March 27th, 2013

andrew potter

UK GLBTQ Meet Ebook Giveaway: Pearl Love - Burnt Offerings

I asked to all the authors joining the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet in Manchester in July (http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2013-event/2013-attendees/spotlight_authors-2/) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: aileenfan

Today author is Pearl Love: Pearl Love has been writing since she was a kid, but it was the pretty boys who frolic around in her head who finally convinced her to pursue it seriously. She’s a mid-west transplant who current thrives in the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. A jack of many genres, she enjoys just about any type of story, so long as in the end, the boy gets the boy. Pearl is the proud mommy of two bunny rabbits and a ridiculously large stash of yarn and knitting needles.

Burnt Offerings by Pearl Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 25, 2011)
Amazon Kindle: Burnt Offerings

On his way home from the market, beautiful and shy Alen is accosted by local ruffians who try to take advantage of his innocence. When Alen attempts to defend his virtue, the situation takes a turn for the worse and he accidentally slays one of the men. Now he faces the mockery that is the town’s justice. The penalty for murder: a slow, painful death upon the altar of the mighty god of fire. Alen’s sentence is gleefully announced by the village priest, a loathsome man who promises deliverance if only the lovely boy will submit to depraved pleasures.

But Alen has a secret, one to which he desperately clings even though it may cost him his life. For many years, Alen has watched the flames dance in his mother’s hearth, the mystery that dwells in the bright glow alleviating his loneliness and offering endless fascination. When the time comes to face his destiny upon the pyre, Alen hopes that the fire’s magical embrace might hold the key to his salvation. But will the flames herald his destruction even as all of his prayers are answered?

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.



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Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia: 2013 Sign-Up!

Crosspost: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.co.uk/

The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT) was created last year to spread awareness of homophobia and transphobia, and to stand together as a writer community against discrimination of our works. The participation was beyond our dreams and the posts were breathtaking. We've created a page where you can visit these 2012 posts directly to see what everyone was up to. Since then, we've changed the name of the hop, increased the time length, and changed up the rules to keep things running smoothly.
 
This hop is now completely open to the whole of LGBTQ.
 
Dates:
The hop begins on May 17, 2013 and runs through May 27, 2013. Sign ups for the HAHAT will end on May 10, 2013.
 
Participation requirements:
To participate in the HAHAT, you must be an author, publisher, reviewer, or cover designer of LGBTQ fiction (you do not have to write, publish, review, or cover design LGBTQ works exclusively) and provide a link to your blog and active email address. That's it!
 
Optionally, we encourage you to mention the blog in its lead-up. We'll be doing our part in promoting the event, but the more people talk about it, the bigger and better it will be!
 
What participating entails:
Participating requires that you create a post on your blog for the hop on May 17, 2013. The post must include:
» The HAHAT image, with a link to the official hop site: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/
» Note that it's the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in the post, and include a topic that relates to LGBTQ.
» An LGBTQ-related prize, such as donations in the winner's name, paperbacks or ebooks (your own or someone else's), swag, t-shirts, or anything you like that is connected to the LGBTQ community.
» (Optional) Links to the other blog participants (we'll offer a code that you can put at the bottom of your post to link to multiple other participants).
 
We'll be sending out a reminder email with all the specifics once we get closer to the kick-off date of the hop, so watch your email in May.
 
Restrictions:
» Any direct links to sales pages will be removed. You must link to your blog.
» Any non LGBTQ participants will be removed.
» Your post must be up no later than one day after May 17th. If your post isn't up on the 18th, you will receive a reminder. If the post isn't up by the 19th, your link will be removed. You can pre-schedule posts in most (if not all) blog programs, and we encourage you to do so.
 
When you sign up:
Please provide a correct link to your blog and an active email address.
Please use the following indicators behind your names (i.e. NJ Nielsen (M/M)), whichever applies:
»Gay: (M/M) 
»Lesbian: (F/F) 
»Trans: (TR)
»Bi: (BI)
»Reviewers: (REV)
»Publishers: (PUB)
»Cover designers: (DES)
»Multiple pairings: (MULTI) - This is if you write e.g. M/M and Trans stories. Please note that M/F stories are not a part of this hop yet, so if you write F/F and M/F, please only add the F/F behind your name.

This hop isn't only for romance writers. If you write LGBTQ non-fic, poetry, or "gay/lesbian fiction" and don't want to use the (M/M) or (F/F) indicators, you're welcome to use (Gay) or (Les). 
 
Have any questions? Please take a look at our FAQ page. If you don't find your answer there, feel free to ask us :)

To sign up: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.co.uk/


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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Allly Blue - Hell's End

Hell's End (Hellscape) by Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 21, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Hell's End (Hellscape)

Rebellion, war and survival. Love’s a bitch.

Hellscape, Book 1

Tuck’s a Gutter, one of a gang of violent orphans running level thirty-six of Hell’s End, the solar system’s outermost space station. There’s only one way out of this brotherhood of blood—grow up and be killed and eaten by other Gutters.

Tuck barely escapes his death sentence, only to fall prey to the powerful L’arisian family. Rescue from a L’arisian whorehouse never happens, but rescued he is, and by Gov soldiers no less. Alone among the enemy, Tuck trusts only one person—the man who risked everything to pluck him to safety.

Ivan’s a soldier. No more, no less. But the disquieting things he learns about the Government’s plans for the Gutter kid have him doing the one thing a soldier shouldn’t do. Think about doing what’s right instead of what he’s told. All for a guy he can’t get out of his head.

Getting involved in a rebellion that might get them killed is a problem. Falling in love? That’s a disaster in the making.

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