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October Celebrations

The Walking Dead resumes this Sunday. Bring out yer dead!
Or bring them on, I should say.

I’m celebrating October–Halloween month, Walking Dead new season month–by rereleasing two classics of mine. After the End:
Zombies are on the loose and the world comes unraveled. A group of strangers on a Manhattan subway are brought together in the name of survival following the lead of Ari Brenner, a young man who represents authority because of his army uniform. Even though Ari doesn’t feel worthy of their trust, he steps up during the crisis as he’s been trained to do.

College student Lila Teske finds her non-violent beliefs tested in the crucible of a zombie attack as she takes her place fighting by Ari’s side. There are other members of the diverse group, but the focus of the story is on Lila and Ari, young people who learn about sacrifice, inner strength and even love during their ordeal.

With infrastructure down and communication with the outside world broken, the survivors head toward the nearest marina to escape New York. When they meet a lab tech who may know the key to defeating the virus, he must be protected at all costs. But the reanimated dead aren’t the only danger that impedes them on their perilous journey.

And Dead Country:
Zombie-fighting and romance. There’s room for both in Dead Country. Set in the same terrifying world as Bonnie Dee’s bestselling After the End, but following the adventures of new characters.

Mathematician Brian Pasman returns to his Kansas hometown just before the zombie apocalypse changes the world. Several months into the invasion, order is slowly being restored, but citizens of the tiny town are left to fend for themselves behind a ramshackle barricade.

Into Brian’s routine horror of zombie-killing rides a force of change on a Harley. Ashleigh Jennings once dreamed of a singing career but has survived in the world as a maid, waitress and exotic dancer. Her lively personality brings Brian back to life.

The motorcycle group’s arrogant leader clashes with the domineering head of the town council, but everyone must join forces when a new wave of the undead sweeps across the plains. Can Brian come up with a battle plan to save them all or is his education in probabilities only good in theory?

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Mending Him is out and about

I have a file folder of story ideas that can sometimes sit for years before being used. Mending Him is one of those ideas that evolved in a different way than originally intended.

 I’ve always enjoyed stories concerning unwanted wards taken in by a family and raised as not quite an equal to the other children. I imagined a heroine with a club foot and awkward demeanor who expects to spend her entire life as a dependent of her wealthy family, making herself useful and finding what joy she can in her limited life–until the day another random cousin in the extended family comes to visit and romance blooms.

I brought up the premise to Summer with a little gender revision and a disability for the visiting relative that would give the pair something to connect over, and she was down with it. There’s a real sweetness to stalwart Robbie that makes a lovely counterpoint to overbearing, charming, livewire Charles. We hope readers enjoy the couple and the rest of their family. The other characters were fun to write too.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Just got back from a thousand mile trip, touring the edge of Lake Huron, Superior and all the way around our good ole Lake Michigan. Saw relatives in Wisconsin and took the ferry across to home. That’s a lot of riding for four days.

Along the way we saw many views like this:

And a whole lotta these: I did some work while I was riding though, working out in my head what writing project I should tackle next. What I came up with was a biker series. Go figure. Of course those hunky dudes in MC romance can’t hold a candle to the real middle-aged biker in my life:

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Gemini Girls GiMMEE event
Gemini Girls Website

A 3-day celebration of our favourite M/M Romance writers
 What’s happening?
– Mini-spotlights each day
–  new releases
– review links
– mini-interviews for each spotlight author
– reviews for (free) Love’s Landscapes books
– giveaway bundle each day
  Spotlights on:Barbara Elsborg, Garrett Leigh, Eva Lefoy, Shiloh Saddler, Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon
Also featured:Aleks Voinov, LA Witt, Kaje Harper, Kimber Vale, Lisa Henry, Vanessa North

Summer and I will be featured on Tuesday, August 19 so be sure to stop on by.

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Why I wrote New Life…

Wow, keeping up a blog is hard work. Now I remember why I gave up on maintaining it. Today, to help support my repackaged release of the New Life two volume set, I thought I’d talk about how I came to write the book(s). Be sure to download a copy for FREE from now through Friday. Amazon only but you’re welcome to pick up a copy even if mobi isn’t your preferred reading format.

New Life is about Jason, a young man who has suffered traumatic brain injury due to a car accident and is still adjusting to the new limitations of his brain–and his life. Because he has some memory issues and requires a set routine to function, he is working a janitorial job when he meets Anna, the woman who becomes his love interest. She’s a lawyer whose firm is located in the building. He finds her sobbing in a stairwell after her first botched attempt in court and he gives her comfort and words of wisdom in her dark moment. Their relationship evolves from this first “meet cute” as the couple deals with social differences and issues caused by Jason’s disability. New Year resumes several months after the end of New Life and continues Jason and Anna’s story as they spend Christmas with her parents.

Many of my books and stories contain a kernel of some movie I’ve seen and then expanded to suit my own fantasy. New Life was inspired by The Lookout, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, and as you read New Life you may notice the physical similarities in my description of the hero. This was one case when I definitely had a specific actor in mind as I wrote. (Never did get a cover model that remotely resembled him but oh well.)

Here’s the blurb for The Lookout. “Chris “Slapshot” Pratt (Gordon-Levitt), whose once-bright future has been dimmed by a severe head injury, is a night janitor at a bank. Lonely and frustrated, Chris falls prey to a con man’s seductive promise of romance and a better life, and agrees to help rob the bank where he works”

Seriously, check out this movie if you don’t mind dark plots with no real love interest. Jeff Daniels was really good too. I really liked the story but I wanted a romance involved–so I wrote one, and that’s New Life.

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