Next up: the new and improved Grown Men following in the summer, as well as some other saucy HardCell novellas.
In other news, I've been serving on the national board of the RWA and it has been an amazing, life-changing experience both personally and professionally. Goodreads named Hot Head one of the "Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time"
More books are on the way, with Hard Head delayed but moving along at its own strange clip, and two new contemporary projects one a sequel and the other...not. :) 2017 looks to be an even crazier adventure and I am buckled in. Deep gratitude to everyone who makes this ride so wild and wonderful.
The happiest endings come at the end of a road that is soft and rough...
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Want to know where I'll be? Check out the Events page to check out genre gatherings you might enjoy and to see when I'll be in your neck of the woods.
Outside of the conference schedule, I've got tons of classes and presentations coming up in the next nine months, ranging from one hour lectures to full-day workshops, and literally coast to coast. The following are just a sampling and I'll be updatign as more things get nailed down.
- 21 January 2017, (San Diego, CA): A full-day A-game Promo workshop covering Brand and presence for San Diego RWA.
- 18-19 March 2017, (Iselin, NJ): Several craft classes for Liberty States Fiction Writers .
- 1 April, (Norwalk, CT): A one day mini-con for CTRWA featuring my Romantic Plot workshop and an A-game branding workshop.
- 8 April 2017, (Burlington, MA): an Indelible Dialogue class for the NECRWA conference.
- 1-2 May, (Atlanta, GA): Plotting, Branding, and Scene & Sequel for the annual RT Bootcamp for beginning/intermediate writers, which will be back again with some expansions they're still working out.
Without Merrick: the father of gay romance
Gay romance may seem suddenly trendy in popular fiction, but it's nothing new. Over forty years ago, gay romance bestsellers hit the big lists and refused to budge. For a lot of LGBT folks, these books represented a major breakthrough in post-Stonewall pop culture and a precursor to the push for diversity in mass media.
While reminiscing about my early forays into queer fiction, I wrote a fan letter twenty-five years late to the author who taught me to love gay romance novels way back when I was a mere stripling...Gordon Merrick, inarguably the author of the first gay romantic bestseller in publishing history (Sixteen weeks on the New York Times list!). Take a walk down memory lane with my overview of some of the guiltiest of homoerotic pleasures.
Get your Suede on
People are getting geared up for GayRomLit! After a bunch of requests for promo items, I've built a simple store called Damon Suede Gear at CafePress which features all kinds of gay romance goodness... with my cover art, Suede slogans, and more... CafePress allows me to offer everything from simple Tshirts to thongs to shotglasses to customized Iphone cases. Feel free to have a poke around, and if you don't see something that you know you want, give me a heads up and I'll try to build it for you.
I'm a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers. Why aren't you? Rainbow Romance Writers is the home of career-focused authors and industry professionals interested in promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender romances. If you write LGBT romance and you haven't joined, the RRW is up to all kinds of nifty shenanigans. As an active chapter of the Romance Writers of America, we push for research, awareness, and education in unexpected communities. We are changing minds, one heart at a time.
Fighting fires with gasoline
Back in 2011 Dreamspinner Press snapped up my first gay romance novel in 48 hours and since then the book took homo-romance by storm sitting at #1 on Amazon's gay romance list for six months. Hot Head is a contemporary love story about a Brooklyn firefighter who has fought forbidden feelings for his best friend since 9/11... until a gay porn site asks them to appear together, forcing him to face his suffocating terror and desire to protect the one person who matters.
Dreamspinner Press released Hot Head June 15th, 2011 in softcover and ebook, with the smash-hit audiobook recorded by Charlie David out in 2012. It's also been a bestseller in Spanish, Italian, and German! Check out a full description here along with an excerpt, reviews and more. Where there's smoke there's fire!
Sweet friction, hot fiction, no restrictions! There's no rest for the wicked... and I have all sorts of trouble brewing at the moment. Up next:
- Nasty Habit: sequel to 2013's Bad Idea, this novel will focus on Kurt and Ziggy, two prickly geniuses conjuring up a sex demon videogame as they battle an impossible attraction to each other.
- Hard Head: Book Two in the "Head" series featuring Tommy Dobsky, a self-destructive paramedic first encountered in Hot Head... This book's release has been pushed back significantly but I promise it is deep in process!
"It's no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst." (The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard)