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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)

A Brief RespiteCollapse )

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

Apr. 13th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

Finally catching up. It's been a week of stress and exhaustion, so much so even on a day where I was feeling fine, I walked into my local writers group and they all thought I was sick. Yikes. I do have good news. I've been selected as the Welsh fellow from my university and I'll be going back to Wales to do research.

And my SF novella Modified and Sacred is now up for pre-order so I'll be snippeting from there and return to These Haunted Hills later. As a brief introduction to the snippet, Addison was illegally modified to be underwater slave labor and was rescued by Captain Valdis and her sister. He know serves on her ship as an officer (Your typical Starfleet-esque space opera set up) and he's been given his assignment, to guard and deliver the ambassador, Deveral, to a conference and Deveral is considered sacred by his people (hence the title, also I fear I'll never get back down to six sentences with the way I'm going).


“An uncomplicated escort mission would be a nice change of pace. Besides—” He grinned impertinently at his captain, breaking his own self-edict of being emotionally controlled. “—how often will I get to talk to a living god?”
Valdis snorted, garnering the attention of her navigators. “Deveral is not exactly a living god. He’s Sacred Kin,” she reminded him, though he could be trusted to read the dossier. “The Fyrians believe their Sacred Kin hold a flicker of God’s power. That said, do be on your best behavior, Lieutenant. I’d hate for you to cause an intergalactic mission to go belly up if you act like your usual sarcastic self.”
Addison offered her a flat smile, recognizing the subtle reprimand hidden in those humorous words. He’d spent too many hard years outside the military. He hadn’t been broken to their respectful ways, not entirely. That was why he fought to improve his on-duty demeanor. “I’ll behave.”


Blurb

Lieutenant Addison Hunt is proud to serve the Confederation even if he still feels like he’s on the outside looking in. Addison was illegally genetically modified as a child, leaving him burdened with a sense of shame. Emotionally isolated from his fellow crewmen and recovering from injuries from his last job, Addison is happy to have light duty transporting an esteemed diplomat to a peace conference.

Deveral is one of the Sacred Kin, possessing a psychic ability that his people consider a spark of the divine. Like all the Sacred Kin, he’s led a sheltered life as a temple priest, but his heightened empathic ability makes him the perfect diplomat. Nervous to leave his home, he’s curious about his new companion, Lieutenant Hunt.

Not everyone wants the diplomatic mission to succeed, and a rebel faction poses a real threat to Addison and Deveral. Finding themselves cast adrift on a “lost” colony, they’ll have to fight to stay alive.


Pre-order link Here at Ninestar Press

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!

Apr. 6th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

I'm getting closer to the release date for my new novella but I'm waiting until the pre-order links and all that jazz are ready before snippeting it. I just got back from the Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention walk which was a nice experience (though it was a mile walk around campus, something I usually go to lengths to avoid).

I've jumped a little here in These Haunted Hills. It's been awhile since we've seen Cassia. She's Josh's best friend and fellow steampunker/ghost hunter. I picked this one because it shows Josh's growing feelings.

“You have a strange look in your eye,” Cassia said, hip bumping him.

“I’m thinking of inviting Brendan [to the steampunk get together] but you have to promise to not lose your crap.”

Glaring, Cassia crossed her arms under a chest well showcased by her corset. “I’ve already said that I was going to be the utmost professional.” She cocked an eyebrow at him. “That said, if he does come how long do you think it will be before he’d say yes to taking a picture.”

“Just do what I’m doing, sneak them in under the pretext of ghost photography.” Josh beamed.

She snorted then shot him with her nerf gun. “Brat. Also, excellent idea.”

“It’s been known to happen."


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!

Mar. 30th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

Exhausted. Drove across the state (on the skinny end so it wasn't so bad) to the Steampunk Symposium. Tomorrow I'll be doing my first author panel appearances. Wish me luck.

I'm hoping to have great fun (In spite of a late start tonight was good). I'll be snippeting from These Haunted Hills again. I skipped a little. They're now back at the cabin after putting out the cameras.

By the way I owe you thanks.”

Leaning against the counter, Josh shot him a confused look. “You hired me. You don’t owe me anything well besides my fee.”

“No, I do.” Brendan sat at the table. “Last night I was doing some research on you actually, just poking around your haunted sites for one. Then I found your Deviant Art page.”

“Oh god.” Joshua face palmed.

“No, it’s a good thing. You really do have talent. I’ve seen cover artists not half as good.”

“Thanks,” Josh muttered.

“I am serious. Anyhow I saw where you and your friend Cassia participated in a few charity auctions with your fan creations and gave the money to cancer research in Connor’s name.” Brendan’s voice caught. He couldn’t really swallow the lump forming in his throat. “I am blown away that people did that. I had no idea.”

Josh swung into the seat across the table. “I’m just happy to help. So many of us felt terrible for you and your family. There was nothing we could do to help, not really. But there are thousands of poor kids in similar situations. The money went to good causes. I still give money to St Jude’s when I can.”

“It’s appreciated more than you know.”



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!

Mar. 23rd, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

Sorry, I'm a little behind on last week's reading between a writing deadline, prepping for the author's panel next weekend and with my blood sugar being way out of control. I'll try to catch up.

Picking right up with where last week left off in These Haunted Hills. Josh and Brendan are in the woods putting up cameras so Josh can monitor fox activity.


Josh told him the various odds and sods he needed to get the camera mounted. Joshua was every bit as enticing as he swung back out of the tree as he’d been going up. He clapped a hand on Brendan’s shoulder.

“I want to put one more up over this way.”

They repeated the procedure. Brendan swore Josh took a more leisurely route up this time, showing off just a little. Yeah, he caught you. Brendan wondered where they went from here. He planned on pretending it didn’t happen.

They left the woods with Josh babbling happily about all the data he hoped to collect. By the time they broke out into open sky it had been painted in roses, purples and gold. A few stars had begun to pop up.



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!

Mar. 16th, 2019

kept tears

Rainbow Snippets

Doing this on the fly since I'm already supposed to be on the road.

Picking right up with where last week left off in These Haunted Hills. Josh and Brendan are in the woods putting up cameras so Josh can monitor fox activity.



A little voice in his head reminded him Columbus wasn’t that far from here. Brendan shook it off, slowly realizing Josh was calling him.

“Hand me the camera.” Josh leaned down from the branches.

“Oh, sorry. Was looking for Bigfoot.” Brendan stood on tiptoe and handed him the camera.

“Uh-huh,” Josh took the camera, sounding like he didn’t believe Brendan.

Had he caught Brendan staring at his ass? Never so thankful to have a beard to hide part of his burning cheeks, Brendan picked up the backpack. “Need anything else?”



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!

Mar. 10th, 2019

kept tears

Sunday Small Talk

I could really use your help with this topic. Author newsletters are the 'big marketing thing' at the moment but I'm going to be honest, I have my doubts. I've ended up on SO many newsletter lists now that I couldn't possibly read them all and pretty much don't unless it's an author I already really like. And of course I'm considering having my own newsletter because there is that pressure to have one as an author.

That, however, isn't what I wanted to talk about and get your opinions on. A lot of authors share freebies on their newsletters. Now I'm not talking ARC or street team stuff. I don't sign up for those because I know I can't read an ebook fast enough and I wouldn't be pulling my weight as far as that goes. These freebies are either loss leader introductions to a series or a short story set in the novel/series universe.

I'm fine with that, naturally. What's bothering me is that lately (very noticeable since the start of the year) is the nudging I've been getting from the authors that include these things. Hey you, I see you didn't download your story yet. I would hate for you to miss something. Here's the link for you to download it now.

Okay, chances are if I didn't download it, it's because that story didn't appeal to me (not to mention I already have more ebooks than I have years left in my life to read them). I find it both a bit creepy and pushy to be tracked in a way that shows that the software the author is employing can track whether or not I've downloaded the book. It's invasive and in a rather annoy way.

The flip side to this is, I did download it and then within a week I get an email from the author saying something along the lines of 'how are you enjoying my story? Can you please review it?' and often accompanied by a reason why reviews are so important (and okay, to be fair, they are). Even if I did begin reading the moment I downloaded the book, I can tell you a few days isn't long enough for me personally to read because ebooks give me migraines and hurt my eyes. Not to mention again this feels invasive and high pressure. If I wanted that I would have joined the street team where I can see the gentle reminders to read and review since that's the basic contract on offer.

So download or not, it seems like I'm in for 'reminders' either way. I know how I feel about this (like removing myself from these lists) but I know I don't always see things the way others do. So that's what I want to know. HOW do you all feel about it? Would you be okay with these reminders? Would you be annoyed? Would you simply remove yourself from the newsletter mailing? Would you move the author down your 'will buy' list for this? Thanks for any input you have!

And now for some writing links

From Betty - PODCAST 212 – Fake Outs

Do Character Flaws Need to Be Overcome?

How to Use the Uncanny in Your Writing I particularly like this one.

Three Ways Writers Tell, Not Show (And How You Can Fix Them)

Tips for Complex Historical Research

The Practical Guide to Using Character Archetypes in Your Novel

And from around the web

What Marie Kondo Can Teach Us About Decluttering Our Prose While I don't particularly care for the woman, the article has valid points.

Writing Great Dialogue: Create Power Moments Rich In Subtext

Creating Three-dimensional Villains: Lessons From Buffy and Firefly another really good one

The Post-Publication Blues Let me tell you, they're real!

Do Sales Equal Success?

Authors Interviewing Their Characters: Patricia Harman I honestly love doing this.

Mar. 9th, 2019

senile

Rainbow Snippets

Made it back from spring break. I spent it in Indiana with a friend (yeah I know, we didn't exactly pick the right spring break place). New Harmony might be good for a story or two though.

Picking right up with where last week left off in These Haunted Hills. Josh and Brendan are in the woods putting up cameras so Josh can monitor fox activity.



Joshua gave it (the camera) to him then started climbing the tree. Brendan couldn’t help watching his muscles bunch and unfurl as he pulled himself up. Those jeans fit him as perfectly as a tailored suit, only more suited to Josh. His ass as he braced himself in the branches provided Brendan the largest temptation he’d had in years. Okay, so I am ready to be attracted to someone. It’s not fair though, not to him. I’ll leave, go back home and we’ll both get hurt.


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!

Mar. 3rd, 2019

kept tears

Sunday Small Talk

It's been a while since I've done one of these. Call it a mix of depression and not really having much to report. I've only written 7K words since the beginning of the year. It's better than nothing but it's not much.

Modified and Sacred should be releasing in about seven weeks. I'm still waiting for final galley edits and the cover. Looking forward to that.

I am almost finished with revamping a novella for an open call and I'm noodling with some holiday fiction.

I'll receive the rights back to More Than His Scars which is set in the Kept Tears universe. It was written for Dreamspinner's Love Wins anthology to help benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting. Not sure what I'll do with that short story once I have it back. Maybe noodle with it a bit and release it for charity again in the winter months.

And have a crap ton of writing links

Hints for Writing a Series

Planning Super Light Stories Know what? I'm glad there's a pushback against grimdark and dystopia because it's getting harder and harder to find stuff in some of my favorite genres because of it

Six Common Mistakes in Fight Scenes, and How to Avoid Them Excellent. I'm going to add 'keep them relatively short.' Seriously. Even in manga/graphic novels it gets dull.

Five Ways to Persevere Through Rejection

How To Write A Killer First Draft In 6 Steps

the element everything in your story needs

My friend has also been sending me pintrest stuff, some are like these, checklist for things to do. Others that I might start sharing are story ideas/prompt (though part of me is worried I'd run with it and someone would be like you stole my idea....) Oh and since these are pictures, just click on them to embiggen them.


70 world building considerations

writing the villain

Ways to create book titles

And from around the web

Why And How I Write Novels About Tough Subjects

Women Adventuring in Time

How I Found my Literary Agent Need to sit down with this one

The #1 mistake of self-published authors for worldwide book sales

Five Things You Need As You Begin A Career As A Self-Published Author

Writing About Controversial Topics

Find More Book Buyers By Expanding Your Target Audience

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