Music Monday: RUSH edition

Monday, April 14, 2014
RUSH is the first book I've never written where I actually have a full playlist for the book. I usually don't listen to music much while writing but for some reason I did with this book.

To prepare for the release on May 6th, I decided to share some of the songs and lyrics each week. These will help you see where my head and heart were a little bit while I was writing Alec and Brandon's story.


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

Preorder: Amazon



New York by Snow Patrol

Feel good Friday: Progress

Friday, April 11, 2014



When I wrote RUSH last year, nine months ago to be exact, I don't think there were any active, gay college sports players who were out. I know there weren't any active college football players who were out. Imagine the fear of being the very first at something like that--the bravery it would take. It's something that weighs heavily on Brandon throughout the book. But yes, that was July 2013…


In January 2014 Conner Mertens, placekicker for Willamette came out.

A week later, Conner's boyfriend and college baseball player, Chandler Whitney came out.

In February 2014, Michael Sam, the best defensive player in his division and NFL hopeful, came out.

In March 2014, college football player Mitch Eby, came out.

And in April Derrick Gordon became the first active, NCAA Division 1 college basketball player to come out.

Because of Brandon and RUSH, I feel a special sort of closeness to these stories and the bravery of the men involved. Soon, everyone will realize that your sexual orientation has nothing to do with how well you play. Though things still need to get better, these stories are proof that progress is being made. That makes for a very happy, Nyrae.

Brandon's football card

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I told you guys a week or so ago that I ordered something really cool for RUSH and they came in! Brandon has his own football card.


I love it so much! I can't wait to do some giveaways so you guys can win some. In exactly four weeks from today, RUSH will release. I'm on countdown mode now. It feels like it's been an eternity since I wrote the story of my two favorite boys but also like it just happened. This is going to be an extra special book release for me. Hoping you guys fall for them and their love story as much as I 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

Preorder:
Amazon

Feel Good Friday

Friday, April 4, 2014
There is a ton of negativity out there. We all know it and it sucks. I get depressed by it often but instead of getting upset I'm going to try and put more positive, inspirational things out there. So each Friday I will do my best to share something happy, or inspiring. Even if it's something as small as a quote or a pretty picture that makes me happy, something that shows the kind of person I want to be, or reminds me of that person.

Hope you enjoy.

The End

Sunday, March 30, 2014
"The End" Those two words sound all ominous when they're all by themselves. LOL. But this is a GOOD post. An exciting one. Four weeks and five days after my muse started to go CRAZY on a new YA idea, I wrote "The End."

I love this book. I do! It's the most amazing feeling to be so head-over-heals in love with something you wrote. I haven't written a YA since FOUR SUMMERS, which I wrote last year. A year is a long time and I missed it. I edited YA but didn't write any completely new YA books. It's fun and quirky and hopefully funny but also with has to do with a serious topic and something that's close to my heart. It's lighter than my NA books have been, which was a fun change but there is one part that is very emotional. I can't wait to share more about it with you guys. It's in Wendy Higgins' hands right now. She reads as I write so she's finishing up the last 15,000 words. From there I will make some tweaks and her notes and then it's off to another beta reader.

For now I will drink lemonade (not huge on wine), eat a low calorie bar (on a diet and as much as I want, I can't have ice cream), and celebrate before tomorrow when I need to get some serious packing done. I'm a party animal, huh?

Oh, and something else super cool. RUSH is on Netgalley. I'm a ball of emotions on this one. The book is so close to my heart. I'm excited to hear what people think but scared too. I just love those boys with all my heart.

Have a good night!
 

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