Re-Release – The Midwest Series #1: Bully & Exit

Bully & Exit, Book 1 in The Midwest Series, has been re-released!

 
Five years ago, when I began writing Bully & Exit, I had no intention of it becoming a series. But then Lowell demanded his story be told. And well, there’s no arguing with Lowell.
 
The fourth book in the series, Advance & Retreat will be out on July 14th. As I created new covers and polished Push & Pull and Touch & Go, I realized Bully & Exit needed a little more work. It was a good story but the end had always felt a little abrupt and the characters really needed that additional time on page together so it felt like a solid HEA. 
 
I’ve added an additional 18k words of content and it’s had a fresh edit. I have always loved Nathan and Caleb’s story but I love it even more now.
 
If you read Bully & Exit before, I hope you enjoy the new content. If you haven’t, now is the perfect time to start!
 
It’s free through July 4th, when it will go up to its regular price of $3.99.
 
 
Blurb:

It’s time to leave college and the closet behind.

Nathan Rhodes has put hockey first for most of his life, but as graduation looms, he has a different goal in mind. He needs to come out and reclaim his first love. If only Caleb will believe him…

Theater geek Caleb Stockwell gave up on love when his boyfriend chose the closet over being with an openly bisexual guy. Now, he hides his heartbreak behind a string of casual hookups. He loves the drama on stage, but he’s done with the drama of Nathan Rhodes. For good.

Nathan is determined to right the wrongs of four years ago, but the clock is ticking.

One month until he and Caleb go their separate ways. One month to take a final shot at winning Caleb’s heart back.

Win or lose, everything is on the line.

Click on the button below to grab your FREE copy now:
 
 
Also available on Kindle Unlimited!
 
 
 
 
 

The Midwest Series – Sale & New Release!

Midwest Series Promo Out Now

It’s an exciting week for me! Touch & Go, the third book in The Midwest Series is live on Amazon and you can buy it now!

To celebrate, Bully & Exit, the first book in the series, is on sale for $0.99. But only until October 1st so grab it before the price goes back up!

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Buy Bully & Exit Now!

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Buy Push & Pull Now!

Here’s a little teaser from Touch & Go:

“Then what’s stopping you?” Micah rubbed a little, teasing him with a promise of how good it could be if he said yes.

“My career, mostly,” Justin muttered.

“Hey,” Micah softened his tone. “I get it. I really do. I have everything to lose. I’m going to be working as hard as anyone to be sure no one finds out about what we’re doing, okay?”

“I know. But I’ve got a shitty poker face, Micah. What if I give something away? What if our involvement clouds my objectivity and I can’t give you the best care?”

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy,” Micah admitted. “But are you telling me you don’t get lonely on the road? You aren’t horny and worked up and want an outlet?”

Justin remained silent.

“Look, if you don’t want me, I get it. But this seems like the perfect arrangement to me. We both know the risks, and we’d go into it with clear eyes.”

“You’re very persuasive, you know?” Justin said with a wry grin. “Ever thought about becoming a lawyer instead of a ballplayer?”

“Nope.” Micah grinned back. “So, does that mean I’ve won my argument?”

“You’re getting close.”

Touch & Go Out Now Promo

Buy Touch & Go Now!

 

 

Paperback Release

One of the major projects I’ve been working on lately is releasing my novels in paperback.

I had originally planned to release the paperback for “Bully & Exit” last summer, but unfortunately, life got in the way.

It was still interfering last fall when I released “Connection” and by the time I did “Trust” I was scrambling to catch up.

Unfortunately, even once I got started on the print releases,  it took longer to finish them than I’d hoped. It had been about a year since I last formatted any and between the actual Word file formatting problems and issues I had with the cover files not being approved in CreateSpace, it took almost two months! On the plus side, I now have a decent working knowledge of GIMP photo editing software, thanks to my ex.  He walked me through it for “Connection” (he’d done the print covers for the two “Equals” books) which saved me weeks of agony.

On the plus side, I have a decent working knowledge of GIMP photo editing software now, thanks to my ex.  He walked me through it for “Connection” (he’d done the print covers for the two “Equals” books) which saved me weeks of agony.

I also spoke to a very nice lady at CreateSpace who helped me fix my cover issue AND gave me a very helpful tip about how to avoid those problems in the future.

I am thrilled to finally announce that all three are available now!

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Buy Connection on Amazon

Trust Cover Final Proof

Buy Trust on Amazon

I finished just in time for Pride, so if you’ll be in Michigan on June 4th, come to Ferndale Pride and get a signed copy!

Bully & Exit – Final Tour Stop & Giveaway

The release for “Bully & Exit” has by far been my most successful release.  The feedback and reviews have been wonderful and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to flail (publically or privately) over the story. My confidence had been flagging lately and it was sorely needed.

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make it possible: betas, editor, readers, reviewers, bloggers, and friends. ❤

If you haven’t yet, stop by my Bully & Exit Pinterest board for the story inspiration.

For my final blog tour stop I visited Rainbow Gold Reviews.  If you’ve read the story already, you’ll want to read the character interview.  If you haven’t bought the book yet, I’m offering a giveaway, so stop by and enter that!

Happy reading.

Change of Plans

Although my original plan was to release Connection in early June and Bully & Exit in August, I’ve had to make some changes to my release schedule.  Connection isn’t ready. I thought it was but as it went through numerous beta edits, a theme emerged. Putting all of the comments together led me to one conclusion: I have problems with pacing.  With the help of my wonderful betas, I created a new outline.

Sifting through the comments and suggestions and putting them into a coherent plan wasn’t easy, but I feel confident that the new outline will fix the problems.  I don’t want to rush it though, and feeling pressured to get the book done wouldn’t have made it better.  Not to mention the fact that the new outline will most likely lead to Evan and Jeremy’s story being two books rather than one.  I want to have both done before I release the first one, and I don’t know how long it will take for me to finish it.

Rather than put myself under more pressure, I decided to swap the releases.  I don’t want to give you an exact date (because that never seems to work) but Bully & Exit will be released soon-ish. Certainly this summer.  It’s on its second round of beta edits and (fingers crossed) will only need a bit of polishing this time around.   I have a cover done, although I am not sure it’s the final, final cover, it’s coming together.  So as an apology for making you wait longer for Connection, here’s a teaser for the book you’ll be getting instead.

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Nathan’s voice was soft when he spoke, gentle like it’d always been. “Caleb Stockwell. I’ve been looking for you.”

Caleb cleared his throat and ignored him, tipping the bottle up for another long drink. He licked the spiced rum off his lips as he debated making another run for it. There was a shrub blocking his way in one direction and a hockey player in the other. Even if he hadn’t been drinking, the odds weren’t in his favor. “Nathan Rhodes,” he managed.

“Damn I can’t believe it’s you!” Nathan leaned in and Caleb pulled back, uncomfortable with him being so close.

Caleb laughed bitterly. “It’s me. Now that you’ve satisfied your curiosity, you can run along now.” He motioned with his hand, encouraging Nathan to leave.

“It’s really good to see you,” Nathan said, ignoring him. He took a seat on the pile of discarded construction materials, his knees brushing Caleb’s as he lowered himself down. Caleb pulled away as if scorched.

“Yeah? Too bad I can’t say the same,” he muttered, his head swimming as the alcohol began to hit him. He eyed Nathan’s long, long legs and the way he was pinned in by them, remembering the way they’d felt tangled with his as they came, panting shallowly against each other’s skin. It brought it all back: the scent of Nathan’s cologne, the taste of his skin, the way Caleb’s heart raced in his chest when Nathan held him close. It brought back the memories, the ones he’d worked so hard to run from. The good and the bad. The sharp, intense happiness of falling for Nathan. The aching, crushing hurt that paralyzed Caleb for months after Nathan was no longer in his life. Everything he’d buried four years ago and vowed never to touch again.

He caught the first glimpse of doubt on Nathan’s face. “Are you okay, Caleb?”

“Oh, I’m mother fucking peachy,” he snarked and took another long drink. “I’ve made it through four fucking years trying to ignore the fact we’re on the same campus and with barely a month left in my senior year, I thought maybe I’d managed to pull it off. But no, Lowell had to drag me to this goddamn party, and of course you showed up too. Just my luck.”

He raised the bottle again, but Nathan wrapped a hand around the neck and tugged. He was stronger than Caleb, so Caleb let go, afraid he’d end up getting pulled into Nathan’s lap if he didn’t. Nathan took a drink and passed the bottle back, licking the taste of rum off his lips before he spoke. “You’re so angry at me.”

“Ya think?” Caleb snarled. “Didn’t it ever occur to you I would be? What the hell makes you think you can waltz in here and pretend like all the shit that went down between us didn’t happen?” He tried to stand, but Nathan’s dark denim-clad knees were on either side of his, pinning him in place. The bottle was pried from his suddenly limp fingers and set aside.

“I don’t think that,” Nathan protested. “I was just glad to see you and I… I wanted a chance to apologize. I didn’t… I wanted….”

Caleb’s lips parted in surprise as cool fingers framed his face and for the first time in four long years, Nathan’s lips were pressed to his again. Involuntarily, Caleb’s eyes closed, feeling a rush of heat wash over him, taking him right back to the first time. Before Nathan broke his heart.