Revised edition of BREATHE now available in e-book and trade paperback

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I’m thrilled to share that the updated version of BREATHE with new cover art is out in bookstores now. This edition includes the original novel as well as the epilogue WHAT YOU DO TO ME that was previously available separately. You can pick up a copy in both e-book and trade paperback formats.

The e-book is available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Smashwords. It’ll also be available soon at Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other stores. The paperback is at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and CreateSpace.

*For readers who purchased the previous edition of BREATHE, you can still read the free epilogue on my website.

Cover Reveal: Re-release of BREATHE

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Later this month I’m getting the rights back on one of my bestselling books, BREATHE, and both the ebook and print editions are being re-released with a new cover. It’s the same story with a few corrections to the text. It will also include the epilogue (What You Do to Me) that was released separately at Loose Id in 2013. (For those who already have a copy of BREATHE, the epilogue will remain on my website as a free read.)

Look for the new print and ebook editions of BREATHE at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other bookstores in the coming weeks.

When an author acts out the scenes (without really meaning to)

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Right now I’m putting the final polish on MORE THAN MOST. (I’m so thrilled with how it’s turned out and I can’t wait to share it!) At this point in the process, I usually spend my days walking around the house reading the manuscript aloud. I look for anything that stands out: repetitive or missing words, odd phrasing in dialogue, continuity issues, moments when an emotional reaction would up the intensity of the scene, that kind of thing.

I’m also at the point where I know the story so well that I sometimes start “acting out” certain parts. Every time I read the same scene over and over, I make hand gestures and facial expressions when the characters do. I lick my lips when they do. I move when and how they do. (And let me just say, I’m so glad no one has a camera anywhere near me during this phase of the writing process.)

So I thought it might be fun to share some of the specific moments from my books where I caught myself really stepping into the role of the characters.

So in no particular order, here are my more embarrassing moments as a writer:

  • I squeezed my eye shut imitating Walter when Kevin punched him, and then dabbed at the “tender” skin below my eye. (HOW TO SAVE A LIFE)
  • I banged my fist on my desk when Luke did the same on a diner table after talking with his father. (MORE)
  • I limped around the house like Richard after he’d twisted his ankle. (MORE THAN MOST)
  • I went to scoop up little Jessica and carry her through the house like Lincoln did when Nancy’s place was on fire. (BREATHE)
  • I shoved open the (non-existent) bathroom stall door and stormed across the room when Lincoln found out who the man was that he’d kissed. (BREATHE)
  • I squinted as the wind whipped around Evan when he was trapped in the blizzard, even though I was writing that book in the middle of summer. (TAKE ME HOME)
  • I raised my arm to shuffle Mateo into his apartment just as Grady did when he finally located him. (I SWEAR TO YOU)
  • I picked up the pace when Mark raced after Scott when Scott freaked out and ran out of Mark’s apartment after they’d tried to spend their first night together. (MORE THAN JUST A GOOD BOOK)
  • I puffed out my cheeks when Sean stuffed his mouth with two dinner rolls when he’d first met Gavin. (SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN)

And perhaps the MOST embarrassing:

  • I reached for my dick (of which I do not have) when Walter told Kevin to touch himself. And I did it again every single time I read that scene. (HOW TO SAVE A LIFE)

Now that’s dedication, right? Or a really, REALLY nutty writer, I’m not sure which.

I’ll just say I’m very passionate about my work and leave it at that.

 

 

What You Do to Me (A Breathe Epilogue) now available via my website

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I’m pleased to share that you can now read the epilogue for my best-selling book BREATHE via my website. You can also download a copy in PDF format.

I hope you enjoy visiting with Jay and Lincoln again.

Note: WHAT YOU DO TO ME (A Breathe Epilogue) was originally published by Loose Id, April 23, 2013.

 

4 of My Books Named in M/M Romance Group’s 2013 Member Choice Awards

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I was thrilled and touched to see that four of my books have been nominated at Goodreads in the M/M Romance Group’s 2013 Member Choice Awards. I also received a nomination for Favorite All Time Author! THANK YOU to those who threw my name and books into the hat. And to the contest coordinators for putting everything together and offering to send badges to the nominees.

Here’s the full list of nominations for me and my books:

If you’re interested in selecting your own favorites from 2013, voting is going on via this poll. You can see a full list of categories and nominations at Goodreads if you’re a member of the M/M Romance group.

You might even find a few new books to try.

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