Monday, August 22, 2016

Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) Available for Pre-Order

Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.
When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors? Hell yes. But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.
By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.

Pre-order Slave Hunt now!

It all kinda started last year, when Lisa Henry and I were hanging out in LA together. She was drinking a lot of wine and working on the brilliant Adulting 101, and I was drinking a lot of wine and procrastinating on finishing 24/7, the "final" book in The Subs Club series. I was becoming increasingly aware that 24/7 was going to be a heavy book, and a big tonal shift from the previous three. Which got me thinking about whether I wanted to continue the series beyond Book 4, and if so, where did I want to take it?

The conclusion I came to was that I wanted Books 1-4 to feel like a completed cycle. Like the series could end there, and we'd get a sense that all the characters are in a better place than where they started but still sufficiently mired in the ambiguities of life and love that it's clear the Real Journey is Just Beginning. But...

Maybe also it would be fun to check in with the characters a year later, let them play paintball in the woods for two hours, and narrate the story from ten different POV.

And so Slave Hunt was born. Riptide kindly agreed to help me keep the book a secret, to give 24/7 a chance to land and let the series have a sense of closure. But you can now pre-order Slave Hunt (out October 17th), a novella about paintball and the trials of love, from Riptide's site. It's pretty much angst-free, and there may be illustrations.

A slave hunt (sometimes called a sub hunt) is an outdoor BDSM event in which tops hunt bottoms--usually in the woods, sometimes with paintball guns, sometimes just by tagging the "prey." It's like a kinky Hunger Games, except nobody gets hurt--at least, not in ways they don't want to be hurt. I had a blast imagining how all ten MCs from the Subs Club would fare if they participated in one of these events together. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for the cover reveal on 8/25 at Boy Meets Boy!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rancher for (Half) a Summer

Back in May, I headed out west to work on a dude ranch. I worked on the kitchen staff, where I learned some awesome new recipes, and got up close and personal with meat. I've been a vegetarian for fifteen years, so prior to this I'd never really had to think about things like, you know, how to cook a hamburger. Or a steak. Or various parts of a chicken. But boy did I learn. I had to come back a little early (I was supposed to be there until September) due to some family health issues. But everything's going well now, and while I miss the ranch a lot, it's nice to be home.

There was no cell service at the ranch, and very limited internet, so this summer was a chance to get away from screens. I knew I wasn't going to be able to stop myself from writing, so I brought a notebook, but I liked the idea of some time to think about what I want to write next without any pressure to, you know--actually write it. Anyway. I promise I won't bore you with the whole tale of how I Found Myself this summer. But it was a very cool experience, and helped me get back in touch with some aspects of myself that have kind of fallen by the wayside over the years. Here were some of the highlights:

1. Horses. I love horses. Owned all the Saddle Club books. All the Thoroughbreds. Riding Academy. Short Stirrup Club. Black Stallion. You get the picture. I rode competitively from ages 6-13, and had beloved a pinto pony named Domino, who was my everything. Then, for many years, I didn't ride, because I became a teenager, and that took up a lot of time and energy, and then I was an adult and realized that horses are insanely expensive (thanks Mom & Dad!). So I was a little nervous about getting back to riding this summer. But as everyone promised, it was like riding a bike. You never forget. Except my no-longer-thirteen-year-old body was unaware that moving my muscles in this manner was still a thing. Everything hurt after my first ride. Hips, knees, arms, ass, sunburned lips... But it was fantastic. And I fell in love with this horse, Daisy, who is basically a combination of Shadowfax and Domino.

Daisy showed me the meaning of haste.

2. Reading. After I started publishing a few years ago, the amount of time I spent reading went way down. Which saddens me. So I decided to take advantage of my summer without computers, and packed approximately 1100 books. My suitcase was 4 pounds over the weight limit, and when the airline people suggested I try moving some things into my backpack, I opened the suitcase and books spilled everywhere, and I was like, "You know what, just charge me the $25." I read so much at the ranch, and it was glorious. My favorite reads of the summer were Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and Broken Harbour by Tana French.

Tana rocks my world.

3. Letters. Back in '08, I worked at a summer camp. I didn't get cell service or internet there, and at the time, that didn't seem like such an out-of-the-ordinary thing. People wrote me letters; I wrote them letters, and everything was great. Shortly after that, the idea of being without a phone or email became unthinkable. So this off-the-grid experience was much more intimidating. But my friends and family stepped up to the plate big time. I got so many wonderful and hilarious letters, cards, and random items. Even the Professor wrote me regularly, her words faithfully transcribed by my mother, who was dog-sitting. And one of my favorite parts of the summer was spending my evenings on my porch, writing letters to people.

Even her letters were judgey.

4. Hiking. There were so many amazing places to hike around the ranch. But the walk I did nearly every day involved going up a slight ridge past an old fur trapping house. Once you were up on the ridge you had a beautiful view of the valley, the snow-covered mountains, the was just perfect.

This freaking trail.

The sunsets were, y'know, pretty meh. 

All the altitude-related nosebleeds were worth it.

Were there rough parts? The mosquitoes were like some kind of genetically-enhanced Michael Crichton creation, and for the first week my nose gushed a pretty constant stream of blood from the altitude, but those were small prices to pay. This place, and the people I met there, were unforgettable. And even though I'm spending most of my days now parked in front of a computer, I'm continuing to work my way through the mass of books in my still-not-unpacked suitcase--and writing the occasional letter.

Friday, August 5, 2016

BY HIS RULES returns August 30th!

Hi all! By His Rules, my first published romance novel, has been off the market for a few months as I work on a revised and expanded edition. But it's coming back, bigger and badder than ever, on August 30th. You can join the blog tour from August 30-September 3rd for a chance to win prizes. I'll be going into more detail on the tour about what's new in edition 2, how it felt to face my early work (a little bit like looking at pictures of myself from middle school), as well as sharing some BHR-related short fiction. Stay tuned for details.

The book also has a brand new cover! Check it out:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...

Hi all! Popping in for a quick update--on an actual computer. First of all, The Silvers is out today! You can follow the blog tour here and win a $15 Riptide GC!
And 24/7, the final Subs Club book, was out a while ago. Links here!

As for life updates...I'm having a great time out west. The ranch is gorgeous, I like the work, and I've become addicted to eagle-spotting. Golden eagles, specifically. At first I was in awe over the bald eagles out here, and then someone told me golden eagles had a seven-foot wingspan and could take down a fully grown deer. Since then, I've been all about golden eagles. I've only seen one, but it was magical. And a little frightening.

I have a favorite horse, Daisy, who sort of won't give me the time of day unless I have food, but I'm used to that, thanks to the Professor. I've been writing a lot, though whether I'll be able to read my own handwriting when I get home is anyone's guess. I'm loving this summer, but also looking forward to being home in the fall!

Best Wishes,

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Goodbye for a While!

Hi, all! In a few days, I’m heading out west to go work on a ranch for the summer. I’m really excited, and a little nervous, since I’m going pretty off the grid—no computers or cell service. I may be able to check in occasionally on trips to town, but my goal is to stay away from the internet as much as possible, and try to live life like it’s 1996. I’m going to be writing actual letters, and calling my family on a landline, and wearing a watch instead of checking the time on my phone, and all that good stuff. 

I’ll be gone from May 15th-September 11th. I’m definitely going to miss writing, and miss you all, but I’m hoping I’ll come back in September very refreshed and full of story ideas involving cowboys and leather and rope. The blog tours for my summer releases are being handled by Riptide, and I look forward to seeing how it all went when I return. Hope you enjoy 24/7, and the re-release of The Silvers!

If you email, tweet, or Facebook me over the summer and I don’t respond, I’m probably out on a cattle drive or square dancing or something. But I will get back to you when I can.

Have a great summer, everyone!

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Subs Club wins NLA-I Novel Award. Also, it now costs less!

The Subs Club is the winner of the 2016 National Leather Association-International Pauline Reage Novel Award! I'm very honored to be in such fine company *wishes Rachel Kramer Bussel would hang out with me.* See the full list of NLA-I Award winners here, and check out their books and articles if you haven't already, because they are fantastic.

AND TSC is one of over 100 Riptide titles that have recently had their prices lowered. So you can pick this bad boy up for $4.99 at all major vendors. For a full list of Riptide's reduced-price titles, head here!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Manties in a Twist is here! Also Tempest in Audiobook.

This is a day full of things! First of all, Manties in a Twist (The Subs Club #3) is now out! You can purchase it at: Riptide PublishingAmazon I AllRomance I Barnes & Noble I Kobo iBooks.

You can also follow the blog tour for a chance to win two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon GC. I'll be talking about hot sauce, Bed Bath & Beyond, pony play, and sharing some music from my best friend, whose singing and guitar playing was part of the inspiration for Kamen.

And if you want more Subs Club, the excerpt from 24/7 (The Subs Club #4) is up on Riptide's site.


Tempest is now out in audiobook! You can now listen to the fabulous Nick J. Russo read the entire Playing the Fool Trilogy.

And finally, I'm over at The Novel Approach on the Rockin' Read Aloud Tour today, reading from When All the World Sleeps. Comment for a chance to win a copy of WAtWS! Tour readings are being archived here. If you missed my mom co-reading with me last week from Pain Slut, you can check out her being the best sport ever in Episode 3. And doing a Kamen voice I almost couldn't keep a straight face through.

And I think that's all for now!