A Big GRL Welcome from Amber Kell

Last year’s GRL was a great time. For most of the attendees it was the first time they were able to openly discuss their love of M/M books with another person. Some welcomed the chance, becoming social butterflies who talked to everyone. Others were much more reserved, not really knowing what to do.

As GRL 2012 gets closer and closer, authors want readers to know they are as excited to meet you as you are to meet them. Here is Amber Kell’s personal invitation to come say Hi.

Last year when I attended GRL I had a great time. I was able to take my husband and we spent some alone without the kids between events. Hubby said his conferences are never as fun as mine and the people he works with aren’t as nice. That’s one of the best things about GRL. The chance to meet people and fans I’ve corresponded with by email in the flesh. Since I’m pretty introverted it helps as hubby says, “push my comfort zone.” *rolls eyes*

My advice to fans is to not feel self-conscious about approaching authors. I had several people mention they were nervous about coming to talk to me but none of us would be there if we didn’t want to meet our fans. Feel free to come introduce yourself and yes I will give hugs, autographs and stand still enough for pictures if you catch me before my gazillionth cup of coffee. I will even have some giveaways for those brave enough to come closer:-) My husband’s health isn’t up to coming this year so I’m bringing my friend and assistant Lindsey who is considerably more outgoing.

My fans know I adore torturing them (it’s a miracle any of them stick around) so here is an excerpt for my upcoming release A Guitarist in the Fae Queen’s Court Available from Silver Publishing on August 11th.

Seeing the line of musicians filling the hallway, JB tightened his hold on the battered guitar case until the hard plastic bit into his fingers. Nerves rattled through his body like an earthquake, shattering his confidence as it went. He had to get this job. The cops had shut down the club he currently played at, claiming it was a drug haven or that it harbored prostitutes or something like that. He didn’t really pay attention until the ‘Closed’ sign went up, along with the boards across the windows. When JB told Raine about the club shutting down, his lover had smiled crazily like Christmas had come three months early.

Raine had never liked the bar. He always claimed the owner watched JB’s ass too much for Raine’s comfort. Of course Raine didn’t appreciate the way anyone looked at JB or that other men had eyes.

“Hey, JB!” Mike Nelson nodded from his spot further up the line. Mike had gelled his short blond hair until it stood up in spikes, covered his arms with multiple bracelets, and dressed in strategically ripped clothing.

His fit body drew more than one interested gaze.

JB nodded back. He and Mike often auditioned for the same gigs. Mike had the sort of star presence most musicians dreamed about, while JB had a more low-key style. Needless to say, they weren’t buddies. They’d be frenemies if they were friends.

Quickly sliding into line, JB resolutely pushed the competition out of his mind. He needed to focus on his possible future employment. Nothing would derail him faster than fixating on Mike instead of focusing on his own music.

The ad claimed the clients were looking for someone who could play a stringed instrument, vocals optional. Kind of an odd request, but a musician looking for work didn’t question eccentricity, especially considering the generous salary listed.

How hard could performing for some VIPs be anyway? If it turned into a regular gig JB could come home for once without reeking of tobacco and booze. As long as the job didn’t involve removing his clothes, JB would take it if offered. Hell, forget that. He’d even be all for working in the nude if it got him a timely paycheck.

He didn’t suffer from excessive modesty.

Unfortunately, before he left the apartment, Raine had told JB if he had to take off even one piece of clothing, to walk away. “Because if they think they’re going to get a cheap thrill over my man, they’d better think again.”

Why Raine thought anyone else would want to see JB’s skinny, naked ass, he didn’t know, but Raine’s gravelly threat almost had him heading back to bed and letting the man mark him all over again. JB could still feel the sting from Raine’s teeth on his shoulder from the night before.

And for those of you who like a little m/m/m action here is an excerpt for Back to Hell (Hellbourne 2) coming out from Total-E-Bound September 17th. It’s available for pre-order.

Luc Hellbourne jolted awake, his nightmares fading as his bedroom came into focus. The warm heat of his lover Bran snuggled up against him further calmed him down. Damn. He’d had them again! Ever since he’d escaped from hell his dreams had been a jumbled mess of odd visions. Unfortunately, he never remembered any of the details when they receded, leaving behind the unsettling belief he’d missed something important.

Carefully he separated his body from his lover’s. Luc knew from experience he’d be unable to fall back to sleep-too many mornings he’d woken up the same way.

Still groggy, he set his feet on the floor only to yank them back up when he encountered a body. Glancing over the side of the bed, he found his rescued demon Carn lying beside the bed with his bonded vampire Jerrod beside him. They were close to each other but not touching.

As if sensing Luc’s regard, Jerrod’s blue eyes blinked open. “Good morning, Master.”

“Good morning, Jerrod. Is there a reason you and Carn are sleeping beside my bed?”

Bran was going to shit puppies if he awoke to people under his feet.

“You haven’t slept lately. We were hoping our presence would calm you,” Carn said in a sleep-roughened voice. “In the book it says you might start to fade if you don’t get enough sleep.”

“What book?”

The pair exchanged a look before Jerrod reluctantly answered, “The pack book. Nikko let us have it once you decided to live away from the vampires. He wanted to make sure you were taken care of.”

Nikko. Even hearing the vampire’s name stabbed holes in Luc’s heart. As much as he loved Bran, he still had moments of complete sorrow over losing his vampire. He tried to hide his pain from his werewolf lover but Luc knew at times Bran could sense his unhappiness.

Shaking his head, Luc returned to the discussion at hand. He vaguely remembered the pack mentioning they were compiling a notebook about how to take care of Luc years ago, but he’d thought it was a joke. “They seriously made a book?”

Jerrod nodded. “It’s called The Care and Feeding of Lucifer Hellbourne. One of the things in it says if you don’t rest well you might start to fade. Carn and I were worried.”

“Thank you for your concern, but you don’t need to worry. I’m not fading.” Breaking into tiny parts in a slow excruciating manner…but not fading.

“Sorry, Master.” Carn’s red skin became a little redder. “Why don’t I go get you some breakfast, Master?” he offered.

“That would be great.” Luc gave the demon a smile to let him know he wasn’t angry. Carn had suffered enough abuse at the hands of Luc’s brother that the young demon still flinched whenever he thought someone was angry with him.

As soon as he’d left, Jerrod slid his fingers through Luc’s hair. “Kiss me good morning, Master?”

Luc sighed but he knew the young vampire well enough by now to know that Jerrod would pull the I need to bond with my master card if Luc didn’t agree to at least a kiss.

Jerrod only belonged to Luc because Luc had saved him from his old master. However, Jerrod often used Luc’s reluctance to harm him as an invitation to take advantage.

After a few minutes of kissing, Luc set Jerrod away from him. Jerrod’s cheeks glowed with passion and his eyes had a bright light of need as he watched Luc.

“Why don’t you go see if Carn needs any help in the kitchen? It’s probably time for you to feed again.”

Jerrod squeezed Luc’s cock. “I found something I can feed on.”

Luc knew the vampire had meant that in a sexy way but his erection trembled with fear. “I don’t think I want your fangs anywhere near my dick when you’re this excited. Go drink from Carn-that’s why I have him here.”

Comment on what you’re looking forward to at GRL and you’ll be entered to win a copy of one of my e-books, past or future. Thanks ~Amber


Drawing open to everyone until Thursday, August 9th at 11:59 pm (PST). Winner will be randomly selected and notified on Friday.

Amber has added a print copy of Dragon Men to our GRL Reading Challenge Grand Prize. Remember to post your list for your chance to enter.

60 thoughts on “A Big GRL Welcome from Amber Kell

  1. Hope this contest includes those of us who can’t attend GRL. Hope you and others at GRL have a great time

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  2. There are so many conventions I would love to go to! I hope you have fun at GRL! Thanks for the post and giveaway!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  3. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to go to GRL but, unfortunately, it isn’t gonna happen. I hope everybody takes zillions of pictures and puts them online so I can at least get an IDEA of what it would be like to be there.:)
    Barbra aelnova@aol.com

  4. I remember being nervous yet excited about attending GRL last year. This year I’m looking forward to hugs from friends who live too far away from my corner of the world, moments for little chats with authors, which won’t seem so daunting this year, and having way to much fun with everyone. Sorry to hear your hubby won’t be coming but I’m looking forward to meeting Lindsey this year.

  5. Amber I met you briefly last year, I look forward to getting to talk to you more this year and meeting all the new authors

  6. I look forward to seeing everyone again and talking more with you. I was a bit overwhelmed last year:) I do better at the sit down and have a cup of coffee thing so maybe I can arrange a few get togethers with fans:)

  7. Your excerpts are great as usual and I’m looking forward to their release dates. Enjoy GRL retreat; wish I could be there but finances just aren’t there😦 Maybe next year

  8. it sounds really fun! my fav part would be bringing some print copy of books…. and working up the courage to ask for an autograph >.<;;

  9. I’m not going to make it to GRL this year but I’m definitely planning on going next year. I look forward to meeting some of my favorite authors.:)

  10. This would be fan girl heaven for me but I can’t go. Love Amber’s books and the authors in the anthology are some of my favorites.

  11. While I can’t attend GRL this year, I am hoping that I can still enter the contest! I am a faithful follower of Amber’s blog, and love the chance to see her book covers first and read the excerpts she posts. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I really wish it were possible to attend GRL to meet my fav authors. I just have to be content to haunt their websites for updates on books that I can pounce on when released.

  13. I wish I could attend GRL. I have to say that I am not a very social person, I feel very selfconscious in a group. However I would still love to get up the nerve to attend and meet the people who My family says I live my life through. However, It is not in the cards this year but I would still like to enter the contest if I may.


  14. i wish i can go but i already have the siren convention this year nex’t year forsure love all your books amber (tease queen)😉

  15. I love your books and wish I would be able to attend GRL. I have been to conferences before and totally understand people being afraid of meeting with favorite authors. I know when I met some of my favorite authors at that conference I walked away thinking “please let me have said something intelligent or at least understandable.” LOL

  16. I love your books…. though right now I’m standing strong in not reading exerpts, we’ll see how long that lasts.

  17. I wish I was going this year but unfortunately health issues and family events forced me to cancel my attendance this year but I plan to go next year. I really enjoy your books Amber and can’t wait to see what else is coming from you.

  18. I was looking forward to this GRL, it’s great to know that I can talk about my passion for m/m books. Unfortunately ticket prices are killer going anywhere from Hawaii. Have fun without me.

  19. I wish I could go this year, I can’t wait for the chance to meet more of my favorite authors but sadly not happening this year either but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for next year.

  20. I wish I could go, too far though!! It should be in Minnesota next year, that would be awesome!!! Can’t wait to read your up and coming books!

  21. ooh I can’t wait for Back to Hell! Yay!
    It would be so awesome to go, but i’m a whole country away…sigh
    I hope you all have a great time

  22. Hi amber!!
    Sadly, I wont be able to attend GRL but Have fun, to you and your fans!
    Those two books look absolutely great! ahh~~ Sequel!!! I AM SO EXCITED!! lol…


  23. Unless there are “scholarships” available or someone knows a sugar daddy willing to foot the bill I won’t be there. Darn it! Hope to hear all the details on the blog.

  24. I won’t be able to go, but I love getting to know all the different authors attending.


  25. Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Of course those of you not attending can win a book too. You know I hate to exclude anyone:)

  26. I wish I could go, but too far away. Can’t wait to read both of these – I really liked the Guitarist when it was a tease, and I loved the 1st Hellbourne book. Yeah!:)

  27. When I win the lottery, this will be on the top of my list for conventions. Until then (or another year or two), I think it will have to wait.

    Since I own everything you have written so far, including a few stories that aren’t available anymore, I think meeting you, Amber, would be my goal.

  28. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. And hopefully discovering some new authors I have yet to read. My favorites don’t always keep up with my reading habits.

  29. Sadly I won’t be able to attend GRL, but I hope this contest includes those of us who can’t attend . Wishing you and others have a Fantastic time.

    Take Care & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

  30. Love everything Amber writes, looking forward to the new stuff (Back to Hell, hurry please) since I’ve already read the anthology. More lego funding here we come. And I would love to meet you at convention Amber, let me know which ones you’re going to.

  31. I’m looking forward to seeing the people I met last year & meeting new people/authors this year. Sorry I don’t get to share the ride with the same people this year hehe, but looking forward to the drive with two different people this year:)


  32. Can’t make it myself but hope you have lots of fun. And I would love a copy of the anthology or Guitarist in the Fae Queens Court. Thanks.

  33. I would like to meet and talk to some of my favorite authors would like to see and talk how they get their stories and my favorite characters

  34. I always look forward to the downtime with authors and friends. The big events are nice and fun. But its so cool to hang out and chill by the pool or just talking late at night with just a few authors. And I’m very excited about the new Hellbourne book!

  35. Hope you have a great time – I look forward to hearing about it. Too far (and expensive) for me to come from half-way across the world.

  36. I would love to go to GRL but it’s not in my budget. Now that would be a great prize from the authors – an expense paid trip to the next one!

  37. Seems I’m late for this post. I was camping way out in the woods. VERY basic. But there’s no doubt that the best part of GRL was meeting people, a number of whom have since become online friends. It was my first public appearance under my pen name, so they are Anel’s first friends-in-the-flesh.

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