Surprise (Re-)Release! “Fringes”

I recently got back the rights to my erotic voyeuristic threesome BDSM sci-fi romance short story”Fringes,” so I’m re-releasing it! (Minor editing only, no substantive changes.) I’m also trying out KU, so it’s just at Amazon for now.

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Out on the edge of the universe, boundaries blur at the speed of life.

While checking an abandoned ship in the hopes of spare parts or rare luxuries, lovers Jace and Tal find a room that seems to have been made for them—it has built-in bondage table. They take advantage of the surprising find, but then the ship’s communications system crackles to life, and they discover they aren’t exactly alone. The ship’s owner, Cruz, offers them a deal: fix up the ship—and give him live sex shows now and then—and he’ll pay them for the privilege. But when their business agreement takes a turn for the personal, all three men end up getting more than they bargained for.

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(Previous publication August 2013 by Wilde City Press)

Currently writing: Heart & Soul, M/M novella (~61%)

Tongue & Groove Links

A quick post to put all the info for Tongue & Groove in one place for easy linking.:)


Sometimes home is what two hearts make of it.

After fifteen years on the road, rock singer Saul Wilder doesn’t know if he remembers how to stay in one place. While healing from a vocal cord injury, he decides to restore the cozy but neglected Atlanta home his grandmother left him. When home renovation specialist Perry Abrams arrives to assess the job, Saul’s on board with mixing business with a little pleasure. The sex is scorching hot, but the more they learn about each other, the deeper they fall emotionally as well. Trouble is, Saul’s a traveling man and Perry’s a homebody, so finding common ground to share could put the brakes on their relationship before it has a chance to get started.

Available August 29, 2016
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Tongue & Groove Cover & Preorders

Yesterday, the fabulous Joyfully Jay hosted the cover reveal for my next novella, Tongue & Groove. For those who missed out, take a gander at this:

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Once again by the amazing AngstyG! *pets the pretty*

Sometimes home is what two hearts make of it.

After fifteen years on the road, rock singer Saul Wilder doesn’t know if he remembers how to stay in one place. While healing from a vocal cord injury, he decides to restore the cozy but neglected Atlanta home his grandmother left him. When home renovation specialist Perry Abrams arrives to assess the job, Saul’s on board with mixing business with a little pleasure. The sex is scorching hot, but the more they learn about each other, the deeper they fall emotionally as well. Trouble is, Saul’s a traveling man and Perry’s a homebody, so finding common ground to share could put the brakes on their relationship before it has a chance to get started.

Tongue & Groove will release on August 29. Other buy links coming soon!

Preorder at Amazon
Add on Goodreads

Currently writing: Heart & Soul, M/M novella (~30%)

Cover Reveal This Week, and More!

First up: this coming Friday, July 15, Joyfully Jay will be hosting the cover reveal for my next novella, Tongue & Groove, which will release on August 29. The Amazon preorder link will go live this week, with other sites to follow.

Also, Inked Rainbow Reads gave Rhythm & Blues not one, but TWO great reviews. Check them out!

And finally, I have two stories that will be re-published over the next few months. I’ll be self-publishing my erotic BDSM sci-fi romance short “Fringes” in a few weeks (exact date TBD), and Dreamspinner Press will re-release my college-roommates-to-lovers novella Accidental Fall (formerly titled Accidental Love) on September 21. Look for cover art and buy links for both soon.

Currently writing: Heart & Soul, M/M novella (~23%)

Rhythm & Blues Release Week

Whew! It’s been a busy week. I visited several blogs for the release of Rhythm & Blues, and I’ve had several nice reviews.

Monday: At Joyfully Jay, I talked about my inspiration for Rhythm & Blues and the other novellas I have in the works and offered a brief exclusive excerpt.

Tuesday: For The Novel Approach, I wrote about working with the amazing AngstyG to create the gorgeous cover art for the novellas.

Thursday: At Love Bytes, I featured the two celebrities who inspired Pate and Ace, the main characters in the novella.

Saturday: For my Outside the Margins post at Prism Book Alliance, I gave a tongue-in-cheek overview of the self-publishing process.

I’ve also been grateful to receive a number of good reviews so far.:)

Joyfully Jay: “Two engaging, lovely characters, a miscommunication that is resolved quickly and believably, sweeping romance, and an all around feel good tale.”

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: “If you like sweet MM romances with a slow burn that ultimately leads to some smoking hot times, this one is for you.”

Hearts on Fire Reviews: “I liked that Pate realizes he loves dance but is firmly grounded in reality. That reality includes the renovation of the building for his dance studio.”

Three Books Over the Rainbow: “I believe the writer’s aim was to entertain and give the reader an enjoyable hour in fantasy land. She perfectly succeeded.”

Just Love Romance: “While the attraction between Pate and Ace was palpable from the beginning, I liked that they both focused on the project at hand and got to know each other before taking things further.”

Love Bytes: “I highly recommend you check this out, if like me you just need some good ol’ lovin to pick you up.”

Oh My Shelves: “This was a really light and sweet read from a new to me author.”

Huge thanks to everyone who’s bought Rhythm & Blues, and happy reading!

Currently writing: Heart & Soul, M/M novella (~17%)

Rhythm & Blues Links

A quick post to put all the info for Rhythm & Blues in one place for easy linking.:)


When life tears apart your dream, build a new one.

After a knee injury ended his career, Broadway dancer Pate Hawkins limped his way back from New York to Atlanta to implement Plan B: open a dance academy to train the next generation of song-and-dance dreamers. When model-gorgeous contractor Ace Samson answers his request for an estimate on renovating his studio space, Pate hits pay dirt in more ways than one. As construction gets underway, the red-hot attraction between the two men flares, and soon they develop a fledgling relationship. Then the siren song of the stage calls Pate back, and he has to choose between the dream he left behind and the new life he’s building—with his studio, and with Ace.

Available June 20, 2016
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Updates, We’ve Got Updates!

A quick check-in from the midst of the whirlwind. After a dayjob conference in Denver last week, I spent the weekend working on the next novella (due to my editor the first weekend in June) and helping get ready for the roomie’s (JP Barnaby’s) family to come visit. I’ll be spending this coming weekend in Orlando going to Disney, which cuts into my writing time by a lot, but considering I keep doing a lot of writing on airplanes (2,300 words on the flights to and from Denver), I should be able to make some progress anyway.

(For the record, the tentative release date for Tongue & Groove is August 29.)

Rhythm&Blues_webIn the meantime, I’ve sent the final proof corrections for Rhythm & Blues to the formatter. As soon as that’s done, I’ll get the files uploaded to AllRomance and Draft2Digital, so non-Amazon order links should start showing up soon. Less than a month until release now! (And thank you to those who have pre-ordered so far. <3)

I also have a tentative release date for my next Dreamspinner novella, Accidental Fall, which is a re-release of a former Amber Allure title. Look for that on September 21.

Still to come: a third M/M novella, and then probably an F/F one, if life cooperates. That’ll take me into early 2017, and we’ll see where things go from there.:)

Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~66%)

Rhythm & Blues Cover Art and Preorders

As you may have seen at Prism Book Alliance earlier today, the cover art for Rhythm & Blues is in the wild! And it’s a doozy, too. Just take a gander at this:

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Design is by the amazing AngstyG, and I adore it.

Here’s the blurb and links for the story:

When life tears apart your dream, build a new one.

After a knee injury ended his career, Broadway dancer Pate Hawkins limped his way back from New York to Atlanta to implement Plan B: open a dance academy to train the next generation of song-and-dance dreamers. When model-gorgeous contractor Ace Samson answers his request for an estimate on renovating his studio space, Pate hits pay dirt in more ways than one. As construction gets underway, the red-hot attraction between the two men flares, and soon they develop a fledgling relationship. Then the siren song of the stage calls Pate back, and he has to choose between the dream he left behind and the new life he’s building—with his studio, and with Ace.

Links:
Preorder at Amazon
Add to Goodreads shelf

More buy links coming soon!

Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~45%)

Gearing Up for Rhythm & Blues

Well, I’m committed to this thing now. ARCs for Rhythm & Blues have gone out (if you’re a blogger who didn’t hear from me about an ARC and you want one, you can fill out this form), and a cover reveal is set for a week from today (if you want to see the cover a day early, you can sign up for my mailing list here).

Rhythm & Blues releases on June 20, and you can preorder it right here.

I’M ONLY A LITTLE NERVOUS!

Ahem.

One thing I want to be sure everyone knows is that Rhythm & Blues is a standalone. It’s a 25,600-word contemporary romance novella, and yes, it most definitely has a happy ending. There will be at least three (possibly four) novellas in the set, but each will be a standalone, with no crossover between the individual stories.

I hope you all enjoy reading them as much as I’m enjoying writing them.:)

Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~43%)

RT16: A Quick-and-Dirty Recap

The biggest lesson I learned from my first trip to the RT Booklovers Convention? I need to work on my stamina. Holy WOW is it ever a marathon! Forgiveness in advance for any events or people I misremember here.:)

My week started late Sunday with a smooth flight into Las Vegas and a shuttle ride to the hotel. I got checked in easily and schlepped my much-too-heavy bags up to the room, unpacked just as much as necessary, and crashed, hard.

Grand Canyon

Monday morning, I was up early (if not all that bright) for a cab ride back to the airport with a chatty driver from Nigeria who warned me to watch out for crazy drivers if I drove in the city. (I didn’t, thankfully.) I met the fab Bru Baker, my roomie for the week, at baggage claim, and we hopped the shuttle to Enterprise to get our car. We ended up in a Camaro convertible, though thanks to rain, we never got to let the top down. After a stop at Jack in the Box for breakfast, we headed southwest toward Arizona and the Grand Canyon. That was a long, long drive that just seemed to get longer as we went. We finally arrived and got our chance to see the great big hole in the ground. And it is a BIG hole. (There were lots of jokes about that, yes. Also dusky pink rims.) Once we had our fill of the view and silly pictures, we headed back to Vegas to drop off the car. Another cab ride and we were back at the hotel, where we ordered late-night room service dinner and managed not to fall asleep in our food.

With Bru Baker at the Grand Canyon

Tuesday morning, we decided to take advantage of a rewards coupon I had for 2-for-1 lunch buffet at the Bellagio, which turned out to be delicious. The hotel is gorgeous, and I adore the Chihuly glass displays, but we made it a quick trip so we could get back for a panel on getting the most out of RT. Afterward, we headed back to the room to finish putting together swag for the various giveaways planned during the week and then went down to help set up for that night’s Cinema Craptastique. The movie was Abducted, starring Taylor Lautner (and his abs and eyebrows), and although the whole evening was funny and Damon Suede a hilarious host, the best part was that Bru got jumped on by a bunch of Lautner fangirls for making fun of him. (It was just a bad movie, okay?? Great supporting cast, but bad movie.)

Chihuly glass on the ceiling of the Bellagio lobby

With Kate McMurray and Christopher RiceWednesday, I slept in. We’re talking until nearly noon here, folks! Clearly I was exhausted. Once I woke up, and after briefly crashing Kate McMurray, Amy Lane, and Christopher Rice’s brunch at the Hash House A Go Go, I visited with various people (including the fabulous Robyn Carr) and then hit a couple of panels. First up was Writing F/F Sex for Romance and Erotica (aka the #ladybanging panel), where I got to meet Dahlia Alder and sat in a Vanessa North/Tamsen Parker sandwich (woot!). Great information on techniques and dos-and-don’ts for writing sex between women. After lunch, I chatted with Amy Jo With Amy Jo CousinsCousins for a while before her next panel, which was LGBTQ+: Characters and Stories in Changing Times. Another great discussion with the fabulous Amelia Vaughn from Riptide Publishing moderating. I finished off the afternoon with a get-together for the former Anything Goes Facebook group, where we talked crossover romance (that is, writing different types of pairings: m/m, m/f, f/f, etc.). A group of us decided to go to the Indian restaurant on site for dinner: me, Amy Jo, Tamsen, Vanessa, Karen Stivali, and Sasha Devlin. Loads of fun!

Thursday morning was the Dreamspinner reader party, for which I dropped off swag but couldn’t stay because I needed breakfast. I paid $9 for a small cup of coffee and a banana in the conference “snack bar,” which was the last time I bought anything there. At 11:15 was the panel on Crossing Over: Writing Straight and LGBTQ Romance, another great discussion with some favorite authors. I grabbed lunch from Starbucks and ate it back in the room before heading back out to visit with more people and then go to a panel at 4 on Reviews: How to Get Them, and What to Do with Them, featuring Jay from Joyfully Jay and the ladies of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. I took notes on that one! Dinner that night was with Bru, Brandon Witt, and Hunter Frost, finishing with some amazing apple pie with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce. OMG so good!

Fountain show at the BellagioFriday was another early day, kicking off with the Wheel of Romance. I helped hand out swag to the line and found a fan along the way who gushed over Sand & Water! (It’s still so weird to me to have fans, man.) Then I helped out along with other Dreamspinner authors while the featured authors gave away lots and lots of prizes. I spent the rest of the day hanging out and visiting with people, including drinks by the pool and lunch at the Guy Fieri restaurant in the hotel with Bru and Hunter, and then a group of us headed for the Strip. We had dinner at the Cosmopolitan buffet and came back by way of the Bellagio fountains, where we watched two “performances.” So pretty!

At the Giant Book FairThe final stretch of the marathon started Saturday morning with the Giant Book Fair. Brandon was a rock star, running around getting coffee and water and books for several of us who were signing. I got some new newsletter subscribers and signed for a few people, so that was awesome. Afterward, I joined a big group at Hash House for a late lunch, then headed back to the room to rest a bit. The final big event was the FAN-tastic Day Party, sponsored by Dreamspinner. I helped hand out raffle tickets, worked the room greeting people, and gave away a whole bunch of books, including clearing mine off the table and signing a bunch of them! I hung out with Janet Lee Nye for a bit afterward, and then it was off to bed with me. I had hoped to make it to the party that night, but I was wrung completely out by that point.

With Karen Stivali and Jacob FloresSunday was sleeping in, packing up, checking out, and hanging around the conference area until time to go to the airport. That’s when the only real bad luck of the week kicked in: the airport shuttle was late, so Bru and I took a cab to the airport, where the Delta baggage drop line was super-long. By the time I dropped my bags, walked a long way to security and got through, and took a tram to the concourse for my flight, my flight was half boarded. I managed to grab dinner from the Chili’s cold case and was in the last dozen people to get on the flight. But I did make it, got back home after midnight, and thanks to an amazing friend, got home and unloaded by around 1 a.m.

In summary: RT rocked, and I am already counting the days until next year’s, which is here on my home turf!