Like Cats and Dogs is Out Now!

Like Cats and Dogs Cover

It’s finally here!

Get your paws on Like Cats and Dogs, the first book in the Whitman Street Cat Cafe series! There’s a cat cafe! There’s a grumpy vet! It’s enemies to lovers! Make with the one-clicking!

Here’s the full description:

Can you fight like cats and dogs, and still be perfect for each other?

Things are getting ruff in this Brooklyn neighborhood when new veterinarian Caleb Fitch moves in next door to the Whitman Street Cat Cafe and gets on the wrong side of cafe owner Lauren Harlow. Lauren has a few things to teach the new vet on the block, and rescuing kittens is only the start…

Lauren can’t ignore the fact that she is instantly attracted to Caleb, but he gets her even more riled up when he argues with her about how best to treat the cats in her care. Determined to smooth things over, Caleb comes to the rescue when a new litter of abandoned kittens is left on Lauren’s doorstep, and they confront the fiery attraction that’s been building between them from the start. But saving the baby kittens is only the first challenge Lauren and Caleb have to face, and when a real estate developer comes sniffing around their block, they’ll have to work together, or risk losing everything…

It’s available in ebook, print, and audio! You can buy it here!

Publisher’s Weekly says, “McMurray offers up some irresistible animal magnetism in this quirky romance… Colorful locals and the leads’ convincing chemistry give this romance its sizzle, but it’s the four-legged costars that steal the show. Animal lovers are sure to be charmed.”

Booklist says, “Readers craving a rom-com that offers both sensual heat and snappy humor will find this to be literary catnip.”

Now Available: Domestic Do-Over

Hitting shelves today: Domestic Do-Over, my home renovation TV show romance. Here’s the description:

Can a prickly carpenter build a reality TV host a way out of the closet?

Real estate guru Brandon Chase knows what “family friendly” means in the biz, and it’s not being open about his sexuality.

The end of Brandon’s marriage is still making headlines when the Restoration Channel makes him an offer: helm a show about flipping houses in New York City’s risky market. Still smarting from the bad press, Brandon is reluctant to get involved—until he falls in love with an old Victorian.

Except the house isn’t the only thing that catches his eye.

It’s contractor Travis Rogers’s job to enumerate every way a renovation could go wrong, which leads to a lot of on-set sparring and mutual frustration between him and Brandon. But when the simmering attraction underneath boils over, the show and their relationship hang in the balance.

Travis hates the media attention that follows Brandon, and the network has a history of firing LGBTQ personalities. Like the houses Brandon makes over, this relationship has potential. But if Brandon can’t convince Travis to take a chance, their chemistry might stay on-screen only.

Available wherever you buy ebooks today, mass market paperbacks coming soon!

Buy it here!

(This is the first book in a new series about the people who star on the shows of a home-and-self improvement channel. Book 2, Residential Rehab, coming soon!)

Like Cats and Dogs has a cover!

In case you missed the social media rollout last week, here’s the cover for Like Cats and Dogs!

I am so stoked to be rolling out this book. It’s my first published m/f rom com! It’s a trade paperback! It will be in bookstores everywhere in May!

This book features:

• A cat cafe!
• A grumpy veterinarian!
• Enemies to lovers!
• Snappy dialog!
• Sex in a supply closet!

You can pre-order! Or add on Goodreads!

New Release: Race for Redemption

Hey sports fans! The third Elite Athletes book is now available!

Sprinter Jason Jones Jr., known around the world as JJ, is America’s hope to take the title of Fastest Man in the World, the champion of the Olympic 100-meter sprint. Two years before, a doping scandal brought his winning streak to a crashing end, and even though he’s been cleared of wrongdoing, he’s finding it hard to escape the damage to his reputation. At the Games in Madrid, no one believes he’s innocent, and officials from the doping agency follow him everywhere. It just fuels JJ’s determination to show them he’s clean and still the fastest man on earth.

If only he wasn’t tempted by foxy hurdler Brandon Stanton, an engineering student and math prodigy who views each race like a complicated equation. His analytical approach helps him win races, and he wants to help JJ do the same. But JJ’s been burned too many times before and doesn’t trust anyone who has all the answers. No matter how sexy and charming JJ finds Brandon, the Olympics is no place for romance. Or is it?

This one is my editor’s favorite in the series, if that influences your decision! You can buy it here.

Recommended Reading for Pride

In honor of June being not only Pride Month, but also the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, I thought it might be fun to put together a list of recommended reads. Not romance, though; books you should read to celebrate the long history of LGBTQ people, which is fascinating an surprising.

So bone up on your history for this Pride!

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey

Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century by Graham Robb

Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality by Jonathan Ned Katz

When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York by Donald Albrecht and Stephen Vider (companion to the exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York)

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day by Peter Ackroyd

I also recently started reading We Are Everywhere by Matthew Reimer and Leighton Brown, the team behind the @lgbt_history account on Instagram, and it’s a wealth of interesting photos, definitely worth a look.

This list is a little male-centric and is composed only of books I’ve actually read; I’m sure there are many other great history books that I would love for you to recommend in the comments!

PS: I wrote some historical gay romances!

In Such a Dance, vaudeville dancer Eddie gets involved with bootlegger Lane in Jazz Age Times Square.

In Ten Days in August, homicide detective Hank meets female impersonator Nicky while investigating a mysterious death at a dance hall.

Where to Find Me at #RT17

It’s about that time! I’m flying to Atlanta this Sunday for the RT Booklovers Convention, and I am super excited! I can’t wait to see old friends, meet new people, and squee about books. And, of course, I have a lot of cute outfits planned. 😉

Here’s where I’m scheduled to be:

On Monday and Tuesday, I’ll be teaching at the pre-convention writers boot camp.

On Wednesday at 4pm, I’m on a panel about American historical romance with an all-star group of writers including Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Piper Huguley, Beverly Jenkins, and Joanna Shupe.

On Thursday at 11:15am, I’m playing Apples to Apples with the crew from Dreamspinner Press.

On Thursday at 5:15, I’ll be signing copies of Ten Days in August at the Kensington Peaches and Cream party.

On Saturday, I’ll be signing at the Giant Book Fair and will be roaming around the FAN-tastic Day Party.

You can find my full schedule here.

I’m also donating prizes to Cinema Craptastique and Wheel of Romance, and I’ll have lots of cool goodies to give away. And I’ll be around all week, obviously, so if you’re there, too, be sure to say hi!

Free Story: “If This Were a Movie”

ChowI wrote a story for the Dreamspinner Press newsletter, which you can read at the Dreamspinner blog. It’s a flash fiction meet cute involving two guys in the park and a very big dog (illustrated here). So if you need a little romance today, check it out.

This is as good a time as any to point out that all of my freebies can be found under the “free stories” tab in the menu bar up top.

Character Fears: A Guest Post by Lex Valentine

Sports Week continues! Today, I’m happy to host Lex Valentine, who I also just met at GRL. She’s got a new book out that tackles football. (Tackles, geddit?) Read on to learn how to enter to win a copy of her new book!

What is an author to do when presented with characters who cling to their childhood fears? What do we do when they don’t react as adults? Well, you write a book about characters who let fear rule their lives until they finally grow up, grow a pair, and get down to the business of love.

In my novel Scrambling, my two main characters both fear the same thing, losing their best friend. They will sacrifice anything for that relationship because it means everything to them. What they end up sacrificing is the truth and the chance to be together. You see, they are in love with each other and afraid to say so. They fear that they will lose the one relationship they have come to rely on…their friendship.

So how did a book about the first two out players in the NFL end up being a tale of fear? My characters. They wouldn’t get it together. They stayed locked in their fears, afraid of being alone, afraid of losing a relationship that defined their lives. Each man deliberately gives up the chance to be with the man he loves in order to preserve a friendship he can’t live without. Childish? Yes. Stubborn? Yes. Irrational? Sure. But love isn’t always rational and characters can often do and think stupid things.

Scrambling shows how the PR director of an NFL team spins the coming out of two newly drafted players into a positive thing for the team. My heroes walk the red carpet at every LGBT event she can send them to. They become poster boys for being out. As professional athletes who are also gay, they become trailblazers in an industry that has closet doors firmly shut. And while I originally envisioned this story being about the prejudices that these men have to overcome, once the writing began to flow, it quickly became a story about how even men who are out have things that they still hide in the closet.

Thanks to Kate for having me here today. If you leave a comment here, I’ll put your name in a drawing to win a copy of Scrambling. I’ll draw a name Thursday night at midnight Pacific time.

Here’s the blurb and an excerpt from Scrambling.

Scrambling

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Blurb:

Evan McAdam has two constants in his life–football and his friendship with Reed Matthews. From the age of six, Evan’s played football alongside Reed. In his teens, he realized he was gay and loved Reed, but fear kept him from confiding his deepest emotions to his best friend.

When he and Reed are drafted to the L.A. Stars, Evan decides to come out. His decision impacts Reed who’s been in the closet too. The two men struggle with secrets of unrequited love while facing the world as the first two openly gay NFL players.

When injury forces Evan to retire, the love he bears Reed can no longer be hidden. But will Reed be able to reciprocate, or will Evan lose both football and the man he’s always loved?

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My Love of Baseball: A Guest Post by Kerry Freeman

Kerry and I were in the same reading session at GayRomLit, so we had a little baseball extravaganza going there. Kerry contacted me about doing a baseball-related guest post a while back, and I was like, “Of course!” I am all about promoting sports romances. So, without further ado, here’s Kerry. — Kate

I vaguely remember watching baseball as a child. My brother loved sports of all kinds, and I watched a few games here and there with no deep interest or allegiance to any one team.

But in 1998, things changed. I began to watch the Home Run Race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa as a news event. Soon, though, I started watching the actual games. And I liked them.

To me, baseball was more a scientific sport, all curves and trajectories. Games weren’t won by knocking the other guy on his ass. Actually, hitting an opposing player would get someone thrown out of the game. There was talk of the sweet spot and averages… and I was a goner.

Once I fell in love with the game, picking a favorite team was a no-brainer: the Atlanta Braves all the way, baby. And when a cute little second baseman I noticed during the Home Run Race went to play for them in 1999, I was even more devoted.

Come on, I am not going to sit here and pretend that I don’t notice the boys in their tight little pants. *swoon* Sure, I love the game, but I can definitely appreciate the scenery.

That year, the Braves went to the World Series against the hated New York Yankees (okay, maybe it’s just me that hates them). I managed to get tickets to the first game, which was played at Turner Field in Atlanta, and, even though I was in the nosebleed section and the Braves lost, I will never forget the wonder of that game.

In my new book Pine Tar & Sweet Tea, both Matt and René are former professional baseball players turned high school coaches. They both were closeted during their playing days, but only Matt has remained in the closet now that he’s a coach. They both love the game, and their lives are dedicated to the young men they lead.

To date, there has not been an active Major League baseball player come out publicly, although there have been players who have come out after retirement. While one hopes things are changing for gay players, there are still examples of overt homophobia by players, most recently a player suspended for having a homophobic slur written on his eye black.

It’s only a matter of time before an active player comes out. The 2012 Summer Olympics saw numerous out athletes competed, and recently an active featherweight boxer came out. NFL players routinely speak in favor of marriage equality. Hopefully soon the environment will be such that any athlete in any sport will feel free to be who they are.

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Thank you Kate for having me on your blog! And everyone, please visit the tour kickoff post to enter the super-duper tour giveaway.

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About Kerry:

Kerry was born and raised in Alabama, and she grew up swearing she was going to get the hell out of Dodge the instant she could. Turns out Dodge ain’t so bad, and she never left. Alabama’s version of a city girl, she married a country boy, and the adorkable couple lives in a small town with their two socially awkward dogs.

Kerry loves to write about love, and it turns out most of the voices in her head are men. She also loves to write about the South, so most of her stories end up there, one way or another.

A tomboy and a geek from way back, Kerry has a day job but dreams she will one day write full time. She has a weakness for yaoi, Japanese stationery, YA, and ginger-haired singers from Britain. She owns an impressive t-shirt collection. Nowaki & Hiroki are her homeboys.

Links

Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/

Blog: http://blog.kerryfreeman.com/

Monthly Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/pkZ95

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kfwritesbooks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorkerryfreeman

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4759363.Kerry_Freeman

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