Day 8 of the 12 Days of Kissmas is already here. Wow, this is flying by! Two of my fave authors are here today, Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott, who together make up Drake & Elliott. (Side note, they each have quite a few solo books as well!) I found their Unbreakable Bonds series by accident. They had book 1 on sale for 99 cents, and I loved the cover (FYI, all the covers in that series are effing amazing!), so I snapped it up. And fell in love with four men who lived and loved, and seemed to get shot at or blown up a lot, in Cincinnati. My favorite series of 2017 without question. And then I got to meet these two ladies at GRL, and I fan girled…a lot…and they were incredibly generous and nice, and oh how I wished I’d been able to spend more time with them. They are amazing writers, and even more amazing people, so I am so happy to welcome these two ladies today. Take it away, Rinda!
Warm, Holiday Kisses, Kittens, & New Book Title!
Ahhh, crisp, winter days, warm fireplaces, and romantic holiday novellas with sweet kisses. Or… hot kisses. I’ve bought so many holiday novellas; it’ll take me far into the next year to finish them. I’ve been working, so I haven’t been able to read many this month, but I’ve also been busy because I did a crazy thing for our family holiday gift.
Two new kittens.
I got them from a rescue center and am thrilled to give them a new home and I love them already. But wow, I had forgotten about the work they require. I sit down to write and hear them getting into… everything. I’m getting up over and over to pull them out of and off things. (At least it’s exercise!) As I’m writing this, the black one—Morrigan—is climbing around a stack of open boxes with my husband’s collectibles and the Siamese—Ash—is finding all the dust under my bed. Yep, I’m bad about cleaning under there, so I’ll have to wipe her down. Again.
And no, I did not name these two after the light and dark fae leaders in the show, Lost Girl. It was a happy coincidence! My husband picked Ash because it looks like she’s crawled through it. I picked Morrigan because there is a lot of magical lore around the ash tree. The world tree, the Ygddrasil tree in Norse mythology. Witches brooms are made from ash. There is a lot. So, I thought about the Celtic goddess over magic and prophecy and that was it. Morrigan is an elegant name that fits this pretty, black cat perfectly just as Ash is for the Siamese. (And yes, another happy coincidence is having a cat carry the nickname our Lucas Vallois has for his best friend, Ashton Frost in our Unbreakable Bonds Series.)
Why am I talking about cats on a book blog? A lot of writers have pets as company. We spend so much time alone, and at home, and it can get lonely. For me, cats are the perfect companions because they don’t require as much work as dogs. (Okay, when they’re older, of course.) They are also just so affectionate. As I’ve been writing this, they’ve settled in next to me. Pets just warm your heart.
And speaking of warming your heart, for those that follow Jocelynn Drake and me, we are hard at work on Quinn and Shane’s book and I have a fun surprise for you guys. The title of book two in the Ward Security Series is… drumroll…
I can’t wait for you guys to see why this particular book got this title. I love all of the titles we’ve picked for this series so much! Book one is Psycho Romeo, so you can see we have a fun theme going on with this new series. Famous literary hero stories threaded into the suspense in each novel. It might be subtle or it might be blatant, but we’re having a blast coming up with the complexities that tie in some of our favorite classic stories. Dantés Unglued is due out around the end of January or beginning of February. It will depend on edits.
Until then, back to the romantic holiday novellas. Did you know Jocelynn has one out this year?
Here’s a little about Ice, Snow, & Mistletoe!
Happy holidays everyone!
John Sullivan is escaping to Denver. Even with a massive snow storm on his heels, he plans to hide away in his cabin in the mountains and ignore Christmas. It’ll be just him and a bottle of whiskey until the new year when he must return to Cincinnati for his best friend’s wedding.
At least, that’s the plan until he runs into Oz at the airport.
Oz … the man who should have been just a fling. The man who was fun and laughs but quickly turned into so much more before he completely kicked John out of his life.
Oz who desperately needs his help…
John is ready to leave Oz stranded at the Denver airport in the coming blizzard, but he finds himself possibly staring down at the reason Oz pushed him away, and John can’t say no.
Second chances don’t come around often, but John is willing to fight for one with Oz.
Who are Drake & Elliott? Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments. Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.