Back in Brooklyn

debutantesAfter a number of misadventures in Europe (a debutante ball sponsored by the bakery industry in Vienna; a quest to meet Canada’s hottie Prime Minister at the World Economic Forum in Davos; a night stranded in Munich trying to get to Milan; and my war with London’s District Line while saying in room number 007 at a hotel in Bayswater), I am back in the States — jet-lagged and desperately trying to catch up while Erin continues to valiantly hold down the literary fort.

But we do have some news for you:

Snare, our New York as vampire prison island novella, will be out from Torquere Press on June 22, 2016.

Season 2 of Tremontaine is underway from the writing and production side, and you’ll be able to get your hands on that this fall. Related news is also forthcoming.

londonThe Art of Three, our MMF poly triad novel set in London, Dublin, and a small town on the coast of Spain, is first-draft complete and we are now working on the second draft. We think it’s in pretty good shape, and look forward to getting that out into the next phase of the process soon.

I did also want to mention, since many of our works are fairly erotic, The Art of Three isn’t. Some of our characters work out their issues through sex, but Jamie, Callum, and Nerea — the central characters of this book — don’t center their communication problems and successes in the bedroom so we haven’t centered our writing there this time around. We also really wanted to write a poly novel that was accessible to all readers regardless of where they draw the line with heat level in their reading.

If you want to keep track of all our pending projects, don’t forget you can see a quasi-complete list here: http://avian30.com/books/in-progress/.

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WRAFTAS nominations

wroteawardThe delightful folks over at WROTE are hosting a series of awards (the WRAFTAS) related to author appearances on their podcast and have nominated Erin and I for several, for which we are both thankful and amused!

You can get more information (and vote when applicable) at WROTE’s Facebook Group and at their Soundcloud post. The WROTE team tells us the specific award names will be announced during their podcast ceremony at the end of this month.

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Free Read: Alex Learns to Rock Climb

free2readLiam can never take him anywhere.

Originally published in our June 2015 newsletter


Alex hates network parties.  Everyone has to pretend they’re like some sort of reward, but they’re really just another dumb — and time consuming — marketing thing he has to be a part of. If he were farther down the food chain, like the PA he should still be, and lucky enough to score an invite, he’d be a lot more enthused.  The free food and drink situation is epic even if the carts with the multiple flavors of artisanal popcorn are sort of weird and excessive.

“Please tell me we don’t have to stay long,” Alex says through his teeth as he and Paul smile for a staff photographer. He feels guilty for his misery, because Paul should, absolutely, be taking this opportunity to network.

“We don’t have to do anything,” Paul says.  “In fact, you can even leave early if you want.”

“I can, but it’s more fun if you come with.”

“Well, you try to have fun; I’ll try to be bored, and maybe we’ll sync up,” Paul says.

Alex elbows him half-heartedly.  Paul’s the only one who can tease him like this, but he’s still not entirely sure he likes it.

“Oh, hey, climbing wall,” Alex says at the exact same moment Paul points out that one of the popcorn carts has some in a sickly pink color that’s supposed to be guava.  Alex can’t escape fast enough.

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Free Read: Alex and Gemma in L.A.

free2readOriginally published in our May 2015 newsletter. To stay up to date with Avian30 news and bonus content, sign up for our newsletter here!

Takes place before the beginning of Starling (Love in Los Angeles Book 1)

Over many emails and Skype calls Gemma gathered the impression that Alex is athletic, far too brilliant for his tiny hometown, and relentlessly determined to get out of said hometown. It turns out that in person Alex is tiny, disarmingly sly, and completely useless.  To the extent that it doesn’t make Gemma want to beat her head into the uneven door jam of their terrible new apartment they pay for in cash, she finds it kind of endearing.  But mostly Alex is a disaster.

It’s not just that he doesn’t have a bank account or understand why she’s so insistent that he open one.  It’s that he doesn’t know how to do anything.  Gemma has to show him how to use public transit because she’d like to go out and get a drink with him somewhere that isn’t their sketchtastic neighborhood, and it’s not like either of them can afford to take a cab.

Unfortunately, it takes them very little time to discover that nowhere will serve them that isn’t in their sketchtastic neighborhood.

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Now announcing Free Reads!

free2readIf you for some reason have been poking around the site recently, you may have have noticed that we’ve updated our books pages. Our newest addition is a Free Reads section, which you can get to from the ‘Books and More’ menu up at the top of the site. This section is going to be home to a lot of bonus content and extras from all of our books. And now, we’re going to begin publishing back-dated exclusive stories from our newsletters. These stories won’t be published on the blog until about three months after they go out in a newsletter, so if you don’t want to wait that long, you can always sign up for our newsletter here.

And now, our first free read, from way back in April 2015. Happy reading (and to those of you on the US East Coast – happy Snowzilla!)


The Fourth Estate Pilot Party. Liam has a plan. Sort of.
Set prior to Starling (LiLA Book 1)

The pilot wrap party is long and ridiculous.  Victor doesn’t let masses of people into his home often, but these events are an exception — tradition and luck and thank you all at once.

Invariably, people stay over.  Someone passes out drunk in a lounger not too close to the pool.  Someone else takes a couch, and will hopefully vacate before the rest of the house wakes in the morning.  The guest bedrooms exist for a reason.  And when Victor retreats upstairs to his own room…

There usually isn’t someone in it.  But Liam has been making eyes at him all night, and now they’re apparently going to have to have this conversation, which is more unappealing for the fact that it is late, and Victor is tired, and he hates other people in his bedroom.

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Happy New Year and the State of the Union

Sorry, political puns. It’s that time of year.

We hope you all had a happy and healthy new year! Erin and I were both travelling — her, back and forth to Rochester for the holidays and a wedding, and me from New York to Ohio to Florida for the same. On Saturday I leave for a month in Europe for my day job, including some research trips elsewhere in Europe.

Meanwhile, we have the following news to report:

Starling CoverThe paperback of Starling is on sale for 65% off. That’s right, you can get the nice shiny trade paperback for less than the cost of a mass market edition. This is one of those random Amazon sale situations and we don’t know how long it will last. http://www.amazon.com/Starling-Love-Angeles-Racheline-Maltese/dp/1610408055

Next, we expect to have a specific releas34-gramercy-park-e_viewe date for Snare, our melancholy gay romance about an alternate New York City that was founded as a vampire prison island, Real Soon Now. Until we announce that, just consider it mid-2016 for this novella.

TremontaineTremontaine continues to tick along, with episode 10 due out this week. Since it’s a done thing in SF/F circles to note what you’ve written that is award eligible during the season, each individual episode is eligible in the Novelette category of the Hugos if you’re a voting member of the convention (I’m not sure what, if anything, the whole season as a single entity is eligible for). I also have to note that Heather Hogan is not only a fan, she even made a Glee joke in a recent review of it; those of you that know how Erin and I started working together, or just how often Hogan and I have agreed (and disagreed!) on Glee will probably be as tickled as me!

A Queen from the North, our contemporary royal romance about a world where the rivalries between the houses of York and Lancaster were never resolved by the War of the Roses, is in the submission process and we hope to have news about it sometime this quarter.

Currently, we’re working on something – an MMF poly-triad romance with a 48-year old heroine, a lot of farce, and a couple of pregnancies – set in London and Spain. It doesn’t even have a working title yet! I recently put out a call on Twitter, and got some great leads I need to follow up with, but I’ll repeat this query here — if you know anything about supportive housing for people with Downs Syndrome in Ireland, please send up a flair. One of the heroes in this story has a sister with a job, a boyfriend, and Downs and we need to get some logistics right.

What’s after all that?  Well, Cardinal, which some of you got a peak at in the most recent edition of our monthly newsletter; an M/F romance about two publishing industry executives on a 30-day romp through Italy; and a couple of unrelated to each other very queer spy novels (is there any other kind?). And no, we haven’t forgotten about Love’s Labours! We do have book three in progress, but are currently strategizing some timing and other issues around it, in part to make sure we can offer you a paperback collection of those novellas (if you’ve read Midsummer and or Twelfth Night, please leave a review on Amazon, that helps expand our options!)

We’ll also be attending a number of book fairs and other events this year, which we’ll announce soon.

So what’s up with you?

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Unlikable Advent Day 11: Ki Brightly

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I don’t really like people, except Rolly. He’s been my best friend forever. And okay, maybe his jackass brothers.

They’re all right.

And Tom and Meaghan are okay.

Sometimes.

TheShapeofHoneycoverartBut, yeah, I don’t like people. If I’m around people too much I start getting this itchy feeling between my shoulder blades. I know I’m about to do something to piss everyone off and I don’t necessarily want to, but …there it is.

I guess I don’t try too hard to stop it.

Like this one time, when Rolly and I were in high school? There we were, sitting at the back of class at our black tables with the Bunsen burners in the middle and I’m thinkin’ about maybe lighting one, because god, chemistry is just fucking boring, and I’m trying to be good because I’m this close…like…a whisker… from getting expelled and my leg starts shaking up and down while Mr. Pratt drones on and on and on about covalent bonds. I start thinking about mating because Greg told us last night he diddled this girl and I’m not sure if I believe him or not, and then I just sort of find myself lighting up the burner anyway, lighting a piece of paper on fire for shits and giggles. Mr. Pratt’s writing shit on the board and I drop it on my notebook when I burn my fingers—then there’s just fire. The sprinklers go off. We all run out, of course, and everything is great for about twenty minutes. Wet fun times. Then I’m getting yelled at by the principle and the vice principle and the fucking secretary (why she cared I don’t know) and Mr. Pratt… and Rolly’s all: “Oh, no. I did it,” because he’s my best friend, after all, and he knows how close I am to getting into so much trouble my mother locks me in the basement to never see the light of day again.

I watched him walk into in school suspension for an entire week after that, my gut clenched.

I mean, I already knew, but after that I really knew that we’re for life friends. Till the end of times friends.

He would die for me.

Problem is, stuff like that just never stopped happening. I would get shit ideas and Rolly would come with me, help me, until finally, one day it landed him in so much trouble even his brothers and I couldn’t’ do shit about it.

He got kicked out of the pack; I didn’t.

I’m sure no one would believe me, but I cried real tears over that shit.

That’s the problem: I’ve been acting this way for so long everyone just thinks that’s me. Shit stirrer. Trouble maker. But I don’t want that to be me forever, and Rolls always saw that. He’s a fucking friend.

And Yulian, his mate, isn’t half bad either.

And for some reason Valeska, my sort of boyfriend, maybe, sees that same thing in me. Treats me like a lady. Maybe someday I’ll be with him, maybe I won’t, but it’s nice that someone out there, other than my best friend, doesn’t think I’m a total lost cause.

If you’re curious about how I got here, living in Ripley, New York sharing an apartment with some of my pack that relocated from Erie, Pennsylvania, rather than rotting in the ground somewhere, you should check out The Shape of Honey.

I’ll spoil it a little for you though. I’m okay thanks to Rolly and Yulian, and I guess maybe Tom and the Witten Brothers, but mostly Rolly.

He’s the best wolf I know.

Book Blurb:

The Shape of Honey by Ki Brightly

Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

Author bio:

Ki Brightly is an author of short and lengthy erotic and romantic (and sometimes both) fiction.

Ki’s hobbies include painting, cooking, eating, and exercising (because of the cooking and eating). Ki is also an established beach bum during the late spring and summer months, which tends to cut into writing time. Occasionally, breaks are taken from the writing process to go to a day job and have snuggles with the husband and kiddos.

Endlessly curious, Ki enjoys reading a variety of books in every genre imaginable, but has been devouring urban fantasy and science fiction of late.

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