A bit about me
My name is Dale Cameron Lowry and I love writing romance and erotica, sci fi and fairy tales, slice-of-life contemporary fiction, and some things that just aren’t easy to categorize. Immigrants and emigrants show up a lot in my work, as do people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who, like me, spend their lives navigating multiple cultures.
My childhood was split between Europe and the United States, and I spoke three languages by the time I was seven (one of which I’ve almost completely forgotten by now).
I lived in the Netherlands for three years, having moved there just 35 years after the Nazi occupation ended. My teachers and neighbors all had memories of World War II. On school and family outings we visited houses with secret rooms where families had provided refuge to Jews as they sought to escape Occupied Europe. Every summer, we would drive through northern Germany to see my cousins, and my mom would announce the sites of former concentration camps we passed along the way.
These experiences made a lasting impression on me.
Help for Gay Chechens
Earlier this month, when the news started coming out of Chechnya about the organized police campaign of torture, imprisonment and murder being conducted against men perceived to be gay, I felt compelled to act. But what could I do from the other side of the world?
I decided to start by setting aside some of the proceeds from my recently released anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love for the Russian LGBT Network, the main organization working to help vulnerable Chechens get to safety. Then I started asking other writers if they could do the same.
Over the next week or so, the idea grew into an effort that now includes more than two dozen writers, publishers, and other book people. We call ourselves Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens and, through royalties, other donations, and an online charity auction to be held May 5–12, we’re helping to make a difference.
Through May 12, I’m earmarking 75% of the proceeds from Falling Hard to the Russian LGBT Network. I hope you’ll check it out, as well as the other offerings by my fellow authors and book people. You can find a current list at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.
Also, if you become my patron on Patreon, your first month’s pledge will go to the Russian LGBT Network or Rainbow Railroad—whether you pledge $1 or $50. And you get all the benefits of being a patron, including patron-only stories. Sign up now to be part of my May 2 contribution!
Rainbow Snippets is a fun project for sharing excerpts from your own or others’ stories about queer/LGBTQIA characters. I try to take part in it every Saturday. The goal is to share six sentences or lines—one for each stripe on the rainbow flag. Today, I am sharing from Love Unmasked, my lighthearted romance about Aaron, a gay man who’s been unlucky in love because he occasionally turns into a raccoon. Everyone in his world knows about shifters, and while they swoon over guys who transform into cheetahs and panthers, they’re unimpressed by trash-digging varmints. Including Aaron’s ex-boyfriend.
These six sentences open the story:
“LAST NIGHT the New York City Council approved funding for a state-of-the-art respite facility for werewolves and other predatory shifters. Featuring roomy indoor-outdoor enclosures where transformed shifters can exercise their need to roam and hunt without the threat of potentially dangerous encounters with normals, the design for the new facility has been hailed by the Alliance for Werewolf Rights and the Bearpeople Network as a humane alternative to the overcrowded night cages currently in use at the—”
“Spoiled brats,” Aaron Loreto muttered to himself as he closed his browser. He shouldn’t be watching the news, anyway. He’d come to the coffee shop to get work done, not to click on every link in the #shifter tags on Twitter and Tumblr, which was exactly what he’d been doing for the past—how long had he been here, exactly? He looked at the clock in the upper corner of his computer screen.
Find more Rainbow Snippets on the Rainbow Snippets Facebook page or by looking for #rainbowsnippets and #rainbowsnippet on twitter. It’s a great way to discover new authors. And feel to free to browse other story snippets I’ve posted on my blog.
More about the hop
Check out the full list of blog hop participants on Facebook. There are so many great giveaways in this hop!
To start at the beginning of the hop, go here: Show some love for M/M Books
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!
About Rainbow Snippets
Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group and meme for sharing excerpts from your own or others’ stories about queer/LGBTQIA characters. The goal is to share six or so lines—one for each stripe on the rainbow flag. (Most rainbow flags have six stripes, but there are variations with up to nine, so participants have some leeway with the exact number.)