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! 🙂

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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