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Two Boys, One Cabin – A NaNoWriMo Adventure

NaNoWriMo is here!! Every November, scores of writers challenge themselves to write a 50k word novel in one month. This year, I am taking up the challenge. I have chosen to write a M/M Romantic Comedy that has been in my ‘ideas’ folder for a couple years.

I will be releasing excerpts here, and full chapters to my Patreon supporters. Patreon supporters will receive the book free when it’s done. For now, here is the cover and the blurb. If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this month, I’d love to add you as a writing buddy!


When Alex agreed to spend spring break camping with his best friend from college, he expected Emily to actually go with him. Stuck in her dorm with the flu, Emily convinces Alex to go enjoy the outdoors and finish working on his master’s degree thesis. Alex has never been much for the great outdoors, but some peace and quiet away from a bustling college campus is too tempting to pass up. Loaded down with hastily bought camping supplies and enough bug spray to fumigate an apartment complex, Alex heads off into adventure.

But, Emily forgot to mention one minor detail: her brother, Ryan. Now Alex is stuck inside a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere, with no cell service, no heat and a distractingly handsome man who is completely off-limits. As his thesis goes nowhere, Alex may go insane from attempting to act as hetero as possible around Ryan, if the mosquitoes don’t eat him alive first.


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Crows Don’t Sing Chapter Preview

About the book:

Deputy Sheriff James Darcy has been chasing after Jude since high school, when she showed up out of nowhere and gave him a black eye for picking on a freshman. For just as long, Jude has been running away from James and all the things he makes her feel. As Johnson County begins to burn around them in the midst of scandal, they will have to sideline their chase and work together to save The Stables, their friends, and the entire county from the fires of corruption. The corruption in Johnson County runs deep and old, though, and it will force Jude and James to dredge up unwanted memories and face misunderstood pasts if they have any hope of building a future together. Set in Texas, The Stables is a Contemporary Romance series with light BDSM elements and mature themes.

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James

The first thought that crosses my mind as my boot heels clack against the old wooden porch is that I really shouldn’t be here. In fact, I should probably be anywhere but here. God have mercy, I’ve finally lost my damn mind.

Fisting my shaking hand, I knock three times on the door. A heavy sigh exhales as the hand falls back to my side, and my heart races against my chest. So many times, I’ve thought about this moment. About being here where I shouldn’t be. About giving in to what I’ve wanted for so long.

And before this house, this porch and this quaint neighborhood, it was the five trailers over from my mom’s, in Alvarado’s only official trailer park. Back then, we’d both been dirt poor and fighting to raise our heads above our circumstances. Back then, Jude still didn’t give me the time of day unless she was beating my ass for being an idiot.

Back then, I’d sneak out at night to stare at the light in her bedroom window, wondering how we’d both gotten stuck in that park; both with single mothers, only hers was a-

“James?”

The door opens and Jude’s looking at me like I’m completely lost, and maybe a bit crazy. I’m pretty damn sure I’m both right now. I try and smile to cover all the uncertainties.

Just seeing her in daylight, outside the club’s red lights or without her courtroom pants-suit armor on, has my heartstrings twitching… and other things. Damn. Her cinnamon eyes are glowing in the dusk’s muted orange sunlight, those full lips of hers are slightly pursed, and her short, compact body with all its glorious curves has me at attention.

And so does my realization that she’s dressed up a bit. Like she’s going out. On a date?

Well, ain’t that just peachy.

“Hey, Jude.” As always, that song starts singing in my head.

“Is everything okay?” she asks, stepping onto the porch and closing the door behind her. “I filed the restraining order on behalf of Sarah, but Bruce can’t officially order it until Monday.”

Damn. I definitely should have called first. Not even two words out of my mouth, and she’s gone into lawyer mode – as if our jobs and our mutual friends would be the only reason I should ever have my boots on her front porch.

“They found Kylie, and she’s okay.”

“I know.” Her words to me are stiff, as they always seem to be when we aren’t at The Stables. “Everyone sent me a text last night, letting me know.”

Disappointment sours my gut when she stops there, failing to mention the text I sent her. Did Brandon pull another joke on me and give me some stranger’s number? Hell, I’d been so shocked when he handed it over, telling me to call her, that I hadn’t had the mind to be as suspicious as I should’ve been.

Years now, I’ve been dropping hints at The Stables to try and coax the number from her. I tried using work as an excuse, too, but she’d always give me her office number at the courthouse. Maybe she had good reason not to give it to me, and this morning I’d crossed a line.

Dammit. But, it ain’t like she doesn’t drop hints of her own. I swear, she’s fighting me for reasons that neither one of us understands.

“James?”

Clearing my throat, I take off my grey, badge-pinned Stetson and hold it in my hands to try and keep them still. “Sorry, I wasn’t sure if you’d heard,” or got my message… “And I just got off shift, so I thought I’d stop by.”

“Surprised you remember where I live.”

“Yeah, it’s been a while.”

Technically, I haven’t been here since delivering the bad news about Matias, but, off the record, I drive by the place on a regular basis. She wants her space, and I’ve tried my damnedest to respect that, but maybe after all the crazy that’s happened with everyone in the past few months… I don’t know, maybe I’m tired of the space.

One of her small, deceptively delicate-looking hands raises to her ample hips, and I know I’m in trouble. “Was there anything else, officer?”

Ouch. Dismissed.

Why is it on Fridays I can play the Dom as easy as second nature, but the rest of the time I’m dancing to the crack of her whip? I’m a bit of a Switch, I know, but I’m no pure submissive. Except when it comes to Judith, and it’s so damn confusing. 


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A Patreon Adventure

Hello Readers!

First, I want to say thank you. Thank you, to each and every reader who is reading this post, who sent me a Facebook message over the past few months, an email, or a ‘hello’ on Goodreads. I can’t adequately express how much it meant to me, how much it helped me to keep writing.

I’ll be honest, readers, there have been times this year when I have considered raising the white flag. As an independent author, it’s truly a struggle to make ends meet. That added stress makes it even harder to produce quality things for you to read, and the cycle continues. I’ve made several changes to my workflow, and several cutbacks in spending, that have helped relieve some of the stress and get over the horrible writers’ block it had caused. Even with the cuts and changes, however, I remain in search of ways to help myself remain an independent artist.

After much debate, I have decided to begin a new adventure on Patreon.

I in no way expect readers to sign up to support me monthly. I’m already grateful for every single person who takes the time to read one of my books. Every subscriber will be a surprise, a blessing.

I do have plans to repay my subscribers with short stories, exclusive content, chapter releases, and more.

I will be giving all $2 Coffee Club patrons my new releases for free, one week before you can get it anywhere else.

I hope to build content for you to enjoy, and my first major goal will be to begin the adventure of releasing audiobooks.

This is an experiment, dear readers, one I hope you can understand and help me with. I hope to continue bringing you new stories of life, love and unforgettable characters.




CROWS DON’T SING – The Stables #6!

CROWS DON’T SING is now available for pre-order!

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Deputy Sheriff James Darcy has been chasing after Jude since high school, when she showed up out of nowhere and gave him a black eye for picking on a freshman. For just as long, Jude has been running away from James and all the things he makes her feel. As Johnson County begins to burn around them in the midst of scandal, they will have to sideline their chase and work together to save The Stables, their friends, and the entire county from the fires of corruption. The corruption in Johnson County runs deep and old, though, and it will force Jude and James to dredge up unwanted memories and face misunderstood pasts if they have any hope of building a future together. Set in Texas, The Stables is a Contemporary Romance series with light BDSM elements and mature themes.

James
The first thought that crosses my mind as my boot heels clack against the old wooden porch is that I really shouldn’t be here. In fact, I should probably be anywhere but here. God have mercy, I’ve finally lost my damn mind.

Fisting my shaking hand, I knock three times on the door. A heavy sigh exhales as the hand falls back to my side, and my heart races against my chest. So many times, I’ve thought about this moment. About being here where I shouldn’t be. About giving in to what I’ve wanted for so long.

And before this house, this porch and this quaint neighborhood, it was the five trailers over from my mom’s, in Alvarado’s only official trailer park. Back then, we’d both been dirt poor and fighting to raise our heads against circumstances. Back then, Jude still didn’t give me the time of day unless she was beating my ass for being an idiot.

Why is it on Friday nights I can play the Dom as easy as second nature, but the rest of the time I’m dancing to the crack of her whip? I’m a bit of a Switch, I know, but I’m no pure submissive. Except when it comes to Judith, and it’s so damn confusing.

Jude
Once again, I’m running. Sitting there, in Crow’s warm, strong arms had set my heart racing. I wonder if he could feel it pounding against my chest; if he knew that samba rhythm was for him.

My heart has always skipped a little beat when he’s near – ever since that first day in the parking lot of Alvarado High, when I punched him in the gut for picking on a freshman. Then, we’d ended up on the same bus home and got off at the same trailer park – the only one in Alvarado’s picturesque rural paradise. He teased me about my ripped jeans and the yellow ribbon in my hair. I gave him a black eye. I swear it was love at first sight.

Twelve years later, and I’m still in love with that damn crow.
Twelve years later, and I’m still running away from him.


THE STABLES SERIES

Book 1 is FREE!

    
     




BY THE HORNS – The Stables #5!

It’s Here!!  BY THE HORNS is now available! I also have a new cover for ALL THESE PIECES OF ME (Still a FREE book), and I updated all the series covers with new fonts.

Here are the new series covers:

      

Here is BY THE HORNS!

BOOK 5: BY THE HORNS

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Goodreads

Something’s rotten in Johnson County, and Texas Ranger Cole Carter aims to find out what. What he doesn’t expect to find is a tough county judge who asks him to go undercover at a place that requires a safeword. Judge Bruce Montgomery knew it was a crazy idea from the start, but he’s desperate to discover who’s been blackmailing club members. If he gets closer to the handsome Ranger in the process, then it’s a favorable verdict either way.

Bruce
I like to think it takes a lot to surprise me. I’ve seen enough strange cases and people in my courtroom to make me think just about anything is possible. Unicorns? Sure, might have actually dated a few. Aliens? It is an awfully big universe. Pigs that can fly? Alright, but they better start making sturdier umbrellas for bigger fellas like me. But, Cole Carter standing in the Giddy-Up parking lot? I can’t believe it; despite the fact I’m looking right at him. He flushes, breaking eye contact with my chest. Yeah, he’d been staring too damn long, too. Not like I wear a tight t-shirt to hide the fact I’m built like my namesake at The Stables.
The Bull. And God help me, I’m seeing red.

Cole
I’ve been through negotiations training, marksman certification and participated in hostile threat takedown exercises that made it feel like we were going to war in the middle of San Antonio. Spent years on the beat and undercover, playing the corrupt cop or a lowlife trafficker for SVU operations. Been spit on, shot at while in pursuit, hit a couple times in the vest and once in the leg. Hell, my Captain even tasered us all just so we’d know how it felt. I prefer being shot, in case you’re wondering. But nothing, and I do mean nothing, can prepare a man for the day he’s standing half-naked in a leather harness with a collar around his neck. How the heck did I let Bruce talk me into this? I’ll tell you how – my own damn curiosity and my desire to nail a blackmailing bastard to a wall. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t underestimated exactly what I was getting myself into.