What Boys Are Made Of · Writing

Music in Writing Part 1: What Boys Are Made Of

I’m one of those authors who likes to write to music. Every book I write has a theme song, and beyond that, each character has their own special songs. More may be employed for writing certain scenes or locations, but those two things always exist above all. The overarching song for What Boys Are Made… Continue reading Music in Writing Part 1: What Boys Are Made Of

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Publishing is a Long Road: On Not Giving Up, Even When I Really Really Wanted To.

Oh where, oh where, oh where have I been these past couple weeks? Why, turning myself into a Real Author™, of course! It’s bloody exhausting. I just finished up a promo for my books. For five days, I discounted them, ran an advertisement, participated in major retailer’s summer promo, and collaborated with other authors to… Continue reading Publishing is a Long Road: On Not Giving Up, Even When I Really Really Wanted To.

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What Boys Are Made Of: New Cover

There’s a quiet change sweeping my books…

Well, quiet until now.

What Boys Are Made Of has a new cover. New blurb. New look.

Same book, but made-over in preparation for the cover of Saint Flaherty book 2, The Mercy of Men.

Want to see?

…Of course you do!3D Render

With the swing of a baseball bat, a back alley prize fight ends in one teenager’s death. The other walks away with cash in his hand and a conscience screaming for mercy.

Just another day in Buchell.

Five years after the Second Civil War ended, isolated Appalachia is a minefield ruled by cartels and warlord despots. In the town of Buchell, Simon “Saint” Flaherty cage fights for money—until the day a fight gone wrong leaves him a murderer.

In a town that saw the worst of the war, the death only boosts Simon’s reputation, and his coach enters him to headline a local tournament. No one seems to notice that Simon’s in no condition to train, wracked by guilt over his opponent’s death. No one seems to care, least of all his coach—not with a career-defining fight on the line.

But Simon’s coach isn’t the only man in Buchell with an eye for talent. The cartels that keep a stranglehold over the mountains are scouting for new recruits, and the local kingpin has his eye on the teenager with the one-punch knockout.

Although Simon wants nothing to do with the cartels, he’s already involved: his last match was no tragic accident, but a set-up by the kingpin himself.

Already haunted by one death, Simon will do anything to get out of the next fight. In Buchell, anythinggoes a long way.

In this gritty debut set in a dystopian Appalachia, S. Hunter Nisbet presents a stunning story of surviving the choices we make—and those that are made for us.


This gorgeous cover was done by Deranged Doctor Designs. To get a closer look at it, why not hop over to the book website of your choice?

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Of course, a couple of you might be saying, “But I liked the old cover.”

I did too; but I like this one a heck of a lot better. It’s edgier, darker, more gripping. This is the sort of cover that will draw in readers.

If you still love the old cover that much, you can buy the print edition, which still has the old one, and will match the print edition of book 2 because I’m not so heartless as to make people have non-matching books in their series (the horror!)

Now, who can’t wait to show this to everyone? It might, just might, just definitely be me.

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Review! Five Stars from The Novel Approach!

A couple weeks ago, in a fit of “I can do this!” I submitted What Boys Are Made Of for review over at The Novel Approach and crossed my fingers.

Lemme tell you, I am glad I did.

Barely a day later Lisa got in contact to let me know she’d love to read my book, and just this morning she sent me a notification that her review would be up today.

And holy shiz, what a review.

Five stars. Count ’em.

I am especially excited that her review confirms what almost every single review so far has said: this book is the one you can’t stop reading.

What makes this novel beautiful is the author’s prose. These characters are all written in flesh and blood, their world drawn in bleak and desperate lines. There is no romance or romanticism in the telling of this story, and it is not an LGBT novel; rather, it’s a novel with LGBT characters, and its heart resides in the misery that pervades.

I haven’t made this declaration yet this year, but What Boys Are Made Of is easily in the running for a favorite read of 2016. Here’s hoping for a repeat performance with Book Two.

!!!!!!!!!

Woah! Alright, I’ve had it. I’ve had my humbling moment, though I’ll admit, it came right after the “run around the apartment celebrating” one. Holy crap!

Go read the rest of the review here!

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A Nice Punch to the Gut from Reality

This book publishing thing, I tell you, it’s rough business. But it is a business, and so I’m going to talk about it because, well, why the heck not. I’m writing a blog post about my writing. What could be more appropriate? Readers who aren’t writers, stick around. This one’s for everyone, because it’s not… Continue reading A Nice Punch to the Gut from Reality

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I Wrote a Guest Post for Author Marie Sexton!

If you follow my Twitter, you’ve seen me gushing about my latest romance novel finds. “At last, something worth reading! Go buy this!” I’ve shouted into the voids of the internet.

I was talking, of course, about Marie Sexton’s amazing works.

If you’ve read her novels, you know Ms. Sexton’s a fantastic author. Allow me to add that she’s a generous one as well for inviting me to guest post on her website!

Check out this post over on Marie Sexton’s blog!

And, of course, don’t forget to buy her blitheringly amazing novel Trailer Trash. One of its characters, Cody, reminds me of Connor. Well, okay, Connor if he’d lived a very different life. Similar personalities.

…Well, I think so.

Oh, just read it. And read my guest post as well to hear about the difficulties of trying to advertise plot points without, you know, giving them away entirely.

Have I mentioned my book has LGBTQ elements? Because it does. Except they’re massive spoilers.

Okay, enough, go read!

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You’re Invited to My reddit Author Spotlight Saturday

Mark your calendars, set your alarms! This badass author is having an author spotlight over on reddit’s Book board on Saturday, April 23rd.

What is it? It’s basically an ask-me-anything over on Reddit. You can drop by and just say hey, you can ask a question, you can add to the discussion–any or all!

When? It’s April 23rd, from 11am to 6pm EST. That doesn’t mean you need to be there the whole time, it means come by any time! And, to be honest, after; I’ll still be keeping an eye on it. (Though actually I forgot I have a couple things scheduled that day, so I will be in and out. Oops! Guess I’ll just have to make do.)

Where? It’s happening on reddit’s Book board here. On Saturday, I’ll make a thread and the mods will pin it to the top so anyone can drop by. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting links everywhere as well!

And, uh, what is reddit? Reddit’s an anonymous(ish) chat forum that has a billion sub-forums, called sub-reddits. For this spotlight, we’ll be, quite appropriately, on Books!

In order to post there, you will need an account, but they take half a second to make and you don’t even have to give them your email address. It’s easier than accidentally making eye-contact with a vendor at a mall kiosk, but with much better payoff.

If you want to make sure you’ll remember, click that you’re attending on the event page on Facebook–and don’t forget to invite your friends as well!

Want to ask a question about my books? The blog? Tell the world that you’re desperately shipping two characters? Demand if that thing I implied on page 253 was deliberate and, if so, will it be explored in later books? This is the time!

Thanks everyone, and see you there!