Signing Tomorrow at Chapters Rideau

Hey folks! For those of you celebrating Pride this week here in Ottawa, I’ll be at Chapters Rideau tomorrow, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with copies of all my books, including Light, which not so coincidentally takes place during Pride Week here in Ottawa.

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There’s also a really big and friendly dog, and a somewhat dismissive cat with mismatched eyes.

If you’re nearby, I’d love see you. Drop in and say hello. I’d love to see you.

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Matches 6 – Pride

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It’s Pride Week, and while a tonne of my writing prompts have indeed been pretty queer regardless, I figured this week I’d offer up something I did at a convention once: make it all queer. It was a talk I gave at a Romance Convention, where I asked readers to quickly sum up the stories they loved, and then we queered them to highlight what had to change, what didn’t, what might, and what needed to be considered differently. It was a great way to highlight some of the things that make being queer different from being not-queer. Also, it gave a tonne of people plot bunnies, so that’s always a good thing.

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!


  • After a long campaign where his being single and not “a family man” was often used by his opponents, the newest elected Prime Minister announces he has indeed started seeing someone: he’s dating the man who helped run his campaign.
  • “The B isn’t silent, bitch.”
  • A organization known for thinly-veiled religious “freedom” intolerance holds a lottery-style fund raiser. A lesbian couple are entered without their permission by an ill-spirited relative, and they win. The sudden in-flux of public attention–and a nice check–is an opportunity the couple isn’t going to pass on.
  • During a city Pride Parade, a sudden downpour threatens to ruin the day’s celebrations, but just as people are about to give up, it ends, and the clouds part to reveal a rainbow–and a genderqueer kid at their first parade realizes not only is everyone strangely bone-dry, no one else but them has any memory of the rain at all.
  • A high school student puts on a re-written version of ‘Grease’ where Sandy is a gay boy, and the Pink Ladies are a lesbian and bi girl gang, and the T-Birds aren’t cool with Danny being gay. Write the scene from the point of view of these three characters: the student, who has a major crush on the actor playing Danny; the young woman playing Rizzo, who is bi and can’t wait to belt out ‘There are Worse Things I Could Do’ from the point of view of a bi girl dating a guy; and the principal, who knows many parents are going to freak the hell out.

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

Signing this Weekend – Saturday August 26th, 2017; 1 pm to 3 pm at Chapters Rideau.

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The flag has been raised and Pride Week is on here in Ottawa, and come Saturday, if you’ve got a spare moment between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, I’ll be at Chapters Rideau with copies of my books, making with the signing thing. Given that it’s Pride, I’ll definitely have Light on hand, as well as the Triad books, as, of course, Light is set during Ottawa Pride and takes place over the week.

Drop by. Say hello. Bring friends. And Happy Pride!

Book Review – “Triad Soul” by ‘Nathan Burgoine

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

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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*

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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!