A 5 star review for The Boys of Summer by Sarah Madison

I had to stare at the blinking cursor here for a bit because wow, I just received a review notice that has blown me away. I’m supposed to be getting ready for work. I really need to pack up my things and head out the door now, but I’m grinning at the computer screen and trying to put my thoughts into some sort of coherent form. 😀The Boys of Summer400x600

 

The Paranormal Romance Guild has given The Boys of Summer a glowing 5 star review that has rendered me to this state. Do check it out!

Also, from now until midnight on May 19th, comments left at The Armchair Reader on my post regarding The Money Shot in M/M Romance will enter you to win an autographed copy of The Boys of Summer!

Even more exciting, until May 19th, all of my backlist with Dreamspinner Press is discounted as part of their month long celebration of their sixth anniversary! Each week they are giving away e-readers as part of their celebration, so hurry over there and catch up on your To Be Read list! You know you want to! 🙂

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And next week, I’m off to Galacticon3! I hope to see some of you there!

Win an autographed copy of The Boys of Summer by Sarah Madison and more!

Hey there! I have a fun blog post/contest going on at The Armchair Reader today: The Money Shot in M/M Romance and what it means to me. Do stop by, leave a comment with your email address and one person will be selected at random to win a signed print copy of The Boys of Summer!

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In other news, Dreamspinner Press continues to celebrate their six year anniversary all this month of May with discounts and giveaways–this week they are celebrating by discounting all stories by authors that signed up with them in their forth year of business–which includes me and my backlist of stories! Haven’t read Crying for the Moon or Unspeakable Words? Here’s your chance to get caught up–sequels are in the works for these stories and more! They are also giving away two e-readers (a Nook and a Kindle) each Sunday for the rest of the month, so what are you waiting for? Check them out today!

Last, but certainly not least, I’m heading out next week for Galacticon 3 and ComicPalooza in Houston. I’m so excited about just attending, let alone co-hosting the panel discussion on fanfic and the fanfic writers workshop as well. Not to mention, I’ve signed up for Richard Hatch’s acting workshop, and I’m considering entering the cosplay contest and as George Takei would say, “Oh my!”

Bring it on, baby!

One more thing: best advice on writing I’ve come across in a long time: 15 Things a Writer Should Never Do. Wow. I’m adding it here because I want to be able to find this list again for reference purposes. 🙂

 

Interviews, giveaways and more this week with Sarah Madison!

Wow! So much going on this week! Today I’m being interviewed at Jessica Skye Davies’s blog. She asked some really cool questions and allowed me to natter on about The Boys of Summer, so if you’d like to head over and check it out, please do so!

The Boys of Summer400x600I also have a blog post about “The Money Shot in M/M Romance” coming up on The Armchair Reader on Tues–and all comments left there will enter you in the running for an autographed print version of The Boys of Summer. 🙂 I’ll be putting that link up when it goes live.

The print on demand version of The Boys of Summer will be available soon–I’ll update you as soon as it goes live.

Jessewave is doing an interesting poll over on their site regarding M/M romance and what kinds of earnings authors can expect in this genre. If you are an author in this field, consider participating in the poll. The more participants, the more valid the data. The poll has no end date, so even if you don’t head over there today, you can find it on the side bar of the site in the weeks and months to come.

AnniversaryMain_FBpostDreamspinner Press is continuing to celebrate their sixth year anniversary with wonderful discounts, free stories, and fantastic giveaways, such as the free e-readers each Sunday! The party continues for the entire month of May–given their pattern to date, I suspect we’ll be getting an announcement soon on the next set of freebies and giveaways for the upcoming week. Be sure to check back and get all the details, as I think my backlist of stories is coming up for a discount soon. Haven’t read Unspeakable Words, yet? You should because I’m working on the sequel right now!

Can you guess where I will be in 12 days? Yep, that’s right! I’ll be at Galacticon3!

I might be just a little excited about this. 😀 I’m starting to pack my doghair-free clothing and make sure my costumes are all intact. I’m borrowing a camcorder and a camera so I can share the fun with you guys on my return. I’ve mailed off boxes of swag for Anna Butler and myself to hand out. I’ve got print copies of The Boys of Summer on their way. There’s the acting workshop with Richard Hatch, and the chain maille workshop with Jennifer Roberson (where you can learn how to make such amazing pieces as this ‘Cylon bracelet’). cylon bracelet

Not to mention the panel discussion on fanfic and the fanfic writers workshop that I’ll be co-hosting with these lovely ladies! If you’re a Battlestar Galactica fan, you can’t miss this convention–they’re only held every five years! And this time, ComicPalooza is being held at the same time in the same venue. I CAN’T WAIT!

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A Savvy Authors Blog Post: Authors Behaving Badly

Hey everyone! As promised, I’m back with my link for the blog post I did for Savvy Authors. The blog is entitled Authors Behaving Badly, and I hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment about your experiences along this line. We’ve all had to deal with this on some level–I’m interested to know what you think!

Woods2In other news, I’m about 25 K into the sequel for Unspeakable Words. My workload is picking up, at the same time that I’m planning to go out of town for the Galacticon3 convention, so finding the time and energy to write right now is difficult, but I am loving ‘meeting’ these characters again and getting to know them all over again. What I wouldn’t give for 2-3 weeks off right now!  Especially since spring has been deliciously cool this year. I’d love to be outdoors taking advantage of it before the blazing heat and energy-sucking humidity kicks in!

However, Dreamspinner Press is making the month of May merry for *everyone* as they continue to celebrate turning six this year–with changing discounts, free stories, and prize giveaways all month long–you need to go check this out!

The Boys of Summer continues to receive glowing (and often very touching) 5 star reviews. I’m deeply honored by this feedback, guys. You have no idea what it’s like for authors to receive such positive comments on their work. It validates our efforts, but more than that, it’s like crack! It feeds the writer-beast inside of us, and we hunker down at the keyboard to write some more! Thank you all so much. 🙂

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Dreamspinner giving away e-readers during the month of May!

Woot! Look what Dreamspinner Press is doing now, as part of their month long celebration of their sixth anniversary!

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Every Sunday during the anniversary month, we will give away two eBook readers of the winner’s choice! One will go to a customer who purchased books from us during that week. The other will go to one of the authors spotlighted that week.

Readers – Every Sunday we will draw one order from the orders placed that week, contact that customer, and they may choose a Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi or a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. (a $119 value)

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Authors – Every Sunday we will draw the name of one of our authors featured during the previous week and they may choose a Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi or a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. (a $119 value)

May is the Dreamspinner Press anniversary month. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads to take part of events, giveaways, and discounts.

Talk about your Merry Month of May! What a celebration! And I’m sure there’s more to come!

In other news, I received another glowing 5 star review for The Boys of Summer today on Amazon, which started off the day nicely, let me tell you! Tomorrow I have a blog post coming out on the Savvy Author website: Authors Behaving Badly. I’ll be back with the link when it goes live! Same too, with upcoming posts on other blog sites. And May the 22nd is rapidly approaching! That’s when I’ll be flying to Houston to participate in all the fun at Galacticon 3 and ComicPalooza! Have you seen the guest lists for these conventions?? If you’re planning to go to the conventions, or are in the Houston area anyway, look us up! I’ll be part of a discussion panel on fanfic as well as a writer’s workshop. Just 20 days until the convention starts!

Bicker vs Banter and other topics from Sarah Madison

Hey! I’ve got a guest post up at The Armchair Reader and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s called Bicker vs Banter. In it, I discuss what I find to be an uncomfortable trend in romance stories to confuse aggression and brutality with ‘overwhelming attraction’. Do stop by and tell me what you think!

My swag for Galacticon3 is starting to roll in–so every day it’s like Christmas at my house with some new package arriving! pens

On May 4, I have a guest post up on Savvy Authors, in which I discuss Authors Behaving Badly, and some of the things we all need to keep in mind when interacting with others on the internet. That link will follow when it goes live.

I also want to share with you a very well-written and well thought out letter from a mother to her son on the nature of consent: just one part of a series of conversations she’s had with her son over the years, but now that he has reached the age where he is entering into relationships, his mother wanted to have a very particular conversation with him. It is, in a word, brilliant.

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In the meantime, Spring is finally here in full force! The weather today is utterly gorgeous: a crisp, sunny morning with flowers blooming everywhere and grass so brilliantly green it almost hurts your eyes. Lambs are gamboling in the field across the street, and the dog is waiting oh-so-patiently for me to take him for a run in the woods. When I get back, I’m going to sit down and pull out the beginnings of the sequel to Unspeakable Words that I started last year but never finished. You guys have convinced me that the time is right to tell the rest of Jerry and Flynn’s story, and I am very psyched about it now! Thank you!

The Boys of Summer is continuing to sell astonishingly well for an indie published story, and I am very pleased with the response that it is getting. It was a LOT of work self-pubbing, however, and I now have a much greater appreciation for how much of the background stuff I took for granted. I think that will definitely be a factor in my decision as to whether I move forward with other self-publishing projects or not. I owe so many people for helping me with the process that I need to give an Academy Awards-style speech to thank them all!

But for today–a long walk in the woods with a happy dog as I brainstorm for the evil interesting things I plan to do to Jerry and Flynn. So enjoy your day, I know I will!

Coming Soon From Sarah Madison!

I have to snort a bit at the title of this post–it feels as though I should run a movie trailer, doesn’t it? But there are a lot of things going on right now that I’m very excited about!

Next month (32 days by the website’s counter!), I’ll be attending Galacticon 3 for the 35th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica! I’m a BSG fan from way back, and I was delighted to be invited to attend this convention as part of a panel discussion on fanfiction, as well as helping to host a workshop on writing fanfiction (or really, writing sci-fi in general). Imagine my glee when I found out that ComicPalooza was being held at the same time! Or when I discovered that Galaction is a HUGE event! I’ve been to sci-fi conventions before, but never one of this magnitude. I’m thrilled, and just a little nervous too. BSG Scriptwriter Terrance McDonnell is also going to be on the panel, and I’m not sure I won’t be tongue-tied as a result!

What do you think? Should I bring my Peggy Carter costume? I confess, I am looking for an excuse to wear it again.

Peggy Carter ShoesFirst, there are the shoes. C’mon, these are rocking shoes, aren’t they? 🙂 Then there is the time and effort I put into putting the costume together in the first place. I’m still having trouble with the skirt though. The one I got originally was too long, but when I had it hemmed, I didn’t take into account how short the jacket was that went with it, and I ended up with a gap at the waist. I’ve got another skirt now that fits beautifully, but is too dark. I’m not sure I can match the color to the jacket by May 23rd!

But then there are the extras that go with it! A dear friend of mine found the exact shade of red lipstick I’d been searching for: Victory Red by Elizabeth Arden–the favorite shade of women in WW2 and still manufactured today! You should have heard me squeal when I got my surprise package in the mail. Not only did it contain the right lipstick, but my friend went the extra mile,providing me with props as well! Lipstick

I guess it’s pretty obvious I have a interest in WW2 history. The clothing of the period fascinates me as well. I loved the Captain America movie, and I adore Peggy Carter. I think one of the reasons I love her as a character is that she never lost sight of her femininity, and yet she was as tough as nails. Truly a heroine I can look up to and admire. So you can imagine my reaction when, along with the lipstick, I discovered an era-authentic compact by Stratton, which my friend assured me was what all the women used in Britain during the war. But the crowning glory of the package was the antiqued locket that my friend made for me–complete with a picture of Steve Rogers in it!

Locket and CompactI mean, seriously? How cool is that? So you see, I really HAVE to take my Peggy Carter costume with me to Galacticon/ComicPalooza, right? I thought so.

Sadly, I have to confess that I have at least three Star Trek costumes, as well as one Battlestar Galactica one as well. And a Peggy Carter leather jacket, a BSG jacket, a Stargate Atlantis jacket… I think I’m going to need a bigger suitcase…

In other news, I have an interview and excerpt from The Boys of Summer up at Chris T. Kat’s blog, please do drop by, check it out, and leave a comment. As a matter of fact, I have a bunch of interviews lined up, including some giveaways too. I’m going to be on The Armchair Reader, Savvy Author’s website, doing a Q&A on Love Romances Cafe’s site, and doing some other guest blogging in the weeks running up to Galacticon. I’m going to be hosting people here in the upcoming weeks as well! I’m also putting together swag bags for Galacticon, and will be holding a contest soon for swag and a copy of The Boys of Summer. 

I’m planning to upload The Boys of Summer to ARe and Createspace this weekend (barring more formatting issues), so hopefully those of you that have been holding out for a print copy won’t have to wait much longer.

And believe it or not, I am writing. I’m working on two different projects with my good friend Claire Russett–we’re contemplating writing stories together for both of our sci-fi universes. I’m working on other stories as well, but having a hard time settling down to writing a particular one. Oh, I know, how about a poll?

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Don’t blink–You Just Missed Spring!

It feels that way, doesn’t it? Last week we had six inches of snow in less than six hours–today it was 80 F. Overnight, it seems, everything has come into bloom. The forsythia is out. The pear trees are forming blossoms. Redbud is beginning to dot the mountain forests. The trees are turning green right before your very eyes. Wild daffodils nod their heads alongside banks of periwinkle and phlox as you drive along the country roads.

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Let’s not forget the baby animals gamboling along in the emerald green fields! Normally, I like spring–but it would seem this year we’re skipping it and heading straight into summer–my least favorite season.

Face it, if you sunburn easily, wear thick glasses, and have masses of hair that engulfs your entire head when the humidity is just right, like kudzu on a mountainside, well, summer is not the kindest of seasons to you. I like spring, though. Spring around here is cold rain and a lot of mud, becoming gentle breezes and mountainsides that remind me of a wise elderly woman dressed in a colorful shawl.

But darn it, the Groundhog lied this year. Looks like we’re headed from winter to summer at 90 mph with no break in extremes. Just a little light snowThis picture was taken just last week!

If there is one context in which I am looking forward to summer, it is in the fact that I’m close to releasing The Boys of Summer, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about that, as well as the upcoming events at Galacticon and ComicPalooza. There will be more details on both of these things in the upcoming weeks. I have to confess, I’m torn between wanting the time to pass quickly so these highly anticipated events will just hurry up and arrive already–and acknowledging that I have *far* too much to do between now and then to wish those days away.

Right now, I have an interview going on with Anne Barwell–do check it out! I love being interviewed! I love it when people ask me thought-provoking questions and I can just relax and play a little. 🙂 And for your viewing pleasure, have some lambs!

Did I mention there’s an excerpt from The Boys of Summer in my interview? Now that’s a good reason to skip spring!

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The Boys of Summer gets cover art, a new release, and more!

Okay, I know you’ve probably heard me shouting about this already, but I can’t help it. Freelance artist Reese Dante has designed the perfect cover for my soon-to-be-released novel, The Boys of Summer. And I just had to share it here!

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Isn’t it simply stunning? I can’t tell you how important it was to me to get this cover just right–and it was like Reese Dante read my mind!

This novel is a bit of a departure from my usual style: it’s a contemporary story that has a significant portion that takes place during WW2’s The Battle of Britain. For a little over 4 months in the summer and fall of 1940, the young men of the UK took to the air to defend their home from invasion. It was a brutal time. France had fallen to the Nazi forces and the Luftwaffe had been building airplanes and training pilots in large numbers in order to defeat Britain from the air. What stopped the German Invasion machine from taking Britain was a matter or grit, determination, and a group of badly outnumbered young pilots.

I have to confess, when I began writing this story, the WW2 sequence was a mere indulgence on my part, a simple fantasy that I wished to explore. However, when I began researching the Battle of Britain, the more I learned, the more appalled I was at my lack of knowledge about this time in our history. I read textbooks, I watched films and documentaries, I researched some more. It was very important to me to get the details just right–and I spent over a month in research before I ever put words to paper. Much of it never ended up in the story–except as scaffolding on which to build. I learned too, that not only were these boys barely out of the schoolyard, but also that homosexuality was a criminal offense at the time, a factor which came to play in the choices my heroes made then–and later today.  I can’t wait to share this story with you. The cover is perfect.

The Boys of Summer should be released (hopefully) sometime in April, certainly no later than May 1. *fingerscrossed*

In the meantime, I want to let everyone know my friend Anna Butler has a new release out of her own: Flashwired.

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One day, someday soon, Jeeze Madrid was going to wake up and realize just what he’d been passing up; he’d see what Cal Paxton was offering him so faithfully—”Faithfully, Jeeze! Even you can’t deny that!”—and grab it. And they’d finally have what Cal wanted.


Cal Paxton and Jeeze Madrid are the top scouting team on the Pathfinder-class starship, the Carson, on the very outer edge of Earth’s expansion across the galaxy. A Pathfinder’s job is to evaluate planets for colonization. Cal’s and Jeeze’s job is to find the planets for the Carson’s scientists to analyze.

Cal and Jeeze are wingmen, best friends… and lovers. Cal wants more than a casual relationship but Jeeze, recently divorced, is wary of commitment. When Jeeze is shot down over a planet inhabited by a race Earth has never before encountered, what will Cal find when the Carson can finally mount a rescue mission? Will he ever succeed in persuading Jeeze to take up that offer of hand and heart?

I have to tell you, if you’ve never read any of Anna’s work, you are in for the ride of your life. Her writing grabs you from the get-go–her characters are three-dimensional and so real that they practically step out of the page in front of you. I can’t promise that all of her stories end happily ever after, but I can promise that you’ll *love* them!

Flashwired now at Smashwords and on Amazon.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, I’m sitting on some announcements that are forthcoming about Galacticon and the writing workshop/ fanfic panel discussion that Anna and I will be co-hosting. (In, OMG, 46 days!!) Did  I mention that Galacticon will be held at the same venue as its sister convention ComicPalooza? That there will be actors from Star Trek as well as Battlestar Galactica at both conventions? Including Sir Patrick Stewart and Edward James Olmos? And that’s not even the special announcements to come! So this really is a case of “Stay Tuned for Further Developments” because they will be forthcoming, I promise!

Dreamspinner celebrates Easter with discounts for next 48 hours!

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From now through Monday, Dreamspinner Press is having a 25% sale on all in-stock items! Now’s your chance to stock up on items for those rainy days in April when the best way to spend the afternoon is lazing on the couch under a blanket with an e-reader in hand and a cup of tea beside you. 🙂

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In other news, The Boys of Summer is completed and in editing, and the wonderful Reese Dante is designing a cover. I’m so excited about this one, guys! It’s like I keep getting hints of a wonderful birthday present to come! I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
I’m looking at a early May release date for The Boys of Summer, as I will be attending Galacticon 3 and its sister convention, ComicPalooza, May 23-26th in Houston. We’re going to have SUCH a blast! Galacticon is a once-every five year convention celebrating Battlestar Galactica in all its forms, and this year, it is the 35th anniversary of the original series!

Fellow author Anna Butler and editor/metalworker/jewelry maker Jennifer Roberson will be co-hosting a panel discussion with me on fanfic as well as a writing workshop.

Have you seen the guest list for these conventions? (Patrick Stewart! James Edward Olmos! Cary Elwes! Avery Brooks! Peter Davidson! I could go on and on, really, check the links!) The activities planned? OMG, this is going to be HUGE. If you can possibly make it, you should come! We’d love to see you!

 

convention-flierThis means I get to wear my Peggy Carter costume, right?  *VBG*