My third novel. I’m so proud of this one–it’s based off a short story of mine from almost ten years ago. I wrote it for a family member who is deeply closeted with no sign of coming out, and honestly, for myself and for other LGBT Mormons I knew. Over the next few months, I’ll have a lot to say about how the LDS church treats its LGBTQ members (short story: it’s not good) and how I tried to walk the line between being respectful of the members of a religion who are just doing their best and openly criticising rules and mindsets that are doing real damage to a significant number of people.
For the record, Utah is leading the nation in teen suicide, and the vast majority of those teens are LGBTQ. It’s a horrific statistic. I feel like now more than ever a book that depicts the reality of life as a devout Mormon and how challenging coming out can be (with both positive and negative outcomes), this book needs to be. And it is!
May 18th. You can currently pre-order AND IT CAME TO PASS at Target, as they’re using our publishing house, Interlude Press, to “test” the market for literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists. And even better, they’re offering it at a massive discount off the cover price as a pre-order (with no detriment to me or my publisher!).
Stay tuned, and in particular look for “Mormon Mondays” with upcoming podcasts, interviews, and more.
VEGAS, BABY, my home away from home. Well, for the week at least.
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!
As they crested a small butte, Renaldo could see another stream below, the ground fecund with growth and trees. Up here, they were at the edge of the tablelands, near where the land drove up sharply into the mountains of New Mexico. As they carefully picked their way down the side, the horses managing to avoid the scree and slippery portions with grace, Renaldo could see a solitary figure below. He looked to Hank to see what he made of this and made himself relax at the sight of the huge smile blooming on his companion’s face.
“Didn’t think he’d…” Hank cut himself off, shaking his head in what looked to be happy disbelief.
“Do you know him?” Renaldo asked.
“Very well,”Hank replied, his face splitting with a wide grin. He put his fingers to his mouth and gave three sharp whistles. The man in the distance replied with a high-pitched cry.
Meet Tsá-Cho, a.k.a. The Wrench in the Love Works. (Not what the name means.)
Mescalero Apache actor/model Rick Mora, aka my choice in casting for Tsa-Cho, should HBO come knocking. 😉
You simply can’t tell a story about Texas in the 19th Century without Native Americans (or N’Dee, Nde, or The People as they would refer to themselves) in the story. Unfortunately, Native Americans have often been cast as savages, as dutiful side-kicks, or as set dressing. The European immigrants almost destroyed them and the Nde are still feeling the devastating effects, part of which is the consistent “othering” and dehumanizing Hollywood continues with respect to these people. They’re either your spiritual guide–an object to help the white person “learn something about themselves”–or they’re illiterate, ignorant simpletons, all of which is grossly insulting. Their rich history, their massive contributions to the Americas, and their incredibly diverse and accepting cultures are often left by the wayside, or worse, aren’t even known by the general public. Continue reading
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!
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:
- 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 😉
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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!!)
- 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!
Introducing Abuelita, a gentle Tobiano with pretty rounded white splotches and a tender heart. But more importantly, I want y’all to meet Doc, the Wonderhorse on whom she’s based.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Artwork by Colleen M. Good
“Abuelita is a good choice,”Francisco said to Burnett, nodding toward the horse. “Gentle, good instincts.”
“Abuelita?” Burnett asked, looking between the two brothers.
“Little grandmother,”Renaldo said, grinning and running his hand along Abuelita’s copper flank. “She mothers the other horses and watches out for the foals. Gracias, Francisco.”
Francisco nodded and gave his brother’s shoulder a squeeze.
“That’s good thinking,” Burnett said. “Could help us out there. Gracias.”
The brothers looked at each other, amused at Burnett’s American-South accent as he attempted to pronounce Spanish. Burnett caught that, rolled his eyes and took the lead, walking Abuelita to where she could join his horses in one of the corrals.
“Be good, eh?” Francisco said quietly, ruffling Renaldo’s hair.
Under the cut is Real Life Abuelito, aka, Doc, the best quarter horse ever.
I had a fantastically productive meeting with my editor/publisher today. Â My story about two LDS missionaries who discover their feelings for one another while serving, a story that has languished on my computer forÂ 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. Â 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.
IÂ also got the green light forÂ a FREE story, a sort of spin-off about one character in BITTER SPRINGS. Â I’ve been really worried about this one for a multitude of reasons. Â 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. Â 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, TsÃ¡-Cho, our protagonist, would have been referred to asÂ ndeâ€™isdzan. Â The Navajo (a sort of sister language) would have called himÂ nÃ¡dleehÃ©. Â There’s your fun, informative trivia for the day.
Now [cracks knuckles], time to get to work.
Not Ark, even though I would love 40 days and nights of rain. Â ARC, or Advanced Reader’s Copy, is the mostly-edited-but-there-still-might-be-a-few-tweaks-left version of a book that isÂ sent out to review houses, book bloggers, and so forth so they have enough time to read and write a review by the time the book is released.
If you think about it, if you’re, say, USA Today orÂ Foreward Reviews‘ book reviewer, you’ve got aÂ lot of material coming at you. Â To have the time to read critically and write up your thoughts requires some breathing room. So these copies get sent out a few months in advance. Â (I’ll say this though: there aren’t going to be many tweaks between this and the Final Copy, maybe two or three typesetter issues. Â I haveÂ amazing editors with eagle eyes.)
I got an early morning call that my ARCs went out and a surprise knock at the door wasÂ a copy for me to hold, too! (I cannot stress enough that I haveÂ literally rolled out of bed here. Â I’m in my Oak Cliff Film Festival sleepshirt, for crying out loud.)
I am so proud of this book, of all the research I did while writing it, the eye-opening experiencesÂ from researching a time that has been Anglicized to the point of absolutely washing away important people in our nation’s history. Â And beyond that, I really, really love these characters.
I hope that come December 3 (release day!) you will, too.
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 â€œHankâ€ Burnett, a freed slave and talented mesteÃ±eroâ€”or horse-catcherâ€”so he may continue the family horse trade.”
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.
My publisher, Interlude Press, is officially a yearÂ 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. Â A cup of over-priced coffee, is what i’m saying. PRACTICALLY BOOK THEFT, except not because of that whole fiveÂ dollars thing. Â 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.
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.
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.