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OMG! Where The Hell Have You Been?

Hello All!

Thanks for asking, Internet friends. Mostly I’ve been getting down to the nitty gritty of writing. Last night I completed the second book in the Gem City Grit universe in three notebooks. I’m kind of excited about that.

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The title is still up in the air. I’m thinking, perhaps, Love It Like You Stole It.

I haven’t notebooked a novel since Threefold Love, which was my first professionally released story. It’s nostalgic, but as I stare down the barrel of typing it all out I’m seriously wondering if I am insane. Working in a notebook allows me to avoid the myriad distractions and pornographic bounties of the Internet, but it also, alas, creates more work. I’m not entirely sure it’s bad work though. I’m, optimistically, choosing to view it as the first layer of editing.  

One other thing before I sign off here. Dreamspinner Press has The Paranaturalist on sale with 2 other ghostly tomes until the end of the weekend (October 16, 2016). Happy reading!

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Memorial Day Musings and Book Reviews

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Hello All!

This week has been one of those weeks. With the holiday and the humidity here (the air is like fishy soup along the lake) I’ve been moving sloooowly. I am, in fact, writing this blog today to continue to procrastinate rather than getting to writing for the day.

Procrastination is an art form. Don’t let anyone talk you out of that fact.

I’ve been to the beach three times in the last four days, and while I won’t call that procrastination, so much as salvation in this heat (my apartment has no air conditioning because…actually I can’t think of a valid reason for that…money. Yeah, it’s expensive to run an air conditioner…that’s actually a good reason…) it hasn’t improved my word counts any.

 

In the last week I’ve finished a few fun books, and while I can’t quite bring myself to do full write ups of them, I’ll talk about them briefly.

NEW RELEASE!

Bink Cummings His Boy

For years, I lived with him as roommates. Then, one fateful night, things changed. We became more. So much more. The sex was out of this world. Being his boy was the highlight of my day. Until feelings started to creep in and sex wasn’t enough for me. Afraid of losing him, I kept quiet and hoped for a miracle… Could my Daddy love me, too? Or would I continue to be his boy… his play toy?

Warning: Contains shameless adult sexual M/M content, romance, adult language, taboo elements including those of consensual Daddy/Boy (non-incest) relationships, and whatever else that makes it unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Long 39K Standalone Steamy Novella

Read the Sample Here.

 

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Thoughts:

At first I was leery of this read because it started out with a breaking the fourth wall direct narrative to the reader that felt a little bit like the opening to Red Shoe Diaries (AGE TEST!) but, at some point it transferred into a mostly regular narrative with switching points of view.

There is Daddy Kink galore in this book, though nothing truly hardcore. I think, maybe this is more Daddy Kink light? Either way, I enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised when what I thought was mostly going to be a spank book also had a story line.

Overall, I would recommend picking this up for a very light, fast, sexy read.

 

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Superheroes. Evil minions. And one hell of a conflict of interest.

Being related to a supervillain isn’t a big deal to Pat West. So what if his mom occasionally tries to take over the world? All Pat wants is to finish university and become an urban designer. That he moonlights as an evil minion sometimes – that’s just a family tradition.

Then Pat accidentally sleeps with superhero Silver Paladin, otherwise known as reclusive billionaire Nick Andersen. It’s a simple misunderstanding. Pat never means to impersonate a prostitute, honest. But soon Pat is in way over his head, and threatening to fall for the worst possible guy.

When Pat’s mother returns to bring the world to its knees, Silver Paladin races to stop her… and all of Pat’s secrets threaten to blow up in his face. How can Pat reconcile being a minion with wanting a hero? Will Nick’s feelings for Pat overcome what keeps them apart? Or will they both lose everything?

“Love for the Cold-Blooded” is a light-hearted jaunt through a world of superheroes and villains, android dolphins, mind control rays, eldritch artifacts stolen from the tombs of ancient gods, and young men loving not wisely, but well.

Length: 135,000 words

Read the Sampe Here.

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Thoughts:

  1. I was excited to see a fantastically well written, well plotted, and well put together Indie book. As far as I can figure this book was constructed entirely by Alex Gabriel and his team, who are German if my snooping through the book details is accurate. Good on you, Alex. Great job!
  2. This book is hilarious.
  3. The title cracks me up every time I look at it.
  4. There are not enough superhero books in the m/m genre.
  5. This book does a wonderful job at hitting all those quirky, fun things from the 1970’s superhero television shoes. The “sluts” will make you laugh and if they don’t? Well, you don’t have a sense of humor.
  6. There was a wonderful plot and an amazing amount of world construction in this book. It’s done so seamlessly you probably won’t realize it until you put it down, if you ever do, and that takes talent.

This book was great. If you like super heroes and comics you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day in the states and gets a chance to do some reading today!

 

 

Paranaturalist[The]_headerbannerThe Paranaturalist is now available for Pre-Order on the Dreamspinner Press website. Release date June, 27th 2016.

As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.

When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and, Owen realizes, he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is acclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.

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Friday Book Review: Jamie Fessenden’s Violated

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Today I’m reviewing Violated by Jamie Fessenden, published by Dreamspinner Press. There’s a lot to be said for the book. I’ll just dive in. The story was well crafted. I enjoyed reading it, even when it was painful, so there’s definitely something to be said for that. Trigger warnings for this book include, but are not limited to: Rape, violence, relationship/domestic abuse—mental, life downright being shitty, discussions of childhood abuse—both mental and physical, discussions of childhood violence, shitty parents, and a man who owns a monster truck.

I know some of you prefer to avoid anything spoilery (and my reviews always tend to have a bit of that going on because I like to discuss the pros and cons of what I’ve read), so I’ll just say this here and you can peace out if you want: Violated is not a light read. It isn’t a magical “everything gets better because of the other main character’s fantastic penis” story, which is a huge plus to me for its realism. I suggest buying it if you’re in the mood for something dark and angsty, but if you’re freshly out of a sexual trauma or have any in your past, read with caution.

Let’s take a look at the blurb.

Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

Take a look at the sample here.

The Good:

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“A little nudity with your breakfast, sir?”

This book deals with rape, but there are fun spots too. There’s levity at the “clothing optional” bed and breakfast with Russ. I also found Russ and Derek’s mutual enjoyment of their furry companions delightful.

The care with which Russ approaches Derek after he finally finds out what’s wrong is so sweet it almost gave me a toothache, but spot on after all the shit Derek’s gone through.

Also, the writing is easy to read and excellent.

The Realistic:

This book talks about rape. Rape is not a light or fun subject, so one thing I can’t stand when I’m reading about it is when there’s no resounding effect on the character. I’m not saying every person falls apart, but it creates waves in a person’s psyche. Over the course of my lifetime I’ve talked to people (mostly women, though a few men) who are rape survivors and the responses have ranged from “I tried to kill myself” all the way to “I pretty much just moved on with my life” on the other end of the spectrum. It’s a very personal thing and circumstances play a huge roll in it, along with personal temperament.

I’m always glad to see books that talk about rape in a realistic way because it’s something that happens. Ignoring it entirely in fiction makes it seem like it doesn’t. That’s not good. Ignoring rape is an invalidation of the real, resounding issues survivors have.

One thing I truly give applause to this book for is hammering home the fact that men are victims too. One study I read from the UK estimate that there are equal amounts of male and female rape victims, though men rarely report it to the police.

Which allows predators to continue victimizing people.

Derek’s responses to his rape are spot. It definitely read as realistic to me. This is one of those situations where everyone reacts a little differently. I can definitely tell that that author put in his time researching this book.

Oddly enough, I didn’t find the rape to be the most disturbing part of this book. Not by a long shot. I found Derek’s original relationship with his fiancé Tim to be the most disturbing aspect. I think it bothered me more because while everyone would agree a rape is traumatic, I’m not sure everyone would notice Derek’s relationship with Tim for the abuse it is. Tim isolates Derek, controls him with his emotions, makes Derek feel trapped and edgy all the time…makes Derek feel guilty and unhappy ALL THE TIME when he’s not doing anything wrong in the relationship. Tim punishes and manipulates Derek any time he steps outside the lines.

And Derek loves him.

The relationship with Tim causes as much damage to Derek, in my estimation, as the rape did, and then made the aftermath of the rape so much worse. Russ had to navigate two mine fields in getting together with Derek: The years Derek put in with Tim, and the rape.

The relationship with Tim was almost too realistic. I would say that relationship nearly made me drop the book rather than the feelings reading about a rape stirred up. Mentally abusive relationships are exhausting, harmful to the self-esteem, and confuse your outlook on the rest of the world.

Oh, yeah, and Derek still has to go to work.

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“HR doesn’t care if you’re traumatized. WORK MOTHERFUCKER!”

I liked the fact that it actually took almost 3 years for Russ and Derek to get to a healthy spot together in a relationship because you don’t get over things like that right away. It takes time.

The Meh:

While I loved Russ…he was almost too perfect. Almost too understanding. He had his moments and he was overprotective of Derek at times, but overall he was just so damned understanding. To be fair, I don’t think this book could have withstood Russ really being a dick on top of everything else, for any reason, so there’s that. If my only real complaint was that Russ was “too understanding” at times, then it’s actually a pretty fantastic book given the subject matter.

My one other complaint was that I could have done without Russ’s sister’s subplot. I felt it turned what was otherwise a well-balanced book into something a bit heavy handed. We didn’t need to know about her trauma to have Russ empathize with Derek.

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Final Thoughts:

Violated was a good book. I read it pretty quickly, which to me is an indicator of how well the story is woven. I think if you’re in the right frame of mind and don’t mind some heavy hitting issues this is a great book to pick up.

For some people this might turn into a longer read because it’s the type of thing you might have to set aside for a day if you get too mired in the emotions.

I purchased this book last week for my Friday Five Challenge and I think it was a good buy. Overall, I would recommend reading it.


 

Pick up my newest release, The Shape of Honey!

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Available at Amazon , Dreamspinner Press, and other retailers.

Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

 

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Join Me At The Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page Tomorrow! 10/20/15

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The Shape of Honey

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Available for purchase at Amazon and Dreamspinner Press.

Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

 

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

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Editing The Shape of Honey on May Day

Happy Beltane to my pagan friends and Happy May Day to everyone else! I’d rather be celebrating by dancing around a maypole with some colorful ribbons, but instead I’m editing The Shape of Honey, which is still pretty amazing for me.

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Editing is probably the most nerve wracking part of writing a new book. When you write a book you just go balls to the wall, get stuff on the page, let the story tell itself (at least that’s what I do), and then after it’s out there and there are these new people floating around in the vast internal universe that is your imagination you have to make their story pretty. So, I spend a few weeks making the scenes pop as much as I can and trying to make sure none of my fast and loose uses of grammar is going to drive an editor who isn’t me to the brink of insanity. Then, with bated breath, I send my file off into the ether of the internet, watching it disappear into the mist like elves off to the Undying Land. It’s sad because now it’s “done” and it has gained immortality. What is done will be set in stone for that universe. No more changing my mind or back plotting.

Only, this is a strange bit of writerly melancholia. It isn’t done. Not by a long shot. Not even a little.

I like getting my first edit back from the publisher because it allows me to improve my story, but most importantly also my overall writing. It’s hard to see all the ways in which I’m not as awesome as I’d hoped I’d be. (Who would have thought I’m not perfect?  Yeah, okay, everyone, but the hope is always there that the manuscript needs little adjustment.) On the other hand it’s wonderful to see that first hint of feedback. It’s nice to know the week I spent on a certain scene was worth it, or that the action scene I painstakingly slaved over and made stick figure art for actually makes sense.

If you’re not familiar with publishing, all of those books squirreled away on your shelves and e-reader are an insane collaborative on the part of editors and writers. The editors buff the work with spitshined love and make it glow. No book would be as good as it is without the dedication of wonderful editors.

So, thank you to the wonderful folks at Dreamspinner!

I’m going to get back to work now so that Yulian and Rolly can return to the publisher on time.


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Getting Ready

I’ve been getting ready for the release party for Threefold Love on the Dreamspinner Press blog most of the day today. I can’t wait! It’s scheduled Noon to about 10 o’clock at night Saturday. See you there!

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Paperback: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6279

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Save the Date! April 17th, 2015

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Save the Date! Friday, April 17th my Blog Release Party for Threefold Love will be held on the Dreamspinner Press blog. There will be a give away of two signed copies, book excerpts, my company and antics, and more! Let’s have a good time together!

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