Summer Kitchen, M/M contemporary small-town romance

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Summer Kitchen, M/M contemporary romance audiobook

Latest release!

Now in ebook (including Kobo Plus), print, and audio (narrated by Greg Boudreaux)!

Summer Kitchen

Saving Home, Book One


The foolproof recipe for personal redemption and perfect love…


  • One former rock musician
  • One almost-MBA turned cooking school student
Add two heaping spoonfuls (each) of:
  • responsibility
  • familial obligation
  • regret
And a dash of:
  • misunderstanding (optional)
Stir together in:
  • one small Vermont town
Season with:
  • friends
  • family
  • foes
  • and one large ginger feline
Garnish with:
  • validation
  • laughter
  • just deserts (also desserts)
 Simmer for one entire summer before serving up a delicious (well-deserved) HEA. Bon Appetit!



Award-winning author

E.J. Russell

romance and mystery (reality optional)

  • 100% introvert
  • product, not process
  • always tea, never coffee
  • sooo not a visual person
Stealth rainbow

I fell absolutely head over heels in love with her particular style.

— Will Knauss, The Big Gay Fiction Podcast


The Queen of paranormal rom-com…

— Meghan Maslow, author of the Starfig Investigation series


I’m always delighted to see a new story by this author, because there’s always a novel perspective on traditional tropes and myths.

— The Reading Addict

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Like a number of other authors in our genre (with more joining all the time), I’ve taken the plunge! If you join my free Follower tier, you get similar benefits as my newsletter subscribers in terms of free stories (although I’ve got one story–Purgatory Postscript–that’s Ream-only). My paid tiers offer early access to my books as I’m writing them, plus other perks like discounts in my store, early release ebooks, paperbacks, behind-the-curtain looks into my writing process. At the moment, members are reading along with Ghostridden, the first in a new small town paranormal mystery series that’s (shocker!) not directly related to any other series–although there is a sneak appearance by a certain psychic counselor…

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