Masculine Women, Feminine Men

I ran across this article today: In the Early 20th Century, America Was Awash in Incredible Queer Nightlife (Subtitle: Then Prohibition ended, and the closet was born.) It’s an interesting read while also tying in very well to some of the themes I’ve explored in writing my historical romances.

When I started researching Such a Dance, one of the things that struck me was that history doesn’t move in a straight line. I mean, yes, there’s the linear march of time, but progress is more circular. This article outlines things like the drag balls of the 1920s—although drag performance had existed for long before that—and how they were part the mainstream to a degree.

Such A DanceI think we tend to think of gay rights as starting with Stonewall, but the truth is that, prior to World War II, it was possible to be openly LGBT to some extent (even if they wouldn’t have called it that at the time). But, of course, society always reacts to progress in a two steps forward, one step back fashion. So it went with women, too, incidentally; women in the 1920s had unprecedented freedom that was pulled back in the subsequent decades. What was called queer or pansy culture at the time followed a similar pattern. It thrived, and then sodomy laws were beefed up or enforced, pushing a lot of men (and women) into closets, shutting down the speakeasies and clubs where they had been allowed to flourish previously.

I find these patterns fascinating. I see a lot of reader reaction to LGBT historical fiction implying it’s hard for them to buy a happy ending, but happy endings were possible, even in America, prior to the 1930s. There were sham marriages, sure, but there were same-sex partnerships, too. (In Such a Dance, for example, I think the Mob is a greater threat to Lane and Eddie’s continued happiness than anything else. A gay couple in the 1920s could have built a good life for themselves in Greenwich Village or Times Square or Harlem.)

Also, unsubtle plug: Such a Dance is currently 99¢ if you haven’t read it yet but your interest is piqued.

Cover Reveal: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom

You guys, I wrote a category romance.

It’s essentially what it says on the tin, but with a twist. It’s a gay Harlequin Presents. Domineering Greek Tycoon? Check. (OR IS HE?) Green card marriage? Check. (OR IS IT?) Fancy parties? A scene on a yacht? Conspicuous wealth? Check, check, check! (OR IS ALL WHAT IT SEEMS?)

I can’t say, but I can tell you it’ll be a fun ride, especially if you like your romances trope-y. And here is the cover:

The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom

Hot blurb action:

Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

And guess what else? You can PRE-ORDER it now! Get it from Dreamspinner’s new website! It come out July 15!

Out in the Field blog tour!

OutInTheFieldFSWant some facts, inspiration, and background information on Out in the Field? Check out the stops on the blog tour. I talked quite a bit about my inspiration, the research I did, and what it was like to revisit these characters at the various stops on the tour. Here’s the complete list:

MM Good Book Reviews (on sports as a romance setting)
Divine Magazine (on baseball becoming more inclusive)
Sinfully (on revising the second edition)
Boy Meets Boy (on creating the Brooklyn Eagles)
Gay Book Reviews (on updating the second edition for progress made by LGBT athletes)
Dreamspinner (on the process of writing the novel)
Open Skye Book Reviews (on creating the Brooklyn Eagles)
Kiki’s Kinky Picks (on athlete heroes)
Love Bytes (on the rising popularity of sports romance)

And that’s it! I wanted to also thank everyone for the kind words and enthusiasm about this book all week! This book means a lot to me, and it thrills and humbles me that so many people love it, too. <3

Out in the Field is here!

OutInTheFieldFSThe 2nd Edition of Out in the Field is now available wherever you buy books!

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Apple iBooks
All Romance eBooks.

Matt Blanco is a legend on the Brooklyn Eagles, but time and injuries have taken their toll. With his career nearing its end, he’s almost made it to retirement without anyone learning his biggest secret: he’s gay in a profession not particularly known for its tolerance.

Iggy Rodriquez is the hot new rookie in town, landing a position in the starting lineup of the team of his dreams and playing alongside his idol, Matt Blanco. Iggy doesn’t think it can get any better, until an unexpected encounter in the locker room with Matt proves him wrong.

A relationship—and everything it could reveal—has never been in the cards for Matt, but Iggy has him rethinking his priorities. They fall hard for each other, struggling to make it through trades, endorsement deals, and the threat of retirement. Ultimately they will be faced with a choice: love or baseball?

Out in the Field, 2nd Ed, Preorder Info!

OutInTheFieldFSIt’s spring, so you may need some hot baseball action in your life. If you can’t wait to get your hot little hands on the new edition of Out in the Field (which drops May 16) here’s where you can preorder:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Apple iBooks
All Romance eBooks.

It will also be at Kobo, but it’s not live at press time. Check there later this week if it’s your preferred store. (I’ll try to remember to update the link when it’s live.)

Out in the Field: Second Edition

OutInTheFieldFSOut in the Field, my 2012 romance novel about two Major League baseball players who find love despite the odds, has gone out of print this week. But no worries! I’ve revised and updated the book, which includes adding a couple of new scenes, and the new edition will be out on May 16!

You can preorder it from Dreamspinner Press (and soon everywhere else).

Here’s the new description:

Matt Blanco is a legend on the Brooklyn Eagles, but time and injuries have taken their toll. With his career nearing its end, he’s almost made it to retirement without anyone learning his biggest secret: he’s gay in a profession not particularly known for its tolerance.

Iggy Rodriquez is the hot new rookie in town, landing a position in the starting lineup of the team of his dreams and playing alongside his idol, Matt Blanco. Iggy doesn’t think it can get any better, until an unexpected encounter in the locker room with Matt proves him wrong.

A relationship—and everything it could reveal—has never been in the cards for Matt, but Iggy has him rethinking his priorities. They fall hard for each other, struggling to make it through trades, endorsement deals, and the threat of retirement. Ultimately they will be faced with a choice: love or baseball?

Where to find me at #RT16

las-vegas-signThe RT Booklovers Convention is next week! I’ll be there with bells on. (Or sequins. I figured if I was going to be in Vegas, I should bling up my wardrobe.) If you’ll be there, too, I’d love it if you found me and said hi. Here’s where I’ll be:

Tuesday, 8pm: Cinema Craptastique! Wherein we watch a bad movie, mock it, and also hand out prizes. I’m cohosting alongside Damon Suede, Tere Michaels, Amy Lane, Cherry Adair, and Laura Kaye. It’ll be spectacular. (To play at home, rent Abduction with Taylor Lautner and follow the hashtag #RTCC on Twitter. I hear what you’re saying, but this is a bad movie with an Oscar-caliber cast and a climax at a baseball game. Everyone there will be tweeting snark, so it’ll be 100% worth it.)

Thursday, 10am: Dreamspinner Reader Party: Join a bunch of Dreamspinner authors for a rousing game of Apples to Apples for fun and prizes!

Thursday: 2:45pm: Love on the Field: I’m talking sports romance with genre heavyweights Jaci Burton, Tracy Solheim, and Kristen Callihan. Our main topic of conversation will be how to research and write sports romances, but come with questions and we’ll answer them!

Thursday: 5:15pm: Kensington’s Chapel of Love: Kensington’s reader party will have snacks and free books! I’ll be there signing copies of Such a Dance.

Saturday, 10:30am: Giant Book Fair: I’ll be signing at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll have copies of The Silence of the Stars, When the Planets Align, and The Windup.

Saturday, 6pm: FAN-tastic Day Party: Dreamspinner is hosting again, so I’ll be floating around the party, I’m sure, but also featured in the second half of the party.

I’m also putting a prize basket together for Wheel of Romance at 10am Friday. This is a great way to parlay the swag you collect at the convention into prizes. And I’ll be sure to put in an appearance at all the parties.

So that’s where I’ll be! I think it’ll be a great convention, and I’m super excited for it.

Ten Days in August blog tour!

Ten Days In AugustHere is a complete list of stops on the blog tour, which includes posts with background information, history, excerpts, and more!

Joyfully Jay (post: drag queens in history)
Romantic Reads and Such (post: why I like the Gilded Age as a setting)
Fresh Fiction (post: real historical figures in romance novels
Mary Gramlich (post: on the summer of 1896 as a setting/historical background)
HEA USA Today (interview)
Ever After Romance (post: what it was like to be gay in the 1890s)
Novels Alive (post: American-set historical romance)
Karen’s Killer Book Bench (excerpt)
Manic Readers (post: brief historical info about the Bowery)
Shelley K. Wall (post: New York’s changing geography)
Romance Divas (post: what inspired me about the Gilded Age setting)
Readers Entertainment (excerpt)
Cynthia Woolf (interview)
RomCon (excerpt)

Also, in case you missed it, here are my blog posts on the book: Ten Days in August and real history and Photos of New York in the 1890s. I’ve also got a Gilded Age Pinterest board with lots more photos (mostly of New York and also fashion).

Get the book in any of these places:
Kensington
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
All Romance
Google
Kobo
Apple iBooks

Greatest Hits!

I have greatest hits, and you can now purchase them in one convenient bundle!

Five of my novels are now available in one neat package through Dreamspinner Press for only $9.99. It’s the Kate McMurray Greatest Hits Bundle! The books are:

Blind Items
Four Corners
The Stars that Tremble
When the Planets Align
The Windup

Hard to beat that deal! Shorter descriptions: a reporter and the son of a conservative politician meet and then there are shenanigans; Jake’s best friend Adam ditched him five years ago, but now he’s back—is it for good?; an opera singer meets the father of one of his student, and each helps the other get over his losses; old friends never quite seem to be in the same place at the same time—until they are; and the launch of my series about the guys who play for an LGBT baseball league in New York.

Phew!

You can also purchase through Amazon or the ebookstore of your choice.