Tuesday, 16 April 2013

WIP Wednesday: Blood Oath

Hello friends! How's your April going? Mine has been busy, busy, busy! I've been taking my daughter to twice-weekly swimming lessons, which has been an absolute blast (although terrible on my hair), my and Amelia C. Gormley's new short story "Giving an Inch" was released (stay tuned for blog tour details!), I've been finishing off edits on Rear Entrance Video 1: Apple Polisher, writing a freebie short solo, and (drumroll please!) a dark, dark, dark post-apocalyptic story set in Ireland with Lisa Henry, who write one of my fave M/M books of 2012.

I thought I'd share a little snippet with you here, just to whet your appetites. I love these two heroes, and  the story's villain, the mad King of Dublin. Meet all three after the jump.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Freebies and contracts and sales, oh my!

Just a quick little news post to keep you up to date on this snowy Monday.

Item 1:

The contracts are signed and it's official! My first M/F novel, written as Heloise Belleau with co-writer Solace Ames, will be coming out from Carina Press in late December. It's a bisexual BDSM rom-com with no millionaires and an intelligent, self-sufficient heroine, not to mention a serious shoe fetish, a trove of vintage pornography, and a snarky blog. And it's friends-to-lovers, too. It's called The Dom Project (working title, not sure if it'll still be known as such come release day), and you can read all about it on my Coming Soon page.

Item 2:

Abigail Roux won the DABWAHA tournament! It's awesome to see an M/M romance beat out mainstream bestsellers to win the title, purely thanks to fan enthusiasm and love. Awesome!

To celebrate, my publisher Riptide are having a sale: 30% off all backlist titles, and 50% off select "Editor's Picks", including a couple of mine! Both episode 1 of Flesh Cartel and Mark of the Gladiator are now half off, but only until the 15th of April, so get 'em quick!

And congratulations to Abigail Roux and to M/M romance in general! Yay!

Item 3:

It's that time of year again! The M/M Romance group on Goodreads is having their yearly free story event. I'm participating, of course, and snapped up a great, sweet contemporary prompt and picture, which I'm now in the midst of writing. The title is a secret, but here's the working blurb. I'm also posting weekly teaser snippets, but you'll have to join the group to read those!
Jonah Gilchrist lives a double life. On the internet, he’s a tumblr celebrity with thousands of dedicated followers. Readers from all over the world come for his fashion advice and designer menswear Outfit of the Day pictures, but stay for Jonah’s adorkable commentary. In the real world, things aren’t quite so rosy. Here, being an awkward gay virgin isn’t cute and endearing, it’s a target on his back; which was why five years ago Jonah dropped out of junior high in order to be homeschooled instead. Now that he’s starting university, though, he’s determined to redefine himself and start fresh. One problem: it’s hard to start fresh when you’re sharing classes with your ill-fated junior high crush. 
Sebastian Rose, with his easy-going manner and great sense of humor, was one of the most likeable and popular guys in school. He was also one of the only people who didn’t join in on torturing Jonah. Is it any wonder Jonah wound up with a huge crush on the guy? Too bad Sebastian’s kindness toward Jonah was only ever pity, not because he ever returned Jonah’s hapless feelings.

Bumping into each other again after all these years makes it seem like the universe itself wants to give Jonah a second chance at his first love. But if his out of town university and his tumblr persona are all about reinventing himself—a new glamorous popular self to replace the bullied boy he once was—then how can he ever hope to move forward when Sebastian’s presence just pulls him further into his past? Of course, sometimes just when we think we’re moving forward is when we’re not really going anywhere new at all.