I’m honored to have gotten to beta read this story. My heart broke over and over while reading Broken Pieces. I felt like this was a deeper, darker, gritter story than Collide (which I also loved), and in many ways it was three distinct love stories in one. The way Riley brought these three broken men together was creative, special, and incredibly touching. Must read.
I suck a great deal at updating, so sorry. I get busy, I forget to do things like feed myself, the cat, the blog. The Facebook page! The kids, they can rummage through the cabinets, thank God.
So to give you a quick update – people have been sick, snow has happened, lather, rinse, repeat. I drank some coffee. The zombie apocalypse has yet to happen.
I updated/ am writing two unplanned short stories, so that’s largely why I’ve been busy. One of them is a new lengthened version of Under the Full Moon for an anthology to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune. They’ve been through a lot and will probably have more struggles, so I wish them all the love and luck they can come by. Especially Eric, who I know has struggled with his health, surgery, etc, and I know it’ll be hard for TJ to have to be away from him. So the old free version of Under the Full Moon will be coming down from this site and from Goodreads soon and I hope you’ll buy the anthology to support Eric and TJ. Also, I’m working on a novella about two college guys who fall in love on a study abroad trip, because Mary Calmes told me to. I love Mary, and usually I listen to her.
So all of that was a break from finishing the sequel to Stripped Clean and I need to get back on that shortly, as well as a very important standalone project that I promised someone. I started on it a year ago and had to stop due to deadlines, and then things got logjammed. I’m looking for the time and space to do the story justice and hope to have it soon. Cross your fingers for me.
Big hugs, everyone.
- A fellow author, Eric Arvin, is in the hospital. About to have, I am told, surgery on his brain stem. This is wicked scary, and he and his fiance, as I understand it, are far enough from home that his extended hospital stay (and I would imagine the associated bills) are going to be difficult. So a fundraiser has been started to help Eric and TJ with expenses, and if you’d like to help out you can contribute, here. (your donation can be kept anonymous, if you want)
- Every day I crush a little harder on Hugh Howey. I confess I was once so down on self-pubbing. Then I published, both with a publisher and without, and compared results. There is still such an interesting stigma attached to doing so because as he points out we see “the slush pile” in self-publishing. The stuff that no publisher would have accepted goes up for sale without editing or attention to cover art, alongside some stuff that’ll really blow your mind. His response to Digital Book World’s survey about author income is very interesting and inspiring.
- I have “Holly Jolly Christmas” stuck in my head. You’re welcome.
- Yes, Sir is back on Barnes and Noble. Not sure why it disappeared, but it has returned. It can also (still) be found for the bite-sized price of .99 at Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and ARe.
- The paperback version of Stripped Clean is currently 11% off on both Amazon and B&N – it’s a vendor discount, so I’m not sure for how long they will be marked down, but I appreciate both Amazon and B&N putting it on sale. Also, if you get the paperback on Amazon, you can get the ebook for .99 instead of the usual 3.99.
- I’m currently working on a) A nap b) the sequel for Stripped Clean and c) A collaboration with Riley Hart called Out of Bounds. You’ll notice the nap was first. Priorities.
- An adorable YouTube video of kitten pictures, here.
Big excitement over here. My friend Nyrae Dawn, who’s had amazing success as an author of mainstream YA and NA romance, is soon to release her first New Adult gay romance with Grand Central / Hachette Book group. I’m so thrilled for her. It’s a follow-on to a couple introduced in her book Four Summers, but I guarantee it reads just fine as a standalone because I got a sneak peek at it for a promo blurb, and hadn’t yet read Four Summers. Alec and Brandon’s story is so heartfelt and touching, and you’re gonna wanna check it out. You can pre-order now at Amazon or B&N.
This new adult, male/male romance.
Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. He loves the game, but struggles with his attraction for his best friend Alec Andrews. Alec thinks it’ll work out as long as they’re together, but Brandon can’t choose between their feelings and his fear of losing his spot on the team. Rather than deal with it, he tells Alec goodbye.
A year and a half later, Alec has finally moved on with his life until he finds out Brandon’s been hurt. Unable to deny his feelings for Brandon, Alec offers to help him train for his senior year and push for the NFL draft.
But as they spend the summer together, the two can’t deny their attraction–the rush they feel when they’re together is even stronger now and neither wants to walk away. Can Alec come out to his family, and Brandon come to terms with being a gay football player? Either way, there’ll be consequences both have to be ready to face.
Hey folks, haven’t bought Stripped Clean yet? Wanna win one to gift a friend? Here you go:
Enter to win at Fictional Candy, where I’m also chatting about the controversial topic of cheating in romance! (ends 12/11)
Enter to win at Brita Addams’s blog, where I’m also sharing the recipe for Breakfast Casserole, Stripped Clean style. Just leave a comment to win, and be sure I have your email address so I can tell you that you’ve won. ;) (also ends 12/11)
Go! Win!! Tell your friends! Fire the silly string!!!
I’m super psyched this morning to help reveal the cover for Riley Hart’s second standalone novel, Broken Pieces, releasing on 2/4/2014! You won’t wanna miss this.
About Broken Pieces: Add to Goodreads
Can three broken pieces make a whole?
Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.
Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.
Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.
Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.
Told uniquely in three parts and spanning ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.
Cover Design by Kelley York
Cover Image by Jackson Photografix
About Riley Hart:
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.