Good Morning Monday
Good Morning Monday ~ Isolation and Two Translations
Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! I hope your weekend was filled with peace, chocolate, and books! It was all very quiet here… no family lunches or any of our traditions, but that’s okay. Isolation for me hasn’t meant a great deal of change. I’ve worked from home for six years and would quite happily never leave my house LOL But I know a lot of people are struggling with the restrictions that a lockdown brings. My son and my husband are very social people, and they’re finding it difficult, whereas my daughter and I are both introverts and have no problem with staying at home. There is a battle of noise v’s silence in my house at the moment and I’m sooooo very grateful for my noise-canceling headphones. LOL There is also an expected timeframe of up to six months (or says the Aus Govt) with my husband’s work being one of the first to close, last to open, and both my kids are seniors at high school trying to navigate online learning for their final year of schooling. Anyway, it’s definitely interesting times in the Casa de Walker.
I understand that many parts of the world are struggling right now and I’m sending you all the love and positivity right now. May you have peace and good health.
Anyway, from mine to yours…
I have TWO translations out this week!! The fact my books are translated and released in other languages is sooooo amazing to me!!
The first being Red Dirt Heart in German. Yes, it had already been released (with the amazing help of the beautiful Betti Gefecht) but I have found the complete series a new home with my German publisher, Cursed Verlag.
Book One is out now, Book Two will be out in May, the other books to follow…
The second translation out this week is the Italian translation of Red Dirt Heart Imago, the crossover where the Imago boys take a trip to Sutton Station.
My Italian publisher, the ever-wonderful Triskell Edizioni, is releasing Cuore di Terra Rossa Imago on the 15th April – just a few more days!!
My current WIP, book 2 in the Missing Pieces series, is at 38K words. It’s slow going because my productivity is almost nil, but I’m taking each day and any word count as a win. I’ve made a tentative release schedule for this series with the first book, Pieces of You, for maybe/possibly/could be May 22nd. I’ll keep you posted when that’s confirmed or changed. For full transparency, I’m hesitant to lock it in because of everything that’s going on right now and if for whatever reason I need to change that, I don’t want people to be disappointed.
I can’t remember if I have shared the cover to Book One so here it is!! Pieces of You is 45,000 words, and I’ll share the blurb soon!!
Okay that’s it for this week. Please take care of yourself, stay at home if you can, and be kind to yourself and your loved ones, and I’ll see you all back here next week.
Good Morning Monday ~ Be Kind To You and a Free Book Reminder
Hey folks, I hope you’re holding up okay. The world is a scary place right now and it’s a trying time for everyone. I’ve struggled with the stress and anxiety of it, the information overload of Covid-19 updates and news bulletins, along with the morbid figures and stats that have gone with it. As of last week, I cut that out and limited myself to reading a few instead of inundating myself with it and it has made such a difference for me personally.
There’s still a need to stay informed and responsible, of course. But I think we need to do whatever we can to get through this, and that will be different for each person. We need to be kind to ourselves during this time, and understand we all have different needs and coping mechanisms. Just take a moment to breathe, a moment to disengage. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re living through a global pandemic. Do what you need to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
I’ve found myself reading more, because there’s comfort in knowing the outcome. There’s a guaranteed HEA in romance and that more than the world can offer me right now. Give me the fluff and sweetness, the zero angst and lack of heartbreak, please!!
Just a reminder that I have some full-length novels that are permanently free. Links below!!
Sixty Five Hours
Learning to Feel
His Grandfather’s Watch
Best of Both Worlds
That’s it for this week! Please take care of yourself and do whatever you have to do to be safe and healthy. Take care of yourself and I’ll see you next week!
Good Morning Monday ~ This 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.
It will be available at B&N, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords.
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.
Good Morning Monday ~ Throwing Hearts excerpt!
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!
Good Morning Monday ~ Throwing Hearts Blurb and Release Date
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…
Good Morning Monday ~ Cover Reveal of Throwing Hearts!
February is already cruising along nicely! And I’m very happy to say we’ve finally had some decent rain where I live. We’ve been in a severe drought for years but we have had actual RAIN! The sound of it on my roof makes me happy! 🙂
Anyway, getting to the good stuff…
Cover reveal time!!
I don’t have the edited blurb yet so I’ll save that for later, but for now, the cutest cover! I made this cover haha but will need a professional to do the full wrap for me because I don’t have the skills for that. LOL But Throwing Hearts is a 55K word story of fluff and love and ceramics, and this cover really captures that. It kind of reminds me of my book Finders Keepers, in that it’s a sweet and sexy romance, with no conflict, no angst. And I’m not gonna lie, it’s exactly what I need in my life right now.
I’m hoping the release date will be late Feb (approx the 28th) but that will depend on a few real-life things.
Current word count is 12K words, which I’m very happy with. I’m still hoping this will be a trilogy with each book being about 40K, but we’ll see how they play along when I get to the end of the first book. If it doesn’t have a proper ending, I may have to combine the three into one book. For me, each book – whether it’s in a series or not – must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. My Thomas and Spencer books each split into a trilogy perfectly, but Yanni didn’t. Yanni’s Story was supposed to be three separate books (to match Spencer) but the story didn’t pan out like that. Sure, the book has three parts, but “part one” does not make a “book one” if it doesn’t have a complete arc. At least in my eyes.
LOL Anywhooooo, I won’t know how this new book will go until I get to the end…
Hoping for another 10-12K words this week…
Good Morning Monday ~ What’s New in February!
Was January not the longest month everrrrrrr? But, by the gods, we made it! February is finally here! I can finally say that my WIP is finished and currently in my editor’s inbox. It’s called Throwing Hearts, and it’s 54K words of fluff and romance. There’s zero angst, zero conflict, lots of sexual tension, and lots of touchy-feely feels and love. I’ll be sharing the cover next week, so stay tuned!
This week my kids go back to school (after six weeks off omg) and so begins research for my new book. And guess what? I’m thinking it’s going to be a series!! A trilogy to be more exact. I’m still trying to work out details, and because I’m allergic to any kind of planning, this isn’t easy LOL I’m keeping mum about it for now, until I get more fleshed out and actual words on paper. It will be set in Australia and it’s not a trope I’ve done before. It is a romance but there will be angst and heartbreak and… I’m pretty sure it will be all in one character’s POV. Like my Red Dirt books, my Spencer Cohen books, and Thomas Elkin… all books are in the main character’s voice. UNLESS the characters decide to change that, idk. LOL
I’m excited to get started on this project! There’s always something wonderful and exciting and daunting to begin new things!
Reindeer Games is now available at all retailers!
Just a short one this week. I’ll share the cover to Throwing Hearts next week!
Good Morning Monday ~ Last Monday Post of 2019!
And what does 2020 look like for me?
Another year done, and let’s be honest, 2019 has been a rough one. As a whole though, the last decade has been very good to me. In the last ten years, I began writing, then writing full-time, and that is an honour and a privilege. I got to travel the world and meet online friends who became real-life friends. I got to see my kids grow into young adults, and I accepted parts of myself I didn’t even know needed accepting. There have also been some hurdles, but we survived, and I’m gonna do my best to make 2020 the best year yet!!
So far, I have six books planned, seven audios (maybe eight), and possibly six translations. That’s kinda busy LOL.
My releases for books will look a bit like this:
Though that may change, given I’ll be travelling for four weeks in June/July. I’m currently writing my March release book, and real-life has utterly kicked my arse with kids and school, visitors, and Christmas etc. So the going is slow. I’m going to knuckle down this week and try for some big word counts. Given both kids AND my husband are on holidays, it’s probably not likely but I’m sure gonna try.
The Audio Releases schedule is, at this point, any one’s guess. What I can tell you is that SIR is done and will be uploaded into ACX asap, and Tallowwood is scheduled to be done really soon. I can assume SIR will be out January, and Tallowwood possibly February. The other audios scheduled to be done (so far) are The Hate You Drink, Private Charter, Imago and Imagines. I’m super excited to announce Antony Ferguson will be narrating these.
If I can wrangle any new Australian-based books into audio in 2020 that aren’t released yet, I’ll be asking Glenn Lloyd to do those.
I have a lot happening in my personal life this coming year as well. Suffice to say, I’ll need to be focused on my work to see this schedule into fruition. That may mean less time on social media, but these Good Morning Monday posts should still happen. Forgive me if I miss one or two 😉
★☆ The Dichotomy of Angels ★☆
★☆ O U T N O W ★☆
The Dichotomy of Angels is OUT NOW and people are LOVING Nathaniel and Chasan’s story! It’s a mix of humour and angst, and while it is about angels, it’s not a religious book at all. It’s more like Shadow Hunters meets Kindergarten Cop. LOL I hope you enjoy it too!
Universal link: http://mybook.to/TheDichotomyOfAngels
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0834PV5Z2
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0834PV5Z2
GIVEAWAY TIME!For your chance to win a $40usd Amazon gift card, all you have to do to enter is follow this link and click on the different options for all the different ways you can enter!
(this link is to the tour sign-up landing page, scroll down a little and you’ll find the contest entry box)
My best-selling murder-mystery is now available at all retailers, for a short time only!
Grab it while you can!!
Also, for my Australian readers, Tallowwood is just $1.49 on Amazon, as part of their Australian Twelve Days of Kindle. So if you want to bag a bargain, now is the chance. Just follow the above Amazon link 🙂
Okay that’s it for this week. I hope everyone had a peaceful holiday period, and please take care and be safe over the New Year. I look forward to seeing you all back here next week.
Bring on 2020!
Good Morning Monday ~ Merry Christmas, and an Excerpt from The Dichotomy of Angels
Well, it’s almost Christmas, and that means it’s almost release day for The Dichotomy of Angels! So in the theme of giving, I thought I’d share an exclusive excerpt.
But first I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays. I know this time of year can be hard for a lot of people, and I can honestly say it’s not my favourite so I do understand. Let me say that I hope you have a great few days, filled with peace, some of your favourite food, and good books. Shut the world out if you need, and take care of yourself.
Secondly, Tallowwood comes out of KU today. It will begin appearing at the usual third party sites within the next few days – Smashwords, Apple, B&N, Kobo etc.
Okay, so now onto TDOA. I’m so excited for the world to meet these characters. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Please note it’s a little spoiler-ish (for the jobs Chasan and Nathaniel are given on their human assignment) so if you’d rather not know, please stop reading now.
The transfer to a human form was never easy. It felt confined and constricting, like an ill-fitting suit, and Nathaniel always hated the residual squeeze the morphing left in its wake. He shook himself out, rolling his shoulders and fisting his hands a few times until the discomforting buzz subsided.
The room Nathaniel found himself in was typical living quarters for twenty-first century humans. There was a sofa, a dining table, a kitchen, a fluffy white rug, all spacious and grand, and any human would have appreciated the apparent wealth and luxuriousness of it all. But not Nathaniel.
Human niceties weren’t something he much cared for.
He did, however, notice the skyline out the window. He’d seen it in reports and videos enough to recognize it, and it was apparent the apartment was high up and well-positioned because of the view.
“New York,” he grumbled.
Chasan walked to the window, inspecting the nearby buildings and the park across the road, then turned and smiled. “This city never gets old.”
Nathaniel suppressed the urge to roll his eyes. Chasan found beauty in everything. He had for thousands of years, and it had always been a burr in Nathaniel’s boot. Chasan would simply smile and nothing was ever an issue. He took everything in his stride, and everything was cheery and promising. His blessed cup forever runneth over.
Nathaniel was more of a chalice-half-empty kind of angel.
Chasan and he had worked together several times over the eons, not particularly well, Nathaniel could admit. They were too different. Like night and day: Chasan was sunshine and roses; Nathaniel was darkness and thorns. If you thought angels couldn’t have such vast and varied personalities, you’d be mistaken. They most certainly did. And with differing personalities came personality clashes.
And that’s what this was. Between Nathaniel and Chasan. Just a clash of personalities. The tension, the push and pull, that instant irritation Nathaniel felt from being anywhere remotely near Chasan could all be explained by a difference of personalities.
At least that’s what Nathaniel had convinced himself of since their last disastrous encounter. An encounter that might or might not have led Saint Peter to down most of the sacramental wine—actually, half of the heavens had taken a hit that day—so why Saint Peter had insisted they work together again now was as bold as it was stupid.
“Nathaniel?” Archangel Michael said, as though not for the first time.
Nathaniel blinked and focused. “Yes. Apologies.”
“How does the human modification feel?” Michael asked. “There can be a period of adjustment. It’s been a while for you, has it not? Since you’ve taken human form?”
Nathaniel rolled his shoulders again, noting the absence of his wings and the tightness of his skin, and shook off the unease. “It’ll pass, I’m sure.” Michael’s gaze darted to Chasan, then back to Nathaniel, and a smile played at the archangel’s lips. Nathaniel had always liked Michael—well, he hadn’t disliked him, so that was always a start—but Nathaniel knew this mission was going to be a rough one. Saint Peter had been behaving oddly and wouldn’t divulge any information, and that never boded well. And given he’d been partnered with Chasan . . . “Michael, what is the emergency mission we have been sent here for?”
Michael smiled at them both, then gestured toward the sofa. “Please take a seat.”
Chasan sat, because of course Chasan sat. Chasan did everything he was told. Nathaniel did not. This mission wasn’t going to be good. Not good at all. “I’d rather stand.”
Michael gave Chasan a patient smile and ignored Nathaniel’s petulance. With a small flick of his wrist, in a flourish of sparkles, two files appeared in his hand. “Your missions,” he began, handing Chasan his file first. He held out Nathaniel’s file, but Nathaniel refused to take it. Michael pursed his lips and sighed, his annoyance clear. “This mission isn’t optional, Nathaniel. So quit the dramatics. We’re not here to pander to you.”
“Oh dear,” Chasan murmured, and when Nathaniel shot him a look, he saw that Chasan was reading his file.
“Oh dear, what?” Nathaniel demanded. He held his hand out to Michael for his file now, but this time it was Michael who ignored him. Instead, Michael opened the file and read out loud. Probably because if Nathaniel wanted to act like a child, Michael would treat him like one.
“Nathaniel Angelo.” Michael paused. “That’s your human name, by the way.”
“Angelo?” Nathaniel scoffed. “It means angel. Was the Creative Department off work that day?”
“Don’t complain,” Chasan said. “My surname’s Bellomo. That’s Italian for beautiful man.”
Nathaniel rolled his eyes out loud that time. “Because of course it is.”
Michael ignored both of them. “Nathaniel, age thirty-one. Youngest of three children to Christian and Mary Angelo of Bethlehem, New York.”
Nathaniel blinked. “Christian and Mary of Bethlehem? Why did they stop short of calling my father Joseph? Is this someone’s idea of a joke?”
Michael just kept on reading. “The Angelos are a wealthy family, which explains this apartment.” He gestured to the room they were in. “So your parents weren’t overly impressed when you decided that being an early childhood development teacher was your true calling—”
“Wait, wait. What?” Nathaniel asked.
Michael looked up from the file, his expression serious. “A teacher. Preschool teacher to be more specific.”
The Dichotomy of Angels will be out December 27th. There are no pre-order links, and it will be exclusive to Amazon for the first 90 days.
I have a full house at the moment so my time for anything writing-related is almost nil. My current WIP is moving slowly (real-life interruptions – end of school, Christmas, visitors, etc) but it’s at 10K. I don’t have a title yet but it’s fun and cute, which I think is what the world can use right now.
That’s it for today. I’ll see everyone on release day with buy-links!! Until then…
Good Morning Monday ~ Huge Christmas Giveaway!
It’s been a crazy week in real life and not much in the way of writing. I have started my next book, though only barely. I can tell you it’s going to be fun, flirty, and maybe around 45K (though please note, I’ve never been able to gauge how long my books will be. What I *want* them to be and what they decide to turn into is anyone’s guess. LOL)
Still no update on when The Dichotomy of Angels will be out. I’m still aiming for Dec 27 but I’m thinking that might/will get pushed back a week or two. I will keep you all posted!
Now, about that giveaway….
Every Christmas I try and do a giveaway of some sort and this one is my biggest yet! There are 12 main prizes and the contest will run for one week when all winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
To be eligible to win, you MUST be a member of my Readers’ Group on Facebook (entry below). It’s that simple.
IMPORTANT: You MUST use the Rafflecopter link to access the Facebook Group for your entry to count.
That’s the only rule/hoop to jump through. I can’t stress this enough: If you do not use the Rafflecopter link, you have NO entry.
That’s it for this week. I have MUCH to write because my kids will be off school for six weeks soon, and I need to be as productive as possible. Not easy when I’m planning/hosting Christmas this year. Pretty sure if I did a search on this blog for how many times I say the word BUSY it’d be a gazillion times. LOL
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