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Feb. 20th, 2010

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Sharin' the crazy

Wow, I haven't posted here in almost exactly a year O_O

But anyway, I found this link on Twitter this morning via one of Neil Gaiman's tweets and had to share:

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012205.html#012205

It's not great because of yet another person (people, in this case) accusing J.K. Rowling of stealing ideas, which in and of itself is kind of ridiculous, as is pointed out in the article. It's great because of the excerpts from the poor guy's book. Check this out:

In Willy’s laboratory, Wizard Cricket demonstrated how a mixture’ of grounded nicket paste and paleberry juice applied gently on the eyebrows of an Aussie guinea pig would bring a marked change of appearance. Willy suffered the mixture and clumsily knocked the contents of the texture into the berry juice paste and ! The guinea pig became a winking wongo - a wonderful little chap, a cousin to the Dutch Tree Squirrels.

OMG! It reads like a Monty Python sketch, y'all! Seriously, can't you just hear Eric Idle's voice there? LOLOL!

Anyway, I just had to share that. TOO funny. Since this poor writer died a long time ago, I like to think that he -- being an author himself, albeit not as skilled as J.K. -- would have better sense than his relatives and not try to follow those dollar signs. I kind of hate that his family is trying to use him for their own profit like this.

Feb. 21st, 2009

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Ally interviewed on Romance Novel TV!

Okay, so it’s not actually a TV show. Which is good, because Ally does NOT want to be on TV. LOL. Romance Novel TV has TV, in that they do video interviews and such. In fact, it’s a pretty diverse and interesting place, you should check it out:
http://www.romancenovel.tv/

On Sunday 2/22 and Monday 2/23, the Romance Novel TV blog will be posting an interview with myself and seven other authors of gay romance: JL Langley, Josh Lanyon, Jet Mykles, K.A. Mitchell, Jamie Craig (who is actually TWO awesome authors!), Chris Owen, and LB Gregg (a.k.a. the loverly and delightful LisaBea of the Nose In A Book blog, http://lisabea.blogspot.com/). Our awesome interviewer, Marisa, asked us some wonderfully insightful questions, which we all had a blast answering in discussion format. We are all of us a bunch of motor-mouths evidently, which is why the six questions are being posted over two days *g*

An excerpt from my latest release, Where The Heart Is, will be posted in the “books” section of the Romance Novel TV website, and Marisa will be holding a drawing for a free download of the book. I believe all the other authors involved are also giving away copies of ebooks or even print books, so be sure to stop by for some awesome excerpts, a fascinating interview and a chance to win some great books!

Romance Novel TV blog:
http://www.romancenovel.tv/wordpress/rntv/marias-blog/

Where The Heart Is:
http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/where-the-heart-is
http://www.allyblue.com/WhereTheHeartIs.html
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Dec. 13th, 2008

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Hard Candy

My Christmas-themed short story "Hard Candy" is available for FREE download from Samhain Publishing! It stars Matt and Chris from Love's Evolution, playing with chocolate *g*

Click here to download the book in PDF:
http://www.thesamhellion.com/ebooks/Blue_Hardcandy.pdf

Click here for a list of all Samhain's free ebooks:
http://www.thesamhellion.com/ebooks.htm

Keep reading for a blurb and a teeny snippet :D

Blurb: Matt’s a disaster in the kitchen. But a chef like Chris can make dessert out of anything. All it takes is a little chocolate and a lot of imagination.

 Excerpt:

The third time Matt scorched the chocolate, he threw the whole damn pot in the sink and swore he’d never try to cook again.

Just like the last two times, the vow only lasted long enough for him to remember why he’d decided to do this in the first place. With a sigh, he scraped the ruined chocolate sauce into the garbage disposal and opened the dessert section of Chris’s cookbook. Maybe he couldn’t make Chris’s favorite, but surely to God he could find something he was capable of cooking.

“Matt? What are you doing in there?”

Shit. Untying Chris’s apron from around his waist, Matt threw it aside. “Nothing, babe! Go back to sleep.”

No answer. Matt breathed a sigh of relief. Chris had been sick as a dog for the last week and half with a vicious strain of the flu. He’d barely been able to get out of bed. Matt had done okay at taking care of him, except when it came to cooking. He’d always been useless in the kitchen, but it had never bothered him until now. Preparing meals for a professional chef was pretty daunting, even if said chef couldn’t eat anything but soup and crackers.

Now that Chris was on the mend and getting his appetite back, Matt was bound and damned determined to make him the sweets he’d been craving ever since he first got sick. Matt figured it was the least he could do, since Chris had been forced to skip the baking he normally loved to do for Christmas.

The scuff of slippers on wood jolted Matt out of his thoughts. He whipped around just in time to see Chris shuffle through the archway from the living room, yawning and rubbing the back of his neck with one hand. His blue terrycloth robe hung open over his pajamas, a couple day’s worth of stubble shadowed his jaw and his black hair stuck up all over the place. Matt thought he looked adorable. 

“Hey, Chris.” Shoving the chocolate-coated saucepan deeper into the sink and thus out of sight, Matt jogged up to Chris and wrapped his arms around Chris’s shoulders. “What’re you doing out of bed?”

Chris arched one dark eyebrow. “I came down to see what all the noise was about.”

“Oh.” Matt winced. “Oops. Sorry.”

“Nothing to be sorry about.” Chris slipped his hands under Matt’s Christmas sweater. His palms still felt too hot against Matt’s bare skin, even though his fever was way down today. “I’m feeling much better now. I fail to understand why you want me to stay in bed.”

Matt flashed his most evil grin, the one that always made Chris’s green eyes glaze with lust. “Same reason I want you in bed the rest of the time, babe.”

Laughing, Chris leaned forward and pecked Matt on the lips. “My darling, you are the horniest person I’ve ever known.”

“Yeah, other than you.” Matt returned the kiss, along with extra tongue. “Which is why you married me, I guess.”
Chris smiled, his eyes shining. “One of many reasons.”

Matt’s chest went tight. Every time he thought of his and Chris’s handfasting ceremony that past summer, he got choked up.

Sentimental, that’s me.

It didn’t bug him any. He’d never been one to deny what he felt. Luckily, Chris had always liked that about him.

Nov. 21st, 2008

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Ally's hero of the year...

... is Josh Lanyon. For keeping his head above the bullshit slung about by "She" Who Must Not Be Named and just being the class act he is. Josh, I aspire to your level of self-control.

**raises wine glass to Josh**

Visit Josh on the web, y'all:
http://www.joshlanyon.com/

Nov. 2nd, 2008

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God's will be done?

I got this from my friend and crit partner Jade Buchanan. This is a wonderful, eloquent essay by author Kemble Scott about the history of repression in the name of the christian god and how it applies to Prop 8, which if passed on Tuesday would write discrimination against gays into the California consitution. I think the essay speaks for itself.

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Prop 8 and God - A challenge to author Rick Warren

There's been a lot of talk about "God's will" and the upcoming vote on California's Proposition 8.

The latest to invoke God in trying to get the measure passed is Rick Warren, a televangelist and bestselling author.

I'm an author too, so Warren's words got my attention. They sent me on a mission to look for other times in history when arguments like this have been used.

Warren said, "This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about. There is no doubt where we should stand on this issue."

Warren is telling his followers to vote yes on 8, which would eliminate the current right of same sex couples to marry in California. Warren is joined by the Mormon Church, which has poured millions of dollars from out of state into an advertising campaign aimed at changing our law.

There's a great deal of historical precedent for passing laws to remove the marriage rights of minority groups. As you prepare to vote on Prop 8, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some past examples. Just as Warren has done, all of these past marriage bans claimed to be following God's will.

"Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."
--Judge Leon Bazile, Caroline County Virginia, 1959, in his ruling that sentenced Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter Loving to one year in prison for marrying in violation of segregation laws. Mildred was part African-American. Richard was white.

"It is my conviction that the fundamental trouble with the people of the United States is that they have gotten too far away from Almighty God."
--U.S. President Warren G. Harding. He signed into law The Cable Act of 1922, which revoked the citizenship of any American woman who married an Asian.

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
--Adolf Hitler on September 5, 1935 when he signed the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor, which prevented any subjects of Germany or related heritage from marrying Jews.

Ultimately, all of these acts of discrimination and hate were seen for what they really were. They no longer exist. But for a time they were the law of the land: Asians, African-Americans, women, and Jews restricted from marriage.

So as you enter the voting booth this Tuesday, ask yourself one simple question. Which side of history do you want to be on?

I urge you to vote NO on Proposition 8.


Kemble Scott
Author
California
http://www.kemblescott.com

Oct. 31st, 2008

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Help help, I'm being repressed!

Okay, fair warning here: this is a RANT. One which might be offensive to some. So if you think you might take my religious differences personally, you might not want to read further.
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Still here? Okay.

Here in NC, Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Elizabeth Dole are fighting like high school redneck girls for the U.S. Senate seat. Both campaigns have run their share of the typical nasty ads telling me why The Opponent is evil incarnate but somehow never once telling me why I should vote for the ad-maker instead. Whatever. I learned to tune those out ages ago. But recently, Dole started running ads saying that Hagan took fundraising money from the Godless Americans PAC. That's when I started getting mad.

At first, I was happy. I'm an atheist. We are a marginalized group in this country. When I saw the ad, I thought, wow, a senatorial candidate who will stand up for my beliefs? A politician who isn't afraid to admit that we "godless Americans" aren't pond scum after all? Is this possible??? Sign me up! I couldn't really get angry at Dole & Co. because this sort of bigotry is exactly what I expect from them. It didn't surprise me a bit that she and her people were going "oh noes!!! Atheists, aaaarrrrggghhh!!!" as if "atheist" was the worst possible thing you could call someone. What pissed me off -- and hurt me, frankly -- was when Hagan responded with extreme indignity by saying "I am NOT an atheist! Do not call me that horrible name!" (not an exact quote, obviously, but that's the gist). She also says about the Godless Americans PAC (and this IS a direct quote) "I certainly don't support anything they stand for."

So in other words, she doesn't support separation of church and state? Because this is what the Godless Americans PAC stands for. It's bad enough that prejudice against atheists is one of the most widely accepted ones in the country. Having people in government so blatantly flouting the constitution and belittling a significant and growing portion of their constituency is just plain scary.

I'll still vote for Hagan, because Dole's values go completely against mine. But I'm disappointed, and hurt, and discourgaged. Not really surprised, which is sad. But yeah. Discouraged.

Anyone see V For Vendetta? Yeah, that's where we're headed if we're not careful...

Oct. 28th, 2008

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An Inner Darkness is here!

An Inner Darkness, the fifth (and final?) book in my Bay City Paranormal Investigations series, is now available from Samhain Publishing!

BLURB:

All hell’s about to break loose. Literally.

After more than a year as a couple—and plenty of bumps along the road—Sam Raintree and Dr. Bo Broussard are finally settling into life together. Bo has come to terms with his sexuality, their business is thriving, and Sam has begun to accept his role as a step-parent of sorts to Bo’s sons, Sean and Adrian. The only real dark spot is Bo’s ex-wife, Janine.

When eleven-year-old Adrian begins exhibiting signs of psychokinesis—the same ability which allows Sam to manipulate interdimensional portals—the friction between Sam, Bo and Janine escalates. Sam and Bo have reason to believe Adrian’s raw, uncontrolled talent poses a danger to him and those around him. Janine, however, believes Sam and Bo are encouraging dangerous delusions on Adrian’s part. Common ground is nonexistent, anger and hard words ever-present.

Caught in the middle of the conflict and burdened with an ability he can’t yet control, Adrian is soon pushed beyond his limits. With Adrian’s mind—and the lives of everyone around him—hanging in the balance, Sam and Bo race against time to save both boys and keep an otherworldly horror from breaking free.


(Warning: This book contains graphic language, explicit male/male sex, family drama and scary monsters.)

Read an explicit excerpt on my website:
http://www.allyblue.com/AID.html

Read a clean excerpt and buy the book here:
http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/an-inner-darkness

And if you want to see Sam and Bo get kinky, check out my Halloween short story on the Fiction With Friction blog:
http://www.fictionwithfriction.com/2008/10/28/helluvaween-bos-halloween-treat/
Who knew Bo was so wonderfully depraved? LOL.

Oct. 12th, 2008

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Ally's first book signing!

Not counting when I signed books at the '07 Romantic Times convention. That's a whole other ball of yarn right there, y'all.

No, this one will be my first signing in an actual bookstore! I'll be at the Columbia Place Mall Waldenbooks in Columbia, SC on November 8th from 12-2 to sign books and hopefully meet LOTS of people! I love meeting new people :D

I'll be there along with four of THE best romance authors out there: Shiloh Walker, J.C. Wilder, Samantha Kane and Beth Williamson. OMG I'm starstruck just thinking of it O_O
They were nice enough to let me join the signing they'd already set up so I am forever grateful for that.

Here's the address for the Waldenbooks:
324 Columbia Place Mall
7201 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Anyone in the area that day, please come on out! There will be a raffle with prizes!

Dec. 28th, 2007

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OMG MAJOR SQUEE!!!!

Okay, I know I haven't posted here in a while, sorry :-( But I have a cover for my next book, Untamed Heart, and the excerpt's up on the Samhain website, and I am SO SO SO excited I can't stand it! This is, IMHO, about the best book I've written, and the cover is absolutely beautiful, and I just HAD to share :D
Blurb, cover art and excerpt here:
http://samhainpublishing.com/coming/untamed-heart
Isn't the cover gorgeous???? Anne Cain is the artist. As usual, she read my mind and gave me something absolutely breathtaking. I love you, Anne!!!!

Sep. 11th, 2007

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Tuesday Funnies

Okay, I got this from Jet Mykles' Yahoo group. This is a perfect example of the type of humor I like. Corny as hell *g*

THE RECIPE

A man is showering up in a locker room with his buddy when he notices
his friend is very well endowed.

"Damn Bob, you're hung!" Jim exclaims.

"I wasn't always this impressive, I had to work for it."

"What do you mean?" Jim asked.

"Well, every day for the past two years I've spent an hour each night
rubbing it with butter. I know it sounds crazy but it actually made it
grow 4 inches! You should try it."

Jim agrees and the two say good bye.

A few months later the two are in the same locker room and Bob asks Jim
how his situation was.

Jim replied, "I did what you said, Bob, but I've actually gotten smaller!
I lost two inches already!"

"Did you do everything I told you? An hour each day with butter?"

"Well, I was out of butter, so I've been using Crisco."

Wait for it...



Wait....





"Crisco!!?" Bob exclaimed. "Damm it, Jim, Crisco is shortening !

MORAL: You gotta follow the recipe!!!


(from Ally: BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!)
**falls over laughing**

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