Almost there! Trysts and Burning Embers: Lijun 2 launches on Tuesday! I'll be in Barbados visiting family, but I'll try to keep on top of release stuff (and send pics :D )
Tally and Haru should have some peace now to work out their relationship, right? Yeah... the world has other ideas.
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Fire. Water. Burn.
In the two months since the All Hallows’ Eve party, Tally has courted Haru, buying expensive gifts, taking the two of them to upscale restaurants and trying to find a balance in earning Haru’s fragile trust while being new parents to the Cohen joeys. Tally sees hope in the new domesticity the family has settled into, despite having some bumps along the way.
Gifts and treats have satisfied Haru’s otter, but the human half remembers the brutal lessons of giving their trust away. How can two lijun who barely know each other anticipate what will happen when times get tough? There are circumstances Tally doesn’t understand yet, and Haru struggles to find their feet with an Urusar who doesn’t know the rules.
A revelation not only throws the tentative relationship between them askew, but also starts Tally and Haru down a path the two of them can’t escape, one so heart-wrenching Haru’s not sure their heart will survive.
Traditionalist concerns that have always nipped at the Bastille clan’s heels come roaring to the forefront with demands and ultimatums. Tally needs to fall in line or face further threats to his otter, his family and his clan. Haru needs to find the strength to believe in the good despite the bad. In an environment where it’s vital to know ally from foe, Tally and Haru need to stand united or watch the community Tally’s family has built fall under the thumb of heartless, greedy autocrats.
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On Friday, my co-author Freddy MacKay and I return to the WROTE podcast with the wonderful Vance Bastian.
We're talking all things Lijun, from insights to world creation to not-quite-spoilers for book 2, Trysts and Burning Embers. Freddy talks own voices non-binary character writing. And we both extol the virtues of transman fox, Gerhard Klug. :D
Come for the Lijun, stay for the fun questions at the end!
The episode will be available on Friday at:
Or you can find the WROTE podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.
In conjunction with the interview, please look for a reading of a Trysts excerpt right here tomorrow!
Thank goodness for scheduled posts since I'm at GRL when this goes live :D Semper Fae: Endangered Fae 3 goes LIVE this Tuesday, October 23! (As one reader said, "Finally!" LOL)
In Semper Fae, we follow Zack Morrison in his adventures as the new assistant/bodyguard to a prince of the fae. Magical diseases, meddling kids, and hints of a menacing and powerful mage bent on destruction.
If you haven't started at the beginning, I can only urge you to do so. Reading Endangered Fae out of order is terribly confusing.
Endangered Fae 3
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Zack thought he had a strange job before. Working as a Marine medic in a secret government installation was odd, but working as a human liaison to the fae and as the personal assistant to a sidhe prince is downright bizarre. Throw in the fact that he's pretty damn sure he's fallen in love with his boss, and things are close to unmanageable.
Of course, around the fae, one never says 'things can't possibly get any worse'. Unexplained events plague the human world. Strange sightings, spontaneous magical explosions, and odd bends in reality crop up. When Finn falls ill and a monstrous creature attacks Zack, things quickly slide into disaster. Lycanthropy, loose-cannon mages, and Lugh conspire to make a hellish mess of things—but the real peril begins when Diego loses an important piece of his mind.
Endangered Fae 1 & 2 in case you need those first! :D
GRL is upon us. I'll be making the drive down to Portsmouth this coming Wednesday. If you're looking for me, here are the places I will absolutely, definitely be:
If you'll be there, remember that I have Pride Bunnies and Pride Narwhals to give away. While supplies last. :)
Also, if you come to the Storyteller Panel on Thursday, we'll be playing Urban Fantasy BINGO! Are there prizes? Of course there are prizes.
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.
Some weeks have a pile up of things to report. Naturally, these happen during weeks when I have to travel. I'll be at the Dreamspinner Workshop from Thursday afternoon to Monday evening recharging my author batteries and learning cool stuff.
News on several fronts in the meantime:
Up for pre-order now and releasing October 23 - we have more pre-order links coming in now! The rest should be following shortly.
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This will be a new one, eventually, I hope. Manuscript finished and submitted - if this first publisher doesn't want it, we'll go from there. Mage is a M/M paranormal about a young man whose hereditary magic is killing him and the grumpy hermit mage he sees as his last hope.
There's another possible paranormal series out there as well, but that's only in proposal form and I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet.
Off to Orlando! :)
I know it seems like there's not much going on from the outside right now - but back here in the workshop, I'm doing my best not to drown.
Some things happening now that might be of interest:
Seriously, how did it get to be August? Didn't we just start this year? *thousand yard stare at 2018*
So... The stuff going on.
Beside a Black Tarn Audio has launched. We talked about that.
Diego: Endangered Fae 2 launches on August 14 - yay!
Freddy and I have Lijun 2 due at the editor August 15 - eek!!! (Almost there, though.)
And I really hate summer. Just needed to say that.
It's here! Release the frogs!
I mean... Shax! Come back! I was kidding!
*ahem* Anyway. We'll track our intrepid captain down later. Right now it's time for the Beside A Black Tarn audio release, narrated and voiced by the amazing Vance Bastian!
In which Vance voices all the characters you've heard before, plus one rather astonishing one. I don't know how he did it...
It's Brimstone. It's an homage to Edgar Allan Poe. It's a disaster of...well, you'll have to have a listen.
Beside A Black Tarn
Narrated & Voiced by Vance Bastian
When Shax stumbles across rumors of an experimental house that responds to the occupant’s brain functions, creating scenarios to please and delight, naturally, he wants to steal it. But with the return of a troubled and hunted Julian Parallax and an overabundance of Poe references, even Shax’s scheming may not be enough to get the Brimstone crew out alive this time.
Which is less disturbing than Diego, Paper, Scissors, I suppose...
Thing the first - Diego: Endangered Fae 2 is up for pre-order at Pride! Other pre-order links should be following soon here with a release date of August 14.
This book is where things get all fae-stravaganza and fae-complicated. :D
Thing the second and third! Fireworks and Stolen Kisses is out in Paperback now on Amazon as well. For those readers who must have a physical copy, come snag one!
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Also Haru and Tally are going on tour - so watch for blog posts! Freddy and I have rambled about all sorts of things for this one and there is, of course, a giveaway. :D
The first two posts are up this morning - thank you Amy and Addison!
Thing the last! (For this week, anyway) If you will be at GRL this year and would like to pre-order paperbacks, either for the signing or because you feel like it, please do so at the form below:
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.