Nell Iris


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More reviews: Unconditionally

Unconditionally has gotten more reviews since my last post, and each and every one of them has made me really happy. All of them has been great, not one single You suck so far 😀

I thought it would be fun to share on the blog.

I appreciate all of you that’s been so kind and reviewed my book. Thank you ❤

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I even got my first video review. Thank you, Amy!

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This is a story about unconditional love. How it holds us up when ignorance tries to tear it down. It’s about the strength of love and the power of acceptance. This is a lovely and romantic story!

– Diverse Reader

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I really enjoyed Ms. Iris’ voice and writing style. I would love to see more stories by her because I would gladly read them. I’d especially love to see a full length novel because I think her voice will shine without the constraints put on a short story.

-Molly Lolly

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Nell Iris has given us a very sweet happy read. This is the perfect story for a Friday night with a glass of wine after a long week at work. It is a Happily Ever After that at the end of the book makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something light and happy.

-Love Bytes

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Weekly writing update

Happy Monday, everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Mine kind of got away from me and it was so bad I didn’t have time to do a #RainbowSnippets post. Don’t you just hate it when real life interferes with the fun stuff? Also, I will have to start scheduling the posts so this problem won’t happen again 🙂

Anyway. My writing update for last week was sort of gloomy, but this week I feel a lot better. I’m excited for Camp NaNoWriMo—I just wish I didn’t have to go to Bangkok this weekend so I could get started on April 1st. But again: RL interfering with the fun stuff. Typical.

Ah well. Here’s what I did last week:

I beta read the second edition of one of my favorite stories. I was nervous at first, thinking I wouldn’t be able to do it justice because I’ve read the first edition so many times and love it, but beta reading is really different and it went better than expected.

But I’ll gush more about how great the second edition is later, I promise 🙂

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I started a new WIP, a Christmas story, the one I wrote about here. I have a great plan for it, but more about that too later. It’s weird, though, trying to get into the Christmas spirit in March, so if I suddenly start linking to holiday music again, you know why 🙂

It doesn’t have a name yet, so coming up with one is on my todo-list for the week. I hate unnamed stories 🙂

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I was approached by Divine Magazine some time ago and asked if I was interested in writing a guest post for them. I accepted, of course, and last week I wrote the article, titled Chekhov’s gun, or tying up loose ends. It will be published on April 12th, but I’ll remind you closer to the publishing date, if you’re interested in reading it.

And here’s a graphic they made for the Magazine.

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All in all a very productive week. I’m happy about it. Let’s just hope I can keep the momentum going 🙂


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Early morning plotting

How come I always come up with all my ideas when I’m about to go to sleep, or early in the morning if I open my eyes even for just a second.

Like this morning. I stumbled into the bathroom and did my business and had every intention of going back to sleep. But as I pulled the cover over my head, an idea popped into my head.

I considered getting up to write, but I glared at the time and decided against it. But I was afraid of forgetting my idea, so I did what I always do. I texted myself.

But can someone tell me why I can’t come up with any good ideas when I’m awake? Why, universe, why?

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And I realize 8AM might not seem so early for you, but it is for me. I’m a night owl and 8AM is basically before the rooster crows in my world. 

Anyway. The redheaded beauty is Casey and the story is going to be about him.


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Writing update

Time for my writing update for last week:

Nothing. I wrote nothing.

Blog post done.

Okay…not really done. I did some things. I edited a couple chapters of The Locked Room. I sent out review-requests for Unconditionally. And I wrote a blog post. That’s about it.

But I did something else. I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo.

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I’ve never been interested in NaNoWriMo because I think it’s crazy to commit to writing 50000 words in 30 days. But after researching what Camp NaNoWriMo is, I decided maybe I could do it. The difference is that I’m allowed to set my own word goal in Camp NaNo, which made all the difference for me.

So when my publisher asked if any of us JMS-authors wanted to join in their cabin, I said yes.

I signed up for 20000 words—that feels doable. That’s 666 words per day or 4662 words per week. Not a problem, right? Right?

I decided I’m going to work on my WIP Never Before Him. Admittedly, I’ve already written 600 words, but I’m going to be attending a wedding in Bangkok on April 1-2, so I won’t get any writing done those first days. So I figured a 600 word head start is allowed.

The reason I decided to sign up is that I work better under pressure. A deadline works wonders for me, and a self-imposed one just isn’t the same. Ergo: Camp NaNoWriMo.

Let’s just hope I’ll make it.

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Don’t forget that Unconditionally is still available on Kindle Unlimited or for purchase on any of the links below.

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#RainbowSnippets

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Weekends means Rainbow Snippets-time here on the blog, since I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. According to their description, “it’s a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction—a WIP or a finished work of even 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”

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The snippet this week is from my upcoming short story Find His Way Home, that will be released some time in May. Stay tuned for more information

Blurb:

Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.

When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.

Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, he slowly regains peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot’s past comes for a visit, everything comes to a head.

Elliot is faced with a hard decision: stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?

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Now for the snippet. And as usual I went over the six line rule, but not by much 🙂

He missed Mick and his quirky smile so much his heart ached. Especially in cold times like these. Mick was hot-blooded, despite being so slender, and Elliot always used to call him his own furnace. There was nothing better on a cold winter night than having Mick cuddled up against his back. More than once he’d slept without a blanket to avoid waking up gross and sweaty.

If his lover had been there, he would’ve pulled Elliot into his arms and plastered himself against him, warming Elliot up from the inside and out. He bet he wouldn’t even be cold if the fire went out.

Come back next week for more.

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Don’t forget that Unconditionally is still available on Kindle Unlimited or for purchase on any of the links below. It’s also 30% off for a few more hours in JMS Books Saint Patrick’s Day sale.

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Saint Patrick’s Day sale – 30% off!

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If you’re like me and prefer a good book over a pint of Guinness, now’s your chance! JMS Books—publisher of Unconditionally—are having a Saint Patrick’s Day sale. 30% off all e-books in their store, even pre-orders, all through Sunday.

It’s a great opportunity to take a chance on a new author like me, or support a trusted favorite. I think I’ll do some shopping myself: there’s a couple of books I’ve had my eye on but not yet bought.

Clickety-click this link to buy Unconditionally, and make me a very happy writer 🙂

If you’re unsure if you want to buy it or not, here’s a link to a lovely review by Love Bytes that might help you make up your mind. ❤


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Tired writer

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This is me. Seriously. All last week I was too tired to get any writing done, and yesterday I was too tired to even post my writing update like I usually do on Mondays. Bad, lazy writer.

I’m tired, guys. I either need two weeks sleep or a coffee IV-drip, whatever’s more efficient.

Anyway. What did I do last week? I edited one chapter of The Locked Room. I wrote a bonus scene to celebrate my one week anniversary of the release of Unconditionally. I decided to name MC2 in my WIP Jerome. And I mocked up a cover for Find His Way Home.

That’s it. Let’s hope this week turns out to be more productive.

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You want to read Unconditionally? It’s free with Kindle Unlimited and you can buy it at all the places listed below.

Buy Links:
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