11/16/2022 – Fixing fails, Seeking betas & ARC readers, & more!

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I’m Learning…

Or at least trying to. I feel like every time I want to work on something, I end up watching 5 tutorial videos and understanding like maybe 10% of each. BUT! I am trying, and that’s what’s important, right? I’m always happy to chat, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Here’s what I’ve learned this week…

Look at all these steamy books!!!

One thing I’m learning is that promo is hard! Not that I thought it’d be easy, but wow! If you’re looking for ways that you personally can help, sharing my stuff on social media, rating and reviewing my books when you read them (especially on Amazon and Goodreads!) and even just adding my email to your whitelist or address book to prove to Google that I’m not a spam bot to be sent to the junk folder are all great ways to give me a bit of a boost.
You guys are my beginning. I have a teeny tiny mailing list at the moment, and you are it, my lovelies! (That felt awkward, what’s a better non-gendered name for a group of people that are fans of me, or at least enjoy reading my stuff? Anyway…)
My list is tiny, but author friends assure me that one of the best ways to get myself out there is to get a bigger one ( ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶’̶s̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶a̶i̶d̶). In order to do that, I’ve joined a couple badass promos! Basically, I get ‘karma points’ for every time someone clicks one of the links I’ve provided here. Having higher karma means that I’ll be able to do more and bigger promotions, so please do so even if they don’t sound like your thing!

Steamy November New Releases

First is the Steamy November New Releases promo. It’s full of sexy, steamy romance, and I’m super happy to be involved! A lot of them are free, or else free on Kindle Unlimited, so be sure to click the link and check them out here! https://books.bookfunnel.com/midmonthnewreleases/4n106o58hr

End of November Erotic Stories – LGBTQ+

The other promo I joined is for specifically LGBTQ+ spicy reads, so I’m super excited for that one too! There are some seriously hot ones on here, so be sure to give them a try! Most are available on Kindle Unlimited there too, and some have samples. Click here to check out the promo! https://books.bookfunnel.com/endofnoveroticstories/nhl3cm49gc


IS FREAKING DIFFICULT. For those of you who don’t know, this is my first year trying National Novel Writing Month. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically where people challenge themselves during the month of November to write 50K-100K words in a month. You set your personal goal at the beginning (I chose 50K) and are supposed to write & update your profile with what you’ve done each day.
I said last week that I’d gotten off to a not-great start, and I’m sad to say that I haven’t done much better this week. I should be at around 26K-27K. And I’m at… 8K. Oof. But in better news, I’ve gotten nearly the whole outline done for the first 1/4 of the book, so that should make things go much quicker from now on. If you want to watch my progress, feel free to add me as a friend on the NaNoWriMo website!

Depths of Desire

I mentioned last week that the new story I’m writing is called Depths of Desire. I didn’t mention much last week in my blog, though my mailing list subscribers know a bit about the plot already, and I think I’m enjoying watching the hype slowly grow for this story, so I won’t say anything else this week either lol! But I am excited for the gay mermaids and their fancy…parts 😉
I’m loving brainstorming more and more with my co-author, Jen E. Talia, and I have been getting some pretty serious interest from the TikTok videos I’ve been posting! I can’t wait to share even more soon!
(PS – the painting isn’t the cover, it’s just a really cool paint-by-number that I did and thought it fit haha)

Cover Update for Tainted Belief

Tainted Belief; an enemies to lovers gay paranormal romance novel by Ryder O. Cox
Like I said, we all make mistakes. Live and learn, right? Well, another thing I learned this week is that I am not a graphics designer. I make pretty, smexy words, I don’t make pretty book cover art LOL. So I’ve paid an artist to redesign the cover for Tainted Belief. I’ve gotten a little bit of a sneak peek so far, and I’m super excited to reveal it. Keep your eyes on your inbox next Wednesday, 11/23! As always, mailing list subscribers will get to see it first, so be sure to join now!

New site look – On Mobile too~!

Ok, I’m suuuper embarrassed, but the last redesign of the site…didn’t go to plan. My web designer (aka my nesting partner and resident cat-wrangler) mislabeled something and for about 5 days after I posted the last blog, everything looked…kiiinda awful on the phone. But the good news is, we’re all fixed up (and I actually verified it this time!) so go check it out, and if you see any issues please please please let me know!
Again, the website isn’t there for me to enjoy, and I’m just going off what a few ‘how to make an author site’ tutorials said I should have, so if you see something off/wrong or have suggestions on what would make it easier or more enjoyable for you and other viewers, please let me know! You can either use the contact page, or you can just reply to this blog.

Practice Makes Perfect Reviews Coming in!

I am starting to see the first of the reviews come in for Practice Makes Perfect, and I’m so pleased! Release is still set for Nov 30th, but if you’d like to get an early copy, all you need to do is sign up for my mailing list and then promise to give an honest review of it for me when you’re done reading it!

Here are a couple of the reviews that I’ve gotten already:

And a quick synopsis of the book:
Sparks fly when best friends Mateo and Morgan decide to work together to get good at dating. They’re two good-looking college guys, they just need a little practice.
Too bad they have no one to practice with but each other. Hey, at least Morgan looks cute in a skirt, right?

Getting dumped sucks, and nobody knows the truth of that statement more than Mateo and Morgan. They’ve been best friends for a couple years, but neither of them can keep a girlfriend for more than a couple months! Mateo hasn’t even kissed a girl, let alone get past first base with one. So of course he turns to his bestie, Morgan, for help. And, after all, practice makes perfect, right..?

That’s it for this week! If you’ve got something you’d like to see me do here, let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen!

Latest Books

Killer Love

Two assassins, one high class and working for a mob boss, the other a freelancer who works for anyone who’ll pay him. What happens when they are both contracted to kill one another? Kill or kiss, what’s it gonna be…?

Discovery (Inheritance 1)

When Theo’s Uncle Harold dies suddenly in a car accident and leaves everything he owns to his nephew, Theo is more than a bit surprised. But he and his boyfriend, Jun, need a place to stay, and the mansion is more than spacious enough for the two of them. But when Theo starts hearing odd noises coming from the study after a few days, he starts to think that the place is haunted.
The truth is much worse.
In a small hidden room, Theo finds a naked man behind bars…

Tainted Belief

Bad: An asexual Catholic priest falls for the choir director at his church.
Worse: That choir director just happens to be a succubus in disguise.