Hey, everyone! It’s that time of year again! Storm Moon Press’ blog tour is now in full swing. Life is just insanely busy at the moment, so it’s all I can manage, I think. Storm Moon Press is working through two manuscripts that have November release dates, so that makes this final stretch very busy for us! I also managed to snag a day-job, which is great since I was getting dangerously low on funds after moving down to Florida. With my massage therapy job helping out, it takes a little of the financial stress down a notch. I’ve also applied for food stamps, so here’s helping those come through, just to help me through the holiday season. 😀
Enough of the personal update, though. You all came here for the blog tour news! The first week of our blog tour has been a success! Here are the sites that we’ve visited so far! Be sure to stay tuned for other appearances, or follow along by referring to the blog tour schedule HERE.
Getting Sweaty With Your Clothes On — S.L. Armstrong talks about writing action scenes
Rachel Haimowitz interviewed on BookWenches
Aleksandr Voinov interviewed on Top2Bottom Reviews
Rachel Haimowitz interviewed on eBook Addict Reviews
Stumbling Over Chaos Giveaway for Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley (open for entries until 10/14)
Someone Throw A Pie Already! — S.L. Armstrong talks about writing comedy
Meet Storm Moon Press at It’s Raining Men
Also keep in mind that, as with our 2010 blog tour, this year’s tour will conclude with our amazing Swag Bag Giveaway! We have both a giveaway for U.S. residents and a separate one for International readers. Just click on the links for information about how to enter! The prizes are amazing and definitely worth a mention on Twitter, so if you enter, be sure to share the link with the mention @stormmoonpress and the hashtag #swagbaggiveaway! Spread the love!
In other news, Saundra and I have taken up the challenge of doing an Advent for 2011. Since both of us came up a couple days short last year, we’re teaming up to tackle the challenge, which will mean posting up one piece of flash fiction a day, starting November 27th and continuing until December 25th. It’s a great challenge, and you’ll see both familiar characters and a few new ones, so we hope that’ll be exciting for you readers. ^_-
To tease you just a little, here is an excerpt from the first bit of flash fiction we completed today. It’s from our World of Egaea, a massive fantasy world still in progress, and visits the new characters of Eldan (a three-time king of the House of Ice), Falynn (an ex-lust slave from the House of Water), and Dax (a feral-Maith from the Sephryn continent). It will be posted in full December 17th. Enjoy!
Eldan’s fingers found one of Dax’s weak spots and began scritching. “It’s all right, kitten. Falynn is just in a foul mood because the snow kittens tore through his favorite cloak. Keegan was right. In time, you’ll learn the control. We will help however we can.”
Dax perked up a little, flashing Eldan a smile before nudging Falynn affectionately with his cold nose. “No wonder the snow kittens were happy to see me. They must be counting on me to make amends.” Eldan’s hand shifted to another spot along his spine, and he practically melted, a rolling purr rumbling out of him. “I can make amends, can’t I, starfish?”
“You’re just buttering me up so I’ll help groom you.”
“But you like grooming me.” Dax’s voice trilled as he spoke, his tongue darting out to scrape over Falynn’s lips. He had the most beautiful, full lips Dax had ever seen. Falynn’s eyes took on that dark color, the scent of arousal rising around him to fill Dax’s nose. It was Falynn’s centuries as a lust slave, Dax knew, that ensured a little lick to that gorgeous mouth led to full arousal. It thrilled Dax as much as it saddened him, but he gave Falynn a sultry smile. “You like grooming me as much as I like grooming you.”
Dax moved down some and drew his rough tongue up the pale curve of Falynn’s throat, and the deep moan his lover made went straight to his own cock. Falynn’s hand came up, cupped the back of his head, and pulled their lips close.
“By the gods, Dax, how do you do it?” Falynn breathed against Dax’s lips. “How do you make my heart pound so?”
“Love,” Dax said with a smile. “Love instead of ownership. Just like the way Eldan’s gaze from across the room can make either of us weak in the knees.”
Eldan took one of the towels from his grip and began patting Dax’s fur dry with a chuckle. “Technically, I do still own him, but that isn’t what keeps us together, is it, starfish?”
Eldan’s small hand brushed past Dax’s face to Falynn’s, pulling Falynn’s hair back before trailing down Falynn’s long, unadorned neck. Dax knew what had been there. The collars of the Water Slaves were as brutal as they were beautiful, and he had heard stories about the sheer amount of magic Eldan had used just to break the spell of the collar. It amazed him how every simple touch between Eldan and Falynn held such meaning, such history.
Falynn’s cheeks tinted red. “No. It never was.” He smiled, and Dax thought Falynn stunning when he smiled. “You bought me, but never owned me. Not like the others.”
“Help me dry off our kitten, and then he can see to your grooming,” Eldan said. “I think we could all use some thorough, intense grooming, don’t you, kitten?”
Dax’s silvery blue eyes lit up, and butterflies fluttered in his stomach. “Very thorough.” He wasted no time, dipping immediately to Falynn’s neck to lick broadly over fragrant skin while pawing at the ties of Falynn’s warm clothing. Out of all of them, Falynn was the most warmly dressed, and if he wanted to get to Falynn’s skin, he had to work through several layers.
“Patience, kitten,” Eldan laughed from behind him. “Don’t join the ranks of the snow kittens by shredding more of Falynn’s clothing.”
Falynn moaned. “You ruin the clothing, Dax, and I will take a switch to your hide.”
That’s it for this post. I know, I’m such a horrible tease! But take comfort in the fact that you’ll get several teasers like this while Saundra and I write the pieces. Hopefully that’ll tide everyone over until we start popping out the Advent. Have a great week and stay tuned for another update next week!