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June 21, 2012

This past Saturday my son and his best friend (both 12) and I loaded up the wagon and headed southeast to Providence, RI for the city’s 36th annual Pride Festival. I had spent the days leading up to the even assembling bags of book swag to give away at our vendor booth.


I was delighted to have the greatest variety ever for an event like this, with goodies from

Elizabeth Brooks

JM Cartwright

Vincent Diamond

Rachel Haimowitz

DC Juris

Catherine Lundhoff

Belinda McBride

Syd McGinley

VS Morgan

Nora Olsen

Sloan Parker

J. Rocci

Marie Sexton

Andrea Speed

Damon Suede

and Eden Winters

(I hope I didn’t miss anyone!)I was excited to have I also had books more publishers than ever to display and to sell, so I felt like I had Shawn & Lorna from Torquere Press, Radclyffe of Bold Strokes Books, and Cecilia Tan from Circlet Press along for the event.


When I started taking books to Pride events in 2008, I spent a lot of time talking up new media and ebooks. In those days, folks seemed to be still reeling from the erosion of GLBT bookstores and publishers and wanted to know where to find books — any books — that told stories along the GLBTQ spectrum.


This time around I found that folks were hip to ebooks and the new small presses. What they wanted to know about was new publishing models and how to find great books online. From a marketing perspective, that’s my takeaway from RI Pride:help your readers find books they’ll love by cutting through the thicket of the giant esellers and steering them toward more boutique etailers. This may be no news to some, of course.


Bear Pride


As always, I have great conversations at Pride, and this year my standout chat was with the charming ginger co-proprietor of Burlyshirts.comwho was not only super sweet (and so solidly in love that I wanted to bring every flighty young thing I’d met earlier in the day over to show them how it’s done) but really encouraging about ways small businesses within the GLBT community can support each other.


Nighttime parade


The parade in the evening is a nighttime affair, illuminated and uplifting. While my twelve-year-olds perched on a trashcan to see better, they got several supportive comments from passersby who thought they were boyfriends (they’re not). I stood beside a friendly stranger, a gay man about my age (no, not telling) and we cheered and wept and pointed out the creative touches on various floats (a pair of steel balls dangling from the trailer hitch of one pickup was my fave). I had to take my glasses off and wipe away tears when a huge and exuberant contingent of Youth Pride passed by. We’ve come so far, though not far enough, you know? I gave a watery smile to my new friend, who totally got it, and a reassuring thumbs-up to my kids, who — blessedly — didn’t.


Youth Pride


I love Pride!


NYC Marching Band — awesome!


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Published on June 21, 2012 19:31 • 119 views

January 31, 2012

To celebrate the dark and quirky delights of future dystopian settings, three authors have banded together to come up with a gift box filled with handy stuff to make surviving the end of the world as we know it a little easier.


Postapocalyptic gift ideas


Now we want to give it away!


We took over the Romance for the Rest of Us blog for a day. Commenters over there for the next week will have a chance to win the absolute necessities above (and more!).


I share a bit about my SERVANT OF THE SEASONS.


Syd McGinley tells us about the world of OUT OF THE WOODS and TWICE CAUGHT.


And CB Conwy let us in on the HIMIKO universe.


All commenters to Syd's, CB's, or my posts (linked above) from 1/30/12 (including this one) will be entered in next week's random draw for the gift basket (one entry per commenter per post). Drawing will take place after 2/6/12 and will include everyone who comments by 11:59 p.m. EST on that date.


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Published on January 31, 2012 04:10 • 63 views

January 27, 2012

Torquere's Romance for the Rest of Us blog hosts a Flashback Friday series.  Today I skidded in to share some flashes of my stories with vivid and unusual settings.  Have a look-see and maybe win a $5 gift certificate!

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Cheers,

Lee xo


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Published on January 27, 2012 21:17 • 65 views

January 3, 2012

, the Gay Historical Fiction review site, has opened a poll for its annual Reader's Choice Award. The candidates include SIN's best-reviewed books in the genre based on reviews posted in 2011. Pop over to weigh in! (Can also be used as a reading list; there's some intriguing stuff there!)


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Published on January 03, 2012 08:38 • 51 views

November 7, 2011

Man, oh man! I totally dropped the ball on the Dragonwalker giveaway! Blame the October Freak Nor'Easter we're still recovering from in my neck of the woods…


Most folks here in Massachusetts have their power back, and most of the snow has melted, but here is what took us by surprise last week:



This is the kind of weather we expect and prepare for in January and February, but this is what October 30 looked like in my backyard!
All told, about 15 inches fell.

In the past few weeks, I've offered two contests related to my Dragonwalker series. It's past time to announce winners.


For the Flashback Friday feature on October 14, the winner by random draw, is Elaine G!


Elaine, please give me an email shout at leebenoit at charter dot net and we can discuss which stories you'd like as your prize.


For the ENDI'S CONSENT release day giveaway here, at my LJ and at Torquere's Social Yahoo, the winner is Kathleen M. Thomas! Kathleen, please email me at leebenoit at charter dot net and let me know where to send your copy of ENDI'S CONSENT.


Thanks, friends, for your patience.


Cheers,

Lee xo


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Published on November 07, 2011 05:32 • 60 views

October 29, 2011

Out today, as part of Torquere Press' Halloween Sip line, is the fourth in the Dragonwalker series!


[image error]The story is called ENDI'S CONSENT and here's a blurb:


Halloween night in Endicott is pretty much like Halloween night in other small towns. Except for the flying dogs, of course. Fire Chief Alex Burgess is on hand to help town Dragon Wrangler, Chief's own sub Endi, host the fire house's Halloween party and keep local kids safe.


But something's not right with Chief. Lately, he's been feeling even more bearish than he looks, and all that omnivorous attention is directed at Endi. Chief wants to take their Dominance and submission to the next level, but first he has to obtain Endi's consent. What happens when a boy with the heart of a dragon submits to a Top with the soul of a bear?


Read an excerpt and then, maybe, treat yourself by buying Endi's Consent!


WANT A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF ENDI'S CONSENT?


Just for fun, Endi and Chief answered one of those silly BDSM compatibility quizzes. Their answers are posted over at the Torquere Social Yahoo Group and at the bottom of this post. Comment there, here at my blog, or over on my LJ, and I'll enter you into a drawing to win a free PDF of ENDI'S CONSENT! Random drawing will occur in 48 hours; one entry per commenter.


[image error]Endi and Chief are taking turns answering an online kink questionnaire.


 


Question 1: Dom, sub, switch?


Endi (snickering): Switch


Chief (swatting Endi' s butt): In your dreams


 


Question 2: List your kinks.


Endi: Leather, spanking, bondage, oh, man! Motorcycles, older guys. Did I mention spanking?


Chief: Endi


 


Question 3: How did you discover you were kinky?


Endi: I met Chief. I mean, I've known Chief all my life, but I went away to school, learned a bunch of things, came back to Endicott, and saw Chief in a whole new light.


Chief: No comment.


 


Question 4: Any early experiences that, in retrospect, hint at your kinks?


Endi (cackling): Chief became a firefighter!


Chief: I seem to recall a lot of Endi's Gram's makeup going missing.


Endi: That's not kinky!


 


Question 6: Describe your weirdest/most interesting sexual fantasy.


Chief: No


Endi: Me and Chief, on the back of a flying dragon dog.


Chief (snorting): There's no dog in the world big enough!


 


Question 7: What's your favorite toy?


Chief: Endi


 


Question 8: How do you dress for kink/BDSM play


Endi: I like all kinds of dressing up. Have you seen my work uniform? I designed it myself. And you should see Chief decked out for a ride!


Chief: As long as Endi gets naked at some point, the clothes don't really matter.


Endi (snickering): Ask him how much he spends on motorcycle boots.


 


Question 9: Can you imagine leading a vanilla life?


Chief: Not without Endi.


Endi: Not without Chief.


Chief (swatting Endi's butt): Tell the truth, brat.


Endi (submitting to a flurry of spanks): Okay, okay. Never! Not ever, okay?


Chief: That was the last question, right?


 


[fade out]


 


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Published on October 29, 2011 12:10 • 60 views

October 15, 2011

The Romance for the Rest of Us blog runs a Flashback Friday series, and this week I'm the guest author, blogging about my Dragonwalker series which began back in pre-Recession 2008 and which will have a new installment on October 29. Click the pup to check it out.


Commenters over there will be entered into a random drawing for either their choice of any or all of the Dragonwalker series or a $5 Torquere Press gift Certificate.


See you there!


L xo


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Published on October 15, 2011 06:59 • 53 views

October 12, 2011

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day here in the States, and today is the same observance in the UK. I guest blogged about the process and purpose of coming out a Lisabet Sarai's Beyond Romance blog. Have a look, eh?


Cheers,

Lee xo


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Published on October 12, 2011 18:01 • 60 views

September 14, 2011

You know what a reach-around is, right? Well, in honor of Saturday’s release of Torquere Press’ fourth annual Charity Sip Blitz, each participating author is reviewing another’s story in a big, friendly circle.


You can start here with my review of KIL Kenny’s terrific “How Does Your Garden Grow?” and then work your way back to Kenny’s review of Kathryn Scannell’s “Salvage Operation” or forward to M. Durango’s very kind review of my “Last Dance.”


MY REVIEW of KIL Kenny’s “How Does Your Garden Grow?”



A rough-edged narrator, sparky humor, and a high-stakes take on the theme of “It Gets Better” combine to make KIL Kenny’s short story “How Does Your Garden Grow” a delightful read.


In this engaging ‘hail fellow ill met’ tale, Kaz and a group of friends from a Midwestern Pride organization rent plots in a community garden on a landmark farm. Excited but ill-prepared, Kaz soon finds himself locking horns with the green-thumbed tenant of the adjacent plot.


Devin has been through the wringer, and Kenny shows empathy and restraint when describing Devin’s recent past, injuries, healing, and heart. His prickliness is a highlight of the story, as is Kaz’s gruffly befuddled response to Devin’s attitude toward him. I especially appreciated that the injured Devin wasn’t a saint and that Kaz didn’t handle him with kid gloves. The very real emotions in this story definitely drew me in.


When the community garden is threatened by that age-old bully of farmers everywhere, the weather, Kaz and the Pride group rally to help Devin and the other gardeners protect their investment. It’s in the course of this external struggle that Kaz and especially Devin are finally convinced that with an open heart and a boon companion, things really can get better.


About the author: K.I.L. Kenny has tried her hand at everything from grocery clerk to corporate vice president — not always in the trajectory one might expect — and along the way has developed a stash of exceedingly various (and exceedingly superficial) knowledge wherewith to torment the hapless authors she edits. She indulges her most sadistic side by teaching English composition, and in mellower moods kicks back with salaryman yaoi. Her hairdresser calls her a people person, which just goes to show that “only her hairdresser knows for sure” is a load of bunkum. She lives in New York, but left half of her heart in Baltimore. Find her online at http://katie-kilkenny.livejournal.com/.


Kenny’s story is part of this year’s Charity Sip Blitz from Torquere Press. “How Does Your Garden Grow” and more than 30 other stories were donated by their authors and all proceeds will benefit the It Gets Better Project.


I’ll update here when I have a buy link from our sponsor, Rainbow eBooks, or you can check the Torquere website on Saturday, September 17, 2011 where there will be a special Charity Sips section.



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Published on September 14, 2011 21:17 • 55 views

You know what a reach-around is, right? Well, in honor of Saturday's release of Torquere Press' fourth annual Charity Sip Blitz, each participating author is reviewing another's story in a big, friendly circle.


You can start here with my review of KIL Kenny's terrific "How Does Your Garden Grow?" and then work your way back to Kenny's review of Kathryn Scannell's "Salvage Operation" or forward to M. Durango's very kind review of my "Last Dance."


MY REVIEW of KIL Kenny's "How Does Your Garden Grow?"



A rough-edged narrator, sparky humor, and a high-stakes take on the theme of "It Gets Better" combine to make KIL Kenny's short story "How Does Your Garden Grow" a delightful read.


In this engaging 'hail fellow ill met' tale, Kaz and a group of friends from a Midwestern Pride organization rent plots in a community garden on a landmark farm. Excited but ill-prepared, Kaz soon finds himself locking horns with the green-thumbed tenant of the adjacent plot.


Devin has been through the wringer, and Kenny shows empathy and restraint when describing Devin's recent past, injuries, healing, and heart. His prickliness is a highlight of the story, as is Kaz's gruffly befuddled response to Devin's attitude toward him. I especially appreciated that the injured Devin wasn't a saint and that Kaz didn't handle him with kid gloves. The very real emotions in this story definitely drew me in.


When the community garden is threatened by that age-old bully of farmers everywhere, the weather, Kaz and the Pride group rally to help Devin and the other gardeners protect their investment. It's in the course of this external struggle that Kaz and especially Devin are finally convinced that with an open heart and a boon companion, things really can get better.


About the author: K.I.L. Kenny has tried her hand at everything from grocery clerk to corporate vice president — not always in the trajectory one might expect — and along the way has developed a stash of exceedingly various (and exceedingly superficial) knowledge wherewith to torment the hapless authors she edits. She indulges her most sadistic side by teaching English composition, and in mellower moods kicks back with salaryman yaoi. Her hairdresser calls her a people person, which just goes to show that "only her hairdresser knows for sure" is a load of bunkum. She lives in New York, but left half of her heart in Baltimore. Find her online at http://katie-kilkenny.livejournal.com/.


Kenny's story is part of this year's Charity Sip Blitz from Torquere Press. "How Does Your Garden Grow" and more than 30 other stories were donated by their authors and all proceeds will benefit the It Gets Better Project.


I'll update here when I have a buy link from our sponsor, Rainbow eBooks, or you can check the Torquere website on Saturday, September 17, 2011 where there will be a special Charity Sips section.



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Published on September 14, 2011 21:17 • 71 views