Today I was interviewed by Mick Fitzgerald for LGBTQ Life on Dublin City FM. You can listen to the interview here: https://soundcloud.com/dcfm-1032/lgbtq-10th-december-2018?in=dcfm-1032/sets/lgbt-life
I'm very excited to reveal the cover for my new novel, THE LION LIES WAITING from Ninestar Press. It was designed by the brilliant Natasha Snow. The book will be released on 17th December 2018 but the ebook version is available to pre-order now direct from Ninestar Press, and you'll get it three days early! I'll add links to the print version once they're available! ebook ISBN: 978-1-949909-68-5 Print ISBN: 978-1-949909-71-5 Goodreads link Blurb: Winter, 1780, and the solstice is fast approaching. Four months after the events of The Moth and Moon, burly fisherman Robin Shipp is preparing for his first Midwinter festival with his lover, the handsome baker Edwin Farriner. But when a letter arrives begging for help, they must travel with their friend, Duncan, to Port Knot on sinister Blackrabbit Island for a final confrontation with Edwin’s mother. Also visiting the island are Lady Eva and her wife Iris, with a stunning proposition that could change Robin and Edwin’s lives forever. The snow-covered harbour town of Port Knot is a dangerous place. While there, Robin, Edwin, and Duncan explore the menacing rooftop settlement known as the Roost, mingle with high society in the magnificent splendour of Chase Manor, and uncover a violent conspiracy threatening the island’s entire way of life. Old rivalries will flare, shocking secrets will be revealed, and as Duncan’s scandalous past finally catches up with him, will it ultimately destroy them all? The men will be tested to their limits as they discover that on Blackrabbit Island, the lion lies waiting.
Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s Riina Y.T.! Who is the star of your book? Ky O'Sullivan, lead singer of pop rock band Moving Insignia and his best friend and guitarist Azariah Bell. What is your story about? Paradise Lodge is about two young men who find themselves falling in love and learn how to navigate their overwhelming emotions. It's about love and friendship and the challenges of putting your faith, hopes and dreams in that one person who has shown you the joys of life. When is it set? The week between Christmas and New Years Eve. Where is it set? For their annual writing retreat, the band rented a secluded mountain lodge deep in the heart of Southern Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rogue River wilderness. Why this story? I have a special fondness for musicians and best friends discovering their feelings for each other. Add to that the additional excitement of being stuck together at a remote mountain cabin... well, doesn't that just make your heart beat faster? Blurb: Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago. Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever. Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed. Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen. Buy PARADISE LODGE on Ninestar Press ABOUT THE AUTHOR Riina currently resides in Germany. She spent countless exciting days in the UK and US and lost her heart in Tokyo. She would be thrilled if one day her stories could brighten someone’s day in the way those beautiful romances always lighten up her dull everyday life. Riina is looking forward to sharing many more stories with the world. When she doesn’t daydream about boys in love, and isn’t glued to her Kindle, Riina loves to travel the world and explore the unknown. Visit Riina’s website here.
Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it's Chris Bedell! Who is the star of your book? 17-year-old Maximillian is the star of IN THE NAME OF MAGIC. What is your story about? IN THE NAME OF MAGIC is about fascism in a Contemporary Earth-like fantasy/fairytale setting--Nonmagical people are being persecuted, and Maximillian must save his nonmagical best friend, Katherine, after her parents are murdered by Queen Vivian's regime. Meanwhile, Maximillian is also pursuing a burgeoning relationship with Vivian's estranged, younger brother, Prince Stefan. When is it set? It's set in a time period that is modeled after the 1930's--so there's cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, etc. but no internet. Where is it set? It's set in the country of Magnifico which is modeled after Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Stalin's USSR and Fransisco Franco's Spain. Why this story? I always wanted to write a YA Dystopian novel, but could never find the right story to tell. Blurb: Nonmagical people are being demonized and falsely blamed for Magnifico’s economic problems after Queen Vivian’s bloody rise to power. But politics very quickly becomes more than abstract views to argue when secret police wolves are deployed throughout the country to kill those born without magical abilities. Seventeen-year-old Maximillian’s best friend Katherine is one such nonmagical person. In a bid to keep her safe, Maximillian turns to the queen’s estranged younger brother, a man thought to be dead until recently. Prince Stefan is nineteen years old and has been in hiding from his family for years. He has no desire to resurface in the political world, but Maximillian must convince him that the country needs him before it is too late. Buy IN THE NAME OF MAGIC on Amazon or directly from Ninestar Press About the author: My previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Pidgeonholes Magazine, Abbreviate Journal, Short-Story.me, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Teleport Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Inklette Magazine, Sprout Magazine, and The Drunken Odyssey. I’m also a contributing blog writer to Moledro Magazine and YAtopia. I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2016. Thanks for joining in, Chris!
Welcome to the next in my series of Ninestar Press authors answering five questions about their work. This time it's Sara Codair! Who is the star of your book? Erin Evanstar (they/them/their) loves Star Wars and thinks they’re a monster. Life would be so much easier if they didn’t get every possible negative side effect when they took antidepressants and stimulants. What is your story about? Coping with mental illness, being lied to, learning to forgive, fighting demons, and saving the world. When is it set? Present day. Where is it set? In and around Portland, Maine. Some of the streets and landmarks are more or less based off of real places, like Portland Head Light; others, like St. Patrick’s, are completely made up. Why this story? This is the story I needed to read when I was teenager. These are characters that lived in my head for years before I started writing and refused to leave when I thought I’d given up on their story. Blurb: Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies. While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world. Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world. Buy POWER SURGE on Amazon or direct from Ninestar Press About the author: Sara Codair lives in a world of words, writing fiction in every free moment, teaching writing at a community college and binge-reading fantasy novels. When not lost in words, Sara can often be found hiking, swimming, or gardening. Find Sara’s words in Alternative Truths, Helios Quarterly, and Secrets of the Goat People, at https://saracodair.com/ Thanks for joining in, Sara!
Next in my series of five questions with Ninestar Press authors, it's Casey Wolfe! Who is the star of your book? A Mage's Power stars master mage, Rowan, and his love interest, Shaw, who works for the Inquisition. What is your story about? The magical races (known as magicae) are disappearing, and many suspect the Inquisition are behind it. Shaw is trying to figure out what's going on. Rowan's just trying to pass his next masters exam while staying out of the path of a dark mage. And the both of them are wondering if any sort of relationship between them could truly work. When is it set? It's contemporary, set in modern day with all it's conveniences, however... Where is it set? The trilogy is set in the world of Eiocha (named after the Celtic creation myth), though the first book takes place solely in the country of Osterian. Why this story? There was just something about these characters (all of them in the trilogy, not just Ro and Shaw) and the world that spoke to me. I've enjoyed spending time with them so much, getting to tell their stories, and make this whole, broad world come to life. It's challenging, no doubt, but years into this project I'm still fascinated by it all. Blurb: Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandmaster, a mage who obtains a masters in all five Schools of Magic. Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With secrets of his own on the line, Shaw is willing to risk everything to find out just what is going on behind all the locked doors. When Rowan and Shaw are entangled in each other’s worlds, it becomes evident that their hearts are as much at risk as their lives. They must find the truth and stop a conspiracy before it’s too late. Buy Links: Ninestar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/a-mages-power/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FF9ZK5T/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 About the author:
Author of gay romantic fiction, from contemporary to paranormal and everything in between. For Casey, existence equals writing. History nerd, film enthusiast, music lover, avid gamer, and just an all-around geek. Add in an unapologetic addiction to loose-leaf tea and you get the general picture. Married, with furry four-legged children, Casey lives happily in the middle of nowhere Ohio. Pronouns: They/Them Website: www.authorcaseywolfe.wordpress.comThanks for joining in, Casey!
Next in my series highlighting the work of Ninestar Press authors, it's Riina Y.T. with PARADISE LODGE Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago. Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever. Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed. Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen. Buy PARADISE LODGE direct from Ninestar Press here. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Riina currently resides in Germany. She spent countless exciting days in the UK and US and lost her heart in Tokyo. She would be thrilled if one day her stories could brighten someone’s day in the way those beautiful romances always lighten up her dull everyday life. Riina is looking forward to sharing many more stories with the world. When she doesn’t daydream about boys in love, and isn’t glued to her Kindle, Riina loves to travel the world and explore the unknown. Visit Riina's website here.
Welcome to the first in what I hope is a regular feature in which Ninestar Press authors answer five questions about their work. We start with VALENTINE WHEELER! Who is the star of your book? CHECKED BAGGAGE stars Faris, a guy on his way back from some family stuff who just wants to get home and lock himself in his apartment away from everyone! Luckily for him, his plans are foiled. What is your story about? It's about family, and connection, and what it means to be from somewhere. It's also about what happens when the hotel room has only one bed! When is it set? It's contemporary, the week before Thanksgiving! Where is it set? Most of the story happens in the Beirut airport and a nearby hotel, with a special appearance by Boston. Why this story? My family is from the same area that my characters' are, and it's a place I've always felt a bit of a frayed connection to. Themes of family and what places mean have always been important to me, and I wanted to explore that! BLURB: When Faris has to take a trip back to his family's home in Lebanon to handle his grandmother's estate, he finds himself caught between the world he left and the world he's built himself in the United States. After an exhausting stay with his boisterous extended family, all he wants is a quiet trip home and a chance to rest before Thanksgiving with his parents in Massachusetts. But the weather has different plans for him. Charlie's father left when he was a toddler, and he's never gotten a chance to connect with his paternal roots. A trip to the village his grandparents left in the 1930s gave him the facts but left him yearning for a past he still didn't understand. When both men are stuck in Beirut for the night unexpectedly, can they make the connection they're both missing and make it home in time for Thanksgiving? Buy it on Amazon or buy it on Ninestarpress.com Thanks for joining in, Valentine!
I'm going to start a new feature on my site, recommending books from fellow Ninestar authors. To start with, check out this Ninestar Press Holiday Story from Kevin Klehr! Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney. From an early age, Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his work commitments changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, secretly passed the notebook to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his story. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. His first novel spawned a secondary character named Guy, an insecure gay angel, but many readers argue that he is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. Guy’s popularity surprised the author. So with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers. You can preorder the book right now over at Ninestarpress.com and visit his website here.