For the Love of Chequered Shirts

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I don’t see myself as a romance author. I’m fully aware of writing romance. It isn’t that I sit down and write about to two people falling in love thinking I’m writing a thriller – I’m not that delusional…yet. But, if someone asks me what I write I usually say that I’m mostly writing speculative fiction, horror and weird and that my format of choice is flash fiction.

NortownTherefore it’s really funny that my most read stories are about lumberjacks who live in a fictive village in the middle of nowhere. Nortown is where they fall in love, most often with other lumberjacks.  And don’t get me wrong, I love writing these stories, but I do so with a giggle.

It all started during NaNoWriMo 2015. I wrote Once in a Snowstorm during the first half of November, cramming as many tropes and cliches into one single story as I possibly could. Debbie McGowan, my editor/publisher, then waved her magic wand, and in December Aiden and Tristan saw the light of day.

I never meant for it to be more than that. I didn’t have any plans of making it into series, but something about Nortown stayed with me, and not long after I started writing Once in a Forest.

Since Once in a Snowstorm, I’ve concentrated on a few tropes for each story instead of trying to get as many as possible in there, at least if we’re talking theme tropes. All those other about looks, top vs bottom etc are still there. But what we have so far is:

  • Once in a Snowstorm: A mishmash of every possible trope ever found, but with stranded (trapped in a snowstorm) being the main trope.
  • Once in a Forest: Out for You, Bottom for You.
  • Once in May: The Healing Power of Sperm.

And between them, we have Aiden and Tristan shorts, and they’re just about one thing really. The Empty Egg and Happy Endings are more about moans and groans than plot.

Tomorrow, it’s time for two new men to see the world. Chris, we’ve already met in the previous books, he is the guy standing by the checkout counter in Nortown’s only shop and then we have Gabe who was born simply to become the main character in Once in the Underworld. Gabe is in witness protection and is being hidden in Nortown. So to add tropes to the list:

  • Once in the Underworld: Fish out of Water, Beautiful all along (or ugly duckling or whatever you want to call it)

And of course, there’s a little short Aiden and Tristan following. Just Words is smut in the woods where only the birds will hear you moan LOL.

Both Once in the Underworld and Just words are up fro pre-order, though tomorrow they’ll be up for real. You find them here:

Once in the Underworld:

Just Words:


 

Valentine Giveaway | He Melted Us

One year ago tomorrow He Melted Us was released as part of the Love Unlocked Anthology.

On the 1st of June 2015 the padlocks on Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche in Paris were removed. For years people had gone there to place their lock a symbol of their love. Each story in the Love Unlocked Anthology represents one lock, placed somewhere in the world.

He Melted Us is one of the craziest stories I’ve ever written. I love writing derange character, and I had a laugh writing this one, but I fear it’s infuriatingly stupid LOL.

But, since it’s both Valentine and anniversary, I’m inviting you all in to take part of Delron and Phillipe’s world.

I’ve set up a giveaway at InstaFreebie that last for a week (to the 20th).

Get it here!


All Delron wants is to live his life with Phillipe, but when their love lock is stolen from Pont des Art, their relationship is in jeopardy. Without the lock holding them together, Delron is convinced they’ll crash and burn. The only way he can save their relationship is to find the stolen lock, and that is just what he plans to do, no matter what.

Phillipe loves Delron, he really does, but it’s driving him insane that Delron can’t see that a padlock is simply a piece of metal. The lock has nothing to do with them, not really. Up until the night the lock was stolen, their life was great, but Del’s crazy behaviour has Phillipe wondering if he has ever really known his boyfriend.

Delron’s search leads him through art-filled Paris, but will a symbol of love ever be enough to soothe the mistrust his quest has planted in Phillipe? Phillipe always thought he’d spend the rest of his life with Del, but who can live with anyone willing to break the law just to find a padlock when they can buy a new one in just about any shop?

The Best Year Ever

The first of January! I do love the first of January, it’s my favourite day of the whole year. Everything seems new and fresh, though I have to admit this first of January has caught me a bit unprepared.

I usually have everything figured out goal-wise but I haven’t this year. There are too many uncertain things looming for me to have the slightest idea of how much time I’ll be able to spend writing. The horrible truth is I might have to get a job *shudder*. A real job, with working hours and time away from the computer, and kids in nursery schools and whatnots. I’ll stick my head in the sand for a bit longer and pretend I have all the time in the world to write but…

So…was 2016 the Best Year Ever?

 

I guess it depends on how you see things. I have refrained from making any political statements throughout the year, but how can a year where an orange man has been elected president of the USA, the UK has decided to leave EU, refugees have been, and still are, running for their lives only to drown on their way to safety, unassuming people were shot when they were out dancing, run over by a truck, or blown to pieces by some lunatic somewhere – how can that be considered the best year ever?

Did I reach my personal goals for 2016 – yes I did. I said to write six stories, and I wrote eight. Or that’s not entirely true, one of those stories was written during 2015 but published in 2016. So seven stories were written and eight stories published.

  • He Melted Us (Part of the Love Unlocked Anthology)
  • Falling Through
  • Once in a Forest (Nortown #2)
  • The Empty Egg (Nortown #2.5)
  • Once in May (Nortwon #3)
  • Happy Endings (Nortown 3.5)
  • Deadly Lies (Deadly Sugar#2)(Part of Buried Desires #2)
  • Deadly Dates (Deadly Sugar 2.5)
  • The Maddest of Men

I realise now that that makes nine, but we can pretend Deadly Dates doesn’t count since it’s not really published anywhere else but here. Still, I’m not really sure 2016 can be names the best year ever.

Will 2017 be the Best Year Ever?

 

I sure hope so, but the things I mentioned above are still happening, aren’t they? But my personal hopes and wants for 2017, apart from peace on earth, are to:

  • Finish the Nortown series – I’ve written a first draft of Nortown #4 and will start working on that now so I can send it to my publisher. Then I’m planning two additional stories. If I can write them both in 2017 I don’t know, but I hope so.
  • Write a sequel to The Maddest of Men
  • Write a sequel to Falling Through
  • Write a sequel to Blood on Sand

It’s somewhere here I realise I’ll never have the time to write everything I want to this year, because not only do I want to write the six stories I’ve listed above, I also want to do some collaborations.

I hope Beaten Track puts together an anthology this year too and for the last two years I’ve done something with Amy Spector and that’s always fun so I hope we can do something and maybe fool Claire Davis and Al Stewart into joining us…but none of that is decided yet. I also have a couple of drafts on other stories lying around that I really should have a second look at – a spring cleaning of my notice boards is in order.

So will 2017 be the best year ever? Well, we all have to try our best to make it that.


Book Cover He Melted Us Ofelia Gränd Book Cover Love Unlocked Beaten Track Publishing Book Cover Falling Through Ofelia Gränd Book Cover Once in a Forest Ofelia Gränd Book Cover The Empty Egg Ofelia Gränd Book Cover Once in May Ofelia Gränd Book Cover Happy Endings Ofelia Gränd Book Cover Deadly Lies Ofelia Gränd Book Cover Buried Desires #2 Ofelia Gränd and Amy Spector Book Cover Deadly Dates (Deadly Sugar #2.5) Ofelia Gränd Book Cover The Deadly Usgar Collection Ofelia Gränd Book Cover The MAddest of Men Ofelia Gränd