And… it’s live! That’s right, the latest volume in my gay coming of age series, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, is live in all ebook stores! It’s 99 cents for TODAY ONLY and then the price will be jumping to full price. So now’s your chance to grab it cheap!

Amazon Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble Nook | Apple iBooks | Smashwords | or direct from Daron’s Guitar Chronicles home website

dgc_ebook_9_cover_final_400The year is 1991 and Daron Marks stands at a crucial crossroads in his career. He’s on tour with Nomad and his mentor Remo Cutler, but Ziggy wants him…as musical director, and more. Ziggy always wants more…
Collects chapters 637 through 708 of the web serial.

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I’ve been exchanging messages with a lot of fans of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles this week. Two different gun incidents happened in Orlando the same weekend, not only the Pulse shooting at a gay nightclub but also singer Christina Grimmie was shot while autographing after a show. Anyone who has read DGC knows that rock star life and coming out as gay and finding safe space to be one’s true self are the major themes that run through the series. So this hit really close to home for a lot of readers, as it did for me, too.

I’m deeply shaken by what happened. As I wrote in my author newsletter earlier this week: as a queer woman of color who spent a lot of time in gay bars in my 20s and just as a human being, I’m still struggling to absorb what happened.

Many of you have probably seen me wearing a T-shirt that says “Music Is My Salvation” on it. I probably wear it to almost every convention! It was a souvenir from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and I’ve worn it so much it’s almost worn through. It’s not an ironic statement for me.

Music is what brings people together in spaces like Pulse, to dance and find community, and to live shows and concerts, to find that ecstatic space of belonging that I think many people find in churches and other spaces of organized religion. Dance clubs and concert halls ARE my church. I worshipped this week at the altar of The Cure, a band that was all-absorbing to me when I was defining my art and my sexuality and my identity as a goth in my late teens and early 20s.

I last saw them in concert in 1989, more than half my life ago, but I saw them this week at the Agganis Arena in Boston. The show was amazing, transcendent, wonderful, and I couldn’t help but think that after David Bowie and Prince have both been taken from us this year, Robert Smith is the one left carrying the torch of “it’s okay to be weird.” That’s my religion, that’s what I preach: “It’s okay to be weird.”

That’s why so many of my protagonists are rock musicians and artists and nonconformists who can’t quite fit into a 9-to-5 world. Everyone has a right to be queer, in whatever way you are queer, whether in sexuality or in being not-like everyone else. You might be the same in some ways and different in others.

I learned in Bible camp (yes, I went to Bible camp) that our goal shouldn’t just be to go to heaven when we die, it should be to create heaven on Earth. My heaven would be one where everyone could be themselves freely without fear of being killed.

In particular it hurts that we are attacked for who we love or how we love. People sometimes ask me if I could be doing something “better” with my life. Right now I think writing stories about love and spreading a message that love is important and all kinds of love are valid is about the most important thing I can do.

But a lot of us are feeling helpless, powerless, angry, and empty since the attack. I know because you’ve been writing and texting and messaging me saying so. So I thought maybe I would propose a bit of collective action on the part of DGC fans and my readers at large: a donation drive.

Here’s how it’s going to work. You make an online donation to one of these three tax-deductible charities:

Equality Florida is a 501(c)(4) non-profit LGBT advocacy organization and this link goes to their specific fund for the victims, survivors, & families of those in the Pulse shooting. They’re trying to raise $7 million to pay for funerals, counseling, and much more. They’re at close to $6 million right now.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was begun by Sarah Brady after her husband Jim, President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan. Jim was paralyzed for life. It took three more presidencies before the “Brady Bill” to limit handgun sales was passed and the Brady Campaign to this day still works to change gun laws in the United States. Their current fundraising campaign, simply called “#ENOUGH” is taking donations at this link. They are a 501(c)(3).

Rock the Vote is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan non-profit whose goal is simple: get more young people to vote. They provide information on how to register to vote, run voter reg drives, and other great programs to increase voter participation because they know that the more people vote the stronger our democracy is and the better it reflects the actual country. You can give at this link.

After you make your donation of any amount, even just $5, email a copy of your receipt/confirmation (either a screencap or a PDF or your paypal confirmation) to daron.moondog @ gmail along with your mailing address, and I’ll email you back the bonus Daron’s Guitar Chronicles story I’m about to write. (Haven’t written it yet, but I will! All I know right now is it’s going to be from Ziggy’s point of view.) If your donation is $25 or more I’ll also send you some additional DGC stickers/tattoos (send me your mailing address). If your donation is $50 or more I’ll send you one of the remaining DGC red notebooks that I will have extra after the Kickstarter rewards are fulfilled. While Supplies Last of course!

Please help me do something good in this world and I think we’ll all feel less helpless. You are all heroes in your own lives already when you fight for inclusion, equality, and tolerance among your family, friends, and social circles. Please join me if you’re financially able in this step toward bettering the larger world, too.

This campaign will run through July and in the first week of August I’ll report the total amount raised, sound good? Thank you.

-Cecilia

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Well, folks, I’ve been poking around at this cover long enough that I really can’t tell which one is the best. I’ve already put the book up for pre-order on Amazon and other retailers (B&N, Kobo, iTunes, etc.) but I haven’t picked a cover yet. So I’m putting several possibilities up for your feedback here!

Poll is at the bottom now closed, but qualitative feedback is helpful, too!
(and if you’re interested in being involved in the reveal of the final cover, an excerpts and release blitz, or reviewing the book on Amazon or Goodreads, please fill out: this signup form).

Images under the cut:

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I’ll be hosting a one-hour live chat via YouTube Live, streaming on my YouTube channel! This Thursday from 9-10pm Eastern (Apr 21) I’ll be talking all things Daron, the latest Kickstarter, and reading from Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, as usual!

As a bonus, if we can pass the $3,000 milestone by the time of the chat, a special one-hour text chat with Daron will follow for backers only! You can back the Kickstarter for as low as $1, right here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/darons-guitar-chronicles-third-omnibus

You can pull that chat up on YouTube directly at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSJWPwxEjGA

OR should be able watch the video chat via this embedded video:

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Here we go! It’s been two whole years since my last Kickstarter, there are over 200 more chapters of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles accrued since then, so it’s time to produce a new omnibus paperback! (And generally have some fun with producing nifty swag. I like T-shirts for fictional rock bands, what can I say…)

Daron’s Guitar Chronicles (in case you’re new around here…) is my long-running web fiction serial about coming out and coming of age in the 1980s. Daron is a guitarist trying to make it big in the music industry while coming to grips with his sexuality (he’s gay) and his complicated relationship to his art, public performance, and by the way his band’s lead singer. Ahem.

The full rundown of rewards and budget is detailed in the Kickstarter campaign of course, here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/darons-guitar-chronicles-third-omnibus

A short version of the link for sharing: http://kck.st/1RFanDN

You can support for as little as a dollar, for which you’ll get thanked in the book and your choice of any of the DGC ebooks. A bargain! And we’ve also got — in addition to the book itself — T-shirts, guitar picks, custom songs written for you, and much more.

More details below the cut!

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I’m trying it! A “Kindle Countdown” deal for Spanish Nights started at 9am (Eastern) on Monday March 7th (today) dropping the price from $2.99 to 99 cents! On Wednesday at 11am it will jump to $1.99, and then on Friday at 5pm it will return to the regular $2.99.

What’s Spanish Nights? It’s an 80-page novella chronicling the torrid affair of Daron on a nearly yearlong jaunt to Spain and his lover Orlando and their adventures in the street music world of Seville. Daron’s the main character of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles but this novella can be read as a stand-alone.

Official description:
Two men, a chance meeting, a torrid affair.

One an internationally known rock star, the other from the streets of Spain: they meet in an erotic tale as hot as a summer night in Seville, as seductive as red wine and song.

Daron Marks didn’t expect to find a lover that day at the airport. He didn’t expect to suddenly change his plans and fly to Spain instead of Boston. But sometimes opportunity knocks and you have to grab Fate by the lapels and kiss until you’re breathless. Daron’s career, and his acceptance of his sexuality, are about to take a sudden, unexpected turn.

Orlando is as mysterious as he is beautiful, doe-eyed and nimble-fingered. To Daron, his presence seems to beckon something from deep within. When the two guitarists meet, they play duets and jam together to pass the time, but music sparks a deeper desire to connect, to touch, to love. But when Daron arrives in Spain he finds Orlando entangled in something more than simply sweaty sheets…

The Spanish Nights ebook also contains the complete erotic story “Home Sweet Home” as a bonus.

If you’re in Kindle Unlimited, you can read the book for free as part of the KU program, as well!

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spanish nights cover 200x300SPANISH NIGHTS is a new novella based on material that originally appeared in my web serial, but with new elements added, additional sex scenes, and made to stand alone. It’s the story of a torrid affair between two men whose common languages are music and sex. It’s also my first experiment with Kindle Unlimited, so this particular ebook is only available right now on Amazon for $2.99 (or free if you’re a KU member)!

It’s got lots of what I do best–sex scenes–and lots of what I do almost as well, which is writing about art and music. :-)

For those who haven’t read Daron’s Guitar Chronicles–YOU DON’T HAVE TO! You can jump in and read this novella without needing to read any of the rest of DGC. If you’re a fan of m/m or my erotic slash fiction or my books like The Prince’s Boy, please give this one a try, and tell your friends!

If you’re in KU, I will receive a small royalty from Amazon for every page a KU member looks at. So please do page through it if you’re a KU member!

I’ll post a hot excerpt tomorrow. I’m on the road today at a convention and need to pick something suitably hot out!

Official description:

Two men, a chance meeting, a torrid affair.

One an internationally known rock star, the other from the streets of Spain: they meet in an erotic tale as hot as a summer night in Seville, as seductive as red wine and song.

Daron didn’t expect to find a lover that day at the airport. He didn’t expect to suddenly change his plans and fly to Spain instead of Boston. But sometimes opportunity knocks and you have to grab Fate by the lapels and kiss until you’re breathless. Daron’s career, and his acceptance of his sexuality, are about to take a sudden, unexpected turn.

Orlando is as mysterious as he is beautiful, doe-eyed and nimble-fingered. To Daron, his presence seems to beckon something from deep within. When the two guitarists meet, they play duets and jam together to pass the time, but music sparks a deeper desire to connect, to touch, to love. But when Daron arrives in Spain he finds Orlando entangled in something more than simply sweaty sheets…

This Spanish Nights ebook also contains the complete erotic story “Home Sweet Home” as a bonus.

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dgc_ebook_8_cover_200And here it is! The latest volume of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is live!
This is volume eight of the ongoing web serial, which is collected into ebooks as each arc of character development is completed.

Volume 8 runs 78,000 words the ebook edition is $2.99 for the next 24 hours! Then the price will jump to the regular $5.99! (Paperback also available, of course…! In fact, if you’re a reader of my blog, buy it from THIS LINK and use coupon code “UY5664FU” to get 20% off!)

Buy the ebook at:
Amazon
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iTunes/iBooks

More info (& the cover art…) below the cut!

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Thank you to everyone taking part in the Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Volume Eight cover reveal! (Looking at you Gay Book Reviews and Reading Past My Bedtime!) This is volume eight of the ongoing web serial, which is collected into ebooks as each arc of character development is completed.

Volume 8 runs 78,000 words and is available for pre-order right now! Pre-order price is $2.99. Book 8 goes live on November 10th and then the price will jump to the regular $5.99!

Pre-order at:
Amazon
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iTunes/iBooks

More info (& the cover art…) below the cut!

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I’m pleased to announce that Volume Eight of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles will be released in ebook and paperback on November 10th!

I’m trying something new: pre-orders will be at $2.99 and on the first day, and then it will go up to $5.99! So get it for half price by ordering it right away!

Pre-orders are live in the major ebook stores:
Amazon
Apple iTunes/iBooks
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

The cover reveal will be on October 15th, with the launch of the book on November 10th. Bloggers, if you want to be part of either the reveal or the launch events, contact my publicity folks via this link: Rock Star Lit P.R.

Meanwhile, paperbacks of all the individual ebook volumes are coming, too! Vols 1 and 2 have been available since last year, but I finally finished volumes three through seven, too! I’ll post links once those are all live as well!

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dgc_ebook_7_cover_version3_510Tadaa! Here we are folks, with a new volume of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles finally out in ebook! Volume seven begins in January 1990 (whoaaa…. the nineties…!) with Daron’s international jaunt from Australia to Guitar Craft School to Seville, and ends a few months later after his much anticipated reunion with Ziggy.

I think the first of the “reunion with Ziggy” chapters might be the post with the most single reads in the 24 hours after posting in the history of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles.

Anyway, if you’re collecting the ebooks, here are buy links:
B&N | Amazon | Smashwords

Now, what’s all this about a MEME CONTEST??

Here we go! Various fans of DGC have gotten into making memes or “quote art” — combining photos with quotes from the series. I’ve decided why not make it a contest? Here are the rules:

  1. PRIZE: Grand prize will be a DGC Prize Pack including a Moondog Three tote bag, both paperback omnibus editions of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Five runners up will get a prize pack of a tote bag and all seven ebook editions.
  2. Deadline for entry is September 9, 2015.
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The latest installment of my award-winning web serial about coming out and coming of age in the 1980s is now out in ebook form! DGC Volume 6 includes chapters 389 through 472 of the web serial.

Official description: After the tumultuous events at the end of the tour in 1989 leave Daron and the band reeling, it’s time to get off the road for a while. When an opportunity to stay in Los Angeles comes up, Daron takes it. There’s session work and music industry schmoozing galore to be done in LA, but Daron’s true reason for wanting to be on the West Coast temporarily is simple: Ziggy is in isolation drug rehab in Cailfornia. Daron wants to be nearby, even if Ziggy can’t communicate with the outside world. Is Daron prepared to deal with Digger, record company politics, and creative challenges alone?

Book Six is live on both Amazon (http://amzn.com/B00OZEOQAW) and Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/488720).

At Smashwords you can purchase ePub and other ebook formats.

I’ve also installed a new Shopping Cart/downloadable products system on the Daron’s Guitar Chronicles website so people can buy all the ebooks directly from me, too. I’m still working out the bugs in the system, but the new shopping cart will let people name their own price for ebooks (with a minimum price of 99 cents each, suggested retail price of $5.99 each). Right now the system is mostly working with a few glitches in providing encrypted download links! So if you want to buy the ebook from me directly, you can! Check out the updated Merch Page here: http://daron.ceciliatan.com/shopping-cart

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You readers were extremely awesome this week, banding together to make donations to trigger the post that just went live this morning. (“Here I Am”: http://daron.ceciliatan.com/archives/3382)

But I know that after reading that post, you’re going to really, really want ANOTHER bonus post. Because it’s been so long since certain people saw each other. And it’s been a long time since we had a Sunday post, you know? I don’t want to ask for more money, since you guys already ponied up. So how about this:

I’ll post ANOTHER post tomorrow if you guys can amass 50 “fan points.” You get 1 point for every social media post praising DGC & linking to us -Tweet, Facebook, Tumblr, G+, LiveJournal, etc- 1 point for any new Amazon, Goodreads, or Audible.com review of any DGC book or ebook, and 1 point for every comment you leave quoting your favorite lines from DGC.

Let’s amass all the comments on the current story post so folks can see the progress: http://daron.ceciliatan.com/archives/3382

Leave a comment for each action you take, and if you can include a link or a screencap as proof, ok? (If you can’t, do your best to tell me how to find it to verify.)

OK? So EACH social media post counts for one point. A single person posting to 5 places would be 5 points! Remember to include links back to DGC!

EACH new review left on Amazon or Goodreads or Audible.com counts as a point. Post the same review on both Amazon and Goodreads and it counts both times!

And EACH quotable, pithy favorite line you leave in comments counts for one. For example:

This would be worth one: From 232.New Gold Dream: “Were you up all night?” I asked Ziggy. “It’s hard to tell when you’ve got bags under your eyes versus when it’s just smudged eyeliner.”

And this would be another one: From 227.Knock Me down: I’d never really wondered until that moment, hearing my words sung back to me, if maybe I was as bad for him as he was for me.

Go nuts, y’all! I’ve got the post in the queue already and can bump it up from Tuesday to Sunday real easy…!

UPDATE: As of 7pm we’re about halfway there!

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I’m finding it impossible to concentrate on other work when my Kickstarter is SO DAMN CLOSE to reaching the ultimate goals. If we hit $5,001 I promised we’ll do the backstage passes. That means, including the Paypal donations that are coming in also, we are only $439 from UNLOCKING ALL REWARDS. So I’m all a-tizzy. This is like waiting on the dock for an America’s Cup sailing race to end or something. Are they going to all make it? In time? Etc?

Donate via Kickstarter: http://kck.st/R31kCx

Or via Paypal: http://daron.ceciliatan.com/tip-jar

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Yes, it’s been two years since the last Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Kickstarter and it’s time for another. Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is my ongoing web fiction serial about a gay guitar player and his various life struggles with love, fame, music, internalized homophobia, family dynamics etc. in the 1980s.

In 2012 we did an omnibus collecting the first 200 chapters into a big-ass book, and now it’s time to do the next 200 chapters, basically. Click here to donate: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/darons-guitar-chronicles-second-omnibus-paperback

And here’s a short link to share! http://kck.st/R31kCx

Here’s the video I made for Kickstarter! (Under the cut, if it will embed properly…)

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