I had a good time this past Saturday at the Elmhurst library’s Local Author Fair. They had it laid out differently this year, with the tables scattered throughout both floors instead of all of us in a large meeting room. And this year there were a whopping 50 authors compared to last year at about 30. I met several new fellow authors and reconnected with a few I’d met at previous events.
Big thing was – I sold books! Woot! Gay fiction is a tough sell at these events, so I count myself lucky. I had a wonderful interaction with two young gals, around 14 years old. I got the distinct feeling they were exploring their growing sexuality. They came right over to my table, and while they’re too young to read my books, they both really wanted the rainbow flag pins I had and both put them on promptly. They were both lovely to speak with.
In fact, my rainbow flag pins were quite the hit with folks saying they had a gay son, grand-daugher or friend and wanted to show their support. Most said they had no idea there was even gay fiction! They all took my business cards and said they’d pass it along, so I’m hoping I’ll sell some ebooks in the next few days.
Oh, and I had a woman give me a pair of rainbow heart earrings that she’d made! How cool was that? 🙂 So yeah, I had a good day.
★ BLURB: Do you believe in the power of love, even after death? After losing his lover in a car accident two years ago, actor Nathan Marshall wasn’t interested in another relationship. Until he meets waiter Justin Kowalski. Something about him seems so familiar that Nathan is instantly drawn to the younger man.
Surprised at his capacity to love again, his relationship with Justin blossoms. But then an unbelievable truth is revealed – one that could break both their hearts for good.
★ BLURB: The hunters become the hunted when the past returns to haunt Sergeants Connor Finley and Shawn Weller with deadly vengeance. In the wake of the harrowing missions in India and Pakistan, Connor struggles to come to terms with causing the accidental death of a child, while Shawn tries to put Julian’s betrayal behind him.
Adding to the emotional fallout, new trials arise – the appearance of a young man from Connor’s past turned stalker may have fatal consequences for him, while Shawn must confront his former heroin addiction and break free of the hold it still has on him.
The challenges continue when a Shadow Unit undercover op in Bangladesh to shut down the pipeline of terrorists being smuggled into the UK draws Shawn and Connor into a web of lies and deceit from a man hell bent on exacting revenge on the two soldiers – demanding a life for a life.
Will Connor and Shawn survive? Or will the jungle become their final resting place?
(Can be read as a standalone)
Don’t miss Connor and Shawn’s other missions in BROKEN SOLDIER, ROGUE SOLDIER and DYING SOLDIER, plus the holiday short story SNOWBOUND SOLDIERS! Available now!
★ BLURB: In war-torn Afghanistan, all Captain Oliver Macintosh and Captain Brendan Clarke want for Christmas is each other. But will either of them have the courage to take the first step before it’s too late and they run out of second chances?
★★ BLURB: Matthew Tucker is a successful actor on a hit television show, his career on the rise. Life is good. What more could he want? Daniel Westman, that’s what – his co-star and close friend for the last two years.
Matthew desires more than friendship with Daniel, though, his attraction for the other man growing day by day. So much so that Matthew gives up the safety and security of his current long-term relationship for the slimmest chance of a relationship with Daniel, feeling there’s something between them, just under the surface. And he was gambling his happiness on it.
But months go by, with Matthew suddenly afraid to go forward, to make the first move, to tell Daniel he was falling in love with him. Because if he was wrong, and Daniel was just being his natural charming self and Matthew was looking too deeply into it…he’d lose his best friend.
So instead Matthew longs for his friend in silence, until an accident on set may leave Daniel permanently blind. With his friend hurt, scared and confused, his life possibly forever altered, Matthew never wavers from Daniel’s side, no matter how difficult it gets.
His dedication brings them closer than ever before, but is it possible to find happiness, and love, in the wake of a tragedy? Or has Matthew’s hesitation cost him that chance and he’ll lose Daniel to the darkness instead?