Monday, November 10, 2014

All the Release Dates. Also, I'm Going to Watch Star Wars.

Exciting things are afoot! Lisa Henry and I are deeply immersed in book 3 of THE BOY series. We have not one, but TWO releases next month! I’m apparently going to watch STAR WARS for the first time this weekend, or else Lisa will mock me into oblivion. (Hey, I've seen clips of it. And it just looks like a bunch of guys running around with 70s hair and laser guns. But I'm told this deficiency in my pop cultural savvy is unforgivable.)

So, let’s start with upcoming releases:

December 16: Loose Id’s Rated XXX-Mas Anthology comes out. Lisa and I have a very kinky story in there called FALL ON YOUR KNEES. The unofficial blurb goes like this:

Asa and his longtime partner, Javier, are looking forward to a cozy, kinky Christmas together. But when Asa discovers his coworker Drew has nowhere to go for the holidays, he invites Drew home for dinner. His motives aren’t entirely pure: Asa and Javier are both dominant, and occasionally arrange one night stands with submissives. Asa’s been hot for Drew for months, even though he has no proof Drew is kinky.

Drew has wanted Asa since the day they met. Drew would never come between Asa and his partner, but that doesn’t stop him from fantasizing about Asa doing filthy, painful, incredible things to him. He accepts Asa’s dinner invitation reluctantly, not eager to witness Asa and Javier’s domestic bliss firsthand.

When Javier discovers Drew’s profile on a BDSM site shortly before Drew’s arrival, the game changes. A bold proposition leads to Asa and Jav sharing a night of play and passion with a dinner guest who’s nowhere near as innocent as he looks. But as their not-so-silent night progresses, they find themselves on shaky ground. Can they keep this arrangement no strings attached? Or is there a way for each man to get what he really wants for Christmas?

Note: Blurbs for the following books can be found on my Coming Soon page, to avoid an overly-blurby post.

December 29th: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF ALTONA, book 1 in the PLAYING THE FOOL trilogy, comes out! It’s available for preorder now at Riptide, Amazon, and ARe. Preordering from Riptide gets you a discount, and you receive the book a couple of days early. You can find all the pre-order links, plus links to some early reviews here.

January 20th: TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME. My first solo book in a while, TTLWH continues my exploration of the world of vanilla sex. There’s a tiny bit of kink in this one, but the book is more of a self-discovery/coming of age tale. Still plenty of sex, though. I promise.

February 2nd: THE MERCHANT OF DEATH, book 2 in the PtF trilogy.

March 9th: Book 3!

Sometime in the winter/spring: another solo book, THE GRAND BALLAST. I have no idea what genre to put this in. Let’s call it speculative suspense, for now. It takes place in the future, but the futuristic aspect is minimal. There is a love story, but it’s not necessarily at the forefront. As with ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE, the wrap up is not tidy, and there is some violence. But if you go with me to the dark side, there will be a return to lightness in 2016, because…

I’ve signed a contract with Riptide for a four-book series called THE SUBS CLUB! It’s mostly fun, with a little angst (of course). And a fuckton of kinky sex. It’s about a group of subs who form a…well, club, in order to ferret out bad doms in their local BDSM community.

And one last thing--seriously the last--Lisa and I will be at The Novel Approach on the 13th talking about BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD. We're doing a giveaway, and we'd love for you to stop by!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Brandon Mills is Here! Also, GRL Happened.

I am way behind. Let me catch you up fast! Lisa Henry and I went to GRL. It was super fun. If I met you at GRL, thank you for being part of what made it so great. If I didn't meet you, I wish I had, because I'll bet you would have made it even better. Lisa and I are proud to report that we got into zero legal trouble, and actually spent our time together quite productively. We plotted out multiple new books, including book 3 in THE BOY series! Get ready for some Mr. Zimmerman drama.



We gave out lots of plastic dinosaurs in honor of BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD, which has just released! It can be purchased through Loose Id's site, and should be available on Amazon, B&N, etc., in the next few days. BMvtV-C is a sequel to MARK COOPER VERSUS AMERICA, focusing on Mark's friend Brandon, who falls unexpectedly for a dinosaur-loving nerd.

If you'd like to win a copy of BRANDON or any of our backlist titles, join us on our blog tour! Here's where we'll be:

10/28 - Boys in Our Books
10/29 - Prism Book Alliance
11/1 - Joyfully Jay Reviews
11/13 - The Novel Approach Reviews
11/16 - Love Bytes Reviews



BLURB:

Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.


When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition--and their relationship--heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cover Art: Brandon Mills Versus the V-Card

BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD has a lovely cover by Dar Albert! Lisa Henry and I would appreciate if you could all add the term "crotch dinosaur" to your vocabulary.

Out October 28.

BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD is the sequel to MARK COOPER VERSUS AMERICA. It's a sweet NA romance--no kink this time, though Lisa and I are working on book 3 in the Prescott College series, and that one will more than make up for the kink dearth here.

Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition--and their relationship--heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.

BMvtV-C is out October 28th from Loose Id. Lisa and I are excited to share it with you! In the meantime, we're getting ready for GRL. Which I'm sure isn't going to be a wild time at all...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Coming Soon: All the Things

This summer has been a wild time. I moved, started a new job as a dog walker--which is very fun, and full of adorable--and I have been writing like a fiend.

This guy.

So, while I've been lousy at keeping the blog updated, I do have lots of new stuff coming out soon. The PLAYING THE FOOL mystery series, co-written with Lisa Henry, starts releasing December 29th. Excerpts, covers, blurbs, and preorders are now available on Riptide Publishing's website. Lisa and I also have BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD and a very naughty holiday BDSM menage called FALL ON YOUR KNEES coming up. You can check out my Coming Soon page for more info.



Also, GRL is just around the corner! I'm looking forward to meeting lots of people and being totally, 100% on my best behavior. Every waking moment.

Absolutely.

And finally, get ready for Queer Romance Month! Lots of blog posts and giveaways from queer romance authors, plus plenty of ways to get involved and spread the message: Love is Love. Check out the website for more details!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Brandon Mills versus the V-Card

Lisa Henry and I have an acceptance on our sequel to MARK COOPER VERSUS AMERICA, BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD. It was originally BRANDON MILLS VERSUS VIRGINITY, but Amazon is having a little prude party, which you can read more about over at Lisa Henry's place. But we're very happy with V-Card, and even happier to get to share book two of the Prescott chronicles with you sometime in the near future!





All this stuff is happening. Pretty much.


Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. Life at Prescott, and in his fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa, is good. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, Brandon is slowly coming out of his shell. When he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, though, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.


Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.


When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, they start spending time together. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition--and their relationship--heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.

Friday, July 18, 2014

New contract: TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME

Meet TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, newly under contract with Loose Id! This one has a very frenetic--but I hope fun--narrator. He's only eighteen, but he's got a lot of opinions. And at least ninety-nine problems. The farmer's market is one. School is another. His perpetually-screaming family. His internet friend, Evan. His sister's mafia dollhouse. The random guy online who wants to pee on him. The subversive characters from his Spanish workbook. And this:



Here's the working blurb:

Dresden Marich has failed out of high school three months shy of graduation. He’s infatuated with his online friend, Evan, alienated from his family and former classmates, and still trying to recover from his father’s death six years ago. He’s also keeping a troubling secret about his older brother, Gunner, who is currently away at boot camp.

Then Dresden meets Caleb, a judgmental environmentalist who’s hardly Dresden’s fantasy come true. But Caleb seems to understand Dresden’s desire for rough sex, big feelings, and, ultimately, safety. As Dresden becomes embroiled in a farmers market drama involving Caleb, a couple of bullying tomato enthusiasts, and a gang of vigilante vegans, he discovers he might be willing to trade a fantasy relationship with Evan for a shot at something real with Caleb.

But Dresden fears telling quick-to-judge Caleb his secret, and the news that Gunner is coming home sends him fleeing to California for a chance to meet Evan in person and hopefully fall in love. When the meeting doesn’t go as expected, Dresden faces a choice: stay in California and carve out a new life, or take the long road home to his family, Caleb, and a past he must face if he has any hope for a future.

In other news, BRAT-TISTIC, the omnibus paperback of the WACKY WEDNESDAY and THE BRAT-TASTIC JAYK PARKER, is now available. So if you've been saying to yourself lately, "Man, I'd really like to read two books about domestic discipline bound together in one convenient tome, but I'd also like them to feature body swapping and a cake that tastes like butt cum," look no further. I've got you. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BDSM Blog Hop: Using Our Words

Hi, and welcome to the BDSM blog hop, running July 5-13! Visit the hop's main page to see what BDSM readers and writers have to say about the lifestyle. Today I'm talking about misusing the BDSM label in fiction. Krog! Bring me my soapbox!



We know BDSM encompasses a massive range of activities and identities. But what does an activity need to be in order to fall under the BDSM umbrella?

Say it with me: Safe. Sane. And consensual.

BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism. Individually, these terms aren’t defined by the presence of consent, or even sex. But when you’re using the letters together, you’re referring to a variety of consensual practices with protocols in place to ensure the safety of the participants.

Which is why it bothers me when publishers include rape, torture, abuse, and kidnapping books in their BDSM and/or kink categories.

I used to see it happen a lot. And I still see it happen some. It’s like if there’s a whip in the book, regardless of why it’s there, the book gets labeled BDSM. I read a story last year that featured zero consensual sexual activity and pretty much nonstop rape and torture, and was asked by my Kindle when I finished, “Want More Unconventional Kink?” This was followed by a list of recommended reads. An eyeball licking fetish might be an unconventional kink. Rape? Um, no.

One of the biggest misconceptions the BDSM community has struggled with over the years is the idea that what we do is abuse. That it is violent, damaging, and only practiced by people who have a screw or two loose.

I get that in romance, readers have certain “kinks” we enjoy reading about but know are not okay in real life. Capture. Forced sexual slavery. Getting busy with krakens. But there are a lot of romance and erotica books on the market that portray capture, rape, and abuse, not as an erotic fantasy, but as crimes. And still get shelved as BDSM.

So the deal is, if it’s a story where the relationship and/or the sex is nonconsensual, it’s not BDSM. In BDSM, there’s consensual nonconsent—pre-negotiated enactment of a nonconsensual fantasy—but rape, even the I-was-ravished-by-pirates-and-was-surprised-by-how-much-I-enjoyed-it kind, is not BDSM. If it’s a story featuring mental or physical abuse—non-negotiated, nonconsensual damage to a person’s body or psyche—it’s not BDSM.

I know there are some gray areas. Anne Rice’s Beauty trilogy isn’t consensual, but it is clearly a fantasy, taking place in an imaginary kingdom in a time that never was and with participants who become willing (not to imply that a participant becoming willing after the fact is EVER an excuse for rape IRL). Would I call it a BDSM story? Yes. Why? I don’t know. Probably the spicy buttplugs. I do think it’s necessary, in a genre that explores taboos the way erotic romance does, to draw some distinction between realistically portrayed rape and violence, and very obvious fantasy.

The BDSM label in fiction is perhaps more for the benefit of readers, and doesn’t necessarily refer to how the characters in the story define their relationship. But what does it do for the real world perception of BDSM to put a book about a consensual kinky relationship in the same category as the stuff Law and Order: SVU episodes are made of? I love reading the SVU stuff. But I don’t want to see it on a list of Kinky Recommendations.

It’s time for the writing world to use its words and make a distinction between BDSM and abuse.  

And I’ll bet making that distinction could give rise to some creative new marketing categories…