The Great, Big #BSoP Facebook Giveaway!

Facebook Raffle

From October 1st to October 7th, head over to my Facebook page where every day, I’ll be posting images, links, videos, and extras related to my upcoming release Banished Sons of Poseidon. Like, comment, or share something on that page, and you’ll create a virtual ticket stub to be churned around in my virtual raffle drum. You can also enter, if I may be so bold as to recommend, by suggesting to your friends that they like my page!

The raffle prize is the winner’s choice of The Seventh Pleiade or an advance copy of Banished Sons of Poseidon, which hits stores October 14th. The winner will be chosen 12:00 AM EST October 9th.

Come over to like my page and make my day! :)

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LGBT Queens Book Night!!

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I’ll be out and about for a reading event this month. Tim Fredrick of Newtown Literary Journal was nice enough to invite me to participate in LGBT Queens Book Night. The event features four Queens-based authors who have new releases in 2015.

Here’s some information about the line-up.

Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series, The Seventh Pleiade and its forthcoming follow-up Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as a social worker and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has been a contributing writer at The Good Men Project, YA Highway, Reading Teen, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga, and Layers of Thought among other media. Andrew lives in New York City with his partner Genaro and their cat Chloë.

Shelley Ettinger is a longtime activist in the LGBTQ movement, and in anti-racist, anti-war and union struggles. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in many literary journals, including *Nimrod*, *Stone Canoe*, *Mississippi Review*, *Cream City Review*, *Blithe House Quarterly*, and *Lodestar Quarterly*. *Library Journal *called her recently published first novel, *Vera’s Will*, “powerful, superbly written,” and “a breathtaking achievement.”

Tim Fredrick is a short story writer and author of the collection We Regret to Inform You: Stories. His stories have been published in Burningword, Pif Magazine, Wilde Magazine, Em Dash Literary Magazine, and Circa. He is also the founding editor of Newtown Literary, a semiannual literary journal focused on publishing the work of writers from and living in Queens, NY.

Rigoberto González is the author 17 books and the recipient of numerous awards including Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark and the recipient of the 2015 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle.

Host: Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000), a mixed genre collection of poems, short prose, and performance texts on young women’s sexuality and rage, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (Aunt Lute Books, 2008) a memoir about the influence of her Armenian family’s history on her coming-of-age. Me as her again was honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize. Nancy has an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Queens College, where she was awarded for excellence in teaching in 2012, and in the Writing Program at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. In 2012, she founded Heightening Stories, a series of community-based writing workshops for the personally brave and socially conscious, online and in Jackson Heights, Queens.

The reading will take place at Queens Pride House, a local LGBT community center with programs for teenagers who are coming out, which I think is especially cool. I’ll be reading from Banished Sons of Poseidon and signing copies.

Check out the Facebook event page and join by clicking here.


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FLAME CON and the Freaky, Fantastical Four

FLAME CONIt’s been a little while since I’ve been on-the-road peddling my writerly wares, and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be out with pride at the inaugural FLAME CON.

Presented by Geeks Out, FLAME CON is a one-day expo representing: “all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom.” There was some buzz about this first-ever east coast con at last year’s BENT CON in Los Angeles. Based on the programming they put together — an impressive list of of artists and writers including young adult authors David Levithan and Sara Farizan — it should be a great event.

And it’s taking place at the famously kitschy Grand Prospect Hall…

Gotta love homespun commercials for catering halls. I don’t think there’s anyone in New York City who hasn’t tried an impersonation of that last line. :)

I’ll be at an exhibitor booth as part of the Freaky, Fantastical Four. Haven’t heard of us? I imagine you are not alone. We are four gay authors who have joined forces to represent queer genre fiction.  The FLAME CON website is preventing me from lassoing our banner over here, but you can scroll down the exhibitors page to see us in our noirish glory.

Separately, we are speculative fiction author Tom Cardamone, horror/erotica author Daniel W. Kelly, and mystery author David Swatling. I’m standing in for fantasy and young adult fiction.

Together, we are Freaky and Fantastical.

So come on out to Brooklyn on June 13th. Tickets are a mere 20 bucks. Get your autographed copy of Werecat: The Trilogy or The Seventh Pleiade. Take a selfie with a Danaerys Targaryen impersonator (I predict there will be a few). :)

Geeks Out Presents FLAME CON




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#HAHABT: Some thoughts on activism past and present, and writing diverse portrayals

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[Edited 5/25: Thanks so much for visiting my blog during the Hop! My giveaway has ended and the winner is: H.B.! Check your e-mail. :)]

The Hop Against Homophobia and Bi- and Transphobia is on!

I’m taking part by writing a short blog post and sharing the list of participating writers/bloggers who you should visit. Each of us hosts a giveaway. Drop a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win my recent release Werecat: The Trilogy.

#HAHABT is a weeklong event (May 17th – May 24th) created by writers to join forces for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I’ve been participating since I found out about it in 2013.

A writer-led campaign to advance social justice for LGBTs? Yes, please!

I caught the social justice bug at student protests against Cornell University’s investments in Apartheid-era South Africa. I remember the rush of my first demonstration. As individuals, we had no influence on the university’s financial practices, let alone the situation in South Africa. Together, we were strong and filled with belief.

I joined Take Back the Night marches to eliminate violence against women. In the early 90s, I demonstrated to protest the first Gulf War. When I came out as gay, I marched to protest gay-bashings, religious condemnation, and government inaction on the AIDS crisis.

Activism has changed in the digital age. We take to Twitter, Facebook and online petitions instead of taking it to the steps of City Hall or stopping traffic on Main Street. An important, recent exception is the “Black Spring” to protest police brutality, which has called for traditional strategies of civil disobedience. But generally we communicate and organize in different ways.

I miss the real-life camaraderie and the homespun feel of old school social action. One of my fondest memories is when a group of friends was so energized to counter-protest a “pro-life” group targeting Planned Parenthood that we had an all-night party painting signs, talking politics, and of course tossing back a sizeable quantity of beer.

But a good case can made that technology has made activism more effective. Taking for instance the reaction to the state of Indiana’s regressive legislation to sanction religious bigotry, social media can be a powerful platform for change. The flood of memes (#boycottindiana) with personal testimonials on Facebook and Twitter created a tidal wave of social pressure. That nationwide phenomenon had impact on corporations and elected officials that I don’t believe would have happened through local demonstrations alone.

As a fantasy author, I don’t very often write explicitly about homophobia or transphobia in a modern context. I do think a lot about how fairly I portray sexuality, gender and “race.” One of my current manuscripts features a lesbian character for example who happens to look physically male and to express herself in a “masculine” way, and I puzzled for some time about what that would say to readers since she is the only lesbian in the story.

We need more diverse portrayals of LGBTs in books. I don’t claim to be the authority on how to do that well in every instance though my gut feeling is that it’s a good thing when writers question what we write and ask people who are representative of the characters we’re writing about for feedback.

I’ll stop there and look forward to your comments. Feel free to fill your red, plastic Dixie cup from my virtual keg while you’re here. Leave your e-mail address if you would like to enter a drawing for an e-copy of my latest book Werecat: The Trilogy. I will pick a winner through on May 25th 12:00 AM EST.

And don’t forget to click below to check out some of the 100+ writers/bloggers who are participating in #HAHABT this year:

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Werecat: The Trilogy Giveaway at LibraryThing!

WerecatTrilogyFinalRETAILCover700x1066pRGB96dpiFrom March 24th through April 7th, members of LibraryThing can enter to win an autographed copy of Werecat: The Trilogy.

Do you know about LibraryThing? It’s an online reader community similar to Goodreads where you can organize your virtual bookshelf, chat about your favorite authors and titles, and join groups with reading challenges and group reads. LibraryThing also has a Member Giveaway program that allows you to participate in raffles for new and recent releases provided by publishers and authors.

I have suggested that the winner kindly post an honest rating/review of Werecat: The Trilogy on the site and places like Amazon and Goodreads. Of course, that’s not necessary to enter or to win, but it helps tremendously to spread the word about the book.

LibraryThing members can enter my giveaway here.

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Werecat Promo Tour

Since Werecat: The Trilogy came out in November, I’ve organized a blog hop of sorts. I wanted to share that there are lots of opportunities to win yourself a freebie as I celebrate this milestone in the series.

First, closing out December 21st, you can enter to win a giveaway of the first installment of the saga The Rearing at Paranormal Cravings #WeresEvent2014.

Just yesterday, the awesome folks at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews ran a feature on the series and they have a rafflecopter drawing December 18th – 20th for The Rearing as well.

I put together a Goodreads giveaway of an autographed copy of The Trilogy that will run December 22nd – 24th. It’s open to readers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and many other places around the globe.

You can enter it here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Werecat by Andrew J. Peters


by Andrew J. Peters

Giveaway ends December 24, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Finally, you can snag a copy at The Novel Approach on December 27th when they are doing a feature on the series.

Best of luck. And if you have already bought a copy, you could make this author one happy boy by posting your honest review/rating of the book at Amazon, Goodreads or anywhere you talk about books. :)

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