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.

GRNW 2014 Authors Celebrate Queer Romance Month

QRM_Badge-2-300x300From October 1 – October 31, over 120 authors and readers came together to celebrate a new blog project, Queer Romance Month.

Throughout the entire month, contributors shared 3-4 essays posted daily that celebrated the many facets of queer romance fiction, and the many layers of being queer, of being an ally, of loving romance stories, and highlighting this rising supply of romance stories that represent and celebrate LGBTQIA lives and relationships.

Please go and enjoy the many wonderful and heartfelt posts and stories that share so much about love and desire, about sadness and loneliness, about separation and rejection, and about resilience and realization, hope and triumph.

(Not to mention some hilarious and fantastic posts about writing, about slash fanfiction, and about what it felt like to first discover the existence of queer romance books and their Happily Ever Afters for queer characters.)

Among the many amazing contributors, you will find posts by GRNW 2014 authors as well. Please find them listed below, but please also enjoy the Bounty that is the QRM library. It is reading not to be missed.

GRNW 2014 Authors Writing for QRM 2014

Title Hell by Astrid Amara

“So trying to find a title that’s catchy (UnderWere) , memorable (The Anus of Caesar), but not disturbing (The Anus of Caesar), captures the story (Disenchanted Angel Seeks Revenge on God), but doesn’t reveal the end (Balls No More) is a real challenge.”

Mambo Italiano and My First happy Ending by Heidi Belleau

“Mambo Italiano was my very first queer rom com. My very first queer love story. My very first queer happy ending.”

Shimmer by L.C Chase

“I don’t know how long we stood like that, gazes locked, bodies frozen, with five feet of marbled tile between us. He was the one who decided it had been long enough though.”

Love Is Love Everywhere, Everywhen, Everyhow by Kim Fielding

“Love is love, right? It’s one of the mottos of Queer Romance Month, and it’s a concept that I—and all the other authors featured this month—recognize as a basic tenet of our work. But I want to add three more words to the motto: everywhere, everywhen, everyhow.”

Well now what? by Rhys Ford

“I’d want someone—gay, straight, purple or polka-dotted—to be able to carry themselves through life without having to fight for the right to love or to live.”

9 stories and 10 links by Ginn Hale

“But we writers aren’t the only ones exploring expanding the definitions of romance. Numerous amazing creators are writing, illustrating and producing, (often completely at their own expense) brilliant web comics. And I’d like to share a few that stand out for me.”

What Organizing a Gay Wedding Taught Me About Being a Romance Writer by Nicole Kimberling

“For a lot of readers, venturing through any of the doors marked L, G, B, or T is going to be as confusing as the bride-free wedding was for my previous client. Even readers of G might never try and see what’s behind the door marked T. Does that make them bad people? Not at all. It just means they haven’t found the book that can translate the experience into terms they understand or are able to feel comfortable engaging.”

Why We Need Trans Romance by E.E. Ottoman

“I refuse to believe that I will always be alone, that being trans has doomed me to isolation and unhappiness. I refuse to raise another generation of trans children who believe that is true, that they are fundamentally unlovable because they are trans. Who live without ever seeing people like them portrayed as being in a happy, healthy relationship. Who never get to see themselves as the heroes of a story about love and being loved.”

Components of Gay Romance by Jordan Castillo Price

“I may not consider myself to be a romance writer. But whether the love interest in my stories functions as a contrast to the main character, or a liability, or an ally, I find the relationship subplot to be a critical component of the work I’ve written so far.”

Lesbian Romance — Becoming Visible with a Little Help from our (M/M) Friends by Radclyffe

“While we who write LGBTQ romance may have different audiences, we have a common theme, and what unites us is far more significant than what separates us.”

It’s All About Me by Anne Tenino

“Most of those people who’re freaking out, telling LGBTQ people that they’re going to burn in hell? They aren’t doing it to save you. They’re doing it because they’re afraid of being punished for not saying anything.”

Why Queer Romance Matters by LA Witt

“I would have given my right arm for some believable, realistic queer characters when I was a teenager. Maybe then I would have seen myself and learned that there’s nothing wrong with me. I might’ve even learned what in the world ‘bisexual’ meant before I realized it also meant ‘me’.”

And GRNW lead Tracy contributed an essay prior to QRM’s launch:

Working in your Community to get the Word Out about Queer Romance by Tracy Timmons-Gray

“You may think that building community awareness around queer romance fiction is limited to gaining social media followers or GoodReads friends, but there are actually a lot of ways to build awareness within your *real life* community as well, and in ways that can have a big impact for other local readers and writers.”

Thank you to the organizers and contributors to the Queer Romance Month project.

With still so much celebration to do, where will QRM go next? We look forward to finding out! 😀

And please share with us YOUR favorite(s) QRM posts, and what they meant to you!

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! 😀

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.

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!

Free Reads Friday! Paranormal Edition

The War at the end of the world_BelleauWe want to highlight some fantastic free works for readers, especially if they’re looking to sample work by authors attending GRNW 2014. So, we’ll be featuring (hopefully weekly!) selections of free reads that you all can check out. 🙂

The War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

September, 1941.

War correspondent Joseph Byrne has been cheating death all his life, ever since he spent two years in an iron lung as a boy diagnosed with polio. In the years since, the Fetch, a strange being charged by Death with collecting Joseph and transporting him into the unknown, has been condemned to watch and wait.

Now, with Joseph working in a Finland caught in a tug of war between Nazi and Soviet forces, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Fetch’s sentence is at its end and Death will have Joseph for her own at last. Joseph, an openly Jewish American, has no doubt where his allegiance lies, no matter the danger. But after all these years at Joseph’s side, watching him overcome adversity to grow into a brave and principled young man, the Fetch has come to realize that there are forces stronger and so much sweeter than even the purpose you were made for.

Visit Storm Moon Press to download it for free!

Red by Belinda McBride

After a decade, Stephan is back in town, his brutal hunter’s gaze searching for prey. When he runs into Red in a bar, Stephan is mesmerized. Years ago, Red had been a skinny boy, doing his best to protect himself from the big bad creatures of the city. Now, he’s all grown up and has been waiting a very long time… for Stephan.

Visit the M/M Romance Group’s site to download it for free!

Deadman and the Lustful Spirit by Lou Harper

Denton is a necromancer and his boyfriend Bran is a witch. It’s not as exciting as it sounds. They don’t even get to dress the part, unless it’s New Year’s Eve and they’ve been invited to a costume party. Denton is happy to let his hair down, but coaxing the reclusive Bran out of his shell is hard enough without a demonic spirit crashing the party.

Convincing the spirit to return whence it came from will call on Denton’s special skills, but not in necromancy.

Grab it for free at Smashwords.

Shy Hunter by Ginn Hale

Since being assaulted, David must struggle to control the beast within. But the killer stalking David’s lover may leave him no choice but to embrace his dangerous nature.

Visit Ginn’s site to read the full story.

And you can always find more in our free reads shelf in the GRNW GoodReads group!

Happy reading! 😀

GRNW Spotlight: Blind Eye Books in 2014

Highfell GrimoiresWe asked Nicole Kimberling, head of the LGBT speculative fiction press Blind Eye Books, what their plans are for 2014, and if they can share any tasty tidbits about upcoming releases. 😀

What is Blind Eye Books planning for this year?

In 2014 we plan to release four books. First in new author Langley Hyde will debut with a steampunk yarn called Highfell Grimoires which will be available in both print and digital on May 20th.

Devil-CoverAfter that Astrid Amara has a new alternate-history story set during the Crimean War titled The Devil Lancer, which will be released in print and digital this fall.

(Oh, I hope before the GRNW Meet-Up in September! That would be rad!)

We’re also trying our hand at a digital-first release. Ginn Hale’s continuation of the Cadeleonian Series, titled Champion of the Scarlet Wolf will release in digital format only exclusively on Weightless Books. (We’ll have a print version and a broad digital release in 2015.) This title features Elezar Grunito, who readers might remember from Lord of the White Hell Books One and Two.

I’m also happy to announce that we’ve recently signed Lane Robins, author of Maladicte and other titles, for a book that will also be released in 2015

Blind_Eye_booksAny other projects on the horizon?

As an author, I’m still whittling away at Bellingham Mysteries Six. I love writing Peter and Nick and manage to get a few pages done here and there in between Blind Eye Books projects. In addition to that I’m starting to conceptualize a brand new contemporary mystery series, so I’m excited about that.

Is Blind Eye open to submissions right now? If so, what should interested authors do?

Yes, of course, we’re always open! Starting in 2014 we’re looking to expand into some digital-only titles so that we can add novella and short-story length pieces to our line. Interested authors can email me at editor@blindeyebooks.com.

(We love Nicole’s submission guidelines. Check them out!)

Thank you, Nicole! 2014 looks to be an AWESOME year for Blind Eye Books!