It Has a Title, My Darlings, and I’m Obsessed With Obsession, Apparently

And so, as always, my WordPress blog is behind Twitter on updates, necessitating another round of thinky-thoughts on whether or not this is worth keeping. Dunno. I’ll continue to sit on it till the days comes for me to renew my WP upgrades and so on.

Anyhoo…

My AU 19th century Romanian novel is complete, the first-ish draft currently at 57K words. It’s “first-ish” only because I revise and edit along the way, so who knows what official draft the current incarnation really is.

It also has a title: Children of Hyacinth. Because I said so. >_> Just kidding. There is, of course, a reason behind that, and you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is. Har.

A young Joshua Bell. I used this image of him as inspiration for Iulian Dalca.

So watch this space for more updates on release dates, cover art, etc. You know the drill.

I’ve also started to think about the next book, which I hope to begin work on in April, maybe even overlapping the release of Children of Hyacinth. I at first thought about writing something more lighthearted, seeing as how all of the books I’ve written that’re set in this progressive AU 19th century Europe are pretty dark. Children of Hyacinth is just as dark as the others, and I wondered if I should lighten things up a bit with the next one, which will take place in Scandinavia (maybe Norway?).

The more I think about this series of non-related books, though, the more I realize a connecting thread to some extent, and that’s the theme of obsession. I appear to be hung up (obsessed!) with it, apparently. It’s pretty obvious with Guardian Angel and The Flowers of St. Aloysius and a little more subtle in Hell-Knights. Children of Hyacinth follows the same levels of obsession as the first two books.

This song:

Encapsulates the theme of obsession the way I want to explore it in a future book. Dark, obsessive, creepy “love”. Definitely not the sort of subject to pursue in a lighthearted historical fantasy romance. So for the rom-com-ish story idea I have, I’ll have to shelve it for the time being. The story idea for the Germany novel I plan for the end of the year is definitely, DEFINITELY dark.

Unsurprisingly, the more I take the general plot apart, the more obvious the obsession subject becomes in that Germany-centric novel.

So, yeah – we’ll be dipping into another dark, gothic romance novel for the summer. Then who knows? When 2018 rolls around, I might be doing a complete 180 and will be drowning you all in comedy.

Now Available: ‘Hell-Knights’

My newest gay New Adult historical fantasy novel is finally here.

TITLE: Hell-Knights
CATEGORIES: gay | new adult | gothic | historical fantasy | alternate universe | romance | victorian | paranormal
LENGTH: 111,787 words
PURCHASE LINKS: Amazon (e-book) | Amazon (print ) | All Romance E-Books | Createspace (print) | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Here’s the blurb:

Decima is a centuries-old Italian city on the water, a vanity project meant to be a fairy tale escape for the titled and the privileged. But something in the distant past had turned it into a murky, putrid dreamscape instead, a crumbling city haunted by a scourge of revenants whose origins and purpose now seem destined to be hidden in the shadows forever. Not even the brave, dogged attempts at fighting midnight creatures by the descendants of a select bloodline can rid the city of the near-daily threat.

Michele De Santis is a young minor sorcerer, a reluctant champion who, along with his twin sister and his cousin, has lost too much through the years and has resigned himself to a life of endless midnight hunts while selling healing and protection spells and artifacts during the day. A life of loneliness, of a forced solitude in a desperate bid at keeping collateral damage at a minimum appears to be his only future.

When long-dead corpses suddenly turn without vampire bites, logical patterns no longer hold true, leaving the weary hunters baffled and unsure for the first time. Decima’s bronze guardians fall silent for no reason, a dark, binding spell muting their warnings. A long-abandoned church shows signs of life in the most grotesque ways imaginable. And everything seems to point to an unknown threat, one that’s long lain dormant but has been awakened by the arrival of a young English heir and his amateur antiquarian uncle.

Romance and the gothic layer ‘Hell-Knights’ with the dark, rich textures of an alternate universe Europe, a nineteenth century world where magic reigns supreme, and love knows no gender.

I’ll be doing an e-book giveaway over at The Novel Approach on Thursday (Nov. 17), so watch this space. For that promo, two e-book copies will be up for grabs.