inclusive spaces: ur doin’ it rong

So there’s been a flood of photos on Twitter and Fb from the UK LGBTQ Fiction Meet dinner and an awful lot of them seem to include, well, naked dudes. I have several things I want to say on this subject but they all basically boil down to the title of this post.

First off, let’s be clear that I have no problem with nudity, strippers, pornography or any other form of self-expression.  I’m a grown up and I’m fully capable ...

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laws, sausages & the RITAs

So you might have noticed that there’s been some controversy recently over the  RITA nomination of Kate Breslin’s For Such a Time. For those who haven’t followed the discussion, the story is a re-telling of The Book of Esther in which, in short, a Jewish woman in Theresienstadt, falls in love with the Nazi camp commander and, ultimately, comes to accept Jesus Christ as her personal lord and saviour [eta – it’s been pointed out to me that this phrase is ...

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reviews, ratings and issues of identity

So I’ve noticed something recently that’s been troubling me. And yes, this is going to be one of those posts.

A recent trend that I am overall pleased about is an increasing diversity in queer romance. We’re seeing more stories featuring protagonist who are trans*, asexual, genderqueer or otherwise possessing queer identities that go beyond ciswhitegaydude. This is very cool and I very much feel it’s the right way for the genre to evolve. I’m starting to see publisher websites where ...

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very british problems

So I ordered a batch of Glitterlands with the new cover and my publisher arranged for them to be shipped and, of course, I was out at work so UPS diligently bore these things across an ocean, stared at my door for a while, and then took them away again.

This is basically happens every single fucking time I ask for books from my publisher so I’ve got the strategy honed to a fine art:

  1. UPS take my books away from me
  2. I ...
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!! everything is really exciting right now


ForReal_400x600My kinky romance, For Real, is available for pre-order on the Riptide website.

Here’s the blurb:

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable.  Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t ...

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let’s eat grandpa

Before I get into this post, I should probably emphasise I’m not talking from direct personal experience here. I’ve only had a couple of editors in my time as a writer and if they’ve Tweeted about editing me it has only ever been to say something nice or to joke with me in a manner we both felt comfortable with. So this post is solely derived from observation, but nevertheless, it still troubles me and I can’t help selfishly thinking ...

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New Releases & Housekeeping & Stuff

I, um, I’m an idiot but I kind of forgot to do this for Liberty but, well, Liberty came out January. Woo hoo, yay, etc. These are a set of additional stories set in the Prosperityverse that weave in and out of the main Prosperity narrative. Shackles and Squamous with a Chance of Rain are sort of … origin stories for Ruben and Milord and Miss Grey respectively. Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies is about Byron Kae and ...

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i’m reviewing the situation

I didn’t really want to go into 2015 with my last post being my last word on 2014.

Although it’s kind of fitting, in a way, because I haven’t been a big fan of 2014. It feels like a lot of bad things have happened to people, a few of them to me and my partner, which I won’t go into now because … whingy and tedious and just, y’know, life being life.

My main personal beef with 2014 is that it’s ...

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the facts are these

A consensus is developing on Twitter and in the blogosphere that KJ Charles incited Julio Alexi Genao to attack Dear Author regular Sunita because she wrote a negative review of one of KJ’s books.

I’m going to state this plainly and baldly.

This narrative is false. Anyone who asserts it, or anything like it, is either lying or mistaken.

The facts are these:

  • On 17th November, Willaful posted a positive review of KJ Charles’s Think of England on Dear Author. In the ...
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10 Reasons You Should Read There Will Be Phlogiston

  1. ThereWillBePhlogiston_500x750(1)It’s free. Okay, admittedly, that it’s more a reason you should obtain it, rather a reason you should read it. But if you like my writing, here’s more of it for nothing. If you don’t like my writing, then you can check to see if you still don’t like my writing and it won’t cost you a penny. If you sometimes like my writing, and sometimes don’t, this is a perfect investment ...
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