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Holiday Cheer!

Our creative output has been a little low in 2015 because of various Life Obstacles arising for both of us, but we’re already making progress toward increasing our publications in 2016!

The next book in the Herc’s Mercs series will be released on January 6 from Torquere Press! Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall is the first story to feature two employees of Hercules Security. Jason Hekili is a former actor/model/EMT turned merc and Chris Hardison is the west coast branch’s IT specialist. Jason and Chris meet at the anniversary party of Alec “Red” Davis and Jon Baldwin and sparks fly, but Chris’ bad relationship experiences cause him not to trust that hot, hunky Jason will remain interested in a geeky guy like him. When Chris is targeted by corrupt men who want to stop him from testifying against them, Jason is assigned to Chris’ protection detail, and they are thrown together in a safe house where the proximity forces them both to face the doubts and fears that have kept them apart.

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A Taste of Honey tells the story of two best friends who could find love with each other — if they can figure out they’re perfect for one another. Rob “Honey” Coombs is a successful graphic artist who performs as a drag queen in his off-time. Boone Phillips is his best friend who needs a big favor: a fake girlfriend to keep his well-meaning mother from matchmaking at the upcoming Phillips family reunion. Honey seems like the perfect choice until Boone’s attraction to Honey makes him realize his feelings for Rob aren’t as platonic as he thought. A Taste of Honey will be released on March 9 from Torquere Press!

And on December 15, we have Striking Sparks, #24 in Dreamspinner Press’ new Dreamspun line! Jake Parnell and Beau Walker have been rivals since high school, but their animosity covered a mutual attraction. The death of his brother brings Jake back to Buffalo Lick, Texas, to help take care of his sister-in-law and her kids, and he and Beau renew their old rivalry for a televised barbecue competition. But ratings and the success of their rival restaurants aren’t the only things at stake; their hearts are on the line as well.

We don’t have a new holiday story this year, alas, but we do have some older ones that are still available!

Santa’s Naughty Helper
On the Rocks
Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together
Holiday Hootenanny
Last Leap of the First Foot

Happy holidays to all our readers! 😀

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Herc’s Mercs: Once a Hero

Herc’s Mercs #4, Once a Hero, is now available for preorder from Torquere Press, and it’ll be released on Wednesday! This is the fourth book in the series, and while characters from the previous three books make appearances, it’s a stand-alone work.

Ezra Levin spent years as a soldier, just as his father had wished. But after stints in the Israeli military, the Mossad, and finally as a member of Hercules Security, the man once known as “Ghost” decides to retire and pursue his own dreams of being a chef. At forty-five, he knows his yearning to have a partner and a family of his own are probably unattainable, but as a private chef for Judge Mason Whittaker and his young son, Jamie, Ezra finds some measure of fulfillment. 

Unfortunately, Mason’s past as a District Attorney has made him a lot of enemies – one of whom seems to be looking for payback. When a series of unsettling events disturbs the Whittaker household, Ezra immediately steps up, wanting to protect Mason and Jamie. He calls upon his old friend, Cade Thornton, for help, as a cunning criminal plays a game of cat and mouse that endangers Mason’s life. Ezra realizes that Mason has come to mean far more to him than just an employer, and that he’s going to have to use all his old skills to stop a killer – or else he just might wind up losing the man he loves.

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Plaid Nights cover art

My first solo story, “As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad”, comes out next month as part of Torquere Press’ Plaid Nights anthology. The stories were limited to 3000-10,000 word count, so it’s a short story, and it takes place in Wilmington, NC, during the Colonial Era.

The authors participating in the anthology have received their cover art, and here’s mine!

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Mmm… Gotta love a man in a kilt! 😀

Look for the Plaid Nights anthology at Torquere Press on July 15!

 

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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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“The Demon’s Door” cover art!

We have a new Halloween novella coming out on October 22 from Torquere Press! We’ve written ghost stories for the past couple of years, so this year, we’re doing something a little different with “The Devil’s Door”, which focuses on a fledgling demon hunter and the vampire who (reluctantly) mentors him.

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Finding Forgiveness cover art!

We have a new historical Western coming out from Dreamspinner Press this fall (exact date TBA): Finding Forgiveness. The cover art is by Reese Dante, who also created the cover art for Heart of Stone. We loved her work on that so much that we requested her again for Finding Forgiveness. We’ve been very fortunate to work with some amazing cover artists over the last two years!

We just got our image ad packet, so we’d like to share a preview of the cover art. We hope our readers like it as much as we do!

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Call of the Night Singers

Tomorrow, our Gothic horror novella, “Call of the  Night Singers”, is coming out! It’s something Ari has already talked about, but there were a couple of behind the scenes things I wanted to share as well.

The story takes place primarily in Bath, NC, and it mentions a curse on the little town, which is a real thing. Well, as real as a legendary curse can be, depending on how much stock you put in that kind of thing! It’s called the Whitefield Curse, and it was placed on Bath by a traveling evangelist in the mid-1700s. Apparently, he thought the residents of Bath were unrepentant sinners, and when he left town for the last time, he shook the dust of the town off his shoes and laid his curse on it.

Coincidentally (or not *ominous music*), Bath began as a prosperous port city, but not long after Whitefield left, its fortune began to decline. Washington (NC) began to rise in its place, stealing away its business, population, and prospects, and Bath has never flourished again since that time.

I’ve mentioned before that we often include elements in our stories purely for our own amusement, and Roderick Heatherford’s faithful manservant is one of those elements. We named him O’Brien after Richard O’Brien, and we based the character’s appearance on Riff-Raff. I pictured the character so strongly that I typed “Riff-Raff” instead of “O’Brien” more than once.

We hope our readers enjoy our foray into the realm of the Gothic! Given our love of the supernatural and paranormal, it probably won’t be our last. Just not in first person. 😉

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