I'm in that space now where nothing's really due, everything coming up is in edits, and I have room to work on all the things.
You know that means I've been baking and doing everything but starting something new, right?
To be fair, it is the holidays and I do have family obligations, but I can't let this go on too long. There are things to get back to.
So where am I now?
Look for Yule Planet next - coming later this month!
Happy Friday, everyone! Today I have an exciting excerpt from the third book in Lou Hoffman's series The Sun Child Chronicles. Ciarrah's Light follows on directly from the events at the end of The Wraith Queen's Veil. Have a listen!
The Sun Child Chronicles 3
by Lou Hoffman
Released October 16, 2018
Luccan, future Suth Chiell of the Ethran Sunlands, also known as Lucky, has just completed a harrowing quest, but his adventures and hardships are only beginning. There’s little time to rest before his ghostly mother’s specter attacks, drowning Lucky in horrible nightmares that drain his life and nearly kill him. Only through the power of his enchanted obsidian blade, Ciarrah, can Lucky claw his way out of the shadowy visions and back to daylight. But further horrors await him when he wakes up, and his country needs him—their Sun Child—more than ever.
Unstoppable wraiths—products of an advanced but dying alien world called Terrathia—are attacking, and swords and arrows cannot stop them. Fortunately Ciarrah’s magical light can, and with his dragon-kin uncle Han, his winged horse, a horde of shifters from Earth, and the wizard Thurlock at his back, Lucky faces the enemy, determined to put an end to his mother’s destructive evil once and for all. But will stopping her end the horrors facing his world?
About Lou Hoffman
Lou Hoffmann, a mother and grandmother now, has carried on her love affair with books for more than half a century, and she hasn’t even made a dent in the list of books she’d love to read—partly because the list keeps growing. She reads factual things—books about physics and history and fractal chaos, but when she wants truth, she looks for it in quality fiction. She loves all sorts of wonderful things: music and silence, laughter and tears, youth and age, sunshine and storms, forests and fields, flora and fauna, rivers and seas. Even good movies and popcorn! Those things help her breathe, and everyone she knows helps her write. (Special mention goes to (1) George the Lady Cat and (2) readers.) Proud to be a bisexual, biracial woman (of European and Native American descent), Lou considers every person a treasure not to be taken for granted. In her life, she’s seen the world’s willingness to embrace differences change, change back, and change again in dozens of ways, but she has great hope for the world the youth of today will create. She writes for readers who find themselves anywhere on the spectrums of age, sexuality, and gender, aiming to create characters that live not only in their stories, but always in your imagination and your heart.
Visit her on her blog: http://www.queerlyya.rainbow-gate.com
Like her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouHoffmannBooks/
Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lou_Hoffmann
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.
Hello and happy Friday! It's been a bit since the last reading :o Today, we return with a excerpt from J. Scott Coatsworth's second novel in his Oberon Cycle. Lander, in the middle of its grand book tour, launched February 13. Stay with us to the end of the post for the giveaway!
Oberon Cycle 2
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Sometimes the world needs saving twice.
In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.
Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander's kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.
In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.
Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?
Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. 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 the people like him were.
He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.
His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.
He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.
Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com
Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth
Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/
Author Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jscoatsworth
Hi all and Happy Friday! Our special guest this week is J. Scott Coatsworth and his new science fiction novel, The Stark Divide, Space not as the final frontier, but as a last desperate one:
The Stark Divide
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Liminal Sky (Book One)
Some stories are epic.
The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.
Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.
From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.
Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.
DSP Publications (eBook): https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-stark-divide-by-j-scott-coatsworth-415-b
QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/book/the-stark-divide/
Hi! It appears to be Thursday. That manic grin on my face stems from the realization that another week is sliding past me. I'm doomed. Anyway - News!
Gravitational Attraction has been translated into Italian! *muppet arm flail* Up for pre-order now at Dreamspinner, releasing March 7, 2017! (For anyone curious, this title is also available in French.)
Attirato da una misteriosa richiesta di soccorso, l’equipaggio della nave mercantile Hermes trova alla deriva nello spazio un vascello militare in apparenza vuoto. Al suo interno, sangue e resti umani imbrattano i corridoi e vi è un unico sopravvissuto, rinchiuso in una cella di custodia. L’uomo, bellissimo ma traumatizzato, attira l’attenzione dell’addetto alle comunicazioni della nave, Isaac Ozawa, che decide di prendersene cura, offrendogli la gentilezza e il calore di cui l’altro ha bisogno dopo gli orrori vissuti.
Isaac ha imparato sulla propria pelle cosa significhi essere diverso, essere un emarginato, e questo rafforza il loro legame. Un tempo pilota promettente, ha subito dei danni fisici dopo che il suo cervello non è riuscito a fondersi con l’impianto necessario a pilotare i potenti caccia della Flotta. Il cervello di Turk non è da meno. Come risultato di un esperimento militare fallito, le sue naturali capacità sono state aumentate a livelli pericolosi.
Quando un ammiraglio senza morale e assetato di potere rapisce Isaac, usandolo per convincere Turk a diventare l’arma catastrofica che ha sempre sognato, saranno necessari tutta la forza di Turk, l’ingegnosità dell’equipaggio della *Hermes*, l’aiuto degli enigmatici Drak’tar e la testardaggine dello stesso Isaac per riuscire a salvare l’intero universo.
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Translator: Victor Millais
In other news, Quinn's Gambit is up for Best M/M Paranormal Urban Fantasy and best M/M Paranormal Urban Fantasy Series over at the Paranormal Romance Guild. Voting is open until 2/12 - so if you have a chance, tons of good stuff to vote on!
Reviewer's Choice Awards for 2016
(The M/M items are toward the bottom and you do have to be signed into Google to vote.)
Somehow I've managed to overbook this year already, just so you know. It's only February.
Last but not least, I've been a good little author and have sent back final edits on Skim Blood & Savage Verse. Onward!
Hi everyone! Recently I was privileged to be able to interview debut novelist BA Brock and talk a little bit about, you guessed it, the debut novel in question, King of the Storm. Thank you for joining us, BA!
Thanks, Angel, for having me on your blog today! I’m happy to be here.
1. Let’s start with the obvious – King of the Storm and subsequent books in The Godhead Epoch follow the growth and adventures of demigods from Greek legends. What attracted you to the Greek pantheon specifically?
The Ancient Greeks had an interesting idea of sexuality, which I wanted to explore in my writing. I chose the Greek gods because they interacted with the common people. They laughed with them, cried with them, punished them, and procreated with them. That familiar mixing of the divine with humanity was supremely interesting to me, even if I gave my own interpretation of those gods a bit more of a hands-off approach.
2. The Godhead Epoch appears (from the blurbs) to focus on themes of destiny vs. choice. Greek heroes didn’t appear to have much choice (though, let’s face it, a lot of them bring on their own dooms by being jerks…) Do you have a personal, real life take on that theme?
Sadly, I do not believe in destiny. Rather, I rely heavily on statistics and chaos theory. Perhaps my boring beliefs are what made the idea of writing about destiny fascinating to me, and it’s probably why my characters struggle with the idea of fate.
3. Do you have a series map all drawn (and if yes, how many stories?) Or do you prefer to let the current project inspire the next?
My series isn’t chronological, nor does it focus on the same main character in each story. The series arch is about a demigod’s negotiation between their humanity and the divine, which I will explore with at least one more protagonist, but beyond that, I don’t know.
4. Your bio states that you first considered writing when your D&D character wanted stories told. Now, you know you can’t tell an old geek that and not expound. Can you tell us a bit about the character?
Before Perseus was a character in my book, he was a character in my campaign in Dungeons and Dragons! I chose Perseus from legend to use as a model for my roleplaying character, because he had a flying horse. Seriously. I was always hoping my Dungeon Master would give me a horse. (He didn’t.)
I made Perseus a Paladin in D&D Next, so he could lead and tank, and I role played him a bit like Captain Jack Harkness, because that’s sort of how I envision the Greek heroes. They are confident in their abilities, they can be fun-loving, but as you said, they can also be jerks.
Roleplaying aside, when I wrote Perseus as part of a story, he emerged differently. Part of my process was giving up that idea I had from his legend, and in a way that became a minor theme, of giving up your expectations of someone, and the expectations you have of yourself.
5. Process – every writer has one. Sometimes we’re not even aware that we do. Are you conscious of having a process and does it change from long-form story writing to short form?
When I come up with an idea, I write it down, sit on it, and see if it develops. Depending on how much is there, I’ll flesh it out into a longer story, or—if it’s made to evoke a certain feeling or singular idea—I’ll leave it as a flash fiction. It all depends on what the bones of the story can hold.
6. I really enjoy your reviews, and that sometimes authors send you work to review. How do you handle it when you’ve been sent a story and you really can’t connect to it? (Or perhaps it was terrible?)
Thanks! I love reviewing novels, and I feel it’s a great way to give back to the community. My strategy is to never write a bad review. First reason being, what’s the point? There are so many scathing reviews out there, so why add to the drama and negativity? Also, I’m an author, so writing a bad review seems unfair, and an abuse of my position. But how do I handle it when I’m sent a story I can’t connect to, or maybe just don’t have enough to say about? Easy. I don’t write a review. It sounds blasé stated like that, and to be honest, I’ve made mistakes. It’s part of being human.
7. Aside from intellectual theft, what do you consider the worst sin authors commit?
Turning on your fans, or other authors. Other authors make up a good part of your readership, and we’re all on the same team.
8. You’ve done both non-fiction and lit fiction writing previously. Is the new series a move away from those or do you want to continue to publish in all three venues?
I’ll probably continue to publish in those genres. I enjoy exploring aspects of each.
9. Is your writing linear or episodic (from start to finish, or random scenes that eventually pull together?) And how many projects do you typically have going at a time?
I actually wrote the last half of King of the Storm before the first, but I think I’m mostly a linear writer. However, my inspiration can be episodic. As for how many projects I have going on at one time? Let’s see. I have two projects that I’m actively working on, two stories that are half finished, and I have many story ideas that are sitting in a folder marinating. Is that normal? I don’t know. Add me to the data pool!
10. Do you have writerly influences you can cite? Anyone you want to be like when you grow up as a writer?
If I could be the Matthew Woodring Stover of LGBTQ+ fiction, I’d consider that a lifetime achievement. His work is gritty and bloody and profane. I love how deep he goes into point of view, and how he challenges ideas with his satire. It’s not really something you’d think about in gay romance, but the genre is changing.
I grew up with horror and mystery novels: R. L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Patricia Cornwell, and Robert Ludlum. I still love those gory details, and frankly, I enjoy crass diction. Sex in literature makes sense to me, because it’s a part of life, but I don’t require it to be romantic. Part of me is always struggling to balance those themes, and bring them together.
Thanks again, Angel! I had a blast.
About B. A.
B. A. Brock has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2007 at Portland State University—which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek.
When not writing, Brock spends his time reading/reviewing novels, training for marathons, and bemoaning the fact that the world has yet to make a decent gluten free donut.
You can find more of his works, as well as reviews and his blog at http://www.babrockbooks.com
King of the Storm
The Godhead Epoch: Book One
No one can outrun destiny or the gods.
In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to take the throne of Argos.
Despite potential future glory, Perseus’s fellow students think he is weak. By the time he reaches manhood, he has given up the hope of having any real friends, until Antolios, a son of Apollo, takes an unexpected interest in him. Perseus and Antolios fall in love, but Antolios knows it cannot last and leaves Seriphos.
Perseus, grief-stricken and lonely, rebels against the Fates, thinking he can avoid the prophecy and live his own life. But when the gods find him, he is thrust into an epic adventure. With his divine powers he fights gorgons, sea serpents, and other monsters, and he battles against his darker nature. Perseus strives to to be the man he wants to be, but the gods have other plans.
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In which Angel gets to wear her Gay Centaur Rights t-shirt and gets cut off at the end because she blabbed too long. It's OK - you just missed the thank you and please come back again message :)
Illusions and Dreams
by Z. Allora
cover by Paul Richmond
Randy Camster failed at being married. His life now centers around work, TV sports, and listening to his friend Jake complain about how Randy’s lack of a sex life will be the downfall of mankind. Not true! Well, not totally. He’s just never understood the fascination with sex until… ladyboy performer Lalana Dulyarat shimmies into his world via an Internet ad for Thailand tourism.
Jake O’Neil’s open pansexuality yields him interesting bedmates, but he’s never chased after the mythical illusion of love. He focuses on others, like his best friend Randy, who needs a Bang-Cock vacation. Finding an adorable little imp named Boon-nam wasn’t on the itinerary. Gay, straight, and undecided, Jake has had ‘em all, but never a virgin aching to take a walk on the kinky side after having her affirmation surgery. Talk about pressure. And what’s with everyone warning him not to break her heart? His is the one in danger.
In which we hope there are not intrusive lawnmower sounds...
Gothika: Volume Three
by Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding and Eli Easton
Beasts lurk in the shadows of wild and forgotten places and in the hearts and souls of men. They are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, but are they feral and savage, or just misunderstood? Creatures of myth and legend stalk these tales of dark desire and animal passions. Three men come face-to-face with such creatures and find they are much more than they seem. While there is danger, there might be unexpected benefits as well, if they can accept the impossible and dare to venture into the primordial regions where nature and the beasts still reign. Three acclaimed authors of gay romance explore the boundaries between man and beast and the place where their worlds overlap.
Transformation by Kim Fielding
After being caught in bed with another male student in 1886, Orris Spencer is declared an abomination by his wealthy father. Orris is promptly banished from their Fifth Avenue mansion and sent across the continent to Oregon. Now Orris must try to find a place for himself on his brother’s farm and figure out how to deal with life as a pioneer. When he’s called on to help protect the livestock from a predator, he’s not at all certain he’s up to the task. Then he meets Henry Bonn, a strange and intriguing man who lives in a cabin in the hills. Orris’s attraction to Henry may not be an abomination—but it may prove a greater danger than banishment.
(Previous Gothika titles and links listed in the Tuesday blog below!)
In which Angel needs to wear the gray sweater. It's spring but it's still flipping cold!
Hidden Places: Book 2
by Anne Barwell
Tomas and Cathal have escaped from Naearu, Cathal’s mystical homeworld, but happily ever after is never as straightforward in real life as it is in books. Then again, most people don’t deal with the complication of a lover who’s magically bound to a tree or have an interfering cat for a cousin.
With Naearu’s police force, the Falcons, still after Cathal, he can’t go home. Now that he and Tomas have consummated their relationship, Cathal’s abilities are evolving and changing to the point that Tomas can sense them. And until the oak portal closes, Cathal—and his new life with Tomas—are in limbo as Cathal can’t expect Tomas to stay with someone who can never venture past the property line. Will he and Tomas ever get to follow through on their engagement?
Hidden Places: Book One
by Anne Barwell
Tomas Kemp has two successful novels to his name and the true belief that a successful sequel is only a matter of a little inspiration. When Tomas meets a mysterious stranger under the branches of an old oak tree, he feels compelled to tell him about a book he holds dear and the sequel he wants to read. But Cathal doesn’t share that deep belief that the sequel Tomas seeks ends happily. Cathal has seen enough of a world where stories are real to know that happy ever after is sometimes the dream that won’t come true.
But stories have never let Tomas down, and as he follows Cathal across the reality shift between their worlds, he learns that Cathal is right: Happy ever after is never just given—but sometimes, it can be fought for and won.
About the Author:
Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing "discussion," and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. She works in a library, is an avid reader and watcher of a wide range of genres, and is constantly on the look out for more hours in her day.
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.