Progress!

Finally, after some soul-searching and going through the grieving process three times over as many years, I have made some headway on various writing projects!

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And it feels so good.

Having lost my elderly mother, my fifteen year-old dog and my beloved mother-in-law in the space of three years, I feel like I am coming out of a transformative and humbling experience, back to a commitment to my future as a productive author.

I have just sent the 21K word manuscript for Power Tool, my first attempt at an enemies-to-lovers short story, off to MLR Press and, once the March Break is over, I’ll be performing a thorough line edit/proofread on the 67K manuscript of White Balance, the long-awaited sequel to Exposure before submitting it as well.

Having a taken a week and a half off from my part time retail job, I also had some time to  begin the rough draft of my paranormal vampire novel, Diamond Dogs, before my kids were off for their spring break. The free shorts I released this past fall, FANGS and Aeternum, provide the set-up for that novel, introducing the characters of Gemini, Justice and Yvonne, establishing their poly relationship, and revealing a subtle and undefined threat to the three central characters from the vampire community in Ottawa.

It feels great to have completed these projects and to be embarking on my first bisexual, poly, paranormal thriller. I grew up reading vampire fiction and knew in my heart at some point I would attempt to write something in that line. I’ve never written a thriller before, so this will be a new challenge for me, something I’m very excited to attempt.

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As excited as I am to work on these projects, I’m also looking forward to some needed family time this week as my husband, kids and I take a train trip to Toronto to visit the Ontario Science Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum, enjoy a show (Sting’s, The Last Ship) and get together with my brother, his partner and their kids.

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Cheers!

Liz

 

Friday Flash Fiction – Tea at Home

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They were awaiting his return.

“Would you like some tea, Jonah? I’ll put the kettle on.”

It still seemed strange to hear a disembodied voice, even though he was aware of Delilah’s presence in a distinctly physical way, though not the usual one.

“Sure. That would be nice.”

“I’m sure the children will want some too,” Delilah added.

“Yes!” said a child’s voice.

“Yes, please!” said another.

Jonah smiled and made his way to the armchair under the mirror. He sat down and sighed. He’d had three meetings in a row and, really, all he wanted to do right now was flake out in front of the TV.

But his unusual guests wanted tea.

“Read to us from THE BOOK!” the first child’s voice said.

“Yes, please read some more! It’s so entertaining!” said the second child.

Jonah sighed, removing his tie and opening the top button of his white shirt. “Have a seat then.”

Jonah heard the rustling of clothes and observed the eddies of dust in front of his chair. He listened to Delilah making tea in the kitchen and picked up the book from the side table.

He opened it and began to read:

She looked back at us from the door, and I had a last impression of that beautiful haunted face, the startled eyes, and the drawn mouth. Then she was gone.

“Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department,” said Holmes, with a smile, when the dwindling frou frou of skirts had ended in the slam of the front door. “What was the fair lady’s game? What did she really want?”

“She probably wanted some tea!” said the first child.

“Do you think so?” Jonah said, looking up from the page, although there was no-one to look at, exactly.

“Oh yes! Who doesn’t want a cup of tea when they go out?” said the first child.

“Or when they come home,” said the second child, in a more somber voice. A voice that held years of wandering and loneliness.

Jonah smiled sadly. “I do want some tea, now that I am home. And I shall share it with the both of you, if you’ll keep me good company from now on.”

“Oh, we will Jonah!”

“We will!”

Delilah’s footsteps sounded on the floor boards as the tea pot came, steaming, into view.

“Go get the teacups, my darlings, and bring them in here. The tea will be ready to pour in a moment.”

“Yes, mother,” they said in unison.

“You’re a good man, Jonah Morris,” Delilah said softly. “I wish I had known you when I was slightly more corporeal.”

“You’re a wonderful mother, Delilah. You’ve done the best you could, all things considered. You are welcome to my home as long as you need it. I’ve gotten quite used to the three of you.”

“Bless you, Jonah. Now, let’s all have some tea, shall we?”

Book Review – Sara Dobie Bauer “Escaping Mortality”

 

Sara Dobie Bauer’s vampires are a lot of fun.

In Book One of the Escape Trilogy – Escaping Exile – long suffering vampire, Andrew, finds a shipwrecked sailor washed ashore like a sea-tossed care package sent just for him. He quickly falls for the delectable and unpredictable human, and swears never to do him harm.

In Book Two, Escaping Solitude, Andrew falls more and more in love with the impulsive Edmund, agreeing to find an Elder vampire to change Edmund into an immortal being like himself.

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In Book Three, Escaping Mortality, Edmund struggles with his newfound health and strength, and wonders what the mysterious Elder, Brien, truly wants from him.

Exploring fascinating settings like a tropical, cannibal-infested island, the bustling port city of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, and Victorian London, Sara Dobie Bauer propels her vampires through escapades and adventures while weaving a tale of love, dark magic, sensuality and violence.

I enjoyed the fast-paced conclusion to the expertly written trilogy. Sara places the reader right in the action and keeps them interested with diverse characters and compelling personalities. I loved the dynamic between Andrew and Edmund, but also the way they interacted with their chosen family – Michelle, Felipe, Flynn and Elder vampire, Brien. The historic details seemed accurate and Dobie Bauer is able to paint a picture with words so that the reader has an immediate sense of place no matter where they end up.

If you like vampires, historic settings, graphic sexuality between men (and vampires), and gory outcomes, you will love this exciting series.

 

 

Friday Flash Fiction – Whiskey

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The glass was empty, even though I swear I’d just ordered the drink a moment ago. I felt the burn in my throat through a hazy brain-fog and realized I must have already downed it.

I ordered another.

This wasn’t the way New Year’s Eve was supposed to go down – in a painful swallow of booze and grief that made me want to sob. But I wouldn’t. Goddamn it, I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of buckling under the disappointment and abandonment.

The bartender placed another drink in front of me, side-eyeing me with suspicion. “You got someone to drive you home?” he asked, piercing my heart with yet another arrow.

I winced. “I’ll get an Uber.” My voice came out quiet and meek. I cleared my throat. “Thanks,” I said with more force.

What was I thanking him for? For caring enough to ask, or for bringing me the drink even though I was drunk as fuck already? I don’t know.

The whiskey soothed me even as it burned its way down. It warmed my insides where he’d shovelled cold words and sharp insults. It dulled the memory of our last tumultuous encounter and allowed me to wallow in a pool of disfunction.

I was worthy of love. I must be. I needed to hold onto that conviction despite the doubt and the loneliness that threatened to send me into a dark spiral.

It was all that was left. A basic instinct for survival that I would grip gladly in my two fists and use to keep my head above water.

Book Review – Misha Horne “Looking for Trouble”

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If there was ever a cure for the dismal second half of Brokeback Mountain, this book is it:

“Will…”

“You say my name so pretty,” he told me, his breath drifting over the root of my cock, his mouth just a second from where I wanted it. So close, but years away. “I want you to say it just like that, all night. All dirty and desperate and wicked.”

My god, I didn’t know how this was the same man who grunted half his words and thought I reckon was a full conversation. I wanted to weep for all that was inside him I didn’t know.

~ Looking for Trouble, Misha Horne

We’ve got Will Caplan, one older loner cowboy who lives on a farm with just his dog, Captain, some horses and chickens, only coming into town once in a blue moon to sell his homemade whisky. And Jesse Morgan, one young troublemaker from Chicago – a city boy through and through – looking for guidance and discipline, though he only realizes it when he hooks up with Will.

Then saddle up your horse for one long slow burn of a sexy romance between two men who barely know how to kiss each other, and sure don’t know how to say the things they need to say to get the good times rolling.

But when they finally do – hold on tight. The final few chapters of this book are some of the hottest I’ve ever read and sweet as hell to boot.

I love everything Misha Horne has ever written. She is the Queen of writing emotional and loving kink, with characters who are discovering their sexuality and digging their way out of shame and confusion to determine exactly what they need in a lover.

Looking for Trouble strikes me as the most pure of all her stories, with two innocents who meet by chance only to discover they fit perfectly together.

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Two other Misha Horne books I recommend:

Working Out the Kinks

Old School Discipline

Book Review – Ella Frank “The Princess, the Prick and the Priest”

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*It’s here! The 4th and final book in the Confessions series, The Princess, the Prick and the Priest, by Ella Frank.

Blurb: 

Everyone said our love wouldn’t work. That it was too hard, too complicated, too messy. Oh, how I enjoy proving everyone wrong.

My men are smart, sexy, sophisticated — and most of all, crazy about me. The only problem is trying to explain that to my big, opinionated Italian family.

But after all we’ve been through, we deserve a happily ever after. and if there’s one thing I know about my guys, they always manage to have a few surprises up their sleeves. 

When Robbie Bianchi (the Princess) was seduced by married couple, Julien (the Prick) Thornton, and Joel (the Priest) Priestly, in the first book in this series (Confessions, Robbie), a fascinating dynamic was put in place. This was followed by Julien’s story (Confessions: Julien) and then Priest’s story (Confessions: Priest).

This book picks up several months after book 3 ends, with Robbie and his lovers in a good place and enjoying some non-dramatic lovey-dovey time. I love these men when they are playful together — their chemistry jumps off the page.

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Things seem good for this three person unit, but one obstacle must be overcome before they can move forward in the way they desire. That is, Robbie must introduce his two married lovers to his large Italian family.

Some of the highlights of this book occur when Robbie attempts to do just that. I will say that Priest has a moment that will not soon be forgotten by anyone, and it is pretty fricking epic considering how he holds his cards close to his chest most of the time.

As with the final book in Frank’s Temptations series, this instalment, at least for me, devolved into a few too many wordy declarations of love and long term commitment which seemed very repetitive. However, it is marketed as a romance and I’m sure most of Frank’s fans will enjoy this.

Frank redeemed herself to me with the epilogue and a very realistic portrayal of a possible future for these three. I loved the way she left things vague in terms of how it all came about, and presented her readers with the unadorned reality of the conceivable result.

Great ending to an awesome series that presents a different kind of relationship in a realistic and positive way.

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for providing a fair and honest review.

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