Sunday, March 1, 2015

Captain Ian Lewis Once More Terrorizes the Seas!

Some of you may remember the first short story of mine ever published: The Pirate's Gamble. My, how's it grown. At nearly double the original size, the third edition has been released by Rocky Ridge Books. Cover art and editing by the talented P.D. Singer.

Archaeologist Ian Lewis turns up the most remarkable antiquities, thanks to moonlighting as a buccaneer. Flitting in time between modern day and the eighteenth century, he rescues soon-to-be-lost artifacts from watery graves.

Just as he must keep his sideline career as a pirate captain under wraps, so too must he hide his relationship with his closeted lover, fellow archaeologist David Kane. With David’s help, his rescued treasures surface again after hundreds of years, and Ian would like nothing more than to display his love and his pride as publicly as his museum finds. Now they are on a quest for a legendary golden statue—a statue with hidden meaning for them both.

For a prize more valuable than gold, Ian must win The Pirate's Gamble.

Available from All Romance Ebooks. As other vendors come online, I'll share those links too.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Amazon AU

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Transgender* Romance Writer's Blog Tour

I’d like to thank Eden Winters for allowing us to hop on by on our Transgender* Romance Writer's Blog tour.

Many of us are members of the gay romance writing community. Women read romances (I saw a statistic that a romance novel is sold once every seventeen seconds). In a recent study women were shown to be the primary care takers of children about 83% of the time. I've watched women change their stance on homosexuality based on loving a character who happened to be gay. The small niche genre of gay romance has kicked off a revolution of women who are voting, marching in Pride, calling out those around them making homophobic slurs out, and mindfully raising accepting children.

We desperately need to create a wave of trans-friendly romance readers who are going to fight on the right side of transphobia. Thirty-one percent of transgender people attempt suicide. The news has picked up two kids who surrendered their lives in the last two months… but how many more that we don’t know about opted out of the transphobia.

This is why we are hopping around blogs trying to raise awareness. Selling books is nice but most of us want our readers to leave their comfort zone just for a moment and trust us to explore transgender romance. Fall in love with our characters so you will find out more and figure out ways to increase acceptance.

Here’s the question we answered: Do you plan to write another transgender* romance?

Theo Fenraven: I have another story in mind, but it's still percolating. If it refuses to leave me alone, then yes, I plan to write another one. This one will be FtM and take place in the near future.

Vicktor Alexander: Oh I plan to write many. That’s like asking me if I plan to write another black character. Or another interracial romance. The entire Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm is a transgender/intersex series with Dreamspinner Press and then I have many more books I plan to write and submit to other publishers or self-publish, so yes, I have many more planned.

Corvus Alyse: I hesitate to label anything. I mean, my whole point is that there are too many labels in the world and people fall into the trap that just because they have a label, that they have to be that thing always. Freedom of choice, freedom to be who you are, even if that thing changes from day to day or even hour to hour, is important to me. But I will say that I have a science fiction plot written down that could be considered trans* in nature.

Kimberly Gardner: I do have another trans character hanging around the edges of my imagination. Her name is Charli, but I don't know much more about her. I have written a couple short scenes with her, but I can't say yet if she will get her own book.

Z. Allora: Absolutely. I love exploring variations within orientations and gender identities. The deeper we define who we are the more unique each of us appears to be which proves labels are too limiting.

Sara York: Yes, like I said before I just need to find the right characters.

Ethan Stone: I’d like to someday. I prefer to write mysteries and I’d love to write a story about a cop who is trans* and terrified about being found out.

We want to encourage your participation in this hop so please comment or ask us questions for a chance to win:

1 of 2 $20 Amazon gift cards

1 of 1 $20 online retailers B&N, ARE, or Amazon

1 of 1 $15 gift card

1 e-book copy of Groom of Convenience

1 e-book copy of Illusions & Dreams

1 e-book copy of Transgression

The winners will be picked after our last stop March 5th. We will notify you by e-mail.

 Transgression blurb: 

Zachary Fox can’t sleep. 

His acting career is taking off. Public recognition is picking up. Now more than ever, he understands how key reputation is to his success. But his relationship with his co-star, Kris—arranged around publicity rather than genuine feelings—is suffocating him. She once understood his needs, but her demands are beginning to grate with every shrill order she gives.
Zach has a secret. The breakout star of a new medical series, he’s been hiding his orientation from co-stars, friends and family, the studio, and his fans.

On the recommendation of a friend, Zach seeks out Sky Kelly, a well-connected herbalist whose concoctions are natural magic, as is her stunning beauty. On the surface, she has it all: her own house, a thriving business, and good friends, but the things she had to do to get there are a time bomb ticking away, and when it goes off, she'll be teetering on the edge of a chasm that can put her right back where she started.
Sky has secrets. Like, she’s got a Y chromosome and the original equipment to go with it. Like being a highly paid escort. Like, if Zach is seen with her in public, it could ruin his career. Like someone becoming so obsessed with Sky, that obsession threatens them both. 

Secrets... everyone is hiding something, and instead of finding The One, it could be The End. 
Transgression Excerpt:

Zach didn’t realize how drunk he was until he left the club and tried to get into the car. His foot slipped off the running board twice, and he stopped, swaying slightly, looking at his friend over the top of the vehicle.
“Can’t drive, Andy.” He closed the door and leaned against it. “What shape are you in?”

Grinning, Andy came around to the driver’s side. “Better than you, by far.” He opened the door. “Get in, slide over, and open the window in case you need to puke.”
Laughing, Zach crawled in, climbed clumsily over the center console, and collapsed in the passenger seat. “Not gonna puke. I never puke.”

Andy got behind the wheel, inserted the key, and started the car. “Bullshit. What about the time we were at that party in the Hills? You know, last summer.”
“Sarah’s birthday? Oh, yeah, I did kind of lose it that night, didn’t I?” Slipping down onto his tailbone, he propped his sneakered feet on the dash, bracing himself against movement.

Snorting, Andy merged into traffic. “The inside of that car had to be cleaned twice.”
Zach giggled. “Sorry. Promise! No upchucking tonight.”

“Hey, I don’t give a shit. It’s your car.”
They drove to Santa Monica Boulevard. It was a chilly night with a light breeze. Zach wished he could see the stars, but the light pollution was so bad, nothing in the heavens was visible.

“You were hitting the liquor hard. What’s up?”
Zach was still peering up through the windshield, trying to see anything other than the light umbrella over the city. “Can’t sleep lately. I thought it might help.”

Andy shook his head. “No, no, you pass out on liquor, but then you’re awake again a few hours later.”
Leaning back in the seat, he glanced at his friend. “Then what do you suggest?”

“I know someone who can fix you right up. You don’t have anything against natural herbs and stuff, do you?”
“Herbs are good. Minimal side effects, right?”

“Right. I know someone.” He pulled into the right-hand turn lane at the next light. “Ever heard of Sky?”
Zach burst into laughter. “What, that stuff over our heads? Supposed to be blue but is often a dirty gray? Yeah, I have a passing familiarity with it.”

“Asshole. I’m talking about a person. Sky is sort of the unofficial herbalist in this town. Does her own distillations and mixtures, sells them to whoever wants them. Also happens to read palms, and I swear to god, she’s psychic. The real thing, not like those twits who talk to you over the phone for five bucks a minute.” He turned left, then right again, driving into Laurel Canyon. “She told me the woman I was seeing a few months ago was shagging someone else, and I found out a week later she was.”
Zach rolled his eyes. “In this town, everyone is shagging everyone else. That’s not prescience, it’s a fact.”

“Fine, don’t believe me, but she can fix you up with something that will help you sleep naturally. I’m taking you there now.”
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Writing Update - The Diversion Series

I'm thrilled to say that the first draft of Redemption, the fifth book in the Diversion series, is complete at 63,500 words, and is now in the hands of my first critique partner. For me, the draft is just one step in the process. Next comes critique, revisions, more critique, more revisions, editing, proofing (heavy drinking falls in here somewhere), blurb, artwork, formatting (liberal swearing at finding dumb mistakes I've made), and finally, publication. It's too soon yet to give an estimated release date, but I'm hoping for mid spring.

In the meantime, rights to Collusion, First Edition revert to me next month. I've polished the manuscript, have my lovely cover artist L.C. Chase working in the art, and am expecting to release the second edition in April. Same story, but a bid more polished with what I've learned of the craft since it's initial release.

I hope to do a cover reveal in the next few weeks, followed by announcements and giveaways.

Stay tuned...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mama? Where Do Readers Come From?

There was a time, when I was child, that if an American author published a book, it was a pretty safe bet that it would be available in print in the US and other English speaking countries. For other markets, the book would be translated into other languages, or even dialects as Harry Potter was translated for the benefit of American readers, turning “The Philosopher’s Stone” into “The Sorcerer’s Stone” simply to make the terminology more reader-friendly.

However, in this day and age, it’s no longer major publishers controlling the editions, and print books have given way to e-books. E-books know no boundaries: they require no shipping. Geographical restrictions exist, but can be very porous.

The world’s transition to a global village also means that now, more than ever, folks living in other countries may pick up a copy of a book from a US source, or a US resident pick from a German source, etcetera. Add in programs like Kindle Lendable, and Erica in New Zealand can share her favorite book with her friends in Norway, Romania, and Scotland.

What does that mean for readers and writers? Well, you can’t always assume that something familiar to your frame of reference is universal. Case in point: if one of my characters is injured, he might go to the ER for treatment. But it’s not fair of me to expect all my readers to be familiar with “ER”, so some adjustments are needed. At the first usage, I’d be well advised to spell out “Emergency Room”, and then use “ER” thereafter. Yes, my story takes place in the US, where “ER” is the norm, but I don’t want any reader to have difficulty understanding my meaning to the point of enjoying the book less.

But writing for a global audience is only half the issue. What about a blog post announcing a new release that only links or All Romance E-books, while neglecting Amazon UK, JP, DE, etc? I recently became aware of this issue and have made an effort to make it easier for all potential readers to access my books in their local venue.

Another thing that has come to my attention is giveaways. I’ve had winners and non-winners alike send me thank-you notes simply because I offered a chance for readers to win even if they weren’t in my country. Yes, shipping costs extra, but the reader wanted MY book. It’s worth it to me to keep them happy, and be fair. Also, unless they want a signed copy, I can actually order the book locally to the winner, and arrange drop shipping.

Now, I’m careful about countries where the kind of books I write are not permitted, but I value each and every reader, regardless of when they live, and do my best to make sure they don’t feel alienated, either in the wording of my work, or availability of titles.

On that note, someone in France read Diversion and liked it well enough that now it’s soon to release in French. Something similar happened in Japan. I’m not sure when the Japanese version will be available, but look for the French version this spring.

So in answer to the question: readers come from every part of the world, and writers are wise to acknowledge this fact.

I’d like to take a moment to thank my readers, be you in the next town or on the other side of the world. Know that you are near to my heart. And I hope that over Bo, Lucky, Aillil, Malcolm, Tessa, Sebastian, Henri, and all my other characters, we bond. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Prism Book Alliance Weighs in on Corruption

Pizzygirl at Prism Book Alliance had this to say about the third novel in the Diversion series...

"OMG! If you have not started this series, DO IT NOW!

Corruption is book three in the Diversion series and continues to showcase Bo and Lucky’s relationship. This one is again a great combination of how plot, character development, and relationship growth can be interconnected to create one solid, well crafted story."

Read entire review here:

Corruption is available at Rocky Ridge Books, and other fine booksellers:

Rocky Ridge
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Kobo UK

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's been a quite the year, hasn't it? There have been ups, down, bumps, and triumphs. Once more I was able to attend GRL and hang out with the wonderful folks who read and write my genre. I also attended Outlantacon, a Dreamspinner event in Portland, and met up with friends in different locations. Dreamspinner Press published A Matter of When, and Rocky Ridge Books published Manipulation, the fourth book in the Diversion series.

Corruption (Diversion 3) won Best Gay Mystery/Thriller at The Rainbow Awards.

All told it's been a pretty good year. From the bottom of my heart I wish you and yours lots of love, joy, peace, and laughter this holiday season.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today Only! The Angel of 13th Street for FREE!

The Angel of 13th Street is FREE today at Torquere Press! Get your copy now!

The Angel. That’s what the young hustlers call Noah Everett, the man who’ll help them get off the streets. Once a hustler himself, Noah doesn’t take his own good advice, which is, “Don’t let this ruin your life.” Haunted by the past and those he couldn’t save, Noah carefully keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by determined, ambitious, but homeless eighteen-year-old Jeremy Kincaid.

A ruthless pimp has targeted Jeremy, but if Noah will fight to get anonymous young men out of the life, he’ll fight harder to keep Jeremy from getting in, even if it means a return to old stomping grounds to make a deal with the devil. To save Jeremy, Noah risks more than just his body. He risks his soul as well, because Willie Carnell, pimp, was once Billy Cordell, Noah’s lover.