Let there be booktour

Join the party for the release of When to Hold Them. Don’t miss exclusive guest posts, interviews, and, of course, prizes!

 

 

Real love is always a gamble.

Check out this  latest release in the Bluewater Bay universe.

Available now at Riptide and on Monday where ebooks are sold.

 

 

 

Stops for this tour:

August 17, 2015 The Jeep Diva
August 17, 2015 Crystal’s Many Reviewers
August 17, 2015 My Fiction Nook
August 18, 2015 MM Good Book Reviews
August 18, 2015 Creative Deeds
August 18, 2015 Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
August 19, 2015 All I Want and More
August 19, 2015 3 Chicks After Dark
August 20, 2015 Love Bytes Reviews
August 20, 2015 TTC Books and More
August 21, 2015 Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
August 21, 2015 Rainbow Gold Reviews
August 21, 2015 Prism Book Alliance
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No more book cover icons

When Santuario was my one and only, I plastered its face across every available surface. Which was fine as far as it went. But as Winter came out, I already had an inkling that this might not be the ideal solution in the long run. And when I started to get involved in the Bluewater Bay series, I had to face the fact that the covers weren’t doing it anymore.

The problem with book covers as banners or icons is, you always want the newest release visible. So they change. Admittedly not very fast in my case ;P But still enough to become potentially difficult to recognize for infrequent followers or across platforms. What I needed was a coherent and recognizable web presence.

Catherine Dair – artist superhero to the rescue. She listened to my vague ideas and provided me with a suit of graphic art that simply fits me like a glove. (Absolutely brilliant collaboration experience. If you’re thinking of revamping your online look, hire her. I can’t recommend her enough.) I might have squealed when I got the set just in time for the release of When to Hold Them this coming Monday.

Today I rolled up my sleeves and spent a few hours elbow-deep in html code, and messing about with image and .svg files. Behold the new Gordon look on the website and across social media platforms. I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait to order business cards now.

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LGBTQ Push Back Giveaway

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By now you’ll have heard about Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, and you’ve probably heard of the pizza place that discriminated their own business into the ground and then brazenly asked for financial support to stay afloat and got it. Yeah, that. A lot of adjectives come to mind to describe that situation. Unfortunately they won’t change a thing.

What will change a thing? Getting queer kids off the streets, providing beds and support. Helping the helpers; that changes things.

Kate Aaron, Meredith King, and AJ Rose have organized a push-back: Between now and May 1st, donate the money for your next book purchase (or, of course, more if you can and are so inclined)  to one of the fundraisers set up to counter the hate (or any other charity of your choice). In order not to deprive you of your read, we, the participating authors, are raffling off copies of our books. In my case, the winner will have the choice between Santuario and The Other Side of Winter.

So, go. Play. Donate. Show the bigots your fully extended middle finger and LGBTQ kids your support and compassion.

Find all relevant information and Rafflecopter at Diverse Reader.

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Mark your calendars

Push Back LGBTQ Charity Giveaway!!! April 18th diversereader.blogspot.com

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Bluewater Bay

Do you find that either nothing seems to be happening or everything happens at once? Yeah, that. My keyboard’s barely had a chance to cool after the release tour of The Other Side of Winter, I’ve just sent out all the signed PB copies you guys ordered, and now the next book is ready for pre-order. Nope, doesn’t have anything to do with Santuario.

Remember me telling you about the Bluewater Bay universe? Yeah that. (I seem to be saying that a lot.)

When to Hold Them, my first Bluewater Bay story (and no.9 in the series) is now up for pre-order on the Riptide Publishing website. Release date is August 17th.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement, I recently signed a contract for another Bluewater Bay novel, scheduled for late 2016. This, since it has a deadline I really, really need to keep, is the book I’m mainly working on right now. Which isn’t to say the muse doesn’t occasionally feed me Tom/Matti tidbits, mind you. Or even pieces of the next Bengt/Alex story, which, damn, muse, stop trying to write all the books at once.
So, yeah, I’m slowly trying to let go of Xavier and Doran and getting to know Jack and Mark. Now you know what I’m up to these days.

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Clean Reader

What really gets to me about this whole Clean Reader business is the desperation for a sanitized universe. It reveals, the utter disability of a large number of human beings to live with their own humanity. That is unspeakably sad.

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Where to make space …

… and how to work the family in. I can certainly relate to the ‘being apart’ part. Multiple workspaces for the win.
(If you’d like to know what led to Workspace Wednesdays, or how you can be a part of it, read this post.)
Blaine D. Arden, everyone:

“My post is less about what I need in my physical space, but more about where I need that physical space to be.

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Four years ago, my husband made me this gorgeous spacious desk in my office. I absolutely loved it, and after this picture was taken, it has never looked quite this…organised. I thought it was everything I’d ever wanted…needed.

But… there’s always a but. Through the years little annoyances started to build up. Not about the desk, I adore that desk, but my office shares a floor with my boys’ bedrooms and doesn’t have an actual door. Do any of you know how loud boys (all 20+ now) can be when they’re playing games while I’m trying to work? Next to that, I found myself spending more and more time upstairs. I worked there, had skype chats with friends, and played games (which I got into via abovementioned friends).

Meanwhile, my husband would be on his own (not counting the dog, who also spent most of her time downstairs) in the living room, while I spent more and more time upstairs, especially in the evenings. Having my office, as lovely as it was, just didn’t seem all that important anymore. So, one night, I came downstairs for a drink and mentioned to my husband that I didn’t enjoy how we spent all that time in different rooms, and that I’d been mulling over moving my computer back into the living room. Guess what? He looked up and said, “I’ve been thinking the same thing.”

Within two weeks, we had rearranged the living room, and I had a new desk (we so didn’t want to wreck his lovely desk), a new workspace downstairs.


Now… this desk may not be as large—it doesn’t matter to me how large my desk it, I’ll manage to clutter it up in no time, and I’ll always feel I don’t have enough space. My wall may not be bedecked with inspirational posters, but… I love it here. Even though both my husband and I love spending our evenings doing our own things, we’re in the same room, can talk to each other, show each other things we’re working on, or funny things we see on the net without having to mail each other.


We basically turned our living room into a space we feel at home in, together, whether we’re plugging away at our computers, or watching a film. I’d still love more desk space, but I value the companionship and warmth I feel in this room more.

And it has the added bonus that I’m not in hearing distance of the boys’ loud gaming habits anymore (well… with some exceptions).

— the sofa is where I sometimes sit to do my ‘hard copy’ edits (on my e-reader), and the chair next to the bookcase is my husband’s ‘office’.”

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Release Day and Booktour

It’s official: The Other Side of Winter is now out, released, for sale in the wider world of bookstores.

Follow the booktour all week to read 10 new scenes set between the end of Santuario and the beginning of The Other Side of Winter. Almost 6000 brand-spanking-new words for you. Please be mindful of the spoiler alert, though, if you haven’t read Santuario yet. Leave a comment and your email at the tour stops to be eligible for the prize draw at the end of the tour.

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Small spaces

Sometimes, making space involves a little more effort or ingenuity. Piper Vaughn isn’t letting that stop the writing. I’m so on board with the reminder on that whiteboard. Also, hedgehog. Win.

(If you’d like to know what led to Workspace Wednesdays, or how you can be a part of it, read this post.)


“This is my work space. Our house is pretty small and I dream of one day having a dedicated office, but for now I’ve taken over a corner of the bedroom I share with my husband. My desk is in this corner and then over on the wall to my left is my dry-erase board, which I’m thinking of upgrading to a bigger size. I love using it for checklists or reminders or even for plotting out stories, but it’s not large enough to be very useful when it comes to that.

One drawback of having my work space in my bedroom is that when my husband goes to bed, I feel guilty about staying on the desktop and potentially keeping him awake. I often go to my laptop in a different section of the house – the den or the kitchen – to write in those cases, which isn’t very convenient because no other space is as comfortable for me to write in. But, when push comes to shove, I can write wherever I have to. Sometimes I write in silence, but usually I make a playlist for whatever book I’m working on and I have that going on in the background. :)”

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Magic mugs

Pssst, hey, want to throw a peek into E.E.Ottoman’s workspace? I know I do. That’s the kind of functional clutter I’d feel right at home in. Oh, and I can attest to to the magical motivational power of those Catherine Dair mugs. Mine has plot bunnies on it. Best. Mugs. Ever.

(If you’d like to know what led to Workspace Wednesdays, or how you can be a part of it, read this post.)


“Although I can work pretty much anywhere my desk is where I spent most of my time these days.
I’ve been told that these photograms are classic pictures of my work space. When I’m writing or researching my desk, along with most of my space actually, tends to get very cluttered. The stacks of paper, books, and notes pile higher and higher the longer I’m working on something.
Despite the fact I tend to have a lot of paper cluttering my office space and there is a notepad on the desk I usually do all of my note taking, outlining and writing on the computer. I have a gorgeous new Mac Book Air that my sister gave me for Christmas. I take notes and outline on TextEdit and then work on Word for my actual manuscripts. I can and do enjoy typing but I also use voice-to-text programs sometimes especially when I’m tired and then text-to-voice when I edit.
My desk is in front of a window that shows me a small shrub birds like to sit on, and part of the road in front of my house, I like the natural light. Usually when I write, I have music playing or a reality tv show on in the background. One of the things I’ve found is a work best with some kind of background noise going on.
I have my Kindle on my desk too because so many of the books I now own are digital and the little yellow bookcase next to the desk is filled with mostly research books and paper copies of my own books.
I also have a print on my desk of an illustration by Wylie Beckert called the Deadline God. I also have a watercolor still-life of pomegranates an artist housemate of mine gave me for Christmas a couple years ago, and a photogram of my nephew. Plus the huge succulent my mother gave me.
The mug has an amazing, steampunk kraken illustration by Catherine Dair and is now my go-to coffee cup and I also have a glass of seltzer water, which is my usual non-coffee drink.”

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