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Why do writers write?  Because it isn't there.

~Thomas Berger

 
 
 

 

 

WOLF'S-OWN, BOOK ONE: GHOST

 

"No one's son, no one's brother, no one's father, no one's lover. He is Untouchable. It is his fate!" 

 

In Ada, where the Jin who once ruled it are now prisoners in camps, an assassin stalks the corrupt lords and Court officials who steal the full-Bloods and bleed them for their illegal magic. A Ghost, Untouchable, Fen Jacin-rei's kind were once the Voices of the Ancestors, channels and Catalysts, their minds open repositories for the will of the spirits of long-dead magicians. His fate should be one of insanity and indigence, solitude and eventual starvationso how is it that Fen Jacin-rei survives? How is it that he can push sanity through the screaming madness of the Ancestors in his head? And how is it that an Untouchable, with whom it is death to interfere, has managed to hang on to not only his sanity, but the family he loves and for whom he's apparently willing to kill?

 

Kamen Malick has every intention of finding out. More than what he seems, Malick answers to different laws than those of the Adan. And the gods who make them don't necessarily care about justice. When Malick and his own small band of assassins ambush Fen in an alley, Malick tenders the vicious Untouchable only the tamest of the multitude of propositions he fully intends to offer later: Join us or die.

 

Determined to decode the intrigue that surrounds Fenand to have the Untouchable for himselfMalick sets to unraveling the mysteries of Fen's past, whether Fen cooperates or not. As Fen's secrets slowly unfold, Malick is drawn into a crusade that isn't his, but resonates a little too closely to his own drive for vengeance against one whose past betrayals still haunt him. Irony is a bitter thing when Malick discovers that the one he wants is already hopelessly entangled with the one he hunts.

 

 

WOLF'S-OWN, BOOK TWO: WEREGILD

 

The amorality of gods makes it hard to tell ‘bad’ from ‘good’ and ‘right’ from ‘wrong’. Fen doesn’t care. All Fen cares about is saving his family, and he’ll risk anyone and anything that gets in his way. Including his own soul.

No longer willing to wait for the machinations of the gods’ minions, Fen accepts the trade Malick has offered and together they set out to rescue Fen’s family and kill the man Fen has loved for years. With the Ancestors still screaming in his head, and with the duplicity and manipulations whirling around him, Fen finds it harder and harder to do without the silence Malick can offer him.

Malick has his own reasons to hand over everything Fen wants, and equally compelling reasons to withhold everything Fen needs. Over his head, and timing as bad as ever, Malick must devise a way to do his god’s bidding without breaking his god’s laws—and keep Fen sane and on Malick’s side in the bargain.

 

 

WOLF'S-OWN, BOOK THREE: KOAN

 

Still recovering from the events in Ada, Fen and Malick have apparently gotten all the reprieve they're going to get on their voyage to Tambalon. Shortly after stepping ashore, old ghosts resurface and new dangers arise.

 

Dealing with past lives and legendary beings is somehow just as critical as tracking down the vicious creatures that have been abducting and murdering citizens of Tambalon. With the threat of banpair all too close, Malick is put at odds with those who should be his allies, in order to protect Fen and hand him the choices the minions of the gods don't necessarily want Fen to have.

 

 

WOLF'S-OWN, BOOK FOUR: INCENDIARY

 

His sanity once more in question, Fen finds himself faced with the reality of what the gods want from him this time. And with Malick suddenly unavailable, Fen will have to face it alone.

 

...Or maybe not. Old enemies and new allies seek 'Kamen's Untouchable' and it's going to take everything Fen's got to figure out which ones are which. And it's going to take perhaps more than Fen's got to figure out which ones are even real.

 

 

IMPROMPTU

 

Ailin knew there was something wrong the moment Garreth arrived with a storm trailing behind him.  The man who’d just walked through the front door wasn’t Ailin's normally bright and brash Garreth, as if he’d been ensorcelled into someone darker and maybe even a little dangerous.  But while Ailin finds the difference concerning, he’s also finding it surprisingly, shockingly erotic.

 

(Short story available now exclusively from Dreamspinner Press)

 

 

THE QUEEN'S LIBRARIAN

 

All Lucas Tripp wants is happiness and prosperity for the tenants of his family’s estate, some good weather for the upcoming harvest, suitable matches for his six older sisters, a little money leftover at the end of the month, to never ever come within distant brushing distance of an ascension to the throne, and more quality time with Alex. That’s not so much to ask for, right? Oh, and for his dog to listen to him. And for his cat to stop plotting against him. And for his mother to stop being disappointed in him. And for his sister Clara to someday forgive him for stealing Alex away from her. Not that Lucas did that!

 

When Clara’s new suitor suddenly disappears, Lucas absolutely will not have it and is thus drawn into an adventure of a lifetime—kicking and screaming all the way. All right, complaining and grumbling. (Because Lucas neither kicks nor screams, no matter what Alex says.) Magical beings who were supposed to be banished hundreds of years ago, coming through portals that were supposed to be shut against them—that’s only part of Lucas’s problem. Missing princes, breaking and entering, suspicious magicians, arsey cousins and far too many well-meaning women who are far too interested in Lucas’s sex life doesn’t really cover the rest of it, but give Lucas time; he’ll come up with more.

 

Wooster and Jeeves meet Monty Python and Doctor Who, with a side-visit now and then to the Three Stooges. The Queen’s Librarian is a romp through absurdity and intrigue and humor and schmoop, with a healthy dose of real adventure. And while Lucas spends most of it decidedly Not Amused, he’ll get over it someday. Probably. Because there is, after all, always Alex.

 

 

BLUE ON BLACK

 

Kimolijah Adani—Class 2 gridTech, beloved brother, most promising student the Academy’s ever been privileged to call their own, genius mechanical gridstream engineer, brilliantly pioneering inventor... and dead man. But that’s what happens when a whiz kid messes with dynamic crystals and, apparently, comes to the attention of Baron Petra Stanslo. Young and brilliant and killed for his revolutionary designs, Kimolijah Adani had been set to change the world with his impossible train that runs on nothing more than gridstream locked in a crystal that shouldn’t even be possible but nonetheless works.

 

Bas is convinced the notoriously covetous and corrupt Stanslo had something to do with Kimolijah Adani’s tragic and suspicious death. A Directorate Tracker, Bas has finally managed to catch the scent of Kimolijah Adani’s killer, and it leads right into Stanslo’s little desert barony. For almost three years, Bas has been trying to find a way into Stanslo’s Bridge, and now that he’s finally made it, “shock” is too small a word for what—or, rather, whom—he finds there.

 

 

SCI SPANKS ANTHOLOGY

 

Sci Spanks the anthology offers fifteen sexy spanking stories for you in an easy-to-read, portable format. You’ll find everything from sweet, tender romance (Cathy Pegau’s “Jen and Maddy”) to laugh-out-loud humor (Maren Smith’s “Oh What the Hell”) and references to old-school science fiction popular culture (Eva Lefoy’s “Sweet Punishment”). You’ll find a mixture of romantic pairings, from M/F to F/F and M/M. Some stories are harsher (Natasha Knight’s “A Public Caning”) while others appeal to the softest-hearted romantic (Kate Richard’s “The Moon Trainer”). Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

 

Contribution: Flame on a Fire (a Blue on Black short)

 

 

 

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SPANK OR TREAT ANTHOLOGY

 

From sweet witch stories to passionate nights with a demon, the SPANK OR TREAT 2014 ANTHOLOGY offers sixteen sexy spanking stories with a paranormal twist. Inside you’ll find magical cookies, a phoenix in trouble, a husband’s special gift to his wife, and even a snowball fight with a mage. The romantic pairings range: M/F to F/F and M/M. Whether you prefer a paddle, a bare hand, or even a whip, you’re sure to find your pleasure.

 

 

 

Contribution: All's Well That Ends Well (a Queen's Librarian short)

 

 

 

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DISCOVERY: QSF'S SECOND ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST ANTHOLOGY

 

The rules were simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

 

 

Contribution: Anomalous (second place winner in SciFi category)

 

 

 

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MCB QUARTERLY, VOLUME 4

 

 

The Quarterly is an eMagazine of LGBTQ fiction - of all kinds. Features short stories, interviews and essays.

 

 

 

 

 

Contribution: Fates Written in Indelible Ink

 

 

 

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7 & 7 A DSP PUBLICATIONS ANTHOLOGY OF VIRTUE AND VICE

 

Humankind possesses a dual nature, the ability to rise to the brightest heights—or sink to the darkest and most perverse depths.

 

What inspires some to reach the pinnacles of virtue while others cannot resist the temptations of vice? Is it something innate, or a result of destiny and circumstance?

 

Delve into the minds and spirits of saints and sinners alike with a collection of stories that explore the call toward good or evil—and the consequences of answering it. For while rewards certainly await the righteous, there are also pleasures to be found in the darkness. Venture off the expected path with some of the most innovative voices in LGBT speculative fiction as they present their unique takes on the classic vices and virtues.

 

Contribution: Heirs to Grace and Infinity Winner 2017 EPIC eBook Award for Fiction Short Works

 

 

TURN THE PAGE... A CHARITY ANTHOLOGY

 

Turn The Page.... began as a simple idea and grew from there. No matter how bad things seem to be, just turn the page, there’s more—better—things to come. This is only one chapter in your life. It’s not the whole story. With this simple idea, Novice Sister Eroti-Quill—whom most know better as Tempeste O’Riley—began their quest to help Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in their area. They managed to con (excuse me, convince) other authors to donate their time and stories to the project, and now, many months later, Turn The Page... is born!


The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eroti-Quill’s hope for others, to help bring strength to programs that so desperately need funding. It will allow them to continue to help others, and to show those that need support but may not have it, or that may be afraid to reach out, just how much love and understanding surrounds them. Turn The Page... is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love, hope, and acceptance.

 

Contribution: One Step Back

 

   

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AISLING, BOOK ONE: GUARDIAN

 

As he pursues a man who is not what he seems, Constable Dallin Brayden learns the lines between enemy and ally, truth and deception, and conscience and obedience are not only blurred, but malleable.

 

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he’s about, and he doesn’t believe in Fate. “Wilfred Calder” has no idea who he is or what he’s about, and he’s been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil flees after witnessing a murder, it’s Dallin’s job to pursue him. Along the way, he’s pulled into a maelstrom of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries—all of which rests on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

 

Even Dallin’s success proves a hollow victory. Wil is vengeful, rebellious, and lethal, and his tale of magic and betrayal rocks the carefully constructed foundations of Dallin’s world. Suspicious and only half believing, Dallin must question not only his own integrity and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him—including those who hold his own country’s fate in their hands.

  

 

 

AISLING, BOOK TWO: DREAM

 

To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?

 

When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every turn. To his surprise, he slips into the role of protector—and it’s more than duty compelling him to ensure Wil’s safety as they’re haunted by strange dreams.  But does Wil dare put himself in the hands of a man he believes wants him dead?

 

Wil’s past weighs heavily on him, tainting his perceptions as he struggles his way through a tangle of lies. With both will and magic as his weapons, he fights desperately for survival—and his soul. For the Aisling is coveted by more than the Guild and the Brethren; ancient gods and soul-eating spirits also want what lives within him. His only chance might be Dallin and his goddess, the Mother, who Wil has been taught to despise above all others.

 

 

AISLING, BOOK THREE: BELOVED SON

 

When a man’s identity is built on lies, can he find the true self buried beneath? For Wil and Dallin, newfound love might not be enough. To heal themselves and their world, they must learn to see things as they truly are and break free of what they have been tricked into believing.

 

Wil and Dallin stand at the center of an approaching convergence they’re not sure they’re strong enough to face. The power of the land and the Mother waits for Wil in the bowels of Lind, but it comes at price: he must defeat the soul-eater and save the Father, Her Beloved, and manage to keep his soul in the process.  He can’t do it alone. But where can he turn for aid when friends are not necessarily friends, trusted mentors are not necessarily to be trusted, and good intentions are sometimes the most dangerous kind?

 

Dallin and Wil must accept their roles as the Guardian and the Aisling and stand together against a ruthless god in a cataclysmic battle of dreams and wills, the fates of both of their souls and those of all mortals hanging in the balance. Trust, if they can finally embrace it, holds both the promise of salvation and the risk of damnation.

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NOTE: Everything ever written could use a

good edit and proofread.

Most of these have not had the benefit.

But, y'know--free.

 

ALSO: Most of these stories are not meant to be

independent of their original sources.

In other words:

If you haven't read the books,

you won't enjoy the stories.

They're meant as thank-you notes for the readers,

bonus material, and nothing more.

So if we could keep them off Goodreads,

where they will inevitably be panned

for not being independent short stories,

I would be much obliged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~AISLING 'VERSE~

 

Through a Mother's Eyes

A look inside the Mother's heart.

 

(Meant as a prologue for the Aisling 'verse, but it didn't turn out quite like I wanted, so I didn't use it.)

 

Everything

Dallin thinks Wil should have everything he wants; Wil can't figure out why. Rated Adult.

 

(An epilogue-ish little ditty because I wanted to say goodbye to the guys.)

 

FAQ

Various questions I've been asked about the series over the years, and their answers. Lots and lots of spoilers, so.

 

 

~WOLF'S-OWN 'VERSE~

 

Ghost

Yet another unused prologue.

 

(No, I don't know what my weird not-using-prologues thing is about. Shut up.)

 

Rapport

Two Temshiel walk into a bar...

 

Available as a free extra in the 2nd edition release of the Wolf's-own series.

 

Deleted Scenes

Er. I don't really need to explain that, do I?

 

.Breath Like a Passing Shadow

A difficult night post-Weregild.

 

.Breathe Me

Fen can't even make wanting easy.

 

FAQ

Various questions I've been asked about the series over the years, and their answers. Lots and lots of spoilers, so.

 

~THE QUEEN'S LIBRARIAN~

 

Ribbons by Addie71

The mystery of 'Where exactly do all of Lucas's ribbons go?' is solved!

 

Lost and Found

A fluffy Yule story. Oh my GOD is it fluffy. Seriously. Schmoop schmoopity schmoop. Set before TQL.

 

Bramble by Rosina

It's a dog's world. Will Cat ever recover from the bad press? Would she care?

 

All's Well That Ends Well

Angry bees and shagging squirrels and soot and more soot and wells gone dry.... Lucas is having a really bad day, and can't decide if playing Damsel to Alex's White Knight is a relief or just making everything worse. But when even the house is out to get you, maybe it's time to embrace the pointy hat.

 

(Written for the Spank or Treat anthology along with 15 other awesome stories by 15 awesome authors, all available for only $.99!)

 

 

~BLUE ON BLACK~

 

Flame on a Fire

Exposition and development masquerading as a PWP. Or vice versa. Depending on your perspective. But hey, either way--bondage! Rated Adult.

 

(Written for the SciSpanks anthology along with 15 other awesome stories by 15 awesome authors, all available for only $.99!)

 

Resonance

Her Boy wishes it. So she hunts. (Drabble)

 

 

~INDEPENDENT SHORTS~

 

The Sea

An abstract piece completely out of context. Kind of a bit of a bit.

 

Knightly Pleasure

Exactly what it sounds like. Rated Adult

 

(Done for Thousand Word Thursday on the review blog Cryselle's Bookshelf.)

 

Pastoral

A lazy day and a less-lazy evening.

 

Crepuscule Monstrum (free download)

There was a time when a sacrificial tithe kept the beast sated and sleeping in his dark den. And not all the sacrifices were damsels.

 

Co-written with PD Singer. Cover art by Jared Rackler.

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Heirs to Grace and Infinity (free in DSPP 7&7 Anthology)

It all comes down to trust. Or it will. It's Jackson Hunt's job to keep the Bureau's strike teams on their toes and in good fighting form, in order to keep rogue theurgists in line. And one rogue in particular--the shadowy and powerful Sorcerer--is getting too bold, liberating captive theurgists right out from under the Bureau's collective noses. Jackson decided long ago he's going to need Kyle, the Bureau's resident IT genius, to make it all come right in the end. But when the Bureau starts detaining children, and the Sorcerer's rescues start getting bolder, individual definitions of justice get a little skewed. Jackson just hopes Kyle's definition will turn out to be the same as his.

 

This short is part of the DSP Publications 7 & 7 Anthology, available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at DSPPAmazon, and most other major retail distributors.

 


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