Saturday, September 30, 2017

GRL is almost upon us!

Man, I am terrible at blogging, aren't I?  Rest assured I have been writing words in places other than my blog, though. Specifically Word documents that eventually turn into books. So there's that. But blogging? Yeah, I suck.

Anyway. October starts in about 55 minutes, which means GayRomLit is like tomorrow. Okay, it's three weeks away, but it feels like it's tomorrow because Holy Ned you guys, it's almost time for GRL!!!

So, sort-of-on-the-eve-ofGRL, here's what's happening in the GallagherWitt realms:

GayRomLit

I'm not listed as an author, but I will be there as a sponsor. You'll most likely find me in the sales room (I'm bringing loads of paperbacks that I don't want to take home!) or in the bar. If we've never met, don't hesitate to come up and say hello! I don't bite, and I'll sign basically anything you put in front of me.  Also, don't miss the narrators' reading on....whenever that ends up being. There are some amazing narrators in the lineup, and someone might be reading from one of my not-yet-released books!

New Releases

I have two new releases in October!  On the 3rd, the third and final Skin Deep, Inc, book, Cover Up. On the 18th, Blood From a Stoner.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075VR98J8  https://www.amazon.com/Cover-Up-Skin-Deep-Novel-ebook/dp/B0746MG2G1

So basically a short paranormal novella with weed involved, and a military/tattooist romance with lots of angst. They're pretty different from each other, but they're both quite smutty!

Upcoming

In December, New Hand will mark the end of the Bluewater Bay series. It's always said to say goodbye to a series, but it's time, and hopefully Garrett and Jesse will bring it to a worthy close.

Speaking of the end of a series, January will bring the final installments of the Bad Behavior series, which I co-wrote with Cari Z. Reckless Behavior will be out January 1st, followed two weeks later by the last book, Romantic Behavior.

There's also more Anchor Point books coming. Four of them, to be specific -- the final installment will be released in July.

 What?? Just series enders?? No!  Trust me, there are some new things in the works! New series, and new standalones. Maybe even some new co-writes with new co-authors. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Release: THE MASTER WILL APPEAR

Available now on Amazon!

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.

Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.

What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.

Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.

This novel is approximately 120,000 words.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ARC Signups for The Master Will Appear

The Master Will Appear will be out May 16th, and ARCs are just about ready! If you're interested in an advance copy, please sign up!

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.

Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.

What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.

Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Re-releasing my Samhain Titles

At the end of February 2017, Samhain Publishing closed its doors. As a result, 28 of my existing titles reverted to me and have subsequently been re-released. Normally I treat a re-release the same as I do a new release -- put in on the Coming Soon page, add it to the "Now Available" part of my website, etc. With the sheer volume of titles in this instance, though, that would be impractical.


A few stragglers are still uploading, so some links may not work yet, but I'm updating them as they go through.

The vast majority have been revised slightly, if at all, with the exception of Nine-tenths of the Law, which has a newly extended ending. All are available on Kindle Unlimited and most are in paperback. Cover art is by the author except for Conduct Unbecoming and General Misconduct, which are by Garrett Leigh.

Also, a few books have been included in some new collections - Spicy, Triple Play, and Three - and those are listed below as well. 



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Available Now: At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere


My newest contemporary gay romance, At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere, is on Amazon! (the paperback should be live in the next few hours)

Blackjack dealer and stripper Adrian West has lived in Las Vegas long enough to be numb to beggars on the Strip. Their destitution is a sad, ugly part of reality in a city where people win or lose it all at the tables every single day.

So he’s at a loss to explain why the homeless man in the suit catches his eye. Why he can’t just keep on walking like he always does.

Former advertising executive Max Reynolds is a Las Vegas cliché. After a run of bad luck costs him his boyfriend, his job, and his home, he’s decided to go out with a bang—a week of high-rolling capped off with a peaceful overdose in a luxury hotel room.

When a last second epiphany keeps him from finishing the job, he’s ready to live again… but he doesn’t have a dime to his name. He has nothing.

That is until a stranger takes him in off the street. Max may have hit rock bottom, but now he has a glimmer of hope and an unexpected friendship.

A friendship that just might turn into everything neither man knew he was missing.

This novel is approximately 51,000 words.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Be gone, 2016! Be nice, 2017!

2016 is almost over, and it seems to have both blown by and taken an extra 7,261 days to finally end. The year had its high points, but I think the general consensus is that we really should move up New Year's Eve to yesterday and just start 2017 early.

Sadly, I don't have the authority to make that happen, so we'll just have to patiently wait out the last two weeks of the year, then move on and hope 2017 is better. There are a lot of things going on in the world, and I think we're all rightfully anxious, but I have to stay optimistic and forward-moving or I will lose my mind.

So. 2017.

What books are coming up?
There are definitely more in the works that aren't quite ready to be announced yet -- including at least one more Bluewater Bay book and the third Bad Behavior book -- so rest assured, there are plenty of titles coming down the pipe next year!

Also, keep an eye out for more audiobooks if that's your thing, including Ex Equals and Where There's Smoke!

Where will I be if you want to say hello in person?
 So that's what's coming up in 2017. Here's hoping for an uneventful latter half of December, and a 2017 that pleasantly surprises everyone!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Should I NaNo?"...and a pep talk for those who've already decided to do it.

With November right around the corner (and the end of election season so close we can all taste it), the annual question has begun to pop up in the brains and social media feeds of writers:

Should I do NaNoWriMo?

Well...should you?

Obviously a lot of that depends on what else you have going on in your life, how busy you are with a day job and/or a family, and how long you'll need to hibernate after the election is over. I'm not here to answer that part.

But one of the big debates that always seems to crop up is whether NaNoWriMo is worth it. There is frequent criticism of the program because it allegedly encourages quantity over quality, that it creates unhealthy competitiveness, and discourages people who aren't able to reach the 50,000 word goal.

Here's the thing: NaNo is not for everyone. If competition motivates you, NaNo might be for you. If competition intimidates you, it's probably not. And that's completely okay.

For some people, the biggest obstacle with writing is the discipline and motivation to just get the words down on paper. This is where NaNo comes in handy. With word count goals, competition, and the go go go! mantras coming from all directions, enthusiasm alone can push a writer to get those words written. If that kind of pressure makes you freeze, no sweat -- NaNo isn't mandatory, so don't feel like you should, or you have to, or there's something wrong with you if you don't. You do you.

For many writers, the internal editor is a problem. That voice second guesses every word and every sentence, refusing to let you move forward until it's perfect. And editing as you go is a perfectly valid and reasonable way to write... unless it's keeping you from writing at all. This is where the "permission to write crap" comes in. It's not that anyone is saying "write the worst thing imaginable." It's simply permission to shut off that inner editor, all the while knowing that anything you write can be fixed later.

And there's the key -- it can be fixed later, and it'll be up to you to fix it. At the end of November, you will have a finished manuscript, but not a finished book. Still, that's an enormous leap from having nothing written at all. Whatever's on the page at the end of the month can be fixed, tweaked, and polished up. A blank page? Not so much.

If all of that appeals to you, then I would say GO FOR IT. If it doesn't, no one's going to judge you for not participating. If they do, tell them L.A. Witt said they're a butthead.

And if you have decided to participate, here is my sort-of-annual-when-I-remember-to-post-it-in-time NaNoWriMo pep talk:

You are allowed to get frustrated. You are allowed to be intimidated, overwhelmed, and discouraged. You are allowed to quit. There is no shame in throwing in the towel if it's too much. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, and don't be ashamed or embarrassed if it doesn't work out. I promise, you won't be the first, you won't be the last, and you're no less of a writer because of it.

In the next few paragraphs, when I talk about persevering, that's not meant to shame you if you have to bail. It's meant to encourage those who need a kick in the butt so they can find that second wind and push on. Only you can know and decide if the best thing for you is to quit or to push on, and if you do decide to quit, know that you still have my utmost respect for giving it a go in the first place.

With that being said...

Folks, writing is hard work. Writing 50,000 words in a month is really hard work. When it gets frustrating, overwhelming, intimidating, and discouraging, that doesn't mean you're a bad writer, or your book is fatally flawed, or that you should drop out and take up basket-weaving instead. Writing is fun, but there comes a point when it becomes work. When it's hard. I have literally written over 100 books, and can't think of a single one where I haven't hit the wall at some point. Sooner or later, every book gives me that moment where I'm convinced it's going to fall apart, that I can't make it work, that the whole thing is a disaster. My characters aren't the only ones who get a Black Moment in every book.

In your stories, it's the "I can't go on" moment that defines your character and makes them overcome everything. For you, the writer, it's when you decide to hang it up or press on.

Press on. Even when you think your story sucks, press on. It might suck, and that's okay! That's what editing is for. And hell, let's say the story is fatally flawed and will never see the light of day. That doesn't mean writing it was a waste of time! There is no way you made it from start to finish on that story, not to mention through the editing process where you realized it didn't work, without learning something. If you hadn't learned something, you wouldn't be able to recognize the problems your story has, but you did, and you do, and you'll apply that to your next book.

Writing is a craft. It's okay to suck, because everyone who's good at anything sucked at it for a while. Prodigies and savants are remarkable because they're so rare. The rest of us have to work at it, and that means flubbing Mary Had a Little Lamb a few dozen times before you and Mozart can wow Carnegie Hall.

You've got this. Make a plan. Make some words. Make a mess if you have to. Put your nose to the grindstone and make it happen. At the end of November, even if you haven't created a book that will one day be published or whatever your goal is, you will absolutely have learned something about the craft, and you will also have learned that you can.

My writing career literally began with NaNoWriMo in 2008. It was that NaNo that taught me I could in fact write a novel from start to finish, and that I could do it fast. When it was over, I kept going. And going. And going. Eight years, 100+ books, 100+ publishing contracts, several co-authors, 10 publishers, and a full-time career later...you better believe it was absolutely worth the moments of frustration.

So, good luck. You've got this. It won't be easy, but it'll be worth it.

And if you'd like some pointers on writing faster, I will now take this opportunity to shamelessly encourage you to purchase my book, Writing Faster FTW, which is marked down to $0.99 until November 30th!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I'm making a movie, but I need your help!

So this project is a dream come true. I finally get to make a movie, and as a bonus, I'm making that movie with the amazing Tooji. I heard about this talented filmmaker/musician after his controversial video, The Father Project, came out in 2015 (NSFW). Through a series of fortunate events, I ended up connecting with him, and we've been friends ever since.

The idea for our lesbian film, Passengers, came up during our very first Skype call a year ago, and we've been working on our plan and the script ever since. It's a short piece -- around ten minutes -- about two women who make a very unexpected connection after crossing paths on a local bus. Now it's ready to roll, but we need help funding it!

Check out our Kickstarter! We've got some cool rewards for backers, including a signed movie poster, books, and a chance to put a character into one of my upcoming books!

Help us bring Passengers to life!


Sunday, July 24, 2016