Thursday, November 20, 2014

Various and Sundry Things


BOOKS



The Christmas anthology I edited, A Touch of Mistletoe, is available for pre-order all over the place. Much love the authors who, when I emailed them about it, happily agreed to join the party. If you're looking for a collection of cute (and occasionally hot) Mistletoe-themed stories, well here you go :3


My new serial has begun running. Shine Forever actually goes back in time, a few years before Love You Like a Romance Novel to tell the full story of how Dai and Cooper met. Not a story I ever thought I'd write, but then again I thought Missing Butterfly would be the only one. I'm still not certain how somebody who doesn't even really like bandfic keeps writing it (answer: I'm a sucker).




Coming out in just a few more days is the audiobook for Dance in the Dark. It's the same voice actor who did Dance with the Devil. But the voice actor will be changing for Midnight, for obvious reasons (we had a voice actor picked out, but he's no longer viable, so I have to listen to samples to pick a new one). But DitD is ready to go and awesome ^__^


The new year is already pretty busy! Along with the ebook releases of Shine Forever and Harem Master (release dates to come), I also have The Broken Forest coming out in March as part of LT3's Damsels in Distress collection. Those get listed in December, so more then ^__^ 


WRITING

In writing news, peeps will be very excited to know that I have finally finished the rough draft of the expanded The High King's Golden Tongue. Currently the story sits at 104k, so it's not a short rewrite. And knowing me, that number will go up. It is currently with a beta, and after I get it back and fix everything the beta mentions, it's off to the editors at LT3. Expect this one in the fall (ish) of next year.

I am currently poking at the first of what will be six (give or take) superhero stories. My plan is to write all of them before doing anything more with them. I also want to get back to Clan Mordred since that poor story fell by the wayside this year. And I'm also going to tackle Dragon Magic. After that comes The Painted Crown and possibly The Stolen Scepter, which are sequels to The Engineered Throne.

After that, we'll see. My main long term goal is to finish up a bunch of straggling Dance-verse short stories and then write the last, last Dance book. But lord only knows what will get in my way or distract me before I get anywhere near it. Speaking of Dance and Mordred, I am hoping to finally get Pack published. I sent it to the editors forever ago, but with one thing and another it just had to fall to the wayside. But that should be out in 2015 as well. Date to come when I have it.

On the sci-fi front, I am slowly picking away at a story called Star Grinders. This is set in Kidnapped-verse, but not in the Infinitum Government. It's about a rival government/territory called the Stalarium Empire, and this particular story is about Hikkar, a bio-luminescent ex-military delivery guy who just wants to be left the hell alone (but winds up escorting a cute android-type figure to a certain party planet in a place they're not supposed to go).

And I feel like I'm forgetting something, but whatever, my plans change every five minutes 


MISCELLANEOUS

I am going all the way to the top of New York for Christmas, to spend it with Sasha and her family. The cold is going to kill me. Remember me fondly, my beloved peeps.

I bought a new bed! It's a fancy memory foam thing. Getting in and out of it is really weird. The cats keep stealing it, which surprises nobody.

My back or hips or something have been killing me lately. I don't know what it is. But it doesn't matter how I sit, lay, or stand, it always feels like that whole lower back and hips area has jerked out of alignment and rusted, or something. I keep hoping it will fix itself. We'll see x_X

I hope everyone is doing well, and that the cold is not too terrible for those who hate it (and just right for those who love it). Have a good weekend, my lovelies!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writing the Weird Stuff


Every time people are forced to listen to me babble, one of the things that comes up is that I have hard time saying what's the weirdest/strangest thing I've written. My barometer for this stuff is pretty broken. It's a lot stranger for me to write something like The Missing Butterfly than it is to write something like Wriggle & Sparkle.  I'm a fantasy nerd through and through. I often forget that things like incest need a warning because that will give a lot of people pause. When I accepted a commission to write a twincest/threesome story, the requester was very nervous about asking for it (which made me feel awful for her, b/c it gave the impression she's been treated like shit for liking it and you don't have to like what I like, but don't be a jerk about it).

But of all the 'weird' stuff I write, the anthro is my favorite. One, it's a challenge. The way they look, the way they move, how it changes their thoughts, beliefs, etc. Like Lukos Heat, where Najlah's tongue remains forked when he shifts, meaning he can't speak human languages and most humans find him incomprehensible. When a character permanently has things like claws, venom, fur, feathers, etc. it definitely keeps an author on their toes :3

It's also just plain fun. One of my earliest fictional true loves was Rei from Breath of Fire III


Fuck yeah hot tiger man. My brother got so sick of me fangirling him (but you should see him go starry eyes over Chris from Suikoden III, he has a slight thing for women in armor). I'm a fantasy writer, I have never seen any reason to limit my options to human. My first heavily anthro character (that I remember, readers may recall someone else I've forgotten) was Glen from Quest

Glen from Quest by pancake rabbit

He's got wings, tail, pelt, bird legs from knee down, and other stuff I'm probably forgetting (it's actually my fav story in that set. Amusingly enough, another story in the verse, Mad Finnegan, is about brothers :3).

Lynn from Wriggle & Sparkle was a little different, in that he has a full human form, is the size of a few houses in his full kraken form, but has a middle form that is human on top, tentacles on the bottom (he also can shift gender as he so pleases). Sadly, I do not yet have a pic of him in half-shifted form :3

Lynn from Wriggle & Sparkle by V. Rios


I definitely tried to push myself harder with Lukos Heat, both with Naj himself (and his brother), and the cultures/world. I have two more stories planned (where "planned" means "was ordered to write") for this verse, we'll see how much harder I can push myself :3

I hope those that are reading it for the first time enjoy, and those who were kind enough to buy it despite having it in Dracones, enjoy. Much love to you!



Najlah is on the hunt for the traitorous coward who attempted to assassinate the king and nearly killed Najlah's brother in the process. But the hunt has taken his team deep into the Shide, the treacherous, freezing mountains controlled by the mysterious Lukos, feral wolf shifters who do not tolerate trespassers.

When the Lukos come upon them, Najlah is reluctantly intrigued. The Lukos, especially the one called Barkus, are nothing like the soft humans he spends most of his time around. They thrive in the brutal cold the way he thrives in volcanic fire. For the first time, it feels like Najlah may have found someone who can equal the fierceness of dragons, and see them as more than demons.

But if he hopes to explore the bond forming with the Lukos, he must first survive the enemy—and the Shide.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

My eyeballs

So this is a personal post, rather than writing blather, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I've needed to get new glasses for awhile now, but time+money is a remarkably tricky combination. Anyway, finally managed it today, and it was not what I expected (also, pardon typos, my eyes are still dilated and everything is very very blurry).

The doctor I went to see noticed that I have what he called 'convergence insufficiency'. The TL;DR is that the muscles in my eyes don't work the way they should, and I have to work harder to force them to. I've apparently been doing this instinctively my whole life, never realizing the way I read and stuff was weird. It explains, among many many other things, why after a few hours it's easier for me to read with one eye close. Doctor said it was impressive I was such an avid reader, since it's hard to focus my eyes that way for long periods of time.

Also my previous eye doctor apparently gave me too strong a prescription.

So no wonder my eyes have been so tired and sore lately. Between new glasses and the exercises to help the convergence problem, I should be doing much better going forward ^__^ This is really awesome news for me (and it was refreshing to have a doctor who gave a fuck, when I've pretty much come to hate the medical industry for being callous assholes who don't give a fuck about anything but getting people back out the door).

Now I just need to order the new glasses, which I will hopefully have before YaoiCon and GRNW ^__^

Peace out!

Books - New and Coming Soon


Much love to peeps who have been enjoying The Harem Master and A Suitable Replacement. I don't know if authors are allowed favorites, but Tavamara is definitely one of mine. And I'm super pleased with how Suitable turned out. Marriage trope are among my fav (I am going to be writing a marriage tournament story for Piper Vaughn in the near-ish future, in fact. With editor permission, even :3)

In honor of the launch of The Harem Master, and the shiny new editions of Sandstorm and The King's Harem, I have listed a free story on my website. The long term plan is to finish the other two in the set, and release them together. But for now, enjoy Heydar, a tale of a prince and one of his concubines :3

COMING SOON

I've got a last rush of stuff to end the year (and stuff already lined up for next year, cause I don't have an off switch, but we knew that). We'll start with the serial, even though it comes out November 5th.


Dai gave up everything when he ran away with his cousin, traded a life wealth, power, and security to create their band and live the way they want. The one thing he refuses to do is hide; he's worked way too hard, and given up way too much, to pretend to be something he's not.
Cooper never anticipated he would trade rodeo fame for country music stardom. But the secret he had to keep for his own safety is now a secret he has to keep to protect his band. The one thing he can never do is make his sexuality public; he's sacrificed far too much to risk it all by airing personal matters.
But when a chance meeting turns into a passionate night that neither can forget, a tenuous relationship neither wants to let go, someone is going to have to break the rules …
And for the dragon/fantasy lovers in the crowd, Lukos Heat is finally making it's LT3 debut in October. I'm excite. Samantha has helped me expand it, Julie gave it a badass cover, and I'm still very proud of these dragons.

Najlah is on the hunt for the traitorous coward who attempted to assassinate the king and nearly killed Najlah's brother in the process. But the hunt has taken his team deep into the Shide, the treacherous, freezing mountains controlled by the mysterious Lukos, feral wolf shifters who do not tolerate trespassers.
When the Lukos come upon them, Najlah is reluctantly intrigued. The Lukos, especially the one called Barkus, are nothing like the soft humans he spends most of his time around. They thrive in the brutal cold the way he thrives in volcanic fire. For the first time, it feels like Najlah may have found someone who can equal the fierceness of dragons, and see them as more than demons.
But if he hopes to explore the bond forming with the Lukos, he must first survive the enemy—and the Shide. 
You can pre-order Lukos Heat at LT3 if you are so inclined.
And wrapping up the year is the Christmas Anthology I'm editing

Official blurb is still coming, but the theme is probably self-evident. This anthology contains stories by me, E.E. Ottoman, A.F. Henley, Talya Andor, Isabella Carter, and J.K. Pendragon. More details will appear in October, when it goes up on the coming soon page.

And that is a wrap for now ^__^  I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

~Meg

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Come and Talk to Me (if you want or are really really bored)! :3

My Bitten by Books Release Party for In Despair is tomorrow! If you want to come talk to me and a have chance to win Amazon gift cards, stop on by ^__^ I will be around from Noon PST to at least 17:00, but probably a little longer.

The last time I did something like this was at the Slash Pile back on LJ. Was fun!

Today is a writing day, so I will not be around much.

This coming Tuesday, our new furniture arrives! \o/ We don't often get to buy such shiny things, so we're super stoked. It's a whole living room set and because we did buy the whole set, we get a free TV :D

And August will be spent largely getting ready for September, when we're gonna spend two weeks on the west coast for Yaoicon and GRNW.

Last but not least, for those who have not already seen it, London sent me the cover for Rabbit Season! When it has a due date, I shall let peeps know ^__^


I hope everyone is having a lovely week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Random Things

Sasha and I are participating in Digital Book Day. Today only you can download Dance with the Devil and Drink Class X for free. And there are lots of others books at the DBD site (pretty sure I saw Jordan Hawk), so have fun!

EDIT: Since apparently their site can't handle the traffic, just go to LT3 directly, that's where the DBD site linked anyway. Drinker. DwtD.

Speaking of books, I was excited to finally have all of these



I've been so busy with Princes of the Blood, I keep forgetting that A Suitable Replacement comes out beginning of August. Much love to those who read it piece by piece, to my editor Amanda for beating it into shape, and everyone who loves Deceived-verse. I hope you have enjoyed/will enjoy this latest addition to it.

Also love to everyone who has dropped me comments about In Despair. It's been very humbling, and gratifying, to see people like all the things I hoped they would, and that I managed to convey what I wanted. I think my favorite thing so far is the Lol they def act like teenagers vs. argh they def act like teenagers mix of reactions :3

That, and the way chibi Alrin stole the show briefly despite only being around for like a page ^__^

I am currently up to my neck in other projects, some of which were not originally planned and are throwing everything else off, but I'm still aiming to finish most, if not all, of them by the end of the year.

On the 16 I'll be at Blogger Girls to babble about Looking for More. On the 24th I'll be at Bitten by Books to chat about In Despair (and whatever else peeps want to know).

The Harem Master starts soon, taking Suitable's place. I will also have something else for peeps, along with the re-editions of King's Harem and Sandstorm.

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LT3 is preparing for our convention adventure. It's like, one con and a meet-up, but we're going to be gone for like two weeks. In San Francisco for YaoiCon, then we'll be hanging around CA and WA a bit before going to Seattle for the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up. We are sorting out books, swag, etc etc. If there is a book you want to see at YCon, speak now or forever hold your peace (GRNW we don't have much to do with the book ordering).

Lately I have been watching Dr. Who where I get the chance. I've always seen it in bits and pieces, and learned a lot from my sisters who are big fans, but never watched it properly. Haven't gotten far, but I'm having fun. Am going to be cosplaying Rose Tyler for Yaoicon :D

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Let's see, anything else of interest? LT3 has lots of shiny books coming, as ever. Sasha and I have been watching Arrow, but mostly we just get mad at it for being fucking stupid. Bunch of shows I want to watch, but I haven't even caught up on Hannibal yet. Am managing to watch Sailor Moon Crystal, though :D :D :D

Now back to work I go ^__^

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Monday, July 7, 2014

In Despair and Other Writing News

In Despair comes out this week! I am happy and sad, nervous and excited.

This was meant to be a single story for serialization that turned into a trilogy. It's been quite the undertaking. I am proud of the results, but I will also be glad to take a break from this verse.

In Despair comes out Wednesday, which any LT3 peep knows means Tuesday night. If you have any questions, or just want to chat, or simply want to see me be a massive dork, I am going to be at Bitten by Books on July 24th to answer questions and such. There will also be a couple of drawings for Amazon gift cards, one for $50.00, the other $25.00.

This was definitely the hardest book of the three to write. It required the most work, editing wise, and poor Telme suffered more than any other character I've written, I think. And he's only 16-17 throughout the book (and Korin is 15-16). I hope peeps enjoy it.

Much, much love to everyone who has read this trilogy and made it as popular as it has been. It was a series I was certain would only do so well because everyone is sick of vampires, but it has been very well received ^___^

Thanks are also owed to readers of Looking for More, which is the fluffiest piece of nonsense I've published since Backwoods Asylum. I will be guest blogging at The Blogger Girls, one of my fav review sites, on the 16th (I have to write that blog post next, actually, before they kill me). If you want to come read my babbling about some of the things that went into that story, stop by ^__^


In other writerly news, next month A Suitable Replacement comes out in ebook. That story was meant to be some 20k fluff and nonsense piece, but wound up longer and more involved, cause at the end of the day I do what I'm told.

Replacing it as a serial will be The Harem Master, which I'm really fucking pleased with. It's a bit involved, since it bounces between three different POVs, but it's fun and it brings in bits and pieces of Tavamara I've never expounded on before (like the council). I think after I finish up some other stories in that verse that need finished, I will actually switch continents and do something with Rittu.

The new editions of Sandstorm and The King's Harem will be posted about that time, and I may have something else sort-of shiny to go along with. We shall see. I like Tavamara-verse, I'm really proud of it and love to play there.

In October, I'll be re-releasing Lukos Heat. Yay, dragons! And I've been ordered to do a sequel, which will probably get written next year when I've gotten other stuff off my plate.

And in December, LT3 has a Christmas anthology coming out, and I (AM THE EDITOR IN CHARGE AHAHAHAHA) have a story in that. More details to come on that later, but my story is called Two Parts Mistletoe and is about a potionmaker.

Still to be scheduled: Pack and Rabbit Season.

And everything else is in writing or editing. Many of my projects have fallen behind because of one thing or another, but I'm aiming to change that this month and get back on track. We shall see.

Love you, Peeps! Have a good week ^__^