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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!

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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!

Release Day!!!

My story Heaven is finally out from MLR!!

Buy links below:

http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=CJAHEAVN

http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-ebook/dp/B00D97A9U2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370672032&sr=1-1

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-heaven-1219017-149.html

You can also buy Vol. 1 of the whole set of Mixed Tape stories together:

http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=MT1_0000

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html

OhmiGod!! Did I really wear that?

So if it’s not obvious yet by my theme this week, Heaven, which I wrote for MLR’s Mixed Tape anthology takes place in the 80’s. The only real rule for the submission call was to write a romantic story around an 80’s song–otherwise it could conceivably be about anything or take place anywhere. But I was an 80’s girl and the story of two best friends growing up in the 80’s just took flight before I could even write one word down.

So I thought it would be fun this week to tease the book with some 80’s flashback posts (well flashbacks for those of us old enough to remember the 80’s) .  Today I thought we’d discuss Fashion.

Now, every decade has it’s own (good or bad) style trends that we may look back on with fond memories or we may burn every piece of clothing and every picture from that era. The 80’s though were definitely distinctive. The picture below is sampling of some style trends from back in the day.

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Look familiar to anyone? I would love to say that picture was 25 years old, but I actually took that picture while shopping at a Kohl’s two weeks ago.  Yep, some of the 80’s trends are creeping back in. The striped jacket I could live with, but the patterned pants? Really? Did someone really think that was a good idea again? I think I did actually own a couple pairs of patterned jeans back in high school (when I was a skinny little thing) but I am too old (and a few pounds heavier) to do them again.

Other fashions of the times I remember sporting:
I had a huge fluorescent pink sweatshirt, leg warmers, long baggy blouses that I belted. I remember fingerless lace gloves and a wristful of bracelets ala Madonna, and a black fedora ala John Taylor from Duran Duran, *sighs dreamily* 🙂

I know there was more but I think I’ve blocked them from memory. So  now that I’ve come clean, what about the rest of you? What  “totally awesome” duds did you wear in the 80’s?

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We were both excited to finally be starting high school. And underneath, secretly a little scared but we didn’t talk about that. We were cool, we were awesome, we were now in high school.

The first morning I was still in my bedroom getting my stuff together, when Joey rapped on my window, then shoved the sill up and jumped on in. I think my mouth dropped open for like five minutes. He was still wearing his signature two-different colored shoes, but the rest of him was completely new to me. He was wearing a gray suit jacket that was at least a size too big for him, with the sleeves rolled up to his elbow, a red and white wide-striped t-shirt underneath and his jeans were rolled up to just above his ankle, showing off his one red shoe and one yellow shoe. Casey had taken Joey thrift-store shopping last weekend and when he got back Joey was bouncing off the walls with all the “cool” things he said he’d found and for dirt-cheap. I just hadn’t seen any of the things he’d bought yet. I was personally a little weirded out by the thought of wearing some stranger’s rejects, no matter how many times you washed them.

The real topper to the whole ensemble though, was the hair. He’d been letting it grow this summer, and it was just long enough in the front to hang down into his eyes, with the back creeping down his neck, almost to the top of his shoulders. It was kind of well, messy was the best word to describe it. But the big thing was, he had bleached his bright red hair platinum blond with a couple of red streaks in the front.

“How awesome do I look?” He did a little twirl, ending with his hands on his hips.

“Wha—what did you do to your hair?”

He just shrugged. “The red was too boring.”

I pointed. “But you added red to your hair…that was already red.”

“Not the same at all. This is Passion Red.” He tugged on the red strands of hair.

“And…blond?”

“Isn’t it bitchin’? Same shade as Nick Rhodes hair!”

It’s 80’s Week!

I came across this YouTube video and thought it would be the perfect way to start off the theme for release week.

 

Your high school years will be some of the best years
of your life—yeah right. Anthony_Front_Cover_72Try some of the worst.

Best friends since they were five, Joey Whitcomb–a Freak—and Brian Davis—a Brain—just want to survive the landmine of their 80’s high school years. Upheaval begins when Brian gets elevated unwittingly to boyfriend of the Queen of the Popular clique. But when Brian (with a little help from Bryan Adams) comes to an epiphany about his true feelings for his best friend does he risk ruining their friendship for a little piece of Heaven?

Here I Go…

*testing, testing *

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*clears throat *

 

Welcome to my blog! And my first blog post. Not sure how good I’ll be at this, I’m not a naturally chatty person.

My first-ever published novella is coming out soon, it is called Heaven, with MLR Press. Got the cover and the release date recently, so thing are getting finalized and it comes out soon—June 7! Super excited! I’ll unveil more about it in an another post.

I finished my story for the M/M Goodreads Group’s Love Has No Boundaries summer  event. Warning upfront: it’s very angsty, lots of sad stuff happening, but I did enjoy writing it and I hope the prompter, Lynn, likes it. I’ll make another entry about it too., including some pics and songs that inspired me.

I wrote both stories back to back in a short amount of time, and I’m so glad they’re both completed and done. I’m going to ease back a bit on the writing now, at least for the summer, get some other things done, catch up on my reading. I will still write this summer, just not with any pressure demands.  They don’t call them the lazy days of summer for nothing, after all. 🙂

Please stay tuned though. I will be posting some interesting and fun stuff leading up to my story releases.

 

Photo credit: M. Keefe   http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkeefe/