Off the Pitch: The Complete Collection is LIVE!

I’m very happy to announce that both Off the Pitch: The Complete Collection and The Off the Pitch Short Collection are now live in Kindle and KU! *fires confetti canon*

I loved revisiting these books and writing a new final epilogue for these characters — this was my very first series and I these men hold a very special place in my heart.

In the Complete Collection you’ll find all three original novels plus four bonus shorts and things like a second chance romance between former teen sweethearts, all the first times, friends to lovers, forced proximity, slow burn, hookups to lovers, steamy scenes, sexting and friends who’d do anything for each other.

And until 1st April you’ll be able to get the boxset for just $4.99.

Follow the men of London’s Greenwich Athletic Football Club as they navigate heartache on and off the pitch and find their happily ever afters.

This box set features all three original novels, plus four short stories, including the brand new short, Full Time.

Breakaway — Christian King’s life revolves around a single goal: to be the best. But his life is thrown into disarray when he runs into his former best friend and first love, David. As the pair are drawn back together, Christian is forced to confront his deepest insecurities, but maybe a second chance at true love is worth it. 

Extra Time — Isolated and drifting, footballer Hugo Serin doesn’t know what comes next after a painful leg break puts him out of action. When a chance encounter brings him face to face with lonely, eccentric artist, Kit, the clouds might just be lifting. Now Hugo must convince Kit he’s worthy of love just the way he is.

Final Score — Jordan Green is too busy for a relationship, but that doesn’t stop him from fooling around with handsome playboy Félix. Neither of them want commitment, but their connection is too strong to resist. All they have to do is put their hearts on the line, but that will mean confronting their fears first.

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This box set also includes the following four short stories.

Hat Trick — David plans a surprise to celebrate Christian’s match-day success.

Silverware — Kit and Hugo celebrate Valentine’s Day.

International Break Jordan and Félix enjoy a well-deserved holiday together.

Full Time — A catch-up with everyone as they enjoy a memorable celebration eight years later. 

Each Off the Pitch book can be read as a standalone and has a happily-ever-after ending, but you’ll enjoy them more as part of the whole series. This low-angst series promises sports stars, sweetness, and steam, and is approximately 257,000 words.  

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What happens after the final whistle?

The Off the Pitch short story collection brings together three previously published shorts from Charlie Novak’s Greenwich Athletic world, along with a brand new finale for all the couples.

Includes: Hat Trick, Silverware, International Break and Full Time.

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Author Spotlight: A.F. Zoelle

For today’s author spotlight, I’m joined by the fabulous A.F. Zoelle! We’re talking about the last book in her Good Bad Idea series, writing books on post-in notes and being under seige from plot bunnies!

So without further delay…

First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hi, I’m A.F. Zoelle! I write contemporary M/M romance and published my first book in December 2018. I’m best known for my Good Bad Idea series that debuted in March 2020. Before that, I published M/M fanfiction under a different pen name in a variety of fandoms. For most of my adult life, I’ve been a career academic and was pursuing my PhD in Japanese theatre studies. Last year, I made the tough decision to leave academia, which meant going back to working full-time at a law office. Despite that, I still put out a book every other month! Needless to say, I live for the day I’m lucky enough to make the transition into full-time writing.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
Due to my time constraints of working around my job, I’m primarily a plotter. I try to outline a brief sketch of where I think the story is heading to help me schedule how to write it around my tough schedule. However, my characters are very prone to throwing said outline out the window and doing whatever they want. I learned a long time ago that letting them run wild always ends up making things better, so I become a pantser on the fly and try to keep up!

Describe your books in only three words.
Heat, humor, heart.

What’s your next book about and when is it coming out?
For the last year, I’ve been working on my Good Bad Idea series. It’s a light-hearted, low-angst, high heat series about bad ideas that lead to true love. All the books are interconnected but can be read in any order. 

The final book in the series is Love Practice, which is coming out March 24th! Wren is sick of never landing a second date, so he asks his best friend and roommate Izzy to be his dating tutor. They both are secretly in love with each other, so the results of their fake dates are explosive. It’s a hilarious friends to lovers, roommates, fake dating romance that will burn up your Kindle from the heat, all while making you swoon from the touching romance. 

Even if you’ve never read a single one of the Good Bad Idea books, you can still enjoy Wren and Izzy’s romance! Of course, it’s much more fun if you start from the beginning with Bet on Love. Love Practice is the end of the Good Bad Idea series, but the guys will put in cameos in my next series, Suite Dreams, which starts on May 21, 2021 with Snowbody Like You!

Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
That’s a tough one, but I think I’ll have to say Love Directions, which is Book 5 of my Good Bad Idea series. When I was writing it, my beloved uncle died of cancer and Covid, I made the decision to leave my university, I had to pack and move cross-country, had two minor medical procedures, and started working in an office full-time which meant I was sneaking in writing on sticky notes to make my deadline. That’s a lot, to put it mildly. But I still finished the book with time to spare and published it on time. Elias’s story is very emotional for me on a lot of levels, since I based his and North’s moms on the mom of my best friend that we lost to cancer. When I received reviews saying that book felt like a warm hug from a friend and brought them comfort during such a rough time, it made all the struggle worth it. I’m so proud of myself that I’ve kept up my schedule of releasing a book every other month despite working full-time. 

What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
I’ve moved twenty-nine times in my life and been lucky enough to travel the world, which has had a profound influence on my work. I’m also a sponge who soaks up knowledge, which is what made me such a great academic. That means my books are filled with fun facts about things like the French Revolution pornography history and weird trivia about how it’s illegal to die in Svalbard, Norway and Itsukushima, Japan. My love for the weird makes for some really unique characters, which I think is one of my strengths as a writer.

What inspired you to start writing?
I have entire universes and galaxies in my mind. I’m also constantly under siege from my plot bunnies (plunnies), which are plentiful and persistent. They keep on me to make sure their stories get told, so it’s a good thing I’m a fast writer. I think everyone will be much happier when I can write full-time and release more of them into the wild to run free for readers to enjoy.

What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
Since I have to work around a full-time day job at a law firm, that means I’m squirreling away time to covertly write any chance I get. Thankfully, I’m extremely fast and have a reputation for being the gold standard of what a good employee should be, so they have no idea that I’m writing novels on the side since I get my work done so fast. Since 2008, I’ve written my stories on 1” x 1.5” inch sticky notes. Picture Love, which is the sixth book in the Good Bad Idea series that came out in January, was written on 849 sticky notes with my micro-writing. But now I’ve switched to projects that let me use my personal computer at the office, which makes writing a million times easier to do. That means I’ve been able to write much more than before! It also helps that I’m regularly told to slow down at work, so when I’m writing, I’m technically following their instructions! 

What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
My plunnies usually come with plot and character combined since they know I won’t give them the time of day if they don’t give me something to work with from the start. I make a plunny prove to me that it’s worth the time investment to commit to a story due to my intense schedule, so that means I almost always get the character and plot together at first. However, what usually ends up happening is as I start writing, the character takes over and changes themselves and the plot. 

For example, Felix was originally a shy, blushing type who was completely overwhelmed by Arsène in Picture Love. But as I started writing it, Felix quickly became a no-filter firecracker who had fun keeping up with Arsène’s pace. It made for a much better story as a result, but I kept worrying I was going to blow my cover at work since I kept laughing so much at Felix’s antics and oneliners in the book. 

What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
The first M/M romance I ever wrote back in 2004 was a story that’s haunted me ever since. I was incredibly sick at the time and had zero memory of writing the story; it was just on my computer when I woke up. It was a story from so deep in the depths of my heart, I hadn’t even known it existed. 

Every few years, that plunny would pop up and remind me it existed. I’d reread the 15k I wrote and get so mad at myself for not finishing it. I got so hung up on the fact that since I had no memory of writing the story, I had no idea where I was heading with it. In 2019, a friend said, “What difference does it make what 2004-you would have done with it? Isn’t what the 2019-you wants to do with it much better, anyway?” It was like a lightbulb went off in my head, freeing me to expand the story into Madrigal of Stars (Alternative title: The Art of Music). It’s an incredible bisexual awakening romance between a famous musician and a shy art museum curator. 

But I was drowning in school and work (seriously, I had six jobs while a full-time PhD student and was working well over 100 hours each week), so the massive story got away from me. It was so epic and already pushing 100k, and I couldn’t finish it in time to publish it by December 2019 like I had intended. I ended up switching to Good Bad Idea, which has taken off in a way that makes me pinch myself every time I think about it. As a result, Madrigal of Stars is still unfinished on my hard drive, begging me to go something with it. It’s a story that needs to be told. I’m hoping that once I’m in a position to write full-time, I’ll finally be able to sit down and do the story justice.

If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
It would easily be friends to lovers. I adore the easy banter that friends have, plus it makes their sex scenes so much more fun when they’re joking with each other the whole time. Brody and Augie’s sex ABCs competition in Love Means More is still one of my favorite things I’ve ever written, because you really get a glimpse of their competitive friendship as they tease each other while also being intimate. It makes things so much fun.  

What would be your three desert island books?
Lucy Lennox’s Felix & The Prince since I’m a sucker for a good royal romance. Ella Frank’s Robbie, because I love a smart-mouth firecracker (See my characters Felix and North for further evidence). K.M. Neuhold’s Hardwood, since I love a man who wears bow ties (as Callum proves in my Fancy Love). 

If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
I think Love Directions would be the best of the Good Bad Idea series books to turn into a movie or TV series. I think the funny supporting characters of North’s mom, twin sister, and their cat Woof would make for a really fun show. While it has a lot of humor in it, I think the emotional core of Elias’s journey of healing from the death of his mother and two bad relationships is something viewers would become very invested in seeing on screen, the same way it does on the page. As for who I’d cast, I have no idea since I’m not in touch with current American TV and movies. 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
I love designing logos and graphics for mugs. I have an enemies to lovers story I’m hoping to release in early November called Mistlefoe that will have a mixture of cute and naughty holiday mugs mentioned in it. I’m going to design the mugs myself and sell them for readers, which I’m really excited about doing!    

Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
The Gobiraptor minutus, which is one of the cutest dinosaurs I’ve ever seen. It’s a tiny little raptor that’s very bird-like: https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-discover-fossils-of-new-adorable-baby-dinosaur-in-mongolia/

Under constant siege from persistent plot bunnies, A.F. Zoelle enjoys humoring them by writing about gorgeous men being in love. Her contemporary romances are full of witty banter, sexy fun, and lovable smart-asses. She’s left academia behind for a new adventure, which will hopefully include adopting Ragdoll cats of her own someday soon.

For real time updates on her writing progress, please join her Facebook group for exclusive teasers or follow her on Twitter. You can also sign up for her newsletter to gain access to extra epilogues, previews of upcoming books, and more. 

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Coming Soon: Off the Pitch: The Complete Collection

I’m super excited to announce that I’m doing my first box set! From the end of March you’ll be able to get the entire Off the Pitch collection in one handy set – that’s all three original novels plus four short stories (including a brand new one).

And until 1st April you’ll be able to pre-order/buy the boxset for just $4.99.

Off the Pitch: The Complete Collection

Coming 25th March 2021

Follow the men of London’s Greenwich Athletic Football Club as they navigate heartache on and off the pitch and find their happily ever afters.

This box set features all three original novels, plus four short stories, including the brand new short, Full Time.

Breakaway — Christian King’s life revolves around a single goal: to be the best. But his life is thrown into disarray when he runs into his former best friend and first love, David. As the pair are drawn back together, Christian is forced to confront his deepest insecurities, but maybe a second chance at true love is worth it. 

Extra Time — Isolated and drifting, footballer Hugo Serin doesn’t know what comes next after a painful leg break puts him out of action. When a chance encounter brings him face to face with lonely, eccentric artist, Kit, the clouds might just be lifting. Now Hugo must convince Kit he’s worthy of love just the way he is.

Final Score — Jordan Green is too busy for a relationship, but that doesn’t stop him from fooling around with handsome playboy Félix. Neither of them want commitment, but their connection is too strong to resist. All they have to do is put their hearts on the line, but that will mean confronting their fears first.

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This box set also includes the following four short stories.

Hat Trick — David plans a surprise to celebrate Christian’s match-day success.

Silverware — Kit and Hugo celebrate Valentine’s Day.

International Break Jordan and Félix enjoy a well-deserved holiday together.

Full Time — A catch-up with everyone as they enjoy a memorable celebration eight years later. 

Each Off the Pitch book can be read as a standalone and has a happily-ever-after ending, but you’ll enjoy them more as part of the whole series. This low-angst series promises sports stars, sweetness, and steam, and is approximately 257,000 words.  

Pre-Order Now


Already own the novels? Get just the short stories

Cover by Natasha Snow

What happens after the final whistle?

The Off the Pitch short story collection brings together three previously published shorts from Charlie Novak’s Greenwich Athletic world, along with a brand new finale for all the couples.

Includes: Hat Trick, Silverware, International Break and Full Time.

Pre-Order Now

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Author Spotlight: Colette Davison

For today’s author spotlight, the wonderful Colette Davison is here! We’re talking about her brand new omegaverse release, age gap and who she’d cast Tom Holland as.

So without further ado, over to you Colette…

First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hi! I’m Colette, a gay romance author from Leeds, in the north east of England. I used to be a teacher, but right now I’m a stay at home mum and author. I write a mixture of contemporary and paranormal romance, with flawed characters, happy endings, and lots of heart.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I’m going to fall back on what a couple of readers have told me about my books—according to them, my writing style is like coming home. I guess that means it’s cosy and welcoming?

Describe your books in only three words.
This is really hard, because I write some pretty varied stuff. I can’t even describe them all as sexy, as I have two very slow burn books! Hmmm…

Emotional, heartfelt, and intimate.

What’s your next book about and when is it coming out?
I have a new book coming out tomorrow. Openly Yours is the second book in my Offbeat Shifters series. It follows on directly from book 1, Secretly Mine. It’s set in an alternate universe where everyone is a shifter, and specifically revolves around characters in and around the pop music industry.

This book continues the story of Jesse and Isaac, as they adjust to life together as mates, and try to make all their dreams come true.

It’s an omegaverse book, with a storyline revolving around infertility.

Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
That’s such a hard question! I think A Boy Made of Sunshine, simply because it was my first attempt at writing humour. I normally include a fairly large dose of angst in my books!

What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
When I first started writing, it was fantasy, because I loved The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander and The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. So, they are definitely my early influences. My parents also always encouraged me to write. They read all my stories, no matter how awful they were, and gave me the confidence to keep writing.

What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve always made up stories and written them down. As for what inspired me to start publishing—a friend read the first draft of Why I Left You a year after I wrote it and told me I shouldn’t just sit on it.

What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
I would love to have a typical writing day! It mostly consists of fitting in writing whenever I can, around being a mum. It’s easier during term time, when we’re not in a national lockdown!

What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
The characters, always. I’m a pantser, so the plot comes organically.

What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
Is it a total cop-out to say none? There are so many amazing books out there, but if I’d written them, they would be different to how they are. That’s what I love about reading and writing—every author has their own style.

If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Age-gap. It’s my absolute favourite trope. I just love the way that two (or more!) people can fall in love and have so much in common, despite having vastly different life experiences.

What would be your three desert island books?
You mean I can’t take my Kindle and an infinite power supply? Joking! Hmmm… The Sweetest Goodbye, by Christina Lee. It’s a novella, but it’s one of the few books I’ll read over and over. Redeeming Rafe, by Sloane Kennedy, because I absolutely love the emotion in this book. It was also one of the first MMM books I read and it definitely inspired me to write my own. Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, because it’s such a cute, heartfelt read.

If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
Do I have to chose just one? A Boy Made of Sunshine would make a really fun film, but it would be lovely to see the gymnastics in Hold Me Up on screen. Equally, the ballet sequences in A Dance For Two and A Dance For You would be wonderful to watch.

I’ll pick one of those to cast… A Dance For You. Tom Holland could be Mason, he’s got that bouncy, innocent, slightly naive quality about him and he’s a trained ballet dancer. He’s also the same age as Mason is in the book. Can you see him blindfolded and tied to a bed? Slight snag, Mason is blond with blue eyes, but I can’t think of anyone who fits that description that would be as perfect as Tom Holland.

I’ll admit, I’ve gone purely with looks alone for David. I almost picked John Barrowman, because he also has a dance background (although only musical dancing, rather than ballet, as far as I’m aware), but I’m not sure he would be able to pull off David’s character. I would love it if he could prove me wrong though! I ended up with Paolo Andino, because when he has a beard he looks pretty much how I imagined David. He’d need to be able to pull off an English accent though!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
I tend to flit from one hobby to another. Between writing and looking after my kids, I don’t always have a lot of time for anything else. I have a spinning wheel and I also knit and crochet. I’m just getting back into art. I’m trying to learn how to use watercolour properly. It’s definitely a work in progress!

Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
Pterodactyl. Wait, are they actually dinosaurs? I’ve got a feeling they’re not! I was going to say plesiosaur next, but they’re not dinosaurs either! I’ll have to go with deinonychus, because my little boy has an adorable book about a deinonychus called Boo.

Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. Several years later, she’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.

Ever since she could hold a pen, Colette has been writing stories. Always an avid reader and lover of the arts, Colette graduated in Theatre Studies from Lancaster University in 1999, and in English Literature from the Open University in 2010. After studying for a P.G.C.E. in secondary education, and subsequently teaching english and drama for six years, Colette chose to become a stay at home mum and to focus on her writing.

Colette’s first M/M romance, Why I Left You, was published in November 2017. Since then she has continued to write books with flawed characters, lots of heart, and happy endings.

You can find more information about Colette on her website, sign up to her newsletter for updates and join her Facebook group, Colette’s Cosy Corner.

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Author Spotlight: E.M. Lindsey

It’s time for another author spotlight and today I’m joined by the fantastic E.M. Lindsey! We chatted about being half-plotter, half-pantser, their latest projects (including their new penname) and why friends to lovers is the most versatile trope!

Take it away EM…

First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hi, I’m EM.  I’m an MM romance author who has been writing professionally since 2014.  I came to writing from academia (with a background in Antiquity and ancient history) when my health and hearing loss became too difficult for me to function in a classroom and lecture hall setting.  It wasn’t much of a chore, though, because I have always wanted to be a writer, and being able to do it full time is a dream job.  I just moved to Northern Florida, close to St. Augustine, with my spouse and kids, and I spend my mornings walking on the beach, afternoons making words, and evenings enjoying the nearly year-round gorgeous weather.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I’m a half-pantser/half-plotter with pages and pages on my iPad of notes, but I like to let my characters drive the story.  I’m well known for the slow-burn and lyrical prose.  I approach novel-writing like poetry.

Describe your books in only three words.
Slow-Burn, Emotional, Hopeful.

What are you working on right now?
I have a couple of projects going on right now, and most of them are in some various phases of editing.  As E.M. Lindsey, I’m writing a gritty MM Motorcycle Club Romance series spanning six books, and between that I will be releasing a very rip-your-heart-out emotional stand-alone MMM romance that I hope will be releasing in April.  I’ve also just launched a new pen name, Ariel Millar, which I will be using to release my MM Paranormal Romances.  My first in that series, a dystopian Werewolf trilogy called Carpe Noctem, right now will most likely be launching in mid-March.

Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
Probably Verismo.  It’s not my best selling work, but the book took probably ten years total from conception to final product.  I was told by a creative writing teacher early in my undergrads that there’s no point in trying to make writing a career because I’ll never make anything of myself.  That day I sat down and began to write my first full novel.  Verismo went through several different versions of itself, and I sat on it for a long time before I was confident to put it out in the world, but that book is a piece of my soul and I’m glad I found the courage to publish it.  It’s also the book I get the most messages and emails about, and it inspired me to expand that universe.

What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
In a strangely negative way, my former creative writing professor did, who didn’t think I would go anywhere.  I wanted to show her that I was not only capable in spite of my struggle with proper English, but also because writing was such a strong passion of mine.  For my books themselves, I tend to get inspired by anything.  A road sign, an empty house with a big oak covered in Spanish moss, a person I meet in a supermarket line. I feel like everything around me has a story to tell.

What inspired you to start writing?
The first time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a writer.  I’m not sure what inspired it.  I always just had stories in my head.  I wish I could say it was one thing or another, but to be honest, I think it’s just always been a part of me.

What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
I have a very specific process but I don’t always stick to it.  I wake up and go for an early morning walk, then I put the kettle on and get my desk set up.  Sometimes I need to take series notes so I caffeinate while I do that on my iPad, then I fire up my word program and get started.  I try to write in long bursts, at least forty-five minutes to an hour, then ten or fifteen minute breaks.  I have kids though, and sometimes chat windows will distract me, but I’ve been trying to minimize those lately so I can focus more on the work.  I dedicate at least two or three hours to admin tasks like advertising and social media, but when I’m mid-novel, I like that to be my sole focus.

What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
Sometimes one or the other, sometimes both at the same time.  I have a book I’ve been working on about a reluctant psychic medium who gives fake ghost tours, and I was inspired with both the plot and the character by a man I met when my spouse and I took a haunted tour in St. Augustine right after we moved here.

What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
I have a long wish-list of books that I plan to get to someday, and I really hope I can.  I don’t know that I have a specific book, but I do have an idea for a series set in a brothel, and that’s at the top of my writing wish-list right now.

If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Friends to lovers, because it’s so versatile.  I like to take tropes and turn them on their heads, and that one has so much promise with so much diversity.  Long-lost childhood friends, the pining best friends, friends turned enemies, friends in bad situations, friends where everyone but them know they’re in love…new friends, old friends, future friends.  I could go on haha.

What would be your three desert island books?
Dune by Frank Herbert (if I can bring Dune Messiah with it because it’s basically an epilogue), Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (or Circe, either one tbh) and Killing Time the TOS Star Trek Novel by Della Van Hise.  Honorable mentions: The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat, and Heart of Stone by Johannes T. Evans.

If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
That’s a tough one.  I’d probably say Verismo because it’s my book baby, and I think it would translate really well to film.  It would be like a modern day Amadeus without the chaos of Mozart.  I’ve never really given actors a lot of thought.  I’d love to see some authentic casting from around the globe with locally famous actors instead of mainstream Hollywood.  Although if we’re being honest, I’d probably kill for Robert Sheehan to play Alessio (the eccentric Italian composer) even though he’s Irish.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
It depends on what my body allows.  I’ve had to give up yoga and hiking but I love taking long walks on winding paths because where we live is so lush.  I also can spend hours just sitting on the beach watching the waves.  I binge-watch a lot of reality contest series on Netflix like GBBO or  Blown Away.  I also read a lot, and I try to keep up on my Greek and Latin translations so I’ll give myself assignments to keep from getting rusty.  And, of course, read read read!  My kindle and KU are always stacked full.

Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
Here’s a fun fact about me:  Dinosaurs terrify me!  I don’t think I have a favourite, though I do like the idea of them with puffy chicken feathers.

E.M. LINDSEY is currently living in the United States and spends their time writing, reading, hiking, and binging Netflix – in that order. Find Lindsey’s work exclusively on Amazon.

You can find more information about EM on their website, follow them on Bookbub for updates and join their Facebook group, Lindsey’s Liaison.

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Natural Twenty is now in AUDIO!

I’m beyond excited to announce that Natural Twenty is now available in audio, and it’s been narrated by the amazing Joel Leslie!

Not only is Joel one of my favourite narrators, but he was also the winner of the All Time Favourite M/M Narrator award in the Goodreads 2019 Read’s Choice Awards, and three 2020 Independent Audio Awards. I’m absolutely thrilled that he’s brought Jay and Leo to life and I can’t wait for you to hear them. If you want to know more about Joel and his work, check out his website.

Plus it’s already whispersynced as well, which means that you can get the audio for a reduced price ($7.49/£3.99) if you have the Kindle book or download it through Kindle Unlimited.

Natural Twenty

Plants are easier than people—that’s Leo’s rule of thumb. After all, nobody really wants a man who looks like he belongs in a biker gang but would rather spend his time buried in books and flowers. It’s just easier to be single. Until he meets the owner of the new book shop.

Jacob Morris knows two things: he’s really attracted to the man who runs the local flower shop, and he doesn’t date. Not when he’s still healing from a bad breakup, has a new business to run, game nights to organise, workshops to host, and a website to build.

When friendship blooms into something more, Leo and Jay must decide whether to roll the dice and take a chance on love or keep forging ahead on their quests alone. Will their roll yield a one or a perfect, natural twenty?

Natural Twenty is an 80,000-word contemporary MM romance featuring Dungeons & Dragons, secret flower language bouquets, a spoilt Staffy (or two), and a best friend who is basically a gothic prince. It is book one in the Roll for Love series and can be read as a standalone.

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Note:
There was a previous version of the audio on sale containing an error which cut the end off Chapter Three. If you already own this version, here’s a simply fix to get the updated chapter.
– Head to your Audible App and final Natural Twenty in your library.
– Tap the three little buttons on the right (may look different on different devices) and select “Remove from device”
– Then simply tap the cover to redownload the book! It’s that simple – you don’t need to return it, just remove and redownload.

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Author Spotlight: Nikole Knight

It’s 2021 and it’s time to kick off this year’s author spotlight interviews! Today I’m joined by the wonderful Nikole Knight, who’s here to tell us about her passion for hurt/comfort, her upcoming new series and starting in fanfiction!

Over to you Nikole…

First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hi! I’m Nikole Knight. I’m an American, born and bred in Indiana, but I live in a tiny little European country, nestled between Germany and Belgium. I spend most of my time wrangling my two mini knights into some semblance of order so that they don’t answer the front door in their underwear. I’m grey/ace, I’ve been married for eight years, and I write angsty, painful, but victorious LGBTQIA+ love stories.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I write angsty stories with broken, imperfect characters. I write awkward flirting and snarky humor. Sometimes, I write dark, painful stories where I put my characters through hell. Happy endings are always worth more when they have to fight for it, don’t you think? 😉 My stories tend to be character-driven with love at the center, and while they’re not very fluffy, I always deliver a happily ever after. My alpha reader calls me Sadie because I’m apparently a sadist that enjoys torturing her characters and her readers. I write the stories I love to read, with relatable characters, hard-fought victories, and love that conquers all.

Describe your books in only three words.
Angsty. Emotional. Raw.

What’s your next book about and when is it coming out?
I’m starting a new contemporary MM romance series this year, and the first book (the prequel) will be releasing later this month. The series follows a chosen family of exotic dancers as they find love. It will be a lighter (and steamier) read than my previous two series, so I’m excited to be trying something a little different.

Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
That is so hard! I wrote a short story last summer called The Night We Met. It’s literally one night in the lives of the two main characters. They come from different walks of life and spend 12 hours together. And those 12 hours change everything. The story tackles the heavy subject of depression and suicide, and I think I’m most proud of that book because of the rawness and vulnerability it brought Sam and Jethro (and me) to. Though, I would be remiss not to mention the lovestory I’m most proud of—the love between Riley and Gideon from my Fire & Brimstone series. With Gideon identifying on the ace spectrum and Riley being demi, I am very proud to have written a story portraying that love and intimacy are more than—and in some case, exclusive from—sex. 

What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
TJ Klune has been a huge inspiration for me as I have developed as a writer. Not only his incredible talent but the messages his books impart. This might sound weird, but injustice is a big motivator for me as well when I write. I like to write about those whose voices may have been silenced, because every story deserves to be heard.

What inspired you to start writing?
Um…boredom? JK, let me explain. I wrote my first story when I was in high school, and it was a travesty of prose. After that, I wrote down little story ideas here and there but never pursued it. It wasn’t until 2016, when I immigrated to my husband’s homeland, that I started writing. Unable to work until my immigration paperwork was approved, I had a lot of time on my hands, and I started writing a fanfiction story on Wattpad. It was popular in the fandom, and I branched out into original stories which were also met with enthusiasm. With the support and encouragement from a core group of readers (who later became my friends and beta readers) I pursued publishing my works “for real.” So while it was a hobby that snuck up on me because I was bored and jobless, I found I had a knack for it, and it’s now grown into my passion and my full-time job!

What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
I recently was fortunate enough to quit my day job to write full-time. So every day is supposed to be my writing day. Of course, 2020 was a crazy year, and with lockdowns that resulted in my kids being home 24/7, it led to a rather chaotic writing schedule. I write when I can, usually during the day if my kids are agreeable. If not, I take time in the evenings when the hubby is otherwise entertained. I’m looking forward to a more structured schedule once schools open back up. As for my process, I’m a pantser, not a planner. I have ideas and plots and characters; I know where the book begins and where it ends, but how we get there is anyone’s guess. I put on music, block out social media, and write. I see where the characters take me, correcting when they get too enthusiastic, and eventually, we make it to the end, a little worse for wear but alive and satisfied.

What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
Usually the plot, or at least, the main idea for the plot. Then I meet the main character and it develops from there.

What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
Like an existing book that I wish I had written first? I mean, probably Harry Potter because it’s amazing but it was written by an awful person. I might not have been able to write it better, but I’m not a transphobic b*tch, so I feel like I wouldn’t have ruined the series after it got popular by being a terrible person. If you mean a story I want to write that I haven’t…I mean, all the stories? I have too many ideas and not enough time to write them all. 

If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Hurt/comfort 100% It’s my jam. It’s my bread and butter. Give me all the broken characters and I will patch them up with love and awkwardness and trial by fire 😉 There is something beautiful about a character who believes themselves worthless or broken and them discovering their strength and worth. Not because they needed “love” or a “partner” to validate or complete them. But because there are people in our lives who support and encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves we always had the potential to be.

What would be your three desert island books?
You are really being mean now, making me choose only 3. I need to pick standalones because I hate only reading one book in a series. It drives me crazy. So… ugh, How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune. Host by Stephanie Meyer. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
My Fire & Brimstone series is perfect for a TV series. Please! Netflix? CW? Anyone? JK. For casting, I have no idea! The only actor who physically encompasses one of my characters would be Chris Hemsworth who I feel is a good representation of Gideon in looks and body build. Other than that, I don’t know.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
I am musical, which I don’t think I have ever talked about. I sing, and I’ve played piano since 7th grade. I play guitar but badly. I love reading, obviously, so if I could choose what my time was spent doing when not writing, it would be reading! In reality, when I’m not writing, I’m a wife and mother, doing boring stuff like grocery shopping, cleaning, and laundry. You know, adulting.

Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
Velociraptor, hands down!

NIKOLE KNIGHT is a born and bred Hoosier living in a top-secret location in Europe. She’s the lone female in the house, unless you count the dog, and she writes love in all its forms.

When she isn’t racing after a half-naked toddler or arguing with a child’s logic, Nikole can be found in her writing nook, typing away as her fingers turn to nubs.

You can find more information about Nikole on her website, sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Instagram and join her Facebook group, Nikole Knight’s Round Table!

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Author Spotlight: JP Sayle

We’ve reached the end of 2020 already and what a year it’s been! Today it’s time for the final author spotlight of this year, and it’s with the wonderful JP Sayle.

So, take it away JP…

First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hi I’m JP or Jayne, I’m now a full-time writer tucked away on a small island in the Irish sea. I’m married and have one daughter and two grandbabies. I’ve a love of cake that I share weekly with my twin and older sister when we do ‘sisters who eat cake saturday’.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I’m a total pantser on the whole, I sit at my computer and let out whatever is in my head. Although recently I’ve tried doing an outline thing, it doesn’t work as well, but I’m all for stretching myself with a challenge.

Describe your books in only three words.
Angsty, real, different.

Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
I have a new release just out, Reluctant Billionaire. This is series I had no intention of writing lol, but lockdown happened and with that came this need to do something different, then Nanna happened. In book one Property of a Billionaire, you get to meet Charlie and his Nanna. Nanna hands down steals the show as she channels her cat. In that book you meet Guy, Charlie’s best friend and Brett, who is Charlie’s boyfriend’s psychologist. 

Anyhow, in Reluctant Billionaire Nanna excels at meddling when they all end up skiing at New Year. Guy is a fem, high heel loving dominant and years younger than Brett. Brett is man who just wants to be loved for who he is after his father behaves in ways that make him doubt himself. What ensues is a rollercoaster of emotions that a blogger described at a great anti pandemic laugh out loud book.

Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
That has to be Ferron’s Journey: Trilogy, those three books really took it out of me mentally but the end result left me feeling proud of the depth of emotion that comes  across from the main characters

What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
All books have influenced me as a writer. From the moment I found I could disappear from the awful crap of my childhood in pages, I’ve never looked back. In terms of who helped make my decision to write MM, that would be my twin and Kindle Alexander the first MM author I read.

What inspired you to start writing?
My nurse manager’s job and the life coach asking what I want to do with my life. That simple question started me on a path of discovery and challenge to change my life so could live my dream.

What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
Yep I do I suppose, lol. I wake, do social media stuff and connect with friends, I then mediate. I sort myself (in pjs) to be at my desk by nine am with a two litre bottle of Pepsi Max. If hubby is home I give him a kiss and lock myself in my office. If the door is shut he knows not to come in. I’ll then write until I get mentally tired. This could be four hours or eight, I never know. If I get a manuscript back that requires editing I tend to do that in the afternoons. I can do that even if I’m mentally drained. 

What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
I wish I had the plot, but no, it’s always the characters, I can be inspired by anything which makes it hugely difficult to keep going with one project. I’ve a dozen unfinished books (possibly more) because I get distracted easily. 

What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
Practical Magic – love anything that’s magically and witchy.

If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Age gap, it’s in nearly every book I’ve written. I think it stems from personal preference for older partners.

What would be your three desert island books?
Really that is so hard  but, I’m going to say, (boxset is one right) Nice Guy Series by Kindle Alexander, Cruel and Unusual by Patrica Cornwell, my own boxset for Manx Cat Guardians.

If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
Where it all Began, I’ve often seen in my head my Viking stood by the castle I wrote about. Jason Mamoa would be perfect for the role of King Olarfr, my guardian cat Max, the voice I see as John Rhys-Davies, and Magnus I think I’d want Zack Ward.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
Family tend to take most of my spare time, as I have my grandbabies weekly. But I’ve been searching recently for the wizards that we have scattered all over the island. I love to walk. My secret passion is sunbathing, I love the sun and I don’t get to sit out like I used to.  

Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
Velociraptor for sure. 

Hey, I’m JP, a manxy lady of a certain age who embraces life to the full and it’s why I now write full time. I quit my job because life’s too short not to follow your dreams, right? I’ve a love of all things bookish and writing has given me an unexpected bonus, friendships all over the world.

I’m lucky that I’ve a hubby who is supportive of me and the world I’m trying to create. I’ve a twin who is to blame for me dipping my toe in the MM world. My daughter isn’t so broad minded lol, but I’m sure I’ll sway her one day 😉

My one goal when I started on this epic journey was to write and take people with me on a
voyage through the pages of my books. I hope I’ve achieved that.

You can find more information about JP on her website, and sign up for her newsletter.

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Author Spotlight: Toby Wise

Today my Author Spotlight guest is the wonderful Toby Wise who’s here to chat about their love of omegavese, their background in fandom and breaking out of their comfort zone with a new alien romance.

Over to you Toby…

First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hello! My name is Toby Wise and I write queer omegaverse romance often with a side of mpreg. I hail from a small town in the middle of Wisconsin and live with my partner, our feisty four year old, and our spoiled rotten cat, Pikachu.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I absolutely love focusing on the omegaverse trope. There’s so much you can play with whether that’s shifters, true mates, or non-shifter omegaverse. I adore writing found family finding each other and being a mismatched crew that somehow just fit together. My staples are adding humor and fluff to every story I write.

Describe your books in only three words.
Humorous. Sweet. Sassy.

What’s your next book about and when is it coming out?
My next book is called A Layperry’s Tradition. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit with this one and writing an alien/human romance. There will be a foreign planet, gorgeous aliens, snarky best friends, and mpreg in this book. It’s coming to a kindle near you this January.

Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
This is a tough question because I’m proud of all of my books for different reasons. I’m really proud of Ageless Fate because it’s my very first book. Fate’s Perfect Timing is also one of my most proud moments because it’s a book with a non-binary main character and being able to tell their story was amazing and I had so many people come to me, thanking me for explaining what being non-binary means to me through Isaiah. That really touched me.

What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
I think fandom has influenced me the most. I’m not sure I would have started writing without the community I’d found on tumblr. It gave me the opportunity to write tropes I probably would have never tried before and helped me find my own style.

It wasn’t long after I started writing fanfiction that the idea of ‘A Collection of Strays’ came to me and I really wanted to write an original, even if it was just for me. My best friend showed me there was amazing MM romances on Amazon and once I read my first omegaverse novel, I was absolutely hooked and knew I wanted to write books too. 

What inspired you to start writing?
I started writing because of fandom and fanfiction. Without that community I’m not sure I’d be here writing books right now. Super big shoutout to Charlie for always pushing me to write and encouraging me and reading my drafts when I’m positive they’re trash. XD Without her and the other friends I’ve made over the years in fandom, I wouldn’t be the writer I am right now. 

What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
I try to write whenever Lil Wise gives me a moment of quiet during the day. And then every night I get two hours in my office to write and do admin work. I usually play some music to get in the zone but other than that, I don’t really have much of a process. 

What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
I usually get a vague overall plot and then I need to come up with the characters that fit into the world I want to write. 

What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
I honestly can’t think of one. There’s something so wonderful about sitting down and reading your favorite book and I don’t think I would have that same enjoyment if I had been the one to write it. 

If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I know this is a cop out but I’m going with it anyway; Omegaverse! There’s just so many things you can do with that one trope. You can do fun shifter pairings, you get to write mpreg, you can write fun heat/rut sex. And no matter what combo you come up with, you’ll never write the same story twice because there’s such a wide variety to play with. 

What would be your three desert island books?
The Bane Chronicles, Alpha’s Mates by Susi Hawke, and Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote.

If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
Oof, this is SUCH a hard question omg. I’d love to have A Collection of Strays as a TV sitcom comedy type show where you get to see all these different shifters find their mates and fall in love while being wacky and goofy together. Cameron would be played by Andy Black and he would be a HILARIOUS little shit right up until Future Cameron becomes Present Cameron and he has to deal with his shit. 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
When I’m not writing I’m a full time parent. So lots of arts and crafts, lots of reading the same exact book over and over and over again, lots of walks where we get distracted by every noise and insect we find ;D
The things I do just for me are crocheting and doing thing with fandom either on tumblr or discord. 

Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
The dinosaur from Meet the Robinsons who yells ‘I have a big head and little arms!’ 

TOBY WISE is a stay at home parent who hails from a small town in Wisconsin. They grew up loving to write but fell away from their passion once they became an adult. Thankfully, the world of fanfiction drew them back, forcing them to write about a pair of idiots falling in love (and sometimes engaging in acts of debauchery). As they started up their journey of writing once more, they realized there were a plethora of characters in their head that needed their story told, birthing ‘A Collection of Strays’.

When Toby isn’t writing fanfiction or original books, they’re likely chugging coffee and shaking their head at their kiddo.  

Toby can be found on Facebook, and Patreon. You can also join their Facebook reader group, Toby’s Wiseasses, and sign up for their newsletter.

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Strawberry Kisses is LIVE

I’m super excited to tell you that Strawberry Kisses is now live in Kindle and KU! *fires confetti canon*

This was a book that I’d wanted to write for ages before I finally put pen to paper and I loved writing Patrick and Connor so much. They’re so sweet and funny and I hope you love them as much as I do.

It’s the low angst, best friends to lovers, fake dating, only one bed, soft pining, sweet virgin, sexy, funny book that a lot of us need right now. So if that sounds like something for you, then you’ll find all the links below!

Patrick’s To Do List:
1. Tell family I’m gay
2. Make giant cake for anniversary party 
3. Convince Connor to be my fake boyfriend for the weekend 
4. Try to keep my hands off Connor
5. Make sure Connor doesn’t find out I’ve been in love with him for the last three years

Connor’s Steps for Success:
1. Perfect pole routine for Chrome Stars
2. Continue search for perfect music
3. Survive weekend with Patrick’s family without mauling him while sharing a bed
4. Prevent feelings from exploding like a glitter bomb
5. Make sure Patrick doesn’t find out I’ve been in love with him forever

 Strawberry Kisses is a 78,000 word standalone, contemporary MM romance featuring a sweet pastry chef, sassy pole dancer, a nosy but loving family, fabulous make-up, fluffy feels, and copious amounts of cake.

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