Blog Archive - December 2012

Happy Endings and New Beginnings!

happy 2013Hello all! Another year ending, another shiny new year ahead of us. Hope you all had a lovely holiday season! I had a wonderful time with my family over Christmas, and now I'm back where I plan to complain a little less about the scalding heat after spending over a week in what felt like arctic weather.

The drive to Kansas was insane, twenty four hours each way, with a hotel stopover in Tennessee after twelve hours. I did pretty much all the driving as my dad wasn't feeling too well. Tennessee has some crazy curving roads going downhill that freak me out, and both times I ended up driving them at night! It was an interesting experience, but the main part is we all had a good time. Now here we are with a new year upon us.

I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions, because frankly the moment I say I'm going to do something, I end up with something different altogether. So instead I have a mental list of things I'd like to get accomplished during this bright new year. 2012 went better than I could have imagined, so here's hoping that 2013 will be even better. I hope to get around to a few more conventions, looking forward to GRL in Atlanta for sure! Here's to getting my butt in gear and getting all those manuscripts I've been piecing together done. I hope to get my first contemporary M/M Romance written and submitted along with a few other projects. The end of 2012 sort of slowed down for me writing-wise with a lot of external things popping up like dental surgery and such.

Mostly I want to thank everyone for their amazing support this year. I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have in one little year without you. To everyone who took the time to read my books, to post comments, emails, reviews, to new friends and new acquaintances, thank you all. I hope you have a safe and joyous New Year!


Happy Holidays!

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Hello everyone! It'll be a little quiet on the blog until the end of December as I'll be celebrating Christmas with the family. It's been a long time since we've all spent the holidays together as I was living in London and my younger brother was serving in Irag. My first year abroad, my brother was given leave, so they all came to spend Christmas in London and we had a great time. Little bro got a bit tipsy on Guinness and ended up swiping a Guinness pint glass as a souvenir. (He was legally old enough to drink in the UK but not in the US. It still boggles my mind that he was a soldier who operated a tank, yet couldn't legally buy a beer over here.) Anyway, he got excited that it had the queen's seal on it, and to this day we joke about it. I like to tease him by telling him he thieved from the Queen of England.

I moved back about a year and a half ago, so I had my first Christmas home last year, but my brother had become a cop by then with a crazy cop schedule which meant he could only drop by for a while. It's been about ten years since we've all had a family Christmas together and I'm really looking forward to it. Of course the folks and I are having to drive to Kansas, where little bro now lives. (Little bro, by the way, is six feet tall while I'm 5'2". I totally got gypped in the height department.)

Yep, so dad decided it would be a good idea for us to take a road trip. That's 24 hours in a car with my parents. Yikes! I'm taking every measure  possible to ensure I don't go nuts. Plenty of drinks and snacks, good music, my kindle. We're leaving in the wee hours of the morning and taking turns driving the rental--a minivan. When I'm not driving, I hope to catch up on my reading and maybe do some writing.

I'll take some snapshots to post if I come across anything interesting. Not sure if I'll be able to blog, but depending on service, I hope to at least tweet or post to Facebook. I'll have my handy smartphone so I should still be able to check most things okay.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it. Thank you all so much for your continued support, wonderful comments, and just plain awesomeness!


I've been nominated!

MM Romance Group New220Hello all! For those of you who may not know, voting has begun for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's 2012 Members Choice Awards, and thanks to some amazing folks, three of my titles have been nominated in four different categories! I'm so over the moon!

If you fancy voting for me, that would just be awesome. You don't have to be a member to vote either. Just follow this link here:

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=1af2af8b-773e-4236-ab9e-c4affac951c5

Voting ends December 31st!  Thank you all so much to those who voted for me from the bottom of my heart. You have made my first year as an author of M/M Romance astounding, and I'm so very proud and grateful.

Here are the categories and titles nominated:

GR-cat-31-N 300 Best Historical: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance and The Amethyst Cat Caper GR-cat-12-N 300 Best Free Story: Roses in the Devil's Garden GR-cat-7-N 300 Best Title: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance GR-cat-6-N 300 Best Cover: The Amethyst Cat Caper

Christmas Blog Hop Results!

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Hello everyone! Thank you all so much for taking the time to participate in the hop. Hope you're all getting in some good holiday reading! I certainly hope to catch up on my own extensive tbr list over my travels this week.
Thank you so much for your sweet compliments, and for those of you who enjoyed Mending Noel, you don't know how happy it makes me to hear that. Thank you. Now onto some prezzies! Using Random.org, the winners are:
Green Bauble by Fangol Red Bauble by Fangol copy
Congrats to Beth and Ashley Applebee! You'll be receiving an email shortly confirming delivery of you eBook! Thank you all again so much. I hope you'll all have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy Christmas!

Mending Noel Available now from: Dreamspinner Press Amazon All Romance eBooks Barnes & Noble

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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I've been tagged by the awesome Hayley B. James to join the fun on the Next Big Thing Blog Hop and share a little about my current work-in-progress, so here we go!

What is the working title of your book? A Rose By Any Other Name

Where did the idea come from for the book? I had actually started it before Roses in the Devil's Garden, which is book 1 of the series, while this is book 2. When I was writing Harlan and Nathan's novella, I knew the fellas were all going to tie in together, and I had a certain character in mind who was going to share a few words of wisdom with Harlan. That fella turned out to be Julius. He fit in perfectly with Harlan and Nathan, and the pieces all started falling into place.

What genre does your book fall under? Historical Gay Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie? Wow, that is incredibly tough. Finding the right actors would take me way too long. I'm a big movie buff, so I'd have to find just the right guy, with the right look, and a whole bunch of other stuff to make things fit. So instead, I've written a little about each character.

Julius is the lead act at the Pantheon, a private Ancient Greek themed cabaret for gentleman of a certain inclination. In other words, a gay club. He's one of the Erotes (a group of Love Gods) and plays the part of Eros, God of love. mischief, lust and beauty. Blond, blue eyes, and a pout that can send a certain sensible man off the deep end.

Edward Jospeh Clarence Junior is the very picture of the perfect gentleman. He's the heir to the Clarence & Co. fortune but is a wealthy man in his own right. There's more to Edward than the unassuming high-society sweetheart everyone sees.

Maxfield Clarence is Edward's cousin and best friend. He's also the heir to the Regalia Hotel empire. He's an extremely difficult one to find the right fit for. One minute you think he's awesome, the next minute you want to push him off a cliff because he's being a complete bastard. He's sexy, infuriating, arrogant, and doesn't feel the need to censor his opinions.

Lawry Reinhart is one of Julius's best friends. He plays Himerus, God of sexual desire and unrequited love. Lawry is elegant, level-headed, the go-to guy of Julius's little trio, and there's nothing he wouldn't do to keep his friends safe. He's the oldest of the three, the wisest, and has had the misfortune of taking an interest in Maxfield. He has his work cut out for him.

Albert Harrison has been best friends with Edward and Maxfield since childhood, and Edward's father is Albert's godfather. Albert is the more timid of the the three and the most bashful. Sometimes he can be too kindhearted and it leads to folks trying to take advantage of him, especially since he's also wealthy. He can usually be found arguing with Maxfield.

Terry Talbot plays the Love God Pothos, who represents longing or yearning. He's mischievous, mouthy, flirtatious, and can usually be found exchanging snarky insults with Maxfield.

Aphrodite is the manageress of the Pantheon. She's a sharp shooter with an eye for business and men. The Erotes (Eros, Himerus, and Pothos) and the rest of the cupids are her boys. She's in charge of making sure the Pantheon's clients are happy, collecting the cash, and getting her way. Her life however is made difficult by Ares, bastard extraordinaire.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

One sentence? It takes me ages to write a full synopsis much less sum up a whole book in one sentence. My book is going to be represented through a publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? This is my first full length novel, so it's taken about 8 months though I've had to take breaks due to surgery and other shenanigans.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre. I have absolutely no idea. O_o

Who or What inspired you to write this book? I was watching the first season of Boardwalk Empire and there was a scene where the main characters were gathered inside the hotel's nightclub. The music was great, the costumes amazing, and it had a real intoxicating feel of the period. I knew I wanted to write something that captured a little of that glamorous side of the Jazz age. Dancers, extravagant costumes, bootlegged liquor, and folks just being frivolous and naughty.

What else about your book might interest the reader? Aside the fact you get six handsome heroes for the price of two, you also get an appearance from Harlan and Nathan. Edward and Harlan's meeting was particularly fun. The story has a bit of everything, comedy, angst, tears, punch-ups, sex, drama, romance, action, so hopefully folks will enjoy it.

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The following brave souls are posting about their works-in-progress and continuing the Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Today Hayley B. James Shira Anthony JR Loveless December 19th Ana Bosch Michael Rupured S.A. Garcia Jordan L. Hawk

Mending Noel Reviews and Branching Out!

NutcrackerHello all! Some of you may know that Mending Noel is my first little venture outside the realm of Historical. Even before I was published, I knew I didn't want to limit myself to just one genre. That said, I love Historical and have every intention of keeping up with those stories. In fact I'm working on them now! Johnnie, Remi, Danny, Bruce, and all the fellas are still eagerly awaiting their next books, while Julius's book is going through various stages of beta reading. There are certainly more to come.

I've been writing since I can remember. When I was a kid I'd make up my own characters, draw them, and write little stories to go with them. In high school I started my first novel. I didn't own a computer (few people did) so it was written across a bunch of journals. When I got my first computer in college, I rewrote it. I think I ended up rewriting it abut four times. Anyway, it was a Medieval fantasy of sorts. Let me tell you right now that I am rubbish at categorizing stories. I can't say my story is going to be this specific genre because it might have elements from various genres thrown in. Wherever the story wants to take me, providing I enjoy it, and it works, that's what I write. I like to make things different if I can, and I have a habit of ignoring the rules if I can find a new, interesting alternative. Mending Noel is one of those stories.

Even though I knew I was writing a sweet little story about elves at the North Pole, I wanted it to be different. I wanted to make up my own world using certain mythological beings from Christmas lore. It's fantasy but with a sort of urban twist because it takes place in a city, North Pole City, and like any other city, it can be dangerous. The enchanted creatures have jobs, there are misfits and outcasts, there's homophobia, drunkenness, scandal, and poverty. Don't get me wrong, it's not a gritty tale. I wanted something cheerful and cute for Christmas, but it does have a grittiness to it. Nothing is perfect, so I didn't want the North Pole to be either. Tim has a crappy job he hates, a supervisor who bullies him, and he's barely scraping by.

Brief Encounters has given it a wonderful 5 star review here, and the reviewer goes a little into the world I built, which was a real treat to read. For all of you who have enjoyed Mending Noel, for all the lovely ratings and reviews you've left, thank you so much. It really means a lot to me to know you've enjoyed my first non-historical title. I have a few more stories in the works that range anywhere from contemporary comedy/adventure to urban fantasy. I've been told Mending Noel still sounds distinctly me, which I couldn't be happier with. I have a certain style I suppose, and it'll be following me into whatever genre I venture into. Hope you're all ready for that ride!


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