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New Book Release! Runaway Rock Star

I’m extremely late in making a post about my new book. Have had a lot of life stuff going on lately, but thankfully things are calming down a bit.

RunawayRockStarFS_v1Anyway, my latest book, Runaway Rock Star, came out last week (May 10), and it is a part of the States of Love series from Dreamspinner Press. A little background on the series for those who may not know what it is, the States of Love series is a series with one book about each state in the United States, all written by different authors.

My book is based in Ohio. Now I know a lot of people hear “Ohio” and think “boring” or “what the heck’s in Ohio?” And I admit at first I was like, um…what could I write about Ohio?

See, I have lived in Ohio all my life. Specifically, north central Ohio. So I am well acquainted with my state and what it looks and feels like. And so I was definitely like, gee, what’s exciting in Ohio? I think when you live in a place for so long you take it for granted and you often tend to focus on the negative after a while. All the things your city or state doesn’t have. “The grass is always greener” somewhere else.

In the short process (because the story came to me pretty quickly) of trying to decide what I could write about, I realized there are actually a lot of cool things about my state.

I think our most fun advantage is our size. In less than a day’s drive, you can drive from the northern most point to the southern most point. Or from the eastern border to the western border. Now, I know there are other states that can probably claim the same thing. But what we have within our borders makes us pretty unique I think, because we have a little bit of everything. We have cities and museums and theaters and any kind of big city culture you could want. Drive just a half-hour from any of our cities and you can experience small towns and farms and rural life. We have beautiful state parks to hike in the summer and fall, and snow mountain trails to ski in the winter. And all within a short drive of wherever you may live in the state. I actually wish I could have included more places in the story but the timeline of their trip limited my options.

And so my idea of basing the story around a road trip was born. In one extended Labor Day weekend, from a Thursday through Sunday, my two characters, Lucas Black and Brandon Harris make their way from Cleveland to Cincinnati–with some interesting detours along the way.

I did a blog tour that still has a few stops on it this upcoming week. I’m doing a giveaway of a $20 GC to the ebook retailer of the winner’s choice along with some Ohio-related items in a prize pack. Check out the blog links below to enter and also to read more about Ohio and the book:

Buy links:

Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

 

Blog tour links:

May 10 My Fiction NookRunawayRockStar_Blog TourGraphic

May 11 Love Bytes Reviews

May 12 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

May 15 Open Skye Book Reviews

May 17 The Novel Approach

May 18 Boy Meets Boy Reviews

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Win a copy of Heaven at the Novel Approach!

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Merry Christmas!

I completely suck and have had no time this week to pimp this, but there is still time to enter to win a free e-copy of Heaven. Just go to the link below, leave a comment on the Novel Approach post before Mon. the 23rd and you will be entered.

http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/2013/12/17/cj-anthony-wants-to-give-you-a-free-ticket-to-heaven/

I posted an interview with my boys from Heaven (Joey and Brian and Brian’s Uncles)…well it’s sort of an interview. It’s a fun snippet and gives a great hint of the story and the characters. So go check it out. If you like it, enter to win!

Free Giveaway for Pride Weekend!

June has been a busy month! Along with the release of my first published book, Heaven, I have also been excitedly preparing for my first Pride event! If any of you are going to Columbus pride on Sat. June 22nd, stop by our author booth and say hi and grab some free goodies!

Before Heaven was released I posted a few fun and frivolous posts about the fashion and music of the 80’s, so if you are a first-time visitor to my blog go back and check them out–there are some short excerpts from the book posted as well. For the most part Heaven is a light-hearted story about two best friends—Joey and Brian—coming of age and falling in love in the 80’s.

But along with the frivolous flashbacks of the music and fashion from that era in the story, there is also woven throughout some real glimpses of gay life in the 80’s, and I thought those would be some good parts to discuss during Pride week.

For Joey, we get to see him figure out pretty early on that he is not like the other boys who are all into which girls are hot and which ones they can get to first base with, etc. And there are small scenes of how (living in a small Iowa town) he has to hide that he’s gay from the kids at school, etc. who already think he’s a freak.

Brian and Joey, of course could also NEVER go to their prom, it wouldn’t have even been considered in those days. So it is so enlightening to see the hear the story of the teen couple in New York, Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan, who got voted by their peers as Cutest Couple. They not only got their picture in their yearbook, but they also got to go to their prom together. (a friend sent me this video interview the boys did on their prom night and they are just adorable and inspiring. Sure this kind of thing isn’t happening in every high school in America and there are still way too many kids getting harassed and bullied for being gay—but it’s wonderful to see that some strides have been made in the last twenty-five years.

Cutest Couple goes to Prom

Now, as much as I love Joey and Brian . . . the two men who ended up stealing my heart were the Uncles. They kept speaking up and sneaking into scenes and being all adorable together.  However, they also had an important role to Joey and Brian not just as parental figures, but also as gay men. Joey, especially, turns to them when he begins to realize he is gay.

And throughout the story, we do get to find out a little bit about how life has been for them, trying to live together as a gay couple in the midwest, getting strange looks out in public, etc.

Again, though there are still strides to make, things have thankfully come a long way since the 80’s.

This weekend to celebrate Pride, I am giving away a copy of Heaven! Just leave a comment (and make sure your email is attached) on this post before midnight Sun., June 23 to be entered!