Today is day 3 of the Hop Against Homophobia. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment and all who have left me private messages of support. Your words have meant so much. Many thanks to Erica Pike and the organizers of this hop, not to mention all of the authors, publishers, reviewers, and readers who participated and spoke out against homophobia. Every voice matters.
Stopping intolerance and its tragic effects has great personal significance to me. I posted my personal story on the first day of the hop. Yesterday, for day 2 of the hop, I shared how I'm getting involved, though political activism, and through a collaborative creation called The Ravens Crossing, a YA LGBTQIA website that is crossing barriers through science fiction and fantasy by promoting acceptance, equality, and diversity for young adults. I also shared a sample of my gay fiction story, Cory's Pride, soon to be available for free on Goodreads M/M Romance Group as part of the Love is Always Write event.
For the last day of the hop, I'd like to talk with you about one of the authors who inspired me to write LGBT fiction, Jordan Castillo Price (JCP). Several years ago, while I was still in graduate school studying to get my degree as an interdisciplinary artist, I was turned on to the Psycop series by a close friend and fellow alum at Goddard. When I should have been doing my course credit work, I found myself unable to put Jordan's stories down. I stayed up for nights on end reading them all. These were some of the first M/M books I read, and I was hooked. Finally, I could read stories of adventure with characters I could relate to. I was thrilled to find well-written, character-driven stories starring gay protagonists going about the business of living and loving. What I find most attractive about Jordan's stories are her wonderfully flawed characters who are usually stuck in some fantasitcal paranormal, science fiction, or horror world that she manages to make completely plausible from beginning to end. She inspired me to begin writing my own character-driven LGBT stories.
Some time later, Jordan and I began talking regularly, around the time I realized she was not only writing, but also self-publishing and creating all of her own graphic designs and book covers. As it turns out, we have a lot in common due a mutual love of animals and a similar background in visual arts. She has been extremely generous with her time and advice. When she asked me if I would be interested in content editing for her latest project, Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory, I jumped at the chance to work with her. It has been a fantastic journey seeing her latest science fiction thriller series come to life. By the time she was working on the last drafts, I'd gotten so hooked on Danial and his mysterious man in black, I've had to make myself refrain from nagging her to let me at book 2. I can't wait to find out what happens.
When I started thinking about what I wanted to give away for this hop, I decided to choose the very author who inspired me to write LGBT fiction. It is just icing on the cake that she happens to be someone I admire, someone I consider a friend as well as a colleague. I truly think you'll love her latest series. But don't just take my word for it. It's been getting rave reviews on Amazon. To win a copy of her book, leave a comment below with your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here tomorrow.
Mnevermind 1: Persistence of Memory - Summary
Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.
While forgetting your problems won’t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.
They’re both professionals in the memory field—they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.
Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?
Hit this link to read the excerpt!