Dirty Laundry: Cover, Blurb, & Preorder
Last year around this time Marie realized Coffee & Porn in the Morning was about to be one year old, and she wanted to have a party. She roped a whole bunch of people into writing free stories, and of course as one of the COP owners, I had to write one too. I didn’t know what to write, and the day was getting closer that I had to buckle down and do something, anything. Then I broke our washer and we had to go to the laundromat while we waited for a part. Naturally I saw the washing machines and long flat tables and thought of smutty things. I wrote a short story called “Dirty Laundry” and gave it to Marie for her party.
Well, holy shit. Everybody and their pet rock loved it, and it’s still one of my more popular books on Goodreads. Dan, always looking for me to out-earn him, said, “You should have sold that one.”
“It’s a short,” I told him. “Shorts should be free.”
“Then you should write a longer version,” he replied.
I kicked the idea around a little, but I never went anywhere with the idea not until Marie and Lori asked me to do Tucker Springs with them. I wasn’t sure I’d do it (I believe I said no, in fact) but they put a guy a lot like Denver into their stories “just in case.” Then I ended up writing Second Hand with Marie, and Denver became a fixture. So I shifted the story to Colorado, altered the ending of the story to make it a first chapter, and off we went.
Now Dirty Laundry is a novel, and you can preorder it if you want. It’s not out until January 28, but Riptide has this cool gig where if you preorder, you get it early by a few days. Otherwise if you’re like me and are a total kindle whore, you can wait for third party and it will be up just a scant bit after the official release. (Amazon doesn’t let small pubs post preorders. Go on, yell at them if you like.) I will of course announce it as usual, and you can sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a direct HEY BOOK’S OUT notice.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. Riptide generously rushed production on cover art not just for this preorder but so if you’re going to be at GRL 2012 in Albuquerque next week you could get a cover flat and swag if you’ve been pining for Denver and Adam for a year and can’t wait to have something for your hot little hand. I’ll have the flats in the swag room and the other stuff as prizes at the COP bingo event.
In any event, here’s the blurb, the cover, and the preorder link again, because it’s always about the money, honey.
The course of true love doesn’t always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.
Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.
Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.
Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.