20 Aug
2014

It’s BEDTIME STORIES Release Day!!


Bedtime StoriesBedtime Stories

Published by Wilde City Press, with a gorgeous cover by Adrian Nicholas

This is the perfect anthology for those who like to read a little before going to sleep.

From supernatural tales of intrigue to a curious modern romance, a thoroughly British relationship and a classic fairytale all twisted up, Bedtime Stories is a collection of short stories designed to be read one at a time, at bedtime. Let us wish you goodnight with gay romances that are sure to leave you ready for a night of sweet, lingering dreams..

Seven stories, one for each night, written by Tia Fielding, Liam Livings, Anna Martin, Kit Mullender, MJ O’Shea, B Snow, and me

 

B Snow is at the Novel Approach talking about it, and I will be at Prism Book Alliance this saturday. There will be some other appearances, and I’ll update this post with the schedule and links soon.

ENJOY our Bedtime Stories

 

 

10 Aug
2014

While I really should be writing a ‘report’ on my Amsterdam Gay Pride Rainbow Market experience—soon—or blog about my 2nd quarter of this year—err… maybe—I’ve come up from my more or less lurkerdom to talk about Sex and Apps. Apps, first, I think.

Novel Engagement App Almost a month ago, the Romance Writers of America Novel Engagement app went live. Now readers can look up my books on the phone, stay informed about my latest works, check where they’re available, what events I’ll be at, and read excerpts.

It’s already available for Android and iWhatevers ;), but the developers are also working on a desktop, Kindle, and Nook version. Click on the links above or the link in my sidebar to find out more about the Novel Engagement App. I hope you’ll all enjoy looking up your favourite romance authors.

 

And now about Sex, or more accurately, the Sex Scene Championship 2014.

 

From 10 August to 10 September 64 authors will be competing in this championship, organised by Nix from Sex Scene Championship 2014 and vying for the title of Sex Scene Champion 2014.

Of course, it’s not just about fighting for the title, we also come bearing gifts. Readers voting for their favourite authors in each round might just win some fabulous prizes like ebooks, gift cards, and even a necklace.

My first round will be on August 18th, and I’ll be going up against Amanda Ulsen. Wish me luck, guys :) And don’t forget to vote… for me, and for a chance to win one of those prizes.

 

 

16 Jul
2014
It’s Project Fierce Chicago Release Day!!
Project Fierce ChicagoProject Fierce Chicago
M/M | trans* | F/F | contemporary | fantasy
165,000 words | 625 pages (pdf) | anthology
Published by Less Than Three Press
Cover by Megan Derr
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo,Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

 

Click on the cover to find out where you can buy this charity anthology. Support homeless GLBTQ youth in Chicago, and enjoy the stories :)

You can also find an excerpt of my contribution The Map to Bogriv and a bit about my experiences as a foster mother at Whitley Gray’s blog today.

 

20 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Food and Sweet Romance“. So… you’re looking for a name of a food, today :)

That name is hidden somewhere among the excerpts of my books. Once you’ve found the name, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the name (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 

19 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Military and Law Enforcement“. So… you’re looking for a name of an author, today :)

That name is hidden somewhere among the blurbs of my books. Once you’ve found the name, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the name (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 

18 Apr
2014

So… this morning I got up really, really early (04:30) to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for my Radio Interview with Will and Amanda from the Writers Online Network at blogtalkradio. Well… I was awake, at least.

Thanks to Will and Amanda for letting me ramble about when I first started writing, scarification, polyamory, long relationships, and cbt for sixty minutes, which aren’t all that long when you’re having fun. Though… I do hope I didn’t overpower Will and Amanda completely, and still come across as slightly sane.

I do need to formally apologise to Jonathan Harvey—author of the brilliant Beautiful Thing stage play—for not remembering his name correctly during the interview. I can’t believe I messed that up. My apologies, Jonathan.

For those unfamiliar with Beautiful Thing, you can now rent or buy the 20th Anniversary edition of the stage play at Digital Theatre

Enjoy :)

 

New Books Podcasts with WritersOnlineNetwork on BlogTalkRadio

 

You can also download/listen to the interview at blogtalkradio.

 

 

17 Apr
2014

Tonight at 8PM Pacific, 11PM Eastern, 10PM Central US time—aka tomorrow morning 5AM Central European time, 4AM UK time—you can tune in to the Writers Online Network at blogtalkradio and listen to me ramble away on the Write on the Edge Radio Show hosted by Vicktor Alexander.

As a little taster, here’s my answer to one of the questions that won’t make air-time:

 

If you were a paranormal creature what would you be (wolf shifter, lion, elf, fairy, etc.)

Elf or Fairy, I think, wings optional. As long as I get my pointy ears. And red hair. I’ve always been a sucker for red hair. My dad used to be a redhead, you see, and for some strange reason I’ve always been a bit miffed that I didn’t inherit the red hair. I had the fair—burns easily—skin and freckles, though :)

I’d love to live in a tree house like the ones the Foresters in my “Tales of the Forest” series create, a desk firmly planted in front of a window overlooking the village center as I write my stories. Or rather, use my magical abilities to transfer my ideas to paper, hovering my hands above said paper as the ink forms the words I need. Sounds heavenly :)

 

 

17 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Authors & Inventors“. So… you’re looking for a name of an author, today :)

That name is hidden somewhere among the reviews of my books. Once you’ve found the name, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the name (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 

16 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Recognizing Genius“.

They’re hidden somewhere beneath the excerpts of my books. Once you’ve found the words, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the word (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 

08 Apr
2014

Autism Awareness
Autism fact:

“A lack of social imagination should not be confused with lack of imagination. Many people with autism are very creative.”

 

Our foster son is an example of that. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s after he came to live with us, but even before the diagnosis it wasn’t hard to see how differently he behaved compared to our boys, even though neither is a run of the mill kid—Eldest has dyslexia and Youngest has Tourette’s. He doesn’t see things the same way we do, and it wasn’t easy for him to get used to our family dynamic. Still isn’t, to be honest. Explaining doesn’t always work, either.

But, back to the topic at hand, he is very creative and musical. He’s a wonderful bass guitar player, and not bad on guitar, either. He’s very intuitive and I love hearing him play, even if he thinks singing mostly ruins songs, which often makes me bite my tongue, since I’m a singer. I love the moments when I feel we have an actual connection, even if it lasts only a moment. And I love seeing him smile.

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Comment on this post to win an ebook of choice from my backlist (not including the charity anthology Legal Briefs) in format of choice. Closing date 15th April 23:59 CEST.

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There are many other authors taking part in the Autism blog hop… Go see the master post HERE for daily links to competitions and articles.

This Blog Hop was organised by the wonderful RJ Scott

 

24 Mar
2014

Join the fun at the TRR site!:

Win an ecopy of choice from my backlist. All you have to do is scroll down till you find Question #17, and answer it correctly at The Romance Reviews Third Anniversary Party.

Of course, while you’re there, you could do all the puzzles and take a stab at more prices, or even a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate at the end of the month.

You’ll have to register to enter, but the registration is free (and painless)

10 Mar
2014

Three months into 2014, and this year is definitely going better than last year. Though, yes, my writing speed isn’t quite what I want it to be, I have more energy. I’ve even started some exercising *shock*.

So what have I been up to these last few months?

 

Releases
Sweethearts and SeductionThe Forester II: Lost and Found
The second part of my Forester Trilogy, The Forester II: Lost and Found, came out on December 21st.

 

Sweethearts and Seduction, a Storm Moon Press Valentine’s Day Anthology, came out on February 14th.

 

 

 

Guest Posts & Interviews

  • March 9th – Going Commando in the Forest at the The Novel Approach. About the age old question of boxers or briefs or…
  • February 28th – Read the Rainbow: about my favourite candy, the first book I remember reading, and inspirational music.
  • January 29th – Why I still read reviews at Prism Book Alliance for their re-opening
  • January 14th – Writing taught me to never say never… at Pants Off Reviews for Storm Moon Press’ 4th Anniversary Blog Tour
  • January 3rd – Queer Town Abby: about sightseeing in the Netherlands and why I write GLBTQ fiction.

 

Writing & Editing

  • I wrote two short stories in December, and a third I finished almost two weeks ago. All three stories were accepted *does happy dance*. A Time Traveler’s Valentine by Storm Moon Press–and appears in above mentioned Sweethearts and Seduction anthology. There is Light by Less Than Three Press for their Satisfaction Guaranteed anthology, and The Map to Bogriv also by Less Than Three Press–I signed that contract just this morning–for their charity anthology to support Project Fierce. Click Your Heels Three Times, a short story I wrote last summer for a Bedtime anthology that Anna Martin initiated, was accepted by Wilde City Press.
    So, yeah, It’s only March, and I’ve already signed four contracts this year and managed to fulfill one of my New Year’s resolutions by spreading my wings to some new publishers I’m looking forward to working with :)
  • Right now, I’m (still) working hard to finsh the third part of my Forester Trilogy. It’s slow going, but I like where I’m going. So, it’s all good.
  • After the third Forester, I plan to work on a project I initially wanted to work on last year, but my constant fight against tiredness forced me to shelf it again. And that is my fantasy novel Blind Trust, about Cannt Kiben, a blind restorer whose longstanding fight for acceptance seems to pay off when hardened seeker Adrynn Traight recognises the depth of his abilities and asks him to help solve a series of unexplained deaths. I wrote Blind Trust during NaNoWriMo, so it’s high time I started editing it and making it submission ready.
  • Other projects I want to tackle this year are last year’s YA gay fantasy NaNoProject, a couple of standalone novellas set in my Forester world, like Brem’s story–Kelnaht’s apprentice, when he settles in his new tribe as their Truth Seeker–and the Guide’s story. And if I still have time after finishing all these, then I still have plenty of stories left to work on.

 

Singing & Choir

Due to my health problems, I’ve had to give up choir, but for some reason my singing lessons are still going brilliantly. Of course, my singing coach teaches me a lot more than just singing. If anything, they’re more like body & mind lessons, and they help me a lot in my writing as well. Or rather, they help me let go and shut up my brain for about half an hour a week. And I like that though she’s been coaching me for almost seven years now, I learn something new every time.

 

Coming Soon

  • There is Light (Less Than Three Press – Satisfaction Guaranteed anthology)

    Marek Moss isn’t happy. His status as a drifter—someone whose magic is warped or fluctuating—hampers him in holding on to a boyfriend or finding a job he actually enjoys. Marek has tried quite a few jobs over the years, but none of them seemed to stick. The only reasons he stuck to being a lighter for the past six years is that the lights are pretty, he’s not working for his smothering family, and he gets to ogle Hennen Kovu from time to time.

    Hennen is everything Marek is not. He’s elegant, confident, and damn good at his job, despite being blind. And Marek has a crush on him. A crush that turns into something more when he bumps into Hennen outside of work—trips over his cane—and is invited for a drink and a concert.

    Hennen makes Marek see that he can change how people react to him, and that there might be a job he’d enjoy, after all. And if Marek can gather the courage to take that first step, he might even have a boyfriend to hold on to.

  • The Map to Bogriv (Less Than Three Press – charity anthology)

    Ruari’s family have been killed, except for three of his siblings. Dirty, hungry, and exhausted, he refuses to rest or let his emotions catch up with him until he can lead them to safety and get his people the help they need. According to a map his father gave him before he died, they can find that help in the village of Bogriv. But despite the promise he made to his father, Ruari has no confidence that the people of Bogriv won’t be just like the ones who attacked them: to him one Keysent is just like another.

  • Click Your Heels Three Times (Wilde City Press – Bedtime Stories anthology)

    Theodorin is preparing for a date with his lover, but his general has other plans for him.

 

and… that’s it, for now. I wish you all a healthy and sunny Spring. :D

 

 

26 Dec
2013

Coming Soon This week I’ll be touring around Blog Land with guest posts, giveaways and competitions about The Forester II: Lost and Found

Tour Schedule (links will be updated as the posts go live)

 

 

24 Dec
2013

Happy Holidays to All!!

Our Difference Is Our Strength

Happy Holidays and a rockin’ and creative 2014

Love and hugs,

Blaine


Baby in a Manger by Sally De Ford Music, sung by Blaine D. Arden and two sopranos

For those who can’t get it to play, you can download it HERE
and, yeah… I know… I should really record a new song at some point…

 

21 Dec
2013
It’s The Forester II: Lost and Found Release Day!!

Coming SoonM/M | Fantasy | threesome | polyamory | mystery | solstice |
Second part of “The Forester Trilogy”
also part of the “Tales of the Forest” series
Published by Storm Moon Press
Cover by Nathie Block

“The Guide mentioned puddles, but I envisioned lakes, deep treacherous lakes, and I was drowning.”

One turn has passed, another Solstice is just around the corner, and having an illicit affair with not one but two lovers—smith Ianys and shunned Forester Taruif—is taking its toll on Truth Seeker Kelnaht. If it isn’t sneaking around to find some quality time with his lovers, it’s heavy rainfall hiding traces of a missing stripling, or waiting for the elders to decide whether or not to set Taruif free. And if that’s not enough, Kelnaht fears that in gaining one lover, he might be losing another, as Ianys seems to be pulling away from them, and it looks like someone is, once again, trying to frame Taruif.

 

Go here for an excerpt.

The book is available at Storm Moon Press, and I’ll post links to other vendors as soon as they go live :)

I’ll be doing a blog tour starting the 23rd with an interview at Rainbow book reviews. I’ll post the schedule for that asap :)

Enjoy the book!

 


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