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The first thing I knew about one of my characters is that he was gay.
The second thing I knew was that nobody around him had a clue. That this, in fact, would be a major plot event that would make so many things make sense. That it would be my trump card, my big reveal. And why?
Because I like to make marketing really, really difficult.
Alright, I admit, there’s more to it than that. A lot more.
I grew up in a small town on the edge of Appalachia, where we didn’t quite have mountains, but we did have meth labs. When I was fifteen, one of the boys in my English class told me he was gay, and that went well enough that he decided to tell everyone. Six months later, his parents had him seeing a councilor to fix him. No one else at my high school came out of the closet to anyone but close friends.
That was ten years ago. So near, so far.
Not everyone comes out when they want to; not everyone comes out at all. Their decisions are not predicated on want, but on can and cannot. And I wrote a book so I could tell the story of someone who is doing their best under difficult circumstances. To someone who perhaps was going through them themselves.
And the rest of us, of course, because who hasn’t had to make bad choices under worse circumstances? If you haven’t, I hope you never have to.
I didn’t write a coming-out story, but I made one where we can understand why not. I can’t tell you that there’s a romance in this book; there isn’t. I can’t tell you that my gay character is in love—he’s not sure that he is. I can’t even tell you who he is, or where you’ll meet him, or why exactly he keeps his secrets.
You’ll have to find that out for yourself.
In this gritty debut set in a near-future Appalachia, S. Hunter Nisbet presents a stunning story of surviving the choices we make—and those that are made for us.
Simon “Saint” Flaherty is sixteen the day he enters a back-alley mixed martial arts fight in his Appalachian town. The odds are overwhelmingly in his favor, but no one expects him to win by accidentally killing his opponent, least of all Simon. His coach uses the publicity to set Simon up in the fight of his life in scarcely a month’s time, but physically ready doesn’t mean mentally ready.
Erin Livingston has taken care of Simon since he was orphaned at the age of eleven, a replacement son for the one stolen away from her by a war that tore the country apart and left her hometown in isolated ruin and at the hands of despot cartel leader Jeff Petrowski. Not only does Petrowski keep an iron grip on the community, but his grasp is also rapidly closing in on Erin as Simon’s limelight reveals a secret she’s desperate to keep hidden from the world. Now Erin is searching for a way out, any way out.
Nothing can stop Simon’s next fight, barreling toward them at the speed of a shotgun shell. No one dares help Erin, not if it means risking their lives against a man with no mercy. In this tightly woven story of enduring in the face of violence, Simon and Erin must decide whether a chance to escape a life not worth living is worth the danger of losing it altogether.
Read an excerpt from What Boys Are Made Of below.
Winter Oranges comes out in just three days! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this release. Remember, if you pre-order the book from Riptide, you get to download it two days early, which means you’ll have that book on your ereader right away. Sounds like a great way to finish off the holiday weekend, right? (And it’s for a good cause! 20% of the proceeds go to the GLBT National Help Center.)
Also, don’t miss the Winter Oranges Blog Tour. Here’s the schedule:
Of course there will be excerpts and prizes and a few exclusive posts, so please follow along.
This weekend, August 14-16, I’ll be at Myths and Legends Con in Denver along with several other Out in Colorado authors. We’ve even published a special Magic and Mayhem anthology to help cover our costs. Please stop by the vendor room, if you’re in the area.
On September 12, I’ll be at Fort Collins Comic Con (again, with several other Out in Colorado authors).
On September 26, I’ll (hopefully) be at ReadCon in Firestone, CO. (Details pending.)
And finally, I’ll be at GayRomLit in San Diego, Oct 14-18.
I hope to see you there!
Author Joshua Franklin Hill has a bad case of writer’s block. When an axe-wielding maniac knocks on his front door and asks to dig up his living room floor, he figures his Monday from hell is complete.
But an axe-wielding maniac may be just what Josh needs.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to PRE-ORDER the sequel:
Writer Joshua Franklin Hill is sure he’s lost his mind. He’s only known Radcliffe Fox for three days, and yet now he’s left everything behind to follow him back to Moab, Utah. Not to move in, of course. Just to visit, for as long as things feel like an adventure. But Josh soon learns that when your lover is a veritable free spirit sixteen years your junior, everything feels like an adventure. Josh would love to make their arrangement permanent. There’s only one little problem – Rad’s hotter-than-hell ex lives right next door, and he’s determined to win Rad back.
Available January 27, 2015.
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!”
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. 🙂
You 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!
Hello! Thank you for stopping by and spending a little time with me, Caitlin Ricci. Today I’d like to talk a little about some of the things I’ve learned since quitting my job and becoming a full-time author.
Since quitting my job to write full-time in October 2012 I’ve learned a bit and made some mistakes. The biggest thing that I did right though was to make writing a priority in my life. It became more than a habit, more than a need. It wasn’t something that I picked up when I had a quiet moment. When I quit writing became, and still is, something that I set aside time for. It is the hardest job I’ve ever had because it takes the most self motivation that I’ve ever pulled from myself.
Holy cow, how is it mid-December already? I haven’t bought any gifts, I still need to put up my tree, and my house is a friggin’ disaster! In fact, I haven’t even finished unpacking from our Thanksgiving trip yet.
Yeah. I’m a hot mess. Send alcohol, please.
Anyway, I wanted to share just a bit of news, before I get lost under a pile of dirty laundry, scotch tape, and ribbon.
On December 12th, I’ll be visiting the Amber Pax blog.
From December 13-22, I’ll be taking part in the Out in Colorado Christmas Blog Hop. Out in Colorado is a group of Colorado-based authors of GLBT fiction. We’ll have prizes and fun stuff along the way, so please follow along.
On the 17th, I’ll be visiting… a certain author’s blog. I think it’s supposed to be a secret, but if you find me on that day, you could win prizes. 🙂
Last, but not least, I wanted to point out that I’ve updated the pages for my 2014 releases. (The ones I know about so far, at any rate.) They are: Normal Enough, Roped In, and Release. Check those pages out for more info. I’ll post cover art and release dates as soon as I have them.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!