Okay, actually, I think I’m a little Irish on my mom’s side. Whatev. I needed a blog title.
I want to take a moment to note the passing of fellow gay romance author William Neale. Sadly, I didn’t know him that well, but I had the pleasure of meeting him last year at GayRomLit in New Orleans. He turned to me in the middle of a crowded bar and told me that I had a beautiful smile, and I fell a little bit in love with him right away. I have gotten the impression these past few days in the wake of his passing that he kind of had that effect on people. We had a lovely chat that night (he also encouraged me to drink a little more even though I’d decided to cut myself off), and I was looking forward to having another one with him in Albuquerque. A lot of people were. Our hearts go out to his family for this tragic and sudden loss. He’ll be missed.
In lighter news, the Amber Heat Readers Loop is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day chat today–lots of prizes will be given away, so come win some stuff.
Geoffry Knight’s epsiode is up for Boxer Falls, our gay serial soap opera drama! It’s phenomenal. All of them have been so far, IMO, but Geoff’s writing style blows me away every time. High adrenaline, hot sex, and plot twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Check it out.
I rarely do book reviews these days. Hard to find the time, I’ve never considered myself to be a reviewer anyway, and frankly I refuse to review a book if I thought it was bad. I just do. Author karma, or whatever.
Now and again though, I feel like I have to share a book that knocks my socks off. I’ve always really liked Amy Lane’s stuff. She’s talented, funny, and her books are touching. We had the immense pleasure of working with her on an episode of Boxer Falls, and I was reminded of how much I dig her writing and decided to pick up her latest, Chase in Shadow. Oh, sweet, merciful Christmas. I cried so hard I wound up reading it twice just to get all the parts I missed while I was busy blowing my nose. And let’s be clear here, folks. I’m not a weeper. I’ll cop to it when a book makes me sob, but it doesn’t happen often. All the time people tell me “Read this book, it made me cry like a baby!” Nothing. Chase in Shadow is about a guy who’s closeted and deeply repressed, who finally chooses to set himself free in the world of gay for pay and nearly loses himself in the process. The juxtaposition of intense emotion and intense sex in the story makes for a wild roller coaster ride and I could barely keep hold of myself. You must read it.
Speaking of reading, Amy will be doing a reading from Chase in Shadow at the Rainbow Book Fair on March 24th. I will be there as well, doing a reading from Feeling Neighborly, which is a sweet/spicy short story about a guy who falls for the single dad who lives next door. Many, many fantastic LGBT authors and publishers will be in attendance that day and it promises to be a ton of fun, so if you’re in the Manhattan area I hope you’ll stop on by and visit. My reading’s at 2:30 and I’ll be around all day, manning either the Dreamspinner Press or the Rainbow Romance Writers table at the back of the room.
Also out now is Diversion by Eden Winters. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but her work is phenomenal. I can’t wait to pick it up. Looking forward to seeing her and so many amazing folks again at GayRomLit in October, too.
I feel like I’m forgetting stuff, but it’s early yet and I need more coffee. More soon, y’all.