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Happy holidays, everyone! Here are a few things happening in 2014:

I’m reading at Lady Jane’s Salon on January 6th! If you can get yourself to Houston Street in NYC at 7pm, you should come! I’ll be reading from The Stars that Tremble.

Last week, I signed a contract for the sequel to The Stars that Tremble. It’ll be out late spring 2014. It’s called The Silence of the Stars and I pretty much put Sandy through the emotional ringer. I put up an unofficial blurb on the Upcoming page.

I just booked my hotel room for Liberty States (finally) and got my roommate situation sorted out for RT, so conventions are happening.

And I’m gearing up to take on the presidency of Rainbow Romance Writers on January 1st.

In the meantime, I spent December writing a very silly holiday novella that may be out next December? I always hate to predict these things before the ink is dry on the contract, especially for something like this that wasn’t in my schedule. I like this story, but it’s over-the-top happy holiday fluff, basically. Sometimes you need that, though.

Warm wishes to you and yours! Here’s to a stellar 2014!

Posman Books Grand Central December 11!

I’ll be signing copies of The Stars that Tremble at Posman Books in Grand Central in New York City on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm!

I’ll be accompanied by Sara Humphreys and Damon Suede and we’re celebrating romance in all of its flavors. More details here.

Meet Me on the Moon

Well, not quite. But you CAN meet me at the Dreamspinner Goodreads group tomorrow afternoon (10/5) during my snazzy Meet the Author event. There will be excerpts and prizes and things, so drop in. We shall discuss The Stars that Tremble and why opera is pretty cool and maybe I’ll post photos of Swag City, which is what my dining room has become as I get ready for GayRomLit. Go here from 12–3pm EST.

Brooklyn Book Festival: Sunday, September 22

I will once again be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. It’s this Sunday, September 22. I’ll be at the RWA NYC booth (booth #78—looks like it’s on the southwest corner of the plaza, near the food truck court) from 2–4pm and I’ll have copies of Blind Items and Four Corners for sale and maybe some other surprises. There will also be a raffle for a basket of goodies from my RWA NYC chapter mates. So stop by and say hi if you’re in the area. The whole thing is a really great event, so I encourage you to come to the festival even if you don’t come to see me.

Question for the Masses: Bookmarks

My general philosophy with swag is that I want to offer up things people will actually take. The two things I almost always take at conventions are pens and bookmarks. (I like to take bookmarks because I still read a fair number of paper books and I am really good at losing bookmarks. I’ve already lost a few of the bookmarks I took at BEA, and that was less than a month ago. Skills, I has them.)

Anyway, I’m almost out of the bookmarks I ordered last year so it’s time to re-stock. That seems like a good reason to re-design, since the old one is a generic one from last year that doesn’t show anything published this year.

So, okay, pretend you are at a convention and you’re walking through Swag Alley or whatever and you stop at the Kate McMurray table because you think she’s a swell gal, and, oh hey, bookmarks! What do you want to see on said bookmark?

Is it better to have a generic bookmark for the author or a specific one for one particular book? What info besides the author’s name and wesbite do you want to see? Or are eye-catching graphics and sturdy paper really all you need from a bookmark?

Just curious! Let me know what you think, readers.

five things on friday: BEA and Save the Date

Weekly wrap-up!

1. Save the Date came out on Tuesday! It is now available at most ebook retailers. *dances*

2. It’s Kate McMurray Week at the Armchair Reader. Cole has bravely embarked on the task of reading my entire backlist. We also did an interview that was posted yesterday. Follow the link to all of the posts and leave a comment on the interview to win a copy of the book.

3. Other places I have been this week:

• I wrote a post for the All Romance eBooks cafe blog for Pride Month
• I guest-posted at Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House.
• Today I’m at Flirty Author Bitches.

*The last two are stops on the Big Gay Wedding tour. Leave a comment at either to be entered to win a copy of Save the Date.

4. I missed posting last Friday because I was at Book Expo America. It was an interesting experience. Plenty of people have wrapped it up better than me, but I can tell you what I did there, which was a) sweat a lot because, as a friend of mine said, it was hot as balls outside; b) gave away a ton of books at the Dreamspinner booth; c) got some really amazing books and ARCs from around the exhibition hall; d) made some good editorial contacts; e) hung out with some awesome people; f) fangirled on some authors; g) saw celebrities, including Chelsea Handler, Julianne Moore, and Grumpy Cat.

5. I’m currently working on edits for What There Is, a short novella coming out this summer. It started out as a baseball story, but it ended up being about a former baseball player who wants to find something else to do with his life. It’s been a little bit of a struggle because I’ve been out for the count with a nasty cold most of the week, but I’m feeling much better today so I can concentrate on these edits. I saw a cover mock up yesterday and it’s gorgeous.

And that’s a wrap for this week. See you next week!

The Next Big Thing

I was tagged by Zahra Owens to participate in the Next Big Thing blog tour. So read in to learn a little more about one of my works in progress!

What is the working title of your book?
Save the Date

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Funny story! A couple of months ago, I got the invitation to the wedding of my ex-boyfriend. I joked on Twitter that, if my life were a romance novel, I’d go to the wedding and meet the love of my life. And thus a plot bunny was born! (The book is about a man who has to find a date for his ex’s wedding, and he does end up going and learning something about himself in the process. If you’re curious, I ended up not going to the wedding.)

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a romantic comedy novella.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
I don’t cast my books because I picture my characters, I don’t picture actors playing them. But for the sake of this exercise, let’s pick some actors. My hero, Tristan, could be played by Ryan Gosling. I think his sporty love interest might be played by Chris Evans. I mean, assuming they’d play gay. ;)

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
Tristan needs a date for his ex’s dreaded wedding and when he’s looking, he finds love in an unexpected place.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
I’m not currently represented by an agent (I’m hoping that will change in 2013, actually) but this one is already earmarked for a publisher I have a relationship with.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One week. (Don’t hate me. The first draft was 29,000 words. And I’m only now, six weeks later, wrapping up revisions.)

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure. It’s really more an homage to romantic comedy movies and is meant to be light and funny and kind of like every Julia Roberts movie you’ve ever seen. There isn’t a lot of comedy in this genre (that I’m aware of) but the first author who came to mind when I thought of m/m comedies was Ethan Day. His books are all both heartfelt and hilarious.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
That whole wedding thing was a major inspiration, obviously. These are also some regular-guy characters; both heroes have regular jobs, hang out in a sports bar, love football. I like to play with character types you don’t see a lot in the genre, so here are some guy’s guys who just happen to be gay.

What else about your book might interest the reader?
It’s set partly in New York and partly in Boston. It’s also really about letting go of the past more than anything else; Tristan goes to his ex’s wedding and has to figure out how to deal with the hand he’s been dealt without lingering in what used to be any longer.

If all goes to plan, Save the Date will be available by wedding season this spring. :D

I tagged a few people, so if they follow through and post their blogs, I’ll add their links below when the posts go live.

big news, small news

Joe Mauer can't help but be adorable.Lots of things to talk about! Today’s post shall be sponsored by the adorable Twins’ catcher Joe Mauer, because I think all posts for the next couple of weeks should be accompanied by photos of hot baseball players.

• Last week’s Beat Your Winter Blues was over at JP Barnaby’s, and we discussed our favorite first signs of spring. There’s still time to enter to win the grand prize!

• You can head on over to Chris’s blog to win a copy of Out in the Field!

• I’m doing some website tweaking. Thanks to my friends Stacy and Alexis for helping me come up with a tagline, which is something I have been agonizing over for a while. I do sweat the small stuff sometimes, I guess. My writers group has been referring to my books as “baseball and gay sex” since before I was published, which, while accurate, is not the catchiest of taglines.

• I wrote a short story for the Goodreads M/M Group‘s Love Is Always Write event. I believe that will be available for (free!) download in late May or early June.

Out in the Field will be out a week from today! I’ve booked a trip on a mini blog tour, so I’m gonna be all up in your face for the next few weeks. :)

Beat Your Winter Blues with a Bonus

Two posts this week! First, head on over to ZAM’s, where we discussed places we’d send our readers on a mid-winter getaway. (I’m making everyone come to Brooklyn, which is wonderful in the spring. We’ve had really awesome weather the last couple of days, too.)

Then head on over to Clare London’s, where the authors discussed St. Patrick’s Day.

Remember that commenting can get you entered into the big grand prize drawing, so be sure to check out all the posts on the tour!

coming attractions

I had an especially prolific period last spring and summer, and that seems to bearing out in fruitful ways! I’ve updated the website with the sneakiest of sneak peaks of TWO upcoming books by yours truly.

This is Cap Anson, one of the greatest baseball players of the late 19th century and also owner of a fantastic handlebar mustache.

Out in the Field, a contemporary romance between two major-league baseball players, will be available from Loose Id on April 24th. (The link will take you to the under-construction book page, at which you can read a blurb.) It’s a fun story, but there’s a lot of heart in it, too. (And a lot of baseball, but my beta reader ensures me that a lack of knowledge of the sport will not prevent one from enjoying the novel.)

Also, the ink is drying on a contract for what, on Twitter, I called an angsty friends-to-lovers contemporary set in Chicago. I think that about sums it up. There’s a little blurb on the Upcoming page. That’s due out August/September-ish. I’ll talk more about that when we get closer to the release date.

The reading at Lady Jane’s Salon on Monday went pretty well, I thought. (I’ve had A WEEK, so I haven’t had time to write about it sooner than now.) I may have a couple of photos to post soon. I will say that it is a very strange experience to get up in front of a bunch of people who don’t know you and figure out how to charm them. I’m not a shy person and I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking, but I’m not the sort of person who gets a thrill from being on stage, so really, “nothing bad happening” was my goal. I can’t judge my own reading, but I got enough positive feedback to convince me I did all right.

I’m reading again at the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC, which is two weeks from today. If you are anywhere in the greater New York metropolitan area, you should come by. A lot of great authors will be there. (I’m actually probably the most excited about that—a bunch of authors I really like are coming to my fair city for a weekend, so I can be a fangirl without having to pay for more than subway fare.)

So that’s all the news fit to print around here. Now I’m off to start making a book trailer for Out in the Field!