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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!


2016 Plans, News, and Excitement! (And boys.)

I finally have my year settled as far as convention appearances, which is exciting. I’m doing five this year, which isn’t that many compared to some people I’ve met, but for me it’s a huge step up from last year. Check my Events page for a list of my planned cons. I’m going as far as Louisiana this year, so I’ll get to meet a whole mess of new people! I’m pretty stoked about it. I love doing conventions; I love meeting people and hanging out with nerds and getting to dress up in costumes. It’s a great opportunity to talk to people face to face about my work, and nothing beats the feeling when someone you met on Friday comes back by your booth on Sunday saying, “I started your book, and I love it!”

Seriously, Cloud Nine, you guys.

As far as books go, I have three releases planned so far this year. First on the agenda is Because You Needed Me, the sequel to cheeky paranormal romance Those Words I Dread. It’s full of the tension of new relationships, secrets, and uncertainty, with a heaping pile of snark on top, of course. I know some of you were totally shipping Julien and Noah, so you’ll be glad to know that the story does place more focus on what’s going on with them. It made even my black little heart skip once or twice. This one’s finished, so I’m in the artwork/editing/formatting stage. I’ll be giving everyone a sneak peek of the cover and illustrations on my Facebook over the next couple of weeks, so keep a lookout for them!

Currently in progress is The Left-Hand Path: Runaway, book two in Nathan and Elton’s Wild Ride. I’m in the thick of writing this right now, and I’m very excited. Nathan is always an absolute joy to write, and in Runaway, he’s really getting to let loose and be the pain in the ass Elton always knew he could be. There are explosions, accidental murders, love notes, and scavenger hunts. The gang’s back together, for better or worse, and the Magistrate is going to have their work cut out for them.

A little farther down the line, I’m planning a contemporary paranormal romance about Caleb Durant, the cambion–or demon child–who’s grown up with a religious-obsessed mother telling him that he’s the son of Satan. He’s not (his father’s name is Raum), but that hasn’t stopped his overzealous mother from constantly telling him about his Omen-like destiny. At 17, he’s a little tired of hearing it, honestly. But as his powers grow stronger, he’s experimenting and becoming more comfortable with his fate. Unfortunately, standing in his way is Isaac–kind, churchgoing, and determined to keep Caleb in the Lord’s good graces despite his problematic heritage. I am going to have so much fun with this one, y’all. Some foreshadowing: I found a whole list of Jesus-friendly swear alternatives. Stay tuned for more details on this.

In the meantime, how about the results of this round of model-hunting? You guys guess which one is the half-demon and which one is the good Christian boy.

Hard to call, right? Just kidding.

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It’s this one. This one is the demon.

I’m looking forward to getting you guys some more sneak peeks soon! In the meantime, I’m doing an author-centric Instagram challenge, so if you aren’t following me on there, then honestly what are you even doing with yourself. Get your life together.

 


Wow, I am truly terrible at running a blog.

But I want to get better! This is the part where I catch up.

First of all, I’ve been to a couple of conventions with my books and had a wonderful response from people! It’s always fun to get out there with my fellow nerds and talk to them about nerdy things. The energy you get from a convention is like nothing else. My next appearance will be at FANdom in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, on November 6-8. If you’re on the Gulf Coast, you should definitely come and see me. I’ll be in Artist Alley right next to Michelle Kay and her debut yaoi novel, which you will absolutely definitely want to see.

In even bigger news, I have not one but two novels on pre-order right now! If you know me at all, you’ve heard me talk about The Left-Hand Path, Nathan Moore, and vodou probably more than you like. Well, he’s finally ready for the world. If you like your witches snarky, your cops corruptible, and you like the idea of two men who should be enemies finding a bond, then The Left-Hand Path: Mentor is for you. It’s a reluctant buddy-cop road trip with Nathan’s young apprentice along for the ride, and I’m excited to share their journey with you. It’s the start of a series, so if you like it, you’ll be able to follow Nathan’s exploits as he makes trouble all over the country and beyond.

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It’s coming out on Halloween to celebrate Nathan’s birthday, and here’s a special treat: as a special birthday present to Nathan, if you donate to Hope for Haiti now through October 31, you’ll get an incentive. If you donate at least $5, I’ll send you a free ebook copy of The Left-Hand Path: Mentor when it releases. If you donate $25 or more, you’ll get a paperback signed by me and mailed to you. Either way, you’re helping out a great cause that builds schools, provides fresh water, and helps budding entrepreneurs start their businesses. I hope you’ll check it out, and get your pre-order in!

The surprise release here is Those Words I Dread, a supremely cheeky m/m romance set in modern-day Vancouver and featuring four original illustrations. Meet Trent, a misanthropic college kid who lives alone and likes it that way. Enter Ciaran, a bitter fairy with a relentlessly handsome smirk and a smooth Irish brogue. He shows up on Trent’s door injured and on the run from a hunter, and he situates himself in the younger man’s life while he recovers.

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Trent is stuck with Ciaran whether he likes it or not, but he may not be able to keep his distance–and the closet he’s put himself in is seeming more cramped by the minute. This one is being released November 6 and is also the start of a series, so check it out and keep an eye on their relationship as love blossoms out of mutual hatred. Make sure to pre-order!

I’m really excited about both of these projects, so I hope you’ll check out one or both, and come see me at FANdom in November! I’ll be doing a couple more in-depth posts about both of these in the coming days, so keep a lookout for some teasers and tidbits.