Summer was a little quiet for me, release-wise (although Buried Bones came out, plus the freebies The Gig and Treasure). I’m about to make up for that quiet summer with a very busy fall! I’m really excited about all my upcoming releases. Here’s a rundown!
William Lyon’s past forced him to become someone he isn’t. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley’s Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office. Unlike William, Colby is cute, upbeat, and flamboyantly out. Although initially put off by Colby’s mannerisms, William comes to value their new friendship, and even accepts Colby’s offer to ease him into the world of gay sex.
William’s self-image begins to change when he discovers a tin box, hidden in an asylum wall since the 1940s. It contains letters secretly written by Bill, a patient who was sent to the asylum for being homosexual. The letters hit close to home, and William comes to care about Bill and his fate. With Colby’s help, he hopes the words written seventy years ago will give him courage to be his true self.
Also next week, audiobooks of my Ennek trilogy will be released. If you haven’t read the trilogy already, it’s a dark fantasy set in an alternate universe. I donate all my royalties from this trilogy to Doctors Without Borders, so if you buy, your money’s going to a great cause. The audio publisher is Cherry Hill. Print and Kindle versions will continue to be available at Amazon.
I’ll have a short story called “The Clockwork Heart” in the Steamed Up anthology. It comes out October 21 and should be available soon for preorder. The blurb:
Dante Winter makes a living repairing broken things. Socially awkward and rejected by his father over his too-fanciful work, he’s alone in the world. Dante’s life changes when he finds a badly damaged male golem, a lifelike automaton created for service and pleasure. He does his best to fix the golem, whom he names Talon, and comes to find that the creature is very human—perhaps more human than Dante. But when Talon tempts him with something more than friendship, Dante must decide whether a clockwork heart is capable of love.
In November, “Housekeeping” will release. It’s a light contemporary novella about aguy named Nicky, who loses his job, his home, and his boyfriend all in one day.
And in December, I’ll have a holiday short called “Alaska”. It’s part of Dreamspinner Press’s holiday package, which means you can buy the whole thing and get a story a day in December, or buy my story by itself. “Alaska” is a fairly angsty contemporary.
Will that be enough to keep us busy for a while?