What’s Ki Doing? 7/28/18

Ki_Brightly_AP_FinThis week has been fairly laid back for me. Work wise, I’m still focused on Incubus Lost, chipping away at that, as well as another project I’m doing with my group, Booklesque.

My kids are our of school right now, so we’re attempting to squeeze every drop of fun out of the summer possible. When Mother Nature dumps 7 feet of snow on your city regularly, sometimes beginning mid-October, you tend to do that.

Last night we went out to Sunset Point on Presque Isle to enjoy a beach illumination and twilight string quartet. The mosquitoes wanted to enjoy it too, and I left with 21 mosquito bites (maybe 22).  Miraculously, the kids were not bitten. (The miracle may have been bug spray I put on them and forgot to put on myself). Today we’re hanging around Erie, maybe going back to the beach, and I’m going to try to get a few chapters edited for Incubus Lost.

Also this week, the wonderful Lex Chase created a new author picture for me! I’m delighted with it, and she does great work if anyone needs art for anything.

Happy reading this week!

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A Tiny Tease for Love It Like You Stole It

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Paperback of Love It Like You Stole It is Now Available

For anyone who prefers the paperback copy of a book, Love It Like You Stole It is now available! LoveItLikeYouStoleIt-f

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Booklesque–Chat About All Things Gay Romance

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So, I’ve been invited to help launch a new Gay Romance book group with a few authors I know. Come check it out!

I’ll probably end up talking about all the LGBTQ themed movies I end up watching too.

 

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Love It Like You Stole It

 

LoveItLikeYouStoleIt-fMichael Levine is backed into a corner. He started tearing apart cars for the local mob with the best of intentions—to save up money to pay for his mechanic certifications and impress his crush and mentor, Ben. But Michael soon finds himself in way over his head. He knows stealing is wrong, but it’s only cars, and the insurance will pay to replace them, right? What started out as a small job to make some extra bucks soon turns into a nightmare he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to find his way out of.

Ben Jelen isn’t sure where his life is going. On the surface everything looks fine. He has a successful business, he’s raising his niece into a strong person, and he has a boyfriend most guys only dream of—sexy and rich. But nothing feels right. The only things that really keep Ben’s attention anymore are his classic Road Runner, his niece, and Michael—his Meeko. Ben took him under his wing forever ago, and their love of old cars and fast driving has forged a strong bond. Ben’s days don’t feel right if he doesn’t get to see Meeko at least once. But something seems drastically wrong in Meeko’s life, and Ben hopes he can put the pieces together to help him before it’s too late.

Love It Like You Stole It is available for Pre-Order from NineStar Press here. 

Release date everywhere else is July 6th, 2018. 

Happy reading! 


 

While you wait for Love It Like You Stole It, why don’t you check out Incubus Adored

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Gravidam Series #1

Peirs had accepted his life of servitude to an angel. His keeper asked only for a willing body, and in exchange his needs were met and he was fed and clothed. Peirs might have served the angel forever—it was the only life he knew—but one day Peirs discovered something he had no way to plan for. After two millennia, he was pregnant. Peirs now must summon the courage to escape his master and the unbendable divine law that declared no half-breeds should live, but running into an angelic soldier in the back room of a bar wasn’t part of his plan.

After years of begging to go to the battlefields on Earth, Tabbis, the youngest angel in Heaven, finally got his assignment. Ready for heroics and bloodshed, he was stunned when he found enchanting and seductive Peirs instead. Tabbis was duty bound to kill Peirs, but Peirs’s very existence challenged everything Tabbis thought he knew.

Tabbis needs answers. Peirs wants nothing more than to save his baby and live in peace. Can they band together to help each other? Or will the wrath of Heaven tear them apart?

 

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Incubus Adored is Available for Purchase and in Kindle Unlimited

I realized I totally, 100% forgot to post that Incubus Adored was live! How forgetful of me. I know I have a blog, and yet I consistently forget to do anything with it.

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Incubus Adored © Ki Brightly May 2018

Gravidam Series #1

Peirs had accepted his life of servitude to an angel. His keeper asked only for a willing body, and in exchange his needs were met and he was fed and clothed. Peirs might have served the angel forever—it was the only life he knew—but one day Peirs discovered something he had no way to plan for. After two millennia, he was pregnant. Peirs now must summon the courage to escape his master and the unbendable divine law that declared no half-breeds should live, but running into an angelic soldier in the back room of a bar wasn’t part of his plan.

After years of begging to go to the battlefields on Earth, Tabbis, the youngest angel in Heaven, finally got his assignment. Ready for heroics and bloodshed, he was stunned when he found enchanting and seductive Peirs instead. Tabbis was duty bound to kill Peirs, but Peirs’s very existence challenged everything Tabbis thought he knew.

Tabbis needs answers. Peirs wants nothing more than to save his baby and live in peace. Can they band together to help each other? Or will the wrath of Heaven tear them apart?

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So far there have been good reviews:

Divine Magazine reviewed Incubus Adored.

The Blogger Girls also reviewed Incubus Adored.

Everyone has liked it so far. I’m very close to finishing up Incubus Lost #2 in the Gravidam Series featuring Hadrian..

Happy Summer Reading everyone!

 

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RIP Anthony Bourdain and The Fears and Hopes of Those Who Love Men Like You

wineglassAnthony Bourdain lost the fight with his disease, depression, today, and was found dead while on location in France. He was working, going through what I can only assume is a usual daily routine for him.

That scares the hell out of me.

My heart bleeds for his daughter and the rest of his family and every person who loved him and knew him. Even his hardcore fans are in my thoughts.

My husband was and remains in awe of Anthony Bourdain. They have many parallels in their lives, both love good food and to cook, both have depression, and both have had serious alcohol problems in the past. My husband frequently pointed to Anthony Bourdain during a now familiar argument. The argument would always begin like this—

Me: You’re not supposed to drink on the pills that keep your brain functioning. They literally make your brain not hurt you.

Husband: I won’t drink in the house. I’ll do what Anthony Bourdain does, he only drinks when he’s out having a good time.

This always enraged me.

For a very long time I loathed and despised Anthony Bourdain. I wasn’t even able to enjoy his shows because every time I saw that silver hair and those deep eyes I thought, “You’re the reason my husband still thinks it’s okay to drink. You’re such a fucker.”

Now? Now I feel terrible. Now I see other possibilities: He was fighting hard to achieve balance and stay well, and that was his solution, to still drink sometimes so that he wouldn’t throw it all over and go on a bender one day. And in the end, no matter how hard he fought, no matter how successful he was, that horrible disease won.

And it’s terrifying. I can’t help but see my husband there, my husband lying alone in some hotel room in France, off working away from his family and the people who might have been better equipped to help him see that he needed to go to the hospital or talk him down.

It doesn’t matter that my husband never leaves the county, let alone the country, to work. I can’t help but see those similarities.

What I’m hoping, very much, is that the tragedy of Anthony Bourdain’s loss to our community will compel more understanding of depression, especially for men. For many years, most of his formative ones, my husband who very clearly displayed depression and anxiety symptoms in hindsight, was told to “man up”, “stop being lazy”, and “get his act together”, when what he really needed was a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Unfortunately, my husband’s first year of college was interrupted by his disease. He couldn’t make himself go to classes, he dropped out, he went home. It had a ripple effect on the rest of his life. To this day he hasn’t finished school and works jobs that he might not have if he’d finished his education.

But depression is a struggle, and it steals things from people. I’m glad it hasn’t stolen his life.

My husband is doing better now, after several frantic despair filled years, but it’s better by degrees. He still has days when he comes home from work and sleeps all day. He has entire weeks where he can’t sleep more than 4 hours a night because of his anxiety, and then he wants to turn to alcohol. Which is a trap, as it makes the medication less effective, and makes everything worse, which makes him want to drink more, and on into perpetuity until he’s an alcoholic mess again, which his family helps him avoid.

And that’s what people with depression and anxiety need. Friends and family. People to be there, not smother, but people close enough to say, “Hey, you’re not doing as well as you usually are, do you need anything?”

And I wonder if that person wasn’t there for Anthony Bourdain, or if they were was he a good enough actor that they never knew how terrible he was feeling? Was his decision to kill himself a dark whim that may have passed otherwise, but since he was alone, didn’t?

My husband has us, but I do lay awake and worry some nights about what might happen to him if I were in an accident and died and he was left alone. How long would it be before he followed me? We have children and they need him. Would they be enough to keep him going? These are the thoughts of people who love the chronically depressed. We know, deep in our hearts, that sometimes the people we love think about death as a soothing alternative to existing. And it terrifies us.

And we still love them with all our hearts.

Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain.

May the end of your struggle shine a light on all the ways we can help those we love.

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