Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Like This Show? Read This Book!

 


Curious to try my books, but don't know where to start? Already read one that you liked, but want to know which to try next?

Here's a fun guide to help direct you to the series that might best fit your tastes!


Like This Show? Read This Book!


Are you fascinated by dreams, nightmares, psychological suspense, and mischievous supernatural creatures and deities? ROAM is a Dreampunk adventure series whose lead protagonist has to unravel the surreal ties between the dreamscape and the waking world while constantly questioning how much he can actually trust his allies. // New Adult - MM Urban Fantasy



Teenage Romance. Mysteries. Supernatural Forces. If you like teen angst with a jump scare or two, then The Dead Oaks is right for you! This series takes place in an abundantly haunted Connecticut town where amateur ghost hunting leaves its teenage residents with more frightening encounters than they bargained for. // Young Adult - MM Paranormal Fiction



Are you a sucker for Gothic Literature and Victorian fashion? Do you crave a gaslamp lit world of vampires and ghosts? The Dandy Medium (the first in an ongoing series) is a dark Victorian gothic fantasy full of murder and mystery. With a spiritual medium as the leading man and a dapper detective at his side, you'll find yourself swept up in underground supernatural worlds and crossing the veils between worlds to solve a spree of serial murders. // Adult Fiction - MM Gaslamp Fantasy


I hope this guide inspires you to dive into one of these series! Which are you most interested in?

Happy Reading!
- Dez

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Spring Updates

 



Happy Spring!


Summer is nearly here and it's hard to imagine that we're almost halfway through 2022 already. I haven't posted here since the beginning of the year so I wanted to share some updates on what's going on in my writing life!

There's a lot going on in the world (we all know so I won't get into it here), and I feel as though--to an extent--the weight of it has slowed down my writing process this year; BUT I am consistently writing, so I do have a few things to update you on.

Work-In-Progress

My main project at the moment is the sequel to The Dandy Medium (the paperback edition is currently on sale on Amazon). This M/M Gaslamp Fantasy catches us back up with Alfie and Sebastian several months after the events of the first book. New crimes are afoot and this time they heavily involve the citizens of the Night District. I won't say too much, but a certain vampire and his underground society play a huge role in this story! As for progress, I'm about 1/4 of the way through the first draft.

Coming Soon

If you enjoyed the Dreampunk Anthology Mirrormaze then you'll be pleased to hear that a second Dreampunk Anthology will be releasing later this year titled Somniscope! My short story contribution to this one is titled Looped and is a surreal, psychological drama. A bit different from what you've seen from me so far but still in line with my Dreampunk style (ex: ROAM series). This new anthology, featuring a wonderful group of Dreampunk writers, will release in December 2022.

Aside from writing, I've also taken on a role as a Proofreader for NineStar Press! I'm thrilled to be able to keep finding ways to contribute to the LGBTQ book community.

As you can see, I'm keeping busy. But I am hoping to get into the habit of updating this blog more regularly.

Thank you all for your continued support!


Until next time, Happy Reading!

- Dez

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Monday, January 3, 2022

2022 Writing Projects

 


Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great holiday season (and if not, then here's to a fresh start!). First of all, I want to say thank you for all of your continued support over the years, but especially in 2021! I saw a lot of growth with readership and I hope to continue to reach more people who love LGBTQ Fiction. 2021 was an interesting year for me writing-wise. I published my first Contemporary story (Hollywood To Horses) and received Runner-Up honors in two categories of the Rainbow Awards the first year that I ever dipped my toes into the book awards circuit. In total, I wrote and published two books and sold two short stories to anthologies. Pretty good considering how many challenges I faced throughout the year!

So, here's what I'm working on heading into 2022:

  • Ntt Haven: Book 2 (a sequel to The Dandy Medium) - It's looking like this will end up being a duology with possible spin-offs in the future.
  • The Dead Oaks: Omnibus - I've been wanting to do this for a while and now feels like a good time. The goal is to release an omnibus edition of the entire Dead Oaks series (re-edited and with a new cover) which will possibly include a new short story.
  • Somniscope - this follow-up anthology to Mirrormaze will release in December 2022 and will include my new short story, Looped.
  • New Dreampunk series tentatively titled Dreampunk 2.0 - ROAM was my debut series and also my first venture into a genre that I ultimately helped define. I have a new series idea in mind which will also be very Dreampunk but I haven't decided yet how entwined it'll be to ROAM or if I'll keep it completely separate. This will be the beginning of a new giant project and I probably won't begin working on it until closer to the end of the year.
On The Back-Burner:
  • Ntt Haven: Book 3 - On the off chance that I just write up a storm this year and actually have time to do more than the aforementioned, I do have another Ntt Haven story already in mind but it would be a spin-off.
  • Experimental - I have a few ideas that will be unlike anything I've done before and I have yet to decide if I'll write them under this pen name or a new one. If I get to work on any of them, I'll keep you posted with more details.
What's Scrapped:
  • I hate throwing out any story idea, but sometimes they just don't work out. I had mentioned back in Autumn a new short story that I was working on. If you follow me on other platforms you may remember seeing some talk of this or some aesthetic inspo photos. I've decided to scrap this story. Recently, I've seen the same premise begin to be published by other authors in the same genre and as disheartening as it is, it kind of killed my vibe. Maybe I'll revisit it in the future, but for now, I'm calling it quits on that one.
But that's okay! I feel like I have enough writing projects going to keep me busy for a very long time. 馃榿

Which story are you looking forward to the most?

I'm excited for you to join me on my writing journey this year and look forward to sharing new stories with you all soon!

Cheers! 馃



Monday, August 9, 2021

The Dandy Medium is OUT NOW!

 



I'm so excited to finally be able to share this MM Gaslamp Fantasy full of vibrant characters in a dark world with you all! Get ready to meet Alfie & Sebastian in THE DANDY MEDIUM!


Crystal ball Misfit Medium Right-pointing magnifying glass Dapper Detective Ghost Unhelpful Ghosts Bat Secret Vampire Society


Alfred “Alfie” Hughes is a spiritual medium who has more than enough people in his social circle. Unfortunately, they're all dead. That is until Detective Sebastian Davies arrives in N贸tt Haven, a tourist town known for its active nightlife, and deems Alfie's abilities—perhaps, even his company—worthy of closer inspection.

A circus performer, known as The World Bender, mysteriously disappears and a slew of peculiar murders accumulate. Suspecting foul play as unusual as the crimes themselves, Sebastian enlists Alfie to guide him through the town's supernatural underbelly to find answers; and, in the process, Alfie might solve the biggest enigma of all: human connection.

SHERLOCK meets PENNY DREADFUL meets THE FRIGHTENERS

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Pre-Order THE DANDY MEDIUM Today!

 


MM Gaslamp Fantasy, THE DANDY MEDIUM, is now available for Pre-Order! Releases August 9th 2021!


Crystal ball Misfit Medium Right-pointing magnifying glass Dapper Detective Ghost Unhelpful Ghosts Bat Secret Vampire Society


Alfred “Alfie” Hughes is a spiritual medium who has more than enough people in his social circle. Unfortunately, they're all dead. That is until Detective Sebastian Davies arrives in N贸tt Haven, a tourist town known for its active nightlife, and deems Alfie's abilities—perhaps, even his company—worthy of closer inspection.

A circus performer, known as The World Bender, mysteriously disappears and a slew of peculiar murders accumulate. Suspecting foul play as unusual as the crimes themselves, Sebastian enlists Alfie to guide him through the town's supernatural underbelly to find answers; and, in the process, Alfie might solve the biggest enigma of all: human connection.


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Monday, June 14, 2021

Hollywood To Horses - OUT NOW!

 


It's finally here!! "Hollywood To Horses" is now available through most major retailers!

GET YOUR COPY HERE!


I'm so excited for you all to meet Mateo & Christopher in this MM Contemporary Rom-Com!


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Mateo Harris, a retired Olympic Show Jumper, achieved just about everything he could want in life. Rising from a nobody to becoming a beloved gold-medalist, co-owning H&H Riding Academy with his cousin—and best friend—Emily Hall, and he’s one of the most powerful and respected men in his hometown of Sweetspire, VA. Nothing can shake the foundations of the life he’s built for himself. That is until he hears his nemesis and former crush, Christopher Wright II, has moved back to town.

Christopher, a runaway movie star, has returned to Sweetspire to inherit the family business: Wright Stables, the only rival riding academy Mateo has ever had to worry about. With Christopher’s charm, talent, and fame taking charge, Mateo is faced with real competition both in and out of the arena. He’ll have to be at the top of his game to prove he’s still the number one equestrian in town, but every encounter with Christopher becomes as challenging as any obstacle he’s faced on horseback.