Coming Soon ~ BALLS UP ~ Blowing It #2

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The sequel to Blowing It

Owen Barnes’s life is finally going the way he wants. He’s making a living as an author, and his relationship with building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is going from strength to strength.

When Owen finds a lump, he buries his head in the sand. He’s too busy for doctor appointments and besides, it’s probably nothing. He pushes concern away and is soon swept up in a whirlwind of distractions. His best friend’s husband is falling apart and Owen needs to be strong for them, not burdening them with his fears.

He says he’ll deal with it when the new book is released, when Ryan and Sameer are more stable, when he’s done writing. Owen has a hundred excuses to hide one simple fact: he’s scared.

Eventually Magnus drags him to the doctor, and the news isn’t good. Can Owen cope with the unexpected turn events have taken, or is his perfect life about to go balls up?

Expected Release: June 2015

Waxing Lyrical

If you’re interested to hear my opinion on self-publishing, I’m over at Jay Northcote’s blog today, talking about how and why I do that thing I do.

And don’t forget the LGBT Push Back Fundraiser is still happening! We’re creeping up on 100 entrants, and there’s still plenty of time to lend your support to this wonderful charity initiative. Follow the link for a free, exclusive story by AJ Rose.

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200 Authors. 2 Weeks. 1 Massive #Fundraiser

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From today until 1st May, a collective of 224 authors, bloggers, and publishers of LGBT fiction are giving back to anyone prepared to give a little to charity. Rather than spending $5 on a book in the next two weeks, please consider donating that $5 to an LGBT charity of your choice, tell us about it, and go into our massive draw to receive a book in return. It’s our little way of saying thank you to everyone who supports our community.

Hop on over to DiverseReader to take part!

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Last Chance Saloon

rainbowpizza2Due to the absolutely overwhelming response we’ve received to our call for authors of LGBT fiction to donate books for a charity giveaway scheduled for 18th April, we’ve reached capacity and are closing the RSVP date for donors at the end of today (09 April).

Authors, if you want to make a donation, this is your last chance. Please contact me (author [at] kateaaron [dot] com), AJ Rose (ajrosefiction [at] gmail [dot] com), or Meredith King (diversereader [at] yahoo [dot] com) by the end of the day to get involved.

Readers: get excited! We’ve got hundreds of authors, review blogs, and publishing houses all offering rewards to anyone prepared to donate a little bit of time or money to charity, so be sure to keep an eye on DiverseReader on the 18th April for your chance to take part.

Calling All #Authors of #LGBT Fiction

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I love the LGBT community. I love our idealism, our optimism, our faith in a future that will get better. I love that we’re not afraid to stand up and fight to make the future better. I love how we look after our own, take kids in off the streets when their own parents don’t want them anymore, and are prepared to do battle all the way through the highest courts in every land to make our voices heard. I also love our allies, and the wonderful crossover community that is M/M. We are more than a genre, more than a disparate group of individuals. As a collective, we are righteous force to be reckoned with.

So when a certain pizza parlour in Indiana said they wouldn’t cater gay weddings (see my earlier post for my thoughts on that story) and within four days was creeping up on $1mil in donations from a GoFundMe campaign to support their brand of bigotry, I knew we could do better.

AJ Rose and Meredith King agreed with me, and together we came up with a plan. We want to gather as many authors as we can from our wonderful community who want to take a stand and give the collective finger to people cashing in on discrimination. We’d like to give something back to the people who are always giving back, we’d like to offer them a small token of thanks. We’d like to offer anyone who donates $5 to an LGBT charity of their choice, or shares a charity’s links and spreads the message, the chance to win an ebook.

Over the last few days, we’ve been contacting every author we know, and they in turn have been contacting their friends. So far we’ve got 125 incredible authors on board, and that number is rising rapidly, but we’d like more. Ideally, we’d like to reward  everyone  prepared to do something for charity.

So what do you say? Can you spare a copy of an ebook (reader’s choice works best, but we know some authors have publisher restrictions) for a worthy winner as incentive for readers to donate? We need to hear back by Saturday, April 11th (to diversereader at yahoo dot com, author at kateaaron dot com, or ajrosefiction at gmail dot com), for a blog post going up on 18th April at DiverseReader announcing the giveaway and the reason behind the fundraiser.

The day of the post, all we ask is that you share the post link on your various social media to alert your fans of the opportunity, and when the deadline for the giveaway passes, we’ll email you the name of your winner and their email so you can contact them about their prize. It’s easy, hosted in one place for readers to follow and enter, and will show that we mean business.

We want this fundraiser to be as big as we can make it. We want to prove to the naysayers that we have honour and justice on our side, that we’ll look after the people they kick to the kerb, we’ll fight for our rights to live and love equally, and to have equal protections under the law. LGBT people aren’t going anywhere, and our allies have loud voices. Help us use them.

*ETA, we’ve been contacted by some of the review site owners about adding in a gift card for the cost of a single book as incentive as well, and we’d like to say that’s awesome, if those sites are willing to do so. You’ll be emailed just as an author would to handle transfer of the prize to the winner, but we’d like to keep it to the cost of a book per gift card, so as to avoid a sort of lottery situation. Money for donations gets into potential legalities I’m not sure would help the cause.