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While 2014 was rather stinky as far as me and my health were concerned (and so many of my friends lost parents), it was a fantastic writing year. It was the best year I've ever had. I have more plot bunnies than I can possibly write at once (I'm not complaining. I just keep making notes so I don't forget anything. I'm at that age. Gah).

Let's have a look at my accomplishments because hey, I've earned the right to brag a little.

1. I published my first novel Kept Tears with Dreamspinner Press. It's an urban fantasy set in Pittsburgh PA with Aaron, a disabled veteran who suffered an explosive amputation in the war. He's back at grad school when meets Rhys at a Steampunk party. He thinks Rhys is a fantasy author but he's actual a Tylwyth Teg prince, a fae. This book was a finalist in the Rainbow Awards. While it didn't win, it did earn an honorable mention and I couldn't be more proud of my first novel. find the ebook here and the paper back here

2. I wrote a steampunk short story for an anthology but it was a bit long and I was asked to make it a novella. That's how If Two of Them Are Dead ended up published with Dreamspinner Press. It's a steampunk/mystery (it's more mystery if I'm honest). Set in Hyde Park NY in the late 1800s, Victor Van Voorhis a detective is called in Mrs. Westbrook is murdered. He meets her brother in law Abraham Westbrook, a wealthy inventor. Their attraction is instant and both feel it might be ill-fated. They're wrong about that at least. find it here

3. I was very happy to have my story selected for the Project Fierce anthology. Proceeds go to help homeless LGBT youth in Chicago. If you only check out one of my stories, this wouldn't be a bad way to go. My story, Nothing But Himself was published with Less than Three Press. It's a YA paranormal. Strange is a semi-homeless young man, living with a grandmother and her boyfriend and they pimp him out. He is nearly food for a rogue Supernatural but his life is transformed by the detectives who help him. Project Fierce charity Anthology, Everyone Deserves a Home

4. My short story The Light of Winter was published with Dreamspinner Press as part of their 2014 Advent Calendar. I'm not much of a contemporary fiction author but I gave it a whirl with this one. It's still not what I consider 'my genre,' but I thought it came out well. Gareth is a geeky college professor in Aberystwyth Wales and he has felt a wedge between him and his lover, Warun a medical doctor. He arranges a romantic couple of days over the Solstice in Angelesy, Wales so he can take Warun to Bryn Celli Ddu, a Neolithic site. Gareth is a druid and wants to share Alban Arthan (Yule) with his Christian lover. find it here

5. I grumbled and whined all year about editing through my 1930s demon hunter novel, the sequel to The Darkest Midnight in December. I fought with this one to get it to where I was happy with it and it was bought by Dreamspinner and will be out next year. How very exciting. The prefect way to end the year.

6. I also participated in the m/m romance group on Goodreads' Love's Landscape challenge. I know a lot of people had mixed feelings about it this year (there were a fair number of people low-rating everything for some reason) but it was a good experience for me. Triskelion
is m/m/m set where I live in SE Ohio. It's urban fantasy. A Druid, a vampire and a werewolf have to team up to stop a mage out to make everyone suffer and is willing to call up demons to do it.

7. My story Peace in the Valley part of Dreamspinners 2012 Advent calendar has been picked up internationally and will be in Korean soon. How cool is that. It's a shifter story following a search and rescue worker and his 'dog' (i.e. his werewolf lover). Peace in the Valley

And if you follow any of the dreamspinner links, things are on sale right now.

I also have plans for 2015. I want to put them here to help keep me to them. I think I will be backing off anthologies a little so I can concentrate on getting a few novels done.

1. I want to fix up a short story I have with a demon lover so I can send it in to an open call. It's already written. It just needs a bit of fleshing out.

2. I want to finish my 2014 Nano, Blood Red Roulette, my Vampires in Vegas. DSP published a short story with them a few years ago. This is an adaptation of a very old short story of mine. It's novella length at the moment and will be a novel by the time I'm done. It's going to take a ton of work. I really have to expand the beginning (not done in Nano) because to get it into the 5K word count that was the typical upper limit in the 90s it was rushed beyond belief. I need to flesh out Arrigo (the vampire) and Luc (the displaced Cajun) more not to mention the villain, Eleni. I would love to take another trip to Vegas to help fill in some holes but I'm thinking that's not on the menu for 2015. I would like to get this done by June but I'm betting it'll be longer. I will try though. I need a second beta reader for this one.

3.I would like to get back to my SF story, sort of turning the whole master/slave thing on its head a little. I do see this as at least 2 books long. It would be very helpful if Kaleo, the 'slave' would stop telling me part two before part one. Kaleo was born in the prison slums and was tricked into the slavery thinking he was getting his chance to become a citizen. Aneurin is part of a wealthy, powerful family, a scientist. He is given Kaleo as a birthday present much to his chagrin. Worse, someone is trying to kill Aneurin.

4. I've been trying to come up with a plot for a sequel to Kept Tears. I'm getting frustrated with the inability to get it to gel. sigh. I will be working with it though as best I can.

5. Noodle around with any of my other story ideas.I have a fantasy one and another urban fantasy knocking around in my head.

It should be a busy year.


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