Eelgrass Book Birthday Tour Itinerary

It’s been (a little more than) one year since I published Eelgrass. To celebrate, a lovely group of book bloggers is hosting seven days of games, giveaways, excerpts, author interviews, and guest posts.

Here’s where we’ll be:

Sunday, October 8

Join me over at Sapphic Book Club for a guest post about my darling wife.

While you’re there, consider signing up for the book club. Members get free ebooks of f/f books and the chance to talk about them with hundreds of other readers.

Monday, October 9

I’ll be sharing an exclusive excerpt on Jennifer Lee Rossman’s blog.

After you read it, go preorder Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Sayfeaturing Jennifer’s short story, “Christmas Magic.”

Tuesday, October 10

Destiny at Fables and Fae is sharing an author interview about how Eelgrass is accidentally a coming-out novel.

Are you on Twitter? Destiny cohosts the daily #WIPConfessions chat. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 11

Don’t miss the first giveaway of the tour, hosted by Taylor at Stay on the Page! I’ll also be sharing a list of my favorite gay characters of all time.

Thursday, October 12

I’ll talk about self-publishing and how I knew that was the right way to bring Eelgrass into the world on friend Jen’s blog, Authorised Musings.

Jen hosts my writing group at our local library, and she’s published, like, a million short stories. Read them here.

Friday, October 13

It’s time for the final giveaway of the tour, hosted by Lillie of The Kitten’s Keyboard. Swing by her blog to enter and, while you’re there, play an Eelgrass-inspired game.

Saturday, October 14

We’re ending on a high note by sharing two posts on the last day of the tour.

I’m sharing a guest post on the importance of reshaping cultural stories to fit marginalized narratives on Melody Klink’s blog. After you read it, pick up her YA fantasy, Godeater: The Second World.

Then Lisa’s hosting another Eelgrass-inspired game at Lisa the Bookworm.

Where have you been?

Heyyyy internet, it’s been a while! I had to set down my writing career for a while in order to be a real life person, and I am so excited to be back. It’s a beautiful, thunderstormy summer here in the charming middle of nowhere, New York, and I’ve got a lot planned.

What in the world was I up to?

  • I stepped back from my day job, so I am now writing (and taking classes) full-time. My boss ordered me to spend at least two weeks relaxing, so I immediately ignored that.
  • I got married! I’m a wife! I have it on very good authority that I was the most beautiful bride in the entire history of the world, that I had the best ceremony, and that everyone present was enchanted by the timeless love that my wife and I have for each other. My wife wrote me a love letter and made vegetarian s’mores with her bridal party; I made sure our desserts would be peanut allergy-friendly and then fell dead asleep to the sounds of my bridal party playing board games.
  • We went on a honeymoon to Iceland, where we did not eat any endangered animals but we did see a lot of tiny museums and drink a lot of good hot chocolate. We skipped all of the traditional tourist destinations, which has been a great disappointment to nearly everyone since we’ve returned. (“Oh, my sister went to the Blue Lagoon!” “That’s great! We had a wonderful time at the nonsense museum!”)
  • I got stitches for the first time in my adult life… when I cut my hand opening the beautiful chef’s knife a dear friend gave us for our wedding. It’s very sharp. It cuts beautifully. The emergency room staff were all amused. My wife says a prayer every time I take it out of its case.
  • I remembered, occasionally, that it would be a good idea for me to write, and then I 100% didn’t.

So what’s next?

  • I’m finishing up another novel, tentatively titled Reckless Entanglement, a lesbian coming of age story set in rural Wisconsin just after the end of the world. DJ is a pragmatic n’ere-do-well from Las Vegas (no, not that one) whose bad girl past and ability to fix practically anything have served her well in the shifting landscape of her adulthood. Adrian is sweet and shy, a hard-working, bookish girl who will be anyone to survive. This one is tense and sexy and very gay, and it’s such a joy to write. Sign up here to get sneak peeks and a chance to win a free copy before it’s released!
  • I have a few short stories I’ve got finished and am hoping to make available to you shortly. By which I mean that I am hanging out and partying in the submissions process. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a big-shot editor, this is a great chance to offer me cash money in exchange for the best disabled lesbian vampire story you’ve never read.
  • Once Reckless Entanglement is complete, I’ll be ready to start the sequel to Eelgrass. (Working title: And Then Things Got Worse.) This one takes place on dry land, and let me tell you, if you ever have the choice between writing a novel in which all the characters are FLOATING IN THE OPEN OCEAN and one in which they’re not, pick “not.”
  • Writing as a day job gives me more time to devote myself to the business, which I need and appreciate! Expect more process and decision-making posts.