Category: Bookstuff

A Pocketful of Stardust, by JP Barnaby and Rowan Speedwell

Aug 9, 2019 by

 

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Noah Hitchens loves the New York City life he worked hard to build. But when his father dies and leaves him a bankrupt bookstore in their sleepy Georgia hometown, Noah knows he has to save it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anything about business. He finds unlikely help in Henry, the man who owned Stardust Books before his 1966 murder, and Kyle St. James, a shy but kind-hearted out-of-towner with a past almost as mysterious as Henry’s.

Kyle came to Aster, Georgia, looking for redemption. On the run and out of hope, he’s just trying to get on with his life. Then he meets Noah, a ghost, and a big sloppy lab named Jake who redefine his idea of living. But his past is closing in, and when it finds him, they could lose everything.

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Bitterwood Up for Preorder

Jun 13, 2016 by

The new and improved version of Bitterwood is up for preorder at Riptide Publishing. Originally published by Amber Allure, this new version will be available September 19th, and is completely and intensively re-edited, with a new cover – which will be revealed tomorrow at Heroes & Heartbreakers! Bitterwood has always been close to my heart – I’ve been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism for close to twenty years, and I drew on so much of what I learned of medieval crafts in building this story. Yes, it’s a fantasy, with magic and all, but has a solid grounding in medieval culture. I’m very proud of it. And the new cover is bee-you-tee-ful. Check in with Heroes & Heartbreakers tomorrow to see it for yourself!

Night and Day

Feb 16, 2016 by

 

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So… It’s a thing. A March 9th thing.

Night and Day, my paean to jazz music and mythology, was originally published in Dreamspinner’s Myths and Magic anthology many years ago. With the anthology going out of print, Dreamspinner will be releasing this story as a stand-alone.

It’s been re-edited and a bit added, so it’s a little fuller than the original, but it’s still probably my all-time favorite of my shorter stories.

I am SO HAPPY that more people can share this story.

It’s weird. But I love it.

Coming March 9th from Dreamspinner Press.

Oh, yes. It’s on the Coming Soon page on their website.

 

 

 

A Heart for Robbie by JP Barnaby – Cover Reveal

Jun 11, 2014 by

 

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It’s no secret that I adore JP Barnaby. She writes books that will reach in, grab your heart, rip it to shreds, and stuff it back into your chest so you go on living but are forever changed. She is not afraid to stare into the eyes of the dark and say “Come at me, bro.” She is fearless.

And with her newest release, she shows us just how much.

A Heart for Robbie isn’t like her other stories, though. It’s not dark and edgy and born of the mean streets or the fringes of society. The heroes are a baby, a writer, and an insurance man, and the cover is a teddy bear. Seriously. Look:

A Heart for Robbie cover

But trust me, this book is from JP’s heart. It’s beautiful, and rich, and sweet—and will make you cry. Buckets. Because it’s so real.

About A Heart for Robbie (Release date: …July 11):

Waiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

Preorder here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5038

Read the story behind the cover: http://www.jpbarnaby.com/2014/06/11/cover-reveal-a-heart-for-robbie/

 

Boys in the Band Blog Tour Starts Today!

Dec 4, 2013 by

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Cecilia Tan!

Paula Coots!

LA Witt!

and some chick named Rowan Speedwell…

Our mad, bad boys will be talking about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and everything related! Come and visit with them!

The first stop on the tour is Sinfully Sexy Books!  Click here for the link and here for a chance to win all four books shown!! (You can also enter from the blog site!)

And here’s the upcoming tour stops!

Dec 4:  Sinfully Sexy Books

Dec 6:  MM Good Book Reviews

Dec 10:  Pants Off Reviews

Dec 11:  Mrs. Condit Reads Books

Dec 12:  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Dec 13:  3 Chicks After Dark

Dec 14:  Sid Love

Dec 16:  Em Lynley’s Literary Love Shack

Dec 19:  Joyfully Jay

Dec 18:  Boys in Our Books

Dec 23:  Elisa Rolle’s Reviews and Ramblings

 

 

 

Ghosts of Bourbon Street has a cover! And a date!

Nov 14, 2013 by

 

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As a bartender at his family’s gay New Orleans bar, Paul Thibodeaux finds it easy to pick up guys. Too easy—he drifts from one encounter to the next. He’s drifting through life, too. He barely even notices the naked guys dancing on the bar in front of him. When his friends challenge him, he has to admit he never looks higher than their knees. But then one night, he does.

He’s not sure what to make of Michael, the dancer who catches his eye, but something in Jean-Thom’s old building seems to have an opinion about him, and the evening he finds Michael someplace he shouldn’t be is going to change his life…

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Between GRL and Teslacon…

Oct 31, 2013 by

I’ve only been home from GayRomLit in Atlanta a week, and already I’m heading out again, this time to Teslacon in Madison Wisconsin. Teslacon is a Steampunk convention, and if you don’t know what Steampunk is, Google it. Go ahead. I’ll wait. <whistles>

Okay, back? Well, let me explain something. As awesome as Steampunk sounds, it is TWICE as cool as that. Easily. Steampunk marries historical romance and science fiction and fantasy and adventure and mystery and RAY GUNS AND DIRIGIBLES AND AIRSHIP PIRATES. It’s the ultimate geekdom, where all the geekdoms run together and then explode. It’s like Jules Verne married HG Wells and together they popped out Robert A. Heinlein and Umberto Eco. (Totally possible if you buy Warehouse 13’s premise that HG Wells was actually a woman.) And then bought an airship line.

So that’s where I’m spending my weekend, in a total immersion Steampunk convention, where I will arrive in costume and remain so for three full days. In company with my godson and nephew, Joe V., the coolest teenager in the history of teenagers.

GayRomLit was fabulous, as usual, and the organization was even better this year than last year, with set rooms for Q&As and Storyteller Spotlights and Author Readings so you didn’t have to go wandering around looking for them. And every night was a dress-up thing, the traditional Juke Joint Junket being joined by the Some Enchanted Evening formal ball and the rocking Heaven & Hell Masquerade. The costumes were fantastic.

My friend JP Barnaby hosted an event where people got the chance to finger paint on half-nekkid guys: four professional adult models and four authors/regular guys. It was adorable to see that the regular guys actually got painted more than the models did. They raised over $600 for Lost and Found Youth, a gay youth homeless shelter in Atlanta. JP also writes as Jamie Mayfield, and all royalties from her young adult books go to the shelter. JP rocks.

There was also a Dine with the Author event, that was nice, but would have been nicer if it hadn’t been so noisy it was hard to hear what people were saying. Ballrooms have crappy acoustics. I bet someone could make a bajillion dollars if they invented a “cone of silence” thing that could settle over tables for weddings and conferences like these, so that only the people at the table could hear what was being said…

I had lots of people stop by my table at the signing and even sold a few books so I didn’t have to ship anything home. This is a Good Thing.

So I come home to an invitation to host a chat with FRENCH PEOPLE. Seriously! Apparently Kindred Hearts and Finding Zach have been finding some fans in their French incarnations, and DSP is setting up time for a Facebook chat with them. I have to do the posts ahead of time so that the translator can get them done, and then she’ll be riding along to translate their questions and my answers.  That will be November 23rd, so if you speak French, mark your calendars!!

Then, I was also invited to join a blog tour about rock stars, so Adam gets to come out and play for a while. That one should be fairly soon; it’s still in the process of being organized.

So, that’s it for now. In a couple of hours I’ll be hitting the (wet and flooded) roads to Wisconsin. After I get home from that, there will be no more traveling until April. Thank God – my house is a MESS, and my cat thinks I don’t love him any more.

The bus stops here… A Blog Tour!

Sep 27, 2013 by

 

Illumination_200x300Okay, so this is the first time I’ve engaged in a blog tour, and I have NO idea what I’m doing. But that’s okay—the folks at Riptide apparently do, and they’re the ones driving this bus.

This is all in celebration of Illumination, which comes out officially on Monday, but if you’re one of the cool kids, you can pick it up at Riptide’s website TONIGHT. That’s right—get it three days before everyone else. Because you’re one of the Cool Kids. I have anointed you thus, so it’s true.

So, here is a list of the official stops on the tour.  I am totally grateful to these people for letting me litter up their bandwidth, and abase myself at their feet. (Seriously. I’m on the floor. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to get up again.)

Please stop by and say hello, and if you leave a comment, I will enter you into a drawing for YOUR CHOICE of the e-book version of any one of my previously published books and stories.  Contest ends with the last stop, on October 4th. (Okay, I’ll close it October 5th, for last minute entries.)

Stops for this tour:

September 28, 2013 – Sid Love – Spotlight Stop 

September 30, 2013 – Book Reviews & More by Kathy 

October 1, 2013 – Joyfully Jay  

October 2, 2013 – The Jeep Diva  

October 3, 2013 – The Fictionators 

October 3, 2013 – Cup O’ Porn – Spotlight Stop 

October 4, 2013 – The Saucy Wenches Book Club  

See more about the blog tour here!

I’m baaaack . . .

Sep 12, 2013 by

 

Illumination_200x300Just sent off final edits for Illumination, my book with Riptide that’s coming out September 30th.

What? you cry. TWO books from the glacially slow pen of Rowan Speedwell within just a few months of each other? Is the Apocalypse nigh?

Well, hopefully not. I wouldn’t know, not being in the confidence of the folks who manage that sort of thing. But it’s true. Less than two months after Love, Like Water (with the beauteous Nicko Morales on the cover), I have another book to promote.

I’ve mentioned this one before. Probably several times. Probably accompanied by swear words, because I have to say this has been the most difficult book to write. It took me over two years to write the first draft, then another three or four months for the second. And it went through FOUR rounds of edits. Blood,  I tell you. There was blood.

Really, though, this is a lot less angsty than Finding Zach or Love, Like Water. All of the angst happened outside the book. There is less crying than in Kindred Hearts (thank God!), although there is some. There is romance, misunderstandings, drama, and two very stubborn heroes. There is what I hope is very, very funny stuff.

They always say “write what you know.” Well, I’m a fifty-five year old straight chick raised in a middle class family, so I’m already out of my league writing gay romance about young men, let alone rock stars. And my phobia is claustro, not agora. But.

J.P. Barnaby, who has been along for most of the ride with this book, says that Miles is me. We have a lot of similar issues, similar hangups, similar weird OCD/perfectionist behaviors. I like to think that I put a little of myself in all my characters, but Miles is probably the closest.

He has a temper, like me. He obsesses over details, like me. He’s bright and competent on a lot of levels, but those levels do not include technology. Like me. His taste in music runs to classical and show tunes, and is clueless about modern music. He’s impatient. He’s socially awkward. He’s messy (yes, you can be both messy and OCD). He can go happily for days without talking to anyone but his parrot. (For me, it’s my cat.) He’s a better artist than I am, but we share the art form. I cope a little better with people.

I think if were to meet Miles in person, we would either be soul mates or loathe each other.

Adam has some of my quirks: he’s self-indulgent and kind of lazy. I think he’s a Libra, like I am, but with more of the good qualities. He’s social, extroverted, and charming, which I can be for short periods of time. He tends to take the easy way out, sometimes simply because he doesn’t like to disappoint people; he’ll “go along” just because he wants the people around him to be happy. He’s vain and fussy about how he appears to people, but it’s not that he is obsessed with his image; it’s more that he wants—needs—people to like him. Hm. I guess maybe he’s more like me than I thought.

Which is kind of funny, when you think about it, because Miles and Adam are two really different people. But then again, we all have contradictory bits in our personalities. It’s what makes people human.

And I think that might be why it took so long to finish this book. Because Miles and Adam are the closest things to human that I’ve written. And like most humans, they have their own ideas of how things should go. I fought harder with these two than I have with any of my other characters, and that includes Tristan from Kindred Hearts, who was an absolute bastard.

But Miles and Adam’s story is done now, and I can honestly say that they’re probably my favorite couple. Even if I want to smack them hard enough that their ancestors are bruised.