Thrown a Curve is now available for pre-order!

Thrown a CurveRainbow League Book 2: Thrown a Curve is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press! The book will be available wherever you buy ebooks on June 19th. You can also add it on Goodreads.

Here’s the blurb:

Mason made headlines when, after his professional baseball career was sidelined by an injury, he very publicly came out of the closet. Now he’s scratching the baseball itch playing in the Rainbow League while making his way through New York’s population of beefcakes, even though they all come up short. Plus, he’s still thinking about last summer’s encounter with hot, effeminate, pierced and tattooed Patrick—pretty much the opposite of the sort of man he has long pictured himself with.

Patrick hasn’t been able to forget Mason either, and now that baseball season is back upon them, he’s determined to have him again. Mason is unlike any man Patrick has ever been with before, and not just because he’s an ex-Yankee. All Patrick has to do is convince a reluctant Mason that their one night wasn’t just a crazy fluke and that they could be great together… if only Mason could get past his old hang-ups and his intolerant family.

Where You Can Find Me at #RT15 and How to Play Along at Home!

The RT Booklovers Convention is next week in Dallas. I hope to see those of you who are attending! Even if you aren’t going, there are a couple of things you can do from home to participate as well.

First, one of my friends thinks I should post all of my costume changes on social media. There will be a lot of them. We’ll see if I can do it!

Second: my schedule.

TUESDAY:
5:30–8:00pm: Cinema Craptastique
I’m co-hosting this annual event where we get comfy in our PJs, eat junk food, and make fun of a silly movie. Join me, Damon Suede, Tere Michaels, Amy Lane, and Laura Kaye to kick off the conference in style.
*YOU CAN PLAY AT HOME, TOO! We’re watching Legend of Hercules with one Kellan Lutz (who I only recently realized is not the same person as Taylor Kitsch… sorry, bro). It’s available on Netflix DVD and maybe Amazon Instant Video. You can follow along at the hashtag #RTCC or by watching the Tweetwall at rtcc.tweetwall.com, which aggregates all related tweets and also will give clear PAUSE/PLAY notices. (At the live even, we’ll be stopping to give away prizes and things.) We’d be beside ourselves if the hashtag trended, so please join us, no matter where you are.
*ALSO I’ll do an ebook giveaway for someone at home. Keep an eye on my twitter account (@katemcmwriter) during the event. If you tweet @ me with the hashtags #rtcc and #rainbowleague you’ll be entered to win a book from my backlist.

THURSDAY:
5:15–6:45pm Kensington’s Sweet Heat party
Come by to see me! There will be snacks, treats, and free books for all, plus a bunch of really awesome authors to come meet. I’ll be signing cover flats for my upcoming Kensington title, Such a Dance.

FRIDAY:
11:15am–12:15pm LGBTQ Author Extravaganza with Dreamspinner Press
Join a bunch of Dreamspinner authors for games and giveaways. Ariel Trachna will be our MC.

1:30-2:30pm Wheel of Romance
This will be THE event of RT, I think. I’m giving away a New York-themed gift basket, and a bunch of my favorite authors are hosting this game show. I plan to wear sequins.

SATURDAY:
11am–2pm Giant Book Fair
*OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
I’m signing at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll have paperbacks of The Silence of the Stars, When the Planets Align, and The Windup.

6–7:45pm FAN-Tastic Day Party
Hosted by Dreamspinner Press, so I’ll be floating around talking to people and possibly also handing out swag, signing books, etc. There will be more prize-winning opportunities and lots of your favorite authors.

Then I’m flying home Sunday night. I’m sure I’ll be wiped out by then!

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to it. I hope those of you who are going will drop by and say hi at one of my events.

Baseball Monday: Quick Note!

Baseball MondaysI’m skipping Baseball Monday today and next week due to RT prep and trying to finish edits on Rainbow League Book 3 before I go. (I know, “Awww.”) If you’ve got a great discussion topic for a future Baseball Monday, I’d love to hear it! Hit me up, either in a comment, or my contact info is in the sidebar.

Sunday Snippet: Thrown a Curve

Thrown a CurveI thought you all might enjoy a sneak peek at Thrown a Curve, Rainbow League Book 2, out this June. And remember, Book 1: The Windup is available now!

Mason walked to the field, feeling limber and ready to play baseball.

All Rainbow League games took place at the ball fields in East River Park, in the shadow of the FDR Drive and the Williamsburg Bridge. It got noisy sometimes with the buzz of cars whizzing by on the street, but the ball field where they usually played was right on the water, which muffled the car sounds. The park was a little out of the way, in that it was a fair distance from public transportation, but Mason had always liked it. That, and it was a convenient few blocks from Barnstorm in Alphabet City.

When Mason arrived at the field, everyone was talking at once. Nate and Carlos were tossing a ball back and forth while jabbering about the previous night’s Yankees game. Ty and Ian seemed to be having some kind of argument. Mason couldn’t tell if they were being playful or not. He walked a little closer to eavesdrop.

“First of all,” Ty was saying, “as I already told you, I don’t want to leave Brooklyn. Second, your apartment doesn’t have space for all my stuff. We’d have to at least get a two-bedroom so I can have an art studio.”

“But your place is so far from my job,” said Ian. “And you’re the one who thought I should sign a longer lease on my apartment. There are still five months left on it.”

“Boys,” Mason interrupted, “we’re supposed to be friends and teammates. No time for fighting. Take your domestic quarrels off the field.”

Ty shot Mason an astonished look. He waved his hand. “Whatever, dude.”

Ian rolled his eyes. “It’s not really a domestic disturbance. This is supposed to be good news for us. The lease on Ty’s apartment is up soon, so we’ve decided to move in together, but where we move is a sticking point.”

That felt like big news—Ty and Ian had only been dating about a year, and now they were thinking of moving in together?—but Ian rattled it off as if it were just the normal course of things, like telling Mason they were going out for ice cream after practice.

“Don’t you like Brooklyn?” Ty asked Ian.

Ian patted Ty on the shoulder. “I like it fine, Texas. But Mason is right. We should take this argument off the field.”

Ty shrugged. “How are you, Mason? Long time no see.”

“I’m good. Happy to be playing baseball again.”

“Aren’t we all?”

Ian playfully punched Ty in the arm. “Weren’t you just complaining about all the weight you always put on in the off-season?”

“Actually, I weighed myself yesterday. I didn’t even gain a pound.” Ty made a bodybuilder pose. “I guess it’s all that, ah, working out I did this winter.” He elbowed Ian.

“More information than I needed, guys,” said Mason.

“Like you haven’t had your pick of the beefcakes,” said Ty.

Mason shrugged. He had gone on a second date with that bartender Travis, but he wasn’t really feeling it. Their nights together were… fine. Travis was objectively hot, but they didn’t have much chemistry. “Who are we playing tonight?”

“Was the glitter not a giveaway?” Ian asked, pointing.

Mason silently cursed himself for forgetting that he already knew. His team, the Brooklyn Hipsters, was playing the SoHoMos, a team that reveled in its queerness. Their uniform shirts this season were electric blue and their team name was scrawled across the front in a frilly script font above a picture of a unicorn. A bunch of the players had body glitter on their arms or faces or in their hair. Mason thought the whole thing was a little silly, but this was not his primary concern.

Patrick played for the ’Mos.

Patrick of the swishy walk and ridiculous hair. Patrick who had given him one crazy night in the men’s room at Barnstorm. Patrick who Mason had been unable to stop thinking about. Patrick who Mason had no business being attracted to. Though he was. So much.

He did a quick scan of the field and saw the man in question preening for one of his teammates. His hair was as crazy as ever, though gelled into spikes now. His delicate features belied an athletic body, and though he was short and pierced and tattooed and talked too much, Mason was thoroughly and completely in lust.

The Hipsters’ manager, Scott, started barking out orders so the game could get underway, thus saving Mason from thinking further on the matter.

Baseball Monday: Thrown a Curve Cover Reveal

Baseball MondaysI snuck a peak at this cover in my newsletter last week. So here’s the cover for Book 2 in the Rainbow League series, Thrown a Curve, Mason and Patrick’s story.

First, the blurb:

Mason made headlines when, after his professional baseball career was sidelined by an injury, he very publicly came out of the closet. Now he’s scratching the baseball itch playing in the Rainbow League while making his way through New York’s population of beefcakes, even though they all come up short. Plus, he’s still thinking about last summer’s encounter with hot, effeminate, pierced and tattooed Patrick—pretty much the opposite of the sort of man he has long pictured himself with.

Patrick hasn’t been able to forget Mason either, and now that baseball season is back upon them, he’s determined to have him again. Mason is unlike any man Patrick has ever been with before, and not just because he’s an ex-Yankee. All Patrick has to do is convince a reluctant Mason that their one night wasn’t just a crazy fluke and that they could be great together…if only Mason could get past his old hang-ups and his intolerant family.

Thrown a Curve

The book will be out in June!

(And just a reminder, book 1 is available NOW from Dreamspinner, All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or the ebook store of your choice!)

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!