2016 Fall Carnival Blog Hop

fall-blog-button-1Welcome one and all to the Fall Carnival Blog Hop! I’m so thrilled you stopped by.

Desert Muses are giving away a $80 Amazon gift card to one lucky hopper. Just subscribe to my very occasional (i.e. only when I have a new release or sale to promote) email newsletter to enter. You’ll also be entered to win a free Kindle copy of BOTH my new releases, An Experimental Phase and Theory Vs. Practice.

Pro Tip: be sure to visit all the other blogs in the hop to increase your number of entries! For more details, visit the Desert Muses blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.

Next up, Leslie Jones and her fabulous, suspenseful, romantic stories! Enjoy the hop 🙂

Two New Releases!

Sometimes it takes a stranger to see who you really are…

And sometimes it takes a true friend to show you what you’ve missed all along.

I’m so excited to send these two babies out into the world. An Experimental Phase is available to purchase October 2 on Amazon. Theory Vs. Practice will also be available for preorder on Amazon, with a scheduled release date of November 1. I’ll post direct links for both books here as soon as Amazon makes them active.

An Experimental Phase buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYDM1DA

Theory Vs. Practice preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ11MQP

An Experimental Phase

aep_cover_testIt was hardly love at first sight when George Brooks met Craig Hostetler. They had each other pegged within minutes: he was just another dumb, oversexed jock, and she was a quintessential stuck-up goody-two-shoes. They were at each other’s throats within hours. But when her unexpected response to a taunting comment dumped his impression of her on its ear, Craig starts wondering what else he’d been wrong about. And when George throws caution to the wind and dares trust a stranger, a whole new world of potential opens up.

As George and Craig attempt to explore the nature of sex while remaining free of the confines of a romantic relationship, an incidental yet profound friendship develops between the two seemingly mismatched teens. Both struggle against misconceptions, reputations, and expectations of the world around them. In George, Craig finally discovers someone who supports his dream of going to college and making something of himself. And Craig is the only person able to see past George’s prim and prickly public persona.

But keeping the true extent of their relationship proves complicated, especially while navigating the adolescent minefield of high school, unreciprocated crushes, and rebellion against parents who just don’t get it. How long before this experiment blows up in their faces?

Theory Vs. Practice

tvp_coverGeorge Brooks and Craig Hostetler are long-time friends with a tangled history. Neither could wait to leave small towns behind and make something of themselves. But the big, wide world quickly proves disappointing, and distance takes a toll on their friendship. Love, especially, fails to live up to the hype of their dreams.

George struggles to balance her career ambitions with any semblance of a personal life—singed by a wrecked romance, she takes a series of no-strings-attached lovers to ease her loneliness. Meanwhile Craig, searching for a sense of belonging and stability, soon feels trapped by the very job, marriage, and family he’d been so desperate to have.

But they stand by each other’s side, whether it’s coping with demanding careers, meeting the challenges of modern marriage, or dealing with a past that just won’t stay buried. Their friendship is tested by the births of children and deaths of loved ones, the ebb and flow of romantic relationships. After two decades of weathering everything life can throw at them, including the trauma of divorce, will Craig and George finally realize the true value of what they found at sixteen?