Changing The Rules When You Don’t Like ‘Em

Remember when you were in cub scouts or girl scouts or a favorite school organization? You would put your head down on the desk and do a thumbs up/thumbs down to vote on something and the adult in charge would tally up the votes. If something got enough thumbs up – it would tic_tac_toewin/pass/be made a new rule for the club.

Do you remember when new people would come along a few years later and want to change everything your group had already voted on? No? That didn’t happen, did it? New members would come on and be told “here are the rules to the club” and people abided by those rules.

Funny that the flippin’ tea party feels simply because they were not around to vote on the Affordable Care Act (or you can really insert anything else in there) – that it doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter that Congress passed it, the president signed off on it and the Supreme Court said it was law. The three branches of our government worked as they are supposed to – but the new kids on the block are not happy because they were not part of that vote. So now, they want to change the rules to the club.

Guess what Boehner, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Raul R. Labrador and all the others that continue to spit out the same rhetoric over and over…it doesn’t work that way! Go back to school. Learn what the rest of us know. The rules/laws are set. You don’t get to linger in your pity party just because you’re mad it’s not going your way. Get over it and move on! You are not only embarrassing yourself, your constituents, and the institution , but also the country as a whole.

 

Starting a New Series

I love to get caught up in a story that by the end of it, I close the book and wonder what happens next for the characters.VacationHell That is why I love reading a series (a favorite are the Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon). My latest work started as a short piece to submit to an anthology and then it grew into a novella that I knew needed to become a series.

happy businessmanOn September 20th, everyone will be able to meet Donovan C. Plummer. A journalist in Washington, D.C. that strives to be the best in his business while sometimes putting less emphasis on his relationship with his boyfriend, Chet. To prove he can concentrate on the two of them, they embark on a seven day cruise the moment he meets an important deadline at work. Only that cruise isn’t all he expected it to be. The journalist can’t seem to stay away from big stories and this particular vacation turns into the Vacation from Hell.

This is the first in a series of the D.C. Chronicles which will take Donovan (Van to his friends) on several adventures into the political world of D.C., stories that cover the LGBT community, and follow his attempt to balance career and love all before he turns thirty-five.

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The early reviews are already coming out!

“Highly recommended for those who love a little suspense, hot sex and an all around good story.” – On Top Down Under Book Review

“Vacation from Hell is a fast paced and fun read. Get ready to read it from beginning to end. When you get it, you won’t want to put it down.” – GGR – Review

I can’t wait to hear from readers about D.C. Plummer as they pull for him to struggle through life!

Cover Reveal for D.C. Chronicles

The excitement of seeing your book cover for the first time carries with it several meanings. The book is one step closer to coming out. The ‘calling card’ is complete. And this is the vision readers will have for your story.

I’m thrilled with what Seventh Window Publications have come up with for my latest work. This is the first in a series for D.C. Plummer and it definitely sets the tone for what’s in store.

A little about Vacation From Hell.

Donovan C. Plummer has a problem, he’s too obsessed with his job as a journalist for the D.C. Herald to keep a man in his life. Eight months into his present relationship with Chet Michaels and Donovan’s job is already putting a strain on their relationship, so Donovan decides to take Chet away from everything and go on a seven day cruise. The only problem is that Donovan has a big story about to hit involving a conservative senator caught in a homosexual liaison, a story that brings death threats to Donovan via e-mail. It isn’t until the death threats follow Donovan and Chet on vacation that the perfect romantic getaway becomes the Vacation from Hell.

Get ready for the D.C. Plummer Chronicles!

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Can It Really Be a Year?

ImageI took some time to go through my blog and can’t believe it was a year ago that I started to blog prior to the release of my first novel. In some ways it doesn’t feel an entire year has gone by and in others – wow; a lifetime. There have been some incredible things happen to me this year from awards, awesome reviews, and meeting some really great people via social media. I’ve learned much this first year out of the gate. And here are some lessons (in no particular order).

  • I don’t have as much to say in a blog as I thought I would…hence the seldom postings
  • Building followers as a new author is not easy
  • I’m amazed at how well my first novel continues to do a year later: amazed and grateful
  • Sophomore books are difficult to get into the hands of readers. Either they had enough of you from your first. They feel the 2nd comes too soon. Or it’s SO different from the first, readers don’t have the time.
  • I really love those readers that took the time to read my 2nd work too! {wink}
  • I’m a complete nut for starting up a series of novellas that will follow the same character – fingers crossed people will want to know about D.C. Plummer

For those that have found and followed my work, I’d like to take you all in a room, provide you with chocolates and body massages, and pamper you for a day.

But instead, my heartfelt thanks.

Braxton Is Not Afraid to Take Chances

What more could an author want than to hear praise like that? When I wrote Missing, I knew I was going out on a limb with how I chose to tell that story. And with Destiny on the Tracks, I’ve changed paths again, yet attempt to continue to tell stories in an unconventional way. The review just posted by the Indie Reviewer lifts me in a way I can’t describe.

“I easily fell into this lovely story and was quickly swept up in the time-travel fantasy.”

“There is a sweetness and distinct old world romantic charm to their love story that lends itself well to the time and place of this tale.”

Destiny on the Tracks is a story that lingers. It is at once a poignant, haunting and lovely tale. I recommend this story without hesitation, in particular for those romantics who believe that love can not only reach back in time but can also transcend the hereafter.”

 

Read the full review here. Thank you, Indie Reviewer for making this author’s day.

 

 

Book Launch Day

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There is something very exciting about this day no matter if it is your first time or you have gone through it before. Knowing your work is now out there for others to finally read and hopefully enjoy: can’t describe the feeling.

If you love romance, fate, and a quick read – head to you favorite eReader store and download Destiny on the Tracks.

Here is what a few early reviews have said:

“Wheeler’s and Nicola’s destinies are intertwined even though there was over ninety years separating them and you really won’t see the ending coming, it was a twist that surprised me and had a beautiful but poignant feel to it.” - MM Good Book Reviews

“Nicola is lovingly drawn by the author. He is a lovely combination of sweet, down-to-earth and unsure of what it means to be someone who has affections for men – it is 1918. Destiny on the Tracks encompasses a few themes – time travel, contemporary and historical themes, a bit of an urban legend/fairy tale feel,  romance, a first time sexual encounter,  and a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed.” - On Top Down Under Book Reviews

“Braxton’s writing is nice, simple and flows. It engaged me for a good couple of hours and I refused to put my Kindle away until I was finished with it. Romance – handled brilliantly. There are moments in this book that melted my heart and the dialogue is spot on. Romance lovers should definitely give this a go! If I hadn’t read this one, I would have missed out on a beautiful story!” - Sid Love MM Romance & More

Places to download the book:

Dreamspinner Press

Amazon

More added soon!

What Took Me to Destiny

photo (70)I always loved the circus as a child. I found it a magical place. Back then I never thought of how the animals were being treated or what the back stories of these people must be.  I was simply enjoying the atmosphere and being swept away under the big tent.

In some respects, I’m sure that is what drew me to that setting for my latest Destiny on The Tracks. That kind of setting offers many possibilities by way of romance. But as a young boy, my mind wasn’t on romance – especially of the same-sex variety. But that is what is on the minds of Wheeler Reynolds and Nicola Tenaglia in my story. The man watching the circus act and the man performing the stunts as he flies through the air. I also read the story of a train wreck that occurred early int he 1900s carrying a circus and was fascinated about how I could incorporate that into a story.

But it is also my way of paying homage to so many time travel movies and books that I have loved. Time & AgainSomewhere in TimeThe Time Traveler’s WifeTime After Time. Those that mix an element of a misplaced person that finds love when they least expect it; the romantic in me oozes out.

So this book may seem different from my debut novel that came out last fall, but isn’t that what a sophomore excursion should do? Take a reader to a slightly different place to show them you are capable of more than one style? But still: I can’t help but add a twist here and there. Hope this one proves acceptable to those that loved Missing.

Be sure and let me know after you read it! I love to hear from people.