Cover reveal: Team Luker

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What if this is the last time we lie like this?

Uncertainty is keeping Ellery Luker awake at night and robbing him of his appetite. It’s been five days since the love of his life and partner of twenty-five years, Jools, went to the doctor. Five days since the biopsy. Five days of going crazy with worry and what ifs?

What if Jools suffers from the same disease that stole Ellery’s mother when he was just eleven?

What if all Ellery’s worst fears come true?

What if…?

M/M Contemporary / approximately 5500 words

Release day: August 3

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Cover reveal: 9 Willow Street

Want to see the super cute, swoonworthy, adorable cover for 9 Willow Street, my story about an equally adorable bunny shifter? I’m gonna go ahead and assume the answer is ‘yes’ so here it is:

Release day is July 6, I don’t have pre-order links yet, but I’ll post them as soon as I have them! 🙂

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Heartbroken after the death of his beloved Nana, Hannes, the family outsider, finally allows himself to grieve. The legal battle over Nana’s quirky old house— the only place he’s ever felt accepted and loved—is over, and he moves in and finds a sense of peace.

…and a rabbit.

An adorable bunny with a huge personality moves in, too, and refuses to leave. Hannes instantly falls in love with the sweet animal who helps heal his heart. But one morning, Hannes’ view of the world changes when the rabbit transforms into a man. A man named Mattis.

After the initial shock, Hannes and Mattis discover a connection between them that runs deeper than it seems. Will their newfound feelings survive unraveling secrets and meddling families, and grow into something real? Something deep and everlasting?

RELEASE DATE: JULY 6, 2019

2 weeks until release

In two weeks, on March 16, my super short story All I See will be released. It’s a 4600 words short, M/M contemporary story about an established couple and family complications. It’s available for pre-order now.

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Theo and Kieran have been together for five years. They’re very happy…behind closed doors. Theo accepted from the start that Kieran isn’t out to his conservative parents and has a lot to lose if they find out about his sexuality.

But a moment of sadness at a wedding changes things. Theo is faced with a decision: live the rest of his life in secret…or break it off.

Or is there a third alternative?

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 16, 2019

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Cover reveal: Awakenings and French Songs

If you remember: when JMS Books had the huge Black Friday 60% off all ebooks sale, I told you about one of my upcoming releases (because it was available for pre-order at 60% off), named Awakenings and French Songs. I didn’t have a proper cover at the time, only a temporary “coming soon” cover that JMS provided.

But now I have a cover!! Wanna see?

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An existential awakening and lots of French chansons equal a favorite neighbor seen in a new light.

Iggy Wilker never expected his 36th birthday to turn into an existential crisis. When Iggy’s friends celebrate him with his usual favorite pastime—drinking, dancing, and willing guys—he suddenly wants nothing to do with any of it. He’s fed up and ready for something else. The question is what?

Ronan Clenney has had his eye on his neighbor forever, but as a single father of a precocious eleven-year-old, he’s never believed he stands a chance. But over a late-night cup of tea, it seems that circumstances have changed. Is this the right time, finally?

Iggy has never believed in romance, but can Ronan show him he’s wrong? That love is a real thing?

PRE-ORDER AT JMS BOOKS

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Release day is January 12th, it’s a M/M contemporary story, approximately 11K words long. You know me, I like it short and sweet, and this is no exception.

JMS Books always have a 20% sale off pre-orders so if you click the link above now, you can buy it at a reduced price!

Here’s the song that inspired the whole story. Do you like old French songs? I LOVE this song, it’s so emotional!

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Excerpt:

“Iggy?” A slow smile blooms on his face and his eyes brighten. “What are you doing up this early? What happened to no knocking on my door before ten on weekends, young Miss Emery?” he asks, imitating my words perfectly.

“I grew old, that’s what happened.”

“Awww. Poor Iggy.”

“Hey! Be nice or I won’t share my breakfast.” I hold up the bags to show him what he’d be missing.

His eyebrows shoot to the heavens. “You brought breakfast?”

“Um, yeah. You gonna let me in, or …?”

“Of course. You just about shocked me to death, that’s all.” He pretends to clutch his pearls.

“That seems to be my theme this week,” I mutter and follow him to the kitchen.

“I was just about to start breakfast –” he points at a carton of eggs, “– but I guess I don’t have to?”

“Nope. Coffee would be good though. I didn’t buy any.”

“Sure.” He leans over to the machine and pushes the button. “All done.” He grins at me and takes a seat at the table. “Show me what you got.”

He watches as I unload my purchases. Baguettes. Croissants. Pain au chocolat. A box of pastel colored macarons I bought only because they’re so pretty and I thought Emery would appreciate the pinks and purples and yellows. Three tiny, fancy-looking jars of French jam; black cherry, fig and walnut, and raspberry. And finally, a box of huge, dark red strawberries the bakery sold for some unknown reason.

Ronan’s mouth falls open as he takes in everything. “What brought this on?”

I take my usual spot at the table. “I’ve had that song on my mind ever since the other night. I have no idea what it’s called or what the guy was singing about, but I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. So when I walked past Knead It and they had a French flag hanging in the window, I couldn’t help myself.”

“Which song?”

I hum a few bars, hoping I don’t butcher it too much so he won’t recognize it, but he nods.

“‘Ne me quitte pas’ by Jacques Brel.”

I repeat the title in a terrible French accent. “What does it mean?”

“It means ‘Don’t leave me.’”

His words make my heart stutter in my chest. “It’s great. So emotional,” I rasp out.

“I didn’t know you were a fan of old French songs.”

“I’m not. But it’s really beautiful.” The explanation feels inadequate, but I don’t know how to express myself better.

He doesn’t talk for several seconds, and then he says, “Huh.” His gaze is full of questions he’s not asking, and he doesn’t let up the intense scrutiny for even a moment. Inside, I’m squirming like a maggot on a fish hook, but I hope I manage to present a calm exterior.

For the first time ever, things are weird between us. The conversation is stilted, and the silences awkward. I know why, of course. By showing up like this, I changed the dynamics of our relationship. I’ve never been one for socializing in the mornings. And while I’ve brought the occasional pizza or six-pack, I’ve never brought anything like this before. Something meaningful. Something that shows I’ve been thinking about him and the time we spent together. Something serious.

I can’t blame him for wondering what’s going on. He listens to that French stuff all the time and I’m sure he’s played that song a million times before, but it’s like I heard it for the very first time on Wednesday.

I can’t stand his close examination any longer, so I get up and start setting the table with plates and cups and cutlery. “What’s the deal with you and all the French stuff anyway?” I ask with my head buried in the refrigerator, looking for butter and something for Emery to drink since she’s not allowed coffee.

“My grandmother was from France. She always used to sing the old songs to me and teach me the lyrics.”

I place a cutting board and a bread knife on the table. “Oh. What was her name?”

“Celeste.”

“That’s a beautiful name.”

“Yes.”

I look around for something else to do. “Do you speak French?”

“Iggy?”

I gulp, knowing what’s coming. “Yes?” Reluctantly, I retake my seat at the table.

“Why are you really here?” His voice is soft and caring and I’ve heard him use the same tone when he speaks to Emery about important matters.

I line up the jam jars in a perfect row, needing something to do with my hands. “I … uh … want to spend more time with you and Emery.”

Cover reveal and sale reminder!

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JMS Books Black Friday super sale is still going on, you have all day today to hurry over there and go wild!

And if you click this link that will take you to my author page on JMS Books, you will notice three new books up for pre-order I haven’t shown you. So I thought I’d do that today. Ready? 🙂

I have told you before about Snowed In: Nen and Anani (click here to see some inspirational pictures), my first foray into fantasy land. It’s a part of a themed release by JMS Books where several of their published authors have written a story about main characters being snowed in together. They all have the same cover, and they’re all named Snowed In: [MC1 and MC2]. I had planned on waiting until next week to show you the cover, but since it’s part of the sale, I’m doing it now!

Look!! I love the colors, and it’s so pretty (even though the guys look nothing like Nen and Anani, but that’s okay! 🙂 )

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BLURB:

”It is time to go to my son.”

Nen waited to hear those words from the Vasilissa for fifteen rotations, since that time the snow wouldn’t stop falling. But now that he’s about to meet Anani, the love of his life, again, he’s afraid. What if Anani doesn’t feel the same anymore?

Anani, the guardian of the water element, was only seventeen when he was banished from his mother’s court. Heartbroken that he couldn’t be with the one he loved, he lost control over his emotions and his power. No matter what he tried, the snow wouldn’t stop and as a last resort he was sent away.

When they finally meet again, Anani is hopeful but disillusioned. The law that kept them apart hasn’t changed. How will they be able to find their happily ever after?

And what happens when the snow starts falling again?

Pre-order now at JMS Books

It’s M/M fantasy, 22312 words, and release day is February 16, 2019.

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A second story I haven’t shown you, or even talked about. I wrote a super short story and signed a contract for it last week for JMS Books “Hot Flash” releases. A “Hot Flash” is no more than 5000 words and they all have the same cover (sort of, there are gender and race versions).

Even though it’s called HOT flash, mine isn’t erotic. It’s emotional and romantic, like all my stories.

The story is called All I See. It’s contemporary, 4633 words short, and you can pre-order it now and then wait and wait and wait until March 30, 2019, when till will be released into the wild. At 60% off it’s only FORTY CENTS!

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Theo and Kieran have been together for five years. They’re very happy…behind closed doors. Theo accepted from the start that Kieran isn’t out to his conservative parents and has a lot to lose if they find out about his sexuality.

But a moment of sadness at a wedding changes things. Theo is faced with a decision: live the rest of his life in secret…or break it off.

Or is there a third alternative?

Pre-order now at JMS Books.

 

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Finally, one last new thing: Awakenings and French Songs. It doesn’t have a cover yet, but JMS made it available for pre-order anyway so y’all can buy it super cheap. It’s a M/M contemporary story, 11120 words, release day January 12, 2019.

Blurb:

An existential awakening and lots of French chansons equal a favorite neighbor seen in a new light.

Iggy Wilker never expected his 36th birthday to turn into an existential crisis. When Iggy’s friends celebrate him with his usual favorite pastime—drinking, dancing, and willing guys—he suddenly wants nothing to do with any of it. He’s fed up and ready for something else. The question is what?

Ronan Clenney has had his eye on his neighbor forever, but as a single father of a precocious eleven-year-old, he’s never believed he stands a chance. But over a late-night cup of tea, it seems that circumstances have changed. Is this the right time, finally?

Iggy has never believed in romance, but can Ronan show him he’s wrong? That love is a real thing?

Pre-order at JMS Books.

 

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Lots of good stuff for you! 🙂

I’ve also taken advantage of the sale. I bought Kris T. Bethke’s Snowed In story about Jonah and Cooper,  her Christmas story (Twas the Play Before Christmas) and her Hot Flash (Something New). And Addison Albright’s Christmas story (Deja Vu), her Hot Flash (Okay, then), and The Choice, book 2 in her The Faction series. Sales are also a great time to try new authors, so I bought Revelry by KL Noone and Return to Sender by Roberta Blablanski. And a couple old favorite authors: JM Snyder (Accidentally on Purpose) and Sarah Hadley Brook (Brownies Are the Way to a Man’s Heart).

All that for less than eleven bucks! Wohoo!

Happy shopping!

Cover reveal and pre-order

Christmas is coming, and with that: the holiday books!! Wohoo, I love holiday books and I read tons of them each year. I’ve already started, but it’s mostly re-reads so far. Some of my favorite authors release holiday stories this year, for example Addison Albright, Kris T. Bethke, and Amy Aislin, and I’m really looking forward to them.

I also have a book coming out, of course. But this year it’s only one holiday story instead of three like last year. Today, I reveal the cover and provide you with pre-order links so you can exercise your one-click finger immediately 🙂

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Under the Felt Mistletoe

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Blurb:

The most wonderful time of the year is about to get even better.

On a cold, rainy December morning, Finn’s beloved Grampa, his best friend and rock, makes a friend outside their home who he invites for coffee. The last thing Finn expects is Nelson, a man with a painful past, who is beautiful and generous and turns Finn’s knees into jelly.

What starts out as a chance to get out of the rain, soon becomes more as Nelson helps Finn get ready for the Christmas market. They bond over coffee and fabric and Mariah Carey. Can handmade Christmas ornaments and an understanding heart give Nelson the love he’s been denied?

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 8, 2018

Pre-order now: JMS Books | Amazon

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Isn’t the cover adorable?? I love it so much, especially the cute guy, the wintery feeling, and the lovely font used for the word “Mistletoe.” That guy is Finn. Don’t believe me? Read this excerpt and see for yourself! ⬇️

Excerpt:

Sunday arrives with clear skies and no rain, but instead, the temperature has dropped overnight and hovers in the low thirties. I arm myself with a thermos of coffee and dress accordingly: long johns under my orange bellbottom corduroy pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt and a turtleneck layered under my windbreaker, a fluffy scarf wound around my neck and a beanie that makes my hair look ridiculous. It flattens everything under the hat, but at the ribbed cuff, my curls explode in every direction with a vengeance.

A lot of people attend the first market of the season and despite the cold pluming my breath in front of me, everyone is in high spirits and full of holiday cheer. My neighbor to the right, Mrs. Winterbottom—yes, that’s her real name—is dressed as Mrs. Santa and sells magnificent hand-crafted fir wreaths. On my left, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers sell gold-brushed chocolate pralines that are too pretty to eat and taste even better.

Every vendor plays holiday music, greets the shoppers with a jolly ho-ho-ho, and a comment on the weather. The shoppers, in turn, have deep pockets and are eager to acquire the merchandise. People love my ornaments, and my stuff flies off the table. I will be cleaned out completely before the market closes if this continues. I need to spend more time sewing so I can bring lots more next week.

After a couple hours, huge powdery snowflakes start sailing leisurely from the sky, adding to the holiday feeling. The only downer on this fabulous day is that I ran out of coffee early. Mrs. Winterbottom forgot hers at home, and I shared mine with her. I wouldn’t let my worst enemy go without coffee if I could do something about it.

But in a lull between customers, a savior arrives.

Nelson. Carrying two paper cups in mittened hands.

Warmth flashes in my chest at the sight of him; his shy smile and brown eyes that are warm enough to thaw the thin layer of ice from the pond in the middle of the park where the market is held.

“Hi,” he says, sounding out of breath. “I know you like coffee, but I thought maybe hot chocolate would be nice in this cold?” He holds out of the cups and if we weren’t separated by the table I would show my gratitude by hugging the stuffing out of the man. New acquaintance or not.

“My hero!” I accept the offering, tear off the lid, and inhale. The sweet, slightly bitter aroma makes my mouth water. I take a small sip, but it isn’t too hot to drink so I have some more. I hum in happiness and smile at him. “This is awesome. Thank you so much.”

Nelson’s gaze is glued to my mouth with eyelids heavy and lips parted. “You’ve got…” He sets down his cup and pulls off his red and white mittens, then he leans forward and swipes the pad of his thumb along my upper lip.

I draw a stuttering breath.

“You had chocolate on your lip,” he rasps, his voice so deliciously rumbly I feel it all the way in my bones. “There. All gone.” He does a final sweep before withdrawing.

I can’t help it; my hand flies to my mouth and I finger my lip as though I’m trying to stop the lingering warmth from evaporating.

“Thank you.” My voice is hoarse. Our eyes lock as he picks up the mittens and put them back on. My breathing grows shallow and the Christmas music cacophony and loud buzz of the market-goers fade into the background. All I see is him. All I hear is his breathing.

“Finn. I…”

 

2018 Top Ten Gay Romance

I’m sooooo happy and proud to tell you that Unexpected Christmas will be a part of 2018 Top Ten Gay Romance, together with nine other fabulous stories published by JMS Books. It’s such an honor to be featured alongside all the other great authors, and I’m happy that you all liked Axel and Daniel so much so they made it into the top ten!

Because this is all because of you, my amazing readers that love and buy my books. Never underestimate how grateful I am for you ❤️

And you know I love anthologies and box sets; they are a perfect way to try new writers. So clickety-click the link below and preorder it now. Release day is December 29th 🙂

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2018toptengayromance2018 Top Ten Gay Romance brings together the best-selling short stories published by JMS Books that year.

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 Addison Albright, Laura Bailo, Kris T. Bethke, Sarah Hadley Brook, Nell Iris, Shawn Lane, K.L. Noone, Deirdre O’Dare, J.M. Snyder, and J.D. Walker, 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: The Contingency Plan by Addison AlbrightNo Rulebook for Flirting by Laura BailoHero Worship by Kris T. BethkeMotorcycle Man by Sarah Hadley BrookUnexpected Christmas by Nell IrisHitting It Big by Shawn LaneLeather and Tea by K.L. NooneDoggone Love by Deirdre O’DareCommanding Officer Thomas by J.M. Snyder, and No Snarkasm in Love by J.D. Walker.

Pre-order at JMS Books now