Werecat #3 Cover Reveal

WerecatTheFugitiveRETAILCover700x1066p96dpiRGBComing soon: My third installment in the Werecat series.

This one is titled: The Fugitive. The story picks up from Jacks’ flight from New York City to try to outpace The Glaring. Here’s the back cover blurb:

On the run after killing a Hunter from The Glaring, Jacks travels to the Bahamas with his only clue to what the secret society’s assassin was after: his maker’s key to a safety deposit box at an offshore bank. A thirty-day legal procedure holds Jacks up from uncovering what could be a hidden treasure.

Meanwhile, Jacks meets an alluring ex-pat from South Africa named Maarten who hosts a nonstop pleasure cruise for disaffected werecats who have no interest in the politics of their kind. With his nerves scratched raw from living on the run, it’s too tempting of an escape for Jacks to turn away. But while he’s cruising the Caribbean and spending nights in an orgiastic cuddle pile, The Glaring lays siege to New York City in a night of terror. Jacks’ boyfriend Farzan fights for his life and tries to reach Jacks overseas.

Jacks needs to emerge from a binge of drugs and flesh to defend his boyfriend. But can he give up the chance to be with his own kind for the first time in his life? When the secret in the safety deposit box is revealed, Jacks realizes that it’s up to him to get it before The Glaring uses an arcane magic that could destroy humankind.

I’m really happy with the cover art, and I must thank Maggie Ward from Vagabondage Press. We went back and forth with some ideas, and she found an excellent model to represent Jacks’ loyal and long-suffering boyfriend Farzan. He’s pictured on the right.

 

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The Seventh Pleiade Into the Final Round of the 2014 Rainbow Awards!

2014 Rainbow Award Finalist

Very happy to share that The Seventh Pleiade has advanced to the final round of competition in the 2014 Rainbow Awards!

From their website, the Rainbow Awards “is an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. Hosted and owned by blogger Elisa Rolle, the contest is open to all authors of work containing LGBT fictional characters and work chronicling the true stories of LGBT persons.”

Finalists, and the eventual winners, are selected by panels of authors and readers. The Seventh Pleiade was nominated in the category of Gay and Lesbian Young Adult.

Winners will be announced in early December. My best wishes to all of the finalists!

 

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Dear Teen Me: A letter to my teenage self

Dear Teen Me

Surf over to Dear Teen Me where my letter to my teenage self went live earlier today.

Dear Teen Me is a project aimed at teens in which young adult authors tell their personal stories about growing up. Some of the stories are funny. Some are harrowing and painful. The common thread is that they’re told from the heart, and the goal is to bring teens diverse points of view.

This was one of my favorite pieces to write, but I was surprised by how emotional it was to do it. My teen years had their awesome moments, and I had a lot of support from family and friends. But to write something that would have been helpful to me back then took going back to some delicate places in my life. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Myth and Magic Anthology Coming in December

Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales

I’m very happy to share that I recently signed a contract for my short story “The Vain Prince” to appear in Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales (Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman, eds) forthcoming from Bold Strokes Books.

The title is an anthology of retold fairy tales and legends from a queer point-of-view. Rather squarely up my alley, huh?

A select few may remember “The Vain Prince” from its first appearance in Ganymede back in 2009. The story is a bit of a mash-up of “The Frog Prince” from the Brothers Grimm and the opera “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini. It was my first fiction publication. Sadly, Ganymede went out of print when its editor and founder John Stahle died in 2010.

I gave the story a tune-up for its republication. It’s a bit campy and definitely whimsical, and I hope that readers will enjoy it on its second run.

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Download “Mike’s Pond” for Free at Smashwords

Mike's Pond Cover Art

A few of my short stories are out of print, and I decided to publish them for free on Smashwords.

The first one up is a fictionalized memoir “Mike’s Pond,” which first appeared in the quarterly e-zine Wilde Oats. This was one of my earliest publications from back in 2011.

The story is special to me for a few reasons. I wrote it as an experiment for a critique group in which I was participating at the time. A couple of us were writing fantasy. Most were writing contemporary, literary pieces. Just for a fun challenge, we decided to all take a crack at writing horror.

My mind had drifted back to what had scared me as a kid. I grew up with an older brother so the source material was vast. We lived in a quiet, suburban town outside of the city of Buffalo. During the summer break from school, the thing to do was charting out the wooded pockets of land surrounding our tidily developed neighborhood. That was fine during the day, but there were stories of terrible things that had happened in those wild, abandoned places at night.

Mike’s Pond was the best-known legend. When my piece was published in Wilde Oats, I was happily surprised to hear from readers back in Amherst, New York who told me the story was alive and well. The one square-acre or so site had been idle for decades. But just recently, it was sold to a hotel developer, and it will soon be no more. Local residents, organized under the banner: Friend’s of Mike’s Pond, have tried to oppose the razing of the forested wetland, which is a vital ecosystem for wildlife. Sadly, it appears that they are losing the battle.

As a kid growing up in the 1980s, Mike’s Pond was both a playground and a cautionary tale. It seems that everyone in that neighborhood has heard the story that some young man named Mike drowned there, but no one can reliably say who Mike was, why he drowned, and when his death happened.

Those curiosities inspired my “horror story,” but it gradually turned into more of a coming-of-age piece. It became about my struggles proving myself to my older brother, wanting to be a “normal” boy, and confronting the frightening reality that I was not “normal” by the conventional standards of the time. Of course, those conventional standards were the only standards I knew as a twelve-year-old.

If you like the story, you might just give it a rating and/or review on Smashwords. Of course, you can do that if you don’t like it too. This was my first foray into Smashwords publishing, and I spent many hours working on the formatting, but I’m aware it’s not perfect. New respect for self-published authors!

 

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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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