Mark Your Calenders: November 3rd, 2014!

That’s the day that I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills will be available for purchase. You can buy it from Dreamspinner, of course, or you can grab it from your favorite 3rd-party distributor.

Here’s the blurb:

Justinian Clark, new-minted journeyman scribe, has a lot of faith: faith in God goes without saying, faith in the orderly workings of the universe, faith in the administrative minutiae that ticks along in the background of his life. That minutiae has brought him to Saint Gabriel and All Angels Cathedral, where he is assigned to assist Brother Ezekiel Frost.

Ezekiel Frost, a ten-year veteran of The Eternal Brotherhood of the Guardians of the Church of Greater Anglia, is quite comfortable with his routine: helping the people of St. Gabriel’s parish, annoying the archdeacon, and not getting too used to his assistants. While he doubts that having a complete novice assigned to him will change this pattern in any way, he resolves to make the best of it.

Between exorcisms, murders, the attention of something, and an overly observant child, Justinian and Ezekiel have no time to settle into a comfortable routine. Nothing is as certain as they once believed, and they can only hope their faith will see them through.

Yaaaaaay! Also eeeeek. But mostly yaaaaaaay!

New Book! (A.K.A I’m not dead yet.)

the cover for Sexy Sailors, featuring an American naval sailor with ribbons on his shirt and his sea bag over his shoulder

Sexy Sailors, edited by Neil Plakcy.

Sexy Sailors is out! You can grab a copy from Cleis Press, if you’d like.

Mine is Boots For The Goddess: the story of a fisherman and the blacksmith who stays behind; of sacrifice and loss. It’s also full of sex, cute nicknames, and I gave Kelvi my hair’s lack of cooperation with combs.

As for my continued presence among the living… Yeah. I’m still swimming back to the surface from my most recent plunge into fandom!, so I’m still pretty distracted by the pretty. And the funny, and the shiny, and…

I’m aiming to wrench myself away from the distracty fun and get back to work sometime soon, because as much as I love my newest insanity-laden community, I love getting paid for my work more. …But I might wait until the first of the year before I do, what with the holidays and stuff coming up.

Also, I leave you with an example of the insanity that BBC Sherlock inspires: The Benedict Cumberbatch Song (CAUTION: Catchy. Loud. WEIRD.) (Cumberbatch plays Holmes.)

Finding New Things To Read

Because that To-Be-Read pile isn’t going to grow on its own… And besides, I don’t think it’s possible to have too many books. Even if the garage is currently full of boxes of books. Anyway.

So! Smaller publishers often have the first chapter or so up for free, right on the buy page for the book; sometimes they have a link that opens a pop-up window with the excerpt. If you’re looking for M/M stuff in particular, you can try:

Dreamspinner Press (full disclosure: they’ve published two of my stories and I love them to bits)
Samhain Publishing (I can definitely recommend The Balance Of Silence and The Slipstream Con)
Torquere Press (GLBT publisher)
Amber Allure (the GLBT arm of Amber Publishing)

If you’re looking for a community with which to interact, you can try:
The Goodreads M/M Romance Group (It’s a restricted membership group, but not hard to get into; if you don’t want people to know your precise birthdate, use the proper month/year and pick a different day. It’s also very active, with lots of author/reader interactions; for the past two years, the group has put together an annual anthology of over 100 free stories. It’s a great way to discover new voices.)
The LoveRomancesCafe mailing list (Two important things to know: 1) it’s VERY busy, and can/will swamp your inbox, especially on Mondays and special-event days and 2) the age-restriction is due to the adult excerpts (M/M and het) that get posted. As for the list itself: There’s usually a monthly Dreamspinner chat and a GLBT-only day every month/6 week. Monday is open promo day, which means you get some of everything. Also a great way to find other groups, since some people cross-post like crazy without bcc’ing.)

And if you’d rather have someone else read it and give you an opinion, here are a few review sites to get you started:
Rainbow Book Reviews (Run by Serena Yates and friends; freshly revamped and reopened)
Reviews By Jessewave (Reviews, giveaways, and gratuitous pictures of lovely men.)
Mrs. Condit Reads Books (Not exclusively M/M, but she does review it on a regular basis.)
A Bear on Books (thoughtful reviews of M/M only)
– and not least, the tag ‘read this you might like it’ right here (I do my best to avoid spoilers.)

Happy May Day!

Happy Beltane, too.

In less smirk-inducing news, May marks two anniversaries: Dreamspinner Press’s 5th, and my 2nd! I’m not planning on doing anything particularly exciting to mark mine, but Dreamspinner is having quite the party — every week this month, they’re putting a different batch of authors on sale, corresponding to the year they were signed by DSP. (My stories will be on sale during either the 3rd or 4th week.) Keep an eye on the front page of the site to see what else they’re up to.

Tobias’s Own Adventure is also turning 1 this year — on Thursday, May 25th. I’m kind of boggled that it’s been out that long. Maybe I’ll post a little excerpt from somewhere else in the story.

A new-to-me-review from Literary Nymphs (and a confession)

While I was looking to see what searching for “Connor Wright” turns up these days, I decided I’d see what the image-search results were. On the second page in the second row was a picture of the cover for Tobias’s Own Adventure. I ran my cursor over it to see where it was being pulled from, and to my surprise, the URL was for Literary Nymphs’s reviews-only blog. I followed the link to see if it was one of the two reviews I knew existed for Tobias’s Own, and to my delight I discovered that it was a completely new review.

Rogue Satyr gave Tobias’s Own Adventure a 5-Nymph rating, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Rogue does mention something that no one else did, which is the whole ‘pirate’ thing is basically glossed over…

And yeah, it is. If you start thinking about the logistics of it, you start to realize that a one-man priate crew is the least-likely-to-be-successful crew ever, so. It’s hand-waving and dangling-shinier-things all over the place, I know. It could be worse, though! Despite the fact that most of Caled’s infamy is born of Informed Ability (<-- WARNING: TV Tropes!), the story does start off with him actually doing Pirate-y things.

Welcome to the world, Story.

Today’s the day — Chris, Jesse, and their odd families have been set free. Between some personal schedule upsets, some internicene squabbling, and this, my usual pre-release jitters have been more like pre-release earthquakes.

That’s all over, now. Now, it’s time for me to point you toward the Random Interview I did for Michelle and Reesa, and to the book itself.

Me, I have to get back to writing, ’cause I have another story that needs finishing.

A lovely surprise in the mail…

Two copies of Model Men, edited by Neil Plakcy.

If I'd known you were coming...

I had no idea that Model Men was out! One of my housemates brought me an envelope–I wasn’t expecting anything from anyone–and when I saw the return address I knew approximately what was inside. They’re even nicer in person, though, with glossy covers and quality paper inside. My story, Still Life With Phillip Delaney, is on page 125, hooray!

And once again, I’ve been published alongside names like Heidi Champa and Rob Rosen, which is just… Well, it’s like the Hot Summer Days collection all over again: you mean it’s okay if my stuff is in the same book as Amy Lane? (I don’t think my stuff sucks, by the way, it’s just one of those ‘those people are FAMOUS!’ things, and I’m a relatively unknown quantity.)

The cover for First Flight, featuring a raven, some ribbons and stars, and an oak tree.

Paul Richmond has rocked my socks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011: Chris and Jesse will go out into the wide world, and then… We’ll see what happens. I will have to forbid my family from purchasing it, since it has far more actual sex in than Tobias’s Own did, but that’s okay — I have a different version that I can send to them.

I just want people to like my silly little story about a boy, a bird, and the everyday magic of love.

And now I need to sleep instead of investigating why Firefox won’t open. *Grump* *Yaaaaaaawn*

The Once And Future Book…

The first volume of the Hot Summer Days project is out: Don’t Read In The Closet Volume One. It covers release days 1 to 19, and does include my story Gone To Pieces. (It’s highly explicit, involving D/s and a cyborg designed and purchased as nothing more than an incredibly complex sex toy.) The other important parts are that the whole thing is free, and there are three more volumes after this one. If you’re not a member of the Goodreads M/M Romance group, or if you know someone who wants to get their feet wet in the M/M end of the pool without spending much/any money, this is a great collection. It has stories of every kind (cowboys, sci-fi, sweet, funny) and every length; it has some great authors, both published and unpublished (until now).

I really enjoyed this project, and I’d love to do it again, both as an author and a reader. (I have to admit that I have a letter all ready to go for next time, if there is one. Heh.)

As for my latest release… I got the galley proof today! So now I have to check it over and figure out if there’s anything else that needs a last-second tweak before it goes off to the formatter/publisher. After that, it’s deciding on cover art (which I am looking forward to like…like you don’t even know) and then, then! It’s pre-release jitters and then the release. It’ll be out either in November or December, and as soon as I have a date, I’ll post it all over creation.