Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Movie Time

Did you know I wrote a screenplay? They're making a movie. It's a short, not full length. Stop by our Facebook page and like us, that way you can keep up with everything that is going on.

Losing Your Flames

At the top of his game, Chris Steadman, wages an inner war between love and being seen as normal. The southern town he calls home lives, eats, and breathes traditional values, leaving no room for those who don’t fit the mold. When Chris receives a text from his boyfriend, Greg, word spreads faster than lightning, resulting in his expulsion from the popular crowd, and worse his family. All Chris wants is to fit in. Acceptance is the only thing holding him together, but in bending to the wishes of others, he is losing his flames.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fanfic for charity

It's Fanfic time. That's right. If you have Fanfic of any of my stories it's time to show them off. Let's have a little fun for a good cause. I'll give $10 for each story submitted to my blog by August 1 2014 up to $200 to The Center on Halsted in celebration of Colorado Flames With A Texas Twist, the next book of the Colorado Heart series. This is also in celebration of GRL being in Chicago this year. The Center on Halsted's mission is to advances community and secures the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland. So get to writing and have some fun.

Email me with the story at sara @ sarayork (dot) com and it will be featured here on my blog. You do have a while because Colorado

I want to thank Fab Book Club for giving me this idea by doing a fanfic of two characters from Colorado Fire.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Voiceover Artist Jason Frazier and Pray The Gay Away

An amazing new voiceover artist and actor has hit the audio book scene. I was lucky enough to find Jason Frazier by chance. Mr. Frazier brought his acting skills to the table, doing so much more than just reading the story. Pray The Gay Away comes to life as Jason Frazier narrates. He becomes the characters, putting his talent into the performance. And make no mistake, this is a performance. Experience Jack and Andrew's story like never before in the audio version of Pray The Gay Away.
Available at iTunes and Amazon.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

We Need Diverse Books

Recently there was a new Twitter hastag #WeNeedDiverseBooks that popped up followed closely by an article Are Authors Scared To Write Diverse Books. I was shocked to see this tag. Why, you ask? Because we already have diverse books. Below you'll find my immediate response to the post, but I also wanted to emphasize that the big publishers aren't going to publish diverse books because they want money makers. Big publishers have to feed their machine and they'll do anything to get $$$.
Indie authors write diverse books. My books feature diversity. I love control over my final product so my white gay cowboy can fall in love with the black cop, or my black male witch can love a white woman. I will continue to exercise control over what I publish instead of handing everything off to a publisher because I don't want to have to water down my story to fit a publishers demands. I've done that and I won't do it again. I've had to change story lines, been told to include more sex, or not to include sex when I've published with a publisher. I like my freedom, and if that means less sales, then so be it. I'd rather include diversity in my novels, writing about controversial topics and stretching boundaries then trying to fit in with a publisher.
Here's my post in reply to #WeNeedDiverseBooks 
There are tons of diverse books with authors from diverse backgrounds. Look at Rafe Haze and The NextWilde City PressMLR PRess, and Dreamspinnerall publish books that are diverse. You can’t get diverse from the top 100 on Amazon, or the top 100 in the NYT or USA Today, you have to branch out. Most people read the top 100 only, they follow what’s popular because it’s what they look like or feel like and they are comfortable with it. They read an homogenized offering of stories, dictated by someone else. If you want diversity, you have to push past the popular and move into the undiscovered.
Rafe Haze wrote an amazing book, but I bet almost everyone who is trumpeting the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag has never heard of him. Not because the book isn’t good, but it’s an small indie press that isn’t going to hit the top 100 lists. Without hitting the top 100 list, many who want diversity in books won’t see this story and will miss the diversity.
Few people have probably read books by Z Allora. Z writes diverse characters. More may have read from Rhys Ford, but not many. Rhys writes diverse characters. There are so many indie and small press authors out there who write diverse characters, and I’m not even discussing the diversity of stories I’ve written which range from IR in MF and MM, MM, FF, MF, transgender, and cross dressing stories.
For there to be diverse stories read, the readers have to look beyond their comfort zone, branch out, and try a new author or subgenre. They’ll never find diversity in Twilight copies, or fanfics of the 50 Shades variety. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Do you love firemen?

This week the second book in my Love's First Response series it out. Fireman, Flames and Fettuccine (Love's First Response) is about Grady and his love for big guys with a little meat on their bones. 
Purchase at Amazon, AllRomance, or MLR Press.

Blurb: Grady Madison thinks his goofy clown suit is a huge turn off for the hot bear, Paul Sessa. But sometimes goofy is more appealing than suave.

When Grady Madison was forced out of the closet he thought his life would change for the worse, but he soon realizes he can date men without having to hide it from his co-workers. Attraction fires when he runs into Paul Sessa, filling him with fiery hot desire. Taking things slow is the plan, until they wind up with pants around their ankles before their first real date.

Paul Sessa wants a man of his own and not just another hookup. But that guy has to pass his daughter's scrutiny, and she's one smart cookie.Dutch looked up at him and whined. He knelt and petted Dutch, talking nonsense to the cute pooch. He heard someone approaching, and a shadow fell on him.

Excerpt: Dutch jumped up and launched himself at the person behind Grady, tangling his leash in Grady’s legs. He tried to stand and catch the dog, but he didn’t do much beyond becoming wrapped in the long lead and falling on his ass.

From the sounds of it, Dutch had hit his mark. Grady turned, grabbing for the leash as he glanced up at the most beautiful brown eyes and curly dark hair he’d ever seen. It was the guy who’d been staring earlier. He swung his gaze to Grady and stilled. He could have been mistaken, but Grady swore he saw heat in those depths. Anything he imagined he saw was gone before Grady had time to sit up straight and grab a hold of Dutch properly.

“Sorry about that. He’s usually really good. Must like the way you smell or something.” Thank God he had the clown paint on, because his face was hotter than the pavement in summer on a scorcher of a day.

“Probably my sausage.”

“What?” Grady’s mouth fell open, and he glanced down, realizing he was going to look at this dude’s crotch to check out his sausage. Fuck, he was—well, not really in uniform, but Grady was here as a fireman and checking out a stranger’s package when the guy knew exactly what he was doing was beyond wrong.

The guy laughed, and his cheeks tinted pink. “I’m a chef. Dogs love me because I smell like meat all the time. I just made up some sausage earlier today.”

“Oh.” Grady was so embarrassed that he wanted to run away. He looked for Larry, seeing that he was still talking to the girl.

“I think you two should take your act on the road.”

“What?” Listening to this guy talk had his nerves on edge. Not because his voice was rough; no, it was smooth as silk, sliding over Grady’s body and melting him with each word. He could hardly concentrate because he was trying to keep his dick from waking up and taking notice. That the guy was big with broad shoulders had Grady even more excited. Then there was the little tuft of hair curling over the collar of his shirt. This big, beautiful bear was exactly what Grady wanted in his bed. Grady glanced down again at the guy’s body. He had a bit of extra padding, and Grady pictured them together, this guy hanging over him while he was tied down. Fuck.

“You’re a little jumpy.”

“Sorry. I’m hard—I mean I’m tired. Oh God, I’m just going to go slam my head in the door and—” Grady tried to turn away, but a hand on his shoulder stopped him. Sparks flashed through his body, and his dick jumped, trying to break free of the confines of his pants and underwear. He was embarrassed beyond belief, and he was making a total ass of himself.

“Wait. Don’t go. I’m Paul. I cook at Sessa’s Italian Grill. I’m working tomorrow night. Why don’t you come in?”

Grady didn’t move away but couldn’t look Paul in the eye. “I was kind of hoping you’d never know who I really was. The paint kind of keeps me hidden.”

“You have great eyes, very beautiful.”

Grady bit his lips and sucked in a breath. “You keep making me blush.” Finally, he lifted his chin and stared at Paul, taking in the pale skin and angular face. “You know, I could be exceedingly ugly under this clown suit.”

Paul squinted and shrugged. “I’ll take my chances. So, what’s your name?”

“Grady.” He stuck out his hand for a shake, and Paul took it. The man’s grasp was firm, and Paul held on for longer than was usually considered socially acceptable, but Grady didn’t mind. He wanted to touch, lick, and kiss this guy, but a handshake would have to suffice since they were in public.

“Hey Grady, time to go,” Larry called out.

“I gotta—you know.” Grady let go of Paul’s hand and backed away.

“You probably want to take care of that thing, you know, being tired and all,” Paul laughed, his smile reaching his eyes, making them twinkle.

Purchase at Amazon, AllRomance, or MLR Press.