Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pick Up

Written by Ken Murphy

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My new short story Pick Up is now available on Amazon, and it has a great five star review. Purchase link is below.

Chaz Henderson has an itch to scratch. His partner, Michael is not home, so Chaz decides he needs an evening out on the town. And there’s never a shortage of available and agreeable men in Atlanta. Imagine his surprise when he wanders into a neighborhood bar and stumbles upon a cowboy.

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Atlanta Gay Pride 2013

Written by Ken Murphy

Greetings Everyone!

This past weekend, October 11th, 12th and 13th was the 43rd Annual Atlanta Gay Pride Celebration. People came from all over to partake in the festivities honoring the diversity of the LGBT Community. While I didn’t get to attend every event that I wanted to, I was able to get to several of them.

First, I’ll just go on and get it out of the way. Saturday, I got to see Steve Grand. Y’all know I’m a fan. He sure is easy on the eyes, and ears. And there he was, up on the Coca Cola Stage, only about 20 feet away from where I stood. That’s probably as close as I could get without getting myself in trouble. Seriously, the man gave a good performance. And he seems like a really sweet guy. I hope he continues to do well.

The vendors and booths set up in the park this year were incredible. I wish I had an official count of the number. I think we had more than ever before. Pretty much anything you can imagine was there. One vendor, in full drag, was selling Tupperware. Of course there were several merchants selling underwear. If only I looked like the models when I wore those briefs. Even Macy’s had a booth.

Of course the pinnacle of the weekend is the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday. Thanks to some wonderful friends, I was able to enjoy the parade from a great location on Peachtree, and still have access to amenities and libations. The parade lasted for a couple of hours, the largest one to date. I know we have never had so many churches and other religious organizations marching and riding floats in the procession. The news last night reported that more than one hundred thousand people attended the parade. Judging by the crowds, I believe it.

This whole weekend was so inspiring and energizing. To see the love and support that Atlanta, and the world, showered down on the LGBT Community was absolutely breath-taking. It truly gives me hope for a brighter day. I was able to share my joy with dozens of my best friends, including some I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. And I made some new friends. All in all, it was a perfect weekend.

Hugs,

Ken (for those that don’t know, that’s me on the right. Beside me is my partner, Andy)

Ken and Andy Pride 2013

Good Morning!!

Written by Ken Murphy

Good Morning Beautiful People!

Y’all know me, I’m bad. I don’t mean to be, but I am. I try to do better at posting updates, but I get distracted. In all fairness, I have been fairly busy with work, writing, exercise, and the myriad of other things that make me wish I could squeeze 25 or 26 hours out of each day. And it’s not going to get any less hectic for a while. But it’s all good stuff.

This weekend is the 43rd annual Atlanta Gay Pride Celebration. All three days are chocked full of fun events and I will be attending several. Sunday is the Atlanta Pride Parade, one of the largest and oldest in the nation. I always look forward to the floats, bands, and marchers. Of course there are lots of parties going on all weekend, so it’s a good thing I’ll have Monday to rest up.

Next week is the GayRomLit Retreat. It will be my first time attending, and I’m so glad it will be right here in Atlanta. For those who aren’t familiar with GayRomLit or GRL for short, it is an annual retreat that brings together the people who create and celebrate LGBT Romance. Translated, that means a large gathering of writers and readers who love LGBT Romance. I am so excited to meet in person some of the people I know only through their works or social media. And there will be few friends I’ve met, but haven’t seen in a while. But again, y’all know me. If I haven’t seen you in a day or two, it’s been too long.

I am especially excited about the Writer’s Workshop that will start out my GRL week on Wednesday. As a young (don’t laugh) writer, I have so much to learn. And there are some really amazing folks scheduled to present. I hope I’m not too star-struck to pay attention. Seriously, these people are some of the best-loved authors of gay romance, and I am eager to hear what they have to say.

As far as my writing goes, I have a few things in the works. Sharing Heart, the sequel to Stubborn Heart, has been contracted and is scheduled for release in April 2014. Yeah, I know; that seems like forever away. Even so, I’m very pleased to be able to share with you more of Trevor’s and Mark’s story.

I recently submitted another novel, Cameron and Early, to a publisher for consideration. It is a very different story than Stubborn Heart, but one no less dear to me (and hopefully to you as well one day). Cameron and Early are the epitome of the odd couple. Cameron is level headed; Early flies off the handle at the drop of a hat. Cameron is gay; Early is straight. In spite of their differences, the two men forge a friendship that forever changes both their lives.

While both novels are coming in the not too soon future, I am planning to give you a little something to tide you over. I am finishing up a short story, Pick Up, which will be coming soon. I think it is a cute tale and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. All I’ll say right now is that the main character, Chaz, is feeling frisky and decided he needs a night on the town.

So there you have it, my friends, you’re all caught up on me for right now. I promise to try and be better about providing regular updates. Feel free to hit me on top of the head if I neglect you. Oh, and please leave a comment as well, if you like. It lets me know you read the post, and tells me what you think about it. That will help me be more in tune with what you want from me. If you have problems leaving a comment, shoot me an email at kenmurphy851@att.net

Hugs,

Ken