Bi Visibility Day: Fav Books with Bi Characters

So in honor of Bi Visibility Day, here are a few of my fav books with bi characters. Feel free to mention your own favs in the comments, more books more better ^__^

  1. Malachite by Kirby Crow – I have loved Crow since I was a newbie writer and thought I’d never reach her level. Now I harass her daily on twitter. She’s a bit of a punk. Her writing is even more awesome now than it was when I fell in love with Scarlet & the White Wolf (which also has a bi character). I love this book to bits, the world and the chars, all of it. I NEED A STORY ABOUT PARIS, CROW, GET ON THAT.
  2. Four by Archer Kay Leah. The only author to appear twice on this list. This book will rip your heart out then gently put it back in. If you like redemption stories, you’ll be all over this. I’ve read this book five times since it was subbed to LT3, and I’m dying for the next one. It’s the second in a series, the first one is equally awesome.
  3. Battle of Will by Sasha L. Miller fills all my enemies to lovers needs. If that’s your bag, and/or you like a slow burn, here ye be. There is a sequel in the works, I am ever hopeful my wife will get around to writing it, and it’s unfortunate for her I know where she lives 😉
  4. Breakfire’s Glass by A.M. Valenza. I love Katerini more than life, she resonates with me in a way few other characters ever have. Valenza always includes a spectrum of sexualities in a way not many other authors do, proving that it really is that easy. And her books are the best world building porn
  5. The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford. An author I miss dearly, I was happy she deigned to give LT3 a book. It remains a favorite, about a woobie mermaid and the bisexual pirate he falls in love with despite not liking him much at the start :3
  6. Just a Bit Ruthless by Alessandra Hazard is not a book I thought I would like as much as I did, but it takes some pretty standard tropes and executes them hella fucking well. If pretty gay boy with closeted twink tendencies getting kidnapped by Russian mod boss with closeted bisexual tendencies is your thing, boy are you going to be all over this.
  7. (Watch Me) Break You by Avril Ashton. My standard for stories about criminals is set by Ashton. I love her books like burning. This one has become my favorite, displacing even her first series, which I have reread a hundred times. You wanna talk enemies to lovers, man this book has got that nailed the fuck down.
  8. Brandywine Investigations by Angel Martinez. Who doesn’t love Greek Gods trying to get by in the modern day. Most of them are pretty good at it, Hades needs some practice. Luckily he picks up a woobie stray :3 The other books in this set are equally awesome, but I admit I’m partial to Hades’ story.
  9. Worth a Shot by Lyra Evans is an awesome fantasy story about three courts kept rigidly separated, and the trouble that ensues when they interact. This book does some really great things with werewolves, magic, and mates. I’ve read the first two, and the second was even better than the first, and I can’t wait to read the third
  10. Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov. I love Voinov to death, and while his Scorpion series is my absolute favorite, Dark Soul is a very very close second. This book is hot like burning, and like Ashton he does criminals and such without equal. Hella awesome series.
  11. How Beautiful Thy Footsteps by Vanessa Cardui. A very sexual, very awesome fairytale like story about the price of magic shoes, and how willing a thief is to pay it, no matter how stubborn the woman who makes the shoes. I love it love it.
  12. Enchanted Soles edited by Sasha L. Miller. An anthology of stories written by authors who very love and resonate with what they write. If you want a book that is super bi positive and shoes just how broad bisexuality really is, this is the book for you.
  13. The Cobbler’s Soleless Son by Meredith Katz. Another fun, sexy fairytale about a boy determined to find and spend time with a demon he glimpses one day, and isn’t nearly as stupid or flighty as everyone around him thinks.
  14. For the Clan by Archer Kay Leah. A dystopian book about a man torn away from the man he loves, who falls in love with a woman, only to be unexpectedly reunited with his first love – who now is on the side of the enemy.
  15. The Big Reveal by Eve Francis. Last but most certainly not least, this is a sweet, awesome, feel good story about a trans woman and the person she falls in love with. If you a story that leaves you grinning and feeling happy, get this one.

New Release – Magic & Mayhem

The Magic & Mayhem anthology is out! If you want to read my sweet little short about a mercenary and a mage, today is the day you can start doing that ^__^ and I totally don’t remember if I posted an excerpt of it anywhere, so there is one below, sorry if it’s been read before ^^

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Everyone deserves to see themselves in stories, to see themselves get a happy ending. For the past few years, GRNW has helped to see those stories reach more of the LGBTQ community, and gain traction is libraries and beyond.

Furthering that goal is this collection of fiction and essays, including information on how to get books in libraries, letters from authors, why positive and happy queer books are so important, and short stories about tattooists, soldiers, mages, and cyborgs that span the LGBTQ spectrum.

And my story is Demonica

Shale groaned as Keira set a plate heaped with food in front of him, along with a large pitcher of ale and a platter of biscuits, butter, and cheese. He’d cleared a quarter of his plate before she’d taken her seat.

“Breathe every few bites,” Keira said with a sigh. “Are you even tasting any of that?”

“It’s delicious,” Shale replied before shoving another bite of butter-soaked biscuit in his mouth.

Keira lifted her eyes to the ceiling. “You’re disgusting. When your arm doesn’t work right tomorrow and you have to spend three hours cleaning out crumbs and dried gravy, don’t whine to me.”

Shale paused long enough to glance at his left arm, but it was well-covered, from fingertips to just past his elbow, with a special-made, magica-treated leather glove that protected it from far worse than him being a messy eater. He’d also spent the better part of the day getting his arm, eye, and right leg tended, and most of what money had been left had gone to refilling all the medicine he had to take because of them. The Torrien Desert was always hard on his mechanica parts. “Shut up, I’m fine.”

Sighing again, Keira tucked into her own food at a much more sedate pace. They’d just started on second helpings when shadows fell across their table. Shale ignored them. Anyone worth taking a job from knew better than to bother them when they were eating.

Keira kicked his good leg under the table, but when Shale only grunted and started massacring another biscuit, she turned to their unwanted visitors—and choked. Shale tamped down on his annoyance and ate the bite of spiced potato on his fork. He chased it with ale as he looked at their guest—and damn near snorted all of it up his nose. He hastily set the mug down and wiped his face with a kerchief he pulled from a front pocket of his jacket.

Six guards stood clustered around the front edge of their table, dressed in the red-and-green garb of the Grand Duke of Soria Bell, who controlled the northeast section of Renmarkane. Peculiar. What would Her Grace want with them? Shale hadn’t seen her since, well, a time he was happier not thinking about. It had been made pretty clear to him that she and the rest of the family were done with him. Not a good sign she wanted to see him now, five years after they’d cut ties.

Keira grunted. “We’ve been gone the past five months and have only been back in Soria Bellmane eight hours. Whoever the fuck said we did whatever Her Grace is pissed off about is lying.”

The woman marked as a captain stepped forward, the torchlight gleaming in her dyed crimson hair. “Are you Shale Teor and Keira Mark?”

“No,” Shale said petulantly.

Quirking a thin black brow, the captain said, “The Grand Duke seeks to hire you.”

Keira sneered. “The Grand Duke can seek—” She broke off with a grunt when Shale kicked her under the table. Smiling stiffly at the captain, Keira said, “With respect, Captain Whoever You Are, of what possible use could a couple of glorified fetchers be to Her Grace? Surely you’re capable of doing the job.”

“I’m Captain Tula Rumark, and if she wanted me to do it, I would. She wants the pair of you.” With a sigh grand enough to make Keira’s look a paltry effort, Tula motioned to her soldiers and said, “Take them.”

Shale barely had enough time to snatch up his bags and grab a last biscuit before the guards swooped in and hauled them away. As they were dragged along through the streets of Soria Bellmane, he grumbled, “Just once I wish we’d be allowed to finish a meal before another bit of trouble found us.”

“I think we both know we’ll never be that lucky,” Keira said, and they both fell silent the rest of the way through the city and across the great bridge to Soria Bellketh, the castle of Lord Sara Halruul, the Grand Duke of Soria Bell.

It was as beautiful as ever. The sight left him sad and aching. This place had been home once—the only place to feel like home since he’d lost the first one. Mother of All, he didn’t want to be here. He twitched as they passed through familiar halls, scents washing over him and churning up further unpleasant memories of the last time he’d been there.

GIVEAWAY: Dance with the Devil Paperbacks

In honor of the release of Shield of the Dragon, and the debut of the new editions/covers of the whole series, I am giving away one set of the paperbacks. All six to one lucky bastard: Dance with the Devil, Dance in the Dark, Midnight, Dance Only for Me, Sword of the King, and Shield of the Dragon. Winner will be drawn on September 14th. And this giveaway is international!

Note: the books haven’t much changed content-wise. I’m largely just cleaned up inconsistencies, typos, that kind of thing. I did add a bit more porn to the end of Midnight, but I don’t really count that a significant change.

If you already have the first editions through LT3, the files will be replaced so you’re GTG. If you bought them elsewhere, just email me and I’ll gladly give you the new versions (once they come out, all the books will be updated in September close to/on the release of Shield. I am two books away from having all of them ready at this moment).

Onward to the rafflecopter!

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Release: The Only Option

As per usual, I’m late to my own party. I’ve got a to do list long enough I weep with despair, and I’m also working on redoing my bedroom. But authors should probably pay attention to their own releases, so here we go.

This is my first book published with All Romance Ebooks, and they’ve been awesome to work with. I’m hoping to write another book sometime this year, and I’ve signed up for another collection that’ll come out late next year.

Arranged/Forced marriage being one of my favorite things in the world, I was super stoked to participate in this collection. I still couldn’t say quite how I landed on a necromancer or a dragon, other than both those things had been on my mind and they decided to cooperate, but I had a lot of fun.

Rochus, some may have noticed, has a few things in common with Midnight appearance-wise. He is a rough combination of concepts from both vampires and draugrs, which is where similarities come in. But instead of giving him all of a draugr’s abilities, I gave him his collection of misfit pets, the zombie cat and birds and still living unicorn who accompany him wherever he goes 🙂

The other stories in the Dubious collection sound hella awesome (and I’ve already read Julia Talbot’s, and it was great), so check out the whole line-up if so inclined.

ARe has also arranged quite the tour for my little book!

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May 9 All I Want and More Books
May 10 Gabrielle Faust
May 11 Erotica For All
May 12 Ramblings of a Book Nerd
May 13 The Recipe Fairy (review)
May 16 Miley The Book Junkie Reads (review)
May 17 Roxanne’s Realm
May 18 Booklover Sue
May 18 All in One Place (review)
May 19 Erzabet’s Enchantments (review)
May 19 Zipper Rippers
May 19 Making it Happen (review)
May 20 Fang-tastic Books
May 23 The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange (review)
May 24 Sinfully Gay
http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com/
May 25  The Novel Approach
http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/
May 26 TTC
http://www.ttcbooksandmore.com/
May 27 Unquietly Me
https://unquietlyme.com/
May 27 MM Good Book
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May 28 The Day Before You Came
http://www.thedaybeforeyoucame.com/
July 6 Wicked Faerie
http://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/
As ever, eternal love and gratitude to everyone who read/is reading, I hope you enjoy my grumpy necromancer and his woobie dragon <3 <3 <3

Release Day: Turncoat (Anti-Heroes 2)

Yay! Turncoat is finally here! I hope everyone enjoys Dixie’s story ^__^

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Dixie is a man adrift, picking away at the evildoings of the Grand Order of Defenders and the DeVine Corporation wherever he’s able. But none of it is what he really wants, and what he wants is out of reach.

Then a notorious thief crosses his path, a man with abilities that might make all the difference. With his help, Dixie can at long last return to face the people that destroyed his whole world and return that destruction tenfold.

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NOTE: Like TotL, this will come down after a month(ish) to go into Kindle Unlimited. So buy it soon if you’re not an Amazon fan!

And speaking of All Romance, The High King’s Golden Tongue is an ARe Daily Deal today!

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And last but not least, for those enjoying Two for the Show, I have updated it with two chapters (since I failed completely in February). And there’s about two chapters to go and it will be done ^__^ It’ll stay up for an additional month or two, then it will come down to be sent to LT3 for publication (and it won’t come out until next year, so if you don’t want to wait to read about Nikko and Jake, do it soon or suffer).

And that’s a wrap 🙂 I hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Release Day: Tournament of Losers

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Yay! The Tournament has arrived!

So this is my latest (and greatest) fairytale to date, and I am super happy with it. This comes as no surprise because some of my best works are the stories I’ve written for specific people. Writing for me is always what I do first and foremost, but writing for friends is my favorite thing.

So as stated often and loudly, Tournament of Losers is inspired by quest fairytales. Defeat the dragon, obtain these three items. My favorite of this sort is Ivan and the Wolf (which I’ve mucked with a couple of times, most notably Burning Bright).

But the other component of this story that really mattered was what Rath is a good person. He’s not without his flaws, but he does have a real and true heart of gold. I very much wanted a nod to the princesses of fairytales like Cinderella (still my favorite, I’ve rewritten it… at least four times? Not including Spell Weaver, which comes out in June). He was a lot of fun to write, even if he also meant managing one of the trickier tropes (that I cannot discuss without spoiling).

I’ve gotten a LOT of positive reviews for this story, and I’m deeply grateful. I fretted and fretted that people would not like a long fairytale, or that it would be TOO light-hearted, even for me. It means even more that so many have enjoyed various components I worked hard to add to this story, things I’ve always tried to add to my stories and things I’m determined to include going forward.

So thank you, my lovely readers, as always. I hope you enjoy my Tournament 🙂

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Release Day: Trick of the Light (Anti-Heroes #1)

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Superheroes are something I always wanted to do, and I mucked with them a little bit in silly shorts. But a larger idea always nagged at me, and finally one day it all started to come together.

And the first book in the series (of which there will be at least six) is Trick of the Light, which was originally inspired by conversations and comments and jokes about who pays for the damages when the supers are done fucking shit up.

The answer is Karl, at least in my neck of the woods. His job is actually pretty back burner in this story, but it does give him a unique perspective on supers and everything they do, a view that isn’t exactly what the powers that be would approve of.

It also makes him fonder of the bad guys, or at least most of them, then those same powers would approve, and leads him to taking care of and even helping Trick of the Light.

Now unlike a lot of my series, where I try to make each story fairly stand alone, these must be read in order and skipping one will result in confusion. The second book is done, and comes out in March. The third one is partially written, and I will probably try to write four as well before publishing more (but I also don’t want the series to languish too long. We’ll see, I try not to make firm plans because they always go awry).

I hope peeps enjoy Trick and Karl, and that everyone has a good week! 🙂

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Karl leads a quiet life—quieter than he wants, especially since getting into a fight with one of the most powerful men in the city—but it could be worse. In a city where super heroes and villains can level a city block in a moment, it’s a good day when nothing is destroyed, especially for the man who sells super hero insurance.

After yet another date stands him up, Karl heads home for another night spent reading with only his cats for company. But a strange sound at the bus stop leads him to a shocking discovery: Trick of the Light, a notorious villain in possession of an impossible power, and currently the intense focus of a manhunt by the Grand Order of Defenders.

But Karl has never had much respect for the Order and its arrogant, cavalier super heroes. Whatever the risks, he’d much rather spend the night helping a villain, especially since once Trick is well enough to move Karl will probably never see him again…

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Away I Go (for a week)

IMPORTANT

Sasha and I are going to visit her family from the 9-16th. We’re going to be largely unreachable (a whole lot of this trip is driving, the rest socializing x_X), so if you need something before I vanish Tuesday evening you have until like tomorrow morning to reach me.

If it’s an emergency, get in touch with Samantha (@rykaine, derrs@lessthanthreepress.com) and she will handle it or coordinate with us to get it taken care of. But chances are you’re gonna be SOL until I return, unless I can find time/space to handle it.

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SHINIER THINGS

I have a High King short going live on December 9th. I also have my Christmas story from last year, part of the A Touch of Mistletoe anthology, going up on the 16th for peeps to read for free (and if you haven’t, you should read the other stories, they’re way better than mine).

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RAINBOW AWARDS

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The Harem Master has gotten both an honorable mention and is a finalist in the Rainbow Awards, which makes me supremely happy. I’ve gotten a lot of comments about how this has changed a reader’s mind on polyamory (and that it’s the best poly book some have ever read), and similar comments. I could and have cried from happiness.  So much, much love to everyone who has read the book and enjoyed it (and all my adoration to the judges who marked it high enough to gain honorable mention).

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ROUND-UP

I’m very good at finishing one project and pausing for all of thirty seconds before moving on to the next one. I’m basically a failure at smelling the roses, as it were. So in an attempt to remind myself I am actually good at getting things done, I wanted to list out what I’ve done this year.

PUBLISHED

Rabbit Season (LT3)
Risk it All (LT3)
Shine Forever (LT3)
The Broken Forest  (LT3)
The Harem Master  (LT3)
The High King’s Golden Tongue  (LT3)
The Secret of Mermaid Cove  (LT3 – 2nd ed)
The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn (LT3 – 2nd ed)
A Game Most Dangerous (self-pub)
Moon Dogs (as Erica Kealey)
Wriggle & Sparkle (Yaofix)

WRITTEN/SCHEDULED FOR PUBLICATION

Shield of the Dragon (LT3 – Sept)
Spell Weaver (LT3 – July)
The Only Option (All Romance Ebooks – May)
The Pirate of Fathom’s Deep (LT3 – June)
Tournament of Losers (LT3 – February)
Trick of the Light – Anti-Heroes 1  (Self-pub – January)
Two for the Show (Serial – in progress)

WRITTEN/NOT SCHEDULED

Dragon Magic
The Painted Crown – Unbreakable Soldiers 2 (LT3)
Turncoat – Anti-Heroes 2 (Self-pub)

And of course…

THE TO-DO LIST

Anti-Heroes 4,5, & 6
Close Enough to Touch (Anti-Heroes 3)
Dance in the Storm (Dance with the Devil)
Hammer & Powder (Untitled Series)
Star Grinders 
The Lady and the Thief  (Deceived)
The Stolen Court (Unbreakable Soldiers 3)
Twilight (Dance with the Devil)
Vanilla Spice Latte (Dance with the Devil)
Various other Dance with the Devil shorts

And I’ve probably forgotten something, or a few somethings, but eh. That’s a plenty long list as is ^^;;;

Travel Books

So as mentioned in a previous post, Sasha and I are heading up to New York to see her family (who are not in one place, but all over the damned state). With that in mind, I have been hoarding books for some time in preperation. Audiobooks for the car, and ebooks for the locations because I don’t sleep well on the best of days and I sleep even less in strange places.

And since I like sharing, and it’s been a pretty miserable time in our neck of the woods lately, here are my shinies (and pending shinies)

THE AUDIOBOOKS

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I’ve been holding on to Dead Man’s Reach for ages because I love love this series, I adore the audios, but I haven’t had a chance to listen since I suck at audio unless I’m doing something like driving. But we’ll probably listen to the other two first since Sasha is behind on the Thieftaker series. Carry On is a great book, I’ve already read it like three times, and I have it from a reliable source that the audiobook is fantastic. And of course I loved the movie for The Martian and everyone tells me the audiobook is even better.

THE EBOOKS

I actually have more of these than I will torture you with (there was a site giving away piles of fantasy books for free or .99 so my TBR tripled in like the span of ten minutes, whoops). But the highlights of my carefully hoarded pile:

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STILL TO BUY

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Yay, books ^___^ What’s everyone else reading/looking forward to reading?

Hope you’re having a good week, or that it improves! <3 <3 <3

 

Things and Stuff and Other Things

IMPORTANT

Sasha and I are going to be MIA from Dec 9th to Dec 16th. We’ll be driving up to and all around New York. So if you absolutely need us to do something that can’t wait until after we get back, speak before Dec 1st or you’re likely SOL.

 

WRITING THINGS

Much love to everyone who has been enjoying High King ^__^

Coming up in the next few months: The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn through LT3 in December. This is a solo release of a story I had in anthology, and part of mine and Sasha’s Paranormal Days verse.

Trick of the Light is the start of my super villain series, which I’m self-pubbing, and it comes out in January. Some will remember this verse, back when it was just a bunch of silly little shorts I wrote on LJ. For those who just went OMG Dixie! he is the second story.

Tournament of Losers is my 67k fairy tale coming out in February, another LT3 release.

And for the moment there are no releases lined up for March or April, but come May my necromancer/dragon story, The Only Option, will be coming out through All Romance Ebooks 🙂

For those eagerly awaiting Lesto’s story, that is June’s release.

And the rest of 2016 can just wait a bit ^^; Though most of it is already booked, including Shield of the Dragon and The Painted Crown.

 

IN THE WORKS

The Lady and the Thief Is a lesbian tale part of Deceived verse (complete with Suitable cameos).

Dragon Magic, which I started forever ago and am finally getting around to finishing. I am never writing telepathy again x_X

Close Enough to Touch, the third Anti-Heroes book (#2 is already done)

And last, but not least, a book I always said I wouldn’t write for various reasons (too intimidated being one of them). Below the cut. I hope everyone has had a good weekend, and has a lovely week.

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