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05.11.2016

#TBT - Positive - Sale!

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I love all my own books. They’re my babies.

But when one of your babies gets bullied on the playground, what do you do?

That’s what I feel happened with Positive. It’s a book that hasn’t sold many copies, and I know why it is, but it still hurts like hell. Why? Because I love that book, I do.

Readers tend to misunderstand the book and the motives of the main characters, but the main thing is this: people don’t want their M/M romance with HIV mixed in. There’s prejudice there, and every author who has written a book where one of the main characters is HIV positive knows this.

It’s kind of sad, really. It shows more about this world we live in, how people still think HIV is the plague in some ways. I don’t write books without the Happily Ever Afters romance readers prefer. If someone thinks HIV makes the book not-HEA or “just” Happy For Now, then that’s their problem, I guess. For me, it’s part of the journey for these characters.

It still makes me sad to see people not picking this book up. It’s an interesting story, I think. I still love it and the main characters. It’s an established relationship book, and yes, there are people that have liked it, such as these reviewers:

The Novel Approach gave Positive 4/5 stars, saying “Tia Fielding put together a wonderful story full of mystery, romance and some downright smexy moments!”

Jay at World of Diversity Fiction Reviews gave it 4/5 stars, with the comment “Tia Fielding has written an engaging story about Love, the choices we make along with the ramifications, and the feeling of being wronged in some way… I would recommend this book. It is not your typical love story, but the elements are there and these guys are an adorable couple who deal with the challenges of their lives quite well.”

So in case you missed this story, there’s a chance to get it with the 35% discount that’s still going on at Dreamspinner Press’s birthday bash. Give it a chance and make my month?

Even if you don’t like it in the end (and trust me, I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!), I’ll still be appreciative as heck to see my baby getting some interest. Also, reviews are love, even the less good ones! ;)

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05.08.2016

Dreamspinner Press Birthd…

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So my lovely publisher, Dreamspinner Press, is celebrating nine years this year. This means, that because I’m a year five author, all my titles are 35% off during the week of May 8-14.

Here’s the link to my page at their author arcade, or you can just go to their site and search for my name for the simple listing of my titles in alphabetical order!

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03.28.2016

It's Alive!

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Hello people!

So yes, I’m alive and kicking, still! Surprise, right? At least if you don’t follow me in social media, that is. If you just read this blog it would totally seem like I’ve quit on everything two years ago.

That might actually be sort of the truth, if I really think about it.

It wasn’t really that I quit writing on purpose. It’s just that my depression swept over me like the effing tsunami it can be, and I gradually realized I wasn’t writing anymore.

There have been several tries to write blog posts that had never got uploaded or even finished, thoughts on hosting a giveaway here and there (I think I did one some time ago, but that was on my Facebook.)

I’ve failed the whole “marketing myself” bit, and right now if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you mostly see puppy pictures, because I’m getting a new puppy in two weeks, yay! (FAIL. Promo wise. I know. Otherwise, quite cute.)

So what have I been up to lately? Or like, in the last two years when I’ve not posted here… Oops.

Well, there’s this short story I wrote last summer for Dreamspinner’s Daily Dose. It’s called Up to Boil, and it’s a May/December blue collar kind of thing. That’s literally the only thing I’ve had out there since Solitude. It did felt good to have something released out in the wild (from the constraints of my head, haha), though. So yay for that!

Right now I’m in the middle of trying to make a deadline for their States of Love submission call. The deadline is in a few days and I’m pretty sure I’ll make it. My state is Colorado, by the way, and it’s a story with a weird kind of structure, but more about that when it actually has a release date.

The really good news, though? I’ve signed a contract for a novel that’ll be out sometime in August/September. It’s a story about a “horse whisperer” who takes one last job to heal a horse, and ends up healing the rider, too. And maybe, possibly, they heal him a bit right back…? The theme of this story is largely about family, as my stories tend to, but another theme is depression. I hope I’m doing it justice, because it would suck to not be able to with the extensive “research” on the matter I’ve done most of my adult life. *insert wry laughter here*

So that’s about it, folks. Oh, and if you want a free copy of Up to Boil, message me on Facebook and I’ll see what I can do (for the first three people, at least. ;) )

08.02.2014

What's Up?

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That’s the question. Well, first of all, as many of you who might read this know, I suffer from depression that is always there. Depending on a number of things, sometimes extremely random ones, I can do pretty well for a time, then pretty damn unwell the next instant.

None of this is new to me. I’ve suffered from anything from “mild” to “not-quite-suicidal” depression for most of my adult life. That’s more than a decade now. There was a time, around 2006-2010 when I felt much better and at times considered myself depression free. I’m not sure if I was, if I’m completely honest, but I was better. That’s the keyword here. With how my mental health is, “better” is a thing to aspire to be. “Healed” or “depression free”… No, I don’t much believe in those.

All that said, the last year has been pretty rough on me. The last six months even more so. There have been times when I’ve been seriously scared of my condition and how it has ups and downs and random spin-arounds. But hey, I’m still here!

For me personally—and I assume this might go for lot of writers/creative people with depression—my mental health is very connected to my creative outlet. Writing, for me, is always the thing that makes me feel better. Worthy. Even good. But when I’m depressed, the joy of writing is sucked out and my creativity dwindles, and I feel more depressed because I’m not writing, and then I can’t write because I feel like crap…. Endless cycle. Endless.

This summer I had my medication adjusted. New things and old things are being tried out, to see if something would help. To add to my condition, I have (somewhat mild) ADHD. And issues with falling asleep. Both of those mean additional medication. For me, no depression medication has ever really helped long term. None. And I have tried probably over a dozen different ones over the years. This time we went back to basics and back to serotonin which is pretty much as basic as you can get. It’s never worked before.

This time, it seems to be working. A little. How do I know this? I have ideas. I’m writing a little bit. I feel creative bursts that were missing for months and months. I have stories fading in and out of my mind like I had last year when things were better.

So I’m writing. It might take time, but dear deity I’m writing. When my favorite season, autumn, arrives soon, I expect to feel much better anyway. I’m one of those weird people who get worse in springtime and better in the fall, instead the more usual other way around. Light, for me, is worse than darkness.

All that said, the Fifty Questions with Tia thing is on hold until I find a personal assistant who works for free books and virtual hugs and cookies OR when I feel “better enough” to do it more regularly again. It seems silly to post those sporadically when it’s a series.

For a lot of this year I was pretty sure I wouldn’t have anything but Mirage out. All year. But then I wrote Solitude with Anna Martin, and I wrote a little short story for an anthology over at Wilde City, and so there are two things that are out soon. There’s also the little freebie I wrote for the M/M Romance group’s event on Goodreads. There are stories out, just not so many. I’m trying to tell myself I haven’t failed and that I won’t. That I might just be getting better again. But we’ll see. Time will tell.

You can find Solitude here and the Bedtime Stories anthology here. I hope you enjoy them both.

05.18.2014

50 Questions with Tia - S…

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Part two is sadly late but nevertheless here now!

My fellow Dreamspinner author Suki Fleet answered some of my crazy fifty questions and added one of her own. Again, with lack of a default picture for the series, I’m going to use the cover of Suki’s book This Is Not a Love Story (Harmony Ink YA novel) instead.

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3) Name an author from the M/M romance genre you admire, then tell us why.

Harper Fox. I greatly admire her style, some of her writing is just so so beautiful.

12) If you could live a day in your favorite film, knowing to come out of the experience alive and well whatever the genre, would you?  

Um…I’ve no idea what my favorite film is…but yes! I’m up for the action/adventure (and it would be action/adventure).  Horror scares me shitless and I cannot stand watching romances (reading and writing them is something else entirely J)

18) Do you like puzzles? If so what kind?

Yes, anything that involves picking out patterns and shapes. And Sudoku. I’m very bad at word puzzles :P

41) Adopt a baby polar bear or a baby tiger. Pick one and why?

Tiger. I’d probably be more scared of a polar bear than a tiger- has anyone ever successfully trained a polar bear…?

46) What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?

Pink champagne. Bubbles!!

51) Bonus question by Suki:

If you could no longer write (for whatever reason) through what other medium would you want to express your creativity (art/drawing/painting/sculpture, photography, music etc..)?

I’m very visual. My day job involved working with patterns and I have always wanted to be able to draw.

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05.06.2014

50 Questions with Tia - A…

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Here’s the first of my 50QwT. Because I don’t have a suitably sized image for the 50Q posts yet, I’m going to use the oh-so-awesome cover for Anna’s upcoming release, the third book in her Another Way series. Having read To Say I Love You, I can vouch for the book. It’s awesome, and it will be released on May 19th.

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1)      You’re going to end up on a desert island, all alone except a couple from one of your published stories. You get to choose, but keep in mind you’d probably end up witnessing them trying to kill boredom with sex. A lot. Which couple would you choose, and why?

Oh, it’s got to be Jesse and Will from the Another Way books. Partly because I think they’d let me join in with the sex.
Plus, I think we’d have plenty to talk about (when we weren’t all fucking like bunnies) and I know I like them both a lot. There’s no chance of us wanting to kill and eat each other (I hope).

10)   What’s the weirdest bit of inspiration that has led to an actual published story?

Probably learning that there’s a ski resort in Utah called Solitude. (Tia knows all about this…) I thought it was so interesting that a town would be called that, and decided I wanted to write a book set there. I sort of plot-bashed it with Tia for a while – we do this a lot – and we decided to write the story together. The whole thought process around what sort of person would run away to a place called Solitude really intrigued me. I think it’s going to be a great novel, I’m really proud of what we did with that idea.

16)   Do you believe in the supernatural (using the term loosely here)? If so, what kind, i.e. UFOs, ghosts, rebirth, poltergeist?

Nope. Not at all. I’m probably more agnostic than atheist – I believe that there are forces of good and evil in the world but they come from within us, rather than external sources. As for the whole ghosts, UFOs… there’s an intense need for humans to feel like there’s something else watching us. Dylan Moran, who’s one of my favourite comedians ever, puts this really well in a skit. To paraphrase; when we’re kids, we like to show off for our parents – “Mummy, Daddy, look at what I can do. Watch me do this.” And we’re still doing that as adults, but we replace Mummy and Daddy with God, or aliens, or ghosts, or whatever. We like to think that someone’s watching. Someone’s noticing the things we do, and that they matter.

To think that it’s all for nothing is actually bloody depressing.

32)   Think about yourself fifteen years ago. What would you want to tell that person that’s not too personal to share with us?

Fifteen years ago I was… twelve. Oh, pre-pubescent, angsty me was a whole bundle of laughs, I’m sure. I’d say “Invest in mobile phone companies. No, really. It’s gonna be a thing.” Also, “Be at the top of the Empire State Building at 2.30pm on Monday 17th May 2010. It’s very important,” just to freak myself out.

37)   Almost everyone has a quote that has stuck with them for a long time. Do you have one?

Probably my favourite is “Luminous beings are we, not this dark matter.” Which is from Yoda in Star Wars, of course.
Here’s another, just for fun:
“Unknowingly, we breathe the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a cup of rain.” – Ihab Hassan

And from my tattoo:
Alis volat propriis – which is Latin for “she flies with her own wings”.

51)   BONUS QUESTION by ANNA

What’s your biggest regret in life?

To which I’d answer, my dad always told me, “regret the things you do, don’t regret the things you didn’t do.” I regret letting my health and weight run away without paying attention to the signals my body was giving me. I knew there was something wrong, I just didn’t know how to articulate the problem, so it got consistently worse over a number of years. Now I’m fighting a huge fight to get my weight, health, and life back under control. But I’m winning. So it’ll all be okay in the end.

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Anna’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction

Her website: http://www.annamartin-fiction.com/

And her Dreamspinner Press main author page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=489

04.30.2014

Heads Up!

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Hi everyone! I wanted to give you a heads up, a forewarning if you will, to keep your eyes glued to this spot here. *points* Why? Because there’s this AWESOME thing happening soon right here on my blog and you wouldn’t want to miss it.

The thing is called 50 Questions with Tia, and it goes something like this: I have a list of 50 questions (posted below), and I’ve asked my fellow Dreamspinner Press authors to participate in the madness. They were able to pick two questions from those fifty and then they also had to come up with a bonus question of their own. To add to those three, I hand-picked three more, bringing the total up to six questions. Then they answered those, and I’m about to start posting them here on my blog weekly, sometimes twice a week.

Authors that are participating include Anna Martin, Zahra Owens, Jay Northcote, Raine O’Tierney and KZ Snow and many, many more.

So what are those questions, you ask? Well here you go, the complete list of my questions. Whichever did your favorite author pick? You’ll see soon enough!

1)      You’re going to end up on a desert island, all alone except a couple from one of your published stories. You get to choose, but keep in mind you’d probably end up witnessing them trying to kill boredom with sex. A lot. Which couple would you choose, and why?

2)      What’s your go-to book of any genre when you want to feel good?

3)      Name an author from the M/M romance genre you admire, then tell us why.

4)      Sometimes authors say they have voices in their heads that comment on mundane things even while we’re not writing those exact characters. Do you have any experiences on such a thing? Has a character piped up surprisingly in your head?

5)      Is there, or has there been, a person in your life you dreaded telling about writing M/M romance?

6)      Everyone hits a pothole sometimes when writing. How do you cope with temporary writer’s blocks?

7)      Do you prefer to write one story at a time, or do you have several WIPs at any time? Have you ever gone back to a really old WIP you’ve abandoned and finished it?

8)      Do you have a writer’s cat or a dog or some other animal (spouses count if you want them to)?

9)      Have you studied anything that you consider backs you up as a writer? Research doesn’t count.

10)   What’s the weirdest bit of inspiration that has led to an actual published story?

11)   Do you watch TV? If yes, what’s your favorite show? If not, why?

12)   If you could live a day in your favorite film of all time, knowing to come out of the experience alive and well no matter the genre of the movie (for example, horror), would you?

13)   Are there things or themes you regret writing, when you look back at your published works?

14)   Is there a theme you would like to explore in your writing? Not necessarily a genre, but a theme like HIV, poverty, domestic violence, addiction, insta-love, that sort of thing?

15)   Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists for stories, or do you consider some song the “theme” to a story you’ve written?

16)   Do you believe in the supernatural (using the term loosely here)? If so, what kind, i.e. UFOs, ghosts, rebirth, poltergeist?

17)   Do you consider yourself a spiritual/religious person?

18)   Do you like puzzles? If so, what kind?

19)   Computer games, yes or no?

20)   Are you a caffeine addict?

21)   Quick, a shooting star! What did you wish for?

22)   What’s a scent you like? How about something smelly you hate?

23)   Do your bras and panties match? If you don’t use those, what kind of underwear do you prefer? (Look at me being gender neutral!)

24)   Do you work better under a deadline or not?

25)   I have a theory about many writers suffering from depression at one point of their life or another. Are you one of those authors?

26)   You’ve just submitted a work to a potential publisher. Do you get the “post submission slump” some authors get? If not, do you realize how lucky you are (ha ha…)? If you do, how do you deal with it?

27)   For some reason, you are required to uproot your life and move to another country. You can only take your pets and your immediate family (spouse, kids, but not your parents or other relatives). Where do you move and why?

28)   Could you just stop writing, for the rest of your life? (You can figure out a reason of your own if you want to.)

29)   What’s the bravest thing you’ve done in your life and why? (Can’t be about writing, this one.)

30)   You can only watch one TV show for the rest of your life. What show is it? Why?

31)   Do you still write letters by hand, or send post cards outside vacations/birthdays/etc?

32)   Think about yourself fifteen years ago. What would you want to tell that person that’s not too personal to share with us?

33)   Do you belong to a fandom? If so, which one/s?

34)   Who is your literary idol and why?

35)   Have you been good at some sports at some point in your life?

36)   Writing summaries and blurbs, love it or hate it?

37)   Almost everyone has a quote that has stuck with them for a long time. Do you have one?

38)   What’s the event that has most shaped you as a writer?

39)   You can time travel safely, knowing that you won’t be harmed and will come back in a week.  You can go back in time (50 years) or into the future (100 years). Which do you pick, where will you go, and why?

40)   Do you consider yourself a romantic? If so, what’s the last thing you did you consider romantic?

41)   Adopt a baby tiger or a baby polar bear. Pick one and why?

42)   Do you have a personal theme song? If not, when what’s the song that makes you dance in your seat every time you hear it randomly (on the radio, on TV etc.)?

43)   Who is your celebrity crush? Would it change if you knew you could get that person?

44)   If you were drunk, who would you like to look after you?

45)   Do you have a lucky number? Why?

46)   What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage? If you don’t drink alcohol, favorite soda?

47)   Confess something.

48)   If you could wake up tomorrow with any real-life skill that would normally take years to master (for example; astrophysics, ballet, fine art, professional football player, chef) what would you pick and why?

49)   What Hogwarts house are you in?

50)   Do you have tattoos? If you do, tell us about it/them? If not, would you have one or not, and why?

First post will be my dear friend and co-author Anna Martin, and I hope to get it posted this coming weekend! I hope you’ll enjoy the madness!

03.13.2014

Novel Number Five!

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I suddenly have Lou Bega’s Mambo Number 5 playing in my head. (You’re welcome.)

I guess I never thought I’d come this far. Four years ago I was thinking I wouldn’t be published before my thirtieth birthday. That was my original Big Dream, by the way. I was published a few days after my thirtieth in 2011. So I almost made it, and I have to be happy with that.

Now, three years later, I have several—holy crap, almost ten!—shorter stories out there, and in a few days my fifth novel will be out there for everyone to see. FIVE NOVELS. Can I repeat HOLY CRAP!

How did all of this happen? When I started writing fan fiction almost five years ago after having not written a thing in years, I never thought this was where I was heading. It wasn’t my intention to be a published author. Instead, I’d found a new fandom I enjoyed, found out I could relate enough to use someone else’s characters and write these stories some people actually liked to read.

That was mind blowing: Someone liked what I wrote. These days the feedback is less instantaneous and I can’t just upload a story I’ve just finished to some website and know that by the morning someone has left a comment. What hasn’t changed is the fact that I’m still blown away whenever someone who likes my books emails me to say so.

I’m not a big name in M/M romance and I probably never will be, but that’s not why I write so it’s fine. I write for me, because my head likes to get the evil bunnies hopping about out before I go crazier. I write because there’s no other way for me to live anymore.

Even when I struggle with real life stuff and health stuff or even the fact that I live a long way away from any big events that mostly happen in the US, the plot bunnies keep doing their thing and there will be more stories, eventually.

The next one that’s out, number five, is a story of a washed out alcoholic country music star Jasper and a truck driving, songwriting, tattooed ex soul surfer Cade. The story also has rescue pitbulls, inner struggles, coming out, families, and lots of music references I couldn’t help—the boys insisted.

So if you like Mirage, let me know. I’d really love to hear from you. Oh and if you want to, you can follow my daily music countdown to Mirage on my FB author page, just click here.

10.20.2013

Coming Soon, Finnshifters…

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After doing the writing thing for a couple of years and having seen quite a few release dates and coming soon page appearances, I’m happy to report that it still makes me go “ooooh!” and smile widely when I see that email in my inbox that says my next release is now on the coming soon page.

This time it’s Finnshifters 3: Howl Sweet Howl, which is Sean and Rider’s story, but as always with this series, it’s a story of how life continues on the farm after The Storm. If you haven’t read this series yet, but are interested in taking a look at my shifters, please start with FS1: Chuffed. There’s a continuous plot underneath the love stories, and you’ll miss out if you don’t read the books in order.

To celebrate FS3 and Positive, I’m planning on a blog tour AND I have a Facebook chat coming up on the Dreamspinner Press’s FB page too, so keep your eyes open so you won’t miss it. ;)

07.17.2013

Preorder Positive!

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I got the email notification today, so I’m happy to announce that Positive is now on the Dreamspinner’s coming soon page. That means you can now preorder it!

I read the book through for the last time before the publishing yesterday, and I have to say I really like this book. Even if I say so myself, it’s a good book. Then again whenever I love one of my books, others don’t, so we shall see…

Despite the M/M/M tag on Dreamspinner’s website, there’s only one scene of M/M/M and the book is M/M with a longtime committed relationship in the center. So don’t let the M/M/M scare you! :)

Hope you all are having a nice summer so far!

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