It’s Release Day for Let’s Go Out!

Writing the Let’s Connect books has been all kinds of fun. I always wanted to try an online dating story and the format felt perfect for a newsletter serial. What I didn’t expect was Robin. Trevor was always a part of the outline for the first book, Let’s Connect. Trevor was supposed to be Robin. But only for the first couple of chapters. That was when I decided to drop the ruse and let Robin be Robin—because he definitely wasn’t Trevor. Also, I liked Robin. I also sensed Robin had a story to tell; one that wouldn’t play out across the pages of that book. Robin needed a book all to himself.

I put a piece of myself into all of my characters. A quirk, a foible, a dream, a curious habit. I don’t know if other writers do it that way, but it’s how it works for me. Sometimes I feel like the purpose of a character is to explore that facet of myself. They always develop into their own people, though. They become my friends.

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LET’S GO OUT has a new cover and a special preorder price!

The sequel to Let’s Connect is here! Well, almost. Let’s Go Out is scheduled for release on March 1st. But it does have a pretty new cover and a special preorder price.

Cover designer Natasha Snow has outdone herself with this one. I didn’t make it easy, either. She truly has the patience of an angel. Our first challenge was finding a suitable model for Robin in a pose that suited the layout. Cue me spending three days trawling stock photo sites for an older guy with grayish hair, glasses, and a beard, who was sitting somewhere not complicated. Then we had the background to consider: I wanted a similar look to the first cover, but a setting that was also unique to this story. I must have sent Natasha six different background files to try, and she diligently plugged each one in and sent it back with notes on how well she thought it worked. Her notes were always spot on. Always. 

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Let’s Connect is available for preorder!

I wrote Let’s Connect for my newsletter subscribers. They’re an awesome bunch who keep opening emails from me, even when all I have to share is how much writing I haven’t been doing. I wanted to give them something new to read, something fun. So I decided to write a serial about the dating adventures of a 50-year-old book shop owner.

As an experiment, I’d call it a success. The response from my newsletter audience and reader group folks was super positive–and that was almost the best part. A weekly affirmation that, yes, I’ve still got what it takes to write something fun and coherent. With much of our lives being devoted to or deferred by the pandemic, it was lovely to be able to deliver and receive something light and fun.

It seemed only right that I make Let’s Connect available in a single edition for everyone else!

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LGTBQ+ Representation in Romance

This past Saturday, I participated in a panel on LGTBQ+ representation in romance with eight other authors. Join me, Jenn Burke, Nathan Burgoine, Sheri Lyn, Kristine Cayne, Adriana Herrera, J. Leigh Bailey, GB Gordon, and Keira Andrews as we discuss why we write queer romance, what we’d like to see more of in terms of representation, whether we like coming out stories, where we’d like our genre to go, and what our favorite books are!

This panel was a part of the Ottawa Romance Writers, Romancing the Capital online convention (2020). While you’re there, take a look at the many other great videos and panels devoted to all aspects of the romance genre.