Saturday, November 05, 2011

My blog has moved

Hi everyone!

I just finished a major website redesign and move, and along with my new digs I now have a blog that's part of my website.  Because of that, I will no longer be updating my blog here on the Blogger platform, but I will keep this one up for a while...until people who might follow me here get a chance to bookmark the new location.

You can find my new blog here:  www.mlrhodeswriting.com/blog

I've migrated my posts from this blog to my new one, so you can still find my old posts in the new location.

Thanks!  I hope you'll come visit me at my website and let me know what you think of my new design!

ML :)

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

First snow of the season


And so, after a beautiful warm September, a little taste of winter has arrived this weekend.  :)

This is life at 7500 feet of altitude in the Rocky Mountains on October 8, 2011!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Romance Trading Cards...

...I'd never heard of them before, but when I signed up for GayRomLit back in February, several of the authors attending mentioned them and wondered if anyone would be interested in doing them for GayRomLit.  It sounded like fun and I said I'd participate.  Fast forward seven months to a few days ago when I saw a post on one of the GayRomLit email lists about the trading cards and had an Oh Sh*t! moment when I realized I had done absolutely nothing about making any for my books or characters.

But, hey, I'm nothing if not a master of managing to cram at the last minute.  Comes from years (like, um, a lifetime's worth ) of experience at being a world class procrastinator.  Give me a time deadline and some pressure and I somehow manage to work miracles.  

In this case, I did some down and dirty research on Romance Trading Cards, looked at about a jillion of them posted online to see what I liked, then spent a couple of intense days playing with graphics on Paint Shop Pro.  And voila!  I managed to come up with a series of 3 cards for Into the Woods, uploaded them to the printing company, got their okay on my design and specs, and should have the little suckers in my eager hands in a few days!  I was pretty stoked!  I showed the graphics to my teenage sons who are like the gurus of trading cards, having been collecting and playing everything from Pokemon to Magic the Gathering since they were old enough to talk.  They gave their thumbs up to mine.  That's pretty high praise, I think.    

So, I'll be bringing them to New Orleans with me.  Everyone will get one in their registration bag, and then I'll be giving more of them away in various places throughout the weekend.  Therefore, if you want the full set and you feel like trading, haggling, or hunting them down, you should be able to get all three. 

If you do manage to collect all three cards in the Into the Woods series at GayRomLit and you bring them to me to see in your hot little hands, I'll give you a prize!  :) Feel free to pass this along to your friends who might be attending!

And so you know what you'll be looking for, here are the three cards in the series.  The front of each card is the same (the cover for Into the Woods), but each back is different.  One has info on Shaun, one has info on Rannon, and the other has the blurb for the book.

Front of each card
Shaun (card 1/3)
Rannon (card 2/3)
Blurb (card 3/3)
 Okay...so have fun!  :)
 

Monday, September 26, 2011

GayRomLit!!

I know, I know...it's been a while since I posted.  Have I mentioned that I sometimes really suck at keeping up my blog.  LOL!  I try.  I really do!!!  But I'm just sort of one of those sporadic bloggers, though I wish I were better at it.

Still...... Better sporadic than never, I always say.  Hehehe!

So, for those of you attending GayRomLit in New Orleans in October...I will be there!  Yay!!!  I'm really looking forward to it and having a chance to meet readers!  I will be bringing a boatload of promo items/swag with me to give away.  I'll also have copies of some of my paperbacks there for purchase or, if you already have some of my paperbacks and want to bring them and have me sign them, I'd be thrilled to do so!  I will also have bookplate stickers with me that I can sign if you don't want to slog your books with you.  For those of you who only buy ebooks, I won't have any there to sell, but I'll still be happy to sign a bookplate or a postcard (or whatever else you might think of ).  So be sure to say hi!  I'll be hosting one of the vampire/ghost tours (which I'm pretty psyched about!) as well as having an author spotlight and participating in the riverboat booksigning event.  My publisher, Amber Allure, will have a table at GayRomLit, so you can also find me there there when Amber Allure is hosting a spotlight.


I'm assuming everyone at GayRomLit will have on name tags, so feel free to chest gaze to find me or anyone else.  :)  But if you need more than that, I'm on the short side, long blond hair (although I sometimes wear it up), I'm a casual dresser (dresses, heels, and froufrou are sooo not me!), which means I'll probably have on capris, be wearing tennies or flipflops, and generally be casual girl.  I have a nose piercing and several tattoos, which might or might not make me identifiable.  I know a lot of authors have ink and probably some others have piercings, but we're probably not in the super majority, so that should narrow things down for you.  Also, in the pic here I have on my glasses, but usually I wear contacts.  So, yeah, I know, a lot of help, huh?  :)


Please, please stop me and say hi!!  Talk to me about anything.  I'm not shy!

Hope to see you there!!!

ML

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Monday, July 25, 2011

New release...The Truth About Al

Yay!!!  The Truth About Al is out!!  Check it out at Amber Allure.  Here's the full scoop!


The Truth About Al
by M.L. Rhodes

--Book 2 in the Campus Hearts series
--Companion story to Wanting
(#1 Bestseller at Amber Allure, and over 18 months on Amazon Kindle's gay/lesbian top 100 list.)
--Genre:  Contemporary gay (M/M) romance
--Release date:
July 24, 2011 
--Length: Extended Novella (35K words)
--Price: On sale this week only for $3.90 (35% off new release discount) at Amber Allure

To most, Al Baxter’s life seems charmed—he’s got looks, smarts, friends, and is headed to law school in the fall. But under the surface, things are far from perfect. Al’s mother is pursuing a career in national politics, and when her staff uncovers a potentially devastating secret Al’s been keeping from his family for the past four years, a painful rift forms in the once close-knit Baxter clan. Wanting to do the right thing to support his mother’s career, but conflicted over his growing desire to live his life in the open on his own terms, the last thing Al’s expecting, or needs, is to fall for stubborn and oh-so-serious Elliot Cullimore. Especially since Elliot has a protective fortress the size of Texas built around his heart.

Raised by a struggling single mother, Elliot Cullimore learned early that nothing in life was easy. That truth hit home when, at the age of twelve, a life-threatening illness left him partially deaf, making his teenage years difficult as he learned to cope with his new reality. Now, he works long hours to put himself through college. And he holds no illusions about ever finding love. He knows from painful experience that being a nerdy, hard of hearing guy doesn’t exactly make him a hot commodity. When he meets Al Baxter, however, he’s blindsided by his feelings for the man. The trouble is, Al is exactly the type of guy Elliot swore he’d never be with—rich, entitled, and always had everything he ever wanted fall at his feet. And worse, Al’s hiding who he really is and pretending to be something he’s not. How can Elliot trust his heart to a man who can’t live his own life with honesty?

But for the first time, Al finally knows what he wants, and he’s willing to fight for Elliot. Even if it means risking everything…

You can read an excerpt at the Amber Allure link above, or on my main website.  :)

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Blurb for Al...as promised! :)

To most, Al Baxter’s life seems charmed—he’s got looks, smarts, friends, and is headed to law school in the fall. But under the surface, things are far from perfect. Al’s mother is pursuing a career in national politics, and when her staff uncovers a potentially devastating secret Al’s been keeping from his family for the past four years, a painful rift forms in the once close-knit Baxter clan. Wanting to do the right thing to support his mother’s career, but conflicted over his growing desire to live his life in the open on his own terms, the last thing Al’s expecting, or needs, is to fall for stubborn and oh-so-serious Elliot Cullimore. Especially since Elliot has a protective fortress the size of Texas built around his heart.

Raised by a struggling single mother, Elliot Cullimore learned early that nothing in life was easy. That truth hit home when, at the age of twelve, a life-threatening illness left him partially deaf, making his teenage years difficult as he learned to cope with his new reality. Now, he works long hours to put himself through college. And he holds no illusions about ever finding love. He knows from painful experience that being a nerdy, hard of hearing guy doesn’t exactly make him a hot commodity. When he meets Al Baxter, however, he’s blindsided by his feelings for the man. The trouble is, Al is exactly the type of guy Elliot swore he’d never be with—rich, entitled, and has always had everything he ever wanted fall at his feet. And worse, Al’s hiding who he really is and pretending to be something he’s not. How can Elliot trust his heart to a man who can’t live his own life with honesty?

But for the first time, Al finally knows what he wants, and he’s willing to fight for Elliot. Even if it means risking everything…


Coming later this month from Amber Allure!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Coming soon...The Truth About Al

Just wanted to drop a quick note that my novella, THE TRUTH ABOUT AL, will be released very soon!  It's a companion story to WANTING, which came out in December 2009. WANTING has actually been my best selling M/M story to date.  I've received a ton of emails from readers about it and had a lot of people ask me to write about Ben and Jeremy's housemate Al, the smart, funny, good-hearted guy from Texas who's always there for his friends and has their backs.

In WANTING Al presents as straight, but many readers picked up on the vibe that maybe he really isn't...  ;)  Hehehe.  Clever readers!  So now, this is Al's story.  I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Check back soon because in the next few days I'll be posting a blurb and excerpt for you!

ML  :)

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Newest Release...Music of the Night

Check out my newest M/M romance, Music of the Night!  It came out June 12th and is available at Amber Allure, the Kindle store, ARE, and other online ebook sellers!

music of night mediumJared Ross is at Carnevale to do a job.  It’s the culmination of two years of blood, sweat, long hours, and agonizing patience waiting for his target to finally make an appearance. If he screws this up, he may never get another chance, and his mark, a man called Maestro, will once again disappear into the night. Jared can’t afford to let anything distract him from his elusive prize—not even the sexy stranger with the quick wit, the sinfully delicious mouth, and the bedroom eyes.

Sam Aubrey recently turned his back on his music career. After years of having others dictate his every move and direct him like an unwilling marionette, he’s determined to live his life on his terms, and what better place to start over than at Carnevale, where he can become anyone he chooses.  He wants no complications, and definitely no romantic entanglements with a hot hunk who has a questionable agenda and whose Southern drawl makes Sam ache in all the right places.

Sometimes, however, the best-laid plans take unexpected twists, and surprising complications are exactly what a man needs even if they’re not what he thinks he wants.  After all, everyone should have a little unexpected music in his night...

Genre:  Contemporary gay (M/M) erotic romance
Release date:
June 12, 2011 
Length: Extended Novella (39K words)

Monday, February 28, 2011

New release....Into the Woods!

At long last...Into the Woods is here!  :)

Shaun McCarry left home as a young teenager, certain that whatever he had to do to survive on his own was better than being dragged around the country by his troubled, alcoholic father. Once he got away, he vowed never to look back. But years later, on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he receives a bizarre letter from his dad indicating Shaun’s in grave danger. The letter sends him on a journey deep into the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. There, he uncovers a disturbing family history that leaves Shaun questioning everything he thought he knew about his past and even his future.
His only ally comes in the form of a mysterious drifter named Rannon James who seems to know more about Shaun’s history than Shaun does. Shaun’s drawn to the sexy and vaguely familiar man. And when Rannon tells him a story of love and loss, of loyalty and betrayal, and of two childhood friends who share a destiny, Shaun realizes he’s inextricably and intimately linked to the other man.

But with danger stalking his every move, and fighting a terrifying change in himself that he never asked for, Shaun’s not sure who he can trust. Maybe not even himself.


Genre:  Contemporary gay (M/M) dark fantasy/shapeshifter erotic romance
Release date:
February 27, 2011 
Length: extended novel

Available now at Amber Allure.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day hunks

A little something to stir your passions on this day of love. Whether you celebrate V Day or not, there can never be too much hunky goodness, do you think? :)

Enjoy!

XOXO,
ML

Monday, February 07, 2011

Cold weather...hot hunks :)

We were supposed to have 30% chance of "snow showers" on Saturday and Sunday. Instead, it snowed pretty much all afternoon Saturday, all night Saturday night, and all day Sunday. We ended up with a foot of the white stuff.

A new storm is supposed to roll through on Monday night and Tuesday and drop as much as another foot on us.

Have I mentioned how fun it is to live in Colorado where we have our heaviest snows in February, March, and April? LOL! Unlike the northeast and other parts of the US, we haven't had as much snow this year as we usually do. I live at 7500 feet in altitude, in the foothills of the Rockies, and we usually have several 12"+ snows each year, starting in October. But this is our first bigger one this season. It's been an odd year for us. I think the East coast has gotten their share and our share this year. I feel for them...I know they're tired of it. So maybe this is a trend that it's starting to move back our way and they'll soon get some relief. :)

Here's a little something to help everyone in the snow zone warm up....


Love this last one. It makes me think of Into the Woods. I have a couple of pretty hot shower/bath scenes in that book. Hehehe!

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

How stories are born...

Did you know that I got the idea for Into the Woods while I was driving in my 4Runner and listening to "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles?

Yep, it's true. Listen to the words and see if you can figure it out. :)

I'll give you a hint:

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

I love the song, very poignant. And it made me think....what if I started a book at a funeral where nobody came? Well, except for one of the heroes. He'd be standing there alone with the priest wondering why no one else but him gave enough of a damn about the person in the grave to show up.

Then he looks up and sees a mysterious person standing on a hill overlooking the cemetery watching the funeral...

I loved the image in my mind of the shadows of a cold evening settling in, the lone hero at the funeral, the stranger, also alone and isolated up on the hill...

And so Into the Woods was born. :)

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

New release coming soon and other fun stuff :)

Hi guys!

Just a quick post to let you know I have a firm release date for Into the Woods. February 27th. It's been a long time coming, I know, but I hope you'll think it's been worth the wait! :)

I just posted an excerpt for Into the Woods on my website. Check it out when you have a few minutes! I'm excited for you to meet Shaun and Rannon!

I'm working on a complete website overhaul, which I had mentioned last fall. I'm hoping to get the new look and all the pages uploaded over the next few weeks. I think you'll like the change...I really do! I'll be tweaking the look of my blog to coordinate with it. But no worries...I'll still have hunky eye candy to look at it. LOL!

I've been swamped with work for my day job this month (for those of you who don't know, my day job is also in the publishing industry), but have been squeezing in writing time as well. It's felt really, REALLY good to get back to writing. I hope to have several new stories for you in 2011! Into the Woods will be the first, and then I'll have a story out later in the year for Amber Allure's Masquerade theme, plus I will also be finishing the fourth Draegan Lords book, Circle of Ariend, over the next several months. So stayed tuned!

Also, I'll be attending the GayRomLit retreat in New Orleans in October. I hope to get to meet some of my readers at that event! I'm really looking forward to it!! If you're near there or just have a hankering to visit the beautiful and intriguing city of New Orleans, I hope you'll come by for a day or two or three.

Oh! And I've been trying to post somewhat regularly on Twitter again, so if you'd like a more immediate way to keep up with me and see what I'm up to, I've love to have you follow me.

Okay, that's my quickie update for the moment. More to come soon...

Thanks so much to all of you who've been so patient for the past year as I worked through my burn-out and managed to get back up on the proverbial horse and get back to writing the good stuff. You all mean more to me than you could know!!!

Happy reading!
ML :)

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