I can’t believe that it’s time to reveal the winner of the Choose My Inspiration contest. It seems like just yesterday my husband and I were poring through the studs in our stable, painstakingly searching for the best stallions to trot before the public. It was a long, drawn out process of staring at half-naked, gorgeous men, but that was the sacrifice I was willing to endure for all of you.
I’m such a selfless individual, aren’t I?
But alas, my sacrifice has finally borne fruit. After a long five-week battle, a victor has emerged.
Here is My Inspiration
And what an inspiration he is! Just look at that body! And the fur, well, that just melts my butter! I’m definitely inspired to write loads of fun for this stud. (Yes, pun intended)
But I wasn’t the only one who was inspired by Stud #16. He won 35% of the final round votes, so obviously many of you liked him too. If you’re interested in seeing those final tallies, click here.
As the winner, Stud #16 will be the inspiration for one of my main characters for the first book of my upcoming Key West Series. That novella is set to release in 2014.
But wait there’s more! This stud needs a name, and one lucky commenter won the right to name Stud #16.
What’s Stud #16′s Name?
Well, thanks to Jacquie Sawyer, Stud #16 shall now be known as Alan Bruce!
Alan will be having lots of fun in Key West, and I hope you will follow Alan into the pages of the first book of the Key West Series.
Thanks again to everyone for participating. Who knows? We might just be doing this again!
Well, for those of you who’ve been to my blog before, you can already see what’s new here at “From Gay to Z.” Thanks to the fabulous, A.J. Corza (who is well worth the nominal fee), my site has a sleeker, more user-friendly appearance. When I first put my blog together, I had absolutely zero clue what I was doing. If I liked something, I added it. It was as simple as that. Apparently, that was problematic!
Oops! Sorry about that everyone!
My “just add it” approach apparently made my site a bit too much and not very PC friendly. Who knew?
A.J. knew that’s who!
She went through my site and made it all prettiful. I know that’s not a word, but I like it and use it often.
Now, “From Gay to Z” is easier to navigate without all those distracting plug-ins that I thoroughly enjoyed because they were shiny and new. I’m easily distracted by things like that. But hey, I own it, and I…
What was I saying again? Oh yeah, my blog’s new look. That’s right!
I hope you’ll take a look around and let me know what you think. I’m pretty excited about the rico suave new design.
Also, tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the winner of the “Choose My Inspiration” Contest. So make sure you come back to see who won!
It’s hard for me to believe, but here we are in the FINAL ROUND of the “Choose My Inspiration” contest. Just a few short weeks ago, I started parading the studs in my stable for your votes, and now four weeks later, we have the final four hunks, one of whom will be the inspiration for the first novel of my new series.
I’ve told you over the last month that the new series will consist of three novellas set in a destination location just like my upcoming Provincetown Series. Today, I finally announce the locale for the new series. It will be set in Key West, Florida. If you’ve ever been you know exactly how much fun life on the Keys can be. If you’ve never had a chance to visit, perhaps my new series will inspire a future vacation.
But enough talk about this new series, let’s talk about
The Voting for the Final Round
Just like in previous weeks, you will only be able to vote for ONE of the four remaining studs. The stud with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be the photo I use to inspire me to write one of the main characters for my upcoming Key West Series.
Voting will occur between June 5-June 17. The voting will be open for almost two weeks to allow as many votes as possible, but also because I will be on vacation and away from my blog for a good week.
When I return from vacation, I will tally up the votes and see which stud has won.
Not only will the winning stud be my inspiration, but one lucky commenter will be able to name that character for the Key West Series.
All you have to do is leave a comment on the “Choose My Inspiration” Final Round post on my blog. One lucky commenter will be chosen, and that commenter will have the right to name the character and see that name used in the book.
How much fun is that?
Please keep in mind though, only comments left on my actual blog will be eligible to win. Comments on Facebook pages and other social media sites will not count.
Let’s Ring in the Final Round
Here are the four studs who have earned the most votes over the past four rounds. Which one will win?
Will it be the tattooed stud from round 1? Will the adorable twink from round 2 obliterate the competition with his cute bubble butt? Perhaps the sexy, smoldering cowboy from round 3 will ride off into the sunset in my new book or will the scruffy stud from round four devastate the competition with his hairy manliness?
You will decide.
Don’t forget to click on the pic to see bigger…images. Additionally, please remember that in order for your vote to count, you must click on the radio button corresponding to your hunk below the images and then click on the vote button. Only votes cast in this manner will count toward choosing my inspiration.
Round 1 Winner: Stud #5
Round 2 Winner: Stud #7
Round 3 Winner–Stud #14
Which of these 5 guys would you want to be a main character in my upcoming series? (FINAL Round)
Stud #16 (35%, 26 Votes)
Stud #7 (28%, 21 Votes)
Stud #14 (20%, 15 Votes)
Stud #5 (17%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 74
Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance of naming the character!
I had such a busy weekend that I completely forgot to post that I was over at ARe Cafe on Saturday. June is LGBT Month at ARe Cafe, and I was lucky enough to be one of the featured authors for the month. I talk about how I react to inspiration that some might find taboo. I had a great time over at ARe Cafe, so if you’d like to stop by and see what I have to say, click here.
On the next stop of my blog tour, I’m over at Dawn’s Reading Nook. This was my first time visiting Dawn’s neck of the Internet, and it was a pretty fantastic experience. She asked some really great questions during my interview. I talked about what gets me in the mood to write, my upcoming projects, and other fun writing questions. Stop on over by clicking here. Don’t forget: if you leave a comment, you’re entered to win a free copy of Moral Authority.
For the next stop on my blog tour promoting Moral Authority, I’m being interviewed over at Literary Nymphs. I talk about what I think is the hardest part of the writing process as well as share an excerpt from my latest release. The giveaway is still going on, so if you’re interested click here, leave a comment at Literary Nymphs, and you’ll be entered to win.
Well, we are almost at the finish line. Round 3 had just ended, and it was a cowboy massacre. But in the end, one stud came out ahead, and the winner for Round 3 is:
Round 3 Winner–Stud #14
Stud #14 joins our winners from round 1, Stud #5, and round 2, Stud #7, in the final round, which starts next week! I can barely contain my, um, inspiration!
Round 1 Winner: Stud #5
Round 2 Winner: Stud #7
Now, it’s time to ring in Round 4!
As always, click here for the rules and the process in case you’ve forgotten.
So far, you’ve learned that the new series I’m writing on will be a set of three novellas set in a destination location. Just where is that? Well, I can tell you this: it’s set somewhere in the south. Maybe I’ll let you know where exactly next week.
For now, let’s get to our final five men vying for your votes to be my inspiration. During week one, you had to choose from hot, tattooed guys. For week 2, you had a case full of Twinkies to sample, and last week, I strutted my cowboys out for you to giddy-up-and-go with. This week, the theme is scruff. So here they are in all their hairy glory. Don’t forget to click on the pic to see bigger…images. Additionally, please remember that in order for your vote to count, you must click on the radio button corresponding to your hunk below the images and then click on the vote button. Only votes cast in this manner will count toward choosing my inspiration.
Which of these 5 guys would you want to be a main character in my upcoming series? (Round 4)
I’m over at Top2Bottom Reviews, which is the third stop on my blog tour, talking about cliffhangers in fiction. The plot device is not a fan fave among readers, and I talk about why that is. See if you agree with me or not by clicking here.
The giveaway is still going strong. All you have to do is leave and comment and you’re automatically entered for a chance for a free copy of the book.
For the second stop on my blog tour, I’m over at Mama Kitty Reviews talking about why I wrote Moral Authority, my latest release from Wilde City Press. It’s amazing what can inspire you to create an entire new world, and that’s just what I did. If you’re interested, click here to be whooshed away to Mama Kitty’s site. Don’t forget to leave a comment. Those who do are automatically entered to win a free copy of Moral Authority. I hope to see you there.
Today is release day for Moral Authority, and I’m kicking off my blog tour over at
It was great to be back with Jay and all her pals. I talk about what makes Moral Authority gay mainstream fiction instead of a gay romance. I also set the scene for the dystopian America that I have created in the novel. If you’d like to stop by, please click here. Also, if you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win a free copy.