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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:


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!

Please join me Thursday, August 20 on Heroes and Heartbreakers for the official cover reveal!

WinterOranges_TeaserJason 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 LA, 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.


LovefortheHolidays_600x900_0This title is part of the Love for the Holidays: A Charity Bundle Benefiting the GLBT National Help Center collection. 


Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/


Tales of the Curious Cookbook Coming Soon! First Stories Available for Pre-Order!

Coming in April from Dreamspinner Press: Five fun and fanciful stories about a rather curious cookbook!

One ebook will be released each Wednesday in April, with the entire anthology available in print on April 29. These stories all work as stand-alones and don’t have to be read in any particular order, but I promise, you’re going to want to read them all. 🙂


FRONT-Tales of the Curious Cookbook-400x600It’s called comfort food for a reason.

Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.

Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.

Read on for a description of each story, plus pre-order info for the first three ebooks!

Continue reading… →

Available Now: Roped In

RopedInGraham and his roping partner Jackson have 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. And then there’s Jackson.

Graham and Jackson have been friends since they were boys. But ever since their drunken sexual encounter the year before, things have been awkward. Graham’s accepted that he might be gay, but no matter how attracted he is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. And Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.


**Roped In has been republished by Riptide Publishing. You can find the buy links here!

Introducing a New Pen Name: AM Sexton

After a great deal of debate, I’ve decided to publish Release under a slightly different pen name. I did not make this decision lightly. On the contrary, I’m sure I drove a few people absolutely nuts, hashing out the pros and cons again and again.

On one hand, starting over with a brand new pen name sounded daunting. And after all, Release does feature m/m themes. It’s not as if I’ll suddenly be publishing middle-grade graphic novels or upmarket women’s fiction under Marie’s name. And anybody who follows me on Twitter has already heard me talk incessantly about my dark, kinky, semi-cyberpunk. Everybody knows I’ve been working on this book for ages. So why not publish it as Marie?

I almost did. But I could already hear the angry cries of readers who bought Release expecting warm fuzzies and found cold, hard anger, instead. And that’s what really drove this decision. The truth is, Release is unlike anything I’ve ever written. The closest I’ve come is Oestend, or maybe Blind Space, but even those stories were gentle at heart. Even they had a seed of purity in their center. Release, though, is a different beast entirely. It’s dark and sexy, with corruption and a great deal of moral ambiguity at its core. It contains violent and graphic scenes that may be called dub-con. And although the overall arc of the series includes plenty of love, the first novel, Release, could never be called a romance.

In the end, after talking to close to a dozen of my friends about it, it was ZA Maxfield who finally convinced me. The best choice seems to be to somehow split the difference — publish the book under a new name, but one not too far removed from Marie. I decided on AM Sexton. I will continue to be absolutely open about the fact that AM Sexton and Marie Sexton are the same person, but I hope having a new name on the cover will underscore one very important point: THIS ISN’T CODA.

With all that being said, Release may not be a lighthearted romance, but it’s still me. I hope readers who decide to take a chance on this new series will find what they’ve come to expect from my work. I hope they’ll feel I’ve given them complex, emotional, well-developed characters, striving to make the best of a bad situation. I think my fans will see that I’ve poured my heart into this story. The name on the cover doesn’t change that. If you love genre mashups, darkly erotic AU, or extremely damaged heroes, I hope you’ll take a chance on Release.

Release will be published June of 2014. The sequel, Return, will be published in October of 2014.

Cover Art Extravaganza!

Two new covers in two days! And here they are:

NormalEnoughNormal Enough: A hot and sexy little fetish story, coming from Amber Allure on March 16th. 

And this unbelievably gorgeous cover by LC Chase:


Cinder, a sweet little re-telling of Cinderella.

(Note: Cinder was originally released in 2012 by Silver Publishing, but that contract has expired. I will re-release Cinder on February 18, 2014. If you find the old version lingering somewhere, please don’t buy it. If you’d like to read Cinder, please, please wait until February 18, when you can buy the version with THIS cover. Cinder has been re-edited, but the content is unchanged. If you bought it the first time around, there is no reason to re-purchase.)



It’s my Author Birthday! Plus, a Brand New Edition of Blind Space Coming Soon!

First of all, I’d like to point out that exactly four years ago today, my very first novel, Promises, was released by Dreamspinner Press. The four intervening years have flown by, and yet at the same time, it feels like it was ages ago that Matt and Jared first appeared in the world. I can’t believe how much has happened in that time. I’m so grateful that Dreamspinner decided to take a chance on me and my debut novel, and I’m grateful to each and every one of you who decided to give it a try.

In celebration of this, I’m giving away some paperbacks of Promises over on my Facebook page. Please leave a comment over there to enter.

In other news, I’ll be self-publishing a few things this year. I’ve been debating for months how much to say about this publicly. I’ll keep it short and sweet and simply say that the old edition of Blind Space is going away. Likewise, Cinder and One More Soldier. But Blind Space is up first. It will be disappearing from book stores very, very soon. In fact, it should have been gone as of yesterday. I’m sure it will take a while for that to happen everywhere, but once it does, I’ll be re-releasing Blind Space on my own. I already have this gorgeous cover.


It has been re-edited. Other than that, there are no major changes, so if you bought the first edition, there is no need to re-buy. But, if you haven’t bought Blind Space yet and are suddenly now interested in reading it, I’d like to ask you very politely to please wait until you can buy this version, with this cover. It should be soon. I’ll post here the minute it’s available.

Again, thanks very much to all of my readers for their ongoing support.