Tuesday, 26 June 2012

One Year Ago Today...

On 26th June 2011, I pressed publish on Blood & Ash on Amazon. It was terrifying. Not a single soul knew what I had done.

I've always written. I know it's a total writer cliche, but it's true. Ever since I was teeny-weeny. If I didn't write, I'd go mad. Then I discovered KDP. I could actually get my book published, without having to go through all the hoops of agents and publishers, and without having to spend a fortune on some vanity outfit which would leave me with boxes of books and no platform on which to market them. Instead, I could sell my books - my books! squee! - on the biggest online distributor out there. I could compete with the other 1.3 million ebooks on Amazon on a level playing field.

I was sold.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Lost Realm #3 - Sneak Peek!

I thought I'd take a break from some feverish writing to share a little bit of what I've produced so far... Enjoy!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Author Interview - Alexa Jasper

Today I'm interviewing Alexa Jasper, author of historical romance Claiming Annabelle.

As a young, spirited girl, Annabelle found danger more times than most, and Lord Duncan, her secret childhood crush and her oldest brother’s best friend, was always there to rescue her. As Annabelle grows into a beautiful woman, danger emerges from men who want her, but looking into the eyes of the familiar, handsome man embracing her, could be the greatest danger of all!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Perpetuating the Myths

I'm talking gay stereotypes. The bulldyke, the screaming queen. You know them, I know them. Heaven forbid anyone should write about them. Because, y'know, they're stereotypical. Most gay people aren't like that. Most gay people hate to be associated with people like that. Most gay people are ordinary men and women just like you and me who feel no particular urge to fill their lives with glitter and sparkles.

How dull for them.

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Author Interview - S.A. Watson

Today I'm interviewing S.A. Watson, author of The Tyrant and the Twins

The Tyrant and the Twins is not a medieval romance.  Nor is it one of the many contemporary updates of Arthurian legend, peppered with modern jokes and slang.  It is, rather, the reworking of an ancient tale, embedded in an archaic time and presented as its fifth-century characters would have portrayed themselves.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Author Interview - Dale Ibitz - #Free Book!

Today I'm joined by Dale Ibitz, author of Fire in the Blood, a fantasy with a very modern twist.

On Eyidora, the gods of nature are at war, and Earth is in chaos. During a home invasion, seventeen-year-old Haley is tumbled to Eyidora. Alone, afraid and confused, Haley just wants to go home to Earth...but the gods have other plans. 

Read on for details of how to snaffle a free copy!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

One Man and One Woman

That's the definition of marriage, right? That's what all the priests and the bishops and the zealots keep coming back to as the gay marriage debate rages on both sides of the Atlantic. Marriage is the institution that sanctifies a bond of commitment, love and fidelity between one man and one woman.

Well suck on this, bitches:

Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
1 Samuel 18

Friday, 8 June 2012

Queering Sherlock Holmes

I know, right? I can practically see the eyes rolling. "Pick something difficult!" the people cry. "Set yourself a challenge."

Face it, Holmes and Watson have been done to death. I know it, you know it, we all know it. 'Nuff said, right? Wrong. Because I was involved in a discussion on a forum recently that suggests that actually most people don't know what's queer about them at all. It's like received wisdom: everyone sniggers and says they're a couple, ergo they must be. But most people couldn't tell you why. Here's what someone actually said to me about the Holmes canon:

I could be made to believe there is a romance relationship subtext to S and W but I have never read the stories looking for the "clues" to that before...and having no knowledge of the cultural hints of the period I bet I'd miss it all even if I was looking for it. Though obviously, I've heard the claim made before, just never substantiated.

Well fret no more, and allow me to substantiate away...

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