August 31, 2012

Happy release day! Plus, a sneak peek! (Shhh...)


Happy release day!

*straps on a party hat* *tosses confetti* *blows a noisemaker*

Going for Gold is now available here through the MLR Press site. Yay!

This anthology, edited by EM Lynley, includes the following stories:

Hot Shots by Michael P. Thomas
Into the Deep by Nico Jaye
The Quad by Kelly Rand
Lightning in a Bottle by Sarah Madison
Swimming the Distance by Annabeth Albert
Shooting for Gold by Whitley Gray
An Olympic Goal by K-lee Klein
Tumbling Dreams by Kaje Harper

Here are some great, informative, and/or hilarious posts from some of my co-contributors:
- Michael P. Thomas talks about coping with Olympics withdrawal on his blog here. (Hint: It involves Speedos. Yay, Speedos!)  He also offers up a juicy bite of his story here.
- Sarah Madison gives us an insider's scoop on the sport of equestrian eventing here (part 1) and here (part 2).  She also discusses being a proud GLBTQ supporter here.
- Annabeth Albert waxes poetic on a topic close to my heart: Speedos. *dreamy sigh* Check out her thoughts and enter her giveaway here.
- Kaje Harper gives us a taste of her gymnastics story on her blog post here.
- K-lee Klein's teaser about her story can be found on her blog here.
- Our editor, EM Lynley, hosts Sarah Madison on her blog here and talks about the new release here.  Did you know that the anthology is over 110K words? That's a lot of man-lovin' to feed your Olympics fever!


My story, Into the Deep, is about an American diver and a British bartender.  Here's a wonderful video that combines both...with the BRITISH diving team, including that cutie, Tom Daley, who I swear is old enough for me to ogle. I swear!




*looks around furtively and beckons you a little closer*

Shhhh... Well, if you made it this far, you deserve a little something for that. Here's a short Into the Deep excerpt from the day John came into Blake's life. Enjoy!

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EXCERPT from Into the Deep by Nico Jaye:

“Another round for the Yanks at table eight, Blake,” Dani called out as she sailed by with a tray held high, the aroma of battered cod and salty chips drifting behind her. Looking up from the tap where he was pouring a beer, Blake glanced past the four top in the middle of the room to table eight in the corner, also known as two Newcastles, one Guinness, a Tanqueray and tonic, and seltzer with lime.
Seltzer with lime was watching him from behind a thick fringe of long, dark lashes.
Again.
Blake flushed and looked away. Then the corner of his lip lifted, and he couldn’t help himself — he peeked upwards, immediately encountering the stranger’s gaze once again.
Not a stranger for much longer, he guessed, sneaking a glimpse at the handsome American’s closely-cropped dark hair, strong jawline, and wide mouth. He couldn’t tell the color of his eyes at this distance, but those lashes alone could slay a man from fifty paces.
Be still, my little heart.
Holy shite, the man was perfection. Meeting that inscrutable stare for a moment longer, Blake gave him a little smile before turning his attention back to the pint, cutting off the tap just before the amber liquid spilled over the side of the glass.
“There you go, Mr. McCoy,” he said as he placed the full pint in front of the grizzled middle-aged man who was picking the cashews out of the snack bowl at the bar. Blake had been working at The Red Griffin for the last six months and had begun to settle into the routine and the quirks of the regulars. He’d taken this job to provide a steady income supplement to his real passion, drawing, which, while filling his nights and feeding his muse, unfortunately did not fill his wallet or feed his belly as reliably as he would like.
For what it was, bartending was flexible and provided enough amusement and activity to have become something he’d actually come to enjoy. Located on the edge of London’s Canary Wharf, the pub was one of any number in the neighborhood, and the patrons tended to be stuffed shirt businessmen, who popped in at lunchtime or happy hour, and locals like Mr. McCoy, who’d been coming to the place for years. The occasional tourist group stumbled in, but none quite like the Yanks at table eight this afternoon.
Correction: none quite like Fuck Me Eyes with the mile-long lashes over there at table eight this afternoon.
Turning back to the taps, Blake was in the process of assembling that table’s order when he caught sight in his peripheral vision of a pair of smooth, corded forearms leaning against the scarred dark wood of the bar.
“I think you have something for me.”

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*wiggles eyebrows* Find out what John thinks Blake has for him in Into the Deep, available as part of MLR Press's Going for Gold anthology. Add it to your Goodreads bookshelf here! Happy reading!

Hugs and happy thoughts about Speedos and all things Olympic,
NJ



August 24, 2012

Dive "Into the Deep" next week with a new release!


The Going for Gold anthology from MLR Press comes out (once again, pun totally intended!) next week on Friday, August 31st!  Look for my story, Into the Deep, and check out the cover art that's hot off the press.



Here's a quick blurb for what to expect in Into the Deep:

Sparks fly at the 2012 Olympic Games when platform diver John Sloane meets Blake Gallagher, a local bartender.  After a chance encounter at Blake's London pub, fate brings them together once again as John prepares for his debut on the Olympic stage.  Will these unlikely lovers realize they've found a winner in each other or will the pressures of competition keep them apart?

Warning: Contains wet Speedos, gratuitous toplessness, a cheeky redheaded Brit who might be a tad unsure of himself, and an American sports god who wants him just the way he is.


More info to come on other stories to be included in the anthology and the official blurb!

Psyched about keeping the Olympic spirit alive,
NJ



August 22, 2012

Clever is as clever does.

Have you seen that absolutely BRILLIANT Contrex commercial, which aired in France last year? Contrex is apparently a French bottled water company.

I couldn't stop giggling. So clever and one of the few commercials I've watched with a grin on my face until the bitter awesome end. *fans self* ;)

Check it out on YouTube here.  It's totally worth it.

I would post a pic right now, but it would ruin the surprise.

Chuckling herself to sleep,
NJ





August 10, 2012

Diving, Day One!

So, as some of you may already know, Into the Deep is about a 10m platform diver at the 2012 Olympics. Well, it just so happens that I turned on the television and saw...10m platform diving is on tonight!


This is Tom Daley.  He's diving for Great Britain. And he's adorable.  I'm sure you already knew all of that, but you know...just to state the obvious. 

Perhaps slightly less obvious is the awesomeness known as Matt Mitcham, the 2008 gold medalist.

Photo by Philip Myers

Matt is an openly gay diver from Australia, and he shocked the world when he overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to take gold in Beijing.  What I love so much about his story is how humble and down to earth he seems.  He mentioned in his television interview that hearing from gay youths came as a welcome surprise, and I just think it's great that he's out there, living his life, and inspiring people without even trying.

Best of luck to all of the divers competing! You served as great inspiration for this gal. :)

Raptly watching the goings on in London,
NJ




August 2, 2012

"Into the Deep" at Lightning Speed!

Wow, so this Olympics anthology timeline is super speedy. I just got round two edits for Into the Deep, and they're due Sunday. *wipes sweat from brow*

On the plus side, it looks like there's a publication date! The Going for Gold anthology is currently scheduled to be published August 17th. Yay! And holy cow that's fast!

Oh yeah, and it turns out one of my favorite m/m authors, Kaje Harper, will be in the anthology. Muy exciting!

Gonna turn back to those edits, but here's a little peek at how Nico the feline spends his evenings:


Yup, the little furbaby is using a Pillow Pet for its eponymous purpose. :)

More info soon on the anthology!

Madly dashing to make dashing edits,
NJ