Dawn Over Dayfield Release!

Finally! I’ve been waiting a year for this day!

Well, actually for tomorrow… but close enough.

I’ve blogged a few times now about the creation and development of the novel known as Dawn Over Dayfield, so I won’t rehash what I’ve already said. Suffice it to say, a then-friend planted the plot seed and helped me with some brainstorming and research, I fell in love with the book as I was writing it, and fortunately, since it turned out not to be a romance but a suspense novel, Dreamspinner Press had recently launched its non-romance imprint DSP Publications, and they were happy to take the book.

Dawn Over Dayfield was accepted last March. I don’t mind the amount of time between then and now, because it means DSP Publications and I have been able to do some advance promotions that might not otherwise have been possible. When you’re releasing a book, it’s kind of important to let readers know it exists!

But now, at last, it’s time for Dawn Over Dayfield to see the light of day, and I hope readers will love the story and characters as much as I do. You can get your copy from DSP Publications, Amazon.com, and Omnilit.com.

New Book Next Week!

Next Tuesday, March 1, marks the release of my first suspense novel, Dawn Over Dayfield. While the story has romantic elements, it isn’t a romance. The characters didn’t seem to want it to be, and that made sense to me; it’s difficult for love to form over a few days of research, mystery solving, and nearly being murdered.

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Dayfield is a fictional town in central Massachusetts, and it definitely has issues. Once a booming factory town, Dayfield began its decline in the 1980s when the furniture factory which employed many residents closed for good. Nearly thirty years later, the town’s fate was sealed when a tornado struck the area, destroying some buildings that no one can afford to rebuild. (While Dayfield and the furniture factory are fictional, the tornado that hit that part of Massachusetts in 2011 was all too real, as were the effects on some of the towns in the area.)

During the editing process, one of the editors who worked on this novel said that Dayfield almost seemed like a character in and of itself, and that’s how I felt writing the book. I didn’t develop the town entirely on my own; someone who, at the time, was a good friend helped. And all the work he and I put into creating Dayfield definitely paid off.

Dawn Over Dayfield is available for preorder from the publisher, DSP Publications; Amazon.com; and Omnilit.com.

Release Day! Vengeance Is Sweet

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It’s here! Today is the official release day of Vengeance Is Sweet, my reissue of an urban fantasy novel previously published under my Jo Ramsey pen name. This is a Kindle exclusive, so only available on Amazon.com…and it’s a 98,000 word novel for only $2.99.

The novel was available as a Jo Ramsey title for about two years, until I requested that the publisher give me back the publishing rights to it. One of the problems I had with it was that it didn’t fit Jo Ramsey. Under that name, I write young adult fiction. Vengeance Is Sweet is not YA; it’s adult urban fantasy with romantic elements. The only thing that, to the publisher (and I did agree at the time), made it not a Karenna Colcroft title was the absence of any sexual or erotic content.

But when I saw the sales numbers under that name, I started thinking we had made a mistake by branding it as Jo Ramsey, so when I got the rights back I chose to try to correct that mistake. I also did some fairly major revising of part of the story, including cutting about 10,000 words.

I really enjoyed writing the novel to begin with, and revising it was a lot of fun too. I’d forgotten how salty and sassy Omara, my vengeance demon main character, can be. The story has humor, action, a wiseass demon, and other elements that I hope readers who missed it the first time around will really enjoy.

 

Cover Reveal- Vengeance Is Sweet

Well, okay, so I’ve already revealed the cover on Facebook and Tumblr, but not on my blog until today. Because why shouldn’t I do things backwards?

Vengeance Is Sweet was originally published in September 2012, under my Jo Ramsey pen name. That was done because there’s no erotic content in the novel, but it isn’t a young adult story, so it didn’t sell well under that name. After two years of almost no sales, I asked the publisher to return rights to me, which they graciously did.

I’ve spent some time polishing up the novel: getting rid of a ton of repetition, clarifying a couple of plot points, and making it something I’m even happier with than I was originally. I ended up cutting over 10,000 words! And on January 11, I’ll be officially re-releasing the novel as a Karenna Colcroft title. It will be available exclusively on Amazon, and is already up for pre-order there.

And here’s the cover…

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The Story Behind With Every Touch

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In spring 2013, a lot of things were changing in my personal life. Mostly good changes, but still, change sometimes messes with getting things done. I was struggling to continue writing, and I felt like I was treading water with stale plots and characters, just trying to make them fresh somehow so I could keep my backlist going and bring out new releases.

I finally reached a point, though, where I had to stop. My brain was frazzled, and the ideas just weren’t there. For a couple of months, I didn’t write anything at all.

Then I had to start again, because I owed a book to a publisher. I couldn’t think of a single idea, so I went into a chat room I belong to and asked for suggestions. A guy I know–who happens to be a plumber–said, “You should write about a good-hearted plumber with incredible hands.”

We took the conversation private, and with his feedback, I brainstormed the story. A plumber and a TV reporter meet, have sexytimes, and then unexpectedly fall in love. When I started writing the story, the words, for the first time in months, just plain flowed. Everything came together.

The publisher to whom I owed the book accepted it, but then many things happened and the book never reached the editing stage. I asked for a contract cancellation, which was granted, and took the book to Loose Id instead. And tomorrow, it will be available for sale! Check it out on the Loose Id website.

Special Guest Brynn Stein

Welcoming author Brynn Stein today to talk about her new YA novel Ray of Sunlight. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. When and why did you start writing romance?

Actually romance, October of 2011. I’ve written fanfiction with strong male characters for a long while. Back in Oct of 2011, I wrote an alternate universe story called Haunted. Aside from the names of the people in the fandom, there was very little of anything fandom related in the story. It was just this side of original. A friend of mine urged me to strip the story of the few fan related detailed, flesh it out, concentrate on the romance a little more, as well as the mystery I’d originally written, and send it off to Dreamspinner.

By the time I was finished, it was three times the length, much more romantic, and really just a much better story. So, I sent it off, as my friend continued to urge. Imagine my surprise when it was actually offered a contract.

 

2. What’s the strangest thing that’s inspired one of your stories?

That’s probably the incident that inspired Through the Years. (Either that or what inspired the one I’m writing now, but I talk about that on another stop).

I was at the hospital with my daughter. She was getting an MRI done, so I was in the waiting room for those kinds of tests. I couldn’t go back in with her for that, so I was people watching, as I often do.

The door to the testing area opened and I looked over, wondering if it was my daughter. It wasn’t. It was a little old man in a wheelchair being pushed back into the waiting area, presumably finished with his tests.

Another man got up and came over to him. He knelt down in front of and put a woolen cap on him in preparation for going outside. Judging by the apparent age difference, they were probably father and son, just both elderly. But, in my mind, they were lovers, together for fifty years, through thick and thin, trials and tribulations, joys and jubilations.

By the time my daughter came out, I had the whole story in my head, of Edward and Gene, and how they met in college in 1967. Of how Edward fought their attraction for years because he was brought up to believe “that kind” of relationship was wrong. Of how their lives touched and parted, then touched again over the years. Of kids and grandkids, and finally of tragedy that led Edward to the hospital and Gene kneeling before his wheelchair to put Edwards hat on his bald head as they left the hospital one final time.

By the time I finished telling my daughter about it over lunch, she was crying and told me I had to write it and send it in. And it was all because an elderly gentleman put a hat on an older man’s head. Weird, huh.

 

3. Have you ever based a character on someone you know? If so, did you tell them? If not, is there someone in your life you’d like to base a character on?

Yes. Most every homophobic character in any of my books is based on either one particular coworker of mine, or is an amalgam of several bible thumping homophobes I’ve worked with. I fear that sometimes the characters may read as over the top. But they’re modeled on real people. That’s really how these people act. One of the many reasons I’m looking for a job elsewhere…preferably OUT of the Bible belt. <G>

To answer the other questions, no, of course they don’t know I based it on them. Not too many people in my real life even know I write, let alone WHAT I write.

Oh, come to think of it, though, I did model a character for a round robin free read in which I’m participating on my daughter. And she knows about that. She was flattered. Especially so since everyone seems to like Jo (the character). (Here’s the link to the free read if you want to go look: https://brynnstein2.wordpress.com/category/round-robin-free-read/ )

 

4. Is there a plot you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t been able to yet?

I have a whole list of plots I still want to write. The hardest ones to get to seem to be the science fiction/supernatural ones (even though technically I guess my first one was supernatural, it concentrated more on the mystery element I think). It’s odd that that should be the hardest for me because that’s the first genre I turn to when reading. But, for some reason, when it comes to writing, my muse tends to prefer contemporary.

 

5. What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to?

My youngest daughter and I went to Florida several years ago and swam with the dolphins. We did a lot of other things too, jet skied, parasailed, etc. So I guess it wasn’t the place that was so interesting as much as it was what we did there.

 

6. What books do you have available now (title and publisher)?

All the books I have out so far are through Dreamspinner Press:

Haunted

Living Again

Through the Years

Ray of Sunlight

 

7. What books do you have coming soon?

For Mac (coming in May) – Branson Farrell has always lived for his brother Mac, who practically raised him…did raise him after their mother died when he was thirteen.  Mac has made it clear that being gay is NOT acceptable, and Branson has tried to force himself to live within the lines Mac has drawn. When the brothers are in a car accident which leaves Mac in a coma, Branson meets Liam Sullivan, an Irish Adonis in a certified nurse’s uniform. Branson has to try to overcome years of Mac’s dictates to find who he can be when he’s not living for Mac.

What No One Else Can Hear (tentatively scheduled for July or August) – Jimmy Liston is a young empath who has been mentally calling for help for years. Jesse McKinnon, for reasons he’s not even sure of, has heard Jimmy’s cries for help and has followed leads in the waking world until he finds the boy in a residential facility for autistic children. Jesse meets Drew Ferguson, a fellow coworker at the center where Jimmy lives, and as forces try to rip Jesse away from Jimmy, Drew tries to hold both of his ‘men’ together until they can all be the family they seem destined to be.

Teaser Thursday- Stepping Stone Not Doormat

“You’re going out with him?” On the other end of the phone, Mitch’s voice rose. “How can you go out with him?”

Solara held the phone away from her ear and took a deep breath. Mitch was looking out for her. That was all. Even if it pissed her off, his heart was in the right place.

She sank onto her couch and propped her feet on the coffee table. “If I’d known you were going to act like this, I wouldn’t have told you.”

“He hurt you,” Mitch said more quietly.

“Yeah. In the past.” Solara closed her eyes. If Mitch hadn’t called to invite her to spend the day with him while Hunter was at work, they wouldn’t be having this conversation. Usually when Mitch needed company for the day, she was there. But today, she couldn’t be, and he’d demanded to know why.

She should have known he wouldn’t react well to hearing she was giving Navon a chance.

“Right, and if someone hurts you, they’ll hurt you again.”

“I don’t know that,” Solara said, trying to keep the anger out of her tone. “That’s why I’m spending the day with him. He wants another chance. It’s been fifteen years since he fucked me over. Fifteen years is a long frigging time. People change. I sure as hell have.”

“So what if he’s changed?” Mitch snapped. “What are you going to do, move him in with you?”

“Whoa. Stop right there.” If Mitch didn’t keep his mouth shut, Solara would completely lose her shit. He had no right or reason to be jealous. The couch wasn’t his bed anymore. He had a home with Hunter. A life with Hunter, and Solara hadn’t begrudged him that for a single second. She deserved the same respect from him.

Mitch didn’t say a word, but Solara could hear him breathing heavily. He didn’t do confrontation well. Even though he’d started it, he was probably afraid of what she might say or do to him for standing up to her.

He had guts. She would give him that. A couple of months earlier, he wouldn’t have dared to speak to her this way.

Once she was sure she could sound calm, she said, “You’re trying to protect me. I get it, and I appreciate it. But this is a case where I have to make my own decision. If it bites me in the ass, so be it. I can handle it. What I can’t handle is wondering what if, and that’s something I’ve been wondering for a decade and a half. What if things had gone differently between him and me? This is my chance to find out.”

“He might hurt you again,” Mitch said in a small voice.

“He might. Or I might hurt him again. Or maybe neither of us will hurt the other.” She hesitated. If Mitch was reacting this way just to the news that Solara had a date with Navon, she could only imagine how he would respond to hearing about Navon’s planned move. But that was the reason for the date, and maybe Mitch would understand that.

“He’s thinking about moving out here,” she said. “He doesn’t know anyone else in the city. I want to see if we can at least get along enough to be friends. Maybe more, maybe not, but at least that.”

She stopped again as a realization came to her. Mitch had never been jealous of other men when it came to Solara, and maybe he wasn’t jealous now. Maybe he was afraid she wouldn’t have time for him anymore with Navon in the picture, the same way he always feared she would abandon him like most of the other people in his life.

That fear was something she could address. “And it doesn’t mean you’re going to lose me, boo. No matter what Navon is or isn’t to me, you’re my family, and that isn’t changing.”

“Okay.” Mitch sounded relieved. “You’re my family too. That’s why I want you to be okay.”

“I know.” Solara sighed, wishing again she hadn’t told Mitch what was going on. “Look, I have to go get ready. He’s going to be here in a few minutes. I’ll try to give you a call later, but don’t worry if I don’t. I might not have a chance until tomorrow.”

“Yeah, if you’re naked, I don’t want you calling.”

Release Week! Stepping Stone Not Doormat

Tomorrow is the official release of my new male/male novella Stepping Stone Not Doormat! This is the third book in what wasn’t intended to be a series about drag queens who perform(ed) at a club in Boston. The series started with I Should Tell You, which released in March 2014, and continued in Last Chance Tattoo, which released in August 2014.

Although Last Chance Tattoo takes place in a different state and shares only one character with I Should Tell You, Stepping Stone Not Doormat is a direct sequel to ISTY. The main character is Solara Flare, first introduced as the “drag mother” of one of the main characters of ISTY.

When I wrote ISTY, Solara, inspired by real-life drag queen Latrice Royale, stood out as an incredibly fun character to write, and I made up my mind that someday, she would have her own story. And apparently readers liked her too. In one review of ISTY, the reviewer questioned whether Solara would become the lead in a future book. After that, how could I say no?

Meanwhile, my publisher Loose Id put out a call for reunited lovers stories, and so I gave Solara a former lover, Navon, who shows up in Boston unexpectedly. But as I began to brainstorm their story, something was missing. I knew why Navon and Solara had broken up: Solara is a recovering drug addict who used heavily during their initial relationship, and Navon ended the relationship when Solara was arrested for burglary and possession. What I didn’t know was how Solara had found her way from Los Angeles, where that occurred, to her current home in Boston. Nor did I know why she chooses to use her stage name and female pronouns in her daily life despite identifying as male.

As I was struggling to put the pieces together, I saw a link on Facebook about domestic violence in gay couples. The link led to an article that included statements about how often male victims of male abusers aren’t believed; that male-on-male domestic violence is sometimes passed off as “just a fight”, or the victim is blamed for not defending himself.

As soon as I read that, I knew the rest of Solara’s story. How she fled across the country and changed (not legally) her name and pronouns to escape an abusive lover, believing that he would face no consequences. And that gave me Navon’s reason for finding Solara: To tell her that her abuser was dead and had left behind something that had once belonged to Solara.

Solara is a strong character who has overcome a lot, but even now, nine years after coming to Boston, sometimes her past weighs her down. But she fights to have a good life, and I hope readers will take encouragement from her.

Spotlight on Mia Epsilon

And the final Breathless Press spotlight of 2014 is Mia Epsilon and her new book When You Believe. Welcome!

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Dan and Monica’s relationship gets a push from a handsome stranger, but will their love survive the test?

Monica has deep roots in the small town of Abbeville and manages the local coffee shop, which serves as the hub of town news. Deeply in love with Daniel, she still can’t help but notice the gorgeous stranger, Michael, who seemingly appears out of nowhere. When Dan begins to pull away from her, what’s a girl to do? Tempted to sit home and cry, Monica is determined to push through the uncertainty. Does that mean exploring new options?

Daniel carries secrets he can’t share with anyone, even Monica. He’s a man with no past and no relatives, so he doesn’t believe he deserves a bright future. He is certain pulling away from Monica, his love and the closest thing he has to a family, is the only way she can truly find happiness. But when tragedy strikes Abbeville, will the man with no roots become its savior? Or will he discover Michael’s true reason for appearing among them?

 

EXCERPT:

“Am I interrupting something?” Dan came in the door and stood just inside, his expression confused. “Is everything okay?”

“No. Amber is convinced Michael is some assassin here to kill someone for Jamie Manning who’s part of the Irish mafia.” She pointed at Dan as he burst into laughter and glared at Amber. “There. See how ridiculous you’re being?”

“Oh, that’s too funny. Adam and Emily would get such a kick out of that. I bet Chief Owens would, too.” Dan bent over as he continued to laugh. “Come on, that’s too silly to be real.”

“Well, okay, so maybe it is.” Amber conceded with a hard note in her tone. “But you have to admit the guy is weird and freaky things happen around him.”

Dan straightened and walked over to put an arm around Monica’s shoulders. “He is, I agree. But he’s no killer. He grabbed the Marley kid out of the street a few weeks back. And Monica told me how he saved Anna from falling right before she gave birth to the twins. No assassin does nice things like that.”

“So what’s his last name? And where is he staying?” Amber demanded. “I’m going to find out before something really bad happens. Then you two will have to eat your words.” She stomped off to the back room, shoulders and spine stiff straight.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Mia Epsilon lives with her ever patient and tolerant soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance, with too many favorite authors to name. Mia is a huge Doctor Who fan, isn’t so certain about the writing in the new series yet absolutely adores the new Doctor and his Scottish accent. She also happily suffers a chocolate addiction, which causes her to visit her favorite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.

Mia can most often be found at her computer spinning new tales or in a quiet padded nook (a nook, she swears, not a padded room) with her e reader happily engrossed in a new story. She’s currently hard at work on her series “Weddings by C & C” and trying to build its reputation from “just another wedding story” to “OMG you have got to read this book!” She appreciates all reader input and comments on her Face Book, Twitter, Amazon and Good Reads pages. Her released titles include: Wedding Belle Blues, Take a Chance on Me, When You Believe, and That Night, along with a short story in The Wonderland Tales, Leave Your Hat On.

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Spotlight on Erzabet Bishop

The first Breathless Press spotlight today is author Erzabet Bishop, and her new book Holidays in Hell. Welcome!

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Deck the halls with all things kinky. Jonas is an incubus with an incurable lust for gingerbread and holiday lights. When he finds himself falling for Holly Pendleton, the woman he has marked as the final soul to end his contract, he faces a heart wrenching decision: take what he needs to feed his hunger or sacrifice himself for the woman who has lit his own demonic soul on fire. Tied up with red ribbons, Holly just might be Jonas’s deepest Christmas wish and the one woman who could set him free.

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“It’s twisted.” Mallory sniped, her tone coolly disapproving. Grabbing Jonas by the arm, they trudged down the main street of the Old Towne shopping district, dodging tourists and rabid consumers on a mission.

“What?”

“You’ve lost your mind completely. Here? At a shopping mall? Seriously?”

“Why not? It’s not like they’ll even notice.” Jonas glanced in Mallory’s direction and stared after the white coat of a woman he’d just seen in the crowd. It was strange, but it almost seemed like she was following them. Jonas didn’t care. He stuffed the panic down and resumed his vigil. Somewhere out there was his last conquest. He just had to find her.

Holiday music piped through the air and the smell of chestnuts roasting wafted toward the crowd. The Carver Hills Old Towne Winter Carnival was in full force and it warmed Jonas’s soul to see it. Throwing caution to the wind, he let out another burst of energy and sent it spiraling into the crowd. What could it hurt? He was here on a shopping expedition of his own, and it wasn’t for the latest transforming doll or gadget. Nope. Lust was his mission. He was hungry.

“Because…” Mallory’s voice trailed off as she patted the squirming dog in her purse. Terrance yipped and gave an indignant growl. Stuffed into a red sweater, the little black Chihuahua looked absolutely miserable.

“Oh my God, Jonas. Why do you have to always pick the toughest crowd? It’s a needle in a haystack.”

“You’re entitled to your opinion. I, for one, am going to check things out and find something, or someone, to eat.” Jonas’s lips curved up in a smile at Mallory’s irritated and completely unladylike snort.

“Mallory, if I want a cheeseburger I’ll go to a drive-through. I want something a little more substantial. And that means I’m going to have to work for it, okay?”

She stared at him, a mutinous look on her face. Terrance yipped and she reached down absently to pet him. He shook, trying to curl himself into a ball inside Mallory’s large gold purse but having a hard time.

“You’d better get him in out of the cold. The little guy’s shaking like a leaf.”

“He’s fine,” she snapped.

“Okay. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when his little bladder decides it’s time to void all over your cell.”

“Ugh! Jonas. That’s disgusting. Terrence wouldn’t do that, would you, honey?” Mallory reached down and gave the dog a kiss on the top of his smooth black head.

The dog whined and shook.

“Go on, Mal. I’ll be fine.” Please. So I can get down to business.

He knew what he wanted. Lust was, after all, his personal vice of the seven deadlies. It really didn’t matter the form. It was usually sex that got people into trouble, but any old lust would do. And right now, he wanted to indulge in a little proclivity of his own. If Mallory would leave him the hell alone, that is. The need was there and it was clawing at his gut relentlessly. But so was the desire to revel in the holidays. If things went badly, it would be his last ride on the bus, so to speak. He didn’t want to miss a thing.

This was his most favorite time of year. Christmas. Twinkling lights. Tacky reindeer yard ornaments. Tinsel. Garlands. Ah, the things you could do with a garland. A little tricky rope work and a willing partner and you had yourself your own little bondage Christmas carol. A happy smile tilted up the corner of his mouth. It was funny as Hell, really. A lust demon with a fetish for Christmas ornaments.

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About the author:

Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books.

Although she is new to Breathless Press, she is a contributing author to several websites and magazines and has an extremely impressive backlist of more than 50 books, articles and short stories and was also a finalist for the GCLS 2014 awards in two separate categories. She will be releasing several new titles through Breathless Press in the coming months.

 

She lives in Texas with her husband and furry children, and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects, and watch monster movies.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.

Follow her reviews and posts on Twitter @erzabetbishop.

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