Get the first look at Neighborly Affection #4

The votes are in, and the newsletter subscribers have spoken.

The vote was extremely close. The first rush of votes put Becoming His Master out in front 2-to-1, but the Tuesdays with Jay fans rallied to a near upset. The winner edged out the runner-up by a single vote. Thank you to everyone who took the time to email in their vote!

The October newsletter will include a scene from Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4). Since it’s a first look, it seemed only fair to make the scene a “first” for Henry and Jay, too.

Expect the guys in your inbox on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4) teaser image of shirtless Henry

Don’t fret, Tuesdays with Jay fans — Jay’s perspective on the trio’s relationship will be back in Tuesdays with Jay No. 6: Kept Man, a new exclusive story, in the November newsletter.

If you aren’t a newsletter subscriber yet, enter your email address below to sign up before Oct. 15. You’ll get exclusive content once a month, including the sneak peek at Becoming His Master and future Tuesdays with Jay stories. And if you’re a new subscriber who wants to catch up on previous Tuesdays with Jay, email me at mqb@mqbarber.com with “Tuesdays with Jay” in the subject line and let me know which stories (Nos. 1-5) you need.

Swag: How does that work?

Magnets, that’s how.

I’m going on my first real outing as an author Sunday, a decision that launched the full-blown panic of oh my God, I have nothing to hand out!

(The dog loves it when I panic — she thinks the jumpy turning-in-circles dance is a great game.)

In the last week, I’ve designed my first business card and my first piece of book swag: a postcard-sized magnet for the Neighborly Affection series.

Copies of Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1) in print, magnets with Henry adjusting his shirt cuffs, and my first-ever business cards: Yup, I'm all set.

Copies of Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1) in print, magnets with Henry adjusting his shirt cuffs, and my first-ever business cards: Yup, I’m all set.

Here’s hoping at least a few people are willing to take a magnet home with them. If not, my fridge is going to have a wall of Henry-hands.

… which, come to think of it, sounds pretty fun.

I’m salivating over tote bags. They’re pricey, but I have an impish desire to show off the trio every time I go grocery shopping.

Of course, swag’s not really supposed to be for me — so what sort of free stuff would you like to see potentially show up in a giveaway?

Here's a closer look at the magnets. I'm happy with how they turned out, but what do you think?

Here’s a closer look at the magnets. I’m happy with how they turned out, but what do you think?

Special delivery: Playing the Game in print

I love getting real mail delivered. Not junk mail; that’s boring. But a letter or a package with my name on it? Thrill.

Today I got a huge (and heavy!) thrill — my author copies of Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1) in print arrived. Completely unexpected!

Opening up a print copy for the first time. You can't tell how my hand's shaking, right?

Opening up a print copy for the first time. You can’t tell how my hand’s shaking, right?

You know new-book smell, right? For me, it’s an addiction that demands I curl up in the recliner and disappear into fiction-world for hours on end. It feels incredibly odd to have the urge when I’m holding a book I wrote.

Here’s a peek at the box Kensington Books / Lyrical Press sent me. Playing the Game will be in Books-A-Million stores across the country soon, with the launch event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the store in York, Pennsylvania. I hope to meet some of you there!

Opening the box of Playing the Game print editions and diving in!

Opening the box of Playing the Game print editions and diving in!

Tuesdays with Jay No. 5: Promise Kept

Jay’s back with the fifth in his series of monthly meditations on the developing relationship he shares with Henry and Alice. This month’s tale for newsletter subscribers is Tuesdays with Jay No. 5: Promise Kept.

For anyone just jumping on board, the Tuesdays with Jay stories start at the beginning of the trio’s arrangement in Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1) and progress week by week through every lunch date Jay and Alice share.

In a lucky bit of overlap, the September newsletter story is set in mid-September. Jay even got into the spirit of the season with a back-to-school theme. Yup, that’s right — we’re getting a peek at the boyish wonder when he was a pint-sized heartbreaker.

Young beautiful man with naked torso isolated over white backgro

A quick reminder: The newsletter goes out around the 15th of every month, and each one currently features an original Tuesdays with Jay flash fiction piece not available anywhere else as well as updates on the Neighborly Affection series.

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