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Hi, all! I know it’s been a while - I do try not to overwhelm you! I do have a couple of announcements, though!

First, I’ve been publishing lots of short stories and novelette-length stories (so, around 15-20,000 words) over at JMS Books - including my first-ever lesbian paranormal story, "The Ninepenny Element"! It’s got a witch and her lawyer and a cursed earring and a meet-cute over coffee, and I’d be excited if you’d come check it out - also, it’s on sale for only $1.50 right now because of the JMS Books end-of-summer sale! I’ve also got a few more things on the way - including the M/M/M superhero polyamory established-relationship domestic fluff, which contains one supersoldier, one former sidekick, one redeemed supervillain, lasagna, use of powers for home renovation, and comfort sex...available September 11!

Second, speaking of that end-of-summer sale at JMS Books, all ebooks are 50% off! Come support a fabulous small queer press! (And me, and all my fellow lovely authors published with JMS!)

This includes pre-orders, so if you’ve been eyeing something of mine - the re-release of the second Kitten & Witch shapeshifter story (in which they finally say I love you!) or the aforementioned M/M/M superhero polyamory established-relationship fluff with comfort sex…well, now’s a good time! Here’s my author page

Third, recommendations for the 2019 Tiptree Awards are now open, and a couple of my stories are in the nomination list - but there could be more! Anyone can nominate a work - the criteria is "a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores or expands our notions of gender," which includes genres like paranormal romance, and so on. So if there’s anything of mine or anyone else’s that you think should be on the nominations list, here’s the form - nominations close December 1.

I hope you’re all having a lovely end of August, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Hi, all!

Just a couple of quick announcements - book sales and such!

First, if you like the things I write (or you like romance, especially LGBTQIA romance, or if you like books on sale), JMS Books - one of my publishers - is doing a flash sale today for St Patrick’s Day! 45% all ebooks, including mine! Here’s the link to mine - everything from a single-mom sorceress and her bisexual hero in “Sorceress” to frustrated writer Dan and his adorable witch-neighbor Sterling in “Elemental” to the demons and rock stars of A Demon for Midwinter

Second, a couple of new release and coming soon announcements!

1) “Sorceress” is out now! The re-release of my very first ever published romance story, courtesy of JMS! Originally published by Ellora’s Cave, way back when! This one’s m/f – a single-mom sorceress and the king’s illegitimate older brother – with a bisexual hero, and a dragon and enchantment and siblings and a lot of tea and compassion. If you’ve read the older version, this version’s been reworked a decent amount, and also it’s about two thousand words longer – so come check out the new one! (The sequel, by the way, will be the story of our titular sorceress’s magician ex, and his own romance with a very enthusiastic knight…that one will be m/m, with a very pansexual shapeshifting magician hero!)

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2) my story “Sundown, Holiday, Beacon” for the Happiness in Numbers anthology, edited by Nicole Field, is also out now from Less Than Three Press – and I’ve signed the contract for the sequel story about these characters! This one contains a m/m/m triad of superheroes (well, one superhero, one former sidekick, and one reformed supervillain) in love! Plus lasagna, uses of superpowers for home renovation (and in bed), domestic fluff, and coming home to each other. The whole anthology’s centered around the themes of found families, polyamory and queerness, happy endings, and domesticity – and honestly this is still one of my favorite stories of mine. And the sequel involves meeting the various parents…

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3) also out now: “Snowed In: Kit & Harry,” my story for the JMS Books Snowed In themed collection! For this one, I got to go back to the world of A Demon for Midwinter – it’s a historical prequel, so look for some familiar powers and family names, with all-new characters! It’ll stand alone, though, so no worries if you’ve not read Demon. Expect Regency-era wintertime, an ice elemental, a cheerful freckled young viscount and a cranky magical detective, and ALL the fabulous tropes involving bad weather and being snowed in and hurt/comfort and cuddling for warmth and grumpy falling in love…

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4) some stories coming soon: “Sound the Fairy-Call,” out from JMS Books probably in May! In which I use my scholarly background to write a m/m story about medieval fantasy healing sex involving a fairy and a tired mercenary! Plus I’ve managed to quote Robert Graves! It’s fun. After that, there’ll be the sequel to Leather & Tea (which you may recall was one of the JMS Top Ten Stories of 2018)! So look for those, soon...

Happy St Patrick’s Day, all!

So it’s February 1, and cold and rainy here, but I like that – I’ve got coffee and a TARDIS blanket, and the world’s not so bad right at this second, at least not this little sofa-spot of it. I’ve got some news about releases and such, plus a book rec for you!

First, the news: JMS Books officially wants my other story from my old Ellora’s Cave publishing days – the one that was my first-ever pro romance sale! We’ve got the contract all signed and everything! That should be coming out in late March or April. I’m really excited about this for a LOT of reasons – of course I’m thrilled to see these characters and this world out there for you guys to read again! Also, I don’t write a lot of m/f romance, but this one is, so I hope you like it! It’s still pretty heavily queer – bisexual hero (explicitly so), and the heroine’s ex is…basically pansexual and arguably genderfluid (he can look however he wants, and his criteria for partners is, can they keep up/challenge him? the sequel, which we’ve discussed, will be his story, and it’ll most likely be m/m). And I LOVED having the opportunity to revisit and revise this first story – it’s now 3,000 words longer, for one thing, and I did a lot of polishing and smoothing-out of style. (And put back all my Oxford commas, which the EC copy-editor seemed to have a vendetta against! I’m so glad JMS and I agree on this one…) We’re batting around new title ideas – it was first published as “Lily’s Enchantment,” which was the EC editor’s idea (I’m terrible with titles), and I always thought…it was…fine…but not exciting? But then I was a Brand New Child in this world and did not wish to argue. At the moment it’s being referred to as “Sorceress,” which may stick, though I’m rather fond of my far too long option of “The Sorceress, the Bastard, and the Dragon’s Heart”. So I really hope you all like this one – it’s sort of a glimpse of early-writer me, as revised by now-writer me, and it’s got medieval-ish fantasy and a dragon and, obviously, a sorceress, and tea, and queer m/f romance, and probably more to come in this world.

Next, the new releases! I have two things out this month – within this week, in fact!

~First up – tomorrow! – is my story for the JMS Books Snowed In themed collection! For this one, I got to go back to the world of A Demon for Midwinter – it’s a historical prequel, so look for some familiar powers and family names, with all-new characters! It’ll stand alone, though, so no worries if you’ve not read Demon. Expect Regency-era wintertime, an ice elemental, a cheerful freckled young viscount and a cranky magical detective, and ALL the fabulous tropes involving bad weather and being snowed in and hurt/comfort and cuddling for warmth and grumpy falling in love…

Ordering links: Amazon, JMS, BN

~Second, my story “Sundown, Holiday, Beacon” for the Happiness in Numbers anthology, edited by Nicole Field, is available February 6! (Or very late on the 5th, I think, if you’ve already ordered?) Here’s the pre-order link, available from Less Than Three Press now!

This one contains a m/m/m triad of superheroes (well, one superhero, one former sidekick, and one reformed supervillain) in love! Plus lasagna, uses of superpowers for home renovation (and in bed), domestic fluff, and coming home to each other. The whole anthology’s centered around the themes of found families, polyamory and queerness, happy endings, and domesticity – and honestly this is still one of my favorite stories of mine, enough so that I ended up, purely for fun, writing a sequel…

Third, book rec! I’m going to start trying to do this more, maybe one a month - probably up on the blog rather than here, so as not to clutter your emails. They won’t all necessarily be new releases, but this month it’s going to have to be KJ Charles’ wonderful Any Old Diamonds, which just came out, and which I devoured and immediately wanted to reread, to bask in. Victorian jewel thieves! Plots within plots! Truly despicable family members and melodrama! Lush and delicious m/m romance with gorgeously written submission kink – AND emotions! One of the best love-confession moments EVER. (Jerry! Oh, my heart.) Here’s the Amazon link, but of course it’s available at all the usual book-selling places, too.

See you soon!

Hi, readers!

As 2018 winds down, I wanted to say thank you, again, for sharing this journey with me - and to let you know about everything I’ve been working on!

I’ve had a few short stories out with JMS Books and Less Than Three Press this year, and a few coming soon, so I wanted to share the good news with you all. I’ve also updated the website, especially the Coming Soon page,  so come check it out and see what’s new!

First, a very cool announcement: MY STORY “LEATHER AND TEA” WILL BE IN THE JMS BOOKS TOP 10 BEST-SELLING GAY ROMANCE  COLLECTION FOR 2018! Release date December 29! (I actually find this mildly amusing because this is the reissue of one of my first-ever published romance stories, back when I wrote for Ellora’s Cave – JMS picked it up after EC closed – but clearly a lot of people, new and old, still love this one! And so do I – so I imagine it’s time to write the sequel! ) You can still buy “Leather” on its own here at JMS or here at Amazon or here at BN, of course! Though the anthology will be worth picking up – discover new writers! Support gay romance and a small-ish LGBTQIA publisher! And, er, me, if you like the things I write!

Second, the second story in the Kitten & Witch paranormal sequence is out now! I hope you like this one; I love Colin and David, and this story’s got so many emotions – from sandwiches to saving people, from a literal house on fire to confessions of love. Here are all the links, and the lovely cover:

“Fire and Ink”

Three months ago David Stanton rescued a runaway kitten in the rain. Now he’s got a scandalous feline shapeshifter living in his house, helping with his white-witch business, and making him smile. David is falling in love fast, but there’s still the problem of Colin’s past—and the secrets he’s obviously keeping…

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Third, a holiday short story release! “Revelry,” from JMS Books (and currently on sale for only $1.59!)

Contains one lonely academic and one very friendly bartender, and an encounter during a scholarly conference, on a night which also happens to be the ancient Roman holiday of Sigillaria, of revelry and gift-giving and misbehavior…

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Fourth, a surprise return to one of my other series! As part of the JMS Books Snowed In themed collection, I got to go back to the world of A Demon for Midwinter – this one’s a historical prequel, so look for some familiar powers and family names, with all-new characters! It’ll stand alone, though, so no worries if you’ve not read Demon. Expect Regency-era wintertime, an ice elemental, a young viscount and a cranky magical detective – and the fun of being snowed in at a country estate…

Snowed In: Kit & Harry (available for pre-order now from JMS! release date February 2, 2019!)

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I hope you enjoy, I hope you’re having a lovely end of 2018, and happy reading!


Just a quick reminder -  I’ve got a couple of author events coming up, October 6 and October 13, and I wanted to make sure to invite you - I’d love to see you!

FIRST. on October 6, I’ll be over at our favorite local craft brewery doing a signing! Here are the details: Date & Time: Saturday October 6, 4pm until 8pm or whenever we’re all tired! Place: No Clue Craft Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California! (Support your local craft brewery! And your local author!) (They also have non-alcoholic beverages, if beer’s not your thing, and they are family and dog friendly!) Things: there will be, er, me! And my books! I will happily sign things, bring some spare paperback copies of Demon and Prophecy if people would like to buy them at some sort of discount (and maybe one or two of my other stories or academic books if I can get copies), and generally hang out with people and probably give you all hugs! (I can even attempt to do a reading if requested? Maybe? Is that a thing people would like, me reading my work? I mean, I do it with academic conference papers, so…) Also I hear there might be a food truck. I will update you on this.

SECOND, on October 13, I’ll be participating - with a signing table, and also on the Author Panel - in Anaheim Indie Author Day at the Anaheim Public Library! Date & Time: October 13, 1pm-4:30pm. Place: Anaheim Public Library (500 W Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805) Things: here’s the event description: "Anaheim Public Library participates in the annual Indie Author Day celebration by hosting an event every October that is free and open to the public. This is an opportunity for the indie community to come together and help self-published and independent authors get discovered and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. Each of the authors will have books available for purchase, and guests will have the opportunity to spend time with the writers and have their books signed." So of course you can come and chat with me and get things signed - and you can support and discover other independent, small press, and local (SoCal) writers as well! It’s an awesome event, and great for the writing community.

I hope to see you at one or both of these, and thanks again for all your support!

Author Events! Signings! Beer! Anaheim Indie Author Day!

Hi, all! So I’ve got a couple of events coming up, and I wanted to make sure to invite you - I’d love to see you!

FIRST. on October 6, I’ll be over at our favorite local craft brewery doing a signing! Here are the details: Date & Time: Saturday October 6, 4pm until 8pm or whenever we’re all tired! Place: No Clue Craft Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California! (Support your local craft brewery! And your local author!) (They also have non-alcoholic beverages, if beer’s not your thing, and they are family and dog friendly!) Things: there will be, er, me! And my books! I will happily sign things, bring some spare paperback copies of Demon and Prophecy if people would like to buy them at some sort of discount (and maybe one or two of my other stories or academic books if I can get copies), and generally hang out with people and probably give you all hugs! (I can even attempt to do a reading if requested? Maybe? Is that a thing people would like, me reading my work? I mean, I do it with academic conference papers, so…) Also I hear there might be a food truck. I will update you on this.

SECOND, on October 13, I’ll be participating in Anaheim Indie Author Day at the Anaheim Public Library! Date & Time: October 13, 1pm-4:30pm. Place: Anaheim Public Library (500 W Broadway
Anaheim, CA 92805) Things: here’s the event description: "Anaheim Public Library participates in the annual Indie Author Day celebration by hosting an event every October that is free and open to the public. This is an opportunity for the indie community to come together and help self-published and independent authors get discovered and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. Each of the authors will have books available for purchase, and guests will have the opportunity to spend time with the writers and have their books signed." So of course you can come and chat with me and get things signed - and you can support and discover other independent, small press, and local (SoCal) writers as well! It’s an awesome event, and great for the writing community.

I hope to see you at one or both of these, and thanks again for all your support!

Hi, all!

Thank you again for the support - Prophecy is a proper published book now, and I couldn’t be happier! Everyone should have received the physical books and/or the email with the download link for the ebook by now; let Inkshares know if you haven’t.

As a bonus thank-you, there’s an extra scene (from Tir’s point of view!) up for free on my website over here, along with some extra trivia, so come and check that out! And, of course, please do review and share widely - Amazon, Goodreads, wherever you are on social media - that definitely helps authors with exposure, but also helps make books more visible to fellow readers who might appreciate them!

If you like the sorts of things I write, my next short story will be out from Less Than Three Press in November - here’s the official description and pre-order link:

“Fire and Ink”

The sequel to “Port in a Storm” – more cat shapeshifter and his white witch!

Three months ago David Stanton rescued a runaway kitten in the rain. Now he’s got a scandalous feline shapeshifter living in his house, helping with his white-witch business, and making him smile. David is falling in love fast, but there’s still the problem of Colin’s past—and the secrets he’s obviously keeping…

Available from Less Than Three Press November 28 (pre-order available now!)

Thanks again, and I hope you’re enjoying Prophecy as much as I enjoyed writing it!

A thank-you, and a bonus scene!

More specifically, first, THANK YOU to everyone! You should be getting your copies very soon, if not already - Inkshares has begun shipping them out! The ebook and the paperback will also be available on Amazon as of August 21 - so you can acquire more copies for you or someone else!

Just a quick note - reviews and ratings and recommendations really do matter, so I’d love it if you could do that, whether on Amazon or Goodreads or anyplace else you hang out! Of course it’s absolutely helpful for authors (especially new ones!) as far as visibility, but it’s also great for fellow readers, introducing them to books and stories. So, thank you!

And I’ve promised you a bonus scene! It is available for free on my website, right here, with the other book trivia for Prophecy  - it does contain spoilers, though, so make sure you’ve finished the book first! It’s set very slightly in the future, and it’s from Tir’s point of view...

Feel free to poke around the website, too - you can find all the other things that I’ve published and things that are coming soon, like my paranormal m/m romance from JMS Books, or the reissue of my older m/m contemporary erotica, out this month - or the upcoming polyamory anthology from Less Than Three Press, for which I am writing about a triad of superheroes (well, one superhero, one former sidekick, and one redeemed former villain) in love, and also garlic bread.

Thank you again, and I hope you’re enjoying Prophecy!

Just a quick note to say that...drum roll...COPIES OF PROPHECY SHOULD BE SHIPPING OUT SOON!!

You might’ve gotten the email notification already - I know a few people have - so you’ll want to make sure your address is correct, to get your copy!

We’re a bit ahead of schedule, in fact - the official release date was (is still?) August 7 for the paperback, and it’s still August 21 for the ebook to become available at Amazon and other retailers. But the paperbacks could be in your hands as soon as Monday!

Thank you again for all the support - this means so much, and it wouldn’t be happening without all of you. And please come say hi over on my website or on twitter or instagram, for more news and updates and the next book project!

Production schedule update, website, and some news!

The final cover for Prophecy has been submitted and gone through editing, and we’re actually a bit ahead of the estimated production schedule - it looks like we should be shipping books by August 7, instead of the 21st! I’m so excited to see the final version, and to share it with all of you!

Also, I’ve been overhauling and adding lots of new things to my old wordpress site, so come check it out and follow me! There’s a lot - from my other books and stories (mostly romance, mostly paranormal, mostly LGBTQA+), to some bonus scenes and extras and my playlists for stories, to upcoming releases and appearances!

Speaking of upcoming appearances, at the end of the month I’ll be doing a guest blog over on Nicole Field’s blog, all about romance and representation and the upcoming (from Less Than Three Press) polyamory anthology Happiness in Numbers, of which I am a part, so look for that! Also, if you happen to be near Sydney, Australia, I will be there next week for the IASPR conference (that’s the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance), wearing an odd combination of the Romance Writer Hat and the Professor Hat. (Metaphorically speaking. I don’t even really wear hats. Not often, anyway.) I am giving an actual paper, and getting a small amount of travel grant money, so that will be nice. And come say hi if you’re around!

Third, in the category of People Saying Nice Things – Gail Carriger (yes, THAT Gail Carriger!) reviewed my first novel, A Demon for Midwinter, over on Goodreads, and I’ll just quote because I am excited: “I adored this book. It was sweet and charming. …It’s nice to see some solid worldbuilding in a PNR [paranormal romance]….One of those where I spent the second half of the book grinning like an idiot.” So, that’s my day and month and possibly even year made!

I hope you are all having a fabulous day - more soon!

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