Happy Friday Everyone! This week's reading is a spec fic story from A.T. Weaver - Touching Yesterday. Is it time travel? Isn't it? Ah, there's the rub...
by A.T. Weaver
Amazon: Kindle Unlimited
Jeff Wilde is waking up from the best and worst five weeks of his life. He remembers his boyfriend breaking up with him. He remembers going camping. He even recalls hitting his head and waking up in 1927, decades before he was born, but now he’s woken up in the 21st century again. His boyfriend claims they never broke up and that Jeff has been in a coma for five weeks. As Jeff eases back into the 21st century life he thought he’d lost, he needs answers. Did he really travel to 1927 or was it all a dream? Did he really save a little girl’s life in 1927? Could that little girl have been his grandmother? Did he change history, and, if he did, was it for the better?
GRL is upon us. I'll be making the drive down to Portsmouth this coming Wednesday. If you're looking for me, here are the places I will absolutely, definitely be:
If you'll be there, remember that I have Pride Bunnies and Pride Narwhals to give away. While supplies last. :)
Also, if you come to the Storyteller Panel on Thursday, we'll be playing Urban Fantasy BINGO! Are there prizes? Of course there are prizes.
Hello everyone - you've made it to Friday! For today's reading excerpt, we have an action-packed scene from Quarry, book 2 in Elizabeth Noble's Vampire Guard series. :)
The Vampire Guard 2
by Elizabeth Noble
Barnes & Noble
The members of the Vampire Guard—Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate—face a dangerous and elusive enemy.
And this time, it’s personal.
Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.
This time, he won’t slip through their fingers.
This time, it’s more than a case. It’s a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won’t stop until they’ve captured their quarry.
Dreamspinner has contracted The Mage On The Hill! **wild happy dance of author joy!**
This may, possibly, end up being a series, depending on how things go. Some initial details:
The working blurb - and keep in mind this is neither edited nor approved yet - just to give you an idea:
Toby Jones is dying. The channeling of his hereditary magic into Arcana should have happened in adolescence, but here he is, twenty years old and stuck with unplaceable wild magic that's going to kill him in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. The mage guilds have given up on him and his last chance is an exiled mage who lives as a hermit. This man had success teaching unplaceable mages, but after a catastrophic failure is reportedly crazy.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. Sunk into severe depression after the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in his memories. Until the day a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last hope. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—give this wild mage back to the guilds where he will die or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn't have hesitated. Darius the exile isn't sure he can find the energy to try.
A young man who wants desperately to live and his reluctant teacher who has forgotten how must struggle toward a solution that will save them both.
Happy Friday, all! Today's reading is from Blaine D. Arden's SF Romantic Suspense, Aliens, Smith and Jones! Alien conspiracies, secret agencies, an admin responsible for more than schedules & an alien in hiding-fun stuff :D Releasing October 1!
Aliens, Smith and Jones
by Blaine D. Arden
A Primrose Files Novel
“It’s not all about serving coffee and typing reports.”
Working for a secret organisation specialising in alien cover-ups, Connor Smith is no stranger to the abnormal or dangerous. His love life on the other hand… not so exciting. Until he reluctantly agrees to a blind date and meets the perfect bloke, Jason.
Things are finally falling into place for Connor, so of course that’s when he attracts an alien stalker.
Noah Jones, ex-alien, has been stranded on Earth and forced to live as a human since 1648. Alone and detached from the world around him, Noah has spent centuries observing and recording humankind. In all that time, he’s only experienced a connection with a human once… until he finds Connor.
Even knowing Connor is in a relationship, Noah can’t ignore their potential bond, or stay away.
While dealing with missing alien artefacts, a dangerous and shadowy group of collectors, and the ever-present Noah, Connor finds his orderly life crumbling around him. At least he still has the perfect boyfriend…
When Noah goes missing, Connor is forced to face the feelings growing between them and the mounting evidence that Jason isn’t who he says he is…
Traveling messes with my sense of time. I'm having trouble keeping track of what day it is and for some reason also woke up thinking it was October. (It's Thursday, Angel, and it is not, in fact October yet.)
Home for a couple of weeks here, then off to GRL (the Gay Romance Literature Retreat) on 10/17. It's in Portsmouth, VA this year and I'm driving. Put a prayer in to the gods of directions for me. I'll do a News Bites with all the info the week before, but if you're Angel stalking, my Where's Angel? page is now updated.
Trysts and Burning Embers: Lijun 2, the urban fantasy I'm writing with the amazing, I-have-trouble-keeping-up-with Freddy MacKay is in the second round of edits. Pre-order begins October 9. No nail biting is going on, none at all. *innocent whistling*
Semper Fae: Endangered Fae 3 is up for pre-order now and nearly all the links are in, Amazon included. Check those out on the Endangered Fae page here. :)
The Dreamspinner Workshop was wonderful and I had a lovely talk with the publisher. But that... I'm gonna have to keep to myself for a bit.
Hello from (sometimes) sunny Florida! Today's Reading Day excerpt is from our lovely Jayne Lockwood! This is one particularly dear to me since it's both SF and features an enby character.
by Jayne Lockwood
Barnes & Noble
It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.
With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.
Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.
The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.
But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?
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Some weeks have a pile up of things to report. Naturally, these happen during weeks when I have to travel. I'll be at the Dreamspinner Workshop from Thursday afternoon to Monday evening recharging my author batteries and learning cool stuff.
News on several fronts in the meantime:
Up for pre-order now and releasing October 23 - we have more pre-order links coming in now! The rest should be following shortly.
Barnes and Noble
This will be a new one, eventually, I hope. Manuscript finished and submitted - if this first publisher doesn't want it, we'll go from there. Mage is a M/M paranormal about a young man whose hereditary magic is killing him and the grumpy hermit mage he sees as his last hope.
There's another possible paranormal series out there as well, but that's only in proposal form and I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet.
Off to Orlando! :)
We've reached Friday - hooray! And time for me to read you a bit. I may have had too much fun with this one, but who can resist a superhero story?
Super For You, Bad For Me
by Asta Idonea
14 August 2018
The Book Depository
Barnes and Noble
Struggling actor Oswell Outterridge thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s chosen to play a scene opposite his idol, Kane Teague, in a superhero movie. However, things take an unexpected turn when the slime he accidentally ingests gives him telekinetic powers. Then Kane asks him out, against all expectation, and it seems that life couldn't get any better—aside from the little matter of keeping his identity secret from his celebrity boyfriend. Oswell goes from a nobody with little social life and few prospects for the future to dating the man of his dreams and using his superhuman abilities to defend innocents. Everything is perfect, and it seems he’s finally achieved a happily ever after worthy of the silver screen. But when a supervillain arrives, determined to defeat Oswell and win Kane's affections, everything falls apart. In the ensuing conflict, Kane gets caught in the crossfire, and Oswell faces his toughest fight yet. Can he remain the hero he’s always imagined himself, or will a dark desire for vengeance change him forever?
If you'd like to hear Asta Idonea read just the prologue in her own words (and lovely accent) you can find that here:
About The Author
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J. Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.
Semper Fae is up for pre-order on the Pride Publishing website right now and will be going up for pre-order on other sites (like Amazon) soon here. (Or you can buy the last edition's paperback on Amazon for $914.79. Sheesh.)
Release date is October 23. Yay!
Zack Morrison, who has a rather problematic relationship with his old employer (the U.S. Marines) and a not much less problematic one with his new employer (Prince Lugh of the sidhe court) is central to this third Endangered Fae installment. Though don't worry - Diego and Finn have sizable parts to play as well. :)
Endangered Fae 3
Zack thought he had a strange job before. Working as a Marine medic in a secret government installation was odd, but working as a human liaison to the fae and as the personal assistant to a sidhe prince is downright bizarre. Throw in the fact that he's pretty damn sure he's fallen in love with his boss, and things are close to unmanageable.
Of course, around the fae, one never says 'things can't possibly get any worse'. Unexplained events plague the human world. Strange sightings, spontaneous magical explosions, and odd bends in reality crop up. When Finn falls ill and a monstrous creature attacks Zack, things quickly slide into disaster. Lycanthropy, loose-cannon mages, and Lugh conspire to make a hellish mess of things—but the real peril begins when Diego loses an important piece of his mind.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay 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.