Happy Friday, Everyone! This week, I have the first of several excerpts I'll be reading for you from the new Magic Emporium series! This is going to be so much fun. :D
(For all the info on the Magic Emporium series go to Meghan Maslow's website!)
This first excerpt is from Brought To Light by Eliot Grayson - urban fantasy, assassin/target, elves, evil sorcerers and monsters - hooray!
Brought To Light
by Eliot Grayson
A hitman and a fae walk into a café…
Callum always gets the job done—whether he likes it or not—but this job isn’t like any other. The target’s too young, too pretty, and too appealing for comfort, and the clients are offering more threats than cash. And either the target poisoned his hot chocolate or he’s going crazy, because now magic stores and wizard-looking dudes are appearing out of nowhere. It’s really not Callum’s day.
Linden’s on the run, and the human realm’s a good place to hide from evil sorcerers who think Linden’s the answer to a prophecy. But his enemy has found a way to send a very human and very dangerous assassin after him—a man who could kill Linden with one hand. Linden should be terrified, but his knees go weak for all the wrong reasons.
When Linden’s family is taken hostage, spending the night with Callum ought to be the last thing on his mind, but Linden can’t resist the chance to fulfill his deepest fantasies before sacrificing his own life. Callum knows he should walk away—it’s not his fight. But the beautiful fae is under his skin and now protecting Linden and his family feels more important than his own survival. A human learning to feel. A fae learning to trust. Can two worlds merge into one true love?
Brought to Light is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes, a magic flashlight, a prophecy that doesn’t quite work out the way anyone expects, and a guaranteed HEA.
I’m an editor by day and a romance writer by night, at least on a good day. I’m more of a procrastinator by day and despairing eater of chocolate by night when inspiration doesn’t flow and my day-job clients are driving me to insanity. Go ahead and guess which of these is more common.
My steady childhood diet of pulp science fiction, classic tales of adventure, and romance novels surreptitiously borrowed from my grandmother eventually led me to writing; I picked up my first M/M romance a few years ago and I’ve been enjoying the genre as a reader and an author ever since.
Happy Friday everyone and Happy New Year! Here's to brighter and better things in the year to come. This week, I have a brand new fantasy - 1920's time travel, The Hunted and the Hind from A.L. Lester. The is the third and last installment in the Lost in Time 1920's series and A.L. advises that these do need to be read in order. :) Intrigue, time travel, and a nonbinary main character - come have a listen!
The Hunter and the Hind
Lost In Time 1920's #3
By A. L. Lester
Inadvertently tumbling through the border after Fenn and then thrown into the middle of the internecine political disputes of their people, Sergeant Will Grant of the Metropolitan Police has spent three months in prison in the Underhalls of the Frem. When Fenn comes to free him and return him home through the border, he has very little time to work out what’s going on before the sudden appearance of Fenn’s missing younger sibling, Keren, throws Fenn for a loop.
Instead of returning them to London as planned, the trio step through the border to the Egyptian desert. Once they work out where they are, it’s a two week trip back to England with the possibility of pursuit both onboard ship and when they reach home.
Will the journey give Fenn and Will time to resolve the feelings they have been dancing around since the day they met? How will they keep Keren from recapture by the faction who tried to persuade Fenn they were dead? And has Will’s friend Alec forgiven Fenn for lying about their motives when they first traveled to London four months ago?
The Hunted and the Hind is the third and final book in the 1920s ‘Lost in Time’ trilogy. The books need to be read in order.
About A. L. Lester
Writer of queer, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense. Lives in the South West of England with Mr AL, two children, a badly behaved dachshund, a terrifying cat and some hens. Likes gardening but doesn't really have time or energy. Not musical. Doesn't much like telly. Non-binary. Chronically disabled. Has tedious fits.
Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! Please be safe this evening - I will be staying indoors and probably go to bed early. Heh.
The Anti-Quest is still on its way. I'm on the last couple of chapters and should have more specific news on that soon. I'm sorry it's taken a little longer than it should have this year - but I'm blaming 2020 in all its hideous glory.
Some specific news on The Magic Emporium series:
The first story in the series launches January 14, with Jacki James' Knight and Day, with weekly releases thereafter until April 1.
Geoffrey the Very Strange, my contribution, is scheduled for March 18 :D Let's see if I get done in time!
Geoffrey is part of the Magic Emporium series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains a theoretical necromancer, a half-demon shop clerk who's just trying to help (really, he is), and some extraordinarily angry seashells.
Happy Holidays Friday! This week, I'm reading to you from a warm and cozy holiday novella by Ofelia Gränd - 24 Dates. Um, okay, this excerpt is sort of the opposite of warm. Come have a listen and see what I mean! :D
by Ofelia Gränd
When Victor Hill bought a house with his boyfriend, Jian Kouri it was a dream come true. But now, two years later, instead of living their happily ever after, they hardly see the other awake.
With Jian out the door before Victor gets up in the morning, and asleep on the couch nearly as soon as he walks in the door, the life Victor imagined couldn’t be further from reality. They don’t talk; they don’t touch, and Victor fears he and Jian have already drifted too far apart.
The holiday season is a time for hope, but when Victor comes home to find Jian with a plan to woo him for Christmas, is it too little, too late? The dates are great, and there are filled with Christmas fun to get Victor in the right spirit for the holiday, but are they enough for the two of them to fall in love again? Or is there just too much in their relationship that needs fixing?
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish, which often shines through in her stories. She likes to write about everyday people ending up in not-so-everyday situations, and hopefully also getting out of them. She writes romance, contemporary, paranormal, Sci-Fi and whatever else catches her fancy.
Her books are written for readers who want to take a break from their everyday life for an hour or two.
When Ofelia manages to tear herself from the screen and sneak away from her husband and children, she likes to take walks in the woods…if she’s lucky she finds her way back home again.
Hello all! Quick note this week to tell you I'll be on the WROTE Podcast this week - 12/18. We talk about the year of Bad Things, where Romance is compared to when I started, recent and upcoming projects.
Baz and Vance are super fun to talk to and things do get hilarious here and there. :D
You can catch it on YouTube at the WROTE channel
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Or if you don't want to see me talk with my hands for fifty minutes, you can tune in to the audio from the website:
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Hello, everyone! Friday's here again! This week I'm reading to you from J. Scott Coatsworth's holiday science fiction story, Wonderland.
This one's about a man who thinks he's the last human left alive - until he discovers he's not. :) Also, there's a giveaway at the end of the post! Come have a listen!
J. Scott Coatsworth
Zeke is a hermit in his late forties who lives a quiet life in a small cabin in the Western Montana mountains, a few miles outside of Thompson Falls. He’s gotten used to being alone since the end of the world, and has everything he needs. Everything but someone to talk to.
Nathan is a younger man on a cross-country trek, searching the country for someone... anyone still alive. Saddled with a ghost from his old life and a case of OCD, he stumbles upon Thompson Falls and a pack of rabid dogs.
Rescued by Zeke, he has to figure out how to be human again. And with Christmas just a week away, both men have to figure out if there’s something left to be hopeful for, and if they might have a future together.
Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.
He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
A Rainbow Award winning and runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, Liminal Fiction, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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Current things are in limbo right now, so let's talk a bit about next year. Hurry up, 2021, we've had more than enough of this year.
First up will be Geoffrey the Very Strange, part of the Magic Emporium series with a whole bunch of cool authors like Meghan Maslow and Kim Fielding. The first story, by Jackie James, is set to release 1/14/21.
Geoffrey is scheduled for 3/18/21 and I do have a short synopsis for youthat may or may not be the actual blurb:
Aspic encounters Geoffrey while working alone in an herbalist's shop and, initially, isn't certain he's human. Geoffrey is a theoretical necromancer experimenting with replacements for blood magic for summoning and raising the dead. His current line of inquiry involves seashells and do they have any in stock?
When Geoffrey finally has some sort of success, Aspic is with him in his lab, but the results aren't at all what Geoffrey was aiming for. Instead of raising the dead rabbit on his table, the spell animates the seashells and rocks, which flee the lab. They soon discover that the spell-animated shells etc. are "zombies" in that they can "infect" other inanimate objects.
Geoffrey and Aspic need to find a spell to de-animate them before the world is overrun by seashells and stones gone mad.
The next item on my 2021 list is a big one - a return to the Variant Configurations series. This would involve a couple of things...
The plan, long ago, was for a three book series. Only one was ever published. Yes, yes, we won't go into all that. The first book, Rarely Pure and Never Simple has been out of print and off the e-shelves for some time, and Mischief Corner Books is happy to do a re-issue.
The deal is that I have to at least have the second book written before the first gets reissued. That's the second thing for 2021, then - to finish book 2, From the Noblest Motives. If I have time and a good idea, the third book would follow.
That's all the definite plans for 2021 so far with a probable lesbian holiday story at the end of the year again. Anything beyond this will be extra icing.
Hooray Friday! This week, I'm giving you a little sneak peek and reading from The Anti-Quest, which is the Fourth Annual Angel Martinez Lesbian Science Fiction Humor Holiday story. Come have a listen. ;)
(A Pudding Protocol Universe story)
Coming this holiday season!
It's a simple old story—princess, dragon, knight—simple unless they're all the same person.
Paladin Snillek's mother was human and ruled a planet. That's about the extent of her knowledge since they didn't see each other much. When her mom dies in a freak accident, her father tells Snillek she's inherited the title, and she has to learn how to pass as the mostly human Princess Siel for a planet she never thought about much. The dresses alone are horrifying and the courtiers aggravating.
In a moment of frustrated rage, Snillek's princess persona slips and frightened palace staff misinterpret what they see. Now Paladin Snillek has been called upon to rescue Princess Siel…from herself.
Gruyere wants desperately to journey into the wilds of Tarribotia, but it's too dangerous to go alone and so far, everyone's laughed at her for suggesting it. When she spots a Dzedek paladin sulking in a tavern, she offers her services, hoping to pass herself off as a rogue guide.
Two women with secrets and possibly opposing goals head out into the hinterlands of a planet neither one of them knows well. They might both make it back by Winterfest if nothing eats them first.
So. December. We're almost done with this year. May one like it never come again. While we're waiting it out, a bit of news on progress:
2. The Anti-Quest is nearing completion. (Huzzah!) I'm at the end of Chapter Six in what had been planned as an eight or nine chapter story. Some things yet to accomplish, but definitely getting there.
A huge thank you, again (!!!) to Freddy MacKay for the brilliant art on this one.
Happy Post Turkey Day, everyone! This week, I have a M/M historical to read to you - and you all know how much I appreciate historicals in addition to Regency - a medieval historical from Charlene Newcomb, Men of the Cross. A bloody, tumultuous, but fascinating time to write about - come have a listen!
Men of the Cross
Battle Scars 1
by Charlene Newcomb
They embarked on the Crusades as strangers.
They battled through as more than brothers-in-arms.
Men of the Cross (Battle Scars I)
The idealistic knight Henry de Grey was prepared to bloody his sword, to slay the enemy, when he joins the Lionheart’s crusader army. But Henry struggles to justify the violent acts he has committed in God’s name when innocents are slaughtered.
Battle-hardened Sir Stephan l’Aigle's prowess on the battlefield is well known, and he takes Henry under his wing. Through heroism and heartache, the two knights’ friendship will be tested.
Their greatest trial will not be fought with sword or lance, but with their hearts.
This epic saga reveals the fighting spirit and impact of war on the knights who serve the Lionheart, the bonds of comradeship - and love - that develop between them, and their personal joys, sorrows and struggles. Men of the Cross is a must-read for all who enjoy action-packed historical fiction with a slow-burn romance.
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Charlene Newcomb lives, works, and writes in Kansas. She is an academic librarian by trade (recently retired), a U.S. Navy veteran, and has three grown children. When not at the library, she is still surrounded by books trying to fill her head with all things medieval and galaxies far, far away. Men of the Cross is book 1 of the Battle Scars trilogy, novels taking place during the reign of King Richard I, the Lionheart, of England. The anthology, Betrayal, includes her short story, “A Knight’s Tale,” a prequel to Battle Scars. Her current WIP is Rogue, another medieval tale set at the end of evil King John’s reign. Char’s other love is science fiction. Echoes of the Storm was published in July 2020.
Char loves to travel and enjoys quiet places in the mountains or on rocky coasts. But even in Kansas she can let her imagination soar.
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.