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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.

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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”

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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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Saugatuck Summer is officially contracted with @RiptideBooks

As of this morning, I signed the contract to publish Saugatuck Summer with Riptide.

Some of you may recall back in late January/early February, I had a project which at my brain for two weeks. That project was Saugatuck Summer. I wrote 93,000 words in 15 days, all the while feeling something I’ve never felt about a book before and I’m not certain I will ever feel again.

I felt like I was making something truly amazing.

I know that sounds horribly egotistical, but that’s really how it felt, and I have a loud and brutal enough internal critic that I can be fairly confident it’s not ego, because I certainly don’t delude myself that everything I write is brilliant. But my internal critic was quiet on this one, like it, too, was standing back watching the process thinking, “Yep, this time you’ve got it right.”

Judging by the responses from my beta reader and Sarah Frantz, my editor at Riptide, I think I might not have been entirely wrong in that assessment, either.

So I wrote Saugatuck Summer like it was a fire consuming my soul and I’ve spent pretty much every day since I submitted it anxious for the day I could share it with the world. That day will now be in May 2014. Which is way too long for the impatience I feel, but that’s the way it works.

Saugatuck Summer tells the story of Topher Carlisle, a somewhat genderfluid 21-year-old trying to work his shit out, as 21-year-olds often must do. I’d call it 60% romance/40% coming-of-age. Maybe even 55/45. It was my first attempt in a very long time trying to write in first person POV, because Topher’s voice was so very loud and clear in my head he refused to let a third-person narrator speak for him. Over the course of a life-changing summer in the gay resort town of Saugatuck on the shore of Lake Michigan, Topher copes with resolving a lot of baggage from a very difficult upbringing and his own questionable choices.

Topher is very biographical of someone I know. In fact, pretty much everything except the “present day” action in the story actually happened to the person I modeled Topher’s past after. When Topher relates details about his past, it’s a completely true story. It’s very real, and I think the emotional intensity I experienced writing it came from realizing that yes, these things actually happened to a real person. It made me cry…God, I don’t even know how many times.

I could blather about it forever, but for now, suffice to say that I’m thrilled beyond imagining to know how and when this book is finally going to happen, and I’ll be counting down the months until I can share it with you all.

If you want a taste of the Saugatuck Summer universe, check out my free Love Has No Boundaries novelette, The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams. It briefly mentions Topher and gives some insight into the community where he grew up, being the story of a classmate of his from high school.

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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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