The Tom of Finland Trailer is out!

We should never forget those who bled for our rights, those who came before us, those who laid the stones down for a path we now dance across.
 
Every word, every drawing, every kiss we openly share is a freedom brought to us by the struggles of others.
 
Celebrate their lives and their accomplishments…and most of all, never ever forget them.

Tramps and Thieves Blog Tour Post 2 is at Love Bytes!

Today’s Blog Post is at Love Bytes!

Be sure to stop by all participating blogs during the Tramps and Thieves Blog Tour! I have written a serialized story about Rook and his cousin, Alex, as they go to an estate sale… an adventure neither one of them expected. Be sure to follow the story and enter each blog’s giveaway. There will be a gift certificate given away at every stop!

Sept
14        MMGoodbook Reviewss
15        Love Bytes
18        Sinfully Gay Review
19        Joyfully Jay
20        NDulgent Bloggers
21        It’s About the Book
22        The Novel Approach
23        rhysford.com (Epilogue)

If you’ve missed the first book in the series, Murder and Mayhem, it is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store): As the bodies pile up around a former cat burglar’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under his skin.

Murder and Mayhem Dreamspinner Press Link 
Murder and Mayhem Amazon Link

Tramps and Thieves (Available Sept 18)
Order from Dreamspinner Press

Order from Amazon
Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

 

Tramps and Thieves Blog Tour Begins Today! First Post is at MMGoodBooks Reviews!

Today’s Blog Post is at MMGoodbook Reviews!

Be sure to stop by all participating blogs during the Tramps and Thieves Blog Tour! I have written a serialized story about Rook and his cousin, Alex, as they go to an estate sale… an adventure neither one of them expected. Be sure to follow the story and enter each blog’s giveaway. There will be a gift certificate given away at every stop!

Sept
14        MMGoodbook Reviewss
15        Love Bytes
18        Sinfully Gay Review
19        Joyfully Jay
20        NDulgent Bloggers
21        It’s About the Book
22        The Novel Approach
23        rhysford.com (Epilogue)

If you’ve missed the first book in the series, Murder and Mayhem, it is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store): As the bodies pile up around a former cat burglar’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under his skin.

Murder and Mayhem Dreamspinner Press Link 
Murder and Mayhem Amazon Link

Tramps and Thieves (Available Sept 18)
Order from Dreamspinner Press

Order from Amazon
Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

 

Tramps and Thieves Blog Tour Begins Tomorrow!

Be sure to stop by all participating blogs during the Tramps and Thieves Blog Tour! I have written a serialized story about Rook and his cousin, Alex, as they go to an estate sale… an adventure neither one of them expected. Be sure to follow the story and enter each blog’s giveaway. There will be a gift certificate given away at every stop!

Sept
14        MMGoodbook Reviews
15        Love Bytes
18        Sinfully Gay Review
19        Joyfully Jay
20        NDulgent Bloggers
21        It’s About the Book
22        The Novel Approach
23        rhysford.com (Epilogue)

If you’ve missed the first book in the series, Murder and Mayhem, it is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store): As the bodies pile up around a former cat burglar’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under his skin.

Murder and Mayhem Dreamspinner Press Link 
Murder and Mayhem Amazon Link

Tramps and Thieves (Available Sept 18)
Order from Dreamspinner Press

Order from Amazon
Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

 

Don’t Forget! Murder and Mayhem (Rook/Dante Book 1) Now 99 Cents until Sept 20

If you’ve not met Rook and Dante, catch up with their first book, Murder and Mayhem, for only 99 cents. The sequel, Tramps and Thieves, drops on Sept 18!

Murder and Mayhem, the first of the Rook/Dante Mysteries, is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store)

Murder and Mayhem: Book One

Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

Dreamspinner Press Link 
Amazon Link

One Thing, If You Please…

Can I ask we keep one thing in mind?

Some people will say I will keep you in my prayers and others will say I’m thinking of you and hoping for the best. If someone’s prayers for someone else bothers you, that’s not on them…that discomfort. It’s okay for someone to be religious or spiritual just as it’s okay for someone not to be. If we ask for tolerance for one thing, perhaps for our godlessness, we have to extend tolerance in exchange.

We have gut reactions. I have them as well. It’s hard not to knee-jerk at certain phrases or behaviors and it’s difficult to remember that the person opposite of us saying those things, doing those things is not the one who put the monsters in our closets.

We should remember not to cloak someone else’s words in our issues. We are all saying the same things, that we hope for the best outcome in a trying situation, especially since most of us are helpless to give anything else.

I am not religious. I don’t pray but I ferverently hope. That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the hope and wishes given to me in someone else’s packaging. If I do pray for anything, it is that we all remember we are all in this together, and sometimes hearing someone else is thinking of you — no matter how they phrase it, no matter how they are thinking of you — it makes life a little bit better.

Accept the lamp given to you to help ward off the darkness, even if it is not in your style or doesn’t match your decor. It is still a light, and one given freely.

All that said, #TeamNoKetchupOnEggs

Guest Author Blog Post: Setting the Mood By Jeri Westerson

Setting the Mood By Jeri Westerson

One of the reasons I’ve never gone in for writing screenplays is that I love writing the narrative prose of a novel. I love the descriptions, setting the tone and mood of a piece. I’m a prose whore, and nothing gets me all a-tingle like some well-written sentence, or a paragraph or page that puts me in another world.

And you must sense it, too, because the readers of this blog love to sink into these different worlds, different places.

I was once in conversation with another author about world-building. We know the masters of it; J.R.R. Tolkien, JK Rowling, George R.R. Martin—they take what we know from history, from the world around us, throw in a smattering of mythology, and make a perfectly reasonable alternative reality to what we know. But my contention was that every book has some measure of this world-building, even in the historical mysteries that I also write, because readers need to be re-introduced to medieval London, to the everyday life and customs of such an intimate society. And the same is also true of paranormal novels. It’s the writer who must set the world first in a reality that the reader can relate to before she can expand upon that foundation. Only when that foundation is firmly in place can you use it as a jumping off point. Continue reading “Guest Author Blog Post: Setting the Mood By Jeri Westerson”

Murder and Mayhem (Rook/Dante Book 1) Now 99 Cents until Sept 20

Murder and Mayhem, the first of the Rook/Dante Mysteries, is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store): As the bodies pile up around a former cat burglar’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under his skin.

Dreamspinner Press Link 
Amazon Link