Guestpost, Meet Cute Chronicles

They Met in the Library: guest posts and #giveaway

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you’re having a great day! I’ve had a good day: we’re house hunting and we went on a road trip and checked out a house. It was lovely, maybe a bit small for our needs, and since it’s very original and charming, I’m sure it’ll turn into a bidding war and it’ll end up way over our budget. We shall see!

Aside from that little roadtrip on snowy roads, I’m also a guest over at my friend Holly Day’s blog today where I talk about how I had the idea for my new release They Met in the Library for the longest time but couldn’t get it to work. Check it out here, if you’re interested. I was also blog hopping a bit yesterday: first I visited Addison Albright’s blog where I wrote about how I was a book worm when I was a kid, and a regular at my neigborhood library, the one I based Adrian’s library on. Here’s the link for that post. I was also at Ofelia Gränd’s blog, writing about the meet-cute trope. Check it out here.

You haven’t missed that the second book in my Meet Cute Chronicles is up for pre-order, I hope? They Met in the Park will be released on February 27, but you can pre-order it now if you’re a eager 🙂 As always, JMS Books offer 20% off pre-orders and new releases!

They Met in the Park pre-order link @ JMS Books


Finally, I just want to make sure you haven’t missed the giveaway. I’m giving away two signed paperback copies of my anthology Finding The One, and I’ll send it anywhere in the world. There are two days left of the giveaway, so hurry up before it’s too late. Also, please send cyber kisses to my dear friend Addison Albright who helped me set up the giveaway. Ours would be a sad, miserable world without kind and generous friends, don’t you agree? ❤️

GIVEAWAY LINK

Adrian, book-lover extraordinaire, adores his job at the small community library. He gets to share his passion with other people and help them with all book-related questions and issues. When a big, hulking man walks into the library, looking terrified, Adrian’s skills are tested in a completely different way.

Manne’s relationship with books is uneasy, to say the least. He’s dyslexic and events in his past have made him fearful of books and turned libraries into his worst nightmare. But when the quirky, bowtie-wearing librarian steps in to help, the experience turns positive.

Their banter is easy and their chemistry instant. But can an accidental meeting turn into something more? Can someone who has trouble reading ever fit into the life of a man whose passion is the written word?

M/M Contemporary / 17943 words

Buy links:

JMS BOOKS (20% off until 1/22) | UNIVERSAL BUY LINK

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Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday

Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day

Today, January 17, is apparently Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day. Hands up if you knew it existed! I didn’t 🙂 More than 80% of the people making vows to better themselves admit to breaking them, and January 17 is the day most give up. So how do we celebrate this day? Well, if you promised something you’re regretting, today’s the day to break it, guilt free.

So tell me, will you take the out? 🙂

Two (fictional) people who won’t be breaking their resolutions are Petter and Isak from Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday. Read it (if you haven’t already) and you’ll understand why 🙂

Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday is sweet and romantic. Nell Iris adds plenty of atmosphere to the read, making everything a little more special. This tale covers one night and includes all the feels. It’s the perfect little romance. 

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Two strangers, a twisted ankle, an ancient stone ship, and a New Year’s Eve they’ll never forget

Petter sneaks out of the New Year’s party he didn’t want to go to and treks to an old burial site he’s dying to see. Alone. Without telling anyone on a freezing December night. Without cell service…a huge problem when he twists his ankle.

Someone passes by Isak’s house on the path leading to the stone ship. When the person never returns, Isak worries and sets off to investigate. What he finds is Petter, a pack of sparklers, and an instant connection.

Under a starry sky, they learn they have a lot in common. Will the attraction burn hot and fizzle out like the fireworks going off over their heads when they return to the real world? Or will it deepen, grow, and turn into something real? Something everlasting like the stone ship?

M/M Contemporary / 20851 words

Buy links:

JMS Books | Universal buy link

Excerpt

“Awesome. Are you the kind of person who makes resolutions?”

“Usually not.” I accept the lit sparkler he holds out to me. I’ve loved these things since I was a little kid, even more than fireworks, and up here, in the howling wind with a sky full of stars above my head, in the company of a kind stranger and huge ancient stones, they’re more beautiful than ever.

“But this year is different?”

“Yeah. I’m doing some…significant changes in my life this coming year, so I thought ‘why not?’ It can’t hurt, right? Even if I agree with you about the arbitrariness of this so-called holiday.”

“You do?”

“Sure. It’s not a thing we celebrate because of some natural phenomenon, like the solstice. It’s just to mark that the Earth has done another lap around the sun. I mean, that’s great and all, but why do we need to celebrate it?”

Isak’s face lights up in a wide grin. “Yes! This is what I always say when people complain because I refuse to embrace the spirit of the holiday.”

I return his smile. “Exactly!”

“I’ll drink to that. Finding a like-minded person makes it worth subjecting myself to this awfulness.” He takes another swig, face contorting, and then hands over the bottle to me.

“Are you trying to poison me?” I take the tiniest of drinks, barely enough to wet my mouth.

“Hey! You’re the one who brought it.”

“And I regret it deeply.”

The sparklers have gone out, and Isak lights a couple new ones, handing me one. “So tell me about your resolution.”

“You’ll think it’s stupid.” I avert my gaze, looking out over the ocean. Far away a tiny pinprick of light moves across the water. Who’s out in a boat now?

“I won’t. Promise.”

I follow the little prick of light as it moves away, and it’s easier to talk about it when I’m not looking at him. “I’m going to be more true to who I really am.”

Gently, he replaces the burned-out sparkler in my hand with a new one. “Why would I think that’s stupid?”

“Because people do. I’m almost thirty, I’m supposed to have reached that stage already in my life.”

“People assume a lot of shit, don’t they?”

I take my eyes off the boat and allow myself to be mesmerized by the sparkler, by the tiny stars shooting out of it in every direction, by the crackling sound and its energy. It burns hot and fast, but it gives its all doing it. “Yeah,” I say.

“I’ll drink to your resolution. I’m sure it doesn’t mean much to you because we don’t know each other, but I think you’re doing the right thing. Now drink.” When the sparkler sputters and dies out, I look at Isak. “It does mean something. Thank you”.

Meet Cute Chronicles

OUT NOW: They Met in the Library (Meet Cute Chronicles)

Pop open a bottle of bubbly, fire off some fireworks, my new book, They Met in the Library, is out. Or you know: a more low-key celebration like a nice cup of tea is also acceptable 🙂 Popping over to your favorite bookshop and ordering the book (if you haven’t already) is also a great way of celebrating it. Or entering a giveaway where you can win a signed paperback copy of Finding The One (open internationally). If that sounds like something you’d like, keep reading! 🙂

Adrian, book-lover extraordinaire, adores his job at the small community library. He gets to share his passion with other people and help them with all book-related questions and issues. When a big, hulking man walks into the library, looking terrified, Adrian’s skills are tested in a completely different way.

Manne’s relationship with books is uneasy, to say the least. He’s dyslexic and events in his past have made him fearful of books and turned libraries into his worst nightmare. But when the quirky, bowtie-wearing librarian steps in to help, the experience turns positive.

Their banter is easy and their chemistry instant. But can an accidental meeting turn into something more? Can someone who has trouble reading ever fit into the life of a man whose passion is the written word?

M/M Contemporary / 17943 words

Buy links:

JMS BOOKS (20% off until 1/22) | UNIVERSAL BUY LINK


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#SlidingIntoMyDMs, Coming Soon, Meet Cute Chronicles

2x cover reveals

The second half of 2020 was crazy productive for me, and now it’s starting to show. Which is why I have TWO cover reveals, and TWO pre-order links for you today. Are you ready? 🙂


First up is the second book in my Meet Cute Chronicles; They Met in the Park. The Meet Cute Chronicles is not a series; they’re only connected by the meet cute theme. There are no overlapping characters, no plotline you won’t understand if you haven’t read the previous book in the Meet Cute Chronicles, and most definitely no cliffhangers! As a matter of fact, I’ll swear to you here and now to never end a book on a cliffhanger! 😀

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that if you like me is a standalone-lover, you can read these without fear! 😀

Now, shall we look at the ultra-super-cute, smile-inducing, heart-eye emoji cover? (can you tell I really, really love it?) 😀

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

Can a spoiled little dog bring two strangers together?

The first time Jacke sees him, it’s a happy accident. He’s taken refuge in a quiet corner of the park, decompressing after a difficult day at work, when the man, dressed in a fancy suit, passes by him walking a spoiled little dog.

As the days pass, Jacke notices the adorable pair several times. He’s unable to take his eyes off the man whose first priority is the dog, even over his own comfort. And one day, when circumstances are right, Jacke takes a chance and speaks to the man. David.

David’s personality is as adorable as his outward appearance, and a short walk in the rain results in mutual attraction and a promise to see each other again. A second meeting in the park turns into a date, and Jacke starts longing for something he thought he’d never have; a partner. But does David feel the same? Will a chance meeting in the park turn into love?   

M/M Contemporary / 17478 words


The second cover reveal for the day is a book I wrote for an in-house JMS Books submission called #Love. The idea for the books in this call is that the characters meet online, on some social media app or other, but whether we chose a real-life SM app or came up with our own, was up to us. The title was supposed to start with a hashtag, so #NameOfStory. And since it’s a themed call, the covers will be the same (or more correctly, there are two versions: one if you wrote a M/M story, and one if you wrote a F/F). I know that’s confusing for some; I’ve had people reaching out to me about it for my Snowed In-book, so I thought I’d explain it here.

My MCs meet on Instagram; I wasn’t creative enough to come up with my own social media platform (unlike my dear friend Ofelia Gränd, who invented #PictaBook for her story), so I picked the platform I like the best: Instagram.

And without further ado, here’s the cover. It’s cute and it’s suitable for the story…even if my guys don’t look like that. (And if you’re curious about the F/F covers, check out this story by Kassandra Lea.)

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

“Hi. I heard you’ve been sick.”

Eddy Pennington is recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia when an old acquaintance, Moss, sends him a message on social media. They haven’t spoken in years, but Eddy is pleasantly surprised. He always liked Moss even if they were never close friends.

Moss Fanning has no ulterior motive with his message: all he wants is wish Eddy a speedy recovery. He got over the crush he used to have on Eddy a long time ago.

They reconnect easily and have even more in common now. And when they meet in person, the attraction is instant. Will an innocent, well-meaning message on social media lead to something more? Something deeper? Something…everlasting?

M/M Contemporary / 21998 words

Guestpost

About Holly Day, Kiss-a-ginger day, and Hop Hop, Carrot Top

Today, I’ll introduce you to my friend Holly Day on the blog. She’s here to talk about Kiss-A-Ginger Day, and her new release Hop Hop, Carrot Top. Welcome to my blog, Holly!


Five Things Holly Can’t Survive Without

Thank you, Nell, for letting me drop by today to introduce myself. My name is Holly Day, and a few days ago, my first story was released through JMS Books.

I don’t know if you’re aware, but today is Kiss A Ginger Day—I highly suggest you check with the gingers around you so you have their consent before you kiss them. It’s not Sexually Assault A Ginger Day after all. But, if you have their consent, go ahead!

Only about 2% of the world’s population has red hair, and that number is going down. Soon there won’t be any gingers around. Kiss a Ginger Day was created to show appreciation for everyone out there with fiery hair, but also to create something positive for gingers who often are picked on in schools while growing up.

Why is she talking about redheads, you wonder. Well, the story I wrote is called Hop Hop, Carrot Top, and it’s about Kiss A Ginger Day. Not only the 12th of January, but it’s about a man who has a certain ginger he would like to kiss and sees his opportunity to do so when Kiss a Ginger Day arrives.

I’ll share an excerpt from the story farther down, but I thought I’d let you know a little more about me by telling you five things I can’t survive without. Typing that makes me wonder if there really are five things I can’t survive without, but okay, here we go!

I write books; I read books; I list books; I sort books; I talk books, and I breathe books.

Holly day
  1. Coffee! – Do I need to elaborate? I think not.
  2. Salty liquorice – I think it’s a Swedish thing or Scandinavian, at least. It’s liquorice, but it’s salty. I put this on the list instead of chocolate, instead of chocolate! As in, I rate it higher than chocolate. There is a problem, though. I’m gluten intolerant, and most liquorice has gluten in them.
  3. Wine – I don’t drink hard liquor, and I don’t drink beer—again, gluten—but wine… Saying I can’t survive without it makes it sound as if I have a problem—I don’t, but some days a glass of wine is the difference between a cozy night on the sofa with hubby, and a meltdown. I have four kids, don’t judge!
  4. Stationery -Few things make me as happy as pens, Washi tape, stickers, post-its, my bullet journal, etc. I have to say, apart from book and clothes now and then, stationery is the only inedible thing I buy.
  5. Books! – Let’s be honest, this should probably have been number one. It would hurt to have to live without coffee, liquorice, wine, and Washi tape, but it is doable. I would moan for a week in wait for the lack-of-coffee headache to pass, but I would survive. Without books? So much of my identity is books—I write books; I read books; I list books; I sort books; I talk books, and I breathe books. I read books to my kids every day before they go to bed because books! I don’t trust the school to make sure they enjoy books, and books should be enjoyed. It doesn’t matter if it’s a story that changes your life or one you read in thirty minutes and then never look at again—that story affected your life. You were touched by an individual from another place, another time, someone who has lived a life different from yours. And that is pretty cool.

So that was a little about me. Now, I thought I’d introduce you to Flynn and Caspian by sharing an excerpt. Flynn’s mother passed away six months ago. He’s been putting off clearing out the house, but now he’s back in the town he’d promised himself never to set foot in again.

Excerpt:

Pizza with Caspian Cook, who’d have believed he’d ever have pizza with Caspian Cook? Flynn puffed his cheeks as he watched himself in the bathroom mirror.

He’d showered, which was stupid. They were going to pack stuff—though Caspian had never agreed to help him pack—and they were going to take pictures of Mom’s furniture to give away.

He got dressed, jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt—no shirt and tie while he was off work. He spun around in the almost empty room where he’d grown up and grabbed his phone.

“Hi, Tanya. It’s me.” He ran a hand through his still wet hair as he watched his reflection. Children cried in the background, and Tanya sighed.

“Hi. How’s it going?”

“I’m giving it away.”

There were some noises he couldn’t place, dishes maybe. “The entire house?” Everything quieted. “You can’t.”

“No, not the house.” He could use the money, and they’d be a welcome contribution to her household. “The sofa, bookcase, the bed, maybe? Do people want other people’s beds?”

“The bed frame, I’m sure someone would want, perhaps not the mattress.”

“Ah, yeah.” He grimaced and waved a hand despite her not seeing him. “I’m giving it away.”

“Okay.”

He stopped on his way out into the living room. “You’re okay with that?”

“I don’t give a damn. I think we could’ve gotten some money from the figurines, not sure, but I’ve seen those in antique stores.”

“Yeah?” He hadn’t had a clue. He’d packed them, but he could keep the box and see if he could sell them or something. Maybe Caspian would know how to go about it. “I’m selling the car. Caspian picked it up today.”

“Caspian? Caspian Cook?”

Flynn held his breath. “Yeah. Do you know him?”

She laughed. “You grew up in the same town I did, right?”

He rolled his eyes. “Yes, but I mean do you know him.”

“Haven’t seen him in twenty years. He was always nice though, a stark contrast to his evil little brother.”

Flynn shivered as he pictured Blade. “They look alike.”

“People say we look alike, but I’m prettier.”

He laughed. “You are.” They looked alike. Flynn’s androgynous looks made them more alike than most brothers and sisters.

“He’s grown now though, right?”

“Blade?” The ice spreading in his gut didn’t care if he was a memory from his childhood or an adult man.

“Well, him too, but I meant Caspian. I haven’t seen him since he was in his late teens.”

“Yeah, he’s grown now.” Flynn grinned. Caspian was about a head taller than he was, had broad shoulders and strong arms. And manly hands.

“Is that appreciation I hear?” She chuckled.

“No! I mean… he’s Caspian Cook.”

“I know he is. I also know he used to watch you.”

Flynn frowned. “What?”

“In school. He used to watch you.”

“Probably only so Blade didn’t kill me. I was a scrawny little thing, several years younger than him. Heck, I didn’t hit my growth spurt until I was fifteen, and even then I hardly grew!”

Her laugh filled him with warmth. God, he missed her.

“Doesn’t matter. He watched you.”

“Yeah, well…” His chest filled with warmth. “He owns Wilson’s farm now.”

“Oh, that’s a cute little farm. You should help him pick curtains.”

“Tanya!”


Blurb

Flynn Thomas is back in Hartley. His plan is to be out of there before anyone notices he’s back. He left twenty years ago and promised himself he’d never have to face his childhood bullies or set foot in his bigoted hometown ever again. But it’s been six months since his mother passed away, and someone has to clear out the house.

Caspian Cook is out on a walk with his three dogs when he sees Flynn Thomas, at least he thinks it’s Flynn Thomas. He never forgot the red-haired boy his brother used to harass, and he never forgot how he used to wonder if there were freckles underneath his clothes as well as on his face.

Flynn mistakes Caspian for his childhood tormenter and flees. Caspian can guess why he’s in such a hurry to get away, but he hasn’t seen Flynn in twenty years, and if he allows him to run off, he fears he’ll never see him again. Will spending time with Flynn be enough for him to forget who Caspian’s brother is? Flynn needs help. He underestimated how much work it would be to move his mother’s things. Caspian offers to give him a hand, but can he trust someone who looks like his worst nightmare?

Contemporary M/M Romance / 19,129 words

Buy links:
JMS Books | Universal buy link

About Holly:

According to Holly Day, no day should go by uncelebrated and all of them deserves 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.

Connect with Holly @ https://lnk.bio/xpae