Quote Quiz September 18

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I’m going to give you a favorite line from a book (well, one of my favorite lines) and you tell me who said it and what book it’s from. If you need a refresher, they’re all on my website

Using random numbers, I’ll pick one correct entry to win a $5 US Amazon gift card.

For example, if the quote was “Reindeer bray,” the correct answer would be Fred in The Christmas Proposition.

Rules: You can enter up to three times. Comment here, tweet @ka_mitchell, and/or leave a Facebook comment (each entry needs containing the correct answer). I will notify the winner here on whatever media they won from. It’s up to you to contact me with your email address so I can get you your prize. The contest ends September 20, at 12:01 AM EST. I’m not responsible for anything resulting from your prize (so don’t set yourself on fire) and this is void where prohibited, no purchase necessary. Ready?

Who said this and in which book/novella/short story?

“Let’s get this clear. You and I both know the only one who hasn’t had his dick sucked in Webber Park is Darryl. So you can stop your gay-baiting shit right the hell now. Or do I have to prove something to you here?”

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Teaser Tuesday

For anyone who enjoyed Put a Ring on It and is hungry for more with the guys, here’s a snippet from Risk Everything on It, Jax’s story. There’s also Dane and Spencer and Hannah, the doll Jax’s agent overnighted to him.

Jax had gone to bed that night and woken up still wrapped in that smell. Not just sex, but sex with him. A rich decadence that didn’t mean an extra four hours in the gym if he indulged in it. And man, he’d indulged in it, including an excellent round with his hand as he relived the memory that came with that scent. It wasn’t until he had to get up and sign for the FedEx box that he remembered he had other things to do than smell like sex all day.

Not that he’d had any kind of success with the damned doll. He tried to wrangle it into a natural feeling prop, but no matter how he held it, interacted with it, the performance was wooden. He even gave it a name. Hannah.

“Real babies’ arms cannot possibly be this stiff and hard to put sleeves on.”

“I’m guessing they can actually hold their arms fairly stiffly.” Dane said.

“What are you doing to it now?” Spencer appeared behind them and gently lifted the doll off the dining room table.

Jax stared at him. Overlong pale blond hair, tanned skin, hipster chic scarf over his T-shirt, Dane’s long-time boyfriend didn’t look anything like the suburban dad Jax would be auditioning for, but somehow the baby looked natural tucked in Spencer’s solid muscled arm.

Quote Quiz

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I’m going to give you a favorite line from a book (well, one of my favorite lines) and you tell me who said it and what book it’s from. If you need a refresher, they’re all on my website

Using random numbers, I’ll pick one correct entry to win a $5 US Amazon gift card.

For example, if the quote was “Reindeer bray,” the correct answer would be Fred in The Christmas Proposition.

Rules: You can enter up to three times. Comment here, tweet @ka_mitchell, and/or leave a Facebook comment (each entry needs containing the correct answer). I will notify the winner here on whatever media they won from. It’s up to you to contact me with your email address so I can get you your prize. The contest ends September 14, at 12:01 AM EST. I’m not responsible for anything resulting from your prize (so don’t set yourself on fire) and this is void where prohibited, no purchase necessary. Ready?

Who said this and in which book/novella/short story?

“If you’re going to play gay chicken, you’d probably be better off playing it with someone who isn’t actually gay.”

Extra clue: I had this book in my head because I enjoyed some Berger cookies this week.

Quote Quiz

I promise to be easier on you this week.

Before we get to the goodies, I just want to let you guys know that I will be on a blog tour September 7-16. There will be reviews, spotlights and giveaways and lots of info about the new series and book. Part of it I did on my own and part was arranged by a blog tour (that’s the reason for different dates on the banner.) So here’s the schedule:

September 7 Guest Post
Boys in Our Books
September 8 Guest Post
The Blogger Girls
September 9 Guest Post
Joyfully Jay
September 9 Interview
Reviews by Jessewave
September 9 Spotlight
Nautical Star Books
September 9 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
September 10 Guest Blog
The Diverse Reader
September 10 Interview
Zipper Rippers
September 10 Spotlight
Way Too Hot Books
September 11 Interview
The Novel Approach
September 11 Guest blog
Erotica For All
September 11 Spotlight
Roxanne’s Realm
September 14 Spotlight
Vampires, Werewolves and Fairies, Oh My
September 14 Spotlight
Zenny’s Awesome Book Reviews
September 15 Spotlight and review
BFD Book Blog
September 15 Spotlight
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
September 16 Guest blog
ARe Café
September 16 Spotlight and review
Evelyn Shepherd
At least I can do it all in my pjs!!
Now for the easy quiz!

I’m going to give you a favorite line from a book (well, one of my favorite lines) and you tell me who said it and what book it’s from. If you need a refresher, they’re all on my website

Using random numbers, I’ll pick one correct entry to win a $5 US Amazon gift card.

For example, if the quote was “Reindeer bray,” the correct answer would be Fred in The Christmas Proposition.

Rules: You can enter up to three times. Comment here, tweet @ka_mitchell, and/or leave a Facebook comment (each entry needs containing the correct answer). I will notify the winner here on whatever media they won from. It’s up to you to contact me with your email address so I can get you your prize. The contest ends September 6, at 12:01 AM EST. I’m not responsible for anything resulting from your prize (so don’t set yourself on fire) and this is void where prohibited, no purchase necessary. Ready?

Who said this and in which book/novella/short story?

“Wow. Then I’d better take the giant sub sandwich shaped like a penis back to the store of Duh-I-Know-That-Jack.”

Fun for Friday

I thought I’d try something out since so many people enjoyed seeing Aaron and Joey on Facebook yesterday. I’m going to give you a favorite line from a book (well, one of my favorite lines) and you tell me who said it and what book it’s from. If you need a refresher, they’re all on my website

Using random numbers, I’ll pick one correct entry to win a $5 US Amazon gift card.

For example, if the quote was “Reindeer bray,” the correct answer would be Fred in The Christmas Proposition.

Rules: You can enter up to three times. Comment here, tweet @ka_mitchell, and/or leave a Facebook comment (containing the correct answer). I will notify the winner here on whatever media they won from. It’s up to you to contact me with your email address so I can get you your prize. The contest ends tomorrow at midnight EST. I’m not responsible for anything resulting from your prize (so don’t set yourself on fire) and this is void where prohibited. Ready?

Okay. Who said this and in what book/novella/short story?

“Just because I let you fuck my ass doesn’t mean you own it, kid.”

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Rolling in Plot Bunnies (Part 1)

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I don’t know what’s in the water but I like it!

I like it

Sheryl on twitter (Hi, Sheryl!) asked if I’d offer an update on things, and I thought that would be fun. I’ve got a few things cooking so I’ll give you some general info first.

Baltimore: I’ve been working on a novella about several of the Baltimore couples taking the next step in their relationships. I hope to get that to you some time this year. Sneak peek to follow next week. (Say that five times fast.)

I also have two Baltimore books planned. One has some early chapters and everything.

I also want to write a short for Marco where he finally loses his virginity. I have a pretty good idea for that, I think.

New series:

So, I’m not dead-sure positive of a release date, but the first book in a new series about four friends from college and how marriage equality shakes things up for them is scheduled for September 9. I’ve called the series Ready or Knot and the first book is Put a Ring on It.

This is a scene I wrote while I was getting to know the four core characters. I don’t think it will make it into any of the books, so I’m considering it a Director’s Cut. Some minor details, such as Gideon growing up in the Bronx changed as I wrote, but who they are didn’t. I hope you like a little peek at them.

Thirteen years ago

Every motion of Gideon’s head sent the room spinning until his stomach lurched.

For the first time in Gideon’s twenty-one and a half years, he was legally drunk. In fact, he’d only been illegally drunk once before, after the thing that being drunk had almost been enough to get out of his brain. He hated losing control, even to some random molecule in his bloodstream. Which he supposed was why he’d never before been subjected to the idiocy of games invented for the purpose of getting drunk.

But something about their university graduation had buried his friends under an avalanche of nostalgia, so they were gathered in Theo’s room playing something called Never Have I Ever, which sounded like the start of a logic puzzle on the LSATs but was actually painfully easy to follow. If they’d all been like that, Gideon would have managed a perfect 180 instead of a 174.

“Never have I ever had sex with a virgin,” Theo announced.

Continue reading “Rolling in Plot Bunnies (Part 1)”

And I Think to Myself

And I Think to Myself

Sometimes the world sucks, and I think it’s never going to change.  I stomp around and say, “People are why we can’t have nice things.” Then something cool happens. And I think maybe people aren’t so impossible after all.

Every year the Romance Writers of America give out their trademarked RITA award for best romance books. The books are judged by other romance writers in a bunch of different categories, kind of like the Oscars, but no one has ever taken out an ad that I know of that says “For your RITA consideration.” The one which I’ve always thought of as equivalent to the “Best Picture” award is in the category “Long Contemporary.”

Let me give you a little background of some personal experience with the Romance Writers of America. It was founded in the 1980s in Texas. About ten years ago, some members were outraged enough by the mere existence of happy-ever-afters happening for poly couples that those members tried to have the whole group vote on the definition of romance as one man, one woman. Sound familiar to anyone? A bunch of big-name authors came out against that stupidity and it never came to pass. But I’m sure you can imagine the resistance when gay romance started gaining steam. In fact, four years ago, a local chapter of RWA tried to say gay romance couldn’t be entered in their local contest. Initially, appealing to the mothership got us nowhere. Then pressure built through social media and they ended up canceling their contest.

So here we are in 2015. The finalist for the RITAs were announced today. And in that big, heavy duty category, the “Best Picture” of romance novels, is Fever Pitch, by Heidi Cullinan. Yup. A big ol’ gay romance waving at us from the top of the heap. For good reason, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I could not put that book down. If you haven’t read it, go do that. It’s totally awesome.

I am so excited and thrilled for Heidi. I’m going to be at the awards ceremony jumping to my feet and cheering when she wins. And I’m so proud of the changes our books have been able to make on the world. An awesome love story can really do that.

What a wonderful world.

(Note for Heidi: You made Walter proud. Note for everyone: you’ll get this if you go read the book. Go, do that. )

ETA: Holy crap! Gay romance is all over the RITA finalist list! YAY! Four books and counting.