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“Werecats” Special Edition Paperback & Author Interview with Andrew J. Peters

The Popular Werecat Series Now Available as a Special Edition Paperback!

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Previously available as e-novelettes, paranormal fans can now pick up the first three installments of Andrew J. Peters’ Werecat series in one book! Included are: The Rearing (Book 1), The Glaring (Book 2) and The Fugitive (Book 3).

Here’s the back cover blurb:

“Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets a handsome drifter named Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.”

Praise for the Werecat series:

“Steamy enough to satisfy romance-genre die-hards. An innovative take on the shape-shifter genre; this first offering in a gay fantasy series should garner a large following.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to live and love as a big cat, this is the book for you.” — Wilde Oats Journal

“If you love action packed stories, more than a spot of violence, and a thread of a love story too, then you should definitely try this book.” —Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite indie retailer, or dip your paws in the series with one of the e-books.

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Author Interview

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What’s been happening since you last stopped by to talk about Book 1 in the Werecat series?

It’s been an exciting time. 2013 was a break-out year for me after a long haul working on a number of stories and shopping them around. The Rearing came out in May of that year, and my first novel-length book The Seventh Pleiade débuted in November. I can’t say that I skyrocketed to celebrity, but I had a lot of fun with book release events and hopping around the blogosphere.

I continued the Werecat series with two more installments, and I’m currently working on the fourth and final book. Just this past year, I finished two other projects. Banished Sons of Poseidon is the follow-up young adult adventure to The Seventh Pleiade and will be coming out in October 2015 through Bold Strokes Books. In early 2016, I have another book Poseidon and Cleito coming out in a similar mythological vein, published by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy. That book imagines the early days of the Atlantis legend.

What sort of people read your books?

I guess the common denominator is readers who like LGBTQIA fiction. Though my upcoming book Poseidon and Cleito features two hetero characters so it will be interesting to see how people respond to that. I get a lot of M/M romance readers shelving Werecat at Goodreads, and it’s been great meeting people of all ages through my young adult series. People pick up the books because they like fantasy and sometimes because they have a particular interest in Greek mythology, which is a big inspiration of mine.

Jacks, the main character in Werecat, is a self-described “Euro-American mutt” who discovers his Native ancestry, which was hidden from him. How did you go about realizing Jacks and the spiritual traditions that are behind Werecat’s mythology?

The Euro-American mutt part was easy since that’s close to home. But I definitely felt a sense of responsibility in portraying the Native aspects of his character. Jacks was raised outside of that culture so he is in a sense discovering it himself as the story progresses.

While I was working as a social worker for LGBTQIA youth, I had the privilege of having colleagues from Native communities. We collaborated to educate schools and service providers about LGBTQIA concerns and Native concerns specifically. I learned a lot from working with a great organization called the Northeast Two-Spirit Society.

Werecat took a lot of research because the premise is that shifter magic was borne from indigenous practices related to people possessing dual souls, in this case man and cat of course. That was fascinating for me to study. It took me from Amerindian spirituality to African and Indian and Asian traditions.

I mention in my Acknowledgements in The Trilogy that I don’t purport to be an authority on indigenous cultures, and my intention was to honor those traditions, not to sensationalize or exploit them. It is a fantasy world that I created, and I wanted to take a nuanced approach to the werecat/werewolf trope. I thought about werecats being “good” and “bad” guys, and being both at the same time really.

What’s next for you?

I’ve been in a pretty productive phase so I’m happy to say that I have more books coming out in 2016 and beyond. I just signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books to publish the first book in what I’m calling an alternative history series. The book is titled The City of Seven Gods, and it’s an adventure-romance set in a fantasy world that takes a lot of inspiration from Near Eastern civilizations of the ancient world.

Otherwise, I expect to have a follow up to Poseidon and Cleito coming out, and I’ll be working on a contemporary romance, believe it or not.

About the Author:

Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series and two books for young adults: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Amherst, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as an advocate and a social worker for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has written for The Good Men Project, GayYA, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga and Layers of Thought among other media. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com or find him on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewjpeterswrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayjayp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AndrewJPeters

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Celebrating 4 Years at Smashwords: Free Books in July

newlogoSMCelebrating 4 years at Smashwords starting July 1st: free e-books for the entire month from our writer cooperative and multi-media entity: Flying With Red Haircrow. These include award winning titles, “The Agony of Joy”, and “Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World”.

Please read more at one of our author’s websites:


Rainbow Warriors http://cherylheadford.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/happy-birthday-flying-with-red-haircrow.html

Nephy’s World http://nephylim-author.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/happy-birthday-flying-with-redhaircrow.html

 

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Global Ebook Awards 2013, Best LGBT Fiction: “The Agony of Joy” by Red Haircrow

2013 GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD WINNER: BEST LGBT FICTION

It’s one of those things…well, it’s one of those things I never actively think of: winning an award, but I know what The Agony of Joy meant to me. It’s fiction, but it’s also my story in that it is based on real life situations I’ve dealt with (and still do in some ways) and what others close to me have experienced. Being a child abuse survivor, devastatingly losing a beloved to suicide, parental distance and strife.

 

It took me almost ten years to complete, from beginning to end, because it is a very vividly realized novel, which can have “triggers” for survivors like me. Triggers refers to those phrases, suggestions, scenes or dialogue that “trigger” memories of abuse or some other traumatic episode, but my point wasn’t to force that: it was simply to present the reality we live with every single day.

 

The moments we have to fight through when others are oblivious, just to keep going: to keep walking, to keep working, to go about daily activities. Sometimes it is excruciating physically, mentally and emotionally, but we go on because that’s what we know to do, and because those ones who hurt us didn’t ultimately break our hope or belief in goodness or in trying to do good for others because that is what helps us keep living.

 

There’s an anonymous saying: “Always be kinder than necessary. You never know what someone is going through.” That is CANON. Too few people ever consider such a thing, only thinking of themselves, their own needs and wants for even the most minor thing.

 

Almost ten years. I had to take a hiatus from writing AofJ because my own memories were close to overwhelming me at times. Like the character Adrian Lee also, the family divide because of choices and sexuality, the disrespectful and insulting treatment hurled my way was tearing me down. But I completed the book eventually.

 

And then you submit your book. And you receive replies like:

 

“This is ordinary….”

 

“This didn’t grab me….”

 

“This is too unreal, unbelievable….”

 

When it was my life. It was the life of men I’ve known, loved, and some of whom are now dead because the crushing disappointment  of being dismissed, disbelieved or disrespected became too much for them. Most of the scenes/locations in the novel are based on actual places, restaurants, places I’ve lived and explored.

 

I believed in this work. It was a complete labor of love, hard fought and won. I didn’t let the literal couple of hundred of rejections get me down, but I also didn’t go with a couple of acceptances as the understanding of what the novel is was important for the story and for me. I knew it was a story I had to tell because it was important not only for me, but for millions of others who have lived or are living in such situations regardless of social status, religion or belief system, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, etc.

 

No, awards aren’t everything. There are many great books out there that don’t get the attention they deserve. This award was important for me because I know publishers, especially traditional ones, are very dismissive, often editors only go by their own whims or reading tastes, and what they THINK readers want. I’m glad the judges of this award were more objective and recognized Agony for what I tried my damndest to present just as it had been lived.

 

My latest interview for this novel was at the AuthorQuiz website, where you can read more details about its writing and background. The book trailer is below. It was first published at Smashwords, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo and other online distributors.

 

Other of my posts about The Agony of Joy:

 

 

Description: “Former model turned actor Adrian Lee can barely list age range ’23-29′ on his resumé anymore nor stand his life of empty social events and appearances, meaningless roles and casual partners. When he meets Alexander Skizetsky by clever arrangement of his agent, the enigmatic yet infinitely attractive Russian kindles a little light of hope in his aching heart. Yet even the beginnings of a friendship and love beyond his wildest dreams cannot assuage a life spiraling out of control.

 

The long estrangement from his devout Irish Catholic parents and family and the dark secrets they all share combine to drive him to the brink of despair, though Alexander is determined to stay by his side. After locking away his own memories of betrayal and loss, the Russian had decided never to love again but something in Adrian spurs the noblest intentions in his formerly jaded heart. Returning in pilgrimage to his homeland, he brings Adrian along on a journey of rebirth, revelation and redemption.”

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Lichen Craig’s “Fireside” is Official! An Inside View of GLBT Books & Publishing

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From the GLBT Bookshelf website:

WELCOME!

Lichen Craig invites you into the Bookshelf’s study for an inside, close-up view of the world of GLBT books and publishing and the world of the arts and entertainment as  it pertains to GLBT literature. Sit beside the fire, pour yourself a glass, and listen in as Lichen talks to some of the most interesting and influential people in the industry: writers, publishers, illustrators, filmmakers, actors, reviewers and other movers and shakers. Each has a unique point of view, each looks at the world of GLBT books from his or her own unique perspective.

We will also look at trends within the GLBT publishing industry and trends in other areas such as current events, film, music, academics, and societal mood that influence GLBT literature.  Lichen brings you news from these arenas, and sits down by the fireside to chat with personalities that can bring you the most interesting and helpful insights into these fascinating worlds.

Step inside, pull up a chair, and make yourself comfortable!

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Now Available: The Altered Boys by M. Daniel Nickle

Published January 28, 2013 and available on Amazon Kindle and through Smashwords and its distributors, the second novel by M. Daniel Nickle.  Previously reviewed here, his first, The Dashing Mister R.

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“Taken from today’s most disturbing  news headlines from around the world, The Altered Boys Club may be the most gut-wrenching mystery novel you have ever read and the most important. Not since Andrew Greeley’s novel ‘Priestly Sins’ has a novelist tackled the issue of pedophile priests. This time, however, we are led through the story by a victim, an Iroquois boy named Ajit.”

Description: “Synchronicity. Not only does award-winning investigative journalist Sebastian Stephens believe in it, synchronicity guides his life. Stephens was teased throughout the day by the spirit of an Indian boy he encountered in his dreams. When a cryptic message from a Native American apparition asks him to save her boy, he figures it must have something to do with the spirit-boy, but he doesn’t really understand his mission until arrives in New York City. There at the invitation of his friend Detective Cliff Nolte, synchronicity points the way.

Since their last collaboration, Nolte has been appointed head of a special task for investigating a suspected ring of pedophiles that includes a number of Catholic priests in Brooklyn. He happened to call his friend Sebastian in New Orleans to come to the city as a consultant right before Nolte is called about the discovery of the body of a young American Indian boy near a charity donation bin. The cause of death is apparent drug overdose, but there are too many questions to simply close the case.

The next day when Stephens is taken to the morgue, he recognizes boy from his dream. Clearly, the death of this boy is linked to the subject of Nolte’s task force. The synchronicity is much too strong to be otherwise. The other connections the two men uncover will leave Stephens staring into an abyss he never suspected existed.”

About the Author

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M. Daniel Nickle is a Kansas City native.  He graduated from Bishop Miege High.  Afterwards, he attended Avila College on a Theatre Arts scholarship before earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Jewell College in Liberty Missouri.During his tenure at William Jewell, Daniel was given the opportunity to study at the Harlaxton Study Centre, an extension campus in Lincolnshire, England.  There Daniel studied drama, literature and art.  His two favorite areas of his literature studies were the English romantic poets and American writers in exile.

Daniel lived in Dallas, Texas before his move to New York in 1993.  Business took him regularly to New Orleans.  Here he fell in love with the Garden District, the French Quarter and the muffulettas from Central Grocery he honors in his book.

As an actor, Daniel has worked both on stage in his one-man shows of his own creation at the Duplex Cabaret Theater in New York as well as in television and films.  His comedic timing as well as his sense of the dramatic make his storytelling personal and captivating.

Links:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/m-daniel-nickle/7/9a9/b37

And in his own words, please visit his website for more information:

“I have worked as a playwright and actor, on stage as well as commercials, television and films. If you didn’t blink you might have seen me in various episodes of Law & Order, Sex in the City, for example, or in A Beautiful Mind. I have also performed a couple of one man shows at The Duplex Cabaret Theater in Greenwich Village….”

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