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Jun. 11th, 2012

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[sticky post] My Publications and where to find them

Soldiers of the Sun published with Dreamspinner Press as part of my Soldiers of the Sun Series (see also Snowbound and The Darkest Midnight in December) . buy it here in paperback or here as an eBook

Snowbound published with Dreamspinner Press. buy it here

A Wolf in the Fold published with Wayward Ink Press as part of their Of Heaven and Hell anthology buy it here

The Light of Winter published with Dreamspinner Press as part of their 2014 Advent Calendar. buy it here

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

Triskelion free (but you have to be a member of M/M Romance to see it)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

Snowbound in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, NeckingThe Darkest Midnight in December</i>) Sorry it's now OOP but now rereleased, see above.

In the Hands of Gods in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, A Brush of Wings (historical m/m erotic, paranormal) Sorry it's now OOP.

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.

Sep. 24th, 2016

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I'm trying something new this time. I just finished the SF short story (that desperately wants to be a novella).

Addison Hunt is on board ship getting his new orders from his captain (She and her twin rescued him when he was a teen).

“Are you ready for a mission more boring than your usual?”

Addison schooled emotion off his face. His shoulder thrummed with pain as if to remind him that his last mission had been too exciting. “An uncomplicated escort mission would be a nice change of pace. Besides.” He grinned impertinently at his captain. “How often will I get to talk to a living god?”

If you'd like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It's been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It's been a great supportive group!

Sep. 22nd, 2016

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Happy Alban Elfed/Mabon

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Or maybe I should call this the continuing tales of the allergic Druid.

I've been meaning to write this post for weeks but I'm lazy, I don't budget time well, I forgot, the excuses roll on. But today at the autumn equinox is a perfect time because this post all ties into that. Because I think this fall and winter are going to be weird. The signs are there to be read (and helps that I'm also a biologist).

When I headed back to Ohio in August I noticed something. I was already seeing Ironweed and Joe-Pye weed which are typically not seen until late September. They're fall flowers. Usually I see them with golden rod and fall asters. Looking out the windows now, I only see the latter as the two 'weeds' are already spent and gone. Just a few years ago I collecting those weeds for a 'witch's hut' in a haunted village thing I was part of. This year they came early.

Also early were the birds. Even before I came back to OH, birds were massing and flying south way in advance of their usual time.

The leaves have already begun to fall. Not change color and fall, just dropping off dead. That I can at least attribute to the dry summer. We are in near drought conditions this year, I'm sad to say.

But I can't shake the feelings that the animals and plants know something I don't, something I should pay attention to.

I fear a bad winter. Now winter is my favorite month but as I get a bit older and sicker, I am wary, especially as my apartment has no generator and is all electrical. I've had many a winter when I've had to leave because of the extended intense cold. If I can't find a gas-heat house, I will have to buy myself a generator but that's for the future.

In the meantime, I plan to enjoy my favorite time of year. Pumpkin everything!


Sep. 21st, 2016

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New Anthology Release

front-coverThe 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, "Flight", is here, and I have a story in it! It's a really cool concept:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi's Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. "Flight" leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

The book us available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector's edition with color illustrations (24.99).

Buy Links

Amazon eBook | Kobo | All Romance | Goodreads

Excerpt Like Falling: Moriarty said something about falling being like flying. For an evil genius, he's an idiot. Falling is nothing like flying.

Author Bio:

In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”.
This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

Author's Note - My Story is Like Falling and I had fun writing it. I gave you a little taste above. I'm looking forward to getting my own copy and reading them all. I hope you do the same. (And yes, I'll agree with the intro, this IS hard to write. Flash fiction is a challenge.)

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Sep. 18th, 2016

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Sunday Small Talk

I've been doing a write every day in September challenge and on one hand it is working.I am writing. On the other hand it's usually about 200 words a day which is pretty sad.

To be fair to myself, I did have to make three exams (and grade one, the other two will be this week) and I was busy editing Cassadaga Nights. I hope to send it off in a day or two.

I've also edited through the first three chapters of Blood Red Roulette and found many of the suggested changes already done on the opening chapters so maybe it's later that I forgot to carry them through? I'm not sure. I guess I'll see as I go. I have cleaned up some of the opening stuff that was still, sadly repetitive, as a function of so much time taken in the original writing.

In my small progresses this week were both Behind Blue Eyes which won't be happy until it's four books long or something and I started the contemporary romance that I was challenged to try and write for Dreamspun Desires. We'll see how it goes.

And this weekend was bad for writing between my steampunk adventures and the mothman festival but good for inspiration. I still want to revisit Aaron and Rhys in a long work and they do love their steampunk

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I've also long wanted to use the Mothman Festival as a backdrop. I need the right urban fantasy anthology.

Sep. 17th, 2016

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Rainbow Snippets

I had planned on moving onto to a new wip but I'll be honest, I'm utterly wasted. I had a great time on the steampunk train ride but nearly 3 hours in an un-air conditioned train car in full steampunk gear left me seriously dehydrated because it was 90 degrees with equal humidity. I literally have no idea how women survived that for real in the 1800s and conclude they were made of sterner stuff than I.

So I'll continue with my Florida psychics. Santino has just did his best Luke Skywalker act for Ryan, showing off with his psychokinesis (and explained that he's feared being hauled away by the government if they knew which is what Ryan is reacting to in sentence 1)

“I can’t believe you actually showed me when you put it that way.”

Santino shrugged. “Who’d believe you? Maybe a few psychics in town but I’d just play dumb. I’m pretty good at it.”

“I’m not touching that one.”

If you'd like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It's been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It's been a great supportive group!

Sep. 15th, 2016

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Guest Blogger - Charley Descoteaux


The release date for Safe House, Buchanan House: Book Four, is coming soon! To celebrate, Dreamspinner has created a bundle sale—Pre-order Safe House and get Tiny House (Buchanan House: Book Three) for $0.99! The sale runs September 12 until release day—September 19!

This is a true series so to get the most out of it I recommend to read the books in order. With that in mind I’ve stocked a Rafflecopter with two chances to win the first book in the series, Buchanan House. Visit any stop on my tour between September 12th and October 1st to enter!


SafeHouseFS_v1Safe House (Buchanan House: Book Four) by Charley Descoteaux

It’s never too late for a new beginning…

Kyle Shimoda is an asshole magnet, has been for as long as he can remember. At forty-seven, he doesn’t see much chance for improving his luck in love. His friends who run Buchanan House, a gay retreat on the central Oregon coast, know he wants to find “someone nice” to settle down with, and they set him up with Officer Brandon Smith. Kyle has a turbulent history with law enforcement, but he can’t deny his attraction to the buff cop.

Brandon has been a police officer in Lincoln City almost since the day he graduated from high school over thirty years ago. He’s cultivated the facade of a serious, disciplined law enforcement officer, but beneath his overdeveloped chest beats the soft heart of a drama queen. A cancer scare shifts Bran’s focus from finding a serious relationship to having as much sex as he can—putting his goals squarely at odds with Kyle’s. If he can’t find the courage to be honest about his feelings for Kyle, the happiness they’ve both been searching for could slip through their fingers.


Read Chapter One at the Dreamspinner store to meet Kyle. Meet Brandon in the excerpt below.


Chapter Two

Brandon barely paid attention as he drove between the cemetery and the apartment he shared with two roommates. He’d hoped to find a voice mail from the doctor after the funeral, but no such luck. He did find one saying the new guy, Dylan, had called in sick, and Brandon was expected at work within the hour. He would have been happier to stay at the cemetery and talk with Paulie a little longer. And Kyle. Bran had met Kyle before, but they hadn’t spoken. He had noticed then how handsome Kyle was, and he was even more striking with his hair longer, framing his high cheekbones and full, sensuous mouth. His silky black hair looked so touchable.

This isn’t getting me to work any faster.

At least work will be a distraction.

He hurried home and changed into his uniform. His quick spot check in the bathroom mirror turned into a lingering appraisal. Brandon ran an open hand over his chest, not to smooth the impeccable fabric of his uniform shirt, but to reassure himself that nothing had changed. He grimaced at his reflection, thinking a little less gray and a little more brown in his hair might be a nice change.

Brandon shivered as he recalled the MRI he’d endured three days prior, which had revealed a suspicious lump in his chest. Forty-seven minutes in a tiny tube while the machine hummed and took pictures of his breast and lymph tissue. Just thinking about the way it had felt to lie there made him shiver—it was worse than the needle biopsy he’d had the following day. With every inhale his shoulders had brushed the walls of the tube on both sides, and less than halfway through he’d had to talk himself out of fleeing. He wasn’t a tall man—something that had bothered him throughout his life—but until that day he had taken pride in his body, in the bulk he’d cultivated without sacrificing speed or agility.

During that forty-seven minutes, he would have been happy to trade his broad shoulders for a smaller frame.

Since I’m making empty wishes, I might as well make one for a better-looking face. A face that could attract a handsome young guy like Kyle instead of scaring him half to death.

Bran’s stomach roiled at his own thoughts, and he resolved to not even think the word death again until—unless—he had to. He was tempted to forgo shaving the sandy brown stubble from his face but fell back on the habit, hoping for the comfort a routine could provide, and reached for his electric razor.

Everything seemed to be happening so fast. Less than a week ago he’d gone in for his yearly physical, and now he was waiting for the call that would tell him whether he needed to make another appointment for that week or next year. In the interim he’d been squeezed into a tube and had a biopsy. And relived the worst time in his life over and over, the time when he’d learned about his father’s diagnosis.


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Three winners! Prizes: One signed paperback of Safe House (US Only); one ebook copy of book one of the series, Buchanan House; one backlist book (any ebook except Safe House)



Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.


Rattle Charley’s cages:

Blog: http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharleyDescote
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Series: Buchanan House
Book Number: 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Pages: 200
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase



Sep. 12th, 2016

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This was not completely unexpected

But still is a bit. So, a couple years ago we found the paperwork on my Dad's paternal grandfather and grandmother and it showed them not coming from Croatia as we've always thought but rather came over on a ship (I forget the name at the moment) where the entire passenger compliment was listed as Hungarian/ Romanian Jews. We wondered if that was an error or an oversimplification by a bored clerk because as far as we knew my great-grandparents were Catholic like the rest of us.

We noodled around trying to find out more. Nothing. Then when I was home for Christmas last year a cousin had come across Great granddad's birth certificate which also listed him as Hebrew. So now we were on a hunt for more. My brother and I both have been talking about doing the DNA thing (I was going to do it last year but unexpected expenses came up and I didn't).

Corpse Powder in part has a Jewish character because I was thinking about this (and trying to get a little more diversity in my MCs). I wanted to learn more about the culture. I'm always curious about things like this. Isaac's world in the 1800s had different challenges but they would have been familiar to my great-grandfather and definitely his father.

So today we got the DNA results, 30 % Italian (unsurprising as both grandmothers on either side were from Italy and we even know the exact towns on that) 30% from the Eastern European area, 15% from the Western European area (which included Northern Italy so yeah, no surprise there plus Mom's grandma told her often back home she was Austrian, Croatian and German without ever moving from her home) but 22% is Eastern European Jew.

So there it is. Great Granddad was most likely Jewish so now comes the questions. Why did no one ever know this? Was it hidden because of persecution? Did he fall for a Catholic girl and convert? A little of both? Was Great Grandma a Jew as well. I know next to nothing about Tonka other than her name.

Given how well this was hidden, this may be all I'll ever know. I'm not even sure we know where they came from in Europe (seeing as we thought it was Croatia and it was more likely Hungary). None of my dad's family had any clue.

I think what surprised me more was there were zero African genes found. Italy being pretty close to Africa with close trade ties for centuries I thought there'd be a few more.

I will probably do my own DNA as I take after my Italian side more and my brother the Croatian. Granted they'll be similar but I also want to know the Neanderthal content.

I'm half tempted to bring this up at Christmas when Prejudice Girl and Hate-filled Husband are around. I probably won't since they're about the only family Aunt S2 has (and she doesn't like them either) and they are good friends with my parents and treat them well. I swear my parents think I'm making it up about the things Prejudice Girl said that one Christmas but let's leave it at they think republicans are too liberal. Still, the temptation is great.

Sep. 11th, 2016

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Sunday Small Talk

I missed it last week in order to finish Modified & Sacred (the absolutely terrible title I slapped on my Sf story out of pure desperation after like 40 minutes of pain trying to come up with something better.) It went out to the anthology. Here's hoping.

If nothing else, it's about 800 words from being a full on novella so if it doesn't make the anthology, I have very little to do to expand it and try it that way.

My story with Aaron and Rhys (and the crew) from Kept Tears will be in DSP's Love wins anthology and all the proceeds will go to a charity for the Pulse shooting victims. That makes me very happy.

Soonish, I think I'll be able to share the cover of Once Upon a Time in the Weird West. There'll be a big ta-doo for it. I'm looking forward to it (and I'm sure you'll love the cover). It's due out in December (as is Love wins).

And I'm one or two paragraphs away from finishing Cassadaga Nights expansion into a novella. It might get done tonight (well if I stop watching Star Trek but since Amok Time, Mirror Mirror & Trouble with Tribbles are on back to back maybe not). I am thinking of just calling it Cassadaga. I don't like the title and I think the 'nights' part of it is half of what's bugging me. I'll wing it at my first readers and go from there. I have a couple places in mind to try it.

Now that that's done, I'm not sure how much new writing I'm going to be doing in the next few months (so maybe this weekly post will go bi-weekly). What I'm mostly going to be doing is revising Blood Red Roulette. If I don't start that soon I will not get it done. I don't want that to happen. I'm over being disappointed and that's the time to get to work before I set it aside and go onto something new and shiny.

And my nano isn't going to be in this genre this year. It has been the last two years and I promised myself to alternate it every other year so I'm overdue on that.

However, I will still be occasionally noodling around on Behind Blue Eyes and with the contemporary story which I could have sworn I started but a thorough search of my files on both computers and all flash drives showed up nothing, not even the name file and I KNOW I did that. I'll search the tag for these posts next. Maybe I just wrote up the notes.

So nearly three finished in the last two weeks, that's good, right?

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