Pre-orders, pre-orders, preorders!

I have two, two books up for pre-order!

The first is a brand new book, Outside the Lines, which will be released on October 16th. It’s up for pre-order at Riptide publishing. (There will also be a cover reveal soooooon. And the cover is lovely.)

If you’ll be at GayRomLit, I’m pretty sure Riptide will have paper copies for sale there.

Here’s the Blurb:

Miniature artist Ian Meyer has one week to rebuild his damaged set. Needing help, he goes to End o’ Earth, the local comic and gaming shop. Owner Simon Derry pushes all of Ian’s buttons, and he also has steady hands and the skills Ian needs.

Before they can even grab a beer, Ian meets Lydia Derry, Simon’s wife. If Ian had any interest in women, he’d suggest a threesome, but then Simon explains that he and Lydia are polyamorous, and if Ian wants Simon, neither of them will complain. If anything, Lydia encourages the relationship.

Ian’s all in, and it’s fantastic working with Simon to piece together his set and then take each other apart at night. His friendship with Lydia grows too. The only problem is, the more time he spends with Simon, the more he wants everything Simon already has with Lydia: A house. A cat. A commitment. So Ian runs, and shatters the trust he has with them both—right when they need him the most. Piecing their relationships back together might prove harder than a smashed set.

Outside the Lines is part of Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay series, (and some favorite characters show up) but it can be read as a standalone with no issues whatsoever. It’s fun and campy and geeky and sweet and really hot, kinda all rolled into one. I had a lot of fun writing the book and I really hope people enjoy it. It’s a little different of a take on what “happy ever after” means, but it’s one that’s true for a lot of people.

The second pre-order is the re-release of my erotic paranormal romance Close Quarter! I’m releasing that on August 15th.

On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?

You can pre-order the new version in Amazon.

New Close Quarter Cover

I’m in the process of setting up a paperback copy, but I’ll need to order a proof and all that, so I’m not sure when that’ll go live, but I should have copies in time for GayRomLit, too!

Close Quarter Cover Reveal!

Hey all! I have a new cover for you all to see!

I’m going to be re-releasing my first published novel, Close Quarter, on August 15th. Close Quarter is an erotic paranormal romance that features a fae vampire hunter, a literal boat full of vampires, magic swords, and a grieving sculptor who’s had his world turned upside down.

But before we get to the reveal, I want to talk about how the book came about.

Before I wrote Close Quarter, I’d spent three years working on my MFA, which involved writing a novel. I wrote a 100,000 word mashup between epic and urban fantasy, set on a non-earth world. Then I wrote most of a prequel to that. By the time I graduated, I wanted to write something different and fun and sexy and hot and lighthearted.

So I started this story about a fae who hunted vampires and the dude he meets on a transatlantic cruise. Then I went on a cruise. A good portion of Close Quarter was written on the deck of a ship cruising around the Mediterranean sea.

The story was all the things I wanted it to be, except perhaps lighthearted.

It’s definitely an erotic romance. If you’ve read the Takeover books…I actually think there’s more sex in Close Quarter, if you can believe that. It’s also quite dark in places, since the vampires in this book are monsters. They’re not misunderstood. They want to consume you, blood, flesh, soul, in the most agonizing way possible. If you like vampire heroes… you’re not going to find them in this book.

But if you like something a little different when it comes to paranormal, maybe come on a cruise with Rhys and Silas…

On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?

And now for the lovely new Garrett Leigh cover! I wanted something a bit more dark, but also sexy AF.

Let me know what you think!

New Close Quarter Cover

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New Series and Other News

Well hello there. It’s been forever since I updated my blog. *hangs head in shame*

Daily Grind, the 4th Takeover book, has been out for about three months, and I am grateful for all the reviews and love the book has gotten! I’m so happy folks have enjoyed Brian and Rob’s story!

Folks have been asking if there will be more Takeover stories, and yes, eventually. But I’m going to be taking a little break from Sam Anderson and his crew to work on two new books. And I can finally talk about them! Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

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I sold two rock star novels to Carina Press! The first one is Syncopation, and it, as the announcement says, follows the lead singer of a band on the rocks as he attempts to salvage his career and manage his feelings for the band’s new drummer — who happens to be his unattainable high school crush.

Basically, it’s a reunited, unrequited enemies to lovers with snark, kink, attitude, a queer rock band, and a lot of self-discovery. I’m so looking forward to introducing you to Ray Van Zeller, a singer with too much anxiety and the weight of the world on his shoulders, and to Zavier Demos, a drummer who really is that good at beating skin.

Counterpoint is the second book of the series, which which will follow the lead guitarist as he navigates his public and private life, which he’s managed to keep separate, until they run straight into each other.

They should both be out next year.

But what about this year?? Well, October should see the release of a Bluewater Bay book I wrote for Ripetide: Outside the Lines, which is the poly romance I’ve been talking a little bit on twitter about.

I owe you all a Takeover short story, so I’ll be releasing one that’s basically Eli and Justin’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner for Eli’s relatives. Justin’s cooking. (Be afraid.) Look for that, hopefully, in early to mid November.

Last but not least, I’ll be re-releasing my paranormal romance Close Quarter, probably in July. I have a lovely new cover by Garrett Leigh, too. Wait until you see it!

More on that later.

Daily Grind is Out! Plus Blog Tour

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Daily Grind is out in the world today! I’m so excited to share Brain and Rob’s story with you. It’s available in both ebook and audio book, and all the buy links, plus the first chapter are here.

In the meantime, I’m on tour! I’ll be updating this page with my blog tour stops. Stop by my stops for some guest posts, and some excerpts.

Feb 20: An author of the week interview at Scandalicious

Feb 20: Character Profiles of Brian and Rob + Giveaway at Alpha Book Club

Feb 21: A little bit about Brian and Bisexuality at Two Chicks Obsessed

Feb 21: My trouble with playlists over at Gay Book Reviews

Feb 21: Researching the city in which I live over at The Novel Approach

Feb 22: My romance with Coffee at From Top to Bottom Reviews

Feb 23: The writing Process of Daily Grind over at Wicked Little Pixie

Feb 25: Excerpt over at Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

Feb 25: Interview over at JL Gribble’s Blog

Feb 27: A little about Coffee Shop AUs and a recipe at Back Porch Reader

Feb 28: El interviews me over at Just Love Reviews

Mar 1: I talk about what’s next with Takeover over at Prism Book Alliance

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Almost time for some Daily Grind

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Spain!

That is, it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m a week out from the release of Daily Grind, and I’m sitting in my PJs on a couch in a villa in Spain. Yesterday, I visited the Alhambra, which is a pretty magical place. And yes, I had coffee from the cafe there. The coffee here is nice and reminds me of the coffee in Italy.

It seems to be a thing with me and traveling right before a book release. I was flying home from London the day Takeover came out, and I’ll be heading home from Spain the day before Daily Grind releases.

There’s already been some very nice reviews of Daily Grind, and I’m so happy people are connecting with the book. All my books are special to me, but this one in particular is probably the most me of my books. It’s also the most Pittsburgh. But I’ll end up covering that during the blog tour

Ah yes, there’s going to be a blog tour for Daily Grind! I’ll be posting links to those posts when I have them. If you want to read the first chapter, I’ve posted that on the book page for Daily Grind. You’ll also find links to the places you can pre-order the book.

Oh! It’ll also be coming out in audio at the same time, so if you’d prefer the audio book, you can pre-order from Audible, too.

That’s it from me for now. I’ll leave you with a view of Granada from the gardens above the Alhambra.

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Happy New Year, at last!

As I look back on the year, 2016 was both good and hard for me.

There’s been far more good than hard, though.

Good things:

I turned in two books: Due Diligence and Daily Grind, proving to myself that I could write two books in a year’s time.

Due Diligence came out in July and I’m really proud of that book. I know Just Business is more of a favorite for most people, but lovely, screwed up Fazil and his issues with self-worth are near and dear to my heart. As is the exploration of how we view our pasts and what we did, especially when we find out that maybe things weren’t quite what we thought.

I finally wrote my epilogue to Takeover. I still have a bunch of other Takeover shorts to write, but that was one I’d been wanting to get done for a while.

I contracted to write a poly romance for Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay series. It should come out in October of 2017, and is tentatively titled Outside the Lines.

I blurbed a book! That was wicked cool! I ended up being ask to blurb Lilah Pace’s His Royal Secret and wow, what a good duology.

I went to New York and met C.S. Pacat (of Captive Prince fame) and hung out with Elyse Springer in May. The most magical thing of all was that El and me saw Hamilton because I somehow miraculously won the lottery. I still can’t believe it!

I started reading again, because I realized I hadn’t been and I missed it. It’s like a brain cleanse that helps me with my writing. I read a lot of paranormal m/m. I read all of KJ Charles’s Charm of Magpie books, and I’m working my way through both Jordan L Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffen books and Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop books. They’ve all made me want to get back to my own paranormal world of Close Quarter. Yes. I promise.

And because of that, I resurrected an urban fantasy I’d been working on, spruced up the six chapters I’d written, wrote a synopsis and gave it to my agent to see if I should stick it back in the trunk or not. It’s set in the same world as Close Quarter, but different characters and no romance. It stars one of the first characters my head ever came up with.

I came out as bi and genderfluid to my family. It went well. I’m all over the place on pronouns, though I do know I really hate Ms. And Ma’am. But other than that, I’m fine. I actually have different pronouns listed in different spaces, so whatever. When/if I settle, I’ll let yinz know.

I lost ten pounds this year and am pretty much where I want to be weight-wise now. It feels like I lost lot more, but I think it’s mainly because all my fat shifted around or vanished. People kept asking me if I was okay, because my face suddenly got much thinner and I dropped from a size 12 woman’s to a loose 10 (I’m 30 x 32 men’s) and I guess they were afraid I was sick…but I’m not much lighter than I was? It’s weird

I bought my first suit. I’ve also been wearing masc close to work, which has been wonderful. I finally feel more like me.

Things that were rough:

Daily Grind’s release got pushed back from December to February. Not my fault. Just something that happens, but it was still a blow.

I’ve been more up and down emotionally. It’s perimenopause, basically. No one says it’s kind of like reverse puberty, but it’s kind of like reverse puberty and it sucks. I’m doing a lot more self-care and I’ve been going to a councilor. My mom says I’ll feel a lot better once I’m on the other side of it.

I ended up at the ER twice, once for a bad reaction to a medicine (that I am no longer taking) and once because of weird heart palpitations, but the upshot is that I’m fine. I just need to be less stressed. (See also self-care and councilor.)

I’m still figuring out the whole genderqueer thing and what it means (like, the sudden realization that I’m trans was a shock). I’m still trying to find my way around me sometimes. It’s complex. I’m happy, though.

Goals for 2017:

I said this on Twitter, but I really only have two goals for next year:

  • Finish three books.
  • Stop comparing my career to anyone else’s.

The first will require me writing a lot, but I can do it.

The second is so much harder, but I really really need to accomplish it for my own mental well-being. I can’t be anyone other than myself and holding myself up to other people’s successes isn’t useful.

There’s always going to be someone who sells more. Is better at promo. Is on every list ever put out there, etc. It’s something I learned while driving—there’s always someone driving faster than you. Safest thing is to let ‘em pass and find their own way.

So that’s my major goal for next year. Drive my career and stop worrying about the people who are seemingly zipping past me. Because you know what? I’ve done really well for myself.

My books are good. People like them. And honestly, that’s what matters. I want to write more books that people like and get ‘em into your hands.

Happy 2017. May it kick 2016 in the ass.

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About the ARe Closing

So, if you haven’t heard… All Romance eBooks is closing rather abruptly, not paying authors and publishers their full royalties, and taking down their site at midnight December 31, 2016.

For full details, this is a good post from Smart Bitches:

If you have proof of pre-ordering Daily Grind from ARe, email me at annazaboauthor-at-gmail-dot-com. Because I don’t think ARe is going to give you your money back and I’d rather you not pay twice for the book, so I’ll buy another copy for you from another vendor once it goes live.

Delay in Releasing Daily Grind

Due to some circumstances, my publisher and I have pushed back the release of Daily Grind. I just got edits for the book, and rather than rush through them, I’m going to take time to get the book out right so you have the best novel I can deliver to you.

The new release date is February 21, 2017.

Daily Grind means a lot to me, so I really want to put it out right. Moving the release also gives the publisher’s marketing department time to market the book and get it out to all the bloggers and reviewers.

I apologize for the delay. I’m bummed too, but sometime you’ve got to do what’s right for the book.

More Vignettes from the Takeover Series

Just a quick post if you didn’t see my tweets or Facebook posts…

I have two more vignettes from the Takeover series!

The first one is New Beginnings, a 1200-word snippet of Rob (from the upcoming Daily Grind) as he enters into life in Pittsburgh. It’s my October guest post over at Alpha Book Club. This one is SFW.

The second is Takeover: A Private Merger,  an 8500-word short of Sam and Michael that takes place directly after Takeover (the first novel). It is very NSFW.

Enjoy!