Halloween Sale @ JMS Books

I hinted at the Halloween Sale in yesterday’s post about my upcoming release Eight Months Without You (click this link if you missed the post). But I thought a blog post dedicated to the sale was in order, so here we go.

All ebooks are 40% off in the JMS store thru Monday, and that goes for pre-orders as well. So now’s the perfect time to stock up your e-library for the upcoming dark months.

But before I’ll add the link things, I’m sending a cyber kiss to the lovely Ofelia Gränd, who graciously lent me the graphic she made for the sale when I was to lazy to make my own. Thank you, my friend! 😘

Naked Gardening Day :: Eight Months Without You :: Secrets on a Train

I also want to recommend a few new/upcoming books by my fellow Naked Gardening authors that you can buy for 40% off. And yes, I know Ofelia Gränd didn’t write a naked gardening story, but since she and Holly is the same person, I chose to feature them both 😁

An October Question because it’s the final Wes and Finn story and I’ve been waiting for this book for so long. (I’ve got it downloaded on my e-reader and will throw myself over it as soon as I’m done scheduling this post). Returning to the Werewolf, because who doesn’t love a good second chance story? The Setup because have you seen that cover?? 😍 Second Wind because I desperately want to know what happens next in the Welsh Theatr Fach company. Smoke because there’s a jinn.

Eight Months Without You

Coming Soon: Eight Months Without You

It’s been a while since my last release. May, to be exact, when I released Strike a Pose. For a while there, I thought maybe that would be the last because I haven’t been able to write anything at all for the longest time, but I’d signed up for a thing with JMS Books and didn’t wanna pull out.

That “thing” resulted in Eight Months Without You, that will be released on November 12. Wanna see the cover? Prepare yourselves, it’s very pretty 😍

Can Sami and Joakim’s relationship survive accusations of cheating, a thrown wineglass, and eight months of silence?

Hurtful words and a thrown wineglass in a fit of jealousy tear Sami and Joakim apart; fiery tempers and stubbornness keep them from making up. But then, after eight months without a single word, just as Sami is about to make the first move, Joakim shows up, eager to make things right.

Can they overcome accusations of cheating and eight months of silence? Are conversations, confessions, and planning for the future enough? Will the love they still share conquer all?

Second chances :: jealousy :: reunion :: bisexual rep :: possessive MC :: established relationship :

Picture credit: Ofelia Gränd

There’s a Halloween sale going on over at JMS Books this weekend (thru Monday), and as always, pre-orders are included in the sale. So if you want to pre-order Eight Months Without You, you can do it cheap! Clickety-click the button above.

Read Around the Rainbow Web Ring

Read Around the Rainbow: Favorite Halloween/Creepy Story

Read Around the Rainbow is a blogging project featuring yours truly, A.L. Lester, Ofelia Gränd, Holly Day, K.L. Noone, Amy Spector, Addison Albright, Fiona Glass, Lilian Francis, and Ellie Thomas. Every month, we pick a topic and then we blog about it. Check the other blog posts by clicking the RAtR widget in the sidebar, or the links at the bottom of this post.

The RAtR topic for October is What is your favorite Halloween-themed or creepy /spooky story?

I wasn’t going to write a post for this topic, because to me, Halloween is meh. I’m Swedish, we generally don’t do Halloween, and I’m not someone who loves spooky or creepy. I read horror when I was younger. Horror, grisly murders, vampires, you name it, I read it. But I’ve always been easily spooked, and it gets worse the older I get. I’ve seen the movie Alien many, many times, but the first face-hugger encounter (link if you don’t know what I’m talking about) still scares the shit out of me even though I know exactly what’s going to happen. And since I don’t enjoy being spooked or scared, I’ve gravitated away from those kinds of stories, and can’t really say I have a favorite creepy/spooky story.

So I was going to skip this topic and leave the spook to my fellow RatR authors (I especially expect Amy to excel at this topic), but this morning I got a picture that inspired this post. The most adorable picture of my beloved grandbaby dressed as a crocodile (or as she puts it: “crocobile”) for a Halloween party at pre-school today. So I thought Maybe I can do cute Halloween? I thought Maybe I’m not the only one easily spooked?

So. Welcome to Nell’s non-spooky, fluffy Halloween Read Around the Rainbow post. Let’s start with the crocobile that inspired it all, shall we? 😍

The next question is: are there any books worthy enough to be in the presence of such cuteness? The criteria is that it has to be cute and Halloween adjacent, so any kind of supernatural being.

And I’ve read two stories that fit the bill.

Until Forever Comes :: The Ghost on My Couch

I’ve read and loved a lot of Cardeno C. books, and Until Forever Comes is perfect for Cute Halloween. It’s a story about a wolf shifter (counts as werewolf, right?) who can’t shift, who meets and is instantly attracted to a vampire. Vampires and wolf shifters don’t get along and they shouldn’t like each other, but they do. The vampire is old and the leader and is actually quite scary, but not when it comes to the wolf shifter; in his presence, the vampire transforms into a gooey cinnamon roll, and it’s instant attraction and mates and what else do you need for Cute Halloween? 🙂

The Ghost on My Couch is a ghost story…Or, well. There’s a ghost in the story, but it’s not a ghost story, there’s a significant difference between the two. The story is about nurse Alex who one day comes home to a ghost on his couch. A ghost wearing PJs and bunny slippers. Do I really need to tell you anything else about this book? A ghost! In bunny slippers! The cuteness factor is maybe not crocobile high, but pretty darned close, wouldn’t you agree? 😁 But if you need more convincing, there’s also a three-legged cat with only one ear and no tail. Oh, and the ghost hides in the fridge whenever he’s overwhelmed.

And that’s it. Two books for Cute Halloween. Read them with a steaming cup of tea, or maybe a syringe of Bloody Mary if you’re feeling extra Halloween-y? 👻

Don’t forget to check out my fellow RatR authors who have all probably been much more faithful to the Halloween/spookiness that I’ve been. Like I said before, my money’s on Amy, but I’m sure they’ll all have some interesting recommendations.

K.L. Noone :: Amy Spector :: Ellie Thomas :: A.L. Lester :: Holly Day

Strike a Pose

Naked Gardening Day Box Set

You haven’t forgotten about the fabulous Naked Gardening Day project from this spring, I hope? Five delicious stories about people being naked in gardens to varying degrees, ranging from historical to murder/mystery, but all of them with happy endings? If you have forgotten, here’s a reminder:

Ring a bell?

If you somehow missed them (or if you just can’t get enough of our naked gardening shenanigans), I have some great news: all five stories will be collected in one glorious box set! Because who doesn’t love box sets?? 😍

Wanna see?

I know, I know, the cover is surprisingly un-naked for a box set called Naked Gardening Day, but Amazon has opinions on nakedness on book covers. We considered going with an eggplant, because you know…eggplant *waggles eyebrows*…but then we decided to go classy.

Isn’t it pretty?

It’s up for pre-order at JMS Books and like always, pre-orders are 20% off. So hurry to clickety-click the link below and you’ll only have to pay $3.99 for five fabulous naked gardening stories.


Celebrate World Naked Gardening Day with five gay romance novellas!

The Naked Gardening Day stories are a collaboration between Holly Day, Nell Iris, A.L. Lester, K.L. Noone, and Amy Spector. They comprise five MM romance novellas featuring being naked in a garden somehow, somewhere, to mark World Naked Gardening Day on the first Saturday of May.

Contains the stories:

Perfect Rows by Holly Day: Everything would’ve been perfect if Grayson hadn’t been forced to share his garden with Cam. Grayson wants to grow vegetables, and he has a plan for how to do it. Cam loves flowers in perfect rows, but Grayson is incapable of growing things in lines. Most days end in conflict, at least until Grayson realizes he can shut Cam up by kissing him. But will they ever be able to agree about the garden?

Strike a Pose by Nell Iris: Didrik would do anything for his BFF Filip, including taking naked pictures for a charity calendar of his dad Johan, the stunning man responsible for Didrik’s gay awakening. Now a widower, Johan is ready to move on. As they start the project, the attraction between them grows. Their connection is easy, but not without challenges. Will they get their happily ever after?

The Death of Digby Catch by Amy Spector: When August Catch arrives at the Arachne’s Loom estate to collect his late Uncle Digby’s things, he is thrown together with Theo Webb, the heir to the Webb family fortune. The attraction is instant. When Theo begins to suspect Digby may have been murdered, he and August will need to work together to discover the killer, and not let the thing growing between them be a distraction.

The Hermit of Aldershill Manor by K.L. Noone: Charlie’s ready to start a new job and life at Aldershill Manor. As a historian, he’s thrilled to dive into the archives. And he can run from a messy break-up. And explore lovely gardens, too. Lionel does not like tourists, conversations, or social niceties. But he loves his job: helping beauty grow. When he finds the new historian caught in a storm, he offers shelter, which might bloom into more.

Warning! Deep Water by A.L. Lester: Spring 1947. England has just come through the worst winter in living memory. Peter’s been drifting since he left the army a year ago. George is lonely, despite the busy horticultural nursery he owns. Peter’s decision to take a swim in the irrigation tank presents them both with the chance to reach out and help each other. Can two misfits find a way to fit together with someone after all?

Guestpost, Release Blitz

New Release Spotlight: A Vampire Chew Toy by Holly Day

Hello, everyone! Thank you, lovely Nell, for allowing me back on the blog 😘 This month, we’re celebrating National M&M Day. You know, the colourful little chocolate balls M&M not M/M – though there should be a day that celebrates that. In A Vampire Chew Toy, M&Ms are handed out both as gifts and bribes.

It’s about Devin, who is a former blood slave. He didn’t have a clue vampires existed before he was kidnapped and held captive for about a year. When we come into the story, he’s still trying to find his feet after all the trauma he’s been through.

He is plagued by nightmares and panic attacks, and he avoids people best he can. Since he can’t see himself going back to a normal life, he lives with the team of supernatural beings – five shifters and one vampire – who rescued him.

One thing Devin still enjoys is baking and cooking – I guess that’s two things – and to Mars’s awe and astonishment, he does most things without following a recipe.

Are you one who follows recipes? I have to admit that I skim recipies, and then I do as I please. I very, very seldom follow a recipe from start to finish. And it doesn’t matter if I cook or bake. The difference is that I like to bake whereas cooking is something that has to be done 😣

The good thing about not following recipes is that I use what I have at home and what I feel like. The bad thing is that when I make something good, I have no idea how to make it again since I never measure or weigh or write anything down. It’s a surprise every time! LOL

It also stresses my sister out whenever we cook or bake together. She follows recipes rigorously 😳 No sense of adventure there 😆

A Vampire Chew Toy is a slow-burn, found family kind of story, and I enjoyed writing it. One of my beta readers who has been with me for several years and read everything I’ve written said it’s her favourite story. It’s hard to pick favourites among the stories you’ve written, but it’s one of my favourites too.


Devin Jace lives in a huge mansion together with six other people, five of them turn furry, and one needs to drink blood to survive. Sometimes, he suspects it’s all a dream. Four years ago, he had no idea supernatural beings existed. It wasn’t until he was snatched off the street and forced to live as a blood slave he realized vampires are real and don’t sparkle.

Three years ago, Mars O’Ceallaigh was part of the team who saved a badly scarred and severely traumatized Devin. As the only vampire on the team, he got to work undercover. To keep up the facade, he tasted Devin’s blood. Not a day has gone by since without him thinking about it, both the taste of the blood and Devin. But he wants Devin to be happy, and since he knows vampires are his worst nightmare, he does his best to keep out of his way.

When the team learns Devin’s captor has escaped prison, Mars is convinced he will come for Devin. Devin might fear Mars, but there is someone he fears more, so when Mars swears to keep him safe, Devin trusts him. Mars more than enjoys being by Devin’s side at all times, but will spending every minute of every day with him be enough to keep him safe?

Paranormal Gay Romance: 57,723 words

Buy links

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Devin grabbed a roasting pan from the oven. He’d made two pans of lasagna, and then, unsure if it was enough or if everyone ate lasagna, he’d made a big pot of a made-up recipe for chicken, mushrooms, and wine sauce. It turned out fabulous in his opinion, creamy and nice, and the mushrooms heightened the taste. He’d made rice and a big bowl of salad, and in a last-minute fit of panic of someone not liking either chicken or lasagna, he put bread and cheese on the table.

Rei and Hanna entered the kitchen as he put a stack of plates on the table.

“Holy shit, is that lasagna?” Hanna ran over to the pans of lasagna and inhaled deeply.

“Ah… yes. There is chicken and rice too.”

Both Rei and Hanna stared at him, and he had an urge to run and hide.

“There is chicken too?”

Devin’s voice dropped into a whisper. “I didn’t know if everyone liked lasagna.”

Hanna barked a laugh. “Oh, honey, last week Kenia served burned oatmeal. Lasagna is divine compared to that.” She grabbed a spatula and cut herself a piece.

“I thought the oatmeal was for breakfast.”

“She served it again since more than half was left since breakfast.” She grimaced, and Devin huffed. He might not know a lot about shifters, but from what he’d gathered, they ate a lot.

“Devin?” Rei walked closer to him.


“I’m double booked.”

Hanna snorted, and Devin narrowed his eyes. “You’re double booked?”

“Yes, tonight.” He gave Devin a pleading, though somewhat playful, look. “I don’t know how to solve it.”

“Oh, come on.”

“It’s true. I’m double booked, and I don’t know what to do.”

Devin crossed his arms over his chest. “And you think I do?”

“You solved Murrie’s problems.”

“I hardly solved his problems. I fixed it so he only had to tackle one problem at a time. It’s not the same as solving them.”

Rei slid his phone toward him on the counter. “Please.”

“Shameless.” Hanna shook her head as she reached for the salad.

Devin looked at Rei’s phone but couldn’t help but smile. “And what exactly do you want me to do?”

Rei walked to the refrigerator and opened the cupboard above, then he frowned. “Where are the M&Ms?”

“In the pantry. I didn’t know we had a snack cupboard.”

Rei found the M&Ms and poured them into a bowl he handed to Devin. “Please.”

“You’re bribing me?”

“No. It’s a gift to my favorite human in the whole wide world, is all.”

Huffing again, Devin grabbed the phone, only to hand it back to him. “Give me access to your calendar.”

Rei didn’t have to ask how to do it, and Devin checked his schedule once he got a confirmation that he’d been given admin status. “My God! You have three dinner dates this evening.”

Rei grimaced. “Yeah.”

Devin shook his head. “How many of these are work-related?”

“None, but feel free to use work as an excuse when you turn them down.”

“Excuse me? When I turn them down?”

“I don’t want to disappoint anyone.” Rei rubbed his neck. “Look, Tom is a nice guy, but all I wanted was a one-night stand. He turned clingy after, and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. I believed we had an understanding. I don’t want to break his heart. Amanda was fun, but she’s human, and I don’t have the energy to lie and hide. She’s not my mate, so telling her the truth is out of the question. Eleanor is… not the most pleasant creature, but she’s great in bed. Vampires are something else, you know.” He sighed dreamily while Devin fought the icy fear rolling over him. “But as I said, she’s a bit of a bitch, and I don’t want to get on her bad side.”

Devin stared at him. “You’re a slut.” He also noted his conquests were both male and female and of all species. He had never gotten any vibe whatsoever from Rei, and he hadn’t cared enough to wonder.

“Yeah, well, you’re a prude.”

“Doesn’t have the same ring to it. I’d rather be a prude than a slut.”

Mars chose that moment to walk into the kitchen, his eyes instantly focusing on Devin, and Devin sucked in a breath. Great.

“Yeah, well, fix it for me. Please.”

He did his best to focus on Rei and not watch as Mars walked over to the table to inspect the food. “Am I to cancel all three?”

“Yes, and no rescheduling.”

“Do you have their numbers?”

“I added them to the schedule before I came here.” He grinned.

“Smug bastard.”

“I’ll love you forever and ever.” Rei blew him a kiss as he, too, walked over to the food.

About Holly Day

According to Holly Day, no day should go by uncelebrated and all of them deserve a story. If she’ll have the time to write them remains to be seen. She lives in rural Sweden with a husband, four children, more pets than most, and wouldn’t last a day without coffee.

Holly gets up at the crack of dawn most days of the week to write gay romance stories. She believes in equality in fiction and in real life. Diversity matters. Representation matters. Visibility matters. We can change the world one story at the time.

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