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Friday, November 09, 2012

Charity Blog Hop!

Hey, y'all!

Every year Torquere Press does a charity Sip drive. Sips are short stories, and we authors get to choose the charity. We chose NOH8 this year, and the theme was leather, for Torquere Press' ninth anniversary.

My Sip is called Dead Cow Pants, and I was so tickled to get to name a story that. I love silly stuff that can be translated into werewolf life.

Here's the official blurb:

Returning from a foray into the world beyond pack lands, Shay is heartsick and skinny. His best friend Dar knows he just needs confidence, and thinks leather pants will do the trick. Shay might just the only werewolf on earth who doesn't like leather. Is there anything Darius can do to get Shay to wear dead cow pants?

And here's where you can find it!

Now, the theme of the blog hop this weekend is Leather and Love: How Romance Helps Stamp out Hate.

Here's my take on the theme. I've had more than one reader tell me they used to be scared of gay folks. M/M was crazy scary to them. Then they read onr of my books, and found out that romance was still romance no matter what gender the partners were. In fact, some of these readers are now activists, working to legalize gay marriage, or to help with projects like NOH8 and It Gets Better.

Every time I hear a story like that, I'm reminded of the very first lady I talked to at Romantic Times. It was my first RT, heck, my first convention, and most everyone saw my book covers and walked by. But one lady, she stopped and asked me, "Why do you write this? Doesn't it freak you out?"

I explained that I loved the idea of two men loving each other, and I promised her if she read a m/m book, she would love it to. Everyone deserves a happy ending, I said. She emailed me a week later and told me I was right. She was in love with love... That was 2005, and she still emails me regularly.

Thanks for reading, y'all! I had a ball.

Oh, and my partner, BA Tortuga and I will be doing a joint giveaway. We call ourselves Spurs and Shifters because she writes cowboys and I write shifters, and we'll give away a gift pack!

Have a great weekend!





Anonymous said...

"in love with love" – that's such a perfect line. And such a perfect place to be! I've never understood why anyone would rather spend their time dealing in hate and unhappiness – gimme love and laughter and pretty, pretty men any day :) So thank you for keeping those Happy Endings coming!

Anonymous said...

Dead Cow Pants - that's a title that's highly unusual. Thanks for the contest!

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Charlie Cochet said...

Great post, Julia! Thank you so much for sharing. :D

Anonymous said...

DEAD COW PANTS may officially be the greatest title of all time. Can't wait!


Katherine Halle said...

Dead Cow Pants - Best Title Ever :D

*happy sigh* "in love with love" that's how it should be. That story you shared was awesome. Hopefully, there will be many more :D

A. Catherine Noon said...

Hi, Julia! No need to enter me in your drawing, just wanted to stop by and check in. I LOVE the title of your story, Dead Cow Pants! MAN, do I wish I had come up with that. It's awesome!! Totally grinning. Love it.