Advent Acceptance and Coming Full Circle

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I don’t remember exactly what year I decided to submit to Dreamspinner Press. I think it was 2009, maybe 2010. They were a newer company at the time, but I remember being impressed with the books they put out, with their editing and cover art. I wanted to work with them. I figured I’d start small, see if I was a good fit for them and vice versa. I saw they had a call out called Advent Calendar—a holiday-themed story a day in December. I thought I could try for that… and I did.

 

The call mentioned an openness to holiday traditions outside Christianity, and I have always tried to be different. I submitted Neskaya, a novella loosely based on Scandinavian pagan practices and beliefs. It had abortion-performing cannibalistic witches, human sacrifice, a decidedly morally ambiguous elf-like society, a twisted bargain, and odds my lovers couldn’t beat. And they didn’t. There was no way to avert the mounting tragedy and stay true to the characters and the story. So I didn’t. I ended up with something that Mary Calmes, one of the first DSP authors I met, described as “pain.” (She also said she liked it, though.)

 

Needless to say, that novella was not included in the Advent Calendar. But Dreasmpinner Press still wanted to publish it. Looking back, I can see how much that little book changed the course of my life. Things would be very different for me if they hadn’t decided to take a chance on me.

 

Since then, I’ve published… eight? Nine? I think it’s nine novels with Dreamspinner Press and their imprints, DSP Publications and Harmony Ink. It might actually be eleven. I’m hardly a celebrity and I’m not a millionaire, but I’m very proud of what I’ve put out, how much I’ve learned and grown as an artist, and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.

 

It’s never been easy for me to write light, fluffy, and feel-good. But this year when the Advent Calendar call went out for Warmest Wishes, I had an idea. I’d try to write something with a happy ending. Yes, it might be weird Western/steampunky-urban fantasy/AU historical. It might even have a silver-haired Cantonese mage, a slatternly, less-than-truthful protagonist, a magical climate crisis, some observations on addiction, and a subtle theme about how we are screwing ourselves by pilfering and exploiting natural resources, but I promise it’s happy.

 

I’m happy to announce Colina de Lavanda was accepted as part of this year’s Advent Calendar.

 

I started this journey as an author with an attempt at a holiday story, and now I’m continuing with a successful attempt.

 

That feels kinda special.

 

And I’ve done it without the need to rein in my weirdness.

 

Much.

 

I hope you’ll all enjoy it when it releases this December.

 

But if you want to suffer read something now, take a crack at my first publication with Dreamspinner Press, here.

Fox Books!

Hate Mondays? What better way to ease the pain than a book with a fox character? Here are a few to check out. Know of any we’ve missed? Please mention them in the comments, because we can’t get enough foxes!

*Some of these books might contain adult content. Please refer to the blurbs/buy links.

CatchFox

Seeing both of his brothers find happiness with their fated mates has convinced Byron that he can’t simply go on doing nothing. He found his fated mate five years ago, but a tragedy kept him from confessing the truth to Kit. He decides to go back and take a chance, unable to go on living with nothing but dreams of what he could have with his mate.

Kit has lived a quiet, withdrawn life since his parents and brother were murdered, but he’s beginning to wonder what else is out there for him in the world. He’s stunned to learn he’s a vampire’s fated mate, but Byron wins him over quickly with his kindness and patience. Though he isn’t sure he can accept the mate bond yet, Kit sees his chance to explore the world as he learns more about this gentle vampire who has waited five years just to be with him.

Be Warned: m/m sex, rimming, glbt

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DinnerFoxy

Law and Supernatural Order Book 3
Previous Book: Paws on Me

Fox shifter Luke runs Foxy’s Chicken Shack, known for the best and spiciest chicken in town. For months he’s had his eye on Silas, a young cop who patrols the area around his restaurant. When Silas arrives to question Luke about his cousins’ criminal activities, things blow up, literally, and Silas is injured. Luke will do whatever it takes to see his cousins brought to justice. He might not survive his crazy plan, but if he does, there could be a chance at love for this fox shifter and his cop.

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Finders

A Heart’s Gate Story

The truth might ruin his dreams—or make them come true.

When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker—Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half-red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds—a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn’t.

Orphaned at a young age, Zane never learned he comes from a long line of mystical Keepers. Kit needs Zane’s help to protect the Gate, but how can he tell Zane of his legacy when that will crush Zane’s dreams of traveling the world? If he takes up the mantle, Zane will be bound to the Gate, unable to leave it. But when Zane realizes Kit’s true nature, and his own, he’ll have to make a choice—fight to protect Kit and the Gate, or deny his destiny and any chance of a future with Kit.

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FoxHat

Tokyo high school student Tsukino Ayumu never wanted to stand out. He’s always been content to run at the middle of the pack and go unnoticed, and he doesn’t expect much to change when he moves to the small fishing village of Yuuyake to live with his grandfather.

In Yuuyake, Ayumu makes his first real friend in Ikehara Haruki and forges close ties with two girls, Shizuka and Chou. Together, the four friends muddle through the messy world of dating and relationships while trying to succeed in school and prepare for the world they’ll enter when it ends. Fate has other plans for them, though, and Ayumu in particular, as an invisible threat targets the village’s young people.

After being plagued by disturbing, violent dreams, Ayumu learns what the spirit world expects of him. He must learn to fight and to lead—but he’s only ever been ordinary. With the support of friends he would die to protect, Ayumu faces a destiny only he can fulfill. But others have taken an interest in Ayumu. The mysterious Fox-Hat and Neko know more about Ayumu than he knows about himself, and they lead him onto a path that might end in the destruction of them all.

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Last but not least, a series of books featuring the fox’s countryside companion, the badger.

Is anyone truly prepared for the apocalypse? Well, Kerry certainly isn’t, and she fairly quickly discovers that looking sharp in a business suit and heels is not going to help anyone when there’s an I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse - C H Clepittapocalypse, with possible zombies!

Together with a super spy, an ex girl guide and a personal trainer with manly foraging skills Kerry must battle terrifying religious cults, rich people and her personal demons, all whilst having the daily chore of deciding what to wear!

This is a laugh out loud comedy with romance, heart and talking badgers, and is not to be missed.

What would you wear to the apocalypse? #IWoreHeels

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P1010948Enjoy, don’t work too hard this Monday, and don’t forget to enter the Foxtober Giveaway!