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I’ve been gone from here for a very long time. I didn’t intend for that to happen, but life suddenly got very difficult. I’d been fighting off frequent bouts of infections for awhile. Turns out they were all a side effect of something much more serious. I got the official diagnosis early last year and ever since then, I’ve spent every waking minute trying to deal with all the changes in my life that I needed to make. The good news is that my efforts paid off. My doctors are thrilled with my progress and I was told at my last appointment that I currently have an equal chance of living as long as any other healthy person.

But all that time I spent worrying over medication and blood test results and lifestyle changes took it’s toll. I was so exhausted/dizzy/sick most days, that I could barely function at my regular 9-5 job. I couldn’t do writing or even enjoy my hobbies during that time. It’s been hard, but it’s starting to get better. I’m not sick so often now and while my condition is always on my mind, I’m getting used to how I need to handle it.

I’m not going to name my condition here for a couple of reasons though. 1) Some people read one thing about it on the internet and suddenly think they know more than me or my doctor, and 2) I spend so much of my day thinking about it that I don’t want to think about it any more! I just can’t handle answering more questions about it. I spend almost every day doing just that in real life. I want my online time to be my break time.

I felt I should post an explanation for my absence so I’m sorry for being intentionally vague. I’m ready to move on with my life as much as possible. I’ve recently spent some time finishing up a novella that sat half finished for too long. I’m excited to get back into writing and I have one more surprise in store besides the upcoming story! Look forward to it.:)

And before I go, here’s a very small teaser of the upcoming novella’s cover:


New Release: Writer’s Retreat

Writers Retreat by Alina HowellHello! I’m back with a new short story! Writer’s Retreat leans a little more to the romance side than I usually do, but only a little more. Even if you’re thinking that may not be your cup of tea, the story is only $0.99 so that’s a pretty good bargain if I do say so myself. ;)  I wanted it to be a light and fun summer read so I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up. (And thank you if you do!)

By the way, if you’re interested in getting updated about my next book release, hit the “Follow” button at the top of this blog. I’m not a spammy blogger by nature so don’t worry about being inundated with emails.

Fun fact about the cover: I photographed the background myself on a trip to Lake Superior.

Now onto the preview!

After his last book was made into a blockbuster movie, Matthew Westbrook retreated to his lakeside cabin to finish the sequel. His ambitions are hampered by costly plumbing repairs and distractingly handsome plumber, Jason Brandt. Matthew’s book may not get finished, but he just may have a fun summer ahead of him. A steamy, lighthearted short story. (Approx. 4,000 words.)


A sculpted god of a man stood on Matthew’s front porch. It would’ve been a welcome sight on any other day.

“Looks like you’re gonna need several replacement pipes. It’s going to take me at least a full day to fix the damage,” the man said, pausing to dab sweat off his forehead.

Matthew had watched the man running in, out, and around his cabin for the last hour in sweltering August heat. The man’s white tank clung nearly transparent to every ripple of muscle all the way from his broad chest down to his tight stomach.

“Um, sir?”

Matthew’s eyes shot back up. “Sorry,” he muttered. His hormonal school days were far behind him. He didn’t need to start staring at every hot guy he met again.

“Nah, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news.” The man patted his shorts until he found a business card and handed it to Matthew.

“Jason Brandt from Jason’s Plumbing,” Matthew read aloud. “Is this a one man show?”

Jason flashed a smile. “Yep, and I promise I’m the best man for the job. You can go ahead and enjoy your vacation while I’m working. I’ll be as quiet as possible.”

“Actually, I’m here for work too,” Matthew said.

“Out here? Man, we get terrible internet speeds and even worse cell reception. What kind of job do you have?”

“I’m a writer.”

Jason’s face lit up. “Really? Anything I’d know?”

And there it was. Matthew’s least favorite question in the world. “Probably not,” he replied after suppressing a sigh.

“Try me.”

“Uh. Well, it’s Sci-Fi. Kinda niche stuff,” Matthew said. It was a partial lie, but the plumber didn’t need to know that his latest book had become a movie. A movie that was gearing up to become this holiday season’s blockbuster no less. The last thing Matthew wanted was the entire population of the nearby small town to find a reason to drop by for an autograph.

Buy it now on: Amazon, All Romance, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other ebook stores.

Flash Giveaway

Happy Halloween!

Seduced by My Vampire Boss by Alina HowellEnjoy some paranormal gay erotica for FREE! Use coupon code TR37H when you check out with a copy of Seduced by My Vampire Boss on Smashwords.

This coupon is only valid for the next 24 hours so hurry!

Now A Bestseller on All Romance

I’m probably not the only author who does this.

Every time I release a new story, I hope it does really well and people like it. Then I’m completely shocked whenever any of those things happen! So I’m surprised and happy to say that His Friend’s Secret Desire became a best seller on All Romance eBooks over the weekend. They even sent me a fancy button to prove it.



Thank you everyone who bought the story and enjoyed it! I hope you will enjoy the rest of my catalog as well.

His Friend’s Secret Desire

His Friend's Secret Desire

Aiden has been friends with Troy for years, but it’s hard to be just friends with someone you have a crush on. Determined to get over his hopeless crush, Aiden signs up for a gay dating service. . .only to get a message from the object of his affection. 

Out now on All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

The Search for Erotica

Have you heard about Amazon’s new filter changes? If you haven’t, then prepare for extra hassles when you search for erotica. Amazon has been very liberal about applying what they call the “Adult” filter to books. You would think that since erotica is naturally adult in nature, then all erotic stories are labelled as Adult on Amazon.

Well…not exactly.

See, Amazon doesn’t apply the Adult filter to all erotic books by default. They pick and choose which books get the label seemingly at random. Why is this bad? When Amazon marks a book as Adult, that means there is a smaller chance of it showing up in searches. That’s right, even if you’re specifically trying to find erotica, you won’t see all the relevant results. Not only that, but they suppress the chances of a perfectly related book coming up in the “Also Bought” section.

The best thing you can do is search within the Erotica category itself.


Amazon certainly does its best to hide the Erotica category, but here’s how you get to it via the main site:

Hover over “Shop by Department”

Hover over “Kindle”

Click “Kindle Books”

Under “Categories,” click “Literature & Fiction”

Under “Browse,” click “Erotica”

Once your search bar looks like the above pic, you’re (finally) good to go.

My Roommate’s Secret 2


It’s finally here! You can get My Roommate’s Secret 2 on Smashwords right now by clicking here or you can wait just a couple days and it’ll be out in other storefronts soon.

Have you read My Roommate’s Secret #1? If not, here’s your chance to get it for cheap from Smashwords. Use coupon code HV66H when you checkout and get it for 50% off! The coupon is good through this weekend only so don’t delay.


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