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Originally published at Dakota Flint. You can comment here or there.

Second Time Lucky is now (finally) available for sale on Barnes and Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo, as well as Amazon!

 

Second Time Lucky description:

A collection of three previously published short stories about two guys making it work the second time around.</p>

The Match

Army Captain Thatcher Drake is back from deployment, and he can’t help but seek out Chris Jenkins, the one man he knows he shouldn’t. They’d tried to make it work before Drake left and couldn’t. Not willing to give up so easily this time, Drake proposes a game of one-upmanship, but will it be more than he bargained for?

Originally published in 2008. About 5,500 words.

Breaking Point

Heartbroken and angry after a bad breakup, Jonathan Burns moves back into his childhood home to lick his wounds and regroup. But nothing prepared him for the reality of an adult Eli Jones, the boy next door he used to love, or for Eli’s determination to drive Jonathan insane. Jonathan’s determined not to risk his heart again, but he can’t stop wanting Eli, and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches his breaking point.

Originally published in 2008. About 9,500 words.

First, A Dance

Three years ago, Tyler turned his back on Rory, the man he’d sworn to love forever, in order to take a promotion overseas. Realizing it was the worst mistake he ever made, Tyler returns home to convince Rory to give him another chance. But Tyler waited too long, and Rory is about to marry another man. Will Tyler be able to convince Rory to give them both another chance at forever before it’s too late?

Originally published in 2008. About 6,700 words.

All three stories total about 21,700 words.

Read an excerpt here.

Second Time Lucky now available!

Originally published at Dakota Flint. You can comment here or there.

I’ve just released a collection of short stories I published with Torquere Press back in 2008. I’ve titled this collection Second Time Lucky because all three (unconnected) stories about two guys–two lovers or almost lovers–that couldn’t make it work the first time, but chances look better the second time around. :)

It’s already live at Amazon, and you can buy it here, and should be live at Barnes and Noble, AllRomanceebooks, etc. shortly. I’ll update when I have more buy links.

So for those who didn’t read these stories the first time around, here’s the description.

Second Time LuckySecond Time Lucky

A collection of three previously published short stories:

The Match

Army Captain Thatcher Drake is back from deployment, and he can’t help but seek out Chris Jenkins, the one man he knows he shouldn’t. They’d tried to make it work before Drake left and couldn’t. Not willing to give up so easily this time, Drake proposes a game of one-upmanship, but will it be more than he bargained for?

About 5,500 words. Previously published in 2008 by Torquere Press.

Breaking Point

Heartbroken and angry after a bad breakup, Jonathon Burns moves back into his childhood home to lick his wounds and regroup. But nothing prepared him for the reality of an adult Eli Jones, the boy next door he used to love, or for Eli’s determination to drive Jonathan insane with desire. Jonathan’s determined not to risk his heart again, but he can’t stop wanting Eli and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches his breaking point.

About 9,500 words. Previously published in 2008 by Torquere Press.

First, A Dance

Three years ago Tyler turned his back on Rory, the man he’d sworn to love forever, in order to take a promotion overseas. Realizing it was the worst mistake he ever made, Tyler returns home to convince Rory to give him another chance. But Tyler waited too long and Rory is about to marry another man. Will Tyler be able to convince Rory to give them both another chance at forever before it’s too late?

About 6,700 words. Previously published in 2008 by Torquere Press.

All three stories total about 21,700 words.

 

Click here to read an excerpt. Hope you enjoy!

New site and more blogging to come

Originally published at Dakota Flint. You can comment here or there.

The lovely Lex Valentine has been working hard on my new site, so please bear with us as we work out the last of the kinks.

In a lot of ways, it’s a new site for a new blogging me. I’ve taken a much need break over the last couple years, not just from blogging but from publishing, as I finished up a very demanding graduate program, moved across the country, etc.

But now I’m planning on focusing on publishing again, and I’m going to ease back into blogging. Slow but steady wins the race, so I’ll try and post at least once a week or so.

As far as publishing news, I’m re-releasing the short stories I previously published with Torquere Press as a collection. That should be any day now. You can find more information about that here.

Also coming this month is my novella, Holding on to Summer, which you can read about here. I’ll try to get an excerpt up right away but it might have to be an unedited one.

Finally, the last thing of note is that I now have a new release email list, which you can sign up for on my website in the right sidebar. Just enter your email address and then confirm when you get the email, and you’ll be on the list to receive an email notification as soon as I release a new book. I will only be emailing to let people know I have a new release out, so don’t worry about it being spammy!

Long Time Gone

Hello.

I'm not sure if you remember me, but we were acquainted once. A long time ago.

Over a year, in fact. And even then it was very infrequent.

So I just wanted to say hello. I haven't forgotten you, I just...I guess I needed time.

I needed to unplug (or at least unplug some things--you can always find me on twitter b/c apparently 140 characters suits me just fine). I needed to work on this life thing.

In the last two years, I've started law school (more than halfway done, yippee!), discovered a whole host of things I'm passionate about, fallen in love, recovered (mostly) from a broken heart, written three novels and a bunch of shorts, piled up some impressive writing rejections, maintained a personal blog, and was there for my mom as she battled cancer.

It may not seem like it, but that's a lot for two years. 

So I know I've let Dakota stuff take a backseat. I'm sorry about that. I don't have any Dakota writing related news right now, at least not yet. I'll update if and when I know something. But as I said, you can find me on twitter most days, and I hope to start blogging more frequently again. 

So you'll hear from me again in June. Kidding! *g*

Hanging out

over at the DIK blog, sharing my thoughts on sexual tension. Stop by and leave a comment on today's post (or the posts from thurs and fri) and you'll be entered to win a copy of my novella, Seeing You.

And to prove how silly and vain I am, and how a new release has made it all about me, me, me, I took a screen cap of the amazon ranking for SY last night (and yes I know it changes like every minute):

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Here, there, and everywhere...

The last couple of weeks since the release of Seeing You from Samhain Publishing have been really wonderful. Overwhelming in a good way.

And crazy. I’m starting to sympathize with that poor chicken running around looking for its head. *g*

I’ve been guest blogging a fair bit. I know my own blog is very jealous of the time I’ve spent with others, and I’d promise to blog more on here but I think I might be blogged out for a bit. Surely I can’t be interesting enough to talk THAT much. Heh.

Don’t think I ever posted about it, but I was over at lovely and talented Clare London’s spot for her month-long birthday bash (which was a blast!). I talked about the value (or not) of the epilogue and one of the reasons why I love epublishing so much.

I spent some time over at the Samhellion blog talking about size.Of fiction, get your mind out of the gutter! I like ‘em long these days. 

Today, tomorrow, and Saturday I’m over at DIK, invited by the fabulously discerning and prolific Jen from Well Read. I have to say it’s a blast, with sand, sun, fruity drinks–and of course–hunky men. Yesterday I answered some questions about the REAL Dakota, and today I'm talking about some of my favorite tropes in romance. Tomorrow I”ll be talking about one of my favorite topics, sexual tension. Stop on by and make sure to leave a comment on any of the three posts as I’ll be picking two commenters to receive a FREE FREE FREE copy of Seeing You. (the FREE FREE FREE…well that’s a flag for anyone skimming this post, aren’t I sweet? *g*)

Seeing You has also received some great reviews for those of you who are thinking about buying–you should!–or are curious. :)

Wave over at Reviews by Jessewave was the first to offer a review, giving it 4 out of 5 stars and hitting on an ingenious marketing strategy: curiosity. She said, "I thought that the best part of the book was Wade’s unusual courtship which you will have to read for yourself – let’s just say that the author showed a great deal of imagination." You can read the rest of the review here.

British Bulldog over at Rainbow Reviews also gave it 4 stars out of 5 and thought, "The story’s greatest strength is how it shows the slow coming together of Wade and Dylan, as both men heal from Simon’s death." He also commented on my "first-class job" and "mastery of words." (That TICKLED me, I say!) You can read the rest here.

Jen over at Well Read gave Seeing You a grade of Very Good and found that "as a study in overcoming grief this novella was spot on" and it "managed all this without being too heavy on the angst." You can check out what else she said here.

Joan/Sarah F. from Dear Author also reviewed Seeing You (I was completely flabbergasted that it had even been reviewed on such a popular site). She gave it a B- and thought it was a "beautifully-done story of loss and recovery." You can read the rest of the review here.

Mrs. Giggles also reviewed Seeing You, and while some parts worked for her, some didn’t and she gave it a 78 out 100. The review itself made me laugh out loud three times while reading it, which is probably an odd reaction to enjoy a less than positive review of your own work, but what can I say? I’m strange. You can read her review here.

And finally the lovely Elisa Rolle reposted her review of Seeing You, saying the "mood is definitely not light, but the story is very romantic." You can read the rest of the review here.

So that’s what a few people have thought so far of my wee little story.  And though it’s early days, it seems to be selling pretty well. SY spent two weeks on the MBaM Bestseller list, with a few days at #2. It’s also listed as one of the highest rated and bestselling gay and contemporary ebooks over at ARe. It fluctuates a lot (and I’m not sure how much it really means) but it’s been staying pretty high in a couple popular Amazon categories. (I think at the moment it’s #5 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Gay & Lesbian and #6 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Gay.)

And after all this news I should probably say…If you haven’t already and you’d like to, you can pick up a copy of Seeing You here.

So there it is. Post-release news and updates. I hope you’re not as tired as I am! *g*

Seriously though, I can’t tell you how pleased I am. I love hearing from readers and reading reviews (truly I do, whether positive OR negative) because I like to see what worked for someone and what didn’t. And if you’ll forgive me a moment of emotionalism on my professional blog…I wrote Seeing You over two years ago and it was very different from anything I wrote before it and everything I’ve written since. It’s special to me, flaws and all, and I thought for a while of not trying to publish it (but submitted it impulsively the first time around). Writing it helped–in a small way– during a time when my heart was breaking as someone I loved was losing a battle to a terminal illness. The grief…well that was my own. But the recovery…that was how I imagined it to be at the time. Whether I was successful or not in terms of the story, I’ll leave that up to the readers. And now in some ways, I feel like I’m quietly closing a chapter in my life–and I’m smiling about it. That’s a good thing. :)

New Release: Seeing You the ebook edition

 

My cowboy novella, Seeing You--the ebook edition--is out today from Samhain. Click here to pick up a copy!

Wave at Reviews by Jessewave already gave it 4 stars,you can read the review here.

Seeing You coverBlurb:

 

Love can be found among the pieces of a broken heart.

The night his brother, Simon, was killed in an accident, Dylan took on a double load of guilt. Guilt for walking away unscathed…and for secretly loving Simon’s partner, Wade. Unable to bear the pain, Dylan left the Lazy G ranch to rebuild his life elsewhere.

A year later he reluctantly responds to his sister’s plea to come home, where he finds the Lazy G falling apart. And so is Wade. Wade has stopped caring about the ranch, about everything that should matter most to him.

Though there’s more ranch work than one man can possibly handle, Dylan throws himself into the task. Wondering how he’s going to find the strength to pull Wade out of the fog of grief when his own is still as raw as a fresh wound. Wondering when Wade will finally see that his second chance for happiness is standing right in front of him.

Warning: Contains explicit, emotionally charged m/m sex. Extra box of tissues required. You could use your sleeve, of course, but we don’t recommend it.
 

Excerpt: 

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So about that word-prompt ficlet...

 ...I'm sure you all were waiting with bated breath, right? Of course you were. *g*

First I would like to say thank you to Kathleen Bradean, Kassa, and Jenre for contributing the following prompt words: rumbling, lather, dense, mistletoe, rum, bunt cake, vegan, cut-glass whiskey tumblers, bad smells, snow, chips, and bamboo. Very much appreciated!

Despite the lack of published ficlet, I promise I did use them. It's just...I think I've lost the knack of writing short. Or maybe just tiny. All I know is that I took those words you supplied and sat down to write a simple holiday short, aiming for 2k or less.

And the next thing I know the short I loosely planned around a workaholic managing the family grocery store dynasty, a young manager eager to prove himself, and an MIA personal shopper started morphing into...more. The person shopper idea disappeared completely, and the workaholic is desperately trying to save the family legacy from a hostile takeover (instead of just being a workaholic for, uh, work's sake *cough*). Then add in a missing girl, corporate espionage, betrayal, and...

Well, you've got way more than a two thousand word ficlet. It's like I couldn't help adding more conflict, more, uh, meat to the story, delving deeper into motivations and creating this whole Wiggens clan. I'm excited about this one, though that's dimmed a little by the idea that maybe I'm not cut out to write shorts anymore.

Not sure quite how long this one will be, it's currently at 11k and it feels like it could be long novella/short novel length. I haven't decided whether I'll continue working on this now, or put it on hold while I finish the novel I was working on (which is about halfway done) prior to asking for the word prompts. Either way, I'll keep you posted!

(Oh and for anyone thinking that Wiggens sounds an awful lot like...well, you're right. *g* I was just having fun, though it's a little different now that I'm not writing a free short. I might have to change the name now.)

Hit me with some words, people!

 So I've been hanging around over at the new All Gay Romance blog, and you should too. (All the cool kids are!) It's an offshoot of the GLBT Bookshelf...Mel Keegan and Co are just so flippin' awesome, aren't they? 

It's a fiction blog--excerpts, free reads, drabbles, etc. It's not for news, promotions, contests, etc. Just fiction, all free and all the time. Pretty awesome, huh? 

In keeping with that, I thought it's about time that I wrote another word-prompt ficlet. So hit me with some word prompts (do your worst, I say!) and in a couple days I'll write and post the ficlet to the AGR blog.

Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season!

The Naughty Bits

TeddyPig over The Naughty Bits asked me about five books that got me writing gay romance. You can check out my (rambling) answers here. :)

Hope you're all staying warm and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

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