Epimeliad download links & Member’s Choice nominations

•December 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Epimeliad download links for PDF, ePub, and mobi files are on the M/M Romance Group’s website. (Must be 18 or older to enter.)

If you have read the story, please take a minute to rate Epimeliad on GoodReads.

Epimeliad is also part of the Don’t Read in the Closet – Love Has No Boundaries anthology volume 9.

And color me shocked and honored that Epimeliad is also nominated for the GoodReads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Free Story and Best Fantasy categories! Thank you, Aimee, for the nominations. That means a lot. =) Voting is going on through December 31st, 2013, if you want to participate!

GoodReads M/M Romance Member's Choice Award Nominee 2013 for Best Fantasy

GoodReads M/M Romance Member's Choice Award Nominee 2013 for Best Free Story

Thank you! –Adara.

Review: Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction

•August 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

(So, I told WordPress to post this in August last year, but for some reason it never did. So, here it is, a year late.)

Man, Oh Man!  Writing Quality M/M Fiction
Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction by Josh Lanyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this to be an excellent read. As someone who currently writes more for fun than profit, this book gives some great insight into the world of publishing within the M/M genre. While there was a lot of “well, duh” information (or perhaps I’ve just been around the genre long enough to have learned it already, so I consider it “well, duh” where others may not yet), there is still a great deal of advice that ought to be repeated often and taken to heart.

It’s not just Josh’s advice, though there is plenty of that. He has many (many, many) representatives of reader, author, and editor/publishing house perspectives. (I had no idea when I posted on his question in FaceBook that I’d wind up being quoted in this book. Not that I mind, I just had no idea.) And it covers a variety of topics and questions, too numerous to begin to list here. You learn that there is no “one right answer”, but there is a range to fall within which is acceptable.

Even if not every bit of advice is for you–there were things which I knew didn’t particularly apply to me because I know how I operate–you’ll still find something of use in this book, particularly if you haven’t published before; or haven’t taken any writing courses or workshops; or have published, but not much; or don’t feel like you market very well; etc. There is a LOT of ground covered in this work.

I think the greatest thing about it is that I could see where I need to focus, and reading this book made me want to put it aside and think about my story and characters, to write it all down before I forgot it. I do not think I’ve ever highlighted a book so much in my life, even when I was in college. There were so many tidbits I wanted to remember and come back to for later.

That, and the resources. There are many additional resources listed throughout the book (part of where the highlighting came in handy) as well as at the back of the book. I found some of these particularly handy.

So, if you think you want to publish in the M/M romance genre, I recommend giving it a read. It’s lengthy, but worth it.

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It’s here: Epimeliad

•July 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Epimeliad was released this morning on the GoodReads M/M Romance Group for this years Love Has No Boundaries event, part of the Don’t Read in the Closet series of writing events. Many thanks to Elizabetta for the prompt. I hope you enjoy it!

If you’re a member of the group, you can access it via the following link:

If you’re not a member, you can quickly join as long as you’re over 18 and create a GoodReads account. Please be sure your full birth date (day/month/year) is entered on your goodreads.com profile (privacy setting are up to the member) before you ask to join. The email process for requests to join isn’t reliable so if you haven’t been admitted within 24 hours, PM JenMcJ directly with your request to join.

Here’s the link to the M/M Romance Group homepage:

Please note that downloads will be forthcoming at a different link. I’ll post that when they’re ready. They’ll follow after a few days.

I hope you enjoy it!


Blurb for Epimeliad:

Five nymphs with special powers are called together to form an elite team to fight against natural and supernatural disasters. One of those called to serve is an idealistic young apple tree nymph named May. May joins the group hoping for a better life than he had amongst his sisters and father, who all shunned him for being only half-Epimeliad. But unless he finds his tree, May’s time with the team may be short-lived; his missing tree and lack of powers is a huge liability.

The river-god Cydnos goes to the meeting to discover who is trying to manipulate him and for what purpose. What he finds is an old appretice turned warrior turned trainer who knows more than he’s letting on, a couple of nymphs who can handle themselves, and a couple of naïve kids who believe they’re there to help save the world. On top of that, Cyd learns he has a unique bond to one of the kids, a distraction a centuries-old warrior like him doesn’t need. He intends to walk away, but his conscience won’t let him leave the untrained kids there to get themselves killed.

When May’s powers suddenly begin to manifest, Cyd has to figure out the secret of May’s tree before May accidentally kills himself. If Cyd doesn’t, the team might end up lacking a member. Or two.

Love Has No Boundaries prompt & story cover

•June 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

Love Has No Boundaries (A Don’t Read In The Closet event) stories are beginning to release. As I have the past couple of years, I chose a prompt to write, and here it is:

Two young men staring into each other's eyes and holding each other.

Elizabetta’s prompt photo for her Love Has No Boundaries event request.

Dearest Author –

We met at the academy, aware of the other by name and reputation but never crossing paths until now. In a place for the best of the best, those talented beyond the norm, I daresay we would stand out if only they knew… We immediately sensed a connection, a pull as if a cable stretched taut between us, made stronger by proximity. At first it was fleeting, a shivering sensation that grew over time until our very thoughts and desires were made known to each other. How is this possible? Is it our nightmare or our blessing?

Please help us find our way…

Alt Uni/UST/HEA or HFN (no insta-love, no GFY please)


While I was researching and thinking about how the story would work, I came across this photo, and it became pivotal to the plot.

A tree surrounded by a river

A tree in the middle of the Berdan River (the ancient Cydnus River)

And since the owner of this photo didn’t respond to my query to use it (it’s not licensed for commercial use – I’m pretty sure even though the story is free, an ebook cover is considered commercial use), I asked a friend to create cover artwork based on this image. So, here’s the big cover reveal for my story, Epimeliad!

Epimeliad book cover

Cover for my Love Has No Boundaries story, Epimeliad

And here are the story tags:
genre: alternate universe, paranormal
tags: Greek mythology-based, mythical creatures (warrior nymphs), magic users (elemental powers), bonded, masturbation, age-gap

Now, truth be told, I felt just a touch rushed when writing the story, so I really hope it meets Elizabetta’s expectations. *crosses fingers*

Why DO I want to write in M/M Romance, anyway?

•January 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I’m on Chicks & Dicks again today talking about why I want to write in the M/M Romance genre and about any fear of oversaturation within the genre. Go check it out if you’re so inclined. =)


Chicks & Dicks: What I’m thankful to the M/M Romance Genre For

•November 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’m over at Chicks & Dicks today talking about the list of things for which I am thankful to the M/M Romance genre as a whole.

I’m going to be driving with the family to visit my in-laws for the holidays, so I probably will not be able to address any comments until I return on Sunday. In the meantime, I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


GRL2012 & R.I.P. my new Kindle

•October 22, 2012 • 2 Comments

So, getting to Gay Rom Lit 2012 in Albuquerque, NM was more of an ordeal than the event itself. In the airport, I managed to lose my drivers’ license between security and the gate, (which wasn’t even the length of a football field between them). I got lucky and thought it might still be in the bins that were run through the x-ray machine, and airport security managed to find it in the bin. Thank God for small miracles.

Then I managed to drop my new Kindle (3 Keyboard version) on the corner and it busted the screen to the point where the top 3 lines on the left side will not change anymore. And even though it was covered by a replacement plan (through Target, since I bought this through Amazon Marketplace, and the guy I purchased from bought it from Target), the replacement plan doesn’t cover “physical damage”. WTF. And of course, it’s outside of the 1-yr replacement plan by Amazon. So, essentially, I’m fucked. I have to buy a new Kindle when I just bought one a few months ago.

Do you KNOW what a pain in the ass it is to reload and re-categorize all of your damned books? Do you? It’s an enormous PITA. (It really makes me want to punch Kevin Bacon in the face. Why Kevin Bacon? Inside joke.)

At least I didn’t know about the replacement plan thing over the weekend so that I wasn’t pissed off the entire time at GRL.

GRL was absolutely fabulous. I met so many people whom I’ve spoken to online, authors and readers and reviewers alike. And it was a ton of fun. I know I made new friends, some even better friends, and I had a blast, from dancing, to singing [If anyone has video of me singing The Captain’s Wife’s Lament during karaoke on Friday night, let me know! Gods, I was so nervous for some ridiculous reason, and I know that song backward and forward, and I still flubbed it. I do better singing it to smaller groups.], to chatting with authors, to learning more about publishers. I adored meeting all those whom I did!

And I came home with so much more swag than I thought I would. I only bought 7 books, but I came home with over 20 due to freebies. It’s a miracle I got all of that into my suitcase since I only brought one smallish one. (Note to self for next year: leave room in the suitcase for the trip home!)

I’m thinking I’ll most likely be at GRL 2013 in Atlanta next year, because I can easily drive that instead of flying, though I might have to sweet-talk my husband into it. He missed me bunches while I was gone. Something about not getting to talk to me enough, having to deal with 2 small children by himself, and not appreciating until just now how I kick him out of bed in the mornings to get to his classes.

At least he did one load of dishes while I was gone. I guess I should go do the rest of the dishes, the laundry, and the groceries now. Oh, and sift through the pictures and video I took. =)

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