Sunday Small Talk

I wish I had a lot to talk about but the truth is I’m so busy that I can’t even think. But of course the best news is Blood Red Roulette is out. No matter what happens now, that makes me so happy (even if there is a tinge of post-release blues hanging around my brain). I’ve had these characters in my head for more than two decades and it will be good to share them.

In the process I’ve seen a request for a sequel and another saying how much they like my writing. It makes you smile. I would love to do another story with these two. I had some in my head twenty years ago. I don’t think any of those would really work (which is why I didn’t try them). Also I got an encouraging ecard from the publisher to congratulate me on the release, another thing that made me smile.

Here’s is more of the blog tour. Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone and I am very appreciative of those who hosted me and a big thanks to Other Worlds Ink for putting this all together for me!

<A href="ht Lou Sylvre’s blog

Bayou Book Junkie

Anne Barwell’s blog

Mirrigold’s blog

Matt Doyle’s Media

Jessie G’s Books

If you’re looking for Blood Red RouletteYou can order it on amazon or
DSPP

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And have a few writing links

on’t Be Too Smart or Clever in Your Book Descriptions

Writing Tips: The 4 Stages Of Writing A Book From First Draft To Publication

Five Common Storytelling Mistakes in the Pursuit of Social Justice

Five Common Storytelling Mistakes in the Pursuit of Social Justice

Should Your Sapient Aliens Be Bipedal?

Rainbow Snippets

Blood Red Roulette released this week so that’s pretty exciting. All of my research proposals are turned in. I can’t believe the semester is over in two weeks. I swear I just started back to work. As for Nano I’m falling behind.

More of Blood Red today. The Taabu’s referred to here is Arrigo’s friend’s house.

He wished he could have asked Luc to Taabu’s, but throwing someone into a group of unknown people would be a cruel first date. Sure Luc sparked a bit around him, but Arrigo couldn’t tell if the attraction was real or just his fevered imagination. Arrigo wondered about his budding obsession. Maybe because it had been a while since he had wanted something he couldn’t have. His money and power in the Supernatural world meant he usually could have just about anything, and Arrigo admittedly was selfish enough to use that.

Maybe staying away from Luc was for the best. Arrigo probably represented a complication Luc didn’t need. Arrigo wished he didn’t have a weakness for mortals. Life would be easier if he confined himself to other Supernaturals, Often he did, but the fleeting humanity of a mortal enticed him. Arrigo didn’t claim to understand it, but he didn’t fight it. He did his best within the confines of his nature.

Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can order it on amazon or
DSPP

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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

Other than I’m trying to get neck deep into my nano novel the other thing that has been consuming my soul is that my vampires in Vegas novel comes out at long last in just two days. I can’t even believe it really. I love Arrigo and Luc and I hope you will too. It’s more urban fantasy with a strong romantic subplot than it is simply a romance. There are some life or death moments in it. And I’ve talked a lot about it at various places. I’ve collected the first week of the tour here and there is a giveaway so there’s that. Check out all these wonderful blogs to whom I am grateful. And a huge thanks to Other Worlds Ink for arranging the tour!

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

MM Good Book Reviews.

Love Bytes LGBTQ book Reviews

Valerie Ullmer’s blog

Amy Aislin’s blog

MM Midnight Cafe

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Blurb
Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

Dreamspinner Publications

Amazon

And have a few writing links too.
Writers Beware of the Legal Pitfalls – Copyright Basics Part 3

The Dual Plot Structure That Makes Stories a Success

81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist Not necessarily writing specific but we all need self care

Crafting Resonance: Music and Writing

Tips On Horking Up Your Novel’s Zero Draft

10 Tips for Hosting a Successful Book Launch Party

Book Selling Strategies and Tactics (Don’t Get Caught In The Monkey Trap)

What is Written Fluency?

Rainbow Snippets

As always a big thanks to all the Veterans this veterans day.

My nano isn’t going well because I had THREE different research proposals to get out there. I’m finally done with that and can concentrate. Crosses fingers. I’m not that far behind (30% done).

More from Blood Red Roulette. It releases Tuesday. I’m VERY excited!

“Karma again? What were you in a past life? A serial killer?” Luc’s wide grin took the sting out of his words, but Arrigo flinched nonetheless. He had killed more people over the centuries than a serial killer’s wet dream; granted, most of them had been rogue Supernaturals. Frankly he didn’t mourn their loss or have trouble being the one to end them.

“It does a person good to help others,” Arrigo replied.

“Not in my world,” Luc muttered, mirroring Arrigo’s wince.

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Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can pre-order the paperback here (currently on sale)

the ebook here

It releases November 13th!

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 wish I had more time for small talk. Between struggling to convert a class to an online class at the last minute and doing nano and writing my sabbatical request I haven’t time for much of anything.

I am however doing nano under my other pen name and it’s going all right but I’ve been slowing down because of test making and last minute class stuff for the above mentioned class.

Heck I’m not even had time to say that my novel is coming out in NINE days so here’s me saying that.

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Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can pre-order the paperback here (currently on sale)

the ebook here

It releases November 13th!

And have some writing links

FIVE THINGS EDITORS WISH CREATIVE WRITERS KNEW

The 7 Deadly Sins of Editors (According to Novelists)

Writing When Life Is More Trick Than Treat

Self-Publishing 3.0 And How To Build Success As An Indie Author With Orna Ross

How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas

Create the Villain Readers Love to Hate

From around the web

This is a Truly Bizarre Way to Write a Novel

Writing Women With Sharp Edges

How Dedicating A Whole Year To Write About Happiness Changed My Life

Is It Real? 25 Famous Writers on Writer’s Block

Vision Boards for Authors


Five Fantasies Driven by Unconventional Minds

Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation

For World Mental Health Day: When Writer’s Block Is Actually Depression

Here Is How You NaNoWriMo, You Ruinous Monster, You

3 Ways to Use “Accidental Research” to Write More Authentic Fiction


Write, Critique, Revise, Repeat: On Le Guin and Asking the Hard Questions of Ourselves

Rainbow Snippets

Started nano. I managed to do 5000 in one day but today isn’t going as well.(it’s been an exhausting day).

Here’s a bit more from Blood Red Roulette

Something stirred in his gut about the cause of Luc’s injuries. If the drunk had mentioned seeing Luc in an alley with what he thought was another young man, Arrigo didn’t doubt Luc’s father would react violently. He seemed to respond viciously to most things from the few times Arrigo had seen him. Arrigo truly regretted his impulsive would-be snacking. He wished he could make Luc’s family stop hurting him. Vampires could control minds but only briefly and in very limited ways. The effects quickly faded, so the best he could do would be to take the pressure off for a night and only if he spent a good deal of time concentrating on it.

“Okay, I’ll take as many as I can carry, then.”

Luc’s pale brow beetled. “Why are you being so nice? You barely know me.”

“Call it karma.” Arrigo waved the twenty. This time Luc took it. Arrigo stooped and loaded his arms up with several water bottles. “Let’s just say I have the means, and it makes me feel good to help others. Why don’t you go get out of the heat? It’s only going to make your eye worse.”

Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can pre-order the paperback here (currently on sale)

the ebook here

It releases November 13th!

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!

Free Flash Fiction

Fools for Love
This was written for spook_me on livejournal/dreamwidth for the 2018 challenge and was inspired by This lovely piece of art
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Tonka sometimes wondered if her choices were always the wisest. She loved Sanja, she truly did but the Vila often got a wild hair. What could she expect of a woodland fairy? Well, she did expect to stay at home a little more often. She liked the Velebit Mountains. Tonka knew she’d follow Sanja anywhere but she should have protested a little harder when Sanja said they were going to find Baba Yaga and teach the Mother of Witches a lesson or two about messing with the Vilas of the mountains.

So now Tonka found herself fencing with a hut with chicken legs. Adrijan helped her out while Sanja took on Baba Yaga. The snow got into the act somehow, Tonka’s footing sliding and slipping as she slashed with her sword. “Sorry you came along?” she panted at Adrijan.

“Anything for my princess.” He grinned nearly taking a toe off Baba Yaga’s hut with his blade.

He wasn’t talking about her, not that he had much she wanted other than his friendship, and Adrijan was an excellent friend. His princess was an enchantress back home with no royal blood. She had no real love for Adrijan but enjoyed playing with him, telling him if he were a great hero he could win her heart like in a fireside tale. He refused to listen to Tonka or Sanja about his ‘princess,’ so they reluctantly let him do as he would. He’d learn the hard way. Adrijan followed Tonka on this ridiculous adventure to prove himself. He did it for love and so had she. What fools were they?

Tonka ducked under the hut’s foot but before she could retaliate, she heard Sanja scream. She whipped around to see her lover lifted off the ground impossibly high by the neck by a frail-looking crone. That was one of Baba Yaga’s defenses. She looked like an old woman a strong wind could blow away but she was tougher than anyone would guess.

“Forget the house,” Tonka shouted at Adrijan. She ran full tilt, snow be damned. Adrijan would follow.

Baba Yaga gestured and Tonka went flying, nearly landing on her sword. Adrijan soared above her, crashing down on her. Tonka lost her breath. The next scream she heard wasn’t Sanja’s. Baba Yaga rushed past, her hair on fire. Sanja raced after her, winging flames magically at the witch.

Never aggravate an earth spirit, Tonka thought, rolling Adrijan off her.

Baba Yaga dove into her house and the thing scampered off as fast as its chicken legs could go. Sanja held a hand out to Tonka while rubbing her neck with the other. Tonka let Sanja haul her up into a kiss. Adrijan pulled himself up and walked off shielding his eyes. He was amazingly shy about expressions of love. His princess would eat him alive.

“This was a really dumb idea,” Tonka said when Sanja allowed her some air. She examined Sanja’s neck, seeing the bruises Baba Yaga left behind.

Sanja smiled thinly. “Probably, but she’ll think twice about encroaching on my woods.”

“You are brave and beautiful and crazy.” Tonka embraced her. “Can we go home now?”

“Sure. So, bets on whether or not Adrijan makes an epic poem of this for his princess?” Sanja grinned.

Tonka snorted. “No bet. He will.” She linked her fingers with Sanja’s. “Home, my love. Let’s go home.”