Recommended reads, and more!

This year during Pride month I did a thread on Twitter where I posted one queer book recommendation for each day of June. I tried to stay away from cis gay main characters and recommend more diverse characters: you’ll find asexual, bisexual, transgender and lesbian characters. Sadly, I haven’t read many FF romances I could recommend, so there are only a few of those. But I asked for recs and added a lot of books to my TBR, so I hope to do better next year!

Are you curious about which books I recommended? Check out my thread here.

Now, more news! Are you interested in reading and discussing more books with trans main characters? Then why don’t you join the new Facebook group for Trans Book Reviews? We will have weekly discussions, and I promise we’ll try and make it as fun and interesting for you as possible! You can join us here.

And finally, here’s a sale! My Christmas short story, A Special Delivery, will be on sale for just $0.50 over at Nine Star Press for the whole month of July. It’s nothing but fluff, with two guys forced to spend the night together during a snowstorm. Plus, there’s an adorable doggo!

Just click on the cover and you’ll be taken straight to the publisher.

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Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords

My publisher, JMS Books, is participating in Smashwords Read an Ebook Week. What does that mean? That means that among others, you can get my novella, No Rulebook for Flirting, with a 50% discount. That makes the book $1.50!

All you need to do is go to Smashwords and buy the book using the code RAE50 at checkout. Here’s the link that will take you directly to the book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/791446

And here are the details of the book:

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When Gabriel goes to the annual gaming convention, planning to play as many games as he can during the next three days, he doesn’t expect to be glared to death in the parking lot by a really cute guy. So when the same guy joins the game Gabriel is playing, Gabriel is determined to make him smile, even if it takes some awkward flirting.

When Aitor makes it inside the convention center after someone steals his parking spot, he doesn’t expect to be so attracted to the man he decided to hate just a few minutes earlier. But as he gets to know Gabriel through gaming and flirting, he just can’t look away.

The game of flirting has no rulebook, but for Gabriel and Aitor, it may just have two winners after all.

And while you are there, don’t forget to check the other books from JMS participating on the promotion. There are some amazing authors there!

No rulebook for Flirting

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post, but I hope what I have to show you in this one will make up for it. I’ve been having a weird time lately, my depression has been acting up and I haven’t written a single word in ages. But then I got something pretty exciting yesterday and I’m ready to star writing again. Do you want to know what that was? I hope you do because I’m going to show you!

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No Rulebook for Flirting is a story about two nerds who meet in a board game convention. They clash at first, but then they have the time of their lives flirting over board games. Writing this was a lot of fun, and I’m super proud of this little story. I’m excited and scared about people getting to read it soon, and I’m certainly hoping readers will love Gabriel and Aitor as much as I do.

Here’s the (provisional) blurb:

When Gabriel gets to the gaming convention this year, planning to play as many games as he can during the next three days, he doesn’t expect to be glared to death in the parking lot by a really cute guy. So when the same guy sits down at the table Gabriel is playing at, he’s determined to make him smile, even if takes some awkward flirting.

When Aitor makes it inside the convention center after someone stole his parking spot, he doesn’t expect to be so taken by the same man he’d decided to hate just a few minutes before. But as he gets to know Gabriel through gaming and flirting, he just can’t look away from him.

The game of flirting has no rulebook, and for Gabriel and Aitor, it may just have two winners after all.

What do you think? Does it sound like something you’d enjoy? I hope so! It’ll be coming out from JMS Books on February 10. I’ll add the buy links to my books page as soon as it’s up.

And that’s all for today. Happy Sunday!

A Special Delivery

My next story, A Special Delivery, is up for preorder everywhere! It’s a short story, an MM romance that happens during Christmas and features lots of snow, a fireplace, hot chocolate and an adorable dog.

I have to admit I was indulging myself when I wrote this; I wanted some Christmas fluff, so I decided to write it, and the story was born.

Here’s the cover, blurb and buy links:

Holiday-WinterSeason-ASpecialDelivery-f500Colin only meant to take a wrongly delivered package to a house a few streets over. But a sudden snowstorm leaves him with no option but to beg shelter from his unknown neighbour James. During the course of a long night, a cozy fire, a little hot chocolate and the snow outside conspire to draw the two men closer. But will their connection outlast the storm?

Buy links: NineStar Press / Amazon

You can also add it to Goodreads if that’s your thing.

And remember that you can get a 30% discount when you preorder for NineStar Press, using the code preorder.

 

Book Birthday and Giveaway!

Into the Mystic, Volume Two came out today. This is the second time I’m celebrating a book birthday, and I’m doing so by telling you a bit more about my story in this anthology and setting up a giveaway so you can celebrate with me!

Here’s the blurb for my short story, The Holy Company:

Sophie curses the day she said yes to Anna’s idea of walking Saint James’s Way in Spain. She’s exhausted, and she doesn’t think she can keep her feelings for her a secret for much longer. But a day of rest soon turns into a nightmare when they come face-to-face with one of the local legends, and Sophie’s secret is no longer safe.

I had a lot of fun playing with this legend while writing. I’ve always found mythology to be fascinating, and I love discovering and learning about new myths and legends. This one wasn’t new for me, since I’d known about it even before I visited Galicia. But it was when I was visiting and walking around that I fell in love with the legend. More than one Spanish music group have written songs about this local myth, but I won’t bore you with those now – ask me about them if you’re curious, though!

When I started writing this short story something wasn’t working. I was eager to get to the part where the girls finally faced the legend, but the story wouldn’t flow. It was when I was 3k words in that I discovered why. I’d been writing it in third person and that wouldn’t do, since Sophie wanted to be the one telling their own story. So I went back and changed the POV, and the whole story came to life much easily that before. And then when I was halfway done Sophie decided to let me know she was demisexual, which made the story, and her relationship with Anna, made more sense. You can see this story was full of surprises for me, and that makes me hope it will surprise you too.

And now for the giveaway! I’m giving away a paperback copy of the anthology. Look at it; it’s gorgeous! Don’t you want one for your shelf? Entering is pretty easy: just comment on this post telling me about your favourite myth or legend. If you follow me on twitter (@LauraBailo) comment with your username and I’ll give you an extra entry. And don’t forget to add your email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll choose a winner next Monday, October 23.

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You can buy Into the Mystic, Volume Two at:

NineStar Press
Amazon

 

 

 

 

Into the Mystic

As I’ve told you before, I have a story in the second volume of Into the Mystic, the lesbian/bisexual paranormal anthologies series NineStar Press is publishing. Have you seen the cover for this volume? It’s gorgeous!

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There are ten stories in this anthology, each of them with a unique theme. My short, The Holy Company, takes place in Spain where the two main characters are doing a pilgrimage.  There, they will come face to face with a Spanish myth. I wrote this because mythology has always fascinated me, and that legend in particular always manages to make my hair stand on end. I hope you’ll like it, and I’ll look forward to hearing if it’s scared you!

Here’s a bit more of what you can expect from this story: it’s a friend to lovers romance, and one of the main characters is biromantic and demisexual.

So if paranormal romance and girls in love with other girls sound like something that would interest you, you can preorder the anthology here. You can also add it to Goodreads if that’s your thing. It’ll be out on October 16th.

I’ll be doing a few giveaways around release day, so watch this space!

A mand and his dog (flashfiction)

I wrote this for Zarah, who won a giveaway in which I was offering a flashfiction piece written to a prompt of the winner’s chosing. Zarah’s prompt was “A man and his dog”, and this is what came out of it:

There was a dog on his bed. Dogs liked sleeping on comfortable places, so that shouldn’t have been a surprise. The problem was that Jared didn’t own a dog. He was sure he’d closed all the doors and windows before leaving for work in the morning, so how the hell had the dog got in? He checked everything again, just in case, but the house was just as he’d left it, and it should have been inaccessible from the outside. He went back to the bedroom, shaking his head, trying to convince himself he’d imagined there was a dog sleeping on his bed, but the canine was still there.

He – yes, he, Jared had looked – was an ugly thing too. One of his eyes was missing, his teeth were crooked and his fur was full of white patches that had nothing to do with what looked like the original colour. And still, Jared didn’t want to wake him and throw him out. He took a picture instead, and printed a few posters to hang onto the neighbourhood’s trees. Maybe someone was missing their dog.

He went pout to hang them and found himself closing the door softly as to not wake up his unexpected guest. When he came back, the dog was still asleep, and Jared was surprised by how the calming effect his breath had on him. He sat down on the bed close to the dog, and run his hand down his flank. The dog didn’t wake up, but he shifted slightly closer to him. His fur was raspy, and Jared was determined to give him a bath as soon as he woke up. Between the regularity of the dog’s breaths and the soothing motion of his hand on his fur, he soon fell asleep next to his visitor.

He woke up with a start, and there was still a dog on his bed. He was awake now, his eye focused on Jared, and he’d been lying completely still until he noticed Jared was awake. Then his tail started thumping and a canine grin appeared on his face.

Jared greeted his visitor with a few pats on the head, and spoke softly to him, getting up from the bed and guiding the dog to the bathroom, where they both got completely wet, even if Jared’s plan had only involved getting water on the dog.

A few weeks passed, and no one answered to Jared’s posters, but the dog kept sleeping on his bed, and he was taking Jared out in a regular basis. Jared was sure that should have worked the other way around, but he wasn’t going to complain. The dog was happy, and his happiness was making its way into Jared’s heart, into a place that had been empty and cold for too long; a place that now felt warm every morning when he woke up and found a dog on his bed.

I hope you enjoyed this little story! Comments are always welcome ❤