Idlewild Book Sale!

Hello friends!!

The gift giving season is upon us! And as such, I have a wonderful offer for you, your family, your friends, your pets (well, I mean….if they can read).

From now until Dec. 31st Idlewild is on sale for $1.99. It’s an awesome deal, and it’s not often that Idlewild gets discounted like this. If you’ve been waiting to buy OR if you happen to know someone you think might like it, go for it! Links will be down below.

If you have already read it, THANK YOU! Your support means the world to me. I would love if you would be willing to give this salw a little visibility boost. Every bit helps 😀

With much love, and high hopes for 2022, I wish you health, happiness, and growth.

Love, Jude.

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why I did the thing and why you are all amazing.

I’m not sure where to start. Being concise and knowing what information should come when is not my strength. But I thought it would be best to address the situation with my ex co-author and the gofundme legal drive in more detail.

Firstly, I really cannot thank everyone who has donated thus far. I cannot believe how quickly you all have responded to help support me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

As the gofundme has stated (beautifully and well put by my lovely friend Sadie, whom I cannot thank enough for the support and encouragement), I recently learned that a book I’d published with a coauthor in 2019 was being “reworked” and republished under a new pen name. I was not informed and did not give consent to this. This person has a history of abuse, deception and racism within the bookish community. With the hopes of protecting my intellectual property, I chose to reach out to a lawyer recommended by another author. He very kindly walked me through the legal tangle of having co-written a work and what it means when two people have copyright to a work (particularly when there is no pre-existing coauthoring legal agreement, which BTW if you are gonna cowrite, you should always have. Tough lesson learned). He explained my options to me carefully, without charging me for any of it.

What I came to learn is that having copyright means I can legally do what I want with the story. I can create derivative work, rework, republish in that form. This is not plagiarism as I had thought it was. However, if a portion of the derivative or reworked story/work contains any shared work, whoever republishes it is required, legally, to share a portion of any proceeds that come from that sale.

So for example, if it is determined that 80% of the work is similar to the original, then I would be owed 40% of proceeds. The whole “how that’s determined” thing is more complex; I can explain if anyone has questions, but my situation never got to that point.

When I first spoke up about what was happening with the Shadows You Left/Cagematched situation I did say that I did not want money out of the situation. I honestly just didn’t want that work out in the world anymore. That story was very personal for a lot of reasons. Initially I did not contact my ex co-author about the publication of this book when I discovered what was happening. I did not want to engage in any conversation with a person who had been immensely detrimental to my mental health, whose influence in my life previously had caused me incredible amounts of distress. To be honest, I also just knew that a conversation would have gone nowhere.

After I posted about the book on twitter, I was contacted by the author. We exchanged a series of emails. Yes, the book was pulled from Amazon. Yet said author did choose to try to use an indie pub site (Gumroad) to publish without telling me. To make a long story short, they eventually stated that they would shelve the book, but that their lawyers had advised them that they could not promise to never release, rerelease, rework etc in the future. Throughout the course of these emails I was consistently reminded that ex co-author had lawyers at the ready (somehow, these lawyers never appeared? Huh).  

I was very torn at this time about what I should do regarding legal representation. Not only was the retainer expensive but there was no way to really know how much it would cost in the end. If I chose to move forward with legal action, I had to pay a retainer of $200 which would go toward billable hours. Other than that, the lawyer could only guestimate how long everything might take to work through. I really had to weigh what I could afford here.

And then the Jupiter Wyse situation happened. That honestly was the last straw for me. I had worked throughout these situations, even when I spoke up, to be as professional as I could be. But at that point I realized that this person *would never stop*. It didn’t seem like there was a limit to the ways in which they would hurt, manipulate, and abuse other people in the bookish community,

I honestly was just so tired of watching someone try to manipulate me. The emails I received when the other author and I were discussing what would happen with Cagematched were full of old gaslighting and manipulating tactics that would have worked on Jude of three years ago. But I am not that person any more. And I refuse, REFUSE to be that person again.

I really didn’t want money was never the point for me. However, legally, all I was really entitled to here was a portion of royalties. Refusing to be bullied, manipulated, and used was the point. I hired my lawyer knowing up front I’d be out a few hundred dollars. My husband and I spoke at length about the value of my own mental health vs money etc.

What I didn’t expect—I have no idea why because I really should have—was how my ex coauthor would drag out what could have been a simple process. Refusing to disclose honestly the number of books sold. Arguing with my lawyer over semantics. Just a constant stream of back and forth emails. What this all meant was that the end cost was WAY past what could have been expected.

At the end of the day, my ex coauthor agreed to pay me 40% of “supposed” sales (there was a whole KU cancellation issue which caused them an inability to see how many were presold?). I walked away with 7$ and an acknowledgement of a C&D. A promise to give me a portion of proceeds should I ever find out that this story was being reused (see the language there?). At that point, short of really going into more expensive and complex legal work, with my lawyer, we agreed that the acknowledgment of the C&D was a positive and perhaps the best I could hope for at this point.

To be clear, I don’t feel like I lost anything. It’s not a perfect outcome but it was definitely a statement.

This coauthor has consistently threatened other people with legal action. Reminded people who tried to stand up to them that they have a legal team at the ready. Used particularly manipulative language that works to make a victim question the reality of the situation. The choice to go forward with a lawyer, in large part, was motivated by a strong desire to send a message: you cannot do this in this community. Because of the co-written book I actually had cause and reason to make this a legal issue.

Asking for help paying for these legal fees has been so incredibly difficult; both because it’s just hard for me to ask for help, but because I never asked anyone to get involved in this fight with me and now I am. I am so moved by the response and support you have all provided. I know this is probably of little comfort to the people who have been hurt by this person but please know: I went into this with all of you in mind. I feel so much for everyone who has been hurt, by the wake of negativity and toxicity a single person has managed to set off in our community.

Thank you all for holding my hand and making this such a supportive and caring place. A million thanks to Annie and Sadie for being my sword and shield. I ❤ you all to the moon and back.

“And Always Coming Back” new short story available now!

“And Always Coming Back”

“This story packs so much emotion into a short space. David and Evan’s relationship feels like the eye of a storm–there’s nothing but safety and love, despite the danger and uncertainty outside.” –bestselling author Cat Sebastian

“Jude Sierra’s ‘And Always Coming Back’ is a beautiful and tender rediscovery of love and partnership.”— Roan Parrish, author of Best Laid Plans

At first, David and Evan found a silver lining to quarantine in togetherness. But as the months wore on, the novelty wore off. At the seven-month marker, David broke down—but not because of what was happening outside. Recognizing that loneliness could wield power even when you’re not alone, David and Evan commit to rediscovering the silver that lines togetherness.


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Reviews coming in and a HUGE BOGO sale!

It’s been, and will continue to be a rough time for a lot of us. Personally, I find a tremendous amount of comfort in books, and in connecting with readers. One of my favorite times of year is the summer, when I get to go meet y’all at ALA and BookCon. No longer being able to look forward to that has been difficult. Instead, our house is learning how to homeschool while in quarantine, which is a pretty quick shift from the status quo of a month ago.

I won’t lie these things have kind of made reaching out to you all to share important information, like the fact that the anthology my new short story is in, Short Stuff, is available for presale fall to the wayside. Which sucks! I am so excited to get my first YA story, “The August Sands” into your homes.  AND in other amazing news I am slow to share, both Kirkus and Foreword reviews have given our book some lovely, lovely praise!


Currently available for pre-sale, you can find our books at:

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In other SUPER exciting news: Interlude is hosting a BOGO sale through the rest of March! I believe they’re also offering free shipping right now as well. I really want to get my books into your hands, or any books honestly, because I know we could all use a little escape!


I wish you all the absolute best right now, and I hope you’re staying healthy, both physically and mentally.

With Love,


Announcing “The August Sands”

short stuff coverNews!! Super beltated news due to life being…well a disaster due to a very slow recovery from Post Concussion Syndrome.

But that’s not the exciting part!!

My first ever foray into YA, a short story called “The August Sands” is being published an anthology, Short Stuff (pub. Interlude Press). In even better news, it’s going up on Netgalley today!!

The August Sands

As the eldest child in his family, Tommy Hughes always felt the weight of responsibility growing up—to his mother, who depended on him, and to his kid brother and sister, who looked up to him. But during a summer vacation to the Michigan shore, Tommy chafes to break free and to start experiencing a series of firsts before embarking for the new world of college. 

I had a lot of fun writing this, and so much fun writing about a place I love so dearly. I can’t wait to invite you in to one of my favorite places in the world.

Short Stuff

It could start anywhere…

At a summer vacation at the lake, just before heading off to college. In a coffee shop, when the whole world is new. In a dragon’s cave, surrounded by gold. At a swim club, with the future in sight.  In SHORT STUFF, bestselling and award-winning authors dial down the angst in four meet-cute LGBTQ young adult romances.

SHORT STUFF features stories from Julia Ember (The Seafarer’s Kiss), Jude Sierra (Idlewild, What It Takes), Kate Fierro (Love Starved), and the writing team of Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick (Snowsisters). Edited by Alysia Constantine (Olympia Knife, Sweet). 





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July 3rd ONLY you can get a copy of What it Takes for 99 cents!

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Taboo for You by Anyta Sunday
Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish
Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Forsaken by JR Gray
Life of Bliss by Erin McLellan
Bellingham Mysteries by Nicole Kimberling
Bitter Legacy by Dal McClean

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A Tiny, Sexy Snippet

Well past sunrise, Reid wakes up curled on the very edge of the bed. His grandmother’s room overlooks the porch, so sunrises from bed are a distinct possibility. Somehow, the sound of the ocean isn’t the same in here, probably due to the proximity.

     Reid peeks over his shoulder. Joaquim curled up on his side, around a pillow, his back to Reid. He reaches out to touch a mole on Joaquim’s shoulder blade, ready to trace a wake-up path to other ones on his back, when he remembers last night. He’s going to have to face his own music.

   Joaquim’s body is beautifully settled into the rhythms of his deep, sleeping breaths. Reid is no longer angry. Well, he’s a little angry at himself. If I wake Joaquim with kisses, will that be enough? Will he remember the apology from last night and let it stand?

   Eyes closed, Reid scoots closer to Joaquim and puts a hand on his hip. He promised to talk to Joaquim. And even without that promise, they should talk. Joaquim is the potential for a healthy relationship, finally.

   When Reid’s body heat comes into contact with his, Joaquim stills and then stretches. Joaquim’s body is a luxury: muscles tensing and loosening, all stunning bones and inviting skin. Reid wants. He wants to glut himself on this man, to soak up every moment with him while he can.

   “Morning?” he whispers. His hand slides from Joaquim’s hip to his stomach under his belly button.

   “But will it be a good morning?” Joaquim arches a little, rolling his body, sinuous and promising, against Reid’s. Reid puts his face between Joaquim’s shoulder blades, as if he could breathe in the balm of that teasing, that ease. He kisses up to Joaquim’s neck and then bites lightly.

   Nothing more needs saying. Reid loves the hush, loves the ease and intimacy, loves the way Joaquim takes him so far out of his head and into his body he hasn’t any words.

Only 8 days remain until the release of A Tiny Piece of Something Greater! I cannot wait to share Reid and Joaquim with all of you!

Quick reminder that I am holding a pre-order swag giveaway with four prize packs! Pre-orders can be really helpful (and by some vagary seem to occasionally sneak into people’s inboxes early! Don’t quote me on that I know nothing technical about this, it’s just happened to me as a reader). All you have to do is email me your receipt to be entered! ( I’ll email back to confirm I received.  For more info (including pictures) check out this post.

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*Pre-order the print edition of A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by May 16, 2018 from the Interlude Press web store and automatically receive the multi-format eBook package for FREE.*



As we get closer and closer to release day for A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, my fourth novel (coming to you May 17th!!!), you’ll see I’m posting little bits — lines, aesthetics, IG posts related to the book. Follow me on the things to see the things and I promise to do my best to provide you with pretty stuff!

Also, for those of you who are my favorites and are pre-ordering, hold on to your receipts for *reasons* you’ll discover later!!

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater is available for pre-order in the following locations:

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Available for Pre-Sale: A Tiny Piece of Something Greater


Ahhhhhh the day is finally upon us! Well, technically the day after. Yesterday LGBTQ Reads was kind enough to host the cover reveal of my newest book, A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, which will be released May 17th 2018.

Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness—on their own and with each other.

For those of you who are feeling impatient or just downright generous, it is available for pre-order and I’ll share those links below.

Writing this book has been the journey of a lifetime, no hyperbole at all, and I am almost coming out of my skin with excitement that it is almost time for you all to meet these two men who have utterly stolen my heart.

Keep an eye out for excerpts, info about giveaways, guest posts across the interwebland and more!

Another exciting development in Jude Land is the advent of my newsletter. It’s up and running…so far as I can tell. MailChimp and I don’t always see eye to eye, but I’m 99% sure that has to do with my eyeballs. Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll have access to exclusive content, giveaways, and automatic updates!

Stay tuned for more fun stuff!

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Book Review: Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke



After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate. Fate is now a calculation.

But loving someone isn’t.

When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice—love one another or defy fate.


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Fortitude Smashed is the first and only book I have ever read for review that I re-read and took notes in the margins of with a pen and a highlighter. That I loved so much I wanted to wallow in on every level I would be allowed to. That’s been sitting on my nightstand for months just so I can keep savoring tiny moments.

I read the book in one go; I fell in love with Aiden and with Shannon, I fell in love with them falling in love.  The beauty of the conceit of fated people learning to be together in Brooke’s hands is this: These men are both ready and not, are willing and unwilling, and prickly but open. Their Rose Road gives them the space to struggle, as we do, but with the safety of understanding that this is meant. In this way, we are privileged to witness Aiden and Shannon as they go through a particular journey of personal growth that only this situation, this Rose Road, this circumstance could bring.

In Fortitude Smashed Brooke built a family of secondary characters that I both adored and was incredibly irritated by at times — in short, she gave these men family and friends that were fleshed out humans, not just foils or plot devices to move particular aspects of the story around. A great cast of secondary characters is hard to pull off and Brooke does it. I love the gender/sexuality/identity representation we see thus far in this series — I’m excited to see what comes in the next few, as I’ve seen the author address questions related to this in blog tour interviews and on her twitter. I’d like to articulate my feelings on this well, but my friend Annie at From Top To Bottom Reviews has done a better job of capturing it here in her review.

I read this book the first time fully knowing there was even more to the story under the layers Brooke created, but unable to stop because I was so caught up in the story. The point of this being: if you don’t feel like you want to do any literary analysis to enjoy the shit out of a beautiful book, you don’t. This book, I promise, will be a lovely experience regardless.

That said…the first time I read Fortitude Smashed, I knew it was special. I knew I loved it a few pages in, but it was on page 26 when Aiden first speaks to the Empty Man that I knew that what Brooke is crafting in this series is literature.

“Aiden thought the heart of the world, like fate, was buried in the sea and, despite his hunger, he would never find it.” (26)

Fortitude Smashed is filled with some really heart stopping prose. I mean, the kind of phrase turning that makes you stop and re-read just to enjoy the sheer poetry of it. None of Brooke’s words or images function as still art alone. Rather, she deploys every image with precision.

“Spread out on the bed with a blush creeping from his chest to his face, Aiden was still a cluster of knives. Shannon’s willingness to bleed defied every shred of control he had left.” (135)

The second time I read this book, I had a pen, a highlighter, and lots of quiet. I savored it. I really let myself look at how Brooke used images, names, words, flowers to tell us more about Aiden (whose name, consequently means “little fire” or “ardent”) and Shannon (whose name means “wise river” or “possessor of wisdom”) (I’ll just let you sit in that lovely tidbit for a moment, take it with you when you read the book and it’ll just add a lovely layer).

Brooke’s use of metaphor and imagery, particularly in reference to the two pieces of art, Fortitude Smashed and Catalyst, as well as the Empty Man Aiden meets on the beach at the beginning and near the end of the novel, are brilliantly situated, used, and executed.  We begin the book with Aiden and Shannon meeting just as Aiden is attempting to steal Fortitude Smashed,  a piece of art made of flowers and flower parts (lilies, dandelion and baby’s breath, all of which represent particular things. For example, lilies represent restored innocence after death). Aiden later tells Shannon he wanted to steal it because it reminded him of himself. When Shannon goes to buy it for him, after they’ve fallen in love, he actually sees it for the first time, and in it:

“…a containment of life in death in one piece…The lily’s stem was snapped from the rest of the petals, which gave the flower a sense of detachment. It was nature’s grenade in the midst of detonating, a slow-motion explosion…” 147

It is in this moment that Shannon really understands — this was who Aiden was in the moment they met. This is how Aiden understood and saw himself.

As fate would have it, Shannon is unable to buy Fortitude Smashed — instead he buys another piece, which we don’t get to see until the end of the book: Catalyst, which is made of ivy and dandelion, calla lily and tulip: flowers that represent youth, rebirth, perfect love, fidelity, affectionate attachment. What I loved so deeply about this is that Brook doesn’t tell us any of this — she doesn’t give the reader the meanings. She’s given the reader gifts inside her prose. Aiden and Shannon’s struggle to understand, walk, and love one another as their Rose Roads is done gorgeously, with care and depth and understanding. And underneath it all Brooke infuses her language and images with depth and symbolism that make the story all that much richer.

Before I finish with my high high praise for an #ownvoices story about mental illness, I want to go back to the Empty Man and how he functions as a catalyst at the beginning of the story when Aiden is really struggling with the idea that his Rose Road is a cop; when he’s struggling with his self worth and his demons; when we’re learning that despite his hard exterior, Aiden is terrified of not finding his heart. How deeply he wants that Rose Road and love.

“‘Someone told me I would eat the heart of the world one day,’ Aiden said….’I’ve always loved the world, but I never thought I’d find the heart of it, the best of it, the center of it. I did though. I found it,” he added quickly. ‘Or it found me, I’m not sure which.’

‘I don’t know either, but you’ve completely consumed it.’

Aiden offered a shy smile, one of his gentle rarities, and he kissed Shannon again.” (315)

To summarize there, thank you Taylor, for this really heart wrenching, human, gorgeous love story.

And now, the part I really, really want people to leave with. This is an #ownvoices story in regards to mental health rep, with both Brooke (author) and Aiden having mental illness.  Personally, as someone who also not only struggles with but survives with mental illness, Aiden’s story and representation meant the world to me. Shannon doesn’t cure Aiden. Fate, love, romance, sex — none of it “fixes” Aiden –– because there’s nothing to be fixed. Aiden is beautifully imperfect, he’s human, he has a mental illness, but he isn’t his mental illness. People living with depression or bipolar, with dysthmia or cyclothemia (me) or any other number of MI — our MI’s don’t define us. Stories where love “cures” or “fixes” characters with MI really bother me because that’s not how life works. My husband loves and supports me, his presence has helped save my life, but at the end of the day, I save my life. I make it through each day. I am the center of my survival and recovery. Brooke writes a love story with healing, with hope, and where the characters are ultimately the primary agents of change and wellness in their own lives, which they then bring to each other and their love. I can see this theme in Daisy’s story; I can see this agency in Chelsea’s story — I look forward to what Brooke will do with them in future books in this series with utter trust in her skill.

About the Author:

After fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures as a special effects makeup professional, Taylor turned her imagination back to her true love—books. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of tea, planning her next adventure, and fawning over baby animals.

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