My Novellas

Momo is Here!

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🍑  Momo is out today! 🍑

Brave the spotlight for the man he loves, or stay alone in the shadows…

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Title: Momo
Subtitle: My Everything
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Gay, Multicultural
Novella: 27,000 words, 95 pages.

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William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.
Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.

Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.

From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.

If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?
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Momo, My Everything

I sent a manuscript off to my editor last night, spent nearly the entire day writing the blurb, approved the finalized cover today, and then reworked the blurb to my upcoming release, Momo, My Everything. It will be out February 28th, 2017, so YAY! Buy links to come.

Novella, 25,000 words, about, ~125 pages.

contemporary romance, gay romance, opposites attract, interracial couple, businessman, actor/artist, drag queen, closeted, semi-out for you, slight kink.

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William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.

Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.

From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.

If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?

*Extensively reworked from a previous short short, The Measure of a mn with 15k new words added.

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Analog to Digital Review Tour

Analog to Digital was released as an individual story on December 1st, but for those readers who bought the Bah Humbug holiday anthology from Dreamspinner Press, the story popped up on your e-readers or in your inboxes on December 29th!

Come follow along!

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New Storefront & ARe Clean-up

In light of the news that All Romance Ebooks is closing their business in a few days, several authors have been seeking out new venues to sell their books. I decided to give a site called PayHip a shot, so I set up a storefront today for my self-published titles. I thought I’d give it a shot since they take PayPal, a payment method many readers love.

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Yesterday ARe’s website kept crashing, so readers trying to download their libraries were understandably frustrated. If you purchased one my books published by either Labyrinth Bound Press or Blanket Fort Press and were unable to download your files, email me a screen shot of your proof of purchase and I’ll send you a file. Make sure I know what format you would like as well. The photo pinned to the top of this post are the books I had for sale on ARe that this applies to.

As for my publisher, Dreamspinner Press, they have shared the following on their Facebook page:

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That’s it for business now. Please check out my new storefront on PayHip and feel free to share the link wide and far.

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Analog to Digital

All Ethan wants for Christmas, and the rest of his life, is Toby.

analogtoditalcoverfFor years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.

In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.

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Genre: MM Romance, Contemporary, Holiday
Flavor: Sweet 🍊
Length: 13,600 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Part of the Bah Humbug Advent Calendar
Release Date: December 1st as individual story. Later in the month if you bought Bah Humbug.
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My Novellas, My Novels, My Short Stories

Savory Subplots in Lighter Fare

I recently wrote a story with a main character in an enmeshed, codependent relationship with his best friend. Months before the story opens, he begins the long journey to end the unhealthy nature of their relationship while attempting to salvage the friendship. When a new love interest shows up and it gets serious, his friend clings for dear life. He knows he needs to make even more of a change if his new relationship stands a chance.

Sounds like a meaty, angsty book, right? In fact, my story is lighthearted and playful, but it does have that serious subplot that hovers in the background. After all, at the heart of all fiction is a character’s inner journey, moving away from their current identity (living a life where they are stuck) and shifting to their essence (becoming what they are meant to be). If their identity at the start of the story were idyllic, what’s the point of moving past that? And then what’s the point to telling that story?

In my writing I deal with psychological issues (abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bullying, addiction, to name a few). I went into the therapy field for a reason, but the number of people who are willing to push past the stigma of mental illness and admit they need help is staggeringly low. I had no interest in writing self-help books, though my education and work experience had essentially set me up for that. That simply didn’t interest me.

I knew writing fiction with characters facing these issues head on was more up my alley. I also knew these stories could be helpful to readers, even if all they saw was they weren’t alone in the world or discovered a name for what they’d been experiencing so they could more easily seek out help. We pick up books for entertainment, but those books can also make us think for days about what happened to those characters. And on the very rare occasion, those books have the power to change us.

Some of my books are very plotty (with some angst): Silver Scars, Farm Fresh, Picked Fresh, North Star trilogy, and Tangled Mind. I know not everyone enjoys books with that much depth. So I write light-hearted fare as well.

I still add psychological issues into the subplot of my lighter fiction. In Bent Arrow, one character had PTSD and the other suffered from depression and a fear of emotional intimacy. Fall Into You dealt with grief and depression. Feathers From the Sky addressed the fear of rejection. There was self-loathing in Cheeky Hipsters & Jocks and Risking It. None of those issues were central to the story, but they hovered in the background.

strokeofluckf1Stroke of Luck is a light-hearted, sweet story with a subplot that deals with a serious, debilitating issue that can cause people to stall out in a relationship that harms them. I show codependency in Cas and Maisie’s relationship without going into overly long explanations. I don’t explicitly tell readers this is the type of relationship Cas and Maisie are in because codependency isn’t the heart of the love story. Cas and Marc’s relationship is, even if Cas is hampered by his relationship with Maisie.

Because of the codependency, I know readers are going to dislike, if not hate, Maisie. She’s the antagonist, after all. I never set her up to be well liked, but she’s not the villain like Tasha was in Fusion and Flare or Ray was in Naked Organics.

On the surface, what Maisie does seems awful, but Cas stuck with her as long as he has to help her. Cas essentially set himself up as Maisie’s protector, and she became dependent on that safety net and expected Cas to always be around, or at the very least, to come back home after he’d had his fun. In return Cas developed low-self esteem and poorly defined boundaries. He easily flew off the handle and struggled becoming intimate with lovers.

People resist change at the best of times, but when that change comes out of the blue, human nature causes us to dig our heels in deeper. What Cas had with Maisie was a relationship both needed to find a way out of. Cas just happened to be the one to light the fuse without telling Maisie that the world as she knew it was about to blow up.

Here’s an excerpt where Cas fully realizes the cost of he and Maisie’s relationship:

Cas had spent the last four months slowly peeling one of Maisie’s fingers after the other off his wrist, but she kept latching back on. And Cas had been so focused on Marc these last few weeks, he hadn’t noticed how tight her grip had become.

He had to escape, but how did you leave the one person in the world who understood you better than anyone? He just wanted the barbed hooks that had been lodged in his heart eight years ago to be pulled free without destroying everything, if that were possible anymore. He wanted to be free to love Marc without the guilt of betraying Maisie.

He’d watched people walk out of his life for so long that he eventually set it up so no one could ever stay. Fucks only on Saturdays so he had to get home for brunch. Not telling repeats about Maisie until the last possible moment, which, of course, made the relationship seem all the more suspect. Eventually there weren’t repeats, and in the last six months, there had only been hookups.

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The fates conspire against Marc, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas. When Marc and Cas discover they live in the same building, it’s kismet. But Marc has to invite chaos into his life if he and Cas stand a chance, and Cas faces a choice between friendship and love. Luck may be on their side… if they’re willing to risk it all.

My Novellas

Stroke of Luck – October Surprise

I have a surprise book released today!

You’re gonna fall in love with me. You’re already halfway there.

strokeofluckf1October 2, 2016, a little after noon, I created a new document titled, October Surprise. I had high hopes I’d be able to get this story ready to go before I left for GayRomLit because I wanted something new. After all, it was only supposed to be a 12-15K story. Not too long. Nothing complicated. Just fluff and fun to help celebrate Halloween and to break up the monotony that had been my work life.

My writing started off slow. I was lucky to get 500 words a day out in between all my prep work for GRL and editing jobs I’d taken. And then something amazing happened. Words started pouring out of me. I was managing 5-7K days and more. And then I found the perfect cover image and created a cover I adore!

By the time I sent October Surprise to my editor on October 13, it came in at 25,000 words. It was a solid novella with a title that fit, but I worried people would think the story was about politics. And OMG, are we not all so sick of politics we could puke? I know I am. So after a little bit of brainstorming while I waited for the edits to get back to me, I came up with something better.

Stroke of Luck is a Meet-Cute, Contemporary MM Romance between two bisexual men. It’s a sweet story with a little bit of kink that deals with the themes of friendship, relationships, consent, refusing to make assumptions, and love.

Tuesday as I rode in the car toward Kansas City for GRL, I sorted through my edits. When we got to the hotel on Wednesday, I finished the edits, read through the story, listened to it, and then formatted the ebook for my proofreaders. Then I partied with my friends at GRL and met amazing people.

I got home Sunday, essentially collapsed, and then on Monday got back to it again. Today is Thursday, and the last of the proofing arrived in my inbox this morning. I fixed all things, listened again, and then uploaded to Amazon just after noon. If you’re keeping track, that’s twenty-four days. I started a book 25 days prior to hitting publish on Amazon.

I have no clue how I did it, but I fricking love this story. I really do. I swear most of it came from my muse. I love her so.

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After everything Marc owned burned to a crisp, he’s living off the kindness of others. A model condo is his temporary home, and his last dime went to essentials. He doesn’t need another distraction, but the fates conspire against him, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas.

Cas’s love life has been in limbo for years, lovers moving on as soon as they discover how close he is to his best friend, Maisie. Then he meets Marc. The attraction between the two men can’t be denied, but Cas isn’t sure he can risk his friendship for a guy who will only end up leaving when he sees how close he and Maisie are.

When Marc and Cas discover they live in the same building, it’s kismet. But Marc has to invite chaos into his life if he and Cas stand a chance, and Cas faces a choice between friendship and love. Luck may be on their side… if they’re willing to risk it all.

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Unmuzzled at GRL

ROAD TRIP!

Tomorrow I start my journey to Kansas City, MO, for the yearly event that is Gay Rom Lit. It’s a reader retreat for those who love MM Romance. This will be year number three for me, and I’m going as a Featured Author. I finally recognized that sixteen published stories gave me enough credibility to do so.

These conferences are fantastic because I get to talk about MM Romance without censoring myself. At home I tone things down for people who know that I’m a writer. I even temper myself around my loved ones.

But at GRL, I get to meet face to face with people who talk freely about what we enjoy reading. It’s a time to let loose. At last!

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Edmond Manning and I got a little crazy in 2014. RAWR!

In 2012 I went to an authors’ workshop my publisher, Dreamspinner Press, puts on yearly. That was the first time I spoke so freely about this genre. I had a hard time. We were asked to write a sex scene and then share it with our tablemates. I’m not a blusher, but OMFG! I think I had my first hot flash right there at the table as I read aloud.

Fast-forward to today and it would be a different story. I relish is talking openly to readers about what we love, talking to other writers about the craft of writing, as well as the struggles and the downright frustrations of marketing. (Seriously, I hate marketing!)

In past years I’ve had great conversations while walking to get coffee and over breakfast. Discussions break out anywhere, and the subject matter isn’t glossed over or spoken about in euphemisms. Nope, I use all those words that “polite society” has told me not to use.

For years I hid what I enjoyed reading.

When I began to write, I kept it a secret except to my husband. When I “came out” at work, I was vague, saying I wrote Romance and leaving it at that because if I were truthful, I risked losing my job. Parents of preschoolers tend to be an uptight bunch.

When my kid got old enough to ask questions, again I was vague to keep her from going in front of her fourth-grade class and telling them her mom writes about Kevin and Hugo falling in love. As she matured, she started shipping her favorite YouTubers, and of course, like mother like daughter, they were all men. At age thirteen, she started reading MM fan fiction rated for teens. Then she started writing it. She’s probably the only person in my life I can be semi-open with. Not completely. I’m her mother still, after all.

This summer I was happily surprised when my best friend shared the release of Picked Fresh to all her Facebook friends. My mother told me my niece has a copy of one of my books, yet my mother refuses to tell her friends my pen name or what I write.

I hate the stigma that still persists around this genre.

Even more, I hate the assumption that MM Romance equates to porn. No, people. No, no, no!

But I think that’s changing some. Or maybe I’m changing because of experiences like GRL where I feel free to talk. I’ve handed my business card out to people who’ve asked about my writing, where in the past I tried to brush my books under the rug so I didn’t have to answer the dreaded question, “What made you decide to write that?”

In less than a day, I’ll be driving down to KC, where I can talk openly about our mutual appreciation of MM Romance again. It’s been too long. I can’t wait to get there.

If you’re at GRL, sign up for my newsletter so I can send you (eventually after I figure out how to use a new website) a download link for my newest and unreleased story, Stroke of Luck. Come find me if you’re going to be there. I’ll try to keep my iPad with me at all times.


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After everything Marc owned burned to a crisp, he’s living off the kindness of others. A model condo is his temporary home, and his last dime went to essentials. He doesn’t need another distraction, but the fates conspire against him, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas.

Cas’s love life has been in limbo for years, lovers moving on as soon as they discover how close he is to his best friend, Maisie. Then he meets Marc. The attraction between the two men can’t be denied, but Cas isn’t sure he can risk his friendship for a guy who will only end up leaving when he sees how close he and Maisie are.

When Marc and Case discover they live in the same building, it’s kismet. But Mark has to invite chaos into his life if he and Cas stand a chance, and Cas faces a choice between friendship and love. Luck may be on their side… if they’re willing to find out.

Contemporary | MM Romance | Bisexual | Fate | Halloween

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