A fellow author that I greatly admire put a SHOUT OUT for donated books for the Chely Wright Foundation called LikeMe. As I admire both the author (who I had the good fortune to interview earlier this year in my group LESFIC READING GROUP on Facebook as well as meet in person at the Golden Crown Literary Society in New Orleans) as well as the singer, her voice is very smooth, she’s attractive, and she stands for something I believe in….I immediately sent her a box of my books…including REPRESENTED which I re-released earlier this year. Represented is special to me because it is a similar story to Chely Wrights. I even did an interview for it here. I also sent her a separate box of books from Shadoe Publishing, my publishing house that I own where I help other authors achieve their dream of becoming published authors. My authors were notified and those that could, sent their own books. You see this worthwhile organisation has a library that was sadly lacking in the books that it could lend out to people. So Kris Bryant (the author I mentioned) gave a shout out and her P.O. Box to those who inquired and generously offered to transport over any and all contributions. I sent well over a dozen of my own and my authors books to contribute. As of this posting, Kris has over 60 books to take to the foundation! Keep it up, contact Kris (I’ve put in the link on her highlighted name). Also, get in the game and click on the other links I have posted here…I’m sure you will find things you like and enjoy. Join, if you can, participate if you so desire, and above all…give back to your little community. Thank you and thank Kris Bryant for planting the seed, for Chely Wright for having the foundation and taking on the cause, and for those who actively continue on fighting the good fight for future generations.
Okay, I will confess I didn’t know who this keynote speaker at the GCLS Con was. I did my research and read about her and her book BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA which was made into a movie…cool. I didn’t expect to find myself sitting NEXT to her at my first reading…and again, I was sick and clueless and didn’t recognize this great author. Thank goodness MY reading of SHIPS, my FIRST novel written in 2003 was before this great orator went on to deliver her reading. She blew us ALL away and following her would never have the impact. I was absolutely astounded when this woman leaned over after my reading and said, “Good Job! Great story.” It’s always wonderful to be told that, but to be told by someone who you cannot help but admire…well, let’s just say WOW and leave it at that. Her reading left the audience in tears, mesmerized by her words, her delivery, and the story… Seeing her at the awards dinner later in the week was only a bonus, she is gracious, kind, and down to earth. Her southern accent endears the listener and enhances what she has to say. Whether you have read her works or not, run, don’t walk, and get them!
To rub shoulders with the greats, to have them acknowledge a fellow author, these things stay with a person. I can only hope if/when I might make that status that I remember humbly how wonderful they made me feel at a moment in time…and pass it on.
This year for swag for the GCLS Con in New Orleans I bought small bags of skittles…I mean, C’mon…TASTE the Rainbow? …It was a blast, more blogs to come about it. I bought this five POUND bag of little packets and unfortunately it couldn’t sit on my dining room table for the time it took for the con to come around without my ‘sampling’ the packets…you know, to make sure that quality control was up there and all that? By the time the con actually rolled around I worried that I would have to buy another five POUND bag….I needn’t have worried…I came home with MORE skittles than I left with due to gifts that friends gave me of MORE skittles…I think I’m set for a few months…maybe weeks….possibly days….yep…TASTE THE RAINBOW and read Lesbian Fiction! http://www.kannemeinel.com
I’d like to take a moment to just say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the fans who read my novels. I was looking at the stats today off of just Amazon and this is what I found for just one of my books:
This means for that one book alone I am selling more than one 100 a day which thrills me and I can’t say thank you enough to those who enjoy my many books and give me the feedback that they do. My current book that came out last month, BLOWN AWAY has TWO covers:
and here is what some people are saying:
to get them or any of my paperbacks personally signed and mailed to you!
Again, THANK YOU to the fans, you are one the many reasons I keep writing!
Coming out is hard. Coming out in the public eye is even harder. People think they own a piece of you, your work, and your life, they feel they have the right to judge you. You lose not only friends but fans and ultimately, possibly, your career…or your life.
Cassie Summers is a Southern Rock Star; she came out so that she could feel true to herself. Her family including her band and those important to her support her but there are others that feel she betrayed them, they have revenge on their minds…
Karin Myers is a Rock Star in her own right; she is one of those new super promoters: Manager, go-to gal, agent, public relations expert, and hand-holder all in one. Her name is synonymous with getting someone recognized, promoted, and making money. She only handles particular clients though; she’s choosy…for some very specific reasons.
Meeting Cassie at a party there is a definite attraction. She does not however wish to represent her despite her excellent reputation. She fights it tooth and nail until she is contractually required to do so. In nearly costs them more than either of them anticipated….their lives.