Friday, August 9, 2013

One week and counting down!


One week and the Cost of Loving is available to download! woot. You can still pre-order it.

Remember, I did try to write it as a stand-alone for those who are apprehensive about reading When Love Is Not Enough. It has been two years since WLINE was published so I also wrote the SEQUEL with than in mind so most information was spelled out in case the memory couldn't recall facts that easily.

Matt Dixon, a young firefighter, is the golden child of his family, and he never dreamed that coming out would challenge more than the way his church sees him. 

For years, Matt has led a double life hoping to avoid ridicule. When a self-righteous pastor’s statements provoke him to defend his recently deceased best friend’s honor and subsequently out himself, he suffers the brutal aftermath of his revelation. Everyone in his life, including his family and his new lover, Darian, must deal with the ramifications as Matt struggles to come to terms with guilt, shame, and his very belief in God. 

Darian Weston lost his fiancé when Jamie took his life, and his feelings for Matt added guilt to his burden of grief. Confused and lonely, Darian clings to Matt despite his inner strife. But small-town realities keep intruding, and if Matt and Darian hope to make a life together, they must first take a stand for what they believe in, even if they fear the cost.

If you haven't read When Love Is Not Enough, it IS a tough read but most find the risk worth taking.

A six-year downward spiral into a world of lies and deception leads to the end of one man’s life when self-discovery crosses the line between being the perfect son or following his heart. 

Jimmy Miller never intended to lead a double life starting the day he fell in love with Darian, but his parents’ divorce, fighting in school, and constantly keeping secrets for his closeted best friend and protector, Matt, force his hand. Jimmy finds the demands too great to withstand and ends it all prematurely, leaving behind an angry best friend and a shattered lover. 

Matt and Darian cling to one another in the aftermath of their loss, forging a new friendship immediately tested by the truths of their relationships with Jimmy that are hidden in the pages of Jimmy’s journals. Will Matt and Darian discover what truly happened to their friend? And will this tragedy birth something beautiful between them as they learn the balance between life, family, and friendship when love is simply not enough? 

Or, if you prefer FUNNY, My Roommate's a Jock? Well, Crap! will lift your spirits after reading WLINE. Promise :)

It’s easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.

Cole Reid, a college senior, has been a social recluse since the age of fifteen. His obsessive/compulsive behavior, and controlling, sarcastic nature have driven half the population away, where as the other half of humanity hates him because he’s gay. As he sees it, he’s bound to drive any prospective friend away, let alone find a boyfriend, so why bother? After Cole’s roommate of three years graduates, the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to his campus apartment. Ellis’ presence is problematic at best. He’s messy for one thing, but he’s also gorgeous, straight, and represents everything Cole has tried to avoid since the tenth grade—he’s a jock!

Amid the chaos of frat buddies, camping expeditions, and meddling parents, Cole and Ellis develop a fast and firm friendship that goes against Cole’s glass-half-empty attitude. Is there more brewing below the surface of Ellis’ amazing blue eyes, or is it simply Cole’s reawakened libido that drives him to look past the fact that his roommate’s a jock and see there’s way more between them than camaraderie?

I stole Jayden Brooks' photo because I thought it was perfect. Authors ALWAYS need support, not just me, all of us!

Below are reviews from Amazon. They are from July, but I don't think I have listed them before. Still the same 21 reviews of When Love Is Not Enough, and there are 56 of My Roommate's a Jock? Well, Crap!

Sophia Rose "Guest Reviewer for Delighted Rea...
 4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprising College Age RomanceJuly 27, 2013

The title caught my attention and then the sampling I read had me laughing so I had to give this college age romance a try. The book ended up being so much more than I expected in many ways. First, it wasn't always light-hearted. These two guys took angst up a few notches as they both had to find their way both in love and in life. Then it startled me to have the story not only shift perspectives between the heroes which is pretty typical, but it also shifted to secondary character's perspectives and went back in time. Once I adjusted to this phenomenon, things were aces.

Cole is an insecure, snarky college guy who finds out that he not only has to adjust to a new roommate, but that roommate is a jock. Things start out on the wrong foot as a result between Cole and Ellis. Ellis is quiet, serious about his studies and actually not a half-bad roommate even with his quirky friends, but he keeps his distance until the shared kiss with Cole. Then Cole watches his roommate freak. Cole isn't sure what to make of this until he discovers that Ellis is shy and a virgin who may or may not be gay. After many emotional and eventful stops and starts, the two manage to truly mess things up and it will take the tricky maneuvering of friends to set things right.

I'm not a big fan of heavy angst, but Cole's character and antics was not a complete turn off. I think it was acceptable because in many ways this was a coming of age story too. Both guys had so much growing to do and they-along with their posse- were endearing and adorable. Both guys seemed to be gifted in the ability to do the maximum amount of damage possible without trying and I loved seeing them work it out. In the end, they were a wonderful couple.

I probably should disclose that series themes and the hashing out of such get some significant page time, but I do appreciate that the author did a fairly good job of just putting it out there and leaving the conclusions to the reader.

It was my first time reading this author and I'll definitely give more of his stories a try.

5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Rid of StereotypesJuly 21, 2013

The nerd made some assumptions about the jock and boy was he wrong. The story shows how anyone can hide from the one they love because they fear rejection. Fortunately the jock in this story knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go for it.

What I am working on Now is a titled: Names Can Never Hurt Me. It is about bullying and stereotypes but I am trying to twist the normal trends of what you might expect. I am also trying to make it lighter, and possibly funny. I think My Character Nick is funny. Not funny haha, like Cole, but more ridiculous in his arrogance. I KNOW people like this. I think he is funny without trying to be.

Dubbed a “player” early on in life, constant sex has never been a problem for Nick—until now.

Nick Jenkins couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t popular, when he wasn’t the best looking guy in the room, nor could he recall ever having to coax a woman into bed with him. And recently, Nick even added guys to the list of “been there—done that” when kissing Corey on a dare led to much more and on several occasions. His reputation to “screw anything” was well known, and he didn’t care. So why was the attention of someone new causing such consternation?

RC was a mystery from the moment they met. A frequent customer where Nick worked, getting to know RC was interesting, yet incremental due to the fact that he wasn’t in the “in crowd.” RC was overweight, always sweaty, and lived up to the nickname “scruffy dude.” Still, Nick could not let go of his deep longing for friendship, even if that friendship was with a loser.

Then, Nick finds out his new friend is gay. Will Nick look past the superficial and take hold of a connection deeper than he’s ever known before? Or will external pressures of social conformity win out—snuffing the fire before it ignites his soul.

So anyway... the count-down to The Cost of Loving continues. 7days left! And then hey, if you feel so inclined, write a review, spread the word, I count on word-of-mouth because I can only reach so many people myself. I am virtually unknown. Help me to spread my name. I need my fans, and readers, I seriously do! You are my inspiration to keep writing.


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