Today I’m visiting Boy Meets Boy Reviews with an interview about my writing and the Thorns and Fangs series in particular. Check it out for another crack at the $10 NineStar Gift card.
The second stop on the Dead Wrong blog tour is The Novel Approach where I’m sharing the music that inspired the Thorns and Fangs series. This is extremely timely as two days ago, my computer restarted and everything in iTunes is gone. While I can redownload my songs, I’ve lost all my playlists!
Anyway, the post: be warned, I have zero taste in music.
For the next five days, Dead Wrong is on tour. The first stop is the Blogger Girls where I share an exclusive excerpt from Dead Wrong (Thorns and Fangs #4). Check it out and be in to win a $10 Ninestar Press giftcard:
And on a personal note, doing much better! I’ll save the update until the tour is done, but thanks for all the good wishes!
It’s been quiet over here—and when you see this post, you’ll understand why. Not only have I been dog-sitting an animal of extreme musical likes and dislikes, putting the final polishing touches on Dead Wrong (release date February 26th), but today the Kindle Scout Campaign for Gentlemen Don’t Murder launched. It is all go.
Gentlemen Don’t Murder is my take on the vintage detective fiction I loved growing up. It is a modern take on the classic whodunnit, featuring a struggling artist with a penchant for crime, his ex-best friend who always has an agenda of his own, and an ambitious police detective who doesn’t let little things like gentlemanly feeling or social standing get in the way of solving a crime.
While there is the twisty plot and an extended cast of characters you are used to from me, there is no romance. While Peregrine is gay, the fact that this series is set in Edwardian England, plus the nature of Golden Age detective fiction, means that the focus of this series is very much on the mystery element—although there is lots of relationship drama. I’ve decided to publish this series as G. Kevern as a way of helping readers differentiate between my romance and non-romance works.
I’ve also decided to take a chance on Kindle Scout. This is basically The X-Factor for books. You put up your book, readers can take a look and if they like it, nominate it, and that the end of a thirty day period, Amazon will review the success of your campaign and decide it they want to offer you a publishing contract. I’m keen to put my work in front of a bigger audience, and your help here would be hugely appreciated. Take a look, nominate if it takes your fancy, and, most importantly of all, please share with anyone you think would be interested. You’ll be helping me out a lot–and if you nominate Gentlemen Don’t Murder, and my campaign is successful, you’ll receive a free copy of it when it’s published. Win-win!
Peregrine Fogg hoped his first commission would launch his career as an artist—not involve him in a murder investigation. His client, self-made millionaire Elmer Tarr, ruthlessly pursues his social ambitions at the cost of his family relationships. As the wedding of Tarr’s youngest son approaches, long-buried tensions resurface. When Tarr is murdered, Peregrine must choose between the truth or his future as an artist.
Jim ‘Jackdaw’ Dawson knows this is the case that will propel him out of obscurity and into the ranks of the London detectives but his class-conscious superior refuses to believe Tarr’s wealthy family could be involved in his death. Dawson suspects the key to solving Tarr’s murder is the keen-eyed artist. To catch the murderer, he’ll need to persuade Peregrine to overcome a lifetime of playing by society’s rules. But Peregrine is everything Dawson despises. Can he cooperate with a member of the abhorrent upper class—even if he is a poor relation?
A murderer that will stop at nothing.
An unlikely detective team.
A fresh-take on the vintage mystery.
Corey Alexander shares their holiday recs, helpfully organised by theme, so you can find exactly the seasonal story to suit your mood. There are some familiar reads on the list, including Handmade Holidays, Tow Trucks and New Years Kisses, and my own The Ugliest Sweater.
This post focuses on fall and winter holidays and includes romances centered around these: Halloween, Samhain, Durga Puja, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years Eve. (About half are Christmas stories, there are so many more out there.) It definitely shows my bias towards contemporary romance, but there is a smattering of fantasy and historical romance too.
I read a bunch of holiday romances to get to this list. Most of these are novella length or shorter, which is one of the things I appreciate most about holiday romances–most are shorter, which is often more accessible for me to read. I am grouping them by theme. Most could belong in more than one category. I link to reviews where I have written them; that’s the place to find trigger warnings.
I’m listing rep at the end of my descriptions, which is a new thing for me. If you spot something incorrect…
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Way back in 2015, Nic Starr interviewed me about Christmas, and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. This year, I got my chance, with a guest post in which I rambled about the entire For the Love of Christmas! series.
Check out the post and more from Nic Starr on her blog here: Friend Friday: For the Love of Christmas!
Fellow kiwi author and good friend Anne Barwell invited me to guest post on her blog. I decided to share my struggles with American vs. British vs. New Zealand English…and why I’m so lucky to have the readers I do!