Friday! Finally! This week, I have an excerpt from a paranormal/thriller/suspense from Kaje Harper, Tracefinder: Contact. See if you're as anxious for Brian at the end of this excerpt as I was. :o Come have a listen!
by Kaje Harper
AZ US: https://www.amazon.com/Tracefinder-Contact-Kaje-Harper-ebook/dp/B01ABMO87M/
AZ CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Tracefinder-Contact-Kaje-Harper-ebook/dp/B01ABMO87M/
AZ UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracefinder-Contact-Kaje-Harper-ebook/dp/B01ABMO87M/
B&N : https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tracefinder-kaje-harper/1123248309?ean=2940152566222
Brian Kerr has spent years hiding behind a facade of mental slowness. His brother and sister got all three of them off the streets and into a cushy life, under the protection of a dangerous criminal. But to keep that safety, Brian has to use his Finding talent to track down the boss’s enemies. Although he pretends not to know what he’s really doing, each Find takes its toll, and he’s trapped in a life he hates, losing touch with his true self.
Nick Rugo’s job is to protect and serve the people of Minneapolis as an undercover cop. He isn’t closeted, but he isn’t out at work, and there’s a wild, angry side to him that he’s managed to keep hidden until now. When he’s assigned to bring Brian’s boss to justice, he intends to use anything and anyone it takes to do that.
Nick initially sees Brian as a pawn to be played in his case, but he keeps getting glimpses of a different man behind the slow, simpleminded mask. As the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear they share secrets, some of which might get them both killed.
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, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. 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/.
You can also find me online on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4769304.Kaje_Harper or on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/KajeHarper
A lot of my energy has been going toward getting ready for Emerald City Comic Con, but I'm still writing. (Half a page, half a page, half a page onward - The Charge of the Write Brigade, if you will.)
The early Brimstone novels were all eight chapters long. It was sort of a joke, that they would all be eight chapters, no matter how long the chapters got. Potato Surprise - 8 chapters, at about 26.6K. Hell for the Company - 8 chapters, at about 22.7K. Fear of Frogs - 8 chapters, at about 32K (you see what started to happen there?)
By the time we get to The Hunt for Red Fluffy, I had to add a ninth chapter and hit about 43K words. We'd gone from snackity-snack size novellas to a light dinner novel size.
A Fine Mess is starting to scare me. I'm trying to keep the chapters a reasonable size, and I'm already at chapter five. This is nowhere near the midpoint of the story. Um. Well, then. We'll see how this goes...
Aaaaah! It's Friday! And I'm excited to bring you an excerpt from Anna Butler's brand new Lancaster's Luck story, The God's Eye! Rafe and Ned head back to Egypt and beyond in this exciting sequel to The Jackal's House. Come have a listen. :)
The God's Eye
Lancaster's Luck 3
by Anna Butler
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Rafe Lancaster is reluctantly settling into his role as the First Heir of House Stravaigor. Trapped by his father’s illness and his new responsibilities, Rafe can’t go with lover Ned Winter to Aegypt for the 1902/03 archaeological digging season. Rafe’s unease at being left behind intensifies when Ned’s fascination with the strange Antikythera mechanism and its intriguing link to the Aegyptian god Thoth has Ned heading south to the remote, unexplored highlands of Abyssinia and the course of the Blue Nile.
Searching for Thoth’s deadly secrets, Ned is out of contact and far from help. When he doesn’t return at Christmas as he promised, everything points to trouble. Rafe is left with a stark choice – abandon his dying father, or risk never seeing Ned again.
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Friday has arrived! This week, I'm pleased as punch to bring you an excerpt from C.S. Poe's upcoming steampunk western, The Engineer! This is one I'm looking forward to - come have a listen! (Coming soon in March 2020.)
Magic & Steam: Book One
by C.S. Poe
1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer—as the engineer stops at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.
About C.S. Poe:
C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.
She resides in New York City and is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats.
C.S. is an alumna of the School of Visual Arts.
Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published 2016.
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All the links are here for The Brimstone Journals: Collection 3, in ebook and paperback! Yay!
For those curious, this collection contains ficlets about little Shax's first kitten, how Verin got his last name, who Julian's favorite student was and so on and so forth.
Also, the whole Shopping Hazards story in one convenient place. :D
Happy Friday, Everyone! This week I'm reading to you from Edale Lane's new lesbian steampunk/alt-history romance Merchants of Milan. Renaissance vendetta at its finest. :D Come have a listen and don't forget the Rafflecopter at the end of the post!
Merchants of Milan
The Night Flyer 1
by Edale Lane
Past and Prologue Press
Three powerful merchants, two independent women in love, one masked vigilante.
Florentina, set on revenge for her father’s murder, creates an alter-ego known as the Night Flyer. Madelena, whose husband was also murdered, hires Florentina as a tutor for her children and love blossoms between them. However, Florentina’s vendetta is fraught with danger, and surprising developments threaten both women’s lives.
Merchants of Milan is the first book in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer Trilogy, a tale of power, passion, and payback in Renaissance Italy. If you like gadgets and gismos, rich historical background, three-dimensional characters, and fast-paced action with a slow-boil lesbian romance, then you are sure to love this series. Buy this one of a kind novel today and let the adventure begin!
Edale Lane is the penname used by Melodie Romeo for LGBTQ fiction novels. She is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in History from the University of West Florida.
Ms Romeo is a retired school teacher who currently travels the country as an over the road truck driver. Her first book, Vlad, a Novel, an historical thriller, was published in 2002. She has had short stories published in anthologies by Seventh Star Press, Charon Coin Press, Alban Lake Press, Less Than Three Press, and Past and Prologue Press.
Edale Lane’s first novel, Heart of Sherwood, is an historical retelling of the Robin Hood story supposing that the hooded outlaw had been a woman:
In addition to driving and writing, Melodie is also a musician who plays the French horn, composes, and has spent many years as a choral and instrumental director. She aspires to be a successful enough author to quit driving and devote herself to writing fulltime. Melodie resides in Utica, MS with her longtime partner, Johanna.
Some of her works can be found at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00WFFFEA4
In 2019 Melodie founded Past and Prologue Press. Please visit her website.
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Last year, I may have gone a little overboard with the conventions and was away in more months than ones in which I stayed home. Um. Yeah.
This year, I've decided to cut back a bit, but there are two definite and a third highly probable (we'll see this weekend.)
#1 - Emerald City Comic Con
March 12-15, 2020
I'm going to be at the Mischief Corner Books table - booth 943 in the vendor's hall. There may be some points when I run away to attend a panel or a class, but for the most part, I'll be at the booth. :)
#2 - Flamecon
Times Square, NY, NY
August 15-16, 2020
This one's the probable. We'll see after vendor sign ups. Again - I'll be there with Mischief Corner if all goes well.
#3 GRL (Gay Romance Literature)
St Louis, MO
I did snag a Featured Author spot and will be attending this year. No idea whether I'm trying for a panel yet - we'll see. :D
So that's one west coast, one east coast, and one in the middle. Trying to spread myself out this year!
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.