Diverse Romance Challenge

I just saw this over on another blog, which I will link here in a moment.

I think this is a GREAT idea. Please give it a look.


Source: Diverse Romance Challenge

The idea is that you read diverse books in order to complete a row on this bingo card. If there are actual prizes in the original post, I missed that part, but you know what? Post in the comments on my site with the titles of the books you’ve read (romance or not, novel or short story – I will be impressed if you can post Bingo! however you get there) in the various categories, in any row, and after January 1st, 2017 I will select a winner to receive their choice of either my debut novel, Angels Fall, or a debut novel I edited, The Role, by Richard Taylor Pearson (open to U.S. residents).

The original post says you have until the end of the year. I’m not sure you can do this from scratch by then (maybe you can, but I couldn’t), but it certainly gives you time to fill in the holes in a row you can almost complete with books read prior to the start of the challenge.

Here’s the list, written out (thanks to the blog romancenovelsforfeminists.blogspot.com for that.)



Latinx MC

Muslim MC

MC w/mental illness:

Jewish MC:

Trans MC:

Physically disabled MC:


Diverse Historical:



Black MC:

East Asian MC:

WOC in Romance:

Set outside US/UK

Full figured MC:


Asexual MC:

Middle Eastern MC:

Poc on Cover:





HAVE AT. (And go check out the original posts!)

Apparently it’s on Twitter, too. #DiverseRomanceBingo

Enter to win a copy of Angels Fall

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Angels Fall by N.S. Beranek

Tired of being told–by straight and gay alike–that he loves “incorrectly,” vampire Ehrichto Salvatolle gave up on the idea of having romantic love long ago. When a member of the created family he’s focused on instead comes under threat from a mysterious illness, Ehrichto strikes a deal with his own sire, to return to the sire’s bed in exchange for his help. But when he meets the great-grandson of the first man to break his heart, Ehrichto spies a chance to have the one thing he’s always wanted: true love.

Lethe Press. Paperback, 270 pages.


Enter to win a copy of the book (paperback or ebook) by commenting with an answer to the question below.

Ehrichto met his first love, Patrick Conway, outside the warehouse of the Conway Distillery, near the northwest corner of Fifth and Main Streets in Louisville, KY. At that time it was part of “Whisky Row” and bustling with activity due to its proximity to the wharf. Here’s a photo of the block, back when Ehrichto and Patrick met:


Decades later, when Ehrichto crosses paths with Patrick’s great-grandson, Michael Conway Ferguson, what building stands on the former site of the distillery? Leave your answer in the comments section below. A winner will be chosen from the correct answers. Be sure to include an email or blog address to be contacted.

Can’t wait for your copy? Pre-order at http://www.lethepressbooks.com


Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality.


Are you ready to hop?

The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia has changed names. Welcome to the Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality.

If you were not aware, the blog hop is intended to raise awareness about the need for visibility for transgender and bisexual folks by linking blogs that are safe spaces, and contain related content. To encourage people to visit all the hop partners, each participating blog is giving away a prize during the event. This site will be giving away one copy of The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson (Lethe Press, 2016). 

Release Day for The Role


It’s here! It’s finally here! Happy book birthday to The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson!

Mason Burroughs is an actor on the verge of giving up after being turned away at audition after audition. But his life changes when he bumps into Kevin Caldwell, an old crush from acting school. Kevin helps Mason land a role that could make him the next Broadway star. However, as rehearsals begin, Mason learns that there’s a lot more drama than just what’s on stage. With a personal trainer claiming he can mold his body to resemble a Greek statue, an underhanded understudy waiting in the wings to replace him, a megalomaniacal director, and Kevin hellbent on breaking up Mason and his boyfriend, Mason must choose how much he is willing to sacrifice to make his Broadway dream a reality.

Releasing Late Spring of 2016

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Creatures of the Night panel discussion

received_10206459772433177.jpegSaints and Sinners Literary Festival 2016.

Saturday April 2nd, 1 PM – CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

If writers are supposed to “write what you know”—how do you create supernatural beings like vampires and werewolves and witches, oh my? Can you make up your own rules, or do you have to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before? Once considered a “low” genre, horror has redefined itself over the last few decades, expanding in many different directions, and has taken on topics and themes once considered the purview of “high literature.” Join us as we talk about redefining the field of paranormal fiction, and the difficulties LGBTQ writers face as they work to get their voices heard.

Panelists: N.S. Beranek, ‘Nathan Burgoine, Mary Griggs, Jerry Rabushka, and Jeffrey Ricker. Moderator: Candice Huber. Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C.

Saints and Sinners 2016


It’s that time of year again! Writers, editors, agents and others involved in creating and promoting work by, for, and/or concerning the LGBT community share their knowledge and network during three jam-packed days of master classes, panel discussions, readings and, of course, parties. Do not miss it.