And for my next trick...

June 13, 2019

Happy Pride!!!

Here in Dayton we had our festival and parade on the first weekend of the month. JA Rock and Lisa Henry joined me, and we gave away a ton of queer romance novels to people, plus spread the word about great places to find queer books online. It was epic! Thanks to everyone who showed up to make it Dayton's biggest pride crowd ever ♥

Now that all the Superpowered Love Books I already wrote are back out in the wild (yay!), the new stuff is finally getting lots of attention. I've got two projects in the pipeline. One is a contemporary--my first novel-length one ever!--called THE RISE OF VIRGINIE. It's about would-be rock stars in a small town... my hometown, as a matter of fact. I wrote it on request from a friend and editor, Raven McKnight. It was meant to be a short story Christmas gift and... uh. I started reading Johnny Marr's autobiography (SET THE BOY FREE--so good) and this movie about Oasis came out and I was listening to the Clash a lot. What can I say? Stories happen :D 

More on that soon, but it's in the early editorial stage. Keep an eye out for a cover reveal in the next few months! I cannot wait to share it.

Also, Superpowered Love 9: UNDER SIEGE is in the works. Draft 1 is halfway written, and I'm so excited to have it up and running. I've been dying to write it for years now, literally since LOSING BETTER came out--because it features the voice of Kieran Hooper, he of the occasional threesome, as he finds his own superpowered babe. As the series comes near to its close (11 books, so only a few more to go!), things are starting to come to a head for the Awakened and their secret world just beneath the surface of ours. Prepare for explosions.

That's the progress update for the moment, but keep an eye out for an upcoming newsletter complete with another giveaway (every time!), this time for something a little different. I'm running on a laptop I generally use just for writing (dead pc D:), so my resources are limited. Bear with me, please!

That said, I'm so excited for this year's Coastal Magic--my first! I've been dying to go, but my timing was always off. Finally, this February, I get to chill on the beach with other authors and readers and talk romance! Yay! Join us, if you can!

All the (Superpowered) Love!

May 23, 2019

The last SUPERPOWERED LOVE re-releases are here to stay! It's been a whirlwind of a year with Less Than Three kicking ass and releasing them one-a-month, but we've hit number eight, and you know what that means:

New ones coming!

I'm already working on number nine, which focuses on Kieran, a side character from number four, Losing Better. But in the meantime, check out the excerpts from the latest editions of The Playhouse and The Takedown!

Community theater, musicals, and... fire? Sure, why not! Welcome to the Brooksville Playhouse, where Lily runs the tech scene and new girl Genevieve burns up the stage. But Genny has some secrets, and they have to do with her love of pyrotechnics.

Warnings: This book contains sexual harassment--treated appropriately, of course, with consequences!

You've heard of witch hunters in past books--and if you haven't, prepare to. Jody's been kidnapped, his family murdered, and he's on the run for no crime other than being born with superpowers. Bren  comes to the rescue... and then they start to get close.

Warnings: contains kidnapping, discussion of murder and kidnapping, PTSI, acute anxiety, etc.

A busy month!

March 29, 2019

March has been wild, y'all. I just got back from C2E2, where I nerded out big time. Plus, the last two weeks have seen two new books hit the LT3 book market! Yay! Now's the time to snag your copies of Superpowered Love 6: In Distress AND Kanaan & Tilney: The Case of the Man-Eater.

Superpowered Love 6: In Distress

Hopeless romantic Eddie Kim acts out his favorite 'rescued by the white knight' fantasies through weekly D&D campaigns, but has almost given up hope of ever getting a real one. Then Callum, a mysterious redhead with freezing superpowers and a memorable kiss, saves him from a house fire before promptly disappearing.

Then Eddie's friends look to Craiglist to relocate his hero. Unfortunately, the publicity brings down the kind of attention Callum has been trying to avoid. He's in town to clear his family name, and now the dangerous superpowered organization he needs to thwart knows he's back.

The heat between Callum and Eddie flares, and Eddie insists on helping repair the damage his romantic notions have done. But that means embroilment in a nefarious plot, exploring a superpowered world Eddie didn't even know existed a week ago, and crafty foes trying to trick and use him. All that, while convincing Callum to trust him to be the white knight for once, instead of the perpetual damsel in distress.

Now available at Less Than Three and these online retailers! Be sure to check out the print edition, too--it has Superpowered Extras like mixtapes and character stats!

Kanaan & Tilney: The Case of the Man-Eater

Wolf-Beast and ex-cop Lowell recently brought his boyfriend, Elementalist and mystery author John, into the PI business with him. They've been solving cases for Boston's diverse praeternatural community ever since. When a young Terran feels that the brutal murder of his Beast boyfriend isn't being treated seriously enough by the police, he brings the case to Kanaan & Tilney for a second opinion.

Similarly defiled corpses pop up around Boston as they race to find the killer. All the victims are packless Beasts, like Lowell, and the vicious nature of the killings stir up old prejudices in the praeternatural community. Throw a personal vendetta and some ugly family history for Lowell in the mix, and the trails are as muddy as ever. It will take everything Kanaan and Tilney have, as a team and a couple, if they hope to stop a serial killer—and survive doing so.

For a sneak peek @ K&T 3, plus a giveaway and other news, be sure to join the very rare newsletter! You can see the last edition here if you missed it, but you can't enter the giveaway unless you're subscribed ♥

The Soundtrack of his Life

March 5, 2019

The soundtrack to Superpowered Love 5: Re-Entry Burn is far and away the most personal one I've ever done. It has four of my top five (currently extant) bands at the forefront, because Malory is the first character I ever wrote who had my own taste in music. Most of it, anyhow. (The rest, I gave to Bren in The Takedown, but more on that when we get to book 8 :D) It's kinda funny, considering his cousin Brady is the wannabe rock star--and honestly the Riot Boy soundtrack has some important stuff to me in its seminal punkness, too. But this one, damn dude.

So here it is, in all its nerdy rock-emo glory. Turn it up, y'all:

Re-Entry Burn, the mixtape:

“US Government” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Take Them On, On Your Own)
“Re-Wired” by Kasabian (Velociraptor!)
“Fire It Up” by Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank)
“Outsiders” by Franz Ferdinand (You Could Have It So Much Better)
“Thick as Thieves” by Kasabian (West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum)
“Virginia State Epileptic Colony” by Manic Street Preachers (Journal for Plague Lovers)
“Bad Blood” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Beat the Devil’s Tattoo)
“Help!” by The Beatles (Help!)
“Man of Simple Pleasures” by Kasabian (Velociraptor!)
“How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths (Meat Is Murder)
“Motorcycle Emptiness” by Manic Street Preachers (Generation Terrorists)
“Weight of the World” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Howl)
“This Fire” by Franz Ferdinand (Franz Ferdinand)
“Babydoll” by The Fratellis (Here We Stand)
“Pretty Girls Make Graves” by The Smiths (The Smiths)
“Nobody Loved You” by Manic Street Preachers (This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours)
“L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)” by Kasabian (Kasabian)
“Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed)
“Parting of the Sensory” by Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank)
“This Joke Sport Severed” by Manic Street Preachers (Journal for Plague Lovers)
“The End” by The Beatles (Abbey Road)

My favorite band in the world, like Malory, is the Manic Street Preachers. How the fuck a girl from West Virginia who grew up while grunge was in ended up obsessed with these dudes, I mean, I don't even fucking know. Mysteries of the universe, right? They never come to the US (their music will explain that...), but I did manage to see them once at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and it a life highlight, lemme tell you. Guess I need a trip to Wales next.

I was walking down Army Navy drive when I lived in Arlington, Va, right behind the pentagon, and I had the Manics album Journal for Plague Lovers going in my headphones. Riot Boy had just come out, and my editor Raven had said, "Now you have to write Malory's story." And that's how Re-Entry Burn happened. 

As a side note, the rest of my list is:

2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
3. Interpol ("Sir Not Appearing in this Film")
4. Kasabian
5. Franz Ferdinand

Let's not think too much about what all that says about me. Let's instead think about what it says about Malory Claremont and his fucked up life. Bless his heart.

Malory Claremont was born and raised to be the villain in someone else's story, complete with fire-based superpowers. Then his cousin and former partner-in-crime, Brady, led him into a trap, and he's been in superpowered lockdown ever since.

When he gets out on parole, he meets Theo McCracken, a cold-superpowered ex-offender. Theo has a modern Hamlet-style past, dangerously pretty eyes, and a hunger for affection that even Mal can't deny for long.

They've paid their debts to society, but society doesn't care—from blackmailing coworkers to suspicious neighbors, it's hard to catch a fair chance. Pile that on top of their dark family pasts, and it feels like just a matter of time before they'll be shoved right back into prison.

Now available at Less Than Three and these vendors!

Prison and Re-Entry

February 20, 2019

Malory Claremont's story (or part of it, anyhow!) is up for grabs now--Re-Entry Burn lives!

Cover by Natasha Snow

For excerpts, check out its page here at the blog. To dive right in, you can get it from LT3 or any of these fine vendors!

This book took me a relatively long time to write, y'all. Of the first four Superpowered Love books, only Losing Better required some research on my part. Luckily I had a buddy who helped me out with that FBI stuff. She also helped me with the prison stuff, for Malory, but to get inside his head and what he'd been through on the inside, I read. And read. And read.

And what I discovered was awful. Fyodor Dostoevsky famously wrote, "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." Let me tell you, friends, the United States has some serious work to do. 

If you're interested in learning more, there have been some recent documentaries that shine a light on specific occurrences--much easier than reading a bunch of books by ex-offenders that will make you lose your faith in humanity forever. Try these two on Netflix:

-The Survivor's Guide to Prison: A documentary framed like practical advice to anyone about to enter the justice system. Some famous people with experience, like the ever-awesome Danny Trejo, hammer away with stories, tips and tricks. It ends up focusing on the story of two wrongly convicted men, but the fact that they were innocent and subjected to this system is just the icing on the cake. No one should be.

-Time: The Kalief Browder Story: Want to rage-cry for an hour or two? Watch this one. Kalief Browder was (wrongly) indicted for stealing a backpack, and spent 3 years in Riker's Island AWAITING TRIAL. Yeah, he wasn't even convicted of anything. And it didn't get better. Jay-Z won a Peabody for this six-episode miniseries

Trigger warnings abound for all of these: violence, law enforcement, suicide, rape, just the ones I'm coming up with off the top of my head. 

Obviously I don't claim to have represented this stuff well or thoroughly in Re-entry Burn. It's a romance novel about two ex-offenders, not an exploration of the prison system. But if the story piques your interest, there's a lot to discover and learn about the criminal justice system. Which, honestly, I do believe in--but it's far from perfect and we can do better.

Okay off my soapbox, I just wanted to say that. 

Who doesn't love a freebie?

February 7, 2019

Looking to fill up your e-reader with delicious M/M romance this February? Look no further! Check out this lovely bundle, brought to you via BookFunnel:

You can snag a copy of my own BY THE RIVER there, not to mention a bunch of other good stuff. You have the option to sign up for newsletters, but "option" is the key word there. You do you--and enjoy the romance ♥

Also, I wanted to bring attention to an auction on Facebook this week: 

There are loads of books, eBooks, author services, and other goodies up for grabs, and will be through the 11th. All proceeds go to help two authors in the LGBTQIA romance community who've been hit hard by the wild flooding in Queensland, Australia right now. Check it out!

And in closing, congrats to the winner of the newsletter giveaway! Look out for future giveaways and freebies in my newsletter, Katey Hawthorne's Somethingorothers: A Rare Newsletter. Sign up here!

Happy Birthday, Losing Better! Also, Paladins.

January 30, 2019

Yay, Superpowered Love 4: Losing Better exists again! Check out its page to read some excerpts, go and have a listen to its soundtrack at my youtube page, or just snag yourself a copy at LT3's book market or these lovely retailers.

I'm not the first to say it and I probably won't be the last, but Losing Better is a weird romance novel. Okay, okay, all my books fall into that category, it's true. But this one is even weirder than most, because its protagonist and narrator, Gabriel, is... well, he's a dick. 

But in a lawful good* paladin way.

For those of you not familiar with the fantasy archetype of a paladin, let's start this out with memes, because this is, after all, the 21st century.

or, maybe a little more to the point in re Gabriel:

Paladins are the dicks-for-good of the fantasy world. I mean, I've run into some paladins I didn't immediately want to choke with their own swords, but that's largely just because my current D&D campaign has one who serves a perpetually drunken god, which mellows him out sufficiently. Most of the time. He's still lawful good, though, which is... difficult.

Think Captain America (pre-Civil War if we're talking Marvel Cinematic Universe). Think Superman. Think Leslie Knope but without the compassion that women in our society are expected to have. These characters are awesome, but oh my fucking GOD are they difficult to be around on a day-to-day basis. And so long as it's legal and will bring "good" things to pass aka order and law? They pretty much have to do it.

This is Gabriel's problem. He's rigid. Inflexible. And worst of all, self-righteous, which is a huge failing of the paladin type. The self-righteous are blind, the lawful are unyeilding--it's not a good combination.

But he learns. He changes. He grows... or I tried to show him growing, anyhow.

So that's why in spite of the difficulty of the main character--hell, maybe because of it--this book has a really special place in my heart. That, and I kind of based his major principles off a really good friend of mine (who is not difficult to be around, for the record, because she has a sense of humor about her paladin-ness). He's so fun to write though, oh my god.

Gabriel will be back as a side character in Book 9, which I'm writing right now. He's different, but... still Gabriel. We'll see if he's any more likable now >.>

Anyhow, Andrew, his love interest/quarry is a really likable guy, if somewhat juvenile in some aspects... but he grows up a lot too, and I'm sure he's for the better when he appears in book 9. And I hope people can enjoy his story. He definitely deserves his happy ending.

*For clarification on the D&D alignment system, please see this.

Giveaways and PIs

January 18, 2019

Y'all, Kanaan & Tilney: The Case of the Arms Dealers is now out! Details here, but you can get it from LT3 or various vendors. Print edition to come soon! And don't forget, The Case of the Man Eater is already up for pre-order, so check that one out too <3 a="" bout="" how="" href="">Aisha Akeju
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Interested in a juicy, plotty excerpt? Check out our post from yesterday at Joyfully Jay! There's also an exclusive giveaway there which runs for the rest of the week, so drop a comment and hey, maybe that sweet Amazon gift card will be yours.

Book 3 is in the works! Book 1 dealt mainly with the Necromorphs and book 2 was an in-depth look at the world of Beasts. You guessed it, each book will focus on a different Praeternatural faction. This time around? Terrans! Everyone's favorite earth-centric, peace-loving buddies. Nothing terrible could possibly happen in their world, right?

Haha, wrong. Jenna and I are hard at writing on it, and we hope you'll come along for the ride!

Giveaway update:

Superpowered Love: Re-loaded Tour winners have been chosen! Congrats, winners!

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Join me in celebrating Superpowered Love 4: Losing Better's release on January 30! Pre-orders are ready and discounted even now <3 p="">

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