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

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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.

Megan

Books, a Chat, Things, and Stuff

Despite the dearth of work from me, I am steadily getting back on my writing feet. I haven’t had much chance recently, between travel and LT3, but as of today I did get some actual, real writing done, and I’m actively working between three WIPs (Fallen King, Toymaker, and Like No Other, though that one is still mostly in the research stage).

First thing first: On June 27th, from 18:00 to 21:00 EST, I will be hosting a chat on FB. The official link is here. All are welcome, but please do not show up just to start trouble. This is for peeps and such to get a chance to talk to me, and ask questions and the like. And it’s a pretty stress-inducing thing for me; I didn’t decide to do it lightly. So if you only show up to cause problems, you’ll get bounced. Otherwise, please be welcome and I’ll try to answer all the questions I can 🙂

Speaking of June 27th, that’s the release date for a new book!

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THE LADY AND THE THIEF

This story sprung from a prompt on twitter that I really liked. I don’t know that the person who tweeted it still follows me, but it is dedicated to her. This story is set in Deceived verse, and follows the travails of a young woman who is struggling to break free of her oppressive guardians, and who is astonished to see that her former maid, who fled her home after stealing jewelry and more, is now suddenly a mysterious lady of society. A few familiar faces make appearances 😉

The next book in the series will be about Edith, and will be MFF.

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And to go with Lady’s release, the rest of the books have matching covers (finally) andhave been dusted off. No major rehauls, but I have tweaked some scenes and cleaned up typos and things like that. As ever, if you already have them and want the updated versions, just email meganaderr@gmail.com. I have several emails from peeps already, but those who contracted my gmail and those who emailed LT3. I’m finishing up the last of the books now, and once the new ebooks are made I’ll send them out. I’m sorry for the delay! Traveling put me further behind than I anticipated.

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THE GALLERY

Many will recognize some of these stories from right here on my website. Those have been touched up, some of them significantly expanded and/or changed, some are relatively the same. They’re both MM (+), I am aiming with future volumes to include women, etc.

The first volume includes familiar stories The Assistant, The Three Kings, and The Tycoon. The last two especially have received significant changes. New stories include The Bastard Son, about some familiar faces from a certain Round Table, and The Demon Slayer, in which our Tycoon meets his match 😉

The second volume, coming out next month, includes: statue porn, tentacle porn, and smoke porn (I’m not really sure what I can do next in regards to ????porn). Those stories are all brand new. The familiar ones in this volume will be The Assassin and The Lion and the Mouse.

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LIFESWORN TRILOGY

This short little series about bodyguards and the reckless nerds they’re sworn to protect is complete. All three are poly. Book one and three are MMF, book two is MMM. They are best read in sequence. All characters are bisexual, except Symaia, who is biromantic and asexual (of the sex-positive variety).

I hope everyone who’s read them has enjoyed, and thank you very much for the support. Especially those who took a chance on my MMF when that is not your usual thing <3

Note: These are not LT3 books. The first two are with Ninestar Press, and the last one is self-published.

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OTHER BOOKS

Rasnake was previously part of a Fairytales Slashed anthology. It has not changed significantly. If you would like the stand-alone version, you know what to do. For the unfamiliar, it’s a bit of a take on

Dragon Magic was my first major release this year, about four men who get accidentally bound together and must go on a Quest if they’re to be rid of each other. I hope peeps have mostly enjoyed it. I’ve gotten a few strong words about the ending, which I did not expect, so.

Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon is obviously the next High Court book. Ideally, it will be out in November, but I do not at this time have a for certain release date. Note this story is MMF. Jac insisted, and Jac gets what she wants, as will be made very clear throughout this story. Also I got to google ‘history of strap-ons’ so that was fun.

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IN PROGRESS

The Fallen King’s Penitent Soldier

This is the final High King book, and revolves around Prince Chass, Allen’s much-despised brother and Captain of Penance Gate. He’s not an easy character to write, that’s for sure. I hope I do him, and the premise, justice. We shall see.

The Imperial Dragon’s Secret Treasure

Poor Rene and Tara’s languishing story. I hate this fell by the wayside, but last year sucked. Hoping to get back to it soon.

The Toymaker’s Hoard

Another overdue story -_- This one is a prize from an LT3 Anniversary giveaway. It’s MMM, about a toymaker who accepts a commission from a young woman who intends to give it to the man she loves. Only her father is the Chief of Police, and the man she loves has a powerful noble for a father, dragging our toymaker into a situation he did not expect (a threesome).

Like No Other (working title, likely to change)

This is another story for a specific person, an auction winner 🙂 It will be a fantasy story, and a mish-mash of Romeo and Juliet and The Count of Monte Cristo. The setting is a city much like Venice in that it’s a collection of tiny islands, though the ocean rather than a canal, and it’s not sinking. Culturally, it will be inspired by a mix of Italian and Japanese elements (with reasons, it’s not just done willy nilly). Our Count comes from a family whose magic entails control of iron, which makes them famed sword makers. The rival family’s magic deals with water, which obviously makes them hella powerful.

Other books in the works include Dance in the Storm, the next Anti-Heroes book, Quest of Fools, and several others.

Thank you for reading this long, long post. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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!

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 Day: Trick of the Light (Anti-Heroes #1)

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Superheroes are something I always wanted to do, and I mucked with them a little bit in silly shorts. But a larger idea always nagged at me, and finally one day it all started to come together.

And the first book in the series (of which there will be at least six) is Trick of the Light, which was originally inspired by conversations and comments and jokes about who pays for the damages when the supers are done fucking shit up.

The answer is Karl, at least in my neck of the woods. His job is actually pretty back burner in this story, but it does give him a unique perspective on supers and everything they do, a view that isn’t exactly what the powers that be would approve of.

It also makes him fonder of the bad guys, or at least most of them, then those same powers would approve, and leads him to taking care of and even helping Trick of the Light.

Now unlike a lot of my series, where I try to make each story fairly stand alone, these must be read in order and skipping one will result in confusion. The second book is done, and comes out in March. The third one is partially written, and I will probably try to write four as well before publishing more (but I also don’t want the series to languish too long. We’ll see, I try not to make firm plans because they always go awry).

I hope peeps enjoy Trick and Karl, and that everyone has a good week! 🙂

Meg

Karl leads a quiet life—quieter than he wants, especially since getting into a fight with one of the most powerful men in the city—but it could be worse. In a city where super heroes and villains can level a city block in a moment, it’s a good day when nothing is destroyed, especially for the man who sells super hero insurance.

After yet another date stands him up, Karl heads home for another night spent reading with only his cats for company. But a strange sound at the bus stop leads him to a shocking discovery: Trick of the Light, a notorious villain in possession of an impossible power, and currently the intense focus of a manhunt by the Grand Order of Defenders.

But Karl has never had much respect for the Order and its arrogant, cavalier super heroes. Whatever the risks, he’d much rather spend the night helping a villain, especially since once Trick is well enough to move Karl will probably never see him again…

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Travel Books

So as mentioned in a previous post, Sasha and I are heading up to New York to see her family (who are not in one place, but all over the damned state). With that in mind, I have been hoarding books for some time in preperation. Audiobooks for the car, and ebooks for the locations because I don’t sleep well on the best of days and I sleep even less in strange places.

And since I like sharing, and it’s been a pretty miserable time in our neck of the woods lately, here are my shinies (and pending shinies)

THE AUDIOBOOKS

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I’ve been holding on to Dead Man’s Reach for ages because I love love this series, I adore the audios, but I haven’t had a chance to listen since I suck at audio unless I’m doing something like driving. But we’ll probably listen to the other two first since Sasha is behind on the Thieftaker series. Carry On is a great book, I’ve already read it like three times, and I have it from a reliable source that the audiobook is fantastic. And of course I loved the movie for The Martian and everyone tells me the audiobook is even better.

THE EBOOKS

I actually have more of these than I will torture you with (there was a site giving away piles of fantasy books for free or .99 so my TBR tripled in like the span of ten minutes, whoops). But the highlights of my carefully hoarded pile:

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STILL TO BUY

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Yay, books ^___^ What’s everyone else reading/looking forward to reading?

Hope you’re having a good week, or that it improves! <3 <3 <3

 

The High King’s Golden Tongue

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So this time last year I was finally tackling a story I had been wanting to write forever: the long version of The High King’s Golden Tongue. It was a wonderful prompt that deserved more attention than I had originally been able to give it, and I was bouncing off the walls excited to finally do it justice. Here we are a year later, right back into NaNaoWriMo and High King v2 makes its debut ^__^

My favorite part was probably being able to flesh out the existing characters and add new ones. Lesto and Rene probably got one of the most significant makeovers, as they go from unrelated figures to close brothers (and Sarrica’s deceased husband their other brother). And Lord Tara, Rene’s ex lover and the palace eccentric (but not eccentric because he’s trans). There was also all the world building, which is the favorite part of any fantasy junkie.

Mostly, though, I always have the most fun when I’m writing for someone. I wrote Missing Butterfly and all the other stores for Sasha and Sam. I wrote Tournament of Losers for Piper. Midnight was written for a prompt. And High King was definitely written for Fehu and everyone who loved the original and wanted a bigger version. My stories seldom get the kind of attention that High King drew, and it made me happier than I can articulate. And 2015 has been a rough year, especially these past couple of months. The kind words and anticipation and excitement for this story has kept me going even when I wanted to just quit the genre entirely a week ago.

So thank you. I hope you enjoy your story.

Meg

State of the Everything

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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 ^__^