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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Celebrating Trying … Even When You Doubt Yourself #AmWriting #Memoir Plus Quick Book Mention: Degranon, #AmReading

"Today I’m Celebrating trying, even in the face of great doubt. Writers face doubt all the time, as do most of us through our lives and for a million reasons. But add to the usual stressors personal loss and those doubts become monsters all of their own."

From Shah Wharton: Ghostwriter & Speculative Fiction Author. Read more of that bookblog post.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gay Book Giveaway & Interview at Prism Book Alliance (Updated Nov. 1, 2016)

Duane Simolke on Sons of Taldra ~ Interview Local Giveaway.

The giveaway happened November 1, 2016, but find many more via the side column on that same page. Congrats to H.B.!

Keywords: gay books, LGBT books, queer books, gay writing, gay authors, science fiction and fantasy, diversity.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Featured: A.O. Chika Book Blog

Find reviews, lists, giveaways, short stories, poetry, blog tours, author highlights, free-read information, and much more at A. O. Chika Book Blog!

From A. O.'s About Me page:

I’m a book blogger/reviewer, beta reader, a lover of all things LGBTQIA and a self-taught digital designer (Thanks to Youtube and a crap load of online tutorials). I also review books on Gay Book Reviews as well as on Goodreads, NetGallery and sometimes Amazon. When I’m not reading a book or blogging about it, I put on my corporate face (Not really) I work as the social media and marketing manager of a food delivery across two countries in East Africa.

I love cats even though I have none and I’m deathly afraid of dogs and chickens (I’m not kidding about the chicken bit, they scare me). I’m always accepting Guest posts from authors, I’m also open to doing interviews just fill the contact me form and I’ll get back to you within 24hrs. I’m also open to Guest Reviewers/ Bloggers.

Book Blitz: Sons of Taldra.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sharing Links and Wisdom: Sons of Taldra Book Blitz

Sharing Links and Wisdom: Sons of Taldra Book Blitz: Blurb: In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens. Valchondria (Earth)...

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Featured Site: Prism Book Alliance: "promoting and celebrating diversity through literature."

Prism Book Alliance features reviews, blog posts, interviews, giveaways, and much more fans of LGBT books. Their "About" page lists some of their other features:

"•Outside the Margins – daily author-lead content

•Tea Time with Alexis Hall – bi weekly round table on topics relevant to our readers

•Sunday Spotlight – a weekly look into relevant topics by the Prism reviewers

•Retro Reads Author Spotlight – a weekly look at the backlist of an author in the genre

•Five Thing Friday – a weekly look into the psyche of your favorite PBA reviewers

•Prism Recommended Reads Awards – A monthly look at the best of the best reviewed in the previous month. Posted the first Sunday of each month and accompanied by a giveaway."

I've visited many times and have noticed that they constantly add new content.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pressure Tournament: Scene Cut from Gay SciFi Sons of Taldra

The first Taldra novel included references to something called a “pressure tournament.” This scene, cut from Chapter 6 of the second Taldra novel, explains what the heck a pressure tournament is and has some nice exchanges between the twins.

However, it adds nothing to the story and actually slows it down too much. Also, Jase’s students seem too young for a game that Argen didn’t play until his late teens. I left the game up to the imagination of my readers.

The following appears in my online Glossary for Degranon and Sons of Taldra.

“Pressure Tournament: basketball meets Trivial Pursuit and holograms. Both books include references to it. Played in school.”

Here’s the unedited, unused scene.

* * *

Argen and Telius sat together amid the crowd on the bleachers that surrounded the pressure court. On the court itself, two teams of pre-teen boys and girls (five children per team) ran back and forth: the Solid team and the Striped team. Their uniforms made the names of the teams obvious. The Stripes had the pressure ball; one of the taller girls on the team gripped its spongy gray circumference with both hands as the Solids ran toward her, shouting possible answers to the holo-image question that she approached. The words took shape as she ran, so she knew their answers couldn’t be right, answers to a question they had not yet fully seen.

Multiple-choice answers appeared randomly, hovering in the air around them, darting about in giant letters that resembled holo-ads.

“She’ll get this one,” said Argen, leaning close to his brother’s ear. “It’s easy.”

She tossed the ball into one of the answers, just as one of the solids tried to block her toss. A buzzer rang positive, and the unseen announcer shouted the judges’ decision. “Another two points for Valcine Mid-School’s Stripes!”

Argen elbowed Telius. “What did I tell you?”

Telius elbowed him back. “Don’t bruise your only brother.” He practically had to shout, because of the growing applause. “Were you good at this game?”

Argen tipped his head back, as if to suggest Telius had underestimated him. “My best friend and I were the best.” He gazed off, suddenly looking sad. “But that was a long time ago.”

Telius touched his shoulder. “Maybe not so long. Gratitude for coming with me.”

Argen nodded, but then jumped up and cheered as Jase-Dawn’s team gained the winning score. Telius jumped up as well, not quite understanding the thrill of watching someone else play a game, but still proud of Jase-Dawn and his students. Jase-Dawn turned to the brothers and smiled as the opposing coach handed the Stripes a plastic trophy.

(end of scene)