Red Dirt Heart
I’m taking part in a fun cowboy round-up facebook party this weekend. Lots of cowboys books, lots of bargains!
You can find the group at:
Soooo which cowboy books of mine are on sale? Uh, all of them…
For this weekend only, each book in my Red Dirt Heart series is just 99c.
You can grab six books for just six bucks!
The sale is only for this weekend though, so be quick.
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.
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…
I cannot believe how fast this year is going! It feels like I’m doing these Monday posts every second day! 😉
So, what’s been happening this week? Doctor appointments, kids’ sport (oh, and school lol) and writing! I somehow managed to write 12K this week!
A quick WIP update is that Yanni’s Story is now at 62k words and I’m very pleased to announce that Yanni and Peter have kissed! Once! LOL I’m truly thinking this will be a 90k-100k story. My longest story ever is 92k and I do think this will exceed that. 🙂
I might even share the cover soon! I’m hesitant to share it in case I jinx myself LOL. I’d hate to share it, have people get excited, then to get writer’s block or something… but I really love the cover and can’t wait to share it!
I got creative with some paperbacks and want to explain a few things…
Red Dirt Heart Imago is only 18k words long, so to beef it up for paperback, I added the Red Dirt Christmas story as a bonus to the back.
But, because I love the Red Dirt Christmas cover so much, and a lot of readers told me they do too, I decided to put it in paperback with Red Dirt Heart Imago as the bonus story at the back.
Excuse the terrible photography LOL but I hope the pics make it clear as what you can expect in each book. Both books have 138 pages and should retail for $7USD. They have been approved through Createspace and should be available at Amazon very soon! I was hoping to have the link for this post, but it wasn’t to be. I will update asap!
I’m thrilled to say Cronin’s Key has been sitting at #1 in the LGBT Audio spot for a week!!!
Joel’s narration is incredible, and the reviews have reflected this! I’m so excited to announce that he has just started on Cronin’s Key II 🙂
I’ve never considered audio when writing, and I’d have loved to be a fly on the wall when I told Joel he had a dozen different accents to master LOL But he nailed each and every one! I can’t wait to see what he does with CKII. And Red Dirt Heart 3 soon after!
That’s it for this week! I won’t be posting next week as I’ll be away. Be safe, be kind. <3
So sorry I missed my usual Good Morning Monday post. I was travelling and have been feeling a bit under the weather since I got home. But I come bearing news…
Red Dirt Heart 2 is now available on Audio!! You can find it on Audible HERE
I’m super excited about this one. Joel Leslie, the narrator, does such a fabulous job. He really captures Charlie and Travis beautifully. <3 I’ll be running an audio book tour soon! More news on that when it comes to hand.
In other news, The Weight of it All is now currently on sale for .99c at Amazon! I’m running a Bookbub deal to coincide with the books’ return to Kindle Unlimited. So if you haven’t read it, now is the time to grab it!! I’ll post links to the Bookbub when I have them!
In translation news, Red Dirt Heart is now available in French! When I first wrote these boys, I had no idea my words would reach so many people around the world. I’m very touched that Charlie and Travis’ story is adored by so many <3 You can find it at Amazon or with MXM Bookmark Publishing.
I have it on good authority that the German version of RDH2 isn’t too far away. And the French version of Cronin’s Key II should be out soon too!
To recap, Perfect Catch, has been sitting at #1 in 2-hour short reads on Amazon for a few days now. I’m so thrilled that people have loved Troy and Cal’s story. <3
A quick writing update: Imago is now with my editor! It ended up being 45K words long, and is super sweet. I’ll be doing a cover reveal soon, and telling a little story on what happens when you write a book and you’re telling a friend the basic plot line, and she says it sounds familiar and you soon realise you might have just unknowingly copied a book released a few years ago. *sigh* Crises averted though, so no need to panic. LOL
Release day of Imago is set for February 21st 🙂
And I’ve started the sequel! Woooooot!! Lawson and Jack are just so adorable. Can’t wait for you all to meet them.
I also won a lot of awards at the Goodreads M/M readers choice awards!!
The Weight Of It All won Best Contemporary for 2016!
Red Dirt Heart Christmas won Best Short Story for 2016!
The Weight Of It All was third for Best Book of the Year!
The Weight Of It All won second for Best Humour of 2016!
Spencer Cohen Book Three won third for Best Performance Artist (incl Tattooists)
The Weight Of It All won third in Best Friends To Lovers of 2016!
It Was Always You won second in Best Anthology of 2016!
Thank you to all who nominated me and voted for me!
Until next time…
I am so thrilled to announce Charlie and Travis are finally on audio! Joel Leslie did a fabulous job bringing Sutton Station to life in my first ever audio book. I’d love to thank Nic Starr for introducing me to Joel, and I’d love to thank RJ Scott and Love Lane Books for providing a platform for this little self-publishing Aussie to use ACX.
My apologies for missing last week’s post – I was away (kids’ tennis, again) and we were that busy, I didn’t even take my laptop out of my bag. We actually had a weekend at home this weekend! OMG they’re a rarity these days, it’s just a shame the entire time was spent doing housework and other mundane, real-life chores (the glamorous life of an author/mother LOL).
This week, Spencer Cohen Book One came off Kindle Unlimited. His 90 day exclusivity to Amazon ended, so he’s also now available at All Romance eBooks and Smashwords and Apple, and has been approved for distribution to B&N, so I’ll post that link asap.
The Italian translation of Red Dirt Heart comes out this week! And even the title, Cuore di Terra Rossa, is gorgeous. I will post the links as soon as I have them!
I do love my Italian publisher, and highly recommend them to all my author friends. Triskell Edizioni have been wonderful to me, very professional and they love their authors. I can’t praise them enough. I have actually just signed the Spencer Cohen Series to be translated, and my Italian readers can expect to see them early next year. <3
In GRL news, my flights are booked and our itinerary is done! My family and I will be doing four weeks of touring the US and briefly into Canada (for three days lol) before GRL. I know the timing isn’t perfect, and I’ll be exhausted going into GRL, but it couldn’t be helped. My husband has a work conference on in Las Vegas mid-September, which left a four week gap in between. So, instead of coming home for those four weeks, we are seeing Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Washington DC, San Fran and LA, then finally on to Kansas City.
I’m busy getting the family part organised, while ignoring everything else I need to think about (like swag lol) for GRL. But don’t forget, if you want me to have signed books at GRL for you, you MUST pre-order them. You can find the order form HERE – and you have until September 1st to pay for them. 🙂
Blood & Milk is still on schedule for June 23rd. I have sent it to more beta-readers, with a different perspective on race and religion to me, looking for any possible red-flags, while my editor is working on it. In case you missed the cover reveal I did two days ago, here is the gorgeous cover Sara York made me. I found the photo of Damu ages ago and *had* to have it. Sara made it pretty for me 🙂
And on a different note, I’ve just finished my second week (sixth session) of crossfit. Everything hurts, but the pain is getting better. Kind of. LOL I do feel better for it though, even if my thighs feel like there are knives stabbing them and my arms are like cooked spaghetti. >.<
So, until next week…
I am so incredibly excited to announce that Red Dirt Heart will be my first ever audio!! As you may or may not know, being an Australian author who self-publishes, I was never able to use ACX (the audio division of Amazon) to get my books into the audio market. I mean, I have 30+ books, and NONE in audio. Even my books I have with a publisher will never be put into audio… but that’s a whole other conversation for another time.
Anywhoooo, I tried to outsource it myself, but got nowhere. I queried publishers in strict audio rights options, but they never even replied – not even a ‘sorry, but no’. I contacted several narrators who I thought might be able to help, but again, they never replied.
It was/is incredibly frustrating and I was ready to give up on it all together.
But then, with the help of RJ Scott and Love Lane Books, I had a spark of hope. Another author friend Nic Starr put me in touch with a narrator who could wrangle the Aussie accent, and things started to move forward.
RJ Scott’s presshouse, Love Lane Books, will be the platform on which this gets released, and the lovely Joel Froomkin has graciously agreed to give Charlie Sutton a voice.
I will post more when I know more, but for now, I’m so thrilled to say this is actually – finally – happening. <3
Look at this amazing book trailer for Red Dirt Christmas made by May Wilson.
Thank you, May!!
Look! Red Dirt Christmas is a bestseller on Amazon. It’s number #1 on Amazon LGBT short reads.