Magic & Mayhem

MAndMThe Magic & Mayhem anthology is going out of print!

With the RWP tenure ending, we’ll be taking down the Magic & Mayhem anthology, but we are making it available for free for a limited time. You can grab your digital copy from Smashwords. We will take it down on Sunday, February 4.

Why is Magic & Mayhem going out-of-print?

The purpose of the anthology was raise funds for the Read with Pride Northwest initiative. With RWP now closing after five years, there’s no more reason to host a charity anthology. It was a truly wonderful project which not only shared amazing stories, but also raised revenue to support the RWP conference, and allowed us to provide a free conference experience to attendees.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who purchased the anthology and to everyone who contributed to making it happen. Thank you!

Why can’t the anthology just be made free to download permanently?

Great question. The reason why we don’t make it free permanently is to respect the work of the contributoring authors, each who signed a contract to share their work with the anthology for the purpose of raising funds for RWP.

We are making it available for free for one week after our announcement about it going out of print. We understand how disappointing it can be as a reader when a book goes out of print and is no longer available, so for a limited time, it will be accessible for free, and after that, we will remove it from Smashwords. Thank you for understanding.

For those interested, many of the contributed non-fiction essays are also available on this site as they were past conference keynotes.

What is Magic & Mayhem about?

Everyone deserves to see themselves in stories, to see themselves get a happy ending. For the past few years, Gay Romance Northwest (GRNW) has helped to see those stories reach more of the LGBTQ community, and gain traction in libraries and beyond.

Furthering that goal is this collection of new fiction and essays, including information on how to get LGBT books in libraries, letters from authors sharing their personal reflections on writing, essays about why positive and happy queer books are so important, and short stories about tattooists, soldiers, mages, and cyborgs that span the LGBTQ spectrum and show that love has no bounds.

This anthology includes never-before-published short stories by Josh Lanyon, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Ginn Hale, Megan Derr, Dev Bentham, Alex Powell, EJ Russell and Austin Chant. Contributed essays include works by Radclyffe, Rick R. Reed, Jordan Castillo Price, Rose Christo, and EE Ottoman.

Magic & Mayhem Anthology Contents

STORIES:

“Broken Art,” by Dev Bentham
“Caroline’s Heart,” by Austin Chant
“Demonica,” by Megan Derr
“The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus,” by Ginn Hale
“Fade to Black,” by Josh Lanyon
“Charmed By Chance,” by Alex Powell
“Sun, Moon, and Stars,” by E.J. Russell
“Slack Tide,” by Karelia Stetz-Waters

ESSAYS:

“Romance for the Rest of Us,” by Jessica Blat
“Sad Queer Characters and the Revolution of Joy,” by Austin Chant
“Dear Rose,” by Rose Christo
“How to Get LGBT Romance Books Into Libraries” by Marlene Harris
“So What is “Character-Type Love Match” Anyway?” by Nicole Kimberling
“My Road to Romance,” by Susan Lee
“To My Future Self,” by EE Ottoman
“What I’ve Learned,” by Jordan Castillo Price
“Dear Len,” by Radclyffe
“A Letter to My Former Self,” by Rick R. Reed
“Five Things We Learned Running A Queer Romance Event (and the One Thing We Still Need to Do)” by Tracy Timmons-Gray

Our Deep Gratitude

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this book a reality, from Nicole, Sam, and Amanda for leading the charge, to all the wonderful contributors for providing their stories and essays, to all the GRNW attendees who played Character Type Love Match and inspired this volume, and…

To all you readers for reading! Thank you!

The GRNW Anthology Magic & Mayhem now up for Pre-Order!!

MAndMSeats are moving for the upcoming 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up (come grab your free pass!), but in between all this registration madness, we’re delighted to announce that GRNW’s first charity anthology MAGIC & MAYHEM is now up for pre-order!

Set to release on September 6, 2016, MAGIC & MAYHEM is an anthology that is a mix of both fiction and nonfiction. The anthology will feature 8 new stories by a group of amazing LGBTQ romance authors. Along with these stories, the anthology will feature the past keynotes from GRNW 2013-2015, as well as some new essays.

Want to Pre-Order?

Come find M&M on Amazon and Smashwords!

Who is part of MAGIC & MAYHEM? Check out the list below!

MAGIC & MAYHEM

STORIES:

“Broken Art,” by Dev Bentham
“Caroline’s Heart,” by Austin Chant
“Demonica,” by Megan Derr
“The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus,” by Ginn Hale
“Fade to Black,” by Josh Lanyon
“Charmed By Chance,” by Alex Powell
“Sun, Moon, and Stars,” by E.J. Russell
“Slack Tide,” by Karelia Stetz-Waters

ESSAYS:

“Romance for the Rest of Us,” by Jessica Blat
“Sad Queer Characters and the Revolution of Joy,” by Austin Chant
“Dear Rose,” by Rose Christo
“How to Get LGBT Romance Books Into Libraries” by Marlene Harris
“So What is “Character-Type Love Match” Anyway?” by Nicole Kimberling
“My Road to Romance,” by Susan Lee
“To My Future Self,” by E.E. Ottoman
“What I’ve Learned,” by Jordan Castillo Price
“Dear Len,” by Radclyffe
“A Letter to My Former Self,” by Rick R. Reed
“Five Things We Learned Running A Queer Romance Event (and the One Thing We Still Need to Do)” by Tracy Timmons-Gray

Proceeds from the anthology will go to support future GRNW programming, like the GRNW Meet-Up conference and more free public reading events and resources for LGBTQ romance readers, authors, and publishers.\

Pre-Order now: Amazon and Smashwords!

GRNW 2016 Registration Now Open! (And it’s Free!)

GRNW_ButtonAvatar2016Registration for the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up that will held at the Seattle Central Library on September 24, 2016 is now open!

And what’s the big change this year? Registration is free!

What do you mean “free”? We mean it costs zero dollars!

Whoa!!!! Yeah, we know!!!

Wait…does this mean I should still register if it’s free? Yes! You need to register. Even if it’s free, we still have limited seating at the Seattle Public Library and will have an attendee cap.

Okay. I have to register still even if it’s free. Got it. But what’s the schedule? Who’s attending?

Great questions! We’ll be announcing panels and attending authors later this month, but for your planning purposes, here is the general schedule.

GRNW 2016 Schedule – September 24, 2016

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Registration, Attendee Meet & Greet, and free swag (Microsoft Auditorium)

Come grab your seat and your nametag/swag bag, and like in previous years, we’ll have some free books out for grabs. (First come, first serve.)

12:00pm – 6:00pm – GRNW 2016 Bookfest (4th Floor, Room 1)

Throughout the conference, the bookfest will be open, including a table hosted by the Portland bookstore Another Read Through that will be selling books by attending authors. Come check it out!

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Opening Plenary Session (Microsoft Auditorium)

Opening session and Keynote for GRNW 2016

2:00pm – 3:00pm – GRNW 2016 Panels (1st Floor and 4th Floor)

Join one of the concurrent panels that will talk about a range of topics related to writing and reading LGBTQ romance fiction.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Character Type Love Match! (Microsoft Auditorium)

Now back for it’s third year! Join the popular GRNW game Character Type Love Match where everyone has a vote on which character types will move forward to form the ultimate “couple” for GRNW 2016. Who will win??? You decide!

2015 Winning Couple: Mage x Cyborg
2014 Winning Couple: Soldier x Tattoo Artist

4:00pm – 6:00pm – Author Signings at Book Fest (4th Floor, Room 1)

Meet GRNW 2016 Attending Authors, buy books, grab some free swag, and chat with readers.

Will there be other GRNW events that weekend?

Yes! We will have two other events that weekend:

Friday, September 23: 7pm – 9:30pm
(Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104)

Come join for a free reading event at Seattle’s Hugo House that will feature GRNW 2016 attending authors.

Saturday, September 24: 6pm – Midnight: GRNW 2016 After Party
(Venue TBD)

After the conference festivities, come join the GRNW 2016 after-party, hosted by the podcast The Hopeless Romantic! (Food and drink will be available for purchase.)

Sweet! Looking forward to it! We are too! We’ll update soon about the panel schedule and attending authors, but until then, grab your seat! (It’s freeeeeeeeeeee!)

2016 Panel Submissions Now Open! Help Create the Program for GRNW 2016!

2015Panel_1The 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library, and the big news this year is that the conference will be FREE to attend!

Submit a Panel for GRNW 2016!

For our fourth annual conference, and like last year, we are opening up panel submissions! We would love for authors and attendees to help co-create the programming for 2016.

  • 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 2016 Panel Submission Guidelines for info on what we’re looking for in a panel and how to apply!

Setting up a conference 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!

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

Due Date: Panel submissions are due by Sunday, June 26, 2016. Read the panel submission guidelines.