Thursday News Bites - Philcon!
Happy Halloween, everyone! If you celebrate, I hope you have lots of cute little ghosties and such despite the bad weather a lot of us are having today!
Just a quick note that I'll be at Philcon next weekend, 11/8-11/10, at the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill.
Philcon is the incredibly long-running science fiction convention hosted by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. Here, I'll let them tell you:
"Philcon is Philadelphia's annual science fiction conference. Philcon has been held in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, usually in November, every year since 1936 with the exception of the years during WWII. The convention is run by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS). Philcon's programming features talks, panel discussions, demonstrations, readings, performances and other events focused on literature, art, science, film and television, gaming, anime and comics, costuming and other aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Philcon features famous (and soon-to-be-famous) authors, artists, editors and other professionals as guests, as well as amateurs and knowledgeable fans of all genres. There is usually an open Meet the Authors/Artists Party on Friday and a Masquerade on Saturday, as well as an Art Show, a Dealers' Room and anime programming."
I'll be in the dealer's room if you want to come say hi! Everything starts at 4 pm on Friday!
Friday Reading Day - Summer of Hush
Happy Friday, everyone! Ready for a reading? :D This week we have R.L. Merrill's new contemporary, Summer of Hush. Rock stars, summer festival tour, and secrets! Come have a listen:
Summer of Hush
by R.L. Merrill
Barnes and Noble
Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.
After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.
For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.
The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?
About R.L. Merrill
Once upon a time... A teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock 'n' roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons. Several self-published books and two series with Dreamspinner Press later, with more tucked away in her evil lair, R.L. Merrill is still striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. You can find her lurking on social media where she loves connecting with readers, being a mom-taxi to two brilliant and busy kids, in the tattoo chair trying desperately to get that back piece finished, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more Rock 'n' Romance.
Want to know what a hellcat sounds like? Hear the return of the evil Federico Duomo? Missing the voices of your favorite crew members?
The wait is nearly over! Vance Bastian has done it again with a wonderful rendition of The Hunt for Red Fluffy. The audio is processing now and we'll have links for you as soon as they post.
In the meantime, I have the official retail sample if you're interested. :D
Friday Reading Day - The Shoreless Sea
Hello and welcome to Friday! :D This week's audio excerpt is from the final book in J. Scott Coatsworth's Liminal Sky series - The Shoreless Sea. The survival of a generation ship and the fate of humanity rest on the outcome!
(Don't forget the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post!)
The Shoreless Sea
Liminal Sky 3
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Barnes & Noble
As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.
The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth's technological wonders and vices. A being named Lilith leads the uprising, and if she succeeds in setting its inhabitants free, they could destroy Forever.
But during the generation ship's decades-long voyage, humanity has evolved. Liminals with the ability to connect with the world mind and the Inthworld provide a glimmer of hope. They'll have to face not only Lilith’s minions, but also the mistrust of their own kind and persecution from a new government as homotypicals continue to fear what they can't understand.
The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld must be healed, and the people of Forever must let go of their past and embrace what they’re meant to become.
Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.
He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.
A Rainbow Award winning author and Science Fiction Writer’s Association (SFWA) member, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecitng their own reality.
Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com
Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth
Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/jscoatsworth
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth
Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/
Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ/
When you read this, I'll be at GRL in New Mexico saying hello to old friends, fulfilling all my author obligations and trying not to tie myself into frayed knots. Ha! We all know how well that works. :D
Schedule is down below if you need to come find me and if you need to pick up pre-orders, don't hesitate at all to ping me on Messenger and I will arrange to meet you!
Friday Reading Day - Pure Dumb Luck
Happy Friday, everyone! This week's audio reading is from Dahlia Donovan's new contemporary, Pure Dumb Luck. Come have a listen and don't forget the Rafflecopter at the end!
Pure Dumb Luck
by Dahlia Donovan
Barnes & Noble
When two small-town country dudes win the lottery, they finally find the courage to speak their truth.
An unexpected adventure follows.
Linwood "Woody" Robinson has a routine. He works for his baby brother in construction, buys three lottery tickets every week, and lusts after his best friend from high school. He's done the same thing for twenty years.
Eddison "Eddie" Howard owns the only gas station in their small South Carolina town, sells lottery tickets, and lusts after his best friend from afar. They joke around but never speak their truth. He knows they're cowards but can't seem to find the courage to bridge the gulf between them.
And then they win eighty million dollars.
They go from never talking about their feelings to facing the world together.
Can anything pull them apart?
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.
Author Website: https://dahliadonovan.com/
Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/dahliadonovan
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/DahliaDonovan
Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dahliadonovanauthor/
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8184061.Dahlia_Donovan
Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/dahlia-donovan/
Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dahlia-Donovan/e/B00KFNZFHU/
The first three Brimstone paperbacks are loose in the e-wilds! The second three to follow soon. :)
Hello and Happy Friday! This week I have a brand new M/M Alternative Universe story for you from M.D. Neu. Angels, fate, friendship and trying not to end the world as we know it! Come have a listen and don't forget the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. :D
T.A.D - The Angel of Death
By M.D. Neu
Universal Buy Link
Tad loves bouncing around in time and watching mankind grow and change. He loves humanity and helping when he can. However, his job isn’t conducive to helping people. He’s an Angel of Death.
Doug is fun loving and a drama queen. Despite his witty exterior, he has a dark history and is prone to self-destruction. He’s also an amazing drag queen and hairstylist with big dreams.
When Tad pushes the boundaries of his duties too far, his angel wings are stripped away from him, and he is sent to New York City to live as a human. Lost and alone he ends up meeting Doug, and the two start a friendship that will shape them both and last a lifetime. But nothing is simple when you’re dealing with a former Angel of Death and a Drag Queen. Could these two cause the fabric of our world to collapse or will they manage to keep the future as it should?
(Warnings: Explicit 9/11 details; attempted date rape)
M.D. Neu is a queer Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.
Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.
When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of twenty plus years.
Author Website: http://www.mdneu.com
Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/mdneuauthor/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/Writer_MDNeu
Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormdneu/
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17206592.M_D_Neu
Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/m-d-neu/
Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/M-D-Neu/e/B076FK1S14/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
It has begun! The amazing Vance Bastian is back in the studio with the Brimstone crew, currently working on The Hunt for Red Fluffy!
I can't wait for you all to hear!
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.