Changes

If you’re a returning visitor to our website, you might notice it looks a little emptier than it did the last time you were here. Due to some changes with Torquere Press over the last few months, Ari and I have decided to ask for the rights to our works with Torquere be returned, and we don’t have any plans to publish with them in the future.

This wasn’t a decision we made lightly since it meant pulling the majority of our works from distribution. We’ve also felt a great deal of loyalty to Torquere since they’re the ones who accepted our first book back in 2012, and we’ve had a good working relationship with them since then. But we feel this decision is in our own professional best interests, and it’s purely a business/financial decision. We aren’t leaving with any ill will or animosity, and we’re especially grateful to the editors we’ve worked with, Michelle and Jaymi, for their help and hard work.

Although our catalogue looks really light right now, we’re actively seeking new homes for our books. At the very least, we want to revise and rerelease the Blood Bathory series and revise, rerelease, and continue the Herc’s Mercs series, especially since #6 was due to come out soon. We’re discussing the options for all of our previously released books, and we hope you’ll see them again — along with new works, of course! — in the future.

In the meantime, we do have a new book coming out from Dreamspinner Press in December: Striking Sparks. We recently got the amazing cover art for that book, and as soon as we get the promo packet, we’ll share it here.

Next summer, we’ve got a spin-off of Striking Sparks coming out: Breaking Bonds. We’ve also submitted a spin off of Finding Forgiveness, which focuses on Carlos Hernandez, and we’re waiting to hear back about that. So irons are in the fire! This change is an unexpected one, but we’re moving forward, and we’ll keep you all updated about when and where you can find our Torquere works once we’ve found them a new home, wherever it may be.

It’s here!

Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud is out! It’s 339 pages and 101,000 words. The e-book version is $6.99, and you can purchase a print copy on Amazon as well.

If you want to catch up on the whole series, Torquere Press is offering the first two books in the series for 20% off!

The exciting conclusion of the war between Elizabeth Bathory and Gaia’s Children has arrived!

It has been five centuries since Antonio de Barajas, one of the oldest surviving Theriomorphs, lost his mate Raphael at the hands of his worst enemy, and Thrace has mocked his pain; but at long last, he has a chance to find love again. As two ardent suitors vie to win his heart, Gaia’s Children face the united force of Elizabeth Bathory and her sire, Thrace.

Thrace will stop at nothing to get revenge against Gaia and her children for the loss of his wife, even allying himself with terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction. Now the Theriomorphs and the Dark Guardians must race against time to discover Thrace’s plan and stop him before he succeeds. Antonio risks losing far more than his heart this time, for if he and his team fail in their mission, it will mean the deaths of millions of people and perhaps the destruction of Gaia herself.

Have a sample behind the cut!  Continue reading It’s here!

Upcoming publications

Yesterday, I wrote about Blood Bathory 3, which is coming out at the end of this month, but we’ve got some other books coming out in the near (and far) future.

On November 2, the next book in the Herc’s Mercs series will be released. Herc’s Mercs: Where Angels Fear to Tread is a more action-packed adventure with our leading men trying to escape the war-torn streets of a city under the siege of a military coup.

We’ve got two books coming out in December! On the 15th, Dreamspinner Press will release Striking Sparks as part of their new Dreamspun Desires line. Two former high school rivals reunite during a BBQ cook-off, and the old sparks of rivalry — and attraction — start flying once more.

Also in December, we’ve got a lighter holiday story coming out from Torquere Press. From A to Z focuses on two men who meet under highly unusual circumstances and begin a holiday romance.

And looking ahead into June, 2017, we’ve got Breaking Bonds, which will be another release in the Dreamspun Desires line. A resort owner in the mountains of NC is desperate to keep his resort open, and he finds unexpected help from an executive chef on vacation.

We’ve also got a manuscript in the editing stage that we’ll be submitting this fall, and of course, we’re working on new stuff as well. We’re trying to keep a fairly steady pace so our output doesn’t drop like it did last year. It’s been tough with our schedules — especially mine — but I think we’ve done pretty well.😀

Blood Bathory 3

At last, the release date for the third book in the Blood Bathory trilogy is nigh! It will wrap up the story arc that’s run through the previous two books. There’s room for us to return to the Blood Bathory universe — and we have a couple of ideas along those lines — but we aren’t leaving any big loose ends dangling.

For the first two books, I found inspiration for the characters I wrote (Evan and Tyr) in Evanescence songs. I hadn’t heard of the group until I heard someone perform “Bring Me to Life” at karaoke. I was sitting in a position that let me read the lyrics on the screen, and they gave me an epiphany about Evan. I’d been struggling with his characterization, but when I heard that song, I thought, “That’s Evan”. From then on, I knew who he was, what he wanted, and why he returned to Will.

After that, I bought a couple of Evanescence albums because their music is grand and gorgeous, if a bit overdramatic for someone my age. My teenage self would have eaten this with a spoon if they’d been around back then. At any rate, it wasn’t difficult to find Tyr’s song once we started working on Blood Bathory 2. “My Immortal” summed up where he was in his grieving for Aaron (who had only a cameo in the novel, but I found a song for him anyway: “Swimming Home”).

I wanted to continue the tradition of connecting an Evanescence song to my character in Blood Bathory 3, but there isn’t really one that fits him. Instead, I found a song for Ari’s character, Antonio: “My Heart is Broken”.

It captures his loneliness after losing Raphael, the Dark Guardian he was bonded to five hundred years ago. Part of his heart and soul were lost when Raphael died, and he still feels the loss of his “dark angel” to this day.

Part of Antonio’s journey in Blood Bathory 3 will be deciding whether he can move beyond his grief and take a chance on loving a man who is different from the man he lost or whether giving his heart away during such dangerous times is too great a risk.

Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud will be released on August 31 by Torquere Press!