Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Talk: On Marriage and New Releases

I want to tell you a story about two men. Let's call them Bob and Doug.

Bob was a young man, the baby of his family. We're talking a good ten-plus year age difference between him and the next youngest. He was one of those late in life surprise pregnancies that happened when Mom figured she wasn't having any more kids and is this menopause? Oh, it isn't.

In his teens Bob suffered an illness that eventually rendered him sterile. It's this sterility that the family used as the reason for why Bob never married. Maybe his family knew the true reason but never wanted to admit it, because this was a Christian household. Grace at supper, prayers at night, church on Wednesday and Sunday. KJV all the way. But poor Bob couldn't have kids, so he chose a life of bachelorhood rather than subject a woman to a life without children. How noble of Bob.

Yeah, that's why he never married or dated.

One day Bob met Doug, an older man and successful in business. He took Bob under his wing and brought him into the company. Bob was struggling financially, so he moved in with Doug. How nice, said the family, Bob has a friend and roommate. He's learning all about business from Doug and doing well. Doug loves to cook and sometimes they travel. So great to have a good friend. Doug was just that to Bob, yet there was something more there. Bob's family and Doug's family simply didn't see it, or chose not to.

Sadly, it didn't last. Doug got sick, and died. While he had a devoted partner in Bob, everything was in Doug's name - the house, the business, the money. That was just the way it was because Doug had built it from the ground up. They both worked, but Doug assumed the job of handling financials because he had a head for it, not unlike the father who pays the bills each month. It was a devastating time for Bob. He lost his friend and partner, but the story didn't end here.

Doug had made provisions for this eventuality so Bob could get by, and though Bob and Doug had a long history together, Bob had no legal standing when it came to his partner's assets. Doug's family, people who didn't communicate with Doug for the last part of his life, swooped in and claimed everything. They contested his will and won. They liquidated his house and business and told Bob to get lost. He wasn't family, he had no claim. He was nothing to them. Apparently Doug was nothing to them either, until he died and left behind something they wanted.

I knew Bob. Bob exists, and many more people like Bob have existed and dealt with similar issues. Had this happened in a time when Bob and Doug could legally marry, maybe it would have ended differently for Bob. Some people want to claim that marriage between two men or two women will crumble society, or that it's a ploy to flaunt sexual orientation, but I don't see it that way.

The idea that one half of a loving couple can lose everything he/she contributes to the partnership due to a legal technicality disgusts me. Marriage equality goes deeper than trying to buy cake from people who don't want to bake for you. It's about protection from this sort of thing. It's about being able to visit your loved one in the hospital and making sure his/her end of life decisions are handled with dignity.

I know a few couples who, thanks to the SCOTUS ruling, can remain married. I hope they don't run into problems like this. They certainly don't deserve trouble.

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Sly Foxes releases tomorrow, but you can buy it today. You may be able to download it today; I guess it depends on where you are.

Buy: ARe ~ AMZ ~ BN ~ KOBO ~ ITUNESSMASH

While you're enjoying that, part one of On the Sly is ready in Sexy To Go, Volume 6 at Amazon. After that comes Sly Vs. Sly, but that story won't appear in a STG set. Have to save something for a bigger release. ;-)

Still waiting to hear when the First Lady Love box set will bow. I am guessing sometime in July it will come out. In the meantime I am waiting on word about my submission to another Coming Together volume (this would be my M/M alligator shifter), and I'm looking at other calls to see what interests me. While this is going on, I need to make a decision about something major involving my Dareville series.

I won't make any announcements yet, but stay tuned to see what I will have happening soon.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

New on Kindle, Pre-Order, Cover Reveal

If you have waited for the ARe Out For You stories to come to Nook and Kindle, they have arrived! You can now buy THE SWEETEST DARE outside of All Romance:

Buy: ARe ~ AMZ ~ BN ~ ITUNES 

You may have noticed some of the OFY stories in print collections. Going forward, All Romance will publish anthologies of various stories that are not novel-length. Anastasia Vitsky's OFY book, GEMSTONE, is now in print on its own, but mine is the only one not in a book because it is F/F. The reason is this: I've been asked to write a companion story so I get my own print book! I'm all for it, of course, because it would be nice to have when I finally get to a Gay Rom Lit con or another Rainbow Book Fair. I have the story on the mental radar, and it will follow up THE SWEETEST DARE with the further adventures of Kit's friend Annalise.

While that's going on, I have set up SLY FOXES for pre-order. This is the first novella in The Men of Sylvester Street series, which is M/M.

Buy: ARe ~ AMZ ~ KOBO ~ SMASH

Anson Fox is thrilled to start a new life in this Atlantic coastal town, and he feels right at home among the active LGBT community. Working at Sinclair Realty is a dream come true, and his handsome boss is heaven sent.

Adrian Sinclair isn’t new to Archer Beach, but he’s only recently come out. He’s willing to show the new guy around town, if Anson returns the favor.

Bonus story, He’s So Sly. Terence and Evan have known each other forever. They may have made a great couple, but the timing was never right. Now they’re both single, and Terence wants to make up for lost time. What will it take to make Evan’s visit to Archer Beach permanent?

Finally, another serialization of a Sylvester Street story happens in SEXY TO GO VOL. 6. I am writing ON THE SLY as a prequel to an upcoming Sylvester Street novella, and I also wanted the story to set up some history for the setting. ON THE SLY, like the other Sylvester Street stories, is MM.

It’s 1989, and somebody is prowling Jackson Park, assaulting men who go cruising after dark. Officer Truman is determined to keep the people of Archer Beach safe, and that goes double for his friends on Sylvester Street…triple for Colin. Colin, however, wants to take justice into his own hands, and it’s up to Tru to solve the case before Colin gets hurt.

This box set was just submitted for publication, so it should be ready in a few days. 

That is what's happening right now. On to write more!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Favorite Heroines Blog Hop + Giveaway #FavoriteHeroines2015

I am thrilled to be part of the Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop! Don't forget to visit everybody else today, and I'm giving away prizes!

I love to read, so of course many heroines have stayed with me over the years. More recently, I've become engrossed in the Lunar Chronicles and am quite fond of Cinder Linh, who's appeared in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. If you're not familiar with the series, it's a futuristic take on fairytales, with a cyborg Cinderella fighting an evil queen who wants control of the Earth and her moon home. So far she's enlisted the help of a young woman in a red cape, and another with long hair, trapped in a satellite. It's coming to you now, right? Cinder is on sale at a great price for eBook, definitely worth the read.

This year I began two reading challenges, and the book High Hearts by Rita Mae Brown fulfilled slots in both. This is one of her older works, somewhat atypical of the books she's known to write. It is historical fiction and the heroine, Geneva Chatfield, disguises herself as a Confederate solider so she can be with her husband. As I understand it, more than a few women did this in real life, and if you like historical romance you may want to try this.

Speaking of disguises, Arya Stark of A Game of Thrones should go on my list as well. I've only read the first book and haven't seen the show (no spoilers please!), but I became engrossed in Arya's story as she flees the Lannisters disguised as a young boy. I do intend to read the other books. Really. I mean it.

So these are just three heroines I have enjoyed. How about you?

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Leigh's latest story is The Sweetest Dare, now at All Romance eBooks, coming to Amazon, B&N, and iTunes.

Kit Cheever is more than eager to welcome her new co-worker, Sidney Campbell, to Tish’s Riches, the best chocolate shop in Virginia. While the long days on the job hardly exhaust them for long nights of play, Sidney hopes for more in their relationship than candy-coated orgasms. Is dinner out too much to ask?

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monday's Muddle on Tuesday

I didn't write my usual Monday post yesterday because I took some time off. Yeah, me, who doesn't have enough time to get through my eternal to-do list. Yesterday was the DH's birthday, and it was the big 5-0 so of course we needed to celebrate it. We spent the day in Williamsburg and enjoyed lunch and a walk among the colonial trappings. I miss living there - it's so quiet, even during the peak tourist season. I don't miss how easily it is to get lost while driving around town, but maybe if I'm fortunate enough to retire we can find a place up there.

I had a weird dream the other night, too. A Doctor Who dream, which I rarely have, so I'm glad to have remembered parts of this one. I was a companion and River Song was there, and while Twelve was outside doing something the two of us slipped into the TARDIS. Before I realized it, we were floating away and leaving him behind. Neither one of us had control of the ship.

I turned to River Song and said, "If he asks, we'll blame this on Clara." I pushed a button and brought us back. The Doctor didn't say anything, but took us for a ride into a future where somebody had built a theme park on the moon, where unofficial Gay Days were going on. Like at Disney. The Doctor says, "We should go there," and pulls in the TARDIS.

Here's where it got weird: somewhere along the line we get separated. I'm in an admission line and while I have a ticket I have to wait for my name to be called to enter this park. People arriving after me are getting in first, which pisses me off (perhaps a clue to real issues) until finally I'm told they've reached their cap for the day. I have to come tomorrow to use my ticket, and the park people put me in one of their resorts for the night. Next thing I know I'm waking up in a cell-like room with the feeling something bad is going to happen. That's when I wake up.

I used to keep track of my dreams to interpret them, and I imagine there's quite a bit I could get out of this one to apply to real life. I'd hate to think the Doctor and River Song were intentionally trying to ditch me, though. :(

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Slowly, slowly, I am whittling away at a short for Sexy To Go, Volume 6. The team is voting on a cover graphic now, and I think they are leaning toward a couple this time instead of Solo Sexy Guy. I suppose it's fine if the majority of stories are M/F pairings. Mine is another M/M in the Sylvester Street universe, but it's semi-historical. By that, I mean it's set in the 80s and is a precursor to the final novella in the main trilogy. I haven't figured out a title for it yet. Sly Foxes is #1, Sly Vs. Sly will be #2, and I am leaning toward I, Sly as the third.

While that's going on, I just turned in my edits for Daring Destiny, which is part of the First Lady Love all F/F anthology. Cover is coming, I'm told, so I can't wait to show it off. I'll need to decide when to release the story on its own, if at all.

Priority now, though, are a few books to edit/proof. I've had the pleasure of previewing Bridget Midway's Slave To Love, which is the sequel to Love My Way. The first book was about a woman who joins an elimination TV show for a Dom searching for his new submissive. Slave To Love turns the tables, now the show focuses on a new submissive looking for a Dom, or Domme. If you've read any of Bridget's books, you will want to read this one. I know all the hype this summer is about that other book (you know the one), but Slave To Love deserves its own hype. It's long, but it reads so quickly, it drew me in that well.

On top of this, I'm helping tidy up new releases for other authors. I'll be sharing them soon. :)




Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday Muddle: First of the Month

The first of the month is always nutty for me. At the day job the old ads come down and the new ones go up, along with the new sales. June has the added busyness of a new release. THE SWEETEST DARE is now out at All Romance, and already it has the silver star. I'm happy for that, and hope readers enjoy the story. The follow-up is in the works, so that this story may go to print.

There are ten other Out For You stories from ARe Books and I have read them all. I hope you will, too. It's a great group of authors this time around.


This being June 1 and the anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album, I usually get out my turntable and play my vinyl, but the plug to the record player is missing. I had to compromise and listen digitally, but I listened to the mono version. I know some prefer stereo, but mono is the way to go with this particular Beatles album.


One day I'll post more on this particular album, how it seems to change with each fresh listen.

As for reading, I'm in the middle of several books as I wind down some of my reading challenges. I'm working on Cress from the Lunar Chronicles, and Up the Down Staircase for a POPSUGAR challenge. I have some new romance I need to read, plus some editing work to finish. I hope to have a cover reveal ready soon for First Lady Love. I believe the publisher is looking at mid-June for a release. It's going to get busy this summer!