Happy new year

December 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Posted in real life | 2 Comments
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Well, it’s officially 2012 in New Zealand, so happy new year, everyone! To all of you who have read and enjoyed my books, and especially those who have taken the time to send me kind words about them, thank you so much. You have truly been the highlight of 2011 for me. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012 for us all.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 at 7:25 am | Posted in real life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Christmas is here! Santa has been to my house, which means that we’re sitting around in our pyjamas amid our piles of swag contemplating food, because that’s how we roll in my family. Soon I’ll have to get up and do stuff, but for now I’ll just wish you all a merry Christmas if that’s your holiday, and a happy holidays if it’s not. Here’s to a nice, relaxing holiday period and a great 2012 for us all.

How to get free books from me

December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Promotion, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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Tomorrow Jessewave’s huge m/m book giveaway happens, and you might recall that I am giving away one ebook copy each of the following:

Equilibrium

Tinsel and Dust

Rust Red: Galvanized

The instructions for what to do over at Jessewave’s if you want to participate have gone up, and here is the link to those. I intend to still be asleep when the post goes up (YAY for being on holidays now), so best of luck with snagging the books of your choice.

 

Dreamspinner 12 days of Christmas specials

December 21, 2011 at 6:18 am | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Promotion | Leave a comment
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Dreamspinner are having a “12 days of Christmas” promotion at their website from  now until December 31st. The specials are being advertised in the DSP newsletter, but since the newsletter with the first lot of specials has gone out, here are the first 6 days worth of goodies:

Dec. 20 – 30% off all historicals

Dec. 21 – Free copy of Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

Dec. 22 – 30% off all Westerns

Dec. 23 – Free copy of Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade

Dec. 24 – 30% off all Mystery Suspense

Dec. 25 – All ebooks in the Holiday Genre 30% off, all past Advent Sets discounted to $49.99

To take advantage of the final 6 specials, just sign up for the newsletter at the DSP site (Log in to your DSP account, go to “My Bookshelf”, and  under Email notifications, choose “subscribe or unsubscribe from newletters”. Under “My Newsletter Subscriptions”, check the box next to “General Newsletter”).

Tinsel and Dust is out!

December 15, 2011 at 6:21 am | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Equilibrium, Promotion, Short story, tinsel and dust | 2 Comments
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Tinsel & Dust is now on sale at Dreamspinner! You can get it here. I hope those of you who do buy it enjoy another glimpse into how Michael and Ryan are doing.

I’ll be giving away one copy each of Tinsel & Dust, Equilibrium and Rust Red: Galvanized at Reviews by Jessewave’s huge Christmas book giveaway, which I believe will start on December 22nd, so look out for that post to go up over there for a chance to win those and many other fabulous books. At some stage soon (when I can stop doing something other than counting down the days until I finish work for this year) I will probably run a little Tinsel & Dust giveaway here too.

In lieu of all that for now, here’s another excerpt from the book:

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“JACK thinks that if we stay in a motel for Christmas, Santa won’t be able to find us.”

Michael frowned, rubbing his forehead with his free hand, the corner of the business card he held between his fingers blocking his vision for a moment. His frown deepened as he looked at the card, throwing it down on his kitchen bench as he spoke. “Did you tell him that Santa’s magical and can find kids anywhere?”

“Of course I did.” His sister Jen sighed. “I told him we could leave a note for Santa telling him where we are, but he’s not buying it. Santa still won’t know what our room number is, he says.”

“I suppose telling him that Santa’s not real is out of the question?”

Jen snorted softly. “Yes.”

Michael sighed. “I really want us to spend Christmas day together, Jen.” With his asshole of a father dying six weeks before, this would be the first Christmas in years where Michael didn’t have to worry about avoiding him. “I’d come back down to Sydney, but I’ve only been back in Burreela a couple of weeks. I can’t take any more time off.”

“I know.”

Michael looked around his bedsit, mentally trying to fit four extra people into the available floor space. Even with two of them being kids, there was no way. The sofa bed was barely big enough for two adults, and with it pulled out there was no room left. Even if his nephew slept in his bed with him, there was no place for the baby—his niece, Lilly—to sleep. “My place is too small to hold all of us. Not comfortably.”

Jen sighed again. “I know, Mikey. I’ll talk to him again. I mean, we’ll be coming anyway, but I’d rather not spend eight hours driving with a distraught five-year-old if I don’t have to.”

“Of course.” Michael nodded. “I’ll… I’ll try to think of something.” He paused, running through his options in his head; maybe he could sleep downstairs in the vet surgery. It’d only be for a few nights. “You’re still going to be coming up in time for Burreela’s Christmas thing, right?”

Jen laughed softly, and suddenly her tone was warm again. “The hoedown? Wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

“Jen! It’s not a hoedown. For a start, we’re not in America, so we wouldn’t even call it that, and for another….” He struggled to think of another reason. “It’s just not! I told you that.”

“And you can keep telling yourself that too, Mikey. It doesn’t make it any more true,” she said, laughing again. “I’m just looking forward to watching you out on the dance floor, boot-scooting your little heart out.” She dissolved into uncontrollable giggles.

Michael pinched the bridge of his nose. “Oh, my God,” he said. “That will not happen. There will be no boot-scooting. None at all.” If there was, he would absolutely die.

“I bet Ryan’s an excellent dancer,” Jen said slyly after she’d recovered her composure. “You ever seen him dance?”

The thought of Ryan dancing struck Michael speechless for a good few seconds, so long that Jen started laughing again. He cleared his throat, his face heating. “No, I haven’t, and I’m not likely to at the Christmas thing, am I? Because it’s not a bloody hoedown.”

“Like I said, keep telling yourself that.”

“I’m hanging up now.”

“Okay. Bye, Mikey. See you at the hoedown,” she said, and he could hear her still laughing as he took the phone away from his ear and hung up on her.

He glared at the phone for a moment, then looked down at the card he’d chucked onto the kitchen bench next to his mobile. He reached for it, pausing when his mobile beeped twice, telling him he had a text message. He picked it up and opened the message. It was from Jen.

Don’t forget to get a Christmas tree. Not a fake plastic one, either.

He started guiltily at the message, looking up and around at his bare lounge room, with not a pine needle or piece of tinsel in sight. He texted a message back to her, saying of course he’d remember a tree, as if he wouldn’t, then picked up his keys. He took a few steps toward the door, then came back into the kitchen, swiping the business card off the bench and shoving it into the pocket of his jeans before heading for the door again.

 

Tinsel and Dust out December 14th

December 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, tinsel and dust, Writing | 4 Comments
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Tinsel and Dust is now officially classed as Coming Soon on the Dreamspinner website, yay! If you follow this link, you’ll be able to put it on your wishlist over there, and on December 14th you’ll be able to actually buy it.

Here is the official blurb:

Michael Stone has returned to Burreela and has just started to settle back in and look forward to Christmas when his sister Jen rings him with a problem. His nephew Jack is convinced that Santa won’t find them if they’re staying in Burreela’s only motel. With Michael’s flat way too small to accommodate Jen and her family, he has no alternative but to take Ryan Mitchell up on an offer to let them stay at his house. After all, Ryan argues, they’re going to be there for Christmas Day anyway, so it’s not much extra trouble. Though Michael is still wrestling with internal demons, the holiday will prove to Ryan that there’s a core of strength and courage to Michael that few people ever see.

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