Cover Reveal: The Only Question That Matters

May I present to you the cover of my upcoming novella, The Only Question That Matters.

“The word falls out of him between breaths. He is drenched in sweat, and the heat emanating from him ripples the air around the surface of his skin. He squeezes my wrist, forehead resting on his other hand, shoulders rising and falling.”

Sofia is en route to Planet Paradiso, ready to start a new life after her divorce. But when she accepts Alexei’s dinner invitation on her final evening, she realises she’s in for more than she bargained for. As the AMS Celestial Dream arrives at its destination, and their one-night stand draws to a close, Sofia must choose between newfound possibilities with Alexei and the freedom she so desperately craves.

The Only Question That Matters is an emotional examination of healing and resilience through sex and love.

Silhouette of a couple kissing under a night sky. Book cover for "The Only Question That Matters" by JL Peridot.

Thank you so much to Chase Horan for his unending patience with this cover. We went through two or three revisions until we landed on a style that would capture the mood of this book and the other books in the series—yes, series ☺️ More on that later.

Thank you also to Sandra DamienPia ManningSarah Smith and One Love Editing for their unparalleled support and invaluable writing advice.

This erotic romance lands 10th Aug 2018 via Amazon.

Chasing Sisyphus blog tour

Chasing Sisyphus is my first MF erotic romance novel, set in the seedy, futuristic city of Basilica. It features strong characters in their mid-30s, who have more important things to worry about than falling in love. But guess where they find themselves anyway?

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Book cover for Chasing Sisyphus by JL Peridot

Bounty hunter Adria Yuan is hot on the trail of her final hit: a notorious hacker wanted by the city’s elite. With the reward, she can pay for her brother’s surgery and finally get out of Basilica City. Trouble is, her line of work’s not exactly legal, and she’s barely staying ahead of the cops who want her target, too.

Detective Rhys Carver may be a little unorthodox, but he’s a good cop. Born and bred in Basilica, he does his part to keep his city clean. As clean as it gets, at least. And with Adria suddenly in his sights, it’s going to take more than falling in love for him to let her go.

As the pair close in on their mark, they are unwittingly drawn into a high profile conspiracy that could thrust the whole of Basilica into chaos. Can Adria and Rhys set aside their differences, and their desires, to save the only home they know?

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Join me here and on a whirlwind tour of ten fabulous blogs, as we talk about the city, the sex, the characters and the creative process behind the story.


4th December

The tour has begun! My first stop is the blog of award-winning UK author, Lily Harlem. Today, we’re talking about Adria, the heroine of Chasing Sisyphus. Learn a little about her history and motives, check out a story excerpt, and enter the giveaway draw to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

👉 Read now: Adria Yuan — a dossier


5th December

Today, I’m visiting ETO’s Best Erotic Author of 2014, K D Grace, sharing a real life love story that began with sex. Sex can be an incredible driver for change. Wanting it, and wanting to be worthy of it, can inspire courageous acts of honesty, vulnerability and self-care in a world that demands so much from us. Read the post to see what I’m talking about, and check out the day’s new giveaway entry challenge.

👉 Read now: Is sex the journey or the destination?


6th December

Mm, I’ve been naughty. Naughty enough that veteran erotica author, Elizabeth Coldwell, interviewed me for her blog. Here’s the dish on the dodgy stuff I had to research for Chasing Sisyphus, why I love scifi, plus today’s bonus question for the giveaway draw.

👉 Read now: An interview at The (Really) Naughty Corner


7th December

Today, I’m visiting at Lisabet Sarai’s blog, Beyond Romance, talking about the sexy and respectful hero of Chasing Sisyphus. I grew up in a time we now brand as an era of “toxic masculinity” and, well, I can’t argue with the label. So many things I thought were normal back then now give me a royal ick when I think about them.

I wanted the hero of my story to retain the best bits of the old “get shit done” kind of guy, whilst being right here in the 21st century. No, wait, this is a futuristic novel, so he’s gotta be right there in the era he lives in. He’s a guy who’s got his act together, even when the shit hits the fan.

👉 Read now: My sexy, respectful hero


8th December

I’m with erotic romance power couple Adriana Kraft today, sharing the grimy, magnificent Basilica City — the world of Chasing Sisyphus, inspired by the future noir cityscapes of Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, Minority Report and 12 Monkeys. Will you come to Tech Noir with me?

👉 Read now: Mood Boards: Basilica City — The World of “Chasing Sisyphus”


11th December

Back on the road today! I’m visiting The Brit Babes, sharing my thoughts on a dicey topic — when is it OK to hit a girl?

I find it hard to talk about this because the consequences on both sides of the fence are potentially so extreme. But given what we’re seeing in the media today, and all that’s going on in the world, it seems useful to have the conversation.

👉 Read now: When is it okay to hit a girl?


12 December

Love music? I do too. I’m visiting romance author Gale Stanley at her blog today, sharing the music that incubated my futuristic erotic romance, Chasing Sisyphus. It’s a playlist full of chunes. Give it a burl and answer today’s easy-as-pie bonus question in the giveaway draw.

👉 Read now: Music for love and danger


13 December

Rhys. I love that name. I went out with a guy named Rhys once, but he wasn’t the inspiration for this character. No, the Rhys I knew was (and still is) a writer who sports a dashing moustache and doesn’t much care for physical fitness.

Today, I’m visiting bookwork book blogger Amy Garnet of 6 Feet Under Books, talking about Detective Rhys Carver, the clean-shaven hero of Chasing Sisyphus, who doesn’t care much for writing and needs to say fit-as-hell for his job.

👉 Read now: Rhys Carver — a dossier


14 December

The tour is almost over! Today, I’m on More Books Than Livros, talking about writing sex scenes that work. I love crafting a good scene and I could ramble on all day about this, but I didn’t want to overstay my welcome. I’m super stoked that Chasing Sisyphus got a positive review too! Have a read. Think sexy thoughts with me.

👉 Read now: Details, anchors — writing a sex scene that works


15th December

For the final stop on the tour, I’m bantering with Loc Glin about books, inspiration, life and writing.

👉 Read now: An interview at Books and Banter


Thank you for following the Chasing Sisyphus Blog Tour, organised by Writer Marketing Services.

Book cover for Chasing Sisyphus by JL Peridot

Chasing Sisyphus is available now via Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes and Bookstrand.

The Induction of Satine — out now

What’s got two thumbs and was so busy this week, she missed her own book release?

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Me.

The Induction of Satine is now available on Amazon and other big ebook retailers. I’m rather excited about this one. All the feedback I’ve had on it so far — from beta readers, dotters, tweeps — has been very positive. It began as a personal writing challenge, and took on a life of its own once I got to know the characters.

I hope you like it. I’ve been asked to turn it into a series, which I’m genuinely considering, but don’t want to force it. The little world of Bellerophon ticks over in my mind — as does my fascination with Warden Jet.

Book cover: "The Induction of Satine"

Styling for Satine

With my short story, The Induction of Satine, releasing next month, I thought I’d share some character work for the eponymous heroine, Satine Luna.

One of my favourite thinking games is the casting game, where you imagine a beloved book as a movie or tv show, or a beloved movie remade or rebooted, and set up your own cast of actors. I play this game a lot when imagining characters for my stories. Even a very short story like Birdwatchers gets the brain treatment, though to a lesser extent than a novella like Chasing Sisyphus.

I’m currently loving Emma Stone as my model for Satine. She has those sly facial features that would easily typecast her as a thief. I quite like the look of Rhianna, Vivian Hsu and Olivia Wilde as well, for different variations of this character.

Since putting pen to paper, I’ve had a very strong image of her in my head. Red hair, green eyes, smooth skin, lips that taper off in sharp corners on the edges of her mouth. But note, you won’t find a description in this book. I left it out on purpose, because it’s inconsequential to the story. If there are more stories in future, maybe it’ll come up then, but for now, dear reader, Satine is yours to style (assuming I haven’t ruined it for you already).

Entirely through fault of her own, our brainy yet misguided vixen finds herself running with the infamous thieves’ guild, the Night Foxes, stealing trinkets and secrets from rich people. Until one day — no spoilers — she gets caught. That’s where our fun begins.

The Induction of Satine comes out 7th Nov.

Chasing Sisyphus is out now

Yay! My first novel, Chasing Sisyphus has arrived. It’s available now on Bookstrand, and coming soon to other good ebook retailers.

Here’s a steamy little preview:

Detective Carver stepped toward her. He held out a cup and motioned for her to take it. She tucked a finger in the handle and clutched it in both hands. A dark crack streaked the rim like a wrinkle in a knuckle. Meanwhile, her own knuckles were pale.

“I guess I should thank you”—he smiled—“you know, for saving my life.”

“Don’t mention it,” she whispered, vision clearing as she sucked in a breath of fresh motel air.

The detective’s shirt hung, still wet, on the back of a chair. The contours of his chest and abdomen showed through his dark undershirt, accentuated by the sheen of composite fabric under lamplight. A shallow dimple creased the edge of his smile.

Details.

Anchors.

They’d come so close to not making it. But he’d cuffed her round the front. He was the sort of cop who’d do a thing like that. And the few seconds it bought made all the difference.

That’s why she went back.

He stood in front of her and knocked back his shot, the muscles in his wrist and arm flexing and twisting with the motion.

“Hey”—he looked at her—“something the matter?”

Heart racing, she downed her drink without a word and reached for him. She pulled his face to hers. His skin was warm. His breath was warm. Beneath the smell of liquor and earthy river water lurked the aroma of another person. A breathing person who caught her as she fell into him, as she kissed him, fumbling for something to hold onto.

The detective let go of his cup. It landed next to hers on the carpet. She kicked them both away. Her lips recognised him, recognised the sensation of life breathing between them both. Only this time, he was alive, too, hot and moving. His arms gripped her, holding her as she pushed her body toward him, against the growing need under his clothes. She was a buoy, slammed into him by waves in a storm. He clung to her, seizing fistfuls of her hair.

“What are we doing?” he gasped.

“We almost died tonight.”

She kissed him again, seeking his tongue where their lips met. Her nimble fingers worked the clasp of his belt. When it was undone, she peeled his undershirt from his muscular torso. His skin was cold beneath her touch, or were her hands hot from the shower? She looked at him. Right in the eye. She guided his hands up her waist and watched him intently.

“Fuck that, right?”

“Yeah”—he nodded—“fuck that.”

Get Chasing Sisyphus now on Bookstrand.

Book cover for Chasing Sisyphus by JL Peridot

Cover Reveal: The Induction of Satine

I’m so very excited to share the cover of my latest steamy short, The Induction of Satine.

Satine didn’t believe in lunar prisons. That is, until she got shipped out to the one on her planet’s outermost moon. There, she’s assigned to Warden Jet — a fine specimen on the facility payroll — highborn, broad shouldered, fit as hell and intent on ‘rehabilitating’ his new charge.

Book cover: "The Induction of Satine"
Cover by Chase Horan

Thank you to the incredible Chase Horan for the cover artwork. I must admit, when he first showed me the draft, I recoiled in horror, thinking he was setting some mighty high expectations with a cover this good. Thankfully, he assures me this story lives up to the sexy promise he created.

This scifi erotica piece lands November 7, 2017.

Introducing Adria

Adria Yuan is the heroine of my debut novella, Chasing Sisyphus. She’s a bounty hunter among the Basilica City Police Department’s most wanted. She’s agile, capable, a fast learner, a skilled fighter and, most notably, reluctant. She doesn’t take pleasure in killing her targets, it’s just part of the job.

She’d like to put this life behind her, leave the planet altogether and get a fresh start somewhere else. But with Basilica City home to the most advanced medical care, and her brother in failing health, it looks like she’ll be on the ground a while longer.

Adria was 12 when the gang wars broke out across the city. Her parents were killed in the crossfire, leaving her to fend for herself and her sick brother. Blessed with physical fitness, she found her start in the bounty circuit, running pickups, dropoffs, interference and robberies. The killing came later.

She picked up her martial skills on the job and wouldn’t be able to tell you any proper names. But if you watch her fight, you’ll spot hints of Aikido, Jujitsu and Shotokan Karate. Her marksmanship could use a little work, but I’d still watch myself if she had a gun pointed my way.

Chasing Sisyphus launches September 12 on Bookstrand.com.

Cover Reveal: Chasing Sisyphus

In less than a month, my first novel, Chasing Sisyphus, hits the shelves. Can I still say “hits the shelves”? We’re talking primarily digital, so… hits the online catalogues at major book retailers? Yes, that. 🙂

About Chasing Sisyphus

Available from September 12, 2017. A futuristic action-adventure suspense novel set in Basilica City, the capital metropolis on the eponymous Planet Basilica.

Bounty hunter Adria Yuan is hot on the trail of her final hit: a notorious hacker wanted by the city’s elite. With the reward, she can pay for her brother’s surgery and finally get out of Basilica City. Trouble is, her line of work’s not exactly legal, and she’s barely staying ahead of the cops who want her target, too.

Detective Rhys Carver may be a little unorthodox, but he’s a good cop. Born and bred in Basilica, he does his part to keep his city clean. As clean as it gets, at least. And with Adria suddenly in his sights, it’s going to take more than falling in love for him to let her go.

As the pair close in on their mark, they are unwittingly drawn into a high profile conspiracy that could thrust the whole of Basilica into chaos. Can Adria and Rhys set aside their differences, and their desires, to save the only home they know?

Published by Siren Bookstrand. Cover art by Harris Channing.

Book cover for Chasing Sisyphus by JL Peridot