Sometimes, but really not very often, I get to read. And it’s bliss. Other times, a little more often, I get to write. And it’s also bliss. Sometimes I get to blog. That’s…not bliss. As much as I enjoy the other two, it’s damn near impossible for me to put together a blog about them. Ironic, considering my involvement with this site, don’t you think?
A lot of things are happening with my writing, so I’ll start there:
First, my latest novel, Love and Devotion, is finally available for pre-order in paperback from Bold Strokes Books. The ebook version has been available for several months, but I’ve been waiting for the paperback. You see, Love and Devotion was a bit of an experiment in that it has two separate, or split, release dates. One for digital, and one for print. I talked about this book a LOT back in July when the ebook version was released, but there’s a chance that some of you out there haven’t heard my schpiel. With that in mind, here’s the blurb:
KC Hall loves her family, her small East Texas town, and her best friend, Emma Reynolds. All of that takes a backseat when her lover beckons. Lonnie is blond, beautiful, and willing. She’s also married and a lifelong friend of KC’s mama.
KC knows the affair is a bad idea, but she just can’t help herself. When presented with the lush landscape of Lonnie’s body, KC subscribes to the philosophy of “orgasm first, think later.” Unfortunately, a secret that big is impossible to keep in a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody else’s business. The scandal would hurt her entire family.
Emma is KC’s exception, the one woman she loves enough to not have sex with. When Emma confesses that she’s loved KC since high school, KC is terrified. One wrong move and she could lose Emma completely.
Is she willing to let her family pay the price for her good time? Or will she turn to Emma to discover the true meaning of love and devotion?
I’m especially proud of this book for several reasons. Primarily because it’s my first release in over two years. I took a prolonged hiatus from writing when my mom died, so it felt good to write again. I tried really hard to fit a bit of my mom into this book, to somehow capture the special bond between a mother and a daughter. I don’t know if I succeeded (that’s really up to the reader, isn’t it), but I know that I cry when I think about those parts of the book.
For the record, Love and Devotion is still a romance. It has a few sex scenes. Some are nice, some downright dirty. None of them made me cry.
If you want to check it out, you can do that HERE.
This book is actually a collection of three erotic novellas. Yes, it was a lot of fun to write! I just finished the page proofs for it and it was also a lot of fun for me to read.
Just like Love and Devotion, Uncommon Romance is a split release. The digital version comes out in January, with print following in April.
Here’s the blurb, just in case you’re interested:
Happily ever after doesn’t look the same for every couple.
In Raw Silk, happily married June and Ashlyn Phillips occasionally enjoy adding another dynamic to their sex life. When Katerina “Kat” VanderVort enters June’s office one day, she sets her sights on June. Lucky for her, Ashlyn loves to indulge her wife’s fantasies.
In On Her Knees, Simone Davies is finally happy. That is, until her chief tormentor and biggest crush, Abby Nelson, shows up at her firm’s holiday party. Together they struggle to forget the past and build a future together.
In Hollis, homicide detective Jude Lassiter pushes a little too hard, and her instructor at a FBI anti-terrorism training session, Special Agent Beverly Hollis, knows exactly how to punish her. Jude is all too willing to submit.
In addition to that, I’m working feverishly on another novel titled The Job. The finished manuscript is due to my editor at the end of December, so I’m working like crazy to complete it. Yes, that’s plenty of time. 🙂 I don’t have a cool cover to share yet, but I can tell you that it is scheduled for release in November, 2014 (no split release this time around).
Just for fun, here’s the book blurb:
FBI agent Sera Warren has been working undercover to track a domestic terrorist group to its origins. When her cover is blown, her priority shifts from closing her case to just making it through the day alive. She ends up in the middle of a bank heist, pointing a gun at her ex-girlfriend, Torrence “Tor” Jewel. To say the least, it isn’t the fantasy reunion she’s always dreamed about. She sees a flicker of recognition in Tor’s eyes as she pulls her .40 and yells, “On the floor!”
Before Tor can fully register that “the one who got away” is standing in front of her, she’s pushed facedown onto the floor. Sera might as well shoot her now because as soon as she gets up, Tor’s going to kill her. Or kiss her. She’s still undecided.
First they have to survive their reunion, then they can worry about happily ever after.
That’s it on the writing front. And isn’t that enough, really? Of course, there’s more to come after The Job. I’ve got enough percolating in my little brain to keep me writing for the next couple of years. 🙂
Now, about that reading…
JM Redmann has a new release coming in December, The Shoals of Time. It’s also available for pre-order now if you just can’t wait (like me). For those of you who don’t know, I’m a total Jean Redmann junky. I get a little rabid when I see she has another book coming out, and I wait impatiently for it to arrive. Well, my copy arrived yesterday. Now I just have to get through some work so I can indulge my addiction. Here’s the link to pre-order, just in case you need it.
And now I’m going back to writing, so then I can do a little reading.