Early praise from Publisher’s Weekly for In the Distance:

“Romance fans looking for heat will want to get into the kitchen of the fictional Seattle bistro where 20-year-old Tyler Mitchell works.”

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The complete post can be found HERE on today’s PW website 🙂

In The Distance is coming June 15, 2015 from Carina Press.

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Tyler Mitchell has worked hard to rebuild his life after his family kicked him out. A culinary student and sous chef who spends his spare time volunteering with kids, he’s happy enough even though he has no time to consider a relationship.

Trevor Pratt is finally getting over losing the one person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, but it’s taken screwing every cute guy in Manhattan to get there. He’s vowed to repair the friendship he broke along the way, but that’s hard to do when his friend’s new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor turns on the charm.

Romance is a terrible idea. Trevor is ten years older and a relentless playboy. Tyler is still unsure of his place in the world. Neither of them is ready for life-changing love, but as things heat up, their chemistry in the bedroom might just take that decision out of their hands.

Don’t miss In the Raw and In the Fire, available now!

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Are you ready to Push Back?

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Hi everyone!

I’m proud and honored to be one of the many joining in the LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway.

You might be wondering what the LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway, so let me tell you.

It’s a way for us to give a something back to charities that give so much of their time, money and resources to help members of the LGBTQ community. I’m sure you have heard the story about the pizza parlor that received a million dollars in donations through GoFundMe for refusing to cater an LGBT wedding.

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While these people are prepared to throw millions at a pizza parlor in support of their beliefs, they could be supporting those who truly need help. How much food could those millions dollars have bought? How many beds? How many winter coats, shoes, blankets? How much could have gone to help the homeless, those who identify as LGBTQ and others?

According to New Avenues for Youth, a local organization, nationally 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

In a recent Family and Youth Services study of 656 youth in 11 cities they found:

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I live in Portland, Oregon, where homelessness is a huge issue for youth, and in particular, homeless LGBTQ youth. To me, it seems like giving millions to organizations that help care for people seems like a better use of money.

The In the Kitchen Series, which I’ve co-written with the lovely Eileen Griffin focuses on the very important topic of youth homelessness and in particular LGBTQ youth homeless so we’re both very passionate about the subject.

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Now on to more about Push Back!

AJ Rose has written a story to help us all gain a little perspective on this. Read the story HERE.

LGBT people make up less than 10% of the overall population, yet 40% of homeless kids in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ. Of them, 68% cited family rejection for the reason they were on the streets. Studies have repeatedly shown that homeless LGBT kids are more at risk of being attacked, robbed, and raped than their heterosexual counterparts, more likely to engage in prostitution or survival sex, more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol, and more likely to attempt or commit suicide. Despite this, less than 25% of homeless shelters cater for or specifically target LGBTQ kids, leaving them at the mercy of individual organizations who can pick and choose who they help and who they abandon on the streets. Laws such as Indiana’s SB 101 enshrine the legality of refusing service—including such basic assistance as food and shelter—to people specifically because they’re LGBT.

This isn’t about pizza. This is about creating a climate in which LGBTQ individuals feel isolated from and rejected by the rest of society. It’s about creating a climate in which parents feel justified for kicking their kids out on the street. It’s about cutting off any and all support networks which might otherwise be available to prevent kids from ending up on life’s scrapheap because of how they were born.

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Changing laws and attitudes takes time, and right now there are LGBTQ people in need who can’t afford to wait. The sooner we can help them, the better, and the more resources we have, the more help we can offer.

That’s why Eileen Griffin and I, along with 222 other authors, review bloggers, and publishers have got together to offer something wonderful: a reward for people who do a little bit to give back to charity. Instead of spending $5 on a book in the next two weeks, give that $5 to an LGBTQ charity of your choice, tell us about it in the comments, and go into the draw to win a book from one of our participating donors. And because it’s not all about money, if you can’t make a donation then please take a moment to share a charity’s links and tell us about that instead.

Three fundraisers have been set up to counter the hateful effects of Indiana’s SB 101. #Pizza4Equality is aiming to match the money raised by *that* pizza parlor, with all donations going to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. Another fundraiser is aiming to raise $100,000 for Indiana Youth Group. Finally, Planting Peace is trying to raise $100,000 to provide beds for homeless LGBT people.

Please consider giving to one of these deserving fundraisers, or any other LGBTQ charity anywhere in the world. We’re not telling you where you should donate your time and money, only asking that you do. The smallest things can make the biggest difference, and together, we can do something incredible.

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Meet the 224 authors, bloggers, and publishers…

The Charity Giveaway will run from the 18th of April until the 1st of May. You will be contacted by your paired up author/giver. Remember to PLEASE check your spam. Due to the high volume of donations it can take a few days to hear. Please be patient. Thank you ALL for giving. Thank you to all the 224 Givers in this charity giveaway.

It feels good to push back!

To enter the drawing and help support this cause, check out Diverse Reader’s Blog HERE.

Thanks for helping out with this incredible cause!

~Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin

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New from Kay Ellis and Wayward Ink Publishing: Young at Heart

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Title: Young at Heart

Author: Kay Ellis

Length: novella

Genre: LGBTQ, MM, romance, gay romance

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Synopsis

Devon Alexander is a wealthy successful businessman. The world is his oyster. In his work life he is decisive and in control.

His private life is another matter.

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There, he doesn’t know if he’s coming or going in his on-off relationship with Jesse Young, an unemployed aspiring model half his age.

Can Devon and Jesse overcome the obstacles and outside influences standing in their way? Can they leave behind their own fear and mistrust? Or will they be their own worst enemies?

Buy Links

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TE9XMRG

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TE9XMRG

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00TE9XMRG

WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/young-at-heart-by-kay-ellis/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/young-at-heart-kay-ellis/1121199078?ean=9781925222340

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-youngatheart-1751435-149.html

Giveaway

Prizes: 1 x $20 WIP Gift Card and 1 x ebook copy of Young at Heart

About the author

Kay Ellis lives in rural Oxfordshire in the UK, where she’s mum to two beautiful daughters. From an early age, she has written stories, with a sole readership of one – her mum, Sylvia. In 2013, someone suggested Kay enter a competition on national television to find a new ‘racey reads’ author. Much to Kay’s surprise, she made it to the final three, and although she didn’t win, the high praise received for her work gave her the confidence to start submitting to publishers.

When not writing, Kay enjoys reading, eating out and the theatre.

Social links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kay.ellis.79274

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KayEllisAuthor

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014

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Good morning!

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

To help bring a spotlight on issues that are important to the LGBTQ community I’m participating in the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia which you can visit here: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/

 

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Today I’m going to talk about why I choose to focus on writing LGBTQ relationships. It’s pretty simple:

Growing up, I was always an avid reader. I combed the shelves of the library for novels devouring everything I could in sight.

But when I first read a romance novel with a man and a woman embracing on the cover I was intrigued. And inside the pages? Holy hell, romance. From the beginning when the man and woman met, to the them getting hitched it was something I loved. But there was only one kind of cover to these books. A white man and a white woman embracing, usually blonde or brunette and the man usually had long flowing hair and a bare chest.

But what about everyone else? What about the short chunky girls like myself who liked to read about more than just a man and a woman falling in love? Where was the book for me with the characters I found sexy? Where were the half asian girls like me, the skinny pretty boys, the big beefy hairy men, the girls kissing, the boys hugging, the “other” that people seem to forget when writing mainstream romance?

Fast forward many years…I won’t say how many. Since the explosion of M/M romance and the growth of all types of pairings in romance from the rainbow of letters in the LGBTQ spectrum, I’ve found where I love to read and write: M/M romance. All types of love are beautiful to me, but that’s the genre I’ve found my home in.  Please join me during this hop in celebrating all the colors of the rainbow, all the shades of how people identify themselves and show the world that love…is love no matter the combination of letters involved.

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To celebrate the blog hop I’m offering a free ebook copy of any of my backlist titles to one winner and this drawing is open to international entrants.

Simply leave me a comment with your email and what you’d like to see more of in LGBTQ books right now. Pairings, tropes, story lines, etc. You can enter as many times as you want until the contest ends on May 27th. I’ll choose a random winner on May 28 so make sure you leave your email in your comment so I know who to contact regarding their prize.