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Jun. 11th, 2012

darkest midnight

[sticky post] My Publications and where to find them

Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology


Love Wins(charity anthology benefiting the Pulse shooting victims)



Love is Love Poetry anthology (charity anthology benefiting the Pulse shooting victims)


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 - OOP


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.

Nov. 16th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

Been swamped with work interviewing new professors to hire, and nano, and trying to keep this foot up, and managing to finish up the final edits of one of my christmas novellas (I'll start sharing that as soon as I get the final promo packs)

Still with These Haunted Hill (which I'm working on for nano, in part) and we're in a potentially haunted house looking it over for a client. And hey I actually have exactly six sentences for a change! We're in Brendan's head and he's been considering how pretty the house is.

Some days he wondered why he stayed in the house. Kristen hadn’t wanted it, too many memories. That was one of the reason he held on to it but maybe it was keeping him from moving on too. He wondered what Josh liked and that made his heart race more than the prospect of a ghost on the stairs. Fear, like ice slipped into his core. The idea that he would even think about sharing a house with someone - a someone he hadn’t so much as kissed or gone out with on a real date with - terrified him.

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!

Nov. 9th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

I've been busy failing at nano at the moment as this Nov is busier than usual. I can still catch up. Today will help since I messed up my foot (neuritis/bursitis) so I can't walk much. I'll just stay here chained to the computer.

Still more of These Haunted Hills. Brendan is following Josh and Hoshi (one of the team psychics) to the attic of a potentially haunted house.



One of the problems with these old houses was the weird height of the steps. He was sure he was going to fall down them. He'd probably save that for when he was running from the ghost. Brendan could picture the headlines now. Novelist dead of broken neck after falling down a haunted staircase. At the bend of the steps, Hoshi stopped her brow furrowing. He held his breath. Was she seeing something? All he could see was the last of the light coming through the beautiful stained glass window. He could see what Hunter meant about the beauty of old houses like this. Brendan was fond of them himself but Kristen had wanted modern.


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!

Nov. 2nd, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

Day one of nano didn't go well and I was gone again today but maybe tonight shall be better. It would help everything if I wasn't triple booked everywhere I looked.

Continuing These Haunted Hills The whole team has assembled to hunt ghosts in the serial killer hotel.


“You look like you’re thinking hard,” Josh said.

“I’m realizing I’m the guy on the ghost hunting TV shows who screams and runs at every spider and owl call,” Brendan huffed. Someone laughed behind his back. So be it. At least he was honest with himself.

“I’m not going to disagree.” Josh smirked. “We’ll take the second floor and the attic. Cass, you guys take this floor and the basement.”



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!

Oct. 26th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

I'm spending the weekend running from one ghost investigation to another. You won't hear me complaining.

Speaking of ghost investigations, I'm continuing on with These Haunted Hills. I was just out there last night doing an investigation in the woods. This is into the next chapter where Brendan is with Josh's team of ghost hunters for the first time (instead of just Josh and Cassia). They're investigating a haunted house. Hunter is one of the team members.

He’d helped Hunter run cables for the equipment, soaking in the procedure and eliciting a promise from Hunter to write it up so Brendan would have something to pull from later. He no longer trusted his memory entirely. The depression ate at everything, his relationships, his creativity and his memory. It would help to have a backup. Brendan was glad this wasn’t a new job he was expected to do well in because he thought he’d fail. He should stick to being a storyteller. It was something he knew he excelled at.





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!

Oct. 19th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

It was yet another hellish week but mid-terms are over and the three brand new 8 week online classes are over and I can breathe again (teaching 8 classes in a semester is a bit much, I've literally done my entire year's worth of teaching in 8 weeks and they're annoyed they'll have to pay me overtime). I'm heading out to the woods for a walk to relax.


Finishing out the scene in Josh's house in These Haunted Hills (which I'm slating to finish during nano, going rogue and trying to finish two outstanding novels rather than start a third unfinished one). As a reminder since it's been a while since it was mentioned, Brendan was married once and his young son died of cancer a few years back. (which is relevant to this snippet)

Brendan found the new toothbrush easily enough but that was the only easy part. He stripped down and slid under the covers. Thoughts of Josh just a few doors down was doing something to his heart that he hadn’t planned on. He could picture Josh in that bed. He’d probably sleep in boxers and that was one step too far for him. It was the tipping point.

What was he thinking? Guilt crushed him into the mattress. He shouldn’t be thinking of this. Moving on meant letting go and how could he possibly let go? Brendan clamped a hand over his mouth, tears leaking from his eyes, running down his face, pooling in his ears. With the other hand, he cradled his glass pendant. He simply couldn’t do this.


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!

Oct. 12th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

This week has been as nuts as the last one, midterms written and graded, new fridge and fixed porch (which caused a lot of me moving stuff around in that kitchen so they could work), my brother and his wife coming tomorrow, edits on my CHristmas novella. But at least I got to everyone's snippets this time.

Still continuing with These Haunted Hills, I've skipped over the ghost evidence review (which Brendan found boring) it's very late night and they're all going upstairs to bed.



He followed Josh upstairs past one door that was closed where he assumed Cassia had gone to bed. Josh pointed to one room.

“The bathroom and here, this should be good. The sheets should be fresh enough but there are more up in the closet if you want to change them out.”

“I’m too tired to care. This was great fun though, very instructive. I appreciate you two doing this for me.”

“Our pleasure. Seriously. It’s fun for us too. And oh, if you don’t want to be smothered by giant cats, you’ll need to keep the door shut.”

“Considered me warned. Goodnight Josh.”



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!

Oct. 5th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

I feel bad. I'm behind in my reading but this week has had the house next door burning down (on purpose, they were knocking it down but then got the bright idea, let's set it on fire), broken windshields, making and grading midterms and then four days of my blood sugar going from 350 to 90 and back again over and over which is draining. I will catch up, promise)



I'm continuing with These Haunted HIlls. I'm going nano rebel and finishing this as part of the 50K. I've moved them out of the kitchen and they're at Josh's house on the couch (Cass in a chair) watching the video evidence of their ghost investigation.

Something huge and heavy jumped up on the couch. Brendan jumped, bumping shoulders with Josh. One of the largest cats he’d ever seen strode across the pillow and parked itself next to him. White fronted, the cat sported a blanket of dark grey tabby.

“Um, Josh...”

“That’s K’ehleyr. She’s curious and friendly. I probably should have asked you if you were allergic before this.”

“I’m not.” He reached over and petted her head. She purred and pushed her massive head into it. “I’ve never seen a cat this big. What is she?”

“Skogkatt. We call them Norwegian Forest Cat and if you think she’s big.” Josh whistled. “Worf!”

A huge tawny tabby ran in, long fur fluttering. It promptly leapt into Josh’s lap.

“Holy crap.”

“Worf’s a Maine Coon.”

“You sure? You’re probably out there catching bobcats with your foxes.” Brendan laughed. “And could you get geekier names for them?”

“He was going to name them Archer and Kiyomi.” Cassia offered,


Josh shot her a glare. “Hush you...though that was true. And now that they’re here you’re never going to be rid of them.”


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. 29th, 2019

senile

Where do story ideas come from?

So very often right from your life. Case in point today something happened that I didn't want to waste time with but couldn't tear myself away from. I was supposed to be cleaning the house but all that got cleaned was the dishes, the window by the sink and the backdoor, i.e. all places that afforded me a good view.

It started with a picture I put up on FB of the abandoned house next door and this post I made at ten to four This abandoned house was nearly hidden from view until this summer. And it is my view from my kitchen and bedroom (so thanks). I hoped they'd knock it down. Well today someone is out there and I'm watching them as I wash dishes. I'm fairly sure they don't know what they're doing. A few weeks ago they made a half-assed attempt to remove the asbestos shingles (and then quit because most are still there). Now there's one hillbilly in an excavator using the bucket to knock on the walls while perched on a hill. There's literally no one else around. I'm not sure if he's just trying to bust up the porch or bring it all down (He knocked out the bay window while I watched). So how long before he's buried in old house and I'm calling 911? I closed the curtain and went into the back room.

And my friend MKF said 'this is story fodder, you should be video taping it.' I was too busy and it was too hot for that but since it happened I found myself unable to look away. What follows is a series of FB posts.

4:45 OMG now he has the excavator halfway IN the house while demolishing the bottom (with the second floor still intact) What could possibly go wrong? (no lie he was literally bashing around the bottom without bringing the top down first)

6:15 Well,the house just crashed into the middle of it. Don't see the dude. Hmmm


6:30 Good news, he's still alive and slamming the dying house. Just noticed he has NO safety gear on as he wrecks this asbestos ridden deathtrap, no respirator, no googles, not even a hard hat. Go redneck go.

7:00 Dies. Now he has the excavator bucket stuck in a tree near the house he didn't remove first (seriously hysterical as he's thrashing the bucket trying to get it out)


7:50 And as night falls, the house is 98% down and our intrepid hillbilly heads off into the sunset

8:40 I was WRONG! They didn't ride off into the sun set. They were somewhere getting fuel to set the rubble ON FIRE. I couldn't figure out who was knocking on my door at 830 pm but it was a neighbor My entire apartment feels like it's ready to ignite on the side facing the blaze and I had to call the fire dept. Apparently we ALL did. OMG this place. (Oh by the way there really aren't hydrants here)

9:30 So five fire trucks, two police cars and lots of other rednecks all showed up. The fire is still burning but it's manageable now. Not sure if anyone went to jail. I doubt it. I'm pretty sure I still see him out there with his shovel (because yes that's what he brought to help with the conflagration) but I'm betting someone got fined out the butt for this. Best part is, that'll be burning outside my bedroom on a night that I NEED to get to bed early because I need to be up at the crack of dawn to get to a doctor's appt before work.


I don't feel like I can share my friends' responses but trust me they were funny too. I am dying laughing at the stupid. Yes this needs to be in a story somewhere but no one will believe anyone is this dumb.

And that's where ideas come from.

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