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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 Respite )

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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front-coverThe 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, "Flight", is here, and I have a story in it! It's a really cool concept:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi's Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. "Flight" leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

The book us available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector's edition with color illustrations (24.99).

Buy Links

Amazon eBook | Kobo | All Romance | Goodreads

Excerpt Like Falling: Moriarty said something about falling being like flying. For an evil genius, he's an idiot. Falling is nothing like flying.

Author Bio:

In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”.
This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

Author's Note - My Story is Like Falling and I had fun writing it. I gave you a little taste above. I'm looking forward to getting my own copy and reading them all. I hope you do the same. (And yes, I'll agree with the intro, this IS hard to write. Flash fiction is a challenge.)

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My internet was out most of the day so by the time I got this chance to post about this, the anthology was already #1 on Amazon for LGBT poetry. How cool is that? I'm very honored to be able to take part in this project.

(shared with permission of Betti Gefecht)

A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors

in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.




On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.

In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.

The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.

In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.

Contributing Authors:

AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.






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 Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.

Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art,

Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork,

and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.




Many thanks to Kelly O'Brien for contributing the

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I'm giving away a paperback copy of my latest novel. The rafflecopter ends tomorrow! Check it out.

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Come see me tomorrow starting at 5 PM on Dreamspinner’s Blog where I'll be talking about Snowbound and Soldiers of the Sun You get to meet three demon hunters who are keeping 1930s Pittsburgh safe.

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pre-order the ebook here

pre-order the paperback here
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I just got the ad pack for the upcoming Dec. Advent Calendar anthology from Dreamspinner. I'm thrilled that there are some urban fantasy stories in the group and oddly enough, it's not one of my own. I wrote my first contemporary story for this, set in Wales at Bryn Celli Ddu (in part) on Yns Mon (Angelsey) for Alban Arthur (Yule). Gareth is a college professor and Druid. Warun is a doctor and Christian. It'll be his first time seeing one of Gareth's celebrations.

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Isn't it a lovely cover? While it is an umbrella cover for the anthology, honestly, if the guy on the right had a bit of Thai mixed into his African heritage and the guy on the left had somewhat darker hair this could be a picture of Gareth and Warun. DSP always has such great covers but I think this might be my favorite advent one yet.

How about a little teaser for my story The Light of Winter

“This is….” Warun reached across the car and pulled Gareth into such an enthusiastic hug, Gareth was glad they were already parked. “Brilliant.” Warun jumped out of the car, letting in a blast of cold air.

Gareth levered himself out from behind the steering column, his legs stiff from the long drive. Plas Rhianfa was as beautiful as he remembered. Gareth had never been inside but had always wanted to. Usually his trips to the Neolithic sites on the island were a lot less extravagant. “So you like your gift, Dr. Jones?” Gareth beamed.

Warun caught him in a quick kiss. “You exceeded all expectations, Dr. Evans. I didn’t know this place existed.”

Gareth clasped Warun’s hand as they gazed up at the stately old home. Plas Rhianfa’s gray stone and glass beckoned. Turrets jutted up against the rosy sunset. Once a private home in the 1800s, the French Gothic chateau couldn’t look more romantic. “I was so worried we wouldn’t be able to get a room. I lucked into a cancellation because I came to this idea a little late in the season. And it’s just the beginning of your gift.”

Warun’s eyebrows lifted. “Oh?”

Gareth cupped Warun’s smooth-shaven chin. “Leave it until we’re settled in.”

And you can find a link to the anthology here
It's on sale!
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My steampunk novella, If Two of Them Are Dead earned another another 4 star review That makes me very happy. This was one that I struggled with in spots and the editor pushed me hard, rightly so. I am so proud of how it turned out and people seem to like it. And that makes me happier still.

AND I'm giving away a signed copy of Kept Tears This one is very special to me. I've talked about it many times. Aaron is a disabled veteran. Rhys is a fae prince with far too many secrets. If you haven't had a look at it, now's your chance.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Kept Tears by Jana Denardo

Kept Tears

by Jana Denardo

Giveaway ends October 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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One you've heard me talk about before, the other you haven't. Let's start there. Check out the Hope & Love Anthology This one is supporting the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. There are a ton of stories in this anthology. It looks so good and it's for a good cause. There is still time to check out the upcoming facebook release party for this one (all the pertinent links are in the link I provided).

I don't have to tell the readers of my blog the struggles and outright horrors far too many LGBT youth (and adults for that matter) face. The amount of LGBT youth who end up homeless is far too much. I've championed many children/youth causes over the years. I firmly believe that if children have a safe, loving place to grow up in, so many of our other problems would lessen. (Of course thinking about this anthology reminds me how sad I am I no longer live in WI).

So click that link if you want to help out. And while you're at it, you can also check out this one as well. I've blogged about Project Fierce before because it's the one my story is in in and it's doing pretty much the same thing as Hope & Love only in Chicago. You can check it out here. Project Fierce: Everyone Deserves a Home

Two great anthologies, one very important cause.

This song by Abney Park puts me in mind of what Strange, the protagonist in my story, Nothing But Himself felt like at the beginning of the story. I suspect it cuts close to the bone for many of these kids.

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Some of my stories are showing their age. The anthologies they are in are moving to out of print status at the end of this month.

In the Hands of Gods in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, A Brush of Wings ebook & paperback (historical m/m erotic, paranormal)

This was the first Dreamspinner Press anthology I was ever in. It's about guardian spirits and I was very proud of my story In the Hands of Gods. It's actually not guardian angels but rather about the Lares, which were guardian spirits of the Romans. This is set in Pompeii just before and up to the eruption of the volcano. The Lares chooses to really bend the rules of guardianship here and makes sure he gets his charge (and lover) out of the city before it's so much ash and death.

The problem with anthologies is often you don't get much attention to any one story in it but people did seem to like it. That made me happy because it was a lot of research (well I've done much of this research over the years and was happy to get a chance to show it off).

Snowbound in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, Necking ebook & paperback (m/m/m erotic, historical paranormal, sequel to The Darkest Midnight in December)

Snowbound is part of my Soldiers of the Sun series and I'm finishing up the novel now. Even though it's technically the second in the series, it was the first one published. The Darkest Midnight in December is the prequel anthology. These are my 1930s demon hunter stories and again was a lot of work to do the research. Good thing I love historical research! I absolutely love writing Temple, Agni and Caleb (and now Jo).

I'm a little torn about this one going out of print since it's part of a series I love. I was very happy to nudge readers to the anthology. But on the other hand, now I'm able to make this a free download and let people get a taste of the series or be able to follow it without having to buy an anthology they might not have wanted. This is one that did get some reviews as part of the anthology reviews so I have to say, people seemed to enjoy it.

But that highlights another problem. I'm not tremendously savvy about making websites. Let's face it my one and only computer class was in 1986 and I learned DOS. not particularly helpful nearly 30 (sob) years later. I'm thinking of wordpress because it has tutorials and from what I understand, is relatively easy to use. What I don't want is to have someone else do it for me. I've been burned before doing that (as have others I know). I'm also a type A control freak and prefer to keep it in my hands.

I just need something relatively simple, enough so they can learn about me, link to my blog, find out what's new (yes I'm considering a newsletter as well) and to put up freebies. I have several of them now, including these two shortly and this year's Love's Landscape Novella. I want people to be able to find them.

SO if anyone has thoughts about websites or how you handle freebies, let me know. I'm curious.

And if you ever wanted to buy either of those anthologies, this is your last chance. Both were really good, but of course, I'm a little biased.
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My Urban Fantasy set in Pittsburgh, Kept Tears has been on my mind a lot in these last few weeks, coming to a head today with the news that my university didn't get the grant we had applied for to help our veterans. It is terribly disappointing to say the least (though not unexpected given the competition for the money). We are a veterans approved school and I am proud of that and of my role in the veterans commission.

What some of you may not know, before my career-ending injury, I spent time as a VA doctor and I am proud of that. Most of my family are (or in my case, should have been) veterans. So it's something that means a lot to me. Many of you know that when I wrote Kept Tears I wanted it to be real, as real as I could make it, in spite of it being urban fantasy. Aaron (dark haired fellow on the right in my icon) is a disabled veteran and current grad student.

In spite of the fact my field of experience is on the opposite limbs, I made him transhumural amputee (You can see a hint of his prosthetic arm in the icon). It required a lot of research on my part (much of which isn't readily available) and in spite of some people thinking there's a bit of Star Wars in Aaron's "Luke Arm" it is real and just moving into the market. It's an arm that is functional, developed in part by DARPA and Deka labs (among others). It's fascinating stuff and as the prosthesis improves which I'm sure it will now that the basics have been worked out, it will return a good deal of functionality to upper limb amputees. That's amazing stuff.

So how did I come up with this for Aaron instead of a lower limb amputation which I'm much more familiar with (sadly as part of limb salvage teams I've been scrubbed into many amputations)? A couple years ago I had to have a rotator cuff surgery on my left arm and had to have my biceps muscle's origin actually moved which required a year of therapy. In my mind, I had the thought of wow, this is SO hard and painful. There are so many things I can't do like pull on my shirt easily or zipper and button my pants or tie my shoes. How in the world do upper limb amputees get by? Aaron's story took off from there.

I always did plan a sequel and that's what's in my mind right now. I'm still trying to coalesce the plot. Why now? Because I didn't just blow out my left arm. This year we tackled another rotator cuff tear, stabilizing ligament tear and glenoid labrum tear on my right arm. I'm back in therapy for many months. All I can think about is 'it is worse for people like Aaron, so I can't complain.'

People have enjoyed Aaron and Rhys's story and for that, I'm very happy. Here are the links to the novel and hopefully soon I'll have the sequel under way.

Kept Tears is published with Dreamspinner Press. find the ebook here & the paper back here
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From Dreamspinner Press:
GRL Preorders are now available!

If you plan to attend GRL in Chicago this October, you can preorder paperbacks on our site between now and September 21 to be picked up at the event, and if you use the code GRL2014, you won't have to pay shipping! Any orders using this code will only be available for pickup at GRL. You can order books from any author, even if the author isn't attending GRL.

The code is valid on all in-stock paperbacks and good for multiple orders, so take advantage of all the specials between now and then. We will have a special GRL preorder sale Sept. 17-21 where ALL paperbacks will be in-stock for preorders, so if something isn't available now, check back then.

You can keep up with details on DSP's blog here

While I'm unable to attend GRL sadly, don't let that stop you from ordering a copy of Kept Tears. I'm not promising anything but there might be some that are signed.
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I'll have a post and a novel giveaway at RGR Pride Celebration there will be a lot of authors there and surely plenty of giveaways.

Posts, chats, chances to win things and to celebrate LGBT pride (or like me be a straight ally) it's going to be fun.

Join us.
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I mentioned this one yesterday but the Project Fierce anthology is out. You can check it out here. Project Fierce Anthology is now up for pre-order. I'm in this great cause with so many other talented authors. The money raised goes to help LGBT homeless youth around Chicago. My story Nothing But Himself is urban fantasy and I really had a great time writing it. So if you want to help a good cause, pick up a copy. It’s over 600 pages so you’re getting a lot of great reads for your money and helping some kids in really bad situations.

Here's a little teaser for Nothing But Himself I hope you enjoy Strange and his world.

The outdoor light cast a feeble, yellow glow over the cracked and crumbling cement porch attached to the front of the long, narrow house. The two ground-level windows had their thick curtains pulled tight, and the tiny window that opened into Strange's cramped upstairs bedroom was dark. It would remain dark. Strange didn't know why he came here anymore.

Except he was almost sixteen and he had nowhere else to go. The outdoor light was his grandmother's signal she had company, and she had that more nights than she didn't. The abandoned house next door had been a refuge for him until the upstairs collapsed, killing a couple of meth heads in the process. His grandmother had gotten jumpy then, letting him into her house so the cops wouldn't get suspicious that anything was wrong. Before that, he'd been locked out for months.

And my Love's Landscape story is out on Goodreads at the M/M romance group (you do have to be a member to see it but it IS free). Triskelion is a m/m/m story set in Athens Oh. You can find it here. Triskelion

And here's a taste of Triskelion. For reference, Derrek and Doug are werewolf twins, Jason is an ancient vampire and Faolan and Brighid are Druids (grandson and grandmother).

“I can’t imagine too many wolves want to be collared.” Faolan stabbed with the shovel again, very glad he couldn’t read Doug’s mind at this point.

“Just the pervy ones,” Jason pointed out with a laugh.

“We’re not pervy.” Derrek slapped Jason’s arm.

“I’m amazed you can say that with a straight face.” Doug shook his head.

“Don’t you have a bunch of werewolves in a van to get back to?” Derrek glared, snapping his jaws at his twin’s neck. Doug cuffed him.

“Boy, I hope someone cracked a window so they can get their heads out.” Jason lolled his tongue for emphasis.

“Jason.” Faolan shoved him, ricocheting Jason toward Derrek.

“You suck.” Derrek pushed Jason back to Faolan

Jason flung his arms out to either side to ward them off. “Of course. I’m a vampire.”

“On that note, I’m out of here. Derrek, call us if you need us.” Doug shoulder bumped his brother.

“If you need to go and run Derrek, we’ll manage,” Faolan said, wondering what he looked like as a wolf. Probably like his twin, dark, solid and handsome.

He shook his head. “I’m fine. I can always just run around here.”

“Better get a tennis ball so you can play fetch with him, Faolan.” Jason beamed, and Derrek’s hackles went up.

“Jason, I’m digging a damn big hole here. I can bury you in it,” Faolan warned. He’d miss Jason, but the silence might be blissful.

Jason shrugged. “He’ll probably be too busy chasing cars and licking himself, anyhow.”

Derrek balled up his fists. “I’m going to—”

“Pick up a shovel and get to work,” Brighid finished for him. She leveled a look at the men. “The three to join can get this garden done in no time.”
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100 things #80 Believablity and it's importance. )

And in completely other news, and very good news at that. Project Fierce Anthology is now up for pre-order. I'm in this great cause with so many other talented authors. The money raised goes to help LGBT homeless youth around Chicago. My story Nothing But Himself is urban fantasy and I really had a great time writing it. I would love to revisit the story.
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On Monday I'll be having a rotator cuff tear repaired. I'll try to be up and around as soon as I can but that might take several days since it's my right arm this time. (Been through a similar surgery on the left). Before that I do have things I wanted to share.

Firstly here's a birthday ficlet my friend, first reader and much abused beta [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog wrote for me. It's from my Soldiers of the Sun 1930s demon hunter series and it's a lot of fun. Check it out and tell her what you think. Guessing Games

And the Project Fierce Anthology is now up for pre-order. I'm in this great cause with so many other talented authors. The money raised goes to help LGBT homeless youth around Chicago. My story Nothing But Himself is urban fantasy and I really had a great time writing it. I would love to revisit the story.

My Love's Landscape story should be available soon too. That's another one I would love to revisit.
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Some of the stories are already going up. I'm SO excited for two of the first three (not that the third looks bad. It's just contemporary fiction which isn't my bag and I know there's no way I'll be able to read all 212 stories!). You can find them here but you DO need to be a member of this Goodreads group (and if you like m/m fiction, you'll enjoy the group!). Andrea Speed is already one of my favorite author's and her SF story Villains looks great and a new-to-me author, Edmond Manning's novella Broken Phoenix looks great (I have a thing for phoenixes and dragons).

My story will probably be out a little later in the release queue because well life ran me over and got in the way of editing it (how it got to be nearly 40K I have no idea). I'm very excited for it because I'll be honest, I let my local writers' group have a sneak peek and they enjoyed it (I had to let them see it. I did murder them all in the story, after all.)

I had mocked up a little cover for it that I didn't share because well I'm not good at graphics but here it is for you all.

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Yes that IS the Ridges (The Athens Lunatic Asylum) on fire. It plays a role in the story, I promise. And if you missed my earlier teasers you can find them here. All about the Ridges and This one has my prompts (I can't stop looking at the guy in the middle, I fudged the looks on the other two but the blond is pretty much exactly what Faolan looks like).

Before I get to the excerpt I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the places in the story. The Union Street Diner This is where the story opens and is often where my writers group meets (and where we all died). Then there's The Donkey coffee and Espresso Another place my group meets (and listen to open mike night). I love their lavender lattes.

The Wizard’s Guild is a comic book/gaming store (Why do I hurt the things I love in this story?) It's one of Faolan's hang outs being a gaming geek. And a few of my writers group dies twice in this... sorry ladies.

A new favorite of mine and long-time favorite of Faolan and Jason (and they are indoctrinating Derrek with it)> Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery I have to admit Faolan and company drink a lot of beer and tea in this (What can I say? Two of my favorite things).

And the art movie theatre, The Athena which gets busted all up (and as I looked this up, I learned it's showing The Only Lovers Left Alive!)

And now, as promised a teaser for the story!
The trio's first meeting. )
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So I set their homebase at the Athens Lunatic Asylum, reimagined as apartments. Why? Because it's beautiful. It's haunted and if it was apartments, I'd totally be living in them. But it is not. It IS owned by Ohio University and some of it is opened as an art museum. The rest is cordoned off and I've not seen it because a) I prefer not to be jailed for breaking and entering b) I'm too old and fat for urban exploring (man, I wish that had been a thing back in my teens and twenties, though I probably would have been arrested with my luck.

The Ridges is too good not to use. I wish it was used more than it is. Also I completely forgot to put in the amazing scrollwork window bars so I'll have to fix that in the edits. Because, it's beautiful. They tried when this was built (it's a famous Kirkbridge building) to make this a beautiful peaceful place for the mentally ill to get the help they needed. It didn't end that way but they did try.

So I thought people needed to see the Ridges since if you're not from Southeast Ohio you probably have no clue.

In this one it opens with the main building which I see as the apartments. at .13, that's the building where Faolan and Brighid, his grandmother, have their offices. The very last image that looks like a woman's body in concrete IS just that. An inmate somehow got into the locked off unused part of the place back in the 70s I believe, took off all her clothes and laid down there and died. The mark is from decomposition.

This one goes on a little long but since I'm no urban explorer, here's someone who is. Obviously in the story all of this would be reclaimed, repainted etc. And yes, Asbestos is why OU hasn't reclaimed more of this glorious complex.

And I love this one because its a clip show of the historical photos which really show how beautiful it once was (and as beautiful as I imagine it restored in my story). However from 2:00-2:40 it DOES show clips of the treatments used including ECT and lobotomy which might be hard for some to see. After 2:40 it's the lonely cemetery that so upset Derrek in the story.

And how about another little snippet from the story where the Ridges got worked in.

Triskelion )

And have a shot I took. There's plenty of images from the front but here's one from the side where the apartments would be.

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I didn't put up what's new on Wednesday since I was flailing about trying to finish off my Love's Landscape story since it was the nth hour and I was still trying to edit it so not to look completely embarrassing in front of their editors. I'm very happy though with how it came out. Is hopeful the editor(s) will help me bring out the best of it and thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog & [livejournal.com profile] drummerdancer for their betas.

So we've gotten the go ahead to talk about them a little now.

I've shared this before. Here's my picture prompt  photo dontreadinthecloset_zps90ff2dae.jpg

see the full prompt here

I had a blast writing this. This was probably one of the easiest stories I've ever penned especially considering I lost an entire month working on other writing projects that will be published in a few weeks. I wrote almost all of it in April and it's over 38K. As of right now, there is no cover but I can tell you a little bit about the story.

I named it Triseklion and set it where I currently live: South East Ohio, in the Appalachians. Almost every single place in the story are places I like and hang out in (though I don't exactly live in Athens, OH, where most of this takes place). I pressed the Ridges, the old Athens Lunatic Asylum, into service as the homebase for the Lucerna, a monster fighting organization that's been around for centuries. Mages, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals band together with humans to keep the world safe. This branch is being run by Dr. Faolan Fraser (and his feisty granny) who is a Druid and mage. Most of the story is from his point of view.

The story opens with Faolan already in a relationship with Jason, a vampire so old he was in the Olympics back around 300 B.C. Together, they meet up with the local alpha wolf's twin brother, Derrek, fresh back from a tour of duty in the Middle East. While Faolan was originally from Ireland (via New York) and Jason is Greek, Derrek is homegrown Appalachian. There are even a few Hatfields in his pack (no lie, I've had several Hatfields as students and one of my deans was one as well). As the demons begin to pull Athens apart and destroying everything Faolan loves, Druid, vampire and werewolf have to band together to stop the Dark Summer.

And thanks again to my local writers group for allowing me to kill them off for the sake of plot.

I'm really excited about this one and I hope everyone enjoys it once it's finally out there.

It's all made possible through M/M Romance (note: you do have to be a member of this goodreads group to see anything)
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100 Things #74 - Riding High )
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100 Things #73 - Feeling like you've dropped the ball )

And in happier news, I got my paperback copies today. Lookee!

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Also i'll be doing a facebook chat this Saturday from 4-7pm EST. find it here Please join me there.

And be on the look out for some of my upcoming guests, including Lane Hayes tomorrow.


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