Category Archives: heart & soul

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”
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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!

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.

Amazon
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%)

Moonlight & Magnolias and What’s Up Next

I had a great couple of days at the Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight & Magnolias conference. Vanessa North and I gave a workshop on writing LGBTQ+ characters that was well received, and I had some agent and editor appointments that went well. I heard two great talks by Jennifer McQuiston and Roxanne St. Claire over lunches and spent some time chatting with Nicki Salcedo and Janet Nye and meeting several new people. I also got quite a bit of writing done, thanks to the special writing room the conference set up for those who felt particularly inspired!

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working on prepping my next novella, Heart & Soul, for publication on November 14. The cover reveal will be this Friday, October 7, at The Novel Approach, and preorder links will be available starting then. I’ll also be working on finishing the following novella, Graphite & Glitter, and getting it sent off to my editor.

After that? Well, it looks like finishing my first M/F novel (!!!) might be next on the agenda. That could become my pseudo-NaNo project. (I don’t plan to actually sign up for NaNo this year, but I’ll definitely be writing during November.)

Speaking of November, a month from now will be my next appearance, November 5 at the Southern Magic Romance Writers’ annual reader luncheon in Birmingham. Tickets are still available, so if you’re in the area, come join us!

Currently writing: Graphite & Glitter (~52%)

An Anniversary Worth Noting, and A Look Ahead

Sand&WaterLGOn this day 5 years ago, my first novel was released. Sand & Water told the story of widower John, who finds love again with Bryan. I still get warm fuzzy feelings about the story, and I’m still proud of it.

The novella I just finished writing, Heart & Soul, will be my 25th published story. Four novels, eight novellas, and thirteen short stories (not counting freebies and re-releases). It’ll come out a little more than six years after my first story, Model Student.

All of my stories so far have been M/M (or M/M/M), but with no. 26, I’m branching out into F/F. I also have an M/F in the works, and a series that will include M/M, M/F, and F/F (at least).

I’ve never been the biggest seller out there, or the one with the best reviews, or the biggest fanbase. But I enjoy being an author, and I like what I write. I hope readers do, too. And hope those who enjoy my writing will keep right on reading. 🙂

Currently writing: Graphite & Glitter (~4%)