Yesterday I got back from a fun-filled five days at Rainbow Con. I’d never been to Tampa before, though with its overcast skies and palm trees, the town reminded me a lot of Monterey. (Also known for its beaches and hordes of retirees.)
No pics to prove I was actually there (I’m notoriously bad at being photographed, as anyone who’s tried to get me in a group pic can attest) but believe me, it was a highly enjoyable con – laid back and low-key, just the way I like ‘em.
I had a great time reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. I hadn’t seen fellow author Leta Blake in well over a decade, but we picked up again like no time had passed at all. I enjoyed hanging out with my roomie Storm Grant, Augusta Li, Brenda Cothern, Becky Condit, Kathleen Tudor, VJ Summers, reviewer Lasha and her partner in crime Eleanor Bruce (with whom I bonded over our shared love of Hannibal). I sat on a couple of panels and even hosted one (entitled “Ew! I Don’t Like Those Bits!” Did they get my number or what?). Signed some books, handed out pens, T-shirts and fridge magnets, and generally had a blast.
The food was good and pretty cheap, except for the horrible hotel restaurant. (Why do hotels always seem to be understaffed and overtaxed every time there’s a convention? Guess nobody wanted to work Easter weekend…) I had prime rib at the Longhorn Steakhouse, potato skins at TGIF and some pretty decent cheese cnchiladas at Chili’s, of all places.
Oh, and if anybody wants to bring the Five Guys franchise to California, I’ll be first in line. Best damn burger and fries I’ve had in a long time.
And now, time to rest up for my trip to RT (in NEW ORLEANS!) next month and get some work done on the two projects I let slide while I was quaffing margaritas and Jell-O shots in Tampa. Never let it be said I don’t know how to party, even if the end result is me face-down in my pillow five minutes after the alcohol hits.
Tomorrow morning – actually, 2:30 AM, aka the middle of the freakin’ night – I head off to the airport for Rainbow Con!
I’ll be hanging out, doing some panels and the big book signing – and yes, I’ll have signed paperbacks of Guarded (and a few other titles) for sale.
In other news… the new Courtland novella’s chugging right along. (I’m also writing Renee and Robert’s story, with a certain rock star’s bodyguard making a featured appearance.) L.A. Witt and I are brainstorming ideas for our next magnum opus (tattoo artists and porn stars, anyone?), and -
Oh, I got some GORGEOUS new cover art for TAP OUT today. Can’t wait to share it with you.
And now, time to get a little sleep before I have to take off for the airport. If you see me in Tampa, don’t hesitate to say hi!
This has been a banner week for me! First, a personal milestone – as of this writing, Guarded is #2 in gay erotica on Amazon! This is the first time any book with my name on it’s gotten above #5 in any category, so I’m pretty damn stoked!
*high-fives co-author L.A. Witt*
In other news… Courtland Chronicles fans, prick up your ears! There’s a new novella coming this fall, and a new novel coming late this year or early 2015. I think it’s time Eric ran for president, don’t you?
And, last but definitely not least, looks like we’re full up for that m/m military bundle – that didn’t take long! Authors currently signed up include: me, L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov, Lucy Felthouse, Brit Blaise, Keira Andrews, VJ summers, and…
The amazing SE Jakes!
Yeah, I’m pretty stoked. This anthology’s gonna be so, SOOOOO GOOD!
If you’re in Tampa next week, drop by Rainbow Con and say hi! I’ll be handing out swag, signing books, doing a few panels and generally hanging out. Can’t wait to meet you all!
“I’m writing this now, just moments after the last words have finished, because I want to get this down. Need to keep this feeling with me as I try to come up with the words to describe this book. I usually try to get some distance, to let the immediate rush to pass so I can look objectively at a book. So I can find the words. I just don’t know if I can come up with anything but this:
God fucking damn….
This book was hot, this book was heartbreaking, this book was so many things that I desire out of a good story… This was a great book, with hot BDSM, but first and foremost it was a wonderful story of love and loss. Everyone reacts in such a way as to make me feel it, because it just feels so real. So painful. So lovely. So goddamn beautiful. I just loved it.”
Thanks so much, Carissa! My head is still spinning, ten hours later!
*high-fives my co-author L.A. Witt*
And keep your eyes peeled for a new book coming from us this fall!
“Guarded is no ordinary rock god romance. It’s no ordinary romance, period… It was more. So. Much. More… The authors have taken addictions, trust, love, infatuation and the emotional highs and lows from being a creative entertainer, twisted them all together and have braided, woven and spun a tale that surpassed gold and went straight to platinum… Highly, highly recommended.” – Literati Book Reviews
“Normally, a tale featuring BDSM is something that you’d have to plead with me/bribe me, to read, but the names Cat Grant and LA Witt made this tale something that I had to read, BDSM or not. It’s a 5* Keeper of a read in every way, and it’s only the second BDSM tale to actually start to convince me that aspects of BDSM can be healing and necessary to some people, rather than just hedonistic fun and kink.” – Roroblu’s Mum
On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating.
Jase Hewitt never imagined he’d have a shot at bedding the larger than life rock star – never mind dominating him – but now he’s worried he’s in over his head. Jordan’s kinks run deep, dark, and sometimes dangerous, putting Jase’s desires to both pleasure and protect him at odds.
They might have a fighting chance at finding the safe, happy medium between what Jordan needs and what Jase is willing to give, but there’s one problem: Daniel, Jordan’s childhood best friend, the band’s talented guitarist — and a volatile, hard-partying drug addict. Jordan is determined to save Daniel from himself, but Jase has been there, done that, and desperately wants to protect Jordan from the inevitable heartache of watching an addict self-destruct.
When Daniel goes off the rails again, Jordan calls off the tour to get him help. Tension within the band skyrockets and pressure from the record label sends Jordan into a dark spiral. Now his band — and his life — are balanced on a knife’s edge, and Jase is the only one who can pull him back… but only if the echoes of his own tragic past don’t push him over first.
It’s been a busy release day – so busy I haven’t had a chance to post this until now! So, in between sips of a lovely pinot noir, I’d like to crow to the heavens that Black Dog has been released into the wild!!!
The Novel Approach had this to say: “…The realism Ms. Grant injects into these characters is what makes this such a good story. Their feelings and reactions to those feelings are real and realistic. Their relationships with their friends, family, lovers are real. They seem like people you would meet if you wandered in to Anytown, USA.
I don’t know how many more books are planned for the Bannon’s Gym series, but I will fight my way to the top of the reviewer pile to get to them first! A knockout recommendation.”
And from Rainbow Book Reviews: “…a great short story with fabulous characters and an interesting plot… The writing was wonderful, the characters were all strong and well developed, and the plot was great. I highly recommend it and I’m looking forward to book two.”
And lastly, from the fabulous Dick Smart at Lambda Literary: “Black Dog… lovingly explores the choices we make and how we create our families of choice…
What I loved most about this novel was its portrait of Tom’s found family. Grant paints such a lovely ordinariness in the scenes with Eddie and Gloria at the diner—you can almost smell the flapjacks with butter. Gloria is everyone’s favorite mom. The action scenes of Tom training with Eddie and Danny at Danny’s gym are soothing, like brothers playing football on the front lawn. The love scenes between Eddie and Danny feel like the guys next door rather than two romance heroes. So, when ghosts from Tom and Eddie’s pasts threaten all this, it is heart-gripping.”
Things have really been clicking along on the upcoming M/M military men box set! We’ve added another two authors, the fabulous Aleksandr Voinov and VJ Summers to our roster and will hopefully have at least two more coming on board this week.
Also, to clarify, I’m looking for ORIGINAL STORIES for this anthology – NO REPRINTS, please.
Watch this space for more news on this project, and a call for submissions on a brand-new box set SOON.
(You can find the original call for submissions here.)
Today is Sunday, which means: 1) I’ve been out for a walk; 2) I have a green tea latte in hand; and 3) I’m currently working on a new adult M/M story, compiling a newsletter, writing this post and cobbling together a call for submissions for another M/M box set project.
I may not be as fast of a writer as some (*koff*L.A. Witt*koff*), but I know how to keep busy!
Speaking of… I’ve got a new book coming out this week! *squeak*
Which dog wins? The one you feed.
Danny Bannon and Eddie Roscoe have been fighting, in and out of the ring, for more than fifteen years. Mutual attraction and small-town ties hold them together, yet they’re haunted by a shared tragedy that still hangs between them.
Their tenuous, on-again off-again relationship takes a hard right cross with the arrival of Tom Delaney, a teen on the run from his punch-happy father. In no time, the kid shows himself to be a boxing prodigy.
But Tom’s politically influential father isn’t yet down for the count. When his mother shows up at Eddie’s diner with a shiner and a haunted look in her eyes, Tom is hopeful for her future. But when that hope is snuffed out, Tom’s rage has him ready to turn his new fighting skills to a deadly purpose. Revenge, or die trying.
Unless his surrogate big brothers can put their painful past behind them to keep history from rising up for another round.