A Queen from the North gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly

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After the Gold now a BookLife Prize Semi Finalist!

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After the Gold has been named a Semi Finalist in the BookLife Prize from Publisher’s Weekly with this round’s judge saying, “Figure skating fans will delight in this fun and engaging new work, rooting for Katie and Brendan long after they leave the ice.”

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After the Gold also received a perfect 10 out of 10 evaluation. We couldn’t be happier, especially with the kind words for our heroine Katie. We don’t think she’s difficult to love, but it’s still a great relief to see reviewers agree with us.

Finalists for the prize will be named November 1st! Keep your fingers crossed!

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After the Gold named a BookLife Prize Quarter Finalist!

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After the Gold has been named a Quarter Finalist in the BookLife Prize from Publisher’s Weekly with this round’s judge saying, “Figure skating fans will delight in this fun and engaging new work, rooting for Katie and Brendan long after they leave the ice.”

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After the Gold also received a perfect 10 out of 10 evaluation. We couldn’t be happier, especially with the kind words for our heroine Katie. We don’t think she’s difficult to love, but it’s still a great relief to see reviewers agree with us.

Semi-finalists for the prize will be named October 1st! Keep your fingers crossed!

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Evergreen re-release now available for preorder

evergreen_new2Available on all major ebook retailers December 11, 2018. Pre-order on Amazon now.

Home is where the heart is. Especially around the holidays. But when your life — and your loves — are scattered around the country, navigating the winter season can be hard.

When bisexual, polyamorous TV star Liam Campbell returns home to New York City for Christmas he discovers his best friend (with benefits) Charles has recently embarked on a new, serious relationship. Thrown by the shifting nature of that connection, Liam seeks advice from his chosen family of ex-lovers, current lovers, and colleagues. But with each of them focused on their own pursuit of holiday cheer, Liam is forced to put his fear aside, take a deep breath, and ask for what he wants.

This holiday season novella is book 1.5 in the Love in Los Angeles series. While this is low-angst and high-heat story, please be aware that the larger series is high-angst and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

This title was previously published by Torquere Press. This is a newly updated, expanded, and revised edition.

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Cardinal is out, and sales are on!

CardinalFinalWoooooooooo, so, book 4 in the Love in Los Angeles series is finally out!

Hollywood mainstay J. Alex Cook has a growing family – and a growing career. But as he makes the move from television regular to blockbuster film star, the media scrutiny he’s never wanted gets more intense than he expects.

Returning to his childhood home in Indiana to confront his sister and their troubled past, Alex’s vision for his future is thrown into turmoil. Forced to realize that sometimes space is the only way to grow closer to the ones you love, Alex sets off on an international adventure that will change the way he views life, love, and logistics forever.

Please be aware, this is a high-heat, high-angst M/M romance and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

You can get it here: books2read.com/u/boZdOV – will get you to Amazon and many many many online retailers including B&N and Kobo and Apple and Google and more.

If you need to catch up:

Starling is currently on sale for $.99 through September 3 books2read.com/u/mleyR9 will get you to Amazon and many many many online retailers including B&N and Kobo and Apple and Google and more).

Or you can grab books 1 – 3 in one volume for $5.99 always books2read.com/u/bxZ5Rk will get you to Amazon and many many many online retailers including B&N and Kobo and Apple and Google and more.

Please consider this content note before embarking on this series: https://avian30.com/2018/07/31/cardinal-love-in-los-angeles-4-content-information-post/

Cardinal paperback will be out later in September.

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Just because it’s not how you love, doesn’t mean it’s not love

artofToday has been a little odd. And this is going to be a little long.

This weekend, Erin and I are participating in OutWrite, a queer literary event in Washington DC. I’m doing a panel and a reading, we’re seeing friends and selling books, and we’re super excited. This year, we’re even more excited because we just got word that an excerpt of The Art of Three is going to appear in MetroWeekly, DC’s longest running gay weekly, which has been in operation since 1994, the year I left Washington DC after completing university and working, briefly, at the legendary Lambda Rising. What a weird, magical, full-circle moment. Especially for a book that is odd, personal, and despite being wildly gentle, was a genuinely terrible ordeal for Erin and I to write. There was a lot of crying involved through which we found the theme of that story, as well as the theme of trying to be ambitious people with complicated lives: You can change your life without blowing it up. You can build on what you have. You can find your way home.

Today, we also received our RITA scores for The Art of Three and A Queen from the North. Neither book finaled, which is fine. A Queen from the North did exactly as we expected in terms of scores. The Art of Three actually did too, even though those scored ranged from 3.6 to 9.5.

But hey, it’s not a book for everyone. Low-heat polyamory doesn’t show up in romance a lot. And the book’s pace is slow. While it was named a winner in the Bisexual Romance category in this year’s Rainbow Awards, we weren’t expecting anything from the RITAs other than a huge range of scores, and we’re completely happy with that. Seeing how niche romance lands for a relatively random selection of romance professionals is a super valuable experience.

Here’s what we’re not happy with:

When judging the RITAs, judges must answer whether the book contains a central romance and whether the book has an ending which is satisfying and optimistic. And one judge said no.

Here’s the central story of The Art of Three: A happily married couple who have been polyamorous for their entire 20+ year marriage have a relationship with a younger man with whom they form a polyfidelitous triad. An unexpected pregnancy within that triad  is then received with joy.

Here are the supporting stories of The Art of Three: The younger hero’s sister with Down Sydrome gets engaged to her boyfriend. One adult daughter of the married couple gets married. Another adult daughter of the married couple gets engaged. A third adult daughter of the married couple has a baby. The older hero learns how to be a better husband and father. The heroine learns she can have everything she wants with the support of men who love her. The younger hero falls in love, has a family, and strengthens his relationship with his supportive parents. Also in the book? What it means to have survived generational trauma with joy and love — whether that trauma be the AIDS plague years,  the damage done to women and families by the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, or the erasure of faith in the heritage of those who are of converso Jewish backgrounds

So I don’t care if someone gave the book 3.6. Maybe you were bored. Maybe you hated the characters. Maybe you don’t like our prose. Maybe you really wanted a higher heat level. But don’t tell me it’s not love. Don’t tell me it’s not optimistic.

The great joy and problem of romance is that it’s always personal. Whether a given book reflects our relationship(s) or not, it does reflect what we think love is. And to tell any author polyamory can’t be love or that bisexual people can’t be loved is profoundly ugly. And that’s what happened for us today.

But hey, tomorrow, 45,000 people will get to read an excerpt of a story I cried my way through Europe to write. And one day, the damn bigots will get out of the RWA, and Erin and I will earn our 3.6’s on the merits of our storytelling and not the judgement of our identities and lives.

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Cardinal (Love in Los Angeles 4) content information post

CardinalFinalHi! We’re really excited Cardinal will be out in the world soon (August 28, 2018), but as this has always been a series about imperfect people dealing imperfectly with trauma we wanted to provide you some content information about this book.

As ever, if you need more details (specific question, chapter numbers, etc) we’re happy to provide once we have the final formatted file.

Cardinal contains the following content you may wish to be aware of in advance of reading:

Discussion of intense dietary choices to look a certain way for an acting role (being bulkier/more muscular for what’s basically a super hero movie) and then intense dietary choices to reverse that. There is no discussion of eating disorders but these choices aren’t entirely non-toxic. This is a minor thread that shows up for maybe four sentences about four times in the course of the novel. It’s a background thread, not a plot line.

Discussion of past family violence, which has been mentioned earlier in the series, is mentioned again. Alex’s sister, Delilah is a character in this book. She’s out of prison and Alex is not emotionally prepared for this, in part because of two times she threatened him when they were both children.

Discussion of a male character being threatened with sexual assault in his past. Assault threat is not descriptive. Assault did not take place. Character was not touched in any way during the threat. The person making the threat, however had a gun. This scene is brief and not graphic but is emotionally very hard. It’s in the Indiana section of the book, and it’s telegraphed pretty clearly that it’s coming, but we can let you know chapter or page numbers once formatting is done.

Repeated reference to a childhood incident in which one of the characters almost drowned in a lake on his family’s property. Incident is not described with any detail.

Discussion of Catholicism as the subject of a TV show in the narrative. This discussion is neither pro- nor anti- faith, nor does it address any church scandals.

There is other content in this book that doesn’t need a warning, but may cause some readers to worry something bad is going to happen. We would like to assure you of the following:

The trans woman introduced in this book experiences no transphobia or sexism or violence; the fact that she is trans is not framed as a secret anyone discovers, and she gets a happy, romantic enemies-to-lovers narrative in which the fact that she is trans is not an issue in the relationship progression.

In fact, no one experiences any violence whatsoever in the present timeline of the book.

There are several children in this book. Nothing bad happens to any of them.

All animals in this book are happy and healthy for the entire book.

We would also like to remind you of the following:

This series includes both monogamish and polyamorous characters some of whom are still figuring their deal out. While there is no cheating in this book, there is consensual non-monogamy.

Characters use harsh, and sometimes cruel, language, often as regards the mental health issues they themselves are navigating.

All of that said:

Cardinal is a hopeful book about finally putting the past to rest and finding out your future is much better — and fuller and richer and stranger — than you ever thought it could be. It is book 4 in a series that needs to be read in order.

The Love in Los Angeles series will contain two more full-length novels, book 5 Kinglet and a book 6, which is not yet titled.

Any questions, you can email us at erin.and.racheline@gmail.com or ping us on Twitter and we will answer confidentially and to the best our abilities
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