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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This book came from multiple different angles for me. I never set out to write incest, even though the topic always pulled at my brain. But one day, I was listening to a song (lol “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix of all things) and something about one of the voices hit me. I was curious about why he sounded so sad…and my imagination took off. I can even picture where I was sitting when I was listening to the song. It’s still super clear to me.
As I started to think about the characters and story ideas, I realized he wanted something he thought he couldn’t have. The more I thought about it, the more I realized he was in love with his brother. It was then that I started thinking about someone I knew who had been in a relationship like that at one point.
Their life didn’t turn out to be anything like what they’d wanted, so I knew I was going to use my book to give them the happily ever after that they didn’t get. Incest brings to mind all kinds of different things for people, but Too Close to Love is a sweet, slow-burn romance where you see how their love grows.
The first book just about wrote itself; the characters and story were just that clear. If you’ve never tried reading incest, Too Close to Love is a great place to start!
Share in the comments: Have you read incest romance before? Do you have a favorite type of pairing?
(Ps: Keep an eye out for the sixth book in this series. It will be out soon.)
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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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The audiobook for Embracing Love is now live. It took a bit longer than I thought it would, but the rest of the story for Cody and his sweet Doms is now out.
Embracing Faith and Embracing Love are about Cody, Jameson, and Ford, three men who are all very different but perfect for each other. If you haven’t read the story of Cody, with his Daddy Ford, and the confused professor Jameson the audiobooks are the perfect way to enjoy it.
It will also give you something fun to enjoy until The Only Way to Dream comes out on the 22nd and you get to see what it takes for Detective Avery to finally fall head-over-heels in love. There will be more out about Detective Avery and his men this weekend, so keep an eye out.
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(Pst Book 1 Embracing Faith on Audible HERE)
Some characters just shine in audiobook. Cody from Embracing Faith and Embracing Love is one of them. Kenneth Obi has done a great job capturing how quirky he is and how he just sees things a little differently. I can’t wait to see what you think now that Embracing Faith is out.
Embracing Love will be recorded in early-March so don’t wait to listen to Embracing Faith or you’re going to be behind. I have to admit, listening to Cody’s logic and how he approaches Ford the first time at the club made me laugh. I hope you have just as much fun with him.
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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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