What an amazing week it’s been! The release of Tallowwood has been FAB! So many people have read and loved it. I’m so thrilled, and so proud of August and Jake!
With lots of #1 rankings all over the world, Tallowwood is still #1 in LGBT Mystery and #2 in Gay Romance in the US, and it’s still #1 in all LGBT categories in Germany and Australia. I’m so happy people are loving this book!
I’ve seen reviews like
“Best book of 2019!”
“N.R. Walker at her best”
With lots of words like powerful and lyrical and brilliant.
Guys, I can’t thank you enough for the response to this book!! It’s always a risk when an author tries something new, and I’m honoured that you guys took a chance on me!
The paperbacks are also available, and they are just gorgeous!!
Now for that freebie…
I’m part of an awesome group on Facebook with seven other authors, and together we are the M/M Daily Grind. We decided to give our readers a little something special for FREE!! That’s right – there are EIGHT short scenes – completely FREE! You can find them at this link…
So what is my bonus freebie for you all??
A deleted scene from Tallowwood!! YES, that’s right!!! But, please note, the deleted scene contains spoilers for the book, so if you haven’t read Tallowwood yet, by all means, grab the freebie while you can but maybe read the book first. 🙂
OMG it’s going so slow… I’ve still barely started it. This release week has been crazy-busy and I’ve had edits on my next release and travelling, and now it’s school holidays for my kids, so lord knows how much writing I’ll get done this week…
I need to get some serious words down this week somehow. Though I can’t help but wonder if I started the wrong book. Which is weird. But there were other characters who piped up, but these other guys were louder but now I’m second-guessing myself. I just need to put my head down and get on with it, I think.
Anywho… Have a great week, guys! Until then…
It’s release day for Tallowwood!
Universal Link: http://mybook.to/tallowwood
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YB6LCVK
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YB6LCVK
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07YB6LCVK
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07YB6LCVK
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07YB6LCVK
Cold cases, murder, lies, and an unimaginable truth.
Sydney Detective August Shaw has spent the last decade of work solving cold cases. Since the death of his boyfriend eight years ago, August works alone, lives alone, is alone—and that’s exactly how he likes it. His work is his entire life, and he’s convinced a string of unsolved cold-case suicides are linked to what could be Australia’s worst ever serial killer. Problem is, no one believes him.
Senior Constable Jacob Porter loves his life in the small town of Tallowwood in the middle of the rainforests in northern New South Wales. He runs summer camps for the local Indigenous kids, plays rugby with his mates, has a close family, and he’s the local LGBTQIA+ Liaison and the Indigenous Liaison Officer. When human remains are found in the camping grounds at Tallowwood Reserve, Jake’s new case turns out to be linked to August’s cold cases, and Jake agrees they’re not suicides at all.
With Jacob now firmly in August’s corner, they face one hurdle after another. Even when more remains are found, they can’t seem to gain ground. But when the body of a fellow police officer turns up under the same MO, it can’t be ignored anymore. August and Jake must trace the untraceable before the killer takes his next victim or before he stops one of them, permanently.
Oh my GAWD it’s been a busy week, and this week will be even busier! I’ve been travelling the last two weekends, trying to get things ready for Tallowwood release day, trying to start my next book, and working on some edits and proofing for a surprise for you guys later this week. It just neverrrrrr ends!!
But yay for release weeks!! It’s always an exciting, nerve-wracking process for me. I’m so excited for everyone to finally read the book and meet the characters, but OMG what if people don’t like it, or if it falls spectacularly short of expectations, or if Amazon decide not to upload it, or SOMETHING… The stress and anxiety over new releases will never get old, and I probably don’t want it to. Because maybe that wouldn’t mean I’d gotten used to the process but more that I didn’t care? I don’t know. I’m clearly overthinking things, because this is release week and that means stressing over every little thing haha
Anywhoooo, stay tuned for another blog update this week once Tallowwood goes live. I’ll be posting the links for you!
What else is happening this week?
I have edits on next month’s new release (OMG don’t ever let me agree to moving releases a month forward ever again LOL) and edits on a surprise short story I’ll be doing as a freebie later this week. It’s part of a newsletter boost, and I’ll be posting more on that later as well.
I should just get my name changed to Busy… because seriously, I AM BUSY. haha
This gif is an accurate representation LOL. See you all again on Thursday!
Release day for Tallowwood is getting closer!! And I promised an excerpt so, without dragging it out, here it is…
Detective August Shaw sat in his old, cramped office, tucked away from the rest of the bustling Police Headquarters in Parramatta, Sydney. He preferred it that way. He didn’t even mind the shoebox-sized office if it meant people left him alone.
His colleagues would smile at him and some even tried to make small talk about weekend football or local festivals, but August would simply pretend to smile behind his coffee cup and make his excuses to go back to hiding in his office.
He felt at peace there; productive and useful. As the lead, and only, officer dedicated to his particular division of Sydney’s cold cases, he would immerse himself in the past, trying to make a quiet and unassuming difference to a cold and cruel world. Every day he locked himself away in his tiny office, and every day he fought to bring justice to victims long forgotten and closure for those who were left behind.
August felt older than his forty-one years. It wasn’t the fact his greying beard belied his brown hair or his recent acquisition of reading glasses. It wasn’t how his body ached when he stayed too still or if he pushed himself too hard at the gym, and it wasn’t the small lines at the corners of his eyes that made him feel old. It was the weariness in his bones. Weariness and the sullen weight of responsibility for the unsolved cases that surrounded him in his office. They bore a kind of weight that sometimes made August unsure if it was trying to pull him under the surface. Or if it was keeping him afloat.
They weren’t just file numbers to him. They weren’t faceless names. They weren’t just archive boxes full of folders or statistics.
They were family.
Each one was a human being, a son or daughter, a person whose life was cut short. Each cold case in his care was someone who identified as LGBTQIA+.
August’s days were mostly filled with paperwork. That probably would have driven most cops crazy, but August didn’t mind the hours of cross-referencing numbers, evidence, and report data. He made phone calls, did internet searches, and sent evidence away for analysis. The beauty of modern technologies that had been so lacking thirty, twenty, ten, or even five years ago, now opened new possibilities of identifying killers. He could utilise pathology, DNA, ballistics, toxicology that didn’t exist at the time of these deaths. Sometimes he struck gold, sometimes he struck out, but he never stopped trying.
He’d make phone calls and speak to the family and friends of victims every so often. Some took tracking down. They were either long gone, moved on, or deceased. Not everyone was contactable; not everyone wanted to be found. It wasn’t like the movies or the TV shows. There was no glamour, no accolades. Maybe that’s what August found the most gratifying. He didn’t do this for the esteem or the reputation other homicide detectives found in recent, high-newsworthy, front-page fame.
August did this for the victims.
He did it for those who no longer had a voice. For those whose spotlight had been extinguished and whose deaths were filed under Unresolved or Inconclusive.
He also very deliberately buried himself in work. Days, nights, and weekends were spent poring over details, which didn’t leave much time for any kind of social life.
Which was very much the point.
Some days, the only time he spoke to anyone was when he ordered coffee or lunch, if he got forensic or ballistic reports, or if his boss called him into his office. He didn’t dislike his boss exactly. August didn’t exactly dislike anyone. He didn’t like them much either, but August avoided human interaction if he could manage it. Except for anyone in the periphery of a case, of course. But it was usually him who had to make those calls, which was why, when his desk phone rang, it scared the shit out of him. It also took him fifteen seconds to find the handset under open files and papers.
He snatched up the phone. “Detective Shaw.”
“Hello, Detective Shaw, this is Senior Constable Jacob Porter from the North Coast Area Command. How are you today?”
August frowned. “I’m fine. Is there anything I can help you with?”
“Yes, actually, I think there might be. I have a case I could use your help with.”
August’s frown deepened. “My help? With what, exactly? I work cold cases.”
“I know who you are, Detective,” he replied. “And while this particular case is new—we found human remains two days ago—this body’s been there a while.”
“I’m not the only cop in the state who specialises in cold cases.”
“No. But you are the best.”
August almost smiled. “If it’s a homicide, call homicide.”
“I have enough cases of my own to get through, Senior Constable.”
“That’s just it,” Porter answered. “I think this is one of your cases.”
“One of mine . . .” August’s frown became a scowl. “How so?”
“The victim was gay,” Porter answered.
“That hardly makes it mine.”
“It was made to look like a suicide,” he added.
“And you don’t think it is?”
“No. That’s not all, Detective. The medical examiner suggested I call you. Said it would be familiar. The body was found with a note in his pocket, a quote from a poem. And a silver cross.”
August’s stomach dropped and he could feel the colour drain from his face. “Oh.”
“So yeah, I was wondering if you could help with some finer points. I could email—”
August looked at the file he’d been reading and reread the name. Mustafa Holzieg. Mustafa, like the others, in all the files that surrounded him, deserved better. August nodded, more to himself than anyone else. “I can be there first thing tomorrow morning.”
My next book begins!! Well, I’ve been researching a little and I want to start actually writing this week but I’m away until Monday arvo, then my Mother in Law gets here for a week. Which is fine, but people think “working from home” actually means “you don’t have to do anything” and countless interruptions aren’t a problem, right? Ugh. Drives me crazy! LOL
But busy times… I’m away until Monday, my MIL gets here and stays until Friday. Then I fly to Sydney on Saturday (6am flight, what was I thinking?) with two 17 year old girls and we get home Sunday night, just in time for my daughter’s Year 11 exams to begin. Busy’s fun, right?
Oh, and the audio of Upside Down should be out in the next 2-3 weeks!! I’m so excited for this!
That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back next week!
I spent most of this last week away, taking a lovely few days in the Hunter Valley with fellow MM author Nic Starr. It was a much-needed recharge and catch up. We chatted and laughed, and discussed the industry goings-on. It was a lot of fun! I finished going through my WIP first draft and tidied that up, considered what I want to start writing next, and managed to get in some reading time!
So, more on my WIP… It was scheduled for release in the first week of December (as I explained last week with regards to my usual 8 weeks between releases) but that has now changed to the end of October. It’s really only 4.5 weeks earlier. Being a part of a multi-author anthology (with separate releases) another author needed to swap and given my first draft was done, it was a no brainer. Yes, self-publishing comes with a certain freedom but real life should always come first.
I had originally planned to have a late Sept release with Tallowwood, then a ten-week wait until early Dec release with the anthology/charity novella, then having a February release and maintaining my usual 8-week release schedule into 2020. But that has now changed and the ten-week wait between books has come forward.
What this means for my readers is that my release schedule now looks like this:
Sept 25 – Tallowwood
Oct 29 – anthology/charity release
Mid-January – next release, and continue on with the normal 8-week release schedule from January.
So really not much is changing, just the shuffling of dates. The upside is that you guys will get to see the cover sooner, and of course get the book sooner as well!! So yay!
Upside Down Audio
Coming Soon!!! Not sure on exact dates, but I’ve listened to the proof which means it’s on the home straight. Maybe three weeks-ish? It will depend on how long ACX decide to hold it hostage…
BUTTTTTTT the amazing narrator, Glen Lloyd killed this performance. He was the PERFECT choice for Jordan and Hennessy! Such a true Aussie voice and I’m reeeeeeally hoping he’ll be on board to narrate other books as my finances allow.
I’m very excited to announce the release of Imago in Italian!! I absolutely LOVE working with Triskell Edizione, and Imago is already listed as a best-seller on their site!!! It goes live on the 9th!!
And of course we kept the cover because Lou Harper is a genius and this cover is AMAZING!!
Also Switched will be out in German soon!! I’ll post links when I have them!!
Okay that’s it for this week. Next week I’ll have an excerpt from Tallowwood to share, so stay tuned for that. This week I have a super short scene to write for a newsletter swap (more on that later) and some research to do (because when can I ever write a book that doesn’t require a shitload of research? LOL)
Last week I promised to share the cover and blurb for Tallowwood, so wait no more!
This amazing cover is by Reese Dante. I had originally played around with the cover myself but something was missing and I couldn’t get it quite right. Conceding defeat, I passed it off to Reese and HOLY MOLY she nailed it!! Guys, check this out…
BLURB:Cold cases, murder, lies, and an unimaginable truth.Sydney detective August Shaw has spent the last decade of work solving cold cases. Since the death of his boyfriend eight years ago, August works alone, lives alone, is alone — and that’s exactly how he likes it. His work is his entire life, and he’s convinced a string of unsolved cold-case suicides are linked to what could be Australia’s worst ever serial killer. Problem is, no one believes him.Senior Constable Jacob Porter loves his life in the small town of Tallowwood in the middle of the rainforests in northern New South Wales. He runs summer camps for the local Indigenous kids, plays rugby with his mates, has a close family, and he’s the local LGBTQIA+ Liaison and the Indigenous Liaison Officer.When human remains are found in the camping grounds at Tallowwood Reserve, Jake’s new case turns out to be linked to August’s cold cases, and Jake agrees they’re not suicides at all. With Jacob now firmly in August’s corner, they face one hurdle after another, even when more remains are found, they still can’t seem to gain ground.But when the body of a fellow police officer turns up under the same MO, it can’t be ignored anymore. August and Jake must trace the untraceable before the killer takes his next victim or before he stops one of them, permanently.
Release date: September 25th
I cannot wait for you to meet August and Jacob. They would have to be two of my favourite characters I’ve ever written. Which is a pretty big call. I probably say that with most characters when I’m writing their book, but these guys are special to me. I hope you love them too!
Oh my GAWWWWD, I finally finished the first draft of my WIP from hell. LOL It ended up at 40K words, and took weeks longer than it should have. But it’s finally done!!!
Release date will be early December. I know I’ve been having around 8 weeks between releases, but this will be approx 9-10 weeks from Tallowwood to this new one. It’s just how it worked out with schedules etc.
Nova Praetorian is OUT NOW!
You can find it at AUDIBLE
And it’s already whispersynced. Which means if you bought the ebook, you can grab the audio for just $3.47usd. And that’s an absolute bargain!
This week I’m headed to the Hunter Valley to spend a few days with Nic Starr, a fabulous and talented Aussie m/m author. There will be writing, reading, wine, and laughs, and I’m sooooo looking forward to it. I’m feeling burned out and this will be just what I need to recharge my batteries.
I have to fix my first draft of the WIP from hell, and sort out some proofing revisions of Tallowwood. I’m also working on a super short extra fun scene as a giveaway later this month. And maybe I’ll start doing some research for my next novel… I know right? Lather, rinse, repeat. It never ends! But it is STILL the best job in the world.
Until next week!