The Eric Shaw Quinn Series | Part 1 of 3: A Guest Post from Eric

RT2_MSTR-ESQ-IMG_0800-SoftFilter-croppedI’m thrilled to introduce a three-part series with the diversely talented Eric Shaw Quinn, New York Times bestselling author and co-host of The Dinner Party Show. On June 7th, he released his most exciting and ambitious work yet: a biographical narrative of the powerful love between biblical heroes David and Jonathan. Widely lauded as a beautiful retelling of 1 Samuel 18:1 & 3, Quinn sat down to chat with me about the book and his experiences in sharing it with the world.

The series begins with an “in his own words” guest post from Eric, continued the following week with an interview, and, finally, the best for past: an exclusive excerpt from The Prince’s Psalm!

Schedule:

Part One: Guest Post Written by Eric Shaw Quinn (July 5th)
Part Two: An Interview with Eric Shaw Quinn (July 12th)
Part Three: An Exclusive Excerpt from The Prince’s Psalm. (July 19th)

The Prince’s Psalm- A Guest Post by Eric Shaw Quinn

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I’m not really a Bible person. As a gay person, I never really felt welcome in the Christian church around which I grew up. I wasn’t sure what offended me more. The Christians who used their bible and their faith to justify discriminating against and even killing gay people, or the Christians who claimed they didn’t hate “the gays” but did nothing to stop the destructive actions of the lunatics who did. One thing was for sure. Both groups turned me off to the whole thing. It turned out to be a personal blessing as it allowed me to explore my spirituality unfettered by outdated ideas. I got the chance to decide what I believe and what I don’t believe. Without five-thousand-year-old, out of date rules to encumber me, my faith continues to evolve. The only thing I’m certain about is that I don’t believe in organized religion. I think it’s a harmful and destructive force responsible for most of the evil in the world today.

My father is a man of strong faith. He’s had his own struggles with religion. In his lifetime, he’s pursued a career as a minister, studied for a doctorate of divinity at SMU and left the church altogether over its views and inaction on segregation. More recently, Dad was personally shaken when his delegation to the Methodist convention was denied a chance to speak about standing up for gay people against those Christians who wanted to use the church as a weapon against others. His faith remained strong, however. Later when his own minister decided to be a dick in public about the incident at the convention, my father stepped away from his church’s regular organized observances. Still, despite being in his eighties now, he continues his work at the church-based soup kitchen he helped start after he retired. That’s just one of his Christian outreach efforts where he tries to do “unto the least of these.”

It was the nineties, the heyday of Christian hate against gay people. On the television airwaves and beyond, alleged Christians felt free to just say whatever hateful, hurtful thing they wanted to and about gay people. Yet my father’s faith and his belief in his own mission was strong enough that he turned to that same faith for answers to his conflict. In a Bible study group with whom he was reading and discussing the Bible chapter by chapter, he came upon the first book of Samuel and, as he read on, to 1 Samuel chapter 18 which begins:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

My father could see the truth in these beautiful words. These two men — one of them arguably the second most famous person in the Bible – were not only in love, but pledging their commitment to one another as David was taken into Jonathan’s family. This was gay marriage, right smack dab in the middle of the holy book that was being used to argue against the idea and to justify the hatred of and discrimination against gay people throughout the world. I don’t know where my father was when he read these words or what his Bible study class had to say about it, or if leapt to his feet and raced to call me or just remembered to let me know what he’d found when we next spoke. I do know that from the moment I first heard those words more than twenty years ago, the novel that became The Prince’s Psalm was born in my heart. Thanks Dad, for sharing your faith with me and for inspiring me to tell Jonathan and David’s love story.

To learn more about this story (including links to where to purchase), click here.

 

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RED HOT HOLIDAYS | 17 ALL NEW Holiday Stories to Spice Up The Season!

Forget shopping. Forget wrapping. Spend the holidays with these 17 gorgeous alpha males.

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Stories Included Are:

Perfectly Kissed ~ Lacey Silks Mistletoes, sneaky best friend and an old lady, coerce best friends and former lovers, Millie and Dave, to reunite for Christmas Holidays.

Montreux ~ Blair Babylon Wulf von Hannover and Rae Stone are about to marry in Montreux, but Wulf’s aristocratic father makes one last attempt to derail the wedding.

Home Bound ~ Olivia Rigal and Shannon Macallan Trapped by a storm, a voluptuous architect and a sexy TV news reporter melt the ice by a roaring fire.

A Band of Heather ~ Sarah M. Cradit Colleen and Noah belong to two very different worlds, but a band of heather changes their lives forever.

Christmas on the Run ~ Daizie Draper Wannabe rock star Tristan runs from a dangerous bookie and falls for the girl he’s only using as his perfect escape.

Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas ~ J.C. Valentine Nurse Noel Walker doesn’t date patients, but Officer Hunter Davis won’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on.

Black Christmas ~ JC Andrijeski Quintin Black vanishes, leaving Miri alone after a harrowing ordeal in Thailand. Will she forgive him in time for Christmas?

Winter Tryst ~ Mira Bailee One destroyed marriage. Two broken hearts. When Sean visits Lyla to say goodbye, winter’s magic forces the lovers to face the painful truth.

Give and Take ~ Daisy Prescott You never know who will show up at the Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone’s getting a puppy.

Slow and Steady ~ V. J. Chambers When danger interrupts Christmas shopping, Leigh and her husband Griffin sizzle.

Take Me Home ~ Alison Foster All my Christmas wishes were snatched away by an evil brute. What can you do when the man you hate most makes your mouth water?

Bearfield Snowed In ~ Jacqueline Sweet A hunter tracking her prey finds herself snowed in with a sexy shifter. Is he her mortal enemy or her fated mate?

My Cowboy Soldier ~ Gillian Cherry Holidays draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.

A Cub for Christmas ~ Ella Dominguez This May-December romance burns up the pages when Aricelli realizes that unwrapping her Christmas package is only half the fun.

Rosy Cheeks ~ Amity Wilde Good things sometimes come in unlikely packages. When an online flirt stumbles into Karen’s very real life, he might be just what she needs.

A Beary Merry Christmas ~ Jazzmyn Wolfe After a season of frustration and pain, will curvy Kassandra and Brendan finally have a beary merry Christmas?

Alec’s First Christmas ~ Felicia Tatum Daphne and Zander welcomed their baby Alec, and his first Christmas has magical surprises.

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Guest Author: Josephine Templeton

My guest today is Josephine Templeton, urban fantasy author of titles such as Convicted of Love and Forever Yours. Josephine will be one of the Undead Con authors on Halloween this year in NOLA, and I look forward to meeting her there.

Please join me in welcoming Josephine to the Guest Author Program!

If you are interested in participating in the program, you can submit here. Continue reading

Beyond Eventide: Bound- “Ana and Finn” (Promo 6 of 6)

“The threads of fate weave slowly, until at last, an unbreakable knot.”

Beyond Eventide: Bound

The House of Crimson & Clover Book 2.5- Coming in April

Night, Moon And Dark Fortress

Finn saw in Ana’s expression evidence of all the things she always felt herself incapable of. Above all, he saw the inexorable love radiating off of her.

Coming in April. Add to your Goodreads TBR list so you don’t miss it!

Need to get caught up on the House of Crimson & Clover?

Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels and Sullivans…

SERIES PREQUEL:
St. Charles at Dusk
Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, this is the story of Oz and Adrienne. Of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B005RT0ZKE
BN: http://bit.ly/1oyEn6a
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/304600
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1hHmscx
Itunes: http://bit.ly/Oua5ng
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1bP8SR0 
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3685393
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1dXqBHS

BOOK 0.5:
Beyond Dusk: Anne
Anne’s entire life has been a lie. She must find the courage to discover who she is, including this terrifying, inexplicable ability she was born with.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00EUI53IC
BN: http://bit.ly/1aOUw14
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/381449
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1chBJIH
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1ibzJYk
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1efWo6P
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4489254
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1daqVhF

BOOK 1:
The Storm and the Darkness
Ana is about to discover a startling truth: there exists no greater darkness than the one which lives inside of us.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00DS86XU2
BN: http://bit.ly/IeFNSW
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333021
Kobo: http://bit.ly/17Tb1KG
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1nvqK9Z
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1knwY4B
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4345896
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1bopnAM

BOOK 1.5:
Beyond Darkness: Shattered
Think you know the story of Ana, Finn, and Jon? Guess again.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00IBLBKK4 
BN: http://bit.ly/NmUOoa 
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1bIfkYQ 
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1aS4PnI
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1ibzVGY
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1d4J7yf
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4649330 
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1o5XDaU 

BOOK 2:
The Illusions of Eventide
Nicolas spent 30 years under his flawed set of principles. Mercy, three millennia under hers. Both are bound by these chosen illusions, until their paths unexpectedly cross.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00H5VZBSS
BN: http://bit.ly/J16ESN
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385559
Kobo: http://bit.ly/19xFBVd
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1isRAuu
Sony: http://bit.ly/1m1vXAc
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Beyond Eventide: Bound- “Anasofiya” (Promo 5 of 6)

“The threads of fate weave slowly, until at last, an unbreakable knot.”

Beyond Eventide: Bound

The House of Crimson & Clover Book 2.5- Coming in April

Light in a forest with fog

“I’m not who I was before.” Anasofiya leaned forward then. Her matted hair fell over her face as she hovered near the fire, flame upon flame dancing before him. A goddess of fire. “In fact, I’m better,” she finished. “I’m alive. For the first time.”

Coming in April. Add to your Goodreads TBR list so you don’t miss it!

Need to get caught up on the House of Crimson & Clover?

Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels and Sullivans…

SERIES PREQUEL:
St. Charles at Dusk
Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, this is the story of Oz and Adrienne. Of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B005RT0ZKE
BN: http://bit.ly/1oyEn6a
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/304600
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1hHmscx
Itunes: http://bit.ly/Oua5ng
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1bP8SR0 
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3685393
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1dXqBHS

BOOK 0.5:
Beyond Dusk: Anne
Anne’s entire life has been a lie. She must find the courage to discover who she is, including this terrifying, inexplicable ability she was born with.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00EUI53IC
BN: http://bit.ly/1aOUw14
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/381449
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1chBJIH
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1ibzJYk
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1efWo6P
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4489254
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1daqVhF

BOOK 1:
The Storm and the Darkness
Ana is about to discover a startling truth: there exists no greater darkness than the one which lives inside of us.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00DS86XU2
BN: http://bit.ly/IeFNSW
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333021
Kobo: http://bit.ly/17Tb1KG
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1nvqK9Z
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1knwY4B
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4345896
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1bopnAM

BOOK 1.5:
Beyond Darkness: Shattered
Think you know the story of Ana, Finn, and Jon? Guess again.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00IBLBKK4 
BN: http://bit.ly/NmUOoa 
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1bIfkYQ 
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1aS4PnI
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1ibzVGY
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1d4J7yf
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4649330 
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1o5XDaU 

BOOK 2:
The Illusions of Eventide
Nicolas spent 30 years under his flawed set of principles. Mercy, three millennia under hers. Both are bound by these chosen illusions, until their paths unexpectedly cross.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00H5VZBSS
BN: http://bit.ly/J16ESN
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385559
Kobo: http://bit.ly/19xFBVd
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1isRAuu
Sony: http://bit.ly/1m1vXAc
Diesel: http://bit.ly/18tAtXt
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4540628
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/18sGq1t

Beyond Eventide: Bound- “Finnegan” (Promo 4 of 6)

“The threads of fate weave slowly, until at last, an unbreakable knot.”

Beyond Eventide: Bound

The House of Crimson & Clover Book 2.5- Coming in April

Light in a forest with fog

Mercy had explained to Finn about this so-called evigbond which drove Ana into Aidrik’s arms. That the bond was uncommon, but also unseverable. She has no choice in the matter, Mercy had said. She is his, and he is hers, until the day one of them perishes from the earth. Well, maybe that was true. But if Empyreans had evigbond, then humans had true, unfiltered love. Ana may be part Empyrean, but she was also part human. And her human part loved Finn.

Coming in April. Add to your Goodreads TBR list so you don’t miss it!

 

Need to get caught up on the House of Crimson & Clover?

Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels and Sullivans…

SERIES PREQUEL:
St. Charles at Dusk
Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, this is the story of Oz and Adrienne. Of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B005RT0ZKE
BN: http://bit.ly/1oyEn6a
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/304600
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1hHmscx
Itunes: http://bit.ly/Oua5ng
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1bP8SR0 
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3685393
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1dXqBHS

BOOK 0.5:
Beyond Dusk: Anne
Anne’s entire life has been a lie. She must find the courage to discover who she is, including this terrifying, inexplicable ability she was born with.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00EUI53IC
BN: http://bit.ly/1aOUw14
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/381449
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1chBJIH
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1ibzJYk
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1efWo6P
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4489254
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1daqVhF

BOOK 1:
The Storm and the Darkness
Ana is about to discover a startling truth: there exists no greater darkness than the one which lives inside of us.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00DS86XU2
BN: http://bit.ly/IeFNSW
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333021
Kobo: http://bit.ly/17Tb1KG
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1nvqK9Z
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1knwY4B
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4345896
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1bopnAM

BOOK 1.5:
Beyond Darkness: Shattered
Think you know the story of Ana, Finn, and Jon? Guess again.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00IBLBKK4 
BN: http://bit.ly/NmUOoa 
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1bIfkYQ 
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1aS4PnI
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1ibzVGY
Diesel: http://bit.ly/1d4J7yf
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4649330 
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1o5XDaU 

BOOK 2:
The Illusions of Eventide
Nicolas spent 30 years under his flawed set of principles. Mercy, three millennia under hers. Both are bound by these chosen illusions, until their paths unexpectedly cross.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00H5VZBSS
BN: http://bit.ly/J16ESN
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385559
Kobo: http://bit.ly/19xFBVd
Itunes: http://bit.ly/1isRAuu
Sony: http://bit.ly/1m1vXAc
Diesel: http://bit.ly/18tAtXt
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4540628
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/18sGq1t