Dear Everyone…

Dear Everyone,

If you intend to wear a costume remotely based on anything of the following cultures I am a part of (see the following bullet points):

• Hawaiian,
• Irish,
• Japanese and/or,
• Portuguese

…I will give you a permission slip to do so.

My caveat? I ask that you celebrate my cultures, learn its customs, pick up some of its language, get one of its tattoos, listen to our music* and for God’s sake, eat its foods.**

Have fun, don’t be an asshole about it and if there’s something about it that speaks to you, embrace and explore it.

Yes, your kid can dress as Moana***. She’s a fierce representation of a strong female. Hell, dress as Maui if you want…although in the Hawaiian myths, he’s a bit of a Loki but… you know, to each their own. Wear a kimono (we actually are very happy to see them on people no matter the colour of their skin or the language on their tongue) and should you decide to go as a Leprechaun, you might want to consider something more challenging like a banshee or a merrow. Perhaps even a black dog. Nothing says cultural enrichment like an ainmhi dubh.

Just remember, *embrace the culture, don’t mock it.*

Seriously, I have a permission slip. I’ll be handing them out in exchange for fun-sized whiskey bottles or chocolate.

* More Hawaiian slack key guitar and Celtic rather than koto for me but Hyde and Gackt! (who both are rockers, which rose up out of the blues from the melange of cultures and peoples brought over as slaves intermingling with other cultural influences but you know, rock.)

** I will gladly exchange the right to eat sushi, teriyaki and kalua pig so I can have carne asada fries, tacos and pizza.

*** Or Lilo. Or Stitch. Hell, Stitch in a grass skirt singing Elvis. Knock yourself out.  *grins*

No, I don’t have the words…

We… our community, our world, her family… lost a vital, vibrant author, Sandrine Gasq Dion.

I knew her in passing; a couple of shared laughs and a few heartfelt discussions about the tightness of things. Very brief moments but quite vivid. Small bits of words and intersecting moments in person. Online we crossed over a few places and we also shared a narrator, an oddly intimate kind of bond… like having a close familial connection with someone you’re not related to.

She was brash, spangly, and unapologetic…all of the things I admire in a woman. I adored every moment I shared with her because of her vitality and brightness. We liked the same kind of men and cats, something I will always chuckle over. She brought the genre to its knees more than a few times and well, steamed up quite a few windows.

Sandrine, you will be sorely missed. The universe is a bit darker for your star having left us but we are thankful for the stories and memories you created while we were fortunate enough to have you with us.

Win One of FIVE 415 Ink: Rebel Shirts in the TNA / Dreamspinner Press Joint Giveaway!

PepperDoodle For The Win!

Announcing the Cover Reveal for 415 Ink: Rebel AND a Chance to win one of FIVE shirts being given away by The Novel Approach and Dreamspinner Press!

If you’ve been following the shenanigans at GRL, you might have seen a few people wearing exclusive early-release 415 Ink t-shirts featuring Micah Caudle’s custom design! Now is the chance for you to win one of FIVE early-release 415 Ink: Rebel shirts before the shop opens for general sales.

You can enter at each contest for a chance to win. Sizes range from XS to 5X and you can choose between unisex, Ladies V and Ladies scoop shirts. As always, I want to show the love to all of my readers so these contests are open to domestic AND international entrants.

How to Win (Contests End In A Few Days!)

On The Novel Approach: Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below! ONE winner will be chosen from the Novel Approach entries.

On Dreamreaders of Dreamspinner: Find the 415 Ink post posted today (Oct 23) and comment with what’s your favourite Rhys Ford book cover. THREE winners will be chosen from Dreamreaders.

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Eastward Ho!

Well, tonight is our last night in Vegas and then we’re heading to the Grand Canyon for one night. Weather here in Vegas is actually pretty good and the Venetian is a lovely place to stay. Thankfully they still fire up the waterfall across the street at the Mirage so it’s all… FIRE FIRE!

I am easily amused.

Heading to Denver is a lot of fun. I’ve got a couple of the San Diego Crewe with me: Steve, Maite and Jacob… as well as author CS Poe.

So far, no one’s killed anyone… that I know of… so! Life is good.

a brief pit stop

I am actually gearing up for a very busy two weeks but I wanted to stop in and say hey to everybody. There is a lot of things going on the background most of which is good news but it involves a lot of moving parts and cover reveals and just kind of everything moving very quickly.

Yesterday was a major slog of writing and my brain can hurts for it. You are probably are going to read this on Monday so please know that Saturday kicked my ass.

What is going to happen starting Thursday, October 12 is a road trip to Denver, more specifically GayRomLit, and we will be doing some videos and other stuff along the way just to keep people entertained and possibly evidence in case we’re arrested.

I’m not saying that we are going to be arrested but just in case.

I am going to be hauling a lot of swag out to Denver but I’m also keeping some back so I can have easily mailable swag packets. When I come back, definitely let’s look at making some of those go out instead of sitting in my spare bedroom. Because they do not need to take up residence in my house.

I hope all of you have a fantastic week. I am hammering away at Sin and Tonic but I did take a few hours off to go see Bladerunner 2049 and that was absolutely fantastic.

We do have a new cat. Her name is Harley. I did not name her so don’t look at me. I call her HarleyDoodle or honey girl. The dog both loves and fears her. She is an eating and pooping machine. Less than two years old, she has already had a litter but has been fixed. but fitting in fairly decently.

One last thing before I leave you guys for this post, I want to talk to you about being aware of the state of your breasts. And this conversation really has to be had by both men and women. I urge you all to pay attention to your body and to maybe take a look at the lemon chart below. If you find any anomalies in your upper or lower bits, go talk to your doctor. And you might have to be forceful about it. Especially if you are a guy. But definitely have these conversations.