Sunday, 30 September 2012

Mark of the Gladiator excerpt now online!

Are you a history buff? A fan of Rome or Spartacus, or other narratives about ancient Rome or gladiators? Do you like slave/master and enemies-to-lovers M/M stories? Murder mysteries?

Mark of the Gladiator, my Roman historical written with Violetta Vane, is out from Riptide Books November 26th and you can pre-order it now, either on its own or at a discount as a part of their Warriors of Rome collection that includes one other novel and two novellas.

Riptide recently uploaded a huge excerpt that introduces our leading men, Anazâr the gladiator, and his masters, brothers Lucius and Felix Marianus. Read the opening chapter after the jump, then continue on to Riptide's website for more, and to pre-order the novel. You can also add it to your shelves on Goodreads!

Monday, 17 September 2012

More Awesome October News

If you read and enjoyed The Druid Stone and would like a bit more Sean and Cormac, Violetta and I are self-publishing our Sean/Cormac erotic short "Galway Bound" in October! It's a sexy little BDSM story about their first anniversary. I'll be back with pricing and updates on where it'll be for sale later on this month, but for now, how about you check out the blurb and the gorgeous cover art by LC Chase?

A year after they saved each other’s lives in The Druid Stone and eager to return a little bit of intensity to a sex-life that's been put on the backburner, Cormac and Sean book a weekend in Galway with no limits and no distractions. Cormac has a few ideas on how to spice things up and the bag full of kinky surprises he needs to make them happen: a spreader bar, a brand new toy or two, and even Sean’s own belt. But once the cuffs get buckled, just how far can he push Sean... and himself? 
“Galway Bound” is a BDSM short featuring Sean and Cormac from the urban fantasy M/M series Layers of the Otherworld, but the only magic here is what’s happening in their bed. Fans of the series and new readers alike will all find a little something to love in this erotic story.
Add it on Goodreads

You may have also noticed that the series name Layers of the Otherworld got a mention! That's because Violetta and I are putting together a full series listing with all the connected works featuring Sean, Cormac, and other characters from the world of The Druid Stone, including plans to edit and rerelease (still for free) the tie-in stories Out of the Tombs and Ulterior Motives. There's also a full length novel sequel in the works! I can't say much about it yet other than it features Michael and takes place in Dublin. Stay tuned!

October also sees the start of my and Rachel Haimowitz's new serial, the psychosexual thriller The Flesh Cartel. Episode 1: Capture comes out October 1st. And just so happens to have a brand new excerpt posted on Riptide's site! Just click here and scroll past the book into to the tab that says "excerpt" for an extra-long taste of what's in store. Just remember to read the warnings!

As with all Riptide serials, you can buy each episode separately (a good idea if you want to try the first episode out and see if it's up your alley), or you can purchase by "season", which gets you both episodes for $4.99. Purchased this way, serials at Riptide are no more expensive than buying a traditional novel. It's only the format that's changed. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Flesh Cartel Announcement

If you follow me on twitter, you might know that I've been working with a new co-writer, namely Rachel Haimowitz (she of the Powerplay series), who is an author I've admired since first getting into the M/M genre. I'm absolutely bloody stoked to be working with her. You have no idea. Every morning I wake up and fangirl anew.

So what is this thing we're working on? Oh, oh, it is so exciting you guys! The long and short of it is, Riptide Publishing is venturing into the brave new (okay old) world of serialized fiction and Rachel and I are their flagship series in this cool format.

If you're not familiar with serialized fiction, you can read this great Dear Author post all about it. But think of it like a TV series, especially one with season long arcs. You've got individual episodes with their own arcs, seasons with their own arcs that the episodes fit into, and then an overall series arc. Basically, the long and short of it is, it's a great format for certain genres that are best read a bit at a time rather than in one long marathon read (which let's be real, how many among us have never just gorged on a book, like me with a bag of Oreo cookies?).

So for our foray into the format, Rachel and I are doing what we both do best: writing an intense darkdarkdark character-driven psychosexual thriller called The Flesh Cartel. Here's the blurb for the series:

Sublime service, made to order. 
The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies. 
Highly organized and frighteningly efficient, the Flesh Cartel could teach even the KGB a thing or two about breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again—as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please. 
No matter what your secret tastes or dark desires, the Flesh Cartel—for the right price, of course—will hand-design the plaything of your dreams.
We're starting off with a short first season made up of two "episodes", to give readers a taste of the story and the format and also the content. On that note: this story does come with some pretty heavy duty warnings, which Riptide clearly lists. Please don't ignore them! They're there to help you make an informed choice about your reading, which is super important when it comes to stories like this with triggering content.

If that hasn't scared you off, here's the relevant details about the two episodes coming out this year.

Episode 1: Capture comes out October 1st:
In this first installment of the exciting new psychosexual thriller, The Flesh Cartel, orphaned brothers Mat and Dougie Carmichael are stolen in the night from their own home. Taken to a horrifying processing facility, they are assessed, microchipped, and subjected to unspeakable brutality—all in preparation for sale to the highest bidder. 
In a world where every person has a price, the beautiful and subduable PhD student Dougie is highly prized. His brother, a rough-edged MMA fighter, is less desirable—and potentially too dangerous—but he still has his own appeal. 
Abused and locked up under round the clock surveillance, with no idea where they are or even why they’ve been taken, escape seems impossible, which leaves staying together their only hope. And after being separated once by the foster system, they'll do anything to keep it from happening again. Anything at all.
Episode 2: Auction comes out November 5th:
In episode two of The Flesh Cartel, the dark purpose behind Mat and Dougie Carmichael’s abduction is revealed. Though Dougie is protected from the worst of the guards’ brutality, he’s disgusted to find himself halfway to broken—despairing of escape and terrified of pain. Mat holds onto hope despite repeated rapes and beatings, but threats toward his brother teach him well to lay aside his pride and pick his battles carefully. 
Worn down by days of unrelenting fear and abuse, Mat and Dougie are packaged and marketed with the same ruthless efficiency as any consumer product: Dougie the prettyboy twink, Mat the rabid pit bull. They are led to the auction block as the showpiece of the house’s collection. 
Mat would rather be beaten to death than play the role of obedient slave for sale, but Dougie, desperate not to be separated from his brother, strikes a deal with the pitiless Madame who runs the auction house and controls both their fates. It might just be enough to keep them together—slaves, but together—assuming Mat even wants to be after Dougie fulfills his end of his deal with the devil.
You can buy each episode separately on-site (and on the usual e-tailers) for $2.99, or subscribe to the season for $4.99 (and get the episodes two days early and be entered in the free-books-for-a-year draw, as with all pre-orders through Riptide).

If the content's up your alley, we'd be thrilled to have you reading along!