Blog Party!

December 1, 2014

Hi, Dreamspinner Gang! Kate Sherwood here, playing on the blog for the day!

 

Unfortunately, I’m not really here. That is, I’m not live, on-line, all day long. Stupid job. Apparently I’m supposed to actually work when I’m there, and do the work they think is important! What an outrage!

 

Anyway, I’ve set up a few posts through the day, and I will absolutely check in tonight and tomorrow to see what people have said and respond as I can. But please don’t be insulted if I don’t chat all day long.

 

So, with that out of they way… a new month, and a new DSP novel! Yay! I expect we all know about the ‘new month’ business, but how ’bout  that new novel?

 

InTooDeepFSIn Too Deep (with a gorgeous cover by Christie Caughie) is actually an expansion of a short story I wrote a few years ago for the Goodreads m/m group’s Love is Always Write event. The response to the short (watch out for spoilers if you click)  included a lot of “I want to read more!” comments, but I was busy with other projects and didn’t really think about it. Then a few years later, I re-read the story and knew it was time to get back to the boys.

I’d never expanded a short into a novel before, and it was actually really fun, but I gave myself a lot of freedom. I took the basic setup from the short and wrote toward it, but I didn’t try to match up every single thing. Which meant I had to leave behind some of my favourite bits of the short story, but… kill your darlings, they say. And they’re not actually dead, after all – they’re just not in the novel!

 

I know quite a few LIAW shorts have been turned into novels over the years – have you guys read any of those? Any favourites to recommend?

New Audio Book Releases: Through November 10th, 2014

November 29, 2014

Snow Globe by LE Franks

Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn’t as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette’s flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson—a beautiful blond giant of a man—Kris is ready to chuck it all. But he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tyr’s cousin Bun, who shows them the magic of Christmas and gives them both a lesson in love and acceptance.

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.

 

 

Length: Novella (58 minutes) | Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Advent Calendar 2013

Release Date: November 10, 2014 | Narrator: Dave Gillies | Buy as Audio Book ($3.95)

 

 

 

Floodgates by Mary Calmes

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

 

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It’ll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord’s is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

 

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy’s reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he’s going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they’re still standing when the tumult recedes.

 

Length: Novel (7 hours and 53 minutes) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: November 12, 2014 | Narrator: Michael Anthony | Buy as Audio Book ($19.95)

 

 

A Simple Romance by J.H. Knight

Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.

 

However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.

 

Length: Novella (5 hours and 36 minutes) | Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Release Date: November 14, 2014 | Narrator: Nick J. Russo | Buy as Audio Book ($19.95)

New Releases: November 28th, 2014

November 28, 2014

Safe in His Arms by Renae Kaye

 

Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, but Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed before.

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

 

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

 

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

 

Length: Novel (208p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: November 28, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-231-1) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-230-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Time It’s Personal by R.G. Green

 

Vicious articles in The Brigade force private investigator Tyler to try and protect his business and his fiancé, Sean.

Sequel to Lasting Damage; Beckett Investigations: Book Three

 

Feeling the strain of lost business thanks to the vicious articles by The Wheaton City Brigade, the city’s most inflammatory newspaper, private investigator Tyler Beckett accepts a cold case from Lt. Danny Baxter to fill the gap. He’s less than happy, however, when he learns the case may involve the same man who made him the target for The Brigade to begin with: Jamie Carroway.

 

Then a new article uncovers an incriminating piece of Tyler’s past, and the level of information revealed proves someone close to him is sharing details no stranger could know. And the verbal attack is only the first. Realizing it isn’t just the paper’s lead journalist intent on destroying his life, Tyler is forced to hunt for suspects close to home who have motive to ruin everything. But with no leads and no sure course of action, he soon finds himself faced with the need to protect his business and his fiancé, Sean St. Claire, and the very real danger of losing them both in the unavoidable fallout.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: November 28, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-273-1) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-272-4)

#10 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Thanks for coming

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day of Safe In His Arms and I’ve celebrated today with a huge party!  **tiredly throws confetti**

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I want to thank you all for coming.  It has been a blast.  So before you head off, a couple of things:

(A) Have you bought the book?

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(Buy from Dreamspinner.  Buy from Amazon.)

Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

 

(B) Have you entered the competition by commenting on three separate posts and answering the question?

 

(C) If you’ve read the book, consider leaving a review on Amazon or one of the other sites.

As you must know, authors not only enjoy feedback, but reviews help sell more books.

(D)  Have you followed Renae on Facebook and Twitter?

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

 

Final question:  Did you have fun?  Did you answer yes to A, B, C & D above?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice.

#9 Renae’s Blog Party – Writing M/M

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day of Safe In His Arms and I am celebrating with a huge party!  **throws confetti and wonders who’s going to clean it all up**

Celebration

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One of the things that most astounds me is the range of stories that I hear about HOW people came to read and write M/M.  Recently we had a meeting in Perth of readers, reviewers and authors of M/M and we discussed this.  And surprisingly we’re all different.

For me, I came by way of Suzanne Brockmann.  This is not uncommon I understand.  You see I picked up one of Suzanne’s books at my library.  There was a secondary pairing of a gay couple which had me intrigued.  While looking for more of Suzanne’s books in the state library catalogue, I came across the term “bromance.”  A Book Depository search of this term led me to Marie Sexton’s Promises and I decided to try it.

I was hooked.  I loved the genre.

I read it for around 3 months, and then got a Kindle for Xmas.  That was it – one-click Amazonian powers opened a huge world to me.

How I came to write M/M is a different thing.  It was a combination of facts – and sometimes I think it was fate that they all came together at the same moment.  The roller-coaster ride started about 2 years ago.

The first thing was I was looking to the future.  My hubby had decided no-more-kids (although his wife still nags him about it occasionally LOL) and so it meant I had to consider what I would do when I returned to the workforce.  My deadline was February 2015.  That was when I needed to re-enter the workforce.  I wanted something part-time – just 10-15 hours a week – either when the kids were at school, or on the weekend when hubby was home.

But my question was what?  The opportunity was, that since it was 2 years away, I could actually go back to university if I wanted so that I had started a degree or finished one.  But what did I want to do?  For months I researched finishing my three-quarters-completed degree in Physics/Chemistry.  I considered finishing it and doing a teaching degree.  I considered trying out for nursing or psychology (which are both areas of interest to me).  I considered just doing office work or maybe getting a job as a checkout-chick.  Nothing jumped out at me.

The second thing was I was actually a little bored sitting at home and doing nothing.  I needed a new hobby.  My daughter suffered badly from separation anxiety as a toddler, and now that was wearing off I found myself needing something else in my life.

The third thing was I couldn’t find the type of M/M I wanted.  I wanted humour.  I wanted twinks.  I wanted Australian.

**grump grump grizzle grizzle**

Then a thought entered my head from NOWHERE.  I mean it.  It was so far out of left field, I would’ve sooner believed someone chanting, If you build it, they will come.

Instead the voice in my head was saying, Oh, for goodness sake – write your own freakin’ book then!  Maybe you can sell it and be an author.  Then you won’t need to go back to work.

The voice was rude.  The voice was delusional.  The voice was insistent and wouldn’t go away.

I tried to reason with it.  Oh, come on.  I’ve never even written a newspaper article. I can’t write a whole BOOK.

And me write a book?  I nearly failed English Lit in Year 12.

And the Australian book industry is so small, and the m/m publishers non-existent.  I’d have to go overseas to get published.  No one will want an Australian author.  There are too many other brilliant authors out there.

And how many people can actually make a living off writing.  Yes, I know it doesn’t need to be a lot, because I’m only looking at earning the equivalent of working 10 hours a week, but how many people have you heard say they only make a couple of hundred dollars a year from writing?

So I set out to prove to the voice I couldn’t do it – and ended up with a publishing contract.

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I can hear the voice laughing in my head now.  I hate that.  **chuckles**

So for me, the good news is that in 2015 I’m going to try writing instead of going back to work.  *fingers crossed*

Besides – there are stories waiting to be written!

What would your dream job be?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

 

#8 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Australia Christmas

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day of Safe In His Arms and I am celebrating with a huge party!  **throws confetti which is now nearly knee high**

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Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

(Buy from Dreamspinner.  Buy from Amazon.)

 

 

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one. 

 

This book starts in late November and so follows Lon and Casey through Christmas, New Year and Australia Day.  And for those who are thinking of snowy white Christmas – STOP.  Christmas in Australia is the middle of summer.

Six white boomers:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItNMLUIsf_s

Christmas in the scrub: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0ca1eua-qo

Aussie 12 Days of Christmas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_4IlcGyosw

Yes – we have HOT summers.

Christmas for me means swimming pools, running through the sprinklers, BBQs and sunburn.

If you’ve been following along with the blogs you’ll realise I come from a large family.  Christmas is a HUGE gathering and lots of presents.  The swag under the Christmas tree is usually monstrous.

With such a large age gap between me and my older brothers and sisters, it meant that they started having their kids when I was a child.  My oldest niece is just 3 years younger than me.  By the time I was fifteen, I was an aunty fourteen times over.

Christmas therefore was great fun with the kids.  Mum and I would think up a creative idea each year to keep the stack of presents straight.  One year we decorated cardboard boxes with magazine pictures for each child.  Another year we sewed sacks with their name on the front.  Then the children would open their present and put it in the bag/box so it wouldn’t get mixed up with the other kids.  We have a great picture one year of 10 kids lined up with their boxes, all ready for Grandad to start handing out the gifts.

One of the most memorable Christmases was the year Mum bought all the kids (and me!) a water pistol.  Then while the adults organised lunch, 13yo me organised a water fight.  It went great, until my brother-in-law suggested the kids gang up on me and next thing I had ten of them chasing me.  Thanks, Mark.

Casey and Lon’s Christmas starts off with a song, and a… **clears throat**

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Exclusive excerpt

CHRISTMAS MORNING started early. Mr. Perkins started in with the Christmas carols a little before 7:00 a.m. and managed to wake the whole park by singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” at the top of his voice. Casey groaned and rolled over, burying his face in Lon’s waist. Once again he’d lost his pillow during the middle of the night and ended up pushed down the bed.

Having his head halfway down the bed did have its advantages, though, he thought to himself as he reached out to cup Lon’s morning wood. Lon groaned and then laughed as they heard Mrs. Petersen yell from the van next door, “Oh, shut up, you old codger. Some people are trying to get some bloody sleep!”

Casey giggled and came up onto one elbow to get a firmer grip on Lon’s erection. “She’s one to talk, the bloody old leso.”

“What do you mean?” Lon asked grumpily.

“The two old birds, next door,” Casey explained. “All their moaning and groaning in the middle of the night. I’m sure they wake others up with their sexual shenanigans.”

Lon sat up and frowned at Casey, who was glad he really knew Lon because that frown was ferocious. “They’re not lesbians.”

“The hell they’re not. I hate to break it to you, Lon, but that caravan of theirs ain’t big enough for two beds. Of course they’re sleeping together.”

“They can’t be,” Lon growled.

Casey laughed at Lon’s innocence. “Why not?”

“Well, for a start their names are Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Kowalski. They’ve been married.”

Snorting wasn’t exactly the most elegant noise, but Casey couldn’t help the one that came out of his nose. “What? Are you serious? Homosexuals have never been married and pretended to be straight before? What about Paul’s man?”

Lon’s face was a perfect look of disbelief. “But they’re too old to be having sex.”

This time it was Casey who looked incredulous. “They’re about the same age as my grandmother, and she still has sex. I don’t think there’s an age limit on the activity, Lon. Besides, haven’t you heard them groaning in the middle of the night?”

“I thought they were just old and it hurt to get up out of a chair or something.”

Casey laughed out loud. “Oh, baby. Let me refresh you as to what the sound of an orgasm is.”

He dropped his head to engulf Lon’s penis, proving his point rather rapidly and despite the not-quite-tuneful noise from Mr. Perkins.

Oh, come all ye faithful indeed.

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***laughing***  Church hymns can sound so dirty sometimes.

For me, Christmas lunch is cold meats, salads, icy drinks and lots of summery desserts.  Because Christmas is not Christmas without a pavlova.

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And for Christmas Day, the pav must have kiwi fruit and strawberries on it.  Or else it’s just not right.

My sister usually does prawns on the BBQ too.  She likes to wrap them in bacon and skewer them, something like this.

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Okay – here’s another confession for me.  I don’t eat “sea creatures.”  My husband laughs at me and tries to poison me with squid and mussels, but the only seafood I eat is white fish, tuna and very mild salmon.  You can keep your mud crabs, Moreton Bay bugs and scallops.  (I can see some saying what is a Moreton Bay bug? – sorry.  It’s a small lobster thingy).

Another aussie Christmas story from me?  This is a LOL moment.

I grew up on the edge of a swamp, and catching tadpoles was a great winter activity.  Sometimes we’d accidentally catch a gilgie or koonac.  A what????

A gilgie:

Gilgie Koonac

We had both in the swamp out the back.

One year I caught three and bought them to the house to show Mum.  I think I was about twelve.  Unbeknown to me, Mum kept them.  You see we had a swimming pool, but no one was using it, so Mum turned it into a giant pond.  She left it to go green, placed a bunch of logs and rocks in the bottom, and let the gilgies go.

They bred.

So one Christmas we sat there and caught 60 of them and cooked them up for lunch.  A real aussie delicacy.

 

So what’s your favourite Christmas food?

 

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

 

 

 

#7 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – What am I currently writing?

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Today is my release day!  Safe In His Arms is now available.  Head over to the Dreamspinner site to pick up a copy.  **grabs the limp confetti and throws it up**

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Blurb:

In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with.  And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

 

Thanks for coming along to my blog party.  You guys are munching through the food.  So I’ve whipped up some curried-egg sandwiches along with some more party pies.  Enjoy!

 

I’m only a newbie author, so my backlist isn’t huge, but if you haven’t read my other books, perhaps check them out while you’re over there?

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(Link to Dreamspinner)

 

Everyone wants to know what I’m working on now?  Too many things at the same time.  Truthfully, I need to focus, because I’m not getting anything finished.

I’m currently editing another story which should be out in March 2015.  It’s called Shawn’s Law and is crazy, zany, silly, stupid, funny ßyou get the picture.  Yes – it is one of those books you shouldn’t pick up unless you have a sense of humour.  **wink**

In April 2014 I released Loving Jay.  One of my most frequently asked questions is: will there be a sequel?  At this moment, no.  I’m not shutting the door permanently, but just at this moment, I can’t see a sequel.

BUT, I am writing a story where Liam and Jay feature.  This is the story of Kee, who is a friend of Jay’s and is back on the dating scene after taking a year’s break because his boyfriend was… unkind.  Kee hasn’t met Liam before, so is very eager to make sure Liam isn’t unkind to Jay.

I’ve just written a very amusing scene where Liam is being VERY mean to Jay – by withholding a blow job…  Okay, you’ve twisted my arm.  I’ll show it to you.  And this scene is too funny to keep a secret.  It’s from Kee’s point of view.

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“Tim just messaged me.  He told me you were doing leather bears and funky shit last night!  Is it true?  Details!”

I dropped my astonished forehead into my despairing hand.  “Jamie…”

“So did you really fuck three leather bears last night?”

Before I could reply, Jamie gasped in shock and I heard a door slam on his end of the phone.  In the background, I could make out a voice that was saying, “James Bell!  Didn’t I tell you not to ring the man?  So what do you do the moment my back is turned?”  I laughed as I realized it was Liam, and he was growling at poor Jamie.

The conversation became muffled but I could make it out.  “You said you were going to get milk!” Jamie cried in a whiny voice.

“And you said you were not going to ring poor Kee and ask him for details,” came Liam’s rebuttal.

“You tricked me!” accused Jamie.  “You weren’t going for milk.  You lied!”

“I made a bet with myself that you would ring him.  I promised myself that I would give you the most fantastic blow job if I was wrong about you.  But no!  You had to be on the phone to Kee, and now you forfeited your prize.”

“No!”  Jamie was wailing in horror now.  I had to stop and lean against a tree as my laughter threatened to trip me.  I loved the peek into my friend’s new love life.

There were some more muffled sounds and then Liam’s voice came on the line, loud and clear.  “Hello?  Kee?”

I had to swallow several times before I could answer.  “Hey.”  The word came out strangled through the laughter.

“Look – I’m sorry about that.  I told Jay not to ring you.”  Liam was apologetic and sincere.  I liked him.

I snorted a few more times, trying to control my vocal chords.  “Yes.  I heard that.”

That stopped him in his tracks.  “Oh.”  There was an embarrassed pause.  “So I guess you heard the other bit too then?”

My mirth was a loud thing, and I guffawed a few more times.  “I understand that Jamie isn’t getting a blow job today?”

Luckily Liam had a sense of humour.  “No.  Poor darling.  He’s in the bathroom sulking now.  I might have to do something drastic to get him out.  The Dockers start in twenty minutes and I’m trying to teach him the rules.”

“Football?” I asked in astonishment.  “You’re teaching Jamie football?”

This time the chuckle was more loving.  “Yeah.  The things we do for love, huh?”

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**Renae’s heart melts**

But as well as this story, I also have a spinoff from The Blinding Light.  Yes, many people want to know more of Patrick’s and Jake’s story.  But then someone said to me, “What about Davo’s story?”

I stopped.  Davo?  Davo whose idea of a pickup line is, “Are you a bottom? Yes? Hi, my name’s Dave.”

Surely he couldn’t be a hero in a story?  He would need a very special man…  **zing**

And my mind went crazy with a storyline.  So I’ve created someone very, very special for Davo.  And of course, Davo gets to babysit.

These are the two books I’m focussing on now – but by no means the only books I have in the pipeline.  Now if I could just find five more hours a day…

 

What would be your favourite Renae Kaye spin off?  Which secondary character has caught your eye?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

 

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

#6 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Writing myself plus excerpt

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

Thanks for joining my party.  Grab a drink from the party bar **points to the left** and some party food.  (Read back on previous blogs if you need to order a drink).

We are partying away, celebrating the release of my new book, Safe In His Arms.   **pulls out more packets of confetti and throws them**

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I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which ones.

**throws more confetti**

Celebration

People ask me all the time “where do you get the inspiration for your stories?”

I think every author writes a little of themselves in a book.  One thing that readers may experience for the second time in my novels, is the subject of adoption.  If you read all the way through The Blinding Light, you may’ve seen my author note at the end of the book.

ADOPTION IS an emotional issue that is often clouded with shame and anger, but to others it is a blessing or just something that happened to them, a tiny blip on their radar. To all the parents—both mothers and fathers—who found the courage to give up their children, hoping that their baby would have a better life than they could provide, I salute you. To the people who allowed my family to adopt their babies, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for my brother and sister.

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As you can see, I have two siblings who are adopted. It is therefore quite likely that the issue of adoption crops up because it is my normal life’s experience.  There are other things that pop up that I have personal experience of too.

In Safe In His Arms, Lon has a brother who is Aboriginal called Ronnie.  How Lon and Ronnie came to be brothers will be revealed at the end of the story, but they are as close as two brothers could ever be.  And Ronnie’s existence is based on my own family’s experience.

I come from a very large, blended family.  I’m the youngest (woe is me!) and I therefore have many half-brothers and –sisters and a single full-sister.  One brother and one sister are adopted.  But to me, they are all just “brothers and sisters.”  We don’t do a blood count.  Our family embodies the “We are family” motto.

I quite like confusing people when I say things like, “My uncle, who lives down south.  No, he’s not my Dad’s brother. Actually he’s not really my uncle.  He’s actually my dad’s first wife’s step-sister’s husband.”  Got that?  Yeah – he’s just Uncle Noel to me.

My parents were both married previous to marrying each other and having me.  I was (oh gosh – here I go revealing my age) born in the late 70s. My parents’ first marriages both occurred close to 1960, and surprisingly, although they came from extremely different backgrounds, and had very different marriages, both of them fostered an Aboriginal child in the late 60s.

I have to warn myself against judging things that happened nearly 50 years ago with the standards of today’s society.  But in the late 60s, in Australia, the fostering of Aboriginal children into white households happened.  Both mum and dad did it.

My dad and his first wife took in Joan, who is several years older than their oldest child. Personally I believe she was fostered to help with looking after the younger children, but as I said, I try not to place my own standards on others.  Joan happily stayed with the family for ten years until she was old enough to be on her own.  She still calls my father “Dad,” and is in touch with her “sisters” she grew up with.  Joan married, had six kids of her own, and several years back won lotto, so lives a simple life surrounded by her grandchildren now.

My mum’s first husband wanted to foster a child of Aboriginal heritage so that his children didn’t grow up racist.  They fostered Ronald, a nearly full-blooded Aboriginal from the Kimberley region.  He was the same age as my brother, and the few photographs that exist from then, shows four children who tumbled, played and lived together with huge smiles on their faces.

Sadly some five years later my mother’s husband died.  She struggled to bring up the four children, and in the end Ronald was taken away and returned to his biological mother.  He called them both “Mum,” and I’m sure he loved them both.  I wrote this book with Ronald in mind, even though the character of “Ronnie” is twenty years younger.

It was therefore a big shock for me to hear only three months ago that Ronald passed away.  I am saddened by his passing, but I’m glad that he inspired me to write this character of Ronnie.  Peace be with you, Ron.

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Sneak excerpt:  Lon and his best mate, Paul are visiting Lon’s brother, Ronnie.

Lon nervously drummed his fingers on the table. “I’ve been thinking about buying a house. Somewhere nice with a garden and all. I’ve got savings, but—”

Ronnie sighed. “It’s about the money, isn’t it? You don’t have to lie to me or hide anything, Lon. I know I fucked up. I’m the first one to say that. I’ve told you that I don’t deserve a share of that money, so just take it. If there are papers to sign, then I’ll sign them. I don’t need the money in here.”

Ronnie smiled weakly at him, then changed the subject. “A house? You mean a real one without wheels underneath it? Since when have you wanted a house?”

Paul snorted from his side of the table where he had been silently listening to the exchange. “Didn’t you hear the other part of the sentence, Ronnie? Lon says he wants a house. With a garden.”

The big man struggled in vain to keep his cheeks from heating while Ronnie gave Paul a questioning look. “What the fuck does Lon want a garden for?”

Paul propped his chin on his fist and grinned. “I dunno, man. Maybe it has to do with a certain person who now works in a gardening center?”

A look of delight crossed Ronnie’s face as he eagerly turned back to Lon. Of course Ronnie knew all about Casey by now.

“Really? You like this guy enough that you’d buy a house for him?”

“I’m not buying a house for him. I’ve just decided to invest in real estate. I’m not getting any younger, and I’d like a house.”

Paul and Ronnie shared an amused look and nodded sagely. “Sure, Lon. You keep telling yourself that.”

“You know, Paul, you really should bring this guy along next time you visit. I’d like to meet him.” Ronnie was almost chuckling at his brother’s embarrassment.

Lon was turning a brighter shade of red. “Give it a break, guys.”

They ignored him.

“Probably could bring Casey over on a Saturday,” Paul replied without looking at Lon. “Of course Lon would be back to the mines by then, so it would just be the two of us.”

“Excellent,” Ronnie crowed. “Then we can ask all sorts of questions without Lon knowing.”

Lon’s mouth was gaping open.

“He’s quite a nice guy,” Paul continued. “He listened to my problems the other night without kicking my arse to the curb, and he’s cute as a button when he blushes if you start talking about Lon.”

“So does he love my brother?” Ronnie wanted to know.

“About as much as your brother loves him,” Paul said.

Ronnie snuck a look at Lon, and a slow smile transformed his features. “Excellent.”

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One of the most interesting blended family scenarios I know of was the family I went to school with.  The mum had five kids and the dad had two kids, giving them a blended family of seven. But the thing was that mum had a daughter born in January of a year, then managed to have twin girls in December of the same year.  So all three girls were in the same schooling year, which was bad enough, until dad threw his son in the mix and they had four kids in one year.

I remember the mother coming to our high school and ordering four sets of uniforms, four sets of stationery and four sets of books.  Ouch!

I’m interested in your positive experiences of blended families?  Did you grow up in a blended family? Live next door to one?

 

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#5 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Finding a life balance

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

It is scary in some respects that this is my fifth release for the year – and my first release only came out April.  So now I have Safe In His Arms released making #5.  **kicks the piles of confetti lying around**

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Some people have asked me “How did you do it?  How did you find time?  How could you do all of this as well as be a mummy?”

That’s a very hard question – and it is a multifaceted answer as well.  There is not just one thing that has allowed me to do this, and without some rearrangement of my time for next year, I doubt I will be able to do this again.

Firstly, a little background on me.  I’m a stay-at-home Mummy of two children.  They are 7 and 5 at the moment, and good kids.  I mean it.  They may drive me mad sometimes, they may interrupt my sleep most nights, but I adore them.  Before I was a Mummy, I worked in various offices around the place in administration and finance roles, which I gladly gave up to raise my children.

In January 2013, I was at home with my oldest attending full-time school, my youngest still too young to go to school.  I had this wicked idea to write a novel.  It went rather smoothly.  I had a couple of hours (if you count up the ten minute chunks) during the day while my daughter was playing, then another couple of hours after the kids went to bed.  It took my 16 weeks to write my first book (unpublished m/f), 12 weeks for the second (Loving Jay), and 8 weeks for the third (The Blinding Light).

It was when I was finishing up writing my third novel that the acceptance of Loving Jay came through.

LovingJay_postcard_front_DSPAs you can see – I was writing for a long time before I realised I would be a published writer.  Once I double-checked it wasn’t simply a mistake on Dreamspinner’s behalf, I comprehended I would have to do something about being out there on social media.

So the first thing I must stress, is that being able to publish five stories in one year requires a long spell previous to that year, where you have nothing else to do.

My next novel The Shearing Gun was written in 6 weeks, and I was finished just after Christmas 2013.  Two weeks later, I received my first lot of editing for Loving Jay.

So the second thing I must say about publishing so many during 2014, is that I wrote most of it before I had to be bogged down in the editing process.

I hear a lot of writers tell new authors not to read reviews.  As one author recently said, (and I’m sorry I can’t remember who it was), “Nothing dries up your creativity and inspiration like reading a bad review.”  I would like to expand on this and say that editing also dries that muddy pool of creativity like a midday sun in summer.

Safe In His Arms was written in the first three months of 2014.  Bear Chasing was written in March/April.  Then Loving Jay was released in April 2014.  Before this release, only a handful of people knew I existed.  I admit I love interacting with readers and reviewers and other authors, but it does chew your time.  Now days I spend time on the email responding to publisher emails, reader emails and deleting the junk mail.  I spend time updating my website, and daily on FB and twitter.  I have blogs a write, other writers I champion, those who wish to publish to help and give advice to.  Of course I could dump all this – but I don’t want to and this is a conscious choice of mine.BlindingLight[The]_postcard_front_DSP

The time between January 2013 and November 2014 has also seen a lot of changes in my life.  The biggest thing is my daughter started school – two-and-a-half days a week.  I thought this would give me more time, but it doesn’t really.  I still have clothes to wash and housework to do.  I’ve also (madly!) taken in a couple more pets, volunteered to sit on the School Council, volunteered in the kids’ classrooms and helped my mother adjust to widowhood.

I therefore say, the reason I managed to publish five stories in one year is a combination of enthusiasm, time and not having other commitments.

My publishing outlook for 2015 is looking a little light due to this exploding in my face.  Writing, edits, promotion and releases have clashed and I find I’m working so many hours in the day that the other stuff gets left – the important stuff like cooking dinner and getting the washing of the line.

But I would love to assure you all that I am still writing – and the stories are getting louder and louder in my head because I haven’t had time to write them down.  But there will be a little gap in the middle of the year where I was overwhelmed with edits and promos so I didn’t write.

ShearingGun[The]_postcard_front_DSPMy aim for next year is to be more conscientious of my time.  Plan, plan, plan.  Make sure you keep up with the blog party to find out what I have planned.

What would be your first choice of Renae Kaye spin-off?  Which of my stories needs updating do you think?

 

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice.

#4 Renae Kaye’s Blog Party – Music and character inspiration

November 28, 2014

G’day, friends!  **waving madly**  It’s Renae Kaye here, coming to you from all the way in Perth, Western Australia.

 

I can’t believe I forgot the music!  You can’t have a party without music.  So I’ve picked out a couple of classic Australian tracks that will get you in an Aussie kind of mood.

Down under – Men At Work:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s

Beds are burning – Midnight Oil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejorQVy3m8E

Weather with you – Crowded House:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag8XcMG1EX4

Forever Now – Cold Chisel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhnp3td-UHU

Treaty – Yothu Yindi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7cbkxn4G8U

True Blue – John Williamson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceWKrsJX9N4

I am Australian – The Seekers:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjkrjYitgeA
(not the best version I’ve heard, but the video is rather beautiful with images)

 

Now that you have some music playing, I’ll introduce you to my latest novel: Safe In His Arms.  If this is the first blog post you’ve caught, scroll back on the Dreamspinner blog site to catch my other blogs and grab a drink and an excerpt from my book.  **throws more confetti**

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As you may’ve guessed, I’m an Australian.  I hail from Perth – which is the west coast of the continent and a bloody long way away from Sydney, Melbourne and all the other capital cities.  Check out this map to get an idea.

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So my books are all set in Australia, and more importantly, in Western Australia.  Safe In His Arms is set in Fremantle, which is the port city of Perth.  You will have noticed it refers to Lon being a miner in the blurb – and I hate to be misleading about this – but the book is not set in the mines.  In Perth, we have an extremely large contingent of our workforce employed as FIFO (Fly In Fly Out).  Around 60,000 workers are flown to the desert for shifts ranging from 3 weeks to 6 weeks long.  There are over 400 mines in WA, and Lon works at one up near the town of Newman.

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In Perth, FIFO is a way of life.  People ask me why did I pick such an unusual job, but sadly, the truth is, it’s not unusual.  There are good and bad things about FIFO, but usually it is the bad things that are reported on.  Suicide and depression is one.  I know the mining companies and the government are working hard to try to change the culture of FIFO camps to try to curb the mental health issues, but like anything, it is a work in progress.

I’m often asked, as an author, what inspires my characters.  For me, it comes from a variety of sources.

My first novel, Loving Jay and my short story, Bear Chasing were both inspired by people I know.

Jay was inspired by a friend of mine who is very similar to Jay – the makeup, the clothes, the attitude.  I took this as a base and expanded it a little.  I put in the mile-a-minute talking, the daahlings and made my character eight years older, but otherwise that base remained.  I had the thought: What if there was a straight guy who didn’t realise he was gay until he met this glittery peacock and was enchanted?  And voila!  Loving Jay was born.

For Bear Chasing, I have to admit I was inspired by my neighbours who are a group of large men all living together **wink**  I think they are all friends, but you know writers – they can turn a papercut into a three-part tragedy.  Or they can turn roommates into a nightly orgy.  **chuckles**

Other books of mine are inspired by a situation.  With The Blinding Light, I wondered about a blind guy who was driven mad by the smell of his new housekeeper.  From that thought I created the characters of Patrick and Jake.  I envisioned what sort of man would take a job as a housekeeper, but not take any of that crap that the fussy blind man would dish out, and Jake was born.

For Safe In His Arms, I have to admit I went for the story rather than the character. I love The Twink and The Bear pairings in M/M.  I’m into opposites attract – which can be shown by the characters I’ve written about so far.  So I picked the physical bodies of my characters.  The idea of hooking up for anonymous sex in the shower room came from nowhere, but the characters grew from there.

Where could this shower room be?  A caravan park.  How would you ensure privacy? Make it late at night.  Why would Lon be in the shower late at night?  His flight was delayed from the mines.  Why would Casey be in the shower room late at night?  He couldn’t sleep, and demons are chasing him.

Why is Lon living in a caravan park? What demons does Casey have? What ensures their attraction to each other?  <– Those questions you’re just going to have to read the book to find out.

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(Link here to the Dreamspinner site to buy Renae’s other books)

Question: What Australian songs should I be playing?

I’m offering TWO lucky party-goers a free eBook: reader’s choice of any of my books. 

To enter, you need to follow along on the blog and ANSWER the question given on THREE of the blog posts.  Each post has a question (and there’s 10 blogs – so it will be easy), and just comment after the blog within the next 24 hours, and you could win a copy of any of my books.  Your choice of which one.

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

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Twitter:  @renaekkaye