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New Award. New Cover.

With the win of my third award, my publisher decided it was time for a fresh new cover on, The View From a Rusty Train Car. I absolutely love it? How about you guys?


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Win Books/Plays!!! For Real!

So my awesome publishers have come up with an amazing promo! Join in, share with family and friends, and WIN, WIN, WIN! I know the answer, but I am not going to share no matter what is offered.

Anyway, go here: http://www.writersamuseme.com/

Go to “New Slogan Conest”. Best of luck to all of you!!

Here’s the official Press Release.


Writers AMuse Me is thrilled to announce the opening of their US division, located in sunny, beautiful Bemidji, Minnesota! It’s a big step for us, to be in two countries, so we wanted to celebrate by showing off our incredibly talented authors and playwrights, and by giving away some free books.

To celebrate the growth of Writers AMuse Me, and the opening of our US location, we invite you to participate in the revealing of our new corporate slogan!

Visit all our authors’ websites and/or blogs and search for the blue letter hidden there. You will know them when you see them. When you have them all, unscramble the letters to form our new corporate slogan, send in your answer to darens@writersamuseme.com along with the WAMM book (1 book or 2 plays) you would like to read, in what digital format you would like and the address we can emailto. If you are one of the first one hundred to get the slogan correct, we will send you the free e-copy/copies. All correct entries will then be put in a draw to win an additional three novels and three plays of their choice, in the format of their choice, including print.

Be sure to use all the letters collected. Some are duplicated because they show up more than once in the answer.

Only one free book per person, other than for the Grand Prize winner.

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New Award and BEA 2014

It all still amazes me. When I started out as a writer the biggest accomplishment I could’ve ever hoped for was to be published. When that happened, it was one of the most amazing moments of my life.

Now two years later, the book has won awards. This past month it won its third. Completely out of nowhere. All the same feelings came back. It was just like I’d won the first. Its a feeling I can’t explain. It never gets old.

NIEA Award



Winning the awards gave me the opportunity to sign at the Book Expo of America 2014 in New York City. I still can’t find the words to explain the emotions. So instead, please enjoy my favorites from the BEA and from the trip to New York that I got to spend with my fiance, Steve, and one of my dearest friends, Vicki. Not to mention I FINALLY got to meet Paula (WAMM Editor) in person which was a thrill! I hope you enjoy.

BEA Signing 2 BEA Signing 3  BEA Signing Paula Bea Signing IMG_20140528_120741599 IMG_20140528_124420897 IMG_20140529_100918649 IMG_20140529_123301857_HDR IMG_20140529_194827868 IMG_20140529_210632099_HDR IMG_20140530_103119502 IMG_20140531_112920286


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And the Winners Are…

Thank you, everyone, for stoping by during the blog hop and for all of your wonderful comments!

And the winners are…

Lee Todd


Anastasia Vitsky!

Congratulations to you both!



Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia


I am honored once again to be part of this great and important blog hop. We, as GLBTQ people, have made some amazing strides on the national and state levels. I never guessed even a couple years ago that my state, the state of Minnesota, has marriage equality. It’s been an incredible ride and I get to celebrate by getting married this fall to my partner, Steve.

While there have been a lot accomplished we still have much to do. There are laws to change, attitudes to soften, and people to educate. Each of us do that on daily baisis whether we realize it or not by living a free and proud life. We have the chance to support each other and those who still live in fear by being an example or being there to listen. I am incredibly blessed to have been able to write a book, The View From a Rusty Train Car and a play, Once… and Again (Writers AMuse Me Publisto bring some attention to GLBTQ issues to the national stage in some small way. Everything we do counts.

Celebrate the wonderful diversity of our world and celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/. As part of the celebration I’m giving away two digital copies of my book, The View From a Rusty Train Car. The winners will be picked randomly from whomever replies to this post. Contest ends May 27th, 2014. Winners will be announced June 2nd.

There are many places to visit and incredible people to meet on this hop! Please find the complete list here: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/.

Thank you so much for stopping by and keep up the great work on the path to equality and the destruction of homophobia and transphobia. Stay strong and always choose love!


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A New Chapter for Writers AMuse Me Publishing… and me.


It’s here! It’s here!

The fabulous people at WAMM are doing it again! Starting tomorrow (April 1st, 2014) they will begin publishing and representing plays! I’ve had the pleasure of reading all of them and I can tell you there is some amazing talent with some amazing works! I hope you can take the time to check them all out at the website!

Its a new chapter for me because my play is among them the ones coming out tomorrow! Here’s the cover with the blurb. Hope you get a chance to read it. If you’ve never read a play, you’re missing out! They are one of my favorite things to read!

ImageA Play in two acts from award winning writer, DeeJay Arens. Matthew Brendt wants Toby Gates to love him. Toby walks the walk, most of the time, behind closed doors – when he isn’t barking orders at Matthew. When Toby has to leave their get-away weekend early to tend to the demands of a very needy diva in his upcoming play, Matthew stays behind, promising to catch up with Toby the next day. When his former lover Travis, happens to stumble into the cabin, they discover a shared yearning for better relationships. Old feelings awaken, causing both men to ponder a new life together. Plans are laid to meet up again in six months in the same place. While the life Travis offers may come with more passion, Travis has a wife and children he won’t give up. Matthew would again be kept in the shadows, stealing moments, equally a ‘kept man’. Will he jump out of the frying pan and into the fire?

M-3, F-1    Two Acts


Thanks for stopping by and to my fellow playwrights, “Break a Leg” and much success!

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The Plays the Thing!

Once... and Again

Its almost time. I can hardly believe it. Next month my publisher, Writers AMuse Me Publishing, throws open the doors for their play publishing and mine is one among the first!

I am joined by some amazing and talented playwrights and I am honored to included with them. Have a sneak peek at the plays coming out next month here and click on the link for either Full Length or One Act. Musicals to come soon!

For a direct link to information about my play, visit the Once…and Again page!