Romantic Times Con: Las Vegas

VEGAS, BABY, my home away from home.  Well, for the week at least.

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WHERE: Rio Hotel and Casino, on Flamingo RD

WHAT: The biggest party in the world of Romance Writing. Agents, authors, publishers, bloggers, and more importantly: READERS all converge in a week long fest of good times.

ME: I’ll be signing books, attending events, drinking cocktails, and (most definitely) hitting the craps tables at some point, and I would love nothing more than to see YOU.

Book signings: Wednesday, 3:15pm (I’m with Tessa Dare, ahh!) in room AMAZON G.  I’ll also be at the Giant Book Fair on Saturday signing (I’m next to Damon Suede!) in the RIO PAVILION, and this starts at 10:30am and goes until 2:30pm on Saturday.

I’ll also have bookplates if you have a book you weren’t able to bring and still want my John Hancock. <3

There are so many great sessions this week, so the best way to find me (and please do!) is via my Twitter.  I would love, love, love to meet you guys, talk about the things we love and have the best time ever. Last year was a blast, and this year promises to be even better.

And guys? Guys?  I’m such a good luck charm at the table. No, really. You’re so money and you don’t even know it, baby. Let’s do this!

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Bitter Springs: Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway

It’s time! Release Day! To go along with Bitter Springs hitting bookshelves around the globe, I’ll be traveling along this series of tubes and cat memes we call the “inter-net” at various book blogs to talk about the book, the proper way to make nachos, why Haas avocados are essential for the very best guacamole, and why dudes on horseback are basically the best dudes.

THIS IS GREAT FOR YOU, AND I’LL TELL YOU WHY: every blog stop on my tour means a chance for you to laugh (I seriously try to make it as fun and entertaining as possible) and every comment left at every stop is automatically entered to win a copy of my book!

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Multiple stops every day. MULTIPLE CHANCES TO WIN. EVERY DAY. ALL DAY ERR-DAY. Okay, until the 16th, when my stops end, but YOU can keep on entering if you missed a stop until the 23rd of December. PRETTY COOL.

I’ll keep the schedule updated as the stops happen, so bookmark this post and check back daily for where cool people are talking about books (mine in particular). You can also track where I am at my official Tumblr. Just look for Paloma-she’ll keep us on the trail. (Oh god, I am sorry. But not?)

Virtual Book Tour Stops:

Dec 3:

Dec. 4

  • Divine Magazine – chance to enter and win!
  • Gay Books – link to a thoughtful 4 star review, too (aww! THANK YOU!)
  • Books 4 Ever – Fun interview where you might learn some new things about me 😉

Dec. 7

  • Bayou Book Junkie, where they very thoughtfully gave me a 4.5 Star review! <3
  • Reviews and Ramblings, where I talk about former (and present) pets on top of other things
  • Unquietly Me, where I give some writing advice
  • And the wonderfully named, Two Chicks Obsessed, where there’s a fun, lengthy interview and I have to say that I love their blog layout a LOT. (That’s a thing for me.)

Dec. 8

  • Book Reviews Rants And Raves, where I talk about this book being a way to show my dad that yeah, Badger Clark DID have gay cowboy poems, because he’s of the generation where if something is in print, it’s Truth. (omg. I mean, it is true, but you feel me.)
  • My Fiction Nook, and this is the one with the To Do List. 😀 (I liked that so much that I’ll add it to my Official Site soon with the other short story tie-ins that are going up this month.)
  • Not officially on my tour, but Jude Sierra shared such a lovely review, and I was so touched that I’m linking it here. When a wonderful writer pays you a compliment, it’s just freaking awesome.

Dec. 9

  • The very delightful Elin Gregory, where she and I gushed over pretty book cover art in comments (it’s like old school days of LJ where the best things happen in comments! /nostalgia)
  • And Books and More, where I was asked about the inspiration for the book (it’s a good story) and if I write while naked.  And I answered. [kitten purr while stroking my throat]

(Apparently I want to be Madame. Someone bring me my diamond choker and bejeweled turban. WOW I JUST DATED MYSELF THERE.)

Dec. 10

Dec. 11

Dec. 14

  • Dawn’s Reading Nook There’s a nice interview here that ends in me sharing recipes for the best pizza toppings (after talking about how fun conventions are!)
  • Happily Ever After (FB page) with a SURPRISE excerpt from my next book, And It Came To Pass
  • QUEERcentric Books Where during the course of the interview I reiterate how awesome supportive friends can be, as well as a book recommendation. (Spoiler alert: Something Like A Love Song. Good lord, I can’t recommend that enough. GO GET IT.)

Dec. 15

  • CheekyPee BooksandReviews where I’m interviewed after the blurb, and it contains nuggets like who I love to write with and some word association.
  • And Elizabeth Noble, a fellow M/M writer kind enough to host a Raffle Widget ALL FOR YOU. SHE IS DOING IT FOR YOU.  (And you get 20 chances to enter!!)

Dec. 16

  • BFD Books and Reviews, which I assumed meant “Big F*cking Deal” because they have the best banner and lots of awesome books, but apparently stands for Books, Friends and Drinks, which happen to be three things I love more than anything else. Yeah, they went with the right one there.
  • And last but certainly not least, the Mack Daddy of book blogs, Prism Book Alliance, and here I got to relive the glory days of the @okaybutlistenpodcast and talk about the TV show I’d love to bring back and why.

You have 20 chances to enter to win, so stop at each place and get your entry in!

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Early reviews are coming in and they’re…

…overwhelming me with pride (ha) and happiness!

The American Library Association gives Bitter Springs a thumbs up (oh my gosh, libraries are so important to me).

“This is a very moving novel, expertly written with much dialogue, and sage third-person commentary. The author’s character development is superb, especially regarding Renaldo and Henry, but also including Renaldo’s many relatives. She also offers fine and technically-accurate descriptions of the horses in their midst.”

Publisher’s Weekly also has a positive review.

“Simple, clean storytelling and an uncomplicated plot keep the story quietly intimate. Stone (The Bones of You) walks the fine line of keeping her protagonists traditionally masculine but never posturingly macho, and they’re often vulnerable with each other and gentle with the horses.”

My favorite bit, though, is “a scene of Renaldo teaching Hank Spanish endearments is particularly delightful.”  Y’all, I’m not going to lie to you. Some of that Spanish is straight up dirty talk. And you should add that to your vocabulary STAT. Haha.

I think this deserves a nice bottle of wine to celebrate. (So grateful!)

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Bitter Springs is available for pre-orders at Amazon, B&N, and the IP Store, preorders at my publisher’s store will also get you a free eBook. It will be out on December 3, 2015.

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And that’s a GO

I had a fantastically productive meeting with my editor/publisher today.  My story about two LDS missionaries who discover their feelings for one another while serving, a story that has languished on my computer for years and went through a few rounds in my writing group back in 2009 [yeesh, I’m getting old!], is moving along at a faster clip to get published.  I’ll have some ARCs/Galleys for April’s RTConvention in Vegas, 2016, and we should be set to get it widely available come Summer, 2016. I love this story so much, and can’t wait to share it.

I also got the green light for a FREE story, a sort of spin-off about one character in BITTER SPRINGS.  I’ve been really worried about this one for a multitude of reasons.  It’s about Two Spirits, it’s about Mescalero Apaches, and I’m a white woman. I have to be 1000% certain to be respectful of other cultures here, because goodness knows Native Americans haven’t been treated with much respect, let alone Two Spirits.  Understand that the term “Two Spirit” is the adopted modern term, as it wasn’t called that in the time that BITTER SPRINGS is set, but for modern talking with you purposes, that’s what I’m referring to.

(If you’re interested, according to my Mescalero Apache resource, Tsá-Cho, our protagonist, would have been referred to as nde’isdzan.  The Navajo (a sort of sister language) would have called him nádleehé.  There’s your fun, informative trivia for the day.

Now [cracks knuckles], time to get to work.

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GLAAD Spirit Day

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This is a day that means a lot to me.  Spirit Day, Purple Shirt Day, Support LGBTQ Youth Day, however you want to call it, it’s a day that both reminds me of how my oldest child struggled with coming out, with bullying at his school, and how many kids around the world face this every day.  It also gives me hope, because my second child–while still facing the struggles that so many youth face as LGBTQ–and her girlfriend faced a wave of acceptance.

It gets better?  It’s GETTING better, but that’s because of supportive folks like yourself and GLAAD’s drive to educate the public.

So here’s where you come in: my publisher, an LGBTQ publishing house, is not only dropping the price of all books today by 25%, they will be donating $1 to GLAAD for every book, print or electronic, sold today.

And I’m matching dollar for dollar for any of my books purchased. That’s a price cut and $2 to a terrific organization, their purpose to help make life better for the queer youth of today and tomorrow.  All day, until midnight PST in the US, so grab my book, someone else’s book, get involved with IP’s direct donation link, just show your SPIRIT!

Edit: Aww, heck, let’s throw in BITTER SPRINGS, too.  All pre-sale purchases today will add to my Dollar Matching. Let’s get to raising funds! ❤︎

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Pre-Order Bitter Springs!

You won’t get it in your hot little hands until December 3, but you’ll be sure to have a copy ON December 3, especially if you order it straight from my publisher.

That’s the smart buy, and I’ll tell you why: when you buy a physical book from Interlude Press, they’ll also give you the eBook.  FOR FREE.  (And it’s a DRM-free eBook, which means you can put it on multiple devices!)  Pre-sales with IP are limited to the US and Canada, BUT! If you’re from outside North America, save your receipt from your purchase and IP–up until February–will give you a free eBook. Pretty rad.  Two books for the price of one.

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Of course you can order early from Amazon, but… They kind of don’t tally up pre-orders as one thing, so it ruins your Release Day numbers (which are really, really important). BUT YOU CAN. You can also tell your library about my book (give them the ISBN: 978-1-941530-55-9) and then that won’t cost you a penny, your library will have a shiny copy for you to read, and your librarian will thank you for adding a little more diversity to their shelves!

Be sure to get your copy!  (And stay tuned for a sneak peek, character insights and inspirations, and fun stuff about the Llano Estacado. <– NO REALLY, IT IS WONDERFUL THERE.)

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Sneak Peek of Bitter Springs

From my Publisher: “In 1870s Texas, Renaldo Valle Santos, the youngest son of a large and traditional family, has been sent to train with Henry “Hank” Burnett, a freed slave and talented mesteñero—or horse-catcher—so he may continue the family horse trade.”

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Meet Henry Burnett.

“Bitter Springs is a sweeping epic that takes themes from traditional Mexican literature and Old Westerns to tell the story of a man coming into his own and realizing his destiny lies in the wild open spaces with the man who loves him, far from expectations of society.”

I’m happy to announce that Bitter Springs will be available on December 3rd.

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Big Sale Going On!

My publisher, Interlude Press, is officially a year old today, and to celebrate, they’re offering 20% off of ALL BOOKS, past published, eBooks, and pre-sales, through the month of July!

Just for examples, the eBook of The Bones Of You is currently 7.99, USD, but with the discount, that… carry the one… radican of X, A LOT LESS. Like, 5 bucks.  A cup of over-priced coffee, is what i’m saying. PRACTICALLY BOOK THEFT, except not because of that whole five dollars thing.  There are some terrific books in the store, so check them out, load up, and be sure to use code ONEYEAR to get your discount.

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Romantic Times Convention 2015

RTCon is a business convention and fan convention rolled into one, and I was fortunate enough to have it happening in my backyard, as it was held in Dallas this year. I’m still processing all of the great stuff I learned (and more importantly, trying to track down all of the amazing people I met and spoke with–say hi if it’s you!) but I’ll leave you with a shot of their giant yet shockingly well organized Book Fair held on Saturday.

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For the thousands of readers who came, this whole schmole ran like clockwork. Other cons could learn a lot from them re: wristbands and organizing signings for heavy hitters like Sandra Brown and Meg Cabot. I had the two best table mates possible, and more on them later! Photo Courtesy of RT Convention.

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Foreward Reviews Indie Fab Book of the Year Finalist

…whaaaaaaat? Holy smokes, I’ve learned that THE BONES OF YOU has been named a Book of the Year finalist in two, count ’em, two categories: LGBT and Romance.

Consider me happily gobsmacked.

The winners will be announced at the ALA Convention in San Francisco, June 2015, and I sincerely mean it when I say it’s an honor to be nominated. Plus, I get shiny stickers on my books! Thanks so much to Foreward Reviews for this amazing stepping stone in my burgeoning writing career.

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