Saturday, September 14, 2019

GRL Spotlight: Angel Martinez

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!

Places where Angel will be at GRL:
  • Thursday, 9:00 am - Author Lounge
    Thursday, 3:30 pm - Storyteller Panel: LGBTQ+ SciFi Romance:  Pride in Spaaaace!
  • Friday, 2:00 pm - Author Lounge
  • Saturday, 10:00 am - Featured Author Signing

Pre-order form for paperbacks:

Hi GRL'ers! Angel Martinez here! Looking forward to seeing everyone at GRL and trying to remember, once again, to take pictures, my biggest failing at these things. I'll have old favorites with me, of course, but for those of you looking for what's new, I have some of that, too.

First, for Endangered Fae fans, the whole series is available now with the last book, No Fae Is An Island, releasing last January. If you're an urban fantasy reader, this is a four book series that begins with a pooka lost in New York and escalates to explore the consequences of the fae rejoining the human world.

No Fae Is An Island
Three years ago, Danu banished Diego from the human world for a time. Three years and three days doesn’t seem that long to be away from home but time among the wild fae can change a man and the human world returns the favor by changing while he’s gone. There’s a vampire on Tearmann Island’s security force. A curious selkie’s followed him home. So much to do to keep the world safe…but Diego’s no longer sure he has the right to interfere.
Theo Aguilar started his vampire life on the wrong side of the law. He’s killed and knows he’s dangerous if he doesn’t stay in control every moment. But the fae took him in and Prince Lugh has given him a position of trust. So when Diego and Finn are arrested on a diplomatic mission far from home, he knows his duty. He’s striking out on his own to rescue them, a lone vigilante once again, this time for the good guys. The only glitch? The selkie, Limpet, can’t seem to understand the alone part.


Second, the Offbeat Crimes series is now available from Pride Publishing as ebook box sets – and of course I'll have the paperbacks with me at GRL as well. Paranormal humor, Offbeat follows a small, specialized unit of paranormal police officers in Philadelphia. It's a shame that all of their various paranormal powers are broken or simply too weird to be thought useful.
Offbeat Crimes
Every region has them, but no police department talks about them—the weird crimes, the encounters with creatures out of nightmares. The 77th Precincts exist in certain cities to handle paranormal crime and containment, usually staffed with experienced officers exhibiting psychic abilities.
In Philadelphia, through an odd mix of budget issues and circumstance, the 77th is manned entirely by officers with bizarre or severely limited psychic talents. The firestarter who can’t get a spark when it’s humid. The vampire who can’t drink whole blood. These are the stories of the misfits, the outcasts from even the strangeness of the paranormal community. Call them freaks, but they’re police officers first, serving and protecting, even if their methods aren’t always normal procedure.

Third, The Mage on the Hill. I will absolutely have some copies – pre-order or come see me at the signing. Urban Fantasy, teacher-pupil, May-September, saving each other romance with its own magic system. This is the first in the Web of Arcana series and if you want a web of your own, I'll have them on coasters. J
The Mage on the Hill
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.


Last, but so very near and dear to my heart, Brimstone. The long awaited next story in this series of demons in space – The Hunt for Red Fluffy – launches September 10. More to come on that front!

 About Angel

Angel Martinez has a standing agreement with reality—it gets to go on around her as long as she has her speculative fiction bunker. A reader of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal fiction since she could read, Angel contented herself with writing stories for family until her first science fiction short story was published in 2006. After that, it was too late to turn back. Building worlds. Constructing Fantasies. Someone has to do it.

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