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.

**Edit: The book arrived early! Download today!

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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!

Missing In Print

I know every author will understand this blog. The excitement of opening up the box from your publisher that holds your book in print. I love the technology age we are in. I read so many books on my Kindle. But nothing compares to opening up that box and seeing something you have poured your heart and soul into – there in print for you to hold. This author has no words to explain it!

I’m also thrilled by the conversations I have seen taken place surrounding the book. The need readers have to discuss it – pick it apart – talk about the twists and turns and how it smacked them.

So don’t wait. Get your copy in print or eBook. And be sure and share your thoughts as well!

The paperback has arrived!

Small Romantic Gestures

As a newbie in the M/M writing world, I sometimes worry about who I may be offending. With that I mean: the romance readers. I’ve been doing that thing an author ‘probably’ should not do: reading reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Don’t get me wrong. These strangers reading my words have all been incredible, but I keep waiting for that shoe to drop and someone to get pissed. (9/4 update: This has now happened over Labor Day Weekend.)

Let me state for the record: my publisher & I knew this was a hard book to slap a genre label on and put on a shelf. There is mystery, suspense and a little romance.  You may be asking where the romance is if the book starts with one husband disappearing in the first chapter. A couple that has been together for 15 years.

That’s the romance for me.

I want readers to see the past of these two men. Those small moments shared. The grind of being together that long and the toll it must take on the relationship. (If my other half is reading: please note I’m not talking about us – since we haven’t hit 15 years yet.) The shared tattoos of the penguins. The trips the two have taken. The way in which they created a home and built their lives.

Living in NYC, I have so many things at my fingertips in which one can light the romance flame. From walks in the park to a great Broadway show…but sometimes it is just reading the New York Times and knowing your lover is sitting at the other end of the sofa playing with your toes. It’s the small moments that sometimes speak volumes to the big ‘over the top’ romantic gestures.

So that was my goal in this book. Blain’s personal journey encompasses romance, suspense, doubt, failure…so many things. But for the true romantic, I think they’ll see it veiled between the lines as they read.

At least that is my hope.

What a Week

So it has been one week since my Bostonian novel MISSING came out and I could not be any more happy with the response.Image (To be fair, only parts of the book is in Boston: it travels many other places.) But I digress. The twitter love has been overwhelming. seeing reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and hearing from those that have read it: amazing! And to have become a Bestseller on OmniLit in Mystery/Suspense over the weekend – mind blowing!

You can just look to the right to see a few reviews for MISSING. But I also wanted to include some links of places that I’ve shown up this week.

Hope to continue hearing from people as you read it. I love the feedback.

Top2Bottom Interview

Huffington Post Interview

Examiner.com Interview

Chapters and Chats Review

Top2Bottom Feature

A Book That Wraps you in Its Arms

No, those are not my words above in the title. They are from the wonderful reviewer behind Chapters and Chats as she tweets about my book MISSING. I still find it overwhelming/humbling (fill in a better word here) that people are reading and enjoying the book so much that just came out. But this whole promote, discuss, tell others is all part of being an author…so we gotta do it. After all, who wants to write a book that no one ever finds?

So let me share a little more of Jodi Ann’s words…and please visit her site as well and leave her a comment. She loves to hear from readers.

Chapters and Chats Review: 

Have you ever picked up one of those books that wrap you in its arms from the first page? This thriller by Drake Braxton is one. It’s hard to believe “Missing” is a breakout novel as Drake writes with the skill of a seasoned author.

Meet Blain Harrington, drama as English professor and husband to his great love Manny. The couple is in Culver Pines, Alabama, and Blain’s hometown to attend his 20th high school reunion; a place that Manny would rather not be. While Blain works the crowd he sees Manny immersed in conversation with an old classmate. When he looks again, Manny is gone.

Miles from home in the midst of a Southern town steeped in old traditions where bigotry and homophobia surround him at every turn, Blain implores the local police to begin a search for Manny only to meet with opposition as the police won’t begin the search until he has been gone at least 48 hours, an eternity to Blain. Thus begins the moment Blain’s life begins to tailspin out of control.

Binge drinking, recreational drugs and wild sexual abandon soon become Blain’s coping mechanism. His dearest friend Michael rallies around Blain to be the voice of reason and help him through the process of grieving that will take him to rock bottom before he can climb out.

A story of lost love, overcoming addictions and the power of friendship, “Missing” is as hard hitting as it is warm and fuzzy. Drake Braxton has written Blain with such depth of character you can feel his inner turmoil as he fights with himself in a battle of blame and self-loathing, versus a chance to live a full life and perhaps love again. Drake rounds out his cast with Grayson, the middle-aged party boy, and Michael the “mother” of the group who cares for his cubs and hopes for a love to call his own.

I want to tell you so much about this book, but have to restrain myself so I don’t ruin the read for you. I will say this, you will be so drawn into the book, connecting with the characters and wanting to find out what truly happened to Manny that you won’t be able to pull yourself away. This book has the earmark of a best-seller.

“Missing” is a 5 star read. It’s a pack in your suitcase, grab a stolen moment, and relax by a fire kind of read that you must experience. Well done Drake!

(Thank YOU, Jodi!)