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
MM/Contemporary
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
MM/Contemporary
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.

Rainbow Snippets

I still owe some comments from last week. Finals got in the way but they’re over and I’m in for some much needed time off.

This week’s is from another of my holiday stories, The Light of Winter which is set in Wales and encompasses both Druidic and Christian holidays. It’s also about the only contemporary story I’ve ever written. It was for DSP’s advent calendar.

When Warun had said his good-byes, Gareth felt a little better. Warun was as ready for a holiday as he was. Gareth worried what he had planned might just be the wrong thing. It was a risky trip, but he hoped the high-end hotel he’d chosen would offset the rest of his planned surprise holiday gift for Warun. He’d be nervous about it until it happened. There was nothing to do for that. Even if he and Warun hadn’t been so waspish lately, he’d worry about this trip.

Blurb Dr. Gareth Evans and his medical doctor partner, Warun Jones, are having trouble making time for each other between end of term craziness for Gareth and holiday-related injuries pouring into the hospital for Warun. Gareth has planned what he hopes will be the perfect recipe for relieving the tension and bringing them back together. While Warun wants Gareth to partake in Plygain, a traditional dawn service of hymn singing for Christmas, Gareth plans to take Warun to Bryn Celli Ddu and introduce him to the Druid ritual of Alban Arthan, the celebration of the winter solstice.

Link find The Light of Winter here

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Rainbow Snippets

I’ve finished (and won) nano with These Haunted Hills which naturally still isn’t finished. I’ll probably pick up with it in a few weeks. Since it’s that time of year let me highlight some of my holiday fiction. I’ll start with my favorite The Darkest Midnight in December. It’s not sweet holiday fic. It’s an urban fantasy with a Krampus-like creature (the French version of this to be precise) killing kids outside of Pittsburgh in the 30s.

I’m being bad. It’s a few sentences longer than 6.

Snippet “How many babies have gone missing?” Li asked.

Caleb tapped the briefcase holding a stack of files given to him by General Taglioferro before they left their headquarters in Pittsburgh. “Three and several couples. The local priests and police think it’s all the work of demons.”

“I was too busy packing.” Temple patted the box that held his Tommy gun and ammunition. “I didn’t get a chance to check out what the Order already knows about what’s going on here.”

“Once again, Li, your partner was napping.” Agni leveled a look at Temple who wrinkled his nose.

“We’ll bring him up to date once we get there.” Li pulled his coat tighter as the truck taking them from train station to hotel lurched down the road. “I just want to know why we have to ride in the bed with the luggage.”

“We all wouldn’t have fit.” Caleb shrugged. “And the driver they sent didn’t want any demon hunters in the cab with him, like we’ll infect him with our ability to see the demons or something.”

“Idiot. Who does he think is going to save this dumb town?” Temple grumbled.

Blurb The year is 1930, and something is hunting infants and young couples in Economy Village, PA. When a local priest begins to suspect a demon may be the culprit, the sheriff calls in a team of Soldiers from the Sun.

Caleb, Agni, Temple, and Li specialize in demon hunting, but they can’t rule out an old religious sect as the true culprit. Prejudice, distraught parents, and angry townspeople don’t make the team’s job any easier. And if something goes wrong, they’re on their own, because by the time their backup arrives, it will be too late.

Link find the Darkest Midnight here

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New Release

My steampunk holiday short story, The Glow of Luminiferous Aether on Tinsel with Ninestar Press is out today! It’s set here where I live in 1899. I had a blast with this one.

Blurb As Chief Tactician for the airship DeGrasse, Jacob Scarberry has spent the last six months on a wearying tour of duty. He’s missing home, and his prosthetic leg is conducting the December cold straight to his core. But with the holidays coming up, he’s looking forward to a well-earned leave, sharing some Christmas surprises with his lover, Dr. H. Alphus Troyer, and welcoming in the dawn of the 20th century.

A professor at Ohio University, Al is already on Christmas break, and his unconventional household is in a festive frenzy. Al is a bit less joyous, his anticipation of Jacob’s return warring with uncertainty over the special gift he had commissioned for him. Would Jacob appreciate it, or will it put a strain on their relationship?

Suddenly Al’s worries become trivial when the newspapers report an attack on the DeGrasse. With Jacob fighting for his life miles away, Al is left to wonder whether Jacob will return at all, or whether the planned festivities will become holiday heartbreak instead.

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