Something Utterly Amazing Happened to Me Tonight…A Fan Letter That Has Moved Me to Tears

Something Utterly Amazing Happened to Me Tonight…

…I am just stunned and there are tears on my face. You hear about this happening to writers, but I never thought it would happen to me. A letter from a fan…

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Dear Mr. Thomas,

Ken Kimberling, here, and I just finished the aforementioned book, AAIASOR. The timing of this particular read is heaven sent. I have been writing for years, but have yet to finish a single work, thinking of it as a waste of time and pure folly.

At 57, I have been out for over two decades to everyone except my sweet, wonderful, but devoutly religious, deep-dipped, fundamentalist Charismatic Christian mother, who has cast out the demon of homosexuality for hundreds of parishioners since I was 15.

I have stayed silent for more than a decade at the behest of my baby sister, with whom I’ve shared a home these past 23 years. Until September 9, 2013, the night of said sister’s 50th birthday. Great timing on my part, huh?

Nonetheless, I am free at last. The elephant in the room has cast a pall in my life that I could no longer live with. Until I could use my real name, I could not seriously consider penning anything that expressed what I want to say.

Then along came AAIASOR. What a roadmap for such a novice as me?! Thank you for the inspiration! I started over Sunday morning. Just one sentence, but Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and All The Saints! I can be authentic for the first time in almost six decades.

I just needed to say thank you. You have no idea what you have done for me. I’m a designer in Arkansas, and pretty damned good, if I do say so myself. But I am a wordsmith at heart. You have given me hope, and I will be forever in your debt.

Deepest Regards,
Ken Kimberling

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I will never be the same,
Namasté,
BG Thomas

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Today is the Day I Leave for GayRomLit!

Today is the Day! GayRomLit!

So today is the day I head off to Albuquerque, NM for GayRomLit. Four hundred writers, editors, publishers and readers of gay romance all in one place.

If you check the site you will see there is a hell of a list of attendees. Unfortunately, I am not on the list because I waited too long to sign up, but I know it is going to be a wonderful and important weekend.

Just look at this list of events: Continue reading

This is It! Today is the Day!!

This is It! Today is the Day!!

Hello to all my friends, dear, near and far.

Today is the day. Today is the release of my very first novel, “All Alone in a Sea of Romance.”

And what a fun book it was to write. Lot of research to make all the publishing details correct… and lots more where I had to get drunk with my gay friends and queen it up so that I go Tommy right. That was so rough. HATED IT! (not!) And if you are wondering, Tommy is the love interest.

Here is the blurb for my book:

I’m Jude Parks, writer of gay romances. Even though I’m good at what I do, the irony is that I haven’t exactly been lucky in love. My friend Jeannie says it’s because I settle for Mr. Right Now instead of holding out for Mr. Forever. I say I’d rather regret what I have done than what I haven’t.

I only came to Romantic Voyages, the biggest romance convention in the country, for business. Yet in no time I got mixed up with a gorgeous cover model, weeping artists, drag queens, and crazy housewives—and became the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Well, they say any press is good press.

Maybe I should’ve stayed home. But then I never would’ve met Tommy Smith, the craziest, most outrageous, silly, sexy man I’ve ever known—a man who makes me wonder if it may be worth holding out for Mr. Forever. A man who might turn my rotten luck around. But only if we survive the weekend and I clear my name….

This book is pretty important to me, obviously. I’ve sold seventeen stories since I started writing two and a half years ago, but this is my baby. And it’s in paperback! That’s right! Not only e-book format, downloadable to your computer or e-reader, but also something you can hold in your very own hands (and get me to autograph!).

I hope you will check it out, give it a read, and let me know what you think.

Much love to my constant readers and new ones as well.

Love again,
Namaste,
BG Thomas

Find the e-book here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3257
Find the paperback here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3258

Cover For “All Alone in a Sea of Romance” Has Been Released!

Cover For “All Alone in a Sea of Romance” Has Been Released!

So it came today and it is by the wondrous and sweet Paul Richmond. I am so happy.

A week or so ago he sent me four covers and we tweaked and narrowed them down and then over the holiday weekend (while I was camping) three covers arrived and we narrowed and tweaked and this is it!

Paul was so kind to make a few little changes and I have something I am very happy with.

Not only are the colors just gorgeous and eye-catching, but I got to pick out the cover model! I found someone perfect and they used him!

So he actually looks like how I imagined him to be, or awfully damned close!

I could not be happier!

And here is the final (at last) blurb for my novel (to be released in October)…

I’m Jude Parks, writer of gay romances. Even though I’m good at what I do, the irony is that I haven’t exactly been lucky in love. My friend Jeannie says it’s because I settle for Mr. Right Now instead of holding out for Mr. Forever. I say I’d rather regret what I have done than what I haven’t.

I only came to Romantic Voyages, the biggest romance convention in the country, for business. Yet in no time I got mixed up with a gorgeous cover model, weeping artists, drag queens, and crazy housewives—and became the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Well, they say any press is good press.

Maybe I should’ve stayed home. But then I never would’ve met Tommy Smith, the craziest, most outrageous, silly, sexy man I’ve ever known—a man who makes me wonder if it may be worth holding out for Mr. Forever. A man who might turn my rotten luck around. But only if we survive the weekend and I clear my name….

Happy Day!

Namaste,
BG

OMG!!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!! I DID IT!!!! I DID IT!!!! I DID IT!!!!

OMG!!!! I DID IT!!!!

Everyone! I sold my first novel! Just got the contract moments ago!

OMG!!

I have sold my first novel, “All Alone in a Sea of Romance!”

OMG! I am laughing and crying at the same time. I’ve read about this. I’ve written about this. And now it has happened to me!

Thank you all for your love and support!

HUGS,
Namasté
Ben