The second novel in the Trafalgar & Boone series is now available in ebook and hardcover! In honor of all the love the first one has gotten (Kirkus starred review, one of their best indie books of 2015, plus all the love from readers) I’m giving away a copy of the second one! All you have to do is respond to this post on my Facebook with your favorite novel of mine and you’re entered! (also, if you want to like the page, that’s fine too ;D).

Happy reading!



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Coming September 1! Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis, the sequel to the novel Kirkus Reviews named one of the best Indie books of 2015!

Last year, readers met Lady Dorothy Boone and her rival Miss Trafalgar, two rival explorers forced to join forces against an enemy who wished them both dead. The bond forged during that adventure remained strong enough that the two women decided to join forces. Now, a year later, their partnership has grown beyond its shaky first steps and has begun showing signs of a union that may be the only thing that stands between the world as they know it and whatever horrors the future may hold.

Return to the world of Trafalgar & Boone, a London recovering from a Great War fought with magic and only now beginning to see the consequences of what has been set loose. The cracks of the world are beginning to show. The ancient evils long thought extinct are gaining strength. Trafalgar and Dorothy, along with Dorothy’s majordomo and lover Beatrice Sek and a host of other allies, must put aside their bickering and petty differences to discover where the threats are coming from, how they were stopped, and how to prevent the end of civilization.

PRAISE FOR TRAFALGAR & BOONE

    “An imaginatively wrought, steampunk-influenced feminist adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “This was everything I wanted from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, only with lesbians. Wildly inventive, delightfully romantic, and sneakily thought-provoking, Geonn Cannon’s Trafalgar & Boone takes readers on a whirlwind adventure that never fails to satisfy. Steampunk fantasy of the highest quality!” – Melissa Scott, author of the Astreiant series

    “What a wonderful, fun read. Lady Boone is the lesbian Indiana Jones!” – Myra Swintz

    “Part science, part historical fiction, part fantasy, part mystery, this tale is filled with adventure and bravery. I don’t want to leave these characters just yet. I want to know more about them, their lives, and their adventures in the future. And I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.” – Mehek Naresh, The Rainbow Hub

    “Romantic scenes are classy and erotic without descending into excessive detail. It is nice to see characters who are more diverse than the traditional white, male, heterosexual, wealthy Englishman, who was formerly a mainstay of these genre of novels.” – Jo Frankel

    “I would recommend this to any who enjoys steampunk or just a good plot mystery!” – Rhayne, Inked Rainbow Reads

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    Well, it’s come to an end, folks. There was laughter and tears. Rivalries formed. Friends became enemies and enemies became friends. Nothing will ever be the same again. Not because of the Storybundle, but just… in general. It’s been a really busy couple of weeks around here.

    But the hordes of readers did respond to our call and we managed to hit our goal!

    Yippee

    That means Heather Rose Jones and I have to make good on our promises! She’s already close to giving away all her copies, so if you haven’t snatched one up yet go comment! As for my offer, be one of the first five commenters on this post who bought the Storybundle (honor system!) and you’ll get your very own ebook copy of “Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis”! It’s the sequel to the Trafalgar & Boone novel in the bundle, and it’s not available for purchase until September 1! That’s right, for helping support the Storybundle and authors and getting young girls interested in writing, you get to read the book before anyone else! How awesome is that? So comment! Let me know how to get in touch with you so we can work out the delivery details!

    And lastly… thank you!

    EDIT: Four left!



    We’re in the final few hours for the Storybundle that includes Trafalgar & Boone and Stag & Hound, plus nine other fantastic novels! In case you missed my last post, you pay $5 for five novels. But if you pay a little bit more, you get ELEVEN novels. Just barely a dollar each. Not too shabby! The Storybundle has been going so well that Heather Rose Jones has decided to give five lucky bundle purchases an extra reward for their support (you can read all about her giveaway over on her blog and comment to win!). I’ve decided I want to follow her lead and do the same thing.

    We’re very close to a really cool milestone. If we manage to cross that line, I’ll put up a post like Heather’s. The first five people who comment saying they bought the Storybundle (we’re going by the honor system here) will get a copy of Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis, the sequel to the Trafalgar & Boone novel in the bundle. You won’t even be able to buy it until September 1, but since you were so super-cool enough to support authors and some fantastic charities, I want to reward you a little bit.

    If you’ve already bought the bundle, thank you! I hope you enjoy the stories! If you haven’t hopefully this is just the incentive you needed to dive in!



    For two more weeks, you can head over to Storybundle and get a great deal on five novels – including my novel, The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone, which Kirkus Reviews named one of their best indie books of 2015. If you pay a little bit more, you also get access to six other novels. The bonus bundle includes another novel I wrote called Stag & Hound. It’s a complete standalone, but I thought I would say a few words about the greater universe in which it takes place.

    Stag & Hound takes place in a world in which werewolves exist. Their species is canidae, and transforming is an ability they’re born with. They can change whenever they wish, meaning there’s no reason to wait for a full moon if they want to bring out the wolf, but there is a reason for the myth: the wolf is a part of who they are, so going more than a month without changing is extremely difficult. If they go more than three or four weeks, the transformation can happen abruptly. Canidae exist in secret after being persecuted and hunted for thousands of years by a group of humans called Hunters. Being bitten does transfer the ability to change but, if it happens when the victim is an adult, their body won’t be able to handle the transformation. The first change is a death sentence if it doesn’t happen before puberty.

    I first started writing about canidae for a Halloween story invitational at Academy of Bards (a great place to find lesbian-centric fiction that grew out of the Xena fandom). I was stumped for an idea and decided “werewolves” and “private investigator” was a fun idea. So I created Ariadne Willow, a modern-day PI working in Seattle with her then-assistant, Dale Frye. I ended up liking the character enough that I wrote three stories for them. There wasn’t much of a response, so I sort of put them aside for a while. I came back when I was inspired for a fourth story, and people blew up. Commenting on the new story, telling me they’d gone back to read the others, asking when there would be more… It didn’t take long to realize there was a lot of potential in these characters and their world, so I decided it was time to turn it into a novel.

    The Underdogs series is now five books strong, with a sixth on the way. When I was planning the second installment (Beware of Wolf), I came up with the idea of a historical event that Ariadne knew as a fairy tale that involved a female soldier in the Napoleonic Wars falling in love with a canidae. I didn’t want to wedge it into the story as a flashback (the novel already had two plotlines, and adding a third was just Too Much) so I wrote it out as a supplementary piece called Wolf at the Door. It allowed me to explore the history of canidae in a world just like ours without forcing the narrative on Ari and Dale.

    So once those floodgates were open, I knew I wanted to write more of what I called “classical canidae.” So far the majority of them are follow-ups to Wolf at the Door, but I’ve also written stories about a canidae rumrunner and wolves in medieval times (you can find them here for free). And now, the second full-length novel featuring classical canidae takes them behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France. I hope you enjoy it!

    There’s a whole world of stories waiting to be told in the future for Ari and Dale, but there is also a rich history just waiting to be discovered.



    This is a story I’ve told before, but it’s a good one. And this will hopefully help people who are coming to my blog because of the Storybundle. To which I say…

    New Person

    One morning, I woke up with a segment of a dream still rattling around in my head. All I had was a single “scene”: Two women, one black and one white, covered in mud, blood, dirt, and grime. One was wearing a heavy leather duster. The other was a redhead. They were joined by a man who was looking much more composed than either of the ladies. The three of them stepped into an elevator. As the doors closed, the women looked at each other and started to laugh. The man rolled his eyes, exasperated. Beyond that, I only knew that their names were Trafalgar & Boone.

    It was such a strong image that I went to Twitter and sort of off-handedly described it. Three different followers pushed me to do more with the idea, prompting me into making it a steampunk lesbian Indiana Jones analog. Who wouldn’t want to write something like that?! I had other projects on the table at the time so I set it aside, but I kept coming back to it. Eventually I had to start writing, and the world of Trafalgar & Boone unfolded around me. It was a world just emerging from a Great War, which had been fought with magic. It was a London with airships ferrying passengers across the Thames. And it was a world on the brink of something horrible wrought by the overuse and unpracticed use of magic during the war. Strange and powerful things are afoot in the world, and only by two former enemies joining forces can anyone hope to survive.

    Since being published, Trafalgar & Boone have been the recipient of several honors from Kirkus Reviews. It was given a rare starred review, named one of their best Indie books of the month, and one of the best indie books of 2015. The covers, by Rita Fei, are so spectacular that I don’t know how I lucked into getting her to do them. I’m trying not to create plots simply to see what she can do for them.

    Melissa Scott has been a champion for Trafalgar and Dorothy Boone from the moment they were conceived, and I’m honored she chose to include them in this Storybundle. They’re taking a position among such giants as Jo Graham, Martha Wells, Heather Rose Jones, and Judith Tarr. For less than the price of any individual books, you get FIVE great novels. And if you decide to pay a little extra, you more than double your haul.

    With your purchase, you’re not just supporting creators, you can help charity at the same time. You can donate a portion of your payment to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now. So go! Pretend you’re being selfish in grabbing some great reads and help support young writers at the same time! The Storybundle is only going to be available for a limited time, so get yours now!

    FANTASY STORYBUNDLE



    If you haven’t picked up a copy of Trafalgar & Boone yet, now is your chance! It’s part of a Storybundle along with books by some other authors, including a few who will be familiar to Stargate readers. Basically, pay a minimum of $5 to get five great books (including the first Trafalgar & Boone, named as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2015). If you pay at least $15, you get six extra books, including an Underdogs tie-in Stag & Hound! That’s eleven books for $15!

    Melissa says:
    In this collection I’ve been able to bring together an extraordinary group of writers who draw their inspiration from Western history, in periods from Ancient Egypt through the Second World War. There are classics like the World Fantasy Award-nominated Lord of the Two Lands and the Nebula-nominated Death of the Necromancer, and newer novels like Daughter of Mystery and The Emperor’s Agent — and Stag and Hound, just released in April. What these novels have in common, across these very different periods, is a depth to and delight in their worlds, in the precise detail and pitch-perfect moment that not only propels the story, but makes it utterly, dazzlingly real.

    The initial titles in The Historical Fantasy Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

    • The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells
    • The Emperor’s Agent by Jo Graham
    • Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
    • The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boon e by Geonn Cannon
    • The Orffyreus Wheel by David Niall Wilson

    If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more:

    • The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
    • Steel Blues by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
    • Between Worlds by Martha Wells
    • PIllar of Fire by Judith Tarr
    • Lord of the Two Lands by Judith Tarr
    • Stag and Hound by Geonn Cannon

    The bundle is available only for a limited time via https://storybundle.com/fantasy. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

    It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

    Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

    • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
    • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
    • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
    • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Mighty Writers and Girls Write now.
    • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!



    A few weeks ago, CBS aired the final episode of Person of Interest. It was an early but not unexpected ending, which gave the show time to wrap up their storylines. The result was a series that lasted five seasons and just over 100 episodes. It was a show that told a story with a distinct beginning, middle, and ending, a show that had elements of its endgame hidden in some of the earliest episodes. The characters were given appropriate (if tragic, in some cases) final chapters. And when the last scene faded to black, we were left with a show that had told its story and was closing the book.

    There are people passing around petitions for a sixth season on Netflix. I’m not signing any of them, even though I count Person of Interest as maybe my favorite show of all time. I don’t want more. I don’t want forced plotlines and watered down versions of the greatness that came before. Too often, shows overstay their welcome just so they can say it’s still on. I loved The Good Wife, but my love for it waned hard and fast to the point where I haven’t even started the final season. Stargate SG-1 reigns supreme as my favorite show, but even I admit the last few seasons weren’t its best (although I’ll be forever grateful we got to know Vala). I’m not happy that there will never be any new Person of Interest, but I’m very glad that we got what we did and that it never went downhill in terms of quality.

    That’s the importance of ending. I’ve written a few series in my time, and the first two had very distinct endings. The Claire Lance series was created with a fifth book in mind because I knew it wouldn’t make any sense to have her running endlessly. There had to be an end to her road. As much as I loved her and I loved writing for her, I had to give her peace eventually. The same thing happened with Riley Parra. I didn’t know exactly how long she would go on (it ended up being five books as well). I could have written her until the end of time and been very happy to do so. But I knew that eventually she deserved to rest. She deserved a happy ending. Her supporting cast deserved their endings as well.

    I’m currently writing two series that I’ve planned to be ongoing: Underdogs and Trafalgar & Boone. The former is on book 5, with no ending in sight. I’ve crafted that series to have built-in finales every few books. The third book ended one story, and book 5 begins a new arc, with standalones sprinkled throughout. Ariadne and Dale will continue to grow and evolve. The stories will begin and end so new readers can slip in whenever and wherever they want. But eventually I will either end or slow down the series to give Ari and Dale a final ending so they can have some peace, too. Trafalgar & Boone is a bit trickier. I’m not sure how many books will be in that series when all is said and done, but I’m definitely planning for more than five. Seven seems like a nice number, but we’ll see what transpires with the plot.

    These days, everyone seems obsessed with continuations. The story must go on, the show must be renewed, the movie must have sequels and spawn a franchise. All good things come to an end, all stories need to eventually stop. The book needs to be closed so a new one can be opened. As much as I loved writing Riley and Claire (who may return in a series epilogue novel… stay tuned) and Ari and Trafalgar & Boone, I know eventually I’ll write them all for the last time. And while that’s sad, I’m excited about the possibilities. It changes how I’ll write them because I know there won’t be a chance to get it right later.

    And then there’s the old adage: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” And once the story is done, you have the full story in front of you, and you can go back to the beginning to relive the story you loved knowing how it will all come together in the end. If the series keeps going in perpetuity, soon you have thirteen novels full of references to past stories that you half remember and would be incomprehensible to new readers. At that point it’s virtually impossible to give the series a graceful ending, so instead it just fades away. No one wants a story they once loved to fade into a pale shadow of its former self.

    “The End” only means the story has stopped being told. It will always be there, waiting for you when you’re ready to revisit it.



    Over the course of the GCLS Award-winning Underdogs series, Ariadne Willow has taken down a group of hunters eager to reignite a war between humans and wolves, fought drug smugglers, and fallen deeply in love with her girlfriend and assistant, Dale Frye. In the fifth book, WILDER ANIMALS, Ariadne and Dale are back in Seattle and back to work. A strange call from Clark Wilcox, a rival private investigator, in the middle of the night piques Ari’s interest even before the police arrive the following morning to tell her Wilcox killed himself immediately after hanging up. Ari and Dale set out to discover why Wilcox would kill himself puts her on the trail of an enemy who is willing to kill to keep his secrets.
    Wilder Animals comes out July 1!

    Order now, or catch up on the series here!

    PRAISE FOR THE UNDERDOGS SERIES:
    “…one of the most original werewolf stories I’ve ever encountered,” – Amazon review, Beware of Wolf

    “I’m a fan of shifter stories and this is an excellent entry to the genre.” – Elisa (Rainbow Awards), Dogs of War

    “Although the main characters are a lesbian couple, this is NOT a lesbian romance, but rather a lesbian action novel with a committed couple at its center. He writes lesbian sex better than some women I know.” – Amazon review, Dogs of War

    “This series never ceases to amaze me with the ease I am drawn into each book and there is always something new and captivating happening!” – Inked Rainbow Reads, Red In Tooth and Claw

    “It’s been a long time since I have been able to read a real romance/action book that was not based only on the same old story about the brooding butch that meet the perfect femme and how they faced adversity in 80% of the book and finally got together in the final chapter.” – Amazon review, Underdogs: The Novel

    Wilder Animals



    This month’s Patreon story went up today! It’s a prequel to Radiation Canary that tells the story of Lana Kent’s mother, explaining who she was and how she reacted to Lana’s sudden arrival in her life. Since I know some people may be wary of Patreon, giving their information to a site like that, or just don’t like the idea of a subscription, I’m making this one available as a one-off $1 purchase! Just go through Paypal and you should get a PDF from Dropbox (if not, let me know and I’ll fiddle with stuff). And if you want to see what Patreon is all about, you can find my page here!

    Oh, and for anyone who may be worried about spoilers, you don’t actually have to read very much at all in order to read this. If you know what the Radiation Canary novels are about, you’re already more spoiled than this story will make you.

    Summary: 1979. Metairie, Louisiana. Debra Kent and Celeste Lafitte begin a friendship that will take them through their final year of school and into a life neither of them ever anticipated.