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Read with Pride Northwest 2017

The Read with Pride Northwest conference, formerly known as Gay Romance Northwest (GRNW), is only 3 weeks away! It will be held at the Seattle Public Library on Saturday, November 4th from 12 pm to 6 pm. Afterwards, hop uphill to enjoy a multi-author reading event at Gay City, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Registration is required to attend panel sessions, but all are welcome to peruse the books for sale and chat up authors. If you want to pre-funk for the conference, I’ve included a list of the attending authors, as well as a link to their websites and books.

Last year, I attended for the first time, along with a co-worker buddy. And it was amazing! I love romance, and queer romance especially; so having this kind of convergence of kindred spirits and authors so close to home makes me feel super lucky. For the remainder of the month, I’m trying really hard not to buy anymore books, because I know I’m gonna splurge on books and bookish stuff at the SPL’s Friends of the Library store (and there is a coffee shop inside, whuuuuut). This year I’m arriving earlier because that table of freebie books empties out quick! Also, bring any LGBTQIA+ titles that you would like to donate to the library at Gay City. Last year they had a table accepting donations, so I’m pretty sure they will this year, too.

 

Attending Authors

For more information on the attending authors, click HERE.

RWP 2017 authors

Gimme all your lovin’! 

Need even more love in your life? Yeah, I know, me too! Here’s a sample platter to satiate those romance hunger pains until November 4th. Stay tuned for that special moment when the panel sessions are revealed on Read with Pride Northwest‘s website! Cheers 🙂

Love-Between-the-Covers

I know I shared this last year, but it’s still a great romance documentary. Love Between the Covers features numerous writers, including Radclyffe. You can watch it via Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play. You can also watch it for free if your library subscribes to Hoopla or has DVD copies available.

 

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Austin Chant and Amanda Jean host a fantastic queer romance podcast, The Hopeless Romantic. Check it out!

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Coffee Connections: A booklist

Most mornings before I head out to work, I brew up a pot of Yuban and pour it into my trusty Stanley thermos. It’s as much a part of my day as getting dressed. This beloved and essential morning ritual goes well with both solitude and company. 

For example, my idea of a perfect first date or family gathering starts with a cup of coffee. If nothing else goes right, at least there’s a steaming (or chilled or frozen) coffee concoction to enjoy. Throw in a good book and its game over perfection! The characters in the stories below geek out on B-grade sci-fi flicks, grapple with long-distance, attempt to run a cafe while still attending high school, and much more. Just add coffee. 

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Long Macchiatos and Monsters (Geek Out: A Collection of Trans and Genderqueer Romance) by Alison Evans
Published by Less Than Three Press
Available from Less Than Three Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

“Jalen, lover of B-grade sci-fi movies, meets the far-too-handsome P in a cafe while deciding whether or not to skip uni again. When P invites them along to a double feature of Robot Monster and Cat Women of the Moon, Jalen can hardly believe that hot boys like bad sci-fi, too. But as their relationship progresses, Jalen realizes P leaves them wondering if they’re on the same page about what dating means, and if that’s what they’re doing.” – from Less Than Three Press

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Coffee Date by K. Lynn
Published by Less Than Three Press
Available from Less Than Three PressAmazon, Barnes & Noble, Smash Words.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

“Alice is finally happy with her body and her life—except for the part where revealing she’s trans winds up leaving her hurt and abandoned over and over again. She’s decided she’s done making herself miserable by looking for love.

Love finds her anyway, in the form of Hank, the new guy at her local coffee shop. He’s sweet, friendly, charming… and will probably turn out like all the rest. Determined not to shatter the fantasy and lose him before she has to, Alice holds fast to her secrets. 

But if the truth doesn’t ruin everything, the lies will, and it seems no matter which choice she makes Alice is set for just one more heartache.” – from Less Than Three Press

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Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough
Published by Chronicle Books
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

Originally published as The Flywheel in Australia, 2015.

“Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn’t have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it’s working fine. While her dad goes on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, Del manages the family cafe. Easy, she thinks. But what about homework? Or the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell? Or her best friend who won’t stop guilt-tripping her? Or her other best friend who might go to jail for love if Del doesn’t do something? But really, who cares about any of that when all Del can think about is beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street. . . . Until one day Rosa comes in the cafe door. And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?” – from Chronicle Books

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Something True (Out in Portland, #1) by Karelia Stetz-Waters
Published by Forever Yours, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing

Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, Kobo, and other retailers. Join the discussion on Goodreads!

“Tate Grafton has a tough exterior, but underneath she’s kind, caring, and fiercely loyal. That’s why she first started working at Out in Portland Coffee-it was her way of repaying the shop’s owner for taking her in as a homeless teenager. Nine years later, the coffee shop is floundering and Tate feels like she’s letting life pass her by . . . until she shares an unforgettable night with a beautiful stranger. When the mysterious woman disappears the next morning, Tate doesn’t even know her name.

Laura Enfield was supposed to be in Portland for only a few days-just long enough to oversee a simple business deal before joining her conservative father on his political campaign. But when the closeted Laura romances an employee of the coffee shop her company is shutting down, things get suddenly complicated. Now, the lies she’s told for years are beginning to unravel, and her biggest secret is about to be exposed. Laura can’t stop thinking about the barista with the soulful eyes, but after a lifetime of deception, can she finally embrace something true?” – from Karelia Stetz-Waters

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Don’t Bang the Barista! by Leigh Matthews
Published by Leigh Matthews
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

“Drawing on the classics of lesbian pulp fiction, Don’t Bang the Barista! is set in the hipster-dyke triangle of East Vancouver, where friends Kate and Cass discuss the politics of hooking up with a hot barista crush. Is Cass warning Kate off over concern for her favourite coffee shop hangout, or does she have ulterior motives for keeping Hanna and Kate apart? What if Hanna actually has her sights set on someone else… someone already in a seemingly monogamous and hetero relationship? Navigating life in the queer East Van community certainly isn’t simple for Kate and her trusty canine, Jupiter, especially when Kate’s ex gets back into town looking more fabulous than ever. Can Kate finally figure out who she wants to be with before it’s too late?” – via Amazon.com

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Confessions from a Coffee Shop by T.B. Markinson
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Available from Amazon.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

“Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?” from T.B. Markinson

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A Caramel Macchiato with a Friend by Lila Bruce
Published by Sapphire Books|
Available from Sapphire Books, Amazon, and other retailers.  Join the discussion on Goodreads!

(A short story from the A Heart Well Traveled: Tales of Long Distance Romance and Unlikely Outcomes)

“Discover the many facets of romantic relationships as authors in volume one of, A Heart Well Traveled, unravel the trials and tribulations of long distance love affairs.

Each author, with their own unique style of storytelling, will leave the reader begging for more. Go from wild rides to gentle love stories, exploring the twists and turns lovers go through as they work to be together despite the distance between them.

Explore bonds beyond friendship, chance meetings, family drama, gender complexity, longstanding love and unexpected passion as lovers seek their happily ever after.

A Heart Well Traveled is a collection of short stories where women who love woman share the joys and challenges of long distance relationships.

Can love really conquer all?” – from Sapphire Books

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GRNW 2016 – Read the Rainbow

The Gay Romance Northwest (GRNW) 2016 conference only 3 weeks away. It will be held at the Seattle Public Library on Saturday, September 24th from 12 pm to 6pm, plus an after party. Registration is required to attend panel sessions, but all are welcome to peruse the books for sale and chat up authors. If you want to pre-funk for the conference, I’ve included a list of the attending authors and panelists, as well as links to their websites and books.

I’m super excited not only to attend my first book conference, but one that focuses on LGBTQIA+ romance! A friend and I are arriving early so that we can score some seriously awesome swag. 

 

Love-Between-the-Covers

 

I also highly recommend watching “Love Between the Covers“, a romance documentary featuring numerous writers, including Radclyffe. You can watch it via Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play. You can also watch it for free if your library subscribes to Hoopla or has DVD copies available. 

 

 

If you haven’t visited the Seattle Public Library before, make sure you take time to look around and visit their Friends of the Library store. It’s candyland for bibliophiles. When I went down to check out the Shakespeare Folio exhibit, I ended up dumping a good chunk of my paycheck at their store. All for a good cause, right? 😀

Thus far, the only author on the list that I’ve read is Sheri Lewis Wohl (Necromantia is a fantastic mystery with supernatural elements and romance. I highly recommend it!). It’s a daunting challenge to read even a quarter of this list before September 24th; my TBR pile on Goodreads will be flush with new-to-me titles! Most excellent! I will definitely read as many summaries as I can squeeze in and then take the slow route of enjoyment over the next few months. Attending the event is going to be a great way to meet authors and fellow readers.

 

Washington State

Astrid Amara
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

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Austin Chant
Romance, Fantasy

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Laylah Hunter
Science Fiction, Fantasy

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Amanda Jean
Romance

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Eric Andrews-Katz
Contemporary Romance, Adventure

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Nicole Kimberling
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

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AK Rose
Romance

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Tracy Timmons-Gray
Event Coordinator for GRNW

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Sheri Lewis Wohl
Romance, Paranormal

Oregon

Jove Belle
Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Erotica

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Charley Descoteaux
Romance

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EJ Russell
Contemporary & Supernatural Romance

Other

Dev Bentham (WI)
Romance

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L.C. Chase
Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance

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Rhys Ford (CA)
Mystery, Thriller, Romance

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Ginn Hale (PNW)
Fantasy

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Lou Harper (CA)
Paranormal

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Tobi Hill-Meyer
Non-fiction, Erotica

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Isabella (CA)
Fantasy, Suspense, Romance

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Morticia Knight
Erotica, Romance

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Christopher Moss
Romance, Historical fiction

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M.J. O’Shea (PNW)
Romance, Young Adult

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EE Ottoman
Romance

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JK Pendragon (BC)
Romance, Speculative Fiction

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Alex Powell (BC)
Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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Andrea Speed
Mystery, Thriller, Horror

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Karelia Stetz-Waters
Romance

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Yolanda Wallace
Fiction

 

One Last Thing…

GRNW is releasing a charity anthology of fiction and nonfiction called Magic & Mayhem. Proceeds support future GRNW programming and resources. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon and Smashwords. Release date: September 6, 2016.

Magic and Mayhem

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