ICYMI: March 2022

Here’s a quick rundown of book news and forecasts I’ve made (either online or in my head) during the month of March.

And here’s last month’s post.

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1. Extent (Jekh Saga 7) launched

cover of Jekh Saga book 7 Extent with embracing couple over background of outer space

Links for instant gratification:

Amazon US
Amazon CA
Amazon AU
Apple Books
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Kobo

For those who’ve already read and were wondering: I do anticipate that the next Jekh Saga story will be available this year.

What I can say without much of a spoiler is that Tevo will feature prominently.

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2. Lucky in Leather (Hearth Motel 4) is coming soon

Lucky in Leather cover a Hearth Motel series book by Holley Trent features a muscular young man in sunglasses and leather jacket on a motorcycle
Long overdue and coming April 19th!

This story centers Matt and Perry, the two youngest men in Prince Heath’s crew. Adjust your expectations accordingly, is all I can say. If “locker room after a hockey game” were a lifestyle, those two are living it.

You can preorder it now at one of these places:

Amazon US
Amazon CA
Amazon UK
Amazon AU
Apple Books
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Kobo

Learn more about Lucky in Leather or catch up on what you’ve missed in Hearth Motel.

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3. (Down and Dirty 2) is set for a summer launch.

It does have a title. I have reasons for not saying what it is, but assume that it will be just as evocative as the first book in the Down and Dirty series, Lowdown Dirty.

I will work on getting the summary, cover, and exact release date up on the site soon.

Unlike most of my series, Down and Dirty doesn’t have a strong background plot that carries over from one story to the next, but character from the first book appear with some frequency in the new story. They kind of have to. This is Heidi and Carine’s book, and they definitely don’t live in a bubble.

(No boat shenanigans in this story, but don’t worry—I haven’t toned anything down. It’s just that Heidi Dowd doesn’t need grand adventures to be completely…extra.)

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4. A Witch Enraptured (Sons of Gulielmus 3) will be back/here soon.

This story used to be called A Demon Bewitched. Here’s what the old cover looked like:
A Demon Bewitched paranormal romance
Given the plot of this story, I think it’s super appropriate that it got a new name and in the midst of major reconstructive surgery.

You may note that I’ve changed titles for some of the reissued Sons of Gulielmus stories and not others. My reasons for that are somewhat convoluted, but the tl;dr is that having the titles closely linked was more important back when Crimson Romance first published the stories because they couldn’t be as dynamic with categories and keywords. We also needed to be able to signify, “Hey, this series has an arc.”

Because the later stories in the series feature characters who’ve made a particular kind of choice, I felt like I needed to individualize the titles more.

So, to be clear, these are the same stories that Crimson released, and if you read them then, you don’t need to buy the new ones. But, in almost every case, the stories are longer, motivations more fleshed out, and my voice may read a bit differently because I’ve grizzled a bit in the past *cough* years.

Watch this page for launch information. It’ll show up in the “Coming Soon” dropdown in the menu bar at the top of my site when I update that page, too. That will be in the next couple of weeks.

It has taken me a lot longer to get these SoG stories back out than I originally predicted, and that’s because I wanted to do it right. Because this series preceded Desert Guards and Masters of Maria, it actually ended up being the hardest to publish. I felt like I knew the characters better than I showed in the first series. I had spent so much time with them by the end of Masters of Maria that I couldn’t be stingy about information in the second editions. (Did you notice that Charles states clearly in Cupid in Love that he isn’t straight? That information wasn’t overt in the first edition of his story, A Demon in Love, simply because of The Way Trad Publishing Was at The Time. When it was first published, mentioning that a character was queer without seeing them act on their queerness would have created some problems, marketing and otherwise. I won’t go any deeper into that except to say that when I wrote his father’s story, I didn’t have to “code” him a particular way. He just…was.)

I’ll be discounting certain Sons of Gulielmus stories in April, so be on the lookout for those Amazon deals!

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