Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIP Wednesday: #justbrothings

Adventures in co-writing, starring Carlin Grant and me! We're working on a book about--omg what--superheroes! Writing a scene where they pull off a dirt road and park behind a dilapidated old barn for a quickie, this was our commentary--with tiny (first draft and therefore wholly unedited!) NSFW snippets for color. Meet Beau and Saktivel, dirty south super-endurance trans boy and citified super-speed desi boy. They're vigilante buddies who might be accidentally boyfriends kinda? Whooooops they slipped and totally did it. Over and over and over...

As soon as [Vel's] orgasm finished, Beau pulled off, before oversensitivity could set in. Something weird and warm curled up inside Vel’s belly as he leaned, breathless, against the car door and let Beau straighten him out after so expertly undoing him. He carefully pulled up Vel’s shorts, tucking him gently before fixing his pants. When Beau got off his knees, he wrapped Vel in his arm while his other hand cupped his cheek, and kissed him, soft and sweet. Vel kissed back, eyes shut, and melted into Beau, clinging.

Carlin Grant:
2:00 PM
But he's not in love with you, Vel
not
at all
there are no feelings except being buddies here

Katey Hawthorne:
2:00 PM
just buddies tenderly blowing buddies on the side of the road
as you do


Vel smirked and pressed his lips to Beau’s pink-flushed ear. “Whatever you want, sweetness.” He was familiar enough with Beau’s body now to tell just by feeling it, that perfect level of hot, wet, swollen, and pulsing that meant he could push Beau over the edge or pull him back and make him work his way back up again. 
Seeing as they were on their way somewhere, and seeing as he was almost as desperate to feel Beau come as Beau was himself, brat retaliation could wait. Vel turned up the intensity on the pulse and vibration, sliding his hand back to slick it again then up and around, over and over. “Give it to to me,” he mumbled, then bit at Beau’s ear, kissed down his neck as he worked. “I want it. I want you.”

Katey Hawthorne:
3:13 PM
Nope no feelings here either, just one bro telling the other bro how much he wants him to come undone in his hands on the side of a road that's all.

Carlin Grant:
3:18 PM
#justbrothings


So yeah, for anyone who ever wondered what it's like to co-write? It's like this.

PS if you don't know Carlin, you will soon. Their first novel is coming from Less Than Three Press as part of the Solitary Travelers collection I was talking about last week. Want to hear a sneak peek from our soundtrack? Check out their blog from today for some bluegrass Daft Punk action.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sundry Updates: Freebies and Newbies

ITEM #1: 


The Goodreads M/M Romance group is doing their yearly Don't Read in the Closet story event, Love is an Open Road, again! The stories are being posted to the Goodreads group now (if you're a member, you can see them here), and eventually-soonish my story, MOONDROP, will join their ranks. A few days after they go live at the group, ebook versions will be uploaded to the group's website for any and all to have. I'll be sure and update!

For anyone who doesn't know how these events work, the deal is that group members choose an image and write a prompt based on it, in the form of a 'dear author' letter. The gorgeous one I managed to snag was written by Carey, and it looked like this:



Dear Author, 
I thought I knew what a soul mate was… 
We met when we were sixteen, were in love by seventeen. At twenty-two we bought a house together. At twenty-six we got a bigger house, a white picket fence and a golden retriever. The stuff dreams are made of right? At thirty-one, he comes home and says “I’m just not feeling it anymore,” then he’s gone… I’ve been replaced. Just. Like. That.
I thought I knew what a soul mate is; man did I have no idea. 
Two years later, I found out. 
I met him at a concert; he approached me like he’s been waiting his life for me. Little did I know at the time, that was exactly the case. It was a while before I learned that this guy, that I am falling fast for, is a dragon shifter and not only are soul mates real, but he only gets one. And it’s me. 
,,, 
Sincerely,
Carey

Now, you guys know me and the forced bonding trope by now, so I hope you'll trust that I did something non-ick with it--I did, honestly! And I know, I know, those dudes in the pic both look white and there's a Chinese dragon on the one guy. Carey and I changed some stuff up so it wasn't weird. No worries. I had so much fun researching dragons to bring something new to this one, I can't wait for it to go live. So here's the cover:

art credit: Shutterstock/Drakonova


ITEM #2:


I'm a a huge fan of Less Than Three Press. My ereader is full of their glory, and I have more than a few signed copies of my favorite books, too, from cons. So no one will be surprised to hear that now I'm finally able to, you know, type again, I've been stalking their submissions page for something that strikes my fancy. Well, it happened instantly with this one:



Solitary Travelers—An Asexual Collection—Wanderers, rogues, nomads, restless spirits—not everybody is content to stay in one place. Some people find happiness in exploring new places and forever chasing the horizon. Others are running from a past they can’t seem to leave behind. Some are desperately seeking the answer to a question that seems to change every day. Whatever their reason, the one true constant is never holding still too long. Less Than Three Press invites you to submit stories about people who live their life on the road.
I heard back last month that my fantasy/clockpunk type yarn, Blood and Clockwork, has been accepted as part of this fabulous collection of stand-alone novellas! It's about an itinerant horologist, Alistair Click, who's determined to find out the secret of The Mad Prince's long abandoned clockwork tower.

And it all goes downhill from there, obviously.

I'm so pleased to have found my first (but far from last) ace-spectrum protagonist a perfect home! I'll keep everyone updated on that as well.


ITEM #3:


Speaking of new contracts, there's one I've been hoping for in the mail to my lovelies at Loose Id right now. I probably shouldn't say much until I get it back and signed from them, but I can't contain myself giving a little bit away. Let's just say that the Elementals page here will be getting a new addition--in the AIR department--very, very soon.

Which means I should get to work on that little short I hand planned for my WATER boys, Leith and Adam, doesn't it? Hmmm....

Friday, May 22, 2015

This Week's Happenings

Hello hello! It's been a busy week for Superpowered Love, so I'll jump right into things.

-Miss out on the make-out excerpt? Check it out over at Rainbow Gold! Thanks for hosting it, y'all!

-Wanna know what's most fun about writing this series? The superpowers, obviously. Why? Check out my post on superpower applications (on stage and... in bed) at the TRS blog!

-Lesbians! Vaginas! Bob Fosse Flash Mobs! Jazz Hands! Techies vs. Actors! This post at J.A. Rock's blog has it all, you guys. In which we talk about all of the above and more.

Back next week with more fun times. ♥

And don't forget, for all your weekend reading needs...



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Playhouse is Live

Time for superpowered girlfriends--and theater! Get your copy of The Playhouse from Loose Id [and I'll add in more resellers to the list as they go live, but direct buying for the win, right?]. Look at them, I mean. Who could resist?

ETA: Amazon buy linkARe buy link


For excerpts and goodies, check out the page here at my site. 

For info, check out this weekend's post here at Superpowered Love or yesterday's guest blog at Love Bytes--which, by the way, contains a giveaway. Just drop a comment to enter! And OH HEY LOOK here's another from today at Joyfully Jay--with an exclusive excerpt! And another giveaway!

And in closing (for now!), just in case not everyone checks out the book page where I've put the warning, I want to give it again here: The Playhouse is my usual HEA romance novel, but it contains an incident of sexual harassment--with neither of the MCs as the harasser, obviously. It is dealt with as such (you can trust me to always do that, scouts honor), but I know reading that kind of thing can be uber-squickly or triggering for some people. Stay safe!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's "Playhouse" Week!

Yes, it's Playhouse week here at Superpowered Love! This one is special to me for a couple of reasons. The first is pretty obvious: it's the first f/f book in the series. I've written a ton of f/f stories as my Other Self, KV Taylor, but that's all horror. This is my first official f/f romance, so I'm super excited for it.

The second is maybe less obvious if you don't know about my childhood. Don't worry, I'm not gonna give you a long drawn out story here, just the basics. The Playhouse is based so closely on the real Playhouse of my childhood--which is to say, it's exactly the same, down to the layout. Except, obviously, there's no "Brookesville, West Virginia". Still, it's not far off.

(If you're curious about the real Playhouse, here's a cute YouTube vid they did for their 40th season a few years back that has some old pics to give you an idea. Yes, it's really a barn. And it is epic.)

That said, I would like to apologize to the actual Arts Council, who are not in fact only half-awesome, as in the book.  I don't even know who's on the Arts Council these days, so there's that! Please don't get mad at me, I needed conflict to have a plot beyond 'cute girls kissing'. As awesome as cute girls kissing is. I mean, 

I did not base the characters on actual people, no, but as with any book, there are types that draw from life. The helpful, awesome family you grew up with type + childhood friends. (You know who you are, if you see this.) The cheerful younger staff member. The creepy stalker. The pain in the ass old guard was the only one I didn't actually draw slightly from life on, since what qualified for 'old guard' in my years there was the 'helpful, awesome family you grew up with', basically. More than one. But that's less of a type, right?

The last time I was involved directly with the real Playhouse, I was still in college and spent a summer living and working there. I haven't lived back home since, unfortunately. But ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to spend my whole summer there (in spite of it being literally a mile from my house).

And then I became a writer, so this is what happens. A love letter to the place and the people. With cute girls kissing... and superpowers.

For excerpts, character stats, and pretty arts, check out the Playhouse page--which will be updated Tuesday as new sellers go live with the book. All week long, I'm gonna be trekking around the internet dropping excerpts and info, so be sure to watch for those, too. They maaaaaay have chances to win your own copy of the book.

The Schedule:
Monday: Love Bytes
Tuesday: Joyfully Jay


... and more coming next week, but I'll save those for later. Thank you so much to the beautiful sites who've been so willing to host me and help me get the word out about this book that means so very, very much to me. ♥

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Playhouse excerpts are live!

It's time, it's time! Want to really meet the girls of The Playhouse? Head on over to the page here at the Superpowered Love blog to see Lily and Genevieve's first-ever make out... at the Sweeney Todd cast party... in the dressing room. Of course.

Theater people, amiright?

But wait, there's more! If you're interested in Lily's first love--otherwise known as the Brookesville Playhouse--head on over to Honey Bunny and catch a glimpse. That, and Lily being awkward about flirting.

Of course there will be more excerpts and more info as we get closer and closer to the release date, but... soon! Yay!

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Playhouse Cover!

... I love it so much. Once again, PL Nunn makes Superpowered Love look soooo good.


Lily, your butt. It's so cute. And Gen, your... everything. Damn, girls. ♥ Check out the page here for more info--excerpt coming soon!