Rainbow Snippets

Happy Yule, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. Today is Mom’s 75th birthday. It was supposed to be unseasonably warm (and was this morning) but it suddenly dropped 20 degrees and is snowing. Oh boy.

I’m returning to These Haunted Hills after several weeks. I made a lot of progress on this for nano but I do have the last third to finish. As a review since it’s been awhile and for the new people (welcome new people!) Brendan is a highly successful (think, King, Rowling, Patterson) bisexual author who lost his son to cancer and has been in a tail spin ever since. He’s come to the Hocking Hills under the pretense of studying how to ghost hunt for a novel he’s setting in the hills (though is there contemplating suicide). Joshua is the younger ghost hunter by night, ecology professor by day that Brendan has hired to show him the ropes.It’s a few lines over otherwise it won’t make much sense.

Brendan listened to the download that came on with the truck’s engine. After a few lyrics he recognized it as a Doctor Who filk song with a fun sexual double entendre. Joshua climbed back in realizing what song was on and flashed red to his golden crown of hair. “God, guess I should be happy I made it ten minutes without embarrassing myself.” He reached out to turn it off.

Brendan stopped him. “I don’t write what I do because I’m not a geek.”


“It’s bigger on the inside.” Brendan picked up on the entendre. “One should hope so.”

Joshua’s red deepened and he rested his head on the steering wheel but he smiled broadly. “Definitely!” He sat back up and put the truck in gear. “This is Aurelio Voltaire from his album Bitrektual.

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

I have little more to say than last sunday but since I want to get back into blogging some, here I am. I will have a few holiday flash fic coming up technically after Christmas. They’ll be in the Kept Tears and Soldiers of the Sun universe.

I’ve come up with some of the stuff I forgot for These Haunted Hills which makes me happy. I haven’t had much time to write it or the the SF novella between cleaning house, packing the car and now I’m back in Pittsburgh. I doubt I’ll have much free time while I’m home for the holidays. I will share pictures of Mom’s decorating skills but another day. I spent my first day here wrapping gifts for forever. I haven’t had a chance to photograph everything.

At least Kanda is content to sleep under the tree with no signs of wanting to climb it. He’s too lazy to get in much trouble. I have to admit, I like that.

I’m also doing some fandom things. I only write fanfic for the holidays these days but I do so enjoy doing it.

Rainbow Snippets

I’m driving home to Pittsburgh today so I’ll probably be slow to comment (as if I didn’t just comment to everyone last night….)

Today I’m posting the last of mine that center around the holiday. Soldiers of the Sun follows The Darkest Midnight in December that I shared two weeks ago. It’s my 1930s demon hunters, this time in Pittsburgh spanning the whole of winter as they fight a demon prince and murderous one percenters. And yes I went WAY over in an attempt to capture the dynamics of this three-way relationship. Oops.

“So I’m not getting sleep anytime soon?” Caleb eyed his partner as he unlocked the door to his apartment. Sometimes Agni surprised him. Caleb thought Agni only entered into this three-way partnership because Caleb asked, but he was beginning to think Agni truly enjoyed having sex with Temple too.

Temple stuffed his tie into his pocket. “You can sleep on the couch, I suppose.”

“As noisy as you are, if I chose that option, do you really think I’d get a moment’s rest?” Caleb slipped out of his overcoat and dress jacket, putting both on the coat rack by his door.

“Then you’ll have to join us.” Temple ran his hand across Caleb’s shoulders.

“Naturally.” Caleb turned and studied Temple’s face. “Are you okay?”

Temple shrugged. “I’m not perfect, but I will be eventually. Don’t want to talk about it now.” He fisted his fingers in Caleb’s starched shirt, pulling him forward into a kiss. “And I get the middle tonight since I earned it. All you did in the fight was stand there looking pretty.”

“And how was I to know which way the demons would run?” Caleb protested, breaking free. He caught Agni’s hand, tugging him toward his bedroom.

Temple followed behind them. “You’re smart. It sounds planned to me.”

“Keep talking, Temple, and your boyfriend for tonight will be found at the end of your wrist,” Caleb volleyed back.

Temple pouted, but he didn’t look particularly sad. “Ouch, you can be so mean.”

Caleb couldn’t hide his grin. If baiting Temple made him less morose, Caleb was happy to do it. It was so very easy to get his goat, anyhow. “You love it when I am.”

“Do not.” Temple’s sulk deepened.

“I have to side with Caleb. You thrive on us being hard on you.” Agni reached back to swat Temple’s arm.

Temple narrowed his green eyes. “I’m beginning to think my hand is the better choice.”

“At least your hand wouldn’t be mean to you,” Caleb agreed.

“And it would do exactly what you want.” Agni grinned.

“You two are just lucky I like you,” Temple huffed. “And I know you’re both damaged, and this is the only way you can show affection.”

Blurb Caleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their teammate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, but he nearly died fighting a demon himself. Also, Temple isn’t sure he’s ready for a new teammate after Li. Caleb and Agni are even more concerned that their three-way relationship with Temple exists less because he loves them and more because he’s hiding from the pain of Li’s loss.

1932 shapes up to be a terrible year for the Soldiers as they welcome the New Year fighting demons and then end up investigating a case that pairs them up with the Knights Templar. This would normally be a good thing, but it forces Temple to face his painful past. Worse yet, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might prove to be an unbeatable foe.

Link find Soldiers of the Sun here


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Guest Blogger – Asta Idonea

Of Printers and Presents
Asta Idonea
NineStar Press
20 November 2017
Heat Rating: 1

A Secret Santa drawing offers more than a simple gift exchange for two office workers.

Colleagues Ford and Vaughan have long admired each other from afar, but Vaughan’s shyness and Ford’s emotional hang-ups have meant that neither has made a move. That all changes when they draw each other’s name in the office Secret Santa.

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Old Acquaintance
Asta Idonea
NineStar Press
11 December 2017
Heat Rating: 1

Will there be fireworks when two former acquaintances reconnect on New Year’s Eve?

Damon is getting over a bad breakup. Ioan is painfully shy. Neither expects to enjoy the New Year’s Eve party to which their mutual friend, Katie, has dragged them. However, their unexpected reunion may make them change their minds by the time midnight strikes.

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About the Author
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

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Sunday Small Talk

It has been a while. I’ve admittedly been neglecting this blog. It wasn’t entirely my fault. I had no internet for a month and what I could glean from sitting at my office at work needed to be for work projects. Then nano cropped up and damn it, I was going to finish something and then came finals.

Well finals are over and I did finish my nano but I still have a lot to write yet on These Haunted Hills. I am still working on it. I feel I owe a shout out to Lex Chase because without the nightly word sprints I doubt I would have finished. My local group was more scattered than usual thanks to our ML moving (not away from the area but still, moving takes up so much time). I had some things I knew I wanted to put into this story, then finals happened and now I barely remember.

In no particular order, what I do remember is a) Brendan talking to the twins about using their abilities to see if his house is haunted and following through with that so he can see his son has moved on b) going out to the haunted hotel as a group (if there is any part of this I’m not sure is working it’s that hotel) c) his ex showing up. I could probably live without this scene but this is actually turning out to be a rather short novel for me so I probably have room for it. As the novel opens with her worried he’s suicidal it might be nice to show her realizing he’s okay now d) potentially having something supernatural attach itself to Brendan and e) the final scenes at the hotel and all the dangers there in.

I also want to work on expanding my SF novella which would fit the Nine Star open call for Lost. I thought it was due in just a few weeks. Luckily Lex pointed out that I am supremely confused and I have months on this. Good because I DO want to get that expanded and worked on.

I do have two other novellas I need to do something with. I want to work on changing the ending of my Cassadaga story after a rejection that reenforced I was off track there and to get to that shifter novella in Deadwood.

I have plans for 2018 as you can see. Also, I want to finish Kaleo and Aneirin’s story. I need to be working harder than I have been but frankly 2016-2017 has been one long depression so that I’ve written and sold anything is a minor miracle and one I’m going to tout.