April 14, 2015

An Assembly of Informational Things

I love Haribo Roulette candy!

Okay, that's not quite what I was planning on sharing in this mishmash of information, but it's a start. =)

It's been almost a month since He's Just Knot That Into You was released, and I am just SO excited and grateful for the reception. Thank you to all of you for your support and for checking out the book! You've made these last few weeks a wild and awesome ride. :)

During that time, I did a small tour and visited a handful of blogs with tidbits about the story. I figured now might be a good time to list 'em out in case you were curious and wanted to read more about Tanner, Jon, and the shenanigans they get up to in HJKTIY.

Prism Book Alliance - An Interview with Nico Jaye
Sinfully...Addicted to All Male Romance - An Interview with Alpha Tanner Davis
M/M Good Book Reviews - Jon and His Sweet Tooth
Because Two Men Are Better Than One - Bowties, Button-downs & Other First Impressions
The Blogger Girls - A Word on Setting: Chicago and Wisconsin
Rainbow Gold Reviews - An Interview with Nico Jaye (Part Deux!)
Joyfully Jay - An Exclusive Excerpt: Bad Dates & Other Disasters

If you're curious about the story and want to know more, then check out the links! And if you've already read the story and are here to say hi, firstly: HI! :D, secondly: thank you for reading the story!, and thirdly: you can learn a little more about the HJKTIY boys and background with those links if you're at all curious. :)

Anyway, that's that!

Separately and as an update, the edits for Where There's Smoke are well under way, so I'll post more info on that story closer to June's Daily Dose date. As a recap, Dreamspinner Press's Daily Dose this year will feature men over 40. I'm super excited for you guys to meet David and Zach because I had a fantastic time writing about them. ^__^ In the meanwhile, here's the blurb!

If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.
A terrible breakup in his twenties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David's past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.

Aaaaaand, last, but certainly not least, an update on that frat story I mentioned signing up to write for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's Don't Read in the Closet event. It's done! Yes, done! *blows noisemakers* The Frat Brat is a cute little short story that's equal parts porny and fluffy. In other words, it's my trademark smuff. ;) I hope you all like it! It'll be a freebie this summer, and I'll let you know when it's available.

That's it for now for me. Any news on your end? ♥



March 18, 2015

It's release day for He's Just Knot That Into You!!!

Hi everyone! I'm here in Seoul, South Korea. Yep! And guess what? He's Just Knot That Into You was released today! *blows noisemakers*


Since it's 2-something in the morning right now, and I'm suuuuper tired from the release party over at the Dreamspinner Press blog, this will be a short (and hopefully sweet) post.

There are a couple of interviews floating around on the interwebz today. I visited Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance's blog with an interview where I was lucky enough to chat with Tanner. Yay! And Prism Book Alliance was kind enough to host me and interview me about the book, too. Check 'em out if you're so inclined!

Here's the blurb and info for all you cool cats. If you read the story, I do hope you enjoy it! And if you do enjoy it, then please spread the word to your friends. ;)

He's Just Knot That Into You (~42,000 words):
When Tanner moves to Chicago for a new job, he experiences his First Shift, a revelation that signifies he’s met his mate since the last full moon. The only problem? He doesn't know who it is. To find his mate, he enlists his new assistant Jon to arrange a series of dates, but each one turns out more disastrous than the last.
With the next full moon quickly approaching, Tanner finally determines the identity of his true mate. Unfortunately, Jon has since disappeared, and Tanner must now begin a new search. Is it really Jon’s family crisis pulling him away, or is Jon just not that into him?


Hope you all are having an amazingly awesome day! Happy reading!

Nico ♥


March 3, 2015

Yay! It's gettin' hot in here!

The heat is on, folks! It's been a while since I've updated, but now I finally feel like I have some juicy stuff on which to update y'all. Yayzerbeams!

Here's the scoop:



1) YES. It seemed only appropo to have a Game of Thrones meme because....my GoT-loving, cat-obsessing, dusty textbook-reading medieval history professor (and his hottie fireman neighbor) found a home! I'm thrilled to announce that I just signed a contract for Where There's Smoke to be a part of Dreamspinner Press's upcoming Daily Dose in June. The story will be part of the Never Too Late package, and it'll also be available as a standalone novella. *wiggles* I'm SUPER psyched, guys! David is one of my favorite characters, and he's suuuuuch a dork. But he has absolutely no problems with his dorkiness. :)

2) My werewolf story has a cover! And a release date! And it's coming out sooooooon! Check out this gorgeous cover by Anna Sikorska. She was so incredibly patient and insightful throughout the entire process, and I'm so pleased with the colorful and quirky results.

He's Just Knot That Into You is totally just two weeks away (March 18th!), and I'm super excited for you all to meet Tanner and Jon. It's available for pre-order right now, in case you want to ensure it lands on your ereader ASAP. :) Check it out on the Dreamspinner Press site here.



3) As for what I'm working on now, I just picked up a prompt in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's annual Don't Read in the Closet event. I'm excited to try my hand at college boys and a little playful and teasing punishment. ;) Wanna know more? Check out the thread for the prompt here and, if you're so inclined, consider picking up a prompt of your own! I think there are a handful still available here, and the event is a great place to dip your toe into the writing waters. It's actually how I got started writing m/m back in 2012. (Note: You have to be a member of the group, but membership will be approved as long as you're 18 or over.)

4) Finally, for my last scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, I managed to snag a supporting author spot at Gay Rom Lit! I'll be there in October with my buddy J.H. Knight. Possibly hiding behind her, but that still counts as being there, right? ;) Anyway, I'm nervcited about the event, but mostly excited. Are you guys going? I hope to meet some of you there!

That was one huge sundae of a scoop for updates from me. Tomorrow I begin my trip to Asia (by way of a visit with my friend in Pennsylvania), though, and I just couldn't hold off on the flailing much longer.

Hugs and flails,
Nico ♥

February 2, 2015

Welp, it finally happened.

What happened?

The powers that be broke the seal on my writing drought! Woop woop!



This isn't much of an update, but yeah, I just thought I'd pop in and say hello.

Hello!

I finally finally wrote something after six or seven months of absolute nothingness in the words department. After my word drought woes, which I detailed in a previous post, this development was mucho appreciated by yours truly.

So, that's my update! I wrote a story! And I did it in under three days! *falls over* For the record, I absolutely believe in the quality of the story (and thankfully was able to get it sorta beta-ed) or I otherwise wouldn't have submitted it.

You see, I wrote the story for a submission call that was due February 1st. I'd had a brainwave when I first saw the prompt a couple months ago, but, given my writing drought, I shelved the idea for "later."

Well, we all know how quickly "later" can arrive, and before I knew it, the call was due in a week. Of course, I hadn't touched a manuscript in months, but now I'd reached a crossroads: I had to recognize it was finally "later," and now that it was "later," was I ready to write that story?

A few days passed, during which I marinated on the idea, and I found myself hearing voices.

Yep. For anyone who writes fiction, you'll know what I'm talking about. Voices.

And that's how David Waterman, a medieval studies professor, and his neighbor, firefighter Zach Ford, were born!

I finished it and submitted it in time, so the story is now out of my hands. Regardless of what happens, however, I'm simply thrilled to have begun writing again. My God, that was a terrible, painful, doubt-inducing period of time.

I'm not saying the writing's going like gangbusters now--I still haven't picked up my previous WIPs--but simply knowing that it was there is a relief.

For your patience, I'll share a little about the story. :) Off the top of my head, here's how I'd describe it:
After years of hard work, medieval studies professor David Waterman finally has the tenure track position he's dreamed of. While it may have involved moving to a new city, he's settling in nicely with his books, his hobbies, and his slightly obese cat, Astrid. When Astrid requires rescuing, David  has the opportunity to meet his neighbor, Mr. Blue House. Mr. Blue House turns out to be Zachary Ford, a local firefighter.
A bad relationship in his late twenties has made David wary of playing the damsel in distress, and he's been satisfied thus far with his life of solitude, finding contentment in Game of Thrones marathons, academia, and his cat's companionship. However, Zach keeps popping up and playing the knight in shining armor, and he begins to inspire feelings in David--feelings he hasn't had for a very long time. David's left wondering two things: what are Zach's intentions, and should David reexamine his resolution to stay single?
There's a bunch more than that, but I don't want to spoil things! :)

Anyway, I'm just super excited to have written a story, so yay!

On a personal note, I also wanted to mention I booked a trip to Asia for March. Specifically, Japan and South Korea. Super pumped about that, too, especially since my werewolf story, He's Just Knot That Into You, will come out during my time there! Woop woop!

Oh, one more thing! I also put A Time for Loving into the rotation for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's "Don't Buy My Love" program, so if you're a member of that group, you can request a free review copy beginning February 13th.

So! Keep an eye out for more info on stuff! I'll probably run a "just because" giveaway for no reason at all this month here on my blog, Facebook, and/or Twitter. You know--just because. :) So if you haven't connected with me there yet, then come on by and say hi!

Hope you guys are having a great 2015 so far. Have a great day, folks!

NJ ♥



December 12, 2014

Writing Droughts and Other Meteorological Phenomena

This has been a weird year, writing-wise. I got a couple of stories down like gangbusters in the beginning of the year. One of those stories, He's Just Knot That Into You, is coming out next year with Dreamspinner Press, and I'm really excited. It's my werewolf story that will have at least two more stories to follow.

After finishing that story in the spring, however, I've fallen into the pit of a massive writing drought. Like the ongoing three-year drought in California, my word well has been bone dry. It's sad. It's discouraging. I see friends who are finishing stories left and right, and I'm super excited for them. But then I look at myself and ask, "Why can't I get started?"

It all started when my poor Nico-kitteh died in June. I haven't written more than a couple thousand words since then. The initial writer's block isn't unexpected--I was pretty depressed and down in the dumps, no matter how much his cancer meant I should have anticipated his passing. After a certain point in time, though, I started to wonder what's normal?  As one month turned into three, then five, I found myself questioning why it was taking me so long to "get back on that horse," so to speak.

As month six passed recently, I realized something: there is no normal. Everyone grieves in different ways and on different timelines. And, with writing, you can't force it. Because if you do, it'll only be insincere.

Sure, I'm a pecker. (Not that kind!) =) I hunt for and peck out every single phrase when I'm writing. It's never a flowing explosion of words; rather, each sentence is carefully considered before even landing on the screen. However, to get in that head space of creation, I have to be in the mood to visit those places.

And, unfortunately, I haven't been anywhere close lately.

That's okay, though. I'm coming to realize droughts just happen, and I can only hope that, one day, the urge to create through words will be there.

On a lighter note, I've been creating through crafts this season. I doubt it's a coincidence I start to crochet my fingers off the second the temperature gets even remotely nippy. So now I'm crocheting tons and really enjoying myself. I've made hats for friends' children, slippers for my mom, a whole army of cute little amigurumi octopi (one of which an author friend commissioned me to make for her daughter), and a dear friend even commissioned me to make a pair of boot cuffs for her to give as a gift.



Crocheting has been fun and therapeutic. It fills me with a sense of accomplishment when I see the finished product--I've turned a ball of yarn into something wearable! And cute! And my friends appreciate the handmade gifts I've sent around the country.

So, while I still am flailing around in my empty well of words, I've at least found another pool in which I can swim and express myself creatively. Crocheting might not get me any closer to writing the sequel to #HJKTIY or the short story follow up (of which I have those couple thousand words from the past six months), but at least it's something that truly makes me happy, which is a place for which I've been searching for quite some time.

On that note, anyone interested in commissioning an octopus? ;)

Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful holiday season!
NJ


November 12, 2014

Sex Positivity Blog Hop: THE INTERNET IS FOR PORN!

 

Hi, everyone! How're you doing?? Thanks for stopping by my page and checking out my spot on this hop. ^_^ The Sex Positivity Blog Hop, the brainchild of author Grace Duncan, aims to share positive views on sex and any and all topics related thereto.

When I signed up for the Sex Positivity Blog Hop, I kind of had no idea what to expect. And then, when we received the call to arms (a.k.a. the dates on which we each would be posting), I kind of had no idea what to post about.

Should I post about the advances that are currently being made across the United States in efforts supporting marriage equality?
Should I post about bisexuality? Demisexuality? Asexuality? Pansexuality?
Should I post about cross-dressing and how it doesn't automatically imply transgender identity?

Fuck it! I thought. I'll just post a video of someone rolling a condom onto a banana.

(In case you would rather just see a video of a condom-covered banana (as instructed by Max Ryder!), here ya go.)

Anyway, I thought about it a little more, and I decided that, in the immortal words of Salt 'N Pepa, let's talk about SEX bay-bee!

Specifically, porn.

Porn is in the business of sex. Of filming it. Of taking pictures of it. Of inspiring it. Of making it available for the public's viewing pleasure.

There's a huge taboo surrounding sex and, particularly, porn in mainstream society.

YET EVERYONE WATCHES IT.

Well, almost everyone.

The statistics of porn are staggering. Although much has changed about the landscape since I first chose pornography as the topic of my informational speech in my speech course back in 2000 (got an A on that speech, too!), one thing remains the same after all these years: porn remains king of the media.
I apologize in advance because this blog post is going to be short on research links. However, if you really want something, just let me know and I'll do my damnedest to find it. I studied media and communications in college and specifically did copious amounts of porn research for my Speech 100 course. *ahem* REAL research, mind you. *cheeky look*

A few things to take into account:
• Pornography is an eleven-figure, multi-billion dollar industry. A little over a dozen years ago, when I first did my porn research and as porn really began to take over the internet, that figure was less than half that amount. While it's hard to pin down the exact size of the industry, it's pretty safe to say that pornography's revenues are jaw-dropping.
• Trekkie Monster sang in the Broadway musical Avenue Q that "the internet is for porn!" (Avenue Q is an awesomely hilarious musical, by the way - definitely check it out!) And he was right. As this super interesting infographic from HuffPost states, porn sites see more visitors in a month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.
• The first American antique pornographic film purportedly was 1915's A Free Ride. The plot is classic and something that you'd see today: a man driving on a country road picks up two female hitchhikers.
• Have you ever enjoyed watching a movie on VHS, DVD, or the internet? What about Betamax and VCD? Guess which ones the pornography industry adopted to offer their films. Exactly. The porn industry has had more than a helping hand in revolutionizing technology over the years.
While I am by no means an expert on porn and its influences, my point here is that people watch it. LOTS of people. Millions of people, both men and women. And it has had a huge effect on our lives, whether we know it or not.

Despite all of this, so often porn is looked down upon by society. There are instances of adult stars transitioning into the mainstream, such as Jenna Jameson and her multi-million dollar brand or Sasha Grey's role in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, but more often than not the reaction is simply to clam up when porn and sex come up in conversation (if they come up in conversation at all).

There are, of course, issues and concerns in the porn industry over exploitation. However, it bears mentioning that exploitation exists in almost every industry (from sweatshops to childcare workers), and, when done "right," the performers in porn are consenting adults who are earning their honest livings, while entertaining and arousing the audience.

There's nothing wrong with sex on film. Or print. Or screen. So don't let society shame you into thinking there is!

I mean, I watch it. I'm betting you watch it. Or you have watched it. Or, if you haven't, then your neighbor has. And if you have and still do, then go forth and wear that porn badge proudly! With millions of people consuming porn and 12% of the internet devoted to it, I'm pretty sure that you're not alone in enjoying it.



P.S. Obligatory new book plug!

So, I wrote a thing! And it's set in Regency England, when gay sex was, like porn, très taboo. A Time for Loving is a historical m/m romance short story that offers a glimpse into the lives of Jack and Christopher.

Jack and Christopher have made it through years of campaigning and the horrors of Waterloo together—side by side by day and, by night, in each other's arms. After the war is over, however, will the love shared between this batman and his officer survive when Christopher returns to the life of a gentleman?

Just 99 cents for this bonbon of m/m romance!

*~*~*

Thanks for visiting and check out these awesome authors who are also contributing to the Sex Positivity Blog Hop!

October 23, 2014

It's time for A Time for Loving! (and a GIVEAWAY!)

*slides into the room with white gym socks on*

Hellooooooooo, lovely folks! I finally have ten minutes to myself today to share some news.

A Time for Loving is LIVE and ready for YOUR lovin'! Your good, ol' fashioned, historical lovin'. Your cravat-tyin', pantaloons-wearin', waltz-dancin' lovin'. *winks*


You can get your begloved and bejeweled paws on a copy of A Time for Loving at your favorite ebook retailer. Some of 'em are listed below. Yes, we like to spread the lovin'.

Find the story here: Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks

In A Time for Loving, Jack and Christopher must navigate the rigid rules of Society and family expectations, knowing that the danger of discovery lies in many corners. After their unexpected love survived and, in fact, flourished in the climate of the war, now they must face more genteel hardships.

There's a poem that inspired me in writing this short story. It's a beautiful poem that, to me, speaks of love for nature and finding the unexpected. The poem embraces nature's freshness, its boldness, the unabashed glory of it. Nature, in turn, is a metaphor for love. It's a William Wordsworth poem called I wandered lonely as a cloud and, unofficially, Daffodils. If you have a chance to read Jack and Christopher's story, then I encourage you to read Daffodils afterward. In truth, the poem was so inspiring that I debated adding it to the book itself in an Afterword. =)

So that's my little tidbit of behind the scenes info on A Time for Loving! There'll be more tidbits on the story when I visit a couple of other blogs over the next two weeks. I'm super psyched for everyone to meet Jack and Christopher and find their own time for loving.

I also want to give a copy of the story away! Actually, I want to give THREE copies away! Or more. Actually, more. Yes, definitely more.




Here's how to enter!

Leave a comment on this post with the following info:
(1) let me know your favorite historical fashion (flapper dresses? togas? powdered wigs? It could be any period of time, not just Regency.) and
(2) include a means of contacting you such as your email, Twitter name, or Facebook profile, etc.

That's it! You'll be entered to win an ebook copy of A Time for Loving and a "love" ring via snail mail. Yes, I will send a token of wearable love and affection to your beautiful self. This contest is open worldwide where permitted by law!

Leave your comment by 10PM (Pacific time) on Wednesday, October 29th, and I'll draw a winner by an internet names-in-a-hat method shortly thereafter.

This will be a quick giveaway so that anyone who doesn't win can also enter the rafflecopter that will be running through November 6th. Yes, there's a rafflecopter giveaway! And the prizes are three sets of the ebook + "love" ring combos! Actually, you can enter that, too, if you want to be doubly sure you've got all your bases covered. Trust me, I won't judge. I will, however, limit wins to one win per person, regardless of method. That just seems fair, right?

Anyway, leave a comment to win! And here's the rafflecopter giveaway if you want to enter there, too. ♥

Thanks for checking out the story, and happy reading!


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