After the Gold on sale… for reasons

Winning isn't everything (3)Erin and I each started skating after we wrote a figure skating romance.

Then I broke my arm….

Broken arm for me, means price break to $2.99 for you til I’m back on the ice.

Aside from writing being our jobs, these sales will also help me pay my insurance deductible and replace the skating gear that had to be cut off me in the ER (skating is no joke, folks). (date of injury: Feb 13, 2019; expected return to ice: late March to mid-April if all goes well).

P.S., If you’ve ever been the unlovable anxiety-ridden heroine in your own life, this book is for you.

Also contains: tour bus dance party, awesome gay farm uncles, cows, magic, and a Russian best friend who is super sick of this shit.

Has a bit of yelling and door slamming and a knee injury (no medical details). No common triggers.

A 2018 Finalist for the BookLife Prize from Publisher’s Weekly.

A “magnetic tale of life and love after professional sports that explores what happens when two people must decide if what’s between them has been for the cameras or what is truly in their hearts.” — Rebekah Weatherspoon, 2016 Lambda Literary Award Winner

(Also available in paperback)

“Figure skating fans will delight in this fun and engaging new work, rooting for Katie and Brendan long after they leave the ice.” – The BookLife Prize

“…a fascinating and tender look at obsession and anxiety, competition, and love – both for the sport, and for each other.” – Tamara Lush, 2018 RITA© Finalist

“I ripped through this in a day, rooting hard for both characters the whole damned time….Highly recommended contemporary romance.”
 – Lynne Thomas, seven-time Hugo Award Winner

For over a decade, world-champion ice skaters Katie Nowacki and Brendan Reid have been partners in every way but one. But now that their electric on-ice chemistry has led them to Olympic gold, they’re retiring from competition.

As they cross America on an exhibition tour with their fellow athletes, Katie and Brendan’s always volatile relationship becomes more turbulent than ever as they face down the media, their fans, and their increasingly nosy teammates.

When Katie realizes she wants to go back to the farm she grew up on, Brendan knows he has one last chance to make sure their fairy tale ends with happily ever after.

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The Opposite of Drowning now available for pre-order!

opposite4.jpgIf you like May/December romances about publishing industry snark, food trucks, late night talk show hosts, European travel, and apps about competitive extreme dog grooming, this book may be for you.

Includes: M/F central romance with a bisexual hero, M/M and F/F romances in the b plots, adventures in Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, and NYC, hints of magic, freak hail storms, the drowned city of Ys, a ghost horse, some angry feelings about New York Society, and lots and lots of banter and bickering.

Releases on all platforms April 23, 2019. Amazon pre-order available now.


Harry Sargent hates his job in publishing, his life in New York City, and his motley collection of disreputable best friends. Making everything worse? He’s about to turn 50 and has a crush on the much-younger woman his company just hired to move them into the digital age.

At 27, Elizabeth Anne Abgral loves her job, her life, and maybe even her fiancé. But no one can have it all, and as long as she does everything her old-fashioned, high-society New England family expects of her, she’ll probably be happy. Right?!

But when she meets a handsome – and mischievous – older man at her new job, that illusion shatters.

As she and Harry bicker their way through industry events around the world, Elizabeth finds herself tossing rationality – and her plans – to the wind.

But just because Harry has long wished his life were different, doesn’t mean he’s ready to risk his heart on a passion that frightens him… or a peculiar young woman with the uncanny ability to make cities flood every time they kiss.

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Cardinal paperback now available!

CardinalFinalCardinal, book 4 in the Love in Los Angeles series is now available in paperback!

Hollywood mainstay J. Alex Cook has a growing family — and a growing career. But as he makes the move from television regular to blockbuster film star, the media scrutiny he’s never wanted gets more intense than he expects.

Returning to his childhood home in Indiana to confront his sister and their troubled past, Alex’s vision for his future is thrown into turmoil. Forced to realize that sometimes space is the only way to grow closer to the ones you love, Alex sets off on an international adventure that will change the way he views life, love, and logistics forever.

Please be aware, this is a high-heat, high-angst M/M romance and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

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Love in Los Angeles series in print!

Lila-1-3The big beautiful single volume trade paperback edition of books 1-3 (Starling, Doves, Phoenix) of the Love in Los Angeles series is now available in print! We’ll do a matching set for books 4-6 when the series is complete.

Introvert. Ingenue. Accidental celebrity.

Hollywood’s newest star, 21-year-old J. Alex Cook never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to get out of Indiana. But when he hooks up with Paul, a writer on a hit TV show, Alex is thrown into a web of relationships involving friends, lovers, and everything in between.

Please be aware, this is high-heat, high-angst romance that includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

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After the Gold now a finalist for the BookLife Prize

AtG_finalistAfter the Gold was named one of six finalists for the BookLife Prize! Judge Rebekah Weatherspoon says,  “McRae and Maltese craft a light, yet magnetic tale of life and love after professional sports that explores what happens when two people must decide if what’s between them has been for the cameras or what is truly in their hearts.”

The winner of the BookLife Prize will be announced on December 17, 2018! Cross your fingers for us! A win here will allow us to prioritize more skating-related books (we have three to four we’re tossing around, all of which will include Katie and Brendan but will focus on new characters and new relationships).

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What we’re working on right now

Just a quick update on various things we’re currently working on:

  • A short book about self-publishing and how to create self-published books that mimic the experience — for readers, reviewers, and store buyers — of traditionally published novels. Consider this less a how-to book and more a strategic/tactical guide to successful self-publishing based on our own experiences. Our goal is to have this out by the end of NaNoWriMo and have it available during preorder and the initial release period for $.99. It will go up to $2.99 later.
  • The Evergreen rerelease. Love in Los Angeles fans, don’t forget to preorder!
  • We are still available for editing work, although not until 2019! More information here:
  • We’re working on edits on our May/December romance, The Opposite of Drowning. Set in the world of non-fiction publishing, this book leans heavily on the myth of Ys and we expect to be able to announce the release date in early January.
  • And yes, we are working on George’s book for the sequel to A Queen from the NorthIt’s called A Royal of Ravens and we don’t have a release schedule yet.
  • More vaguely, we’re also working on sequels (yes, more than one!) to After the Gold, featuring new couples and romances, but with Katie and Brendan has supporting characters as well as an espionage series we’ve been talking about forever (um, which might cross over with some of our other projects, because why not?!).
  • P.S., since some of you asked — while we’re not deeply working on them yet, there will be two more full-length Love in Los Angeles books. It was created as a six book series and we will finish it! Meanwhile, paperbacks of Cardinal and the books 1 – 3 box set will be available soon.
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A Queen from the North gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly

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