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10.20.2013

Coming Soon, Finnshifters…

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After doing the writing thing for a couple of years and having seen quite a few release dates and coming soon page appearances, I’m happy to report that it still makes me go “ooooh!” and smile widely when I see that email in my inbox that says my next release is now on the coming soon page.

This time it’s Finnshifters 3: Howl Sweet Howl, which is Sean and Rider’s story, but as always with this series, it’s a story of how life continues on the farm after The Storm. If you haven’t read this series yet, but are interested in taking a look at my shifters, please start with FS1: Chuffed. There’s a continuous plot underneath the love stories, and you’ll miss out if you don’t read the books in order.

To celebrate FS3 and Positive, I’m planning on a blog tour AND I have a Facebook chat coming up on the Dreamspinner Press’s FB page too, so keep your eyes open so you won’t miss it. ;)

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! :)

10.07.2012

Another freebie!

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If you haven’t read Finnshifters 1 – Chuffed yet, then you can now!

The book is available for ONE HOUR for FREE from the Dreamspinner website today, October 7th.

One hour from 10am EST (or 4pm GMT, if you’re in Europe).

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/

09.05.2012

Release day and new websi…

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Today is the release day for Finnshifters 2: Tiglon By The Tail. I’m so happy! This gives me a boost to write the third book for sure. I hope you all will like it, and yes, there might be a giveaway coming at some point for the book…. Just follow me on social media and you can’t miss it. ;)

Other thing: NEW WEBSITE, YAY! Okay, now that that’s out of my system, a MASSIVE thanks to AngstyG for my gorgeous website. Couldn’t be happier! :)

Third thing, before I forget: I was realizing the other day that based on talking to some of my readers, not all people leave reviews. Now, this is okay, but whether you like books or not, it’s always a good thing to leave a review on either Amazon or Goodreads (or wherever you bought the book from) or even email the author if you want! I, for one, love to hear from my readers. It’s the greatest thanks any author can get to have honest, polite, feedback.

That’s about it for now, really.

07.30.2012

News and stuff

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Damn I’m good with blog post headlines…

A few things: First of all, I’m in the process of editing one freebie short story (will be out at some point through Dreamspinner Press, I’ll keep you posted) and Finnshifters 2 that now has a brand new title!

Finnshifters 2 was supposed to be called, or rather its working title was, Moving On. Then another book named Moving On was released by DSP last month (I think) and I had to come up with a new name for FS2.

The new name is Tiglon by the Tail. I love the name and I wouldn’t have come up with it without some help from the editorial department, so thanks! Also, the release date is in September, which day, I don’t know yet.

Secondly, I’m going to start the process of having a new website done! It will be easier to update (thank you for everyone who hasn’t emailed me about the lack of updates on my current site…) and it will look really good, I bet. Can’t wait to see what AngstyG comes up with!

Thirdly, on August 4th, next Saturday, I’ll be hosting a Facebook chat on Dreamspinner’s Facebook page. Now, a bunch of stuff will be happening there, but there will be giveaways and even a paperback giveaway (signed and delivered to you wherever you live!) So keep an eye out!

Fourthly (this is getting silly…) in September, there will be an event in Brighton called UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet and I’ll be attending with plenty of other authors. So in case you’re in Brighton on September 15th, please do come meet us!

That’s about it for now!

06.06.2012

I'm a wordy bitch, releas…

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For a while now, I’ve tried to find a home for two short stories of mine. I submitted them both to a certain publisher, because my usual publisher, Dreamspinner Press, doesn’t take short stories at the moment.

It turns out their house style clashes really badly with my writing style. While I know I’m wordy, oh so wordy, it’s how I write. The people who like my stories know this and they accept it. The publisher would have wanted me to make significant changes, which–especially with the shorter story–would have even changed the tone of the story.

There is such thing as artist’s integrity. I know that if I’d changed the stories and offered them to this publisher again, they would sell a lot better than if I’d self-publish them. But I just can’t do it. I can’t butcher the stories I love just to get the published. I have an active schedule, plenty of longer stories, novellas and novels, coming out this year. I don’t necessarily need these short stories to be published.

So I decided to self-publish them instead. I’ll let you know when I do. They won’t cost much, three or four bucks total, so don’t worry. ;)

Secondly, the first part of my shifter series, Finnshifters, will be released tomorrow! I’ll do a proper post tomorrow, and at some point soon I’ll tell more about the series at Sue Brown’s blog. The next two parts should come out this year too, so there will be plenty of these “cats and dogs” for you to love soon!

Third thing I thought I’d mention, is my next novel, Technically Dead, I’m editing right now. It’s set to be released in July-August, I don’t know the date yet. As the name suggests, it’s a vampire story. As I edit it, I keep getting to parts that make me remember why I loved to write this book last November.

There’s a soundtrack for the book, I’ll release it as a whole at some point when it’s been published. But the general main theme of the book is Lost In You by Three Days Grace. I’ll attach the video for an acoustic version of it below.

Until I ramble at you, in my usual wordy style, again, see ya!

05.06.2012

Finnshifters book one, Ch…

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And here it is, on the Coming Soon page. :)

03.09.2012

Upcoming release and the …

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Hello, everyone. It’s now early March, and I’m looking at the release schedule I have and the personal deadlines that are looming and I thought I’d give you an update.

My next release will be out on March 28th. It’s called Something New, and I really do love this story. I hope you’ll like it too. In some ways, Something New manages to catch many things about my personal writing style and my “secret agenda” in my writing. That’s why I’m so happy with it, really. Oh and the cover by Catt Ford is really lovely too.

After Something New, the next one in my preliminary list of things to come is a little story called Thank My Lucky Scars. It’s also a novella and revolves around a London bike-messenger and an American porn star. It’s a fun little story, so I’m looking forward to it as well. Tentative release is April-May.

Now, the book after the two aforementioned is called Chuffed. It’s a shifter-book, the first book in a several books-series I’ve titled Finnshifters. The story arc revolves around a sort of “shifter sanctuary” in Eastern Finland near the Russian border, and the shifters who live on the little farm. There’s always at least one main couple, and while the books are M/M romance, the stories are as much about the whole “farm family” as they are any given main couple.

Chuffed should be out in May-June, and I have a submission deadline in about a week for book 2 which doesn’t have a title yet. While the book is already almost done, I’m still feeling slight pressure from the deadline I’ve set myself (so that you guys would have the next part to read in a few months time from the release of the first book, see, I’m thinking about you here!)

My next novel-length story is a vampire-story I’ve felt like writing for a long time. It’s called Technically Dead and it’s going to be released in July-August. I’ll tell you more about it later.

Once I have Finnshifters 2 written and sent, I need to figure out what to write next. I feel like writing a few separate stories but I also know I need to concentrate on one. So I’ll figure that out soon, since after all I should be done with the current story in a week. Ugh. Well, here’s to making my deadline and for a nice springtime for everyone!

12.31.2011

The Weirdly Miraculous 20…

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Everyone is doing these end of the year-posts, so I decided to look back a little too. Yeah, I’m a regular sheep following the herd…

This time last year I was waiting anxiously to hear from Dreamspinner Press about my anthology submission. It was nervewrecking, mainly because I loved the story, Auld Lang Syne, and it was my first foray into what I knew I wanted to write: original M/M-fiction.

As some of you know by now, the story didn’t make it into the anthology, instead Dreamspinner wanted it separately, and the novella is out there on it’s own. I still remember the feeling of getting that email, by the way, early in 2011, saying they wanted it. It was all so worth it…

Incidentally my first published work was a M/M/F-short story for another publisher, Summerhouse Publishing. An online acquaintance had founded a publishing company and I had a story. It ended up published, and even though I’ve since fallen out with Summerhouse, I don’t regret sending them The Double Ds.

At the end of the year 2011, I have met the goal I set myself way back in ancient history: I have had a novel published. By Any Other Name is a decent first try and I know many people have liked, even loved it. It’s not my favorite thing of what I’ve written and I see faults in it, but it is a decent book with a LOT of things in it that I still managed to make mine. I wanted to write a different book about abuse and a menage-relationship, and I think those boys pulled it off just fine.

I’m also pretty happy with the other things I have out there by now, all of which you can see on my Goodreads page in case you’re wondering. :)

All the while I’ve been writing, all through 2011, I’ve been also battling some personal issues, the main one has been depression, the “friend” that has been following me for most of my adult life.

During 2011 I’ve made a lot of new friends, resurrected some old friendships (to a point) and I’ve certainly erased some people from my life (some of them repeatedly, because I’m a sucker for punishment…). I’ve learned that your time is limited, you’ll not life forever, and so you should try to surround yourself with people you actually like. If someone makes you feel bad or evokes negative feelings, they should go, no matter who they are. Nobody is worth making you feel bad.

All in all, 2011 has been a decent year. I feel like I can maybe learn from my mistakes and failures or things I perceive as either, like selling my beloved stallion who was stressing me out and going to waste being a yard ornament, or having a person I once considered a friend make me feel like crap all the time because of their social inaptitude and general obliviousness to other people’s feelings. Oh and never mind the so called gay porn “star” and his antics, that was “fun” too.

Getting into those situations and letting them bother me as much as they did were failures and mistakes for sure. But I think I’ve learned from them. Now I’m tougher. Again.

The positive of 2011 is that I’m an author now. If I die tomorrow, the people left behind can call me an author. That’s what matters to me. This is what I always wanted to be, This is what I didn’t think would happen, or at least I needed a miracle. Well guess what. Miracles do happen. ;)

I think that my usual “I will not make New Year’s resolutions!”-mantra will be effective this year too, but at least my first thought when the year is changing won’t be “I will survive one more year.” like it has been for so many years. I have some living to do, surviving won’t cut it anymore.

Happy New Year and have a much better 2012, everyone!

(Oh and keep your eyes open, because there will be more stories out there from yours truly soon enough, starting from January 25th. I’m not going anywhere.)

10.08.2011

A little update

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So, I’ve been writing and writing and reading and reading….aaand signing contracts!

I am happy to report that at the moment, the first half of 2012 brings you at least three stories by yours truly, all published by Dreamspinner Press.

One is a short story called Lucky. The genre is contemporary M/M, though one of the main characters is FtM transsexual.

Second one is called Something New, it’s a novella, and revolves around a YA writer called Frank, who makes decisions about his life and ends up moving, finding a new life and a new love (a hunky, younger fireman called Conner). This is essentially a family story.

Third one, which I call “that Twitter story” in my head, is another novella. It’s  the story of Matt, a bicycle messenger in London. He collides with a “rich guy’s Mercedes” and as a result ends up spending a lot of time online while he heals. On Twitter, he begins to stalk his favorite gay porn star aaand…the rest you have to read yourself. ;)

I’ll update when I have more news about current submissions and other stuffs.

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