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Point of View: Making Great Swag

Swag

OK, I have to admit it. A couple years ago, I had no idea what the hell “swag” was. Then I went to Rainbow Con, and created the first QSF swag – the incredibly tiny buttons – and I finally “got it”. But I still don’t know what makes for great swag – something that people want, something that will help sell your books and advance your brand. Oh, I know the formula: Find something intriguing that people will keep and cherish that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. And I know what doesn’t work. Believe me, I know. … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Julie Lynn Hayes

Julie Lynn Hayes

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today, Julie Lynn Hayes – Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one. Thanks so much, Julie, for joining me! J. Scott Coatsworth: … Read more

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4.5 Stars for Myths Untold: Faery

Anne Barwell

Just got another great review for Myths Untold: Faery, which includes one of my stories: For the whole antho: I’d recommend Myths Untold: Faery to readers who like anthologies which share a common theme but tell very different stories. 4.5 out of 5 stars. For my story, Through the Veil: Through the Veil by J. Scott Coatsworth sucked me in with the first couple of paragraphs and didn’t let go until the end. The world building in this story is fabulous, and very easy to visualise. It paints a very grim picture of a dystopian future, but despite that there are good people, … Read more

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4.5 Stars for Flames from The Novel Approach

Novel Approach

The great folks at The Novel Approach just gave Flames and “A More Perfect Union” a great review: For AMPU: A More Perfect Union is an anthology by four authors who have lived through the turbulent times before and after the journey toward marriage equality for all. These are their stories, fictionalized yet personal, given to us to understand just how important the passing of the marriage equality law was for them. These are beautiful stories, each with the same message: love is love. For Flames: First, I love the way in which the story was presented. As Alex sat … Read more

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Point of View: I Am Wallowing

Wallow

As an author, sometimes you have a really good week. You have a new book come out, you get great reviews, and you actually have both the time to write and the inspiration to do so. Sometimes, things just suck, and you wallow. This last week was supposed to be a banner week for me. I have a new release, part of an anthology, and it’s getting really good reviews. And yet, I find myself in the middle of an existential writer crisis. It’s not any one big thing, and not even a couple medium-sized things. Instead it’s a bunch … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Rory Ni Coileain

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today, Rory Ni Coileain – my dear friend Rory is stopping by my blog today – I met her at Rainbow Con 2015, and am thrilled to have her here. Thanks so much, Rory, for joining me! J. Scott Coatsworth: When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it? Rory Ni Coileain: The first original story I remember writing, I wrote when I … Read more

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Two More Stops on the “A More Perfect Union” Blog Tour

Andrew Q. Gordon

Today we’re stopping by two more stops for the AMPU tour: First off, my friend Andrew Q. Gordon is hosting me at his place: I just reached the end of a long journey, one that started in 1989, two years before I came out to my friends and family. That year, I attended my first gay wedding. It wasn’t so much a wedding, though, as a furtive ceremony between two gay men, held in a stand of bamboo at the Huntington Museum, surrounded protectively by three friends. Back then, the idea of two guys getting married was almost unthinkable. We … Read more

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Five More “A More Perfect Union” Reviews

3 Chicks After Dark

Hey all, Five more reviews of “Flames” and the anthology “A More Perfect Union”! First off, Three Chicks After Dark weighs in: On “A More Perfect Union”: “Overall, this anthology was one of the best I’ve ever read. Talented authors with sharp, romantic, and entertaining stories that are sure to leave a lasting impression.” RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!! On “Flames”: “This story had potential to break my heart, but the happy ending and self discovery made all the difference… In the end, things work out for these two. Tragedy made Alex wake up and take stock of what was most … Read more

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Cover Reveal: Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword, by Lexi Ander

Werewolf's Tale and a Druid's Sword

=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=   Lexi Ander reveals the beautiful cover art of her next book titled WEREWOLF’S TALE AND A DRUID’S SWORD coming out from Less Than Three Press. It releases on August 31, 2016. =•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=•=   BLURB After he’s kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he’s yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone. Then he draws the attention of … Read more

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The Reviews Are Rolling In!

Ben Brock

Hey all, With our Italian friends here for three weeks, my time has been extremely limited. But I wanted to share some of the reviews for “A More Perfect Union” anthology and my story “Flames” with you! First off, Ben Brock weighs in: On “A More Perfect Union”: “I enjoyed all these stories. They weren’t all carefree and blissful, or as I like to say, “Sunshine and rainbows,” but there was love and happy endings. I’ll admit that when I picked up this anthology, I was hoping to see more of a collection of stories based on the real experiences … Read more