Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Story Stuffs - Like No Other

I am taking a social media hiatus for basically my own mental health. I won't get into why, I'm sure most people know anyway.

But I know there were a LOT of people excited about my newest project. I am currently focusing on finally getting two stories that I owe people and am super horribly late on - one, the prize winner for an LT3 giveaway. The other was an auction winner.

The prize story is half done. I hope to tackle it here shortly after I've done a few LT3 things and some editing. That story is called The Toymaker's Hoard, and takes places in Love Tokens verse. It's about a dragon, a human, and a half-faerie (and the grown children of the latter two, who are good at causing trouble).

The second story is also fantasy, but as mentioned on twitter the other day, is basically a mish-mash of Romeo and Juliet and The Count of Monte Cristo. Since so many peeps seemed excited about this one, I thought I'd give a few of the details and such I do know about the story. The working title is Like No Other.

The setting will be loosely inspired by Venice, but rather than a lagoon it's located on the open ocean and doesn't have the sinking problem. It will also be a mish-mash of Italian and Japanese cultures, at it's base inspiration (much like medieval India was the foundation/inspiration for High King).

The "Capulets" are the Ferro family, and Carac is our Juliet/Edmond Dantes.

The "Montagues" are the Ishikawa family, and Arata is our Romeo. He dies in the prologue.

So who does Carac fall in love with in the course of his revenge? That I'm not telling :3

The Ferro family has iron magic, meaning they can manipulate and control iron, which includes steel. They are famous swordsmiths.

The Ishikawa family has stone magic, though I haven't decided on what kind yet, or what they're known for.

Never fear, the Ishikawa are not a bunch of katana-wielding samurai. There will be katanas, but the sword of fashion is of course the rapier (along with my old friend the main gauche).

Most of my names are merely fill-ins until I can get betas further down the road who will help me with the Italian and Japanese (like, Carac - which is purposely not Italian for story reasons - later becomes a count, obviously, and his alias is Dante Amore right now. I suspect that will change. But this kind of thing is a problem for future me).

Carac's friend and assistant in revenge is Forthwind, and he too acquires a romance. The prince of R&J will be a princess. I have the first few chapters outlined, and am aiming to outline them all, then will settle into research and draft the first few chapters to see if things will work in action the way they do in theory.

I don't know the length of it yet, though I suspect it will be at least 60k.

Let's see if I can pull this off :3

And now I return to my cave. Ciao ;)


Monday, April 16, 2018

Release Day - Fighting for You

So Waiting for You was about Shanna, our marvelous queen-in-waiting, and her handsome men. But it also introduced Penli, her rather flamboyant best friend.

There are a few elements of Penli that are important to me. One is that he is significantly older than Shanna, but that has no real bearing on their friendship. I'm four years older than my wife, two years older than Samantha, and seven years older than my best friend. I have nearly always been the youngest of my friends, because of the way my birthday falls. The phrase 'age is just a number' is important to me, because it's so very true in my day to day. And while you can find plenty of may/december romance around, seldom do you see friendships of that nature.

Two, Penli is one of my favorite character types - the flamboyant pretty boy who likes his pretty clothes and is a little bit vain, but could also kill you with his pinky if suitably provoked. He's been compared to Lord Akeldama, and that beloved vampire was definitely one inspiration.

He's also a former soldier (a former assassin) who just wants to be left in peace to recover and live a quiet life. Beneath his foppish clothes and cynical mien is a man worn to the bone who just wants to rest. I grew up in the military, that's why I write about soldiers a lot, and the fact they come home and so often are treated like criminals or garbage bothers me. So I write Penli and others, and hope they have some effect on the small slice of the world that reads them.

On a lighter note, he was great to write in that he doesn't want to be the hero, but can't help himself, how does he get himself into these situations??? And it was also fun to write his visceral hatred of Tishasanti, the way they'd both been completely bastards to each other over the years, sometimes justified, and sometimes not.

And of course, this book introduces the MC of the third book, Looking for You

I hope everyone enjoys Penli and his boys. As ever, thanks for reading.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Release Day - Dragon Magic

So I grew up on three genres: horror, romance, fantasy. In pretty much that order. Discounting when I was a toddler and used to pull my mom's Barbara Cartland's off the shelves and pretend to read, the earliest books I really really remember are the Stephen King stories my mom would read to us.

(I mean, I read all the usual suspects for my generation: Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley, Boxcar Children, etc but they did not stick with me really)

When I was old enough my mom let me read her romance novels. And from there I bounced to fantasy. I spent a lot of years frustrated that I could almost never find books that COMBINED romance and fantasy.

But the TL;DR here is that I love fantasy with all my heart. And Dragon Magic is my love letter, I guess you could say, to the classic quest story that is the foundation of the fantasy genre (I even started with the classic No! My Beloved Peasant Village!).

It's four guys who are forced to go questing together, though with all my usual suspects: poly, queer characters, a trans character, lots of snarking.

There is also telepathy, which is something I am never doing again, especially when I'm writing a foursome and porn.

I'm immensely proud of it, and I hope my readers will enjoy it. You'll have to let me know which character is your favorite. My friend Isabella favors Mazhan, my wife likes Cemal, my heart belongs to Sule (which is easy to tell, he has fire magic, which is one of my favs).

And the beautiful cover, featuring Mahzan and the spooky hand that symbolizes all the trouble they'll face, was done by Phill Simpson.

I hope everybody is having a good week!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bisexual Authors in MM and Queer Romance

The TL;DR is that Santino Hassell is a lying fuckhead, and just one of his many many lies (b/c I don't believe a damn word he says otherwise) was that he was a bisexual man (he is actually a married couple, and while one of them still claims bisexuality, at this point, I believe nothing they say)

Which, you know, bisexual peeps catch enough shit (and pansexual right alongside them, since people like to conflate/combine the two). That someone would use that, and all the sympathy, support, etc it drew from our community, is despicable. Queer people endure enough grief, without someone pretending to be one of us because it brings them something. Entire essays could be written about that. They have been, I'm sure.

I cannot right SH's wrongs. But this one, at least, I can combat to some measure. Below is a list of actual, real, not faking it bisexual and pansexual authors. If you ever gave SH an ounce of your attention or a penny of your money, consider giving it now to one or more of the authors below.

(And for the record, if it matters, I am asexual and biromantic. I am not a straight woman speaking for queer people). Full disclosure, my wife is one of the people on this list, included only for the sake of thoroughness. Others are obviously LT3 authors, again included for thoroughness, not to bring profit to me or mine. They are starred.

First, A.M. Leibowitz already compiled a pretty awesome list on this theme.

*Victoria Zagar

Amelia Faulkner

*Sasha L. Miller (my wife)

Aly Haden

Kirby Crow

Beth Bolden

*Caitlin Ricci

*Robin Tennant

Sheena J. Himes

Christ McHart

Aleksandr Voinov

Bronwyn Heeley

Jaye McKenna

*Dianne Hartsock 

If you are not on the list, whether I missed you somehow, or you did not see the initial call, just email meganaderr@gmail.com and I'll add you!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ficbit - The Imperial Dame (High King)

Sarrica stared at the list he'd found buried in the bottom of Allen's desk. Allen might be able to hide his every thought from the High Court and every foreign dignitary to step foot in Harken, but after nearly ruining their relationship before it could begin, Sarrica wasn't as easy to fool. Allen had been brooding over something for the past few weeks, frustratingly elusive whenever Sarrica asked what was wrong—and while he vastly preferred to pin Allen down, literally if necessary, and extract the information once and for all…

Well, sometimes it was easier to resort to less direct methods. Like waiting until Allen was locked in an hours' long meeting then ordering everyone out of the office so he could snoop.

He hadn't expected a list of names. Innocuous enough on the surface, but something about them nagged. It wasn't until he remembered Lady Tanna had been a friend of Nyle's that the pieces had fallen into place.

Story Stuffs - Like No Other

I am taking a social media hiatus for basically my own mental health. I won't get into why, I'm sure most people know anyway. But ...