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Sunday, August 20, 2017

What the hell, man?

Okay, so, I'm working on this story, right? And it's supposed to be a short story for my Dirty Shorts series. Just a hot little ditty. But no. These two guys just won't play nice. They keep demanding more. Now it's getting longer and I just... What the hell, man? Why can't my characters listen to me and do what I say? I'm supposed to be freaking GOD to you guys!

Anyway, I didn't want you to wonder what the hell I've been doing over here all this time. I had a plan and, well, it just didn't happen the way I thought it would. C'est la vie.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Eat it

Another tasty tidbit from I love this. It's so primal. It reminds me of the story Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, told:

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

I have never been compelled to eat a book but I do like to sniff them. :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Soul-kiss Shifters

His last chance to claim a mate...

In a remote area of the Colorado Rockies, a ragtag band of shifters have joined together, determined to protect one another and the land they call home. Bound by their ability to shift into animal form, they are also bound by their unique way of claiming a mate, but with only three chances to get the soul-kiss right, mistakes can be deadly.

When wolf shifter Logan Faraday finds himself trapped with a dying human, he has no choice but to use his last soul-kiss to save the man’s life. Expecting gratitude, Logan instead gets anger, resentment, and a heaping dose of distrust. Will Logan be able to overcome Kevin Waite’s resistance and forge a relationship, or will he fail and cast himself into the great unknown?

Okay, some info. This is the idea I've been playing with that I wasn't too sure about. It would be a series of books, each book exploring the relationship between two guys, one of them a shifter. Keep in mind only one man is a wolf shifter. Each guy has his own animal and that gives him certain abilities and certain weaknesses. It combines my love of animals with my love of hot man-on-man action. Yes, I'm a perv, but I'm okay with that.

There's only two chapters up right now because I'm really not sure if I want to continue. I guess I'll leave that up to readers. If you like it and want me to keep going, I will. If not, no harm, no foul. I just had to get the idea out of my brain and onto paper. :)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shameful Secret

Every Sunday, I read I get story ideas, character ideas--it just has a tendency to spark things for me. Today, it made me laugh. I do this! I do this every morning when I make eggs. I also have this silicone spoon that makes a great clapping sound against my ass. I pretend it's applause for my fabulous cooking. :)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Smashwords Summer Sale!

Look what I've got for you!

From July 1 - July 31, I'll be offering discounts from 25% to 50% on my books at Smashwords! 

Hurry! You need to buy them now so I can buy beer later. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Maximum Effort!

No, it's not a real book. I've just been struggling with the one I'm writing so I'm looking for distractions. In Long Haul, Jody finds a book in Ryker's truck called Rimjob Rob. I thought I would give it a cover. Clearly, I need therapy.

I don't often talk about my process because, frankly, who cares, but this is what it feels like to work on my current novel:

Yeah. That sums it up better than anything I could ever say. Or type, rather. Still, I will take solace from my spirit animal, Deadpool, and give it the very best I can. Sally forth!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Have You Seen Me?

You've probably seen this guy way too much. I know a lot of M/M readers sure have. In fact, they've seen some cover models so much they made a list on Goodreads and started keeping a tally.

Once I started doing my own covers, I found out why some guys really get around: they're damn near the only game in town. (I'm aware that rhymed but I like it so it stays.)

For a long while, the lack of handsome blond twinks was so extreme that the one kid examining his nails (dubbed Slave Boy on the thread) got slapped on dozens of books. 

Most authors don't do their own covers so they have to describe their characters to a graphic artist, who does their best to link up the description with the offerings at a stock photo site. This can be tricky, especially if the character isn't your typical waxed-within-an-inch-of-his-life beefcake. Seriously. You try to find a red-haired, bushy-bearded giant who looks like a lumberjack and has flour on his face. Good luck with that. (Yes, I do have such a character for the A Fairview Story series. Poor Terry, the owner of Lucky Irish, is just going to have to wait until I can find something for him.)

This brings us to another cover issue: the headless stud. I did this for Earning Rough:

Why? Because the face doesn't always match the body or the character. Frankly, on this one, I had a hard time finding a cover model with chest hair. Here's the guy with his head:

Handsome guy, but way too friendly looking for what I needed. Vincent Rostad is an arrogant, big-cocked Daddy with some hard-core fetishes. This guy looks like he'd rather sit down and rap about your life experiences than give you one that will make you see God.

So, yeah, the cover doesn't always match the contents, and the same model gets around more than click-bait on Facebook, but graphic artists do their best with what stock photos have to offer. At least now the next time you see Tattooed Migraine Sufferer, who I used on the cover of Hot For Teacher, you'll know why.