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There’ll be no Good Morning Monday post this week. I figure this one post is enough and the idea of spamming people gives me hives LOL
Have a great week!
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!!
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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.
Another Monday already! Sorry for the lack of post last week – I didn’t have much to report and I was so busy with real life, so it got away from me. I do have some things to report this week though!
The first being…
Upside Down audio is FINALLY out now!!
Aussie narrator Glen Lloyd has done a masterful job bringing Jordan and Hennessy to life. I can’t wait for you all to listen!
KINDLE UNLIMITED TO WIDE DISTRIBUTION
Also for those of you who don’t have Kindle Unlimited, the entire Red Dirt Heart series will be going into wide distribution for a bit! From Nov 12th, they’ll start appearing at all retailers, and will stay there for a month or two. I do like to switch my books in and out of KU cycles.
The RDH Series KU link on Amazon is HERE
I’ll provide all the links to the other retailers when I have them.
The WIP from hell is still plodding along. It’s slow going but at least it’s moving forward. Currently at 57,000 words but still a ways to go. I need to get the base of the first draft down this week. I have to. Or I’ll miss an editing deadline 🙁 So fingers crossed for all the words!! I need to report here next Monday that I got it done.
OMG this year is almost over. And can you believe it… this decade is almost over! Craaaaazy, isn’t it? But with a new decade brings new things, new goals, new milestones. I’m excited but also a little scared, not gonna lie. The world’s political arena at the moment is a horrifying spectacle and I worry about what it means for my kids, and how the new normal is really rather depressing. BUT all doom and gloom aside, adversity brings about change and strength. 2020 will be a good year. I’m determined for it to be my best year yet!
Okay, so that was a deep and dark beginning LOL On to brighter things…
So this week has been busy, but I say that a lot so it’s not anything new. I’ve been trying to get some writing done on my current WIP but man it’s slow-going. Currently at 10K words but I should have had it half done by now. I’m thinking it will be around 50-60K words long, so I have a LONG way to go. I’ll be mostly absent from social media this week as I try and crank out some words.
It was supposed to be a darker drama style story but one of the characters is kinda funny. Not intentionally funny like Jordan (Upside Down) or Henry (The Weight of It All) but more of a so-awkward-it-hurts kind of funny way. I don’t know… it’s still early days yet, so he might come into his own yet. I don’t know. I’m sure I’ll get to know him better as the book progresses 🙂
I’m so ridiculously excited for this!! It’s taking a fair chunk of time to get approved but it should be here any day! You can find me at AUDIBLE and check the day it goes live!!
Glenn has done such a perfect job of bringing Jordan and Hennessy to life. I can’t wait for you all to hear this!
And in other audio news…
I’ve just signed a contract with Tantor for FIVE audios!!! I’m so excited for this!!
- The Hate You Drink
- Private Charter
Will be coming out over the next year or so. The narrator will be new, and I’ll share more on this when I can confirm details. But needless to say I’M VERY EXCITED!! 🙂
My next book is called Reindeer Games and it will be out October 29th. Yes, I know it’s a month early, but sometimes schedules need to change. This is a collab with a bunch of other authors for charity call Ace’s Wild Series, and I’m so excited for everyone to meet my boys. Leif and Russ are so sweet, and their story is one of hope and finding someone who understands what’s really important.
The awesome list of authors and release dates are as follows:
The third book in the series comes out this week!! You can find the series listing on Amazon HERE and each book will be added to it as they become available.
Reindeer Games will be up for pre-order on the 25th October with the cover reveal!! Eeeeek!!
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Okay that’s it for this week! I told you it was busy 😉
I better manage some words this week or I’ll be pissed. LOL So tune in this time next week to see if I managed to write AT ALL!
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!
Sorry for not posting my weekly update last week. Kinda out of spoons lately, not gonna lie. I’ve been taking some mental health days off social media and it has helped me regroup and recharge. Some days we just need to unplug for a bit and take a breath.
I’ve been struggling to make headway on my WIP. It’s at 27K words and honestly, I should have finished it weeks ago. But I can almost see the finish line (It’s a novella) but I really do love these characters. They’re cute and authentic, and their story is about being true to one’s self and finding people who appreciate the real you. It’s supposed to be Christmassy but it’s really about as festive as I am (spoiler: I am not festive LOL). I can’t give too much away just yet, but I can tell you my WIP is part of this amazing line up:
Ace’s Wild is a multi-author series of novellas that take place in the same fictional town. The connecting element in the Ace’s Wild series is an adult store owned by a gay couple–Ace and Wilder! The main characters from each novella will make at least one visit to Ace’s Wild, where they’ll buy some kind of fun toy to use in their story. Each novella can be read as a standalone. The only characters who crossover to each book are Ace and Wilder. And with various heat and kink levels, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Me, obv. LOL Riley Hart, Christina Lee, Devon McCormack, Annabella Michaels, SE Jakes, Morningstar Ashley, Neve Wilder, Lane Hayes, Jaclyn Quinn, Luna David, Davidson King, Alice Winters, Max Walker.
The first novella will be released September 24th with one coming out each Tuesday for fourteen weeks! Given you know mine is a Christmas novella, I can say my release is early December 🙂
The Best Part:
For the first 90 days after each novella releases, royalties (buys and page reads) will go to an LGBTQ charity of the author’s choice! So…you’ll not only get some great reads, you’ll be helping a charity in the process. Each charity will be clearly labeled in the blurb of each book.
We’re so excited to bring you guys this series! It’s been killing us to keep it to ourselves. We hope you have as much fun in our quirky little town as we did! I will post more on this when I can. I can NOT wait for everyone to see the amazing covers we have for these books!!
I’ll be finishing this WIP up this week. I’m also travelling a lot in the next month, so I’ll be offline trying to get as many words written as I can.
THYD WIDE DISTRIBUTION
The Hate You Drink is now enjoying wide distribution.
You can find it at the following retailers:
Still waiting on Scribd, but here’s my author page:
Tallowwood Cover and Blurb Reveal COMING SOON!!
I’ve been working on edits and getting some crinkles ironed out, and it’s almost ready for my proofreaders. I had a general idea of the cover I wanted and I’d played around with a lot of ideas, but something wasn’t quite right. So I passed it off to Reese Dante and holy crap, she NAILED it. I’m so very excited about this book – I love the characters so much. I can’t wait to share the cover and blurb with you! Stay tuned for that next week!
IMPORTANT AUDIO NEWS
I explained the other week that my audio schedule for 2019 has changed, and I’d like to elaborate. Nova Praetorian has been uploaded into ACX and is due out any day/week now, and this will be my last collaboration with Joel Leslie. I’ve since removed all future planned collabs from my immediate schedule, and have been exploring other avenues with other narrators.
The only books I can confirm at this time are Nova (due out soon), Sir is scheduled for Nov (with Nick Russo) and Upside Down should be a Sept release (with a new-to-me Aussie narrator). I’m super excited about Upside Down coming to audio!! I’ll reveal more soon, and I’m hoping this narrator will also be on board for narrating Tallowwood. Tallowwood is a special book for me, and I’d love to have it done. But it’s another long one (approx 100K words) so it will be super pricey to produce.
In all likelihood, Kennard’s Story won’t be done in audio. Which isn’t ideal, I know. And If The Hate You Drink, Private Charter, Imago and Imagines, or Sixty Five Hours ever make it to a studio, remains to be seen at this time. I’d like to think they will, but it will be next year if at all.
I know this is disappointing for some folks, and it is for me too. But also, for some business perspective, please bear in mind that audios are hella-expensive to produce. This year alone, I’ve already spent over $15K AUD on getting audios done. By the years’ end, I will have 12 audios release this year. Getting some of my backlist into production was my plan and I have NO regrets. LOL (I love audiobooks!). And I still plan to produce audios when I can, and will let you guys know if and when that happens. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 🧡🧡
I have the Italian version of Imago coming out very soon, and the German version of Switched coming out soon, and I’m so excited! I never could have dreamed my books would be translated around the world and it blows my mind. I’ll show the covers when I can! Thank you everyone for being along for this crazy ride!
Okay folks, I have another busy week coming up, but I should be back with another update next Monday with the cover and blurb to Tallowwood. Until then…
It’s been another busy week, but then again, I haven’t had a non-busy week in years LOL. Though my daughter got her drivers license last week and it has really freed up a lot of my time. I used to spend a lot of my days driving kids all over town – sometimes leaving the house 8 or 10 times per day – but now she’s mobile, I don’t have to do that anymore. It’s like I’m getting a little bit of my life back! So yay for that!
I didn’t manage a great deal of words this week, but my WIP is now at 10K and should be about 50% done. It’s only a super short story, but it’s taking longer than I wanted it to. Real-life and dealing with some professional changes as well has really cut into my time. It’s all good, and positive, just time-consuming. But I’m hoping to almost wrap up the WIP this week. It’s fun and flirty, and will be my 2019 Christmas story. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a huge fan of Christmas so in keeping with that theme, one of the main character’s hates Christmas, and the other is a little more festive, but it’s certainly no Hallmark Christmas movie. LOL The book itself is a little bit secret-squirrel stuff, but as soon as I can disclose more, I most certainly will. Though I can say there is a Christmas themed masquerade ball and you may never think of Rudolph the same way again. 🙂
We’ve been dog-sitting my friend’s 8-month-old rottweiler, and it’s been like having a 45kg toddler in the house. He gets into everything, doesn’t listen, and the biggest most adorable marshmallow ever. LOL Our dog Ruby loves him, they rumble all day long, stampede through the house at 5am, and trash everything in the process. But it’s cute, and we honestly don’t deserve dogs. They make everything better 🙂
Oh, and in case you missed this last week…
And the audio of Galaxies and Oceans is up for pre-order!! It comes out tomorrow!
You can find it HERE!
Okay that’s it for this week. Nothing too exciting to report, really. Fingers crossed, next week I’ll have some exciting audio news for you and I can say I’m finished my WIP 🙂
What a week indeed. The release of Sir was fabulous, so a HUGE thank you to everyone who read and reviewed Sig, Levin, and Hunter’s story. Sir broke into the #1 in six or seven countries on release day, and is still doing really well. I’m so glad people are loving that little book! It was fun and very different, and I love using creative muscles I don’t get to use very often. Thank you guys, for supporting me and reading my books.
You can find Sir at Amazon
Upside Down is still on sale at all retailers, but only for another couple of days. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, I strongly urge you to do so today. It will also be leaving wide distribution and heading back into Kindle Unlimited.
You can find it at:
After a lifetime in purgatory, Audible has FINALLY released THROUGH THESE EYES!!
You can find it HERE!
The audio of Finders Keepers is OUT NOW!! You can find it HERE!
And the audio of Galaxies and Oceans is up for pre-order!!
You can find it HERE!
I know at the beginning of the year, I had said there would be a range of audios coming out in 2019. That has since changed, and all future audio productions are on hold for the moment. Thus far, this year alone, I’ve had 9 or 10 already, which is a LOT. The production of Sir has been scheduled for later in the year and that will be happening. I also believe Nova Praetorian will be out sometime soon as well, but apart from these two titles, audios will slow down for a while.
Thank you for understanding.
Tallowwood is now with my editor (yay!) and I’ve started something new! It’s only very new – this week has been kinda stressful in dealing with some stuff and was not kind for productivity and words, but I have started it so that’s something I guess. I can’t say much more about this new book than that at this point because it’s secret squirrel stuff. But it will be a lot of fun and I’m certain my readers’ will love it!
Okies, that’s it for this week. Until then…
OMG finally finally finally!! The first draft of this bloody book is done!! It’s very rough and needs a mountain of work and fixing before I can send it off to beta-readers, but it’s DONE!! It came in at a rather plump 95,400 words. I had originally thought it would be three x 30,000-word novellas, but the characters were adamant it be one book. The word count was pretty much the same either way, but I think it will make for a better reading experience.
And the title?
Tallowwood is a fictional town where the majority of the book takes place. It’s set in Australia, the two main characters are Detective August Shaw and Senior Constable Jacob Porter. August is from Sydney, and he’s a reclusive guy, isolated and kind of grumpy. He works the cold case division. Jacob is an Indigenous man, lots of fun, very smart, very sociable. Jacob’s next case is tied to August’s and so the two have to work together.
It was daunting as hell to write. I’ve never done a murder/mystery style book before and considering I don’t plan or outline a single thing, it made it rather difficult. LOL My brain is my worst enemy!
I’m so relieved it’s done. This week will be spent fixing it, adding and deleting accordingly. And I will probably add an epilogue, just to wrap it up with a bow. Because that’s how I like my books written 😉
Sense of Place is FINALLY live!!
You can find it at Audible
I’m still waiting for Through These Eyes to go live. It’s been approved by ACX for FOUR weeks but still nothing 🙁 Fingers crossed it will be soooon!!
Blindside (Blind Faith 3) has been sent and approved by ACX and at this rate it’s likely to be approved before Book 2 in the series. *long suffering sigh*
The Italian translation of Breaking Point is up for pre-order! You can find it HERE! And the cover is gorgeous!
I’ve also signed the contracts to have another four books translated in Italian – Galaxies and Oceans, Finders Keepers, Switched, and The Hate You Drink, will all be finding their way to Italy over the next 18 months! I love my Italian publisher, Triskell Edizioni <3
My kids are off school for one more week. I will be mostly self-editing Tallowwood this week, and finalising the file of SIR (ebook and paperback) which is due for release on July 25th. It’s all happening folks! Always busy and loving it!
I’ll have an excerpt for SIR next week for you all!! Super excited for you all to meet Sig, Levin, and Hunter!
💜🖤 Upside Down is now available at all retailers!🖤💜
Links are as follows:
www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ upside-down-n-r-walker/ 1130976995?ean=294016325549 8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/
store/books/details/ N_R_Walker_Upside_Down?id=M KmdDwAAQBAJ
I do try and cycle my books out of KU so everyone has a chance to grab them. I know that not everyone has/wants KU but unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil for me and my books in the way of visibility and reach. I do appreciate your understanding! But if you haven’t met Jordan and Hennessy yet, you’re in for a treat!
In Audio news, Through These Eyes (Blind Faith 2) and Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin 3) should be hitting the airwaves any day now. I’m so excited for you guys to hear them. Narrators Michael Pauley and Nick Russo have done a FABULOUS job!
In WIP news, my current torture device is at 55K words and is still going soooooo slow. It is research heavy, and my self-doubt is crippling me on this book. I have no clue what I’m doing and I’m pretty sure every word sucks LOL Well, I don’t know about sucks, but I can say with absolute certainty that each word is hard fought for. Still without a cover, still untitled, still un-finished LOL I do LOVE these characters though, and if all else fails I hope that shows through.
In other news, I’ll be taking a break from social media until this book is done. There is so much hate in the world right now and I’m beginning to think maybe that’s what’s killing my writing mojo. It’s depressing af, and I’m really struggling at the moment. Social media can be such a wonderful platform and I love the interaction with readers and other authors, and how we come together from all over the world to talk about books. I’ll still post my GMM post next week, and fingers crossed it will be to tell you that I’ve almost finished this book and things are looking up for me.
Until then, much love. And remember kids, if you can’t be nice, be quiet.