Friday, August 24

Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop!

Welcome!  If this is your first time here, I hope you'll take a minute to poke around...or at least come back later. I know it's hard to stop and linger when you've got so many other awesome websites to visit--and believe me, I do know, because I'm hopping around the blog hop, too!

The organizers of the blog hop asked us all to answer the question: What LGBTQ literature means to me?

For me, the answer is pretty simple: I'm a bisexual woman and I want to read about characters who "look like me". But maybe that isn't the simple answer, because I write (and mainly read) m/m romance--and I'm not a boy. Those characters don't "look like me" (for which my husband is rather happy, he's a very straight man).

Even so, the characters that I identify with the most have gone through at least some of the same things I did: coming out, being in a relationship with someone of the same gender, dealing with idiots who just don't get it... and at least in this country (I'm in the U.S.), there seem to be more of those than ever. GOP lawmaker Stacey Campfield referred to bullying (against teens who are gay or suspected by their peers of being gay) as "the biggest lark out there"...and sadly, that is far from the stupidest thing the man has said, it just happens to be the most hurtful toward our kids. ( I'm a mom. I want to slap the guy... except that's assault, and I wouldn't really do anybody any good sitting in a jail cell, because I'm I make my living from writing, and trust me, most months that's barely enough to buy groceries, no way I could come up with bail money!

What I can do is what I do best: I can write. Yes, I write romance novels, some of them paranormal romance stories, but the very real human emotions are the same. The need to love and be loved is universal.

So maybe the biggest thing LGBTQ literature means to me is getting the message out there that we're people too. We deserve the exact same rights as everybody else. in this country, among them the to go to school without being bullied for being who we are, the right to love and get married if we choose to.

In celebration of LGBTQ (or QUILTBAGS* as I prefer) literature, I'm giving away TWO awesome prizes--but one of them comes with a slight catch. My second novel is due out in September, and I don't have an exact date. So if want that one, there will be a waiting period (but some things *are* worth the wait!)

As you've probably gathered, I have two novels, both from Dreamspinner Press.

All you have to do for a chance to win one of them is leave a comment below and let me know which one you'd like (and yes, you can put your name into both hats if you want). 

PLEASE: be sure to include your email address so I can contact you.

The books on offer are 
(click on the title for more info):

Heart's Home has been aptly described as an urban fantasy set in Victorian London. There are werewolves, a daemon, murdered women, a sadistic pack leader, and one poor copper caught up in the middle of it all... it's pretty steamy and very sensual.

Bound: Forget Me Knot is due out in September. I have a cover! The cover art JUST appeared in my email this morning--and a HUGE thank you to Bob for the awesome job (ditto to Paul for the awesome cover art on Heart's Home). Bound is a contemporary BDSM/Kink novel that is both incredibly steamy and sexually charged. (Two men meet at a science fiction convention and one of them gets all tied up...)

I'm giving away actual signed paperback copies--and international entries are absolutely welcome!

So leave a comment
Tell me which book you'd like (or both) to win
And on the 27th, I'll put the names into hats and draw the winners 
Winners will be notified by email
Once I hear back from the winners I'll post their names here 
(I'll use whatever name you singed into the comments with). 

And hop on over to the next blog for more goodies :)

To return to the Blog Hop, click here:

Q for Queer/Questioning
U for Undecided/Unidentified
L for Lesbian
T for Transgendered & for Third Gendered
B for Bisexual
A for Asexual
G for Gay
S for Straight.


Andrea said...

I'm interested in Heart's Home.

Zoe Ride said...

I love m/m fiction and am loving this blog hop, and discovering new, to me, authors. Thanks for including me in the draw :-) I'm happy to be included in both draws if that is okay.

KimberlyFDR said...

I'm interested in both! :D

Tali Spencer said...

I would love a copy of either book. :D And that cover for Bound is still hot as hell.


Anonymous said...

They both sound lovely!


Anonymous said...

thank you for participating in the blog hop! hope I'm not too greedy as I would like to participate in both draw.


moniqee said...

Ha...I agreed what you wrote here, HB!

There are so many people whether friends or public personality that I wish I could knock their head on the words they said but hell I might get into trouble if I did.

I guess alternate ways need to right to their head. Tough but hopefully stories like yours would be a leeway for better tomorrow

Thank you for being part of the Hop and also thanks for your enlightenment thoughts

Erica Pike said...

Oooh, I'd love a chance to win Bound: Forget Me Knot.

eripike at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Congrats on your upcoming release! And thanks for joining the hop. It's always a pleasure to hear why writers do what they do. :-)

Rain said...

I love the name you gave your fictional conference. :D

Put my name in both hats, please. (My email is in my profile.)

Unknown said...

Ooh, both sound so good, but based on that cover put me in for BOUND for sure!

Good luck with this.... great of you to give these away!


rwoods said...

You made me laugh because I've had that feeling of "damn, I just want to slap some sense into you" when I see that kind of stuff happening. I agree - jail isn't the most productive avenue. As for books, whichever would be fine with me. I like surprises.


Anonymous said...

Even so, the characters that I identify with the most have gone through at least some of the same things I did: coming out, being in a relationship with someone of the same gender, dealing with idiots who just don't get it...

I think this right here is why the genre appeals to so many!

Great post--I love the QUILTBAGS acronym too because it includes me. :-)

akasarahmadison at gmail dot com

booklover0226 said...

Hi, HB.

I enjoyed your post; it was a good read.

I have added both books to my must have list; they sound great. If chosen, I will take either one.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

gigi said...

Both your books sound very interesting. Please count me in for either of them. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Heart's Home sounds sooo interesting. It's nice to be introduced to authors who are new to me.

strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

Kaylyn D said...

I like your "QUILTBAGS" acronym.. no correct that, I love it!! Both books sound great. I would love to in the drawing for both. The cover of Bound is awesome! I love m/m BDSM! Great post and I would help out with bail money if you slapped him. LMAO Congrats on the book.

Juliana said...

Thanks so much for participating in the hop! Love the mama bear approach! Thank you for your feelings and contest. I would love a chance to win Bound: Forget me Knot, BDSM is not usually my thing but this struck my fancy! Congrats on the release!
OceanAkers @

wulf said...

I'm enjoying this blog hop and all the different answers everyone is giving to the same question.

Bound: Forget Me Not sounds good. I'd like that one if I'm chosen.


Cameron said...

Same here - fighting for equality by doing what I love best .. what could be better than that (also being total misfit what other genre would I choose?) Both your books sound great & I'd love either

Yvette said...

I am interested in both please.

Anonymous said...

Hi, H.B.
I've read and enjoyed Heart's Home quite recently, but I'd love a chance to win your other book :)
It's great to see you on this hop! I'm getting a bit dizzy with so many authors, so a familiar face, as it were, is nice.

corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

SusieQ_too said...

Either book would be wonderful to get! And thanks for joining the hop!
seritzko AT verizon DOT net

Unknown said...

Both books sound amazing! I want to read both! Congrats on you upcoming release :)


ceagles said...

Hi. I would love either book.
Great post. Thanks for being on The Blog Hop.


Emily said...

Thanks for participating! I'd love to win Bound: Forget Me Knot.