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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!

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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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Newly re-released! Sea Change and Risk Aware, Saugatuck Books 1 and 2 #mmromance #gayromance #newrelease #kindleunlimited #books @caseystratton

I’m so thrilled to finally be able to announce that Sea Change (formerly Saugatuck Summer) and its prequel, Risk Aware, have been re-released!

As you may remember from back when I released it as Saugatuck Summer, Sea Change is my favorite of all the books I’ve ever written. Beautiful broken, self-sabotaging Topher has a very special place in my heart and I’m so glad he’s back with us again!

Both titles are available on Kindle Unlimited. Unfortunately, this means you can’t get them anywhere except Amazon due to exclusivity requirements. If you wish to acquire an .epub file rather than a .mobi, so that you can read on your Nook or Kobo or iThing, buy the books on Amazon and screenshot your purchase confirmation/receipt. Then contact me here using the contact form on my About page. I will get back to you via email and once you shot me the purchase confirmation, I will make the file available to you!

Be sure also to check out the Sea Change soundtrack by Casey Stratton! (Yes that is the old cover and title on Casey’s store. Due to issues Casey is dealing with right now, I don’t feel comfortable asking him to upload a new cover or do the work to change the title. His wonderful music is still the same, and that’s the important thing.)

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Strain is on sale for a limited time!

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I almost forgot to announce this! This week, Strain is on sale at Amazon for $0.99. You can also, as always, read the entire Strain trilogy on Kindle Unlimited!

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In other news, my Saugatuck series is getting ready for release! Saugatuck Summer has undergone a title change, and is now titled Sea Change. Still starring the same broken, irrepressible Topher, though!

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And Geoff and Robin are as sizzling as ever in the re-release of Risk Aware!

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I will share more about that as I have more details! In the meantime, be sure to grab a copy of Strain while it’s on sale!

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For all you Saugatuck Summer readers who wanted Robin and Geoff’s backstory…

… RISK AWARE has been contracted with Riptide. Look for it in the coming year!

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A carrot vs stick imbalance

So I’ve spent the last week, since my huge whinge-fest in my last post, trying to find the momentum to begin moving my various projects forward again. I think at least part of why I’ve been having such a hard time is a preponderance of stick and a dearth of carrot. Since early this year, I’ve been working on some really big projects. A 103K novel (Strain). A 93K novel (Saugatuck Summer). I think Risk Aware came out somewhere about 75K. 40K and still going on the mystery. Two other novels begun and past the 10K mark already.

The problem is that none of these projects have been yielding tangible results, especially the ones I’ve already completed (Strain, Saugatuck Summer, and Risk Aware.) I dunno, maybe my inner 6-year-old believes she deserves a lollipop for every day of effort or something, but the fact that I had over 250K worth of writing just hanging in limbo, completed and yet not out in the world, felt very unrewarding. I know I’ve had smaller projects produced in the interim, but for some reason (probably due to my own neuroses) those don’t feel like they count.

The good news is, some of that is being resolved. I’ve had a couple people (namely my editor, Sarah Frantz, and the marvelous Leta Blake) help me with brainstorming which wasn’t so much about the results of the brainstorming so much as it was about the “oh, somebody cares!” boost, so I wasn’t feeling quite so much like I’m slogging along all alone. I’ve seen the cover art for Strain (ALMOST complete,) worked on a blurb and excerpt of Strain that is going in some swag we’re having made, and edits will begin in the next week. So, bottom line is, I’m getting a bit more carrot this past week, which helps. I feel more enthused about my WIPs than I have in a long time.

But I’m still not writing. I wonder if the problem might not be inertia. My biggest fear when I started slowing down on writing was that I was going to lose momentum, because boy does that “objects at rest tend to stay at rest” rule apply to me. So now I’m at rest, and somehow I have to begin all over again with motivating myself to write. I’m having ideas, I’m having more enthusiasm, I just still haven’t managed to make it across that line from inactivity back into activity.

Of course, part of the problem could be that my sleep has been all messed up the past couple weeks due to some trouble I have with my hip, so I’m pretty much exhausted and in an effort to combat the other sleep issues, I’ve cut out caffeine and now I’m in withdrawal as well. *sigh*

At any rate, things are looking up, somewhat. Amazing what just seeing some results, or some movement toward results, can accomplish.

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NEW RELEASE: “The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams” and new series announcement

This year I participated in GoodReads M/M Romance Group’s Love Has No Boundaries event, which means you get a free story! It’s titled The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams and it’s sort of a lead-in to my Seasons in Saugatuck series, which should debut next year.

I already have two Saugatuck novels written. One, titled Saugatuck Summer, features Topher Carlisle, whom you’ll find mentioned in The Field of Someone Else’s Dreamsand the other, titled Risk Aware, is the back-story of a pair of characters you meet in Saugatuck Summer. They’re stand-alone novels, which means you can read them in any order. So, for instance, even though you meet Robin and Geoff in Saugatuck Summer, several years after their story in Risk Aware takes place, you don’t really need to have read Risk Aware for Saugatuck Summer to make sense.

What is the Saugatuck series? Glad you asked! For those of you unfamiliar with west Michigan, Saugatuck and Douglas are neighboring towns on the shores of Lake Michigan, not far from Holland, Michigan. Even though this region of Michigan is very conservative, Saugatuck/Douglas started out as an art colony and eventually became a very popular gay and lesbian vacation destination. Douglas features a gay resort called The Dunes, and the area is sometimes preferred to as the Provincetown (or Fire Island) of the Midwest.

So, what better setting for a series of m/m romances? As the Saugatuck series develops, I hope to bring in other authors to participate and make it more of a collaborative endeavor.

I can’t make any official announcements just yet regarding the publication dates for Saugatuck Summer and Risk Aware, but enjoy the freebie for now and if your curiosity is piqued, stay tuned for more coming next year!

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