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A Bell for AndySeventh Window is giving away 10 free copies of the new GL Roberts book, A Bell for Andy, when you buy directly from them and use code 5bd4071490 at checkout.

Brian Gallagher and Andy McGrath grew up in the south end of Boston in the 1950s. They went to the same catholic school, had the same interest in Ireland, had both been hospitalized for Scarlet Fever–they even shared a room–and grew up having the same dreams that took place during a time they did not live and involved people they did not know.

Some of us are meant to relive history…

One night during a party, Brian and Andy share a kiss that changes their lives and their friendship forever.

to remember a past that is not our own…

It isn’t until high school that Brian realizes that he loves Andy, but his love isn’t returned in kind and the two boys go their separate ways… but the dreams continue.

discover a curse that rules our lives…

When Brian learns that Andy is in the hospital after being hit by a car, his life becomes torn apart. For the only way to save Andy is to discover the truth behind their shared dreams and uncover a history he’s not sure is real.

and will be relived again if it’s not broken.

For Brian and Andy share a secret that spans time and have a connection that runs deeper than friendship.

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A Bell for AndyA Bell for Andy
by GL Roberts

Brian Gallagher and Andy McGrath grew up in the south end of Boston in the 1950s. They went to the same catholic school, had the same interest in Ireland, had both been hospitalized for Scarlet Fever–they even shared a room–and grew up having the same dreams that took place during a time they did not live and involved people they did not know.

Some of us are meant to relive history…

One night during a party, Brian and Andy share a kiss that changes their lives and their friendship forever.

to remember a past that is not our own…

It isn’t until high school that Brian realizes that he loves Andy, but his love isn’t returned in kind and the two boys go their separate ways… but the dreams continue.

discover a curse that rules our lives…

When Brian learns that Andy is in the hospital after being hit by a car, his life becomes torn apart. For the only way to save Andy is to discover the truth behind their shared dreams and uncover a history he’s not sure is real.

and will be relived again if it’s not broken.

For Brian and Andy share a secret that spans time and have a connection that runs deeper than friendship.

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A Chat with Xavier Axelson

Lily by Xavier AxelsonNow that Xavier Axelson’s emotional story of a father take his daughter his daughter back from the wild, I took some time to sit down with Xavier and talk to him a bit about the new edition of Lily, his writing and what he has coming up.

Lily was revised and re-edited. Can you tell me about what it was like to visit a story you’ve already completed.

It’s been about 3 years since Lily first came out, and I was surprised at how much more the characters had to say, and how quickly they came back to me. The story I thought was over, wasn’t.

Although there aren’t a lot of changes to the story itself, what part of the revisions do you think enhanced the story most.

The climatic scenes between Lily and Pryor are really amped up on the chill factor. The characters tell me what they’re going to do, I’m just along for the ride. Lily really came into her own horrific self. I was truly scared for her father…and everyone else in the house.

Lily is probably your most emotional story thus far. What is it about the story that you think connected most with your readers?

Lily is based on a news story I read about a little girl being dragged off her swing set by a coyote, and I couldn’t imagine a worse nightmare then seeing your child being taken into the woods by a wild animal, truly horrific stuff, so that emotional gut grab is something everyone can relate too, whether you’re a parent or not. The relationship between Pryor and Lily is traumatic and his pain overshadows everything. He has to learn to live and love again. Who hasn’t suffered some great loss, only to have to get up the next day?

You’re known for very strong characters grappling with their inner demons and relationships that range from toxic to healing, do you draw from your own experiences when writing about these relationships?

Absolutely not! I’m perfect in every way… J Actually, my relationships don’t manifest in the writing, at least not consciously, but readers often give feedback that makes me pause and wonder if I’ve revealed something about past relationships. Writing is terrifying because there’s always potential to expose yourself.

Family always plays a big role you your stories, especially aunts and mothers. How much of an influence is your family to you?

Families are beasts made of many pieces (claws, teeth and heart) and we are part of the monster whether it is comforting or biting us, so of course I am influenced. Usually, it isn’t until I look back that I notice echoes of people I love…and hate.

You have a full length novel coming up. Can you tell us a bit about it?

The novel is part one of a dark fantasy/horror series involving a group of men, and yes there is a father among them, that unknowingly possess elemental energies. Its only when a stranger comes to town that their true natures are revealed. Chaos ensues.

Will you be writing more paranormal stories? Do you think paranormal is your niche or can we expect you to surprise us with something else?

I’m working on several stories right now; one involves an apple farm, the other is a spin on fairy folklore…so who knows… Wait and see!

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coverTo celebrate the re-issue of Lily by Xavier Axelson, Seventh Window is giving away 10 free copies on the company web site with coupon code 5bc69d68cc.

What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different?

This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn’t until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily’s that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again.

One day…

But which day and for how long?

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn’t felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

How far will Pryor go to keep his daughter with him and to stop her from changing into a wolf?

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Getting to know Bebe Burnside.

A Cup of Late by Bebe BurnsideUnlike most authors, your blog isn’t about your writing, it’s about your reading. And not only but, but what you read seems to be all over the place—fiction, non-fiction, mystery, horror and drama. Do you think that what you read effects what and how you write?

Absolutely,  the one thing that I care most about in reading and writing is a good story. I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. I read different genres because you meet different characters in different genres. For instance, in romance, there is a lot of drama and personal interaction. Action Adventure is more about what is  happening to the characters. Sci/Fi is almost always the struggle of good against evil. Humor just makes me laugh. Non fiction can bring you more into an event than you could have gotten though the local media. It’s like being a world traveler without leaving your house. As a writer, the more you read, the more you have to pull from. Each time you open a book you go to another world, so when you write now you have this rich tapestry to inspire you. I don’t think I would be a writer at all if I had not read so much in my life.

 How do you choose the books your read?

There are a combination of things that help me decide what to read. I’m in a book club, so that is one source. My local library has book of the month suggestions. When in a book store, I admit a cover can catch my attention and make me read the description. Friends of course will talk about books they love and I will sometimes read those.  Water for Elephants was a perfect example. I really wasn’t that interested, but my friend just kept going on and on about how good it was that I finally picked it up and, of course, it was a great story. Book reviews can help if the reviewer really enjoyed a book and the topic sounds good, I will read it. Then, if I find an author I really like, I will try to read his/her books. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is where I get a lot of my non fiction selections from. I’m interested in history, so if I hear that a history book reads more like a good story, I will sometimes check it out. I think for me no matter how diverse the topic is, I’m really just looking for a good story and you can find those in so many different places.

 Do you ever get personal on your blog or is it only book reviews?

Sometimes, if a there is something that I feel I want to share. When I first started it, it was really just a way for me to discuss random thoughts. Then I realized I really love to talk about books I have read, so it seemed like the best place to do that.

How did your blog come about?

My publisher gave me the idea. I always thought blogs were this heavy programming thing, like a web site, and only wanna be reporters who were trying to get jobs in main stream media had them. Then he helped me create one and told me to just write. It was so easy that I just kept going.

 A Cup of Latte deals with the business world, do you have a background in business?The Prize by Bebe Burnside

I do. My degree is Business Administration and I have worked for several large corporations and it is a topic I feel comfortable with. They always tell you to write about what you know and I feel comfortable writing about business.

Michael Stafford has a job title that most people don’t know all that much about. How did you decide to make his a venture capitalist and why?

I start by coupling. How would two people meet and what would they have in common. My first story took place in Vermont, so I wanted to go different. New York is totally different than Vermont and New York is also known for its financing. Venture Capitalists are like the playboys of the finance world. No one truly understands them, yet they move billions of dollars. It was a way to make the character a bit mysterious without trying to describe him that way.

In the beginning of A Cup of Latte Alan judges Michael because of his job. Do you think people often do that?

I do. Almost any party or gathering I have even been to, when two strangers meet the almost universal question is, “So, What do you do for a living.” I think we feel that somehow we can figure out a person if we know what they do. A doctor is caring, a lawyer, is smart, a teacher is devoted. I always ask people what their favorite color is and I usually get some strange looks. It’s not part of the program.

In A Cup of Latte there’s a character (William) who struggles with living life in the closet. Do you think being gay in the business world is still taboo or risky?

I think it depends on the corporate culture. I worked for a large bank that recognized domestic partnerships for both same sex and opposite sex and therefore there were a lot of coworkers who were openly gay. When Massachusetts first recognized marriage equality, my company immediately sent an email saying domestic partnerships were still recognized but now if it was a same sex marriage you could be covered as a married person, no difference.  I think that there are some companies that being openly gay would cause problems. It’s sad, but it’s slowly changing and I can’t wait for the day it no longer matters who you love.

Your first title, The Prize, is also a contemporary romance. Is this what we can expect from your writing? I ask this only because of your varied reading interest.

Ha ha, I actually want to write a sci-fi fantasy. That was my first reading love. Lord of the Ring was my first book I really could not put down. I also really live the Elizabethan time, so I might do something like that. I have to be able to picture the story in my head and want to explore that world.

Do you write every day?

No. Every author tells you to do that and I would give the same advice to anyone who asked me. But, like a lot of adults I don’t take my own advice. I try to write every day, but I just don’t always get to it. I do read every day, without fail.

What can readers expect from you in the future?

The one I’m working on now is a contemporary. It will take place in Boston and Newport, Rhode Island. A fire fighter and a doctor. It will have a bit more spice and there will be more drama. Nothing tells a good love story like a bit of drama. I will also be a bit longer. I have heard from fans that they want more story, so I will make a point of telling a longer tale. As long as the story supports it. I can’t stand when I read a story and fell like the author just couldn’t shut up. So I never want to just go on and on. I always want to tell a good story about good people who you just see a small glimpse of their life and then let them go.

A Chat with Missing Director, Lois Munoz Merka

Lois Munoz Merka

Lois Munoz Merka

Lois Munoz Merka, the woman bringing Missing by Drake Braxton to the big screen, took some time out of her busy day to chat with me and answer a few questions.

How do you decide what to work on? Do ideas come to you or are you approached with ideas?
I started out thinking that I would start making my own films and then branch out and direct other projects. I was working on the post production of my first film, Fucking Bukowski, when I was approached to read Missing.

What about Missing by Drake Braxton made you want to turn it into a movie?
The bones of the story just ripped my face off. I saw it as an opportunity not only to make a film but a really interesting one.missing

You changed the title from Missing to He is Gone, what made you and Gregory Allen (the screenwriter) decide to change the title?
We needed to change the title because there was a film made in the 80’s called Missing and we didn’t want them confused with each other. Greg came up with the new title. It started out He’s Gone but there was already another film out with that title so we went with He is Gone, which I love more.

I know you’ve already scouted out locations, so where are you going to be shooting the movie? What about the scenes in Amsterdam?
The story takes place in Alabama, Boston, Provincetown and Amsterdam. The Boston scenes will be shot at so many Boston Gay institutions, from restaurants and bars, and even the largest health clinic in Boston has opened their doors to let us film. The gay community in Massachusetts is so supportive of anyone who wants to further the cause of civil rights for gay people. Providence, Rhode Island looks eerily similar to some areas of Amsterdam. We’re planning to get footage from Amsterdam for exterior shots because you can’t fake those. For Alabama, I chose rural Rhode Island because it can pass for Alabama. We’ll obviously be in Provincetown because you can’t fake that

Lois Munoz Merka models a dress by designer Eddie Kent

Lois Munoz Merka models a dress by designer Eddie Kent circa 1987

Let’s face it, you’ve modeled for Eddie Kent, been in several punk rock bands, been booed by drag queens for winning a costume contest and married a man who was once a stripper. Do you think these experiences give you a better understanding of the non-conventional side to Missing, and will they help bring the story to life in He is Gone?
My experience with the LBGT community started as a child and most likely made me the person I am today. My oldest sister came out in the late 60’s. She would bring her friends over, and they were all diverse, not just stereotypes of what the media shows us as representing what it means to be gay. Her friends were the most loving, interesting, talented people that I had ever met, and thank heavens, drew me to that instead of the oppressive Republican agenda I was being raised with. I feel that the fact that I’m a straight woman who has empathy for the gay community, merged with the fact that I really don’t see us as being different at all other than who we sleep with, makes me see us as one. We are all living this life on this planet together and life is life. Is Missing a gay story? Yes, but the things that are happening in that story can happen to anyone.

There are a ton of people who love Missing, which made a bit of a hoopla when it first came out. Do you find the thought of having to please fans of the book daunting?
I don’t find it daunting. I know that I have a really strong vision that is congruent with the basic agenda of what the story is saying.

You’ve been in the avant-garde art/design/rock world for years. Will you be bringing some of the contacts you’ve made in to help you work on the film?
Many of the people I’ve known over the years will be working on the film in various ways. I am trying to involve as many gay artists as I can, but it’s obviously not a prerequisite to work on the film.

I know there’s already been some buzz about He is Gone. Do you have anybody specific in mind for any of the roles? Has anybody approached you about the part of Blain or Grayson?

Lois ready to part in the 1980s (dress and gloves by Eddie Kent)

Lois ready to party circa 1987 (dress and gloves by Eddie Kent) The higher the hair, the closer to God.

Oh, many people have been approaching us since the Huffington Post interview came out. On the main roles, my lips have to be sealed at this point. I will say this, if Cheyenne Jackson called, I would pass out.

When do you start auditions?
We’ll start open auditions in April of 2014 in Boston and Rhode Island.

From what I understand, filming starts in July. Can you tell us little about the locations and how you found them?
Finding locations can be really daunting and extremely expensive. I started my research online and then went to each place in person instead of just sending a formal request. which  resulted in many places donating their spaces toward the film.

All projects need money, it’s a necessary evil. How are you raising the money to make He is Gone?
Our gorgeous website will be up and running soon and we will keep posting information there, on our Facebook page and Tweeting as the film develops.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and I hope you share more information about He is Gone once you have actors for the parts.

Lois at work today. Looking good and having fun.

Lois at work today. Looking good and having fun.

Seventh Window FREE Halloween read

earrthly concernsHalloween is coming and Seventh Window is giving away 10 free copies of Earthly Concerns by Xavier Axelson. Pick up your copy at our web site and enter Redemption Code: 23252fb012 at checkout to get your free copy.

Blurb:

Between love and loss, there is obligation…

It was a peaceful night when Barrett and his daughter were driving home…then something happened. Something sinister.

Between shadow and light, there is uncertainty…

Now the only person Barrett can turn to for help is Anson, a man gifted with psychic abilities beyond reason. But Anson is also his ex-boyfriend, a man whose heart he’d already broken.

If you can see, you have to help.

As Anson delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding Barrett’s accident, he begins to realize that he’s not only in a race against time, but in a battle against his own broken heart and the terrifying understanding that whatever has taken Barrett’s child is a force of evil beyond anything either man has ever encountered.

And between decision and consequences, there are…Earthly Concerns