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! :)

Meg

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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*coming soon

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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The High King’s Golden Tongue

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So this time last year I was finally tackling a story I had been wanting to write forever: the long version of The High King’s Golden Tongue. It was a wonderful prompt that deserved more attention than I had originally been able to give it, and I was bouncing off the walls excited to finally do it justice. Here we are a year later, right back into NaNaoWriMo and High King v2 makes its debut ^__^

My favorite part was probably being able to flesh out the existing characters and add new ones. Lesto and Rene probably got one of the most significant makeovers, as they go from unrelated figures to close brothers (and Sarrica’s deceased husband their other brother). And Lord Tara, Rene’s ex lover and the palace eccentric (but not eccentric because he’s trans). There was also all the world building, which is the favorite part of any fantasy junkie.

Mostly, though, I always have the most fun when I’m writing for someone. I wrote Missing Butterfly and all the other stores for Sasha and Sam. I wrote Tournament of Losers for Piper. Midnight was written for a prompt. And High King was definitely written for Fehu and everyone who loved the original and wanted a bigger version. My stories seldom get the kind of attention that High King drew, and it made me happier than I can articulate. And 2015 has been a rough year, especially these past couple of months. The kind words and anticipation and excitement for this story has kept me going even when I wanted to just quit the genre entirely a week ago.

So thank you. I hope you enjoy your story.

Meg

Dance in the Dark short and a pen name

One! Joyfully Jay had a free spot recently and was kind enough to let me have it. In honor of my approaching birthday, I wrote a little short about Johnnie from Dance in the Dark ^__^ If you want to read it, here is where you’ll find it.

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Two! A few years ago I made up a pen name for a handful of reasons – mostly I considered separating out my contemporary, and I have always been self-conscious and painfully aware of criticism that I write too fast (which must mean I write poorly, which isn’t true). I suck at alt identities, though, and as ever I’m too busy for my own good so poor Erica Kealey has fallen by the wayside. But Bad Moon Rising hasn’t recently come down and I decided to self-pub her short story from that. I may yet try do other stuff under her name, it’s kind of fun in a stupid way. We’ll see.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Guest Post: Reading Alley Grand Opening Celebration!

Hello, peeps!

A few months ago I was invited to beta a new review site on the author/publisher side, and I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure. The site is reminiscent of netgalley, but much more geared toward authors (and so more affordable). The staff has been friendly and flexible (they even changed gay/lesbian to LGBTQ when I asked), and the site offers a lot of control in terms of approving reviewers, deciding whether or not to make a review public, etc. I probably sound a bit rote, thanks to the past few days of frantically packing and moving followed by roadtrip followed by more packing and moving x_X But I have enjoyed working with this site and plan to keep doing so. Read on and give it a try ^__^

~Meg

AN INVITATION

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On July 24, Week 7 of our Weekly Contest went live. Answer 3 questions and get a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Each week, we will have different winners, for a total of 12 winners by the time the party is over. Week 8 contest will commence on July 31.

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Vacation and Other Things

I’ve already posted loudly about this at my blog, but going overboard never hurts for announcements like this. I am going on vacation June 10-17, but in reality I’ll be MIA from about the 9th to the 20th. There are also other personal matters keeping Sasha and I pretty busy and away from the internet indefinitely, but more on that when it wraps up.

I cannot stress enough that June 9-20 I am basically going dark and am going to be unreachable. This is a break I (and Sasha and Sam) sorely need and the first vacation vacation I’ve taken in years (as opposed to the working ones we’ve taken once or twice, usually combined with conventions). So if you need me, contact me by June 5th. After that, it’s iffy, and after the 9th you’re SOL until I’m back in action on the 20th.

Which brings me to my next shenanigan: I am way too busy to do ever get to do things like blog tours, cover reveals, that sort of thing. I feel like I’ve fallen off the map and get pretty lonely. I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing my Livejournal days when I got to talk to people more. So I at least can keep people better posted about stuff, I am going to try a newsletter.

It’s a once a month thing, and it’ll have the usual suspects (coming soon, recent releases, sales, upcoming events and plans) but I also hope to include WIP snippets, books I’ve read and enjoyed, other things like that. If it doesn’t pan out, no big. But if you want to sign up, the page is here (and I don’t sign people up, that shit isn’t cool. No one will be adding your name to the subscriber list except you, and it sends a ‘make sure you want this’ email anyway just to be sure).

And because I asked twitter peeps which book they wanted a snippet of to go with my vacation/last call blog post, and it was a tie between The Painted Crown and The High King’s Golden Tongue, I put Painted Crown on the blog post, and you get High King here ^__^ As I mentioned… somewhere… two of the biggest changes to this story are Lesto and Rene, who are muchly fleshed out and have bigger roles. This snippet is where you meet Rene (and first get to see Allen do what he does best) :3

Love you all! <3

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State of the Everything

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

I have a couple of books coming out in the near future:

The Harem Master – Many read this in serial, and I hope everyone who’s been waiting for the ebook enjoy it. Definitely the most involved Tavamara book I’ve written yet. I’m really happy with it. Poly is def one of my favorite things to write.

Risk it All – Speaking of poly, this is the revamp of a story I wrote forever and a day ago. It’s set in Dance verse, the Sword of the King side, and takes place several years before SotK. For those more familiar with the Dance side, Kipling was mentioned briefly in Ruffskin, he’s the one who helped him murder Blue.

And much later this year, as many have already seen, the long-promised extended version of The High King’s Golden Tongue comes out. It clocks in at 107k (the original was 12k). It’s a very slow burn kind of romance. I think one of my favorite changes is Lesto and Rene, who are now brothers (and good at stealing the show).

ALL OF THE WRITING

In writing, I have been busy busy busy. I wrote a story for Piper Vaughn, and it was a whole hell of a lot of fun. It’s basically a 60k fairytale, based on my favorite challenges trope. That will probably come out early next year.  It’s called The Tournament of Losers.

For Sword of the King fans, the sequel is at long last done. Unlike the Dance books, you need to have read SotK for Shield of the Dragon to make sense. It takes place a short time after SotK, and the POVs are Ken, Amr, and new player Diamond. It will come out some time next year.

I have two of my three super hero stories done, Trick of the Light being the first one, Turncoat the second. The third will be Close Enough to Touch, and for those who remember, is about Minder and Byron :) A whole hell of a lot has changed, but according to my betas those changes are very shiny indeed. We’ll see if I can keep it up ^^;

And for fans of The Engineered Throne, I am about a third of the way through The Painted Crown, which is about Prince Istari, who was made a hostage of Tallideth at the end of Throne. The third book will be about Bertin.

I’ve got other projects in train, I pick away at one or the other slowly when the rest of the list is being difficult. One of them is Two for the Show, which is about Nikko and Jake from Missing Butterfly verse.

VACATION YAY

In June Sasha, Sam, and I are going on vacation! \o/ Haven’t had one since I went to Hawaii a million years ago, and the other two have never really gotten to do the whole vacation thing. We are going to be having fun in Las Vegas, I’m excited. We have a spa trip planned, a day long trip to the Grand Canyon, dinner at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant, and like five hundred museums and shops we want to hit. I’ve not yet decided if I’m taking my laptop, but my work email will definitely not be open. I really can’t fucking wait.

And I think that’s actually all for now, though I’m sure I’m forgetting something. Hope everyone is having a good week ^__^

New Release – Rabbit Season

So like, a year or more ago, I did a donation/auction type thingie, and one of the winners asked if I was willing to do incest. I think we all know the answer to that. Incest is obviously one of the major taboos in writing, right up there with rape in terms of things that should be dealt with seriously and not treated like a game or some shiny neat thing.

Does that mean I shouldn’t write about it? That people shouldn’t read it? Of course not. That’s what books are for, exploring and indulging things that we absolutely would never tolerate IRL.

She gave me a few promises, and I went with the twins one. She wanted shifters, IIRC, so I went with twin rabbits and a duck :3 The rough concepts for looks and personalities came from the requester, but after that it was all on me. I don’t remember when/why I decided it would go well in the same verse as Backwoods, but I do think it’s found a good home there.

Rabbit Season

The fact that rabbits in this verse have very different views on family (and incest) than most of society definitely adds to the tensions and turmoil that are the running theme through this series.

For the curious, I currently have two others in mind, though I’m still deliberating the order they should go in. One is a follow-up to Backwoods Asylum, and will deal with that couple and their family more. The other is going to be about an alligator and a raccoon.

For now, I hope you enjoy Rabbit Season (and if the threesome twincest thing is not your scene, no worries, whatever I do next in this verse, you’ll be able to follow along fine without this one).

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And if you’ve never read Backwoods, you get it in ebook or audio.

Hope everyone is having a good week, and staying warm!