Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mama? Where Do Readers Come From?

There was a time, when I was child, that if an American author published a book, it was a pretty safe bet that it would be available in print in the US and other English speaking countries. For other markets, the book would be translated into other languages, or even dialects as Harry Potter was translated for the benefit of American readers, turning “The Philosopher’s Stone” into “The Sorcerer’s Stone” simply to make the terminology more reader-friendly.

However, in this day and age, it’s no longer major publishers controlling the editions, and print books have given way to e-books. E-books know no boundaries: they require no shipping. Geographical restrictions exist, but can be very porous.

The world’s transition to a global village also means that now, more than ever, folks living in other countries may pick up a copy of a book from a US source, or a US resident pick from a German source, etcetera. Add in programs like Kindle Lendable, and Erica in New Zealand can share her favorite book with her friends in Norway, Romania, and Scotland.

What does that mean for readers and writers? Well, you can’t always assume that something familiar to your frame of reference is universal. Case in point: if one of my characters is injured, he might go to the ER for treatment. But it’s not fair of me to expect all my readers to be familiar with “ER”, so some adjustments are needed. At the first usage, I’d be well advised to spell out “Emergency Room”, and then use “ER” thereafter. Yes, my story takes place in the US, where “ER” is the norm, but I don’t want any reader to have difficulty understanding my meaning to the point of enjoying the book less.

But writing for a global audience is only half the issue. What about a blog post announcing a new release that only links or All Romance E-books, while neglecting Amazon UK, JP, DE, etc? I recently became aware of this issue and have made an effort to make it easier for all potential readers to access my books in their local venue.

Another thing that has come to my attention is giveaways. I’ve had winners and non-winners alike send me thank-you notes simply because I offered a chance for readers to win even if they weren’t in my country. Yes, shipping costs extra, but the reader wanted MY book. It’s worth it to me to keep them happy, and be fair. Also, unless they want a signed copy, I can actually order the book locally to the winner, and arrange drop shipping.

Now, I’m careful about countries where the kind of books I write are not permitted, but I value each and every reader, regardless of when they live, and do my best to make sure they don’t feel alienated, either in the wording of my work, or availability of titles.

On that note, someone in France read Diversion and liked it well enough that now it’s soon to release in French. Something similar happened in Japan. I’m not sure when the Japanese version will be available, but look for the French version this spring.

So in answer to the question: readers come from every part of the world, and writers are wise to acknowledge this fact.

I’d like to take a moment to thank my readers, be you in the next town or on the other side of the world. Know that you are near to my heart. And I hope that over Bo, Lucky, Aillil, Malcolm, Tessa, Sebastian, Henri, and all my other characters, we bond. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Prism Book Alliance Weighs in on Corruption

Pizzygirl at Prism Book Alliance had this to say about the third novel in the Diversion series...

"OMG! If you have not started this series, DO IT NOW!

Corruption is book three in the Diversion series and continues to showcase Bo and Lucky’s relationship. This one is again a great combination of how plot, character development, and relationship growth can be interconnected to create one solid, well crafted story."

Read entire review here:

Corruption is available at Rocky Ridge Books, and other fine booksellers:

Rocky Ridge
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Kobo UK

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's been a quite the year, hasn't it? There have been ups, down, bumps, and triumphs. Once more I was able to attend GRL and hang out with the wonderful folks who read and write my genre. I also attended Outlantacon, a Dreamspinner event in Portland, and met up with friends in different locations. Dreamspinner Press published A Matter of When, and Rocky Ridge Books published Manipulation, the fourth book in the Diversion series.

Corruption (Diversion 3) won Best Gay Mystery/Thriller at The Rainbow Awards.

All told it's been a pretty good year. From the bottom of my heart I wish you and yours lots of love, joy, peace, and laughter this holiday season.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today Only! The Angel of 13th Street for FREE!

The Angel of 13th Street is FREE today at Torquere Press! Get your copy now!

The Angel. That’s what the young hustlers call Noah Everett, the man who’ll help them get off the streets. Once a hustler himself, Noah doesn’t take his own good advice, which is, “Don’t let this ruin your life.” Haunted by the past and those he couldn’t save, Noah carefully keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by determined, ambitious, but homeless eighteen-year-old Jeremy Kincaid.

A ruthless pimp has targeted Jeremy, but if Noah will fight to get anonymous young men out of the life, he’ll fight harder to keep Jeremy from getting in, even if it means a return to old stomping grounds to make a deal with the devil. To save Jeremy, Noah risks more than just his body. He risks his soul as well, because Willie Carnell, pimp, was once Billy Cordell, Noah’s lover.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Match for the Holidays Boxed Set

Looking for a Holiday romance? Why not three, all tucked up into one volume?

Match for the Holidays boxed set contains the complete texts of The Match Before Christmas, Fanning the Flames, and A Lie I can Live With, which are also available separately.
Adventures in computer dating.

What starts as Barry Richards’ desire for someone to share Christmas grows into an adventure in friendship and a little matchmaking of his own. Now the three-story set: The Match Before Christmas, Fanning the Flames, and A Lie I Can Live With have been combined into a single collection.

Follow Barry and his friends as they navigate the tricky (and often bizarre) world of Internet dating, in their search for love.

The Match Before Christmas

Candlelight, mistletoe, gaily wrapped packages beneath a trimmed tree, and someone to share it with. That's all Barry Richards wants for Christmas. Desperate for a traditional holiday, he creates a profile on "," in hopes of finding the perfect man in a matter of weeks. One date after another goes sour, while all around him friends are falling in love, and Barry starts to lose faith.

The first snow falls and the world fills with seasonal cheer, all except for Barry, for whom time is running out. Facing the prospect of a lonely holiday, he tries just once more to make The Match Before Christmas.

Fanning the Flames

The man of Barry's dreams has gone from a sugarplum fantasy to sweet reality, thanks to the GLBT dating site Introducing a new boyfriend to the family and settling into coupledom aren't the easiest things in the world for a man with little dating experience, but the romantic demands of Valentine's Day are beyond Barry's imagination. His piteous cry for help brings all kinds of suggestions from family and friends. Fully believing he's found the perfect ways to charm his sweetheart, Barry isn't prepared to hear "Achoo " at every turn. Adam's allergic to what? And will sneezes and welts wreck Barry's painstaking plans for Fanning the Flames?

A Lie I Can Live With

A dating site profile faked up to make geeky gamer Otis Tucker more alluring hasn’t done much for his social life, so what does he have to lose by putting his real picture and honest interests online? His pal Barry swears there’s someone out there who will love Otis for himself, extra pounds and all.

Handsome Garret Mims sends “I’d love to meet you!” but takes things so slow Otis is quite sure they’re stopped. Is it really a date if there’s not so much as a kiss between them? Maybe he shouldn’t worry about Garret’s intentions and just enjoy every platonic moment. Instead, Otis could work on finding the missing ingredient for his pumpkin pies before Thanksgiving.

Garret’s up front in every way but one, and Otis may have found a lie he can live with.

Now available at your favorite booksellers.

Available at Amazon and ARe

For my friends in other countries: Japan, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain (I hope I didn't miss anyone.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Goodreads Reader's Choice Awards!

I'm thrilled that my work has received four nominations at this year's Reader's Choice Awards!

Allison Cassata's amazing cover artistry for Coffee Shops and Condoms was nominated for Best Cover Art. 

Ain't is purdy? Coffee Shops and Condoms is a part of The Real Story Safe Sex Project, and effort launched by award winning author Brent Hartinger to raise awareness about the important of safe sex. These stories are all free downloads, and written by some of your favorite authors. If you're an author and would like to contribute a story, please contact Brent on the site. Vote here.
I'm currently working on book five in the Diversion series, so Lucky has finally, FINALLY admitted that he and Bo are a couple, just in time for them to be nominated as Best Established Couple for book four in the series, Manipulation. Way to go, guys! The Diversion series can be found at Rocky Ridge Books. Vote here:

A Matter of When Received a nod for Best Performance/Visual Arts. Henri and Sebastian are thrilled. Vote here.

I am humbled and flattered that the Diversion series is up for Favorite All-Time M/M Series. Thank y'all so much! I'm so happy you're enjoying Bo and Lucky's stories. And by my calculations, there are four more books to come in this series. The Diversion series can be found at Rocky Ridge Books.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

OMG! Corruption Won a Rainbow Award!

I just got the best news! Corruption (Diversion Book 3) won for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller at the 2014 Rainbow Awards.

In honor of  the win, from now until January 1, 2015, you can pick up your copy for $1.99 at Rocky Ridge Books. Be sure to click on the special "Rainbow Awards sale price" link.

Happy reading!

Renegade biker. Drug runner. Recovering addict. Wanted by the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. But he isn’t a crook, he’s the law.

SNB Agent Bo Schollenberger’s solved his cases using his brains and not a gun, and with his partner, not alone. Now he’s handed a tough new case involving designer drugs that turn users violent. One false move could end his life as he immerses himself into a motorcycle gang to locate the source. His fate depends on how well he can impersonate someone else. Someone named Cyrus Cooper.

Cyrus is everything Bo Schollenberger isn’t, including the badass enforcer for a smuggling ring. He establishes pecking order with his fists and doesn’t take shit from anybody, not even the undercover agent who comes to help his case.

Simon “Lucky” Harrison’s always been the best, whichever side of the law he was on. Former trafficker turned SNB agent, he damned well ought to be undercover in this motorcycle gang, instead of hanging around the office going crazy with new policies, new people, and “inter-departmental cooperation” that sticks him in a classroom. Yet he’s passed over for the SNB’s biggest case in decades in favor of the rookie who shares his bed. A man Lucky thought he knew.

When survival depends on a web of tangled lies, lines blur, worlds collide, and a high stakes game turns friend to foe. Lucky knows the difference between Bo the agent and Cyrus the outlaw, but does Bo?


Now excuse me while I happy dance!