Category Archives: Nutty Romances

Multi-Genre Short Story Giveaway!

I’m a part of a forum that’s exclusively for romance writers, and one day I noticed a post about a giant giveaway being put together, with short stories from all genres. It runs from January 3 to January 10 and you can find it here:

Free Stories Link

 

Kay Simone has a story in there, as does Rory Wilde (puppies!), but there are stories from science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, hetero romance, and some that really can’t be classified. So pop on over and check it out–you might just find a new favorite author!

 

Nuts About You

Nutty Romances 1

Nathan’s been crushing on one of his regular Bulk Mart customers for a while now. In squirrel form, he sits on Vince’s bird feeders, munching on seeds and enjoying the eye candy. Until the day Vince notices him raiding the feeder…

Buy this book on:
Amazon | IBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble


Happy New Year! We Survived!

  If you can see this, you’ve made it through 2016. Or at least, 2016 on the east coast of Canada. Hoisting a glass to you all in hopes of a better 2017.

My resolutions haven’t changed much. Keep fixing up the house. Buy a newer car, as this one is getting up there in years. Take the kid on a trip, since she’s never been farther than my mother’s in her life. And try to get back to writing, which given that it’s another job on top of the two I have already… urgh. But, houses must be repaired and bills must be paid. I’ve requested a schedule change at job one to give me a day every two weeks home with no distractions. So a new resolution for this year is to make that work for me, lol. And, I’m hiring people to do these things, instead of trying to do it myself, because it’ll get done faster and better.

So, as a gift from me to you, for surviving this absolute shit of a year, I give you:

A Nutty Interlude(maybe some slight spoilers? not really. Like Vince is ever going to leave Nathan, right?)

“I’ve never had a real tree before,” Vince said through a mouthful of pine needles. He spit out the branch trying to feed itself to him and peered down the trunk at Nathan. “Now I know why.”

“It’s just a few needles,” Nathan said. “They’ll clean up easy.”

“We should have done this tomorrow. Who takes down the Christmas tree on New Year’s Eve?”

“In my family, it’s a survival requirement.” Nathan was about to explain, when the explanation himself burst out of the tree and landed on Vince’s head. “Luke!” Nathan yelled. “Get off him or you’re spending New Year’s outside!”

The squirrel, a gray-backed cousin of Nathan’s, spun in a circle, digging his claws into Vince’s scalp as he turned. Vince’s eyes started to tear up with pain and the tree slipped out of his grasp when he tried to wipe them. The tree rolled and tipped sideways, and Nathan was pulled off-balance on the slippery front step.

Whoosh! Down he went, bumping over each step with the tree sliding merrily after him and his Cousin Luke yelling excited squirrel obscenities into the chill air.

“Nathan! Nathan? Are you okay?” Vince fumbled his way past the branches splayed over the step and fell to his knees beside Nathan.

“Yeah,” Nathan wheezed. Visions of acorns danced around his head for a moment, unlike the pleasant ones at Christmas, then slowly faded.

Cousin Luke bounded up the tree to sit on Nathan’s chin and peer worriedly at his face, only accidentally sticking his little front paws up Nathan’s nose once. He chittered once, asking if Nathan was okay, and Nathan chittered back that he would, but Luke wouldn’t be if he didn’t get a grip on himself. Luke shot back an angry chitter and spun to race back into the house.

“We better go after him,” Nathan said and began to fight his way out from underneath the tree. “He’ll get into something, for sure.”

“Well, I guess 2016 is having a last go at us,” Vince said as he helped Nathan to his feet. “You sure you’re all right?”

“Yeah. This isn’t the first time Cousin Luke did something landed landed me with a bruised butt.” He smiled and cuddled into Vince’s arms. “You may want to check me over later to make sure there’s no permanent damage.”

“Already in the works.” Vince held him close. “Let’s get the tree out to the end of the driveway and then we can plan our own personal fireworks.”

As they dragged the tree over the lawn, Nathan decided that no matter how bad 2016 had been, he still had Vince, and if even Nathan’s family hadn’t chased him away, then maybe it wasn’t an entirely moldy year after all.

I have covers!

analog2-newsletter   First of all, Christmas Goes Analog has a new cover and is now available in Kindle Unlimited!  Ana J Phoenix did this cover too, and isn’t it a fantastic job? While the naked guy in the background is maybe a tad too cut for a geeky systems administrator, I think she pegged my nerdy programmer perfectly. He can’t even leave his laptop behind when he’s posing on a book cover!  I’ve been playing with Vellum as well, which is a program used to format ebooks, so the insides will look different from the original, though the content is all the same (except for a few clarifications).

My other cover is for Nathan Goes To France Again! (Just kidding, that’s not really its name.) La Planète des Ecureuils (I forget the keyboard shortcut for that capital E with the accent, lol).
frenchrise

I heard from the translator while she was working on this story. Apparently, the puns drove her crazy too. 🙂  I love my punny, punny boys.

The book comes out from Sidh press on December 28th, I’m told. Watch for it on all venues. Or just watch this space, and I’ll provide you links. 🙂

 

 

And I know I’m going to get this question–I’m not done with The Wall Nuts yet. Romantic comedy is hard, harder than anything else I’ve ever written.  But, covers are easy. Mostly because I just send a picture to Ana and she makes magic. 😀thewallnuts

I adore how terrified he looks. It’s a perfectly natural expression when faced with Nathan’s family.

Grampa Wall on one side, The Dragon-Squirrel Lady on the other. And stuck in the middle are Nathan and poor, poor Vince. Oh, and a love-struck hummingbird.

3 x 3 WIP and Tag, You’re It!

I’m going to tag @Ann-Katrin Byrde and @Amelia Faulkner for this. The idea is to post the first three lines from the first three chapters of your current work in progress. Since dayjob is done for a bit, I’ll finally have the time and the spoons to work on The Wall Nuts, so I guess that makes it my WIP. 🙂

Chapter 1: Happy Beginnings

Nathan lay on Vince’s bed in absolute bliss, while his incredibly good-looking, fantastically wonderful boyfriend massaged his way from Nathan’s shoulders to the small of his back. With firm, loving strokes, Vince chased down every last ounce of tension in Nathan’s body and left him cheeping sleepily against the soft cotton.
Best present ever.

Chapter 2: A Bird in the Kitchen

Nathan decided to make a run by the kitchen before he jumped in the shower, just to see if could put the brakes on Charlie. Charlie didn’t actually eat a whole lot—there was only so much you could fit into that tiny frame of his at one time—but he had a typical hummingbird’s addiction to sweets and a tendency to get…feisty while on a sugar high. Plus, if he ate enough, there was also the problem of that little allergy of his.

Chapter 3: Road Trip of Your Nightmares

Two hours into the four hour drive, Charlie wedged himself through the gap between the front seats. “Are we there yet?”
Nathan rolled his eyes and pushed Charlie back into the back seat. “Put your seat belt on. And we’re five minutes closer than we were the last time you asked.”

The Romance Reviews Awards–Go Team Nathan!

squirrel ARe coverNuts About You has been nominated in The Romance Reviews Awards for this year, but it needs votes to keep moving through the rounds of the competition. If you like the nutty little rascal, and think that Nathan is a winner (I know Vince thinks he is), could you pop over here and click the blue Nominate This Book button at the top of the page?

Nathan and Vince and I thank you with all our hearts. (Sigh. Charlie’s in the corner laughing his tail feathers off at us. I swear I’m putting crazy glue on that feeder.)

Links: I haz ’em Alpha Squirrel Final Day :(

popcorn chipmunk1Last day of the tour, and the second last day for the 99 cent promotional price!

Don’t forget to check out these blogs and enter to win your very own Charlie. You don’t get to keep him long, though–Charlie’s getting a girlfriend in The Wall Nuts (well, if Nathan and Vince have any say in the matter), and then you’ll have to fight her for him.

Divine Magazine
Alpha Book Club
Open Skye Book Reviews
Bayou Book Junkie
Jessie G Books
Parker Williamson

Is it wrong that I have an urge to put that little chipmunk on a T-shirt and wear it around?

Alpha Squirrel Blog Tour: Day 4

fake book 2 copyToday’s posts are getting into the second of the two books I stole borrowed from the were community. Check out these blogs for parenting advice for the new were mommies and daddies.
BFD Book Blog
Dawn’s Reading Nook
V’s Reads
Boy Meets Boy Reviews

Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

Nutty Romances 2

Nathan's met Vince's family, but Vince hasn't met Nathan's, and Nathan would like to keep it that way. Holy smoked almonds, what else do you do when you know how completely nuts your relatives are?

Why, you ease your man into it, by introducing him to normal shifters. Assuming you can find any.

But with a gossipy werehummingbird spreading the news, and a pair of young red pandas wreaking havoc with their fainting goat friends, Nathan’s about ready to climb into a pine cone and pull it in after him.

Then the local playboy weremoose hears about Vince, and Nathan has to find his inner alpha or the consequences will be worse than moldy hazelnuts.


Alpha Squirrel Blog Tour Day 3

12583801_1673532822885388_1966367572_n Day three takes us to the following blogs, and their excerpts from the Shifting Times Bestselling Parenting book Your New Life as a New Adult:
Nephy Hart
Man2ManTastic
Bonkers About Books
Open Skye Book Reviews
My Fiction Nook

You can go here to enter the Rafflecopter for your very own werehummingbird with a Napoleon complex, and to catch up on the rest of the tour.

In Tales from Real Life, putting the new flue in was great. It’s nice to be able to light the wood furnace without that nagging concern that this time will be the time I set the house on fire. But, with all the dust and insulation floating in the air, the lung monster has reared it’s ugly head and all I want to do is sleep, so there’s not much happening on the word front. I did make it 7.5 thousand words on Proud Flesh this weekend. You’re all going to hate me–I’m just warning you to take the sting out of it. And The Wall Nuts–the third story about Nathan–is sitting at about 5K. I should get it up in the progress bars, but I’m starting to get a bit embarrassed about how many there are. And there’s more I could throw up there too, but I’m trying to focus. (Hahahahaha!) I would like to get the little science fiction story finished, but the culture is giving me fits and I can’t find my story bible for it. It’s probably in a pile of papers somewhere. Maybe a nap this afternoon will loosen up enough energy to get some words down. 🙂

#RainbowSnippets: Rise of Alpha Squirrel

fake book 1 copy A few lines from the Shifting Times review of Your New Life as a New Adult, by Finnley Lakewood, Ph.D., and Gardenner Monk, Ph.D.

Lakewood and Monk are back with another of their cutting edge parenting books. In Your New Life as a New Adult, they touch on all the most worrisome of topics when your offspring gets to that age where they suddenly become invincible. From researching their preferred destination, to determining whether or not to look for a roommate, to how to deal with the idiosyncrasies of living with a species other than your own, they cover it all. Not content with exploring the most obvious topics, they delve deeper into the specifics of day-to-day life in the human world, and uncover a host of situations that the average were would never dream would happen. Territoriality, scent-marking, and the risks of romance are all covered in an intelligent and easy to understand language. The entire book emphasizes safety and preparedness, filled with real-life stories from young weres who have stumbled into those very situations…

Follow along in the tour to read all the excerpts, and see if you can figure out which of your neighbours are not actually human. 😀

Catch all the links here, and check out the rest of the Rainbow Snippets here.

Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

Nutty Romances 2

Nathan's met Vince's family, but Vince hasn't met Nathan's, and Nathan would like to keep it that way. Holy smoked almonds, what else do you do when you know how completely nuts your relatives are?

Why, you ease your man into it, by introducing him to normal shifters. Assuming you can find any.

But with a gossipy werehummingbird spreading the news, and a pair of young red pandas wreaking havoc with their fainting goat friends, Nathan’s about ready to climb into a pine cone and pull it in after him.

Then the local playboy weremoose hears about Vince, and Nathan has to find his inner alpha or the consequences will be worse than moldy hazelnuts.


Alpha Squirrel Blog Tour Day 3

Alpha squirrel coffee
Only three stops today, but more excerpts from the excerpts on how to integrate your were life with human society. 😀
Happily Ever Chapter
Molly Lolly
Love Bytes Reviews

They’re still working on the flue here; only a last few pieces to go, plus new pipes to the furnace and the flange on the roof. The difference in temperature between yesterday and today though–I’m going to fill a hot water bottle to put my feet on today. The still haven’t put the cap on the flue, or closed up the hole in the roof, so I guess I’m responsible for a bit of global warming. It’s too bad it doesn’t actually seem to be warming anything up! Brrrr.

Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

Nutty Romances 2

Nathan's met Vince's family, but Vince hasn't met Nathan's, and Nathan would like to keep it that way. Holy smoked almonds, what else do you do when you know how completely nuts your relatives are?

Why, you ease your man into it, by introducing him to normal shifters. Assuming you can find any.

But with a gossipy werehummingbird spreading the news, and a pair of young red pandas wreaking havoc with their fainting goat friends, Nathan’s about ready to climb into a pine cone and pull it in after him.

Then the local playboy weremoose hears about Vince, and Nathan has to find his inner alpha or the consequences will be worse than moldy hazelnuts.