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Red Dirt Heart 2 Giveaway

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I’m giving away 4 digital copies of Red Dirt Heart 2, and 2 digital copies of any book from my backlist!

 

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Click on the pic to go the Rafflecopter page!

 

There are 6 chances to win a book!!   You need to click on the Rafflecopter picutre/link (my wordpress won’t allow javascript so the actual giveaway button won’t show here) but you can also find it on my Facebook Author Page. (scroll over)

 Thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed Red Dirt Heart 2, and enjoyed a little more of Charlie and Travis.  The reviews on Goodreads and Amazon have been fabulous, and I thank you!! <3

Please check out the Rafflecopter options for entering to make sure your comment on my blog will gain you an entry :)

And good luck!!

Here’s a little picspiration…

Charlie Sutton

Charlie Sutton

 

Travis Craig

Travis Craig

 

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Red Dirt Heart 2

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RELEASE DAY!

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The story of Charlie and Travis continues!  

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Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.

Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it.

When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.

 

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Update, Excerpt and What’s New

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I have had quite a few people contact me regarding the release of Red Dirt Heart 2, so I thought I’d post about it here. I know I originally said the book would be released in late July, but that has not been the case. Sometimes things happen out of our control and sometimes that’s just the way it goes, and I do apologise.

I want to release a book that is not rushed, with minimal errors (grant me lenience for a few, I am human after all LOL) and such perfection takes time.

But rest assured it’s coming soon. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’m hoping for next week.  I will post more when I know more. 

So, that being said, I’m sharing an (unedited) excerpt from Chapter Six (of RDH2). Charlie and Travis have just had a weekend in town together. I hope you enjoy…

 

When I pulled up in the parking lot at the supermarket to get Ma’s long list of groceries, instead of walking into Woolworths, Travis walked the other way.

“Where you going?” I called out.

“Just over here,” he answered. He kept on walking to the park at the end of the complex.  It was just a small park, some kids had graffitied the seats and the play equipment was kind of broken, but there were big maple trees which Travis headed straight for. He sat down on the dirty park bench and by the time got over to him, he was pulling off his boots. He looked up at me and smiled, then took off his socks and put his bare feet on the grass.

The longish, green grass.

I sat down beside him. “Trav, you okay?”

He gave me a bit of a smile. “Sure. Why wouldn’t I be?” 

“You’ve just been a bit quiet, that’s all,” I said, avoiding making eye contact, looking at his feet instead.

“I just wanted to feel grass under my feet.” He shrugged. “Didn’t realise I’d miss the feel of grass.”

Then it dawned on me. Travis was homesick.

I swallowed down the lump in my throat, and could barely form the words. They were a whisper at best. “Do you want to go home?”

He sighed. “We’d better get Ma her shopping first, or she’ll have our hides.”

He didn’t understand. “No, I meant home, home.” I cleared my throat and took a deep breath. “As in Texas?”

He shot me a look. “What?”

I felt a bit sick at the thought, but that voice in my head that knew this was inevitable at some point was loud and clear. I didn’t want to hear it, I didn’t want this to end – ever – but I had to know. “Home. Do you miss it?”

He didn’t answer for a while. I could feel his eyes on me, burning into me, but I couldn’t look at him.

“I’ll understand, Travis,” I whispered. “Just say it.”

“Charlie,” he said softly. “Look at me.”  He waited for my eyes to meet his before he continued. “I won’t lie to you. Yes, I miss it. I miss my family.”

I nodded and took a deep breath, trying to keep it together. “I don’t blame you,” I said. My voice croaked and I bit my lip to stem the burning in my eyes. I couldn’t bear to look at him, so I looked out at the car park instead.

“Charlie.”

I shook my head. I couldn’t do this. Not here, not ever. I wanted to stand up and walk away, but I couldn’t seem to move.

“Charles Sutton you can stop that right the fuck now.”

I looked at him then, and his face went from pissed off to oh-hell-no when he saw that I was fighting tears.

He kind of laughed, but put his arm around my shoulder and pulled me into him. “No, no, no, Charlie, no. I’m not leaving.”

I lifted my head from his shoulder and looked at his face. “But you miss home.”

“Yes, I miss my folks, but that’s only natural. I don’t want to go home, maybe for a visit sometime, yes. But not for good.” His eyes were soft and he smiled. “Charlie, you’re just waiting for me to tell you it’s over, aren’t you?”

I swallowed hard.  “Well, I wouldn’t blame you.”

“Well, you know what?” he asked. “You’re stuck with me. I’ve told you that. A hundred times.”

“Are you sick of it though? Even just a little bit?” I asked. “The heat, the dust, the monotony of it all. Being so far away, from everything. I know it’s not an easy life.”

He smiled but looked out to a passing car. “You know what does bother me, Charlie?”

“What?”

“The fact I keep telling you I’m staying, that I love it here, that I love you,” he said quietly. “And you don’t believe me.”

I wanted to take his hand. I wanted to reassure him with a touch. But I couldn’t. My hand wanted to move, but my hammering heart wouldn’t let it. “I do believe you.”

“Then why do you always think I’m leaving?”

I shrugged. “Because I would understand if you did.” I looked back out across the car park again. It was easier than looking at him. “I do believe you. I’m sorry if you think I’m doubting you. Because I’m not. I doubt me.”

“How?”

“That I’ll fuck it up, or the fact I’m not technically out,” I admitted.  His eyebrows furrowed in that what-the-hell-does-that-mean way he did. “Well, this weekend… I booked us into a twin room so the lady behind the counter wouldn’t know, I wouldn’t dance with you, I walked away from you in the stupid electronics store, and I wouldn’t hold your hand at the movies and that’s not fair on you.” I shrugged again. “I’m trying, Trav, but it’s not easy for me. I wanted this weekend to be a bit special and I kinda failed.”

“I never asked you to hold my hand at the movies,” he said, obviously confused.

“I know you didn’t. But I wanted… I wanted to hold your hand,” I admitted quietly. “And I couldn’t do it. Even in the darkened cinema. In case someone saw it… I hate that I can’t… like right now. I want to do something as simple as hold your fucking hand, and I can’t.”

Travis stared at me for the longest time. “Charlie. You didn’t fail. This weekend’s been great. And don’t ever apologise.”

Before I could lose my nerve, I asked him, “Are you happy? Here with me?”

He didn’t answer. Instead, he just kind of smiled and shook his head in a frustrated I-can’t-believe-you’re-so-fucking-stupid kind of way. “Charlie, do me a favour?”

I nodded. “Sure.”

“Take your boots and socks off.”

“What?”

He looked pointedly at his bare feet.  “Boots and socks. Take ‘em off.”

I considered arguing. I considered telling him it was the middle of town, in the park next to the supermarket, and that taking my boots off probably wasn’t strictly proper. But it was Travis, and it was kind of pointless in arguing, and considering how this conversation was going, I didn’t dare.  So I took off my boots and socks.

“Doesn’t that feel good?”

“Um…”

“The grass,” he said. “Under your feet.”

It was like soft paper, and… green. “I guess.”

“Of all the things, I didn’t think I would miss this.”

“Grass?”

Travis looked at me and grinned. “Weird, huh?”

I thought about it for a long moment. “I guess not. Not if you were used to it before.”

He smiled wistfully, and sighed. “Charlie, I can see how hard you’re trying this weekend.”

“I want you to be happy.”

He smiled more genuinely this time. “I know you do. And I am.”

“But?”  There definitely sounded like there was a but looming.

“I’ve loved this weekend here with you. No work, no anything. Just us.”

“And?”

“And all you want to do is go home.”

“No I don’t,” I lied.

He raised his eyebrow again. “You really are a terrible liar.”

“I’ve loved being here with you,” I said quickly.  Then I shrugged and opted for honesty. “I just feel very… out of place.”

“Can I tell you something?”

I nodded, really not wanting to hear what he had to say.

“You don’t belong here.” He smiled at my expression. “You belong on Sutton Station. It’s a part of you. The vastness, the open spaces, the red dirt.”

“It’s who I am.”

He smiled. “It’s who I love.”

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In other news, I’m almost done on my WIP. I imagine it will finish at about the 75K-ish mark. I haven’t posted much on this one, but I don’t mind telling you all that the book I’m hoping to release in Sep/Oct  is indeed, Red Dirt Heart 3.

 

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Fiducia Cieca

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Fiducia Ciece, the Italian translation of Blind Faith, is on Amazon now!

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Where can you buy it?

On Amazon HERE

From the Publisher HERE

It is truly a gorgeous cover, and my experience with this Italian publisher, Triskell Edizioni, has been STELLAR.  So helpful, professional, honest and lovely. I can’t sing their praises enough. 

Look at what they did to the chapter pages!!  Aren’t they the cutest thing ever?

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Hoping to have more news on Red Dirt Heart 2 soon. Will post more when I can. <3

Red Dirt Heart 2 cover reveal

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72,000 words later, and Red Dirt Heart 2 is done!!   Charlie and Travis’ latest story is with my pre-readers before I send it to my editor, so I guess now I can share the gorgeous cover!!

The incredibly talented and lovely Sara York made it, and I just LOVE it  <3 

 

 

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The (unedited, not-final) blurb:

 

Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.

Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away yet seems helpless to stop it.

When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.

 

Release date?

Still not sure, hoping for late July. I will keep you updated though. 

 

Charlie and Travis pics?

What a good idea!! :D

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Charlie Sutton

 

Travis Craig

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Yummy, huh? ;)

News and stuff

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I’ve been the slackest blogger on the planet. It’s true. If there was some universal award for being the most inconsistent, crappiest blogger in the world, I’m pretty sure I’d get it. 

But I have some news on a few things to share :)

 

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The first being news on the Italian translation of Blind Faith!!

Look at the gorgeous cover! <3 

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I can’t wait for this story to reach a broader market and I hope the Italian people love Isaac, Carter and Brady as much as I do. The estimated release date is July 20th, and I will  post more details and links when I have them :)  

What I’ve been doing

In other news, in case you didn’t know, is that I’m writing full-time now. :)   There’s been a few minor adjustment issues, as expected with a career change, but all is going well.  So, in three weeks I’ve written over 40K and you know what that means???  

At approx 70K words in total, Red Dirt Heart 2 is almost complete!!   

I’m very excited about this story, and I hope you all love what Charlie and Travis get up to :)   I am hoping to have a release date confirmed soon, but I’m thinking it will be approx the end of July. :D

Menage news

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I was also very excited to hear that Three’s Company was voted at June Book of the Month in the Goodreads Menage Readers Group!  It’s very exciting for my boys!  I’m just happy that people are still enjoying Wil, Adam and Sy as much as me LOL :)

So if menage is your thing, you can check out this group   https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/42800-menage-readers  It’s a private group and you’ll need to ask to join, but there’s a TON of stuff to check out once you’re in :)

 

Facebook Page 

Now, if you didn’t know, there is a little fan-based group on Facebook where I post snippets and pics and sneak peeks on covers and all that fun stuff, before I show the rest of the world. If you would like to join, please visit here https://www.facebook.com/groups/524674590970385/   and we’ll get you joined in <3

 

So, that’s all for now. I promise to be back soon with a cover reveal and a blurb for Red Dirt Heart 2!  

 

 

Four questions and a tag along blog hop

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I have been tagged by the very lovely, and awesome Aussie writer, L.J. Harris.  I have known L.J. for years, through the love of m/m. We met in fanfiction-land and both trudged forward into original fiction around the same time. She has a new release, Just Like Pulling Teeth, which is due out in the Bollocks Anthology, with Wayward Ink Publishing on June 6th.

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You can read L.J’s blog  HERE to find out more.

 

Now, on to the question side of my post…

What am I working on?

I am currently working on Red Dirt Heart 2.   Charlie and Travis are learning to adjust to their new life together, now that the whirlwind romance has landed and real life has set in.  They’re living together, working together, playing together. And after Charlie’s life of solitude, and with Travis being so far from home, there are bound to hiccups.

Continuing on from a first book can always be a little daunting. Will I get the character’s voices right? Will it live up to expectation? Will I do the boys justice?  And so far, this story – or should I say, Charlie – has been indecisive, trying to branch out in too many different directions.  I think I’ve changed the general plot arc about six times, and I’m only 25K words into it. But I think I have it all sorted out now. Sometimes I just need to stop over thinking it, and just bloody write it. LOL

 

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Well, tbh, I don’t know if it does. There are some fantastic writers in the m/m genre, and I’m just happy to be kicking along with the crowd :)    My stories will always have a HEA. That’s no spoiler; if you read one of my books, be prepared for fluff and rainbows. There is always a dash of angst (otherwise it’d be classified as confectionery lol).

I do always have positive reviews on the flow and smooth simplicity of my writing.  Most of my readers get that “warm blanket” feeling when they start one of my books, and that’s a wonderful compliment.

 

Why do I write what I do?

Because the characters in my head are male, they’re gay, and they have stories to tell. It really is that simple.

I love what I do. I love giving these characters a voice, and if people enjoy reading them, it’s an added bonus.

 

How does my writing process work?

Well, my writing process is just about to change. Dramatically.  I have spent the last four years writing between 10pm and 1am, while working during the day, and being a mum/wife in the evenings.  Only very recently, it looks like I’ll be able to hang up the EDJ (evil day job lol) and write full time. :D  This means a lot of changes for us as a family, but positive ones.  I’ll be able to write during the day, spend family time in the evenings, and possibly even learn to sleep more than 4 hours a night.

 

Who am I tagging??

The supercool YA author, Winter Sandberg!  You can check her out here  http://wintersandberg.wordpress.com/

And don’t forget to check out Winter’s answers to the above questions on the 9th June!

Winter’s Private Display of Affection can be found HERE

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Now for something a little different…

Some reading recommendations:

 

 RECOVERY by CON RILEY

 

Salvage Stories: Book Two 

San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can’t overcome without help. 

Solving problems is Daniel Priest’s specialty. More than twenty years older than Jamie, he’s successful and experienced. He makes his living resolving corporate crises—but his personal life has been far from perfect. Now that his marriage is over, Daniel’s determined to make up for lost time. One night with Jamie isn’t nearly enough for him. 

Daniel’s honest offer of help is more than Jamie expects from a one-time hookup. Even so, fulfilling Belle’s last wish is a tall order. Repairing her damaged family as she requests proves difficult when Jamie has to face his own past as well. Jamie could risk his hard-won recovery by admitting why he hit rock bottom in the first place. If he wants a future with Daniel, he’ll have to address those reasons head-on.

You can buy Recovery on Amazon HERE

Recovery is the second book in the series. The first book, Salvage, can be found HERE

 

NOT JUST FRIENDS by JAY NORTHCOTE

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Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction. 

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

You can buy it HERE

 

 

POWERLESS by S.A. MCAULEY

This is one of my favourite series EVER. I am one of S.A’s biggest fans. Lover her work, and I just adore Merq and Armise <3 

 

 

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Book Three in the The Borders War series 

He was built to be invincible. 

Merq and Armise return to the States after their mission to assassinate the remaining Committee members only to find the leadership of the Revolution isn’t as stable as they had thought. 

Outside forces come crashing down on a Revolution stronghold, leaving two of their soldiers gravely wounded. Merq’s history with his brothers in arms Simion and Neveed forces him into making decisions that will impact his future with the Revolution. 

Merq has always identified as a soldier first. Always known who deserved his loyalty and who didn’t. But with the uncertainty surrounding the leadership of the Revolution, the mysterious disappearance of the jacquerie and increased activity with the PsychHAgs, Merq knows there are few people he can trust. 

The only man Merq wants or needs at his side is Armise Darcan. But his reliance on his former enemy may be a miscalculation that will threaten everything Merq stands for.

You can buy it HERE

 <3 <3

Hope you enjoyed something a little different from me this time. Happy reading!

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