Friday, May 17, 2013

Help support Brian Rowe's latest project!

In 2011 and 2012 author Brian Rowe contacted me to review his Happy Birthday trilogy and I loved them.  So when he recently contacted me about his latest endeavor, I was interested.  Over The Rainbow is Brian's latest work and is the story of a teenage girl whose family tries to send her to "anti-gay" camp when she falls in love with another girl.  As you might guess from the little, it's based off The Wizard of Oz, which seems to be all the rage right now.  Sounds great, right?  But Brian needs a little help from book lovers to get this project moving, which is why he started a Kickstarter campaign seeking donations.

I'm going to get on my tiny soapbox for a minute.  Brian is a talented writer and his Kickstarter page mentions that he's tried to submit Over The Rainbow to some publishers, but even though they liked the book, they won't take it on because they don't know how to sell a book with a lesbian female protagonist.  This is unfortunate to me.  It's about time that traditional publishers start figuring out how to market these books.  In fact, I don't think it would be all that difficult because I'm positive there's an audience for this kind of thing.

So now I'm stepping off my soapbox to tell you how you can get involved!  Visit Brian's Kickstarter page to learn more about the book, read an excerpt, and consider donating for his project.  The money will be used for marketing, a new cover, and a professional book trailer.  Everyone who donates gets a little somethin'-something' in return.

PS: Here and here are the links to my reviews of Brian's Happy Birthday trilogy.  If you haven't had a chance to check them out, consider getting the ebooks - or even better, donate to his Kickstarter campaign and get the ebooks for free!

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