Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Release from R. Phoenix - Salvus (The Omega's Alpha #1)

Congratulations to R. Phoenix on the release of Salvus!
Salvus (MM non-shifter ABO/omegaverse mpreg): The Omega's Alpha #1
by R. Phoenix
July 28, 2019
Van doesn't care if Omar is his fated mate -- or whatever other bullshit the world believes in. He's not going to be trapped in a relationship because the universe says he should be. Worse yet, Van's not a huge fan of overbearing, entitled, pretentious alphas. Tired of living under the rule of alphas, he runs away to Salvus, a city governed by betas... only to discover that having their protection may not be as idyllic as it sounds...

Omar knows his mate hates him -- or at least, Van hates what he is. Even though they have an explosive relationship centered around Omar helping Van through his heats, he still cares enough to agree to take Van to Salvus. But once his mate is gone, he discovers Salvus hides sinister secrets.

*Salvus contains a CLIFFHANGER ending. Its sequel, Escape, has an anticipated release date of early September.*

Friday, July 26, 2019

đź–¤Some Like It Dark, Some Like It Kinky Sale & Giveawayđź–¤

★ ➡️ 21 Books for 99c Each July 26th - 29th ⬅️★

ALIVE: An MM Dark Universe Book
by Sean Kerr

Bad Deal (Belikov Crime Family Book 1)
by Faith Ryan and Ember-Raines Winters

Bane (Carnal Pleasures Book 1)
by Claire Marta and Summer Stanton http://mybook.to/BaneCP

Bound Gods Book 1: The Chimera
by Adrienne Wilder

Bound to the Alpha
by D.J. Heart

by Tricia Owens

Guns n' Boys: He is Poison (Book 1)
by K.A. Merikan

His Cocky Cellist (Undue Arrogance Book 2)
by Cole McCade

In Plain Sight
by Ally Michelle

Love of the Egoist
by Nero Seal

Making It Better
by Lyss Em

by Bey Deckard

Obey (His Command Book 1)
by Piper Scott

Optical Illusion (Paint Book 1)
by Emma Jaye

Soldier On
by N.J. Lysk

Sub Mission
by T.S. McKinney

T.A.G. You're Seen (The Assassins Guild Book 1)
by A.G. Carother

by T.M. Chris

Under His Heel: A Kidnapping
by Adara Wolf

Want (The Need Trilogy #1)
by R. Phoenix

Worth The Risk (Giving Consent Book 1)
by Kate Hawthorne

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The Show not Tell Cheat Sheet - Galaxy Con

This weekend I am attending GalaxyCon in Raleigh, NC.
On Friday, July 26 I am giving a panel about Show no Tell. Here are what I'm going to cover in case anyone wants it.

The Show not Tell cheat sheet. 

To know what can be shown, ask yourself---
What does your main character see, hear, taste, smell, feel?
What reactions do they observe in the other characters around them?

Actions have consequence---
What are the physical, mental, and sensory responses you would have to particular stimulus? Now apply it to your character.

Bill was cold.

Bill shivered in his coat and blew a warm breath against the tips of his burning fingers.

Show instead of dialog tags----

*With Tags*

“You left your coat at my house,” Jon said. He took off his backpack and removed Jim’s coat from inside.

*Without Tags*

Jon took off his backpack and opened it. “You left your coat at my house.” He removed Jim’s coat and held it out to him.

Get creative to avoid repetition---
Showing that it’s cold.

Mike exhaled a breath of white.
Mike rubbed his hands together.
Mike tucked his hands under his armpits.
“I don’t know where--” Mike’s teeth chattered. “The guy is.”

Don’t overdo it---
Use showing when you want to invest the reader into your character or the situation.

If your character has the ability to fight, show them by how the character fights.

Is your character an expert pickpocket? Show through action.

Is your character an excellent liar and manipulator, are they intimidating in presence? Show it through their behaviors, their choices, the way they set other characters up, and the visual reactions of secondary scene characters.

And sometimes Bob just walks across the room.


Like any new technique, it will take time to learn. But don’t give up. Practice with scenes that are not in your current manuscript. Distance yourself from your current work to keep things objective. Or, if you prefer only to practice with what you’re currently writing, then break it down to a page at a time.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cover Reveal: Don't... Book 4 by Jack L Pyke

Shout out to my friend and fellow writer Jack L Pyke on the cover reveal 

From Jack's FB post about the book:
"It's also the crossover world with Lynn Kelling and her guys from the Deliver Us series: Trace, Dare, and Gabe. There have been some serious edits in this, including a new scene with Gray and Elena (really showing Gray's dark side!). 

Huge thanks to Adrienne Wilder for this stunning cover art. 

And this one is all Gray's pov, and just who he has to wake up..."

In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s innate 'born this way bastard way' instinct is to brutally repay the one responsible for financing Jack and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. But that person is a professional player in their own right, one who knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray seeks to contract Trace and his ex-Diadem Dom, Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards. As Jan’s world unravels, taking Jack and Gray with it and bringing out one particular deadly player, Gray’s left with one last defence: break Jack down in order to partner up with Martin. But once freed, Martin’s out for retribution of his own, and he wants to get downright personal with Gray.

Complete trust between Master, sub, and lover, between Gray, Jack, and Jan, is about to be tested to the absolute limit.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Spoptlight: Migration: Queer Sci Fi's Sixth Annual Flash Fiction Contest (Book 5)

 Queer Sci Fi has just released the annual QSF Flash Fiction anthology. This year, the theme is "Migration."


Editor: J. Scott Coatsworth
July 24, 2019
258 pages
Genres: sci fi, fantasy, paranormal, horror
Pairings: All
Publisher: Other Worlds Ink; 1 edition
Cover Artist: J. Scott Coatsworth / Kelley York, Sleepy Fox Studio (typography)
MI-GRA-TION (noun)
1) Seasonal movement of animals from one region to another.

2) Movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.

3) Movement from one part of something to another.

Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.

Migration feaures 300 word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.


Each year, hundreds of writers send in stories for the Queer Sci Fi flash fiction anthology. Here are the opening lines from some of the stories chosen for the 2019 edition – Migration:

“Darkness has substance. It is tangible; different shades within the black, sounds, a taste. It is accompanied by self-awareness of time and thoughts, even when other senses fail.” —Hope for Charity, by Robyn Walker

“The sky has been screaming for five straight days when the shrimps come to take us away. They’ve been boxing up the others and hauling them off. Now they’re here for us, soaking wet, dragging cords and crates behind them.” —Shrimpanzee, Sionnain Bailey

“Allister always had faultless hair. He’d comb and gel it to perfection while gazing in the mirror. One day a pair of eyes stared back.” —Zulu Finds a Home, by Kevin Klehr

“On her sister’s wedding day Ari noticed that one of her ears had migrated to her hand. It was right after her high school crush, Emily, arrived with Cousin Matt.” —Playing It By Ear, Aidee Ladnier

“The wound was fatal. Their vessel wouldn't live much longer. This is what came from leaving loose ends. Frantically they sought out a new vessel to migrate to. “ —The Essence, by L.M. Brown

“That night, we were sitting in the bed of her daddy’s old pickup truck and the radio was playing the best song. We had a pack of cigarettes between us and her hand was almost touching mine. The wheat field was silver in the moonlight. When they came, we weren’t surprised, just disappointed that our time was up already.” —Our Song, by Lauren Ring

“Willow said she was my wife, but I knew it wasn’t her, not the right her, anyway. Sure she looked like her with olive skin and bright pink hair. She even smelled of mango flowers, just like I remembered, but there was something about her smile that was slightly off, something about when she said she loved me that didn’t sit well in my old heart.” — They Said It Would Be Her, by Elizabeth Andre

“Agnes is eight when she first sees the river. Cutting its way through town, the only thing she knows not coated in coal dust. She sticks her toes in, comes home with wet socks and a secret. See, the river hadn’t been there yesterday.” —Stream of Consciousness, by Ziggy Schutz

“Terry twirled in her green synthsilk dress, looked at her reflection, liked what she saw. She felt good in her own skin, for maybe the first time.” —Altball, by RE Andeen

“The thing was in the corner. It had come through the window and had slid down the wall. Scratch went the sound. The noise of a hundred nails clawing at the wood. Nails of white bone. Alex pulled the sheets up quickly, covering every inch of skin and hair in a warm darkness.” —Whose Nightmare, by Jamie Bonomi

Included Authors:
A hundred and twenty authors are included in Migration:
Butterflies, by A O'Donovan
The Return, by A.M. Leibowitz
A New Spring, by Aaron Silver
Universal Quota, by Abby Bartle
The Call of Home, by Adrienne Wilder
Starfall, by Adrik Kemp
Playing it By Ear, by Aidee Ladnier
Rabbit, by Amanda Thomas
That Does Not Love…, by Andi Deacon
Inborn, by Andrea Speed
Saving Ostakis, by Angelica Primm
A Dawn Wish, by Antonia Aquilante
Diaspora, by Ariel E. James
Transmigration, by Ashby Danvers
Across the Mirror, by Ava Kelly
Between, by BE Allatt
The Speck, by Bey Deckard
The King of the Mountain Cometh, by Bob Goddard
Before and After, by C. A. Chesse
Home, by C.A. McDonald
Too Much Tech, by C.L. Mannarino
Ze Who Walks Into the Future, by Carey Ford Compton
The Gate, by Carol Holland March
Our Last Light Skip, by Chloe Spencer
Passage, by Christine Taylor-Butler
The Perils of Pick-Up Lines, by Colton Aalto
Parched, by Crysta K. Coburn
Changeling Dreams, by Damian Serbu
Destinations, by Dave Creek
Another Job, Another Planet, by David Viner
Thiefmaster Rosalind's Apprentice, by Devon Widmer
A Weight Off Their Shoulders, by Diane Morrison
Once a Year, by Dianne Hartsock
Mettle, by Die BoothForever Bound, by E.W. Murks
They Said It Would Be Her, by Elizabeth Andre
Til Death Do Us Part, by Elizabeth Anglin
Little One, by Eloreen Moon
GBFN, by Emilia Agrafojo
The Long Distance Thing, by Ether Nepenthes
Call My People Home, by Evelyn Benvie
Jace vs. the Incubi, by Eytan Bernstein
A New Tradition, by Foster Bridget Cassidy
The Curious Cabinet, by Ginger Streusel
Ready, by Hank Edwards
The Albatrosses, by Harry F. Rey
A Boy's Shadow, by Helen De Cruz
Portrait of a Lady, by Isobel Granby
Beam That Is In, by J. Comer
The Hunt, by J. R. Frontera
Repeating History, by J. Summerset
Neil's Journey, by J.P. Bowie
Homeward Bound, by J.S. Garner
Whose Nightmare?, by Jamie Bonomi
A Moment of Bravery, by Jessie Pinkham
Laetus, by Jet Lupin
Where You Go, I'll Follow, by Joe Baumann
Ambrose Out of Ash, by Jonathan Fesmire
Shooting Modes, by Joshua Darrow
TerrorForm, by Juam Jocom
The Curse, by Jude Reid
Throwing Eggs, by K E Olukoya
Fly, by Kayleigh Sky
The Keep, by KC Burn
Zulu Finds a Home, by Kevin Klehr
The Risks and Advantages of Data Migration, by Kim Fielding
Irreversible, by kim gryphon
Looner, by Krishan Coupland
The Essence, by L.M. Brown
Our Song, by Lauren Ring
O Human Child, by Lisa Hamill
Goodbye Marghretta, by Lou Sylvre
Choices, by LV Lloyd
Endangered Species, by M Joseph Murphy
Planet Retro, Unplugged, by M. X. Kelly
Elemental, by M.D. Grimm
To Wish on a Love Knot, by Margaret McGaffey Fisk
Firebirds, by Marita M. Connor
Breeding Season, by Mary Newman
Kooks at Home, by Matt McHugh
Spring, by Mere Rain
Into the South, by Mindy Leana Shuman
Not How We Planned It, by Minerva Cerridwen
What Is Left Behind, by Monique Cuillerier
How Far Would You Go for the One You Love?, by Nathan Alling Long
Innocence, by Nathaniel Taff
Heart and Soul, by Nils Odlund
Tides, by Patricia Scott
Killer Queen, by Paula McGrath
Genesis, by Pelaam
If Pigs Could Fly, by Penelope Friday
Click, by R R Angell
Be Kind to Strangers, by Raina Lorring
Altball, by RE Andeen
Far From Home, by Riley S. Keene
Hope for Charity, by Robyn Walker
Night Comes to the Bea Arthur, by Rory Ni Coileáin
MIG Ration, by S R Jones
Going Back, by Sacchi Green
World Behind and Home Ahead, by Sara Testarossa
The Call of the Suet, by Sarah Hadley Brook
Research & Development, by Shaina Phillips
Into the Void, by Shannon Brady
The Silkie's Dance, by Shannon West
Seal Hunt, by Shirley Meier
Shrimpanzee FIRST IN BOOK, by Sionnain Bailey
The Woman With No Name, by Siri Paulson
Memories of Clay, by Spencer Mann
Simulacrum, by Steve Carr
The Experience, by Steve Fuson
Flight, by Steven Harper
Birds of New Atlantis, by Stewart C Baker
Lurching Forward, by Sydney Blackburn
Spores of Retribution, by Tray Ellis
Skin Hunger, by Treasure Nguyen
Elvira, by Trevor Barton
Ever After, by Warren Rochelle
Into the Light, by Wart Hill
Dryads, by X Marduk
Stream of Consciousness, by Ziggy Schutz

Queer Sci Fi is giving away a $20 gift Amazon certificate with this tour – enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win:

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Looking for a feel good MM romance? Try In the Absence of Light

The lovely LoveQuay from Reading Under the Rainbow left a wonderful review for In the Absence of Light.

...Guys, this book! Really! Everyone needs to read this! I thought Complementary Colors was perfect, but this... i can not choose between them, i love both the same. And now i'm in the long haul with Adrienne Wilder, so give me all the books!!! (and time too, thanks)
I can't remember the last book i enjoyed this much, i mean i laughed in every 5 seconds. It was good and perfect, and so real!...- link to review

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Bound Gods: Bitter Sweet graphic novel is now on Webtoons for free.

Good news! The Bound Gods spin-off (*BL) graphic novel, Bitter Sweet, my patrons are enjoying can now be read for free on Webtoons. 
Bitter Sweet posts once a week. Pages one and two are already up on webtoon. The pages will be censored but you won't miss any story elements. 
If you join my patron they are 28 pages ahead and uncensored. You also will see two other mini-comics (NSFW) along with other art and bonus material from the Bound Gods book series.
*BL (Boys Love)
**BL** Gods walk among us. Men born with gifts, some of which border on supernatural. When they take ambrosia they become immortal. But the flower is addictive, and the bloom is very slow to grow. Doxies produce ambrosia in their bodies once they consume the flower. These beautiful men, serve the gods. They have no rights, yet are the gods' greatest treasure. Jinx has lived on the streets all his life. He never imagined he'd see a Doxie in the flesh.  Let alone have his heart stolen by one.

Every follow on webtoon helps the comic do well. You can also "like" each page to help.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The puppy has a name!

The puppy has a name! I give you...
Cinder is a German Shepherd I will be training her to be my service dog when Pello retires.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Gay Book Promotions: Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder July 8-12

Complementary Colors will be touring with Gay Book Promotions this week. I'll post the links to the host sites each day. If you get a chance, stop by and say hello!


July 8 
"Holy crap! To say I am shocked by the content of Complimentary Colors is an understatement. This book is extraordinary and the writing is accomplished. It is amazingly dark and riveting." - 5 stars

July 9 
Sj's book blog - REVIEW
"This was interesting.. dark.. sexy..hott.. and traumatic.. it was all around well written and interesting.. a bit slow in the beginning but once it got going...omg. it went...and it took me on a ride with it. so amazing." 

July 10 
Crucify my Love - REVIEW
"In conclusion, "Complementary Colors" is a really great and memorable novel, which draws us in and keeps us hooked to such an extent that every break we take is a torment. The story written by Adrienne Wilder engages us completely in the action, while the characters arouse in us a thousand different feelings, so some of them we worship, while others we hate. In short, "Complementary Colors" is a remarkable novel which deserves our attention." 
"I finished the book and I just can't ... It wrecked me. It was so good i have no words! It was everything. I think I've never read a book like this. Never have I ever read a book this beautiful, this emotional, this deep, this perfect!
"I knew it was going to be an emotionally devastating read, so I kept putting it off. I can say without a doubt, this will be on my best of the year (and possibly ever read in this genre) list." 

July 11

"I absorbed every word of this book. It is long, it is detailed, but it is necessary to tell the story. I almost feel like the relationship between Paris and Roy takes second place to the story of Paris’ mental state. That is almost a character in and of itself."

July 12 
Bayou Book Junkie - REVIEW
"...it was well-written and hot and if you love angst as much as I do, I’m sure you won’t want to miss on Complementary Colors."

July 14 
Lost in Love Book Blog  - REVIEW
"Complementary Colors has many layers and there were times I was trying to piece parts together. Julia is definitely the character I despise most out of any book I’ve probably ever read. She is THAT bad and I had many not nice thoughts about her and ways she could be taken care of."

July 15
"Paris is, without a doubt, one of the most complex characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. My heart simultaneously broke and soared with love for him. I cried - lots. To be betrayed in such a fashion by those that should love and protect you. Ugh...
Yet, this story also contained one of the most honest, beautiful and heartfelt love stories I’ve ever picked up. To truly love someone, you have to love all the pieces of them, even their dark places. If you can find that, you are blessed beyond words."

In Ashleys World
*Plus there’ll be10 additional Amazon/Goodreads reviews - some have already been posted.


My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape. Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with lines. But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession. Except for Roy Callahan.

I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.
But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.

And with him, I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.

The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.
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