Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, John!

If you've ever read an interview with me then you've heard me talk of the illusive friend who's the reason I first became interested in the m/m genre. We were working together in an environment that wasn't exactly gay friendly. He remarked, "You'd never understand my world." I love him dearly and desperately wanted to understand. An avid reader, I looked for answers in books, and was hooked from the very first chapter of Laura Baumbach's A Bit of Rough. That was a few years back. These days, I'm sending him great links like GLBT Bookshelf.

Well, today my dear friend had a milestone birthday. Today he also read one of my stories for the very first time. I quote, "OMG! I was so embarrassed, I smiled, I laughed, I cried." I'm hoping that the embarrassment was only because he couldn't imagine me writing a sex scene, let alone a m/m one that takes place in a sports car, and the fact that this is the first m/m romance that he's read. I'm so glad my work received the "Good Friend John" seal of approval. Now he's determined to read more.

So Happy Birthday to the wonderful guy who started Eden Winters on the road to existence. And may he have many more.

I love ya, boo! But you knew that.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A chance to win the Someplace in this World anthology...

Reviews by Jessewave is giving away a copy of Someplace in this World, an anthology of nine short stories involving the concept of 'home'. The offerings include contemporary, fantasy, historical, and steampunk - a little something for every taste, by some names you're sure to recognize. One of my stories, The Prodigal, is included. It tells the story of Mark, the rent boy Noah sends home in The Angel of 13th Street. All you have to do is comment on the thread at Wave's site to be in the drawing. Hurry, I think the deadline is midnight tonight. Here's the link:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rainbow Awards Cover Contest Enters Round Five

The Rainbow Awards Cover Contest has just entered round five. If there are covers that you particularly like, make sure to vote for each round and see your choices through to the end. This round, you're allowed to vote for 150 covers, and it's getting tougher; they're all so great. Here's the link:

The covers for The Angel of 13th Street and The Wish are both still in the running!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Prodigal

Normally I post my character inspirations under "Meet the Boys," but in honor of the release of the Someplace in this World anthology, I like you to meet my vision of Mark, the rent boy Noah sent home in The Angel of 13th Street. My contribution to the anthology, The Prodigal, picks up where that story left off, following Mark from the city back to the farm where he was raised.

Get the book here:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Wonderful Read

Recently Torquere Press released their annual Charity Sips Blitz, supporting Doctors Without Borders. Twenty eight authors participated this year and, not only will all proceeds go to this worthy charity, Torquere is going to match all money raised.

I had the privilege of participating in this event with short story What You Can't Live Without, but I have a recommendation for you. My dear friend and writing partner, P.D. Singer also offered a story, On Call: Crossroads, part of her Crossroads series. It has all the elements I adore in a story: angst, a love that is strong and true, well-developed characters, and an extraordinary plot. She made me cry. Dark Divas Reviews apparently agrees with about this fabulous tale, for they gave it five divas and the label of recommended read!
Check it out here:

Oh, and they seemed to like What You Can't Live Without pretty well too! That review is here:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Torquere Books has just release an anthology Someplace in this World a collection of short stories dealing with the topic of home. Here's the blurb:

“Is there a place for me in this world? Someplace I can call home?” Home isn’t always the place we start from. Sometimes we have to search long and hard to discover our true home. Other times we leave home, only to discover that our home place calls us back. We may seek far and wide for a home, only to find we’ve been there all along. And sometimes, we have to stand and fight for home.

In this full-length anthology featuring contemporary, historical, fantasy, and steampunk stories, some of Torquere's favorite authors bring us stories of gay men seeking, finding, rediscovering, or struggling to find that one place in the world where they truly belong.

Each of these nine stories treads a unique pathway, but at the end of the journey, these talented authors bring their characters home.

With stories by:
Lee Benoit
Kiernan Kelly
Syd McGinley
J.L. Merrow
G.R. Richards
J. Rocci
P.D. Singer
G.S. Wiley
Eden Winters

I feel honored to have taken part in this project, and my own offering, The Prodigal, is a sequel to The Angel of 13th Street. It picks up the tale of Mark, the hustler Noah puts on a bus for home. It tells his side of the story about his encounter with Noah, and then follows him back home, where he fears acceptance. Can he truly go home again?

Find it here at Torquere Books:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jared's Got Talent

I want to take some time out from talking writing to let ya'll know about a very talented cover artist and friend, Jared Rackler. He's been a tremendous help in conceptualizing my stories for artwork and designed covers for some of my work. His latest, for a short story sequel to The Telling, is so fabulous I cried the first time I saw it. Ya'll, I'm pleased to present the cover of Night Watch, which has gotten quite a few compliments.

Ain't it purdy? And so very right for the story.

Interview and Two Great Reviews

The folks at Michele n Jeff Reviews were kind enough to conduct an interview with me. It just posted this morning and, low and behold, they also posted reviews of two of my novels, Duet and The Wish, awarding them five kisses each. I cannot tell you how happy I am. Many hugs to Michele and Jeff, and their wonderful reviewer, Lisa. Thanks, ya'll.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Torquere Press Announces Their 2010 Charity Sips Blitz

For several years Torquere Press has held an annual charity fundraiser. This year's is to support Doctor's Without Borders. The proceeds from the purchase of any of the stories offered as part of their Charity Sips Blitz, plus a matching amount donated by TQ, go to support that worthy cause. Many very talented authors contributed this year, and one of my own stories, What You Can't Live Without, is part of the selection. You can buy them separately or as part of a discounted collection. Here's the link to the stories.

Here's the link to the collection.

How can you beat getting quality reads AND doing a good thing at the same time?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Have you ever seen a book cover so incredible that you just had to buy the book? Well, now is the time to show some love the those folks whose names usually don't appear on the book's cover, but who impact your ultimate purchasing decision. Elisa Rolle is hosting the Rainbow Awards Cover contest:

You'll probably need to open two browser tabs, one for the ballot, one to view the covers.

I'm happy to say that the covers for The Angel of Thirteenth Street and The Wish, both by the amazing Alessia Brio, made it to round two. There's plenty of covers this year, but you're allowed to vote liberally. So vote for your favorites and show your appreciation for these talented artists.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A chance to win my latest novel, Duet.

Eden Winters's Blog

September 5, 2010

The final drawing (that I know of) of my latest novel, Duet, is currently being held at Reviews By Jessewave, a fabulous site that hosts daily book giveaways, insightful reviews, intriguing posts, and a weekly column featuring some of the biggest names in M/M romance, offering priceless words of wisdom. I recommend it highly.

Anyway, to be in the running for a copy of Duet, all you have to do is leave a comment on the thread. One poster will be selected to win.

Here's the link: 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rummage Sale at GLBT Bookshelf, and Sequel to The Telling!

It's that time again! Time for a rummage sale at the GLBT Bookshelf, featuring such well known authors as P.A. Brown, Mel Keegan, Laura Baumbach, and many, many more.

I have a page there, and they also are one of the hosts for the The Telling, a novel I offer as a free gift to readers. If you read The Telling, or even if you didn't, you may find the sequel, Night Watch (available as part of the rummage sale) interesting. It deals with a former soldier's post-traumatic stress disorder and how his partner's love helps him deal with it. Here's the blurb:

Javier "Jay" Ortiz has always considered The Fourth of July a time for celebrations, fireworks, and cookouts – that is, until he met Michael Ritter, a US Army veteran traumatized by the horrors of war. For Michael, the Roman candles sound like rockets and the pops and blasts of fireworks mimic rifles and grenades. When bitter memories suck him into the hell of his own mind, can his partner's love bring him back?

So come on over to the sale and find yourself some bargains! All proceeds benefit the site.