Signal to Noise audio book giveaway

To honor the upcoming audio book release of Signal to Noise, as well as the upcoming sequel Klaxon at the Core, available for pre-order here, let’s get this party started!

This is an audio book giveaway for Signal to Noise.


It’s been three years since the Incursion; three long years since Bastian and his twin brother Theo became the sole survivors on the planet Noise. Their distress calls have gone unanswered, and they are running out of supplies. They have no one but each other. And when the long-awaited rescue finally arrives, it brings with it complications that make being alone and forgotten look easy.

The listing for this audio book is available here. It’s 6 hours and 38 minutes long. I will email a ZIP audio file to the winner once I’ve selected and heard back. I choose the winner with

Entering for this giveaway is a two-part process. I know, I’m making you work for it a little, but a free audio book is pretty awesome, and I’ve been listening to it over the past week–trust me, it’s worth it. Also, I don’t have a marketing team, so having you spread the word is a huge help.

1. Do one (or more) of the following:

– Tweet, or retweet, about Klaxon at the Core’s upcoming release, such as my tweet here.
– Blog, or reblog, about Klaxon at the Core’s upcoming release, such as my tumblr post here.
– Post about Klaxon at the Core’s release on Facebook, or share my update here
– Review Signal to Noise on Goodreads, Amazon, or anywhere on the web. If you’ve already reviewed it, that still counts! It doesn’t have to be a long review, either–a sentence or two letting people know what you thought of the book (and maybe why they should read it) is all that’s needed to qualify.
– Promote the release of Klaxon at the Core in any way I haven’t mentioned and link back to the publisher listing here.

2. Drop a comment here and link me to your reblog, retweet, shared post, review, or any kind of promo that spreads the word. Make sure to include an email address or means of contact. Winners will be chosen Monday, June 23rd, evening Pacific time.

If you haven’t done a promo and a comment, the entry is invalid.

Questions? Ask away! Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for an awesome Klaxon at the Core giveaway yet to come. ♥ May your reading list be long and bring you everything you love!

Body Option: Pre-order and giveaway

Happy Sunday, everyone! Do you mecha? My latest, Body Option, is available now for pre-order, and there’s also a lovely giveaway.


For five years, Grant Badu has been part of a solid fighting team with the Gemini Suit called Trefoil Argent. Together, they fly and fight so effectively, their combat record so impressive, that they’ve become informally known as the Infallible Duo.

When a case containing classified military innovations is stolen and shot down in the foothills of disputed border territory, Grant and Argent are tapped for its swift recovery. But the mission requires pilot Argent to take on the one cybernetic option he’s been avoiding, for reasons even Grant doesn’t know.

Preorder here and enjoy 15% off savings up through the afternoon of Tuesday, April 1st.

You can also sign up for the Goodreads giveaway here through Tuesday, March 25th.

Sign up for the giveaway, and if you don’t win, there’s still a week to pre-order at the 15% discounted price. Enjoy!

Win LT3 December releases

Tuning in from Nanowrimo-land to report that yesterday I broke 100,000 words. My goal is 125,000, so I’m on track and happy to report I’m still enjoying the story. Always a good thing.

Once I’m done with the month I’ll have a rough, very rough draft of Dragonspire. Like all rough drafts it’s going to need to sit in a drawer for a month before I revisit it and start the hard work, but I’m pleased with how things are going and I haven’t hit any bad patches this year so I consider myself lucky.

If you haven’t pre-ordered The Fall Guide yet–or even if you have–Less Than Three Press is offering an amazing giveaway: a copy of all their December releases!

Visit the giveaway thread on Goodreads and leave a comment to sign up for your chance to win. Don’t miss this amazing chance! I’ve never seen such a massive giveaway from a publisher…early Merry Christmas, eh?

Later this week I’m going to post my Queer Romance Blog Hop post, talk about my ever-expanding slate of writing projects, and give thanks by hosting a giveaway of my own. 🙂 Have a great week!

Author event: Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up

I’m registered as an Attending Author for the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up, 2013!


What does that mean, you ask? Handily, I have some information for your perusal.

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up is an event for writers and readers of M/M fiction to come together and discuss what we’re so passionate about when it comes to gay romance. Clicking the event name takes you to the public Goodreads group.

Date: September 14, 2013
Where: Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98104
Time: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Registration: 12pm-1pm

Meet-up Event: 1pm-5pm

Happy Hour: 5pm-7pm

Currently, the event organizers are planning three panel discussions that examine different facets of M/M romance, publishing, and the M/M romance community. The topics will be developed with attendee input over the next few months, so head over to the Goodreads panel topics thread to weigh in.

Registration Rate: The early bird price for registration is $15. This rate is good through July 31, 2013. After July 31, the registration fee will go to $25.

It’s going to be tons of fun, there are loads of talented authors and some pretty fantastic publishers supporting and attending the meet-up, and best of all – happy hour near some awesome hotels!

Follow @GayRom_NW for updates, book spotlights, and authors of the week! You can get a lot of great recs even if you’re not attending the event.

And as an extra touch of awesome, #GRNW is spotlighting me as one of two authors of the week! Thanks very much, @GayRom_NW. I think this event is going to be loads of fun, and they’re making me look forward to September already.

That spotlight is some extra incentive to send over my bio and the photo they asked for. Hmm, a photo…dang it, still need new ones taken.

Vote for May’s Books of the Month

Less Than Three Press will be featured as the spotlight publisher for May over on Goodreads.

As part of that awesomesauce, they’ve put up a list of books to feature for May!

Check out the May Book of the Month poll to vote for which Less Than Three books will be featured. I’m absolutely chuffed that A Cut Above the Rest and From the Inside Out have been nominated.

Note: you must be a member of the Goodreads M/M Romance group to vote.

In the meantime I’ve been working toward a deadline, and have now injured my wrist. This is such a crappy injury for a writer. We’ll see what the doctor has to say tomorrow.

A Cut Above the Rest Giveaway

Greetings, good evening, and welcome to my giveaway to celebrate the release for A Cut Above the Rest! I’m incredibly proud of this story and so happy to share it with all of you.

01 A Cut Above

Alex always had it easy growing up, indulged by loving, but busy parents as he flitted from one interest to another without settling. Then he discovered the world of fine dining and became determined to be a chef capable of producing such magnificent meals. Despite the doubts of a father who limited his funds, and the difficulties of leaving Germany to live in the United States, Alex stuck to his new goal and graduated the Culinary Institute of America.

Fresh out of school, he is eager to begin work at the restaurant owned by a good friend of his father’s, a restaurant well known for the beautiful, innovative meals its chefs create. He is primed to join the ranks of those masterful chefs—until the day he starts, and learns that he is nothing more than kitchen lackey, lower in rank than even the dishwashers.

Worse, his boss is none other than Nik, the beautiful, infuriating, highly talented classmate that Alex could never best—or resist.

A Cut Above the Rest is available for pre-order for a couple days more at Less Than Three Press here. You can read an excerpt of the story, too.

The Appetite series is near and dear to my heart, not only for all the amazing food but because presiding over the journey that Chef Alex and Chef Nik take over the course of the story is tremendously frustrating, certainly difficult, but ultimately satisfying.

The Giveaway:
I am offering THREE copies of A Cut Above the Rest to three lucky winners, chosen by random numbers selected by from the comments of this entry. This is the e-book version, and I will send a copy in your preferred format; epub, HTML, mobi, PDF.

To enter, drop a comment (you MUST include an email or means of contact or I CANNOT count your entry). Comment between now and next Sunday, March 17th. Winners will be chosen Monday morning.

To win additional chances to enter, you may do the following:

– Promote/share my Facebook post promoting Appetite’s release.
– Post a comment on my/your Facebook about the novel.
– Promote/share my Tumblr post promoting Appetite’s release.
– Like my Tumblr post regarding the release.
– Retweet my author tweet on Twitter regarding the release.
– Become a fan on Goodreads.
– Leave a comment or make a post promoting the novel on your own social venue (any and all – WordPress, LJ, DW, blogspot, just link me so I can verify)

Basically, spread the word in any possible fashion and you can get an additional chance to win your own ebook copy of A Cut Above the Rest!

Many thanks, I appreciate your stopping by, and good luck with the giveaway.

We’ve also got a fun promotional tour this week, so stay tuned for daily updates on where it’s at!

From the Inside Out: reviews and discussion

On tap this evening, I’d like to share lovely reviews I received for From the Inside Out, and a bit of info about the story as well as a short excerpt and purchase info.

Diane of Hearts on Fire gave From the Inside Out a fabulous five hearts! Check out her review to see many of the lovely things that she had to say.

Pixie of MM Good Book Reviews gave it a fantastic four hearts. I’m going to excerpt the review here, because it looks as though it hasn’t yet gone live on the site:

Soren is shy and quiet; he has his job as a barista, he has his close friend Sloane and he has his school, but he breaks out of his shell one day and agrees to meet with his online friend Tru. The meeting doesn’t go as planned and Soren is left wondering just what he should do next. Lucas is a shift supervisor barista and has never really noticed Soren before, but after arranging a date with an online friend, he realises just how much Soren appeals to him.

This is a wonderful finding yourself story for these two young men, both main characters discover themselves as we progress through the book, and they discover the courage to face everything head on. Soren is a character that is very quiet; he will back down or dodge when questioned head on and has made avoiding decisions an art form, when he finally gives Lucas a chance, he discovers that he has to take control of his life and to start standing up for himself. Lucas is a character that is very sure of himself; he knows what he wants and goes after it, when he does notice Soren, he discovers that he wants much more than he ever thought he would.

This story is a journey of discovery for Soren and Lucas, both of them grow as the story progresses, and they face the challenges that are thrown at them. Soren is a slow developing character; he has slow progress as he comes out of his shell, but he makes huge leaps and bounds as he starts to stand up for himself and what he wants. Lucas has his own confusion to work through as he faces the inner struggle to get to grips with how he feels. Both Soren and Lucas face the turmoil of coming out to their parents and the hostility of a co-worker.

I have to say that this is a very involved story, you get to know the characters very well and you become invested in them. The romance is very sweet and is drawn out throughout the book, there is no rushing in this story; it is all drawn out really well. There’s love, romance, angst, misunderstandings, a near miss with danger and some conflict, but most of all there is growth and finding the person you can be.

I will recommend this story to those who want a true finding yourself story, developing love, some parental conflict and a very sweet happy ending.

Author’s thoughts:

As an author, I’m going to say something that I believe I’m not supposed to say — I don’t think this book is necessarily for every M/M reader. This isn’t a quick read, and the characters don’t jump into bed right away. (That’s an understatement.) One of the elements I focused on when writing this was the emotions, the relationship development of the characters involved; and not only the two main guys, but the people around them to a lesser extent. It takes a while to build their relationship at a believable pace, but it’s worth it when they get there.

This story is a low, slow cooker and while the peaks of the story aren’t in frenetic action or surprise twists, there is payoff for both young men, and character growth as well.

I wanted to tell a story that addressed coming out, and growing up, in ways that showed how all of that intertwined with the intensity of real first love. Though it may have taken a lot of words to get there, I told the story that I wanted to.

Whether that’s the story that is for you, well … I encourage you to take a look at some of the other reviews and satisfied customers on Goodreads or Amazon.

And now! An excerpt:


The beginning isn’t so hard; it’s what comes after—that’s the challenge.

Soren Wilkenson stared at the blinking cursor for a moment, and then switched over to his open session of Microsoft Word and the history paper that awaited him. He had the paper outlined, but needed more research to flesh it out. He still had a long way to go.

A soft chime sounded over his speakers, recalling his attention to one of the open IM sessions in his other window.

A paragraph. Finish a paragraph of the paper first. Soren knew he couldn’t wait that long; he never could. He tabbed to the other screen.

    TruBishounen: Homework again?

    Dawntreader: You know it. Can never stay on top of the stuff.

    TruBishounen: *laughs* Well, full time work and school will do that to you.

“Soren? Are you still online?”

Soren started at the knock on his door and fumbled with his mouse. “Damn … Yes, Mom, I’m still online.” He cast his mind over what could bring her to his door at this time of afternoon, when she’d be about to start dinner prep. “Was I scheduled for a chore that I forgot?”

“No … can I come in?”

Soren hesitated.

    Dawntreader: be right back, okay?

    TruBishounen: k.

    Dawntreader: brb

    LizTheGreat: sure

Soren minimized his screens and turned from the computer, leaving the desktop awash in pale blue waves frozen in stiff crests. “Yeah, I guess.”

His mother Claire pushed open the door, tucking her dark hair behind her ears. Her eyes flicked over to the bland desktop screen, then to Soren. “Done with your homework?”

Soren shrugged and flipped a book shut. “Not exactly,” he said uncomfortably. He was twenty, but his mom still came in to check up on whether he had finished his homework or not. It was the price to pay for staying at home while he went to college. “What do you want to talk about?”

Claire sat down on the edge of the bed, trying to smile reassuringly, but ending up somewhere near inquisitive. “Come on, Soren, do I need a reason to talk to my oldest son?” She was looking at his books now, the spines, reading the textbooks he had out for ostensible reference.

“I really have to finish this paper,” Soren demurred, shifting restlessly in his chair. He pushed himself idly back and forth, using the leverage of two fingers on the edge of his desk. “Can’t we talk at dinner?”

Claire’s mouth twitched. “More like a late lunch for you.” She sighed. “Well … it’s the start of a new year, Soren.”

Soren’s fingers itched. He was restless, ready to type, even if it was just to return to struggling over each sentence doled out for the non-inspiration of the history paper. He was also anxious, realizing he hadn’t muted the sound on his computer, so he was glad that his speakers weren’t chiming with more instant messages. If there were so much as a single ping, his mother would know that his online activities had nothing to do with a paper, history or otherwise.

“I know, Mom,” he replied, wondering where she was going with it.

“And …” Claire paused, trying to braid her fingers together. “Well, Soren, you’re a junior already and you still haven’t picked a major that will really help you after college.”

“Not this again.” It took a great deal for Soren to grow irritated with a subject, but his mother’s endless fascination with his future—and its direct correlation with his college major—was one that tired him. He’d already switched majors once, more as a result of his own inner promptings than the discussions his mother began and finished herself. “What’s wrong with English?”

“Oh … well … nothing … Still, you know Angie’s majoring in Accounting. I just want to see you settled in something that will really help you, Soren. Even Cassie, she’s only in high school, but she’s active in the school paper and plans to go into journalism …” Claire broke off and bit her lip.

Soren sat and fidgeted as he tried to figure out what response would satisfy her. After a moment, he sighed and raked a hand through the loose spill of his long dark hair. “Mom …”

“I know.” Claire hitched forward on the edge of the bed, as if she would get up to leave, but Soren knew it wasn’t going to be that easy. “I’m butting in again.”

He shook his head. “I’ll talk to a guidance counselor again, okay? I’m already carrying a full load this semester. At least my major’s not Religious Theory anymore.” He gave her a half-smile.

Claire fussed with a fold of his comforter. “You’ve never given me much trouble, Soren, you know that …” She shook her head. “No, I mean … I’m not doing this to butt in, you probably think so, but I’m not … I want everything to go right for you. If … if you need to take an extra year in school to get the right major down, even that much would be fine.”

She had said all of this to him before, so Soren settled for a safe answer. “I know, Mom.” His feelings were all jumbled up inside. Although he knew Claire was doing what she thought was best, she never took the time to try and understand him. He preferred it that way, in the end. There were some things he wasn’t comfortable with his mother discovering, let alone trying to explain to her. His eyes flicked to his computer monitor.

“So,” Claire said, in the light-hearted manner that heralded a change of subject. “Working with Sloane tonight, are you?”

“You know I am, Mom.” Soren gave her an appeasing half-smile. “She’s picking me up.”

Claire tilted her head. “You know what I’m talking about, Soren.” She rubbed her hands over her thighs, a nervous gesture. “Are you … going … with Sloane?”

It took him a moment. “Mom … no, Mom, no.” Soren shook his head. “Just don’t go there.”

“What?” Claire rocked back. “What did I say? What’s so wrong with that?”

Soren was still shaking his head, astounded, yet not quite. “Sloane and I are not together, okay? She’s just a friend, only a co-worker, really.” He wasn’t sure why he was trying to downgrade his friendship with Sloane, but vaguely thought that if he associated her with work to his mother, she’d let the subject drop.

Claire raised her hands in a defeated gesture. “Okay. Got it.”

Soren turned back to his computer desk. “Mom … paper.”

Claire gave him a brief smile. “Right. And you need an early dinner …”

“Or I won’t get to work on time,” Soren finished. He shrugged. “Thanks, Mom.” He waited to hear the click of the door closing before bringing up all the chat windows on his screen again.

    Dawntreader: Back. Sorry.

    LizTheGreat: You got to go?

    Dawntreader: Soon, for work … kind of trying to write a paper now.

Liz was a good friend of his, and there was no reason why Claire shouldn’t know he was chatting online with her … aside from the fact that she might ask if they were going out. Claire had been a little bemused over the past five years as to how he could have such pretty, nice girl friends and not want any one of them to move into a relationship closer than friendship. She’d get it eventually, just not—he hoped—any time soon.

Soren opened the last chat window, the one he’d waited for.

    Dawntreader: Sorry it took so long.

    TruBishounen: S’okay, I had econ homework. Say … why don’t we meet?

Soren stared at the words on the screen until he thought they might burn into his eyes. It was such a simple, offhand suggestion, but what Tru didn’t know was that Soren had made a career of avoidance. Even though they had been chatting on and off for months now, having originally met on an online community devoted to local gays/lesbians/bisexuals/whatever, they had kept their friendship online, and Soren liked it that way. They were past the heady first days where he’d been willing to stay up online all night chatting with Tru. Besides, he wasn’t … that is to say, he didn’t think he was ready to be that open with a part of himself he’d been hiding from everyone, especially his family, for so long. Tru’s IMs, and others like his, were the reason that Soren was constantly looking over his shoulder when his family entered the room.

    TruBishounen: You there?

    Dawntreader: Yeah … I don’t know.

    TruBishounen: Come on … we’re both in Portland. And I know we probably go to the same campus.

    Dawntreader: What makes you say that?

    TruBishounen: ahh … well, some of the hints you drop. Without even meaning to.

Soren’s mouth quirked. He’d figured the same thing, that Tru went to his campus. It was either his, or the Portland State campus, and that was in the heart of the city, totally different territory.

    TruBishounen: You got quiet. That a no?

The blinking cursor confronted him, and Soren tried to clear his mind and looked to Liz’s empty chat window. He had pictured meeting Tru more than once, although Tru was faceless in every scenario. He simply couldn’t project anything onto the person he’d gotten to know over the past few months.

    TruBishounen: Come on, let’s give it a try. But if you say no … I won’t push anymore. I’ll give up and won’t mention it again.

    Dawntreader: That’s nice of you. I guess.

    TruBishounen: Ahh, I guess I pushed my luck. It’s just that I like you.

    Dawntreader: What, there’s not enough guys you like to invite out?

    TruBishounen: Not like you.

Soren hesitated, and then switched over to his history paper to contemplate the single paragraph he had just begun. It was true that he was afraid … but it was also true he’d had thoughts, more and more often, about the way to seek out a partner, someone safe—or at least meet with someone like him. He needed a friend who wasn’t a girl. He needed someone who could show him the ropes.

Soren’s eyes flickered to his bottom task bar at the blinking message. Of all the guys he had met online, Tru was the one he trusted the most.

Soren returned to the IM session.

    TruBishounen: Sorry … I guess I’m pushing too hard. Forget I said anything, okay? I didn’t mean to creep you out.

    Dawntreader: No.

    TruBishounen: ?

    Dawntreader: No, you didn’t creep me out.

Soren typed with increasing confidence, although his fingers felt clumsy.

    Dawntreader: When would you want to meet?

He moved to his other window, trying not to think too hard. He saved his history paper and gave it up for lost. He was going to have to get ready for work soon, anyhow. He closed the paper and returned to IM.

    TruBishounen: Well, how about tomorrow?

    Dawntreader: I … guess that would be okay. Sometime before noon.

    TruBishounen: I’m glad you said yes.

They decided on a date, a time, and a comfortably public place. Soren signed off, not quite believing what he had done. Even though he was sure the guy wasn’t a psychopath, he knew it was something his parents—even his friends—wouldn’t be able to understand. One just didn’t meet with someone met online. Even though there were an increasing number of success stories from online dating services, there was the fringe factor to be considered. There was still a stigma attached to ‘I met them online.’

Soren dismissed those negative thoughts as he shut down his computer and stood, grabbing the work clothes laid out on the bed. He’d lived so much of his life as an observer, passively shaped by the opinions of those around him. It was past time to get out and do something for a change.


“So … wait, you met this guy online?” Sloane asked, bracing her hands on the cash register.

Soren nodded, giving her a half-hearted shrug. He contemplated her for a moment, looking at her with the appraisal his mother had certainly given her on more than one occasion. If he were going to date just anyone, Sloane would certainly be dating material. She was sweet and perky—good qualities for working at a coffee shop—and her heart-shaped face was framed with layered, bobbed blonde hair, her hazel eyes always sparkling. The two of them had started at their Starbucks store at approximately the same time, the summer before school. Soren had transferred from a Eugene store; Sloane had been a new hire. He had helped her out a lot in the beginning, especially with her espresso bar technique, and they had struck up a friendship based on that and common interests.

One of those interests happened to be boys.

The door chimed, and they looked up.

“Ah, Lucas, it’s just you,” Sloane called out, still gripping the sides of her register and rocking back on her heels. “Get me all worked up, why don’t you?”

Lucas Daye entered the store dressed in neat khakis and a black polo shirt, his pale blond hair tied back at his nape. He had a backpack slung over his shoulder, which wasn’t surprising—Lucas usually brought homework with him to work, or clubbing clothes, or both.

“Hey, Sloane. I really don’t think you need me to get you worked up, huh?” He rounded the bar and nodded at Soren. “Is it the three of us tonight?”

Soren busied himself tidying up the bar, polishing off espresso stains with a rag, before hustling to check the steamed milk. He left Sloane to answer the question and chat. Lucas gave Soren a terrible case of tongue-tied.

Quite simply put, Lucas was one of the most gorgeous guys Soren had ever seen in person and up close. He was a perfect combination of a long, elegant face, strong cheekbones, a well-shaped nose, and sensuous lips. He was funny, friendly, and hot—and Soren couldn’t manage to make himself say more than one or two words to him.

Not like it mattered.

“Yeah, Becky is finishing up the mid-shift,” Sloane answered.

“Good.” Lucas gave her a thumbs-up. “I’ve got the best team.”

Sloane swatted him in passing. “You’re a tease.”

Laughing, Lucas edged past her into the back room. “But you like me like that.”

Soren bent his attention to the temperature of the milk, flicking his braid back when it threatened to spill over his shoulder.

“You can stop trying to disappear, Mr. Invisible, he’s in the back room now,” Sloane said, returning to the cash register and throwing him a look that was half-sympathetic, half-wry. “God, he ties you up in knots, doesn’t he? He sure does it to me, too.” She fanned a hand near her face.

“At least you don’t go mute,” Soren shot back. He was pretty sure half their female crew or more had a crush on Lucas … and he did, too. It was mortifying.

“I can’t blame you. He’s so hot!”

The store doors chimed, and a pair of customers came their way, chafing their hands.

After they were finished ordering, and Soren had placed their double-tall mochas on the counter, he wiped off the espresso bar and glanced in Sloane’s direction. She was giving him a speculative once-over.

“What?” Soren asked defensively.

“So you’re willing to meet this guy, this TruBishounen, a guy you’ve never met … but you’re too shy to say more than monosyllables to Lucas, a real-life guy that you know you like.”

Soren felt himself flush. “When you say it like that, it sounds neurotic …” He shook his head. “It’s totally different, Sloane. I already know Tru, even if I’ve never met him. It’s easier for me this way. Lucas … a guy like him … Besides, he’s really into girls, you know?”

“I know. I’m just saying, if there were someone like Lucas, someone you liked … what would you do?”

“Probably nothing,” Soren said with a shrug. “I’m no good at being gay. Besides, someone like Lucas wouldn’t even know I exist. You know? But Tru and I connect really well.”

“I guess,” Sloane said, but there was doubt in her tone. In the next instant, she bounced on her toes. “Do you want me to be there? I mean, I could set myself up in the cafe with a couple of books and totally look like I was studying …”

“What, to rescue me in case something goes wrong?” Soren said, laughing. “I think I can handle it. I’m a big boy, and we’re meeting in a very public place. It’s not like I’m going to go home with him or anything like that.”

Sloane nodded. “Especially if he turns out to be gross and old.”

Soren was quiet for a moment. “Well … I’m not really expecting him to be a prize,” he confessed. “After all, I’m meeting a guy I met online.” And, Soren appended in his own thoughts, he wasn’t much of a prize to offer, himself. It would work out, as long as he could meet someone like-minded.

“Just let me know if you need a ride or anything.”


The door to the back swung open, and Lucas emerged carrying a till. Soren glanced at him, looked away, and glued himself to the bar. As usual, he would cling to it like a burr for the rest of the evening.

What use was any sort of resolution when he couldn’t even force himself to interact with people that he knew? At least he was doing something different and breaking himself out of the rut he’d been living in. Sloane’s words made him question himself, though. Was it enough?

It didn’t matter. It was a start.

You can buy From the Inside Out at LT3, All Romance Ebooks, or Amazon.

Why you want The Bestiary Volume One

Hello, good evening, and happy Friday Eve!

If you haven’t yet signed up for my Bestiary Volume One giveaway, make sure to act now! The giveaway closes on Sunday, February 10th. See the post for more details.

Whether you’re on the fence or already signed up and don’t know what you’re getting into, I thought I’d pull together a rundown of all the stories so you can see what the Bestiary Volume One is all about.


Let me start with some basic info. The Bestiary Volume One is a compilation of five stories, all centered around the theme of magical creatures. Whether the magical creatures are a feature, or involved in the romance, is up to the author. (If it’s romantic, they’re humanoid, of course. There’s a difference between a bestiary and…that other thing. Which isn’t present here.) Each story has a happily ever after, or a happy for now, and has a M/M pairing.

And now, a synopsis of each of the stories in the Bestiary Volume One.

The Kraken Lord and the Eater of the Sun

by E.E. Ottoman

Egrill spends his day cloistered in his mountain home, unable to leave behind memories of the brutal war he fought and the lover he lost in the fight. But his peaceful solitude is interrupted by a strange creature that claims to be a mythical Kraken, and Egrill can’t deny that he is certainly like nothing Egrill has ever encountered …

Excerpt here.

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The Staff of Kyade
by James L. Craig

When royal soldiers attack his village in search of a magical relic, Kenji watches in horror as all that he loves is destroyed. Determined that they will not get what they want, he takes the staff they seek and flees, vowing to avenge all those he lost as soon as he can.

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by Talya Andor

Thaniel has been chosen for the sacrifice that will renew the lands and bring sorely needed rain, and it is a duty he has always accepted. On his last day he ventures out to enjoy those things he loves and finds final resolve in all that he enjoys. But that resolve is tested in the moment when he must say goodbye to his dearest friend …

Excerpt here.

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Cleanly Wrong
by Mell Eight

Rung is a half-breed orphan brownie who can’t do anything right, much to the worry of his cleanliness teachers. When he runs away, Rung decides that he can resist the need to clean. Only, there is that one office that so desperately needs help…

Excerpt here.

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The Hunt of the Cold Moon
by Beth Wirth

Home for winter break, Terry is reluctantly caught up in an old tradition, a hunt for a forest spirit that he has never understood. When he unexpectedly wins the hunt and finds himself bound to the spirit, he has no idea what to do with it. The advice he is given, however, is dubious at best and if he does not act soon his father will take matters into his own hands …

Excerpt here.

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Excerpts courtesy of Less Than Three Press.

It’s a nice solid volume, beautifully printed. When I have some spare cash, I want to pick up the other three volumes in the Bestiary collection. Lovely stories, and the theme that binds them all together is enchanting, and great to see how all these different authors spun their tales around it.

Did I mention if you sign up for the giveaway you get this beauty free, and I’ll ship it anywhere that receives U.S. mail?

Let me know if you have any questions, don’t forget to leave a comment on the giveaway to sign up if you’re interested, and hope you have a great rest of the week.

Coming next: I tackle a plug for From the Inside Out, long overdue.

Award nomination and a giveaway!

It’s great to close out the year on a note like this.

Click the badge to take you to the poll, if you are so inclined (in case you forget, it’s under ‘Best Debut’)! I’m happy simply to be nominated; I didn’t expect it and it’s a really awesome thing for my first book, especially considering the company I’m keeping.

Next up: the long-promised giveaway.


I will send a signed copy of Signal to Noise anywhere, with a personalized greeting of your choice.

Rules for the giveaway:

1. The giveaway is open to sign up through Tuesday, January 15th at midnight Pacific time.
2. Sign up by commenting here on my blog entry. Include your name or a pseudonym, and your email so that I can contact you if you win. Your email needs to be accurate so that I can get in contact with you for a shipping address for the book!
3. You can get an extra “entry” by:
– Following my blog. (Let me know what your username is if it’s not obvious.)
– Following my Twitter, @TalyaAndor (again, let me know your username).
– Following my Tumblr, (just for good measure – yep, you guessed it, tell me your username).
– Edited to add another category: Goodreads! If you are following me as a fan on Goodreads, you get another entry. Annnnd you’d need to tell me your name on there too.

I will count your name once for a comment here, and an additional time for each follow.

On Wednesday after the sign-up closes, I’ll put names in a spreadsheet and give the number range to a Random Number generator which will choose the winner.

Thanks for reading, and happy New Year! Stay tuned for word on upcoming stories, and I’ve got stories to rec.