Cover: Ten Days in August

The cover hit the Internet this past weekend, so I can now show it off to you all. Here’s the cover for my March 2016 historical romance, Ten Days in August

Ten Days In August

From the Lower East Side to uptown Manhattan, a curious detective searches for clues on the sidewalks of New York—and finds a secret world of forbidden love that’s too hot to handle…

New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.

As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…

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Winner!

The winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway was Kelly J! Let’s trot out the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees to celebrate!

The World Series Champion 2009 Yankees

Thanks so much for playing, guys! The response to this contest was way more than what I was expecting!

If you did not win, don’t despair! As of right now (6:30pm Sunday) you can still get The Windup (Rainbow League #1) for 99¢ at the Dreamspinner site for a few more hours! So get yours!

The Long Slide Home Blog Tour

Did you miss any of these stops? Want a little more background on the book? Here’s the tour:

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Diverse Reader (character interview with Nate and Carlos)
The Blogger Girls (why I can’t stop writing about baseball)
Prism Book Alliance (the tonal shift this book took from the rest of the series)
The Novel Approach (some fun baseball anecdotes)
Joyfully Jay (series planning)

The blog tour Rafflecopter is still up until Sunday, and you can enter it here.

And the book is available at most fine retailers, including:
Dreamspinner
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The Long Slide Home is NOW AVAILABLE!

The Long Slide HomeThe third Rainbow League book, The Long Slide Home is now available just about everywhere!

The Rainbow League: Book Three

Nate and Carlos have been the best of friends since their childhood playing baseball together in the Bronx. For the past few years, Nate’s been in love with Carlos, though he’s never acted on it and Carlos has never given any indication that he returns Nate’s feelings. Nate has finally given up, determined to move on and find someone else, especially now that Carlos has shacked up with his boyfriend, Aiden.

Carlos doesn’t understand why Nate has suddenly gotten weird, acting cold and distant at team practice for the Rainbow League. But if that’s how things are going to be, Carlos is done trying to figure Nate out. But then Aiden reveals he has a violent side, and Carlos needs his best friend’s support. On top of that, he starts to realize his feelings for Nate might not be limited to friendship. But in the aftermath of his relationship with Aiden, and with Nate having problems of his own, the timing is all wrong to make a real relationship work. As emotions run high, both have a hard time figuring out what is real and what is just convenient.

Some places you can find the book:
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All Romance eBooks

The contest is also still open for one more week!

Enter to Win All Three Rainbow League Books!

To one winner, I’m giving away the set of all three Rainbow League books plus a $25 gift card or credit to a book store (winner’s choice of store). I’m calling it the Season Finale giveaway! There are a bunch of ways to enter. The contest closes on 8/16 and I’ll post the winner on 8/17.

Book 3: The Long Slide Home comes out on Friday.

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new social media things!

I’m back from RWA and still recovering, but I wanted to let you all know about a couple of things.

I’ve been quietly setting up social media accounts for… reasons. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, here are a few places you can follow me:

• I’m now on tumblr and following mostly fashion tumblrs at the moment. Most of what I’ve been posting is Rainbow-League-related, and/or blog cross-posts. I hope to change that soon with some original content! So, if you’re on tumblr, follow me there, or even just let me know which tumblrs you follow and enjoy in the comments.

• I’ve got a bunch of Pinterest boards set up that are project related, including one for the Rainbow League, a couple for my upcoming historical romances, and, well, a few dedicated to fashion, but those are really just for fun. :) (I get lost in Pinterest rabbit holes quite easily. It might be affecting my productivity.)

Links to all of my social media can be found in the website sidebar. And if I met you at RWA, please say hi!

Find Me at the #RWA15 Literacy Signing on 7/22!

I’ll be there with many other authors. Book sales benefit literacy charities. It’s really a win-win for everyone!

Here’s the complete list of authors signing.

Literacy Signing

Meanwhile, I’m losing my mind trying to plan what to wear to the RWA conference proper. Crucial decisions must be made! Seriously, though, RWA is one of my favorite conferences, and I’m psyched it’s going to be in New York. (I don’t have to fly! I know where the good restaurants are! I can run home at any time and therefore can make last-minute wardrobe changes and/or acquire books that I won’t have to ship!)

The Boy Next Door is coming back!

The Boy Next DoorI announced in my newsletter earlier this week that I’m bringing The Boy Next Door back from out-of-print hibernation. Basically, after a lot of hemming and hawing, I’ve decided to put it out myself, after some revisions and a fresh edit. (I haven’t made any major changes yet, mostly small stuff like cleaning up some clunky dialogue and fixing embarrassing errors, but my hope is that the book finds its way into the hands of some new readers!)

I’ve got a new cover that I adore; I’ll reveal that next month. I rarely have a specific vision for my covers, but this was a case where I did when the original was published, but the cover artist had a different opinion. I like the original cover fine, but having to put a new cover on the book was an opportunity for me to do what I had always wanted to.

This is also my first real foray into self-publishing. I mean, technically, I self-published Lead Us Not, in that I hired a cover artist and did all the file format conversions myself and am distributing it here and through All Romance eBooks, but it’s a freebie. I also contributed to the self-published For Love and Liberty anthology, but that was a joint venture, and other collaborators did most of the end-game stuff that seems brand new to me now. This re-issue is my first honest-to-goodness go at self-publishing something novel-length. So we’ll see how this goes!

Anyway, the goal is to have that out mid-September. Barring calamity, that should be an easy goal, but this year has had a lot of calamity, so it’s not quite set in stone. Look for more updates in August!

The Long Slide Home is available for pre-order!

The Long Slide HomeRainbow League Book 3, The Long Slide Home, is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press!

Fair warning: this book is a lot more intense and angsty than the first two, but I still believe it’s a fitting story for Nate and Carlos.

The blurb:

Nate and Carlos have been the best of friends since their childhood playing baseball together in the Bronx. For the past few years, Nate’s been in love with Carlos, though he’s never acted on it and Carlos has never given any indication that he returns Nate’s feelings. Nate has finally given up, determined to move on and find someone else, especially now that Carlos has shacked up with his boyfriend, Aiden.

Carlos doesn’t understand why Nate has suddenly gotten weird, acting cold and distant at team practice for the Rainbow League. But if that’s how things are going to be, Carlos is done trying to figure Nate out. But then Aiden reveals he has a violent side, and Carlos needs his best friend’s support. On top of that, he starts to realize his feelings for Nate might not be limited to friendship. But in the aftermath of his relationship with Aiden, and with Nate having problems of his own, the timing is all wrong to make a real relationship work. As emotions run high, both have a hard time figuring out what is real and what is just convenient.

Baseball Monday: The All-Star Break

Baseball MondaysIf you’re a Major League Baseball fan, you know this week is the All-Star Game. This year, the timing is strange, because I’ve been playing fantasy baseball all season and finally, mercifully, I’ve got a team that doesn’t totally suck and I’m inching up the standings… and then All-Star Break. It’s kind of anti-climactic. Not to mention, I always thought there was something kind of Field Day-ish about the pageantry of the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Fun, sure, but irrelevant and kind of childish? I dunno.

The fun part, though, is the way the teams rally on social media to get their guys on the NL or AL teams. Thus the All-Star teams end up being a Who’s Who of the most popular players in the game. (Talent is usually relevant—baseball fans typically like players who do well and help win games—but since fans vote, it’s more a popularity contest than anything else.)

All Star GameWhich begs the question: who would be on your All-Star team? After I finish putting most of this year’s Yankee team on there—because I really thought this year would be not great, but as of when I’m writing this post, we’re currently in first place in the division—who’s left?

I mean, the team doesn’t have to be all Yankees. We can pick some guys from other teams, too.

I’ll kick the question to you all. Which athletes, be they current, historical, real, or fictional, would be on the All-Star Team… of your heart?

Some suggestions to get you going:

Babe RuthI’ve always been fascinated by Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players of all time, whose athletic prowess was essentially fueled by hot dogs, moonshine, and women. Hardly performance enhancing drugs, those. It can’t be denied that the 1927 Yankees, on which Ruth was part of the Murderer’s Row of unstoppable hitters, was one of the greatest baseball teams ever assembled. Ruth’s stats still hold up, and his records went unchallenged for decades.

jeter-306-1406130724As a Yankees fan since the early 90s, I watched pretty much all of the Captain’s career, and he will forever be one of my favorites. Likable guy, super talented, part of the late-90s NYY dynasty. NGL, he was a little bit the inspiration for Matt Blanco in Out in the Field.

Jmd 0270 MAUER BPOh, you want a non-Yankee? Fine, fine. Here’s Joe Mauer from the Twins, forever and always my baseball boyfriend. He’s so cute. 😉 (Your choices don’t have to be deep. Sometimes a little shallow ogling is okay.)

Tom BerengerI always had kind of a soft spot for Tom Berenger’s character in Major League. Maybe I have a soft spot for underdogs? No, I’m a Yankees fan, never mind. Honorable fictional mention to every character Kevin Costner has played in a baseball movie, because there are a lot of those.

All right, your turn. Who’s on your All-Star Team? They don’t even have to be baseball players if baseball isn’t your sport. Football? Hockey? Basketball? Who you got?