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Friday, August 24, 2012

Follow the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop


Welcome to the Follow the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop! In celebration of their new review site, Rainbow Book Reviews invited authors to join them in promoting the site.
The hop will be for three days, Friday, August 24, 2012 from 12:00 am EST to Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST
 
Rainbow Book Reviews will provide 4 Book Gift Vouchers (All Romance or Amazon) of $25.00 each and pick winners at random from comments on the Rainbow Book Reviews blog. Many publishers  are also participating and have donated even more prizes!

http://rainbowbookreviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-rainbow-book-reviews-blog-hop-is-here/
And one commenter on this blog will receive their choice from my backlist which you can see on Amazon. Please include your email with your comment so I can contact you.
 

What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to me

I've always written what the voices in my head tell me. The characters whisper in my ear and I tell their stories. It might sound cliché, but it's true.
I started out writing MF romance and then mixed gender ménage. Along the way, the male characters got louder and drowned out the women. I realized I enjoyed writing from the male point of view more than the female. That's when I wrote Silent Knights. A number of people liked this story, so I wrote a sequel. And then started a new series—The Gentlemen's Club.
Book one of The Gentlemen's Club is titled Point of Beginning. The setting is very much like the one I worked in for twenty-six years—a survey construction office, primarily male. When I started out, I was working in the field with the surveyors. My job consisted of driving the truck, holding the rod (no pun intended), staking boundaries and recording data. Eventually, I learned how to use the transit and got a promotion. At the end of my career I was working inside and managing the drafting room.

Along the way I made a lot of good male friends—Black, White, Hispanic, gay, straight, bisexual… There was no closet in that office. We all worked too closely to pretend to be anything other than what we were. And we were an accepting bunch. No, I'm not looking at the world through rose colored glasses. There was cattiness and fights and the usual bullshit, just like in any family. But when one friend and co-worker was dying of AIDS and couldn't handle the work, we rallied around to help him. Everyday his crew took him out to the jobs and let him sleep in the back of the truck so he wouldn't lose his medical benefits.
I feel fortunate to have known so many wonderful men. I learned a lot from them about emotions and sexual identity and supporting each other. I write to entertain, but hopefully along the way my characters will convince a few people that we're all deserving of finding love in whatever form we choose.


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50 comments:

Andrea said...

Thanks for participating in the blog. I'm finding a lot of new-to-me authors and it's fun to read what their writing and characters mean to them.

Zoe said...

Enjoying your blog, and love to be counted in the draw
Probodie@blueyonder.co.uk
Zoe

laurie said...

great blog. as i said to one of my friends reading different types of romance makes life interesting for me!

love your books gale!

parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love your books already - looking forward to more.
cinders1964@hotmail.com

Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all. I appreciate you guys more than you can imagine. Hugs! Gale

KimberlyFDR said...

I never think about confining my writing by sexuality. The novel I'm shopping now has two male main characters that are in an established relationship. The novel I'm currently finishing up has two heterosexual romances. I've written short stories that have transgender themes, m/m relationships, and m/f relationships. It's just what the story calls for. I'm proud to be an LGBT writer.

kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Gay romance has made me feel more empathetic toward the entire spectrum of men...the stories feel so much less cliched to me than het romances. I know I never would have started reading romance if it weren't for m/m.

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

Kaylyn D. said...

Great Post! Ignoring the voices in your head is extremely hard lol. Thank you for the giveaway.
kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

Fierce Dolan said...

So well said. It's great to meet you on this hop! I hope our paths continue to cross!

Cameron Lawton said...

Good to meet so many writers as I'm pretty new to the game. Your experience sounds pretty similar to my own.

coffeybrownbooks said...

You have a few lines that made me want to stand up and cheer. One specifically is "hopefully along the way my characters will convince a few people that we're all deserving of finding a love in whatever form we choose..." Well said. I'm glad I joined such a fantastic group of writers!

Stacey aka Coffey Brown

Madison Parker said...

Thanks for sharing your story, and thanks for sharing such great characters with us!
madisonparklove at gmail

Lasha said...

I love all sorts of romance books, gay and straight. I think I just like reading about love and HEA. *g*

Thanks for the great post.

mslasha @ gmail.com

Josie said...

My first visit to your blog, and I;m sure to be back. Great post and I loved Silent Nights by the way.

Josieb100@gmail.com

Nastasha said...

This blog hop is introducing me to so many great writers! Your books sound awesome!

stashlab at gmail dot com

Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all for reading my post. I love hearing from old friends and new. Hope you all have a good weekend! Gale

Jbst said...

The blog hop is helping me to be introduced to new-to-me authors. Thanks for participating.

strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

Giselle said...

Very interesting blog Thanks for paticipating.

gisu29(at)yahoo(dot)com

rwoods said...

What a wonderfully personal story!

Ryal
ryalwoods@gmail.com

Mary said...

thank you doing these hop. I have been waiting for a all M/M one

mfierydrgn@aol.com

Cornelia said...

Thank you for the hop.Please count me in.

Anonymous said...

thank u for participarting in this blog hop. please count me in for the draw.

lohahmooi(@)hotmail(.)com

ellasmommy06 said...

I love meeting new authors, more books to add to my to-read list! Count me in!
Amanda
peanutty222@hotmail.com

Cathy M said...

Already a big fan of m/m stories, so thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

Shawny Jean said...

This is such a great hop. I've only discovered GLBTQ romance in the past year through Coffee and Porn in the Morning, but I enjoy them as much as hetero romance and find the community that they come from to just be amazing.

shawnyjeann @ gmail.com
cupoporn.net

sarah-madison said...

What a unique background from which to draw on your life experiences! I love the unity you guys had for your fellow worker. Thank you for sharing with us.

Love your website, BTW!

akasarahmadison at gmail dot com

~Ley said...

Oh gosh, I can only dream of a workplace that accepting and loving. Thanks for sharing, Gale.

ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I'd love a chance to win one of the prizes, Gale. Your writing is really hot and our English summer has been so disappointing I need something to warm me up, LOL.

corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Gale.

I enjoyed the post; it was a great read.

I have added your books to my wish list; I look forward in reading them.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Erica Pike said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Your books sound great. Just the first one really captured me, the Silent Knights one.

Erica
eripike at gmail dot com

Brandon Shire said...

Brought tears to my eyes, thanks for the raw honesty of your post.

Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all. I intend to visit the other blogs and read the posts. I did read yours, Brandon and you echo many of my feelings. Reading has always been my escape and when I lost my youngest son to drugs, reading and writing became my salvation. I still don't feel strong enough to write about him, maybe one day...

Yvette said...

Thank you for participating and for the wonderful post. I enjoy all your books as I have many of them.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

ShirleyAnn said...

Hi Gale
I loved your Symbiotic Mates series. Please Count ME In for the Contest.


ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

Juliana said...

Thanks so much for participating in this hop! I love the way two men can find love in my favorite M/M books. Thanks so much for sharing your own personal story.
OceanAkers @ aol.com

Lilly Jones said...

I love finding new authors and I look forward to looking through your writings :)
Lilly
lillywriting @ gmail. Com

Debby said...

Enjoyed your blog post. Great job
debby236 at gmail dot com

nancy said...

Love this hopping! I really need to move Point of Beginning from my wishlist to my readlist.

wulf said...

I'm enjoying reading everyone's different answers to the same question :)

penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

Lyra L7 said...

Love this blog hop, now a Bat out of hell sounds pretty promising!

lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

Marie* said...

Please put my name in the hat :)

marie_sis@fsmail.net

Lisa said...

What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your story and yes, I believe your stories can change minds. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com

Gale Stanley said...

Happy Sunday! I'm thrilled at the amount of support this hop is getting and I love reading the posts.

SusieQ_too said...

Thanks for joining in the hop! And please keep doing what you do so well!
Susie
seritzko AT verizon DOT net

ceagles said...

Hi Gale. Thanks for doing the Blog Hop. It's great to find new authors(to me that is). Wonderful post about WHY. I'd love to be in the drawing. Thanks.

Chris
ceagles48218@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

Great post

I loved red+blue :-D it was great

Sarah S

Sarahs7836(at)gmail(dot)com

K-lee Klein said...

Very nice to "meet" you and great answer, Gale. I'm a fan of your series, too. Hop on by if you get a chance.
Hugs
K-lee Klein
kleemoon66 @ gmail.com

http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/2012/08/rainbow-book-reviews-blog-hop-august-24.html

bn100 said...

Very nice post.

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bn100 said...

Very nice post.

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Staceycstc said...

What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your story and yes, I believe your stories can change minds. :) Thanks for the giveaway! lkbherring64(at)gmail(dot)com