Category Archives: romance

Graphite & Glitter Links

A quick post to put all the info for Graphite & Glitter in one place for easy linking. 🙂

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All that glitters might just be gold.

Adrienne Michaels’ best friend is getting married, and Adrienne’s not feeling it on the night of the bachelorette party. Then she meets Tessa Smith, bass player for an all-female glam rock tribute band. After a one-night stand worthy of the hottest rock star fantasies, Tessa surprises Adrienne by asking her on a real date, and Adrienne soon finds Tessa’s side gig pales in comparison to the down-to-earth music geek beneath the glitter. Tessa even helps Adrienne through a family loss, but when Tessa gets a sweet job offer in another city, Adrienne has to make a choice: let her go, follow her halfway across the country—or become part of the reason for her to stay.

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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.

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Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~45%)

Guest Blog: Posy Roberts Finds the Spark

Today’s guest blogger is Posy Roberts, telling us about how she approached the development of her characters for her latest release, Spark.

Last year, as I prepared for a summer of writing, I decided to create what amounted to be a character board. It was like a storyboard but about characters instead of plot. I already knew what I was starting in June was going be my North Star trilogy, because the story couldn’t be told in just one book. That meant a lot of words. It also meant I’d probably need something to help me quickly remember that Hugo Thorson was internally motivated, while Kevin Magnus was externally motivated. That impacted how they interacted throughout the entire trilogy, and if I forgot those details, I could have had a huge mess to clean up.

Spark is the first book in the North Star trilogy. In it, I follow Hugo and Kevin during their junior year of high school and then again when they meet years later. As they aged, their external appearance changed, and I found it really helpful to have photos of both young and older versions of Kevin and Hugo looking back at me from this character board. Some mornings I’d just stare at one guy so I could get inside his head.

On the photos, I printed their first and last names. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Dur! How could you forget their names?” First names, not so much, but OMG, did I ever mess up their last names. Just ask my pre-readers. Okay, I occasionally messed up their first names too. As I went to edit, I’d only have to glance up and there was Hugo’s name in bold letters on the photos to help me keep things straight.

Personality traits are very hard to change. You can’t make an introverted kid into a social butterfly. They can learn how to be more outgoing in social situations, but at their core, they are still introverts who find energy from being alone. Those traits, or temperament characteristics, are some of the words I included on my character board. I wrote traits that would help me along, so I could make sure Hugo remained that outgoing, fun loving guy and so Kevin would still be reserved even when he took charge.

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There were days when I’d be at a loss about what to write, but then I’d peek over the top of my computer screen and look into Hugo’s gorgeous blue eyes or into Kevin’s smoldering grey, and I’d find my inspiration. I’d look at that list of characteristics and ask myself, “How would Hugo handle this moment?” Sometimes it was just what I had planned in my head, but other times, my initial thoughts were shot to hell and I realized Hugo would go and do something so much different than what I’d laid out.

I think what I liked most about my character board being up and on an actual wall, rather than stuck in a computer somewhere, was that it was ever present. I never had to hunt in a journal to be reminded of their core make-up, and that made it easier to write these men. For when I was away from my desk, I always had my Pinterest or Tumblr (NSFW), where nearly all my pictures of Hugo and Kevin were being shared with the world.

The list of words was far from exhaustive and they weren’t all about personality. I wrote what kind of coffee Hugo liked, for example. I also included that Kevin was an only child and Hugo was the baby of the family. I know this helped me keep my guys more consistent over three books than if I hadn’t had that visual. Having the character board accessible all time truly helped me write, and I’m sure I’ll do this again, even for smaller works.

Spark is about second chances at love. Who wouldn’t want that with the right man?

Spark2In their small-town high school, Hugo and Kevin became closeted lovers who kept their secret even from parents. Hugo didn’t want to disappoint his terminally ill father, and Kevin’s controlling father would never tolerate a bisexual son. When college took them in different directions, they promised to reunite, but that didn’t happen for seventeen years.

By the time they meet again, Hugo has become an out-and-proud actor and director who occasionally performs in drag—a secret that has cost him in past relationships. Kevin, still closeted, has followed his father’s path and now, in the shadow of divorce, is striving to be a better father to his own children.

When Hugo and Kevin meet by chance at a party, the spark of attraction reignites, as does their genuine friendship. Rekindling a romance may mean Hugo must compromise the openness he values, but Kevin will need a patient partner as he adapts to living outside the closet. With such different lifestyles, the odds seem stacked against them, and Hugo fears that if his secret comes to light, it may drive Kevin away completely.

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Playing Ball Cover Reveal and Pre-orders!

I am thrilled to be able to show off the gorgeous cover for the Playing Ball anthology, which comes out from Dreamspinner Press on September 25. It’s simple and elegant and perfect.

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So pretty! Big thanks to cover artist Aaron Anderson.

Even better, you can pre-order the book now! GO RIGHT HERE!

My story in the anthology is a novella called Home Field Advantage. The blurb:

Toby MacMillan, grandson of Atlanta Braves owner Ray MacMillan, lives for baseball and loves his team. When he meets new team member Caleb Browning, an innocent welcome-to-the-big-leagues dinner leads to a not-so-innocent night together. Toby quickly calls things off, afraid of the ramifications of their tryst, but the two men develop a friendship that soon becomes more. After Caleb takes a fastball to the head, their budding romance hits the news—and Toby’s grandfather hits the roof. When Ray MacMillan demands Toby deny the relationship, Toby must choose between the team he’s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it.

To read about the other stories in the anthology, visit my co-authors’ websites:

Kate McMurray
Kerry Freeman
Marguerite Labbe

New Contract: Playing Ball Anthology

baseballandgloveI’m happy to announce that three writer/baseball-fan friends and I have signed contracts with Dreamspinner Press for a new anthology of baseball-themed stories. Playing Ball features novellas from me, Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, and Kate McMurray. The tentative publication date will be late September. To say we’re excited is an understatement! 🙂

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Cream

OMG, it’s out!!

Butt Pirate in Space CoverStrap yourself in and strap something on as you’re transported across  galaxies and lifetimes by Kiernan Kelly, Kage Alan, Angelia Sparrow,  T.C. Blue and Shae Connor. Whether it’s an interspecies pregnancy  between two hormonal males, a swashbuckling group of pirates, or free  gifts that talk, you’ll soon learn why in space, no one can hear you  cream. Open wide for BUTT PIRATES IN SPPAAACCCEEE!

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Release Day! En Fuego

Today, after MUCH too long a break between releases, is the day we welcome En Fuego into the world! *throws confetti*

Before anything else, as I am scatterbrained and totally neglected to include this in the story file, I need to send out great big HUGE thanks to my beta readers, D.M. and Kat. In particular, thanks to Kat for sharing parts of her Puerto Rican heritage to help make Marsh’s real. Love you both to bits. ❤

EnFuegoCover200pxFrom Dreamspinner Press, En Fuego is a novella about a firefighter, a veterinarian, and the cat who brings them together. Here’s the story blurb:

Marshall Ramirez isn’t looking to fall in love, but from the moment firefighter Brad Flannery walks through the doors of Marsh’s veterinary clinic, he’s smitten. Marsh treats Fuego, the cat Brad rescued from a house fire, and convinces Brad to take her on as a foster—along with the three kittens Marsh helps her deliver. What Marsh really wants, though, is for Brad to keep him too.

An excerpt is at the bottom of this post (behind the cut), and I’ll be doing a small blog tour for the new release, so look for me the next few days…

  • Thursday, December 13: Where the Story Came From—Eden Winters
  • Friday, December 14: Hot Firefighters and the Animals Who Love Them—Kerry Freeman
  • Saturday, December 15: Interview with Shae Connor—K-Lee Klein
  • Sunday, December 16: Interview with Marsh and Brad—J.P. Barnaby

And, of course, I’m giving away a copy of En Fuego! Just comment on this post, and I’ll pick a winner to receive an ebook (via the Dreamspinner Press website), as well as some story-related swag by mail. Be sure your email is included so I can contact you if you win!

Happy reading! 🙂

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En Fuego is Coming Soon!

My next novella, En Fuego, which releases on December 12, is now coming soon and up for preorder at the Dreamspinner Press website. Preorder is a new feature for DSP, so this is the first time one of my stories has been available. Exciting! 🙂

The blurb:

Marshall Ramirez isn’t looking to fall in love, but from the moment firefighter Brad Flannery walks through the doors of Marsh’s veterinary clinic, he’s smitten. Marsh treats Fuego, the cat Brad rescued from a house fire, and convinces Brad to take her on as a foster—along with the three kittens Marsh helps her deliver. What Marsh really wants, though, is for Brad to keep him too.

Release Day! Accidental Love from Amber Allure

My new novella Accidental Love is now available from Amber Allure. The special new release price is just $3.25, so grab it fast! 🙂

Blurb:

College roommates Greg and Keith are polar opposites when it comes to relationships. Greg equates sex with the alcohol and drugs he gave up, while Keith protects his heart by keeping sex strictly casual. At first, neither Greg nor Keith realizes the other is gay, but once they get to know each other better, they feel drawn together, and their developing attraction makes each of them reevaluate his stance on relationships.

Keith starts out thinking he only wants a roommates-with-benefits arrangement, something more than his usual weekend flings but still casual, yet soon he begins to feel more for Greg. Greg’s afraid of what he’s feeling because he has trouble mentally separating sex from the other bad habits that had nearly ruined his life.

Greg’s fears leave him spooked by an impromptu kiss following a game of one-on-one basketball, but that’s nothing compared with how he feels after a dinner date ends with the two men having sex. To help bring Greg back from the edge, Keith opens up his heart, but will it be enough to allow them to move forward together?

A brief excerpt is also available on the sales page. Enjoy! 🙂

Now Available: Sand & Water

Pretty soon I’ll shut up about this! 😉

I am thrilled to announce that my first novel, Sand & Water, is now available for purchase from Dreamspinner Press in ebook and paperback formats. It will also be available for Kindle soon, and I’ll let you all know when that happens!

I’ll be celebrating over at the Dreamspinner Press blog starting at 9AM (Eastern time), and I’ll have some giveaways to share, so come on over and visit!