Release Day – The Heart of the Lost Star

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I hope everyone who’s already read this has enjoyed it, and I hope the peeps still reading, or will be soon, like it as well. The High King’s Golden Tongue ranks as one of my personal favs of the books I’ve written, and so too does Heart of the Lost Star. It may even trump THKGT as my fav in the series so far, though I suspect that if I can pull it off the final book, The Fallen King’s Penitent Soldier will trump it. Time will tell.

But The Heart of the Lost Star contained many elements that were well outside my purview, and without the kindness and hard work of the beta and editor who helped me out, this book would not be anywhere near as good.

Jader, right from the start, was inspired by many of my friends. Those friends who constantly hear shitty things like ‘you don’t sound Black’ or “you don’t look Mexican’ or ‘I totally couldn’t tell you’re Jewish’ and stuff that manages to be even worse. This sort of attitude isn’t uncommon in the queer community either.

He is also graysexual, a minor but still important element. This was important to me because it seems in so many stories, it’s always the shy, quiet, and/or introverted character who falls under the ace spectrum. But Jader is extremely extroverted, confident, vain, and rarely quiet.

Another important element of this story, of course, is Kamir and the abuse he’s suffered. My beta went above and beyond assisting me with Kamir (and countless other elements of the book), and to them I’m eternally grateful (I remain obscure about their identity because I don’t know how much attention they really want). Anything I got right, I owe to them. Anything wrong is obviously on me.

So too for the trans elements of this story. It’s been a source of amusement and vexation that so many people have, from the first book, assumed this world simply had some sort of mpreg I never bothered to explain. All my betas and editors instantly picked up that many characters are trans, so I wasn’t expecting the confusion and assumptions that came with the books’ releases. While some of that is on me, for not being as clear as I thought, I think it also speaks to just how little trans rep there is in fiction, and how little attention and support trans people get, even within their own community.

Like a lot of the first books in MM romance, books with trans characters right now still tend to make their being trans the focal point of the story. And as I have said many a time, I believe strongly in ‘queer as incidental’ rather than always using ‘queer is bad’ for easy conflict and cheap drama. In SFF especially, I feel it’s important to show worlds where a character being trans is a non-issue.

While books that put queer matters as the central focus are equally important and have their place, my preference will always be for incidental. Because when I was growing up, and trying to figure myself out, it was disheartening and painful that my only options were Queer is Bad or Bury Your Gays.

There were other little things that I really enjoyed writing: more of the Islander culture, finally getting to put Chass on-screen, laying the foundation for the shenanigans in books four and five. And the rest of the crew, of course, especially Sarrica, who is my favorite character to write.

Speaking of Sarrica, shortly after finishing Heart, I wrote a ficbit about him, Allen, pertaining to a brief conversation that takes place in the last bits of Heart. So if you’ve finished Kamir and Jader’s story, here is the ficbit for you to enjoy 🙂

I hope everyone is having a lovely week, and if not, I hope the weekend arrives quickly and proves to be infinitely better ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Release Day – Waiting for You

Yay! Today is finally the day for Waiting for You. This story has had quite the time seeing the light of day, since it was meant for All Romance Ebooks and we all know how that ended (may Lori James burn in hell).

Anyway, here is my novella of a stubborn princess, a bratty prince, and a stoic bodyguard. I had a hell of a lot of fun writing it, and I hope peeps enjoy reading!

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I wrote a bunch of posts (and an author interview I have 100% forgotten), though I don’t know which posts are going to be at which places (and I only wrote the interview and seven posts, but there’s ten stops, so ???) but here are the stops! I did the interview, a post about why I wrote MMF and my issues with a lot of MFM… and it looks like I’ve already forgotten all the others. Two are excerpts. I’m terrible at this. One of them might have been my old friend Why Queer as Incidental is Important. Alright enough blathering from me.

6/5 | Erotica For All
6/5 | Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
6/6 | MM Good Book Reviews
6/6 | Sharing Links and Wisdom
6/7 | millsylovesbooks
6/7 | Divine Magazine
6/8 | A Book Lover’s Dream Book Blog
6/8 | Happily Ever Chapter
6/9 | Bonkers About Books
6/9 | Stories That Make You Smile

New Release: Twilight (DwtD #7)

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So I’ve said before that Twilight was the book I actually never had plans to write. More than anything else, I wasn’t certain I could do Avalon justice. He’s always been more than a little intimidating, given who and what he is, all he’s been through. And I’m no historical writer, as I think Midnight proves.

But my wife and friends asked, and I’m weaksauce. So hopefully I haven’t fucked up ^^

It was fun being able to write Devlin and crew again. This one obviously focuses on Neirin and Barra (and Avalon). Like Midnight, it’s divided into parts and each part is a different POV.

This book also obviously connects different threads of DwtD verse, since the final book, Dance in the Storm, will really bring them all together. The connections to DwtD and Sotk/SotD are pretty obvious, but there is also a couple of connections to Dance Only for Me. One pretty obvious, the other maybe not as much, you’ll have to tell me :3

Sadly, I can’t really discuss my favorite bits of this book because it’s all spoilery stuffs. But I do hope you enjoy Twilight, and all the shenanigans therein. And since I can’t babble about the book much, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite little bits 😊 Because nothing is more fun than fucking with Devlin.

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Heaving a sigh, Devlin faced Avalon once more. “So what do I need to do? This is magic beyond my experience.”

Avalon winced. “Declare it, that you give me one year of your life to give me one day of freedom.”

Devlin eyed him warily, but then stood up straight, shoulders set, and said, “I grant to Prince Avalon, freely and with full understanding, one year of life that you may have one day of freedom.”

Avalon was absolutely certain he was about to die. Stepping forward, moving as quickly as possible, he grasped Devlin’s face, kissed each of his cheeks, and finally the softest, briefest kiss he could manage across his mouth. Stepping hastily away and bracing to be hit, he said, “The bargain is struck and sealed.”

For a moment, Devlin just gaped, too taken aback to react. But before disbelief could turn to anger, the room filled with the sound of laughter. They turned to Midnight, who was laughing so hard he had to lean against a nearby chair to keep himself from falling over.

He looked up, saw them staring, and just laughed harder. “Your faces. I have never seen two people enjoy a kiss less, and it barely counts as a kiss. I—” He broke off, laughing too hard to speak. Devlin stormed past him, pausing just long enough to shove Midnight over, and left the room.

Release Day – Love Tokens

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So this is a re-release of a story I wrote a couple of years ago. Back then it was for a Halloween collection, which is why it has certain elements. But for all it’s a short, sweet and silly story, I love it dearly and had a lot of fun writing it. Chanda is an incubus who just wants to be romanced, but after being badly scorned and humiliated is resigned to be the notorious Anteros. Until a bossy little demon shows up and stakes a claim, but is utterly confounded by all this ‘romance’ nonsense. He tries anyway, though with a decidedly demon twist 🙂

Chanda was fun because he is an incubus, and an old and powerful one. His kind have been banned from positions of power because of what they can do (manipulate people, cast all manner of spells, and immediately sense who has been fucking who, among other things). But as he vehemently states, he’s not a creature of lust so much as a creature of passion, and all he wants is for someone to romance him.

He gets is a mysterious, powerful demon who promptly stakes a claim, doesn’t see the point of silly things like love tokens, and has a few endearing quirks of his own.

I hope peeps who didn’t read this one the first time around enjoy 🙂 Everybody have a good week!

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
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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
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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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