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!

 

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? 🙂

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!

I had this one perfect day…

Fall PerspectivesAutumn is my absolute favorite time of year.

The nights are cooler, and the cat creeps onto the bed to purr beside your ear. The mornings are crisp and clean, and have a bite to them like a juicy Red Delicious. The humidity has lessened, and for the first time since summer began, you feel as though you can take a deep breath.

The light is changing, too. The sun that slants through the trees on your morning walk has a kind of golden tint as it illuminates the leaves. They are turning colors now, and falling to crunch underfoot, mingling their dry scent with the mulchy smell of the damp earth underneath. By the afternoon, the light is incandescent, and makes you want to blink sleepily in its beam like a lazy cat. The light spectrum will turn whiter as winter approaches. The trees will be naked and bare, the skies leaden with the promise of inclement weather. But for today, you have autumn.

PumpkinsAutumn is wood-smoke and pumpkin everything. It’s putting on a jacket in the morning and taking it off by noon. It’s buying hot chocolate for the first time since last winter and thinking about making sausage balls for Thanksgiving. It’s snuggling under a blanket beside the people and animals you love while reading a book. It’s the crackle and hiss of logs on the fire in the hearth. But it doesn’t last. This glorious time of year is so very brief. Before you know it, winter will be here.

WAMBadgeTemplateI have a lot to do this week, next month, and before the end of the year. I’m both excited and nervous to be launching the next story in The Sixth Sense series from Dreamspinner Press. Walk a Mile is now available for pre-order and will be released October 3rd, which is when the Book Tour with Pride Promotions will begin as well. I still have blog posts to write, and need to set up the guest bloggers for the month of October here. I haven’t written a word on the WIP in weeks because I’ve been so busy launching this story, and I know that I should be working on the new project now. That’s just the writing side of things. I have several major end-of-year deadlines coming up as part of my Day Job and I can’t neglect these things or put them off until the last minute. So I have a lot on my To Do list today.

But here’s the thing. I had a choice this morning. I could either have taken the dog for a short walk by the house, where we would have met the bare requirements for getting a little exercise (and blowing the stink off of him so I can get some work done), or I could have taken the extra time to run out to the national forest and take a walk we’d both enjoy. I looked down at his graying muzzle, noting the cataracts in his eyes, and thought, “He is autumn. He is only here for a little while. If tomorrow was his last day on Earth, would you regret not having taken him out to the forest?”

H and fall leavesAnd so we went to the woods.

I still have blog posts to write. I need to go to the grocery store or I will have nothing to eat this coming week and no time to go shopping for food. The list of things I need to do, the fears and concerns I have worrying me right now are a little like having rats in the walls of your house. You know you have a big problem and you know you need to deal with them, but you can’t get at them and that makes solving the rat problem tough. But that one decision made this morning opened the door to other thoughts, other considerations.

I have this one perfect day. This one ephemeral moment in time in which I can walk my dog. or ride my horse–or I can run errands and pound out blog posts that will hardly interest me, let alone someone else. This light won’t last forever. This glorious weather won’t last forever.  And after all, isn’t that why we live? To be in the moment, to live it to its fullest? To bite into that apple and feel the juices trickle down your chin, even as you savor the sweetness of it?

I can write blog posts well into the night. I can take the dog with me and go grocery shopping after dark. But today, I’m going to throw the saddle in the back of the car and head out to the barn. Because I have that one perfect day today. And I’m going to make the most of it.

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Walk a Mile by Sarah Madison: On Sale and Available for pre-order!

WalkAMileOkay, I just have to share this with you! Walk a Mile, book two in The Sixth Sense series (the sequel to Unspeakable Words) is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press! Even better, the paperback version is discounted 35% off from now until Sunday, Sept.21! So not only can you snag a gorgeous copy that you can hold in your hot little hands, but you’ll also get access to the e-book version when you buy a paperback! How can you beat that deal? 🙂 Cover art by Paul Richmond.

Blurb: Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI
agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry
has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be
together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in
a museum.

Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the
artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears
that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or
need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn’s old
stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover
long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren’t the only
ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their
relationship—and their lives.

Praise for SARAH MADISON
“Settings are used wonderfully here, becoming so vibrant that they played out like a movie in my mind as I read. That is a rare talent indeed.”
—Reviews by Jessewave, on “The Boys of Summer”

“Ms Madison has a style that draws you into the lives of her characters, plays their story out with ease and makes you feel you are there with them.”
—Susan Mac Nicol & The Romance Reviews, on “The Boys of Summer”

“No words of mine can truly do this book justice, it is beautiful, packed full of emotions so powerful they pull you in and won’t let go.”
—Josie Goodreads, on “The Boys of Summer”

Not only can you purchase Walk a Mile in paperback at a discount, but Crying for the Moon and Not Quite Shakespeare are also available at the sale price until Sunday–you should check them out! What are you waiting for? Sale ends Sunday Sept 21, 2014!