My chaotic life

Hi everyone. I’m in Sweden now…or actually I’ve been here since November 9th, but my life has been a giant whirlwind of chaos since I arrived. Who ever said it was easy moving across the world? No one? Okay, sounds about right.

I thought you might like to see a few pictures, if for no other reason than to feel sorry for me and my current situation? 🙂

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We brought a few bags with us on the plane, heh. Not more than about 250 pounds worth of stuff. Uuuuugh, that was no fun at all.

When we landed, we stayed at a hotel first because we didn’t get the keys to our new place until the 12th. And after that we stayed for a few more days because we had lots of admin stuff to do (like visiting the Swedish version of IRS to write ourselves back into the country and a gazillion other equally unfun things) and couldn’t focus on moving in.

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When we got the keys, we didn’t have any stuff (except for the 250 pounds of stuff we brought on the plane, but we couldn’t sleep on any of that) so we went to Ikea to buy what we decided not to bring on the boat and instead buy new here.

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…and we bought all the things. And this wasn’t even half of it. We had to go back the next day, and then they didn’t have what we needed so we ended up ordering some stuff online that will be delivered on Saturday. A new desk for me, among other things. Can’t wait!

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After all the unpacking, it looked like Ikea had vomited on our living room floor.

photo_2019-11-19_13-25-53And this is the current state of affairs while we wait for the container of stuff to arrive from Malaysia (on or around December 7). How do you like our very fancy dining table?? 😂 But at least we have a new (very nice!) bed to sleep in, enough things to cook with, and this table is better than having dinner on the floor, don’t you agree?

But OMG I miss my things. My desk things, my books, my vinyl records. My fancy office chair. My teas! So if someone could please tell the boat transporting our things to hurry, I’d be forever grateful! 😀

1994

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It’s Midsummer’s Eve 1994 and I’m 22 years old. I’m spending the day at the beach with my friends from the amateur theater group I was a part of. We’re doing typical Swedish midsummery things. Eating and drinking. Singing. But also being deep and artsy, because we were actors after all.

1994 was the year I played Titania (and Hippolyta) in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and my husband (who wasn’t my husband at the time) played Bottom. 1994 was the year me and my theater friends arranged a Shakespeare picnic by the lake; we borrowed costumes from the theater company so we could dress accordingly, and pretended we were a part of our favorite movie Much Ado About Nothing.

1994 was also the year we had a Rocks-themed party, and if you don’t know what “Rocks” is, it’s a song by Primal Scream that we loved to death. We listened to that song over and over and over again, and thought Why not have a Rocks party? We did play other songs at the party, too, but not a lot of them 🙂

In 1994 I dreamed of becoming an actor so I applied to several acting schools, but was never admitted. It was a time of happiness and friendship and immersing myself in art and theater and music and classic English literature.

That was a time that laid the foundation to who I am today. No, my dream is no longer to be an actor, but I still want to immerse myself in art and music and books. 25 years later, I’m still deep and artsy and pursue difficult dreams.

But who would we be without our dreams?

Tell me something about you from 25 years ago.

Release day: In My Arms Again, and Legendary Loves volume 2

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Trapped in a growing sense of restlessness, Oxen the hunter is lonely. Feeling like he’s waiting for something—or someone—he’s unable to focus on getting ready for winter. But when a handsome and very ill stranger collapses on his doorstep, everything changes.

The stranger, Vinge, is from a Pegasus family but has never been able to transform. As soon as he awakens, both men feel an instant connection, and it grows deeper as Oxen nurses him back to health. Something profound within each man calls out to the other, but neither of them knows what it is.

The questions surrounding Vinge and their deepening relationship are many. Why is Vinge so familiar to Oxen when they clearly have never met? Why are they both reluctant to take the first step to a real commitment?  And what will it take for the true depth of their connection be revealed?

21 809 words / M/M historical fantasy paranormal

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Released individually, but also included in Legendary Loves volume 2, with two other stories. All new releases are 20% off at JMS Books for the first week after release.

BUY LINKS (LEGENDARY LOVES VOL 2)

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JMS Books’ Trios are themed collections of three gay romance stories by a trio of authors. Each story is available separately, but readers can get all three for a discounted bundle price.

Legendary Loves Volume 2 contains three paranormal shifter M/M romances just in time for Halloween! Contains the stories:

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?

BUY LINKS (ALL 20% OFF AT JMS BOOKS UNTIL NOV 25):

The Murky Depths | Weekend at Bigfoot’s

 

Of New Beginnings

No, this isn’t another post promoting my newly released book. This is a post telling you about a big change in my life that’s going to happen this fall.

After eight years in Malaysia, me and my husband feel it’s time to return to Sweden, to live closer to family. So some time in November, we will pack all our bags, and move back.

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We will move to Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, situated in the south, so we’re not returning to our old home town (Karlskoga). We’re happy about it: it’s not as cold as where we used to live (between Stockholm and Oslo in the above map) since it’s further south and also next to the ocean. We already have friends there, and it’s a 20 minute train ride to Copenhagen, Denmark, which is a nice place (and there’s also a big airport there if we want to travel).

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Picture taken at Little Square, Malmö, when we were there for a visit in June but didn’t yet know we were moving there 🙂 

There’s lots to do and plan, and I still have all the writing things I’ve signed up for to do, which means this will be a busy time for me. So if I’m a bit absent from social media (more than usual) starting right about now, you know why 🙂

Also, this is my home right now. Lovely, right?

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Cover reveal: In My Arms Again

Want to see something pretty? I’m going to assume the answer is yes and post it here 🙂

The other day, I got the cover for my upcoming release In My Arms Again, and I squealed like a little girl when I saw it, because look how pretty it is!! 😍😍 I love it so, so much!!

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Blurb:

Trapped in a growing sense of restlessness, Oxen the hunter is lonely. Feeling like he’s waiting for something—or someone—he’s unable to focus on getting ready for winter. But when a handsome and very ill stranger collapses on his doorstep, everything changes.

The stranger, Vinge, is from a Pegasus family but has never been able to transform. As soon as he awakens, both men feel an instant connection, and it grows deeper as Oxen nurses him back to health. Something profound within each man calls out to the other, but neither of them knows what it is.

The questions surrounding Vinge and their deepening relationship are many. Why is Vinge so familiar to Oxen when they clearly have never met? Why are they both reluctant to take the first step to a real commitment?  And what will it take for the true depth of their connection be revealed?

M/M Historical Paranormal Fantasy / 21 809 words

Release day: October 19, 2019


This story will be sold separately, but also included in a JMS Books Trio collection, but I’ll talk more about that another day. The release day for both the story and the Trio is October 19. I’ll post more information and buy links when I have them.

Reading challenge and Nell online

There’s a lot going on in my life right now (I’ll tell you more about it soon) so I’ve forgotten about something I should tell you about, if you don’t already know. I’ll also give you a couple links to other blogs where you can read about me or my books.

But first:

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Joyfully Jay has a reading challenge going on in September. From Joyfully Jay’s blog:

“The month of September is going to be Reading Challenge Month. Each week will have a different challenge theme and the folks here at Joyfully Jay will be reviewing a variety of books that fit that challenge. Readers can play along by commenting on our Challenge Month review posts, and/or by reading their own challenge books and writing mini reviews. “

The readers that choose to play along can win prizes, and that’s where I come in. I’m one of the authors that have agreed to donate a book for the giveaway, but I’m not the only one. Several publishers, including my publisher JMS Books, have also generously donated prizes for the huge  Check out the prizes here if you’re curios.

Anyway, this week, the theme for the challenge is Judge a Book By It’s Cover; that sounds like fun! Next week will be Older/Younger Hero Week, which would be a perfect time to read His Steady Heart if you already haven’t!

Check out either of the links above for more information.


In August, I was a guest at the fabulous A.L. Lester‘s blog. She interviewed me a couple days after the release of Team Luker, so if you want to know more about that story or which three books I’d bring to a deserted island, check out the interview here.


Finally: I jumped up and down of joy when I logged in on Twitter earlier today and saw that my friend Addison Albright had recommended one of my stories over on her blog. I’m incredibly honored and happy, especially because Phoenix and Gabriel – Angel and Firebird –  have a very special place in my heart. Check out what Addison wrote here.

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