It's been a rough few months. My hubby hurt his shoulder months ago and wound up having surgery on his right rotator cuff on May 4th. He's right handed so it's been an experience to say the least. My oldest daughter also had surgery a week after his so she's been here along with my 1 year old grandson.
And yes... I have been enjoying lots of toddler hugs and cuddles.
She also brought her huge dog who is a sweetheart but that now makes 4 dogs & 1 cat (who's already mad because...oh that's right...he's always mad except for when my hubby, the only human worthy of him, is petting him).
And we survived the last week of school only to start passing around a virus of some sort.
Needless to say not much writing has been done the last few weeks ( but the amount of laundry to be done has been downright scary) but I'm slowly getting back into it.
Last week I did get the good news that a submission I sent in to Pride Publishing will be getting a contract so there's another TK Paige story that's coming.
Things are finally settling down here so I'm hoping my muse stays strong when I get to hide in my office.
Except... I hear pandemonium occurring again.
*sigh* Maybe later.
I've been tagged by the snarky and completely awesome Beany Sparks. You can see her blog post here
For my post I'm going to talk about my newest novella, A Second Chance Love which came out for general release in October.
What is the name of your character?
Her name is Kerri.
When and where is the story set?
It’s a contemporary story. It’s set on a medium sized working ranch about thirty minutes north of Oklahoma City.
What should we know about her?
She's a widow and while she still loves her late husband she is ready to move on. When she loves somebody she’ll give them everything but she’ll never be a push over.
What is the main conflict? What won’t she talk about? What messes up her life?
Kerri becomes involved in a ménage where the other two are an established couple. Jacob and Kyle have been her friends for years. She fears that adding her could interfere with their relationship.
What is the personal goal of the character?
She wants a future with the men she loves but she wants them to be happy most of all. Even if it is without her.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
It’s called A Second Chance Love and it’s available at the following links.
Now for my tag I'm zapping the completely wonderful Bailey Bradford for next week.
These things always give me fits. Basically, I am an author of gay erotic romance. Everyone should be free to love whomever they choose; there's already such a shortage of love in our world. Denying anyone the right to love equally is just f*cked up. Besides being an author, I am a mother, a new grandmother, a wife, and a combination of many other things that make my life joyous day in and day out. Unless someone swipes my chocolate. Then it gets pretty ugly quickly.
A Second Chance Love came out for early download at Totally Bound yesterday so my fingers are crossed right now. Does anybody ever get used to this.
I finished Destiny's Mates for the most part. I have one little scene I might go tweak before I submit it for the anthology. Only problem is it might nudge the length slightly over the limit. Whoops.
Thought I might post a snippet & see if anyone likes it.... A fairly long one
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“Mine!” A voice snarled behind me. Taking me by surprise. Even more shocking was the part of me deep inside of me that snapped to attention.
Oh hell no, Gaia! Not yet! Shouting silently to my Goddess, and even more troubling was that I recognized that growly tone. It had shifter written all over it. I turned around to see a large man, coming out of the shadowed trees, stalking towards me. The way the other pack members and humans from the town scattered I knew he was a powerful wolf. He growled again when I took an instinctive step backwards. It was more to get the full view as he closed in on me than any true fear, but I don’t think he realized that as his expression softened.
“Don’t be afraid. I’d never hurt you, mate.” His voice a whispered reassurance, sent a shiver down my spine along with a riot of other wonderfully delicious sensations.
I couldn't deny my own reaction. He was my mate. Dammit, looked like I was going to have to get used to shedding problems. Sighing to myself over the headaches that were sure to come from being mated to a big, stubborn wolf shifter, I could at least be grateful he was gorgeous.
Thick caramel, shoulder length hair and toffee colored eyes set in a roughly handsome square face. I almost moaned out loud as I slid my gaze down over the rest of his body. And there was good amount to take in. He had to be way over six feet tall, wearing a tight black shirt that showed off a solid, muscled build that had me rethinking my misgivings. Because, hell, I just wanted to tear that off him and start licking.
But when I reached the erection that was barely contained by his snug black jeans, I changed my mind about where I wanted to start.
Foreplay could wait for round two.
Shaking my head to clear it, I tried to focus on some practical things before I gave in and jumped on my new favorite toy.
Like the fact that we’re surrounded by people and finding out his name.
“Don’t deny me.” He reached out, cupping the entire right side of my face with one hand. His touch was very gentle, almost as if he thought I would run away. “Just give me a chance.”
Aww, he was so sweet.
I put my hand over his, holding against my cheek as I nuzzled into it. Because in spite of the complications I knew were going to crop up I had longed for this. “I’m not denying you. Just trying to focus on some priorities first.
His gaze turned quizzical.
“I’d like to learn my mate’s name.” I stepped closer to him, trying to show he had nothing to worry about. He had to be almost a foot taller than me, so I tilted my head back so I could meet his gaze.
A sheepish expression spread over his face. And was that a slight blush? “Ethan Alexander.”
“Destiny, I just moved here.” I grinned up at him. “I thought it might be a little exciting to get out and meet everyone tonight.”
“Did you get more than you bargained for?” He teased me but I could see a lingering wariness in his eyes.
Trying to put him at ease, I put a little purr into my voice, answering, “Maybe, but nothing I can’t handle.” I’d always thought the stories of that instant connection when mates met were a load of crap or just exaggerated. But I was going to have to rethink that if the wave of tenderness that swept through me was any indication. In some ways it was even more intense than the arousal his nearness caused.
Those almost pretty toffee eyes turned heated as he wrapped his arms around me, pulling me completely against him as he leaned down towards me. I closed my eyes as I raised my head to meet his kiss. This was my mate, I wanted to savor this first taste.
But we were interrupted, quite rudely.
“MINE!” A new voice roared behind me as a hand grabbed my shoulder and pulled me away from Ethan.
Gaia, are you fucking serious!
Ethan snarled as he lunged for me. “No, she is mine!”
As I was shoved out his reach Ethan’s grab turned into an enraged charge at the man who’d been behind me. It was so fast I didn’t even have time to curse as I hit the ground and rolled to my feet. Grateful I’d worn jeans and sneakers because if I’d gone with the sundress and strappy sandals I probably would've broken an ankle.
I turned to a pack member I’d met earlier, “Andrea, who the hell is that?”
“That’s our Alpha. I can’t believe Ethan is fighting him. They’ve been best friends all their lives and Ethan is his Beta.” The timid blond wolf was pale as she watched.
Okay, I’d been out of the game for a while but I think that meant Ethan was second in command. Well shit, this wasn’t good. I saw everyone watching the two snarling wolves, because, yes, they’d shifted into a couple of overgrown furballs.
They were circling each other, snapping and snarling. I assumed Ethan was the wolf with the dark brown fur with the caramel shot through it. His eyes had turned a dark amber color that were filled with menace, quite an intimidating sight. He was almost twice the size of any non-shifter wolf I’d ever seen
And Ethan still wasn't as large as the wolf he was facing.
That one, my other possible mate was massive. Heavily muscled and at least half a foot taller that Ethan. I hadn't gotten a look at him before he shifted so I didn't know if the absolute black of his fur matched his hair. I would loved to find out but from the way they were going on I didn't see it happening anytime soon.
Goddess forbid they actually act like intelligent, civilized leaders.
The others, anger clearly on their faces, started turning to me because this was so obviously all my fault. Yeah, like I had any say in this testosterone fiasco. It wasn't like I had intentionally mated the two most powerful shifters in the pack and set them at each other’s throats.
And all within fifteen minutes of showing up at my first party in my new town.
“Stop!” I yelled at them, growing more furious when they ignored me as they continued to circle. Then they came together in a fury of fangs and claws.
Hurrying over to a refreshment table, I grabbed a huge bowl of punch. I hefted it up, getting a few double takes as I carried it over to the stubborn assed flea bags still rolling around.
“BAD DOGS!” I dumped the contents on them, smiling at the startled yips as they stopped fighting and turned to me. They looked like over grown puppies as they gaped at me incredulously. If I hadn’t been so pissed I would’ve been surprised that canine faces could be so expressive. “I’m going home. Give me an hour to calm down, then come to my place if you two want to grow up.” Yeah, I was snarling but dammit this wasn’t how I had pictured finding my mates.
When the Alpha growled at me I curled my lip at him, hearing a few gasps from the crowd. They all better get used to it, especially his royal wolfiness. I didn’t back down for anyone.
Just ask my king.
Ethan shifted, punch dripping down his face, “Where do you live?”
As I stomped off I snorted. “You’re both wolves. Figure it out.”
School is almost here! And I am doing a happy dance of joy at the thought.
Don't get me wrong. I love my kids but they are driving me crazy.....And I'm driving them crazy right back so I believe we all need the break.
The only drawback is the one that's starting college...No, I'm definitely not ready for her to move out. I will be burying myself in writing to distract myself from that. Which will be good (I hope) because I really want to get Jared's Salvation finished up and submitted. I started out thinking that it would be about the same length as Here For You.
Uh, no that didn't work out. It looks like it's going to wind up around 55k or maybe even hit 60k.
Considering that this was originally planned as a 10k - 15k anthology submission I am still scratching my head over this one. Apparently not only is Jared a stubborn bastard, he is also a mouthy one. Poor Colin just wants a little bit of page time too.
I am just itching to dig into the other stories that I have planned. Rise, a shifter story that might be the start of a series. The next two books in the Crossed Paths Trilogy/ series (there might be more than 3). I also have an idea or two for more books set in Deacon.
Yeah, my muse yells "Squirrel" a lot.
I haven't gotten any writing done since we moved in late June. Partly because unpacking and settling in the new house has been keeping me busy. Then there has been the elation/stress of my first release. That has been a bumpy ride. I feel like a puppy begging for petting the way I hope to see positive feedback. I truly appreciate the positive things I have read and even the not so positive.
But another reason is I'm trying to figure out how to finish up Jared and Colins book. I'm kinda stuck at the moment. I'm trying to decide which way to go.
Since I have decided to make this the first of a trilogy I've changed the title to Jared's Salvation to fit with the following books better. I'm going to have to do some tweaking and a total redo of the first chapter. So maybe diving into that will help feel the rest of it out. It was going to be a stand alone but when I was trying to plot out the end a minor character just jumped out at me. He had a title and a storyline that has me itching to write. The third book will be closely tied to his.
I also have a shifter book titled Rise that I have started on. I am hoping to make that the first of series and they will probably have a darker tone. There is another book that I have in mind that is a stand alone for now...Ari's Wolf...This one has been in my head for a long, long time so part of me wants to sit down and write it first.
Honestly, I feel like my muse keeps going "SQUIRREL!." I have at least 3 more books in my head and I'm planning on writing them all. Not to mention some submission calls that look intriguing.
While I plan on writing pretty much everyday it will only be for a couple hours. My 18yo daughter leaves for college in August and we plan on spending some time together. She wants me to teach her to cook her favorite things and help her find some new recipes for her and her roommates. So I plan on enjoying the time I have left with her. I will throw myself into writing full-time when school starts back up for my younger two.
Here For You is out for early download now & I'm excited/terrified.
The last 2 months have been a roller coaster. My hubby was transferred to a new store so he was only home for weekends. We were lucky that he found a house for us so quickly but I was on my own to pack up for the move. Plus, I didn't get to see the new house until we moved in this past weekend. He took pics with his phone but photography is not his strong suit.....Not to mention he barely knows how to work his phone....Forget about changing his camera settings on it. He is strictly point & shoot.
The good thing about it is I have been too busy for nerves to set in...Well, for them to drive me too crazy anyways.
But now? Yeah, it's setting in now...I'm actually grateful to be unpacking, I hate to think about how nervous I would be if I wasn't keeping busy with that. And when I'm done setting up the house I plan on throwing myself into finishing Saving Jared & diving in to the next one, a paranormal titled Rise.
Please let my muse cooperate.
Okay, I think I have this figured out and Jared aka stubborn bastard has approved.
When Colin Ryland risks his life to save Jared Williams young nephew he earns the attorney's gratitude. But as Jared comes to know the open and caring man, the walls around his guarded heart fall quickly. Colin is hesitant at first but ultimately can't resist his attraction to this man with a sophisticated reputation who holds nothing back where his emotions for Colin are concerned.
But when a threat from Colin's past surfaces he and Jared disagree over it's seriousness. Then Jared takes matters into his own hands determined not to fail another lover and it may cost him the very man he is trying to protect.
Even worse, when Colin realizes that Jared was right all along, Jared may not live long enough for Colin to make it up to him.
So I was thinking about Saving Jared.....And when you read the book the Saving has more to do with Jared than just his life possibly being in danger.....Of course it will depend on what it is like after I finish it & polish it up...
Crap, how does everyone not go insane trying to decide on what to use for these? I finally went with part of the scene where James and Mason are introduced. FYI the book is told from Jame's POV
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The guy was talking with Kent about the types of calls our little rural fire department got and about how often it happened. I stood a little ways off from them, politely waiting for Kent to introduce us when they finished up. And if I took the opportunity to covertly look the guy over, who would know?
He was about six feet tall, which made him an inch or two taller than me. He was also a bit broader than me, and it was definitely a bigger bone frame that gave him the size. His white T-shirt was a little tight and wet, clinging to him in such a way it proved beyond a doubt the guy was fit. He wasn’t in any way close to being a freak of nature or body builder type of muscle bound. But he was definitely built. I was so glad that today was truck washing day.
His face was turned partially away from me so I couldn’t see his eye color or the exact shape of his face without tipping everyone off to what I was doing. So I just took in the dark brown hair with a little bit of a red tint to it. Cut a little long and shaggy, it looked casual and I liked it. It was a nice length. Just long enough to hold on to while you… Better stop that train of thought before certain parts of me proved that they still functioned in spite of the ‘dating drought’. If I wasn’t careful, I’d end up giving Tosh more ammo for later.
Too late. My phone gave the message tone assigned to only her texts. I mentally kicked myself for picking that particular one when I was ticked at her the other night.
Kent turned and asked, “Is that a braying donkey?”
I sighed. “Yes.”
“Let me guess. That’s Tosh texting you.” He didn’t say it as a question, just assumed it was his wife.
“You didn’t use the crazy bitch one?”
I sighed and explained for the new guy’s benefit. “I was annoyed, not pissed off this time.”
It looked like it took some effort, but Kent managed to choke down his laughter and turned back to the newbie. Poor guy was looking a little confused at the thought of a volunteer having those ringtones set for the fire chief’s wife.
Kent took pity on him and explained. “This is James Hara. He is my wife’s best friend. Has been since they went to college together. James, this is Mason Sullivan. He just moved to the area and wants to help out.”
While I traded hellos with him, I finally had the chance to look him fully in the face. I just about swallowed my tongue.
When I originally did this blog hop I put it on my Tumblr but I thought I would go ahead & post it here too now that I have my site up.
Okay, my *cough, cough* friend Beany Sparks sicced the blog fairies on me….I think she did it because I was putting off setting up a blog. I admit I have been avoiding this side of being an author because I am not that adept with computers.. *snickers*… Yeah, that was my computer laughing by the way. Yes, I am that bad.…..God help me when Beany decides it is time to set up my website.
Alrighty, here I go
1) What am I working on?
I am on Book 3 right now, an untitled stand-alone. I have gone back to m/m where I think my muse will be most of the time. My second book is an m/m/f novella of around 23,000 words scheduled for a fall release. It’s still going through editing so I’ll have to see where it actually winds up. While I enjoyed writing the second book and have another m/m/f in mind for in the future my muse is most definitely going to be m/m most of the time…..It might have something to do with him looking like Karl Urban …….and Nathan Fillion……Tom Hiddleston…..Chris Pine….Dominic Purcell….and others but mostly Karl.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, my first book, an m/m stand-alone, isn’t being released until this summer so I don’t really know if anyone will consider it different. However, one of the few people who has read it did say they loved the humor. I didn’t really set out to write funny things but I do have a highly inappropriate sense of humor in real life and it does seem to come out at the worst times. Open mouth insert NBA team sized feet. Trust me, not everyone finds me amusing so I tend to keep my mouth shut in public, so probably that does bleed through as I write. You know, that could be fun….*grins evilly*
3) Why do I write what I do?
Honestly, I don’t really know why I write m/m because I don’t presume to know how the male mind works, even after being married for almost 25 years. All I know is I find men in books and life to be funny, sexy, intriguing and highly entertaining (frustrating, annoying, infuriating) so that is where I follow my imagination to.
The thing is as I grew up I started reading romances because I am a die-hard romantic. I may not watch a lot of that type of movies because I prefer action and sci fi but when it comes to books I want a romance with a HEA. Even in my urban fantasy series that I read, but I will wait a long time in those. When I was a teenager I would read romances and while I did enjoy them I would be reading and thinking to myself….Why are you waiting for the hero to save you?.....There is fork right there on the table……STAB THE ASSHOLE IN THE BALLS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!!!.... …..So for a long time it was the guys in the books that I really enjoyed the most and not just because I found them hot.
Plus one guy is hot, two or more is just awesome.
How does your writing process work?
I drop the kids off at school, fix a ginormous cup of coffee, sit down at the computer and stare……and stare…..and stare some more….No, it’s not really that bad, but I am a very slow, methodical writer. I will write, go back, rewrite, go back and check something earlier in the story and realize that I have to change something. Either the new idea or the earlier scene. I am new at this so I am trying to figure out my process to be honest.
Book 1 I had a clear idea of everybody in the story and the plot. It actually flowed pretty well and stayed the way I had it in my head. I just had to learn how to actually write the story. Which was challenging and still is honestly. Book 2 was trickier because I had a harder time with the ménage dynamic. Now Book 3 is untitled officially for now. However on the computer it is labeled “Jared is a stubborn bastard” because when I sat down to start this book I had a clear vision of what he would be like….He is nothing like what I had in mind other than his job and his feelings for Colin…..While this book has followed the general outline of the plot, the tone is way different than I imagined……Thanks Jared. I actually mean that because Beany and my other friends seem to like the snippets but don’t tell him that…He is also a smug bastard.
I am always running book plots through my head during my day….Seriously….It is amazing I haven’t killed somebody in grocery store checkout aisle yet. Or burned the house down while cooking. The only time I am safe to be around is when I am reading……And you still need to set off a bomb to get my attention….or wave a Karl Urban pic at me……Or better yet, wave Karl…Please.
I think I have appeased the blog fairies now. If not, I have a salt shaker I am going to empty on the ground to keep them busy. I think I saw it on Supernatural and I am curious if it will work.
I'm starting out as a writer of M/M & a few M/M/F romances and who knows what else. I have deep appreciation of humor, sci fi, paranormal & all around weirdness...But most of all I love HEA's