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The Way Things Are is Available for Pre-Order!

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It's almost here! It's almost here! The Way Things Are is on the Dreamspinner Press Coming Soon page!!! It's available for pre-order now, and scheduled to be released on January 30th!



A night of drunken confusion at nineteen resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child. Determined to be there for his son, Patrick walked away from a sport he loved and forever hid his sexuality. After Patrick's brutal divorce and a vicious hate crime, his son, Jay, has become obsessed with graffiti. Hoping for a fresh start, Patrick moves Jay to his childhood home in Seattle. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested again. On his way to pick Jay up, Patrick stops an assault, then finds himself in handcuffs too. Thinking things can’t get any worse, he’s confronted by the sexiest man he’s ever seen—his son’s new probation officer, Ken Atkins.

The hardest part of Ken’s job is working with difficult parents, and the undeniably handsome Patrick Connelly is going to be a difficult parent. A chance …

Sex & Sourdough Won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Gay Contemporary General Fiction!

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Holy crap, Sex & Sourdough won a Rainbow Award! I'm thrilled and thankful to Elisa Rolle and all of this years' judges!

I've got to admit, I'm also surprised as hell. I can't say I saw this coming, especially with the caliber of books competing! I'm beyond honored!

Purgatory and Paradise is coming March, 2015!

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I just signed a contract with Dreamspinner to publish The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise in March! It will be my 5th novel, and 3rd in the Least Likely Partnership series. It's also a return to some of my darker themes. Take a sneak peak HERE.

The new contract made my day! It definitely helped my I'm-never-going-to-GRL blues. Aside from the whole social wallflower thing, and not really having they money to go, I had to organize the shin-dig below yesterday:



One of my rug-rats has a birthday that seems to fall during GRL every year, and so long as she still lights up about haunted gingerbread house parties, I'm doomed to keep throwing them year in and year out.

I'll just have keep following all the pretty GRL pictures on facebook. :(

Rainbow Awards Finalists!

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Wohoo! I am so pleased to announce both of my recent releases, Holding Out for a Fairy Tale and Sex &Sourdough, have made it to the finals of Elisa Rolle’s 2014 Rainbow Awards! So exciting to see my name up there with so many of the authors I geek out over, I am bouncing right now! 

Treadmill desk failure: Editing and Synopsis Writing! And a longer excerpt from Book 3 of the Least Likely Partnership Series.

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The list of things I can't do while walking on a treadmill includes: writing by hand, making paper airplanes, applying makeup, snacking on messy things, and effective parenting. But editing and synopsis writing are the important epic-fail items on the list.

While The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise has been done for a couple of weeks, every time I tried to use my homemade treadmill desk to edit it, I got horribly distracted by something cute, shiny, yummy looking, or another damn facebook personality quiz.  I found myself wondering if I was always this air headed while sitting at a desk. Then ten seconds later I found myself trying to find a recipe for vegan loaded potato skins I might have all of the ingredients to make. And fifteen seconds later giving up on reading the list of ingredients and, once again, making cupcakes.

Walking while writing tends to let my mind wander, to follow whatever creative path it's inclined to explore (hello tattoo artists story!), and to …

CHATTING WITH GAY ROMANCE AUTHOR JAMIE LAKE!

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Today I'm welcoming fellow m/m author Jamie Lake, author of the Boyfriend for Rent and the Marked for Love series, to talk about her newest Bad Boy release!
For those who aren’t familiar with the Bad Boy series, tell us about it? It’s the story of a really hot teacher who becomes desperate for money when his hours are cut and the only choice he has is to moonlight as an erotic masseuse for men. The problem is, he has to keep his profession a secret from the school and it’s right when he meets the guy of his dreams, who happens to be not only one of his student’s dads but also a cop.
You have about 4 different series running right now, how do you juggle all the storylines? It’s not easy. But I try to focus on just one series at a time. I put my whole heart, soul, tears into each novel I write and I try to focus on just that novel. It’s like trying to date more than one person at a time, it can be done but it’s real hard. Believe me, before I met my partner, I tried. If you really wa…

DIY Treadmill Desk? Not My Best Plan Ever...

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With school just starting here in Monterey, I can't be lazy anymore. No more late mornings, putting off laundry, or making do with popcorn and various snack products for dinner because I want to write just a little more. No more pretending watching the Lord of the Rings with my kids could count as their reading time, either.

When I tried to get back into the normal swing of things, I discovered everything I did wore me out. Getting groceries left me exhausted. Walking to pick up my kids left me dragging my feet. Did I have the energy to write? Hah! I didn't even have the energy to read the words I was typing. Part of my fatigue is just the every day reality of living with an autoimmune disorder, but a bigger part of it is that I've been sitting at a desk, or on a couch, for twelve to fourteen hours a day, every day, for a long time.

Inspired by the occasional human interest piece about how sitting is slowly killing us, I started researching treadmill desks. The first, and …

Interview, Audiobook Giveaway, and a New Contract!

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Today I'm over at Jame Lake Novels! Awesome timing for an interview, because I just got codes for promo copies of A Casual Weekend Thing on Audible. She's hosting a giveaway to go along with the interview! To enter to win a copy, head over and leave a comment! The contest will be open for 1 week, closing on Wednesday 7/23/14! 

Also, The Way Things Are is officially under contract! Look for it from Dreamspinner Press in January, 2015! The pic below is pretty damn close to what my own imagination conjured when writing my main character, Patrick Connelly.
WARNING: Possibly NSFW, although a hell of a lot safer than everything else on tumblr.  *sigh* I like tumblr :)


http://miamiistrue.tumblr.com/

Teaser of The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise

When Holding Out for a Fairy Tale released last month, I promised I'd post a teaser for the 3rd book in the Least Likely Partnerships series, and here it is!

From The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise

The rock came out of nowhere. It smacked Christopher in the back of the head with a crack that echoed around the street. He stumbled forward, dragging his feet to a stop as his vision went black. He braced his hands on his knees as his field of vision filled with splotches of neon light that seemed to flash behind his eyelids.

The screech of tires and laughter from the street behind him cut through the pain. He bit back on the panic that threatened to paralyze him and forced himself to move. He staggered off the sidewalk toward the hedge separating him from the parking lot on his left.

“No one wants fucking perverts like you jogging past our playgrounds!”

Christopher ignored the voice, just added it to the list of evidence he was collecting in his head. He noted the make and mod…

I'm Being Interviewed at LaQuette's Living & Loving the Written Word Today!

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June Updates!

Today, yes TODAY, I’m being interviewed over at LaQuette Likes! This is my first author interview, and I’ll be sharing a bit about how I got started writing and I'll be talking a bit about Holding Out for a Fairy tale! Head over to her blog to check it out!


This month I finally finished and submitted The Way Things Are, the story of longshoreman Patrick Connelly and his doomed attempts not to hit on his son’s sexy probation officer, Ken Atkins. There’s a new teaser in the interview here! (And unlike my first crack at novel length fiction—about Patrick’s son Jay and his adventures with spray paint—this one will have the attention of professional editors before it sees the light of day!)

And finally, the third book in the Least likely Partnership series is coming together! With any luck, it will be available in May, 2015! I say with any luck, because it’s summer vacation. There’s something very strange about writing explicit sex scenes or writing about… well, horrible …

Audiobooks, New Releases, and Gardening

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A Casual Weekend Thing has come out as an audiobook! It’s went on sale at Audible last night! Now I just need to finish re-listening to Rhys Ford’sSinner’s Gin before I hear it, because jumping from one narrator to another confuses the hell out of my poor brain.
Also, Holding Out for a Fairy Tale releases tomorrow! Dreamspinner is running all kinds of sales this month to celebrate their 7th anniversary! In addition to 15% off every Dreamspinner title at ARe, they’re offering larger discounts and flash sales at the Dreamspinner site throughout the month!



And beyond announcing the release, I’m going to be a coward about the whole promo thing this time around.

Even with the one year anniversary of A Casual Weekend Thing coming up, I still don’t feel like this new role has really sunk in. With more experience with the publishing process, the emotional roller coaster of book releases and reviews, and attending the Dreamspinner Press Writers Workshop in Portland just a couple weeks ago, I …

Holding Out for a Fairy Tale Cover Art and Blurb

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I feel like I’m still in those long, slow weeks of January were everyone is winding down from the holidays, and the entire month of February seems to have come and gone without me really noticing. Suddenly it’s March, and the spin-off of A Casual Weekend Thing is in its final round of edits! I’ve got cover art, blurbs, and all that fun stuff to share.

Here is the official blurb and cover art, once again produced by Dreamspinner Press’s wonderful Brooke Albrecht!
When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business.

Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches a missing persons case as his fi…

Giveaway Winners!

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Wow, what a crazy month. I am back to writing mysteries and writing about human smuggling during the holidays is more than a little weird. So weird that I needed to unwind last night (New Years!) and am just now getting this post put together!

So, without further ado, the winners of the four signed paperback copies of Sex & Sourdough are Feliz, Val, vitajex, and Riverhaze! Congratulations!

I've sent emails to each of the winners to follow-up, but if you see your name and haven't gotten that email (yay for spam filters!) go ahead and email me your information at ajthomasromance@gmail.com and I'll get your book on it's way!

If I don't hear back form a winner within 48 hours, I'll try bugging them one more time and then select another winner from the list of comments!