Archive for July, 2011

Release Day!

Blind Items is now available in ebook and paperback from Dreamspinner Press!

I did what Dreamspinner calls a virtual book signing, so the first 20 people to buy paperbacks through Dreamspinner’s website will get signed copies.

I posted 3 excerpts to Dreamspinner’s blog yesterday, if you want a taste:

Excerpt 1
Excerpt 2
Excerpt 3

And you can find more information here!

And an anecdote: When I started writing Blind Items I thought it would be a novel about friendship. It was veerrry loosely based on two of my closest friends when I was a teenager. I pictured Drew and Rey acting the same way we did. Mostly, this involved spending a lot of our idle time at the mall. In the novel, Drew and Rey have a regular thing called a Crisis Lunch. We didn’t have anything so formal, but I remember having a lot of intense conversations in the food court about the various things that plague teenagers in the New Jersey suburbs.

I picture that being the origin of Drew and Rey’s friendship in the novel. They were the sorts of kids who would kill time at the mall, and they grew up together to be the sorts of guys who have their Crisis Lunch at a cafe instead of in front of a fast-food joint, but the nature of their relationship has stayed pretty similar over time. They’re best friends, brothers. The heart of the story is Drew’s relationship with Rey’s cousin Jonathan. And because all three men’s lives are so closely tied together, when things with Drew and Jonathan start to buckle under the pressure of Jonathan’s father—an anti-gay, right-wing politician running for President of the United States—things between Drew and Rey start to go awry as well, and Drew might lose the two people most important to him.

So that’s the book. I hope you enjoy it! Happy reading!

Blind Items Countdown!

Blind Items will be available this Friday! I’m going to be traveling all day Friday—my brother is getting married this weekend. So I’m celebrating the book’s release a little early.

All day tomorrow (7/28), I’ll be having a book party at the Dreamspinner Press Blog. There will be excerpts and a little contest to win a copy of the book. So stop by anytime tomorrow, leave me comments, and polish off your trivia skills because you’ll need them for the contest.

Then you can buy a copy of the book for your very self on Friday! It’s available here!

a book!

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Look what came in the mail today! Yes that’d be a copy of Blind Items resting against my pillow. Classy, right? In a week, you will also be able to own a copy!

(It’s about a zillion degrees outside. Oh, summer.)

Blind Items is coming soon…

BLIND ITEM: What Brooklyn-based m/m romance writer has a new book coming out next week?

Oh, that’d be me.

The book is going to be out in both e- and dead-tree formats.

Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is giving away a copy of Blind Items, which you can enter to win here.

I’m gonna be around the internets doing promotional thingies next week, and there will be a couple of other opportunities to win copies of the book.

Also, the first 20 people to buy print copies of the book from Dreamspinner will receive a signed copy of the book.

It’s available Friday July 29th! Here’s the official blurb:

Columnist Drew Walsh made his career by publicly criticizing conservative, anti-gay politician Richard Granger. So when a rumor surfaces that Granger’s son Jonathan might be gay, Drew finds himself in the middle of a potential scandal. Under the guise of an interview about Jonathan’s new job teaching in an inner-city school, Drew’s job is to find out if the rumors are true. Drew’s best friend Rey is also Jonathan’s cousin, and he arranges the meeting between Jonathan and Drew that changes everything.

After just one interview, it’s obvious to Drew that the rumors are true, but he carefully neglects to mention that in his article. It’s also obvious that he’s falling for Jonathan, and he can’t stay away after the article is published. Still, Jonathan is too afraid to step out of the closet, and Drew thinks the smartest thing might be to let him go—until Jonathan shows up drunk one night at his apartment. The slow burn of their attraction doesn’t fade with Jonathan’s buzz, but navigating a relationship is never easy—especially in the shadow of right-wing politics.

More info, including an excerpt, is available on the book page!

a pub date and an excerpt

Two big pieces of news:

1. My next, next novel, Across the East River Bridge is going to be published by Loose Id on October 11, 2011, just in time for GayRomLit! It’s a novel about two historians—long-time academic rivals—who are forced to team up to solve a murder mystery so that they can exorcise the ghosts of the victims, who currently reside in a museum one of them curates. The book is a real Tour of Brooklyn, as the two historians bounce around to different neighborhoods to research. It was great fun to write, and I’m excited for you all to read it.

2. I’ve updated the Blind Items book page with an excerpt. This scene is actually from Chapter 4, but it’s the first time our narrator, Drew, lays eyes on his love interest Jonathan. The book is out two weeks from today!!

I’ve got some promotional stuff on tap, including a couple of opportunities for you to win a copy of the book. Coincidentally, the book will become available the same day I leave for my brother’s wedding on the far end of Long Island.

Like probably a million other people, I am currently watching Deathly Hallows Part 1 in preparation for seeing Part 2 on IMAX on Sunday. I’m excited/sad.

afternoon walk

I feel sometimes like setting a novel in New York City is cheating a little bit. I do this sometimes because it’s easy to set a novel where I live—I know what things look like, I know the cadence of the speech of the locals, I know the patterns of life in the area. On the other hand, I think I’d want to set stories in the city anyway.

I took some time off last week, and took a long walk around Brooklyn one afternoon. When I was out, I realized that I was very near to the intersection in which my character Jonathan lives in Blind Items. This is a photo of the intersection of Dean and Bond Streets in the neighborhood of Boerum Hill. This is not one of my greater photographic achievements, as this shows mostly the concrete of the intersection, but you can see that there is a little cafe on the opposite corner of where I stood when I took the photo, and lining Dean Street are all of these gorgeous old red brick houses. (You can click on the photo to embiggen.) I imagined that Jonathan would be renting an apartment in one of those houses, living modestly and under the radar despite his famous father. Just as I imagined Rey the movie star would be living in a big brownstone in Park Slope and Drew in a run-down old building in Fort Greene. There’s a lot of Brooklyn in the novel, though the characters spend time in Manhattan, too. I like the way Brooklyn is less densely populated, though, more residential and a little less chaotic than Manhattan. It’s home to me, so it’s where some of my characters come to life, too.

Blind Items will be out from Dreamspinner on July 29th!