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Our novel Blood Bathory: Like the Night is now on sale at Torquere Books!

You can check it out here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=3937
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Heart of Stone is now available at Amazon.com! Check it out here!!!
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Our short story, Love's Cabers Tossed, is available today at Amazon! It's got a sexy Scotsman hurling heavy objects while an admiring baker looks on! And there are two words you should know... kilt diving. I'm just sayin'. ;)

Check it out! Amazon has a free sample!
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Ends today! Win two of our ebooks from Dreamspinner Press in honor of our first anniversary as published authors! Don't miss out! Enter here!
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All our books at Dreamspinner Press are on sale for 20% off through Friday! This includes the pre-release of Heart of Stone, in both ebook format and paperback! If you've wanted to check out our other work, such as On The Rocks or The Once and Future Love, this might be a good chance!

Go here for the sale! And while you're there, check out all the other 6th year authors on sale at Dreamspinner Press!
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McKay and I will be making a convention appearance at the Meet The Pros party on Friday, August 2nd, at Shore Leave, a Star Trek and Science Fiction convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland! Anyone who'd like to meet us and check out our novel "Blood Bathory: Like The Night" is welcome! We will have swag to promote our book and a contest to give away a signed copy of the book!

Please see the convention site for registration details!
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The second novella in our Recipe for Romance series is out today! Please check it out!

http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_110&products_id=3878
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Our first story to see an actual PRINT edition is coming on out April 22! We have a story in the Closet Capers anthology at Dreamspinner Press. A hint to those who have enjoyed our fanfic and RP writing... the "mystery" involved is something that we were quite well-known for writing back in the day. ;)

I know I haven't been around much, either posting or commenting, which saddens me. SO busy with work and writing that I feel almost overwhelmed sometimes. Work has been murder -- being a contractor doesn't save me from the effects of budget cuts and sequestration. :P But all in all things are going pretty well. Life hums along and I do the best I can to keep up with it! :D

Hope everyone is doing well!! :D

On puns...

Feb. 16th, 2013 04:35 pm
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We found out today that Dreamspinner has accepted another story of ours for their summer Daily Dose anthology. This year the theme is "Make A Play", focusing on stories that have some sort of sport by which the characters meet or bond. McKay and I are very, very bad. Our story, for which the Bard is going to hound us to our graves, is:

"Love's Cabers Tossed"
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Fortune's Slings and Cupid's Arrows, a novella, is out today!

This story brings in background characters from "Santa's Naughty Helper" and gives them a story of their own. We hope everyone enjoys it!

SQUEE!!!

Feb. 8th, 2013 04:38 pm
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We are proud to announce the Torquere Press has accepted our novel Blood Bathory: Like the Night for publication. We don’t have a release date yet, but we were too excited to wait to announce!

This is a story that is very near and dear to our hearts for many reasons. It was the first novel we completed after leaving fandom writing to try our hand at getting published, yet it still has roots in the world where we honed our skills for so many years. We needed a television show fandom to use in a fanfiction story, and because we didn’t want to inadvertently stir up any drama by using a real fandom, we decided to make one up. Figuring it was in for a penny, in for a pound, we went all out on the endeavor, creating LJ communities for the “fandom”, and accounts for the “fans” who posted to the them. We even wrote fanfiction based on the non-existent show!

We did more world-building for our fictional TV show that wouldn’t even do much more than serve as a background for the main story than we had on anything we’d written prior, and we discovered that we enjoyed it and were pretty good at it. In fact, there were people who said they’d watch the show if it was real.

The original Blood Bathory was meant to be campy and cheesy, but when we decided to dust off the concept and use it as the basis for our first original m/m novel, we had to revise it heavily to make it more realistic and less cheesy. But the two lead characters and the Big Bad remained the same, and we made sure to create a solid foundation for the supernatural world they live in.

We’re very proud of the characters we’ve created and the world-building we’ve done, and we’re thrilled that our first “baby” is finally going to be published -- and in print as well as ebook format!

Blood Bathory: Like the Night is the first book in a planned trilogy, and we’ve already got plots, plans, and even drafting underway for the next two books. We hope everyone will enjoy reading Blood Bathory as much as we enjoyed writing it!

(And for you Snupiners out there... yes, it's Another Kind of Fandom Wank!)
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I also made five cakes for my daughter's wedding. They had a Bioshock theme, so all of the cakes reflected locations in the game.

This isn't the best picture (I'm waiting for the official wedding pics to see how they came out) but this will give you an idea...

Hey, Big Daddy... )

CAKE!!!

Feb. 6th, 2013 05:49 pm
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So I made a cake for my husband to take into his office. He went to Northwestern, who won the Gator Bowl this year. Yeah, it's a little late for a celebration, but between vacation and illness and work, I didn't get around to it until now.

Behold...CAKE! )
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To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, we're giving away a free copy of our up-coming Valentine's Day novella, "Fortune's Slings and Cupid's Arrows"!

This story takes background characters mentioned in "Santa's Naughty Helper" and brings them to the forefront for their very own Valentine's Day romance!

Dane Coulter is so far in the closet, he can’t even see the door – not even when his father forces him into an engagement he doesn’t want. Randolph Coulter rules his family with an iron fist, and Dane is so concerned about his mother’s happiness that he is willing to sacrifice his own. But when his best friend Cal seduces him in a desperate attempt to make Dane confront the truth about himself before he makes a terrible mistake, it only complicates matters and drives a wedge between them. Now Dane is alone, and he has to make a decision. Can he stand up to his father and fight for his own happiness, or will he lose Cal forever?

Our give-away will run through February 12, and one lucky person will win a free copy of the story, which will be emailed to them on its release day (February 13). Good luck!

To enter the give-away, please GO HERE!

Or HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Umm...

Dec. 21st, 2012 08:23 am
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Okay, looks like the world didn't end. In which case my daughter is getting married at 5PM today -- and yes, they picked this date three years ago! ;) I've been in wedding hell, since I baked the cakes for their Bioshock themed reception, and I'll post pics in a bit...

Happy End Of The World Day, everyone! :D
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McKay and I have a new story out today! Santa's Naughty Helper, published by Torquere Press!

When shy attorney Kevin Anderson draws Erik Wilson, his hunky co-worker, in their office’s secret gift exchange, he realizes this might be just the opportunity he needs to make Erik notice him. Erik seems to enjoy the game of twelve days of naughty gifts, but can Kevin overcome his fear of rejection enough to go through with his plan and offer himself to Erik on Christmas Eve?

You can read an excerpt here!

OMG

Dec. 1st, 2012 06:31 pm
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McKay and I just received word from Dreamspinner Press that they've accepted our novel "Heart of Stone" for publication! This will be our first actual PRINTED book, and we're so excited!!! It will be published in the June/July timeframe, and we'll update more as it gets closer to time. :D
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that wherever you are and however you celebrate, that you enjoy it!

Things I am thankful for - first, of course, is my family. :) And my friends (*waves at McKay and Lore and Ellid and Karasu and that Kleber geek*). I'm thankful for my health, and for having a job when so many don't. I'm thankful to live in a country where I can disagree with the government and say so out loud. I'm thankful to live in a state which has recognized the right of a person to marry anyone they choose, regardless of gender (which is about all Maryland has going for it, believe me!) I'm grateful for the opportunities I've been given, and for the successes I've had this year, which have been more than I could have imagined. I'm grateful for the people who have read my stories and have taken the time to tell me what they thought. And I'm grateful to everyone who reads this. :)

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day!
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On the subject of sequels... or perhaps a better term is "linked stories", where a secondary character mentioned in a story is the primary character in a subsequent story, where the major characters of former stories may or may not show up. Think "Game of Thrones", where each but perhaps not even that closely linked in the world-building department.

How do folks feel about those?

Are you more inclined to read a story set in a "world" which has already been created, especially if you liked the previous story or stories? Do you avoid stories marked as "sequels" if you've never read any of the ones leading up, even if the stories can stand alone on their own? Does the author re-iterating events in previous stories annoy you if you've already read them?

The reason I ask is that I tend to like writing stories that are linked. Say a minor character in one story suddenly pokes me and says "Hey! I'm interesting all on my own! Tell them my story!"

Yet at the same time I don't always like reading those kinds of stories, at least from the perspective of coming in at the middle. Perhaps it's a little OCD of me, and I've certainly done it, and I find I appreciate the author providing background of the universe in those cases. I recently read a story because the blurb was interesting, even though I knew I was coming into an already created "universe", and then was floored when the author did NO explanation. It was obvious that they expected the reader to garner from context what the set up was, rather than giving any explanation whatsoever, and I was VERY annoyed. (In this case, the blurb mentioned NOTHING about the fact that the universe of the "club" where the action took place was actually well into the future where space travel between planets existed. Then it never said if the planet the "club" was on was actually Earth, or somewhere else!)

So, please share your thoughts and opinions, both as a reader and a writer. Include fanfiction, if that's where your main interest lies, although by it's very nature a lot of fanfiction tends to assume the reader doesn't really need an explanation... after all, that's why you're reading it already, right? :D

Busy!

Nov. 16th, 2012 03:57 am
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It's been a busy week, both at work and with writing. McKay and I are reworking the sequel to "Bay Leaves and Bachelors" a bit, then last night we were hit with a manic Plot Bunny Of Doom for one of Dreamspinner's publication calls which is due Jan. 1. At least the bunnies never fail us!

Oh, and we have two stories coming out in December! On 1 December, Dreamspinner will publish its Evergreen anthology of holiday stories - our story is "On The Rocks", which will be up for individual sale as well as part of the collection. Then on 19 December, Torquere will publish our novelette "Santa's Naughty Helper", which was a blast to write and hopefully will brighten the holidays!

Work is... work. We alternate between insanely busy and then absolutely dead for days at a time. That's the nature of life cycle support, though. Still, I'd rather be busy than not! But I'm looking forward to retirement and writing full time! Just a couple of more years, I hope.

Hope everyone has a great Turkey Day!
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