Friday's here again! For today's reading, I have an excerpt from Layla Dorine's new contemporary, Halfway to Someday. Come have a listen. :)
Halfway to Someday
by Layla Dorine
Barnes And Noble
Rocker Jesse Winters just wants to be left alone. If he could melt into oblivion he would and bid farewell to the wild child of rock n’ roll so many have dubbed him in recent months. Truth is, there was never anything reckless, wild or even deliberate about most of the things that had happened on Wild Child’s last tour, but had anyone cared to listen? No! which was precisely why he was sitting in a cabin high up in the Colorado mountains, hoping the incoming blizzard would bury him forever.
Ryker Jorgensen left the VA hospital with a bunch of prescriptions and pamphlets on how to deal with reentering the civilian world, not that he’s in any hurry to do so. His nightmares still keep him up at night, and every new limitation he discovers gives him more reason to believe that he’s hopelessly useless now. Better to drive up to his cousin’s cabin and lick his wounds. Come spring, maybe, he’d look into being around people, if only for long enough to make the kind of money he’d need to buy his own secluded place.
The last thing he ever expected to see was the man whose face had been plastered in his footlocker and his dreams for the better part of the past six years, but Jesse Winters is nothing like he imagined. When trying to leave Ryker out in the storm doesn’t work, Jesse resorts to ignoring him. But two wounded souls trapped in a snowed in cabin have little choice but to reach out for one another when emotions get frayed. His only hope is that Jesse will trust him enough to let him drag him back from the edge before he’s just another burned out star in the legacy that is rock n’ roll.
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places. Currently, she has seen forty-nine of the fifty states, with plans to visit her final one, Alaska, in the upcoming year. Every journey is an inspiration and every shred of inspiration gets sprinkled into her tales.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs, and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes it’s aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book, a kitty on her lap, and her dog, Jinxx, by her side.
First, very quickly, The Mage on the Hill took second place in the Paranormal Romance Guild's Reviewer's Choice Awards - LGBT/ROMANCE/FANTASY/FUTURISTIC
I'm very pleased with this. :) Thank you, PNG!
Second - the Rombkpod folks were kind enough to have me on their podcast with Freddy MacKay. :D We're talking about queer retellings of fairy/folktales!
Episode 120 - Minotaurs in Kilts
Finally - if you missed the announcements this past week, The Brimstone Journals, Collection Three is up for pre-order in all the places!
This third Brimstone Journals collection took a while to get here, right? The publisher has encouraged me to have an exclusive longer story for each Journals collection and I didn't have one for Three until this past holiday season.
Anyway, my slow writing process notwithstanding, The Brimstone Journals, Collection Three is now up for pre-order at Amazon. Yay! Release date is February 11, 2020.
The Brimstone Journals
Cargo hauler, brigand ship, privateer. Crewed by the exiled, the misplaced, the uniquely strange and even a certain government assassin. Together, they've faced interstellar criminals, the wrath of archangels, the threat of frogs, their own terrors, nearly deadly buttercopters, and government paperwork. Through it all, as Brimstone's inhabitants expanded from two demons on the run to a complement of eleven various and sundry beings, they've become more than crew. They've evolved into family. Join us now for some snippets from the characters' timelines, flash fiction shorts between the stories from Shax and Verin as kids in Hell all the way to events after The Hunt for Red Fluffy.
The Brimstone Journals, Collection Three also includes a novelette in which the crew discovers that sometimes the simple task of holiday shopping is much more dangerous than it should be.
Also, a small housekeeping note:
The Endangered Fae series may vanish for a bit on Amazon. No worries - the publisher is just moving to a new distributor so they have wider options for how books are offered to readers.
Friday is here and I have an excerpt for you this week from the brand new high fantasy from Edie Montreux! Pull up a chair and a cocoa and have a listen :) (And don't forget the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.)
The King's Physician
by Edie Montreux
Devlin was the King’s Physician until a blood mage siphoned Devlin’s magic and used it to wipe the kingdom’s memories. Sir Eldrich, his replacement, has protection against Filvane’s spells, but he only knows the whispered rumors: Devlin, the former King’s Physician, stole King Korgon’s crown on his coronation day.
Once Eldrich is appointed King’s Physician, Devlin notices a decline in King Korgon’s health and wonders if Eldrich is to blame. When Eldrich nearly bleeds to death on Devlin’s doorstep from grievous sword wounds, they’re thrown together in a race to keep King Korgon alive. They question the other’s allegiance to their king , but it will take their combined efforts and trust to stop Filvane from destroying Korgon and the entire realm of the living. In the end, these two King’s physicians may have more in common than their titles. They may even fall in love.
Edie Montreux is a cis/demi/het ally for all aspects of the LGBTQ+ rainbow. She loves her husband, Queen, dogs, and video games. Edie works full-time to support her LGBTQ-fiction writing habit, but still finds time to walk the dogs and protect imaginary worlds from fantasy creatures.
Edie also has a Facebook Author page, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Amazon. Email Edie and let her know what you think of The King's Physician! If you also like M/M romance set in the early 1990's and you love Queen, read her first novel, Spread Your Wings.
You can find her online at https://ediemontreux.com. If you want to know more about Edie's upcoming projects, join her newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/t7b1x6.
Very brief news bites this week - Pride Publishing let me know a couple of days ago that Endangered Fae will release as a box set on April 7 of this year.
If you've never read the series, this would be a good way to pick it up. :)
Friday peeps! I'm excited about this one. :D Lexi Ander is nearly ready to release her third volume in the Valespian Pact series (Alpha Trine, Striker) and some of us can't wait. (Eeeee!) Come have a listen!
The Valespian Pact 3
by Lexi Ander
Can a Warlord and a Prince find love when the galaxy is on the brink of war?
Chief Warlord Sohm'lan has a job he loves protecting the family who claims him as one of their own. He has known the loss, believing he would walk alone for the rest of his life… that is until Prince Mestor demanded more from him than duty. Unable to fathom why Mestor would want a widowed older warrior, Sohm'lan maintains his distance believing Mestor will eventually choose an amor closer in age and experience, even though the thought causes him more pain than it should.
Prince Mestor is tired of pretending and his patience is eroding. He needs Sohm'lan to see past their respective ranks and duties to who Mestor is underneath it all. Worried Sohm'lan will be lost to him if he pushes too hard, Mestor and Sohm'lan are caught in a dance of denied desires and tangled obligations.
Warlord Sohm'lan and Prince Mestor struggle to find a way to their heart's desire against the backdrop of galactic conspiracies, the dangerous mission escorting the Fal'Amoric royals, and discoveries within the Vondorian family that threatens to tear apart everything they hold dear. The two of them stand together to fight the coming battle whatever the consequences.
Two time Rainbow Award recipient, Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a notebook, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/lexi-ander/
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lexi-Ander/e/B009PT22GM/
Here's where we are with Brimstone things:
Hello and welcome to the first Reading Day of 2020! Today I have an excerpt to read to you from TN Tarrant's newest release, Kiran (Whispers from a Hidden World 3.) Come have a listen. :)
Whispers from a Hidden World 3
by TN Tarrant
Kiran was once a member of the proud Mortrei Clan before being disowned. Now Nameless, he’s doing fine. He has steady work, he can live and dress as he pleases, without fear. All that is missing is a partner, but he’s not even sure he wants one.
Caerwyn Morgan has a good business, a good life; nothing for him to complain about really, beyond his mother’s increasingly desperate matchmaking efforts. Then he walks into a bar, hiding from his mother’s latest attempt, and everything changes.
Kiran and Caerwyn are barely getting to know each other when Kiran’s past comes to the fore, forcing Kiran to make a decision Caerwyn may not be able to accept.
Happy New Year to everyone! Here's hoping for a year full of more good things than bad!
I see a lot of writers sharing their plans for the coming year. Here are mine:
Fine. Not quite that bad. But I have put the brakes on a couple of projects for, well, reasons and will be concentrating on Brimstone for now.
Brimstone #7 has a title, a purpose and an outline I just had to toss out the window, but look for A Fine Mess in the first half of the year sometime.
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.