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Monday, December 16, 2019

December 2019: New Releases, Audiobook Updates, and Zero Hour Bonus Scene


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

First, let me start by wishing everyone a happy holiday and expressing my gratitude for another wonderful year. December 16th marks my fifth publishing anniversary, and I am so very grateful to all the wonderful people who’ve come along on this journey with me and made my dreams come true. Not unlike a marriage, we’ve seen some really great times and some rough ones too. You’ve been my friends during my breast cancer battle in 2016 and other illnesses this year. You’ve lifted my spirits and cheered me on, and because of you, I get to wake up and write love stories each day. Sometimes they’re comedies, sometimes they’re a mysteries, and sometimes there’s a paranormal element, but love is at the core of every story. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! May 2020 bring good health and positivity into our lives.




DEVIL’S HOUR

I am so excited to announce that Devil’s Hour (Zero Hour Book Two) is LIVE!!!
You guys humbled me with your response to Ground Zero, and I genuinely hope Devil’s Hour lives up to your expectations. I stayed true to Royce, who narrates the POV in this one. ARCs have been out for a week now, and I’m already getting asked when the final book, Zero Divergence, will release. I’m planning on a mid-February release, and since I’ve signed a contract for the audiobooks (more on that below), I am working hard to meet my writing deadline.

You can order Devil's Hour here: mybook.to/DevilsHour





CURL UP AND DYE MAKEOVER

In other news, I recently put my Curl Up and Dye Mystery novels in one complete set, including the prequel, Fatal Reaction. The series turned three in November, and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art gave the box set a makeover, but the interior of the books is the same, including the model pictures at the beginning of each chapter. If you’ve never read them, the box set allows you to get six books for less than the cost of three. 

You can order Curl Up and Dye: The Complete Set here: mybook.to/CurlUpAndDyeBoxSet


AUDIOBOOKS

We have two Curl Up and Dye audiobooks releasing soon! I Do or Dye Trying releases on December 24, 2019, and A Dye Hard Holiday releases on Jan 24, 2020. I Do is available for preorder, so I will drop the link below. I am so honored to work with Joel Leslie on this series, as well as my Road to Blissville series. I cannot begin to express how much I appreciate Joel’s dedication to his craft. He doesn’t just read the words; he performs them. Joel is a perfectionist, and it shows in the finished project.


As I mentioned, the Zero Hour Series is coming to audio in 2020. Ground Zero is scheduled to release on April 14, 2020, with Tristan James narrating. I am so giddy with excitement over this project, and I cannot wait to hear Tristan reading my words. I hope you're excited too!


BONUS ZERO HOURS SCENE

This little vignette takes place between books one and two. It’s super short but also very cute and sweet. Without further ado, I give you: Bonding with Bones: Becoming His Bitch.

            Meow.

            Royce cracked open one eye and looked at the ginormous, gray beast staring at him from his perch on the bedside table.

            Meow.

            “Nice try, big guy. Your dad told me he already fed you before going to work. He warned me about the stunts you’d pull today. I heard all about the big, pleading eyes and pitiful yowls. He called it kitty opera. Are you gonna sing for me, pretty boy?”

            Meow.

 His outrage was a little louder this time, and the tip of his big, bushy tail started twitching from right to left, broadcasting his irritation that this human wasn’t instantly obeying his commands. Sawyer had educated him on the difference between canine and feline tail wagging. A dog wagging its tail was a good sign, but a cat’s swishing tail translated to ‘gird your loins.”
           
            Royce chuckled, then immediately regretted it when the vibrations caused his gunshot wound to ache. Sawyer had taken a week off from work to play nurse but had to go back that morning, leaving Royce all alone.

            As if reading Royce’s mind, Bones let out an indignant, screechy meow that had Royce sitting up far faster than his injured body allowed. The skin surrounding the entrance and exit wounds pulled tight and then spasmed painfully, making him question his sanity for refusing pain meds. Bones jumped onto his lap, purring and rubbing the top of his head against Royce’s chin.

“Not alone,” Royce amended, running a hand over the cat’s silky fur. Bones purred even louder when Royce found the sweet spot on his back near his tail. “Your dad makes those kinds of noises for me too.”  God, Royce was a goner for Sawyer Key and his cat.

Bones jumped off his lap and landed gracefully on the floor. Meow!

“Kitty opera time, huh?”

Meow!

“I’m tempted to see how long you can keep this up. According to your human, you’ll give up once you realize your shenanigans won’t work on me.”

Bones didn’t let up; his outrage got louder and more screechy, making Royce wonder if Sawyer had forgotten to feed him after all.

“Okay, okay,” Royce said, holding up his good arm. “I’ll go investigate the situation. I am a detective, after all.”

Bones perked up and darted out the door. Royce gingerly followed and found Bones waiting for him in the hallway. The cat was clearly waiting to see if Royce needed more incentive to pursue him.

“I’m coming, King Bones.”

Bones regally pranced to the kitchen with his tail standing loftily in the air. He waited for Royce in the doorway leading to the utility room where Sawyer kept his bowls and litter box. Bones’s eyes grew large with excitement as Royce approached, then he spun around in a circle Royce would’ve thought beneath the magnificent creature. Royce stepped inside the utility room and noticed there was plenty of food and water in his dishes.

            Pointing to the dish, Royce said, “You have food.”

            Meow.

            “Don’t sass me, you charlatan. There is food in your bowl. Right there.” Royce moved closer and pointed again.

Meow!

Royce was tempted to call Sawyer and ask what he should do. Then he noticed a sticky note stuck to the wall.

Dickhead,

If Bones won’t stop pestering you, just add a tiny little amount of dry food to his bowl. He likes to keep it at a certain level.

Asshole

Royce picked up the bag from the shelf and did what Sawyer suggested. Bones attacked the food as if he hadn’t eaten in a month. The boy had once been a feral cat, so Royce wondered if that played into his quirky behavior.

Royce left the cat to do his thing and went to make a cup of coffee. He’d just had his first sip when Bones sauntered into the room, licking his chops in feline satisfaction. He jumped up on the kitchen counter, parking his big ass beneath a cabinet and started yowling again.

“You just ate,” Royce said. “I bet there’s still a ton of food in that bowl.”

Bones spun around then screeched again. Royce knew damned well what was in the cabinet above him.

“Fine,” Royce said, crossing the kitchen and opening the cupboard door. He pulled out the bag of soft, chewy treats that stunk like dead fish. “You’re only getting one tuna treat.”

Bones made a growling noise the entire time he ate the fishy snack but immediately started to purr and rub against Royce when he finished.

“I know who’s really in charge around here,” Royce told the beast.

He’d left his cell phone on the kitchen counter to charge the previous night, and it beeped with an incoming text. Royce was ridiculously happy to see Sawyer’s name on the screen.

How’s it going, Sawyer asked.

Great. Bonding with Bones.

Becoming his bitch, you mean? Sawyer punctuated the question with a laughing cat emoji.

Yep.

There was no point denying how much Royce adored Bones or how hard he was falling for the cat’s human.


I hope you've enjoyed this bonus scene and are looking forward to more Royce, Sawyer, and Bones. Until next time, happy reading...

xoxo

Aimee 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

GROUND ZERO IS HERE!



UNIVERSAL ORDER LINK:  http://mybook.to/GroundZero

I feel like I've been waiting forever to share this first book in the Zero Hour series with you. Royce Locke and Sawyer Key have so many layers, and I love peeling them back one by one to see what's beneath.

I so hope you'll take this journey with me. What's not to love about two reluctant partners, sexual tension galore, and a city on the verge of chaos? Need more convincing? Here are some teasers.







Until next time, happy reading...

Aimee 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

New M/M Romantic Suspense Series Announcement

The Zero Hour is upon us! 





For those of you who aren’t in my Facebook reader’s group or don’t follow me on Facebook, I have exciting news. I decided to take a very brief detour back to writing romantic suspense because it is my passion. Those are the books I want to read, and they are the books I write from my soul.

Zero Hour is a trilogy featuring Royce Locke and Sawyer Key—two very different men who become partners on the Savannah Police Department. Both men are in various phases of grief in their lives, and their reluctant partnership will turn into something quite beautiful. Newsletter and blog subscribers are the first to see the cover for the first book, Ground Zero. Both the cover and logo are courtesy of Jay Aheer with Simply Defined Art and the image is courtesy of Wander Aguiar.


Blurb:

Ground zero, noun: the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change.

Heat, humidity, and homicide are things veteran detective Sawyer Key expects to encounter on his first day with the Savannah Police Department, but the hostile reception from his new partner catches him by surprise. Sawyer isn’t a stranger to heartache and recognizes that Royce Locke is a wounded man who’s reeling from a devastating loss. Relentless and patient in all things, Sawyer is determined to make the new partnership work.

Savannah, Georgia is known for her quirky people, oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and antebellum architecture. Beneath the Southern charm and hospitality, festering hatred and violence is soaring with the summer temperatures. Locke and Key find themselves at the epicenter when their first case involves the death of a former shock jock who appears to be the victim of vigilante justice.

Opposites in nearly every way, the two detectives set aside their differences to take back their city and restore law and order. From this reluctant truce, an intense attraction grows that will either tighten or shatter their tenuous bond. Falling for his partner spells inevitable disaster, but Sawyer’s always been a sucker for wounded things. Sawyer could be the key to the life Royce has always wanted, if he’s brave enough to trust him. The fuse is lit, the clock is running, and the zero hour is upon them. Tick tock.

Ground Zero is the first book in the Zero Hour series, which follows Locke and Key’s investigations and evolving relationship. Ground Zero has a happy-for-now ending with no cliffhanger. It contains mature language and sexual content intended for adults 18 and older.

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Here’s my promise to you: each book in the series will have a happy-for-now ending as Royce and Sawyer’s relationship evolves. NO cliffhangers. I know most of you hate them, and I’m listening. I decided to shake things up a bit and challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone. Book one is told entirely from Sawyer's point of view, which is something I've never done. Book two will be told from Royce's point of view, and book three will be told from both points of view. I hope you’re as excited as I am for this series.

Ground Zero will release around September 21st. I’m rolling out teasers and opportunities to win copies of the book in my Facebook reader’s group. Below is my linktree site that has all my social media links in one place. We’d love to have you join the reading group. I do have screening questions because it’s a judgment-free zone. You can name a book of mine you’ve read or let me know you’ve found the group through the newsletter or blog.

https://linktr.ee/AimeeNicoleWalker

Until next time, happy reading!

xoxoxo

Monday, July 1, 2019

Blissville, Rogues, and Audiobooks...Oh My!


I could possibly be the worst author when it comes to updating their blog and sending out newsletters. Or, I wisely jam pack each update with lots of goodies. I’ll let you decide. 😉

Latest Blissville News:
In case you missed it (because I didn’t send a newsletter), Prescription for Love featuring Dr. Trent Love and hunky fireman Tucker Garrison is now available to buy or download through KU.

Here’s the link to check them out. mybook.to/PrescriptionForLove





Latest Queen City Rogues News:
I just revealed the cover and blurb for book three on my other social media platforms. I’d like to point out that the handsome cover model for Beautiful Trauma is none other than Joel Leslie, who is the most talented audiobook narrator on the planet. That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking with it. More about Joel in the audiobook news section. I’m looking at a mid-July release, most likely the 18th.
Blurb:
Does trauma define or motivate a person?

Homeless and rejected, Henry Sullivan arrived on the doorstep of Ryan’s Place with nothing but the clothes on his back. Life as he knew it was over. Within those walls, Henry found the encouragement and love needed to turn hopeless into hopeful. Enrolling for summer classes at his community college was the first step toward achieving the dreams he thought were lost to him. There was just one little snag: the professor standing in the front of the room taught Henry the true meaning of human sexuality.

After a crushing breakup, Professor Ezra Meyer moved to the Queen City for a fresh start where everything was new—job, home, and friends. His first challenge: prove the benefits of his biology of human sexuality course outweighed the controversy. Ezra agreed to teach the class during the summer semester at a community college associated with his university to gauge interest. There was just one little problem: Ezra had personally demonstrated the unit on Sexual Technique and Behaviors with one of his students.

Random or Fate?

It was supposed to be a harmless hookup on a night when Henry was celebrating his birthday and Ezra was trying to ease his loneliness. Fast forward six months later, the attraction blazed hotter than ever, but acting on it could have dire consequences neither man was willing to risk. Or were they? Could true love be Henry and Ezra’s ultimate reward, or were they destined to become just another sad lesson learned?

Beautiful Trauma is a story about triumph over tragedy, embracing the unexpected, and a reminder that family is more than biology. Are you looking for a feel-good romance with witty banter, toe-curling passion, and a story that stays with you long after the final page? Look no further. Beautiful Trauma is the third book in the Queen City Rogues series but reads as a standalone book. It contains sexually explicit material and colorful language and is intended for adults 18 and over.



Latest Audiobook News:
The latest audiobook release is Circle of Darkness co-written with Nicholas Bella and narrated by Joel Leslie:  https://www.audible.com/pd/Circle-of-Darkness-Audiobook/197734495X

The second book in the series, Circle of Truth, also co-written with Nicholas Bella and narrated by Joel Leslie releases later this month, but can be pre-ordered here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Circle-of-Trust-Audiobook/1977344968

Big announcement! I have signed a contract with Tantor Audio to produce the audiobooks for the rest of the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries and Road to Blissville books. Currently, the first two books in both series are available on audible. I’m honored to work with a company like Tantor and so excited to get these books to the fans faster than I could do this on my own. Thank you so much, Tantor.

Finally, have you ever wanted to join a club created just for gay romance readers? Are you interested in getting free books and discovering new authors? I have just the club for you! I’m excited to announce that I’m a featured author with the Gay Romance Readers Club. You can check out all the details right here: https://www.theromanceauthors.com/



I think I’ve rambled on enough for now. In case you’re not aware, I appreciate you guys taking this writing journey with me more than you’ll ever know.
XOXO
Aimee

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wicked Games, the latest Curl Up and Dye audiobook, and more...

Wicked Games is now LIVE!

This is the second book in the Queen City Rogues series featuring an art conservator and an art thief? What can these two men have in common? Passion. Soooo much passion. Click this link to find out more!

http://mybook.to/Wicked_Games






Something to Dye For audiobook featuring the incomparable Joel Leslie is now available in audiobook. Click here for a sample:





In case you missed it, Inside Out (Road to Blissville, #6) released in January. This is the story of the sexy, silver fox superintendent who falls in love with the sexy, much younger chemistry teacher. Romeo and Julius are surrounded by a cast of quirky sidekicks one expects from a Blissville book. Inside Out is a low angst book and reminds me of the holiday movies we love to watch on a certain channel only with more diversity. Check it out!   http://mybook.to/Inside_Out





I'm working on many exciting things and can't wait to share more news with you as it becomes available. Until then...

XOXO

Aimee


Friday, November 9, 2018

BROKEN HALOS NOW LIVE!




Broken Halos, the first book in the Queen City Rogues series is now live!


Oliver Knight’s past is shrouded by sorrow and tragedy, but instead of hiding from it, Ollie owns his truth and uses his experiences to uplift others. As an out and proud pastor, he provides a safe place for LGBTQ Christians to gather and worship, and as a recovering addict, he counsels those pursuing sobriety. Ollie’s life is fulfilling but also a little lonely. He may not have a hard time meeting men, but he does have a hard time getting them to stick around once they discover his vocation.

Archie White is a former drag queen who hung up his stilettos to start an HIV transition home in the memory of someone he held near and dear to his heart. All work and no play has made Archie a very dull man, but he thinks his luck is about to change when a friend introduces him to a dark-eyed stranger. That is until he learns the man is a pastor. Archie detests anything to do with religion, and for very good reasons.

Archie’s gut tells him to run, and Ollie’s heart tells him to pursue. What can a pastor and a sometimes-queen possibly have in common? A desire to find unconditional love with someone who truly sees them. What happens next is the poignant, sweet, and sexy journey for two resilient hearts. Ollie and Archie ’s halos might be battered and a little tarnished, but they’re definitely not broken.

Broken Halos is a charming story with heart, heat, and humor. Warning: these characters and their quirky sidekicks may take up permanent residence in your heart, so proceed with caution. Each book in the Queen City Rogues series can be read as part of the series or as a standalone novel. This book contains sexually explicit material and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.

I know some of you aren't too sure you want to read a book with a pastor as the main character. Please believe me when I say that Ollie isn't preachy. The themes in this book are love, acceptance, forgiveness, having faith in yourself when you've lost it in the world, and honoring the chosen family. Who among us can't relate to those themes?

These guys might sound familiar but you can't quite place them. Ollie and Archie were both introduced in This Time Around. Some are asking if it's necessary to read my Blissville books before starting this series and the answer is a resounding no. This series can definitely be read on its own merits. I hope you'll give Ollie and Archie a chance because their love warms my heart as no other couple has before them. Still unsure? Check out the free sample feature through Amazon to see if the book appeals to you.

Willing to give it a go? Click here to purchase or read on Kindle Unlimited:  http://mybook.to/BrokenHalos






I'm back in my office hard at work on the next Road to Blissville book for Romeo, the silver fox superintendent, and  Julius, the much younger chemistry teacher. I'm planning for a January 2019 release and will provide more details once they're available.

XOXOXOX

Aimee

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ride or Dye (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, #6) is LIVE!!!!

I can't believe that nearly two years have passed since I released Dyeing to be Loved. I am so grateful to each and everyone who has taken this Dye Hard journey with me. Though this is their final book, I know that Josh and Gabe will appear in the other two Blissville series, and I'm sure they'll whisper stories in my ear that will find their way to this space. 

Universal purchase link: mybook.to/Ride_or_Dye



I hope you love this book as much as I loved writing it. 

XOXO

Aimee