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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Signal Boost: November E-Book Sales and Current Releases

We're nearing the end of the month, and now's a good time as any to remind everyone that three of my backlist titles are currently on sale for 99 cents in e-book format:

The Flowers of St. Aloysius 

Book 2 of the Arcana Europa series, a historical fantasy taking place in 19th century France. The plot strongly follows a dark fairy tale and was inspired by the poison maiden legend from Asia (see: "Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne). It's also available in print format through Amazon, but the print book isn't on sale.

Helleville

One of my republished books from the good old days of gay YA writing and publishing. It's a contemporary fantasy as well as a comedy. There's some romance happening between the MC and a side character, but this is pretty much Noah's story through and through. As with my republished books, this isn't available in print format.

The Cecilian Blue-Collar Chronicles

Originally published as a series of novellas, this omnibus is republished as a mega-novel. It's the only book I wrote that's a sci-fi, though there are fantasy elements worked into the plot throughout. It's a comedy as well, with the romance taking largely a backseat to Sheridan's adventures. As with Helleville, this book isn't available in print format.  

Other books currently available in both print and e-book formats:

Automata

The second book in the Curiosities series, and this novel takes place in an AU Venice in the 19th century. Here's the blurb:

A disastrous incident at a ball in St. Jude threatens to undo Alexej Sauveterre, and his protective adoptive family whisk him off to San Marco, a mythical and romantic city in the water. Born sickly, young Alexej has grown up resigned to the fact that only his family's immense wealth makes him barely palatable to other gentlemen seeking partners.

The family's sojourn in San Marco at first promises a much-needed distraction to Alexej when his older brother introduces him to an aristocratic inventor of automata as well as an old school friend who now tours the European continent as a classical pianist. Baseless hope and heartbreak, however, seem to follow Alexej everywhere.

Alexej's fascination for automata and his hopeless infatuation with Briant Cousineau draw the attention of an entity from the otherworld, one that's been wandering the globe for unwary souls to claim through cursed wishes. San Marco's winged lion summons the city's supernatural guardians in answer, and in the midst of glittering balls, magical clockwork puppets, and lonely dreams, a terrifying fight for Alexej's soul darkens the streets of a fading city.

The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory

This is the first book in the new Ghosts and Tea series. Unlike the rest of the books I've written so far, this series is strictly in epistolary format, which involves journal entries and letters from start to finish. The story takes place in an AU Victorian England, though the role of magic is more low-key than in other historical fantasy books I've written. 

It's also a comedy whose primary POV is that of an aging widow. The gay romance in this series is a side plot and not the primary conflict. 

Both Automata and The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory are available in e-book and print formats.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Doing a Bit of Cleaning Up Around Here

I'm currently preparing this blog for retirement (or semi-retirement), hence the missing posts. I'm planning to make use of the blog page for only writing and publishing updates since I'll be spending my time over at Twitter from this point on. Idle posts won't be around anymore (or at least I'll try hard to keep things pretty low-key here), but I want to keep this site up because there's still a bit of foot traffic going to my book page. 

At any rate, this blog will not be fully abandoned as I first said. I think - even with microblogging at Twitter seemingly helping my presence online, it'd be stupid giving up on this site altogether. I'll be back in a bit.