The Hook Up

Okay folks, Mondays are hard, so how about a freebie?

The most common thing I saw in reviews for The Pick Up was that people wanted to know more about Kyle’s history with Olivia.

Fortunately, I wrote a short story about that very thing! Here’s the night that Kyle met Olivia.

Remember the fights? The lost phone? It’s all there. But also, there’s karaoke! Ice sculptures! Revenge via veggie fries!

Don’t worry though, if you haven’t read The Pick Up (although you totally should anyway), The Hook Up stands on its own.

And did I mention it’s free?

And available right now?

All you have to do is clicky click on the link and grab a copy!

Happy reading!

PS, I’ve got more Red Creek shorts planned for later this year. Members of my Facebook group always get them first. Join us if that’s a thing that sounds like fun!


Regarding Riptide

This week has been a difficult one. The revelations about racism and harassment at Riptide Publishing are upsetting. The victims of this treatment have my utmost sympathy and support.

At this time, I have requested the rights back to my remaining unpublished works from Riptide.

I appreciate the words of encouragement I have received from those who reached out to me this week. Thank you for letting me take the time to come to a decision that works with where I am, so early in my publishing career.

Looking forward to better days for all of us.



Well, that’s all folks. Except of course it isn’t. Kyle and Adam are still out there and they’d love it if you’d take them home for the weekend.

It’s been an amazing week! Fun week! Surreal too, and the emotional hangover is going to be severe. Thanks for everyone who read the book, clicked on a link, entered the blog tour, or just liked a Tweet. As a good writer, I didn’t always think we’d make it to this point where the book is out in the world and I’m already turning my attention to the next one. But, as the Pointer Sisters said, sometimes you gotta believe!

You Gotta Believe from Nina Paley on Vimeo.


The Pick Up

Another excerpt from my trip to the bank.

“How long have you been a writer?”

“Well, I mean, I think people who are writers, it’s always something they’ve done. You know? There’s always a history. Bad poetry, terrible short stories and-”

“No. It’s for the computer. I have to put a start date for your job.”


What do I tell him? Is it the day I started writing The Pick Up? The day I finished it and decided it was something I might try to publish?

In the end, I gave him the date last July when I signed my contract with Riptide. I was a writer long before there was a document with terms and conditions on it that said other people thought I was a writer too.

Today though. Today will always be special. Today is the day The Pick Up is released into the world, so today is the day you all find out I’m a writer too.

I hope you read Kyle and Adam’s story. I really hope you like it. I’d love to hear from you. More importantly, I hope others hear from you. This industry is so dependent on word of mouth. So if you read it (even if you don’t love my guys as much as I do), leave a review. On Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, or just with your book club. There’s more Red Creek coming. You want people to join in the fun, don’t you?

If you don’t have a copy of The Pick Up yet, you can get all ebook formats and hard copies direct from Riptide, or from you favourite online retailer.

Thanks for reading!


Conversations with the Reading Public


Things I get asked a lot:

“But why are they gay?”

Why wouldn’t they be?

“Do you think they’ll make it into a movie?”

Think? Not in a million years. Hope? Maybe in a million years.

“Is it like The Notebook?”

That was a new one for me. It’s been fourteen (14!!!!!) years since Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams made Canadians proud and melted our hearts. In the ensuing decade and a half, its place in those same organs has faded, to the point where I had to think about that question for a minute.

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On The Eve of Release


The Pick Up is out in less than 72 hours (less than 24 if you preordered). Because I’m a typical author with typical insecurities, I’ve spent most of the last nine months being at least 50% sure that this is all an elaborate practical joke. A long con by people I’ve never met. I’m told the imposter syndrome makes me a Real Writer.

At this point though, I think I have to accept that this is actually going to happen.

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All Grown Up

little girl with dad dressed in super heroes, happy loving family

Yesterday, I saw a very excellent tweet that said something like “Being a grown up is expensive, and also I’m not having a very good time right now.”

Something like that. I wish I’d flagged it.

Being a grown up is tough. You have to pay bills on time and do things like go to work (or stay home and write books) even when you don’t want to, because being a grown up is expensive.

But two things happened today that make being a grown up worthwhile.

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Game Day!


The Pick Up is out in less than a month. I keep alternating between excited dancing and blind panic. I’m told this is normal.

Meanwhile, my mom, who has never read a romance novel in her life, is working her way through her advance copy (moms get perks) and periodically asking herself why her little girl is writing romance stories about two men. She’s cool with it, she just wants to understand why.

I’m still not sure I have a succinct answer for her.

But! If you, like her, are new to the genre, I have a fun new game to play. You can try it with The Pick Up, or any other m/m title that tickles your fancy!

Presenting…m/m romance bingo, courtesy of the awesome and hilarious Tanya Chris!

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