Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sneak Peek!

I just put together the cover for another book that's nearing completion, and I got so excited that I had to share. Yep, I do my own covers. It's a one-woman show here, folks: writing, editing, graphic design, publishing, promotion -- I do it all.

Feral is a paranormal M/M romance. And OMG are you gonna love the bad boy in this one! ;) He's hot with a capital H-O-T.

It's actually the very first M/M novel I ever wrote -- I completed the first draft last summer. I intend to have it up on Amazon in the next few weeks.

I kind of wanted to see how I would do independently publishing my Firsts and Forever series on Amazon before publishing this book. And actually, so far that's gone better than I could have hoped for, so I decided to go this route with Feral as well.

Here's the description I'm working on for Amazon:

He was watching me.

I sensed his presence weeks before I saw him. Day after day, I peered out into the woods beside the lake house, unable to shake the feeling that someone was out there. But I never caught a glimpse of him. Eventually I convinced myself it had to be my imagination, that spending so much time by myself was starting to mess with my mind. 

I was so wrong.

So begins Nathaniel Logan’s story. Nate is a twenty two year old college student, reeling after a recent breakup while struggling to find his way in the world. He’s spending the summer at his stepdad’s lake house in Northern California, where he’s supposed to be “finding himself.” But what finds him instead will alter the course of Nate’s life forever.

I look forward to finishing the editing process on this one and bringing it to you soon! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Hour!

Just now, I wrote the very last sentence of All In, the second book in the Firsts and Forever series. And let's just say, the book ends with a bang. ;) Lawd, I need a cool drink after that one!

I'm so excited for you to read Charlie and Dante's story. It is, in the words of Cher, a different kind of love song -- meaning their relationship is pretty different than the one in Way Off Plan (and really, one glance at All In's cover should tell you that). I hope you fall in love with the characters, just like many of you fell in love with Jamie and Dmitri.

And I can't wait to introduce you to Austin, a beautiful blonde with a troubled past and an uncertain future. He's such a sweet, endearing character, and his story carries the series forward.

 All In still needs to be edited, which is a time-consuming process. But I'm shooting for a Valentine's Day release date -- because come on, how can I pass that up?! Wish me luck!

Ok, I'm going to go celebrate the completed first draft of All In with a cocktail. Is it wrong that it's noon?


And just for fun, following is my absolutely delish recipe for:

Alexa's Killer Cosmos!

2 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
squeeze of fresh lime

Combine ingredients with ice. Stir well. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a strip of lime peel. Then sit back and enjoy your cocktail while reading a smokin' hot M/M romance!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Paying It Forward

I decided to pause for a moment as I work on All In, locked away here in my Fortress of Solitude (AKA my bedroom, where I'm hiding from my 9 year old), and spread a little love.

I got such a sweet and supportive email today from a reader named Hayley (and yes, I'm verklempt all over again) that it put me in the mood to pay it forward.

So I'm giving a shout out to someone I thoroughly enjoyed reading, the brilliantly funny Dani Alexander, fellow indie M/M romance writer and author of Shattered Glass. I read this book months ago, and laughed until I cried. But it's more than funny -- to this day, the wonderfully endearing characters have stuck with me. So if you're looking for a good read, you really might want to check out Shattered Glass. And Dani -- you're a rock star!

Alright, I'm getting back to work. Yeah ok, and parenting too. Have a wonderful weekend, one and all. And maybe spread a little love while you're at it. :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm Becoming Verklempt!

I'm really new to the world of writing, and can I just say, it was scary as hell to independently publish a book. I was convinced that it was either going to get ripped to shreds by super harsh reviews, or it would sell, like, two copies and then go down like the Titanic in the enormous sea of
Neither of those things happened.
Ok, I'm NOT going to go all Sally Field and get all weepy and declare, "You like me! You really like me!" If I ever do that, somebody please smack me.
What I will say instead is that I have the best readers! I'm so grateful to all of you, and especially to those that have taken the time to leave positive reviews on Amazon, and to email me and tell me you enjoyed Way Off Plan. It means so much to me, you have no idea.
I got this wonderful email today, and I just had to share it:
"Hello, so I just had to e-mail you and be a total fan-boy over your book! I loved the idea of the cop falling for the criminal, it seemed very taboo and that was really what had me at first. But then I actually read the story! Definitely did not disappoint! It was so romantic, and cute, with just enough action in there; seriously I've re-read it at least three times already. But anyways! Anxious to read "All In" and hope to be able to pick it up soon!"
Best. Email. Ever!
You totally made my day. And you made me want to keep writing. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
By the way, for those of you that have asked, I've finished writing All In, the second book in the Firsts & Forever series, and it's now in the editing phase. I hope to have it up on Amazon by the end of February. And I just may have another goodie for you in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! ;)