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Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Mystery of the Bones soundtrack

This is a rough soundtrack for The Mystery of the Bones (Snow & Winter Book Four).

Some of these songs have been listened to on repeat literally hundreds of times, and others are just occasional plays to keep me in the right frame of mind for the series as a whole and not just this particular title. Do you like any of these artists?


Third Day of a Seven Day Binge - Marilyn Manson


Spirits - The Strumbellas


This is Gospel (Piano version) - Panic! At the Disco


The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole


Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men


Let's Hurt Tonight - OneRepublic


High Hopes - Panic! At the Disco


Alive - Sia


New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

Saturday, December 8, 2018

2018 Best of Nominee


I have been nominated in a few categories for the 2018 Goodreads M/M Romance Members' Choice Awards! My most sincere thank yous to this genre and all of the incredibly supportive readers. If you are interested in voting, there are a lot of great categories and books to choose from! Make sure you're a member of the group and visit the complete poll list here.

All-Time Favorite M/M Author: C.S. Poe

Best Action/Suspense/Adventure: Southernmost Murder

Best Military Officer/Intelligence/Spies: Southernmost Murder

Best Law Enforcement: Southernmost Murder & The Mystery of the Moving Image

Best Mystery/Whodunit: The Mystery of the Moving Image

Best Main Character: Sebastian Snow (The Mystery of the Moving Image)

Best Established Couple: Sebastian Snow & Calvin Winter (The Mystery of the Moving Image)

Best Anthology: Devil Take Me

Monday, December 3, 2018

Release: That Turtle Story

My latest short story, a contemporary holiday romance, is now available for sale! That Turtle Story can be picked up with Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, GooglePlay, and Kobo. If your Christmas TBR pile is out of control, add it to your Goodreads shelf and come back to Nor and Eugene after the New Year!

(Barnes & Noble and iTunes will follow shortly.)

Blurb: Nor O’Brien spends his days in sunny Key West caring for and rehabilitating sea turtles. He doesn’t need anything else in life, expect maybe a significant other to cuddle with after a long day. But recent heartbreak has left Nor salty, and he’s not in the mood for anything, Christmas included.

Then Eugene Montgomery walks into Turtle R&R, claiming to have found a clutch of eggs in distress. Nor is smitten with the tourist at first sight, and at the suggestion of his screwball colleagues, indulges in some no-strings-attached fun. Nor and Eugene are quick to get along, happily enjoy each other’s company, and take in the island’s unique holiday pleasures together.

But Nor would never leave his turtles, not for any man. So when his rebound fling turns into strong romantic feelings for Eugene, it’ll take a Christmas miracle to keep the two together forever in Key West.

In-house translations for pre-order

The French translation of Color of You—La couleur de ta voix— is now available for pre-order with Dreamspinner Press.

Bowen Merlin, oui c’est son vrai nom, accepte un poste dans la pittoresque ville de Lancaster, New Hampshire, en tant que directeur de l’orchestre du lycée. Il quitte New York pour la campagne enneigée de la Nouvelle-Angleterre juste à temps pour les Fêtes.

Avec des cours, des devoirs, des activités après l’école et un concert-surprise de Noël à planifier et répéter, Bowen est très occupé. Comme il n’a jamais eu beaucoup de chance avec la romance, prendre du temps pour trouver monsieur Parfait n’est pas une priorité…

Jusqu’à ce qu’il rencontre le propriétaire de la Pommeraie Snowy Ridge, Felix Hansen. Brusquement le véritable amour semble être une possibilité dans la vie de Bowen. Ils sont tous les deux parfaitement assortis, remplissant et faisant palpiter le cœur de l’autre. Cependant, aussi merveilleux que Felix puisse paraître, il porte des cicatrices qui pourraient mettre fin à leur relation naissante lorsque quelqu’un en ville se donne beaucoup de mal pour saboter leurs carrières.

Si Bowen veut survivre aux Fêtes, il devra s’appuyer sur de vieux amis et aussi des nouveaux, convaincre Felix qu’il vaut la peine et prouver qu’ils peuvent sortir plus forts de la catastrophe s’ils font face ensemble.

The German translation of Southernmost Murder—Mord in Key West— is now available for pre-order with DSP Publications.

Aubrey Grant lebt im Stadtviertel Old Town des tropischen Paradieses Key West, hat ein hübsches Häuschen, eine schnuckelige Vespa und die großartige berufliche Aufgabe, das denkmalgeschützte Anwesen eines ehemaligen Kapitäns zu verwalten. Beim Besuch seines angehenden Freundes, dem erfolgreichen FBI-Agenten Jun Tanaka, der sich bei ihm etwas Erholung gönnen möchte, kann selbst Aubreys Narkolepsie die Vorfreude auf ihre Ferienpläne nicht trüben.

Doch dann macht ihnen ein Skelett in einem Schrank des historischen Smith-Hauses einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Obwohl Aubrey und Jun sich vorgenommen hatten, die gemeinsame Zeit zu genießen, führt sie die Identität des Skeletts zu einem über hundert Jahre alten Geheimnis. Sie entdecken die Geschichte eines Piratenkönigs und seines verloren geglaubten Schatzes sowie einen Mörder der Gegenwart, der vor nichts haltmacht, um die verborgenen Reichtümer aufzuspüren. Und als selbst der sein Unwesen treibende Mörder nicht ausreicht, um Aubrey von dem Chaos fernzuhalten, scheint ihn sogar der ruhelose Geist des verstorbenen Captain Smith zu warnen.

Möglicherweise wird sich die ungewöhnliche Kombination aus Agent und Historiker als genau richtig erweisen, um Licht in den Fall zu bringen und mit einer alten Tragödie von Key West abzuschließen. Während Aubrey jedoch der Schatzkarte folgt, könnte jeder falsche Schritt sein letzter sein.

Both titles release on February 5, 2019.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Translation: The Mystery of the Moving Image


I'm very excited to announce that The Mystery of the Moving Image has been sub-licensed with Reines-Beaux! Books 1 - 3 of the Snow & Winter mystery-romance series will be coming out into French soon!

35% off all titles


All of my titles are currently 35% off at Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications! This includes Southernmost Murder, a mystery-romance with a narcoleptic historian and his FBI agent boyfriend, and Joy, the story of a failed tattooist meeting a gentle giant in small town, New Hampshire.

Also included in this sale is the recently released anthology, Devil Take Me!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Official Outtakes


Check out an exclusive post I have at Boy Meets Boy Reviews as part of their 5 year anniversary party! I've shared the writing evolution of what became my 2017 holiday short story, New Game, Start.

And if this is a New To You title, I'm also giving away several copies!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Mystery-romance anthology!


I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in an upcoming gay mystery-romance anthology entitled, Footsteps in the Dark. These eight, novella-length stories will be written by the following authors: LB Gregg, Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Dal MacLean, Z.A. Maxfield, Meg Perry, SC Wynne, and myself!

The anthology, which promises the very best in gay suspense, mystery, and romance, will be available May, 2019. Be sure to check back in for more announcements on titles, blurbs, and a cover reveal!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

That Turtle Story cover art

That Turtle Story will be available for individual sale on December 1st 2018 at Dreamspinner Press and all third party vendors. This short story is also available for pre-order in the complete Warmest Wishes anthology package.

Blurb: Nor O’Brien spends his days in sunny Key West caring for and rehabilitating sea turtles. He doesn’t need anything else in life, expect maybe a significant other to cuddle with after a long day. But recent heartbreak has left Nor salty, and he’s not in the mood for anything, Christmas included.

Then Eugene Montgomery walks into Turtle R&R, claiming to have found a clutch of eggs in distress. Nor is smitten with the tourist at first sight, and at the suggestion of his screwball colleagues, indulges in some no-strings-attached fun. Nor and Eugene are quick to get along, happily enjoy each other’s company, and take in the island’s unique holiday pleasures together.

But Nor would never leave his turtles, not for any man. So when his rebound fling turns into strong romantic feelings for Eugene, it’ll take a Christmas miracle to keep the two together forever in Key West.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Snow & Winter 99c sale!

Book Three in the Snow & Winter series, The Mystery of the Moving Image, is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents! This sale lasts one day only, so if you've not picked up the latest Sebastian and Calvin adventure, today is a great day to do that!

Blurb: It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter: they’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium.

Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.

Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.

However, even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.

Book One: The Mystery of Nevermore
Book Two: The Mystery of the Curiosities

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Contract: Snow & Winter Book Four


I've signed a contract with DSP Publications for the fourth and final book in my mystery-romance series, Snow & Winter. I will be releasing the title once I've finished writing the manuscript and have sent it in to begin production! Release is scheduled for 3Q 2019.

Watch this space for the blurb, cover reveal, buy links, and more!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

GRL & Devil Take Me

And I'm off to GRL! By the time this post goes live I will be at the Key West airport before sunup, bleary eyed and maybe sipping less than stellar coffee while I wait to board. I will be landing in Portsmouth, VA in the early afternoon, where my fantastic friends and fellow authors, Jenna Kendrick and Felice Stevens, will pick me up on their drive in.

If you are attending GRL, I hope to see you throughout the long weekend! Here is my schedule. These are events I'm guaranteed to be at. (Otherwise I haunt the bar and might just be seen running up and down hallways. I'm very excited.) Don't forget-- you can add any of these to your own personal schedule on the Guidebook app so you never miss out!

Wednesday, 10/17 4:00 - 5:00 Pre- Retreat Meet & Greet
Portsmouth V - Second Floor

Thursday, 10/18
2:00 - 2:45 Author Lounge
Portsmouth Foyer - Second Floor
4:30 - 5:20 Author Reading
Portsmouth Ballroom V - Second Floor
7:30 - 9:30 PJ Party!
Holley Ballroom / Foyer - First Floor

Friday, 10/19
1:00 - 1:45 Author Lounge
Portsmouth Foyer - Second Floor
Saturday, 10/20
10:00 - 12:30 Featured Author Signing
Portsmouth Ballroom IV - VIII - Second Floor
4:30 - 5:30 C.S. Poe Reader Meet-up!
Location TBD, join the Facebook event page to stay updated
9:00 - 1:00 Totally Tubular Eighties Party
Portsmouth Ballroom IV - V - Second Floor

I will have paperbacks on sale, available at the Dreamspinner Press table for the following titles: Color of You, Southernmost Murder, The Mystery of Nevermore, The Mystery of the Curiosities, and The Mystery of the Moving Image. Supply is limited!


And Devil Take Me is live! This is the thrilling anthology, published with DSP Publications, that I had the honor of sharing the pages alongside huge urban fantasy and paranormal authors in our genre, including: Jordan L. Hawk, Ginn Hale, TA Moore, Rhys Ford, and Jordan Castillo Price. My contribution is 11:59, the journey of a soulless hero hunting monsters in New York City, birthed by the nightmares of humans. Grimy, gritty, and with a dose of Greek mythology!

Devil Take Me blurb: Temptation lurks around every corner in worlds sometimes dark, sometimes lurid. Giving in is both dangerous and satisfying, though never in the ways one expects. While these enticements offer a vast range of benefits and boons, the cost is a soul and the devil expects his due. Sometimes suave and charming or calculating and cruel, these devils have schemes and desires of their own. They can be creatures to run away from… or toward.
Join the most unique and celebrated authors of LGBT urban fantasy and paranormal fiction for a fast-paced and unpredictable ride, from a city on the other side of reality, to a world suspended in dusk, to a twisted version of the 1960s and 70s.
Meet devils in top hats and waistcoats, a defrocked motorcycle-riding priest, and a genderfluid antihero—among many more. Full of humor, romance, horror, action, intrigue, and magic, these stories have one common element….
They’re one hell of a good time.

11:59 blurb: Asuka Kawashima is a man without dreams.
Nightmares plague humanity and cross into the waking world—chasing after their dreamers and transforming them into hideous monsters that haunt New York City at night. When Asuka is faced with the choice between dying or selling his soul to the Devil, he offers it in exchange for the chance to continue protecting people. But the Devil is sly, and while he takes Asuka’s ability to dream, making him immune to nightmares, it also removed Asuka’s abstract sense of dreaming. Now life is gray, hopeless, and without wishes.
A chance meeting five years later leads Asuka to Merrick Grace, a man who, despite the dismal world around them, still believes there will be a day when monsters cease to exist. When the Devil reappears, asking for a favor in return for his soul, Asuka must make another difficult decision…
If the chance to dream again—to share a life with Merrick, full of hope and happiness—is worth the risk of almost certain death.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Official GRL schedule

Here is my official schedule for GRL, including dates, times, and locations. These are for sure places you will find me throughout the convention, although I'm pretty easy to spot and always out and about!

C.S. Poe Schedule:

Wednesday, 10/17
4:00 - 5:00 Pre- Retreat Meet & Greet
Portsmouth V - Second Floor


Thursday, 10/18
2:00 - 2:45 Author Lounge
Portsmouth Foyer - Second Floor

4:30 - 5:20 Author Reading
Portsmouth Ballroom V - Second Floor

7:30 - 9:30 PJ Party!
Holley Ballroom / Foyer - First Floor


Friday, 10/19
1:00 - 1:45 Author Lounge
Portsmouth Foyer - Second Floor


Saturday, 10/20
10:00 - 12:30 Featured Author Signing
Portsmouth Ballroom IV - VIII - Second Floor

4:30 - 5:30 C.S. Poe Reader Meet-up!
Location TBD, join the Facebook event page to stay updated

9:00 - 1:00 Totally Tubular Eighties Party
Portsmouth Ballroom IV - V - Second Floor

And the Guidebook app is live! Be sure to download and use this free application on your phone. You can create custom schedules and it is an absolute lifesaver, I promise. I hope to see you at my lounges and Featured Author signing event. I will have a lot of custom swag for readers, including Snow & Winter tote bags, octopus bookmarks, apple stress balls, as well as buttons, bookmarks, candy, and more!

GRL Meet-up with C.S. Poe


I will be hosting a reader meet-up while at GRL and hope you can join us! I'll be doing a live reading of an exclusive coda written specifically for this event, starring Sebastian Snow and Aubrey Grant from the Snow & Winter series and Southernmost Murder. I'll also be sharing a few of my favorite Japanese candies, and have some anatomical heart necklaces to give away!

Join the Facebook event page here to stay updated on the finalized location, which I'll scope out upon getting to the hotel next week.

Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 4:30PM
Location: TBD

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Off to Orlando!


I'm heading out today for my publisher's annual author conference. I'll be in Orlando for a few days talking books, breathing books, and living books. It's a wonderful opportunity that I'm endlessly thankful Dreamspinner Press takes on, as it energizes a lot of authors and pushes us to be the best we can be for readers like you.

But meanwhile, while I'm talking craft and maybe partaking in a drink or two, there are major sales on all novels, novellas, and short stories! Happy reading and remember your sunscreen!

C.S. Poe titles at Dreamspinner Press can be found here, and DSP Publications are here.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

GRL paperback sale


My publisher's annual GayRomLit sale has begun! All paperbacks are 30% off from Sept. 14 - 20. And if you're also attending GRL, be sure to get free shipping direct to the event with code: GRL2018. All pre-orders will be available to pick up at the Dreamspinner Press table in the book seller's room.

Dreamspinner Press titles: Color of You

DSP Publications titles: Snow & Winter series, Southernmost Murder

I hope to see you there!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Blog tour recap


The final blog tour stop for the latest in the Snow & Winter series, The Mystery of the Moving Image, has gone live, so here is a complete list of participants and associated giveaways, for those who want to read the exclusive coda in one go.

Gay Book Reviews:
Pt. 1 & Hell's Kitchen coffee blend from Empire Coffee & Tea in Manhattan.

Love Bytes Reviews:
Pt. 2 & 3 salt water taffy flavors from Salty Road in Brooklyn.

Two Chicks Obsessed:
Pt. 3 & Character charms with signed art.

It's About the Book:
Pt. 4 & Buster Keaton-themed art.

Boy Meets Boy Reviews:
Pt. 5 & signed paperbacks of Book 1 - 3.

Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Release Day: The Mystery of the Moving Image

Release day is here! Book Three of the Snow & Winter series, The Mystery of the Moving Image, is live and available for sale at DSP Publications or your vendor of choice. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for the love, support, and dedication readers like you have shown my work. Everyday I am humbled that you've taken a chance on a grumpy sleuth and his ever-patient, detective boyfriend.

Blurb: It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter: they’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium.
Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.
Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.
However, even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.

DSP Publications
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
GooglePlay
iTunes
Kobo
Goodreads

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Countdown 1: The Mystery of the Moving Image

Hello friends! This is the final countdown for The Mystery of the Moving Image because next Tuesday it's live! And with the release comes a mini blog tour from September 10 - 14. Each stop will have a portion of an exclusive Snow & Winter coda, with unique, novel-themed giveaways!

9/10: Gay Book Reviews
9/11: Love Bytes Reviews
9/12: Two Chicks Obsessed
9/13: It's About the Book
9/14: Boy Meets Boy

Pre-order now and have Moving Image waiting on your e-reader September 11th!
DSP Publications
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
GooglePlay
iTunes
Kobo

I hope you enjoyed the posts and character interviews, and thank you for supporting my work!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

$1.99 Mystery-Romances


For the month of September I have two mystery-romances on sale as part of Amazon's Monthly Kindle Deal! I am humbled to have my titles chosen and hope that while mine are the only LGBT books within the mystery genre, this will introduce mainstream readers to stories they didn't know existed and encourage more LGBT protagonists in the future!

The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter Book One) and Southernmost Murder are $1.99 each!

Nevermore: It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.
In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive and live happily ever after with Calvin.

Southernmost: 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.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

France & Germany in 2019

I've bought my plane tickets for my visit to Paris and Leipzig next year, which makes the trip official! I will be arriving in London on March 12, 2019 before hopping over to Paris for the Salon du Livre from March 15 - 18, and then again to Leipzig for Buchmesse from March 21 - 24.

It's too early to make plans, but for sure I would love the opportunity to meet up with friends and readers if you're around any of these three cities! And if you're attending either book event, let me know!

I will for sure have copies of Color of You in French and Southernmost Murder in German made available with Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications. I don't yet have information on my other titles, as theses are contracted out to Reines-Beaux and Juno Publishing, but cross your fingers for the Snow & Winter series and Southernmost Murder to also be available in French!

Snow & Winter anniversary!


I have two anniversaries with my publishing career. The first is June 1st. This was the release day of Love Has No Expiration, a short story with Dreamspinner Press and my very first official, wow I signed a contract and everything, piece of fiction. This short story also paired me with my current editor, an extremely talented senior editor on the staff who polishes my work bright enough to light up a dark room. I love her dearly, and when it came to my first novel, asked the higher ups if she could continue editing me.

My second date, and the one that changed the game, is August 30th. This is the release day of Book One in the Snow & Winter series, The Mystery of Nevermore. I had dreams and aspirations for my crotchety sleuth, but I was so new to publishing I still didn't quite know what to expect.

I've met authors I never imagined I'd one day call friend. I've been introduced to some of the loveliest and most dedicated readers in the genre. Snow & Winter was a finalist in the Lambda Literary and EPIC awards, produced in audio by a stellar voice and all around great human in the community, and the adventures of Sebastian and Calvin are coming out in French too.

It's surreal, I gotta tell you. I wrote Sebastian at a wild point in my life. I didn't like where I was, in terms of creativity, relationship, job, home-- everything. One day, I literally packed up my clothes, books, cat, and left. That freedom and courage and internal growth is something I've been peppering into Sebastian book by book. It's important that readers have the opportunity to see themselves in fiction, because I know I'm not the only person who has fallen into that hole. And after half a dozen failed attempts to write Nevermore, Sebastian began to flourish as a character.

So thank you. To DSP Publications for signing a whodunnit mystery with a sleuth who met his detective soulmate at a crime scene. Thank you to my production team, fellow authors, and readers like you. Follow your heart, wherever it leads, and be good to yourself.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Countdown 2: The Mystery of the Moving Image

Hello, friends! We are back with another Tuesday Countdown post for The Mystery of the Moving Image! We're two weeks away from the next adventure with Sebastian and Calvin, and I can't wait! One aspect of the new book I am most excited for is the return of Neil, so today's blog is another character interview.


I sat in the accidentally eclectic coffee shop again. I kind of liked it. Neil took a seat across from me at the table by the window. He set a coffee mug down and stared expectantly.
"Thank you for coming out to this interview," I started, flipping the notepad open. "I know you're a busy man."
"It's no problem," he answered in that polite tone that hinted it probably was a problem, but Neil would never actually say so.
"So!" I smiled. "Neil Millett. You're a detective with the NYPD."
"That's right."
"And, uh, are Sebastian's ex," I added after a half a second pause.
Surprisingly, Neil smiled. Or rather, it was the hint of a smile. "I swear that'll be written on my headstone."
"Why do you say that?"
Neil leaned back in his chair to cross his legs. "I think humans all have at least one relationship, romantic or otherwise, that leaves a brand on the soul. For better or worse."
"Sebastian was that human for you?"
He only shrugged.
Okay then.
"Let's start with the basics," I hastily said. "How old are you?"
"Recently turned thirty-eight."
"What's your degree in?"
"I have a bachelor's in forensic science," Neil answered.
I flipped the pages in my notepad. "And that segues to our first question, posed by Kat. Why did you decide to become a cop, and why CSU specifically?"
Neil's mouth quirked into that sort-of smile again. He reached for his mug and took a sip of coffee. "The same romantic reason most people join-- I wanted to help, and my kind of skills are always in demand with a metropolitan police force." Neil set the cup down. He rubbed his chin for a moment, looking very serious as he considered his next statement, before letting out an unexpected laugh. "As for CSU... what can I say, I like solving mysteries."
I grinned. "Yeah?"
"But mysteries should be left to professionals," he reiterated. "Not busybody amateur sleuths."
I made a few notes on the page. "How'd you join the Crime Scene Unit?"
"I started on the Evidence Collection Team," Neil replied. "When I made detective, they promoted me to CSU."
"Do you enjoy it?" I asked next.
"I don't know if I'd say enjoy," Neil said a bit thoughtfully. "We're overworked and understaffed, see the ugliest side of humanity, and if I don't encounter blood, vomit, or piss it's a solid day. But... I'm not burned out. I still feel like I'm making a difference. Is that a good answer?"
"Perfect answer," I replied while I jotted 'blood, vomit, and piss = bad day.' "So what about--"
"When are you going to ask me a question about Sebastian?" Neil interrupted.
I glanced at him and slowly set the pen down. "Do you want me to?"
"Want is neither here nor there."
"People are curious."
"Yeah, I know. I dated a nutcase for four years. Who wouldn't be curious?"
I bit the inside of my cheek. "He's not a nutcase."
"Sort of, yes," Neil said with finality.
"Well, let's see..." I checked my notepad again. "Inez wanted to ask you, what's one thing about Sebastian you miss?"
"Right for the jugular," he murmured as he turned, stared out the bay window, and watched the New York foot traffic. "This isn't going to get back to him, is it?"
"No."
Neil nodded absently. He still wouldn't look at me and was silent for a long time. "His smile. His real smile. When no one's watching and he's just being... Sebastian."
I smiled. "And what don't you miss?"
"Everything else," he said with a bit of a sarcastic laugh. Neil turned his attention back to me. "Look. We've reached a place of understanding, I think. But the reality under the heartbreak, and mess that followed our breakup, was we were not a good match. Period. What he's got now with Winter is something we never could have attained together."
"Why not?"
"We weren't soulmates."
I raised an eyebrow. "Neil Millett believes in soulmates?"
"Don't write that down."
I held my hands up.
Neil eyed me with an expression usually reserved for a particularly complex blood spatter pattern. "Anything else? I have to get back soon."
"Oh. One last question. This is from Samantha, and they'd like--" The question made me snort and I covered my mouth. "Sorry."
Neil narrowed his eyes.
"What were you thinking when you bought that expensive BMW?"
Neil tapped the tabletop with his index finger. "I was thinking, I look damn good in this car." He took one more sip of coffee, stood, and buttoned his suit coat. "Thanks for this."
I turned and watched him leave the cafe. Sebastian always said he looked a bit like a 50s hard-boiled detective and I had to agree. Neil was cynical like one too.
At least for now.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Countdown 3: The Mystery of the Moving Image

And I'm back with the next countdown post for The Mystery of the Moving Image! Be sure to check in here every Tuesday for more fun Snow & Winter tidbits.

This week we're talking antiques! Sebastian Snow, for new readers out there, owns Snow's Antique Emporium in the East Village of New York City. He specializes in Victorian American gizmos and gadgets, the weirder the better. Naturally, this leads to a lot of research on my part. Sometimes hours of work turns out to be nothing more than a single sentence description or a passing mention in dialogue.

Here are a few of mine and Sebastian's favorite pieces....

The Mystery of Nevermore: His Master's Voice brand gramophone with a hand crank in a solid wood, Oak veneer case. Sebastian loves older music, some of his favorite artists are Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, and Cab Calloway. He especially enjoyed playing those 78 records on his 'real McCoy' gramophone. Although his antique piece is newer, from the 1920s, it was fully functioning and easily worth a grand before coming into recent disrepair.
Excerpt:
Neil had just told me to buy a replica turntable for two hundred bucks if I liked the aesthetic look so much, but that wasn't the point.
I didn't want a Bluetooth, USB-enabled gramophone. I wanted mine. The real McCoy that had the wear and tear from use and love. The one that needed to have needles constantly replaced to keep the records in mint condition.

The Mystery of the Curiosities: Brass picture buttons. Sebastian has quite an extensive collection of picture buttons available for sale at the Emporium, a scene that ended up on the cutting room floor, so to speak. Buttons made popular through the second half of the 19th century, these featured images from fairy tales, mythology, famous figures, literature, and more. Made of several different metals pressed together, the highly sought after Kittens in a Basket button can fetch up to $75 alone, while its replica at wholesale is worth little more than five bucks.
Excerpt:
We all have our strengths and should stick to what best suits us. Calvin was made to fight bad guys. It was in his DNA to be a hero, to save people, to solve crimes. Me? I'm a hoarder of information. I know the history of picture buttons and of Victorian mourning clothes. I know how to spot fake tin types. And I liked what I did.

The Mystery of the Moving Image: The Arsenic Waltz. It's not quite a Snow & Winter book without some sort of morbid history for Sebastian to hyper-focus on. Clothing in the 19th century, specifically those dyed green, were made with a pigment that was of mixed arsenic and copper. Emerald Green was a color mocked in British magazine, Punch by showing two skeletons dancing while wearing the latest fashion.
Excerpt:
The kid looked around briefly. "Why do you have so much weird crap in here?"
"What constitutes as weird for you? Because some may think it mundane."
He pointed at a framed photo hanging on a nearby wall. "Are those dancing skeletons?"
"The Arsenic Waltz," I corrected. "It mocked the usage of arsenic in dyes for clothing during the nineteenth century."
"What?" He looked confused. Or disgusted. I wasn't sure.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Countdown 4: The Mystery of the Moving Image

I'm back with the next post in the Moving Image countdown to release! Check in here every Tuesday for fun Snow & Winter series tidbits as we get one step closer to the next adventure in the lives of Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter.

To kick off this week's shindig, I've got a fun character interview featuring William "Pop" Snow, Sebastian's loving and forever patient father, and Max Ridley, his loyal but less patient assistant at the Emporium.


I sat down across from William and Max in the sort of dim-lit, cozy, accidentally eclectic coffee shop that Sebastian would probably haunt, had it been a location within walking distance. I set my notepad on the tabletop and smiled. "Thank you both for joining me."
"Of course," William said. "Our pleasure."
"For sure," Max chimed in. "I don't mind the spotlight."
I chuckled. "A lot of people are interested in the two of you."
"A lie I can live with," William replied. "My son carries a story far better."
"That's because he does exactly the opposite of what you, me, the barista, and this lady would do," Max said as he motioned around the room before pointing at me in conclusion.
I nodded. "That's... true. But folks are still wanting to hear from you both. So, first things first. William Snow, you're Sebastian's dad."
"That's correct."
"And you raised him by yourself?" I asked.
William nodded. "My wife and I parted ways when he was six. I received full custody."
"This may be a... sensitive question, and I apologize if you'd rather not answer--" I started.
"Oh please, ask away," William said.
"Is Sebastian in contact with his mother at all?"
William picked up his coffee and took a sip. "Not to my knowledge."
I left it at that and looked at Max. "And Max Ridley."
He gave me a wide smile. "The one and only."
"You met Sebastian when?"
"About a year and a half ago."
I scribbled the answer down on my pad. "That leads me to a question posed by Elizabeth...." I flipped the page. "Here we are... How did you find the job at the Emporium, and what was the interview process like?"
Max snorted and started laughing.
I glanced up. "Uh-oh."
He held his hands up. "Okay. Let me paint you a picture. I'm walking past the Emporium for an interview I had at some funky modern art store, which is so not my thing, but I've got student loans, you know?"
"Oh I know," I agreed.
"So, being early for that interview, and seeing a sign on his door that advertised an assistant position, I thought why not fill out an application? I go inside this bizarre, borderline creepy shop that's about as brightly lit as a bear cave. There's lots of customers, the phone is ringing, and in the middle of it all is Sebastian actually arguing with a lady about the history of the Brady stand."
William covered his mouth to hide a smile.
Max laughed. "I figure he's the owner, what with his frazzled appearance, so I kinda get closer, waiting my turn to talk to him. Instead, he looks at me and says, 'What?'"
"My son's manners are lacking when he's hangry," William interrupted.
"I'll say," Max agreed. "I look between him and this sassy woman and tell him I was hoping to fill out an application for the job. At first he gives me this blank stare, and I point over my shoulder at the sign on his door, before he seems to put two and two together. Instead of saying something like, 'oh sure' or 'come back later' or... anything normal, Seb points at the woman, then me, and says, 'What was the real use of the Brady stand?'"
"Jesus Christ," I muttered.
"Yeah," Max said with another laugh. "But hey, I have a degree in art. I know some things about early photography. I mean, not to the level Seb does, but Brady's name is well known. So I said it was used as an arm rest or even a neck brace during the early years of photography when there were long exposure times. I guess the lady had been insistent that it was used to make dead bodies stand up for postmortem photos, which was a thing for sure, but not in the way she thought. Sebastian isn't exactly... charming, when he's told he's wrong and has to defend himself." Max grinned. "He told me I was hired. Then and there. I cancelled the interview I had at the modern art place."
I stared at Max for a moment. "Wow."
He nodded.
"Okay then...." I cleared my throat and made a few notes. "You enjoy working for him, Max?"
"Never a dull moment," Max answered. "All joking aside, Seb is a good boss, a better friend, and the Emporium pays my bills and teaches me new things. A lot of people can't say that about their jobs."
"That's sweet," I answered.
"I'm a sweet guy."
"And very humble," William added, nudging Max in the ribs.
I remembered my coffee at this point and took a sip of the now lukewarm beverage. "William, I have a question here for you, from Laurene."
"Sure."
"She's curious to know when you realized that Sebastian had Achromatopsia."
"Ah. Very early, actually. I think by the time he was three months old we knew there was something to be concerned about. He'd cry and scream nonstop whenever we went outside-- come to find later it was bright light hurting his eyes. His Nystagmus started to show around then as well. That's when his eyes shake or wobble involuntarily. It's much better, now that he's an adult," William explained.
"That makes sense," I answered. "A three-month-old isn't really able to take a color test."
He nodded. "Although he had him take that and several visual acuity tests when he was a few years older, that's how we confirmed he had complete Achromatopsia."
"Was it difficult adjusting to his normal?"
William shook his head. "No. When it's your child, you do what is necessary without even really considering anything else. Sebastian is very independent--"
"Bullheaded," Max corrected.
William smiled a little. "We made it work pretty well."
A sudden crash behind the counter startled the three of us. We turned to see a barista wincing and bending down to pick up a shattered mug, while another employee laughed and clapped.
"I have a question for you both," I said, looking back at the two. "How do you like Calvin?"
"Calvin's awesome," Max said without a second thought.
"Highly approve of him," William said.
"Anyone that can wrangle Seb for extended periods is a keeper," Max continued.
William nodded. "It's true," he said, a bit quieter.
I smiled. "I like him too. But then again, I've always had a thing for redheads."
"Same," Max said.
I side-eyed him. "That rolls me into my next question. What kind of person floats your boat?"
"Yes."
"Excuse me?" I asked.
He nodded. "I like persons."
William patted Max's shoulder. "Not picky, this one."
I took another sip of coffee and then tapped my notebook with the pen. "One last question for you, William. Alaska wants to know, what was a typical parent-teacher conference when Sebastian was a kid?" I bit the inside of my cheek when I asked that one.
Max just started laughing and slapped his thighs.
William's face colored a little and he set his hands on the tabletop. "Can I plead the fifth?"
"Hell no, tell the story," Max retorted.
"Well... Sebastian's self-confidence as a child was a bit lacking. He's never liked standing out in a crowd, and sitting in the front row, with large print books put a target on his back for bullies. Anyway...." William cleared his throat. "Third grade, Mrs. Morrison calls me in for a meeting. Sebastian had had an... altercation during recess. One of the bigger boys was giving him grief, and I guess Sebastian had taken it upon himself to point out how this other kid had gotten answers on a class activity wrong, why he'd been wrong, how he'd continue to be wrong, called the boy a pillock and then supplied the historical context behind the word. He'd made the other student cry."
"What kid in America knows and uses the word pillock?" Max asked.
"Mine," William said solemnly.
"Uh, what happened next?" I asked.
"I asked Sebastian where he'd learned the word, because frankly I had to look it up, and he said the dictionary. I told him we don't call other students stupid, especially when the word originates as a meaning for penis--"
Max choked on a sip of coffee.
William patted his back as he continued speaking. "Well, next time I get called into a meeting, it was because he'd called a boy ninnyhammer." He sighed. "Third grade was rough."
I set my pen down and leaned back. "Fascinating interview."

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Countdown 5: The Mystery of the Moving Image!

I am so excited for Book Three of the Snow & Winter series that I decided to do a post every Tuesday to count down the days. We are officially five weeks out from the release of The Mystery of the Moving Image, published with DSP Publications.

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To kick off the anticipation, I'm sharing a nifty and helpful map of locations from the East Village to Hell's Kitchen, courtesy of Google Maps. Some of these haunts will be familiar from both Book One and Two, and there's also the surprise STAR location that appears in Book Three.

If you've not yet picked up a copy of Snow & Winter, now is a great time because both books are on sale! The Mystery of Nevermore can be nabbed for 99 cents at third parties such as Barnes & Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes, and Kobo. And The Mystery of the Curiosities can be picked up at Amazon for $1.99!

Do you have a favorite location from the Snow & Winter series? Share in the comments for a chance to win a mysterious prize!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sale: The Mystery of the Curiosities


Amazon has selected The Mystery of the Curiosities as an August Kindle Deal and it can now be picked up for $1.99! Believe it or not, out of the 264 chosen mysteries, Sebastian Snow is tagged as the only gay protagonist in the bunch.

So if you, or a reader friend, is intrigued by a colorblind antique dealer turned amateur sleuth and his NYPD homicide detective boyfriend, consider picking up the Snow & Winter series! Let's show the mainstream world that everyone deserves to see themselves as the hero.

The Mystery of Nevermore (Book 1)
The Mystery of the Curiosities (Book 2)
The Mystery of the Moving Image (Book 3)

Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 & 2019 releases

I thought I'd post an update regarding some of my upcoming releases for 2018 and what brand new projects readers can expect in 2019! (By the way, if you're not yet part of C.S. Poe's Curious & Mysterious, I've shared this news there already.)

2018

Color of You audiobook, narrated by Greg Boudreaux: Recent release on June 26, 2018.

The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter Book Three): Pre-order available, release September 11, 2018.

11:59, included in the Devil Take Me anthology: Pre-order available, release October 16, 2018.

Southernmost Murder audiobook, narrated by Derrick McClain: Release estimated 3rd/4th quarter, 2018.

That Turtle Story, available individually and also included in the Warmest Wishes anthology: Release December 1, 2018.

The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter Book One) in French: Release estimated 4th quarter, 2018 with Reines Beaux.


2019

Color of You in French: Release estimated 1st quarter, 2019 with Dreamspinner Press.

Southernmost Murder in German: Release estimated 1st quarter, 2019 with DSP Publications.

"Untitled novel-length sequel" to Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage: Release estimated 2nd quarter, 2019.

"Snow & Winter Book Four": Release estimated 3rd quarter, 2019.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pre-order: The Mystery of the Moving Image

The Mystery of the Moving Image is available for pre-order, release September 11, 2018! Pick up the third book in the Snow & Winter series and follow Sebastian and Calvin down a rabbit hole of murder, mystery, and film history.

Blurb: It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter: they’re moving in together. What should have been a wonderful week of playing house and celebrating Calvin’s birthday comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious package arrives at the Emporium.
Inside is a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope, a movie viewer from the nineteenth century, invented by the grandfather of modern cinema, W. K. L. Dickson. And along with it, footage of a murder that took place over a hundred years ago.
Sebastian resists the urge to start sleuthing, even if the culprit is long dead and there’s no apparent danger. But break-ins at the Emporium, a robbery, and dead bodies aren’t as easy to ignore, and Sebastian soon realizes that the century-old murder will lead him to a modern-day killer.
However, even with Sebastian’s vast knowledge of Victorian America and his unrelenting perseverance in the face of danger, this may be the one mystery he won’t survive.

Available at:
DSP Publications
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
GooglePlay
iTunes
Kobo

And add it to your Goodreads shelf!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Complete blog tour: Color of You audiobook

The mini blog tour for Color of You's audiobook, narrated by the incredibly talented Greg Boudreaux, has wrapped up! But there's still time to read some exclusive character journal entries and join in on some giveaways.

Check the following stops for fifteen-year-old Alan Hansen's POV of the story, and a chance to win some signed paperbacks, surprise swag, or an e-book from my backlist!

The Novel Approach
Joyfully Jay
Love Bytes
DreamReaders

Color of You is available now at Amazon and Audible, with iTunes to follow shortly.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Audio: Color of You

Color of You is now live at Audible! Narrated by the incredibly talented Greg Tremblay, under his Boudreaux brand, I have to admit that finally hearing Bowen and Felix has been worth the wait! Greg's delivery and timing is incredible, and his unique voice and characterization of Bowen, a character I was very wary of trusting to basically anyone but Greg, is simply perfect. That's not a word I use lightly!

If you pick up a copy, happy listening, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Translation update

Exciting news on the translation front! Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications will be doing some in-house work and putting Color of You into French and Southernmost Murder into German!

ETA for both novels is February 2019. I'm happy to say that both of these foreign editions will be made available at next year's Salon du Livre in Paris, France and the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany.

I too, will also be in attendance with the books! I'm very excited and hope to meet a lot of new readers and share in our mutual love of romance and mystery stories!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Project Updates

More project updates from C.S. Poe!

1. Tomorrow, June 25, 2018 is the official cover reveal of The Mystery of the Moving Image, hosted by Gay Book Reviews! Stop by to check out the latest cover art from Reese Dante, read the blurb, and pre-order a copy! There's also a special giveaway for readers new to the Snow & Winter series.

2. Devil Take Me anthology (Ford, Hale, Hawk, Moore, Poe, and Price) and The Mystery of the Moving Image can both be added to your Goodreads shelf.

3. Until June 26th, spend $10 or more at Dreamspinner Press and imprints, and use coupon LIBRARY2018 for $3 off! Pick up small town romances Joy and Color of You, or the first two books in the Snow & Winter series.

4. Color of You audiobook blog tour begins this week!
June 26 - The Novel Approach Reviews
June 27 - Joyfully Jay Reviews
June 28 - Love Bytes Reviews
June 29 - DreamReaders Blog
Unfortunately the audio is not yet live at Audible. They're really taking their time with this release, but I've got my fingers crossed it'll be very soon!

5. The Mystery of the Moving Image is complete! 11:59 is completing its third round of edits. That Turtle Story was recently contracted for Dreamspinner's yearly Advent Calendar anthology. And I should be starting The Next Big Project soon!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Contract: That Turtle Story

I am so pleased to announce that I have signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for a short story featured in the 2018 Warmest Wishes Advent Calendar anthology.

That Turtle Story takes place in Key West during Christmastime. Holiday grouch, Nor Kennedy,  rehabilitates turtles for a living, and the swoon-worthy Eugene Montgomery visits Turtle R&R to report a clutch of eggs in distress.

Release of the individual title will be December 1, 2018. It will also be included in the Advent Calendar package, which delivers a surprise short story each day of the month for thirty days!

Cover reveal: Devil Take Me

Devil Take Me is live for pre-order at DSP Publications and 40% off until June 22nd. Be sure to add this anthology to your Goodreads shelf as well. Official release is October 16, 2018.

Anthology blurb: Temptation lurks around every corner in worlds sometimes dark, sometimes lurid. Giving in is both dangerous and satisfying, though never in the ways one expects. While these enticements offer a vast range of benefits and boons, the cost is a soul and the devil expects his due. Sometimes suave and charming or calculating and cruel, these devils have schemes and desires of their own. They can be creatures to run away from… or toward.

Join the most unique and celebrated authors of LGBT urban fantasy and paranormal fiction for a fast-paced and unpredictable ride, from a city on the other side of reality, to a world suspended in dusk, to a twisted version of the 1960s and 70s.

Meet devils in top hats and waistcoats, a defrocked motorcycle-riding priest, and a genderfluid antihero—among many more. Full of humor, romance, horror, action, intrigue, and magic, these stories have one common element….

They’re one hell of a good time.

11:59 by C.S. Poe blurb: Asuka Kawashima is a man without dreams. Nightmares plague humanity and cross into the waking world—chasing after their dreamers and transforming them into hideous monsters that haunt New York City at night. When Asuka is faced with the choice between dying or selling his soul to the Devil, he offers it in exchange for the chance to continue protecting people. But the Devil is sly, and while he takes Asuka’s ability to dream, making him immune to nightmares, it also removed Asuka’s abstract sense of dreaming. Now life is gray, hopeless, and without wishes.

A chance meeting five years later leads Asuka to Merrick Grace, a man who, despite the dismal world around them, still believes there will be a day when monsters cease to exist. When the Devil reappears, asking for a favor in return for his soul, Asuka must make another difficult decision...

If the chance to dream again—to share a life with Merrick, full of hope and happiness—is worth the risk of almost certain death.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Size matters sale!

From June 12 - 18 all of my titles are on sale with Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications!

Short stories like Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage, featuring penguin shifters Theo and Wes who meet during a game of speed dating at WaddleCon are 20% off.

Novellas such as Joy, with city boy Gideon and his small town, gentle giant Silas, brought together by a moose in northern New Hampshire are 30% off!

And novels like Southernmost Murder, featuring narcoleptic historian Aubrey Grant and FBI Special Agent Jun Tanaka falling in love and solving mysteries in Key West are 40% off.

I've got you covered on mystery, romance, and paranormal!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Cover reveal: Snow & Winter 3

The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter Book Three) will have an official cover and blurb reveal on Monday, June 25 at Gay Book Reviews!

The book will be up for pre-order at this time with DSP Publications, with third party stores to follow. Moving Image's official release date is September 11, 2018.

Get ready, because murder and mystery wait for no one!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Project updates!

Here's a bit of an update on all in-production books and scheduled events with C.S. Poe!

1. Color of You audiobook, narrated by Greg Tremblay, is still in the wait queue with Audible. I've got my fingers crossed for a release this week. There will be a blog tour June 26 - 29th.

2. Southernmost Murder audiobook, narrated by Derrick McClain, will go into production later this summer. ETA is August/September.

3. The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter Book Three) has finished its third round of edits. Cover reveal and release date to be announced. For a first look at the official blurb, feel free to join my Facebook group, C.S. Poe's Curious & Mysterious.

4. 11:59, my contribution to the Devil Take Me anthology, is entering its second round of edits. ETA is this October. Join us on June 18th at The Novel Approach for a cover reveal!

5. I will be in New York City this week for the Lambda Literary Awards with Rhys Ford! We will be having a reader get-together, so if you'd like to join us, comment in Rhys's Facebook group here.

6. I will also be at Bouchercon the World Mystery Convention, in September, as well as GRL in October! Hope to see you there!

7. All of my titles at both Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications are 30% off until May 31st.

8. I'm currently writing a holiday short story that, assuming I finish on time, I can share details about next month.

-deep breath- I think that's everything!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

35% off C.S. Poe titles

There is a 35% off sale on all of my titles until Friday, May 25th!

Color of You: Contemporary holiday romance between a high school teacher and single father. (Audiobook live in 3 weeks or less!)

Joy: Sweet contemporary romance about opposites attracting with a city boy and country boy.

Southernmost Murder: A sexy, fun mystery taking place in Old Town, Key West, featuring a narcoleptic historian and his FBI agent boyfriend.

Also included in the sale is the Lambda Literary Award nominated Snow & Winter series!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Free read: The Murder Collection

If you're a new reader of mine, let me tell you about The Murder Collection! This is a free read, updated once a month at Love Bytes Reviews. It's a Choose Your Own Adventure type mystery-romance, where readers must decide the main character's next step in order for me to write the following post.

Blurb: Dean Stewart recently graduated from a prestigious art college in New York City. Riding the high of a major success that has put him in the spotlight of the art community, there’s tremendous pressure for Dean to unveil his next collection. The only problem is, he doesn’t have one. In fact, Dean hasn’t felt any inspiration in months, and the funds from his first sale aren’t going to pay for his apartment and work studio forever.
Just when Dean can’t afford a single distraction, he gets noticed by homicide detective Jiro Watanabe, and not in a good way. Without warning, Dean is thrust into a world of mystery and murder, when all he wants is for Jiro to ask him out on a date that doesn’t involve the police station.
The art world just got a whole lot more cutthroat.

You may read Pt. 1 - 5 here. And the latest update, Pt. 6 is available here. Please be sure to leave a comment for Dean's next move, published June 18th!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Coming soon: Color of You audio


Soon! Greg Tremblay’s romantic narration of Bowen Merlin, a high school music teacher with synesthesia, and Felix Hansen, a single father with a voice like amber, is coming to audio!

Color of You is available at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, and other third parties.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

RT book sale

Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications are having a great sale from May 15 - 20 in celebration of Romantic Times (RT) in Reno.

Save $3 off $10 with coupon: RT10
$4 off $15 with coupon: RT15
$5 off $20 with coupon: RT20

These coupons can be used over and over until the 20th and all of my titles qualify! From my latest mystery-romance, Southernmost Murder, to my first novel-length contemporary romance, Color of You.

Check out my complete backlist at Dreamspinner Press and here at DSP Publications.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

AUDIO: Southernmost Murder

Derrick McClain is back! He's signed a contract to produce the narration of my latest mystery-romance, Southernmost Murder.
ETA is late summer, 2018!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Contract: Devil Take Me

I am thrilled to announce, as was shared this morning by Dreamspinner Press, that they will be publishing an upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal anthology that I am featured in! I'm alongside heavy-hitters and favorites in the genre including, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Jordan L. Hawk, TA Moore, and Jordan Castillo Price.

The project is entitled, Devil Take Me. A cover reveal and further details are scheduled for release on June 18th at The Novel Approach Reviews.

I hope you are as excited for this weird, crazy book as I am!