Thank you, Goodreaders

The Goodreads MM Romance Group recently held their annual readers’ choice awards, and Lisa Henry and I are pleased to hear that Fallout came second in the Best Dark Read category.

Neither Lisa nor I are in the MM Romance Group any longer, so we didn’t realize that Fallout was nominated in any category, let alone came second.

Thank you, readers, for the best kind of surprise!

We’d like to thank everyone who read and voted for Fallout. We promise we’re not done with our dark collaborations yet! We’re currently working together on another novel that we hope to have knocked into shape in a few months. We hope you’ll enjoy that one too!

Fallout cover final

 

Free read: ‘Mine’ now on Smashwords (and Amazon)

I wrote a short story for the Goodreads BDSM’s group‘s Bound By Ink: Bring Out Your Kink fiction event. It’s now available for free on Smashwords in all formats.

Cover by Natasha Snow
Cover by Natasha Snow

Or alternatively, you can buy it on Amazon for $2.99. Why pay for a free story, you ask? Because the profits will go to Rainbow Youth: a support and advisory service for LGBTQ youth. Specifically I’m going to ask that they put it toward their new Community Wardrobe, “an initiative to provide FREE, identity affirming clothes for queer & gender diverse people.”

RY’s Community Wardrobe from Rainbow Youth on Vimeo.

Mine is a bit different for me: no violence, just . . . fluff? Dirty, dirty porn? I actually have a lot of other things I want to put these guys through, so you might be seeing them again one day. Enjoy!

Prepare yourself for Dragons (just the one dragon, actually)

Thanks to the awesome mods at the Goodreads M/M Romance group, who give up their time to run the whole thing, I’m participating in the Don’t Read In the Closet event for 2015: Love is an Open Road. This is the same event I wrote The Arroyo for in 2014.

This year I was lucky enough to get this amazing prompt from my friend Vivian Archer.

Dear Author,

With a baby face like this no one ever suspected I’d be the one. The one to burn it all down. I thought I’d feel regret, but with my dragon by my side I don’t need anyone else.

Surely, he’s not alone. Everyone deserves someone to love. Please help him.

The rest is wide open for the author’s imagination to take flight. No constraints.

Sincerely,

Vivian

original prompt

Somehow this ended up longer than Arroyo; it’s a novella of 37,0000 words. I’m not sure when the story will be released; some time in October, I’m assuming, but I will let you know when it is out. This is a free read, available initially only at the M/M Romance group on Goodreads. A month after release I will make it available on Smashwords and Amazon. All after-tax proceeds from Amazon sales, as with Arroyo, will go to Rainbow Youth, my local organization to support LGBTQI young people. They run a drop-in centre with advice, support, and condoms.

The cover is by the wonderful Natasha Snow.

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Holy Crap!

So, this is a thing that has happened.

11-N

35-N

32-N

paranormal

22-N

25-N

10-N

6-N

Clearly, this is proof of the multiverse theory. There’s a hundred million and one universes where there’s some version of ‘me,’ and in a hundred million of them this never happened. But this me gets to be lucky enough to live in the single, solitary, unlikely-as-hell universe where it did! Oh. My. Betentacled. God.

Huge thanks – and all the actual credit for teh pretty – to Natasha Snow, for doing the cover for Arroyo. Obvy I’m still gonna flash that nomination badge, which I get to parade as proof I’m smart enough to commission Natasha!

But even bigger thanks to all the readers who liked the stories. Thanks for spending your time on my words. And, just, ALL THE GRATITIDE for the people who nominated Kraken and Arroyo: Giulio (Best Book Debut!! Seriously??? *faints*), Susan A., Elizabetta, Wintermute, Tully (Echo), Achim, and Dee Wy, and special thanks to Wintermute (again) and Irish Smurfette, who tried to nominate a book each for Best Free Story, to no avail.

You’re all far, far kinder than I deserve. In all seriousness, I can’t communicate what this means to me. So I’ll just flail inarticulately in the corner for a long while. Thank you.