Memorial Day Sale – 30% off

Yesterday, I released a book, and when I woke up this morning…this had happened!!

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Number four on the LGBT Kindle Short Reads list! How awesome is that? So awesome, I think I have to break out another bottle of champagne to celebrate today, too! 🙂

Meanwhile: there’s a Memorial Day Sale over at JMS Books, so if you haven’t bought my new book yet, now’s the time! 🙂

Here’s the link: Find His Way Home. Clickety-click and make a newbie author very happy! (You are, of course, allowed to buy my old book, too. I’m not discriminating my babies! 🙂 Here’s the link: Unconditionally).

All e-books are on sale, so why not browse around while you’re there. I did. I preordered Cultivating Love, written by Addison Albright. I’d also recommend you to check out the fabulous Amy Tasukada. I know May might be the wrong time for holiday cheer (unless you’re me and have spent months writing about Christmas!) but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, right? 🙂

Run over and click away. You know you want to 🙂

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Here’s a list of today’s scheduled Release Blitz stops:
Sarandipity Book Reviews
Diverse Reader
My Fiction Nook
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Boy Meets Boy Reviews

Buy links:
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | B&N

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More reviews: Unconditionally

Unconditionally has gotten more reviews since my last post, and each and every one of them has made me really happy. All of them has been great, not one single You suck so far 😀

I thought it would be fun to share on the blog.

I appreciate all of you that’s been so kind and reviewed my book. Thank you ❤

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I even got my first video review. Thank you, Amy!

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This is a story about unconditional love. How it holds us up when ignorance tries to tear it down. It’s about the strength of love and the power of acceptance. This is a lovely and romantic story!

– Diverse Reader

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I really enjoyed Ms. Iris’ voice and writing style. I would love to see more stories by her because I would gladly read them. I’d especially love to see a full length novel because I think her voice will shine without the constraints put on a short story.

-Molly Lolly

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Nell Iris has given us a very sweet happy read. This is the perfect story for a Friday night with a glass of wine after a long week at work. It is a Happily Ever After that at the end of the book makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something light and happy.

-Love Bytes

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#RainbowSnippets

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Weekends means Rainbow Snippets-time here on the blog, since I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. According to their description, “it’s a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction—a WIP or a finished work of even 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”

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The snippet this week is from my upcoming short story Find His Way Home, that will be released some time in May. Stay tuned for more information

Blurb:

Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.

When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.

Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, he slowly regains peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot’s past comes for a visit, everything comes to a head.

Elliot is faced with a hard decision: stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?

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Now for the snippet. And as usual I went over the six line rule, but not by much 🙂

He missed Mick and his quirky smile so much his heart ached. Especially in cold times like these. Mick was hot-blooded, despite being so slender, and Elliot always used to call him his own furnace. There was nothing better on a cold winter night than having Mick cuddled up against his back. More than once he’d slept without a blanket to avoid waking up gross and sweaty.

If his lover had been there, he would’ve pulled Elliot into his arms and plastered himself against him, warming Elliot up from the inside and out. He bet he wouldn’t even be cold if the fire went out.

Come back next week for more.

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Don’t forget that Unconditionally is still available on Kindle Unlimited or for purchase on any of the links below. It’s also 30% off for a few more hours in JMS Books Saint Patrick’s Day sale.

Buy Links:
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Saint Patrick’s Day sale – 30% off!

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If you’re like me and prefer a good book over a pint of Guinness, now’s your chance! JMS Books—publisher of Unconditionally—are having a Saint Patrick’s Day sale. 30% off all e-books in their store, even pre-orders, all through Sunday.

It’s a great opportunity to take a chance on a new author like me, or support a trusted favorite. I think I’ll do some shopping myself: there’s a couple of books I’ve had my eye on but not yet bought.

Clickety-click this link to buy Unconditionally, and make me a very happy writer 🙂

If you’re unsure if you want to buy it or not, here’s a link to a lovely review by Love Bytes that might help you make up your mind. ❤

Tired writer

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This is me. Seriously. All last week I was too tired to get any writing done, and yesterday I was too tired to even post my writing update like I usually do on Mondays. Bad, lazy writer.

I’m tired, guys. I either need two weeks sleep or a coffee IV-drip, whatever’s more efficient.

Anyway. What did I do last week? I edited one chapter of The Locked Room. I wrote a bonus scene to celebrate my one week anniversary of the release of Unconditionally. I decided to name MC2 in my WIP Jerome. And I mocked up a cover for Find His Way Home.

That’s it. Let’s hope this week turns out to be more productive.

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You want to read Unconditionally? It’s free with Kindle Unlimited and you can buy it at all the places listed below.

Buy Links:
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | iBooks | Google Play | B&N

#RainbowSnippets

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Weekends means Rainbow Snippets-time here on the blog, since I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. According to their description, “it’s a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction—a WIP or a finished work of even 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”

I’m still snippeting (it’s a word! 🙂 ) from my short story Unconditionally, that was released last week. This week’s snippet follows directly after last week’s. If you need a reminder of what happened, you can find it here 🙂

The snippet is from Gus’s POV, and he hasn’t learned Luca’s name yet. 

Gus shivered. When he registered the words, he sighed and shook his head.

“You do!” the guy insisted. “But shorter and less hipstery.” He took a step closer, leaned in, and put his fabulous mouth next to Gus’s ear again.

Gus quivered, and his stomach jumped in anticipation for whatever came next.

“And you’re way hotter,” the guy rasped and pressed a butterfly-light kiss on Gus’s earlobe.

Gus moaned at the touch of luscious lips on his skin.

I’m never going to wash my ear again.

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If you’re interested in reading Luca and Gus’s story, here’s where you can buy it:

JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | iBooks | Google Play |B&N

It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited if you’re not sure you want to spend your heard earned money on a newbie author. I totally understand 🙂

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Bonus scene: Unconditionally

One week ago today, Unconditionally was released. I wanted to do something to celebrate this fabulous event, so I wrote a bonus scene. If you’ve read my story, this little snippet from Luca and Gus’s life, takes place sometime between Chapter 9 and the epilogue. (And if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? 🙂 )

I hope you enjoy it.

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When Gus parked outside his and Luca’s home after what felt like the longest day in the history of long days, he collapsed over the steering wheel. He was exhausted and every muscle in his body ached, making him feel like he was a hundred years old.

“Maybe I’ll sleep here,” he yawned, unable to work up the energy to get out of the car.

But as the engine clicked and the cold started seeping in, he thought how much better he’d feel if he got inside where he could cuddle up against Luca on the couch. Or in bed. Without clothes. He would probably fall asleep as soon as he lay his head on his husband’s shoulder, but at least they’d be naked.

As he pictured Luca’s body and the miles and miles of smooth, pale skin, he felt a slight stirring in his pants. He looked down at his clothed crotch and nodded in approval, happy to see everything was still functioning. He’d had his doubts lately.

And that was what finally got him moving. He groaned as he put weight on his tired feet, but shuffled as fast as he could to the door, eager to see his husband.

He heard the music before he put the key in the lock, and smiled when he recognized it.

Beyoncé.

Luca was going to be dancing around in their living room, then.

But nothing could have prepared him for the sight that met him as he stepped into their home. His briefcase slid out of his hand and landed on the floor with a loud thump, and all he could do was stare at Luca with his mouth hanging open.

Luca was naked, except for the saddest excuse for briefs Gus had ever seen. They were bright red, hung low on his hips, and so skimpy they barely covered his shaking ass. Gus had never seen them before, but fell in love with them instantly. Luca bobbed his head to the beat vigorously and moved his feet in a way that more resembled spastic stomping—that would make a herd of elephants proud—than actual dancing.

But what really caught Gus’s attention was Luca’s hand, and how he held it. He’d stretched out his arm, but the back of the hand was toward him and its thin fingers fanned out. He wiggled his ring finger as if he wanted to make sure the large rock Gus had put on it sparkled as much as possible in the dim light.

And then Gus heard the words he was singing.

“Gustav liked it so he went and put a ring on it,” Luca belted out and pointed to his diamond with his right index finger, just like Queen Bey herself did in the video. The second “Gustav liked it so he went and put a ring on it,” was accompanied by a smack with his right hand on his slim hip.

It was the most adorable and funny thing Gus had seen in his entire life, and he broke out in a laughter so deep, it felt like it came all the way from his toes.

Luca’s head whipped around at the sound of Gus’s guffaws and his face split in a wide smile. He turned and started to strut toward Gus. He took a step, pointed his narrow foot so that only his big toe was touching the floor, and then he shimmied his hips. Slowly. Seductively. Then he repeated the entire thing with his other leg, gradually approaching Gus, who couldn’t have moved if his life had depended on it.

Gus licked his lips and couldn’t take his eyes off his husband’s enticing hips. His fingers itched to touch every inch of Luca’s alabaster skin and he wanted nothing more than to tear off the minimal briefs, grab him by the ass, and push his aching crotch against his husband’s.

Suddenly Luca was right there in Gus’s personal space, throwing an around his neck, forcing Gus’s gaze away from his groin. He looked up into Luca’s twinkling, amused eyes and swallowed.

“Welcome home, Mr. Spock,” Luca singsonged and leaned down, but stopped before his glistening lips touched Gus’s.

“Unh,” Gus replied, eloquent as ever in his husband’s presence. He leaned closer, desperate to claim Luca’s pouty mouth and kiss the living daylights out of him, but Luca leaned away.

“Uh-uh.” Luca let go of his neck, turned away from Gus, and resumed his dancing. And his hip-wiggling.

Gus moaned.

“Gustav liked it so he went and put a ring on it.” Beyoncé had gotten to the second chorus and Luca joined in, singing from the top of his voice. He lifted his hand high enough for Gus to see, and then he pointed to the ring again. He glanced over his shoulder, winked, and beckoned Gus to follow.

Gus did, all the way to the bedroom, as if Luca had been the pied piper. Then he got his wish fulfilled and they fell asleep, cuddled up against each other.

But not until later.

Much later.

 

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