It’s Release Day for Counting on You!

If I had to choose a favourite book in the Counting series, it would probably be Counting Fence Posts because Henry was a character I really wanted to write. His story spoke to me in so many ways: the quirky habit of counting things, his long-held crush for co-worker Marc, why he’d been avoiding a serious relationship since college, and his ambition. As I got to know his family, I came to adore them too.

A couple is made up of two characters, though, and it didn’t take Marc long to become more than a source of conflict for Henry. He not only got his own book (Counting Down), but demanded a happy ever after – which is a good thing, as Henry might not have gone there on his own.

And so we have Counting on You, which was such a joy to write! I loved getting to know these two and enjoyed setting them up for a happy ever after.

COUNTING ON YOU is available now at all retailers!
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Available Now: Best in Show

BestInShow_FBbanner_DSPAfter writing Felix Ingesson for the Chaos Station series, I’ve found myself reluctant to go to dark places with my characters. It’s not that I’ve lost my Evil Author (TM) badge, or run out of ideas for how to torture my guys. More, I want to explore the lighter side for a while – and that’s definitely what happens in Best in Show. It’s a paranormal tale, but there is no shuffling among the egos of a pack, midnight neck-chewing or fated mates who can never be together. There is a curse, though! And some magic, and a mystery. And two really sweet guys who are both stuck in place – each needing a gentle nudge from fate in order to find something and someone they can care for.

Best in Show releases today and I’ve included it in my tour for Counting Fence Posts. Two books, one tour. Follow along for posts about both books, including character interviews, playlists, excerpts, a recipe and more. Details below. I also have a giveaway! Enter here for a chance to win two of my backlist titles from Dreamspinner Press and a $25 store credit.


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Solitary mystery writer Julian Wilkes doesn’t want a pet, but his sister persuades him to visit Lingwood Animal Rescue, where he is immediately taken with a large ginger tabby cat. Before he can settle into the joys of cat ownership, however, he discovers something very unusual about his new companion.

Macavity Birch is cursed. By day he is a large tabby cat. At night he can be himself—a human male with ginger hair and oddly yellow eyes. He didn’t mean to end up in the animal rescue, but he never meant any harm when playing the prank that resulted in his curse, either. Happily, Julian adopts him. But while exploring his host’s home, he discovers the diary of a long-dead relative.

Unfortunately, not all of Mac’s ancestors are dead and buried. His great-great-great-grandmother is very much alive, and she’s a powerful witch who doesn’t take kindly to the sharing of family secrets. When Mac reveals himself to Julian in order to save him from bigger trouble, he achieves just the opposite, plunging Julian deeper into a magical mystery with him.

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Excerpt 

Chapter One

Two Books, One Tour

7/23     Counting Fence Posts Gay Book Reviews

7/25     Counting Fence Posts The Novel Approach

7/26     Counting Fence Posts Love Bytes

7/27     Both Books!    Dreamspinner Blog

7/27     Best in Show   Gay Book Reviews

7/27     Best in Show   Queer Sci Fi

7/27     Best in Show   Here Be Magic

7/28     Counting Fence Posts Joyfully Jay

7/28     Best in Show   Diverse Reader

7/29     Best in Show   Foodie Friday

7/29     Counting Fence Posts Divine Magazine

8/1       Best in Show   Sinfully

8/2       Best in Show   Prism Book Alliance

 

Available Now: Counting Fence Posts

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I’ve passed the ten book mark, therefore I should no longer be anxious about new releases. Right? Wrong. Every new book represents another little piece of me out there in the world, and each of my books carries a story I care about and characters I love and want the best for. My greatest hope is that my readers will care just as much, that reading each of my stories will leave them feeling satisfied and hopefully happy they stumbled into one of my worlds. That my characters will be the ones they remember.

Counting Fence Posts represents a slightly new direction for me. More normally I write characters who are fairly secure in regards to their sexuality. In some cases, they live in a society where there is no bias. No discrimination. In others, my characters are mature enough to know who they are and to love themselves for it.

Writing a questioning character is a somewhat fraught exercise, particularly in this genre – because there is no one way to be queer. People have been trying to chart and define queerness for decades, and while we might find comfort in labels, in finding our tribe, no one can live the question that is us, but us – individually. So my characters are always going to be their own kind of person – gay, straight, or somewhere in between – and not all of them are going to fully understand who they are. In writing them, I want to allow them time to be confused, to mislabel themselves and to make mistakes. To sometimes be offensive – because they’re human – but because I like to write good guys, to always have compassion in their hearts. To be open to new thought, new love. Ready for their happy ever after.

Counting Fence Posts begins Henry and Marc’s story and, for this chapter and the next, Marc is going to ask a lot of questions. While fielding them, Henry will have a few of his own. Ultimately, though, they’re doing what people have been doing since the beginning – they’re connecting, jostling, clashing and mingling. They’re forming a relationship together, one of emotion and attraction. They may not be the answer to one another’s questions, but if they don’t ask, they’ll never know.

I hope their journey appeals to you as much as it did to me, and that you’ll cheer for them as I do. ❤

Because I have two books releasing within a week of one another, I’m doing one big tour for both. Details of my giveaway and tour stops are below. I hope you’ll follow along for excerpts, character interviews, playlists, games, recipes and behind the book posts!


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There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out.

As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight…maybe…and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat…and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.

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Giveaway

Prize: A copy of When Was the Last Time and Out in the Blue plus a $25 credit at the Dreamspinner Press store.

Terms: Rafflecopter runs from 12:00 AM EST 7/23/2016 to 12:00 AM EST 8/3/2016. Giveaway is open internationally. Gift card value is US dollars. Winner will be contacted via email.

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Two Books, One Tour

7/23     Counting Fence Posts Gay Book Reviews

7/25     Counting Fence Posts The Novel Approach

7/26     Counting Fence Posts Love Bytes

7/27     Both Books!    Dreamspinner Blog

7/27     Best in Show   Gay Book Reviews

7/27     Best in Show   Queer Sci Fi

7/27     Best in Show   Here Be Magic

7/28     Counting Fence Posts Joyfully Jay

7/28     Best in Show   Diverse Reader

7/29     Best in Show   Foodie Friday

7/29     Counting Fence Posts Divine Magazine

8/1       Best in Show   Sinfully

8/2       Best in Show   Prism Book Alliance