Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Something Cliqued at RT...and it's a good thing.

No, that's not a typo, just a really bad pun.

So I just returned from RT. You all need to go, especially if you've never been (and if you've never been, I might be paying your way!), because it's an amazing con. I wouldn't fly across an ocean for it if it wasn't.

Over the course of the week, while sitting with some friends (likely during a game of Cards Against Humanity), something occurred to me that I wanted to share here. Many conventions and conferences have been described as "cliquey." Authors who've never attended are unsure about going because they've heard about the cliques. Specifically, that everyone seems to join these little groups and stick close to them for the duration of the con. And that definitely concerned me the first time I went to RT -- here's this giant con, and I had met precisely one person who would be attending. Everyone already had their cliques and groups, so was I going to spend the whole thing alone?

No, I wasn't. Why? Because those little groups everyone talks about -- they're real. And they're necessary. You've got 2,000+ people (a great many of them introverts) shoved into one building and expected to be "on" for a large portion of the time. This seems to trigger our herd instinct. We band together, sometimes for company, sometimes because the only way to deal with being overwhelmed is to have someone there who can distract you from the chaos or drag you outside when it's obviously too much. The best way for many of us to deal with giant groups is apparently to find a smaller group. Break the herd into smaller herds, and suddenly we can all breathe a little easier.

The result is the convention being broken down into little clusters of people. They sometimes get bigger throughout the week, too -- you can tell by the growing number of tables that suddenly have three, four, five extra chairs pulled up so everyone can sit together. People band together with their own tribes, and those tribes can be anything -- people who read/write the same genre, people who've met on a forum, fellow authors at a publisher or with a particular agent....even people who came to the hotel on the same airport shuttle. Anything goes. The minute you've got something in common with someone at a con like RT, you've got a tribe.

But we all know how cliques work in high school, right? They're exclusive. They're full of mean girls. They look down their noses at others.  And I'm sure there are some like that at cons because, well, people are people.

For the most part, though, the "cliques" at places like RT aren't like that. My observation over the last four RTs (and several other cons) is that the secret password to join virtually any group is either "Is anyone sitting here?" or "Is it okay if I join you?"  By and large, people are friendly and warm.

And besides, EVERYONE at RT knows what it's like to be at their first RT. We all know what it's like to get there and realize just how big this thing really is. (hehe, that's what she--*cough* Sorry)  Everyone's been there, done that, and sooner or later, one group or another will pull you in with their tractor beam, and you'll be part of them so fast you'll wonder if you ever weren't a part of it. Seriously. If I did a poll of everyone at RT, and asked them to tell me where they met everyone in their con tribe, I would bet money that everyone would have at least one person they met at a previous RT, and quite likely one they met at the current one.  A good many of them probably couldn't imagine RT *without* those people. They've all assimilated. Because resistance is futile and stuff. So I guess I could've just shortened this whole post by saying RT is like the Borg, etc etc etc.

Anyway.

If you have a hard time approaching or interacting with people you don't know in person, do some pre-gaming -- find people on social media or forums who are going, and approach them online. Chances are, you'll have a bunch of folks looking forward to meeting you before your plane even touches down.

Also, if you do find yourself knee-deep in a tribe at a con, and you get overwhelmed, it is okay to bow out and take a breather. Trust me -- there are very, very few people at conventions who don't disappear to their room at least once just to catch their breath and decompress. (Guess where I am for a solid hour after every book signing) It's okay to spend time alone. Everyone does it, and everyone will understand if you need to do it (if they don't understand, and they give you a hard time for needing to be by yourself for a bit, tell them L.A. Witt said they're a butthead because that's exactly what they are).

So if you're attending or getting ready to attend a con, and you're concerned that everyone will break off into little groups, you're right. If you're worried that you won't be able to find a tribe that will accept you, trust me -- you will.  Maybe it'll be a small group who prefers the quiet coffee shop to the deafening bar. Maybe it'll be authors from your publisher or people with the same agent. Maybe it'll be people with whom you have nothing in common except a love of silly T-shirts and snark (ask me how I know).

But for every person who attends a con like RT, there is a tribe. And if you really struggle with finding that tribe -- or even if you don't -- there is always a group playing Cards Against Humanity and eating pizza in the lobby on Saturday night. You don't even need to know the password -- it's okay if you join us.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Now Available: WIRELESS (2nd edition)

My dystopian erotic science fiction novel, Wireless, has been re-released! This version has been extensively rewritten and expanded from the first version, with no small thanks to Aleksandr Voinov for helping me gut it and rework it.

Wireless is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.


Skin to skin contact is illegal. Sex? A felony. Insulated suits and gloves keep people from even the most platonic touches. Citizens line up in droves at simhouses for their rationed, prescribed orgasms in virtual reality machines. 

Keith Borden has worked in a simhouse for years, and he's never been tempted to break the strict no-contact laws… until Aiden Maxwell comes along. The attractive and dangerously flirtatious patient invites him into the seedy underground where people engage in real, wireless sex. Though Keith stands to lose his career and his freedom, he's curious and Aiden is irresistible. 

From the moment he sets foot in the wireless lounge, Keith is in a world of flesh and fantasy. He's hooked. On the sex, on the atmosphere, and most of all, on Aiden. Years of keeping everyone in his world at arm's length have left Keith craving a human touch, and Aiden offers all the contact—scorching sex, gentle affection, and everything in between—Keith can handle. 

That is, until an unexpected act of betrayal throws Keith's world into chaos, and he finds himself more alone than he ever imagined possible… 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Author, I'm Taking You to Your First RT.

The RT Booklovers Convention is coming up fast, and recently, I started thinking about the last few times I've been. Specifically, the first time, and how daunting it was.  I'd been published for a couple of years at that point, but I'd only recently returned to the States (I started my career overseas). RT 2012 in Chicago was my first ever face-to-face gathering. And it was amazing. And huge. And...yeah. Huge.

Let's face it -- RT is awesome, but it's also expensive and kind of intimidating. In 2012, I distinctly remember being overwhelmed by everything. I remember looking at the swag that everyone else had, and the posters people had up in the various thoroughfares, and wondering how in the world I'd ever be able to swing that and get my carcass to the convention in the first place.  And yet at the same time, I coveted the exposure that came with those posters and swag.

The thing is, the authors who stand to benefit the most from a convention like this often struggle to justify the expense. The very people who need to increase their sales and exposure the most are the ones who generally struggle to pay for it because they need those increased sales to fund the means for increasing those sales. It's a frustrating paradox!  The really awesome swag is expensive. The most visible and eye-catching advertisements and posters are expensive. Just being there is expensive.

But attending a conference like this is valuable, especially to new authors. You network, making connections with other authors, new readers, editors, agents, and the weirdos like me who hang out in the bar playing Cards Against Humanity. You see what other people are doing for their swag, their costumes, their advertisements, and you gain all kinds of knowledge and insight from panels and workshops. Just sitting in a restaurant can be incredibly valuable -- hearing what readers want, listening to other authors talk about their processes, having a one-on-one conversation with an editor or an agent.

Blah, blah, blah....get to the point, Lori.

Okay. The point is that my first, second, and third RTs were tremendously beneficial to me as an author, and to my career. There's a reason I'm flying all the way to Dallas from Spain this year -- RT is worth it!

So in 2016, I want to pay it forward.  I'm going to make one first-time attendee's experience easier, and help two more get themselves noticed.

In order to qualify, you must:

  • ...have never attended a previous RT.
  • ...have at least one book published and available for purchase in the United States by April 1,  2016. 
  • ...provide your own means of getting to Las Vegas for the convention.
To win, you must: 
  • ...provide an essay in which you explain why you want to attend RT, what you hope to get out of the convention, and your short and long term goals for your career as an author.

From the essays, I will select a group of finalists, and with the help of a group of published authors, determine a winner and two runners up. The number of finalists and the size of the panel will be determined based on the number of qualifying entries.

The two runners up will each receive $150 toward swag or advertising.

And for the winner, I will pay for the following:

  • Your conference registration as a published author (approximately $500).
  • Your hotel room for the duration of RT (April 12-17, 2016 - 5 nights) at the conference hotel.
  • $250 toward custom, professionally produced swag.
  • $250 toward an advertisement of your choice.
  • One celebratory drink at the bar.

In addition to financial assistance, I will provide a guest spot on my blog for a follow-up post about your experiences at RT. Also, one-on-one guidance at the convention. This means help with pitches, going over the agenda to decide which panels and workshops will be most helpful for your goals, helping you set up and prepare for the book signing, generally navigating the conference, etc. This part is entirely optional, but is there if you need it.

To Enter:

Send your essay as a Word attachment, along with all professional social media links, and links to your book(s) to this e-mail address with "Send me to RT!" in the subject line.


All entries must be received by August 1, 2015

Good luck, and I hope to see you in Las Vegas!

All the nitty gritty mumbo jumbo restrictions: PLEASE READ! Submitting your entry means agreeing to all terms laid out in this blog post.

  • Questions: Comment on this blog post, or e-mail me.
  • Hotel coverage: I cannot control the availability of hotel rooms. In the past, the RT hotel has booked up quickly. It will be your responsibility to book your room at the convention hotel or overflow hotel. My guarantee is to cover a room of equal or lesser value of a room with one queen bed at the convention rate. Upgrades, room service, additional roommates, extra days, incidentals/damage, etc., are your responsibility.
  • Guidance for panels, etc: I will do my best to be available whenever needed between breakfast and dinner on each day of the conference. If I am unable to attend the conference due to illness or other circumstances, I will make a good faith effort to connect you with someone who can help you in my place.
  • Advertisements/Swag: You will need to provide graphics such as cover art, but I will assist in connecting you with designers and such, and pay for up to $250. "Swag" refers to items such as bookmarks, postcards, buttons, keychains, or the like, to be given out at the convention. "Advertisements" refer to ads in the RT program or posters and the like at the convention.
  • Publication requirement: Self-published titles and ebooks are allowed. Vanity publishers are not. If you aren't sure if your publisher qualifies, please feel free to ask.
  • Cancellation: If you are unable to attend, please contact me as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for another author to go in your place.
  • Celebratory drink at the bar: Obviously you must be 21 or older. And no $1,500 glass of 7,000 year-old cognac garnished with gold flecks and the tears of angels.  A reasonably priced drink, y'all.
  • All financial assistance will be paid directly to vendors (RT, the hotel, graphic designers, etc.). Cannot be redeemed for cash or anything else. 
  • Non-transferable.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some new cover pretties...

Just a short post to show off some lovely new cover art for two books coming this fall from Samhain Publishing!  Keep an eye out for blurbs and links!




Monday, February 23, 2015

I'm back, y'all!

As I mentioned a few months ago, I had to go dark for a while on my blog while I dealt with the joy and fun of moving from Nebraska to Spain. Relocating from that godforsaken place to Spain is awesome. That actual logistics? Holy Ned. Talk about a royal pain.

In the interim, though, I was able to spend a few months with my family in Seattle, as well as enjoy a visit from Aleksandr Voinov, who had never been to Seattle. We even took a trip out to Bluewater Bay (or where it would be if it existed), and we plotted and schemed some new books for 2015 and beyond. As you do.

Finally, though, after a few months, a few thousand miles, a lot of headaches, a road trip, and three plane rides... I'm here!  And I'm working again! The cats made it safely, my husband found us a lovely house in Sanlucar de Barrameda, and we have the most hilariously stupid beater car, with which we're slowly beginning to explore Spain.

Behold, the hoopty ride, the hubby, and the house:

This is the house as viewed from the backyard:


Yep, it's got a pool. Tubby is intrigued.


Midget finds the pool suspicious, but she's loving the sunshine.



In between taking their spoiled little highnesses outside (seriously, they want out, like, every five seconds), I am of course writing again. I was writing during the move, but maintaining a regular schedule was practically impossible. Now, I'm back in my groove and back on schedule.

Though I'm definitely back to work, I'm trying to curtail my workaholic habits, since those resulted in the burnout that led to my immune system collapsing last summer. Fortunately, I'm in a great place to balance work and play, since there is SO MUCH TO SEE here. Naturally, I must take time off at regular intervals, right?

Because I'm surrounded by  things like monasteries....
....and abandoned sugar factories that have been taken over by nesting storks.

We're planning to visit Gibraltar and Sevilla soon, and we'll be taking a short trip to Madrid right before RT in May. So, expect a lot of pictures, though most of them will be on my personal blog, which will finally be active again.

But yes, as I said, I'm back to work. So what's coming up in the next few months?

Because of my slowdown in late 2014 (moving + the lung demon), there won't be quite as many books out in the first half of 2015. Rest assured, there are more coming.

L.A. Witt will be fairly quiet for a few months, aside from re-releasing Wireless this spring.  Never fear -- there is a ton in the works! Aleksandr Voinov and I are both hard at work on additional Dark Soul books -- he's writing Franco's story while I'm finishing up the sequel to Dark Soul. Aleks and I are also working on the next Market Garden book -- Rolex's story, of course! -- as well as the World War II historical that we so need to finish and a sequel to Hostile Ground.

 
 On my own, I've also got another erotic Mafia book in the works, which I plan to release toward the end of summer. This fall, look for an erotic menage, What He Left Behind, coming from Samhain, and a not-yet-titled Bluewater Bay story from Riptide Publishing. Will there be others? Quite possibly.

Lauren Gallagher will actually have some releases this year. In April, The Saint's Wife, a hetero contemporary romance, will be available from Samhain Publishing, followed in July by Kneel, Mr. President, a kinky bisexual menage, also from Samhain. Expect two more releases from Lauren before the end of 2015, plus a re-release of an older title.

And my two three new pen names will have releases this year!  Lori A. Witt's space opera, The Tide of War, comes out in June, followed by Ann Gallagher's gay Christian romance, Lead Me Not, in August, both from Riptide Publishing. My first horror novel, And All That You Hold Dear, should be out right around Halloween under the name Diana Fyre.



So yeah, it's gonna be a little light in the release department for a short while, but I'm catching up!

Now, back to work.

As soon as I let the little monsters outside

Again.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

And on the 57,428th day, Rolex got a name.

Remember that time Aleksandr Voinov and I had this contest to name Rolex from Market Garden, but then real life decided to be a bastard and bring everything to a grinding halt for like six months? And then we kept everyone waiting forever for the results of that contest because OMG we just could not catch a break in 2014?

Yeah, me too.

First of all, thank you to everyone for your patience. 2014 was quite a roller coaster for both of us, and it really put a dent in productivity, concentration, etc. We haven't even co-written since July (up until today), so...yeah. Which meant dragging this contest out for MONTHS.  Sorry about that! :(

But blah blah blah, that's not why y'all are here. You want to know Rolex's name, right?

Well, wait no more.

Rolex has a name.

Yep, we finally found a first name.

And then we paired it with a surname.

And when we put them together, they worked pretty darn well.

So we said, "Yes, that is Rolex's name."

You ready for it?

You ready to find out what Rolex will be called?


OMG A hedgehog with a dinosaur! How adorable is that?

Right?

RIGHT? Just LOOK at how adorable it is!

Here it is again in case you missed it...

See? It's so--

OKAY OKAY I won't tease you anymore.

Rolex's name is:

Blake Raleigh.

Which also means that our contest winners are Kristie Sanchez and Antonia. If both of y'all could e-mail me at gallagherwitt (at) gmail, I'll get some prizes out to you.

So thank you again to everyone for your patience, and we really apologize for the huuuuge delay in wrapping up this contest. Rest assured that Rolex's story is in progress as we speak. Watch this blog and our Twitter feeds for release info.

Monday, November 3, 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: Starstruck and Precious Metals

Now that I'm more or less settled into Seattle, I can actually catch up a bit! I had one book out last week, and one comes out today.

First up, today's release: the first book in the new multi-author Bluewater Bay series, STARSTRUCK, available from Riptide Publishing. Available on Amazon, AllRomance, and Barnes & Noble.

Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s.
Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show—exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet—no matter how attractive he finds his co-star.
Carter Samuels is the critically-acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting—and made him realize he’s gay—is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.
Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family remind them daily. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.

And last week's release, also from Riptide Publishing, is PRECIOUS METALS, a steampunk story set in the Klondike Gold Rush like Noble Metals. It's available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and AllRomance.

For Constable Paul Benson of the North-West Mounted Police, monotony is a blessing. As a provision inspector below the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, he’s seen miserable conditions and gold fever turn civilized prospectors into madmen.
Joseph Starling is on his way to the Klondike to find the men who savagely beat him, murdered his eldest brother, and stole their mining machine. They’ll kill his youngest brother if Joseph doesn’t operate the machine for them—it won’t work without him. With time running out, Joseph must purchase an expensive ticket aboard a crash-prone airship. But the station is miles away through dangerous terrain.
Under orders, Paul grudgingly escorts Joseph, but quickly finds himself intrigued by the young man. As they make their way toward Juneau, it’s not just the need for warmth that drives them closer together. But neither man can draw an easy breath until they make it to the gold fields . . . and there’s no guarantee that Joseph’s brother will still be alive when they do.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The countdown begins... and the author becomes scarce.

T-minus 26 days until I leave Nebraska forever. Not that I'm counting.

Naturally, this means we've reached the frantic period where 11,000 things need to be done so that another 27,000 things can be done. We've planned ahead, of course, and managed to knock out quite a bit. I'm still kind of floored by the sheer volume of stuff we've removed from the house in the last two weeks. I literally donated more clothing than I kept. It's liberating to get rid of that much debris, but man it was a lot of work.

I've also gone through my extensive library and divided my books into "storage" and "Spain." I swear, choosing between books is like choosing between kittens. I WANT TO TAKE THEM ALL. But...space. So two bookcases worth of books are on their way to a storage unit, while the remaining six bookcases worth are coming with me. Hey, it's a 25% reduction. Don't judge me.

So that's a handful of things down, and 10,995 to go.

I know, really exciting, isn't it?

And of course, in the midst of all of that, I'm still writing. Two books will be finished before the end of the month, lest I incur the wrath of my editors. Between them, that means probably 40,000 words to go.

So, with all of that being said, my internet time (not to mention headspace) is getting a bit limited. I will be somewhat scarce on most forms of social media until I get settled into Spain in early 2015. This blog will probably be pretty quiet, but, well, that's how it's been for most of 2014, so... LOL

Of course I'll still be around, and I'll still be tweeting/posting on Facebook, but there will likely be days where I'm completely MIA. If you send me an e-mail or an @ message on Twitter, expect the response to take a little longer than usual (possibly up to a week). Or you might catch me when I'm at my desk and get a quick -- if brief -- response.  This does not mean I don't want to hear from fans, I promise!! I love hearing from y'all, and I do read messages as soon as they come in. It's just response times that will be a little jumbled for a bit while I get my life out of its holding pattern and all of my belongings across the Atlantic.

TL;DR - I'll be around, but sporadically over the next 3-4 months.

Thank y'all for being patient! I promise, even if I'm quiet, there are books in the works that will be unleashed on the world in 2015 -- stay tuned!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Guest Post: Jamie Lake -- The ‘Bad Boy’ Of M/M Gay Romance Literature

Apologies to Jamie for posting this WAY late....it's been one of those months. But he's stopping by to talk about his Bad Boy series...


Jamie Lake’s newest book series Bad Boy was an instant hit, becoming the #1 book in its category. I had the chance to chat with Jamie about how he created the book series and his advice to those who are interested in writing in the genre.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Bad Boy series, tell us about it. It’s the story of a really hot teacher who becomes desperate for money when his hours are cut and the only choice he has is to moonlight as an erotic masseuse for men. The problem is, he has to keep is profession a secret from the school and it’s right when he meets the guy of his dreams, who happens to be not only one of his student’s dads but also a cop.

Why would you recommend m/m as a genre for other authors to write? It’s still very much undiscovered territory, even though there are tens of thousands of m/m titles out there. Compared to general romance which has probably hundreds of thousands of titles, maybe more. It’s not as easy as people say and people don’t always understand the audience. The men who write it, don’t realize the majority of the readers are straight women and they want something different and sometimes the females that write it, don’t sound authentic with the male dialogue to me. There are issues that gay men and bi men deal with, subtle things that women may not quite tap into as writers. You have to be able to write authentically and at the same time, give your readers what they’re looking for and that’s not always easy to do.

How did you create your characters in Bad Boy? Do you do a character bio? My characters are generally loosely based on people I know or in the case of Chip, people I’d like to know. I tried to give him qualities I’d love in a dream guy and that I hope the readers would like too. Sometimes I’ll do a character bio or even a passage from a journal to get into the voice and mindset of the character if needed and that’s always a lot of fun to do. I love to go into the point of view of different people.

Where can we get a copy of Bad Boy? You can get it exclusively on Amazon or email me.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

General updates...

Remember in January when I said I'd be blogging a lot more this year?

Right.

About that.

Anyway, this year has been kind of a bust for a lot of things, mostly because I've been facedown in deadlines since like 1922, went through an awesome period of massive burnout, and also did a bunch of traveling. It's been a chaotic year!

And it's going to stay chaotic for a little while, so updates will likely continue to be sparse until we're finished moving. So, I figured I'd do another general updates blog, and I'll try my level best to actually have some interesting posts over the next few months. Just...bear with me until February or so.

So let's start with the move... I'm moving to Spain! While this is, of course, incredibly exciting (especially since it means getting out of Nebraskastan), it's also a challenging process. Fortunately, my husband and I have this down to a science, and we're already making headway with staging household goods to be either moved to Spain or sent to storage. Or thrown away. It's amazing how much useless clutter two people can accumulate in twelve years.

The plan right now is for me to drive to Seattle in early November with our cats. Meanwhile, Eddie will get the house squared away, and then he'll join me in December. Then he'll continue on to Spain in mid-January, and I'll follow at the end of January. Trust me, it makes sense. (Also, if anyone happens to know anything about obtaining work visas for American citizens employed by other American citizens while living in Spain, please let me know...)

During this lengthy period of migration, I will still be working... especially when Aleksandr Voinov comes to visit!  Yes, you read that right. Aleks will be flying to Seattle, and we'll be doing some touristy stuff in between writing. Also, if you're in the Seattle area, keep an eye on this page for information about an event on December 5th!

Speaking of writing with Aleks, there's the small matter of the contest for Rolex's name. Because the universe apparently has a mean sense of humor, real-life has, to say the least, interfered with our ability to co-write. As such, Rolex and his still-not-yet-determined name had to park on the back burner for a little while. But rest assured, he will have a name! And he will have a story!

Aleks and I have a number of projects in the works right now, and we're hoping to make solid headway on a few of them while he's in town. Our second World War II book has been on hold for over a year, and we're both chomping at the bit to wrap that one up. There are a few Market Garden books that have been demanding attention. And we've got at least one book that desperately needs a sequel. Which reminds me, I need to get in touch with the state penitentiary and book a tour...

Moving on.

As my workload winds down after the last chaotic year or so, I can finally work with my other oft-neglected co-authors. Cat Grant and I are in the homestretch on a new book called Hardcore Ink. Marie Sexton and I are plotting a sequel to Roped In (hang tight, Jackson fans! His story is in the works!). I have two other books in-progress with other authors, and another person I plan to start working with soon, but I'll announce names/titles once we're further into the books.

Let's see, what else...

Upcoming releases!

August and September were relatively quiet, but...

(All are L.A. Witt titles unless otherwise noted)

And there's plenty more to come in 2015!

Also, Starstruck is the first in the new multi-author series, Bluewater Bay. If you enjoyed Tucker Springs, this series is going to be right up your alley. Check out the Bluewater Bay page for more info, including links to the other titles available for pre-order! (Lone Wolf is also part of this series, and should be up for pre-order soon!)

Which brings us into 2015...

In mid-2015, two new pen names will be debuting. Lori A. Witt will be writing more mainstream science fiction and fantasy, with the first release, Tide of War, due out in June, followed by the Mythos series (dates to be announced). I'll also be writing as Ann Gallagher. Ann's books will be sweeter romances, including an inspirational romance, Lead Me Not, due out in August.

That pretty much wraps it up. I'm hard at work on several things right now, and there's some cool stuff in the offing for the first half of 2015, but I'll announce those once a few more ducks are in a few more rows. 

Also, since I will be living overseas for the next few years, my US conventions will be a little limited. I plan to attend RT and hopefully GRL, but don't have plans for other cons at this time. I will, however, be at the UK Meet in Bristol. 

And now, back to sorting through my library to determine which books come to Spain with me and which go to storage. I swear it's like choosing between kittens...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FUNDRAISER: Help MYRNA with post-production, get a Kindle Fire HDX Tablet!

So... the pilot for this really awesome TV series, MYRNA, starring Marlo Bernier, is in post production, but they need help to get this baby wrapped!

What we've seen of it so far is amazing. (And dammit, a TV show with a transgender main character is long overdue.)

The FanBacked page is here. Though they've reached their goal, it doesn't take into consideration the cost of post production, so they're still collecting. They need an additional $10-15,000 to wrap things up, bringing the FanBacked total to roughly $45-50,000. And they're offering some cool incentives to those who contribute.

Since they need a big push right to get the pilot finished, I'm offering incentives too.  For those who donate between now and September 25, 2014, I will provide the following:

$15 -- Two ebooks of your choice from my backlist (includes co-authored titles)

$25 -- One signed paperback of your choice from my backlist.

$50 -- Two ebooks, one signed paperback, and a dedication in a future book.

$100 -- Five signed paperbacks, three ebooks, and a mention in a dedication of a future book.

AND...

The first TWO people who donate $500 or more will receive all the items listed above, PLUS a Kindle Fire HDX Tablet loaded with every ebook I currently have available in Kindle format.

UPDATE: Aleksandr Voinov has generously offered the following:

$5 donation - ebook copy of Return on Investment (no limit to the number of copies you can get!)

$50 - dedication in a future book (0 of 10 claimed)

And jointly, we'll offer the following:

$250 - We'll write a short story (~7,000 words) to your specs. (1 of 3 claimed)
$1,000 - We'll write a novella (~40K words) to your specs. (0 of 1 claimed)

Please see Aleks's blog for details on claiming his incentives, as well as restrictions regarding the stories we'll write.


Authors/Publishers: If you want to add any donations to the above incentives, please e-mail me!


How to claim incentives:
1. Make a donation through the FanBacked page.

2. E-mail me with proof of your donation (the confirmation e-mail from the page is fine).

3. Specify your preferred title(s) and file formats, as well as e-mail/postal addresses for shipping.

4. To qualify for the above incentives, donations must be made by midnight, US Central time, September 25, 2014, and must be claimed by September 30, 2014.

Go forth, my friends, and let's help get this show down the homestretch and across the finish line!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Box Sets!

I've got stories in two box sets this year -- one is available now, and the other is up for pre-order!

First, Campus Cravings, which is available now on Amazon, AllRomance, and Barnes & Noble.


Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today's hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket -- Metrics and tournament brackets—who knew they were sexy? When competing dorm advisors Edwin and Ollie bet on a basketball tournament, neither expects he’s risking his heart. As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real feelings, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.

Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock -- Hockey jock and English Lit major Brendan knows he’s gay, but hasn’t come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then he’s tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to score the ultimate goal.

Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned -- Adam Warren is counting down the days until he can put “Professor” next to his name—and his disastrous past with Tyler Ford behind him. When a fluke puts Tyler in Adam’s class, the graduate assistant faces some hard choices while Tyler faces an uphill battle for a second chance at first love.

Mia Downing: Switching Leads -- Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U's equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed?

Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor -- When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce shy virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks—lust is his thing, not teaching. But Cobey’s problem meeting men fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education -- Gage Tackett comes off as a bad boy—detached and maybe a little dangerous. Definitely not Vet Sciences Professor Derek Paulson’s type. When Gage arrives at Derek’s veterinary clinic with a frostbitten stray dog, Derek realizes his most difficult student has a few things to teach him. Things he’s more than willing to learn.

KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons -- Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake?

LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza? -- Paul Switzer has been miserable ever since his childhood love, Cory Bowman, chose a fraternity over him. When a pizza delivery to the frat house lands the exes face to face for the first time in eighteen months, the wound is reopened... and so are Paul's feelings for the only man he's ever loved.


Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life -- Cole only has the courage to lust after the swim team from afar. When Seever asks to share a table at the packed coffee house where Cole is studying, he’s sure it’s a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance.


COMING SOON:

Unconditional Surrender - 16 military-themed stories in one book! This one comes out in October, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, AllRomance, and Barnes & Noble.


There's nothing like a man in uniform, and sixteen of today's hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them.

These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never before published words!

Inside these pages you'll find:

Kerry Adrienne - Cruise Control
Annabeth Albert - Resilient Heart
Keira Andrews - Arctic Fire
Brit Blaise - Storm Out
Cassandra Carr - Civilian Master
Lia Davis - His Guarded Heart
Sasha Devlin - Hometown Hero
Rhi Etzweiler - Blood & Peyote
Lucy Felthouse - Desert Heat
Amelia C. Gormley - The Houseboy: Initiation
Cat Grant - The Only One Who Cares
EM Lynley - Irresistible Forces
Brien Michaels - Are We All We Are
Sam Schooler - Flint and Tinder
VJ Summers - Blood and Treasure

L.A. Witt - Flight Risk