Weekly Update 10/24

It’s update day!

☑️WIPs: I had a come to Jesus meeting with Pacemaker yesterday (the program I use to track my wordcount and hit my deadlines) and the situation isn’t as dire as I thought it was. I was wiser than I realized and had written off my GRL trip as zero wordcount days, so even with all the motivation issues and life interference, with some diligence I should be able to catch up and get back on track by the end of the month. YAY!

☑️Edits. I’m going over the edits to my holiday short story, A Whole Latke Love, finally. It’s super schmoopy and sweet. Planned release is mid-December (for Hanukkah!).

☑️Soft Limits. Preorder begins on Monday!! (OMG) ARCs will be available that day as well in my Facebook group. There won’t be many so keep your eyes peeled.

☑️ Payne & Tortuga. First Rodeo has been released! YAY! The books I brought all sold out at GRL, which was amazing. People are loving Sam & Thomas and that makes me very happy. If you got an ARC and haven’t posted your review, please do so like, NOW. Thanks!

☑️Re-releases. Creative Process will be back by Friday (maybe earlier!), and this time in KU as well as for purchase on Amazon. If you haven’t read Reese and Owen, now you can!

☑️GRL. My first GRL was amazing. I have way too much to say so I won’t give you the download here, but first and most importantly, I have to thank my hostesses Julia Talbot and B.a. Tortuga for their generosity in putting me up and letting me be in their way for over a week. Everyone I met at the con was very kind and friendly, the organizers were on the ball, and I had a wonderful time. I plan/hope to be in St. Louis next year!

That’s it for the state of Jodi. Hope you’re all having a great week! ❤️

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GayRomLit Retreat

October 17-20, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

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My Move to Independent Publishing.

Hello all.

Over Labor Day weekend, all of the books I had published with Dreamspinner Press (both solo and co-authored) will come down from all of the various outlets where they are currently for sale because the publication rights to those books revert to me on September 1.

Beginning at the end of September and continuing through the end of the year, all of those books will reappear two or three a month, typically on Fridays.

But Jodi, I need that book…

Ebooks will have to wait for re-release. But!

If you would like a paperback mailed to you, and/or will be at GayRomLit in Albuquerque in October, I have stock in-hand and you can order any of those books directly from me regardless of whether they have been re-released yet or not. That order form is here: .

Coming in September!

My next NEW release is Land of Enchantment by me and BA Tortuga, and it will release on Tuesday, Sept. 24! Later that same week on Friday, September 27, my solo m/m/m romance, Stable Hill, will re-release and for the first time be available in Kindle Unlimited.

October will bring the re-release of Heart of a Redneck and Creative Process, and the debut of the first book in an m/m BDSM series by me any BA Tortuga, titled First Rodeo. So, there is plenty of new work to look forward to along with the re-release of the backlist titles.

Stay tuned! And those of you in the path of hurricane Dorian–please be smart and stay safe.

As always, thanks for reading.

Jodi

Land of Enchantment Blurb Reveal!

Hello all!

BA Tortuga and I have a new book coming in September from Dreamspinner Press! It’s up for preorder on the Dreamspinner website now so we’re finally able to share this gorgeous cover by Alexandria Corza.

As you can probably tell by the title, this standalone new-adult, friends to lovers, opposites attract romance is set entirely in New Mexico.


Here’s the blurb:

East meets West. City meets country. Though there’s no denying opposites attract, can a college kid from New Jersey and a New Mexican cowboy learn to speak the same language, let alone trust each other?

When Mason Wild heads out West to escape his past, he doesn’t have a plan or a penny to his name. Luckily he finds a job with a roofing company run by a rodeo cowboy who’s kind, easy to work for, and even with his jaw wired shut, hotter than July in the high desert.

Bull rider Levi Yost knows what it’s like to be down on his luck. He’s not much older than Mason, but he’s been around the block a few times, or at least around the rodeo arena. He takes a chance on the kid, giving him a job and a place to live on his ranch. The two of them discover a surprising amount of common ground, but trouble has a way of finding each of them. Mason has to learn to be fully honest with Levi, who in turn has to realize he’s not just riding out for himself anymore.


PAYNE & TORTUGA

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Stable Hill is making me proud!

Stable Hill has been named Pink Heart Society’s Top Pick for the month of June, and also a Finalist for PHS’s Top Pick of 2019!

Mercy says:

“I am writing this review with a puddle where my heart once sat. In other words, this book melted it. I love a good polyamorous romance, and this one has jumped straight to the top of my favorites list.”

Find Mercy’s 5-heart review at the top of the June Book Reviews.

Buy Stable Hill from your favorite retailer! Use this Universal Link.

Rainbow Snippets 5/11

Happy snippets day! This has been a crazy week and my word count hasn’t been what I wanted it to be, but I did write six sentences! Below, we’re back to Jason, the exotic dancer, who has run up against a little issue with his best friend, Diego.

“Yes. It’s Teague’s formal headshot from his law firm’s website.” Teague was in a blue suit, a white shirt and a blue, striped tie. He looked handsome as hell. But–

“A little uptight, huh?” Diego raised one fine eyebrow in judgement.

Jason groaned. “See? This is why I didn’t want to show it to you.”

“He looks hot I guess, for a corporate jockey.”

“He’s not a—don’t be an ass, Diego.”

“I just can’t believe you’re dating someone like him.”

Someone like him? Diego didn’t even know Teague. “Why? I’m not good enough for a lawyer?” he shot back, defensively.

Diego sighed. “That’s not what I mean, honey. He’s just not… you’re a club dancer. He’s…”

“Stop.” Jason’s eyes narrowed and he pinned Diego with a look. “Stop now and don’t say what you were about to say.”

Mergers and Acquisitions by Jodi Payne

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Rainbow Snippets 5/5

Happy snippets day! I’m head down and writing these days, focusing still on a contemporary novel called Mergers & Acquisitions. I make slow progress this time of year, so you’ll be seeing snips from this novel for a few more weeks at least.

Today we have Teague, an attorney who works for a high-powered New York Law firm, whose biggest deal blew up the day before and who is now a little hung over. Just a little.

Fucking hell, morning came early.

Teague groaned and rolled over, the sunlight blasting through his half-closed shades threatening to cleave his skull right in two.

Fucking hell, his head hurt.

He pulled his phone off the nightstand and looked at it. Nine-thirty? Jesus. He’d better get up, right? He was already late to his own firing.

~Mergers & Acquisitions by Jodi Payne

Have a great week!

Follow my Facebook Group HERE, or on Twitter, HERE.

To read a wide variety of samples of LGBTQ+ fiction, go to HERE.

If you don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction. It can be a work-in-progress, a finished work or even a six-sentence book recommendation. You’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+.

Rainbow Snippets 4/27

Happy snippets day! Today’s snip is from a contemporary novel I’m writing called Mergers & Acquisitions. Jason (aka Dallas, Jason’s dancer persona) is an exotic dancer at a gay nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen. In this scene, Jason and his friend Diego are headed into the nightclub through the side entrance before their shift.

This is more than six sentences, but it’s dialogue so… I know, still cheating. Sorry!


“Come on in, ladies.” The security guard stepped out of their way.

Jason winked. “That’s ‘cowboy’, actually.”

“Oh yeah? Yeehaw, then.” The security guy didn’t even crack a smile.

“Oh, Jackson.” Diego gave the man a poke in the chest and then looked at Jason. “He’s a big softie, honey, don’t let him fool you.”

“Yippee ki-yay.” Jason smiled at Jackson and tipped his imaginary hat. Still not one hint of a smile. Wow.

Jackson blinked at him slowly and he bet the man was stoned. “Bruce Willis.”

“What?”

“That’s not cowboy, that’s Bruce Willis.”

“Oh. But I thought—” Shit, I’m too Brooklyn to be a cowboy. “Thanks.”

~Mergers and Acquisitions by Jodi Payne

Have a great week!

Follow me on FB HERE, or on Twitter, HERE.

To read a wide variety of samples of LGBTQ+ fiction, go to HERE.

If you don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction. It can be a work-in-progress, a finished work or even a six-sentence book recommendation. You’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+.

What am I Working On?

Yesterday, in my Facebook author group, Jodi’s Gents, I was asked what I am working on right now and could I post a snippet from it. No problem, I replied, and then had a look at what I am working on. Wow. I’m busy.

Here’s the active list:

Solo Work:

  • Finishing Soft Limits (still), the prequel to the Deviations Series.
  • Finishing a holiday story titled “A Whole Latke Love”, potentially for DSP’s 2019 Advent Calendar.
  • I’m working through the middle act of a novel called “Mergers & Acquisitions” about a young attorney and an exotic dancer.
  • I have plotted out (to the degree that this panster plots) a new novel I’ll be starting in June that is untitled at the moment but is a second chance/former lovers/enemies to lovers/coming back home romance.

Co-Writing with BA Tortuga:

I can’t even. We have at least three things going and one big thing in edits and really, they’re all still in places where I can’t tell you about them yet. But generally, we have another BDSM project for you (not the DSP one, that’s about to go into edits), a romantic suspense and possibly a cute new adult.

Coming Soon!

  • Lone Star in Jersey: a co-written trans YA romance set in New Jersey from Anne Key and my alter ego, Gina Harris, release date April 30.
  • Stable Hill, my solo m/m/m menage, release date May 21.

Now. I promised a snippet, but you’re really getting an excerpt. YAY!

Teague Whitaker is a young, ambitious attorney at a prestigious New York law firm. Jason (aka Dallas in this scene) is a pretty damn happy exotic dancer. In this passage, Teague has had a bitch of a day and goes to a club in Hell’s Kitchen to forget his troubles.

(Disclaimer: this is unedited and will have typos and grammar issues and all those things I count on my editors and proofreaders to help me with. Also, this is my original, unpublished work. Please don’t copy it, but feel free to link folks to this post. Thank you!)

Goddammit. Teague needed that drink. Now.

He’d been walking east into Hell’s Kitchen from his office in Times Square, toward those places he frequented when he was in a certain mood and wanted to drink alone. There were plenty of bars that were better suited for socializing when he wanted to. Places with a nice bar, a neighborhood feel, a friendly bartender. Places where he could hang out and meet people. Meet men. Have a good time.

Most of those places didn’t have a cover, and the drinks were reasonable for New York. But he didn’t give a shit about the money, and friendly wasn’t what he was looking for tonight. Tonight he wanted to look, to watch, to be entertained. Distracted. He wanted out of his head, to fantasize. He didn’t want to know anyone, and he wanted to be able to pay some hot dancer good money just to pour him into a cab and send him home alone once he got drunk enough he could barely walk.

He walked past one club and then another, settling on one he’d only been to a couple of times. The Wiggle Room had a reputation for walking the razor’s edge. The place also had a reputation for being hard to get into, so he straightened his jacket but loosened his tie and opened a button at his throat. He ran his fingers through his hair as he stood in the entrance line, working on that rakish but loaded vibe, wanting to look like he was ready to spend his money.

“You’re alone?” The bouncer looked him over, head to toe.

“Yes.”

“I.D.?”

“Rough day, looking to have a drink and blow off some steam.” Teague pressed a fifty into the guy’s palm along with his license, and the guy gave him his ID right back and stamped his hand.

“Came to the right place.”

“I’m sure of it.” Teague made his way inside. The music was loud, the dance floor busy, and the bar was lit up and crowded. He made his way over to see if he could find a spot to settle, and he was finally able to shoulder in right as a couple moved away. He slid onto a bar stool that was still warmed by the ass that just left it.

He pulled out his credit card and set it on the bar in front of him, and a bartender was over in an instant. One of four behind the bar tonight.

“Boilermaker.”

The bartender was a fine specimen of man. Easily six foot something with broad shoulders. His muscle top was tight and his shorts were tighter. “Tab?”

Teague nodded.

“Stockbroker, honey?”

“I beg your pardon?” Teague looked over at the young man in the cowboy hat who’d appeared at his side, noticing right off how stacked the guy was. A sleeveless shirt showed off major biceps and the guy’s thighs seemed ready to pop right out of his cutoffs.

“Wall Street?” The cowboy asked and leaned an elbow on the bar.

“God, no.”

“How about investment banker?”

“Nope.”

“Market analyst?”

He snorted. “How long are you going to keep this up?”

“Tell me.”

Teague raised an eyebrow. “Attorney.” Possibly an unemployed one.

“Well, I’ll be. I could of kept right on guessing. I’d’a got it eventually, but you don’t look like a man with a whole lot o’ patience right now.”

The cowboy had that right. “Tie gave me away, huh?”

“Nah, the perfect hair.” The guy reached for Teague’s already loose tie and slowly untied the knot entirely, rolled the silk fabric around one hand and then stuffed it into Teague’s jacket pocket. “There, now. Doesn’t that feel better?”

Teague knew the game here, this pretty dancer with the brilliant smile wanted him shell out twenty bucks for a private lap dance. Everybody had to make a living, right? “It does.”

Teague’s beer and whiskey arrived, and the cowboy reached for the shot glass. “What’s your name, Wall Street?”

“I’m an attorney. I actually work midtown, not in the financial district.” Why the hell did that even matter? He wasn’t interested in small talk.

The cowboy shrugged. “All the same to me, honey. I’m Dallas.”

Dallas. Sure. If the man was born below the Mason-Dixon line, it wasn’t any farther south than Baltimore. He was more like good old down-home Jersey City. “Teague.”

“What kind of name is Teague?”

“It’s Irish.” His name actually meant “handsome”, which he tried to use a few times as a pickup line, but it never once worked.

The cowboy smiled at him and dropped the shot glass into his mug of beer, then licked mischievous fingers. “Ooh. Leon’s givin’ you the good stuff right off.”

Of course he was. Teague was a man with cash to burn who probably looked like he knew a good whiskey. Leon wanted to make a buck, too. But Teague knew that a couple of drinks in Leon would switch to the cheap shit figuring he would be just drunk enough not to notice.

Well, the joke was on Leon. Teague didn’t actually know dick about whiskey, except that it burned just right going down and was going to help him forget his day. Leon could have given him the cheap shit right off the bat, and he’d have neither noticed nor cared. He picked up his laced beer and took a long gulp, then loosened another button on his shirt and put his glass down.

“That’s it, honey, relax. Let your long day go.”

Teague looked at Dallas and gave him a wink. “Not drunk enough yet Jersey Cowboy. Try me again in an hour.”

“That’s Dallas to you, partner. Dallas, and I’m living in Brooklyn nowadays.” Dallas winked at him. “Talk doesn’t cost a thing.”

“I don’t have much to say.”

“Well. Then you drink, and I’ll talk.” The guy braced a foot on his stool and hopped right up, planting his ass on the bar and bringing everything from his hips down into view.

He wanted to touch those muscled thighs but he knew better. You didn’t do that unless you were ready to get thrown out. He could look though, and he did, then lifted his glass in salute and took another sip.

“So. A hot guy in a nice suit comes in after ten o’clock on a weeknight wanting whiskey and a beer chaser. There’s no good story behind that.”

“Yeah, well.” He shrugged. That was the truth.

Dallas planted one snub-toed fancy boot on Teague’s bar stool, right between his legs. Jersey Cowboy had some sweet boots. He didn’t realize you could make that kind of cash in a place like this.

“I guess you’re fixin’ to forget your day.”

“Big time.”

He’d kind of like to forget his whole week. Maybe the whole damn month. What the hell was he going to do tomorrow? Should he show up at the office? And do what? Sit at his desk and stare at the walls until someone came in and gently – or not so gently – let him go? He couldn’t imagine any other scenario. It was possible, he supposed, that they’d throw some busy work at him just to be kind, maybe see if he’d try to bring in anyone else, but really that would waste their time, and his, too. He wouldn’t take that offer.

He could he find another job, but how quickly? Did he even want to put this one on his resume? What kind of reference would he get from his current firm? “Can we talk about something else?”

“Sure, honey. How’s your—”

“Gentlemen!”

“Oh, boy.” Dallas winked at him and Teague raised an eyebrow.

“Oh, boy?”

“Straight outta Texas, everyone give it up for the beautiful boy from the Lone Star State, the Wiggle Room’s own yellow rose. It’s Dallas!”

“Kiss me.”

“What?” Had he heard that right?

A spotlight hit the bar as the music started, making Teague squint, and the next thing he knew Dallas had a hand behind his head and was kissing him. Teague was so startled he just kissed the cowboy right back. A shiver shot up his spine and as Dallas pulled away, Teague got a look into the cowboy’s moss green eyes.

Dallas laughed and winked, delighted, and stood right up on the bar as the first verse kicked in.

No longer in the spotlight, Teague ran his fingers over his lips slowly, feeling himself smile. What the hell was that? He shook it off and scooped up his beer again, swallowing most of it down in one gulp as the country song grew louder. It wasn’t anything he recognized, but it had a great beat, a steel guitar, and a woman was singing about leaving her man and his cheating ways.

Teague approved.

“Another?” Teague nodded at Leon, watching Dallas shake his hips like Shakira as he made his way to the far end of the bar. Teague approved of that, too.

Once Dallas hit the end of the bar, he was helped down by a burly bouncer. Teague suddenly caught on.

He’d been part of that cowboy’s show since hello.

–Mergers & Acquisitions, by Jodi Payne – original work, do not copy or distribute.

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Liberty States Fiction Writers & Readers Conference

This is where you will find me this weekend! Overall, I have found this conference to be fairly diverse and the attendees more flexible and open minded than at other New Jersey conferences. I especially like it because it isn’t only romance authors, so you get to have a wide range of discussions with people from all kinds of writing and reading backgrounds. I learned a lot last year, and I expect to do the same this year.

If you’re a reader, this is the info for you:

Readers Track

Full Registration – $95

Day Pass Options:
Saturday Day Pass – $65
Sunday Day Pass – $35

Full Registration includes access to all Readers Track panels and events, spotlight signings, the Saturday night game night, and three meals.

Saturday Day Pass includes access to all Readers Track panels/events and the book fair to be held on Saturday, March 30. The price also includes the Saturday game night, and two meals.

Sunday Day Pass includes access to all Readers Track panels/events and the spotlight signings held on Sunday, March 31. The price also includes one meal.

Visit the conference site, the registration link is at the bottom:
Liberty States Fiction Writers & Readers Conference Registration.

Hope to see you there!