A few soundtracks…

Because I was hanging out on Dreamspinner’s Facebook feed today, I was able to upload and complete some soundtracks! Now all my novels have one! I’ll talk more in depth about the playlist for A Winter In Rome soon, but for now, check out the one I made for Fearful Symmetry.

  1. When I Grow Up by Fever Ray
  2. White Foxes by Susan Sunfor
  3. No Trace by MS MR
  4. What Kind of Man by Florence and The Machine
  5. The Beast by Austra
  6. Blood Like by Lovedrug
  7. Passive by A Perfect Circle
  8. Moan by Trentmoller
  9. Daniel in The Den by Bastille
  10. Bird of Prey by The Editors
  11. Thieving by Lovedrug
  12. The Deer by Woodkid
  13. Three Doors by VAST
  14. Daydream by Smashing Pumpkins
  15. King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men
  16. I Saw A Light by Bat For Lashes

Big thanks to some readers for helping me pick some songs! The MS MR, Bastille, Of Monsters and Men, and Florence songs are all from their suggestions. I hope it conveys the mood of the story without spoiling it! The link is right here.

I also updated a draft version I had of my How to Make a Carrot Cake story. Check out that playlist here, and the tracklisting as such:

  1. The Sound Of Settling by Death Cab For Cutie
  2. In Between Days by The Cure
  3. Dance Anthem of the 1980s by Regina Spektor
  4. Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World
  5. By Tonight by Say Anything
  6. Wanderlust by Metric (Feat. Lou Reed)
  7. Recycled Air by The Postal Service
  8. Paper Bag by Fiona Apple
  9. Now, Now by St. Vincent
  10. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot by Brand New
  11. What Sarah Said by Death Cab For Cutie
  12. Guernica by Brand New
  13. Carry You by Jimmy Eat World
  14. At The Hop by Devendra Banhart and Jana Hunter

I hope you enjoy these songs! Many are by my favourite bands. Listen to Carrot Cake’s playlist here.

Finally, don’t forget that I have a lot of titles on sale right now at LT3! Now I’m off to spend the rest of my Thanksgiving weekend doing homework… 🙂

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Big Sale!

For 5 weeks, LT3 is hosting their “Celebrate The Spectrum” sale. Lesbian and f/f titles were first to be promoted, and now gay and m/m titles are the focus. This means that all of the six books I have with them are discounted in some way!

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Follow this link to see all books by me there, and this link to see all books that are on special. The following weeks will see more deals–but only for some of my titles. See their post here for more details.

This is a great opportunity to pick up something you weren’t sure about before–be it mine or someone else’s. I know I’ve already added several titles to my cart and will soon have brand new reading material when I go on vacation at the end of the month. 🙂

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Blog Tour Schedule

Since I have so many releases coming out within the next three months of 2015, I’ve organized a pretty extensive blog hop. Here’s a full list of my schedule, topics, and what book I’ll be promoting. Right now, the tour will start in early October and end mid-November, then kick right back up again in December for my upcoming holiday releases.

The first title up is Fearful Symmetry, which will be released October 7th 2015.

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October 6th: On Charlie Cochet’s Blog,  I’ll talk about film influences for the story.

October 7th: On J.P. Barnaby’s site, I’ll discuss how music influences my writing.

October 9th: Anna Butler’s blog will host me and I’ll discuss my favourite parts of fairy tales.

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October 9th: Next I’ll jump to Queer Sci-Fi, where they’ll be an excerpt.

October 10th: Dreamspinner’s Facebook will host me for a live chat!

October 13th: Garrett Leigh’s blog is up next and will feature another excerpt of the story. .

October 20th: Cate Ashwood will interview me for her blog.

October 27th: Next up is Anne Barwell’s blog, where I’ll discuss William Blake’s poetry and the influence on the title Fearful Symmetry.

October 30th: The day before Halloween will find me with Elizabeth Noble’s blog, where I’ll discuss writing conflicts and villains.

November 1st: Coffee Time Romance will host me for another interview, this time with Tory Richards.

Phew! In November, it’ll be time to promote A Winter In Rome from LT3’s Interwined collection, which releases on November 11th 2015.

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November 4th: I’ll stop by Charlie Cochet‘s yet again, this time with an excerpt and giveaway.

November 5th: The Novel Approach will host me and my post about writing a genderqueer character.

November 10th: I’ll hit up Anne Barwell’s blog again where I’ll talk about writing poly romance and the importance of communication & labels.

November 11th: Cate Ashwood will host me again–this time, I’ll talk about my music choices for this story and include a playlist for readers.

November 13: I’ll be on Garrett Leigh’s blog once again, with a new excerpt and brief discussion on happily (for now) endings.

Phew–again! I’m still in the midst of scheduling more blog hops and promos for some of my other titles (including Plato for Plumbers & Love and The Undead, along with my numerous holiday titles) but  I will update that soon enough. For now, these are enough dates to remember!

Cover Reveal Time!

Today I have not one, but three cover reveals! Two for Christmas, and one more for the month of October–my YA paranormal romance called Love and The Undead.

This is a very old story. And by “old” I really mean I wrote a short story called “Love and The Undead” when I was nineteen, then left it on my computer until a few years later, when I added more to it. Then let it sit even longer. Until finally, two years ago, I got this really interesting idea for a new kind of “zombie” that wasn’t really dead but infected with something else (you’ll have to read the story to see what I mean here), and I realized that the romance arc of the story I wrote when I was nineteen went perfectly with this new zombie epidemic. So I revise that initial 5k into something much more and suddenly, the final version was nearly 90k. Another round of edits again to keep the action fast-paced and romance present, then voila. Hopefully my new twist on a zombie story ends up frightening readers while Mike and Ray fall for one another.

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Mike’s brother Zach has always been a little weird. He spends most of his nights sneaking out to hunt for ghosts, then reading fan fiction for his favorite TV show Paranormal whenever he can. But when Zach comes out as gay and is subsequently bullied at school, Mike realizes his brother needs an ally more than anything. So Mike and Zach form a pack with other outcasts to make high school a little better.
Everything changes when new student Ray shows up at school. Mike breaks away from his brother and soon falls for Ray–while at the same time unearthing a mystery about their small town. As teachers disappear and dead bodies pile up, Mike and Ray are left alone fighting evil, when all Mike wanted to do was fall in love.

Funny thing, though, about those names. I wrote this story a long time ago, right? And in first person. Anytime I do that, I have a tendency to use the same name (Mike) because it was the most common the year I was born. So in the same way Charles Bukowski has Henry Chinaski following him around in the margins of his work, I suppose I have several “Mike” characters following me around in some way. I’ve changed many of my first draft Mike characters in some of my shorter works, but in others I haven’t… and so, later on in January, when I release The Invisibles with Less Than Three Press you’ll see another Mike character! In a YA story! Who I swear is a different character entirely. He just happens to have the same name. I wrote both of these stories in vastly different stages of my life, but my publishing schedule has them coming out within months of one another. I guess things really do come full circle.

You can pre-oder Love and The Undead, along with The Invisbles, right now. And really, how I can now show the gorgeous The Invisibles cover in this post? So you know what–make that FOUR cover reveals here (and find more information about these titles on the new Young Adult Works page.

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Before January’s releases, though, there are December’s. I have two Christmas stories coming out. One is with JMS Books for their Stocking Stuffer collection. The cover and blurb are as follows:

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Brad Churchill doesn’t want to be alone this Christmas. So when his PR firm needs someone to fly to New York to work over the break, he jumps at the chance. While at the airport Brad meets Mickey, a stunt double whose flight to his small-town Canadian home has been delayed repeatedly and who seems to dislike the holiday season with a passion that Brad can only admire.  Can dinner with Mickey give Brad what he needs for Christmas? As delay after delay for their flights pile up, Brad can only hope so. 

The second holiday release is a sequel to my first m/m romance novel, How To Make A Carrot Cake. Remember that? I actually wrote this Christmas story last year, but never had time to finish it before the deadline. So I made sure I gave myself plenty of leeway this summer to get it all done. My editor at MLR, Christie, was also super supportive. And this cover! It’s super sweet.

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Billy Lawson hates Christmas. The carols, the gaudy decorations, and the crowds seem to be even worse this year. To make matters worse,  it looks like Billy’s father, Jimmy, will be stuck in the hospital over the holiday season due to his illness. Billy thinks he’s fine, but when Nate wants to go to yet another holiday party, Billy ditches the cookies he’s making and the party. Just when Billy thinks he’ll be alone on Christmas, Nate reminds him that there are certain rules boyfriends must abide by.

Sense a theme for my holiday stories? I love taking skeptics for any kind of romance, tradition, or holiday and making them believe again. Or at least come to some kind of compromise where everyone’s happy!

There’s no buy or pre-order info for these titles yet, but I wanted to share. So there you have it. FOUR covers! And there’s more coming soon. 🙂

Obligatory October and Halloween Post

I absolutely love October. As far as I’m concerned, the entire month is Halloween. My birthday is also at the start of fall, so really, I’m just always excited to be around the changing leaves, sweater weather, and anything to do with pumpkin spice. Yeah, I’m probably a stereotype, but who cares? I just *love* Halloween so much.

I’m also a huge horror movie fan (though I really don’t watch as many new movies anymore, but classics or the really bad ones I find on Netflix) and really need to get back to writing some more horror stories. I’ve been included in To Hell With Dante, where my story is about a support group for people who’ve sold their souls, and I also have Costumed Kiss released with JMS Books. But that’s not nearly enough horror. Especially queer horror.

So, in line with the upcoming spooky season, I want to recommend three horror/Halloween related items. One book, one movie, and one song.

  1. Hellbent (2004)
    You know how slasher films are usually about teenage girls who wonder whether or not to have sex, then as they do, they get pegged off one by one? Well, Hellbent is like that except it focuses on the gay club scene and what if gay men were killed after they had sex. This isn’t hate-crime fueled violence; this is just a gay slasher film. It’s one of the first of its kind and utterly dreadful. My friend and I watched this last Halloween over Skype, and it was *so* much fun. Not as much fun as watching Sharknado and giggling at the dialogue, but still pretty good. The fashion, the ridiculous sex scenes, and the way the killer meanders through the club life is so bad it’s good–but still suspenseful enough for jump scares.

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  2. Queer Fear edited by Michael Rowe
    This anthology was so much fun to read. Not only are all the characters in this anthology gay men (which, for the late 1990s, early 2000 was really impressive), but it’s edited by one of spec fic’s greatest. Michael Rowe, in the introduction for this book, states that “horror places the reader squarely in the middle of conflict, invites visceral responses, and doesn’t provide the ‘easy out’,” (19) and this is what he attempted to do for his anthology. In many ways, these are stories about what it means to be gay and afraid, while removing the homophobia or hate crime angle. It’s supernatural fun, psychological thriller, and uncanny mystery all in one. Plus, one of my favourite m/m romance authors, Michael Thomas Ford, is included in this anthology with his short piece “Butterfly.”

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  3. “This Is Halloween” by Panic! At The Disco
    I was a teenager when Panic! At the Disco made it big. I remember listening to A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out on repeat before I graduated, and it’s uncanny that the CD has reached its ten year anniversary recently. I love their cover of the classic “This Is Halloween” song from A Nightmare Before Christmas; if you ever catch me singing it (and no one will catch me, because I am very careful with where/when I sing), it’s definitely this version that’s going through my head.

 

And that’s it! I hope everyone is enjoying the October weather, whether they’re into Halloween or not. I will be updating in the next few days with a couple very important announcements, so keep on the look out for those.