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!

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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.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner/ Amazon/ BN/ Kobo/ iBooks

Release Day!

I’m having to work a crap ton of overtime, but that doesn’t stop the excitement of release day!

Beholden is out now!

Julian Thomas made the unpopular decision to become Beholden and focus his magic only on scrying. Because of it, he’s the best at his job and the top scryer for the Department of Extranormal and Magical Affairs. Which why Investigations Agent Wes Caldwell goes right to Julian for help locating a missing person.

When Wes needs to use his magic to boost Julian’s, they find a magical resonance between them that quickly leads to more. Julian doesn’t want to move too fast, but Wes knows Julian is it for him. He’s fine with waiting, as long as Julian stays close as they work through it.

But then Julian falls ill, and it’s clear there’s a magical reason. Wes will stop at nothing to find out what’s plaguing Julian, and when they realize just how deep the plot goes, they have more questions than answers. Magic is increasing in the world, and no one can figure out why. Julian and Wes have found love, but will it be enough to get them through what’s to come?

Buy Links: JMS/ Amazon/ BN/ Kobo/ iBooks

Get Your Updates Here!

Okay so it’s been awhile! And part of that is due to the crazy insane past couple of weeks I’ve had. So! I’m here to give you the low down on what’s been happening with me.

So first things first: the day job has gone nuts. I won’t go into all the details, but there’s a new system that doesn’t work right and it’s been a hot mess from the beginning. The upside to that is I’m getting paid overtime, but the downside is that I have to actually work the overtime and that leaves my poor brain a mush pile. It’s why there was no Flash Fic last week and why there won’t be one this week either. I’m hoping I’ll be back on track next week and speaking of…

Usually, my flash fics feature the MCs from my new releases, but see, here’s the thing. Both my releases this upcoming week–Beholden is out on Saturday the 14th and Lost Souls Found is out Tuesday the 17th–are part of a series. Separate series, but still. So Flash Fics don’t really work with them, especially Beholden. But Asher and Kyle aren’t quite done yet, I’m thinking they have two more episodes in them, so hopefully next Friday (the 20th) I’ll bring you the next installment.

So of course, there are releases! Beholden is out in just three days, and you can get it early here at JMS if you’d like. Come Saturday, it’ll be in the usual places and I’ll post links then. And then on Tuesday the 17th Lost Souls Found is out, and that one you can get here at DSP. Again, more links when they are live.  I’m super excited about both of these, and there’s at least one more book in both series, and probably 2, but I don’t want to say too much at this point. But yeah, these books have been a labor of love, and I’m hoping you’ll get a chance to pick them up.

On the writing front there’s other news! Nell and I have been making huge progress on the first book in our first series (oh there are plans!) though it’s temporarily stalled because of my evil day job. The next chapter is mine to write, and I’m really really hoping I’ll get it done this weekend. (If I don’t have to work extra hours that is). The boys are calling to me, especially because of what happens in the next chapter, and boy do I want to let them have their fun.

On the solo front, I’m getting started on a story for a sub call that I’m super excited about that has a deadline. So I’m hoping to make progress on that soon as well. It’s the first one on my rough schedule to write over the rest of the year and if all goes according to plan, it’ll be out at the beginning of next year

I’ve been letting myself get overwhelmed by stuff lately, and I think it’s just the nature of what all has been going on, so I’m focusing on one thing at time. Or two, as the case may be. Two releases, two WIPs. But I’m trying, at the moment, not to think too far ahead. It’s working for now, and I expect it to yield some great words!

So that’s what’s going on with me at the moment. Thanks for sticking with me. And keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for lots of fun guest posts!

The Announcement

So I have some super exciting news!

Through a twist of fate, a little luck, and long hours of amazing discussion, Nell Iris and I have decided to write together!

What started as a simple question quickly snowballed. It’s amazing when you find a kindred spirit half way around the world. We clicked, right from the start, and we went from talking about writing a book together to planning a series. Nell and I played off each other so easily that the ideas just flowed; we were in sync from the start. We’re thrilled with the direction our idea has gone and we can’t wait to bring it to you. We’re sure you’re going to love our boys as much as we do.

I’m not going to say too much yet. We’re just getting started. But we have the first book planned, and ideas for the rest of the series. We’ve got some really awesome characters and a fun premise. Incorporating some of our favorite tropes, we’ve built a little world. And we know we’re going to have a blast playing in it.

Did I mention I’m excited? 😀

Look for news in the coming months as we get going!

Something Different

Starting this week, I’m going to do a something a little bit different with Flash Fic Friday.

You may have noticed they’ve been absent for, well, pretty much the whole year. I’ve been having a bit of writer’s block in general, and I’ve been having trouble working through it. There’s plenty of stuff I need to write, stuff I want to write, but I haven’t been able to get my brain to cooperate much. So! I’ve decided to help that along, I’m going to start a serial story here on the blog. It’ll run for, probably, 8 weeks (or so) and tell an entire story.

I’ve finally got my brain working enough for this. Plus, I think it’ll be a fun exercise, as once a post is published, I won’t be able to change what I’ve written. (Okay, technically I can, but I won’t.) So if I write myself into a corner, I’ll have to write my way out again.

Tune in tomorrow for the first installment!