GRNW 2015 Registration is now OPEN!

GRNW_300x300AvatarCall us fashionably late (or just call us late!), but attendee registration for the third annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up is now OPEN!!! For those wanting to register and save your seat for this year’s conference, please visit our Brown Paper Tickets site!

What’s the scoop about this year’s GRNW?

We got lots to share!

We’re back at the Seattle Public Library!

We love our local library, and they sure do like being invaded by LGBTQ romance fans! We’ll be taking over SPL’s Central Branch once again to hold our main conference programming there, both in the auditorium and in the conference rooms on the fourth floor.

The conference programming will be from 9am-4pm, with a break from 12pm-1pm for attendees to go grab lunch.

We’re keeping that awesomely low early-bird rate!

Registration prices are staying the same this year! That’s right–you can buy a pass at the early-bird rate of just $17.50! (And this includes a pass to the main conference, your swag bag, and access to all those giveaways!)

The early-bird rate ends on August 31. After that, tickets go up to $25.

Panel Programming Created by YOU!

2015 is our first year with panel submissions, and we’re excited to reveal later this summer all the great panels that you contributed! From celebrating heroism to chatting about kink to exploring which publishing path to take, there will be a wide variety of programming to enjoy!

Lots of Returning and New Authors!

GRNW 2015 has a growing list of authors joining the event this year, including con alums Ginn Hale, Radclyffe, and Jordan Castillo Price, and lots of new authors like JK Pendragon, Ethan Day, and Jill Malone. Check out the growing list on our author’s page!

The Return of Character Type Love Match!

Did you attend the GRNW 2014 Reader Meet-Up last year? Then you might have played our first game of Character Type Love Match, a hilarious and interactive game where YOU, yes, YOU vote for the BEST couple.

In 2014, attendees voted for the couple Soldier + Tattoo Artist. (May they forever have their HEA!)

Now who will win 2015??? Will it be your favorite character type? Come and see! (And vote!)

The Book Fair!

Once again, GRNW will be back at the Hotel Monaco for the 2015 GRNW Book Festival, featuring LGBTQ romance authors from around the country, and TONS of free swag! The Book Fest will be held from 4pm-6pm after the main conference and will be free for the public to attend.

OMG! Free Books!

At GRNW 2014, publishers and authors donated HUNDREDS of free books to give away during the main conference at the library, and we look forward to unleashing all the new books for this year! (As well as some cool new giveaways, like a Kindle!)

The Epic After Party – Banned! Books in Drag!

BannedFINALLY! We’re excited to announce GRNW’s partnership with the Seattle Public Library, who is hosting on the evening of September 26 the amazing performance event Banned! Books in Drag 2015! This is a multi-performer event celebrating all that is awesome about drag and banned books. (How could we not join in???)

Banned! Books in Drag will be GRNW 2015’s official After Party, and we will be busing attendees who wish to join to the nightclub Neighbours to participate in this free performance event. It’s going to be Epic!

That’s the news so far, but there will be MORE to come! If you’re curious about our developing schedule, check out our schedule page, and if you’re ready to register, please visit our ticket site.

Questions? Or have any favorite character types to suggest before the conference? Let us know in the comments!

Join us in Portland on February 14 for the Queer Valentine author event!

AnotherReadThroughSave the Date for Valentine’s Day, 2015!

GRNW will be holding our first Oregon LGBTQ romance author reading event on February 14 in Portland at the bookstore Another Read Through. Along with the reading event, we’ll also be holding our next Portland LGBTQ romance readers meet-up that day, which is always a great time to chat about your favorite books with other readers and authors.:D

Come celebrate LGBTQ love stories with readings by five amazing local LGBTQ romance authors!

  • Talya Andor, author of A Cut Above the Rest and Signal to Noise
  • Lori L. Lake, author of Eight Dates, Like Lovers Do, and Gun Shy
  • Cait Spivey, author of I See the Web and A Single Thread
  • Ethan Stone, author of In the Flesh and Wolf Moon
  • Anne Tenino, author of Frat Boy and Toppy and Sweet Young Thang

Event Schedule

  • 12pm-1:15pm: Portland Reader Lunch Meet-Up (Mac!, next to the bookstore, located at 3936 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227.)
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Reading Event at Another Read Through! (3932 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227)Books will be for sale at the reading event, so it’s an excellent time to pick up a copy and get it signed by one of the attending authors!
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm+: Post-Event Reader Meet-Up (Location pending, near the bookstore)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Talya Andor lives in the Pacific Northwest with her girlfriend and their girl-kitty who they believe to be cutest cat in the world, and is constantly balancing a busy slate of boylove stories to write with her day job, hobbies to upkeep, and nail polishes to collect. She has been writing fiction since elementary school and progressed to guy on guy erotica during college, honing her chops on fan fiction until original fiction lured her with its siren call. She loves writing and reading, routinely geeks out over gaming and movies, and watches far too many cooking shows. You can find Talya at her WordPress blog, http://dreaminginfinity.wordpress.com/ and twitter @TalyaAndor.

Lori L. Lake is the author of ten published novels (so far) and two books of short stories and the editor of two anthologies. She’s known for her enjoyment of teaching and for sharing writing resources with both aspiring and published writers. Her 2013 mystery, Jump the Gun, recently won a Rainbow Award. She received the Ann Bannon Award for Snow Moon Rising, Golden Crown Goldies for Buyer’s Remorse and Snow Moon Rising, and was honored with the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award. Her work has been a Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category. She loves to hear from readers. Her website: www.LoriLLake.com.

Cait Spivey is a Portland-based freelance editor and author of paranormal romance (I See the Web) and mystery (A Single Thread). She has a penchant for fantasy, horror, and diverse representation, preferably at the same time. When she’s not writing, she’s planning her next tattoo.

Ethan Stone has always loved to write and one point thought journalism was his dream career. He eventually accepted that writing because he had to was nowhere near as much fun doing it because he wanted to.

Stories starring gay men have always been in his head, but he thought they would always be relegated to erotica websites.  And then he discovered the wonderful world of M/M publishing. Visit Ethan’s website.

Anne Tenino: Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework. Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her website.

We hope you can join us this Valentine’s Day in Portland! ❤

Come Meet Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt on December 5 at Gay City in Seattle!

mta-voinov-wittThis Friday, December 5, come celebrate two of the most dynamic and daring duos of queer fiction, Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt, at Gay City’s latest Meet the Author event!

Witt and Voinov—Lambda Literary finalists, Rainbow Award winners, and possibly secret superheroes–have co-written ten works together, as well as authored enough books on their own to overwhelm a library shelf, from historical fiction to contemporary romance, cyberpunk sci-fi to sexy BDSM club erotica. If you can imagine the genre, Voinov & Witt have conquered it, written it, and are working on the sequel as you read this.

They won a 2014 EPIC ebook award for their short fiction Quid Pro Quo, were 2013 Lambda Literary finalists for their novel Capture & Surrender, and won the 2013 Rainbow Award for the novels If it Flies and If it Fornicates.

This event starts at 7pm at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium, and is free and open the public!

Meet the Authors: Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt is cohosted by Gay City and Gay Romance Northwest.

Join this event on Facebook! Or visit Gay City to learn more!

??????????????Pre-Reading Meet-Up!

Come join us at the cafe at Gay City for a pre-reading meet-up starting from 5:30pm this Friday!

Just look for the table with the GRNW sign! 😀

About the Authors

VoinovWittAleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a writing coach, complementary therapist and freelance corporate editor. At 39 years of age, Voinov has written more than a dozen novels and commercially published five print books with German publishers. After many years working in the horror, science fiction, cyberpunk and fantasy genres, Voinov is now primarily writing contemporary and historical erotic gay fiction.

L.A. Witt is an abnormal gay romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky.

This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha. Gallagher’s latest novel is the lesbian suspense Razor Wire.

Guardians of the Gaylaxy take over the Seattle Public Library on Nov. 17!

GuardiansOfTheGaylaxy_BannerJoin GRNW, Gay City, and the Seattle Public Library on Monday, November 17 as we present a free public reading event highlighting local LGBTQ science fiction and fantasy authors. Authors reading include: Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, Langley Hyde, and Nicole Kimberling.

It’s going to be an out-of-this-world evening of storytelling and discussion! We hope you will join us!

The event starts at 7pm! We hope to see you there!

Visit the Seattle Public Library to learn more!

RSVP on Facebook!

Pre-Reading Meet-Up at Vovito!

For those that want to meet prior to the reading, GRNW will be hanging out at the Vovito cafe across from the library from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Just look for the table with the GRNW sign! 😀

About the Authors:

Astrid Amara, author of the Lambda Literary-nominated fantasy The Archers Heart, and the new fantasy novel set during the Crimean War, The Devil’s Lancer.

Ginn Hale, is a Lambda Literary nominee and Spectrum Award winner for her fantasy/steampunk novel Wicked Gentlemen, and author of the new novel Champion of the Scarlet Wolf.

Laylah Hunter’s first novel, the fantasy Gabriel’s City, releases November 2014. Laylah is also the author of short fiction, including “Safe Harbor.”

Langley Hyde, is a Clarion Writer’s Workshop graduate whose first steampunk fantasy novel Highfell Grimoires was released spring 2014.

Nicole Kimberling, winner of the Lambda Literary award for her speculative fiction novel Turnskin and founder and editor of the LGBTQ speculative fiction press Blind Eye Books.

Help create the 2015 GRNW Program! 2015 Panel Submissions now open!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarIt’s official! the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library!

And like for 2014, we will also have some activities on the evening before, but the plan is for once again to have the main activities on Saturday.

Submit a Panel for GRNW 2015!

For our third conference and for the first time, we are opening up panel submissions! We would love for authors and attendees to help co-create the programming for next year.

  • Do you have a great idea for a panel?
  • Do you know others who could speak on that topic?
  • Do you share our interest in promoting voices from across the LGBTQ romance writing spectrum?

Then check out our 2015 Panel Submission Guidelines for info on what we’re looking for in a panel and how to apply!

Setting up an event is actually pretty easy! What’s difficult is setting up the foundation for interesting and thoughtful discussions on LGBTQ romance, and we’d appreciate YOUR help!

2014 was a great conference, but we hope 2015 will be even better, and we’d love for you to be a part of creating that program.

Together, we can celebrate the awesomeness of LGBTQ romance and the many writers and readers who love it! 😀

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Celebrating Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy at GeekGirlCon 2014 and the next Seattle Reader Meet-Up

We have lots of cool activities going on this weekend here in Seattle. We hope you will come join us!

Next Seattle LGBTQ Romance Reader Group Meeting!

We’ll be having the next LGBTQ Romance Reader Group Meeting at 12pm at the Kaladi Brothers Café at Gay City in Seattle at 517 E Pike Street. (Just look for the GRNW table.) It’s always a fun and relaxed time to talk with other readers about everyone’s fave books and current reads. Come join in!

And curious about our meet-up groups? Come by our GoodReads group to learn more about our activities in Seattle and Portland!

Queer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Panel at GeekGirlCon at Oct. 12!ggc13_logo_375x74

This weekend is GeekGirlCon 2014, an awesome event celebrating the many facets and fantastic features that make up female geekdom, including workshops, panels, and more!

On Sunday, Oct. 12, come join us at GGC at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle for the panel “Gaylaxy Quest: Exploring Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction.” This panel will feature six awesome Northwest queer sci-fi and fantasy authors, and is co-hosted by GRNW, Gay City, and Queer Geek.

The panel will start at 2pm and will be in RM303. (See the rest of GGC’s schedule for this weekend.)

About the Panelists

Astrid Amara, author of the Lambda Literary nominated fantasy The Archers Heart, and the new fantasy novel set during the Crimean War, The Devil’s Lancer.

Amber Dawn, Lambda Literary winner for her speculative fiction novel Sub Rosa.

Ginn Hale, Lambda Literary nominee and Spectrum Award winner for her fantasy/steampunk novel Wicked Gentlemen, and the new fantasy novel Champion of the Scarlet Wolf.

J. Tullos Hennig, author of the novels Greenwode and Shirewode, and winner of the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best B/T & LGBT Fantasy, Paranormal Romance & Sci-fi / Futuristic.

Langley Hyde, a Clarion Writer’s Workshop graduate whose first steampunk fantasy novel Highfell Grimoires was released spring 2014

Nicole Kimberling, winner of the Lambda Literary award for her speculate fiction novel Turnskin and founder and editor of the LGBTQ speculative fiction press Blind Eye Books.

We hope to see you there!

Other cool GGC panels

There is a lot of cool programming at this year’s GeekGirlCon, including programming focusing on LGBTQ issues and diversity. Some of these panels include:

  • Double Others (Oct. 11, 12pm)
  • 21st Century Boys: Slash in the Mainstream (Oct. 11, 3pm)
  • Queerbaiting in Genre Television: Representation or Exploitation? (Oct. 11, 4pm)
  • Is the Seme always Taller? (Oct. 11, 5pm
  • Fanfiction: Sharing, Creating, and the Law (Oct. 11, 6pm)
  • Diversity in Young Adult Fiction (Oct. 12, 10am)
  • Gaylaxy Quest: Exploring Queer Fantasy and Science Fiction (Oct. 12, 2pm)

And much much more! See their full schedule for all the awesomeness happening this weekend

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend for our Saturday Reader Meet-Up at Gay City and for the Gaylaxy Quest panel on Sunday at GGC! 😀

GRNW 2014 Wrap-Up and What’s Next??

GRNW_SignWow! It’s been a week since everyone joined us at the Seattle Public Library on Sept. 20 for the 2nd annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference, but it doesn’t feel that long since we’ve gotten a chance to meet with so many amazing readers, writers, publishers, and fans of LGBTQ romance!

We wanted to say THANK YOU again to everyone who joined us for the event. Whether you were local to Seattle, or you were driving across county or state lines (or country borders, for our Canadian attendees!), we were so happy you were a part of the event, and helping make it a truly awesome day.

With 200 attendees, 8 publishers, and over 50 LGBTQ romance authors at the event, 2014 was definitely bigger than 2013. Programming-wise, it was a full day of writer discussions, panels, pitch sessions, a keynote address, and a boisterous reader meet-up with hundreds of free books and a super-fun game of Character Type Love Match. (We are DEFINITELY playing that again!) And then also the post-conference book festival at the Hotel Monaco (OMG, so much swag!), and the after party at the Rendezvous Bar that featured 10 awesome readings by attending authors. What a day!

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors, Speakers, and Special Guests

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors, Speakers, and Special Guests

And a big THANK YOU to all the publishers and authors who donated hundreds of free books to give away to readers. That was one of our favorite moments about the event—seeing readers go up to the free book table and see that yes, they really can have all these great books!

UBookstore1And we were happy once again to co-host a reading event the night before at the University Book Store, and it was thrilling to see the huge crowd of people that attended. Thank you for coming out and celebrating LGBTQ romance with us! It’s because people come to events that helps show places like bookstores and libraries that MORE events should be happening to highlight these books and their amazing authors.

Write with Pride Keynote Address

Keynote_4For this year’s keynote, we asked five attending writers if they would share a short message with attendees, one that they’d write if they had the chance to send it to their past or future self. The messages were beautiful, funny, bittersweet, inspiring, and honest, and we’re happy to share all of them here.

Unfortunately, Rose Christo had to cancel her Seattle trip a few days before the event due to unforeseen circumstances, but she shared with us her keynote message, and we were grateful to read it at the conference, alongside participating authors E.E. Ottoman, Jordan Castillo Price, Radclyffe, and Rick R. Reed.

A Message from Rose Christo

A Message from E.E. Ottoman

A Message from Jordan Castillo Price

A Message from Radclyffe

A Message from Rick R. Reed

Thank you to all the authors for sharing these messages with us. And our hope is to share more of these “Write with Pride” message as part of GRNW in the future.

GRNW 2014 Call to Action

CalltoActionLike in 2013, this year we also emphasized a call to action, or more simply, a call to “asking”. As we discussed in our conference remarks and in Lambda Literary recently, so much of what we’ve accomplished this year has been because we asked or advocated for things, whether it was asking Jeff Bezos at Amazon to add Gay Romance and Lesbian Romance to their main Romance storefront page, by asking a library to purchase a book, by asking a bookstore to hold a reading, or by asking attendees to come to an event.

We are at a point in our evolution as a genre that we still have to intentionally ask for inclusion, representation, and visibility. Some are happy to oblige our requests and very much see the need to do so, while others do not feel the same. But no matter how discouraging those dismissals are, whether they are based on literary elitism (aka anti-genre fiction) or anti-LGBTQ rhetoric (or both), we still have to keep trying and asking (or demanding) if we think it’s valuable to publicly celebrate these books, authors, and readers, and demonstrate why LGBTQ love stories are an important and necessary part of popular culture and public narrative.

If you also enjoy celebrating these books and authors publicly, and shining a light on how awesome they are, we welcome you to join us in all this asking. It could be asking Jeff Bezos to include LGBTQ books in Amazon email recommendations (something that now is mysteriously absent, even if you purchase many LGBTQ books…) Or it’s something like asking for your local library to add LGBTQ books to their collections. All of these requests have power and can have real, long-term impact.

GRNW Writer Session, "Writing Diverse Characters - What to look for and what to ask?"

GRNW Writer Session, “Writing Diverse Characters – What to look for and what to ask?”

Gay City LGBT Library Book Drive – Thank you!

GayCityBookDriveAnd THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our 2nd annual book drive for the nonprofit Gay City LGBT Library! This year, donors gave over 220 books to the library, which is amazing! (171 books JUST on Saturday, Sept. 20!) Thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions are helping expand free community collections of LGBTQ romance books!

Seattle Library Collections!

Speaking of expanding library collections, in September, the Seattle Public Library system also add more than 100 new LGBTQ romance books to their collection, including books by many of the 2014 Attending Authors.

For those who are part of the SPL library system, you can now find (and borrow!) books by these authors!

Lynda Aicher, Talya Andor, David-Matthew Barnes, Laura Baumbach, Jay Bell, Jove Belle, Heidi Belleau, Diana Copland, Megan Derr, Charley Descoteaux, Kim Fielding, LE Franks, Stormy Glenn, Amelia Gormley, Cat Grant, Dena Hankins, Daisy Harris, David Holly, Amber Kell, Morticia Knight, Emma Lanner, Pearl Love, Sasha Miller, E.E. Ottoman, Alex Powell, Jordan Castillo Price, Radclyffe, Rick R. Reed, Devon Rhodes, Jeffrey Ricker, Andrea Speed, Ethan Stone, Anne Tenino, Karis Walsh, and L.A. Witt!

Panel_3GRNW Wrap-Up Posts

Looking for more about GRNW 2014? Check out these great wrap-up posts!

GRNW and Beyond by Talya Andor

It’s called Karma by Kim Fielding

Home again, Home again… by Cat Grant

GRNW was Amazing! Can’t wait for 2015! by Morticia Knight

Back from the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 by E.E. Ottoman

Gay Romance Northwest 2014 by Alex Powell

The Awesomeness of Seattle by Jordan Castillo Price

Finding Happily Ever After in Seattle by Jeffrey Ricker

Have we missed a post? Let us know!

Panel_1_1GRNW 2014 Secret Stories revealed!

For the second year of our Secret Stories event on GoodReads, authors contributed short fiction, but posted them anonymously. And then two days before the conference, we revealed their names!

Three Goats by Megan Derr (2,800 words, fantasy)

Three Wishes by Kim Fielding (5,900 words, fantasy)

Floating in Space by Dena Hankins (1,200 words, sci-fi, explicit content)

Batkyn Brinks by David Holly (3,700 words, historical, explicit content.)

The Darkling’s Kiss by Charlie Richards (4,700 words, fantasy, explicit content)

Sailing the Seas of Stars by Andrea Speed (979 words, sci-fi)

For those who read the stories before, were you able to guess who wrote what???

And THANK YOU to all the authors who participated this year! The Secret Stories event is always a great way to share writings with readers! 😀

GRNW 2014 DropBox of Stories

To continue the theme of free stories, GRNW 2014 attending authors have also contributed stories to our DropBox, all free to download!

And thanks to authors Heidi Belleau, Megan Derr, Charley Descoteaux, Kim Fielding, Lauren Gallagher (otherwise known as L.A. Witt), Amelia Gormley, Laylah Hunter, Jeffrey Ricker, Andrea Speed, and Riptide Publishing for these stories to share!

GRNW 2014 Dropbox

GRNW 2015!

We’re pondering dates for GRNW 2015! What we know now is that it will be back at the Seattle Public Library in September 2015. We’ll let you know once a date is finalized.

What we do know for next year:

  • In order to remain affordable and accessible to attendees, GRNW will be a short event, a day or day-and-a-half at most.
  • We’re going to take panel submissions for 2015, and will release panel submission guidelines later this fall.
  • After panels are submitted and finalized, we will open up attending author slots. This is planned for late 2014.

If you are interested in submitting a panel discussion, you can start pondering now. We recommend looking at our programming and writer sessions for this year to get an idea of what kinds of content we cover. For us, a lot of our mission is to promote dialogue around LGBTQ romance fiction, so we recommend panels that focus on that.

Also, one of our priorities is representing voices from diverse backgrounds and across the queer romance writing spectrum, so panels that reflect that priority will be what we are most looking for.

We will be releasing the panel submission request in mid-October 2014, with a due date of late November 2014.

What’s next for GRNW?

Even though the big event for the year is done, we still have loads of activities coming!

Oct. 11-12, 2014GRNW at GeekGirlCon!

ggc13_logo_375x74Join us at GeekGirlCon 2014! GRNW, Gay City, and Queer Geek have partnered together on the panel “Gaylaxy Quest: Exploring Queer Sci-fi and Fantasy Fiction” that will be held at 2pm on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Seattle Convention Center.

Authors participating on the panel are: Astrid Amara, Amber Dawn, Ginn Hale, J. Tullos Hennig, Langley Hyde, and Nicole Kimberling.

GeekGirlCon is always a great time, especially for fans of geek culture. Come join us!

Nov. 17, 2014 – Guardians of the Gaylaxy Reading Event

Library_outsideGRNW, Gay City, and the Seattle Public Library are partnering together on a free reading event to highlight queer sci-fi and fantasy fiction at SPL’s Central Branch!

The reading will start at 7pm and will be in the Microsoft Auditorium. Featured authors will be Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, Langley Hyde, and Nicole Kimbelring.

December 5, 2014 – Presenting Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt!

??????????????Join GRNW and Gay City for this free event with LGBTQ romance authors Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt for an evening of readings, Q&A, and book signings! The event will be at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium at 7pm.

And more events to come, including our first Portland reading event on Feb. 14, 2015!

We hope you will join us at our upcoming events and reader meet-ups and at GRNW 2015!

THANK YOU!

Thank you again for being a part of this journey with us in helping spread the love about LGBTQ romance stories. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you, and we look forward to seeing how much further we can go, together.

Onward!

GRNW 2014 Panels, Pitch Sessions, and other news!

GRNW authors Heidi Belleau, Kade Boehme, Ginn Hale, Rick R. Reed, and Andrea Speed

Heidi Belleau, Kade Boehme, Ginn Hale, Rick R. Reed, and Andrea Speed at GRNW 2013.

GRNW just announced the afternoon panels for the 2014 Meet-Up, including panels on writing LGBTQ romance, getting the view from the publisher’s perspective, and a discussion on how the genre is changing and expanding.

We have an amazing crew of panelists sharing their thoughts and expertise for these afternoon sessions. We hope you will come join us!

See the 2014 Programming Schedule

Announcing the 2014 Pitch Sessions!

For the first time, GRNW will be hosting pitch sessions so that authors can have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with publishers.

Seven LGBTQ publishers will be listening to pitches: Bold Strokes Books, Decadent Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, eXstasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, and MLR Press.

All pitch sessions must be arranged ahead of time by appointment.

To learn more or make an appointment, visit our Pitch Sessions page.

Early-Bird Rate ends on August 1!

If you haven’t bought your GRNW pass yet, now is a good time! That awesome early-bird rate of $17.50 ends on August 1. (After that, it goes up to $25.) Save your seat now at that amazing price!

Visit our Brown Paper Ticket site to purchase your pass.

GRNW 2014 Authors

Our official GRNW Attending Author group is now closed, but we’ve had a few additions before closing. Check out the full list of attending writers below or visit our 2014 Authors page to read more about them.

  • Lynda Aicher
  • Astrid Amara
  • Talya Andor
  • Eric Andrews-Katz
  • Cate Ashwood
  • David-Matthew Barnes
  • Laura Baumbach
  • Jove Belle
  • Heidi Belleau
  • Angela Benedetti
  • Kade Boehme
  • L.C. Chase
  • Rose Christo
  • Diana Copland
  • Adrianna Dane
  • DP Denman
  • Megan Derr
  • Charley Descoteaux
  • Kim Fielding
  • LE Franks
  • Stormy Glenn
  • Amelia C. Gormley
  • Cat Grant
  • Ginn Hale
  • Dena Hankins
  • Daisy Harris
  • J. Tullos Hennig
  • David Holly
  • Laylah Hunter
  • Amber Kell
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • Morticia Knight
  • Lori L. Lake
  • Emma Lanner
  • Pearl Love
  • Belinda McBride
  • Kate McLachlan
  • Sasha L. Miller
  • M.J. O’Shea
  • E.E. Ottoman
  • Samuel Jarius Pettit
  • Alex Powell
  • Jordan Castillo Price
  • Radclyffe
  • Blak Rayne
  • Rick R. Reed
  • Devon Rhodes
  • Charlie Richards
  • Jeffrey Ricker
  • EJ Russell
  • Tara Spears
  • Andrea Speed
  • Draven St. James
  • Ethan Stone
  • Lou Sylvre
  • Anne Tenino
  • Jay Vaughn
  • Karis Walsh
  • Sheri Lewis Wohl

 

We look forward to seeing you in September! 😀

June 8 – Come to Old Growth’s Anniversary Party (and help support GRNW!)

Anniversary_Avatar-300x300Join us this Sunday, June 8 in celebrating Gay Romance Northwest’s hosting organization, Old Growth Northwest, for their first year of programming! Old Growth will be holding the event at the Vermillion Art Gallery in Capitol Hill from 4-7pm.

The event will include:

  • Featured readings and presentations from the literary programs of Old Growth Northwest, including a presentation on Gay Romance Northwest and readings by GRNW 2014 authors Laylah Hunter and Andrea Speed.
  • Short presentations about Old Growth’s programming, including updates on what to expect at GRNW 2014!!
  • A Writing On The Wall installation
  • A raffle event to fundraise for the upcoming year
  • Dessert and appetizers

Raffle:

  • Help support future Old Growth Northwest programming by purchasing raffle tickets (five for $3) at the Anniversary Party! There are tons of cool prizes to win1

Book Drive:

  • In support of Old Growth’s partner, University Beyond Bars, Old Growth will be holding a book drive for students of their prison workshops. Books will be donated to the University Beyond Bars library for use by all students at Monroe Correctional Complex.
  • Please bring books from home or from Old Growth’s Wish List to the Anniversary Party.
  • Each book will earn you five raffle tickets!

It should be a FABULOUS time, and a great opportunity to show your love and help support future GRNW programming throughout the year. (GRNW is a volunteer-run initiative, so funds raised go directly to programming.)

Visit Old Growth Northwest to learn more or purchase tickets for the party!

We hope you can join us! 😀

June 5 – Love with Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ Romance Fiction

June5_14_Box2Reading Event with Nick DiMartino, Daisy Harris, J. Tullos Hennig, and Laylah Hunter

7:00pm – University Book Store (University District Location)

Come celebrate Pride month and LGBTQ love stories as GRNW presents a special reading event with four northwest writers—Nick DiMartino, Daisy Harris, J. Tullos Hennig, and Laylah Hunter. Whether they explore romance in the modern day or medieval times, each author shines a spotlight on LGBTQ relationships and the universality of love.

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jove Belle and Kade Boehme are no longer able to attend this reading.)

The reading will be at 7pm at the University Book Store in Seattle! We hope you can join us!

Pre-Event Meet-up! For those interested, we’ll be meeting at the restaurant Flowers on the corner of 43rd and University Way starting from 5:30pm. Just look for the GRNW table!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Nick DiMartino has had over twenty plays in full-run productions across the United States. He’s been the campus book-buyer for the University Book Store at the University of Washington for over forty years, hosts two book clubs, and reviews international fiction online for Shelf Awareness. His books include: Student Union, The Devil in Love, Joseph Golem, Women Who Can’t Stop Talking, Love in the American Empire, Pineapple Moon, Changes, Dude, Ghost Novels, Christmas Ghost Story, University Ghost Story, Seattle Ghost Story, Memoirs, Mars versus Maple School, and Throw Me Among My Own

Daisy Harris lives in Seattle in a house full of dogs and children. When she’s not writing gay romance, she can be found experimenting with new ways to cook kale. Every once in a while, she goes out to pay homage to the party of gods of her youth—and maybe to find a little trouble. She is the author of multiple gay romance novels including From the Ashes, After the Rain, Nothing but Smoke, and the Men of Holsum College series.

J Tullos Hennig has had varied professions over a lifetime—artist, dancer, teacher, equestrian—but has never successfully managed to not be a writer. J Tullos is blessed with an understanding spouse, kids, and grandkids, and is alternately plagued and blessed with a small herd of horses and a geriatric collie…. Hennig’s works include the novels Greenwode and Shirewode. Greenwode was a 2013 Rainbow Award winner for Best B/T & LGBT Fantasy, Paranormal Romance & Sci-fi / Futuristic.

Laylah Hunter writes speculative fiction, often queer, often erotic, often concerned with power dynamics, and sometimes all of those things at once. Hunter’s mild-mannered alter ego has a day job in one of the driest and stuffiest corners of the publishing industry, a video game habit, and two cats who consistently fail their aloofness checks. Hunter writes best on rainy days and is powered mostly by lattes, which made moving to Seattle a wise career choice.

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Hope to see you there! 😀