Monday, July 18, 2016

Check out the Cover Reveal and Excerpt for j. leigh bailey's upcoming novel, Do-Gooder!

Check out the new cover for J. Leigh Bailey's upcoming novel, Do-Gooder, out September 15th from Harmony Ink Press!

Published by Harmony Ink Press
Release date: September 15, 2016
ISBN: 9781634772891

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About Do-Gooder

No good deed goes unpunished, and for seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin, that’s certainly the case. The gun he was caught with wasn’t even his, for God’s sake. He only had it to keep a friend from doing something stupid. No one wants to hear it, though, and Isaiah is banished—or so it seems to him—to live with his missionary father in politically conflicted Cameroon, Africa.

However, when he arrives, his father is so busy doing his good deeds that he sends Henry, the young, surprisingly hot do-gooder with a mysterious past, to pick up Isaiah and keep him out of trouble. Even while Isaiah is counting down the days until he can go home, he and Henry get caught in the political unrest of the region. Kidnapped by militant forces, the two have to work together to survive until they are rescued—unless they manage to find a way to save each other first.

Excerpt

I admired Henry’s Zen calm. Sometimes he stood, sometimes he sat, but always he was still. He didn’t fidget or pace or rock in place (all the things I did). He didn’t stare at the water jug, but I’d bet big bucks that he knew exactly how much liquid remained. I looked away from the jug. One glance and my parched mouth and throat tingled with thirst.

“MacGyver.” The name popped out.

Henry looked up, asking his question with the motion of his eyebrows.

“You know, that old eighties TV show?”

“Sorry.” Henry shrugged. “I didn’t watch much television, especially shows that aired more than a decade before I was born.”

I waved that aside. “The show’s about this guy—”

“Let me guess. A guy named MacGyver?”

I rolled my eyes. “Ha-ha. Yes, a guy named MacGyver. He always seemed to be in these crazy situations—I have no idea why—and always managed to get out of them by some clever invention he made out of random stuff on hand. Like, you know, a watch, a fart, and a paper bag, and he creates this explosive device that takes out an entire military bunker, giving him barely enough time to save the girl or the hostages and derail the evil plot or whatever.”

“So you think MacGyver will come and save the day?”

“Don’t be an ass. But we should totally MacGyver this situation.”

“How? We have, literally, the clothes on our backs and a jug of water. I’m not sure even MacGyver could rescue himself or anyone else with so little.”

“That’s not the point. He… he was smart. We may not be able to use our wits”—my wits were well on their way to being scrambled eggs—“to rescue ourselves, but maybe we can figure out what’s going on. What’s in the canisters? Who are these guys? What side are they on? Does it matter what side they’re on? You know, information that might come in handy down the line.”

About j. leigh bailey

j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBTQ Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships, and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She's a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. Find out more at www.jleighbailey.net, email her at j.leigh.bailey@gmail.com, and check out her Harmony Ink Author Page!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Welcome Calista Lynne and her debut novel, We Awaken! Calista talks More Happy Endings, Please!

Join me in welcoming Calista Lynne and her debut novel, We Awaken, to my blog! It's an honor to have you here, Calista! 

Calista talks about a very important subject today: how LGBTQIA youth are represented in our media. Sadly, much literature and media features LGBTQIA protagonists in unhappy endings. Calista and I share a heartfelt desire to not only write happy endings for our readers, but to give readers hope for a happy ending of their own. 

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More Happy Endings, Please 
On girls loving girls in the media

Girls are great. Girls loving one another is, therefore, fantastic as well. You’d think the world would catch on to how incorporating ladies in same sex relationships into media would be a good thing, but so far we’ve been disappointed. When writing my novel I made sure to give my LGBTQ characters a happy ending, but those are shockingly rare to find these days. So let’s discuss lesbians in literature and how they deserve so much better than they are given. 

Sappho of Lesbos was born 600 years before Jesus was supposed to have been walking around and she knew how to get girls going. Although most of this poet’s work is lost, her name and home are where we get the words sapphic and lesbian from. She must be feeling truly honored in the afterlife. Her poetry wasn’t shy about expressing love of the female form and all my lady loving ladies should be grateful to her for leading the way, even if the path from there hasn’t been the smoothest. Apart from her, lesbianism has been such a taboo subject that blatant expression of it in writing is basically nonexistent in literature until the seventies. 

Old school “lesbian” novels were aimed at young adults and portray homosexuality as being just a phase or something that only ends tragically. You could say fear tactics were used to try and spook young gays into straightness.

Typical. 

Eventually the state of LGBTQ literature improved, but tropes without happy endings for lesbians lives on, especially on television. Gay characters die so frequently on shows that it’s become a cliche unto itself. This is referred to as "Bury Your Gays." The number of lesbians ladies who have died on television is far into the triple digits and, plainly stated, I can’t think of any who are allowed a happily ever after. Writers can’t keep treating members of the LGBTQ community like they’re incidental characters and disposable people. People do not aspire to be what they can not see. So how is a young lesbian, who may already feel ostracized, supposed to hope for a happy ending for herself when so few examples exist... anywhere?

I’d say literature is a bit kinder to gay characters in this regard but there is still a distinct lack of representation. Tipping the Velvet features a slew of lesbians characters and is a popular novel, from which several adaptations have been produced. Comics and graphic novels are also a shockingly great place to find LGBTQ characters, although many of these also have a dismal ending. Apart from Fun Home which tells a fantastic story of Alison Bechdel’s life, off the top of my head, I only know that V for Vendetta and Sandman both have lesbian characters. 

An onslaught of gay male characters have filled young adult literature of late, which is all well and good. Looking at my bookshelves now, I see Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Carry On, Hero, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. All of these novels have at least one gay protagonist and a moderately cheery ending. My hope is that these novels will pave the way for other parts of the LGBTQ community to receive their share of representation. Shelves full of young girls who aren’t afraid to love other girls and ride off into the sunset together would be a personal dream come true. Maybe then, lesbians of the world will be able to dream of one day having it all.

My upcoming novel features two female, asexual protagonists in a same sex relationship and I did made it as cheery and delightful as I would have wanted such a novel to be when I was growing up. Writing your own happy ending is fully within your power and I commend those who do it!

Thank you for joining me today and I'd love to hear your thoughts on creating your own happy endings!

Calista Lynne

Thank you for joining me today, Calista! Leave a question or comment below! Calista will answer your questions and may help you create a happy ending of your own!

About We Awaken

Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

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About Calista Lynne

Calista Lynne grew up on the American East Coast and currently studies in London. She writes because it always seemed to make more sense than mathematics, yet has much trouble adjusting to the lack of Oxford commas represented in literature across the pond (in the US). Look for her near the caffeinated beverages.

Find Calista on her blog, on Twitter @CalistaWrites, on Tumblr, and on Goodreads!



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Release Day! Thárros by C. Kennedy is out! Follow the Book Tour!

Θάρρος
Thárros. Greek. Meaning courage
Courage. n. /ˈkərij/
1. The ability to do something that frightens one.
2. Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.
~*~
Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear,
not the absence of fear. ~Mark Twain

High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. Almost. He has great friends, parents who love him just the way he is, and he was a champion hurdler until someone took out his knee when they kidnapped his boyfriend. Yet, Michael is determined to make the USATF tryouts in spite of his injuries.

Christy Castle is Michael’s entire world. Healing from years of abuse, his abduction by a predator has left him hiding a new secret as he tries to start his life again. Together, Michael and Christy work to recover from their wounds in time to make prom and graduate high school. To complicate matters, Christy is astonished to learn a fellow victim from his native Greece has survived. Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the US to keep him safe.

But the prosecution of Christy’s kidnapper looms large in their futures and the struggle to return to normal only worsens. Christy's past continues to haunt them and, when the prosecution turns ugly and Christy’s new life is torn apart, only their unrelenting courage and determination can save them from the nightmare that threatens to destroy their future together.

Now available at Harmony Ink/Dreamspinner PressAmazon US

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Read Chapter One or Read en français

About Cody

Cody is an award-winning author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Among many other awards, Omorphi was a runner up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and Slaying Isidore's Dragons was a finalist in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Cody does respond to blog comments and emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

Find Cody on Facebook, Twitter @CodyKAuthor, Pinterest,
Booklikes, and read a free serial story, Fairy

FOLLOW THE BOOK TOUR AND WIN SIGNED BOOKS!

April 14th - Release Day Celebration with The Novel Approach and What Thárros is Really About
April 14th - Release Day with Harmony Ink Press: What Does Frying Ants Have to do with Thárros?
April 16th - Jo and Isa Love Books - Cody talks Eternal Love
April 22nd - Divine Magazine - Author Spotlight
April 23rd - Bike Book Reviews - Facebook Author Chat 12p PST/3p EST!
April 24th - My Fiction Nook - The Notes Behind Thárros's Playlist
May 6th - Susan MacNicol - Why I Want to Have Tea with Susan
May 7th - Wade Kelly - Wade is Memorialized in Print as She Interviews Christy!
May 8th - Helena Stone
May 6th - Mia Kerick - Making a Fashion Statement
May 9th - Kimi-chan Experience - WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!



Thursday, April 7, 2016