Notes from the Underground

A Wordle or “word cloud” created from Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground, retrieved from acetinc.com

I thought I’d pop my head out of the social media manhole where I’ve been hiding these past few weeks. I’ve never been a wiz at keeping up a dynamic presence here and over at my other haunts like Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. The month of August was particularly sketchy for me since I had deadlines for two projects.

That does make for some exciting news…

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I finished the last round of proofreading, and Banished Sons of Poseidon is in its final stages of production. Advance Review Copies (ARCs) should be available real soon. The book, a sequel to The Seventh Pleiade, releases on October 13, 2015.

And, I completed the manuscript for a farther upcoming release titled The City of Seven Gods. It’s another ancient world-themed novel with less magic and more Game of Thrones-ish drama, not for the kids table at Thanksgiving dinner. The book was picked up by Bold Strokes, and it’s on the production schedule for an April 2016 release.

Other than that, I’ve snuck in some tennis watching (Go Federer, winning a master’s event in Cincinnati!), and beach-going, and weekend barbecues. Of the latter, I have the mosquito bites to prove it. I’m writing this post while scratching away at my ankles. Grrr…

Oh, I also discovered Terry Pratchett! Well, just his books I’m afraid, may he RIP. I sped through Dodger this summer and was blown away. That’s the way books should be written IMHO: ferociously clever, utterly transporting, satisfyingly tragic and triumphant (and with far less adverbs).

So what did you do this summer?

 

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Some exciting news for 2015

Post-holiday greetings, Happy New Year and a belated MLK Day salute.

Editing has gotten the better of me for the past month or so. I’ve been holed up in my home office, working (fairly) assiduously to get my novel Poseidon and Cleito into shape. Besides a little bit of Facebook-ing and GoodRead-ing, social media has been off the diet.

But I am stepping out of my dark, secluded writing lair to announce that the follow up to The Seventh Pleiade is working its way through production and on the schedule to be released by Bold Strokes Books on October 13th of this year!

And here’s the cover art and the back cover blurb!!

BanishedSonsOfPoseidon_5x8After escaping from a flood that buried the above ground in seawater, a fractured group of boys from Atlantis squabble over the way ahead and their trust of an underground race of men who give them shelter. For sixteen-year-old Dam, whose world was toppling before the tragedy, it’s a strange, new second chance. There are wonders in the underworld and a foreign warrior Hanhau who is eager for friendship despite Dam’s dishonorable past.

But a rift among his countrymen threatens to send their settlement into chaos. Peace between the evacuees and Hanhau’s tribe depends on the sharing of a precious relic that glows with arcane energy. When danger emerges from the shadowed back country, Dam must undertake a desperate mission. It’s the only hope for the Atlanteans to make it home to the surface. It’s the only way to save Hanhau and his people.

 

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The Werecat trilogy is out in paperback!

WerecatTrilogyFinalRETAILCover700x1066pRGB96dpiJust released today: all three installments of the Werecat saga in one fierce, little paperback.

That’s The Rearing, The Glaring and The Fugitive all together for the first time. Here’s a blurb about the story.

Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets the handsome drifter Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.

Benoit traps him in an arcane ritual to be joined as mates, from which Jacks emerges with fantastical abilities and a connection to Native traditions that were buried by his family. But his new existence pits his human instincts against his wild animal nature. When Jacks meets the young medical student Farzan, who wants to be with Jacks no matter what or who he is, Benoit’s feline jealousy rages like an inferno.

Jacks must figure out how to survive with his dual nature and a boyfriend who will kill any threat to their relationship. When a secret society called The Glaring shows up with a plan to exterminate humankind, Jacks will have to work quickly to gain command of Benoit’s magic before the world shatters into a war of man against beast.

The Werecat saga has been about two years in the making. I’m pleased as heck to see the full story beautifully bound in a print book. Pick it up at Amazon or your favorite retailer.

 

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It’s Release Day: The Fugitive (Werecat, Book 3)!!

WerecatTheFugitiveRETAILCover700x1066p96dpiRGBNow available everywhere: the third installment in the Werecat series The Fugitive.

It’s an e-book so by everywhere, I mean Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, All Romance e-Books and a host of other e-book retailers.

I’m also very excited to announce that all three Werecat installments will be available in one trilogy set, which will be both e-book and paperback. The release date for that is November 15th.

Meanwhile do pick up a copy of The Fugitive if you’ve been following Jacks’ adventure in the world of shifters. Of course, you can catch up on the story by checking out The Rearing (Book 1) and The Glaring (Book 2).

Here’s what you can expect in the newly released story:

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

Meanwhile, Jacks meets an alluring ex-pat from South Africa named Maarten who hosts a nonstop pleasure cruise for disaffected werecats with 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 sex 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 will destroy humankind.

Special promotion: From November 12th to 20th on The Romance Reviews, sign up for a drawing of a copy of The Rearing (Werecat, Book 1) to get started on the series!

 

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Just in time for Halloween: Erotica Paranormal

Just released by Editorial Trance, Erotica Paranormal, Vol. 1 is a spicy anthology of poetry, short stories and book excerpts inspired by the mystic and the occult.

I am proud to be a contributor to the anthology. You will find within a sultry little passage that I really liked from The Rearing, Werecat: Book 1.

Editorial Trance is offering Erotica Paranormal, Vol. 1 as a free e–book download on their website. Content warning: Adult content and graphic sex.

That should get people over there. :)

Now, a bit about Editorial Trance, from their website:

Editorial Trance is the creation of Marlena Fitzpatrick and Charlie Vázquez. Founded in 2013, we are a digital publishing platform that seeks to broaden the literary margins of the Latino experience in both English and Spanish. We will be publishing compelling e-books for bicultural/bilingual readers and seek to unveil works that break new ground in the literary fiction, plays, erotica, poetry and memoir genres.

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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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