Gratefulness, and Apologies, and Promises

bad-bloggerI’m a terrible blogger. In fact, I think if you scroll back through my blog, you’ll find that most of my blog posts begin with that exact line. “I’m a terrible blogger.” And I’m always telling myself I should do better, and yet… what to say?

I know a lot of authors blog about craft, and that’s fine. But who the hell am I to try and tell somebody how they should or shouldn’t write? I don’t know nearly as much as the industry as I probably should, so I don’t want to write about that. I don’t want to blog about any of the random shenanigans that recur over and over and over again in the m/m world, or the wider romance world, because they mostly just bring me down. So, what does that leave?

59spdI guess it leaves me. And again, some authors are quite open about their personal lives, but I’ve never been comfortable doing that. Besides which, my life is boring. I taxi my kid around. I clean my kitchen. I forget about the laundry in the washer and then have to wash the load again. (Speaking of which… be right back!) But there is nothing about my life that’s exactly memoir-worthy, you know?

And yet the truth is, I’ve had a massive shift of perspective in the past few months. And at the risk of sounding trite, it occurred to me yesterday — and continues to astound me today — how truly grateful I am to be here, right at this point in time, at this stage of my life. Summer is drawing to a close, and fall is sneaking in. Right now, it’s raining outside, and thunder is rolling off the mountains. I turned off the AC (finally!) and opened the windows and exchanged my shorts for yoga pants, my flip-flops for thick socks, and all I could think was, “I’m so ready for fall!” I’m ready for football and pumpkin patches and soup simmering on the stove. (Not that I’ll actually cook any. I’m dreaming of soup elves.) Continue reading

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Dear Amazon

I’ve made it a policy for the last year or so not to talk online about any of the shenanigans going on out there in the big, wide world. I don’t have the energy, and it rarely pays to play politics. But like many other authors, I received a rather mind boggling email from Amazon last night, and I just can’t let it go. I’ve been thinking about it all damn day. Now, I’m sure many others have said it already and said it better, but I’m going to say it again anyway.

Listen up, Amazon. Everybody knows you’re the biggest bully on the playground, and that’s just the way it is. Most of us authors have learned to navigate our way from the monkey bars to the slide to the swing set without getting pummeled, and we’ve made our peace with it. We’re content to play by your rules, as long as we get our turn on the see-saw. But now some other Big Kid has decided to go toe-to-toe with you over the tetherball pole, and you expect all us little kindergartners to come running to your defense?

Ummm…. NO.

Let’s get this straight: You and I aren’t friends. I buy stuff from you. I sell stuff through you. We have a mutually beneficial business relationship. That’s all well and good. But, let me repeat:

WE ARE NOT FRIENDS.

Fight your own battles.

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Please Join Me!

The authors of Out in Colorado are hosting a reader event on August 9, 2:00-5:00, at Blush & Blu in Downtown Denver. We’ll have door prizes, wine, and all kinds of fun. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! 

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For Real This Time…

The ebook of Release is now available on Amazon. Sorry for yesterday’s confusion! You can buy it here.

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Release now available at Amazon!

Sinfully Sexy says, “I have read and enjoyed Marie Sexton as a writer. But Marie Sexton writing as A.M. Sexton… I LOVE!!! The writing is flawless, a mixture of beautiful prose, darkened by the details of this cruel and evil world she has created. It’s smooth and it flows and somehow she creates a haunting experience. I was enchanted by this story told from Misha’s point of view. It was a truly excellent read and I want more!”

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BUY the paperback from Amazon HERE

Addendum: So, the ebook isn’t ACTUALLY available on Amazon quite yet. That’s what I get for trying to do ten things at once. Sorry about that! But rest assured, the ebook WILL be on Amazon very, very soon. :-)

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Release now on Kobo!

Release-500x750You can now preorder Release from Kobo.

Release is also available for preorder from B&N and iTunes. It’ll be on Amazon and OmniLit on June 24. (Although due to me being new at this whole self-publishing thing, the paperback is already listed on Amazon. I need to fix that listing — the blurb is all messed up — but the book is there, if you want to get it before anybody else.)

And don’t forget, I’ll have advance paperback copies at Denver Pride, June 21-22. I hope to see you there!

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Release Blog Tour, June 16-26

I hope you’ll follow along on my upcoming blog tour. I’ll be sharing some excerpts and giving away a $50 gift card (winner’s choice of book retailer).

You can preorder Release from Barnes & Noble or iBooks. You can also download a free sample from Smashwords. Release will be available at all other major retailers on June 24.

Release Blog Tour

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Release available for pre-order!

You can now preorder Release on Barnes & Noble, or from Apple/iTunes. It should show up for preorder on Kobo sometime very soon. It’ll be available everywhere else on June 24. 

Release-500x750And don’t forget, I’ll have advance paperback copies of Release at Denver Pride, June 21-22. 

 

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Cover Art Reveal: Release

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Release

by A.M. Sexton

Coming June 24, 2014

 

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RT14, Release, and Other Randomness

I’ve been back from RT for several days now, although I still haven’t unpacked. As always, RT was fun but exhausting. Shockingly, I seem to have spent most of my time in the bar. Here are a few pictures.

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Heidi Cullinan and her friend, the mermaid.

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With Caroline Hanson at Samhain’s Saints and Sinners party.

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It’s the wrong team, but it’s the Vince Lombardi Trophy!! (Sort of.)

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Wyoming-born girls! L to R: me, Wendy Russo, Alanna Coca

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At Mardi Gras World

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With Amber Kell. I’m not sure how I always end up in this pose.

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With Devon Rhodes at Mardi Gras World. The creepy clown is totally scoping Devon’s boobs.

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The Rescuers has always been my favorite.

I really enjoyed wandering around Mardi Gras World, and it’s alway great to hang out with friends I only see once or twice a year.

Now that I’m home, I guess it’s time to get back to work. There’s the aforementioned unpacking to do, of course. Also, I found out when I checked in at the Denver airport that my license is expired. Thank goodness TSA still lets you board the plane, as long as it’s not more than a year past its expiration, but that means I get to spend today standing in line at the DMV. Excellent. What more could I ask for, right?

I’m down to crunch time on my dark, kinky, semi-cyberpunk novel, Release. Yes, this is the one I’ve been prattling on about for nearly two years now. It’s in edits, and I’m awaiting the final artwork. I should have a cover to share within the next week or two, and (even better) the book should be available for pre-order (on certain sites) by the end of the month. Release will be available June 24, 2014. Don’t forget, I’m publishing this under a slightly different pen name, A.M. Sexton. If you missed that news, you can read my full explanation here.

I’ll be at Denver Pride on June 21 and 22. If you’re in town that weekend (perhaps for RomCon?), please stop by and see us. I’ll be with the Out in Colorado crew, which includes (but is not limited to) M.L. Rhodes, Caitlin Ricci, Cari Z, George Seaton, and Carter Quinn. I’ll also have advance paperback copies of Release available.

Speaking of Out in Colorado, we attended the NOH8 photo shoot in Denver back in March. Check it out.

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L to R: Me, Cari Z, Caitlin Ricci, Fae Winters, Patrick Wendling-Markwell, Mr. Fae Winters

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That’s all I have for today, but stay tuned for cover art and pre-order information for Release!

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