You read that correctly! I released a surprise Christmas story!
A VERY HENRY CHRISTMAS!
A 12,000 word short story about food, fluff, and fornication.
Henry wants to share his and Reed’s first Christmas Eve being engaged by hosting dinner with their closest friends. Henry loves food and he loves to cook—he plans an entire menu and decorates the house to rival a department store, but even though everything’s perfect, something’s not quite right.
As Henry and Reed prepare for a merry Christmas, no matter what happens, you know it will be a very Henry Christmas.
It’s super short (only 12K words long) in which we get to spend Christmas Eve with Henry and Reed, and their friends. It’s fun, sexy, and sweet, and I don’t want to give too much away so you’ll need to read it to find out what happens!
And also, the rights to Clarity of Lines return to me this week — on the 13th to be exact! Yay!! I’ll be re-releasing it ASAP. It’s been re-edited and has a gorgeous new cover. There is no new added content. This is what the paperback cover looks like, and it will be available as soon as approved by Amazon.
It always takes a day or two for Amazon to approve re-released books (they need to validate the copyright etc) but I will post links as soon as I have them.
What’s new this week? I’ve been writing, editing, and proofreading. So all in all, nothing new. LOL
On a personal note, my kids have gone back to school and sporting obligations have also started. I’ve also committed myself to doing CrossFit 4-5 times a week. (Or I should be committed, given it’s been 40C all week I’m certain that makes me crazy LOL) Yes, it means sacrifice to some areas of my ‘free-time’, but I need to do this for me. It just means I need to be more organised with my time and stop procrastinating when it comes to my work hours. My writing schedule is hellabusy this year, so I’ve re-engaged my Internet block and won’t be on social media as much in the next few weeks. I have a job to do and deadlines to meet! Which means more books, so I’m guessing people won’t mind 😉
In some exciting news, I am Author of the Month at Bayou Book Junkie! I had fun with their interview, totally humbled by the lovely things other M/M folks had to say about me, and offered some insight into my writing. My entire backlist will be in the spotlight throughout the month, starting with Spencer Cohen and The Weight Of It All and Perfect Catch, and a special cover reveal toward the end of the month! Stay tuned for that one!
Have you met Tom and Cooper yet?
Also this week, Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin, Book One) is on sale!! Starting from February 7th, it will be just 99c!
And also discounts for the rest of the series: Clarity of Lines £1.99/$2.99/€2.99 Sense of Place £1.99/$2.99/€2.99
Generation versus generation, traditional versus contemporary, these men are about to learn a lesson in architecture and love. Can they prove that the old and new can be the perfect design?
A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.
Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.
Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the architecture industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom what it means to live.
Looking out of my office window over the darkening New York City skyline, I could see my reflection in the wall of glass before me. Beyond the expensive suit and shoes, there was grey hair at my temples, my once-black hair was now salt and pepper, and there were creases at the corners of my eyes.
Forty-four years old. Forty-four. How did that happen?
It seemed like I’d missed half of my life. In many ways I had.
The light on the intercom flashed. “Mr Elkin?”
My receptionist was fifteen years older than me and had been my receptionist for ten years, since the day I’d started at the firm, and yet she never faltered in her professional etiquette.
“Ryan is on line two. Would you prefer I take a message?”
“No, it’s fine,” I told her. “I’ll take it.” I pressed the speaker button. “Ryan?”
“Hey, Dad, yeah, it’s me.”
“Anything wrong?” I asked. It was unusual for him to call the office. “Still coming for dinner?”
“Yeah, yeah, it’s all good. Just about dinner,” he hedged, “I was just wondering if you’d mind if I brought someone?”
This surprised me. Since his mother and I had separated, it’d taken a while for things to get back to normal between us.
“Yes, of course, that’s fine,” I told him. “Someone special?”
“Oh no, nothing like that,” he said with a laugh. I could hear muffled voices in the background. “Just ran into an old buddy from school. He just got into town, he’s by himself and I told him he could have dinner with us.”
“Okay, that’s fine,” I said. Ryan was very social, and growing up, he had forever had a crew of friends who lived at our place as much as their own. I’d quite often get home late to a den of high-school kids pretending to be asleep. I looked at my watch. “See you soon.”
I disconnected the call and pressed Jennifer’s line. “Can you please order dinner for three to be delivered to my home address?”
“Certainly,” she replied. “Thai? Italian? Japanese?”
There was a soft click in my ear and I went back to staring at the evening skyline for another half an hour, before packing my laptop into my satchel and walking out of the door. Jennifer gave me a polite smile. “Japanese, delivered to your door at seven-thirty.”
I smiled warmly at her. “Thank you, Jennifer.”
“Have a good weekend, Mr Elkin,” she said, knowing I’d be working all weekend. I worked most weekends. “I’ve taken the liberty to have lunch ordered for you tomorrow. Security will bring it up.”
“Don’t know what I’d do without you.”
She smiled proudly. “Have a good evening, Mr Elkin. Give Ryan my best.”
I took the elevator from the top floor of executive offices down to the executive marble lobby, walked a block to the executive marble lobby of my apartment building, took the elevator to the executive suite on the top floor.
Expensive. Polished. Predictable.
Those three words just about summed me up.
I’d been preoccupied lately, unsettled and lacking something. I’d quite often catch myself staring out of the window for some lengths of time, not able to recall a single thought. Maybe I needed a vacation. Maybe I’d take one after this next big contract was done.
I loved my job as an architect. Loved it. I loved the lines in structure, the quiet confidence in well-built, historical buildings, and I loved the superiority and functionality of modern design.
I loved my apartment, had some good friends and I even had an amicable relationship with my ex-wife, all things considered. My relationship with my son was better, good even. We’d had a rough patch when his mother and I first separated five years ago, but now at twenty-two years of age, he could see all sides of the situation and had made peace with it. With me.
I’d changed into jeans and a button-down shirt and poured my first glass of wine when there was a knock at the door. I checked my watch, and knowing the doorman would have sent Ryan straight up, I called out, “It’s unlocked.”
“Hey, Dad,” Ryan yelled from the door. I could hear him mumble something else and I remembered he was bringing company. My top-floor apartment was a large, open floor bachelor pad and the kitchen ran along the inside wall, out of line of sight from the front door.
“In the kitchen,” I replied. “You boys want a drink?”
Ryan walked in, followed by a face I didn’t recognise at first. “Dad, do you remember Cooper Jones?” Ryan asked, by way of introduction. “We went to high school together.”
The name yes, but he didn’t look a thing like I remembered. Gone was the gangly, awkward teenager, replaced by a fit-looking young man. He had messy short brown hair, a wide smile and mischief in his hazel eyes.
“Yes, I remember,” I said, extending my hand for him to shake. “You just grew up.”
Ryan rolled his eyes. “That’s what happens, Dad, when you don’t see someone for five years.”
Cooper shook my hand firmly. “Nice to meet you, sir.”
“Can I get you boys a drink?” I asked again. “Dinner will be here in about half an hour.”
I had my wine, they opted for a beer, and Ryan told me how Cooper’s family had moved to Chicago and how he’d lost touch with him through college, but Cooper had come to New York City for the summer. He’d literally checked into his room and gone in search for something to eat when he ran into Ryan on the street who then pulled out his phone and called me to see if he could tag along for dinner.
My friend, Nic Starr has done a wonderful series review of my Thomas Elkinseries.
Elements of Retrofit …. “provides the introduction to Thomas and Cooper and what a wonderful introduction. I totally loved both these characters. Tom and Cooper—even the names together sound hot! The strength in this book lies in the chemistry between the characters. As individuals they are interesting—at different times in their lives but both intelligent, talented, driven and sexy.”
Clarity of Lines… “The book is humourous with witty retorts, lots of banter, and of course a wonderful smattering of age references. Cooper is glorious in the way he relates to Tom. The sex is once again fabulous. ”
“The series just keeps getting better with fabulous addition of Sense of Place. It is the perfect ending to the perfect series. Tom and Cooper are so wonderful together it’s hard not to smile.”
Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin Book 1). 5 * …. “Apparently I have been way behind on reading some fantastic books! Tom was sexy & serious. Cooper (also very sexy) was fun & ambitious. The constant banter between the two was witty & entertaining. Walker did an excellent job in creating such likeable characters you couldn’t help but fall in love with them.”Read the rest here.
Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Book 2). 5*…. “Have I said how much I heart Tom & Coop? Clarity of Lines picks up where book 1 ended.Walker flawlessly wrote a story that is realistic. I think bypassing this phase of the relationship would have made the book feel unreal. Everyone struggles with family/friends accepting each others partners, but when there is a 20+ yr age gap I would expect it to not be hearts & flowers.” Read the rest here.
Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Book 3). 5*…. “WOW……I love this series, and for some, wish they would continue forever. Tom & Cooper hold a special place in my heart. Sense of Place is the final installment of the Thomas Elkins Series. Walker made sure that we would remember Tom & Cooper for many, many years. ” Read the rest here.
Clarity of Lines has 4 and 5 reviews from Wicked Reads! I loved Ruthie’s comment.
It’s Friday right now; unless you have something really pressing – I suggest you go and hide somewhere quiet and give yourself a great start to the weekend! You will not regret it! (And when you’ve finished it, go and get the final book in the series, to make your weekend complete.)
I have LOTS of new covers to show off! Nine to be exact!!
I made the decision for my books currently listed with Totally Bound to stay with them, instead of me self-publishing them. Totally Bound is rebranding their LGBTQ section to now fall under Pride Publishing, and to celebrate the launch of this new press, they’re revamping existing titles.
Not only do my books get new covers, but I’ve also added some additional content to them! (NOTE: My Turning Point Series will NOT include additional content, but Elements of Retrofit, Clarity of Lines, Sense of Place, Three’s Company, and Taxes and TARDIS will.) And they will be re-released throughout August, available in ebook and paperback at the same time (apparently).
This new content is generally added to the end of the book, not integrated throughout. So, in my Thomas Elkin Series, we have approximately 2000 words at the end of each book added, and finally Cooper gets to have his say! That’s right, each book has a small chapter of Cooper POV. 🙂
Three’s Company has both a prologue and an epilogue. The short prologue (1500 words) is told from Simon’s POV, and the epilogue (3300 words) is back to Wil’s POV. 🙂
Taxes and TARDIS now has a gorgeous little epilogue (2000 words), which was probably my favourite additional content to write. I think everyone will agree when they read it. 🙂
The Turning Point Series doesn’t include any additional content. In my heart, these stories are complete. The three books have a combined word count of 220,000, and trying to add more to Matt and Kira’s story felt forced and wrong. I struggled with what to do for four weeks before I finally decided not to do those boys an injustice by adding content that would detract from their story.
From my understanding, anyone who purchased my titles originally from Totally Bound will be able to download the updated books for free.
So, without further adieu, the covers…
I also received my cover for the Italian translation of Blindside! OMG it’s gorgeous! And will be available for purchase on July 7th.
And in other cover news, I have had the lovely Sara York resizing my paperback covers to all now be 5×8, not the 6×9 they were previously and any/all formatting issues will be fixed. Cronin’s Key I & II are already available in 5×8, but I’m awaiting proofs of my RDH series and Blind Faith series before I let them go live. I will advise when this happens, and will be adding an order form to my website if anyone would like a signed copy. You will be able to pay for them through PayPal. 🙂
Aaaaand, lastly (but super excitedly) I will be giving Sixty Five Hours and Learning to Feel new covers as well. The very talented Mina has graciously agreed to help me give these books new covers. I thought it was very fitting that a friend I have known since my fandom days is giving my ex-fandom books new life 🙂 I will share pics when I have them!!!
Soooo, I think revealing 9 covers at once is pretty amazing and I hope you like them. ❤ ❤