Monday, November 12, 2018

#MistletoeMonday - Winter Warmers


We’ve had our first snow already and all this week the temperatures are dipping below the freezing mark! Sounds like a perfect time for a frigid blast from the past this #MistletoeMonday.
WINTER WARMERS – a seasonal anthology

Mulled wine. Butterscotch kisses. Hideous sweaters. Candy at the beach, or a trip to a sex shop in Amsterdam. And the man of your dreams, wrapped around you…
Winter warmers come in many shapes and sizes, from the tongue-in-cheek to the hot-as-hell. Enjoy a quintet of heart-warming tales of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.
One thing’s for sure—it’s going to be a red-hot Christmas!
Available here on Amazon UK and Amazon US
Lucky Dip by Clare London
Andy Jackson always knew that class 2C’s help in preparing for the annual Christmas Fair would be a mixed blessing. Then he’s paired up on the Lucky Dip with Greg, the man who dumped him but now can’t keep away, the pupils are either lecturing him on his lovelife or losing bladder control, and no one’s fixed the broken handle on the storage room. It may all be one whoopee cushion too far for him.
Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder
Matthew Morrison is determined to conquer his fear of heights and achieve a winning outcome. At least, that’s what the best-selling, self-help book he’s listening to promises. Being stuck on a three-story tower in the middle of a snowstorm wasn’t part of the plan. With no St. Bernard in sight, it’s Cute Ticket Guy Adam to the rescue, and an outcome Matthew never anticipated.
Wintertide by Lou Harper
May meets December when Jem and Oscar chance on each other at the Santa Monica Pier, only weeks before Christmas. The two men are separated by age, social status, and their taste in candy, yet if they are both naughty and nice, they might just find holiday cheer together.
When in Amsterdam… by Josephine Myles
Brandon is on his first visit to new boyfriend Jos’s home country, just in time for their Sinterklaas celebrations. But an unexpected detour into a sex shop leads Brandon to new discoveries about himself, and a whole new dynamic to their relationship. The weather may be cold and damp, but Brandon and Jos soon heat things up!
A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow
What’s the best gift a young man could get for Christmas? Mohawked saxophonist Liam wouldn’t have picked the hideous collection of knitwear he’s presented with by his mum and his aunties. He’d rather have the gorgeous older man he sees every day while busking at King’s Cross. But with a little Christmas magic in the air, maybe those garish garments are just the thing for attracting a silver fox…
WINTER WARMERS – a seasonal anthology – Available now on Amazon UK and Amazon US

Friday, November 9, 2018

How Blindness Cured My Perfectionism


It snowed here this morning. Can you believe it? Those white flakes, while pretty, not only brought home how close the end of this year is, but also reminded me of how many projects I still want to get done before 2019 – and all the holiday stuff still to come. Urgh.  Wish me luck?

When I consider all my tasks still unfinished, I realize I’m really not cured of my perfectionism. Maybe we’d better consider me a “Recovering Perfectionist”. I’m not there yet, but I’m getting better. And, I truly owe it all to becoming legally blind.

How, you ask? Let’s use this blog for example. As my vision loss progressed my posts over the last several years became few and far between. There are a lot of reasons for the decrease; learning how to use adaptive software, figuring out the adaptive software won’t work on my aged computer, buying a new computer and figuring out how to use it. Finding out the adaptive software STILL won’t work on that computer. My website provider went out of business and every simple, little thing I used to be able to do without thinking became a high-stress, multilevel project. Add in the multitude of changes in each and every platform when it came to how to draft and post and well, it really felt like I was never going to figure this all out.

But behind all the frustration was also the knowledge that, with my new circumstances, I wouldn’t be doing it RIGHT, and that meant I’d be better off doing nothing until I figured it all out. It’s been ages in internet years, and guess what? I still fumbling about.

As an author, there are umpteen resources across the net telling us how we should be posting on social media and furthering our careers. One of the biggest must do’s? Using graphics. Images are king. Doesn’t matter if it’s a blog or Facebook, even Twitter, what used to be the land of 140 characters (perfect for writers), has gone to the image-heavy dark side. I understand why, but frankly, images and I aren’t exactly on speaking terms right now.

All of this, plus more, left me feeling incompetent and paralyzed. I have been a Type A, make a plan, stick to the plan, thou shalt not deviate from the plan kind of gal my whole life. Becoming blind? That wasn’t part of the plan.

I pretty much disappeared from online life. I’d think about dipping a toe into the internet waters and then wham! I’d run into my big old perfectionist wall. Because, I still can’t do things right. Or the way I want. But thanks to my blindness, I’ve learned a lot about coping in other areas of life, and hopefully, that’s going to translate to my writing career and social media life.

So, I’m focusing on letting go of doing things perfectly and hoping you, my online friends, won’t care that formatting errors may abound, typos are sure to be missed, and my posts won’t have amazing graphics all based around my online brand. My life offline is  best described as rough and raw, and it looks like my online life is going to be the same. Ignore the mess and come say hi. I promise to be here.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

#TeaserTuesday - A Holiday Tradition

Happy Tuesday! Today's #TeaserTuesday is the blurb for my December 2018 novella, A Holiday Tradition, available initially as part of the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Collection, and later as a stand-alone purchase.

Are you ready for this year's Holiday Romance?

A Holiday Tradition by Chrissy Munder

Paul Carpenter has his life all planned out. Or at least his father does. The right school, the right degree, the right job. Paul is on track, until a bus accident has him sitting out a coveted internship, babysitting, or being babysat, by a grandfather he barely remembers during his holiday stay in a Florida RV park. His father’s reasoning? How much temptation can Paul find around a bunch of senior citizens playing bingo? There’ll be nothing to distract him from his studies.

It’s hard to muster his holiday spirit when Paul is used to snow and cold, not sun, surf, and plastic flamingos in Santa hats. But then Paul meets Kevin Lombardo, who offers to show him some new holiday traditions. Suddenly Paul’s fast track hits a curve.

Treat yourself for the holidays! Special November pre-order pricing available for the entire Advent Collection. A holiday romance a day delivered to your inbox every day in December.

Special Cover Reveal and excerpts coming soon!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

2018 Advent Calendar Pre-sale!!

Don't be sad we're already in the 4th Quarter of 2018. Celebrate! The Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar Pre-Sale is here! Have I mentioned yet I have a story in this year's package? I do! And it's novella length with an awesome cover all it's own. :) I'll share that later in the month, but here's the sale info for now:

Give future-you a gift by pre-ordering our 2018 Advent Calendar w/special October pricing: 31 stories, 400,000 words of romantic fiction delivered daily in December. Plus, use coupon FALL6 for $6 off the October pricing! @paulrichmondart cover is amazing! http://ow.ly/oqGq30m3lny 




Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Website Work Ahead!

While not the major revamp I've been contemplating, I'm celebrating my upcoming December release with some long neglected website love. I'm starting with the basics: finally figuring out how to do a WordPress Parent/Child Theme, which as many of you know, will kill all my curret website customization. 

Ugh.

But, it's long past time. So, sorry for the inconvenience, but things are going get messy!