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Plagiarized story on Amazon

UPDATE: The page for More Than Moonlight is gone, as are all of the other stories “Jay Cute” had stolen and claimed to have edited. Thanks again to everyone who helped us bring this person to Amazon’s attention! ❤

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Hi, guys! First, I wanted to thank everyone who’s contacted me about More Than Moonlight being illegally sold on Amazon. MJ and I are aware of the issue and have reported the violation of our copyright to Amazon. And thanks also to the people who have left one-star reviews to warn other potential readers away. *hugs to you all*

For those who don’t know, this “Jay Cute” took one of my and MJ O’Shea’s free story collections that tie into our Lucky Moon series and put it up for sale on Amazon, after lazily pasting their name over our original cover.

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This was also done to one of Kaje Harper’s stories and countless other authors outside of our genre. I think “Jay Cute” has claimed to be the editor on something like 20 different titles. The sheer laziness of what this person did with the covers and that they didn’t change a single detail inside the books themselves might be laughable if they weren’t trying to make money off of our work, particularly in the cases where the stories were provided free of cost by the original authors.

All I can do is shake my head and hope that Amazon pulls these books and shuts down “Jay Cute’s” account as soon as possible. Thanks again to everyone who gave me and MJ a heads up!

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Welcome Back Nick and Luka! (Giveaway by MJ and Piper :) )

Giveaway time! Come enter. 🙂

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Welcome Back Nick and Luka!!

Piper and I are really excited to have these two back in action. I missed them while they were gone and I know she did too 😦 

We thought since the two of them were back in action we’d take the opportunity to talk a little about all three books, our inspirations and thoughts…all that fun stuff. Then of course, since we both like to give things away (and who doesn’t like to win contests?!?), we thought we’d give away two copies of Moonlight Becomes You (2nd edition) and Moonstruck (1st edition since the 2nd edition won’t be for a while) to go with The Luckiest!

MJ: So first, about the stories themselves. Piper came to me with the first book, Moonlight Becomes You in her head so I’ll let her talk about that one since my main input was “yeah, that…

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Out Now: The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2), 2nd Edition

Hey, all! Just a quick post to announce my release with M.J. O’Shea today. This is the second edition of The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2), which was originally released by Loose Id. It’s now available as a paperback as well (yay!) and has a fab new cover designed by LC Chase.

Buy it now from:

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Blurb:

Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he overindulges in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters into a court-ordered rehabilitation program.

Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, and the type of gay man bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. But his sunny nature hides a deep hurt caused by an unfaithful ex-boyfriend. As much as Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.

Nick never needed anyone until Luka came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he must learn is how to become the man both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.

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Note: For those of you wondering, there were no major alterations to this edition of The Luckiest, aside from edits and minor scene changes. If you purchased the original version of this book, there’s no reason to buy this one, unless you just want the pretty cover. 😉 The books that are changed the most in their second editions are Moonlight Becomes You (released April, 2014) and Moonstruck (coming spring 2015), which both have new added content and are substantially longer than the originals. 

New Cover: The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2)

Yay! The second edition of The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2) has a new cover! Check it out. Again, designed by the fabulous LC Chase. 😀 

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And the new (slightly revised) blurb:

Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he overindulges in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters into a court-ordered rehabilitation program.

Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, the type of gay man bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. But his sunny nature hides a deep hurt caused by an unfaithful ex-boyfriend. As much as Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.

Nick never needed anyone until Luka came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he must learn is how to become the man both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.

Coming some time in September from Dreamspinner Press. I’ll share the exact date when we have it. ♥

New Release: “Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1)”

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Out now! 😀

Dreamspinner – ebook | paperback

Amazon – ebook

Barnes & Noble – ebook

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2nd Edition 

Lucky Moon: Book One 

Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust. 

Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot—lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

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Rock stars, angst, sexual tension, smutty fun times. We’ve got you covered. 😉 

If you haven’t read this, but you’ve read MJ’s Catch My Breath, the Ventura Brothers were mentioned in that book. First, we have Shane. Later in the year, we’ll have Nick in The Luckiest, who is admittedly a favorite character of both mine and MJ’s. 

Come have fun with our boys. ♥ And check out my Moonlight Becomes You playlist, if you’re curious about what music inspired me while writing. 🙂 

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By the way, I’ve been asked several times about the differences between this book and the original. We added about 16K total to the word count. Some of that includes a few of the vignettes we’d released as separate freebies when the Lucky Moon books started coming out (some of which have been altered somewhat), and some of it includes a few new scenes. There isn’t a ton of new stuff in the book (unless you never read our vignette collections, which are still freely available, in which case the entire 16K will be new to you), but if you’d like to own a copy of the re-edited, fleshed out version, I definitely recommend you picking it up! I think the book is stronger now. But, really, at its heart, it’s still the same story. So definitely don’t feel obliged to re-purchase if you already read the original book. And if you haven’t, well, I hope you enjoy our Lucky Moon boys. We had a lot of fun writing them! And, of course, for those of you who had inquired about a Moonlight Becomes You paperback, it’s finally here! I just got my official author copies today, which made me very happy. 😀

 

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And for all the fans of the series who don’t plan to re-buy the 2nd edition, here is the dedication so you can see it. ❤

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Music Playlist: Moonlight Becomes You

Well, the 2nd edition of Moonlight Becomes You comes out one week from today, so I thought I should put together a playlist for it. Some of these songs are mentioned in the story; some of them were what I listened to while writing my scenes. I’m sure MJ’s playlist would be different if she made one, but for me, these are the songs that remind me of the boys in this story. 🙂

The songs from when Luck first performed in front of a live audience.

Songs I listened to while writing.

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Hope you enjoyed the playlist! Moonlight Becomes You comes out from Dreamspinner Press on April 7th. Pre-order it now: ebook / paperback

Giveaway – Moonlight Becomes You ebook & paperback

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! In three weeks the 2nd edition of Moonlight Becomes You will be released. Given that shamrocks and four-leaf clovers mean something to our MC — his band is called Luck, their emblem is a four-leaf clover, and his last name means “fortune” — I’m thinking today is a great day to kick off a giveaway. 🙂

I’m offering up one copy of the paperback and one copy of the ebook to two lucky winners. First name drawn gets first choice and the remaining prize goes to the second person. (But if you’d prefer to buy, Dreamspinner is having a 25% off sale until 3/23! Check out the links above to order directly from their site.)

To enter the contest, simply comment here on this post, but be sure to leave an email address for me to contact you in the event your name is drawn. 

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Blurb:

Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust. 

Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot—lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

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Contest closes: Monday, 3/24/14 @ 11PM CDT

Optional – For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:

-Spread the word about this contest (tweet, reblog, put it on Facebook, put it on Tumblr). Just leave a link to said post about it in your comment.

-Like my official Facebook author page (But be sure I know what name you “liked” it under.)

-Follow me on Twitter and/or add me as a favorite on Goodreads.

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Disclaimer: This contest is open to adults age 18 and up. Your comment confirms that you are of legal age. Contest open worldwide. Paperback to be shipped as soon as I receive my author copies from the publisher.

Writing Update: Release dates, pre-orders, and more!

Hi, all! It’s been a couple of months since the last writing update, so here goes. 😀

Coming Soon

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Nur eine Kleinigkeit – Release date: March 25. The German translation of One Small Thing. Now available for pre-order.

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Moonlight Becomes You – Release date: April 7. This is the 2nd edition, approximately 60K/200 pages. (1st edition was 44K/139 pages.) Now available for pre-order in ebook and paperback. Cover by LC Chase.

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Wood, Screws, & Nails – with Kade Boehme – Release date: April 23. Cover by Paul Richmond.

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Works in Progress

HL&S – A spin-off of Wood, Screws, & Nails. – Outlined. Starting soon.

S&S – In planning. My story for the Love’s Landscapes event in the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads. If you’re a member, you can see the prompt here

The Working Man’s Guide to Wooing a Blue Blood Prince (Clumsy Cupid Guidebooks #2) –  with Xara X Xanakas – Plotted and started. Temporarily on hold. Hoping to have this one released in the late summer/early fall, if possible. We’ll see. Wish us luck!

Simon’s Story – This is the as-yet-untitled contemporary story I started for NaNoWriMo.  It’s going to be a pretty angsty ride, and I had to put it on hold temporarily when one of my family members became hospitalized and the content started hitting a little too close to home. But I’ve been wanting to tell Simon’s story forever, so I certainly will be going back to it!

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**Update on the One Thing Series** 

I know I’d said this series would be continued, but, unfortunately, that plan has now changed. The “One Thing” series will stand completed with One Small Thing and One True Thing. I thought long and hard about this, and it wasn’t an easy decision, but I think I’m ready to move on to something new. I apologize to the fans who were hoping for books for Josh or Archer. But there will be new and hopefully exciting things to come from me, both alone and with co-authors, so be on the lookout for those! 🙂 

New Cover: Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1)

Woohoo! Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1) has a new cover! Check it out. Designed by the fabulous LC Chase. 😀 

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And the new blurb for anyone interested:

Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust.

Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot — lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

Coming some time in April from Dreamspinner Press. I’ll share the exact date when we have it. ♥

Book Update: Lucky Moon Series

Hi, all! I keep getting questions about the status of Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1), so I figured it was time for another update. Here is what I can tell you.

Moonlight Becomes You (second edition) is coming from Dreamspinner Press sometime in April. It will have new cover art and it will also be available as a paperback. The word count went from around 44K to around 60K. Some of this is new content, some of this are scenes from our free vignette collections (More Than Moonlight and Beyond Moonlight), but even some of those scenes have also been altered during our edits. The story has more Shane but now also includes scenes from both Jesse and Kayden’s perspectives. 🙂

Now, as you can probably guess, the re-release of MBY through Dreamspinner does mean that eventually the entire series will be available from them as well. The first edition of The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2) is still available for purchase right now, but that will change at the end of next month. If you want to read The Luckiest in its current incarnation, it would be best to purchase it soon. Once it’s taken off the market next month, it won’t be available again until September/October of this year. But, as it stands now, I don’t foresee that particular story being dramatically altered. It will be going through edits again and we’ll be getting feedback from our new editors, so there might be some changes, but MJ and I were satisfied with The Luckiest overall and so I don’t think we’d want to make any really big changes. And as for Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3), that one will be available for purchase until January 2015; however, the second edition of that one will probably go through some major revisions and additions. We anticipate it might end up around 60K like MBY did.

So, that’s the status for now! Any questions, you can email me or ask in the comments here, of course. 🙂 I just saw a draft of the new MBY cover today and it was pretty fab. I’m excited to share that one when I can.

 

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