we had to make a small switch, so today you will meet the amazing Helena Stone, get to read about the expectations of a convention virgin and why she decided to join the Euro Pride Con in Munich on July 11th and 12th this year in Munich. You will also be able to get info on her and Jaycee Edward’s upcoming book ‘Strangers in the Night’ and I hope you will enjoy meeting this brand-new author, support her and consider coming to Euro Pride Con as well. Tickets are still available and we have an amazing mix of new and well-established authors from all over the world as well as like-minded readers, and awesome publishers in this geners looking for new authors and readers for the wonderful books they bring out for us.
Among all commenters of this tour, we will randomly draw one winner for a $25 voucher to a book retailer of their choice 🙂
Now, without further ado, … MEET HELENA STONE!
When Marc Fleischhauer asked me to write a post about going to the Euro Pride Conference in Munich in July, I thought ‘sure, I can do that’. He suggested I might want to write about why I decided to go to the Conference and why I think cons are a good idea, and suddenly I wasn’t so sure it would be an easy piece to write anymore.
The thing is this will be a new experience for me. I mean, not only am I new to being a published author, I’ve never been to a con as a reader either. So it’s safe to say I only have the vaguest of ideas what to expect and what I’m writing about right now.
That’s not to say I’m not incredibly excited about going. I’ve been writing for just under a year and a half now, and during that time I’ve met and befriended a host of amazing people – both readers and authors – on Facebook and other social media. The level of support, the encouragement and assistance I’ve received since I started on this journey has been overwhelming and heart-warming, and travelling to Munich this summer means I’ll be able to meet some of these generous people in person.
Of course it’s not just about meeting colleagues – so to speak. The conference will also give me the opportunity to interact with readers. Some of them may have already read the story my co-writer and I wrote and others may decide to do so – or not of course – as a result of meeting me there. And that’s where it gets scary. Not just because those readers will be able to tell me, face to face, what they thought about the book, but also because I’m at best awkward in social situations. And I’ll have to do it on my own – where’s Jaycee Edward when I need her?
But, and now we’re back to the positives, every time my doubts threaten to overwhelm me and I start to second guess my decision to go, one or more authors speak up and assure me that it won’t be anywhere near as scary as I imagine it might be, and that they will be there to hold my hand or drag me out of the corner I’m hiding in.
As much as the idea of meeting a large number of people I only know through internet interactions in real life scares me, I’m looking forward to the opportunity this conference will give me to learn more about writing and everything related to it. Looking at the list of suggested panels, I find myself spoiled for choice. For example, now that I have actually co-written a story as well as plotted one my own I am very curious about how other authors work together. An introduction to BDSM fascinates me because it features in my stories and I would like to compare my perspective to that of others. And I have no doubt I could do with information about social media and advice on how to best use them. And those are only three of the suggested panels, the other topics mentioned sound at least as interesting.
So, while I may be scared about going to this conference on my own, I’m far more excited about the opportunities it offers me. Apart from everything I mentioned above, it will be interesting to see how much of the German I learned in school I managed to retain.
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT by Jaycee Edward & Helena Stone
Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.
Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
Helena Stone can be found in the following places:
Jaycee Edward is no longer seventeen years old but don’t tell her that. She’s actually a tad older and lives in northeast Ohio with her handsome husband and one, big gorgeous dog. She has two grown stepdaughters and is proud to be the ultra-cool Nana to two amazingly incredible grand-teens.
Jaycee loves pistol shooting and is has earned her Bar 7 Sharpshooter status in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and hopes to someday reach the level of Expert Marksman. She is the token liberal and constant source of fascination to the other members at her gun range.
Jaycee knows way too much about the inner workings of Walt Disney World and anything related to One Direction.
She’d love to pull you into the rabbit hole with her. All you have to do is ask.
Find her there or contact her through social media.
Here is the revised schedule for Week One ❤
TODAY: Helena Stone (Author) on Rainbow Gold Reviews.
March 3rd: Susan Mac Nicol (Author) on The Novel Approach.
March 4th: Antonio Rodriguez (Gay Erotic Photographer and Author) on Rainbow Gold Reviews.
March 5th: Morticia Knight (Author) on The Novel Approach.
March 6th: Monika De Giorgi (Author and Reviewer) on Rainbow Gold Reviews.
March 7th: Kaje Harper (Author) on Rainbow Gold Reviews.
March 8th: Marc Fleischhauer (Euro Pride Con Organizer and LGBT Blog Owner) on Love Bytes.