Release Day: The Pinch of the Game, by Yours Truly!

PinchOfTheGame[The]FSIt’s finally here–my first release day since August! I’m so excited about this one. Not only is it my first release in a long time, it’s also my first Paranormal Romance! Click the book cover for more info. The whole Dreamspinner Store is on sale today… just sayin’.

The Excerpt Tour arranged by Pride Promotions is kicking-off today as well, with my very kind hosts Divine Magazine and Rainbow Gold Reviews!

Check out the tour for more excerpts and of course there will be a giveaway!

24-Jun Divine Magazine
24-Jun Rainbow Gold Reviews
25-Jun Bayou Book Junkie
26-Jun Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
29-Jun Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
30-Jun Molly Lolly
1-Jul Love Bytes
2-Jul Inked Rainbow Reads
3-Jul Multitasking Mommas
6-Jul Havan Fellows
7-Jul 3 Chicks After Dark
7-Jul The Blogger Girls



Out of context…

poker5-01-111413-2065Hola Snippetteers!

Finally, a weekend in which I’m not so busy there’s no time for snippets!

Here’s a bit from The Pinch of the Game. If you like it, you can read the whole thing starting Wednesday!

Incidentally, that’s also when you can get context for this snippet. 😉


“You don’t have to—”

“There’s a lot I have to do. And the first thing is to get you out of these.” He fumbled with the first button on my shirt, but made quick work of the rest. He sighed, a soft rush of air across my chest. It could’ve been intentional, or maybe not, but that sigh suspended time for a few beats. Or maybe that was my imagination, because the sensation only lasted seconds, and then we were both pushing off our clothes, kicking shoes across the room, and stumbling over each other to the bed.


Thanks for reading!

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Anniversary Week!

PinchOfTheGame[The]_bookmarkV_DSPThis week is my 2nd anniversary as a Dreamspinner Press author! I’ve been writing and publishing since the mid-1990s, but my LGBTQ+ titles hold a special place in my heart. If I could hug everyone who’s ever bought one of my stories, i would. Since that’s not practical i’ve arranged a little celebration instead–30% off every backlist title June 21-28!

Books in the sale are listed here.

The Pinch of the Game releases next Wednesday, Jun 24, which happens to be two days before the date in 2013 when DsP released Directing Traffic.

June 24 is also the day my excerpt tour for Pinch kicks off. Every stop will include an exclusive excerpt, and chances to win a $10 gift card + a backlist book of your choice. Hope to see you there!


The Pinch of the Game Excerpt Tour

June 24: Divine Magazine, Rainbow Gold Reviews

June 25: Bayou Book Junkie

June 26: Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

June 29: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

June 30: Molly Lolly

July 1: Love Bytes

July 2: Inked Rainbow Reads

July 3: Multitasking Mommas

July 6: Havan Fellows

July 7: 3 Chicks After Dark, The Blogger Girls


Thank you!

PinchOfTheGame[The]FSLast week i had a massive cover reveal event for The Pinch of the Game. I loved seeing the amazing cover AngstyG created for this story plastered all over the tubes!

It wouldn’t have happened without Pride Promotions run by the awesome Will Parkinson, and the ginormous list of bloggers who hosted me. You-all choke me up with how wonderful and supportive you are. *hugs*

I especially want to thank the folks who visited my lovely hosts, who shared the posts and gave so much love to the cover and my guys.

The reason i started this post in the first place was to announce the winner of my Rafflecopter. Congratulations, Giselle and thank you for making my cover reveal a success! I’ve sent Giselle her $10 All Romance eBooks gift certificate and an ebook of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. I hope you enjoy them!

Pride Promotions has set up an excerpt tour to celebrate the release of Pinch, starting on June 24–release day! The tour runs from June 24 to July 7 and the Rafflecopter will have another $10 gift card and backlist book for one winner. Hope to see you there!






12 days and counting…

poker5-01-111413-2065It’s that time again, when authors share snippets from a WIP or a new release, or maybe an upcoming release.

I’m counting the days until The Pinch of the Game appears on Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon page, and that’s got me thinking about things like how the story began and how it will be received. I can’t affect the latter, so i’m dwelling on the former. This snippet is part of the original flash piece. The first line is Jeffrey’s.


“Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea. Don’t you usually bring an army to storm a castle?”

“You can’t run away screaming like a little girl.”

“But I am a little girl.” I crossed my arms over my flat girl-chest and blew my bangs out of my eyes.

“On the outside.”

Before I could say another word, he grabbed me in a bear hug and dove behind a couple of big rocks. Michael exited the roll on his feet, gun in hand. That’s my man.

“Don’t look at me like that when you’re… like that. It’s wrong on so many levels.”


Here’s a little extra, since i’m not giving any intro to the snippet. This is part of the dedication for The Pinch of the Game.

To Siobhan Muir, the brilliant mind and sharp eyes behind Thursday Threads and Teddy Bear Thursdays. This story would never have been written without you.

Thank you, Siobhan, for your friendship and support. I love the way you do Thursdays. *hugs*

Thanks for reading!

Have fun visiting the other snippets at the Snippet Sunday FB group.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend, lovelies!

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Closer to a money shot…

Photo credit: Joseph D.R. OLeary

Hello and welcome!

I have news this week, but first, the snippet.

I’m going with another 8 from Michael’s POV, because I wanted an excuse to lead with this picture… not that I needed one. Plus, I sensed a desire for a racier snippet last week, and I aim to please. 😀

This 8 is after a short road trip, in which Jeffrey’s clever chatter drove Michael halfway around the bend. The first line is Michael’s. (Usual warnings apply to this unedited snippet.)


“Be glad I don’t gag you. I don’t think I could—”

“Now that’s a good idea.” He grabbed the front of my shirt in both fists and walked me backward. “Fill up my mouth for a while.”

My back hit the wall and I was a goner. Damned prick got overpowered again.

Jeff fumbled with my pants—maybe too much—but I pretended not to notice. He managed to get them open and then dropped to his knees in front of me.


Thanks for reading!

News item #1: the expanded version of this story is finished! It wrapped up at a little over 32K. Publication is scheduled for May/June of 2015, and if it’s well received I may write a sequel. I may write one anyway, because I dig this world. It has at least two more stories in it.

News item #2: Maybe some of you remember the color story—Colin and Al? The ink is barely dry on the contract to publish it—Loose Id will release it sometime next spring! This story has resisted all my attempts at a decent title, so (in addition to the proposed content edits) I’m hoping my editor can help in that area.

That’s it for me!

Fly, be free–hop around and check out more snippets! You know the drill, stop in at Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday!

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A charged response…

Hola snippet lovers!

poker5-01-111413-2065Time for another taste of The Pinch of the Game, my PNR scheduled for release in May/June of 2015 by Dreamspinner.

All of the snippets so far have been from Jeffrey’s POV, so I thought it would be fun to hear from Michael. This is a bit later in the story too, so I don’t want to give so much context that it’s spoilery. Sorry if that makes it so vague it borders on the obtuse. (I’m a little sorry, for real. ;)). The usual caveats about un-edited and creatively punctuated snippets apply.


Jeffrey’s sexy dark eyes slitted. After a moment he sat back and a feral grin replaced his glare. It asked the question, you and what army?

Jeffrey flipped the visor down in front of him and slid the cover back, away from the mirror. He trained the mirror on the girl in the backseat, took a slow deep breath and whispered so softly I couldn’t make out the words. The air in the car charged with Jeffrey’s power—nothing to get worked up about, the way his power felt had stopped making my heart beat fast with fear. He’d used it a few times in the condo, to keep me immobilized while he had his way with me, so that probably had something to do with my response. Pavlov’s dogs never had it so good.


Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to visit the other snippets. You can find links here, at the Snippet Sunday FB group and Weekend Writing Warriors.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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A question of blood flow?

Hola snippeteers!

Here’s another 8 from the witch story, The Pinch of the Game, scheduled for release next May or June from Dreamspinner. It began as a flash piece, grew to a short story, and by the time I send in the complete story on November 30th it’ll be a decent novella at around 30K. The last half has given me a fit or two, but I have a complete draft so now all I have to do is chip away everything that doesn’t belong. 🙂



Two previous snippets are here.

This one takes place after the smexy-times alluded to in snippet #2. Michael just suggested they could go east, into Oregon’s High Desert and Jeffrey, not being the outdoorsy type, declined. The first dialogue is Michael’s.



“You’re thinking you can talk your way out of Sal’s bad graces, but it won’t work. He wants to take you apart and wave the scraps where the whole world can see. God help me, but I can’t let that happen.”

“You still lacking blood flow to the brain?”

And there we were, as ludicrous as it sounds and then some—the man who’d come to drag me back to face— No sense thinking about that, but shit, we were naked on my bed and he’d given me the fuck of my life. It sure felt good to have his gigantic arms around me.


“At least you’re honest.”


Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to visit the other snippets. You can find links here, at the Snippet Sunday FB group and Weekend Writing Warriors.

 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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