Nell on the Internet

Lately, I’ve popped up here and there on the internet, and I thought I’d posts some links to it here for you to check out if you’ve missed them.

I wrote three posts about Regaining Trust. One was posted on my publisher’s blog (link) where I wrote about how cheating is always the least favorite trope among romance readers. I also wrote two posts for my writing buddies’ blogs. At Ofelia Gränd’s blog (link) I wrote about “once a cheater, always a cheater,” and at A.L. Lester’s blog (link) I talked about whether feelings change after an incident of infidelity.

I also wrote my bimonthly guest post at Love Bytes Reviews, where I made a list of 15 things that make happy right now. Check it out here, and feel free to tell me about things that makes you happy in the comments. 🙂

Number four of the things on my list that makes me happy is “lighting up dark Swedish evenings with an abundance of candles” and this is my desk during my morning writing sessions. It started out with two candles and then sort of evolved from there 😂

New Release: Taking Stock by A.L. Lester

Today, I welcome one of my favorite morning writing buddies to the blog, the lovely A.L. Lester, who’s here to talk a little about her brand new release, Taking Stock, that’s out today. The story is set in 1972, the year I was born, so I figure this is a must-read for me, wouldn’t you agree? I also adore gentle stories, found families, and hurt/comfort, so this is definitely right up my alley.

Welcome to the blog, Ally! I wish you the happiest of release days! ❤️

New release, Taking Stock by A.L. Lester

It’s 1972.

Fifteen years ago, teenage Laurie Henshaw came to live at Webber’s Farm with his elderly uncle and settled in to the farming life. Now, age thirty-two, he has a stroke in the middle of working on the farm. As he recovers, he has to come to terms with the fact that some of his new limitations are permanent and he’s never going to be as active as he used to be. Will he be able to accept the helping hands his friends extend to him?

With twenty successful years in the City behind him, Phil McManus is hiding in the country after his boyfriend set him up to take the fall for an insider trading deal at his London stockbroking firm. There’s not enough evidence to prosecute anyone, but not enough to clear him either. He can’t bear the idea of continuing his old stagnating life in the city, or going back to his job now everyone knows he’s gay.

Thrown together in a small country village, can Phil and Laurie forge a new life that suits the two of them and the makeshift family that gathers round them? Or are they too tied up in their own shortcomings to recognise what they have?

A gentle story about two people who are hurt and angry and tired, finding their way toward each other and healing.

Thank you so much for having me today to tell you a little bit about Taking Stock!

Taking Stock is a 40,000 word gay romance set mostly in rural England. It’s set on Webber’s Farm, which I first wrote about in Inheritance of Shadows. Inheritance is set in 1919 and is part of my spooky paranormal universe. I based the farm on somewhere I used to know as a child on the Quantock Hills in Somerset and didn’t want to leave after Inheritance. Taking Stock is the result. Although it’s set in the same universe as my other books and some of the same background characters are there, there’s nothing paranormal or suspenseful.

Instead it’s a gentle story about two people who are hurt and angry and tired, who find their way toward each other and help each other heal.

Initially Laurie was going to have a similar chronic condition to me…I have fibromyalgia and seizures…but then just before I actually sat down to get the words out of my head and on to the page, my Mama had a very severe stroke. She is in her eighties and has been more or less working her seven acre smallholding singlehandedly for years. Her frustration and anger at her situation translated directly into Laurie as I was writing. So he’s a combination of both my own feelings about my lack of agency through my disability, and hers.

It was a very emotive story for me to write and I hope you enjoy it.

Tags: MM, gay, romance, historical, ownvoices, disability, farming, 1970s.
Length: 40,000 words
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: Sept 19th 2020

Buy links for Taking Stock here

About A. L. Lester
Writer of queer, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense. Lives in the South West of England with Mr AL, two children, a badly behaved dachshund, a terrifying cat and some hens. Likes gardening but doesn’t really have time or energy. Not musical. Doesn’t much like telly. Non-binary. Chronically disabled. Has tedious fits.

You can stalk me on all sorts of different internet platforms here.

More free books, and a guest post

A couple weeks back, JMS Books and many of their authors offered a lot of books for free for everyone who needed a little pick-me-up during these difficult times. And since things are even worse these days, they’re doing it again.

Almost 100 books are free this time around, mostly different ones than last time. Including my own Nobody Else’s.

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Mars enters Pisces, giving Beckett Cooper the opportunity to assert himself when it comes to a secret infatuation; his best friend’s younger brother Levi. But can Beckett trust what’s in front of him and be brave enough to take what he wants?

With Venus in Virgo, people usually become more reserved, but Levi Byrne always takes the opposite road of what’s expected of him. So, instead of pulling back, he reaches out for a man he’s been interested in for years; Beckett Cooper.

Is it the celestial bodies aligning to bring together two people destined for each other? Or is it a simple tale of boy meets boy, boy likes boy, and boy wants to kiss boy? Do Beckett and Levi even care, or are they too busy getting to know each other … and falling in love?

M/M Contemporary / 19 794 words

Nobody Else’s | All free books

Take this chance to fill up your e-library. If you’re stuck at home and need something to do, or if you are still going to work but need a way to relax in your downtime, or for whatever other reason, this is the opportunity for you.


I wrote a guest post for Love Bytes Reviews last week, titled “I’m not here, this isn’t happening.” The title is a line from one of my favorite songs in the whole wide world How to Disappear Completely by my favorite band in the whole wide world Radiohead, and in it I talk a little about how I manage during this pandemic and about the projects I’m currently working on (writer- and non-writer related). Check it out.

Guest post @ Love Bytes

 

Guest post

Today, I’m a guest over at Love Bytes. I’ve written a love letter to the library and I also mention a poem about a dead goat.

Clickety-click this link if that sounds like something you’d want to read 🙂

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Guest posts and takeovers

I thought I’d update you on my upcoming activity all across the internet so you know where you can find me other than on this blog.

Today, I have a guest post over at Love Bytes Reviews, where I rant about social media. Check it out and tell me what you think. I will also participate in Love Bytes 6-year anniversary celebration in their Facebook group on April 8, at 00:30EDT, so if you’re a night owl, this is the perfect time to come and keep me company.

I’m also participating in R.J. Scott’s autism awareness blog hop during April. My post will be up here on the my blog on April 27, but until then you can check out her blog and keep up with all the other fabulous authors who also participate.

On April 6, at 5PM EDT, I’ll be over in Drea Roman’s Facebook group, Drea’s Dirty Divas for a 30-minute takeover, to celebrate Drea’s birthday.

On April 20, at 9AM EDT, I’ll be in Noah Steele’s Facebook group Noah’s Dream Hive for takeover to celebrate his upcoming release Fighting For Love.

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Finally, I’ll be in Vicki’s Vixens, VL Locey’s Facebook group, for another author takeover to celebrate a new release on April 28, 10:30 EDT.

Phew. Lots of stuff going on in April…as though doing Camp NaNoWriMo wasn’t enough 😀

I hope I’ll see you around.

Guest blogging

Lately, I’ve been popping my head up at other sites, guest posting. I already told you about the post over at Joyfully Jay on January 21 (click here if you missed it) where I talked about five things I did when I wrote Awakenings & French Songs.

Since then, I visited Jackie Keswick’s blog on February 1. At Jackie’s place, I talked about in which way me and Iggy Wilker from Awakenings & French Songs are alike. And now I bet you wonder what a middle-aged Swedish introverted woman has in common with a fictional gay party boy? If you want to know, you’ll have to click here to read the post.


On February 3, I was at Love Bytes. Back in January, Dani from Love Bytes wrote a post on Facebook asking authors if we wanted to contribute a monthly guest post to their site, and I said I was interested. We were many who were interested so we have to play nice and share the space which means one guest post every other month instead of every month. Which is totally fine with me, because I never know what to write in these things anyway, so I’m more than happy to share the space. February 3 was my first post, where i wrote about finding home. Check it out here if you’re interested. My next time will be on April 3, so I have a couple months to figure out what to write about 😁


…which is technically not true, because I’ve signed up for a guest post on Diverse Reader for February 16, the release day of Snowed In: Nen and Anani. But let’s not think about that right now… 😁


Speaking of Snowed In. It’s only one week until release day and you can still pre-order it if you haven’t already!

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WIP teaser and guest post

One of the new things here on the blog now that I’m trying to produce regular content, is a teaser from current WIP. I’ve mentioned it earlier here, and it’s the May/December project I’m teasing from. It’s still untitled and I haven’t written a lot more since I told you about it (I’m traveling and I’ve had to prioritize writing my chapters in the collab project I’m working on with Kris T. Bethke.)

If you need a reminder, the story is about two neighbors called Buck and Pippin. They’ve known each other since Pippin was six, but now that he’s all grown up, things are starting to happen. This is the (unedited) beginning of the story.

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I see him immediately as I turn my truck onto our street. Huddled up under a threadbare blanket, he’s curled into a ball at the top of the stairs leading up to the tiny, rundown house he shares with his mom. He has a paperback book open on his lap and he uses the flashlight on his cell phone so he can see to read since it’s still dark outside.

I frown and grip the steering wheel until my knuckles whiten. It’s too cold for him to sit there. It’s the second week of January, and even though we still haven’t gotten any snow—it was our first green Christmas in years—the temperature hovers in the low thirties. Even in the dim light, I can see him shiver.

With a huff, I park on my driveway, throw open the door, and step out. “Hey Pippin,” I holler, and his head shoots up. How he missed the rumble of my truck is a mystery, but he tends to shut out everything around him when he’s got his nose in a book.

His generous mouth stretches in a wide smile and he raises his hand in a wave.

“Get your butt over here,” I call.

He pulls the blanket tighter around his narrow shoulders. “I’m okay. You must be tired after your shift.”

I roll my eyes, not caring that he can’t see me. That guy! He doesn’t wanna be a bother but doesn’t realize that he never is. Not when I first moved back in with my ma to take care of her when she was sick—I was twenty-two and he was six the first time I found him on the stairs because his mother had a “gentleman caller” as Ma used to call them—and not now.

“Don’t make me come get ya, Pippin Olander. That’ll make me grumpy for sure.” I cross my arms over my chest and glare at him, but that only makes him laugh.

Imp.


Just one thing before I go: today, I’m a guest over at Joyfully Jay where I talk about Awakenings & French Songs. I’m giving you an insight into a writer’s life and share an excerpt from the story exclusive for Joyfully Jay. There’s also a giveaway.

If this sounds like fun, clickety-click here to read the post.

Guest at BMBR

Yesterday, I was a guest at Boy Meets Boy Reviews to help celebrate their fifth anniversary. I wrote a flashfic and answered a few questions. There’s also a giveaway happening.

So if you want to know what I would bring if I had to spend a month on a deserted island and what super short story I came up with for the image below, click this link to find out.

Make sure to check out all the other author shenanigans at BMBR, too. Lots of fun stuff!! ❤️

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Interview with yours truly

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be a guest at J. Scott Coatsworth‘s blog and I answered a few questions, so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get to know me a little better if you’re interested in that sort of thing. I’m also giving away a copy of Cinnamon Eyes, and share a picture of the guy who inspired the looks for MC Asher in the story.

Click this link and you’ll be transported over to the right place and can check out the hot guy.

And if you haven’t read anything by J. Scott Coatsworth, I can recommend his latest release, The Bear at the Bar. Let’s just say that I’m really glad that what happens to Dex in that short story haven’t happened to me…so far. Even though the outcome was positive, the experience must have been…unsettling 🙂

Anyway. Make sure to visit his blog and read my interview if you wanna find out who I’d fuck, marry, and kill of my characters…and much more 🙂

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And don’t forget about the Smashwords sale! If you’re anything like me, you probably need to stock up on beach reads for the summer and this is the perfect time to do it.

 

You find my books here at 50% off.

 

Here are Addison Albright’s books (50% off), Kris T. Bethke (25% off), Ruby Moone (25% off), Sarah Hadley Brook (25% off on the ones published by JMS Books), T.A. Creech (25% off), and the rest of the JMS Books authors here.

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My guest post

The guest post in Divine Magazine that I’ve been talking about, went live yesterday.  It’s called Chekhov’s gun, or tying up loose ends, and as you can tell by the name it’s about…loose ends! (Yes really! 🙂 ) In the article I discuss if it’s ever okay to leave loose ends in a story or if they all need to be neatly tied up before writing The End.  The reason I’ve been thinking about this a lot, is because of the opinions of some of the lovely people that took time to review Unconditionally and one thing in particular they commented on.

Clickety-click the link here to find out exactly what I’m talking about, and when you’re done, I would love to hear your opinion on the matter. Either comment over at Divine Magazine or here, and you would make me a very happy writer.

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I was very happy when I visited their webpage yesterday and saw my article on the first page. Yay! 

Thanks to Divine Magazine for asking me to contribute. I loved writing the article and I was honored to be asked.