The Gooses Are Here! The Gooses Are Here!

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I’m so excited!  The Noon and Wilder short story, Six Geese Laid – A Holiday Fable, is now available on the WROTE podcast, featuring the voice talents of none other than Vance Bastian.  It takes place after the end of Cat’s Cradle, and before the next book, Ambush, which is forthcoming in 2016.  Ambush is TJ’s story, a tale of loss, identity, and love.  Six Geese is a holiday fable that sets the stage for TJ, Dillon, and Craig.

Join me tonight, Tuesday December 22nd, for a live Facebook event from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Central Standard Time (GMT -6). I’ll have stories, anecdotes, and even an interview with Vance himself at 7:30.  Join me!

Cat's-Cradle---X LargeWhen you’re a former Marine, now tiger shifter, love comes with a high cost – is it too much to pay?

Mitchell Brayden is a former Marine looking for love in all the wrong places. When he decides to rescue a young ocelot shifter from a rich, spoiled playboy, he embroils himself in a conflict that goes back generations.

Guadalupe Salazar grew up as a pampered pet of a benevolent patron. After his patron’s untimely death, he stays on with the patron’s son – a self-centered, weak man who got ensnared by the drugs and fast living in the States. One night, it goes too far and Lupe is beaten nearly to death. He is taken to a secret shifter clinic where he meets an unlikely knight in tarnished armor.

Together, Mitch and Lupe confront the playboy and his friends – but will their actions draw the rest of the jaguar familias, not to mention the ocelot clans, into a battle over Lupe’s future? Will the delicate balance of power destroy everything that Mitch’s small band of tiger shifters has built in Chicago?

Six Geese Laid – A Holiday Fable: Tuesday, December 22nd, on WROTE Podcast; performed by Vance Bastian

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The Geese Are Coming!

It all started with an innocent question by J. Scott Coatsworth on Queer Sci Fi:  would anyone like to help out with a podcast series inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas.

It was November 22nd.

I figured, I didn’t have much to do since I was only working full time, Chicago Regional Municipal Liaisons for the ChiWriMo region of National Novel Writing Month, we were leaving for Philadelphia for our family celebration of Thanksgiving (at which 33 people were in attendance), AND it was Black Friday that week and Rachel works retail.

Sure, I’d love to write a new story.  From scratch.

When do you need it?

The 27th.

OF NOVEMBER???

Rachel’s gonna kill me.

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So I wrote.  And Rachel and I plotted.  I wrote some more.  We plotted more.  We ate turkey.  Rachel battled the consumer hell that is Black Friday.  I turned in the story by the skin of my teeth on the 27th.

And now you, Dear Reader, get to hear it on WROTE podcast, performed by none other than Vance Bastian!

Join me on Facebook for a release day party this Tuesday, December 22nd, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Central Standard Time (GMT -6).  We’ll have links, pictures, and lots and lots of fun.

About the Story

Six Geese Laid – a Holiday Fable takes place after the end of Cat’s Cradle, and before the forthcoming Ambush.  Our hero is the tortured TJ Butler, a former Marine suffering from PTSD from the use of electroshock therapy to “cure” him of being gay when he was a young man.  He ran away to join the Corps and that’s where he met Neal Harrison and his squad of Marines.  TJ is unaware of the fact that he is pure catnip to Dillon Kendall and Craig Moretti, but Dillon decides that the time is right to make his move.  Only, there’s a snag:

The Geese.

Join me on Tuesday and find out what happens!