Now Available: Desmond and Garrick (Book 2), 2nd Ed.

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Okeedokee, here we go. The second book of the two-book series is finally out in e-book format. If you purchase directly from the publisher’s bookstore, you’ll receive a 35% new release discount, which will go on for a week. And here be the blurb:

As the vain and self-absorbed poets continue their campaign of destruction in Dryden Abbey, Garrick finds himself struggling in the classroom, with increasingly distracted pupils eroding all of his hard work and reducing him to using all things dead and decaying in order to keep Desmond and Lavinia’s minds on their lessons.

Meanwhile, with Phillip Priestley’s unexpected appearance, Desmond’s world unravels as infatuation, lust, confusion, and revulsion drive him into wilder mood swings. Mr. Sherbourne’s coldly distant yet attractive presence in Dryden Abbey further complicates things, prompting Desmond to do something he never thought he’d ever do: reach out to unlikely allies for help.

In the midst of the wild goings on around them, Garrick and Desmond will realize that the chasm separating them as distinct species will not only teach them important lessons of understanding and acceptance, but also forge a stronger bond of friendship than they expected.

The print book will be available on the 31st of this month, and I’ll also be doing an e-book giveaway of books 1 and 2 on the 31st as well over at The Novel Approach. As always, watch this space.

So this release marks the end of my 2nd edition releases. After this, it’ll be nothing but new stuff coming from me through JMS Books / Queerteen Press.

Hope you enjoy the book if you snag a copy, and thanks for your support!

For My Birthday, I Gave Myself a Job

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Today’s my birthday, and I’m sort of double-celebrating. Andy and I went out yesterday and pretty much didn’t come home till after 7 pm, and that was the main celebration for me. It came a day early because Andy has to work today, which leaves me with some quiet, personal time for my second celebration. :P Sure beats out last year, when my birthday was spent in more miserable conditions (long story, that).

I’m also feeling a great deal better physically and mentally – not because of help from my doctor*, but because I dove back into the job market and am now once again employed. Part-time, 24 hours per week at a more consistent / fixed schedule compared to my previous day job. Now why on earth would I want to blow my dream of writing full-time?

Because not working a second job was affecting me in the worst way possible. In brief, I was bored out of my mind to the point where I was starting to feel depressed.

I know that most other writers would kill to write full-time and live off their earnings that way. The thing with me is that I don’t have kids to look after, and I don’t live in a big house that’d keep me busy maintaining. I also spread out chores and errands as well as my fitness schedule, and I don’t – and refuse to – multi-task when it comes to writing. I don’t divide my attention between two simultaneous works-in-progress at any given time and would rather shelf one book in favor of a more focused time on another, especially when I’m blocked or something.

In that sense, I ended up with more spare time than I’m used to, and even after reading books or watching a movie online, I’m left twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the time. That didn’t work for me at all. I grew more and more bored, and from that, my mood dipped, I lost interest in a number of things that normally would get me all worked up (in a good way), and I wasn’t motivated to pursue a number of things that I wanted to. By the time July rolled around, I didn’t want to do anything but lie in bed and sleep the day away. Even my eating habits suffered in the sense that I all but stopped eating dinner. I’m now back down to my weight when I was in college, which means an eight-pound loss.

I WAS NOT HEALTHY, PEOPLE.

I missed the social aspect of working. I’ve been lucky enough to consistently land jobs in a field I love (art), and it attracts certain quirky types I tend to get along with in the best way possible. So this time around, while I’m not back at the same place I worked at for eleven years, the change in scenery is welcome as is the company’s more scaled-down approach to art. And so far, I’ve been getting along with the staff, and things have been pretty fun despite the inevitable fatigue from being on one’s feet for eight hours.

Another good thing is that Andy’s able to cut down on his hours – also for his mental health. Really, guys, we’re neither of us getting any younger. Having worked in the same field for over twenty years, he’d like to cut back on work time and slowly ease himself into retirement that way. Mind you, retirement is a long way off, but at least he won’t be saddled with forty weekly hours till then. The man needs a break, as do I, but in a different way. It all balances out in the end.

It sure feels like going full circle for me, which is why I’m even more excited about 2016 than ever. With my new part-time day job, I can enjoy the best of both worlds – the writing / publishing half and the social / physical half – and that’ll allow me the same amount of leeway in writing future books that I enjoyed way back in the day. There’ll certainly be much less pressure to produce content in a shorter, more demanding schedule.

And it’s onward and upward, all y’all!

* There’s also a long, sorry-ass story behind that, but I’d rather focus on positive shit today. Because birthday!

Cover Art: The Romeo and Julian Effect (and a Release Schedule Tweak)

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I’ve been sitting on this for a wee bit now, but better late than never, as the saying goes. The cover art for The Romeo and Julian Effect is here, and while the publisher doesn’t have the book page up yet, I can still share the blurb. Please note it’s not the final edited / cleaned up version of the blurb, which will be used at the publisher’s site.


Intimidation from the underworld is escalating, this time involving a person from Sheridan’s past who really shouldn’t be hanging around Sheridan if he knew what’s best for him. Shapeshifting demons come out to harass Sheridan in the most hilariously bizarre ways imaginable, and with the help of defensive-wish-granting knight, Clonia, and some space-age technology, Sheridan proves himself a worthy opponent.

In the meantime, Yuli Soulweaver’s beginning to display alarming symptoms of fatigue, possibly from the prince’s constant crossing over between two worlds in order to court Sheridan—unless a more ominous reason lies behind Yuli’s spiraling weakness.

Nobody messes with a Diggins, however, and the more Sheridan meets resistance from antagonistic entities from the underworld, the harder he fights back. Disgruntled immortals might very well be in for a huge surprise in their campaign of terror against a young colonist with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

This is the third book of The Cecilian Blue-Collar Chronicles, my sci-fi spoof series. The title is in reference to “the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ effect”, which, in a nutshell, is sort of like escalating defiance in answer to resistance. In other words, a pair of lovers, in the face of others’ disapproval of, and resistance to, their relationship, double down on their bond in defiance rather than buckle under the pressure. Something like that.

The book will be out in September, and I’ll be doing an e-book giveaway for it. This time I’ll be offering free copies of the novella series up to the third book. If you prefer to wait till the fourth book’s release, I’ll be offering the entire series for that giveaway in December.

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And a bit of a heads up regarding the next YA novella, The Flowers of St. Aloysius (still tentatively titled) – I’m going to need a little more time on that book, so I emailed my publisher and asked to push the release date to January instead of November. I’d have gone for December, but I’ve already got the fourth Sheridan Diggins book coming out that month, and we’re only allowed one book release per month at JMS Books / Queerteen Press.

But I’m cool with the gap, and it actually allows me more breathing room than usual. I want to put in as much time and care into this book as I can as the plot’s more complicated than Ansel of Pryor House. I also find myself going back and rewriting a number of scenes – more so than usual as well – hence the need for extra time on it.

I mentioned previously that there’s a chance I’ll be taking a break from writing YA books next year. I’m leaning more and more in that direction, which means adult stuff coming from me either in long novella or novel formats. The break will be much appreciated as it’s increasingly needed as far as I can see, given the sluggishness of my writing pace and the constant rewrites before the first draft is even done. I mean I normally rewrite and revise as I go, but not to this extent. I’m looking at this as a red flag of sorts, a bit of a kick in the ass in favor of an extended hiatus. The genres will stay the same, however, even if the target demographic changes.

Oh, and I guess it goes without saying that when I refer to adult fiction from me, it means college-age characters (as you’ve probably already noticed from my backlist). I’ll admit to being someone who’s not too keen on the New Adult marketing label, but as I’m very comfortable writing about young people and coming-of-age stories, “New Adult” is pretty much how I’d describe my adult stuff.