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Sex & Sourdough Released Today!

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I've been so busy over at the Dreamspinner Press Blog that I've ended up neglecting my own! But it's the official release day for Sex & Sourdough! This is my second novel, and my first crack at a contemporary boy meets boy romance!


Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.

Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only sola…

Goodreads Chats, Taking Over the Dreamspinner Press Blog, and Giveaways!

When A Casual Weekend Thing released, I hiked down into Bryce Canyon and tried to hide there for the entire week. This time around, it's too cold. So, I'm going to try to do the usual promo stuff.

In addition to my "I can't keep the paper back copies of this where innocent eyes, or my mother-in-law, might find them!" giveaway, I'll be....

Friday: I'm taking over the Dreamspinner Press Blog on Friday! I'll be posting, and chatting,  throughout the day on Friday, and giving away an ebook copy of Sex & Sourdough!

Saturday: I will be doing a Meet the Author chat on the Dreamspinner Press Goodreads Group, from 9:00am - 12:00pm PCT, with another giveaway!

Come join me for a chance to win!

Enter to Win One of 4 Signed Paperback Copies of Sex & Sourdough!

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TODAY I am opening up my giveaway to celebrate the release of Sex & Sourdough! I will be giving away 4 free signed paper-back copies on this blog! Here's the blurb:

Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.

Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only solace.

In the wilderness, Anders and Kevin discover a lot of common ground. W…

Cover Art and Updates!

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LOTS of updates today! I'm really tempted to create three long, complicated posts to avoid actually working on my National Novel Writing Month project. So, they're all going up at once.

 I got the final cover art for Sex & Sourdough this morning! The cover below was designed by Dreamspinner Press artist Aaron Anderson, and I'm really looking forward to the December 13th release! There is so much to this story, I can't wait to share it!


Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.
Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father,…

Holding Out for a Fairy Tale...?

My current work in progress is always affectionately referred to as "the damn book." When I've got to write the climax and want to skip to the ending, I complain that I have to finish the damn book. If I really want to start a new project rather than make dinner, I announce that I'm ordering pizza because I need to finish outlining the damn book. It stays the damn book through the entire writing process, from outline to rough draft edits. It's not until I begin to put together query letters that I ask the dreaded question: "What do I call the damn book?"

I suck at coming up with titles. I really, really do. I agonize over them. I come up with lists, think about the connotation of every single word, and then cross-out everything on the list. It sometimes takes me longer to pin down a title than it does to outline a novel, and I almost always give up.

So, what do I do? At a loss for an appropriate name, I end up going through the text while editing and lo…

I'm an AMB Ovation Awards Finalist!

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I've just learned I'm a finalist for the The AMB Ovation Awards for Outstanding Author in GLBT Literature for A Casual Weekend Thing! Not even in the Debut Author category, which my fragile ego is taking to mean I'm now counted among writers who do this kind of thing professionally! The award strives to recognize "published romance authors who addressed a challenge, problem, or issue facing AA/IR/Multicultural couples today in their romance novels."


This is the first I've heard of the award and I am thrilled by the nomination!

The notice also shed a bit of light in an otherwise stressful transition in my life. I've spent the last few weeks living in a hotel, awaiting a housing assignment at my dear husband's new duty station. Entertaining three little kids in a hotel kitchenette isn't as easy as one might think, even when there's cable TV, because the novelty of living in a hotel loses its appeal really fast. One of the many joys of this tran…

Sex & Sourdough Is Under Contract!

I'm so excited to announce that Sex & Sourdough, my 2012 NANO project (finished only six months late) is now under contract with Dreamspinner Press! It's slated for a December 2013-January 2014 release date!

Here's a rough blurb:

Giveaway Winners!

The Contest is Over!
It's is 8:04 PST! The giveaway entry period is officially over! 

Congratulations to our four winners: Penumbra, Zora, zeoanne, and Humsini Murali! I will be sending out emails here shortly, and if any of the winners don't get back to me within 48 hours, I will draw another number from the hat. 

And now I can stop pimping this giveaway on my other stories around the internet and get on with this daily writing thing. 

Cyclic Violence – Drawing Inspiration from the Darkness

A Casual Weekend Thing Release Day!

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I'm Giving Away Four Signed Paperback Copies of A Casual Weekend Thing!

Today I had one of those Why didn't I write a novel I can tell my conservative family and neighbors about? moments—on an international level. All because of giveaways. Giveaways seem to be the thing to do when you jump into publishing for the first time. Blog tours are lots of work and require a lack of shyness, so that was out. I have enough trouble updating this once every couple months. But I finally signed up for a Goodreads account! I thought it might be my giveaway salvation.
I sat there looking at Goodreads giveaways all morning, rehashing warnings about giving m/m erotic stories away to people who a) might be minors, although there's a check box that might, theoretically, prevent minors from entering, or b) might be horrified to receive a book that includes explicit sex between men. (I've watched my dear sister-in-law go through the list and click on absolutely everything without looking at the cover art, much more reading the blurbs, so I know it happens...)
I had…

Moving Beyond Stereotypes: Vegan Cowboys and Character Quirks (And a recipe for Turkish Rice)

It's confession time. One of the main characters in “A Casual Weekend Thing” started life as a cowboy.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for romance novel stereotypes—and the strong, silent cowboy is definitely one of my favorites, along with the sexy fireman, and the jaded police officer. But the challenge for any writer when trying to write a romance novel is to make characters who are unique, real, vibrant people.
Unfortunately, I often find myself reading novels where the author obviously started out with stereotypes (hello, sexy fireman!), smacked a masculine name on them, and let them fill the role of the story's hero without any more development whatsoever. And it works, but it works because most contemporary romance novels don't require anything other than that the hero be 100% alpha male and that he express his desire for the story's heroine at least once every two pages. In a romance where both main characters are men, where they're not included as a …

Bombarding Fictionpress with Graffiti to Celebrate the Upcoming Release of "A Casual Weekend Thing"

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A Casual Weekend Thing is now available for pre-order!!!!!!!!! The release date is May 13, 2013, and the first 20 paperback copies sold through the Dreamspinner Press site will be autographed! I will also be trying to sort out a blog tour, and giving away three free paperback copies somewhere along the way. Those will also be autographed, but it won’t be on the nifty pre-bound vellum paper that those first 20 customers get, and vellum is... well, vellum.
I’m so excited about having an actual release date that I’m going to go ahead and post an extra chapter of my fantasy mess and re-post Graffiti on fictionpress!!!!!!
A note about Graffiti—for those who remember the fan fiction version, Graffiti was converted to an original story, and posted for free because it was a bit too similar to every other story out there involving a sexually deviant Seattle billionaire to be worth marketing...Someone who was apparently a fan of the fan fiction version (though not enough of a fan to note the i…

"A Casual Weekend Thing" Cover Art

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Cover art? Cover art!!!! I have cover art! This is the draft cover for my upcoming Dreamspinner Press release, by cover artist Brooke Albrecht. I love it, but I am also a little freaked out that the book is coming out in two months and I haven't even begun to tackle that whole "promoting your novel" thing.... 

And I appear to have written a suspense novel. This was supposed to be a blog about romance-oriented stories. But it is a romantic suspense novel, it really is. Or rather, it contains lots of sex and emotional entanglements. 

Now to figure out the nuances of Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and the rest of the social media world before the release day sneaks up on me.

My Fantasy Mess: A Woman Writing M/M Fiction

So, my rambling, convoluted fantasy mess is finally seeing the light of day. This story started out as random pre-teen attempts at fiction. I began writing it, with a female protagonist, at age fourteen. I had just finished reading something or other by Raymond E. Feist, and it opened my eyes to the wonder of the fantasy genre. The story became a sprawling work, covering hundreds of pages across five different incarnations, and it never felt right. It was, in fact, the story that convinced me I cannot write about women (or magic, dragons, sorcery, elves, fantasy creatures, or magical weaponry, but that’s a whole other issue). A lot of straight women who read and write m/m fiction argue that it's all about sex. They'll insist that reading m/m fiction is a voyeuristic activity, and that they prefer to focus on the alpha male figure and they don't want to bother paying attention to the female character at all. Obviously, if you're titillated by an alpha male, two are b…