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No Good Deed now available for preorder!

No Good Deed will be released June 22, 2020. You can preorder it here.

Charlie Garcia has spent his life helping others. For years, he’s provided free healthcare for his neighbors and served as a counselor for his friends and their partners. He loves being the go-to guy, except when it results in him falling for the wrong man.

Now, six years later, the one who got away is back in Denver to donate a kidney, and he has a request – he wants Charlie to marry him long enough to serve as medical power of attorney. Charlie’s happy to help, but in addition to a surprise fiancé, he suddenly has two huge problems: a neighbor with a grudge who wants to ruin his career, and a secret that may destroy his friendship with Warren, Phil, and Gray.

Bonus Content: Includes three new Heretic Doms Club vignettes.

20% of author’s ebook proceeds will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.

What’s up for 2020?

Happy New Year! Being the first day of the New Year, it seems like a good time to catch people up on what’s going on with me and my books, and what you can expect from me in 2020.

NEW

Spare the Rod has finally been released. You can find that here. The audio will be released sometime later this month.

Roped In has been re-released. This book was originally published by Amber, then by Riptide. It’s now been self-published by L.A. Witt. It has not changed from the Riptide edition.

CANCELED

In previous posts, I talked about a new Tucker Springs story. It was actually supposed to be the book where Matt and Jared made a visit to Tucker Springs to visit Bryan, who you met in Meant to Be. Well… I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Multiple issues have led to that book being shit-canned. I’d kind of still like to write that story, but there are a lot of behind-the-scenes issues to deal with, so I’m not sure it will ever happen.

UPCOMING

I’m finishing up a scifi story that I co-wrote with Cari Z. It’ll be called The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion. It’s more of a scifi about two brothers than a romance, but it does have a romantic subplot. We plan to publish that in late March or April of this year. Stay tuned for more details.

In theory, Charlie’s book (No Good Deed, book 4 of the Heretic Doms Club series) will be released this year too. Not making any promises on that. If it happens, it’ll be late in the year.

Also, if my calculations are correct (which they only are about half the time), the contracts with Totally Bound for the Oestend series are up this year, in which case, I’ll be self-publishing those, with audio, possibly with new covers, and possibly with new stories to go with them. We’ll see.

KEEPING UP TO DATE

The absolute best way to stay up-to-date on my books is in my Facebook group. You can find that here. Even though it’s on FB, I promise it is 100% drama free.

That’s everything. As always, thank you for your ongoing support. I hope you have a wonderful year!

Spare the Rod available for preorder! (Finally!)

It feels like it took forever, but Spare the Rod is finally done! Well, it still has to go through edits. But from a writing perspective, it’s finished. I can’t tell you what a huge relief it is, knowing this book will finally see the light of day. And it’ll be out in time for the holidays, which is wonderfully appropriate.

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Gray Andino is a Denver cop with a pain kink and a history of falling in love with the wrong people. He’s jealous of his friends’ newfound happiness, but with a brain that won’t shut up and a need to argue everything, finding his own soul mate seems impossible, so he settles for meaningless sex and doling out pain with willing subs.

Subs like Avery Barron.

When Avery asks to stay with Gray for a few weeks, Gray reluctantly agrees. Avery may be the perfect sub, but as an accidental roommate, he sucks. The younger child of rich, indulgent parents, Avery is an entitled slob with a disdain for rules, a lack of ambition, and an obsession with social media. Gray tolerates his presence, but when Avery breaks one of Gray’s ground rules, he punishes him and takes away his phone.

Deprived of his usual echo chamber, Avery feels lost until he discovers a local tap house, a piano, and his buried love of music. The more Avery plays, the more the community around him blossoms. For the first time in his life, Avery has a purpose and goals for the future. But the thing he longs for most — Gray’s love and respect — may be forever out of reach.

Preorder it here!

Update: Heretic Doms Club

I know the original projected release date for Gray’s book (Spare the Rod, book 3 of the Heretic Doms Club) was June of 2019. I’m sorry to say, that isn’t going to happen. The first draft of Spare the Rod is finished, but the book needs massive revisions. And I do mean massive. Unfortunately, I have another deadline looming (for the new Tucker Springs book), so Spare the Rod has been placed on hold indefinitely. Once I’ve finished this current book, I’ll get back to it. Best case scenario, I’m able to release it around September of this year. Worst case scenario is about June of 2020. Most likely scenario is somewhere in between.

I know this isn’t what people want to hear. Believe me, nobody wishes this book was done more than I.

Thank you for your patience.

Reissue of Release and Return

I’ve decided to re-release the Davlova series (Release and Return) under my regular pen name, Marie Sexton.

Back when I first released these books, they were vastly different from everything else I’d written. These books are dark, treading a bit into taboo territory. Everything else I’d written was light and fluffy, like Coda. It made sense to use a slightly different pen name.

But these days, both my own work and the genre in general have broadened. Darker fiction and taboo topics are more accepted now than they were only a few years ago. It no longer makes much sense to keep these books separate from my other work. So, I’m reissuing both books under my regular name.

Also, for the next few days, Release will be FREE from Amazon. You can find them here:

RELEASE

RETURN

Promises 2nd edition now available for preorder!

The new and improved 2nd edition of Promises is now available for preorder!

Why a 2nd edition?

I’ve had a lot of readers ask what the point of second editions is. In many cases, the 2nd edition exists because the publisher of the first edition went out of business, or because the original contract is (for some reason) no longer valid. But the first edition is still the property of that specific publisher, whether they’re in business or not. So the author can choose to publish a 2nd edition, or to have the book out of print forever. Of course, most of us opt for the former. For almost every one of my books that has a 2nd (or even 3rd) edition, it’s one of those two reasons.

BUT, Promises is the exception. The 2nd edition of Promises exists because it’s now receiving mass market release. That’s exciting! The thing is, Promises was the first book I ever wrote, and boy, did it show. Plus, editing in the ebook world just wasn’t as good in 2009 as it is now. We (the publisher and I) wanted to fix it up before releasing it into the broader book world. Believe me, if I ever happen to see Promises on the shelf at Target, I want it to be the best version of the book it can be. And that meant new edits.

What about it is “new”?

The next question most of you will ask is, “Has anything changed?” The best answer I can give is, everything has changed, and nothing has changed at all. I deleted a billion exclamation points. I cut a lot of dialog tags and corrected filtering and passive voice as much as I could. I made tons of tiny changes. But the story you know (and hopefully love) is the same as it was.

All but one small scene.

See, back when I wrote Promises, I had no idea I’d be building a series around it. I certainly didn’t anticipate Jared and Cole’s friendship becoming the lynchpin of the whole Coda universe. But now that I know what I know, it seemed odd to me that Jared wouldn’t mention Matt to Cole until the next morning. So the scene with Cole has been expanded just a tiny bit, much to Cole’s delight. 😉

The 2nd edition of Promises also includes a brand new Coda novella, Meant to Be. This is basically a prequel to the Coda stories. I’m sure I’ll write a blog post at some point on why exactly I opted for a prequel. But not today.

Promises also has a brand new cover. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to share that publicly yet or not. But you can see it early by joining my Facebook group.

The audio version of the book will also be remade, this time with John Solo narrating!

Stop talking and give me the goods!

Oh yeah. There’s a new blurb too. 🙂 Here it is. Scroll to the bottom for the buy link.

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Can a man who loves his small hometown trust it to love him back?

Jared Thomas has lived in the mountain town of Coda, Colorado, his whole life. He can’t imagine living anywhere else. But Jared’s opportunities are limited—the only other gay man in town is twice his age, and although Jared originally planned to be a teacher, the backlash that might accompany the gig keeps him working at his family’s store instead.

Then Matt Richards moves to town.

Matt may not be into guys, but he doesn’t care that Jared is. A summer camping and mountain biking together cements their friendship, but when Matt realizes he’s attracted to Jared, he panics and withdraws, leaving Jared all too aware of what he’s missing.

Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s coworkers, Jared fears they’ll never find a way to be together. But for the first time, he has the courage to try… if he can only convince Matt.

Includes the Coda series prequel novella, Meant to Be

Jared has simple goals for his freshman year of college: make friends, lose his virginity, come out, and maybe fall in love. He doesn’t anticipate getting caught between his friend Bryan and Bryan’s flamboyant ex. Through the awkwardness, Jared learns love doesn’t always mean sex and the most meaningful connections might have nothing to do with romance.

Promises will be released on May 14 by Dreamspinner Press. ORDER IT HERE