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24 Hour LGBT Fiction Party – come and chat on Facebook

TODAY!

Love Bytes Reviews and Rainbow Gold Reviews 

present a 24-hour event you CAN’T miss!

CHAT TO AUTHORS AND JOIN IN THE FUN.

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Follow this link for a list of authors and the chat time slots.

If you would like to chat with me, my slot is at 12pm GMT, 7am EST.

Dani Elle Maas and Marc Fleischhauer will unite the resources of their LGBT Review Blogs to celebrate the inaugural Euro Pride Con, an LGBT and Media convention that will take place on the weekend of July 11th and 12, 2015 in Munich, Germany.

Check out www.europridecon.weebly.com for more info on the convention!

There will be many AUTHOR CHATS, GAMES and PRIZES.

So many, in fact, that the event will go for 24 HOURS.

I hope you can drop in and say hello 🙂

PM me on Facebook for an invite.

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS AND GIVEAWAY

Paint the Sky E-Book Cover

The fabulous cover for Paint the Sky 

designed by Kellie Dennis at Book Cover by Design

has made it through to Round 2 of Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

Thank you for nominating and voting.

Would really appreciate a few more votes if you loved the cover too.

Check out the other categories:

Favourite Book Published in 2014

Favourite Author in 2014

Favourite Début Author in 2014

Favourite Series with a Book Published in 2014

Favourite Character Couple in 2014

Favourite Book Cover in 2014

Favourite Read of 2014 NOT Published in 2014

You can vote for 5 of your favourites in each category but you only get to vote ONCE.

PLUS

 don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini.

VOTE AND ENTER HERE

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E.S. Skipper

E.S. Skipper by Lily G. Blunt

Many of you will know by now that E. S. Skipper, also known as Emmett S. Skipper and Dylan Wilson, has been exposed as part of a ‘catfish’ scheme. As far as I know, Natalie Leith was working on her own to deceive people on the Internet, mainly through fanfiction.net and Facebook. She used pictures of her family and friends to provide fake identities for various characters and with them built up a large network of friends and acquaintances in the m/m writing community.

In November 2013, I met ‘Dylan’ through two Facebook groups and offered to beta/edit the fanfiction stories he wrote under the name of Emmett’s Submissive. We became close friends and spent many hours each day chatting or working together on his stories via gdocs. I became an administrator on his Emmett’s Submissive Facebook page and helped gain him many additional followers and friends.

He seemed keen to publish, so I suggested he write a submission for Wayward Ink Publishing’s Bollocks anthology. We worked together on his plot and I helped edit it, as did many others before it was published. I produced a video for the story, helped promote his author name of E.S. Skipper and set up a blog for him in April 2014.

I gradually became suspicious of the drama in his life. Inconsistencies in his stories, along with things I thought were downright lies, led me to investigate who this person really was. The evidence I found made me doubt his background and life. I collated evidence along with several other people who voiced similar concerns.

We came to the conclusion that his persona was fake and the possible identity behind his profile was Natalie Leith. We also realized the other profiles connected to Emmett S. Skipper (i.e. Alex Samuels, Josh Cameron, Trent Skipper, Seth Leith, Chris Burns, possibly others) were all part of the scam conducted by the same person.

Although we believed we were right in our assumptions, we didn’t have enough evidence to voice our concerns publicly. We discovered a similar situation had occurred in 2011, again with Natalie Leith being the common denominator. This episode was also marked with drama, brain tumor and suicide stories.

By now, many of our friends and other people had been deceived into thinking E.S. Skipper/Dylan Wilson was a new and talented gay male author. He made many friendships using the different profiles, including one that was destined to lead to a marriage proposal.

We were not the only ones who became suspicious and other people conducted their own investigations, some drawing the same conclusion as us.

A small group of us joined together last week and managed to track down the real life Facebook accounts which contained photographs that proved ‘Dylan’ and ‘Josh’ were fakes. This was the final proof. We composed a letter and sent it to certain people involved, and as a result, the situation became public.

There has been outright condemnation of this woman and rightly so. She beguiled her way into many people’s hearts. The revelation of the truth behind this character has left many people shocked and in grief. They have lost someone who they considered was a supportive and caring friend.

Two other people I know also thought they were in a relationship with one of the fake personas and have been hurt in ways we can only imagine. No remorse has been shown and the motive for such deception is still unclear.

As much as ‘Dylan’ was seen as a young and flamboyant author, he also had a malicious side. Many people were witness to his nastiness. Natalie’s method was to divide friendships by telling lies. I was labelled a ‘bully’, ‘a jealous author’ and ‘evil’ to others. My name and character were slandered. Others have also been on the receiving end of this spite. One person was accused of causing the suicide of another author, when in fact that author was one of Natalie’s fanfiction profiles, Romancing the Boys.

Many of the people who helped E.S. Skipper ended up at the vicious end of her tongue when they either outlived their usefulness, suggested a change she didn’t like or started questioning events in Dylan’s drama-filled life. I’m guessing the slander and lies will have cost many of those in the firing line money in revenue.

Emmett S. Skipper’s Facebook profile and pages have now been removed. Alex Samuel and Trent Skipper’s profiles have been deleted. Emmett’s Submissive’s stories have been removed, but the profile remains on fanfiction. AuthorBoi’s stories and profile are still viewable, and Josh, Seth and Chris still have Facebook profiles intact at the time of writing.

Many authors use pen names, which is perfectly acceptable. Not everyone wants their true identity broadcast to the world. What is not acceptable is building up a web of lies and creating personas with the intention of deceiving and hurting others.

As well as receiving gifts, E.S. Skipper was given free advice and support, free editing and formatting, free book promotion, a free video, a free book cover, as well as taking up the valuable time and energy of many to help improve his writing. Had this person been honest from the start, she would have been welcomed into the m/m writing community and may have had a successful writing career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Release ~ Draven’s Gate by Cheryl Headford

Happy Release Day and Congratulations to

Cheryl Headford and Cool Dudes Publishing

on the release of

Draven’s Gate.

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Blurb:

All Keiron wants is a quiet life. Fat chance with a boyfriend like Bren. But if he thought Bren complicated his life, it was nothing to the complications that begin when he opens the door to a naked boy who claims to be his slave.

Draven is a fairy with his sights set on the handsome human who keeps a wild place in the garden for fairies. When Draven slips though a fairy gate into the city, and Keiron’s world, he sets in motion a series of events that binds him to Keiron forever, and just might be the end of him.

While Draven explores Keiron’s world with wide eyed wonder, Keiron does everything he can to keep Draven’s at bay, until the only way to save Draven and bring him home is to step into a world that exists only in children stories and animated movies – doesn’t it.

excerpt

Draven’s Gate By Cheryl Headford

Something flashed at the window and he looked up sharply. There was nothing there, but there had been. In that fraction of a second between his head beginning to move and his eyes orienting on the window, there had been something or someone looking in. Someone with a small pointy face. Shit.

Take it easy, he thought to himself. If something was there he didn’t want to frighten it away before he found out what it was.

He took up the uneaten pizza, making a show of putting it onto a plate and into the fridge. The back door was open to let in the summer warmth, and the bin was next to it, out of sight of the window. He folded the pizza box, and headed for the bin – only he wasn’t going to the bin at all. He lifted the lid, so the sound carried out into the garden, but before he let the lid drop he dived for the back door.

Nothing was there, but there had been. There had been someone crouching under the window, peeping in. It was someone with long white hair, a pointed face, and unnaturally blue eyes. It was all seen in the blink of an eye, and after he’d blinked there was nothing there, and no sign there ever had been.

“I know you’re there. I’ve seen you three times now,” he called into the silence. “I know what you are.” Why had he even said that? It couldn’t have been anything but a figment of his imagination. Human beings couldn’t move that fast, and it was certainly no animal. Then what? A fairy? Hah.

Smiling at his own foolishness, he went back into the house and closed the door.

He was half way through the remaining pizza, drinking his third bottle of beer, and feeling pretty mellow, when there was a soft tapping at the back door. This surprised him very much. No one ever knocked on the back door. Why would they? How could they? They’d have to be in the garden, and there were only two ways into it, the door at which they now tapped, or a tiny gate right at the bottom which would have necessitated them traipsing right through the garden. Who would do that?

With a frown, gripping the bottle in his hand like a weapon, he walked through the kitchen to the door. He could see a vague form through the frosted glass. There was definitely someone there. He wondered if they’d disappear by the time he opened the door. He laughed at himself for the foolish thought.

When the door opened, Keiron froze. He’d never seen anything— anyone remotely like the creature who stood on his back door-step.

about_the_author

Cheryl Headford

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was sixteen, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re-enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, kept the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, one hamster, two black cats, and a crazy dog. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close.

Check out Cheryl’s Blog

Buy links:

Cool Dudes Publishing / Amazon.com / Amazon UK

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Cool Dudes Publishing

Congratulations and best wishes to Louis J Harris and the team

on the

Launch Day of a new M/M Publisher

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RELEASED TODAY

Draven’s Gate by Cheryl Headford

Cool Dudes Publishing / Amazon.com / Amazon UK

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ALSO AVAILABLE NOW

Stars Fall by Louis J Harris

Italy Athletics Worlds Pistorius

COMING SOON

The Island by Kristopher Quentin (Releasing end February 2015)

Plus an anthology to support their social outreach program.

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Press and Blog Release

“This is what can be expected from CoolDudes Publishing in the next three to four months. We have chosen to launch our CoolDudes Imprint with Cheryl Headford’s beautiful YA M/M Fairytale for the simple reason that Ms. Headford writes the most endearing, angsty stories the whole world should know about.

With this launch, we intend to give a $20.00 Amazon coupon to a lucky subscriber to our site, plus free e-book copies of Draven’s Gate, Stars Fall and The Island when it is released. To top that, all our participating bloggers will have get a giveaway prize of all three e-books to one of their lucky subscribers.

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Our Publishing Program

We want to tap into the M/M market and expand it using our affiliate editors, beta readers, reviewers and promotional staff. We don’t ask for a penny upfront, however, we do offer contracts and deduct a small percentage of 40% from royalties for the services we offer.

We aim to publish e-books with a strong M/M element but are NOT genre romance and not specific to Happy Ever After (HEA). The work may be darker in nature and reflective of the world gay men face. These are more along the lines of how things really happen with all of the horrors gay men and women have to face through their lives.

But, the romances will be heartfelt and not a guaranteed HEA although we would prefer HEA.

Literary works are welcome.

These are novels that minimize on dialogue and maximize on narrative, but the language must be of a high standard. There are many authors writing literary books as opposed to light romance.

We also publish YA and NA, and we will attempt to control who sees what age wise. We want to open people’s eyes to the fact there is a whole culture of extremes out there in writing Gay Fiction.

We include all types of works about gay men, whether it be relationships written by gay men/women or straight, it doesn’t matter.

Above all, we strive to have this kind of reaction: ‘Oh my God! That’s such a great thriller, and you know what, it’s got two guys in it, but wow! it’s a fab book!’ That way we get the best of both – the hard-core readers who only buy gay romance and perhaps some others who buy it despite the fact it has two gay guys.

Our Submission Guidelines

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We accept works that are a minimum of 30,000 words unless it is a solicited short for an anthology.

Maximum word count: 120 000 words.

Please only send a submission query through our website at http://www.cooldudespublishing.com for completed works that are ready to begin the editing process.

Use “Submission  query” as your email subject and in the body please give the title of the work, your name, completed word count, and a synopsis which should include details regarding character development, plot, and conflict/story resolution.

Please use Arial or Times New Roman font, 12 point size for queries.

Also tell us the genre(s) and if it is for our adult or YA range.

You should include three sample chapters in Word format and address them to the following address: louisjharris@cooldudespublishing.com.

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We strive to have this kind of reaction: ‘Oh my God! That’s such a great thriller, and you know what, it’s got two guys in it, but wow! it’s a fab book!’ That way, in presenting a story, we get the best of both – attraction for the hard-core readers who only buy gay romance and perhaps some others who buy it despite the fact it has two, or maybe more, gay guys.

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We’re excited about this venture because, well, it is exciting. It’s a huge challenge for us, after all, every one of the team is a writer, or a beta reader, or an editor in his/her own right. We are excited because our imprint is a baby and we want to nurture it and see it grow. We are excited because we want our writers and readers to feel at home with us.

We’re not an answering machine.

We are not form letters.

We are not a call centre.

Every step of the process goes through a human being, some are parents with families, some are lovers who live together, some are happily married in a mutual gay relationship. In all this, we are all supporters of LGBT and this is our way of giving back to our amazing society.”

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Guest Author ~ Jordan Castillo Price

A warm welcome to guest author, Jordan Castillo Price

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Hi, Lily! I’m so pleased and honored that you’ve offered to let me come talk about my new project on your blog. A different format has become do-able lately for indie writers like me, a format that was previously not viable for anyone but bigger publishers, and that’s audio! I’ve only begun producing audiobooks this year, but I’ve already had the first three books in the PsyCop made into audios.

Since I wasn’t sure what PsyCop fans would want to know about the process, I asked readers on Facebook.

Allison asked, “What made you choose the narrator you chose? What about his voice/reading made him the narrator that resonated with you?”

I’m not sure exactly how many auditions I received, maybe ten or twelve, so I didn’t have a gigantic pool of talent to choose from. Although I not only indicated that I wanted a Midwestern accent for Victor Bayne, but Chicago specifically, you’d be surprised how many people with distinctly non-Midwestern accents auditioned. I really can’t imagine why. It probably takes about half an hour or more to record a ten-minute audition. If you’ve got a distinct southern twang and someone’s looking for a Chicago voice, what’s the point of doing the recording? I suppose publishers deal with that all the time, people who send them cookbooks when they publish Urban Fantasy and such. But the process was new for me, so I was intrigued by the results of my call for audition.

Some actors fell into an “almost” category. One actor was really enthusiastic and his voice had a lot of personality, unfortunately there was something East Coast about the way he’d pronounce a word here and there, something that continued to pull me out of the story. There were a few more auditions who were pretty good. I liked the way they accented the words that I was also accenting in my head.

But then Gomez Pugh sent in an audition and totally nailed it.

It’s hard to articulate exactly what the quality of his voice is that captured my imagination. There was no Texas or Jersey or any other inappropriate location lurking in his pronunciation. He sounded just about the right age, so you could buy that he was a fortyish cop from Chicago. And—most important—he sounded world-weary and disillusioned, even though I was having him read a romantic scene. That was what really grabbed me.

Clare London asked, “What do you feel is added to the book by an audio voice?”

I think people process audio and text differently—I know I do. Some folks say they can’t pay attention to an audiobook. I’m the opposite of that. I will forget where I’m driving when an audiobook is playing in the car, because I get so swept away into the storyverse. When my eyes are tired from a day at the computer, and the last thing they want to do is watch TV or read, I love being able to lie back and lose myself in an audio.

What I notice Gomez brings specifically to PsyCop, though, is an elusive tenderness to Vic when he’s dealing with certain people. I think his rapport with his BFF Lisa is striking. There’s a scene in Body and Soul where he’s talking to a victim’s grandmother, where Vic and the old lady don’t even speak the same language. But the tenderness there was so clear it actually choked me up. The ease Vic feels when he’s talking to Maurice really shines through. And the chemistry with Vic and Jacob, particularly in the love scenes, just floors me. So I think what this talented actor is bringing to the books is delicious nuance that reveals layers of characterization in a way that might not always happen with text.

Don’t just take my word for it, come check out the PsyCop audiobooks!

Stream a sample from each book at the PsyCop site

Among the Living

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Audible / iTunesAmazon

Criss Cross

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Audible / iTunes / Amazon 

Body & Soul

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 Buy on Audible

COMING SOON

on

 iTunes and Amazon

Thaw (a PsyCop short)

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FREE to stream or download HERE

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Many thanks to Jordan. These sound fascinating. I’ve only just discovered Audible, so will be checking these stories out soon.

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Check out the PysCop Facebook Page HERE

and the

PsyCop site HERE

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