Measured Doses: The Blurb

measureddosesThe blurb for Measured Doses is in, and since it’s Tuesday, I thought it would be perfect to share it! Wouldn’t want to wait until next Tuesday, right? I thought not. So without further ado, the official blurb:

After his father beats him, Chad escapes to the only safe haven he can think: his former teacher, Dion. But when he arrives at Dion’s door, it’s opened by a stranger—who promptly finds himself catching an unconscious man.

Unable to turn away the broken, battered Chad, Jeremy takes him in and tends his wounds, even if he would much rather have nothing to do with the student that his ex, Dion, cheated on him with …

This book is an all male menage. My first ever, actually. That’s quite exciting! This story turned out quite different than what I imagined it would years ago, but I like this new story a heck of a lot better than that old idea. But that story will be told another day, closer to the release date, which is February 26th. Over two and a half months to go! Time flies though, so I’m sure it’ll be sneaking up on me while I’m not noticing.

Sunday Status: Week 48

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On writing

This is the worst week ever writing-wise. I had two exams that needed to be finished and handed in, and I got sick with the flu as well, so there were days where I didn’t get anything written. In fact, there were more days of me not writing this week than it was of me writing. I only wrote 7,800 words the entire week, and I spent 9,25 hours writing.

I did, however, manage to finish More Than Words. I did it yesterday, and it ended up at 70K. I managed it just in time to finish NaNoWriMo too, which I won with 111K. This is a first for me, because I’ve only won NaNoWriMo like once before or something and then I wrote on a lot of different stories. I started More Than Words on November 8th, after finishing up More Than Anything on November 7th and writing some shorts. November’s been mad, but it’s been so good. I can actually write a lot, and I really hope it’ll continue in December and next year.

On reading

Writing has been even more abysmal than the writing. I did read a short at the beginning of the week, Gaydar by Kim Dare. It was quite enjoyable! I started on He Completes Me by Cardeno C., but I haven’t had time to read much in it due to the exams and the flu. I hope to read more this week after my last exam is over.

December 1st, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Thursday Throwback: Skin Deep

Kian is dragged along as moral support when his friend Chloe goes to get a tattoo done. What he thinks will be a boring few hours standing around a shop proves exciting instead, when an attraction to the tattoo artist proves to be both mutual and scorching.

And if they can survive the challenges thrown across their path, it may also prove to be something beautiful and permanent.

Word count: 15,000
Pairing: M/M
Content: Contains some explicit content.

Skin Deep is available at Less Than Three Press for for $2.99!

More Than Words: Writing Chapter 1-3

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Chapter 1, 2 and 3 make up the first part of the novel. The first 15K. They were easy to write, even though the lads’ new story was so different from the old one. I like this one a heck of a lot better though. I read through the old one as I wrote this, and it was so full of cliches all around. I’m glad I’ve given these characters new life and a new story to tell, because they sure deserve it.

As an outline worked so great for More Than Anything, I also outlined this story. Whereas MTA spans a little over a year, this one will take place over 4-5 years. A lot is going to happen in those five years too, and the first part ended with quite the heartbreaking cliffhanger.

This part takes place over a couple of months, where the lads meet, fall in lust and into a relationship. I wrote these three chapters knowing the event that what was going to end the part, and it is quite a cliffhanger. Every part will be ended on one, to make it just that much more interesting to turn over to the next part.

Still, it’s not easy to write, because I am hurting my characters. I know how it’s all going to end, but it’s not an easy road getting them there.

Sunday Status: Week 47

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On writing …

This week wasn’t as good as last week, but I did write 20K. I can’t really complain about 20K in a week, can I? Still, I don’t like seeing my word count go down from last weeks 29K, and certainly not the week before’s amazing 46K! That week was mad though, and I should learn to pace myself. I wrote for 42 hours that week, which is twice as much time as I’ve spent the last two weeks.

I’ve written exclusively on More Than Words this week too, and it’s on 65K now. I’m thinking it’ll be around the 70-75K range, instead of the 80K I had planned. This because I skipped some scenes. I do have a couple of scenes to add, so you never know, but that’s how it’s currently looking. I’m more than happy with that wordcount. It’ll be the longest novel I’ve written, right behind the first in the series, More Than Anything, which clocked in at 104K. I hope to finish MTW this week!

On reading …

Last week I started Home Again by Cardeno C. and I finished it this week. Let me tell you one thing: I loved it! The only reason I haven’t started on the second book in the series is because I’ve had two exams to write, and they’ve come before my own writing, even. Still, I am so looking forward to continuing this series. I really like the author’s voice and the way the book was told, and I really hope the rest of the series is as good as this one!

November 24th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Yesterday’s Tears: A Second Excerpt

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“That’s enough!”

“What the bloody hell are you doing?” Matt yelled as Mathilda ripped the covers off of him. “Get the fuck out of my room!”

“You’ve been lying in this bed long enough, Matt, and I’m sick and tired of it,” Mathilda snapped. “I am going out tonight with my friends, and you are coming with me.”

“No bloody way.” Matt tried to snatch his duvet back, but Mathilda held them out of his reach.
“I am not standing by and letting you fall into a depression,” Mathilda told him sternly. “Life has to move on and you’re not even putting any effort into it.”

“It’s only been a week, Mathilda!” Matt yelled. “Let me have them back!” He held his hand out.

“No!” Mathilda clutched them tightly. “You’re getting up, you’re taking a shower, and you’re coming with me!” The look in her eyes said she wasn’t going to give up until Matt agreed to go with her.

“Maybe your mates will be there too.”

“I don’t want to meet my mates,” Matt snarled.

“Then you’ll meet new people! No matter what, you’re getting out of that bed. I’m dragging you out if you don’t do as I say.”

“As if you could!” Matt snapped, but he got up. Maybe there’d be alcohol; that would be a really nice way to spend the evening. Plastered and blissful. That was the only reason he decided to go with her, because he certainly didn’t want to meet any new people. Or old ones, for that sake.

“Serena is picking us up in half an hour. You’ve got a lot to do, so you better get going.” Mathilda nodded towards the bathroom with her chin.

Matt glared at her, but did as ordered. She stood clutching his covers until he was out of the room, then he heard her dumping them on his bed before she too exited his room.

“I’ll be in my room trying on clothes.”

He slammed the bathroom door a little harder than was strictly necessary, just because he felt like it. She had no right bossing over him like that. She was not his mother. However, she might provide some alcohol, which would be good right about now.

Matt jumped in the shower and scrubbed himself clean. He washed his hair twice for good measure. When he was done he stood in front of the mirror and regarded himself as he used a towel to dry himself. He seemed thinner than he remembered, but then not having eaten much for the last few days did that to a body.

He wrapped the towel around his waist and took out a smaller one to dry his hair. He walked back to his room to find suitable clothes for a night of alcohol indulgence and he settled for his skinny, black jeans, a white tank-top and a tight, black sweater. Matt supposed he was rather fond of black. He grabbed his belt and a pair of socks, then went back to the bathroom. As he dressed and once again ran the towel over his shaggy, black hair, Matt’s gaze fell on Mathilda’s make-up, which lay scattered atop the washing machine.

Matt had always been rather fond of eyeliner, though he’d never actually used it himself. Mostly because of the whole keeping-his-sexuality-a-secret business, because his parents were bound to suspect if he started wearing make- up. Why had he never dared do it before, anyway? It wasn’t like they would care about the make-up or the fact he was gay.

He felt a pang of regret and sadness and he stood clutching at his chest for several minutes before it let him go. Once the wave passed, Matt grabbed Mathilda’s eyeliner and set to work.

When that was done he ran his hands through his hair, ruffling it up. It’d just have to be wet; he didn’t have time to dry it.

“I’m done!” he called out to Mathilda when he finally exited the bathroom.

“I’ll be down in a minute!” Mathilda yelled back.

Matt contemplated going over to ask what she was doing that was taking so long, but if she was standing there in her underwear, or worse naked, he did not want to see it. Instead he dashed into his room to get his phone, suddenly feeling excited about the prospect of getting plastered.

More Than Anything: Writing Chapter 17-20

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Another blog post about four chapters at the same time. What can I say? They flowed so nicely. I was starting chapter seventeen and suddenly I was finishing chapter twenty. I wrote 20K in four days. I was on fire, the story was on fire, the characters were dying to reach the end of their story.

They still aren’t done, because there’s many short one shots to write about them. They will take place before they met, as well as after. The ones taking place before this story will probably be posted before it is released, but the ones taking place after … well, can’t have any spoilers, now, can we?

I love the last four chapters. They came so easily and everything was wrapped up with a nice little bow. Not literally, but you know, it went smoothly. It’s a bit sad to leave these two, but they’ve had their story now. Besides, it’s not like I won’t visit them later, in one shots. Because you can bet there’ll be lots of one shots about these two! They have so much more to tell.

Saturday Status: Week 46

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On writing …

Writing hasn’t been going like it did last week, but then last week was mad. Last week I wrote 46K, and I have no idea what possessed me. This week I’ve written 29K, and I’m quite happy with that. I don’t think I’m going to reach 46K anytime soon again, so nearing thirty thousand is quite good. I’ve written exclusively on More Than Words this week and it’s on 44K now.

I had to skip some scenes that weren’t working, so I’m back to thinking this novel will be around 80K again (this means I’m over hallways, yeah!), and not a 100K like I believed at first when I did the outline. I’m happy about that. This novel is longer in history, in that it takes place over several years, but there are time jumps. Not major ones, but from a couple of months to a year. If I were to write everything that happened during the five years this novel spans, it would be epic, and truthfully, extremely boring. So that’s why only the interesting stuff is put into the book. The other scenes, the ones that doesn’t work, will probably end up as free shorts once the novel has been published.

I’m excited about it. As MTW is at 44K, all of which I’ve written in November, this means I can actually win NaNoWriMo properly, even if I’ve already reached 84K this month. I might just win NaNoWriMo by writing 50K on a new novel, on More Than Words. This is nuts, because all other years I haven’t managed the 50K margin, and now I’m going to a 100K for the month. Let’s see if I can pull this off!

On reading …

I haven’t read much this week. I finished reading Where Nerves End, by L.A. Witt and I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it was okay. Then I moved on to actually finishing Aria by Shira Anthony, which I’ve had on my to-finish shelf since April or something. There’s nothing wrong with Aria, it’s a good book, I just lost interest in reading and writing around that time, and I haven’t gotten around to finishing it since I came back to everything. It was good though. I also started in on Home Again by Cardeno C. This is a new author for me, and though I’ve only finished the first chapter, I’m liking it so far.

November 17th, 2013|NaNo'13, Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Thursday Throwback: Scarred Souls

scarredsoulsWith Yesterday’s Tears coming out on Wednesday, I though I should do the first Thursday Throwback with the short story that introduced Josh and Damian, the short story in which they met and fell into a relationship. It’s only 8K, but those 8K words contain so much of their backstory and characterisation.

Damian isn’t convinced that group therapy is what he needs, no matter what his doctor says. He’s managing just fine on his own—friends, school, job, everything. What could a group of strangers possibly offer him?

Warning: this story contains mention of subjects that may be triggers for some (cutting, sexual abuse).

Scarred Souls is available at Less Than Three Press, for $1.49!

Yesterday’s Tears: London, UK

yesterdaystearsWhen I first started writing this series, back when it was one huge 130K novel called Scarred Souls, it was set in an unnamed American town. I never went into specifics about it, because I’m not exactly an expert on American geography. When I dusted these characters off and brought them back to life, I decided to set it a bit closer to home. I debated setting it in Norway, but then I’d have to change all the names and I was set on their names, darn it.

So I decided to set the series in one of my favourite cities, London, which I visited for the first time in 2010. See, I went there to visit my cousin, who was studying over there, and I simply fell in love. London is so big, I didn’t see one tenth of what there is to see, but I still love it. I didn’t even go to all the touristy stuff (except Oxford Street, obviously!), yet I still fell head over heels in love. I’m going to live there one day, if I can ever manage it.

The tube was an awesome way to get around quickly, and I was a master at taking it for those ten days. I loved the British way of speaking. The British people are a lot nicer and more forthcoming than Norwegian, and I became nicer while there too. (This changed once I was back in Norway, because let’s face it, Norwegian’s are rude).

I did see the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. We went to see a musical, though I don’t remember it’s name. Went out to eat most every day. Shopped on Oxford Street and Regent Street. I shopped so much clothes I had to buy a new suitcase. It was a wonderful ten days and I will always remember them. It was my first time vacationing all alone, without family or mates, and it was silly wonderful. I love London. I love the UK. I need to move there.

And that is why the Their Circumstances series is set there.

Yesterday’s Tears will be released on November 20th, from Less Than Three Press.