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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Flash sale on mystery-romances

Today only at DSP Publications, there are sales on my mystery-romance titles! Ends December 31st, 11:59 PM EST!

Pre-order Southernmost Murder and receive a free e-copy of The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2). If you haven't read The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter Book 1), no worries! It's on sale for $1.50.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Release: COLOR OF YOU

Color of You is live! This is my first full length contemporary romance, and I am thrilled to finally share it with you all.

It is available at Dreamspinner Press (30% off until Dec. 27th), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes, and Kobo.

BLURB: Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….
Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.
If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

Praise for Color of You:

"C.S. Poe hit all the right notes in this story and it completely charmed me from the first page. Sweet, sexy, romantic, fun and tender, with a touch of holiday spirit." - Sinfully Gay Romance

"This clever narrative is a melting pot of humor, suspense, sex, romance and a vibrant array of sharp characterization..." - Kimmer's Erotic Book Banter

"As always, C.S. Poe brings intrigue, humor, sexy scenes and such clear descriptions... The characters were wonderfully drawn and clearly, undeniably themselves." - Two Chicks Obsessed

"I loved this book in so many ways - the great characters, both primary and secondary, the depth of the relationship between Bowen and Felix, the quaint/quirky small town setting, and the epilogue was perfect. 4.5 stars." - Gay Book Reviews

"This honestly was one of the best books I've read this year. It hit every note right for me from the first page to the last." - Bayou Book Junkie

"C.S. Poe’s Color of You ticked off so many of my happy compatibility boxes that I think the book and I are in a relationship now." - The Novel Approach

"I definitely recommend this one. It kept my attention all the way through, and it was a genuine pleasure to be able to read it. You really need to pick it up." - Joyfully Jay Reviews

"I laughed, I cried and I totally fell in love with Bowen, Felix, Alan and the rest of the supporting cast. Highly recommendable!!!" - Bayou Book Junkie

"...A very enjoyable book with a great set of characters, a solid plot, beautiful setting, and a perfect Christmas ending." - Gay Book Reviews

Friday, December 22, 2017

30% off entire backlist


My entire backlist is on sale for 30% off! Pick up any of the titles below between now and December 27th for great deals. This includes both of my novels currently on pre-order, Color of You and Southernmost Murder!

Dreamspinner Press:

Novels $4.89
Color of You (PRE-ORDER 12/25 RELEASE)
Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology (features short story, Gunner the Deadly)
Simmer anthology (features short story, Kneading You)

Novellas $2.79
Joy

Short stories $1.39
New Game, Start
Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage
Love Has No Expiration


DSP Publications:

Novels $4.89
Southernmost Murder (PRE-ORDER 01/09 RELEASE)
The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter Book 1)
The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2)

Thank you for your support! Happy reading!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Color of You blog tour

Today begins the blog tour for my first novel-length contemporary romance, Color of You!

Each stop features a profile of one of the main characters, an excerpt introducing them, and a unique giveaway. Be sure to check it out!

12/18 - Bayou Book Junkie
12/19 - Open Skye Reviews
12/20 - Sinfully Gay Romance
12/21 - Love Bytes Reviews
12/22 - Two Chicks Obsessed

Blurb: Bowen Merlin—yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….
Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.
If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

| Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GooglePlay | iTunes | Kobo | Goodreads |

Sunday, December 17, 2017

M/M Romance nominee

I am honored to be an official nominee in Goodreads' M/M Romance Members' Choice Awards for 2017. Voting began last night and will go until December 31st. If you are not a member of the M/M Romance Group, you are welcome to submit a request to join so that you can take part in the voting!

The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book Two) has been nominated for Best Mystery/Whodunit and Best Law Enforcement.

Once Upon a Time in the Weird West (featuring my short, Gunner the Deadly) has been nominated for Best Anthology.

Thank you for your support this year, and I hope you will continue to follow my work in 2018.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Blog tour: New Game, Start

Today kicks off the Irish/American blog tour with TA Moore and myself! We will be talking about our shorts featured in Dreamspinner Press's Advent Calendar anthology, Ghostwriter of Christmas Past (Moore) and New Game, Start (Poe.) Join us at the following stops for Christmas videos, character interviews, and giveaways!


Reviewers love New Game, Start:

"In a word, adorable." - Hearts on Fire Reviews

"This was an utterly enjoyable little bite of a story and a great way to kick off this year's Advent collection." - Love Bytes Reviews

"This was the cutest thing I read in a long time. I couldn't stop smiling while I was reading it." - Gay Book Reviews

Friday, December 1, 2017

Release Day: New Game, Start

Today is the release of my latest short story: New Game, Start. This is featured in Dreamspinner Press's Advent Calendar anthology, Stocking Stuffers, or available for individual sale.

Blurb: Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.
He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.

Excerpt: There was this guy…. Shit. That was how it always started, right?

Walter Chase.

He was better known by his online gaming persona, Waldere, which was actually the name of the fragments of an otherwise long-lost Old English epic poem about the legendary Walter of Aquitaine. I didn’t think Walter’s typical fans realized that, but I had a PhD in medieval studies and languages, so the fact that Walter Chase had even a rudimentary knowledge of Waldere made him even more endearing to me.

Here was the thing, though.

Walter Chase didn’t even know I existed.

Because I was only one of his subscribers out of millions—just another adoring fan of his mad video-game skills, hilarious commentary, and humble personality. Walter was also an out-and-proud gay man. He was completely unapologetic and shut down homophobia on his channel quicker than the Addams Family could snap in unison. It was empowering to watch him succeed and be respected.

But seriously, I had no chance. I wasn’t some famous video gamer. I didn’t even play much beyond what would be considered casual gaming. I only watched playthroughs because I found them relaxing. I was a horribly insecure scholar and freelance translator, getting by in the big, bad city of New York, and pining after a gorgeous, wonderful, amazing stranger who had guys a thousand times hotter than myself asking in the comment threads of his videos to hook up at conventions.

So there was this guy… and I guess you could say it was pretty one-sided.

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Currently available at Dreamspinner Press with third party vendors to follow.

I've teamed up with fellow anthology author, TA Moore, for a short tour of our respective shorts. Please stop by the following blogs and check out our Christmas videos, character interviews, and giveaways!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

35% off Thanksgiving sale

35% off all Dreamspinner and DSP Publications titles from November 23 - 27!

Pre-order Color of You for $4.54

Bowen Merlin—yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….
Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.
If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

Pre-order Southernmost Murder for $4.54

Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.
But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.
The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Buy 1, Get 1 sale!

Dreamspinner Press is hosting a Buy 1, Get 1 today only. Pre-order Color of You and receive a copy of Joy for free! The city boys are moving to small town New Hampshire and snatching up the single men! Grab your books here!

Color of You: Bowen Merlin—yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….
Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.
If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

Joy: Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?
Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.

Monday, November 20, 2017

COLOR OF YOU pre-order

Color of You is now available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press! Third party vendors to follow.

Ebook | Paperback

Blurb: Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….

Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

Release day is December 25, 2017!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sale on all C.S. Poe books

There's a great sale right now, valid on both my DSP Publications titles and Dreamspinner Press titles! $3 off every order of $10 or more.

Coupon code: PACKBOOKS


Stock up on all your favorite titles from Nov. 16 - 21!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cover reveal: Color of You

5 days to go before the cover reveal and pre-order links for Color of You go live! The official reveal will be hosted by The Novel Approach Reviews. This small town, holiday romance will be on sale December 25, 2017 at Dreamspinner Press and all third party vendors.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Exclusive audio excerpt: The Mystery of the Curiosities

I recently had a blog tour promoting the audiobook release of The Mystery of the Curiosities, narrated by Derrick McClain. If you missed any of that, you can read the Snow & Winter coda, Ghost of Durango, here at my website.

Derrick also offered a bit of bonus content for the tour, and today we have an exclusive audio excerpt at Joyfully Jay Reviews. Make sure you bring your headphones though, because this is very NSFW! Mystery or no mystery, sometimes sex takes center stage.

| Audible | Amazon | iTunes |

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cover reveal: Color of You

Color of You is my upcoming contemporary romance, holiday novel. Published with Dreamspinner Press, the book will be on sale December 25th! There will be an official cover and blurb reveal on November 20th at The Novel Approach Reviews, and pre-orders will open at the publisher's website at this time.

Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf as a reminder!

Busy holiday schedule

November and December is a busy time at Chez Poe! So I made a handy-dandy bullet list to keep it all organized. Mark your calendars, because I've got releases, tours, and cover reveals happening until the New Year!


Monday, October 30, 2017

31% off Joy

Happy Halloween to all you spooky specters!

October 30th & 31st, Joy will be 31% off at Dreamspinner Press. Pick up your copy here! And if you enjoy crossover in your books, our hero, Gideon Joy, will be making a cameo in my upcoming holiday novel, Color of You.


Blurb: Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?
Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.

Highway 2 Heck

It's been a month, guys. I've finally been able to play catch up, but between coming home after Hurricane Irma, an epic road trip to Colorado, attending GRL, and prepping for two releases in December and one in January, I was a tad overwhelmed!

My Highway 2 Heck road crew was a fantastic group to hang out with, and it was the first vacation I've had in a while! I wanted to share a few photos of the adventure with you all.

Carne asada fries and Japanese coffee in San Diego!

Livin' it up in Vegas.

On the road in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado...

The Grand Canyon!

Epic GRL was epic.


Tiring, yes, but what an amazing time! It was great seeing the sites with excellent company, and GRL is always the highlight of my year. Will I see you at GRL 2018 in Virginia?

Monday, October 2, 2017

35% off C.S. Poe titles

DSP Publications is having a 35% off sale from October 2 - 5, which includes ebooks and paperbacks of suspense/mysteries! Pre-order Southernmost Murder for $4.54 or pick up the Snow & Winter paperbacks for $9.74 each!

Snow & Winter series: Curiosity kills. Or, in the case of antique shop owner and amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow, curiosity leads to dead bodies. With the reluctant help of his boyfriend, NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter, and armed with his magnifying glass and understanding of Victorian America, Sebastian sets out to solve the murders he keeps stumbling upon. Sebastian's antiquing knowledge becomes a critical key to every investigation he gets tangled up in with Calvin. And with the two at one another's side through thick and thin, the partnership between Snow and Winter evolves into something that'll last long after the cases are closed.

Southernmost Murder: Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.
But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.
The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.

GRL Reminder:
If you are attending GRL, here is a quick peek at my schedule if you would like to stop by and say hello! I'd love to see you!

Thursday:
Author lounge 1:00 - 1:45
C.S. Poe & Derrick McClain Meet-Up 5:30

Friday:
Author lounge 1:00 - 1:45
Murder in Romance panel with Jordan L. Hawk & Jordan Castillo Pirce 2:00 - 2:50

Saturday:
Featured Author signing 10:00 - 12:30

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cover reveal and pre-order: Southernmost Murder

The cover reveal of Southernmost Murder went live a bit earlier than planned, but that means you get to pre-order it all the sooner. Cool, right?

Southernmost Murder
C.S. Poe
Artwork: Reese Dante
Release date: January 9, 2018

Blurb: Aubrey Grant lives in the tropical paradise of Old Town, Key West, has a cute cottage, a sweet moped, and a great job managing the historical property of a former sea captain. With his soon-to-be-boyfriend, hotshot FBI agent Jun Tanaka, visiting for a little R&R, not even Aubrey’s narcolepsy can put a damper on their vacation plans.

But a skeleton in a closet of the Smith Family Historical Home throws a wrench into the works. Despite Aubrey and Jun’s attempts to enjoy some time together, the skeleton’s identity drags them into a mystery with origins over a century in the past. They uncover a tale of long-lost treasure, the pirate king it belonged to, and a modern-day murderer who will stop at nothing to find the hidden riches. If a killer on the loose isn’t enough to keep Aubrey out of the mess, it seems even the restless spirit of Captain Smith is warning him away.

The unlikely partnership of a special agent and historian may be exactly what it takes to crack this mystery wide-open and finally put an old Key West tragedy to rest. But while Aubrey tracks down the X that marks the spot, one wrong move could be his last.

Pre-order links:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Google Play
iTunes
Kobo
Goodreads

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Post Irma

I've been working like crazy to get back into the swing of things! On September 7th I was evacuated out of Key West due to Hurricane Irma. I thought, 'oh I'll be in a hotel for a few days at most.'

Cue 15 days later.

Thank goodness I was informed I could finally return home tomorrow, and utilities are all back up. Hurray! But it has been a mad scramble of packing up my home, my sister's, moving to multiple hotels, and now the drive back to the Keys, on top of prepping for GRL, editing a holiday short and novel, etc., etc., etc...

Anyway! I've got lots of fun news to share.

GRL Events
Thursday:
Author lounge 1:00 - 1:45
Lots of fun swag will be awaiting!

C.S. Poe & Derrick McClain meet up 5:00
Derrick will be doing a live reading from my upcoming mystery-romance, Southernmost Murder! And I will have limited, special swag for those first dozen in attendance. I suggest joining the Facebook event to stay updated on the exact location within the hotel that we will be meeting.

Friday:
Author lounge 1:00 - 1:45
More swag, if you couldn't swing by the first day.

Storyteller panel 2:00 - 2:50
Stay tuned for the announcement of who my fellow author hosts are and the content of our panel!

Saturday:
Featured Author book signing 10:00 - 12:30
The big event of book buying, book signing, swag collecting, and more!

Paperback Sale
Until tomorrow, September 22, DSP Publications is offering 30% off Snow & Winter paperbacks! And if you are attending GRL, use code: GRL2017 for free shipping to the event. There will be paperback stock of Nevermore and Curiosities for sale at GRL via Dreamspinner's book table, but stock is limited, so if you are worried you may not be able to get a copy in time, pre-order is the way to go.

Facebook Group
Last but not least, I created a Facebook group. I promise it's totally awesome. C.S. Poe's Curious & Mysterious! Raven pictures, bizarre history facts, excerpts and sneek peeks, lots of fun to be had!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day sale!

Monday through Friday of this week, Dreamspinner Press, and its imprints, is having a store wide 30% off sale! Enjoy your three-day weekend if you're in America, kick back with a good book, and wave goodbye to summer.

C.S.'s DSP Publications titles:
Murder, mystery, a colorblind sleuth, and an NYPD detective... Snow & Winter series!
The Mystery of Nevermore (Book One) $4.89!
The Mystery of the Curiosities (Book Two) $4.89!


C.S.'s Dreamspinner titles:
City boy meets country boy, true love, tattoos, and home-cooking.
Joy $2.79!

One egg, two penguin shifters, and an unforgettable convention.
Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage $1.39!

May/December romance, cats, and Valentine's Day!
Love Has No Expiration $1.39!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Snow & Winter 1 year anniversary!

Today is the anniversary of The Mystery of Nevermore being published with DSP Publications. Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter have been bringing murder, mystery, and true love to readers for one year now. The first two books of this four book series have been made available as ebooks, paperback, audio, and soon to be translated into French.

None of this would have happened without readers like you. So thank you for your support and belief in one sarcastic, crotchety sleuth and his ever frustrated but loving boyfriend.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Auction: one-n-ten LGBT youth center

The one-n-ten LGBT youth center in Phoenix, Arizona was recently the victim of an arson. In order to help them raise funds to recover and continue the incredible work they do with the community, a wonderful PA decided to start an auction and collect donations from authors, artists, bloggers, designers, and more within the community. The bidding has been going strong for a week now, and tomorrow (Sunday, August 20th) will be the last day to try and nab some amazing items and donate to a cause in need at the same time.

I have two small bundles available in the auction, which include signed paperbacks, a Snow's Antique Emporium button, and The Mystery of Nevermore themed jewelry. If you haven't yet checked out the over 100 donations available, go ahead and join the Facebook group here. You can search the photos for all of the items and their latest bids.

Thank you for helping us raise money for one-n-ten!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Excerpt: Southernmost Murder

I'm reading through the proof of Southernmost Murder today. This is it! The final round of production before the novel is packed up and prepared for pre-order. Are you excited? I'm excited. Very excited! I can't wait for you all to meet Aubrey and Jun (although if you read The Mystery of the Curiosities, you have an understanding of Aubrey already.) And since there is some crossover between this book and the Snow & Winter series (don't worry, you don't have to read that series to understand Southernmost) I thought, why not share another little excerpt...
Be sure to add Southernmost to your Goodreads shelf so you can stay updated on the cover reveal and buy links!
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“I’m pretty sure even Seb won’t fly down to the Keys to sleuth around for a lost skeleton—crazy as he may be.”
“Let’s keep it that way. I’ve no interest in making a call to—Winter, was it?—to come fetch his wayward assistant.”
Jun knew of Sebastian because his beau, homicide detective Calvin Winter, had been the one asking for FBI intel on a cold case. I didn’t think Jun had an issue with either of them, but you know… federal agent versus a metro detective. It was always a whose-dick-is-bigger contest.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

30% off C.S. Poe's backlist

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, Dreamspinner Press and its imprints are having a store-wide sale! From August 8-13th, my entire backlist is 30% off.

For my mystery-romance Snow & Winter series, hit up DSP Publications.

If you want some contemporary romance like Joy, or penguin(!!) shifters in Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage, check out Dreamspinner Press.

Happy reading!

Friday, August 4, 2017

RELEASE Audiobook: The Mystery of the Curiosities

The audio for The Mystery of the Curiosities is here! Book Two in the Snow & Winter series, with Derrick McClain returning as the voices of our heroes, Sebastian and Calvin. The audio is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes! You can check out a great sample of Chapter One here.

Blurb: Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter is everything he's ever wanted. With Valentine's Day around the corner, Sebastian's only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It's only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium's window and leaves a peculiar note behind that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin's attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that brings him closer to the killer, he's led deeper into Calvin's official cases.
It's more than just Sebastian's livelihood and relationship on the line - it's his very life.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Contract: New Game, Start

I've signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for my short story, New Game, Start, to appear in their 2017 Advent Calendar anthology. I'm quite happy with this little tale about an introverted scholar named Edgar Royal, who has a crush on famous online gaming celebrity, Walter Chase. Christmastime turns out to be the perfect opportunity for Edgar to show Walter just how deeply he feels, but he's always been better with the written word over speaking. Will Edgar have the courage and imagination to come up with the perfect gift to pop Walter the question, or will he lose out on the opportunity of a lifetime?

The Advent Calendar will be released on December 1, 2017. New Game, Start will be available as part of the complete package, or as a short story on its own.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Audio, blurbs, and more!

And the projects just keep on rolling!

The audiobook for The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2), narrated by Derrick McClain, has been proofed and is now pending with Audible. Once it has been approved, it will also be available for sale at Amazon and iTunes. The audiobook should release within three weeks!

Southernmost Murder, my next standalone mystery-romance with DSP Publications, has an official release date of January 9, 2018. Pre-orders and the cover reveal are expected to occur in early October. I'm so excited to share this book with all of you. It's a fun, quirky adventure, and I hope you'll enjoy it!

Next Monday, July 24th, I will be sending out an exciting newsletter! It will include the blurb for Southernmost Murder, and a handful of little snippets from Snow & Winter 2 that never made it into the final book. If either of those goodies intrigue you, be sure you're signed up, which you can do so here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Short story poll!


In November I will have a free short story available, promoting my appearance as a guest author at Coastal Magic Convention in February! The theme is, my characters at the beach! Fun, right? But then I started wondering... which characters?

Instead of sweating over it, I decided to make a poll (go here!) for readers to share their two cents! The options are Gideon and Silas from Joy, Theo and Wes from Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage, or Max and Sebastian from the Snow & Winter series.

Who would you want to read about?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Goodbye, Zak

This morning I had to say goodbye to my sweet cat, Zak. He was rescued at nine months and was just shy of his eighth birthday. Zak had a lot of very serious medical issues during his time with me, but I was there with him through every surgery, shot, checkup, blood draw, and medication. It's still a bit of a shock, how sudden his health took a turn, and I wish this hadn't been the only way to end his pain, but sometimes animals just reach a limit.

I'll miss him a lot. We found one another when we both needed someone. He loved eating (and begging for more), sunbathing, his carrot and fishy toys, and had more nicknames than I knew what to do with. Mornings without Zak and his happy booty dance (don't ask) will never feel quite right, but he left me with a lot of beautiful memories.

I hope he knew how much I love him. And I hope he's living life to the fullest on the other side of the rainbow bridge.

Zak "Attack"
11/09 - 07/17

Friday, July 14, 2017

Translation: Snow & Winter en fran├žais

I was told last night by Dreamspinner that The Mystery of Nevermore and The Mystery of the Curiosities are both to be translated into French by Reines-Beaux! I am so, so excited to see how Sebastian's voice translates to another language, and that he will have a chance to find a home in the hearts of international readers.

I do not have an ETA yet, but once there is either a release date, or the book pops up for sale, I will definitely let you all know.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sebastian's voice is loud and clear

In between finishing edits for Southernmost Murder and beginning edits for Color of You, I'm writing Snow & Winter 3. And I'm not sure if it was a change to my morning coffee or what, but Sebastian is being particularly smart in this book.

"What did that sign say?" Calvin asked.
"I'm legally blind and it wasn't available in the large print edition."

Of course I love it. Sass and dry wit are some of my favorite storytelling tools. But Sebastian's voice is one of the most difficult to maintain of any character I've created. I think it's because he always has all cylinders firing. Always thinking, always talking about... something. When his voice flows like it seems to be doing, and I don't have to slam my head into the desktop, I get very excited!

Snow & Winter 3.
More murder. More mystery. More Sebastian.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Amazon Kindle Deal: Snow & Winter


The first two books in the Snow & Winter series have been picked up by Amazon as part of their July Kindle Deal! From now until the end of the month, Nevermore and Curiosities are only $1.99 each. If you’ve been looking to start a new murder mystery series with lots of sleuthing, colorful history, sexy romance, and a good dollop of New York City vibes, here’s a great excuse.

And for international readers, this Kindle Deal may not be available on all Amazons, but DSP Publications is offering the same sale if you use coupon code S&W at checkout on their website.

Happy reading!

C.S.
xo

Friday, July 7, 2017

Excerpt: Southernmost Murder



I’m wrapping up the final round of edits on my next mystery novel, Southernmost Murder, and thought I’d share an excerpt. As a side note, Sebastian Snow is the main character of the Snow & Winter series, and friend of Aubrey Grant, this book’s narrator. You certainly don’t have to read the other series to enjoy Southernmost, but hey, if you like sarcastic sleuths, then book one is Nevermore and two is Curiosities.

Southernmost Murder will be released by DSP Publications in early 2018! You can add it to your Goodreads shelf today and stay updated on a cover reveal and official blurb.


Sebastian grinned.
“Shut up.”
“I didn’t say anything.”
I rolled my eyes. “I was in the closet, getting ready to remove some wallpaper in the historical home. I found a false wall.”
He perked up and leaned closer to the screen. God, he needed some new hobbies.
“And, uh… a skeleton—”
“Skeleton?” Sebastian protested over me.
I shushed him, as if it really mattered. “A skeleton was there. I swear to God, I saw it. It scared the piss out of me.”
Sebastian raised his hands out, palms up. “And?”
“And—what?”
“You found a skeleton. What did you do with it?”
“You’re way too calm about this,” I said, removing the cigarette from my mouth. “I called the police. A detective showed up, I brought him upstairs, and it was gone.”
Sebastian raised an eyebrow. He looked like a dog who’d found a tire and was readying to chase it. “I assume by skeleton, you mean it was not… fresh.”
“No. It was old, but I can’t give it an age. I prefer dating nautical artifacts, not human remains.”
“Any idea who it might have been?”
“He wasn’t wearing a name tag, Seb.”