Monday, August 19, 2019

GRL Spotlight: TA Moore

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.
The location 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 Authors.
At these 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.
Lounges are set up as well these are outside the signing times. Registered authors have one and featured have two lounges.
There will also be spotlights with readings, Q&A’s and so much more.
Now until 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!

It seems strange to write a post that is all ‘yay, GRL!’ when the loss of Ethan Day is inescapably part of this GRL. I didn’t know him well—only in passing—but he seemed happy, kind, and is obviously loved and missed by a lot of people. There’s no better tribute to your character. Yet, I feel like after all the time and work he, along with everyone else, put into making GRL such a fun, inclusive, safe space that he’d want people to look forward to this one.

So. Yay, GRL.

Last year was my first GRL and I was bricking it. It was SO LOUD and there were SO MANY people. What if they all hated me? What if I accidentally elbowed someone in the face with my wildly gesticulating arms? What if it was all too much and I had to hide in the bath for the weekend?

Sure, I’ve been to other cons but this was GRL! EVERYONE talked about GRL.

My fears (as far as I know!) were unfounded. GRL is loud and full of people, but that isn’t a bad thing. I was surprised too! People are loud because they’re hailing old friends they might not have seen in the flesh since last year or making new ones. There are so many people because GRL is open to all and the community happily embraces anyone who turns up. I have seen a couple of people who were just at the venue, not part of the con, say that they are attending GRL just because it all seemed so fun.

My first GRL was amazing, and I have hopes that this one will be even more so.

In fact, I know it will since I am kicking it off in style in San Diego with Rhys Ford. We’re going to see The HU, and then hitting the road on the great cross-state Turn Left at Albuquerque road-trip. The plan is to stay at weird roadside motels (no clowns though. I am not a Winchester and I am not inviting that clown-energy into my life) and finally eat at a Cracker Barrel (there’s a story, but I’ll tell you another time).

So we’ll arrive at GRL raring to go and full of road food.

I’ve got two author lounges and a Storyteller panel, that we are excited about, with Rhys Ford and Jordan Hawk. There will also be swag, craic, and books, including my new release Dead Man Stalking that is out September 10.

So, hopefully, we can all make GRL 2019 just as awesome as 2018 was. In case you were wondering, the accent hasn’t changed. But if you can’t understand me just ask me to slow down and repeat myself. :D

Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.
He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.
This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.
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The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.
In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.
Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince's brother, who wants to kill him.
A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.
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Agent Luke Bennett proved that humans could rise just as high in the ranks as their vampire colleagues—until a kidnapper held him captive for a year and turned him without his consent.
Now he’s Took: a reluctant monster afraid to bite anyone, broke, and about to be discharged from his elite BITERs unit.
When an old colleague suggests he consult on a BITERs case, Took has little to lose. The case is open and shut… but nothing is ever that easy. As he digs deeper, he discovers a lot more than one cold case is at stake, and if he wants to solve this one, he’ll need the help of the BITERs team. Even if that brings his old commander, Madoc, back into his life.
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His mother. His best friend. The barmaid at the local pub. Everyone is determined to find Nathan Moffatt a boyfriend. It’s the last thing Nathan wants. After spending every day making sure his clients experience nothing but romantic magic, the Granshire Hotel’s wedding organizer just wants to go home, binge-watch crime dramas, and eat pizza in his underwear.
Unfortunately, no one believes him, and he’s stuck with lectures about dying alone. Then inspiration strikes. He needs the people in his life to want him to stay single as much as he does. He needs a bad boyfriend.
There’s only one man for the job.
Flynn Delaney is used to people on the island of Ceremony thinking the worst of him. But he isn’t sure he wants the dubious honor of worst boyfriend on the entire island. On the other hand, if he plays along, he gets to hang out with the gorgeous Nathan and piss off the owners of the Granshire Hotel. It’s a win-win.
There’s only one problem—Flynn’s actually quite a good boyfriend, and now Nathan’s wondering if getting off the sofa occasionally is really the worst thing in the world.
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You don’t end up an ex-car thief and ex-con because you’re good at resisting temptation… and Cal Tate’s rich new boss is very tempting.
Cal has always been the bad boy lovers don’t bring home to Mom, but now he’d like someone other than a debt collector waiting for him at home. He has a legit job as a driver with his brother’s company, he’s got a doctor on the hook, and he still can’t help crawling into bed with Joseph Bailey.
Joe has never met anyone as easy in their own skin as his new driver. Or as ridiculously beautiful. He’s in London to downsize the family business… and to investigate the abusive emails that imply a dark secret around his mother’s death. But unpicking the lies he’s been told makes Joe realize he isn’t sure who is without them.
When his life falls apart, the only person he can be himself with is Cal. But with the anonymous stalker’s threats increasing, Joe worries that someone will finish the job they started over two decades ago—and end any chance for a happy future between him and Cal.
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Where To Find TA Moore At GRL

Thursday 17th October - 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Author Lounge

Friday 18 October - 11:00 - 11:45am 
Author Lounge

Friday 18th October - 5:30pm-6:20pm
Featured Storyteller Panel with TA Moore, Rhys Ford, and Jordan Hawk

Saturday 19th October - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Featured Author Signing

About TA Moore

TA Moore is a Northern Irish writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance novels. A childhood in a rural, seaside town fostered in her a suspicious nature, a love of mystery, and a streak of black humour a mile wide. As her grandmother always said, ‘she’d laugh at a bad thing that one’, mind you, that was the pot calling the kettle black. TA Moore studied History, Irish mythology, English at University, mostly because she has always loved a good story. She has worked as a journalist, a finance manager, and in the arts sectors before she finally gave in to a lifelong desire to write.

Coffee, Doc Marten boots, and good friends are the essential things in life. Spiders, mayo, and heels are to be avoided.

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