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An open letter to FPEA July 17, 2016

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To the Florida Parent Educators Association:

Our children are our future. ALL of our children are out future, regardless of who they are or who they love. Mark 12: 31 tells us this: And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Apparently, you haven’t been paying attention. In light of the recent changes to the bylaws, the increase in intolerance and hate that FPEA is espousing, and the hatefilled attack on LGBT children at the FPEA graduation this past conference, I hereby resign my membership.

New Short Story: Layover October 31, 2015

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In honor of the holiday, have a bit of new fiction, a sexy vampire short entitled Layover.

You keep using that word… September 15, 2015

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The word, in this case, is “professional.”

Occasionally, calls for submission show up on Fetlife. Today, I came across this gem (names removed to protect the ridiculous. Emphasis mine):

I am the CEO and owner/founder of {redacted}; the most prolific creative design studio working exclusively in Adult Entertainment. Our studio is responsible for the creation of a vast chunk of the European pornographic film box art and advertising. We work with the biggest producers and performers in the business.

We are looking for TALENTED writers for our website {redacted}

Blogs, articles, satire, reviews, stories… I have personally dedicated thousands of hours to my business unpaid to give myself an artistic launchpad. Anyone who inquires as to how much money per article can go and fuck themselves. What we are offering is high-end graphics, branding and marketing to ALL of our writers and the exposure of the whole Adult Industry.

I am looking for a few outstanding individuals… that is why I am looking on Fetlife. Many of you will pass on this opportunity because it’s human nature. Others of you will scoff… that too is human nature. The bright, opportunistic individuals that I’m looking for already started replying… even before they began to read this paragraph.

My response to this person was… well, somewhat less than professional:

Anyone who expects talented writers to work for the exposure can go fuck themselves. We have to pay bills and eat, too.

The resulting screed has been interesting.  Did you know that if you expect to be paid, then you’re not a creative professional?

Funny, I always thought exactly the opposite.

Remember, children. Don’t work just for exposure. People die from exposure.

Have a taste. September 11, 2015

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Last night was the release party for Counsel of the Wicked. The chat was a lot of fun, and I had a few excerpts that I shared there. And that I’ll share here, too.

Let’s start with the blurb:

Matthias has spent his whole life on the edge of a very small world. The bastard child of a fallen woman, he’s known nothing but judgment and hatred from the harsh, religious people of his enclave—except for Balthazar. The son and heir of the High Elder, Balthazar shows Matthias kindness, love… and desire. But when the High Elder discovers what his son has been doing, Matthias is arrested and sent to an isolated prison known as the School. There, and in the wastelands beyond, Matthias learns the secrets behind the hypocrisies of the Council of Elders, and his true heritage, true power, and true love.

Now, the excerpt.  A bit of set-dressing first. Matthias, imprisoned at the School, has been chained up and  put into solitary confinement because spoilers. Solomon is another “student” at the School, and has been acting as Matthias’ mentor.

So here, have a little taste of Counsel of the Wicked:

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“I came prepared, just in case you said yes.” He poured some of the contents of the bottle over his now-erect cock, then set it aside and wrapped his hand around himself. He shuddered and sighed, and his shoulder started to shift under Matthias’ cheek in time with his other hand. “Know what I’m thinking?”

“No. What?”

Solomon chuckled. “I’m imagining you, touching me like this. Your hand instead of mine. Touching me.” His breath caught, and he moaned. “I wish you could touch me.”

Matthias bit his lip. Touch him? With a start, Matthias realized that the question he was asking himself wasn’t a question at all. He cared for Solomon, and this was something he could do to make him happy. He turned, stretching to kiss Solomon’s cheek. “I would, if I could,” he said quietly.

“You would?” Solomon asked. He turned his head, his nose nearly touching Matthias’. “Even though… I mean, would you want…?”

“Maybe?” Matthias answered. “I don’t know. But yes. I would. Because it’s you.” He kissed Solomon again, a fleeting touch on the lips, and found himself pressed tight to Solomon’s side, being kissed soundly in return.

“You… you tell me to stop, you hear?” Solomon gasped as he broke the kiss. “You… you don’t want me to kiss you, you tell me to stop!”

“I understand,” Matthias answered. “And I won’t.” He leaned closer for another kiss, feeling Solomon’s breathing quicken, feeling moans against his mouth. Feeling the bed shaking as Solomon redoubled his efforts. Then Solomon’s breath caught, his body shook for a long moment. Then his arm around Matthias loosened.

“That… you’re amazing,” Solomon said around great panting breaths. “You… you’d really do that? For me?”

New today! Counsel of the Wicked! September 8, 2015

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The problem with a three day weekend is that I lose track of when I am. So I woke up this  morning thinking it was Monday.

It isn’t. It’s Tuesday. Tuesday the 8th.

Book release day!!!!

Counsel of the Wicked went live in all the usual places this morning, as both an ebook and a paperback.

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Still giddy over that cover. Still in awe of this book!

Thursday night (the tenth, aka, the day after tomorrow) is the online book release party. Join me from 8PM to 10PM EST on the ForbiddenFiction website to chat about the book, about writing, about anything at all that strikes your fancy.

Cover reveal!!! August 20, 2015

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Matthias has spent his whole life on the edge of a very small world. The bastard child of a fallen woman, he’s known nothing but judgment and hatred from the harsh, religious people of his enclave—except for Balthazar. The son and heir of the High Elder, Balthazar shows Matthias kindness, love… and desire. But when the High Elder discovers what his son has been doing, Matthias is arrested and sent to an isolated prison known as the School. There, and in the wastelands beyond, Matthias learns the secrets behind the hypocrisies of the Council of Elders, and his true heritage, true power, and true love. (M/M, M/F)

Coming September 8th. You can preorder it now through Forbidden Fiction. And if everything works out right, I’ll have copies at Speculative Fiction:South East.

The fun thing is when they told me that they wanted a map for the cover, I drew it out. With a dip-pen. Because that’s what would have been used to draw the map in the book. And because I’m a dork. The map in the background is based on the map that I drew (and is much nicer. Mine was a hot mess,)

Bad Writer. No biscuit! July 22, 2015

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I completely forgot to tell the world about the two events this week!

Tomorrow night, I’ll be participating in the virtual book release party for Divine Desires, hosted on the Forbidden Fiction website from 7PM to 10PM EST. My short story Fools Rush In appears in this anthology. Come hang out with the authors!

And then Friday, from 6PM to 9Pm EST, I’ll be participating in the Speculative Fiction:Southeast Indie Author chat on Twitter. SF:SE is the convention where I will be appearing in September. Come check out Twitter and look for hashtag #sfsechat!

Free Stuff!!! July 8, 2015

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Tomorrow and Friday, my short story The Rape of Persephone will be FREE on Amazon!!!

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Tax Day Sale Tomorrow!!! April 14, 2015

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Tomorrow only, you can pick up Tales from the Arena: Opening Gambit and Tales from the Arena: Playing for Keeps for 25% off!

Psst? Wanna free book? February 15, 2015

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Want a free book? Want to read stories that show that BDSM comes in more colors than gray? Check out samples from the leading authors of erotic BDSM fiction.

Available from Riverdale Ave. Press.

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And All Romance Books.