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The New and The Not So New

So lots has been going on and I haven’t been here to keep you updated. My fault. I’ve been letting other things get in the way. But here I am, once again, promising to do better about it.

What’s been going on, you ask?

Well most recently, my littlest brother came to visit and it was a great week. I took a couple days off from the EDJ to hang out with him, so that was lovely. We got tattoos together (and so did Sister) though they aren’t matching, and we did an escape room. Let me tell you, that was a blast. My oldest brother wasn’t around, sadly, but the other four of us did the room. We beat it with five minutes to spare, broke out, and bought t-shirts to prove it. We’re all fairly good at puzzles, so the hardest part was actually finding the clues. I’d totally do it again.

But other than that it’s been work. Work at the EDJ, and working on writing stuff. I’ve had a hard time settling to anything, so I wrote a flash story that will be out in September called Champagne Thursday, just to get the juices flowing. It sort of worked. heh. And I also worked on getting some of my previously published titles ready to be re-released. Just gave them an extra polish and approved new covers. it’s been fun, and I’m glad that they won’t be out of circulation too long, so if you haven’t had a chance to pick them up, you will get that chance soon.

Forever Nine was just released, so that’s a brand new story from me. Buy links in the books tab, if you’d like. As I’ve said, here and other places, it’s a bit of a departure for me. In that it’s a BDSM, not that there’s a lack of KTB brand feels. Because those are definitely there. But it’s also heavy on the Dominance and Submission, with some pain play and edging thrown in. I love it. And there will be more to come in that realm, for sure.

Right now the new I’m working on is a sci fi story, which is also a departure, but still loving it. I know not every one of my readers is going to love every one of my books, but this is something that’s been in my heart for a long time, so I’m happy to branch out. Sci fi, and fantasy, was my very first love, ever since I was a wee child. And with romance thrown in, that’s double the good.

Ghost of a Chance is back out on August 3rd. Buy links when I have them. Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love comes out August 17th. And Hearts and Hazelnuts will be soon to follow. I’ll update those buy links too. Everything else will be rolling out between now and February. Anything I re-release will not have substantial changes, but there will be small tweaks and extra polish. And new covers. So you definitely don’t have to buy them again if you’ve already got them. But there will also be some new things in there too, so keep your eyes peeled!

So that’s the update! I’ll keep y’all posted of things to come!

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Forever Nine

Hey y’all! I know I’ve been super absent. Which isn’t the best when you’ve got a new release! But family stuff (good things!) and work stuff (not exactly bad stuff) have kept me busy this week. That being said, in case you didn’t know, I have a new book out!

It’s a bit of a departure for me, but not entirely. Still all the good KTB feels, just with a bunch of Dominance and submission thrown in. And I love Jesse and Holden to pieces. Which is unsurprising, but these guys are some of my favorites. If you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, buy links are below. Enjoy!

Buy Links: JMS  Amazon  Kobo  iBooks

When Jesse Reid needs emergency surgery, he calls his neighbor to come pick him up instead of one of his many family members. As the youngest of nine, Jesse is used to feeling like a leftover, and he doesn’t need their coddling.

Holden McRae is a big, beautiful man, everything Jesse wants. But Holden has made it clear he doesn’t want Jesse as a submissive.

Under the influence of Holden’s care, Jesse becomes bolder and makes Holden see what he’s been missing. The two men’s interests line up, and the attraction that has always been there is something they can finally act on. As Jesse heals, he shares parts of his life with Holden, and Holden helps him see he’s so much more than #9. Their love might not be the most conventional, but maybe it’s exactly what both men need.

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The State of Things

First off: Happy Pride! Let’s celebrate while remembering all those who have fought the way before us. Be proud! Express yourself! And remember, bi, trans, ace and aro people all have a place at Pride as well. Please don’t gatekeep.

Second of all: I know I’ve said the last couple of times I’ve posted that I’m going to better at the social media thing, and also get the Friday Flash Fics back up and running. And then haven’t. Life is good but crazy and by the time I get home, I just don’t think about it. I just want to decompress. But I do need to be better about it and get back in the flash fic game!

So much has been happening. I’m not sure how much y’all have heard about Dreamspinner Press. I’m not going to get into rehashing things here. But when payments started getting later and later and then didn’t show up…and I had to ask twice…I decided it was time to pull my titles and move on.

I will always be grateful to DSP. They gave me my start and took a chance on an unknown. I’ve grown so much as a writer during my time working with them. They aren’t the same publisher I started with, and everything changes. Businesses need to change. But I no longer feel it’s a great fit for me. So it’s time for me to start on the next part of my journey.

So what does that mean for my backlist? Well, I’ll repubbing most of them with JMS books over the coming months. I’ll be sure to make announcements on SM about what and when. There won’t be substantial changes to most of them. A few tweaks here and there. A couple will have a bit of additional words. But mostly, they will remain unchanged, so if you already own them, you don’t need to get them again!

I’m also going to work on self pubbing some new titles too. I’ll probably do this under a different name, as the direction I’m intending to go is a bit different from the standard Kris T. Bethke fair. More on that when it happens.

Coming up next month, I have a new story out with JMS called Forever Nine. This too is a bit of a departure. Still the sweet and fluffy you expect from me, with a BDSM twist. I adore Jesse and Holden, and hope you will too.

In regards to the Family Found series, I’m going to be finishing the last two books on my own. Nell and I decided it was better that way. As much fun as we had writing the first book together, the second was a challenge. She’s not too keen on series, and mentally leaves the characters and locale behind when she finishes. Whereas I, on the other hand, always think of another character who needs their story told. I’ll be working on those in the coming months, along with a Sci Fi story.

I’m enjoying branching out in my sub genres, and flexing my writing muscles. Contemporary is my first love. I absolutely love writing 2 guys falling in love after having met at the right time. But I love world building too, so expect some new and exciting things from me in the future!

So that’s the scoop from me! Be sure to stay tuned for info about repubs and upcoming new stories!

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Long Time, No Chat

Hello! Yes, I’m still alive and doing things, though I have not posted much to any social media at all, and certainly haven’t updated the blog. I’ll get into reasons in a second but here I am to bring you the news.

Okay, so as most of you may know the EDJ has been truly evil for about a year now. But that’s all about to change. In a week, I start a new position. Same large company (a huge healthcare conglomerate) but a different office/department/position. I’m super excited about it, because it’ll be a whole different world. Not to mention, I’m sort of friends with my direct boss, and I know that if she has to address any issues with me, she’ll actually be nice about it. Not that I’m anticipating any issues, but you never know if you’ll make a mistake. We’re human after all. I’m also looking forward to management that’s actually supportive instead of aloof and defensive. So that’ll be a nice change. And on top of that, because of my particular skill set, there are plans for my future according to the boss. “Big plans, if you’re willing” was what I was told. So we shall see. It also means no overtime, which sad about losing that extra pay but so glad my nights and weekends will be free.

The other reason I’ve been largely absent is that writing has been….hard. Very hard. There were lots of reasons why, and part of that was being stuck in my own head. So, you know. That effects things. I’ve had a hard time getting the mojo flowing, and I was having trouble breaking out of that. Nell and I were pushing to finish Diving In, and that was a challenge for reasons I won’t go into. And on top of that, I had deadlines looming, and I was having the absolute worst time getting myself to sit down and write. So, I moved my computer so I can lounge on the futon, hoping that would help. It sort of did. And then I changed the idea for my looming deadline, and miraculously, I was able to pound out words! It’s not quite halfway done, and even better, the deadline got pushed back, so I have plenty of time to make this story the best it can be.

My schedule is pretty full, writing wise, for the foreseeable future. After this story, there’s a sci fi I need to work on. I have a good idea for that one. And the last two books in the Family Found series. And, well, if you know me at all it won’t be a surprise to hear that yes, this new story I’m working on will, in fact, be a series.

I’m basically going to be writing series forever. And to be honest, I couldn’t be happier about it. Because I love them with the fiery passion of a thousand suns!

In other news, the Something Like books found a new home at JMS and there’s a boxset too! So if you like paperback, you can get that. Or if you haven’t read them all and want them in one go, now’s your chance! And if you pop over to JMS to buy them, they are on sale today. (as is everything, so you know, stock up!) You can get to it here.

So that’s all the news from me. Things are better in the real life day to day, and I’m back into the swing of things writing wise. I’ll do my damnedest to update more regularly. And hopefully start up the Friday flash fics again! Maybe not this Friday, because of things, but hopefully the week after!

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day, if you celebrate. Eat yummy food and be safe if you drink!

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Cover Reveal!

Preston and Sawyer Waters need a vacation in the worst way. Life stressors have gotten to be too much, and they need to reconnect. A month-long stay at a cabin in the woods is perfect to remember how to enjoy each other. But they never expect to meet the man who would fit with them so perfectly.

Wade Johansson loves his life. Running V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, spending his life on the water, and being surrounded by nature is his dream come true. But he’s missing one key element: someone to love.

The three men find an instant connection and are quick to explore the attraction. It becomes clear immediately that they want a relationship lasting longer than just a vacation. But with Preston and Sawyer living in another town and Wade worried about how he fits, can they find the courage to dive in head first?

Pre order here!

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The Thing That’s Happening

Okay so I’ve been absent for a while, basically across all social media. Not so great for my author presence but needed for my mental health.

The EDJ is still insane and Nell and I have been noses to the grindstone to finish the next book in our Family Found series. So good and bad things have kept me away.

But in the process, I’ve failed to talk about the thing that’s happening.

The Something Like series is getting repubbed with JMS books! Now, if you already have these books then you’re good. There’s no changes within and they even have the same covers. What IS exciting is every Wednesday this month the next one hits the shelves and down the line, there will be a box set!

Something Like Hope is out today! And you can get it here!

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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?

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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!

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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!