All posts by Marie Sexton

MM Back to School Short Story Giveaway

I’m participating in the MM Back to School Short Story Giveaway, with over thirty other authors! Now, because I was a late arrival to the group, and because I write slow and short stories just aren’t my forte, I will unfortunately not have a NEW story to give away. But, you’ll be able to download Chapter 5 and the Axe-Wielding Maniac, along with stories from this amazing group of authors. So much yumminess, all in one place! The stories go live on Tuesday, August 28th. You can find them HERE.

Terms of Service is available today!

Terms of Service is available now! Haven’t read One Man’s Trash yet? You’re in luck. It’s free on Amazon from now until June 29th.

Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about control, respect, and love. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll be forced to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

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New Facebook Group

I’ve created a fan group on Facebook. I know, I’m a bit behind the times on this. I confess, Facebook scares the crap out of me. Over the years, it’s been the source of a great deal of anxiety. On the other hand, my writing cave is awfully lonely. I’ve decided to make more of an effort to socialize. So, if you’re interested, you can find the group here. It’ll mostly be dog pictures and random conversations, leaning toward the positive side of life — I’m allergic to drama and sick to death of negativity. There will also be occasional giveaways, including ARCs of all new releases. Hope to see you there!

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Autism Fact:  Autism is a developmental disability. It’s a difference in how your brain works. Autistic people can have good mental health, or experience mental health problems, just like anyone else.

Welcome to RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by.

My instructions were simply to write my hopes and dreams for myself, my child, or humanity. I suppose my one big hope for humanity would be that we stop focusing on our differences and start focusing on what unites us. Judging other people and choosing to hate them simply because they are different from us is destructive, no matter what. Whether that person is “different” because they have autism, or because of their religion, or their race, or their political affiliation, they are still A PERSON. Rather than assuming the worst — assuming they’re stupid or evil or uneducated or “weird” — we need to start giving people the benefit of the doubt. We need to start focusing on what brings us together, not what drives us apart. We are all human. We are all struggling to stay sane and happy as we spin through the abyss on this giant rock. We all want to be heard, to be understood, and to be loved. We all care about our family, our friends, our community, and our world. So let’s stop trying to make every damn thing about us versus them. Let’s STOP assuming everybody who’s “different” in any way is automatically “them.” We are all part of “us.”

“WE ARE GROOT.”

So stop spreading hate, and start spreading a bit of love.

Now, for the general “please consider buying my books” plea: Terms of Service is now available for preorder HERE. Haven’t read book one yet? No worries. Here’s your chance. Leave a non-hateful comment, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two ebooks of your choice from my backlist. Winners will be chosen on Saturday, April 28.

Thanks for stopping by!!

 

Terms of Service Available for Preorder!

Terms of Service is now available for preorder. It’ll be released on June 25. Find it HERE.

 

Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about control, respect, and love. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll be forced to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

 

 

Terms of Service is Finished! (Sort of)

I’m thrilled to announce that I just wrapped up the first draft of Terms of Service. This book nearly killed me. I know, I say that every time, but this time was worse. I made it all the way to 56k late last year before trashing the entire thing and starting over. I’d originally planned to release it in February, but that clearly didn’t happen. Finally, the first draft is complete!

Now, that doesn’t mean the book is done. I have a lot of tweaking to do, but that’s fine. I can revise all damn day. But getting to this point — first draft complete, needing only a bit of polish — is a HUGE step for me. I totally want to celebrate.

Terms of Service will probably be about 123,000 words by the time I’m truly done fiddling with it. Although it’s part of the Heretic Doms Club series, it isn’t nearly as dark or gritty as One Man’s Trash was. Terms of Service will be released on June 25th. (Hallelujah!!) It’ll be available in audio right around that time as well. I’ll have a preorder link for the ebook ready very, very soon.

I have a couple of other announcements I’m sort of sitting on. Trying to decide on the right time to share those. I think another week or two. For now… here’s the blurb for Terms of Service. 🙂

Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about control, respect, and love. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll be forced to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

SALE!!

From now through the end of the year, all of my self-published titles at Smashwords are either FREE or reduced to $1. (That includes Damned If You Do in both English and Italian, this year’s release, The Well!)

FREE titles:

Cinder

Blind Space

Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac

Apartment 14 and the Devil Next Door

One More Soldier

Damned If You Do

lo sia dannato

Release

Return

Books available for $1

Between Sinners and Saints

The Well

 

Naughty or Nice Audiobook Giveaway!

It’s the holiday season, and I’m giving away FREE AUDIOBOOKS! But like Santa, I’m basing your present on whether you’ve been naughty or nice. 😉 How do you play? Simple! If you think you should get the “nice” prize (an audiobook of Winter Oranges), post something nice in the comments. If you think you need the “naughty” prize (audiobook of One Man’s Trash), post something naughty. There are, however, a few RULES:

NICE: I’m looking for stories that give us the warm fuzzies. I want things that help restore our faith in humanity. People being nice to other people, or to animals, or… whatever. These don’t have to be personal stories (although they can be). You don’t have to tell the whole story here – linking to an article, a tweet, or even an Instagram or Pinterest post is fine. Just share something that will make us all smile.

NAUGHTY: Yes, we all know humans are capable of some pretty bad behavior. I’m NOT looking for stories about people behaving in cruel, malicious, and/or criminal ways. Posting about the latest public figure accused of sexual misconduct is NOT what I want, and will not count as an entry. For this particular contest, we want the FUN kind of “naughty.” Think of Simon’s Cat – notoriously naughty, but also funny as hell. (Good example: https://www.instagram.com/p/BcSjRSZDtlf/…). Or, you could go with the SEXY kind of “naughty” (just keep it within FB’s rules, so you don’t get in trouble with the FB police!). These posts should make us laugh, or maybe swoon – not remind us how shitty people can be. (We’re all aware, really. We don’t need reminders here.)

FINAL NOTES:

  1. You can enter here on my blog, or here (on Facebook).
  2. The first word of every entry should be either “naughty” or “nice,” just so there’s no confusion.
  3. TWO ENTRIES allowed PER PERSON (just in case you’re feeling both naughty AND nice).
  4. Don’t like audiobooks? No problem! Winners can choose to receive an ebook of the book instead.
  5. I’ll choose several random winners (of both the naughty and nice variety) on Friday, December 15.

GOOD LUCK!