gennaio 08, 2013

New release: Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders

You all know by now that I'm... specialized in short stories. Well, here is my latest one - another gun!kink story, which you can find in Storm Moon Press' anthology Weight of a Gun II!



Cole Beauchamp is the greatest pistoleer of all time; he's also thoroughly unpleasant and has a habit of scaring away his assistants. But when he is sought out by a devotee with a love of guns that matches his own, Cole finds a new respect for Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders.

Excerpt:

The air inside the tent was hot, damp and heavy, and it seemed to grow thick like syrup, converging around that gun, as the dark-haired man took careful aim at the target. There was a moment of perfect quiet, when Benjamin found himself holding his breath, when even the dust motes hovering in the light seemed to still. There was only the tanned skin of the man's arm, the damp fabric of his shirt clinging to his back, and his strong hand, cupping the gun with such confidence that Benjamin felt consumed by a deep, wordless yearning.

When the man pulled the trigger, there was an explosion of smoke and sparks, the sulfuric smell of burnt black powder was blasted through the air, so intense and rough that it made Benjamin's eyes water.

That had to be the man he'd come looking for. There was no mistake.

The man swiped his hand over the hammer, reloading quickly. He shot again, and then again, and again—three rapid detonations, three bouts of smoke, three showers of sparks falling on the dry sand beneath the man's leather boots. When he stilled, a cloud of smoke lingered in the tent, seeping slowly from the crack left by the tent flap. Benjamin closed his eyes and inhaled it greedily, loving the sharp tang of it on his tongue. He opened them again, and saw— Saw that the man was staring at him, eyes black and gleaming, just like the gun now aimed at Benjamin's face.

"Don't make any sudden moves, or the last bullet will be for you."



You can grab a copy on Storm Moon Press' website!

gennaio 04, 2013

Guest post + Giveaway!

Hello, everyone, and happy new year! I hope you enjoyed your holidays and are now ready to tackle an awesome 2013 :)

To celebrate, I'd like to invite you to a great giveaway from Storm Moon Press. Commenting on my post at The Armchair Reader, you'll be entered in two drafts, with the chance of winning:

- one free ebook from my backlist
- one free ebook every month of 2013 from Storm Moon Press, for a total of twelve free ebooks!


Characters’ Goals: Climbing the Social Ladder?

(...) Of course, however, one can’t live as an adventurer forever; I understand that characters eventually need to settle down, because a life of adventure can only lead, eventually, to a violent death. But I don’t think I like this idea that climbing the social ladder must be the ultimate, most desirable goal for a character. I don’t like the idea that being a scruffy, down-to-earth character with dirty hands is undesirable, that a poor, modest life has to be negative.

Personally, I identify a lot more in character arcs pertaining, for example, to the Hobbits. After the adventure and the danger, they don’t evolve into posh-Hobbits: they don’t repudiate their simple life. They go back to it, a little wiser, a little wearier, and at the same time a lot stronger, and appreciate it even more after what they’ve been through, because they’ve seen how precious it is.

So, how does that reflect on my stories and my characters?

Read the rest of the post HERE!