Now Available — The Coward’s Way #mmromance

§ August 11th, 2014 § Filed under Books § Tagged , , , , , , Comments Off

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Two months after the discovery of a murderer in their midst, life for the inhabitants of Puddledown has settled back to normal for everybody except Hugo Wainwright. Having accepted his feelings for groundskeeper Tommy Granger, for Hugo, everything has changed. 

Hugo wants nothing more than to make his friend happy, but the voices in his head won’t let him. If he can’t bring himself to tell Tommy he’s having nightmares about the evening the killer came for him, how can he possibly explain the panic he feels every time Tommy tries to take their fledgling relationship further? 

When the local Viscount’s daughter goes missing after a ball from which Hugo and Tommy were the only guests to leave early, suspicion falls firmly on them. But the police inspector isn’t the only one keeping a close eye on the cabin in the woods, and as the net closes, Hugo has a decision to make. Will he be brave, or will he take the coward’s way out? 

Available now from Amazon, AllRomance, and Smashwords. Coming soon to B&N, and iTunes, or read for free on Scribd.


 

REMINDER: To celebrate the release of The Coward’s WayThe Dead Past is available for the bargain price of $0.99 for a limited time only. Available from AmazoniTunesAReB&N, and Smashwords, or read for free on Scribd.

We’re Not All Like You

§ August 7th, 2014 § Filed under Queer Stuff § Tagged , , § 4 Comments

So marriage equality is sweeping the west. Slowly but surely, state by state and country by country, we are winning, and we are doing so on a platform which says, in effect, “We’re just like you.” Gay couples want to settle down, raise children, say ‘I do’ before their friends and family. They want the white picket fence and 2.4 kids, to work 9-5 at a respectable, responsible job, pay the mortgage, walk the dogs in the park at the weekend, and enjoy lazy Sundays spending quality family time together. It’s a dream many of us, even in my generation, grew up never believing we’d see come true.

I’m certainly not going to deny anyone their right to that dream. It’s a perfectly valid one — a great one. There is infinite joy to be found in getting married, settling down and rearing children.

However… it’s not for everyone.

The problem with hanging any equality campaign on a “we’re just like you” argument is that, of course, we’re not. For every gay man or woman who wants marriage and kids, there’s another who doesn’t, and those people are rendered invisible by the “just like you” mantra.

But do you know who else is being rendered invisible at exactly the same time? All those straight people who don’t want marriage and kids either.

Couples who choose not to marry, who choose not to live together, who choose not to have children. Swingers and menages, and people who don’t want relationships at all. There’s a whole world of different lifestyles out there, and married couples with kids are but a small part of it.

Marriage equality matters, I’m not detracting from that for a second. (Heh, now the cat’s out of the bag about the fact I’m in a transatlantic same-sex relationship, I bet you can guess why.) But let’s not get swept up in the rhetoric and the romance of ceremony and forget all the people we are marginalising when we hold matrimony up as The (capital T) way of living your life. We want, need, and deserve the right to marry, and to have our marriages recognised. But that doesn’t make marriage mandatory, and it doesn’t mean choosing not to marry is a mistake.

The LGBT community has garnered unprecedented visibility in recent years as we have fought for equality. Let’s not whitewash ourselves to appear more palatable to people who are, when you scratch the surface, more like us than either side realises.

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REMINDER: To celebrate the upcoming release of The Coward’s WayThe Dead Past is available for the bargain price of $0.99 for a limited time only. Available from AmazoniTunesAReB&N, and Smashwords.

Announcing THE COWARD’S WAY, Puddledown #2, and a #SALE

§ August 5th, 2014 § Filed under Books § Tagged , , , , Comments Off

The Coward’s Way

CW cover 200x300 Announcing THE COWARDS WAY, Puddledown #2, and a #SALE

Two months after the discovery of a murderer in their midst, life for the inhabitants of Puddledown has settled back to normal for everybody except Hugo Wainwright. Having accepted his feelings for groundskeeper Tommy Granger, for Hugo, everything has changed.

Hugo wants nothing more than to make his friend happy, but the voices in his head won’t let him. If he can’t bring himself to tell Tommy he’s having nightmares about the evening the killer came for him, how can he possibly explain the panic he feels every time Tommy tries to take their fledgling relationship further?

When the local Viscount’s daughter goes missing after a ball from which Hugo and Tommy were the only guests to leave early, suspicion falls firmly on them. But the police inspector isn’t the only one keeping a close eye on the cabin in the woods, and as the net closes, Hugo has a decision to make. Will he be brave, or will he take the coward’s way out?

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45,000 words. Release date 11th August 2014. Pre-ordering will be available on Barnes&Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords in the next few days. (Also, yes that’s Hugo on the cover. OMG squee!)

Sale!

To celebrate the upcoming release of The Coward’s WayThe Dead Past will be available for the bargain price of $0.99 for a limited time only. Available from Amazon, iTunes, ARe, B&N, and Smashwords.

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What is Wrong with People?

§ July 15th, 2014 § Filed under Queer Stuff § Tagged , , , , , § 6 Comments

At the beginning of June, opponents of Houston’s recently passed Equal Rights Ordinance submitted a petition containing 50,000 signatures demanding a repeal of the bill. The ordinance bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as sex, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status. It applies to businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing, city employment and city contracting, but religious institutions are exempt. Apparently, there are 50,000 people in the Houston area (assuming all the signatures are valid) who think that not being allowed to discriminate is a bad thing.

What the hell is wrong with them?

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Why the Hobby Lobby Ruling Should Worry Us All

§ June 30th, 2014 § Filed under Random § Tagged , , , , § 5 Comments

I blogged about the Hobby Lobby case while it was being heard in the US Supreme Court. Back then, I was annoyed that it had even got that far, but I had faith. Faith in a Constitution which guaranteed the separation of church and state, and faith in the nine Justices who almost a year ago to the day handed down two massive human rights rulings concerning Prop8 and DOMA. It was utterly ludicrous for a company to claim any sort of religious right, and even crazier to think that right would supersede the medical needs of its employees. Yet that is exactly what SCOTUS just ruled.

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Parity Between Partners – Equality in M/M

§ June 24th, 2014 § Filed under Random § Tagged , , , , § 8 Comments

So there’s been a lot of nonsense doing the rounds about women in m/m. Aren’t we bored of this yet? I’m not addressing the issue again, suffice it to say the day I stop being allowed to write about men is the day men stop being allowed to write about women, or aliens, or animals, or, y’know, anything except other men.

What I do want to talk about is an equally tired old argument I see bandied around time and again, that women like to write two men together because the relationship between two men is more equal than it is between a man and a woman.

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How #MonsterWritingWeekend Can Help You

§ June 8th, 2014 § Filed under Books § Tagged , , , § 9 Comments

So, anyone who’s been following me on Facebook or Twitter recently will have seen the hashtag #MonsterWritingWeekend cropping up. It started as a challenge I set with the awesome AJ Rose over Memorial Day Weekend, when we were bitching about how slowly the WIPs were progressing. We decided to challenge ourselves to the impossible: write 45,000 words in three days.

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Are You ‘In the Closet’ About M/M?

§ May 28th, 2014 § Filed under Queer Stuff § Tagged , , , , , , § 16 Comments

It’s a question I see a lot. Sometimes it’s bandied about as a badge of honour. In any group dedicated to the reading or writing of queer fiction, there’s a thread somewhere asking who’s ‘out’ and who’s ‘closeted’ about what they do. Most people don’t seem to think it’s a big deal, but I do and here’s why.

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Spot the Agenda

§ May 21st, 2014 § Filed under Queer Stuff § Tagged , , , , , , , Comments Off

I’m bored of hearing about the ‘homosexual agenda’. It seems we can’t turn on the TV anymore without hearing someone from the right wing spluttering about agendas and liberalism and the sheer unfairness of it all.

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#WIN a Paperback Copy of The Dead Past – Closes 25/05

§ May 19th, 2014 § Filed under Books § Tagged , , , , , , Comments Off

I’m giving away a paperback copy of The Dead Past over on Goodreads — competition closes at midnight on the 25th. One click to enter. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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The Dead Past

by Kate Aaron

Giveaway ends May 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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