About Nell, Sale, Writing Challenge

Life and writing update, and Pride sale

Hi everyone. I thought it was time to update you on what’s going on in my life again. It’s been a month since the last one after all 🙂

First of all:

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My new writing space is done! In our new place, I don’t have my own office. Instead, my desk is located in the middle of the kitchen and living room. It’s an open floor plan, with no walls between the aforementioned rooms, so we set up my desk smack dab in the middle as sort of a room divider.

I love it here, more than my office in the previous place. The room I was in didn’t have any windows and was always pretty dark which wasn’t great. Here, I have huge windows in both directions and it’s bright and cheery which always makes me happier. I’m also located about two steps from the kettle, so making tea is much easier than when I was upstairs and the kitchen was downstairs and that’s a big plus in my book (yes, I’m lazy 😀 ).

And this has also increased my productivity. A lot.

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I’ve been up early several mornings and written. And I mean, early as f*ck: I’ve set my alarm for 5:40 am and had sprinting dates at 6am. Having company when writing helps so much and it’s difficult to find a time when I’m in a very different time zone from most people I know and sprint with, that’s why I’m willing to sacrifice lazy mornings in bed. But I like getting up early, making myself a cup of tea (or three) and writing with one or more people. I get shit done. Maybe I can make this into a habit, even for those mornings when my sprinting friends have other things to do and can’t join me. At least I’m going to try.

There’s also another thing:

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Pictured above: the stack of books I need for my courses (not including the kidlit fiction books) / me studing on the balcony / me studying at the desk with salty licorice to keep me going / me having a glass of wine and reading Swedish poems by poet Karin Boye for fun

I signed up for two online summer writing courses at university; poetry writing, and kidlit writing. So I’m spending lots of time studying and trying to write poetry/kidlit in Swedish…which is harder than you’d think considering my native tongue is Swedish. But I’ve done all my creative writing in English for years; not only my romance stories but my poetry writing, too. So switching gears to write in Swedish is more difficult than I expected, and I bitch about it to my friends and family a lot 😁

I’m enjoying the studying, though. Poetry more than kidlit, and to be honest I thought it would be the other way around. I’ve always wanted to write books for children, but with this course…stuff bugs me. I won’t go into it here, but it sort of takes away my enjoyment from the kidlit, so when I’ve finished this course, I won’t sign up for another.

Poetry though…I love it! I love learning about all the different meters and rules, I love immersing myself in the words, and I take every moment I can reading poetry, even on my free time 🙂

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I drink a lot of tea to get me through these busy times. And don’t you just love my new tea cups? I’ve always wanted Jane Austen-style cups. You know, the fancy ones with a saucer type, and my darling daughter found these for me in a second hand shop. I adore them so much.

So I spend my summer days in the new place guzzling down tea by the gallon, nose buried in text books, swearing over writing in Swedish, reading-reading-reading, and getting up early in the morning to write about Frankie and Lawrence. And I’m enjoying myself 🙂


Before I go: JMS Books have a Pride sale this week and offer 30% off all ebooks through June 30, including mine and including pre-orders (like for example A Decade of Gay Romance), so if you want to go wild and make sure you have books to last you through he summer, now’s the time 🙂

Useful links:

My JMS author page

A Decade of Gay Romance | Always You | Late Night Poetry | 9 Willow Street |

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Also, check out my fellow JMS authors while you’re there. Maybe try one of these?

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Another Chance for Love – I already pre-ordered it because I loved the other Ellie Thomas I read
Flesh and Kisses – also already pre-ordered because I love Vivien Dean
Elevator Pitch – I haven’t read it but you gotta love a book where the bear shifter is named Björn (Björn means bear in Swedish, AND it’s a legit name! 😁)
Cultivating Love – because older books need love, too
Of Starlit Balls and Starship Captains – I recently bought it but haven’t had time to read it yet, but I love K.L Noone, and that title? *swoon*
Not and Angel, But a Cupid – I haven’t read it, but would you look at that cover?? 😍
Henry & Jim – because sometimes you need a really good cry
Hero Worship – because Kris deserves everyone’s love


Happy shopping, and take care everyone!

Nell Iris' Christmas, Top Ten Anthology

10-year anniversary!

In July this year, my fabulous publisher JMS Books celebrate their tenth anniversary! Wohooo, congrats to JM Snyder and JMS Books!!

Naturally, they want do so something to celebrate this amazing milestone. Last year for their 9th anniversary, they sent out a submission call for their existing authors to write a story themed on the number 9. Lots of us did that, including me, I wrote 9 Willow Street for it.

This year, they have several things planned for the celebration, and I’m going to tell you about one of them now:

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Wooooot, look at that lovely, lovely cover 😍😍 I love the idea of an anthology showcasing one story from each year, and also anthologies are a great way of trying out new (to me) authors and reading older stories that I might have overlooked for one reason or other.

I’m not just saying that because I have the honor of having a story included in this anthology. Yes, you read that right, one of my stories will be one of the ten featured in this anthology.

Excuse me while I go do a happy-dance 💃💃

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My holiday story Unexpected Christmas was the best-selling short-story of 2018 which is why it’s included, and it makes me so very happy.

The release day for A Decade of Gay Romance is July 1, and it’s available for pre-order now. I’ll post the link below.

But, one story does not a decade make 🙂 I’m in excellent company with nine other authors. Are you curious of which other stories are included?

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Blurb:

JMS Books began in 2010 as a way for of getting a few friends into print. Ten years later, we’ve published more than 2,000 books celebrating LGBTQ+ romance from over 200 authors. A Decade of Gay Romance is a collection of our ten best-selling short stories, one for each year (to date).

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by J.M. Snyder, Drew Hunt, JL Merrow, Wayne Mansfield, Terry O’Reilly, Edward Kendrick, Shawn Lane, J.D. Walker, Nell Iris, and Elizabeth Noble, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Contains the stories: My Best Friend’s Dad by J.M. SnyderTwelve Hours I by Drew HuntDead Shot by JL MerrowThe King’s Prize by Wayne MansfieldMy Beagle, the Yenta by Terry O’ReillyLet Go of Loneliness by Edward KendrickAccidentally His by Shawn LaneA-dork-able by J.D. WalkerUnexpected Christmas by Nell Iris, and Home Coming by Elizabeth Noble.

Pre-order at JMS Books (20% off pre-orders)


Over 2000 books, more than 200 authors, and 10 whole years in business, that’s worth celebrating, don’t you agree?

My warmest congratulations to JMS Books. Here’s to another 10 years (at least)! ❤️

About Nell, In My Arms Again, JMS Trio Collection

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I’ll be honest with you: these days, I mostly read e-books. It’s so convenient: I can carry thousands of books with me everywhere I go and I can change font and size of the text (severe myopia in combination with age-related vision problems poses some interesting challenges). But my favorite thing about e-books is that it’s instant gratification. I don’t need to go to a physical bookstore to buy what I want, or wait for whatever I ordered online to be delivered. Instead all I need to do is one-click, and I have it in my possession to read!

That being said, I still buy lots of physical copies of books. I buy most of my poetry books in physical format because poetry needs paper. But I also buy books I’ve read and really loved, because there’s something special about holding a book in your hands, isn’t it? Somehow, it feels more real than just electronic scribbles on an electronic device.

Also: it’s good to have something to read should you run out of batteries 🙂

Which is why I’m happy to tell you that one of my stories are now available to buy in paperback!

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The Trio collection Legendary Loves volume 2, featuring my story In My Arms Again and two other stories by the fabulous Addison Albright and Kassandra Lea, is now also available in paperback! That means 306 pages of romancey goodness that you can hold in your hands and smell, and you don’t have to worry about the battery running out.

You can also bring it with you and trek out to a lonely place in the forest, sit on the ground with your back against a tree, and maybe bring a flask of tea (hot or cold) to keep you hydrated. In that spot, you can forget about the real world for a while, and immerse yourself in our imaginary worlds. But beware. That sound you hear might be Vinge, the pegasus shifter who can’t shift, who’s out looking for…something. Or it might be Bigfoot up to shenanigans and causing trouble. Or if you don’t live near the forest (or don’t like being in it) and instead found yourself a lovely, secluded spot by a lake or the ocean, who knows what that splash out on the water you caught in the corner of your eye is…?

It’s also perfectly fine to read it curled up on the couch. Maybe next next to a chatty special someone who doesn’t understand loosing themselves in a book and just wants to talk when all you want to do is immerse yourself in the story for a while. In that case, I strongly recommend noise cancellation headphones! 😁


In My Arms Again by Nell Iris: Oxen is lonely, feeling like he’s waiting for something, and can’t focus. But when a very ill stranger collapses on his doorstep, everything changes. The stranger, Vinge, is a Pegasus unable to transform. Both men feel an instant connection that swiftly grows deeper. The questions surrounding Vinge are many. Why is he so familiar? What will it take for the depth of their connection be revealed?

The Murky Depths by Kassandra Lea: Tired of the daily grind of his job, Keston heads out for a weekend at his family’s cabin in Kona Woods. Turns out he isn’t alone, though, as there are others lurking in the shadows. When a near-death experience brings Ness waltzing into his life, everything Keston thought he knew is turned upside down. Will facing what scares him bring to Keston’s life what it’s missing most?

Weekend at Bigfoot’s by Addison Albright: There’s nothing about perky — twinky? — Oliver Hughes that would make Sensational News’ (Never Fake! We Swear!) reporter Wilson Banks think Bigfoot actually exists. But while pursuing soundbites for a tabloid story about Bigfoot, Wilson witnesses something he wasn’t meant to see. In Wilson’s new reality, is there room for love with someone whose dreams are as big as his … er … feet?

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Box Sets, Cinnamon Eyes, His Steady Heart, Promise Me We'll Be Okay

New box set and Kindle Unlimited

I have a surprise for you! My fabulous publisher JMS Books and I have collected two of my previously published stories into a box set, and put it in Kindle Unlimited. It will be KU exclusive for the first three months and after that it will be released wide, so don’t despair if you’re a non-Kindle reader.

Which books am I talking about?

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Cinnamon Eyes and Promise Me We’ll Be Okay. The stories are loosely connected but not an actual series, but I thought it would be fun to put them together in a box, because box sets are awesome and it’s a great value for money. Especially if you’re already a KU subscriber!

Blurb:

Two stories about second chances, correcting mistakes, and finding your way back to the one you love by best-selling M/M romance author Nell Iris, collected together in an exclusive box-set for the first time.

Contains the stories:

Cinnamon Eyes: Cory’s struggled with severe depression. Desperate to rebuild his shattered life, he seeks out his best friend Asher who he was in love with at fifteen, but who didn’t know it. Asher’s relationship with his father is difficult and now that Pops has cancer, Asher fights to be allowed to help. When they meet after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

Promise Me We’ll Be Okay: It’s been sex-hundred and ninety-five days since Jude’s fiancé Vincent ended their engagement and broke Jude’s heart. Two years later, a traumatic event made Vincent realize he’d made a terrible mistake and now he wants Jude back. Their chemistry is as explosive as ever, but will they be able to work through the real issues? Can trust once broken be rebuilt?

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But wait. There’s more! My May-December story His Steady Heart is also available in the KU program now. This book isn’t exclusive to KU though, so it’s still available to buy through all the normal book stores, but if you’re a KU subscriber and haven’t read it, now you can for no extra charge! 🙂

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That means I now have three titles available in KU. So if you’re a subscriber and haven’t read them, now’s the time 🙂

Unexpected Christmas | His Steady Heart | One More Chance

Book Recommendations

Book recommendation

49113872._SY475_Alfie Adams comes at life sideways.

After unexpectedly losing his job in television, and having the script he’s worked so hard on unceremoniously dropped, Alfie turns up at his oldest friend, Jam’s, birthday party drunk, pretty sure his world has ended, and that he’s about to hit rock bottom with a bone-cracking thud.

But it’s funny how Jam’s little brother, Benji, seems to know exactly what Alfie needs. For the past twelve months Alfie has thrown himself into his job and tried hard not to think about beautiful punk-loving Benji—tried not to see how the sweet kid he used to look out for, and who used to trail so adoringly after him, has grown up into a big lad with an even bigger heart. As Alfie sobers up, he begins to see things with a new perspective, and Benji has his full attention.

If only Alfie can admit what it is he wants.


Last week, I read something wonderful. I was scrolling my Kindle app and found Everybody in the Place that I downloaded a few months back when it was free but still hadn’t read. So I decided that it was time, and I was delightfully surprised. Everybody in the Place is a short, slice-of-life story about two wonderful characters that touched me deeply. Everyone, including the side characters, are genuinely nice and interesting, and the relationship between Alfie and Benji (but also his BFF Jam) is very heart-warming.
But what gripped me the most was Suki Fleet‘s language. Some people just have a way with words, and Suki Fleet is one of them. Every word, every sentence, just got to me in the most wonderful way.
I mean:
I’m pretty sure I’m not walking properly, rather I feel like I’m a little glittery fish swimming across the sea of the park, pulled along by a warm safe ocean current that has Benji’s face. I could swim forever.
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Jam joins us and the three of us dance crazily together. I am nothing but a beat. A glimmer of light. A gasp of smoke. God, I’ve missed this. 

I could fill this entire blog post with quotes from this story, but that would get me in trouble for abusing the fair use doctrine, and we wouldn’t want that. 🙂
If you’re in the mood for a short, British story about one very significant day in the lives of two young men, I warmly recommend this book. And if you, like me, are awed by beautiful language, this is a must-read.