Aliens Have Returned to New York!

The aliens first arrived in 2017 when Felice Stevens asked if I’d like to write for her upcoming Kindle World. The invitation flattered me for two reasons. One, Memories with the Breakfast Club was going to be the first LGBTQ Kindle World and Felice had asked me to be a part of it. Two, Felice had asked me to be a part of it! And she wanted me to write science fiction.

The deadline would be tight. I would have only thirty days to write something if I wanted it to be edited and polished in time for release. But the minimum word count was only 10,000 which is about five days writing for me. I could do it.

I decided to bring aliens to New York. In my head, I envisaged a Men in Black sort of world and plot and quickly started on the appropriate research. I have pages and pages of notes about secret facilities beneath Manhattan. But when I started thinking about my characters, Dillon and Lang solidified with a different idea and a very different theme. Uncommon Ground became more a fish out of water story, for both of my guys. I ended up with nearly 50,000 words, making Uncommon Ground the longest title in the collection (I think), but I loved what I’d written and knew I had a lot more stories to tell in the world I had created

Purple Haze reads a little deeper than Uncommon Ground, but it’s not. Not really. For me, it’s the logical continuation of what I started; the natural progression of a love story between two men who aren’t quite human. With Purple Haze, I’ve expanded on the themes introduced in Uncommon Ground by having Dillan and Lang ask themselves what it means to be human. To be a person. To be an individual. To have love, a family, and a home.

As I stated in the acknowledgments for Uncommon Ground, some of my favourite stories are the ones I wrote on a whim. The really out there ideas that shouldn’t work. Best in Show was the first, where I decided to write a housecat shifter—and began the book by locking him up in a rescue shelter. Then came Uncommon Ground, where I plunked a lonely alien down in the middle of New York City and had him fall for a pierced, purple-haired art teacher. To See the Sun was probably my most farfetched idea yet: mail order spouses journeying to remote, pioneering planets. Think space western with a Harlequin romance.

Purple Haze isn’t that far out there unless you think the possibility of aliens living in New York is remote. But however far I roam, the core of my stories remains the same. I love to take characters who don’t quite fit their environment and have them meet someone who will come to mean home for them. There’s nothing I like more than uniting two lonely souls and having them find forever in each other’s eyes.

That, more than anything, is what Purple Haze is about.

(But with more aliens and adventure, cool gadgets, a little redemption for one of one villain, and a whole new one to hate!)

Where to Buy

Amazon | Kindle Unlimited | Paperback

For readers who use retailers other than Amazon, both Uncommon Ground and Purple Haze will be wide sometime this summer!

 

A New Release Means Giveaways!

I’m not doing a blog tour for this release. I did five of them last year and I’m a little burned out on the cycle. I am doing several giveaways, though, because I love these books and want to see them in the hands of as many readers as possible.

I’ll be visiting a number of author groups on Facebook next week to give away ebook copies of the first book in the series, Uncommon Ground. Can’t wait that long? If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can now read Uncommon Ground for free!

Both books will remain a part of the Kindle Unlimited program for 90 days.

I’m also running two Instagram giveaways.

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Download this image and post it to Instagram (or Twitter) with the tag #aliensinnewyork to enter the drawing for a copy of both ebooks.

Post an image of your copy of Uncommon Ground or Purple Haze to Instagram (Or Twitter) with the tag #imreadingaliensinnewyork for a chance to win a paperback.

Enter here, on my blog, by leaving a comment below, for a chance to win a copy of both ebooks.

My newsletter subscribers get access to the best giveaways. Subscribe now for a chance to win signed paperbacks of both books!

I’ll be running other giveaways on social media next week, so keep watching my feeds!

 

Want more Aliens in New York?

The number one question readers have following the conclusion of a series is, will there be another book? In this case, I honestly don’t know. When super positive early reviews roll in, I always feel like I should do it again. Write another book. But by the time I get through release day (and week) shenanigans, I’ve seen the not so great reviews and wonder if I’ll ever write again, let alone visit a particular world.

I’ve always maintained that I write my books for me, but that’s not 100% true. I write them for my readers, as well, especially when I write sequels. I think about what a reader would like to see next and try to work that in with what I have pictured for the characters and the world. Sometimes I hit the right notes, sometimes I don’t.

That being said, I’d like to revisit this world. It’s vast with very vague borders. I could do just about anything I wanted. I have ideas for Elder Arayu and other ideas for some of the Nay characters introduced in Purple Haze. I have plots-a-million in my head for this series. I have new characters waiting in the wings.

But first, I’m working on another of those off the wall ideas that might turn out to be my new favourite books. We’ll see.

To See the Sun is now available in audio!

And I have four copies to give away! Before I get to the fun stuff, though, I’m going to talk a little bit about the book.

To See the Sun started as an experiment. I love the simplicity of trope-driven romance–of having an idea of how a story will end (in a happily ever after, of course), and how the main characters will get there. The thrill comes from the characters, themselves. Their separate goals and motivations, and the conflict that arises when they try to combine that with what their hearts want. It’s a classic formula and one I love to test.

I also love the simplicity of golden era science-fiction, where the setting is key, but also something of a backdrop to very human dramas. These stories often feature a main character (or set of characters) who are looking for, above all else, meaning for themselves.

With To See the Sun, I set out to combine the two and I love what I ended up with. This book is romantic, in the truest sense. It’s also about being human, regardless of where we are and the challenges we face. It’s about finding our place in the universe, and finding someone to spend our days and nights with; to share our home and hearth. Someone to love.

And this story is now in audiobook format, with superb narration by TJ Clark.

Ready to listen? To See the Sun is available from the following vendors:

Audible | Amazon | iTunes

I’m also giving away four copies! To enter the drawing, do one or all of the following:

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This giveaway is open internationally. Each of the above actions counts as an entry and there is no limit on your number of entries. Entries close at midnight (EST) on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Winners will be notified the following day, and Audible codes distributed. You will need an account at Audible in order to redeem your code. Prizes have no cash value and cannot be exchanged.

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Good luck!

New Release: Chasing Forever

It’s difficult for an author to read reviews. You want everyone to love your books as much as you do, but know, realistically, that they won’t. We all have tropes we love and plot lines we don’t really care for. Sometimes we just don’t connect, other times we find a book that really clicks at first, but fails to deliver. We’re looking for books as individual as we are. Books that work for us. And every now and then we find one we love without reason, and it stays with us for a long, long time.

I love all of my books, but I never really know what readers will think of them until the first reviews come trickling in. A good review is always a pleasant surprise (we authors will never get over thinking our books just don’t work). Not so good or critical reviews aren’t always terrible. Sometimes they zero right in on the one thing you were worried about. Sometimes they pick up something you missed entirely. That always sucks a bit, but I make a note to try harder next time and move on.

What I always hope for are reviews that show in some way that I’ve connected with a reader. When they have read the story I think I’ve written (you’d be surprised at the number of reviews I read where I wonder if they actually read my book, lol). These reviews are always my favourite–and they’re not always the five-star reviews, just so you know. But I put so much of myself into my characters and stories. I live them as I write them. I experience all the highs and lows and the ebb and flow of the plot. When I feel my reader has too, then I consider it a job well done. ❤

I didn’t expect Brian’s book to be the one that got these sort of reviews. I actually thought this would be the book most people had issues with. I can’t pinpoint why, except to say that I challenged myself with this one. I took several chances with the characters and the plot. I pushed harder, reached farther. Brian’s book was always going to be special, because I knew his backstory and I wanted to do it justice. But also because Mal is a character I’ve wanted to write for some time. My warrior, my gentle heart, the man who never gives up. I’ve written around him, up to him, but this is the first time I’ve written him, and I love him.

So, I give to you the final book in my This Time Forever series, Chasing Forever, and hope you love it as much as I do!

About the Book

ChasingForever_500x750Malcolm Montgomery was a history teacher and track coach until an accident left him with two broken legs. He’ll recover, but life has knocked his feet out twice now. He’s not sure if he’s ready to try again, especially when it comes to love—and slick guys like Brian Kenway. Still, he needs help mentoring the school’s LGBTQ society, so he asks Brian to take some responsibility.

Brian has been hiding behind his reputation as a liar and a cheat for so long that he actually believes he’s that guy—until his nephew, Josh, turns up on his couch, tossed out for being gay. Brian has never considered being a father, but he knows all about being rejected by loved ones. Now Brian wants to be more: a partner for Mal and a role model for Josh.

But when Mal’s recovery is set back and the sad truth of Brian’s past is revealed, the forever they’ve been chasing seems even further from their grasps. It’ll take a rescue effort to revive their sense of worth and make Brian, Mal, and Josh into a family of their own.

Available now at all retailers!

ebook:
Riptide | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords

paperback:
Riptide | Amazon |B&N

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What reviewers are saying:

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“Intimate, sensuous, and timely!” —Zoe, Goodreads review

“This book was a gift.” —Jennifer, Goodreads review

Overall, Chasing Forever is a well written, provocative, emotional story by Jensen that does an excellent job of highlighting the challenges, prejudices, and ignorance faced by those in the LGBTQIA community and reminds us just how much guidance and support all teens require when discovering and embracing their sexual identity.” —Zoe W., Reviewer

““I thought book 1, Building Forever was my favourite book in this series, but Chasing Forever just took that spot!” —Amy Aislin, Goodreads review

 

Tour and Giveaway Details!

I’m doing another Instagram Tour! Follow along for a chance to win one of my previously published books!

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The giveaway for my Riptide Tour is $25 to spend at the publisher’s store and a swag pack of bookmarks, postcards and stickers.
(All my giveaways are open internationally. Comment on any post to enter!)

Monday 12/10
Boy Meets Boy Reviews
My Fiction Nook
OMG Reads
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

Tuesday 12/11
Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
That’s What I’m Talking About
Love Bytes Reviews

Wednesday 12/12
Erotica for All
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
Jessie G Book Reviews
TTC Books and More

Thursday 12/13
MM Good Book Reviews
Bayou Book Junkie
Creative Deeds
Novel Approach

Friday 12/14
Joyfully Jay
La Crimson Femme
Dog-Eared Daydreams
The Day Before You Came

Win a Copy of Chasing Forever!

Look for giveaways in the following groups this week:

Annabeth’s Angels
Jenn’s Epic Adventurers
A.M.’s Pot O Gold
Felice’s Fun House

2018

We made it!

2017 was a very busy year for me and perhaps one of my most productive. I wrote four books and edited five. I also published four books, all of which I loved writing and really enjoyed sharing.

 

I also won an award! My first ever, if I don’t count third place in a short story contest. Which I sort of do?

Block and Strike won the Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Contemporary Romance. The judges’ comments were absolutely lovely and made me proud of my first solo novel, all over again.

Read all about the award and the runers runners-up here.

About two days before the announcement, I had treated myself to another tattoo—one I had designed for Jake from Block and Strike. My artist loved the design and asked for a copy of the book cover to frame with a picture of the tattoo–which is two fish in a yin and yang pattern. All of this coincided very nicely with winning the award.

And I did something I promised myself I’d never do again, which was sign a contract for books as yet unwritten. Good news is, two of those books are now complete and I’ve started the third, so I only have to live in dire fear of “something” happening for about twelve more weeks.

Finally, as the year drew to a close, I was offered a contract for a book I’m extremely fond of because it’s weird. But also perhaps the most romantic story I’ve ever written. Intrigued? Read on.

2018 promises to be just as busy…

I have five books releasing. FIVE. I’ve released five books in one year before, but three of them were novellas. This year’s crop will be four novels and one long novella.

2018

 

Purple Haze is the follow up to Uncommon Ground. I had planned to write it last year and publish it in January, but life happened and so the book didn’t. It’s now set for June and I’m looking forward to writing another adventure for Dillon and Lang. I’m hoping this one will end in a solid happy ever after for the two, but who knows? The aliens of New York might have other plans.

Uncommon Ground is on sale right now, by the way, for only 99c! Not sure how long this deal will last, so snap it up! If you’re outside of the US or don’t have access to Amazon.com, enter my monthly giveaway for a copy of the ebook. (International readers only, please)

To See the Sun is the weird book.  Briefly, it’s a mail-order groom story. Set in space. On a pioneering colony in what may or may not be our future. I wanted to combine the feel of a Harlequin historical with a science fiction adventure story and came up with something that feels like a science fiction western with the sweetest romance you’ll ever read.

I adore this book and cannot wait to share it with you all. Contract is signed with Riptide Publishing and we’re looking at dates in August!

“This Time Forever” is a series of love stories focused on older men (most are in their late forties) who think their only chance at love has passed them by. This series will also be published with Riptide. Continue reading “2018”