elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: Hans M. Hirschi

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October). Moreover I'm taking part at the 2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour as Featured Blogger.

For the 2015 Featured Blog Tour, today author is Hans M. Hirschi: "First of all a big “grazie” to Elisa for giving me the space and this opportunity. I am very grateful for all the work she does for the LGBT community with the Rainbow Awards and all the money you collect for various charities.
When I learned about GRL last year, it was way too late to sign up as an author, and I owe Wade Kelly a debt of gratitude for guiding me into the world of conventions. There is so much to learn. When I published my first novel in July 2013, I had no idea how to market it, and the second book, which came two days later. I blogged, I tweeted, used my Facebook and was provided a few guest posts on blogs from fellow authors. Cons to me were things that StarTrek people would go to…
When Wade told me about GRL, I was hooked, and I found a way to get to Chicago by sponsoring the event, and boy, what an experience. It’s difficult to describe the emotion. The first day, upon arriving in Chicago, I met author Erika Pike and her cousin Thora, two lovelies from Iceland at the book stamping table. I had exchanged a few tweets with Erika and had already found two friends, barely five minutes after getting there. GRL is like being wrapped in your favorite blanket for four days, comfortable, safe, cosy. If you’re a newbie, afraid of meeting all these new people, rest assured, there’s no need to. Everyone is very kind and I didn’t meet a single person I didn’t click with.
There’s always a lot of talk about introverts vs extroverts. I seem to be the only open, out of the closet, extrovert, even though I know that most of us are shy in new social settings, but with everyone so pleasant, even the most introvert people come out of their shells. If you’re part of the Facebook group and you see all the people proclaiming how shy they are, and how they’ll be hiding behind the curtains, take it with a pinch of salt… It’s decorum to claim to be an introvert, but I’ve yet to meet someone who really is. Convention convention I guess.
This year, I was fast, I was sitting at my laptop when the ticket sale started, and I managed to secure a spot as featured author. But just like last year, I also sponsor the event (they deserve he support), with my new publisher, Beaten Track Publishing. The good thing is that I won’t have to sit behind a table alone all week, but will be joined by some of the other authors attending from our stable, selling books, chatting and making friends. I’ll bring two new books to GRL this year. Willem of the Tafel, which was just recently released, and Spanish Bay, which will be released in time for GRL this fall. The former is a great Sci-Fi novel dealing with racism and the environment, the latter a sweet love story you’ll absolutely love. As always, the Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings delivers!
There are many things to look forward to at GRL, from the evening events including the Saturday costume party to the author readings and panels. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend more daytime events as I won’t be stuck in the sales room all day. What I really appreciated last year was Jay’s introduction seminar for all the newbies. If this is going to be your first GRL, make sure you attend that seminar. It’s a great and quick way to get to know others in your situation and make some instant friends.
One of the biggest challenges I recall from last year were books. I know that books are the reason why we all go to GRL, yet with all the restrictions imposed by airlines, carrying books can be challenging. It’s difficult for authors and publishers to know how many books to bring to San Diego (nobody wants to carry them back), and it’s difficult for readers to know how much they can carry home. My suggestion would be to make the best use of the preorders that most publishers will provide. It helps the publishers plan how many books to bring to San Diego, and you’ll also be able to get some great discounts. The other possibility is to go “e” and buy e-books. I know it’s not for everyone, but most are very comfortable with their iPads, Nooks and Kindles, and it’s a lot cheaper, too. And you can still get your books signed by the authors. Beaten Track and I offer you you a great deal, our GRL discount coupon is grl2015 and gives you a 50% discount on our e-books.
I for one will bring post cards to provide fans with something to sign, and then there’s also the two GRL anthologies for featured and supporting authors with all the excerpts from their books. During the author signings, most readers will use those to collect autographs. A great memento to take home, two books and over a hundred autographs, and who knows, some of the author signatures might just turn out to become valuable… You never know! :)
The convention season has just started and I’m planning my attendance at four different ones this year. It all starts in Munich, then Tampa the week after. In September I’ll be in Bristol before topping it off with GRL in San Diego. Some of us authors will be at some or all of them, and I know that there are readers who travel to more than one convention, too.
To buy my books, you can get them from all the usual places, but the best way is to get them right from my website or Beaten Track’s. Save an author, buy from their website. Better margins for us, and obviously less expensive for you…
I can’t wait, and the three months will pass quickly. I look forward to meeting you there."

Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (May 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 191063543X
ISBN-13: 978-1910635438
Amazon: Willem of the Tafel
Amazon Kindle: Willem of the Tafel

The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface... Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.

About the Author: Hans M. Hirschi has been writing stories since childhood. As an adult, the demands of corporate life put an end to fictional writing for more than twenty years. A global executive in training, he has traveled the world and published several nonfiction titles.
The birth of his son provided him with the opportunity to rekindle his love of creative writing, where he expresses his deep passion for a better world through love and tolerance in five well-received novels. His sixth novel, Spanish Bay, is due this fall. Hans lives with his husband and son on a small island off the west coast of Sweden.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorHansMHirschi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hans_Hirschi
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+HansHirschi/posts
Website: www.hirschi.se

GRL Blog Tour Appearance Schedule
6/24/2015 April Kelley Rainbow Gold Reviews
6/25/2015 Anna Zabo Love Bytes
6/25/2015 Devon Rhodes The Novel Approach
6/25/2015 Erica Pike Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
6/30/2015 J.A. Rock The Novel Approach
7/1/2015 Arshad Ahsanuddin Rainbow Gold Reviews
7/1/2015 Lucy Marker Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
7/2/2015 Kim Fielding Love Bytes
7/5/2015 Jacqueline Grey Prism Book Alliance
7/8/2015 AKM Miles Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
7/8/2015 Kim Fielding Rainbow Gold Reviews
7/9/2015 Lei Carol The Novel Approach
7/9/2015 Jaime Reese Love Bytes
7/12/2015 Tempeste O'Riley Prism Book Alliance
7/14/2015 Cody Kennedy The Novel Approach
7/15/2015 Devon Rhodes Rainbow Gold Reviews
7/15/2015 Hans M Hirschi Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
7/16/2015 Andrew Q. Gordon Love Bytes
7/19/2015 Anna Zabo Prism Book Alliance
7/20/2015 Charlie Cochet Joyfully Jay
7/22/2015 Belinda McBride Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
7/22/2015 Devon Rhodes Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
7/22/2015 Lissa Kasey The Novel Approach
7/22/2015 Zathyn Priest Rainbow Gold Reviews
7/23/2015 Melanie Hansen Love Bytes
7/23/2015 Vanessa North Joyfully Jay
7/25/2015 April Kelley Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
7/26/2015 Della Van Hise Prism Book Alliance
7/29/2015 Laura Harner Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
7/29/2015 Lynn Lorenz Rainbow Gold Reviews
7/29/2015 Simone Anderson Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
7/30/2015 Katey Hawthorne The Novel Approach
7/30/2015 Tara Lain Love Bytes
8/1/2015 K.C. Wells Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
8/2/2015 Wendy Rathbone Prism Book Alliance
8/5/2015 A C Burch Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
8/5/2015 Clare London Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
8/5/2015 Olivia Black Rainbow Gold Reviews
8/6/2015 Zathyn Priest Love Bytes
8/7/2015 Tara Lain The Novel Approach
8/9/2015 Jaime Reese Prism Book Alliance
8/12/2015 Belinda McBride Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
8/12/2015 K-lee Klein Rainbow Gold Reviews
8/12/2015 Laura Harner The Novel Approach
8/13/2015 Jeff Adams Love Bytes
8/14/2015 Christina E. Pilz Joyfully Jay
8/15/2015 Morticia Knight Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
8/16/2015 Laura Harner Prism Book Alliance
8/19/2015 AKM Miles Prism Book Alliance
8/19/2015 Andrew Q. Gordon Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
8/19/2015 Christina E. PIlz The Novel Approach
8/20/2015 Pat Henshaw Love Bytes
8/23/2015 Erica Pike Prism Book Alliance
8/24/2015 Jaime Reese Joyfully Jay
8/25/2015 Rick R. Reed Joyfully Jay
8/26/2015 Christina E. PIlz Rainbow Gold Reviews
8/26/2015 Simone Anderson Prism Book Alliance
8/26/2015 TM Smith Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
8/27/2015 Carter Quinn Love Bytes
8/28/2015 AC Katt The Novel Approach
8/29/2015 J.A. Rock Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
8/29/2015 Laura Harner Rainbow Gold Reviews
8/30/2015 Posy Roberts Prism Book Alliance
8/31/2015 Marie Sexton The Novel Approach
9/2/2015 AKM Miles Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
9/2/2015 J.R. Barten Rainbow Gold Reviews
9/2/2015 Jeff Erno Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
9/2/2015 Vanessa North Prism Book Alliance
9/3/2015 Erica Pike Love Bytes
9/4/2015 Morticia Knight The Novel Approach
9/5/2015 Jeff Adams Joyfully Jay
9/6/2015 A C Burch Prism Book Alliance
9/8/2015 Kim Fielding Joyfully Jay
9/9/2015 Charlie Cochet Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
9/9/2015 Erica Pike Rainbow Gold Reviews
9/9/2015 Lucy Marker Prism Book Alliance
9/9/2015 Silvia Violet The Novel Approach
9/10/2015 Lane Hayes Love Bytes
9/12/2015 Kaje Harper Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
9/12/2015 RJ Scott Love Bytes
9/13/2015 Sue Brown Prism Book Alliance
9/16/2015 Anna Zabo Joyfully Jay
9/16/2015 Jordan L. Hawk Prism Book Alliance
9/16/2015 Olivia Black Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
9/16/2015 Tara Lain Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
9/16/2015 Z. Allora Rainbow Gold Reviews
9/17/2015 Morticia Knight Love Bytes
9/18/2015 Nico Jaye The Novel Approach
9/19/2015 Tempeste O'Riley Love Bytes
9/20/2015 Carter Quinn Prism Book Alliance
9/23/2015 Chris Cox Rainbow Gold Reviews
9/23/2015 Jaime Samms Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
9/23/2015 Pat Henshaw The Novel Approach
9/23/2015 Shira Anthony Prism Book Alliance
9/24/2015 Laura Harner Love Bytes
9/26/2015 W.S. Long Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
9/26/2015 Wendy Rathbone Love Bytes
9/27/2015 Nic Starr Prism Book Alliance
9/30/2015 Andrew Q. Gordon Prism Book Alliance
9/30/2015 Katey Hawthorne Joyfully Jay
9/30/2015 KC Burn The Novel Approach
9/30/2015 Lei Carol Rainbow Gold Reviews
9/30/2015 Melanie Hansen Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
9/30/2015 TM Smith Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
10/1/2015 K-lee Klein Love Bytes
10/2/2015 Jaime Reese The Novel Approach
10/3/2015 RJ Scott Love Bytes
10/5/2015 Melanie Hansen Joyfully Jay
10/6/2015 Rick R. Reed The Novel Approach
10/7/2015 Hans M Hirschi Rainbow Gold Reviews
10/7/2015 Lane Hayes Elisa - My Reviews & Ramblings
10/7/2015 Posy Roberts Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
10/8/2015 Jacqueline Grey Love Bytes
10/10/2015 Aisling Mancy (Cody Kennedy's adult pseud) Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends

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