Archive for December, 2011

happy holidays!

This is the tree in my apartment. My cat keeps getting ahold of the tree skirt.

Warmest holiday wishes to you and yours!

It’s been a strange holiday season in these parts. Not everything has been pleasant, but I’m looking forward to a few days off and even to getting out of the city for a bit (I’m going up to New England in a few hours to spend the weekend with my dad, et al). My siblings and I will all be in one place, which doesn’t happen that often, so I’m looking forward to that. All my presents are wrapped, and I baked some snickerdoodles, so all that’s left to do now is to get on a train.

This has been a really amazing year for me, and I find myself introspective at the holidays. I’m so grateful to so many people who were encouraging and supportive and awesome and helped make a lot happen this year, and I, for one, am really looking forward to 2012. I feel like the possibilities are endless. Which is a nice way to feel at the end of the year.

Happy holidays!

news!

I’ve been too busy to post much around here, but a few things have happened in the last couple of weeks. So, without further ado…

1) I’m the featured author this week over at Lou Sylvre’s blog. You can click on the link to see everything, including an interview with me and excerpts of Blind Items and Across the East River Bridge.

2) Across the East River Bridge is now available from All Romance Ebooks!

3) Reviews! Across the East River Bridge got a great review from Sensual Reads. My Christmas short “A Walk in the Dark” got a great review from Queer Magazine Online.

4) The Dreamspinner Advent Calendar (in which you can find “A Walk in the Dark”) got a little shout out from Lambda Literary.

5) Now is as good a time as any to remind you that I’ve got a Christmas-related freebie over here. It’s on the website or you can download it as a PDF. It’s about two lost souls who find each other at the top of the Empire State Building on Christmas Eve.

Otherwise, I’ve been keeping busy, mostly with work, writing, and Christmas shopping. :)

Saturday Snark

I thought that in honor of Blind Items getting that honorable mention in the Rainbow Awards, I’d give you a little Drew and Jonathan:

Which was how we came to be standing outside of a club in the Village called Rooster’s half an hour later. “They’re not even trying to be subtle, are they?” Jonathan asked.

“When I was in college, I frequented a place called Manhole.”

He laughed. “Okay, that’s worse.” But he dug in his heels when I tried to pull him inside.

“Jonathan, no one’s going to recognize you.”

And still he hesitated. “I can’t be here. Going with you to a restaurant or a bar would be one thing, but this is, you know, a club where, you know…” He pressed his palms together.

“Are you trying to say that this is a homosexual establishment?” I clutched at my invisible pearls. “Rey’s gone in here with me before, and he’s a hell of a lot higher profile than you are. In the unlikely event someone does recognize you, well, it’s not totally unprecedented for the straight friends of gay men to go to gay clubs. Because you know what else they have at gay clubs? Straight-girl best friends.”

“I’m not here to pick up women,” Jonathan said.

“I should hope not.” I leaned close to him. “I’m just concocting your alibi. Do you see anybody you think you might be here to pick up?”

I could see it on his face when he started to let go. The lines in his forehead disappeared, his mouth twitched into an almost smile. “I think I might see someone,” he said looking right at me.

“Yeah?” I laughed, and Jonathan laughed with me. That seemed like a green light. “Let’s go inside. Deep breath, cowboy.”

Check out more Saturday Snark over at Marie Sexton’s!

rainbow awards honorable mention!

I was honored to take part in the Rainbow Awards this year as a member of the jury, and I read a really interested mix of books as part of that job. (And the funny thing is that I’ve done this twice now, and each time it was one of the books that I least expected that wound up being really impressing me. That’s one of the wonderful things about these awards; because of the way the judging is done, a number of books that would have slid under the radar otherwise can get recognition.)

That said, I was delightfully surprised to see that Blind Items won honorable mention in the One Perfect Rate category. This means that one of the (several) judges who read the book for the awards gave it a very high rating, and that is pretty darned awesome. I was so genuinely surprised to see my name on that list, I almost didn’t believe it. And there were so many truly wonderful books entered this year!

The good news for you is that I got word that Dreamspinner will be offering 20% off all Rainbow Award winners starting today, through December 16th, so now’s your chance to snag the book if you haven’t read it already. (There are lots of other great Dreamspinner books that won awards, too.)

Check out all the winners. Congratulations to all the authors who won!

guest blog and print book

I was over at SJD Peterson’s yesterday, talking about naughty and nice things and my Christmas short, “A Walk in the Dark.”

I also found out yesterday The Boy Next Door is going to print, so you can have a paperback copy of your very own next month-ish.

Christmas Story + NaNoWriMo

My Advent Calendar story, “A Walk in the Dark,” is now available for individual download over at Dreamspinner. It’s a very short story. You can read an excerpt here.

NaNoWriMo concluded yesterday, and I now have a mostly-finished first draft weighing in at 83K+ words. Lots of crazy things are happening in my life right now, so I’m gonna have to postpone revisions for a couple of days, but I’m really excited about this manuscript. There are ancient gods and reincarnation and an antique shop and a snarky reality TV host. It’s pretty fun.

And my fridge is still full of leftovers, so I’m gonna go snag a piece of pie.