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The Well – Preorder Link and Cover Reveal Coming Soon!

So, I know it seems like I announced I was on hiatus only yesterday and then suddenly I was back. The truth though is that I took almost a full year off of writing — from January 2016 until late October or early November. I’m still not writing on any kind of regular, full-time basis, but I did finish one short novel called The Well. It’s a romantic suspense, with just a bit of a paranormal twist. Here’s the blurb:

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

The Well will be released on May 22, 2017. 

I ran a cover contest for The Well in March. I received so many gorgeous covers, it was hard to choose. Thank you to everybody who entered. The winning artist was once again Jay Aheer, and her cover is *amazing*. However, I decided (for once) to do things the “right” way and hold off on the cover reveal until the preorder link is up and ready to go. So, when will that be?

The official cover reveal will be April 1st at Joyfully Jay

Until then, why not check out my romantic comedy Damned If You Do, which I just re-released? It’s my fun twist on the Charlie Daniels’ song The Devil Went Down to Georgia, and I promise it’ll put a smile on your face.

Soul 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. Finally, 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.

  • ebook at Smashwords
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Paperback coming soon

Damned If You Do will also be available as an audiobook in the very near future! 

Damned If You Do Available Now (Again)!

Because Samhain Publishing closed their doors, the original version of this story is no longer available. Therefore, I’ve self-published the 2nd edition of Damned If You Do. There is no content change at all from the first edition, so if you bought it then, there’s no need to buy it again now. However, if you haven’t purchased it yet, here’s your chance! This is my comedic twist on the Charlie Daniels’ song, The Devil Went Down to Georgia. It’s sweet and fun and a little bit silly.

Oh. And it totally makes fun of Tom Brady.

Enjoy!

Soul 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. Finally, 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.

 

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Damned If You Do will also be available as an audiobook in the very near future! 

Update, Or: How Karma Bit Me On the Ass

Hiatus Over (Mostly)

I posted back in August that I was on a bit of a hiatus from writing. But the truth is, I started writing again sometime in mid- to late-October. I’m sure a few people are saying, “that didn’t take long.” But the hiatus actually started back in January of 2016. It just took me until August to admit it publicly. And I guess by that point, I was already getting tired of it.

At any rate, whatever the reasoning: Yes, I’m writing again, although I’m taking it very slow, one day at a time, trying not to force things. Still hoping to reclaim that feeling of wanting to write, rather than feeling that I have to write.

Some days it works better than others.

So, What’s Up?

Karma: Image from Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book

I recently wrapped up a short novel called The Well. This is the first thing I’ve completed since January 2016, and it feels pretty damned good. The funny thing is, this is sort of Karma’s way of biting me in the ass. See, I’ve been kicking this story idea around for years. It involves a group of high school students who decide to spend the night in an abandoned and supposedly haunted house. The next morning, one of them has disappeared without a trace. The thing is, I wasn’t ever entirely sure what happened to her. It wasn’t until last fall that all the pieces fell into place.

But what does that have to do with karma?

Remember the post I did a few months ago about my literary pet peeves? One of the things I hate more than anything is flashbacks. I have very little patience for them. I find them terribly tedious.

And so of course this story ended up being full of them.

I tried to get around it. Really, I did. I spent several weeks trying to figure out how to tell the story without moving back and forth in time, but in the end, somebody told me to quit fucking around and tell the story the way it needed to be told. And so, I did. About two-thirds of the story is set in modern day, but the other one-third is set twelve years earlier.

When Can We Read It?

I don’t know yet how or when it will be published. I’ll probably self-publish it in about April, but there are still a couple of other options I’m considering. Whatever happens, I’ll post about it here, as soon as I know anything.

Samhain

As most of you have probably heard, Samhain is closing. Again. Or, for the first time. Except for that other time when they were closing but then weren’t.

Whatever.

This means two of my books will need new homes. Family Man, which I co-wrote with Heidi Cullinan, will be re-released by Dreamspinner Press, but I don’t know exactly when. Damned If You Do will be re-released by me, probably in April or so. I also plan to have audio of that one out around the same time.

As always, details will be posted here on my blog, as I receive them.

What’s Next?

There’s only one project I’m actively working on — a scifi novel I’m cowriting with Cari Z. We’re getting close to having a finished first draft, but we’re a long way from being officially “finished.” I have no idea if or when that story will be published.

Other than that, I’m honestly not sure what I’ll work on next. I have a football story I’ve been stalling on for ages. I also have two abandoned stories from several years ago, each with just a hint of BDSM, that might work together as the start of a new contemporary series. I’m still brainstorming the details. I’m also sort of considering a sequel to Trailer Trash, but it would be quite dark and angsty, and I’m not sure I want to go there.

For now, I guess I’ll just be plugging away on the scifi with Cari Z, until I get a good handle on one of those other projects.

Patreon Reminder

In case you missed it, I’m now on Patreon. Please consider supporting me there, if you feel so inclined. If not, no worries! I appreciate all the support I receive from readers, whether on or off Patreon. But, just so you know, Patreon supporters at the $7+ level will have the first glimpse of The Well next month. 🙂

That’s all for now! Thanks so much for all your support!

I’m on Patreon!

I’ve been debating Patreon for months now. Today, I took the plunge. I can’t really say that I “decided” to join. It was more of a sudden, inexplicable desire to try something new. I’m freaking out about it a bit. I’m still not entirely sure it’s a good fit for me, but I guess I’ll never know until I try. And so…

I’ve decided to try.

If you’re interested in becoming a Patron, you can find me here. If you have no interest in becoming a Patron, that’s fine. I absolutely understand. I’m truly very grateful to any of you who have been kind enough to buy one of my books, whether you choose to sponsor me on Patreon or not.

If you *do* decide to become a Patron, just know that I’m anticipating a bit of a learning curve. I hope you’ll be patient as I bungle around, trying to figure out how it works.   🙂

Thanks again.

Winter Oranges Now in Audio!

Winter Oranges is now available as an audio book, narrated by Nick J. Russo.

winteroranges_audiobookJason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of L.A., and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

Find the audiobook here:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Winter-Oranges-Audiobook/B01N1OZ3Z3/

 

Upcoming Translations: Suffisamment Normal, Coming Jan 3

For my French readers, the translation of Normal Enough will be available on January 3rd.

La guerre des moteurs, numéro hors série

o-suffisamment-normalQu’est-ce qui est “normal” ?

Quand Brandon Kenner entre dans le garage de Kasey Ralston avec sa Chevelle SS 454 de 1970, Kasey est sous le choc, à la fois à cause de l’homme et de sa voiture. Mais Kasey cache un secret des plus embarrassants : son amour pour les vieilles muscle cars qui va bien au-delà de ce que l’on pourrait considérer comme normal. Cet attrait inhabituel avait con-duit Kasey à rester isolé — à l’écart de sa famille, et même à distance de ses collègues de travail.

Mais quand Brandon découvre le secret du mécano, il n’est pas repoussé. En fait, il trouve même Kasey intrigant, et est bien déterminé à l’avoir pour lui tout seul.

Absolument tout chez Brandon fait ronronner le moteur de Kasey, et il est plus que motivé à se salir les mains en compagnie de cet homme des plus charmants. Les inquiétudes de Ka-sey viennent plus de ce qui pourrait se passer ensuite. Y a-t-il une chance pour qu’ils aient un futur ensemble ? Dans le passé, l’espoir d’une relation à long terme l’avait toujours con-duit à de cruelles déceptions. Mais Kasey ne peut s’empêcher d’espérer qu’en dépit de ses penchants, Brandon sera l’exception.

PREORDER IT HERE

Random Babbling

It seems like a good time for some random updates and babbling. I’ll be talking audio books, Twitter, idiotic Verizon commercials, and yummy chicken dinners. 🙂

Etsy

en_isell_1First of all, I’ve finally opened an Etsy shop. Some of you know I’ve had the bags and wallets I make on sale in my Selz bookstore, but the shipping options there are incredibly limited. Still, I’ve been hesitant to wade into Etsy, because I worry that my sewing just isn’t good enough, but after receiving encouragement from just about everybody I know, I decided to give it a shot. So, for those who are interested, you can find the bags and purses I make at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieSextonBags.

audioAudio

Trailer Trash is now available in audio, narrated by John Solo. You can find that here:

Amazon

Audible

Winter Oranges will also be available in audio sometime in the next few weeks.

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Trailer Trash now available in Audio!!

audioIt’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming is no place for two young men to fall in love.

Warning: This book contains teenagers doing all the things we did as teenagers but which we now pretend teenagers never do.

 

Get the audiobook here:

Amazon

Audible

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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