Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

You still have time to enter the Rainbow Readers Club Valentine’s Day Giveaway (if you’re reading this on Feb. 14th)! A few clicks will get you closer to free books by Karen Stivali, Eliot Grayson, Nic Starr, CJane Elliott, Liv Rancourt, Elizabeth Noble, and me!

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Valentine’s Day Sale!

As an indie author, I can do anything I want with my books. So, I’m having a Valentine’s Day sale! The standalone novella Always Forward! Never Straight is $0.99 In both the US and UK through 2/17!

Love isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

 

Baxter Bryan is the nerdy half of BaxCo, a start-up in Portland’s Silicon Forest creating cutting-edge high-tech toys. He’s also a hermit. When BaxCo sponsors the Portland Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Bryan decides to break out of his comfort zone and do more than listen to the music with a beer in hand. The race has barely started when he bumps into a fit, handsome man, causing sparks to fly. But the long hours needed to make BaxCo a success aren’t the only reason Bryan spends most of his time alone in his apartment.

 

Cay Nissen runs every day to stay in shape. He would love to run away from his job in a Silicon Forest cube farm, but keeps returning to support his teenaged daughter. His true love is music. Cay writes songs for the band he helped form in high school but doesn’t see any way to turn music into a career. The half marathon seemed like a decent way to pass a Saturday, make his boss happy, and catch a performance of his old band all at the same time. When he meets a man who sparks his interest, the safety of his cubicle isn’t the only part of his life that’s in jeopardy of changing.

 

 

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Budget Books: Entering Giveaways Part Two!

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day! ❤

If you’re reading this during Valentine’s week, I have some giveaways & a sale for you!

I’m taking part in the MM Romance Valentine’s Book Fair! Click the pic above to go to the website, check out featured books, and enter the Rafflecopter for a shot at a $50 Gift Card! $50 bucks will get you a nice amount of books! ❤

You still have time to enter the Rainbow Readers Club Valentine’s Day Giveaway too! A few clicks will get you closer to free books by Karen Stivali, Eliot Grayson, Nic Starr, CJane Elliott, Liv Rancourt, Elizabeth Noble, and me!

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Valentine’s Day Sale!

I really ❤ when authors put their books on sale, so I’m having a Valentine’s Day sale! The standalone novella Always Forward! Never Straight will be $0.99 In both the US and UK, starting now! The Kindle Countdown sale runs through 2/17, because I know some folx are busy this week. 🙂

 

 

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Release Day: Coping Mechanism: A Kinky M/M Short Story!

Do you need a little kink in your life NOW, have $0.99 & about 30 minutes to read? If so, I have you covered. If you like sensual kink and first-times between loving partners, you might enjoy Coping Mechanism: A Kinky M/M Short Story.

College seniors Sam and Price need a diversion from their routine. Luckily, Price has a stash of toys and a silky blindfold to make their evening special.

Warnings: this short contains a first-time submissive who loves being blindfolded, established couple, smaller top/muscular bottom, and plenty of teasing.

Grab your copy, only on Amazon

 

I have a few shorts that have never been published & I had no idea what to do with them. I read this one & thought it deserved a fun & smexy cover & a chance to go out into the world. This is one of my first attempts at creating a cover & I’ll be drinking from the fire hose with Photoshop for quite a while. LOL

I’ll be poking around in my files until I get through all the folders–who knows what I might find & publish! Follow me for updates & I’ll be sure to keep you posted–especially when I release a new story you can read on a budget!

 

 

Pre-Order Silken Ropes on Amazon ~ Release Day is March 6th!

The best cure for a broken heart is a Shibari artist.

It took Ross Jensen ten months to lose 98 pounds, but the day he makes Lifetime in Weight Watchers he loses another 220 in an instant when his boyfriend dumps him. He’d never heard of a “chubby chaser,” but he’d been living with one for a year. Ross’s BFF offers him her guest room and drags him out to her favorite sex club. He’s hoping for a little action—or at least a distraction.

When Miles Shigihara is not busy designing meditation gardens, he practices Shibari. He’s looking forward to a relaxing evening at his club, but is captivated by first-timer Ross. Miles doesn’t hesitate to approach Ross and treat him—and a small audience—to a steamy scene.

Irresistible chemistry and a shared love of ropes draws them together, but Ross will need to leave his body issues behind and get comfortable discussing his boundaries if he’s to have a future with the man who’s managed to tie his heart in knots.

Warnings: This book features a corporate sensitivity trainer with an agenda, an awesome gal-pal, a sexy Japanese rope artist, and the unconventional sex club of my dreams.

This book was previously published. Portions have been re-written for the Second Edition.

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Budget Books: Entering Giveaways!

One way to feed a reading habit is to enter giveaways. I don’t do that much since I started publishing my own books, but I entered a LOT of giveaways in the early days of ebooks. Those free ebooks–mostly by authors I’d never heard of, let alone read before–fueled my love of reading and helped me feel less alone as a queer person in a straight world.

If you’d like to enter to win free ebooks, there are Facebook groups dedicated to giveaways and freebies in many genres. Facebook’s search bar should turn up a promising group or two.

Joining Rainbow Readers Club is also a great way to find giveaways–both public and those exclusive to the group. In fact, the group has a Valentine’s Day giveaway going now featuring MM Romances in a few sub-genres! You don’t have to be a member to enter but joining will get you more entries!

A few clicks will get you closer to free books by Karen Stivali, Eliot Grayson, Nic Starr, CJane Elliott, Liv Rancourt, Elizabeth Noble, and me!

 

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Budget Book Rec: Backstage Beginnings by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

I chose this week’s book rec because I’ve read these authors before and loved the stories, so when I saw they had a $0.99 short I snatched it right up.

Two of the things I knew going into this story were that there would be polyamory—which is something I don’t see enough of in queer fiction and love to read when it’s done well—and a musician.

 

Dates were hard. Dates that involved seeing his boyfriend’s other boyfriend…totally more hard.

 

Both of those things are right there in the blurb so they’re not spoilers. But I also knew, from reading McRae & Maltese’s work, that the main characters would be in public life—so, maybe a rock star, actor, or something like that. Since my own life is ordinary, reading from a celebrity’s point of view is a welcome change from my day-to-day which is mainly taken up by the Evil Day Job and pursuing an artistic dream that’s a longshot at best.

 

He was somewhat tempted to play the groupie, as Andrew had halfway suggested. It would at least be a script to follow, but one that came too close to the mix of business and pleasure he was determined to avoid.

 

It would be spoilery if I told you exactly what these men do for a living and why they’re all together, so I won’t. It would also be spoilery to go into details about the steamier aspects of this short, since it is very short, so I won’t do that either. Suffice to say it was a hot read and I enjoyed every word.

If you’re in the mood for something a little longer, I would also recommend their Love’s Labours series. Which is now available in a single volume (and priced accordingly). Which is convenient because once you read the first one you’ll definitely want to go on to the second! Love’s Labours is an M/M Romance too, so if you’re in the mood for a Romance with actors and age gap, I bet you’ll like it.

Find Eric McRae’s Amazon Author Page

Racheline Maltese’s Amazon Author Page

 

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Backstage Beginnings

Jack is dating Andrew. Andrew is dating Christian. And polyamory works just fine for all of them.

At least until Andrew wants Jack to be his date to see Christian’s band play at a local bar. Jack’s all for sharing, but having to make nice about other people’s artistic ventures when he’s not involved with them sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Despite his misgivings, Jack wants to be a good boyfriend and finds himself saying yes… to a whole lot more than he bargained for.

 

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Budget Book Rec: Shameless Self Promotion!

Over the past week & change I’ve been taking a class and learning how to market my work better and reach more readers. It’s been a challenge, and sometimes fun, and a LOT of new information every day—which is great!—but all that has left me with no time to find a budget book to rec this week. I’ve been reading (and working on my March 6th release!) but mostly paperbacks so I can get away from a screen for a little while. It’s been fun re-reading some favorites from my bookshelves and I recommend doing that once in a while, if you don’t already.

So. Today I’m going to plug my own budget book, the first Buchanan House Love Story, Buchanan House. It’s $0.99, so you can meet the family without breaking the bank. For the 2nd Edition I’ve combined Buchanan House and Pride Weekend into a single volume, so you get two full stories for that dollar!

I’m not going to quote from the book or tell you what I like about it—beyond that it’s chock full of hurt / comfort, which is my favorite trope! All the books in the series have different tropes, but most also have an element of hurt / comfort. Click any of the book covers in this post (or a buy link, of course!) and you can decide for yourself which quote stands out or if you love the characters (spoiler alert: I love them all!).

Stay tuned, I’ll have another budget book rec next Wednesday. Coming soon in this space: info about a Valentine’s Day giveaway in my author group, and more updates on my March release!

Thanks for reading & have a great week!

 

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Buchanan House

Eric Allen and his bestie buy a neglected hotel on the scenic Oregon coast to fulfill their middle-school dreams of co-owning a B&B. The building is in decent shape but in order to turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams, it’s going to need work.

Tim Tate is a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents, and a body that could grace the pages of a fitness magazine. When he and Eric meet, it’s mutual lust at first sight. Despite the intense attraction, both men are hesitant to fully out themselves by acting on it. But when they give in, it’s obvious that they’ve found something special—and not only in bed.

Before Eric can be free to love the gorgeous handyman they have to make it through the July4th grand opening. With rain that won’t stop and a meddling brother intent on wreaking havoc, can the holiday still go off with a bang?

 

Only on Amazon & KU!

 

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Budget Book Rec: The Ransom of a Night Hunter by Megan Derr!

This week I had an unusually difficult time deciding on a budget book to read. I perused the usual places, and hit a few websites and Facebook groups I hadn’t visited in a while, but didn’t see anything that grabbed me until I read the short blurb for this M/M Fantasy Romance:

 

All Whitney wants is to go to dinner with his boyfriend and ask him to move in with him. Instead he winds up kidnapped, a mistake for which his family will harass him relentlessly—and which his kidnappers will swiftly come to regret.

 

That hooked me fast and I zipped through this free short story, enjoying every page.

One caveat, though. I didn’t notice that it’s a sequel until after I’d finished—just goes to show that it’s important to read the whole blurb! LOL I still enjoyed and would recommend this short to anyone who’s looking for a fun and quick read, and especially if you’ve read Derr’s A Game Most Dangerous. I checked her catalog because this short made me want to read that story, but it doesn’t seem to be available at this time (at least not under that title). I hope she’ll re-release it someday because I could spend a novel with Whitney’s snark and style and be very happy doing so!

Here’s a tiny taste of why I enjoyed Whitney so much.

“Don’t look at me, sunshine,” Whitney replied. I’m just the hostage. What am I going to do just sitting here? He’s the dipshit who fell into the bars, talk to him.”

 

Find Megan Derr’s Amazon Author page here.

 

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The Ransom of a Night Hunter

All Whitney wants is to go to dinner with his boyfriend and ask him to move in with him. Instead he winds up kidnapped, a mistake for which his family will harass him relentlessly—and which his kidnappers will swiftly come to regret.

 

Author’s Note: This book is a sequel to A Game Most Dangerous

Available on Amazon & KU!

 

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Budget Book Rec: Mr. Frosty Pants: A Gay Christmas Romance by Leta Blake!

I loved this holiday second chance romance! It had just the right amount of pining, and enough heat to make Christmas warm and toasty! I grabbed my copy when it was on sale for $0.99, but it might not be that price when you read this. If it’s not, I highly recommend perusing Blake’s catalog for another budget book & following to get notice of her next sale!

If Second-Chance Romance isn’t for you, you still might like this book—it’s full of tropey goodness! Here’s what I mean, from the blurb:

 

Mr. Frosty Pants is a Christmas gay romance by Leta Blake featuring a virgin hero, childhood friends-to-lovers, second chances, and romantically steamy scenes.

 

Whoa, that’s a lot for one story! And the thing is, none of those tropes felt rushed or cast-aside in favor of another. This is a full novel, but even so, not all novels I’ve read have been so well-balanced.

You might have heard me going on about a trope I don’t like, Rich Hero Saves Poor Hero, a.k.a. Money Solves Everything. Mr. Frosty Pants looked like it might have that—one hero is rich & the other is working-class—but Blake left me feeling as though the men were on equal footing and had both “saved” the other in an important way.

Mr. Frosty Pants: A Gay Christmas Romance is showing as part of the Home for the Holidays series. Hopefully we can look forward to more lovely standalone holiday Romances from Leta Blake!

Find Leta Blake’s Amazon Author page here.

 

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Mr. Frosty Pants: A Gay Christmas Romance

Frosty former friends get a steamy second chance in this Christmas gay romance!

Can true love warm his frozen heart?

When Casey Stevens went away to college four years ago, he ghosted on his straight best friend, Joel Vreeland. He hoped time and distance would lessen the unrequited affection he felt, but all it did was make him miss Joel more. Home for the holidays, Casey hopes they might find a way to be friends again. But Joel’s frosty reception reminds Casey of just how hard he had to fight to be Joel’s friend in the first place. It’s going to take a Christmas miracle to get past that cool façade again.

Joel isn’t as straight as Casey believes, and his years of pining for Casey have left him hurting and alone, caring for his abusive father and struggling to get by. Unable to trust anyone except his rescue dog—and with no reason to believe Casey is interested in him for more than a holiday fling—Joel’s icy heart might shatter before it can thaw.

Can Casey and Joel’s love overcome mistrust, parental rejection, class differences, and four long years apart? Mr. Frosty Pants is a stand-alone, Christmas gay romance by Leta Blake featuring a virgin hero, childhood friends-to-lovers, second chance romance, and steamy mm first times.

Available on Amazon & KU!

 

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Open Invitation to the Rainbow Readers Club!

Happy New Year!!

This isn’t quite a budget book rec–but there is a free ebook involved, so it’s close! I’ve joined with some amazing authors to create a reader Facebook group. You guessed it, it’s called Rainbow Readers Club! The group is new, but we have some cool plans for 2020 & I hope you’ll join us!

Member Authors are Nic Starr, Karen Stivali, Liv Rancourt, Elizabeth Noble, CJane Elliott, Charley Descoteaux / Charli Coty.

Once you get there, look for my welcome post & get your free ebook!

Click here to visit Rainbow Readers Club now!

 

Release Day: Nesting Habits!

It’s release day! Nesting Habits is now available on Amazon & for the first time you can read free on KU! If you’re in the mood for angst & some heat, you might like this story.

 

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

Saturday. He should be finishing cleanup on his apartment. It comprised half of the basement, and the water had invaded enough to soak the rugs and just about everything within four inches of the floor. Instead, he was stretched out on his stomach in the damp grass behind his tripod, staring through his Canon EOS 5D Mark III with the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III telephoto zoom lens. A hummingbird zipped back and forth across the yard on a different trajectory each time, gathering materials for her nest, and Phil shot her construction work. He didn’t have to lie in the grass—the bird probably wouldn’t have cared if he walked around searching for a better angle—but he wanted to see how far away he could get and still freeze her wings. It wouldn’t be easy, but he had the time.

She zipped away and over the fence seconds before he heard someone coming up behind him. Jerry would have called first, but Phil’s pocket hadn’t vibrated. His chest tightened, and he knew he should start employing strategies to avoid a full-on panic attack, but then two things happened at once.

Lee’s voice said, “Hey, Phil,” and a jeans-clad bottom dropped onto the grass beside his head. “What’re you up to? Or maybe I should ask what you’re doing down here.”

He turned his head just enough to see Lee’s knee peeking through a hole in his jeans, and then he dropped his face into the crook of his elbow. After a few slow deep breaths, he lifted his head, and Lee was still there. Phil looked up farther, and there was that smile again, making him sweat.

“Geez, did I mess up your shot? Sorry about that. I don’t see what you’re shooting, though.”

Steady; breathe; rehearse. “It’s o-okay. Sh-she’ll come back. Lee.”

“Who? It’s an animal, right? Not some girl next door, right?” Lee laughed, but it wasn’t the same one he used before. He wasn’t breathing through it.

Phil rose onto his elbows and turned on the view screen. He felt Lee’s eyes on his fingers as he scrolled back to a shot worthy of sharing. Close enough, anyway.

“Her.”

He pointed at the screen, and before he could move out of the way, Lee stretched out beside him and zeroed in on the screen. Phil gasped when Lee leaned so their shoulders and upper arms touched. He was busy processing the sensation of having someone touch him casually—even through the fabric of his shirt, he was reduced to staving off the hyperventilation he feared was inevitable—so he missed what Lee was saying. Lee was close, so close, but his voice was far away.

“Hey, Phil? You okay?”

Lee moved away, just far enough so their bodies weren’t touching anymore.

Phil nodded but couldn’t make himself turn to look at Lee.

“Your pictures, they’re amazing.” Lee said, his voice calm and steady and filled with sincere awe. “What’s this in her beak?”

Lee carefully scrolled forward, and Phil realized Lee had thumbed through all the pictures from that morning and some from last evening as well. He’d been out of it longer than he thought.

“It’s a spiderweb. Hummingbirds use them to build their nests.”

Two sentences. Phil couldn’t remember when he’d last gotten two sentences out just the way he’d intended. He smiled and raised his eyes to Lee’s. They seemed to mirror what he was feeling. Relief; happiness; desire. The next thing he knew, Lee’s lips brushed his lightly. Phil trembled but didn’t pull away. Pride in his perfect speech along with the giddy feeling inspired by Lee’s smile allowed Phil to give in to desire, just for a moment, to take a chance it would end well. Lee leaned toward him, but not so their shoulders touched, and kissed him just a few seconds longer. He kept his mouth almost completely closed, but Phil tasted a hint of hot chocolate. Or maybe the heat came from Lee.

“Whoa,” Lee sighed as much as said.

For a moment they just breathed. Lee sounded like he’d just run up the stairs. He crossed his arms on the grass and rested his cheek on them. His arm strained the sleeve of his T-shirt. That smile was back.

 

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This book was previously released as The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds; content has not been significantly altered.

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