Sunday, January 28, 2024

Happy Pubersary to Me!

 

On January 28, 2010, Torquere Press (now closed) released The Wish, my first book with a publisher. It was re-released in 2020 by Rocky Ridge Books.

I was terrified of how it might be received, but still thrilled to become a published author, which I couldn't have done without my friends and support system. Since then, I've written twenty-nine more novels and countless novellas, short stories, and anthology contributions.

Thank you, everyone, for making this journey with me. 

Happy 14th (official) Pubversary to me!


Family. Sometimes even death can’t stop the meddling.

Byron Sinclair might be gone, but he has unfinished business before his spirit can rest: watch over his much-older partner Alfred Anderson, and see his lonely nephew Paul settled in a meaningful relationship.

With Alfred’s nephew, Alex, who hasn’t yet realized how badly he needs someone to see past the spoiled rich boy fa├žade and love him for himself. They’d be perfect together, once Byron works out a few small problems.

Alex is convinced Paul is an opportunistic suck-up with the morals of an alley cat. Paul, from humble beginnings, isn’t impressed with aloof and arrogant playboy Alex, either. Both swear they know all they need to about the other, and need not look further.

But Byron sees what could be if they'd give each other half a chance, a romance for the ages like what he shared with Alfred. He's going to see their nephews happy together, or di…

Well, he’s already died, but he won’t stop trying.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Sale!

 For a limited time, the price of Warrior King had dropped from $5.99 to .99 cents on Amazon US and £0.99 on Amazon UK. This is a limited-time offer, so get your copy soon!


One man is the son of a traitor. The other is the son of a tyrannical emperor. Together, they discover the fine line between duty and justice.

Commander Draylon Aravaid doesn't hide his lineage as the emperor's son but doesn't advertise his origins either. Loyal to a fault, he relies on his hard-won reputation rather than his family name, which his duplicitous father uses to full advantage.

Prince Yarif DiRici trained his entire life to become a consort in a political marriage--all while secretly yearning for love. The death of his father and older brother suddenly thrusts an unwanted crown upon his head, and Yarif into a whirlwind of dangerous plans within plans as he and Draylon are forced into marriage.

The political game is set, and Yarif is kidnapped. It's up to Draylon to mount a daring rescue to prevent all-out war.

The two men must get past each other's mistrust, find common ground, and defeat an enemy neither knew they had...and may not survive!





Friday, December 8, 2023

New Christmas Novella

For a while there, I worried that feel-good holiday romance Must Love Dogs wouldn't be ready for release this month. I'm proud to announce that it's now up for preorder at Amazon, releasing December 16. 

I think I should warn you, though, that this novella is different from my usual work. No one gets arrested or killed, there are no evil mages, and there's no angst. Nada. Zip. Not even a little. What's there is a lot of fluff and cute dogs. 



Does a good deed outweigh a white lie?

With his family away this holiday season, Nathan Johnson faces his very first Christmas alone in a new city. Unexpectedly taking in the neighbor’s dog leads to a series of white lies, all designed to set his sister’s mind at ease. After all, Nathan really is spending the holidays with a stunning ginger named Oscar. He simply leaves out the part about Oscar being a dachshund.

Who knew Oscar would play furry little matchmaker and introduce Nathan to a gorgeous veterinarian who just might make Nathan’s dreams come true?


Order your copy at Amazon

Saturday, August 5, 2023

New Novel and Map of the Warrior King World

It's been awhile, but I finally have a new novel to tell you about: Warrior King, Warrior-Book 1 in a duology. Fantasy, enemies to lovers, opposites attract and forced marriage. The story has them all. 


One man is the son of a traitor. The other is the son of a tyrannical emperor. Together, they discover the fine line between duty and justice. 

Commander Draylon Aravaid doesn't hide his lineage as the emperor's son but doesn't advertise his origins either. Loyal to a fault, he relies on his hard-won reputation rather than his family name, which his duplicitous father uses to full advantage. 

Prince Yarif DiRici trained his entire life to become a consort in a political marriage--all while secretly yearning for love. The death of his father and older brother suddenly thrusts an unwanted crown upon his head, and Yarif into a whirlwind of dangerous plans within plans as he and Draylon are forced into marriage. 

The political game is set, and Yarif is kidnapped. It's up to Draylon to mount a daring rescue to prevent all-out war. 

The two men must get past each other's mistrust, find common ground, and defeat an enemy neither knew they had...and may not survive!

Warrior King is now available for preorder on Amazon, releasing August 25.


While writing Warrior King, I started a map to keep locations clear in my mind, and to figure distances, times to destinations, etc. I intended to put the map into the book, but it made the ebook file size massive. So I'm going to show the empire of Cormira here, and will likely put a link into the book. 


I am currently working on plotting the second book, King's Warrior, which features two secondary characters from Warrior King. 


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Thoughts on the Diversion Series: Manipulation

Some may not know that my Diversion series is based on actual crimes committed in the pharmaceutical industry, and as such they contain an awful lot of factual information that I hope blended in with the storyline.

That said, I'd like to point out a particular event in Manipulation, the fourth book in the series, and the scene where Lucky and Bo storm the pharma manufacturing facility.
While writing the book, I attended a Writer's Police Academy, where cops, firefighters, lawyers, forensics personnel and other professionals taught classes and held demonstrations so that writers can get things right. Yes, I now know how to blow doors off hinges, and the teacher from the forensics session helped me describe the body found in the drug tunnel. Oh, the emails I have on file. I'm expecting someone to show up at my door and question my internet searches any day now.
Anyway, after a session on entering and clearing the apartment of a suspect, we had some free time and our subject matter expert (a S.W.A.T officer) asked if we had any questions. There were only a few, so I asked if he could talk me through the scene. We physically went from door to door, covering the injured member of our team. How great is that for a clear visual? I didn't only imagine where Lucky might stand and how he'd hold his gun, I got to experience it for myself. How cool is that?

The entire Diversion series is available at Amazon in ebook, paperback, and audio format, as well as KU.





Lucky Lucklighter has a new life. His old life wants him back.

He traded trafficking for taking down criminals with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau, and a drug-lord lover for a man on the right side of the law. Bo Schollenberger found the way past the thorny defenses of Lucky’s heart, and made Mr. I-Get-Along-Fine-Alone think about his and his closets, stevia in the sugar bowl, and a picket fence—with a good lock on the gate.

Now Bo is missing, and a voice long silenced asks, “Did you miss me?” Lucky must deal with a devil from his past to get Bo back.

And if Bo isn’t willing to come? A drug ring needs its back broken before flooding the US with a designer high, seductive and undetectable. But there’s a fine line between good and evil, and a truckload of temptation urging Lucky to cross.

Get your copy of Manipulation at Amazon.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Sale!

For a limited time, get your copy of of my Lambda Award Finalist novel, Settling the Score for .99 cents at Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. From now until December 7, so get your copy fast! It's also Whispersynced, for you Audible listeners.


Outed and dumped on national television by his rising star boyfriend, Joey Nichols must face the bigotry of the locals in his small Southern town alone. His dreams of a happy ever after lie crushed at his feet. 

Novelist Troy Steele has an axe to grind against Hollywood heartbreaker types. Transforming Joey into a gorgeous, unobtainable hunk would be payback worthy of Troy’s poison pen. It's a brilliant way to get back at Joey’s image-obsessed ex-boyfriend and the movie producer who’s mutilating Troy’s novels. 

What begins as simple revenge may tangle them together in something far more complicated. Living well may be the best revenge, but Troy and Joey could rewrite that to loving well.


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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Good News for Diversion Fans! New Spin-off Release!

 When I finished book nine of the Diversion series, I thought I was finished with Bo, Lucky, and the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. Then a friend asked, "What happened to Jerry from Corruption?"

Good question, which I hopefully answered in my latest offering, Petty Crimes. Although it's a spin-off story of the Diversion series, and has some of the same characters, it's intended as a standalone. 

Jerry has turned his life around, and now works for Lucky at the SNB. Imagine answering to a boss who literally shot you. I truly enjoyed showing Lucky through the eyes of someone else. 


Why can't life give him a break?

Five years ago, Jerry Wilkerson was running with a biker gang, making mistake after mistake, till he ended up in the hospital with a gunshot wound, facing criminal charges for drug distribution. On top of everything, he'd fallen in love with the narcotics agent who took them all down. Or rather, with Cyrus Cooper, the man that agent pretended to be.

Making a deal with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau kept Jerry out of jail, sending him undercover as Brody Jenson, a petty criminal able to get into places other agents can't. He's satisfied with his life—or would be if he wasn't still longing for someone who never existed.

Then a man steps out of his dreams and into his life, who's everything Jerry ever wanted.

Except for the part where Jerry might have to arrest him.

Petty Crimes is now available for preorder at Amazon, releasing October 1, in time for GRL!