I apologize for my recent absence from writing. I moved somewhat abruptly and had no access to the Internet or my computer for a while. The dust is still settling, but I hope to get back to work ASAP on Hearts On Fire and I still hope to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo event. I’m hoping to get Hearts On Fire out by Xmas, and I apologize again for the repeated delays. Nobody is more disappointed than I am about the lack of writing on my schedule.
I picked up Golden Boys during a free promotion on Amazon. I liked that it gave us an African-American perspective on homosexuality and coming out in a genre often dominated by white characters. I also liked that the characters were not shoehorned into a happy ending in a world that’s not going to accept them so easily; the happy-for-now ending is pulled off perfectly and makes the story believable.
I would say that I would have liked to have seen more of Jell’s world; his friends in the hip-hop business etc, to give a clearer picture of who Jell is when he’s not around Ethan. Still, this is a great story and Green’s writing is solid, giving a clear sense of place and good character development. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Circuit Theory is a story obviously inspired by online games such as Second Life, where play is based more around avatars, social interaction and role-play than actual gaming. It does a great job of exploring the emotional depth often found in these online relationships and role-play scenarios and how it can be hard to break into a world that has predefined expectations and cliques. The loneliness of an online game was not something I expected to come up in this story, but it resonated with me strongly as a former player who could never quite find a place. Another thing that spoke to me was the fact that the avatar and relationship was just as real for being an escape from a real life and body that never quite fit its owner.
The only drawback is that I felt the story ended abruptly. I was very surprised to turn the page and find I was at the end, and while it wraps up in a satisfactory manner, I did find myself wishing it could have been longer. I wanted to spend more time with the characters and world and it ended too soon. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a great story, however. I liked Circuit Theory and would definitely recommend it, especially to people who have had experience with online interaction through avatar-based worlds.
This month sees vacation time for myself and a couple of weeks off. Which is bad when you consider how much work I have yet to do, but good for the Muse, which is very tired after sifting through a ton of soul-draining editing work.
Hearts On Fire missed a September release date. I ordered a proof and was not happy upon reading it, so it’s gone back for a thorough, line-by line edit. I’m hoping to release it this month but not until it can be the best it can be.
NaNoWriMo: I may be a semi-professional author now, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about the challenge and community. NaNo may just be the kick I need to get to work on a new novel.
New Novel: I have a new novel idea forming in my head. I’ve written two pages of notes on it so far. It might be my NaNo. I haven’t decided yet. It might even be a series of novellas. More on this when I actually have something to show.
Pretty Monsters was possibly the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. Speed’s dry wit makes this piece stand out. Don’t judge this story by its length. It’s a great setup for a world I hope to see more of in the future – and if not, well, it was a great short story that made me laugh on a dreary October morning. I’m definitely interested in the author’s other books now, even though vampires aren’t usually my thing. Absolutely worth checking out and well worth the less-than-a-dollar I paid for it. I wish the short story was a more popular medium around these parts – I love a good short to get an idea of a writer’s style and attitude.
I was a little nervous about reading this book. I’ve seen The Sopranos, but I didn’t know if a mafia style m/m story was going to click with me. Apparently I didn’t have to worry. Dark Soul is an incredible book with two leads just crackling with sexual tension. Silvio and Stefano have a chemistry that is too often missing from romance novels, and Voinov delights by teasing the reader with it. Add to this the fact that the story is believable, well-researched and expertly written, and you have a must-read. The other books are on my buy list for sure – I have to see where this goes next!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Delightfully sexy and sweet, Country Mouse was a deeply enjoyable read. I’m not usually the biggest fan of contemporary fiction, but this story struck a personal chord with me as someone who married a wonderfully charming Yank. Owen and Malcolm are believable characters and I was really rooting for them. The best part of love is watching someone bring out the best in another person and watching Owen slowly peel away Malcolm’s defenses was lovely. I read the last ninety percent in one sitting, unable to put it down!
Kyle led Robert from the hospital. Robert’s wrist was bandaged, but he had passed the psych evaluation and was being let go, much to Kyle and Tempest’s relief. They had spent the week training and worrying, imagining Robert’s fate in a psychiatric hospital, withering away without the world of magic.
“Finally,” Tempest said, sitting outside in his car. “What took you so long?”
“Paperwork,” Robert sighed. “Those damn fools think I’m going to kill myself again. It took all of my skills and a little magic to keep them from committing me. Let’s get the hell out of here.” He climbed into the back of the car and slammed the door.
To celebrate the end of Written In The Stars‘ KDP exclusive period and its wider release on September 12th, I’ve written a free short stand-alone story in the same universe, Last Chance.
Last Chance is a story about two space fighter pilots (Anton and Julian) stationed on the Alliance warship Northampton. Facing a suicide mission, they take advantage of what might be their last chance to resolve the feelings that have been growing between them.
Get it now:
I didn’t just read Skybound, I felt it in every bone of my body. I was afraid for these men, trapped on the losing side of the Second World War – a perspective we rarely ever encounter. Yet they managed to spread warmth through my weary bones by daring to find happiness in each other at a time when even the next day was uncertain. My breath caught in my throat and I had tears in my eyes a few times at the sheer beauty of it all, a beauty tinged with the fear that they wouldn’t make it.
When I first read the blurb, I was excited to read Skybound – an m/m romance set in one of the most interesting and darkest times of human history. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Skybound is a joy to read. Voinov has chosen every word carefully, honed every sentence to perfection. It’s a treasure to be kept and re-read over and over. Skybound is hands down one of the best things I’ve read this year. You won’t regret paying for it or the time you spend reading.