It’s a YA antho!

ITSNOTOURFAULT_FBThumbThe anthology is out! Whohoooooo! I’m so excited to share this little story with the world. I love Jordan and Nay, and I hope you will too.

For the next week, you can enter the Rafflecopter as many times as you want, and the prize is a signed paperback of the anthology! I’ll ship worldwide, and if you want me to wait until after GRNW, I’ll see if I can get Andrea Speed to sign it too!

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 If you’re not into Raflecopter, you can head over to The Novel Approach, where I’m talking about the origins of the story and giving away another copy!

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First Time for Everything

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

There’s nothing like the first time. Whether it’s a first crush, first date, first kiss, or finding tolerance and approval for the first time, for gay, lesbian, bi, and trans teens—or those still exploring and discovering their sexuality and identity—these important firsts can shape the rest of their lives. Gathering the courage to come out to their families, admit their feelings to a friend, or go to school presenting as the people they really are can be a struggle. But with the support of their allies and their own inner strength, the brave young people in these stories take the first steps toward happiness and living on their own terms. From sweet stories of newly discovered love, humorous accounts of awkward dinners and dances, to fights for acceptance and even survival, the teens in this anthology must face new challenges and rise to meet them. These are the first times they’ll never forget.

Midnight in the Maze by J. Leigh Bailey
A Warrior from a Different Tribe by S.A. Garcia
His World by Eric Gober
Just Right by John Goode
It’s In Their Kiss by Kevay Gray
It’s Not Our Fault by Charli Green
Courting Billy Roth by Nick Hasse
Dressed to Swim by Renee Hirsch
Beautiful by Ella Lyons
First Date by Nicole McCormick
Step by Step by Emily Moreton
Kissing Scars by Jo Ramsey
Dear Cody by Eric Renner
Dating My Best Friend by Caitlin Ricci
Summer Crush by SR Silcox
When Wolverine Met Taylor by Andrea Speed
Me and My Friend by Emery C. Walters
Kiss and Makeup by Allison Wonderland

 

It’s Not Our Fault by Charli Green

Jordan Pond graduated from high school a year early. He didn’t know he’d have three weeks to fill before his first day of classes at the community college. He also didn’t know that during those seemingly endless weeks he’d have an awkward painful experience at Powell’s City of Books that might turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to him, even if it causes him to question everything he thought he knew about himself.

Buy the anthology from Amazon or Dreamspinner Press.

You can find snippets of this story on the blog run by Charli Green, the part of me that refuses to grow up: http://greencharli.wordpress.com/tag/its-not-our-fault/

 

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Release Day!

Cover The Nesting Habits of Strange BirdsI can’t believe it’s finally here!

Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy! I’ll send a donation to The Trevor Project when I get home from work today, and let you-all know when it’s done. Thanks so much for your support, it means a lot to me and to the LGBTQ youth who depend on TTP to be there when they need a friend.

Over the past year I’ve worried a lot about how this book will be received, for many reasons, but now it’s all yours. I hope you enjoy my guys and their story.

In the next few weeks I’ll be visiting a few wonderful blogs, talking about the book and offering giveaways. Sometimes it’ll be a copy of the book, but I also have some fun bird-themed prezzies too. Catch me at one (or more!) of the stops below for more details.

To buy a copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, click here or the lovely book cover above.

Cover photo: DW Skinner Photography

  The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds Tour Dates

Aug. 11 – Release Party on the Dreamspinner Blog

Aug. 16 – Chat on Dreamspinner’s Facebook Page

Aug. 21 – Joyfully Jay

Aug. 23 – Goodreads Chat

Aug. 26 – The Novel Approach

Sept. 4 – Michael Rupured’s Blog

Sept. 11 – Cup O’ Porn

Sept. 16 – Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House

Sept. 18 – Grace Duncan’s Blog

Sept. 24 – Guys Like Romance Too

 

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Better Than New — My Love’s Landscapes story is out!

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It was SO hard not to announce this ahead of time, because I’ve been itching to share this story. Thanks again to Jenna Jones for the amazing prompt, and to all the tireless volunteers at the Goodreads MM Romance Group who make Don’t Read in the Closet an event to look forward to. Thanks also to my betas, you guys rock!

So, the story. As soon as I saw the prompt–the amazing pic paired with a lovely bit of poetry (which I wildly misinterpreted!)–I heard a voice in my head. The narrator is Theo, and he has a walk-on part in my upcoming novel The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. I didn’t realize he had so much to say or I might’ve made plans to tell his story, but I was taken completely by surprise. So, after a quick check with my publisher to be sure she was okay with me giving away a part of the story she contracted–I was off.

“Better Than New” opens later in the same evening Theo appears in Strange Birds, and the jerky thing he does is in the book. After that, though, he’s completely on his own. I think he did an excellent job in carrying a story. I hope you agree.

Here’s the original prompt I had to work with–I hope you’ll check out the story. I’m so proud of it. You have to be a member of the group to read the stories, but with over 200 prompts this year it will probably be worth your while (besides, it’s free :)). Click the book cover above to go directly to my story or click here to get to the group’s home page.

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STORY LETTER:
Dear Author,

Please use this excerpt as a prompt:

O’ God it’s wonderful
to get out of bed
and drink too much coffee
and smoke too many cigarettes
and love you so much

― from Steps by Frank O’Hara

Any setting or time period. A slice-of-life story would suit me fine. No BSDM, violence, mpreg, or shifters, please.

Thank you,

Jenna

Stay tuned for updates about The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, scheduled for release in August by Dreamspinner Press.

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Not the Doctor is in… Or is that out?

Cover NottheDoctorOfficially, the release date was yesterday–June 1–but I was busy chatting on the DsP blog and working on edits for the novel scheduled for August, so I forgot to make an announcement. I guess that proves authors aren’t as caught-up with promotion as it looks sometimes.  🙂

I’m proud of this little story, it’s sweet and sexy and hopeful…and since I wrote it you know it’s a little weird too. I hope you like it, but even if you don’t I hope you’ll drop me a line or post a review somewhere so I’ll know what you thought of it.

If you’d like to read an excerpt or grab a copy, click on the book cover. Here’s the blurb, and a little eye candy to wrap up Monday!

A moment of distraction on a lonely highway leaves middle-aged widower Joe Prescott with a broken arm and in need of surgery. He’s no stranger to long hours spent alone in his apartment, but until his arm heals, independence will be a luxury. Joe is used to helping others and doesn’t realize the strength it takes to accept a helping hand, especially from the neighbor he’s had a crush on since he moved in.

Kai Hosino, “retired” chef, lives with his elderly Aunt Tilly so they can help each other navigate life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Kai is drawn to the silver fox next door, but his painful history of falling for straight men makes him hesitant to take a chance.

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Have a lovely week!

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Preview of Coming Attractions!

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This is the cover Catt Ford created for the 2014 Dreamspinner Daily Dose package, Mended! It’s so amazingly beautiful I couldn’t wait to share it.

I’m so excited to see the version I’ll get to use for Joe & Kai’s story, Not the Doctor! Stay tuned for pre-order and release information. In the meantime, if you’d like a taste of my sexy little hurt/comfort story, click here for a few snippets.

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Comfort and Joy on Six Sentence Sunday

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This is my first 6Sentence Sunday!  I’m happy to be participating alongside all the great authors I’ve been enjoying every week, and sharing the very first excerpt of my M/M Erotic Holiday Romance novella soon to be released by Etopia Press, Comfort and Joy.

Sam stopped just inside the bedroom door and closed it quietly.  He toweled his hair and let his gaze linger on Charlie, lying still on top of the quilt, bare feet on the floor, partially covered with a green towel.  A slice of moonlight filtered through the curtain on the opposite wall and across Charlie’s body, which was a work of art even when not bathed in romantic mood-lighting.  After a few moments Sam realized Charlie was also watching him. 

Charlie flipped the towel up and away from his body and Sam felt as though someone had just grabbed him by the throat.  After barely a heartbeat’s hesitation he strode to the foot of the bed and leaned over Charlie to kiss him. 

Find out what happens next on December 14th!

Check back throughout the month of December for blog hops, giveaways and other fun holiday things!

Thanks for reading!  You can find the whole SixSunday list here.

The Joy of Editing

I sent my First Edits back to my wonderful editor last night!  It’s official!  Comfort and Joy has a release date of December 14,,2012!

Working on edits reminded me of my first publication, a mainstream short in a print literary journal out of Maine in the late 1990s.  (Why yes, I did choose this journal because it was published in Stephen King’s neighborhood!)  I submitted via snail mail and waited three months for the response.  Within the next month I received galley proofs via FedEx overnight and returned them two days later.  I found a few typing errors and corrected them on the hard copy—with a pen!  New typing errors showed up in the print edition, but nothing I haven’t seen come out of NY (proof that we’re all only human).  That thin literary journal sits on my bookshelf beside some of my favorite signed Firsts, to remind me not to give up.

Those editors didn’t ask for any edits, which was shocking.  I expected them to ask me to change something, anything, but they only asked if I wanted to change anything (and for a snail mail list of marketing leads on peel-and-stick labels, which were printed using a dot matrix printer).  I suppose the truly shocking thing is that I can go back and read that story and still love it—maybe even more than I did back then.

That first experience wasn’t the norm, just about every other piece I’ve had published has gone through editing passes and come out stronger for them.  Comfort and Joy is no exception.  The changes have only made me love this story harder.  Hopefully my editor will like them too.  If not, I’ll have to visit Sam and Charlie’s world again until I have it nailed.

This is such a cool process—I’m literally having the time of my life with this (don’t tell my kid!).  I’m glad I got over the fear of letting my erotic M/M fiction go out into the world to seek its fortune.  No matter what that fortune ends up looking like I owe my guys a debt of gratitude for sticking with me to the HEAs.  They have to work for theirs, so I don’t mind working for mine.