Or so I hope. I’ve spent the better part of 2018 laying the groundwork for a rebuild of my fledgling author career. And I’m quite thrilled to be able to talk about one of the results.
At UK Meet in September I was roped into an author collaboration for a line of dark contemporary romances called CRIMINAL DELIGHTS.
From the website:
Each novel can be read as a standalone and will contain a dark M/M romance.
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
The books are organized into five themes: Serial Killer, Assassins, Taken, Organized Crime, and Obsession.
So, this spring, look for (finally!) a new novel from me, in Assassins. I am very happy about this one, and I’ll be making some noise about it.
More details very soon.
… I guess we’ll see if there lays an invincible summer within me.
I have received my Reversion of Rights letter from Riptide Publishing, and all my books have been pulled from the Riptide website. It will take a little longer until they disappear everywhere else.
I’ve removed all images of cover art I have posted anywhere, because the copyright for the covers is Riptide’s.
I’ll try to find a new home for the Santuario series, but the Bluewater Bay universe belongs to Riptide, so my Bluewater Bay books are permanently out of print.
I have a limited amount of author copies of both the the Santuario and Bluewater Bay novels available for sale. Shoot me an email at gordon[at]kontext.ca or through the contact form if you’d like one. I’d be more than happy to sign it for you.
There is way more in my heart I want to say about this, and maybe some day it will find its way out, but for now I have to keep it to the bare bones if I don’t want to explode in a mess all over the internet; and that would serve no one. Stay vigilant. Keep calling out those who prey on the vulnerable and those who kick down, if you can. Be safe.
(If this blog post catches you unawares, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, this tumblr post is a good place to start.)
Mark your books, err calendars; I mean bookmark Heroes and Heartbreakers for the full impact of coverage beauty that is Operation: GREEN CARD. (Coherence is overrated, anyway.)
It’s perfect, and shiny, and everything I want it to be. But until it’s completely finished and available in all formats, I can only show you a teaser:
So, be ready, hold on to your hats, and stay tuned for the big reveal in just a wee while. 😉
In the meantime, you can still hop on over to Riptide to check out further info on the book and, oh yeah!, pre-order. It’ll hit the shelves just in time for Christmas. Pssst, pre-orderers (that is totally a word) will get to read it two days early.
So, I instagram my foodporn, as one does. And apparently this one hit a summer nerve.
Because suddenly everyone seems to crave the recipe. I love to share the good stuff, so here goes:
Wash 1kg (about 2 bunches) asparagus and cut the ends off.
Add 3 tbsp of lemon juice to about 1.5 cups of your fave hollandaise or bechamel recipe, or use this one: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/04/foolproof-2-minute-hollandaise-recipe.html
Preheat oven to 180°C/356F.
Butter a rectangular pyrex dish. Start with a thin layer of sauce (about 1/3 of your hollandaise/bechamel), add a layer of fresh lasagna sheets (if you use dry, pre-cook them), a layer (4-6 slices, depending on size) of prosciutto cotto (deli-sliced), and half of your asparagus spears lengthwise.
Repeat layers. Top with the last third of sauce and 100 g of grated cheddar.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Tadaaa! *jazz hands*
I guess by now everyone is past the holidays and back into the swing of of things? I certainly am. I’ve set up a fresh Scrivener project, and am officially making 2017 the year of the Black Box. If you’ve read Santuario, you might remember the mention of a mysterious computer? A black box that was collected as evidence and never mentioned again? Well it will be now. I’ll be following Matti and Tom around, and diving into the history of the world Santuario is set in and it’s secrets.
Marginally connected to that, I’m aux anges with the set-up of a KVM switch between my two machines, so that I can now write in Scrivener on the mac and still do everything else on the linux box WITH ONLY ONE MOUSE AND KEYBOARD. This makes my life so much easier.
Anyway, that’s my January update. I’ll now go back to shoveling snow.
Oh, wait, before I forget: I didn’t do a best of my reads of 2016 (sorry, I was swamped), but you guys will have to read Kirby Crow’s Malachite. Trust me on this. It is easily the best thing I read in 2016.
The blog tour–general celebration–for the release of Bluewater Blues starts Monday, Oct 17th.
The reason is two-fold. One – there’s only so much dickery and drama I can deal with before I have to hole up and regrow a bit of skin armour. Enough said.
Two – on the plus side, I’ve been quite busy with edits, blurb and cover art for the next Bluewater Bay novel. And let me tell you, that cover turned out sooo perfect. I can’t wait to show you. (For those of you who’ve read When to Hold Them, this is Jack’s book, the new grocery store owner.)
Also, while I’m waiting to get the second round of edits back, I’ve been plotting, and actually started to write yet another Bluewater Bay. This one hasn’t been contracted yet, but the Greencard plotbunny is all Sarah Lyon’s fault.
On the whole I think pulling back a bit has done those two books good. It’s certainly given me a breather. So, back into the fray, right? 😉
I’ve read a lot of absolutely amazing books this year, so it was impossible to choose just three for the top. Even with the four I did end up picking out, I feel like I’ve cheated someone.
Apart from that, I just hit ‘send’ on my BWB submission due today!. I’m so very behind on everything else, and won’t even try to write reviews now. I need a bit more brainpower to do these books justice. So, a naked list will have to do for this year, with, hopefully, reviews to follow when I can word again.
3. Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow
2. Nightingale By Aleksandr Voinov and For Real by Alexis Hall
1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (audiobook)