If you follow me on social media, you know that Addiction has an official release date of August 16th. Stay tuned for the cover reveal! To tide you over until then, here’s the official blurb:
At twenty-eight, Owen Fredrikson is homeless, unemployed, and grappling with drug addiction. Before he let drugs take over his life, he had a pretty sweet job working the front desk of a fancy hotel, his boss was his best friend, and he had a loving fiancé.
After three years together, thirty-three-year-old middle school math teacher Dex Atterbury could no longer ignore Owen’s demons. Dex made the tough decision to part ways, leaving Owen destitute and Dex heartbroken.
When tragedy befalls Owen and Dex is called to his side, Owen has some tough decisions to make. Both men must determine how far they are willing to go to rebuild the life they once shared.
Can Owen conquer his addiction while facing his demons? And can Dex open his heart and trust Owen again?
At the end of last year, I compiled a list of books being released during the year that I was excited to read. This year, I have a brand new list filled with some of my go-to authors and some new-to-me ones. Note: Details such as titles and release dates are subject to change, and I did my best to include the most up-to-date info available at the time of posting. Everything you see here is my opinion only.
Let’s jump right in.
1. Clyde Andrews–Enough Blue Sky to Mend a Pair of Sailor’s Trousers
Release Date: January 14
Genre: LGBTQ Humorous Fiction
Andrews is a new-to-me author, and his debut is slated to be “packed with laughs and an endearing message.” I’m looking forward to diving into this novella. Check him out on Twitter to follow his journey into publishing.
2. Noah Steele–Racing into Love
Release Date: January 15
Genre: MM NA Romance
Another new-to-me author, Steele has a full-length novel releasing the first month of 2019. It’s Book 1 in his Cut to the Feeling series. If you like insta-love, check this one out. Follow him on Twitter and check out his website for updates on the next book in this series.
3. Jenn Burke–Not Dead Yet
Release Date: February 4
Genre: MM Suspense/Paranormal
Burke was a new-to-me author until I received an ARC of Not Dead Yet via NetGalley, and boy was I blown away. The slow burn is frustratingly sweet, and the ace rep was spot-on. You can read my full review here.
Burke has two more books to be released in 2019 as a part of this series. Give Up the Ghost is slated for June, and Graveyard Shift for November. Visit her website for updates and follow her on Twitter for teasers.
4. TJ Klune–How to Be a Movie Star
Release Date: February 12
Genre: LGBTQ Romantic Comedy
Klune is one of my favorite authors, and I just know the sequel to How to Be a Normal Person is going to be excellent. If you’ve read HTBANP, you’ll remember Casey’s friend, Josiah, the sort of actor. I expect ridiculous hilarity to ensure, as is Klune’s trademark. And yay for demisexual rep!
5. Tanya Chris–Omega Released
Release Date: February 21
Genre: MM Paranormal (shapeshifter non-MPREG omegaverse)
One of my resolutions for 2019 is to branch out from my normal reads and try a sub-genre I haven’t yet. One of those sub-genres is Omegaverse. I think a good place to start is with Omega Released by Tanya Chris, whose storytelling ability is top notch.
Check out the blurb:
Growing up in the Hinterlands hasn’t prepared Benjy for life in North Leland where the alphas grow to an alarming size and he’s expected to get a job. He’s never even made a decision for himself until his father drops him off in the city to be claimed by the first alpha who‘ll have him. Of all the things Benjy isn’t prepared for, finding his own mate is at the top of the list.
Fortunately, JT has all that covered—a bed to sleep in, a job at the library he’s in the process of opening, even matchmaking services. There might be wolves in North Leland who disapprove of JT’s wild omega ways, but he knows all the hottest alphas and he for sure knows how to take care of himself. He can take care of Benjy too, even when Benjy goes into his first heat. But are any of the town’s alphas really good enough for his precious potato?
As the library takes shape, Benjy makes friends and settles into life in North Leland, but he’s no closer to picking out an alpha like his father expects him to. Why would he want one when JT gives him everything he needs, including a very special sort of knot? When JT goes into heat, it’s the perfect opportunity for Benjy to show him they can be more mates—they can be soulmates.
Omega Released is a sexy omega/omega love story. Please note that this is not an MPREG universe. No MPREG occurs in this story or any Omega Reimagined stories.
6. Cordelia Kingsbridge–A Chip and a Chair
Release Date: March 11
Genre: MM Suspense/Thriller
The final book in the Seven of Spades series is one I’ve been looking forward to for months! The anticipation of the Seven of Spade’s identify being revealed rivals the anticipation I felt with each new Harry Potter book. Kingsbridge has been building the suspense over four books, and it’s been a wild ride. There is some sadness that comes with the conclusion of such a great series, but that just means the author can captivate her readers with another tale.
7. Rowan Shaw–Rewind
Release Date: March 18
Genre: MM Romance
Set in France, this debut from Shaw is a second chance romance with a guaranteed HEA. I enjoy stories set in countries other than the US, where I live, and this setting is a big draw for me. There’s nothing better than learning about different cultures and countries while reading a good story. Check out Shaw’s website to stay up-to-date on the next installment in this series, Return.
8. Erin McLellan–Clean Break
Release Date: March 19
Genre: MM Romance
My favorite side character from McLellan’s Controlled Burn gets his own book with Clean Break. I adore Travis and was honored to beta read his story. It’s funny and sweet, and Connor is an adorable love interest. I’m looking forward to reading the final version. Check out her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.
9. Allie Therin–Spellbound (working title)
Release Date: July 29
Genre: MM Paranormal
Therin’s debut is the first in a three-book series from Carina Press. It’s set in Prohibition-era Manhattan, and the author has jokingly said it’s like Antiques Roadshow but with sex. I’m sold! You can visit Therin’s website for updates. She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
10. TJ Klune–Why We Fight
Release Date: Summer
Genre: LGBTQ Romance
The fourth and final book in the At First Sight series, is Corey/Kori’s story. I adore Corey/Kori, who stole my heart at their first introduction in Klune’s BOATK series. If you start now, you have more than enough time to read both series to catch up before Why We Fight is available. Go on…
11. Molly Ringle–All the Better Part of Me
Release Date: September 1
Genre: MM Romance
I have been looking forward to this book since last year. There have been some hiccups, but it looks like this story will see the light of day and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
From the blurb:
Against a backdrop of ‘80s new wave songs and the landscapes of London and Seattle, a young actor in the modern day tackles his bisexuality as he finds himself falling for his best friend.
12. Alexis Hall–How to Belong with a Billionaire
Release Date: September 3
Genre: MM Romance
Dudes, I have been waiting for this book for FOREVER! The release date was pushed back at least twice (maybe three? I kinda lost track.). Patience is a virtue I do not have but I keep telling myself that the creative process cannot be rushed. Waiting as patiently as possible for the third and final Arden St. Ives book will be worth it. I adore Ardy and his insecurities and his quirky sense of style, and how he unravels Caspian. As with the Seven of Spades series, I’ll be sad to read the end of Arden and Caspian’s tale, but all good things must come to an end, right? Check out Hall’s website for his other books (all of which are excellent).
What books are you guys looking forward to in 2019? Let me know in the comments below.
As I announced a few weeks ago, I have my first book coming out on November 17th. That’s right around the corner. Literally days away! The entire process has been, and still is, a learning process. I’ve always had an appreciation for those who produce the stories that I enjoy. Now, being on the other side, I have a greater appreciation for the time, effort, and creativity that goes into forming a story.
The characters I created in Return to Sender are constantly on my mind. I adore my guys, Drew and Wes. What started off as a quick, fun project with a dear friend, blossomed into a a full story. I am proud of what I’ve written and hope readers enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
College professor and website designer Drew Hampton has had only one great love in his life. A loner as a teen, he found solace in art, his self-styled mullet, and the television show ALF. Then a new boy moved in next door, and he discovered love.
Mechanic Wes Harrison was thrown into adult responsibility at a young age. He’s managed to build a good life through hard work and determination; however, he hasn’t been in a relationship since high school.
Drew and Wes were deeply in love thirty years ago, but then they were torn apart. Unlucky at relationships after their separation, both men treasured memories of their one true love.
Fate intervenes and gives them a second chance. Will they rekindle their once great love and find happiness, or has too much time gone by?
Where to find:
I’ve been a reader practically my entire life. When I was young, I would get in trouble for staying up all night reading under my covers with a flashlight. That habit is probably what makes me a night owl to this day.
Horror and suspense/thriller were my go-to genres (Stephen King was–and still is–one of my favorite authors), though I did read just about anything I could get my hands on. The librarians at my local library kept their eyes out for incoming books they thought I’d like to read. When I ran out of new books to read, they gave me access to the storage room where they kept the books that weren’t being borrowed (out of commission, I guess?). I stayed far away from romance; the few romance novels I tried reading did nothing for me.
Several years ago, I stumbled upon a website that posted free, original stories of men falling in love with other men and finding their HEA. I was immediately hooked and could totally get behind this kind of romance. I devoured every story, every word. Some were hit or miss (I’m a grammar snob, and bad grammar or misspelled words make me lose interest no matter how good the storytelling.), and I began rereading several times over my favorite stories.
Flash forward to November 2016 when I was introduced to the Hoopla Digital app through my library and discovered a treasure trove of published LGBTQ+ books. I was in heaven! Every free moment I had was spent reading, my face glued to my phone. There were so many authors out there waiting for me to find and immerse myself in their stories.
I also began seeking out my new favorites online to keep abreast of new releases. Twitter seemed to be where the queer writing community could be found. So, I dusted off my abandoned Twitter account and became part of that community as a reader and, eventually, reviewer. I’m an extreme introvert and debilitatingly shy to boot, but I came out of my shell a bit and interacted with other readers and discovered even more authors to read.
Then in February of this year, I had a craving for a particular plot. I searched and searched but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. For whatever reason, I thought it’d be a good idea to try to write this elusive story. Previously, I had only ever written poems–and that was back in grade school. I didn’t have much faith in myself and my ability to tell a good story, but my intention wasn’t ever to have anyone read it. This was just going to be a fun little project for myself.
Unexpectedly, someone I had become really close to online gave me the encouragement and confidence to make this story happen. I got excited to continue, and the characters I created in my mind kept talking to me and doing things that I hadn’t planned in the beginning. I was hooked. The end result is a complete mess and far from my original intention but, I’ve been told, has good bones.
That one cluster of a story ignited the desire to write more and create different characters. In addition to that first effort (which I have plans to split into two books), I have three other projects in the works. And (here comes the big news), I completed a short story that I submitted to a publisher on a whim earlier this month.
Amazingly, that short story was picked up by JMS Books and is scheduled to be released on November 17th. How wild is that? Never in my life did I imagined I’d publish an original story created by my imagination.
I’ve met some fabulous people along the way. The level of support and encouragement I’ve found from people I’e never met in real life is awesome. This community is wonderful.
Now that I’ve gotten bitten by the creative bug, there are so many things I want to accomplish. I want to write a decent full-length novel. I want to try self-publishing. I want to hold my paperback in my hands. I want to write a story that someone loves.
But even if I don’t check off each entry on my to do list, I’ll still find pleasure in writing.