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Author Share: Rian Durant’s charity anthology “A Summer’s Day” + GIVEAWAY!

 

A-Summers-Day-Customdesign-JayAheer2016-MUG-Vistraprint4-imageI have the honor of hosting fellow author Rian Durant, and the “A Summer’s Day: Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist” blog tour + giveaway! Sit down with us for a chat about the anthology, an exclusive excerpt, then check out the GIVEAWAY at the end!

Rian’s charity anthology features amazing authors who’ve written classic Shakespearean tales with a bit of a bend, and in just the right way…

 “A Summer’s Day is a collection of 12 stories celebrating the Bard’s legacy with modern retelling of some of his works and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare. There is gentle YA romance next to hot sexy stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one. We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana. There’s fun, drama, tears, joy and, above all, lots of true love. All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™.”

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AV: Hi, Rian! Welcome to Author Share, thank you so much for coming by & sharing your charity project with us today! Can you tell me about the original inspiration that made “A10346196_1447937648857642_2163304713199329035_n Summer’s Day” come to life?

Rian: Hi, AV! It’s my pleasure being here to tell you more about “A Summer’s Day”. Well, obviously I’ve been a Shakespeare fan for a long time. One day, I suddenly realized that this year marks the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death, and I was astounded again at the thought of what a huge inspiration for so many people around the world he continues to be.  I mean, you tend to get under his influence without realizing it, even if it’s only using one of the many phrases he coined, or going into a “to be or not to be” mode. And as I’m currently into the M/M romance world, the idea of an anthology combining both just clicked.

When a few months after that I dared to share this crazy idea, I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm it was met with by a bunch of wonderful writers. The wheels were set in motion, and I daresay we all had a lot of fun during the whole process, from writing the stories to publishing the anthology and promoting it. I hope I had managed to make it as stress free for everyone as possible with deadlines and the like.

itgetsbetterAV: I’m sure you did, and that’s a great example of the thoughtful, lovely person you are. I think it’s really wonderful that you’re donating all the proceeds from this anthology to charity–it’s something I plan to do myself someday! 😉 What made you decide to make the antho for charity, and how did you pick the It Gets Better Project as the beneficiary?

Rian: It was a charity anthology in my head from day one, and I was very happy that the other authors were excited at this prospect as well. We looked through various options, and decided it with a poll in the group. Everyone involved in “A Summer’s Day” feels very strongly about LGBT rights, and it was natural to opt for such an inspirational movement as It Gets Better Project. Just looking at their mission, “to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them,” was a reason enough to choose them.

I’d like to use the opportunity to wish you a lot of success with your own charity project and thank you again for hosting “A Summer’s Day”.

AV: I’m really looking forward to presenting my own charity project soon, and to getting a chance to work with you! Thank you so much again for joining me and offering up a sweet reader giveaway on Author Share!

About Rian…

RIAN DURANT is one of those who are both blessed and cursed by the insatiable desire to write stories. Short stories, sometimes longer stories, and yeah, primarily M/M (you can insert more M’s if you like) romance stories. Always having a plot in mind sometimes proves being hard when having a daytime job, but Rian manages them both for the time being, assisted by the priceless support of her soul mate, large amounts of coffee, and pure obstinacy. What makes Rian smile is a sunny day, a beautiful flower, a piece of chocolate, a nice song, a good book and anything that could be the reason for that spark in the eyes, accompanied by the exclamation, “Oh my, I just saw something!”

Connect with Rian…

Rian’s Website || Rian’s Facebook || “A Summer’s Day” Facebook  || Rian’s Twitter

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A-Summers-Day-Customdesign-JayAheer2016-finalcoverTitle: “A Summer’s Day: Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist”

Authors: Nephy Heart, Louise Lyons, Rebecca Cohen, JL Merrow, Charlie Cochrane, Asta Idonea, Dianne Hartsock, Rory Ni Coileain, Kathy Griffith, M LeAnne Phoenix, Phetra H Novak, Rian Durant

Genre: Gay Romance, Anthology

Length: ~115,000 words

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WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT
Rian Durant

Desmond, the heir of a business owner is outed in the media after a hot night with his lover, Olvin, who also happens to be the company’s best negotiation expert.
This is only the first step in Ian’s plan to get back at Olvin for choosing Michel Caswell as a main assistant for the latest merger instead of him, a plan in which he’s moving everybody around like pawns on a chessboard, bending the rules.
Will Ian drive a wedge between Desmond and Olvin and get the position he wants or will he realize that there’s something more important that stops the world from turning into chaos?
(“Othello”)

❤ Exclusive Excerpt! ❤

“You swear for his sake? Do you know him that well?”

“Quite well. I’ve known him for years and we’ve spent a lot of time together. Besides, he is the best at what he does. Come on, you know it as well”

Somewhere after ‘we’ve spent a lot of time together’ he had stopped listening. He gazed at his lips, moving and brilliant where he had licked them moments before. At first he’d thought it was because he was nervous, now he wasn’t so sure. Probably the boy remembered the taste of Michael and savored it now. The scene from the club suddenly struck him together with Ian’s words back then. The movie marathons they went to together. Who knew what else had happened in the darkness of the cinema halls.

“Love, are you feeling unwell?”

The boy’s hand reached for his cheek but he stopped him. He didn’t need that kind of conciliation right now. No wonder it was the only one Desmond knew. He was about to reply, but something else caught his attention, or more precisely, the lack of it.

“Where’s your bracelet, Des?”

No surprise in the bright blue eyes, no shock, just guilt. He tried to pull his hand as if to hide what was already clear, but Olvin tightened his fingers around his wrist. Too tight maybe, as the boy winced.

“I…It must have fallen off.”

“Fallen off so easily with the double safety lock it has?”

The boy looked lost. Frozen in his place, he didn’t even try to pull his hand again. What he tried to do was avoid his eyes before he finally responded.

“I don’t know, maybe it got caught on something. I’ll have a look through my clothes, or maybe it’s in the bed. Didn’t you see it this morning by any chance?”

He narrowed his eyes. Such an innocent look and such an absurd suggestion.

“Was I going to ask you where it is if I have seen it? ¡Joder! Do you think I’m stupid?”

Desmond looked as if he was going to faint. If he even dared to pull that slutty trick it was going to be the icing on the cake. He suddenly let him go and the boy’s hand swung down lifelessly.

“You promised me you’d keep it.”

 

DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND

Rory Ni Coileain

Clarence Limont is a slowly fading star of the London stage; convinced his great performances are all behind him, he nevertheless agrees to play Prospero in an off-off-Broadway production of The Tempest helmed by an old friend.
Jaymes Stafford is the production’s starry-eyed Ariel, waking feelings Clarence had thought long dead and buried.
But the poisonous jealousy of other members of the cast may steal the stars from Jaymes’ eyes, and even put paid to Clarence’s illustrious career.

(“The Tempest”)

A FINE LINE BETWEEN
Louise Lyons

When Romeo runs into Julian on the beach, he’s the last person he wants to see as he’s grown up hating him due to his parents’ aversion to Julian’s dad.
Forced to rescue Julian from the sea, Romeo is surprised by his grudging attraction to the other young man.
When simple lust becomes something more, the pair ignore their parents’ anger, but family fights drive the lovers away from home – into a horrifying incident. Will it make the Montgomerys and the Caplins rethink their feud?
(“Romeo and Juliet”)

THE DEVIL AND THE LION
Asta Idonea

Caius Martius and Tullus Aufidius have long been enemies.
Then Martius arrives on Aufidius’ doorstep, seeking a military alliance. Aufidius accepts; however, he wishes their partnership to extend from the battlefield to the bedchamber.
His lust for Martius is one of the reasons he spares his life, but his jealousy will soon have terrible consequences.
(“Coriolanus”)

KISS ME, KADE
Nephy Heart

Kade is in trouble, negotiating a dangerous path between an authoritarian father and wayward sister.
Then Pete storms into his life and tries to take over.
It can only end in disaster.
(“Taming of The Shrew”)

IF MUSIC BE…
Charlie Cochrane

Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner.
He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have reveled in.
Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?
(“Twelfth Night”)

TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER
Dianne Hartsock

Valentine has been watching Preston date man after man with never more than a brotherly hug for him.
Finally, despairing that Preston will ever love him in return, Val moves away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH
Kathy Griffith

Tony and Bartholomew have been friends for years, but his latest request is a little much.
Bart needs a loan to impress Porsche Keller, a personable billionaire, but the only cash available is from banker and raging homophobe Sherlock Palmer, who has a devious plan for them.
Will our heroes find love and get their happy ending?
(“The Merchant of Venice”)

A HERO’S LAST BATTLE
Phetra H Novak

Claudio is happy to be home after serving his country as a soldier for over fifteen years being stationed mostly abroad ready to settle down.
Hero is still living at home, together with his father, trying to do what is expected a young man his age is supposed to do, work and live every day like it is your last.
The two men meet at a family wedding, realizing they share a mutual dream of finding love and starting a family but evil lurks amongst them. Will these two lovers find a way to be together?
(“Much Ado About Nothing”)

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
JL Merrow

Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

THE SUN OF TOMORROW
M LeAnne Phoenix

When actor Koray Shepherd rescues writer Winter Sirois from the brutal hands of his supervisor, Winter never would have believed the beautiful Turk would share his love of The Bard.
When Koray asks Winter out on a date, Winter takes center stage in his very own tragedy, determined to end his play for today with a happily ever after.
Screwing his courage to the sticking place, Winter sets his sights on the future and Koray… but when the horrors of yesterday resurface, will he crest the waves of fear and despair, or will he be heard no more?
(“Macbeth”)

MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Rebecca Cohen

Competition for roles is always high when the King’s Men put on a play, but David seems to come up against Jacob time and time again, no matter what part he is auditioning for.
But now they both want to be Lady Macbeth and it’s more than simple rivalry that causes the sparks to fly.
(Shakespeare’s Theatre)

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‘Christmas in July’ Book Review Blitz & Giveaway

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No? Well, even if you don’t live on our beautiful planet’s southern hemisphere, now you can get into the summertime Christmas spirit during my Christmas in July Book Review Blitz & Giveaway!

This is a fun & casual event that will take place the entire month of July! “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS“, my holiday-themed contemporary gay romance novelette, is the story being featured and reviewed throughout July at all of the lovely blogs below!

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Sharing Links and Wisdom is kicking-off Christmas in July with the first review and opportunity to enter the giveaway! As the other blog’s buttons above become clickable, you can enter the giveaway & go check out their reviews of “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS“!

Reviéw, Go! Catch ’em all! ;D // Sharing Links and Wisdom // Diverse Reader // Just Love Romance // Bike Book Reviews // MM Good Book Reviews // GGR & Friends Reviews

The Giveaway! I am giving away an e-copy of “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS“, “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION“, and an e-ARC copy of my newest, yet to-be-released, title and first full-length novel, “MOLD RUSH“!

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Good luck, enjoy, and I hope you are all having a wet, hot, and wicked summer! ❤4-image

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Hop For Visibility, Awareness & Equality

IDAHOT-banner-Jan15Welcome to my stop on the Hop For Visibility, Awareness & Equality! (THAPHOBIAUMBRELLA2016his great LGBTQ+ literary event’s former name was the Hop Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia)

Included in this year’s Hop are my reflections on the 2016 IDAHOT theme of mental health and well-being, and a GIVEAWAY for FREE ebooks, limited edition FREE2LUV® wristbands, and a FREE2LUV® t-shirt! This giveaway is over. Thank you to all who entered and participated!

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the mission of the Hop For Visibility, Awareness, and Equality is to bring awareness to discrimination and celebrate our diversity, not only within the LGBTQIA+ community, but within our own literary genre and books.

IDAHOT is the largest LGBTQ+ solidarity event to take place throughout the globe with over 1,000 events in more than 120 countries. The 2016 global focus issue is mental health and well-being. I wanted to talk to you about my thoughts on well-being in this genre that I love.

As a writer, I guess you could say I do a fair amount of day dreaming. I have onebookmagic2 in particular that I like to visit. There’s a person sitting in a shadowy space, and they are reading one of my stories. They begin to smile, gently at first. Soon, a warm glow builds and grows, brighter and brighter, along with their smile. This beautiful, magical thing happens because this person, this gracious reader, has just seen themselves in a story — maybe for the first time.

The character they related to was a gay shark research scientist or an agender badass who’s fighting their way through the apocalypse. This reader, this beautiful, magical reader, saw a glimpse of themselves through my eyes, and they saw that they were brave, smart, sexy, exciting — and normal, totally normal.

Most of us can relate to that experience, wherein understanding a fictional character we actually end up learning more about ourselves. I think a big part of the human experience is finding where we “fit”, wherever that may mean to us individually. It’s amazing to think that, as a writer, your humble stories might actually have the opportunity to help a fellow traveler along their journey.

Which is why I take on thereaderwellbeing responsibility of my reader’s well-being: I don’t know who will someday read my stories, or where their journeys have already taken them. For me, nothing is more important than representing marginalized groups through my work in the most respectful and responsible way possible. It’s not too much to ask. In fact, it’s truly my honor.

Whatever our community needs, I’ll be there meet it, evolving as a person and as an author. I know the power of words, how they can hurt — and also how they can heal. Writing LGBTQ+ literature gave meaning back to my life. Maybe, if I work hard, I can give just a little something back, too.

Thank you so much for reading and participating in this wonderful event! If you’re interested, here’s a link to my sadly and shamefully relevant article for last year’s Hop about transgender bathroom issues in my workplace 311111

WinnerhvgA.V. Sanders’ Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY May 17-24th:

  • Free ebook copy of Percolation, Poetry, and Passion and Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas, by A.V. Sanders
  • 2 Limited Edition FREE2LUV® empowerment wristbands
  • FREE2LUV® 100% cotton t-shirt

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This giveaway is over. Thank you to all who entered and participated! This giveaway is for everyone — don’t worry if you already have my titles, you can still win the FREE2LUV® swag, and I’ll pass the ebooks on to another winner to enjoy! Please visit the rest of the 60+ Hop stops, and good luck in the GIVEAWAY!  xo, A.V. ❤

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Salebration: Both Books for Less Than $3, from Less Than Three Press

seventh900Less Than Three Press is turning 7! To celebrate, ALL their stock is an additional 25% off, including my recently price-dropped titles!

Now you can get “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMASANDPERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION” for a total of LESS THAN 3 BUCKS! There’s NEVER been a better time to give me a try!

And check out the AWESOME fan-made book trailer for “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS”, created with love by the very talented Brandyjo Newton!

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Also, for every book you buy in the LT3 Book Market during the month of April, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one the following fantastic prizes, including:

  1. Grand Prize: A story written to YOUR prompt by author Megan Derr
  2. First Place Prize: One of Two Kindle Fire Tablets
  3. Second Place Prize: One of Two $25 LT3 Gift Certificates

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Live Author Chat, Tonight!

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Join me tonight, Thursday, March 31st, from

10:00 – 11:00pm, PDT, GMT – 7

For a Live Author Chat at the Rainbow Gold Reviews 2nd Anniversary Facebook Bash!

Me and author Renae Kaye will be kicking off the 24 hour Marathon Chat event that will be full of PRIZES and talented people in our queer lit community from around the world!

I’ve donated free copies of “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion” and “Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas” to be added to their H U G E Prize Vault!

Hope to see you there during my chat, but jump in at any time, everyone is invited! ❤

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Rainbow Gold Reviews is an LGBT Review Blog that will celebrate its 2 Year Anniversary with a huge 24 Hour Marathon Chat with a lot of awesome authors, cover designers, narrators, etc, who create the stories you love. You will be able to meet your favorite authors and ask all your burning questions as well as find new books and authors to check out.

There will also be prizes for everyone participating in the chats and the opportunity to vote for your favorite books and our reviewers will review your TOP 5 choices on our blog. Join the fun ♥

There are TONS of prizes, ranging from eBooks (including some advance copies), audiobooks, signed print copies (international shipping) to Skip and Pip Plushes!


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“Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas” Raffle Round-Up

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Each blog had its own giveaway for a free ebook copy of “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” – and if you already owned it, any other Less Than Three Press e-title, of equal or lesser value. I also proudly offered a tour-wide GRAND PRIZE giveaway for an ebook and a handmade, genuine shark tooth necklace!

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❤ Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners! Check out the original guest posts on each blog! ❤4-image

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Click the blue snowflake Less Than Three Press banner above to get “Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas” NOW!

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WinnerReeDeeVisit The Novel Approach to read an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS”!

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CarlyBookReviewWinnerVisit Carly’s Book Reviews to read about ‘Christmas Memories with Carly and A.V.’ as well as a review for “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS”! 4-image

WinnerHBsnowflakesVisit Prism Book Alliance to read the All About: SHARKS! guest post! 4-imageWinnerJodi.jpgVisit Bayou Book Junkie to read ‘On Location: Inspiration for the story in Perth, Australia’! 4-image

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Double Day! Visit author RJ Jones’ Blog to read about the fight for marriage equality in Australia, and read a review of “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” at Because Two Men Are Better Reviews! 4-image

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“Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas” Blog Tour Schedule

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I’m excited to announce the 7 HOT Days of Christmas Blog Tour schedule for “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS”! Starting on December 16th, I’ll be giving away a FREE ebook of “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” at each stop, and if you already own it, you can pick ANY other Less Than Three Press e-title, of equal or lesser value!sharkfin

12. 16Wednesday – THE NOVEL APPROACHA Partridge in a White Fir Tree: Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaways

12. 17 – Thursday CARLY’S BOOK REVIEWSTwo Sea Turtles: ‘Christmas Memories’ with A.V. and Carly + Giveaways

12. 18 Friday PRISM BOOK ALLIANCEThree French Men: ‘Let’s Talk About: Sharks!’ + Giveaways

12. 19 Saturday BAYOU BOOK JUNKIEFour Sea Birds: ‘On Location: Inspiration for the Story’ + Giveaways

12. 20 Sunday, Double Day! AUTHOR RJ JONES’ WEBSITE + BECAUSE TWO MEN ARE BETTER THAN ONE BOOK REVIEWSFive Engagement Rings: ‘Marriage Equality in Australia’ with A.V. + RJ Jones, Review at BTM, Giveaways at both!

12. 21 Monday ON TOP DOWN UNDER BOOK REVIEWS Six Blokes a-Layin’…Out: Review + Story Playlist + Giveaways

12. 22 Tuesday HEARTS ON FIRE REVIEWS – Seven Sharks a-Swimmin’: Character Interview + Giveaways

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The tour-wide GRAND PRIZE includes a FREE ebook and a genuine shark tooth necklace, handmade by an artist on the Florida coast! The teeth he uses are from natural-sheds he’s collected, and each handmade necklace is unique!

I hope you follow along, enjoy the posts, and enter the giveaways! Good luck to those who enter, and thank you for supporting “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS”! ❤ Happy Holidays! xo, A.V. ❤

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Holiday Sale and Giveaways

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Less Than Three Press is holding their annual Holiday Celebration Sale! Raffle prizes include Kindle Fire tablets, an LT3 holiday book bundle, and $25 LT3 gift certificates!

All e-titles are also 15% off, and preorders like “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” are at a double discount!

This will be WHAC’s lowest price before its release on December 16th!222There’s also an LT3 Goodreads Giveaway now through December 21st. One lucky winner will receive a FREE copy of “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN SUMMER”!

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All you have to do is to enter is:

  • Go to THIS giveaway thread,
  • Comment on the giveaway thread,
  • Paste the link in the comment showing you added WHAC to your shelves for an additional entry!

Good luck to all who enter these great giveaways!

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Sneak-peek at what’s coming soon

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Cover Reveal! “Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas”

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Happy Halloween! I’m very excited to announce that on Wednesday, October 28th, the exclusive cover reveal for “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” will be featured on The Novel Approach!

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BatBulletPointTabCongratulations, Trick or Treat Giveaway winner, Jen CW!

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JenCWWinnerA.V. Sanders’ second published work, WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS, is a holiday-themed contemporary gay romance novelette. It is being published by Less Than Three Press, and is scheduled for release on December 16, 2015!

You can PREORDER it now at a 15% discount, and you’ll earn LT3 Rewards Points!

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“Reid, an American shark research scientist, is in Perth, Australia working to develop a mobile app that may revolutionize shark safety practices. But even the company of his boyfriend, Graham, isn’t enough to stave off homesickness as Christmas approaches, and a missing shark and Graham’s struggling business seem set to ruin the holiday for good.”

Author Interview at “Imaginary Adventures”

AuthorInterview2I have the honor of being featured on a fellow author and friend’s website today! Eliza Leone is interviewing me on “Author Babble” about “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION”, my writing process, and, of course, books! ❤

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Check it out, then come back Wednesday, October 21st, when she posts her review of “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION”!

Also, give Eliza’s Imaginary Adventures a browse–it’s a great site, featuring book reviews, guest posts, fresh fiction, and more!

More about author Eliza Leone

Born in sunny Southern California, she spent most of her childhood playing video g5446811ames and reading books. Growing up, she was often found sneaking books under her covers and reading by flashlight when she was supposed to be sleeping. These days, you will most often find Eliza with a book in one hand, a draft of her own in the other, and her fluffy kitten by her side.  With the love and support of her family and her wonderful husband, she has set out on an epic quest to complete her debut novel and finally see her dream in print.

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Follow her on Twitter and Goodreads!

Celebrate and Save

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Less Than Three Press is holding a 5 week, site-wide, Celebrate the Spectrum Sale!

Right now, October 7 – 13th, the ‘G’ in LGBTQ is being celebrated, and all gay romance is 25% off!

That means both of my titles are on sale — including a DOUBLE discount on preorders for “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS”!

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“WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” preorder $2.99  $2.54  sale! $1.91

“Reid, an American shark research scientist, is in Perth, Australia working to develop a mobile app that may revolutionize shark safety practices. But even the company of his boyfriend, Graham, isn’t enough to stave off homesickness as Christmas approaches, and a missing shark and Graham’s struggling business seem set to ruin the holiday for good.”

Click on the holiday Less Than Three Press Book Market button below to PREORDER “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” at this amazing double-discount price + earn LT3 Reward Points!

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“PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION” $2.99  sale! $2.24

PPPSandersCover“Beckett works at a coffee shop to make ends meet while attending a prestigious university. It’s not the most exciting job, but he’s done it long enough he’s good at it—and can avoid the tedium by spinning sexy little daydreams of things he doubts will ever happen.

Daydreams that soon include Simon, the hot, handsome, and older freelance writer who stops in one day. But then Simon becomes a regular, a bright spot more interesting than the inside of Beckett’s head, and daydreams start to seem like they could be something far more tangible—if reality doesn’t get in the way first.”

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“Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas” Now available for PREORDER

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I’m pleased to announce that my second contemporary gay romance is now available for PREORDER!

“WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” is a holiday-themed novelette, proudly published by Less Than Three Press, and scheduled to release December 16th, 2015!

Click the banner below to PREORDER “WET, HOT, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS” NOW at a 15% discount!

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“Reid, an American shark research scientist, is in Perth, Australia working to develop a mobile app that may revolutionize shark safety practices. But even the company of his boyfriend, Graham, isn’t enough to stave off homesickness as Christmas approaches, and a missing shark and Graham’s struggling business seem set to ruin the holiday for good.”

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Raffle Round-Up: “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion” Blog Tour

Since “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion” released on August 26th, I have been having a blast touring some fantastic blogs gracious enough to host me!

Each blog stop had its own giveaway for a FREE ebook copy of “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion” – and if you already owned it, ANY other Less Than Three Press e-title, of equal or lesser value! I also proudly offered a tour-wide GRAND PIZE giveaway for an ebook AND Café Du Monde gift basket!

I appreciate each and every one of you who participated and my amazing hosting blogs–you do this author’s heart so much good! ❤ Line-Break

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Congratulations to Laurie P. for winning an ebook of “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”! Click the banner above to visit The Novel Approach, and read an *exclusive* extended excerpt from the story!

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Click the banner above to visit Hearts on Fire Reviews, and read their author interview with A.V.!

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Click the banner to visit Sinfully…Addicted to All Male Romance, and check out guest post: “Stalk Simon’s Twitter”!Twitter7

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Click the banner above to visit Love Bytes: Same Sex Reviews, listen to and read about the story playlist!

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Click the banner above to visit Bayou Book Junkie — check out the themed ‘Mardi Gras Parade’ stop and author interview!

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Click the banner above to visit Prism Book Alliance and see the REAL “Percolation Station”! Plus, see a video of what Beckett and Simon are watching on the book’s cover!!thrperc

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Click the banner above to visit Rainbow Gold Reviews, and check-out an interview between A.V. and a character from the story!

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“Percolation, Poetry, and Passion” Blog Tour Schedule

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I’m excited to announce my blog tour schedule and hope you will have fun following along with me! I will be holding a giveaway at each stop, as well as a TOUR-WIDE GRAND PRIZE giveaway! There are lots of chances to win prizes and celebrate my debut release, “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”! ❤

8 . 26WednesdayTHE NOVEL APPROACH – Release Day Tour Stop + *Exclusive* Excerpt + Giveaway

8 . 27ThursdayHEARTS ON FIRE REVIEWS – Author Interview + Giveaway

8 . 28FridaySINFULLY…ADDICTED TO ALL MALE ROMANCE – Guest Post: Stalk Simon’s Twitter + Giveaway

8 . 29SaturdayLOVE BYTES – Guest Post: Story Playlist + Giveaway

8 . 30SundayBAYOU BOOK JUNKIE – MARDI GRAS PARADE STOP: Author Interview + *SPECIAL GIVEAWAY*

8 . 31MondayPRISM BOOK ALLIANCE – Guest Post – On Location: Inspiration for the story + Giveaway

9 . 01TuesdayRAINBOW GOLD REVIEWS – Guest Post: Character Interview + Giveaway

GIVEAWAY PRIZES:

  • Each blog tour stop will be raffling a free ebook copy of “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”! If you have already purchased my story, you may select any other Less Than Three Press ebook title, of equal or lesser value, as your prize!
  • In addition to the ebook prize, Bayou Book Junkie will be generously adding genuine New Orleans Mardi Gras parade throw beads that will be sent to the winner!
  • The TOUR-WIDE GRAND PRIZE will include the ebook PLUS a Cafe Du Monde gift basket!

PPPGrandPrize3Cafe Du Monde is a historic New Orleans institution. Beckett, one of the two main characters in “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”, alludes to dining there in the story.  Here’s history about the famous Café:

“The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.

The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.”

Free2Luv’s “Love Wins” Essay Contest – Published and $1,000 Prize

NMW_MEMETalk about an amazing team-up! Free2Luv®, Lambda Literary, New Millennium Writings. and actress Thea Gill are coming together to host an amazing essay competition to celebrate the historic SCOTUS ruling!

New Millennium Writings (NMW), is an award-winning literary journal founded in 1996, and Free2Luv® is a Seattle-based youth empowerment nonprofit. By co-hosting this special “Love Wins” essay competition, they are asking entrants what the recent SCOTUS decision means to them and their community.

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the NMW anthology and on their website. Deadline to enter is August 31st.

Over the past 20 years, New Millennium Writings has published more than 1,500 new and emerging writers and awarded over $200,000. In this competition, in addition to Free2Luv®, NMW is also partnering with Lambda Literary. Each nonprofit will receive $1,000 to further their missions to support and empower the LGBTQ community.

The “Love Wins” essay award winner will be chosen by Guest Judge and Free2Luv Celebrity Ambassador Thea Gill, actress, singer, and LGBTQ activist, best known for her starring role as Lindsay Peterson in the landmark Showtime television series Queer as Folk. ❤ Ms. Gill will choose the top winner from selected finalists, and the award will be announced on October 11th — National Coming Out Day.

“We are excited to team up with New Millennium Writings to offer an essay competition that celebrates all love. In light of the recent landmark SCOTUS decision, we are thrilled to read everyone’s interpretation of being Free2Luv. We are passionate about creating an environment where all youth can express themselves freely and authentically,” — Free2Luv Co-Founder and President, Tonya Sandis

Entries into the “Love Wins” essay competition must be 4,500 words or less. Entries may be submitted at www.newmillenniumwritings.org, or mailed to the address listed on the website. The entry fee is $20, and all entrants will receive a copy of NMW‘s high-quality anthology. More information about the “Love Wins” essay competition can be found at www.newmillenniumwritings.orgwww.Free2Luv.org, and www.lambdaliterary.org

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Winner! Cover Reveal ARC Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that I have been given a winner for the Advanced Reader Copy drawing for my Cover Reveal Giveaway at The Novel Approach! And the winner is…

Congratulations, H.B.!H.B. was kind enough to share a few words about winning:

Thank you so much for the chance to win an ARC copy of “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”. Beckett seems like a character I can really relate to. I look forward to seeing what his daydreams will be like and to also witness how his and Simon’s relationship will develop and grow.

Congratulations, H.B.! I hope you enjoy your ARC!

Thank you to all of those who entered and took an interest in my cover reveal. It means the absolute world to this new author. ❤

If you would like to reserve your own preorder copy of “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION”, you can do so by clicking the banner below, available right now for 15% off!

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Sneak Peek! Release Blog Tour, Special Stop

BBJposterpromo2I am excited to announce an event during my upcoming debut release blog tour for “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION”!

On one special day of the tour, August 30th, my visit to Bayou Book Junkie will be transformed into a Mardi Gras-style parade stop!

There will be an exclusive:

– Themed Author Interview

– *Bonus* Genuine New Orleans Bead Throws GIVEAWAY!BBJAvi

Bayou Book Junkie, based out of New Orleans, Louisiana, is an LGBT-friendly blog that promotes and reviews M/M books. It also hosts authors, blog tours, teasers, cover reveals, and new releases.

This special stop is inspired by one of my main characters from the story, Beckett, who hails from NOLA. The blog tour for “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION” begins on August 26th at The Novel Approach!

HAHABT Winner!

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Hop Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia! What a great event for the LGBT literary community! I am incredibly proud and honored to be a part of it.

I am happy to announce that I have a winner for my FREE2LUV prize pack! And the winner is…

HAHABTWinnerSherry was kind enough to say a few words about the hop and winning my giveaway.

   The Hop Against Homophobia is a wonderful way to educate people and hopefully help them understand everyone should be treated equal and deserves the same rights and respect. I live for the day everyone is treated the same. It should  never matter who you love. I’m totally excited about winning. It was a big surprise, and I love the t-shirts. — Sherry S.

I couldn’t have said it better myself, Sherry! Thank you for spreading the LUV and hopping with us! I hope you enjoy your shirt, wristbands, and temporary tattoos from FREE2LUV!Jesse

I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you FREE2LUV’s #MillionSignMission. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Join the #MillionSignMission, take a stand with Free2Luv®, let the world know ‘FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS BULLY’® AND be automatically entered to WIN a super cool bullying prevention swag pack along with being featured on our website.

Did you know…

* 1 out of everyMSMF2L 3 children experience some form of bullying

* Over 160,000 students stay home from school everyday due to bullying

* 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school and online?

~> CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT YOUR OWN SIGN and then HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES they’ve already received. It’s very inspiring!

I hope you also feel inspired, too! You can show your support right now by joining the over 60K who have pledged to be stronger and braver than bullying and #TAKETHEPLEDGE online! Because shouldn’t we ALL be…

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Cover Reveal at The Novel Approach and ARC Giveaway!

Today is the BIG DAY! My cover reveal for my debut novelette, “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”, is being exclusively featured on The Novel Approach!

I invite you to check out the post to see the cover, some of my thoughts while designing it, an excerpt from the story, and a GIVEAWAY for a free advanced reader copy of “Percolation, Poetry, and Passion”!

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Exclusive Cover Reveal at ‘The Novel Approach’ — Tomorrow!

I’m proud to announce an exclusive cover reveal for “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION”, and invite you to see it on The Novel Approach, starting May 27th!cover_reveal_rockstar

The cover reveal will feature an excerpt from the story as well as a GIVEAWAY for a free ebook preorder of “PERCOLATION, POETRY, AND PASSION”!

This debut novelette is a contemporary gay romance being published with pride by Less Than Three Press. You can preorder it RIGHT HERE at a 15% discount!

lisa_avatar_twitterThe Novel Approach is an LGBT supportive blog, focused on M/M fiction and non-fiction, and is dedicated to the celebration of books, our shared addiction to reading, and to our strongly held conviction that Love Is Love. We are, each of us, dedicated to being a source of honest, well thought out, and respectful points of view on the books we read.