Welcome to the BCR (Braided Crop Ranch)

Welcome to The Braided Crop Ranch (BCR), an inclusive fetish club in the heart of the Muskokas!

Featuring a stable of gorgeously athletic “ponies” who delight in pleasing their handlers in front of an appreciative audience.

Stay in our beautiful lakeside resort, enjoy the grandeur of the countryside, and watch as our skilled handlers put our “ponies” through their paces.

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Stable Hand

(The Braided Crop Ranch #1)

 

The BCR (Braided Crop Ranch) is looking for stable hands.

Jensen Moriarty is desperate for a job. He can handle horses. In fact, he’s a pro at it. Too bad the BCR doesn’t deal with real horses.

But they do have “ponies”.

If Jensen can wrap his head around what the BCR actually stands for, he may have the opportunity to expand his resumé, and experience something completely unexpected in the process.

~ A BDSM cowboy story about men who like to play pony, and the handlers who train them.

Book Review – ‘Nathan Burgoine “Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks”

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First, I just have to say the title of this book is awesome. I was a teenage freak, and I would have loved to have had an exit plan of any kind, especially an ability to teleport myself out of high school.

I need to make a little caveat here, and that is that young adult books are pretty far out of my wheelhouse. I mean, I didn’t even read them when I was a young adult. By then, I was already leafing through my parents’ collection of books to find the graphic sex scenes. I was reading Erica Jong, Ann Rice, Henry Miller and Philip Roth.

But ‘Nathan Burgoine is a friend of mine, and I absolutely loved the title and the concept for this book. Which is, essentially, that an extremely organized queer boy who is gathering all his resources in order to graduate high school discovers, by accident, a sudden ability to teleport when he goes through doors of any kind. This ability throws a wrench into Cole’s plans and forces him into a world of unexpected departures and arrivals, until he begins to figure out how to control his powers.

I loved Burgoine’s representation of the collection of friends surrounding Cole, Cole’s parents and his crush, Malik. This is a very inclusive book, featuring many characters that defy the heteronormative lifestyle, and a character with a disability as well. The embarrassing encounters between Cole and Malik were well done and put me right back into the world of desperate crushes and burgeoning high school romances.

The science fiction angle was great, and I was truly wondering where these sudden powers of Cole’s came from and how he was supposed to handle things until about two thirds into the book when things suddenly become more clear, and also more dangerous. The second half was exciting and expertly paced with a lot riding on Cole’s intelligence, bravery and ability to outthink his new rivals.

If you are a regular reader of young adult fiction, or, in fact, an actual young adult who is looking for something beyond the traditional, with positive queer characters, inclusive language and a really lovely heart, Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks is your book.

Find it at Bold Strokes Books, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble to name a few of the online retailers where it is listed.

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.

If you’d like to keep up with my new projects and receive news of my progress, recommendations for books I’ve enjoyed from other authors, and links to free stories and/or contests, please join my email list. I only have time to send a newsletter once every few months these days, so rest assured you will not be spammed with information from me.

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.

 

 

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