Billy Goat Stats tops 70,000 Words

Billy Goat Stats, my sequel to Music Box, has topped 70,000 words. I’ve got two scenes left to finish the draft. Next week maybe?

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VALENTINE SHOWER Mentioned in USA Today

Cool! My short story Valentine Shower just got mentioned in an article in USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/02/12/romantic-suspense-contemporaries-new-releases-february-2014/5430081/

Book Giveaways

I’m going to be sharing excerpts, answering questions, and talking about my new novel MUSIC BOX, as well as THE DOOR BEHIND US and my short story VALENTINE SHOWER on the Dreamspinner Press Facebook page, Saturday at 1:00 ET.

As an incentive to join me, there will be a couple of book giveaways for people who can answer questions about one of my stories. Come join me!

MUSIC BOX Novel and VALENTINE SHOWER Short Story Available for Pre-Order

The rollout continues! I’ve got two projects coming out in the next few weeks. My novel Music Box will be out on January 20, 2014, and is available for pre-order now in e-book or paperback. Here’s the blurb:

Music BoxWhen bullies chase Jonah Winfield to the front step of Avakian Music, owner Davoud Avakian intervenes and offers Jonah sanctuary among the lush chords of the Music Box’s Steinway Grand. Jonah’s sexuality isn’t a problem for Avakian, but it’s an issue the kids at school won’t allow Jonah to forget—whether he’s ready to deal with it or not. When the bullying escalates to violence, Jonah’s favorite music teacher, Mr. Gaston, wants to take the bullies to the principal.

Speaking up for his favorite student may bring Paul Gaston’s own sexuality up for debate, and with budget cuts looming, he’s already on shaky ground. Forcing Jonah to do anything will only make matters worse. Getting Jonah’s cooperation requires earning his trust and helping to preserve the sanctuary of the Music Box. But the generations old music store handed down to Davoud is on the verge of bankruptcy. If Paul and Davoud can’t figure out how to turn the business around, everyone will feel the loss.

Valentine Show coverIf you want more, my short story Valentine Shower (originally titled Blue Valentine) will be out on February 12, 2014. It’s also available for pre-order now. Valentine Shower is part of a new e-book anthology from Dreamspinner Press called A Valentine Rainbow. Here’s the blurb for my story:

For Reuben, numbers are everything people are not: rational, predictable, and soothing. Outside of this family, his boss, Terry, is the one person he feels connected with. In the years they’ve worked together, listening to Terry’s jokes and stories over coffee has become a reliable part of his routine. But he’s missed having family nearby since his parents retired to Florida, and figures he’ll need a woman to correct the problem. He’s hurt and confused when Terry not only refuses to help, but announces he won’t be coming around much anymore. It’s up to Reuben’s no-nonsense sister Yaffa and his therapist, Dr. Greenberg, to help him understand Terry’s feelings—and his own. 

I hope you enjoy them both!

Santa Arrives a Day Late: MUSIC BOX Available for Pre-order

Today was a great day. This morning, I walked to a nearby coffee shop and watched the passing crowd while editing one scene in my current novel, writing another, and making notes on four more.

This afternoon, my brother and I went to see Gamble House, an enchanting example of the American Arts and Crafts style designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene.

Gamble House

Gamble House, Pasadena, CA

While I was sitting on a bench taking in the exterior of the house, the news came through that my novel MUSIC BOX has hit the Coming Soon page on the Dreamspinner Press website. Music BoxIt’s available for pre-order now, in e-book or paperback form, and will be in stock on January 20.

I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.

MUSIC BOX gets a Cover

The editorial process for MUSIC BOX is well underway, and we’ll be starting work on BLUE VALENTINE soon. In the mean time, here’s a preview of Reese Dante’s new cover for MUSIC BOX.

Music Box Cover

A Contract for BLUE VALENTINE

Yay! I’ve just signed a new contract with Dreamspinner Press for publication of my story, Blue Valentine.