What’s Going On

So a bunch of cool things is going on right now and I will just fill you in quick.

The first thing is that Dreamspinner Press has a BIG sale going on right now! In honor of ebook week, Dreamspinner Press is offering 20% off on all titles. Rush right over there.

In something fun for me, I have PAPERBACK copies of the anthologies Riding Double (with my story The Real Thing) and Never Say Never (with my story Secret Valentine).

There is something incredibly exciting about holding a book in your hands and knowing you are in it. That your story is right there, before you eyes. Thrilling experience! I recommend it highly.

And the anthology This is the Way the World Ends with my vampire story should be out soon – in paperback!

I recently submitted a story called How Can Love Be Wrong? to Dreamspinner for their 2011 Daily Dose “First Time for Everything.” I am proud of this story, more than you can know, and hope to tell you soon that they bought it! I wrote a version of this story years ago and loved it and never sold it and couldn’t figure out why. Dug it out and gave it a good honest read and SAW why! LOL! It needed work. To be fair to me, the biggest problem with the story was the word count contraint set forth by gay magazines. I had to leave so much out and focus on sex. Not what I like to do. That concept is why I stopped writing for a decade.

Well, now the story is over three times as long! I added over ten thousand words and WOW – I think it is much better. A pre-review said it was now a “Cracking good read,” which I think is a good thing. Aussie slang!

I am hard at work on a story about a Dude Ranch and I think it may very well be the best thing I’ve ever written. I will keep you informed as it progresses.

Next is that Desert Crossing is on Dreamspinner’s novella best selling list! *does the Snoopy Dance*

Not only that, but it got an amazing review over at Jessewave, just one of the best M/M review sites there is. Feliz had some great things to say that just had me so happy it was hard to believe. WONDERFUL! The reviewer knew point by point everything I wanted and needed to say in that story and it was incredibly rewarding to know that I must have said it or he wouldn’t have gotten it, right? *G*

Thank you Feliz!

You can read that review by clicking right here or this copy of the review by clicking here

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Riding Double On-Line Release Party Today!

So today Dreamspinner Press is having a release party for Riding Double, their newest anthology which includes my story “The Real Thing.”

It looks like it is going to be a lot of fun.

Various authors will post excerpts, thoughts, comments of how they wrote their stories, and more.

If I did it right, there will be at least four posts by moi!

So far it already is shaping up to look great.

Please check it out right here: http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/

And make comments! Let’s make this party rock!

(((HUGS))) and Namasté,
BG

The Real Thing

So I am utterly thrilled. Yesterday, around two o’clock in the afternoon, I sent off another story to Dreamspinner Press. The story—which is called The Real Thing—is a contemporary cowboy story written for their anthology, “Riding Double.” They described their wants thusly:

The romantic allure of the cowboy is unparalleled. These sweaty, dusty icons of the West, past and present, still melt hearts and speed pulses, whether the man’s wearing a ten-gallon hat, chaps and spurs, or nothing at all. We want to read about how love softens the most hardened country rider and how passion fires the most stoic ramrod’s blood. Give us romance with a Western flair, because in this anthology, these men will be riding double into the sunset.

They are just one publisher in three looking for such stories!

So I gave it a try and The Real Thing is a story I am quite proud of. I went and spent a day and a night on a real ranch which is owned by a gay couple I know. I learned a lot. Things I would never have expected.

Now the thing is, the deadline was a week ago, and they were willing to let me send it in late—what with my vacation to go see my Mom and the fact that now I am in the overtime from hell at work (12-hour labor intensive days). I come home each day utterly exhausted, so the story took me far, far longer to write than others its same length.

Then to my shock, at 11:35:24 last night, I am sitting at my computer and I get an email with a contract!

WOW. Less than twelve hours and I have a contract. First story of the year, nine stories in less than a year.

And it will be in print! There will be a real physical copy!

    Hi BG,

    I’m happy to say that I’d like to include your story, “The Real Thing,” in the Riding Double anthology, which is scheduled for release on February 18, 2011. Attached is a contract… …I hope to get an initial edited version of the story back to you in the next few weeks.

    Thanks again for your submission. I’m looking forward to working with you on Riding Double.

    Anne

Leap and the net will appear. Isn’t that what I say?

*sighs happily*

Thank you SO much to for her kick-ass editing and working late to get it done. (((HUGS)))

The anthology will be available around February 18th! I’ll keep you all in the loop!

Namasté,
BG Thomas