Featured Author: A. M. Leibowitz – Drumbeat

A. M. Leibowitz’s newest release, Drumbeat (Notes from Boston #3), is now available in both print and ebook formats, and I’ve managed to snag both an exclusive excerpt and a unique post from them!

 

 

 

Publisher: Supposed Crimes

Publication Date: September 1, 2018

Length: 230 pages

Cover Artist: Bret Kessler

Categories/tags: Contemporary fiction, LGBTQ, bisexual, polyamory, romance, disability, performing arts

Content note: eating disorders

Purchase Links:  Supposed Crimes   Amazon US   Amazon UK  Barnes & Noble  Kobo

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#1lineWed #amwriting #WIP Work

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is work. This comes from Mama, Me and the Holiday Tree, an upcoming novella in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

 

I don’t get rare gems or sparkling geodes placed lovingly at my feet by my elemental spouse. No, I get a cedar tree, bare roots caked with half-frozen mud, wedged into the living room’s corner. Stowne has dragged a holiday tree into our home while I was at work today.

#amwriting #WIP #1lineWed

 

 

#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 9/5/18 Keeping House Prologue Part Five

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. This week, I’m sharing more from the sequel to Cleaning HouseKeeping House, which is truly still a WIP. I’m almost finished with the rough draft though. Actually, I’m 102K into the work, and I’m nearing the ending. That said, I stopped for a bit to work on a holiday novella set in the Appalachian Elementals world and it’s currently in rewrites before it ships off for edits. Look for it in November.

The focus in the prologue for Keeping House is the character Dane. She has a dark history, and I’m shoving you headfirst into it. The prologue is set in the year 1603.

Here’s how I picture Dane back then: sixteen-years-old, desperate, and angry.

 

 

 

Read part one of the prologue HERE.

Read part two of the prologue HERE.

Read part three of the prologue HERE.

Read part four of the prologue HERE.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 9/05/2018: I’m taking the 2 for the final two paragraphs from the prologue of Keeping House, book two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

This WIPpet picks up right where the last left off, but I’ve included the final line from last week (in yellow) to help you along. (Note: The first speaker here, the one in yellow, is Duff, king of the Hunter Fae.)

     “Secure ‘er then come tae me chambers.”

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They came. They saw. They Conquered. – Concerning the Singular They/Them in Cleaning House

Pardon my mess yet again. I’m cleaning up from the, um, initial reviews for Cleaning House – A Queer Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy.

I’m an adult, a seven-time author so I can take reviews be they positive or negative because they’re simply one person’s opinion. That said, far too many reviewers seemed to have problems if not completely visceral reactions to my use of they/them singular pronouns with one set of spirits within Cleaning House, leading them to lower their ratings for what they called an otherwise good novel. In short, I used they/them for my elemental spirits and some readers simply couldn’t wrap their heads around the concept.

Hang on to your hats, this might get a bit complicated if you think you’ve never run across singular they/them usage before now. Hint: you have.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Sixty-Two 9/1: Familiar Comforts

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read, so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

I’m sharing again from Cleaning House. The novel is an Appalachian-set Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy where the past and the present are blended with a healthy dose of granny magic. The mountains are alive, and a little moonshine can cure what ails you.

My ARC reviews are still rolling in and they’re generally good, but a few readers are tripping over my usage of they/them pronouns for my elemental spirits. Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Death don’t have gender, so my placing binary terms on them seems ridiculous. Most of those same readers, however, do say they enjoyed the book once they got past the pronouns, but there are still a few… sigh.

I’m not going to please everyone, but that’s never really been my aim. That said, I think there’s something deeper going on with a few of those reviews, but the issue has nothing at all to do with me.

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#Fridayreads Review: When Skies Fall by Debbie McGowan

Dancing through life no matter what’s thrown at you.

Title: When Skies Fall

Author: Debbie McGowan

Publisher: MM Romance Group

Publication Date: July 2015

Length:  296 pgs (ebook)

Genre: Literary, MM Romance

Synopsis: (taken from Goodreads) For many in war-torn 1944, love blossoms in the dance hall, and airman Arty Clarke is no exception. He’s a thinker and a dreamer; however, it’s not the beautiful, talented dancer in his arms—his best friend Jean—who inspires his dreams. For when his gaze meets that of Technical Sergeant Jim Johnson, Arty dares to imagine a different dance.

Their love is forbidden, by both the armed forces and the law, but with Jean’s cunning and support, Arty and Jim try to bridge the distance between them and find true love despite the danger and a life-threatening disaster that could destroy Arty’s dreams for good.

Can the pair stand strong together, no matter how many skies have fallen?


No Spoiler Review:

Dancing through life no matter what’s thrown at you. Save the last dance for me. I can think of so many phrases to use for When Skies Have Fallen but none would do this novel justice.

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Featured Author: Summer Fair (a Storypenny Charity Anthology for RAINN) #giveaway

Storypenny’s Summer Fair anthology, a fundraiser for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) is now available in ebook and print formats. This is a great cause, folks, so please give them a little love.

There’s also a giveaway at the bottom of this post so make certain you read to the end!

Note: I am promoting this anthology because of the cause involved, because of RAINN. If there is erotic content in this anthology (which there may or may not be based on the authors involved) please know that I do not promote such content on my site. I am promoting the charity involved. (Secondary Note: I have not read this anthology.)

Included Authors: Harley Easton, Annabeth Leong, Gregory L. Norris, R.L. Merrill, CM Peters, Marie Piper, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Arden de Winter

Available at:   Amazon   Apple   Barnes & Noble   Kobo  Universal

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#1lineWed #amwriting #WIP Secret

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is secret. This comes from Keeping House, the second novel in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

 

“Eh, no, girlie.” Dane lowered her head and voice as she scooted closer. “I’m not one bit like your Stowne. I don’t secret myself away when I lose somethin’ I love. I just keep on keepin’ on.”

#amwriting #WIP #1lineWed

#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 8/29/18 Keeping House Prologue Part Four

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. This week, I’m sharing more from the sequel to Cleaning HouseKeeping House, which is truly still a WIP. I’m almost finished with the rough draft though. Actually, I’m 99K into the work, and I’ve sketched out the ending, but I’m taking a break to work on a holiday novella set in the same world as Cleaning House, meaning it’s contemporary. It’s titled Mama, Me and the Holiday Tree and will be released in ebook format on November 1, 2018.

The focus in the prologue for Keeping House is the character Dane. She has a dark history, and I’m shoving you headfirst into it. The prologue is set in the year 1603.

Here’s how I picture Dane back then: young, desperate, and angry.

 

 

 

 

Read part one of the prologue HERE.

Read part two of the prologue HERE.

Read part three of the prologue HERE.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 8/29/2018: 2+1=3 paragraphs from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

This WIPpet picks up right where the last left off, but I’ve included the final line from last week (in yellow) to help you along.

Dane’s heart is tightly tangled with her beautiful catch, so she jumps into the deal before she fully thinks, shuddering when Duff pulls her close, hissing his want before he kisses her.

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