Good Morning Monday!! Nova Praetorian has a release date!

Good morning!! Yes, Nova now has a release date!  Nova Praetorian will be going live and exclusive to Amazon on October 26th and I cannot wait for you all to meet Quintus and Kaeso!! I just love these two guys so much, I reeeeally hope you guys do to!

So, some quick facts about Nova:

  • It’s 103,000 words long.
  • It’s a historical. While some events are factual, all senators and the emperor are fictional. A lot of creative license has been taken.
  • It’s a romance. There is love and honour and heart-swoony moments. There is definitely a HEA.
  • It’s set in the Roman era – the story begins in 62 CE. That means there is also going to be things like slavery, brutality, murder.
  • It uses language and vernacular of the era. Like all historicals, this is important for it to be true to its time. There are no/few contractions, and the absence of words like yes, left, right, friend, love, etc because those words didn’t exist then. Basically, if the etymological root of the word was in Latin, I went with it. And yes, there is even some Latin. Did I get 100% correct? Probably not. Please bear in mind this is a fiction novel, not an essay. So while it needed to be truthful to its era, it also needed to be readable for today’s market.
  • Kaeso is pronounced Kai-so, or Ky-so.  He is not Spanish cheese LOL (a proofer thought it sounded like Kay-so LOL)
  • Quintus is not Qantas. LOLOL (one of my pre-readers kept calling him Qantas LOL)
  • And it was one of my most favourite stories to write, ever.

OFFICIAL BLURB:

Quintus Furius Varus is one of the best lanistas in Rome. Tall and strong in build, fearsome in manner, and sharp of wit, he trains the best gladiators bound for the arenas of Rome. When Senator Servius Augendus seeks personal guards, he attends the Ludus Varus for purchase of the very best. He puts to Quintus an offer he cannot refuse, and Quintus finds himself in Neapolis contracted as a trainer of guards instead of gladiators.

Kaeso Agorix was taken from his homelands of Iberia and delivered to Rome as a slave. Bought by a senator to be trained as a guard, his fate is handed to the man who would train him. Absent free will, Kaeso knows his life is no longer his own, though he soon realises the gods have favoured him when he learns his new master has a kind heart.

Quintus and Kaeso forge a bond that far exceeds the collar at Kaeso’s neck, and together they discover the senator’s move for promotion has an ulterior motive. Thrown into a world of politics and conspiracy, of keeping enemies close, they move against time to save Rome before traitors and the gods themselves see to their end.

And in doing so, see the dawn of the nova praetorian—the new guard—rise.


WIP update:

I’m currently 12K words into my next story. It’s going to be around 20K all up – so only a short one. But this time we’re revisiting some familiar faces. Yes, existing characters! But this time it’s a side character who gets the stage. No hints or clues, but I will say it is NOT in the Red Dirt Heart universe.

I’m having so much fun writing this story! The words are really flowing and I am hopeful I can have the first draft done this week.

I leave for the US on Saturday morning and it’s school holidays here, and I’m running around after my kids like crazy, plus I have appointments before I leave, and my mother in law will be visiting so I’m not confident I’ll get it finished, but I’ll be happy if I get a chunk of it done.

I don’t know what I was even thinking when I had considered the chance of getting Nova out before I left for the US! I got through a round of edits (on 103,000 words) and still managed to write 10K plus a bunch of admin stuff, but pushing a release that wasn’t ready would have been foolish/crazy.


Speaking of leaving for the US, I don’t know if there will be a Good Morning Monday post next week. I’ll be in Virginia doing sight-seeing and touristy things 🙂  I’ll be posting pics on my Instagram and in my Readers Group on Facebook, or in the M/M Daily Grind. Follow me or join the groups – we have a lot of fun!

Okay that’s enough for this week! I’ll be sure to post when I can! I’m SO excited for GRL this year!!!!  For just one week of the year, I get to be with my tribe.  Until then…

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Good Morning Monday ~ Finders Keepers 99c Sale!

Gooooooood morning!!!  I have a great feeling this will be an awesome week for productivity, even though my kids are off school for two weeks. LOL  I have things I HAVE to get done in the next two weeks – before I leave for the US. I have a bunch of appointments and my kids have a bunch of stuff on and whatnot but I have a good feeling it will get done 🙂

(this is me having delusions of grandeur on the productivity scale but if I wish hard enough, it’ll come true, right?) LOL


Also, Finders Keepers is on sale for a short time only!! Just 99c for 220 pages of fun, fluff, sunshine, and a cute as hell puppy!

BUY LINKS

Universal Amazon

B&N

Apple Books

Kobo


An update on Nova Praetorian… I’m about 50% sure/hopeful I can have it released before I leave for the US. I can’t guarantee it, but as much as I’d really love to release it beforehand, I won’t release a book that’s not 100% ready. So I’ll make a decision at the death, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

WIP update…  I’ve started something new and fun, and it needs to be around/less than 20K words. I’m only 1500 words into it but I’m super excited! It’s a suuuuuper secret at the moment, but I’m pretty sure you guys will love it!

And my next guys are already talking to me!! They’ve been super patient but they might have to wait until GRL is over LOL  Speaking of which, GRL is less than three weeks away!!! I’m so excited! If you’re coming to GRL this year, be sure to pop by and say hello! I’ll have some pretty cool swag too! But don’t forget – if you want me to sign a book, you’ll need to bring it with you! I won’t have books for sale and there are no pre-orders this year.

So next week, I want to report back that I got a lot of words written and final round edits on Nova. Keep your fingers crossed!

Until then… ❤

Good Morning Monday! Nova Praetorian Blurb and Cover Reveal!

Yep, you guessed it! It’s been another busy week. They’re all so busy, at this point we should just take busy as a given and I’ll let you know if I have a non-busy week LOL

I did manage to finish my Christmas Angel story. OMG I didn’t think it would ever end! LOL But A Soldier’s Wish is now done at 55K words. I’m so relieved!! And I do love these boys – they’re super sweet and truly deserve their HEA.

So this week I’ll be working on edits on Nova, writing a blurb for A Soldier’s Wish, and doing some research for a short (20K-ish) story with some characters you’ve already met. My lips are sealed though! I can’t say anything because it’s a surprise. (No, it’s not Charlie and Travis… 😦  They’re off living their HEA and don’t need me anymore *sobs*)

But I’m excited to start it, and I have another two characters who have been waiting ever so patiently for me to start their story. I’m getting there, guys… I promise.


NOVA PRAETORIAN COVER AND BLURB:

I have the blurb, though it still might be tweaked or polished yet, so this is the unofficial  version.  I can’t tell you how much I adored these two men and if more Ancient Roman characters decided they needed a story I wouldn’t be too upset. LOL

You’ve seen the cover, but because it’s so beautiful you can have it again 😉

Blurb:

Quintus Furius Varus is one of the best lanistas in Rome. Tall and strong in build, fearsome in manner and sharp of wit, he trains the best gladiators bound for the arenas of Rome. When Senator Servius Augendus seeks personal guards, he attends the Ludus Varus for purchase of the very best. He puts to Quintus an offer he cannot refuse, and Quintus finds himself in Neapolis contracted as a trainer of guards instead of gladiators.

Kaeso Agorix was taken from his homelands of Iberia and delivered to Rome as a slave. Bought by a senator to be trained as a guard, his fate is handed to the man who would train him. Absent free will, Kaeso knows his life is no longer his own, but soon realises the gods have shined upon him when he learns the man who trains him has a good heart.

Quintus and Kaeso forge a bond that far exceeds the collar at Kaeso’s neck, and together they discover the senator’s move for promotion has an ulterior motive. Thrown into a world of politics and conspiracy, they move against time to save Rome before traitors and the gods themselves see to their end.

And in doing so, see the dawn of the nova praetorian—the new guard—rise.

As I said above, I still might tweak it… blurbs are a weird thing. So if someone adds this to Goodreads and the official blurb is different, that’s not my fault. 🙂

Still no update on release date. I’m hoping to have it out before I leave on October 13th but I can’t guarantee that. If not, it will be when I return in the last week of October.


Galaxies and Oceans is now available at other retailers!!

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Kobo and Apple Books aren’t live yet but they should be sometime today 🙂

And Amazon of course.


Oh, and my paperbacks are being migrated to Ingram Spark. Because of the number of them, it will happen in stages. You may see them disappear from Amazon for a day or two, but they’ll be back up asap!

Okay that’s it this week!  I have much to do and I’m running out of time. I leave for the US in 19 days but my kids only have 4 more days of school this term and then my writing/work time will be cut. Busy, busy!

Until next week… ❤

Yanni’s Story is FREE for a short time only!

That’s right!! Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen Book 4) is FREE for a short time only!!

Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/YannisStorySpencerCohen4

Grab it while you can!!


Also, please note that Galaxies and Oceans will be coming out of KU and going to other retail sites after the 22nd September. If you’re a KU user and have been thinking about grabbing it, now is your last chance!

Universal Amazon Linkhttp://mybook.to/GalaxiesAndOceans

Good Morning Monday! A Cover Reveal, News, and Some Book Signing Info!

I hope everyone’s had a great week! Mine’s been busy (always) but productive which always feels good.

So I promised a cover reveal for Nova Praetorian!! And I shall deliver – but there is no edited blurb yet and no update on the definite release date, but I do have the cover. So behold! I found this cover on a pre-made site (Go On Write) and LOVED it! So feast your peepers on this!!

It is my first dive into Historical waters, and I loved writing it. So, a quick Q&A:

Is it Historical?  Yes. The dates, Roman customs etc, and some historical events are accurate, though the names of senators and the emperor are fictional.

Is it Romance?  Yes. LOL

Is it a little different from my usual books? Yes. Apparently. Or so I’ve been told. It’s written in third person POV which I think gives it a different feel. And the language/word usage is more formal – because it’s set in Roman times.

Anyway, I’m suuuuuuper excited for everyone to meet Quintus and Kaeso. I adored writing them. I hope everyone loves them as much as I do!  If release date is not before GRL (October 18) it will be after I get home (late Oct/early Nov). I’ll keep you updated!


My WIP now has a title and I’ve seen the prelim cover, so I’m getting excited! It’s called A Soldier’s Wish, and it’s part of a group Christmas anthology. A bunch of awesome authors are writing a story with a continued theme of a special Christmas Angel ornament that gets passed along throughout history. Each story is about the Angel and the men she helps along the way. Each book can be read a stand-alone, they will each have their own special cover, and they don’t have to be read in order.

I’m excited for this! I just need to finish writing my story… and yes, I’m very well aware how close to the deadline I am for this. LOL  A Soldier’s Wish is now at 42K and I’m really hoping there is only 6-8K to go. I know I say that a lot and it ends up much longer LOL  Considering I thought this story was only going to be 15K in total, my estimates are a complete shot in the dark.

Release date is December 2nd! So mark it on your calendars!


With GRL fast approaching, I’d like to remind you that I will not be doing pre-orders and I cannot sell books at the event. If you want me to sign a book, you’ll need to bring your own copy with you.  You can buy my paperbacks from my Author Page at Amazon.


SOME OTHER BOOK EVENTS!

Next year, I’ll be signing at Sydney Books By the Bridge on February 23rd. You can pre-order books for that HERE!

And I’ll also be signing at Book Marked and Sexy in Brisbane on March 2nd. You can pre-order books for that HERE!


Okay, that’s it for this week!!  I reeeeeeally need to get this WIP finished this week. It’s pushing my whole schedule back because it’s taken me so long to write it. If you see me online, kick me in the pants!!

Until then!

Good Morning Monday ~ What a Week!

It’s been a busy one, productive, and exciting. I’ve finally managed to get some words done in my WIP which is a huge relief. I can tell you it’s a Christmas story and it’s set in 1969-1970, revolved around Woodstock and Vietnam. And it’s titled A Soldier’s Wish. It’s currently at 32K and I’m thinking there’s another 10-15 to go.  It’s part of a group release, involving a bunch of other awesome authors, and I can speak more about it soon. Release day is December 2nd.


I’ve also had some translation releases!

The Weight of it All is now in German! Ein Kleines Bisschen Versuching is out now!

Amazon.de


A Chiare Linee (Clarity of Lines – Thomas Elkin Book 2) Italian Translation is available on September 12th.

Amazon

Triskell


And Evolved is out on audio!!

You can grab it at Audible!


And a little bragging moment…  The audio of The Weight of It All was listed on USA Today as one of the Top 5 Audios to cure your Crazy Rich Asians (book/movie) hangover!! Right next to Bridgette Jones’s Diary was Henry and Reed. I could not believe it!  You can read that article HERE!

And if you want to check out the audio of The Weight of it All, you can find it Audible.


Oh, and I’m registered for some book signings!! Where will I be??

GRL – Portsmouth Virginia USA  October 2018 (it’s in 37 days!! eeeek!)

Books by the Bridge – Sydney NSW Australia February 23 2019

BookMarked & Sexy – Brisbane QLD Australia March 2nd 2019

RARE 2020 – Edinburgh Scotland!!! (shhh, I haven’t told my husband yet LOL)

Book Boyfriends Signing – Newcastle NSW Australia September 26 2020


Now this week I want to finish A Soldier’s Wish. A big ask, but I am determined! (And by determined, I mean way behind schedule and I just need to finish the damn thing LOL)

I’ll be back next week with a cover and blurb release of Nova Praetorian!! I can’t wait to share it – it’s my first delve into the historical genre so I hope you all like it!

Until then… ❤

 

Good Morning Monday! September is here!

September already, which is the beginning of Spring for us Aussies. And I have to say, as much as I love winter, I’m actually looking forward to being able to sit outside and get some writing done with some warmer weather. Don’t worry, I’ll be complaining about the heat soon LOL

I didn’t do a post last week for a few reasons. Mostly because I did two the week before with the release of Private Charter and I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m spamming them. And two, I haven’t been productive in my writing so I kind of felt like I had nothing to say unless it was promo and let’s be real: too much promo is spammy. I have enough promo things with new releases, audio, and translations without doubling or tripling up. 🙂

I took a few days off social media to get my head into this WIP. It’s killing me – I swear, I know better than to agree to writing a story that doesn’t solely come from my brain. This is an anthology piece of similar themed Christmas stories and it’s been 3 weeks of banging of my head on the desk, and all I keep thinking is “I could have had another book written in this time” and it compounds to the issue of not being able to write, failing, letting people down, and the whole thing becomes a train wreck.

BUT I’m persevering. I’m up to 19K (which is ridiculously poor word count for me for three week’s work) but 19K is still better than 0.  I just need to push through it. I know this is something that all authors deal with, and I’ve dealt with it before. Fingers crossed I can get the bloody thing finished. And then, as it dawned on me this morning, because I’m so far behind schedule, I don’t even think my editor will be able to see it before it’s due for release. So yay. This story is doing everything in its power to not be written LOL

Enough of that shitshow…

What’s happening this week?

Well, more writing hopefully. LOL

I also have the audio release of Evolved, which I’m super excited about. I haven’t heard this one yet, so I’m just as excited as everyone else to see what the awesome narrator, Joel Leslie, can do with Shaun!

You can pre-order it HERE


You may or may not know that Createspace (the paperback division of Amazon) is moving over to KDP (the site where we all publish our ebooks with Amazon).  But KDP and Amazon do not/will not ship to Australia. So this means all Aussie authors who self publish can no longer order author copies or even proof copies of their own books. We’re directed to Amazon’s “global store” and are charged up to $28 for one book – before shipping. For our own books. Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous. Rest assured, if American authors or UK authors were treated this way, there would be riots and boycotts and protests. But apparently no one gives a shit that it happens to Australia.

So, I’m in the process of discussions with IngramSpark about setting up paperbacks through them. They distribute to Amazon and B&N and Apple, so it shouldn’t hurt customers at all. I’m just trying to figure out the best time and cost effective way to redo 50+ paperbacks. If my paperbacks are not available for purchase for a short time, this will be why.

In other news, it’s just six short weeks until I fly out to the US. I’m super excited about GRL this year and I’ve been working on some pretty cool swag. Just a reminder, if you wish for me to sign any paperbacks, you must bring them with you. Also with this breakdown of Createspace/Amazon paperbacks, if you haven’t ordered your books yet, I would suggest doing it soon! Like today. Amazon have said there is no way of knowing when they will change the books over. ❤

So, in closing, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who bought, read, and reviewed Private Charter. It was #1 in 7 countries for 7 days. That’s kind of crazy!!! I seriously do have the BEST readers in the world!

Keep your fingers crossed that I get a metric fuckton of writing done this week!! Or pray for my sanity. One or the other. Or both. LOL

Until then!! ❤

 

 

PRIVATE CHARTER IS OUT NOW!

I love release days!  Private Charter is a lot of fun, full of sunshine, sailing, swimming, and sex! And it is everything you need to read right now!

BUYLINKS

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GSKKVTT
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GSKKVTT
DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07GSKKVTT
AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GSKKVTT
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07GSKKVTT
FR: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07GSKKVTT

Blurb:

Stuart Jenner’s job is high stress, high stakes, and everything he’s strived for. So why, when the apex of his career is within reach, does he stumble? At his doctor’s insistence, he books a privately chartered yacht to sail around the Whitsundays for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex. When his friend-with-benefits bails on him at the last minute, Stuart decides to go alone.

Foster Knight left the rat race behind six years ago, bought a yacht, and now calls the Great Barrier Reef his home. Sailing tourists around tropical waters is all in a day’s work, and he’s never been happier. When his next client arrives alone, the two-week charter will be the most private job he’s ever had.

Foster can see how stressed and exhausted Stuart is, and he promises him extensive rest and relaxation. Stuart slowly realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.

Good Morning Monday ~ Private Charter Release Week!!

Well, I think I can officially call my WIP the book that doesn’t want to be written. My brain is like this…

I don’t know if I’ve over-fried my brain with how much I’ve written this year, but I’m really struggling to write this. It’s supposed to be a short Christmas story. I was supposed to have it written by now. But nope. I’m barely 6K into it. Ugh. It’s super frustrating!

But in good news, Private Charter is out this week!!! Woo hoo!!!

I have some last minute fixes I need to do, but all things going well it will be on Amazon this Friday! And I promised you guys an excerpt, so here it is!!

Excerpt (Foster’s POV)

Sure, it was summer, and sure it was the tropics, but that had nothing to do with the sweat that beaded all over my body. I let out a shaky breath and reached up to a line of sunscreen he’d missed under his eye and smeared it with the pad of my thumb. I wanted to slide my thumb across his lip. I wanted to slip it into his mouth, let him suck on it…

“Join me,” he whispered. “You know you want to.”

I knew exactly where we’d end up if we got into the water together. “I was going to make a start on an early lunch,” I replied. There was no conviction in my voice, and he knew it.

He leaned in and whispered in my ear. “I’m not hungry for food.” Then he turned, collected his towel, which he dropped near the ladder, and dived into the water.

I all but collapsed onto the seat, taking in deep breaths. I wiped my forehead, my face, and felt my heart hammering in my chest. Jesus, Lord have mercy, he was going to kill me.

I shouldn’t encourage this. I should have told him when this whole playful flirting thing started that it was a no-go. I had rules in place for a reason. I had a business, a reputation.

I also had a hard-on that wasn’t going away any time soon.

I had urges and desires that I hadn’t wanted to act on with anyone else. Then Stuart Fucking Jenner boarded my yacht and everything went to hell.

I should go down to the galley and prepare some lunch. I should turn on the TV for a distraction, or read a book, or go into my bathroom and take care of my aching dick, thinking about anything but him.

Him in the water, just a few metres away. Him, with the come-fuck-me eyes, who wants me to join him—and not just join him in the water. Him, with the scorching hot body who’s offering himself to me. Him, yes him.

I should not want him. I should not want this. And most of all, I should not get into the water with him. I knew how it would end. I would dive into the water with him, and he’d swim over to me with that devastating smile, and he’d reach out for me and I’d pull him close. He’d wrap his legs around me and I’d tread water, holding us both up, and he’d crush his mouth to mine. I’d finally get to taste him, to have that gorgeous pink tongue of his in my mouth, and then we’d bring it on board. On the deck, on the cockpit seat, down in the cabin, on the floor, on the table, in his bed, in mine.

“Fuck.”

I stood up, pulled my shirt over my head, took two long strides, and dived headfirst into the water.

~

Yeah, poor Foster never stood a chance 😉


I’ll be back on Friday to post the buy links! I’m super excited for release day!

That’s all I have this week! A super short one – because this week’s been kinda crap on all fronts if I’m being honest. But onwards and upwards! See you guys soon!!

 

Good Morning Monday ~ Blah blah blah…

This week was just blah. I had major focus issues this week, but I did manage to get some things done, but not one monumental, big thing. I wanted to write a whole bunch on my Christmas short story and barely managed 1K words. I did manage to get some proofing edits done on Private Charter, and I did manage to get ARCs out. I also did some research for my Christmas story, and I did get some amazing feedback on my Roman-era story that I very briefly started to unpack.

But I wanted to get more written on my WIP and I know that productivity doesn’t equate to word counts only. But it’s just disappointing when I don’t meet my own goals.

I also had two sick kids at home with me this week, which didn’t help. Fingers crossed I have some decent alone time this week and can punch through some words. It also doesn’t help that I’m trying to write a Christmas story when I’m not a fan of Christmas, at all. But that’s beside the point, I tell myself. I’m a professional writer. I need to sit my ass at my desk and do my damn job. LOL  Which is what I fully intend on doing this week.


As I mentioned, ARCs for Private Charter went out and the first few reviews have been AMAZING!!  It seems people need a little sunshine, sailing and sex in their lives right now! 😉

I’ll share an excerpt or two in a few days and maybe some pics that inspired my characters. Be warned, there is a lot of skin, white Speedos and tequila 🙂 Like this one, though Stuart doesn’t have a beard, he sure does like to show off his best assets 😉

(I don’t own this pic. I found it on the internet. If you are the rightful owner and would like it removed, I’ll happily remove it. kudos, btw, for such a great photo.)


Don’t forget, I have some books out of Kindle Unlimited!

Finders Keepers

iBooks

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Smashwords

And Evolved!

iBooks

B&N

Kobo

Smashwords


It’s also the 13th, which means it’s exactly two months before I leave for America. GRL is coming up so fast. It was forever away, and we’re now down to weeks! I’ve been working on some FABULOUS swag which I can’t wait to share pics of very soon! I’m so excited to be going back, and I can’t wait to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

It will be my last trip to America for the next few years at least – GRL is in October and that time of year is when Aussie kids sit their senior exams. Our exams here run every day for 2-3 weeks at the end of October, and my kids will be sitting them over the next three years (after this year) so I need to be here for that.

I’m going to try and get to EuroCon next June but that is a huge if right now. I can’t commit to a definite yes – I need some planets to align first (and possibly lotto if anyone knows how LOL).

Okay, that’s it for this week! Keep your fingers crossed I can get some writing done this next week! Until then!