Archive | February 2014

One step closer to self-publication

Got confirmation last night from LuLu that Out of the Shadows has been successfully converted to an .epub format. Yay! I took a look at it and they did a great job.

It’s already for sale on their site and in the next few days it will be available on the iBookstore and also Barnes and Noble for the Nook.

LuLu also offers actual print editions as well that I want to take advantage of. As much as I like ebooks, I still love to have real books, and I know many others do, too.

Now that I have an ISBN and the .epub I can now get it uploaded to Amazon myself. I created my Author Central page the other night so I’m all set there.

Once it’s available everywhere I’ll post all the buy links. I’m so excited!

Now comes the hard part – marketing. I need to get some blog spots scheduled. I’ve made quite a few contacts with my fellow Dreamspinner authors. I’m hoping a few of them wouldn’t mind hosting me to help me promote the book. Going to need all the help I can get!

Oh, and I finally came up with a tagline for myself. Since nearly all of my books have to do with the police, fire department or paramedics I decided on: “Men in uniform…and out”

Clever, eh? 😉

GRL registration complete!

Yes! Just scored myself one of the few Supporting Author spots for the GayRomLit convention this year! I’m beyond excited about this. It’ll be my chance to really promote myself and have people get to know me.

Thank goodness that it’s not until October, because I’ve got a LOT of work to do to get ready. And thank goodness I live just down the road from where the convention is being held, so that the money I would normally be spending on airfare and hotel will now all be going to buying swag to give away and getting all of my books printed for sale.

SQUEE! Did I mention I’m excited? 🙂

This entry was posted on February 22, 2014 and tagged . 2 Comments

Reaper News for You!

Check out my friend Gina X. Grant’s awesome book with an awesome deal!


Simon & Schuster has arranged for THE RELUCTANT REAPER to be a KINDLE DAILY DEAL on March 4th! If you can hold off a few more days, you can have this fun-filled and pun-filled romp through Hell for only 99¢!!!

But then you’ve got to hurry. It’s only at that special price for one day!

Kindle Daily Deal Simon & Schuster has arranged for THE RELUCTANT REAPER to be a KINDLE DAILY DEAL on March 4th! If you can hold off a few more days, you can have this fun-filled and pun-filled romp through Hell for only 99¢!!!

But then you’ve got to hurry. It’s only at that special price for one day!

BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL. I got my first video review! Mike from KillerBookMarketing says: “For a funny, entertaining read, I chose Scythe Does Matter by Gina X. Grant.  It’s the second book in the Reluctant Reaper Series:”

Or read his post here.

Thank you, Mike. I meet the nicest people on the Internet!

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This entry was posted on February 21, 2014. 2 Comments

On my way to self-publication

Now that several of my backlist books have gone out of print and the rights have reverted back to me, I’m taking steps to have them self-published.

First up is my favorite of my books, Out of the Shadows.

I just signed up with LuLu, who I’ve used for years for print projects. I purchased one of their packages that will format my story correctly into an .epub document, then they will put it up for sale on their own site, iBookstore and Barnes and Noble. I’ll retain 90% of the profits of all sales. After I receive the .epub document I’m going to put it up on Amazon myself. My previous publisher never put it up there, so there’s a whole new audience waiting for me.

Have any of you gone the self-publication route? Any tips for me for marketing?

A kiss from Mitch and Joey for Valentine’s Day

Thought it would be a perfect day to post a snippet from Memory’s Prisoner for Valentines Day. 🙂


Joey leaned forward, head tipping slightly to the side, eyes sliding almost closed. His breath was soft against Mitch’s face as he whispered, “This should have happened as soon as I opened my eyes.”

Then his lips were on Mitch’s.

Mitch opened his senses wide, letting the taste, feel, smell, sight, and sound of Joey explode through his system at this first, intimate contact in two years. He felt Joey’s tongue dart out to sweep across his bottom lip, seeking entrance, which was given instantly with a dual groan of pure desire. Their tongues slid smoothly against each other, dueling, velvet heat on velvet heat.

Mitch’s hands grasped Joey’s waist, pulling him from the chair, tumbling them both to the ground. Joey was half on, half off Mitch’s lap, legs tangled with legs, strong hands buried in long hair, smaller hands gripping tightly to clothing. The kiss deepened, passion and desire climbing higher and higher, each man now clinging desperately to each other and to the love they both thought had been lost forever.

Joey’s hands cupped Mitch’s face and he started, surprised to find moisture there. He pulled back from the kiss, opening his eyes. Blue eyes identical to his own stared back, bright with tears.

“I love you, Joey….”

“I love you too. God, Mitch, so much.”

Mitch crushed Joey to him, face buried in the smaller man’s shoulder, his breathing rapid. “I was so afraid I’d never hear you say that again.”

Joey ran his left hand through the short strands of his lover’s hair, while his right rubbed up and down the broad back. “Until today, I felt like part of me was still in the coma, like part of my brain was still sleeping. But now…” he tilted Mitch’s face up. “Now I know I’m really awake.” He smiled and kissed Mitch once again. “And ready to make more memories.”


Buy Memory’s Prisoner now from AMAZON or DREAMSPINNER

5 out of 5 stars to Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington

SUMMARY: Carlos O’Shea is stuck. He knocked up a girl in college after a night of too much drinking and then married her to be honorable. With little money, fewer options, and no degree, he winds up cleaning the floors in a small town gentlemen’s club and thinking desperate thoughts about the handsome owner that’ll lead to nothing but trouble.

Greg Moorehouse only invested in a nudie bar to help his best buddy out of a financial crisis. Now his drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, his reverend father, and a parade of surgically-enhanced DDs are driving him insane. But what’s really stripped him of all good sense is his growing obsession with his married employee, Carlos.

They circle each other in a push-pull of misunderstandings and growing attraction. Carlos needs to get his boss out of his head, and Greg can’t abide cheaters and married men. So what are a strip-club owner and the guy who cleans for him going to do with their undeniable desires?

Words can’t describe how much I love stories where one obstacle after another is thrown in front of the characters. And this story has that in spades. By the time they finally get together you’re cheering for them SO hard and it ends up being well worth the wait.

Carlos and Greg seem to come from two different planets – one is a business man and the other a janitor. Or so it seems. But just like all you see is the tip of the iceberg in the water, there’s so much more below the surface with these two men. They both have so much baggage that it would take up the entire cargo hold of an airplane. They’re both trapped by circumstances and family issues that they think they can’t change or break away from. They have so much more in common than either of them realizes.

But when they finally DO, after many fits and starts and misunderstandings (and a few kisses) they realize they can rely on each other for strength. And love and comfort above all else. Life will probably always have some bumps along the way for Greg and Carlos but together it’s nothing they can’t handle. And that’s the kind of uplifting ending I love.

Bottom line – if you’re a fan of well written contemporary romance with well rounded characters that will pull at your heartstrings then Stripped Clean is the book for you.

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4.5 out of 5 stars to Toy Run by Charley Descoteaux

SUMMARY: Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather’s death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed’s for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed’s pain away, allowing him a rare restful night’s sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed’s prepared to show him how wrong he is.

Christmas might be over, but romance is always in season.

I really enjoyed this little story. Who knew that two macho men on motorcycles were capable of such tenderness? Yet there’s an immediate spark, an attraction between Ed and Ian that ends up going much deeper than what was probably just supposed to be a one night stand.

Each man was missing something in their lives and they found it in the other. Rough as they are they still want love and companionship. And several dogs. 🙂

Even though this story isn’t long, it’s quite complete, saying a lot in just 27 pages. A nice easy read with a mug of coffee by your side.

My only quibble? I wanted more! LOL! Toy Run set up a great foundation for Ed and Ian’s relationship and I truly hope that Charley revisits these characters in the future. They have much more story to tell.

Buy here at AMAZON

This entry was posted on February 3, 2014. 2 Comments