Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Get your excerpts, hot off the press!

Hello from Chennai! We're on the second leg of our journey, having spent the first in lovely Ireland (a few pics here on my tumblr, for the interested), and now it's time for some chilling out in Tamil Nadu. Well, sort of, since I'm preppping for the release of Back to the Sky almost as soon as I come back to the States. Yay! 

In that vein, I've set up some little excerpts on the Back to the Sky page. There's one that's pretty straightforward, the first meeting of our point of view hero and his love interest in person. And then there's a second one called "Dirty Girl Scouts" that is... well, what it says on the tin, if you know that a 'dirty girl scout' is a drink, not a kid who's rolled around in mud. Another kind of dirty.

Talk to you all again when it's time for a cover reveal!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Adventure, Excitement!

Maybe a Jedi doesn't crave them, but I do. (Sorry I'm not sorry for the nerdreference weeeee.)

For the next month I'm going to be scarce. Luckily it's for a good reason, this time, since I'm going traveling! First to Ireland, where my family and I will bounce between the coasts for a while, and then to India, where I'll hang out with the other side of my family. Epic, I know, I'm pretty much full to bursting with excitement.

But there's still a lot going on around here, so here's a quick update on all the activity: 

-Upon my return in early September, Back to the Sky will be a thing! I'll find some excerpts to pop up between now and then, but just as a general heads up. Yeah, I know, more excitement.

-In addition to the stuff that was already on the Coming Soon page, I'm so pleased to announce that I get to work with the wonderful folks at Torquere Press again. My story Pr├Žsidium, about a haunted demon-hunter and a pretty lil witch-boy, is going to be a part of their Halloween Haunted Hotties collection. My fave holiday yaaaaay!

Okay that's it for now. Last minute packing scurry time. Catch you on the flip side (of the Atlantic).

Sunday, July 12, 2015

All the infoz~

Well, my friends, it had been far too long since I'd taken care of proper site updates beyond, you know, adding new books as they become available. So I've finally gotten off my butt and updated the FAQ section to reflect a ton of stuff going on around here lately. I had a down year due to that whole 'discs poking into my spinal cord' issue last year (they still are, but yay physical therapy, I can function!), and all my hard work to get back on top this year is yielding a sudden explosion of new projects coming to light. There's also a new Coming Soon page, for anyone who wonders what's next or what I'm working on because reasons. 

A bunch of other little things happened around here too, but the most immediately relevant is prrrrrrobably that my next release for Loose Id, Back to the Sky, got its own page. Back to the Sky is part of this weird little project of mine about Elementals, and if you want some basic info on that, the series page is here

TL;DR version: The Elementals books are unrelated, except thematically. There will be one for each of the four basic elements. Possibly I will also do the fifth, but I'mmmmm not sure about that.

And here's the love interest for the new one, as a tease. His name is Geordie Finsen and he may or may not be able to make it rain... as in literally. He is also a brick shithouse.

Art by Astro

And because it's been a FAQ: You will see Adam and Leith again, yes. I'm working on a little thing. ♥

Friday, July 3, 2015

Come get your Moondrop!

Happy long weekend, Americans! Be safe this Independence Day, okay? To the rest of you, happy regular weekend to you, too. I'm off to celebrate with the loud family (see also: Nobody's Hero), so that should be fun.

If you're looking for something to read this weekend, I've got something for you: Moondrop--my stand-alone freebie about a lonely English teacher and a tattooed dragon shifter--is free to download, now! Thanks to the Goodreads MM Romance group for their editorial and production work on this one. It came out quite pretty in all formats. Glad I found the right art for the cover, too.

Coverart: Drakonova/Shutterstock

Get your copy here. Just scroll down to the bottom and bam. It's yours. I'll put it on Smashwords once I come home from the weekend, too, but the MM Romance group's site is super easy to use and safe.

Also, just as a reminder, there are a lot of other freebies on the free reads page.

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
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

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. 

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...