Tremontaine S2 launches!

trs2e1It’s the first day of Tremontaine S1, with Ellen Kushner’s episode “Convocation.”

All eyes are on Duchess Diane Tremontaine at the Convocation, an annual soiree that opens the Council of Lords. With her mad husband exiled to the country, Diane is on the hunt for a new lover and better fortunes. But the path to power—and revenge—is never without obstacles.

Welcome to Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Keep your wit as sharp as your steel in this world where politics is everything and outcasts are the tastemakers.

As with last season, I’m producing and co-wrote an episode, this year with Paul Witcover.

Tremontaine is available in print and audio. It’s not a romance and not all the endings are happy (I describe this season as The Empire Strikes Back — it’s dark and we enjoyed hurting our characters), but it contains lots of romantic relationships of lots of varieties (M/F, F/F, M/M; also P.S. this season has a somewhat higher heat level than S1), and a diverse array of characters in terms of race, size, orientation, and disability.

Serial Box  | Amazon | B&N | Google Play

If you still need to catch up with season 1, it is still available at all those locations and will also be available in print in 2017 from Simon & Schuster’s SAGA Press.

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Tremontaine Season 2 launches October 19!

That’s right…it’s back.

unnamedIn a city that never was, sex, scandal, and swordplay combine in a melodrama of manners that takes readers to a world inspired by Elizabethan London, 18th century Paris, and 1980s New York City. Sexuality is fluid, politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers. Intrigue is afoot when a Duchess, a scholar, a swordswoman, and a genius, are brought together by long-buried lies and truths that cannot be denied.

Season 2 of Tremontaine begins October 19! Catch up on season 1 now, or subscribe to season 2.

Written by: Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Mary Anne Mohanraj.

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GfY and the Love’s Labours series

There’s an important, ongoing discussion in Romancelandia about “Gay for You” books. That is, M/M romances where one or more of the main characters has never been attracted to men before. But things happen and our hero makes an exception for his one true love.

Quite reasonably, this particular trope causes a lot of frustration for bisexual people (among others) in the romance community, because it is, among other things, bi-erasing. Invariably, a bisexual author will post about their feelings on this subject and other authors will then weigh in. When it gets messy isn’t around disagreement between queer authors on this subject (it exists), but when straight authors tell bisexual authors how they should feel about this trope. (In general, telling people how to feel about things is how stuff goes wrong, but so it goes).

This post is not about my and Erin’s opinion on this trope as bisexual authors or anything else (lots of people have already written great think pieces on this we don’t need to replicate). Rather, we just want to clarify what our Love’s Labours books Midsummer and Twelfth Night contain, since early on in their lives we referred to them as GfY as that seemed necessary to capture the reading audience. We regret that choice now for the reasons outlined above and because a couple of years into this romance writing thing we’ve realized we don’t need to try to squish our books into boxes that don’t quite fit (and are at times troubling) to find readers. Also, flat out, we’re sorry if we’ve contributed to any shittiness in a genre that is certainly experiencing some growing pains.

The relationship in these books is between a gay man and a man who has never found himself attracted to men before. This man does not devalue his past with women (he has an ex-wife unrelated to the new relationship with whom he is close friends); it does not stop him from continuing to be attracted to women; and it leads him and his boyfriend to discuss labels, what they mean, why they are or aren’t important, and which he prefers (queer or bi). Additionally, this character doesn’t deal with much internalized homophobia; he’s much more concerned his boyfriend might be a changeling.

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Cover release and pre-order dates for The Art of Three and A Queen from the North

We’ve been working with Victoria Cooper Art on the cover designs for our upcoming books The Art of Three and A Queen from the North, as well as for the Love in Love Angeles relaunch.

We’re so excited to share these new covers with you, but alas, that won’t be until next year. Pre-orders will launch the same day as the cover reveal. Below is the tiniest hint of what’s to come!

artofthree_promo     qftn_promo

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Big Changes (or, an important announcement about availability of some titles)

As some of you may have noticed, Erin and I have recently taken some small steps into being hybrid authors (that is, authors who work with publishers and also self-publish) with a few shorts placed in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

As of today, we’re taking a much bigger step in that direction, having reacquired the rights to all our titles with Torquere Press, including those in the Love in Los Angeles series and our forthcoming releases, The Art of Three and A Queen from the North.

What does all of this mean for you? Lots of good things!

First, our titles originally released by Torquere will soon cease to be available through their website or any distributor. But never fear! They will be back. While we’re still working out a calendar of re-release dates, we can report the following:

Starling, Doves, and Phoenix will be re-edited to get the love they always deserved and rereleased with new covers in 2017, as a lead up to the release of book 4 in the series, Cardinal. The books will be available in print and digital editions across multiple distributors. Evergreen, the Liam-centric Christmas novella, will also be re-released as part of this effort. We will also be looking towards producing audiobook editions of this series. Which, yes, is still slated for six books.

Short stories, novellas, and novelettes will begin being re-released digitally within 30 days of their removal from distributor sites. These will also have new covers and fresh edits. Some of these stories will be released across all distributors and some will go to KU for a period before being released to all distributors.

We will also begin to compile two anthologies of our short stories and novelettes — one featuring paranormal romance stories, and one featuring contemporary stories. These will be released in print and digital across multiple distributors when they reach an appropriate length. We’ll be writing some new shorts to make that happen.

The Art of Three, our low-heat polyamorous MMF romance novel featuring the formation of a multinational poly triad and a 48-year-old heroine will remain on the same release schedule, and will be in your hands — print and digital — March 28, 2017. We will also be looking towards producing an audiobook edition of this title.

A Queen from the North, our contemporary royal romance set in a not-so-United Kingdom still riven with the wounds from the Wars of the Roses, will also remain on the same release schedule, and will be in your hands — print and digital — May 23,2017. We will also be looking towards producing an audiobook edition of this title.

New works continue to be developed. Some we may self-publish; some we will publish traditionally.

There is no change in status, or intent to change the status, of our works with Dreamspinner Press or Cleis Press or for our recently signed contract with Riptide Publishing for our first F/F title, Desperate Needs.

We are excited about these changes, and love the editorial and creative team we’ve assembled to make our new releases and our re-releases the very best they can be.

We also want to take this moment to thank Torquere for its support and enthusiasm for our, at times, eclectic work. We wouldn’t be where we are, or able to take this step, without them.

If you have any questions, you know where to find us. We’ll post release schedules as soon as we have them sorted. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to update our website and marketing materials to reflect these new changes. This month’s newsletter will go out after the approaching holiday weekend.

Thank you for coming along for the ride!

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New project, new contract… and it’s F/F!

While I’m holiday (a holiday consumed with editing, producing and behind devoured by sand flies) and Erin is recovering from hanging out with my cats and seeing Hamilton, we have some news!

We’ve just signed a contract for Desperate Needs, our first F/F romance to be published by Riptide Publishing probably in 2018. Desperate Needs will be part of a multi-author series of interlinked books that all center around a private social club for women who love women with branches in New York and Los Angeles.

Here’s the pitch blurb on the book (although P.S., character names may change because sometimes we’re persnickety like that):

Diane Darling is the daughter of a dynasty. Although she has been raised since birth to walk red carpets and carry on her parents A-list acting legacy, Diane fancies herself an auteur. There’s just one problem: Securing financing from a Hollywood money machine that only puts women in the director’s chair 10% of the time.

Diane thinks she’s found her big break when her parents’ connections lead her to Walter Bancroft, a successful producer responsible for two of the last decade’s Best Picture winners. But when he offers to pony up 80% of the funds she needs to film her movie, Diane finds out his largesse comes with strings–of the casting couch variety.

When Diane turns down the funds, Walter’s wife Cynthia, who has spent years watching her husband “help” creative women while her own life has been devoted to supporting Walter’s career, catches her on the way out. She hands Diane a business card for the Rose and Thorns and suggests Diane might find allies, and funds, there.

As Diane follows the lead provided to her by Cynthia, she encounters a whole world of female power players the Hollywood myth told her never existed. She also discovers that Walter has a long record of preying on women looking to get ahead. With the aid of Cynthia and her new friends, Diane sets about making her movie, bringing down Walter, and winning Cynthia’s heart for her very own.

We’ll be posting more about this series, including all the participating authors as they announce on their own social media!

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Did you know we’re self-publishing?

Okay, only a little. Mostly, we’re still working with the great teams at Torquere, Dreamspinner, Cleis, and more, but we’ve also begun to get our rights back on various short stories and have been re-editing them and re-releasing them.

While eventually we’ll release these titles with other distributors and do a collection of short stories you can also buy in print, right now, these two re-releases are available via Kindle Unlimited or for $.99 each on Amazon.


Lake Effect

When Kyle and Daniel return to their hometown to get married, they find themselves facing an obstacle course of family drama and small-town misadventure. Relatives misbehave, a reformed high school bully shares some surprising news, and the wedding party is in crisis.

But all the chaos only cements Kyle and Daniel’s desire… for each other and their own happily ever after!

This story previously appeared in They Do, an anthology published by Torquere Press, June 2014.


reluctant2The Omega’s Reluctant Alpha

When young omega and newly minted lawyer Andrew takes a job at a local Savannah law firm, he struggles to hide his uncontrolled shifting. Luckily for him, the firm’s owner, William, offers to help, ensuring they both get a lot more than they bargained for!

Previously appeared in His Animal Instinct: More Tales of Wild Pleasure, March 2016.

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