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Release Day – The Lady and the Thief (Deceived #5)

Dec5 - The Lady and the Thief

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So today is the release day of The Lady and the Thief, my first FF story in Deceived verse. It’s a pretty low-key story, about a woman, the maid she loved, and their unexpected reunion–and how the maid is very much not a maid.

Normally I would babble about how the story came to be, or some of the travails of writing it (a prompt on twitter; I stopped and started it 100 times while I struggled to write anything at all. My focus and discipline are still recovering from my slump).

Instead, I’d like to focus on why I, and so many other queer writers, don’t get to write anywhere near the number of FF (or anything else that is not cis gay MM) books.

It’s true most of the onus for providing more representation starts with publishers. It doesn’t matter who wants to read or write it if no one is going to make it available. But that’s only a problem at the Big 5 level. I’m a small publisher. Its pretty safe to say that at least in queer romance, Less Than Three has a greater number diverse offerings than other presses. We have trans, asexual, aromantic, and more in numbers that other presses do not (at least in romance, I can’t speak to other genres, obviously).

And much of the responsibility is also on writers, who say they support the queer community and want to see more diversity (not just in queer rep, but POC, disabled, etc. because if you’re one you should be for all). It’s disappointing to see an author declare how much of an ally they are, only for them to never care about anyone but the gay boys.

But what happens when LT3 and other publishers provide the books that authors write? Nothing.

It’s supremely frustrating and disheartening to see hundreds of readers say they’re all for increased diversity, that there should be more FF, trans, aromantic, etc books out there. That they’d happily read them if they existed. And then when the books are pointed out to them… they find reasons not to read them after all. “No money” as they go to buy the newest, hottest MM release. “I don’t like the premise” even though their GR shelf shows twenty MM books with the same premise. Don’t even get me started on the sexism, external and internalized.

Most reviewers are no better. Lesbian sites that are transphobic. MM sites that won’t review any book that might have a bisexual man in a relationship with a woman for a brief time. The way they’ll skip an entire third of a book just b/c it’s from a woman’s POV, and then relay incorrect information in the review, and the site mod doesn’t care enough to fix it. The way so-called ‘LGBT review sites’ that review 99% MM, and won’t even make a token effort during pride month to represent the rest of the community.

I would love to write more FF. More MFF and MMF, and any other combination that comes to mind. Trans characters. Genderqueer characters is something I’d like to get to. But these things have to be spaced out between the MM books that sell. Because I’m a publisher who tries my hardest, and an author who tries my hardest, but my efforts die before they even leave the gate because the hundreds of readers who t assured me they wanted the book, never show up to do their part and buy it.

The sad truth is that the new editions of the other Deceived books will probably sell better than the brand new addition to the verse, and even though I really want to write Edith’s story, it’ll have to take a back seat to the books people WILL buy, and there’s only so much I can do about that when LT3 and my own livelihood (like mounting medical debt) depend on the money my books earn.

To those that decide to give The Lady and the Thief a chance, my eternal thanks. I hope you enjoy it. I had a lot of fun writing it, even if I struggled at points.

Thanks for reading. I hope everyone is having a good week.


Release Day – The Heart of the Lost Star


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 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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.

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
May 25  The Novel Approach
May 26 TTC
May 27 Unquietly Me
May 27 MM Good Book
May 28 The Day Before You Came
July 6 Wicked Faerie
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!


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


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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Away I Go (for a week)


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, 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.



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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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).



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.


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)


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)


Dragon Magic
The Painted Crown – Unbreakable Soldiers 2 (LT3)
Turncoat – Anti-Heroes 2 (Self-pub)

And of course…


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 ^^;;;

Things and Stuff and Other Things


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.



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.



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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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!