GayRomLit— or as some refer to it as GRL— truly is the must-attend event for
people who create and celebrate LGBT romance. For those who are unfamiliar with
what GRL is I can try and summarize it. Every year in October (this year it’s
the 17th to the 20th with pre-events on the 16th)
the LGBT community consisting of authors, narrators, readers, and professionals
gather to share in their love of LGBT romance. There are signings, author
lounges, many events, spotlights, it really is hours of fun.
changes every year and on the opening night of each year the spot for the next
year is announced. During this time at
GRL there are two signings. One for Registered Authors and one for Featured
signings you can go to the authors’ tables, talk, have them sign swag they
have, books you’ve brought, pick up pre-orders, and they will even sign
something you brought from home.
set up as well these are outside the signing times. Registered authors have one
and featured have two lounges.
also be spotlights with readings, Q&A’s and so much more.
October 14th Diverse Reader is spotlighting authors that will be at
this years GRL. And if you want to know more about it simply head over to the
site by clicking here:
Now for our
Spotlight Author of the day!
Hi everyone! I’m Jodi
Payne. I write MM (and sometimes more Ms) contemporary, western and BDSM solo
and with co-authors. I’m super excited and also pretty nervous because this is
my very first GRL. I’ve been writing a long time but pretty ensconced at home
the last ten years with my kids so what I am most looking forward to is meeting
everyone – readers especially, but other authors I haven’t met, industry
people… I can’t wait to put faces to all of your names.
BA Tortuga and I
started co-writing a little while ago, and we are debuting the first book in our
new BDSM Cowboy and the Dom series, titled First Rodeo, at GRL (psst you can
order print copies now on my GRL book order form). In addition, I’ll have my
prequel to the Deviations Series on preorder. That book is titled Soft Limits
and will drop in mid-November. Be sure to drop by my table at the book fair for
Can three men from very different backgrounds find a home and a
After losing his
husband to cancer, Oscar Kennedy has his hands full with their four girls, the
house, his job, and his mother-in-law. When he loses his father too, keeping
Stable Hill, the old horse farm where he grew up, becomes impossible. Oscar
hires Jeffrey Stokes, a slick-looking real estate broker with a roll-up-his-sleeves
work ethic, to get it on the market.
Russell White manages
the day-to-day at Stable Hill. Russ had loved Oscar’s dad like a father, and
took on even more responsibility when the old man fell ill. He is shocked and
saddened by Oscar’s decision to sell.
All three men have a
stake in Stable Hill, and it’s not long before they start to invest in one
another too. But their complicated relationship doesn’t make having to sell
Stable Hill any easier. Will the fragile triad they’re building last when the
farm that brought them together is gone?
The call comes when
Beckett Adler least expects it. He’s made a new life for himself in Vermont and
has a law practice of his own. After four years he’s even stopped wearing his
wedding ring. So when he finds out his husband, bull rider Skyler Paulson, has
been seriously injured at an event, he isn’t sure what he wants to do. He knows
what’s right though, so he heads down to Baltimore to bring his man home.
Sky knows his injuries
are a career-ender, and he can’t believe Beck has come for him after all this
time. He’s not a hundred percent sure what went wrong with their marriage and
he has no idea how to be anything but a bull rider. But he wants this second chance,
so he grabs at it with both hands.
There’s a lot Sky has
to learn, from how to walk again to how to settle down with the man he loves.
Beck needs to learn to open up and how to be more trusting. For their marriage
to work again, both men will have to find a way to meet in the middle. Because
neither of them wants to be wrecked anymore.
Land of Enchantment
East meets West. City
meets country. Though there’s no denying opposites attract, can a college kid
from New Jersey and a New Mexican cowboy learn to speak the same language, let
alone trust each other?
When Mason Wild heads
out West to escape his past, he doesn’t have a plan or a penny to his name.
Luckily he finds a job with a roofing company run by a rodeo cowboy who’s kind,
easy to work for, and even with his jaw wired shut, hotter than July in the
Bull rider Levi Yost
knows what it’s like to be down on his luck. He’s not much older than Mason,
but he’s been around the block a few times, or at least around the rodeo arena.
He takes a chance on the kid, giving him a job and a place to live on his
ranch. The two of them discover a surprising amount of common ground, but
trouble has a way of finding each of them. Mason has to learn to be fully
honest with Levi, who in turn has to realize he’s not just riding out for
First Rodeo: The Cowboy and the Dom Trilogy, Book One
A tragic murder brings an inexperienced cowboy and a
sophisticated lifestyle Dom into each other’s orbit. But transcending their
differences to explore the fragile connection between them will be a huge hill
to climb… the first of many.
When a killer strikes,
Texan and former rodeo cowboy Sam O’Reilly loses his brother. Wealthy New York
City Dom Thomas Ward loses his lover and sub. Sam comes to the city determined
to stay until he can bring the murderer to his own brand of justice, while
Thomas hopes for a legal solution. Neither man expects his reaction to the
other. Having each lost something irreplaceable, their hearts are crying out
for comfort almost as loud as their bodies are screaming for each other.
They come from such
different worlds that making a connection might not be possible under the best
circumstances, let alone the worst they’ve experienced. But some yearnings
refuse to be ignored, and as Sam and Thomas take the first tentative steps on
the rocky path that might lead to a relationship, the killer steps out of the
And this time, his
sights are set on Sam.
Fans of the iconic
Deviations series will fondly recall Bradford as the beloved owner and Master
of the elite and exclusively male BDSM club that anchors the series, and also
as the wise man who introduced Tobias and Noah.
story is one defined by sudden opportunity, unimaginable heartbreak, and
new-found purpose. His calling is to provide a safe and supportive environment
for men in the lifestyle. Bringing Doms and subs together is his superpower,
yet he feels fated to be alone himself.
In this prequel to the
series, you’ll discover how Bradford is first drawn to Nikki, a beautiful and
hungry young man living on the streets, and the unexpected ways Bradford grows
and changes while helping Nikki understand a world of strange, new desires.
already know the outcome of Bradford and Nikki’s journey together. Soft Limits
is a deep-dive into Bradford’s story, into what makes the Dom tick, and how he
ended up with ownership of the club. It also introduces Nikki, the sub that
tests Bradford’s patience, steals his heart, and soothes his soul.
JODI PAYNE takes
herself way too seriously and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her
men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and
frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can't help but fall
in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after. For
those looking to get on her good side, Jodi's addictions include lattes, Malbec
and tequila any way you pour it.
Lounges Thursday, 10/17
at 2:00pm and Friday, 10/18 at 2:00pm
Signing on Saturday,