Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Countdown to RainbowCon Guest Post: C R Guiliano

Today I have a super cool guest post from author C. R. Guiliano.  It's nearly time for RainbowCon!

I am looking forward to RainbowCon and am excited to meet so many new people and reconnect with old friends. I will be hosting the panel, Why Won’t You Die, Fiction Tropes, on Thursday, at 2 pm. It will be an interesting discussion and I hope you will enjoy it. I will also be attending the Question & Answer event that same Thursday, between 4:45 and 5:15 in Salon B. I look forward to the interaction.
I will also be on the panel Bisexual Mythbusters: Dispelling bisexual myths on Friday at 5 pm. This is an important topic to me, if I were to put a label on myself. I’ve been on a soapbox or two regarding the subject and look forward to other’s opinions.
Saturday, I’m free!! That is my day to chat, and visit and attend the other panels in the audience. Feel free to come find me and introduce yourself! Or share a hug!
Sunday, another panel for me. I’ll be joining others to talk about Blog Tours: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em, at 11 am. As I just did my first Blog Tour for my debut book with Dreamspinner Press, I have plenty to talk about. Come on by and join in!
A little about me, I’m an author and have been published since 2010. My debut book with Dreamspinner Press was released on March 12th, 2014. It’s called, For You and features the story of Graham’s and Jeremy’s struggles to come to grips with Jeremy’s fear of coming out. Their love is deep and strong, but not enough to keep them together, until Jeremy finally realizes what he will lose forever if he doesn’t overcome his fear.
Blurb: Graham and Jeremy's first meeting sparks an explosive and passionate relationship that proves opposites attract. However, as time wears on, their differences cause a lot of strain between them.
Jeremy, a first grade teacher and softball coach, is deeply closeted and sees no way out of the darkness. Graham is out and proud and doesn’t understand Jeremy’s fear at revealing his sexuality. After four years of trying to balance the differences, Graham leaves.
Jeremy is heartbroken, knowing that the love they feel is the real thing. He knows he’s the one who needs to change, but old habits are hard to break. He'll need support from friends and family to make things right with Graham, but most of all he'll need to find strength within himself to be honest about who he really is.
The dedication is to TJ Klune and Eric Arvin and comes from my heart. They inspired the story I wrote.
Dedication: Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to meet TJ Klune and Eric Arvin at the last GayRomLit I attended, so wasn’t able to become friends with them. They don’t know me. I am but a drop in the vast ocean of love and support that surrounds these two men.
But they don’t need to know me, for I know them. They are family in a genre I call home. The struggles they are facing right now are monumental. My hope is that whatever God may be watching over them, he sees fit not to take Eric away from TJ when their lives together are just beginning. I believe Eric is a fighter, and he has someone very special to fight for.
I wish I could hug TJ, hold him, and give him my strength as he struggles to be the rock Eric needs right now. I would not be the only one. There are many caring hands and loving hearts for these two amazing men.
I am but a drop. I don’t have skills to offer—I’m just a writer. I know what helplessness feels like. I’ve been there, where TJ is now. The worry, the fear, the unknown. But we are all here for them, with our knowledge, our love, our spirit, and our help.
For You is a story about two men with a love so deep and real that they fight the worry, the fear, the unknown, the anger and the obstacles to be together. Just as TJ and Eric fight.
This dedication is for them…
TJ, Eric… this dedication is For You.
In the Grand Adventures anthology, of which I am part, is a companion story featuring Graham. It’s a
window into his past and the teacher he had a crush on while in college and how he battles with the feelings that are still with him upon coming face to face with the man that held his heart so many years ago.
I hope to see you all there! But if not, you can find me here:

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