Monday, August 15, 2016

Adulting 101 - Join the Tour!

It’s here! It’s release day for Adulting 101! Which also means it’s the blog tour! If you follow along, you can not only win an ebook from my back catalogue, but also a Riptide gift voucher, and s Super Secret cute little present that I’m not going to tell you about because you deserve a nice surprise in your life!

To join the tour, check out the sites and times below:

August 15, 2016  -  Love Bytes Reviews
August 15, 2016  -  Boy Meets Boy Reviews
August 15, 2016  -  Man2Mantastic
August 15, 2016  -  Rainbow Gold Reviews
August 15, 2016  -  Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
August 15, 2016  -  My Fiction Nook
August 16, 2016  -  BiblioJunkies
August 16, 2016  -  Unquietly Me
August 16, 2016  -  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
August 16, 2016  -  Creative Deeds
August 16, 2016  -  Prism Book Alliance
August 16, 2016  -  The Novel Approach
August 17, 2016  -  Joyfully Jay
August 17, 2016  -  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
August 17, 2016  -  Alpha Book Club
August 17, 2016  -  KT Book Reviews
August 17, 2016  -  Attention is Arbitrary
August 17, 2016  -  GGR-Review
August 18, 2016  -  Keysmash
August 18, 2016  -  Dog-Eared Daydreams
August 18, 2016  -  AReCafe
August 18, 2016  -  TTC Books and More
August 18, 2016  -  Butterfly-o-Meter
August 18, 2016  -  The Day Before You Came
August 19, 2016  -  Bayou Book Junkie
August 19, 2016  -  Booklover Sue
August 19, 2016  -  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
August 19, 2016  -  Boys on the Brink
August 19, 2016  -  Sinfully Gay Romance
August 19, 2016  -  MM Good Book Reviews

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Over The Rainbow

Please consider buying this book. All proceeds go to the Pulse Victims Fund. Also, if you could buy directly from the publisher Extasy that means third party sellers like Amazon don't get a cut first. 

From the publisher: 

Until we meet again on the other side of the rainbow.

We all woke up to the terrible news on Sunday 12th June, 2016, of the horrific attack in Orlando, and not only did it affect the LGBT community, it also outraged the world.

So many of us felt powerless as we watched the horror unfold upon our screens, but Patricia Strehle had a remarkable idea, one that would galvanize an entire community into action. Patricia brought a group of people together with the idea of creating a book, an anthology, and donating all the proceeds from its sale to the families affected by this terrible tragedy.

Over The Rainbow is the result—stories contributed by so many wonderful authors from all over the world. These stories are meant to inspire, to warm the heart, to bring a smile or a gentle laugh to help guide us all through the darkness, and to remind us that we all inhabit this world together, that we need to be kind, and that sometimes, we just need to follow that yellow brick road hand in hand.

All sales proceeds from this Anthology will go to the following Charity:

Buy Over The Rainbow direct from Extasy here. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Coming Soon - Adulting 101

Here it is, at last! The proof that I can write something fluffy! You all thought I was lying, didn't you? But no! Adulting 101 is now available for preorder from Riptide, and comes out on August 15. 

Look, I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing this, and I hope you have fun reading it. And if you check out that link to Riptide, you'll be able to read an excerpt! And who doesn't want to start their day with a blowjob scene in a porta-potty? 

Here's the blurb: 

The struggle is real.
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seeking Help from Strangers

Tonight I got a message on Tumblr from someone who really likes my fanfics. I sent back a message, and soon we were chatting. And at some point in this conversation, this person who I had never spoken to before disclosed that she was feeling suicidal because of her university workload, her upcoming exams, and the two jobs she's working to pay the bills. 

And this is the thing about the internet. It's very easy to tell strangers things behind the anonymity of a user name and a cartoon avatar. And it's very easy to back away and say, well hey, I'm not responsible for the mental health of a stranger. That's some crazy I didn't sign up for. 

But what if this kid doesn't tell anyone else? What if I'm the only person she's disclosed this to? Or, worse, what if she runs into some asshole online who thinks it's funny to dare her to do it? 

So that inconsequential chat about fanfic tropes turned into me wrangling a promise out of her to call a helpline. It's easy when you're under pressure to feel overwhelmed by everything. Depression sucks, and it's like any other illness: untreated, it can get worse. So she's going to call that helpline, and yes, she's going to check in later with me. 

Sometimes when we write stories, the connections we make with our readers aren't the ones we expected. I hope people like my stories. I hope they have an emotional reaction when they read them. But what I never hope is to get this again: "TBH, your updates are the only good thing in my life at the moment." 

I hate that this girl feels so alone, and I hate that she feels she has nothing in her life that is worth sticking around for. I hate that she's so depressed and stressed, and that she said the only reason she hadn't tried to kill herself was that she was afraid she'd fuck that up too. 

To be honest, I'm not even entirely sure why I'm posting this. Because I was rattled, I think. Because it would have been so easy to brush off with a cheer up, you'll feel better soon. Because too many people think that when someone says they're suicidal, they're attention-seeking. People who really mean it don't tell anyone first, do they? And that's falseIf anyone discloses to you that they want to self harm, please make sure they seek help. Even if they're just a stranger on the internet.