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February 16, 2011



I wanted to share the intriguing news about MEXICAN HEAT, my romantic suspense novel, a collaboration with Josh Lanyon.
It was a Lambda Finalist in 2010, no it didn't win, but I'm honored the reviewer like it so much to single it out for one of the Top Five of the year!

Even though Lambda now excludes straight authors from submitting to the Lambda Awards (right after MEXICAN HEAT was named a FINALIST — no correlation that I'm aware of, just saying, and I still see naughty straight female authors submitting to them under their male pen names), I do consider it to be an honor for Dick Smart, the Lambda Romance reviewer/columnist to have given it such a fabulous nod of acceptance and recognition. I do appreciate it and want to acknowledge it.

http://imru.posterous.com/romance-nov...

I'm looking to 2011 to start writing the second one in the series myself (EEK!) spurred on by this and my name AWESOMELY mentioned in ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE last October as "a pioneer of the M/M romance". That made my year.

And yes, I do have to share the good times and pat myself on the back now and then.[image error]
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April 29, 2009



A few months ago, I asked fellow authors of GLBT romance to join together with me to look into forming a special interest chapter of the RWA. While RWA has acknowledged this sub-genre of romance, there was never a chapter where authors of this sub-genre could meet to discuss issues and experiences that focused on their writing, promotional needs and publishing issues. Over 100 authors showed up to discuss the possibilities. In the end 39 RWA members formed the Rainbow Romance Writers online special interest provisional chapter of RWA.

I'm very proud to announce that as of today we are no longer provisional but officially part of RWA! Here is the official announcement from chapter president Jade Buchanan:

Rainbow Romance Writers is the newest Special Interest Chapter within the Romance Writers of America. A lot of hard work has gone into setting us up as a chapter, but we are very proud to announce that writers specializing in LGBT romance now have a specific place to network with other career-focused writers and concentrate on our unique needs within the romance genre.

Our goals are:

* to promote excellence in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender romances
* to help members become published in LGBT romances
* to be an advocate within the industry for our genre
* to be a resource to our members and others on writing and the publishing industry

We currently have 39 wonderful members who represent all different aspects of the LGBT romance genre.

Interested writers can contact us at membership@rainbowromancewriters.com
if they would like to become members of Rainbow Romance Writers. They can also email me directly at jade.buchanan@yahoo.com

http://www.rainbowromancewriters.com

Here's a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, those in the new chapter and those at RWA who service the interest of the whole romance writing community! KUDOS![image error]
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Published on April 29, 2009 18:05 • 61 views

April 12, 2009

You may have noticed that rankings and bestseller info has been removed from all a lot of gay romance and gay fiction books in the last few days. It appears that Amazon has decided we are to be hidden from the mainstream.

When Amazon was asked about the missing rankings they responded to one author with:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage

Plainly, we are being discriminated against by Amazon, shoved into the backroom.

Not all authors of adult fiction are being targeted but it is widespread and rampant. So if you are looking for rankings and bestseller lists of adult or gay fiction, it looks like you'll need to buy directly from the publisher or hit up B&N.

Hopefully next month MLR Press will have the ability in place to buy ebooks directly from the site and print books soon after that. We getting everything in place for direct sales. We value our readers and now we REALLY like Barnes and Noble.[image error]
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Published on April 12, 2009 10:20 • 61 views

March 15, 2009


I can hardly believe it! Mexican Heat is short listed for best Gay Romance!
God, I can't wait for the awards dinner in NYC later this year!

http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/...

Wow, today has been an exciting day!
Laura[image error]
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Published on March 15, 2009 13:23 • 93 views

March 14, 2009


Hi all,

There appears to be a contest going on and MEXICAN HEAT is one of the entries! SO COOL! But it also appears I need people to go vote for the book in order to win . The great part is it looks like there are a lot of prizes too!

Here are the details! Can I ask you pretty please to go vote for MEXICAN HEAT? You know, I'm actually kind of really excited about this!

xoxox
Laura


http://dabwaha.com/

Welcome to the 2nd Annual DA BWAHA, Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors. For newcomers, this is a tournament of books that mimics the March Madness tournament of basketball. We've picked a slate of 64 books in 8 different categories to compete against each other through the next few weeks.

Your job is to first fill out a tournament bracket which will go live on March 15, 2009. Second, you have to come back and vote in the polls. There will be prizes for the winning ballot at each juncture of the tournament with the grand prize of a Red Sony Reader to go to the ballot that scores the highest. The winning author will also get a Sony Reader.[image error]
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Published on March 14, 2009 20:40 • 62 views

November 3, 2008



Josh and I have been holding our breath waiting for the first review on Mexican Heat, our first collaboration.
It arrived this am.

http://reviewsbyjessewave.blogspot.co...

We did good. 5+ stars!

Laura[image error]
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October 15, 2008


Just thought I'd announce that Mexican Heat has been picked up by Samhain for a February ebook release. The print version will still be coming out with MLR Press in a few weeks but Samhain liked the story and the characters and has contracted the book. Hopefully they will want the whole 3 book series. While Josh and I were planning on a an every 6 month release for these, the books turned about to be more complex and challenging that we thought. So we've revised our plan to put out a book every 12 month instead. It will mean a longer wait but a better story! At least that's the plan![image error]
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Published on October 15, 2008 06:05 • 76 views

October 1, 2008



Authors and pals Jade Buchanan, JL Langley, Laura Baumbach, Ally Blue and Kimberly Gardner on Castro Street a few feet from A Different Light Bookstore in San Francisco.[image error]
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Published on October 01, 2008 03:10 • 63 views

August 13, 2008

Mexican Heat is out to my writing partner and on to the editor! We're hoping to make the September release still so be prepared. In the meantime, I'm back at Genetic Snare the sequel to Details of the Hunt.

I had already started this one and had to put it aside for a few things like forming a publishing company and co-writing a series with the awesome and skilled Josh Lanyon, but now I'm back to it.

I even sat down and reread Details to get back into the environment and to get my Aidan groove back in place. It's difficult to jump into the mindset of an 18th century pirate lost in the 26th century world. I have to see things from his POV and remember all the confusion and isolation he must feel along with the wonder and excitement of it all.

And I have to remember his larcenous side, too. My little light-fingered pirate! lol. I Love Aidan. I love it when Talos catches him at it too. Big, stern bounty hunter! It's been a while since the first book. I hope readers remember the guys![image error]
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Published on August 13, 2008 07:01 • 58 views

July 3, 2008


I just posted a new little HOT (adult) snippet from my newest M/M WIP with Josh
Lanyon on Fiction With Friction! Enjoy!

http://www.fictionwithfriction.com

Laura[image error]
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