Monday, August 24, 2015

Big announcement

Anyone ever wish that every time they had a decision to make, they could just shake a Magic Eight Ball and honestly get the right answer? Something like…hey, I see where you’re coming from but what about X, Y, and Z? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and in our lives, relationships and careers all we can do is try and make the best decision possible and hope it’ll all work out.

Where is this coming from, you might ask? I’ll get there, I promise, but I’m going to start at the beginning.

I’ve always loved writing. I always knew that was what I wanted to do. After years of putting my dreams aside, finally I decided to give it a shot. I played around in a few genres before I started writing Young Adult fiction. I fell in love. I got an agent, and both sold books traditionally and self-published them. From there I wrote a couple of New Adult books, and did the same. I loved writing YA, and the plans I had for future books were geared for teen readers…but then eventually, I had this other story idea come to mind. It wouldn’t leave me alone. I thought about it day and night. It was very different than what I had already published. It was an adult book…a very adult book with explicit content, much different than my YA and NA books. Even though my NA is intended for readers who are slightly older, they’re still fairly tame compared to a lot of books out there.

I put a lot of thought into what to do. I loved this story. I was passionate about it, and passionate about the genre. But then if I published it, what happened if one of my thirteen or fourteen-year-old readers looked me up and clicked on that book instead of one of my titles that was more appropriate for them? I didn’t think it was a good idea to mix teen and explicit romance content on the same site. The answer to me was a pen name. But then, I worried that if I connected those names, could the same possible situation occur?

If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably thinking, get on with it already! So, I will. I currently write under two names. I started out writing YA and NA (both male/female and male/male) as Nyrae Dawn, and I also write adult male/male sexy romance as Riley Hart.

Whew, that feels good to write!

When that first Riley Hart book (COLLIDE) popped into my head, I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to move forward, yes; but I also never expected it to really go very far. I was a “new” author. I didn’t use any of my Nyrae resources as Riley. I thought I would be lucky to get a few people to read Noah and Cooper’s story. Somehow, I ended up amazingly lucky, though. I have the most incredible, loyal, passionate readers, and I feel so blessed to have them. I’ve met some incredible authors. I’ve met some wonderful friends—both author and reader. As time continued to pass, the more worried I became that my readers on either side could be upset with me that I didn’t share this sooner. With each book it’s become harder and harder, and the more the two “worlds” are overlapping in ways I never anticipated. I want to be able to do book signings as Riley. I want to support and give back to my readers the same way they’ve supported me, and the only way to do that is to connect the two names in some ways.

This was about book content, and that’s all. I want to make that perfectly clear. At the time, I made what felt like the best decision that I could. I want to put it out there that my Nyrae titles and my Riley titles are very different. Please don’t go into one expecting it to be like the other. Some of my Riley books also contain some darker themes than my Nyrae books do. I can’t stress that enough.

Even though I’m making this announcement, I don’t plan to “officially” link the names. I won’t add a link to my Riley site on my Nyrae site or to my Nyrae site on my Riley site. I still want to keep them separate to an extent, because I do think that’s smarter because Riley is so much more adult than Nyrae.

I hope you all understand where I’m coming from. Thank you so much for your support over the years.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nyrae Randomness

I've been horrible about updating you guys lately. Sorry about that. Summers are hard around here. Plus I've been dealing with a lot of crap and then my mind starts going and I overthink everything, which makes it tough to write much. My kids went back to school today and I'm pushing through the other stuff, so I should be writing more from here on out.

Obviously, I got a new website design. I pretty much love it. I wanted something kind of different and Kelley York did an awesome job. I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

I've been messing around with two different NA books. I'm bouncing back and forth when I have time because I'm not totally sure which one is calling my name more. One is a standalone and the other is the first in a series that takes place in a club. It feels good to write NA. I haven't written one since RUSH, which I finished in August of 2013! That's a long time. I sent a teaser to my friend Matt and he said something about it being what NA is to him, more mature than YA but with the same young/fun excitement. I love that description and it's exactly what I missed about writing NA. It's really fun to immerse myself in writing another NA. Once I figure out which book is going to get the most of my attention, I'll let you guys know!

More from me soon.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RUSH is on sale for Pride!

Celebrate Pride month with Alec and Brandon's love story. You can get RUSH for only 1.99 for a limited time only.

RUSH will always hold a special place in my heart. When I wrote the book, we had no out college football players. It was after the fact that players like Conner Mertens and Michael Sam came out--Sam coming out not long before Rush was released. We've come so far for equality, but there is still so much father to go.

If you haven't read Alec and Brandon's story, now is the perfect time to give it a shot. I hope you enjoy Alec and Brandon's journey as much I as did.

For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he's desperately tried to put behind him.

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can't deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.

Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he's a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives. "

"Devastatingly relevant, engaging, sexy, and ultimately heroic. Rush is the kind of book that will keep you reading late into the night." -J.H. Trumble, author of Don't Let Me Go

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Thursday, June 11, 2015


I can't believe THE HISTORY OF US is finally here! I love TJ and Bradley's story, and hope you guys do as well. It's more than just their story though. I had so much fun learning about each and every one of the characters Bradley and TJ encounter on their road trip, right along with the boys.

And a reminder...I write NA and YA, and THE HISTORY OF US is a Young Adult book, not a New Adult book. I love both categories for different reasons, but YA will always hold a special place in my heart and this book falls into the YA category :)

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Sometimes it's not about coming out, it's about settling in.

Eighteen-year-old Bradley Collins came out a year ago and hasn't looked back since. Who cares if he doesn’t know any other gay people? Bradley has friends and basketball—that’s all he needs. Even if that means always sitting on the sidelines when the guys go out looking for girls.

When cute film-boy TJ tries to flirt with Bradley while his friends are doing their thing, he freaks. Yeah, he’s gay, but he’s never had the opportunity to go out with a boy before. He’s never had to worry about how his friends will react to seeing him with a guy.

Bradley accompanies TJ on a road trip to film TJ’s senior project documentary. In each city they visit, they meet with people from different walks of life, and Bradley learns there’s a whole lot more to being honest about himself than just coming out. He still has to figure out who he really is and learn to be okay with what he discovers.


I'm going to give away a ten dollar Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to one winner drawn at random. To enter all you have to do is share one of the graphics above along with the buy links for THE HISTORY OF US on Facebook or Twitter. You can at me on Twitter, or tag me on Facebook to make sure you're entered or leave a comment on this blog post with a link to where you shared the release news. Please leave your email address in the comment. If you have a blog and want to blog about it, leave the link to your blog post in the comment. I'll draw the winner on Monday June 15th.

One last thing, LOL. I have a Facebook group that I'd love for you to join if you get the chance. It's a place to chat books. Just click here to join.

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