Free Reads Spotlight: Contemporary Romance

So, we were going to do these on Fridays, but that was a few Fridays ago! 😀 So, we’re going to do regular spotlights instead to highlight all the awesome free reads by GRNW authors.

This time, we’re looking at some free contemporary romances!

BridgesBridges by MJ O’Shea

With names like Dallas and Brooklyn they could’ve either been best friends…or worst enemies. The war started in third grade, with a surprise punch to the face, and lasted until the summer after high school when Brooklyn and Dallas are stuck working at the same store. At night. Together. It should’ve been a recipe for disaster. But instead of outright combat, they slowly start to notice that not only do they not hate each other, but perhaps they have more in common than either of them knew. Soon, amidst unexpected laughter and camaraderie, Dallas realizes that maybe the guy who used to be his number one enemy could actually be his perfect match.

Download a free ebook of this story on GoodReads!

On the Dock by Kade Boehme

Erik was a lonely small town boy who had always done what right, but after years of that life which had not turned out at all like it was supposed to if he had followed the rules, like he was told, he met Will. The world became a different place when they met that day on the dock.

Download the free ebook on GoodReads!

Wanting by Piper Vaughn

Jonah Beckett has been in love with his older brother’s best friend, Laurie, since he was thirteen-years-old. When his boyfriend, Dirk, breaks up with him for refusing to put out, Jonah uses his heartbreak over the situation as an excuse to ask Laurie to teach him all about sex before he starts college in the fall. Problem is, he made Dirk up, and Jonah has no idea what will happen when Laurie finally finds out the truth.

Download the free ebook from GoodReads or ARe!

Swept up in Blue by Pender Mackie

When Tait goes out for drinks after work he meets Jude from Sales. Tait’s more than interested, but he’s sworn off coworkers. Can Jude market himself as an employee benefit?

Download the free ebook from Amazon or ARe!

Feel free to share what free reads YOU would like to recommend to us! 😀

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!