Short Short Story Sale at Dreamspinner

Today only, Dreamspinner has all short stories on sale for just 99 cents! Great time to pick up any of mine you’ve missed, including two holiday-themed stories. Sale ends at midnight, so get shopping!

“Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters”
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How many chances does a man get before it’s too late? When Guy staggers home after a raucous Christmas Eve with his closest friends, he’s visited by a spirit who looks suspiciously like Teddy, the friend Guy’s secretly crushing on. Can Guy learn the lessons of the past—and make the right choices in the present—so his future will be less about one night and more about forever?

“Sharing Christmas”
Dreamspinner Press
Christmas looks to be a bust for Rick, who’s stuck covering the office over the holiday. But when his neighbor, Steven, invites him to join some residents in their apartment complex who put together gift bags to distribute at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day, Rick decides to join them and finds an unexpected holiday gift: a new love interest.

“Chicago”
Dreamspinner Press
Darren Lowell and Nathan Thomas are at loose ends in the Windy City. A chance meeting in a hotel lobby that progresses into a spectacular night will make Chicago a whole lot more interesting for them both. Chicago may not just be a brief stop on their journeys—it could be the starting point for a passionate new future.

“The Cabin on the Hill”
Dreamspinner Press
Jesse hadn’t planned for anything more than a break from the noise and heat of Atlanta when he returned to the cabin he rented each year in the Smoky Mountains—but that was before he met Eli, the handsome man renting the other side of the cabin. Eli’s plans to mix a little hiking with his relaxation match Jesse’s perfectly, and before long the two men are sharing more than just a wall and a view. Jesse’s not one to let an opportunity like this pass him by, though it remains to be seen whether the weekend encounter can turn into something more permanent.

 

12 Days of Charity

12daysgraphicEvery year, I highlight a dozen (or more) charities during the first 12 days of December, both here and on Twitter. I usually choose a range of different organizations to feature, but as a result of the events of the past month, my list of charities for 2016 is a bit different.

This time, I’ve deliberately focused on organizations in the United States (though some are also international) that are working for social justice and civil rights, as well as those supporting marginalized groups. If anyone’s going to need the help the next few years, it’s going to be them.

With that in mind, I’ve already made my donations to each group. It might not be much, but every bit helps. I haven’t gone into my usual detail on each group, but there are links so you can check them out and donate as you’re able.

Day 1: The American Civil Liberties Union

Day 2: The Southern Poverty Law Center

Day 3: Trans Lifeline

Day 4: Bills of Rights Defense Committee & Defending Dissent Foundation

Day 5: National Immigration Law Center

Day 6: The Center for Media Justice

Day 7: League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote

Day 8: Transgender Law Center

Day 9: Electronic Frontier Foundation and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Day 10: Lambda Legal

Day 11: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP)

Day 12: Brennan Center for Justice

Cyber Monday Sales and Holiday Reads

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It’s Cyber Monday sale time! Today only, get a 50% rebate on any of my titles at All Romance. That means you can buy any two of my self-published novellas and then use the rebate to pay for the third one!

Links:
Rhythm & Blues
Tongue & Groove
Heart & Soul
All Titles

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Over at the Dreamspinner website, you can get 35% off any ebook through today. All of my Dreamspinner titles are discounted, including two Christmas stories that are available only on the Dreamspinner website.

Links:
“Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters”
“Sharing Christmas”
All Titles

InFromtheCold_CoversmallButtBabesInBoyland_coverAs a reminder, my holiday short story “In from the Cold” is available at Amazon, either to buy or to read for free as part of Kindle Unlimited. And you can also pick up the Butt Babes in Boyland holiday-themed anthology, which includes my short story “The Half-Life of Pumpkin Pie,” while you’re stocking up at All Romance.

Happy shopping!

“In from the Cold” Now in KU

InFromtheCold_CoversmallEarlier this week, I moved my holiday-themed short story “In from the Cold” into Kindle Unlimited. KU users can read it for free, or if you’d prefer to buy, it’s just 99 cents.🙂

The blurb:

When Jeff Young walks into the rural Georgia lodge Neal Owens runs, he’s just looking for a room to escape a frigid late December night. What he ends up finding is a new friend, a lover, and maybe more, all wrapped up in one hot package.

Get it on Kindle today!

(This is the second edition of this story. The first edition was published in 2011 by Silver Publishing.)

Heart & Soul Release Week and Reviews

A quick recap of my guest blog posts for the release of Heart & Soul and some awesome reviews!

For release day, I visited Prism Book Alliance to talk about how music relates to writing in my world.

Then I stopped by From Top to Bottom Reviews for a discussion of Kellen’s demisexuality.

Finally, over at The Novel Approach, I talked about the kinds of research I do for my stories.

And a few of the reviews so far…

Divine Magazine: “The main characters were both extremely lovable and they fit together like a glove. The chemistry and connection they shared was undeniable and jumped off the pages at you.”

Hearts on Fire: “If you like gentle romances that is more character driven than sex driven, I believe you will like this one. And usually, the best compliment you can give is to say I enjoyed this book so much, I’d love to read about these characters again, even though this was a very satisfying read.”

Joyfully Jay: “This was a light, easy, wonderful read. There’s no angst here, not really. It’s just about two guys finding each other, having loving, supportive families, and how their lives intertwine almost effortlessly.”

Two Chicks Obsessed: “Overall the story was a nice little light read, kind of short but I only mention that cuz I could have read more about these two, I wasn’t ready for it to end.”

Just Love Romance: “If you’re in the market for a light, heartwarming read, then you usually can’t go wrong with Shae Connor’s works. She has a knack for throwing hot characters into sweet relationships, and Heart & Soul is prime example of this.”

Sinfully: “Recommended reading if you enjoy low-angst, close-knit family stories with romance rather than heat.”

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: “I enjoy the author’s writing style and appreciate the sense of family, warmth, and connection she brings to her books, not to mention the light touch of humor and a load of romance.  I highly recommend this one to lovers of romance, slow burn, and/or stories featuring musicians.”

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Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.

Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.

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On sale! Just $0.99 for Tongue & Groove

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Now through Wednesday (November 16), pick up a copy of my novella Tongue & Groove for just 99 cents! Blurb:

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.

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And don’t forget the release of Heart & Soul on Monday!

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Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.

Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.

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B&N
All Romance
Kobo

Heart & Soul Links

A quick post to put all the info for Heart & Soul in one place for easy linking.🙂

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Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.

Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.

Amazon
B&N
All Romance
Kobo
Goodreads

Halloween Sale: 50% Rebate at All Romance

heartsoul_webToday and tomorrow only, get a 50% rebate on everything at All Romance ebooks! That includes preorders for my November 14 release, Heart & Soul, as well as the first two novellas in the set, Rhythm & Blues and Tongue & Groove, plus any of my other titles on the site.

Happy shopping!

What’s Coming Down the Pike

A few updates on what I’ve got cookin’…

Weekend after next, I’m heading over to Birmingham for the Southern Magic Romance reader luncheon. I’ll be co-hosting a table with the fabulous Aidee Ladnier. There’s still time to sign up if you’re in the area!

On the writing front, my next novella, Heart & Soul, is all set to release on November 14. It’s a contemporary M/M about a jazz pianist and a former pro football player. Links are in the sidebar over to the right.

Next is Graphite & Glitter, my first F/F story, which I’m revising now for a release date in January. It’s a contemporary about an artist/architect and a bass player/violinist. I’m eagerly awaiting the cover!

In November, I’ll be working on Help Wanted: Boyfriend, my first M/F category romance contemporary romance. I’m not officially signing up for NaNo this year, but I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the month anyway. (I’m about 8k into it already.) I’ll be going the publisher route with that one, so it’ll be a while before I have any idea of a release date.

A college sports series is next on my list, though scheduling is always subject to change. I have a backlog of story ideas that’ll keep me going for a while—and that’s not counting the new plotbunnies that always crop up!

Heart & Soul Cover and Preorders

On Friday, The Novel Approach hosted the cover reveal for my next novella, Heart & Soul. Behold the pretty:

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Once again by the fantabulous AngstyG! The blurb:

Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.

Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.

Links (more to come):

Amazon
Goodreads

Now I’m working feverishly to get the next novella done! Good thing I have a holiday today.🙂

Currently writing: Graphite & Glitter (~84%)