Cardinal paperback now available!

CardinalFinalCardinal, book 4 in the Love in Los Angeles series is now available in paperback!

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.

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Love in Los Angeles series in print!

Lila-1-3The big beautiful single volume trade paperback edition of books 1-3 (Starling, Doves, Phoenix) of the Love in Los Angeles series is now available in print! We’ll do a matching set for books 4-6 when the series is complete.

Introvert. Ingenue. Accidental celebrity.

Hollywood’s newest star, 21-year-old J. Alex Cook never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to get out of Indiana. But when he hooks up with Paul, a writer on a hit TV show, Alex is thrown into a web of relationships involving friends, lovers, and everything in between.

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

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After the Gold now a finalist for the BookLife Prize

AtG_finalistAfter the Gold was named one of six finalists for the BookLife Prize! Judge Rebekah Weatherspoon says,  “McRae and Maltese craft a light, yet magnetic tale of life and love after professional sports that explores what happens when two people must decide if what’s between them has been for the cameras or what is truly in their hearts.”

The winner of the BookLife Prize will be announced on December 17, 2018! Cross your fingers for us! A win here will allow us to prioritize more skating-related books (we have three to four we’re tossing around, all of which will include Katie and Brendan but will focus on new characters and new relationships).

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What we’re working on right now

Just a quick update on various things we’re currently working on:

  • A short book about self-publishing and how to create self-published books that mimic the experience — for readers, reviewers, and store buyers — of traditionally published novels. Consider this less a how-to book and more a strategic/tactical guide to successful self-publishing based on our own experiences. Our goal is to have this out by the end of NaNoWriMo and have it available during preorder and the initial release period for $.99. It will go up to $2.99 later.
  • The Evergreen rerelease. Love in Los Angeles fans, don’t forget to preorder!
  • We are still available for editing work, although not until 2019! More information here: https://avian30.com/editing-services/
  • We’re working on edits on our May/December romance, The Opposite of Drowning. Set in the world of non-fiction publishing, this book leans heavily on the myth of Ys and we expect to be able to announce the release date in early January.
  • And yes, we are working on George’s book for the sequel to A Queen from the NorthIt’s called A Royal of Ravens and we don’t have a release schedule yet.
  • More vaguely, we’re also working on sequels (yes, more than one!) to After the Gold, featuring new couples and romances, but with Katie and Brendan has supporting characters as well as an espionage series we’ve been talking about forever (um, which might cross over with some of our other projects, because why not?!).
  • P.S., since some of you asked — while we’re not deeply working on them yet, there will be two more full-length Love in Los Angeles books. It was created as a six book series and we will finish it! Meanwhile, paperbacks of Cardinal and the books 1 – 3 box set will be available soon.
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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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