Regarding Pima County and where I’ve been all this time (hint: not in Pima County)

So, I’ve just discovered that my second book, Following Grandpa Jess, is available to borrow from the Pima County Public Library in Pima County, Arizona:

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Pima County Library: Following Grandpa Jess

It’s not available in Chicago, sadly, or anywhere else that I’m aware of, but Pima County residents, enjoy!

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In other news, regarding my lengthy and unexplained absence from the interwebs, I’m afraid I’ve been somewhat distracted as of late due to (a) getting a new job, and (b) finally beginning to completely bankrupt myself pursue my MFA in Creative Writing. The good news is that both endeavors are going well (though the compensation received for one in no way makes up for the bottomless pit of debt the other is going to plunge me into), but the bad news is that I’m sadly left with very little time or brain for the composing of blog posts, hence my silence in recent months.

I’ll do my best to pop in from time to time and offer up rambling and borderline incoherent gif-filled posts, so you can at the very least look forward to that. I’ve also been doing a lot of work on Chosen as of late, and I remain confident that it may be ready for publication at some point between today and the end of time, space, life, the universe, and everything. So. More things to look forward to.

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Right. So. On that note, I must return to my teacherly duties. Wishing you all a pleasant first day of September, and I hope our paths will cross again~*~*~*~*~

 

At last, a use for all your unwanted wads of cash.

I know what you’re thinking: I’m in desperate need of something good to read, and on an entirely unrelated note, I have all these great heaps of extra cash cluttering up my home. Whatever am I to do?

Well, salvation is at hand, my friends.

June is Pride Month, as it happens, and what better way to celebrate than by using your unwanted wads of cash to buy some quality gay fiction written by yours truly?

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(Click any of the above images to go to the books’ respective Amazon pages.)

All proceeds go toward helping me pay my rent and keeping Benny happily chowing down on his favorite flavors of Fancy Feast – a most worthy cause indeed.

And if you need further incentive, head over to my Books page for samples and reviews of the books in question. Or you could check out this absolutely-real-and-not-in-any-way-just-a-gif-from-the-internet footage of a Wee Child reading one of my books:

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(Limited Edition Choo-Choo Train cover no longer available.)

In other news: As for the very important question of what I’ve been doing lately, my primary pastimes as of late have been teaching, working on Chosen, eating too much freshly baked bread from the bakery down the street, and then teaching some more and working on Chosen some more.

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I’ve actually been making a lot of progress writing-wise, and have even reached the point where the two main characters of Chosen have their first conversation.

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…Twelve chapters into the story. But seriously, it’s worth the wait. Or it will be once I actually get the scene finished. But it’s going very well so far, full of awkwardness and defensiveness and random bits of genuinely liking each other, plus the usual sarcasm and snarkiness from Kaine.

Actually, I’ve been realizing something through the writing of Chosen – I strive to be like Kaine’s mentor, Mr. Defrin, calm and patient and always willing to give humanity the benefit of the doubt. But in reality, I’m 100% Kaine, defensive and socially awkward and sure the Universe is about to dump a torrential rainstorm of badness on everything good in my life.

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Yeah. We both have some issues we need to work through.

Anyway, I’m very much enjoying my work on Chosen, the story is progressing, and aside from the giant pile of unwashed dishes that’s been slowly gathering mold in my sink, all is well.

Annnnd it’s well past my Old Lady Bedtime of 9:30, so I’ll just finish waving my stick at the kids playing rock music on my lawn and then head off to bed. Someday I will return, and perhaps on that day, I’ll have something even remotely noteworthy to say on this blog.

But today is not that day.  Good night, friends~~

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FGJ at Rainbow Reviews

Following Grandpa Jess300 dpiFor any interested parties, you can read a review of my book, Following Grandpa Jess, over at Rainbow Reviews:  http://www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/following-grandpa-jess-by-tj-baer-at-bold-strokes-books

A quote from the review, which was written by Lena Grey:

“A big part of the appeal of this book is its down-to-earth approach to family life. The writing is excellent and engaging without being sappy or over-the top. There aren’t any gigantic, earth-shattering events, but there are several that are, nonetheless, important milestones for Jess’s family unity. Each character is a piece of the familial puzzle which, even at best, may not fit together perfectly, but those whose greater purpose is brought into better focus with a lot of love, honesty, and introspection, all of which is achieved by remembering to follow the example left by Grandpa Jess. I recommend this heartwarming, emotional story to everyone who wants a good, thoughtful read, one which also reminds us of the importance of family love.”

News of the good variety

Just wanted to share the (somewhat belated) news that Following Grandpa Jess recently hit the bestseller list over at allromanceebooks.com. Huzzah!

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The book was also recently featured over on Reviews by Jessewave, and if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to buy it, you can find a variety of thoughts on the book on Amazon and Goodreads.

I would write more, but my brain has turned to mid-afternoon mush and I can’t seem to string together a sentence that sounds even remotely print-worthy. THUS! I bid you adieu for now.

Adieu.

/reduction of caffeine not going well

Following Grandpa Jess: Now available!

Great news, folks: My new novel, Following Grandpa Jess, is now available for purchase on the Bold Strokes Books web site!

Buying a copy is quick and easy, and they have every variety of eBook you could possibly want. And it’s only $4.99! Go forth and buy it, my friends~!

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Following Grandpa Jess, by T.J. Baer

Jess Madison has problems. His aging parents seem hell-bent on belittling him in new and increasingly infuriating ways, he’s fallen for his best—and, unfortunately, heterosexual—friend David, and his grandmother has recently taken to climbing out on her roof in hopes of contacting the spirit of her late husband, the much-beloved Grandpa Jess.

All Jess wants to do is live his life and feed his goldfish in peace, but instead he finds himself at the heart of a familial clash that seems ready to tear his family apart. With the help of his two younger brothers, uber-manly AJ and lovably weird Thomas, Jess sets out to reconcile his family, keep Grandma off the roof, and sort out the mess his life has become—with just a little help from Grandpa Jess.

Author: TJ Baer
Price: $4.99
Pub Date: July 2013
ISBN 13: 9781626390263E

Get your copy here: http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/products.php?product=Following-Grandpa-Jess-%252d-by-TJ-Baer-eBook

To read a sample of the book, venture below:

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Coming soon to an internet near you…

As this is meant to be my Official Author Web Site (TM), it occurs to me that it may be a good idea to actually include information about my writing.  THUS!

Some info on my second novel, coming out this summer as an eBook via Bold Strokes Books:

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Jess Madison has problems. His aging parents seem hell-bent on belittling him in new and increasingly infuriating ways, he’s fallen for his best—and, unfortunately, heterosexual—friend David, and his grandmother has recently taken to climbing out on her roof in hopes of contacting the spirit of her late husband, the much-beloved Grandpa Jess.

All Jess wants to do is live his life and feed his goldfish in peace, but instead he finds himself at the heart of a familial clash that seems ready to tear his family apart. With the help of his two younger brothers, uber-manly AJ and lovably weird Thomas, Jess sets out to reconcile his family, keep Grandma off the roof, and sort out the mess his life has become—with just a little help from Grandpa Jess.


Coming in July 2013, probably maybe almost certainly. 
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