We've reached that point again with things sent to the content editor and me anxiously twiddling my thumbs. (How badly did I screw this up? How much will work for them? How much will they tell me to unpack because I didn't actually put the stuff in my brain on the page?)
A Fine Mess currently sits at 67.5 words, which, I've probably mentioned before, is more than 2 Fear of Frogs on the Brimstone Scale. This will probably change after the edits come back. The Brimstone stories were supposed to be nice little novellas. Stuff happened.
Eating Stars - this is a reissue of a science fiction romance some of you may recall under the title Serge & Een. There will be serious editing in parts and some expansion, the extent of which depends on feedback from aforementioned content editor. (Ominous music.)
This story's very dear to me, largely because of messing with tropes, and I'll be pleased to have it back out there.
Also - behold the lovely new cover!
No release dates quite yet for either - we'll have those from the publisher soon. Onward!
Happy Friday! I had nothing on the schedule for this week, so something a little different. This is a video reading I did for TN Tarrant's writing group and contains:
Sure. There are small things to report:
But none of that seems quite as important right now. Of course I'll still work, slow and steady, as always, to bring you things to help with brain reboots. We all need those.
Whatever you're doing for brain reboots right now - reading, drawing, gaming, binge-watching, baking, knitting, writing - do those things. They are ALL valid and we desperately need them.
Also - be kind and understand your privilege. Not everyone has access to the same things you do.
Be kind to people in scrubs in the markets, etc. These folks are putting their lives on the line for you and yours every day. Suck it up and social distance.
Wash your gosh darn hands and sing your song of choice while doing it. Wash. Your. Hands.
Love you all and want to see you again - but not until this is over.
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone is staying safe and following guidelines. <3 This week, I'm reading from the second book in Elle E. Ire's series Storm Fronts. This is some of my favorite stuff - lesbian science fiction, a cybernetic character - yay! Releasing April 7!
Storm Fronts 2
by Elle E. Ire
Barnes and Noble
Empath Kelly LaSalle means everything to cybernetic soldier Vick Corren—and Kelly deserves a partner who can love her in a romantic way.
For the first time since receiving her robotic enhancements and an AI that makes her faster and stronger than the average merc, Vick thinks she can be that person.
Vick wants Kelly for life, and she’ll do whatever it takes to be worthy. A holiday on a tropical planet seems the perfect time for Vick to demonstrate her commitment.
And she has big plans.
But the best intentions unravel when they’re pursued by a rival mercenary company that wants Vick’s technology—with or without her cooperation. A competitor for Kelly’s affection is determined to tear them apart, and a lover from Vick’s past has depraved plans of her own. Vick might not be able to save their lives without giving herself over to the machine she’s trying so hard to transcend.
When she isn’t teaching writing to middle school students, Elle enjoys getting into her characters’ minds by taking shooting lessons, participating in interactive theatrical experiences, paying to be kidnapped “just for the fun and feel of it,” and attempting numerous escape rooms. Her first novel, Vicious Circle, was released by Torquere Press in November 2015, and was re-released in January 2020 by DSP Publications. Threadbare, the first in the Storm Fronts series, was released in August 2019 by DSP Publications.
Elle is represented by Naomi Davis at BookEnds Literary Agency.
To learn what her tagline “Deadly Women, Dangerous Romance” is really all about, visit her website:
On Sunday night, please join us for some fun over at the Litquake on Lockdown Event.
Author Kim Fielding was kind enough to ask me along for this live event where four of us will read short (very short) stories to you and discuss uplifting queer romance a bit afterwards.
Our segment is titled "Met Cute - The Happy Side of Gay Romance."
Sunday April 5, 7-8pm PST
Our proposal was one of ten chosen from 87 entries. Did I mention it would be live? *bites nails*
Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope everyone's doing well right now - for those of you hunkered down, good job :) and for those of you essential workers going out into the wilds - thank you, thank you, thank you!
Today, we have an excerpt from Jeanne St. James m/m contemporary, Crossing the Line. Motorcycles, rock musicians AND cops? A wonderfully volatile combination. Come have a listen. :D
Crossing the Line
A Dirty Angels MC/Blue Avengers MC Crossover
by Jeanne St. James
Audiobook (Narrated by Aaron Shedlock & Teddy Hamilton)
Nash, a longtime Dirty Angels MC member and lead singer of Dirty Deeds, has a secret. For years, he’s hidden his bisexuality from his brothers, fellow bikers, worried how they’d take the news. But Nash isn’t the only one keeping secrets from his brotherhood. So is Cross, a police officer and member of the Blue Avengers MC.
As opposite as they come, when Cross spots Nash across the bar, he can’t resist the unexpected attraction. Then lines are crossed, boundaries blurred. And they need to survive in two different worlds where men who like other men aren’t usually accepted, and where bikers and cops don’t mix.
Reality and fantasy are two different things. The fantasy being Cross and Nash can be together, that they can make it work. The reality being their situation is impossible. Cross will never give up being a cop. Nash will never give up being a biker. What either of them would have to walk away from is more than anyone should ask for. In the end, fighting reality could be a losing battle in a war they might never win.
Note: A standalone, Crossing the Line is a crossover gay romance involving a member of the Dirty Angels MC and one from the Blue Avengers MC. It includes forbidden love, enemies to lovers, cop vs biker, alpha vs alpha. As with all my books, it has no cliffhanger and an HEA.
Audiobook: http://bit.ly/XingtheLine-US (Narrated by Aaron Shedlock & Teddy Hamilton)
JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling erotic romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She writes contemporary M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages and is currently writing her 44th book.
Amazon Author Page: author.to/JeanneStJamesAutho
Readers' Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JeannesReviewCrew/
Hello everyone, from my tower of isolation! (Actually my study. On the second floor. It's a small tower.)
Since we all need more stuff to read right now, all of my publishers are offering deep discounts and free things. Hooray! I thought I should put the list together for you in one place (all conveniently linked for you):
Mischief Corner Books' First Books Sale
.99 (10K-30K stories)
Safety Protocols for Human Holidays
1.99 (40K-70K stories)
Vassily the Beautiful
2.99 (80+K stories)
Brandywine Investigations: Open for Business
Pride Publishing Special Offers (and Free Stuff!)
Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes 4)
Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes 1)
Finn (Endangered Fae 1)
Wild Rose, Silent Snow
Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope you're doing your best to stay well. <3 This week I have an excerpt from a classic for you - K-lee Klein's Unbreak My Heart, which has just rereleased with its Kindle Unlimited debut! Come have a listen :)
Unbreak My Heart
Unbreak My Heart 1
by K-lee Klein
Brett’s Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the still-overwhelming grief is the advice he gets from everyone and their brother, telling him to move on with his life. They’re flat-out wrong. Brett left his country music career and escaped to his ranch because needs the peace and quiet. He doesn’t want anyone invading his memory-filled, booze-fueled solitude.
JT Campbell’s world had been defined by his parents’ money and his own empty relationships, until he couldn’t live that way anymore. A quest to find something more meaningful leads him to Brett’s ranch. It’s supposed to be a brief stay. JT never wanted to be anyone’s savior or compete with the ghosts of lovers past. Still, he can’t help wanting this gruff, mourning man.
JT knows it’s a bad idea, but his heart keeps pushing him to find out what lies beneath Brett’s battered exterior. Brett’s not going to make it easy, so JT can only be patient, keep his sense of humor, and hope one day he’ll be allowed far enough into Brett’s world to unbreak his heart.
K-lee Klein grew up in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia and now lives only two hours away in Calgary, Alberta. Her life is blessed by three now-grown (but still spoiled) kids and a new, adorable grandson named Remy. She has a patient husband of over thirty years and spends her days being bossed around by a feline, Miss Chili, and a canine, Princess Chewie.
K-lee’s writing muse is terribly temperamental so to keep him close by and in-check, she had him inked on her left calf. Yet she still writes on his schedule and inspiration, and quite honestly, he can be a bit of a drama queen. K-lee writes mostly contemporary but has dipped her pen into paranormal and urban fantasy, and her favorite tropes to write and read are hurt-comfort, friends to lovers, opposites attract, and relationships with children. Her biggest accomplishment as an author was releasing her first self-published book.
Although K-lee considers herself to be an extroverted introvert and revels in her solitude, she very much enjoys traveling to conferences to meet up with friends old and new. She’s grateful for all the people in her life who accept her as she is and support her through the ups and downs as a mom, wife, friend, and joyfully obsessed writer.
Another quick update today - there are things on the horizon I'll keep for later since it's all early days still.
But I did promise to keep you updated on where A Fine Mess is on the Brimstone Scale. (That very scientific writing tool I recently introduced.) So here is where we are as of right this moment:
Happy Friday, everyone! This week I got to ham it up with a fun scene from Allison Temple's brand new novel, Work-Love Balance, the first in her Out & About series. Come have a listen. :D
An Out & About Novel
by Allison Temple
The customer always comes first, but IT consultant Brady Jansen loves to hate Nash O’Hara. Except the fine line between hate and attraction means sometimes Brady can’t help it when he crosses the boundary between professional and personal.
Recently divorced, workaholic Nash knows he’s hard to please. When the smart-mouthed IT consultant he depends on to keep his office running offers a no-commitment hookup, it seems like exactly what he and Brady both need to get through a busy summer at work. No one has to know about their arrangement.
But the more time they spend together, the more secrets they have to keep from the people around them—and from each other. The lies are piling up, until it’s hard to tell who’s fooling whom. If Brady and Nash want to find the balance between work and love, a little honesty will go a long way.
Work-Love Balance is a 70k contemporary MM office romance. It’s hot enough you’ll want to make sure the air conditioning is on in your cubicle, and heartfelt enough you’ll want to smack both characters before the end. HEA guaranteed.
Allison Temple has been a writer since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’s never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Allison took that as a challenge and has gone on to try to break her previous record in all her subsequent works.
Allison lives in Toronto with her very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. She splits her free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean her house.
Newsletter (get two free shorts right now): https://allisontemplebooks.com/newsletter
Facebook Reader group: https://facebook.com/groups/allisonsalist
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.