Monday, 7 December 2015

MASK is a Rainbow Awards finalist!


I'm so excited to see MASK among the amazing Rainbow Awards finalists! I've never been nominated for any awards, or won anything my entire life - one of the many reasons I never take part in any giveaways or play the lotto. But to be nominated a Rainbow Awards finalist is so huge to me!
Have you seen the fabulous books MASK is keeping company with? No? Click HERE to see all of the nominees.
Elisa Rainbow is one amazing woman! Year after year she organises and manages one of the biggest awards in the MM romance community. Not only that, but the awards she's created benefit LGBT charities around the world, collecting thousands every year. To find out more, visit the Rainbow Awards website.



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Snowed In is LIVE!


My Christmas novella, Snowed In, is LIVE on Amazon, 2 days before the official release date! That was an awesome surprise, I thought Amazon would take longer to upload.

If you're looking for fun read this holiday season Snowed In may just be for you! It's sexy, it's fun, maybe a little sad, but definitely heart-warming. One-click today and cuddle with it under the blanket. You know you want to ;)

You can buy it on Amazon or read for free with KU.

Amazon.com: http://goo.gl/H8AzYl

Amazon.co.uk:  http://goo.gl/V5RmbO

Book Description:

Be careful what you wish for... 

Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother’s best friend, for as long as he can remember. But when he finally gets the chance to show Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken in the most unexpected way. 

Second chances come when you least expect them... 

Quinn doesn’t believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won’t be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor. 
In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn's very own Christmas miracle. 

Sometimes, to forgive, you need to get snowed in...


**stand-alone novella, 110 pages, not connected to any series.
** lots of sexual content. You've been warned.


Monday, 2 November 2015

Indie Hour - Nicola Haken

I'm so happy to welcome Nicola Haken to Indie Hour today! She's an author of both contemporary and LGBT romance, and I'm a huge fan!

TK: Hi Nicola and welcome to Indie Hour! So glad to have you as my fabulous guest!
How are you? I know you had some heath trouble over the recent months and got us all worried! Glad to see you on your feet and writing again.


NH: Thank you for having me! Thanks to a cocktail of medications, I’m feeling way better than I was. I’m still waiting for some tests and appointments because I’m proving to be a bit of a medical mystery at the moment! But, now anything sinister has been ruled out, my head is back in the game. Woohoo! 

TK: Tell me about your new book The Making of Matt. It’s the third book in your Souls of the Knight series, right?

NH: It is and, for now, the end of the series, but I never say never to anything. Matt was never supposed to have his own story, but readers saw something in him that, at the time Being Sawyer Knight was released, I didn’t. Several asked for his story, which at first I dismissed because this was an M/M series and Matt was not only straight, but a complete whore! Once the seed was planted, however, it continued to grow, and, now, here we are. I can’t see any other way for Matt anymore.


His story, of course, stays true to the personality everyone fell in love with. Matt continues to be immature, sarcastic, unwittingly offensive, and sometimes downright stupid. I’m biased, obviously, but it’s hard not to love those things about him. He’s an arsehole, but an adorable one! In this book, though, we see Matt Carter is also so much more than that. Beneath the humour lies a sensitive, caring, sometimes vulnerable man. He has some pretty tough things to deal with in his story and he doesn’t always react to them in an ideal way at first, but the important thing is he learns as he goes along. As a person, I think he grows a lot throughout this book. I doubt he’ll ever ‘grow up’ so to speak, and really, I wouldn’t want him to. I kinda love him!

TK: Congratulations on the enormous success of the book – it’s been in the top 100 of the entire Kindle paid store ever since it was released, along with a few other MM romance books released around the same time. How do you feel about the success of the MM genre in recent months?

NH: Holy freakin’ crapballs is all I can say to that! Matt’s success has blown me away and I can’t thank everyone who helped get him there enough. Anyone who follows my posts will have seen that I’ve been just as excited to have my fellow m/m authors there with me last week! I’ve only been a part of this genre for 18 months and it’s already grown so much in that time, which is AWESOME! I’m so honoured to be a part of it. I’ve met some of the best people in it, made some incredible friends, and I’m beyond happy that more people seem to be finding us. Next step for the m/m genre? Take over the world! 


TK: I know you write both MM and MF romance books, which I think is awesome. There’s a stigma attached to authors who openly cross genres, however. Have you been affected by it?

NH: Oh there definitely is, for some people at least. When I released Being Sawyer Knight I had my fair share of ‘this is why mf authors shouldn’t write mm’ comments. I refused to give those kind of statements a second thought. I write about people falling in love. If I can write one man convincingly in an m/f story, I can write about two in an m/m/. If they didn’t enjoy the story, they didn’t like my writing style, they thought it was a pile of crap, I accept that. No book is for every reader. But what I’ve written previously shouldn’t come into it.

I’m of course only referring to a few people there. On the whole, this genre and the people in it – authors, readers, and bloggers – are amazing! I’ve gained so many new readers and discovered some fantabulous authors too. All in all, I’m surrounded by awesome people and I try my best to concentrate on them and ignore anything negative. 

TK: Do you plan to go back to writing MF romance or are you more likely to concentrate on MM in the near future?

NH: As much as I love my m/f characters, and the readers and friends I made while writing them, I feel like I’ve found my home. I’ve always written in dual POV and even when writing m/f, I always enjoyed writing from the guy’s perspective more. I connect with them better somehow, I always have. I tell people this all the time, I genuinely had no idea the m/m genre existed until around two years ago when I accidentally stumbled upon a Kindle Alexander book. As soon as I read it, I felt like I’d been searching for this genre all my life! But it does, and I love it, and I’m afraid you won’t get rid of me easily! 


TK: How do you manage to run your own business – because let’s face it, being an indie author is a business, and it takes a lot of time and effort to run it – around your family and your kids? I only have one kid and I can barely breathe some days, let alone find time to write! What’s your secret?

NH: My secret is very little sleep! I have four kids aged between 12 and 3 (yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking either!) so I do most of my work when the two smaller ones are asleep at night. I don’t often go to sleep before 2AM, but I’m lucky to have a husband who works nights and does the school run when he comes home in the morning so I get to lie in till a whopping 9AM some days haha! Also, I’m not what you’d call a domestic goddess. I make time for all things work related by ignoring all things housework related :D 

TK: Is your family supportive of your career choice?

NH: Very. I wouldn’t be able to do this alone. My three boys are at school during the day, so my mum takes my daughter during that time so I have those hours to do my author thing. She also helps out with the things I never get around to, like washing, ironing, and cooking at weekends lol. In fairness, I’d probably never do those things anyway even if I wasn’t busy writing, but don’t tell my mum that ;-) 


TK: Do you like being an indie author? Have you considered publishing with a publishing house?

NH: When I first started out, like a lot of new authors, it was my dream to be traditionally published someday. But now? I’m not sure. I like the control I have over my own things. I’m happy (and tremendously grateful) for the success I’ve had on my own so far, and I also don’t cope well with deadlines or being told what to do lol. But I guess I can’t say for sure without ever having a discussion with a publisher. I’ve heard good and bad stories from both sides of the fence. But for now, I’m happy and proud to be an indie author! 


TK: What can we expect from Nicola next? Do you have any publishing schedule planned or are you taking it in stride?

NH: I’m not good with schedules! I’m well over half way through my latest work in progress which I plan (or should that be hope?!) to release in March 2016. It follows my new boys, James and Theo, and is worlds apart from Matt’s story in so many ways. New characters, new country, my first time writing in present tense… Also, these guys have a difficult, emotional, story to tell and I can only hope I do them justice. 

Right, it’s all fun and games until the Lightning Round!!!!

·         Do you prefer to be right or liked? Whichever causes the least drama!
·         Superman or Batman? Superman (come on, the dude can fly!)
·         Do you sing in the shower? I sing everywhere (much to the detriment of others!)
·         Are you a night owl or an early bird? Night owl
·         Who’s your dream mentor? I admire such a long list of people I couldn’t possibly choose!
·         Your phone or your kindle? Phone (although I have a kindle too!)
·         What’s your favourite food? Potatoes (cooked any way!)
·         Did you ever read a book because everyone else was reading it? If yes, which one? The only book I’ve ever done that with is Fifty Shades of Grey because I needed to see what all the hype was about. For the record, I loved it!
·         Pizza or sushi? Veggie I’ll go with pizza because the idea of sushi weirds me out, but I don’t really like either.
·         TV series or full length movies? TV series. I usually end up falling asleep through movies, yet I can binge watch TV shows for hours!


TK: Thank you, Nicola, for being such a brilliant guest!

NH: Thank you for having me!

If you want to get in touch with the fabulous Nicola, or just stalk her for updates about her new books, here's how:

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Piece by Piece is LIVE on Audible!!!

I'm super excited to announce that my new audio book has just been released!! Piece by Piece is out now on Audible, soon on iTunes and all other major audio book retailers. 
It's the third, and last, book of my West End series, but it can be listened/read as a stand alone. The brand new narrator - George A Thorn - did a brilliant job bringing my story to life.


Book Description:

Sometimes, to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first....
For the past 10 years, Riley Davis' life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol-induced daze, clinical depression, and throwing all of his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn't believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.
That's until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.
Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He's worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre's chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards - and high-profile clients - along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals, and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
That's until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie's heartstrings.
Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley's skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else's needs before his own and re-evaluate what really matters in life.
Will the two men stand side-by-side to overcome their differences and everything else life throws at them? Or, will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they've worked so hard to achieve?
Piece by Piece is a stand-alone novel. It's the full story of Sonnie and Riley.


Thursday, 15 October 2015

What an incredible night!

A few days ago I went to see Fall Out Boy live for the second time in 2 years. Last year I saw them in Birmingham - I couldn't get any tickets in London, unfortunately - but this year I was quick enough to get tickets for their sold out American Beauty/American Psycho tour. 
I was excited to see them again, but I thought it wouldn't be much different than last time. Yeah, there would be some new songs but overall, it's the same band, right?
Still. FOB is one of my all time favourite bands, so I couldn't wait to see them again.
How wrong was I to think it'd be nearly the same! They did perform some of the same songs as last time, but it felt massively different. It was as if I'd never seen them before. And I enjoyed every second of it.
FOB's music inspired my first LGBT novel - Dance. I listened to their Save Rock and Roll album on repeat the whole time I was writing it and it's still one of those albums I go back to when I need an emotional pick me up. I was lucky enough to go see them on their Save Rock and Roll tour, but to see them again, and so soon, was incredible. I came home inspired all over again.
Thank you for an amazing show, FOB! Till next time! 









Wednesday, 7 October 2015

October book recs

October is shaping up to be an awesome month of books! So many great titles coming out! So, clear your schedule, pull up the duvet and cosy up with a cup of tea and a wonderful book. I know it's what I'll do!
Out of all new releases there are three that I'm very excited about. I'm giddy just thinking about reading them and can't wait!



Stygian by Santino Hassell

Well, duh! I don't need to explain why I'm excited for this, right? Santino is one of my all time favourite, auto-buy authors, but even more so, I'm super intrigued by this book. And would you look at that cover!!!!

Blurb:

Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—theyre far from the family he sought.
Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the bands enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music, but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.
Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he's finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroways’ secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.
Pre-order here: Dreamspinner Press
Release date: 26 October 2015

Alasdair by Ella Frank

Ella Frank + vampires?? Hell yes! I love Ella's books and I can't wait to get my hands on this little gem! It'll be soooo gooood, I just know it!

Blurb: 

A DANGEROUS ALLURE 

Bestowed with eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. His name carries weight across all of the seven continents. 

But he is a mystery to his kind, an anomaly among the self-indulgent. While he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh, he is exceptionally particular in his choice of partners and prides himself on his ironclad self-control. 

Yet with one look his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover that eternal life doesn’t always last forever… 

A DEADLY ATTRACTION 

Thrust into a world he could never have imagined, Leo Chapel awakens in his worst nightmare. Taken hostage by the dangerously mesmerizing vampire, Alasdair, Leo must rely on his intelligence to escape before he reveals a secret he isn’t even aware he’s hiding. 

A FORBIDDEN DESIRE 

Unaware that they’ve been brought together by an outside force and are little more than pawns to a higher power, Alasdair and Leo spend time trying to uncover the other’s secrets, the attraction between them growing stronger all the while. 

But enemies are watching and preparing to act against them. When decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made—can a dead, grey heart learn to beat again?

Pre-order here: Amazon

Release date: 13 October


Darker space by Lisa Henry

I read the first book in the series, Dark Space, recently and loved it! However, it left me feeling a bit confused and I was relieved when I found out there will be a sequel! 
In case you haven't read the brilliant Dark Space yet, you can buy it here and get ready for book 2 in time for the release, which is set for 13 October.

Blurb:

Brady Garrett is back on Earth. He’s living with his partner Cam and they’re raising his sister Lucy together. Life is better than some feral reffo from Kopa has any right to hope, and Brady knows it. He’s even grateful for it, most of the time. He loves Cam, even though he’s afraid that he’s not good enough for him, but he’s still having nightmares about the alien Faceless.

Cameron Rushton loved being a pilot once, and he still feels the pull of the starlight. He’s building a life with Brady now, and with Lucy. Life is good, even if it’s not without its complications. Both Brady and Cam are dealing with the endless cycle of interviews, tests, and questions that the military hierarchy hopes will reveal the secrets of the aliens who could very easily destroy humanity. They have each other though, and together they’re making it work.

But from out in the black, Kai-Ren is still watching and everything Brady and Cam think they’ve won, they stand to lose all over again.


Pre-order here: Amazon

Release date: 13 October




Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Brown butter caramel cookies recipe plus a tasty excerpt

Writing has been a slow, painful process for me in the past few months. But I did manage some, and I'm determined to pick up the pace - and the desire - during the next couple of weeks when my personal life should settle down a bit.
So, I guess I can admit it publicly now - I've been working on a novel about an ex-soldier turned baker and an artsy college student. It's set in Cambridge and has a feel-good vibe to it which I adore. It'll be very low angst but it'll surely make you drool.
Why? Because said ex-soldier turned baker has his own bakery and baking tasty treats is his favourite past time as well as his job! I promise I'll write at least one sex scene involving sticky caramel being spread on various body parts.
I have a delicious title and an even more delicious cover thanks to my super talented friend Jay Aheer. I'm hoping to be able to reveal them all soon!
So, keeping up with today's blog post theme, here's a recipe that inspired the very first scene in my new book:


Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled with Caramel and Peanut Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 caramels
  • 12 tsp peanut butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180C. 

In a small sauce pan melt butter on low heat until it has become a golden brown colour and remove from heat.

In a bowl mix both sugars, egg and vanilla together. Add the browned butter.

Mix in the oats, flour, salt and baking powder. Once the dough has come together refrigerate for 20 minutes.

After removing from refrigerator, roll into 12 equal sized balls. Place each cookie dough ball on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches a part.

Push a caramel square into the centre of each cookie dough ball. You can form the sides of the cookies a bit if you want to cover the caramel more.

Dollop a tsp of peanut butter on the top of each caramel.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are golden. 

Allow to cool for about 15 minutes then enjoy.



And here's the delicious excerpt I promised - it's the very beginning of the novel.


“How hard is the caramel in the brown butter caramel filled cookies?”
My head snapped up from packing a twelve piece box and my eyes searched for the guy asking the most ridiculous question I’d ever heard.
“Is it really runny? Coz it sounds so good,” he continued, groaning a little as the last word rolled off his tongue. “But I really don’t want to mess my outfit.” He bit his plump lower lip when he finished talking, the sparkle in his eyes resembling childish mischief.
I stared at him. I couldn’t help myself. He was so fucking gorgeous that I didn't care if he asked stupid questions. He could ramble all he wanted as long as I got to feed him caramel filled cookies and lick the sauce dripping down his chin.
“Um...” He glanced uncertainly behind me at Chris as she poured a shot of espresso in a cup of frothed milk.
Realising I was staring at him, unblinking, like an idiot, I tore my eyes away, handed the lady in the line before him her takeaway box and wished her a pleasant evening with a charming smile.
Then I focused my full attention at caramel guy.
“I tell you what,” I said, placing my elbows on the counter. “You can have the chunky oatmeal now and I guarantee you won’t mess your clothes.” I slid my eyes down his body appreciatively, taking in his lithe frame dressed in dark slacks and crisp green button down. “And I’ll wrap a couple of the brown butter caramels for you to enjoy later.”
A cheeky smile made an appearance on his full mouth and, God help me, his cheeks dimpled as he tried to contain it.
The woman behind him rolled her eyes, pointedly looking at her wrist watch.
“Cool. Thanks,” caramel guy said, lowering his lashes.
Chris appeared next to me and took the woman’s order. Double skinny latte. No cookies. I hated her even more.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Books I can't wait to get my hands on


Valor on the Move
Keira Andrews

This book looks absolutely amazing! Forbidden love between the son of the US president and his bodyguard? Yes, please! 
I have a confession to make - it'll be my first Keira Andrews book and considering how much my friends love her stories, I can't wait to dive into this one.

Release date: September 9 2015


Vespertine
Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn

I'm a huge Leta Blake fan! I've read all her books and she's an autobuy author for me. I haven't read anything by Indra Vaughn yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Vespertine is about another forbidden love story - between a rock star and a priest! I'm wildly excited to see how this plays out!!!

Release date: September 10 2015




Rattlesnake
Kim Fielding

I love Kim Fielding's writing! She usually mixes reality with a touch of fantasy/historical fantasy in her writing - which I don't usually go for and I've loved everything I read from Ms Fielding - but this book is contemporary romance with no fantasy elements. I'm looking forward to it.

Release date: 31 August 2015


Sloe Ride
Rhys Ford

I do a little happy dance every time a Rhys Ford book shows on my kindle. I've read all her books and I've loved each and every one. Another autobuy author for me.
Sloe Ride is the 4th instalment in her Sinners series and tells the story of another Morgan - Quinn. I can't wait to read this - missed all the Morgans like crazy!

Release date: September 4 2015


Sunset Park
Santino Hassell

One of my all time favourite authors has a new series out - Five Boroughs. The first book Sutphin Boulevard was fantastic and I can't wait for book 2, Sunset Park. I get giddy just thinking about it. The UST in that book is going to be a killer but, man, it'll hurt so good!
I also can't wait to see the cover! The cover for Sutphin Boulevard is stunning and I really hope the rest of the series keeps up with the trend.

Release date: December 2015






Thursday, 3 September 2015

Throwback Thursday - Dance

I haven't written in a while - school's still out for the summer and I can't find time or concentration to write - and honestly, I'm already itching to! Kids are going back to school on Monday so yay!!! to writing again.
I've been feeling a bit melancholic lately, looking back to my older works, thinking of the time I was writing them and how it felt. It's weird how every book comes with its own unique set of feelings and emotions. 
Anyway, I've decided to revisit Dance this Thursday and post some of my favourite moments.
Enjoy!
xx















Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Book of the week - Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

If you haven't experienced Santino Hassell's writing yet, I feel sorry for you. And a little jealous at the same time because you'll get to read all his fabulous books for the first time and I'll never get that feeling again. *sigh*
Before I start a full on fangirling tirade, let me just say that Sonny has a new book out called Sutphin Boulevard and it's amazing! It's the first book of a five book series (yay!!!!), book 2 coming out in December. 


Book Description

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.



How did I like it?


So many feels!!!

There are very few things that I can say with absolutely certainty - my hair will always be frizzy if humidity in the air is above 0.01%; soft taco shells are a genius invention; I'll read anything Santino Hassel ever writes.
Everyone knows by know how much I love ICoS because I'm fangirling about it to anyone who'd listen. Sometimes even to people who wouldn't listen. My point is, I fell in love with Santino's writing (and Ais's of course - I wish she'd publish something of her own soon) with ICoS, and I fell hard. I love the realness of it, the roughness, if you will. Santino writes real characters, real stories, real thoughts. Life isn't rainbows and unicorns all the time and his writing reflects that. In other words, shits gets real, fast. 
Having said all that, he can be romantic and sappy as hell, melting my heart with a single sentence.

All of that is true for Sutphin Boulevard.

What a ride! 

Sutphin Boulevard is about Michael And Nunzio.

They've been best friends for 20 years, but never anything more. Sure, they love to have fun and party together, but their friendship is solidly platonic.

Until it's not.

The first chapter of Sutphin Boulevard is probably the hottest thing I've ever read. It changes the dynamic of Michael and Nunzio's friendship and sets the tone for the rough ride ahead.

Nunzio is perfection! *sigh*

I absolutely loved him! I want a sexy, moody Italian of my own even more now!
We only get to see glimpses of him as the story is told from Michael's POV, but Santino promised some additional side stories from Nunzio's POV soon and I can't wait to see more of what's going on in his head.

Michael is angry, and sad, and scared, and while his defence mechanism produces some really funny sarcastic comments, behind the grumpy, smart-mouth attitude hides a man at the end of his rope. God, Michael is a mess. A hot fucking mess from the very beginning. He digs himself deeper and deeper into the quicksand his life, his soul, is sinking into, until there's no way out in sight.
He needs to grab to the last, faint glimmer of hope, of happiness, and hold on to it or disappear. 

Sutphin Boulevard is a bumpy, rough ride. It's not your typical romance with a sprinkle of Disney and some angst on the side. 
It's honest.
It's hot.
It's sad.
It's funny.
It's touchingly real.

It's perfect.



You can buy it HERE and HERE.