One of the things that was hard for me growing up was knowing I was different but not being able to put a name to it. There were so many stories and ideas running through my head and things I was curious about, but I didn’t have anyone to talk about them with.
When I first started writing (my taboo books in particular), it was amazing to have so many people to share that part of myself with and who were drawn to it as well. The readers who’ve contacted me over the past couple of years to share how my books have touched them or how they’ve related to my characters have meant the world to me. But they also got me thinking.
I couldn’t help but wonder how differently my life would’ve turned out if there had been someone for me to talk to as a kid who’d really understood or who could’ve just accepted me for who I was, not who I’d been told I had to be. So I started thinking about my characters (because really, most of my life involves thinking about how they would react to things lol). That’s where Trent and Hayden came from.
From the first moment they popped up as side characters it was clear they’d been best friends forever, and I wanted to show that relationship. I wanted them to have each other from the very beginning so there was always someone who understood them.
So when I sat down to write their story, I started when they were eight. Kids have such a clear way of seeing things, without all the worries about the whys and fears about what it says about them. They just love and they accept. And when everything is going against you like it is for Hayden and Trent, unconditional acceptance is what keeps you going.
I hope you enjoy their book, and I hope that someday every child can be who they were meant to be without anyone making them feel like it’s wrong.
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I think these might be the cutest characters I’ve ever written. Last month I sat down to figure out what to write next and thought Hayden and Trent (side characters from Beautiful Shame, Book 3) would be a fun and easy book to write. I knew how their story ended and assumed it would be really short.
I was wrong.
Unsurprisingly, it turned out longer than I expected. When I sat down to start, I knew that because they’d known each other forever I had to start at the beginning. Well, the beginning for them was when they were kids. I just wasn’t sure how that would turn out.
The first chapter is where Trent discovers that his best friend Hayden has a secret…well, two really…then we jump to when they’re older. There are several time jumps in the book because they just has so much they wanted to share. I’ve done my best to make sure the jumps are clear and make sense in the story line, but there are no flashbacks so that should make it easier.
Here is the start of Without Limits.
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My sweet guys are back in Embracing Love. When I first started writing Embracing Faith I had a feeling Ford, Cody, and Jameson wouldn’t stay content with just one book. I was right. As Jameson continued to drag his feet, I knew they would need a second book. Embracing Love is the continuation of their story.
I can’t wait to show you how they grow together, and the cameos in this book were fun but a little unexpected for me. With some of my guys being so shy and Cody being so…so very Cody, it shouldn’t have surprised me that things wouldn’t go quite as planned. I love all my guys so it just never occurred to me that Cody, Bryan, and Kevin wouldn’t immediately click. Luckily they have Finn, Beckett, and Dr. Sheppard to step in and help the guys relate to each other.
Here’s the first chapter if you’re curious.
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Ford, Cody, and Jameson…When I first started planning out Embracing Faith I knew a little bit about who they would be, but I don’t plot out my books in detail, so a lot of who they were was a mystery to me. Ford came to me right away. He’s confident and sure of himself and at a point in his life where he knows who he is…an asexual Daddy Dom who’s open to love but not really expecting it.
Cody and Jameson are different. Cody knows who and what he wants, but he’s inexperienced and young. Jameson is mature but hides a lot of who he is, even from himself. They both need someone in their life who can steer them through the obstacles in their relationship and can give them strength. They both need Ford. Cody needs a Daddy, and Jameson needs a friend and someone he can lean on.
Their story will be over two books and the second one will be out in mid-June, but it’s already written and with my editor. It might feel like a different take on age play than I normally write, but I actually think he’s one of the best Daddies I’ve written. I can’t wait to see what you think of all of them. Embracing Faith will release on May 24th. Check out the first chapter if you’re curious.
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Rethinking Fate is now live! Miles and Sean are so cute together and had such a sweet start; I can’t wait to see what you think about their story. Miles was so worn out and overwhelmed that even from the very beginning I knew his book would be different.
One of my favorite things about him is that he’s very openminded with his patients. So it’s not surprising that the same tendency carried over into his personal life too. I just wasn’t sure how it would all come together. I think that you’ll love his story and how even though he’s confident and focused on his career, he still understands the draw of letting everything go and having his Daddy be in charge.
The preorder for Dr. Sheppard’s book is finally up, and I’m so excited to show you Rethinking Fate. Even from the very beginning when he made an appearance in Secrets in the Dark, he was always very reserved and kept his personal life to himself. He never hid the fact that he was little, but otherwise, he was very quiet…frustratingly so sometimes.
I’m a big believer in getting help when you need it, so as the books went on, I pulled him out several more times when it was clear I had characters who needed someone safe to talk to. I honestly never thought people would want his story, so when I started to go back and look at how he fell in love, it was an interesting experience.
To me, Dr. Sheppard was this quiet man who was happy and had a bit of a hidden funny side, but that was it. Figuring out how he got to be the man I’m familiar with was an interesting experience. This is a slow burn romance with a few fun cameos from some familiar faces.
I can’t wait to see what you think of Miles and his sexy artistic Daddy, Sean. Here’s a peek at the first part of the book.