17th; 2:30-4:20 PM

The Romance Writers of America’s only chapter for LGBT romance invites you to build a gay romance scrapbook with a pack of your favorite authors. We’ll have the customizable covers, pages, and bling to make them sing, so all you have to bring is your love of homo romance to build a GRL 2014 memory book of your very own. The RRW members will have custom pages, but we’ll also have blanks for any nonmember authors who want to get scrappy with us.


The GRL Featured Author Booksigning
Session Room:  Trillium II, III, IV
Time Slot:  Saturday October 18th; 2-5 PM

Saturday afternoon, find your favorite authors for photos-ops, autographs, and swag in the Trillium Ballrooms. Many books will also be for sale at this event.


About Deanna Wadsworth

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.


Buy Deanna’s books at Dreamspinner Press, Decadent Publishing or at any reputable eBook seller.


As part of her GRL stop, Deanna is offering up a chance to win an eBook copy of Accidentally Beautiful to one lucky winner! The giveaway starts now and ends September 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: RJ Scott – Finishing Your Reading + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Finishing Your Reading

by RJ Scott

Thank you to Blogger Girls for hosting me today!

Getting to Chicago involves a 10 hour flight. Ten hours of sitting in the same place *boring*. I can’t sleep on planes, and there is a long gap to be filled between meals! I try reading, and I even had the cool thought I could write, but it just didn’t happen.

One thing that helped was the films on the small video player. Lots to choose from and at last I could start watching films that were on my *can I be bothered* list, and then stop them ten minutes in if I didn’t like them. Silver Linings Playbook was one of those films. It also meant I could re-watch films and fast forward them to the good bits. All the Chris Evans parts in Captain America, all the Chris Evans parts in Avengers Assemble (are you sensing a theme here?).

One thing I can’t bear to do is to give up on books. I think that if I am drawn to start a book, then I owe it to the author to finish it. Some books throw you into a story and you are gripped from page one, others are a slower burn. Some start with an established couple, some have the heroes not meeting until a third of the way in. Some are insta-love, some have love not even being mentioned until the last chapter. I want to give the author a chance to pull me in and I love the moment where the hook grabs me and hauls me in. I have only DNF’d (Did Not Finish) a handful of books.

Do you do that with books? How long do you give a book before it becomes a DNF. Do you give up on a books? Or, on the other hand do you have books you revisit and you know exactly where your favorite scenes are?


About A Reason To Stay

A Reason To Stay (Heroes #1)Sometimes the wars you need to fight are the ones you left at home…

When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.

But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.

What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love… Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.

There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.

When it’s done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?

Available at: Love Lane Books, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Smashwords

The sequel, Last Marine Standing, will be out October 8, 2014.


An Excerpt from A Reason To Stay

He scooted up so he was sitting on the pillows and watched, amused at the fact that the husband and wife team he had joined in with last night were getting hot and heavy right in front of him. She held out her hand, Anna or something. Viktor waved her away, and dismissing the need for a shower, he dressed and left the room.

“See you around, soldier!” the husband, Mark, shouted after him as he left the suburban middle-class home in Suffolk, Virginia.

“Sailor,” Viktor muttered. Then he pulled the front door shut and climbed into his Tahoe. The couple hadn’t been all that bright, but the husband was built just right for Viktor to get a hold of. Clearly they didn’t understand Viktor’s explanation of who he was when he was attempting to get the three-way. Typical.

He dialed his sister’s phone, and she picked up almost immediately.

“Viktor,” she stammered. Instantly Viktor was on high alert. He forced aside all possible worries and simply listened. “Ben had an accident, he’s in the hospital.”

“What happened? A car?”

“No. He was out on the mountain, found this morning. He’s unconscious, and he has a broken ankle, hypothermia, and a head injury.” She caught a sob. “What do I do? Why would he be out there?”

Viktor turned the key in the ignition and said nothing. On the mountain? That didn’t make sense.

“I’ll be there as soon as I can,” he said firmly. “Call me if anything changes.”

He didn’t want details. He just needed to get there.


About RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

You can check out more about RJ on her Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Library Thing, Goodreads, Pinterest or email her at


As part of her GRL stop, RJ is offering up a chance to win a $10 gift card to either Amazon or All Romance eBooks! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

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GRL Blog Tour: Devon Rhodes – Always Looking Ahead + Giveaway!

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Always Looking Ahead

by Devon Rhodes

Thanks to The Blogger Girls for having me on today to talk about one of my favorite topics—the GayRomLit Retreat! ☺

It occurred to me this summer that while most authors going to GRL were still considering what to order or bring or buy or pack for this year’s GRL in Chicago, I might be one of few already putting plans in motion for 2015’s GRL…wherever it might be! Let me explain.

UnconventionalWomen_GRL_ABQI’ve been to all of the GRLs so far, and really don’t see myself ever NOT going. I love GayRomLit. I remember even before the first one in New Orleans when Carol and Ethan first conceived of the idea, and that was the first conference or meeting of any sort that I ever went to after becoming a writer. So it will always have a special place in my heart.

It was also a place where I met so many people that I now consider to be personal friends, including people I now collaborate on projects with and write with, including Carol Lynne, Amber Kell, Stephani Hecht, Jambrea Jo Jones and of course, my co-author of many books since, TA Chase. And yes—it still makes me fangurl sometimes thinking that I’ve actually worked with all these women!

I was shortly after that first GayRomLit that I had a dream. Literally. I dreamt that I’d been in an anthology with a lot of the great authors I’d gotten to know in person at GRL. So the next morning, I posted on FB to a few of the authors I’d dreamed of about how I’d had this dream, and wouldn’t it be fun to make it a reality?

Well, that got things going, and since we’re all published at Totally Bound, I approached them with the concept. They were as excited as we were about it, and let us have a great deal of control over the concept, making sure we had a release date before the following year’s GRL in Albuquerque.

T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
All of the authors I asked said yes right away, even though I know most of them had a ton of other projects going on, and many don’t write short stories very often. And I just love how they all let their own unique style and creativity come out to play. Other than the fact that we all write MM and wanted a general, central theme of conventions, we all sort of went to our strengths as far as subgenres and heat levels with that first anthology. That was Unconventional At Best.

We really loved the result, so after we got some good feedback after GRL Albuquerque, we sat there having lunch in a Hard Rock restaurant the day GRL ended and starting throwing ideas around for an anth for the following year in Atlanta. For that year, we thought it would be fun to write romances set in the conference hotel. Since Carol had been there, she helped us with details, and we wrote stories about fictional attendees and hotel employees finding love, and shared our characters in each other’s books. Unconventional in Atlanta was a lot of fun for us and thankfully our readers enjoyed it as well! ☺

GRL Atlanta wasn’t even over when we started talking about the next year’s anthology. We came up with a slightly darker turn, setting it in an alternate reality where mobs and gangs ruled Chicago in modern times. Carol unfortunately had to bow out for the third anthology—such a busy woman!—but the other five of us came up with a chronological series of stories following a group of men trying to save their city in An Unconventional Chicago.

So here we are, a month away from GRL Chicago…and we’re already looking ahead to GRL 2015 and planning yet another Unconventional anthology. We’re going to go paranormal for this next one and two of the authors have already started their stories! We have a concept that we think will work wherever the announced location is, so no reason not to get a jump start! ☺

I’m just so honored to be working with these fabulous women, and I really can’t wait to see everyone next month. To kick off the celebration early, I’d love to give ebook copies of all three Unconventional anthologies away to one lucky winner!  Just follow The Blogger Girls’ instructions to enter, and good luck! ☺

❤ Devon


About An Unconventional Chicago Anthology

An Unconventional ChicagoNo Bravery by T.A. Chase

A man looking for revenge discovers a man who wants to save a city.

Farris O’Laughlin has been back in Chicago for five years. He’d spent thirteen years before his return in a mental asylum after his brother had him committed for ‘insanity’. Farris plots revenge in the way he knows will hurt his brother the most—bringing down the family business.

Darien Shaunessy is Farris’ new driver and guard. He’s around to keep Farris in line…or so Farris’ brother thinks. Darien has his own reasons for working for the O’Laughlins, but Farris wasn’t part of his plan.

When two men from different parts of the city come together, powerful men could lose their wealth and control. And the lovers could find bravery they never thought they possessed.

Love Don’t Die by Jambrea Jo Jones

They might die, but their love never will…

Moran Schultz was tasked with getting information from one ward to another. He was all for helping his brother make Chicago a better place. What he wasn’t expecting was his lover to show up after a month of no contact.

Dutch Luciano isn’t going to let Moran go without a fight. They love each other and the gangs in charge of Chicago aren’t going to keep them apart.

Can Moran let Dutch back in or is it too dangerous? More than Chicago is on the line. Will love be strong enough to survive?

Passion Under Fire by Stephani Hecht

Can their love overcome the danger coming their way, or are they doomed to die?

Georgio is the third son in a powerful mob family, but he has never agreed with their violent or illegal ways, so he joins the resistance in an attempt to right the wrongs that his family has done. But, by doing so, he puts himself at great risk of getting caught. And if he is, his older brothers would have no problem ordering him executed, their sibling or not.

Tito is a runner for the family. While he hates the gang, he has a sick brother at home to take care of, so he has to take the job because it pays so well. The last thing Tito expects is to form an attachment to Georgio.

While Georgio tries to deny his feelings for Tito, he finds himself drawn to him as well. But, if they were to be caught together, they could be killed on the spot. Will their love be able to survive so many obstacles? Or can they find a way to happiness?

Ganging Up on Love by Amber Kell

New love can bring new dangers.

When Dirk volunteered to take the information to the resistance, he didn’t know he’d find his perfect match in their leader. Determined to find a place among them, he offers to help wherever he can.

Leon has always been alone, afraid of trusting anyone with his affection. When the visitor from Ward Three comes in with important information to bring down the mob bosses, he doesn’t know how to handle their instant attraction.

When outside dangers threaten to tear them apart, will their new love be enough to keep them together?

Bonfire Heart by Devon Rhodes

Sometimes fires burn and destroy, but from the ashes, new growth can heal and cleanse.

Thierry Alexander is the deputy mayor of Chicago, a city he loves but can’t save on his own from the corrupt political system. His assistant and lover, Eduardo, is also known as Cesar, the head of the underground resistance movement. He has been working behind the scenes for years and finally gets what he needs—enough information to get the US government involved and take down the criminal elements strangling the city he loves.

But they need to act fast because legislation is about to be enacted that will give rise to social and ethnic purging in Chicago. Not knowing who they can trust, they will have to put their faith in one another and risk everything to save a city.

An Unconventional Chicago is available at Totally Bound, Amazon, ARe and B&N.


About Devon Rhodes

DevonRhodesWhen I’m not lost in my imagination, you can find me in beautiful Oregon or at my Website, Blog, Facebook or Twitter.


As part of her GRL stop, Devon’s giving away ebook copies of all three Unconventional anthologies to one lucky winner! The giveaway starts now and will end next Monday, September 22, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: K-lee Klein – It’s All About the People + Giveaway!

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It’s All About the People

by K-lee Klein

Hi y’all. Thanks for stopping by. I’m K-lee and I guess I’m kind of a pioneer on the GRL circuit—lol—only because I’ve attended all three cons. I’ve been laid-up in the hospital for the past month so my brainpower is a little low and I’m hoping this post makes some sort of sense. First of all, a big thank you to the Blogger Girls for their patience and this opportunity. 

I had planned on doing a list of my favorite things about GRL, but once I considered the first item on that list, I realized there was truly one main reason I go, the people—authors and readers. Of course, I love the traveling, the interesting information I pick up from so many great sources, and the opportunity to promote myself and my books, but as a self-proclaimed hermit, the socialization is definitely the highlight. 

I’ve had some health problems over the past three years with this year being the worst, so my involvement in GRL has oftentimes been nerve-wracking, panic-inducing, and, perhaps, awkwardly uncomfortable at times. BUT the support I’ve received and the friends I’ve made far outweigh any of those things. Plus, I still consider myself more of a squeeing (usually internally) fangirl than an author anyhow. 

I’ll be the first to admit I shy away from large gatherings, generally preferring to watch from the shadows as people connect and reconnect, and I’m normally satisfied with having most of my friendships be part of my daily online routine, but GRL has proven to me that I don’t have to be that way. I can be social and I can have a good time without being so massively self-conscious I want to crawl inside my cave for another long winter or without putting on some sort of mask to hide who I really am—just as my tattoo says. And of course, there is the added bonus of spending time with people who share my love of gay romance. 


For me, GRL also has the distinction of being the first con I attended as a reader and as an author. In 2011, I was ecstatic to go as the former with the addition of having just received acceptance for publication of my first submission. I was scared to death and may have had to take a few moments of alone time throughout the experience, but in the end I met people I still consider close friends now, and the list keeps growing with each subsequent GRL. It’s a joy to meet people online, become loyal friends, drink in as much knowledge as you can of them, but definitely another matter altogether to finally meet those people face-to-face. 

GRL is a safe place where you can wear anything you want, say whatever’s on your mind—no matter how kinky or unconventional—bounce ideas and adorations off people who understand and get what you’re saying, and be exactly who you are or want to be. I’ll be forever thankful for the experiences I’ve had and I’m sure those memorable moments will continue to grow. 

So if you see me at GRL or anywhere else, please say hello and give me a big hug—I’m definitely a hugger—because I’m probably more afraid of you than you are of me. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out my books and enter to win my latest book, Never the Perfect Moment. See you at GRL! 


About Never the Perfect Moment 

Never The Perfect MomentBryan Monroe has always catalogued his life in terms of moments—right moments, wrong moments, perfect moments. But when his partner on the SWAT team, Chrys Delos, is shot in a raid gone bad, it’s one of the worst moments of Bryan’s life. 

He’s been secretly in love with Chrys for years, and the shooting is a wake-up call that it might be time to tell Chrys the truth.  The problem is, Bryan’s never been with a man before, so in addition to worrying about Chrys’ injuries, he’s an indecisive wreck over the future.

But with the help of two unlikely matchmakers, Bryan knows it’s time to find the courage, and the perfect moment, to tell Chrys exactly how he feels. 

Available at: Amber Allure, Amazon & All Romance eBooks 


About K-lee Klein

photo-10K-lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids, and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember. Her days consist of planning her next tattoo design for her growing collection, and fighting off an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories. 

Among her favorite sub-genres to read and write are rock stars, cowboys, shifters, and opposites-attract relationships. But to be honest, she’s open to almost anything if it involves messing around in the heads of her characters. She’s also big on series—because she has a hard time letting her characters go—and is usually working on a handful of stories in various stages of completion all at the same time. You can find her books on her website.


As part of her GRL stop, K-lee is offering up a chance to win an eBook of Never the Perfect MomentThe giveaway starts now and will end next Monday, September 15, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: Katey Hawthorne – Romance Cocktails with Katey Hawthorne + Giveaway!

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Romance Cocktails

with Katey Hawthorne

It’s almost GRL time—the most wonderful time of the year! Well, close, anyhow. GRL means celebrating LGBTQ romance, obviously, but let’s not even pretend: it also means parties. Parties do not require alcohol, clearly… but there’s a lot around. And I’m planning on packing some of my own just to have in the room, since running out when the bar closes is totally not an option.

In this spirit (ha! Sorry, punny…), I’ve decided to put together a list of drinks that can apply to different romance sub-genres. I hope it’s as useful to you as I plan on it being for me at in Chicago this year. These were glaned from all over the net.


When I think adventure, I think high seas—okay maybe it’s a little outdated, but come on. What better answer than Black Privateer Punch? To make a small bowl of it:

7.5 oz 100 proof spiced rum

10 oz red wine

7.5 oz cherry juice

10 oz cola

10 pieces each of orange, lemon, and lime

A mess of cherries

Pour that into a wine glass over some ice and… yep. Sounds like an adventure to me.


Ah, the old staple, but always with a new twist. For just such an occasion we require a revamped classic, I’m thinking the gin and tonic’s cousin, the Gin Rickey. Start with a Collins glass full of crushed ice, then add…

Half a lime, squeezed

2 oz dry gin

Chilled club soda

For some options, try a splash of simple syrup or—my favorite, and great for those who want a little kick—garnish with a green chili with one end cut off to let the spice out. Had it like that once in Pondicherry, and lemme tell you, it’s to die for.


Speaking of spicy, yeah. We’re doing this. I found this recipe for a blood orange and jalapeno whiskey cocktail and… y’all. I need it. Check it out. This will be the only one on this list I have not actually already tried, if only because blood oranges are not in season right now but. Man. Need. Mighty need.


You know how it is. You’re hanging out in a tavern with your buddies and along comes an elven princess who needs you to go on a quest. You fall in love with one of your buddies. You fight dragons. You fight each other. You make up. You screw. You live happily ever after. And what’s the best thing to drink while you’re having your fantasy romance?

Ale, clearly. Or stout. Or—wait. Both! Go for the Black and Tan, my friends:

Fill a glass halfway with pale ale (I like Bass, as is traditional), then gently—over an upside-down tablespoon if you want to get really safe—pour the stout (I like Guinness—again, traditional!) on top for a layered treat that’ll fuel all your dragon-fighting needs.


All right, look, I’m not gonna lie, I love absinthe. This cocktail comes from a long ago recommendation by my friend Zoe E. Whitten, and I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s exceptional. And utterly perfect for curling up with a Gothic romance and feeling all, you know, Cathy in Northanger Abbey swoony.

I like to use an absinthe glass because it has the bubble in the bottom, but you can use whatever you like. Add…

2 oz Absinthe

4-6 oz Chinotto soda

Ice to taste

If you can’t find chinotto soda, try your local import shop—I used to get the San Pelligrino brand at an Italian deli in DC, and I’m looking for a place to get it in Ohio now I’ve moved! (Please email me if you know a place, oh man…)


My friends, I have tried many, many different versions of the mint julep in my time. I recommend this one. Yeah, I know, it’s a very American-style historical, but hey. Simple, elegant, fresh, and man, bourbon is the best.


Curling up with a romance-meets-mystery is one of life’s greatest pleasures. You know what else is? Dumping some whiskey (or whisky, but I tend toward Bushmills so we’re using the ‘e’) in your hot chocolate.

So yep. That. That’s what I’m going with. Mmmmm, fall cocktails for the win.


Cream-based cocktails are difficult. They’re great when you’re just having one or two, but if you want to pull an all-nighter, probably not the best decision you’ll ever make. Then again, when is pulling an all-nighter ever a good choice? What the hell, let’s go for it!

Count on HGTV to bring us the Liquefied Ghost cocktail. Personally, I think you can just use vanilla vodka and plain simple syrup, to make life easier, but what do I know? (No really tho, I tried it, it was amazing.)


As a lifelong sci-fi fan, raised on Star Trek and Dune, the moment I discovered my very first sci-fi cocktail is etched in my mind forever. No, don’t worry, I’m not trying to bring you all the Klingon Blood Wine to totally mess you up while you go and read those fabulous intergalactic stowaway romances. Instead, I bring you the delightfully blue Andorian Ale:

2oz raspberry vodka

1oz blue curacao

Mint sprig

Optional: top off with some Sprite

… if not for the mint thing, which I can’t really imagine will make it safely up to Chicago, this would be the one I’d have in my room at the ready during GRL. I don’t even write sci-fi, technically, though I guess superpowers could be considered as much? I could pretend it was an electric cocktail? Whatever, it’s amazing!

So I hope this has inspired you like it’s inspired me, y’all. See you next month, with the appropriate drinks!


About In Distress

In DistressBook 6 in the Superpowered Love Series

Hopeless romantic Eddie Kim acts out his favorite ‘rescued by the white knight’ fantasies through weekly D&D campaigns, but had almost given up hope of ever getting a real one. Then Callum, a mysterious red-head with freezing superpowers and a memorable kiss, saves him from a house but disappears without a trace. Taking pity on him, Eddie’s friends look to craiglist to relocate his hero.

Unfortunately, the publicity brings down the kind of attention Callum Race been trying to avoid; he’s in town to try and clear his family name, and now the dangerous superpowered organization he needs to thwart know he’s come home again. Still, he can’t help following up with Eddie.

The heat between Callum and Eddie flares instantly, and Eddie insists on helping to undo the damage his romantic notions have done. The problem: that will mean becoming embroiled in a nefarious plot, not to mention a superpowered world Eddie didn’t even know existed a week ago. The ‘bad guys’ will try to trick and use him, and in the meantime he has to convince Cal to trust him enough to be the white knight for once–and for real–instead of the perpetual damsel in distress.

Available at: Loose Id, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks


About Katey Hawthorne

187c3-katey_smKatey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills. You can find her at, or on twitter and tumblr.


As part of her GRL stop, Katey is offering up a chance to win an eBook from her Superpowered Love series! The giveaway starts now and will end next Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: Erica Pike – On Invading GRL Groups + Giveaway!

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On Invading GRL Groups

by Erica Pike

J.P. Barnaby wrote an excellent blog post on August 19th on Prism Book Alliance where she said “Your authors are probably more afraid of you than you are of them.” She was encouraging readers to walk up to their favorite authors and say hi, even if the authors are already talking to a group of other people.

She couldn’t be more right. You’re the humans and we’re the spiders. We may seem intimidating and look like an ugly eight-legged species, but we’re usually more afraid of you than you are of us. Like spiders (at least the Icelandic ones) we won’t bite if you walk up to us and say hi. We’ll be flattered and happy that someone wants to talk to us.

J.P. also talked about how authors sometimes hang out in tight groups with other authors. This is to give us some semblance of security so we won’t stand alone in a corner and fiddle with our badge. See, most of us are either social phobic or introvert, even though we might not come off as such when we’re in the GRL high (I’ve been told I come off as very outgoing at GRL). Hanging out in groups doesn’t mean we don’t want to be approached. It’s just like how readers tend to hang out in groups, enjoying the security of having someone by their side.

Is your favorite author sitting on a couch with his/her nose buried in his/her phone? Interrupt! 99.99% of the time, that phone is a security device because the author feels silly about sitting there by him/herself doing nothing.

It’s much easier for me to walk up to another author and chat instead of a group of readers, possibly because I now know that authors are just as “normal” as other people. I sometimes want to invade a group of readers to talk, because they look like they’re having so much fun, but I don’t know how to, so I can very well put myself in the position of a reader afraid to approach a group of chatting authors. What am I afraid of? I’m afraid that the readers will put up blank faces when they read my name tag, so my attempt to chat will look like some lame promo endeavor. I’m afraid that I’ll be interrupting something important, because everyone is talking so animatedly, laughing and having so much fun. I wouldn’t want to ruin that. I’m social phobic, and although I’ve had treatment for it, it still always lurks underneath. Because of that, I’m afraid that once I start talking, I’ll say something stupid or clog up and look stupid. No one wants to look stupid! Be it authors or readers.

The point is that the two groups – readers and authors – are exactly the same. Authors are just people. We don’t look at ourselves in the mirror every day and say, “You’re a bestselling author – you’re on a higher tier than everyone else.” We’re very well aware that we’re on the exact same tier as everyone else. My daily life isn’t much different from anyone else’s. I just happened to write some books, because I love writing. The whole point of GRL is for readers and authors to get to know each other, and yet there’s this gap between us. I want to breach that gap – even if they aren’t MY readers.

Here’s my challenge for readers who really want to talk to their favorite authors, but are too afraid to: Write a list! Write down to whom you want to talk and a couple of questions or topics you’d want to talk to them about. It could be about a character you loved, your favorite scene in a book, questions about future books, insider information about a character (we all have those – not everything makes it into the books), why a character did this instead of that, etc. Or you could skip the book talk altogether and talk about the retreat. You could have the list in a small pocketbook you carry with you and glance at the questions before you approach the author. Don’t worry about the conversation ending up on an embarrassing note, because the author will most likely want to continue to talk to you. Be aware, though, that some of us have no idea how to take a compliment, so we might smile like idiots and say something like, “Awww, thank you!” However, most will try to shed their shyness and continue the conversation. You could write down questions for several authors in case you happen to see one. If the authors aren’t on the run into a conference room, they’ll probably have time to talk – or they’ll make time because meeting the readers and making new friends is what we’re there for.

Here’s my personal challenge: I’m going to “invade” a group of readers at least once during this year’s retreat. I want to be a part of the fun! I also have favorite authors I’d like to discuss with others and I like to hear about how people are experiencing GRL.

My question for your guys is: As a reader, if an author (known-to-you or not) stepped up to you or your group to talk, what would you think of it? How would you react? Or, if you’re an author, how would you feel if a reader stepped up to you to talk?


About Black Hurricane

Black HurricaneTwenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.

After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.

In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.

Available at: MLR Press, Amazon & All Romance eBooks


About Erica Pike

Erica lives in Iceland with her adorable little twin boys. She often says that her real name sounds like Klingon to foreigners. Seriously, if “Eyjafjallajokull” looks like a random string of characters it’s nothing in comparison to Erica’s name.

She’s been writing for several years, or ever since reading became an obsession. Aside from a business degree, Erica has taken English courses at the University of Iceland and gulped down anything that might help her in her career as an author. She takes great interest in English, but will break every single grammar rule for the sake of The Voice.

Erica loves hearing from her readers. She’s a friendly, easy-going (if a bit silly) person who doesn’t mind talking about herself in third person.

Find out more about Erica on her Webpage/Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon Page.


As part of her GRL stop, Erica is offering up a chance to win an eBook from her College Fun and Gays series! The giveaway starts now and will end next Monday, September 8, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!

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GRL Blog Tour: Lissa Kasey/Sam Kadence – Surviving GRL as an Introvert + Giveaway!

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Surviving GRL as an Introvert

By Lissa Kasey/Sam Kadence

GRL is an event for people to meet, talk, and connect. The thought of which makes me want to stay home and read. LOL. I’m an introvert. And for all those extroverts out there, that means it takes a lot of energy to stay focused on anyone talking to me. It sort of makes me sleepy when someone is just going on and on. Not that it’s not interesting. It’s just I’m internal instead of external.

I’ve been to a few events this year. And it’s my first year being out there as two people: Lissa Kasey and Sam Kadence. I write both adult and YA, but since I skipped all events last year, this is the first time I’ve had to learn to sign two names. (It’s harder than you think!) I did Rainbow con this year which was small but had some great events for YA writers, so that helped. I also went to the DSP workshop which was bigger and a little more intense. I don’t mingle well, and sorry to any I may have offended with my awkwardness—sorry PD Singer.

This will be my third GRL. The first was the best so far, because it was small. I got to talk to people, there were events that I could do and not have to talk to anyone, and the hotel was easy to navigate so if I needed me time—which happens often—I could escape. The second year was a little bigger and harder for me to meet new people. I stuck with my group and avoided being social, but I was also going through other things that most of my followers already know about.

Didn’t attend last year so I’m pretty nervous about this year. Unlike most I don’t have a social anxiety disorder. I have a general anxiety disorder so everything makes me nervous. Not just people. My introversion just makes recharging after socializing harder. I know there are a lot of others out there like me. Folks who are social awkward, introverts, with a brain that runs away with them, and I can honestly say fun will still be had.

I’ve met some of the most amazing people at these conventions and some of my best writing pals. I shy away from the more outspoken folks because they have large crowds that exhaust me even from a distance, but I will still say hello and probably something stupid—this is an almost certain fact for the weekend. I’d love to talk with anyone about YA writing, Sci-fi, fantasy, or urban fantasy as there just isn’t enough in our genre.

You’ll probably find me hiding with people I know who started their journey the same time I did like Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, or Xara X. Xanakas. I’ve made new friends among bloggers and writers who don’t mind being seen with me I think, and most of which I’ve met through online and GRL events. I always look forward to meeting others even when I stick my foot in my mouth.

For those who need time away but want to still feel like you’re part of the group, feel free to come sit with me and we can watch the rest in silence. No need to converse. A short recharge is better than none, right?


About Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey

Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey eBookMisaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.

Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.

Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.

Hidden Gem is now available for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press.

About Lissa Kasey

Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and collects Asian ball joint dolls that look like her characters. She has two cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at anime conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.

You can find Lissa on her Website, Twitter, Facebook or Dreamspinner Press page.


About Sam Kadence

Sam Kadence has always dreamed about being someone else, somewhere else. With very little musical talent, Sam decided the only way to make those dreams come true was to try everything from cosplay at the local anime conventions to writing novels about pretending to run away to become a musician.

Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, sells textbooks for a living, enjoys taking photographs of Asian Ball Joint Dolls to tell more stories, and has eclectic taste in music from J-pop to rock and country. All of which finds its way into the books eventually.

You can find Sam on her Website, Facebook or Dreamspinner Press page.


As part of her GRL stop, Lissa is offering up a chance to win an item from her Cafe Press shop of $30 or less to one lucky winner! The giveaway starts now and will end next Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Good luck!

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