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Cover Reveal: Uniform

UniformBundleCoverMany thanks to Sara York for the amazing cover for our new anthology, Uniform: A Man in Uniform. Release date: November 30, 2015!  Blurb:

Meet the men in uniform. These are everyday men who put on a uniform and become our heroes. Through good times and bad, they are there to save the day, sacrificing more than most of us can imagine as they put their lives on hold in service to us.

Love doesn’t wait until life is calm, and sometimes it’s the pressure of the job that throws two men together. Under stress and demand, they find solace in each other, forming bonds that can’t be ignored.

Follow our heroes as they fight not only for what is right and just, but also for their hearts and the men they love.

Fanfiction vs. Pro Fic

fanficI had a wonderful discussion with other readers, writers and authors and helped moderate a panel at Rainbow Con about fanfiction. It was called “Fanfiction to Profiction.” I was on the panel with the amazingly talented, Sarah Madison, Grace R. Duncan, Vicktor Alexander and Amanda C.

We talked about filing off the “serial numbers” on fanfiction and recycling it to M/M. It was a lively discussion in which most of us on the panel stated we had used former fanfiction stories and converted them to pro fic. Depending on your publisher, or if you self-publish that might mean you have to pull your fanfiction off the Internet. We also talked about telling readers if that particular book was formerly published fanfiction. I think everyone on the panel agreed we always disclose if a book had been fanfic.

The first short story I wrote and submitted to a now defunct publisher was a former J2 A/U where the characters were flight attendants and had been written for a prompt fest. When I pulled the fic off of Livejournal, I let my readers know why (it was being submitted to a publisher) and it was being revised and expanded by more than 4,000 more words. That story, “Coffee, Tea and the Mile High Club,” has not been re-published after Silver Publishing went away; not because people found out it was former fic, but because I haven’t had the time to re-write some parts I wasn’t happy with. When I get the time, I will re-publish it, along with two more shorts in the flight attendant universe. I will state inside the ebook, that this is “previously published material.”

Recently, on Good Reads people have asked if our latest novella, Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris was J2 fanfiction. It is not J2 fanfiction! Sorry, but my writing partner doesn’t like RPF, nor does she wear a tinhat about Jared and Jensen. That would have been me! 🙂 But I’ve since recovered from that J2 addiction and now only am obsessed with Stucky (Steve/Bucky, Avengers) and Hannigram fandom. I haven’t written any fic in those fandoms, although I would love to get my hands dirty in Stucky fandom!

I have no issue telling someone what was and wasn’t former fanfiction. Have I used scenes from fanfiction into certain books? Most certainly (usually sex scenes). But not the whole story, the only one that was used that way was Coffee, Tea and the Mile High Club.  So anyone thinking the new book is J2 fanfiction, know that it isn’t. Dante is not Jensen, in fact my inspiration for douchebag Dante is so far removed from Jensen Ackles…who is a lovely, lovely man.

I understand the fanfiction to pro fiction talk is controversial with what happened in Twilight fandom with FSOG. However, I have never been ashamed to state I come from a fannish background, I love fandom and slash and that I learned how to craft a good story from my time writing in various fandoms. However, as I said at the panel, I decided last year that I don’t have enough time to write pro and fanfic, so I decided one had to give and that was my fannish writing. I no longer write fanfic, nor does my writing partner. Not that we wouldn’t love to, but we just don’t have the time to do both.

So, if you ask Eleanor and I. we happily cop to being recovering fanfic writers and loving fandom. Whatever your position on the topic, we hope you’ll like our books and know that if you ask us, we’ll always tell you what our background was.

Contract!

imagesGreat news. Eleanor and I signed a contract today with eXtasy Books for our werewolf book, The Moon’s Dirty Light. We are making it into a series called “Werewolves of Baltimore,” in honor of my hometown! Tentative release date: September 2013. More updates to follow. But for now, here’s the blurb:

Is there ever a good time to tell the man with whom you just had mind blowing sex that you’re a werewolf and, chances are, come the next full moon, he’ll be sporting fur and fangs too?

Police Officer Logan Robinson isn’t sure. Logan’s been in lust with his partner and best friend Dylan Reed for as long as he can remember. But Logan is a werewolf and after accidentally giving his partner the mating bite during sex Dylan will become one too. Dylan is royally pissed when he finds out because Logan conveniently forgot to mention his little affliction until after they’d spent the night humping each other’s brains out. As if turning into a creature of the night wasn’t enough, Logan and he are investigating murders that look suspiciously like dog-attacks, but they’re not.

Finding a killer is tricky enough. Now it will be almost impossible with their personal issues clouding the investigation. And if Dylan does turn into a four-legged freak at the next full moon, the fur will fly.

Excerpt from new werewolf book (NSFW)

indexI’ve always loved sexy werewolves (see picture of Lucien from Underworld).

Since, Eleanor and are are busy finishing up our new werewolf novel, The Moon’s Dirty Light; we’ve decided to post a little excerpt from the prologue. This is not safe for work. More steamy stuff under the cut.

The Moon’s Dirty Light by Eleanor Bruce and H.L. Holston ©2013

Prologue

Pressing Dylan harder onto the floor with the scent and taste of his partner inflaming all his senses, Logan barely registered what Dylan had said. At this moment, Logan didn’t care that his brain was making the ‘Danger, Will Robinson’ noises, all that he knew was that his body was on fire for Dylan, his animal instincts pushed beyond their bounds as he prepared to fuck his long-time friend. The mating call was stronger and more ferocious than his human nature at that very moment.
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Submitted!

EthanSue and mine’s opus of a dysfunctional rock band which took us three years to finish is finally in the hands of Evernight Publishing. Hopefully they will accept it! It’s called Facing the Music and is the longest novel we’ve ever written, coming in at 60,581 words. Synopsis:

Ethan James, charismatic leader of the rock band Texas Madmen only wants to play music, until he meets reporter Graham Henderson. Suddenly Ethan’s world isn’t just about music anymore. But Graham’s job is to write an exclusive that will make waves. That means digging up all the dirty laundry that the band has kept under cover for years—and deciding what to do with it.

Can Ethan’s and Graham’s love withstand the revelations? Will the band continue to dominate, or will the music die?

Cross your fingers they like it. 🙂