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Ariadne Willow is a private investigator with a secret weapon. She’s a canidae, a person with the ability to transform into a wolf at will. Using her heightened senses to track and her shapeshifting to follow people without being seen, she’s made a decent business for herself and her associate Dale Frye. Together, they form Bitches Investigations, a small but scrappy agency that fights for the little guy. Whether going up against the richest woman in Seattle, an environmentalist celebrity with a sordid past, or facing a war between humans and wolves, there’s one thing that remains constant; Ariadne Willow and Dale Frye are not going down without a fight, because they know the one thing you can always trust…

You should always bet on the underdogs.

Winner of the Rainbow Award and Golden Crown Literary Society Award (for Dogs of War), Underdogs is a new kind of werewolf series. No alphas, no “female wolf must choose which manly man wolf she needs to mate with,” no bull. Just a story about a female werewolf and her committed relationship with another woman serving as a backdrop to fun, dangerous, action-paced mysteries.

Start reading the novels here!

Or if you’d prefer some free stories that set up the universe without the commitment of paying for the book, you can start here!

Praise for The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar & the Erudite Lady Boone:
“An imaginatively wrought, steampunk-influenced feminist adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Part science, part historical fiction, part fantasy, part mystery, this tale is filled with adventure and bravery.” – Mehek Naresh, The Rainbow Hub

“Cannon once again delivered a wonderful, action packed story that had me flipping pages hours after I should have put it down and gotten some sleep.” – Rhayne, Inked Rainbow Reads

Buy it here!

(Hardcover forthcoming!)

Pausing Trafalgar & Boone coverage to pimp my November release! “Into the Furnace” is a standalone novel, vaguely in the Squire’s Isle, Radiation Canary, and Underdogs universe (there IS a crossover character from one of these who appears, but I won’t tell you who or which one). It’s a throwback to my earlier novels: On the Air, Gemini, World on Fire, Following Sea… the person is the story, her love life is the important thing, and the plot is just something that happens to her.

It’s a bit unusual because it’s a reversal of the usual love story. Kelly begins the novel in a relationship, but as it goes on she finds herself falling out of love. By the end, who knows what will happen?

Kelly is also my first bisexual character. Hopefully I got her right. ::fingers crossed::

If you like the idea of a reverse-romance with a bisexual firefighter, click right here to preorder your copy!

I write a lot of Squire’s Isle stories, mainly because I like using them as little snapshots to check in with the ladies. I don’t want too much drama infringing on their lives. A little drama. The day-to-day stuff. But nothing so big as to require a whole novel. That said, I do still want to write a novel that brings in every one of the islanders. Not a cameo here or a mention there. I want it to be a lesbian Avengers. I want to do an island-wide story that has Nadine, Patricia, Amy, Jill, Miranda, Alex, Kate, Vanessa, Cheryl, Rachel, Nicole, and everyone else.

I had an idea for a novel like that once. It was all plotted out and everything, but there was one huge problem with it: someone died. I didn’t expect it. I stared at the notes for so long trying to convince myself that “Yes, if this story gets written, that scene has to happen.” That person had to die. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that character wasn’t doomed. She wasn’t going to be killed off. It wasn’t about how the audience would react, it wasn’t about being too cowardly to kill off someone I love. It was because that was not how her story ended.

So to save her life, I scrapped the entire thing. That particular story, that chain of events, will never happen to Squire’s Isle. But I still do want to write something big and crossover-ish. I want to use this little town I created to tell a big, fantastic story.

One day I will figure out a story that is true to everyone and true to the island. Until then, it will just have to be my white whale.

In 2010, I won my first Goldie Award from the GCLS for my novel “Gemini.” That same year for the Academy of Bards Halloween Invitational, I created a series called “Underdogs.” I didn’t know where I was going with it. I half-expected it to be a one-shot story, just a fun and quick mystery about a werewolf private investigator. I ended up liking the characters so much that I wrote another story with them, and then another, and then… I stopped. The stories weren’t getting much in the way of feedback, so I figured people didn’t want to read them. So I moved on to other things.

About six months later, I dipped my toe back into the waters. The response was instantly enthusiastic. Not only did it spawn a whole series of short stories, but I quickly decided to branch it off into novels. In 2012, “Underdogs: The Novel” was released. It was a standalone story to introduce the world and the characters to people who might not have read the short stories, but also the start of a trilogy. I wanted to do what Pirates of the Caribbean did: the first movie could exist entirely by itself, but the second and third would tie all three together into a larger narrative. In the second book, Ari discovers more about her mother and one of the biggest threats facing the <i>canidae</i>. It all came to a head in the “finale,” which would complete the story and give everyone a sense of closure. That way, even if the series continued, I didn’t have to worry about building and building and building until we finally reach a climax in Book 12, which is so convoluted that only the hardcorest of fans will even bother reading it. A nice, tight three-book trilogy that left all the pieces in place for continued adventures.

Last night, I won my second Goldie for “Dogs of War.” Being the conclusion of the trilogy, I can’t help but feel the award is for the series as a whole. I’m so honored to get this award for a series that almost didn’t begin, and a pair of characters I’ve grown to love, and for a series I hope continues for many books to come (Book 4, “Red in Tooth and Claw” is already available!).

In the past few weeks, I’ve received one of the highest honors Kirkus reviews can give to a novel (a starred review on Trafalgar & Boone) and now one of the most prestigious awards in the LGBT world has a second place on my desk. I don’t know what the future holds, but right now I am a very grateful and honored man. Thank you to everyone who has read, reviewed, or suggested one of my books to a friend. It means so much to me that you’ve enjoyed my novels. I hope you enjoy what I release in the future!GCLS

This is big!

My next novel coming out is Sojourn, a short scifi horror piece. After that, I’m releasing my next big project: The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone (just call it “Trafalgar & Boone” for ease <g>). This is the first book of an ongoing series about two explorers in a magical, steampunk-inthused version of 1920s London. I’m very excited for people to read this story and meet these characters, but that excitement just shot through the roof because of the advance review it just picked up.

Kirkus Reviews is well-known in the industry for its harsh but fair reviews. The hope is that you’ll be able to pluck something quotable from their review and put it on the book jacket so people can see their name. So Trafalgar & Boone made the trip to Kirkus and came back with the rarest of rarities. Not only is the review glowing and full of praise, it got a star. I’ve read that only 2% of books get a star every year, and my book is one of them! This is highly elite company, and that star means a lot to booksellers. It means the book is worth displaying and treating special. It means more people seeing the book and hopefully picking up a copy.

The best part – to me – is that the book was reviewed as a standard novel. Not niche, not “lesbian fiction,” but as a mainstream novel that happens to feature gay characters. That elevates it to a higher level, I think. I love the LGBT genre, and I’m proud of the place I’ve been given in that world, and I feel like this recognition is holding the door open just a little to show the rest of the world that this isn’t a ghetto or an inferior market. This is a genre that can stand with the big dogs.

I just can’t get over this review!

“…Cannon (Cinder and the Smoke, 2015, etc.) populates his story with a bright, complex array of characters, mostly women and many LGBT and/or of color. It’s refreshing to see such classically underrepresented groups overcome adversity and save the day in smart, sexy style. While graphic scenes of sex and violence make this one for more mature readers, one won’t find many better examples for young girls of the importance of being true to oneself than Trafalgar and Boone.

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

IT’S HERE. The Trafalgar & Boone cover with art by the awesomely talented Rita Fei and text by the always fantastic Heidi DeCausemaker is finally ready to be unveiled!

art by Rita Fei

art by Rita Fei

A new steampunk hardcover from Geonn Cannon coming September 2015!

The first book in an all-new series!

In 1899, a secret society tried to use a young woman to bring an ancient evil into the world. Twenty years later they will return to finish the job.

After the Great War, London is settling once more into the gentle routine of peacetime. The airships that once protected England’s coast now ferry people back and forth across the Thames, the magically-inclined are free to return to their normal work, and those who seek treasures left behind by ancient civilizations are again free to explore. Dorothy Boone shunned a life of luxury to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps by uncovering the mysteries of “the worlds that came before ours.” When a package explodes upon delivery to Lady Boone’s townhouse, she is drawn into an unlikely alliance with her nemesis, Trafalgar of Abyssinia, to find the culprit.

They soon find themselves unraveling a plot that has left many of their allies dead and the rest in fear for their lives. A group of treasure hunters with a fiendish plot to take over England has begun eliminating its competition in order to fund an expedition to retrieve the last item they need for a summoning that will bring an ancient evil into our world. With no one else to trust, Trafalgar and Boone must put aside their differences and forge a partnership to stop their mutual enemy. If they fail, a world that still bears the scars of the Great War will be once again thrown into turmoil.

Welcome to the world of Trafalgar and Boone, a world where airships battled in a Great War that was fought by soldiers who utilized magic and summoned monsters to do their bidding, a world that they must defend by working together to stop an evil far greater than either of them could ever have imagined.

Coming July 1, 2015!

Canidae private investigator Ariadne Willow and her girlfriend Dale have had a hectic couple of years, dealing with murderous clients while attempting to stop an all-out war between hunters and wolves. After stopping the onset of wolf manoth, Ari decides it’s well past time that she and Dale take a vacation. Two weeks of rest and relaxation at the cabin where their relationship went from business to romance sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered. Dale hopes the opportunity to slow down will ease some of the pain Ari has been suffering from her transformations.

Their plans are thrown for a loop when Ari goes for a run and stumbles over the body of a dead girl hidden deep in the woods near the cabin. When she returns with the police the body has vanished and the scene hastily cleaned up. The police don’t see any evidence to confirm Ari’s claims but her enhanced canidae senses confirm the body was there and has vanished. With the police refuse to investigate based only on her word, Ari and Dale begin digging for the truth and quickly learn that the and there are some secrets people will go to any lengths to keep buried.

Red in Tooth and Claw

Red in Tooth and Claw

Cinder and the Smoke is officially available at ebook sellers everywhere! (although if you purchased it through the publisher’s website or my store, I get a fraction more money, so choose your purchase wisely ;D).

In nineteenth century New York, safes aren’t living up to their name. A thief so wily, so impossible to capture the police call her “the Smoke,” has been targeting the wealthy. In reality, the Smoke is a woman named Kezia Cyr, a woman born in prison, stolen from her mother, and raised by runaways and pickpockets. When her emotions cause a job to blow up in her face, Kezia’s adoptive family scatters, and she is left to avenge those she’s lost.

The Smoke may finally meet her match in Pinkerton Agent Shelby Button, who earned the moniker “Cinder” for running into a burning building to capture a criminal. Button finds Kezia’s trail and refuses to let her prey go without a fight.

With a decade-old murder to avenge, Kezia will stop at nothing to correct her past mistakes, and Agent Button is willing to trek across the country to bring the phantom Smoke to justice once and for all.

This one has everything: lesbians, bisexuals, a crossdressing thief with a heart of gold, a female boxer in 1880s New York City, an obsessed Pinkerton detective, and a milk bottle that is used in a way that is definitely not recommended by the dairy company.

Made by Lindsay Mays

Made by Lindsay Mays

Coolest Kickstarter perk ever…? The reward included a custom plush, and I thought who better to request than the original Squire’s Isle resident, Nadine Powell? Nadine wasn’t the first Squire’s Isle character I ever wrote (that honor goes to Amy Wellis), but she was the one who made everything blow up into what it is today. When she was introduced in On the Air I had no idea what sort of world I was building. Now the island feels like home to me, and the people there are precious. I feel like I know them. There’s a reason Nadine’s voice is often the first thing visitors to the island hear. Nadine is the heart and soul of Squire’s Isle, so she definitely deserves this honor.