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My December release The Cabot Girls of Coventry Island finally has a cover and summary!

“There have always been Cabot girls on Coventry Island.

Located off the Washington coast, the tiny island is a source of incredible magic. Women in the Cabot family are entrusted with protecting it from being abused by the outside world. Twins Reese and May, along with their older sister Winnie, are the current custodians and use their connection with the island to the betterment of its inhabitants. Winnie owns a bakery where she imbues her creations with positive energy. Reese and May have a thrift shop where repurposed items are blessed and passed on to the owners they were always meant to have.

The sisters have a close connection, still living together in the same house where they grew up. But once their impenetrable bond was nearly shattered by a woman named Jessica Vaughn. She very nearly succeeded but, in the end, the sisters were able to overcome her manipulations and exiled her from the island once and for all. Or so they thought.

Jessica has come back, determined to stay, and she has big plans for the island, plans that run contrary to the quaint and quiet life the Cabots have vowed to protect. This time she has an ally who could turn the tide. The tight-knit sisters will discover their family has been harboring certain unforgivable secrets.

At a time when their island needs them the most, the Cabots may find their relationship has been fatally fractured.”



One of the downsides to writing a book about musicians, and one reason I wasn’t sure I wanted to, was the fact you would never actually hear what the band sounds like. I could describe it, you could imagine it, but I personally really wanted to HEAR the songs I was writing about. There were readers who said the only thing they didn’t like about the book was that they’d never get to hear Radiation Canary, and I thought that was a shame as well.

When Britt Kusserow bought a copy of the book, I joked privately to our mutual friend Kate that maybe she’d decide to record one of the songs for real. It wasn’t any time at all before Britt came back and asked if I would mind if she “messed around” with a song from the book. Mind?! Mess around?! PLEASE DO. So I gave her permission to do whatever the heck she wanted.

The result was this beautiful and amazing version of Radiation Canary’s biggest hit, “Say a Prayer (If You’ve Got One).” This is a song I wrote, but it’s like… a real song! How cool is that? She has her own music to work on (links on the video! Go support her, how ’bout it?) but I wouldn’t protest very hard if she wanted to do a whole album of Canary covers.

Say a Prayer (If You’ve Got One)



Today is not only book-release day (Breaking Anchor, now available in paperback and ebook editions!) but it’s a cover reveal day!

For the past two or so years, I’ve been posting one story per month to Patreon. I love all my patrons and I’ve loved sharing these stories with them, but some of the stories I feel should have a larger audience. So for the folks who don’t want to deal with a monthly subscription, I’m releasing some of my favorites in a collection called Appetizers. And here’s the cover!

Patreon subscribers will of course get a copy of the ebook for free. They’ve already paid for the stories once, no need to pay again. 😀 And these aren’t all the stories I’ve posted there, just some of my favorites. It includes a story that serves as a sort-of prequel to Breaking Anchor, showing an episode of Sofia Kennedy’s life long before she crossed paths with Marion Vogt.

We don’t have a release date yet, but rest assured as soon as it’s scheduled I’ll let everyone know!



On November 1, 2006, I started writing a novel I conceived specifically for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t expect anything from it, but I posted each chapter online as I finished them. When the novel was finished, the archivist of the site I was using emailed me and said it was a great story and if I ever considered publishing it, she worked as a cover artist for a small company who might want it. That’s the dream, right? So I agreed to submit the novel to them. I didn’t even bother to edit it very much before I sent it in. But on December 19, they replied and said they wanted it! They wanted to publish my book! I was going to be a published author!

That book – On the Air – came out in 2007. I followed that with a novel called Gemini, for which I won a Golden Crown Literary Society Award (a prestigious award for lesbian fiction which no man had ever won before). After that, there was no stopping me. Tilting at Windmills, which was the start of a five book series. World on Fire. The Following Sea. My publisher went out of business after releasing five of my novels, but my friend had just started a company of her own and wanted to use me as an established author just to get off the ground, so I already had a safe haven. The books didn’t slow down.

It’s been ten years since that Halloween night I sat staring at the clock, waiting for it to tick over to midnight so I could officially begin NaNoWriMo. I had the first line ready to go for weeks ahead of time (that line ended up getting edited out of the finished product, naturally). In the years since, I’ve received TWO Golden Crown Awards (still the only man to ever win, as far as I know). I’ve signed up with MGM and Fandemonium novels to write fiction based on Stargate SG-1 (one novel, Two Roads, and two short stories). One of my novels, Trafalgar & Boone, received a starred Kirkus review and was named one of their best indie novels of 2015. And, most amazing of all, one of my novels (Riley Parra) is being turned into a webseries for Tello Films! An actress is in prep right now to play a character I created, and it’s so amazing seeing her post on social media about how much she loves the character. It starts filming in January (you can find out more on Twitter or Tumblr!), and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I don’t know what I would’ve been doing in November 2006 if it wasn’t for NaNo. I may have eventually written that exact same novel at some point, I probably would have posted it on that site, and everything might have gotten rolling the same way it did in real life. But who knows when that might have happened? NaNo set me off, NaNo got me in a chair and writing, and by that time the following year, I had a published paperback novel in my hand.

Being a writer doesn’t start out with a publishing contract. It doesn’t start with a crash of lightning and a declaration that “THIS will be the ONE…!” It starts with a story, just like it always does, and one line written on a blank page.



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!



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.



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