What Would the Neighbors Do?

I’m back from resting after my month long blogging and annual giveaway. I figured I’d start right out with a funny tale about where I live. I live in a canyon, literally on the edge of a hill. I look out my door and all I see is hills and cows. It’s a mobile home and yes, I live in a trailer park.

Since I’m at the end of the road, I only have one next door neighbor and I rarely see her. Her driveway is next to the backside of my house. Our mailboxes sit at the end of her driveway and the narrow walkway that runs along the back of my house. Most mobile homes have a back door on the carport side of the house. That’s true of her house, but not my house. My carport is wide, not long like most. You have to cross my carport to get to my porch and my front door.

Since my house doesn’t conform to the normal patterns it throws the mailman, the UPS guy and the Fedex guy for a loop. They end up knocking on our back door when there’s a package. Or if they are particularly stupid, they just leave it on the back door step and don’t bother to knock at all.

Now, my washer and dryer are pretty new. Not even two years old. Nice front loaders that we bought when we moved in. They’re just an eensy bit too deep for the washer and dryer space in our laundry room so, of course, that back door won’t open.

Rott tends to watch out for any packages we have coming. For awhile we had a decent Fedex guy who always figured out where the front door was. But most of the stuff we get comes UPS or US mail. The mailmen we’ve had out here? Seriously? They have the IQ of a dirt clod.  They never knock if there’s a package. The package is always left at the back door and it always looks like the moron tried to shove it in the mailbox first. Yep. Crushed box.

So Rott and I shop at a few places online. New Egg, Bath and Body Works, Amazon, Crutchfield, Wen…and Adam and Eve. Rott likes the anonymous looking packages from there. They crack him up mostly because we could give a doody if anyone knows we bought something from there.

The last thing we got from Adam & Eve (NSFW!) wasn’t a very big package. The names of the items were pretty amusing so we couldn’t resist. Anyway, Rott was watching out for the package. He figured it would come in a padded envelope and get shoved into the mailbox.

NUH UH. It got left on the back door step. The only reason Rott knew it was there was because the next door neighbor was standing on our sidewalk holding it in her hand. He heard a sound and peeked out the back door window and there she was. He bolted for the front door, around the front of the house and found her stand there turning the package over in her hands. Slowly, she handed it to him.

“Um, I was going to bring it around to your door,” she said. “I didn’t know if you’d already checked your mail today. Didn’t want the package to get left out. Looks like rain.”

And with that she back to her house. Rott went back into our house.  He thought about it for awhile and when I came home he told me the story. Then he tells me, “I think she was gonna steal it.”

I blinked. “Why would she steal it? She doesn’t have a boyfriend or a spouse that I’ve seen.”

“I dunno, but I think she was gonna steal it. She knew what Adam & Eve was and she was gonna take the toy.” He was adamant.

We looked at each other in silence for a long moment. Then we both went, “EWWWWW!”

Then Rott laughed. “Can you imagine what would happen if the old geezer across the street got it? That mailman’s dumb enough to get the boxes wrong. It could happen.”

For once, I really, really did not want to know what the neighbors would do.

And now some Lex Valentine news…Broken Bonds has been selling well and made it up to #5 or so on the Amazon gay romance list. But yesterday I got an email from ZAM because she saw that Broken Bonds had made it to #1 on All Romance eBook’s Top Ten List. WOOT! I was so excited! It’s an all around bestseller this little Christmas novella. It makes me really happy.

Before I go, I have to show off the cover I did for my friend author AC Katt. I can’t wait to read this book and I was so excited to do the cover for Jim’s story.

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It’s sort of the sequel to A Matter of Trust so go read that one first!

One last thing, does anyone know WTF is up with the Twitter feed widgets? I cannot find one that works! Anyway, that’s it for me. I’ll be back next Monday with some other tidbits about my life and writing! Happy Monday!

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Dear Santa

Today, I have pleasant things to talk about and unpleasant things. I’m going to deal with the pleasant things first because most of you won’t want to stick around for the unpleasant. After all, it’s New Year’s Day and you’ve probably got stuff to do.

The pleasant stuff is simple. Winners. Lots of prizes, four winners. I decided since there was soooo much to give away that I could break it up just a tiny little bit. There is one big winner of all the books posted. Then there’s a winner of Dev Bentham’s choice of backlist, a winner for Lynn Lorenz’s choice of her Amber Allure books, and a winner for a choice of my backlist. And here they are:

Books – Avalie

Dev Bentham backlist – Joder

Lynn Lorenz Amber Allure book choice – Renee (PaParanormalFan)

Lex Valentine backlist – AnnMarie Lester

I will post a list of all the authors who donated books all month long over on Facebook. I’ll try to make the list by genre to help those of you who only read specific genres. Check my personal Facebook (cemeterywinter) or my author page (lexvalentineauthor) later today.

Now, on to the unpleasant. It’s just a letter to Santa, but it’s personal so you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. I just need to talk about my life and ask Santa for a favor. So all of you can stop right here if you don’t want to read the gory details of my life.

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Day 25: 30 Days of Christmas 2012

Wow! What a lot of books were given away on Christmas Eve! The winner of the dozen books was Judi P! Merry Christmas!

Today, I have many more books to give away. I’ve got two MM Christmas books from me, one of which was just released last night. I’ve also got books from my very good friends ZA Maxfield, Lynn Lorenz, JP Bowie, NJ Nielsen and Sloan Parker. There’s a lot here because yanno, who am I to say no when ZAM tells me, “Oh, how about the whole set of my Christmas books?” or when Sloan Parker says, “Can I give away another one?”or Lynn Lorenz tells me, “I have a new release! Can I add that too?”

As you check out the books in this giveaway, you’ll notice some trailer links. Those are trailers I made and some of the covers for these are my work as well (A Picture Perfect Holiday, Broken Bonds, Cupid Christmas.) It’s a plethora of awesome MM and MM holiday goodness to heat up your Christmas Day courtesy of some of the bestest friends an author can have.

Z.A. Maxfield – Secret Light, I Heard Him Exclaim, What Child Is This?, A Picture Perfect Holiday

BUY LINK, TRAILER

Rafe Colman’s likes his life. He has a nice home, a good job, and a wonderful dog. But he’s exhausted by living a lie. When his home is vandalized because of his perceived German ancestry, he can’t even share the irony with friends.

Officer Ben Morgan falls for Rafe’s dog first, but it isn’t long before he’s giving her owner the eye. He thinks they have more in common than the search for Rafe’s vandals, and he’s willing to take a chance and find out.

If life in 1955 is tough on a cop in the closet, it’s even tougher on a refugee who’s desperate to hide his roots and fit in. Rafe knows from tragic experience how vicious prejudice can be. Every second with Ben is stolen, every kiss fraught with danger.

When Ben’s partner threatens to ruin everything, Rafe and Ben have to fight to protect what they have, in Secret Light

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Who Likes a Skinny Santa?

Steve Adams’s heart hasn’t been in the Christmas spirit ever since doctors put a stent in it and ordered him to clean up his act. No longer filling out his Santa suit or allowed to make merry, he’s forgoing the holidays this year and heading to Vegas to indulge in the few vices left to him: gambling and anonymous sex.

His road trip takes a detour when he encounters Chandler Tracey, who’s just inherited guardianship of his five-year-old niece. Overwhelmed, Chandler’s on his way to deliver Poppy to his parents. But fate has other plans and, after car trouble, Chandler and Poppy accept a ride home with Steve. Though the heat between the two men is obvious, they put it on simmer while they band together to make Poppy’s Christmas as perfect as possible.

Steve soon comes to believe that while Chandler is the right person to look after Poppy, someone needs to look after Chandler. Fortunately, Steve knows just the man for the job.

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Michael and Tristan are finally taking that much needed weekend away for Christmas. They’ve been working so hard at their respective careers there hasn’t been time for a breather, much less a chance to reconnect and see if they’ve been working toward what they both want.

Like always, Michael’s well-laid plan is derailed by a phone call from Apple House. Three of their charges have gone missing and while Michael is worried, it’s not unusual for the young adults who stay at the shelter for homeless LGBT teens to come and go.

But when one of them calls Michael and asks if – hypothetically speaking – it’s considered kidnapping to keep a baby who’s been abandoned, Michael and Tristan head home with all speed to sort things out.

Two couples need answers in a heartwarming holiday tale of taking stock, reaffirming commitments, and catching the perfect wave in What Child Is This? A Crossing Borders Christmas

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Photography club president Caleb loves football standout Christian Muñez. He knows it’s an old high school chestnut, but if being a cliché is wrong, he doesn’t want to be right. They’ve been in school together since the fifth grade but having brothers on the same soccer team provides Caleb with a great opportunity to get to know Christian better. What he finds out – about Christian’s home life and his future plans – could end his hopes forever. Or they might be the beginning of something wonderful.

Caleb throws caution to the wind in A Picture Perfect Holiday.

Sloan Parker – Take Me Home

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Aspiring television writer Evan Walker has been in love with his best friend since high school, but Kyle doesn’t do boyfriends. Never has. Never will. Evan knows it’s a bad idea to give in to desire when he wants more than a friend with benefits. He has a new dream job. Now all he needs is the dream partner.

Kyle Bennett is a mystery novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. He needs a change. He has three days on their cross-country train trip home for the holidays to figure out how to tell Evan he’s staying there for good. He also has to write the overdue pages for his editor. Only, he’s a little too distracted by the close quarters in their sleeper compartment—and Evan’s ass—to get much done.

The sparks that fly between them are hotter than ever. Good thing they have a real-life mystery to focus on: why people all around them, including Evan’s new boss, want to get their hands on a journal that once belonged to Kyle’s grandfather.

When a blizzard traps them in the mountains, Kyle and Evan steam up the train’s windows and must finally face their true desires.

 

Lynn Lorenz – His Duke’s Gift, Bayou Loup

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On each night of the holiday Duke Logan bestows gifts on his most loyal and beloved vassals. Drake and Logan couldn’t be happier. So why has Logan locked Drake out of his bedroom and who is the mysterious stranger?

 

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After spending a hot, no-holds-barred sex-filled weekend at a hotel with a man he only knows as Mark, werewolf Bobby Cotteau isn’t sure but he thinks he’s found a new mate. Problem is he never got his lover’s real name. Or his phone number, or even where he lives. But that’s not Bobby’s only problem.
At the Rougaroux Social Club’s yearly Rugarou Festival, which Bobby is in charge of, everything is falling apart. The forecast is for storms, the Virgin Mary has appeared a tree on the festival grounds at the church, pilgrims are swarming, and beer is being sold… and his new mate is about to expose Bobby’s pack to the world.

JP Bowie – Christmas Wishes

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Christmas 1922

Christopher Fielding has no choice but to spend Christmas with his family in York, away from William MacPherson, the biology professor with whom he has fallen in love. Finding his sister Nan in some distress over her pregnancy, Christopher makes a wish that all will be well with her and the baby, and another that William, traveling by train to his family in Scotland will be safe from the blizzard raging over the countryside.

As Christmas Eve approaches, William’s train is stranded in snow drifts and Nan’s baby is about to arrive prematurely. Cut off by the weather from a doctor’s help, the family is in despair, and Christopher feels that his wishes may not be enough. Perhaps what they now need is nothing short of a miracle.

NJ Nielsen – A Moon-Runner Christmas, Christmastime at Papa Lee’s

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Two lives – One destiny.

When fate decides two people belong together, nothing can stand in its way. Liam Kantry and Carlo Bruenelli find themselves caught up in the madness of Christmas as they discover the meaning of being true heart-mates.

Liam Kantry wants to be with the man he has loved his whole life, yet incessant rumours and innuendos have labelled him the pack whore – a point he has never disputed.

Carlo Bruenelli is waiting for his heart-mate; he is one of those who believe that such a thing really does exist. In his heart he wants it to be his best friend, only Liam doesn’t believe in heart-mates. What will it take to change Liam’s mind?

Christmas is drawing near, and between snowball fights and the contract ceremony, Liam and Carlo find themselves caught up in the excitement and obsessing over what their future holds.

Are they true heart-mates? Will they forge a successful future or destroy two families?

BUY LINK

RSVP by Dec 20: You are cordially invited to attend a Christmas celebration at Papa Lee’s.

Casey Chambers isn’t used to kindness; being tossed out onto the street does that to a person. His life takes a turn for the better when he lands a job at Papa Lee’s. Not only does the Lee family give Casey a place to work, they give him a place to call home… And the opportunity to find love with one of their own.  But Casey’s burgeoning relationship with Marty Lee is threatened when Marty withdraws after a vicious attack.  It’ll take a miracle for Casey to convince Marty they’re meant to be.

Good thing it’s the season for miracles.

Lex Valentine – Cupid Christmas, Broken Bonds

BUY LINK, TRAILER

It’s another Christmas at Forbes Ranch and this year the family is playing Cupid with Grayson and Jared’s best friend Steve Yarrow. Years before, Steve’s heart was broken by the love of his life Dalton Emory who left him to further his career by marrying a woman with a rich daddy. Now, divorced, outed and publicly humiliated, Dalton is trying to build a business and keep a low profile. He doesn’t believe he deserves a second chance with Steve after the way he hurt him. However, Dalton didn’t reckon with his former lover’s interfering friends, the depth of Steve’s love nor the forgiveness the spirit of Christmas can offer. Can one lonely, broken cowboy forgive himself and accept the love that has always belonged to him? And will the Forbes tradition of Christmas Eve Happily Ever Afters give Steve and Dalton the future they never thought they’d have?

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The one thing Haven Noel wants for his Christmas birthday is for his master, Kellen, to love him. But the wonderful Christmas Eve Haven plans for his master goes awry and instead of receiving his master’s love, Haven ends up on the street without his collar. Heartbroken, Haven heads to the club where he and Kellen originally met, only to find it closed.

With a blizzard descending and nowhere to go, Haven curls up on the club doorstep, courting death. Hopeless and shattered, on the verge of losing consciousness, he makes a wish for Kellen to find happiness some day. Two angels with a vested interest in Haven and Kellen’s happiness hear his wish and conspire with Kellen’s family to save Haven’s life, bring love back to Kellen’s heart and give them both the best kinky Christmas ever.

And there you have it, another dozen books to give away this Christmas Day. For a chance to win all of them, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time.

Merry Christmas to you all!

 

Inequality

You know, women have it rough. We have periods and childbirth and menopause. All of which suck ass in a major way. What do men have? Male pattern baldness and prostate issues that are fixed by taking that stuff Joe Theismann hawks. And of course, men don’t understand what women are whining about. It’ s not their guts being twisted by a giant invisible fist and pummeled for hours and days upon end. They think a couple of Tylenol can fix it.

Well, a couple of Tylenol doesn’t really do shit. Except to annoy us because the damn things aren’t working.

Women aren’t ever going to get true equality in this world because men have no idea how much pain we’ve had to live with all our lives. They will never understand and therefore they will always think we’re whiners. And if we’re whiners obviously, we are weak and lacking.

I’m lucky that Rott gets my pain better than most men do. If I can’t get in the car and go to work because massive menopause cramps have me doubled over to the point I can’t get IN the car, he understands that…sort of. I’m not sure any other man does or would. And really, who understands menopause as a reason for not going to work? Women my age or older usually do, but sometimes even they don’t if they just never had it as bad as some of us do.

Personally, even though I don’t have hot flashes or any of the other issues women have during menopause, what I do have is so debilitating I just want Rott to shoot me and put me out of my misery.

Yeah. Equality for women. What a crock.

Anyway, I’ve been writing although not at a NaNo pace. That means I’ve no idea when I’ll be done with any of the stuff I’m working on. However on the 21st I’ll be doing the Next Big Thing Blog Hop and you’ll all get a taste of what I’m working on. Not that I know yet which WIP I’ll be blogging about.

I’m back to watching Jared Rackler swivel his hips on Facebook as inspiration. That boy sure can rev my muse’s engine with his dancing. I can’t remember the last time a man’s dancing got my muse’s undies in a twist. Must have been back in my David Denton days. Wish I had a video of that on Facebook!

And so for today, I’ll leave you with my latest cover art for some Monday inspiration. How pretty is that? I’m really proud of it.

You’ll have to check my Facebook author page for this week’s snippet of what I’m working on and my Facebook personal account for that Jared Rackler video.

Happy No Menopause For You Monday!

 

Back With More

I’ve taken a little license with that title. I’ve taken the Ratt song Back For More and changed it a little to suit this post. Why Ratt? Well, there’s a few reasons. One of the reasons is an anthology call my editor Kris Jacen at MLR Press put out a couple of days ago. She wants short stories and novellas based on 80’s songs. The anthology will be like one of those mixed tapes we all made during that era. (The current era equivalent would be the i-Tunes playlist says author Kimberly Gardner or the Pandora playlist says my daughter Nikki.)

The reason I bring this up? Yes, I’m going to do a short novella for the antho. I’m not using the Ratt song but rather a Great White song. GW was probably my favorite band in the 80’s and choosing the right song was important to me so I inevitably looked to them. Save Your Love has really awesome lyrics, telling the story of a love that transcends distance and time. My story Save Your Love tells the tale of a young man who finds that love when he discovers his sexual orientation at the age of 18, in the middle of a rock concert. But love is just love and he’s young. He leaves his lover behind and goes on to become a rock star himself. When his brief few years as a mega star begin to fade he leaves the life behind and reconnects with his only love. From there their love story becomes one of compromise and enduring passion taking them through twenty five years from that first sexual encounter at age 18 in 1987 through the present day. Here’s the blurb:

Decades define a young man’s life as he goes from a virgin discovering his sexual orientation to a rock star fending off masses of lovestruck fans to a composer of Broadway musicals while an epic love for his best friend commands his heart, permeates his soul and flows through his music.

Jared Summers lost his virginity and found his true sexual orientation at a rock festival on his eighteenth birthday. He also gave away his heart. Through the years, Jared’s love for his best friend and first lover Matthew Bolton has never died.  The one thing Jared has always known to be true was that he and Matt loved each other. Even when they were apart, Jared always felt Matt’s presence within him and beside him. When fate finally brings them back together, finding a way to blend their lives becomes a labor of love. Through their years together, the love they found at eighteen grows and matures but remains an eternal flame that burns unwavering in both their hearts.

Even though I’ve had a character named Jared before (Jared Abbott in Christmas in Hell, a het Christmas short story at Pink Petal Books) I had to use the name again. In part because Nikki got a couple of calls out of the blue from her hunky ex, whose name is Jared, and because of the awesome hip grinding moves of Jared Rackler at GayRomLit.

Speaking of GRL…I had a good time, but it was exhausting for an asthmatic to head up to those altitudes and try to do stuff from the moment I got there. I had no acclimatization time so I spent the whole four days struggling to breathe. That wasn’t fun at all. It was exhausting. Luckily, I have awesome friends who mother henned me (ZAM, Stephani Hecht and her sister Jackie Nacht along with Amber Kell and VJ Summers, James Buchanan, and Karenna Colcroft.) They all made sure I was okay.

I have photos of reader John’s (the farmer in Texas) awesome GRL tattoos. I was groped (kinda) by the ever amazing Rick R. Reed who also dropped trou to show me his MLR tattoo (I had one too which I had to take my sweater off to show readers. It was a temp one for a scavenger hunt.) I saw with my own two eyes that flirty Damon Suede lift his kilt for a reader to take a photo. I called KC Burn a bitch for leaving me hanging over at the Lords of Aether. (You should have heard her LAUGH!) Got my photo with lots of folks but the one photo on my own phone of me is with Ethan Day (who is just the yummiest man ever!) I met JR Boyd who is the sweetest thing with a Texas twang you could ever meet! I fangurled over AR Moler whose Cam and Mason make my heart thump (yes, probably more than Jared’s dance did.) I met the man with the sweetest smile at the retreat, Barry Brennessel’s partner Dave. I had the best goodbye hug ever from Kimberly Gardner. WOW can that woman HUG! And then there was the incident with the pigeon and the hooker boots in old town Albuquerque…(Oh, that Jackie Nacht!)

I don’t know that any readers fan-stalked me like at RT in 2011, but I hope I got some new readers out of the experience. I know that I had A LOT of readers and authors alike squeeing over me because of my cover art. (I guess I need to make Winterheart Design business cards now if the biznez is gonna have fans.) It was a lot of fun and I was really happy that one of my Hookers, Nikyta, won my rainbow cock sucker at the Bling Your Badge event.

The drive was long and the view out the windows of James’ truck was barren…but beautiful. It was also inspirational. A little something for the Darkworld will come of it and I’m also going to write a GRL2012 story for the characters from Kissing Joan Collins. If you recall, the main hero Logan Moore writes “Dick Lit.” He needs a trip to Albuquerque I think…

I enjoyed every moment of hanging with my pals ZAM, Tara Lain, Louisa Bacio (and her cute hubs!), Lynn Lorenz, and Belinda McBride. I think we all ate breakfast pretty much every morning with Treva and Christie from Loose Id. I was so happy to meet people I talk to online, Cherie Noel, NJ Nielsen and her daughter Em, Taylor Donovan, Amy from Mantastic Fiction, all the MLR authors, and many more! And dinner with James, Kimberly Gardner, Deana Jamroz and Laura Baumbach was fun! (With me drinking Amaretto Sours, something I got from Stephani at RT 2011.)

Had a good time but OMG was I glad to get home to my Rott, Nikki and the babies. I think Louie’s afraid I’ll leave again. He’s been sleeping with me since I got back. He hasn’t done that since he was a kitten.

So now that I am home and back to my regular grind I am back to working on trailers and covers and writing. One thing I’ve decided to do is start posting snippets again. Here and on my Facebook page (not the personal account.) So if you want to see what’s coming up soon and get never before seen bits of characters in previous books, you need to keep an eye on this blog and my Facebook fan page.

For you Lords of Aether fans, the first ebook with the first 50 posts is coming soon! We’re only 4 posts away from 50!

For ZAM fans, I put up a GOT ZAM shop at CafePress with the graphics I’ve done for her. If you’re a St. Nacho’s fan, you need to check this out!

No snippet on here today. This post has just gone on too long for that but you may want to hop over to my Facebook fan page

No photo for inspiration. I think you’ve had enough photos from me today! LOL Have yourselves an awesome Monday!