But Stormy, what’s up with that cover?

GYM DANDY, my first full length boy-meets-boy romance, re-releases this week.

Here’s the new cover:

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I’m noticing a slight similarity. You?

This is because I purchased the rights to that art after commissioning it exclusively for the book. I had gone on to Deviant Art and run a “bake off” by posting that I’d pay $100 to anyone who came up with a great cover for my book. Now this was 2008 so I had no idea what to offer. Several artists tendered drawings, and I loved this one by Miss Martinez. Once we had the final artwork, she signed a release and I sent her a cheque for $150. I was that pleased.

Deana C. Jamroz dropped in the titles for the MLR version, which looked great!

Now, my new fave cover artist, Willsin Rowe, reworked the titles to include the nifty new identifying banner he’d designed and now we have… ta da! A same-only-different cover for the re-release.

The text has been edited a little… and proofed a lot.

You can find more info here, or preorder here: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Kobo / AllRomanceEbooks

 

 

2 down, 2 to go…Cover reveals & releases

2 out of 3

One more day till I reveal the new cover for Gym Dandy. But if you can’t wait, you can see the cover and pre-order the book at Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Kobo / AllRomanceEbooks

GYM DANDY: A gay tale of seduction and denial, humor and sweat.

Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar?

After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with his handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriends, bitchy bosses, the cable guy.

Victor and Doug’s charming love story is funny and angsty, touching on subjects both serious and humorous. It’s a little erotic and a lot entertaining, featuring clever plot twists, engaging characters, and a happy ending. There’s even a dog!

“GYM DANDY is a delightful read that will make you laugh and smile and believe in romance again.” Greg Herren, author The Scotty Bradley Series

Full-length novel, approx. 250 pages.

Two rent boys! For only $1.99!

Tart_Soul_200Tart & Soul released today! Young hookers in love. What’s not to like?

Get it now: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Kobo / AllRomanceEbooks

It’s a business doing pleasure with you.

A fun, angsty and sexy tale of young hookers in love.

Cameron Fairchild is an ex-marine plagued by weird allergies and atypical PTSD. Following a violent incident in an upscale department store, the courts release him into the custody of his mother, San Francisco’s premiere madam!

He learns a great deal at his mother’s knee, including how to get down on his own. During the course of his internship, he falls for a pretty young man he first attempts to recruit and later rescues from a nasty pimp. Together, they find love and happiness and a brand spankin’ new definition of monogamy.

TART & SOUL: A male/male contemporary romance (previously published by Torquere Press)
Novella, approx. 75 pages. Available in digital format only.

 

Rent boys for all! Cover Reveal!

Tart_Soul_200AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW. RELEASES WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014.

Get it now: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Kobo / AllRomanceEbooks

 

It’s a business doing pleasure with you.

A fun, angsty and sexy tale of young hookers in love.

Cameron Fairchild is an ex-marine plagued by weird allergies and atypical PTSD. Following a violent incident in an upscale department store, the courts release him into the custody of his mother, San Francisco’s premiere madam!

He learns a great deal at his mother’s knee, including how to get down on his own. During the course of his internship, he falls for a pretty young man he first attempts to recruit and later rescues from a nasty pimp. Together, they find love and happiness and a brand spankin’ new definition of monogamy.

TART & SOUL: A male/male contemporary romance (previously published by Torquere Press)
Novella, approx. 75 pages. Available in digital format only.

Reviews (More reviews, below.)
“not your average m/m romance”
“original gay romance with a sense of humor”
“refreshing, at times even wacky”
“strange but interesting”
“one of the most unlikely romances I’ve had the pleasure of reading”
“an unusual and charming story”

Prologue…          Let Us Spray

Harsh fluorescents lit cold, still forms. Unnatural limbs twisted in grim postures. Cameron Fairchild felt covetous eyes tracking his feints and dodges as he threaded his way through unfamiliar terrain. He reached for his sidearm. Shit. Shit. Shit! Gone, along with his military career.

One of the locals approached him. He rebuffed her smoothly, unsure whom to trust. Desperately out of his element, Cam needed to survey the territory before attempting contact.

Sweat dampened his palms, leaving faint marks on the things he touched in passing. His heart rate spiked and his breathing grew erratic as he passed anxiety on his way to full-blown panic. He spied a man waiting in ambush around the next corner. A khaki-clad woman advanced from Cam’s left. Footsteps clack-clacked behind him. He swung right in terror, frantic to escape, his grasp on reality slipping.

A frontal attack then, a young boy with a chemical spray. Cam clawed at his eyes, mind racing through deadly possibilities: saran gas, napalm, cyanide. Which one smelled of sandalwood? Cam twisted round, swinging, felling his assailant with a fierce right hook.

His skin itched and burned and his eyes swelled shut, even as he tore his chemical-soaked clothing from his body, gasping and choking.

The enemy surrounded him now, a barrage of noise and fury. Cam, naked, weaponless and half-blind, struggled and fought. He kicked and punched at shadowy outlines until something cracked across the back of his head. His last blow flew wide as he folded in on himself, collapsing to the floor in slow motion. Black pinpricks danced across his vision, expanding and overlapping until nothing remained but darkness.

 

MORE REVIEWS

5 out of 5 stars! A short novel, strange but interesting. Tart and Soul is a light tale. At times it almost seems like an old movie set in a difficult and dangerous era, but inside the movie all goes right, and the reality never breaks the good mood of the story. The resolution to the most difficult situations is always simple and fast. ~ Elisa Rolle, Eliza’s Reviews

5 out of 5 stars! Tart and Soul is a one of the most unlikely romances I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. …Cam [is] an intriguing character that will charm you despite the unlikely setting. Joshua is more of a secondary character to Cam’s actions but he serves to provide a humorous foil to Cam’s seriousness and to bring a little light into his life. From start to finish Cam and Joshua will capture your attention and then your heart as they clumsily make their way to a life together. Get yourself Tart and Soul the next time you are in the mood for an unusual but charming read! ~ Sabella, for Joyfully Reviewed

5 out of 5 stars! Original gay romance with a sense of humor. Fun characters and a twist on the usual m/m romance make this a short fiction well worth the bit of pocket change it costs to make it yours. This is not your average m/m romance by any means. The character who did endear, besides Cam, is Joshua. Grace’s machinations do bring Cam some direction in the midst of a rough patch in his life, and something clicks when he and Joshua meet. Their meeting is fun and the author does a nice job of giving us their backstories as the two men become acquainted. And vivid backstories they do have, these boys. :) I enjoyed the way the author kept everything moving with a fresh, funny appeal. The characters were wonderfully fleshed out, despite the story’s length, and even a couple of minor characters came as vividly to life, helped by the smart details the author slips in.

My favorite part of the story was the way in which Cam and Joshua find each other again and the ensuing sweetness as they reconnect emotionally and physically. I was wishing this story had been longer, because I wanted more of their relationship. The author has a crisp, uncluttered writing style and a good eye for the right detail to set a scene. I could see it all quite clearly, especially the brothel. I recommend this story to readers looking for something entertainingly off-the-wall, with enough charm to thoroughly win you over, and characters that are memorable and likeable. I will be looking out for more from this author, too.
~ grrluknow, posted to Amazon.com

5 out of 5 stars! This one is refreshing, at times even wacky. Cameron is almost a war hero and you would have thought he is 100% alpha. But he is still very much a “Mummy’s boy” at heart. This may just be a single shot but its cast of characters is well developed. The plot is entertaining, amusing and the romance sweet. I would love to read more from this writer. ~ Robyn Sumire, Posted to the Torquere website

This short yet definitely sweet story was an absolute pleasure to read. Once again, I am not disappointed by author Storm Grant and her amazing storytelling talents. The plot was entertaining and full of drama. The characters were full of life and the sexual tension between Cam and Joshua were very much evident and believable. In addition, I particularly enjoyed the close relationships of Cam to his unconventional mother and father. Thank you Storm Grant for yet another incredibly enjoyable reading experience. ~Jasmina Vallombrosa, TCM Reviews

 

5 Star review for Darkness Falls!

Gina X. Grant:

You will love this book! Jamie creates characters so relatable you’ll want to invite them for coffee!

Originally posted on jamielynnm:

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Received a wonderful 5 Star review today for Darkness Falls from Carly’s Book Reviews:

http://carlysbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/darkness-falls.html?zx=fe520a26ae3ec261

 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 
Matthew and Daniel are best friends and co-workers, but their lives are shadowed by darkness. Matthew is in love with his best friend, but afraid to reveal his feelings and lose their friendship. When Daniel is injured on-set and loses his eyesight, he no longer feels that his life has purpose.
 
When the proximity of caring for Daniel finally brings Matthew’s true feelings for his friend to light, Daniel is overwhelmed by Matthew’s love, and returns it wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, the darkness is still there, clouding their relationship, as Daniel’s inability to adjust to his blindness threatens their new bond.
 
An emotionally engaging love story, DARKNESS FALLS is well written, with flawed yet honest characters. When life changes unexpectedly, rolling with the punches and maintaining a…

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Sex and cats! Together… (well, not together together…)

A brand new excerpt from re-released just this week SHIFT HAPPENS! ShiftHappens_200

Chapter 4. Escape Claws

Adrian awoke from the best sex he’d had in ages.

In fact, it was the only sex he’d had in ages. Slowly it dawned on him that he’d fallen asleep in his living room chair, and his dreamy lover was only a dream. Military type, eh? He hadn’t had the generic soldier fantasy in a while.

After the day he’d had, his subconscious probably felt it needed to surrender control to an authority figure. Or maybe it had been inspired by all those uniformed cops who’d poked around last night. He’d thought Officer Eddy kind of cute, if only the guy hadn’t taken the role of bad cop quite so seriously. Regardless of the inspiration, his dream lover’s buzz cut and hard body had been sexy as hell.

He sighed and stretched, his neck cracking painfully. The room was inky dark. A glance at the window said morning was still a long way off. He really should go lie down, but somehow he just couldn’t. How could he lie in the comfort of his warm, soft bed when Violet lay on a cold metal table somewhere? His only knowledge of morgues came from TV, but they’d pretty consistently been cold rooms filled with lockers of dead people. He shivered as if he were the one lying on the cold metal table. His eyes burned, but he still couldn’t cry.

Shifting a bit, Adrian realized he needed to change his pants and went to clean up without turning on the light.

He returned to his chair sporting fresh shorts. He curled up again, hooking the hassock closer and tucking the blanket around him again. Deliberately not thinking about the evening’s tragic events, he dozed…

Only to startle awake, fog-headed and panicky. What was that? A scratching noise? What the hell? One more shock, and he’d shoot right out of his chair and end up hanging from the ceiling, nails dug into the plaster like some cartoon kitty.

The scratching noise became a clicking. He could hear it coming across the floor toward him. Unable to parse the darkness, he huddled deeper beneath the blanket. Still groggy with sleep, he childishly hoped the thin fabric would shield him from whatever evil moved inexorably his way.

Closer, closer it came, halting in the shadows right before his chair. Suddenly, something landed in his lap. Something hard and sharp! He leapt from the chair with a squawk, tripping on his failed security blanket.

His third pass at the lamp illuminated the room, throwing a pool of light on the blanket that bubbled and hissed on the floor.

His eyes adjusted and he watched in groggy confusion as the discarded blanket writhed about like some boneless ghost seizing on his apartment floor. Adrian’s stomach flip-flopped, and it wasn’t exactly his heart that came up into his mouth.

Eventually, the truth sank into his foggy brain. It wasn’t the blanket itself that was possessed; it was wrapped around something—something that struggled and hissed. Too big for a mouse, it must be a rat. How could he contain it? He couldn’t just grab the blanket since whatever-it-was could probably bite right through it. It might be rabid.

As he watched, the thing under the blanket managed to work its way to one side, finally nosing its whiskery little face out from under. It surveyed the room once before streaking toward the kitchen and disappearing under the little table.

A cat. Adrian shuddered. How had a freakin’ cat gotten into the apartment? It had to go. Now.

He headed toward the apartment door, trying to figure how he’d coax the damn thing back out. It was probably someone’s beloved pet, and they’d be worried sick. It must have sneaked inside last night during all the…

And then he remembered. It was Violet’s cat, Pixel. And Violet wasn’t going to be able to care for him ever again. This, more than anything else, finally brought home the grim reality of Violet’s death. He fell back in the chair, wrapping the not-possessed blanket around himself again. He couldn’t really be blamed if, when the cat jumped in his lap a second time, he let it stay, maybe even scratched it behind the ears a little.

Nor did Pixel seem to mind if it got a little tear-stained.

More details here.

Or buy it at any of your fave etailers: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca, Kobo, or AllRomanceEbooks

 

Get your shifty read today!

TODAY! Shift Happens is available from all your fave retailers:

Buy it now from Amazon.com / Amazon.ca

Buy it now from Kobo

Buy it now from AllRomanceEbooks

And all my other books are available at these sites, too.

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GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER!

Pre-order today for release tomorrow!

Buy it here: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca

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Cue STRIPPER music for the BIG REVEAL!

Here’s the first of my new book covers… for fan-fave SHIFT HAPPENS… drum roll please…. And sing it with me now… Da da, da da, dum duh dum dah…

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Take it off, baby! Let’s see what ya got!

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Can’t see. Bigger is better. I can’t wait!

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Ta da! Cue the big finish! SHIFT HAPPENS: A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A QUEST!

Is that not awesome? Cover artist Willsin Rowe outdid himself.

More info on the book, here.

To pre-order on Amazon, go here.

Whose idea was 5 books in 5 weeks? Yikes!

I woke up at 4:00 A!M! again today. I was sure once I started self-publishing, I wouldn’t wake up stressed each day, but then I set myself these crazy deadlines. And the problem with being your own boss? You can’t quit!

The 4 re-leases are written and ready for formatting–that is, they’re formatted in Word, and ready to go to Jutoh. I’m struggling with the print versions, but don’t need those right away.

Then it’s uploading to Kobo, Amazon and iTunes. Then adding in the buy links from one to the other in each book. (That is, the Amazon version can only link back to Amazon. You can’t include buy links to other etailers. Which means 5 books x 3 etailers = 15 ebook versions + print. The I have to figure out how to get on Barnes & Noble since they only let American taxpayers upload directly and I’m Canadian.) You have to upload the books to get the buy links, then reformat the Jutoh/Word versions to include the buy links, then re-upload. No wonder people are willing to pay for author services!

Lost Boys 2.0 is half edited. I’ve told myself that if I finish the editing by Monday, I can go to Value Village’s 50% off sale. Now that’s writing incentive!

I’ve already done a couple of chapters this morning. Now back at it.

And just in case you want to invite me for a guest blog or review, here’s the info graphic again:

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