Videos I Love: A guy and his kitten

If you’ve been following the blog, you know I’m a sucker for cats so I just had to share these videos.

You gotta love a guy who plays with a tiny kitten like this AND makes videos of it.

And then there’s this one…

Kevin’s Song for HOW TO SAVE A LIFE

Maybe because HOW TO SAVE A LIFE is going through the final stages of editing, I don’t know, but I can’t get this song out of my head. It’s definitely Kevin’s song.

You can view the rest of my playlist for this book on my website.

Naked by Avril Lavigne

Book Giveaway: Lex’s 30 Days of Christmas

Author Lex Valentine is currently hosting her big Holiday Event all month long on her blog. Every day there’s a different giveaway for free books. Stop by to enter for a chance to win one of the current day’s prizes. Lex accepts comments up to midnight Pacific time each night.

Today there are several m/m books up for grabs so be sure to stop by and have a look. My novel TAKE ME HOME will be available in the giveaway later this month. Thanks to Lex for hosting and good luck to all who enter!


Got an excerpt added to my website for my upcoming holiday story, Something to Believe In. This is from the night Sean meets Gavin. Hope you enjoy the preview.



Something to Believe In Releasing This Month

I have a release date for my holiday story! Something to Believe In is coming December 23, 2012 from MLR Press. It’s about two young homeless men who fall in love and search for a way to stay off the streets and build a life together.

Here’s the official description:

After running away from the hatred and abuse of their teen years, Sean and Gavin have been hustling to survive for too long now. When some extra cash lands them alone in a hotel room until Christmas, they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Now neither one can imagine watching the other walk off with one more trick. Even with no money and no job prospects, Sean is determined to not just show Gavin what a real home and holiday is like, but to keep them off the streets for good and build a life together.

Length: 17,500+ words
Release date: 12/23/2012
Publisher: MLR Press

This one wasn’t in my original plans for this year, but I’m really glad I took the time to write it. (Huge thanks to Kris Jacen at MLR for the encouragement!) When I was finished with Sean and Gavin’s story, I was surprised at the outcome. It was quite different than I’d originally conceived. It’s very emotional, not erotic as I’d planned. And in the end, I had no doubt I was meant to tell this story, both because of the subject matter and what I learned through the research and writing.

Writing this story, I unintentionally worked a bit outside my usual process. I learned new things about myself, about what moves me, about how important research can be to simply setting the right mindset/mood for the author, about pacing and character development.

I hope you enjoy SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN if you check it out later this month.