Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Onward to 2015

It's that time again when I reflect on the year that's nearly over. Lots of health issues brought me down this past year. I wasn't nearly as productive in any aspect of my life as I would have liked to be. My grandmother on Mom's side of the family passed away in late August and that was also a big blow to take.

I started a new series with Siren Publishing in 2014. I plan on continuing with it, but I have made the decision to step away from erotic romance for the most part. I want to concentrate on mainstream romance, and other non-romance related writing projects which as of late have fallen to the side. That doesn't mean that I will stop writing erotic romance all-together, but it won't be the sole thing that I write. 

Let's all hope for a great new year! Have a great one and see you in 2015!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Barbecue and Pillow Talk(Opposites 3) on Pre-order!

The third installment in my Opposites series is now available for pre-order. It releases officially on December 27th! Check out the blub and story excerpt below. A more spicy excerpt can be read on the Siren page. Note: Each release in this series can be read alone.

Blurb: Ben Charmer's life up to now hasn't gone the way he figured it would. After years of hiding in the closet married to a woman, he's now on his own after an amicable divorce.

Dave Heatherington once had it all, or so he'd initially thought. Caught up in a nasty past relationship that's ended, he's left scarred and bitter.  Starting life anew in a small town, he's bought a large Victorian dilapidated inn that needs a lot of work. 

Ben's great with his hands. Doing the work on the inn itself isn't too hard, but being in the company of the inn's hot new owner proves to be a bigger challenge than he'd initially thought. 

Things quickly heat up as the two men confide in each other about their mutual pasts and hidden secrets. For one thing, Ben isn't out. But an upcoming event might change all that and their lives forever.

Story Excerpt: Being out of work couldn’t have come at a worst time. With his wife and kids gone, Ben was well aware that he had too much time to sit around and think. With a little savings tucked away he wasn’t worried about money yet. Something would come along, it always did. His ability to work well with his hands came in handy since it meant being able to work at many things. Sitting back staring mindlessly at the TV, he scanned the channels looking for something interesting to watch. He settled on Three’s Company. It was the episode about the big misunderstanding. Nobody could do physical comedy like the actors on that show. God, he loved Ritter!

Sitting in just his boxer shorts and a white T-shirt, he tried not to think about the stressors that had come into his life. He desperately needed to unwind, and when the phone rang, he debated whether or not he would answer it or let the machine take it. On the third ring he reached out and picked up the receiver. “Hello.”

“Hey,” said the other voice on the end of the line. “It’s Craig Lindsay.”

His cheeks turned red when he thought about the attraction he’d had for that guy. “Hey, what’s up?” He hadn’t the sweetest clue as to why Craig would be calling him. He was listed in the book and that’s how he guessed that Craig got his number.

“The usual hard work and slugging it out,” Craig replied with an added laugh. “But I do have a specific reason to call you. There’s a guy who’s new to town. His name is Dave Heatherington.”

“No thanks,” Ben said quickly, cutting him off. “I’m not interested and in no way ready to date or make my private life known.”

“Hold off, man. I’m not trying to set you up.”

Ben sucked in a deep breath and exhaled slowly feeling stupid. “Sorry, I’m a little on edge.”

“I guess you are. Maybe I should call back at another time?”

“No, I’m fine. Shoot.”

“He bought an inn right here in town and it’s in dire need of renovations. He came into the bakery this morning and we got to talking about it. He needs help and I immediately thought of you. So I suggested to him that I’d give you a call with his details.”

 “Give me his number. I’ll give him a call.” He reached for a pen and piece of paper. He jotted down the name and number of the inn’s owner and thanked Craig for calling. He still felt like a douche, but figured that Craig would overlook it.

“Ben,” Craig said. “If you need to talk or anything you can come around. I’m here pretty much all of the time or up in the apartment. I know how things can be. Just sayin’.”

“The divorce came through. Rebecca’s gone off with her man and she took the kids. I knew it was going to happen, but it’s going to take me a bit to adjust.”

“I didn’t know. I’m sorry to hear that. Like I said, if you ever need to talk or just a listening ear.”

Craig sounded genuine and Ben knew he was a stand-up guy. Talking however, he wasn’t sure that he was at that point yet. “Thanks. Thanks for offering. I’ll keep that in mind.” He glanced down at the snippet of paper in his hand. It was potential work, and at this time what else did he have to keep his mind and body occupied. He picked up the phone. “Dave Heatherington,” he said to the air around him. “Definitely not from these parts.”

* * * *

“It isn’t so bad,” Dave said, standing in the middle of the rather outdated country-style kitchen with its red and white gingham curtains. He put the boxes from the bakery down on the island before sitting down himself. Binging on starchy carbs and high-quality coffee would help ease his suffering momentarily, but he had to face the fact that he’d bought a bitter lemon. Firing up the coffeemaker, he glanced at the yet-to-be-opened boxes wondering how fast he could eat two cupcakes. When his cell phone vibrated against his thigh, he nearly jumped out of his skin. “Hello, this is Dave,” he answered, doing his best to sound nice and pleasant.

“Hey,” said the male voice on the other end of the line. “Craig Lindsay gave me your name and number. He said that you were looking for someone to do renovations?”

“That was quick, but yes I am indeed. You are?”

“Ben Charmer. That was extremely rude of me. I should have introduced myself up front before saying anything else.”

If you could judge a man’s looks based on his voice alone, Dave guessed that the man speaking was gorgeous. Already his mind was taken away from his problems as he listened to Ben speak. “That’s okay. How much did Craig tell you?”

“Just that you bought an inn that needed work done with it.”

“You’re experienced?” He bit down on his bottom lip right after the words left his mouth. It had been far too long since he’d had a man in his bed. “I mean, you know what you’re doing.” He cleared his throat as he waited for Ben to respond. His mind had long gone far into the gutter making him feel desperate and pathetic in so many ways.

“I do good work. I work hard. I’m very good with my hands.”

“You can drop by on Monday to see what needs to be done for yourself. That’s the best thing to do.”

“Great,” Ben replied. There was a pause. “The address?”

Dave gave it to him before ending the call. When he placed the phone back in his pocket, he shook his head. “You’d think you never talked to a man before. Get your mind out of your pants, Heatherington. You’re starting to come across as being cheap!”

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Print Editions

In the age of e readers, I know that not everyone has one or has the desire to get one. I prefer print myself, but I do on occasion choose to read books on my Kindle. This post is basically a reminder to readers out there that I do have some works available in print.

All books currently in print are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Book Depository.

Blurb: Bestselling novella combo: Beyond Friends, Under the Boss, and Apples to Oranges.

Blurb: A collection of seven hot and sexy man-on-man stories by author Xondra Day. - My Gay Zombie - The Best Gift - Just Upstairs - Cutter - Kissing Michael - Summer Surprise - Trick All stories are available separately in Ebook format.

Blurb: Twice in a lifetime? 

Craig isn't one for having friends. In fact, he's content being a loner until he meets new guy, Jason one summer's day. Jason is everything Craig isn't. Jason is handsome, athletic, and charismatic. But Jason also harbors a deep secret. Soon they form a fast friendship that changes into something much more. 

After an impromptu trip to visit Jason's estranged gay brother, Craig reveals Jason's dark secret and Jason vows to never see Craig again before he sends him away. Years pass and Craig moves on with his life. After a couple of bad relationships, he's done with dating and finding Mr. Right. 

But when an older and more mature Jason steps back into his life looking to hookup again, he can't help but wonder if there's still a spark waiting to be relit between them.

Blurb: Best friends make the best lovers? Indeed they do. 

There’s nothing more exciting than discovering that the person you already share everything with is the one you want sharing your bed. Join us for ten tales of sexy and decadent discoveries as these gloriously hot men find all the love, lust and orgasmic delight they could ever want—closer than they expected. 

10 Author Anthology: Squeezable by Penelope Rivers A Little Bendy by Erin M. Leaf Being Stupid by Sean Michael Quench by Xondra Day Coming Home by K. Williams Between Marriage and an Octopus by Rebecca Brochu Getting Wade by Shawn Lane Gypsy Psychics Can't Be Wrong by Giselle Renarde Jay's Addiction by Chrissie Lee Diamond: The Men of Rock Candy by Alex Bowman

Blurb: Print Combo(MMF)! Contains Eden's Garden and The Last Temptation of Eve.

Blurb: Print Combo(MMF)! Contains Menage on the Prairie and Our Dirty Little Secret.

Note: I'm hoping to see the Executive Assistant: Manlove Edition antho in print soon along with a soon to be self-published historical m/m that I am still working on. Also, the next installment in my Opposites series with Siren Publishing has been accepted for publication and will be out January 1, 2015. You can read about Ben's story then. 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Sweet Honesty(Opposites 2) Excerpt

Sweet Honesty which is the second installment in my Opposites series for Siren Publishing is now up on their site for pre-order. For those who read the first book this is Craig's story. I'm posting the story excerpt and blurb here, but for the adult except you can click the order link. Warning: Most likely not work safe as it's rather spicy! Enjoy!

Blurb: [Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative May-December Romance, M/M, HEA]

They hit it off from the start. As the chemistry between them starts to sizzle, they both realize they share common life goals even though in many ways they're opposites. 

When sudden tragedy strikes. Craig is forced to face his past. From tragedy comes a chance to do the very thing he's always wanted. When offered the family bakery business, Craig jumps at the opportunity and comes to the conclusion that all things are possible with lots of hard work, even if he is unsure about certain things. He turns to Glenn, who has a great head for business. Glenn becomes his rock. The future's looking bright. All things are possible with lots of hard work and the right man at his side.

Story Excerpt: “I’ve been thinking about you,” Glenn said.

“Have you?” Craig walked slowly along as they made their way across the vast expanse of Terrence’s property. The place really was beautiful. It was paradise in a swanky part of the city. Of course Terrence could afford it and more if he wanted it. It was a privilege that came along with immense wealth. “I haven’t had much time to think about anything. Heading back home is going to be a struggle. I have mixed feelings about it. I know facing the past isn’t going to be easy even with Dad no longer in the picture.” He felt bad that his dad had died. After all the crap that man had put him through, he was still Craig’s father. Like it or not, that did stand for something. Without that man, he wouldn’t be here. He wouldn’t have been born, plain and simple.

“I can’t imagine how it will be for you. You seem like you’re a strong person. I don’t know you that well. This is our third time meeting?”

“I think so.”

“This isn’t the right time to make a move on you. I’d never be that tacky. What I’m trying and wanting to say is that when you get back, I’d like to see you again. I want us to get to know each other better. That’s if you’re interested?”

“I’d like that.” Glenn was a nice guy. They did come from highly different backgrounds. One thing he didn’t want was to jump in bed with him right away. Not that Glenn wasn’t attractive, he was. For possibly the first time in his young life he wanted more than just a fling between the sheets. Something inside him had started to change. Maybe it was because he had witnessed what real love between two men was like seeing Danny and Terrence together? They’d made their relationship work despite the hardships between them. They didn’t allow anything or anybody to bring them down. He held the highest respect for both of them. “But I’m not sure how long I’ll be gone.” There were also things she had to take care of before leaving the city. Danny would look in on his apartment. He had a few plants that would require watering. That wasn’t a big deal. He’d have to take leave from work. He wasn’t sure how that would sit with his boss. If it came down to it, there were other places to work. Lots of places were hiring dancers.

“I’ll be here when you get back. Feel free to call or text me anytime. I’m a good listener.”

Craig couldn’t remember ever meeting a man like Glenn before. All of the guys that he’d been involved with one way or another in the past had been young and immature. Glenn wasn’t either. He wasn’t old. He guessed Glenn to be nearing forty give or take a few years. This man had direction in his life. And though they’d never spoken about finances, he had already guessed that Glenn also had a lot of money. “That’s good. I’ll do that when I get a chance. I’m leaving tomorrow. I want to attend the funeral. It will be awkward as hell, but I feel it’s the right thing to do. I’m pushing myself to go through with it.”

“At times we all have to do that. It isn’t easy doing things that we don’t like, but it can be good for the soul.”

This man was deep. Craig mulled over what Glenn had said. He agreed with him. Like it or not, some things had to be done. “I’m glad we met. You’re not like the guys I’ve had in my life.”

Glenn smiled warmly. They continued walking. “How so?”

“You’re mature.”

“As in old?” Glenn raised one brow as they came to a wooden bench. He motioned for them to sit.

“No, that’s totally not what I meant. Talking to you is different. So many times I feel like I’m alone in the world. Sure, I’ve talked with guys before, but it’s like they aren’t listening or interested in anything I have to say. You probably think I’m not making a lick of sense.”

“You make perfect sense. Maturity comes with experience, I like to think. I’ve lived a full life so far. I haven’t much to complain about. At times things have been extremely difficult, but you have to trudge on. Giving up was and still is never an option.”

“Sound words to live by.” Chatting with Glenn made him feel better. When he felt Glenn touch his thigh, he couldn’t help but return a wide grin at the man who was now staring directly at him. They kissed. It was unlike any kiss Craig had before. It was gentle and sweet. It left him feeling incredibly warm. This moment was one to remember. He’d never forget it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Adventure in Self-publishing

A couple years ago my journey into self-publishing started with a novella  that I wrote that was a little outside the box. I submitted it to a couple of publishers. One rejected it on content, and the other wanted a major rewrite that would have taken the whole purpose of the story away. I sat on it for a while wondering what to do with it. After much thinking I thought about self-publishing it.

At first I think I went into it with blinders on. Many authors of m/m and erotic romance had already done quite well publishing their own work. There was a certain allure about it that drew me in. I think it was the control. I would decide on the cover, work with my husband with the edits and formatting, and release it when I felt it was ready to be placed out there. It was an experiment.

My husband helped me a lot. He's brutal when it comes to giving me honest feedback with my writing. He's computer savvy and formatting came pretty easily for him. I did seek out a cover artist who did a great job. She took my suggestions and it really was exactly what I wanted.

When everything was done, I uploaded the book to various sales sites. Sales were decent, but nothing that I would go around bragging about. This was a couple years ago and sales have trickled since then. It's selling, but not hitting the bestseller charts.

After that I published another novella that again was a little bit outside the box. I also published a couple of short stories. Surprisingly, it was the short stories that sold really well. I expected my longer work to sell better than the short stuff. Go figure!

The last thing I self-published was a collection of my short stories that initially I was only going to put into print to use for promo purposes such as giveaways. That also led to an e edition. All of those stories were already available for individual sale.

Did self-publishing meet my expectations? Yes and no. I honestly expected to do better. Do I blame self-publishing? No. My work seems to be hit or miss with readers. Some really like it while others really hate it. Everything I have written can be found on Amazon, All Romance, Barnes & Noble, and Bookstrand(Shameless Plug).

Do I have advice for anyone wanting to self-publish? Yes. But don't release your work until you're sure it's absolutely ready. Don't rush it. It's better to put out a quality product first rather than suffer terrible reviews telling you on how you should have got an editor. And get a decent cover. It really is worth paying a talented artist to do it for you unless you are good at it yourself like some are. This is the first thing readers will see when they come across your book. First impressions matter.

Will I self-publish again? Yes. I plan on self-publishing more short stories along with some other works that are longer including a MMF menage. Overall, I enjoy the process.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coming Soon: Sweet Honesty(Opposites 2)

I am pleased to announce that the second installment in my Opposites series with Siren Publishing will be released in early October. For those who read When You Least Expect It, this will be Craig's story. Craig was introduced as Danny's best friend. Sweet Honesty is set mostly in the small town where Craig grew up. An unexpected tragedy draws him back to his roots and that's all I am going to say about that *smiles*

If you haven't checked out the first novella in the series, it's available on Amazon, Bookstrand, and Barnes and Noble. 

When You Least Expect It blurb:  [Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Romance, M/M, foot fetish, HEA]
Danny Lyon has never had much luck at romance. After a failed relationship drives him from his hometown, he finds his way into the city only to discover that life doesn't often turn out how you'd like.
Working at a strip club, The Treasure Chest certainly isn't his dream job, but it pays well. Everything is going along fine until he meets Terrence LeBrec, an older man who shows up one night out of the blue. Terrence is rich, laid back, and as the chemistry between them erupts, it also surprises Danny that he's attracted to a man who otherwise isn't his type.
Terrence only went to The Treasure Chest to pass away time. He never expected to meet anyone, but when Danny takes the stage, he's totally taken with the young man who he knows nothing about. He has to meet him. There's something definitely between them. Terrence can't deny it. They have a connection that he can't let go. One hookup leads him to want more.
It doesn't take a lot of time for Danny to realize how different their lives really are. Why would a guy like Terrence who has everything going for him be interested in a guy like him? It doesn't make sense. They come from different worlds—perhaps too different.
Will what brought them together tear them apart? They're opposites in every way possible. Will love conquer all?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Series Highlight: Lust at First Sight Plus a Giveaway!

The Idea: I love reading about first time meeting between hot guys in m/m. I love that initial attraction they have when they first see and interact with each other. I think it's sexy and hot to be brutally honest. So when brainstorming one day, I thought about writing a series of shots about just that! Each installment is completely standalone. Each chronicles a couples first meeting and what comes after. You can use your imagination there! So far there are three short stories with more to come. This isn't instalove either. Not that I mind instalove. I think in the right story with right characters it works. This is lust first and foremost. The love comes later. 

Two people will win a copy of Nick & Matchim(Lust at First Sight 3). All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you. 

Check out the blurbs below for each. The series is available from Evernight Publishing, Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance, and Barnes and Noble.

Sean & Toby: 

First time meetings can lead to many things, but when you meet the one guy you're automatically attracted to—the chemistry sizzles. Strangers or not, it doesn't matter. It's lust at first sight and anything's game...

Sean's mundane job at a call center leads him to make some changes in his routine life. Getting fit is one of his goals and after joining a local gym, he meets cute and twinky Toby.

Toby nearly knocks the breath out of Sean with not only his cute looks, but also his wit and charm. Their attraction to each other is instant and Sean can't stop thinking about Toby and his perfect butt. 

Things quickly heat up between them, but Toby isn't who Sean thought he was. Looks can be very deceiving. There's another side to Toby's personality. Sean's definitely met his match!

Tyler & Marco: 

First time meetings can lead to many things, but when you meet the one guy you're automatically attracted to—the chemistry sizzles. Strangers or not, it doesn't matter. It's lust at first sight and anything's game...

Shy and socially awkward Tyler has been watching the construction site across from his house secretly lusting for the hot guys that work there, but when he finally comes face to face with the hot and sexy Italian, Marco, it's lust at first sight! Marco is everything Tyler has ever dreamed of in a man, and his complete opposite in every way possible.

Marco's life is all about hard work. From the moment he left home just after high school, he'd forged his own way in the world without ever knowing real love. But when he meets the cute guy who lives across the street from his work, he instantly feels something sizzling between them. But Marco isn't out and not sure if he's ready to tell the world he's gay, or even his own family.

Both guys yearn for something more in life and after a couple rounds of hot sex, and another chance meeting, they come to see that possibly there is something more between them than just lust.

Nick & Matchim:

First time meetings can lead to many things, but when you meet the one guy you're automatically attracted to—the chemistry sizzles. Strangers or not, it doesn't matter. It's lust at first sight and anything's game...

Stuck in a world full of cannibalistic corpses after a mysterious flu-like virus kills off the majority of the world's population, Nick Sparrow has learned to survive in a world where the dead outnumber the living.

Matchim Chase has been surviving on his own for the past couple of weeks. When he's suddenly surrounded by a horde of zombies, he's thankful to have a handsome stranger come to his rescue.

Holed up together in a motel room and subsequently in an abandoned house, the connection they form is instant. They find what they need in each other. In a world torn apart they come together sharing their pasts and hopes for the future. Living in the moment is all they have because tomorrow might never come.