All of the (mostly Christmas) Things

First up, LT3 is running a Holiday Celebration thing and their are two Kindle Fires to give away as the grand prizes. Check out the deets here ^__^

Second up, the anthology I put together this year, A Touch of Mistletoe, comes out soon. I’ve never been the editor in charge of an antho before, it was kinda fun ^__^ I had some lovely writers on board, their stories are all wonderful. Many, many thank yous to A.F. Henley, J.K. Pendragon, Talya Andor, and E.E. Ottoman. A Touch of Mistletoe comes out on December 17th.

Related to that, Amethyst Daydreams posted a fabulous review here (it goes live on the 6th). There’s also a post for it here although I swear I set a giveaway that’s not there. I could have made that bit up, who knows with me. But speaking of giveaways, if you want a chance at the paperback you can still do that on Goodreads.

In other Christmas news, I wrote a cute little short for The Missing Butterfly here. The lovely and wonderful Emily Wells is hosting a Christmas Party, and I had a lot of fun working with her before. I don’t know how people organize and manage these massive things, I can barely manage a to do list and my own little website ^^ But scope out my post if inclined, and all the other shiny things that will be happening.

In other posting news, I contributed to Queer Town Abbey’s 12 Days of Christmas, so that post will be going live soon. Once I have the link i’ll post it.

And LT3 will be participating in the Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event in January, hosted by KT Grant. I am stoked ^__^

In non-writing news, I am going with Sasha to see her family for Christmas, aaaaaalll the way to the top of New York. The wretched, miserable, evil cold will probably kill me. It was nice knowing all of you. Remember me fondly.

In non Christmas news, thanks to nano I am DONE with the first draft of The High King’s Golden Tongue. Final word count was 105k. My betas have assured me I’ve done an excellent job expanding the original short. I’m not sure of the release date yet, obviously, but you will see it in 2015. Much, much love to everyone who has waited so patiently for it.

With that off my plate, I am looking to work on a handful of stories:

Anti-Heroes, which is actually a set of six stories. I want to finish all of them before I send them off for editing/publishing. Anyone who has read my silly little superhero shorts for Minder, Trick of the Light, etc, everybody’s getting rewritten/expanded. Trick of the Light is finished, actually. Next up is Turncoat. Which involves a certain cowboy and cat burglar ;)

Dragon Magic, which I posted a snippet of forever ago. I have a little over 40k of it finished. If I stick to my original notes/plans, this story is meant to be in the 150-200k range. If the aforementioned cold doesn’t kill me, this definitely will x_X I don’t know how the fuck mainstream fantasy writers put out 10 book series that are like a 500k per book. Fuck that shit, ugh ugh ugh.

Star Grinders is a sci-fi story. It’s set in the same verse as Kidnapped and Meant to Be but involves a different government, the Stalarium Empire. But a familiar party planet will make an appearance.

And Clan Mordred, which was supposed to be done this year but fell by the wayside, poor thing. I turned in Pack forever ago, but it too had to get pushed aside for other things. But that will come out in 2015 and I aim to knock out CM come hell or high water. After that, I’ll bounce back to other DwtD and SotK short stories.

There are other things on my list (The Painted Crown, a tournament story I promised Piper Vaughn, to name a couple).

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For those who had not seen it, the audiobook for Dance in the Dark is out. And we just finalized the narrator for Midnight ^__^

And so far my releases for the new year include:

Rabbit Season
The Broken Forest
Shine Forever
The Harem Master

And I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.

Happy Holidays, everybody stay warm (or cool)!

 

Release Day for A Suitable Replacement! ^__^

Suitable Replacement

 

A Suitable Replacement
Part of Deceived verse

After three years abroad on an arduous expedition, Maximilian is happy to be home, where he can pursue his private studies in peace and enjoy not living in a dusty tent. He is also glad he has arrived in time to attend his twin sister’s wedding in a few months, and to finally meet her fiancé, Kelcey.

Instead he arrives home to be accosted by his sister’s furious fiancé, who wants to know where she has run off to and why. When they confirm the wedding is most definitely canceled, Max has no choice but to fulfill the runaway clause in the marriage contract: he must find Kelcey a new spouse.

And if that was not enough to manage, there is also the matter of the people his sister angered when she vanished…

This story is actually the result of an idea I had forever ago, somewhere on the internet (I no longer remember where, LJ?) about the idea of being required to find a replacement spouse should a marriage contract be broken. But the idea never firmed up, and as all my long-suffering readers know, my to do list changes as often as the weather. So it fell away.

But it came back to me months and months ago, while I was thinking about something else. I still meant for it to be some 20k cute and funny thing. But then I meant for Princes of the Blood to be a single book (I also meant for The Engineered Throne to be a single book, I blame Samantha, Sasha, and Michelle entirely for The Painted Crown and The Stolen Scepter).

Anyway, it turned into a novella. I love any variation of arranged/forced marriage, and would basically write them all of the time if I thought I could get away with it :3

This story also has the high honor of ‘really good smut’ from Sasha, who greatly prefers her books, reading or writing, do not contain smut.

Much love to those who endured the serial format ^__^ And I hope those of you who have been patiently awaiting the ebook enjoy it. As always, I appreciate every single person who reads my books <3 <3 <3

LT3 link.

Lukos Heat

By Julie Wright of Lesser Key Studios

By Julie Wright of Lesser Key Studios

Coming October 22nd to Less Than Three Press

Najlah is on the hunt for the traitorous coward who attempted to assassinate the king and nearly killed Najlah’s brother in the process. But the hunt has taken them deep into the Shide, the treacherous, freezing mountains controlled by the mysterious Lukos, feral wolf shifters who do not tolerate trespassers.

 When the Lukos come upon them, Najlah is reluctantly intrigued. The Lukos, especially the one called Barkus, are nothing like the soft humans he spends most of his time around. They thrive in the brutal cold the way he thrives in volcanic fire. For the first time, it feels like Najlah may have found someone who can equal the fierceness of dragons, and see them as more than demons.

 But if he hopes to explore the bond forming with the Lukos, he must first survive the enemy—and the Shide.

This was originally published in Dracones. LT3 has since re-edited it, and I’ve expanded it by about 6,000 words (and promised my editor and roommate I would write a sequel, cause I’m not allowed to do one shots for anything? Life full of suffering :3)

It’ll go up on LT3 and GR in a couple of weeks, but I’m really excited about the cover and wanted to show it off ^__^

Hope everybody has a good week!

Meg

Looking for More

 

 

Looking for More

 

Looking for More is finally ready for release!

Milo has a pretty good life: nice house, decent job, plenty of time to devote to the movies and games he loves. He also has a hot neighbor, Lewis, who frequently comes by to drag Milo out of his house. If Milo wishes they were more than neighbors, well, he’s working on it.

Then Lewis asks Milo for advice on how to catch the notice of a geek—a man that is everything Milo is not, a man who turns his life into a living hell and makes it painfully clear that Lewis will never see him as anything but the nerd across the street.

You can buy it here in my handy little shop that Sasha made for me, or at all the usual suspects around the internet: Amazon, ARe, Smashwords and the rest are in progress.

Much love to Samantha for helping me with the gamer lingo, and to Sasha for doing all the technical work that is beyond me. I am really not good for much except the writing bit ^^

I hope peeps enjoy! <3

Everybody have a wonderful week! ^__^

My brain is a sieve

Cause I never remember to do things like promo at all, I swear.  I always want to do guest posts places but 1) I am shockingly shy about asking. I always feel like I’m being presumptuous or a bother. It’s dumb, I know, but the feeling persists. But mostly 2) I get so wrapped up in work and all, I just forget to ask in time to be able to do it. I am going to try for With Pridesince I am really proud of my Princes of the Blood and it seems to be doing well.

There is a blog post coming on my blog this week for Of Last Resort. Right now it’s about six paragraphs of rambling. Which this will turn into if I don’t stop ;3

cometome

 

Come to Me is, obviously, a short little follow up to Black Magic. Much love to those who have already read it. As I’ve said before, it really was meant to be just a short smutty bit. But some characters are more inclined toward that than others. Sorin and Koray mostly like just like being dumb (now, my dragons from Dance verse. That group has always been inclined toward smut. Like, I don’t even have to work hard to make them strip down).

The official link for Come to Me, and of course it’s at all the usual suspects.

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Suitable Replacement

Since I already have a post specifically for OLR, I will not add that here, but I will add that for serial peeps, A Suitable Replacement starts this coming week. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything in Deceived verse. This particular story ties to none of them. It was an aggravating story to write, at points, because I meant for it to be a short, cute thing where they sort of fumble stupidly around town for a little while. But it kept going, and in unplanned directions. But I don’t think my editor hated (it was hard to tell, she kept yelling :3 :3 :3) so I hope peeps enjoy ^___^

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trrimage

I am joining in this to give away a copy of … um … The Engineered Throne or Of Last Resort. I don’t remember which. Fail, self /o\

Anyway, there seems to be a lot of other shiny authors involved. I always feel weird doing stuff like this. Again, because I feel like i’m intruding (I think there’s a name for this, Sasha was telling me about it one day). Plus, fantasy is such a small section of Romance, so I feel weird next to all the contemporary books and such. I’m aware 99.9% of this is in my head, but that never really helps.

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In writing news, I am as usual trying to work myself to death. I started out this year with a manageable to do list and now it’s exploded and I kind of just lay on the floor and whimper. But long time readers of our Fairytales Slashed serial will be seeing a new fairytale from me in a few months, working title The Raven and the Sorcerer. Going to do something I don’t think I’ve done before. Also in fairytale news, The Broken Forest has been officially handed over to Samantha for editing. Once I have a release date for that (and Pack, Lukos Heat, and Looking for More) I will let you know them. I am fond of Broken Forest, it’s cute and fun and the kind of fluffy stuff I have not gotten to write in a while. Speaking of Lukos Heat, that has been revised and about six thousand words added. I think those dragons may be some of my best work.

And for those that liked Backwoods Asylum, I am writing another story in that verse. It’s actually a charity story, meant to be about 10k, but the prompt is for something that will take more than that to do well (twincest and threesome). It’s about twin rabbit shifters and a duck shifter, and because I’m 5 the working title is Rabbit Season.

I am also working on more Wriggle & Sparkle and of course slowly picking away at The High King’s Golden Tongue, which when done will be somewhere in the 80-100k range. Clan Mordred is still in there as well, and a second charity story I really need to get to, and that person requested I do one of a few ideas she had for Engineered Throne. 

Busy busy busy.

I also have some recs, hopefully will manage to finally get those up this coming Friday.

Before I forget again, wanted to extend all of the warm and fuzzy thank yous to those who have been enjoying the audiobooks. I have gotten many emails and comments, I’m so very happy to hear that people are enjoying them. I forward compliments on the voice acting to Red Planet, since I’m sure they like hearing them too, and seriously, those guys kill it ^__^ If you have seen them, in audition to mine, there are three other audibooks out now for Saving Liam, Finding the Wolf, and Dragon Slayer. Check them out!

Now it’s time for more coffee and back to transcribing. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

<3 <3 <3

Ahn! Con and Writing Stuffs

This Wednesday, January 8th, LT3 is heading out for Ahn!Con in Kansas City. We are driving. It’s going to be a long fucking driving, but sadly it’s still easier and cheaper than flying. We’re going to be selling print books and their coordinating ebooks. If you’re going to be there, come say hi! ^_^

On the writing front, I am, as every, busy busy busy. I recently finished rewriting Pack. If you do not remember that title, it’s the story about Tori, Kipling, and Tori’s two dragons. It needs a bunch of editing, of course, and then I must enlist a beta, before it even reaches LT3. But the original story for these guys was 5500 words. The new version stands at 22k, and will probably be at least 25k by the time I’m done done with it.

Interestingly, I only wound up writing it out of nowhere because I am trying to work on Clan Mordred. There is something of a very vague spoiler for Clan Mordred in Pack, but we’ll see if anyone figures it out :3

If you’d like a rough snippet of it, you can find it here on my tumblr.

I am also nearly done with a Black Magic short, written for a friend just because she asked. I will probably list on LT3 as a $.99 short or something. It largely consists of Koray and Sorin being their usual dumbass selves, followed by smut. It was meant to be just the smut, but it’s really hard not to make them suffer first (and embarrass Koray, I can’t help myself, sorry not sorry).

Last but not least, because apparently I have become a multi-tasking author, I have switch out Goblin Market (which won’t cooperate with me) for The High King’s Golden Tongue. The first chapter is nearly done, and somewhere around the 3rd or 4th chapter I’ll begin blending in the stuff from the original. Chapters switch POV between Allen and Sarrica. There will be more of Rene, too, for those who liked him :3

And for kicks, I will end with a snippet of that. Pardon any errors, it is still quite rough. I hope everyone’s new year is off to a lovely start. If it’s not, I hope it improves quickly. Love you, peeps!

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Travel and a WIP

Tomorrow at Why the Fuck Am I Awake ‘Clock I am headed up to New York for bridal shower type stuff. Sasha’s sister is getting married, and I am required to attend a tea party, a river tour, and a brewery. Guess which one is my favorite.

That means I will be out of touch all of Tuesday, except by twitter or text. But I will get back to people as quickly as I can. Should be relatively stable come Wednesday, but Friday we’re driving to Albany for the actual wedding stuff (the early part of the week we’re going to see Sasha’s parents since she hasn’t seen them in a bit) so I probably will not be around much over the weekend.

Next Monday we drive back, but then we’ll be busy Tuesday with unpacking and the update etc, and Wednesday we are going to Raleigh for a concert and probably will not be around until late Thursday.

And the week after that we head down to Georgia for Authors After Dark.

I cannot stress enough that we’re probably going to be sporadic at best for the first half of August. We will do our best, LT3 strives to be there for authors, readers, and everyone else with whom we work, but we may be slower to reply/react than usual. Please bear with us.

In the mean time, I am writing where I’m able. Sadly I will probably not make the Proud to be a Vampire collection, but that story will come out later. Between working on harder stuff, I am picking away at this story, if you want to read an excerpt. It’s set in the same verse as Impractical, though none of those characters appear.

If you missed my blog tour for Dance Only for Me, you can check out all the stops here:

 

And I think that’s all I’ve got. Off to see what else I can knock off my to do list before I must cave and do laundry/packing ^__^ Everyone have a good week! <3

Going Out of Town (and a new tattoo)

Today we are going to be on the road from about noon to seven pm. Friday morning, Sasha and I are heading to GA for the weekend and won’t be around until Sunday evening. We’ll answer emails and such as we can, but replies will likely be slow.

Project Tattoos, Round 2, is complete :3 Samantha got a ribbon added to the key on her left arm. Sasha got a beautiful feather on her left arm (we had an accidental theme this time), and I started on my butterfly sleeve (a nod to Missing Butterfly verse, but nothing as elaborate as Cassidy’s tats):

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(this was right after he finished, will get a better pic after they’re healed. Am very very excited, I can’t wait to add more)

 

If you need me starting this afternoon, text or tweet ^__^

Now I am off to read A Sinner Born, because SYREN YAAAAY

 

The Remedies are here :3

It’s always kind of weird (and a lot lame) when I get so wrapped up in the story I’m writing that I forget about the story releasing, even though I was just talking about it last week.

But I have never claimed to be anything but weird.

So our stories are out ^__^ And I have already babbled about them incessantly so I shall not harass everyone again. For those who read, I hope you enjoy! I am really fond of Jordan, he’s so cute and fun to write. Sasha has done a couple of posts about the books here and here, and I need to write one today (I was a failure and forgot about the one I should have done Tuesday, it’s a wonder the various review sites put up with me anymore).

We are going to RM today to fetch Samantha and Kathrin for an awesome extended weekend :D Tattoos round one (Sam and Brandie) is this Friday, and Sasha and I are next week.

I spent all of yesterday reading through the story that has been hating me and I think I finally have at least a majority of it sorted. If I can find the time, I can crack down on the effing thing. Writing is not normally so argh for me, but I’m so busy with other things the focus is not there.

Peeps are still enjoy my serials, which makes me happy, even if ‘enjoy’ here means ‘calling me a jerk’ :3 :3 :3  Readers seem to forget (and some I guess would not know) that I have been a serial-style writer since I started writing. It’s my game and I play it well, cackling evilly throughout.

For the non-masochists in the audience, Dance Only for Me comes out next month ^__^

Now to go get dressed and clean up the house a bit, and then see if I can’t write that long overdue blog post for tomorrow ^^;;

Ya’ll take care! <3 <3 <3

Books, Cons, Tattoos, and Writing

First up, next week is a double release!

Sasha and I have stupid amounts of fun writing stories in this verse. I think I have approx 500 paranormal verses and I would gladly add another. I love modern paranormal stuff as much as I love straight up fantasy, and short silly stories like this are a nice break from the more complicated verses like Dance :3

Both books are up for pre-order right now, 15% off until next week ^__^ They make me want to go to the beach, but I do not think we’ll be able to do that any time soon because …

Tattoos! I am finally going to start work on one of my sleeves :3 This will be the left arm, and the long-term goal is to cover it in abstract butterflies.  That will be a nod to Butterfly verse, obviously. My chest already has the Scarlet crest from Prisoner (eventually it’ll have arcen blossoms too) and one day my right arm will have the runes from Dance verse :3 I am excited to start the butterflies :D

LT3 is getting to be  busier and busier on the matter of cons. We had started out this year with plans for GRL & Yaoi-Con. But both of those fell through, so we joined Authors After Dark at the last minute. Now we have AAD is August, the Gay Romance NW Meet-up, and next year we will also have RainbowCon, Yaoi Con, and will be working to add Ahn! Con and ConnetiCon as well, and that’s just for starters.

I am attempting NOT to freak out about panels. I’m not a public speaker, and I’ve certainly never spoken in such an official capacity before. But if you want to see me stumble and fumble my way through it, I’ll be doing a panel at GRNW and a few more at RainbowCon.

In addition to the cons, Sasha and I are going to see Neil Gaiman in a couple of weeks, all of LT3 is going to an MB20/Goo Goo Dolls concert in August, and Sasha has dragged me into the black depths of wedding preparation for her sister. The wedding is the day before my birthday, Sasha is mollifying me by promising a trip to Niagra Falls (this is another long running joke between us. the rumor mills of the world have long decided we are married, so whenever we go to NY I make honeymoon cracks whenever I see the Niagra Falls signs. I think we’re actually going in August, when we go up for some bridal thing or another).

Weirdly, July is pretty quiet, which is good, because that is when this comes out:

And I am very excited. This book kept stumping me for a loooong time, until I finally figured out the love interest. Once he stopped being a mystery, the whole story came together nicely.

I am doing a blog tour thing for it, so as I’ve said in a couple of places (I apologize for being repetitive) if there was ever anything about Dance-verse you wanted me to talk about, let me know and I shall do my very best. I’ve had one request for the devices and gadgets etc that are used, and I may pull out my ridiculous spreadsheet for all to see, but past that I have no firm plans :3

And for the serial crowd, Dance Only for Me will be replaced by one of the fantasy stories that has been eating my brain lately.

It’s actually one of two stories in this verse, the second is supposed to be part of LT3’s Proud to be a Vampire Collection:

They’re independent, you don’t have to read one to read the other. The world building for these stories has been ridiculous, even for me. My brain lately has felt decidedly overcooked. But after I finish this post, it’s time to really and truly get cracking again. Lots to transcribe, and even more to write.

Interestingly, With Pride takes place three years before Of Last Resort. If I’m not completely fucking sick of this world by the time these two are done, I think I know what story is next, and it takes places several years before the other two. We shall see.

And I could ramble on forever, but I think you’ve put up with enough from me for one day. Ya’ll take care! Have a good rest of the week and a fantastic weekend ^_^