Welcome to Companion Publications!

What's new....

December 5, 2014

Exciting news! To Love Free, my first release under my new imprint, Companion Publications, is now available at all third-party retailer websites for e-book sales and on Amazon and Bella Distribution for print copies. You can find the synopsis with the other "Available Now" books. The rest of my backlist is also available in e-book at all third-party retailer websites, as well as Amazon and Bella Distribution. If you click on the covers to your right, they'll take you directly to Amazon for purchase. I am slowly but surely getting the rest of my titles in print format. Playing for First should be available very soon, followed shortly by all four other titles.

I've received some great reviews for To Love Free. I've included an excerpt from Curve Magazine under "Reviews" on my website. I hope you check it out.

It was a big decision to make to go indie, but after much discussion with my wife, Phyllis, and giving it much thought, we decided now was the time to do so. I'll never forget the time I spent with Blue Feather Books, my publishers, Emily Reed and Jane Vollbrecht, and the friendships I made with the other authors. Thankfully, those friendships are still strong.

Thank you to all who didn't miss a beat and followed me into my indie publishing venture. Your support means the world to me.

The next book due out will be the third in the Playing For First series, From Third to Home. I believe this will be the last in the series, but I won't know until I get further in my writing. I'll let the characters dictate where they'd like the story to go.

Stay tuned for more exciting news in the coming months! Phyllis and I are working on getting merchandise that showcases the Companion Publications logo.


In case you're wondering, yes, that's Buddy! I drew the picture from his photo--of course, he didn't sit still for the glasses. I added those and the books later. lol

Look for some sales on my romance titles coming shortly! Happy Holidays!

March 30, 2014

I'm excited to say that I'll be at the Lone Star Lesfic Festival held in Austin, Texas, at Nature's Treasures, 4103 North I-35, beginning at 10:30 AM. There'll be lots of your favorite authors with panel discussions, book readings, and signings. And it's FREE!! Hope to see y'all there! (I can say "y'all" since it's in Texas!) In other news, I am almost finished with my first draft of my next release, a romance, To Love Free. More on that as it gets closer to release, which will hopefully be in late June. I'll keep you posted!

May 15, 2013

For those in the Chicago area, I'll be reading at the Center on Halsted with other fellow Lammy-nominated authors on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The Center on Halsted is located at 3656 North Halsted. It should be a fun evening. Hope to see you there! (Please note this is an updated locale for the reading!)

April 25, 2013

I had the pleasure of joining Liz McMullen on her "Lizzie Bedtime Stories" Show Wednesday night. We had a blast chit-chatting about my next release, And a Time To Dance. Check out the YouTube presentation where you can hear me read two excerpts from the book. Enjoy!

April 23, 2013

I'm happy to report that my latest novel, And a Time to Dance, is now in the hands of my editor, Nann Dunne. This is the nervous time for an author where you question what your editor will find. You feel you've written a good book, but you know the ultimate test is what your editor thinks. I look forward to her suggestions and comments, as well as seeing the marked-up copy. Nann was my editor for my last release, Survived by Her Longtime Companion. And a Time to Dance should be out late May/early June 2013.

I'm extremely pleased to announce that Survived by Her Longtime Companion was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award in the Romance category. When I opened the email from Emily Reed, my publisher, who informed me and my fellow Blue Feather authors and friends Kieran York (Romance) and Kelly Sinclair (Speculative Fiction) that we were shortlisted, I screamed, "OH MY GOD!" It was around 6:00 AM and poor Phyllis was still in bed. Needless to say, I scared the crap out of her, plus caused Buddy, our beagle, to bark. I was so excited, I couldn't even get my words together to make a coherent sentence to tell Phyllis I was shortlisted. lol I'm so happy for Kieran and Kelly, too! What a wonderful accomplishment for Em and Blue Feather Books.

June will be a busy month for Phyllis and me as we travel for the Lambda Literary Awards on June 4, held in New York City and in June, we'll fly down to Dallas for the Golden Crown Literary Society's annual conference. Survived by Her Longtime Companion was also shortlisted for the Ann Bannon Reader's Choice Award, given out each year at the awards ceremony. More on the GCLS as the date approaches.

I'm available for book clubs and readings!

If any of you has an active book club in your city, I'm available to either talk to you via Skype or travel to your book club meeting to discuss and read from my books. Just click on "Contact Me" in the menu and shoot me an email! I'd love to visit, either via webcam or in person.

Navigating the site....

You can order my novels by visiting my Author Page at Amazon. You can also order all of my titles through Bella Distribution, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. To support one of the last feminist bookstores in the country, please order the books through Charis Books in More, located in Atlanta, Georgia. You can find a synopsis, as well as an excerpt, of each book by clicking on the corresponding menu button.

You can find my bio under "About Me." Be sure to visit My Blog.

I'll try to visit frequently. Drop me a line to let me know what you think of the website and the excerpts, but especially the books! You can either click the "Contact Me" button to the left or the childhood photo in the upper right hand corner of the header.

Thanks for visiting and come back again!








Chris Paynter