After seeing what awesome books/authors we were up against, I was stoked to be a Rainbow Award Finalist in the highly competitive Best Gay Contemporary Romance (William Neale Award) category. I mean, I love Jett and Goldie, but there was some seriously fierce competition. The one thing that I said and that I truly believe is that you can’t really feel bad not winning when so much talent and warm hearts are all around you.
Also, there’s part of me that gets a little rankled at the idea of art and competition. I mean, there’s not really a way that you could steroid up your book to win something like this. You write what you write and you hope people love it. But back when I put out my first stories, when I was a newb writer, Elisa was there with her reviews and ramblings giving encouragement and it’s hard for me to really express how much that meant to me beyond saying that I don’t know if I’d have the courage to be here doing this without that kindness from a stranger (yeah, I’m maybe a little Blanche…)
And while it’s generally against my nature to pay to enter a contest, I would have done it anyway because of Elisa, but to double down on this being something I believe in, the 2013 Rainbow Awards entry fees were given to the Ali Forney Center in NYC & Colors in LA. So I really feel good about this on multiple levels.
Special thanks to Thursday Euclid (of course!) Loose Id, Rory Olsen, Jules Robin, Melanie Tushmore, Wendy Soto, Z Allora, the hubby, and everyone who loves rocker boys! Special thanks to you, Ambien, without which I am totally lost. In fact, I’m usually lost when I’m on you, but only in the best way.
Where to get your own copy of Black Gold 2: Double Black:
I was going to post this yesterday for humpday, but I got distressed by work and depressed and totally forgot. So we get this a day late and with more violence because it’s THUMPDAY, BITCHES!
Yeah, I dunno. Go with it.
Here’s the deal. I write and when I write, I like to listen to music. In case the fact that I wrote two novels with co-author Thursday Euclid about rockstars, music is something I think a lot about.
I’ve put together a collection of music that I listened to or thought about listening to, or songs that I felt just fit No Tea, No Shade. I’ve listened to it a few times while at work and find it to be suitable for public consumption.
WordPress won’t let me embed the player here, so I’mma just link it. I hope you enjoy!
Art by P.L. Nunn
When Hank’s father catches him in a not-so-innocent childhood embrace with the neighbor Hank’s older brothers refer to as “Ladyboy Lindsey,” he forbids Hank ever to see his best friend again and sends Lindsey home in tears. Later, despite landing on opposite ends of the social and sexual spectrum in high school, neither can forget the boy who gave him his first kiss. While Hank becomes a sports star and bully, Lindsey throws himself into an elaborate sexual game played from afar for Hank’s benefit. When Hank’s football scholarship takes him away to college, their tenuous bond seems severed for good.
After Lindsey finds his calling as drag diva Miss Anne Thrope, embracing both his male identity and the natural androgyny of his intersex body, he’s finally in control of his world…until the night his first love disrupts Miss Anne’s show after a decade of silence. Hank’s dysfunctional behavior, crazy father, and their bittersweet history together threaten to destroy their fragile new romance before it’s truly begun. Should they let go of the past, or is this unique love one worth saving?