The Windup is now available!

The WindupToday’s the day! The Windup is NOW AVAILABLE wherever you buy ebooks. It’s out in ebook and paperback now. You can buy it from Dreamspinner or add it on Goodreads or find it at Amazon and B&N and all those places. You can also check out the Rainbow League series page for more info about the whole series, including future books (out later this year) and the teams and players.

I’m super excited. I hope you guys love the book!

The blurb:

Ian ran screaming from New York City upon graduating from high school. A job offer too good to turn down has brought him back, but he plans to leave as soon as the job is up. In the meantime he lets an old friend talk him into joining the Rainbow League, New York’s LGBT amateur baseball league. Baseball turns out to be a great outlet for his anxiety, and not only because sexy teammate Ty has caught his eye.

Ty is like a duck on a pond—calm and laid back on the surface, a churning mess underneath. In Ian, he’s found someone with whom he feels comfortable enough to share some of what’s going on beneath the surface. The only catch is that Ian is dead set on leaving the city as soon as he can. Ty works up a plan to convince Ian that New York is, in fact, the greatest city in the world. But when Ian receives an offer for a job overseas, Ty needs a new plan: convince Ian that home is where Ty is.

Baseball Monday: Barnstorming Tour

Baseball Mondays[Updated with links!]

I don’t know if you can call the mini blog tour I’m launching for The Windup this week a “barnstorming,” exactly, but let’s pretend. If you want to get another peek at the book before you read it, you can go to these places:

First, I wrote a post last week for Romance at Random in which I recommended some (het) baseball romances. Do you guys have favorite baseball romances, gay, straight, or in between?

RL BlogTourCard-01This week, there will be stops in these places (links to come once posts go up):

Thursday 4/23: Joyfully Jay (The tale of how the series came to be.)
Saturday 4/25: The Novel Approach (Character interview with Ty.)
Thursday 4/30: Prism Book Alliance (on baseball as setting)

If you guys have comments, questions, answers, whatever, please share in the comments. We’ll get excited for the book launch together! The book is out Friday 4/24 and can be preordered from Dreamspinner. To tide you over, I’ve got a Pinterest board with all sorts of baseball goodies on it.

Cover Reveal: Such a Dance

Such A DanceYesterday, I revealed the cover for my upcoming historical romance Such a Dance on Joyfully Jay. The book is set in New York during the Jazz Age, and it involves a vaudeville dancer and a mob boss. I’ll have more to say about the book when the pub date gets closer, but for now, here’s the blurb:

When a vaudeville dancer meets a sexy mobster in a speakeasy for men, the sparks fly, the gin flows, the jazz sizzles—and the heat is on…

New York City, 1927.

Eddie Cotton is a talented song-and-dance man with a sassy sidekick, a crowd-pleasing act, and a promising future on Broadway. What he doesn’t have is someone to love. Being gay in an era of prohibition and police raids, Eddie doesn’t have many opportunities to meet men like himself—until he discovers a hot new jazz club for gentlemen of a certain bent…and sets eyes on the most seductive, and dangerous, man he’s ever seen.

Lane Carillo is a handsome young Sicilian who looks like Valentino—and works for the Mob. He’s never hidden his sexuality from his boss, which is why he was chosen to run a private night club for men. When Lane spots Eddie at the bar, it’s lust at first sight. Soon, the unlikely pair are falling hard and fast—in love. But when their whirlwind romance starts raising eyebrows all across town, Lane and Eddie have to decide if their relationship is doomed…or something special worth fighting for.

This is my first novel-length historical, and I’m really psyched. I can’t wait for you all to read it. It’ll be out October 27th from Kensington!

Baseball Monday: Winner!

The winner of the Baseball Monday giveaway was:

Angela!

Let us all take a moment to celebrate with the World Series Champion 2009 Yankees!

The World Series Champion 2009 Yankees

I’m doing a small blog tour for the book closer to the release date, so there may be more chances to win, or you can get a copy of The Windup for your very own on April 24 from most online booksellers.

I’ll keep up with the Baseball Monday posts at least throughout April because I’ve been having fun writing them. So come back next week!

It’s worth noting that today is opening day! My fantasy team is killing it already; I took a “I shouldn’t put a guy on my team just because I like him” approach, because that put me in dead last place last year. I’m currently in first; we’ll see if that lasts.

In the meantime, here’s some hot link action:

Add The Windup on Goodreads | Pre-order The Windup from Dreamspinner Press | Subscribe to my newsletter to be informed when the book is available. | I’m on Pinterest and have put up a Rainbow League board!

Throwback Thursday: Blind Items

Blind Items CoverBlind Items was my third published novel; it came out way back in the summer of 2011. But I started it back in 2008, before I wrote In Hot Pursuit, even.

The novel is the story of Drew, an LGBT columnist who writes a column for a low-rent alt-weekly. His editor asks him to do a story on Jonathan, the son of an uber-conservative senator who is rumored to be seeking higher office. There’s an unsubstantiated rumor that Jonathan fooled around with other guys in college, and Drew’s editor wants to do an expose that would embarrass the senator. I bet you can see where this is going.

The novel actually started off as a book about three childhood friends who were growing apart: Drew and his best friends Rey and Allie. Rey ended up still being an integral part of the final book (he and Jonathan are cousins) but a lot of his backstory got cut. There was a subplot in which Rey reconciled with his estranged mother that got cut; for the best, as was probably too melodramatic. Rey and Allie slept together in the original draft and ended up together, but that wasn’t working, so I broke them up in a subsequent draft and Drew found himself having to choose sides. That was too much, too. I finally cut out a bunch of subplots and boiled the novel down to be primarily the Drew/Jonathan romance, but that penultimate version was written in third person. There was something about the book that still wasn’t working for me, so I let it sit for a while, wrote other novels, and when I came back, I thought, “As an experiment, what if I changed it to first person?” I realized once I’d rewritten the first chapter from Drew’s POV that the rewrite was just right; I’d finally figured out how to make the story come together.

Blind Items is a New York-y book, too, taking place mostly in Brooklyn, and it was the first of my published novels set in NYC. There’s no baseball, though. 😛

For the month of April, the book is 35% off if you order through the Dreampsinner Press site. Check out Blind Items at Dreamspinner!

Baseball Mondays: Meet the Rainbow League Teams

Baseball MondaysBefore I even wrote a word of the Rainbow League series, I sat down one afternoon and came up with eight teams. I assigned each team a geographic neighborhood, either a borough or a neighborhood. So we have the Bronx Bombshells (a play on the Bronx Bombers), the Brooklyn Hipsters, and the Queens representing the outer boroughs. The other five teams are from neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn: the West Village, SoHo, and Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan; Park Slope and Coney Island in Brooklyn. Some neighborhoods I picked because they have large gay populations, but some I picked just because they made good puns or team names. And some of the teams I came up with originally didn’t make the cut. I spent a lot of times making puns, basically.

You can learn more about all eight teams by checking out the teams & players page.

HipstersCardThe team we spend the most time with in the first three books is the Brooklyn Hipsters. The team is captained by Josh, who is on the Rainbow League’s governing board. Josh is married to a burly Italian guy named Tony who doesn’t play baseball. In Book 1, Josh’s high school friend Ian moves to town, so Josh talks Ian into joining the team in order to meet new people. Ian meets Ty. Hijinks ensue. Their teammate Mason is a former professional player who left the Yankees because of an injury—Mason’s one of the heroes of Book 2. And Carlos and Nate play alongside them; they are best friends who grew up together in the Bronx. They’re the heroes of Book 3.

One of the things I like about team sports as a subject for a novel is that there’s a natural camaraderie between teammates. I figured it made sense to have most of the series centered on one team. The beauty of this world, though, is that there’s a potential for more books, and the groundwork is here for the players from other teams to have their own romances.

Anyone play for a team? Or can you think of a punny name for a team based in your home town?

By the way, if you missed it last week, The Windup (Book 1) is available for pre-order from Dreamspinner. The book will be available April 24.

And this is the LAST WEEK to enter the giveaway. I’ll announce a winner next Monday.

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The Windup (Rainbow League Book 1) is now available for pre-order!

The WindupAvailable April 24, 2015!

Ian ran screaming from New York City upon graduating from high school. A job offer too good to turn down has brought him back, but he plans to leave as soon as the job is up. In the meantime he lets an old friend talk him into joining the Rainbow League, New York’s LGBT amateur baseball league. Baseball turns out to be a great outlet for his anxiety, and not only because sexy teammate Ty has caught his eye.

Ty is like a duck on a pond—calm and laid-back on the surface, a churning mess underneath. In Ian, he’s found someone with whom he feels comfortable enough to share some of what’s going on beneath the surface. The only catch is that Ian is dead set on leaving the city as soon as he can. Ty works up a plan to convince Ian that New York is, in fact, the greatest city in the world. But when Ian receives an offer for a job overseas, Ty needs a new plan: convince Ian that home is where Ty is.

Pre-order from Dreamspinner Press!

Add it on Goodreads!

Baseball Monday: Eye Candy

Baseball MondaysI spent the weekend at a conference, so how about a softball (har-har) post this Baseball Monday?

Let’s face it, some of us watch sports because athletes have nice bodies. Not to be shallow. I mean, I love the mechanics of the game, I’m a dork about baseball statistics, but it’s hard not to admire a nice baseball body. But just in case you need a reminder:

• I put together this eye candy post for the release of Out in the Field.

• Here’s an important Buzzfeed post about baseball butts.

• I’ll be a Yankees fan for life, but Twins catcher Joe Mauer is kind of my platonic ideal of a hot baseball player (I call him my Baseball Boyfriend). He played Would You Rather with GQ and it was very cute.

• Other people have feelings about which baseball players are the hottest.

Do any of you have a Baseball Boyfriend, a particular baseball butt you admire, or even just a favorite player? (Derek Jeter for all time ever, if you want to know mine.) Please share. Bonus points for photos!

And, hey, the GIVEAWAY! STILL ON!

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Baseball Monday: Baseball Equality

Baseball MondaysLast summer, Major League Baseball appointed Billy Bean, the only living openly gay former pro player, the ambassador for inclusion. Last Friday, the the Washington Post published an article about the work he’s doing, hopefully paving the way for an active out gay player, just like Iggy Rodriguez in Out in the Field.

I put a few Easter eggs in the Rainbow League series for fans of that book, particularly in Book 2. The article on Billy Bean was well timed, because when I read it, I was wrapping up first edits on book 2 (titled Thrown a Curve) in which one of the heroes is former-Yankee Mason. Mason had a very different career than Iggy, in that it was ended more by an injury than anything else. Mason took the opportunity of a torn achilles, an injury he probably could have recovered from with time, to quit professional baseball and come out of the closet.

Mason didn’t think he had a better option. I think we’re approaching an era in which this will not be the case, but we aren’t there yet. Hence Billy Bean’s appointment. To me, this shows the MLB is serious about paving the way for an openly gay player, and part of Bean’s mission is to educate players and coaches about how to treat those players. Bean would know, given that he stayed in the closet for the seasons he played professionally.

Book 2 also has a subplot about Mason struggling to write an article about a college player who has just very publicly come out. I think this is most likely going to be the way in. Baseball will get a Michael Sam type who gets drafted out of college after he’s already come out.

What do you guys think? Is baseball ready for an out gay player?

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The Silence of the Stars is now available in audio!

The Silence of the Stars audioNow available for your listening pleasure: The Silence of the Stars. This is my first audiobook and I’m pretty psyched about it. You can download it from most places you buy audiobooks.

More info: The Silence of the Stars

Blurb:

Sandy Sullivan has gotten so good at covering up his emotions, he’s waiting for someone to hand him an Oscar. On the outside, he’s a cheerful, funny guy, but his good humor is the only thing keeping awful memories from his army tours in Afghanistan at bay. Worse, Sandy is now adrift after breaking up with the only man who ever understood him, but who also wanted to fix him the way Sandy’s been fixing up his new house in Brooklyn.

Everett Blake seems to have everything: good looks, money, and talent to spare. He parlayed a successful career as a violinist into a teaching job at Manhattan’s elite Olcott School and until four months ago, he even had the perfect boyfriend. Now he’s on his own, trying to give his new apartment some personality, even if it is unkempt compared to the perfect home he shared with his ex. When hiring a contractor to renovate his kitchen sends Sandy barreling into his life, Everett is only too happy to accept the chaos… until he realizes he’s in over his head.