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Hello, Snippetteers! It’s been a seriously wet wek around here — the suburb just to the north of us got 10 inches of rain in one storm the other night, and I came way too close to finding out if VWs actually float…

All I’m going to say about this week’s Snippet is that it’s a memory sequence from STONE COLD, the WIP, taking place while Terry’s on the bus to his favorite Thai take-out place. And Maelduin’s waiting for him back at his apartment.

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“Hey. You okay?”

The words washed over Terry without registering. Nothing was registering, really. He wasn’t sure how he’d gotten to the sidewalk outside the Duplex, or why he’d come there in the first place. He sat on his hard-shell suitcase, the only one he’d felt like taking the time to pack — maybe Bryce would send the rest of his stuff along to wherever he found to crash, maybe not. He wasn’t even sure what was in the suitcase.

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And some links for you —

Rainbow Snippets, your home for LGBTQIA+ goodness on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

ZWISCHEN ZWEI WELTEN, the German-language edition of HARD AS STONE (SoulShares #1), currently on pre-order status, release date November 1 — http://ow.ly/JEGz304wWiy

A SUMMER’S DAY, an anthology of Shakespearean-based stories with an m/m twist, benefitting the It Gets Better Project — http://ow.ly/9FdK304wWai

FLIGHT, a flash fiction anthology, 300-word speculative fiction stories, every flavor of fantasy, science fiction, and other spec fic from all over the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, proceeds to benefit the Queer Sci Fi blog — http://ow.ly/S6XJ304wWcf

Oh, and come see me at the QSF table at Gaylaxicon, the World LGBTQ Fantasy and Science Fiction Convention, October 7-9 in Minneapolis — http://www.gaylaxicon2016.org/

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The 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, “Flight”, is here, and I have a story in it! It’s a really cool concept:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

The book us available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).


Buy Links

Amazon eBook | Kobo | All Romance | Goodreads


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Funny. Of all the places she and Torvald could have chosen to build their dream home, they ended up with such a good view of Fenixport from the porch. Lucy rocked in her grandmother’s wicker chair in the lilac twilight, her eyes on the horizon, her heart seeing the plascrete bunker and the tower beyond it.

Not how she’d planned to say goodbye. Or to meet the end of everything. But the end of everything wasn’t something you planned for.

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Hello, Snippetteers! — real life has had plans for me this week, plans that didn’t involve very much writing, so I thought I’d revisit “Wolf, Becoming,” my Russian shape-shifter novella from Dreamspinner. The setup for this snippet is that Volyk, a wolf with the ability to become human under certain limited circumstances, has just found Ilya (the “male” in this snippet) lying in the snow atop a frozen river; Volyk has just run off Ilya’s two older brothers, who had beaten him with an axe handle and were in the process of chopping a hole in the ice to dump Ilya in the river until Volyk intervened.

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The male’s eyes opened; his gaze wandered, unseeing, then fell on Volyk. Pale gray eyes widened, their lashes already burdened with snow. “A cleaner death than my brothers meant for me,” he murmured. “Bol’shoye spasibo.”

Volyk shook his head. I am not your death, he wanted to say. But he could smell death lurking too near the human, see it in the way the beautiful eyes stopped noticing him, the gray gaze wandered past him to contemplate something far off, in a place where nothing was.

I will not let you die.

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As usual, a few links for you —

Rainbow Snippets, your home for LGBTQIA+ goodness on Facebook:

WOLF, BECOMING on Amazon: http://ow.ly/IuP7304j9ZP
WOLF, BECOMING on Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wolf-becoming-by-rory-ni-coileain-3652-b

FLIGHT: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest — comes out September 21, available for preorder now, and my “life/flight” was chosen to kick it off! http://ow.ly/y57J304jafi

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Good afternoon, Snippetteers! — sorry so late today, it’s been a busy morning and afternoon and it’s not over yet. But here I am, and here Maelduin is (fine to look at, isn’t he?), having just had his first attempt at what he thinks is a final seduction deflected by Terry. This, needless to say, is not a situation with which most Fae are at all familiar, even Fae of a House considered cursed with an inability to love.

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How had matters spun so far out of his control, in less than a day? A lifetime’s work and self-discipline, consummated at last, would have been wasted and worthless, had he not come through the Pattern… but the act of coming through the Pattern had robbed him of every fruit of that discipline, left him cursed and clumsy and helpless.

Helplessness was not a state any Fae could bear. One of the darkest of the many words as’Faein for torture, danamhris, came from an ancient root meaning, simply, ’to be done unto.’ Maelduin could not endure it. Would not.

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And here are a few links for you —

Rainbow Snippets, your home on Facebook for all kinds of LGBTQIA* goodies: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

UNDERTOW, the latest book in the SoulShares series, the story of Mac and Lucien and Rhoann: http://ow.ly/M6uk3045A6q

And here’s a surprise — I found out this week that the first book in the SoulShares series, HARD AS STONE, is coming out in German on November 1! (And what a pretty cover!) Here’s a pre-order link: http://ow.ly/YPC73045AcU

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Hello, Snippetteers! — this week’s snippet (seven sentences again, can we maybe see about adding another stripe to the flag?) is from STONE COLD. It’s the morning after Terry and Maelduin’s first, erm, encounter, and Maelduin has just gone off into the kitchen to make the two of them something to eat. For once, I don’t think any more background than that is needed. *winks*

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“How are you going to eat with that on your face?”

For a second, even lying flat on his back, Terry felt dizzy, as if the bed had opened up and dropped him into a bottomless pit. Maelduin’s words were ordinary, but there was nothing ordinary about the way he said them — the other man’s voice was suddenly smoking hot baritone sex.

Terry’s hand was shaking as he took the pillow off his head. He hoped Maelduin didn’t notice. I really, really need to get hold of myself. The tall, lean blond was just another one-night stand.

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And here are my links for the day —

Rainbow Snippets on Facebook, your home for all kinds of LGBTQIA+ goodness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

UNDERTOW (SoulShares #7), the latest installment in the SoulShares series: http://ow.ly/twlY303RWFY

A SUMMER’S DAY, a Shakespearean m/m anthology benefiting the It Gets Better Project, which includes my short story, “Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound”: http://ow.ly/Y9N7303RWJZ bow Snippets

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Hello again, Snippetteers — it’ been a wonderful couple of weeks, immersing myself in the Irish music scene, but it’s great to be back! I’m afraid I have another seven-sentence snippet for you this week (but maybe since I’ve been gone for two whole weeks, I might be forgiven for an extra sentence? *winks*)

This snippet is from STONE COLD, my WIP. Terry has just brought Maelduin home with him, and they’ve just had sex for the first time. And Maelduin, in a show of thoughtfulness unusual for a Fae (though Terry has no idea that’s what he is) has offered to clean Terry up afterward. Terry’s just told him where the washcloths are (a cupboard above the bathroom sink) and Maelduin’s rolled out of bed to go get one. Oh, and another thing Terry doesn’t know is that Maelduin is apparently under some kind of curse of clumsiness — all he knows is that Maelduin is both the most gorgeous guy and the biggest klutz he’s ever seen in his life.

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Another silence, then water running, then silence again. And then a loud thunk. “Fola’magairl!”

Terry took one look at Maelduin, emerging from the bathroom clutching a wet washcloth in one hand and rubbing his head with the other, and immediately rolled over, presenting his ass for Maelduin’s ministrations and conveniently burying his face in the pillow to smother another gale of giggles. He felt weight on the backs of his knees and his thighs — Maelduin straddling him — and then the warm caress of a washcloth.

Wouldn’t mind getting used to this.

As if.

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And my usual end-of-Snippet links —

Rainbow Snippets, your home on Facebook for all kinds of LGBTQIA+ goodies: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

Riverdale Avenue Books is offering SoulShares #1, HARD AS STONE, for 50 percent off through the end of August, with coupon code 8HAS2016: http://ow.ly/jll6303E0pL

And please check out A SUMMER’S DAY, an anthology of Shakespearean m/m romance stories in which I’m honored to have the lead-off story, with all proceeds benefitting the It Gets Better Project: http://ow.ly/KM1Q303E0xR

So Many GOOD Things!

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It’s been a crazy busy few weeks in the Ni Coileain household, and I’m headed out the door in a few minutes for a long weekend at Milwaukee Irish Fest — but I just wanted to leave you with a couple of the really cool things that have happened to me and my boys lately!

A SUMMER’S DAY — I have the lead-off story in this Shakespearan m/m short story anthology benefiting the It Gets Better Project — http://ow.ly/T4cS303bCa6!

Fabulous review of UNDERTOW from Becky Condit at USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog —
http://ow.ly/ETIW303bAHf

And in case you’re inspired to buy *winks*

UNDERTOW (Amazon): http://ow.ly/CCig303bBdb

And, as referenced therein —

HARD AS STONE (Amazon): http://ow.ly/ojjI303bBoA
HARD AS STONE (Riverdale Avenue Books, 50 percent off during August with coupon code 8HAS2016): http://ow.ly/xHSL303bBDp

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As if it being Friday weren’t enough…! First, A SUMMER’S DAY, an amazing anthology of twelve m/m takes on the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare, is live as of today, with all proceeds going to benefit the It Gets Better Project. Here’s an excerpt from my contribution, “Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound,” in which we meet Clarence, a fading star of the London stage headlining an off-off-Broadway production of “The Tempest,” and Jaymes, his starry-eyed Ariel.

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Jaymes’ mouth twisted. Frustration? Anger? “It’s his favorite way of getting into my personal space, where he has no business being. And reminding me that I have nappy hair. And reminding me that somebody like me has no business doing Shakespeare.”

All Clarence could do was stare. “Has he actually had the gall to say that to your face?” he finally managed.

Jaymes’ tight shrug made Clarence feel hollow inside. “He’s not the first, he won’t be the last.”

“Wonderful. We have positive proof the man’s a certifiable lunatic as well as a clinging arsecrumb.” Thank God, there was a drink next to his elbow at last. He snatched it up and drained nearly half in one go. “Has he paid even one iota of attention to the London stage for the last, oh, five seasons?”

“What did you just call him?”

Ah, the smile was back. Not quite at full wattage, but enough for Clarence to warm himself at. “One of my favorite non-Shakespearean epithets.”

“Worthy of inclusion in the canon.”

Clarence laughed, trying to make it sound like less of a bark than his laughter usually did. “Perhaps I’ll slip it into a rehearsal sometime.”

“I double dog dare you.”

And if I take your dare, what will you forfeit? Christ, he’d almost asked aloud. Back to staring into his glass — a damned sight safer than looking into eyes that threatened to melt him.

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Pick up your copy at http://ow.ly/T4cS303bCa6!

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And it’s a fantastic day for UNDERTOW, too, thanks to Becky Condit at USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, with a review that made my day, and week, and month, and is in the running for year!

http://ow.ly/ETIW303bAHf

And here are a few relevant buy links —

UNDERTOW (Amazon): http://ow.ly/CCig303bBdb

HARD AS STONE (Amazon): http://ow.ly/ojjI303bBoA
HARD AS STONE (Riverdale Avenue Books, 50 percent off during August with coupon code 8HAS2016): http://ow.ly/xHSL303bBDp

MANTLED IN MIST (Amazon): http://ow.ly/ANdn303bBK4

Happy reading — I’m off to stage manage at the Irish Fair of Minnesota for the weekend. If you’re out there, stop by the River Stage and say hi!

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Good morning, Snippetteers! — I may be away for the next couple of weeks (I’m a stage manager at the Irish Fair of Minnesota next weekend, and the weekend after that I’m going to be in Milwaukee happily NOT working at their Irish Fest) so I thought I’d leave you with something especially memorable this weekend. Background you need to know for this snippet: Terry and Maelduin have just arrived at Terry’s apartment, where Maelduin, obsessed in a very Fae manner with his own personal needs (namely, his need to find a place to stay and hide until he can figure out why he has been apparently cursed with a level of clumsiness not ordinarily seen anywhere other than the vaudeville stage), is in the process of seducing Terry. Things have reached ‘that point’, and Terry has just announced that matters won’t be progressing any further without a condom. Which, naturally enough for a Fae, Maelduin doesn’t have any of, so Terry’s just gone into his bedroom to fetch one. (Again, seven sentences, but “Bleeding balls!” is only one word as’Faein, so I’m not counting it as a full sentence….)

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As he slid the drawer open, there was a crash from the living room. “Fola’magairl!

Whatever that word meant, it was definitely a curse. Terry snatched up a condom and a half-full pump bottle of Slipnslide and stuck his head back out into the living room.

Maelduin was bent over next to the coffee table, stark naked and nursing his shin, still cursing under his breath. Terry bit his lip hard to keep from laughing. The most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen in my life, but I swear to God he could break his leg tripping over a stain on the carpet.

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And, as usual, a few links for you:

Rainbow Snippets on Facebook — your home for more LGBTQIA+ goodies: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/
UNDERTOW (SoulShares #7) on Amazon: http://ow.ly/q8BE302Ztn1
And the pre-order link for A SUMMER’S DAY, a fabulous anthology of m/m romance short stories, all based on the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare, put together in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death, and with all proceeds going to benefit the It Gets Better Project: http://ow.ly/Qg0P302Ztpp

(I mentioned in this space last week that the publisher of the SoulShares was running a promotion during the month of August, with the first book in every series priced at 50 percent off. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened yet, due to circumstances out of everyone’s control. But here’s the link to HARD AS STONE (SoulShares #1), and hopefully the sale price will be up sometime soon! http://ow.ly/Men4302ZttU)

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Hello, Snippeteers! This week’s Snippet is from the WIP, STONE COLD. Terry, Josh’s business partner (and former lover, until the then-nefarious Bryce intervened) has met the apparently homeless Maelduin, and under the influence of a certain amount of Fae wiles and charm, has invited Maelduin up to his apartment. Terry is also an accomplished ballet dancer, who until fairly recently ran his own trockadero (all-male) ballet company in New York City. And this is what Maelduin sees when Terry turns on the lights. (Again, seven sentences…. no regrets, it was necessary.😉 ) (And bragging rights go to anyone who can correctly identify both referenced ballets!)

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Terry’s walls were covered with images of human males, and Maelduin felt an actual physical ache in his chest at their beauty. Males in clothing as tight as a second skin, captured at the height of prodigious leaps, or in balances so exquisite as to be impossible without magickal aid, or so he would have thought. Poetry, given human form.

And several of the images were Terry. A younger version of Terry in chalk-white makeup and some sort of military-looking uniform with a red blazon on its breast, caught at the top of the arc of an amazing leap. And today’s Terry, in an elegant doublet that would have allowed him to blend in anywhere in the Realm, wearing tights leaving almost nothing to the imagination, cradling a rose in one hand and looking up at what appeared to be a balcony.

I want to be on that balcony, looking down.

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And a couple of links —

Rainbow Snippets on Facebook, for all your LGBTQIA+ reading needs — https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/

And for the whole month of August (starting Monday, that is), HARD AS STONE (SoulShares #1) will be on half price sale at Riverdale Avenue Books. Yes, it’s a gateway drug, and you won’t be sorry! http://ow.ly/2z4a302Lugj