Let’s start the day off right! First, my new story, Hand-to-Hand (Wet SEAL #1) featured in the Uniform: A Man in Uniform Bundle is out today and available for purchase at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords for the CyberMonday sale price of $2.99.
Second, Hand-to-Hand got FOUR out of five stars at GayBook Reviews. Thank you, Gigi!
Third, to celebrate our new release, I’m lowering the price of Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris to $.99 for the ENTIRE month of December. Happy Holidays!
Meet the men in uniform. These are everyday men who put on a uniform and become our heroes. Through good times and bad, they are there to save the day, sacrificing more than most of us can imagine as they put their lives on hold in service to us.
Love doesn’t wait until life is calm, and sometimes it’s the pressure of the job that throws two men together. Under stress and demand, they find solace in each other, forming bonds that can’t be ignored.
Follow our heroes as they fight not only for what is right and just, but also for their hearts and the men they love.
Coming next month, our new story Hand-to-Hand (Wet SEAL #1) in the A Man in Uniform anthology! Other authors in the bundle include: Sara York, EM Leya, Ethan Stone, Brenda Cothern and Whitley Grey.
All stories will have a military or law enforcement plot line to them. Yeah, cops and heroes! We will be doing a cover reveal soon, but until then, here is the blurb from our story to wet your appetite!
Navy medic Gavin Rathman has been attracted to his Lieutenant, Jackson Blackwater, ever since they were put on the same SEAL team. When Jack is shot on a mission in Afghanistan and put on medical leave, Gavin finally has the opportunity to act on those desires.
But when Jack recovers, and Gavin and he are paired up again, will their status as lovers change their working relationship? It could prove to be disastrous. Is it a gamble worth taking?
Here’s my last thought on Lanyon-gate, as I’ve seen it called.
I’m on old fandom whore, I’ve seen kerfluffles to end all kerfluffles, and been involved in a couple myself. But, now approaching my fifth decade, I usually decide to drive by the wank, or only comment privately with trusted friends.
However, in this instance, I am happy to publicly state I stand behind Josh/Diana. Why? ‘Josh’ gave my former writing partner and I much needed advice and suggestions when we were writing our first novel, “Facing the Music” (Evernight Publishing). Yes, Sue and I had been writing fanfiction for years, but we were out of our depths when starting out in M/M. Josh mentored us, put us in touch with other great authors in M/M to get feedback from and to offer feedback on his private critique group. I know for a fact without that advice, given freely and without any expectations of it being paid back, it helped get Sue and I published. I know of at least six other authors from that group who have gone on to become best selling authors because ‘Josh’ gave them a forum to develop their craft. (And no, this post is not pay back for that help.)
In private, I’ve never known ‘Josh’ to state they are the “authority” on anything in the gay community. The only think she has ever stated that she’s knows the murder mystery genre and the romance industry through her own experiences as a writer. If I ever write in the m/f genre, I would happily ask her advice about that too because I’ve never had an agent or been with a large publishing house, she has.
There are questions about why Josh felt the need to use a male pen name/persona. My concern is that we are looking at the wrong angle. As I said in other comments on FB, there should be no need as WOMEN in any genre for us to take a male pen name. Why are we still considered second class writers in the publishing world, whether you write science fiction or gay mysteries? Perhaps there was misappropriation by the use of a male persona to originally get published over a decade ago in a genre that was dominated by male authors. I’m not mad at Josh for that, I’m mad at the industry that deemed it necessary, and continues to do so to this day.
But, that is another topic, for another post.
I had a wonderful discussion with other readers, writers and authors and helped moderate a panel at Rainbow Con about fanfiction. It was called “Fanfiction to Profiction.” I was on the panel with the amazingly talented, Sarah Madison, Grace R. Duncan, Vicktor Alexander and Amanda C.
We talked about filing off the “serial numbers” on fanfiction and recycling it to M/M. It was a lively discussion in which most of us on the panel stated we had used former fanfiction stories and converted them to pro fic. Depending on your publisher, or if you self-publish that might mean you have to pull your fanfiction off the Internet. We also talked about telling readers if that particular book was formerly published fanfiction. I think everyone on the panel agreed we always disclose if a book had been fanfic.
The first short story I wrote and submitted to a now defunct publisher was a former J2 A/U where the characters were flight attendants and had been written for a prompt fest. When I pulled the fic off of Livejournal, I let my readers know why (it was being submitted to a publisher) and it was being revised and expanded by more than 4,000 more words. That story, “Coffee, Tea and the Mile High Club,” has not been re-published after Silver Publishing went away; not because people found out it was former fic, but because I haven’t had the time to re-write some parts I wasn’t happy with. When I get the time, I will re-publish it, along with two more shorts in the flight attendant universe. I will state inside the ebook, that this is “previously published material.”
Recently, on Good Reads people have asked if our latest novella, Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris was J2 fanfiction. It is not J2 fanfiction! Sorry, but my writing partner doesn’t like RPF, nor does she wear a tinhat about Jared and Jensen. That would have been me! 🙂 But I’ve since recovered from that J2 addiction and now only am obsessed with Stucky (Steve/Bucky, Avengers) and Hannigram fandom. I haven’t written any fic in those fandoms, although I would love to get my hands dirty in Stucky fandom!
I have no issue telling someone what was and wasn’t former fanfiction. Have I used scenes from fanfiction into certain books? Most certainly (usually sex scenes). But not the whole story, the only one that was used that way was Coffee, Tea and the Mile High Club. So anyone thinking the new book is J2 fanfiction, know that it isn’t. Dante is not Jensen, in fact my inspiration for douchebag Dante is so far removed from Jensen Ackles…who is a lovely, lovely man.
I understand the fanfiction to pro fiction talk is controversial with what happened in Twilight fandom with FSOG. However, I have never been ashamed to state I come from a fannish background, I love fandom and slash and that I learned how to craft a good story from my time writing in various fandoms. However, as I said at the panel, I decided last year that I don’t have enough time to write pro and fanfic, so I decided one had to give and that was my fannish writing. I no longer write fanfic, nor does my writing partner. Not that we wouldn’t love to, but we just don’t have the time to do both.
So, if you ask Eleanor and I. we happily cop to being recovering fanfic writers and loving fandom. Whatever your position on the topic, we hope you’ll like our books and know that if you ask us, we’ll always tell you what our background was.
Eleanor and I are over on Hearts on Fire Reviews talking about our new book, Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris. Come by and enter the giveaway!
Coming the first week in July, our novella, Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris will be available as an individual ebook. Here’s a peek of the new cover. Many thank to Kellie Dennis at Book Cover by Design for the incredible art.