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Publications…2011 Year in Review

2011 was sort of a disappointing year for me, writing-wise. I had the pleasure to continue to work with some amazing editors and publishers, and I love the stories of mine that were published (or rereleased) this year, but my personal writing output was disappointing to me. I know why, of course, my other career took a lot more time this year than it has in any previous year, but I hope to find a better way to balance my careers in 2012. To that end, I’ve set some short story goals for the year, and we will see how I do. Also under consideration is a website redesign (posts are truncating weirdly on the main page, I’ve noticed) and more guest blogging. More blogging in general.

Here are the stories of mine that were published in 2011.

January

“Cycles” in Like a Moonrise from Circlet Press

Blurb: Shapeshifting is a powerful metaphor for eroticism, and in Circlet Press’s new ebook, Like a Moonrise, that metaphor is made central to these erotic coming-of-age fantasies.

Like a Moonrise is an anthology of six stories featuring original shapeshifters with a coming of age theme.The stories in this anthology explain what the werefox, werepony, and others face as they discover their own changes and the urges and instincts that come with it. Circlet Press moves beyond the now-common realm of vampires and werewolves to explore the sexual lives of different were-creatures with these stories.

July

“Blazing Star” rereleased as a solo from Storm Moon Press

Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives — the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again.

Bea is a mind reader, weary of battle, but still with the Star in her eyes. Her lover, Hope, returns to Bea’s sanctuary in need of comfort and guidance, which Bea is only too happy to give. But the respite is short-lived when other Hunters show up at the sanctuary with news of an impending battle. Bea knows she must let Hope go, even though it may be for the last time.

August

“The Fullness That Love Began” in Daughters of Artemis from Storm Moon Press

Blurb: Werewolf lore has long been dominated by tales of the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology Daughters of Artemis explores this mostly neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos, with an erotic twist.

Link…Apocalyptathon 2011 (Month of Thanksgiving Day 5)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for the Apocalyptathon 2011 celebration over at Moira Rogers’ blog. There are all sorts of prize giveaways, and every day for thirty days, authors and bloggers will talk about their apocalypse books, their favorite apocalypse stories, and on. I love apocalyptic fiction, and I am thrilled at the idea of a month of apocalyptic blog posts.

My favorites so far are: This post about Freeze Line, a post-apocalyptic werewolf and witch novel. (Ice age! Lone werewolf! Witch whose powers are lessened by the ice! It sounds delightful!) This post where E from the Book Pushers talks about great apocalyptic fiction.

I Recommend…The Shattering by Karen Healey

I recommend The Shattering by Karen Healey. This is her second YA book, and it is even better than the first, Guardian of the Dead, which was pretty wonderful, and which I also recommend.

If you want to find out who murdered your brother, come with me.

Summerton is perfect. A town in the isolated and stunning West Coast region of New Zealand, it is blessed with gorgeous weather and hordes of tourists.
But Keri is immune to her hometown’s charms. Her older brother has just killed himself, without warning or explanation, and left Keri shattered with grief and too many unanswered questions. So when her childhood friend Janna and tourist Sione offer answers, Keri is keen to listen.

Janna and Sione’s own older brothers died in suspicious circumstances. Sunny Summerton has dark secrets. And as they investigate, the answers to their questions become more bizarre. Shattering the secrecy of Summerton may open the trio to dangers they never knew were possible.

Can they save Summerton’s next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

With a first line like that in the blurb, there is no way my attention wouldn’t be hooked, but it is a fantastic story about family and friendships and magic and horror and love and murder and death. It is somewhat creepy and all the way exciting and a lot of fun. The characters are amazing, and I love the way we get chapters from each of their points of view. They are very different people and they bring very different things to the story.

I am a fan of this book, and I think you will be too.

Publications…”Blazing Star” solo release from Storm Moon Press

Buy “Blazing Star” from Storm Moon Press for $1.99.

I am thrilled to announce that my short story “Blazing Star” has been released as a solo from Storm Moon Press. “Blazing Star” was previously published as a part of the CAST THE CARDS anthology, “Blazing Star” was inspired by the Star tarot card.

Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives — the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again.

Bea is a mind reader, weary of battle, but still with the Star in her eyes. Her lover, Hope, returns to Bea’s sanctuary in need of comfort and guidance, which Bea is only too happy to give. But the respite is short-lived when other Hunters show up at the sanctuary with news of an impending battle. Bea knows she must let Hope go, even though it may be for the last time.

And check out the cover for the solo release!

Cover for Blazing Star, a white woman and a black woman lie together on the ground, clutching at each other with love and need.

(Image description: A black woman lies on her back, a white woman moving over her. They clutch at each other, hands in hair and on arms, and stare into each other’s faces, their exchange colored by love and lust and desperation.)

I do wish the cover better reflected that Bea is somewhat older and much fatter, but I love how they touch each other and watch each other.

Buy “Blazing Star” from Storm Moon Press for $1.99.

Publications…”Blazing Star” in Cast the Cards, Bad Girl’s Sweet Kiss, and more

The posts I scheduled to go up while I was away failed, so here are publishing updates for the past month.

Monster in the Blood: Writing Werewolves and Mental Illness

I guest blogged over at Midnight Seductions about writing werewolves and characters with mental illness, including my own experience with mental illness.

“Blazing Star” in Cast the Cards

Cast the Cards released October 31, 2010.

Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. Cast the Cards is a collection of six all-new short stories that explore some of the powerful themes associated with the Major Arcana, all with an eye toward erotic romance with GLBT and alt-lifestyle characters and motifs.

“Blazing Star” is a story about a mind reader and her fortunetelling, monster-hunting lover who face a world headed into a potential apocalypse. Together the two women create a sanctuary for the other monster hunters, but not even a magic-protected sanctuary can guarantee protection when the world is ending.

There have been a couple really nice reviews of Cast the Cards.

Review by BookWenches.com.

Excerpt:

On the whole, I found Cast the Cards to be well-conceived and intriguing, and I would have no problem at all recommending it to others. The folks at Storm Moon Press have done an excellent job compiling this collection. I was impressed with the high quality of the writing in each tale as well as the way they adhere to the central theme.

Review by CoffeeTimeRomance.com.

Excerpt:

Blazing Star

Hope is a hunter of the supernatural. Like other hunters, she heads to the one place where she knows she can find sanctuary, the home of a fortune-teller and Hope’s lover.

Trouble is rising in the world. Weird things that are unexplainable keep occurring. Hope and her friends are off on a mission of danger. Stolen moments of passion help calm the rising tide of bad that is reaching their shores.

Sexy and soothing. Odd descriptions for a story, I know, but that is what I felt as I read as intruded on the world of these two women.

and

This book is like a night of amazing love making. The seduction is slow and sweet. The climax is toe-curling. Then, you slide into the after-glow. Emotions run the gamut, and the reader is left emotionally spent but wholly satisfied. The incorporation of the Tarot deck only heightened my desire to read on. Each story is unique and special, but they work together so well. I would recommend adding this collection of stories to your shelf.

I am really pleased by the mention of “Blazing Star” because sexy and soothing was exactly the mood I was trying to create while writing the story. I was thrilled to see that it worked.

Bad Girls Sweet Kiss

Released November 3, 2010, I have a piece in Bad Girl’s Sweet Kiss from XCITE Books. My piece is more a story than a lot of the other pieces included, but sometimes trying to pick out the truth is part of the fun.

Blurb: A blow-by-blow anthology of first-time fellatio and other oral delights.

Chrissie Bentley is a woman on a mission – to raise the profile of oral sex. In ‘The Bad Girl’s Sweet Kiss’ she has brought together her own experiences as well as those of many other erotic writers from all over the world. From some of the most well-known voices in erotica to more recent newcomers to the field, everybody’s first time is different. In this diverse collection of blow-by-blow accounts exploring an oft-overlooked act of intimacy, you’ll find something to shock, titillate, amuse as well as trigger memories of your own oral initiation.

I also sold a werewolf short story, details on this to follow.

Publications…Win a copy of “Blazing Star” in Cast the Cards

As I mentioned here, my story “Blazing Star” will be included in Cast the Cards, a tarot-themed anthology based around the Major Arcana.

“Blazing Star” introduces a world where the supernatural lurks just beyond the edge of humanity. A secret group of humans, many with supernatural talents of their own, protect the world from the monsters. For a long time, there has been a balance, but uneasy portents and inexplicable deaths point to a dawning horror.

Enter Hope, a fortuneteller turned hunter, and Bea, a mindreader who keeps a safehouse where she offers sanctuary, succor, and protection spells to any hunter who needs it. Hope is her favorite, and though they spend much of their time apart, the love between them is as strong as ever.

When Hope needs a place to recuperate, she heads straight for Bea, but Hope’s vision of the future promises little time to rest for them or the hunters they must somehow organize to save the world.

Book Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. “Cast the Cards” is a collection of six all-new short stories that explore some of the powerful themes associated with the Major Arcana, all with an eye toward erotic romance with GLBT and alt-lifestyle characters and motifs.

“Cast the Cards” is an anthology containing: “Burn the Brightest” by Emily Moreton, “The Direction of Greatest Courage” by Erik Moore, “The Grief of the Bond-Maid” by Janine Ashbless, “Surrender” by K. Piet, “Blazing Star” by Marie Carlson, and “Oneiros” by S.L. Armstrong.

Right now you can sign up to win a copy of Cast the Cards at Goodreads here. The contest is open through October 15, so you still have plenty of time to sign up.

Publications…Cast the Cards anthology

Since it’s up on Storm Moon Press’s website here, I can announce that I have a short story in the upcoming Cast the Cards anthology, available October 31, 2010. It’s still early in the revision process, so I don’t even have a set title for the story yet, but the working title was “Blazing Star” and the story was based around the Star tarot card.

From the website, Cast the Cards includes six new short stories exploring the themes of the tarot’s Major Arcana through the lens of erotic romance.

“Blazing Star” is the story of a mindreader and the fortunetelling woman she loves, set against the very early stages of an apocalypse.

More information as it is available.