My Writing Year in Review (2014)

As 2014 comes to an end, I found myself thinking about the goals I set for myself for this year, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned with all of you since my readers have been instrumental in helping me achieve my goals.

Goal #1–Write 240,000 Words

This was a goal I managed to meet and exceed in 2014.

Here is the breakdown:

  • When Love Gets Hairy. The third book in the Provincetown series, this novel came in at 78,000 words
  • When Love Comes to TownAt 78,000 words, this novel was the fourth and final book of the Provincetown Series
  • Being True. My first coming of age novel came it at 81,000 words.
  • Please Remember Me. A contemporary gay romance that will release February 6, 2015. It was complete at 85,000 words.
  • Spell Bound. This represents the first book of my new paranormal series titled The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge. It has been accepted for publication and will release later in 2015.
  • Blood Tied. Currently at 12,000 words, this novel is the second book of The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series. This novel is my current WIP.

All together, I have written 397,000 words in 2014. Wow!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to see that number, especially when there are times when I doubt that I’m making any progress. After looking back, I realize I have, and that just feels amazing!

Goal #2–Increase Social Media Presence

This was another goal that was difficult because I had so many different social media sites–Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, and Google+. It had become extremely overwhelming. So here is what I did to meet this goal:

  • I focused on Facebook. Instead of trying to take on all the social media options and do them poorly, I concentrated my efforts on one to make a difference. I created Jacob’s Junkies, a secret Facebook group, that allows fans to more intimately interact with me than in the regular FB feed. I share excerpts, giveaways, tours, and upcoming releases to my Junkies prior to releasing it anywhere else. Right now, I’m at almost 200 members, and we are still going strong. If you want to be a member, just click on the link above and ask to join. We’d be glad to have you.

Goal #3–Expand Into the Audiobook and Foreign Market

This is a goal that I could not meet on my own. Dreamspinner, my publisher, selects books for these markets based on sales. So though I set this as a goal, it wasn’t up to me to be able to meet it. Only readers like you could determine if I met this goal, and you know what? I did!

Thank you to all you wonderful readers who made it possible to meet this goal!

Goal #4–Actively Maintain My Blog

This is a goal that I, unfortunately, did not meet. 🙁

In fact, I have hardly kept up with my blog for this entire year. I could cite may reasons as to why I have neglected my blog, but they would only be excuses. Instead, I will definitely  rectify this in 2015.

Overall, after looking at this year in review, I think 2014 has been a success, and I’m extremely pleased with what I have accomplished. Still, I don’t plan to rest on my laurels in 2015. I’m  planning my goals for next year right now, which I will share with you all in a future post.

I hope you will join me. 🙂

So what were your goals for 2014? Did you achieve all you wanted to? What was your greatest accomplishment this year? I’d love to hear from you.

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: The Final Stop–Sid Love

I’m over at Sid Love’s today for the final stop on my two-week long When Love Gets Hairy tour. The folks over at Sid Love have been so kind to me, and I’m glad to be ending my tour with them. What did I blog about? We’ll, since When Love Gets Hairy features bears, I decided to write about my top 3 bears from the celebrity world. If you’re interested in learning who made the list, then click here and a bear will magically appear, sweep you in his big arms, and carry you over to Sid Love.

Today’s also the last chance you have to enter the giveaway. Prizes include books from my backlist, an Amazon/B&N gift card, or author swag. I hope to see everyone over at Sid’s!

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: Stop #8–Long and Short Reviews

Today is the penultimate stop on the When Love Gets Hairy blog tour, and I’m over at Long and Short Reviews today. I’m blogging about my top 3 reasons why gay men love their dogs. And by dogs, I mean the four-legged variety not the, well, you know. If you’d like to read what I have to say, then click here and an adorable pooch will leap out of your computer and lead you over to the Long and Short Reviews site.

Also, the giveaway for books from my backlist, author swag, and Amazon/B&N gift card is drawing to an end. It’s not too late to enter to win!

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: Stop #7–Guys Like Romance, Too

The When Love Gets Hairy blog tour stops over at Guys Like Romance, Too! For my second visit with the guys, I discuss Michael Breyette’s fabulous artwork that graces the cover of the book. If you’d like to read the story behind why I chose this cover for the third book of The Provincetown Series, then click here and the starship Enterprise will beam you right on over.

And do you want to win a copy of a book from my back list? Or author swag? Or even a $10 Amazon/B&N gift card? Then, head on over and enter the giveaway.

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: Stop #6–Literary Nymphs

It’s hard to believe but the When Love Gets Hairy blog tour has moved past its half way mark. How is that possible? It seems like just yesterday I started the tour, talking about Nino, Teddy, and the bears, and here I am already almost done. Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

At today’s stop, I’m over at the Literary Nymphs, where I blog about the title of my latest release. Although the meaning of the title may seem apparent, I chose it for more than just the obvious reasons. If you’re interested in reading what I have to say, then click here and a literary nymph will wave her magical wand and transport you over to their site.

Don’t forget about the giveaway. It’s still going strong. You have a chance at winning a copy of one of my books from my backlist, an Amazon/B&N gift card, or some author swag. I hope to see everyone over at Literary Nymphs. 🙂

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: Stops #4 and #5–Fallen Angel Reviews and It’s Raining Men

The When Love Gets Hairy tour is doing double duty today. I had to split myself in half, so I could guest post over at Fallen Angel Reviews and It’s Raining Men–two of my favorite blogs!

What am I discussing today? Well, over at Fallen Angel Reviews I wrote one of my favorite blog tour posts where Nino and Teddy, the main characters from When Love Gets Hairy, interview me. As usual, the boys get out of hand, and I have to try to get them to behave themselves. Believe me, it wasn’t easy! If you’d like to read the craziness, then click here.

Over at It’s Raining Men, I wrote about my top 5 reasons why I love the bears! If you want to see if you agree with me, then click here and a big furry daddy bear will magically appear and carry you over to where men fall from the sky.

Don’t forget my giveaway. If you leave a comment at my stops, you are entered to win a free book from my backlist, a $10 Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift card, or author swag. I hope to see you there!

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour–Stop #3–Dawn’s Reading Nook

The When Love Gets Hairy blog tour rolls on into Dawn’s Reading Nook today. It was a blast being back at Dawn’s where half naked photos of hot men abound. I just love adding to my stable of photos after visiting Dawn’s. She’s such a generous soul, even though she doesn’t know I steal borrow some of the photos from her albums.

What am I talking about over at Dawn’s today? Well, I’m talking about how one of the main characters from When Love Gets Hairy, Nino Santos, was never meant to be a leading character. If you’re interested in reading how Nino’s character evolved, then click here and a huge slide will open up under your feet and slip you away to Dawn’s.

Also, don’t forget about my giveaways! You still have a chance to enter to win a free copy of When Love Gets Hairy over at Joyfully Jay, where that exclusive giveaway is being held. But I’m also sponsoring an additional giveaway with prizes ranging from free books from my backlist, author swag, and Amazon gift cards. The second contest can be entered at any of my other stops on my blog tour, such as over at Dawn’s Reading Nook.

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: Stop #2–Michael Rupured

The When Love Gets Hairy blog tour rolls into Michael Rupured’s blog today. And today starts another special giveaway. I mentioned yesterday that I was doing an exclusive giveaway over at Joyfully Jay. If you missed those details, click here to get in on that contest.  For the rest of my blog tour, I will be giving away free e-copies from my backlist, Amazon gift cards, and author swag. If you want the details to this new giveaway then click here and the magic of the Internet will whoosh you away to Michael’s blog.  I look forward to seeing you there!

When Love Gets Hairy Blog Tour: Stop #1–Joyfully Jay

I’m so thrilled today. Not only is this the beginning of a new year and a new direction for my life, but it’s also release day for the next book in The Provincetown Series, When Love Gets Hairy. 

I kick off my tour today over at Joyfully Jay! I’m offering an exclusive excerpt and giveaway only for the fabulous readers at Jay’s! What is that giveaway? Well, Joyfully Jay will be the only stop on my blog tour where readers will be able to win a free e-copy of When Love Gets Hairy. The contest will be open for one week only so if you’re interested in entering and reading about Nino, one of the main characters from the book then click here and one of the man servants that I’ve constantly stolen brought home from Jay’s will escort you over to her site.

I hope to see you over at Joyfully Jay!

When Love Gets Hairy Cover & Blurb Reveal

Since The Chasing the Sun blog tour has officially ended, I figured it was a good time to discuss the third book in The Provincetown Series, When Love Gets Hairy.

Who are the main characters in When Love Gets Hairy?

My inspiration for Nino Santos

My inspiration for Nino Santos

Nino Santos, who is Van’s best friend in When Love Takes Over, takes over the spotlight. If you’ve read the first book, then you are familiar with Nino’s cocky, self-confidence and his sexy swagger. He’s got a killer bod, a perfect face, and a mass of curly locks that get him what he wants–hot studs to play with.

In When Love Get Hairy though, Nino’s perfect life is far from ideal. Not only is he having some career problems, but it’s Bear Week in Provincetown! To say Nino isn’t a fan of the heavy or the hirsute is an understatement. What’s a hot model to do when his favorite toys are not in town for a whole week?

My inspiration for Teddy Miller

My inspiration for Teddy Miller

Enter Teddy Miller. Teddy is a nice guy, and he has a good head on his shoulders. He’s content with his hairy body, shorter stature, and imperfect physique. He is who he is, and he makes no apologies. Teddy comes to P-town to have some fun with his furry friends, but when he wakes up one morning after a party he cannot remember next to Nino, well, his life is thrown askew.

For Nino and Teddy it’s loathing at first sight!

So what about that blurb?

You’re right. I suppose I’ve set the scene enough for now. Here is the official DSP blurb for When Love Gets Hairy.

As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.

Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with.

When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.

I don’t know about you, but I think the folks at DSP did an awesome job with that blurb. They are so good to me, aren’t they?

What else can I share about When Love Gets Hairy?

Well, right now, the book is slated for release at the beginning of January, so we are only about a month away. I just can’t wait for all of you to be able to read about Nino and Teddy. I really think you are going to like them.

And last (but not least) here’s the beautiful cover!

WhenLoveGetsHairyORIGHow awesome is that cover? I think it might be the best one yet. It does a good job of capturing the mood of the book, and Michael Breyette’s work is just stunning.

Well, that’s all I have for you right now. As release day gets closer, I’ll be sharing more information about the book, but I wanted to give everyone a little sneak peek. I hope you’re glad you came! 🙂