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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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Accidental Fall Release Week

It’s been a busy few months, to say the least, so I’m playing catch-up a lot. Last Wednesday was the re-release of my novella Accidental Fall, and I did a few blog posts and got a few reviews. J

On Saturday, September 17, MM Good Book Reviews hosted me with a post about the re-release of Accidental Fall and an excerpt.

Last Thursday, I was at Love Bytes to talk about how much I adore the city of Chicago, where Accidental Fall is set.

And this past Saturday, my regular Outside the Margins post at Prism Book Alliance was all about my favorite season of the year.

As for reviews, well, hey, I think people like the story:

The Blogger Girls: “It was an easy, light-on-angst story – which was definitely good for something in between more serious/heavy novels.”

Divine Magazine: “All the feelings between them I felt it…..all the body language…the faltering, the drooping, the flushed faces, the hitched breath, all those little signals. I loved the bubble.”

Diverse Reader: “Accidental Fall is a sweet, fluffy, fun read. Two roommates, both with secrets finding love from each other.”

The Novel Approach: “If you are looking for a cute and quick read that doesn’t get too angsty and leaves you with a smile, this story could definitely be for you.”

Rainbow Book Reviews: “If you’re looking for a story about real guys with real issues, if you like them to have a past that influences current behavior, and if a slowly growing sexual and emotional tension that grips you and doesn’t let you go are your thing, then you will probably like this novella.”

Oh My Shelves: “It was sweet short new adult story. Both guys have time to grow and figure out if this is what they want. I enjoyed it.”

Alpha Book Club: “The chemistry it sweet and shy at first building as the story progresses. The story has a pretty steady pace with a HEA ending.”

In other news, last night sent my next novella, Heart & Soul, off to a final beta. I’m working on scheduling a cover reveal (it’s another gorgeous AngstyG design), and the release date is set for November. And meanwhile, I’m working steadily away on Graphite & Glitter, another novella for self-publishing and my first F/F story. Woot!

Currently writing: Graphite & Glitter (~23%)

Tongue & Groove Release Week and Reviews

Tongue&Groove_webHappy September! As I’m pretty sure you’re aware by now, my novella Tongue & Groove is now loose in the wild! I’m making a few blog stop this week to talk a little more about it:

Monday: The Novel Approach

Tuesday: Joyfully Jay

Wednesday: Love Bytes

Friday: Prism Book Alliance

I also have some great reviews to share!

Joyfully Jay: “These guys fit together so well, and match up perfectly in their wants, desires, and kink. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.”

Prism Book Alliance: “I liked the comparison between Perry renovating not just Saul’s house [but] Saul himself, and how (mainly) sweet and open they were with each other.”

Three Books Over the Rainbow: “… a great, entertaining love story about two guys who are at the right place at the right time to find their perfect match in each other.”

Love Bytes: “This was equal bits sweet and hot…the emotion was awesome and like I mentioned the sex was amazing.”

Hearts on Fire: “The very idea of Perry in eyeliner, lip gloss and stockings with garter steams up the pages. These boys are hot.”

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: “… I found it quite a nice ‘stay at home and read all day’ story—something to relax me and to keep me mellow and in a good mood, so if you’re looking for something like that, look no further.”

I’ll be off at Dragon Con until early next week, and I’ll be working on revisions to Heart & Soul, the next novella in the set, and writing on fourth, Graphite & Glitter. We’ll see how much I actually get done. 😉

Rhythm & Blues Release Week

Whew! It’s been a busy week. I visited several blogs for the release of Rhythm & Blues, and I’ve had several nice reviews.

Monday: At Joyfully Jay, I talked about my inspiration for Rhythm & Blues and the other novellas I have in the works and offered a brief exclusive excerpt.

Tuesday: For The Novel Approach, I wrote about working with the amazing AngstyG to create the gorgeous cover art for the novellas.

Thursday: At Love Bytes, I featured the two celebrities who inspired Pate and Ace, the main characters in the novella.

Saturday: For my Outside the Margins post at Prism Book Alliance, I gave a tongue-in-cheek overview of the self-publishing process.

I’ve also been grateful to receive a number of good reviews so far. 🙂

Joyfully Jay: “Two engaging, lovely characters, a miscommunication that is resolved quickly and believably, sweeping romance, and an all around feel good tale.”

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: “If you like sweet MM romances with a slow burn that ultimately leads to some smoking hot times, this one is for you.”

Hearts on Fire Reviews: “I liked that Pate realizes he loves dance but is firmly grounded in reality. That reality includes the renovation of the building for his dance studio.”

Three Books Over the Rainbow: “I believe the writer’s aim was to entertain and give the reader an enjoyable hour in fantasy land. She perfectly succeeded.”

Just Love Romance: “While the attraction between Pate and Ace was palpable from the beginning, I liked that they both focused on the project at hand and got to know each other before taking things further.”

Love Bytes: “I highly recommend you check this out, if like me you just need some good ol’ lovin to pick you up.”

Oh My Shelves: “This was a really light and sweet read from a new to me author.”

Huge thanks to everyone who’s bought Rhythm & Blues, and happy reading!

Currently writing: Heart & Soul, M/M novella (~17%)

More Blog Tour & Reviews for Unfortunate Son

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!

Blogging at Prism, and All in a Day’s Work Updates!

AllInADaysWork_smallI’m at Prism Book Alliance today, talking about my love affair with food and how it led to “Ice Cream Dreams,” my story in the All in a Day’s Work anthology. Great big thanks to Brandilyn and her team for having me over!

Yesterday, A.J. Cousins visited Boys in Our Books to discuss her story in the anthology, “Dance Hall Days,” a 1930s historical set in London.  She wrote more about her story on her blog, too. One of the things I love about doing anthologies is how different the stories turn out. 🙂

Back on Monday, our release day, Bru Baker visited MM Good Book Reviews, which also gave the antho a lovely review.

Also, in case you missed it, all the buy links for the anthology are up and running now:

Dreamspinner: Ebook and Paperback
Amazon: Kindle
AllRomance: Ebook
Barnes & Noble: Nook

Butt Ninjas Gets Reviews!

A quickie update with a few of the reviews we’ve gotten for the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. We’ve gotten great response, so thanks to all for reading!

Cryselle’s Bookshelf (4.25/5 marbles)

Prism Book Alliance (4.5/5 stars)

Rainbow Book Reviews

Rainbow Gold Reviews (8.5/10 pots of gold)

Also, back on April 21, the authors got together for an online radio interview. It was a little crazy and a lot silly (like us), and you can listen if you like right here. 🙂

More Adventures, and Some Ninjas

Prism Book Alliance has posted a lovely review of the Grand Adventures anthology. Thanks, all! Prism also has the final stop in the Grand Adventures blog tour today, with the story behind the anthology’s inception and its cover art.

Also, Amy Lane’s *Kermit flail* Monday includes Butt Ninjas from Hell this morning. Yay! Thanks, Amy! 🙂

More Grand Adventures!

GrandAdventures_FBbanner_DSPA two-fer today! I’m over at Sid Love’s (along with Amy Lane and Madison Parker) to talk about our contributions to the Grand Adventures anthology. And Rainbow Book Reviews has posted a lovely group review of the anthology and the individual stories.

Thanks, all! 🙂

Two Great Reviews for Playing Ball

Squeee! Melanie at Joyfully Jay gave the Playing Ball anthology 4.75 stars! A snippet from her review:

This collection of stories demonstrates just why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life. It is full of passion, and history. It’s hilarious and heartbreaking. It’s about the grand gesture and small intimacies. And its about love and all the memorable diverse characters drawn to the National Pastime. Every story here is a home run! It is already on my must reread list.

And over at MM Good Book Reviews, Tams gives Playing Ball an overall 4 hearts rating, saying in part:

I hate baseball. It’s like watching paint dry! But this anthology of short stories based within the sport left me breathless. Each story is different and unique. All the men share an almost common goal of keeping their sexuality a secret. And in the end they will all have to decide if that secret is more important than the happiness they deserve.  Sex, steam, passion, and baseball. That is what Playing Ball is all about!

Thanks so much! 🙂