Thursday, October 9, 2014

The countdown begins... and the author becomes scarce.

T-minus 26 days until I leave Nebraska forever. Not that I'm counting.

Naturally, this means we've reached the frantic period where 11,000 things need to be done so that another 27,000 things can be done. We've planned ahead, of course, and managed to knock out quite a bit. I'm still kind of floored by the sheer volume of stuff we've removed from the house in the last two weeks. I literally donated more clothing than I kept. It's liberating to get rid of that much debris, but man it was a lot of work.

I've also gone through my extensive library and divided my books into "storage" and "Spain." I swear, choosing between books is like choosing between kittens. I WANT TO TAKE THEM ALL. But...space. So two bookcases worth of books are on their way to a storage unit, while the remaining six bookcases worth are coming with me. Hey, it's a 25% reduction. Don't judge me.

So that's a handful of things down, and 10,995 to go.

I know, really exciting, isn't it?

And of course, in the midst of all of that, I'm still writing. Two books will be finished before the end of the month, lest I incur the wrath of my editors. Between them, that means probably 40,000 words to go.

So, with all of that being said, my internet time (not to mention headspace) is getting a bit limited. I will be somewhat scarce on most forms of social media until I get settled into Spain in early 2015. This blog will probably be pretty quiet, but, well, that's how it's been for most of 2014, so... LOL

Of course I'll still be around, and I'll still be tweeting/posting on Facebook, but there will likely be days where I'm completely MIA. If you send me an e-mail or an @ message on Twitter, expect the response to take a little longer than usual (possibly up to a week). Or you might catch me when I'm at my desk and get a quick -- if brief -- response.  This does not mean I don't want to hear from fans, I promise!! I love hearing from y'all, and I do read messages as soon as they come in. It's just response times that will be a little jumbled for a bit while I get my life out of its holding pattern and all of my belongings across the Atlantic.

TL;DR - I'll be around, but sporadically over the next 3-4 months.

Thank y'all for being patient! I promise, even if I'm quiet, there are books in the works that will be unleashed on the world in 2015 -- stay tuned!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Guest Post: Jamie Lake -- The ‘Bad Boy’ Of M/M Gay Romance Literature

Apologies to Jamie for posting this WAY late....it's been one of those months. But he's stopping by to talk about his Bad Boy series...


Jamie Lake’s newest book series Bad Boy was an instant hit, becoming the #1 book in its category. I had the chance to chat with Jamie about how he created the book series and his advice to those who are interested in writing in the genre.

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 is 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.

Why would you recommend m/m as a genre for other authors to write? It’s still very much undiscovered territory, even though there are tens of thousands of m/m titles out there. Compared to general romance which has probably hundreds of thousands of titles, maybe more. It’s not as easy as people say and people don’t always understand the audience. The men who write it, don’t realize the majority of the readers are straight women and they want something different and sometimes the females that write it, don’t sound authentic with the male dialogue to me. There are issues that gay men and bi men deal with, subtle things that women may not quite tap into as writers. You have to be able to write authentically and at the same time, give your readers what they’re looking for and that’s not always easy to do.

How did you create your characters in Bad Boy? Do you do a character bio? My characters are generally loosely based on people I know or in the case of Chip, people I’d like to know. I tried to give him qualities I’d love in a dream guy and that I hope the readers would like too. Sometimes I’ll do a character bio or even a passage from a journal to get into the voice and mindset of the character if needed and that’s always a lot of fun to do. I love to go into the point of view of different people.

Where can we get a copy of Bad Boy? You can get it exclusively on Amazon or email me.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

General updates...

Remember in January when I said I'd be blogging a lot more this year?

Right.

About that.

Anyway, this year has been kind of a bust for a lot of things, mostly because I've been facedown in deadlines since like 1922, went through an awesome period of massive burnout, and also did a bunch of traveling. It's been a chaotic year!

And it's going to stay chaotic for a little while, so updates will likely continue to be sparse until we're finished moving. So, I figured I'd do another general updates blog, and I'll try my level best to actually have some interesting posts over the next few months. Just...bear with me until February or so.

So let's start with the move... I'm moving to Spain! While this is, of course, incredibly exciting (especially since it means getting out of Nebraskastan), it's also a challenging process. Fortunately, my husband and I have this down to a science, and we're already making headway with staging household goods to be either moved to Spain or sent to storage. Or thrown away. It's amazing how much useless clutter two people can accumulate in twelve years.

The plan right now is for me to drive to Seattle in early November with our cats. Meanwhile, Eddie will get the house squared away, and then he'll join me in December. Then he'll continue on to Spain in mid-January, and I'll follow at the end of January. Trust me, it makes sense. (Also, if anyone happens to know anything about obtaining work visas for American citizens employed by other American citizens while living in Spain, please let me know...)

During this lengthy period of migration, I will still be working... especially when Aleksandr Voinov comes to visit!  Yes, you read that right. Aleks will be flying to Seattle, and we'll be doing some touristy stuff in between writing. Also, if you're in the Seattle area, keep an eye on this page for information about an event on December 5th!

Speaking of writing with Aleks, there's the small matter of the contest for Rolex's name. Because the universe apparently has a mean sense of humor, real-life has, to say the least, interfered with our ability to co-write. As such, Rolex and his still-not-yet-determined name had to park on the back burner for a little while. But rest assured, he will have a name! And he will have a story!

Aleks and I have a number of projects in the works right now, and we're hoping to make solid headway on a few of them while he's in town. Our second World War II book has been on hold for over a year, and we're both chomping at the bit to wrap that one up. There are a few Market Garden books that have been demanding attention. And we've got at least one book that desperately needs a sequel. Which reminds me, I need to get in touch with the state penitentiary and book a tour...

Moving on.

As my workload winds down after the last chaotic year or so, I can finally work with my other oft-neglected co-authors. Cat Grant and I are in the homestretch on a new book called Hardcore Ink. Marie Sexton and I are plotting a sequel to Roped In (hang tight, Jackson fans! His story is in the works!). I have two other books in-progress with other authors, and another person I plan to start working with soon, but I'll announce names/titles once we're further into the books.

Let's see, what else...

Upcoming releases!

August and September were relatively quiet, but...

(All are L.A. Witt titles unless otherwise noted)

And there's plenty more to come in 2015!

Also, Starstruck is the first in the new multi-author series, Bluewater Bay. If you enjoyed Tucker Springs, this series is going to be right up your alley. Check out the Bluewater Bay page for more info, including links to the other titles available for pre-order! (Lone Wolf is also part of this series, and should be up for pre-order soon!)

Which brings us into 2015...

In mid-2015, two new pen names will be debuting. Lori A. Witt will be writing more mainstream science fiction and fantasy, with the first release, Tide of War, due out in June, followed by the Mythos series (dates to be announced). I'll also be writing as Ann Gallagher. Ann's books will be sweeter romances, including an inspirational romance, Lead Me Not, due out in August.

That pretty much wraps it up. I'm hard at work on several things right now, and there's some cool stuff in the offing for the first half of 2015, but I'll announce those once a few more ducks are in a few more rows. 

Also, since I will be living overseas for the next few years, my US conventions will be a little limited. I plan to attend RT and hopefully GRL, but don't have plans for other cons at this time. I will, however, be at the UK Meet in Bristol. 

And now, back to sorting through my library to determine which books come to Spain with me and which go to storage. I swear it's like choosing between kittens...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FUNDRAISER: Help MYRNA with post-production, get a Kindle Fire HDX Tablet!

So... the pilot for this really awesome TV series, MYRNA, starring Marlo Bernier, is in post production, but they need help to get this baby wrapped!

What we've seen of it so far is amazing. (And dammit, a TV show with a transgender main character is long overdue.)

The FanBacked page is here. Though they've reached their goal, it doesn't take into consideration the cost of post production, so they're still collecting. They need an additional $10-15,000 to wrap things up, bringing the FanBacked total to roughly $45-50,000. And they're offering some cool incentives to those who contribute.

Since they need a big push right to get the pilot finished, I'm offering incentives too.  For those who donate between now and September 25, 2014, I will provide the following:

$15 -- Two ebooks of your choice from my backlist (includes co-authored titles)

$25 -- One signed paperback of your choice from my backlist.

$50 -- Two ebooks, one signed paperback, and a dedication in a future book.

$100 -- Five signed paperbacks, three ebooks, and a mention in a dedication of a future book.

AND...

The first TWO people who donate $500 or more will receive all the items listed above, PLUS a Kindle Fire HDX Tablet loaded with every ebook I currently have available in Kindle format.

UPDATE: Aleksandr Voinov has generously offered the following:

$5 donation - ebook copy of Return on Investment (no limit to the number of copies you can get!)

$50 - dedication in a future book (0 of 10 claimed)

And jointly, we'll offer the following:

$250 - We'll write a short story (~7,000 words) to your specs. (1 of 3 claimed)
$1,000 - We'll write a novella (~40K words) to your specs. (0 of 1 claimed)

Please see Aleks's blog for details on claiming his incentives, as well as restrictions regarding the stories we'll write.


Authors/Publishers: If you want to add any donations to the above incentives, please e-mail me!


How to claim incentives:
1. Make a donation through the FanBacked page.

2. E-mail me with proof of your donation (the confirmation e-mail from the page is fine).

3. Specify your preferred title(s) and file formats, as well as e-mail/postal addresses for shipping.

4. To qualify for the above incentives, donations must be made by midnight, US Central time, September 25, 2014, and must be claimed by September 30, 2014.

Go forth, my friends, and let's help get this show down the homestretch and across the finish line!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Box Sets!

I've got stories in two box sets this year -- one is available now, and the other is up for pre-order!

First, Campus Cravings, which is available now on Amazon, AllRomance, and Barnes & Noble.


Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today's hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket -- Metrics and tournament brackets—who knew they were sexy? When competing dorm advisors Edwin and Ollie bet on a basketball tournament, neither expects he’s risking his heart. As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real feelings, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.

Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock -- Hockey jock and English Lit major Brendan knows he’s gay, but hasn’t come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then he’s tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to score the ultimate goal.

Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned -- Adam Warren is counting down the days until he can put “Professor” next to his name—and his disastrous past with Tyler Ford behind him. When a fluke puts Tyler in Adam’s class, the graduate assistant faces some hard choices while Tyler faces an uphill battle for a second chance at first love.

Mia Downing: Switching Leads -- Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U's equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed?

Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor -- When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce shy virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks—lust is his thing, not teaching. But Cobey’s problem meeting men fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education -- Gage Tackett comes off as a bad boy—detached and maybe a little dangerous. Definitely not Vet Sciences Professor Derek Paulson’s type. When Gage arrives at Derek’s veterinary clinic with a frostbitten stray dog, Derek realizes his most difficult student has a few things to teach him. Things he’s more than willing to learn.

KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons -- Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake?

LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza? -- Paul Switzer has been miserable ever since his childhood love, Cory Bowman, chose a fraternity over him. When a pizza delivery to the frat house lands the exes face to face for the first time in eighteen months, the wound is reopened... and so are Paul's feelings for the only man he's ever loved.


Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life -- Cole only has the courage to lust after the swim team from afar. When Seever asks to share a table at the packed coffee house where Cole is studying, he’s sure it’s a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance.


COMING SOON:

Unconditional Surrender - 16 military-themed stories in one book! This one comes out in October, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, AllRomance, and Barnes & Noble.


There's nothing like a man in uniform, and sixteen of today's hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them.

These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never before published words!

Inside these pages you'll find:

Kerry Adrienne - Cruise Control
Annabeth Albert - Resilient Heart
Keira Andrews - Arctic Fire
Brit Blaise - Storm Out
Cassandra Carr - Civilian Master
Lia Davis - His Guarded Heart
Sasha Devlin - Hometown Hero
Rhi Etzweiler - Blood & Peyote
Lucy Felthouse - Desert Heat
Amelia C. Gormley - The Houseboy: Initiation
Cat Grant - The Only One Who Cares
EM Lynley - Irresistible Forces
Brien Michaels - Are We All We Are
Sam Schooler - Flint and Tinder
VJ Summers - Blood and Treasure

L.A. Witt - Flight Risk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: General Misconduct

General Misconduct is now available from Samhain Publishing! Note that while this is a sequel/spinoff to Conduct Unbecoming, it can be read as a standalone. Currently available from Samhain, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. I'll add additional links to my website as they go live.


Ensign Aiden Lange is taking a hike—and it’s not for the pleasure of seeing Okinawa’s Hiji Falls. It’s in the hope that claiming he took a fall on the rocks will cover up the fact he was beaten up in a gay bar. Not a place a Naval Academy grad wants to get caught, not if he’s serious about his career.
At the end of the trail, a surprise comes with the scenery. A gorgeous young guy in swim trunks.
Connor didn’t come up to the falls to find a man, but he’s instantly intrigued by the ensign with the bandaged eyebrow. A hike turns into dinner, and before he knows it, he’s up to his heart in love with the gentle, infinitely patient Aiden.
It’s a small world, though, and an even smaller island. It’s only a matter of time before they’re caught by a man who’s more than just Connor’s overprotective father. He’s also Aiden’s high-ranking boss. Someone with the power to force Aiden to choose—Connor, or his naval career.
Warning: Contains two adorable guys who don’t give a damn that the deck’s stacked against them, plenty of sex on the beach, and the hottest application of sunscreen you’ve ever read.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Quick Update on the Rolex Contest

The contest to pick Rolex's name has closed, but Aleks and I are still debating names. Also, Aleks will be starting a new job very soon, so his writing time (and headspace) will be limited for a while.

Rest assured, we'll pick a name soon, and Rolex's story will happen. It just might take a bit more time as Aleks settles into this new chapter in his life.

Stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Conferences: How NOT to Lose Your Mind

Conference season is in full swing. Having attended a couple this season, not to mention several in previous years, I decided to write up a post on how to go to cons without going insane. Because let's face it: they're stressful. I've previously blogged about whether or not you should attend them, but let's assume you've made the decision to go, and talk about what lies ahead. I won't be getting into things like how many books you should bring, or how you should travel, or what kind of swag. This is all about managing stress.

Right off the bat, I'd like to invite authors, readers, publishers, etc., who've attended conferences to post their own advice/experiences in the comments. Nothing about this post is intended to scare anyone away from cons, but rather to be open and realistic about what they're like and how to cope with them. Everyone's experience and coping methods are different, so there's no way I can cover everything. If you have any advice for attendees, please feel free to comment.

Moving on...

The vast majority of this comes down to two things:

  1. Know Thy Limits. You, better than anyone else, know how much (and what kind of) stress you can cope with.
  2. Take Care of Thyself. It is 100% okay to do whatever you need to do in order to manage that stress.

Writing conferences tend to be heavily populated by introverts. If you're concerned about social anxiety cropping up at a con, you'll be in good company. Trust me, nobody at a conference like this is going to judge you for it, because chances are, well, we've all been there. (And if they do judge you, they're jerks.)

I've observed two things that help people cope with social anxiety at conferences:

  1. Don't overbook. Conventions are busy. There are usually multiple events going on at any given time. You don't have to go to anything, and you do not have to be at an event at all times. I think I attended two panels at RT this year. The rest of the time, when I wasn't off getting a tattoo, I hung out in the bar or checked out the vendors upstairs. I even disappeared up to my room to write for a little while. Of course you should go to the panels and such you want to attend, but if you find yourself sweating over the schedule or sprinting between events, take it easy. You don't have to attend everything, especially not if it's going to stress you out.
  2. Have a bunker buddy. Have someone there who "gets" you. Someone who knows your limits, and knows when you've reached them. Aleksandr Voinov and I tend to be joined at the hip at cons, and it's not just because we're partners in crime. He knows before I do when I've reached saturation, and vice versa, and at every single con we've attended together, there's been at least one moment where one of us has dragged the other away from an event or situation before someone cracked. 
Remember that the vast, vast majority of people at these cons either experience some level of social anxiety, or know people who do. Also, remember that at any time during a convention -- even during The Big Party That Everyone Is Attending -- it's okay to disappear to your room with a book and a bottle of wine. I assure you, at any given time, there will be other people doing the very same thing.

Speaking of The Big Party That Everyone Is Attending -- It's okay not to go. Seriously. I've been to eight conferences in the last three years, and have blown off at least one major event at every single one of them. Why? Because by the time the party starts at 7pm or later, I've already run myself ragged, overloaded myself, and just need a break. There's a very good chance that when The Big Party That Everyone Is Attending is in full swing, you'll find me in the bar or lobby playing Cards Against Humanity with a few other social refugees. Feel free to join us!

The thing is, not everyone likes big noisy parties. Not everyone likes dressing up or wearing costumes. Not everyone likes to dance. (No, really.) No one will think less of you if you prefer to slip away with a small group of friends (or by yourself) for a quiet dinner, a card game, or even just a long bath with the door locked and three Do Not Disturb signs hanging from the handle.

And speaking of going back to your room...

Choose Thy Roommate(s) Wisely.

Most people at cons share a room. Roommates can mean the difference between a $1,000 bill and a $500 or even $250 bill, so it only makes sense. That said, it's a good idea to really think about who you'll be rooming with for upwards of a week.  I've had disastrous roommate arrangements, and I've had roommates who were sanity savers. There's a reason Aleks and I room together whenever possible -- we keep each other sane!

While sharing a room with your BFF might sound like a good idea on the surface, there are some things to think about. Is the person going to be getting up at 8 am and running a hair dryer while you're sleeping off a hangover? Do you see the room as a place to escape the chaos and decompress, while your roommate would just as soon install a revolving door and bring in people you may or may not know at all hours of the night? (Don't laugh -- I've experienced that.)  Is one of you hyper while the other is incredibly mellow? This can work or it can be disastrous -- just be aware of how you feel around the other person and how that will work if one of you is stressed.

Establish rules upfront, and don't be afraid to enforce them. Make it clear whether or not other people can come back to the room. Make a decision about charging things to the room (room service, food at the restaurant, alcohol) so nobody has a heart attack when the final bill comes out.

If at all possible, have a backup plan -- someone you can stay with if things turn sour or if you and your roommate(s) just aren't compatible.

And finally, if you can afford it, don't be afraid to room alone. You are not obligated to take in roommates if you know you'll be saner and happier on your own. It's okay to say no, and you don't have to justify it. Some people even room off-site so they can completely escape the con (and save some money).

The bottom line is, conferences are hectic and stressful enough without roommate drama. Your room should be the place you can go to catch your breath and decompress -- if that room is a stressful environment, you're going to be in a bad spot. Be proactive about minimizing that drama, and you'll be fine.

Shifting gears entirely for a moment...

Let's talk about book signings.

Most conferences include a mass book signing. Rows of tables are set up, and every author within a hundred mile radius sits down to sell and sign books. Even at small conferences, these signings get pretty crazy. At the big ones like RT? Utter madness. I understand RT set a world record this year for largest book signing, in between having the fire marshal losing his mind because of the sheer quantity of people in the room, so that should tell you something.

I want to preface this by saying book signings are a  lot of fun. And they're great for authors -- you get to meet your readers, you get to sell some books, and there's also that "OMG I'm a for real author" feeling that comes with sitting at a table at a book signing (or maybe that's just me, but whatever). Please don't take any of this as "book signings are scary and should be avoided at all costs."

That said, I'm not going to beat around the bush: Book signings are stressful.

They're crowded. They tend to get hot. They are LOUD. Having a line of people in front of your table is as stressful as having no one stopping at your table. You will probably forget something (I forgot PENS at a book signing). You have to be "on" the entire time -- not necessarily interacting with people, but ready to interact with them. By the time it's over, you will probably be exhausted.

Way to go, Lori. Let's make book signings look like an utter nightmare.

I promise, they're not. But it's better to know this stuff upfront than to find out the hard way, and with this info in mind, you can better prepare yourself.

So how do you prepare for a book signing?

1. I highly recommend attending one as a reader first. My first convention ever was RT in 2012, and while I attended as a published author, I declined to get a table at the signing. Instead, I went in as a reader and just checked it out. Got a feel for the crowd, the noise, etc. You will not have wasted a con if you elect not to sign -- you can always sign at the next one when you're better prepared. Or you can choose not to if you find that environment overwhelming.

2. Have a support system. Riptide Publishing came up with the brilliant idea of survival kits for their authors. At RT, they brought everyone cool little lunchboxes with munchies and water, and that can make a huge difference. It also helps to have a friend who isn't signing come by and check on you from time to time. They can bring water if you need it, or talk you down if you're starting to get overwhelmed.

3. Don't make plans after the signing. Unless those plans include "chill in my room" or "low key lunch away from the con with like 3 people who don't stress me out," just...don't. Expect to be exhausted. Expect to be at social saturation. Give yourself some time to decompress. If you're the type who can bounce back and go to a giant, noisy event right after a signing, then by all means, do so. But most authors who I've talked to find that they need some downtime after something like that. I know one author who will disappear up to her room and sleep until dinner. Another won't speak until she's halfway through a bag of throat lozenges. Myself? I usually spend 15-20 minutes catching my breath in my room, then go eat with a small group of friends. It's up to you to know your limits and know what you need to do, but the bottom line is to accept those limits and do what you need to shift gears after a signing.

4. Remember that, like anything at a con, book signings are not mandatory. If the mere thought of walking into a book signing makes your heart race, don't. I won't tell you to "just relax", because I know a lot of people reading this are socially anxious, and "just relax" is about as helpful as telling someone with a migraine to "just ignore it." Hopefully my tips above can help some people have a less stressful time at a book signing, but it's up to you to know your limits, and if the phrase "book signing" makes you think "NOPE"...don't.

One last thing about cons... do not underestimate the bar. I don't drink, but I spend a significant portion of every con hanging out in the bar. Why? Because that's where people go to relax and let their hair down. That's where you can go chill with your readers or your favorite authors in a low-key environment. Plus it's where the most hilarious stories are usually told, so...win.

In closing... 

So now I've made conferences sound incredibly terrifying, but I promise, it really is just a matter of knowing what to expect and knowing how to minimize or cope with it. Cons are great fun and an awesome place to network, but they are stressful. So...

With the authority granted to me by absolutely no one except myself, I hereby grant every author, reader, publisher, blogger, reviewer, etc., permission to do whatever they deem necessary, within the laws set forth by whatever city is hosting the conference, to manage their own stress level without having to justify it or apologize for it.

Never, ever feel obligated to stress yourself out for someone else. It is absolutely 100% okay to say "I've had enough" or "I don't want to go." If anyone gives you crap for bowing out of an event, don't hang out with them, because they're buttheads.

And if you're at a con, and you can't find a group to socialize with or you're afraid to approach a group, come find me at the bar. I'll be the one with glasses laughing my head off while playing Cards Against Humanity, and there's always room for more players.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Who Is Rolex? We're Asking You...

So Aleksandr Voinov and I are spiraling closer to writing the Market Garden book that we know a lot of you have been waiting for: Rolex's story.

We know his story. We know who we're going to hook him up with. (It's going to be hot, y'all. So hot.)

Yesterday, we were pondering what to call Rolex, since presumably his parents didn't name him after a luxury watch brand in hopes he would eventually become successful and develop a taste for the finer things in life. And it occurred to us that we could turn this into something fun for you, our readers.

So.

Here's how it works:

Rolex needs a name.  I guess in a way he's kind of like the childlike Empress in The Neverending Story. The story can't go on until he gets a name. Except he's not childlike, not an empress, and no fantasy worlds will actually fall apart if he doesn't get a new name. Though I suppose he does live in an ivory tower of sorts. (This is what happens when I write blog posts before I've had caffeine.)

Anyway. Where was I? Right. He's an American businessman, and his name could very well determine things about his background. We're hooking him up with a guy named Jason, so...we can't name him Jason. I mean, we could, but it would be really confusing, and Aleks and I are easily confused as it is. So no Jasons.

What's in it for you? A dedication in Rolex's book, plus a signed copy of If It Drives or Capture & Surrender (winner's choice) and an ebook off each of our backlists.

What do you have to do? Name Rolex. It's that easy. Comment on this blog with a name -- as many as you can think of -- and we'll select the winner. It's entirely possible that we might pick a first name from one entry and a surname from another, in which case both winners will receive prizes and a nod in the book. If there are a bunch of really awesome names and we remain undecided, we might even have y'all vote on the finalists! (And if you seen an entry you really like, feel free to comment to that effect!)

Deadline for entries: June 11, 2014.

Judges: Aleks and L.A., with the possibility of voting if there are numerous awesome entries.

Go forth, brave readers! Name the man we all know as Rolex!

Monday, May 12, 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: Hostile Ground

Hostile Ground, a suspense novel written with Aleksandr Voinov, is now available from Riptide Publishing!  Also available on AllRomance, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

So what's going on with Wilde's (aka The Distance Between Us)?

On Tuesday, the newest Wilde's story, No Distance Left to Run, will be released. I've had a few questions recently about how this book fits with the others in the series, what's going on with the series, etc., so I wanted to take this opportunity to answer them.

The Wilde's series, which is generally called The Distance Between Us series because it all started with the book by that title that was supposed to be a standalone but then... wasn't. A.J.'s Angel came along after that, and Kieran made a little cameo. And then he got his own story in The Closer You Get. And then recurring side character Dale got his own story in Meet Me in the Middle.  So as you can see, it kind of took on a life of its own.



Basically, the series has evolved into something not unlike Tucker Springs. They're all set in the same world (specifically in Seattle, with the night club Wilde's featuring heavily), and sometimes characters cross over into each other's stories, but aren't necessarily related outside of the night club. Wilde's actually made its first appearance in the standalone book, The Best Man, and I guess I was kind of attached to the place, so I keep going back to it. (What can I say? They have awesome Kamikazes...)

Which brings us to No Distance Left to Run, the first co-written Wilde's story, having been written with the other half of my brain, Aleksandr Voinov.


This book does have some cameos by previous characters. Liam is still the shift manager. Kieran is still tending bar. But Chris and Julien? They're new characters entirely. No Distance Left to Run is a standalone (though it will have a sequel), it just takes place in the Wilde's universe.

Will there be more? It's hard to say. Like I said, I keep gravitating back to Wilde's, and now that my co-author extraordinaire has joined me there, it's a safe bet that we'll revisit the place together.

Hopefully I didn't just make it even more confusing. LOL  I hope Wilde's fans will enjoy this newest installment and the new set of characters... and stay tuned for news about the sequel!

No Distance Left to Run is available May 13th from Samhain Publishing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: It's Complicated

The seventh book in the multi-author Tucker Springs series, It's Complicated, is now available from Riptide Publishing, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and AllRomance.

After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.

Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.

Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.