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Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac

Chapter-5Author Joshua Franklin Hill has a bad case of writer’s block. When an axe-wielding maniac knocks on his front door and asks to dig up his living room floor, he figures his Monday from hell is complete.

But an axe-wielding maniac may be just what Josh needs.

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Apartment 14 and the Devil Next Door

A14and-the-DevilWriter Joshua Franklin Hill is sure he’s lost his mind. He’s only known Radcliffe Fox for three days, and yet now he’s left everything behind to follow him back to Moab, Utah. Not to move in, of course. Just to visit, for as long as things feel like an adventure. But Josh soon learns that when your lover is a veritable free spirit sixteen years your junior, everything feels like an adventure. Josh would love to make their arrangement permanent. There’s only one little problem – Rad’s hotter-than-hell ex lives right next door, and he’s determined to win Rad back.

Available January 27, 2015.

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*Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac is free on Smashwords. At the moment, it’s 0.99 on Amazon, because that’s the lowest price I can choose. BUT, I’m hoping Amazon will price match soon. I think there’s some button you can push to report a lower price, so please feel free to do so. :-)
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25% Discount on all Dreamspinner Titles!

For the next 48 hours only, you can get a 25% discount on all of my titles through Dreamspinner Press (that means the entire Coda series). Click here to start shopping. Enter code MarieSexton at checkout for a 25% discount!

Merry Christmas!

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What’s Up, Buttercup?

christmas decorationsIt’s almost Christmas, and I’m sure nobody will be surprised to hear that I’m not ready. Sure, I have a couple of gifts stashed in the closet, and the tree is up. But there are still tons of gifts left to buy, and I’m trying to balance deadlines with the knowledge that I won’t get a damn thing done while my kid is home for Christmas break, and honestly, I’d rather be sitting on the couch eating cookies and drinking eggnog and watching really bad horror movies. (I admit, I love the Halloween movie season so much more than the Christmas one, but I’ll survive.) But before I start racking up the empty calories and reveling in unrealistically gruesome deaths, I thought I’d be at least somewhat productive and do a little year-end wrap-up. :-)

2014 turned out to be a very mixed bag for me. In many ways, it was a horribly disappointing year, but it also felt like a turning  point. I did a lot of whining early in the year, followed by some intense navel-gazing, and at some point during the summer, things just fell into place. For those who follow my blog, you probably read about this already. If not, you can learn a few more details here. But the short version of the story is, I’ve spent the last half of the year being more productive (and feeling better about that productivity) than I have in ages. I feel almost giddy with optimism (and those who know me well can tell you how completely out of character that is for me). The good news for my readers is, all that productivity is about to come to fruition. I have some really fun projects lined up for next year. I hate to wish the time away, but I just can’t wait to get the ball rolling on 2015.

Blind Space ItalianBut first, let me back up and tell you what I have coming in the last part of 2014. On December 22, an Italian translation of Cinder will be released by Triskell-Edizioni. The very next day, Strawberries for Dessert will be available in Italian from Dreamspinner IT. On January 20th, Triskell-Edizioni will release Blind Space. There are quite a few other translations lined up behind those, in several different languages, but those are the ones I have exact dates for, so far. Also, I think Promises might be out there somewhere in Japanese. I’m just dying to see that cover so if you stumble across it, let me know.

Anyway. For those like me who really need things in English:

I just finished re-releasing One More Soldier. Scroll back one post, if you missed that.

Chapter-5In the very near future, I’ll be re-releasing my short story Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac. This story has been around for ages, but I decided it was time to give it a cover and distribute it. I’ll post it for free on Smashwords. I’ll post it for $0.99 on Amazon, because that’s the lowest price I’m allowed.* With any luck, they’ll price-match, and you’ll be able to get it for free from either vendor. The really exciting thing is, I’ve written a sequel! Chapter Five is very much a HFN ending. Now, Josh and Rad will get their HEA. The story is tentatively titled Apartment 14 and the Devil Next Door. It’ll be released in January. I’ll have pre-order links very, very soon. Details TBA.

In April, Dreamspinner will release Lost Along the Way as part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook anthology, which includes Amber Kell, RJ Scott, Amy Lane, and Mary Calmes. Lost Along the Way is a really lighthearted, warm-fuzzies kind of novella. I had so much fun writing it, and I hope to have cover art soon.

In May or June, Dreamspinner will release Shotgun. In case you missed my announcement after GRL, Shotgun is part of the Coda series! A brand new couple, but you’ll get to see plenty of Matt, Jared, Zach, and Angelo. (Jon and Cole send their apologies, but they’re unable to make an appearance. They’re way too busy changing diapers and trying to remember how it felt to sleep through the night.) See here for more details on Shotgun.

I’m getting ready to start a Christmas story, which will be part of Riptide’s 2015 Holiday Bundle. The big question is, are you ready for some football? Because that’s where I’m going: hitting the gridiron with some professional football players. (American football, that is.) But don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of action both on and off the field.  ;-)

I haven’t finished Return yet. It’s the next thing on my list, after the football player. Ideally, I’ll be able to release it in March or so, but that’s probably unrealistic. Summer looks more likely. Maybe even fall. And as soon as I finish Return, I intend to start the spin-off to Lost Along the Way (because redeeming my antagonists has become my new favorite thing). But, knowing me, something else will come up and I’ll change my mind by then.

That’s it for now. However you celebrate the holiday season, I hope it’s wonderful and that all those calories magically disappear before hitting your thighs. (That’s my wish for myself as well. Fingers crossed.) Merry Christmas!

Oh. And…


at the game




*I know, I know. There are free books on Amazon all the time, so there must be a way. But it’s not as easy as one might think. I could spend an hour telling you all the ins and outs, but it’s boring. The TLDNR version: I can either publish the story as KDP Select, which means selling it exclusively on Amazon. If I do that, I must sell it (for real money, that is – not give it away for free)  for three months before being allowed to discount it to free, and even then, it’s for a limited time only. My other options is to post it to Smashwords for free and hope Amazon will price-match. I’m opting for the latter.
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Re-release: One More Soldier

One More Soldier-400x600One More Soldier is available now! This story was originally published by Silver Publishing in 2010. It has been re-edited, although the content is unchanged, so if you purchased it the first time around, there’s no need to do it again. But if you missed it back in 2010, here’s your chance!

Wave of Reviews by Jessewave said:

“Some books take me out of my humdrum and usually uneventful life into a different era or genre and they have an incredible impact because they are so well written. That was how I felt after reading One More Soldier which was all of 69 pages, and I wondered how the author could pack so much living and loving into such a short book… If you have read any books by this author you know that her greatest strength lies in her characterizations, and Bran and Will were so well drawn it was as if they were real.” (Read the full review here.)


For the moment at least, I’m distributing this story exclusively through Amazon. You can find it here


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In Case You Missed It: New Coda Book Coming in 2015!

I’ve been home from GRL for all of an hour, so hopefully you’ll forgive me if this is short and sweet:

In case you haven’t heard the news already, I’ve just completed a brand new Coda book! It’s called Shotgun. It features a never-before-seen couple, Dominic and Lamar, but I promise, you’ll also see plenty of Matt, Jared, Zach, and Angelo. (Jon and Cole were unable to visit. They were quite busy changing diapers and getting way too little sleep.)  :-)

Shotgun will be published by Dreamspinner Press in 2015 (probably around May – exact date TBD). It was so great going back to my roots and spending time with my original boys. I sincerely hope you all have just as much fun revisiting Coda as I did.

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Newsletters, Sales, and GRL. Oh my!

GRL is right around the corner, and no, of course I’m not ready. (Although I did order some new shoes last week.) I’m working very hard (although clearly not hard enough) to finish up a novel before I go. I’m very excited about this one! I’ll share details at my Q&A next week, so please stop by if you’re at GRL.

Now, a couple of very quick announcements:

First of all, for this week only, the Kindle version of Release is on sale for only $1.99! Buy it HERE.

Second, I’ve put together one of my completely random newsletters. You can find that here. Except the code I gave in the newsletter for Cinder was wrong! (I’m a dork.) The code should be UN95P.

To sign up for future newsletters, go here.

That’s it! I told you it’d be quick. :-)

Thanks very much for your ongoing support!

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Remembering September 11th

I woke in the middle of the night and looked at my phone, in order to check the time. Two o’clock in the morning, on the dot. But what really jumped out at me was the date, September 11th. Just seeing it there on my phone made me wince. And then I lay there for the next two hours thinking about it, rehashing my memories of that day, and wondering if it was worth writing a blog post about — not because the remembrance of this day might not be worthy of a blog post, but because I doubt I’m a talented enough writer to truly do the day justice.

For me, the words “September eleventh” open my mind to a series of small memories. Mere snapshots of that day and the days that followed. Continue reading

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Gratefulness, and Apologies, and Promises

bad-bloggerI’m a terrible blogger. In fact, I think if you scroll back through my blog, you’ll find that most of my blog posts begin with that exact line. “I’m a terrible blogger.” And I’m always telling myself I should do better, and yet… what to say?

I know a lot of authors blog about craft, and that’s fine. But who the hell am I to try and tell somebody how they should or shouldn’t write? I don’t know nearly as much as the industry as I probably should, so I don’t want to write about that. I don’t want to blog about any of the random shenanigans that recur over and over and over again in the m/m world, or the wider romance world, because they mostly just bring me down. So, what does that leave?

59spdI guess it leaves me. And again, some authors are quite open about their personal lives, but I’ve never been comfortable doing that. Besides which, my life is boring. I taxi my kid around. I clean my kitchen. I forget about the laundry in the washer and then have to wash the load again. (Speaking of which… be right back!) But there is nothing about my life that’s exactly memoir-worthy, you know?

And yet the truth is, I’ve had a massive shift of perspective in the past few months. And at the risk of sounding trite, it occurred to me yesterday — and continues to astound me today — how truly grateful I am to be here, right at this point in time, at this stage of my life. Summer is drawing to a close, and fall is sneaking in. Right now, it’s raining outside, and thunder is rolling off the mountains. I turned off the AC (finally!) and opened the windows and exchanged my shorts for yoga pants, my flip-flops for thick socks, and all I could think was, “I’m so ready for fall!” I’m ready for football and pumpkin patches and soup simmering on the stove. (Not that I’ll actually cook any. I’m dreaming of soup elves.) Continue reading

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Dear Amazon

I’ve made it a policy for the last year or so not to talk online about any of the shenanigans going on out there in the big, wide world. I don’t have the energy, and it rarely pays to play politics. But like many other authors, I received a rather mind boggling email from Amazon last night, and I just can’t let it go. I’ve been thinking about it all damn day. Now, I’m sure many others have said it already and said it better, but I’m going to say it again anyway.

Listen up, Amazon. Everybody knows you’re the biggest bully on the playground, and that’s just the way it is. Most of us authors have learned to navigate our way from the monkey bars to the slide to the swing set without getting pummeled, and we’ve made our peace with it. We’re content to play by your rules, as long as we get our turn on the see-saw. But now some other Big Kid has decided to go toe-to-toe with you over the tetherball pole, and you expect all us little kindergartners to come running to your defense?

Ummm…. NO.

Let’s get this straight: You and I aren’t friends. I buy stuff from you. I sell stuff through you. We have a mutually beneficial business relationship. That’s all well and good. But, let me repeat:


Fight your own battles.

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Please Join Me!

The authors of Out in Colorado are hosting a reader event on August 9, 2:00-5:00, at Blush & Blu in Downtown Denver. We’ll have door prizes, wine, and all kinds of fun. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! 


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