GRNW Registration opens this Saturday + News!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarMark your calendars for those interested in attending the 2014 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference on September 20, 2014. Registration will open this Saturday, April 26, 2014!

(April 26 Edit! Aaaaand it’s open! Go forth and save your seat!)

How much is registration for GRNW 2014?

Early-bird tickets will be $17.50. That ticket price will go up to the final ticket price in August to $25.

What will happen at GRNW 2014?

GRNW 2014 will be a full day of events, starting in the morning of Saturday, September 20 with workshops, pitch sessions with publishers, and a reader meet-up with games and giveaways.

The main conference will start in the afternoon at 1pm with a keynote address and followed by three panel discussions on different aspects of the genre.

Like last year, after the conference we will have a book festival across the street at the Hotel Monaco. And following the book fest, there will be an after-party for more mingling and also short readings!

It will be a long, but very fun day. We hope you can join us! (And wear comfortable shoes!)

And like last year, we’ll have a free public reading event on the Friday night before the conference as well as more opportunities to meet with other attendees.

How big will GRNW 2014 be?

The main conference space at the Seattle Public Library fits 275 people, so that is our max.

Who is attending GRNW 2014????

Great question! Here are the more than 50 authors planning on attending!

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

 

Check out the GRNW Authors page for more info about all these wonderful writers!

mta-queerdetectiveIf there anything else going on beside the September conference??

OMG—tons! We have two events this month, more events next month, and more coming soon!

Please check our events page for more info about our upcoming Portland reader meeting on April 27, “The Queer Detective” reading event at the Seattle Public Library on April 30 with Nicole Kimberling, Lori L. Lake, and Lou Sylvre, an event on May 4 in Tacoma with Andrea Speed, the Lambda Literary finalists reading in Seattle with LC Chase on May 9, and more!

Geez, that’s a lot! What is up with GRNW? Are you guys bored?

GRNW is not so much one conference but more a regional movement to better connect local LGBTQ romance authors and readers to each other and to community resources and organizations.

There are so many great reasons why these wonderful books should have a higher profile within popular culture, and our role is to help shepherd these communities, events, readings, and convenings, so more readers can find these awesome works, and more writers can have their voices heard.

As always, GRNW is a completely volunteer-run initiative. Give us a shout-out if you would like to join the movement! We’d love to have you a part of these events! 😀

Spotlight on UK Meet 2014!

UKmeetSquare_zpsb289200bPart of our goal of GRNW is to highlight other LGBTQ romance events, since no matter where you are in the world, it’s wonderful to be able to gather together and celebrate the genre!

We asked the fine folks “across the pond” at UK Meet 2014 if they could share about their upcoming event that will be held this June. Check it out!

What is UK Meet?

We are a not for profit, professionally run event for the benefit of the community of GLBTQ writers and readers. UK Meet combines social elements where delegates can meet new people and try out new things, and discussion panels where delegates can learn things from key note speakers to help writing and reading successfully. UK Meet has links with all major publishers of the genre. We love the UK flavour of the Meet, but we enthusiastically welcome attendees from across the globe.

What are the plans for 2014 Meet?

UK-Meet-ukm-bag-225x300We have a packed programme this year, starting on the afternoon on Friday 6 June, when delegates can arrive and chat informally in the hotel bar. Friday evening entertainment is always popular as a way of breaking the ice with new delegates, and for some old hands to catch up on some gossip over food and drinks. We have booked the Mauretania bar, which is only 250 yards from the hotel, for an evening including tapas, a welcome drink and some unique cabaret acts too!

Saturday and Sunday have a variety of sessions including keynote speakers, panel discussions, smaller workshop-type sessions, and (back by popular demand) the Buffet of Banter. This consists of a room of twelve or so tables where delegates can discuss a variety of topics, and move freely between tables and discussions during the afternoon. There is a book fair where authors can sell their books, and readers can buy them, and maybe even ask for a photo with their favourite authors.

Saturday night’s entertainment is a smart casual three course meal in the hotel’s very swish Palm Court Restaurant. It also includes silly prizes and entertainment from the Songbirds Choir, an “exciting, grassroots choir established for lesbian, bi, trans & queer women in South Wales who love singing. Committed to diversity, good music and fun.:

What might be different from 2013?

This year we’re in Bristol. We move the UK Meet to different locations each year so delegates can sample different parts of the country. We’ve more panels, and different subject matter from last year, so delegates can attend every year and not be bored. And, for the first time, we’ll be holding a short, non-denominational act of worship on Sunday.

What are the aims for the event and the UK Meet as a whole?

  • With a British flavour, to raise the profile of English language GLBTQ fiction to readers around the world.
  • To facilitate peer to peer community support between readers, writers and bloggers of English language GLBTQ fiction.
  • To facilitate publishing of English language GLBTQ fiction around the world.

How has UK Meet changed over the years?

UK Meet started in 2010, with a dozen authors sitting in a room drinking tea, eating cake and chatting. The tea, cake and chat remain, but now the event is much bigger and broader. We have readers, bloggers, reviewers (and this year our first comic artist!). We have panels, sponsors, goodie bags full of stuff and many other things we now take for granted but which would have seemed a pipe dream four years ago. UK Meet is all about creating as many opportunities for delegates as we can – one of our catchphrases is “Opportunity, not obligation” – so we’ll carry on developing the event year on year.

Sounds fabulous!

For those interested, there are still a few spots available. Check out the UK Meet website for more info and to register.

And give a shout-out in the comments if you’re attending! We’d love to hear about it and what you’re excited about for the 2014 Meet!

Gaylaxy Quest this Friday in Seattle!

Gaylaxy QuestGay City, Queer Geek, and Gay Romance Northwest are partnering together for a special Gay City “Meet the Author” event with four Washington State writers who boldly explore star systems and fantasy realms while spotlighting LGBT main characters and relationships.

Join us on Friday, February 21 for Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world evening of readings by GRNW 2014 authors Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, and Samuel Jarius Pettit. From Lambda Literary-nominated fantasies to taut sci-fi thrillers to racy space romps, each author takes the reader on an exciting, imaginative journey.

The event will start at 7pm and will include readings, a Q&A with the authors, and a post-event reception. The event is free.

Pre-Reading Meet-Up!

For those who would like to meet before the reading, come join us at the cafe that’s connected to Gay City at 6pm! (Gay City is at 517 E. Pike Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.)

We’ll have a little sign that says GRNW for those looking for us at the cafe. Then we’ll head over to Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium for the reading at 7pm!

About the Authors

Astrid Amara is a Lambda Literary finalist for her fantasy epic The Archer’s Heart, and is known for both her contemporary and speculative romance works, including Policy of Lies, Water, and the urban fantasy anthology Irregulars.

Ginn Hale’s fantasy/steampunk novel Wicked Gentlemen was a Lambda Literary finalist and won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her other works include the 10-part fantasy epic The Rifter, the two-part fantasy series Lord of the White Hell, and a contributing story in the urban fantasy anthology Irregulars.

Laylah Hunter writes speculative fiction, often queer, often erotic, often concerned with power dynamics, and sometimes all of those things at once. Hunter’s work includes stories in the fantasy anthologies All Wrapped Up and Masks Off Too!

Samuel Jarius Pettit is the author of the sci-fi novel Aklesh. Along with his writing, Pettit has appeared with Seattle Opera, Barrington Stage Company & VT. He teaches at Studio East in Kirkland and has worked regionally as choreographer and director of many stage productions, including Legally Blonde, Oliver, and Pirates of Penzance.

Rainbow Valentine this Thursday in Seattle!

Feb13_Box2This Thursday, February 13 at 7pm, come join Gay Romance Northwest as we celebrate love stories at Seattle’s University Book Store!

At Rainbow Valentine: A Celebration of LGBT Romance Fiction, GRNW 2014 authors Daisy Harris, M.J. O’Shea, Rick R. Reed, and Sheri Lewis Wohl will all read from their work.

This reading event is open to the public and free! The reading will be held on the second floor of the book store. Come join us! 😀

Pre-Reading Meet-Up!

For those who would like to meet before the reading, come join us at the bar/restaurant Flowers (4247 University Way NE) at 6pm where we’ll be chilling before the event.

Everyone will start to head over to the University Book Store at around 6:45. (The U Book Store is just one block from Flowers, at 4326 University Way NE.)

About the Authors

Daisy Harris is a retired party girl and science fiction enthusiast who spends most of her time writing sexy romance and plotting the fall of Western civilization. She is the author of multiple gay romance novels including From the Ashes, After the Rain, and the Men of Holsum College series.

M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade. When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, and reading great authors. She has written multiple gay romance novels, including One Small Thing, Catch My Breath, and Coming Home.

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery, and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories and is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner for his novels Caregiver, Orientation, and The Blue Moon Café, and a 2013 Rainbow Award winner for his novel Raining Men.

Sheri Lewis Wohl grew up in northeast Washington State and though she always thought she’d move away, never has.  Despite traveling throughout the United States, Sheri always finds her way back home.  And so she lives, plays, and writes amidst mountains, evergreens, and abundant wildlife. She is the author of multiple lesbian paranormal romance novels, including Crimson Vengeance, Burgundy Betrayal, and Scarlet Revenge.

Join the event on Facebook or visit our events page to learn more about this reading and more upcoming GRNW events! 😀

Upcoming GRNW Events!

We have a great line-up of upcoming events that we wanted to share (and we hope you can join us!)

Feb13_BoxThursday, Feb. 13 – Rainbow Valentine (University Book Store)

On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7pm, we’ll be hosting at Seattle’s University Book Store the special reading event “Rainbow Valentine” that celebrates LGBT romance fiction, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

GRNW 2014 authors Daisy Harris, M.J. O’Shea, Rick R. Reed, and Sheri Lewis Wohl will all be reading from their work, and following the readings there will be an author Q&A.

The event is public and free. Come celebrate love stories with us!

Visit the University Book Store to learn more.

Gaylaxy QuestFriday, Feb. 21 – Gaylaxy Quest (Gay City)

Gay City, Queer Geek, and GRNW are joining together (like Voltron!) to host the reading event “Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction” on Friday, February 21 at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium at 7pm.

This event will feature readings by GRNW 2014 authors Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, and Samuel Jarius Pettit, and should be an awesome evening of queer speculative fiction.

Following the readings, there will be an author Q&A and also an after party in the auditorium featuring free snacks and drinks. Books by the authors will also be on sale.

This event Is free and open to the public. We hope you can come!

Visit Gay City’s site for more info.

More Upcoming Events!

March 2014 – We’ll be holding our next Seattle LGBT Romance Reader Group meeting in March, most likely the weekend of March 8-9, to coincide with the Gay City LGBT Library book sale. Stay tuned for more info!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Seattle Public Library, Gay City, and GRNW are partnering together to present a special reading event at SPL’s Central Branch that spotlights LGBT mysteries and suspense!

The event will feature readings by GRNW 2014 authors Nicole Kimberling, Lori L. Lake, and Lou Sylvre, and will also include a Q&A following the readings.

This event will be free and open to the public. More information coming soon! 😀

We’re SUPER excited about these upcoming events and the chance to spread more awareness of LGBT genre fiction and its many awesome local authors. We hope you can come join us and be part of the celebration!