Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings

I went on a trip this weekend: I took a train to my daughter and her BF and spent a few days in her company. We set up her tree, listened to Christmas music, drank glögg, and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a glorious time.

However, I left my computer at home and completely forgot to schedule a new release post for Saturday and the re-release of Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings. I mean…who does that?? Ah well, sh*t happens and all that.

So…if you’ve missed it: Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings is now available again after having been out of print since late May when I pulled it from Dreamspinner Press.

Yay!! Casey and Ellis have a special place in my heart, so I’m glad they’re out in the wild again 🎉🎉

If you want:
established couple👨‍❤️‍👨
ugly Christmas tree 🍿🎄
Southern insults🤬
creative gifts💍
heart-melting romance💓
 

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BUY LINKS/ADD TO GOODREADS:

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Inspiration

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Do you ever wonder where authors get their inspiration from? 

Ever since the early eighties, a Swedish artist called Thåström has been one of my absolute favorites. He started his career as a singer/lead guitarist in a punk band and after that he had a couple different bands before he went solo. He sings in Swedish (with few exceptions), and I’ve loved him since my early teens, well over thirty years.

In 1989 he released his first solo album, and on that record was a song called Flicka med guld (Girl with gold). I love that song, and it has a deep personal meaning to me for reasons I don’t want to share, but suffice to say, it’s very important to me.

The song is about a girl with golden brown eyes; the lyrics reads like a poem, and the music, the acoustic guitar and his raw voice, speaks right to my heart. And that song, was the original inspiration for Cinnamon Eyes.

I originally wanted to name my story The Boy with Cinnamon Eyes, in reference to the song the MC Asher has written about the other MC Cory (see the lyrics in the picture above), a direct reference to A Girl with Golden-Brown Eyes, but my publisher asked me to change the title (because of valid reasons) so I shortened it.

My lyrics and Thåströms lyrics are nothing alike, of course, aside for my title being inspired by his title/song, but then I took it and made it my own. Or rather, I made it Asher’s.

Those lyrics has stayed with me for 30 years, and I suspect I’ll love them as much, if not more in another 30 years.

Below is the original Swedish lyrics and the translation. It’s a literal translation and it loses all its poetry in this version, but at least you’ll get an idea what I’m talking about.

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Also: Thåström the artist was actually my inspiration for Asher’s looks, too. Wanna see?

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And if you want to hear the song, even though it’s in Swedish:


Blurb:

Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

M/M Contemporary / 34 679 words



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3 more days…

…until the re-release of Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings! Yay, I can’t wait for Casey and Ellis to be back out in the world again!

If you already bought it back when it was released by Dreamspinner Press, you don’t need to buy it again (because the changes are very minor and only edits) unless you want the new, cute cover of course! But if you haven’t read it, here are the pre-order links:

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RE-RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2019

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

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If you need an excerpt to help you decide: 

Back out by the door, he got down on the floor to put his sneakers on — no shoes inside, thank you very much — and noticed something under the Christmas tree.

He abandoned the worn sneakers and knee-walked over to check the item. It wasn’t very big, so he got down on all fours to see better.

It was a ball: a little bigger than a ping-pong ball and wrapped in newspaper. It hadn’t been there yesterday when they’d gone to bed, so Ellis must have sneaked it under the tree this morning.

He sat back on his heels and his hand flew to his mouth.

Ellis had gotten him a gift for Christmas!

Tears welled up in his eyes and spilled down his cheeks. He didn’t wipe them away; he just sat there. Staring at the newspaper-covered ball.

What could it be?

He threw himself on his stomach and crawled as close as he could while making sure not to tangle his hair in the low-hanging branches. A message scrawled with a red marker in Ellis’s almost illegible writing greeted him: merry xmass boo.

Next to the writing, he’d also drawn a small, crooked heart, with one arch much bigger than the other.

Casey couldn’t keep his hands off it. He traced the heart with his finger, wanting nothing more than to tear off the paper and see what Ellis had gotten him. But he didn’t, of course.

Instead, he crossed his arms on the floor in front of him and rested his head down. Watching the present, he exhaled a shuddering breath and closed his eyes.

He still had no idea what to give Ellis tomorrow. Considering he had absolutely no money, what could he buy?

Untangling one of his hands, he reached out and enveloped the ball, but resisted the urge to shake it. He just held it in his hand, and somehow it made him feel closer to Ellis.

He shouldn’t be surprised that Ellis had gotten him a present. He knew how much Casey loved Christmas, how desperately he missed his mother, and was sad that there wouldn’t be any knitted socks wrapped in plain brown paper for either of them this year.

Of course, he’d found a way to cheer Casey up.

Casey let go of the present and wiggled his way out from under the tree. He supposed he could always resort to giving Ellis stupid coupons like he’d given his momma when he was a kid. But instead of one month of doing the dishes, it could be stuff like one hour of hard ass-fucking or a promise of rimming Ellis until he screamed Casey’s name and shot his spunk all over the place. He could even draw dirty pictures on the coupons to illustrate the gifts.

He nodded to himself. It would have to do. But next year he’d buy Ellis a real present.

Casey jumped off the floor, took one last longing look at the ball before he pulled on his shoes and went out for his run.

Cover reveal and Black Friday Sale!

I hope you had a good day yesterday, whether you celebrated Thanksgiving, had an ordinary Thursday, or like me: unpacked the stuff that finally came on the boat from Malaysia 😀

Today is Friday, and of course my publisher JMS Books has a Black Friday sale. And as always, it includes pre-orders, like for example for my upcoming Christmas story Four Christmases.

Let’s start by looking at the cover of said story! Isn’t it pretty?

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Will a decade-old family feud and long held secrets stand in the way of love?

Auden Whipple is searching for a bit of peace and quiet from his loud family when he stumbles across the neighbor, Porter Eldin. Porter is scorching hot on a freezing Christmas Day, and nothing like Auden expected. A moment shared by the creek, begins a relationship that surprises them both.

As the Christmases pass, Auden and Porter’s relationship deepens. But the obstacle of the unresolved conflict between the Whipples and the Eldins makes Auden worried. Worried to tell his family of his new-found love, worried that the conflict will come between them.

Can two men truly in love help mend fences that have been broken for too long? Can the holiday spirit help Auden and Porter find their happily ever after?

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 21


But now for the sale part of this blog post. I’ve already done a lot of shopping today on Black Friday (because I just moved across the world and a huge sale like this is great when you have a long list of things you need to buy!) so I don’t know if my budget allows any books. Maybe if I’m good and do some unpacking, I can reward myself with book shopping? Whaddaya say?

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Today and tomorrow, all ebooks at JMS Books are 60% off and all paperbacks are $8!! Which means all my ebooks are available at 60% off!!

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So why not pre-order the re-release of Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings for $1.20, or Four Christmases for $1.60, or 2019 Top Ten Gay Romance (which includes my story Awakenings & French Songs and nine other stories) for only $2.40?

And if you like paperbacks, Finding The One is only eight bucks!!

Here’s a link to my author page at JMS Books so you can browse all my books. Happy shopping!

One month until Christmas…

Today is one month until Christmas and the last couple years, I’ve made these elaborate holiday themed blog posts during December, but this year with the move, I haven’t had the time to plan and execute something like that. So instead, I thought I’d recommend six (and a bonus) of my favorite holiday themed reads from last year’s advent calendar here on the blog (when I recommended a holiday story I’d read and loved every day until the 25th).

Hopefully they’ll tie you over while you wait for your favorite author’s holiday story to drop this year 🙂

2018 xmas favorites

Talk Turkey | It’s Not Yule, It’s Me | Watermelon Kisses | Goldilocks and the Bear | Revelry | The Working Elf Blues

The above links are to the blog post from last year where I wrote about these six fabulous holiday stories. On every post, I shared the blurb, the cover, and buy links, as well as a short reason to why I picked it, my favorite quote(s), and a song I paired – in all unseriousness – with the book.

What they all have in common is that I absolutely adored them and definitely plan to re-read them this year.

Tell me about your favorite holiday story in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for holiday stories! 🙂


Bonus: 

I read this book last December, but didn’t include it in the advent calendar because I loved it so much it needed a separate post here on the blog where I could gush freely about it.

But really. If you haven’t read The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish you really really should. It’s a fabulous, fabulous holiday story that deserves all the love. Read my gushy review here (buy link is in the review).

39347033Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.

Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.

When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.

 

 

Book recommendation

Just a short book recommendation today. Never in a million years would I have thought of shipping Susan Price and Mary Crawford (from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park) but I couldn’t not buy this book when I stumbled upon it. And I’m glad I did; I really enjoyed this short little story.

So if you have a few minutes, want a F/F historical short that is a Jane Austen fanfic, may I recommend Her Particular Friend by JL Merrow?


48496929._SY475_When Susan Price leaves Mansfield Park to accompany her aunt, Lady Bertram, to take the waters in Bath, she little expects to meet an old “friend” of the family. Initially scandalised, Susan finds herself drawn to the former Mary Crawford, now a widow, Mrs Lynd.

Mary has lost none of her playful spirit in the ten years since her family’s acquaintance with the Bertrams ended amid elopement and scandal. Her interest, first piqued by Susan’s resemblance to her older sister Fanny, only grows on discovering Susan’s very different character.

But Lady Bertram will surely never countenance Susan’s intimacy with the woman whose brother caused her daughter’s disgrace — and Mary’s true identity cannot be kept a secret forever.

Buy link: JMS Books

Cover reveal

As I told you a while back, I requested the rights back for my Dreamspinner Press advent calendar, Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings. But now the time has come (or soon at least) to re-release it.

My fabulous publisher JMS Books kindly agreed to re-release Casey and Ellis’s story and it will be released on December 7. And I have the new cover. Wanna see?

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Isn’t it cute?? 😍😍 I love it so much; it’s so much better suited to the story than the generic DSP cover was.

I’ll post the pre-order links as soon as they’re available.

And if you’re new to my writing and my blog and wonder Red Popcorn whatnow? here’s the blurb 😀

Young couple Ellis and Casey’s Christmas is set to be a lean one. Struggling financially, they’re only able to manage the most basic needs for their holiday celebration. They can’t afford luxuries like a turkey. Or decorations. Or presents. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma, and Ellis’ estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.

When Ellis finds the saddest looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon line thrown outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Because what more do you need to have a Merry Christmas than enthusiasm, ingenuity, and someone to love?