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Jun. 11th, 2012

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[sticky post] My Publications and where to find them

Nothing But Himself published with Less than Three Press. YA paranormal. Project Fierce charity Anthology, Everyone Deserves a Home

If Two of Them Are Dead published with Dreamspinner Press. Steampunk/mystery, m/m buy it here


Kept Tears published with Dreamspinner Press. Urban Fantasy, m/m set in Pittsburgh. find the ebook here

and the paper back here

Peace in the Valley part of Dreamspinners 2012 Advent calendar Peace in the Valley (m/m erotica, werewolf)

In the Hands of Gods in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, A Brush of Wings ebook & paperback (historical m/m erotic, paranormal)

Crisis in Faith short story ebook (m/m erotic, urban fantasy)


Ghost of Jupiter in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, Cross Bones ebook & paperback (m/m erotic, SF)

The Darkest Midnight in December novella ebook (m/m erotic, historical paranormal)

Mysterious Spirit short story ebook (m/m erotic, BDSM, fantasy) - Sorry OOP.

Snowbound in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, Necking ebook & paperback (m/m erotic, historical paranormal, sequel to The Darkest Midnight in December)

Haunted in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, Two Tickets to Paradise ebook & paperback (m/m erotic, urban fantasy)

A Brief Respite web-based
m/m erotic, historical paranormal, sequel to The Darkest Midnight in December and Snowbound, Freebie!)

Unquiet Ghosts in Circlet’s anthology, Like a Sacred Desire ebook
(f/m erotic, fantasy)

Feb. 13th, 2024

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Free Story - A Brief Respite

And for you, a free story from me! This was originally a freebie on DSP's site for Halloween It's from my series on 1930's demon hunters and is m/m/m. While it is a stand alone it can be considered a sequel to my novella The Darkest Midnight in December ( blurb and purchase info here) and my short story Snowbound in Dreamspinner's anthology Necking ( blurb and purchase info here)

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Ah, wish I had time right now to construct a website so this could be a PDF download for you all.

Aug. 31st, 2014

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100 things #82 reviews

So I was thinking about reviews lately, mostly because I haven't been getting too many and while the empirical data behind whether or not it helps sales isn't as solid as I'd want it to be, I think it would help some. No, this isn't me begging for reviews (but if you read something of mine and you liked it, I'd love you to go to Amazon/Goodreads etc and at least put a star rating.

Both Stanford & Harvard agree that even negative reviews can drive sales (and no I'm not suggesting we go a-trolling). Pretty much for the same reason banning a book or movie drives sales; we want to see what the fuss is about.

I saw on Brain Games a clip talking about the psychology of the star rating, how people will go to Amazon to buy, well just about anything, and if faced with two similar products that are more or less the same price, they'll buy the one with the ratings vs the one without it. Our brain wants direction and it perceives the ratings as such, even if the reviewer doesn't know shit from shinola (and we've all had that reviewer whose talking about things you're not even sure are in your book or can't figure out the character names or things real things aren't real etc). If we see a lot of stars, we're more likely to buy that item.It's a little scary how that works.

So reviewing most likely does matter. It helps the author grow and keep on writing. More sales certainly gives the publishing house more confidence in the author which leads to more books being available.

If you want to help your favorite authors, take a few minutes and write a review or at least spare a few seconds to slap some stars on it. It matters and we'll love you for it.

Aug. 27th, 2014

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What's Up Wednesdays

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WHAT I'M READING I just finished Cursed in the Act a historical mystery set in Bram Stoker’s theatre. It wasn’t bad. Right now I’m working on a self-pub by a former student at my college (too early to say much) and City of Stairs a fantasy I won off Goodreads (also too early to give an opinion.

WHAT I'M WRITING Still doing major editing on Soldiers of the Sun It is progressing very slowly. Other than that I’m simply not writing but to be fair, I’m back to work for the first time in 3 months (sometimes having the summer off is great but sometimes it’s brutal trying to return to teaching). I’m getting pretty bummed about this ‘not writing’ thing.
I did however have a short story accepted. My Welsh pagan holiday story, The Light of Winter will be in Dreamspinner Press’s holiday anthology!


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW Can rage be an inspiration? I’m topped off on that emotion and have a list of mysteries I would love to write where I kill off the people who are irritating me. That can’t be healthy, can it?


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I missed last week’s WUW because I drop back to my apartment after being away for months. Classes at the university have started. I’m trying to find a kitten a home. This is the 39th stray I’ve helped since I been here (yes my idiot neighbors are on that above mentioned list). I’m continuing my PT.

I'll be hosting several authors on my blog over the new few weeks (including one today) if you want to drop buy. You might even win some free reads.

You can find the rest of the WUW blog hop here
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Guest Blogger -Louise Lyons

I have a bunch of authors heading your way over the new few weeks, erotica, het romance and even crafty non-fiction, so I hope yinz give them a big welcome. Leading the charge is Louise Lyons so I'll let her take over and tell you all about her novel Conflicted. It sounds really interesting. My dad and uncle (a mechanic) love drag racing. I love going to car cruises with the 30s and 40s cars, myself.


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My Inspiration for Conflicted

My story is based around the world of cars, for example drag racing, exhibiting cars at events and so on. This is a big love of mine, and I regularly attend drag racing events. I’m also a member of an owners’ club for my little sporty Mitsubishi, and I enjoy putting it on a display stand along with several others, for members of the public to look at and photograph. This is what gave me the idea to write Conflicted.

I pictured my main character, Paul Appleton, in a similar position to me – struggling to get a great car and make it nice, with not very much money. Of course, I don’t have Paul’s temperament, thankfully! He’s a troubled young man, who has lost several people he cared deeply for, and I’m happy that I didn’t write that part of the story from experience. But the basics came from my own, rather tomboyish love of cars and fixing them up.

Inspiration in general
I started writing short stories when I was very young – about 8 years old – but it was only in my late teens that I got into M/M romance. It was prompted by a school friend inviting me to watch a video at her house when I was 15 or 16. The movie was My Beautiful Launderette starring Daniel Day Lewis, and it featured both racism, and homophobic attacks, but it also had some sweet moments between the two main male characters. I started writing M/M romances for my own entertainment, featuring favourite rock stars, more often than not. Years later, I jumped into Fan Fiction, and eventually, after developing a large following and growing in confidence, I decided to try to publish something. And here I am!



Blurb

Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet more in common than they’d like to admit.

Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears.

Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.

When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.


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Buy Links: Ebook: here

Paperback: here


And Louise is giving away a copy! a Rafflecopter giveaway



Author Bio: Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.


Blog: http://louiselyonsauthor.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/louiselyons013
Email: louiselyons013@gmail.com

Aug. 23rd, 2014

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You never know

I did put in for the Rainbow Awards as I've mentioned before. You just never know. If nothing else, it'll get other eyes on the title and maybe someone will be interested. It's up on the list now here

I haven't spoken about Kept Tears in a while. I had hoped to go around PIttsburgh some to get ideas for a sequel but when I was home, I just didn't have enough time before my surgery to do it (not to mention the traffic nightmares from where I live). I'm not giving up on a sequel, of course. I have scenes for it and I've already started it but it's not much.

I think the problem is as it always is, my villains. One day I will have a perfect villain who does all sorts of villainous things and scares people spit-less and makes us wonder if our heroes will survive. Right now, I don't have that villain.

What I need is some good horrible Unseelie fairies. Anyone have a terrifying fey they'd like to see (especially one we haven't seen a thousand times)? I'm very open to suggestions.

Aug. 20th, 2014

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That made me smile

Just before I got behind the wheel for the long drive back to my apartment after nearly three months, I learned that Dreamspinner purchased my short story The Light of Winter for the advent calendar! I'm so very happy. I am not a contemporary fiction writer but I decided I wanted to try and spread my wings a little this year. My first attempt was a swing and a miss back in the spring but this one found a home.

Even though it is contemporary there is still a hint of magic to it. The two characters, Gareth and Warun are both Welsh and looking for a way back to each other. Stressful work schedules has put a strain on their relationship. Also, they are two very different men (both holding doctorates, one medical, the other a pHd). Warun is half African, half Thai and was raised by a devout Christian father (who is accepting of his gay son).

Gareth's family on the other hand are practicing pagans, Druids. Gareth has been slow to share his Yule traditions (Alban Arthan for Druids) with Warun. This story is about their reconnection and sharing their faiths.

It takes place mostly in Angelesy set at one of the places I did research on when I was there as a research fellow.
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Aug. 15th, 2014

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Here's a great offer

From Dreamspinner Press:
GRL Preorders are now available!

If you plan to attend GRL in Chicago this October, you can preorder paperbacks on our site between now and September 21 to be picked up at the event, and if you use the code GRL2014, you won't have to pay shipping! Any orders using this code will only be available for pickup at GRL. You can order books from any author, even if the author isn't attending GRL.

The code is valid on all in-stock paperbacks and good for multiple orders, so take advantage of all the specials between now and then. We will have a special GRL preorder sale Sept. 17-21 where ALL paperbacks will be in-stock for preorders, so if something isn't available now, check back then.


You can keep up with details on DSP's blog here

While I'm unable to attend GRL sadly, don't let that stop you from ordering a copy of Kept Tears. I'm not promising anything but there might be some that are signed.

Aug. 13th, 2014

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what's up Wednesday

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WHAT I'M READING Still working on Project Fierce charity Anthology and the m/m romance (goodreads) group’s love’s landscape stories.

I finished reading Ian Tregilis’s Something More than Night which I enjoyed a lot but it is so wild. If you’re behind on your theoretical physics and metaphysics you might be consulting wiki a lot.

I’m reading right now a historical mystery with the stage manager to a theatre Bram Stoker is running as the main investigator (with Stoker of course). Too early to say much about it.

WHAT I'M WRITING Still doing major editing on Soldiers of the Sun It is progressing very slowly. I’m not writing much other than a new scene for it. my writing plans for the rest of year found here



WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW Stars. I have long loved the night sky. I find it very relaxing to be able to go out and look up at the heavens. I’ve lived in the country most of my life so I’ve been able to do that often. I tried to watch the Perseids last night but there was too much cloud cover sadly.


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO Nothing but PT and working on lectures. Yep dull as dishwater. I promise, September will be more interesting.

You can find the rest of the WUW blog hop here
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Aug. 12th, 2014

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A stray thought

As I was editing Soldiers of the Sun, it occurred to me that this is Pittsburgh 1932. My grandmother who turned 99 this month could have been hanging out there. She could have seen Caleb, Agni, Temple and Jo fighting demons at the Phipps or at Forbes Field.

To me the 1930s is so long ago, I can barely picture it. To her, it was the prime of her life. She could have easily hopped a train to get there. In fact, there were train stations all over here. You could get to town. In that way she was luckier than me. No trains. No buses. I wanted to go downtown but thanks to my shoulder surgery and being unable to drive for 6 weeks I got nowhere.

Now I have a picture of my grandmother and her two compatriots seeing the Soldier's blue uniform while they're running around Kennywood Park. Too bad I set my story in the dead of winter or I could have taken Agni on the Jackrabbit (I'm thinking he'd hate it. Temple would love it.)


Terrible Minds had more to say about the pricing of e-books. It's very interesting. What’s an e-book worth

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