Hello everyone and welcome to Monday!
I'm going to start doing updates for the week each Monday. So here's the first one.
I spent some time this morning updating this site. Now if you notice to your left I have separated the young adult books from the adult ones. All coming soon and new release information for my books is listed on the different pages.
Our garden is officially planted and it looks amazing. Will post pics tomorrow after I take some tonight. We spent most of yesterday outside in the back yard and I had on no sunscreen so now I'm bright red. If you go to the Fort Collins Pride Fest on Saturday I'll be the woman with bright red arms, face, scalp, neck, shoulders... yeah it was bad. I've been alive almost thirty years and yet I still don't remember to take the five seconds I need to put on sunscreen in the summer. And it's even worse in Colorado. At least I'm well stocked on aloe and nice cold water.
Events for this week include the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia which starts Friday. I'll be giving away something. I'm not sure yet but there will be something in it for the people that visit this blog. On Saturday I'll be at the Fort Collins Pride Fest with Marie Sexton. I will have sunscreen that day and I am excited to take the drive back up north to Northern Colorado again. It's so freeing to get out of the city for a while and simply enjoy the fresh air, the lack of traffic and the sight of cows. I need to finalize my decision on which shirt to wear that day. I keep switching back and forth between my author shirt that says PRIDE on it or my tank top that says Love is Free all over it in a repeating rainbow pattern. Both are very comfortable and cute so it'll be a tough decision.
I have a new release next week with the Out in Colorado Anthology. Also, the Lost and Found Anthology will be released later this month though I don't have a specific date for that release just yet.
As for writing news I am finishing up the first book in my new M/M paranormal series. I hope to have this novel submitted to a publisher by Friday.
Have a great week!
I have removed Simon Says from every outlet because it was expanded and was accepted by Extasy Books. It will come out later this year and is 3x the length Simon Says was.
Here's an unedited sneak peek at my new work in progress, Please Don't Touch (A Forever Home 1). My good friend, Vona Logan helped me pick out the title of the series.
"All done?" the woman asked as he approached the gate.
Jack nodded. He guessed that he was. Not really by choice though. It felt far more like giving up, like admitting that no one, not even an animal, should be around him. He was too tainted, too dirty for their love. And they knew it. No wonder the dog hadn't wanted to come close to him. His hand went to the gate, ready to open it.
"Missy, come back here," Marius called.
Jack looked over his shoulder at the sound of a dog whining. Had her leash gotten caught on something? Was he the reason she sounded hurt? When he turned though he saw nothing wrong with her. She stood in the middle of the small area, her head down, her tail between her legs and whined loudly as if there was something wrong with her. He looked to Marius, unsure of how to ask what he wanted to. Was this his fault too? Had he done something to her?
Jack stepped toward her, wanting to apologize for whatever he'd done but not quite sure how. Her tail twitched as he approached and her whining stopped. When he was close enough to touch she took a step toward him. He reached for her, wanting to touch her if she'd let him. He hadn't had contact with anyone or anything in weeks. Feeling something warm and alive might be good for him. It could remind him that he was alive too. That he hadn't died. That they hadn't killed him.
First of all, its May and I am looking out the window to the left of my desk and seeing lots of snow. Not just a light dusting of an inch or two. But lots of inches and it's still coming down.
Whining moment over. It was 60 yesterday and it'll be 70 by this weekend. But why it has to snow today I've got no clue.
I've started a new series that centers around an animal rescue and the man who runs it. To see the pinterest board where I've posted all of my inspiration photos go here. This series also has a draft blurb;
Marius appears to have a knack for fitting the right owner with the perfect pet. Some people in town even say he's a dog whisperer. In a world where werewolves are out in the open this man has no reason to hide what he really is. But is he enough to heal his broken town, one pet at a time?
I have a publisher picked out and a good chunk of the first book done so I hope they end up liking it. If it's not a good fit for them then I have another in mind. It's always good to have a back up plan.
Rj Scott's April Autism Awareness blog hop was another great success and the winner of one of my books is Chelsea.
Later this month the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia starts. I'll have some nice prizes to give away for that hop as well and it's always great to stand together and show support for our community of not just romance readers and writers of GLBT stories but also just as people as a whole.
I will be at the Fort Collins pride fest that same weekend as well. Hopefully it'll be in the 70's that weekend. It's just a one day festival so if you're in the northern Colorado area I hope you'll stop by to say hello. I'd love to meet you and there will be a few of us Colorado authors there as well. I won't have any books available for sale but saying hi is always fun too.
Next month is the Denver pride fest which I will also be at with books and a lot of authors so if you miss the Fort Collins one I hope to see you in June. Or come to both. That's great too.
Lost and Found, the anthology I'm part of, comes out later this month through Featherweight Press. It's a great anthology with a lot of amazing stories in it and all the money from it goes to the Lost n Found center in Atlanta that helps homeless GLBT youth so please check it out.
And in June my second print anthology release, Out in Colorado, will be available through Storm Moon Press. I will have print copies of both of these anthologies available for sale at the June pride fest in Denver.
I made a great peach cobbler last night that couldn't have been easier. I found the original recipe online that called for-
4 cups of fresh or frozen fruit
1 stick of butter
1 box of white cake mix
then it said to melt the butter, mix it in with the cake mix and pour it over the fruit in a 9 x 13" pan in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes or until the batter started to brown.
It was really delicious, especially with some greek yogurt. But I wouldn't do it in a 9x13" pan. It was too big for the ingredients listed. To make that much again I'd say it needs to be at least double the amount of fruit. The cake and butter was fine but there wasn't enough fruit for me. But I'll be making it again for sure. I chose peaches because I had a few bags of them frozen but I think it would be great with mixed berries as well. A chocolate cake mix with the mixed berri
I have a few edits to do and a lot of writing to get done now.