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I signed up for GayRomLit in New Orleans for October. I’m quite excited about that, since I haven’t been to a convention before, and there are all sorts of amazing people who are also going. Just think of what can happen when you get me, Eden Winters, Angela Benedetti, Marie Sexton, and Heidi Cullinan in one place.

This isn’t a bunch of writing workshops, this is hang out with readers and writers time, doing cool things in New Orleans. It’s going to be a blast! Plus, you’ll be able to see if my icon is accurate. 🙂

More details as they come available.

A Hidden Magic – Angela Benedetti

A bit of excellent news for those of you who enjoyed the Taste Test: Walk the Plank anthology, stories of piracy by Angela Benedetti, Mara Ismine, and myself. For those of you who haven’t read it, go, read, what are you waiting for?

Angela has a new novel out! A Hidden Magic is now available from Torquere. My own copy is so fresh that the electrons are still smoking hot, so I have a great read to look forward to. Here’s the blurb:

Fey incursions into the mortal world have been on the rise, and Paul MacAllister’s trying to figure out what the king of the local Elven enclave Under the Hill is up to and how to stop it. Rory Ellison was caught up in one of those attacks and nearly killed by a gang of goblins. He doesn’t believe they were real, though, and is resisting anything Paul might say to the contrary.

Normally Paul would be willing to let Rory go his own way, at least until he’s taken care of more immediate business. But Rory has a particularly rare gift, one the Elven king needs to have under his control in order to carry out his plan. Keeping Rory away from the fey who will use him, to death if necessary, means protecting him night and day, whether Rory agrees or not.

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Candy Courage

I don’t review in the traditional sense: I don’t assign ratings or stars, or warble on and on about something a friend has written that (if truth be told, as it so seldom is) is riddled with typos and has at least one plot hole that a medium-duty truck could drive through without scraping the rear-view mirrors.

Instead, if I read something that makes me happy, really happy, for some identifiable reason, I might be inspired to tell you about it here. Mate from Lauren Burka got my attention that way, because of the truly outstanding world building. Angela Benedetti‘s Candy Courage inspired me to start typing, and given the sheer volume of my reading, that puts it in a special class.

Don’t get me wrong: I read a lot, and enjoy much of it. If I talk about it here, it’s because there is something extraordinary about it. You guys don’t much want to hear about the fabulously interesting book I’m nearly finished with, about the supervolcano under Yellowstone Park, and how a previous eruption buried much of Nebraska under two feet of ash and assisted in the extinction of much of the area’s megafauna…

In fact, you might think that burying Nebraska is an awfully good idea, because it’s interfering with my discussion of this lovely short story that features hot guys screwing each other silly. But if the hot guys dunking dickie was all this story was about, it wouldn’t be special enough to mention.

The trigger-tripper was the tiny magical element that fueled this Halloween tale; the elderly man adds a special ingredient each year to the treats he shares with the neighborhood. This year it’s courage, but what did he add in previous years, I wondered, and what unintended consequences did it have? For surely the old man did not plan that a father of a trick-or-treater would become brave enough to take the offered treat. That treat was very sweet indeed, and good reading on its own, but the tiny vignettes of the other trick-or-treaters who gained enough courage to do something they desired but had hung back from added a human element that lifted the story above the usual younghandsomemeninbed tale.

Because framing the fear and desire of one man to reach out to another in terms of a child touching a dog that outweighs her and whose huge jaws are so near her face is a stroke of genius. I’ll be reading this again.

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