Memorial Day Sale

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JMS Books has a Memorial Day Sale and offers 40% off all e-books, including pre-orders. So hurry over there and pre-order my upcoming childhood friends-to-lovers story Always You if you haven’t already. Or if you’re in the mood for a second chance love story told in answering machine messages, Late Night Poetry is the book for you.

But all my books are on sale of course, so check out the links below 🙂

Always You | Late Night Poetry | My author page

Life update

Hi! I know I’m mostly absent from my blog these days, which sucks, but I hope I’ll be back to normal soon. The reason? Well, there are many, on top of the whole global pandemic thing, but first and foremost this one:

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But Nell, you say, didn’t you just move?

Why yes, yes I did, thanks for asking. We moved to this place in November, but because of Covid-19, our landlady decided out of the blue to sell the house, so we had to scramble to find a new place to stay. But we did find a place, and a nice place at that. It’s smaller than we have now, so I’ll be without an office again and my writing space will be in the living room, but I’m fine with that. On the plus side: the apartment is brand spanking new, as in no one has lived in it before us, so that’s nice.

However, moving is a hassle and messes with my routines, which is why I haven’t been around much. The move happens next Friday (May 29) and I hope everything goes back to normal after that.


Until then, don’t forget to pre-order Always You if you haven’t already:

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Thom Novak feels like a walking cliché: the gay guy desperately in love with his straight best friend, Lee. But he’s willing to keep his feelings hidden, to do whatever it takes, as long as they stay friends forever.

Lee Conway loves sharing an apartment with Thom, his best friend since birth, and would be happy doing it for the rest of his life…no matter his current girlfriend’s opinion on the matter. But he’s never been known for being in contact with his emotions.

When something happens to upset the status quo, Lee pulls away. Has Lee learned how Thom feels about him? Will it mean the end of their friendship? Or is there another reason Lee needs time to think? A more…hopeful reason?

M/M Contemporary, app 11000 words

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

JMS BOOKS (20% OFF UNTIL JUNE 5) | AMAZON | AMAZON UK | KOBO

Pre-order links and free books

Hi! Today I want to want to share a couple great things with you. First, the pre-order links for my upcoming childhood friends-to-lovers story Always You, and second more free books from JMS Books.

always you promo rjscott

Thom Novak feels like a walking cliché: the gay guy desperately in love with his straight best friend, Lee. But he’s willing to keep his feelings hidden, to do whatever it takes, as long as they stay friends forever.

Lee Conway loves sharing an apartment with Thom, his best friend since birth, and would be happy doing it for the rest of his life…no matter his current girlfriend’s opinion on the matter. But he’s never been known for being in contact with his emotions.

When something happens to upset the status quo, Lee pulls away. Has Lee learned how Thom feels about him? Will it mean the end of their friendship? Or is there another reason Lee needs time to think? A more…hopeful reason?

M/M Contemporary, app 11000 words

Pre-order links:

JMS Books (20% off until June 5) | Amazon | Amazon UK | Kobo


For the third time this year, my publisher JMS Books and my fellow JMS authors offer a whole bunch of books for free to get you through these trying times. This time, I’m giving away TWO books (three if you count All I See that’s permanently free).

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I’m giving away my pegasus shifter who can’t shift, fated mates story. And the fabulous Kris T. Bethke and I are giving away the first book in our family found series. Clickety-click the links below if you want the opportunity to read them for free.

In My Arms Again | Falling Into Love | All I See

But there are currently 90 books free at JMS Books, so if you’ve already read all mine (in which case: I LOVE YOU!! 😀 ) and still want free books, here’s the link for you. Why not go wild and download them all??

Cover reveal: Always You

I have the cover to my upcoming childhood-friends-to-lovers story, Always You. Wanna see?? 😀

Always you

Thom Novak feels like a walking cliché: the gay guy desperately in love with his straight best friend, Lee. But he’s willing to keep his feelings hidden, to do whatever it takes, as long as they stay friends forever.

Lee Conway loves sharing an apartment with Thom, his best friend since birth, and would be happy doing it for the rest of his life…no matter his current girlfriend’s opinion on the matter. But he’s never been known for being in contact with his emotions.

When something happens to upset the status quo, Lee pulls away. Has Lee learned how Thom feels about him? Will it mean the end of their friendship? Or is there another reason Lee needs time to think? A more…hopeful reason?

M/M Contemporary, app 11000 words

Release day May 30, 2020

Sunday book recommendations

Happy Sunday everyone! Today, I thought I’d recommend a few books to you that I’ve read lately (I feel like reading, cooking, and listening to music is all I do these days, how about you?)

So if you, like me, read a lot during these difficult times and are looking for recommendations, here are three books I read and enjoyed this last week.

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Beautiful Boy by Grace R. Duncan (buy link) was a re-read, the first time I read it was in 2015, but I love it even more now. It’s a BDSM story with some hardcore scenes, but it’s also loving and sweet and emotional. Just like I love my stories.

Afflicted by J.M. Snyder (download link) is free, super short, and emotional. It’s a glimpse into a relationship and it left me wanting more…in a good way.

His Favorite Color is Blood by K.A. Merikan (buy link) is the antithesis of what I usually read. You know by now that I love short, sweet, fluffy, and the primary focus being on the relationship…everything His Favorite Color is Blood isn’t. It’s long, kinky af, and the non-relationship-related plot takes up a big chunk of the story. The relationship between Grim and Misha is glorious though (kinky kinky kinky…I seriously can’t stress this enough!) and that’s what kept me glued to my e-reader. I had to take a break at 71% because it was getting hella intense and I felt like my heart would give out on me. So I posted this in K.A. Merikan’s reader group on Facebook, and let’s just say that Kat Merikan’s answer didn’t really calm my frayed nerves 😆

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As you’ve noticed by now, I didn’t die of heart failure, but it was close 😀


If any of you have any recs for me, leave them in the comments. I’ve been on a age-gap or BDSM spree these last few weeks, so if you have a book that fits that description and that’s also emotional and focusing on the relationship, I’d be super happy!

Take care and have a great Sunday!


Don’t forget about the Smashwords’ Authors Give Back sale, where my books are at least 30% off, but many is 60%. Here’s the link to my author page where you can browse my books.

And if you, like me, has been craving age-gap lately, may I suggest His Steady Heart?

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Autism Awareness Blog Hop

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There is no known scientific link currently between vaccines and autism.


I’m honored to take part in RJ Scott’s annual Autism Awareness Blog Hop. I adore anyone who uses their voice and platform to do good, so hats off to RJ Scott for doing this. I’m the last stop for this year, but click this link to see what all the other fabulous authors have contributed.

Also, check out RJ’s master post by clicking this link. By commenting on the post, you can win signed copies of her books with characters on the autism spectrum, among other things.

Also, if you have the opportunity: consider donating to an organization working with autistic people like Lindengate or any other organization you want to support.


Every year the blog hop has a theme, and this year it’s food, and I thought I’d tell you about my current food project: learning how to cook Asian .

Unless you’re very new to my blog (in that case, welcome!) you know I recently moved back to Sweden after living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for close to nine years. I loved living there even if not everything is great about Malaysia (like the fact that being LGBT is against the law) and the best part was the food. Kuala Lumpur is a very diverse city with every kind of cuisine – not just Asian – readily available. But I loved the different kind of Asian food the best.

I’d had some Asian food before I moved. Chinese, of course. Sushi. Really crappy Indian food from the only Indian place in my tiny home town. And Thai, which was my favorite. But moving to a place with so much new (to me) and interesting food was paradise.

I ate my way through all the different cuisines. Malaysian of course (Beef Rendang, yum). Great Indian food instead of the crappy one I’d tried before. Korean (I ADORE Korean BBQ), Vietnamese (pho!), middle eastern, Indonesian, and awesome Chinese, just to mention a few. But my absolute favorites are Thai and Japanese.

So now that I’ve moved to a place where I can’t find that kind of food on every street corner, I figured it was time to learn how to cook it myself. I started with Thai and my favorite dish Pad Krapow and did pretty well, if I’m allowed to say so myself (and my husband agreed, he even called it authentic-tasting). I’ve branched out since, and I’m slowly learning about the flavors. How to use fish sauce and oyster sauce. The difference between light and dark soy sauce. How something tangy/tart/sour enhances every dish. And I’ve also learned that I really, really love fresh ginger.

The dish I miss the most is real Japanese ramen. Before I moved to Malaysia, the only ramen I’d tried was the instant variety which is kind of gross. So imagine my surprise when the hubby took me out on a date to have real ramen, saying You’re gonna love this, trust me. And I did. The rich, cloudy broth that’s been boiled for at least 12 hours, lovely noodles, tender chashu, seaweed, mushrooms, and eggs…YUM!

To borrow a term from the romance world: it was insta-love…and our relationship is still going strong all these years later.

So now my plan is to learn how to cook ramen. I bought a seriously great cookbook and I’ve been reading through it several times. The recipe for the broth is deceptively simple: it calls for 12 liters of water, 4 onions, and 15 pig’s feet.

I visualize myself in the kitchen halving 15 pig’s feet and roasting them in the oven before boiling them in a big ass pot for up to 18 hours.

What can possibly go wrong? 😁

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A bowl of gorgeous tonkotsu ramen from my Ippudo, favorite ramen place in Kuala Lumpur.


Sully in my latest release Late Night Poetry, loves cooking and works in a kitchen. To win an ebook copy of this book, all you need to do is comment on this blog post. Tell me about your biggest kitchen adventure, or if you don’t like to cook, tell me about your favorite food in the whole wide world!

I will pick a winner on May 8.

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A love story told in answering machine messages.

Saying “I love you” to someone who says it first, isn’t supposed to lead to a break-up, but that’s what happens to Sully and Lou. Sully is out and proud while Lou is in the closet, so when their relationship deepens, Lou runs.

But then Lou starts leaving emotional messages of remorse on Sully’s answering machine. Sully is torn between his love for Lou and his attempts to get over him. With each message, Lou’s regrets deepen. With each message, it becomes more difficult for Sully to forget him. With each message, Sully finds it harder to want to move on.

Can old love poems and heartbreaking honesty help Sully and Lou find their way back to each other?

M/M Contemporary, approximately 10 000 words

Book sale @Smashwords pt II

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You remember I told you that my books are 30% off at the Smashwords’ Authors Give Back Sale? Well, since then, I’ve spoken to my publisher and asked that they raise the discount on my books, so now it’s 60%!!

Yes, you read that right. 60% off my books with a few exceptions: the really short ones and the co-written ones, they are still 30% off. Also, All I See is of course free!

An example: Finding The One, my collection of four previously published stories, is now only $2.40. That’s only 60 cents per story and if that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is! Click here if you want to buy it.

Link to my author page @ Smashwords. Go browse 🙂 

Life update, blurb turnoffs, and a “bestseller”

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all staying safe and taking care of yourselves and your loved ones! Everything is fine in the Iris household: my husband is working from home and I LOVE having him home. I’m not one of these people who’s like gaaaaah my spouse needs to go back to work or I’ll kill them! On the contrary, I told my husband this morning when we met in the kitchen for coffee/tea break that I’ll be sad when he has to go back and work at the office 🙂

I know I’ve been pretty silent here lately and it’s only been a bunch of promo posts, but I’ve had loots of big crap going on in my life (aside for the whole pandemic thing) so I’ve been really stressed out. Most of it is worked out now, though, so hopefully my life will go back to normal soon. Or at least as normal as it can currently be, of course.

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The weather has been lovely here for several weeks, so I’m spending a lot of time on my patio, enjoying the spring, the sunshine, and the warmth. Sometimes I’m writing (I won’t win Camp NaNoWriMo this year, that’s for sure!), but sometimes I’m just having a pot of tea and keeping in touch with friends and family. Out there, under the clear blue sky, with no social media or news sites open on any of my devices, life feels almost normal.


But no more lingering on the current world situation. Instead I thought I’d tell you about five things in a book blurb that will make me go “NOPE!” and put the book back on its virtual bookshelf and immediately forget about it. In no particular order:

  • “[Name] isn’t looking for love” – this means the character will blow hot and cold and I just want to have sex but no relationship, and there will be some drama around the 75% mark that will make me roll my eyes, and nope. Just nope. All I want is the romance and I want the guys to want the romance, so this is a big no-no for me.
  • The word “misunderstandings” – you know how I feel about misunderstandings by now, right? Talk to each other, people!!
  • “Super muscular alpha jock guy likes to work hard and play hard” – come OOOON! This is so done to death and I just want the shy guy or the chubby guy or the ordinary guy or the nerdy guy or the cute guy or the gamer guy or the femme guy or…you get it…to find love. Basically anything except a chest-pounding alpha male guy. (unless we’re talking shifters and he’s an ACTUAL alpha, then it’s fine! 🙂 )
  • When the blurb is five hundred words long – reading the blurb isn’t supposed to take ten minutes. Keep it short and simple, please!
  • Anything with time limits – and with that I mean vacation romances or the likes. I don’t like the “will their relationship be able to survive when they go back to their normal lives?”-aspect of this trope. I want the “ever after” in the HEA. It’s not called HUTVE (happily until the vacation ends) is it?? 😀

Tell me: what things in a blurb will make you go NOPE! 🙂


I also want to share something awesome with you. Since my publisher and I made All I See free, it’s been climbing the (free) charts at Amazon. Look at this:

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I mean…number 3 in Gay Romance and 432 in the entire free store?? That’s pretty awesome, isn’t it?! These are all the free lists of course, but still!! YAAAY for Theo and Kieran.

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Theo and Kieran have been together for five years. They’re very happy…behind closed doors. Theo accepted from the start that Kieran isn’t out to his conservative parents and has a lot to lose if they find out about his sexuality.

But a moment of sadness at a wedding changes things. Theo is faced with a decision: live the rest of his life in secret…or break it off.

Or is there a third alternative?

M/M Contemporary / 4633 words 

PERMANENTLY FREE!

DOWNLOAD LINKS

JMS BOOKS | AMAZON | AMAZON UK | KOBO | ITUNES | B&N | SMASHWORDS | SCRIBD
 | GOOGLE PLAY |

World book day sale

Today is world book day. In my opinion, every day is book day, of course, but I’m glad the  rest of world is finally catching up with reality 😂

In celebration of this glorious event, my fabulous publisher JMS Books offers 40% off all ebooks today only! That’s right. Book sale on book day – isn’t that the best idea you’ve ever heard? 🙂

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My author page at JMS Books

All my books are 40% off (except All I See that’s FREE!) so clickety-click the link above to do some shopping!


As usual, pre-orders are included in the sale. At this time, I don’t have a pre-order, but that doesn’t mean other authors don’t. After a glance at the Coming Soon tab, I found these five books that interest me and that I’m considering buying. The only authors I’ve read before are Ofelia Gränd and W.S. Long. The other three are new-to-me authors, and what better time to try new authors than on sale day? 🙂

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Black Bird | Ethel’s: A Lesbian Bar in NYC | Love Among Strangers | Pizza Delivery | Sleeping on a Bench

Permanently free book and pictures of the ocean

I’ve decided to make my very short story All I See permanently free, so if you haven’t read it, now’s the chance. And tell everyone you know that still haven’t read any of my books and don’t want to spend money on an unknown author: now’s their chance to try my writing without risking anything.

(If you encounter somewhere it isn’t permanently free, tell me and I’ll let my publisher know!)

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Theo and Kieran have been together for five years. They’re very happy…behind closed doors. Theo accepted from the start that Kieran isn’t out to his conservative parents and has a lot to lose if they find out about his sexuality.

But a moment of sadness at a wedding changes things. Theo is faced with a decision: live the rest of his life in secret…or break it off.

Or is there a third alternative?

M/M Contemporary / 4633 words 

PERMANENTLY FREE!

DOWNLOAD LINKS

JMS BOOKS | AMAZON | AMAZON UK | KOBO | ITUNES | B&N | SMASHWORDS | SCRIBD
 | GOOGLE PLAY |

Yesterday I was climbing the walls and feeling like a prisoner in my own home. Sweden isn’t on lockdown like many other countries, but most people are listening to the recommendations from the authorities and are staying home anyway. My husband has been working from home for weeks (I love having him home and told him the other day that I’ll miss him when he has to go back to working at the office again) and we don’t go anywhere that’s not necessary, like the grocery store.

But yesterday, I needed to get out of the house.

“Drive me to the ocean,” I said to my husband. “Okay,” he said, and we jumped into the car and drove the ten minutes to a nearby beach. It was windy and chilly and only a handfull other lost souls had the same thought as we; that they needed the breeze and the clear blue skies and the open water. We walked along the water and I took a lot of pictures, and when we returned home I was happy. Lighter. We followed up our walk with a Skype date with a couple of friends in Malaysia, and a glass of red wine in the sunshine on the patio after that. All in all, it ended up being a lovely Sunday afternoon, despite the state of the world.

How are you guys doing?

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The lone figure in the lower right corner is my beloved husband ❤️