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Player vs. Player is now available! Also, end of year deals on my other books! #newrelease #freereads

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Decided to sneak this in there before the end of the year! Player vs. Player is now available, in both digital and print forms!

As with all my recent re-releases, this title is only available at Amazon, so that readers can take advantage of having it in their Kindle Unlimited library. However, for anyone who reads on another platform, I offer you a workaround. If you purchase the book at Amazon, send me a link to an image of your receipt/purchase confirmation (use the contact form on my About page) and I will send you an .epub or even a .pdf if you would prefer to have the book in that form.

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Pushing for change can be deadly when change starts pushing back…

Niles River has his dream job, writing for a socially-conscious video game studio, and working with his best friend and his twin brother. Sure, he has to deal with incessant harassment from trolls and even protesters who take issue with his ethnicity, his sexuality, and his politically progressive storytelling, but the chance to make a difference in the world through his art makes it worth it.

Until threatening notes begin arriving, hand-delivered, on Niles’s doorstep, and two cosplayers dressed as characters from Third Wave Studio’s latest game are murdered. Their deaths echo plot developments from unreleased content no one except people who work at the studio could know, and Niles is one of the last people to have spoken with the young women.

Now his formerly-closeted ex is investigating the crimes, armed security guards are patrolling the studio, and the death toll is mounting—and getting closer to home. If they don’t solve the murders soon, it could be Game Over for Niles.

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In other news, an omnibus version of the Strain trilogy is now available everywhere. I don’t think it’s up on Itunes or Kobo yet, but I’m working on it. They just take a little longer to process. It’s definitely available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, however, and offers all three books at a significant discount to buying them separately!


Paperback versions of Risk Aware and Saugatuck Summer are also now available, though it’s a bit late to offer them as stocking stuffers! Still, if you’ve got those bookstore gift cards and love print, there are options!

And finally! I’m offering some end-of-year specials at Amazon!

Strain is currently available FOR FREE, and as of tomorrow, Risk Aware will be available for $0.99. So get those while you can and have a Happy New Year!

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The BANE blog tour is making its final stops today, with the last chapter of REFUGE, a free STRAIN-universe short!

I’m leaving in a few hours for Seattle, so I’m afraid I won’t have a chance to make this post later, even though one of the stops for the tour hasn’t been posted yet.

Today on the BANE blog tour, I’ll be sharing the final chapter of REFUGE. REFUGE is a sweet beginning to an trans romance set close to 30 years after BANE. There’s a chance it may be the basis for a continuation of the STRAIN universe, but we’ll have to see what the muse decides about that.

Yesterday, Kal and Billie resolved some of Billie’s misunderstandings about the Wapato Island Refuge and they set off with Zeus on their journey. Billie begins to understand how much she enjoys being with Kal, but is the time right for them?

You can find the installments for today at the following stops:

Smart Girls Love SciFi (Part 1)
BookLover Sue (Part 2)
TTC Books and More (Part 3)

I’m also making a spotlight stop at Rainbow Gold Reviews with another chance to enter the drawing for some Riptide store credit.

Thanks so much for joining me on the tour! If you need to catch up on REFUGE, you can find the previous installments here (or you can check out the Extras tab on the BANE page at Riptide):

My Fiction Nook (Part 1)
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words (Part 2)

3 Chicks After Dark
(Part 1)
Book Reviews and More by Kathy (Part 2)
The Jeep Diva (Part 3)

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
(Part 1)
GGR Reviews (Part 2)
Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Part 3–please ignore the text labeling it Chapter 2, Part 3.)

Prism Book Alliance (Part 1)
Love Bytes Reviews (Part 2)
Butterfly-o-Meter (Part 3)

Remember that you can comment at each stop to enter to win some Riptide store credit!

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It’s Day 4 of the BANE blog tour! That means Chapter 4 of REFUGE, a free STRAIN-universe short!

Today is the fourth day of the BANE blog tour, and we’re bringing you Chapter 4 of REFUGE.

REFUGE is a sweet beginning to an trans romance set close to 30 years after BANE. There’s a chance it may be the basis for a continuation of the STRAIN universe, but we’ll have to see what the muse decides about that.

Yesterday, Kal and Billie started to get to know each other, but Billie’s desire to find a home outside the Clean Zone where she won’t be an outcast conflicts with her fear of Kal’s people in the Wapato Island Refuge and the horrible things she’s been told about them and their settlement all her life. Today they start to pick through the truths and the lies, to decide if Billie can ever feel safe there.

You can find the installments for today at the following stops:

Prism Book Alliance (Chapter Four, Part 1)
Love Bytes Reviews (Chapter Four, Part 2)
Butterfly-o-Meter (Chapter Four, Part 3)

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the final chapter! If you need to catch up on REFUGE, you can find the previous installments here:

My Fiction Nook (Part 1)
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words (Part 2)

3 Chicks After Dark
(Part 1)
Book Reviews and More by Kathy (Part 2)
The Jeep Diva (Part 3)

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
(Part 1)
GGR Reviews (Chapter 3, Part 2)
Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Chapter 3, Part 3–please ignore the text labeling it Chapter 2, Part 3.)

Remember that you can comment at each stop to enter to win some Riptide store credit!

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Enter to win an early copy of BANE on the JUGGERNAUT blog tour! @BookReviewsMore @3ChicksAftrDark @AllIWantnMore

It’s the final day of the JUGGERNAUT blog tour!

You can still comment on all the the posts for a chance to win an early copy of BANE until August 15th, so if you’re chomping at the bit for the next book, stop by and strike up a conversation about JUGGERNAUT or the STRAIN universe in general.

You really don’t want to miss today’s stops in the tour. Over at Book Reviews and More by Kathy I share some thoughts on my inspirations for what the end of the world looks like, and some notable differences. I share an excerpt from JUGGERNAUT over at 3 Chicks After Dark, and at All I Want and More Books I discuss a major setting for some of the action in JUGGERNAUT, the quarantine camps.

Thank you so much to all the amazing blogs that have hosted my tour this week. See you in September for the BANE blog tour!

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Last chance to enter to win your choice of my backlist titles! #SaugatuckSummer @RiptideBooks


Today is the last day to get in your Saugatuck Summer trivia answers to be entered into a drawing to win your choice of my backlist titles.

How it works: Visit the stops along the Saugatuck Summer blog tour. At the end of each post, there will be a trivia question relating to Saugatuck Summer. Some of the answers can be found in the book itself, some can be found in excerpts posted along the blog tour, and others can be found in the quotes from Saugatuck Summer posted on Goodreads.

PLEASE do not post the answers in the comments to the blog posts. Instead, fill out the submission form HERE on my About page. Each correct answer gets you one chance to win. So far there only two people have entered, so there is still plenty of opportunity. Tomorrow I will do the drawing (assuming it’s necessary) and post the results!


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Get a sneak peek at Risk Aware (Saugatuck #2) and more! @RiptideBooks #SaugatuckSummer #blogtour

Today on Day 4 of the Saugatuck Summer blog tour, I’ve got a special treat lined up in the form of an excerpt from Risk Aware (Saugatuck #2.) Those of you who have read Saugatuck Summer are already acquainted with Geoff and Robin, an couple who take Topher in when he’s got no where else to go.  Risk Aware is the story of how Geoff and Robin get together. I’m sharing it over at Delighted Reader.

I also have another excerpt from Saugatuck Summer, this one a talk between Topher and Jace when they reconnect soon after Topher has ended his affair with his BFF’s dad. That is happening over the The Book Nympho.

I’m also making a spotlight stop over at Butterfly-o-Meter with yet another chance to win your choice of my backlist titles. How does that work? Well, at each stop along the blog tour, I’ll be trivia question from Saugatuck Summer. Yes, this means some familiarity with the book is required, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a purchase is required. Aside from things like the Amazon and B&N lending programs, you might also find the answers in the excerpts I’ve shared along the blog tour, or in the Saugatuck Summer quotes on Goodreads. The more questions you answer, the more chances you have to win.

Please do not post the trivia answers in the comments on the blog posts. Instead, go to my “About” page, where I’ve customized the contact form there for you to submit the answers to me privately. The contest will remain open until June 19 with the winners chosen on June 20, to give people a chance to find the answers. Each correct answer is another chance to win! So come play with us!

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The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams: now available for free on Amazon. Get your first glimpse of the Saugatuck universe.


Looks like Amazon’s crawlers finally caught on and now The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams is available for free there, as well. In case you missed it, this is basically book 0.1 of the Saugatuck universe. Saugatuck Summer will be the official Book #1. Topher (the main character of Saugatuck Summer, coming next month and available for pre-sale from Riptide) is mentioned a few times in passing in The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams, though he doesn’t play an actual role, so I wouldn’t quite call this a prequel. Just… related. The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams has, until recently, only been available through the MM Romance groups website at Goodreads and in the LHNB anthologies, but now it has a new cover (courtesy of the lovely P.D. Singer) and I’m offering it for free through all the usual ebook vendors.

It is also available for free at All Romance eBooks, Kobo and Smashwords. Itunes and Barnes & Noble don’t seem to have it, which is weird because they totally should, but anyway.

If you’re curious about Saugatuck Summer, I did a reading this weekend at Rainbow Con. You can see the video in this post.


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Now available for free: get your a first look at the Saugatuck universe with “The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams”


Last summer for Goodread’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event, I wrote a novelette featuring two classmates of Topher (the main character of Saugatuck Summer, coming next month and available for pre-sale from Riptide.) The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams has, until now, only been available through the MM Romance groups website at Goodreads and in the LHNB anthologies, but now it has a new cover (courtesy of the lovely P.D. Singer) and I’m offering it for free through all the usual ebook vendors.

There’s a slight hitch that I need your help with, however. I have listed it free wherever I can, but Amazon and Barnes & Noble won’t allow you to list an ebook for less than $0.99. They will, however, price match if it’s offered for free elsewhere. So what I need you to do is go to the Amazon product page and click on “Tell us about a lower price” and then provide the link to All Romance eBooks (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thefieldofsomeoneelse039sdreams-1477916-149.html). If there is a similar process for Barnes & Noble, I haven’t found it yet, but hopefully they will get with the program soon.

The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams is also available for free at Smashwords. Hopefully iTunes and Kobo will be live in a few days.


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Continue reading our FREE TPR bonus short on the “To the Very Last Inch” blog tour! @HeidiBelleau @RiptideBooks #mmromance


Okay, so I’ve fallen behind on updates on the blog tour, but Heidi and I are still reading your comments and entering them in the contest for the giveaway for an ebook copy of An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2). We are also still sharing our six-part FREE The Professor’s Rule bonus short, Every Inch an Exhibitionist, along the way!

Here are the stops for this week:

Monday, March 10

Tuesday, March 11

Wednesday, March 12

Thursday, March 13

Friday, March 14

Saturday, March 15

And in case you missed the first three parts of Every Inch an Exhibitionist, our FREE TPR bonus short, here is last week’s schedule:

Monday, March 3

Tuesday, March 4

Wednesday, March 5

Thursday, March 6

Friday, March 7

Saturday, March 8

Remember that each comment you leave at one of these stops offers you another chance to be entered in the drawing for An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2). So be sure to swing by and comment!

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Catch “Every Inch an Exhibitionist” Part TWO by me and @HeidiBelleau today @BrandilynRC #mm #erotica @RiptideBooks

I didn’t have a chance to update yesterday, so here’s a quick recap of where the Every Inch of the Way (The Professor’s Rule #4) Blog Tour has stopped:

Monday, That’s What I’m Talking About hosted Part One of Every Inch an Exhibitionist, our FREE 6-part TPR bonus short, and Mrs. Condit had Heidi and me swing by for a quick spotlight stop.

Yesterday, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words hosted a spotlight stop yesterday, as did Pants Off Reviews.

Today, the Prism Book Alliance is hosting the second part of Every Inch an Exhibitionist. Live Your Life Buy the Book is also having us over for a quick spotlight visit.

Remember that each of these stops you join us at and comment qualifies you for another entry to win an ebook copy of An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2).  Please be sure to leave some means of contacting you; a Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads or Tumblr ID (assuming your ask box is open) will do if you don’t want to provide your email. You can see the full blog tour schedule at Riptide so you won’t miss any stops!

Tomorrow, Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews will have Part Three of Every Inch an Exhibitionist, so be sure to tune in for that as well!

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Velocity Sneak Peek – Chapter One

Those of you who have already bought Acceleration have read the sneak peek for Velocity, but as I did with Acceleration, I’m going to share it here, as well, to add to the Free Reads page.

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Inertia Chapter One

Chapter One

A flash of red hair in the sweltering late July sunlight startled Derrick as he pulled into his driveway. A smile spread across his face as the woman sitting on his stoop jumped to her feet and waved energetically.

She pulled open the door of his truck as he turned off the engine, squealing with excitement. Behind the fence between the driveway and the back yard, Chelsea barked.

Grinning, Derrick slid out of the driver’s seat and welcomed her with a hug. “What’re you doing here, LeeAnn?” he asked when she bounced back a step and gave him room to move away from the car. “Thought we were meeting at the restaurant at six with Devon and Hannah?”

“I got impatient.” LeeAnn shrugged, tossing her coppery hair with an irrepressible grin. “Better waiting here for you to get home than sitting back at my mom and dad’s place, listening to my mom trot out a hundred different old wives’ tales about how to have a healthy pregnancy.”

Chuckling, Derrick rounded the back of the truck and pulled his toolkit from the bed. “Well, see, with you being out there on the west coast, she probably thinks all the medical advice you’re getting comes from yogis and voodoo witch doctors or something. Figures you need some good old Midwest common sense to balance it all out.”

LeeAnn assumed an expression of offended indignity. “I have a perfectly respectable naturopathic OB, I’ll have you know.” Beneath Chelsea’s furious barking at this near-stranger she hadn’t seen in years, he almost missed when LeeAnn’s eyes twinkled mischievously and she added, “Mom just doesn’t need to know I’ll be having a perfectly outlandish home birth, as well.”

LeeAnn suffered herself to be sniffed by the dog as Derrick opened the gate to the back yard and unlocked the side entrance to the house, dropping his toolkit inside the door before sitting on the sun-warmed concrete step. Shar pei were guard dogs, and though Chelsea was well-trained, Derrick had accepted he’d never quite manage to train her out of barking at least a little when meeting a stranger on her own territory. After a moment, she decided LeeAnn posed no threat and trotted over to greet Derrick.

“So, how is Craig?” he asked as he rubbed Chelsea’s massively wrinkled, fawn-sable head.

LeeAnn beamed. “He’s fine. Thrilled about the baby. He couldn’t make it with me this time, though. He’s got a big project that won’t be done until August, but I really didn’t want to be back in Michigan during the August heat and humidity, and by the time the winter symphony season breaks, I won’t be able to travel, so….” She shrugged. “But I wanted to come back and see you before travel and visiting became a lot more complicated by another person.”

Derrick smiled as he stood, opening the door again to let Chelsea pass. She headed straight for her food dish, accustomed to their routine despite LeeAnn’s presence. LeeAnn followed him, looking around the inside of the red brick house as he fed Chelsea.

“God, this place hasn’t changed a bit,” she breathed, seating herself at the kitchen table. With the easy manner she’d always had, she made herself at home as if they hadn’t seen each other only three times in the last ten years. Despite his customary prickly sense of privacy, Derrick let her. It had been that way since they’d been teenagers. Having her around never felt intrusive as it did with so many others. “I feel like I’m sixteen again, blushing and trying to stammer out an explanation to your grandmother about how we were studying up in your room, when we were actually making out.”

Derrick gave a nonchalant shrug. “Yeah, I guess I haven’t changed much. Haven’t seen the need to.”

“You’ve even kept the appliances. Those were ancient when we were teenagers.”

He pursed his lips, nodding. “Most of ‘em, yeah. Might remodel the kitchen before long, I guess. Having a hard time finding parts to fix them, they’re getting so old.”

LeeAnn slanted a glance at him, her huge brown eyes narrowing. “Have you changed anything? Aside from maybe painting?”

“Why should I?” Derrick asked, still giving her a calm look and ignoring a prickle of irritation at having his choices questioned. He opened the avocado-colored refrigerator and handed her a bottle of water. “Not sure I see the point of changing things just for sake of changing them. I’m self-employed, and I have to pay for my own retirement and health and contractor’s insurance. If I get injured on the job, I could end up unable to work. The fact that this place isn’t mortgaged and that I don’t spend money on things I don’t need gives me a lot of security.”

She looked like she might argue—no doubt something about change being a way to keep things exciting—then stopped herself with a shake of her head. “I swear, Derrick, you’re thirty-one going on seventy-five. You have been since we were in the ninth grade.”

Any other day, he might have shrugged that remark off, unconcerned for how he appeared to others, but today it felt like an indictment.

Was he boring?

“You’ve always known that about me, LeeAnn,” he murmured, digging in the refrigerator for a bottle of beer and twisting off the top. LeeAnn eyeballed it with a touch of envy, but drank her water dutifully. “You didn’t honestly expect that I’d become wild and exciting as I got older?”

“I guess not.” She sighed, sipping her water. “I always loved that about you, actually. You probably kept me from making a lot of bad choices when we were kids, with all your down-to-earth common sense.”

“Then what’s the problem?” he asked mildly, lifting his eyebrows.

“I don’t know.” Her eyes were soft and concerned, and he saw in them the girl he’d once fallen in love with, back when they were fourteen. He’d still been adjusting to the deaths of his parents and the move away from Tennessee and his new life here in Detroit with his grandparents. In those doe-like eyes, he’d discovered someone who would let him be quiet when he needed to be quiet. “I just want to know you’re happy, is all.”

“‘Course I’m happy,” he answered reflexively. “I’ve got a good life, here. Got my business, got a dog who’s smarter than I am, Devon and I play hockey in the winter together, get together for drinks or dinner once in a while. I’m doing okay.”

LeeAnn nodded, apparently accepting his claim even if the agreement didn’t completely reach her eyes. She tilted her head inquisitively and reached across the table, lifting a lock of his hair from where it brushed the tops of his shoulders. “This looks really good on you,” she said admiringly. “Are you seeing anyone?”

“Nah.” Derrick shook his head, brushing the question aside with a shrug, ignoring the put-on-the-spot sensation making his shoulders tense. “Haven’t really felt the need.”

Her silence spoke volumes, and the squirmy feeling got stronger.

“I’m not good at meeting people, LeeAnn. You know that.” He smiled fondly. “You were always my social buffer.”

“Well, hell, if that’s the issue, while I’m here, we can go out to some gay bars, meet some people. I’ll be your wing man.”

Derrick groaned. “God, LeeAnn, don’t even— No. Just, no. I’m fine alone. I like my life the way it is, okay? I don’t need help.”

“It’s been ten years since we broke up, Derrick. In all that time, have you dated anyone?

He shrugged, scratching at a corner of the label on his beer bottle with his thumb nail.

“Well, what about sex?”

His neck began to heat up. He ignored it. “I’ve got a good right hand for a reason.”

“If memory serves, you’ve got two very good hands. Seems a shame someone’s missing out on them,” she teased with a saucy grin. Derrick cursed as the blush spread to his face. He hung his head and laughed softly as she chortled in delight at having gotten a reaction from him. “But seriously, honey. I’m kinda worried about you.”

“Don’t be. I told you, I’m doing okay.”

Her mouth tightened as silence fell. She stared, engrossed in her water bottle for a long moment. “Look, you know I didn’t break up with you because you were gay, right?”

Derrick blinked. “Wow. That was a quite a non-sequitur even for you.”

She waved her hand airily. “Don’t change the subject on my change of subject. You do know, right?”

“Bi, if we have to put a label on it, unless you’ve forgotten that I liked you, too. And yeah, I know.”

She didn’t lift her eyes. “I always was afraid you thought that, with the timing and everything. I broke up with you not six months after I asked you if you liked men and you told me you did.”

“I know,” he repeated in that same mellow, modulated tone, taking another drink of his beer. “It never occurred to me you had. Sure, the timing might have seemed odd, but by the time you broke up with me, we’d been having a long distance relationship for three years. Most of those years I barely had time for phone conversations or emails. You were off at college getting worldly and glamorous and I was— Well, I was back here.”

“Back here burdened with enough responsibility for four people.”

He shrugged. “It was what it was. Over and done.”

“I could have chosen my moment better.”

“Yeah, it’s not like I left you much choice there.” Derrick blew out a breath. “Look, did you really come here to hash over the past, LeeAnn? Because, honestly, I’d rather not. Can we just leave that alone, enjoy hanging out while you’re here?”

LeeAnn frowned, then nodded. “Right, sorry. That had just been weighing on me for a while now. I could never bring myself to say it before. But yeah. Okay. I got that off my chest, so I’m good. We should get going if we’re going to be on time to meet Devon and Hannah.”

“Okay.” Derrick set his empty beer bottle by the sink to rinse and recycle later. Trying to lighten the mood, he flashed her a grin and dug in his pocket, tossing her the keys to his truck. “Good thing about hanging out with a pregnant woman: designated driver by default.”

“I can live with that.” LeeAnn laughed, her mood picking up again with the natural resilience her good humor had always possessed. She sobered, though, just for a moment as they stepped back outside, grabbing Derrick’s arm as he locked the back door.

“Look, I just—” She pursed her lips, thinking. “I’m going to say this, and then I’m going to let it go. If I worry about you, Derrick, it’s because you talk about leaving the past behind, but from where I’ve been sitting all these years, it looks like you’re still living in it. I know with all that happened, your life pretty much stopped when you were eighteen. And I just have to wonder… did it ever start up again?”

She gave him a frank, honest look and lifted herself up on her tiptoes to kiss his cheek, squeezing his arm. Her smile was gentle and encouraging as she turned around and led the way to his truck.

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