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08.15.2013

Positive - Out Now! And a…

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Hi, everyone!

It’s the Day After for Positive. That means yesterday was the release date, and I’m now biting my nails, waiting for reactions from the readers.

That said, I’ve gotten this question a few times now, and I think it’s best to address it here:

“Is Positive M/M/M?”

The short and true answer is no, Positive is NOT an M/M/M book. It has one scene of M/M/M and while some readers will definitely see that as coming out of the blue or lending nothing to the plot or even “being there for the smut”, it’s not there for those reasons.

The threesome my established couple in the book has is there for a reason. Because Brent and Shawn wanted to have a threesome. Because they could do it without it changing their relationship. They wanted to, both for their own reasons. I actually tried to fight the characters, I tried NOT to write the scene. They insisted they wanted and needed it. So I caved in.

I never write sex for the sake of sex, so that’s definitely not the case. This M/M/M scene is there for personal growth and want.

Oh and by the way, if you want to ‘Like’ me on Facebook, it’s now possible. You don’t have to friend me anymore. ;) If you ‘Like’ me, I promise to make some nice giveaways happen for special landmarks.

I’m also on Authorgraph now, so if you want anything signed, let me know!

I hope your end of summer is turning into the beginning of fall smoothly. Autumn is my favorite season, so I’m happy!

07.17.2013

Preorder Positive!

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I got the email notification today, so I’m happy to announce that Positive is now on the Dreamspinner’s coming soon page. That means you can now preorder it!

I read the book through for the last time before the publishing yesterday, and I have to say I really like this book. Even if I say so myself, it’s a good book. Then again whenever I love one of my books, others don’t, so we shall see…

Despite the M/M/M tag on Dreamspinner’s website, there’s only one scene of M/M/M and the book is M/M with a longtime committed relationship in the center. So don’t let the M/M/M scare you! :)

Hope you all are having a nice summer so far!

07.08.2013

Cover reveal, sisu, and g…

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But not in that order.

Lately I’ve been thinking about readers as a whole, how I read, and what I think about all that as an author. First of all I honestly think that authors can’t necessarily expect a whole lot “understanding” from readers who don’t write.

Writing a story from beginning to end, especially when you also want to get it published, is different than anything you’ve probably ever done. Once you’ve gotten through all that and taken the reactions and reviews and ratings and feedback, you’re changed forever.

You’ll read differently too. You try to understand a book, the author, everything, much more. You’re less likely to jump into conclusions, to be harsh about another person’s work, and especially how you portray your opinions to other readers.

So the generalizations? In general, readers don’t see books like authors do. They think we write vampires because of Twilight and BDSM because 50 Shades of Shpoop. That’s not true. At least not often, not with proper authors who have integrity. Why? Because it takes months and months to get your story from an idea to a published book.

Sure, those two books I mentioned took a lot longer than a few months to die down even a little, but still, it’s virtually impossible to predict what will sell and when it will sell. Accusing authors of riding the wave of *enter some (sub)genre here* is stupid. Because it’s all but impossible to predict that much!

If I KNEW what the next huge thing would be, wouldn’t I be writing that instead of a story of a washed up forty-something country singer who is not only a recovering alcoholic, but also has kids, a low self-esteem, an ex-wife called Jolene and a tiny flickering hope within himself to find love just for himself? No, I wouldn’t be writing that book, I’d be writing the NEXT BIG THING to get maximum money out of my feeble efforts in writing.

When I write a story, I never, ever think what people in general will think about it. I can’t put myself down like that. I try to write for a living, here. I try to do that in M/M fiction, people! Do you have any idea how hard that can be?

In addition, I battle depression and the fact that English isn’t my first language. That, alone, makes my writing different from others. Different in a way that makes my style difficult for some people to read. In general, I’m could be thought of as a failure from the beginning.

How in the hell can I sell books with the starting point I have? How do I dare to think I might actually support myself and my menagerie with the way things are?

One word: Sisu.

Oh and here’s the cover for Positive, out August 14th. ;)

07.01.2013

Heat, news and upcoming r…

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I’ve been slacking again. I’ll blame the heat, because frankly THIS CAN’T BE FINLAND!! It’s been so hot in here for the last nearly two weeks it’s ridiculous. When it’s not hot enough to boil me, it’s thundering so I can’t be online. The times I can write is used by editing or trying to write and I’ve done pretty good job with dodging the thunderstorms that have been pretty wicked this summer, naturally because of the heat.

On June 17th, I finally had my baby. Not a human one, I don’t have those and probably never will, but a doggie one. She came from Spain, she’s a rescue, and  I love her to bits. Her name is Tara, she’s a bull terrier mix and she’s around 10 months old now. She’s kept me pretty busy when we’ve had energy. As you can guess, the animals don’t like this much heat either. Oh and before someone asks, it’s been around 29C / 85F, continuously, which is a lot for us.

Back to business! I had a freebie story come out early June. It’s for the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s event called Love Has No Boundaries. You can find the story, titled Cherry Blossoms and Titanium here.

Next bit of news is that I have changed my next book’s name during the production process. It’s now called Positive instead of Tainted. I’ll have you a release date and such later, but here’s the blurb already:

Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.

Last but not least: I received a contract for Finnshifters 3 last night. This means the book will be out around Nov/Dec and I’ll, again, let you know more when I have the details. I know some of you have been waiting for this book for ages now, so I hope you’re happy for the heads up. :) It’s Sean’s book, it’s pretty angsty, and it’s–as always–about the farm family as a whole.

That’s about it for now. See you when I have more to post! :)

05.29.2013

Blog Hop Giveaway Results…

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Sorry, took me a couple of days longer than I thought. Today is my birthday (sweet 32!), so I’m rushing to post this to say that I’ve put the names into the hat and drawn out three potential winners. :) I’ll contact them in a little bit for the prizes!

Thank all of you for your replies to my question! I was interested to read them and despite not commenting, I read them all, I promise. ;)

I’ll post again soon for latest news and when I’ve gotten a reply from all the winners of this giveaway. :)

05.17.2013

Hop Against Homophobia an…

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So here I am, doing my first Blog Hop on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I decided to finally be brave and do one because of the  cause that’s so dear to my heart.

Why? Because not only am I part of the community (which ever combination of letters you prefer to use), but I know people who are struggling with their identity, other people’s reactions to them, and the general obstacles we, the non-binary, not straight people face pretty much daily in one way or another.

Despite living in a country where things are relatively good, Finland doesn’t have same sex marriage or adoption rights yet. We’re working on it, and the general climate for this sort of thing seems to be getting better every day. And until that, there’s always same sex civil partnership here, so that’s a plus for sure.

I’ve encountered homophobia and I continue facing it almost daily from someone in my immediate family. The little remarks about “fags” get to me more than I’d like to admit, let alone the transphobic comments that are, luckily, less frequent, mostly because transpeople aren’t on their radar…. Would I come out to them as a genderqueer pansexual? I’m 32 this month and… no. I think I’ll leave that private for now, because back in my teens when I started to identify as a lesbian I took enough of their phobic comments and learned my lesson.

Sometimes, for me personally, it’s not about the fight, it’s about making sure my little sister who is now 15 knows the difference between what this person in our family says and what’s right. So far I’m doing okay, because I can see the variety of friends my sister has, and it’s certainly not straight or narrow! :)

I also decided to do this Hop for promotion, of course. Because what’s more fun than to do a giveaway? Mhmm… thought you’d agree with me on that. :)

I’ll get to what you can win and how in a little bit. First, here’s the link to the Hop’s official page. You should go visit and check out the other blogs that are doing the hop. It’s a great way to support the cause, find new authors, and naturally win some prizes!

Okay, fine, let’s get to it!

What you can win:

  • any one (1) of my already published novels in paperback form
  • a quaranteed paperback of my next novel release “Tainted” that will be out in Aug/Sept at some point.
  • any one (1) eBook from my back catalogue

How can you win?

Well that’s easy! Comment on this post and answer this question:  When was the last time you encountered homophobia or transphobia in your life? There’s no need to explain the situation, I’m just curious about when it was. If you’re a straight ally, tell me anyway, because we all face these situations, no matter who and what we are.

I’ll pick THREE WINNERS no later than May 28th, and I’ll let you guys choose what prize you want, one by one. Also, remember to leave your email address for me to be able to contact you, otherwise you automatically disqualify!

There’s a bonus, too! You can now use the code CB46C during the blog hop to get my short story Rainbows and Trout for free on Smashwords!

 

05.10.2013

News of all kinds!

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Yes, I know…. I’ve been slacking with this blogging thing and I’m sorry. There are plenty  of news though, so let’s get started, eh? :)

  • My next novel, called Tainted, has a tentative release date of Aug/Sept 2013. It’s a contemporary romance, mystery/suspense with my kind of not-quite-typical aspects thrown in. And yes, I still write in my slightly quirky way. :) The publisher is Dreamspinner Press.
  • I’m getting a dog! This isn’t news, really. At least not news about my writing career, so… sorry if you dislike dogs. (You might be missing out, just saying….) Because in my country we’re in such a great situation that we don’t really have shelter dogs (at all, yes I know it’s hard to imagine if your country has overflow, but we’re lucky this way) and I’ve wanted to adopt for a long time, my girl Tara is flying in from Spain in mid-June. I’ll make a proper post about her at some point, promise!
  • I’m writing, at last, the third Finnshifters book! I know some people didn’t get the things that happened in book 2 and disliked it strongly, but it’s my universe and everything has a meaning. I don’t want to add spoilers here, but let’s just say that the major plot point was going to happen even before there were any plans on there being more books than one! So yes, it’s not a plot element added for shock value. Trust me on this. I don’t throw intentional cheap punches.
  • I’m taking part in Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia this month! I’ll be doing a giveaway or a few, so stay tuned! :)
  • Oh and yes, Finnshifters 3? If nothing surprising happens and I keep my submission deadline and all that, it should be out in November this year. So not too long for that either. :)
  • M/M Romance group on Goodreads has another lovely event going on again this summer. I’ve written a little story for the event and it will be out at some point…. no idea when but when I know, I’ll let you know!
02.19.2013

Rainbows And Trout - New …

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I’ve been sitting on this story for AGES. I wrote it for an anthology call which it didn’t make, and I was about to submit it somewhere else but I never came around to actually adding the needed extra words to submit it outside the anthology.

So here you go, my take on M/M romance with a side of more or less weird pets, reunions and the changes years bring us!

Rainbows And Trout, a short story on Smashwords. :)

02.01.2013

Win books for Valentine's…

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So it’s that time of the year again. What time? Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Now, here in Finland it’s called “friendship day” and revolves around friends and not lovers. Not that it makes me feel any better about being single, haha.

This year I’m taking part in our lovely Babes’, M.J and Piper’s Lovefest. I’m donating several audiobooks and all in all there’s a HUGE amount of books up for grabs. I mean look at it, the winner can choose 5 books! Seriously! That’s a treat any day!

So head up there to take a closer look on what you need to do. It’s pretty simple, just comment on the master post there and you’re in.

As for that status update. Well I have something cookin’, so to speak. I’m writing a story, don’t know how long it will be, but at least a long novella on the Dreamspinner Press standards. Maybe even a novel, who knows.

I’ll try and get some sort of a preview together for you guys at some point. I’ve promised to send it to Dreamspinner in the next month or two, so you might just get the book in your hands sometime this summer, if we’re lucky.

Yes, I’m working again. Slowly but surely. The depression is still there but I’m a bit better. Thanks for all the supportive comments I’ve gotten over these past, super difficult months. I appreciate them more than you’ll ever know!

01.03.2013

So it's 2013, eh?

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The last part of the year 2012 wasn’t too good for me. Not only did I reach the release date of the last thing I have completed, submitted and seen through (Falling into Place), my depression was also sky high. Or not was, IS, but it’s January fourth now, so… you know.

I haven’t written much in the last six months. Not much at all. I started NaNoWriMo and failed spectacularly, but that was almost expected. This means that there are no future releases in sight. None. Not in the next few months, not later. Not until I write more and the story is accepted by a publisher. This, my dears, might take… ages.

In some ways I feel like I’ve failed the handful of fans I have. There are people who have told me they’re waiting for my stories. I’m sorry.

I’ll do my best, I’m planning on some changes in my life to get out of the rut that maintains my depression. So we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be better at some point in the future and can write more again. Maybe some of it is even good.

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