First, congratulations to Serena, who won the prize package from the Unfortunate Son blog tour. Thanks to all who participated, and happy reading!
Second, over the weekend, we found a new apartment, so my sister and JP Barnaby and I will be moving in March. Woot! (And now: the packing.)
Third, Ms. Barnaby is stranded in Atlanta because of the Chicago blizzard. Every time she comes to Atlanta, Atlanta tries to keep her. It’s okay, really, Atlanta. In a couple of months, she’ll be here for good!
Today I’m over at Prism Book Alliance with a post about secondary characters in Unfortunate Son. There’s also an exclusive snippet from book 2, Wayward Son, which features Cory, Jimmy, and Mikey from book 1 and will be out in just a few months. Be sure to go check it out! 🙂
First, a clarification, because this is important. I saw a comment about this, so I wanted to clarify that the US flag in the cover image for Unfortunate Son is not touching the floor. Travis was standing on a paper background drape for the shoot, and while the flag did touch the paper a few times, it was never on the floor. Travis is a military veteran and I’m the daughter and granddaughter of one, so that’s definitely something we paid attention to.
Moving on… more Unfortunate Son blog tour stops! I’ve been to Andrew Q. Gordon’s with a post on writing to a deadline, The Kimi-chan Experience talking about Atlanta as setting, Grace R. Duncan’s to discuss how “The Hero’s Journey” helped me write Unfortunate Son, and The Blogger Girls to talk about how the progression of same-sex marriage legalization could affect gay romance fiction. (The last post went up early, but better early than never!)
And in other news, I’ve completed the first round of edits on Sons book 2, Wayward Son, and I’m deep into work on book 3, Nobody’s Son. Also, the print version of Butt Babes in Boyland is being finalized, and Butt Riders on the Range (with my story “Faux Cowboy”) is in production with the publisher. Release dates to follow as soon as I have them! 🙂
Saturday evening, I had a real-live-in-person book release party for Unfortunate Son, graciously hosted by Burkhart’s here in Atlanta. My cover model, Travis Irons, was on hand along with his awesome boyfriend, and a bunch of wonderful friends from the area came by. Oh yeah, and I sold some books! 🙂
A few pics from the evening. Wish everyone could’ve been there!
Me with Travis
Another one with Travis. That’s my sister photobombing on the left. LOL
With Travis and his adorable boyfriend Danny
With Danny, friend Teresa, and Travis
Awesome friend J brought me flowers! 🙂
It’s been a busy release week, and it’s not over yet! 🙂
I visited Joyfully Jay on Wednesday with a post about the cover art for Unfortunate Son. Today, I’m at Love Bytes, with an interview of cover model Travis Irons.
I’ll keep updating my blog tour schedule post as new posts go up. Be sure to check them out, because there’s a Rafflecopter giveaway included!
Speaking of Love Bytes, their reviewer Cindy gave Unfortunate Son an awesome 5-star review. Thank you so much!
And, for anyone near Atlanta, tomorrow night I’ll be throwing a book release party and signing at Burkhart’s at Ansley Square. Cover model Travis Irons will be there, and we’ll both be available to sign books. Come on out and say hi!
Yay, it’s out! Unfortunate Son is now available for sale! Buy links (will add others as they come available):
Dreamspinner Press: Ebook Paperback
I’m kicking things off with a bang today. I’ll be at the Dreamspinner Press blog all day, talking about the book and series plans and giving away an ebook copy and a few other goodies. I’ll also be taking over the Dreamspinner Twitter account from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for more shenanigans.
Annnnnnd, I’m starting off my blog tour at The Novel Approach with a post about dealing with change and a brief excerpt from the book. Be sure to check in for a chance to win a $25 Dreamspinner gift certificate, a cover flat signed by both me and cover model Travis Irons, and an ebook from my backlist.
I’m also thrilled to note that I already have some great reviews:
Starred review from Library Journal
4.5 stars from MM Good Book Reviews
4.5 stars from Sinfully Reviews
Starting on Monday, I’ll be embarking on a 10-site blog tour for the release of Unfortunate Son. I’ll be running a Rafflecopter giveaway as part of the tour, and I hope you’ll join in and check out what I have to say about the book. 🙂
January 12: The Novel Approach
January 14: Joyfully Jay
January 16: Love Bytes
January 18: Andrew Q. Gordon
January 20: The Kimi-chan Experience
January 22: Grace R. Duncan
January 24: The Blogger Girls
January 26: Prism Book Alliance
January 28: Vicktor Alexander
January 30: JP Barnaby
My 12 Days of Charity list is complete. If you need last-minute donation ideas, this would be a great place to start!
Amazon and AllRomance buy links are now active for Butt Babes in Boyland (in addition to the direct Wilde City link). So now you can pick up the book with a free ARe code, LOL. (For those wondering, the book will be available in print too, but I don’t know that publication date yet.)
The next butt-thology, Butt Riders on the Range, is in production and will be out in the spring. My story is “Faux Cowboy.”
Did you see the gorgeous cover for my January 12 release, Unfortunate Son?? You can preorder a copy, too!
I’ve just submitted the final manuscript file and a cover art spec sheet for Wayward Son, so that process is moving along. May/June is the release date!
I’m mostly taking Christmas week off. I have one production request to take care of by the end of the weekend, but after that, I’m not worrying about anything writing-related for a week. And I’m teleworking for the day job on Monday and Tuesday, but then I’ll be off for the holiday. Looking forward to the break! 🙂
And we’re up a little early!!
This is a cover reveal two and a half years in the making. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…
Cover model is Travis Irons. Photography by feedyoureyes.net. Cover design by Paul Richmond of Dreamspinner Press.
Complete book info below!
Sons: Book One
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release date: January 12, 2015
Five years ago, Evan Day lost his lover in the Afghan sand, and in the fallout, he lost his military career and his family. With help from friends, he reinvented himself as porn star Trevor Hardball, but his scars are hidden, not healed. When Riley Yeats falls into Evan’s lap in a bar, he awakens a part of Evan he’d thought was dead and gone. Evan’s fascinated by the blond and twinky Riley, even though he’s the opposite of Evan’s usual type.
Then Evan’s family reappears his life, and Evan soon learns Riley has his own family-inflicted wounds—ones that make it hard for him to be there for Evan. A disastrous confrontation between Evan and his parents leaves Evan’s mother injured and Evan overcome by anger and fear. Losing his tenuous hold on his emotional control, Evan makes one bad decision after another, but maybe his final fall will be the wake-up call Evan needs to set things right—with his parents, and with Riley.
Preorder links: Ebook and Paperback
For those who missed my celebration on social media, I’ve just signed the contract for Wayward Son, to be published in May/June 2015 by Dreamspinner Press. This will be my third (!!!) novel and is the second in the Sons series, the sequel to Unfortunate Son, which releases on January 12, 2015. Wayward Son is also my first novel-length ménage (M/M/M) story.
Here is the (very, very preliminary blurb):
After his move to Atlanta and away from the influence of his conservative parents, Mikey O’Malley finally feels free to be himself: art student, aspiring animator, and out gay man. He has friends, a new job, and not one, but two men interested in him. Cory Lassiter and Jimmy Black have been a happy couple for years, occasionally bringing a twink into their bed, but only for a brief roll in the hay. When Mikey meets the pair, the attraction is immediate, and it runs three ways. Mikey just can’t believe they’d have room in their lives for a permanent addition.
When Mikey’s newfound life is shattered by a lawsuit that accuses him of molesting a child years earlier, Mikey’s determined to face his troubles on his own, but Cory and Jimmy are just as determined that he not have to go it alone. To reconcile his need for independence and his desire for love, Mikey has to learn that being a man isn’t just about standing on your own two feet. It’s about letting yourself lean on the ones who love you.
Now: on to book 3! 🙂