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.


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 ^__^



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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


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).


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.


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!


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).


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

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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!


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



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.


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 ^___^



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.


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!

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