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Pre-Order Fundraiser

Guys, I’m sharing something close to my heart. Over the course of writing The Left-Hand Path, I’ve done a lot of studying up on Haitian vodou, which in turn has led to reading a fair bit about the country itself and its history. It’s a fascinating place with a story that’s both inspiring and saddening all at once. The people of Haiti are still struggling against poverty and natural disasters today. In the past, I’ve donated to a group called Hope for Haiti that does incredible work for Haiti and its people.

Hope for Haiti trains local teachers and midwives, builds solar-powered classrooms, Haitian-run infirmaries, and clean water sites, distributes vitamins and vaccines, and operates a cooking school, garden, and business education program for local women. They are truly working to empower the people of Haiti to improve their lives and the lives of their children.

As I’m sure you all know, as much as I’ve come to care about this beautiful island, it means even more to Nathan.

Since he can’t ask you himself, I’m asking you to donate. From now until the release of The Left-Hand Path: Prodigy on November 3, I’m taking donations for this amazing charity. As an incentive, at the end of the fundraiser, all donors will receive a special thank-you gift from me by mail–more details on that to come. I’ll also be donating all profits from any pre-orders for Prodigy that come through my website (HERE), and those of you who do pre-order will get an extra gift along with your book come November.

I hope you’ll consider giving what you can to this great cause. If you do donate, make sure you drop me a line via email (corvidhouse (at) gmail (dot) com) to let me know your mailing address so that I can send you your gift. I’ll be posting updates soon with more peeks at the reward! Click below to donate.


Quick Update: Site revamp and new store!

Holy crap you guys! Look at this site! It’s like I’m a real person. I hope you like the new look. But the big news here is this:

See that new little button up on the menu? The one that says SHOP? Guess what it does.

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From now on, if you can’t find me at a convention near you, or if you just can’t wait to get your paws on the next step in Nathan’s or Ciaran’s adventures, you can get it direct from me! The benefit to buying from me instead of Amazon is twofold:

  1. You get a signed copy right on your doorstep along with a thank-you bookmark or other paper goodie.
  2. I make more money.

That second point might seem a little crass to mention, but the reality of self-publishing is that royalties suck. If I sell a book at a convention, I make about $5 profit from it. If I sell the same paperback through Amazon, I make $2. That’s a big difference once you start talking about a dozen books or more. So, bottom line, it’s better for both of us if you buy direct from me!

I’m still working out the kinks in the shop interface, ’cause I’m a total noob at this stuff. So if you come across any weird errors, or if you just think it looks ugly, let me know! I’m hoping to add some swag to the store soon, too, so drop me a line if there’s anything you’d like to see!

I’m really excited, and I hope you are too. More real/book-related updates coming soon!


Wow. Such romance. Many demon.

I haven’t posted in a while; sorry! I’ve been super busy getting everything ready for Devil’s Gamble! Remember way back when I told you guys I was working on a book about a half-demon boy and his churchgoing boyfriend? Well, it’s ready!

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Look at the cover, you guys. LOOK AT IT. The artwork is by Mikao, who was lovely to work with and you should all love her.

This one’s coming out July 22, but it’s available for pre-order right now! I’m so excited about this one.

Caleb is a cambion, meaning his father is a demon. Caleb is tired of hearing about his special destiny, and he’s tired of hearing about what’s expected of him when it comes to taking over the family business, which mostly involves making deals for mortal souls. He’s a broody loner who tends to deal with stress with self-destructive behavior like blackout drinking and anonymous sex–a strategy that suddenly becomes unavailable to him when his demon guardian drags him from the city to a tiny little town in central Alabama.

Enter Isaac, the cheerful Southern Baptist who, at the suggestion of the unwelcome angel looking over Caleb’s shoulder, is determined to show the boy that there’s good to be found in everyone. But what is a sweet All-American boy to do when he finds himself having stirrings of more-than-friendly feelings for the boy he’s supposed to be turning from sin? The ring on his finger reminding him that “True Love Waits” is becoming more of a taunt than a reminder.

Did I mention that the angel only approached him because of a bet with his demon lover, who just so happens to be Caleb’s guardian? The stakes are personal, and Caleb’s choices will determine the winner.

So, how’s about a little excerpt?

The dark-haired boy let his head drop with an empty chuckle. “You don’t want to hear what I have to say.”

“I do,” Isaac promised, and he reached out to pry the bottle from Caleb’s hand and lace their fingers together. “Whatever it is, it’ll feel lighter if you share it.”

Caleb glanced down at their joined hands with a furrowed brow, and then he looked into Isaac’s eyes through the darkness. “You kissed me back.”

Isaac’s voice caught in his throat, and he found himself squeezing Caleb’s hand without thinking. “I…I did.”

“Friends don’t kiss like that.”

“Well I…I—”

“Do you want to kiss me again?”

Isaac started and stopped a few times before any words came out. “I don’t know,” he said at last. “It’s…confusing. It’s a sin.”

“Right,” Caleb sighed. He took another drag from his cigarette and stared back out at the pond, but he didn’t try to pull his hand away from Isaac’s.

“Caleb, can I ask you something?” Isaac spoke up after few beats of silence. “You don’t have to answer if you don’t want.”

“I won’t. What is it?”

Isaac hesitated. He wanted to be sure he worded it right. “You…are you only att—you know, attracted to…only to boys?”

Caleb glanced at him out of the corner of his eye while he took a pull of his cigarette. “Yep,” he said as he exhaled.

“How did you…I mean, when did you first know you were…”

“Gay?” Caleb finished for him, and Isaac nodded with heat in his cheeks. “I always knew, I guess. I’ve never been interested in girls.”

“So,” he started, “what…you know, happened? To you.”

“What do you mean, what happened?”

“I just mean, I was just wondering what the…the root was. The reason. I understand if you don’t want to say. I know that a lot of…gay people were, you know…they were abused.”

Caleb stared at him with his lips pressed into a thin line. “Abused.”

“I’m sorry if it’s hard. I just…I want to understand you better.” Isaac dropped his voice, although they were already speaking quietly. “I know you live with your uncle, and I’ve heard that’s sometimes—”

“You’re asking me if my uncle touched me as a kid?” Caleb interrupted. “And if that’s why I’m gay? Are you fucking serious?”

“Caleb, don’t swear,” he said timidly, shrinking back slightly from the other boy.

“What the hell is wrong with you? Why would you think that?”

“That’s just—the Bible says it’s a sin, and in church they told us it’s not natural for a…for a man to be with another man. They say that if you can work through the cause, then you can resist those urges.”

Caleb tugged his hand away with a scoff. “The world isn’t your Bible school, Isaac. Nobody abused me or turned me gay. It’s the way I am. Some people are just born gay. You think straight people are only straight because they dodged the sexual abuse bullet? That’s fucked up.”

Isaac stammered for a moment. “I didn’t mean—that’s just what they told us, and I guess I never—” He stopped and took a short breath. “Shoot, Caleb, I—I’m sorry. I didn’t meant to come off like that. I guess…I guess I don’t know very much about this stuff.”

“I guess you don’t.” Caleb put his cigarette butt out in the dirt and scowled down at his crossed legs for a moment before looking back at Isaac. “Why did you kiss me back?”

“I…” Isaac paused to fidget in his lap, feeling the flush in his face and neck. He had to steel himself before the words would come. “Ever since you kissed me that day in my room, I’ve…thought about you. I think about you a lot.” Caleb seemed to soften slightly, but Isaac couldn’t quite meet his eyes. “I think about…if you tried again, what I would do.”

Caleb inched closer to him, leaning down to try to catch his eyes. “I guess you know the answer to that. And if I tried again now?”

Isaac’s fingers tightened on themselves. “I—I don’t know.”

These two are so cute, I can’t stand it. They’re a perfect pair of little cinnamon buns. I hope you’ll check them out, and I hope you love them like I do!


The Beast of Birmingham is Turning Two! (And Four?) 2

Holy crap you guys! March 31 will be the two-year anniversary of the release of Under the Devil’s Wing, the book that set me down this road of caffeine, red ink, and conventions. I’ve made friends, I started a company, and I’ve written more than I ever thought possible. It’s been a crazy ride with lots of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wouldn’t be where I am without the amazing friendship and support that I found in my local NaNoWriMo group. They encouraged me and helped me, and they were my first cheerleaders, and I love every one of them.

I’ve also found so much love and support from fans that I just can’t express enough gratitude. Every time one of you finds me at a convention to tell me you loved one of my books, it just makes my whole day. It makes the hard work and stress worth it, and it alleviates some of that constantly-looming dread that I’m a terrible imposter hack. So thank you.

But enough sappy crap! We’re here to talk about The Beast of Birmingham! To celebrate the anniversary, I’m going to have a little giveaway. Under the Devil’s Wing is free on your e-reader of choice, as always, so here’s the deal:

If you’ve read Under the Devil’s Wing but haven’t reviewed it (naughty), here’s your chance. Leave me a review either on Amazon or Goodreads and let me know about it, and you’ll earn yourself an entry to win a set of Beast of Birmingham character art cards as well as a $10 Amazon gift card! (Good toward the next two books in the series; just sayin.)

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Banana for scale.

I’m going to be at Cyphacon in Lake Charles, Louisiana on April 8-10, celebrating the anniversary! Just look for little Sam here and come and say hello. He does bite, but I promise you’ll like it. I’ll be accepting entries in the giveaway until midnight on April 17 to give you Louisiana folks time to enter, and I’ll announce the winner here and on my various other social media on Monday the 18th.

The Beast of Birmingham was my leap of faith into the world of being an author. I’m so thankful for everything that’s led me to where I am today, and I know that Sam and company were the start of that. Sam may be a total, incorrigible bastard, but he’ll forever have a special place in my heart, as will the rest of my werewolf crew.

So, recognizing that, I think you all deserve to know that I’m working on a special project. The Beast of Birmingham trilogy may be over, but lives go on.

So, this is me officially announcing The Beast of Birmingham: American Hunter, coming Holiday 2016!

Merry Chrismahanukkwanzaavus, y’all. Get ready to take on the States!

I’ll also be doing some posts over the next couple of weeks for those of you who might not be familiar with The Beast of Birmingham yet. I’ve got some character profiles coming your way, some ramblings, and some sneak peeks at the coming story. So super excited!

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Because You Needed Me Cover Reveal!

It’s time! Because You Needed Me is set for release on April 8, so here’s a look at the finished cover!

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Julien and Noah have a bigger role in this book, so I thought it was only fitting they get a shot at being on the cover. Lookit Noah’s cutie snake bites~! I’m super excited to share this sequel with you guys, and I hope you’re excited to see what happens to Trent and Ciaran on their journey into Fairyland!

I’ll be putting some teasers up of the illustrations on my Facebook and my Twitter, so if you haven’t added me on there, make sure you check it out!