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And in Other News...

First off, the new and improved (expanded and updated) MAN OH MAN: Writing Quality M/M Fiction is now available in print. I'm hopeful we'll eventually get it in digital. Keep your fingers crossed. Meanwhile...print.

For those of you who feel your social media reach has exceeded your grasp, my monthly column for Jessewave is on alternative platforms where you might actually gain some traction. Or not. The catch is you do have to show up and participate in positive and meaningful ways. But that's life everywhere, isn't it?

The Hell You Say, the third book in the Adrien English series is now available in audio. Chris Patton is narrating the entire series. And he seems to get better and better with each book.

Also coming to audio quite soon is the In From the Cold collection of I Spy stories. And -- this is very experimental, but I'm excited to see the final result -- four narrators take turns with the 13 stories in the In Sunshine or In Shadow print collection. Both of those should be out by the end of the summer.

The next installment of The Haunted Heart is up at Wattpad.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Finally, I have an interview with my dear friend Harper Fox over at my blog today. Harper's Viking romance sage Brothers of the Wild North Sea recently received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly

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The Weekly Round Up

Chapter Three of The Haunted Heart: Winter is now up at Wattpad for your amusement. I don't know about you, but I'm having a lot of fun with this ghostly little tale.

I have an interview with David Lazarus, the narrator of Strange Fortune at my blog site. Strange Fortune is now available in audio from as well as Amazon (and hopefully iTunes).

And last but not least, In Sunshine Or In Shadow, the short story print collection (with one new exclusive story) is now available on Amazon. So all in all, a busy and productive week!

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An idea so crazy it just might work!

So. A perfect storm of crazy idea-ish-ness has formed in that overheated, overcrowded little command center I call my brain.

About a year or so ago, when I had wrapped up the Adrien English series and settled Adrien and Jake down for their long winter's nap, a few readers were asking me about Adrien English fan fiction and did I know of any and did I read any. And I started thinking about the possibility of commissioning short stories set in the Adrien English world. Fan fiction, yes, but sanctioned and controlled by the mothership. Like those Star Trek tie-in novels. Or those Monk novels (but Dear God, let's not go there).

Cooler and wiser head prevailed, though, so I abandoned the idea as too fraught with complications.

However a couple of things have happened since then. First, readers keep begging and begging and begging for more AE stories. Second, Amazon made that startling move -- which I'm still, frankly, uneasy about -- to pay for quality fan fiction from specific fandoms. Three, and probably the most important, I've been studying Catherine Dair's amazing Jake and Adrien artwork and trying to think of a way I could share that with more readers.

And thus the idea formed.

A book of Adrien English stories and art by fans of the series.

What if I were to commission -- pay outright -- for original stories and art set within the Adrien English universe? Maybe I could invite a few authors and artists? OR, wait. Better still, what if I just opened it to everyone? Everyone who loves the series and feels like they have something to say about it (even if the "saying" is in visual media). These would have to be pretty good stories, of course. And the art...well, I've been talking to Catherine about anchoring the stories with a couple of choice pieces of her work.

I would naturally be picky as hell about the overall quality -- although not about the story content itself. You want to write from Jake's POV. Feel free. You want to write that love story for Angus and Natalie. Have at it.

I could set a deadline of December 31st -- that would give anyone interested about six months -- and then I'd go through the submissions. OR...yes, I'd go through the submissions, but maybe I'd also have a panel of trusted readers to help me select the works to be published.


As I mentioned, I would pay outright. No royalties. And I would have to have contributors sign off on the understanding that they are merely borrowing the characters and playing in my universe -- not taking over the franchise.


I'm still brainstorming here, but what do you think?

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What's New, Magoo?

The news this week...

STRANGE FORTUNE is now live on and available for purchase.

The latest newsletter is out.

The short story collection IN SUNSHINE OR IN SHADOW should be available for sale within the next few days.

AND I have an entertaining interview with Nicole Kimberling of Blind Eye Books on my blog. Nicole has two, count 'em TWO new releases in June.

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Beautiful Words

If you’ve read Come Unto These Yellow Sands (Pssst! Now in audio) you might remember I cite Wilfred J. Funk’s 1932 list of “most beautiful words”.

According to Funk those most beautiful words included…











Now those are all nice words, no doubt about it. But I was thinking about some of my favorite words, and some of the words I came up with are:











What makes for beautiful words? Is it the sound of the words or the meaning of the words?

Robert Beard has a list of the Top 100 Most Beautiful Words (and a book) but I found almost none of those words particularly beautiful. In fact, I found a lot of his words irritating. Now why should a word be irritating on its own? I’ve no idea, but so it is. Bucolic, as a word, does nothing for me.

What about you? What are some of your favorite – even most beautiful – words?

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