Thank you to everyone who entered my first Holiday eBook Giveaway. There were well over 50 entries, so I’m giving away two prizes. Using random.org, the following have won their choice of 1 of my eBooks, a choice of any 1 eBook available at Loose Id’s website, or a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. I have sent an email to each of the winners.
- #63: Cj
- #8: Carole Lake
Congratulations, Cj and Carole!
Thanks again to all of you for keeping the m/m romance genre alive. You guys rock! A special thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of my books. I appreciate you giving my stories a try.
I wish you all a wonderful and safe new year!!
(c) istockphoto, Tony Tremblay, 2005
This post is dedicated to my mom, a small-town librarian from the time I was four until she retired earlier this year, who took me to work with her during my youth and shared her love of reading with this curious dreamer.
I recently had dinner with a friend who works at a public library here in my home state, and she told me about a very interesting program she had just finished teaching. It was a creative writing course for veterans. The class was made up of men of varying ages who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. Most came for two reasons: to learn creative writing techniques that could help them share their stories with others and to learn how to write for their own therapeutic needs.
She called it powerful watching the men slowly open up to her–and each other–about their experiences and why they needed to write about them. As she talked about the class, I could picture the mix of old and young men from very different wars all nodding in understanding as common themes were explored. My friend said she was certain she learned more from them than they did from her. Hearing about the class and the experience it must have been for everyone reminded me how much I love libraries.
Even today, with the vast amount of information available on-line, libraries are offering services that are hard to replicate. Those veterans came together in one room, face-to-face, and learned ways to share their tragic and heroic pasts with others and how to use writing to heal their own hearts.
Libraries still offer so much to those who may not otherwise be able to afford or locate certain resources.
So if you haven’t been by your own local library lately, take a look and see what they are offering. You might be surprised.
I think my SO can relate to this one. Even when I’m not writing, I’m writing.
“I never quite know when I’m not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, ‘Dammit, Thurber, stop writing.’ She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph.”
No Monday video this week. Instead I’m announcing my 1st Happy Holidays eBook Giveaway.
As a thank you to all the readers who keep the m/m romance genre alive, I’m giving away free eBooks. You guys rock!
Here’s how the giveaway works: One random winner for every 50 entries (up to a maximum of 6 winners) will have their choice from the following options:
- Option 1: Winner’s choice of 1 of my eBooks.
- Option 2: Winner’s choice of any 1 eBook available at Loose Id’s website.
- Option 3: A $10 Barnes and Noble gift card.
Rules and instructions for the giveaway are listed below. Contest closes at 12:00 pm EST Monday, December 20, 2010 or 300 entries (whichever comes first).
Instructions / Rules
- To enter, leave a comment on this blog post indicating that you’d like to enter. Be sure to include a valid email address in the email form field in order to be considered. Your email address is for my use only (in order to contact the winners). It will NOT be published on the blog or used for marketing/promotional purposes.
- If for any reason you cannot leave a comment, email me and I’ll post your comment for you (that way everyone can see how many entries there are).
- Winners are randomly drawn from the total list of entries.
- One entry per person please.
- Contest closes at 12:00 pm EST Monday, December 20, 2010 or 300 entries (whichever comes first).
- Winners will be announced on the blog and privately emailed by 11:59 EST on Monday, December 20.
- If I do not hear back from the winners with their selections within two weeks, I reserve the right to select another winner.
Feel free to share the link to this blog post. There’s also a direct link to the contest on my website. You can use the graphic at the top of this post if you’d like.
Good luck and thank you again to all the readers. Happy reading in 2011!
Posting late again this week but wanted to share some exciting news about an award, an upcoming contest for readers, and a few reviews.
MORE wins a Rainbow Award
I am thrilled to announce that MORE won first place in the Best Gay Contemporary Romance category of the Rainbow Awards. I would’ve been excited to see my debut novel in the top 10, but to see it win was both shocking and fantastic. Thanks to Elisa for hosting the awards and the judges for volunteering their time. Congratulations to all the winners, including the other top winners in my category, Marie Sexton and Eden Winters! You can view the full list of categories and winners here.
Happy Holidays Reader Contest
Next week I’ll be starting my first Happy Holidays blog contest. I’m giving away gift cards and free ebooks. Be sure to check back on Monday to find out how to enter.
Reviews for BREATHE
Thought I’d share the links to some reviews and mini-reviews for BREATHE. Thanks to Chocolate Minx (at Literary Nymphs), Chris (at Stumbling Over Chaos), and Wave (at Reviews by Jessewave) for taking the time to read my second release. Reviewers are like gold to newer authors like me (every mention of our work helps us get noticed in the sea of new book releases).
And lastly this week, I just want to say thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy of BREATHE. I hope you’ve enjoyed Jay and Lincoln’s story.
Have a fab weekend everyone!