Category Archives: Gina X. Grant
Guardian Angel. Stalker. It’s a fine line.
Read “Summer Stalk” in the crime-filled anthology, “Villainous Vacations” now available for pre-order.
EXCERPT: Conner stares into his locker, leaning forward as far as he can without actually climbing inside.
She steps closer, squeezing his arm.
I step closer, too. Pushing off the wall, I redirect and head over to the glass display case, pretending to read the dusty trophies. A bead of sweat tickles the hollow of my spine.
“I hear your parents are out of town. Want me to come over tonight?” Cheryl’s lips flap like huge, pulpy wings. At least they do in the distorted reflection in the big brass trophy.
Oh, look. We won the Kiwanis Festival in 1992.
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A crime of passion. Also pre-meditated. And accidental. And historical. And paranormal And real life. In fact, this exciting new anthology contains 11 different kinds of crimes. Me? My Gina X. Grant penname has a twisty little tale titled, “Summer Stalk.” The antho launches in June, and here’s the cover and the awesome author line-up:
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Sex, drugs, and a blinding reaction. Can false arrest lead to true love? Detective Tyler Colt meant to arrest the rent boy—really, he did—but finds himself taking the pretty young man home instead. Then Det. Colt meant just to kiss the boy, just once. Just to calm him down. But one thing leads t more…
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Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar? After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with his handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriend more…
Lost Boys 2.0—Book #2 of the BOO series
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Trapped outside the world, unlikely hero Thaddeus Wright must partner with sexy Secret Agent Peter Pan to save a new generation of Lost Boys. Thaddeus Wright would love to forget his childhood. A bi-racial bastard orphaned at four, he was the very definition of sin, according to the strict and disa more…
Shift Happens—Book #1 of the BOO series
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SHIFT HAPPENS: A change is as good as a quest. A gay paranormal action adventure Book #1 of the B.O.O. Series Three years out of grad school, anthropologist Adrian Thornapple is still stuck in that “temporary” office job. When his former mentor invites him on a rainforest expedition, he says he more…
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It’s a business doing pleasure with you. A fun, angsty and sexy tale of young hookers in love. Cameron Fairchild is an ex-marine plagued by weird allergies and atypical PTSD. Following a violent incident in an upscale department store, the courts release him into the custody of his mother, San Fra more…
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Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be the Chosen… Two?
Imagine being the only un-magical kid at Hogwarts. That’s how sixteen-year-old orphan Jaden Raines feels as he enters Azunya High. He struggles to fit in, but he’s really a fish out of water.
Deeply in debt to a loan shark, over-sexed dentist Cary Drewel lives in fear of foreclosure and bodily harm. His new practice, though, is missing one rather crucial element—patients. Which, terrifyingly enough, is the one thing his creditors also lack.
In 2014, I was tremendously productive. I wrote new books, re-wrote old ones, learned how to self-publish, including formatting, hooked up with an awesome cover artist, opened a business, opened author accounts at all the major etailers, attended conferences, joined Weight Watchers and read books. In the end, I’d lost 15 lbs. and self-published 8 books!
In 2015, however, I wrote the first draft of a YA contemp book, and edited a gay historical. I wrote a couple of YA shorts that need more work. So in fact, I have pretty much nothing to show for 2015.
I think one of the differences is that in 2014, I set goals: yearly and monthly. I also goaled daily with my friend Joan Leacott.
In 2015. No goals. In fact, after I raced through the first draft of UNPLUGGED, I gave myself permission to relax. And I think I fell off the productivity wagon.
The day I left the full-time job in 2010, I made a point of keeping the nine-to-five schedule. Every day I walked the dogs, did non creative stuff in the morning, then wrote new words or edited existing words all afternoon. In the evenings I socialized, watched TV and read. In 2014, I restricted myself to 2 hours of TV a night.
But since around April, I’ve watched a lot of TV, and written not much in the way of new words.
I also gained back all the weight I lost in 2014. So in retrospect, 2015 was not my year. But don’t get me wrong. I was happy enough. I entertained visitors, was a guest at cottages, and toured China. I lost my dear old dog, Billie. I have a couple of big, ongoing issues in my life, counterbalanced by having a lot of good friends.
I’m hard on myself. But I also know about re-filling the well.
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do set goals. And sometimes goals set themselves. My sister-in-law lent me a beginner yoga DVD on Boxing Day. I’ve done yoga 4 days in a row–25 minutes of much-needed stretching. My muscles ache now from use, not from disuse–somehow it’s a much healthier pain. And while the yoga itself is difficult, making myself do it… is not.
Here are some goals I’m setting for 2016: The first one I’m working on this very minute–to return to blogging. You all want to hear my every thought, right?
So… my goals for 2016:
–Finish 3 short YAs for various purposes. Two are drafted, one is still in my brain.
–Get back to UNPLUGGED. My agent probably expected it months ago. Let that be motivation for me.
–I will get another round of edits on RE-INVENTING LOVE, the gay historical. Hopefully that won’t take me another five weeks to do. (The first round was painful–I think I committed the cardinal sin of submitting before it was quite ready.)
I anticipate being done with all of this by June. My rule of thumb, however, based on years of experience is… if I think this will take six months to do, double it. Oh, look. I’ve got goals for 2016.
Let’s get productive!
GYM DANDY: A gay tale of seduction and denial, humor and sweat.
Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar?
After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with his handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriends, bitchy bosses, the cable guy.
Victor and Doug’s charming love story is funny and angsty, touching on subjects both serious and humorous. It’s a little erotic and a lot entertaining, featuring clever plot twists, engaging characters, and a happy ending. There’s even a dog!
“GYM DANDY is a delightful read that will make you laugh and smile and believe in romance again.” Greg Herren, author The Scotty Bradley Series
Full-length novel, approx. 250 pages.
But I judged a book by its cover. Well, not a book, actually, but people. I judged people.
I go to writerly functions… A. Lot. I’m a member of several writer organizations and love to attend lectures on almost any subject. So I often see the same people at different functions.
And there’s a person there who doesn’t, shall we say, present well. He wears ill-fitting, out of style clothes, has greasy hair in need of a trim. But I spent time with him at the last couple of functions and he’s really nice, funny and has an impressive writerly resume. We even have the same taste in books and he laughs at my jokes. What more could I want?
Then there was this gal I met last night at a Kobo function. She was well-put-together, slim, fashionable, about my age. So I figure we’d have a lot in common. Er, um. It was one of those conversations where she kept saying, “I don’t understand what you mean,” when what she really meant was, “You don’t agree with me, therefore you’re wrong and I must keep repeating my argument without listening to anything you say until you agree with me.”
Luckily, thanks to 2 decades of marriage, I recognize this trap when I hear it. I just walked away from the conversation. If I offended her, then great. Hopefully, she’ll avoid me in future.
What has been bugging me all day is, why was so goddamn important to her that I agree with her? In fact, we really weren’t disagreeing at all if she’d only listened.
The only thing I could think of is that my friend introduced me as “our local marketing whiz.” She seemed to react to this so maybe it was terribly important to her to prove the “marketing whiz” wrong so she could feel validated.
Now I just have to use that in a book. 😉
So let that be a lesson to me. I made several new friends last night and I didn’t judge them by their anything except how much fun they were to be with.
And because all blog posts must have graphics, here’s a line from one of my Reaper novels. In fact, here’s an entire sex scene:
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