Help Support Bent-con and Come out for the Festivities

I made a pledge to Bent-con’s Kickstarter campaign. Can you?

Bent-con is a really important organization that supports the creative community and its fans. From the organizers:

BENT-CON is the premiere convention that celebrates and recognizes LGBTQ (and Allies) contributions to pop-culture and geekdom. BENT-CON is committed creating a space where EVERYONE is safe to share and express their particular brand of creativity and fandom proud and out loud!

Here’s their Kickstarter video:


This year’s convention, November 7th – 9th in Burbank, California, will be its fifth annual. As a non-profit venture, the event relies on contributions from the community to promote and advertise, which in return benefits the artists, writers and fans who participate.

I went to my first convention last year. Beyond the wonder of discovering a vibrant segment of the LGBT community (I had tweeted: I have died and gone to gay geek heaven), I was really impressed by the range of programs and the plentiful interaction between convention guests and fans.

This year, in addition to being part of Bold Strokes Books exhibition booth, I will be leading one panel “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Atlantis” and speaking in another “Gay Wizards and Lesbian Sorceresses”. Be sure to say hello if you have a chance to stop by.

And if you haven’t done so, please consider making a contribution to Bent-con’s Kickstarter.

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“Why I Write” series at The Good Men Project

Author Dixie Gillaspie (Just Blow it Up: Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life) is asking writers the simple question: Why do you write? over at The Good Men Project.

The responses have been varied as you might expect coming from a diverse array of writers. They have also been very personal and candid. Christine Benvenuto chose to write about her divorce in order to reclaim her life. Christian Clifton writes for connection and self-improvement. Michael Kasdan writes to better understand the world around him.

My contribution to the project came out just this past weekend: To Create Fiction That Tells it Like it Really Is. (Well, at least according to me!).

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10 Books About Gay Men Written by Gay Men

This is not a top ten list. It’s something I decided to do in celebration of LGBT Pride month.

The title might sound odd. There are lots of books about gay men so why single out the ones that were written by gay men?

I did it because I believe that there is something important about being out and proud within and beyond the author arena. It’s about self-respect, standing up for the right to be who you are, and showing other people that it’s possible to live life openly and freely.

Gay authors don’t just write books about gay men, of course. But when we do write books about gay men, I also believe there is something special about that. It’s a passing down of shared life experiences. It’s a particular point-of-view or some would say sensibility.

Anyway, these are a few of my favorite books under that theme, and they are in no particular order. I acknowledge fully that I’m missing a boatload of great books

The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket by John Weir  The Burning Plain by Michael NavaLight by Nathan Burgoine Just As I Am by E. Lynn Harris Sleeping Angel by Greg Herren

We The Animals by Justin Torres

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter CameronThe Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Hero by Perry MooreA Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

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Head Over to the LGBT Event

The LGBT Event at Scorching Book Reviews

 

All this month, Scorching Book Reviews is featuring LGBT/M/M romance authors through their LGBT Event.

I’m delighted to be featured today to talk about my Werecat series and being a gay author. I also put together a fun quiz to test how much readers know about cats. Click over there, take the quiz, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for The Rearing, Werecat: Book One.

If you like that book, you can continue reading the series with The Glaring, Werecat: Book Two. :)

My thanks to Nix at Scorching Book Reviews for this opportunity.

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Join Me Next Month at Talking Leaves Books

Talking Leaves Books

I’m super excited to be heading back to my hometown Buffalo to do a reading event for The Seventh Pleiade at Talking Leaves Books.

The event is Saturday, May 17th 3:00PM at Talking Leaves Main Street store (3158 Main Street). Join me for a reading and a discussion, and of course bring a copy of the book or buy one at the store for a signing. :)

The event is also posted here on Goodreads if you would like to RSVP to attend.

Talking Leaves Books is Buffalo’s oldest independent book store, and this event is really special to me since I spent a lot of time there in high school and during visits back home. Many thanks to owner and founder Jonathon Welch for hosting the event! I’m so glad that the stores are thriving while so many brick-and-mortar booksellers have disappeared over the years.

Here is the flyer:

AndrewJPetersatTalkingLeaves

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