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New Contract

I signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press this morning for my WW1 novella, On Wings of Song. It will be released Christmas Eve, which is perfect timing as the first chapter is set during the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Welcome Bru Baker

A big welcome to fellow Dreamspinner author Bru Baker today as part of her blog tour to celebrate her new release Finding Home

Thanks for having me, Anne! I've been hopping around talking about my latest release, Finding Home, which is book two of the Dropping Anchor series. I've just recently finished book three, which wraps up the series.

This is the first time I've tackled a multi-book series, and it was definitely a learning experience for me. I love the characters—especially Ian and Luke, who are the main characters in Finding Home—but I did write myself into a corner several times. I spent a lot more time than I'd like to admit going back and re-reading passages of the previous books in the name of character continuity. Did Niall have blue eyes? Did I ever mention Ian's middle name in the first book? What month did Niall and Ethan meet, since now we're talking about their anniversary in book two? Little things like that drove me crazy. At one point I had probably about four or five dozen Post-it Notes covering half of the wall in my study with notes about physical attributes, family relationships, jobs, etc. It was a lot to keep track of! My husband is a programmer, and he jokingly told me that he'd help me set up a Wiki for my next series to help save our walls (assuming I'm brave enough to embark on another one!).

Character continuity also forced me to really get to know the characters I was writing about. We don't see much of Ian in Island House, but anyone who's read it would remember what a player he was. So when the idea came to me for his story in Finding Home, I had to figure out a way to transition him from carefree playboy into someone who'd fall into a monogamous relationship with someone who was pretty much his polar opposite. Nothing about Ian's personality really changed from book one to book two, but his priorities shifted. He's still just as much of a narcissistic ass as he is in Island House, but we learn more about his good qualities, which more than make up for his occasional selfish outbursts.

Keeping him true to his character in book three was more of a challenge, since it picks up a year after Finding Home ends. By that point Ian is firmly entrenched in his relationship with Luke and taking on all the responsibilities that entails. But I think I managed to keep his inner Ian intact, even as a family man. (Though that did require several Post-it Note timelines!)

I'm definitely keeping a Wiki in mind for the future, though! * g*

When an inheritance fell in Ian Mackay’s lap, he fled the high-pressure banking industry and didn’t look back. Since then, he’s spent four years living carefree on the island of Tortola, his life a series of hookups and hanging out with friends.

After his best friend moves to Seattle and gets married, Ian finds himself lost. His unapologetic existence doesn’t hold the same appeal, and he wonders if he’s throwing his life away. After visiting Niall in Seattle, Ian decides to stay, but that means taking his life off hold and finding a real job. Meeting Luke Keys, who is about as far from a player as possible, isn’t the plan but might be just what Ian needs. Luke and his values intrigue Ian, and he pursues Luke ruthlessly until Luke agrees to a date.

Their courtship sweeps Ian off his feet, and when the relationship gets complicated, Ian has the chance to cut and run. Habits born from years of being on his own are hard to shake, and self-proclaimed playboy Ian must decide if love is worth fighting for.

Bru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it's creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else's. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.
Visit Bru online at or follow her on Twitter.

Five Sentence Sunday - July

From The Harp and The Sea which I’m co-writing with Lou Sylvre. Current word count 28,665

Ian gritted his teeth and kept moving. He didn’t dare stop to catch his breath. “Where are ye, man?” he muttered, finally reaching his destination. He peered into the distance, straining his eyes but there was nothing. Had Campbell been bluffing?

Queer Town Abbey Equal Rights Blog Hop


I’m taking part in the Queer Town Abbey Equal Rights Blog Hop this week. Check out the other posts, the prize list, and the rafflecopter giveaway.

The theme for this blog hop is “your first experience in the LGBT community.”

Mine is reading and writing related, and began about ten years ago when I was reading fanfic online and discovered slash, and yaoi (both online and in hardcopy manga). I loved reading m/m, and realised this was what I’d been missing in my reading for all these years. But my experience got even better when a friend sent me published books – I had no idea they were out there, and devoured what she sent.

It’s still not that easy to find m/m to read locally but the library has some now—although it’s not always easy to find them on the catalogue—and with the event of places of sites like Book Depository with free international postage, and ebooks I haven’t looked back. Now there’s so much to choose from that I can’t keep up, which makes me happy.

But my story doesn’t finish there. I was looking for a home for my first novel, and had tried a couple of mainstream local publishers with no luck. I’d been exchanging emails with a m/m author whose work I enjoyed, and she suggested submitting to Dreamspinner Press. The rest is history, and I’m happy to be able to contribute to a community which has made me feel so very welcome.

I now have six titles out with Dreamspinner Press, and the seventh (Winter Duet) being published in September/October.

Question time, with a simple yes/no answer. Have I ever read yaoi manga?

To enter the giveaway visit the hop page and don’t forget to click on the links there to keep hopping.

Welcome Tempeste O'Riley

Welcome today to fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Tempeste O’Riley.

Meet Chase and Rhys from Desires’ Guardian

Morning everyone! I’m Tempeste O’Riley and I’m here to introduce Chase Manning and Rhys Sayer from Desires’ Guardian, book #2 of the Desires Entwined series. I’m currently working on a standalone story, but don’t worry, there’s already another book in the series coming later this year.

Now, let’s meet the charming characters from Desires’ Guardian… Afterward, I’ve got a little tease for you from early in the story where you get to meet Chase and his best friend, James (from Designs of Desire).

Chase Manning
About Chase: Chase is a freelance IT God who runs a software-consulting firm and does the IT work for Rhys’s PI/guard company. He’s the best friend to James, and party-boy twink, or at least that’s what he shows the world. When he meets Rhys he’s beyond smitten, but when Rhys turns down his advances Chase shuts down his heart. As time goes on though, he struggles to keep his walls up against the man that invades his thoughts, dreams, and heart.

Description: Chase is a 26 year old, IT god and twink. He stands all of about 5’8”-5’9”, keeps his hair short, and has rather unique eyes. He is also never seen without his double-buckle leather wrist cuff and backpack. His eyes are one part golden, one part blue, and another part green with small felcks of cold in them that seem to follow the line of color change. That’s to say, both eyes are blue and green, not one of each or blue-green. (They’re actually based off one of my son’s classmate’s eyes.)

Rhys Sayer
About Rhys: Rhys (pronounced Rise) is the owner of The Coiled Dragon Agency, the PI / Bodyguard company he and his best friend Mark own. When he first lays eyes on Chase Manning, he’s not in a good place emotionally and causes any possible future together to go poof, maybe. But with a little determination, and the help of his and Chase’s friends, he sets out to win the heart of the one man that he believes was made just for him.

Description: Rhys is a 32 year old, PI/Body guard and ex-Marine. He’s 6’5” and has vibrant green eyes, dark red hair long enough to brush his collar, and a permanent 5 O’Clock shadow. Broad shoulders, very muscular. As his parents are Welsh, he has Welsh dragon tattoo wrapping around his biceps in honor of his heritage. Also, he drives a black and chrome soft tail Harley.

Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase's BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.

Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He's in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.

Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud member of Romance Writers of America® and Rainbow Romance Writers. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at her web site.

Welcome Jana Denardo

A big welcome on my LJ today to fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Jana Denardo.

If Two of Them Are Dead, named for the Benjamin Franklin quote, Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead was first conceived when I saw the Dreamspinner open call for their steampunk anthology. I would be lying if I said I know exactly how Abraham and Victor first introduced themselves to me. I knew I didn't want the typical London setting for my story and I thought about where I did want to set it.

I lived just a little bit south of Hyde Park, NY, for a year back in the 90s and I loved the area. It was home to some of the most important and wealthy families of New York's gilded age. It sounded perfect. However, only one of the characters could be part of that world for it to work the way I wanted it to. I knew I wanted it to be a mystery.

Unfortunately for me, I tend to write too much story to fit into a short story. Luck was with me and DSP asked me to make this short story into a novella instead of using it for the anthology. I was thrilled, and it's a much better story as a result. I don't know how those Ellery Queen authors do it. I can't get mystery shorts to work, but as a novella, the story finds its place. Red herrings take time and writing this as a novella means I had that time.

Victor Van Voorhis, my detective, was the first character to gel. I wanted him to be Dutch so I went through a lot of the historic records of Fishkill (where I lived) and surrounding towns to find surnames. He was the more difficult character to figure out and work with. It's easy to find things on the wealthy, but the everyday man, not so much. Police procedures of the 1890s, even less so. I was a bit surprised by that. But as I was working in the steampunk genre, I could invent a few things and I had fun with that.

Abraham Westbrook was the fun one. Rich eccentric inventor pretty much equaled play time. I could go as far as I wanted to with his inventions. His lifestyle is more staid because I didn't change much when it came to how homosexuality was perceived in that time period. Abraham comes with children and more money than Victor can comprehend. It made for some interesting dynamics that I hope you'll enjoy.

Thanks to Anne for having me over on her blog today!

Called to Hyde Park, New York, ex-Air Corpsman turned detective Victor Van Voorhis comes to only three conclusions about his newest case: the gulf between his status and the wealthy Westbrook family is no trifling matter; someone brutally killed a young mother; and the victim’s brother-in-law is one of the most intriguing men Victor has ever met.

Inventor Abraham Westbrook lost his wife five years ago and is worried about the effect another death in the family will have on his children. He spends most of his time tinkering with steamships, but even his inventions can’t distract him from wishing Victor was in his life for any reason other than a murder investigation—one where Abraham himself is a suspect. He’s hidden his desires all his life, but no longer. Somehow, he’ll catch the detective’s eye.

With murder standing between them and a killer stalking the Westbrooks, Abraham and Victor’s chance at happiness could go up in steam.

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Jana Denardo's career choices and wanderlust take her all over the United States and beyond. Much of her travels make their way into her stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and mystery have been her favorite genres since she started reading, and they often flavor her works. In her secret identity, she works with the science of life and gives college students nightmares. When she’s not chained to her computer writing, she functions as stray cat magnet.

Jana is Queen of the Geeks (her students voted her in) and her home and office are shrines to any number of comic book and manga heroes along with SF shows and movies too numerous to count. There is no coincidence the love of all things geeky has made its way into many of her stories. To this day, she’s still disappointed she hasn’t found a wardrobe to another realm, a superhero to take her flying among the clouds or a roguish star ship captain to run off to the stars with her.


Cat's Quill
My question and answer for the Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Party is up today.

Pop along, join in the fun, answer the question (it's a multichoice answer with a link to clues) and be in to win a copy of Cat's Quill


Cat's Quill

Come join the TRR Sizzling Summer Reads Party! Play games, join the fun and win prizes!

I'll be giving away an ebook copy of Cat's Quill on 6th June - I've chosen this book because I'll be writing a side novel to it later this year. Stay tuned


Five Sentence Sunday - June

This month's five sentence Sunday is from 'The Harp and The Sea' - a novel I'm co-writing with Lou Sylvre. Current word count - 23,567

“Aye, Uncle. Let me alone with him. I’ll find out who he’s working for.” Ian lowered his dirk, but he kept a firm grip on the man, turning his captive’s head so he could get a better look at him. The man opened his eyes and glared at Ian.
Shades of Sepia
Thanks to everyone who took part in the hop - I'm starting on replies as soon as this has posted. The winner of my draw is vitajex. I'll be in touch very shortly via email.


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A Mage to Forget
Comes a Horseman
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A Sword to Rule
A Wind of Roses
A Year and a Day
Tempus Institute
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