Book Review – “Triad Soul” by ‘Nathan Burgoine

Aw, and a follow-up! (And yes, I know, more sex would be welcome.)

ELIZABETH LISTER

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There was not nearly enough sex in this book. That is my only complaint, and only because I love Luc, Curtis and Anders so much and because I know ‘Nathan Burgoine writes amazing sex scenes when he has a mind to (‘Nathan, we need to talk). And because I’m an admitted erotica slut.

However, I am utterly humbled by ‘Nathan’s plot skills and the way he manages to present us with a paranormal mystery and keep us guessing as his hot-as-hell supernatural sleuths try to figure everything out.

The relationship between Curtis (the wizard), Luc (the vampire), and Anders (the demon), continues to grow in their concern for each other and the way they annoy the hell out of each other at times. It is easy to see the development, and the one very graphic scene between Anders and Curtis does not disappoint (except that it is way too short…

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Book Review – “Triad Blood” by ‘Nathan Burgoine.

Aw, man. Something in my eye. *sniff*

ELIZABETH LISTER

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When I attended the Romancing the Capitalconvention in Ottawa earlier this month I snagged a copy of my friend ‘Nathan Burgoine’s second novel, Triad Blood, along with its sequel, Triad Soul.

‘Nathan and I have been friends for a few years now. We met somewhat randomly at the grand opening of a renewed LGBT+ bookstore/gallery downtown just after my first novel, Beyond the Edge, was published.

We encountered each other again at the very first Romancing the Capital convention, thrust together as the only two authors of LGBT+ romance at the time. Then we discovered that we live quite near each other and now manage to get together frequently to discuss the ins and outs of the writing business and take part in joint writing sessions.

‘Nathan writes paranormal fiction. Occasionally it is romantic, as in his debut novel, Light. Triad Bloodand Triad Soul

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Matches 5 – AI

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I bumped into an article last week, Romance Novels, Generated by Artificial Intelligence, that had me grinning like a monkey on acid for days. I kept going back to it, considering, and deciding that yes, some of those titles need to be written. I mean, come on. “Cattle Me.” “Hating the Marine.” “Seeping Baby Man.” Dude. How could I not?

So, all the prompts this week come from those titles in some way, shape, or form. See if you can guess which is which.

If this is your first visit to my prompts (or ‘matches’) it’s in honour of a book called The Writer’s Book of Matches. It has 1,001 little prompts that are designed to give you something to work with. I often flip through it when I’m in the mood to just write without a specific focus. The book has three kinds of prompts: A single line of dialog; a scenario or situation; and assignment prompts where the book lists a series of three characters all reacting to a particular moment/event, and since I first got it, I’ve been noting my own prompts to myself the same way.

If you ever find success or just fiddle around with any of these ‘matches,’ please do let me know!


  • A woman discovers that while she is pregnant, getting angry gives her supernatural abilities.
  • “Wait. You investigate millionaires? For what?”
  • After an accident, a man starts to see images of strangers in his head the when he touches someone for the first time. Invited to a friend’s wedding he realizes the bride was the woman he had a vision of when he shook the groom’s hand, and starts to realize he has somehow gained the ability to “see” soul-mates. Then he shakes someone’s hand, and sees himself.
  • Sick of going to family functions alone and being criticized for “still” being single, a woman blackmails a good-looking co-worker to come with her for the holidays to finally shut her family up.
  • A group of co-workers get together after the funeral of their boss, who all generally agree was a wonderful person and a great employer. They stop to have a drink at a local pub where the boss often took employees after work. Write the scene from the point of view of these three characters: the bartender, who can hear them talking about the boss and who knows how often the boss came here alone, obviously isolated and sad and lonely for the last few weeks; one of the employees, who had an affair with the boss and hasn’t been able to openly grieve since they broke up a few weeks ago; and the employee who found the boss and decided to hide the evidence of suicide and frame it as an accident.

See you next week, and by all means, drop any prompts of your own in the comments!

Triad Blood flash sale at Bold Strokes Books

triad-bloodHey folks!

I try not to do too many posts about ways in which you can buy my stuff, but right now Bold Strokes Books is having a flash sale (until the end of the weekend) which includes Triad Blood at 30% off in all formats.

So. That.

Also? You’ve heard me rave and wax poetic about Stephen Graham King’s Soul’s Blood (queer space opera!), Christian Baines’s Puppet Boy (creepy queer young adults doing terrible things to each other in a truly gripping manner), Fiona Riley’s Miss Match (awesome and smouldering lady romance!), Tom Cardamone’s Night Sweats (disturbing spec fic shorts!), and Jessica L. Webb’s Trigger (fabulous lady-love mystery!). Those are also included, so check ’em out if you’ve not done so already.

Matches 4 – Travel

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In honour of being in Toronto for the week, today’s series of writing prompts all come from travel. Mostly from things that have happened to me during travel, but also a few horror stories from others I’ve heard about their own trips, and, of course, a dash of the paranormal on top here and there.

If this is your first visit to my prompts (or ‘matches’) it’s in honour of a book called The Writer’s Book of Matches. It has 1,001 little prompts that are designed to give you something to work with. I often flip through it when I’m in the mood to just write without a specific focus. The book has three kinds of prompts: A single line of dialog; a scenario or situation; and assignment prompts where the book lists a series of three characters all reacting to a particular moment/event, and since I first got it, I’ve been noting my own prompts to myself the same way.

If you ever find success or just fiddle around with any of these ‘matches,’ please do let me know!


  • Due to a last-minute cancellation at the train station, travellers are shuttled by bus and given different connections. A man affected shrugs this off as no big deal, until he wakes up on the wrong bus heading somewhere he promised himself he’d never visit again.
  • “I really wish I’d read that emergency exit information card.”
  • A flyer makes it half-way to her destination due to fog and a missed connecting flight, and has to spend an overnight in a packed airport hotel. When she steps into her room, which the check-in desk said was the last available, there’s already someone there in the shower.
  • Waiting in line at airport security, a man realizes that the passport in his hand isn’t his own. It looks like him, but the name and information isn’t his.
  • After a long trip made even longer by delayed flights, a missed connection, and an unplanned overnight stay in an airport hotel, a couple arrives, finally, in Hawai’i. They meet up with the owner of the lovely little home they’ll be renting, albeit a day late.  Write about the following three characters: The owner of the home, who is painfully reminded of their own late partner when looking at the couple; One of the married couple, who has been trying valiantly to keep both their spirits up throughout every problem the trip has had, but is at the end of their patience; the ghost of the home-owner’s late spouse, who realizes that one of the couple seems to be unconsciously aware of its presence, and might be the first real chance the ghost has to speak with their spouse since they passed.

See you next week, and by all means, drop any prompts of your own in the comments!