Hey all! We were a little light on the *kermit flail* this month– I think it’s just been sort of an asskicker all around, you know?
But I do have what looks to be a charming romantic comedy from Kris T. Bethke, followed by a list of upcoming releases and current projects from yours truly…
So, keep an eye out for anything else that you think should be *kermit flailed*– I’m perfectly willing to try this post again with more people, but in the meantime, let’s give it up for a book about a sweetheart of an MC who is comfy in his own skin, and an really creative title– let’s hear it for Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds–
by Kris T. Bethke
Will Grant only attends the PFLAG meeting because his mother guilts him into it. But the instant he hears the night’s speaker, Will is glad he showed up. Joshua Rhinehardt is dynamic and engaging. Although Joshua isn’t physically Will’s type, Will can’t get the man out of his head.
Joshua may be comfortable in his own skin, but it isn’t often men like Will are attracted to him, and he’s not comfortable changing for someone else. He wants to make a life with Will, but his own insecurities keep getting in the way.
Will’s unwavering acceptance helps Joshua see that when two people connect, physical appearance just might
not matter at all.
That looks sweet, right?
Now my next book didn’t come with a cover (which I should have asked for, considering I do the *Kermit Flail*) but it’s sort of an anthology with a lot of great writers in it, and it’s something you should know about.
So, for those of you who don’t know about Riptide’s Bluewater Bay stories, they’re a bunch of GLBTQ romances set in the Puget Sound area of Washington–and I do mean full spectrum LGBTQ, which is sort of exciting in itself. There are some outstanding authors on the Bluewater Bay roster– Anne Tenino, Z.A. Maxfield, L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov, S.E. Jakes, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Heimowitz, G.B. Gordon– and I’m sure I’m missing somebody, but you get the idea.
A lot– I mean a lot of great writers!
So my first book for Bluewater Bay (and there will be two, at least) is The Deep of the Sound, which is sort of cool, and I’ll have a blurb down below. But the blurb mentions Cal’s Uncle Nascha, suffering from Alzheimer’s, and the thing is, Nascha was an amazing man. And I wanted to give him a backstory. So when asked to write a 10K story for the Lights, Camera, Cupid anthology that’s going to give everyone a taste of Bluewater Bay, I chose Nascha as my victim, uhm, er, MC for that particular story. And, against all odds, I give him the best ending we can hope for. (Yeah, I was surprised too.)
So, if you’re interested in tasting Bluewater Bay, be sure to check out Light’s, Camera, Cupid-– if nothing else, Nascha is a standalone story, and 10k of thoughtful tears. (I hope.)
And that takes us to the calendar of sorts that I’ve got planned. I’ll include covers if I have them, and blurbs if they’re their, okay? And we’ll finish with what I have planned to work on next!
January 26th– Black John, the 4th Johnnies Book
John Carey is just out of rehab and dying inside when he gets word that Tory, the guy who loved him and broke him, has removed himself from the world in the most bitter way possible—and left John to clean up his mess.
Forced back to his hometown in Florida, John’s craving a hit with every memory when he meets Tory’s neighbor. Spacey and judgmental, Galen Henderson has been rotting in his crappy apartment since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his mobility, his looks, and his boyfriend all in one mistake. Galen’s been hiding at the bottom of an oxy bottle, but when John shows up, he feels obligated to help wade through the wreckage of Tory’s life.
The last thing John needs is another relationship with an addict, and the last thing Galen wants is a conscience. Both of them are shocked when they find that their battered souls can learn from and heal one another. It doesn’t hurt that they’re both getting a crash course on how growing up and getting past your worst mistakes sure beats the alternative—and that true love is something to fight to keep if your lover is fighting to love you back.
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Vulnerable: The First Book of the Little Goddess
Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.
And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.
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April– The Tales of the Curious Cookbook, featuring stories from Marie Sexton, RJ Scott, Amber Kell, Mary Calmes, and Amy Lane
My story will be out in the second week of April, and the blurb is as follows:
Food for Thought–
Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can’t seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.
Emmett needs clarity.
Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett’s girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.
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May– Immortal (No blurb or photo– coming soon)
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June — The Deep of the Sound
Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He
works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric
diagnoses and a great uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal
hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has
is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy
boyfriend to attend
a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But
when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have
to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his
rescue and any inclination he had to run away from Bluewater Bay dies a quick
Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s
fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being
adorkable. Or giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and
the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they
both crave it.
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July– Re-release of Wounded: The Second Book of the Little Goddess
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August/September– Bitter Taffy (The sequel to Candy Man, Rico and Derek’s story this time.)
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There’s probably going to be a release of Bound before Christmas, and then a Christmas story, because right now? I’m working on Quickening, which will be released in mid- 2016. It’s thrown my queue into a bit of an uproar, but I’m 1/3 done, so at least that’s something.
Following Quickening, I’ll be working on Lollipop, the third and final Candy Man story. That will be pretty awesome, because I love the softness and sweetness of these books compared to much of what I write.
Following Lollipop, I’ll be working on Selfie, which is a Bluewater Bay book…
And after that, I will probably be working on my Christmas novella.
and after that? We’ll have to revisit the queue– there’a ALWAYS something brewing, right?
So there you go– my queue and releases, probably through 2016. Imagine that– it’s almost like I’m organized!
OH yes! One more thing–
Don’t forget to check out Love Bytes on February 2nd– I wrote an epilogue for Black John that’s sort of a taste of the happy at the end, so if you’ve read John, and want some more of the guys (or even just want to know if you want to read Black John and don’t mind spoilers!) go ahead and look for me there!