In my book GUYLINER, the use of guyliner is symbolic of Graham’s determination to be true to himself, to show the world he is not ashamed, and will not let others define him. Makeup doesn’t always have to be that meaningful, though. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it expresses a mood or a feeling. Sometimes it’s habit or expectation. But almost always it says something.
Which leads me to…
I want to know how you GUYLINER…
There are so many options! It’s not just for the guys, though. (Okay, yes, Guyliner by definition is eyeliner worn by males, but I want to see what the girls and the gender fluid/ gender non-conforming folks have going on, too!) Show me your smoky eyes, your punk rocker look, or your best out-on-the-town look!
Not a make-up person? Create a picture of how you would, if you could, guyliner. (See that? I’m using guyliner as a verb… I’m a rebel like that!) Graphic designs (please, only designs YOU create) will be entered into a separate contest pool, and the highest ranked image will receive a special prize!
How the contest works:
1. Share a picture of your best Guyliner look on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) with the #showmeyourguyliner tag from Monday, November 28- Friday, December 30.
2. Each day of the contest you can share a *unique* Guyliner look for a chance to win.
3. The more people who enter the contest, the more chances there are to win! Be sure to share!
4. A panel of 5 judges (not me!) will rank their favorites.
5. Prizes will be awarded to the top three favorites
a. 1st Place—An eye makeup kit, a $50 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of GUYLINER (paperback), and a digital (epub, pdf, or mobi format) copy of GUYLINER
b. 2nd Place—An eye makeup kit, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a digital (epub, pdf, or mobi format) copy of any of my books (Guyliner, Do-Gooder, Nobody’s Hero, Reckless Hope, Fight to forgive) or anthology to which I’ve contributed (Myth & Magic, Queer Fairy Tales or First Time for Everything)
c. 3rd Place—A $10 Amazon gift card and a digital (epub, pdf, or mobi format) copy of any of my books (Guyliner, Do-Gooder, Nobody’s Hero, Reckless Hope, Fight to forgive) or anthology to which I’ve contributed (Myth & Magic, Queer Fairy Tales or First Time for Everything)
6. For every 100 entrants, additional winners will be chosen. Prize for additional winners will be: a digital (epub, pdf, or mobi format) copy of any of my books (Guyliner, Do-Gooder, Nobody’s Hero, Reckless Hope, Fight to forgive) or anthology to which I’ve contributed (Myth & Magic, Queer Fairy Tales or First Time for Everything)
7. Winners will be notified, and the winning images showcased on social media and on www.jleighbailey.net , the week of January 8, 2017
Meet the Final Judges...
Jay runs Joyfully Jay, a m/m romance reviews and more blog
Brandilyn runs Prism Book Alliance, a multi-reviewer blog celebrating LGBTQ+ literature
Bobbi Dumas is a reviewer for Kirkus, NPR, and The Huffington Post, as well as creator of the annual Read-A-Romance Month
Seventeen-year-old Connor works his butt off to maintain the golden-boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop… every detail specifically chosen to ensure the college scholarships he needs to get the hell out of the Podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, an eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom from St. Louis, who makes him question his goals and his sexuality. Sure, he’s noticed good-looking boys before—that doesn’t have to mean anything, right?—but he’s got a girlfriend. There’s no room on the agenda for hooking up with Graham, but the heart doesn’t always follow the rules.
As he and Graham grow close, other aspects of Connor’s life fall apart. Family pressure, bad luck, and rumors threaten to derail his carefully laid plans. Suddenly the future he’s fighting for doesn’t seem quite as alluring, especially if he has to deny who he really is to achieve it.