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!

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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!

New and Notes

Okay so it’s been about a month since I’ve posted anything. No flash fics. No updates. It’s not because I’ve not been working on stories. But man…

So the EDJ is kicking my butt these days. I’m still working overtime, and the job itself is sometimes tedious. At the end of the day, I don’t have much mental capacity left and I need to focus on certain things. Unfortunately, that means the website, and social media as a whole, has been a bit neglected. So here’s some news and notes!

June is Pride Month for the majority of us! I dig pride month for a lot of reasons, and that’s certainly not to say it’s perfect or that the celebrations going on are all sunshine and rainbows. Though there certain are a lot of rainbows! Remember that there are certain groups within the community that get erased on a daily basis. Aro and Ace people are constantly ignored, or told they don’t belong, or some other weird thing. It’s not necessary. Embrace the folks that identify this way! Each sexuality is valid. This goes for queer and genderfluid and any other thing that I can’t possibly think of. The point of the month is to remember those who have fought before us and to celebrate who we are today.

And of course (and you know I’m going to say it) this goes for the bi folks too! I won’t get on my soapbox about bierasure again, but it’s a thing that hits hard at me. It happens to me all the time, and there are so many times I want to point out that I’m bi, but I know it’s not safe to do so. Remember the bi folks have a place here too!

And to that end, here’s a shameless plug: I write a whole lot of bi characters for just that reason. Every book I’ve published with JMS and a lot of the ones at DSP feature Bi characters. I know both publishers have other titles featuring Bi..and all the spectrum…characters. So check them out and buy if it strikes your fancy!

Going with the theme, both the MCs in the book that Nell and I have written are bi! Did you catch that? We’re done! We’re in the polishing stage now, and then we’ll submit it. I’ll give you more details when we know publication dates. But in the meantime, we dropped this on Friday. So here’s a hint about what’s to come.

I’m still working on solo stuff too, but it’s taking longer than normal due to the aforementioned EDJ situation. Fortunately, I have some days off coming in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping with the weekend, I’ll make some solid progress!

Happy Reading! Happy Pride! Enjoy, celebrate, remember, embrace!

What’s Going On?

Okay, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve been around.

Life, man. I tell you.

The EDJ is living up to it’s name. I’ve mentioned before we’ve got a new system, and it’s still a hot mess, but we’re working through it. Essentially, what that means is a ton of over time. I mean, a ton. Up until this last week, I was working extra every day and going in on both Saturday and Sunday. As a result, I’ve been pretty absent in the whole social media world, as well as haven’t been writing much. Fortunately for me, my cowriter, Nell Iris, has been wonderfully understanding about the whole thing.

Our collab is moving along, and we both love it to pieces. But there were about three weeks where I didn’t write a word, and it was my turn. The problem was, my brain was mush, and by the time I got home at night, all I wanted to do was chill and decompress. But we’re back on track, and we have four chapters left to write. We can’t wait to bring this book, and this series, to you!

And after much hemming and hawing, back and forth and mind changing, I have finally broken ground on my next story. I cannot tell you the trouble I had getting started. I must have changed my mind seven dozen times. I was certain about one thing, and then decide it wasn’t right. Rinse and repeat. Over and over again. It’s been weeks. But then, I finally decided to just write what I love. I was in my head about a lot of things, but ultimately, it comes down to just doing it and writing what feels right. So I cranked out 3k words on that this morning, and I feel really good about them.

What else can you expect in the future?

First and foremost, Avery’s story, Somebody to Die For, will be out in September. Right now that’s the only thing that has a definitive release date. More specific details when I have them. But look for that then.

And while we’re talking about Requiem Inc. I haven’t ruled out Tyler’s story. I even started it writing it. It’s been shuffled down the docket for a host of reasons, but it’s still hovering there. Life, and other things, often change plans, though. But if you want to read his story, let me know!

Some people have wondered if Beholden will have a sequel. The answer is yes. In fact, the way I see it, it’ll be a trilogy. Though, to be honest, that may change depending on how things go with the next book. And speaking of the next book…Soul Sliver went through a reorganization, and I had to scrap what I’d originally written. It’s on the docket though, and I’ll get it done as fast as I can.

And of course, as both Nell and I have mentioned, we’re writing a series together. Which, at the moment, looks like it’ll be four books and a shorter coda to finish it all up.

And we maybe have plans for after that’s done too… 😉

So that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. I’m definitely still here and working, and hopefully it won’t be too long before another release is coming your way.

Release Day!

Again!

I know, I know. I just had a book release, but these things sometimes happen. Out today, Lost Souls Found! Book 2 in the Requiem Inc series.

Dying is all in a day’s work. Love is more dangerous.

Ghostwalker Sam Jones has been half in love with Michael King since he started working at Requiem Inc. But Michael is his boss and a Guardian, to boot. Sam thinks they could make it work anyway, but Michael uses his position and his age to keep Sam at arm’s length.

When Sam continues to volunteer for the most dangerous cases, Michael has to intervene. He tells himself he’s just doing his job, but he’s always seen Sam as more than another operative, and he can’t bear the thought of not taking his chance. The connection between them has been strong from the beginning, and Michael’s telepathy adds unexpected depth and an edge to their new romance, but working together while they try to build their relationship might be the hardest part of their job if they don’t make some sacrifices.

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