Kindling Fire with Snow! On Sale Today!

Kindling Fire with Snow CoverOut today from Dreamspinner Press is my novella Kindling Fire with Snow.

Weathermen are predicting an incredible blizzard for New York City, but with old snow melting on the sidewalk, Seth Roland is a little skeptical. Despite moping over his ex-boyfriend Evan, who recently dumped him, Seth pretends all is well as he steps into his regular local bar, where he’s surprised by a blast from his past. Enter Kieran O’Malley, Seth’s very first boyfriend, in the city for a conference.

It might have been just a chance meeting, but first a train derailment and then the predicted blizzard keep Seth and Kieran in close proximity. It’s enough time for old feelings to surface, rekindled attraction to take hold, and new hopes for a future together to fill them both. But once the storm passes, the real challenge begins. Will Seth and Kieran work to make the relationship last, or will they let it melt away like snow in the sun?

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You can READ AN EXCERPT

You can DANCE AROUND YOUR LIVING ROOM! (Oh, wait, is that just me?)

Kindling Fire with Snow: Bonus Features

Kindling Fire with Snow CoverYes, bonus features! The book comes out a week from today, so I figured I’d give a little more detail about what’s going on in the book. Kindling Fire with Snow is, I think, a really great example of Write What You Know in that a lot of stuff close to my life got put into the novella. So I thought it might be fun to put together a post with some extra background. And photos!

Kindling Fire with Snow is the story of two teenage sweethearts who meet again after not seeing each other for twelve years. Then there’s a blizzard snowing them in together. Will feelings rekindle? Can they reconcile all the lost years? Does the magic that existed between them when they were teenagers still exist?

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awkward segues and crazy weather

February snow storm

Kindling Fire with Snow was inspired by these two crazy blizzards that blew through Brooklyn in February. New York is not usually prone to extreme weather, which is what made these particular blizzards remarkable.

We’ve had some equally crazy weather here in Brooklyn the last few weeks. We had a tornado touch down near my apartment about a month ago (Gothamist has pictures of the damage). I missed most of the storm itself due to the fact that it happened while I was traveling via subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I saw the damage, though. I tree fell down in front of the church across the street from me and there were dozens of downed trees in nearby Prospect Park, which is really heartbreaking. Then yesterday, we got this insane hail storm. I came home in the middle of it. It was pretty strange to see what looked like ice on the sidewalk when it wasn’t even cool enough to put on a jacket.

I don’t know if I have a point besides to say that anything can happen, and weather sure is a strange thing. I mean, I lived in Massachusetts for a while, where the motto is generally, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes,” (70°F days in December! Snowstorms in April!) but this weather lately has just been bizarre. And inspirational, apparently, if I got a novella out of it. Which comes out on October 20th. 😀

Kindling Fire with Snow Excerpt

Kindling Fire with Snow CoverMy novella Kindling Fire with Snow will be available from Dreamspinner Press two weeks from today! If you want a taste, I’ve posted an excerpt to the book page. Here’s a teeny tiny piece:

Because here was Kieran O’Malley, who, granted, was often associated in his mind with soft-serve cones and perfect little frosting roses atop immaculate white ice-cream cakes, but who also evoked in Seth’s mind Saturday afternoons spent horsing around in between serving bratty teenage girls, silly conversations late at night when they closed together, and stealing kisses when the store was empty. Here was Kieran O’Malley, the cute guy from the next town over, the first person to see through all of Seth’s masks, to see the person that Seth really was. And here he was smiling, looking the same yet totally different, older, more beautiful, and he was a thirty-year-old in a bar in New York City instead of an awkward seventeen-year-old in an ice-cream parlor in suburban New Jersey.

the cover

Kindling Fire with Snow CoverI’m working on a post with more details about my upcoming book Kindling Fire with Snow, but I keep getting sidetracked with other things (such as deadlines and episodes of Glee). So feast your eyes on the cover in the meantime. You can click to embiggen. The blurb is up on the book page. I saw page proofs this weekend, so we’re at the stage in the process where it starts to feel like a real book. (I hope this feeling never gets old!)

Kindling Fire With Snow out October 20!

GAP arch February

Grand Army Plaza, during a February blizzard

New book! By me! Yay! My novella Kindling Fire With Snow will be out in ebook on October 20th from Dreamspinner Press.

C’est le blurb:

Weathermen are predicting an incredible blizzard for New York City, but with old snow melting on the sidewalk, Seth Roland is a little skeptical. Despite moping over his ex-boyfriend Evan, who recently dumped him, Seth pretends all is well as he steps into his regular local bar, where he’s surprised by a blast from his past. Enter Kieran O’Malley, Seth’s very first boyfriend, in the city for a conference.

It might have been just a chance meeting, but first a train derailment and then the predicted blizzard keep Seth and Kieran in close proximity. It’s enough time for old feelings to surface, rekindled attraction to take hold, and new hopes for a future together to fill them both. But once the storm passes, the real challenge begins. Will Seth and Kieran work to make the relationship last, or will they let it melt away like snow in the sun?

The novella takes place in my little corner of Brooklyn, and I’m beyond psyched that they managed to get a photo of the neighborhood on the cover. (There’s a pivotal scene that takes place in Prospect Park, the entrance to which is marked by this huge arch, shown here in a photo I took during a blizzard this past February. [The blizzard, actually, served as inspiration for this story, in large part.] The arch is a few blocks from my apartment and it’s ostentatious and kind of fascinating to me as both a New York history buff and an amateur architecture nerd. The arch is called the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and was built to honor the Grand Army of the Republic, also known as the Union Army during the Civil War, hence Grand Army Plaza, which is a significant if lesser known landmark in Brooklyn.)

So, stay tuned for more info about the book.

IHP review and upcoming things

New review of In Hot Pursuit, this time from Obsidian Bookshelf:

What did work for me? The beginning feels especially strong, and the restroom encounter is super-hot. The romance develops in a realistic way for the uncertain circumstances surrounding Noah and Harry — with high sexual tension and a more tentative emotional connection that follows. Noah’s ambivalence about whether to keep hiding his sexual orientation in the workplace provides a deeper emotional layer to his personality. In Hot Pursuit is an intriguing fish-out-of-water story about a man who leaves his usual surroundings long enough to get a new perspective on his life — and possibly a second chance.

I spent pretty much all of yesterday afternoon reviewing edits to the novella I have coming out from Dreamspinner Press this fall. The process was actually mostly painless, just time consuming. I’m really anxious for this one to be published; if nothing else, I think it’s some of my best writing to date and I’m really proud of it. (It’s a second-chance romance in which teenage sweethearts meet again years later. Then they get snowed in during a blizzard.)