Jacks is Back: Release Day for Werecat, Book 2

I’m happy to announce that the next installment in my Werecat series is out today.

Werecat: The Glaring continues Jacks Dowd’s adventure in the terrifying and erotic world of shifters.

Werecat: The Glaring

Free from Benoit, the man who made him a shifter, twenty-two-year old Jacks tries to get on his own two feet while crashing with Farzan, the only person who knows about his werecat nature. It will take a grueling schedule of off-the-books jobs and a steady mantra of self-control.

Then a raid on a bodega pushes Jacks to transform into his mountain lion self to fend off a group of gun-wielding gangbangers.

Jacks scrambles to disguise the truth, but the incident leaves a thundering wake of questions. The police want to know what really happened to a freaked-out young thug in custody. Farzan, who has been crushing hard on Jacks since they met, begins to doubt that it’s safe to have Jacks living with him. Jacks wants to know where he belongs: with the man who took him in when no one else would or among his own kind. As he searches for answers, Jacks is confronted by a secret shifter society The Glaring. They have come to avenge the death of Jacks’ maker and to claim a powerful item that Benoit left behind.

You can buy the e-book for $2.99 at All Romance E-Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Some fun promotions will be coming soon!

Many thanks to the team at Vagabondage Press for bringing this latest project to life: my editor N. Apythia Morges, book cover designer Maggie Ward, and managing editor Fawn Neun.

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Werecat, Book 2 Cover Reveal!

I just received the final cover art for the second installment in my Werecat series.

It now can be revealed…

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It’s the same model from The Rearing with a new profile and a hint at what’s to come in Jacks “Cherokee” Dowd’s latest adventure. All credit to Maggie Ward at Vagabondage Press. We went back and forth a bit conceptually, but Maggie put in the real work making the cover come to life.

Werecat: The Glaring will be available for purchase February 28th. I’m hugely excited about it. Some more hints about the story and promotions will be coming soon!

 

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“In a Wine Phase” Re-Running in Retrospective “Best of Wilde Oats”

My short story “In a Wine Phase” was chosen to be published in Wilde Oats Issue 14. The issue features the editors’ favorite submissions over the e-zine’s past six years.

Many thanks to Stanley Ridge and his editorial staff!

“In a Wine Phase” is a contemporary, realistic story (yeah, I write realistic stories every now and again). It’s a quick peek into the life of thirty-something Ryan who has a surprise encounter at a cruisy bar that rattles his notions of loyalty and family. The story is really short so saying more would give it all away. You can read it on-line for free here, and check out the entire issue. There are stories ranging from historical fiction, sci fi,, romance and plenty of contemporary fiction.

Artwork from Wilde Oats #14

Artwork from Wilde Oats #14 by Rowan Plantagenet

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Got my first advance!

Since this blog has become an on-line diary of sorts, I had to include this happening.

I came home from work tonight to a long-awaited discovery: my first advance from a publisher for my book! This was from Bold Strokes Books for the sale of The Seventh Pleiade.

Of course, I laid it out on the kitchen counter and took a photo of it with my iPhone for virtual scrapbooking. :)

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I wouldn’t say this was more or less rewarding than any step along the way for me as a newish author. My first offer of publication was spectacular. Seeing my work in print for the first time was a damn proud moment. Getting nice praise from reviewers and readers made me feel ten feet tall.

The advance just registers to me in a different way. I’m not ready to quit my day job for sure, but it’s awfully sweet validation that I’ve entered the world of the professional author.

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Author Interview at Newtown Literary

Surf over to Newtown Literary’s blog this week where they’re running spots on the contributing authors in Issue 2 Spring/Summer 2013.

I did an interview that went up today. And you can purchase Issue #2 by clicking on the journal image below:

Newtown Literary Issue #2

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Sights from Newtown Literary Issue #2 Launch

Newtown Literary has posted great photos from last Thursday’s Issue #2 launch event at the monthly REZ Reading series.

It was standing room only at Odradek’s Coffee House. That included me, my partner and two of our friends, even though we arrived a few minutes early. But the authors and the crowd’s positive energy made standing scarcely a hardship.

You can check out photos from the event here.

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