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Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings

Dreamspinner Press’s advent calendar Stocking Stuffers—including my story Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings—is now available for preorder. In October, the pre-order price is $39.99, which is a great price for thirty-one stories. From December 1st, the stories will be available individually, if you just want to read about Casey and Ellis and not the other guys 🙂

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Blurb:
Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s 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 away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.

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So hop on over and pre-order the advent calendar. Can you think of a better way to spend December, than reading 31 holiday-themed stories? I sure can’t 😁

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Christmas x2 in Nell Iris-world

I don’t know if you remember that I told you back in the end of July that my Christmas story Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings was accepted to the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar? (still super excited about this!!)

But that’s not all the Christmas activity I’ve been up to. No, I’ve got another super fun project I want to tell you about involving another Christmas story.

Sexy SantaThe story is called The Christmas Day Date and will be featured in an anthology together with four other holiday stories, written by my friends Addison Albright, Stephen Hoppa, Nicky Spencer, and Amy Tasukada.

The anthology, Make the Yuletide Gay, will be released on November 24, 2017, so when you’re all still full from eating too much Thanksgiving turkey to move from the couch, you can one-click this book and spend your Friday reading about boys loving boys.

And best of all? The anthology is a freebie. Five great stories for absolutely nothing! Consider it our holiday gift to you. We’re the five Santas of the M/M romance genre! 😁

Blurb and more info like where to order it and other important stuff will follow shortly.

So what about The Christmas Day Date? Wanna read the blurb?

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Two men. Changed Christmas plans. A gazillion cookies.

Lenny Painter’s idea of the perfect Christmas is sleeping the holiday away. He’s got nowhere to be, and the only item on his Santa wish list is to catch a glimpse of his cute neighbor, JJ.

Julius Jones’s carefully organized Christmas is canceled at the last minute. In a fit of rage, he rids his apartment of all holiday cheer, including the rainbow-decorated tree.

But Lenny rescues the beautiful tree from a sad demise and end up spending the afternoon with JJ. When JJ asks Lenny to celebrate Christmas Day with him, Lenny accepts.

But it isn’t a date. Or is it?

Are you excited? I am!!

 


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Save the date: Cinnamon Eyes

I’ve got a release date for my upcoming book. Mark your calendars for August 12, people! I can’t wait for you to get to know Cory and Asher and I hope you will love them as much as I do.

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A long-awaited reunion.

Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and to 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 he 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 they meet after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

Cinnamon Eyes is an emotional story of what happens when two people who never wanted to be separated, finally reunite.


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Coming soon: Cinnamon Eyes

 

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A long-awaited reunion.

Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and to 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 he 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 they meet after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

Cinnamon Eyes is an emotional story of what happens when two people who never wanted to be separated, finally reunite.


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Monday update

Hi everyone. I know I’ve been a little silent lately, but I’ve been feeling really off. I’ve hardly written anything for two weeks, I’ve felt like all the words have run out.

I think I need to watch less news. It upsets me and screws with my creativity. But on the other hand, it’s difficult stop watching, considering the current climate. I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?

However: I feel a little better today. It might have something to do with the fact that I wrote 2K words yesterday.

I also wrote some lyrics. One of my MCs (in WIP#2 I’m currently working on) is a songwriter and he’s written a very special song for someone very special.

Do you know how freaking difficult it is to write lyrics? Luckily the MC isn’t a big star or anything, so the lyrics don’t need to be Billboard material. But it took me four hours or something for 171 words. Adding to that was equally many hours the other day when I came up with the structure and the concept.

So eight hours in total for 171 words. Not even 21,5 words/hour. Songwriting is hard. And I’ll probably rewrite it, but it’s a start.

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Writing lyrics requires pen and paper.

Other than that I’m done with the editing for the Christmas story. I’ve had it out for three rounds of beta-reading, had an intense discussion about loose ends, and edited, edited, edited. But I’m happy with the result now, and all I have left to do is write a blurb and a summary and then it’s ready for submission.

So maybe not so lazy after all?

Have a great week.

Oh, I almost forgot. Five more days until Find His Way Home!! I’m excited!

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Preorder links for Find His Way Home:
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | B&N


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One week until Find His Way Home

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Just one week until Find His Way Home is released and I’m excited. Excited and nervous, because I’ve sent out ARC’s for reviews, and what if no one likes my new book? It’s very scary.

And just like last time, I’ve asked Signal Boost Promotions to help me promote it, and signed up for a Release Blitz and a Review tour. So if you’re a blogger and want to feature me on the blog, click here to sign up. And know you’ll get my undying, eternal love if you do! 🙂

I’ve also joined Facebook. Well, you already know I had a page before, but I signed up for a profile too, so I won’t have to use my legal name in groups and to interact with people. So if you want to be my friend, click here 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Buy Links for Find His Way Home:
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | B&N


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Falling in love all over again

Yesterday I got the edits for Find His Way Home from JMS Books. I haven’t read it since I sent it to them in February, and by then I’d worked so much on it, I pretty much hated it and wondered why on earth they accepted my submission.

But when I opened it up and started working on it, I realized that it doesn’t suck. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact. I really liked it and I fell in love with my characters all over again.

It was a great feeling.

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As usual there was a lot of missing or incorrect commas, but I mostly agreed with my editors suggestions. Then I went over it with a fine tooth comb, trying to find places where I’ve used the same word in close proximity. I don’t want that. Synonym sites might be what I use most on the internet.

Long live the thesaurus!

Anyway. I’m done with the first round of edits. Now I’m waiting for the second round, and more missing commas.

Can’t we just stop using commas all together? 😀

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Pre-order links:

JMS Books | Amazon