Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Ko-fi Exclusive Serial OUT NOW


 It's here!

I am now on Ko-fi and would love for you to join me! I'll be posting exclusive blogs and a monthly serial! I'm so excited to be on this platform and I look forward to sharing this new story and so much more with you this year! Thank you again for all of your continued support. 💜

DůO is a M/M Dreampunk serial that takes place in 1983 in a parallel demon dimension and is a prequel to the ROAM series (though you will not have to have read ROAM to read this) and focuses heavily on two Hunters, Doyle & Oscar, who work for the Order of Azoth. After climbing the ranks to become the best-of-the-best of supernatural hit-men, the pair begins to question the true purpose of the Order, discovering its corruption and a dark secret that could destroy the multiverse.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Upcoming 2021 Releases

As you may have seen in my newsletter and on social media, I have some new stories coming your way in the new year! Here's a list of what's ahead for 2021:


January 2021

DůO - A Ko-fi Exclusive Serial

This M/M Dreampunk series will be brought to you as a Ko-fi serial beginning January 6th (sign up for my newsletter or check Twitter for the link)! Each month a new "episode" (chapter) will be uploaded for subscribers. I thought it would be a fun way to say thank you to everyone who donates and supports my work. Also, if you can't do a monthly subscription but would like to offer a one-time donation, you will gain access to exclusive blog posts for 30 days from the time of your donation. (But the series will be for subscribers only.)


Spring 2021


The Dandy Medium

M/M Gaslamp Fantasy Novel

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 Nótt 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.


Autumn 2021



Riding Acadenemies

My next release with NineStar Press and my first foray into M/M Contemporary Romance!

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.


I'm looking forward to sharing all of these new stories with you and I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 🥂

Friday, December 18, 2020

COVER REVEAL - THE DANDY MEDIUM

 


I'm thrilled to finally share the title and cover for my next novel with you all! THE DANDY MEDIUM will be headed your way in late Spring 2021 and is a M/M Gaslamp Fantasy story with plenty of ghosts, murder, and--of course--dapper occultists!

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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 Nótt 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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I've been sitting on this cover since May so I'm thrilled to finally be able to show it off! It was designed by the talented London Montgomery.

And you can now add THE DANDY MEDIUM to your TBR on GOODREADS!

Also, check back later this month for some more exciting announcements! I hope you all have a very happy holiday season!

♥ Dez

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Do You Dare To Enter The MIRRORMAZE?

 


MIRRORMAZE: A Dreampunk Anthology is OUT NOW! My short story, Thatchter Maugden And The Dream Witch, is included in this collection of over 20 Dreampunk stories by today's leading Dreampunk authors!


We find ourselves in a very strange place.

Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate. It's taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the "real" world then somewhere else. Somewhere better. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.

Come navigate a labyrinth of visions, illusions, nightmares, and fantasies.


Available Now!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thatcher Maugden And The Dream Witch

 

(Images for illustration purposes only.)

The release date for MIRRORMAZE: A Dreampunk Anthology is fast approaching! Thank you so much to all of you who have already pre-ordered a copy! 

Today I want to put a spotlight on my short story which is part of this first-ever Dreampunk anthology, Thatcher Maugden And The Dream Witch.

Thatcher Maugden is an Edwardian-era magician who finds himself swept into the Dream World by a Nightmare Demon who tasks him with the duty of piloting a dream-skimmer and ridding the Dream World of any would-be trouble makers, aka lucid dreamers. He's resigned himself to his new surreal career until the day that he stumbles upon a Dream Witch who changes everything.




BONUS FEATURE

So, for those who really like to dig into fictional worlds and who have read my other books, I'm thrilled to tell you there is a connection. The story of Thatcher Maugden not only takes place in the same universe as the ROAM series, but Thatcher also happens to be Ethan Roam's great-great-grandfather! This is not specifically stated in the short story, but it was my intent while writing. Just some fun background info. and world-building extras for you. :)

MIRRORMAZE releases on December 8th and contains short stories from 22 science-fiction and fantasy authors!


Pre-Order Now!

Ebook | Paperback

❤ Dez Schwartz

Monday, October 26, 2020

CURSED ASYLUM - OUT NOW!

 

Hello Dear Reader-Friends!

I'm so excited to finally be able to share the thrilling conclusion of The Dead Oaks series with you all! This Young Adult M/M Paranormal novella series has been such an adventure to write and I hope you love this ending for Jasper and Wes.

SPECIAL EXTRAS

Summary of CURSED ASYLUM (The Dead Oaks - Book Four):


In the final installment of the series, The Dead Oaks Paranormal Society is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to compete against several other teams of paranormal investigators on Fright Team TV, a reality television special, for the chance to win a show of their own!

The production takes them on location to one of the most haunted asylums in North America. But will the group be able to survive the temptation of fame and a chilling curse from beyond?

GET IT ON AMAZON
GOODREADS


Immense thanks to all of you who have been with me on this journey since the beginning! Your support has meant the world to me. 

If you've yet to read the series but would like to check it out now that it's complete, you're in luck! The first three books are now only 99 cents!

Happy Reading & Have A Happy Halloween!
♥ Dez

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Preview Cursed Asylum: Special Excerpt!

 My Dear Reader-Friends,

Today I'm sharing an extra special preview of CURSED ASYLUM. An entire scene from Chapter One!

(photos from Unsplash)

So, here you go! A sneak peek from The Dead Oaks: Cursed Asylum.

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Jasper rushed to dress the next morning like he always did on Saturdays. Only getting to see Wes on weekends was a challenge. Jasper spent the entire week pining and daydreaming of the time they’d spend together and once the weekend came, the days flew by so fast he barely had time to grasp them. Every second counted and he couldn’t be bothered to waste them on primping in a mirror or trading morning platitudes with his parents. So, he shouted a short, “Have a great day!” to his mom and dad as he zoomed past them having their morning coffee on the couch while watching the news. However, Jasper did take a moment at the door to grab his jacket and scratch Zener, the family’s tabby cat, behind the ear before heading out to meet up with Wes at the park.

Tony’s suggestion of renting an apartment for the weekends had rooted itself in Jasper’s thoughts. While he drove into town, he kept running over the logistics of the scenario and each time concluded it financially impractical. However, his imagination insisted on how amazing having a safe place all their own would be. No more rushing to get ready on Saturday mornings because they’d already be together.

The park was within walking distance from the Shain’s house, where Wes stayed while he visited. Jasper spotted him on the metal bench near the small hedge maze in the center of the park. The park wasn’t too busy this early in the morning. Only a few joggers were on the walking trail and a couple of families with small children were gathered around the playground equipment. The hedge maze appeared to be empty save for Wes who hopped up from the bench when Jasper arrived.

Since when did you become such a morning person?” Jasper asked after a brief kiss in greeting. Wes grinned so wide he could have been rehearsing to be the Cheshire Cat.

Since all of our prayers have been answered!” Wes rocked on his feet with pent up exuberance.

Well, that’s not much of a feat since I don’t pray,” Jasper teased. He locked elbows with Wes and led him into the hedge maze in an effort to help him funnel out all his apparent excess energy while they walked and talked.

I’m so excited, I don’t even think this is the best way to tell you this but I’m going to do it anyway,” Wes said. “I just can’t keep it to myself until we see Liv and Tony later and I didn’t want to relay the message through texts because this is definitely one of those things you have to announce to people in person.”

You’re rambling,” Jasper pointed out while they rounded a hedge.

Wes took a deep breath and stopped Jasper in his tracks by unlinking their elbows and pivoting to face him. Wes grabbed Jasper by the arms as though he were about to need steadying.

I submitted an audition tape with clips of our work to a reality show competition about paranormal investigators and—they accepted us! We’re in!” Wes shook Jasper’s arms. “We’re going to be on television!”

He let Jasper go and ran his hands through his long black hair, brushing wild strands out of his face where they had fallen in his excitement.

You did what?” Shocked, Jasper’s body locked in place like he'd had a nightmare where someone was chasing him, and he couldn’t run away because his legs had become heavy as stone. The thought of being on network television caused years of carefully managed social anxiety to crash over him in a giant wave. Sure, they had a web series, but that was different. They had a niche audience, and he could control how much he would be seen, and he tried to stay off camera whenever possible. But a reality show? No. No way. Everyone in the nation would be watching and criticizing.

This is the chance of a lifetime! I can’t wait to tell Liv and Tony.”

Jasper fought off the rapid sensation of distress building up. “You should have told us before you applied!”

Wes knitted his eyebrows. “Why? So, you could shrug it off and say ‘no’? See, this way if we were rejected—no harm, no foul. But now that we’re accepted, we can celebrate! And start preparing. We’re supposed to fly out to film over winter break.”

Jasper continued walking the maze in silence, allowing Wes to ramble on about what the reality show entailed. He couldn’t talk Wes down when he was this enthusiastic about something. Jasper would have to leave that job to Liv. She was much better at bursting bubbles.

Winter break was in three weeks. Maybe that would be enough time to talk some sense into him.

And, it gets better!” Wes’s announcement broke through Jasper’s desperate thoughts.

Oh, I doubt that,” Jasper muttered.

Wes didn’t seem to hear him. “We get a paycheck! Like a pretty big paycheck. Just for being on the show. Which means we could totally get our own place once it’s over.”

Jasper slowed his pace. So, Wes had Tony’s suggestion on his mind too? Maybe this reality show was a strange blessing in disguise. He’d just have to figure out how to be the most uninteresting person to ever be on television so they wouldn’t spend much time filming him, right? He could do that. His peers had once nicknamed him Casper.

Jasper knew how to be invisible.

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CURSED ASYLUM - Summary

In the final installment of the series, The Dead Oaks Paranormal Society is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to compete against several other teams of paranormal investigators on Fright Team TV, a reality television special, for the chance to win a show of their own!

The production takes them on location to one of the most haunted asylums in North America. But will the group be able to survive the temptation of fame and a chilling curse from beyond?

Now available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

I'm looking forward to release day and can't wait to share this exciting conclusion to The Dead Oaks series with you all!

What's Next?

  • Mirrormaze: A Dreampunk Anthology releases December 8th! My short story, Thatcher Maugden And The Dream Witch, is included. (published by Fractured Mirror Publishing)
  • Riding Acadenemies, my first M/M Contemporary Romance, will release late 2021. (published by NineStar Press)
BONUS Cursed Asylum Excerpt:


Thanks for reading!

❤ Dez