August 6th, 2014

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2014 GRL Blog Tour: Deanna Wadsworth

Starting from March up until September I will be part of the 2014 GRL Blog Tour as featured blogger. I will host authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: To my guests, I asked to brainstorm around the common theme "inspiration". Today author is Deanna Wadsworth:

Life’s Beautiful Accidents

Sometimes stories come to us when we are least expecting them. Sort of like life, love, the flu, and maybe even the lottery, LOL I can hope!
My 1Night Stand stories from Decadent Publishing were one of those nicer accidents. My BWFF—best writer friend forever—Wendy Burke and I were sitting around one day chatting about characters, books and all that other crazy hoopla writers talk about when we get together.
Well, in amidst her telling me the opening line of a book she had no idea where to go with—“I wanna get drunk, get fucked and not give a damn”—and me saying I wanted to write a May/December (older and younger man) we decided to make our main characters brother and sister.
Why the heck not?
As I was reading her rough draft, I fell in love with Martin, the concierge, so I asked Wendy, “Can I have him for a story?” She was like, “Sure.”
Wendy had this great Scottish tale she’d never finished and I suggested—brow-beating just sounds so ugly—that she take the good parts and work it into a 1NS. We decided her hero Ian and Martin must have been high school friends back in Scotland.
Then the fourth book in our little plan, HASTE YE BACK came to life.
And you know what? Brin from HASTE YE BACK lives next door to my sweet nerd Jason from THE BEST EVER and his sister is the rubenesque heroine of FOR ME.
Did Wendy and I set out to write six interconnected stories? Especially when we write in totally different romance genres? I mean, who woulda thought a gay romance author and a straight romance author would ever link their books? Well I’m glad that we did because they are some of my favorite books I’ve ever written. And it has developed into a beautiful working relationship and a real friendship for me and her. Funny thing, I even had a reader think we were the same person for a while.
Was all this an accident? Fate? Divine intervention?
Who knows.
All I do know is that sometimes the most beautiful things in our life happen to us by accident. Chance meetings, strange friendships, wonderful events.
It reminds of the DOCTOR WHO episode “Turn Left” where one of the Doctor’s companions, Donna, made the seemingly innocent decision to turn a different direction at an intersection. Her whole life changed because of that one decision as well as the fate of the world.
Now I don’t think that the end of the universe via a Dalek invasion will happen because I turned right instead of left, but when I sit back and think about how I met the people I love the most, it surprises me how easily one tiny decision might have made me miss out on having them in my life.
What if my boss hadn’t changed my work schedule? Would I have met and fallen in love with my husband?
What if I hadn’t just given a friend a manicure, would my sista-from-a-different-mutha seen her nails and asked for my business card?
If I hadn’t opened my beauty salon, would fate have put me in line with some of my most cherished friends?
What if I had bailed on that graduation party, would I have missed out on one of the best friends I’ve ever had?
What if … if… if… if!!!
Sometimes we shouldn’t question the Cosmos, rather, just be grateful we DID turn left, the universe DIDN’T end and our life became richer than we ever thought possible.
My book ACCIDENTALLY BEAUTIFUL embraces that belief and flirts with the idea that perhaps none of these beautiful things are an accident.
Is it God, the Devil, Fate, a Time Lord, Coincidence?
Maybe it’s just Madame Eve…..

Deanna Wadsworth is offering a copy of Accidentally Beautiful to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

Accidentally Beautiful (1 Night Stand Series Book 94) by Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC (March 4, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Accidentally Beautiful

Martin Baird is perfectly content in his safe, predictable job as head concierge for Castillo Resorts, but when a handsome stranger whisks him away for a night of tropical escapades—first visiting an isolated gay bar then to a secluded beach where erotic delights await—Martin’s world is thrown upside down. He’s never met a man like Garret Fisher, but it seems he has been waiting for a night like this all his life.
Could something truly beautiful come out of this accidental meeting? Or was it really not an accident at all?

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Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.
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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Geonn Cannon

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Chasing Dragons (Claire Lance Book 4) by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (September 29, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Chasing Dragons (Claire Lance Book 4)

Claire Lance is finally ready to settle down. She’s fallen in love again against all odds, the FBI considers her case inactive, and she’s found a place where she thinks she can finally be safe. But Lance’s peace is short-lived as a group of hunters threaten someone close to her and she’s forced to take a stand or see a friend lose the woman she loves.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Lance, a cold-blooded killer is closing in on her. Savastian Kedrov is dedicated and brutal, and she isn’t above using force to get what she wants. She’s not with the FBI, and she’s not interested in placing Lance under arrest. With Lance in her sights and unable to cut and run, it’s only a matter of time before the gunfire starts.

Lesbian Fantasy
Dogs of War: An Underdogs Novel by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC; 1 edition (June 29, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Dogs of War: An Underdogs Novel

Seattle is under siege.

An ancient ceremony known as “wolf manoth,” in which human hunters kill as many canidae as possible, has been revived. The hunters have arrived in force, focusing on the Pacific Northwest due to its high wolf population. Ariadne Willow, alerted to the danger by her mother, goes undercover with a group of hunters in an effort to minimize the damage. Unfortunately the hunters have a new weapon, a drug that brings out the feral side of any canidae exposed to it. With her safety and sanity both at risk, Ari is forced to trust a friend turned enemy in order to stay alive.

Meanwhile, Dale is cut off from her friend and partner and faces the wrath of drugged canidae and hunters who are eager to make an example of a human who has been consorting with a wolf. Chased through the city and forced to take refuge wherever she can get it, Dale receives help from unexpected corners.

Separated by circumstance and under attack from threats both human and wolf, Ari and Dale must do everything in their power to keep the body count down while also staying alive long enough to find each other again.

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Girls Don't Hit by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (February 27, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Girls Don't Hit

Joss Kurtis kills people for a living, and she is very dedicated to her work. She has structured her entire life around her job, marrying a man and having his children to establish a stable, Midwestern family facade to hide behind. When she isn’t working she’s Jocelyn Webb, a dedicated if detached mother whose job often takes her out of town. She works for an anonymous company, contacted only by a handler who provides the names and locations of her latest target. Old or young, male or female, she doesn’t discriminate. Her methods vary, but there is one constant: never get emotionally involved.

After her ninety-second kill, Joss is assigned an apprentice, a young woman who has been also been recruited as an assassin. She names the girl Echo rather than bothering to learn her true name and sets out to teach her the ropes of their chosen profession. Over the next few weeks Echo accompanies Joss on her jobs to get a first-hand look at the murder business.

To her surprise, Echo proves to be a natural at the job and Joss soon begins to develop feelings for her unwanted tagalong. As Echo’s tutelage nears its completion, Joss is forced to decide between the life she’s built and throwing everything away for something entirely alien to her: love.

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
What Matter Wounds (Claire Lance Book 5) by Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (March 30, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: What Matter Wounds (Claire Lance Book 5)

In the sequel to Chasing Dragons, Claire Lance's road is coming to an end...Lance and Jodie take to the road together, wandering through the southwest with no particular destination in mind. In the middle of the Nevada desert, they stumble across something neither of them can ignore and walk into the middle of a local sheriff's private kingdom. Offended by the abuse of power the cops display, Lance takes it upon herself to take the sheriff out of power no matter what the cost.

Meanwhile unlikely forces from Lance's past align, shedding new light on Elaine's murder and Lance's alibi. FBI Agent Faye Mallory takes it upon herself to tie everything together and, she hopes, put an end to Lance's running for good. But with Lance facing one of her most brutal enemies to date, her luck may already be running out.

Charities Donation program progress:
328$ Albert Kennedy Trust:
1015$ Ali Forney Center:
Australian Marriage Equality:
50$ Audre Lorde Project:
25$ BiNet US:
125$ CARE:
125$ The Center Colorado:
25$ LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland:
476$ COLORS:
105$ Covenant:
75$ Diversity Role Models:
25$ The Diversity Center:
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia:
317$ Galop:
150$ GLYS:
135$ Human Rights Campaign:
50$ Huntsville GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services:
125$ It Gets Better:
100$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center:
28$ In Other Words:
Los Angeles LGBT Center:
235$ Lambda Legal:
50$ Lambert House:
50$ Lancaster LGBT Center:
50$ LEAP:
512$ Lost-n-Found Youth:
50$ MKE LGBT Center:
130$ Moveable Feast:
25$ Odyssey Youth Center:
25$ Out Youth:
25$ Pathfinders:
150$ PFLAG:
175$ Point Foundation:
100$ Ruth Ellis Center:
725$ SAGE:
25$ Terrence Higgins Trust:
480$ The Trevor Project:
160$ UCAN:
25$ WayGay:
200$ You Can Play:
75$ YouthCare:
1017$ Other Funds
TOTAL: 7623$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

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