Don’t forget…

…that I have books available in the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you’re a KU subscriber you can read the books below for free!

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UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | HIS STEADY HEART | ONE MORE CHANCE

Unexpected Christmas is for you if you can’t wait for the holidays. His Steady Heart if you. like me, is a fan of age-gap romance. One More Chance if you want two-for-the-price-of-one books about second chances, because who doesn’t love second chances? 😁

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One More Chance is a box set containing my previously published books Cinnamon Eyes and Promise Me We’ll Be Okay, and it’s currently only available in KU, but will be released widely soon if you’re not a KU-user. I’ll post buy links as soon as I have them 🙂

Regaining Trust

A couple months back, I scrolled past an article in the news that was about how to stay together if your partner had been unfaithful. That sparked a whole slew of thoughts and questions in my mind, and I thought What if I’d write a story about an established couple where one of the MCs is unfaithful to the other because of reasons, but they don’t want to break up despite this? 

At first I discarded the idea, because I know how readers feel about infidelity. Heck, I’m one of them. But I’m also a sucker for second chances and I naïvely believe that love conquers all. And I also thought that if you love someone, really love someone, do you stop loving them because of an infidelity?

So I decided to explore all these questions, and that exploration turned into Regaining Trust.

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Regaining Trust is unusually angsty to be a Nell Iris story, but the theme demands angst. It’s also a bit longer than I usually write; it’s currently at about 30K words and I still have the final edits to do, so the word count is subject to change.

The story just poured out of me, to be honest. I thought it would be hard, since it’s a difficult topic and since I’m usually the Queen of Fluff, but this story wanted to be told. And I love Lawrence and Frankie and their determination; I hope you’ll give their story a chance. They deserve it.

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The fabulous J.M. Snyder sometimes writes with me, Ofelia Gränd and A.L. Lester in our morning writing session whenever she can; she’s American and the rest of us are European, so we have a time zone issue to deal with.

Between sprints, we talk about what we’re writing, and I’ve spoken about my Lawrence and Frankie’s story of course. One morning, J.M. sent me a quote, said she’d thought of my story when she read it. And I agree. It fits perfectly.

So thanks, J.M. ❤️ I really appreciate the quote.

Here it is:

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I will post the cover and buy links as soon as I have them.

Tell me, how do you feel about infidelity in books?

She’s back!!

Hi! Have you forgotten about me? I wouldn’t be surprised if you had, because my presence here over the summer has been appalling, and I apologize for more or less being absent. There are reasons, of course, and I’ll tell you about them in a minute. But more importantly; this post is the first step into getting back into blogging for me, and in general have a more frequent online presence. At the top of my to-do list is “plan blog schedule” — so after I’m done writing this, I’m getting right to that. Because I personally prefer regular updates from the blogs I read and love, so I need to practice what I preach, right?

Right. Enough of that, let me tell you what I’ve been up to since the last update which was back in June:

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I told you about the new morning writing habit I’d started back in June, and I’m happy to report that I’ve kept it up. Every morning at 6, I sit down and write for three hours. I’ve done this all summer and this means I’ve actually finished three whole stories since June, and started a fourth one (keep your eyes peeled, I’ll tell you more about them in another blog post!), and won Camp NaNoWriMo in July (I wrote 50K words in one month). The reason I’m able to do this, besides getting up early, is that I have excellent writing company, something I’ve written about in a guest post, titled The Importance of Cheerleaders, over at Love Bytes. If you’ve missed it, here’s the link.

So can I get a loud cheer for morning writing, the best company, and increased productivity? 🙂

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Another thing I told you in my last update was that I’d signed up for online writing courses at the university for the summer. To be honest, the classes are what’s kept me so busy the last couple months that I haven’t had time to hang out with you people. I’ve read and written and analyzed until my brain threatened to pour out of my brain, but now I’m done. All those deadlines up there in my bujo spread is marked as “done.” So no more studying. Instead, blogging, and writing even more. How does that sound? 🙂

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But of course I haven’t been chained to my desk the whole summer (even though it felt like it some days.) We’ve also been out and about some…in a socially distant responsible manner and following all the guidelines, of course. We’ve been doing stuff where it’s been easy to keep a distance. Like taking a roadtrip to see Ale’s Stones, for example. Ale’s Stones is an ancient stone ship about an hour away by car from where we live, and I was in awe of the place.

So in awe, in fact, that I wrote a story taking place here, but more about that at another time 🙂

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We also went to Grebbestad on the Swedish west coast where we stayed at a hotel located on the ocean. We had a fancy 3-course dinner outside, next to the wharf, and then watched the sunset from the balcony of our suite, sipping bubbly. It was lovely! 😍

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We also went to see the bronze age rock carvings in Tanumhede, something I’ve wanted to see my entire life. It’s a huge collection of petroglyphs, that are between 2000-3000 years old and breathtaking. Even more amazing IRL than in pictures.

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I’ve also

  • had dinner next to a very old house in the neighboring town, Lund. The house is from the 1300s, and I loved it. (Can you tell I love old buildings and stuff? 😁 )
  • had close encounters with ducks who clearly weren’t aware of the social distancing rules and tried to eat my foot 😁
  • visited Smygehuk, the southernmost point of Sweden. The last picture is me standing as far south in Sweden as possible, watching out over the vast ocean.

All in all, I’ve had a super busy and productive summer, that’s been interspersed with visits to the ocean and really old things. The dream summer if you ask me 😁

Tell me, what have you been up to this summer? Done anything fun?

Today’s the day

In case you have forgotten: today’s the day for this

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Check out the anniversary celebration over at JMS Books’ blog. Clickety-click here to meet Vidar the one-eared kit.

JMS Books 10-year anniversary

I already told you that JMS Books celebrate being in business for 10 years this year and that they’ve planned a lot of stuff to mark this special occasion. One thing is releasing the anthology, A Decade of Gay Romance that features my story Unexpected Christmas:adogr and uc

The anthology was released on July 1st, so now’s the time to go pick up your copy if you pre-ordered it. Or buy it if you haven’t already.

Here’s the link


But that’s not everything they’re doing. The celebration is going on the entire month of July, so on top of that anthology, they will also have daily author sales, there’s a chance to win free books, and JMS authors are writing guest posts for the JMS blog. Including me.

And I did a thing for my guest post. Want a clue? 😁

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Keep your eyes peeled on the JMS blog on July 22nd if you want to read what I did!

Seriously, though. Check out the blog (here’s the link again) and read the guest posts from the other authors. Maybe try a new-to-you author in one of the daily sales? Enter the giveaway to win a free book? Whatever you can do to support a small queer press like JMS Books is appreciated. They treat their authors really well, are open and honest, and pay their authors on time. All the things that should be a given, but unfortunately aren’t.

So join me in celebrating the incredible achievement of being in business for 10 whole years! (And the thing I did won’t be published here on this blog…#justsayin 😀 )

Another book sale!

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It’s July, and that means it’s time for Smashwords annual Summer/Winter sale. That means an entire month of cheap books! And all my ebooks are 50% off and that means you can buy all the books in the picture above for under 12 bucks! Yay.

Check out my author page @Smashwords to take advantage of this fabulous sale! 

 

 

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!

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)! ❤️

Paperback

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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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