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Hey, all! It’s been quuuite some time since I did a writing update, so I figured now would be good. 😉

What’s happening in the writing world of Piper Vaughn? Read on to find out. 😀

Coming soon

BOOKMARKED

To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.

After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world, and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.

Expected release date: October 26, 2015 (potentially subject to change)

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Add it to your Goodreads shelf! (And these three might just be related. ;D Bloom Box, Unscripted & Another Shot)

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PRICKLY BY NATURE (PORTLAND PACK CHRONICLES #2)

In the four months since hedgehog shifter Avery Babineaux started investigating the disappearance of a young female werewolf from the Portland Pack, he’s discovered his life’s passion. Now he’s apprenticing under established PI Corbin Reid. Avery hopes his training with Reid will help him finally bring Lacey home, but detective work isn’t without its perils, and the potential dangers strain his relationship with his new mate, Dylan.

Dylan Green would be perfectly content with his mating and his motorcycle shop if it wasn’t for his constant worry about Avery’s safety and the fact that Avery’s never home. Proud as he might be of Avery’s determination to prove his worth and fulfill his promise to Lacey’s father, Dylan can’t stand the thought of Avery being hurt. Yet what right does he have to demand Avery give up his job when it’s clear Avery’s found his true purpose? Still, Dylan wishes he could, and the appearance of a new police detective who sets his sights on Avery only adds to the tension.

Something has to give, but stubbornness runs in both their veins, and it might take a catastrophe for them to find a compromise they can live with.

Expected release date: November 16, 2015

Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

Cover reveals for these two are coming soon, so stay tuned! 

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Works in Progress

Currently I’m working on a contemporary fairytale retelling, which I’m co-writing with my friend, Rowan Speedwell. We intend it to be the first of three, if all goes according to plan. Keep your fingers crossed. 😉

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Future Plans

Once I finish my project with Rowan, Kenzie Cade and I will be diving into the third book in the Portland Pack Chronicles series, the first of which is PRICKLY BUSINESS.

I will also be continuing with Gavin’s story, which I started but had to put on hold because of illness and other deadlines (it’s been a crappy couple of years for me health-wise, let me tell you). If you don’t know who Gavin is, he was a secondary character introduced in HOOK, LINE, & SINKER.

I also have plans for another novella in the same world as BOOKMARKED, which I hope to release sometime next summer.

Lots of other ideas and potentialities — an ace character, sport books, more shifters, a rap star — but I’ll share more details about those later. 😉

Happy Fall, y’all! 

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Piper’s Favorite Reads of 2013

Hey, y’all! These lists are cropping up on blogs all over and I thought I’d join in the fun. Note: These are the books I read and loved in 2013, but not all of them were actually published last year. They might be older books I just discovered. I thought it’d be cool to show them love either way. 🙂

Now, in no particular order:

Without Reservations by J.L. Langley – Why did it take me so long to read this book? I have no idea. But once I did, I consumed the rest of the series in a couple of days and have since reread them all more than once. Love. LOVE. And I can’t wait for more. This is my fave shifter series. 🙂

Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford – Well, what can I say? Rhys is amazing. Her characters are vivid and well-developed, even down to all the secondaries. I loved this book and I love her Sinner’s Gin series. She’s become one of my favorite authors and I feel very fortunate to be able to call her a friend now also. She’s one of the loveliest, kindest people around. ♥

El Presidio Rides North by Domashita Romero – This is actually a free online read, but don’t let that discourage you from checking it out! If you’re a fan of zombies and shows like The Walking Dead, you will love this story!

Criss Cross (PsyCop #2) by Jordan Castillo Price – Oddly enough, an entire year passed between me reading the first book in the PsyCop series and this one. I don’t know why exactly, since I loved Among the Living, but I did read a lot less in 2012 than I did last year. Once I moved on to Criss Cross, I devoured the remainder of the PsyCop books available and fell hopelessly in love with the series (and I’ve since reread them all, too). It’s now my favorite overall m/m series and one of my favorites in general. I love these books and these characters. If you haven’t read them yet and you enjoy paranormal mysteries with a dash of romance thrown in, then please do check them out. And, as a bonus, Jordan Castillo Price is awesome. 🙂

The Mark of an Alpha (Pack Discipline #1) by Kim Dare – I’m a big fan of Kim Dare and yet somehow hadn’t read any of her Pack Discipline books before last year. This is a shifter series and with Kim Dare at the helm, you know there’s a bit of BDSM involved, but that’s just how I like it! This and the 3rd in the series, The Duty of a Beta, were my faves, but I enjoyed them all very much.

Illumination by Rowan Speedwell – Rowan is a very sweet lady and her writing is beautiful. Illumination is the story of a rockstar and a reclusive artist who illuminates manuscripts for a living. Reading about the process of illumination had me hankering to give it a try myself. You could tell while reading that Rowan knows her subject matter and I can appreciate that in a book. Plus, Miles and Adam were hot together.

Unbreak My Heart by K-Lee Klein – What a heart-wrenching story this was. Cowboys, loss, grief, and finding love again. This was beautiful. I ugly-cried a few times.

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton – I can’t even put into words how much I loved this story. I think I read it 3 or 4 times after its release. I love Marie’s Coda books, but Cole’s book, Strawberries for Dessert, remains my favorite. In this sequel, we see the process of him trying to become a father along with his husband, Jon. I yearned with them, mourned with them, and rejoiced with them. It was lovely. Probably in my top 3 for the year.

Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday – This was the perfect little read. Cute, sweet, and unique. I read it twice last year and I know I’ll reread it again someday.

The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price – This was an amazing book. It had that sort of breathless, anticipatory feel you get when watching disaster movies. You get caught up in the characters’ panic and confusion about what’s happening and you stay on the edge of your seat until the ride is finally over. It was gripping, original, and wonderfully written, as is always the case with JCP. The romance is secondary to the action, but there was a bit of a love triangle that eventually developed into a ménage, and I enjoyed the dynamic of these three characters together.

College Boys (Men of Holsum College #1) by Daisy Harris – This is the beginning of Daisy’s popular Men of Holsum College series. I really enjoyed this book and this series and quickly went through them all and was left wishing for more. While more books in the series are unlikely, there are 8 available and they can all pretty much stand on their own. Check these out if you like reading about college-aged guys and you like your stories with a bit of angst and humor.

Six Ways from Sunday by Mercy Celeste – A football player, a Marine, best friends, steamy sex scenes, and lots of emotion. What more can you ask for? If you haven’t read Mercy, you’re missing out.

His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor – Hot damn this was one hot story. Like, I was literally sweating. We have a couple of college roommates dabbling into BDSM for the first time and the results are smoking. If you like your romance on the erotic side, check this one out.

Fugly by KZ Snow – KZ Snow is an amazing author. One who I think doesn’t get near the amount of attention she deserves. Fugly was not my first read by her. That was The Zero Knot back in 2011, and that book remains one of my all-time m/m favorites. In Fugly we have a trio of egotistical, superficial guys who get cursed by a mysterious stranger and learn how little good looks really matter when your heart is ugly. I really enjoyed it. A modern day fable penned by an impeccable hand.

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So, what were your favorite reads of 2013, new or old? I’m always looking for recs. Feel free to share in the comments. 😀

Books Piper Loves: “A Sinner Born” & “Illumination”

Hey, all. 🙂 So I’m introducing a new thing on the blog today. Even before I was published, I rarely wrote reviews. Now, I don’t know how comfortable I am trying to write up critical reviews of work by my friends and peers. You’ll never find an actual review, a la Jessewave or The Novel Approach, on this blog. But I’ve never had a problem yelling it from the mountaintops when I love a particular book. I like to spread the love, and that being the case, since I’m just as much of a reader as a writer, I’ve decided to post about the books I love, old or new. This won’t necessarily be happening on a regular schedule because of course it’s all dependent on when I come across a book I’m really crazy about, but to kick it off I’ve decided to go with a doubleheader featuring two books I read and loved recently. And without any further ado…

Sinner

First we have A Sinner Born, which is book three in Avril Ashton’s popular Brooklyn Sinners series, the story of Syren and Kane. Syren is a man with many, many secrets. Kane is a man still grieving the death of his partner. And when these two come together, it’s sizzling. As an added bonus, one of the heroes has a panty fetish, which is one of my kinks, so the book really worked for me! For the more sensitive readers out there, there is some difficult subject matter, like self-harm and mentions of rape and child abuse, but I thought those topics were all well-handled. So if you like federal marshals and bad boys with a lot of attitude, I definitely recommend you check this one out!

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Secondly, is Rowan Speedwell’s Illumination.

Now, I make no secret of the fact that I think Rowan Speedwell is pretty much the bee’s knees. She’s an awesome person and an awesome writer, and I haven’t read a single thing by her I haven’t loved. Illumination is no exception. You can tell the subject of illuminating books is something Rowan is very familiar with. In fact, she does it herself, and her knowledge of the subject makes itself known in this book and adds such richness that it made me wish I had a halfway decent hand at drawing or painting so I could try it myself. Then there are the characters, Adam and Miles, who are both battling their own demons, but came together so beautifully. I was rooting for them both the whole time, and I loved the book so much that when I saw Rowan at GRL, I bought a copy of the paperback so she could sign it, despite already having the ebook. Rowan knows her stuff and her writing is lovely. Every time I read a book of hers, it’s like a gift. So, of course, this one is highly recommended.  ❤

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And as a disclaimer, some of the books I love will doubtless be by people I know or consider friends, because my friendships with a lot of my fellow authors began when I loved one of their books and contacted them to say just how much. But there will also be books featured by authors who I’ve never really spoken to or maybe only rarely on social media sites. Suffice it to say, I’m trying to keep it unbiased, but when I love a book, I love a book, and I have no problems saying so. Friend, acquaintance, or stranger, it doesn’t matter to me who wrote it. 🙂

Halfway through our adventure

2013-06-24 11.53.22Hey, all! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My friend Sue and I have been going almost non-stop since we left Chicago on June 23rd. :)First, we hit Rome, which was just amazing. I could have easily spent an entire month just exploring Italy, and I definitely want to go back one day. We did a few tours while we were there. One of ancient Rome, which took us to sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain. That was a hard tour — three hours of walking under a blazing sun on one of the hottest days we’ve experienced so far — and yet, it was probably my favorite for all that. There was a moment where we were sitting across the street from the Colosseum having lunch (see pic above), which stands out as one of the coolest moments of my life so far. Then we did a tour of the Tuscan countryside and also a tour of a few crypts and old churches. It was a ton of fun and a lot of activities packed into a short amount of time. The only downside was that I got sick the day after the ancient Rome tour and still haven’t fully recovered, though I’m doing loads better. 

2013-06-30 15.07.10After Rome, we moved on to Paris, where we met my friend, Terry, and his husband, A. We hit up as much as we could — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Saint-Chapelle, Champs-Élysées, Montmarte (that’s a pic of the real Moulin Rouge on the left) — as well as attending the gay pride parade on the 29th and having some truly decadent hot chocolate at Angelina (I thought I’d go into a diabetic coma!). By the time it was all over, we were old pros at getting around on the Metro (though, mainly we just followed behind wherever A. led like ducklings :P). Then Terry and A. accompanied us to London via the Eurostar.

Once we were in London, we found our nearest tube stop and familiarized ourselves with the area a bit. Then the next day we went to Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesdon for the Harry Potter tour, which was awesome! My favorite part was the model of Hogwarts, which you can see a bit further down.

We’ve definitely gotten to know the London underground very well, and we’ve both even gone on it by ourselves when we went to 2013-07-02 15.04.40separate activities the other day. Definitely much easier (and cheaper) than hailing cabs everywhere. So far in London, we did a “snapshot” tour, which took us to the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden, the London Eye, and gave us a general overview of things like the Parliament and Big Ben. Then another day we did a Jack the Ripper tour with Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell, who are over here to attend the UK Meet. Yesterday, I met up with Melanie Tushmore, who took me on a brief tour of the markets at Camden. And today Sue and I had tea at The Tea Room on the 2nd floor of Harrods and checked out the market in Notting Hill. Tomorrow, we’re doing a tour that includes Stonehenge and Bath, which I’m really looking forward to! Josephine Myles will be meeting us in Bath since she lives nearby and giving us a tour and showing me all the spots any Jane Austen fan would appreciate. 😀 Later in the week, we’re doing a tour of Brighton with Marie and Rowan, Sue and I are getting tattoos to commemorate our trip (it was the first time overseas for both of us!), and on Wed or Thurs, I will likely be going to check out the London Dungeon before we move on to Manchester. 

My trip will be going on for an entire month, so right now I’m only halfway through. Sue only has another week, as she’s leaving for home right after the UK Meet. I still have two more countries to visit after we’re done in England. I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

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