Miscellaneous, My Books

More Nell Iris books in KU

Are you a Kindle Unlimited subscriber? If yes, you’ll be happy to learn that more of my books are now available in KU. Unexpected Christmas and His Steady Heart have both long been in the program, but recently, JMS Books agreed to add more of my books to the program, so now all of these stories are also available:

So whether you’re in the mood for bunny shifters, a queer wedding, friends-to-lovers, fated mates, second chances, best friend’s brother, finding home, bittersweet young love, 40+ characters, or Christmas, you can now read it without paying extra if you’re a KU subscriber. And no worries if you’re not; the books are still available to purchase in all the usual stores, too!

Go forth and read! 🙂

Book Recommendations

There’s Something About Lighthouses…

I have a thing for lighthouses. I don’t know what draws me to them so much, but I think they’re beautiful and intriguing. I harbor a secret dream to actually live in one; to live surrounded by the ocean rocked to sleep by the waves every night sounds fantastic. I realize the real world version of living in a lighthouse probably wouldn’t be as glamorous and all the stairs would drive me crazy.

But that doesn’t stop me from looking at them with hearts in my eyes whenever I come across one. And if you put a lighthouse on a book cover, you’ll capture my attention, that’s for sure. So this blog post is about books I’ve read with lighthouses on the cover (and one I haven’t read but I’m posting it anyway because it’s so pretty.)

I recently one-clicked a book only because it had a lighthouse on the cover, and that made me think about the other lighthouse-covered books I’ve read, too, and I decided to make a blog post about it because why not, right? And yesterday was Lighthouse Day in the US, so why not read a book about a lighthouse? 🙂

So without further ado, I present the pretties, starting with my favorite of the three:

Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.

Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.

Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.

Aubrey never expected to be happy.

Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably already read my gushing post about this book (if not, here’s the link) so I won’t repeat it. But look at that cover. It’s stunning, right? And the lighthouse plays a big part in the story and I’m enamored with it. If you haven’t read this book, you really should. It’s incredibly romantic and I really love it.

Visiting his sister Mary at the lighthouse should be a delightful vacation for Elliot–except he’s going there in disgrace while he awaits his fate from the wizard council.

Mary’s assistant, Rue, is a gentle, self-possessed young man about Elliot’s age. Elliot is drawn to him, and his magic seems to calm down around the handsome and mysterious Rue. Elliot sinks gratefully into the unexpected grace of Rue’s kindness and friendship. He doesn’t understand why his magic is broken or why it feels whole again around Rue. But right now he’s just trying to survive, grateful for the reprieve Rue’s friendship provides.

But then a a potential tragedy on the beach culminates in Rue revealing his true nature: he’s a selkie, both man and seal, with a magic that somehow complements and heals Elliot’s when they’re together. And that might not be possible for much longer.

This is a lovely fantasy story with a very innocent vibe. The two MCs are gentle and naïve and lovely, and here, too, the lighthouse is important to the story. I like Hollis Shiloh, and this story was no exception.

Magnetic as the Sun

Jimmy Alsop, a vivacious journalist, longs to trade his sheltered life for a summer of adventure but lacks the confidence to launch his stellar plan.

Lonely as the Moon

Nova Skye, an aloof scientist, wants to resuscitate his dead love life but hasn’t found the right man to kickstart his guarded heart.

Eclipse of the Heart

Sparks fly when a chance encounter drops Jimmy and Nova into the same orbit. Though their approach to life and love couldn’t be more different, they’re inexplicably drawn together as if connected by an invisible string. With nothing to lose but their inhibitions, Jimmy and Nova embark on an epic adventure of discovery. Passions soar with the sultry Savannah temperatures, and soon, their carefree summer becomes something more profound and beautiful than either man bargained for.

But are the ties that bind sturdy enough to withstand a lifetime, or will they fray after a season?

This book was recced everywhere recently, and it’s the one I one-clicked just because of the lighthouse on the cover, the one that sparked the idea for this blog post. It’s soooo pretty…and the story’s good, too 😆

And the one I haven’t read…

In the summer of 1780, on the tiny island of Merryapple, burly fisherman Robin Shipp lives a simple, quiet life in a bustling harbour town where most of the residents dislike him due to the actions of his father. With a hurricane approaching, he nonetheless convinces the villagers to take shelter in the one place big enough to hold them all—the ancient, labyrinthine tavern named the Moth & Moon.

While trapped with his neighbours during the raging storm, Robin inadvertently confronts more than the weather, and the results could change everything.

…is the prettiest of them all. I would be happy if the cover hung framed on my wall. The lighthouse, the moon, the fonts…it’s pure perfection. Which is why I haven’t read it; I have an irrational fear that the content won’t live up to the promise of the gorgeous cover. Stupid? Yes, but I can’t help it. Have you read it? Can you alleviate my fears? 😁

Tell me: how do you feel about lighthouses?

Meet Cute Chronicles

It’s Release Day!

Yay, today is release day for my adorable meet cute box set!! *throws confetti* Yay for Adrian and Manne, Jacke and David, and Måns and Viggo. Yay for aiding a panicked stranger in the library, offering an umbrella to a cute man and a spoiled dog, or getting lost in the forest! Yay for finding that special someone when the stars are aligned in your favor.

And most of all yay for box sets.

Buy links:

Three accidental meetings. Three cases of instant attraction. Three HEAs.

What do one dyslexic man overwhelmed by too many books, one man walking a dog getting caught in the rain without an umbrella, and one man lost in the woods have in common? Nothing, except unexpectedly meeting the man of their dreams…

Contains the stories:

They Met in the Library: Adrian, librarian at a small community library loves his job and helping people. When a huge man walks in looking terrified, Adrian’s skills are tested. Manne’s dyslexic and past events have made him fear books. With Adrian’s help, the experience turns positive. Their chemistry is instant. But can someone who has trouble reading ever fit into the life of a man whose passion is the written word?

They Met in the Park: Jacke can’t take his eyes off the adorable man walking a spoiled dog in the park every day after work. One day, Jacke takes a chance and speaks to him. David. The attraction is mutual and instant, and a second meeting in the park turns into a date. Jacke starts longing for something he thought he’d never have; a partner. Does David feel the same? Will a chance meeting in the park turn into love?

They Met in the Woods: Måns had a plan to navigate through an unfamiliar forest. But his cell phone battery didn’t get the memo, died unexpectedly, leaving him lost…until he hears someone chopping wood. He follows the sound and finds Viggo, who’s kind, helpful, and smoking hot. Their connection is instant; will the sparks burn fast and fizzle out, or will the attraction grow roots, just like the trees in the forest?

All I See

Last Chance to Download All I See

I promised you in my Goodbye July post that I’d tell you more about my WIP that I was working on in one of the pictures, and now the time has come.

A while back, I got an idea that I’d write a prequel to my short freebie All I See, to write about how Theo and Kieran got together, so I grabbed my favorite fountain pen and got to work. Over time, and with some very useful input from my publisher, the idea grew and changed, and turned into an expanded version of the original story.

Which means we’re going to take All I See down at the end of August, and then re-publish it in September under a new name; All I’ll Ever See.

The current version is 4633 words long, the extended version is 14500 words. The old version is in the story, only lightly edited to get rid of things that would’ve become repetitive should I have kept it, but the rest of the words are completely new.

And if you’ve already downloaded the free version and are now wondering why you should pay for a book where you’ve already read one third of the book, JMS Books has offered to create a discount code for my newsletter subscribers that will enable them to buy the new story at a reduced price. So if you’re not yet subscribed to my newsletter, now’s definitely the time to sign up.

And if you’re new to the blog and haven’t yet downloaded All I See, you still have time. It will be available for download all of August before it’s taken down. So I’m gonna post the links here so you can go grab them if you haven’t already.

And if you’re curious about All I’ll Ever See, here’s the blurb:

The night Kieran bangs on Theo’s door and kisses him changes both their lives forever. Theo has never been in the closet, but Kieran isn’t out and risks losing everything—his inheritance, his relationship with his family—should his parents find out.

But their feelings for each other can’t be denied, and Theo agrees to keeping their budding relationship a secret. But can their love grow and flourish when hidden away in the dark? Or will it wilt and die before they have a chance to live happily ever after?

About Nell

Goodbye July

Another month has gone by, can you believe it? Didn’t I just say goodbye to June? How can it be August already? Soon it’s September and my birthday, and before we know it, it’ll be Christmas. Can someone please slow down the world a bit for me? I can’t keep up.

Anyway. A new month means it’s time for me to say goodbye to the previous one, so here’s ten pictures from my July. Tell me about something you did in July!

Do you remember The Pool Project I told you about in the Goodbye June post? How important pool stuff was broken when we moved in and how the water was green and yucky and how my hubby worked hard on rebuilding it? Well, now it’s fixed, so this has been me every free, sunny moment since the hubby said I could jump into it for the first time. 😊

The deadline for my WIP was approaching rapidly (I’ll tell you more about said WIP in another post) so I had to do some writing on the train to work.

Speaking of trains; my train home from work was canceled two days in a row – very annoying! – and the hubby had to come pick me up. Luckily, it’s not very far and there’s a café on the train station where I can fika while I wait for him.

On July 23, my last day of the Day Job before three weeks of summer vacation, I worked from home in hubby’s office. The reason I wasn’t in my own office is that my personal computer docking station doesn’t work with my work laptop (but hubby’s docking station does). At 4:01 pm, one minute after quitting time, hubby stormed into the office and hollered Turn off your computer, your vacation officially starts now! So I did, rushed to brush my hair, jumped into the car, and…

…drove to a nearby town called Lund, where we had a beer, then met with a dear old friend K who was visiting our neck of the woods. I’d almost forgotten how to hang out with friends and have dinner at a restaurant, but it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, something we planned only the day before, and it was so, so great.

And the day after that, we got visitors of the best kind.

The grandbaby!! I was in the mood for tea and did my writing in the kitchen instead of the office (because of the proximity to the kettle!) which was fine at first. But later someone woke up full of energy, crawling round the kitchen at full speeds, doing her best to distract her gramma from work, so I had to say goodbye to my morning writing crew a little earlier than normal, and focus on cuddling my grandbaby instead. (Not that she wanted to cuddle; she wanted to crawl and practice standing up and taking her first steps, but that’s another thing entirely) 😍

On Monday, the first official day of vacation, we went back to Lund because we had some Boring Adult Business to do (servicing the car, a bank meeting, stuff like that) and between appointments we explored the city a little. We visited the cathedral; not because we’re religious (we’re atheists) but because we’re interested in history and love old buildings. And this cathedral was built 900 years ago, so it definitely qualifies. Unfortunately, it wasn’t super interesting, not like a few other cathedrals I’ve visited (like Uppsala, where loads of old kings, and Carl Linnaeus, are buried, or Notre-Dame in Paris). But being inside a nine hundred years old building is never un-cool, so there’s that 🙂

Speaking of old buildings; one lovely day we went to Landskrona (another nearby town) for an adventure. We had lunch on the beach, but our main reason for going there was to visit another old building, this Citadel built in the 16th century. It has two moats (as you can see in this picture) and was one of the most secure and heavily fortified buildings for the longest time.

The citadel came with its very own dungeon that we of course had to visit. We entered it through a narrow and low passageway, but originally the prisoners were lowered into it by rope from the dungeon roof. Or if they were obstinate and uncooperative, they were simply thrown into it, and crashed onto the stone floor, 15-or-so feet down. Nine alcoves were built into the walls for the prisoners to lie or sit in, but as many as 80 prisoners could be held here at a time, and once you’d been lowered into the dungeon, you rarely saw daylight again.

It was very interesting 😊

And the last picture from July has to be this one. My son-in-law made pancakes for dinner (Swedish pancakes are thin and look a lot like crepes, and we eat them for dinner more often than for breakfast, often together with split pea soup) and since he knows everyone in the family loves pancakes, he decided to make a big batch. And with big, I mean huge! It took him hours and we hung out in the kitchen, keeping him company, gently ribbing him for the ridiculous amount of pancakes he produced. Are you sure that’ll be enough food for four adults and a baby, or do we need to order pizza to make sure we don’t have to starve? 😁

At one point, the hubby broke out his yardstick and measured the pile, and I can report that it was 9 inches tall. Yes, you read that right. 9 inches of thin pancakes! They were delicious, and more than enough for one dinner and two breakfasts for all of us. In fact, I think there are still a few left in the fridge as I write this, so I think I’ll wrap up this blog post here and go eat them before everyone else wakes up 😁