Friday has returned! This week, I get to read to you from a collection I've been waiting for - Tales From Ardulum which contains several stories from that universe including what's happening to our intrepid Neek and Co. a year after Third Don. :D
Tales From Ardulum
One year after saving the Neek homeworld and redefining the people’s religion, the crew of the Scarlet Lucidity returns to the Charted Systems for a much-needed break. For Nicholas and Yorden, the Systems will always be home, but for Emn and Atalant, too many memories compound with Emn’s strange new illness to provide much relaxation.
TALES FROM ARDULUM continues the journey of Atalant, Emn, Yorden, Nicholas, and Salice as they try to define their place in a galaxy that no longer needs them while battling the artifacts of Ardulan colonization. Other stories include Yorden’s acquisition of the Mercy’s Pledge (and his grudge against the galaxy), Atalant’s exile from her homeworld, Ekimet and Savath’s romance, and many others.
About the Author
J.S. Fields (@Galactoglucoman) is a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time around organic solvents. They enjoy roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans. Nonbinary, and yes, it matters.
Fields has lived in Thailand, Ireland, Canada, USA, and spent extensive time in many more places. Their current research takes them to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest each summer, where they traumatizes students with machetes and tangarana ants while looking for rare pigmenting fungi. They live with their partner and child, and a very fabulous lionhead rabbit named Merlin.
Author Website: http://www.jsfieldsbooks.com
Author Twitter: @galactoglucoman
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16484795.J_S_Fields
Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-s-fields/
Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.S.-Fields/e/B071YWC4VN
J.S. Fields is giving away four prizes with this tour: a collectible soft enamel pin of the Mercy's Pledge (2), and a high res version of one of the interior illustrations (their choice, pick from Yorden, Nick, Emn, or Atalant) (2). Enter via Rafflecopter:
We had a wonderful time in Toronto with the Yaoi/Yuri North crew last month. I don't have a ton of conventions this year, but there are two more.
I'll be at Flame Con with Mischief Corner Books August 17-18
GRL Albuquerque, September 16-20
Hope to see you there!
Friday is here! And that means I get to read to you. :) This week, I have an excerpt from a m/m fantasy by Kasia Bacon - magic, gladiators, assassins, all the fun stuff. ;)
Don't Fight the Spark
A Soldiers and Mercenaries Story
by Kasia Bacon
Amazon - Kindle Unlimited
As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year.
The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration--by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren.
His last match. One he can’t win.
With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he'd stop at nothing to save.
About Kasia Bacon
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.
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Some weeks, there's not a lot to tell. Currently:
There's just been a lot of non-writing stuff going on which, unfortunately, will continue into next week. But we'll get there. :)
OK - so it's Friday Reading Day on Saturday. Various things got in the way this week, sorry about that. This week we have an exciting excerpt from G.B. Gordon's Match Grade - assassin protagonist anyone? :D
by G.B. Gordon
Amazon - Kindle Unlimited
Eirik Haldurson is a hitman. Kidnapped at age five and cruelly trained by his captor, he is today one of the most sought-after contract killers alive. Emotional distance from his targets, brutally beaten into him until it became second nature, is now the only way he can function. Lately though, that distance has started to elude him.
And when a Colombian drug cartel contracts Eirik to take out ex-soldier-turned-vigilante, Matt Moreno, distance is suddenly as close as heat to fire. And all hell breaks loose.
This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
About G.B. Gordon
G.B. Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at thirty-five, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing. Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands.
Website and blog
Hey all! I'll be more off than on over the next few days since we're heading to Toronto today for Yaoi/Yuri North.
I'll be driving up and meeting up with Freddy MacKay and Diane Allan and we'll be at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Convention Center on Dixon Rd starting on Friday afternoon.
The table will be set up early afternoon Friday, and official Yaoi/Yuri North event times are:
Friday: 5pm to midnight
Saturday: 10am to midnight
Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Come see us at the Mischief Corner Books table or at our two panels:
Happy Friday, everyone! We finally have some blue skies here today and I have an excerpt with lovely blue skies in it to read to you from Under the Radar, a M/M historical from Lillian Francis. Come have a listen!
Under the Radar
By Lillian Francis
It’s 1942 and after a sexual indiscretion, US Navy pilot Zachary MacKenzie is sent to serve in the Royal Navy’s submarine service—a shockingly harsh punishment for a man who loves to fly. The submarine is oppressive and frustrating for him, and he’s marked out from his peers, publicly by being American, and privately by his attraction to men.
The only bright spot is the company of his steward, sonar operator Gethin Llewelyn. Despite the differences of rank and background, they’re drawn to each other. Gethin’s integrity complements Zach’s casual joie de vivre, and soon the friendship develops into something much more.
As the threats of war increase, the submarine is plagued by potentially hostile vessels, and circumstances lead them to suspect there’s a spy amongst their own crew. Being forced even closer together as they work for the greater good reveals a new awareness, and Zach doesn’t know what is in more danger, the vessel under his charge or his heart.
Universal link: https://books2read.com/UnderTheRadar
Universal Amazon link: mybook.to/UndertheRadar_LF
Add it to your Goodreads bookshelf here.
About the Author
Lillian Francis is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cosy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write.
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The blog tour is still ongoing including posts about pie, caring for your introvert, author alignments, music for Darius and an interview with Scattered Thoughts. Also, giveaways. Check out my FB group for all the links and stuff.
In addition, it's time to start getting ready for Yaoi/Yuri North in Toronto next week. Come over and say hi to me and the Mischief Corner crew if you're in the area!
Yaoi/Yuri North is part of Anime North, but you don't have to brave the big convention center to see us. All of the LGBTQ content and vendors will be at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel. Panels and events fun from 5pm on Friday, May 24 to 5pm on Sunday, May 26, though we'll be set up earlier on Friday if you want to stop by. :)
It's Friday! And time for me to read to you. :D
Today's excerpt is from Kaje Harper's backlist, the first of her Hidden Wolves series. Come have a listen!
Hidden Wolves 1
by Kaje Harper
Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he's twice damned. Even his Alpha's grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.
Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Unacceptable-Risk-ebook/dp/B005V3EXE0/
Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/unacceptable-risk-2
B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unacceptable-risk-kaje-harper/1106933559?ean=2940013511972
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/693845
I get asked about my name a lot. It's not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname. I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, usually M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi…) I also have Young Adult short stories (some released under the pen name Kira Harp.)
It was my husband who finally convinced me that after all the years of writing just for fun, I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published, including Amazon bestseller The Rebuilding Year and Rainbow Award Best Mystery-Thriller Tracefinder: Contact. A complete list with links can be found on my website "Books" page at https://kajeharper.wordpress.com/books/.
Probably not a shock that the next couple of weeks are pretty much all Mage on the Hill, all the time.
Just in case you'd like to visit some of the blog stops this week, here's where they are and the topic covered. :D
May 7 - Love Bytes : a blog about writing for my mom
May 8 - Long and Short Reviews : one about five things I wished I'd known before trying to get published
May 9 - Happily Ever Chapter FB Page : a very short bit about the Valstad house
May 10 - My Fiction Nook : a little bit about magical systems
The blog posts go into full swing next week, so lots more to come! :)
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.