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July 24, 2015

Quickie Post - quick like lightning! ;)

Hi, folks! I realized it's been ages since I updated, so I thought I'd pop in with a quickie update. Of course, midnight is totally the best time for me to be doing this update. Of course. I'm hopeless. *smh*

Writing-wise, I'm working on a Super Secret Shenanigans project. If all goes as planned, it'll be super fun, sweet, smutty, and awesome--and you'll have my new story in October. *grins*

Related to that, I wanted to mention October...and...GRL! Are any of you going to Gay Rom Lit in San Diego? If you are, please do say hi! I swear I'm not scary and won't bite (except maybe to nibble on my lower lip and bat my eyelashes coyly if you're into that kind of thing, y'know, yeah?). *winks* Anyway, I'll be there with some doodads and stuff, so stop by my table during *gulps* supporting author time, grab doodads, and say hi! And also stop me if you want to chat or if you want to hang out or get up to shenanigans!

Once I finish my Super Secret Shenanigans WIP (which will hopefully be done within the next week), my next HUGE project is migrating my blog/site over to another host. The big news there is my site will have a new feed! So if you're subscribed via RSS or email, first of all, THANK YOU! I <3 you guys so much! And second of all, you'll have to resubscribe once I have the new site up and running. I'm so so sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm gonna do my damnedest to make sure the new site is 1000% prettier!

Anyway, that's it for now. A quickie update and a hello! I hope your summers are going smashingly well!

Nico ♥

June 27, 2015

It's a beautiful day!

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality yesterday, and it is an awesome start to a wonderful weekend! *sprinkles rainbows and glitter everywhere*

In honor of the historic ruling and San Francisco's Pride weekend, here's a coupon code to download A Time for Loving for FREE on Smashwords this weekend. :D Because a free story with an HEA feels like a great way to celebrate so many same sex couples getting their HEAs this week!

Coupon: EM49P
Expires: June 29, 2015

I also have another freebie that's available. The Frat Brat came out earlier this month, and I've finally uploaded it to various sites for downloads, too.

You can pick up your own copy of The Frat Brat here:

Hope you all enjoy the freebies! If you do, drop me a review if you get a chance. ^__^

Also, squishy hugs and thank yous to everyone who has read Where There's Smoke. Thank you for the kind words and wonderful reviews! You inspire me to keep putting pen to paper (or, more accurately, fingers to keyboard!).

Happy reading and happy Pride, everyone!

Nico ♥

June 11, 2015

Freebie Alert!

It's been a busy busy week or two! Just popping in to say my freebie story, The Frat Brat, is available right now from the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. :D Woop woop!

In fact, the downloadable files went live today, so swing by the M/M Romance Group's website to pick up your FREE ebook copy here:

If you'd rather wait for it on Amazon or Smashwords, I'll be loading it up there, too....eventually. :)

This story is pretty much PWP. Actually, as I told my buddy Piper Vaughn, it's PWTP (porn with tiny plot). *shameless grin* It's about a frat brother...and his fellow frat brother...and a lost bet that leads to some scandalous sexytimes. Here's the super duper rough sketch of a blurb:

Kyle Fenton's nickname around his fraternity may as well be "Shameless Flirt." Out and proud to his frat, he's more than happy to live up to that reputation, especially when new frat brother Daisuke "Dice" Keto moves in. However, Dice's reaction to Kyle's antics is cryptic at best, and it'll take a lost bet--and a sexy rendezvous with a "Secret Admirer"--to clarify the situation.

Anyway, that's the scoop!

In Where There's Smoke news, there's a massive sale at Dreamspinner Press. Everything is 30% off! Like whoa! If you haven't checked it out, then you can grab a copy of Smoke at a 30% discount right now:

Finally, I'm thrilled to share that Smoke is up for "Book of the Week" over at Love Bytes Reviews: Honestly, I'm truly honored simply to be nominated. Thanks, Love Bytes! And a double thanks for the awesomely hilarious review. :D

I'm incredibly grateful to everyone for the kind words and the awesome reception for Where There's Smoke. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This story is my super smuffy baby, and David is my boo. It warms my gooey center to know that people are loving David and Zach.

May 31, 2015

"Where There's Smoke" is HERE!

Dreamspinner Press's 2015 Daily Dose "Never Too Late" package is LIVE. I'm thrilled to report that my contribution to the package, Where There's Smoke is now available for purchase on Dreamspinner Press's site. Woop woop!

You said you wanted a kit-kat to play a starring role? You said you wanted a dorky medieval studies professor? You said you wanted a hottie good Samaritan firefighter? You said you wanted them to be neighbors?


Where There's Smoke is a novella-length story featuring all that and more! It's chock full of good feels, good folks, and good sexytimes (if I do say so myself). ;)

This story has smuff galore, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

If you've already signed up and bought the Daily Dose package, then this story will magically appear for your reading pleasure some time in June! If you haven't, though, and you'd like to read all about Professor Waterman as he tries to tell himself he doesn't need a man in his life--namely, Mr. Zach Ford, neighborhood hero, then grab the ebook as an individual title. =)

You can pick up your copy of Where There's Smoke at Dreamspinner Press's website here:

I also have a bit of personal news to relate!

See that kit-kat cover?

Well, here's a kit-kat of my own!

This is Rudy Diego, whom I adopted earlier this month. He is pawesome. :D His name is Rudy (short for Rodolfo) because he looked like a Rudy.... His middle name is Diego because he was an intrepid explorer when I brought him home from the shelter. Diego is Dora the Explorer's friend, for those of you wondering. He also has a lucky toe (like Nemo's lucky fin) if you look closely at the paw on the lefthand side. One pink toe in a sea of dark paw pads!

A week from today, it'll be a year since Nico-kitteh passed away of cancer. Honestly, going through Nico-kitteh's illness and death broke my heart, and it's taken me a while to recover. Finally, though, I'm ready for another kitty in my life, and Rudy is a sweetie who captured my heart when I visited the shelter.

Anyway, kit-kat news galore! :)

I hope you all are doing fabulously well and that your own kit-kats or other furbabies are enjoying the spring. Happy June, folks!

Nico ♥

April 27, 2015

I have a cover for my freebie story, "The Frat Brat."

Um....see the title of this post. :D It's a cover, and it's scandalous!

I can't really go wrong with a shirtless dude, right? The Frat Brat is my freebie story that's coming out this summer through the Don't Read in the Closet event on Goodreads. Once it's available, I'll be posting information on where to read it, plus (eventually!) I'll make it available on Amazon and the other usual suspects.

Here's the cover:

So....shirtless dude FTW, right?? The Frat Brat is a short story full of innuendo, teasing, and uhhh...porny stuff. As a sneak peek, here's a look at the tags I sent the event organizers. Literally, this is how the story will be presented:
Tags: college, fraternity, gay for you, first time, secret crush, Asian, teasing, blindfold, porntastic, fluff
Wahoo! Basically, porntastic and fluff mean this story is pure smuff! Per my usual, y'know. ;)

Also coming soon is the cover for my short novella Where There's Smoke, which will be available from Dreamspinner Press in June! The story will feature a medieval studies professor and his fireman they get to be verrrrry friendly and neighborly with each other.

Otherwise, not much going on in my neck of the woods. I have an idea percolating for a yeti shifter (probably a holiday-themed story!), but what I really need to do is get focused on my HJKTIY sequel. But if the yeti shifter just won't stop yeti-ing into my ear, I just might have to take his hand and let him lead me into those woods.

Hope you're all doing well and reading lots of fun stuff!

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 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.


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 ♥