Now that the cover's been officially revealed, I can talk about the first book in the Lijun series properly. Freddy and I had been talking about working on something together since the Dark Spaces project over on the Mischief Corner Books blog.
Of course, it had to be something in the paranormal/ urban fantasy vein. :D Lijun are dual-natured beings - humans who evolved alongside regular humans, but with one difference. They also carry a non-human half within them, an animal form that they can exchange for their human form at will. We don't call them shifters because the animal half is wholly part of them.
Lijun live as part of the human world, and long ago they lived openly among humans, often revered and even worshiped. Certain changes in human society caused them to go underground, though, to escape the fear and persecution from regular humans. This series is about lijun in today's world - a part of our society that works alongside ours, invisible and yet right under our noses.
We hope you enjoy the series as much as we have enjoyed writing it. :)
Fireworks and Stolen Kisses
Pre-order begins May 15
No. Eating. Pixies.
At the annual Global Lijun Alliance conference in Tokyo, Tally Bastille makes the first impulsive decision of his life. Others perceive his uktena—the enormous legendary serpent that's his dual-spirit—as a threat, which makes him all too aware that he frightens fellow lijun. But an encounter with a passionate, obviously not-straight otter lijun one evening convinces Tally that he's found his Em'halafi, his destined match. Tally is determined to barrel through all obstacles to make the match happen, including the otter's conservative, traditional family.
Trained as a Satislit—a bride son—Haru Tanaka chafes at the strict boundaries set around their life. They rebel against their clan's constant attempts to force an arranged match and wish desperately for someone who will love them. At the conference, Haru is horrified to learn their family has accepted an offer for them, one too lucrative for the clan to refuse. Not only has the Urusar sold Haru to a stranger, but the lijun is also a giant snake and one who believes in the tired old superstitions regarding Em'halafi. Threatened with banishment if they refuse, Haru has no choice but to marry the wealthy American serpent.
Back in Tally's home in Wisconsin, Haru and Tally must navigate both the widening gulf between them as they realize how much they've misunderstood about each other, and the tricky politics of the lijun clan Tally leads. Murder, intrigue, and increasing hostility threaten to tear apart the little town of Wadiswan and the arranged marriage they've barely managed to begin.
General Release Date: 26th June 2018
Happy Friday, everyone! Today's excerpt is from J.V. Speyer's contemporary F/F romance Whirlwind - a huge thank you to J. V. for allowing me to read. I may have had too much fun with Sarah Tremblay... :D Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!
by J. V. Speyer
Buy Link: JMS Books
Release Date: Saturday, April 14 2018
Word Count: 35000
Genres: contemporary, bi/lesbian
Rock star Jo Avery didn’t have a choice about coming out, but ever since her ex outed her as bi she’s been a proud advocate for LGBTQ+ issues. Most of her family wants nothing to do with her, but her brother has always supported her. When he gets married, he wants her in the wedding party, and she has to accept.
The only problem? Her new sister in law is the daughter of conservative pundit and anti-LGBT warrior Sarah Tremblay. Sarah has another daughter, too, the beautiful and charming Valeria.
Valeria has been in the closet since she was fourteen. She’s always envied Jo’s strength and freedom, if not her path to living her authentic life. She soon finds herself falling for the fierce, pretty rocker, but coming out could cost her everything. How many risks can she take for someone she’ll only know for two weeks?
Can Jo and Valeria turn attraction into love, or will their whirlwind romance blow out before it gets off the ground?
J. V. Speyer has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before making the greater Boston, Massachusetts area her permanent home. She has worked in archaeology, security, accountancy, finance, and non-profit management. She currently lives just south of Boston in a house with more animals than people.
J. V. finds most of her inspiration from music. Her tastes run the gamut from traditional to industrial and back again. When not writing she can usually be found enjoying a baseball game. She's learning to crochet so she can make blankets to fortify herself against the cold.
J. V. can be found on Twitter at @JVSpeyer, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JVSpeyer
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Finally seems to be spring around here - no more snow in the forecast and temps where I could plant some things.
Which has nothing to do with this week's news and I have no segue, so, um, Finn!
Finn: Endangered Fae 1 is up for pre-order at Pride Publishing. Long-time readers know this one well and to all of you - omg, thank you for sticking with me all this time and there are no significant changes to Finn this time around.
All the pre-order links below - release date is May 22.
Finn: Endangered Fae 1
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Finn’s been asleep for centuries. He’ll need to catch up fast to survive.
Diego’s impulse to rescue a naked bridge jumper starts as just that—talk the man down and get him to social services. But there’s something odd about this homeless person, more than just his delusions of being a pooka, and something so vulnerable that Diego’s determined to help him stabilize rather than see him institutionalized or deported.
Finn went into the Dreaming centuries ago to escape a heartbreak he couldn’t bear. Now that he’s back, he finds the Veil to the Otherworld closed. The fae courts have abandoned him in a poisoned human world where a displaced pooka has little chance of survival. His human rescuer is kind and compassionate—and shockingly familiar. One thing at a time, though. He needs Diego to believe he’s not human first.
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.