YANNI’S STORY – OUT NOW!!
When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance—charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath—who abuses Yanni until he finds the courage to leave.
Yanni should feel free. But by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance and once again being caged by fear.
Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni begins to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man with a kind heart but who’s twice his age. An unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.
“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.
I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight, I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.
Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.
But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”
Trigger Warning: Descriptions of violence, suicide, and sexual assault. Reader discretion advised.
I’ve just hit “publish” on Yanni’s Story. Amazon KU can take 30 minutes or two days to publish a book, so I figured I’d just hit publish today and hope for the best.
But before you think about reading this book, you might need to know a few things…
First, it’s a slow book. Why? Because healing from emotional and physical trauma is a SLOW process. For some readers it might be too slow, and that’s fine. Please know the pacing is deliberate and how the characters needed it to be told. Anything otherwise would have been forced, or there would have been huge time-jumps in the storytelling. The fact it’s 120,000 words probably doesn’t help either. It’s a LONG book! Yanni has a lot of issues to get through, and coupled with a slow healing process, it’s an unfolding story. There’s no action or drama, no formulaic plot twist at the 75% mark. It’s simply a story of healing and growing, and believing in yourself to finally find your place.
Second, there are trigger warnings in this book. Specifically:-
Trigger Warnings: Descriptions of violence, suicide, and sexual assault. Reader discretion advised.
These instances are not on-page, but the ramifications are. The events are described, their stories told, and the characters are left to deal with the aftermath.
Now, if trigger warnings are not your thing and you get annoyed in an ‘OMG it’s such spoiler’ kind of way, be thankful. Be thankful you don’t need to be pre-warned because of the lasting psychological damage shit like domestic violence and sexual assault can leave behind.
If you do need trigger warnings, in particular those listed above, I’mma hug you first then tell you this book might not be for you. <3
Lastly, this book delves into Daddy kink, and it’s also May/December trope. If you’ve read the Spencer Cohen Series, you know Peter is 43 and Yanni is 21. Again, if these are not for you, you might want to give this book a miss.
Now, if you’re A-okay with the aforementioned, then please by all means go ahead and read. If not, that’s okay too. <3
I’ll be posting the buylink as soon as it goes live!
Hello again! This is only going to be a super short one today. I’ve had another busy week (I seriously can’t remember when they weren’t). So a quick rundown of what I got through this week:
- Some (not all) proofing edits on Yanni’s Story
- Released some (not all) ARCs of Yanni’s Story
- Wrote 11K words. My WIP is now at 19K 🙂
- Finalised some artwork for the new Thomas Elkin Series covers (which are amazing, by the way – and I’ll share them soon.)
- Started to proof the audio of Red Dirt Heart 3
- and probably a bunch of stuff I can’t remember…
This week coming up, I only have three days at home. We leave on Thursday and get back on Monday (not going anywhere exciting, unfortunately) but I still have a weeks’ work to do (cry me a river, I know LOL). Anywhoooo, my list looks a lot like this:
- Finish proofing the audio of RDH3 – and it’s soooo good. Joel slays it!
- Finish sending all ARCs to review blogs
- Write more words on my WIP – I’d love to be up to 25K before I leave.
- Finalise the proofing edits for Yanni.
- Format the final file of Yanni for ebook and paperback.
I think that’s enough for three days… 😉
And speaking of the paperback of Yanni’s Story, I have the wrap cover to show off! In keeping with the Spencer Cohen theme, I made up a mock cover and sent it to Sara York, who did a superbly fabulous job in making it perfect!
Isn’t it gorgeous?? I just love it! I can’t wait to hold one in my hands!
As I’ll be away next weekend and Monday, I highly doubt there’ll be a usual Monday morning post. But as Yanni’s Story is just 8 days away, I’ll definitely be posting between now and then. I’ll try and find some excerpts to share 🙂
Until then… <3
Yep, it’s Monday again. And if you’ve been reading these weekly musings from me, you’ll know Monday is my favourite day of the week! Sounds crazy, I know. But hear me out. After busy BUSY weekends of sport, usually travelling somewhere, housework, laundry for days, grocery shopping, noise, yelling at kids to pick their shit up, Monday to me means blessed silence.
And I tell ya, that shit is golden. LOL
I love silence. When my house is quiet and still, and the coffee is hot, it’s like the best thing ever. For writing, anyway.
I’ve had a busy week with work. What I got done:
- Worked on second round and final round edits on Yanni’s Story.
- Sent Yanni’s Story to proofreaders.
- Worked on final round edits of Best of Both Worlds (the free story I haven’t exactly decided what to do with yet)
- Spent far too long on formatting Best of Both Worlds for Createspace, which worked fine. As did ePub and PDF, but Mobi keeps being an arse. In the end, I gave up. LOL I’ll get back to it one day…
- Sent Chasing Fire (my m/f omni story) off to an editor.
- Sent Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin 1) to my editor for new edits and re-release.
- Sorted through some stock photos and stuff for new Thomas Elkin covers.
- Managed some words on my new WIP, which is now at 8K words.
- Bought another pre-made book cover. (I need to stop doing that LOL)
- Worked on/bought more swaggy stuff for GRL.
- And probably a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember right now.
What I want to get done this week:
- All the words on my WIP. ALL of them! LOL
- NOT buying any more pre-made covers. I think I need 12 step program LOL
And that’s it! That’s all I want to get done this week. I want to write, write, write! I’d really like to report back next week and say my WIP is now at 20K. It’s probably not likely, because I have so much other stuff that pops up every damn day, but I want ALL the words. And I know that writing books is only 50% writing (probably less, I suck at maths LOL) and all the other stuff has to be done, but damn. All the other stuff (like editing, marketing, promo, formatting, blah blah blah, just kills me. I’m trying to delegate more but that, like too many files on my computer, are a WIP 😉
Anyway, enough rambling from me. Until next week… <3
Seriously, it’s like I’m writing these GMM posts every second day… This post is only going to be super short. A fly-by post, really.
Anywhooooo, it’s been another busy week. I swear, they all are these days.
Because Yanni’s Story is 120K words long, my editor is doing edits in three split parts. The book itself is written in three parts, so it makes sense to edit in three smaller, more manageable sections. Then we’ll put it all back together into one book before release 🙂 Anyway, I’ve done the first-round edits of the first section. I’m still hoping for an August 29th release, but damn, it’s gonna be super tight. I apologise in advance if it doesn’t happen on the 29th. <3
I’ve also finished edits on that drabble-style story I’ve been talking about. The thing is, I don’t know what to do with it. It’s written in 100 word chapters, so people will probably be like “WTF IS THIS CRAP? It’s not even a real book!”
And the m/f story I’ve been re-working, I hate. So I don’t know what I’ll do with that either.
Anyway, I’ve started something new this week. I’m only 5K into it (editing and re-writing and real life bit into my writing time this week) and I have absolutely NO clue where it’s headed, how it will end, or anything about it really. LOL It’s the story of a corrections officer (parole officer) and a guy who got busted on a break and enter charge. I’ll keep you posted on progress, of course!
I also bought another pre-made cover. God help me, they’re like crack. LOL I now have SIX that I need to write stories for. I need to seriously stop looking at sites, and just bloody write all the words. Though I think I safely have my schedule for 2018 sorted already! Possibly even 2019! In related news, if anyone knows how to produce clones, I’m all ears…
So that’s it for now. I told you it’d be a short one. I’m away every weekend for the next three weekends, but I will try to post. I was thinking I might drop an excerpt from Yanni’s Story next week!