Chechnya Crisis

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Chechnya LGBT charity auction May 5-12

By Dale Cameron Lowry

When the news started coming out of Chechnya about the organized police campaign of torture, imprisonment and murder being conducted against men perceived to be gay, it hit me hard.

Growing up in the Netherlands just a few decades after World War II, I learned to dread authoritarianism and genocide — authoritarianism’s frequent offspring — early on in life. On school and family outings we visited houses with secret rooms where families had provided refuge to Jews as they sought to escape Occupied Europe. Every summer, we would drive through northern Germany to see my cousins, and my mom would announce the sites of former concentration camps we passed along the way.

I felt compelled to do something about the situation in Chechnya — but what? How could I possibly help from the other side of the world?

On April 14, I got an email that mentioned the Russian LGBT Network, the main organization working to help vulnerable Chechens get to safety. Things started to click into place in my head. I figured out how I could help.

I started by setting aside some of the proceeds from my recently released anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love for the Russian LGBT Network. Then I asked other writers if they could do something similar.

Fantasy author Olivia Helling was one of the first to respond, and she also volunteered to organize a charity auction. Over the next week or so, the idea grew into an effort that now includes more than thirty writers, publishers, and other book people. We call ourselves Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens and, through royalties, other donations, and an online charity auction to be held May 5–12, we’re helping to make a difference.

Authors, publishers, and other book people are:

  • setting aside royalties for the Russian LGBT Network
  • making direct donations to organizations helping vulnerable Chechens
  • contributing signed paperbacks, cover design and editing services, ebook collections, bespoke short stories, characters named after readers, and more to an online auction with proceeds to benefit theRussian LGBT Network, ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Railroad, which are helping LGBT Chechens escape to safety.

I’m also maintaining a newsfeed with updates about the situation in Chechnya and what  charities are doing to help. You can check it out here.

If you’re an author who would like to get involved, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the auction, royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping out LGBT Chechens, and more.

If you are a reader who would like to learn more about the situation in Chechnya and how to help — including how to make a direct donation to a designated charity, buy a book from a participating author, or support the auction — please visit Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.

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Dale Cameron Lowry is a romance and speculative fiction writer living in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats. Queer Mormons, immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who spend their lives navigating multiple cultures often appear in Dale’s writing.

 

Charity auction for men at risk in Chechnya May 5-12

TimeLabs Inc – New Release!

TimeLabs Inc is a collection of six science fiction short stories, all with a romantic theme. Now available for purchase on Amazon for 99c! Enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

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“Welcome, Mr Reese and Mr Connor… I trust your special day was all that it was cracked up to be? And what better way to compliment your union than with a honeymoon across time, eh? We here at TimeLabs are the premier time travel company and our guides are highly trained. Anything you want, anywhere you want to go… The possibilities are very nearly endless…”

Sam and Zak take a Time Tour for their honeymoon, visiting some of the events through time which have captured their interest, including the very first Olympics. A five-star time machine for transport, luxury meals, fine wines—what could be more perfect? TimeLabs Inc.

Tom loved his master, his job and the wonderful society he lived in—until one day, somebody hacked his tattoo and his world changed forever. Tattoo

Kel meets his first alien and falls in love with her. Except… Alien Love Story

Evan and Joey step through a door and find themselves in a whole new world where mythical creatures are as real as they are. Love Spider

General Parker Rodriguez didn’t believe for one second in the existence of flying saucers with little green men conducting random probes, but he still knew that Aliens were out there. And when they came, he would be ready. E-Contact

And My Day At The Beach

Purchase from Amazon here.

Gay Sci-Fi. Not explicit. Suitable for both teens and adults.

 

 

Queer sci-fi without sex?

People often tell me they’d like to read stories about LGBTQ characters, without necessarily having sex scenes included. So here is my contribution.

TimeLabs Inc is a collection of six sci-fi stories, all featuring LGBTQ characters. Although I’ve called the sub-genre “Romantic Sci-Fi,” the stories are more about the characters’ relationships and experiences in various sci-fi scenarios. There are no sex scenes.

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Sam and Zak take a Time Tour for their honeymoon, visiting some of the events through time which have captured their interest, including the very first Olympics. A five-star time machine for transport, luxury meals, fine wines—what could be more perfect? TimeLabs Inc.
Tom loved his master, his job and the wonderful society he lived in—until one day, somebody hacked his tattoo and his world changed forever. Tattoo
Kel meets his first alien and falls in love with her. Except… Alien Love Story
Evan and Joey step through a door and find themselves in a whole new world where mythical creatures are as real as they are. Love Spider
General Parker Rodriguez didn’t believe for one second in the existence of flying saucers with little green men conducting random probes, but he still knew that Aliens were out there. And when they came, he would be ready. E-Contact
And a dystopian short, My Day At The Beach

Although the stories are all about adults, they are suitable for both teen and adult readers.

Purchase link here.

Timelabs Inc now available for Pre-Order

TimeLabs Inc is a collection of six science fiction short stories, all with a romantic theme. Due out on Amazon on 15th March 2017. Now available for Pre-order.

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“Welcome, Mr Reese and Mr Connor… I trust your special day was all that it was cracked up to be? And what better way to compliment your union than with a honeymoon across time, eh? We here at TimeLabs are the premier time travel company and our guides are highly trained. Anything you want, anywhere you want to go… The possibilities are very nearly endless…” Sam and Zak take a Time Tour for their honeymoon, visiting some of the events through time which have captured their interest, including the very first Olympics. A five-star time machine for transport, luxury meals, fine wines—what could be more perfect? TimeLabs Inc.

Tom loved his master, his job and the wonderful society he lived in—until one day, somebody hacked his tattoo and his world changed forever. Tattoo

Kel meets his first alien and falls in love with her. Except… Alien Love Story

Evan and Joey step through a door and find themselves in a whole new world where mythical creatures are as real as they are. Love Spider

General Parker Rodriguez didn’t believe for one second in the existence of flying saucers with little green men conducting random probes, but he still knew that Aliens were out there. And when they came, he would be ready. E-Contact

And My Day At The Beach

All stories feature LGBTQ characters. Not explicit. Suitable for both teens and adults.

Pre-order now from Amazon Kindle.

New to Kindle Unlimited

 

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His Guilty Secret is now available from Kindle Unlimited.

I’m testing to see how successful that is. If it works out, I’m considering placing Lunar Affair, Untouchable and Pirate in the program as well.

At this stage, Gothic Romance is still doing well in Kindle Unlimited, but I’m considering removing it in a few weeks so I can publish the book with Smashwords, Kobo, Apple etc so don’t leave it too long!

Happy reading,

LV

Falling Hard by Dale Lowry

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Title: Falling Hard
Author: Dale Cameron Lowry
Length: 233 pages/57,000 words
Publisher: Terrestrial Press
Genres: short stories, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance

Blurb

Falling Hard features nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book. Meet a sign language interpreter who finds unexpected love at middle-age, college students in their first relationships, a vampire who would rather be a vegan, and a proudly gay ex-Mormon atheist who sells Bibles for a living. From sweet to erotic, this collection exhibits the quirkiness, fun, and diversity Dale’s writing is known for.

Here are just a few of the stories in Falling Hard:

  • Mi Alma — Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
  • Loggerhead — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
  • Reading the Signs — The only thing twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong expects when he enrolls in a summer school for linguists in New Mexico is to get more ideas for his master’s thesis in Dutch Sign Language. But then he meets the American sign language expert Alfonso Grossman, and sparks fly.
  • Rough Love — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over?

Excerpt

From Reading the Signs:

Twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong was in trouble. Deep, deep trouble.

Here he was, five thousand miles from home at the University of New Mexico for a rare opportunity to study with a few hundred of the world’s most brilliant linguists.

And instead of paying attention on his first day of the summer session, his mind—and eyes—kept wandering over to the man two desks ahead of him.

“Alfonso Grossman,” the man had said when they’d introduced themselves before class, speaking and fingerspelling his name at the same time.

“I know who you are,” Theo had answered in English, his heart almost beating out of his chest as he shook Alfonso’s hand. Dr. Grossman was an American linguist who’d been traveling to Nicaragua for almost two decades to help document the evolution of the country’s sign language. “I’ve read your papers. I’m a bit of a fanboy.” Theo bit his tongue after the last word slipped out, but it was too late. Besides, it was true. “Intellectually speaking, of course.” That was also true. Theo had never seen a photo of Alfonso before, and in his wildest dreams couldn’t have imagined how cute the American was, with his head full of salt-and-pepper curls and crow’s feet at the corners of his eyes that made him look like he was perpetually smiling.

The crow’s feet grew deeper as Alfonso broke into an actual grin. It was a nice look on him. Adorable. Theo felt something tug at his heart. “What’s your area?” Alfonso said, glancing down at Theo’s nametag. “And should I pronounce your name ‘tay-o’ or ‘thee-o’?”

“Dutch Sign Language. My parents are deaf, so it’s my first language. I’m doing a comparative study of the dialects for my master’s thesis. And ‘tay-o’ is how we say it in Holland, but whatever’s easiest for you.”

“I like ‘tay-o,’” Alfonso said.

Theo felt himself blushing. He hoped his sunburn camouflaged it.

 

Where to Buy

Falling Hard is currently available through the secure downloading platform PayHip, Amazon, Apple, and other sellers worldwide. You can read a preview and find sales outlets at:

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Falling Hard, Dale is running a giveaway. The prize is one of Dale’s short romances that is not in the anthology: Love Unmasked, a lighthearted romance about Aaron Loreto, a gay man who’s been unlucky in love because he occasionally turns into a raccoon. For some reason, his ex-boyfriend didn’t like the way he’d spend all night digging through the trash. But somewhere out there is a guy who’s more understanding, and Aaron might just have found him at his favorite coffee shop.

You can enter every day to increase your chances. Enjoy!

(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter giveaway here, go to www.dalecameronlowry.com/falling-hard-giveaway/ to enter.)

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Author Bio & Links

Dale Cameron Lowry lives in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale is a writer and editor who enjoys wasting time on Tumblr, listening to podcasts, studying anatomy, getting annoyed at Duolingo, and reading fairy tales. Previous careers include sign language linguist, grocery store clerk, journalist, gardener, and camp counselor.

Dale began writing for fun at the age of eight and has been making up stories ever since, from overly workshopped literary fiction to off-the-cuff fanfic. Queer Mormons have a way of popping up in Dale’s work, whether it’s romance or erotica, sci fi or fairy tales, slice-of-life contemporary fiction or spine-tingling horror. So do immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who live their lives navigating multiple cultures.

 

Queeromance Ink

Welcome to Queeromance Ink. We’re a brand new site aiming to connect queer romance readers with the authors and books that they love.

There are a number of other great sites out there that help authors and readers connect. But there’s nothing quite like QRI:

–Our library of authors will be deeply searchable. When it’s complete, your customers will have ways to find your books that cater to their exact interests, combining multiple factors – pairing, heat level, genre, character age, and much more to zero in on the books that meet their needs.

–We do not sell books on the site. We made this decision for several reasons. First, it eliminates the risk of the site going out of business and taking author royalties with it. Second, it allows authors the flexibility to direct buyers to the sites in the order in which they prefer, and soon will allow them to feature the retailer where they make the best return.

–We are run by a gay couple who is deeply involved in the queer romance community – a writer and an avid reader of queer fiction.

We’re excited about this new site, and would love to hear from y’all if you have any questions.

🙂

–Scott & Mark

 

Note from LV – I’m very excited to be a part of this new venture! Click here if you would like to check out my profile, or if you would like the home page, then click on this link Queeromance Ink.