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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.
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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.
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Rainbow Snippets

Still working on the house clean up but I did finish camp nano but not the actual project. Ah well.

Picking up from last week's bit for These Haunted Hills where Josh and Brendan are fire side talking about his new novel's first draft.

So, you made mention of reading to me.” Josh beamed.

“So I did.” Brendan put his messenger bag in his lap and extracted the computer. “Keep in mind it’s super rough.”

“I’ve been warned.”

Brendan pulled up the file. He hadn’t read a story in this state out loud to anyone but Kristen in years. Somehow it felt right. With the glow of the computer bright in the night, Brendan started to read.


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The school work is ramping up again now that we're down to the last two weeks. I'm rather drowning in it.

Still with These Haunted Hills. Brendan has consented to read a little of the new book to Josh fire-side.

Josh practically bounced out of the cabin. Grinning to himself, Brendan slipped his computer into the messenger bag then fetched his Thomas Tew rum to whip up the dark and stormies.

Josh had the fire pit roaring when Brendan got outside. It had gotten dark enough for the stars to come out. Brendan sat in the lawn chair after handing over one of the drinks. He tilted his head back and sipped the richly spiced drink. He always chose the spiciest ginger beer brands he could find. “Damn, the sky is really crystalline isn’t it? I love it out here. I didn’t think I would. I was terrified to come out here.”

“I did get that vibe from you. You didn’t seem like a country kind of guy.”

“No, not really but I am loving this way more than I thought. I haven’t seen this many stars in forever. I can see why you’d like to head out into the desert for some stargazing. You know, Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas has some nice star gazing and then you can also have all the fun of the Vegas strip too. Are there foxes to research out there?”

“Hmmm I’m not sure. There is the Sierra Nevada or High Sierra fox. It’s a subspecies of red fox and it highly endangered but I think its range is the California desert.”


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Dealing with the mice in the house and my classes is still taking up far too much of my time but at least I'm slowly getting one room down to a reasonable amount of junk in it.

Picking up where I left off with These Haunted Hills Brendan has asked Josh if he wants to be a first reader for the new novel.

“Yes I am.”

“Classes are ending, well for the undergrads. I can handle the research and my own paper writing. I would do anything to be able to read that draft.”

Brendan grinned, knowing that might be the literal truth. “I’ll have some paperwork you’ll need to sign off on when it comes to keeping it secret etcetera. You’d be surprised at people who’d be willing to sell a draft or try to steal it. We’re even having problems with people selling advanced reader copies that we send out for review.”

“I would never do that to you. I’d be happy to sign whatever. But.” Josh pressed his hands together like a prayer. “Can I see some tonight?”

“Want to make a fire and I can read a little of it?”

If Josh’s eyes got any bigger, Brendan was sure they’d fall out of his head. “I will make that happen.”


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I was looking forward to some writing time now that the classes are online but without my cat around, the mice have moved in so I'm on a deep cleaning search and destroy at the moment. Sigh

Have some more of These Haunted Hills picking up over dinner and discussions of Brendan's new book.



“Brendan, are you okay?”

He nodded, getting up and cleared his plates into the sink. “I just realized Kristen has always been my first beta reader before I send anything to my group of first readers. I haven’t written a damn thing since Connor died and I have no idea if she’d like to read this or not. I’ll need to ask her the next time I call her.”

Josh opened his mouth slightly then clamped it shut as he brought the plate and bowl over to the sink. Brendan assumed he meant to ask about Kristen then decided it wasn’t his business.

“I could use a first reader on this who knows what ghost hunting is like,” Brendan said. “Would you have time for that? I know you have classes and research on top of your ghost hunting.”

Josh nearly dropped the plate into the tiny sink. “Are you serious?” his voice cracked.


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Well my classes are all online now. I've started camp nano working on These Haunted Hills. Now I'm faced with cleaning this apartment (especially after a mouse paid me a visit in the wee hours this morning) and to start on my research paper even though no one knows when I'll be presenting it (this fall, this time next year). Ah well, at least I'll have time to do this right!

Have a little more from the same scene by the fire pit in These Haunted Hills

“Can I ask you something?”

“Absolutely.”

“How is the book going? I mean have you started anything but the outline and naming people?”

Josh’s eyes gleamed bright blue as he finished off his steak. Brendan could hardly disappoint him.

“I’ve got about a chapter done. It’s very rough of course and who knows if it’ll end up being the first chapter when all is said and done but it’s a beginning. Would you like to see it?” Brendan asked teasingly as if there was any way Josh would say no. He thought Josh would vibrate out of his seat he was so excited.

“You’d do that?”

“Someone has to be the guinea pig.” Brendan scowled a bit, a kick to the emotional gut hitting him out of nowhere.

“Brendan, are you okay?”


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I have to say I've been too busy moving all my classes online to be either anxious or depressed but I'm nearly done with that. It'll be interesting to see how I fare after that. I've never done well with inactivity but I'm good with not leaving the apartment.

I'm picking up where I left off in These Haunted Hills after Josh asked Brendan to go looking for a hidden haunted cemetery at the murder hotel (while they're eating dinner). Here's the answer. It's definitely over 6 sentences because there was no good way of breaking this and making sense of the scene. Hope you don't mind.

“Sure. I could do it tomorrow. How about you?”

“That works.”

Brendan stabbed up some salad, chewing thoughtfully before asking, “Can I ask you about the twins and the whole aura thing.”

“I heard about what they said to you. I hope they didn’t upset you,” Josh said quickly.

“No, not at all. I’m not sure I believe in auras. DO you?”

Josh made a face, setting aside his fork. “I’m on the fence but Hoshi and Kasumi are true believers. There seems to be evidence both ways so when it comes to something that ambiguous, I tend to remain on the side of the skeptic.”

“I guess if there’s anything to it, they could certainly be right about me. I looked it up. Gold in theory denotes creativity. I am that.”

“No argument.”

“And the black, hell my life has been dark ever since I first heard Connor had cancer.” Brendan sighed, touching his pendant. “I am trying to be objective about this because on the face of it, it can be exactly what I’ve always feared about psychics. I’m a public figure. At least authors aren’t movie star level of celebrity. Even so, Connor’s death, our grief played out publically. That was the salt in the wound.’ He paused, trying to gather his courage. “My point is, they could easily have known and tailored their response to fit what they knew.”

“Agreed but I can’t see them doing that. Of course, they’re my friends so I wouldn’t want to see that.”

Josh’s distress upset Brendan. “I’m not suggesting they did. Please don’t think that. I’m just working through the idea that some psychics can and do do things like that. Kasumi and Hoshi had no real reason to try and trick me. I wasn’t paying them for a reading. There was no real reason to say anything to me unless they were concerned or had some underlying reason for it.” Brendan new they could have. They might have been buttering him up before offering to contact Connor for him and he’d jump at that. He doubted Josh would approve.

“They don’t this work for pay if that helps.”

“It does. I just thought it was interesting is all,” Brendan said. That was true and it might be a good place to leave it. He didn’t want to upset Josh. He remembered Josh’s hesitation when they first met as if he feared Brendan only wanted to hire him so they could contact Connor and hadn’t been happy about that idea. That was a conversation for another day.


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I will throttle the first person who tells me teaching online is easier. OMG I've spent 15 hours moving things online for my classes and I've barely scratched the surface. I have to waive my labs because too many of my students have no internet (we're rural Appalachia here so...) I'm looking forward to breaking free of this computer.

Until then here's more of These Haunted Hills I've skipped over them eating dinner. They're sitting around afterwards talking about the haunted hotel.

“We were thinking about the hotel and how to handle it. Hunter and Cass want to tackle it this weekend but they thought maybe you and I could go out to the hotel and scout around the outside, maybe get that ladder up to peek into the second floor,” Josh said before popping another hunk of steak into his mouth.

“Will we be going back in?”

Josh shook his head. “We decided that it might be a bit too dangerous between the level of activity and the structural issues. It might be best to have everyone there. There is supposed to be a hidden graveyard on the grounds, at least according to the research Madison has done.”

“I saw some mention of that myself. So you want to look for that?”

“I think it’ll be a good use of time, if you want to give it a go.”


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I know I owe everyone comments. This week was a blur of working on research during spring break and working with the university to come up with what we're going to do during the pandemic. I'll get back to them.

I'm continuing with These Haunted Hills Josh has been outside in the woods and has just returned to the cabin.

He pulled out the ear buds and Brendan heard strains of Mozart before Josh turned the player off. “Got it. Something knocked it askew, maybe a coon or a coyote. I’ll have to review the footage. I haven’t had time with trying to read the graduate ecology’s papers. I have them in the car. I thought if you wanted to work while you cook, I could do that. Or give you half.” Josh grinned. “You’d be at least as good at a TA at grading them.”

Brendan held up his hands. “Oh hell no. I’ve done a little of that when I’ve been a guest lecturer in creative writing classes. I’m not even sure I remember what proper format is for papers these days and what I know of ecology is it’s bare definition.”

“Close enough.”




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