FYI: Herc’s Mercs 3

The release date for Herc’s Mercs: Bloody But Unbowed has been pushed back one week from January 7 to January 14, 2015! This is the third book in the Herc’s Mercs series, one that focuses on Daryl “D-Day” Greer and Emerson Winfield, who snark their way into bed together.

This is my (McKay’s) personal favorite of the Herc’s Mercs stories we’ve written (so far — #4 is currently in progress). I like all of the stories, but I really like Daryl and Emerson’s dynamic because it’s different for us and Emerson was a lot of fun for me to write.

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Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together

Our new holiday story, Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together, is now available from Torquere Press!

When a Christmas shopping expedition brings Tomy Peralta into Jason Winters’ yarn store, both men feel an immediate and intense spark of attraction, but dance instructor Tomy intends to propose to his boyfriend Sean at Christmas. Unfortunately for Tomy, marriage isn’t on career-minded Sean’s agenda. Heartbroken, Tomy throws himself into his work until his mother convinces him that learning to knit might help take his mind off his failed romance.

Jason falls hard for Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and to trust in love again. As Jason teaches Tomy how to knit, Tomy teaches him how to dance in return to prepare for his sister’s wedding. Just when it seems Tomy is ready for a new romance, Sean shows up, wanting Tomy back. Has Jason helped Tomy knit his heart together again, only for Tomy to give it to Sean once more, or will Tomy finally see Sean for what he truly is?

133 pages / 40700 words for $4.49

Holiday Story sneak peek!

We have a new holiday story coming out next month from Torquere Press! “Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together” spans a year in the life of Tomy Peralta, a ballroom dance instructor who planned to propose to his boyfriend at Christmas. Instead, he finds himself dumped for the holidays. His healing process begins with knitting classes at a local yarn shop run by Jason Winters, a hunky former pro athlete who would love nothing more than to dance his way into Tomy’s heart.

Here’s a special sneak peek of “Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together” for our readers. We hope you enjoy it!

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New free read!

We’re pleased to announce that our short story, “A Hundred Lonely Halloweens”, is now available as a free read from Torquere Press!

“A Hundred Lonely Halloweens” was originally published in October, 2012, as a Halloween Sip. It’s been added to our Free Reads page on this site along with “Steam Heat”.

When Micah Harrison bought Delany House, he didn’t suspect that it was haunted – or that the lonely ghost of Richard Delany would be the most appealing man he’d met in a long time. As Micah learns more about Richard, he realizes he’s in danger of falling in love, but he gives in to temptation anyway when Richard offers him the gift of an erotic Halloween encounter. However, Richard’s real gift is not only a night of sensual pleasure, but also a chance for Micah to find the love he’d been looking for and never found. 

Our first audio book!

A while back, Dreamspinner Press asked if we’d be okay with them turning our holiday short story “On the Rocks” into an audiobook. Naturally, we said yes! Now we’re happy to announce that our first audiobook is available from Audible.com, from iTunes, and from Amazon!

“On the Rocks” was written for Dreamspinner’s 2012 Evergreen Advent Calendar, and we’re really pleased that it’s been given new life in this form. We hope our readers enjoy it as well!

OntheRocksLGFor years, Mal has given Aidan a little piece of the world for special occasions in the form of unique rocks and fossils—until the year he gives Aidan a piece of the moon instead. Aidan has treasured every gift: in a world of impersonal relationships, they’re the one reminder he has that somebody out there cares about him for who he really is. Then through a twist of fate, their relationship goes beyond personal and into intimate, leaving Aidan shocked and set to run the other way. Despite his feelings for Mal, past experiences have convinced Aidan that he’s a failure at relationships, and he’s afraid to trust his heart. It just might take a Christmas miracle for Aidan to find the courage to love.

The Wendigo by Ogden Nash

In honor of tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow

“The Wendigo”, by Ogden Nash

The Wendigo,
The Wendigo!
Its eyes are ice and indigo!
Its blood is rank and yellowish!
Its voice is hoarse and bellowish!
Its tentacles are slithery,
And scummy,
Slimy,
Leathery!
Its lips are hungry blubbery,
And smacky,
Sucky,
Rubbery!

The Wendigo,
The Wendigo!
I saw it just a friend ago!
Last night it lurked in Canada;
Tonight, on your veranada!
As you are lolling hammockwise
It contemplates you stomachwise.
You loll,
It contemplates,
It lollops.
The rest is merely gulps and gollops.

The Demon’s Door now available!

Our 2014 Halloween story, The Demon’s Door, is now available from Torquere Press! It’s 137 pages for $4.49.

When Thomas Carter discovers his grandfather’s hidden journals, detailing the old man’s fight against the supernatural, he knows he’s found his true calling at last. Yet when he sets out to stake a local vampire, he quickly learns that the difference between Good and Evil is very different than what he had believed.

Julian Schaden is at first amused when Thomas tries to destroy him, but he quickly recognizes Thomas for what he is: a Demon Hunter, a supernatural being who exists to hunt and destroy the soulless. The two are drawn together as Julian teaches Thomas the skills he will need to survive, and attraction intensifies to something deeper. But when a major demonic manifestation looms at Halloween, will they have the strength to face it, when failure might condemn them both to an eternity in Hell?

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New Halloween story next week!

thedemonsdoorOur Halloween story for 2014 will be released next week! “The Demon’s Door” will be available on Oct. 22 from Torquere Press. It’s a little different from our Halloween stories from 2012 and 2013, which were ghost stories; this one has a wider range of supernatural beings and a more action-oriented plot.

But we’ve got several other spooky tales that are appropriate for Halloween for our readers to enjoy in the meantime!

A Hundred Lonely Halloweens
Call of the Night Singers
Ghost of a Chance
Blood Bathory: Like the Night
Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun

Morning Musings

As I’m sitting here before leaving for work, I thought I’d throw together a quick post about a new obsession of mine – the Spartacus TV series from Starz which aired from 2010-2012. As usual, I’m late to the party, but then I don’t tend to watch much television beyond the things McKay and I watch together – namely Sleepy Hollow, The Walking Dead, Hell’s Kitchen (sometimes – not really into the latest run to be honest), and Master Chef. And I never watch things on the premium channels, because I just don’t have the time or interest to worry about what they’re showing. So yes, I missed The Sopranos, I don’t care about Mad Men or Game of Thrones. I tend to be a failure at any pop culture that isn’t related to science fiction.

But one day my husband (who watches an incredible amount of TV) left the set on, I don’t even remember what channel it was, and I became aware of this bloody (and I do mean BLOODY), violent fight happening on the screen, and I looked up and saw a bare-chested Dustin Clare wielding two swords, and I got sucked in at once. I watched the rest of the episode, and by the end I was hooked.

What I saw happened to be a scene from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, which is a prequel series to the main Spartacus saga. I mentioned my interest to McKay, who poked around and suddenly hit me with the zinger that there was at least one canonically gay couple on the show, and once I got a look at Pana Hema-Taylor and Dan Feuerrigal I knew I was lost. I HAD to watch this show, and so I started with Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the first season. I was a couple of episodes in when McKay also decided she was interested, but we both really wanted to see the Agron/Nasir romance, which doesn’t happen until the second season. So I skipped the rest of the first season and McKay and I started watching second season.

All I can say is wow. Normally I’m not a fan of blood and gore, which there is PLENTY of in this show, enough to make The Walking Dead look positively mild by comparison. But it’s really sort of over-the-top in the “300” kind of way, so it doesn’t bother me much. And the romance between Agron and Nasir more than makes up for all of it! The beauty of the show is that homosexuality is treated absolutely no differently than heterosexuality. None of the other characters so much as raise a brow about it, and what’s even better is that there is no attempt to make either character “girly”. Nasir is definitely smaller than Agron in physical size, and while he has some truly gentle qualities, he becomes as fierce and deadly a warrior as Agron. The characters are affectionate with one another, as much as any of the het couples, and perhaps even a bit more so. In fact, I think that their relationship is portrayed the most realistically and romantically of any on the show. Granted that almost all the characters have issues (with a capital I!!) but the Agron/Nasir relationship is allowed to blossom and flourish without the overtones of guilt, pain, and betrayal that most of the het relationships have.

Anyway, yes, my new addiction in Spartacus. If you are interested in a show with a LOT of eye candy and don’t mind blood, it’s definitely worth checking out!