Flirty Author Bitches

murmur available october 11

I have a release date for Murmur, October 11, and a beautiful cover courtesy of my author friend, the lovely Anna Reith.

This is book one of my Secrets of the Senses series. I call it metaphysical fiction. Murmur is set in Britain at the time of Roman occupation. It’s the story of Aonghas, a gifted guy with a skewed view of himself, and pretty much everything else. He works to change that, sometimes with success, sometimes not. As gifted as he is, he’s far from perfect. That’s what I love about him.

Here’s an excerpt:

Murmur, Chapter 3

Fog on the moors is beautiful. In that ethereal atmosphere, one can believe himself to be floating in a cloud; the limited sight, the vaporous essence creates a world within a world, at once exciting and playful, and foreboding. On one such evening I walked through the low scrub, careful of my footing, cloaked within the fog and feeling myself to be a phantom traversing an otherworldly landscape. The sky grew darker, the fog thickened with the approach of night. I gave up sight, and navigated relying on other means, other senses—my knowledge of the terrain, my instincts. It was a thrilling experience that brought to full attention all of my being, and I walked with bold confidence.

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Readers Win

On August 1, my M/M paranormal novel Try the Tofu released from MLR Press. Try the Tofu is the fifth book (fourth full-length novel) in my Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat series, and it’s a bit of a change from the previous books.

All of the previous books in the series are narrated by Kyle Slidell, the world’s only vegan werewolf as far as the folks in the stories know. When I was doing the pre-planning for Try the Tofu, it occurred to me that Kyle’s mate, pack Alpha Tobias Rogan, hadn’t had much of a chance to give his side of the story. Other than a young adult novel, Fresh Meat (published by MLR’s young readers’ imprint Featherweight Press, under my YA pen name Jo Ramsey), Tobias hadn’t told any of his own stories at all.

So I did a poll on Facebook: Did readers want more of Kyle’s point of view, or did they want to read Tobias’s? The response was unanimous: Everyone who had an opinion wanted to read a story from Tobias’s point of view.

As an author, it’s my job to come up with ideas, characters, settings, and so on, but sometimes it’s fun to get the readers’ perspectives, especially when it’s about a series they’ve read and enjoyed. Occasionally I do pose questions on Facebook about character names, which story I should work on next out of the ones bouncing around my brain, etc. A few readers have told me they like having the input; it makes them feel more connected to the story and the author.

Since the readers won the vote on who should narrate Try the Tofu, I’m giving readers here a chance to win a PDF copy of the book. Just leave a comment, and on Friday I’ll draw one winner’s name. Meanwhile, here’s the cover, blurb, and buy link for Try the Tofu:

As he and his mate Kyle Slidell prepare to travel to Pennsylvania for the twice-yearly regional Alpha gathering, Tobias Rogan knows something will go wrong. His fears are proven correct when a visiting werewolf from another region challenges Arkhon Zane Wolfskin for leadership of the Northeast–and wins.

Tobias and his allies learn the challenge was part of a larger plan to destroy their region, and Tobias will not allow it to happen. But can he defeat the new Arkhon and take charge of the region himself?

Available from MLR Press.