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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

kept tears

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.

Jun. 25th, 2016

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

This week I'm switching to Kept Tears as I'm working on a short story in this universe for a charity anthology (but I don't have enough of that to share yet). I'm still very happy with this one set in my home town area. This snippet is from chapter one where disabled vet, Aaron, has just met fantasy author, Rhys, at a steampunk party (and is completely unaware that Rhys is actually a Tylwyth Teg, a Welsh faerie).


Aaron licked his lips. Nervousness tied his tongue for a moment. His attraction to the stunning young man awakened his insecurities. He’d tried getting close to someone once or twice since the attack only to be met with a strange, inner vulnerability. He mentally fast-forwarded to the moment where he’d have to be intimate. Aaron imagined the rejection, the humiliation, when all his scars were uncovered.


Blurb Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he's ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.

What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.


You can find Kept Tears here

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!

Jun. 21st, 2016

kept tears

Book Tour: Blood Lines by A.L. Bates!

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Title: Blood Lines

Author: A.L. Bates

Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller

Length: Novella

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Synopsis


Mark Thomas owns his own “New York”-themed bar on an off-world colony.


Nate Fox is an ex-con gone straight.


He’s also Mark’s best friend and brother-in-law.


Mark has feelings for Nate. Nate has feelings for Mark.


But neither man is prepared to compromise their friendship or Mark’s relationship with Danny.


Blood Lines is a story about fidelity, trust, and respect. It’s a story about honesty and learning from mistakes.


And it’s a story about second chances.


Blood Lines AL Bates Cover



Excerpt

Mark’s hands were still shaking. Nate knew from experience Larry kept a bottle of scotch in his desk. He pulled it out and passed it to Mark. After a few mouthfuls, Mark started to sob.

“Sorry,” he said. “Sarah was a friend. I’ve known her for years.” He took another mouthful and replaced the cap. “What now?”

“I don’t know,” Nate said with a sigh. “You okay?”

“Not really. But I guess I’ll be fine. What about you?”

“I’m good.”

“Your face is cut.”

Nate touched his cheek. He was bleeding. He didn’t even remember getting hurt.

“Is there a first aid kit in here?”

Nate pointed to a cabinet and Mark went to retrieve it. He pulled out some antiseptic wipes and dabbed at Nate’s face. Nate tensed. The intimacy was unexpected. It had been a while since someone had touched him so tenderly.

“Does it hurt?” Mark asked.

“No.”

“You’re tense.”

“I’ve been shot at.”

Mark rolled his eyes. “I suppose that’s a good excuse. It’s not too deep. Besides, I hear the ladies love a man with scars.”

Nate glanced away, feeling a flush affect his cheeks.

“Sorry, that was insensitive.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

Buy Links


Don’t miss the release discounts at all retailers and get your copy up to 48 hours after release.


WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/?p=2080

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bloodlines-2055134-145.html


Book Trailer



Giveaway


 


About the author


A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.


A.L. Bates can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralbates

Jun. 19th, 2016

kept tears

Sunday Small Talk

I knew the writing might fall off a bit once I got back home with the parents. And of course it was my birthday this week and father's day so not a lot of writing got done.

Speaking of which Happy Father's Day!

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I did write a poem for the Love is Love's poetry anthology for one of the many writing charities to help the victims of the attack at the Pulse. I'm not usually much of a poet but hopefully I came up with something worthy of being part of it.

I do want to try a couple short stories too. I'm not sure I'll have time for one of them unless I can muster some writing time and inspiration. I have the story. It formed in my head in the drive to Pittsburgh. I just need uninterrupted time. I'll definitely have time for DSP's so I'll be working on one with Aaron & Rhys from Kept Tears.

I did hear back from DSP on Blood Red Roulette and it was disappointing news on one hand but hopeful on the other. They offered up many suggestions and asked for it back once I made the changes. I have to admit, they were all things that I was afraid of when I sent it in. If you go back several weeks you'll see me listing them out here. Once I knock out these charity stories, I'll get back to this (well maybe after camp nano). This story is too important to me not to try again.

Still no news on Corpse Powder and the weird west anthology.

Still contemplating trying that Dreamspun Desire, once I pick myself back up off the ground (I got the rejection on my birthday so yeah, a bit down but it's only a failure if I don't try again.)
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Jun. 18th, 2016

kept tears

(no subject)

Since Blood Red Roulette turned into a misfire (back to the drawing board) I decided to find something else to share. However, it's a crazy busy weekend so why not something that's already out there in the wild. And since I'm working on Dad's computer right now with a version of word so old that it can't open docx files, I'm rather limited.

Here's a little something from Soldiers of the Sun, my 1930s demon hunters (menage, more action/adventure than actual romance). Temple has just met his new partner who is related to General Taglioferro, head of this faction of the Soldiers of the Sun (Taglioferro is the he Temple's referring to).



“He said he was going to castrate me if I touched his niece!” Temple blurted out as his partners nearly doubled over, laughing at him. “I can’t believe that he partnered me with a bird,” he moaned.

“I can’t either. We all know what you’re like. You’re going to look stupid neutered,” Caleb wagged his head.

“He will get fat and doughy. With his coloration he will look like a plump snowman with a bloody head,” Agni said, rubbing his chin.



Blurb Caleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their teammate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, but he nearly died fighting a demon himself. Also, Temple isn’t sure he’s ready for a new teammate after Li. Caleb and Agni are even more concerned that their three-way relationship with Temple exists less because he loves them and more because he’s hiding from the pain of Li’s loss.

1932 shapes up to be a terrible year for the Soldiers as they welcome the New Year fighting demons and then end up investigating a case that pairs them up with the Knights Templar. This would normally be a good thing, but it forces Temple to face his painful past. Worse yet, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might prove to be an unbeatable foe.


You can find Soldiers of the Sun here

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!

Jun. 13th, 2016

kept tears

Cover reveal: Blood Lines by A.L. Bates!

Blood Lines Cover Banner

Synopsis


Mark Thomas owns his own “New York”-themed bar on an off-world colony.


Nate Fox is an ex-con gone straight.


He’s also Mark’s best friend and brother-in-law.


Mark has feelings for Nate. Nate has feelings for Mark.


But neither man is prepared to compromise their friendship or Mark’s relationship with Danny.


Blood Lines is a story about fidelity, trust, and respect. It’s a story about honesty and learning from mistakes.


And it’s a story about second chances.


Blood Lines AL Bates Cover


Release date: June 21, 2016


Pre-order Links


Don’t miss the pre-order and release discounts on all retail sites by getting your copy up to 48 hours after release.


WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/?p=2080

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Blood-Lines-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01GKKKPDU/

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-bloodlines-2055134-145.html


Excerpt


Men like Bailey were everywhere. Men who held themselves back because they feared how far they would actually go in life. Bailey, like his boss, was a ball of repressed anger and shame. He wanted things he didn’t want, he did things he didn’t want to do, and the darkness he buried within himself was so terrifying he avoided it whenever he could. Danny had discovered how to deal with these men; that offering their darkest fantasies without consequence was enough to push them over the edge. He’d done it with Phillip two nights ago, and he could do it again.


Danny dangled the bag, the suggestion rich in his eyes.


Bailey shook his head, but his attention never left the powder. “I’m on duty.”


Danny dared a step closer, his face getting dangerously close to Bailey’s. “I won’t tell anyone.”


“You shouldn’t be here,” he said.


“Then cuff me. Lock me up. Punish me.” Danny arched his eyebrow, seeing the interest flare in Bailey’s eyes. He pressed himself against Bailey’s larger, squarer frame. “I’ve been very bad. I need to be punished.”


Bailey licked at his thin lips, his eyes flickering between Danny’s and the drugs. Danny slipped the bag into Bailey’s hand—giving him the semblance of control. Carefully, he moved Bailey backwards, walking him towards the empty stall. One step. Two steps. And Bailey was moving on his own now; entranced, captivated. Danny moved his hands around Bailey’s solid body.


A siren rang out in the distance. Danny pulled Bailey close, slipped his hand into Bailey’s holster, grabbed his gun, and leapt free of the cubicle. Bailey’s lustful face transformed.


“Don’t move,” Danny said with a wink. He backed towards the exit, a mental countdown beginning in his head. He’d studied the quickest route out of the building. He could still make it. He blew a kiss at Bailey and fled for his life.


Book Trailer



About the author


A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.


A.L. Bates can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralbates

Jun. 12th, 2016

kept tears

Sunday Small Talk

As little bit of a difference I'm going to talk about when things accidentally fall into place as I've not been writing much this week (tons of cleaning had to be done) . Also I'm still waiting on acceptance/rejection notification for Corpse Powder and Blood Red Roulette.

I'm noodling around with two new things. One that might be aimed at light and fluffy contemporary (as a challenge) and the other a SF short. The first I wanted to set partially in Vegas and partially in Columbus (as a counterbalance to all the research I had to do on Corpse Powder) as I know these places fairly well now. On the first few searches I only found one anime con in Vegas (and surprisingly Columbus has several but I knew that because I attend those!). It was also just far enough off strip (@ 1.5 miles) to be a pain in the butt. Then I found one that is on strip more or less. Huzzah. I don't know what will become of this one but I'm considering it for camp nano.

So that fell into place for me. Then came Deveral. He's from a SF short I'm working on (watch it not stay short). I knew for a couple of years ever since I saw this video that I wanted to have a character with chromatophores in his/her skin.




And I wanted a few other non-human attributes so I settled on the eyes (because I have a thing for eyes) and decided I didn't want the cat pupils. Instead, I went with goat because they're freaky . Being a biologist, I know that it's more than just pupil shape at play here but I didn't know all that much about goat eyes. A few minutes of research fixed that. One thing about them is they allow for great peripheral vision and are found in prey animals (goats, deer, horses etc). Okay then.

So I had two attributes that went with a species that gets preyed on. So now I'm working on an ancient predator (now extinct) that fed on these people. I don't know if it'll end up in the story but why not? It probably shaped their culture. Even if it's one line, it'll probably be there.

And now, back to my cleaning. Sigh.
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With Heavy Heart

My condolences go out to all those affected by the shooting at the Pulse in Orlando today. It's a tragedy on so many levels and will be used, disgustingly, to promote so many agendas.

Jun. 11th, 2016

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

I'm crossposting this to my new word press blog as well but I want to keep LJ since it's a format I've been on for so many years and have special feelings for.


I'm sticking with Blood Red Roulette (and horrified after scanning down the page to find something, that there are two typos that the spellcheck and I (and my betas) missed and words that the spellcheck SHOULD have caught. ) Naturally I see them after this has been submitted. Sigh.


 photo veer towers_zpsb6a6hp9i.jpg (This is Veer Towers, Arrigo lives in the penthouse because my characters get to have way cooler places to live than I do. This scene takes place there.)

This scene takes place in the first day Siobhan has joined Arrigo in Vegas. He and Siobhan are on again, off again lovers (off in this story) for centuries. She's joined him to help track down Eleni, the villainess of the piece. I think there's technically seven sentences here....


Luc’s got this cute waif thing going on. I know you’re a sucker for waifs.”

“We’re not lovers.” Arrigo fidgeted under her stare.
“What?”

“I know when you’re lying.” Siobhan grinned broadly.

Arrigo felt a flush race up his cheeks. “I’m not lying…but we’ve kissed.


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!

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