Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Help Break the Beast's Curse: Dollars Against Depression

I've been pretty candid about how I've spent years grappling with depression and anxiety. And in the wake of Robin Williams' death — with the ever-increasing need for selfcare and vigilance — I really wanted to do something other than just incessantly tweet and blog about my experiences. I wanted to help!

Then I remembered that wrote my depression into Bollywood and the Beast. It was part of how I tried to heal from one of my low periods. Secondary character Ashraf — Ashu — fights on-page with the darkness of a disease he can't handle and trauma he can't get past without help. In many ways, what he goes through is the real "beast" of the story. Critics have said it takes away from the main plot line — and that's probably true. Depression's certainly taken a lot from my main plot line. But I don't want it to take too much more. No, I want it to give.

So, from August until the end of October — Depression Awareness Month — 100 percent of all net royalties I earn from Bollywood and the Beast will be donated to The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide counseling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Help me help others, or just help spread the word.

Bollywood and the Beast is an e-book, available at all major e-tailers.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Phoning it in: on Living With, and Surviving, Depression

Note: I've been a depression and anxiety sufferer/survivor for more than 25 years. This is not meant to encapsulate anyone else's experience with mental illness. Only mine. Please do not read if you are triggered by talk of depression and suicide. 

There is no one, perfect way to "cure" or "help" someone with depression. All we have is our own, individual coping structures, our own paths to getting better or just getting almost there. But we can find places to share our burdens and a community to lean on.

I write this to remind myself, and others, that we're alone in this together

Friday, August 8, 2014

First Undressing Blog Hop: Now You See Me

Several writer pals are taking part in Audra North's First Undressing Blog Hop from August 5-9. After reading a few of the fabulous bits of flash fiction by authors like Julia Kelly and Shelley Ann Clark, I was inspired to take a crack at the prompt myself. Strangers undressing one another for the camera — I can do that, right?

So, without further ado, I give you Now You See Me.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I Am Your Lord and Master Beta

I was recently reading some of the reviews for Opening Act (breaking Rule No. 1 of Authordom, I know) when I stumbled across someone calling the hero a “clueless idiot.” I wasn’t mad. I really couldn’t be mad. In fact, I cracked up laughing! You know why? Because he is a clueless idiot. Alpha heroes who are completely confident of their abilities to woo and win fair ladies are all well and good, but sometimes you’ve just got to write a beta hero…and, not only that, but a a doofus-y, has-no-idea-what’s-in-front-of-him beta hero. Adam Harper, 25-year-old blue-collar bartender and bass player certainly fits that bill.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OPENING ACT Release Day + Blog Tour!

It's here: the day my novella, Opening Act, releases from Entangled Publishing! Yayayayayay!

Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he’s just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can’t take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

Only 99 cents! Buy now: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iTunes  Kobo

I will be blog touring through June 6 with my buddy Audra North, whose Healing Her Heart is also out today.

Today is the first stop, at Read Your Writes, where I talk about using what you know to write what your characters feel.

Check out the full blog tour schedule here