Helpful Websites

As authors, we all need a little help now and then. There are hundreds of websites that can help you with anything from grammar to picking names for fantasy characters and sites. You can find inspiration or technique; crit partners or idea generators. “The Write Life” ( has a listing of what they consider to be the top 100 sites for writers.

Writer’s Digest also does a yearly listing of those sites they consider to be the best:

There are even more. All you have to do is google something like best websites for writers. But no matter what you look at – all of these top ones have something in common – they are there to help us. So take a look and maybe you’ll find something that can make your writing life a little easier.

Guest Post: C. Kennedy

Tharros - Quote - Michael would make sure they won
Release Day! Thárros by C. Kennedy is Out!
Thárros. Greek. Meaning courage
Courage. n. /ˈkərij/
1. The ability to do something that frightens one.
2. Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.
Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear,
not the absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. Almost. He has great friends, parents who love him just the way he is, and he was a champion hurdler until someone took out his knee when they kidnapped his boyfriend. Yet, Michael is determined to make the USATF tryouts in spite of his injuries.
Christy Castle is Michael’s entire world. Healing from years of abuse, his abduction by a predator has left him hiding a new secret as he tries to start his life again. Together, Michael and Christy work to recover from their wounds in time to make prom and graduate high school. To complicate matters, Christy is astonished to learn a fellow victim from his native Greece has survived. Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the US to keep him safe.But the prosecution of Christy’s kidnapper looms large in their futures and the struggle to return to normal only worsens. Christy’s past continues to haunt them and, when the prosecution turns ugly and Christy’s new life is torn apart, only their unrelenting courage and determination can save them from the nightmare that threatens to destroy their future together.

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About Cody

Cody is an award-winning author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Among many other awards, Omorphi was a runner up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons was a finalist in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Cody does respond to blog comments and emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.
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Guest Post: Rainbow over the Whitehouse

whitehouseBy Christopher Hawthorne Moss, Author of WHERE MY LOVE LIES DREAMING, BELOVED PILGRIM, and ANGEL EYES

The State of Pennsylvania has brought more than just the vibrant and compelling characters of the “romance with a touch of suspense” found in Vicki Reese’s gay fiction.    Although the state never recognized civil unions or domestic partnerships, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, 2014, when a U.S. federal district court judge ruled that the Commonwealth’s 1996 statutory ban on recognizing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.  The state had prohibited recognition of same-sex marriage by statute since 1996.  It had never added such a ban to its state constitution.  Perhaps in the hearts of many Pennsylvanians was the image of one of its most famous sons, President James Buchanan?

Scholars like James W. Loewen, author of LIES MY TEACHER TAUGHT ME and LIES ACROSS AMERICA, have put forth the case that Pennsylvania native son and the fifteenth president of the United States of America was gay and lived much of his adult life in Washington DC with another lifelong bachelor, Sen. William Rufus King of Alabama.  For much of this time they lived together in a house on F Street and spent summers together in Rock Creek Park.  Their relationship and the socializing they did à deux was publicly enough recognized that King was called “Mrs. Buchanan.”  Though Buchanan had his niece Harriet Vane burn all his personal correspondence, enough has been found that hints broadly at the partnership.

While King was well regarded as President Pro Tem of the U.S. Senate and was also a diplomat in France, and was Vice President for two weeks as he was dying of tuberculosis, Buchanan was not only a diplomat to Imperial Russia and later Secretary of State under President James K. Polk.

Many attempts have been made to cloak the romantic liaison between Buchanan and King, such as a huge portrait of the long dead fiancée of Buchanan’s who broke off their engagement because he was not very involved.  Her father refused to allow the husband-to-be to attend the young woman’s funeral.  Though in a later letter Buchanan expressed a thought that some old spinster might not mind marrying a man without “any very ardent or romantic affection.”

It seems ironic and sad that America’s first gay president might have hailed from a state only recently begun to embrace its same-sex partners.

See more about Buchanan and King:

The House on F Street (

Ghost in the White House (