Imago, and The Butterfly Hunter by the lovely Julie Bozza

I mentioned in a blog post a few weeks ago that I would explain the story of Imago and how I found out about The Butterfly Hunter, and how I almost died thinking I’d possibly (unknowingly) copied the story line.

*takes deep breath*  So, here it is…

A few weeks back when I was in Sydney, I met up with another author friend for coffee. We were discussing our WIP’s and I gave her a very brief plot rundown of my first draft of Imago. An Australian Lepidopterist. A parks and wildlife officer. A search for a butterfly that supposedly doesn’t exist.

She gave me a strange, slightly horrified look and said, “that sounds familiar.”

She quickly Googled this other book. The Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza. And yes, I agreed wholeheartedly that it sounded like Imago. Or, rather, Imago sounded like The Butterfly Hunter.

I, of course, died.

An Australian Lepidopterist. A bush guide/parks and wildlife officer. A search for a butterfly that supposedly doesn’t exist. How could this even be, right?

The first thing I did was bought a copy of The Butterfly Hunter. The second thing I did was contact Julie Bozza. The third thing I did was put a call out for prereaders, who had also read Julie’s book.

My first contact with Julie, where I explained what had had happened was more a panic-stricken rant that went like “OMG I’ve just written a book and I think I copied you but I can’t have because I have never read your book but I’m just diving into it now, and I would DIE if anyone thought I’d plagiarised you. Please send help!”

To which Julie replied, with a lot more sense and less panic than me.

I asked if she would mind reading my first draft to see if she was comfortable with what I’d written. Julie very graciously, very generously, agreed.  I told her I’d be happy to re-write anything she found too similar. She only had to say the word, and I would.

Julie replied a few short hours later with a long, detailed response that boiled down to her final conclusion:

I think there are a few superficial similarities, but it’s a very different kind of story, and I don’t think you should change anything. To me it’s perfectly obvious it’s all your own work.

Relief, thy name is mine.

Yes, there are superficial similarities. That’s never going to be denied. It can’t be. It’s there for the world to see. But each story is different in the details, in the telling. Like Julie pointed out, it’s not unlike the thousand same Billionaire CEO/struggling intern stories, the vampire/vampire hunter stories, the werewolf alpha/beta stories, the bad guy/good policeman stories, the overweight person/fitness trainer stories… The list of similar tropes/plot devices is endless.

I also sent the book to five pre-readers who had also read Julie’s book. I needed external opinions from people with nothing invested in either story. Every single pre-reader said the same thing. The similarities are superficial, the stories are very different. Don’t change a thing.

For the record, and full disclosure, after reading The Butterfly Hunter, I did change two very minor details in Imago. One, the type of car/4WD that Lawson drove (it was a Land Cruiser, like Dave from TBH – Julie’s comment was that Dave would be horrified if Lawson drove anything but a Cruiser LOLOL but alas, Lawson now drives a Defender). The second minor change being, Jack’s best friend Remmy’s husband Gino was Italian (like Dave from TBH’s best friend’s husband, Vittorio). My character is now Nico and he’s now from Portugal.  Neither detail (car make/model or secondary characters’ nationality) was important to the plot development and were very easy to change. But while they were very small minor details, all together added/helped to paint a bigger picture of unintentional similarity.

Of course I take plagiarism seriously. Very seriously. I’d be horrified to think anyone thought I’d be reckless (read: stupid) enough to publish a book without all due care and respect to another author’s work. Which is why I’m so very grateful for my friend who pointed out my plot had parallels to another book. Because at that point, I hadn’t read The Butterfly Hunter. I had no clue such book existed. I would have died if I found out only after I’d released Imago.

Knowing beforehand gave me the opportunity to contact Julie and get her seal of approval first. I’m truly grateful Julie responded warmly and she welcomed my approaching her. She could have very easily told me she didn’t want Imago published, but she took time from her busy schedule to read my first draft and offer feedback. I’m forever grateful. I should also mention a special thanks to Manifold Press.  ❤

I’m also grateful that readers are wary and look out for another author whose work might possibly be plagiarised. Plagiarism is a very serious issue in this industry and I’m thankful readers are vigilant.

If you haven’t read Julie Bozza’s The Butterfly Hunter, I strongly urge you to. It’s a gorgeous book, filled with gentle prose and elegant, intelligent storytelling. I know you’ll fall in love with Dave and Nicholas, just like I did.

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You can buy Julie’s book at Amazon and B&N and Manifold Press.

You can find Julie’s Amazon page HERE.

You can check out her Website HERE.


So, there’s the long story short. Yes, I’m aware of The Butterfly Hunter. Yes, Julie’s aware of Imago, she has read it, and has NO issue with it (Edited to add: Julie wrote a blog post on Imago. You can read it HERE)    I have, however, in finding Julie’s writing now added a whole bunch of her books to my TBR list. LOL If you’re new to Julie Bozza, like I was, you’re in for a real treat. She sure knows how to write!

I’ll be doing more guest posts with Julie and giveaways in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading! Until next week…

Good Morning Monday! It’s the end of January already?

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Where the heck did this month go? Time sure does fly when you’re busy. And January was hellabusy for me. I’m thinking much of 2017 will be the same. Which is awesome, right? Being busy means more books!  Please note, if you look at the menu on this blog, there has been some changes. All book info/buy links, deleted scenes etc have been moved to my new official website and this blog will remain a simple blog for all my weekly updates.

So, this week saw the French translation of Cronin’s Key II go live!

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It’s in ebook and paperback format, and you can find it at:

Amazon.com

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iBooks (ebook only)

Smashwords (ebook only)

Payhip (ebook only)


Click on cover to buy at Payhip.

The paperback version of Perfect Catch is now also available. It’s 75 pages long and retails for USD$5.50.  It was the cheapest I could make it.

You can buy the paperback versions at:

Amazon

B&N


I could also have some very exciting news regarding audio very soon. I won’t say anything else just yet in case I jinx myself LOL but yay!

Writing update:  I’ve had a rather slower-than-I’d-like week, but the sequel to Imago is at 10K words. It’s maybe a third or quarter way done. 🙂  I can’t wait for you all to meet Lawson and Jack. They are super sweet and lots of fun to write. And speaking of release dates, Imago is only three weeks away! *gulps*  Man, I’m so not prepared. I’d ultimately like to have the first draft of the sequel done before the first book comes out, which means I need to write 30-40K in three weeks…  If I put my head down, I should be able to do it. Even though I will have edits and formatting to do, and the formatting of another translation in the next week or so. BUT if I can’t meet the deadline, then I should be pretty close.

My kids are still off school (it’s our six week summer break here) but first day back is tomorrow and I can’t wait. I miss my quiet house/workspace. But once they go back to school, I should be able to put my head down and get some words done. I’m just trying not to think of the sporting commitments that go hand in hand with school. LOL

I’m also going to try to line up a live video Q&A in my Facebook Readers’ Group. I’ll put out a call for some questions you want to ask me and I’ll answer them live. Not sure when, but soon. 🙂

Oh, and you might want to keep your eyes on Bayou Book Junkie site. I may or may not be February’s Author of the Month. 😉

That’s all for now. Until next week…

Good Morning Monday! It’s an Imago kind of day…

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I’ve been sitting on this cover FOREVER. I actually found the cover twelve months ago on a pre-made site and just had to have it. I had no story idea for it, but it was so striking, I just had to have it.

Then, in my travels across the US, I had a spark of inspiration at, of all places, an airport. Lord knows I spent enough time in them across the country LOL. All I knew was these two characters met at an airport and one of them had car rental issues and the other offers him a lift.

That was all I had. I let the story ferment in my head for a while and the characters grew. I was given names, descriptions, traits… then came their occupations. Lawson was a lepidopterist (butterfly specialist).

And so Imago was born.

Maybe the cover I’d bought played in my subconscious. But whatever the reason, the story had to be written.

Jack and Lawson are simply the cutest couple ever!  Imago is 45K words long and I’ll be posting more on them in coming weeks, so stay tuned. But for now, the cover and blurb!

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS???  Now you can see why I just HAD to have it.  Made by Harper By Design.

Now for the blurb:

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.

Imago will be live on February 21st. There will be no presale links, unless I change my mind…

But there is a sequel. I’ve just started it (literally 1.8k words into it) and I’m hoping it will be out in April. At this point in time, I envisage only two books. That, however, is subject to change, depending on what the characters tell me. Lawson’s kind of stubborn, so anything is possible… 😉


In other news, The Weight Of It All has been voted THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR on Love Bytes!!!

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*falls down dead*

I just cannot believe it. I’m so very thankful and honoured and humbled by all the readers who not only read and reviewed the book, but for those who nominated and voted. And of course, a huge thank you to Love Bytes for their tireless work and efforts in helping authors reach readers.

I receive a lot of emails and messages about my books. Anywhere from 2 to 10 a week. But Henry and Reed’s story far surpasses all other books people contact me about. People share with me their stories of courage and hope, in taking back control of their lives. Henry has touched more people than I ever could have imagined. When I wrote Henry’s story, I had no clue at the profound effect he would have on readers.

Just yesterday, when I posted that TWOIA had won Best Book of the Year, the wonderful Kat Juellyn posted this:

Oh my goodness gracious! I am so excited that “The Weight of it All” by N.r. Walker won Book of the Year at Love Bytes Same Sex Reviews!!! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that this phenomenal book won. It was up against so many amazing books but this book is the one that affected me personally. It actually encouraged me that, even though I am mobility challenged and in need of several big surgeries more, I had to try and get some movement back in my life. I headed back to my home in Hawaii on the heels of reading and reviewing this book. And I did accomplish some of my goals. I landed there being dependent on an electric scooter. By the time I left I hadn’t touched it in weeks. Thank you N. R. AND Henry and Reed for your motivation. Do yourself a favor and give this fabulous book a chance, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed! Congratulations again N. R.! You totally deserve this honor.

(shared with Kat’s full permission)

But it’s this kind of response that makes me cry actual physical tears. There have been dozens like this post. Literally dozens. I can’t explain what it means to me. My heart is so full of warm and fuzzies. ❤ It’s also the reason I still make myself go to CrossFit and be so sore I do my own walking Tin Man or T-Rex impersonations for days afterwards.

For anyone who hasn’t read TWOIA, it’s currently on sale at just 99c at Amazon.  But only for another day or two, so be quick!!

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So, that’s it for this week. I’m aiming to pump out some more words on the sequel to Imago this week, so I’ll be busy and not on social media much. I’d love to add 10K or more if I can. Fingers crossed.

Until next week…

The Weight Of It All is 99c for a Limited Time Only!

If you haven’t had a chance to read Henry and Reed’s story in The Weight Of It All, now is the time to grab it!

At just 99c, it’s a bargain!

You can find it at BookBub!

Or at Amazon!

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Blurb:

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.
He joins a gym.
Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.
Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.

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Good Afternoon Thursday! Say what?

So sorry I missed my usual Good Morning Monday post. I was travelling and have been feeling a bit under the weather since I got home. But I come bearing news…

Red Dirt Heart 2 is now available on Audio!!  You can find it on Audible HERE

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I’m super excited about this one. Joel Leslie, the narrator, does such a fabulous job. He really captures Charlie and Travis beautifully.  ❤   I’ll be running an audio book tour soon! More news on that when it comes to hand.


In other news, The Weight of it All is now currently on sale for .99c at Amazon!  I’m running a Bookbub deal to coincide with the books’ return to Kindle Unlimited. So if you haven’t read it, now is the time to grab it!! I’ll post links to the Bookbub when I have them!

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In translation news, Red Dirt Heart is now available in French!  When I first wrote these boys, I had no idea my words would reach so many people around the world. I’m very touched that Charlie and Travis’ story is adored by so many ❤  You can find it at Amazon or with MXM Bookmark Publishing.

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You can also grab the Italian version of Red Dirt Heart 2 at Amazon or Triskell

 

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I have it on good authority that the German version of RDH2 isn’t too far away. And the French version of Cronin’s Key II should be out soon too!

To recap, Perfect Catch, has been sitting at #1 in 2-hour short reads on Amazon for a few days now. I’m so thrilled that people have loved Troy and Cal’s story. ❤

A quick writing update: Imago is now with my editor!  It ended up being 45K words long, and is super sweet. I’ll be doing a cover reveal soon, and telling a little story on what happens when you write a book and you’re telling a friend the basic plot line, and she says it sounds familiar and you soon realise you might have just unknowingly copied a book released a few years ago. *sigh*  Crises averted though, so no need to panic. LOL

Release day of Imago is set for February 21st 🙂

And I’ve started the sequel!  Woooooot!!  Lawson and Jack are just so adorable. Can’t wait for you all to meet them.

I also won a lot of awards at the Goodreads M/M readers choice awards!!

The Weight Of It All won Best Contemporary for 2016!

Red Dirt Heart Christmas won Best Short Story for 2016!

The Weight Of It All was third for Best Book of the Year!

The Weight Of It All won second for Best Humour of 2016!

Spencer Cohen Book Three won third for Best Performance Artist (incl Tattooists)

The Weight Of It All won third in Best Friends To Lovers of 2016!

It Was Always You won second in Best Anthology of 2016!

Thank you to all who nominated me and voted for me! 

Until next time…

Perfect Catch is now live!

Click on cover to buy at Payhip.

Perfect Catch is now live on Amazon KU!   You can find it HERE!

BLURB:

** Perfect Catch was previously released as part of an anthology. Now available as a single release. 19,000 words, gay romance. **

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, both gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.
What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.
With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?
The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

Good Morning Monday ~ Week 2

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Wow, we’re into the second week of 2017 already.  Time surely flies when there are 7493769495 books to read… 😉

Just a quick update this week.  I brought my WIP up to 31K. I’m thinking it will be 40K in total, and I’m hoping to get the first draft done this week before I leave for Sydney on Friday (I’m having a week off and taking the kids + 1 to Sydney for a week of shopping and fun stuff).  If you don’t already know, my WIP is called Imago (pronounced emargo) and is about Lawson Gale, a lepidopterist, who finds himself in the woodlands of Tasmania where he meets Parks & Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton. Love and butterflies, my friends.

I’m thinking there will be a sequel because they’re just so stinking cute. I have the cover to Imago and will share it soon. It’s GORGEOUS.  Imago should be out late Feb, the sequel possibly April.

Perfect Catch comes off Payhip today and goes onto Amazon KU tomorrow.  This is your absolute last chance to grab it before it’s exclusive to Amazon. You can find the link HERE.  I will post the links to KU when it goes live 🙂

Switched has been a wonderful success, and I am truly grateful for all my readers. And for those who take the time to review, I give you virtual cookies. ❤

In other news, I have the audio of Red Dirt Heart 2 coming out soon, and the French translation of Cronin’s Key II!!  🙂  I’m so excited!

Here’s to a positive week!  Lots of words, books and love.

Until next week…

 

Perfect Catch Release!

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Perfect Catch was released last year in the It Was Always You anthology with the M/M Daily Grind authors. It’s now being released as a single short story!

I’m trying something new with this release. This book will be available for purchase on Payhip, for non-Amazon readers, before it goes exclusive to KU.

Payhip dates:  Jan 5th – 9th only.

Amazon dates:  Jan 10th.

So, if you can’t/won’t buy from Amazon, this is your only chance to grab it.  It can be found HERE at Payhip.

Click on cover to buy at Payhip.
Click on cover to buy at Payhip.

For those who don’t know, Payhip works as a store front for readers to buy directly from the author. It’s super easy to use, and you get the file directly.  You can then send to your kindle or save on your computer, in ePub, mobi, or PDF format. Easy peasy 🙂

Perfect Catch will be removed from Payhip on the 9th January to be exclusive to Amazon Kindle Unlimited on the 10th.  Please note, this is a re-release from the anthology and no additional content has been added.

Blurb:

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, both gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.

What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.

With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?

The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

Good Morning Monday ~ Hello 2017!

Welcome to 2017!  

My first post of the year!  I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I really want 2017 to be productive, happy, and healthy. I’ve set my writing schedule for this year (and had to change it three times already LOL) but it will be another ridiculously busy y
ear.

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And what a way to bring in the New Year… When 2017 crawled around, Switched was at #1 on Amazon in six countries (US, UK, DE, CA, FR, BR) !!! And in the Top 5 of another 2 (AUS, NL) !!  I am, and will always be, humbled and grateful for you guys. ❤  Let’s hope it’s a sign of what this year might bring!


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In light of All Romance eBooks closing (and their rather spectacular display of mismanagement, theft and lies  –  which you can read about HERE and HERE) I’ve started listing my non-Amazon-exclusive titles on Payhip. For those unable/unwilling to use Amazon, it’s a third-party hosting site where customers can pay for, and download, ebooks directly from the author. All payments are done through PayPal, and the file is downloaded directly to your computer.  You can check out my profile HERE.


TheWeightOfItAll Cover 200x300The Weight Of It All is now not exclusive to Amazon!  Some other buy links are:

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I’m still waiting for the listing to go through to iBooks, B&N, Kobo etc. I will post the links as soon as I have them 🙂

 


Coming up on the 10th of January, Perfect Catch will release as a single title. It was part of the It Was Always You Anthology where, with the other M/M Daily Grind authors, we raised a phenomenal amount of money for One.N.Ten charity. I will post more on that when we can 🙂   But, getting back to Perfect Catch…   It’s a 19K word short s
tory of Cal and Troy, two Aussie best mates who fall for each other, hook, line and sinker.

Look at this gorgeous cover, made by the even lovelier Sara York 🙂

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Blurb:

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, bot
h gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.

What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.

With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?

The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

I’ll be posting Perfect Catch on Payhip on about the 5th, so non-Amazon customers have a chance to purchase the book, prior to the 10th, when it will go exclusive to KU.

Coming back to my 2017 schedule, at this point, it looks like there will be seven new releases,  and four re-releases of books where the rights revert back to me. Eleven in total, not including translations and audio, makes for a busy me. But that means lots of books for readers!

Oh, before I forget, if you want to sign up for my newsletter, for further updates, news, promos and whatnot, you can do that HERE.

So, welcome to 2017! And let’s make it a bloody good one!

Until next week…

Switched is out now!!

Dark moody portrait of an intense young man

Switched is now live on Amazon!
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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Blurb:
Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.
Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.
Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.

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