Thursday, February 4, 2016

Read THIS Before You Write THAT

http://www.the519.org/news/media-reference-guide-discussing-trans-and-gender-diverse-people


I just came across this new media reference guide for journalists discussing trans and gender-diverse people. Read it! If you're an author who incorporates trans characters into the fiction you write, read it. If you're a journalist, definitely read it. If you're a person who never writes anything but sometimes talks to people about stuff, read it!

Basically what I'm saying is: everyone read this. Even if you're thinking, "Oh I read one of those a few years ago," read this one now. Language changes so quickly. Even as a gender nonconforming person myself, and the partner of a trans woman, and an author who writes gender-diverse characters, I didn't realize some of the terms that were totes a la mode 10 years ago were now considered derogatory. Scrambled eggs all over my face!

Stuff changes fast, and if you want to win this race you gotta stay on top! (Which race? I don't know. I've eaten too much ice cream and I'm getting silly).

Anyway, read this guide. It was put together by The 519 here in Toronto and Rainbow Health Ontario.

It'll only take a few minutes, and you'll be a better human for it:

Download Media Reference Guide


I stole that link from this link: http://www.the519.org/news/media-reference-guide-discussing-trans-and-gender-diverse-people

Love you!
Giselle

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Tenniversary! Kinksters is FREE this February!

2016 marks 10 years as a writer, for me.  I wouldn't have lasted this long in the business without the support of fellow authors, editors and, of course, readers like you.  That's why I'm giving away something special every month.

This month, KINKSTERS: 12 Stories of Wild Group Sex, Bisexual Fun and Kinky Pleasures is free at Smashwords!




As an extra treat, the short stories from Kinksters that are available individually as ebooks are also free! We're talking Lesbukake, Debbie Does Dalhousie, Rainbow Night and much more!


Friday, January 29, 2016

Shaking Up This Friday Night with #Lesbian #Erotica

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shakingupthiscostumepartylesbiansecrets-1974350-168.html
It's Friday night and I'm uploading my lesbian erotic romance short Shaking Up This Costume Party to various ebook retailers. I just pulled an excerpt to post at sites like All Romance eBooks and Excitica and I liked it so much I thought I'd post it here, just for fun.

Shaking Up This Costume Party is about a young woman, Anisha, who sneaks off to a college costume party Halloween night, only to meet her father there. Not just that, but he's got a girl on his arm. He's been cheating on his wife with Maryam, after telling the younger woman he was divorced.

As much as Anisha wants to hate this girl, she just can't. She feels bad for Maryam. After all, they've both been lied to.

The bond they form at that party gets really hot really fast, and who knows? It just might last.

Read an excerpt from Shaking Up This Costume Party:


They snuck into a darkened room and sat on somebody’s bed.

Anisha rubbed the girl’s back and said, “How do you feel now?”

“Not great,” Maryam told her. “He said he was divorced. He said he never saw his daughter. He said he was lonely without his family.”

Anisha felt a deep sense of disappointment in her father, but she couldn’t bring herself to hate this girlfriend of his. “You were having an affair?”

“I didn’t know it was an affair. He said he was—”

“Divorced.”

“Yeah.”

“Wow.”

“I know!”

Anisha shook her head. “I never thought Daddy could do something like this.”

They sat in silence as Anisha rubbed the girl’s back. Maryam’s dress felt nice and silky under her hand. She could feel the bumps of Maryam’s spine, and the line of a bra strap. As her eyes adjusted to the moonlight, she noticed the shine of the fabric, as well as the sparkle of her own bee costume.

“How are you feeling now?” Anisha asked.

“Better. You can stop rubbing.”

“Oh. Sorry.”

Anisha backed off, even though she didn’t really want to. She shrugged off her bee wings because they were starting to annoy her, and tossed them on the floor along with her antennae and purse.

“What are you doing?” Maryam asked, watching the items fall to the ground.

“Nothing. They were just bugging me.”

Maryam laughed, and her lipstick shimmered in the moonlight.

“What’s funny?”

“They’re bugging you… and you’re a bug.”

Anisha looked down at her yellow and black striped bodysuit. “I’m a bee.”

“A bee is a bug.”

“I guess.”

“Anything annoying is a bug,” Maryam reasoned.

“Sorry. Am I bugging you?”

Sitting gently at the edge of the bed, Maryam turned her head and smiled. “No. No, I’m glad you’re here. If you hadn’t been here, I wouldn’t know your father was lying to me all this time.”

Anisha felt weirdly guilty, like she’d ruined this girl’s perfect relationship. Even if that relationship was with a married man who just so happened to be her father.
*****

Shaking Up This Costume Party is newly available from the following ebook retailers:
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shakingupthiscostumepartylesbiansecrets-1974350-168.html

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/610141

eXcitica: http://www.excitica.com/index.php/shaking-up-this-costume-party-lesbian-secrets.html?SID=66a11bdfd728c3569aa7d50d296d0c09

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shaking-up-this-costume-party-giselle-renarde/1123320426?ean=2940152592955

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/shaking-up-this-costume-party-lesbian-secrets

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's here! It's here! "I've got a Crush on a Sexy Older Man" is here!

Two Spicy Novels in One $0.99 Collection!

Help! I’ve got a crush on a sexy older man! He’s handsome, interesting and educated—not to mention RICH. If I tell him how I feel, will he laugh in my face… or change my life forever?
This special collection contains "Stacy's Dad has got it Going On" and "A Man Needs a Maid." That's TWO New Adult romance novels by award-winning Canadian author Giselle Renarde.
Buy it this weekend for under a buck!
There are so many places to get "I've got a Crush on a Sexy Older Man," including:
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Smashwords
Excitica


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Depression Handbook for Writers: A Simple and Practical Advice Guide

Is it just me, or are a lot of writers depressed?


It's not just me. And it's not just you.

Whether you're a professional author or not, it's possible that you've dealt with depression in your life. I've been chronically depressed since my late teens. It sucks, but there is hope.

That's why I decided to put together a simple and practical advice guide for writers with depression. I'm not a doctor, so don't take anything I've got to say as medical advice, but if you're having a rough time right now, maybe you'll pick up a copy. It's free at most vendors.

What if you're not a writer, but you are depressed?

Well, this book consists of 3 sections:
  • things I do to lift my mood and improve my outlook
  • things writers can do to keep business going even when you can't write
  • author interviews

So the first section is pretty general and could be helpful to writers and readers alike.

If you need this book, I hope it's helpful to you.

Find it at
Kobo
Google Play
OmniLit
BarnesNoble
Smashwords

As I mentioned, The Depression Handbook for Writers is free at most ebookstores, but it hasn't been price matched yet at Amazon.  If anyone's got a few seconds to spare, you could scroll down to the section that says Product Details, click where is says "tell us about a lower price" and plug in the BarnesNoble link, or the Google Play one. I'd really appreciate it. I want everyone who needs this book to be able to get their hands on it, and I don't want price to be an obstacle.

I hope this post crosses your screen exactly when you need it, or when someone in your life does. More than that, I hope it helps.

All my love,
Giselle

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Amber Quill Press is Closing

Amber Quill Press, publisher of my novel Anonymous, will be closing down operations March 31, 2016. A notice on their website states that the site will be dismantled at that time, ending readers' access to their bookshelves and order history. If you've earned Rewards Points at the site, better use them up. (Might I suggest my MMF menage book, Anonymous?)

Amber Quill Press is a respected publisher of fiction, straight romance and LGBT romance. They've been in business since 2002, so the closure comes as a bit of a surprise. They always felt like an established, professional enterprise, to me. I enjoyed working with them. They were responsive to authors, reporting was excellent, they never paid late. I'm sorry to see them go, but I wish Amber Quill's owners and my fellow authors all the best in business, in writing, and in life.

Giselle

Monday, January 4, 2016

Meet Audrey. Meet Lawrence. Read their stories. FREE.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/9231
In keeping with the older man/younger woman theme we've got going on this January, I've decided to make my Audrey and Lawrence stories free at Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/9231?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica

This month only, enjoy *most* of the erotic tales that appear in the complete Audrey and Lawrence collection for no money down, no interest until... well, never. They're just plain FREE.

The reason I say *most* is that a few of the stories from the complete collection were too short to make available as ebooks. They fit well in the context of the entire Audrey and Lawrence collection, so that's where you'll find them.

For those who aren't aware, my Audrey and Lawrence series, while fictional, is based on my real-life affair with a married man.  You can read my diary from the early days of that relationship, also for free, right now at http://likeits1999diary.blogspot.com.

When it comes to older man/younger woman material, I'm just giving it away this month. Why?  Because 2016 is my Tenniversary--ten years as an erotica writer.  I'm celebrating by showing readers and other writers how very much I appreciate them. That's you. I appreciate YOU.

For the inside scoop, I highly recommend joining my mailing list at http://eepurl.com/R4b11  That way you won't miss a thing!

Love you,
Giselle