I am so so SO excited to show you all this amazing cover… Isn’t it just gorgeous??
★ ★ ★ COVER REVEAL + AMAZON GC GIVEAWAY ★ ★ ★
It Was Always You by Cardeno C, Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, Felice Stevens & N.R. Walker
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le
IT WAS ALWAYS YOU charity anthology will be released on October 4th!
It’s the collaboration of seven MM romance authors who also run the private Facebook group called The MM Daily Grind. We’re pumped to bring our readers SEVEN BRAND NEW NOVELLAS and to help raise money for a worthy cause.
All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the LGBTQ youth organization ONE.N.TEN: http://onenten.org!
PRE-ORDER is available now for only $0.99 and is EXCLUSIVE to iBooks:http://apple.co/2aup8hL!
**Please Note – Regular price one release day will be $2.99!
I hope you help us support this wonderful organization.
**You can also help these LGBTQ youths right now by buying back to school and camp items on ONE.N.TEN’s AMAZON WISHLIST: http://amzn.to/2arygA5.
★ GIVEAWAY: If you would like a chance to win a $5 AMAZON GIFT CARD all you have to do is go to our Facebook pages Ella, Christina, Riley, Felice, Lane, Cardeno & N.r. Walker find the COVER REVEAL POST (mine is pinned to the top) and share the cover & TAG a friend and each of us will choose ONE winner at random! That’s SEVEN chances!!
★ If you are a blogger and would still like to sign up for the release day blitz you can do so here —> http://bit.ly/2atYrWB
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Can you believe this year is literally half over? That means we’ll have to start thinking about Christmas soon… *head desk* Not to mention I have six week overseas family trip in September/October to plan and organise. Man, I am so not ready for that. LOL
Okay, so this week has been super busy. Blood & Milk is out and the reviews on Amazon have been wonderfully positive and heartfelt. I would like to thank everyone who took a chance on reading. I have also received more emails from readers about this book (in the first few days of release) than any other book. Your messages of love and support truly mean a lot to me, so thank you everyone, from the bottom of my heart. <3 <3
In news of the charity fundraising, I estimate by the end of the first week alone we will have raised about $400USD for the African Human Rights Coalition. I will be sure to keep you posted with updates.
I also have some exciting translation news! Red Dirt Heart is coming out in German!! I’m just waiting on proofreading, which hopefully won’t take long, then I can format it and get it live asap. Rote Erde 1 will be out soon, and I’m super excited about this!
Something else I’m ridiculously excited about is Red Dirt Heart in Audio is due out any day!! This is my first ever audio book and the narrator, the wonderful Joel Froomkin has graciously held my hand throughout the entire process 🙂
The lovely RJ Scott and Love Lane Books will be releasing it asap! I can’t wait for you guys to hear this book. Just listening to it, I laughed and cried – hearing my own words is an amazing thing. And man, I have missed these boys – Charlie still means as much to me now as he did two years ago.
In other news, my WIP (not sure on the title yet…) is at 10K. I estimate it will maybe be around 40K words, but we all know how characters do whatever the hell they want and I, being the lowly writer, have no say in such things. LOL My main character (it’s first person pov) is Henry Beckett and his love interest is Reed Henske, and it’s set in Balmain, Sydney. And I’m aiming/hoping for a release in early September. More details on that later.
What’s happening this coming week? Well, another busy one (no surprises to those who know me lol) It’s EOFY here in Australia (end of financial year) and I haven’t done ANY of my accounts yet, so that needs to be a priority. I also need to write as much as physically possible, as school holidays start on Friday and I’ll be away for all of the first week and half of the second week, so my writing time will be almost zero for the two weeks after this one. Not to mention the RL stuff I have going on…
That also means there might not be a post next week (as I won’t be home) and my online time will also be very minimal, but I will try and schedule something.
This was scheduled to be posted a few days ago, but I held off posting in the wake of the horrific mass murder in Orlando. 🙁 But then I realised, maybe that’s the reason I should post it. Because not only are hate crimes still happening, but anti-homosexuality laws are still a thing, now, in 2016.
From my research for Blood & Milk, and from all I have learned, I can tell you the prospects for LGBTQI people in Africa are pretty grim. In fact, according to ILGA, out of the 83 countries in the world where anti-homosexuality laws are still in place, 33 of those countries are in Africa. Punishments include imprisonment, torture, and death.
Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania where, if found guilty, the sentence is imprisonment. And as we see in Blood & Milk, the Maasai laws for this “crime” are not so lenient.
I have had the help from a LOT of different people for this story, including several people from Africa. But the most help has come from a woman by the name of Santa Aziz, who works “in secret” helping African LGBT people, but who also lived in Tanzania with first-hand experience, information and guidance on Maasai language, diet, and culture. (I have an interview with Santa which I will post asap – she really is an amazing woman.)
But Santa has helped me with so much more than just the technical things.
I’ve doubted myself with this story, a hundred times more than I have with any other thing I’ve written. And every time I get to the point of not publishing the book, Santa says something to me that drives me forward.
The first time was before I sent it to my editor. Santa told me she works, in secret, with LGBT people in her country who live in fear for their lives everyday, and she sneaks them my books for them to read. She said it gives them hope. Real, legitimate hope, and it makes their nightmarish days a little brighter. And having something they can relate to would mean more to them than I could possibly imagine.
Her email touched me so deeply, I cried. I sent the manuscript to my editor that day.
Then when it came time to load it into Amazon for pre-orders, again I struggled for hours trying to decide whether I should publish this book at all. I knew some people would be opposed to me writing this story…
Then Santa sent me another long email of hope and gratitude for giving these people, her people, a voice, including this:
i know it might be difficult to comprehend the importance of such small gesture, but believe me when i say that it will be a HUGE thing for us. really… for anyone in Africa speaking swahili and who can understand that.
And you know what? I hit publish right then and there. Because it’s not about me, and it’s not about whether someone else thinks I don’t have the right to write this story.
It’s about giving hope to LGBT people in a small part of Africa. Real hope for real people who struggle every day, for whom this story will make a positive difference. And if this story can do that for even one person, then it should be published. When LGBT African people plead with me to please please publish this story because they need something they can relate to, then I absolutely should.
I’ve contacted The African Human Rights Coalition, an organisation who do wonderful work with LGBT people in Africa, about donating a percentage of royalties of Blood & Milk. I will post more when I have the confirmation.
If you’re interested and able, you can donate at the following links:
Because, in light of the hate-crime that cut short the lives of 49 people in Orlando, it’s more important now than it was before that we speak up for those who cannot. Not just in America, or Europe, or Australia, but in Africa too.
Because love is not, nor should it ever be, a crime.