Excerpt from "Murder in Lorseth"

I promised you a larger excerpt from my Cozy Mystery, Murder in Lorseth (working title), which I'm currently revising, and here it is.

Warning: If you haven't read the first three books of the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series, there might be mild spoilers.

Mystery Solved

On occasion, and to my great surprise, my own series, Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, has been compared to Games of Thrones. More specifically as a gay version of Martin’s far more successful series.

It always annoyed me, whether the comparison was meant in a flattering way or not (more often not), because there was no way I could have been influenced by George R.R. Martin's series. I never read it, nor have I seen the TV series. I did read the description of a few events occurring in Martin’s books, and I recognized some of the themes because I had used them myself.

Where the similarities just coincidences? I think I've solved the mystery. You can read more in this blogpost on my website.

Unfinished Business

After a long hiatus, I started writing again about a year ago. Very slowly at first. What I’ve produced is in various states of completion.

 They tell us that we should meet readers’ expectations. If you’re known for writing Epic Fantasy with Gay Main Characters, that’s it. You can’t write anything else, unless you do it under a new pen name. You should never confuse readers.

 As usual, I’ve ignored well meant advice. Nothing of what I’ve written so far could be called Epic Fantasy.

Find out more (and an excerpt) in this blogpost on my website, Ximerion.

First installment of free story "Lee-Lack's Gold" published

I published the first installment of my story Lee-Lack's Gold on my site.

There is also a General Introduction.

The stories are set in the world of Anaxantis. They run parallel to the events related in the trilogy The Invisible Chains and the sequel quadrilogy The Invisible Hands.

These are the tales of some characters who have left the main story line as told in the first seven books. It isn’t strictly necessary to have read those, but if you haven’t, you might miss some subtle references. I tried to make these stories stand on their own. That means that if you have read the first seven books, some events will be familiar to you, though they will be told from a different perspective.

The installments will be regularly published and are free to read. You can check the website, or, on the landing page, subscribe to the blog posts (fourth box down in the right column) to receive email notification when a new installment is published. Each email contains an unsubscribe link.
When the story is finished it will stay up for a few weeks, then it will be published as an ebook.

I hope you'll enjoy Lee-Lack's Gold.

New, Free Stories

I've been working on a new story, or rather a new line of stories — plural.

They'll be shorter tales about characters who, at one time or another, left the main story line of Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse. The drawback is that those who have read all seven books will recognize certain events, though now told from another perspective. There will be new stuff as well, of course.

The good news is that I will publish them — for free — in regular installments on my website, Ximerion, where you can read more about this…

Hop Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia 2015

This is the second time I participated in the Hop Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia 2015.

You can find my post here, about how hatemongering and public appeals for physical violence against gays turned against the Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri.

Scroll down to the bottom of my post and you'll find 119 writer participating in the blog hop. Most of them — myself included — give away books, ebooks or swag.

Free Antholgy: Stories on the Go

Cover Anthology Stories on the Go

Stories on the Go is an anthology of 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors.

The idea was launched by Hugh Howey of WOOL-fame on Kboards, a forum for kindle readers with an active — well, turbulent — community of indie writers. It is a collection of very short stories, thousand words or less, by very different authors who write in many genres. There is, besides the usual Table of Contents, and Index by Author and an Index by Genre. There are a few gay/m-m stories besides my own.

Somehow I ended up coordinating this project which aims to give you an idea of recent indie writing.

Oh… and you can download the ebook for free on several vendors.

Amazon (in most regions — Attention: every Amazon site can put the book free or not at their own discretion)
Apple iTunes (everywhere)
Barnes&Noble (everywhere)
Kobo (everywhere)
Inktera (everywhere)
Scribd (everywhere)

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1. Family Games

2. Family Payback

3. Family Meal

4. Family Visit

5. Family Sound

I put the five gay humorous stories of Just Don't Mess with Us separately in the Kindle Unlimited program.

This means that, as long as you are a KU subscriber, you can basically borrow them for free, or, more correctly put, at no additional cost. After you have read the story, you can return it to borrow another book. And I get a little something from Amazon. If a lot of people borrow these stories it might even be enough to buy myself a nice poster of a yacht.

Gay Epic Fantasy Novel Mate Released

Cover Castling
My latest Epic Fantasy Gay Romance book, Mate, part four of The Invisible Hands, the seventh volume in the Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse series is now live on all vendors.

These are the links:

Amazon (azw & azw3)
All Romance ebooks (ARe) (epub & mobi)
Apple iBooks or Itunes (epub)
Barnes & Noble (epub)
Inktera (epub)
Scribd (epub)
Kobo (epub)
and, of course, on my own site in the eShop (epub & mobi).