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I’m so happy I can finally share the cover of my new book! AWAY GAME comes out one month from today, in celebration of HOME TEAM’s book birthday. Pre-orders are open, so please, tell all your friends and everyone else you know, and tell them to buy it!

Set a month or so after the end of HOME TEAM (published 2013 by Dreamspinner Press), AWAY GAME continues the story of Zach, a sports writer, and Aaron, a professional hockey player. The Monarchs have made the playoffs, which means Zach is going on the road with the team. While they’re away, Zach runs into an ex-boyfriend, receives a job offer, and watches Aaron play to stay alive. Back home, they’re still avoiding the conversation about their future. Zach knows he wants to be with Aaron, but he doesn’t know if Aaron wants to come out. That’s what broke them up the first time, and it’s what threatens their relationship still.

AWAY GAME is a 48k word contemporary romance. Your download includes an ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and HTML version of the book, including extra short stories set in the world. Buy it now! Read it in September!

If you don’t want to miss a moment, signup for the newsletter. In the weeks leading up to launch day, I’ll be sharing excerpts and extras (in fact, I already did), as well as behind-the-scenes thoughts and answering any questions you guys have.

You asked for a sequel, and here it is. Thank you for helping to make this happen. I can’t wait for you to read it.

It’s all happening. If you loved HOME TEAM, here’s AWAY GAME. Go buy it, and tell all your friends.

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My friend, Sam, went and tagged me in this meme and described me as “someone who’s really figured out the internet game.” I don’t feel that way at all! I’m always the one who breaks the meme chain. Are you a writer? Do you want to answer some questions about writing? Please do.

What am I working on?

Right now, I’m on the last edit before I publish AWAY GAME, which is the sequel to last fall’s book, HOME TEAM. I’m publishing this one independently, which means I’m also working on writing a few more stories for when I launch my new publishing imprint, Billet-Doux Books. I have a few more ideas in the percolating stage, but that’s just how it always is.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I resisted publishing ebook romance, even though it was completely where my stories belonged, simply because the books I saw out there in the same genre were pretty terrible. The covers were awful, the editing was lax, the stories were generic. I spend a lot of time paying attention to the post-production stuff to make sure my books stand out in the crowded ebook world.

I’m also a contemporary writer, which is a bit unusual on the internet. Sci-fi/fantasy is still where the majority of the ebook audience lives. I don’t pretend to be a literary writer, but that’s where my influences come from.

How does my writing process work?

I make notes and outlines in my notebook first, but it all gets dumped into a new Scrivener doc pretty quickly. From there, I split up the story into thousand word chunks and start writing. When I have a good outline, I write pretty much linear, but if some scene is stalling me, it’s easy enough to write ahead and come back.

Why do I write what I do?

I wanted so badly to be the kind of writer who gets nominated for awards and goes on book tours and then Don McKellar makes a movie based on your book. But what I’m best at is shorter than the traditional publishing world wants. Luckily for me, I got into writing online in my late teens, and I got to watch the ebook world bloom to where it is today.

I write romance because I love characters more than plot. (But I’m working on plot!) I write romance for everyone who doesn’t see their own love story on the shelf at Chapters. I don’t read traditional romance, so I needed some years before I was okay with being “a romance writer”, but I love love stories.

Blogging

Some writers love it. I think, perhaps, a lot more don’t. When I need a break from writing, I don’t sit down and think, YES, I will write a blog post. When I need a break, I take a walk, I play Subway Surfers on my phone, I draw with paper and pen. I need to do something completely different, and therefore, blogging falls further down the list.

This was my thinking when I started the newsletter a few months ago. I want to keep you guys in the loop (I don’t want you to miss my next book either!), but writing once a week here? Not going to happen. Sometimes I have bad writing weeks, and I don’t want to talk about it. The newsletter is a quick rundown of the month, what I’m thinking about, what I’m working on, what’s coming up. Bullet points and pictures. (You should sign up!)

But then I have actual news, and I forget to announce it here. 🙁

I sold another book! A TERRIBLE HUSBAND will be out early next year from Dreamspinner again. (I really love working with them. Fantastic experience. A+. Would recommend.) TERRIBLE HUSBAND started out as a 10k submission for an anthology and turned into my longest (to-be-)published book yet. It’s the story of a tenth anniversary trip to Ibiza and eating prawns on the beach. Kind of.

While you’re waiting for next year to come, I have another book nearing release. I’ll be publishing AWAY GAME this September to celebrate the book birthday of its prequel, HOME TEAM. I hadn’t planned to write a sequel, but you guys asked, I thought about it, and it turned out there was another story I wanted to tell. AWAY GAME will be published independently (there’s nothing there yet, but you can follow Billet-Doux Books on Twitter and Tumblr).

I’ve always made books, alongside writing them, and the tools and technology these days are great. I don’t believe that every writer needs to be a publisher (like I don’t believe that every writer needs to be an editor, but it helps). But the same way it’s good if you drive that you learn how to take care of your car, it’s good to explore these things. I just get excited about making things, and I want to make more books for you.