An Update and a Sort-of New Story

Hi everyone,

Just a short post today. For those of you who follow me on FB or Twitter you will know that last week I had to have my beloved dog Scruffy put down. It was a gut-wrenching decision to make, however, his issues with brain bleeds and dementia were never going to get any better and the vet and I both decided it was the right thing to do. Consequently, I have been busy, but not busy if you can understand what I mean 🙂

The first thing I hope you all notice is I have FINALLY updated my pages on this blog. Not the picture gallery unfortunately, although I will get to that. But all the series pages have been updated along with five books I’ve released and didn’t realize weren’t on here.  I have also updated the “What to Read” page with the new releases.  My wonderful friend Phil Harrison (who also writes as Harrison Phillips) wrote a touching story about Scruffy joining the Cloverleah Pack after his death and gave me permission to share it. You can find that at the bottom of the Free Stories page.

On the writing front, I am about halfway through The Necromancer’s Smile, which was one of those books unrelated to any of my series that just wouldn’t leave me alone. I’ve also started Lasse’s story in the Gods Made Me Do It series – he’s waited a long time for his mate and I felt it was time to give him one.

Finally, a new book of mine came out on Amazon today, but it’s not really a new story. I am not sure how many of you remember I was part of an Anthology last year – SuMMer Heat which included stories from nine authors including me.  Unfortunately, a few things didn’t work out with the Anthology and after some polite asking from the authors, it was taken down, allowing us to publish the stories ourselves. Mine – If You Can’t Stand the Heat featuring Wyatt and Stone – went up on Amazon yesterday. It is a short story from the Alpha and Omega universe. If you were a fan of that series, and you HAVEN’T bought the anthology it was in, it’s available now.

This has been a year so far for hard knocks – but thanks to all your lovely support, I get up every day and I keep going. Have a wonderful day, and thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂

This story was PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED in the SuMMer Heat Anthology in August of last year (which is now out of publication). This is a re-edited and lightly added to version of the same story and nothing in the story line has changed. Please do not purchase if you already own a copy of the anthology, thank you.

Stone, an alpha wolf and tracker for the council, was on an unusual but easily completed job; all he had to do was pick up a runaway omega and return him to his home pack. It sounded simple enough when he took the assignment, but when Stone catches sight of Wyatt, living in a derelict cabin in the middle of nowhere, he knows his life is about to change.

Wyatt, omega wolf, has been on the run from a forced mating for three years; living hand to mouth, doing his best to raise his four-year-old sister, Maddie. Always watching over his shoulder, scared to interact with anyone, he has no idea how much his life will change when a stranger knocks on his door during a summer storm.

But Wyatt’s past isn’t about to let him go and when the council gets involved, Stone must do his best to protect the man who stole his heart and the sweet little girl who calls him Uncle. After all, if you can’t stand the heat….

This is a short standalone story in my Alpha and Omega universe. 21,700 words. References to intended rape (didn’t happen and is off page) may be a trigger for some. M/M true mates shifter story.

Available from Amazon now – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079RBN9QP

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Thank you all and look what you helped me do :)

My last post was full of doom and gloom and utter despair, but you my friends, pulled me out of it. There aren’t enough words in the English language to express how thankful I am for the countless friends who took the time to comment, write, message, email and even tweet their support for what I do.  You love my stories and hate bullies and all of that came through loud and clear. I can’t thank you enough.

After spending days wallowing, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and got on with what I enjoy doing most in life – my writing. And I am totally thrilled to announce that Liam’s Lament, book 3 in the Arrowtown series is now live and available on Amazon. It will be on Smashwords on Friday.

I couldn’t have done this without you. Writing, by it’s very nature, is a solitary occupation. But the support I got, and the number of people who commented and found a way to reach out to me touched my heart in ways I couldn’t imagine. Thank you all so very much.

Hugs my friends 🙂

Blurb

As far as Liam Lamont’s concerned, life sucks. His mate disappeared without a backward glance, he spends most of his time drunk and he has the worst case of blue balls in existence. Fighting his lion form is tiring and if it wasn’t for his brother Lucien, and the rest of the pack at Ra’s, he’d probably run off into the wilderness and never be seen again.

But even if life had thrown Liam a massive curve ball, the Fates hadn’t forgotten him. One night a mysterious stranger offers to buy Liam a drink and Liam starts to feel a glimmer of hope. But Theo, the mate who walked away, is still lurking in Liam’s heart and when faced with a second mate, Liam had no choice but to tell his new mate about Theo and give him a choice.

Beau Ferris had been told his whole life he would have two mates. All his kind did. His father warned him never to go after one until his pair already claimed each other. But when Beau’s animal spirit warns him of Liam’s despair and Theo’s anger, he couldn’t stay away. When he meets Liam he’s given a shocking choice – Liam or Theo – he can’t have both.

Stubborn shifters, a gorgeous fae toddler with magic flowing from her fingertips, demons, wolves, and even a visit from the Fates; Beau and Liam have to fight through fire before they get their third and the HEA they both dreamed of. But will it be enough.

Liam’s Lament is the third book in the Arrowtown series. Reading the previous book in the series is advised to understand the context of this story.

This is a true mates M/M/M story with MPREG.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079BJ313X

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I write, that’s who I am

I write.  Eight to ten hours a day, sometimes more. Seven days a week, I sit at my computer, or curl up on the couch with my iPad and I write. I open my mind, think of my characters and the words flow. New worlds emerge from my fingertips and I’m in heaven as I experience every up and down my characters go through. There are some days I am positively panting and wanting a smoke, lol.  But the next day I get up and carry on wondering what next exciting thing is going to happen.

There are those who are close to me who might complain that I don’t have a life, but I love what I do. Every night at around 6pm my little Scruffy comes into my office and sits at my feet, letting me know it’s time to play. I take myself out for lunch sometimes, with my iPad, and when my kids come down to see me, I spend time with them of course. But for the most part, I write.  It’s my life and I love it.

“What’s the point of this post then”, I can hear you asking.  “I enjoy your books. You haven’t put one out this month yet. Shouldn’t you be back finishing Liam’s Lament or The Necromancer’s Smile?” Well, yes, I should be and thank you for pointing that out, but I had to post today. You see a horrible thing happened on Facebook today and it seriously made me wonder whether I should continue with what I do. Someone, well a couple of someone’s actually, suddenly thought they could control what I do – take credit for it even; insinuate themselves into my lives and gently wrest my lovely readers from my caring hands under the guise of friendship.

I couldn’t allow that; my readers who are a source of inspiration, hope, excitement and love deserved more than that. So, with tears pouring down my face, I asked the admin of my beloved Paranormal group to shut it down. It was gutting. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to willing destroy the social media presence of people I considered good friends, and yet, my friends, that is exactly what happened and why I did what I did.

I don’t understand how this happened. I don’t even know why it happened. I just know that some good friends of mine were hurt by others pretending to be my friends. And me, I just wanted to write. I steadfastly avoid conflict online of any kind. But in this case I couldn’t bury my head in the sand and pretend it wasn’t happening because it was my friends being hurt through suspensions and banning on Facebook.

And that is why I needed to write this post – to let you know where I stand on this. I have always enjoyed every single post, comment, message and more from my readers. Every day there is something new to see that one of my lovely readers thinks I would enjoy. And I do enjoy them every day, and my group was a big part of that. Now my group is being refashioned into a fan club and I won’t be a part of that. I wasn’t even told about it. I have my teaser group on Facebook of course, and for now I will keep that running although I don’t know for how long.

Because you see, I am not sure now if I can write, or if I should. I am not sure I can fill my pages with HEAs when some people I trusted are just so hateful. When some people can take my reputation that I have worked solidly 365 days a year for four years to build, and try and destroy it. Forty books I have written in that time. Forty stories full of love and caring; all crafted to make my readers smile as they come to the end of them. The jealousy and hatred behind the online actions I experienced today floored me. I would never in my worst nightmare cause issues for other people online or off. I care for every single person who I consider my friend.

So now I am a little bit battered and a lot sad; I am questioning that huge thing that is my life. And yes, I am reaching out to you from my safe space. I desperately need to know from those who love what I do, that it’s worth my continuing. Today of all days, I need to know that what I do means something to someone. Because I write, you see, and if I didn’t write, then I wouldn’t have a clue who I was anymore. I’m just not sure that I can right now. 

Hug the one you love my friends.

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Showing Love For Your Favorite Authors

Happy New Year 🙂 

It’s not always easy getting back into work mode after the holiday season, but I am working hard on two stories at the moment and hope to have at least one of them released this month. The first is Liam’s story from the Arrowtown series (Liam’s Lament). Those of you who read book 2 will remember he had found a mate and had to let him go after some horrible issues concerning our lovely snake shifter, Simon. Liam’s story won’t be the light and fluffy type as seen in A Tiger’s Tale, but I hope you enjoy his HEA.

This is my lovely Liam 🙂

The second story is muse related – I know, I have a ton of other stories to write, but this one persisted and you know my muse. It won’t shut up until I start writing things down. Called The Necromancer’s Smile, this one concerns a young Necromancer and his relations with an Alpha Wolf Detective, who is working on an intriguing case. Unlike my other series that always involve a new couple with each new book, the plan for this one is to continue the series with just this couple, with a host of secondary characters who I hope you will grow to love as much as I do.

But, that wasn’t my purpose of the post today. All authors know that as much as they would love to sit and write their stories all day, marketing is a huge part of reaching new readers and letting loyal readers know when new releases are imminent. Some of us are lucky enough to have readers that share their posts on social media, in Facebook groups and things like that. However, from messages I receive from time to time, it seems some of you are not sure what is and is not allowed when it comes to letting your friends know you like a particular story. So here are 7 tips on things you can do to help show your love for any of your favorite authors.

  1. Leave reviews – whether it is just a star rating or you want to write a whole page on what you love about the story, please think about leaving reviews. They are vitally important when encouraging new readers to try an author they haven’t read before.
  2. Share, Share, Share – it doesn’t matter whether you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other popular social media channel. Please share your author’s covers and buy links. If you are not comfortable with your Aunt Lucy knowing you read MM for example, then share the information in closed groups. Unless she is a member to, she won’t know about it. The post doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just something like “I’ve just read this great book…” or “Have you seen AuthorXYZ has a new release…” Always remember to include a buying link if possible. Social media users are one-clickers – if they are interested in something they don’t want to have to search for it on their favorite book site. Become an unofficial street team for the authors you love – they will love you for it.
  3. Join in – is your author having an event?  Sign up for it. Do they have a group where they share teasers and pictures? Become a member. Not only does this put you in the front row seat for any competitions or giveaways your author might be running, but you become part of a lovely community of people who all share your love as well.
  4. Newsletters – I know most of us just discard them without reading them, but you could be missing out. If your author has a newsletter sign up, read along and if you are signed up to mine, feel free to reply and say Hi.  Authors love to hear from you.
  5. Subscribe to author blogs – I will be the first to admit I do most of my posting on Facebook, but that is because they have a chat function that allows me to talk to readers directly. But when I have something big to say then I use my blog because it allows me more room to express myself. I might only be on here occasionally but I also post my free stories here, plus there is a listing of all my books and the order they need to be read in.
  6. Do your bit against piracy – Piracy is a huge concern to authors. Every single copy “borrowed” or downloaded without payment is taking money away from the author. It has gotten so bad, some authors have given up. I know I felt like that just last month. For me and a lot of other authors, our writing is our only source of income and every copy of a book sold counts. So if you see it, report it – either to the site you  saw it on, or to the author concerned. There are still some people who don’t believe the damage pirates can do. They think, “oh, but I can’t afford the new book this month and it’s just one download, or just one borrow from someone else. What harm can it do?” The harm comes from the fact you think you are the only ones doing it. Imagine that same line of thinking coming from a hundred people or a thousand. Another MM author did a post on this recently – she’d lost thousands of dollars. Can you afford to lose that much money? Do you think she can? No, none of us can. So please, if you see it, report it. Your favorite authors would far rather spend their time writing new stories than chasing down assholes that steal from them.
  7. Let your author know you care – Writing is a solitary craft and most authors have those days when they wonder why they do what they do. You have no idea how often I’ve had a bad day and then I get an email, message or post from someone letting me know how excited they are about my next book, or how much they loved about an older one.  Every single message I get like that gives me the energy to go on. We write because we love what we do, but it is so much easier to write when we know others love what we do too 🙂

I am heading back to my writing cave – these stories don’t write themselves 🙂  Have a wonderful day.

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A Time For Reflection

Here in New Zealand it is New Year’s Eve, and just as I do every year, I wanted to touch base with you all and let you know what is going on in my life.

It’s been a difficult year for all of us – you know it, I know it, and there’s no point in dwelling on it. But I like to think there have been some positives too, at least for me personally.

Back in July, I moved four hours drive away from my children and grandchildren so I could buy myself a house I could afford. This was a huge deal for me as all I’ve ever wanted was ten square feet to call my own. The house is tiny lol (a little bigger than ten square feet) but it is mine (and the lenders) and for me this was a huge achievement.

Even though I am not with them, my children and grandchildren all came down to celebrate an early Christmas with me and on the day itself I got video calls so I could see my grandchildren enjoying opening their presents. That was very special to me as this is the first Christmas I have been alone in over thirty years. And yet I wasn’t really alone because when I went online I had dozens of friends there and that is something I am truly grateful for.

I had a huge health scare with Scruffy at the beginning of the month when he had a seizure. It turns out my beloved dog and faithful companion has a heart condition and because of his age it will not be possible to operate. However, at the moment we are both staying positive although I am not allowed to throw the ball to far for him anymore. I have no idea what the new year will bring for him, but at the moment I am enjoying every day I can with him.

On the writing side of things I have published 14 new English titles this year and another 6 have been translated into French. Writing still is the major part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 Although my writing schedule for next year hasn’t been set in stone yet there will be new books in the Cloverleah series, the Gods series, Balance, Arrowtown, City Dragons and the Alpha and Omega series.  Under my penname Lee Oliver I will also be writing more in the Northern States Pack series and there may even be a few surprises in the form of new series along the way. My muse is a fickle creature and I have learned to follow wherever he may lead.

One of the big positives for me this year as when my friend Torhild created a group for me on Facebook (you can find that here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/217413318738434/). It is so lovely to have a space where me and my readers can share pictures, comments about my books and excerpts of upcoming titles in a closed setting.  With now 370 members and growing every day, I feel like the group is my second home as everyday when I go on there, there are new things to see and hear about. Recently we had a Christmas card list for those who wanted to participate and I received 27 cards. Participation in the competitions I have been running has been amazing. The group has a wonderful community feel and I absolutely love it 🙂

As for what is to come – more books definitely and I am also looking into the possibility of creating podcasts with readings from some of my stories which I hope you will enjoy.  I took a week’s holiday recently, just to spend some time doing other things and this year I will also be working on more art projects. I have been learning (by trial and error and a lot of YouTube watching) how to create fluid art which fascinates me.  Creating art of any kind helps feed my creative mind and is something I find really relaxing so I have promised myself I will make the time to do more of it. I still hope to find someone special in my life, but I am learning that living alone does not mean being lonely.

No matter what the new year may bring, I for one am determined to greet whatever comes with a smile on my face. The key theme in all of my stories has always been that love is love and no matter who you love, hug them tight.

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