Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GRL Pre-Game Party

Tomorrow we take off for Illinois! Tonight, I'm just getting my ducks in a row. Here's the pre-game warm up:

1. Still a few more hours to get a Willoughby Spit t-shirt if you're not coming to GRL! If you are going, be sure to stop by my reading at 10am on Saturday for a shot at one of your own. As my friend Hayley said, "Confuse your hipster friends!" Hard to pass up, right?

2. A lot of people have been asking about "Fuck Me, Etienne" t-shirts. All I'll say is they're definitely a thing, but they gotta be hand made, Brady-style, you know? Maybe I'll do a giveaway for one of those later, made-to-order. In the meantime, you will know me at GRL by my Brady-wear, for sure.



3. I'll also have Willougby Spit CDs! You can of course always get the story it contains for free at any number of places, but the packaging is pretty cute, and once I'm out, I'm out forever. Reading, author lounge event (Thursday at noon!), featured author signing, sitting around in the bar somewhere, totally just wander up to me and poke me to request one of your own.

... okay I probably won't have them on me at the parties, but we can arrange to meet up later and I'll get you one. :D

4. All weekend long, I'm gonna be jotting down emails to put in a drawing for my most fabulous of all giveaways. Remember the Fire and Ice bracelet giveaways, with the gorgeous Superpowered Love Bunique Beads designed bracelets? Yeah, well, I've got Lightning to give away at GRL, and wow.


Talk about lightning in a bottle. These beauties are labradorite--which is basically lightning in mineral form, aesthetically speaking. The pendants are amethyst and ametrine--I've got the ametrine one right now, but we can totally trade if the winner likes it better. (Yes, I asked Bun to make two of each, one for me, one for the winner. Because shiny.) And the most unique feature of this one is that the pendant can come off and be worn on a chain. Which is totally how I'll be wearing mine at the Casino Royale party btw. Ha! Here's a really bad selfie of me in my pajamas trying it on when I was going through my jewelry earlier tonight...


Can't see how sparkly it is cuz my tablet's camera is crap but you get the idea. It's way cute.

So yeah. Definitely add your name to my list while we're all there, because this is the last superpowered jewelry giveaway and it's suuuuuper fab.

... and on a personal note, I would like to thank that terrible selfie for reminding me that I need to deal with my eyebrows stat bc what is even going on up there?

Anyhow! See you at GRL, or when I get back and see you here. ♥


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Come get your Brady Swag!

Man, I seriously cannot believe GRL is so close! But I've mostly got my ducks in a row: books, swag, special clothes for the parties, etc. Cannot waaaaaait ugh. 

For the record, I'm part of the Author Lounge event on Thursday at noon, and I have a reading on Saturday at 10am (with Heidi Cullinan and possibly someone else but it's not on the schedule yet if so!). People I get to talk to there and at the signing on Saturday afternoon will be part of a very special giveaway, but Heidi and I are also planning a little something for the reading, so please come!

Need more convincing? Okay, okay, cool. If you like imaginary punk bands, I can do that. Well, just the one imaginary punk band, actually: WILLOUGHBY SPIT. Yes, yes that magical Pittsburgh quartet with the hot-ass bass player called Brady from Riot Boythat imaginary punk band. Because guess what I've got to give away...



People who ran into me at AAD or GRL last year will remember the Willoughby Spit CDs, which contain the free short you can get here, but with some neat little packaging that makes it look like it's an actual EP by the band. I'll have some of those to pass out, too, if you missed it then!

But this year... Willoughby Spit band shirts.

I only have a few and they will never be sold--they exist totally as giveaway Brady Swag. (I may or may not also make me some "Fuck Me Etienne" goodness for myself, but hey, that's gotta be done by hand or it ain't right, you know?) And I mean to make a few of them part of the reading giveaway. So come and listen to me (and Heidi Cullinan fjlsajfakf excuse me while I fangirl) read some superpowered stuff--I'll even do the voices! Sexytimez guaranteed!--and possibly get your hot little hands on one of these babies so you can show your love and support for totally imaginary bands.

Oh also, they're super soft and feel sooooo nice. And I've got everything between sizes S and 3XL. And and and. They're amazing okay. Willoughby Spit rulez.



... and I'm just throwing in this pic because I think it's funny that George the Fox--you know, the little dude Brady keeps on his amp--managed to sneak in the pic. I didn't even mean to do that. Ha!


And here we have a stylish variation on the t-shirt theme. AKA Katey constantly hacks up her t-shirts and redesigns them. See, the possibilities are endless! ... okay I've only shown you two possibilities but still.


But you know what. This is kinda unfair. Just because people can't come to GRL, it doesn't mean they shouldn't get a chance for a punky shirt of their own. So how about we do this:

If you are not attending GRL (or aren't sure if you can but might--that counts too!), leave a comment on this post. Be sure to include your name and an email/twitter/tumblr handle where I can find you. On the day I leave for Chicago (a week from today, October 15!) at 10am, I'll choose two people to win WILLOUGHBY SPIT t-shirts.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Re-Entry Burn + GRL

Good news to take us into GRL month: Re-Entry Burn has gone into print!

Cover by PL Nunn

You can get it at the usual suspects, Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or anywhere that stocks a lot of LGBTQ erotic romance, I reckon. If you know such a place. (Email me if you do. I want to go there.) And I'll of course have copies on hand at GRL if you want to pick one up at the bookseller there and get me to graffiti it up.

Speaking of, I'm over at Love Bytes today being woefully frank and open about authoring with anxiety. And why, in particular, GRL erases a lot of that for me. I had so much fun last year, seriously, I can't wait to go and have a reading of my own this time. 

There also HAPPENS to be a rafflecopter drawing for a free print copy of Re-Entry Burn at the end of the post so. You know. Check that out if you have time ♥

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bi Awareness -- and pretties

Oh I had to say something, of course! It's Bi Awareness Day/Week. Be aware of the bisexuals in your life, community, and world. It'll be a novel experience for them. Okay, no, no bitterness, only love, so let's do some celebrating, bi folk and allies alike. And, because they get left out sometimes, this is a special shout out to all my biromantic and bi asexual lovelies out there, too, today. You are loved ♥

Let the party begin!

-Feel like getting out and proud? Check out bisexualweek.com for events in your area!

-Here's some #bihistory via BiNet USA. All kinds of fun bi facts, including important bisexuals in  LGBTQ history, plus great 'learn more' links. They've got a different hashtag going every day this week, woo~

-Take Autostraddle's suggestions, which I fully endorse. Good stuff here, and like that last one, some really excellent links.

And here, have some pictures of really pretty bi characters as drawn by Astro, because what better celebration can there be but to look at pretty art? I mean, right?:

~Sam MacLeod~ The Happiest Bisexual?

~Malory Claremont~ The Angriest Bisexual

~Callum Race~ The Most Batman Bisexual

~Jody Aguirre~ The Most Precious Bisexual (coming soon!)

~Geordie Rogers~ The Trippiest Bisexual (also coming soon!)

~Rajini Srinivasan~ The Hottest Bisexual (also also coming soon!)


That's a lot of boys... and mostly white boys, which is unfortunate. Too bad I didn't have Genevieve from my closest-to-finished in-progress book (The Playhouse) drawn yet, but I will eventually! Oh well. My point is: give some love to bisexual people this week--not just the fictional ones--because we're pretty too. 

Have a rad week ♥

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Giveaways and Guardians

I return from the ether! Well I wasn't actually off in the ether, I was kind of hanging out and doing family stuff. Either way, I'm here now, and it's back to work.

A couple of exciting points:

1. There's still time to win the Ice Bracelet created by Bunique Beads for the Superpowered Love series! It's made of a beautiful piece of sea glass, Swarovski crystals, and silver-plated beads. Freaking gorgeous and I've already worn mine out several times. Check out The Novel Approach for the giveaway. Thanks for hosting it, guys!

2. There's a new review for Designated Bottoms over at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. Melanie gave it a 4 out of 5, which is so very yay, and had something to say about each of the stories. Thanks, Melanie!

3. If you have not seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet... look I don't know what to tell you except just do it. Like yesterday. If the idea of a hilarious action movie with the best sound track ever and great characters, one of which is a fabulous green assassin, two others being a raccoon with a gun bigger than him who gets carried around by a sweetie pie gigantic muscley tree...

Here's another reason:


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Designated Bottoms and Other News

In aid of keeping everything nice and organized here at the site, I've created a little page called 'one-shots', which is where I'll keep links to stories and anthologies that aren't in a series. I'm updating all the places Designated Bottoms can be found there, for those who prefer to get their lovin' from particular places that aren't Torquere itself.

Hopefully I'll have lots of stories to put there someday. I miiiiiight be working on something right now for another anthology, but I'll wait and see if I can pull it off before crowing too much.

The Other News is that I'm also working on the next Superpowered Love book, and the working title is The Playhouse. Which... is not what it sounds like, probably, since it's actually about a theater. Called the Playhouse. However, I've long been thinking it's past time to inject a little f/f into this particular pen name of mine, and so it will be done! 

I'm taking next week off, though. So if you don't hear from you, never fear, I'm not disappeared. Just cleaning my house, visiting with family, and playing video games forever because finally my new computer will be here and I won't be exiled to this ancient crappy one anymore!

I might be a little excited yes. I feel like Pete and Samir would approve of that last activity though.

ETA: Totally forgot! Check out the Author Extra in re The Mistell at Torquere's blog for Five Fun Facts


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Designated Bottoms and The Mistell excerpt! (NSFW-ish image)

The Mistell

It's here, it's here! Designated Bottoms is live today at the Torquere site, and I couldn't be more excited. No really. It would be impossible. All new stories from B.A. Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Shannon West, Kiernan Kelly, KC Wells, and Sean Michael... and me. Yes, I got to be on that list.

Sorry I'll stop squeeing in a moment. Probably.

All these bottom-starring stories are conveniently collected right here. But if you want to sample them one at a time, you can do that too. The Mistell, my offering about a hottie gamer who finds someone via a few chat misfires, is here.

More places will have the books soon, but obviously we love publisher direct. [ETA: Designated Bottoms at ARe // The Mistell at ARe]

Since the descriptions of the full book and The Mistell are already there on the Torquere site, I figure I can offer up something different. So here's a little first kiss excerpt from The Mistell...



[Samir] reached up high, cat-like, eyes closed, shirt lifting to expose a line of skin and hard abs that made my mouth water.

I wondered if he was thinking of leaving. And I didn’t want him to. So I said, “Shots?”

“It’s late.” He lowered his arms and smiled. “And I gotta drive back to Morgantown.”

“Stay,” I said before I could stop myself.

He licked his lips, gaze darting away from mine.

I didn’t even realize I was licking my lips in response until it was already done. My face heated up of a sudden—holy shit, was I actually embarrassed? Okay, but so was he, which was good, probably? Holy shit. I cleared my throat. “Uh, I didn’t mean that in a skeevy way. I mean, um.”

He scratched at the back of his neck, laughing quietly. Yep, he was definitely going a little pink, too. He totally felt it. “I didn’t think you were being skeevy.”

“Well, now that we’ve been super awkward, we can get on with it?” I suggested.

He chuckled out loud. “I don’t do awkward. It’s cool. I mean, it was gonna happen eventually.”

“Yeah, there’s definitely a little...” I gestured between the two of us, grinning.

“Definitely.” He looked almost relieved. Ugh, how adorable.

“You’re way hotter than I expected.”

“That’s what I was thinking,” he admitted. His body language had totally changed back to easy, rounded (broad) shoulders, comfortable stance, charming little grin.

“Okay. No awkward. Just a shot.” I gestured and led the way to the kitchen. He followed silently, and as I got down the glasses and bourbon, leaned against the counter to watch. I said, “And then...” As I poured.

One of his dark eyebrows shot up. “And then?”

God, the eyebrow thing was hot too. Okay, fuck it, I was just gonna go for it. He was into it, I was into it, what the hell. I finished pouring and handed him a shot glass. “Kiss?”

He laughed. “Right. Let’s try it.”

“One. Two. Three.” We both slammed our shots when I finished counting, then set aside the shot glasses. I reached out, grabbed the front of his super soft t-shirt, and pulled myself closer, tilting my face just so.

He went with it, reaching out to put a hand on my hip and tilting to match. Our lips met, cool from the bourbon, closed at first, but not tightly. He opened up a little and I went with it, tasting liquor from both of us, and let my tongue just barely flick at the place where our mouths met, lips pressed to lips, then sliding as we readjusted it.

He was good. Gentle, not pushing for anything more, but a kind of thoughtful kisser. I was a huge fan of kissing, but it had been a long time since I’d just let myself enjoy it for what it was without thinking about what came next. Maybe that was why it gave me that feeling, like pinpricks of electricity all over my skin, slowly warming my blood. Or maybe he was just that good. Didn’t matter; I liked it. A lot.

With a soft sound, he closed it off and pulled back a little. Hand still at my hip. “That’s good.” He almost sounded surprised, whispering as his long eyelashes fluttered open.

The eyes were just straight up unfair. I had to clear my throat again before I could say, “Yeah.”

He blinked quickly. “Is that bad?”

“No.” I shook off my stupor a little faster, then. “Hell no. I just—“

He laughed and pulled away, reaching for the bottle. “I get it. Another shot?”

“Another kiss?”

“Both.”