Friday, June 28, 2013

USA Today Gives a Rave Review to RAINING MEN

I woke up to a day-making review of RAINING MEN on USA Today's Romance blog, Happy Ever After.

 Reviewer Mary Grzesik said, "Bobby Nelson is the poster boy for "looking for love in all the wrong places." He's selfish, promiscuous, amoral and a sex addict. Why do I want you to read this book? Just trust me on this... When I read about Bobby in the previous book, Chaser, he was so reprehensible that I had no sympathy or understanding whatsoever. He betrayed his best friend without any qualms. I loved Chaser, and when I read that Rick was writing a sequel, I sent him a message, "If you're even thinking about redeeming Bobby in Raining Men, well I trust you can but geez I hate him right now!" Rick said I was supposed to hate him!... I was right to trust this author. In Raining Men I was on Bobby's side from the beginning...I loved this book."

 Read the whole review and a revealing interview here.

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The character you loved to hate in Chaser becomes the character you will simply love in Raining Men

It’s been raining men for most of Bobby Nelson’s adult life. Normally, he wouldn’t have it any other way, but lately something’s missing. Now, he wants the deluge to slow to a single special drop. But is it even possible for Bobby to find “the one” after endless years of hooking up?

When Bobby’s father passes away, Bobby finally examines his rocky relationship with the man and how it might have contributed to his inability to find the love he yearns for. Guided by a sexy therapist, a Sex Addicts Anonymous group, a well-endowed Chihuahua named Johnny Wadd, and Bobby’s own cache of memories, Bobby takes a spiritual, sexual, and emotional journey to discover that life’s most satisfactory love connections lie in quality, not quantity. And when he’s ready to love not only himself but someone else, sex and love fit, at last, into one perfect package.

Buy Links for Raining Men
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon (paperback)
Dreamspinner (paperback)
Dreamspinner (ebook) 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

History Made Today! SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA and Prop 8

It's an amazing day for human rights, equality, and common sense for people everywhere in the US. For one, I am overjoyed that my marriage to my husband, Bruce, is now not only legal in Washington, where we live, but federally protected. Hooray!

I am sharing a note I got from Get Equal that sums up my feelings so well, which, to be honest, are a little bittersweet.


The Supreme Court has spoken.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional in a 5-4 ruling, and Proposition 8 was dismissed due to a lack of standing in a 5-4 ruling. We're working with legal organizations now to more fully understand all the implications of these rulings, but the basic gist is that couples in 13 states (including California) and DC will now have their marriages recognized by the federal government.

While we had hoped that the Supreme Court would issue a sweeping ruling that solidifies what we all already know -- that the right to marry is guaranteed within the U.S. Constitution -- we did not get a declarative, conclusive ruling for marriage equality across the country. We're thrilled for those couples who live in states with marriage equality who will now be able to cement their love and their lives together under the law, but our hearts are with those couples who still live in "inequality" states.

For those of us who live in states that now have marriage equality, we hold heavy hearts knowing that our sisters and brothers who have been left behind by the Supreme Court will continue to live with the burden of inequality. And for those of us who live in those inequality states, we continue to dream of a day when we will, conclusively, win marriage equality.

Today we process and celebrate and even mourn that we didn't get a 50-state ruling, but we also get right back to organizing. We know that this struggle isn't over -- we know that, one day, all Americans will be able to legally marry the person they love. And it's up to us to pick ourselves up, put our hands back to the plow, and work like hell to make sure that every single American from Massachusetts to Mississippi to Montana will soon win marriage equality!

There are 145 local events that have been organized across the country for tonight and over the next few days in order to give folks a place to gather, to process, to mourn, to celebrate, and to organize. We hope you'll head to www.unitedformarriage.org right now to see what's happening in your area, and to join with others to formulate a plan for next steps.

Of course, we have a lot of work left to do. We need to win employment protections for all LGBT Americans. We need to ensure that LGBT immigrants have a clear and swift pathway to fully participate in the American dream. We need to ensure that HIV and AIDS truly becomes a thing of the past, and that those who are positive have all the care they need. We need to make our schools places of safety and security, rather than places of fear.

Today, we celebrate for those who are tasting equality and we mourn for those who continue to thirst. And we get back to work.

The struggle continues,
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez and Heather Cronk Co-Directors, GetEQUAL
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Win a FREE Copy: FAMILY OBLIGATIONS My NEW Collaboration with Vivien Dean

I'm thrilled to announce the release of "Family Obligations," a deeply touching story I had the honor of co-writing with the amazing romance author, Vivien Dean.

I have long been haunted by one short story, E. Annie Proulx’s beautiful, powerful, and tragic “Brokeback Mountain.” I remember reading the short story many years ago just after it was published originally in the New Yorker magazine. It stayed with me through all the years, partly because Proulx’s prose is so spare, yet poetic, but also because the story, at its core, could have been mine, since I too was a closeted, married gay man, filled with secret longings and wearing a mask for the rest of the world.

Our story, “Family Obligations” has a lot in common with Brokeback, even though it’s totally different. It too is a story about two men who fell in love while young and vibrant, and then, because of their own and society’s expectations, were kept apart through the years. Yet, their love was so strong that they could never manage to break the hold they had upon each other.  
WE HAVE A WINNER! Through random selection, Cindi has won the free copy. I will be in touch to get it to you. Meanwhile, you can buy your own very reasonably priced copy here. WIN A FREE COPY! As I always do on a new release day, I am giving away a free digital copy of "Family Obligations" to one winner. Simply leave a comment below (include your e-mail so I can be in touch if you win). I will pick a winner on Friday, June 28. 


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Tate D’Angelo always believed he knew who his father was. Beloved doctor, devoted husband and father, a kind soul...these were the words shared by everyone who came to his funeral. So when his father’s old college buddy, Randy, approaches him after the service, Tate expects to hear echoes of the same.

What he gets, instead, is almost a lifetime’s worth of letters that tell him so much more and cause him to view his father—and his family—in a whole new light.

The truth, about a secret love kept buried for decades, astonishes him. Overwhelmed by grief and confusion, Tate’s unsure if he can bear hearing how the lives of these two men entwined over the years, but he reads on anyway, discovering more to value, more to respect, and most importantly, more to love about the man who raised him.

Read an excerpt and get your copy from Amber Allure.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Guest Post: Andrew Q. Gordon on his new book, PURPOSE

Thanks for having me, Rick. I really appreciate you letting me borrow your space for the day.

One of the things I tried to do differently with this 'tour' was come up with something more than just Q & A or random musings. I originally had the idea for a series of six to ten short stories that pre-date the events in Purpose. Each of them would deal with a past event mentioned in the story. As I set out to write them I realized how difficult that would be without giving away too much of the story. In the end I managed to come up with three that I felt were interesting enough as a short 'excerpt' story, but weren't spoilers.

Today's short story addresses Will/Gar's Journal. My hope with the 'journal' was to pull off a bit of a no-no. To create a vehicle by which I could use first person to give us a deeper look into Will's thoughts, without creating a crazy point of view [POV] shift change every few chapters.

The 'rules' of writing say it's a 'cardinal sin' to shift POV in a book. I was taught that if I started in first person, I needed to stick to it. Weird shift changes to third [or vise versa] tend to turn off readers (they turn me off). But the key is 'weird'

The first chapter of Purpose starts with a 'journal' entry and what I'd like to call the book's catch-phrase – 'Someone died tonight.'

To be honest, Purpose grew from a journal entry. 'Someone died tonight' were the first words I came up with for the book. If you can picture me sitting at a computer, staring at those three words on the screen and trying to figure out how to write an entire book around it, then you'll see how the book began.

I've never written in first person and I don't know that a handful of short journal entries qualify as having done it for real. I did, however, see the value in getting inside Will/Gar's head to show his journey throughout the book.

As with all the 'prequel' shorts, the goal is to provide a bit of back-story for the book. This is the first of Will's journal entries. The how and where the journal began. It is not an account of him dealing with David's killers, nor is it his first mission after that. This takes place about two months after Goodbye which is posted on Elizabeth Noble's blog; that short is the one year anniversary of David's death. So his first entry is about fourteen months after he is 'chosen.'

There is another reason for the journal entries, but that is explained in the book. We know that Will/Gar keeps a journal, but not why. By the end of the book that will be answered too.

One bit of information that I don't specifically spell out in the book. The numbers at the top of each are the date, the 'volume' and the entry. So this one is the first entry of the first volume. When the book opens, the entry is the 24th entry of the 39th volume.

Blurb:

Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a fa├žade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can't understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn't done in decades: care. Buy link: Purpose from Dreamspinner Press

Excerpt: Journal Entry November 3, 1971 1-1 

Someone died tonight, an innocent, someone so like David it hurts. But it's not David, it's someone else, someone else who didn't deserve to die.

The innocent calls to me, pulls me toward the killers. There are two. Young men, college age, but these are not students. Too much beer, too few morals. Bad combination.

He was twenty-two, just out of college and in love. His lover is in the hospital - he may not make it. Part of me hopes he doesn't because living will be painful. I know.

I let this thing inside me draw me toward my goal. It knows, it always knows. This whole thing is finally starting to make sense now I realize what's in my head.

The others, the ones before me, are helpful. I know what happened to me, or know as well as anyone can. This thing, this purpose with power, as one host called it, isn't good at anything other than forcing me to act. And if I don't, I'll go crazy. I've glimpsed the painful memories of others who had. I don't like it, but I can't get rid of it. Not if I want to keep my sanity.

They're close, I can feel the connection. Still drunk. I wonder if they know what they did. He was twenty-two, new job, new place. They beat him because he was gay.

I was out when I felt it, made it easy to get to the scene while the cops were still there. They didn't care, just another dead fag to them. That's what the guilty hoped for. Too bad for them I'm not the police.

David found peace because I punished his killers. This one will too.

Someone died tonight, a boy who didn't deserve it. His killers think they're safe because there were no witnesses, but they're wrong. I know what happened.

I wish I understood how I know, but when I look, all I find are more questions. Where did it come from? Why does it avenge the innocent dead? How come it can't speak to me? Is it the only one?

The others don't know either. Maybe I'll be the one to figure it out. But not tonight. Movement brings me back to now, my answers will have to wait.

I realize I'm in Germantown, quite a hike from downtown Philadelphia. Sometimes I forget how I get to places. Doesn't really matter so long as I'm here.

Nice, quiet neighborhood. Too bad they brought me here; this place is about to get a shocked. Just because they live in a nice place and their neighbors are good people, doesn't mean these two get a pass.

Leaving the house, their heads jerk as their eyes dart around the yard and dark streets. Maybe they can feel vengeance is at hand. Or maybe they're still drunk. Probably both.

These could have been kids I grew up with, minus a few years. Did they realize what they did? Do they care? Perhaps, but it doesn't matter. Not to the dead guy, not to the Purpose--relentless in its need to avenge--and therefore, not to me.

I move closer, it's time to end this. Alcohol reeks from their pores. Yup, they were shitfaced. The taller of the two has ice on his hand. No worries, it won't hurt much longer.

"Man, did you hear the sound of my fist on his head?" he asks his friend. His voice is thin, the words hollow. If he'd live to sober up, he might regret this night.

"Yeah. How 'bout when I was kicking his ribs? You could hear 'em break." This one has the body of an athlete. There's a hint of glee in what I hear. No doubt he's the instigator.

"Do you want to hear your ribs break?" My voice makes them jump, and scan the area.

I'm there, easily visible, but they don't see me. Their eyes avoid the area around me. One of my new abilities. It's not perfect, yet, but I'm getting better.

"What did you say, Jim," he asks the taller one?

"You...you...you know it wasn't me, Ron." They both strain to find me.

"Of course he knows it wasn't you." I've moved behind them, so they jerk around. "I'm here to avenge your victim."

Ron moves first, heading for the front door. He never has a chance.

Sweeping my leg around, I connect with a spinning heel kick hard to his torso. Without my added strength, catching him unprepared with such a kick would be devastating. With it, the effects are deadly. He won't survive. Most of his ribs are broken, his lung is punctured, as is his liver.

I could end it, but I feel no mercy. He left his victim to die, he'll get no better from me. Not yet, at least. Both will be dead before I leave.

Jim sobers up fast, his friend is down, but he didn't see who did it. Moving to his friend, he almost stumbles over. This is too easy. "Ron! Ron! What's wrong? Speak to me."

I remove the cloud from his mind so he can see me. "He'll be dead soon."

Falling back, he lands on his ass. Eyes wide with fear, he crab-walks away from me. Crab-walk? Who does that after elementary school?

"Please don't hurt me...I didn't mean it."

"Didn't mean what?" Stepping closer, I kick his leg out from under him. "Didn't mean to hurt your hand punching him so many times? Didn't mean for someone to find out? Because I know you meant to punch him, you did it enough times."

A sob wracks him as he bumps into a tree. "Please...I don't want to die."

"Neither did Alan Green." My eyes narrow as I focus my stare on him. "That was his name, not faggot."

"Who are you?" New tactic. Won't change the outcome.

"Vengeance." I swoop in to pull him to his feet. He's young, maybe twenty-one. There's such fear in his eyes, but there's something more. Holding him I recognize it; remorse.

Feeling him shake, I can't help but think of David. This must be how he felt when he was beaten. His image comes to mind. Would he agree with what I'm about to do?

Jim struggles, so I tighten my gripe.

"Please let me go. Please? I'll never do it again." Can he sense my hesitation? "I was drunk, and Ron started teasing them."

Does he think I care? Alan Green's soul wants to rest and has demanded his killers pay first.

David is there again. He's frowning, trying to tell me what to do. Sorry, David. It's too late.

"No, you won't do it again." I snap his neck so he doesn't suffer. More mercy than he deserved.

Someone died tonight. He didn't ask for his fate. Vengeance is satisfied.

Contest: Enter for a chance to win a $25.00 Dreamspinner Press credit. To be entered, you can leave a comment here, on any of the other post release blog stops or on the Purpose page on my site. For those who don't know what to write – you can ask me a question about the book – I can't promise to answer them all – don't want to give away things – but I will respond to them all.

Please leave an email so you can be notified if you win. All comments from all guest blog posts between the June 21, 2013 release date and July 1, 2013 will also be entered to win. The winner will be chosen using Randomizer.org on July 2. One entry per blog, but you can enter on each participating blog for more chances to win. For a complete list of eligible blogs, please see the Purpose book page on my blog: Purpose: By Andrew Q. Gordon

About the Author: Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. 'insiders', Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and not get the shakes.

Follow Andrew on his website, On Facebook, On Twitter: @andrewqgordon, Or just email him: andrewqgordon@gmail.com
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Quality vs. Quantity: Sex & Love

Although the post below was written a while back and it was about my very own life, this post could have well been written by the main character, Bobby, in my latest release, Raining Men. Bobby is a man who has searched for love his whole life and never found it, even though his sexual encounters have been remarkably numerous. And I guess that’s the central theme to the book: it’s easy to do sex, but not so much when it comes to love….

Why, I can remember a time when sex parties and the filthy backrooms of leather bars were the height of sexual euphoria. Coupling with strangers en masse set my heart to racing, my blood to pumping, and my brain to disengage. Out the window went fears of AIDS, STDs, and even the limitations of the human lumbar system as I swam through the darkness like a hungry fish, searching with eyes glazed for the next cock, mouth, or ass.

But all of that stuff seems to have lost its charm, to be replaced by gasp! if not romance, then at least human connection. Maybe it’s not age. Maybe I’m just jaded. Maybe I’ve grown wiser. But these days, sex seems hotter when it’s one on one, with someone I actually know more about than the fact that he’s able to swing that baseball cap around effortlessly, inhale a bottle of poppers, and blow me all at the same time. I get more aroused in my own bed, waiting for someone whose name, occupation, and likes and dislikes I at least have a rudimentary knowledge of, than I used to lining up for a crack at the crack in the sling.

A couple cases in point. Old habits die hard, which is why I readily accepted an invitation to a party held International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend in one of the rooms of the host hotel, the Hyatt. There were to be about fifteen guys gathered. And there would be no chips and salsa, witty repartee, or flirtatious glances across the room. No, we all knew what we were there for. The only party favors supplied were bottles of various lube (even that new sensation J Lube, which bears no relation to J Lo, except that both might or might not have something to do with big asses, but I digress), poppers, a sling set up in one corner of the room, and a portable enema hose in the bathroom’s shower. There was no music. No conversation. Just naked men (and some pretty hot ones), grunts, groans, and the odd operatic aria (Sweet Mystery of Life, I Adore You). After about an hour or so, and making the corporeal acquaintance of at least five other men, the whole thing seemed rather amusing and well, a little boring. So I left, even though the partiers had hours to go before they slept. Trying to get my clothes back on amidst a tableau out of something Fellini might have dreamed up was no easy task. Picking my way to the door through the sweaty bodies almost made me giggle…it was like playing a very grown up game of Twister.

Contrast that with Sunday…and a very nice day at the beach with someone whom I’m getting to know on many levels. Contrast the sex party with just the two of us, in my sun-drenched bedroom, pretty much doing what the guys at the sex party were doing, but instead of looking for who we should fuck next, we stared into each other’s eyes, charting the course of each other’s pleasure.

What’s happened to me? Does this mean I’ve finally grown up? Or am I just getting boring?

Buy Links for Raining Men 
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon (paperback)
Dreamspinner (paperback)
Dreamspinner (ebook)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New in Audiobook! IM, My Serial Killer Thriller

The Internet Is the New Meat Market for Gay Men. 
Now a Killer Is Turning the Meat Market into a Meat Wagon.

One by one, he's killing them. Lurking in the digital underworld of Men4HookUpNow, he lures, seduces, charms, reaching out through instant messages to the unwary. They invite him over. He's just another trick. Harmless. They're dead wrong.

When the first bloody body surfaces, openly gay Chicago Police Department detective Ed Comparetto is called in to investigate. Sickened by the butchered mess of one of his brothers left on display in a bathtub, he seeks relief outside where the young man who discovered the body waits to tell him the story of how he found his friend. But who is this witness...and did he play a bigger part in the murder than he's letting on?

For Comparetto, this encounter with a witness is the beginning of a nightmare. Because this witness did more than just show up at the scene of the crime; he set the scene. And maybe, he's more than just a killer...maybe he's dead himself.

Comparetto is on a journey to discover the truth, a truth that he needs to find before he loses his career, his boyfriend, his sanity...his life. Because in this killer's world, IM doesn't stand for instant message...it stands for instant murder.

Listen to a sample and buy from Amazon or Audible (also available on iTunes).
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Monday, June 10, 2013

5+ Stars from Reviews by Jessewave for RAINING MEN!

I woke up today to an awesome 5+ star review at Reviews by Jessewave today for RAINING MEN.

Wave said: "Is redemption even possible for someone like Bobby who everyone loved to hate ...in Chaser? Bobby was the quintessential man-whore who made no bones about his philosophy that sex was all he wanted in life - no relationships - and he got his fix at every turn. But what readers didn’t know...was what made him into this man, someone who would pick up any scum just to satisfy his sexual urges. It wasn’t until one morning, when he woke up in bed after a nightmare, next to a man he didn’t recognize and didn’t even remember how the man got there, that he realized he needed help."

Read the entire review here.

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Sequel to Chaser 

The character you loved to hate in Chaser becomes the character you will simply love in Raining Men.

It’s been raining men for most of Bobby Nelson’s adult life. Normally, he wouldn’t have it any other way, but lately something’s missing. Now, he wants the deluge to slow to a single special drop. But is it even possible for Bobby to find “the one” after endless years of hooking up?

When Bobby’s father passes away, Bobby finally examines his rocky relationship with the man and how it might have contributed to his inability to find the love he yearns for. Guided by a sexy therapist, a Sex Addicts Anonymous group, a well-endowed Chihuahua named Johnny Wadd, and Bobby’s own cache of memories, Bobby takes a spiritual, sexual, and emotional journey to discover that life’s most satisfactory love connections lie in quality, not quantity. And when he’s ready to love not only himself but someone else, sex and love fit, at last, into one perfect package.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Postman was very nice to me today...



Guess what just arrived in the mail? 

This is the thrilling moment when it all seems real--when you actually hold your book in your hands for the first time.

 Get your own copy here


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Gay Romance NW Meetup Debuts in September!

I am very excited, along with several other awesome gay romance writers (see list below), to be taking part in the first-ever Pacific Northwest Conference of Gay Romance Readers and Writers. Full details below, supplied by GAYROM NW organizer Tracy Timmons-Gray.

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up in Seattle: September 14, 2013


For those in the U.S. Northwest region, we’re happy to announce an upcoming M/M event to be held in sunny Seattle this September! To date, more than 25 writers have signed up to talk about the M/M romance genre and publishing, and if you’re in the area (or if you’re up for some traveling), we’d LOVE to have you be a part of it!
Join us on Saturday, September 14 at the Seattle Central Library for the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up!
This half-day event will feature discussions and panels with M/M romance authors from around the region, Qs&As with the audience, and a post-event happy hour for book signings and more mingling and chatting about M/M! Registration starts at noon, and the conference will run from 1pm-5pm, followed by the Happy Hour until 7pm.
About the GRNW Meet-Up
The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up will give writers and readers all over the region a chance to gather and discuss M/M romance. The Meet-Up is open to the public and readers and writers are welcome to join in! You don’t have to be from the Northwest to be a part of the Meet-Up. All fans are welcome.
Attending Authors
We have a wonderful group of writers on board so far for the GRNW Meet-Up. Below is a preliminary list of authors who are planning to attend the event:
Astrid Amara, Talya Andor, Cate Ashwood, Heidi Belleau, Angela Benedetti, Sarah Black, Kade Boehme, L.C. Chase, Megan Derr, Stormy Glenn, Amelia Gormley, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Daisy Harris, Laylah Hunter, Amber Kell, Morticia Knight, Nicole Kimberling, Finn Marlowe, Sasha L. Miller, M.J. O’Shea, Rick R. Reed, Devon Rhodes. P.D. Singer, Tara Spears, Andrea Speed, Ethan Stone, Lou Sylvre, and Anne Tenino
You can read more about GRNW attending authors on our website: http://gayromancenorthwest.wordpress.com/author-bios/
How to register
Registration for the Meet-Up is now OPEN! Tickets for the conference are just $15 through July 31. Starting August 1, tickets go up to $25. Seats are limited though, so we’re encouraging those who want to attend to register early. (The Seattle Central Library auditorium seats 275 people, and we’re hoping to fill every seat!) To reserve your spot, please visit our ticket site:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390545
What can I do at the GRNW Meet-Up?
Besides enjoy the panel discussions, participate in the Qs&As, and meet other M/M writers and fans, there will also be M/M books on sale at the event, plus free swag and prizes. The Happy Hour event will also feature tasty free food. :grin:
Free Public M/M Readings!
Along with the GRNW Meet-Up on Sept.14, we are also planning free reading events at Seattle’s University Book Store at their University District location this summer! The first reading will be a sci-fi/fantasy-themed event on the evening of Thursday, July 25 and will feature GRNW authors Ginn HaleAstrid Amara, Angela Benedetti, and Laylah Hunter. There will be more free reading events this September prior to the conference
Who’s hosting the Meet-Up?
This event is being hosted by Old Growth Northwest, a Seattle nonprofit organization whose goal is to foster community around writers in the Northwest. The GRNW Meet-Up is being organized and staffed by a happy group of volunteers who love M/M and are super psyched about filling the Seattle Library with gay romance fans.
We want to thank Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, Riptide Publishing and Storm Moon Press for serving as GRNW Sponsors. We also thank our event partner University Book Store who will be onsite at the Meet-Up selling books by GRNW authors.
How can I learn more???
For more info about the event, you can visit our website at:
http://gayromancenorthwest.wordpress.com/
You can follow our updates on Twitter: @GayRom_NW
We also have a group on GoodReads where authors and attendees are discussing the event, possible panel topics, and where to stay in Seattle. (There’s even a group of attendees planning a party on Amtrak from Portland!) In addition, we’re hosting a“Road to Seattle” Reading Challenge this summer that highlights books by attending authors (and the first five people to finish get a free drink at the Meet-Up!)  :cool: You can visit our GR group here: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/102681
Thank you for helping support M/M Romance in the Pacific Northwest, and we hope to see you in Seattle!

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