Erin’s baby is here!

Please welcome Haley Orion to the world!  (Yes, Erin told me I could post on the social media now, but you’ll have to wait on her for pictures).

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A Queen from the North gets reviewed on SBTB… and some sequel news

logo_sm.pngWoo! So first of all, the official Smart Bitches Trashy Books review is up for QFTN and it’s a very happy-making B+. I love reviews because they see things/themes in books that we don’t always see as writers.

Since, the review mentions sequel hints, and we also get asked the following things about the sequel all the time, below is some stuff:

  • queenfromebook-1Yes, the next book is about George.
  • No, it’s not a coming out story (much of that will have happened in the space between QFTN and the sequel). It’s just a romance novel. Being a witch in the ruling family of a politically unstable, superstitious, constitutional monarchy, George has other stuff going on.
  • I know George’s gq/nbness is legitimately framed as a spoiler for many readers (and that’s fine – everyone should talk about the book the way they want to talk about the book), but as a gq/nb person I’m not like super into guarding that secret, because I want people to know this character exists and also that narrative isn’t about what can sometimes feel to nb/gq people like a cis/het concern about deception.
  • We will address some more what’s up with Ireland some in this book, but that will be the main focus of the third book.
  • Yes, more politics throughout.
  • Yes, more magic.
  • More biiiiiiiiiiiiiiirds.
  • Timeline in terms of when it’ll be done? We have no idea. We think it’ll be easier to write than the first one (which was not easy to write) but we’ll see?
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A Queen from the North on SBTB podcast

A Queen from the North just got a lovely shout out on the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Podcast episode 257queenfromebook-1.

sbtbpodcastRHG: – it was books about Edinburgh and York? Somebody recommended A Queen from the North

Sarah: Ooh!

RHG: – and I don’t have the author’s name, but you’ll find it. And it’s an alternate history in which the War of the Roses didn’t really end?

Sarah: Uh-oh!

RHG: And it’s now modern times, and the, the Prince of Wales needs a wife real fast for reasons, and he proposes to basically the last daughter of the House of York, and ridiculousness and shenanigans ensue, and it’s really, really good.

Sarah: Awesome!

RHG: I could not put it down. I was at the Tall Ships Regatta in Boston a couple of weeks ago, and I’m like, ships, or I could finish my book.

Sarah: Yep.

RHG: Ships or I could – the ships’ll be there. I need to, I need to read this for a bit. So that, that is my current recommendation.

You should check out the whole episode for hilarious tentacle talk and great recommendations (with and without tentacles)!

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Racheline reads at the New York Review of Science Fiction Summer Reading Series

On July 6, I’ll be reading from my and Erin’s latest release, A Queen from the North, at the NY Review of Science Fiction. See the Facebook event page for more details!


Two months ago, guest curator Amy Goldschlager presented us with an evening of writers from the innovative publishing platform, Serial Box. Well, good cereals often have great prizes in their box that you only discover after you’ve consumed a lot of it. Guest curator Paul Witcover (another emeritus of the series) is teaming up with Racheline Maltese, both contributors to Serial Box’s Tremontaine (created by Ellen Kushner), to inaugurate our Summer Series.

Paul Witcover is the author of five novels, including most recently The Watchman of Eternity. He has been a contributing writer on all three seasons of the serial novel Tremontaine at He has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and Locus awards, and his first novel, Waking Beauty, was shortlisted for the Tiptree Award.

Racheline Maltese can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how to drive a car. With Erin McRae she writes romances about fame, public life, and other forms of witchcraft. Their most recent novel, A Queen from the North, is a contemporary royal romance about magic and marriage in a not-so-united kingdom where the Wars of the Roses have never ended. Racheline is also a writer and producer on Serial Box Publishing’s Tremontaine.

The NYRSF Readings Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and space, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list, the Web, and Facebook.

The Cafe has excellent food, a coffee bar, beer and wine. The Jenna freebie table will offer books and goodies, as will the raffle for any who donate.

The Brooklyn Commons at 388 Atlantic Avenue is an open and collaborative movement building space, only minutes away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Atlantic Avenue subway stops in downtown Brooklyn. The Commons provides resources to the progressive community including affordable office and meeting spaces as well as an event venue that can host anything from parties and benefits to forums, performances, films and workshops. If you are interested in meeting or event space, please contact them at

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The Omega’s Reluctant Alpha – free through July 5!

We’ll be taking The Omega’s Reluctant Alpha out of KU soon, meaning you’ll be able to buy it on any of the major distributor sites. But! Before it goes, we’ve set it free for everyone for the next few days.

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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.

(Shifters are much better at consent than the vampires, for those keeping track).

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Starling just $.99 through July 5!

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Starling in its reedited form is now available in ebook and paperback on sites beyond Amazon — and it’s on sale! From July 1 – July 5, you can get the ebook of Book 1 of our Love in Los Angeles series for $.99 from your favorite retailer!

Starling is a high-heat, high-angst M/M romance.

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | GooglePlay | Kobo


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Snare – Free through July 5!

We’ll be taking Snare out of KU soon, meaning you’ll be able to buy it on any of the major distributor sites. But! Before it goes, we’ve set it free for everyone for the next few days.

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When Elliot Iverson, a municipal employee responsible for paperwork pertaining to New York City’s vampire population, knocks on the door of the Gramercy warren, he wants only to resolve a clerical error. But a sudden snowstorm, a new friendship, and an ill-advised threesome force Elliot to make some big choices about his own life and death.

Please be aware that this story contains some consent issues and is HFN. I wouldn’t call it dark romance, but it’s for sure creepy and has some not nice people in it. It’s not for everyone.


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