Peak by peak…

The Mountains are returning.  Fall Down the Mountain is up at Amazon, and it’s in KU, as well as available for your permanent library.

Back in print just today– Mark and Allan’s novel!  Yeah, I jumped the gun a little on getting one of the shorts up first, but since the shorts are a little fluffier… Okay, for Sugar on the Mountain, a lot fluffier. It’s fun. (And free. Enjoy!) I have a cover for Storm on the Mountain, and a cover model for Cross the Mountain, but to know how Mark and Allan got to that point, you want to read the novel.

Fall Down the Mountain picks up with Mark after the events of Snow on the Mountain, but if you’re starting here, you’ll still know exactly what’s going on. Plus we have different lead characters. Kurt and Jake show up (boy do they…) but as  Mark’s friends, and same with Jorey Taylor, big as life and twice as het, or so he thinks. Yup, Jorey will get a book one of these days.

So join us at Wapiti Creek, for some action, adventure, a bit of hot cocoa, and some Mark and Allan loving.

Just a note, the paperback will be available just as soon as the printers can ship.  It’s a problem across the board, current events being what they are, but you can have all the ebook and audio you like right now.

Into the Mountains — a prequel

If you read Fire on the Mountain in its Dreamspinner incarnation, you’ve seen part of this book. Into the Mountains originally appeared at the end of the novel, where it explained a lot about Kurt. Unfortunately, that was also positioned perfectly to make the reader go hmm.

You may have wondered, “What was Pam thinking? Kurt and Jake are together, as they were clearly intended to be. Why are we talking about Benji now?”

Good question. Short answer is “publisher said.”

The Mountains series is with Rocky Ridge Books, so time to reorganize!  Let’s hear about Benji  in his proper place in the timeline, two years before Fire. Then we’ll understand a lot more about Kurt when he pulls up at the Chiefs’ house on his motorbike, and takes that first look at Jake.

Plus, we’ll see the last straw that drove Jake into the mountains. This piece hasn’t appeared anywhere else.

Into the Mountains is available on Amazon, where “Free” isn’t an option yet, but it’s also available on the Rocky Ridge Books store, where you can scoop up your copy as a gift from me.

The store’s still under construction, so pardon our dust, but do take a look around. You might find another freebie tidbit featuring Mark and Allan from Fall Down the Mountain, which will be back up here real soon now.

Into the Mountains

Why did Kurt Carlson become a forest ranger?

Long before he met Jake, Kurt climbed the monoliths of Yosemite with his best friend, Benji. But after a storm traps them halfway up the face of El Capitan, Kurt has to accept that their friendship isn’t what he thought.

Why did Jake Landon become a forest ranger?

A trip with his college friends to a hot springs resort should be fun, not disastrous. But for a man who’s still deep in the closet, everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Everything leads to two men alone in the wilderness in this prequel to Fire on the Mountain.

No Sacrifice, from Grace R. Duncan

I just want to give a shout-out to Grace R. Duncan, who’s re-released one of her novels. It’s a step forward out of the chaos that has plagued our corner of the publishing world, and I’m super-glad she has this book out again and ready for readers.

It’s not just characters who grow and learn from adversity, it’s also us, the readers and the writers.

Onward!

No one gets to live your life but you.

Out now at Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited!

You can find No Sacrifice here.
About No Sacrifice:

Patrick has taken his acting talents from high school all the way to a role in a major television show. But as the show progresses, his life of absolute certainties crumbles when he finds himself reacting to the kisses of his male costar. He refuses to accept it, reminding himself he’s happily married to a woman and has a sweet son, Avery. So, straight. Right?

One night he goes to drink his worries away and meets the gorgeous Chance Dillon. After too many drinks, Patrick spills his problems to Chance, who helps him realize he’s probably bisexual, and the new understanding helps him sleep better. It turns out Chance is a sound technician on the same set, and the two become fast friends.

Their friendship grows, Patrick’s marriage ends, and he returns from his family’s home in Hawai’i with Avery who captures Chance’s heart. Patrick and Chance’s romance blossoms, giving both dreams of a life together as a family of three. When Patrick is outed by the press to his unaccepting mother, he pushes Chance away to spare him the mess Patrick’s life has become. By the time he realizes his mistake, it may be too late.

About the author:

noh8Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

As someone who loves to travel and see new places, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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Good stuff in KU!

I’m hanging out with a ton of super authors this week, who all write some sweet and hot romance with our favorite kind of couples.

Most of my work is available widely, because readers find their books everywhere from Barnes & Noble to Mondadori, but subscription readers haven’t had a chance at the Mountain series until now. I’m getting the books back up, and at least for a while, Kurt, Jake, Mark, Allan, and all their friends and enemies will be part of Kindle Unlimited.

Right now, Fire on the Mountain and Snow on the Mountain are ready to borrow. Some of Eden Winters’ titles are also part of KU, as are a whole lot of our friends’ work. You can see a whole luscious list of our titles here.

Happy reading!

Smishing, and why it’s not always a loving hug

I haven’t deconstructed a scam in a while. No bandwidth, and nothing new coming along. Until tonight.

I got a text purportedly from Uber, a service I haven’t used in months.

Antennae up!

Since I’m socially distancing like a champ, plus I like my own cooking better than most restaurants’, I have no reason to interact with Uber tonight or in the recent past.

They, whoever “they” are, sent me a code, with instructions to text “Stop” if I didn’t want continued contact. What does that do? Tells whoever’s on the other end “here’s a live number.”

Well, no, I don’t want any further contact with these bozos, because they certainly aren’t who they say they are. Uber might send you a code if you’re setting up a new account, but you’d know you did that. Same for anyone else you’re starting to do business with. But out of the blue? Not hardly.

What is smishing? We’ve met phishing, emails trying to get you to click somewhere and divulge passwords and personal info. Smishing? Smash together SMS, one of the systems text messages work on, and phishing, and you get smishing.

This makes me sad. Smishing for me used to mean warm, squishy hugs given over the internet. No longer: it’s a cyber weapon.

So, best course of action? Delete, block, ignore, mentally consign to the outer depths. Texting “Stop” will do anything but. At best you’ll you deluged with “offers”, and at worst, you’ll have connected to a premium number that charges via your phone bill. A sum small enough that you might overlook it, or not find it worth your time to contest. Multiply a buck or two times many people, and it adds up.

Or it might be the kind of premium number that gets expensive fast.

The only way to win is not to play. The easiest way to win is not to play.

If you want the game to not come to you, be wary of giving out your phone number. Everyone asks, but “No” is a complete sentence. “I don’t give it out” is milder. That’s the sentence that’s probably defended me from encountering this scam until now.

And as for that Uber scammer? I hope they develop an itch in a place they can’t scratch.