Friday, August 19, 2016

I Was in a Stagecoach Robbery!

It's true. When we visited Columbia State Park in Columbia, California, we paid to ride on a stagecoach.

As we progressed out of town....well, wait a minute! I tell this story on the Love Bytes blog today. Why retell it here?

I also include a photo of the stagecoach as well as one of the robber so you can identify him quickly too.

The historic town of Columbia is in the same area of the foothills as the Foothills Pride series. And the Columbia City Hotel is somewhat like the Bandy Hotel in Relative Best. You could call City Hotel the seedling of the Bandy.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

And the Reviews Keep on Coming...

Here are the reviews Relative Best snagged today:

Even though each book is billed as a standalone, there are a lot of characters in play and it can be overwhelming if you haven’t started at the beginning. If you’re looking for sweet-insta-love with low heat and easily resolved angst in under 100 pages – Foothills Pride won’t disappointment.

Love Bytes: 4 of 5 hearts
I liked the story, and I’m definitely recommending it. I’d recommend reading the other four installments as well. They could easily be read as standalones since the characters flow over, but the storylines don’t. It is an enjoyable short, fast read.

Three Books Over the Rainbow: 4 ½ of 5 hearts
Relative Best was like fresh air for me. This story is a real gem with a unique writing style and two intriguing, lovable MCs.

The story is perfectly built, with flawless writing, great timing and lots of feeling. I enjoyed every page of it. Highly recommended!

Are all the reviews this wonderful? No, not really, as you can see from these two:

Open Skye Reviews: 2 of 5 stars
I definitely didn’t feel a good connection between Zeke and Vic, and I thought the other “side stories” detracted from their main story and the overall feeling the story left was fairly muddy. I can’t recommend this – sadly – but I do recommend the rest of the series and encourage readers to look at those stories instead.

Overall, however, I just can't really enjoy this story. It's got all the elements that have frustrated me in all previous four books as well as some new ones. The characters are also much more loosely connected to the previous characters, so that I don't even get to see the likes of Jimmy or Fredi that much, to make up for it. For me, this one fell short on too many things, not least of which were uninspiring main characters and an underwhelming plot arc.

If any of this has helped you make up your mind to read the book,  you can purchase it at the following retailers and wherever eBooks are sold online:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Four Wonderful Release Day Reviews

Relative Best released today, and three terrific blogsites gave it good reviews! Let's concentrate on those today, shall we? You can read the full reviews by clicking on the names of the blogs.

MM Good Book Reviews gave the book 5 stars and said these very nice words about it:

"This is an enjoyable story and a great addition to the series. I found this to be full of emotion and fully relatable."

"When Vic finds the picture he was looking for and has a pretty bittersweet moment about it, Zeke gets to come to the rescue with his words and it was a lovely, lovely speech. 'To two puzzle pieces completing the world’s smallest puzzle.' I loved that.
"This is a sweet, pretty angst free story, easy to read and quick."

MM Book Escape: 4 stars

"I enjoyed the story, however, I think I would have liked it better had the author given more page time to Vic and Zeke and maybe less history of the hotel."

"Overall, I enjoyed reading Relative Best; it’s a heart-warming story in a rustic contemporary setting that feels authentic and is well-suited to the storyline. The characters are relatable, the villains are believable, and the supporting cast has a delightful quirkiness to it. The story is not sexually explicit, so for first-time M/M readers, it makes for a great introduction to the genre."

Thank you for the wonderful release day reviews!

For those who want to buy a copy to read Relative Best for themselves, you can purchase it at the following retailers and wherever eBooks are sold online:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

That New-Book Smell

My #1 Fan reads my new book
Today my copies of Foothills Pride Stories, Vol. 1 appeared on my doorstep. Talk about exciting!

Some writers have compared this to receiving a Christmas present, but it's better than that. For one thing, it's physical proof of hard work and perseverance. It's like the first clipping from a newspaper with a byline.

Even though I know there are libraries full of obsolete and unread books and that mine may be joining their ranks probably before this year is over, I've at least accomplished a goal I've had since I was a child, creating books from stray sheets of paper and crayons.

What does a box of books feel like and smell like? The paperbacks are weighty as if they contain important stories, even if they are romances.

And the smell? Ah, the smell is the writer's version of the new car smell. Wonderful.

Not that I'm excited or anything.... LOL

If you'd like your own copy of this marvelous book, you can get one from these online stores or bookstores everywhere.

Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Barnes & Noble

Where Do Some of My Ideas Come From?

Today I talk about the not very secret places where I found inspiration for the latest Foothills Pride release, Relative Best, at two blog sites:

At Alpha Book Club, I talk about searching for the perfect bar songs for narrator Zeke Bandy to sing at the Stonewall Saloon. For this I did a bunch of Internet searches and finally came up with a list that looked somewhat promising. Is your favorite bar sing-along piece one of those listed?

Then over at My Fiction Nook, I spill the beans about where I came up with the historic Bandy Hotel that's central to Relative Best.

To buy a copy of the 5th book in the Foothills Pride series, Relative Best, go to one of these sites or wherever eBooks are sold:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What About the Audio Book?

I've selected a narrator for my book/s, but because he's backed up with narrating jobs (yea, him!), he won't be able to start on WHAT'S IN A NAME? for a while. So the audio won't be available until December or January when SHORT ORDER will be released. I'm hoping it might be available during the holidays. We'll see.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How Did the Foothills Pride Series Start?

Today on the MM Good Book Reviews blog site, I talk about how I fell into writing the Foothills Pride series.

I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love--writing--and entertain people at the same time.

As I say in the blog piece, writing books and becoming an author have been dreams of mine for a long time. Having a series with so many books published overwhelms me when I stop typing and think about what's come so far and what I see for the future.

Below is a list of the series so far with links in case you want to buy the books:

#1 What's in a Name? Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Kobo, Google Play
#2 Redesigning Max Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Kobo, Google Play
#3 Behr Facts Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Kobo, Google Play 
#4 When Adam Fell Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Kobo, Google Play
#5 Relative Best Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe, Kobo
#6 Short Order - to be released in December 2016/January 2017
#7 The Right Sort - to be submitted to Dreamspinner August 15, 2016

You can read books #1 - #4 in the paperback, Foothills Pride, Vol. 1 from these online retailers: Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

And below are the books I'm working on for 2017. None of them have been accepted by Dreamspinner yet, so the titles and plots are speculative at this point.

#8 Seared: Marshall O'Shea buys Tommy Thompson's Original Steakhouse and wants to turn it into a family fun center. He never expected to fall in love until he met a special Stone Acres' resident who's appeared in other books in the series. (I've just started writing this one for submission in October.)

#9 Artistic License: Vic Longbow's stepbrother Hayden Weller opens an art gallery in Stone Acres and doesn't want to include any of Fredi Zimmer's work. Fortunately, Fredi has an ally in town who pleads his case and falls for Hayden.

#10 Buckaroo: The Christmas holidays are tough for itinerant cowboy Jake Vons, who decides to drown his sorrows at Stonewall Saloon, only to be yanked from the doldrums by Stone Acres' newspaperman Tony Donner, who struggles to put out the weekly rag and keep up the town bulletin board.