New Release: GOLD

GoldToday the fifth Midsummer Suspense Tale, Gold, is out in the world! As I forgot to do any promo for it, here’s the guest post I would’ve written if I’d remembered.

 

In Praise of the Blue Collar Hero

The funny thing I realized in writing this book is that I finally had a Midsummer Tale without a wealthy hero.

That’s unusual for me, as I prefer a regular guy sort of lead male character. No offense to those who love billionaire books, but it’s not my cuppa. As nice as it would be when struggling to support a family, I find little appeal in a wealthy man swooping in to ease the financial burden–I think because in real life I’ve found it always comes with a cost, and one I’m no longer willing to pay. This is why the heroes of my other books tend to be ordinary men–a gardener, a construction worker, a horse wrangler (with the exception of Carter the writer, though his money is running out by the time the reader meets him in The Book of Love).

But the Midsummer Tales are modernized fairy tales, and so many of those stories have a prince that they crept into the stories. Even then, it was important to me to have heroines who insisted on standing on their own two feet. Gina in Cinders could have been rescued by Brennen–he was more than willing to help her–but she refused to be indebted to him, preferring to earn her way in the world. Both those characters continue to struggle to find a balance between her need for financial independence and his desire to see her loosen the reins a little and lean on him. Bryar in Beauty meets Sawyer, a wealthy pop star, but has no idea who he is, and his wealth has little bearing on their story.

It took a turn in Snow when Mike gave up everything he personally had to save Liliana, but that was necessary for her to realize here was a man who didn’t put a price on her, who valued her.  And Joseph’s billionaire status in Beast afforded him the eccentricities required to keep himself hidden, and Belle had no need for any of his money.

And then we get to Gold. Ross comes from a working class family who has always struggled, and the reader first meets him stepping out of prison. It was refreshing to get back to a working class lead male character who had to struggle just like regular folks, who balked at the wealth of some of the other Midsummer residents (and tried really, really hard not to steal from any of them), who just wanted to help his family.  Low income families on the verge of poverty deal with some of the greatest stress, especially when one major illness can bankrupt you, or if running your own business one bad year can cost you everything. That’s how Ross grew up, all he knows, and it’s a stark contrast with the other men so far in Midsummer who don’t live paycheck to paycheck. It’s Kryssie who has the hidden wealth, Kryssie who could provide for him if needed–Kryssie with the ticket out of a lot of bad situations Ross finds himself in.

So how does that turn out? Well, you can now read and find out about what happens when Goldilocks/The Miller’s Daughter curls up in tattooed ex-con Baby Bear’s bed…

It’s his last chance at a life of freedom.

Gabe Ross has never not been in trouble. The principal’s office led to juvie, juvie led to jail. Getting probation on good behavior was difficult enough, but he did it and now he’s home with a job lined up and a shot at staying out of prison if he keeps on the straight and narrow. As the small town of Midsummer settles into spring, Ross prepares to open the cabins his family owns for the seasonal vacationers. Late one night he finds a girl curled up in his bed and assumes his ex has figured out he’s back in town and is looking for a little fun.

The criminal underworld’s golden girl wants a way out.

Kryssie Locke is known in criminal circles for spinning nothing into virtual gold, a reputation she built to save her life. She’s escaped at last with enough knowledge that her former employers are hunting her, and hiding out in a cabin in the woods seems like it’ll give her time to figure things out. She doesn’t realize the cabin is owned by the Ross family, nor is she expecting their youngest son to crawl into bed with her.

The attraction between them is electric and immediate. But Ross is trying to stick to his probation and Kryssie is tempting him to break just that. Because as he’s starting to fall for her, he knows he’ll do anything to keep her safe from those hunting her. Even kill.

Release Date: May 27, 2016
Genre: IR (bwwm) contemporary romantic suspense
Length: novel (50K words or 150 pages)
Series: Midsummer Suspense
Format: ebook & paperback
Ebook Price: $3.99
Print Price: $8.99

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I usually like to have the next book up for pre-order when one releases, but…I haven’t started anything new yet. The tentative research plans I’d made for Gimme Shelter have fallen through, so that book is officially off my schedule (my apologies to Stirling Falls readers). I haven’t plotted out either Lost (Midsummer #6) or Cat’s in the Cradle (Cats & Conjure #5) yet, unfortunately. I have a busy summer ahead of me so I might take a bit of a break and come back with new work in the fall. If you want to keep up to date, you can subscribe to my blog, follow me on Facebook, or Amazon uses can click the “Follow” button on my Amazon profile to get notified of new releases and pre-orders.

Pre-order: STRAY CAT STRUT

Well, it’s been a year and a half (I am sorry to fans of this series) but the third Cats & Conjure novella, Stray Cat Strut, is now up for pre-order.

It releases September 18, 2015. Once again it’s around 100 pages, the length of the others. And yes, it has another cliffhanger, although a huge part of the main plot is resolved in this one. Addie and Erik will be back in the fourth novella, Alley Cat, which will likely release early next year. This series unfortunately isn’t a big seller for me and needs all the support it can get–if you like the novellas, please consider leaving them a review and/or telling a friend (and for God’s sake, stop pirating them if you would like them to release faster).

Cats in Heat and Cat Scratch Fever will both be on sale for 99c each for the month leading up to Stray Cat Strut‘s release, so if you haven’t started reading these books, you can wait until then and get them really cheap.

If you HAVE read the series and need a recap, I’ll be offering that for download on my blog when Stray Cat Strut releases.

Here are the details:

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Adelaide Deveraux has escaped her enemy’s compound along with her tiger-shifter lover, Erik Wells, but the home that had once been her sanctuary is now gone, burned to the ground and leaving them with no choice but to go on the run.

At least Erik knows a thing or two about running; he’s been doing it for most of his life, and he’s determined to keep Addie safe. Between their handful of allies and Addie’s growing magic, he thinks they just might have enough resources to survive, and, for the first time in his life, sees a future for himself and the woman he loves.

But the powerful sorcerer on their tail has more than owning Addie in his sights. Now he’s also out for revenge and not everyone will make it out alive…

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Genre: IR (bwwm) paranormal romance
Length: 32 000 words (or 100 pages)
Series: Cats & Conjure #3
Format: ebook
Ebook Price: $2.99
For those who prefer print, the entire first series of Cats & Conjure–which includes the first three novellas–will be released by October.

New Site + New(ish) Releases

If you’re a regular visitor, you may have noticed things are a bit different. I’m no longer at blogspot but have a new website. All the previous posts have been copied over. There are still some kinks to work out but this is it! I hope you like it and find it easy to navigate; I’m quite pleased with it.

My newest release came out a few weeks ago–a full-length novel called THE BOOK OF LOVE about a cranky divorced romance writer and his determined new editor. It was a lot of fun to write and thus far readers seem to enjoy it, which is always a relief.

On July 10, the first Midsummer Suspense Tales boxset will be released–CINDERS, BEAUTY, and SNOW have been collected all as one. It’s available for pre-order at: KindleAReNookKoboiBookstore

AK-StarterBundle1-kindleAfter that, on August 14, I’m releasing the Asha King Starter Bundle as another boxset–this is three of my series first books collected together in one release. Not something the average fan needs but hopefully it’ll get some new eyes on my work. If you’ve missed those books and want to save several bucks, there you go. WILD HORSES (retail $3.99), CATS IN HEAT (retail $2.99), and CINDERS (retail $2.99) for $4.99 total.

Release Date: Aguust 14, 2015
Genre: IR (bwwm) romantic suspense and paranormal romance
Length: a novel and two long novellas (117K words or 355 pages)
Series: Stirling Falls, Cats & Conjure, Midsummer Suspense
Format: ebook
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Finally…

What I’m Working On

As I mentioned on Facebook the other night, I’m working on Cats & Conjure #3 right now, STRAY CAT STRUT. It has a blurb, a cover, and an outline, and now I just need to finish writing it.

There are three more novellas planned in that series (you will understand when you see how #3 ends), however I will have to stagger the books between others because the previous one didn’t sell well and I can’t afford to spend that much time away from books that DO make okay money. Thank you to those who purchase my books and I’m sorry for the gap between releases. When STRAY CAT STRUT is ready, I’ll maybe write up a recap of the previous two for longtime readers as a refresher.

It’s back to work for me. Thank you again for the suppotr!

New Release – The Book of Love

The Book of Love is now available everywhere in print and ebook.

This is a longer novel (around the length of Sympathy for the Devil). It’s $4.99 in ebook and $10.49 in print (USD).

Romance editor Janaeh Forrester is a problem solver. A Jill of all trades, she’s worked in all aspects of publishing and no challenge is too big for her to overcome. It’s this reputation that leads her new employer to send her after the elusive Delilah Daniels, their top selling romance writer, who won’t deliver her latest manuscript and made the last editor quit. 

But “Delilah” is nothing that Janaeh expects. It’s the pen name of Carter Daniels, a thirty-something man as sexy as he is arrogant and frustrating. 

Six months have passed since Carter’s divorce was finalized and writing happily-ever-afters seems like a lie he can no longer tell. When Janaeh shows up at his door with a schedule in hand and threats to take back his advance if he doesn’t meet his deadlines, he assumes it’s a joke. But his attractive new editor is there to see that he finishes the book, driving him mad with both irritation and desire. 

Her presence stirs up something far more sinister, however: Janaeh is directly in the path of Carter’s more fanatical followers, and someone will stop at nothing to get her out of the way.

Release Date: June 5, 2015 
Genre: IR (bwwm) contemporary romance (with some humor and suspense)
Length: novel (70K words or 220 pages) 
Series: standalone 
Format: ebook & paperback 
Ebook Price: $4.99 
Print Price: $10.49 
Pre-order: Kindle – ARe – Nook – Kobo – iBookstore – Smashwords – Paperback

On July 10 I’m releasing the first Midsummer Tales Suspense box set, so if you missed Cinders, Beauty, and Snow the first time around, you can catch all three together then. It’s ebook-only. 
I’ll hopefully have an officially announcement next month about my next release. Sign up for my newsletter if you want new release info delivered straight to your inbox.

Also, there’s a summer sale–my first romantic suspense novel, Wild Horses, is on for 99c all June.

Preorder: THE BOOK OF LOVE

I’m pleased to announce that my new novel The Book of Love is up for preorder on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, ARe, and iTunes.

This is a contemporary romance about a jaded romance writer and his new editor, with some elements of humor and a bit of suspense. It’s a full-length novel, about 70 000 words (around the length of Sympathy for the Devil). The official release date is June 5.

It will also be available in paperback early May.

There is a brief excerpt from when I was writing it last year available here.

In July, the first Midsummer Suspense Tales boxset will release. I am aiming for I WHO HAVE NOTHING to release at last around September or so, depending on how writing it goes. Toward the end of the year, I’d like to get written and released STRAY CAT STRUT and possibly BEAST. Sales of SNOW haven’t been too bad so I’ll look at the numbers in the fall and decide if the series is continuing. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it so far.

Romance editor Janaeh Forrester is a problem solver. A Jill of all trades, she’s worked in all aspects of publishing and no challenge is too big for her to overcome. It’s this reputation that leads her new employer to send her after the elusive Delilah Daniels, their top selling romance writer, who won’t deliver her latest manuscript and made the last editor quit. 


But “Delilah” is nothing that Janaeh expects. It’s the pen name of Carter Daniels, a thirty-something man as sexy as he is arrogant and frustrating. 


Six months have passed since Carter’s divorce was finalized and writing happily-ever-afters seems like a lie he can no longer tell. When Janaeh shows up at his door with a schedule in hand and threats to take back his advance if he doesn’t meet his deadlines, he assumes it’s a joke. But his attractive new editor is there to see that he finishes the book, driving him mad with both irritation and desire. 


Her presence stirs up something far more sinister, however: Janaeh is directly in the path of Carter’s more fanatical followers, and someone will stop at nothing to get her out of the way.

Release Date: June 5, 2015 
Genre: IR (bwwm) contemporary romance (with some humor and suspense)
Length: novel (70K words or 220 pages) 
Series: standalone 
Format: ebook & paperback 
Ebook Price: $4.99 
Print Price: $10.49 
Pre-order: KindleAReNookKoboiBookstoreSmashwordsPaperback