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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
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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!

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!

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!

Rainbow Snippets

It’s been a week. I broke my tooth. I broke my toe. I am not in a good mood but at least I got the marketing stuff done for Blood Red Roulette and here’s some more of it. It’s a bit longer than six sentences though (because I’m tired and sore and don’t have the brain power left to find 6 good ones)

Luc squinted up at him as he tried to place him. “You’ve been to the Alibi and Delilah’s, right?”

“Yes, Arrigo Giancarlo. Surprised you remembered me.”

Luc shrugged. “You ain’t hard and desperate-lookin’ like the rest. You stand out.” He had a delightful Cajun accent.

“What happened? Another bar fight?” Arrigo gained nothing by pretending he didn’t notice the shiner.

Luc’s gaze dropped, and he fussed with the water bottles, not even trying to hawk them to the passersby. “Something like that. The Alibi has a rough clientele. Ain’t the first time I’ve been hit.” He cast a glance into his mostly full cooler, rubbing the cross he wore on a thin chain. “No one’s buying today. Da ain’t gonna like this.”

“I’m sorry.” Arrigo shifted, trying to find more shade. His skin itched. He wondered if it was a drunk or one of Luc’s family who had hit him. He suspected Luc was lying. Pulling out his wallet, he offered Luc twenty dollars. “This should cover it.”

Shaking his head, Luc tucked his hands under his legs. “I can’t take that.”

“Please. You can keep the water,” Arrigo offered.

Luc went pale, making the black eye stand out more. “Then Da would want to know how I got the money without selling anything.”

The way Luc’s voice shook, Arrigo could imagine what Luc’s father would think, given Luc’s pretty, rather than handsome, face. With his fluffy curls, Luc presented a downright cherubic image.

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.

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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!

Rainbow Snippets

Finally caught up with last week’s snippets. It was mid-terms and my college is in the throws of pulling itself apart so it’s been stressful. I still have a lot of catch up work to do but the local theater is showing the old Frankenstein movie for free so I might go do that.

Here’s more of Blood Red Roulette

Now that the sun tucked itself below the horizon, Arrigo strolled out of the MGM where he had been working off the day’s hours, unable to sleep. He might be old enough to withstand daylight, but the noonday Vegas sun hurt his eyes and made his skin tingle. That was the great thing about living in Cleveland. It was always overcast there! Granted, sunlight didn’t hold the terror it had in Arrigo’s mortal days, but the temperature tipped over a hundred degrees, not counting the reflected heat from the asphalt and cement. Arrigo knew he had been spoiled by air-conditioning and soft living. The Roman soldier in him only lived on when he took assignments for the Chiaroscuro.

So absorbed in what he was doing, Arrigo nearly passed right by someone he knew. For a moment all he could do was stare. Hawking water bottles on the sidewalk out of a cooler—something Arrigo considered questionably legal—Luc sat on the curb, sporting a black eye.

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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’ve missed this in the last couple of weeks because I’ve been relaxing a bit before nano starts in a couple of weeks. Also I’ve had a lot of work stress and things to do for it like research grant writing and putting together a sabbatical proposal (wish me luck)

The biggest news really is it’s a MONTH before Blood Red Roulette drops. This is a novel that’s been with me so long and I love these characters. I hope you do too. Also I can’t get enough of this cover.

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!

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ANd here, have another crap ton of writing links.

R.A. Salvatore and Patrick Rothfuss on What Does and Doesn’t Make Epic Fantasy Worlds Work

Turning Fury into Unicorns: How to Write Through Anger

Six Characters Siloed Into a Separate Story SIloed?!? Sidelined? Someone not know how siloes work?

Trying to Be a Good Writer is a Complete Waste of Time

How to Write Better Marketing Copy

3 Characteristics of “Extraordinary” Heroes, According to Donald Maass

editing advice

Overcoming Creativity Wounds

Story Structure Q&A: 6 Outstanding Questions About Structure

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel

The Anatomy of a Book Cover: A Guide for Authors

10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

WRITE A CAPTIVATING OPENING LINE

Lessons From the Fractured Plotting of The Collapsing Empire mythcreants being mean again.

Making Teleportation Work in Your Story

How Can I Ensure Reinvented Creatures Feel Different?

Rainbow Snippets

Running late again. My brother and SiL were in town for the Bob Evans Farm fest. Last year it was a bust because it was so hot. This year it was 45 degrees. I was pretty happy with that.

I’ll be continuing with Blood Red Roulette. You met Arrigo last time. Now you can meet Luc.

“What were you doing in the back alley with some guy?” Da balled up his fists.

Luc stared, clueless. “What are you talking about? I was only outside twice. Once to throw the garbage out and once to pass a mop.”

“Stanton said you were behind the bar with someone, c’est sa couillon,” his brother, Henri, said, closing the space between him and Luc.

Luc tensed. Nothing he said would matter. He understood his kin too well. They weren’t in a listening mood. “That drunk? I wasn’t out back.”

“Trying to make your own money sucking off the patrons in the alley?” Da growled.

“No!” Luc’s arms crossed in front of him, reflex from years of taking beatings. Doing something like that had never crossed his mind.

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!