Saints and Sinners 2016

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It’s that time of year again! Writers, editors, agents and others involved in creating and promoting work by, for, and/or concerning the LGBT community share their knowledge and network during three jam-packed days of master classes, panel discussions, readings and, of course, parties. Do not miss it.

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Cover reveal: Angels Fall

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Here is the cover of my debut novel Angels Fall, which will be released by Lethe Press later this year. I think it’s stunning. My thanks to designer Matt Cresswell of Inkspiral Book & Cover Design, and to my editor, Steve Berman.

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After decades away, vampire Ehrichto Salvatolle has agreed to return, for good, to the polyfidelitous household of his sire, Kabil Dorjan, in exchange for help dealing with his only progeny, Nick. Nick’s penchant for shooting the world’s deadliest neurotoxins into his veins seems to finally be catching up to him. He may be immortal, but he’s wasting away.

Ehrichto is willing to make the sacrifice to save his friend, in part because he’s given up on having the thing he wants most: the kind of lasting romance his parents enjoyed. As a child he was told he wasn’t allowed to have that kind of relationship with another man, while the men with whom he became involved told him he was crazy to want it. Men, everyone else agreed, do not fall in love with other men.

When Ehrichto meets Michael Conway Ferguson he spies a chance to finally be loved by someone with whom he is in love. But does his deal with Dorjan mean it’s too late for that? And even if it isn’t, after internalizing everyone else’s opinions about what he should or shouldn’t desire, can Ehrichto manage to believe that he deserves to be happy?

Releasing this fall from Lethe Press.

 

28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced.

Yesterday the finalists for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards were revealed. Congratulations to all of them, and a special shout out to the publishers with whom I have worked: Cleis Press, Bold Strokes Books and Lethe Press. Bravo!

You can read the list of the finalists here:

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Threesome: Him, Him and Me ( Lethe Press )

The latest book in which I have a story is Threesome: Him, Him and Me edited by Matthew Bright. Publishers Weekly just named it one of the most notable books in their Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016 issue! They say it has “astonishing breadth and delightful verve.” My story, titled “Call for Submission,” opens the collection.

The volume will be released March 3rd, 2016. Pre-order it here:

http://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p296/Threesome%3A_Him%2C_Him%2C_and_Me.html

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“Call for Submission” by N.S. Beranek

“Time to Dance” by Matthew Bright

“Share and Share Alike” by Evey Brett

“The Big Match” by Lawrence Jackson

“Dr. Dave” by Dale Chase

“Fancy Dress” Chris Colby

“The Guards of Governor’s Square” by Shane Allison

“Spring on Scrabble Creek” by Jeff Mann

“Vanilla” by ‘Nathan Burgoine

“Invasion” by Rob Rosen

“Sea Glass” by Robert Russin

“Strawberries” by Jerry L. Wheeler

“Greedy, Deviant and Perverse: Living and Writing a Triad Relationship” by Redfern Jon Barrett

 

 

The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson

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Mason Burroughs is an actor on the verge of giving up after being turned away at audition after audition. But his life changes when he bumps into Kevin Caldwell, an old crush from acting school. Kevin helps Mason land a role that could make him the next Broadway star. However, as rehearsals begin, Mason learns that there’s a lot more drama than just what’s on stage. With a personal trainer claiming he can mold his body to resemble a Greek statue, an underhanded understudy waiting in the wings to replace him, a megalomaniacal director, and Kevin hellbent on breaking up Mason and his boyfriend, Mason must choose how much he is willing to sacrifice to make his Broadway dream a reality.

Releasing Late Spring of 2016

Pre-order here:

http://www.lethepressbooks.com 

Saints and Sinners 2016 Finalists and Runners-up

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The latest book in which a story that I wrote will appear is Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2016, edited by Amie M. Evans and Paul J. Willis (Bold Strokes Books). It will be released during the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in April. This judge for this year’s contest was Ellen Hart, award-winning mystery author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway series.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2016 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalists and runners-up are:

Chris Arp for “A Man A Man”

Rich Barnett for “The Most Unusual Sweet Potato Competition

Sally Bellerose for “Discretion, 1957”

N.S. Beranek for “Do Unto Others”

‘Nathan Burgoine for  “Sweet William” (Runner-up)

Bryan Collins for “The Weirding Path”

Darrow Farr for “Last Dance”

John Florio for “King of the World”

Aaron Hamburger for “Loo Rolls”

Jerry Rabushka for  “Trumpet in D”

Carol Rosenfeld for  “Fallen Angel”

Vince Sgambati for  “Emmas” (Runner-up)

Thomas Westerfield for “Mr. Sissy in Sin City”

Andrew Willett for “The History Professor”

The winner will be announced soon.

From the website, http://sasfest.org:

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 4 days each Spring, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.