#SlidingIntoMyDMs

#SlidingIntoMyDMs – release day!

Today is finally the release day of #SlidingIntoMyDMs. It feels like I wrote it forever ago, and I guess I did. I started writing it last summer, when JMS Books put out an in-house submission call. The theme was “falling into love on social media.” We could either pick an existing SM platform where our MCs would meet and fall in love, or we could come up with a new one. The title for the submission call was #Love, and the title of our stories had to start with a hashtag.

Hence #SlidingIntoMyDMs.

It’s a multi-authored series and half of the books will be released today, and the rest on Saturday.

I loved writing this story, and I had even more fun making promo pictures for it. My characters, Eddy and Moss, are old acquaintances and they reconnect after not having seen each other in years when Moss slides into Eddy’s Insta DMs. So when it was time to make promo pics, I thought I wonder if there’s an app where I can fake Insta DMs?

Google told me that yes, there are indeed several apps that can be used to fake DM conversations or posts or stories. So I downloaded Funsta, rolled up my sleeves, and got to work. I created fake profiles for the two MCs, EddddyPenn and MossWithTheHammer (do you know how hard it is to come up with imaginary Instagram user names for imaginary people? 😁 ), posted a fake picture (the one above), and made fake DM exchanges using actual conversations from the book.

It was so much fun! Which is why I’m indulging myself with another promo pic in this post 😁

“Hi. I heard you’ve been sick.”

Eddy Pennington is recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia when an old acquaintance, Moss, sends him a message on social media. They haven’t spoken in years, but Eddy is pleasantly surprised. He always liked Moss even if they were never close friends.

Moss Fanning has no ulterior motive with his message: all he wants is wish Eddy a speedy recovery. He got over the crush he used to have on Eddy a long time ago.

They reconnect easily and have even more in common now. And when they meet in person, the attraction is instant. Will an innocent, well-meaning message on social media lead to something more? Something deeper? Something…everlasting?

M/M Contemporary / 21998 words

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Excerpt:

What do people do when they have to REST? I’m one second away from dying of boredom. Send help!

I stare at the message for a while, but no instant reply appears, so I toss the phone on the coffee table with a huff. Isn’t it terrible when people have lives and things to do and ignore their poor sick friends?

I switch on the TV, determined to find something on Netflix, and after scrolling too long without anything appealing to me, I settle on a movie with Keanu Reeves. At least I’ll be entertained by some first-rate eye candy if nothing else. The movie has absolutely no plot, it’s one explosion after another, and even Keanu can’t save it, no matter how fine he is, so when the phone vibrates on the table, I snatch it up so quickly I almost fall off the couch in my eagerness.

It’s a reply from Moss, and if I were the kind of person to get giddy, I would be now.

Moss: I’m sorry for abandoning you in your time of need, but I’m afraid I was on uncle duty. I’m happy you enjoyed the music. I knew you would. As for your question: I think most people enjoy lying around, doing nothing. At least for a little while. Have you tried Netflix?

Eddy: Yes. I’m watching it now. But not even Keanu Reeves can keep me entertained.

Moss: Well…he isn’t the world’s greatest actor…

Eddy: Oh no, honey! I’m not watching the movie for his ACTING skills.

Moss: I see. Then you really must be bored out of your mind if not even a fine man can keep you diverted. I don’t remember that ever being a problem.

Eddy: Hey! I was young. Ever heard of hormones?

Moss: Dude, we’re the same age. I had them, too. But not like you. No one could compete with you.

I chuckle and feel ridiculously proud when I don’t cough afterward.

Eddy: What can I say? I was a manwhore. But I’m not anymore.

Moss: Ah, you all settled down now?

Eddy: If you mean ‘married to my job’ – then yes.

Moss: So you switched one obsession for another? 😉

Eddy: That’s eerily correct. How do you know me so well after not seeing each other for so long?

Moss: I don’t actually. Just a lucky guess. I don’t know a lot of what’s going on in your life, it’s not like you flood my feed with pictures.

Eddy: No, I’m not the biggest fan of social media. It was fun in the beginning, but now it just feels like more spaces where people can be assholes to each other.

Moss: Very true.

Eddy: That turned depressing fast. I’m sure you’re ecstatic you reached out to me.

Moss: I am. I always liked you. I’ve always wondered why we never ended up as friends.

Eddy: I don’t know. I liked you, too.

Moss: So tell me about yourself, what are you up to these days? Except for working. I know all about that. Steve says it’s all you talk about.

Eddy: I’m boring. I work. Work-out. Hang out with my sister and her wife and let them rope me into helping them with projects around the house. Not that they need me to help them; I’m convinced they do it because they feel sorry for me.

Moss: No nieces or nephews to spoil?

Eddy: No. They had a cat, but it died. It escaped the house and got run over by a truck. They were devastated.

Moss: Oh, man, that’s horrible.

Eddy: Yeah. It’s been a couple years now though, so I’m considering taking them to a shelter. It’s time they get another one.

Moss: Sounds like you’re still close to your sister.

Eddy: Always. There’s no one more important in my life right now than her.

Moss: Does that mean there’s no husband or partner in the picture to get jealous of your sister.

I blink and burrow down in my pillow tower. I didn’t expect that question. At least, not worded like that, laced with interest. Is he trying to find out if the coast is clear?

I know he’s bi; the picture of the bi-flag on his Instagram account for National Coming Out Day a few years back would have been a dead giveaway if I hadn’t already known. But why would he be interested in me?

Only one way to find out.

Eddy: Nope. Not even my Grindr account gets any action these days. Why do you want to know?

Moss: Just curious.

Eddy: Is that so? It sounded like more than curiosity. It sounded like probing.

I add a couple of smiley faces to make sure he knows I’m kidding. Or flirting? No, not flirting.

I go to his feed again and look at pictures of him. I wouldn’t mind exploring his fine-looking body and discovering if he’s as hairy underneath the clothes as I hope he is. I used to be attracted to skinny twinks when I was younger, but my tastes have changed over the years. Matured, aged with me, and Moss in his early forties is pushing all my buttons and then some.

When a new message notification lights up, I click it immediately.

What if it was? Would you mind?

#SlidingIntoMyDMs, Meet Cute Chronicles, Writing Update

Writing update

Hi everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I sure did: I had some good news on Friday, I cooked a lot of yummy food, I read lots and lots of fanfic, and of course, I hung out with my husband. But now it’s Monday, and since it’s been ages since I posted a writing update, it’s definitely due now, don’t you agree?

So what have I been up to since my last update (on November 9)? First of all, I won NaNoWriMo. I wrote 52432 words in November which is crazy! And that’s not all: I also spent all of November reading ALL THE HOLIDAY BOOKS and scheduling ALL THE BLOG POSTS in preparation for Holidays at Nell’s in December. So to say that November was a busy month for me is a gross understatement.

So on December 1st, I was an exhausted mess and didn’t want to write ever again…which means I spent the entire month of December and at least two-thirds of January doing other writerly stuff than coming up with new words. Like transcribing my handwritten NaNo manuscript and cleaning it up since it was a hot mess. I also had edits to do, and blurbs to write, and blog posts to write, and social media to keep up with. I didn’t feel the urge to write again until last week or so, but now I’m back in the game again.

I’ve also started to post regularly on Instagram, so if you aren’t already following me there, why not check me out? Here’s the link. And as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve changed the blog a bit. I like it better like this 🙂

Currently I’m in the middle of trying to write a blurb for a story called So Far Away that’ll be released in May, and I’m also writing a story called Wake Him With a Kiss (release in April). Neither of them will be over 15000 words long, so if you’re a fan of my short stories, you have two to look forward to in the near future.

And of course, I have a couple upcoming releases to tell you about.

First out is #SlidingIntoMyDMs on February 17:

Pre-order link: JMS Books (20% off pre-orders)

“Hi. I heard you’ve been sick.”

Eddy Pennington is recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia when an old acquaintance, Moss, sends him a message on social media. They haven’t spoken in years, but Eddy is pleasantly surprised. He always liked Moss even if they were never close friends.

Moss Fanning has no ulterior motive with his message: all he wants is wish Eddy a speedy recovery. He got over the crush he used to have on Eddy a long time ago.

They reconnect easily and have even more in common now. And when they meet in person, the attraction is instant. Will an innocent, well-meaning message on social media lead to something more? Something deeper? Something…everlasting?

M/M Contemporary / 21998 words


On February 27, the second installment in the Meet Cute Chronicles, They Met in the Park, will be released.

Pre-order link: JMS Books (20% off pre-orders)

Can a spoiled little dog bring two strangers together?

The first time Jacke sees him, it’s a happy accident. He’s taken refuge in a quiet corner of the park, decompressing after a difficult day at work, when the man, dressed in a fancy suit, passes by him walking a spoiled little dog.

As the days pass, Jacke notices the adorable pair several times. He’s unable to take his eyes off the man whose first priority is the dog, even over his own comfort. And one day, when circumstances are right, Jacke takes a chance and speaks to the man. David.

David’s personality is as adorable as his outward appearance, and a short walk in the rain results in mutual attraction and a promise to see each other again. A second meeting in the park turns into a date, and Jacke starts longing for something he thought he’d never have; a partner. But does David feel the same? Will a chance meeting in the park turn into love?


Finally, before I go: you haven’t missed They Met in the Library, have you? Sadonna over at Love Bytes Reviews gave it 4.5 hearts:

[—]the best part of this story is watching these two men act on their attraction and try to build something real.  Brilliantly done.  Highly recommended – especially for fans of the shorter form story but really for anyone who enjoys a good love story

Quote from Love Bytes’ review

Adrian, book-lover extraordinaire, adores his job at the small community library. He gets to share his passion with other people and help them with all book-related questions and issues. When a big, hulking man walks into the library, looking terrified, Adrian’s skills are tested in a completely different way.

Manne’s relationship with books is uneasy, to say the least. He’s dyslexic and events in his past have made him fearful of books and turned libraries into his worst nightmare. But when the quirky, bowtie-wearing librarian steps in to help, the experience turns positive.

Their banter is easy and their chemistry instant. But can an accidental meeting turn into something more? Can someone who has trouble reading ever fit into the life of a man whose passion is the written word?

M/M Contemporary / 17943 words

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#SlidingIntoMyDMs, Coming Soon, Meet Cute Chronicles

2x cover reveals

The second half of 2020 was crazy productive for me, and now it’s starting to show. Which is why I have TWO cover reveals, and TWO pre-order links for you today. Are you ready? 🙂


First up is the second book in my Meet Cute Chronicles; They Met in the Park. The Meet Cute Chronicles is not a series; they’re only connected by the meet cute theme. There are no overlapping characters, no plotline you won’t understand if you haven’t read the previous book in the Meet Cute Chronicles, and most definitely no cliffhangers! As a matter of fact, I’ll swear to you here and now to never end a book on a cliffhanger! 😀

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that if you like me is a standalone-lover, you can read these without fear! 😀

Now, shall we look at the ultra-super-cute, smile-inducing, heart-eye emoji cover? (can you tell I really, really love it?) 😀

Pre-order link: JMS Books (20% off pre-orders)

Can a spoiled little dog bring two strangers together?

The first time Jacke sees him, it’s a happy accident. He’s taken refuge in a quiet corner of the park, decompressing after a difficult day at work, when the man, dressed in a fancy suit, passes by him walking a spoiled little dog.

As the days pass, Jacke notices the adorable pair several times. He’s unable to take his eyes off the man whose first priority is the dog, even over his own comfort. And one day, when circumstances are right, Jacke takes a chance and speaks to the man. David.

David’s personality is as adorable as his outward appearance, and a short walk in the rain results in mutual attraction and a promise to see each other again. A second meeting in the park turns into a date, and Jacke starts longing for something he thought he’d never have; a partner. But does David feel the same? Will a chance meeting in the park turn into love?   

M/M Contemporary / 17478 words


The second cover reveal for the day is a book I wrote for an in-house JMS Books submission called #Love. The idea for the books in this call is that the characters meet online, on some social media app or other, but whether we chose a real-life SM app or came up with our own, was up to us. The title was supposed to start with a hashtag, so #NameOfStory. And since it’s a themed call, the covers will be the same (or more correctly, there are two versions: one if you wrote a M/M story, and one if you wrote a F/F). I know that’s confusing for some; I’ve had people reaching out to me about it for my Snowed In-book, so I thought I’d explain it here.

My MCs meet on Instagram; I wasn’t creative enough to come up with my own social media platform (unlike my dear friend Ofelia Gränd, who invented #PictaBook for her story), so I picked the platform I like the best: Instagram.

And without further ado, here’s the cover. It’s cute and it’s suitable for the story…even if my guys don’t look like that. (And if you’re curious about the F/F covers, check out this story by Kassandra Lea.)

Pre-order link: JMS Books (20% off pre-orders)

“Hi. I heard you’ve been sick.”

Eddy Pennington is recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia when an old acquaintance, Moss, sends him a message on social media. They haven’t spoken in years, but Eddy is pleasantly surprised. He always liked Moss even if they were never close friends.

Moss Fanning has no ulterior motive with his message: all he wants is wish Eddy a speedy recovery. He got over the crush he used to have on Eddy a long time ago.

They reconnect easily and have even more in common now. And when they meet in person, the attraction is instant. Will an innocent, well-meaning message on social media lead to something more? Something deeper? Something…everlasting?

M/M Contemporary / 21998 words