Writing update

Hi everyone! As I’m writing this (Tuesday 5th), I’m still in Malaysia, spending my last few days here in a hotel room, waiting eagerly to go. But when you read it, I’m back in Sweden, in another hotel since we won’t get the keys to our new home until tomorrow (Tuesday 12th). We’re eager to start our new lives, and you can expect updates from how I cope with the darkness and the cold that is Sweden in winter 🙂

Anyway. After not writing a single word during the month of October, I’m now writing again. I’m planning a new project: a collection of short stories revolving around a common theme. Books! It will be previously unpublished short stories and I want to bundle them together so I’ll reach a word count high enough for the book to be available in print as well as ebook.

And I’ve started writing my first short story for this collection. It’s called Late Night Poetry, and the tagline is “A love story told in answering machine messages.” It’s set in 1990, hence the answering machine, and it’s about two young men, Sully and Lou, who used to be together but they broke up because Lou isn’t out and his parents wouldn’t accept him if they knew he was gay. And after Lou broke up with Sully, Lou starts calling and leaving messages on Sully’s answering machine.

As I write this, I’m at 3415 words, but it’s entirely possible that I’m finished with the story when you read this. I have several other ideas (at least three) for short stories to go into this collection.

And for the first time in a long time, I’m not writing for a submission call, so I don’t have a deadline. I think I’ll enjoy that…at least for a while 🙂

After my month off, I really enjoy writing again which is a sign that we mustn’t forget to take care of ourselves. I have an entire list of self-care things in my bullet journal, things that makes me feel better when I’m stressed or down, and I’ve done plenty of the items on the list this past month. Like re-reading my favorite books, or searching for “fluff” on AO3, or listening to music I love.

Tell me about something that you do when you need to engage in self-care. 🙂

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Writing update

Hi everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? It was a long time since I did a writing update here on the blog (not since August 19) so I thought you might want to know what’s going on with me now.

For the first time all year, I don’t have a deadline, so I’ve actually given myself some time off from writing these last few weeks. I submitted Four Christmases to JMS Books on September 30th, and since then I haven’t written a word. I’ve also neglected the blog and social media in general, but I warned you about that here.

And seriously, I need a break. When 2019 is over, I will have released 11 books. Granted, one is co-written with Kris T. Bethke, two of them is under 10K words, and one is a re-release, but still. I think I deserve a break, don’t you? 🙂

I think I know what to write next, but I’ll tell you more about that when I’ve decided. But until then: it’s only five days until my Pegasus shifter story is released! 🙂


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Trapped in a growing sense of restlessness, Oxen the hunter is lonely. Feeling like he’s waiting for something—or someone—he’s unable to focus on getting ready for winter. But when a handsome and very ill stranger collapses on his doorstep, everything changes.

The stranger, Vinge, is from a Pegasus family but has never been able to transform. As soon as he awakens, both men feel an instant connection, and it grows deeper as Oxen nurses him back to health. Something profound within each man calls out to the other, but neither of them knows what it is.

The questions surrounding Vinge and their deepening relationship are many. Why is Vinge so familiar to Oxen when they clearly have never met? Why are they both reluctant to take the first step to a real commitment?  And what will it take for the true depth of their connection be revealed?

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2019

PRE-ORDER NOW: JMS BOOKS (20% OFF) | Amazon | Amazon UK |  KOBO | Apple Books | B&N |

Released individually, but also included in Legendary Loves volume 2, with two other stories:

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PRE-ORDER LINKS (all 20% off at JMS Books until Nov 25):

Legendary Loves vol 2 | In My Arms Again | The Murky Depths | Weekend at Bigfoot’s

Writing update

Hi everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? I did, I got lots of writing done. We have an author chat room with JMS books where some of us authors hang out and sprint together, and this weekend I was fortunate enough to sprint with both Tinnean and Elizabeth Noble.

Having other people to sprint with is very helpful: it’s so great to have someone cheer you on, and someone to be accountable to instead of just sitting by my desk and say I’m writing when what I’m really doing is scrolling Twitter. So I’m really grateful to my author friends at JMS Books who hangs out in the chatroom doing sprints. And tonight, I have another sprint date with the lovely T.A. Creech.

So what is it I’m writing, you might ask? Well, I’m working on a holiday story, tentatively called Four Christmases for one of JMS Books Trio collections. If you haven’t heard of the Trio collections, they are, and I quote, “themed collections of three gay romance stories by a trio of authors. Each story is available separately, but readers can get all three for a discounted bundle price.”

Four Christmases is sort of an enemies-to-lovers story, but not really, and it’s about Auden and Poe whose families (who are neighbors) have been locked in a stupid fight for years, but now the MCs meet after haven’t seen each other for a decade or so, and are attracted to each other. The story will be told over four Christmases (hence the title), and start in 2015.

I’m really liking where it’s taken me so far and the plan for tonight is to start writing 2016.


It’s hard, writing Christmas stories in August with palm trees and 35C (95F) outside the window, so to get in the right holiday spirit I listen to music. My husband is not a fan of Christmas music in August and glares at me, but I just smile sweetly and say It’s work, honey, and that’s that 😀


And while we’re on the topic of Christmas, don’t forget that Unexpected Christmas is now available on Kindle Unlimited!

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Amazon | JMS Books (if you want to buy it and own it 🙂 )

Writing update

Hi everyone! Time for another writing update; it was a while since my last one (May 27). Usually I try to update you guys once a month, but last month I was in Sweden and was too busy hanging out with my daughter and her partner, the rest of my family, and my friends to update the blog regularly. Heck, I was even too busy to write, which I’ve had to work hard to catch up for since I got back home.

Enough moaning about that, now, on with the update.

I’m in the final stages of writing a story for a JMS Books submission call, about a Pegasus shifter. It’s tentatively named In My Arms Again, but don’t be surprised if I change my  mind (I’ve already done it once). The deadline for this story is August 1, and it will be published some time in October.

The story is a M/M historical fantasy about a hunter named Oxen and a Pegasus shifter, who can’t shift, named Vinge. Vinge shows up at Oxen’s cabin one cold and rainy night, collapses on Oxen’s doorstep, and Oxen nurses him back to health. The connection between them is instant, but is it more to it than it seems? 🙂


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Since I got home from Sweden, my ass has more or less been glued to my office chair, and I’ve been writing until my fingers were bleeding and my keyboard was on fire because of two reasons. First, because of my deadline (August 1), and second because I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo this month and wanted to win it. And I did. On Saturday, I wrote “The End,” and it took me about 12 days to write 20K words. That’s hella fast for me, so I’m giving myself a pat on the back.

Above, I’m presenting you with this proof, cut and paste from the stats page on their website. Unfortunately, there’s something wrong with the winner’s goodies page, so I can’t access the official winner stuff yet (I’m not the only one with the problem according to the forum), so this pic will have to do.

Official pics or not, I’m very proud of this accomplishment!


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I’ve already told you about my upcoming short story Team Luker, but here’s a reminder if you’ve missed it. It’s available for pre-order at these stores:

PRE-ORDER NOW: JMS BOOKS (20% OFF UNTIL AUGUST 9) | AMAZON | Amazon UK | Kobo | itunes | B&N


Oh, and on my last writing update back in May, I told you about the project I was working on at that time, for the JMS Books Autumn Love submission call, meaning the characters had to be 40+. Since then I’ve named it (which was a huge problem when I last wrote about it) and submitted it, and it will be published some time in September. But until I have more information, I thought you might want the blurb?

OF AUTUMN LEAVES AND NEW BEGINNINGS

Sometimes love finds you even when you’re not looking for it.

At 47, Oren Walker isn’t looking for love. When he knocks on Pete Higgins’ door, all he wants is to thank him for helping his mom after she broke her femur. He never expected that one look at the man would make his knees weak and heart flutter.

Pete is happy—albeit a bit lonely—after divorcing his wife of 20 years and isn’t looking to replace her. But when Oren shows up, all grateful and handsome and in that fancy suit, the longing for the deep connection of a relationship flares up inside him.

As the leaves turn yellow, Oren and Pete spend a lot of time in honest conversations. Their attraction grows. Will the two men recognize the promise of new beginnings, and take the chance to find the happiness they both deserve?

Writing update

Hi everyone! Time for another writing update.

In my last update, I told you about my current WIP, the story I’m writing for the JMS Books submission call, Autumn Love. I’m almost done, and by that I mean that yesterday I got the manuscript back from betas, and now I’ve got to do a final edit and then it’s done.

Can we just take a second and consider how freaking awesome my betas are?! I was in a time crunch, trying to finish the story on time for them to be able to read and comment on it before my deadline. I didn’t finish as early as I wanted, but my betas said they’d do it on time anyway, no problem. And they did. And this is the second time recently I’ve come to them in the 11th hour and asked for help. Methinks I’ll have to send them gifts to show my eternal gratitude 🙂

Anyway, it’s currently about 17500 words, and when I say I’m almost done, I mean that I have to come up with a name for the darned thing before I can submit it. The story is reluctant to be named, so don’t be surprised if a book named A Fabulous Short Story That Refused To Be Named by yours truly is released sometime this fall. Just take my word for it that it’s great and you’ll want to buy it, okay? 😀


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Another piece of news: regarding the Family Found series I co-write with Kris T. Bethke. After the release of our second book, Diving In, Kris and I had a conversation about things. Writing it was very difficult for me, because I’m a full-blown pantser, and if you’re two people writing a book, you need some kind of outline.

That’s why we agreed that Kris will write the remaining books in the series without me. So if you’re a fan of the boys at V Wilderness Adventures, don’t fear because their stories will be told, just not by me.

And it’s not because me and Kris had a falling out or anything (she’s one of the betas I’m lauding above), it’s just that plotting stories doesn’t work well with my creative process. I’ve also come to realize that I’m not a fan of writing series. When I finish a book, I mentally leave the characters and the place behind, with no intention of returning, so trying to get back into the spirit doesn’t work very well for me.

 

Writing update

Hi everyone! Time for another update on what I’m doing with my life.

First of all, I finished and submitted my bunny shifter story, 9 Willow Street. I signed a contract, and it will be released sometime in July. I’ll give you more details as soon as I have them. But we can start with the blurb:

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?


My current WIP is an unnamed story for a JMS Books submission call, Autumn Love, where the main characters have to be 40 or older. My MCs are Oren Walker, a 47-year old workaholic without a family (except for his elderly mother) and Pete Higgins, a 48-year-old divorced bisexual guy with two college-aged kids. Pete is Oren’s mother’s neighbor and the story starts with Oren coming to say thank you to Pete after Oren’s mother fell and broke her femur, and Pete helped her.

I’m currently at about 6000 words and the deadline is May 31.


And then I have a treat for you:

I have the cover for my May 25 release, His Steady Heart. Wanna see? No pre-order yet, but I’ll post links as soon as I have them.

Isn’t it gorgeous?? 😍😍

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Ashley Buchanan—Buck—moved back home to take care of his sick mother when he was 22. That was the first time he met Pippin, the neglected 6-year-old boy next door. Fifteen years later, Buck—a caretaker by nature—offers up his couch for Pippin, who needs a break from his mom and a quiet place to sleep.

Pippin Olander is a ray of sunshine despite his emotionally lacking upbringing and works hard to make a better life for himself. Even though he’s fiercely self-sufficient, he learns to accept help from Buck, his rock and only steady presence in his life.

Their friendship deepens and grows into something more as they spend more time together. But when other people try to throw a wrench in the works, when Pippin’s independence is triggered, can Buck and Pippin trust in the love they’ve found?

Winner, writing plans, and author takeover

First, some awesome news:

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I won Camp NaNoWriMo!! Yay. I wrote 20000 words in 23 days, and let’s face it, if it hadn’t been for Easter, I would have finished sooner (because we had guests on Saturday and I was a little tired and uninspired on Easter Sunday…maybe because of too much champagne the day before?) But never mind that. I’m really happy that I made it and I’m proud of myself.

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Look at this spread, all filled out, like I hoped when I started

I’ve also been thinking: having a monthly word goal has been really beneficial for me so I’m actually considering making this a regular thing. Setting 20K words as a monthly goal for myself is clearly doable, and I wouldn’t mind being more productive.

I studied my word counts for the last five months before April and it looks like this:

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I can definitely do better than an average of less than 12K words every month, and it would almost have doubled my word count for these five months.

And maybe, to challenge myself, I can set a goal of 30K words next Camp NaNoWriMo.

I haven’t made up my mind 100% yet, but it’s likely.

Whaddaya think? Do you want more Nell-books? 😁


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Also, I just wanted to mention that I’ll be in Vicki’s Vixens on Sunday, taking over VL Locey’s group for half an hour at 10:30AM EDT to celebrate her new release. I have some fun stuff planned and a couple giveaways, so why not come join me and the other authors? 🙂

That’s all for today. Have a great weekend.