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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Experiences with Musa Publishing... A Blog Hop Post!

I've been having an excellent experience with Musa Publishing, the publisher of my stories "Honeymoon" (out now, and also available on Amazon) and "Arthur Cleary" (to be released on November 2nd). My editor, Megan Embry, has been great, as have the others at Musa with whom I've had the pleasure of working. My stories are in Musa's Erato (GLBT) imprint.

A brief summary of "Honeymoon" follows:

Can two men drawn together by past and present events find love when and where they least expect it?

And here's a little of what the story is about:

Unable to forget a secret of his past, Lee Mullens arrives at the Haver Corners Inn on his wedding day, alone. Guilt-ridden and confused, he retreats to their planned honeymoon location only to meet the attractive Sanders Hamilton.

Sanders feels the pull to his melancholy guest, and sets out to befriend the young man. But what grows between them is so much more than friendship…despite the fact that Sanders runs the inn with his wife.

Can Lee and Sanders overcome the conflicts in their lives and find their way to each other?
 
I enjoyed writing "Honeymoon" and creating the main characters, Lee Mullens and Sanders Hamilton, and the secondary characters, Rochelle Hamilton and Brian. I hope those who have already read "Honeymoon" have enjoyed it! It was not only fun to write, but the editing process went along smoothly and pleasantly. I love the cover art for the story, so a big thank you for that goes out to cover artist Kelly Shorten.

I have recommended to some of my excellent writer friends that they submit work to Musa Publishing, and I've told many reader friends to check out the site and look for works that they might like to read. Each of Musa's imprints is named after one of the Muses, and there's definitely something for everybody: romance, mystery, paranormal, speculative fiction, GLBT, young adult, etc.

For those of you interested in GLBT romance, whether you've read it before or would like to read it for the first time, please check out "Honeymoon". I hope that you'll be pleased with what you find!

Note that this is a blog hop post. It's here to celebrate the first anniversary of Musa Publishing. In that celebratory spirit, I'm giving away one free copy of my story "Honeymoon"! All you have to do is sign up to follow my blog and leave a comment about this post. By October 7th, I'll choose a winner and give you your free copy of "Honeymoon"! Thanks!

27 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your publication, Emily. Honeymoon sounds like a great read.

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  2. Congrats on the new book. looks really interesting

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  3. Thank you for being such a pleasure to work with. :D

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    1. You, too, Megan! It's been a great experience with Musa so far, and I've got some new ideas brewing, so hopefully our work will continue. :)

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  4. Congrats on your book. Great blog!
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  5. Just swinging back by to have another entry to win that Kindle Fire! My chance to get into the digital age of reading books :D

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  7. Congratulations on your success. Best wishes on your endeavors.

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  8. Awesome giveaway!!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Congratulations, Susan, on being selected randomly as the winner of my giveaway! I have sent you an e-mail with "Honeymoon" attached. :)

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  9. Hi Emily...I'm pretty new to romance and erotica and notice that there is a lot on m/m available. I joke that I haven't yet "worked my way up to m/m." I've added a couple to my Kindle but haven't read them just yet. I'll get there!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Catherine, to me, a love story is a love story, no matter what genders are involved. I really love writing m/m because I find it easy to write from a male point of view and to write men. I'm also very interested in gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender literature and studies, so this is just one way I channel that interest.

      You should just jump in and read a gay romance! Maybe start with a short story and see what you think. Love is love, and it's all good! :)

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  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  11. Awww, you already picked your winner before it ended! :( Oh well, I'd still like to comment for the grand prize entry. Thanks!!

    Cia Nordwell
    email: anordwell@live.com

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  12. Hi!! Happy Anniversary! Very awesome! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! And thank you for the fun hop and giveaway!! Many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Congrats to Musa on their anniversary. I really like doing blog hops because I get to find new authors to me and add lots and lots of books to my TBR list.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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