The “We’re Not at GRL” Facebook Party Sat Oct 18th!

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This is the last day of the Walk a Mile book tour and your last shot at entering the Rafflecopter for the e-book giveaway before it closes. :-) It’s been a rush, going to so many websites, chatting with people, finding out how many readers have fallen in love with Flynn and Jerry and want more from them!

Tennant You Should Be WritingBut all good things come to an end, and the best part about coming to the end of the book tour is that I can go back to doing what so many people are clamoring for: working on the next installment in the series!

I’ve still got some stops today, and will be posting the entire schedule (with links updated) tomorrow, for those wanting to get in on the giveaway at the last minute. I realize that many of you already have a copy of the prize, Unspeakable Words, so if the winner of the rafflecopter already has a copy, we’ll exchange the prize for something else from my backlist. :-)

I won’t *entirely* disappear from the internet, though! Some friends and I were chatting on Facebook about how disappointed we were that we couldn’t to to GRL 2014 this year, and how much fun everyone was having–and we decided to host our own online party! Better organizers than me quickly got on board with this idea, and so we’re going to be at Rainbow Gold Reviews holding a “We’re Not At GRL” Party this Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm EST. Come on down and join the fun because this is for everyone who can’t go to GRL as well!

Today, on the final stops of the book tour, I’ll be at MM Good Book Reviews, Jade Crystal, Velvet Panic! I hope you’ll join me to talk about Walk a Mile, find out my darkest secrets, read some reviews, and enter the giveaway!

GRLsale_DSPsiteAs part of the celebration of Gay Rom Lit weekend, Dreamspinner Press is having a sale! 25% off everything in stock, and 35% off on all GRL participating authors! Go check it out, and get a good deal on my backlist while you’re there!

 

Coming into the homestretch: the Walk a Mile book tour & giveaway!

photo_30486_20110214Whew! It’s been a whirlwind but we’re entering the final 48 hours of the Walk a Mile Book Tour with Pride Promotions!

Today I’ll be stopping by Queer Town Abbey, The Blogger Girls, Butterfly-O-Meter, and making a special stop to visit my good friend, Anna Butler, as well!

It’s been an amazing two weeks, seeing Walk a Mile enter the bestseller lists on Amazon, Dreamspinners, and All Romance. I have been touched and flattered by all the emails and feedback I’ve received on this story–and I’ve heard everyone loud and clear: I must get cracking on the next installment! Never fear, I will. I will!

But I’ll be honest, it’s been exhausting. I’ll be glad to slip back into quiet obscurity and work on the next story in the series. In the meantime,  I’m happy to announce that Crying for the Moon is going to be translated into German! How exciting is that? This is the first original story of mine that is being translated into another language and I’m terribly pleased about it.

BedtimeBut it’s very late here at the moment, and I have a few more emails to get out before I crash into bed. Tomorrow is going to come all too early, I’m afraid! Time for bed soon. Time, also, to take a deep breath, re-prioritize, and get back to the important things. Like writing.

Whitley Gray lands on the site in “Crash Pad” for an interview!

Crash Pad cover mock-upLook at this cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? Whitley Gray is here with us today, talking about the new release, Crash Pad from Loose Id.

Blurb for Crash Pad:
Physician Remy Marshall has two loves: Emergency Medicine and running. Work doesn’t leave much time to meet guys, and most seem more interested in his bank account than him. With a week off to train for a marathon, Remy plans to make the most of his precious vacation. The last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jamie Sutton is new to the area. He hopes to make a fresh start after leaving an abusive relationship with an orthopedic surgeon. He’s got a new job as a massage therapist and wants to meet some nice guys. Against his better judgment, Jamie decides the best way to meet a cute rollerblader he’s seen in the park is on wheels.

With attention on his watch and not where he’s going, Remy crashes into Jamie and fractures the first-time rollerblader’s ankle. Jamie has no one to help him after the injury; Remy proposes Jamie stay with him. Jamie is reluctant, but it’s a better option than staying with the odd guy in the neighboring motel room. As the two get acquainted, Jamie’s past comes calling. Remy discovers the prize he really wants isn’t a medal in a marathon, but the man right in front of him.

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Hello! Welcome to my blog and thank you for answering my nosy, I mean discerning, questions! First, please tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of stories you like to write. Would you say there is an underlying theme behind your stories?

Hello. I’m Whitley Gray. I write male/male romance. In the past I did write some male/female erotica, but haven’t done that for several years. M/M is my true calling, as it were. I’m not sure there’s an underlying theme, other than I like characters with emotional (and sometimes physical) baggage. A lot of my characters have jobs in the medical field, but not all.

What part of the world do you call home? Can you tell us a little about where you grew up and where you live now?

I’ve lived in the Midwest/West for all of my life. Much as I long for a beach, I’m landlocked.

“Writers should write what they know.” What does this statement mean to you as an author?

It’s easier. I like to write characters in the medical field. I often still have to do research, but it is easier. My group of go-to experts helps keep me authentic when I’m outside my comfort zone. Every time an author journeys outside of an area they know well—like when I’ve written cops and FBI profilers—the research goes up exponentially. I don’t mind the research, but it’s a big time suck and increases the chance of making a mistake.

Of the stories you’ve written, which one do you like the most? Which one would you recommend a new reader begin with?

That’s like trying to choose a favorite child. For someone new to me, I’d suggest Artistic Endeavor. It’s a contemporary M/M novella (part of the Higher Learning: Campus Cravings Collection), and gives readers a good idea of my writing voice and the level of heat they’re likely to encounter in my stories (generally, four-flames hot). I love Cobey and Michael, and their story was a lot of fun to write.

handwriting_flickrDo you see your writing as a hobby or is it your goal to be a full time writer at some point in the future?

It’s never been a hobby. I see it as a second job. Someday, I’d like it to be the only job. In the beginning, I set out to learn the basics with copious workshops and I read a ton of books on writing. Education has always been a big part of my life, and information is comfort to me. For now, the dreaded day job is required to pay the bills. I take writing seriously, though. When not at the day job, I put in lots of hours in the writing chair. Discipline is necessary to make it when you have limited time.

That’s a really good point, Whitley! It IS like a second job! How often does your real life experience figure into your story telling? Do you base characters or stories on your actual experiences?

Like a lot of writers, my day job provides grist for the creative mill. After years in the medical field a lot of those experiences have become a mishmash. In addition, I tend to mix them up even more by changing details like age, location, circumstances. No one will ever read themselves or their medical misadventures in one of my books.

I’m so with you there, Whitley! I’m fond of saying ‘everything is grist for the mill”, and it’s true! Even in the middle of traumatic events, there is this Objective Observer inside me thinking, “That will make a good story some day…”

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us about this hot new release!

If you’re here looking for the next stops in the Walk a Mile book tour, today I’ll be at Wake Up Your Wild Side, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Fallen Angel Reviews! Interviews, excerpts,reviews, and your chance at a giveaway still on-going!

Got your running shoes on? Because Monday is here!

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Got your running shoes on? You’re going to need them because Monday is here, and it’s going to be a hum-dinger! You know that the first day of the work week is going to be rough when a co-worker texts you with a warning ahead of time…

But that’s okay! The Walk a Mile book tour is in it’s second (and final) week. I had a wonderful live chat on Facebook yesterday, as part of Dreamspinners Meet the Author takeover of their fan page, and on Tuesday, Oct 14th from 8-10 pm EST, I’ll be co-hosting a takeover of the Dreamspinner Twitter account with fellow author Jude Dunn!

Today, I’m visiting Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, and The Hat Party!

Because work is promising to be, ah, challenging, I might be slow to return comments, but believe me, I appreciate each and every one. There will be interviews, chances to enter the rafflecopter, and more details on Walk a Mile and what’s next for the boys, Flynn and Parker. I hope you’ll drop in and say hi!

Today’s the last day to get Walk a Mile at 25% off during Dreamspinner’s Halloween Sale!

DSP Halloween SaleI want to make sure everyone knows about Dreamspinners early Halloween sale! All paranormals, fantasies, sci-fi, mystery and suspense e-books are 25% off but the sale ends today!

It won’t be your last chance to get Walk a Mile at a discount, however! I’m going to be taking over the Dreamspinner Facebook page from 2-4 pm EST Sunday, Oct12th and there will be a coupon code good for several days offered then. I do hope you’ll drop in for a chat and some giveaways!

The Pride Promotions book tour for Walk a Mile is ongoing:today I’ll be at Romance the Night, Cate Ashwood, and also at Shae Conner’s too. Stop by, enter the Rafflecopter, and ask me some questions–I’d like to hear from you!

Another big day on the Walk a Mile Tour!

Fall PumpkinsWell, I have a big day scheduled today! Walk a Mile is a bestseller on All Romance and Dreamspinner Press–and I have only you, the readers, to thank! I I know that sounds corny, but believe me, I knew that by taking so long to come out with the sequel to Unspeakable Words, I ran a huge risk of no one caring anymore about my boys, John Flynn and Jerry Parker. But you guys do. You still do! And that both amazes me and humbles me, too.

Today, I’m going to be stopping on some wonderful sites: Andrew Q Gordon, Inked Rainbow Reads, Love Bytes, and Smoocher’s Voice!

BestsellerIcon100X100This coming Sunday from 2-4 pm EST, I’ll be doing a live chat on the Dreamspinner Press Facebook page–I do hope you’ll join me! Barring spoilers, you can ask me (almost) anything! And on Tues, Oct 14, I’ll be taking over Dreamspinner’s Twitter feed with fellow author Jude Dunn from 8-10 pm EST. I’m looking forward to chatting with you guys and sharing about what’s in store for the Sixth Sense series!

DSP Halloween SaleAnd you still have a couple of days left to take advantage of the early Halloween sale on Dreamspinner! All paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and suspense e-books are 25% off, now until Oct. 10th! What are you waiting for? :-)

Skeleton: Suki Fleet on what it’s like to have one in your closet…

Skeleton_postcard_front_DSPToday I’m turning over the website to showcase Suki Fleet and her latest release, Skeleton, from Dreamspinner Press! Just released on Oct 1, this novella is currently sitting at number 18 on the Amazon bestseller list for short reads in the Gay/Lesbian genre. Not only that, but it’s 25% off on the Dreamspinner site, from now until Oct 10th! So be sure to check it out before the sale ends!

My Walk a Mile book tour is still going strong: today I’ll be visiting Amanda C. Stone, and Elizabeth Noble’s Emotion in Motion. There will be interviews and more–and most of my backlist is on sale at the same Dreamspinner Early Halloween sale I mentioned above, including Walk a Mile, and the first in the Sixth Sense series, Unspeakable Words.

So without any further ado, here’s Suki!

Welcome to the website, Suki! I’m looking forward to finding out more about your new novella, Skeleton. The premise sounds intriguing! Before we get to the story, however, I’m curious about your writing process. Are you a panster or a plotter? Do you outline extensively or write your story as you go along?

A panster…I’ve never heard that expression but I’m definitely not a plotter! I tend to know the direction I want the story to go in. I guess it’s like seeing a flag high up on a mountain and having to get to it in any way that you can. Sometimes you might have to walk, sometimes you might be able to get on a train sometimes you have to climb a sheer rock face or you might find a helicopter. It’s never straightforward and it’s not always hard but it’s not always easy either.

Do you have a favorite character that you’ve created? Why does this character resonate with you?

Remee from This is Not a Love Story. Because he never gives up although he wants to.

Of the stories you’ve written, which one do you like the most? Which one would you recommend a new reader begin with?

This is Not a Love Story is my only other published release. I’m very proud of it but it is a pretty emotional read. This one is much sweeter and lower in angst. I guess it depends on what you are looking for.

The Zombie Apocalypse has begun. You have a van with enough gas to get you to a defensible location. In addition to your immediate family, you can take three of your own characters with you. Who would you chose and why?

Ah, three is hard because someone would be unhappy :P I’d say Crash from This is Not a Love Story (he had his own story out soon (23rd Oct) called Wild Summer). Anna from Skeleton (because She is pretty awesome) and Remee because I have to but he would insist Julian come too.

Sad Man_flickrHow often does your real life experience figure into your story telling? Do you base characters or stories on your actual experiences?

Yeah, sometimes. Emotionally more than anything.

Editing: love it or hate it?

Love the edit :P (seriously)

Do you miss your characters when you come to the end of their story? Do you find ways to write sequels for them or do you become entranced with a new set?

Yes, I think about them for weeks and weeks after. It takes a while before I can fall into a new story.

Skeleton Blurb

Jan has given up on love, at least the romantic kind.He loves his five-year-old son Henry more than anything.

But when Henry starts school, Jan is introduced to Matthew, a very sweet but shy young man who helps out in Henry’s class. Although he tries desperately to ignore his attraction, Jan finds himself falling for Matthew—he’s everything Jan needs.

But amid creepy silent phone calls and possible break-ins, things start to fall slowly apart for Jan. Matthew wants to trust Jan, but the skeleton Jan has been trying to keep buried in his closet and the guilt he feels threatens to destroy everything good in his life.

Excerpt
Beyond the distant trees, the sun is sinking, leaving fire-shot ribbons of blue, clouds like the tail ends of meteors.

Jan opens the gate and stops in front of the front door, pulling Matthew with him under the shelter of the overhanging roof.

“I want to know everything about you,” Jan admits, bringing his hand up to gently brush away the raindrops from Matthew’s cheek, while trying desperately to hold his gaze.
There is a fire in his veins, burning through the tips of his fingers, and he wonders if Matthew can feel it. He wonders if that’s why Matthew’s breathing changes, if he needs his inhaler.

Reluctantly breaking the contact, Jan pulls out his keys to open the front door.
It occurs to him that this is the first time he has ever brought home anyone he wants to sleep with this badly. For Henry’s sake, he always told himself he needed to keep this part of his life separate. But now, looking at Matthew half-drowned, shivering, and otherworldly in the most beautiful way, Jan thinks maybe he just hadn’t found the right person to bring home before.

Author Bio
Suki Fleet currently lives in the heart of England. Her childhood was quite unconventional and she spent some time living on a boat and travelling at sea with her family. Since she was very small she has always dreamed of writing for a living, but though she has written original fiction online for years and encouraged many new writers to keep going and follow their author dreams, it is only recently she got the courage to make her own dream a reality and actually send something off to a publisher.

By day she runs her own business selling fabric (her second love) and juggling family commitments, by night she weaves the stories that the characters in her head dictate. These stories often start with pain or longing but always end with love.

Thank you so much for joining us here today, Suki, and sharing that magical snippet of Skeleton with us! Congratulations on its success, and good luck with your future endeavors!

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Where is the world is Sarah Madison? Walk a Mile Book Tour, Sale & Giveaway continues!

travelIt’s day five of the Walk a Mile book tour, and man, has it been a whirlwind experience! The best part has been hearing from people all over the world how much they’ve been looking forward to the continuing adventures of Parker and Flynn. The worst part has been cringing when people howl, “It’s been so looooong!” Okay, I deserved that. :-) Life has a way of derailing you at times when you least expect it. But I promise it will NOT be four years before the next installment, I swear!!

Today I’m a the wonderful Charlie Cochet’s site, talking about sex in our romance stories–how much is too much? Too little? Just right? It promises to be an interesting discussion, so do drop in and tell me what you think! I’m also over at 3 Chicks After Dark, talking about my favorite paranormal element and why! I’d love to hear what *your* favorite paranormal element might be! And last, but not least, I have a new review at Prism Book Alliance. It made me both cringe and blush–so be sure to check it out and find out why! There’s also that rafflecopter thingy floating around somewhere, so find it and enter to win a copy of Unspeakable Words! Of course, if you already have that, we’ll have to talk about what we can substitute instead. :-)

DSP Halloween SaleSpeaking of my backlist, the Halloween sale is still ongoing at Dreamspinner Press, which means you can get 25% off almost my entire backlist with them! Sale ends October 10th, so hurry!

If you missed the beginning of the tour, it’s not too late to go back in and join the fun! Previously, I was at these sites, but it’s not too late to check out the reviews and posts, there, either!

 

October 3: Louise Lyons, Parker Williams
October 6: Multitasking Mommas, Kimi-Chan

So, see you around the internet! I’m looking forward to conversations with everyone. :-)

The Walk a Mile Book Tour continues: reviews, interviews, and more!

Walk a Mile – By Sarah Madison from UK Film Festivals on Vimeo.

Celebratory ChampageWow, it’s been an exciting weekend here! Walk a Mile was released on Friday, October 3rd, and the response has been tremendous! Not only did Walk a Mile break the top 100 bestselling gay romances on Amazon, but I’ve received emails and messages from people all over the world, telling me how much they love Flynn and Parker, and how happy they are to have more stories about them. I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I was concerned that people had forgotten all about Flynn and Parker (yes, I know it’s been a very long time since the release of Unspeakable Words), and I was frankly flabbergasted at the response to Walk a Mile! I can promise you that it will not be such a long delay until the next installment in the Sixth Sense series–in fact, I am working on it right now. :-) I’ll be honest, though. I have a demanding day job and I tend to write slowly as a result.  But it won’t be four years before the next book, of that I’m sure!

I’ve already told you about my marvelous soundtrack for Unspeakable Words. If you’ve read that story, you’ll appreciate just how amazing this playlist is. If Unspeakable Words was a movie, then the playlist would win the Academy Award for Best Soundtrack! Well, now I have a shiny new book trailer, too!

Walk a Mile – By Sarah Madison from UK Film Festivals on Vimeo.

WillPrideToday, the book tour continues! I’ll be stopping by Grace Duncan’s site, and as part of Pride Promotions, I’ll be visiting Multitasking Mommas, and Kimi-Chan as well. I’m looking forward to the next stops in the tour–my experience with Pride Promotions has been exemplary! I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to promote their new release through a book tour! Be sure to check ot the rafflecopter on these stops for your chance to win a copy of Unspeakable Words.

Later this week, there will be more stops on the book tour, and I’ll be hosting Suki Fleet here as well, with a spotlight on her latest release. So stay tuned–things are definitely hoping around here right now!

Also, Dreamspinner  Press is currently holding an early Halloween sale! From now until October 10th, they are offering 25% off all paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, and suspense stories in e-book format. That pretty much includes all my backlist, as well as Walk a Mile and Unspeakable Words! So now is your chance to get these stories at a great price for a limited time!

 

Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison: Release Day, Book Tour, Book Sale & Giveway!

WalkAMileIt’s here! Today’s the release date for Walk a Mile, book two in the Sixth Sense series. I’m both excited and nervous about this one! Excited because at long last I’m ready to launch the sequel to Unspeakable Words, and nervous because it has been a long time between stories.

The story has been selling like hot-cakes in pre-orders, which is encouraging. Pride Promotions has set up a fabulous book tour that will be taking place over the next two weeks, starting tomorrow with stops at the blogs of Louise Lyons and Parker Williams. I have an awesome soundtrack to Unspeakable Words that I want to share with everyone (and which I’m listening to right now), and the final touches are being put on a book trailer.

I’ve done everything I can. I feel like a parent walking my child to the bus stop for the first time. I’ve packed a lunch. Name tags have been sewn into clothing. I’ve raised my ‘child’ up to be brave and kind and stick up for himself on the play yard. But I can’t make anyone like my child, nor can I walk beside him all day long protecting him from harm. It’s up to this story to make its own way in the world now, while I get cracking on the next one. :-)

After all, you don’t want to wait years for the next installment, right? Well, I promise you won’t have to! In the meantime, Happy Release Day to me!

Here’s the Rafflecopter code–I’m giving away a copy of Unspeakable Words (for anyone who hasn’t already read it!)
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I almost forgot, Dreamspinner is holding a Halloween Sale! 25% off all Paranormal, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, and Suspense! I think that just about covers most of my titles with them! So if you’ve been thinking about buying Walk a Mile or something from my backlist, now is your chance to get it at a great price!