Happy Release Day…to me!

It’s out in the world!

After the death of his wife, Nick Valenti is raising his twins on his own. It’s no surprise when his son, Quinn, gets a part in the holiday show, but Nick is amazed when he shows up at the parent meeting and finds his old high school friend is now his son’s music teacher.

Emmett James is full of passion and energy, and Nick is captivated by him. Volunteering to help with sets gives Nick the opportunity to get to know the man Emmett has become. Sparks fly, flirting ensues, and Nick wants nothing more than to see where the attraction between them goes.

With Christmas in the air, and holiday music helping them along, will Nick and Emmett find a romance that can last?

Buy it here at JMS or Amazon or BN or Kobo or iBooks

And happy reading!

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What’s Been Going On

Okay, so I promised to update this weekend, and I’m here to do that. I intended to do more. I really did. But….

After a short bout with illness, and on the morning I was to take her to the vet, my beloved Phoebe passed away. To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement. I rescued her from the freezing cold four years ago, and she has been my constant companion, my lap barnacle, ever since. To think she won’t plant herself in my lap, mess with my yarn, or climb on my shoulder while I write ever again is devastating. My girl is gone, and I am very sad. And that makes it hard to do anything.

But I do have some books coming out and that’s exciting, even though my heart is heavy. Right now they are on sale at JMS, so if you’ve a mind, snatch them up at the cheaper price.

Releasing on Saturday, December 15th

Twas The Play Before Christmas

After the death of his wife, Nick Valenti is raising his twins on his own. It’s no surprise when his son, Quinn, gets a part in the holiday show, but Nick is amazed when he shows up at the parent meeting and finds his old high school friend is now his son’s music teacher.

Emmett James is full of passion and energy, and Nick is captivated by him. Volunteering to help with sets gives Nick the opportunity to get to know the man Emmett has become. Sparks fly, flirting ensues, and Nick wants nothing more than to see where the attraction between them goes.

With Christmas in the air, and holiday music helping them along, will Nick and Emmett find a romance that can last?

 

 

And out in January, on the 26th

Snowed In: Jonah and Cooper

Jonah Lyons is looking forward to spending a weekend at a cabin with his sister, Ellie. So the last thing he expects is for his ex-boyfriend to show up.

Captain Adrian Cooper was once the love of his life, but Jonah thinks he’s moved past it. Getting trapped together because of a snowstorm wasn’t on the agenda, but it means they either have to talk or murder each other.

When Cooper admits the reason he left, Jonah doesn’t know how to react. The depth of Cooper’s love has never waned, and Jonah realizes he still loves Cooper, too. Now he needs to decide if he can forgive Cooper. Can he give them both the second chance they deserve?

News. Such As It Is

Okay so I’ve been largely absent from social media for the better part of 2 months. I’ve posted a little on FB and Twitter, but that’s mostly been retweets and shares, though there has been a little original content.

There’s a couple of reasons for that.

The first, as I’ve been saying for, well, most of this year, is the EDJ. It’s been hell. Long hours, extra days. Stress on top of stress. We’re behind, we can’t get more people (gotta love the bosses at the top looking at budget more than what is actually needed. Don’t get me started. They’ve decided we’re already over staffed). So it’s a hot mess of epic proportions. And sadly this makes me completely meh about doing anything other than full out relaxing when I finally do get home. I don’t want to do ANYTHING.

Which leads me to the second thing and that’s that I haven’t written a whole heck of a lot. In fact, I’m way under par for how many words I normally write. Not only is there that whole “I don’t wanna” going on, but I’ve had a terrible time actually getting ideas to gel.

It’s hard. On me and for me. I WANT to write. But there’s just…nothing left. No steam. I am steamless.

I intend to update the site this weekend (but of course I expected to do that last weekend so I need to give myself a swift kick). There’s stories coming out soon! I want you to be able to find them should you chose to. Christmas and snowed in and a hot little flash. I have covers and everything, though some have made the rounds.

I will do better. This is my promise to you! So look for info and updates in the coming days!

All The Things

So it’s been quite a very long while since I posted anything, and I aim to change that. But there are reasons I’ve been absent and so…updates on me and my work!

The EDJ is still evil. Overtime stopped, because we actually got caught up for a minute there. But that was because people were on vacation and there wasn’t as much work coming in. Alas, I was out for a couple of weeks (explanation in a minute) and when I came back we were again, very much behind. So overtime has started again, and as much as I love the extra money, it means more hours a day and at least six days a week at the job. Which is blech.

So about me being out….after years of pain, I was finally vindicated. I said it was my gallbladder, but since my tests came back fine, I was ignored. But finally, after another attack, the ultrasound showed gallstones, and I got that sucker removed. Seriously, even though I was nervous, because hello, surgery, I was so freaking relieved. The surgery went well, I was out of work for two weeks, got some Percocet to help with the pain of recovering in the first few days, and I am well healed now. Since it was laparoscopic, i only have three little incisions and you can barely see them only a few weeks on. And I am feeling much better in general, all around, and that is awesome.

So what have I been working on? A couple of sub call entries! First I wrote a snowed in story, that I love to pieces. Snowed in/forced proximity is one of my very favorite tropes. I love forced proximity an insane amount. So when I saw the call, I knew I had to write it. It took some doing, because I was second guessing myself for no reason whatsoever, but it’s done and in and Snowed In: Jonah and Cooper will be out in January.

I also wrote a Christmas story! Because if you know me at all, you know Christmas stories, and holiday stories in general, are totally my crack. I set it in Landry’s Fall, the fictional town I created for One in Vermilion, and there’s a reason for that (tell you in a minute) and this one came straight from a prompt from my BFF. He told me to write one, and I said, okay, what should I write, and he gave me a paragraph of the idea. I wrote it quickly, as after the surgery I didn’t have much time before the deadline. But I also love it a lot, it ends with a strong HFN, and it’s all the good feelings. ‘Twas the Play Before Christmas will be out in December.

Both these stories are novella length, which you may know is a favorite of mine. And totally my wheelhouse. So they will be fun, fluffy, quick romps you can enjoy in a couple of hours.

And Landry’s Fall….okay first let me say I love small town romances. Always have. Even when I was a wee child stealing Harlequin Romances from my Oma, those were always my favorite. I love the community feel, and I love the quaint and quintessential, and I love that they are often the best parts of small towns. Landry’s Fall is a town of my own creation, one that is pieced together with bits of my favorite places, and some imagined. I set it in the Adirondacks, which is one of my favorite locations on the entire planet, and sent Wyatt there to fall in love with Tru.

But Landry’s Fall has never left my brain, and I always wanted to set more stories there. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, talking it out with the BFF, and I decided to set Christmas there too. And while writing Christmas, more stories emerged, ones that also need to be written. This isn’t a series in the traditional sense, and not one like I’ve ever written before. These stories can be read in any order. Cameos happen, of course…it’s a small town! But they are in no way dependent on each other to exist. You don’t have to have any prior knowledge. But I thought it would be good to mark all these stories in a clear way, so that you know any book in the collection.

These stories will have a note, “A Landry’s Fall Story” on it so that you know exactly what you’re getting.

Yes, there will be characters introduced in these stories that will eventually get there HEA. And sometimes the cameos will be bigger than others. But enjoy them in any order! Read whatever strikes your fancy! (and maybe in the future, there will be a boxed set. We shall see)

Now, this is already getting long, but there’s a couple of other things I want to mention.

The first is what I’m working on now. I’ve just broken ground on a new story…and this one is special because, well, I wrote the blurb first. A name sparked a sentence, the sentence sparked the blurb, and though I’m sure it will be tweaked as I wrist the story, it’s being written  to fit that blurb. And yes, you guessed it, it’s set in Landry’s Fall.

And this month I had two releases. The first was my cowritten book with Nell Iris, Falling Into Love, and we’ve begun working on the second in the series.

And I also released Somebody to Die For, part of the Dreamspun Beyond collection.

Click the titles to find buy links!

Okay so that’s it from me for now! See you soon!

Coming Soon!

Falling Into Love–Book 1 of the Family Found Series (with Nell Iris)

Liam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he thinks he’s found something he didn’t even know was missing.

Austin Jock is content with his work as a radiology tech and playing bass in a cover band. Someday he wants to find his forever person but doesn’t believe in romantic fireworks and isn’t sure it’ll ever happen. Then Liam comes crashing into his life, igniting sparks. Huge, life-altering sparks.

The connection between the two men is instant, and things move fast. But Austin isn’t sure what to do with everything he’s feeling inside. Can Liam convince him falling in love is the easiest thing in the world?

Announcing!

Coming in September from JMS Books!

Falling Into Love: Book 1 Family Found Series by Kris T. Bethke and Nell Iris

Liam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he thinks he’s found something he didn’t even know was missing.

Austin Jock is content with his work as a radiology tech and playing bass in a cover band. Someday he wants to find his forever person but doesn’t believe in romantic fireworks and isn’t sure it’ll ever happen. Then Liam comes crashing into his life, igniting sparks. Huge, life-altering sparks.

The connection between the two men is instant, and things move fast. But Austin isn’t sure what to do with everything he’s feeling inside. Can Liam convince him falling in love is the easiest thing in the world?

Plugging Along

EDJ is still evil. But I have some days off coming up so hopefully I’ll get things taken care of then.

In the meantime, some news:

Nell and I are in the last legs of making our story shine, and we should be done with that soon. Then we’ll submit it, and hopefully have a release date for you in the coming weeks! Look for news about Falling Into Love soon!

Requiem Inc Series: Avery’s book, Somebody to Die For, will be out in September! I’m really looking forward to it, and I can’t wait for you to have it in your hands.

But you may be aware that the Beyond Line is not continuing after the end of the year. What does that mean for my series? Well, unfortunately, it won’t be put into audio like I originally anticipated. That’s a let down, because I would have loved for these books to be more accessible. But that’s how things go sometimes. Also, and this part really saddens me, I most likely won’t be writing any more in the series. I had planned on at least one more, and I’ve gotten some questions about Tyler and if he’ll get a story. I was going to write it. I wanted to give readers and Tyler himself, his happily every after. He deserves it. I’m not taking it completely off the table, but given the closing of the line, and the other projects I have in the queue, I doubt his story will be written and released. But I’ll never say never!

I always anticipated writing a sequel to Beholden, and that’s still in the works. I am, however, having trouble getting the voice of the story right. It will happen, hopefully sooner rather than later. So there will be at least one more as a follow up to that one!

I’m writing a Snowed In story for JMS right now. Due to the crazy work schedule, and guitar lessons, and writing with Nell, it’s been at a standstill. But as I said, I have some days off coming up, and I’m hoping to knock that out this weekend. I have three days of uninterrupted time to get it done, and I really want to finish Jonah and Cooper’s story. Wish me luck!

And of course, Nell and I will be writing the second book in the Family Found series!

That’s it from me for now. But I’m still working, even if it’s a bit slower than normal. Look for new books soon!