Spring is often a time of new beginnings, and certainly after the rigors of winter, many people eagerly look forward to the earth’s rebirth and warmer weather. I do as well, but this year has presented special difficulties that were completely unexpected. On April 27th, the region in which I lived, north Alabama, US was hit by a series of tornadoes that left us under a state of emergency with hundreds dead, and several hundred thousand without power for almost a week.
After “losing” those days (though I did spend time writing about our experiences which will be post on my blog), I’m having to compact several important tasks into a limited amount of time: getting everything prepared for my special needs son’s graduation from his middle school, completing my course assignments and final exams at university, and of course liquidating my book shop and household goods because on June 15th, we’re returning to Germany. We are so very excited about going home but there is much still to take care of before we catch our flight.
Other more exciting and happy events have occurred, too. On May 2, 2011, Dreamspinner Press released my historical fantasy story A Lieutenant’s Love, with its new cover designed by me, to Amazon Kindle. If you’ll remember, I was fortunate to receive welcome feedback from Lisa for it, here on Top2Bottoms Reviews.
Something of a “sleeper”, it’s still been well-received by readers who particularly enjoyed the relationship which grew between soldier Arin and his lieutenant, Jarryd Alyt. By popular demand, I’ve started gathering ideas on how and where their love’s journey will continue as I expand their world’s view. According to well-known author, Serena Yates, “Even if you don’t normally like historicals, this is one I don’t think you’d want to miss.” I thought a giveaway was a great way to introduce interested readers to my characters and their story, which was one of my first published creations. (Link to Giveaway Details.)
Upcoming in the next weeks, I have two more releases already scheduled. The first is a bittersweet tale in the contemporary genre titled The Caravaggio & The Swan.
Description: “Despite a long-time, loving partner, Michael becomes enamored with a beautiful young man online, corresponding fervently, soon inviting him into their home. But he learns a choice must be made between The Caravaggio and the Swan, and it’s no longer in his hands.”
The other is a speculative fantasy with strong tones of magical realism set in modern Berlin, The Angel of Berlin.
Description: “When Robin, a young university student, saves the life of a beautiful youth, he finds he’s made a devoted friend. But without memory and voice, the newly named Angel is a mystery, occasionally exasperating with his child-like qualities yet with touches of darkness which makes Robin wonder what kind of being he’s really taken in.”
Also on tap are the sequels to my contemporary romantic drama, Night Shift, which is tentatively titled The Berlin Shift, and Book 2 in my Night Cat vampire series, the first of which was Katrdeshtr’s Redemption. The character Katrdeshtr is a special favorite of mine and even has his own fanpage on Facebook, and I must say, it is so much fun “hearing” what he has to say.
Again, I am honored both intro books were reviewed on Top2Bottom.
Recently, I was pleased to have been featured in the 1PlaceForRomance newsletter in a “Meet the Author” interview.
I am looking forward to summer in Germany: biergartens, street festivals, catching up with friends and sailing at the lakeside village that is our home, but there’ll still be time to write, for when I’m at my true home, I am at my most prolific.
I hope to complete a number of WIPs as well as spend time expanding my publishing brand, Flying With Red Haircrow, which will open to clients and partners in writing projects we share in common. I’ll still continue contributing regularly at Queer Magazine Online where I am a guest reviewer and on-staff for articles.
I am always open to feedback, comments and queries, and enjoy interacting with readers and others. I can be reached at my email address theredhairedcrow at gmail.com and other places online. Other places I can be found: