Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Royalties from THE GRAND BALLAST going to The Trevor Project

Hey all! This is just to let you know that from now until January 20th 2017, all royalties from The Grand Ballast will be donated to The Trevor Project. I know many of us are looking for things big and small that we can do in the wake of the election, and donating to an organization that’s helped me and many friends is one of the small things I’d like to do.

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization offering the nation’s only 24-hour suicide and crisis helpline for LGBTQ+ youth. It also offers online support in the form of social networks, confidential chats with volunteers, and Q&As about gender and sexual orientation.

The Grand Ballast is a story about…well, about the things that offer people hope in a bleak, dystopian future: art, love, and small acts of decency. It’s available from AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboAReSmashwords, and iBooks 




In a future where live sex shows abound to keep a jaded population entertained, dancer Bode Martin falls for the brilliant and unstable Kilroy Ballast, who molds Bode into the star attraction of his erotic circus, the Grand Ballast. Drugged beyond any real feeling, Bode trades freedom and his once considerable pride for an illusion of tenderness—until he inadvertently rescues a young man from a rival show, and together they flee to an eccentric town in the west where love still means something.

Valen’s not an easy man to know, and Bode shed his romantic notions under Kilroy’s brutal employ. Yet their growing bond becomes a strange and dangerous salvation as they attempt to overthrow the shadows of their pasts and wade together through a world of regret, uncertainty, beauty, and terror.

But Kilroy won't let Bode go so easily. Long ago, Bode was responsible for the loss of something Kilroy held dear, and he still owes Kilroy a debt. As the three men battle toward a tangled destiny, Bode must decide if his love for Valen is worth fighting for—or if he was and always will be a pawn in the story Kilroy Ballast will never stop telling.

Warning: Contains violence and noncon. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

So This Happened.

All kinds of news!

First of all, 24/7 made Kirkus Reviews's list of Best Fiction of 2016. I'm still kind of in shock, very honored to be included, and so happy that a book this kinky gets to be on that list. And I will probably never quite process being on the same list as Emma Donoghue. Ever. So thank you, Kirkus, and congrats to all the authors on that list. Holy shit.




On November 17, I'll be part of a chat with the Shh! group on Goodreads. The topic is Dispelling the Myths about BDSM, and you can chat all day with authors who are involved in the lifestyle. Really excited to be hanging out with this awesome bunch of authors--including Al Daltrey, Annabel Joseph, Red Phoenix, Joey W. Hill, Ariana Paige, C.P. Mandara, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Ann Mayburn, Shay Savage, Lainie Suzanne, and more--and excited to hear from you if you have questions about kink! 


And there will be giveaways galore. I already forget what I'm giving away, but I'm pretty sure it's five copies of By His Rules (the revised and expanded edition), five copies of The Good Boy, and one Subs Club bundle. 





I'll also be going Outside the Margins at Prism Book Alliance on Nov 19 to offer some book recommendations on the theme of "bright spots during dark times."

I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves and are finding bright spots. Stay well.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ALL IN FEAR is available for pre-order!

Trying to move on to some sense of normalcy today, and I'm glad I have this to be excited about: I'm part of an awesome queer horror anthology from Open Ink Press, with an amazing group of authors, including Steve Berman, Avon Gale, Roan Parrish, Kris Ripper, and KJ Charles. It comes out December 1, and is available for pre-order NOW, on Amazon or Open Ink's website.  The cover was revealed yesterday, and it's gorgeous!


About All in Fear:

Horror wears many faces and its masks can be tantalizing. Some of the top names in queer fiction come together to spin their own versions of horror. Worlds rife with dark beauty and mystery, the familiar becoming terrible, creatures ethereal and alluring—and all bearing the gleam of love. Does hope lie along these grim passages or only doom? It will become clear. All in time—and all in fear.

Company by Roan Parrish
Nick Levy’s family is falling apart and he has no friends, but at least he can escape into the world of his favorite comic book series, The Face of the Vampire. Naturally, when the vampire in question shows up one day, Nick is enthralled. After all, what could be better than his own personal fantasy made real? Except that Nick isn’t exactly sure whether Michel is real or not. And when the arrival of a new boy in school promises romance, Nick sees a side of Michel he never could have imagined. This Michel is cruel, jealous...and he’ll do anything to keep Nick for himself.

Love Me True by Kris Ripper
Palmer's life is as good as it gets. Well, okay, so he hates his mind-numbing office job. But he's found a hot, smart, incredibly kinky guy. The sex is explosive. The power play is off the hook. And if he gets his way, Jon will soon be his husband.

When Palmer asks, Jon says yes. For the first time ever, Palmer thinks things might be really good. Sure, bad things happen in the world—to other people. But this is all he needs: Jon at the end of the day, in their bed, arms around him.

How could he have possibly been so stupid?

The Price of Meat by KJ Charles
Johanna Oakley will do anything to save her beloved Arabella from the cruelty of Mr Fogg’s madhouse—but ‘anything’ turns out to be more than she bargained for when she finds herself working for a man suspected of worse than murder. As Johanna is plunged from the horror of Sawney Reynard’s barber shop into the foul, lawless labyrinth at the heart of London, can she or anyone get out alive?

His Mouth Will Taste of Chernobyl by Steve Berman
Joining Zeta Psi isn’t Steve’s dream, it’s his dad’s. Nevertheless his dad’s gift of the mysterious Bailey flask gets Steve an in to the frat house, and maybe his best shot at being accepted on campus. But the flask’s silver sheen may only be lighting his way into the darkness at the heart of the frat—and the darkness he’s learning is within himself. Steve wants to choose who he is, but choices are dropping like flies as he learns the true mystery of the Bailey flask. How does he give back a gift that’s also a curse?

Legion: A Love Story by Avon Gale
STAFF SERGEANT JASON ESSEX, YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING ORDERS FROM THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS:

REPORT TO: CAIN INSTITUTE [ADDRESS REDACTED]

ACTIVE DUTY COMMITMENT: GUARD AN ENTITY CURRENTLY HELD IN AN ENCLOSURE AT THE CAIN INSTITUTE. RECORD DAILY MEASUREMENTS. KEEP ANY AND ALL PERSONS FROM ENTERING OR LEAVING THE FACILITY. ENSURE THE ENTITY REMAINS COMPLETELY INCARCERATED. OBSERVE THE ENTITY WITHOUT ENGAGING.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS: THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN FULL ISOLATION. PLEASE BE ADVISED.

Beauties by J.A. Rock
When Dr. Lester Usole attends an event at AI developer Carnificiality, he’s introduced to Beauties: artificial beings designed to provide tailored sexual experiences for their human owners. Lester isn’t interested in sex—but he is fascinated by Ira, a Beauty too violent to be sold.

Lester convinces Carnificiality to give Ira to him. Lester has always wanted the chance to work with an adult AI, and around Lester, Ira isn’t violent. He’s strangely innocent, uncannily perceptive, and his company does much to ease Lester’s loneliness. Except something’s not quite right: Ira roams at night, even when Lester’s sure he’s locked Ira’s door.

Soon Lester is certain of only one thing: Ira has a secret. Something that will link their pasts and change the course of their future—if Lester is willing to face what’s on the inside