I have that “standing on the edge of a high cliff” feeling about the next few weeks. May is packed, and I’m starting to get super-excited (which, being me, also includes being super freaked out, naturally).
So. Convention. Launch. Giveaways.
Convention – Romancing the Capital – May 5th and 6th.
The official blurb for RtC is this:
In May 2016, Ottawa is the place to be for Canada’s most awesome romance reader conference! At Romancing the Capital, you’ll interact with your favorite authors, discover new authors and meet other readers who share your passion for reading romance.
Priced right, and with attending authors in every genre from sweet to erotic, contemporary to paranormal, RTC offers something to please every reader. Numerous events are planned, starting from early morning to late at night, so don’t miss the fun!
Treat yourself, and come to Romancing the Capital, where the winters might be cold, but the romance is sizzling hot.
I hope to live up to that. Specifically, if you look at the schedule (link in the title above), I’ll be speaking at a few events during the convention:
- The Many Shades of LGBT Romance; a panel on Friday May 6th at 9:00am. Join myself, Elizabeth Lister, Angela Stone, Kayleigh Malcolm, and Kristine Cayne as we chat a bit about the rainbow and romance.
- Adding Queer Characters; or, as I’m calling it, “organic is for carrots.” That’s at 9:00am on Saturday May 7th, and is going to be a more interactive Q&A session about writing queerfolk and representation in romance, so bring your ideas, your questions, and your sense of humour, because generally I approach most topics by laughing a lot.
- Author Speed Dating; Saturday May 7th, at 10:00am, I’ll be doing this insane thing where myself and twenty-odd other authors chat with readers for, like, two minutes a pop in a giant round robin and… yeah. This? Terrifies me. So hopefully I don’t barf on anyone.
- The Book Sale / Book Signing: 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday May 7th. It’s important to note this is totally open to the public, so even if you can’t/didn’t register for the event, you can come schmooze and pick up some great books (and swag, because wow do these authors put out a lot of effort into their swag).
The Launch – Stonewall Gallery – May 12th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Come join me at Stonewall Gallery to officially launch my second novel, Triad Blood.
The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.
But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.
Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.
I’ll be reading from Triad Blood, and there’ll be wine and fun to be had in a beautiful surrounding (you have no idea how gorgeous the products are at this gallery/bookstore). I’ll be signing books, and there will be some backlist available, including copies of Light, and Men in Love, among other anthologies in which I’ve got stories. As always, huge thank-yous to Michael Deyell for being a freaking angel and hosting the event.
If you want to come, click the link up there and say so at the event page over on Facebook land, or you can go to Stonewall Gallery’s web-page and contact Michael directly.
And Giveaways, Oh My!
I have two giveaways underway at the moment on Goodreads. The first is for a copy of Men in Love, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, which just released. The second is for Triad Blood, which, oh, hey, that’s the second novel I keep talking about and it’s not even out yet!
If you want to enter the giveaways, just click on the covers here and you’ll end up on the Goodreads giveaway pages. I did have to limit it to Canada and the U.S. thanks to postage prices (I wish I could do giveaways of e-copies, too, but Goodreads doesn’t allow that).
Both giveaways end May 1st, so if you want to click your way through to enter, time is running out. Please do, and hey, if you want to tell friends to do so, too, I won’t argue. I like giving things away for free when I can, and it’s usually a positive experience to do so.
That’s it for this week. I’ll get back to my regular “state of the ‘Nathan” updates next Wednesday, once I’m neck-deep in the merry month itself. In the meanwhile, here are the calls of which I’m aware (and tempted):
Open Calls I Know About (and find tempting)…
- Flight – Flash fiction contest with a theme of “flight,” Mischief Corner Books, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
- Gents: Steamy Tales from the Age of Steam – Gay male erotica set during the Victorian/Edwardian era, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
- Survivor – SF/F anthology looking for stories of everyday trauma survival, Lethe Press, Deadline: May 1st, 2016.
- Magic and Mayhem – Mage/cyborg or tattoo artist/soldier stories (very specific, but it’s for a charity anthology, details at the link), Gay Romance Northwest, Deadline: March 31st, 2016.
- Novella Call – The Book Smugglers, Deadline: May 30th, 2016.
- Animal Magnetism – Tales of men drawn together over their love of animals, JMS Books, Deadline: July 31st, 2016.
- This Wish Tonight – Holiday M/M Genre romance, Mischief Corner Books, Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- A Scandal in Gomorrah: Queering Sherlock Holmes – Queering the canon or something more transformational, Lethe Press, Deadline: January 1, 2017.