Celebrating Pride Month over at Romance Eh? Canadian Style…

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Superheroes during Pride? Well… define “superhero.”

Hey folks! I’m over at Romance Eh? Canadian Style today talking about Pride Month. If you’ve in the mood, hop on over. I go back to the beginning: my first Pride, and also my first novel, which is set during Pride here in Ottawa.

I’ve got new release news I’ll be talking about tomorrow, and of course, this week it’s all about Triad Soul, which just released at the Bold Strokes Books web-store. It’s a great month to celebrate putting more queer urban fantasy out into the world.

Also: To celebrate the release of Triad Soul, right now, from June 1st to June 4th, Bold Strokes has Triad Blood, the first Triad novel, on 40% discount in all e-book formats for a “catch-up” sale. So if you missed Triad Blood, or are just bumping into me now, click here for that deal. It ends tomorrow, so take advantage.

WROTE, Chosen Families, Canuckisms, and the Three Sentence Review

Hey guys! Yesterday was the first day Triad Soul was available (though the Bold Strokes Books webstore), and it was quite a day. If I said I was a bit groggy today, I’d be understating, and it was only the first day!

CoverToday, however, I’ve got something really freaking cool. WROTE Podcast had me on their awesome show, and I got to talk about Chosen Families, Canuckisms, being the only guy at a romance conference, and the magic that is the three sentence review, among other things. I was interviewed by Vance Bastian (he of the voice talent supreme), and I had a blast. The rapid-fire questions aren’t as terrifying as they seem, by the way, so if you’re at all hesitating to put yourself forward for an interview, don’t worry. Take the jump. It’s worth it, and the everyone is really nice. It’s a great podcast I’ve been listening to for over a year now, and I’m really, really chuffed I got to take part.

So! If you want to hear it? Head on over to WROTE by clicking the link right there or clicking on the image of the big red box.

During the discussion, I bring up “the Three Sentence Review.” I made a graphic for it ages ago, and I’ll pop it here for reference. By all means share it if you love it.

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Also: Right now, from June 1st to June 4th, Bold Strokes has Triad Blood, the first Triad novel, on 40% discount in all e-book formats for a “catch-up” sale. So if you missed Triad Blood, or are just bumping into me now, click here for that deal.

Triad Soul has launched at Bold Strokes Books

It’s officially June 1st, 2017, and that means my third novel, Triad Soul, is now available through Bold Strokes Books. Curtis the wizard, Luc the vampire, and Anders the demon are ready to take on a killer, a mystery, and Valentine’s Day.

Okay, maybe “ready” is too strong a word for how they feel about Valentine’s Day.

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The law of three is everything: three vampires for a coterie, three demons for a pack, and three wizards for a coven. Those alone or in pairs are vulnerable to the rest. Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—sidestepped tradition by binding themselves together.

When something starts brutally killing demons in Ottawa, the three find themselves once again moving among the powers who rule the city from the shadows—this time working with them to try to stop the killings before chaos and blood rule the streets.

Hunting a killer who seems to leave no trace behind, the triad are forced to work with allies they don’t dare trust, powers they barely understand, and for the good of those they already know to be corrupt.

They have the power of blood, soul, and magic. But they have to survive to keep it.

To be clear, this release date is an early-bird kind of thing: Bold Strokes releases the books at the start of the month exclusively through their own e-store, and then on the actual release date the titles go live everywhere else (in the case of Triad Soul, this is June 20th for all other retailers).

But if you want it now? In e-book, or in print (also 15% off June release print titles from Bold Strokes Books until the end of June) now is an option.

And Anders approves of your immediate gratification life choices.

Oh! Also, If you’ve not read Triad Blood yet (the first novel featuring Luc, Anders, and Curtis), the e-book is reduced 40% over at Bold Strokes Books June 1st through 4th as a catch-up sale, here.

Writing Wednesday: 3, 2, 1…

triad-soulThis is it! Tomorrow, Triad Soul launches. I’ll have more to say on that tomorrow, obviously, but I just want to take a second to publicly thank everyone who’s given me thumbs-ups, gentle (or not-so-gentle) shoves of encouragement, and has had my back through the whole process of this, my third novel.

Holy crap. Three novels. How did that even happen? And two books with the same characters in an ongoing series, even? These were things I said I couldn’t do. Well, it just goes to show you, whether you say you can or you can’t isn’t causal to reality once you try.

What? Isn’t that how the saying goes?

Anyway. Tomorrow’s the big day for Luc, Anders, and Curtis. I hope they have a swell day.

I’ve been interviewed for one podcast, and there’s another tomorrow, too! My voice! Recorded! It’s sort of like torture! More details once I’ve got the release links.


Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

 

I got some solid work done on EPfTF this week, despite the endless thump-bang-clash of renovations. It didn’t go anywhere near as well as I’d like, but I got some words down that I like, and I also spent a tonne of time getting ready for the big release, so there’s that.


Of Echoes Born

Ditto here. I’ve done some work, not as much as I’d like, but so much meta-work. I know that sounds like a cop-out, but thinking about writing is almost as important as physically writing for me, and I had a bunch of a-ha! moments this week, so I’ll take them.


Open Calls for Submission

Every Wednesday I try to include my list off all the various open calls for submission I’ve found and/or am trying to write for. If you know of any others, by all means do drop them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. If this is helpful for people other than myself, it’s even better.

Tallies for May: Not only did I manage to sneak in one submission this month right near the end (a new one, too), I got an acceptance this month as well. Life, as they say, is good.

Previously this year thus far: January was: 6 submissions (4 reprints, 2 new), 1 acceptance; in February was bare minimum: 1 submission (1 new); March brought 1 rejection, and 1 submission (new); April say 1 submission (new) and 1 acceptance (woo-hoo!).

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul – Various titles, various themes, various deadlines, 1,200 word count limit.
  • Clarkesworld – Currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.
  • Cast of Wonders – Young adult short fiction market, open to story submissions up to 6,000 words.
  • Totally Entwined – Many calls, various dates and lengths.
  • Alice Unbound – Think Alice in Wonderland, only speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc. Exile Editions; Submission window: February 1st – May 31st, 2017; 2k – 5k word count limit; Canadians and ex-pat Canadians only.
  • Myths, Moons, and Mayhem – M/M/M ménage; Deadline June 1st, 2017; 4k – 6k word count limit.
  • The Witching Hour – Mythical creature visitation theme; deadline July 30th, 2017; 10k to 40k word count limit.
  • Holiday Stories – Ninestar Press is seeking queer holiday tales; deadline July 31st, 2017; 5k to 30k word count limit.
  • Flint Charity Anthologies – Organized by Vicktor Alexander; deadlines throughout September, 2017; 5k to 20k word count limit.
  • Futurescape Contest – “Blue Sky Cities” theme; 8k word count limit; deadline October 13th, 2017.

June Paperbacks? Wait! I’m a June Paperback!

As I may have already mentioned (ha!), my next novel, Triad Soul, comes out next month. Triad Soul (the sequel to Triad Blood) brings back Luc the vampire, Anders the demon, and Curtis the wizard for their sixth adventure (and their second novel). The guys are facing off against a murderer who seems capable of vanishing without a trace, hairy beasts, working with people they already know are corrupt, and Valentine’s Day.

There are a couple of release dates for Triad Soul, because my publisher, Bold Strokes Books, does a publisher release on the first of the month, and then a worldwide distribution on the second Tuesday of the month (in my case, that means Triad Soul comes out June 1st, 2017 from Bold Strokes, and then June 20th, 2017 everywhere else).

But! For those of you who love print copies of books, Bold Strokes also has a sale going on right this very moment. If you pre-order any print copies of the June titles directly from Bold Strokes themselves, you get 15% off. And if you spend more than $25, you can then use the “TEN%” coupon code to get 10% off your order. Quick note here: Unlikely Match, by Fiona Riley, is also out in June, and as such if you’re looking for a two-fer, might I suggest its awesomeness? To see all the titles included in this deal, click here. And, since the BSB release date is the 1st, it’ll ship as of the 1st, so less waiting.

 

triad-soul

The law of three is everything: three vampires for a coterie, three demons for a pack, and three wizards for a coven. Those alone or in pairs are vulnerable to the rest. Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—sidestepped tradition by binding themselves together.

When something starts brutally killing demons in Ottawa, the three find themselves once again moving among the powers who rule the city from the shadows—this time working with them to try to stop the killings before chaos and blood rule the streets.

Hunting a killer who seems to leave no trace behind, the triad are forced to work with allies they don’t dare trust, powers they barely understand, and for the good of those they already know to be corrupt.

They have the power of blood, soul, and magic. But they have to survive to keep it.

 

A note on that “sixth adventure/second novel” thing, which is a question that comes up a lot. I originally wrote four erotic short fiction pieces with Luc, Anders, and Curtis, but you absolutely don’t have to read them before you read the Triad books. My editor worked with me to make sure that was the case.

If you are a lover of short erotic gay fiction, though, those erotic shorts are all available. The first one, “Three“, is available as an e-short all by itself. “Three” originally appeared in Blood Sacraments: Gay Vampire Erotica. The second story, “Intercession,” appears in Wings: Subversive Gay Angel Erotica. The third story, “Possession,” appears in Erotica Exotica: Tales of Sex & Magic. And then the fourth story, “Necessary Evils,” appears in Raising Hell: Demonic Gay Erotica.

Writing Wednesday – Today

 

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Listen to our voices, and read our stories.

Learn our history, and demand it be taught. Speak out against those who would dehumanize us, even when it’s “just” Uncle So-n-so.

See and recognize our intersections, and understand it’s not just one thing for many of us. Especially from others within.

Fight for our equality and rights, as though the next under attack could be yours. Stop fighting terms when they help others be seen as human beings (I’m looking at you, “I don’t like the term cisgender” people). Expand your definitions instead.

It’s not just love. It’s gender, identity, freedom, rights, and visibility. Queer is more than just sex and love. For some queer folk, it’s not about sex or love at all. Hold the queer umbrella high enough to cover all the LGBTQIA2SP+ queerfolk, and understand making room doesn’t lessen the whole.

Or get the hell out of our way.


triad-soulOkay, there’s that said.

I’ve got very little to report writing-wise this week. Renovations on the house continue at a great (but loud) pace, and I’ve been working on some short fiction for the calls listed below and falling behind and the panic of deadlines is rising.

So you know, business as usual. 😉

Triad Soul got its first NetGalley-based review, and it was very positive. I will admit to a full-body exhale. There’s just something about the first review.

As always, if you’d like a copy of Triad Soul for yourself, the best place to go is Bold Strokes Books (you’ll get it earlier). If you’re a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller, then definitely check out NetGalley (the link above).

Onward!


Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

 

Renovations have called a halt to much of my work on Exit Plans, but I’ve figured out the teacher character now. I wanted to do some things very purposefully with Exit Plans, and one of those things was to make sure there were awesome, supportive, and trustworthy adults. The teacher  was going to be one of them.

It finally clicked that I could use Mr. Andrew Jones (from In Memoriam) as that teacher, and I had a big happy.


Of Echoes Born

Did I mention renovations?


Open Calls for Submission

Every Wednesday I try to include my list off all the various open calls for submission I’ve found and/or am trying to write for. If you know of any others, by all means do drop them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. If this is helpful for people other than myself, it’s even better.

Tallies for May: Still nothing yet. (I know, I know).

The year thus far: January was: 6 submissions (4 reprints, 2 new), 1 acceptance; in February was bare minimum: 1 submission (1 new); March brought 1 rejection, and 1 submission (new); April say 1 submission (new) and 1 acceptance (woo-hoo!).

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul – Various titles, various themes, various deadlines, 1,200 word count limit.
  • Clarkesworld – Currently open for art, non-fiction, and short story submissions.
  • Cast of Wonders – Young adult short fiction market, open to story submissions up to 6,000 words.
  • Totally Entwined – Many calls, various dates and lengths.
  • Alice Unbound – Think Alice in Wonderland, only speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc. Exile Editions; Submission window: February 1st – May 31st, 2017; 2k – 5k word count limit; Canadians and ex-pat Canadians only.
  • Myths, Moons, and Mayhem – M/M/M ménage; Deadline June 1st, 2017; 4k – 6k word count limit.
  • The Witching Hour – Mythical creature visitation theme; deadline July 30th, 2017; 10k to 40k word count limit.
  • Futurescape Contest – “Blue Sky Cities” theme; 8k word count limit; deadline October 13th, 2017.