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Blog Tour for Myths Untold: Faery Anthology by Gus Li, Brandon Witt, Skye Hegyes, and J. Scott Coatsworth

We’re excited to be part of the blog tour for Myths Untold: Faery! A fantasy anthology faery fans will surely enjoy. Plus, author Skye Hegyes talks playlists and writing. Enjoy!

Myths Untold: Faery
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Authors: August Li, Brandon Witt, J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes
Cover Artist: August Li
Length: 79K
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 4/13/16
Categories: LGBT, Fantasy, Paranormal
Price: eBook $5.99, paperback TBD



Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril.

In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him.

Welcome to Faery.

The Pwcca and the Persian Boy, by Gus Li

Despite beauty and luck, something about Glyn makes everyone uncomfortable. Homeless on the streets of Cardiff, he has nothing to keep him going but his friendship with Farrokh. Through stealing and fortune’s occasional favor, Glyn keeps them alive. But then homeless youths begin to disappear, and when Farrokh goes missing, Glyn begins to discover the reasons behind both his luck and the way people react to him. Determined to save his friend from a danger he never imagined, he enlists the help of Lleu, who might be an ally, or might be manipulating Glyn to achieve his own goals.

The Other Side of the Chrysalis, by Brandon Witt

In a species that values beauty above all else, Quay looses both his freedom and his birthright as prince of the fairies. Lower than an outcast, he watches over his younger brother, hoping against hope that Xenith’s rebirth will provide safety and positions that has slipped through Quay’s grasp. Though he expected kindness from no one, Quay gradually starts to trust that there is more to life, even for the likes of him, as sexual encounters with Flesser, a fairy barely accepted himself, turn from lust to love. Quay knows having forbidden relationships will be his undoing, but he is powerless to turn away.

Changeling, by Skye Hegyes

With his pointed ears and a tail, Tyler’s always been different than the other children, but until Marsh, a brownie tells him he’s a changeling, he never thought he wasn’t human. Now he will discover what faery life is like, and just how being a changeling could change his life. On the way, his ties with his mother will be pushed and prodded even as his friendships grow and his love life blossoms. However, in a village of God-fearing people, those who are different are spurned and Tyler will discover how much trouble a fledgling changeling can get into.

Through the Veil, by J. Scott Coatsworth

In the not-too-distant future, San Francisco has been swamped by rising sea levels caused by global warming, and has only survived by building a wall to keep the water out of the heart of the City. Colton is a trans man barely getting by on the canals outside the wall. Tris is an elf who has come to the human world on his journey to become a man. Fate brings them together, and everything changes for Colton when he sets out with Tris to find the elf’s missing brother, taking Colton behind the Wall for the first time.

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A Different Kind of Playlist

By Skye Hegyes

I always hear authors talk about a specific playlist they listened to while writing. It’s both awesome and daunting. I see a list of ten to fifteen songs they listened to while writing their works, and I’m envious of such lists.


Because I’ve never had such lists.

I listen to music while writing, but I just tend to put on Pandora, click a list of music I’d like to listen to and click shuffle so that it randomizes songs from my various channels.

That means the music I listen to changes with each writing session. After a while I tune it out, just needing the noise in the background anyway, so it really doesn’t matter what I’m playing.

Since my playlists are on shuffle, I can’t tell you a list of songs I listen to, but I can give you a rundown of the channels it flips between.

– 2000s Pop

– 80s Rock

– Pop Rock

– Country Love Songs

– Phil Collins

– 90s Country

– 80s Country

– Country Pop

– R&B Love Songs

– The Piano Guys

– 90s Alternative

– t.A.T.u.

– Breaking Benjamin

– Love Songs

– 80s Pop

It means a variety of music, and I hardly ever hear a song repeated within the same week even if I write every day, and that – to me – is the best part.

Meet the Authors:

Gus Li

August (Gus) Li is a creator of fantasy worlds. When not writing, he enjoys drawing, illustration, costuming and cosplay, and making things in general. He lives near Philadelphia with two cats and too many ball-jointed dolls.

He loves to travel and is trying to see as much of the world as possible. Other hobbies include reading (of course), tattoos, and playing video games.

Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities.

Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about…

Skye Hegyes

Dragons, wolves, and sharp objects are commonplace in Skye Hegyes’s home in North Carolina. She spends most of her time between writing and working. When not doing either of these things, you may find her making crafts or adventuring with her family, which consists of her husband, two daughters, two birds, and three cats… and a partridge in a pear tree…

J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

BOOK BLITZ: Snowed In, a M/M Anthology by L.J. Hamlin, Lynn Townsend, Jessica Chase, Logan Zachary, Leigh Ellwood, Emjay Haze, Tray Ellis, Kassandra Lea

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Cover Artist: Kris Norris

Snowed In is a wintery blend of frost, snow, and romance from eight of Torquere Press’ M/M authors.

Winter storms are dangerous, and in Celibate Cold by Lynn Townsend, Topher finds himself stranded in one when his car slides into a ditch. Alone and scared, he tries to walk home in the blizzard but ends up at Chase’s house, desperately in need of help.

Can an accident on Luke and Tom’s annual hike lead to them becoming more than good friends? Find out in Jessica Chase’s Falling for Love!

In This Winter’s Night by Kassandra Lea, Barry is devastated when he realizes he spends more time talking to his horses than his boyfriend—but that’s about change.

These snow angels have a devilish side! Huey and Tommy think their neighbor Marshall would be a naughty, fun addition to their snow day in Snow Angels by Leigh Ellwood.

In Snow Job by Logan Zachary, winter doesn’t always come with a chill—sometimes it’s smokin’ hot! For Lance and Leo, snowbound and icicles are about to take on whole new meanings.

Beau and Leon are two strangers on a chairlift. When Leon—the “experienced” skier—laughs at himself, Beau looks at him in a whole new light in Taking the Fall Line by Tray Ellis.

In Snowy Reunion by Emjay Haze, Steven wonders if he even has a boyfriend since Jonathan walked out after their last argument. But Jonathan surprises Steven during a ski trip and it just might save their relationship.

Seeking the elusive Yeti is Joel’s passion, but he finds more than he bargained for in Adventures of a Yeti Hunter by L.J. Hamlin.

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Publisher:  Torquere Press
Release Date:  1/27/16
Book Length: 44,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Anthology



Celibate Cold by Lynn Townsend

Chase squinted. Of course it wasn’t a yeti, he thought. But the creature who was stumbling in his direction was covered in snow from the thighs down and his coat was thick with ice crystals. He had a hat crammed low down over his ears, but no gloves, and his sleeves were crusted with more snow. He’d probably fallen a few times, to judge by the smears of white down his front.

By the time Chase had identified the intruder as being nothing more than a man, his visitor was nearly to the porch. The man’s teeth were chattering so hard that he couldn’t seem to force intelligible words out. Chase caught a few mumbled syllables.

“Well, you look like three miles of bad road,” Chase said. He helped the man up the stairs and then impartially started brushing snow off his back, not really paying attention to where his hands were until the man startled when Chase’s hands came down on his ass, smacking snow away.

The stranger whirled, his brown eyes wide.

Chase held his hands out to his sides, harmless. “No point in trackin’ that all in m’house, man, and you look a bit chilled to do it yourself.”

The man nodded, stomped off his feet as best he could, which wasn’t very well. Chase sighed. The guy was wearing fucking Oxfords, for Christ’s sweet sake. He’d be lucky if he had any toes left at all. Fool.

“Sex,” the man said.

“What?” Chase had to have misheard that. He stuck a finger—snow covered, and cold—into his ear as if to clear it out. Or wind up his brain. “What did you say?”

“Six. Six miles of bad road.”


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Spotlight: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

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Contributors: Astrid Amara, KJ Charles, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan Castillo Price and Andrea Speed

Released 25 August 2015

Published by JCP Books LLC

Sales link: Amazon

Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.

Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum
For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.

Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog
When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.

KJ Charles – A Queer Trade
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious
Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.

Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.

Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex
Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince
Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.

Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many
Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?

Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
It’s a boring night at the Quik-Mart for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?

Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.


We were just kids,” Jack muttered.

Shafts of afternoon light speared through the blinds, illuminating the hard angles of his lean face. He exhaled a cloud of pale blue smoke and ignored the glare of the well-dressed diners seated at other tables. In a moment a maitre’d would appear and smoothly suggest that he remove himself from the building.

Then, inevitably, David would intervene, flashing his ministry badge and pronouncing Jack’s full name a little too loudly, a little too officiously. A halting apology would be offered and followed by requests for autographs and photos. Behind it all Jack would hear the whispers.

That’s Jack Swift?

God, did you see his hand?

He looks like some ragman from the Bone Ledges.

I’ve heard he’s a queer.

Lifting his scarred hand, Jack drew the smoke down to ring his fingers. Let the surrounding diners see that the ragman in their midst was a wizard. They didn’t need to know which one. Any wizard was too much trouble for most decent folk.

-Swift and the Black Dog by Ginn Hale


From his square jaw and beefy build down to his dirty blond fade haircut, everything about the guy screamed ex-hardcore military. He moved as if expecting a riot to break out on the upper loft, icy blue eyes scanning each of us, stopping only long enough to mark our presence before moving on to the next cop.

He found me first and then again, last. His gaze pierced through me, assessing and judging in a way that did not say cop. I wasn’t sure what was found wanting, my shaggy mane or my odd ommatidia-faceted pupils, but something made his nostrils flare. I definitely spotted the moment he saw my pupils’ copper-green sheen. His head jerked back a few millimeters and his chin jutted out.

If my new partner had a thing against fae or fae-bred, we were assuredly going to have a problem.

-Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford


“Mr. Kopecky?”

“Yes, that’s….” Dominic began as he lifted his gaze from the paper. Then his tongue tangled, and he forgot how to speak.

The man standing in front of his desk was…well, he’d never thought of a man as beautiful before, but it was the only word that came to mind now. The white of his shirt collar contrasted with rich, brown skin. Silky black locks brushed his shoulders, and wide lips shaped into a rather cheeky grin.

“…You?” the man prompted, when Dominic only stared.

God! He dropped his eyes quickly, willing his reaction under control. He couldn’t forget himself at work, in full view of everyone. As he glanced down, his eye snagged on the badge pinned to the man’s vest.

A familiar? Here?

-The Thirteenth Hex by Jordan L Hawk

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Devout A Storm Moon Press Anthology edited by S.L. Armstrong


Featuring authors: Ann Anderson, Annabeth Leong, Angelia Sparrow, D.K. Jernigan, and Cari Z.

Published by Storm Moon Press

Released 14 December 2014

Genre: Gay Erotica (religious themes, mixture of contemporary, historical, & paranormal)

Length: 56,700 words (anthology of 5 stories)

Buy Link: Storm Moon Press •  AmazonAll Romance eBooks


Let’s face it; spirituality can be sexy. That goes double for men of the cloth, who display such passion and devotion toward their chosen deities. For some, nothing is more erotic than men dedicating their lives to faith and service. However, even the most pious men aren’t above temptation, and the men of Devout find themselves more than eager to explore a more carnal interpretation of worship. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy five doses of old-time religion spiked with erotic intrigue and a delicious hint of sin that will have you reaching for some holy water, preferably with ice.

Changing hearts and opening minds has been an uphill battle for Reverend Philip, one that has sent him even further into the closet. Little does he know the simple act of protecting a bullied outsider will force him out of the closet and face to face with the powers of those who have been Transformed. Helping Evan quickly becomes less a question of right and wrong and more A Question of Faith, both in God and in his own abilities.

Wearing a Roman collar shows without words that Paul is Never Not a Priest, but the weight of that fact has kept him from fully embracing himself and his lover, Tyler. When the bishop of his diocese announces the Anglican Church will marry those within the LGBT community, Paul is forced to rethink his now-pre-marital affairs.

Giving in to lust demons is an occupational hazard for priests like Leo, but his half-brother Theo has always been a grounding force amidst the maddening pleasure. Higher level demons mean trouble, though, and even with many exorcisms under his belt, the town of Fieldstream might just have more Lust Allure than Leo can handle.

Lord Rhys, heir to the earldom of Kent, is intelligent and unattainable as far as Father Andrew is concerned. To avoid a great famine, the unlikely pair sets out to commission an engineer to build a much needed Water Wheel. However, if the power-hungry Bishop of Rochester has his way, their quest and budding affection are both doomed to failure.

Tyson may be the Son of a Preacher Man, but he’s certainly no saint. Exorcising demons is taxing work, and his partner, Seb, certainly knows how to relieve the tension. Their latest assignment seems ordinary enough, but Seb’s connection to this particular hellspawn means Ty might have to strike a deal, and the terms will be questionable at best.

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I wasn’t about to walk into an exorcism smelling like come. I took five minutes to be as thorough as I could stand to be with the water never more than lukewarm and uncomfortably rough paper towels before heading back outside toward the car. At least Seb had warmed it up.

And turned on the radio. I hated giving him control of the radio; he always searched around for the song he knew would piss me off the most and stuck there. I sighed behind the steering wheel and pulled out onto the highway.

“The only boy who could ever reach me,” crash-bam, “was the son of a preacher man! The only boy who could ever teach me, oh-oh, was the son of a preacher man! Yes he was, he was, oh yes he was,” bang-bang-bang on the dashboard. “Sweet talkin’ son of a preacher man, ooh, oooohh—”

I turned off the radio. Seb’s dark eyes flashed to me, and he pouted dramatically. “Ty, I was listening to that.”

“You were butchering that.”

“I beg your pardon? I sing like a choir of angels. I should know.”

“Funny thing,” I told him as I took the next exit for Couer D’Alene, “the simile doesn’t get any more ironic the more often you tell it.”

“No, but your appreciation of it increases, which makes it worth the telling,” Seb said with a grin. “Besides, I still hold out hope that you’ll learn to love that song. It’s like your theme song. Son of a preacher man,” he sang at me, mocking and serious all at once. His voice really was beautiful, a perfect dramatic contralto that suited the body he was wearing right now, that of a sweet-faced young man, gangling and loose-jointed. His hair was a mess of short black spikes, and he wore silver rings through his nose, both eyebrows and along both ears. All he needed to complete the punk ensemble was a cigarette, but I never let Seb smoke in the car. I had to have some boundaries, damn it.

And I’d never learn to love that song.

“You’re going to have to change soon, we’ll be at the house in about ten minutes,” I reminded him.

“The house at the end of the cul de sac,” he parroted, having listened in on my conversation with Maria. “The one with the fake emergency vehicles and the fake emergency personnel responding to the fake gas leak.”

“Fake gas leak, real emergency,” I said with a shrug. It had been a few years since I’d done a job in this town, but my GPS seemed to have me on track. I always had to double check the damn thing, ever since it nearly sent me into a damn river as I fumbled my way across Iowa.

“Who summons demons in the suburbs, though? When are we going to get sent to a city? God, I’d kill to go back to Chicago. Remember last time, when we pissed off half the guys in that sports bar and had to run out into the snow before we finished our drinks, and a couple of them followed us into the alley?” Seb smiled happily. “That was so much fun.”

I remembered the smell of blood in the snow, the stink of fresh urine, and the squeaking screams that somehow got around the first guy’s crushed hyoid bone. “Maybe next time,” was all I said.

— from “Son of a Preacher Man” by Cari Z.

More about the Devout anthology at Storm Moon Press, where you can find additional excerpts.

Our Thoughts:

Just in time for Easter, we bring you our review of Devout. An anthology dedicated to men of the cloth. Priest, Reverend, Minister.  One thing these men have in common, outside of a collar, are desires of the flesh. They possess a strong yearning to please God but their desires and attractions pull them in another direction.

This anthology has an urban fantasy type story, a few paranormal elements and also the contemporary. Definitely something for everyone! Below are reviews for just a few of the stories, but as a whole the anthology is strong, entertaining and an eclectic mix of love, demons, relationships, historical and men of the cloth.

Never Not a Priest :

Paul is an Anglican Priest. When his Bishop sends a letter out to the diocese stating that they will begin to bless marriages for LGBT couples within the church, Paul is stunned. More so when she states that it goes for priests as well. What really hits home is that she says it’s either abstinence or marriage, no more fornication will be tolerated.

That’s exactly what Paul has been doing for five years with Tyler. He’s always loved his time with Tyler but it was treated like a backdoor, alleyway hook-up. Always quick and never left time for them to share, connect or even do it properly in a bed. Paul starts to feel extreme shame over his treatment of Tyler and decides it’s time to change that. He loves and appreciates Tyler and it’s about time he showed him just how much.

Can an artist with a foul mouth, dyed hair and a penchant for old thrift store clothes be the perfect match for a devout Anglican Priest, leading a congregation? Are the wounds too deep from time passing as they sat idle or can they move toward a future together as a real couple? This story was just the right level of sweet yet messed up. Tyler was one forgiving guy and Paul wasn’t too proud to repent. ;)

Lust Allure:

A unique read!

A priest, Leo, and his half-brother, Theo, (half demon, half human brother) embark on a mission to exorcise demons from a small town. The wandering children were a bit creepy, but sets the scene. All the adults who didn’t flee were eventually lured into the church. From there, the lust demons overpowered their senses and left them there in a state of desire and rapture. Hence, the children not being looked after.

Leo is set on what he must do and doesn’t seem to mind at all that he’s putting himself in danger to do so. Theo is not as sure. He hates that his brother endangers himself and can potentially be claimed by a demon. The thought is more than he can bare. Theo’s father was a level ten demon and he has always been afraid of his father trying to find him.

Leo enters the church and allows himself to be taken on the altar by the high level demon. Hello! I think he actually yearned for it. Yes, the power exchange is part of how Leo can overthrow the demon, but with Malik it is different. It’s like Leo can’t wait to submit. When he has the power, Malik stuns him with an offer. This will be no ordinary exorcism!

Lustful , demon sex on the altar…… Wow! I don’t read that every day!

Water Wheel:

This short was a true gem. Back story on both mains, present problem and a HEA all wrapped up in a short that didn’t feel rushed or leaving us wanting is truly rare.

When Rhys and Andrew set out to find an engineer to design and help build water wheels for their Earldom, they never imagined what they would actually find. The adventure is not without threat from bandits and thieves, causing some excitement. The true adventure is the one within their hearts.

After years of watching each other and feeling their desire build, Rhys finally has Andrew close and in private. He takes advantage and kisses him. Those kisses eventually turn into touches and relief. All the while, Andrew is torn. He has been raised to eventually be in line for the papacy. What he is doing with Rhys is a sin. This fornication is unforgivable. Yet, he continues because it is what his heart truly desires. Andrew’s struggle with love of God and man is very real and heartbreaking. His years of programming are hard to set aside.

When they return, he chooses God over Rhys, or does he? When Rhys is threatened the true depth of Andrews love for Rhys just might save them all.