Frank and Tom Are Getting Married!

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll definitely want to make sure you open this month’s edition! I’ve written an epilogue story for the This Time Forever series, imaginatively titled “This Time Forever.” It’s pretty much fluff, which is what most of the in-between stories I write for my characters are. But for as much as I wanted to revisit all the main characters from the series, I figured my readers might like to too, so I plotted a gentle arc around Frank and Tom’s wedding.

It’s a beautiful day, everyone is there, including Charlie’s daughter and grandaughter, Brian’s nephew, Tom’s long-suffering ex-girlfriend, Frank’s sister, and a few extras. The only character I’d like to have included but couldn’t come up with a reasonable excuse to was Arthur Beckwith. I still have vague plans to send him to a senior singles resort in Florida, though. (He’d be inspired by Frank’s stories of what happens with the pool floaties… or maybe not.)

So, everyone is there… except Tom. Frank, of course, is beside himself and gets everyone else involved in the search, giving me an excuse to write a chapter from everyone’s point of view. Well, just the main characters–though I did think about including Josh. I’m going to have to write a story just for him, aren’t I?

Okay, enough waffling. How do you get this piece of literary magic? Newsletter subscribers get it first–tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12, which is just about bang on a year after Renewing Forever (Frank and Tom’s book) was released. The perfect time for an epilogue story featuring their wedding, don’t you think?

I will make the story available to everyone else by the end of the year–links to be posted on this blog later in December.

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New Release: Renewing Forever

It’s release day for Renewing Forever! This book is for everyone who ever wondered about the one who got away. In Renewing Forever, I combined two of my favourite tropes: friends to lovers and second chances.

Frank and Tom were best friends and each other’s first love. Maybe each other’s only love. But the night Frank finally found the courage to kiss Tom, everything went wrong.

Now, thirty years later, they have the chance to set everything right.

This story broke my heart a few times, but the ending is one of the most solid happy ever afters I’ve ever delivered. It’s deep and true. And despite the sad times, there is plenty of fun to be had as Frank and Tom reconnect and look for ways to renew a broken down resort, and their own forever.

About the Book

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Frankie and Tommy once dreamed of traveling the world together. But when seventeen-year-old Frank kissed Tom, their plans ended with a punch to the jaw and Frank leaving town without looking back. Thirty years later, Frank’s successful career as a journalist is interrupted by his uncle’s death and the question of his inheritance—the family resort where his childhood dreams were built. When he returns to the Pocono Mountains, however, he finds a dilapidated lodge and Tommy, the boy he never forgot.

Tom’s been keeping the resort together with spit and glue while caring for Frank’s uncle, Robert—a man he considered father, mentor, and friend—and his aged mother, who he refuses to leave behind. Now Robert is gone, taking Tom’s job with him. And Frank is on the doorstep, wanting to know why Tom is still there and why the old lodge is falling apart.

But before they can rebuild the resort, they’ll have to rebuild their friendship. Only then can they renew the forever they planned all those years ago.

Available now at all retailers!

ebook:
Riptide | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords

paperback:
Riptide | Amazon |B&N

 

What Reviewers are Saying:

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“Second-chance romances are my absolute favorite kind when well done (as this was), and I could really relate to Frank!” —Andrea D., Reviewer

“Many of us met someone when we were young and never had it turn into a relationship. Some of us wonder what would have happened if it did. This book is for all of us who wanted to try again.” —Susan, Goodreads review

“This is a beautifully written romance with two main characters you can’t help but fall in love with.”  ­—Diane, Goodreads reviewer

 

Tour and Giveaway Details!

I’m doing another Instagram Tour! Follow along for a chance to win one of my previously published books!

#RenewingForeverTour

Riptide Tour

The giveaway for my Riptide Tour is $25 to spend at the publisher’s store and a swag pack of bookmarks, postcards and stickers.
(All my giveaways are open internationally. Comment on any post to enter!)

Monday 11/12
Bayou Book Junkie http://bayoubookjunkie.blogspot.com/
Boy Meets Boy Reviews https://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com/
Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com/
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews https://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/

Tuesday 11/13
Creative Deeds https://creativedeeds.wordpress.com/
Erotica for All http://eroticaforall.co.uk/
Joyfully Jay https://joyfullyjay.com/
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words https://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/

Wednesday 11/14
La Crimson Femme https://lacrimsonfemme.blogspot.com/
Novel Approach http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/
OMG Reads http://omgreads.com/blog/
TTC Books and More http://www.ttcbooksandmore.com/

Thursday 11/15
Book Reviews and More by Kathy http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com/
Delighted Reader http://delightedreader.com/
Dog-Eared Daydreams http://www.dogeareddaydreams.com/

Friday 11/16
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/
MM Good Book Reviews http://mmgoodbookreviews.com/
My Fiction Nook http://www.myfictionnook.com/

Win a Copy of Renewing Forever!

Annabeth Albert will be posting a giveaway in her reader group this week, for an ebook copy of Renewing Forever.
Annabeth’s Angels

Did you know my cowriter, Jenn Burke, has a new reader group? She will also be hosting a giveaway this week.
Jenn’s Epic Adventurers

Frank’s Story

I have a Big Book of Ideas. My “book” is actually scattered across several notebooks and my ideas are sandwiched between outline sketches, snippets of dialogue, pages of brainstorming for plot points, and journal entries. There is no order to any of it—but I always know which book to grab when I’m looking for my notes about a specific idea.

Frank and Tom’s story happened in two separate notebooks. I had an idea for a story about an abandoned resort and the guy who was living in one of the broken-down cottages. And then I had a character sketch for Frank, who one of my beta readers had loved and wanted me to write a book for. When I married those two ideas together, this story was born.

Renewing Forever is different from anything else I’ve ever written. Before coming together in these pages, Frank and Tom had been leading such full lives–and yet, there was always something missing. With this story, I not only got the chance to fill that gap for both of them, but to right a wrong and restore the balance to these two lives!

If you’ve read Building Forever, you’ll enjoy a visit with Simon and Charlie in this book, and will hopefully get a little more curious about Brian’s motives–in the past and for the future. But if you’re new to the series, Renewing Forever stands alone as a complete novel and love story.

Read the first few chapters!

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Frankie and Tommy once dreamed of traveling the world together. But when seventeen-year-old Frank kissed Tom, their plans ended with a punch to the jaw and Frank leaving town without looking back. Thirty years later, Frank’s successful career as a journalist is interrupted by his uncle’s death and the question of his inheritance—the family resort where his childhood dreams were built. When he returns to the Pocono Mountains, however, he finds a dilapidated lodge and Tommy, the boy he never forgot.

Tom’s been keeping the resort together with spit and glue while caring for Frank’s uncle, Robert—a man he considered father, mentor, and friend—and his aged mother, who he refuses to leave behind. Now Robert is gone, taking Tom’s job with him. And Frank is on the doorstep, wanting to know why Tom is still there and why the old lodge is falling apart.

But before they can rebuild the resort, they’ll have to rebuild their friendship. Only then can they renew the forever they planned all those years ago.

Coming November 11, 2018!
Riptide | Amazon B&N | Kobo | iBooks Smashwords

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New Release: Building Forever

It’s release day for Building Forever! I’m terrifically excited about this release because, while I love all my books, this one is special. I blogged about the long road to publication last week, so today I’m just going to raise a glass and say, “I sincerely hope you enjoy this one.”

 

About the Book

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Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.

But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.

Available now at all retailers!

ebook:
Riptide | Amazon B&N | Kobo | iBooks Smashwords
paperback:
Riptide | Amazon | B&N

Read the first two chapters.

 

What Reviewers are Saying:

“I knew when I laughed out loud on page two that this would be a winner for me.” —Jess Gabriel, Reviewer

“The characters are complex and relatable, the writing is smart and engaging.” —Melinda R, Reviewer

“Honestly, I read this in one sitting and didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait to read more.” ­—Kirstin Aroca, Reviewer

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Tour and Giveaway Details!

As always, opening this newsletter gives you an entry in my subscriber giveaway! This time I’m giving away an ARC of Renewing Forever, the second book in this series!

I’m doing another Instagram Tour! Follow along for a chance to win one of my previously published books!

#BuildingForeverTour

Riptide Tour

The giveaway for my Riptide Tour is $25 to spend at the publisher’s store and a swag pack of bookmarks, postcards and stickers.
(All my giveaways are open internationally. Comment on any post to enter!)

Monday 10/15
Jessie G Book Reviews http://jessiegbooks.com/
Joyfully Jay https://joyfullyjay.com/
MM Good Book Reviews http://mmgoodbookreviews.com/
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words https://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/

Tuesday 10/16
La Crimson Femme https://lacrimsonfemme.blogspot.com/
OMG Reads http://omgreads.com/blog/
On Top Down Under http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/category/blog-discussions/blog-tours/
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews https://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/

Wednesday 10/17
Bayou Book Junkie http://bayoubookjunkie.blogspot.com/
Dog-Eared Daydreams http://www.dogeareddaydreams.com/
My Fiction Nook http://www.myfictionnook.com/
The Day Before You Came http://www.thedaybeforeyoucame.com/

Thursday 10/18
Book Reviews and More by Kathy http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com/
Boy Meets Boy Reviews https://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com/
Erotica for All http://eroticaforall.co.uk/
The Novel Approach http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/

Friday 10/19
Creative Deeds https://creativedeeds.wordpress.com/
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/
Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com/

Win a Copy of Building Forever!

I’ll be stopping by three Facebook reader groups this week to give away a copy of Building Forever.

Monday 10/15
Annabeth’s Angels

Wednesday 10/17
Keira Andrews Romance Readers

Friday 10/19
A.M.’s Pot O Gold

The Cheez-It Book

If you follow me on social media you probably already know a little bit about the Cheez-It book. Standing in the kitchen one day, stuffing my face with Cheez-Its, I was struck by the idea that having a mouthful of Cheez-Its (and I mean full, with crumbs spilling everywhere) would be a fun and awkward way to meet the love of your life. Or maybe just really awkward. 😀

Inspired, I ran upstairs and wrote 10,000 words in a furious rush. That was two summers ago, and now, finally, Building Forever is finished, covered beautifully, and available for preorder. It even has its first review (5 stars, yay!).

But what is it about? Well, it’s about a talkative science fiction writer named Charlie and a quiet architect named Simon. Charlie is a widower who put aside any curiosity he had regarding his attraction to men about eighteen years ago when his girlfriend told him she was pregnant. He loved her and he married her. Then he lost her. Now, five years later, he finally feels as if he’s getting good at the single dad thing. His science fiction series is doing well, though the last book is proving difficult to plot, and his daughter seems happy–her fondness for post-apocalyptic art aside.

Simon is nursing a broken heart and a bruised ego. He lost his lover and his business last year and moved to Bethlehem to start again. Approaching his fiftieth birthday, he’s not sure if he’s up for rebuilding his career or risking his heart, but to his surprise, finds pleasure in both. Bethlehem and Charlie are exactly what he needed: a fresh perspective and a new challenge.

But Charlie isn’t as far past the loss of his wife as he thinks he is, and Simon isn’t as resilient as he thought he was, and Charlie’s daughter isn’t as happy as she seems.

All of my books feel like a journey, for me and for my characters, but this one was especially so because of some of the themes I tackled: grief, middle-age, parenthood, bisexuality, and being willing to risk your heart again. I loved writing older characters and I loved writing a father. Simon’s gentle stoicism called to me in ways a character hasn’t before and I desperately needed for him to find a happy ever after. Charlie–Charlie sprang from the ether fully formed. All I did was write it down just as he told me to. I didn’t always get it right first try, though, and I relied heavily on beta readers and editors for help with this one. I learned a lot, and I know this is my strongest book yet.

The best part, though? This is only the beginning. In this series, I have reached a little farther and push a little harder with every book. Renewing Forever and Chasing Forever will continue the themes put in place with Building Forever—small towns, close families, and strong friendships—while staying true to my vision of writing super sweet love stories for older men who have already loved and lost, and aren’t sure if they’re ready to try again.

Building Forever is now available for preorder at Riptide Publishing.
You can also add it on Goodreads!

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Building Forever (This Time Forever #1)

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A new town, a new neighbor, and a new chance to build a forever.

Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.

Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.

But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.

Want to read the first couple of chapters? They’re right here!