It's Friday! This week, I'm reading to you from Rachel Langella's new urban fantasy, Stop Dragon My Heart Around - #11 in the Magic Emporium series. Fire mages, dragon! :D Come have a listen:
Stop Dragon My Heart Around
Magic Emporium #11
by Rachel Langella
Sometimes Fate has a bizarre sense of humor.
Or at least it seems that way to Gus, owner of the Rainbow Room, Asheville’s main hangout for gay paranormals. He’s seen Fate catch up with the patrons of his bar while he served drinks and listened to their stories for three hundred years. He found all of it amusing, until his fated mate walks in and suddenly the twists aren’t so funny any longer!
Bear Hickes is a mage who specializes in fire, but life has lost its spark since his twin brother got married and left him alone. His older brother, Whimsy, is determined to help Bear find happiness no matter how much Bear objects, but meeting Gus gives Bear a wonderful idea: if Gus will pretend to be his boyfriend, Whimsy will get off his case. And somewhere along the line, Bear finds he wants it to be for real.
But there are secrets Gus is keeping from not just Bear, but the whole world. And when those secrets catch up with him at last, the danger won’t be just for Gus alone.
This story is set in the Asheville Arcana universe, but can be read as a standalone.
Stop Dragon My Heart Around is part of the multi-author 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 grumpy mage, a paranoid dragon, a very arrogant vampire and a guaranteed HEA.
It's Here!!! The Anti-Quest is up for pre-order!
Amazon for the moment, more pre-order links to come by this weekend!
This book contains one out-of-her-element paladin, the perils of academia, deadly cake, and unconventional dragons.
Happy Friday, everyone! This week, I'm reading to you from another in our series of Magic Emporium books - Elven Duty from Rhys Lawless. :D A Romeo and Julian sort of story without the tragic ending urban fantasy!
Magic Emporium #7
by Rhys Lawless
My legacy is to hate him, but I can’t.
This woman appears and tells me I’m an elf and she’s my grandmother. Not quite what I expected on a Thursday evening after another day at the office.
Soon, I’m thrown in a world of duty, magic, and monsters.
And a family feud as old as time itself.
I would have run. I would have gone back to my old life. Or started a new one.
But when the man I’m supposed to hate turns out to be my elven soulmate the only thing I can do is fight for my right to love him.
No matter what kind of monster gets in the way.
Elven Duty is part of the multi-author 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 forbidden love, a ton of creatures, a secret “baby”, and a guaranteed HEA.
Rhys Everly-Lawless is a hopeless romantic who loves happily-ever-afters. Which would explain why he loves writing them.
When he's not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.
He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romances as Rhys Lawless.
You can find him and all his latest projects on rhyswritesromance.com
It's here! Geoffrey the Very Strange is now loose in the e-wilds!
The 9th Magic Emporium story, Geoffrey is m/m fantasy humor set in a very odd little town. (This odd little town calling Geoffrey "very strange" should tell you something.)
Come snag your copy - available in ebook and print!
Happy Friday, everyone! I have a little excerpt this week to read to you from my release due out next week (3/18) - Geoffrey the Very Strange. :D
This is Aspic and Geoffrey's meet-not-so-cute moment. Heh. Come have a listen!
Geoffrey the Very Strange
Magic Emporium #9
by Angel Martinez
An outcast necromancer and a half-demon clerk need to save the world from seashell zombies. No pressure.
Everyone's always told Aspic that trouble can't help following him because of his heritage. Determined to put the lie to half-demon stereotypes, he's finally landed a good, quiet job as an herbalist's clerk where the owner trusts him to man the shop alone. What could go wrong selling coriander and thyme?
When Geoffrey first enters the shop, Aspic finds the little man's eccentric appearance startling, then intriguing. Geoffrey explains, in stops and starts, that he is a theoretical necromancer researching replacements for blood magic. His current line of inquiry involves seashells—do they have any in stock? Aspic's co-workers warn him that Geoffrey is a walking disaster, but he finds himself more and more drawn to a necromancer concerned with ethical death magic.
Aspic is with Geoffrey in his lab when he has his first success, but the results aren't at all what he was aiming for. Instead of raising the dead rabbit on his table, the ritual animates the seashell and rock spell components, which flee the lab and cause havoc. They soon discover that the spell-animated objects are "zombies" in that they can "infect" other inanimate things.
An unorthodox necromancer and an exasperated shop clerk are going to need some unconventional help to find a working de-animation spell before the world is overrun by zombie seashells and stones gone mad.
Geoffrey the Very Strange 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 theoretical necromancy, unexpected spell outcomes, some extraordinarily angry seashells, and a guaranteed HEA.
I have to ask this every few days because my plate is a bit of a platter right now. Doing my best to keep up. :D
Current State of All the Projects:
Geoffrey the Very Strange - up for pre-order now
The Anti-Quest - in line edits, currently on track
Gravitational Attraction - rereleasing, on track
In 2012, I started work on a story in answer to a superhero prompt. Naturally, I wanted to write a science fiction take on it - as you do - and Variant Configurations was the result. Originally meant to be a three book series, things happened and only the first book ever released.
I do try to keep my promises, even if sometimes I'm a little late...
Rarely Pure and Never Simple - rewrites in progress, on track
From The Noblest Motives - brand new, on track so far
We've made it to Friday - hooray! Today, I'm reading to you from E.J. Russell's brand new fantasy rom-com, King's Ex (Royal Powers II, Book 1). Fake relationship, royalty, secrets and a kitten! :D Come have a listen:
Royal Powers II, Book 1
by E.J. Russell
To escape an arranged marriage, the king needs a fake fiancé. Stat.
King Bastien’s father locked him into an ironclad betrothal contract with Lady Helena Rey when the two of them were only seven years old. Bas and Helena have never been friends—and not only because she marked their first meeting by dropping a frog down his shirt. He’s been unsuccessfully petitioning Parliament to annul the damn contract ever since he took the throne nine years ago. But with the deadline for officially confirming the engagement rapidly approaching, Bas is getting desperate.
Enter commoner Nico Pereira, manager of the Royal Crest Vineyards, who nurses a secret crush on the king. He’s at the New Palace to unveil a wine that’s the first joint venture between North and South Abarra. No problem, right? Except Nico has a secret: He has a superpower. Not a very strong superpower, but because powers are a privilege reserved for Royals, it still puts him at risk for arrest and prosecution. Nico can usually mask his limited foresight gift under the guise of being an incredibly efficient administrator. But when King Bastien asks him to be his fake fiancé?
Well. Nico never saw that coming.
Nothing if not loyal, Nico accepts the faux-posal, although close proximity to Bastien makes him more than a little… uncomfortable, and the increased scrutiny of government officials threatens to expose his illegal ability. Good thing this engagement is temporary, because being the king’s ex will be a lot less onerous than prison or exile.
Or, if the attacks from a shadowy conspiracy continue, with being dead.
King’s Ex is a 52,000-word M/M superhero rom-com featuring a fake engagement, class differences, improbably pristine clothing, dueling secrets, a guaranteed HEA, and a kitten.
About E.J. :
E.J. Russell (she/her) ), author of the award-winning Mythmatched LGBTQ+ paranormal romance series, holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she spent three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business intelligence consultant (as one does). She’s now abandoned data wrangling, however, and spends her days wrestling words across a rainbow of genres. Count on high snark, low angst, and happy endings.
Reality? Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, CH loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
Facebook group (Reality Optional): https://www.facebook.com/groups/reality.optional
Soooo, remember that little princess/dragon/paladin holiday novella I was writing? The nice short one that was going to be maybe 18-20K? Yeah. About that.
The large portion of developmental edits are done (dev. editor has it now and I'm hoping it's good :D ) and the nice little short, The Anti-Quest, has become a small novel at over 44K.
There's a release date now, too! Yay! April 13.
Will be up for pre-order relatively soon.
I'm not explaining this little guy yet, but the wonderful Gus Li drew him for me. :)
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your weather isn't too bad and that you're hunkered down and cozy if it is. :)
This week, I have a contemporary romance from Ofelia Gränd - #Pictabook, with one of my favorite character types, the reclusive librarian. Come have a listen :D
by Ofelia Gränd
Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.
Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?
When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love -- with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?
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.
Geoffrey the Very Strange is up for pre-order! This is on Amazon KU as part of the Magic Emporium series for now, we'll do a wide release later in the year :)
Do check out the other Magic Emporium stories at Meghan Maslow's website and also check out the inspiration story for the Magic Emporium itself which Meghan's giving away until March 3! In Fair Verona
Where did Geoffrey come from? Ha. He was a funny throwaway comment in a post where I was explaining the theme for one of Queer Sci Fi's flash fiction contests. The theme was Innovation. The post went like this:
Innovation doesn't have to be about science and technology. Innovation can occur in any field. Any field at all.
The opera was an innovation in music when Jacopo Peri thought it would be a cool idea in 1597.
In architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi figured out how to make the first dome without a framework.
In art, Georges Seurat's great innovation was pointillism.
In necromancy, Geoffrey the Very Strange discovered that you could raise the dead by means of seashells and force of will instead of blood magic.
(OK, I made that last one up, but again, it would be innovation.)
Several people wanted Geoffrey's story, so I wrote it in my Notebook of Doom and set it aside for some day. Until Meghan asked me to be part of the Magic Emporium series and some day became now. :D
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.