Two years ago today I published my first novel, Fall Into You, and was able to tell people I was a published author. Wow!
Simon Phillips always hated Thomas.
Ever since his black nail polish high school days, Thomas Schultz has seemed like a carefree, uninhibited wild child, in stark contrast to Simon’s shy, cautious nature. Now, from behind the safety of his hotel bar, Simon must watch, distracted, as Thomas becomes a shirtless rock star for every wedding reception they work. But when Thomas slips him the key to his hotel room, Simon enters a world where the fine line between hate and attraction becomes blurred, and finds more than he ever knew he wanted.
In the social upheaval of the 1980s, love is no picnic. The AIDS epidemic has reshaped the way people think about sex, and the discontent of Generation X drowns out any love songs. Despite the uncertain times, Simon finds himself falling in love. But when Thomas’s band makes it big, the simple act of keeping in touch across the silent miles becomes an obstacle all its own.
While meeting readers of M/M Romance out in the real world, I’ve heard so many people comment about how much they love this cover. TL Bland did an amazing job taking Simon’s obsession with Thomas’s red Doc Martins and bringing it to life. Honestly, Simon was obsessed with Thomas, not just his boots, but it’s crazy what we fixate on. I’m still stuck on the boots. Watching Thomas perform on stage was like foreplay to Simon.
When I wrote Fall Into You, I wanted to play with music from the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the story is set. Each chapter title is a different song released prior to when that chapter took place, so there was a lot time spend being an audiophile while writing this book. I listened to this while working on this book from nearly the start to the finish, and to this day, it is the only writing playlist I’ve had with lyrics in it.
So that was the first story I released.
And now there’s something new! Well, new for me.
My holiday story from last year, Feathers from the Sky, was released as an audiobook. I had to pick out a narrator after listening to only a few minutes of his audition. I ended up hunting more of his work down, and I’m very glad I chose Paul Morey. With a story that has at least ten voices to capture, he does an amazing job of making all of Cal’s family and friends sound different. Not an easy feat. Needless to say, Paul was a very happy find.
I don’t mean to be selling Christmas before Thanksgiving, but Feathers From the Sky technically starts after gift wrap is put in the trash. It’s a very family centered story with a huge family, way too many people sharing a small house, and more than enough love to go around, even the smexy kind. A perfect setting for a lighthearted romp in the snow. Come check it out.
Cal Thompson is going a little mad over the Christmas holiday, stuck in a tiny house with fourteen members of his immediate family. There’s no privacy and no boyfriend to help him cope – because Philip is still a secret, though not for long. Cal’s family knows he’s bisexual, but they’ve always assumed Cal would marry a woman and be fruitful and multiply. Just as he’s ready to set the record straight, his parents tell the family they’re selling the family house and tip this introvert’s world on edge.
Philip Sherman arrives at Cal’s family home to find his lover mourning the loss of his home, paralyzed by the abrupt and unexpected announcement that trumped his own. Though Philip takes the setback in stride, they won’t be able to avoid the calling of their hearts for long: Cal needs to reveal the truth of his relationship with Philip to his family, and Philip has a question he’s desperate to have answered.