Category Archives: Writing

Hitting the Change button

Thanks to all of you who are reading this: you’ve stuck around while I had a couple of very rough years. I haven’t talked about it much in public–you guys don’t need to hear me moan.

But it has been the kind of time where a friend advised me to “take the big round sapphire and put it BACK into the idol’s head where you found it.”

I’m trying, believe me, I’m trying.  The 10,000 spiders that just fell on my head are affecting my depth perception, though, so things aren’t quite back to normal.  Getting there.

One change that affects you guys is my relationship with Dreamspinner. To everything, there is a season, and most of my contracts with them have come due. Rights to all my books have come back to me, so the books are down now, aside from some paperback listings that never go away.

What does that mean for you and me? New cover art, for one, and new listings at all the retailers, and new links all over this blog. It will be a lot of work, but it will also be a lot of good stuff happening. The stories will be back, and will bring friends with them to Rocky Ridge Books.

Most of all, it will mean more Kurt and Jake stories. I’m jazzed to finish so many of the projects lurking on my hard drive. In fact, I’m going to a writer’s retreat this weekend, where my main project will be the “Kurt and Jake go to Detroit for Thanksgiving” story.  We had an ominous “you need to talk to Dad and Gramps yourself” scene in Blood on the Mountain. I thought you might like to see how that plays out.

Needs a title though. Have an idea?

Hugs to everyone! Stick around: there are good things to come.

Ooh, free stories!

Want to read some great stories? Meet some new authors, or revisit old friends? Here’s your chance!

Eden Winters and I and some other amazing authors have goodies for you. Pop on over for a complete listing of the great stories available to you.

I’m giving away Prep Work, because I need to get stoked to write the next section of their adventure.  Have some snark and good food, plus sexy times.

(Eden and I do ask that you sign up for the Rocky Ridge newsletter. No matter if you sign up for both our books or are already on that mailing list, you’ll still only get one newsletter once in a while.)

Happy reading!

Concierge Service, now available

At last, Joshua Hannes and Craig Ridley are unleashed upon the world! Life and love in a five-star hotel in New York City, where Joshua fulfills the whims of the wealthy guests, and where Craig could be accustomed to having whims. Except Craig has whims of steel.

I try not to spend more than 20 minutes at a time staring at that beautiful cover, done by the talented Kellie Dennis of Book Cover by Design. Love the way Craig looks so hungrily at Joshua.

The lovely folks at The Novel Approach and Joyfully Jay are my hosts today. They have excerpts and oh, look, a Rafflecopter giveaway. 🙂

Concierge Service is available at your favorite bookstores!

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Joshua Hannes, the concierge of the Vivaldi Central Park Hotel prides himself on fulfilling every impossible request. Tickets to a sold-out show? A purple dye job for a purse dog? A last-minute table at a premier hotspot? No problem.

But the devastatingly handsome penthouse guest wants what?

Self-made billionaire Craig Ridley’s in New York on business, but at the end of the day, he wants to relax with someone interesting. The concierge should be able to supply a friendly face. Just for a little conversation. Dinner and a card game. Not sex with a man he doesn’t know or respect.

Craig didn’t expect the concierge to personally volunteer. Nor to be the man Craig hadn’t known he needed.

A billion reasons why they shouldn’t be together. A billion and one reasons why they should.

A smoldering standalone romance with an HEA.

Z. Allora’s Zombies are coming! No, they’re here!


This is the very first complete print set of Z. Allora’s Club Zombie books! Those gorgeous covers are PL Nunn’s artistry, and the stories inside are Z. Allora’s rainbow-inclusive tales of the zombies who are effectively immortal as long as they get their daily dose of “male essence”.

Why do I have my set and you guys don’t–yet? Mine say “Proof” at the back, and are how we determine the books are beautiful and ready for release to the public. As the typesetter for Rocky Ridge Books, it’s my job to make sure the packaging is worthy of the story. If there’s an oops, it’s on me to keep it from seeing the light of day.

And while I set the book up, I get to read the story. 😉 Cassidy’s a supporting character in the first two books, and now he has his moment in the spotlight. (The books are linked, but read fine as standalones.) He’s been surviving as an unmated zombie for a very long time. That has a lot of drawbacks, poor fella, and if Erick doesn’t fully bond with his mate, he’ll get to experience all of them. How he expresses his nonbinary identity will make a huge difference to Cassidy. Z. doesn’t make it easy for her characters.

So I’ve kerned and leaded and adjusted hyphenation and all those fiddly things that make a print book be a seamless, pretty container for story, and we now have three matching volumes of Club Zombie tales.  Page one of Zombies Coming looks like this:

Zombies coming

You’ll want to read the rest.  In MOBI or EPUB too, if you prefer ebooks.

Club Zombie is a safe haven for people like Cassidy Frost. Zombies suck—but they’re not after brains! Forget mindless rotting corpses shuffling along. These zombies are young, hot, and looking for their mates.

Cassidy, who wrote everyone else’s happily ever after, had all but lost hope he’d ever find his own. Every night he sucked until his jaw hurt, praying for his other half more out of habit than faith his mate was out there. He didn’t dare hope fate would drop his mate into his lap.

Erick McGrath stumbled and landed in the arms of a beautiful angel. Though he must be dreaming, because he learned how cruel and short life could be when he lost his brother. Despite his parents’ toxic attitude, Erick starts to accept his nonbinary gender identity. Going to Club Zombie’s Drag Night is his first attempt at embracing his new grasp at freedom.

But Cassidy and Erick will have to take risks to have what they desire.

(Zombies Coming is part of the Club Zombie series but can be read as a standalone for a perfectly happy and satisfying ending.)

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GayRomLit news!

This is me after reading my email last night:

I was a sad Pam after the frenzy that was GRL registration: even the speediest of mouse clicks didn’t get me a spot. So I wait-listed, and resigned myself to being patient. And maybe not there. Which would be sad: where else could I hang out with Eden Winters (and Bear), TD O’Malley, D.H Starr, and all my favorite authors and readers in one giant partay?

Got the good news last night, and finalized today: all that PTO reserved last year is getting put to best use! I will be there!

With a new book. Or two. If I’m fast….