RELEASE DAY! Murder Once Seen

It’s finally here!  Book One of the Oddities Series is out at Riptide, Amazon, ARE and everywhere else eBooks are sold. This is a fast-paced gay paranormal romantic suspense set in a near-future alternate Earth.

Amazon link to buy

Riptide link to buy

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Here are links to today’s spots on the blog tour. There’s a giveaway going on between December 12 to the 16th for a $20 Riptide gift card. Check it out!

Main page for the blog tour at Riptide

Dec 12: Joyfully Jay (Guest Post: Character Playlists)

Dec 12: TTC Books and More

Dec 12: OMG Reads

Dec 12: Attention is Arbitrary (Guest Post: Writer’s Block)

About Murder Once Seen

In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.

I’ll also put up a post sometime soon about the demons featured in Murder Once Seen and in the Oddities series, and I’ll be posting a link to a Goodreads giveaway once it goes live.

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Murder Once Seen, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment on the tour stops with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

 

Reviews and Upcoming Tour

I’ll be posting a lot of news as I gear up for the release of my first full length gay romance novel (a paranormal suspense set in a dystopian world). So to start off, I have links to an early review, a cute little interview question I did for USA Today, and the link to the blog tour which will start next week.

There will be a giveaway in that tour for Riptide novels. I’m also going to be doing a Goodreads giveaway of an autographed paperback, which will start December 13–once the link is live, I’ll share it here.

Meanwhile, I just submitted the developmental edits for the 2nd Oddities book (Fraud Twice Felt) currently scheduled to come out at the end of May, and I’m writing Chapter 3 of the third in the series. Busy, busy!

USA Today’s Life Section “Happy Ever After” Question for Authors

Didi’s Hoards Jumble Blog Review

Riptide’s Blog Tour December 12 – 16

Excerpt up for Murder Once Seen

I’m starting to gear up for my promotional activities with the upcoming release of the first Oddities book, Murder Once Seen, coming out on December 12 from Riptide Publishing.

And finally, they’ve uploaded the first four chapters as an excerpt on the book page on their site here:

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/murder-once-seen

Check it out!

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Also, if you are a blogger and want to be included in a blog tour to promote the release, please let me know. If you are a reviewer and would like a copy, let me know that as well. I think the tour may  be with Pride Promotions, but I’m not certain.

And if anyone has any questions they’d like me to answer as I write my blog posts, let me know!

An intro to a character

How odd am I that I’m completely enthralled with one of my characters after writing just the first paragraph introducing him?

Meet Elliot Leed, one of the protagonists of my upcoming gay suspense novel, Breaking and Entering.

Elliot stared into a cracked mirror, carefully applying eyeliner to accentuate his bright blue eyes. Somewhere else in the building he could hear the pounding of a factory machine, the yowl of a stray cat. He smirked; one could almost make a heavy metal song out of that. The room where he stood had once been a storage closet, but one wall had caved in, rendering it useless to the factory owners.

At the moment it served as his home sweet home.

He straightened as he decided he’d achieved the dramatic yet wide-eyed look that would bring him customers tonight. He hadn’t eaten all day, and his stomach rudely growled to remind him. Dressed in black leather pants and a pale blue silk shirt that had cost him a week’s earnings, he hoped that he’d achieved the kind of look that would attract a richer clientele. Maybe even enough to get him out of this hellhole.

Excited about beginnings

I love starting a new book.

There’s just something to me about that first chapter, diving into a new story that I find exciting. The book is full of possibilities.

Now understand that I just don’t sit down in front of a white screen and start typing–well not quite, anyway. I always create a notebook first of all the details about the world, the characters, plot notes, a basic outline, and anything else I think I might need once I get writing. When I leap, I have all that supporting me, guiding me. That’s when the fun begins.

So I’m writing a romantic suspense novel, which means I get to start right in the middle of a crisis, an action scene.  That’s particularly fun. A chase scene. A murder. A broken heart.

See why I love beginnings?

My first two paragraphs. (Be aware this is fresh from my head, unedited):

Derwin Bryant never quit in a chase.

The skip he was pursuing was an Oddity, which was particularly annoying in this case because the guy could read minds and knew he was being pursued. Derwin figured his own unusual strengths wouldn’t be able to compensate for that, even though he’d powered up before heading out to apprehend the fugitive.

A light rain fell on the streets of the city of Nis, making the neon lights of the local porn shops and drugstores into pretty reflections on the asphalt. Derwin avoided a puddle as he ran down an alley, narrowly avoiding an overturned trash can. He grimaced at the smell of rotting food and old beer, as he checked the grip on his billy club. Up ahead he knew the alley ended in a dead end. No way that ole’ Jack was going to escape this time.

Genre, Genre, who’s got the Genre?

Under another name I’ve already written two books. I’m at the point now where I’ve got a system when starting a new book and a new series. I have my little notebook where I can write all the notes about characters, the world, plot lines, and any research I might need.

So the next book I’m about to write is going to incorporate several things I find interesting. First, the protagonists are gay. Second, there will be a developing romance between them. Third, there are paranormal elements. Fourth, there is a mystery to solve, and elements of suspense and thriller. And last, I plan to have explicit sex featured in the books, including elements of BDSM, so that makes it erotic fiction as well.

This leaves me pondering what to call the genre of this thing. The simplest might be gay erotica, but I plan to feature the mystery plot just as prominently as the sex, if not more so. Gay mystery series? I know there’s a mystery to be solved in the first book, and I have a larger arcing mystery/problem for future books, but I can’t say for certain that this will be a true mystery series. It might fit better into suspense.

Normally I just write and worry about genre later, but since the mystery genre is so specific, I find myself having to make decisions even before I start writing. If mystery is my focus, then it’s a whodunnit, and that’s my outlined plot. If it’s suspense, however, then it’s about the danger and risk to the protagonists, and the mystery is secondary.

The worst thing is there doesn’t seem to be a lot of this out there, so it’s not like I can look to other examples. So am I crazy?  I could tone down the sex except I have it as an integral part of both the characters and the paranormal aspects. (I’m taking “power exchange” to the next level, let’s just say.)

For now, the best I can do is just get my thoughts down and let my instincts guide me.