Writing update

Time for another writing update. Since I updated you last, Kris T. Bethke and I have worked hard on finishing Diving In, the second book in the Family Found series, Wade’s book. I’m writing so fast, my fountain pen is glowing and I fear it’ll set fire to my notebook. Back in the States, Kris has been hammering away hard on her poor keyboard.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if life hadn’t interfered for both of us. Kris’s evil day job is extra evil and makes her work lots of overtime. I just got back from spending two weeks in Sweden, followed by a severe case of jetlag. And through all this, we’ve worked our tails off to finish on time.

We still have eleven days until our deadline and we’ll make it. But I won’t lie to you: it’s been really stressful. And when we’re done, I’m going to spend a week or so, lying flat on my back on the couch, doing nothing. Sounds lovely, right?

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, here’s a reminder:


fallingintoloveLiam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he thinks he’s found something he didn’t even know was missing.

Austin Jock is content with his work as a radiology tech and playing bass in a cover band. Someday he wants to find his forever person but doesn’t believe in romantic fireworks and isn’t sure it’ll ever happen. Then Liam comes crashing into his life, igniting sparks. Huge, life-altering sparks.

The connection between the two men is instant, and things move fast. But Austin isn’t sure what to do with everything he’s feeling inside. Can Liam convince him falling in love is the easiest thing in the world?

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Writing update

Hi everyone and happy Monday. I hope you’ve had a great weekend! I did; I spent Sunday watching movies with my husband, and it was great. But now it’s time to get back to work.

First of all: I have plans for the blog in 2019. I’ve decided I need to post more regularly, so I’ve made plans for what to write about and a schedule for when to post, and today is the first day of that new schedule. And that means a writing update 🙂

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The first draft of the schedule. It looks nothing like this now, but this is where I started. 


The first project is Diving In, the second book in the Family Found series I co-write with Kris T. Bethke. It has a tentative release date (March 30, 2019), which means we have a deadline, which means we gotta hustle! We’re almost halfway done but I’m leaving for Sweden on Sunday to attend my daughter’s university graduation and I’m going to be away for two weeks. Gah!

But I work well with a deadline, so we’ll make it work. Hopefully! For everyone who loved our little created family in book one, I can tell you that this is Wade’s book. Are you excited?


The second project I’m working on is as yet unnamed. It’s a May/December story about two neighbors called Buck and Pippin. They’ve known each other since Pippin was six, but now that he’s all grown up (twenty-one, so no need to freak out on me!), things are starting to happen.

I’m currently at 15K words and they haven’t kissed yet, so this’ll be a little longer that my usual super short stories. The deadline is “as soon as possible” which works great with my planned trip! (*sarcasm warning*). But I’ll make it work. Somehow. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m a huge fan of the May/December trope so I’m really excited to write this story. Do you like the trope? What’s your favorite book you’ve read with an age difference between the characters? Let me know in the comments, I’m always on the lookout for new books to read!

Have a great week everyone!

Update

It’s been two months since I last wrote an update on what I’m doing, so maybe it’s time again? Whaddaya think? 🙂

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In July I was on a vacation on the tropical island Gili Air, Indonesia (which you know if you follow me on Instagram) and it pretty much looked like this for four glorious days:

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My daughter and her boyfriend was here for a visit, so I prioritized cuddles and quality time with them over writing. It’s safe to say that July was an awesome month.

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In August I wrote like a fiend to catch up with lost time. I finished my first ever fantasy story, Snowed In: Nen and Anani, and submitted it. It will be released in January 2019. I’ll tell you more details when I have them.

Blurb:

”It is time to go to my son.” Nen waited for fifteen rotations to hear those words, 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?

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Kris T. Bethke and I have started book 2 in our Family Found series, titled Diving In. We’ve only written a couple chapters so far, but at least we’re working on it. I’m sad to say that I’m the one who’s behind on this project, but sometimes life happens and when it does, it’s great to have an understanding writing partner like Kris. Really. She’s the best.

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I’m trying to decide whether I’m gonna write a Christmas story or not. I have an idea, but I haven’t started yet. The deadline for the submission call is September 30. Like I said, life interfered with my writing and I haven’t had time to do everything I planned. Or maybe I just haven’t prioritized right?

Anyway, I can probably manage in time. But I have to decide like yesterday. Ugh. Maybe I’ll just dust off my Spotify Christmas playlist and see if the mood strikes? I’ll let you know.

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Speaking of Family Found series. If you’re a regular follower of my blog, I’m sure you haven’t missed that the first book, Falling Into Love, is out now. So if you’re in the mood for something “sweet, fast paced, low angst” to quote Kat at Love Bytes, may I suggest Liam and Austin? 🙂

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Liam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he thinks he’s found something he didn’t even know was missing.

Austin Jock is content with his work as a radiology tech and playing bass in a cover band. Someday he wants to find his forever person but doesn’t believe in romantic fireworks and isn’t sure it’ll ever happen. Then Liam comes crashing into his life, igniting sparks. Huge, life-altering sparks.

The connection between the two men is instant, and things move fast. But Austin isn’t sure what to do with everything he’s feeling inside. Can Liam convince him falling in love is the easiest thing in the world?

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Update

For the entire month of July I have my darling daughter and her boyfriend here for a visit (they live in Sweden) and I’m ecstatic. There won’t be a lot of writing, but I’m trying to do a little at least. I signed up for Camp NanoWriMo with a ridiculously low word goal, and I’m kind of happy I did because otherwise there would probably be no writing at all.

I’m still working on my fantasy story Snowed In: Nen and Anani. It’s slow going, but at least I’m moving forward. Yesterday, I researched tapestry weaving and learned a lot of words I hadn’t heard before. And OMG what an amazingly interesting art form it is. I’ve never realized before (sorry weavers!!)

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Smashwords has a sale for the entire month of July, and my books published by JMS Books are 50% off! If you’ve visited my blog before, you know by now that “book sale” is my favorite two words in combination, so clickety-click this link if you’re in the mood for cheap books and still don’t own all mine.

smashwords july 2018

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Nobody Else’s has received a lot of love from readers and reviewers so far, and it’s made me so humbled and happy ❤️ If you haven’t bought it yet and want to read a few reviews before making up your mind, check out any of these lovely blogs:

Boy Meets Boy | The Blogger Girls | Making It Happen | Love Bytes | Padme’s Library | Dog Eared Day Dreams | Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words | Bayou Book Junkie | Extreme Delusions | Wicked Reads

I’m especially happy that people loved my quirky, nonsensical horoscopes. I had so much fun writing them.

promo horoscope available now

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Update

I thought it was time for a little update on my writing, to let you know what’s going on. If you think I’ve been absent more than usual than lately, you’re correct. I’ve withdrawn a little from Social Media both in my private life and in my author life, and I believe I’m going to continue to do so. I’ve felt iffy about SM for a long time; I don’t like the targeted ads and the algorithm that decides for me what I want to see or not. Drives me crazy. And I recently watched a TED-talk that didn’t help matters. I seriously recommend you to watch it, though, it’s great. Or not so great, depending on who you are.

Here’s the link to the TED talk if you’re interested. 23 minutes that scared the shit out of me 🙂 We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads by Zeynep Tufekci

I still hang out on Twitter, though, which is a little ironic since I didn’t even want a Twitter account to begin with, but now it’s my favorite SM outlet. So if you want my attention, feel free to poke me on Twitter where I’m likely to see you.

Here’s the link to my Twitter account if you’re not yet following me but want to.

I’ve also decided to not post as many release blitzes on my blog. I won’t quit entirely; I’ll still post the ones I’ve already signed up for, and in the future I’ll sign up for authors I really want to support. Instead, I’m thinking of finding some blog challenge I can post regularly, to make my blog more personal. What do you think?

That was a lot of info, so let’s get on with the updates, shall we? 🙂


Yesterday this happened:

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I finished a short story I’ve been working on named Us Again. And by finished I mean that I wrote the beautiful words you can see in the image above, but I still have to transcribe and edit and send it to betas and write a blurb and… you know.

It’s a short second chance M/M romance about Alex and Sammy, and more information will follow when I have it.


Regarding the collab project I have going with Kris T. Bethke, it’s my turn to write chapter twelve, but I’ve been preoccupied with Alex and Sammy, so I’ve kept her waiting. (Sorry!!) We only have three more chapters to go, and this morning we agreed on a title for the book, and also for the entire series. Feels great!

And it’s scary how our brains work: we LITERALLY suggested the same title at the same time (not kidding!!). We ended up not using that particular one because of reasons, but it’s like our brains operate on the same wavelength. It’s both scary and awesome at once.


I’m also working on a fantasy story. It’s my first fantasy and I love writing it, but I have to admit it’s a little daunting. This whole making-up-an-entire-world business is hard and scary and requires attention to detail in a way I don’t really need when I write the real world. I don’t have to explain what a phone is, because everyone knows it. But if I make stuff up and have to explain it, how do I best do it without creating a giant info-dump that will make my readers roll their eyes hard or put them to sleep?

We’ll just have to see if I succeed, right? Wish me luck! 🙂


I have a release date for my next book Nobody Else’s: June 30. It’s not yet available for pre-order and I don’t have a cover…but I have a blurb if you’re interested 🙂 I’ll keep you posted, of course!

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?


Finally, I’m happy to say that Angel and Firebird has received a lot of love from readers and reviewers and it warms my heart. Like for example this review from Love Bytes, or this one from Rainbow Book Reviews, or this one from Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. Or this fabulous review in French from a Goodreads reviewer. Reviews in French sound so fancy, don’t you think?

I mean:

Les frontières entre la réalité et le surnaturel sont parfaitement bien esquissées et j’ai été captivée dès les premiers mots par cet amour si profond qui unit Gabriel et Phoenix. Une histoire poétique, bouleversante et magnifique ❤️”

Excuse me while I swoon. Or je me pâme, as they say en français 🙂

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Update

Last week was hellish. I was so busy, I hardly had time to sleep. Don’t get me wrong, I did a lot of fun stuff, but my days were filled from morning to late night.

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But first some awesome news: y’all remember the Christmas story I wrote back in March/April? Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings? I submitted it to Dreamspinner Press and their Advent Calendar submission call…and I GOT ACCEPTED!

YAY!! *doing the happy dance*

RPSAGR is about two young men who’ve loved each other for a long time, ugly Christmas Trees, and how to make Christmas merry despite not having much. Here’s some inspirational pictures:

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The boys that inspired me (though Ellis is younger than the lovely man in the picture), the gumball rings, a sad looking Christmas tree, and popcorn dyed red.

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So, why was I so busy last week, you might wonder? Well, here’s what I did:

  • Two rounds of edits and one proof for Cinnamon Eyes
  • Filled out a gazillion forms about my story for Dreamspinner Press. Okay, it was only two, but it felt like a gazillion and they were time consuming
  • Critiqued the writing of two writer friends
  • Planned a really fun project with three writer friends. You’ll get more information about it later, but needless to say, I’m excited
  • Tried to keep up with my NaNo word count. I’m sad to say that I had to lower my goal from 20K to 15K or I would have been screwed, but on Friday night I reached my goal. Yay!

Phew. I think I’m going to spend this week flat on my back on the couch.

And finally: when you get this reaction from your editor, you’ve done something right. Right? 😀

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Life signs and blurbs

Hi everyone. Just wanted to say that I’m alive. It feels like forever since I was here on the blog. I know it might not seem that way, considering I’ve been posting something every day (almost, with the exception for the 11th) this month, but that’s the magic of pre-written, scheduled blog posts, my friends.

In reality, I’ve been far too busy to blog, so good thing I decided to do that challenge! It all started on May 27th with the release of Find His Way Home. A new release is fabulous and fun, but also stressful and lots of work. On June 1st I wrote and scheduled almost all blog posts for the #RiotGrams challenge, and after that I’ve been writing like a fiend to finish my WIP, The Boy With Cinnamon Eyes. 

It took me thirty days to write Cinnamon, and it’s approximately 35K words. That’s a lot of writing in a short period of time.

Which is why I’m not doing any writing this week. I’m recharging my batteries and all that. And since Cinnamon is with my most trusted beta, there’s not much I can do anyway. Except for writing the blurb, of course.

I decided I’d go about that differently this time. Let’s face it: my tried and tested process of obsessing about how difficult it is to write a blurb for two weeks, try to write it and fail miserably, and then drown in anxiety for the next two weeks before finally producing anything—like I did with the Christmas story—wasn’t all that great 😀

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Instead, I wrote down a bunch of words I associated with the story. Then I made those into sentences that didn’t have to be connected, just related to the story. And then I cut them up so I can play around with them. That’s what I’m doing at the moment.

I have no idea if it works yet, but it’s giving me a lot less anxiety which is great. Wish me luck! 🙂