Within her walls are stories. Love. Laughter. Tears. Lives lived to the fullest, and sometimes cut short before they really get started. She’s seen it all, from homelessness to super-stardom, boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as lamps, and boy, does she have secrets she could tell. Her one truth is that everyone who darkens her doors is accepted with open arms and a song.
Her name is Queers, and for one of L.A.’s few dueling piano bars, she has a lot of heart. On her stage, the beautiful voice of Duff McKinley rings so true he captures the shattered heart of his boss, Brad Mosely, who checked out of life three years ago. But even lifelong dreams have untold consequences.
Duff came to L.A. to chase his musical aspirations, but his best friend Garrett Slater accompanied him to chase a wish of his own: finding The One, his white knight. He believes Landon Kennedy fits the bill. Suave, handsome, and powerful in the music industry, Landon can show Garrett a life he’s only seen in movies. But even as Landon helps Duff realize his dreams, he brings Garrett into a nightmare he may never leave, one from which Garrett’s roommate, Jackson Moriarty, is determined to rescue him. If Garrett repays Jackson by seeing his own charms, so much the better.
Yes, within her walls, Queers has long history. Unrequited love, sinister intentions, fame, fortune, and a group of friends and lovers who would do anything for each other no matter the cost.
Available soon in ebook and paperback
Another one bites the dust.
Heh. Just kidding. I'm very excited for this revised release of the novella.
Here's the blurb:
Photography genius Ethan Mars is out and living the fast life in Los Angeles until a mysterious mist in Topanga Canyon sends him back in time. There he meets Quinn Parker, a farmer who has hidden his homosexuality from everyone, even Margaret, his fiancée.
*taps mic* Excuse me. Is this thing on? *winces at feedback* Uh, sorry.
It’s been a big week here in AJ Land. Over the weekend, I got a notification on Facebook that my books, Power Exchange and Safeword, were given Honorable Mentions in the 2013 Rainbow Awards run by Elisa Rolle
It turns out, that was the appetizer. Today, the main course was rolled out.
Both Power Exchange and Safeword have been named finalists in the Mystery/Thriller category of the 2013 Rainbow Awards.
The look on that guy’s face? That’s me right about now.
Last year, I used the finalists list as a books-to-buy list. I found some real gems that way. If you’re so inclined, check out all the authors who’ve been named finalists and their work. Congrats to everyone!
I’ve placed an order with the paperback distributor to have copies on hand for the few who’ve expressed an interest in buying signed copies of Power Exchange and Safeword. So, in order to know if I will need to order more or if I got really full of myself and ordered too many that I won’t be able to give away, can you comment if you intend to get them? Or email me if you want to remain anon: email@example.com. If I need more, I’d rather get that order placed than wait until I have no more to send and have to sit for a couple weeks waiting for the print run to complete. (This paperback stuff is more complex than I thought.)
In order to buy, since Voodoo Lily Press doesn’t have a shopping cart store, I’ll be having people send the funds via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Add a note like this:
Recipient Name (person to whom I’m signing the books)
Your Name (only if different than name in books)
Shipping address (no PO Boxes, please)
The cost will be $12.99 per title, plus a flat $5 for shipping, whether you order one book, both books, or multiple copies of them (for whatever reason I can’t fathom). So a standard order of a copy each of Power Exchange and Safeword would be $30.98.
**For international shipping, please email me so we can discuss.
So, show of hands, are you planning to get a set (in the next, say, 30 days)?
(And dude, this is so awkward. I can’t believe I’m asking if people want something I’ve written and signed, for crying out loud. I feel like an imposter, body snatched and replaced by this person trying to sell you all something. Someone put me out of my misery.)
ETA, wow, you guys. I’m going to have to order another batch, because the ones I’ve ordered are not going to cover everyone. They will be sent out on a first come, first served basis, so those of you who’ve already sent payment, look for them hopefully next week sometime, depending on where you live. Thank you, everyone. Just… thank you.
I know what you were thinking. *snort*
(Because it’s what I was thinking. Oh, I’m no innocent.)
But what I mean is Queers. It’s really coming. You know how I know this?
It has a cover. Fen did a fantastic job, and I love looking at it (that reflection!) even if there’s no flesh to feast my eyes on. Tell me, what do you think?
Late last week, I held something in my hot little hands I never thought I’d get to see… books I’ve written, with my name on them, in print.
Shitty camera phone pictures of them, but it doesn’t stop me from pinching myself periodically. Those are MY BOOKS. IN PRINT.
I have set up Create Space to distribute them, and at this point, I’m only waiting on them to make the links live on the multitude of retailers’ sites where they’ll be available. They tell me it could take 6-8 weeks for the expanded distribution to go live, but Amazon and Create Space’s site themselves should have them available much sooner than that. Amazon already shows a print list price, though not a link to a different format quite yet.
When I know, you’ll know. Promise.
I've reached the halfway point in the book, and I thought it was time to give you a glimpse. It doesn't have a title yet and final edits still need to be made, but here ya go.
The main characters (so far) are:
* Zach, a bisexual actor on the cusp of being famous, who's keeping his orientation on the DL.
So one night, I was spitballing with one of my betas (wave hello, Allison) who suggested, I thought tongue-in-cheek at first, that I consider merchandising for my books. You know, fridge magnets, t-shirts with quotes or the covers or something on them, beer steins that say, “Pound Me,” with an image of a paddle on the other side…
Okay, that last one was my idea. Allison’s innocent. *cough*
It was fun, but I didn’t think anything much of it, until the next day, she pinged me on Facebook and said, “Hey, I can look into Cafe Press for you if you were serious about the merchandising thing.” To which I said I wasn’t sure it would go over. I mean, the people who’ve read my books have already shelled out money for the story. Would anyone really wear a t-shirt that says, “It takes more courage to kneel before someone than stand beside them,” in public? Would mothers actually hang a magnet with the Safeword cover on their fridge to hold up their kids’ report cards? Because I do know my target demographic, and I’m not so sure this would be something anyone would be interested in.
Allison said, “No no, if it’s subtle, we would. I would totally wear pajamas that have that quote on them. Or a t-shirt with chocolate poured over cherries and that quote from Ben that I told you just killed me with its sexy.”
Then she blew me away by emailing me mock-ups.
So I’m asking. What do you think, dear readers? Does this make you thirsty?
Or what about this? Sleepy?
Or would you wear this to, say, the grocery store?
I would dig it, but that’s because I wrote it, and I’d find it funny to have a tied-up guy on my sleep shirt (if I wore shirts to sleep in). I’d chuckle at the double-take of the dude next to me on the treadmill when I set my water bottle down. But that’s me. I kind of like to get a rise out of people. But I’m not so sure that would translate into something other people would be interested in, not to discount Allison’s opinion (or her hard work, look at those! She did a great job!) at all.
So I put it to you, dear readers. Tell me straight. Would you be interested in something like this? And before anyone asks, yes, I intend to make the books available in paperback within the next couple months. That’s a given, and this project would not get in the way of that one in any way. This is in addition to print copies.
Hit me with it in the comments.