Check out my new book trailer for Rainy Days for some quotes from the novel! For those who are curious, it took me about an hour or so to make in iMovie. Nothing too mind-blowing, but it gives you an idea of what the book is about if you’re still unsure about your interest.
I’ve started work on my latest novel/novella. I’m still hammering out the names of the protagonists since they’re being a little cagey about them, but I have a first scene written that I think is awesome (if very violent) and a second scene that needs a little polish but is getting there.
I’m very excited about this project. I keep scribbling little ideas down on scraps of paper to use later. I think this one could even become a series. I’ll share a little excerpt once I have something I can show.
In other project news, I still have my Heart Of The Sun novella to clean up and submit to the Goodreads M/M Sci-Fi Group challenge, and Written In The Snow is still demanding my attention. Not to mention promotional work for Rainy Days! My schedule is packed, so apologies if I don’t hang out on Goodreads and Twitter as much.
I do want to extend my congratulations to all the winners of the Rainbow Awards as well as the honorable mentions. You’ve given me a lot of books to consider reading!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Leland and Brian are caught up in a secret affair complicated by the fact that Leland is Brian’s boss and the company has a strict policy against workplace relationships. Tired of the secrets, Brian breaks off the relationship but Leland isn’t willing to let him go so easily. As the son of the C.E.O., Leland has a few bargaining chips of his own that could give their relationship the green light.
You Melted Me may be only be nine pages long, but you never get the feeling that this isn’t a complete story. It packs a lot of sex, yearning and love into just a few thousand words that will leave you feeling satisfied. This is a hot and sweet little story that will warm up any winter afternoon. A great free read.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oleg is blind and because of this he has been sent away by his father to live with Neiam. The two have built a relationship based on trust which flows into their sexual life as well, with Oleg being the sub in the relationship. While he didn’t want to leave home, Oleg realizes when his father comes to visit that he’s actually happier with Neiam than he ever was at home – instead of being despised and looked down upon, he has a very special place in Neiam’s life and finally feels wanted.
What a lovely little story this was. Short but very sweet, the BDSM aspect of this is hot but doesn’t go overboard. You can feel the trust that Oleg has for Neiam, especially since he’s blind and relies on Neiam to guide him through the house they live in as well as their sexual exploits. Neiam, for his part, has a position of power as Oleg’s tutor and carer but never abuses it. This could have been a story where Oleg was some kind of prisoner but instead it is gentle, warm and loving and you always get the feeling that Oleg wants to be there even though he has no choice in the matter.
I highly recommend this short story, especially as it is free. It’s a lovely read to soak up and enjoy at any time.
When Michael Williams helps stranded motorist Ashley Fallow, little does he know Ash will make him question everything he’s been taught about what a man should want. Michael’s a married man, though – not the greatest partner for a man like Ash who just wants to settle down.
The chemistry between them is undeniable and leads to a one-night-stand, which soon blossoms into a full blown love-affair. Michael struggles to keep his family afloat while seeing Ash on the side. Ash brings some baggage of his own to the relationship; secrets that could draw them closer or drive Michael away.
Torn between his family and the man he loves, Michael must choose between them or risk losing everything. But it’s not so easy to just leave his stormy marriage when his seven-year-old daughter Taryn smiles up at him. His wife Michelle may be selfish at times, but she genuinely loves Michael despite their problems. Ash is ready to leave for California if Michael can’t commit. Michael knows somebody will get hurt, but it’s too late to walk away. He knows he must face up to his feelings and the consequences if he’s to achieve any real happiness, but that’s easier said than done in small-town America.
Rainy Days is available now! (Please wait 5-7 days for the paperback edition to be available on Amazon.)
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Julio is a social worker. In 1992 he meets Linley, a male prostitute/drug user and offers him clean needles and condoms. He expects Linley to die in the rough down-and-out life he’s living, but that doesn’t stop him from caring for the young man. When Linley disappears Julio believes him to be dead and moves on with his life the best he can. 2012 rolls around. Julio’s broken up with his partner and is now the single father of their adopted son. Sitting on a park bench, he suddenly sees a ghost from his past…
Harm Reduction is a lovely story, short but sweet. Split between 1992 and present day, this touching tale recounts Julio’s first contact with Linley and his lingering feelings in the present. It’s written with a lot of care and attention to detail. Linley really feels like a fragile, at-risk youth and Julio the kind of man who’s too honorable and honest to take advantage of someone young and in need.
I felt a pang of joy in my heart when I reached the end, the resolution is just so satisfying. I think we’ve all known somebody in our lives that we were scared for at some point. If only real life was this kind to its characters, the world would be a much better place.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In this fairytale story, Seree is a merman who comes ashore to save his cursed sister. The curse entails making the prince fall in love with her, killing him, or facing her own death. However, she realizes this is an impossible task and asks her brother for help. He takes the curse upon himself, intending to kill the prince, only to find a different answer awaits him…
I liked Blood In The Water. The actual idea for the story was a good one, and it was well-written. I like fantasy stories and mermaids are an interesting fairytale. I liked Seree and the description of his warrior status, as well as the different blades he carried that linked him to the Deep. The fact that he had too much honor to kill an innocent person to spare his own life made him sympathetic to the audience, though why he didn’t look for an alternative to his own death before the very last minute seemed a little strange, especially since his father seemed to want to help.
My issues with this story and why I only gave it three stars stem from the speed at which Seree and Aimé fall in love. While it’s understandable that Seree is up against a time limit, the time that they did have could have been better spent. In fact, a whole week in the timeframe of the story is skipped that could have been used on relationship development. Instead it felt far too hasty and the story was over before I ever got a sense that the two actually had strong feelings for one another. I think more encounters between the two instead of Aimé hiding away from Seree, and more buildup before the sex would have made for a stronger and more believable ending.
Blood In The Water is still a worthwhile read despite these issues, especially since it’s a free story. Megan Derr does a good job of building a world where merfolk are real, and if you like fairytales like The Little Mermaid you will definitely get a lot out of this.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Llyskel is a prince who can’t use magic in a world where everyone has some semblance of magical power. Considered defenseless and weak, he is guarded wherever he goes and has little freedom, except when he paints. He also harbors a secret desire, something which the knight captain Ariv senses in him and seeks to satisfy.
The Fifth Son was sweet and spicy, a lovely little romance set in a fully-realized fantasy world where magic is so commonplace it is even used to open doors and windows. Llyskel often finds himself feeling like a prisoner, since he’s not allowed out on his own. He spends most of his time within the castle walls and training grounds painting pictures of friends and family, his only escape from it all.
One day Ariv triggers Llyskel’s most secret fantasy, and they both find themselves inexorably bound together by it. This begins a courtship that’s as hot as it is sweet, peppered with light bondage scenes and loving kisses. Under Ariv’s touch, Llyskel learns that he’s not as powerless as he thought.
I really liked how Llyskel grew as a character. By the time the conflict part of the story came around, he had grown confident enough to tackle his captivity without waiting around like a damsel to be rescued. His relationship with Ariv really seemed to bring him out of his shell, and the two worked well together as a partnership of equals despite Llyskel’s handicap.
The courtship rituals were very sweet and I found myself getting the warm fuzzies at Ariv’s proposal to court, as well as Llyskel’s response. I liked that in this world m/m relationships, poly and even open relationships were not only acceptable, but the norm. It was a refreshing change to the usual discrimination, prejudice and forbidden love and made for a lovely read. The Fifth Son felt like a warm ray of afternoon sunshine and left me feeling positive about Llyskel and Ariv’s future together. A most enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Prince Allen is sent to the capital to be the High King Sarrica’s consort only to find himself cruelly rejected and mocked. Scared to return home and face the derision of his parents for his failure, he joins a band of mercenaries as their translator. When Allen and the mercenaries are captured, Sarrica is forced to re-evaluate Allen and his talents.
The High King’s Golden Tongue is a wonderful, charming fantasy m/m story. Megan Derr has created a rich and believable world in this short story, with characters that are deep and multi-faceted. Serrica at first seems cruel, but when the layers of his reasoning are pulled back we see a different man, one who is kind but reluctant to let go of the past. Allen is young and seems naive, but has been through more than we initially realize, and his talent with languages is invaluable to the kingdom. The two characters complement each other perfectly and there is real chemistry between them. I was sad that it ended so soon, as I easily could have read another two hundred pages about what they went on to achieve together.
I absolutely recommend The High King’s Golden Tongue to anybody looking for a quality, free m/m read. I look forward to reading some of Megan Derr’s other works in the future.
I won’t win NaNoWriMo this year.
I’m totally fine with that.
I’ve planned my story out a little differently to how I originally envisioned it, but finally things are making sense in my head. I’m estimating 10-15k should finish the story. Which will bring it to 35-40k.
I don’t believe in padding, and I won’t pad a story to meet an arbitrary deadline. NaNoWriMo serves its purpose by getting people to write and in the end, a finished novella is far more useful than an unfinished novel. I’ll actually be glad to finish this story over Thanksgiving so I can edit it, hand it over for the challenge it’s for and get back to some Serious Work.
I have two potential new titles for the Hearts On Fire novel, as that name is too generic in my opinion and I’m not happy with it. One title is Rainy Days, since rain plays a large part in the story. The other is Drive You Home, since getting a ride is how the affair begins. If you have opinions, please, let me know. I want this novel finished and out the door by the end of the year. I never thought I’d be sick of looking at one of my works but the line-by-line edit of this book is a muse-killer.
After that I get to clean up Written In The Snow and commission cover art. I’m hoping that novel won’t be so much of a pain to edit. The sci-fi comes so much easier to me than the contemporary. I know that’s not what a lot of readers want to hear but the muse is boss here, sorry.
One day I’d love to get a publisher so I can hand off some of these tasks and get better feedback, but I’ve heard some very scary stories in the last week or so that have made me swear to do some real research before ever signing anything with anyone, ever. Some days I’m reminded that I’m a real newbie in the writing/publishing world and I need to tread very carefully.