The world is a scary place right now and we could all use some peace. I’ll be taking some time away from social media and the constant news updates this week to try and save my sanity. Luckily we have the world of romance to escape to, where HEA’s are guaranteed. I absolutely understand everyone’s need to take some time out as well.
But first some updates:
RARE 2020 (Edinburgh) has been postponed to July 16th and 17th 2021.
At this point in time, I am still going. It’s a dream trip for me, and I have every intention of being there. I will try my best to transfer all flights and accommodation to make this trip happen. I’m currently waiting on my travel agent to get back to me – they have closed their office due to Covid-19 restrictions here in Aus, so I’m not sure when I will hear anything.
If any reader who has ordered books from me requires a refund, please email me at email@example.com I know it’s an uncertain time for everyone, and there are bound to be disappointed people, but I do believe postponing this event is the right thing to do. As it is right now, Australia is at a level 4 travel ban (we can’t fly out of the country so I couldn’t have gone this year anyway), but giving us another 12 months to ensure the health of safety of everyone involved is a good thing.
I will advise on my confirmed plans when I can. I have a LOT to work out, and appreciate your patience about this.The audio for Throwing Hearts is almost done. It’s so wonderful!! I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. I estimate the release date to be approx mid-April, though this may change. Will let you guys know if it changes drastically.WIP update:My WIP (book two in the Missing Pieces Series) is now at 24K. So. I managed all of 3000-4000 words all week, which is pitiful. I did get one round of edits of Book One in, which was something productive, I guess.Book One in the Missing Pieces series is called Pieces of You. I still don’t have a release date for it yet. Will update you all when I know. It is book one in a trilogy and I have to plan for all three books, not just one. I was planning to release it to coincide with my UK trip in June, but that is no longer happening. The two books I had intended to write after the trilogy are now on hold and I need to think of something else…. one was a close-proximity-for-medical-reasons trope which feels wrong given everything the world is enduring right now, and the other was an apocalypse style story that also feels kinda wrong. Soooo, I need those characters to be quiet for a while and let some others start to chat.I’ll work out a new release schedule and will post it asap.
The Dichotomy of Angels is now available at all retailers!
For a limited time only! Grab it while you can
Tallowwood is now on Audio!!
2019 Goodreads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Awards
1st Place – Best Mystery
1st Place – Best Law Enforcement
1st Place – Best Action/Suspense
Some good news!!
We adopted a dog! We found him at the RSPCA and decided he needed a forever home. We named him Murphy, but he gets Mr Murphy, or Murph. He’s adapting well and has sacrificed many, many things to the god of destruction, including computer chargers, a bra, two hats, a sock, many plants, three ceramic plant holders, a cushion, and four cacti – YES CACTI. Who would have ever thought that you’d need to say ‘don’t eat the cactus’. He’s also destroyed FOUR rolls of toilet paper!!! Does he not realise how valuable that is right now?? haha
But he’s still learning and he’s only 10 months old, so we have some chewing time to go. And yes, he has a hundred dog toys to choose from. LOL
Ruby (our other dog) loves him and has adapted quite well to having a brother. I thought I’d share a pic…
Okay that’s it for this week. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay home if you can, wash your hands, and be kind. It’s a rough world out there right now and we need all the love we can get.
Hi everyone! Wow, what a week, huh? The state of the world right now is awful, and heartbreaking. I’m trying to stay upbeat and positive but that’s not easy. I’m incredibly privileged that I am able to work from home, and with that comes the task of keeping my writing going (though it’s not easy to be creative and productive right now) and that also means letting you know what I have coming up this week.
I actually have a lot on this week. And I hate marketing and pimping myself on a good day, and now with the Covid-19 pandemic, it feels… icky. Trying to advertise and sell stuff feels wrong at this time, but like a friend said to me yesterday, maybe they need it more than ever. And this is true. People do need an escape, even if it’s fictional. So with that in mind, I can tell you this week I have the following:
The audio goes live on the 24th!
You can find it AUDIBLE
The Dichotomy of Angels goes into Wide Distribution
If you use Kindle Unlimited, now is the time to grab TDOA before it goes wide. Please note, it will only be wide for a short time – maybe two to three weeks before it goes back into KU.
Throwing Hearts audio and paperback!
This week I’ll also be proofing the audio of Throwing Hearts for release next month. OMG Glen Lloyd is so perfect for these boys!!!
Throwing Hearts is now available in paperback!!! You can find it HERE!
I will be adding it to my signed paperback form when I get my copies, hopefully this week!!
The Italian release of Yanni’s Story
You can find the Italian translation of Yanni’s Story HERE
My dear Italian friends, my heart is with you and your country in this terrible time. Keep safe!!
A freebie for my French readers!GRATUIT ! Des Romances m/m écrites par quatre auteurs renommés !La promotion aura lieu du 20 au 23 mars.Retrouvez des histoires d’amour intenses et fortes en émotions.FRENCH READS FOR FREE!Lane Hayes, N.r. Walker, Rj Scott, and Cara Dee bring you the opportunity to download french translations of some fabulous reads. Visit the giveaway on Prolific Works for more information and to claim your books.
Okay, so that’s it for this week. Oh, and thank you all for the very kind birthday wishes on Saturday. Much needed love right now. Please everyone stay safe, be kind to others and be kind to yourself. We will get through this. In a time of such anxiety and stress, romance books with a guaranteed HEA are a pretty great place to be.
THROWING HEARTS IS OUT NOW!!
A fun and sexy romance where the kiln isn’t the only thing that’s scorching hot.Leo Secombe loves his life, and he’s convinced himself he’s happy to be single. In his spare time, he keeps himself busy at a local LGBTQ centre that pairs a younger person with a community elder to help them feel included in today’s rainbow family. Leo and Clyde have been buddies for a few years now, and signing up for a pottery class seems like fun.Merrick Bowman has been so focused on getting his pottery business up and running that he’s forgotten how to date. How to live, even. But when a young, bubbly Leo and an older, grumpy Clyde walk through his door, Merrick has no idea how much Leo is about to centre his world.Throwing clay has been Merrick’s entire life, but Leo’s about to change all that. Maybe Merrick’s ready to throw caution to the wind. And maybe he’s ready to finally throw his heart on the line.Throwing Hearts is 55,000-words.
Just so you know, there’ll be no Good Morning Monday post tomorrow. I wish everyone peace and good health as the world faces the Convid-19 crisis. Take care of each other and be kind to yourself. Until next week…
It’s release week for Throwing Hearts!! I’m super excited for the world to meet Leo and Merrick this coming Sunday. They’re adorably cute and fun, a little bit sexy, and super sweet. Kinda just what the world needs right now 😉
The paperback should go live on release day as well, and I’ve sent the file to Glen Lloyd for narration of the audiobook!! So things are moving right along. And the paperback cover is sooo cute! Huge thanks to SJ York for helping make it so perfect! Look at this prettiness…
And as promised, an excerpt… In this scene, Leo is telling his flatmate (and bestie, Kell) all about the cute pottery teacher, Merrick, and what he could find out about him on social media…
“Don’t make me wait, Leo,” she said. “I need all the details.”
“Well, he’s not married, and from what I can tell, he is single. There’s no Grindr profile, which is a relief. No photos of him with another guy, no holiday snaps, and his Instagram is all about his pottery studio. He’s been tagged in a few photos and seems to have a really cool group of friends. There’s even a few family photos, and no crazy cult mentions, either.”
“So basically you’re saying that he is single and perfect.”
“Pretty much, yep.”
Kell laughed. “So, show me the pics.” She nodded toward my phone.
I went straight to Instagram and found his profile. “Oh, he’s so cute!” She said. “Gotta love a guy who can put a rainbow flag in his profile.”
“I know, right?”
She scrolled some more. “Did he make these?” They were two large, round ceramic bowls with some kind of crazy glaze. They were refined, minimalist but earthy, and they looked incredibly expensive.
“I think so. Pretty sure he only tags and watermarks his own stuff.”
“Holy shit, he’s clever.”
“Uh . . . Holy shit he’s gorgeous.”
Kell laughed. “That too.”
She scrolled down some more until she came to a photo of six friends at a table in a restaurant somewhere. There were empty plates and wine bottles on the table. They were all laughing, and Merrick had captioned it with “love these people.” There were a few hashtags of friends and best friends, and they looked close and extremely happy.
Kell continued to scroll down through his posts until they found what looked like the grand opening of the studio. That was four years ago, and there was one photograph of Merrick inside his studio sitting at that long table, and he was laughing at something. It was a candid shot and strikingly beautiful. “Oh wow,” Kell said.
And then she did the most horrifying thing anyone could ever do.
She accidentally double-tapped.
She looked at me, aghast. “Oops.”
Holy flying shit balls. “What did you do?”
“I didn’t mean to!” She squeaked and handed me back my phone like it was on fire. “Oh, Leo. I’m so sorry. So, so sorry.”
I could literally feel the blood run from my face. She’d just double-tapped. On his photo. She had just liked his photo from four years ago, on my profile! He was going to get a notification that basically proved I’d been stalking him. “Oh, this is bad. This is so bad.”
“Maybe he doesn’t check his notifications.” She looked stricken. She pulled a couch cushion onto her lap and clung to it. “Maybe he doesn’t use his Instagram much. Check when he posted his last photo; then see how often he posts at all. He might not ever know. He might not even know it’s you.”
“My profile picture is my face, with my name, and that I’m part of the Bridge-the-Gap program is in my bio.”
“Oh God, Leo. I’m so sorry.” Her face lit up then with an obvious idea. “Ooh, we can change your profile picture and your bio. Here, give me your phone. He’ll never have to know.”
“Or I could just move to Peru and become a llama farmer,” I replied, not really joking. How was I going to face him on Friday? “Or maybe I can donate my body for organ harvesting a little sooner than expected.”
“Ooh, dibs on your liver.”
“Bitch, I need that.”
Kell laughed. “Well, llama farming could be fun.”
“I’ll have to tell Clyde we’re going to swimming instead of ceramics. If he ends up drowning Shirley, then I’ll go to prison as an accessory which, to be quite frank, is preferable to facing Merrick on Friday morning.”
Kell made a pained face. “I’ll bake you cakes with nail files in them. I promise. If you go to jail, that is.”
I patted her on the knee. “Thanks.”
“It’s probably the least I could do.”
They’re all so much fun!!!
Next week I will have the buy links for you, when it goes live on the 15th.
What is available for preorder is the audio of Tallowwood!! It goes live on the 25th but you can pre-order it HERE
Okay, that’s it for this week… I hope everyone stays safe and I’ll see you all next Monday!
March is here already!! I cannot believe how fast that came around. And what better to celebrate March than with a new release! I can’t wait for everyone to meet Merrick and Leo. Their story is fun, sweet and sexy, and it’s a swoony romance. I think the world could do with some cavity-inducing sweetness and heart-eyes romance right now, and I’m super excited for everyone to meet these two.
Blurb:A fun and sexy romance where the kiln isn’t the only thing that’s scorching hot.Leo Secombe loves his life, and he’s convinced himself he’s happy to be single. In his spare time, he keeps himself busy at a local LGBTQ centre that pairs a younger person with a community elder to help them feel included in today’s rainbow family. Leo and Clyde have been buddies for a few years now, and signing up for a pottery class seems like fun.Merrick Bowman has been so focused on getting his pottery business up and running that he’s forgotten how to date. How to live, even. But when a young, bubbly Leo and an older, grumpy Clyde walk through his door, Merrick has no idea how much Leo is about to centre his world.Throwing clay has been Merrick’s entire life, but Leo’s about to change all that. Maybe Merrick’s ready to throw caution to the wind. And maybe he’s ready to finally throw his heart on the line.
Throwing Hearts is 55,000-words.
Will have an excerpt for you next week! Until then…