Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Checking In

I'm making good progress on Mike and Yoshi's book, which continues the Firsts and Forever Series. It's written from Mike Dombruso's perspective, and it's very much a friends-to-lovers story.

I've absolutely loved seeing the world through Mike's eyes! He's been in the background since the second book in the series, and we've never really gotten to know him. It's been great fun learning what makes this quiet, seemingly reserved, widowed father of three tick, and that old expression has proven to be true: still waters run deep. I've also really enjoyed exploring his relationships with his three sons and his three brothers, especially his oldest brother Dante.

It's been great getting to know Yoshi in depth as well. He's been around since Belonging (book 8 in the series, which came out in 2015), but we don't actually know all that much about this sexy, Japanese-American tattoo artist. And even though Mike and Yoshi have been friends for a long time, I've really enjoyed watching these two characters getting to connect and learn about each other on a much deeper level.

I've taken my time in this book to really focus on Mike and Yoshi's friendship. For the first third of the book, we get to see what that friendship means to both of them, while getting to know the two main characters as well as Mike's three sons. In the next third (act two), Mike and Yoshi finally come together as lovers. They're on vacation on Catalina Island, which provides a beautiful backdrop to their newfound passion. Then in act three, they're back home in San Francisco, trying to navigate life not only as a new couple, but as a new family, which is a lot of pressure on both of them. I'm loving the added element of the three kids in this book, each of whom has proven to be a unique individual with his own take on things.

The title and cover reveal will happen in a few weeks, and I'm shooting for mid-to-late May to have the book completed and published on both Amazon and Smashwords (which in turn distributes to iTunes, Barnes and Noble and other outlets).

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Now Available!!

I'm thrilled to announce Once Burned is now available!

Here's the Amazon US link and the UK link. The book is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, and the ebook is also available on Smashwords.

This is Cameron and Ignacio's story. It was meant to be a 30K novella, but then these two had a lot to say, so it ended up a 63K short novel!

Here's the blurb that appears on Amazon:

Cameron Doyle is an arson investigator who’s learned he can’t trust anyone.

Ignacio Mondelvano is an artist with a secret that could tear them apart.

A year ago, shy, quiet Cameron had his trust shattered by a sociopath who used him to gain information on an arson case. Ever since then, Cam’s been keeping the world at arm’s length, and he didn’t start out as the most trusting person to begin with.

Then Ignacio Mondelvano saunters into his life. The sexy Spanish painter could have anyone he wants. Much to Cam’s surprise, what Ignacio wants is him.

What begins as a bit of harmless fun at a charity bachelor auction soon turns into so much more. But when secrets are revealed and Cam’s trust is shaken, can their love survive? Or has Cam been burned too badly to believe in second chances?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

What's in Store for 2018

Happy New Year! I hope it's off to a good start for you.

I wanted to take a minute and tell you about the books I have planned for 2018. First up is a novella called Once Burned. I've announced the release date as Valentine's Day, but I'm planning to hit the publish button the moment it's done, so hopefully it'll actually be out a bit early! I'll keep you posted about that here on the blog, on Facebook and Twitter, and through my newsletter!

As far as novellas go, this is a pretty substantial one. It's currently at 50,000 words, and I still have two chapters to write. Armor, my most recent novella, was around 34,000 words, just to give you a basis for comparison.

Once Burned is Cameron and Ignacio's story. That's Cam on the cover below. We first met him in The Distance. He was the Irish arson investigator who was assigned to the night club fire investigation. He became friends with Dante, and we saw him again in Armor. He got lied to and deeply hurt in that book, and ever since then, I've wanted to give him an HEA (happily ever after).

Ignacio Mondelvano is a supporting character who's been around ever since Nico's book, All I Believe. He's a sexy Spanish painter who came to the US on the advice of his friend and mentor Ollie (Nana Dombruso's husband).

All of that background isn't really necessary to read the upcoming novella, since I wrote it to stand alone. But fans of the series will probably recall these characters, and several of you have been rooting for Cam ever since he got his heart broken in Armor.

Next up after Once Burned is Mike and Yoshi's still-untitled novel! I know a lot of you are looking forward to this one. I announced it at the end of Quinn's book, Take a Chance on Me, which is the most recent installment in the Firsts and Forever Series. But then, I really felt like I needed to take a little time to plan out Mike's book after finishing Quinn's, so I went ahead and wrote this upcoming novella while I was doing that.

Mike is the youngest of the four Dombruso brothers. He's been in the series since book two, All In. We know he's a widower with three young sons, and that he was dating a woman named Marie for a while, but we don't really know much more about him. That actually goes for me, too. I needed to take some time before plunging into his book to stop and think about what makes Mike tick, and how his relationship with Yoshi is going to evolve. 

I have to say, I'm so excited about this book! Not only do I think Mike is going to end up surprising us all, I'm also so happy to once again deeply immerse myself and my readers in the Dombruso family! Many favorite characters will be back, including Mike's brothers Gianni, Dante, and Vincent, and their families, and of course Nana will be right in the heart of it. The book will revolve around Nana's grandsons taking the whole family on vacation for her birthday. After five years of writing this series, the Dombrusos are like family to me, so this book is going to feel like a homecoming, both for myself and my readers.

After Mike's book, the timing will finally be right for a spin-off series! I'm not closing the doors on the Firsts and Forever Series, but I do think it's time to start an additional project. The first book in that still-untitled series will be Elijah's story. I've wanted to give him a book ever since I introduced him in Coming Home (book 9 in the Firsts series), but I wanted him to be a bit older before he became a main character. 

I haven't decided who I'll write after Elijah's book, and I don't really want to lock myself in at this point. I think it'll just depend on who's speaking to my readers and me the loudest after the new series is launched. 

So, those are my plans for the upcoming year! Generally speaking, it takes me four months start to finish to produce a full-length novel, and if I'm able to stick to that, then Mike's book will be out in May, and the new series will kick off in September. That might then make room for a holiday novella with some of our favorite characters, which would be fun. As always, I'll keep you posted. 

It's going to be a great year. I hope you come along for the ride. <3

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thank you!

I've been absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Take a Chance on Me. Quinn and Duke's story was written from the heart. There's a lot of humor in it, but overall, it's a very sweet, gentle romance. It's about two people falling in love, through a series of small moments and quiet revelations. The fact that so many of my readers took this couple to heart just means everything to me.

Speaking of my readers, I wanted to let you know I have a wonderful Firsts and Forever Series group on Facebook, and you're welcome to join us. We're approaching a thousand members, and when we get there, it will absolutely be a reason to celebrate! You can find the group here.

Finally, below are a few of the promo pieces I made to let people know about my new release. I had a lot of fun finding ballet dancers to represent Quinn, and a big, sexy guy who looked like Duke. :)

Hugs, and a million thanks again!

Monday, October 30, 2017

It's Live!!

Take a Chance on Me went live a day early! You can find it here. It'll be available on Smashwords and in paperback very soon!

Friday, October 20, 2017


Quinn's book is called Take a Chance on Me, and it's #15 in the Firsts & Forever Series. I finally have a release date to announce: October 31, 2017! This is oddly perfect, since several major events in the book take place on Halloween. :)