“I don’t know which was better- the wedding or the honeymoon! To have such incredible friends is a blessing! To have a hot husband to share a honeymoon with, well, that’s another thing! ” 5 Stars from Jerri
“Will you stop laughing? How am I supposed to keep an erection when you’re giggling like a mad hyena?” Taine Afoa sounded serious for all of five seconds before he broke out laughing along with his lover, Freddie Whittle. “Shite. Untie me before I hurt myself.”
The two men had been together for a while now. They were opposites in size; Taine was practically a giant compared to the slight Freddie, a young nurse who’d fallen head over heels in lust and then love with the Māori-Scottish former rugby player.
Freddie tried. He really did. If he could’ve stopped laughing, he might’ve managed to do more than lie on the floor trying to recall how to breathe normally. “Coc y gath.”
“Don’t say I told you so—and stop calling me a sheep’s willy.” Taine ground out the words after several minutes of breathless mirth. “Bollocks.”
It had been his idea.
Why don’t you try tying me up?
Aren’t you curious?
Truth be told, Freddie wasn’t all that curious to have the restrained shoe on the other foot, but no matter how much he tried to convince Taine, they still wound up trying it anyway. A memorable mistake that he wished he’d gotten a video of it.
It started fine. Taine got up on the bed and rested on his knees. With quite a bit of fumbling, Freddie managed to get the larger man’s wrists and ankles secured. He’d stepped back to survey his work, and the fit of giggles had hit him almost instantly.
Why is this so funny?
Freddie had no idea what set him off. The giggling eventually morphed into full belly-shaking laughter. He ended up on the floor with his arm clutching his waist.
“Are you going to untie me?” Taine asked patiently. “Can you manage the knots?”
Freddie dragged himself up off the floor and began to slowly undo the knots to release Taine. “Uhm.”
“What’ve you done?” Taine craned his head around as far as the position would allow. “You bollocksed up the knots, didn’t you?”
“I am sad the series has come to an end, and unbelievably elated to one more glimpse at my favorite rugby men! What the Author has created here is unbelievable. Such heart, love and silliness that make up the great relationships, theses men have. These characters and the small sea side town will forever stay with me.” 5 Stars from Socially Awkward Book Nerd
“There comes along, once in a rare while, a book that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzie inside. A book that is far too stinking cute for its own good. A book that wraps up an ENTIRE series in so few pages. A book that is simply, brilliant.” 5 Stars from Debbie A at Archaeolibrarian
“Haka Ever After is an absolutely delightful conclusion to the Sin Bin series. The story focuses on Taine and Freddie, and they are adorable together. We also get to visit with some past favorites from the series as this sweet couple gets ready to tie the knot. This one is easily read in an hour or less and is a great mix of sweet, sexy, witty, and charming. With zero angst, Freddie and Taine’s happily ever after is lighthearted fun with plenty of reasons to smile. ” Four Stars from Momma Says
(Ten points if the song is now stuck in your head. Sorry, not sorry.)
Saying goodbye to a book series is always bittersweet as an author…and as a reader. Saturday was a book release day for me. Haka Ever After came out and is the last of my Sin Bin series. I’m excited to move forward to new projects but heartbroken to leave my retired rugby lads behind.
It’s tricky, I think, to figure out where a series should end. There’s always a part of me that wonders about different characters whose story I didn’t tell. But then, my muse runs away toward a new shiny idea, and I don’t get a chance to be sad about ending my series.
I never intended to write The Sin Bin. In fact, I wasn’t supposed to write the story that inspired the series–After the Scrum. I had a completely different idea planned for NaNoWriMo 2015, but I made the mistake of watching a rugby match.
Francis and Caddock sprung to life, giving me barely a week or two to prepare before November. And then, somehow, Graham decided his story wanted out in The Wanderer. Each tale led into the next.
It’s quite strange to look back on the series now. One of those moments where you can’t quite believe what you’ve accomplished. All those words on paper. It’s exhausting just to think about.
I’m proud of my rugby lads.
I’ll miss them.
But, I’m no to the next adventure.
If you’re a writer, do you find yourself missing a series when you’ve finished it?
Or as a reader, do you prefer to read a series or standalones?
My stories always seem to feature a lot of tasty treats.
(Or, in the case of The Caretaker and the upcoming Haka Ever After, ALL THE CHEESE.)
I’ll be perfectly honest, half the time, I wind up making myself hungry and get annoyed because I don’t always have access to some of the foods my characters enjoy. One Last Heist was a prime example. Toshiro and Mack indulge quite a bit in the story. I have to live vicariously through them.
Food adds a layer to stories. And I’ve discovered one person’s weird is another’s delicacy.
As an autistic, the smell, texture, spice levels, and even colour of food can affect whether I’ll be able to eat it. I also tend to have weeks and even months where I’ll eat the same meal over and over and over again, much to my hubby’s dismay. =) It’s something I try to stay cognizant of with my autistic characters.
Toshiro’s sister Charlie enjoys having her eggs in a particular way, especially when made by her brother.
The other side of the food coin is weird–odd–gross foods. And I’ll admit that one person’s weird is another’s delicacy.
Here are some of the foods (I find weird) that I’ve tried over the years:
– Blood Sausage.
Ew. Gross. Don’t.
Weird texture. Weird on the outside. Tastes amazing.
– BBQ Stingray
Tried this in Singapore. So good. Silky texture and no odd fishy aftertaste.
– Turtle Soup
This one traumatised me for years. My dad made me try his soup. I was horrified. Also, it was rubbery. But, I had pet turtles, and I had nightmares about eating them. lol
What are the weirdest or most unusual foods/dishes you’ve ever tried?
Do you enjoy learning about foods/dishes in the novels you read?