alexdraven: (Luke - scatter_pattern)
( Oct. 18th, 2008 09:41 pm)
Back in 2005, Torquere published their second anthology of shape shifters, Shifting Too, which contained one of my stories, Sleeping Bears Lie. In 2007 that story was shortlisted for the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards, just after the anthology went out of print.

Since then the story's been extended - it's now about one-third new material - and it's just been published as a stand-alone Single Shot.

Set in Alaska, Sleeping Bears Lie is a story about how lying to keep secrets can screw things up, but then, so can telling the truth. It's about identity, and what it means to know someone, and if you need to know someone's history to love them in the present. It's about a relationship that's not easy, but might be worth it anyway.

It's an unusual perspective for me - first person present tense - but I wanted the reader to be riding long with Dan, seeing Matt through Dan's eyes.

The whole idea for the story came out of thinking about were- and shape-shifter stories, and how often, even in stories where humans aren't supposed to know anything about supernatural creatures, the person who gets involved with the werewolf / vampire / witch / etc finds out pretty early on and normally takes the news pretty calmly.

You could say this story started from a 'what if' - what if the shifter partner did hide their true selves. How would that work? Could that work?

You'll have to read Sleeping Bears Lie to find out what the answer was for Dan and Matt, but to get you started, there's an extract from the start of the book up on the Torquere site here , and a second snippet, from the following morning, under the cut tag.

Read more... )

You can buy Sleeping Bears Lie, in a variety of electronic formats, direct from the Torquere Press website for the princely sum of $2.49.

I love hearing from readers and my inbox - and comments box - are always open.

Happy reading!
alexdraven: (Luke - scatter_pattern)
( Oct. 18th, 2008 09:41 pm)
Back in 2005, Torquere published their second anthology of shape shifters, Shifting Too, which contained one of my stories, Sleeping Bears Lie. In 2007 that story was shortlisted for the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards, just after the anthology went out of print.

Since then the story's been extended - it's now about one-third new material - and it's just been published as a stand-alone Single Shot.

Set in Alaska, Sleeping Bears Lie is a story about how lying to keep secrets can screw things up, but then, so can telling the truth. It's about identity, and what it means to know someone, and if you need to know someone's history to love them in the present. It's about a relationship that's not easy, but might be worth it anyway.

It's an unusual perspective for me - first person present tense - but I wanted the reader to be riding long with Dan, seeing Matt through Dan's eyes.

The whole idea for the story came out of thinking about were- and shape-shifter stories, and how often, even in stories where humans aren't supposed to know anything about supernatural creatures, the person who gets involved with the werewolf / vampire / witch / etc finds out pretty early on and normally takes the news pretty calmly.

You could say this story started from a 'what if' - what if the shifter partner did hide their true selves. How would that work? Could that work?

You'll have to read Sleeping Bears Lie to find out what the answer was for Dan and Matt, but to get you started, there's an extract from the start of the book up on the Torquere site here , and a second snippet, from the following morning, under the cut tag.

Read more... )

You can buy Sleeping Bears Lie, in a variety of electronic formats, direct from the Torquere Press website for the princely sum of $2.49.

I love hearing from readers and my inbox - and comments box - are always open.

Happy reading!
Clifford squished the soft ripe apricot against the roof of his mouth. Bliss. He was holed up in his New York apartment for the long weekend, with the heating on max to keep out any thought of the bleak February weather, and well stocked with all the luxuries he could need. He lazily selected another perfect piece of fruit, and lounged back on the couch, scratching idly at the junction between thigh and groin with the other hand.

***** )
Clifford squished the soft ripe apricot against the roof of his mouth. Bliss. He was holed up in his New York apartment for the long weekend, with the heating on max to keep out any thought of the bleak February weather, and well stocked with all the luxuries he could need. He lazily selected another perfect piece of fruit, and lounged back on the couch, scratching idly at the junction between thigh and groin with the other hand.

***** )
Rob Night was kind enough to take one of my stories for Torquere Press' new anthology Shifting Too, alongside authors like BA Tortuga, Sean Michael, Julia Talbot and Sara Bell. Seven shape-shifter stories in all, and no prizes for guessing from the title what form mine take ;) They're not characters you'll have met before, but there's a snippet of 'Bears here, if you want to try a taste.

Read more... )
Rob Night was kind enough to take one of my stories for Torquere Press' new anthology Shifting Too, alongside authors like BA Tortuga, Sean Michael, Julia Talbot and Sara Bell. Seven shape-shifter stories in all, and no prizes for guessing from the title what form mine take ;) They're not characters you'll have met before, but there's a snippet of 'Bears here, if you want to try a taste.

Read more... )
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