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26Aug/16

Jeff Rivera

August 26, 2016

Sugar DaddyIt gives us great pleasure to announce Jeff Rivera as the guest on episode 072: Connect from the Heart!

This week joins us to talk about Jeff’s I Got You series and how he came to focus on writing the novella. He also drops some tips for speed-writing, and wisdom about writing from the heart instead of the academic’s chair. Finally, he gives some great insight on how to make Kindle Unlimited work for you!

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Bio:

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.

 

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12Aug/16

Queer Consumers/Creators Roundtable

August 19, 2016

Part two of the roundtable – this time focusing on creating queer content as members of the GLBT community. Join us as I lead Matthew Cheney, Dena Hankins, and SA Collins into a discussion about the state of queer works available, the importance of seeking diversity in what we create, and what we as content creators can do to support the works that are about our rainbow community!

August 12, 2016

This week we’re bringing you a panel of queer authors to discuss consuming stories that feature a full rainbow of characters.  Join us as I lead Matthew Cheney, Dena Hankins, and SA Collins into a discussion about the state of queer works available, the importance of seeking diversity in what we buy and read, and what we as consumers can do to support the works that are about our rainbow community!

Matthew Cheney: Buy his work and connect:

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SA “Baz” Collins: Buy his work and connect:

Bios:

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Matthew CheneyDena HankinsSA “Baz” Collins

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22Jul/16

Redfern Jon Barrett

July 22, 2016

GiddyDeathOfGaysandStrangeDemiseofStraightsIt gives us great pleasure to announce Redfern Jon Barrett as the guest on episode 067: Hell is Being a Conforming Adult!

Join us as we discuss his artistic journey, the role of polyamory in LGBTQ+ culture, the importance of writing polyamorous fiction, and the expanding and expansive nature of queer identity.

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Bio:

Born in the north of England in the summer of 1984, REDFERN JON BARRETT is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner. Armed with a doctorate in literature from Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, they are author to novels The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards) and Forget Yourself, as well as having contributed to publications including Guernica Daily, PinkNews, Van Winkle’s, and Strange Horizons on topics ranging from 18th century nonmonogamy to 23rd century science fiction. Redfern has worked with both Guernica and PEN America as a reader, and currently divides their time between Britain and Berlin, where they live with their two partners.

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15Jul/16

Michael Broderick

July 15, 2016

 

JBScoversIt gives us great pleasure to announce Michael Broderick as the guest on episode 066: A List of Things I’m Not Getting From Porn!

Join us as we discuss his artistic journey, how he came to draw what he didn’t see in the world around him, studying art vs. the business of art, book covers as a brand, his other works for sale, and Erotic Art – Because Porn Doesn’t Give Us Everything We Want.

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Some of Michael’s personal work includes:

  • “WE MOVE AS ONE”
  • “MY CREATION”
We Move as One

We Move as One

My Creation

My Creation

Some of his book cover work includes:

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His piece “YEAR OF THE RAM” is part of the traveling art show “STROKE”

YEAR OF THE RAM

Bio:

Michael Broderick was born in a dreary little burg in upstate New York. Despite the shrill consternation of his decidedly mainstream parents, an insatiable passion for his sister’s Fashion Plates consumed his childhood and the traditional red blooded propensities for cars and football never developed. The Fashion Plates mysteriously disappeared one summer while Michael was at camp, the Style-Me Barbie head ran away with the spoon, and, to this day, everyone in Michael’s family swears the pink Play-Doh never existed.

Denied those modes of expression, Michael, like most little gay boys stranded in the god-forsaken suburbs, turned to movies and television for solace. Adolescence had lifted a curtain and the strobe of flickering screens, large and small, illuminated a procession of square-jawed gods who fought, loved, and occasionally danced across the boards of young Michael’s burgeoning sexuality. Hunks like Mike Henry, John Gavin, Guy Madison, Gene Kelly, and Sean Connery thrilled while making love to sirens like Lana Turner and Joan Crawford in exotic locales but there was one missing component: an overtly gay context.

Fortunately, Michael wasn’t just ogling—he was inspired. He collected a smile, cataloged a stance, captured a pair of roguish eyes and locked them away until he was able to flee the middle American wasteland, move to New York and get a BA in Graphic Art and Drawing. With each piece Michael seeks to conjure the situations absent from those nights by the fire presenting a revisionist history of sorts for those of us who grew up gay in America.

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08Jul/16

Linda Legters

July 8, 2016

 ConnectedUnderneath It gives us great pleasure to announce Linda Legters as the guest on episode 065: We’re All Part of the Fabric!
Join us as we discuss her writing journey, her first queer centric novel – Connected Underneath and her road to publication, queer boutique publishers, writing queer protags from an allied author position, the fabric of life and how were all connected despite the isolation we often feel, community, POV in writing, teaching college level creative writing and English.
 
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Bio:

Linda Legters comes from the far western reaches of New York State. She earned her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. After a stint in New York, she settled in Connecticut to raise her three sons. Her stories are about people from across the social spectrum and her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. Her debut novel, Connected Underneath, was released in May 2016, and her second novel, The Vanishing Point, will be available May 2017, both from Lethe Press.

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01Jul/16

Matthew Cheney

July 1, 2016

 Blood-cover-683x1024 It gives us great pleasure to announce Matthew Cheney as the guest on episode 064: Stop Making Sense!
Join us as we discuss his writing journey, pulling inspiration from the backwaters of New Hampshire, why short stories, alt-history and queering up historical figures/icons.
 
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Bio:

Matthew Cheney’s debut collection, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in January 2016.

His work has been published by English Journal, One Story, Unstuck, Weird Tales, Web Conjunctions, Strange Horizons, Failbetter.com, Ideomancer, Pindeldyboz, Weird Fiction Review, Rain Taxi, Locus, and SF Site, among other places. He is the former series editor for Best American Fantasy and the co-editor, with Eric Schaller, of the occasional online magazine The Revelator.

He has taught English, Women’s Studies, and Communications & Media Studies at Plymouth State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of New Hampshire.

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30Jun/16

Heart Of The Liliko’i by Dena Hankins

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To listen to our interview with Dena, and get links to her work, click here!

REVIEW

This book was a revelation. At once a murder mystery and an intensely erotic romance, Hankin’s writing is as rich and fragrant as the Hawaiin setting in which the book is based. Sometimes there can be too much earnestness or preaching in books that have an eco message, but not this one. She gets her point across without self-righteousness, and without compromising on the likeability of her characters.

Kerala is described in the synopsis as a butch dyke, which might scare some people off, but she is a strong woman with a tender side that hasn’t quite been able to bury. Ravi is the genderqueer CEO who takes the handsome millionaire businessman trope and turns it upside down. Every character is colourful and complex, yet despite the dramatic subject, there is no showboating or unrealistic plot twists.

It’s clear that Hankins loves Hawaii and knows it well. Her writing perfectly captures the vivid colours and culture of the indigenous people. I want to go there. It reads far better than any tourist brochure, without the trite or manipulative descriptions.

At it’s heart is a romance, pure and simple, yet the two protagonists, Kerala and Ravi, are anything but. Cultures clash, gender issues have to be dealt with and are done so convincingly, woven so seemlessly into the story that it barely seems an “issue” at all. I totally bought into these two people falling in love despite the difficulties they face, both in their professional and personal lives. Oh, and the sex is HOT. There is a lot of it, yet it doesn’t feel gratuitous. It’s handled with an assured and confident touch.

No spoilers here, but I found the ending to be incredibly satisfying. Not too neat or schmaltzy. This book is a big chunk, and expensive for a Kindle book (down to the publishers, I think, not the writer) but it is worth every penny. There is not one wasted word. A stunningly written and riveting read.

17Jun/16

Ep 062 – Celebrating Perfect Unions

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June 17, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce B.G. Thomas, J. Scott Coatsworth, Jamie Fessenden, and Michael Murphy as the guest panel on episode 062: Celebrating Perfect Unions!
Join us as we discuss the one-year anniversary of marriage equality, what it feels like to have equal rights, the joy of celebrating love, and the anthology these four authors have written to commemorate the historic moment.

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** Note: this title releases on June 26, but all vendors are taking pre-orders now! **

Bios:

B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade. They’ve been married twice. First in 2005—although it wasn’t legal. They jumped the broom (as well as the sword) and were married in heart in front of their friends and loved ones. Then in 2014, they flew to Baltimore and made it legal (and couldn’t have without the help of B.G.’s fans who practically funded the entire weekend!). He can’t get enough of seeing that gold wedding band on his hand, even two years later.
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction, and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions his entire adult life where he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was a child; it is where he finds his joy.
Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he submitted a story and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days. Since then the stories have poured out of him. “It’s like I’m somehow making up for a lifetime’s worth of stories!”
“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”
http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/

J. Scott Coatsworth is the admin for the Queer Sci Fi site. He has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while. Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.” Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, selling more than a dozen stories – some new, some that he had started years before. He’s embarking on two new sci fi trilogies, and also runs Queer Sci Fi, a group of readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and horror fiction. Scott sold his first story, a magical realism short called “The Bear at the Bar”, to Dreamspinner for the “A Taste of Honey” anthology (Dreamspinner, Amazon), which came out in August 2014. He has since had a novella “Between the Lines” published by DSP, and has another coming out in June. “Flames” will be part of the marriage equality anthology “A More Perfect Union”, and is the story he is most proud of to date.
http://queerscifi.com/author-j-scott-coatsworth/

Jamie Fessenden is an author of gay fiction in many genres. Most involve romance, because he believes everyone deserves to find love, but after that anything goes: contemporary, science fiction, historical, paranormal, mystery, or whatever else strikes his fantasy. Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010. After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.
https://jamiefessenden.com

Michael Murphy has been interested in everything around him his entire life – wanting to see new places, meet new people, tell new stories. Writing has been the culmination of a long term dream. For as long as he can remember he’s been writing stories. What has been different over the last five years is that he’s finally been brave enough to allow someone else to read what he’s written. When that happened he found that others liked what he’d written which made him beyond happy. In addition to writing, his other love is photography. Taking photos of some of the beautiful men of the world is his current focus. With any luck, one of those photos will grace the cover of a Dreamspinner novel in the near future. He and his husband have traveled the world, trying to see as much as possible. When not traveling, they live in Washington, DC with their best friend, a throw-away dog they adopted twelve years ago. To pay the bills, he is the Director of Information Technology for a national organization based in Washington, DC.
http://gayromancewriter.com

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03Jun/16

Andrew Q. Gordon

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June 3, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Andrew Q. Gordon as the guest on episode 060: When a Rose Isn’t a Rose!
Join us as we discuss his writing journey, writing fantasy, language and cultural tie-ins and how we rely upon them, when exposition becomes something harder to convey, which is harder to write – Sci Fi or Fantasy – which is harder to write, and marketing to fantasy readers.

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Bio:

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. His books blend LGBTQ characters with his lifelong love of fantasy and the paranormal to produce a different voice for readers. Though most of his stories fall into the epic fantasy or contemporary paranormal molds, the occasion contemporary LGBTQ work will push its way to the front.

Andrew currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband of twenty years, their young daughter and three dogs. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and still fall asleep at night.

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27May/16

Richard Pearson

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May 27, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Richard Taylor Pearson as the guest on episode 059: Moments of Otherworldly Treasures!
Join us as we discuss his writing journey, writing about theater, surprises for a first time writer, balancing the triple threat, Kirkus Reviews, and offering signed ebooks.

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Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his husband, Brian, and their daughter, Natalie.

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