New Release: On Fire

I want to share a big thank you to my host for featuring the cover reveal today for my latest Dreamspinner Press release, On Fire, made by Garrett Leigh. Without further ado…

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A fun tidbit: I actually took the picture of the mountain (it was not on fire at the time, lol)

A picture is definitely worth a thousand words when it comes to a cover, and these guys are hot, but I bet you’d like to know more about their story, so here goes!

Blurb:

Nothing beats getting out of the concrete jungle and into the quiet of the forest. Website designer Scottie Ness is taking a well-deserved vacation from the grindstone, and he plans to spend it in the solitude of Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest around Mt. Adams. He’s prepared for everything—except the lightning storm that traps him in a wildfire.

The firefighter who rescues him sustains serious injuries and ends up in the hospital. Jax Quintero might be abrasive, but the guy saved his life, and Scottie wants to thank him. As they spend time together during Jax’s recovery and exploring the state’s landmarks when he’s released from the hospital, Scottie discovers there’s more to Jax than a smart-ass adrenaline junkie. Jax reassesses his opinion of Scottie as an arrogant city boy who has no business in the mountains. Though Jax’s wounds prevent them from taking things as far as they’d like for a while, they can’t deny the heat building between them—and this is one fire they don’t want to put out.

Where can you pick up your copy?

On Fire is available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press now!

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/on-fire-by-alicia-nordwell-7675-b

Contest!!

Because I love my fellow readaholics, I’m giving away a $5 gift card to Dreamspinner Press to celebrate finally being able to share On Fire’s awesome cover and my photo inspiration for Jax and Scottie.

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About the Author:

The number one question folks ask Alicia when she shares she’s a MM romance author: “Why gay fiction? Why write men when you’re a woman?” and her answer is: “Why the hell not!” Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find an interesting story one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started… Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published. When she’s not on the computer typing away, she’s a wife and a mom of two in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

Blog: http://ciasstories.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.nordwell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaNordwell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479520.Alicia_Nordwell

Have You Heard the News?? Everyone can now get Married!!

Thank you to the U.S. Supreme Court for having a brain…and a heart.

If you haven’t seen or heard, gay marriage is now legal nationwide!! Woot woot!

Here’s the headline from CNN.com:

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If you want to check out the full article, click here.

Love this quote from Justice Kennedy’s opinion:

“Their hope,” Kennedy wrote, “is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Also, be sure to visit the HRC’s blog for #lovewins. Here’s the link.

Love their pic so I’m going to share it here:

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‘Nuff said.

A Father’s Day Post

I’m going to take a break from books and writing to give a shout-out to all the dads out there. Happy Father’s Day! I hope you have all enjoyed your day!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend my day with my dad. We live in different states, but at least I got to meet-up with him and my mom yesterday for lunch. I guess, technically, we celebrated a day early!

I hope that most of us can relate tales of how our fathers have helped us or the things they’ve done for us. I’m happy to say that I can.

I’m very lucky in that my father and I get along well and share a lot of the same traits. Growing up, he held a stressful job and worked all kinds of crazy hours. Once he retired, we had a chance to grow much closer. He’s the purveyor of wisdom and advice on all things car- and home-related. He’s the teacher, and the one to tell it as it is—no sugar coating for dad!

While I could drone on and on, I’ll end with a verse from “Only Dad,” a poem by Edgar Albert Guest. You can find the entire piece here.

Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Thank you, dad, for all you’ve done. I look forward to many more years with you!

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Five Posts to Write Right Now

I’m liking these ideas! I’ve been slacking on blogging, and these will get me back in the spirit!

The Daily Post

No matter how long you’ve been writing, some days, it feels like inspiration just won’t come. If you’re stuck on what to write next, or just want to try something new, take a crack at one of these post ideas.

1. What does Utopia look like to you?

Every single day around the world, there are protests, elections, and burgeoning grassroots campaigns all resulting in a step forward, or a step backward, depending on who you ask. Many people devote their lives towards creating a better life for their children and grandchildren, letting their vision of the future guide their present.

Yet everyone’s vision of the world they’d like their children, metaphorical or not, to inherit is very different. What type of world do you strive to create in your day-to-day life? What actions can we take to improve the lives of others? What’s a cause that’s important to you? Tell…

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Mini Rant: IMHO

The other day, The Daily Post’s topic was IMHO (check out the link). Since I’m typically a day (or two) late and at least a dollar short, I’m finally getting to my mini-rant.

I’m going to tie my post to two, maybe three things. LGBT current news, Radical Islam current news, and Pastor Jaime’s homily from Easter Sunday.

I bet you’re wondering how I’m going to make this happen…well, here goes nuffin’!

We’ve all heard about Indiana, and their governor’s ridiculous religious freedom bill. From Christine Pelosi and found on the Huffington Post:

SB 101 is based on hate; no matter how Governor Pence tries to sell it, he is teaching discrimination, he is enshrining inequality into Indiana law, and he is justifying segregation under a false flag in which liberty would have no part.

Here’s a link to the full article.

Bear with me as I lay out all the pieces… Next is the university bombing in Kenya that killed 148. The bombing that was committed by Islamic extremists. If you’re not familiar with the story, check out this MSNBC report.

Now to where I tie it all together…and a special thanks to Pastor Jaime for his awesome homily.

In his homily, he urged us (Christians) to be radical. But unlike the radical Islamists, he challenged us to be radical in our faith by showing love and compassion to people everywhere. He didn’t specify that we should find out a person’s sexual orientation before doing this. He urged us to share God’s love.

I become very frustrated when I hear Christians talk poorly of LGBT folks, or when they look down upon them or judge them. Seems to me that’s not being very Christ-like in the world. God loves all His children—gay or straight, pink or blue or purple.

So, IMHO, Indiana’s governor needs to learn love and compassion. There’s no place in this world for narrow-minded, judgmental folks. It’s 2015 people. Time to wake up and smell the coffee known as equality. That’s directed at you Christians who have no place in your hearts for gays. Get over yourself and behave like one of God’s children.

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Image courtesy of http://www.gaychristianalliance.com/2012/01/24/usa-gop-presidential-candidates-on-gay-marriage/

Another excellent source of information on Indiana is the Human Rights Campaign. Check out their article here.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Brigid and Carwyn!

I just loved Carwyn so I had to share Elizabeth’s post. If you haven’t read her Elemental Mysteries series, you must check them out. She’s created a fabulous world with endearing characters.

Love the attached short!

ELIZABETH HUNTER

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This is just a quick short from Brigid and Carwyn to wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy yourselves, be safe, and please do not, for the love of all things Irish, dye any beer green.

That’s just unnatural.

Green Beards Are As Bad As Green Beer

Brigid woke quietly, her eyes fluttering open to dim lights and the familiar warmth of the fireplace in their bedroom. She could hear Carwyn in the attached bathroom, fiddling with something or other and humming a tune in his low voice. He always woke before her, being so much older in immortality. He started the fire, readied the coffee she still loved, and played with the dogs while she finished her sleep.

But he was always in their room when she woke.

She smiled and let her eyes slip closed again, thinking that there was little she enjoyed more than waking…

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What Immune System?

I don’t know what is with my body this winter. I’ve managed to catch just about every sickness that has gone around. Well, with the exception of the flu (*knock on wood* I guess there’s still time for that!).

In exasperation, I texted my friend Dawn last night and told her I should just live in a bubble; that will be the only way for me to stay healthy. Being the awesome friend she is, she offered that I could do that if she could roll me around!

Then, my friend Julie had to get in on the bubble action. Here’s her refrain to my new situation…

Roll me around, I just wanna get better.

Roll me around, til I find a better day.

Roll me around, find some method to my madness, there’s gotta be something else coming my way…

So that’s what my life has come to?? It sounds like the start to either a depressing short story or a bad country song…at this point, I’m not sure which. After Julie’s refrain, I’m thinking song is the way to go!

As I type this, I have a box of Kleenex and a trash can within arm’s reach (see what I mean??). I hope and pray that spring is close by—as in right around the immediate, very next corner. Somehow, after checking the extended forecast, I don’t think that’s the case.  Continue reading “What Immune System?”

Writing, The Glamorous Life & Finding Balance in the Madness of Branding

Great article with good perspective. I encourage all writers to check it out!

Kristen Lamb's Blog

This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography

I will confess, being a writer is THE best job in the world. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t ALSO admit it can feel like we’ve been strapped to Hell’s Tilt-A-Whirl.  As writers of the Digital Age we have a much higher chance at success than any writer in history, but we also have more work than any writer in history.

And, to make matters worse, spouses, bills, kiddos with snotty noses, dust bunnies and car troubles don’t go away the day we decide to become professional writers.

In fact, Spawn used more toilet paper than a crew of high school football players rolling the house of a rival team’s quarterback. And he flooded the bathroom. And I still have to clean the mess, but the liquor stores aren’t open yet.

So yeah, that is the glamourous job 

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Showing vs. Telling

Excellent article with lots of examples! I know that this is a concept I still struggle with. Thanks to A Writer’s Path for posting it!

Happy writing, everyone!

A Writer's Path

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If there was one piece of writing advice I disliked most as a new writer, it certainly was “Show, don’t tell.” Initially, I had no idea what it meant. Self-help writing blogs often toss this phrase around without examples. I even had a critique done on my writing once, and the person critiquing said this phrase several times but offered no help on what showing actually meant.

Finally, I stumbled upon a quote that changed my outlook on writing forever.

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