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Herc’s Mercs 5 available for pre-order!

The fifth book in the Herc’s Mercs series is now available for pre-order! Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall will be released on January 6, 2016 from Torquere Press.

Chris Hardison never expected the simple consulting gig to put him on somebody’s hit list, but Hercules Security’s resident computer whiz never does anything by halves. Now he’s on the run, guarded by gorgeous Jason Hekili, the newest member of Herc’s crew. But Chris and Jason have a past, and holing up in a safe house together is as complicated as it is dangerous.

Jason still wants Chris even though his broken heart hasn’t healed. He isn’t sure he can trust Chris, but when a crime syndicate targets Chris for assassination, Jason has to put his life on the line to protect Chris or risk losing their second chance for happiness before it even begins.

 

Meanwhile, Torquere Press is having a sale! Use code “Santa2015” between now and January 1, 2016 to receive 35% off your entire cart.

And don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of Herc’s Mercs 5 at pride-promotions.com!

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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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News!

Wow, long time, no update! Ari and I have both had a really busy spring, but we hope to get back in the groove of updating this summer.

Our first bit of news is that we have a new Herc’s Mercs book coming out in August! Herc’s Mercs: Once a Hero is a little different from the previous Herc books in that our merc starts off in retirement.

Ezra Levin formerly served in the Israeli Army and the Mossad, and he ended his career working with Cade “Herc” Thornton at Lawson and Greer and then Hercules Security. But at 45, he’s feeling the effects of a soldier’s life on his body, and he’s retired to work as a personal chef for Judge Mason Whittaker, a widower who is raising his son, Jamie. But when it appears an ex-convict is holding a grudge against the man who put him behind bars, Ezra must come out of retirement to protect Mason and Jamie — and admit the truth about his past to the man he loves.

This book is different not only because our merc is older and retired, but also because for the first time, I wrote the merc! Usually, I write the client because Ari is better with action than I am, but we decided to switch it up this time. Writing Ezra was a fun, new challenge, but for Herc 5 and 6, I’m writing the client again. 😉

Speaking of which, we’re putting the finishing touches on a draft of Herc 5 now! We need to add a couple of scenes and go through the editing process, and then we should be able to submit it within the next 2-3 weeks.

Herc’s Mercs: Once A Hero will be released on August 26 by Torquere Press.

Meanwhile, I have a solo story coming out in July! My collaboration with Ari is still going strong, and neither of us has any intention of quitting, but for various reasons, I decided to try flexing my solo writing muscles again. I submitted a short story to the Plaid Nights anthology call at Torquere Press, which was for stories from 3,000-10,000 words featuring men in kilts. My story, “As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad”, was accepted, and it will be published as part of the anthology on July 15!

Currently, I’m working on another solo short story, this one for Torquere’s First Time anthology. After we finish up the draft of Herc 5, we’re going to focus on finishing Blood Bathory 3. It’s taken us a while to get to the point of being nearly finished, partly because we had two or three false starts with that story and partly because we’ve gotten derailed by hot, hunky mercs. 😉 Given that this is the last book in the trilogy, we’ve taken extra care to make sure we end on a strong, solid note. That’s not to say we can’t or won’t revisit the Blood Bathory universe! The plot lines from the trilogy will be wrapped up, but there’s definitely room for us to explore other characters and conflicts, and we have a few tentative plans for what we might do.

So much writing, so little time!

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Plot bunnies everywhere

I’ve mentioned before that Ari and I use Evernote for our notes and ideas. It’s really useful because you can clip articles and images from the web, upload documents, and create your own notes, all saved in specific notebooks.

We have one note that’s just an on-going plot bunny list. Whenever one of us gets an idea for a plot or character, the standard response is “Put it on the list.” Although now that it’s pushing 100 plot bunnies, I think it might be deserving of capitalization: The List.

Since the Herc’s Mercs series seems to have taken off nicely, we’ve been thinking more and more about ideas for continuing the series. We’d been lumping the Herc bunnies in with all the other bunnies, but last night, we decided it was time to give the Herc series its own bunny list. So I pulled all the plot bunnies specifically earmarked as Herc ideas plus a couple of others that we’d discussed as being of potential use for Herc stories and added them to a separate note in our Herc’s Mercs notebook.

The Herc plot bunny list is already 7 items long, which doesn’t count the two stories we’re currently working on. So if our readers like the Herc’s Mercs series, I don’t think they need to worry that it’ll dry up any time soon!

We have two Herc’s Mercs stories going at once because we started one, realized it wasn’t working out the way we wanted, and decided to backtrack and do over. However, before we got started on the do-over, another insistent Herc bunny came along, so we decided to roll with that one and get back to the do-over afterward.

Right now, we’re probably about 3/4 finished with the insistent Herc bunny, which features a retired merc whose attempt at building a second career as a private chef is interrupted when the circuit court judge he works for is targeted by an ex-con with an axe to grind. Ezra “Ghost” Levin ends up calling in a favor to his former boss, Cade “Hercules” Thornton, and getting a team of mercs to help him keep his judge safe. For those who liked Herc’s Mercs: Bloody But Unbowed, Daryl “D-Day” Greer makes an appearance in this story as part of Ghost’s team. 😀