In the middle of a brutal finals week, I just got the best news. I just signed a contract with Dreamspinner for Soldiers of the Sun
. I'm so excited because this one I worried about like you can't believe. 1930's setting, urban fantasy and m/m/m to boot. Also it's more action/adventure than romance. Seriously. It also deals with some heavy topics, but hey I got to introduce a strong female character into the mix as well so that was fun.
It's slated to be due out next summer August/September. I'm scared at what the first round of edits will look like. I'll probably be under my desk gibbering to myself
more than normal
I'm SO glad that Caleb, Agni and Temple get to ride again. I ever so thoughtfully wrote these out of order chronologically. The first was Snowbound
which was directly ahead of this novel (as in where this short story ended, the novel begins). So I desperately need to get that website going because Snowbound
was in a now out of print anthology Necking
and I'll want to have a downloadable version of it.
And the novel is the sequel to The Darkest Midnight in December a novella
set in Old Economy Village outside of Pittsburgh in Ambridge. I had fun research this one. It was meant as an advent calendar short that missed by a country mile. It needed to be the novella it is and hey, it is a Christmas story of sorts if you want another holiday story to read. Temple had a different partner in this one, Fu Li and it's actually two gay couples and not the threesome Snowbound
and Soldiers of the Sun
Here's the little 'blurb' I had for the cover letter.
Caleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their team mate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, and nearly died fighting a demon himself, his new partner on their Soldiers of the Sun team is a young woman, Guiseppina “Jo” Allegri. Jo happens to be General Taglioferro’s niece, and their boss looks to them to make sure she’s treated like any other soldier. That is a minor worry to Caleb and Agni, who are far 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 ended up investigating a case with international roots. Those roots bring Temple’s family to the States, and, having the Knights Templar throwing in their support would normally be a good thing. However, Temple has been estranged from his family, proud Knights one and all, for years, and all that pain piles onto what he’s already suffering. Worse, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might just prove to be an unbeatable foe.
So very excited.
Happy Yule to ME!