The wonderful Cate Ashwood, despite being a new mom, had this killer idea. What if the authors for this year's GRL got together and made a book? Snippets, excerpts and original material, from both featured and support authors have all been gathered in one place. If you're coming to GRL 2014 in Chicago - the books will be available free. Yes FREE.
To Chicago, With Love
More than 80 of the Featured and Supporting Authors of GRL
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Sales Links: This is an exclusive at GRL 2014 in Chicago
Writing is a solitary activity, and yet authors would be useless without readers to devour the words they create. GayRomLit brings the two together; a community made up of people with different tastes and styles, from all over the world, all with one thing in common: a passion for romance.
From science fiction to urban fantasy, from historical to paranormal to contemporary, enjoy an eclectic collection of stories and excerpts from the authors attending GayRomLit 2014 in Chicago.
Tour Stops: Carly's Book Reviews, Parker Williams, The Novel Approach, Angel Martinez, Amanda C. Stone, Kimber Vale, Tara Lain, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Prism Book Alliance, Andrew Q. Gordon, Cathy Brockman Romances, Jade Crystal, MM Good Book Reviews, The Blogger Girls, Foxylutely Book Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Queer Town Abbey, Sinfully Sexy, Wake Up Your Wild Side, Kimi-Chan, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Love Bytes, Fallen Angel Reviews, Multitasking Mommas, My Fiction Nook, SA McAuley, Iyana Jenna, Cate Ashwood
Rafflecopter Prize: $10 ARe gift card
My contribution? An excerpt from Gravitational Attraction - there's every genre imaginable in this compilation!
The Gay Romance Literature Retreat for 2014 will be held at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, IL. While registration is required for most events, the signings are open to the public. GRL 2014 takes place October 15-19.
If you haven't seen it yet, there are some changes to how books can be purchased at GRL this year - more in line with what happens at RT and so on. Since all books are being sold at the con on consignment, you're going to see a lot of publishers and authors offering pre-order options.
When books are sold on consignment (and they are this year due to odd Illinois regulations) the seller of record takes a percentage - which means most publishers and authors will have to charge more than they normally would to compensate.
The good news is that there will be options to pre-order - pay for your books ahead of time so you're not purchasing them at the convention. Then you get to pick up your books at GRL without the hassle of cash and extra fees and stuff. This also means discounts, sales and savings for the reader, cause we'd all rather you pre-ordered. :)
Mischief Corner Books has their pre-order form all set up with invoicing through Paypal. If you're planning on any MCB paperback purchases (Toni Griffin, Freddy MacKay, Angel Martinez, Silvia Violet, Mathilde Watson, Andi Anderson) please fill out the form below (or from the MCB site) and we'll deliver at GRL.
We'll all be happy to meet you in person that way, too!
Note: For some authors in this series, I'll be looking at a series or set of books rather than just one.
While I read (finally) the Lost and Founds recently, I'm starting with them because I had meant to read them before the last GRL. Yeah. We see how that goes.
It's hard to know where to start with these. While we often caution readers not to confuse the author with the story, it's hard to disentangle them in this case. I will try my best to explain why...
First, let me back up (because some days are not for linear thinking) and say that these are not romance, even though they get stuck in romance categories. Or perhaps they are, but not in the modern, boy-meets-boy sense. Except that they are. Wait. this isn't working.
The Lost and Founds are roman in the old sense of the word - quests of self discovery, fraught with pitfalls for the soul and sometimes perceived physical peril. They are, indeed, love stories with what we hope will be happily ever afters, but not the kind where the two principle characters stay together. They are about a love that has more to do with giving of the self than sex.
They are profoundly moving, profoundly silly, incredible in the leaps of faith and suspension of disbelief we, as readers, must navigate, and yet the quixotic nature of the story arcs don't distance us from the journey. It draws us in, captures us in helpless wonder, tugs us forward another step and another step until we read slack-jawed and shattered, broken and laughing.
King Perry is about a man who has repressed grief, tamped down on it so hard that he doesn't even recognize it any longer, hiding it behind a veneer of businessman and civil, appropriate behavior. King Mai is about a man who uses his anger to keep the world at a distance while insisting on self-fulfilling prophecies of doom. But both books, and the entire series, are equally about the enigmatic Vin Vanbly (not his real name.) The series of stories are told out of order, backwards and inside-out, so that both the mythology of the Found Kings and Vin himself are revealed slowly, since they are inextricably intertwined. Vin is the anomaly in every situation, the perpetual outsider. He sees himself as one of the Lost Ones, and yet his compassion and his love, we begin to understand, have been the catalyst for so many other men to regain their Found kingship over the years.
When we meet Vin in King Perry, he's well-versed in how these King Weekends should go. Manipulative, scheming, not always ethical, Vin should strike us as dangerous and maybe a little creepy. But he doesn't. We're inside his brain and we're rooting for him. Edmond gives us just enough of his history, his intentions that we see his goofy charm, his moments of doubt, his tenacious drive to stay on task, to succeed in showing Perry what he needs to see to be whole again. But this is Vin at his most confident. He's been doing this for a while and he's pretty sure he has everything figured out. The human heart is an odd thing, and he recognizes that his plans may fall flat, but he has all the tricks up his sleeve carefully in line. The ultimate event planner.
In King Mai, we meet a younger and less experienced Vin. Sure, he's done this before, but he's still making mistakes, still figuring this out. The tenacity, the compassion, the manic drive are all there, but not quite the smooth delivery we see in King Perry. Now that we know the series will be six stories - since we're getting bits of King Daniel online and we see that Daniel will be the spider silk that holds these stories together - I suspect that the order of the stories has as much to do with a deconstruction of Vin as it does with the individual journeys.
Vin is...well, there's a lot of Edmond in Vin. He might be disturbed to hear that, but I think he knows. The quirky sense of humor, the head tilted way of looking at the world, the ability to see differently - these are all Edmond things. That's not surprising, of course. All of our characters carry bits of ourselves since they spring from our brains. But I can't help seeing Edmond when Vin speaks, even though I know they're not the same. Edmond is fun to hang out with, to talk to. With Vin, I'd probably always wonder what he was planning.
Long story short - I don't read contemporary romance. I just don't enjoy it. But these are stories of miracles and wonder. I'm completely hooked. Waiting for The Butterfly King and for October and for all of us to find our way home.
It's that time of year again, more or less, for me to start posting reviews and things I know/think/wonder about authors attending this year's GRL. Partly, it's an excuse for me to read more books from authors I haven't read before and partly it makes me write some of the reviews I keep meaning to write.
I do have preferences and I do have some rules. If I don't review you, please don't hate me. I won't review business partners. That's simply conflict of interest. I won't review something I didn't enjoy. That's not fair to the author. (Just because I didn't like it, that doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile read. I'm odd, we all know that.) I generally don't review regular contemporary romance. Just not something I usually read. It either has to be something unusual or there has to be an "and" in there somewhere. Contemporary and suspense/mystery/thriller. That sort of thing. Contemporary but odd and quirky. You know. Odd.
In the next few weeks and months, I should be cranking some out and possibly making some other observation types of posts for publishers and whatnot. I have a ridiculous backlog to get through. Wish me luck.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay 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.