Category Archives: model student

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!

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%)

Black Friday Sales

Three of my publishers are having sales today, so just about everything I have out there is discounted. Here’s a quick list so you can pick up anything you’re missing! 🙂

Dreamspinner Press (25% off, plus special codes: BlackFriday1, free eBook w/any order of $50+; BlackFriday2, extra 25% off any order of $25+; BlackFriday3, $2 off any order of $20+)

Sand & Water
Ebook || Print

En Fuego
Ebook

Model Student
Ebook

All in a Day’s Work anthology
Ebook || Print

Grand Adventures anthology
Ebook || Print

Playing Ball anthology
Ebook || Print

“Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters”
Ebook

“Chicago”
Ebook

“The Cabin on the Hill”
Ebook

“Sharing Christmas”
Ebook

Wilde City Press (30% off with code WILDETURKEY)

Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology
Ebook

“Fringes”
Ebook

Amber Allure Press (50% off)

Accidental Love
Ebook

 

I’m On Sale!

As part of Dreamspinner Press’s fifth anniversary celebration, all books by authors who signed with them during their fourth year in business are on sale for 25% off this week. That includes me! So head on over and check out (most of) my backlist at a discount. 🙂

Get 20% from Dreamspinner

Dreamspinner Press is celebrating the publication of its 1,000th title with a 20% off sale! A different category of books will be available each week for the next five weeks:

March 14–20: All ebook novels (including Sand & Water)
March 21–27: All ebook novellas (including Model Student)
March 28–April 3: All short fiction Daydreams and Nap-size Dreams (including “The Cabin on the Hill,” “Chicago,” “Sharing Christmas,” and “Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters“)
April 4–10: All ebook anthologies (including Uniform Appeal, which contains my story “Discovering Columbus”)
April 11–17: All paperbacks (including Sand & Water and Uniform Appeal)

Have fun stocking up! 🙂

Six Sentence Sunday: Model Student

For this week’s Six Sentence Sunday, I’m dipping into the wayback machine and pulling out a snippet from my first published story, Model Student. Can’t believe it’s been a year already! 🙂

One of Aaron’s favorite old guilty-pleasure movies featured Ginger Rogers as a girl trying to decide between three suitors, making her decision based on which of them set off some kind of bells in her head when they kissed. Aaron was pretty sure he was living out the climactic moment right then, mouth fused to Matt’s. It wasn’t until Matt pulled away that Aaron realized it wasn’t bells but his cell phone, chiming and vibrating in his pocket.

Matt was laughing. “I think your thigh is trying to have its way with me,” he said, nudging his leg against the hard case in Aaron’s pocket.

“Yeah, well, so was I,” Aaron grumbled good-naturedly, reluctantly pulling his hand out of Matt’s hair and digging into his pocket instead.

Kindlegraphing

I’ve signed up for Kindlegraph, which allows you to get personalized autographs for your Kindle books. Model Student and the Never Say Never and Uniform Appeal anthologies are available now, and Sand & Water will be added as soon as it appears on Amazon. 🙂

Reminder: Vote for the Model Student cover!

Just a quick reminder that you can still vote for the Model Student cover in Paul Richmond’s “Uncovered” contest through this Wednesday, April 27. Elisa Rolle’s blog has complete information, and the winner will be announced there on Thursday, April 28. You can go HERE to vote.

The image in question:

Absolutely freaking GORGEOUS. So GO VOTE!

Vote for Model Student!

Okay guys, time to get those voting fingers in business!

The GORGEOUS cover fabulous artist Paul Richmond created for my novella Model Student is up for grabs as a limited-edition giclee print. The catch? First it has to win his “Uncovered” contest. It’s up against three tough contenders, but I don’t think I’m totally biased when I say it’s the best. Okay, maybe I am, but still. 😉

You can get complete information on the contest, and a bunch of awesome bonus material from Paul, at Elisa’s Reviews and Ramblings. If you’d rather cut right to the chase, you can go HERE to vote. Three winners will receive the first three limited-edition prints of the chosen image, along with some other great prizes too!

For those who need a refresher, here’s the image in question:

*STARES*

The winning print will be displayed in the Dreamspinner Press booth at Gay Days in Orlando, June 2–5, so no matter who wins, if you’re there, be sure to check it out!

Voting runs through April 27, with the winner announced on April 28. So GO GO GO! VOTE VOTE VOTE!

A Writing Journey

Original version written for Erotic Horizons

I’ve always been a writer. I come from a family of writers, and we joke that we have printer’s ink instead of blood in our veins—even though that’s a little out of date these days! I started out my career as a newspaper features writer, and at first, I loved it. I got to interview people, figure out interesting ways to present their stories, cover entertainment events, and even meet celebrities now and then. I didn’t have to deal with the deadline pressure of working on breaking news, and once my editor figured out that I was pretty sharp in that area too, I started getting assigned more editing tasks.

It took me a couple of years to figure out that the job was draining all of my creative energy.

I didn’t think of myself as a fiction writer back then, but I did have ideas floating through my head all the time, both fiction and nonfiction. Problem was, after spending the bulk of my forty-plus-hour work week writing, I had absolutely no desire to write on my own time. And it was gradually eating away at me.

My turning point came when I was shifted into a layout editor position, giving up the bulk of my writing duties at work. That was so much better. I was responsible for designing our page layouts, which gave me some creative outlet, and switching from writing to editing gave me freedom to write on my own time. I’ve stayed in editing since then, with few if any writing responsibilities, and it’s worked very well for me. It’s challenging enough to be interesting, without taking away from my creativity.

Even after the switch to editing, though, it took a few years for my right brain to kick back in fully. That’s when I started writing fanfiction. I know a lot of professional authors are afraid of admitting to any connection to fanfic, but I don’t see it that way. I think writing fanfiction can be an excellent training ground for writing original fiction, for those who are interested in making that transition. I learned how to write better description, how to develop characters, how to “hear” a character’s voice in your head, and how to accept criticism and editing of my work. It’s akin to an apprenticeship, where you gradually learn the different parts of the job until you’re finally cleared and released to go off on your own.

My first novella, Model Student, originated as a fanfiction story. It was quite a divergence from the original material to start with—what’s called “alternate universe,” for those unfamiliar with fanfic terminology—which means it used only parts of the main characters’ backstories. I didn’t have a long way to go to make it a standalone, original story. I’ve gone through the same process with two other fanfic stories, and I have a couple more in mind, but the bulk of my writing these days is original. I still write fanfic, but chances are those stories will stay in the fanfic realm.

From here, my goal is just to continue writing. I don’t plan to make writing a career, since I’ve been that route already. I don’t want that kind of pressure on a regular basis again. In the end, I’m doing this mostly as a hobby. Getting paid for it is just a very nice bonus!