Monday, February 27, 2012

Erato: The Orpheus Fiction Contest is Now Open!

Erato: The Orpheus Fiction Contest is Now Open!: We've been talking it up for weeks, and now the day is finally here! As of 12:01 am EST, February 28, the Orpheus GLBT Fiction Contest is now open for entries. Here's how you enter:

Send a brief query-length summary of your GLBT work (at least 20,000 words), including title, genre, and word count to orpheus.fictioncontest @ gmail . com with the title ORPHEUS FIRST ROUND. We will remain open for entries through March 8, 2012, so get those entries in!

If you're looking for pointers on how to write a query summary, check out this post.

ONLY ENTRIES SUBMITTED TO THE CONTEST EMAIL WILL BE CONSIDERED. If you send your query to our normal submissions email, you will get stuck in the slush pile!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Blog Hop Finale

Thank you to everybody who stopped by during the Musa Publishing Blog Hop this weekend! It was great seeing everybody showing their support and I really appreciate it.

Special thanks and congratulations go out to June Kramin, the winner of a copy of But I Never Said I Didn't Love You. She was the first to correctly guess the answer to my trivia question, "What room are we in right now?" The correct answer, of course, was the library. Congratulations again and your copy is on its way, June!

I hope to see everybody later, and don't forget I'll be at RT Booklovers Convention April 11 to 15 in Chicago. I'll be signing at the E-Book and Graphic Novel Expo, so stop by!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Open Call

Welcome to my stop on the Musa Publishing Blog Hop!

One thing I do quite a bit...okay...a lot...when I read a novel is I wind up casting the movie or TV miniseries in my head. Usually it's from the author's description of the characters or the dialogue will trigger something in my mind and I'll have that particular actor or actress playing out that part as I read. (It was quite problematic when I first read Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. I was around 16 and I immediately imagined myself as Michael, who was twice my age. So? I didn't care. I think a lot of gay men my age did -- and do -- the same thing. The highlights included Jessica Harper as Mary Ann and Bea Arthur as Mrs. Madrigal. Bea Arthur might not have been correct physically, but she could rock a turban and a caftan. Anyway. Back to our story.)

To show you what era I grew up in and how much TV I watched back then, reading The Estrogen Posse has given me some ideas on who would play at least four of the characters: Elaine Joyce as Ellie (I mostly remember her from her run on many a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman game show, from Tattletales to Match Game '7X), Brenda Vacarro as her best friend Rina (she did the loud, brassy, sassy but important Best Friend role a lot), and in the dual role of twin nuns Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Margaret Mary, Brett Somers.

Yeah. Says a lot about me, don't it?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Musa Publishing Blog Hop!

Currently, I'm reading and enjoying Sharon De Vita's The Estrogen Posse. It's a bright, fun read, and I really enjoy her dialogue. One chapter even does a great job with parallel points of view on the same subject. Still early yet, but I really enjoy it. Very brisk.

And since this blog's mostly about me, I'd like to offer one lucky reader a free copy of my book But I Never Said I Didn't Love You. Just answer this real quick and real simple trivia question: WHAT ROOM ARE WE IN RIGHT NOW? Leave you answer as a comment below and check back at the end of the hop to see if you've won!