Good Morning Monday and all the Days In Between

Thank you everyone for the kind words of support from my post last week. Self-doubt in writers is a crippling thing. It’s also a common thing amongst writers apparently. There’s been a quite few posts on social media from other authors saying the same thing. Maybe it’s the moon, maybe it’s some weird planetary alignment mishap. I don’t even know, but damn, there are some authors pulling their hair out this week.

Despite having no clue what I’m doing, and despite this story trying to kill me, I still managed to write this week. I’m now at 70K words and I’m thinking there will be another 12-15K to go. I’m still not saying much about it until I get some feedback and reassurance that it will/should see the light of day.

I’d love to get the first draft done this coming week, but with my kids still off school, I don’t know if that’s possible. Fingers crossed.

So again, I just really wanted to say thank you to the kind folks who reached out this week. It really means a lot. Writing can be so isolating but it’s reassuring and heart-warming to know people are listening. So thank you. From the bottom of my heart. ❤


In Audio news!

On Davis Row is up for pre-order on Audible! Release date is July 31st!

You can find it HERE

Joel Leslie is at the mic again, and it’s awesome!!


 

 

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Good Morning Monday! How is it even June already?

I swear it was just January the other day LOL.  But June it is, apparently. I’ve been busy of course (something different LOL) and got quite a lot done this week.

I sent Galaxies and Oceans off to proofers, sent Private Charter off to beta-readers, had an audio book release of Starting Point, and managed 9K words in my new WIP!

This week I’ll be making all the changes I need to G&O and should have ARCs ready next week. Release day is June 25th, and I can’t wait for everyone to meet Patrick and Aubrey. Everyone who has met them already (pre-readers, betas, my editor, and proofers) loved their story, which is a huge relief!

Private Charter has been to some beta-readers who enjoyed it as well! I’m the first to admit that Private Charter isn’t exactly heavy on plot. It’s more about the sun, sailing, swimming, and smut. 🙂  But it’s also a lot of fun!

My WIP… I’ll be keeping mum about this for a little while – until I’m confident in my ability to write it and do it justice. All I will say, is that it is not contemporary, and it’s not set in Australia. I have language/vernacular issues, and setting issues, and I’m doing a LOT of research! I’m spending a few hours every day reading and researching, before I even start to write. And I’m not complaining about that. I’ve written a lot of books lately that required little to no research, so this has been fun. Private Charter required some research about sailing and yachts, and winds and currents. And Galaxies and Oceans required some research as well, but nothing like this new book.

But the characters are very insistent and vocal. They’re in my every waking thought so I’m hoping it’s a sign that they’re happy with my progress so far.

For my audio lovers…

Starting Point, the final instalment of the Turning Point trilogy, is now on audio!!  I’m so very excited for this book! Sean Crisden, the narrator, has done an exceptional job in bringing Matt and Kira’s story to life!

BUY LINKS:

Audible

Amazon


This coming week I’ll be extra busy with my inlaws visiting (from Monday until Thursday – please send wine LOL) then I’m taking the kids to Wollongong for basketball. It’s about 6-7 hours from here and I’ll be gone until the following Monday night, so there may not be a Monday post next week.

Until then, stay safe, and be kind!  ❤

Good Morning Monday ~ Galaxies and Oceans Cover and Blurb Reveal!

So it’s that time again… One month until release day!  Yes, that’s right! Galaxies and Oceans will be out June 25th!

So I better show you guys the cover and blurb, right? 😉

This amazing cover was made by Lou Harper. It was a premade cover – and you all know how much I love premade covers LOL!  I saw this cover over a year ago, loved it, but didn’t buy it. Then I stumbled across it six months later and it was still there. It was like it was just waiting for me to come back for it! It was fate. LOL  And the best part for me, is then being able to write a story that’s moulded by what the cover inspires. And so, Aubrey and Patrick’s story was born…

Blurb:

Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.
Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.
Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.
Aubrey never expected to be happy.
Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.
So write down the date! June 25th!  There won’t be pre-orders, and it will be exclusive to KU.

WIP news

The first draft of Private Charter is now complete!! It’s basically 65K words of sun, sailing, sand, swimming and sex. I’m not even kidding. I’m sure there’s more plot in there somewhere but for the most part, it’s all about those five S words. It’s not very often I write something that’s mostly driven by sex, but these boys weren’t having it any other way. I will make no apologies LOL


Audio news

Spencer Cohen Book Three is OUT NOW!!  You can find it at Audible or Amazon or Tantor!


Translation News : Italian

Thomas Elkin Elements of Retrofit is now in Italian! I’ve waited five years for these boys to be translated, so I’m VERY happy!

You can find it at Amazon and at Triskell!


Okay, so if that’s not enough for one week, I don’t know what is. LOL

See you all next Monday!! ❤

Good Morning Monday! Mother’s Day Update!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Even though it’s Monday here, it’s still Sunday somewhere, so I hope you have a great day! I spent the weekend at basketball and doing housework. Exciting life I lead. LOL Though I did get out of cooking dinner.

I had a busy week and managed a pretty good word count on Private Charter.  I’m at 44K and I believe they’re now on Day 4 of their 12 cruise around the Whitsundays. They are Foster and Stuart, they’re a super sweet couple and I’m thoroughly enjoying writing their story. It’s turned cold here, so writing a book about the steamy hot tropics is a little weird. LOL

I’m not sure how much writing I’ll get done this week. I have a bit happening in RL. I want to have the first draft finished, or close to being finished, before I start edits on Galaxies and Oceans – which should be in about two weeks.

I’m hoping to have Galaxies and Oceans out on June 23rd, or thereabouts. I’ll keep you all posted on that, and I’ll be releasing the cover soon!!


 

A super quick reminder about my audio books! I had two audio’s come out recently. Spencer Cohen Book Three, and Breaking Point! If you’re new to audio, or thinking of trying it, you can get your first credit free!

Spencer Cohen, Book Three

Breaking Point


Okay, that’s it for this week. Short and sweet. Like me. LOL  Until then… ❤

 

Good Morning Monday ~ Holy crap, tomorrow is the first of May!

Tomorrow is May. Truly. This year is almost half done. I can’t believe it. But, as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun… I’ve been crazy-busy. I mean, I’m always busy. I rarely ever get a minute to myself – I’m not even exaggerating LOL

This last week I took my daughter and niece to Sydney for a Harry Styles concert. I singlehandedly propped up the New South Wales economy for a while with the amount of shopping two teenage girls subjected me to, we spent a day at Taronga Zoo (my niece had never been on a ferry or to Taronga, so we rectified that) and we had a fab time. I was off social media (mostly) and it’s always nice to take a mental health break.

A little off topic here, but social media is a huge commitment for me. My main ones are Facebook –  with my general timeline, author page, and several groups – and Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I do love them, but wow, it’s also a lot of work. I constantly worry that I’ll miss notifications or messages and people will think I’m snobbing them or ignoring them, so I do try and check and double check. It’s not always easy. Especially with FB being so hit and miss with any/all notifications and posts, so I do apologise if I have missed anyone.

I  love the interaction with readers, and friendships I’ve made online. I cherish them, I really do. But taking a day or two every now and then to spend time doing other things is absolutely recommended. I can’t be available to everyone 24/7. Not to readers, not to family. And no, not even to Ruby (my dog) as much as she doesn’t agree with, or understand, to be honest. She was VERY happy to see me when I got home. There was a LOT of kisses and zoomies. LOL

I also got home to a LOT of messages, posts, comments, and emails expressing utter LOVE for Evolved, which was wonderful! I am so thrilled that people are loving Shaun and Lloyd. I know that anything sci-fi tends to turn some people off, but loyal readers have been taking a chance and finding themselves thoroughly enjoying it (and 99% of people would like their very own Shaun. LOL Get in line. I’m first. haha)

For anyone who has missed it…

BUYLINK


In Audio News! Breaking Point is OUT NOW and Spencer Cohen Book Three is up for pre-order!!  I love hearing my books in audio… it’s such a thrill for me. And these two do NOT disappoint.

Sean Crisden does an amazing job as Matthew Elliott in Breaking Point. Truly amazing. The pain and anguish Matt goes through really shines with Sean at the helm. You can find them at:

Audible

Amazon


Joel Leslie is a stellar performer and his portrayal of Spencer and Andrew just might be my favourite yet.

You can pre-order Spencer Cohen, Book Three at Audible

If you’re new to audio, you can always listen to the sample first. And if you sign up to Audible, your first book is free! And they give you a credit for one book a month when you subscribe. It’s an awesome way to enjoy all your favourite books!


WIP Update: Since I was away for half the week, I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d have liked. My WIP, called Private Charter, is up to 24K. I was hoping this story would be about 50K in total, but given one MC has hired a yacht for two weeks and it’s taken me 24K to get them to day 2 of the venture, I’m thinking it might be a little longer…  LOL

I also have visitors this week and my kids go back to school on Tuesday, which means all sporting activities every afternoon also start again (you know how I said I’m always busy? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding LOL) therefore I have no clue how much I will get written this week. I want ALL the words but I highly doubt that’ll happen.

Oh, and I know I’ve previoulsy mentioned Thai translations but I can now confirm the following:

– SIXTY FIVE HOURS – mid 2018 (so, that means soon!)
– CRONIN’S KEY series – beginning in March 2019
– RED DIRT HEART series – beginning in March 2020
– FINDERS KEEPERS – October 2020
I’m super excited to see these! I can’t wait to share the covers with you asap.
Okay, that’s it for this week. *wipes brow* I need a holiday LOL  I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll see you next Monday! Until then…

Good Morning Monday! How on earth is it April already??

I hope everyone had a great Easter, if you celebrate it. If not, I hope you enjoy the discounted chocolate that’s in every store afterwards 🙂

It was another super busy week! I got some feedback and proofing edits for Evolved, which was incredibly fast. And all my proofers have LOVED it, so that makes me feel so much better about it. It’s always daunting to get that first feedback…

In case you missed the cover reveal last week, here it is again!

Blurb:

In 2068, androids are an integrated part of human life. Big Brother no longer just watches from the shadows. It’s in every household.

Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise, mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, he thinks he may have been right.

SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.

Shaun is compatible to Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.

No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.

I certainly can’t wait for the world to meet Shaun!!! ❤


I’ve also trudged through the first read-through of the first draft of Galaxies & Oceans, and have sent it off to some beta-readers. I think the timing might be a little off in the first part of the book so I’m asking for some second opinions.

It’s currently 86K words and I’m still hoping to have it out in June! I found this pic online and I just love it – it’s kinda perfect for Patrick and Aubrey ❤


In exciting news, I’m hoping to start my newest book this week – well, notes at least. Maybe a chapter or two.  I found a cover online that sparked a rabid little plot bunny and despite not being on my writing schedule, these are the characters currently talking to me, so they get to go next 🙂

It will be called Private Charter. I’m not expecting it to be overly long, maybe 40K? But I’ve said that before 😉  It will be hot and steamy, and I can’t wait to start it!


Oh, and in audio news, BREAKING POINT (Book 2 in the Turning Point Series) should be out very soon!! I’ll post the buy link as soon as it hits! I’ve heard the proof and all I can say is Sean Crisden freakin’ NAILS his portrayal of Matt. Oh boy… So good!

And SPENCER COHEN BOOK 2 is up for pre-order and will be out April 10th!!! And as always, Joel does a stellar job! His interpretation of Spencer is utter perfection!


So, that’s it for this week!! Next week I will be in Sydney for the Sydney Author Event. I’m not an attending author, but I will be there to help the very lovely Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine ❤  But I will hope to do my Monday post… it might be a little late though. There should be photos though!! I can’t wait!

Until then! ❤

Good Morning Monday! And a Cover Reveal!

Hello Monday!! You guys know I love Monday’s right? They’re my favourite day of the week; after a loud and busy weekend, my hubs goes to work and my kids go to school, and my house is back to blessed silence. I do try and set weekly goals for work stuff, but they don’t always pan out. Last week, I didn’t get the word count I would have liked but I did get some editing done and other admin type stuff so it wasn’t a complete loss.

My WIP word count is now at 53K and it’s going okay. I have some pacing concerns which I’ll probably need to address but I want to get the first draft finished before I worry about that. I’m thinking there’s maybe 20K to go? Not sure. Patrick and Aubrey are all kinds of lovely and I can’t wait for you folks to meet them!


Now, for that cover reveal…

Three’s Company has been out for years. For six years, to be exact. I get the rights back from the publisher on March 21st and as I’ll be self publishing it, it will go live again asap. I really enjoyed revisiting Wil, Adam, and Simon while re-doing edits. I’d forgotten how much I loved them.

So the story is unchanged from its 2015 edition, though it has been re-edited and it has a gorgeous new cover. Reese Dante did the original 2012 cover and I loved it, so I asked her to recreate it, and she did! And as you can see, it’s awesome!

The blurb has been tweaked a bit too!

When he started looking for someone to help heal his broken heart, Wilson Curtis never dreamed he’d find two someones. 

After Wilson Curtis was publicly outed, his restaurant business left in tatters, and dumped by his closeted boyfriend, he goes to Key West alone. There he meets Simon Stanford and Adam Preston. Fascinated by this couple, he is soon invited into their bed for some holiday fun.

But once isn’t enough, and the offer is extended for the remainder of his stay. As they get to know each other, in and out of the bedroom, sparks fly, and ten days is all it takes to change their lives.

When it comes time for Wil to leave, with tensions closing in and time running out, tempers flare and emotions fray. Beneath the physical attraction and the foolish misunderstandings is the realization these three men aren’t ready to say goodbye.

Wil soon learns that love isn’t always conventional, and the only thing better than giving your heart to one man, is giving it to two.

I’ll have the buy links up as soon as I can!


Along with all my other books, I’ve now added my Blind Faith series back into KU, while taking On Davis Row out. It’s good to keep cycling books around to give everyone a chance to read.

You can find Blind Faith on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited.

You can find On Davis Row at

iTunes

B&N

Kobo


In audio news…

Red Dirt Heart 4 is out now!!! You can find it at Audible!

And Spencer Cohen Book One is up for pre-order on Audible, due out on the 6th!


Oh, I almost forgot!! If you want a FREE copy of Elements of Retrofit you can sign up to the Gay Romance Readers Club! It’s super easy, and every month you’ll get a newsletter with a link to a free book!!  How awesome is that! March is my month, so hurry to grab your copy of Elements of Retrofit now!!

You can check it out HERE!!

Okay folks, that’s it for today 🙂 I’ll try and post next week though I will be in Melbourne so I may not get time! Until then…

Good Morning Monday ~ Another Week!

Can you believe it’s almost the end of February? It’s just crazy how fast this year is going already, and I have a lot happening, as per usual LOL


Re-edited and Re-released, the third edition of Taxes and TARDIS is also out now!!

And on sale for just 99c!!
BLURB:

Brent is a jock, Logan a geek; these men are a world apart. But if opposites attract, maybe it’s the differences between them that make it worth the fight.

Brent Kelly is a laid-back electrician whose only concerns are drinks with friends and which man to bed next. In need of a new accountant to sort out his nightmarish shoebox of tax receipts, he’s referred to Logan Willis.
He doesn’t expect to be intrigued by the science fiction-loving, geeky guy with dark-rimmed glasses and a TARDIS-blue shirt. So his fascination with the soft-spoken Englishman surprises him, and their mutual attraction is completely unexpected. He most certainly never expects to fall in love.
One a jock and the other a geek, both men know the differences between them are vast and could cause problems. But in this opposites-attract erotic drama, maybe it’s the differences between them that make staying together worth the fight.

** 2018 Edition – re-edited, re-released. No new content has been added to the 2015 edition **

BUY LINK : AMAZON

SPENCER COHEN BOOK ONE

AUDIO PRE-ORDER

I’m very excited to announce that Spencer Cohen, Book One is now up for preorder on Audio!!  Joel Leslie really brings Spencer to life in another incredible performance. It goes live on March 6th!

Blurb:

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realize one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications. Yeah right. Even a blind man could see how this would end.

BUY LINK : AUDIBLE

DO YOU USE KINDLE UNLIMITED??

KINDLE UNLIMITED – BUY OR BORROW

I’ve just added almost ALL my books back into Kindle Unlimited. This gives Amazon users the option to buy the book, or borrow it as part of their Kindle Unlimited subscription. I periodically move them in and out of cycles so everyone has a chance to read!

You can check out my author page on Amazon to see all my books!


Point of No Return in Audio

Matt and Kira’s story is FINALLY in audio! I’m so excited for this and I can’t wait for you all to listen!
And I really must say, Sean Crisden’s portrayal of Matthew Elliott is outstanding!

Blurb:

Matthew Elliot is one of LA’s best detectives. He’s been labeled the golden boy of the Fab Four: a team of four detectives who’ve closed down drug-rings all over the city. He’s smart, tough and exceptionally good at his job. He’s also a closeted gay man.

Enter Kira Takeo Franco, the new boxing coach at the gym. Matthew can’t deny his immediate attraction to the man his fellow cops know as Frankie. But in allowing himself to fall in love with a man known to his colleagues, Matthew risks outing them both.

Matt and Kira work to keep their relationship and private lives hidden from Matt’s very public life, fearing it would be detrimental to their careers. But it’s not the other cops who Matthew should be worried about finding out his deepest, darkest secret…. It’s the bad guys.

BUY LINKS :  AUDIBLE or AMAZON


A very quick WIP update: Galaxies and Oceans is now at 44k words. I’m thinking it’ll be around 80K all said and done. 🙂  Not sure how much writing I’ll get done this week – I have fair bit happening in RL but I’m aiming for as much as I can.

Okay, that’s it for this week. Until next week… where I might have a cover reveal for Three’s Company re-release! ❤

Good Morning Monday ~ Cover reveal for Taxes and TARDIS re-release!!

Good Morning Monday!! God, these Mondays just keep coming at me, fast. It also didn’t help that last week I scheduled the post to go out on Sunday and not Monday LOL People who know me shouldn’t be surprised… 😛

So, Finders Keepers had a spectacular week! Truly. #1 in Gay Romance, but also #56 in all of Amazon store in the Fiction category. That’s kind of awesome! So a HUGE thank you to everyone who bought or rented Finders Keepers, and to those who reviewed. Every little thing helps visibility, so thank you!


WIP update:  Galaxies and Oceans (now the confirmed title) is at 27K. I didn’t get as much written as I’d have liked, but I’m happy with the progress. Especially with what I have going on in real life, and a release week. Oh, and edits on a re-release too…

Which brings me to my next thing…


The re-release of Taxes and TARDIS! I am SO excited to get the rights back to this book. Like REEEEEALLY excited! This was the first book I ever published, so to get it back from the publisher makes my heart very happy!

Re-release date is Feb 22nd (Amazon willing) and it has been re-edited, though no new content has been added since the 2015 edition. (The 2015 edition had an epilogue added) and of course, the GORGEOUS new cover.

I simply adored the very first cover this book ever had. And when Silver Publishing disappeared, so did that version. But I loved the cover so much, I contacted the original cover artist and asked if I could replicate it and make it my own.

I’m so very happy to show you, the forever-cover for Taxes and TARDIS…

The new edition will be just 99c for a limited time!

I’ll post the links when it goes live ASAP!


And in VERY exciting audio news, Spencer Cohen Book One will be out Feb 16th!!!  You can see it now on Tantor’s site, and it will hit Audible SOON! I can’t wait!!

Okay, that’s it for this week! Have a good one everybody, and I’ll see you next week! Until then…

Good Morning Monday ~ 2018 has started with a bang!

Yes, 2018 has hit the ground running, that’s for sure! This week alone:

  • I wrote 12K to finish the first draft of Evolved – release will be April
  • I received edits on Finders Keepers – release 2nd Feb
  • I edited Sense of Place and formatted for ebook and paperback (re-release is Jan 17th)
  • Release of the Italian translation of Spencer Cohen Book Three
  • Beta-read 75K story for a friend
  • Had The Weight of It All win Audio of the Year at Open Skye Reviews!
  • Had Imago win 2nd place as Book of the Year at Open Skye Reviews
  • And The Weight of It All was featured on AudioFile, where Joel won an Earphones Award for the incredible narration, and for a LGBT book – this is kind of HUGE!
  • Went through a tonne of admin stuff, including meetings with my accountant, organising blitz tours, ARC tours, and super exciting secret squirrel stuff.

I’m sure there is something else I’m forgetting… But as you can see, it’s been quite a week.


My time at My Fiction Nook as Author of the Month continues!  You can read my latest post HERE and you can enter the draw to win an ebook!


Yes, my current WIP is called Evolved, and should be out in April. It’s 60K long (unedited) and I will be spending this week going through it, fixing/tweaking/adding/deleting before sending it off to beta readers. I’ve kept details of this one close to my chest as it’s quite different, and I’ll wait until I hear back from my betas to see what they think.

I did buy a pre-made cover for this about six months ago, but it’s really not right for the story, so I have asked Reese Dante to conjure up some magic for me 🙂


Speaking of Reese Dante and incredibly awesome covers, I don’t believe I’ve shown you the cover for Sense of Place!

In keeping with the first two covers, this will be the forever cover for Sense of Place, and it’s perfect!

And the paperback is GORGEOUS!!

I have the proof of the paperback and can’t wait to hit approve! The three covers together look stunning and I am SO happy to have these boys back under my creative control ❤


For my Italian readers, Spencer Cohen Book Three is out now!

BUY LINKS:

Triskell

Amazon


Also, in case you weren’t aware, you can also follow me on BookBub for any new deals or discounts, and hang out in my Readers’ Group on Facebook for all the latest news and gossip!

I’m hoping for another busy (read: productive) week. Lots to do and plan for my next book!  I have a pre-made cover for it, the location, and how it begins… now I just need the unimportant stuff like character names/histories, title, and plot LOL!

Until then… ❤