The Story Behind the Project Fierce Anthology + Ebook Giveaway

By Megan Derr

projectfierce400Project Fierce began quietly, as these things usually do. Less Than Three has always wanted to get more involved with charity work. We’ve done small things here and there, auctioning off prompts for disaster relief, or selling short stories of our own and donating the money. Community and helping each other means a lot to us. LT3 wouldn’t be where it was without all the support and help we’ve received from family and friends over the years. My family has always believed strongly in teamwork, helping others, never leaving someone to suffer alone if its within our power to help. And everyone, everywhere, deserves to have a home. If it’s within our power to help fix a problem, we always want to try.

When Piper Vaughn approached us about doing something to help Project Fierce Chicago, which is an amazing cause, it seemed the perfect start we needed that we kept putting off. At the end of the day, LT3 really didn’t have much to do. The behind-the-scenes details are easy enough when you do it all the time. The bulk of the work went to the authors willing to donate stories, many of whom had never worked with LT3 before but were willing to throw in for the cause. Many many thanks also go to the editors who were willing to donate their time and talent to help us. Also much love to the reviewers and other bloggers helping to spread word of the anthology, and of course the faithful readers so crucial to the entire process 🙂

We wound up with twenty stories in all, from authors old and new, all of them engaging and well-fitted to the theme. Everyone involved worked hard to bring it all together, and the results have been fantastic. They’ve also been inspiring, and LT3 is very much looking forward to doing more such volumes in the future.

Our next charity project will likely be something much closer to home for LT3: working with Cape Fear Equality right here on the coast of North Carolina.

Much love and thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen, and all our best to Project Fierce Chicago and the youths they help.

~Megan, Sasha, Samantha

ABOUT THE PROJECT FIERCE ANTHOLOGY

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

Participating Authors: LT3’s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo, Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

FREE GIVEAWAY!!!

LT3 is offering one free copy of the anthology (the cost of it will still be donated), to be given to a randomly selected winner. To participate, just leave a comment below. 🙂 The winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 24.

To see more of Megan, Sasha, Samantha and Less Than Three Press, join us at the 2014 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on Sept. 20, 2014 at the Seattle Public Library!

Creating Audiobooks with Less Than Three Press + A Giveaway!

Untitled-1In 2013, Less Than Three Press started releasing audiobooks, with the fantasy novel Prisoner being the first release. We wanted to ask them about the process and what they learned during it. We talked with Megan Derr and the Less than Three crew about what the audiobook process was like for them.

(Check out the end of the interview for a LT3 audiobook giveaway!) 😀

What drew LT3 to develop audiobooks?

It was something I’d always wanted to do, mostly. I’d been hovering around the idea, and periodically looking more closely into it. We’ve been asked about them before by readers, too.

What did the process entail for LT3 to get into audio and to produce these books?

There actually wasn’t much to it. The hardest part was looking into the various options to see what was available. We landed on Red Planet Audio because they do pretty much all the work, and they’re very good at what they do. After we settled on them and signed the contract, we pretty much just gave them the books, told them what we wanted for each, and they took it from there.

What was it like choosing a voice for your different releases? Were there any difficulties in finding the “right” voice?

The voices were fun. I don’t know how the voice actors do it, but it’s crazy cool. All we do is tell Red Planet the kind of accent and all that we want, and they come up with a few samples. We listen and pick one. So far it’s been pretty easy. I heard the sample for Prisoner and went YES THAT’S PERFECT.

DanceWithTheDevil_audioWere there any challenges that you faced during the process that you hadn’t known about before making audio books?

Only a silly one – you don’t realize how many things in fantasy you just know how to pronounce (because you made the words up) that are not as readily apparent to everyone else. So you have to come with whole lists of how certain words are said. Like ‘arcen’ in Prisoner. People often assume it’s pronounced ar-sen, but it’s pronounced ark-en. Otherwise, the only hard part was deciding which books went first.

Do you have any tips to share with authors and publishers who are considering making the leap to audio?

Saving Liam_audioAuthors – make sure your contracts give you plenty of say in the matter. You don’t want to sign over all the audio rights and then find out well after the fact that your book was put in audio and you completely hate the voice actor and they say half the names wrong. If your publisher doesn’t do audiobooks but you’d like that to be an option for your readers, make sure you retain those rights.

Investigate your options for audiobook. We went with Red Planet but there are other options out there (ACX is another good one, and allows more flexible choices). Audiobooks are expensive, but I think they’re a good option for publishers and authors. They’re increasingly popular, and people are always on the go, moving around. Not everyone has the time to sit and read, but plenty of people have time to kill on commutes and such. They’re definitely worth looking into, even with the costs.

cover6Less Than Three contributes to the Overdrive Library, which is the resource for ebooks and digital materials for public libraries across the U.S. Do audiobooks go into the Overdrive system as well?

Yep, the audiobooks are available through Overdrive. If you can’t afford/just aren’t inclined to buy, you can ask your local library to obtain them (same with the ebooks and print, and LT3 is always happy to donate to libraries that can’t afford to buy).

Are there more audiobooks on the horizon that fans can look forward to?

The current list of forthcoming books is Honour (A.F. Henley), The Party Boy’s Guide (Piper Vaughn & Xara X. Xanakas), The Missing Butterfly (Megan Derr), Love You Like a Romance Novel (Megan Derr), Signal to Noise (Talya Andor), A Shadow of a Dream (Isabella Carter), Dreamer (Julia Alaric), Midsummer set (Megan Derr), and Imaginary (Jamie Sullivan). After that, we’ll compile a new list :3

Thanks for the great interview, Megan! It was so cool to hear more about the process!

GIVEAWAY TIME! 😀

Leave a comment on this post and you will be in the running to win a LT3 audiobook of your choice! The drawing will be done on Sunday, March 30.

Free Reads Friday: Contemporary Romance

Another installment of Free Reads Friday, and another chance to share some free reads by GRNW authors!

CottonwoodCottonwood Memories by L.C. Chase

For Brandon going home isn’t easy, but in order to move forward with his life with Zach, he needs to pay a visit to his first love, Avery.

This free short story was sparked by a photo prompt from a dear friend. In the photo, a young man is sitting by a window wearing nothing but a pair of superhero underwear and glasses. In his hands is a ragged teddy bear. I wondered, what is he thinking, and what does that little bear remind him of? And so began Cottonwood Memories.

Visit L.C.’s site for the free download!

Delivery with a Smile by Megan Derr

Jack worked hard to obtain a normal life. He might not love it, but it’s better than the criminal life he left behind—even if it cost literally everything, and he really does hate being a damned delivery man. On the bright side, his route includes a friendly old lady who makes the world’s best cookies and regales him with tales of her hot, jet-setting son. Normalcy definitely has perks.

Then he walks in on her and her son arguing with men at gunpoint.

Visit Less Than Three Press for the free download!

Whitetail Rock by Anne Tenino

Nikhil “Nik” Larson is a snarky, dark-skinned adoptee from India who grew up in the Whitest Town in America. Back to visit his parents Nik meets Trooper Jurgen Dammerung, a blond, butch motorcycle cop who’s so hot he leaves a con trail wherever he goes.

Jurgen is the epitome of everything Nik hated about growing up the lone Indian boy among a town of white people. But Jurgen surprises him rather (ahem) pleasantly, in spite of — or because of — Nik’s attempts to needle him. By the end of his visit, Nik realizes he likes Jurgen. But Jurgen’s so not the relationship type.

Right?

Visit All Romance Ebooks to download it for free!

And you can visit the GRNW Free Reads shelf on GoodReads to find even more free reads!

GRNW Authors featured in POPLORISH #2

2014WinterCoverV2_small-231x300The second issue of Old Growth Northwest’s literary journal POPLORISH is now out, and it’s the special Romance issue!

The journal is free to download, and this issue includes five short stories by authors who participated in the GRNW GoodReads group’s 2013 Secret Story event!

The stories included in this issue are:

“Passing Notes” by S. Allen

“The Eastern Gate” by Megan Derr

“The Gift of a Book” by Sasha L. Miller

“Ghostwriter” by Andrea Speed

“Crossroads” by Lou Sylvre

Visit Old Growth Northwest’s site to download your free copy of POPLORISH issue #2!