When a friend recently pointed out that it had been two years since Dr. Sheppard’s book, Rethinking Fate, had come out I was shocked and actually went to look the date up online because I knew it hadn’t been that long.
Well, guess what?
I was wrong.
I still can’t believe it, though, and I refuse to do the math and think about how long it’s been since he first showed up in Secrets in the Dark. Time is moving by so fast, and it seems like just yesterday I started writing about him.
When Dr. S appeared in Secrets in the Dark, I thought it would be a one-time thing for him to show up, so I didn’t poke too hard at him when he gave me vague answers about his past and who he was. He kept trying to put everyone else first, and to begin with, I let him.
But he just kept popping up.
He’d show up here and there when I looked around and realized that my characters needed someone to talk to and to confide in. They can go to him about anything and nothing surprises him. I love having that kind of friend for the rest of my character to lean on, and I think part of what makes him so strong is his Daddy and how comfortable he is with his little side.
If you haven’t read about my sweet doctor and his Daddy, check out their story in Rethinking Fate.
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The Bound and Controlled club is one of my favorite parts of my world, but I haven’t managed to take too many characters back there lately. So when I was trying to decide what I wanted to write this year, I knew it was time to change that.
In Something About Loren, you met a few of the guys who are going to be part of a new series, Tender Control. The first book is Bound with You and will be out on March 19. Book two is Bound to You and will be out on April 23. Both books are up for preorder now because lately, I’ve done nothing but write.
(FYI once the world opens up, I’m planning on traveling until I forget where I live, so you might get fewer books eventually. *Fingers crossed*)
But back to my new guys.
The new series revolves around a group of guys who’ve been friends for years. They’re all at the point in their lives where they’re looking for someone special and are all right on the edge of starting to think they’ll never find someone to love.
Porter is the first friend who meets a reserved and slightly confused Landon at his first night at the club. Landon is curious about a lot of things but has no idea who he is because he’s been focused on everyone else for so long he feels completely lost…but Porter is going to change that.
These two are sexy and sweet, but a bit open to new things as well. There are two scenes with watersports. One scene is something they’re watching at the club, so it’s easy to skip. The other is a shower scene that again is easy to skip, but I think the very end of that scene is super sweet. But if you’re curious, both scenes are really romantic and explore the intimacy of that kind of scene, not just the topic itself.
If you’re curious, here’s the first chapter of Bound with You, and coming up soon, I’ll tell you more about how the original B&C series came about.
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My confused Leon and my sweet Morgan…their story turned out differently than I thought it would when I sat down to originally begin figuring out Leon, but I love the way it turned out.
One of my favorite things to write about is college age characters because they’re still figuring out who they are, and I love that whole process. At the start of Learning to Trust, Leon had shoved his emotions to the back burner and was basically just putting one foot in front of the other. Destin pulled him out of his shell a bit (complaining and grumbling the whole way lol), but Leon still didn’t know who he was.
In Learning to Love, they both grow even more and we get to see more of Leon’s background. Meeting Leon’s parents for the first time is stressful and interesting for Morgan, but it really lets him get to know more about who Leon is inside.
Watching these two come together has been so much fun. Learning to Love is the last book for them, but I know that they’re going to pop up later down the line in interesting places. If you haven’t read Learning to Trust yet, these two have sweet age play, a bit of BDSM, and some fun scenes with Destin from The Only Way to Dream.
Check out the first chapter of Learning to Love which is up on preorder now and will go live on the 13th of November.
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Having characters in your head is almost like having friends that come into your life. Sometimes they’re in and out, and sometimes they stick around for a while. Kevin and Jeremy, whose first book was Too Close to Love, have been characters that settled in for the long haul and made it clear they weren’t going to budge.
One book…two books…I kept thinking that eventually they’d stop talking or that readers would get tired of hearing about them, but that hasn’t been the case yet. They are still as chatty as ever, and they’re some of the characters I get asked about the most.
Recently I sat down and started poking at them and figuring out what they’d been up to. Kevin happily rambled on about their new house and school and what everyone has been doing and had a ton to tell you guys about, including some sexy fun and what their father has been up to. Their new story, Too Close to Doubt, is out now on my site and on Smashwords.
If you haven’t read the series yet and you’re curious, the first book in the series, Too Close to Love, is free on my site, or you can grab it on Smashwords.
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My omegas are back. This time it’s Dakota in the spotlight. He’s funny and definitely not your typical vision of what an omega should be. Jonah mentioned several times that he thought my distractible writer Dakota needed a keeper…well, his keeper has arrived.
Tristan comes from a family of scatterbrained authors, and he’s always seen himself as the glue that keeps things together. While some people might have resented the role, he takes pride in looking after the people who create wonderful stories…and considering how long he’s had a bit of a crush on Dakota, this is one Dom who’s not going to drag his feet letting the sexy writer know exactly how he feels.
Of course this has a hysterical drunk scene along with some naughty fantasy role-playing I can’t wait to show you. Dakota is up on pre-order now and will be out in September.
The freebie Warren is a great way to try out the series if you haven’t had a chance so far, and if you’re ready for Dakota, check out the first chapter where he meets Tristan for the first time.
Click here to check out a preview of Chapter 1 for Dakota.
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No, it’s not a football match with oddly named teams…it’s the battle going on between authors. Some of you have probably seen comments or teasing complaints from authors about what they’ve outlined for their WIP (work in progress) and what the characters actually did in the book. Those confident creatures who think they can command a world are planners. They outline and organize and then sit down to write.
Me…I’m nowhere near that logical or organized. I fall into the wonderful group called pantsers. We fly by the seat of our pants with minimal planning and just see where the story takes us. It’s a different kind of confidence, like when you head out for a vacation but have no idea where you might end up. It’s more about the character and the journey and less about how you get there.
But in the pantsing world, we sometimes run into interesting problems, like when your character decides one book won’t be enough and he forces you to reshuffle an entire series. Leon’s very opinionated, if you hadn’t already guessed from seeing him in Destin’s story.
In writing him and figuring out who he is and how he loves, he decided he needed more than one book. So instead of his being the first in a new series where each book is about a different couple, he’s going to get at least two and will be either a duet or trilogy depending on how the second one goes. I’m not holding my breath on him being happy with two, so we’ll see how things go.
Even though it’s not going how I expected, the book came together quickly and they just feel right together. I can’t wait to show you what’s going to happen with my stubborn Leon (who Morgan calls his ostrich Daddy because while Leon behaves like a Daddy, he doesn’t seem to see himself the same way everyone else does) and Morgan, who is a bit shy at first but quickly warms to Leon as he sees how safe and confident Leon makes him feel.
Learning to Love is the first book for Leon and Morgan and is now live. Check out the first chapter if you’re curious.
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