I take a few days’ break from the ‘net, and of course, that’s when things go nuts! Lots has happened since my last post a little over a week ago.
1. The 2015 Rainbow Awards were announced! The full list of winners is here. The only book I entered this year was A Year in the Life, which was a runner-up (and honorable mention) in both the Best Bisexual Romance and Best Bisexual Book categories. Mille grazie to the wonderful Elisa Rolle for organizing this gargantuan project.
I’m proud to display this lovely “runner up” graphic with artwork by Gerda Wegener. Wegener was married to Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. (I’m dying to see The Danish Girl, though it probably won’t appear in my neck of the woods until January.)
To my mind, this is the best award I’ve ever received. I’ve got a couple of EPIC Awards, which I was thrilled to win at the time, but… Well, not to sound ungrateful, but at the end of the day, they’re just slabs of glass with my name on them.
I don’t write to win awards. I’m not even particularly competitive. Sure, the ego boost is fun for a day or two when/if you win, and I’m as susceptible to vanity as anyone else. But for me, writing’s not a competition. I just do the best I’m capable of, and hope people like the final result.
2. Double Concerto is up for pre-order. The official release date is next Tuesday, December 15th.
This book was originally published by Amber Quill Press as two separate novellas, Allegro Vivace and Sonata Appassionata. After some editing, rewriting, etc., it’s now a full-length novel.
Older man, younger man. Teacher and student. Love! Passion! Music!
Sparks fly when brash young violinist Matt Dugan strides into professor Aaron Parrish’s classroom. Aaron’s intrigued by the twenty-year-old virtuoso, and agrees to take him on for private lessons. Things get off to a rocky start that’s complicated by a growing mutual attraction.
Teacher and student embark on a passionate affair. Matt wants to tell everyone, while Aaron fears their twenty-year age difference will make them objects of scorn and ridicule.
After graduation, Aaron accompanies Matt on his first European concert tour. Matt’s beauty and talent attract other men’s attention, sparking Aaron’s jealousy, while Matt’s stage fright and family problems only ramp up the tension.
Now, no longer teacher and student, Aaron and Matt struggle to redefine their relationship—before outside temptations tear them apart for good.
Available at the following fine e-tailers:
3. Starting next week, I’ll be running some holiday specials.
The first three original-series Courtland books – By Chance, Strictly Business and Complications – are now $.99! This special discount will be in effect through 12/31/15, at all the fine e-tailers listed above.
Also, I’m running a Bookbub promotion on Rites of Passage. It will be $.99 from December 15th through the 18th.
I’ll also be sending out holiday-themed ecards! If you’d like one, send me your email addy and I’ll add you to the list. A couple of lucky winners just might find an Amazon or Starbucks gift card attached!
What are your plans for the holidays? I’ll probably spend mine curled up reading, filling my brain with new words so I can get cracking on all those stories waiting to be told. Let’s see… I’ve still got the last Bannon’s Gym book to write, and another Courtland book. That’s more than enough to start on come January.