Archive for the ‘contemporary’ Category
Jul 1, 2019 Filed under: book release, contemporary, m/m, recipes
I’ve had several readers ask about a recipe for the unicorn cupcakes from Anticipating Rejection. While I’ve made many of the cupcakes in the book and I’ve made the cake and frosting from the unicorn cupcakes, I’ve not made unicorn cupcakes exactly like Noah’s so I don’t have a picture of mine to share, however, I do have the recipes you’ll need to put yours together and some ideas for easier alternatives. I’m planning to make some in the next few weeks and I’ll come back and post my results (warning: my decorating skills aren’t up to Noah’s standards).
When he makes the Unicorn cupcakes, Noah says he uses a cake he often uses for wedding cakes that has a light lemon flavor.
Use the lemon cake from this Martha Stewart recipe.
Or if you want something quicker, Duncan Hines Classic White Cake is a good mix. Add 1/2 tsp lemon extract and 1 tsp lemon zest.
Noah says he uses the icing from his Dreamsicle cupcakes. These are cupcakes I make frequently and this is the icing recipe I use.
**You may want to double it to have plenty to color and experiment with.
Whip butter with a stand mixer or a hand held mixture until it’s soft and creamy. Add next three ingredients and mix thoroughly on medium speed. Add 2 cups powdered sugar. Mix on low and then increase to medium high until well-combined. Add another 1.5 cups of sugar and mix well. You may need to add more sugar or more cream to get a smooth spreadable texture. If you want a deeper orange flavor, add a few more drops of orange extract.
Divide into three bowls and color one bowl blue, one pink, and one purple. Or use the color combo of your choice.
Noah explains that he made the lemon candy horns himself, wowing everyone. Unfortunately, this isn’t something I’ve tried, but I do know what Noah would have done so I’m going to tell you what you could do to try it out. If you want to go simpler, you can buy unicorn horn cupcake toppers online or at stores like Michael’s and Wal-mart.
Start by making butter mints but substitute lemon extract for the mint extract. Here’s a recipe.
When you shape the candy, make it into the shape of a horn by twisting it rather than creating the shapes suggested in the recipe.
Noah doesn’t mention how he made the ears, but they can be made from fondant, purchased premade (try Etsy, Michaels, or a party shop), or made from marshmallows like in this recipe.
Noah decorates them with edible golden glitter and silver stars. I have both those topping and purchased them at Michaels. I’m sure you can get them anywhere that sells baking decorations.
I’ve got more unicorn cupcake inspiration on my Anticipation Series Pinterest board.
Jun 25, 2019 Filed under: book release, contemporary, cowboy, D/s, m/m
I’m so excited to bring you Anticipating Rejection, the next book in the Anticipation series. This is Noah and Del’s story and it’s actually the first one that came to me as this series developed. If you know about my love of baking, you’ll know why this one is extra special to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Here’s a little more about the story:
Del is now a single dad, and for the sake of his young daughter, he’s moving back to his parents’ ranch. Returning to Anticipation means seeing Noah again—the man who was his best friend and then so much more. Del enjoyed surrendering control to Noah, but fear of what their relationship would mean sent him running. Will Noah even speak to him again, much less give him a second chance?
Noah has resigned himself to a quiet life improving his baking skills and running his family’s café. When his mom volunteers him to pick up Del at the airport despite an incoming blizzard, he braces himself to be stranded overnight while trying to pretend he hasn’t missed the man who broke his heart.
The moment they see each other, heat flares between them, and all Noah’s dominant urges come to life again. He wants Del as badly as he always has, but he can’t trust Del to stay around long enough for their relationship to develop. Is there any chance of a future for these two men who are both anticipating rejection?
I’m currently working on Book 3, Anticipating Temptation and plan to release it in late July or early August.
Apr 26, 2019 Filed under: book release, contemporary, m/m
It’s release day for Anticipating Disaster! This story starts a new series called Anticipation which is set in the fictional town of Anticipation, Wyoming. This story will give you all the comfort you need and all the heat you crave.
Oliver hates cold weather, sports, and socializing, but he loves his grandmother, so when she organizes a family reunion at a ski lodge in Wyoming, he reluctantly agrees to go. He promises her he’ll take one ski lesson, though he plans to spend as much time as possible in his room. After a registration mix-up places Oliver in a children’s lesson, a hot stranger comes to his rescue and offers to teach him. Oliver indulges in all kinds of fantasies about the tall, outdoorsy man, even ones including Oliver’s biggest secret, the satin and lace he likes to wear under his jeans. The mention of a past girlfriend makes Oliver assume his fantasy man is straight until the man starts making innuendos and looking at Oliver with heat in his eyes.
David has never been one for casual hookups. For the last few years, he’s focused all his energy on starting his own business, but now he’s ready to make a real connection with someone. As he gets to know Oliver, he realizes there’s the potential for something special between them. Most people see Oliver as a nerdy guy who talks too much when he’s nervous and knows far too many trivial facts. David sees the real Oliver, a man bursting with creativity and intelligence who needs someone to show him how special he is. Just because David hasn’t been with a man before doesn’t mean he hasn’t wanted to. Can he start a relationship when Oliver’s only staying in Wyoming for a week? David plans on spending every moment he has convincing Oliver that David can keep him warm, no matter what the weather—or the world—sends their way.
You can buy Anticipating Disaster on Amazon and borrow it in Kindle Unlimited. Grab your copy now!
Sep 28, 2018 Filed under: BDSM, contemporary
Demanding Discipline, Love and Care 3, will be out October 9. This is Sean and Blake’s story, and I’m so excited to share them with you!
Sean uses his sassy mouth and bratty behavior to distance himself from others. He’s afraid to care too deeply for anyone or anything. But the walls he’s built have turned his life into a hot mess. He can’t settle on a career, he’s rarely on time, and his only real friend is his roommate. No matter how many times he resolves to change, he falls right back into his old patterns. Then he meets Blake, a man who’s not afraid to use a firm hand with Sean.
Blake is a former Navy SEAL who has men falling at his feet. But he doesn’t want just any man, he wants Sean. And he longs to teach Sean the discipline he so desperately needs. As he trains Sean through pony play and other games, Blake learns more about Sean’s insecurities and realizes Sean needs more than a master, he needs a caring lover—maybe even a Daddy.
Sep 27, 2018 Filed under: BDSM, book release, contemporary, m/m
Hungry, a short story starring Max, a minor character from the Love and Care series, is not available for purchase at Amazon or to borrow in KU.
Submissive bookkeeper and vintage suit aficionado, Max, longs to find a man who appreciates the kind of service he wants to give. But after a series of failed relationships, he’s not sure he has any hope left. Then Elliot, the much younger food truck owner Max has been crushing on, makes a flirtatious comment, which suggests his interests line up perfectly with Max’s, and Max summons the courage to ask him out.
Elliot offers to cook for Max, and when he puts Max to work assisting in the kitchen, things heat up fast. Both men begin to wonder if they’ve found exactly what they’ve been looking for?
Note: This story takes place after the events in After the Weekend (Love and Care Book 2) but contains no spoilers. It is not necessary to read Love and Care to read this story.
Aug 21, 2018 Filed under: BDSM, book release, contemporary, D/s, erotica, m/m
After the Weekend (Love and Care 2) is here now! Grab your copy today.
After the Weekend continues Graham and Avery’s story from Father of the Groom.
What Graham and Avery thought would be a single night of pleasure turned into so much more. Their needs and desires lined up perfectly, and by the time they parted after three glorious days, they both knew there was far more than lust between them.
Living in different towns makes continuing their relationship challenging, but Graham visits Avery most weekends, and their bond deepens. Avery thinks Graham is the best Daddy ever and Graham loves nothing more than taking care of Avery and challenging his need to surrender. But both men are unsure exactly how far they want this relationship dynamic to go. There are so many hard questions to answer when both men would prefer to live in a fantasy world during their limited time together.
But reality is calling. Graham and Avery both have friends who need their help with major life decisions, inquisitive family members, and a growing desire to spend more time together. In order to continue their relationship, they must figure out where their boundaries lie and what they want from each other outside the bedroom.
Aug 19, 2018 Filed under: BDSM, book release, contemporary, D/s, erotica, m/m
After the weekend, the sequel to Father of the Groom will be here August 21. So if you haven’t read Father of the Groom yet, now is a great time.
You can find it at
May 8, 2018 Filed under: contemporary, D/s, m/m
A Chance at Love is humorous, contemporary age gap m/m romance.
On the flight back home to San Diego, Chance Emerson meets an intriguing older man. They flirt, and Chance hopes for more, but the man never calls. Months later, they meet again at a charity auction. Chance decides this time he isn’t walking away.
Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous grad student who almost had him joining the mile-high club. When Chance suggests they hook up, Darren says the only thing he can—yes.
From their first moments together, Chance and Darren know there’s more between them than lust, but their differences in age and income make a real relationship challenging. They decide to keep things secret, yet as they learn more about each other, Darren realizes he wants something real and open. To have that, he’ll need to convince Chance that he has a place in Darren’s world, and Darren will have to take some risks of his own.
Jan 2, 2018 Filed under: book release, contemporary, cowboy, m/m
Tied to Home (Ames Bridge 3) is out now! Jack and Luke’s story can be read as part of the series or as a standalone.
Luke Sumner has spent his whole life being coddled, after nearly dying as an infant. At twenty-one, he is more than ready to break free from his restricted world. He hasn’t told anyone he’s gay, and he’s only just admitted his kinkier needs to himself, but he hopes to work up the courage to say something to the older man who has captured his attention.
Since moving back to Ames Bridge, Jack Lawrence has been consumed with running a successful bed-and-breakfast. He hasn’t considered making time for relationships until he starts flirting with Luke each week at the farmers’ market. By the end of the summer, Jack is wondering where the spark between them could go.
When Luke finally ventures into a club where he can fulfill his desires, he unexpectedly runs into Jack, and they discover they’re a perfect match in the bedroom. With each hot encounter, more tender feelings surface, but between the age gap, not being out in Ames Bridge, and Luke’s need to come into his own, do they dare be more to each other?
Jun 22, 2017 Filed under: book release, contemporary, m/m
My contribution to this world, Remember Love, stars Antonio, a bartender who shows up in Felice’s Second to None. My story can be read on it’s own, but Felice’s series is amazing so you should read it too.
The last person Antonio expected to see sitting at the bar in Sparks was Scott, the only man he’d ever truly cared about, the only man who ever broke his heart. As memories of the painful end of their relationship come flooding back, all Antonio can do is run.
Scott’s number-one regret is believing Antonio would hurt him. He’s never forgotten the look on Antonio’s face the night they broke up. If there’s any chance he can repair the damage he’d done, he’s going to take it.
Though they care deeply for each other, Antonio and Scott will need to forgive and trust again if they’re to find their way around the obstacles in their path.
Here are all the other Memories with the Breakfast Club stories: