Play Hard release date!

I’m thrilled to kick off this blog by announcing the release date for Play Hard, Liam and Robert’s “happier-ever-after” followup novella: Tuesday, April 23!

I had LOADS of fun writing it, and I think you’ll enjoy reading it as well. I think it’s the sort of feel-good book we all need during these crazy, confusing times.

Play Hard (Glasgow Lads, #4.5)

Here’s the description:

“I’ll always want more of you.”

Robert McKenzie lives to work. He’s fresh out of university as a video-game entrepreneur, and his new app could actually save lives. But burning the candle at both ends means missing out on the best parts of his own life—including his boyfriend, Liam.

Liam Carroll works to live. His job as a bartender pays the rent—if not always the heating bill—and that’s plenty for now. But Robert’s workaholism reminds Liam his own life is going nowhere, and his own dreams are scaring the pants off him.

To jolt them out of their ruts, Robert invents a new game: He and Liam are to take turns offering each other sexy new challenges with irresistible rewards.

Of course, Robert gets more than he bargained for, as Liam takes their game in one surprising direction after another. Whether it’s in the bedroom, on the football pitch, or at the pub (or even the supermarket?), the things they learn about each other—and themselves—could change their lives forever.

And here is a fake cover I made in January for an Instagram challenge. The real cover will be revealed next week, but this one also captures the spirit of Play Hard.

Extremely silly photo featuring two tabby kittens leaping into the air, one catching a pink feather toy. Words: Play Hard: A Glasgow Lads Novella, Avery Cockburn, #lovelgbtromance Day 10: Cover Work-in-Progress

Here are a few notes, but feel free to ask questions in the comments or contact me some other way:

  • Play Hard features the main characters from Playing With Fire (Liam and Robert) and takes place about a year after that novel ends. You don’t strictly have to have read PWF to enjoy PH, but it helps.
  • There will be a first-come-first-served ARC giveaway. I will simultaneously alert my newsletter and Facebook group, so join one or both of those to have a chance at an ARC for this book or the next.
  • Like the rest of the Glasgow Lads series*, Play Hard will be available to borrow on Kindle Unlimited, which means it will be exclusively released on Amazon.
  • I will put Play Hard up for preorder on Amazon a few days in advance to make sure it drops on the proper date.

*The only book not in Kindle Unlimited is the prequel novella, Play On, which you can get for free by subscribing to my quarterly-ish newsletter. Subscribers also get an annotated version of Play On, with loads of behind-the-scenes insights such as pics of settings, characters, and props, as well as a few snarky asides.

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