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FAMILY MAN – 2nd Edition Coming September 11

Family Man, which I co-wrote with Heidi Cullinan, was originally published back in 2013 by Samhain Publishing. Because Samhain is now defunct, Dreamspinner Press will release the 2nd edition* of Family Man on September 11, 2017. I’ll have a preorder link soon. 

 

Sometimes family chooses you.

At forty, Vincent “Vinnie” Fierro is still afraid to admit he might be gay—even to himself. It’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three failed marriages, it’s getting harder to ignore what he really wants.

Vinnie attempts some self-exploration in Chicago’s Boystown bars, far from anyone who knows him. Naturally, he runs smack into someone from the neighborhood.

Between working two jobs, going to school, taking care of his grandmother, and dealing with his mother’s ongoing substance abuse, Trey Giles has little time for fun, let alone dating someone who swears he’s straight. Yet after one night of dancing cheek-to-cheek, Trey agrees to let Vinnie court him and see if he truly belongs on this side of the fence—though Trey intends to keep his virginity intact.

It seems like a solid plan, but nothing is simple when family is involved. When Vinnie’s family finds out about their relationship, the situation is sticky enough, but when Trey’s mother goes critical, Vinnie and Trey must decide whose happiness is most important—their families’ or their own.

 

We hope to have audio and foreign translations in the works ASAP, so stay tuned for details. 

 

*The book has been re-edited, but the content is unchanged, so if you bought it the first time around, there is probably no reason to buy it again.

30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 30: Recap, and Looking Forward

finishlineWell, I made it through all thirty posts without missing a day. This last post will be a bit of a hodgepodge, but if you’ve followed along this long, you know that’s not necessarily anything new.

Recap

So, was the blogging challenge a success? Yes and no. Given that my primary goal was simply to give myself something to do each day, the answer is yes. The blogging challenge game me a reason to sit down at my keyboard after sending my kid off to school.

At the same time, the challenge was a failure. I hoped that forcing myself to write a bit each day would help jump-start my creativity, but it didn’t quite work. What I’ve learned is that blogging uses an entirely different part of my brain than writing stories. So although I had fun, I won’t be continuing with the “one post per day” theme.

What’s Next?

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30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 28: My Newer Contemporaries

Only a few days left in my blogging challenge, but I’ve run out of things to talk about. Yesterday, I decided I’d spend a couple of posts highlighting some of my books that aren’t as well known as my Coda books, but that I feel are some of my best work. I already talked a bit about my funky genre mash-ups (the Oestend series, and the Davlova books). But I know not everybody likes reading scifi/fantasy, so today, I thought I’d share examples from some of my more recent contemporaries.

These are all contemporaries, but I’m going to split them into two categories: “Light and Fluffy,” and “Somewhat Angsty,” with two books in each category.  

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Roped In, Normal Enough available NOW!

I’ve had two releases in the past month or so, both of which happened while I was out of town, so I’m a bit late getting these buy links posted.

ROPED IN

RopedIn_400x600Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.

Co-written with L.A. Witt

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This title was previously released by Amber Allure. It’s been re-edited. We added about a thousand words in revisions, but the overall story is unchanged. 

NORMAL ENOUGH

A Wrench Wars Story

Normal EnoughWhat is “normal”?

When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. But Kasey is hiding an embarrassing secret: his love for old muscle cars goes beyond what most would consider normal. His unusual fetish has kept Kasey isolated—estranged from his family and even distant from his coworkers.

But when Brandon figures out the hot mechanic’s secret, he’s not repulsed. In fact, he finds Kasey intriguing, and he’s determined to have him for himself.

Everything about Brandon revs Kasey’s engine, and he’s more than willing to get down and dirty with the charming man. What worries Kasey is what will happen after. Is there any chance of a future for them? In the past, expecting anything long term has only led to heartbreak. But Kasey can’t help hoping that, despite his fetish, Brandon will be the exception.

BUY IT HERE:

This title was previously released by Amber Allure. It’s been re-edited, but the overall story is unchanged.

Normal Enough is part of the Wrench Wars series. The stories can be read in any order. The full Wrench Wars series included:

Last Mechanic Standing, by L.A. Witt (available now)

Normal Enough, by Marie Sexton

Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks, by L.A. Witt (coming Aug 31)

Making Waves, by Marie Sexton (coming Sept 28, pre-order link coming soon.)

Reviews for the 1st edition of Normal Enough:

Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews says, “I loved this little story. It’s hot and sexy… but there’s also a really beguiling, captivating love story running alongside the heat.” Read the full review. 

MM Good Book Reviews says, “This is a great sexy little number that is amazingly hot and has two great characters… I recommend this to those who love hot men finding common ground, sparks flying, erotic hot sex, great character development and two men at the beginning of a hot sexy relationship.” Read the full review.

New Releases and Book Sales and PreOrders – Oh My!

I have not one, but TWO, new releases today (although only one of them in English). I also have a title on sale for only 99¢, and another one ready to be released in just a few days, so read on for more details!

Damned If You Do, available now!

DamnedIfYouDo300Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

BUY IT HERE:

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Wrench Wars Cover Reveal

What is Wrench Wars? Well, because I’m lazy, I’m going to direct you to this post (scroll down to the Wrench Wars section) rather than explaining. All caught up? Good. With that out of the way, I thought I’d share my pretty, pretty covers! 

Normal Enough

Normal EnoughWhat is “normal”?

When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. But Kasey is hiding an embarrassing secret: his love for old muscle cars goes beyond what most would consider normal. His unusual fetish has kept Kasey isolated—estranged from his family and even distant from his coworkers.

But when Brandon figures out the hot mechanic’s secret, he’s not repulsed. In fact, he finds Kasey intriguing, and he’s determined to have him for himself.

Everything about Brandon revs Kasey’s engine, and he’s more than willing to get down and dirty with the charming man. What worries Kasey is what will happen after. Is there any chance of a future for them? In the past, expecting anything long term has only led to heartbreak. But Kasey can’t help hoping that, despite his fetish, Brandon will be the exception.

Available August 3, from Dreamspinner Press. 

And good lord, that cover is HOT. I think I’m in love with that model.

Some reviews for the first edition of Normal Enough:

Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews says, “I loved this little story. It’s hot and sexy… but there’s also a really beguiling, captivating love story running alongside the heat.” Read the full review. 

MM Good Book Reviews says, “This is a great sexy little number that is amazingly hot and has two great characters… I recommend this to those who love hot men finding common ground, sparks flying, erotic hot sex, great character development and two men at the beginning of a hot sexy relationship.” Read the full review.

Making Waves

Making WavesBest friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.

Available September 28. 

Also available on September 28th, the Wrench Wars print anthology, featuring all four novellas.

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Preorder links coming very, very soon. 

Summer 2016 Preview

 (c) Can Stock Photo

(c) Can Stock Photo

It’s May. My kid has only two weeks of school left, and then it’s summer vacation. It came on so fast this year, I’m completely unprepared. I’ve only written one thing all year (Making Waves, which I’ll talk more about later in this post), and summers are never productive for me, so I’m facing the fact that I’ll probably have a huge gap in releases after September of this year.

Some days I start to panic, just thinking about it. Luckily, I still have some great stuff coming in 2016, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to go over what’s happened so far this year, and what’s down the road.

TrailerTrash_400x600Trailer Trash, which I originally started way back in 2011 but didn’t finish until late last year, is available now. In many ways, finishing this book felt like coming full circle. It’s strange to me that I still have releases coming after it, because this felt like my curtain call. I’ve been telling myself for years that I couldn’t leave Cody and Nate unfinished. I just loved them too much to do that to them. Once they had their HEA, I felt like all my obligations were gone. (They weren’t. It only felt that way. But that partially explains why I’ve written so little since then.) If you haven’t read Trailer Trash yet, I hope you’ll give it a try. Here’s a quick run-down of what reviewers have to say:

  • Joyfully Jay said, “I absolutely loved everything about this story.”
  • Totally Booked said, “We highly recommend this coming of age heartbreaking and beautiful M/M read.”
  • Boy Meets Boy Reviews said, “I’m not sure if it was a case of the perfect storm of our current political climate colliding with these characters or if it was simply Sexton’s deft crafting of this story that did it for me, but I had a bad case of The Feels reading Trailer Trash.”

Between Sinners and Saints (which was originally published by Amber Allure in 2011) has been re-released. It’s been re-edited, but the content is unchanged. It’s also available in audio. This is a real slow-burn, friends-to-lovers kind of story, and for what it’s worth, it’s my husband’s favorite of all my books.

Never a Hero is now available in audio, and Winter Oranges will be released in audio sometime late this year.

Coming this summer:

DamnedIfYouDo300Damned If You Do

This was a really fun book to write. It’s sort of a wicked twist on The Devil Went Down to Georgia, but with some tent revivalists thrown in. And snakes. Lots of snakes. And just look at that cover! Damn, that man is hot. It will be released by Samhain on June 14, but you can preorder it here:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Roped In (written with L.A. Witt)

This is another title that was originally published by Amber Allure. The second edition will be released by Riptide Publishing on June 20. It’s been re-edited. Do you need to buy it again if you’ve already read it? Probably not. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of new content (about a thousand words, most of them directly related to Kaz), but nothing too profound. The overall story is unchanged.

The Wrench Wars Series

Back in 2013, Lori Witt and I both committed to writing novellas for a Pax (a group of stories written around a central theme) for Amber Allure. The theme was “grease monkeys.” Lori and I decided to set our stories in the same garage. Those stories, Normal Enough and Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks, were released in 2014. Once we learned Amber would close in 2016, we decided to take those two stories, rework them a bit, and add two more stories (one each) to make a four-novella set. They’ll be released by Dreamspinner Press this summer. The full series looks like this:

  • Last Mechanic Standing (new story by L.A. Witt), July 6
  • Normal Enough (re-release by Marie Sexton), August 3
  • Wrenches, Regrets, and Reality Checks (re-release by L.A. Witt), August 31
  • Making Waves (new story by Marie Sexton), Sept 28
  • Wrench Wars print anthology, containing all four Wrench Wars novellas, also available Sept 28, 2016

I’ll have covers for these very, very soon. (And speaking of hot cover models, the guy on Normal Enough is to die for. I can’t wait to share him with you.)

And because two of those stories are re-releases, I know those of you who read them the first time around will wonder if you need to buy them again. For Normal Enough, no, you don’t. For Lori’s story… maybe. She didn’t just re-edit it. She actually reworked it a bit, so… I’ll leave it up to you.

There are also several translations in the works, including Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding in Italian, and Trailer Trash in French, but I don’t have exact release dates for any of those.

I won’t be at GRL this year. I’ll definitely miss seeing you all, but I had too many family commitments and just couldn’t make it work. For those anywhere near Colorado, I’ll be at Denver Pride, NoCoPride, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo, all happening this summer. I’ll also be at WaveCon, next March.

Hubby and I are headed out tomorrow (May 16th) for a 12-day trip to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We’ll start in Seattle and work our way (slowly) down the coast to San Francisco. I’ll share pics on Instagram, and Twitter, and maybe even Facebook. But mostly on Instagram and Twitter, so follow me there, if you’re interested.

That’s all for now. I greatly appreciate every single reader who’s ever taken a chance on one of my books. I would never have made it this far without you. Thanks very much for your ongoing support. I hope you all have a fabulous summer. 

Winter Oranges Blog Tour

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Winter Oranges comes out in just three days! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this release. Remember, if you pre-order the book from Riptide, you get to download it two days early, which means you’ll have that book on your ereader right away. Sounds like a great way to finish off the holiday weekend, right? (And it’s for a good cause! 20% of the proceeds go to the GLBT National Help Center.)

Also, don’t miss the Winter Oranges Blog Tour. Here’s the schedule:

 

November 30, 2015  –  Love Bytes Reviews
November 30, 2015  –  The Jeep Diva
November 30, 2015  –  GGR-Review
November 30, 2015  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
December 1, 2015  –  Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
December 1, 2015  –  Sinfully Sexy Books
December 1, 2015  –  Cup o’ Porn
December 1, 2015  –  LeAnn’s Book Reviews
December 2, 2015  –  Delighted Reader
December 2, 2015  –  All I Want and More
December 2, 2015  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
December 2, 2015  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 3, 2015  –  MM Good Book Reviews
December 3, 2015  –  Boys in Our Books
December 3, 2015  –  Joyfully Jay
December 3, 2015  –  Under the Covers
December 3, 2015  –  The Day Before You Came
December 4, 2015  –  Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
December 4, 2015  –  QUEERcentric Books
December 4, 2015  –  Booklover Sue
December 4, 2015  –  My Fiction Nook

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Of course there will be excerpts and prizes and a few exclusive posts, so please follow along.

 

And finally, Promises is now officially available in hardcover. You can pick yours up here.

 

Happy Holidays!

Promises Now Available in Hardcover!

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PromisesHCFSHot off the Presses!

Five of your favorite romances from Dreamspinner (including Promises) are being released in hardcover! They’ll be available on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), but you can pre-order them now. If you place your order by November 19, you’ll also receive an autographed book plate.

Hmm. I’m thinking they’d make great Christmas gifts. 🙂

Find Promises HERE. You can find all five titles here.

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