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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Player vs Player Blog Tour With Amelia C. Gormley

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How to Protect Women from Harassment at Gaming Events: Exclude Women?

Hi, and welcome to the Player vs. Player blog tour!

As I’ve established a few times, I’m a lifelong gamer, and a lifelong feminist. And a large part of my inspiration to write PvP derived from the confluence of those two interests, when the full breadth and scope of misogyny in gaming and geek culture was made apparent by several notable incidences of harassment in gaming circles. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Amelia C. Gormley, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Review: Player vs Player by Amelia C. Gormley

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Title: Player vs Player

Author: Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Pushing for change can be dangerous when change starts pushing back.

Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss, and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol—Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern’s crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment. Continue reading

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Amelia C. Gormley, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Amelia C. Gormley And Marie Sexton Are Our Guests Today On The “Saugatuck Summer” Blog Tour


Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! First off, I want to thank Lisa and The Novel Approach for inviting me, and Marie Sexton for sitting down and chatting with me for this post.

For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week!


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week!

We’ve got another busy and fun filled week coming up, with more great guests, giveaways, GRL Celebration fun, and, of course, more reviews.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondaySkylar M. Cates kicks off the week on her The Only Guy Blog Tour, the follow up to The Guy From Glamour

Amelia C. Gormley drops in as well, on her Saugatuck Summer Blog Tour

TuesdayRain Carrington is our guest today on the Honky Tonk Series: Book Three Blog Tour.

EM Lynley is also with us to do a Cover Reveal of her new novel Bound for Trouble

WednesdayPoppy Dennison stops in on her Belligerent Beta Blog Tour

A.J. Corza is back today with Got You Covered, and another great cover art review

ThursdayKate McMurray is dropping by to talk about her new novel The Silence of the Stars

Rafe Haze is also back today on his The Next Blog Tour as part of our GRL Celebration Countdown

FridayRJ Scott is our guest with the second GRL Celebration visit of the week, to promote her book A Reason to Stay

Dan Skinner also drops in to kick off a blog tour for his newest novel The Price of Dick

SaturdayJosephine Myles is our guest on the Stuff Blog Tour, the follow up to Junk

Sunday – And finally, to wrap up the week, Lou Sylvre is here for a visit, and she’s bring along a little Luki Vasquez and Sonny Bly James

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Amelia C. Gormley’s “Saugatuck Summer” Is An Emotional Storm – Reviewed by Tina


“Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer, life imitates art.” – Lana Del Ray


Title: Saugatuck Summer

Author: Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 363 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: One summer can change everything
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Amelia C. Gormley’s “Strain” Is An Infectiously Great Read – Reviewed by Tina


“You walk outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breathe and you risk your life. You don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.” – Hershel, The Walking Dead


Title: 5 Stars

Author: Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 375 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.
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A Double-Header Review of Heidi Belleau And Amelia C. Gormley’s “The Professor’s Rule” Series – Reviewed by Tina


“This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.” – Maggie Stiefvater


Title: Every Inch of the Way (The Professor’s Rule #4)

Author: Heidi Belleau & Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 45 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.
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Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley Bring The Professor’s Rule Series To An End With A Giveaway









Hi! We’re Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley, and we’re here to let you know that our kinky series The Professor’s Rule is coming to an end. The last two novelettes–Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch–are out now from Riptide Publishing, and to celebrate, we’re touring the web with a contest and a free bonus short. You’ll have to follow the whole tour to read the short in its entirety, but since every comment you make along the tour gets you an entry in our contest, there’s plenty of reasons to tag along.

If you haven’t yet heard of The Professor’s Rule, here’s a quick crash course (see what we did there?)

School is back in session.

When undergrad student James Sheridan set out to seduce his way into a better grade, he had no idea what he was signing on for. Professor Evander Carson wasn’t about to trade a good grade for sexual favors, but he was definitely willing to tutor his wayward pupil in far more than history.

By the end of their tumultuous relationship, James not only excelled academically, his sexual horizons had expanded to include pleasures—and agonies—the likes of which he’d never dreamed. But enough was more than enough, and James fled from his Professor, unsure of where his limits lay or if he had the wherewithal to set boundaries.

Two years later, a chance misdial puts James back in contact with his former instructor and brings all his old cravings back in force, leaving him yearning to kneel once again at his Professor’s feet. But James has a new life now, with new sexual and romantic prospects—most notably the charming menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. Still, the pull to return to Professor Carson is a powerful thing. Can James give in to it without giving up his newfound confidence and budding romance?

The complete collection is on sale now for 40% off, and if you’d like to try before you buy, Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) is free wherever ebooks are sold!

About Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch

In Every Inch of the Way, Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.

Or so he thought. Being used in someone else’s domination/submission play should have been a deal breaker, yet James—bruises, boyfriend, and all—is too compelling to let walk away. But James has needs Satish isn’t sure he can fulfill, and it seems his mysterious Professor isn’t willing to share.

Can Satish keep James happy in bed and in life, or will James be forced to choose between his dominant and his burgeoning vanilla romance with Satish?

In To the Very Last Inch . . . Just days after their scorching reunion, Professor Evander Carson has kicked his one-time pupil James Sheridan to the curb—and tried to sabotage James’s new relationship with Satish Malhotra. Something isn’t right here, but James isn’t sure he should bother trying to figure out what. Carson isn’t good for him and will never change. He needs to accept that and move on.

Satish knows something is up, too, but he thinks the relationship between Carson and James is worth saving. To do the right thing, Satish will have to make James and Carson confront the secrets they’ve hidden for years and help them to overcome the pain and mistrust they’ve caused.

But if Satish succeeds, where will that leave him and his intensifying romance with James? Will the three of them be able to find the right balance, or will James be forced to choose between the pain and submission he craves with Carson, and the sweet, vanilla stability he’s found with Satish?

About the Authors:

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, and her upcoming, New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, available for pre-order now.

You can contact Amelia on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, Tumblr, or contact her by email using the form at http://ameliacgormley.com/

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.

Chat with her on twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.
Browse her website at HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com.
Check out her books on Goodreads.
Follow her Facebook and Tumblr accounts.
Or contact her using good ole-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau@gmail.com

Contest:

Win an ebook copy of An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2) in your choice of formats! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you (email address–posted in comment field, twitter handle, goodreads or facebook account), and you’ll be entered to win! Every comment counts for another entry, so be sure to follow the whole tour.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week and are looking forward to a great week ahead. We’ve got a busy one coming up here at The Novel Approach, so check out who we’ve got on tap to bring all the fun right to you!

MondayGrace R. Duncan kicks the week off with a RainbowCon Celebration, and she’s offering a giveaway

Riptide Publishing will also be bringing Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley on the To the Very Last Inch Blog Tour

TuesdayMia Kerick is our guest on The Red Sheet Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway

Riley Hart is also elevating the anticipation of her next release, Stay, book two in the Blackcreek series, with a purty smexy cover reveal!

WednesdayJackie Nacht will be here with us on the Full Moon Blog Tour, answering a few questions , and there’s a Rafflecopter Giveaway

A.J. Corza’s also back today with another fabulous installment of “Got You Covered”

ThursdayK.A. Merikan drops by today on the Copper Horse Blog Tour

FridaySara York has us covered on the Pray the Gay Away Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing is back today to bring SE Jakes to us, on the Free Falling Blog Tour

Saturday – You’ve already seen a sneak peek of Liz Borino’s Angel’s Hero this morning, so be sure to stay tuned for more from her “Angel” Blog Tour

SundayHayden Thorne is our guest, talking about your YA Historical Fantasy Renfred’s Masquerade, and she’s offering a giveaway of the book

And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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It’s The Professor’s Rule In Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley’s “Inch by Inch”


“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.” – Philip K. Dick



Title: Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule, #3

Author: Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 50

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: After two long, kink-free years apart, James Sheridan has reunited with his Professor: the sexy, dominant Evander Carson. But this time, things will be different. James is older, more sure of himself, and confident that he can draw the line between Carson’s demands and his own principles.
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Riptide Publishing Presents Heidi Belleau, Amelia C. Gormley, and The “Inch by Inch” Blog Tour



AN EXCERPT FROM INCH BY INCH (THE PROFESSOR’S RULE #3)

Hi, and welcome to the Inch by Inch blog tour! Inch by Inch is the third in Riptide’s BDSM erotica series The Professor’s Rule, written by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley. Today, Lisa has asked us to share an excerpt featuring James and Satish from Inch by Inch. All week we’ll be touring the web giving you a behind-the-scenes look at The Professor’s Rule, including new character profiles and some very steamy excerpts. We’re also giving away not one but TWO ebooks, so stay tuned!

Thanks so much to our host, The Novel Approach, and to you readers, of course, for coming along!

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James looked down at the alternating light and dark of their interleaved fingers. What did the hand-holding mean? Was Satish just a touchy person, or was he the sort of guy who was after a boyfriend rather than a fuck-buddy? Whatever his expectations, now was definitely the time to come clean. “Um, look. In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably tell you that there is someone else I’m sort of . . . involved with.”

“Ah.” Satish fell silent, his expression closing off, but his grasp on James’s fingers remained. “That would be whoever tried to buy your clothes for you?”

“H-how did you—”

“Because if one of my sisters tried to pay for one of my bills, I wouldn’t be flustered, I’d be jumping for joy.”

James chuffed a soft laugh. “Good point. He’s not—It’s not—He’s not, like, a boyfriend. I’m not sure an accurate word to describe the situation exists. I hadn’t seen him for a long time until recently, but now that we’ve made contact again, I’m not sure I’m going to stop seeing him anytime soon. I guess it depends on how it goes. But we’re not, you know, committed or anything. Not exclusive.”

“Right. And you want to know if I’m expecting exclusivity . . . or maybe you’re warning me against expecting it.” Satish tapped the fingers of his free hand on the table. “Well, I have to appreciate the honesty. It’s not like I thought a single date and a fluke blowjob in a dressing room entitles me to make those sorts of demands.”

“No, but you should at least have the option of walking away if that sort of situation is something you don’t want to get involved in.”

Satish unlaced their fingers and hooked James by the back of the neck, pulling him into a quick, firm kiss.

“So long as he knows about me and I’m not going to wake up some morning to find the windows smashed out of my car, I think I’m okay with it.” He drew back with a laugh. “Honestly, heavy discussions of relationship dynamics aren’t the sort of involvement I figured we had planned for tonight.”

“Oh.” James felt a goofy grin spread across his face. “Good then.”

The next kiss was slower, more purposeful. Whatever reserve Satish might have demonstrated last time was clearly due to the fear of losing his job, because here in this dimly-lit piano bar on the Burnside Triangle, there was no hint of it. If James had pegged Satish as confident before, that kiss confirmed it. Aggressive without being forceful or pushy, it drew James in, made him pliant against Satish, who grasped James’s waist at either side and pulled him closer, sliding him toward the edge of his chair.

He made himself let go of all the concern he’d had over the Carson factor coming into this date and let himself enjoy the glide of Satish’s lips down his throat. They stopped when Satish reached the pulse just above James’s collar, and with a turn of his head, James could breathe in Satish’s scent, sharp and rich, spicy yet earthy. James didn’t know if it was a cologne or just Satish, but he wanted more of it. He nuzzled Satish’s temple and inhaled. The slow buildup of arousal felt nice. Different from a quickie arranged online or via texts, which had been James’s usual means of getting off up until the last week. This was something he could savor.

“What’s your roommate situation like?” He caught the shell of Satish’s ear between his teeth, scraping lightly.

Satish hummed. “Incredibly irritating. Three other guys who apparently are under the impression that our duplex is a frat house. Also, you could get a contact buzz just from smelling the sofa. Yours?”

“Met my roommate at an N.A. meeting, so there’s no booze, drugs or parties going on, but I’ve never brought anyone home before while he’s been home. He’s straight, and he knows I’m not and he doesn’t mind in the hypothetical, but I’ve never tested where his comfort zone ends.”

“Ah.” Satish drew back a little, and James realized he was starting to dislike the caution that single syllable seemed to denote when Satish spoke it. “I wouldn’t want to do anything to make your living situation uncomfortable. If you want to risk my place . . .”

James shook his head quickly. “No. If the fact that I might have a sex life is going to bother my roommate, better I know it now.”

“Okay.” Satish brushed another kiss across his lips and leaned back, grinning. “If he makes a scene, I could just take you to a motel. Word is, I have a nice, fat commission check coming.”

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Contest Info:

If you haven’t fallen in lust with the Professor, yet, now’s your chance! We’ve got two ebooks to give away to two lucky commenters: one copy of Giving an Inch, and one of An Inch at a Time. That’s two chances to win! Let us know what your hopes and predictions for Inch by Inch and the rest of The Professor’s Rule are! Be sure to include your contact info (email, twitter, or Facebook!) on this or any of the other of the posts on this tour for a chance to win. More comments=more entries, so to increase your odds of winning, be sure to follow the entire tour! We’ll pick a winner New Year’s Eve, so you can start 2014 right!

Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule #3)

After two long, kink-free years apart, James Sheridan has reunited with his Professor: the sexy, dominant Evander Carson. But this time, things will be different. James is older, more sure of himself, and confident that he can draw the line between Carson’s demands and his own principles.
One of those lines is gorgeous menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. After their steamy dressing room encounter, James feels an unexpected connection to Satish, and he wants to explore it further. But Carson’s involvement—in James’s life, and in James and Satish’s budding relationship—complicates things.

Carson’s penchant for using other men in their sex games has always troubled James, and he’s adamant that Satish not be just another notch in their whipping post. But when Satish learns what prompted James to pursue him in the first place, will James’s new ability to draw the line even matter?

Click here to read an excerpt or purchase Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule #3.)


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About Amelia:

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), and her upcoming post-apocalyptic romance, Strain.

You can contact Amelia on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, Tumblr, or contact her by email using the form at http://ameliacgormley.com/

About Heidi:

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.

Chat with her on twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.
Browse her website at HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com.
Check out her books on Goodreads.
Follow her Facebook and Tumblr accounts.

Or contact her using good ole-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau @ gmail.com

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Giving “An Inch At A Time” Means Taking It Slow And Is Worth The Wait



“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.” ― Frank Zappa



An Inch At A Time is the second of a series of as yet unknown length. As good as they are, they could keep writing them for awhile and not lose me! Belleau and Gormley make a great writing team. The break between authors is seamless.
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Want To Know What It’s Like In Amelia C. Gormley’s Head? Read On – And Then Enter This Giveaway!






Most of my books tend to take place over a short enough stretch of time that I don’t really need a timeline. However, now that I’m working on the prequel to Strain, I have a universe which spans multiple years and therefore chronological consistency has become an issue. This is complicated by the fact that I was deliberately vague about dates in Strain. I didn’t want people looking at it and comparing my vision of such-and-such a year to what they believe might realistically happen, so I didn’t specify a year. If you’re paying attention, from the text in Strain, you get the idea that we’re somewhere in the early 22nd century. Xolani, when explaining the military situation, describes “over a century of occupying one country or another” after listing a number of wars, beginning with Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 21st century. That’s about as specific as it gets.

So, I started trying to put together a rough timeline like this:

21XX(-10): Plague begins (Bane)
21XX(-7)   : Rhys arrives at monastery
21XX           : Strain

In other words, the plague began 10 years before the events of Strain and Rhys arrived at the monastery 7 years before the events of Strain.

Seems pretty straightforward, right? Well, it would be, if I weren’t a neurotic perfectionist who can’t handle that sort of vagueness when I’m trying to nail something down with precision. See, in Bane (which begins in 21XX(-10)) I need to break things down by months, and the story itself will likely span at least a couple years.

This means I need to have a very specific idea for how long it’s going to take for the plague to become uncontainable and to wipe everyone out (I’ll be consulting an epidemiologist and a mathematician this week when they have the availability.)

It also means that when I’m calculating anyone’s age at a specific event, I need to know when their birthday is, because of course that will make a difference in the way I state character’s ages during important events. Like, Rhys may be 19-going-on-20 during the events of Strain, but what age he is (12 or 13) when he arrives at the monastery depends on what month he arrives versus what month his birthday is. But–again, perfectionist, here. I can’t just assign them an arbitrary birthday. No, I need to reverse engineer their personality to figure out their zodiac sign and from there calculate their birthday. Which then makes me aware that I already specified in Strain that Rhys’ birthday is in the autumn (he says at one point, “I’m nineteen. Well, actually, if it’s getting toward fall, I may be 20 already.”) Which then makes me wonder if I need to change that line if he personality doesn’t work for any of the possible zodiac signs.

This is what it’s like to be in my brain, and why I have such a hard time sometimes actually WRITING, because I get lost in the minutiae that surrounds what I’m trying to write. I really need to find a way to break this habit.

Normally when I have zodiac questions, I go to Leta Blake because she has a lot of knowledge there and I have, like, none. But I figure since I need to write this guest blog post anyway, I can put it before others who might also be knowledgeable about astrology and see if they can help me figure out when my bbs were born. So I’m going to give a brief character profile here, and anyone who comments with suggestions for what their sign is and why will be entered to win a copy of Impulse: The Complete Trilogy.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Impulse-Trilogy-ecover-600x900Quiet, grounded Detroit handyman Derrick Chance isn’t looking for a relationship. After spending his twenties recovering from a series of tragic losses, he’s content with his insular existence and not interested in risking the possibility of another.

Stylish accountant Gavin Hayes has every reason to avoid entanglements, too. Fresh out of an abusive relationship with a world-class manipulator, he questions whether he’s ever going to be fit for another partner. At the very least, it will be months before he knows just how big an issue his future health will be if he tries again.

But when a series of home repairs unexpectedly turns into an extravagant game of flirtation, they discover that the last thing they thought they wanted is the one thing they can’t live without. As the autumn months pass and they wait for the final verdict on Gavin’s health, the two wounded men learn to open up, to let someone into their lives, and to trust again. But when Gavin’s dangerous ex re-enters the picture, will their new and fragile bond withstand the final test?

So here we go. The character profiles.

RHYS COOPER (Strain): The first character trait we really notice about Rhys is that he has a streak of self-sacrificing nobility. The first time we meet him, he is facing almost certain death in an effort to allow his younger sister and her baby to escape. Living in isolation, hiding out from the plague for nearly a decade, he feels like he really hasn’t experienced life at all, which leads to moments like this:

Rhys giggled madly. He was losing it, he realized. His senses were aflame, singing; his awareness of everything had sharpened to a keen point. His heart raced and his muscles quivered. In those moments before death, he felt more alive than he had in the past seven years. He could almost thank the revenants for smelling so foul, because it made his last breaths into something that actually had an impact.

For one instant, he considered not fighting. Let them kill him. Let his final moment of this delicious sensitivity be the excruciating pain of their teeth rending his flesh.

Rhys has spent the last seven years being so hopelessly bullied and brow-beaten that he doesn’t believe anyone will take his side against his antagonist, so he doesn’t even try to complain about it. But neither is he entirely passive. He sasses back and shows hints of defiance and rebellion, and when pushed too far, he can definitely snap.

He could be considered a bit naive in that he can’t really separate out sex from the need for emotional connection. Even in a situation where casual, impersonal sex is the only pragmatic approach, he resists. He thinks it’s warped. He does it, but it’s not at all comfortable for him and he really doesn’t want to enjoy it. He has also internalized a lot of homophobic shaming over the years, to the point where he feels like he has to prove he’s a decent person by not engaging in loose behavior.

NICOLÁS FERNÁNDEZ (Bane): Nico is a male escort making a career with the escort agency founded by his mother before he was born in states where prostitution has been legalized. As such, he’s suitably shameless. He’s very open, sex-positive, and completely pansexual. He has a strong sense of loyalty, especially as regards his very first client, who has been a lifelong friend and quasi-mentor. But he also has a solid will, and his loyalty ends where the person to whom he’s loyal steps over a certain line. For example, he’s willing to defy his mother/boss when she tries to tell him certain clients won’t be welcomed with the agency anymore, even to the point of threatening to take his client list and walk rather than allow her to dictate what clients he can and can’t take on.

ZACHARIAS HOUTMAN (Bane): Zach is a tie-in to some characters we meet in Strain. He’s the eldest son of a fundamentalist minister leading the charge to stem the “tide of immorality” in an era where the liberal trend of society is driving fundamentalists to more and more desperate extremes. Zach is very sincere in his (less extremist) faith and dutiful; he works as the right-hand-man for his father’s ministry and political campaign even as his own ideology and his father’s drift farther and farther apart.

So there you have it. Three characters I need–at the very least–sun signs for. Additional astrological details will be even more helpful.

For those of you who are interested in the world of the characters I’ve described above, Strain is coming from Riptide Publishing on February 17, 2014.

Strain_500x750Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might confer immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. Which means that soon Darius might have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

Strain is now available for pre-order from Riptide.


Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into a everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else. Her self-published Impulse Trilogy is available through Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Itunes, and other retailers. Her Highland historical romance The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, and The Professor’s Rule, her contemporary erotica series co-written with Heidi Belleau, are also available through Riptide.

You can contact Amelia on TwitterFacebookGoodReads, or contact her by email using the form on her About Page.

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In Which Time Is Running Out…


Today, folks! Today is the final day to enter to win Acceleration, the third and final installment in Amelia C. Gormley’s Impulse Series. This is the book in which everything reaches critical mass for Gavin and Derrick, so if you’ve been following their story, I guarantee you won’t want to miss it. To enter, just click on the cover image and leave a comment there. It’s that easy! :)


Velocity is available at the following eTailers:
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In Which There’s A Giveaway! Velocity (Impulse Book 3) by Amelia C. Gormley

Love, like fire, cannot subsist without constant impulse; it ceases to live from the moment it ceases to hope or to fear – Francois La Rochefoucauld.

Ladies and gentlemen, the results are in…

Lukas is a rat bastard. That is all.

What? You didn’t think I was going to tell you about those other results did you? Nah. For those results, you have to read the book, which I highly recommend you do if you’re at all invested in Gavin and Derrick’s relationship.

Yes, Gavin’s ex is back to cause no small amount of problems in this final episode of the Impulse series, as if Gavin didn’t already have enough on his plate to worry about. Lukas is around just to make sure he heaps a little more grief on that whopping pile of anxiety Gavin’s already burdened with, preying on the man’s doubts and fears, as well as manipulating his compassion. Lukas, it’s discovered, has been a very busy and a very naughty boy—the kind of naughty that might come with a label such as felonious, which comes with benefits for Gavin, the kind of benefit I might call leverage, thank you very much. Did I mention Lukas is a bastard of the verminish kind? And a predator. Well, he is.

This final chapter in their story sees Gavin and Derrick through more ups and downs in their relationship—really the same ups and downs they’ve been dealing with since they become a couple, but everything finally comes to a head here—anticipating what Gavin’s life will be like with Derrick, if they will even have a life together once his test results prove definitively, one way or the other, what the consequences of unprotected sex with Lukas might mean. It’s a tense and troubling time for the couple, and it brought on no small amount of challenges for them, but it also proved to strengthen their commitment to work at imagining a future together, whatever the odds may be. It didn’t come easy, but it was well worth the fight.

And as if the clock ticking torturously down to the day that Gavin can be tested isn’t enough, he and Derrick are also dealing with the escalation of threatening texts Derrick has been getting from an anonymous hater on his hockey team, which all comes to a very satisfying resolution when Derrick discovers some unexpected allies in his fight to keep his place on the team. These two men have been unquestionably victimized, but in no way are they victims, except perhaps of their own doubts and fears. They find strength and courage together, enough that they’re able to overcome every obstacle that comes their way, which puts them on the best possible path to imagine and realize a future with each other.

Amelia C. Gormley’s three part saga, beginning with Inertia, progressing to Acceleration, and now aiming for Velocity, has been an emotionally rewarding journey through the struggles and triumphs of a couple who, at first blush, might not seem as if they ought to work together but who do nonetheless. Gavin and Derrick work through their issues and arrive at a place where they’re able to fulfill each other’s needs and desires through domination and submission in their sexual relationship, as well as in fulfilling each other’s needs through emotional support and unconditional acceptance, which all leads to the promise of a long and lasting connection based on love and mutual respect.

If you like character driven stories that focus on the building of trust through adversity, then I would definitely recommend familiarizing yourselves with these men and this series.

Velocity doesn’t release until Saturday, March 2, 2013, but guess what I have??? (P.S. You have to say that last part in a sing-songy voice or it loses it’s impact.) I have permission from the lovely Amelia C. Gormley herself to announce she’s giving away an eCopy of this book to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment here, including your email address, and do it *before 11:59pm PST on Friday, March 1, 2013*, then you’ll automatically be entered, easy as that. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 2nd. Good luck!

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Another Contest, Another Chance To Win Some Goodies…

Amelia C. Gormley is going to be right here at The Novel Approach beginning Saturday, February 23rd, with a contest for her upcoming release Velocity (Impulse, Book 3)–one lucky reader will have the chance to win an eCopy of the book. In the meantime, though, the lovely Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is hosting a giveaway right now for Amelia. You should definitely go check it out. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to double their chance of winning a free book? That’s just crazy talk! :-D

Good luck!

Click Here To Enter

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Acceleration (Impulse, Book 2) by Amelia C. Gormley – There’s Still Time To Enter To Win!

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. – Jan Glidewell

Amelia C. Gormley’s “Impulse” series could easily be subtitled The Erotic Anatomy of a Relationship, and whether you like it or not may depend on how much you love to get into the nuts and bolts of what makes a man who he is, and why everything that has happened to him in the past has a bearing on everything he does and feels and says—or doesn’t allow himself to say—in the present.

Acceleration is the continuation of the story begun in Inertia, the story of Derrick Chance and Gavin Hayes, two men who have brought a fair amount of baggage into their relationship, and the ways in which they’re working to sort out their trust and communication issues outside of the bedroom—the one place Derrick seems to be able to understand what he needs from Gavin—and how the backdraft of their sexual connection influences them in other ways, as Derrick learns he wants the pleasure/pain of sexual submission, and Gavin accepts that his dominance and the need to mark and claim Derrick is not in any way a form of hatred, neither of himself nor of gay men in general, but is simply an innate part of who he is.

The two men still have a ways to go to mend all the things that are wrong with their relationship, both in the ways Derrick tends to alienate Gavin in his instinct to keep parts of himself to himself, as well as in what’s becoming the unfortunate realities of prejudice and what it means to Derrick now that he’s living as an openly gay man. And of course, there’s also the overarching shadow of Gavin’s HIV status and the weight it places upon so many of Derrick’s actions and reactions.

I’m completely hooked on these guys, no question about that. This serial is one-hundred percent character driven and is an erotic interface of psychological boundaries and sexual release and relationships 101. I want to stick around and play voyeur in their bedroom, and I want to follow them headlong into all the challenges they still have coming their way in the next book, Velocity.

Available for purchase at the following E-tailers:

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Oh Look, Amelia C. Gormley Had A Sudden Impulse To Give Away A FREE Book!

Hi, Amelia! Welcome to The Novel Approach; I’m so glad to have you here with us today. :)

Hi! Thank you for having me! I’m very excited you’ve decided to feature me!

Before we get to the contest portion of your visit, let’s just start right off by having you tell us a little bit about yourself, and then we can get down to the big questions.

I am a 38-year-old homemaker and mother. I live in the Portland, Oregon area with my husband and 5-year-old son. I originally hail from Michigan, I’m a huge fan of choral music and musical theater, studied voice when I was younger, and until I got pregnant, I was in school to become a midwife. I have zero drawing/painting talent, but I can cross-stitch and crochet.

Q. Was Inertia your first published novel?

Yes. I’ve written a number of novels that were posted as fanfic over the years but this is my first original piece.

Q. How long did it take you to write the book?

I began writing in, I think, late November or early December of 2011, and finished around mid-January 2012. It took me until May to find an editor, however, and then I had to rewrite about 40-50% of the book from scratch, which took another few weeks.

Q. And now you have Acceleration, the second book in the series, set to release on November 30th. How many books do you have the series planned out for?

Impulse is a trilogy. The third part is Velocity which is written and will be going to the editor next month. I hope to publish it in late February or early March, 2013, but that will depend on whether or not I need to do much re-writing.

Q. Are you a plotter, or do you write in a more freestyle fashion?

I tend to write very freestyle. I diligently attempt outlines and mapping plot, but somewhere along the lines, my characters almost always grab the reins and say “No, we’re going in this direction, and then I’m along for the ride and my outline is rolling with the tumbleweeds somewhere in the dust of our tracks.

Q. Derrick and Gavin are cautiously pursuing a relationship in spite of the chance Gavin may have been exposed to HIV. What made you decide to bring that particular conflict into the storyline?

It actually began with a character question regarding Gavin’s ex, whom I knew was a character who had a “cause” that could have been a very worthy cause, except that he warped it somehow into something insupportable. I was already aware of AIDS denialism, and I started to ask myself, what if someone packaged themselves as someone who wants to spread awareness and education about AIDS, only if you look beyond the “AIDS awareness educator” label they plastered themselves with, what they’re actually preaching is the exact opposite of AIDS awareness, willful, deliberate AIDS ignorance.

Once my friends, with whom I was plotting, knew what drove Gavin’s ex, we then had to ask what effect this would have had on Gavin, coming out of that relationship, and then upon Derrick, with his own painful history.

Q. Was there one particular scene in either book that you found more difficult to write than the others?

The scene where Derrick walks out. God, that hurt to write. I know a lot of readers really sympathize with Derrick, but it was a shitty thing to do. So Gavin was hurting. But Derrick had reasons for what he did and he was hurting too, and I had both of them hurting in my head and ouch. Just ouch.

Q. Have you always written M/M romance? If not, how did you find your way to it?

No, this is actually a fairly recent development for me. Up until a couple years ago, I wrote exclusively het, until I found a slash pairing that worked for me in a way that none of the others I had encountered before had, with regards to situational plausibility and characterization. Then I started writing m/m and I was hooked. It just felt like I could explore my characters in whole new ways.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to writing and publishing?

Hm, that’s a good question. There’s been quite a lot. I was advised right off the top to keep my distance from reviews of my work, good or bad, because I don’t want to creep readers out making them think I peer over their shoulders as they’re reading or discussing my work. I don’t even go near negative reviews, which, thankfully, I’ve not had many of. “Keep writing” is a good one, of course, because they say the best way to sell your first book is to write your second, and I could have easily got bogged down in obsessing over the sales of my book and neglected writing in favor of trying to figure out how to market better.

Q. If you could trade lives with any one fictional character, just for a day, who would it be and why?

My initial response was going to be “Just about any denizen of Terre d’Ange from Jacqueline Carey’s amazing Kushiel’s Legacy series, except maybe Phèdre, because her life frequently sucks.” But then I remembered Joscelin, whom I adore, and of course he’ll never be with anyone but Phèdre. So yeah, I’d have to be Phèdre, even with the high risk of suck.

Joscelin aside, I love the idea of Terre d’Ange. A place where there is no kink-shaming, no slut-shaming, no homophobia, where sex and pleasure are revered as art forms and practiced as a form of worship, where the highest crime, nay blasphemy, a person could possibly commit would be to disregard someone’s consent. I love the idea of it and I want to live in that world.

And I want Joscelin. Just sayin’.

Q. Have you ever read something and thought, damn, I wish I’d written that? If so, what was it?

You mean, aside from Kushiel’s Dart? That book. God, that book. It was life-changing for me. Carey’s prose. Her lush, eloquent, gorgeous, overblown prose. I don’t know how to do it but God, I want to.

Q. How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

Dry and quirky. I tend to make a lot of bad puns. In an author interview that was posted not long ago elsewhere, I was bemoaning my lack of ability to write comedy and I remarked, “For an author of gay romance, I write a lot of straight-men.”

I don’t think anyone got it.

Then of course, there’s this exchange from Acceleration:

“(Derrick, speaking to Gavin, who has just been clapped in irons on their way to a Halloween party):

“I thought you said this wasn’t that sort of party.”

“BYOB,” Gavin said with a careless shrug. “Bring Your Own Bondage.”

So I guess you could describe my sense of humor as “Get ‘em with a groaner.”

And I make myself laugh, whenever I get ridiculously proud of myself for one of those sorts of jokes.

“See, I can be witty!” Which, of course, I really can’t, but I try.

Q. Do you have news of any works-in-progress you’d care to share with us?

Well, as I mentioned before, the third book of the trilogy, is titled Velocity and it’s completed (causing me no small amount of angst as I try to find a way to say goodbye to Derrick and Gavin.) Beyond that I actually have to play my next project close to the vest because I’m not entirely certain where it’s going to end up.

Q. Where can we find you on the internet?

Pfft! Where can’t you find me? Here’s a list. I’m all over the place:
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Facebook (Fan Page)
GoodReads
Tumblr
ManicReaders

I have accounts at LibraryThing, Shelfari, Pinterest and Google+ as well, though I never use those.

Q. Would you consider sharing an excerpt from one of your books with us?

Sure! This is an excerpt of a scene from Chapter Eight of Acceleration:

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Grateful for the distraction of driving, Derrick kept his eyes on traffic and worked on shaking off the tension of his argument with Devon. “You sure you’re all right?”

“Sure. Why wouldn’t I be?” He couldn’t tell Gavin, he thought, keeping his expression blank as he navigated through traffic. Gavin had enough to worry about without Derrick adding to his troubles. Worse, he might blame himself, or worry that being with him caused too much trouble for Derrick.

No. It was better just to suck it up, deal with it quietly, so Gavin wouldn’t have to worry.

“I don’t know,” Gavin murmured, turning to stare out the passenger window.

Something began to ache inside Derrick’s chest again, clenching in counterpoint to the drumming of a single thought over and over in his mind. As he had that morning, when Gavin had asked him about his music, he knew without a doubt that he had let Gavin down.

He just didn’t know how.

“Maybe I should go home,” Gavin said as they pulled into Derrick’s driveway. He opened the door of the truck before Derrick had even turned off the ignition. “I don’t think either of us is in a very good frame of mind tonight. I’ll go inside and get my things.”

The hollow sense of failure transformed into a heart-racing jolt of panic. He followed Gavin quickly into the house.

“I really wish you wouldn’t.”

“Are you going to tell me what’s eating you, then?” Gavin demanded.

“I don’t know,” Derrick said with a frustrated shrug. “It’s not anything worth ruining our night over, that’s for certain. Just…don’t go. Please.”

He wasn’t sure just what his expression gave away, but something in Gavin softened. He reached out and drew Derrick close, and the sense of anxiety began to abate. Touching Gavin, being touched, even when everything else felt wrong, that was right.

Derrick slid his hand along Gavin’s jaw, pulling him into a kiss that grew urgent and needful. He felt the overwhelming tide of emotion he’d fought to keep in check that morning begin to rise again, threatening to drown him. He pressed his forehead to Gavin’s, seeking something, anything, to say to hold it all at bay. Fear made his breath come short and fast as he cupped Gavin’s face and drew back to look at him.

“I love you,” he murmured, panic and elation fighting for room in the constricted confines of his chest. “That’s…that’s all. That’s what this is about.”

Gavin’s eyes widened, and Derrick cut off whatever response he was about to give with another kiss.

He didn’t have to talk again that night.

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Thanks again very much for being here today, Amelia. I hope you’ll come back and visit again soon! :)

I would absolutely love to! Thank you for being so wonderful and hosting me!

How would you all like the chance to win a FREE E-copy of Amelia C. Gormley’s Acceleration: Impulse, Book 2? It’s easy enough! All you have to do is leave a comment (including your email address) for Amelia right here on this post and you’re automatically entered to win. Just be sure to do it before 11:59pm Pacific time on November 29, 2012. A single winner will be drawn at random on November 30, and contacted for prize delivery. Good luck!

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Amelia C. Gormley Is Here Today With Some Serious Thoughts About A Serious Subject – AIDS Denialism

HIV/AIDS Denialism

I’ve really struggled to think of a way to write this post, because I almost didn’t want to give this issue any press. I remember earlier this year in the early stages of the presidential campaign, President Obama’s campaign began releasing videos to address lies being told by their opponents, and one critic of this campaign said this was a very bad move because you should never, ever repeat your opponent’s claims, or they will stick in the minds of people who hear it and gain validity.

That’s kind of how I feel about AIDS denialism.

I’ll start by quoting Wikipedia on the subject:

HIV/AIDS denialism is the view held by a loosely connected group of people and organizations who deny that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the cause of acquired immune Ideficiency syndrome (AIDS). Some denialists reject the existence of HIV, while others accept that HIV exists but say that it is a harmless passenger virus and not the cause of AIDS. Insofar as denialists acknowledge AIDS as a real disease, they attribute it to some combination of sexual behavior, recreational drugs, malnutrition, poor sanitation, hemophilia, or the effects of the drugs used to treat HIV infection.

What are some of the claims made by AIDS denialists?

AIDS is not a well-defined disease entity but rather a sociopolitical construct (Culshaw) or a single name for numerous diseases;

HIV has never been isolated in pure form, so that the existence of HIV is questionable as is validation of HIV tests;

Antiretroviral treatments have never been proven in properly controlled trials to effect clinical improvement or better health, let alone extended life;

The existence of HIV has not been proven; HIV tests are unreliable; and there is no evidence for sexual transmission of HIV (Papadopulos-Eleopulos*)

HIV exists but it’s harmless (Duesberg, among others);

HIV is not sexually transmitted and does not cause AIDS (Henry Bauer, among others);

Pharmaceutical firms know that antiretroviral drugs are ineffective at treating AIDS but effective at causing AIDS (Rath and Farber);

AIDS deaths are caused by malnutrition, narcotics, and antiretroviral drugs.

Yeah, you read that right. They claim AIDS drugs cause AIDS. Pretty whacky, yeah?  Luckily, it’s a “theory” that seems to be becoming less relevant as the years pass, and how could it not with such notable supporters as Bryan Fischer,  spokesman of the American Family Association, a believer in Creationism who claims that homosexuality is to blame for the Nazi Holocaust. (I wish I were kidding.)

I admit, my discovery of the theory of AIDS denialism was not necessarily an intellectual one. I first learned about it on an episode of Law & Order: SVU (I watched the first seven seasons on DVD during the marathon 20-22 hour a day nursing session which was my son’s first ten weeks of life — and no, that’s not an exaggeration) called “Retro.”

It was, in true Law & Order style, not so much ripped from the headlines as ripped off from the headlines. It’s loosely based on the story of Christine Maggiore an HIV/AIDS denialist (sorry, they prefer to think of themselves as “dissidents”) who infected her daughter with HIV by breastfeeding while HIV-positive. Her daughter later died from pneumocystis pneumonia, the type of pneumonia found almost exclusively in immuno-compromised people and largely associated with AIDS. When Maggiore later died herself of AIDS-related pneumonia, some of her supporters went so far as to blame stress from the publicity of the L&O episode for making her sick. (Christine Maggiore’s Death: Lessons From a Tragedy)

Dying of AIDS-related illnesses is a trait seen in quite a lot of HIV-positive AIDS denialists, as you can see here

But Christine Maggiore is only a headline because she’s a white, middle-class woman in the United States. AIDS denialism is responsible for many more deaths, particularly in Africa, where an estimated 330,000 people have died and another 200,000 infections, adult and infant, have occurred because of Thabo Mbeki’s support of AIDS denialism during his former presidency.

In 2000, Mbeki called together a round table of experts, including Duesberg and his supporters, but also their opponents, to discuss the cause of Aids. Later that year, at the International Aids conference in Durban, he publicly rejected the accepted scientific wisdom. Aids, he said, was brought about by the collapse of the immune system – but not because of a virus.

The cause, he said, was poverty, bad nourishment and general ill-health. The solution was not expensive western medicine, but the alleviation of poverty in Africa.

In a new paper (PDF), Harvard researchers have quantified the death toll of Mbeki’s stance, which caused him to reject offers of free drugs and grants and led to foot-dragging on the part of his government over bringing in a treatment programme, even after Mbeki – under intense international criticism – had taken a vow of silence on the issue.

It’s conspiracy theory thinking, of course. Conspiracy theories are dangerous because they often contain enough pseudo-science to sound credible to the uninformed and are extremely seductive to people looking to reject painful truths. They’re also give a platform to people who want to paint themselves as fiery rebels against conventional wisdom and saviors of the unenlightened masses. There’s a lot that goes into conspiracy theory thinking and AIDS denialism. Psychologist Seth Kalichman does a brilliant job of dissecting the psychology behind pseudo-science, conspiracy theory adherence and AIDS denialism in this article.

So why did I decide to make AIDS denialism a significant plot point in Inertia (and onward through Acceleration and Velocity) and along Gavin and Derrick’s journey? Because this quote stuck with me:

Every now and again, this group wins a dollop of attention from the media. But this attention is always short-lived and the denialist movement retreats back into well-deserved obscurity.

So why am I talking about them? Because even though they’re irrelevant, they can still do damage. Each HIV-positive person who is pulled in by their misinformation and ends up not starting life-saving HIV treatment is one life that may be lost. Denialists can only be ignored to a certain extent. It’s our responsibility to inform the world about HIV, and that includes informing the world about the harmful information that denialists dish out.

And then later in that same article, Kalichman says:

What makes AIDS denialism different from other types of denialism (like Holocaust denial, 9/11 truth-seeking and all these other conspiracy theories), and what is particularly destructive about AIDS denialism, is exactly what you said. Where we turn to now for information is on the Internet. The AIDS denialists are so prevalent on the Internet that the odds are that, if you search for “AIDS treatment,” “AIDS cure” or “HIV/AIDS,” the hits that you’re going to get will be the National Institutes of Health [NIH] and Johns Hopkins University, and right under them is going to be Rethinking AIDS, the Alberta Reappraising AIDS Society and AIDS VirusMyth, the Web sites for AIDS denialists groups literally around the world.

How one can distinguish the science from the non-science is not obvious. They’re very slick. They have created scientific-looking publications. They write books and self-publish them. To the average person, it’s indistinguishable. What they have done is very successfully created confusion.

With those quotes in mind, the question I asked myself was just how much damage a person adhering to this theory can do to the unsuspecting. So throughout the Impulse trilogy, we hear the echoes of that question bouncing off of Derrick and Gavin as they establish their relationship and wonder what the future holds for Gavin.

Other links:
How to Spot An AIDS Denialist
Debunking AIDS Denialism

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Inertia (Impulse, Book #1) by Amelia C. Gormley

“I have ever since seemed to myself … a kind of solitary wanderer in the wild of life.” – Samuel Johnson

Derrick Chance has been alone for ten years, ten years during which he has lived a half-life of working and taking care of the needs of others, all while ignoring the fact that his own risk-free and insular existence is adding up to little more than a pole to pole exercise in denial; denying himself the right to love and to be loved in return, to feel all the beautiful fears of falling, and instead being paralyzed by the risk that comes with trying to weave your life into the tapestry of another’s, the needing of that intimacy and the sharing of all the uncontrollable and unpredictable good, bad, ugly, and indifferent that fate sometimes throws your way just to make sure you’re paying attention.

And Derrick was fine with it, or at least resigned to it; not that he was unaware there was a different way to live, but he was content with his life, as monotone as it was—until he was hired by Gavin Hayes to do a small home-improvement job; then suddenly he saw someone who made him want things, need things, things he knew were missing but were absent from his life by his choice rather than by his fault. And then there was fear, because losing his heart and letting someone in meant leaving himself open to the pain of losing…again. And it’s more than he’s willing to forfeit…for at least a short while, until a pair of whiskey-colored eyes brought an intensity of feeling to his life, and he found he couldn’t look away.

Inertia, book one in the Impulse series is an exploration of the tenuous beginning of a relationship between two men whose pasts have very much influenced who they are and what they’re willing to compromise in order to see where their attraction to each other could go. Potentially devastating truths nearly undo them before they even have a chance to explore their potential—truths that for Gavin could be life altering, truths that for Derrick could be too much to overcome because they signal the possibility of a repeat of his painful past.

Amelia C. Gormley has treated me to something that, as a reader, I love more than just about anything: a character driven story that’s allowed me the chance to become invested in the lives and trials of the people she’s created, and the promise of what will be an emotional journey, for sure, as Derrick and Gavin continue to navigate their way into a relationship that seems destined for both hope and hardship.

Inertia offers no quick resolutions or easy answers for these two characters—there’s still too much for them to work through and too far yet to go, but there’s progress and promise and that’s all I need to keep me coming back for more.

Be sure to stay tuned, because Amelia C. Gormley is going to be back on November 25, 2012, to offer one lucky reader the chance to win Book Two in the Impulse series, Acceleration!

Buy Inertia (Impulse, Book #1) here:

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