Tomorrow is May. Truly. This year is almost half done. I can’t believe it. But, as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun… I’ve been crazy-busy. I mean, I’m always busy. I rarely ever get a minute to myself – I’m not even exaggerating LOL
This last week I took my daughter and niece to Sydney for a Harry Styles concert. I singlehandedly propped up the New South Wales economy for a while with the amount of shopping two teenage girls subjected me to, we spent a day at Taronga Zoo (my niece had never been on a ferry or to Taronga, so we rectified that) and we had a fab time. I was off social media (mostly) and it’s always nice to take a mental health break.
A little off topic here, but social media is a huge commitment for me. My main ones are Facebook – with my general timeline, author page, and several groups – and Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I do love them, but wow, it’s also a lot of work. I constantly worry that I’ll miss notifications or messages and people will think I’m snobbing them or ignoring them, so I do try and check and double check. It’s not always easy. Especially with FB being so hit and miss with any/all notifications and posts, so I do apologise if I have missed anyone.
I love the interaction with readers, and friendships I’ve made online. I cherish them, I really do. But taking a day or two every now and then to spend time doing other things is absolutely recommended. I can’t be available to everyone 24/7. Not to readers, not to family. And no, not even to Ruby (my dog) as much as she doesn’t agree with, or understand, to be honest. She was VERY happy to see me when I got home. There was a LOT of kisses and zoomies. LOL
I also got home to a LOT of messages, posts, comments, and emails expressing utter LOVE for Evolved, which was wonderful! I am so thrilled that people are loving Shaun and Lloyd. I know that anything sci-fi tends to turn some people off, but loyal readers have been taking a chance and finding themselves thoroughly enjoying it (and 99% of people would like their very own Shaun. LOL Get in line. I’m first. haha)
For anyone who has missed it…
In Audio News! Breaking Point is OUT NOW and Spencer Cohen Book Three is up for pre-order!! I love hearing my books in audio… it’s such a thrill for me. And these two do NOT disappoint.
Sean Crisden does an amazing job as Matthew Elliott in Breaking Point. Truly amazing. The pain and anguish Matt goes through really shines with Sean at the helm. You can find them at:
Joel Leslie is a stellar performer and his portrayal of Spencer and Andrew just might be my favourite yet.
You can pre-order Spencer Cohen, Book Three at Audible
If you’re new to audio, you can always listen to the sample first. And if you sign up to Audible, your first book is free! And they give you a credit for one book a month when you subscribe. It’s an awesome way to enjoy all your favourite books!
WIP Update: Since I was away for half the week, I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d have liked. My WIP, called Private Charter, is up to 24K. I was hoping this story would be about 50K in total, but given one MC has hired a yacht for two weeks and it’s taken me 24K to get them to day 2 of the venture, I’m thinking it might be a little longer… LOL
I also have visitors this week and my kids go back to school on Tuesday, which means all sporting activities every afternoon also start again (you know how I said I’m always busy? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding LOL) therefore I have no clue how much I will get written this week. I want ALL the words but I highly doubt that’ll happen.
Oh, and I know I’ve previoulsy mentioned Thai translations but I can now confirm the following:– SIXTY FIVE HOURS – mid 2018 (so, that means soon!)– CRONIN’S KEY series – beginning in March 2019– RED DIRT HEART series – beginning in March 2020– FINDERS KEEPERS – October 2020I’m super excited to see these! I can’t wait to share the covers with you asap.Okay, that’s it for this week. *wipes brow* I need a holiday LOL I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll see you next Monday! Until then…
I hope everyone had a great Easter, if you celebrate it. If not, I hope you enjoy the discounted chocolate that’s in every store afterwards 🙂
It was another super busy week! I got some feedback and proofing edits for Evolved, which was incredibly fast. And all my proofers have LOVED it, so that makes me feel so much better about it. It’s always daunting to get that first feedback…
In case you missed the cover reveal last week, here it is again!
In 2068, androids are an integrated part of human life. Big Brother no longer just watches from the shadows. It’s in every household.
Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise, mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, he thinks he may have been right.
SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.
Shaun is compatible to Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.
No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.
I certainly can’t wait for the world to meet Shaun!!! <3
I’ve also trudged through the first read-through of the first draft of Galaxies & Oceans, and have sent it off to some beta-readers. I think the timing might be a little off in the first part of the book so I’m asking for some second opinions.
It’s currently 86K words and I’m still hoping to have it out in June! I found this pic online and I just love it – it’s kinda perfect for Patrick and Aubrey <3
In exciting news, I’m hoping to start my newest book this week – well, notes at least. Maybe a chapter or two. I found a cover online that sparked a rabid little plot bunny and despite not being on my writing schedule, these are the characters currently talking to me, so they get to go next 🙂
It will be called Private Charter. I’m not expecting it to be overly long, maybe 40K? But I’ve said that before 😉 It will be hot and steamy, and I can’t wait to start it!
Oh, and in audio news, BREAKING POINT (Book 2 in the Turning Point Series) should be out very soon!! I’ll post the buy link as soon as it hits! I’ve heard the proof and all I can say is Sean Crisden freakin’ NAILS his portrayal of Matt. Oh boy… So good!
And SPENCER COHEN BOOK 2 is up for pre-order and will be out April 10th!!! And as always, Joel does a stellar job! His interpretation of Spencer is utter perfection!
So, that’s it for this week!! Next week I will be in Sydney for the Sydney Author Event. I’m not an attending author, but I will be there to help the very lovely Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine <3 But I will hope to do my Monday post… it might be a little late though. There should be photos though!! I can’t wait!
Until then! <3
Hello Monday!! You guys know I love Monday’s right? They’re my favourite day of the week; after a loud and busy weekend, my hubs goes to work and my kids go to school, and my house is back to blessed silence. I do try and set weekly goals for work stuff, but they don’t always pan out. Last week, I didn’t get the word count I would have liked but I did get some editing done and other admin type stuff so it wasn’t a complete loss.
My WIP word count is now at 53K and it’s going okay. I have some pacing concerns which I’ll probably need to address but I want to get the first draft finished before I worry about that. I’m thinking there’s maybe 20K to go? Not sure. Patrick and Aubrey are all kinds of lovely and I can’t wait for you folks to meet them!
Now, for that cover reveal…
Three’s Company has been out for years. For six years, to be exact. I get the rights back from the publisher on March 21st and as I’ll be self publishing it, it will go live again asap. I really enjoyed revisiting Wil, Adam, and Simon while re-doing edits. I’d forgotten how much I loved them.
So the story is unchanged from its 2015 edition, though it has been re-edited and it has a gorgeous new cover. Reese Dante did the original 2012 cover and I loved it, so I asked her to recreate it, and she did! And as you can see, it’s awesome!
The blurb has been tweaked a bit too!
When he started looking for someone to help heal his broken heart, Wilson Curtis never dreamed he’d find two someones.
After Wilson Curtis was publicly outed, his restaurant business left in tatters, and dumped by his closeted boyfriend, he goes to Key West alone. There he meets Simon Stanford and Adam Preston. Fascinated by this couple, he is soon invited into their bed for some holiday fun.
But once isn’t enough, and the offer is extended for the remainder of his stay. As they get to know each other, in and out of the bedroom, sparks fly, and ten days is all it takes to change their lives.
When it comes time for Wil to leave, with tensions closing in and time running out, tempers flare and emotions fray. Beneath the physical attraction and the foolish misunderstandings is the realization these three men aren’t ready to say goodbye.
Wil soon learns that love isn’t always conventional, and the only thing better than giving your heart to one man, is giving it to two.
I’ll have the buy links up as soon as I can!
Along with all my other books, I’ve now added my Blind Faith series back into KU, while taking On Davis Row out. It’s good to keep cycling books around to give everyone a chance to read.
You can find Blind Faith on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited.
You can find On Davis Row at
In audio news…
Red Dirt Heart 4 is out now!!! You can find it at Audible!
And Spencer Cohen Book One is up for pre-order on Audible, due out on the 6th!
Oh, I almost forgot!! If you want a FREE copy of Elements of Retrofit you can sign up to the Gay Romance Readers Club! It’s super easy, and every month you’ll get a newsletter with a link to a free book!! How awesome is that! March is my month, so hurry to grab your copy of Elements of Retrofit now!!
You can check it out HERE!!
Okay folks, that’s it for today 🙂 I’ll try and post next week though I will be in Melbourne so I may not get time! Until then…
Can you believe it’s almost the end of February? It’s just crazy how fast this year is going already, and I have a lot happening, as per usual LOL
Re-edited and Re-released, the third edition of Taxes and TARDIS is also out now!!And on sale for just 99c!!BLURB:
Brent is a jock, Logan a geek; these men are a world apart. But if opposites attract, maybe it’s the differences between them that make it worth the fight.
Brent Kelly is a laid-back electrician whose only concerns are drinks with friends and which man to bed next. In need of a new accountant to sort out his nightmarish shoebox of tax receipts, he’s referred to Logan Willis.
He doesn’t expect to be intrigued by the science fiction-loving, geeky guy with dark-rimmed glasses and a TARDIS-blue shirt. So his fascination with the soft-spoken Englishman surprises him, and their mutual attraction is completely unexpected. He most certainly never expects to fall in love.
One a jock and the other a geek, both men know the differences between them are vast and could cause problems. But in this opposites-attract erotic drama, maybe it’s the differences between them that make staying together worth the fight.
** 2018 Edition – re-edited, re-released. No new content has been added to the 2015 edition **BUY LINK : AMAZON
SPENCER COHEN BOOK ONEAUDIO PRE-ORDER
I’m very excited to announce that Spencer Cohen, Book One is now up for preorder on Audio!! Joel Leslie really brings Spencer to life in another incredible performance. It goes live on March 6th!
Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realize one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.
The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.
Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.
For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications. Yeah right. Even a blind man could see how this would end.BUY LINK : AUDIBLE
DO YOU USE KINDLE UNLIMITED??KINDLE UNLIMITED – BUY OR BORROW
I’ve just added almost ALL my books back into Kindle Unlimited. This gives Amazon users the option to buy the book, or borrow it as part of their Kindle Unlimited subscription. I periodically move them in and out of cycles so everyone has a chance to read!
You can check out my author page on Amazon to see all my books!
Point of No Return in AudioMatt and Kira’s story is FINALLY in audio! I’m so excited for this and I can’t wait for you all to listen!
And I really must say, Sean Crisden’s portrayal of Matthew Elliott is outstanding!Blurb:
Matthew Elliot is one of LA’s best detectives. He’s been labeled the golden boy of the Fab Four: a team of four detectives who’ve closed down drug-rings all over the city. He’s smart, tough and exceptionally good at his job. He’s also a closeted gay man.
Enter Kira Takeo Franco, the new boxing coach at the gym. Matthew can’t deny his immediate attraction to the man his fellow cops know as Frankie. But in allowing himself to fall in love with a man known to his colleagues, Matthew risks outing them both.
Matt and Kira work to keep their relationship and private lives hidden from Matt’s very public life, fearing it would be detrimental to their careers. But it’s not the other cops who Matthew should be worried about finding out his deepest, darkest secret…. It’s the bad guys.
A very quick WIP update: Galaxies and Oceans is now at 44k words. I’m thinking it’ll be around 80K all said and done. 🙂 Not sure how much writing I’ll get done this week – I have fair bit happening in RL but I’m aiming for as much as I can.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Until next week… where I might have a cover reveal for Three’s Company re-release! <3
Good Morning Monday!! God, these Mondays just keep coming at me, fast. It also didn’t help that last week I scheduled the post to go out on Sunday and not Monday LOL People who know me shouldn’t be surprised… 😛
So, Finders Keepers had a spectacular week! Truly. #1 in Gay Romance, but also #56 in all of Amazon store in the Fiction category. That’s kind of awesome! So a HUGE thank you to everyone who bought or rented Finders Keepers, and to those who reviewed. Every little thing helps visibility, so thank you!
WIP update: Galaxies and Oceans (now the confirmed title) is at 27K. I didn’t get as much written as I’d have liked, but I’m happy with the progress. Especially with what I have going on in real life, and a release week. Oh, and edits on a re-release too…
Which brings me to my next thing…
The re-release of Taxes and TARDIS! I am SO excited to get the rights back to this book. Like REEEEEALLY excited! This was the first book I ever published, so to get it back from the publisher makes my heart very happy!
Re-release date is Feb 22nd (Amazon willing) and it has been re-edited, though no new content has been added since the 2015 edition. (The 2015 edition had an epilogue added) and of course, the GORGEOUS new cover.
I simply adored the very first cover this book ever had. And when Silver Publishing disappeared, so did that version. But I loved the cover so much, I contacted the original cover artist and asked if I could replicate it and make it my own.
I’m so very happy to show you, the forever-cover for Taxes and TARDIS…
The new edition will be just 99c for a limited time!
I’ll post the links when it goes live ASAP!
And in VERY exciting audio news, Spencer Cohen Book One will be out Feb 16th!!! You can see it now on Tantor’s site, and it will hit Audible SOON! I can’t wait!!
Okay, that’s it for this week! Have a good one everybody, and I’ll see you next week! Until then…
Yes, 2018 has hit the ground running, that’s for sure! This week alone:
- I wrote 12K to finish the first draft of Evolved – release will be April
- I received edits on Finders Keepers – release 2nd Feb
- I edited Sense of Place and formatted for ebook and paperback (re-release is Jan 17th)
- Release of the Italian translation of Spencer Cohen Book Three
- Beta-read 75K story for a friend
- Had The Weight of It All win Audio of the Year at Open Skye Reviews!
- Had Imago win 2nd place as Book of the Year at Open Skye Reviews
- And The Weight of It All was featured on AudioFile, where Joel won an Earphones Award for the incredible narration, and for a LGBT book – this is kind of HUGE!
- Went through a tonne of admin stuff, including meetings with my accountant, organising blitz tours, ARC tours, and super exciting secret squirrel stuff.
I’m sure there is something else I’m forgetting… But as you can see, it’s been quite a week.
My time at My Fiction Nook as Author of the Month continues! You can read my latest post HERE and you can enter the draw to win an ebook!
Yes, my current WIP is called Evolved, and should be out in April. It’s 60K long (unedited) and I will be spending this week going through it, fixing/tweaking/adding/deleting before sending it off to beta readers. I’ve kept details of this one close to my chest as it’s quite different, and I’ll wait until I hear back from my betas to see what they think.
I did buy a pre-made cover for this about six months ago, but it’s really not right for the story, so I have asked Reese Dante to conjure up some magic for me 🙂
Speaking of Reese Dante and incredibly awesome covers, I don’t believe I’ve shown you the cover for Sense of Place!
In keeping with the first two covers, this will be the forever cover for Sense of Place, and it’s perfect!
And the paperback is GORGEOUS!!
I have the proof of the paperback and can’t wait to hit approve! The three covers together look stunning and I am SO happy to have these boys back under my creative control <3
For my Italian readers, Spencer Cohen Book Three is out now!
I’m hoping for another busy (read: productive) week. Lots to do and plan for my next book! I have a pre-made cover for it, the location, and how it begins… now I just need the unimportant stuff like character names/histories, title, and plot LOL!
Until then… <3
Can you believe it? The countdown to Christmas is on… *shudders*
Anywhooo, last week was another super busy week for me. Including being super sick yesterday, what I still managed to get done:
- Wrote 14K on my WIP, now at 39K. Tentatively now titled Finders Keepers.
- Signed a contract for Sixty Five Hours to be translated into Thai.
- Completed two rounds of edits on On Davis Row (95K words x 2)
- Sent out ARCs for On Davis Row
What I have to do this week:
- Finish the first draft of Finders Keepers
- Complete final proofing edits on On Davis Row
- Give the final publishing draft of On Davis Row a polish before uploading into Amazon and hitting “Publish” for next Monday! Eeeeeek!!
- Complete edits on the re-released version of Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin 2)
As you can see, things are just a little hectic 😉
I’m also taking part in some great Christmas giveaways! I’ll post more when it get’s closer, but there’s much fun to be had and many contests to be won! 🙂
In Audio news, Red Dirt Heart 3 won Best Audio of the Month at LoveBytes!
Also in audio news:
The Audio of The Weight Of It All is up for Best book/audio of October at SkyeBook Reviews!
If you’re inclined to vote, you can check it out HERE!
I’ve also signed up for a release blitz for On Davis Row. If you’re a blogger, you can find the details HERE!
Okay folks, that’s it for this week! Next Monday is release day for On Davis Row! The first ARC reviews so come in have been incredible, so I hope my readers love Noah and CJ too!
I can’t believe it’s almost October! That means it’s almost time for GRL! Three weeks, to be exact, before I fly out from Sydney to LA, then head to Denver! I’m super excited but woefully unprepared. It’s the beginning of the school holidays here, so not only do I have family stuff but that means my work time is almost down to nil. I’m also sick! My doctor says I have influenza (it’s been a horribly bad flu season this year in Australia) and I can honestly say, on top of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I feel like death warmed over. I’ve been trudging along on my WIP, but my hopes of having it done before the holidays, or even before GRL, look unlikely. Which means my estimated release date of sometime in November also looks unlikely.
But it’s not all doom and gloom!
Yanni’s Story won FIRST PLACE at Open Skye Book Reviews Book of the Month for August! I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to all the bloggers and reviewers who work tirelessly and volunteer their time to make our community such a wonderful place!
Switched is now out of Kindle Unlimited and will be in all retail stores asap! These can take a few days to appear, so I’ll be sure to add the links as they happen. But as for now, you can find Switched at Smashwords, Payhip, and of course, at Amazon.
In audio news, Switched had a fabulous release day and made Audible’s Best Seller’s list in LGBT fiction! Actually, in Audible’s Top 20 LGBT fiction, I have THREE books! Switched, Cronin’s Key and Cronin’s Key II are all sitting pretty in the Best Seller’s category! Thank you to everyone who bought and reviewed my audio books, and my ebooks as well!
You can find Switched at Audible
In other exciting audio news, The Weight of It All is now up for pre-order!!!
You can pre-order it at Audible
Also, keep an eye out for Point of No Return being on special later this week! As part of a Bookbub deal, it will be on sale for just 99c! The sale is exclusive to Amazon!
Okay, that’s it for this week. Fingers crossed I start to feel better, and fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that I can get the first draft of On Davis Row closer to being done.
Have a great week, and thank you for reading! Until then… <3
Who wants an exclusive cover reveal?? LOL Of course you do! I’ve had the cover to On Davis Row for aaaaages but as its about 75% written, I thought I’d share the cover with you all!
On Davis Row (which is the story I’m writing) is currently at 55K words, so I don’t have a blurb yet, and I’m aiming for a release date sometime in November.
I first saw the cover on a pre-sale site, and just loved it. It’s quite different to my usual covers – I’m normally drawn to abstract and avoid covers with a sexy guy on the front, but I loved this one. I didn’t have anything written for it, so it sat on my computer for a while, then two characters started to form in my head and I had a title before much of anything else, but I knew this was their cover.
So, without further ado, I present On Davis Row…
Isn’t it GORGEOUS??? It was made by Marianne Nowicki at The Premade ebook Cover Shop. On Davis Row is the story of Noah Huxley and CJ Davis, a parole officer and a parolee. At first glance, they seem polar opposites, but as walls start to come down, they realise they’re not that different at all.
I can’t wait for you all to meet Noah and CJ. I was hoping to have it done by the end of this week (before school holidays) but that’s just not going to happen. These boys and their story is longer than I first anticipated. I’m at 55K and they haven’t even kissed yet! So now, my goal is to have it completed by the end of the school holidays (three weeks from now). It’s crazy timing, because I’ll be away for most of the holidays so maybe this new deadline is ridiculous. But fingers crossed!!
A reminder that GRL is fast approaching and the cut off date for ordering signed paperbacks is coming to a close. You can find the order form HERE. Alternatively, you can bring your own copies and I’ll happily sign them there!
And for my audio lovers, SWITCHED is out this week!!!! I can’t wait! You can find it at Audible.com
Okay that’s it for this week! I’m hoping for ALL the words! Oh, and a reminder for all my Aussie counterparts…
For my audio listeners, Red Dirt Heart 3 is now available!
Joel Leslie has done a remarkable job in bringing Sutton Station to life. He captures Charlie and Travis so perfectly. I had the incredible privilege of proofing this and loved every second!