Shade’s Champion by Cheryl Headford #mmromance #lgbtbooks #excerpt

My fellow author friend, Cheryl Headford has a new ebook, Shade’s Champion! Check out all the info below and treat yourself to an excerpt to get a taste! Links below!

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Author Name: Cheryl Headford

Book Length 214 Pages

Book Name: Shade’s Champion

Release Date: 15th September 2017

Publisher: Extacy Books: Devine Destinies

Sixteen-year-old Shade has spent years imprisoned in a dark cellar after being snatched off the street as a young child. Events since his release have left him traumatised and desperate to die.

Dory is a lively and engaging seventeen-year-old with mental health issues that make him a slave to his dangerously uncontrollable emotions.

When Shade comes to the secure children’s home, Eastbrook; because no one else wants him, the manager appoints Dory as his champion, an appointment Dory takes very seriously indeed.

As friendship turns into something else, something new and exciting, they struggle to find their feet, but every step leads to more complication.

When a spiteful act separates them, it seems their love is doomed before it ever had a chance, but when Dory falls ill, it’s up to Shade to pick up the standard and become his champion, although it might already be too late.

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and menagerie of three cats, a dog and a dragon. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close.

Immersed, as always, in the world of fantasy, she maintains a burning desire to share the stories and these days it’s in the form of books which all contain her spark and unique view on life, the universe and everything.

Excerpt

Dorien….” Richard was looking at him in such a strange way it made his stomach feel tight. It was never good when they called him by his full name.

What have I done?”

Oh, nothing, nothing. Penny trusts you, Dory, and I’m not saying I don’t but… Shade’s got a lot of problems, serious ones. He’s very confused right now and it would be easy for there to be… misunderstandings.”

It’s okay, Rich, I know the score. I promise I won’t make a move on him. I’m not that bad. I can control myself, you know.”

I know that, Dory but…. Dammit, I’m not supposed to tell you this but I really think you should know. Shade tried to kill himself, and he still wants to.”

Oh.” Dorien put a hand over his mouth and suddenly felt breathless. “Do you think he might… might… try?”

Yes, I do. We’re taking every precaution we possibly can, but we really do need someone to watch him all the time. There should always be a member of staff very close by, but no one can watch him every minute.”

I can. I will. Penny said there was no responsibility, but I can do it. I can take responsibility, Rich. I didn’t think I could, but I can. I can’t go through all my life being taken care of and protected. I have to face reality sometime, and I guess this is it. I’ll be Shade’s champion, and I’ll take care of him, I promise. I won’t let him hurt himself, and I won’t let anyone else hurt him either.”

Rich looked stunned, and Dorien didn’t blame him. He was quite stunned himself. He hadn’t meant to say those things, they’d just come out.

No one is expecting you to take responsibility, Dory. Just keep an eye on him, okay?” “Okay.”

Off you go then. Max is waiting for you.”

Dorien raced through the house toward the boys’ bedrooms, his heart thumping. No matter what Rich said, he knew this was a huge responsibility. He had someone’s life in his hands. Jesus. Suddenly, he froze and panicked. Backing against the wall, he closed his eyes and gasped for breath. He couldn’t do this. There was no way he could do this. He was Dorien, the screw up, the freak, the nutjob. He couldn’t be trusted with his own life let alone someone else’s.

Waves of panic washed over him, and he desperately worked through the exercises his psychiatrist had given him for controlling his emotions in cases like this when they threatened to get completely out of control.

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#scifi Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Anthology – Renewal – Available now!

I’m so excited to have been chosen again to be included in the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Anthology, Renewal by Mischief Corner Books. Over 100 flash fiction stories from different authors are included and by “flash fiction” I mean every story is 300 words or less. Oh My God, are you serious!? That’s less than one page to tell you story using the common “Renewal” theme. It was difficult and rewarding to condense an idea down into such a tight format. The range of ideas is incredible and there are so many brilliant pieces.

Don’t miss your chance to read the magic! Links and info are below!

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Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Author: Various – see Authors section below

Cover Artist: Gus Li

Length: 196 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

Release Date: 9/13/17

Pairing: Various – covers many pairings and identities

Price: 4.99, 16.99 paperback (b/w illus); 28.99 (color illus – avail 9/16)

Series: SF Flash Fiction Anthologies – Book Three

Genre: Sci Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mainstream

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Blurb:

Re.new.al (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out,
run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.

Excerpts:

Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” —Rainbow Powers, by Dustin Karpovich

The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne

“Intwir’s twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.” —In a Bind, by S R Jones

“‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” —Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

“The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know.” —I Will Be Your Shelter, by Carey Ford Compton

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” —When Light Left, by Lex Chase

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” —Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer

Buy Links Etc:

Print (b/w illustrations only):
Paperback (color illustrations, est available 9/16 – preorder now)

Mischief Corner Books (info only): http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/renewal-qsfs-fouth-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZPB4ZM/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renewal-j-scott-coatsworth/1127042522?ean=9781975654368

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/renewal-27

iBooks: Coming Soon

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36113415-renewal

Authors:

‘Nathan Burgoine

A.M. Leibowitz

A.M. Soto

Abby Bartle

Aidee Ladnier

Alexis Woods

Andi Deacon

Andrea Felber Seligman

Andrea Speed

Andrea Stanet

Anne McPherson

Bey Deckard

Brigitte Winter

Carey Ford Compton

Carol Holland March

Carrie Pack

Catherine Lundoff

CB Lee

Christine Wright

Colton Aalto

Daniel Mitton

Dustin Blottenberger

Dustin Karpovich

E R Zhang

E.J. Russell

E.W. Murks

Ell Schulman

Ellery Jude

Eloreen Moon

Elsa M León

Emily Horner

Eric Alan Westfall

F.T. Lukens

Fenrir Cerebellion

Foster Bridget Cassidy

Ginger Streusel

Hannah Henry

Irene Preston

J. Alan Veerkamp

J. P. Egry

J. Summerset

J.S. Fields

Jaap Boekestein

Jackie Keswick

Jana Denardo

Jeff Baker

Jenn Burke

Joe Baumann

John Moralee

Jon Keys

Jude Dunn

K.C. Faelan

Kelly Haworth

Kiterie Aine

Kristen Lee

L M Somerton

L. Brian Carroll

L.M. Brown

L.V. Lloyd

Laurie Treacy

Leigh M. Lorien

Lex Chase

Lia Harding

Lin Kelly

Lloyd A. Meeker

Lyda Morehouse

M.D. Grimm

Martha J. Allard

Mary E. Lowd

Matt Doyle

Matthew Bright

Mia Koutras

Michelle Browne

Milo Owen

Mindy Leana Shuman

Naomi Tajedler

Natsuya Uesugi

Nephy Hart

Nicole Dennis

Ofelia Gränd

Patricia Scott

Paul Stevens

PW Covington

R R Angell

R.L. Merrill

Rebecca Cohen

Redfern Jon Barrett

Reni Kieffer

Richard Amos

RL Mosswood

Robyn Walker

Rory Ni Coileain

Rose Blackthorn

Ross Common

S R Jones

Sacchi Green

Sarah Einstein

Shilo Quetchenbach

Siri Paulson

Soren Summers

Stephanie Shaffer

Steve Fuson

Tam Ames

Terry Poole

Tray Ellis

Vivien Dean

Wendy Rathbone

Xenia Melzer

Zen DiPietro

Zev de Valera

Blog Tour! Honey and Heat by Rian Durant – Details and Excerpt! #mmromance #contemporary #lgbtbooks

A Labor Day surprise!

I’m so thrilled to be part of a new blog tour from fellow NineStar Press author, Rian Durant for her new book, Honey and Heat! Look below for all the details, links, and an excerpt so you can get a taste!

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Author: Rian Durant

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: September 4, 2017

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Category: MM, Romance, Contemporary

Word Count: 60400

 

Blurb:

Linden has only one thing on his mind a few days away from Christmas—his pending university exams. That is, until he meets his neighbors’ son who has returned for the holidays. Brice Stevens is gorgeous, but he’s insufferable.

It’s Linden’s first love, and he falls hard for Brice, despite Brice’s occasionally aloof and cool behavior. It’s an emotional ride for both of them while Linden takes a crash course in real love and Brice learns to trust in a relationship.

 

Buy links:

NineStar Press ||Amazon.com || Amazon.co.uk || Amazon.de|| Smashwords

 

Excerpt:

THE RESTAURANT WAS a short walk from the mall, down a little street, which seemed out of place just off the big avenue, like something from old times. The air of decadence about it scared and thrilled Linden at the same time.

“This is a strange place. You sure you’re not taking me to a brothel?”

“Absolutely. The good ones are on the other end of the avenue.”

“Oh, you know where they are?”

He meant it as a joke but Brice looked at him and explained solemnly, “Of course I know them. Where do you think I take those spoiled bigshots when they come bitching about any of the contract conditions?”

“Ah… So it’s like in the movies.”

“I’m not sure what exactly you refer to but yeah. They do tend to mix business and pleasure, no matter how questionable this pleasure might be.”

“What about you? Have you been with a… with one of them? I’m just curious, okay?”

“It’s fine, but do you mean the businessmen or the rent boys?”

Linden felt his eyes widen and mumbled, “Uh… oh… I haven’t thought about the businessmen.”

“Yeah, most of them are not what you’d call my type. As for the boys, yes, I’ve been once and he was damn good but…well, I haven’t done it since then.” He stopped and laughed. “Jeez, I feel like I’m playing Truth or Dare, like we did back at school.”

“I’ve never played that. We played spin the bottle.”

Brice whistled and gave him that cunning ambiguous smile. “What about strip poker? I’d like to have a game with you on that one.”

Linden’s jaw dropped and he shook his head then confessed, “I can’t play poker.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll teach you.”

“Oh, sure, I’m sure you’re going to cheat in order to see me naked.”

The twist of the Brice’s lips showed him that he appreciated the joke, but he was dead serious when he replied, “I’m not a cheater, Lin—not in a game, not in work, not in life.” He moved a step closer and slid his palm down his arm and then shoved it under his T-shirt and whispered, “Besides, I think I don’t have to cheat to have you naked tonight, am I right?”

Brice’s expression was so magnetic and the touch on his skin so delicious that there was no way to deny how he felt. Even if he did with his words, his body was so hot and trembling that it made it an unnecessary lie. He bit his lip and Brice decided to spare him the awkwardness. He smiled and pulled his hand away, then looked at his watch.

“We have to get in to keep the reservation.”

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Author Bio:

Rian is one of those who are both blessed and cursed by the insatiable desire to write, primarily M/M (insert more Ms if you like) stories.

Always having a plot in mind is hard when having a day time job but Rian manages them currently, assisted by the priceless support of her soul mate, lots of coffee and pure obstinacy.

What makes Rian smile is anything that could be the reason for that spark in the eyes, accompanied by the exclamation: “Oh my, I just saw something!”

 

Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/riandurantauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rian_durant

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rian_durant/

Blog: https://riandurant.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14370031.Rian_Durant

 

New Contract Signed!!! #scifi #shortstory #mmromance

It’s official! I signed with Dreamspinner Press over my M/M romance sci-fi short story, Salvaging Claus Day to be included in the 2017 Advent Calendar Anthology, Stocking Stuffers!! Merry Christmas to me!

(Actually, I got the email offer the day after my birthday, so I’m calling it a belated birthday gift, but this works too.)

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I’ll be one of several authors included in the collection and I can’t tell you how excited I am! I don’t have any details as of yet, but the contract is signed and the paperwork is starting. It’s only a matter of time before editing begins.

The incredible part is this will reboot by author titles in quick succession. If Stocking Stuffers releases in December (or November), I will be there, then the re-release of my sci-fi series, The Luxorian Fugitive, A Cook’s Tale, and Priest & Pariahs, will be out through NineStar Press in February, April, and June of 2018.

A lot’s about to happen. With a little luck, I might be able to squeeze something else into the queue by then. I’ll let you know more when I have more details. I’m starting to feel like an author again.

Time to celebrate!!

What’s up next?

When I think about where I am right now as an author, I can admit it’s an exciting and nerve wracking time. I have a number of items in the queue and the waiting game can be excruciating.

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Here’s the ongoing list:

  • NineStar Press has accepted my sci-fi series and it’s only a matter of time before content edits begin for The Luxorian Fugitive. It should be in good shape for the most part, but you can’t help but be nervous when fresh critical eyes get ahold of your babies.
  • A Christmas short was submitted and I have to wait until August 1 before knowing if it will be accepted. Fingers crossed.
  • My long term steampunk M/M romance Innocence & Carnality is in the revision stage so it can be submitted for publication. The first 50k was written in flash fiction mode in 1k snippets, so there’s a lot of work to do to get the pacing and flow into a novel form. This will take a bit of time, but it will be worth it. One way or another it’s coming.
  • I’m dying to get back into an in-progress werewolf story I started a while back. It’s been on my mind and I can’t wait to get the first draft sorted. I keep having brainstorm flashes. It’s likely next after I get I&C under control as long as I don’t have any uncontrollable surges of inspiration.
  • I’m sure there’s more that I can’t think of at the moment, but it’ll come to me.

So there’s a lot for me to obsess about. Granted there are other authors who juggle several WIPs at once which boggles my mind.

Talk to you all later! Wish me luck!

My Sci-fi Series Gets a Refresh!

Hi Everyone!

If you haven’t already heard, my sci-fi series has been picked up by NineStar Press after the unfortunate closure of my previous publisher. My boys aboard the Santa Claus had been cast adrift, but will be re-released! Yay!!!

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I don’t have a timeline yet, so keep an eye out. All three books—The Luxorian Fugitive, A Cook’s Tale, and Priest & Pariahs—got a complete revision even before they were submitted and accepted and will still get a thorough process of editing. I’ve even made a tweak to the original sub-title, so from here on out we’ll be looking at the crew’s adventures as the Centauri Survivors Second Chance Chronicles. I’ve only finished the process of filling out the questionnaire to help their artist craft a new cover for Luxorian. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

It’s still early for details, but I will keep you all informed as I learn them. So far, I’ve really liked NineStar’s commitment to putting out the best possible content.

It’s a new beginning!

I’m hoping that if things go well another book in their universe could be in order…

Queer Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Anthology – Renewal!

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I’m in! I’ve been selected for inclusion in the Queer Sci-fi Flash Fiction Anthology: Renewal with my short story, Loyalty Index!

Each included story has a maximum word count of 300 words. You have no idea how constraining that is and to manage a complete story and have it chosen makes me very proud.

We’re still waiting to hear which selection will be up for awards. The book will be out in the fall and they like to keep us in suspense. When I know more details, I’ll be sure to share!