Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's a blog makeover!!! *gasp*


Bear with me as I try to decide what I want to do with my blog lol.

Recently I ran across a thread where readers commented they prefer a white background with black writing. The way I had my blog set up was right the opposite… I had a black background with white writing. So many people said it gave them a headache (lol I actually prefer it that way) so I decided to change it around.

While the blog *is* mine, the main point of it is for communicating with you guys, so I want to make it as a visually appealing healing as possible. So if you guys prefer the white background, would ya let me know?

Thank! :)
~M

Friday, May 20, 2016

Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Science Fiction



HOLY SHIT. I made the Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Science Fiction - Amazon Author Rank. This is not just LGBT Science Fiction... its science fiction as a genre. OMG
#100 in Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-…/e/B007A8JA4C/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


It updates hourly, so I probably won't be there long LOL, but for short time I am!

The simple truth is, I wouldn't be on that list or any other without you guys. Y'all buy my books, talk them up, and leave reviews. None of this would be possible without y'all and for that I'm eternally grateful. I'm a writer who cannot come up with the words to properly explain this, LOL, except to say thank you. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

~M

Finicky Friday - Cookie Dough Candy Bars



Hey everyone, I thought it would be cool to post some recipes I had found online. I’m going to *try* to do some of these beforehand, but I’m sure there’ll be times I won't. I'm going to call this Finicky Friday. :)




Cookie Dough Candy Bars


Prep Time 20 MIN

Total Time 3 HR 55 MIN

Servings 16


Ingredients

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1/2 cup canned sweetened condensed milk

1 cup finely chopped Snickers™ candy bars (about 8 fun-size)

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons M&M's™ chocolate candies



Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

  • 2 In large bowl, mix cookie mix, softened butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press two-thirds of the dough in bottom of pan; bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

  • 3 Drizzle condensed milk over cookie base. Sprinkle with Snickers™ pieces and 1/2 cup of the M&M’s™ chocolate candies. Crumble chunks of remaining cookie dough over candy. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons M&M’s™ chocolate candies over top of crumbled dough.

  • 4 Bake 23 to 28 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool completely, at least 3 hours. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

Fall, Spring, Christmas or Fourth of July -- take advantage of the array of seasonally colored M&M’s™ chocolate candies. This gooey bar will be a show stealer every day, whatever the occasion.

The secret for cutting bars easily is to line the pan with heavy-duty or nonstick foil. When it is time to cut the bars, just lift the baked bar with the foil out of the pan, and cut. This also makes cleanup extra easy.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality



Hi! Welcome to the Hop for Visibility Awareness and Equality. You might know us as the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi and Transphobia.

Once again I'm proud to be taking part in this very, very special hop to help supports the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. If you've been part of the hop before then you know there are several people and publishers connected to this. I've been part of it since the very beginning. :)

And considering I live in Mississippi the timing is perfect. A week after Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed similar legislation, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed into law a “religious freedom” bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay couples or transgender people on the grounds that doing so may violate the owners’ religious backgrounds.

Following Indiana’s passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year (not to be confused with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) and North Carolina’s slightly different anti-discrimination law in March, Mississippi is joining a list of states that will be risking financial sanction from business for their attitudes toward gay and transgender individuals.

*sigh* Way to go Mississippi. Wait to try and time travel back to the 60s. I swear, sometimes it's embarrassing living in the South.



Any way, let's get to the contest, lol! Drop me a comment below and make sure to add your e-mail addy! What does the winner get? An e-book copy of Trouble Comes in Threes.


1. B. A. Brock (BI TR GAY LES)  23. Amelia Bishop (MULTI)  45. Remmy Duchene (MM)  
2. Jamie Fessenden  24. Moonbeams over Atlanta - Eloreen Moon (MM, REV, MULTI)  46. Sharita Lira writing as BLMorticia M/M  
3. Rory Ni Coileain  25. Helena Stone (M/M )  47. Barbara Winkes (LES)  
4. Erica Pike (M/M)  26. AM Leibowitz (M/M, F/F, BI, TR, NB, REV)  48. Bronwyn Heeley (m/m)  
5. Andrew Jericho (GAY)  27. L.D. Blakeley (M/M, BI)  49. L. J. LaBarthe  
6. Tempeste O'Riley (M/M (Bi) (NB)  28. Lila Leigh Hunter [M/M, BI]  50. VJ Summers (m/m, m/m/f)  
7. The Macaronis [various]  29. Sharon Bidwell  51. Nikka Michaels (M/M)  
8. Elin Gregory [mm]  30. Nicole Dennis (M/M, ACE, M/M/F)  52. Caraway Carter (LGBT)  
9. Alexa MIlne  31. Lexi Ander  53. L M Somerton (M/M)  
10. Nic Starr (M/M)  32. Barbara G.Tarn (M/M, ACE)  54. Taylor Law (GAY)  
11. Evelise Archer (MM)  33. Kaje Harper M/M, TR, BI  55. Anastasia Vitsky (F/F, TR, BI)  
12. Sue Brown  34. JMS Books LLC  56. Draven St. James (M/M)  
13. Elizabeth Varlet (M/M, BI, NB)  35. JM Snyder  57. A.V. Sanders (GAY, ACE, NB)  
14. Raven J. Spencer  36. Dean Pace-Frech  58. Lynley Wayne  
15. Sharing Links and Wisdom (REV)  37. Kimber Vale  59. DP Denman (GAY)  
16. Lisa Horan (REV/Multi)  38. Jacintha Topaz (BI, F/F, M/M, TR)  60. M.A. Church M/M  
17. Archer Kay Leah (M/M, F/F, TR, NB, BI, ACE)  39. Prism Book Alliance® (MULTI)  61. Andrew J. Peters GAY  
18. Alexis Duran (M/M)  40. Eva Lefoy (M/M, F/F, F/M/F, BI, MULTI)  62. Dianne Hartsock MM  
19. Jules Dixon  41. Lou Sylvre (M/M)  63. M. LeAnne Phoenix M/M F/F  
20. R.M. Olivia  42. Anne Barwell  64. Cherie Noel (M/M)  
21. Heloise West (M/M)  43. Viki Lyn (M/M)  65. Chris McHart (M/M, Trans*)  
22. Angel Martinez (M/M GAY BI TR)  44. Sean Michael  







At ARe - Sale on The Harvest : Taken and The Harvest: Journey's End



Okay, here's the deal, y'all! For the next twenty-four hours the Harvest series is going to be on sale at ARe. They're going to be marked half-price.

That's *only* at ARe. And it's *only* for twenty-four hours. After that they go back to their regular price.



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Monday, May 16, 2016

Celebrating nine years - Dreamspinner Press!




DsP is celebrating its ninth year! They're having a sale on all authors who first published with them in year six and seven this week. (I'm year 6th lol.) So that means all of my DSP books are on sale for 30% off!

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/ma-church

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Harvest Young: Bound by Fate release!


Blurb:
Half human and half Tah’Narian, Szin doesn’t fit with either race. His appearance is mainly human, but he’s able to have a young. Unfortunately, that’s his only Tah’Narian characteristic. He’s smaller and weaker than other young.

Szin’s eighteenth birthday has passed and time’s running out. He has to stop his childhood friend, Takeo, from making the worst mistake of his life: claiming Szin as a mate. Takeo deserves an equal who’s as fierce as he is, something Szin most certainly is not.

Since before Takeo was born, he’s known Szin was his. Nothing and no one, not even Szin, is going to stand in the way of claiming his mate. He understands Szin feels he isn’t good enough, and he’ll do anything to convince Szin otherwise. Including taking drastic measures to ensure his mate listens.

Takeo is the ultimate blend of human, Tah’Narian, and Onfrevian DNA. He’s pure predator, and his sights are set on his mate. 




~ARe: #1 on bestseller list

~Amazon: #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction




Excerpt:
Chapter One

Szin stared out the passenger window of his twin’s flyer. Raiden’s fingers tapped on the console to some wild techno music he had playing. It wasn’t really something Szin cared for, so he fished his headphones out of the armrest. Holding the little disk to one ear, he tapped the On button, and it immediately adhered. He did the same with the other disk, and the feral music Raiden was listening to was silenced.

Dad had introduced him to what he called classic rock from his days on Earth, and Szin had taken a liking to it. Already programmed, music started playing immediately. His thoughts fluttered just like the butterflies in his stomach. Turning eighteen wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, contrary to popular belief.

Their birthday had already passed, and they were on their way to the capital city of Tah’Nar. A large celebration had already been held for them by their Tah’Narian dabba, Keyno, and their dad, Dale, who had taught both young early on to call him that from his first language.

A more private party was planned for later. As a gift to themselves, they’d booked a hotel for an overnight stay and planned to hit the nightclubs and party hard. Did their parents know what they had planned? Most likely. Dad didn’t have a problem with their plan, but their dabba had reservations. Dabba finally gave in to Dad—he usually did. It was a private joke between Szin and Raiden.

Szin, in particular, had plans for tonight. He was a male on a mission. One way or the other, he planned to break the bond between him and Takeo before Takeo made the worst mistake of his life: claiming Szin as a mate. Szin knew he was running out of time. Over the past month, Takeo had been very aggressive in his courtship now that he’d celebrated his eighteenth birthday.

As soon as they entered Tah’Nar airspace, they were immediately hailed. Raiden identified himself and Szin, and once verified, they were allowed on planet. As the flyer descended, Szin watched the darkness of space fade into first clouds, then lights from the surface.

Raiden maneuvered his way into the air traffic going into the capital city. The bright lights of the city beckoned, but Szin closed his eyes, listening to the music. His thoughts wandered back to the first time his parents brought him and Raiden to the capital city. He might have only been ten at the time, but that trip certainly left a lasting impression. It was also one of the first times he truly understood how different he was. Even now he could hear Dad’s voice as clear as a bell.

“Why do we have to do this?” Szin demanded once again as Dad ushered him toward the flyer.

“You and your brother turned ten today,” Dad said for the fifth time in as many minutes. “It’s when young are tattooed with the royal symbols, sweetie. That’s why we’re going to Tah’Nar. They’ll match what your dabba and I have on our necks. It's an honor to be tattooed. Our traditions only allow the best warriors and royalty this privilege. After that, we’ll visit with Hamza. He’s excited about seeing you both.”

Szin dragged his feet as he and Dad approached the flyer where his dabba and Raiden waited. “Dad? Raiden says it hurts, really bad.”

“I’ve heard that it does, yes.” Dad ran his hand over Szin’s hair. “Your dabba insisted I be given pain relief so I couldn’t feel anything. Oh, I forgot. Here. I brought this just in case you get thirsty on the way.”

Szin took the bottle containing his favorite drink.

“Come on,” Raiden yelled. “By the gods, you are slow!”

“Shut up,” Szin mumbled as he climbed into the flyer and walked back to where Raiden sat.

“You shut up,” Raiden hissed back.

Once everyone settled in, Raiden reached into Szin’s pocket and grabbed the small machine that played music.

“Hey! Stop! I had it first.”

“I wanted to listen to the imuzic. I just downloaded some new music,” Raiden complained.

“I remembered to bring it, so I get it first.” Szin plugged the imuzic in to the flyer’s power source in the back of the flyer. “You have the comp.”

“But I want the imuzic,” Raiden whined.

“Tough,” Szin replied.

Raiden reached over and tried to pull it away from Szin, who wouldn’t let go. A short, snarly argument broke out quickly.

“Stop it, you hair ball!” Szin yelled.

“You knew I wanted to listen to it on the way there.” Raiden growled as he wrestled with Szin. “Give it to me!”

Szin slapped Raiden’s hand, which resulted in a loud, distressed yip. “Oh, stuff it. That didn’t hurt.” Szin rolled his eyes.

“That’s enough,” Keyno said loudly from the front seat. “Szin had it first, so he gets it for now. I’ll tell you when it’s time to switch. And Szin? No name-calling or hitting, I mean it. Raiden? Leave him alone.”

“Awww, Dabba, that’s—”

“Or Szin can keep it the whole way if you argue with me. Your choice, Raiden,” Keyno said.

Raiden muttered softly next to Szin.

“If you have something to say—”

“I didn’t say anything, Dabba.” Raiden huffed as Szin snickered. “Daa-aad! Szin’s laughing at me. Do something! I didn’t do anything to him.”

“By God, don’t make me come back there,” Dad threatened, turning around to face them. Silence reigned in the back seat. Dad maintained eye contact for a moment more, determined to make his point.

Satisfied, he turned back around. “I sound like my parents, Keyno. Those two have turned me into my parents. Mom said I’d get repaid for all the fighting Susan and I did as kids. She’s right,” Dad said softly.

“It’ll be okay, love. They’re just excited and nervous about the tattoos. Did you fix Szin something to, ah… drink?”

“Yeah, I did. I feel bad about the pain blocker I slipped in it, but since he’s so close to being human—”

“It would be bad for him, my mate.” Dabba reached for Dad’s hand. “He just doesn’t have the tolerance Raiden has, and I don’t want him to hurt any more than necessary. He’ll feel enough to be able to say he endured it.”

Dad glanced back at his young, who were now sharing the drink. “Damn,” he whispered. “Raiden’s drinking Szin’s drink too. Great.”


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