Good Morning Monday! October?? Say What?!

October… it is now just 2 weeks until I fly out of Sydney, LA bound! I keep saying I’m unprepared but I don’t think anyone believes me. GUYS, I’M SO UNPREPARED!!

My pre-orders have closed and I now have 94 books to get to Denver.   o.O   It’s amazing and awesome that readers want my books, but the logistics is tricky. Anywhooo, I’m sure it will all work out. (that’s what I keep telling myself anyway LOL)


In case you missed it, POINT OF NO RETURN is on sale at Amazon for just 99c!

BUY LINKS:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073V5LMHL
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073V5LMHL
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B073V5LMHL
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B073V5LMHL
DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B073V5LMHL


Aaaaaand some big audio news… THE WEIGHT OF IT ALL will be out Oct 3rd!! Which is tomorrow for us Aussies!! Woooot!!

You can find it AUDIBLE


That’s it for this week’s post. A super short one. For those interested in my WIP updates, ON DAVIS ROW is now at 76K and nowhere near being done… one day – I swear, one day – I’ll write a short story! 😉

Until next week!  ❤

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Good Morning Monday! In the last ten days…

I really do need a new word for busy. Or a new definition at least. The last ten days have been crazy-busy. Let me recap for you…

I think that’s everything… I’ve probably forgotten something, no doubt. But as you can see, it’s been busy. And this doesn’t include anything going on in my RL right now. *sigh* I need a vacation. Seriously.


The paperback covers for Yanni and EoR are GORGEOUS!!

And believe me, they’re even prettier in real life!


As I mentioned above, Spencer Cohen books 2 & 3 are now wide releases. (Spencer 1 isn’t – long story short: an amazon promotion period overlapped with the KU cut off date) But I’ll be adding Spencer Book One in 90 days.

Links for Spencer Cohen Book 2

B&N

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Links for Spencer Cohen Book 3 

B&N

iBooks


The Blind Faith Series only came out of KU yesterday so the links to other retails stores such as B&N and iBooks will take a few days.

You can purchase all available non-KU books at my Payhip site!

And at Smashwords


Speaking of audio releases…  Cronin’s Key III had a bit of a hiccup. It was somehow not scheduled for global release and only hit the US on release week 😦  But it’s fixed now and available everywhere 🙂

But Red Dirt Heart 3 had a stellar release week and made the BestSeller list on audible under LGBT!

You can check my profile out at Audible to find all my audio titles. And don’t forget Switched is due out Sept 20th!


So my WIP is crawling along. Currently at 43K words, it’s got roughly 20K to go. I have two weeks before school ends and I NEED to get the first draft finished before then… I might be a little scarce from social media over the next two weeks while I write, write, write…

I’m also aiming to release my drabble story FREE before I head off to GRL. 🙂

Until next week…  ❤

Yanni’s Story – OUT NOW!!

YANNI’S STORY – OUT NOW!!

Blurb:

When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance—charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath—who abuses Yanni until he finds the courage to leave.
Yanni should feel free. But by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance and once again being caged by fear.
Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni begins to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man with a kind heart but who’s twice his age. An unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.
“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.
I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight, I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.
Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.
But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”

120,000 words. 
Trigger Warning: Descriptions of violence, suicide, and sexual assault. Reader discretion advised.

BUY LINK:

Good Morning Monday! Weekly update and Yanni’s paperback cover :)

Hello again! This is only going to be a super short one today. I’ve had another busy week (I seriously can’t remember when they weren’t). So a quick rundown of what I got through this week:

  • Some (not all) proofing edits on Yanni’s Story
  • Released some (not all) ARCs of Yanni’s Story
  • Wrote 11K words. My WIP is now at 19K 🙂
  • Finalised some artwork for the new Thomas Elkin Series covers (which are amazing, by the way – and I’ll share them soon.)
  • Started to proof the audio of Red Dirt Heart 3
  • and probably a bunch of stuff I can’t remember…

This week coming up, I only have three days at home. We leave on Thursday and get back on Monday (not going anywhere exciting, unfortunately) but I still have a weeks’ work to do (cry me a river, I know LOL). Anywhoooo, my list looks a lot like this:

  • Finish proofing the audio of RDH3 – and it’s soooo good. Joel slays it!
  • Finish sending all ARCs to review blogs
  • Write more words on my WIP – I’d love to be up to 25K before I leave.
  • Finalise the proofing edits for Yanni.
  • Format the final file of Yanni for ebook and paperback.

I think that’s enough for three days… 😉

And speaking of the paperback of Yanni’s Story, I have the wrap cover to show off!  In keeping with the Spencer Cohen theme, I made up a mock cover and sent it to Sara York, who did a superbly fabulous job in making it perfect!

Isn’t it gorgeous?? I just love it! I can’t wait to hold one in my hands!

As I’ll be away next weekend and Monday, I highly doubt there’ll be a usual Monday morning post. But as Yanni’s Story is just 8 days away, I’ll definitely be posting between now and then. I’ll try and find some excerpts to share 🙂

Until then…  ❤

 

Good Morning Monday! Silence – that shit is golden.

Yep, it’s Monday again. And if you’ve been reading these weekly musings from me, you’ll know Monday is my favourite day of the week! Sounds crazy, I know. But hear me out. After busy BUSY weekends of sport, usually travelling somewhere, housework, laundry for days, grocery shopping, noise, yelling at kids to pick their shit up, Monday to me means blessed silence.

Si. Lence.

And I tell ya, that shit is golden. LOL

I love silence. When my house is quiet and still, and the coffee is hot, it’s like the best thing ever. For writing, anyway.

I’ve had a busy week with work. What I got done:

  • Worked on second round and final round edits on Yanni’s Story.
  • Sent Yanni’s Story to proofreaders.
  • Worked on final round edits of Best of Both Worlds (the free story I haven’t exactly decided what to do with yet)
  • Spent far too long on formatting Best of Both Worlds for Createspace, which worked fine. As did ePub and PDF, but Mobi keeps being an arse. In the end, I gave up. LOL I’ll get back to it one day…
  • Sent Chasing Fire (my m/f omni story) off to an editor.
  • Sent Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin 1) to my editor for new edits and re-release.
  • Sorted through some stock photos and stuff for new Thomas Elkin covers.
  • Managed some words on my new WIP, which is now at 8K words.
  • Bought another pre-made book cover.  (I need to stop doing that LOL)
  • Worked on/bought more swaggy stuff for GRL.
  • And probably a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember right now.

What I want to get done this week:

  • All the words on my WIP. ALL of them! LOL
  • NOT buying any more pre-made covers. I think I need 12 step program LOL

And that’s it! That’s all I want to get done this week. I want to write, write, write!  I’d really like to report back next week and say my WIP is now at 20K. It’s probably not likely, because I have so much other stuff that pops up every damn day, but I want ALL the words. And I know that writing books is only 50% writing (probably less, I suck at maths LOL) and all the other stuff has to be done, but damn. All the other stuff (like editing, marketing, promo, formatting, blah blah blah, just kills me. I’m trying to delegate more but that, like too many files on my computer, are a WIP 😉

Anyway, enough rambling from me. Until next week… ❤

 

Good Morning Monday! What’s news?

Seriously, it’s like I’m writing these GMM posts every second day… This post is only going to be super short. A fly-by post, really.

Anywhooooo, it’s been another busy week. I swear, they all are these days.

Because Yanni’s Story is 120K words long, my editor is doing edits in three split parts. The book itself is written in three parts, so it makes sense to edit in three smaller, more manageable sections. Then we’ll put it all back together into one book before release 🙂  Anyway, I’ve done the first-round edits of the first section. I’m still hoping for an August 29th release, but damn, it’s gonna be super tight. I apologise in advance if it doesn’t happen on the 29th. ❤

I’ve also finished edits on that drabble-style story I’ve been talking about. The thing is, I don’t know what to do with it. It’s written in 100 word chapters, so people will probably be like “WTF IS THIS CRAP? It’s not even a real book!”

And the m/f story I’ve been re-working, I hate. So I don’t know what I’ll do with that either.

*sigh*

Anyway, I’ve started something new this week. I’m only 5K into it (editing and re-writing and real life bit into my writing time this week) and I have absolutely NO clue where it’s headed, how it will end, or anything about it really. LOL It’s the story of a corrections officer (parole officer) and a guy who got busted on a break and enter charge. I’ll keep you posted on progress, of course!

I also bought another pre-made cover. God help me, they’re like crack. LOL  I now have SIX that I need to write stories for. I need to seriously stop looking at sites, and just bloody write all the words. Though I think I safely have my schedule for 2018 sorted already! Possibly even 2019! In related news, if anyone knows how to produce clones, I’m all ears…

So that’s it for now. I told you it’d be a short one. I’m away every weekend for the next three weekends, but I will try to post. I was thinking I might drop an excerpt from Yanni’s Story next week!

Until then…

 

Good Morning Monday! August already?

Thought I’d try a different GMM pic today. 🙂 So can you believe it’s August already? Where the hell has this year gone? Lordy, does time fly when you’re having fun! My real life has been crazy-busy and my daughter turned 15! If someone could please explain to me where those 15 years went, that’d be great! LOL

Weekly Update:

This week I’ve been working on a few things. Re-working, adding to, fixing and re-writing some existing fics I’d written a long time ago. Both were once fanfiction, but they now don’t resemble the world they were created in. One is male/female romance, which is something I’ve not delved into for a long time. The other is an m/m ‘drabble’ story, meaning the entire story is told in 100 word chapters/instalments. This is the one I was going to upload a chapter per day into my blog but it was going to be too difficult and confusing. It will still be free though 😉

But my priorities will be getting Yanni’s Story out on time. I’m still aiming for a release of August 29th, which is just four weeks away and it hasn’t even been edited yet. And well, about that… I’m trying to pretend I’m not panicking/dying/a total freakin’ wreck on the inside…


This week:

So, what’s happening this week? I was going to try and write a Christmas story but I’m feeling anything but festive right now, so instead, I’m starting something entirely new. I’m fairly certain I know which story I’m going to write… I have a cover, a title, aaaaaaand nothing else. LOL

I *think* I know the character’s name but he’s full of attitude and has a chip on his shoulder, which makes me think this whole book will be like having a conversation with a teenager who got detention for being a smartarse. And for what it’s worth, this character isn’t a teenager. He’s in his twenties and just got out of lock-up.

*sigh*

I swear, each and every time I go to start something new, I think I’m going to write nothing but fluff — strictly guy meets guy, just fluff and smut, no plot. But oh no, then my brain laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs.

So before I can actually start writing anything on this new story, I need to research Australian legal/penal systems, medications for certain illnesses, and the pharmaceutical breakdown of medicines, and how one might illegally obtain such medicines.

Should be easy, right?

Either that, or I could start my surfer story which is ultimately a happy tale of guy meets guy, fluff and smut and not much plot. 🙂 I have no cover, no title, no freakin’ clue at all really, but I’ll let the characters decide… whoever wants to talk first wins 🙂

I’m also taking my Cronin’s Key trilogy out of KU (Amazon exclusivity) and putting them into other retail stores. I’ll post the links asap!


Translation news:

Spencer Cohen Book Two is now in ITALIAN!!  I’m so very excited about this and the response has been incredible!

You can find it at Triskell or Amazon


Audio news:

Cronin’s Key II will be out August first!!!  Eeeek! I can’t wait!!  You can find it at Tantor or Audible.


So that’s it for this week! I’m hoping to have a word count for something new to share with you next week! Until then…  ❤

Good Morning Monday ~ Interview with Julie Bozza and me!

An interview that turned into a conversation between N.R. Walker, author of Imago, and Julie Bozza, author of Butterfly Hunter, in which we talk about butterflies, Australia, and other transformative matters.

Julie: Congratulations on your new novel Imago! What was it that inspired you to write this story?

N.R.: I was scouting pre-made cover sites about a year beforehand (it’s my go-to procrastination hobby LOL) and found the striking cover with the butterfly. I had to have it, even though I didn’t have a story, or even an idea for one, at that point.

Twelve months later, when I was travelling around the US, I had a scene come to me of a guy at an airport who was going to miss an important meeting because there was a car-rental error, so another guy offers him a lift, and thus, the two characters meet.

I let that play around in my head for a bit, had descriptions, character names, all I needed was occupations… then I remembered the butterfly cover I’d bought, and presto!! Lawson was a lepidopterist! Then the whole story fell into place. It was perfect! But the idea of him being a butterfly expert was never paramount to my planning. It was the cover I found that set the whole thing into motion.

N.R.: How about you? What was the inspiration behind Butterfly Hunter?

Julie: I was going to say that I also had an odd source of inspiration for my story, but then I thought that maybe inspiration by its very nature is always somewhat unexpected.

My source was a throwaway remark by a kind person on Goodreads, who said she liked my writing so much that she’d read anything by me, even a story about two men chasing butterflies. She meant it as the most unlikely scenario possible from someone who’d written The Definitive Albert J. Sterne, and I took it as such and chuckled. But then of course a moment later I began thinking, well, how would that be…? I soon realised the idea would be a good match with a pair of characters who were already developing in my head, and it was perhaps a chance to write about an Australian setting – and from there it was as if the Muse was dictating the story to me. I love it when that happens!

Julie: What is the significance of butterflies to your characters or the story? Why butterflies and not … whales?

N.R.: LOL I know!! Truly it was the cover. But it suited Lawson’s quiet nature. I knew Jack was big and outdoorsy, the opposite of Lawson, but perfect for him in every way. As I decided on his career as a lepidopterist, his character growth arc became more prevalent to me. As Jack describes in Imago, Lawson started out like a caterpillar – head down, working hard, then tests himself until he’s finally able to let his wings show. That sounds really corny, but in my mind’s eye, that’s how I see Lawson.

But a book about whales is a great idea… *ponders the possibilities* 😉

Julie: LOL! That’s the creative process for you. I was the same: I wrote ‘whales’ as something that seemed the complete opposite of butterflies, and a moment later was pondering the possibilities. I can just see us doing this again in a year’s time, talking together about our whales stories!

But while we’re still on butterflies… The transformative nature of butterflies was certainly a theme I explored as well. I still find it astonishing that butterflies go through four entirely different forms in their lives! I don’t know if my characters can be said to transform in quite such a dramatic degree, but it’s true that they both emerge from a chrysalis and grow into their best selves.

The other theme I drew on was the butterflies’ brief lifespan, which can be as short as a few days for the adult butterfly. I definitely wanted to have my characters realise that life is too short and uncertain not to make the most of it while we can.

Julie: Australia itself seems vivid and colourful enough to count as a character in its own right. What do you like best (and least) about setting your stories there?

N.R.: Oh, I love it. It’s funny, because when I started writing, I first set all my books in the US. I don’t really even know why – I just did. Maybe because all the books I read were set there? I really don’t know. But then I wrote Red Dirt Heart, and totally fell in love with it. It was more natural for me to write, and I think that showed in my writing. So many reviewers told me they felt the landscape, Sutton Station, felt like another main character. And that to me was a huge compliment. The majority of my readers aren’t Australian, so I think there’s the exotic appeal for them as well.

My favourite parts about writing Australian are being true to myself. Though I find myself still writing US English sometimes. My American editor has to change some words back to Australian. LOL

But giving Australian gay characters an identity has become important to me.

The least favourite part? Hmm, trying to stay true to the Australian character and not sounding like Steve Irwin. LOL

Julie: My writing has been the same. I started with US settings, because the books and films I was inspired by at the time were set there. I was writing about serial killers, and mobsters, and it just all seemed to fit. Then someone in the biz challenged me to write an Australian story for him. And it was a challenge! But I decided to use that, to go with that. Make the problem part of the solution, you know? Hence the story that ultimately became Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life, in which an American investigative journalist is forced to live in Sydney for a while, and gets himself into trouble because he can’t take seriously the idea that Australia also has organised crime.

(BTW, it’s funny you should mention Steve Irwin, as my title Butterfly Hunter is a nod to his Crocodile Hunter. Crikey!)

N.R.: You had the regional dialect covered in Butterfly Hunter, being from both Australia and England yourself. I loved seeing the differences between the locations and how that reflected in the characters. Was having an English and Australian couple intentional for that reason?

Julie: Yes, it was. Having been a stranger in a strange land myself – twice, now, seeing as I came back to the UK after decades in Oz – I thought I’d make the most of that and let it inform the two characters. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s always useful to have one character as a fish out of water, so that a certain amount of exposition just comes naturally.

And then there was the idea that things like the supernatural or spiritual might be at least partly informed by location. Hence Dave is connected to the Dreaming in Australia, in a modest way, but when in England he feels the stone circle near their honeymoon cottage is just interesting – while Nicholas gets a much more unsettling vibe from it.

Julie: I understand you have a sequel coming out soon. Did you always know that Lawson and Jack’s story would continue beyond Imago? What is it that prompted / insisted on more than one book?

N.R.: It’s weird, because I rarely know there will be a sequel until I get to the end of the first book and the characters tell me they’re not done yet. With Imago, I got to the end and I knew… there was more to tell. I guess it also helped that the entire timeline of Imago only spanned about three weeks LOL

I have finished the sequel, it’s currently with my editor, and I’m hoping to have it out around April 10th. But the second book is the last which people might not like too much LOL I mean, there’s at least a dozen butterfly expedition stories I could write, right?? LOL Well, possibly. But more importantly (to me at least) it’s also about the arc of their relationship. And for these boys, it was just two books.

The sequel is titled Imagines, which is the Latin plural for Imago.

N.R.: Was Butterfly Hunter always going to be a trilogy? Tell me about your writing process…

Julie: LOL! There’s nothing I like talking about more!

Butterfly Hunter was actually the first ‘proper’ romance I’d written, and I had no idea whether it would be a success or not. While I was writing it, in order to believe in Dave and Nicholas’s HEA, I had to think ahead into their future – and hence I’d already thought out the second volume which happens right away, with Dave following Nicholas to England, and then the third volume which looks ahead seven years into their more settled future. I had to know all that could happen for them, including the practicalities of visas and so on. (It’s no accident that Dave’s father was born in England!)

So I had the ideas thought out, but it was only when Butterfly Hunter proved quite popular, that I said to Manifold Press there’s another story or two here that I could write, if they want them. Luckily they did.

Julie: Final question! What are you working on now / next?

N.R.: I’m hoping to give Yanni, from my Spencer Cohen Series, his story. I’ve never actually done this – gone back to a completed series and given a secondary character his story. After I finished Spencer, I wondered if Yanni would speak to me. Apparently he wasn’t ready then – but he is now. Well, I have snippets of scenes, and that’s all. So I’m hoping he gets a bit more chatty before I start! It’s not set in Australia, so now my editor will be changing Australian words to American. She might possibly want to strangle me!

I have another series also playing in the back of my mind, but whether that storyline sees the light of day is something I’m debating. It’s a Sydney-based crime trilogy, that deals with some not-nice subject matter, but there is a real life case right now that is a little similar and that’s not something I feel comfortable with.

But I can only ever write the story the character tells me to write. We’ll just have to see how stubborn he is, and how much of his story he’s willing to change (to remove the real life connection). I already have his name, description, personality traits etc, so that’s usually a pretty good sign the story will happen. I’ll do Yanni’s story first and see how this new character feels then.

It’s kinda crazy that imaginary voices in our heads have so much power of us, isn’t it? LOL

Julie: It’s awesome, yes!

I have a novella coming out on 1 May which will be something a bit different, inspired by Francis Beaumont’s play The Knight of the Burning Pestle. To be honest, I have no idea how it will be received – but I had to write it, and usually that’s a good sign! {touch wood}

I’m also researching a romance set in India in the late 1700s / early 1800s. It’s another idea that has been with me for some time now, and won’t go away – so while it’s daunting to think of how much I need to get right, I have girded my loins and am preparing as much as I can.

Thank you for an awesome chat, N.R., and good luck with all your present and future stories!

If you’d like to know more, please come find us and our books!

And coming April 10th…

Good Morning Monday! Can you believe it’s almost March already?

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I cannot believe how fast this year is going already!!

And are you ready for this? I actually have no books scheduled to release in March… It’s like whaaaa?  LOL  I know, right?

It’s been a crazy two months, and I’m looking forward to the slower pace to concentrate on writing. Releases are hard work, time consuming (and awesome) but they do cut into my writing time. Given that in the last eight weeks, I’ve had three new releases, (Switched, Perfect Catch, and Imago) and three translated title releases (RDH2 in French, Cronin’s Key II in French, Spencer Cohen Book 1 in Italian) and RDH2 in audio as well, it’s been HELLABUSY.

The sequel to Imago should be out early-mid April, but until then I’ll have my head down with writing ALL the words 🙂


Speaking of Red Dirt Heart 2 in audio…

It won AUDIO OF THE MONTH at Open Sky Book Reviews!!!

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I’ve said it before, but the narrator Joel Leslie does an incredible job and totally deserves recognition for his work here. You can grab it at Amazon or iTunes or Audible


As I mentioned above, Spencer Cohen Book One is now in Italian!!  I can’t believe these boys are being translated all over the world. It’s an incredible honour!

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You can find it at Amazon or at Triskell Rainbow!


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I can’t do a blog post this week without mentioning a very ENORMOUS thanks to everyone who has bought, read, and reviewed Imago. Jack and Lawson hit #1 in SEVEN countries, which is mind boggling for lil’ ol’ me.

Actually, it did this:

#1 in US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil, France
#2 in Netherlands
#3 in Japan

I’m so very honoured and humbled by the people in this M/M community, and I just LOVE how global we are.

For those who love a paperback, check out this GORGEOUS cover. Paperbacks are now available HERE.

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Some very exciting news:

I will be a featured author at GRL2017!

Denver, Colorado, here I come!!  I should add a very seriously disclaimer to this though – my attendance will totally depend on the current US government’s level of craziness. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.

Until next week!  ❤

Good Morning Monday – It’s Imago time!!

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It’s release week!!  *twirls*  Cue the nerves and release day jitters, but I’m really excited for the world to meet Lawson and Jack!  They’re so super cute ❤ Release days are always awesome but scary, and it messes with my productivity.


In case you missed it, I did an interview with Lawson and Jack for a Valentine’s Day post for the lovely RJ Scott. I’ll include it here, so you can read..

NR:  I’d like to welcome two very special people. Lawson Gale and Jack Brighton, from my next release, Imago. Please take a seat.

*both men sit. Lawson looks around the room, taking in every detail. Jack just smiles. Lawson is wearing a blue button down chino shirt with a navy blue bowtie, navy trousers. His hair is perfect. Jack is wearing jeans, boots, and an old T-shirt. His scruffy hair is not perfect.*

Lawson:  Hello.

Jack: Hi. Nice to be here.

NR:  Okay, so let me introduce you properly. People are yet to meet you, and they’re excited. Lawson, I’ll start with you.

Lawson: *tries not to cringe and fails* If you must.

NR: I must. You’re a lepidopterist. Can you explain to our readers what that is?

Lawson:  I study butterflies and moths. Though I specialise in butterflies.

NR: And this field of study takes you to Tasmania, were you met Jack.

Lawson: *looks at Jack and smiles* Yes, that’s correct.

Jack: *smirks*

NR: And Jack, you work with the Parks & Wildlife. But that’s not where you met, was it?

Jack: Nope. I met him on a plane from Melbourne to Launceston.

Lawson: *his brow furrows* That’s not entirely correct. We saw each other on the plane. You laughed at me, remember? Then you tried to trample me into the aisle. We technically met at the airport in Launceston.

Jack: *looks at Lawson with the patience of a saint*  Well, yes. But I didn’t laugh at you. I made a lame mental joke about jerking off.  *Lawson’s mouth falls open. Jack smiles* And I didn’t trample you into the aisle. I bumped into you, quite by accident.

Lawson: *unamused* Casu consulto.

Jack: *again with the patience of a saint thing*  And that means…?

Lawson: It’s Latin for accidently on purpose.

Jack: *sighs* I didn’t bump into you intentionally, but I’m glad I did.

Lawson: *rolls eyes* Then you lied to me and told me the Museum in Launceston was on your way.

Jack: That wasn’t exactly a lie. And anyway, I don’t regret it. Because it gave me an excuse to spend time with you.

NR: *clears throat* So, um, what was your first impression of each other?

Lawson: I thought he was a serial killer.

NR: *blinks*

Jack: It’s true. He did. My first impression of Lawson was that he was unlike any guy I’d ever seen before. Well, that and the bowtie. I was a goner.

Lawson: *smiles at Jack* He likes suspenders too.

Jack: *shifts in seat and clears throat* That’s true, also.

NR: *looks at Lawson* You thought he was a serial killer but you went with him anyway? I thought you were supposed to be a genius?

Lawson: *looks at Jack* I told you this would happen.

Jack: *laughs loudly* He came with me because he needed a lift.

Lawson: And he was cute. With a dimple when he smiled.

NR: *nods slowly* A cute serial killer. Got it.

Lawson: *peers at NR’s notepad* With a dimple when he smiled. You didn’t write that.

NR: *amends interview*

Lawson: *preens*

Jack: *chuckles*

NR: *looks at Jack* Let me guess. You find him endearing.

Jack: *laughs* Completely.

Lawson: I’m sorry, was there a point to this interview?

NR: *clears throat* Yes, actually. Valentine’s Day is coming up and I was wondering what you two had planned…

Jack: *blinks. Twice.*

Lawson: *looks at Jack* Well?”

Jack: *looks at Lawson* Well, what?”

Lawson: What do you have planned?

Jack: *puts hand to his chest* Why do I have to be the one to plan something?

Lawson: *takes a moment to look duly offended* You haven’t organised anything?

Jack: Not yet, but you know I will. *looks to NR for help*

NR: *looks at Lawson, panic struck* This is true. Jack has organised some incredible dates in the past.

Lawson: True… *smiles at Jack* The dates he’s taken me on have been remarkable.

NR: Shall we tell our readers any more on what happens in Imago?

Jack: Yes, good idea.

Lawson: Well, that would be redundant if you want them to read the book.

NR: We won’t tell them everything. Just a little taste.

*both Lawson and Jack blush*

NR: Okay, so maybe ‘taste’ was the wrong word…

Jack: *clears throat* Well, Imago takes place in Scottsdale, Tasmania.

Lawson: Yes. And I stay in Jack’s hometown to search for a butterfly. That’s where the remarkable dates take place.

NR: And what does Imago mean? It’s an unusual word.

Jack: *sighs*

Lawson: How is it unusual? To whose standard?

NR: Mine.

Lawson: *scowls* That’s hardly―

Jack: I think she means it’s not a common word, to the uninitiated.

Lawson: *turns to Jack* Why didn’t she say that?

NR: *raises eyebrow at Jack* Is he still endearing?

Jack: *laughs* Totally.

Lawson: *ignores NR and sniffs*  Imago is the final and fully developed adult stage of an insect, typically winged.

NR: That’s so apt!

Lawson: Of course you’d say that. You named the book.

NR: *shrugs* True. So tell me, have you guys met each other’s families yet?

Jack: Nope. That happens in the sequel, right?

Lawson: *leans in* He’s not nervous. How can he not be nervous?

Jack: I don’t know why I’m not. I figure if you’re happy with me, they’ll be happy with me. I don’t know why you’re so nervous. I told you my folks’ll love you.

Lawson: I tend to get off on the wrong foot with people. People think I’m strange.

Jack: No they don’t. People love you.

Lawson: *raises one eyebrow at Jack* Everyone I work with hates me.

Jack: Because they’re mostly idiots. We’ve established this. Well, the people you used to work with. You don’t work with them anymore.

Lawson: *tilts head thoughtfully* They had above average intelligence, so they weren’t actually idiots. But yes, they were…

Jack: Idiots.

NR: *snorts* And how’s the work going now, Lawson?

Lawson: Very well. *frowns for a moment, then turns back to Jack* I’d like to revisit our earlier conversation pertaining to Valentine’s Day.

Jack: *sighs*

Lawson: I think I’d like to do something we’ve not done before.

Jack: *smirk* And that is?

Lawson: *smiles ridiculously* Guess.

Jack: Rock climbing? Skiff sailing on Hobart Harbour? Horse riding?

Lawson: *pales more with each suggestion* I was going to say dancing.

Jack: *squints at Lawson* Dancing?

Lawson: Yes, as in moves-to-music. You’ve not taken me dancing.

Jack: *looks at NR, not amused* Dancing? I don’t know how I’ll ever thank you…

Lawson: It wasn’t NR’s idea. It was mine.

Jack: *takes Lawson’s hand* Lawson, I don’t dance. Well, actually, I can’t dance, more to the point.

Lawson: Everyone can dance. The degree of ability is a factor on how well one dances, but everyone can dance. *seems to ponder a moment* I should add a disclaimer that being able-bodied is also a factor.

Jack: *acts like this is normal conversation* Well, I am able-bodied…

Lawson: *blushes* Yes, you are.

Jack: But it’s my ability to dance that is sorely lacking.

Lawson: I don’t believe you.

Jack: Well, I’m sure there’s university footage of a Peter Garrett impersonation somewhere.

Lawson: *blinks* Oh.

Jack: *nods*

Lawson: But I’m talking of slow-dancing.

Jack: *looks horrified* Waltzing?

Lawson: No, just slow dancing. *takes out phone and scrolls through screen*

Jack: What are you doing? Are you Googling Peter Garrett dance impersonations?

Lawson: *snorts* No.  *stands up and put phone on seat*

Jack: Uh, Lawson.

Lawson: *holds out hand to Jack*

Jack: *is scared*

Lawson: *waits with hand out for Jack*

Jack: *sighs but takes Lawson’s hand and reluctantly stands*

Lawson: *presses play on phone*

<music starts to play>

Jack: What song is this?

Lawson: *pulls Jack close* Wicked Game, by James McMorrow. Now just put your arms around me, and move with me. Can you feel the beat?

Jack: *does what Lawson says* I can feel something.

Lawson: *chuckles*

NR: *watches the two men slow dance, and stands up slowly* I’ll just be going…

Jack: *nuzzles Lawson’s ear*

Lawson: *runs hand down over Jack’s arse*

NR: *is awkward* Right then. Thanks for your time…

Lawson: *hums something to Jack*

Jack: *chuckles*

NR: *gets to the door* Maybe next time we can do an actual interview.

Lawson: *still slow-dancing, looks up to Jack*

Jack: *slowly pressed his lips to Lawson’s*

NR: *opens door and walks out* Bloody characters. Never do what they’re supposed to.

Hope you enjoyed 😉

~ YouTube version of Wicked Game they dance to…


In other exciting news, Switched was awarded Book of the Month at Love Bytes Reviews!

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That makes two from two!!  Last month, The Weight of It All won Book of the Year, now Switched is Book of the month!  I’m so very honoured, for whomever nominated me and for everyone that voted, I am grateful and humbled. Thank you so much for your continued support!

I’ll be back real soon with links to Imago when it goes live, but until next week…