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State of the Everything

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS

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).

ALL OF THE WRITING

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.

VACATION YAY

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 ^__^

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

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 😀

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 ^_^

Various and Sundry things :3

 

Busy busy busy. I’m not sure what I would do with myself if I was ever NOT busy, though NGL I’d be more than happy to find out sometime.

Am mostly working on two long stories, related. I fell a bit behind (as usual) because of other stuff, but With Pride is nearly done and Of Last Resort is slowly getting there. Hoping to really crack into them next week and finally get that shit done. Between those two longer projects, I am juggling short stories — a mecha story for a private LT3 call, a short story for Wyatt (from Dance Only for Me) and  a Teen Wolf knight AU I’m going to work on for the Sterek Big Bang that starts in a couple of days.

TEEN WOLF STARTS SOON EEEEEEEEE. And HANNIBAL is my favoritest show ever. Between those, I watch marathons of Chopped and Sasha and I are working our way through S2 of Justified. I really really need for Person of Interest to come back.

Sasha’s last day at her dayjob is this Friday. After that, all of LT3 is fulltime LT3 😀

Sasha and I are celebrating with spring cleaning ^^;;; But next weekend I’m going to go see Pacific Rim, cause that movie looks *__*

Have a very busy summer looming. Concert, bridal shower, a couple of conventions, going to a book signing for Neil Gaiman’s new book, and I’m pretty sure there’s shit I’m forgetting. LT3 is busy with travelling and crap from June through September. We’re basically getting done with all of that in time for October, which is going to be crazy busy with 18 vampire stories and three other releases, and then straight into the holidays x_x

Much love to everyone who is enjoying my stories lately! I’ve gotten many lovely comments and reviews on Backwoods <3 And I have never been yelled at for a story so much in my life as I am with Engineered Throne. Even BB did not get me in this much trouble ^^;;;; Peeps seem to be enjoying Jackie and the rest of the Dance Only for Me posse, too, which makes me 😀 😀 😀

In two weeks, my double release with Sasha comes out!

remedybeach Herbs and spices.

This verse began with Quality Control, and Sasha let me steal a character from that book. That char was Astor, and he featured in The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn. The vampire in Beach Remedy is a cousin of Astor :3 I’m sure we’ll come up with more stories down the road, this verse is light-hearted and silly and fun. I had a blast with my character, Jordan, whom Sasha dictated would be a hippie witch ;3 And so he is.

And I feel there is something I’m forgetting, and it will come to me right after I hit post, but so it goes ;3

Ya’ll take care!

Pre-order, guest post, whatever else I think of

Dracones is up at Storm Moon Press and available for pre-order!

Definitely follow the link to check out the blurb for all the stories (which all sound so fucking shiny), but here is the one for mine:

Finally, in Lukos Heat, a mission of revenge sends the dragon Najlah into the mountains and into an unlikely partnership with the wolf shifter Barkus. And the closer they get to their quarry, the more they realize that nothing is as it appears.

And if you would like an excerpt of it, Emily at Sharing Links and Wisdom invited me to be a guest poster for her month-long birthday celebration. My post has excerpts for Lukos Heat and Backwoods Asylum (and giveaways), so drop by to read and say Happy Birthday to Emily ^___^

I am in very good company in this anthology, and cannot wait to read the other stories.

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Way to Your Heart is all wrapped up. Thanks again to all who played along and celebrated with us, and all the kinds words from authors and readers alike. You can still read all the posts if you’re so inclined. Sasha is coordinating the giveaways, and handing out prizes over the next few days :3

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Hannibal has premiered on NBC and I am so FUCKING OBSESSED. Mads Mikkelson is like my new true love, he is goddamn amazing as Hannibal, I can’t even. All of the actors are amazing, and the I love what they’ve done with Freddie and Bloom. Freddie especially, that’s an awesome genderbend so far. And the tension is so. much. worse. when you know what’s coming. I love it.

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On the writing front, sadly have fallen behind. I wound up with a bunch of editing and beta projects and I’m so busy with those I haven’t been able to write much. But it’s hardly a chore and all the stories I’ve read so far have been amazing.

When I do manage to write a couple hundred or so words here and there, I am actually bouncing between two: Of Last Resort and With Pride. They’re both set in the same verse (Princes of the Blood), and With Pride is set three years before Of Last Resort, so being able to work on them simultaneously is interesting and handy. Of Last Resort is the one with which peeps are already familiar, it will be replacing Dance Only for Me in August as my LT3 serial.

With Pride will be part of the LT3’s Proud to be a Vampire collection, and comes out in October. It’s still very rough, but excerpt below, and now I must get back to work. I hope everyone has a good week!

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Next Serial: Poll time!

So currently I am running two serials. One of those slots (Throne) will be taken over by another author, but the other slot (Dance) is pretty much my permanent slot. I need to start writing the story to follow Dance this month or next, but I am having trouble deciding what story to tackle. I thought I would give those interested a chance in helping me pick ^__^

(each choice should link to a snippet of story, or in the case of High King, where you can DL the original free short)
 
 
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Serials, short story, and my greatest distraction

The Engineered Throne begin today \o/ I am stupid excited, and I hope everyone likes it (first chapter of serials is always free, if you’re curious but not a subscriber). I have never had so many people tell me they’re looking forward to a story, so I really really hope it proves worth the wait ^__^ Much love to you peeps, you keep me motivated more than you know.

I am also excited that in Dance Only for Me, a particular side character shows up again very briefly. This would be the one who was nowhere in my notes, but showed up in the writing and refused to leave (I might have his sidestory already half-written). Also, a certain demon and consort make a brief appearance ^__^

In other news, I finished writing a ridiculously fluffy story about a snake shifter who finds a couple of abandoned wolf shifter puppies in the woods :3 My darling Lor Rose is helping me with a title, then I must wrangle a beta and start getting it into shape. When it will be out, I do not know, but I’m sure it will be sooner rather than later.

Aaaand I must scramble madly to get a whole lot done in the next couple of months because Teen Wolf starts June 3rd and I will get nothing done while Jeff Davis does his best to drive me insane and Derek Hale struts around looking ridiculously hot and angsty. I spent most of my weekend being a slacking slacker and finished up a very silly Teen Wolf fic.

Now I shall stop plaguing everyone with my fangirling and get back to work ^__^ Everyone take care!

Various and Sundry Things

I have some recs coming, will do those later this afternoon after I’ve caught up on some work.

Have been busy busy busy with LT3 work. I am up to my ears in editing and layout, I have a whole batch of Kiss Me at Midnight stories to prepare once I’m done with this, and Sammie sends me more whenever I get a batch done :3

I submitted a story to SMP’s Dracones call, because I cannot resist dragons. It feels very weird to sub a story to another publisher. Hopefully they like it 😀 Much love to Terry for beta’ing, and Lor Rose for coming up with the title <3 Speaking of books, I've been asked before if I was going to make some of my free stuff into ebooks. I started with the fairytales:

You can find them here and here (Ivan the Heartless is special to me, so it gets to stand alone). If you have a pref on what I work on next, just say.

Speaking of books, this is out in ebook soon!

It’s here for pre-order (and 20% off).

This story was fun to write. I tend to be more OTT and ridiculous (I think) when I write contemporary, which always makes it a nice break from the fantasy stuff I work on. I’m always honored people like my contemporary stories as much as they do. For those that enjoyed Delivery with a Smile, there might be a couple of familiar faces making an appearance :3 Next up in this ‘verse is of course Paradise.

Much love to the musicians I stalk online, they provided more information than they probably realize for some of the little details I used in this story :3 Also to Sasha, who is a bigger bandom geek than me, and Samantha who beat this story into shape.

And with Romance Novel wrapping up, Dance Only for Me will begin the start of January.

I’ll set up a giveaway a couple of weeks before it goes up, for a chance at a three month subscription. I’m beyond stupid excited for this book, I really really hope peeps like it. I adore Jackie and his love interest, and all the other characters. This one actually required quite a bit of research, since it leans more heavily on history than the other ones.

Speaking of serial, Rocking Hard will start running in February. There are three volumes in total, here is the fabulous cover for Volume One:

And the entertainers, all of them talented and fabulous:

Sol Crafter – Centrifical
Diana Sheridan – Fringe Benefits
Talya Andor – Courage Wolf Never Sings the Gorram Blues
Lacie J. Archer – Put You in a Song
Angel Propps – A Haunted Melody

Not signed up for LT3 Serials? Shame, that’s a shame :3 It’s $3.25 a month, you should join us 😉 It’s a good time to do it, we have stories wrapping up and a whole new set coming forward. Check them out.

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My weekend is going to be spent writing, editing, and BAKING. Sasha is making candy, and I am making cookies, and a small project suddenly turned into a baking weekend o’doom. There will also be fudge and chocolates filled with booze. Also a baker filled with booze, but that’s SOP around these parts :3

These are the cookies I’m making:

Image and recipe credit here.

And now I really need to get cracking on those ebooks ^__^ Everyone have a good weekend! <3

Poly Month, Royal Inquisitors, and Love Tokens

First up! The magnificent Lor Rose was kind enough to let me join the line up of posts for her Poly Month. My post went up today, check out it and all the other awesome posts ^__^ Much love to Lor for having me!

Books, books, I have no time to read anymore because I’m so busy getting books into shape – either my own, or formatting the other LT3 books. I have three stories out this month, and this post is about the two short ones.

First up is my contribution to Private Dicks: Undercovers. I was tempted at first to go supernatural, but I already have that covered with Dance-verse. Straight up contemporary is not often my thing, so I went back to my main sandbox: fantasy. I didn’t want magic, and that of course sparked an idea for knights. All in all, I am very pleased with it ^__^ If you want a chance for a free copy of the ebook, Samantha is hosting a giveaway. If you’re inclined to buy, you can currently pre-order it. I’ll be ordering the paperbacks when I get back from the conventions. We’re extremely proud of this anthology, it has a good range of stories and not a one is a lather rinse repeat detective tale. We hope to continue with more Private Dicks stories in the future. If you read it, I hope you enjoy! Much love to all those who contributed a tale, they were (and are) a joy to read ^__^

Next up is my LT3 Halloween Rentboys story. This was another idea spawned one day on twitter (the HQ of Shenanigans) and it came together rather nicely. We have truly awesome authors contributing, for a host of fun stories with paranormal and spooky elements. My story is about an incubus who owns a brothel and a rather shameless demon who is determined to have what he wants. It wound up being a very interesting verse, and I may go back and play in it again someday. I hope peeps enjoy Love Tokens and all the other Rentboy stories!

Oh! I knew I forgot something. For those who have not seen it on twitter or tumblr, the first part of the Bound online graphic novel is up ^__^ It contains the first three chapters and is only 99 cents. Check it out if you’re so inclined! NovelExp is a truly awesome group of people, and I can’t thank them enough for the amazing work they’ve done with Bound. Much love to them! <3 <3 <3 And in honor of this release, we've marked the ebook and paperback at 25% off!

And now it is back to work I go!

All of the Things

1 – Writing & LT3 Things

I have three books coming out in the very near future, at the end of September and throughout October.


All four of these releases were a hell of a lot of fun to write. Chaos because it is the conclusion of Lost Gods and comes veeeery close to Burning Bright as author’s fav. I don’t think I’ll be tackling another such series for a while, but it was a hell of a lot of fun to do (and I did a much better job than when I first tried many moons ago).

For my Private Dicks: Undercovers story, The Royal Inquisitor, I got write to knights! Which I think we’re all aware is one of my absolute favorites things. It’s actually set in the same verse as Always There but in one of the neighboring countries. Private Dicks is one of LT3’s best anthologies yet. But I will babble about all the stories in it on the day it comes out ^__^

Love Tokens is the first cute/fun story I’ve gotten to write in awhile. I get so busy doing the novels and novellas, I rarely get to do short and sweet and silly anymore. Also a dash of morbid, because it’s a Halloween theme. My editor for it has ordered me to do more with them, so they may come up again sometime :3 Definitely check out the other Halloween Rent Boy stories! There are ten in total, eight up now and the last two will be up soon ^__^

Black Magic I adored just for the magic, for spinning necromancers as good guys and getting to muck with demons and paladins and alchemists 😀 Also Koray is much with the <3 and it's ridiculously fun to write characters who can't go five minutes without bickering :3 I really hope everyone enjoys it ^___^ Currently, I am deep into Dance Only for Me. Dance verse is always fun because it’s a world to which I am always carefully adding elements. It requires quite a bit of work in keeping track of timelines, characters, etc. Jackie, the MC, is fun because he’s got Southern roots–gunslinger roots, in fact, so this book historical touches. We shall see if I can pull together everything my notes tell me I must, I really can’t wait to get back to it (I’m stuck in editing hell atm).

We are also very busy here at LT3 preparing for our convention double-whammy. There will be a whole crowd of us at LT3, and honestly you may have to poke Sasha and me awake at GRL. But we’ll have lots of shiny books in both places and we love talking to peeps when they stop by to see us 😀

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2 – Life Things

Still feeling burnt out and blah. Sasha and Sam are feeling it too, worse than me, I would wager. I keep trying to read, but five pages (at best) into a book I just close it and do something else. I have lots of shiny, shiny books waiting for me and several more on pre-order, but I just don’t freaking care right now.

Most of my free time instead is spent happily playing in Teen Wolf fandom. I cannot wait for Hannibal to start next year. I am also dying for November, when I finally get SKYFALL 😀 😀 😀 I <3 you, James Bond. The James/Q fanfic is going to be ridiculous. The weather is finally cooling down, which means we can bring all of our favorite recipes out of storage. I made veggie soup yesterday, and tomorrow I aim to make bread (also ice cream, which is weird for the weather, but damn it homemade ice cream is the best thing ever). Once it really gets cold I aim to make chili :3 This weekend is all about errands and such. Tomorrow I'm trekking to the DMV to take care of my car. We're also doing haircuts, clothes shopping, and other such things. Somewhere in there we hopefully will also get to finish watching Teen Wolf (I've seen both seasons, but Sasha is only halfway through S2). And that's all I've got. Everyone have a good weekend! <3