Category Archives: m/m

Self-Publishing and Sales Channels

This is basically self-publishing navel-gazing, so feel free to skip it. But if you’re interested, here are some thoughts on sales and distribution as a self-published author.

For my original self-published books, I’ve been using three primary publishing routes: Amazon, PayHip, and Draft2Digital. Draft2Digital distributes to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks*, and several other smaller retailers and subscription services. They also keep adding new distribution channels, and so far, I’ve added my books to those as they’ve come available.

What that means is that my four original self-published novellas and the bundle are available a bunch of different places beyond the big names: Inktera, 24Symbols, Scribd, Tolino, and Playster. You can also get them through Kobo’s subscription service, Kobo Plus.

(*A note about iBooks: the publishing requirements for iBooks are more strict than those for other retailers, which is why only the Hands On bundle is available through that channel. That might change at some point.)

As far as the second-edition stories I’ve self-pubbed, so far, I’ve only put them up on Amazon (and into Kindle Unlimited). I will have a collection of previously published short stories coming later this year, and that one will likely go into other sales channels as well.

At any rate, if you can’t find my books on your favorite retailer’s website, drop me a line and let me know, and I’ll look into it!

On Sale! Graphite & Glitter Just 99 Cents, Plus Dreamspinner 30% Off!

graphiteglitter_400pxTwo sales to share today! First up, I’ve put my F/F novella, Graphite & Glitter, on sale for just 99 cents at all outlets through the end of the month. Links for your buying convenience:

Amazon
B&N
Kobo
PayHip

Also, to cap off its 10th anniversary celebration, Dreamspinner Press is offering 30% off everything through the end of the month. And—just in case you didn’t know—if you buy the paperback from Dreamspinner, you get the ebook for free! Links to my Dreamspinner titles:

Unfortunate Son (Sons: Book 1): Ebook || Paperback
Wayward Son (Sons: Book 2): Ebook || Paperback
Nobody’s Son (Sons: Book 3): Ebook || Paperback
“Sons and Brothers” (Sons: Epilogue)
Sand & Water: Ebook || Paperback
Accidental Fall
En Fuego
Model Student
“Ice Cream Dreams” (All in a Day’s Work anthology): Ebook || Paperback
Home Field Advantage (Playing Ball anthology): Ebook || Paperback
“Chicago”
“The Cabin on the Hill”
“Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters”
“Sharing Christmas”

Happy shopping!

Release Day for Hands On!

It’s here! My new bundle Hands On contains the M/M novellas Rhythm & Blues, Tongue & Groove, and Heart & Soul and the F/F novella Graphite & Glitter.

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Four novellas, four couples, four romances.

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

Former Broadway dancer Pate Hawkins meets model-gorgeous contractor Ace Samson when he answers as request for an estimate on renovating his studio space. The two men develop a fledgling relationship, but then the siren song of the stage calls Pate back…

Tongue & Groove
Sometimes home is what two hearts make of it.

While healing from a vocal cord injury, rock singer Saul Wilder decides to restore 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…

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

Pianist Kellen Grady meets former pro football player Terrence Harvey when he and his brother buy the bar where Kellen plays at night. A quick friendship develops, but their relationship takes an unexpected turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss…

Graphite & Glitter
All that glitters might just be gold.

On the night of her best friend’s bachelorette party, architect Adrienne Michaels has a scorching one-night stand with Tessa Smith, bass player for an all-female glam rock tribute band. Then Tessa surprises her by asking her on a real date…

You can get Hands On for just $3.99 through Monday, May 15!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iBooks
PayHip

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

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!

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%)

Butt Ninjas Snippet: Clean Up on Aisle Me!

ButtNinjasFromHell_100dpi_cvrWe’re just a month away now from the release of the Butt Ninjas From Hell anthology, the sort-of sequel to last year’s Butt Pirates from Space. This time around, the anthology has eight contributing authors: returning authors are Kage Alan, T.C. Blue, Kiernan Kelly, and me, and our first-timers are JP Barnaby, Eden Winters, Ally Blue, and Jevocas Green.  The ebook comes out on April 16, with print following a couple of weeks later.

To whet your whistle, here’s a little snippet/tease from my contribution, “Clean Up on Aisle Me!”

“Jonny?”

Bert’s voice still sounded breathy. Jonny waved a hand. “I’ll be fine,” he said. “Just gotta find my equilibrium again. I think it tried to escape to another dimension.”

Bert chuckled as he sat next to Jonny. One of his large hands came to rest in the center of Jonny’s back. “The others are gone, so feel free to catch your breath,” he said. “The first battle’s always the hardest, especially without any real training behind you. You did a great job—”

Energy surged through Jonny, and he spun around in a move worthy of a ninja, landing straddled across Bert’s lap. He grabbed the back of Bert’s head with one hand and used the other to shove that damn mask far enough down that he could get his mouth on Bert’s.

At that moment, Jonny didn’t even care if Bert was gay. He was there, they were there, both of them alive and well and on the correct plane of existence, and damned if Jonny wasn’t going to go for everything he could get.

Trying It Out: Story Recommendations

The other day, I had a hankering (as I said on Twitter, and isn’t that a great word?) for what I termed “gay tryout” stories. What I mean was stories featuring a guy who’s never been with another guy asking a gay friend to, well, break him in, for want of a better phrase. These would probably be considered a subtrope of “gay/out for you,” though I was specifically looking for guys who already know they aren’t straight. A story that turns the trope on its ear is good, too. Naturally, I’d want the guys to end up together. 🙂

I got a lot of interest and several suggestions, some of which I’d read and some of which I hadn’t, so I thought I’d share the list here. You’ll notice a lot are college stories, which isn’t surprising. I’ve added brief descriptions to the ones I’ve read. If you know of more that you think fit, please feel free to share in comments and I’ll add them!

Wanting by Piper Vaughn: College-bound guy asks older brother’s gay best friend to take his virginity.

Campus Visit by Stella Huerto: College guy comes out as bi to his gay best friend and asks if he’ll be his first male lover.

Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton: Straight college guy teaches his virginal roommate to kiss… and more.

Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan: Promiscuous college guy “breaks in” his virginal roommate.

Frat Boy & Toppy by Anne Tenino: College TA teaches a closeted student all about gay sex.

His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor

The Closer You Get by LA Witt

Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson

Bonds of Desire by Lynda Aicher (M/M/F)

My Favorites of 2013

I spent part of my (very, very slow) last day at the dayjob for the year working on a list of favorites for the year. Because I’m perpetually behind on my TBR list and I don’t always keep close track of what was published when, these are stories that I read for the first time during 2013, not necessarily ones first published during 2013 (though most of them were). In the case of series, I read at least two books of the series during 2013. I’ve linked to the publisher site where possible (Dreamspinner’s having a sale!), and for series, I’ve linked to either the author’s series page or the first book to get you started.

(Also, don’t assume that if a book is listed but not the story that I didn’t like the story. For one thing, I had to stop SOMEwhere, but also, some favorite covers are for books that are still on my TBR list!)

M/M
Bound: Forget Me Knot—H.B. Pattskyn
Collars & Cuffs series—K.C. Wells
Golden Collar series—Grace R. Duncan
Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf—B.G. Thomas
Heart of Stone—Ari McKay
Lang Downs series—Ariel Tachna
Love Lessons—Heidi Cullinan
Love, Like Water—Rowan Speedwell
Painting Fire on the Air—J.P. Barnaby
Scrap Metal—Harper Fox
Storm Season—Nessa L. Warin

Ménage/Poly
Fitting In—Silvia Violet
The Hot Floor—Josephine Myles
Tag Team—SJD Peterson

M/F
Lumberjack in Love—Penny Watson
Lucky Harbor series—Jill Shalvis
Take Me Home—Inez Kelley

YA
Collide—J.R. Lenk

Book Covers
All published during 2013 (for series, at least two books published during 2013). 

Credits
Paul Richmond: Bad Idea, Evolution, Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf, Guards of Folsom series
Kanaxa: Love Lessons
Jordan Taylor and L.C. Chase: Market Garden series
Pride Media: Painting Fire on the Air
Anne Cain: Raining Men

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