Happy Release Day! #courtlands #nextgeneration #ebook #kindle #mm #newadult

AYearInTheLifeEeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I’m more excited about today than I am about Christmas – because today, A Year in the Life is released!

Courtland fans, get ready – the next generation’s here!

A campus flu outbreak, complicated by a freak October blizzard, brings Cornell seniors Seth Thompson and Bilal al-Mansoori together. Three days spent waiting out the storm at Seth’s snowbound apartment leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a hot night under the covers, which quickly deepens into a true emotional bond…

Plus, a world of problems for Bilal, an Iranian Muslim. Despite his homeland’s harsh laws and even harsher punishment for homosexuality, Bilal can no longer deny who he really is: A gay man falling in love for the first time.

Seth’s gentle manner and passionate lovemaking bring Bilal more joy than he ever thought possible. Yet, despite the lovers’ growing happiness, Bilal’s haunted by guilt and shame left over from his strict upbringing, and the sad realization that he’ll never see his family in Iran again.

Speaking of families, it’s time for Bilal to meet Seth’s…

Eric, Nick and Ally. Ten years later, this committed triad is still as deeply in love as ever, but even commitment comes with challenges…

Is there room in this non-traditional family for Bilal? His future with Seth may depend on it.

And the rave reviews are pouring in!

“Beautifully written, Ms. Grant’s fluid writing style hooks you right from the beginning and keeps you intrigued to the last page, wishing it would never end. The passion, emotion and connection between, not only Seth and Bilal but all the characters, is so intense and realistic you can’t help but smile…” — reader review from Amanda, Goodreads

“…An amazing story that was so beautifully written, I was lost in it from the beginning to the end… I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance…” — Aerin, MMGoodBookReviews

As a special bonus, I’ve included the prequel novella, In From the Cold! The start of Seth and Bilal’s love affair, all in one volume!

Available NOW from the following fine e-tailers:

Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / All Romance ebooks

If you’re so inclined, I’d love to see your HONEST REVIEW on Amazon or Goodreads. Let me know what you thought of this first volume in my brand-new Courtlands: The Next Generation series!

And finally, I’d like to extend my deepest thanks for everyone’s kindness and support this year. I couldn’t have bought back the rights to my Icon Men series without your generous contributions to my GoFundMe campaign. Believe me when I say, I’m incredibly grateful for each and every one of you.

Have a lovely, happy holiday season!

Love, Cat :)

Somebody up there likes me… #EPICawards #nominations #samhain

BlackDog72lgThis seems to be my week for awards – the Rainbow Awards on Sunday, and today EPIC announced their finalists. Miracle of miracles, I actually got a couple!

Black Dog was nominated in the Contemporary Fiction category, and The Only One Who Knows & The Only One Who Matters finaled in Best Action/Adventure Romance category.

Kinda funny that the EPICs would choose three books I entered into the Rainbows that didn’t final in that contest. You just never know what’s going to resonate with readers/judges.

I can always count on at least one awards contest to pick the books I love that no one else seems to be on board with, and that’s definitely what happened with the Rainbows. Breaking Free is, IMHO, the best solo book I’ve published this year, but nobody reads transgender books, despite the “We Need More Diverse Books!” meme that’s been making the rounds lately.

To all my readers out there, I’m issuing a challenge. Over the holidays, I want you to read at least one diverse-themed book – AKA, a work of fiction featuring transgender, interracial, interfaith and/or multicultural characters. (This is not a plug for my books – there’s a whole world of diverse books out there waiting for readers to discover them!) If you’re looking for suggestions, start with this year’s Lambda Literary Award submissions.

That should keep you busy for a while. :)

Coming March 18th from Samhain!

Coming March 18th from Samhain!

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Holy crap! I WON!!!! #rainbowawards #LGBT #erotica #gay #contemporary

I spent the whole day sleeping, after spending the whole night writing, and completely forgot that the Rainbow Awards were going to be announced today. I wasn’t holding out much hope that I’d actually win anything – I hardly ever do. So when I looked at my email this afternoon… well, let’s just say I’m still in shock!

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1st Place Winner – LGBT Erotica

Cat delivers as usual. I don’t even like books that include cross-dressing, just not my thing, but Cat made this a hot, hot story. The plot was well done, a slow build up that did not disappoint.

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And, as if that wasn’t enough, I also placed in Gay Contemporary:

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Tied for 3rd Place – Best Gay Contemporary Romance

Wonderful, well-written, complex story. It’s gritty, not one of those romances that leaves readers sighing happily at the end, so marketing it to the right audience is important.

This was a novel that caught me very off-guard. I really did not expect anything out of a story so far from my own life (and the type of m/m novels I read), but the author has got me buying the first novel in the trilogy, and signing-up for the third when it’s available. This, for everything that made it up, is one of the best novels I have read…ever. One point: the reader has to be ready to accept a gritty, angst-ridden storyline, or none of what I said above will win them past the first few chapters. It is their loss.

I very much enjoyed Ms. Grant’s writing. The complexity of the story told and the cast of characters should have been confusing, but I had no problems keeping up with the flow of the story. The details of the fights were visceral and I felt like I was with Tom and Travis in the ring. Love the themes of family, friendship and love.

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Wow. This is pretty amazing! But nobody writes a book alone – or rather, edits it alone – so I have a few people to thank.

Sam Schooler and Linda Ingmanson – my editors on Breaking Free and Takedown, respectively. Thank you for helping me make these books the best they could be.

Thanks are also due to LC Chase and Lou Harper, my amazing cover artists.

And now, I think I deserve a glass of wine while I watch my Sunday night shows. :)

 

Looking for a few intrepid souls… #courtlands #self-publishing #reviews

MjAxMy05N2U1YjRiYzY3Y2E1MmJm_5293d3de2d9b4As of Friday, December 5th, we’ll be ten days out from the launch of A Year in the Life.

I’d like to make this launch special, so I’m going to try something a little different this time.

I’m looking for a few good readers to post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in exchange for a free advance copy – but you must post your reviews on release day. I want at least 25 honest reviews posted on December 15th.

Can you help? If so, shoot me an email at: cat@catgrant.com.

 

In other news… I had no idea I’d been nominated for anything in the Goodreads M/M Romance Awards until someone told me on Twitter the other day – and geez, I got nommed in four categories!

Best BDSM – Guarded

Best Military – The Only One Who Knows, The Only One Who Matters, Unconditional Surrender: A M/M Military Bundle

Best Anthology – Unconditional Surrender

Annnnd…

 

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I have no idea who nominated me, but thank you! This is the first time anybody’s declared me their favorite anything. I know it’s corny to say, “It’s an honor just to be nominated!” but it is! I was having a rough day yesterday, and hearing that some very nice readers thought enough of my work to nominate me put a smile on my face.

Thank you all. :)

Major update! #courtlands #iconmen #self-publishing #kindle #awards

AYearInTheLifeThis is the time of year where I don’t really want to leave the house. It’s cold and wet and yucky outside, and all I want to do is curl up under the three blankets I’ve got on my bed and sleep until spring.

But I can’t – there’s so much coming up in the next few weeks, I don’t know which way I’m going!

First, want to win a paperback copy of my new Icon Men bundle? I’m giving five copies away here on Goodreads. Entries open until December 31st!

And on January 1st, the Unconditional Surrender box set goes out of print. Grab it while you can!

Last but not least, A Year in the Life is now available for pre-order!

Courtland fans, get ready – the next generation’s here!

A campus flu outbreak, complicated by a freak October blizzard, brings Cornell seniors Seth Thompson and Bilal al-Mansoori together. Three days spent waiting out the storm at Seth’s snowbound apartment leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a hot night under the covers, which quickly deepens into a true emotional bond…

Plus, a world of problems for Bilal, an Iranian Muslim. Despite his homeland’s harsh laws and even harsher punishment for homosexuality, Bilal can no longer deny who he really is: A gay man falling in love for the first time.

Seth’s gentle manner and passionate lovemaking bring Bilal more joy than he ever thought possible. Yet, despite the lovers’ growing happiness, Bilal’s haunted by guilt and shame left over from his strict upbringing, and the sad realization that he’ll never see his family in Iran again.

Speaking of families, it’s time for Bilal to meet Seth’s…

Eric, Nick and Ally. Ten years later, this committed triad is still as deeply in love as ever, but even commitment comes with challenges…

Is there room in this non-traditional family for Bilal? His future with Seth may depend on it.

Coming December 15th!

Pre-order at the following fine e-tailers:

Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / All Romance ebooks

Oh, and PS – In case you haven’t read In From the Cold, I’ve included it here as a special bonus story. The start of Seth and Bilal’s love affair, all in one book! :)

What I’m thankful for: The 2014 Edition #self-publishing #courtland

MjAxMi01NTVhNzkzMjBhMzkyYTVj It’s actually the day before Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving Eve? – as I write this, in between watching the extended edition of The Hobbit and petting my cat. While drinking tea in my pajamas.

So, what am I thankful for? It’s pretty obvious. I have the best job in the world. I write what I want. I set my own schedule. And, amazingly, people actually like what I write. They like my work so much, they helped me get my Icon Men books back from Ellora’s Cave.

Writing is a solitary occupation, which I don’t mind most of the time. But when the sun goes away for weeks, and the gloom outside invades my mind, it’s easy to forget that I’m not in this alone.

Keeping busy usually helps – another thing I’m thankful for. 2014 marked my most productive year ever, with ten books released. Well, nine to date – the new Courtland book is #10.

Next year I’m hitting the ground running. I’ve got Tap Out coming from Samhain at the beginning of January. I’ll be adding another 10-20K to The Only One Who Cares and releasing it as a full-length novel. There’ll be another Courtland book, possibly two. And the tattoo artist/porn star book Lori Witt and I are still working on. And a road trip story I’m kicking around.

That’s the thing I’m most thankful for – I get to do work that I love. Work that frustrates me too, especially when my characters insist on doing stuff I didn’t plan for. But when the characters start talking, that’s when you know you’ve got something good.

Oops! Bilal and Seth are calling me now. Back to work editing A Year in the Life! Mark your calendars for December 15th. :)

Courtland #cover #reveal, plus an announcement! #self-publishing #blog #tour

AYearInTheLifeLook what landed in my inbox today! Get ready, Courtland fans – the new novel’s coming December 15th!

And, of course, the new Icon Men boxed set’s coming this Tuesday. If you donated to my GoFundMe campaign, your copies will be arriving on release day. (Sorry, I can’t take the chance of someone putting it up on pirate sites before it’s even available to the public. Don’t laugh – this has happened to me more than once.) If you didn’t donate, and/or you have no idea what the Icon Men series is about…

Think rent boys, drag queens and a hot blues guitarist, and you’ve got it in a nutshell. :)

I won’t be doing a blog tour this time, for either the Icon Men or the new Courtland book. I started doing them back when hardly anyone was doing them. But now they clutter up my tweetstream and Facebook feed – and I scroll right past them. Judging by the poor response I’ve received on my last two or three blog tours, I suspect most people are doing the same with mine. Readers I already know hardly ever show up now, unless I’m giving away an expensive prize, and the rest are only there for the prize.

Just between you and me – I resent doing giveaways for people who have no interest in me or my work. It smacks of bribery and desperation, and frankly, it takes too much time away from my writing. Everyone says the best advertisement for your backlist is a new book, so that’s what I’m concentrating on. Counting the Icon Men set and the new Courtland book, I’ve released ten books this year – a new record for me. Next year I’m doing my best to break it.

Let’s see… once I put the new Courtland book to bed, I’ve got the tattoo artist/porn star book to finish and my Unconditional Surrender novella to expand into a full-length novel. (More Josh and David! Yay!) Then there’s another Courtland book to start, and that road trip story I’ve been kicking around and that dystopian/post-apocalyptic story and maybe even a third Courtland book…

I’m gonna be busy for a while. :)

In the meantime, watch this space for further announcements, or follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Or subscribe to my newsletter. (Don’t worry – I don’t send them out very often!)

And now, back to work. :)

New Icon Men box set, coming next week! #ellorascave #rights #reverted

IconMen_1400I’m putting the finishing touches on the final copy of my brand-new Icon Men box set. I’m delighted  to have these books back, so I can present them to the world in a form I’m proud of. These characters – Cameron, Trevor, Mike, Ryan, Chase and Brian – are all very near and dear to my heart. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed spending time with them. :)

Icon Men — all three books in Cat Grant’s EPIC Award-winning series, available together for the first time in this special edition boxed set. Set in the glittery world of Manhattan nightlife, the men who work at the Icon Bar share friendships, family, laughter and heartache.

The First Real Thing

Cameron is the most sought-after escort in New York. He has only rule: never let anyone in. But when he picks up ad man Trevor Barclay in a hotel bar, Trev’s shy smile and soft green eyes have Cameron forgetting all the rules. Their steamy encounters leave Cameron shaken, breathless – and falling in love for the first time in his life. But how can he tell Trevor the first man he’s been with in sixteen years sells himself for a living?

Appearing Nightly

Diva Michelle is the hottest drag act in the Manhattan bar scene. But behind the diva is Mike, a lonely man nursing a crush on the Icon’s hot new employee. Ryan’s not just another pretty face – the skittish, fearful young man’s holding back secrets. He may find comfort in Mike’s bed, but he’s not sure if he can trust Mike with the pain of his past.

A Fool for You

Brian Barclay is trying to make it in the New York music scene, but he doesn’t count on his boyfriend Kit stealing all the songs they wrote together. Kicked out of his own band, Brian has no choice but to ask his estranged father Trevor and his partner Cameron for help. Brian and Cameron quickly clash – Brian still blames him for his parents’ divorce – and when tensions at home escalate, Brian finds himself leaning on sexy blues guitarist Chase Aubrey. Chase and Brian make beautiful music onstage and off, but when Chase’s past threatens their newfound happiness, Brian fears he’s about to be played for a fool yet again.

Available Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at:

AmazonNook - iTunesKoboAll Romance ebooks

 

 

A #sale! A sale! #military #marine #romance #mm

OnceAMarine_500For once, a blog post that’s not about Ellora’s Cave!

Okay, I know I’m a little late for Veteran’s Day – I’ve been up to my neck in edits this week – but better late than never, especially when there’s a sale!

From now until next Monday, November 17th, Once a Marine will be 50% off at all venues!

Separated from service under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is trying to reinvent himself, but twelve years in the corps – and near-crippling PTSD – makes reintegration into civilian life hard. Add in poor law school grades and his homophobic ex-Marine father’s rejection, and Cole’s nearly at the end of his rope.

That is, until he meets Marc Sullivan, waiter by day, romance writer by night. Marc’s always had a thing for guys in uniform, so when Cole walks into the diner one rainy afternoon, his sweet, sexy smile and Carolina drawl pull Marc in like a magnet. But Marc’s been down this road with hot Marines before, and it always leads to heartbreak.

With Marc’s help, Cole seeks therapy for his PTSD, and a happy life together no longer seems impossible. But if they can’t conquer their fears – Cole’s fear of coming out, Marc’s fear of being abandoned – love might not be enough to save them.

Amazon / Nook / ARe / Kobo / iTunes

 

It’s all over but the screaming… #ellorascave #problems #royalties #rights

if-i-cant-take-my-book-im-not-going-a0b56Look what just landed in my inbox…

In consideration of your payment to Ellora’s Cave Publishing of US$2000, effective November 24, 2014, Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. will revert to you as author all rights to the three contracted and published works listed below, released under your pen name of CAT GRANT. On or by that date, we will cease sales of these works. We will notify our third party digital distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, ARe, Ingram, OverDrive and others) to remove the ebooks from sale; be aware it can take them several days to several weeks to implement a removal notice.

Books:

A Fool for You

Appearing Nightly

The First Real Thing

Note that this reversion is for your story text content only. The book ISBNs are registered to Ellora’s Cave Publishing and may not be used on any issue of these stories elsewhere. The cover art is owned by and copyright to Ellora’s Cave Publishing, and may not be used by anyone else.

Sincerely,
Contracts & Rights Management
Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.

It’s done. The books are mine again. *pinches self* I was afraid something would happen at the last minute to screw up the deal (or that EC would simply take the money and then refuse to revert the rights – not outside the realm of possibility, I thought, after some of the other shit they’ve pulled), but the Almighty Dollar prevailed.

I’m relieved, but also a bit sad. My experience as an EC author wasn’t all bad – Kelli Collins and Grace Bradley are two of the kindest and most professional editors I’ve ever worked with. Back when I was still publishing with them (2010-11), the editing process worked like a well-oiled machine, the art department was on the ball (the original A Fool for You cover’s one of my absolute faves – thanks, Dar Albert!) and books came out on a regular schedule. For me, it was often as quick as six weeks from submission to release day.

My interactions with the creative side of the business always ran smoothly. Dealing with contracts and accounting? That was another story. The red flags were there all along, I just didn’t want to see them.

I plan to be good to myself today, and go out for a green tea latte before schlepping back home to do laundry and get back to work. I’m pretty close to having the Icon Men bundle reformatted, and I’m doing a little re-editing as I go – ie., changing all the “racked” to “wracked” (as in, “He wracked his brain…), deleting a bunch of “Well”‘s and “So”‘s (my infamous crutch words) and generally making sure the books reflect the professional quality of all my self-pubbed titles.

Thanks to all of you who’ve supported me through this stressful time, especially those of you who contributed to my GoFundMe campaign. I can’t wait to send you your brand-new Icon Men bundle! As for everyone else… well, I hope you like my stuff enough to buy it. :)

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