QTA Christmas Blog Hop

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So, um yeah. I entered a blog hop. I know, I know, not my usual thing. But I kinda liked this one. I mean, after all, they’re giving away a gift basket for gays. How cool is that?

qta_christmas_blog_hop-180x179If you’re coming here from the Queer Town Abbey Blog Hop, welcome! If it’s your first time here, you may want to bookmark me and come back because today is not the only day I’m giving away a prize. Every year from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, I give away a bunch of books, many of which are MM. I’ll be giving away a copy of the Broken Bonds audiobook for one lucky commenter on this post! It fits right in as Broken Bonds is first, and foremost, a Christmas Eve story with props to Dickens.

For the QTA Blog Hop, check the awesome prizes HERE. There’s a Rafflecopter there for entering. Also, I’m supposed to ask you a question at the end of this post with a simple one word answer that you need to return to the QTA website with. You will use the answer to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Look for the question at the bottom of this post in BOLD. Remember that the answer is one word and you’ll find it here in my blog post.

And now, for the QTA Blog Hop, I’m supposed to talk about what Christmas means to my family. That’s really a tough thing for me to answer. You see, my daughter is grown now and she’s not here this year. She’s at her dad’s. Even if she were here, we just don’t do Christmas like other families do. One reason is that unfortunately, we live in a very expensive part of the country and I’m the sole breadwinner in the family. That means my hard earned dollars don’t go very far. Most years, we can’t afford Christmas.

Coming from a family where my mom and dad loved Christmas, it’s personally difficult for me not to have a tree or presents or Christmas dinner. I cs-012satisfy my yearning for those holiday traditions by going to the company Christmas party where there’s traditional foods and a chance to dress up in holiday clothes. My husband puts lights up inside our windows, hangs my jangly bell laden wooden Santa on the front door, and puts up with me listening to Christmas music on the radio. And every year it makes me really sad that that’s the extent of what we can do.

I’ve learned that Christmas traditions mean a lot to me and not being able to do the things I grew up doing often makes me really melancholy come December. I do what I can do and take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone even if I’m too poor to have Christmas. I have my hubs and my daughter and the babies. I know they all love me. I may not have great health but I have a job that mostly pays the bills and I can write and make book covers to pay for the rest of the bills. We scrape by and we have love for each other. That means a lot to me because Christmas could be a lot worse, and has been, in the past.

friendsSo I guess what Christmas means to me is that it’s the time of year to be thankful for what I do have even if it’s not even close to what most people consider to be Christmas. It’s not material for me and when I find myself feeling pissy for not having what others have and take for granted, I pull myself out of the self-pity whirlpool. I try to remember that the people who take the presents and tree, food and parties for granted are really the ones who are poor. Holding the spirit of Christmas in your heart, the spirit of love and thankfulness, and remembering to cherish those things and not equate them with how much you’ve received in material things is truly what this holiday is about.

Although, it sure would be nice to have my own car and not have to share. 😉

Remember your loved ones this Holiday Season, the ones you are lucky enough to still have with you as well as those who have passed. Remember the lessons of love they’ve taught you over the years. Remember the fullness of your heart when you’ve been privileged to be with them. And remember that no matter how many gifts you give or get, it’s the gift of Love that is the greatest gift you can ever give or receive. You know, there really is a reason why I write romance.

The one word answer to the following question is what you need to take back to Queer Town Abbey with you in order to continue on the Blog Hop: What is the greatest gift you can ever give or receive? Go HERE to keep hopping!

For a chance to win a copy of Broken Bonds in audiobook, just leave me a comment and tell me what’s the most precious Christmas gift you’ve ever received.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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The Next Big Thing: The King of Dick Lit

My pal Tara Lain tagged me to be in this huge blog hop called The Next Big Thing. You answer some questions about your current WIP, tag the person who tagged you and then tag four more people who will link back to you and four other people and so on and so on…

Me being me, first I couldn’t figure out if I could find 4 people who weren’t already tagged. (I did!) Then I couldn’t decide on the WIP. (It’s not like I don’t have a tough enough time working on 5 WIPs at the same time!) It’s not like be to be so indecisive but…I must have a moon in some weird ass phase or planet or something. Anyway, here’s my Next Big Thing!

What is the working title of your book?

The King of Dick Lit. The title came from the end of Kissing Joan Collins when my hero Logan Moore an author of mysteries became a gayrom author whom his editor Kris calls “the King of Dick Lit.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to write a sequel to Kissing Joan Collins but I hadn’t come up with a plot. Then someone (probably Kris Jacen) said we should all write stories about our characters going to GayRomLit2012. Then I saw the video of Jared Rackler dancing and I got this amazing idea for Logan Moore to go to GRL2012.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a gayrom, of course. MM contemporary

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Why do people ask this? I don’t usually put famous faces on my characters. *runs to look up some hotties* Matt Bomer looks like he might work for Logan Moore. Trevor Donovan might fit for Chase Courtland. And man, would they look HOT together! *fans self*

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Author Logan Moore spends a week in Albuquerque at GayRomLit tarnishing his “King of Dick Lit” crown as he dirty dances, ogles hotties, gets horny and sports wood in public all because of his irrepressible, totally luscious, crossing dressing husband, Chase.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

My editor at MLR Press has dibs on this one.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It’s not finished yet but it will probably take me a couple of months to finish because I’m juggling other projects too.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre.

It’s predecessor, Kissing Joan Collins. It’s a gayrom with quirky humor and some sweet loving. I don’t know that I’m like anyone else and I almost feel like I’m being presumptuous by saying oh, it’s like this person’s book or that person’s book.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Jared Rackler’s Ass. (Don’t blush, kid!)

What else about your book might interest the reader?

It has a very masculine six foot tall hottie in a tight dress…that’s gotta count for something! 😉

Person who tagged me: Tara Lain

Suckers…erm…people I tagged:

Belinda McBride

Adera Orphanelli

Stephani Hecht

WM Kirkland

Now isn’t that fun for a Monday morning?

Here’s some inspiration too! The next Encounters short story has Colin cuffed to the bed for some violet wand play. YUM.

My big holiday giveaway starts on Thanksgiving so come back then for a chance to win ebooks, print books and gift cards from lots of amazing authors! Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!