Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Featured Author GRL schedule

GRL is fast approaching! C.S. Poe will be at the event from Oct. 15 - 20, with official pre-retreat events beginning on the 16th. My author attendances are where you will 100% find me, but if you're looking to hang out in a more relaxed atmosphere, you'll always be able to find me at the nightly parties or hotel bar. I promise I'm easily approachable and very talkative!

Thursday, 10/17
Author lounge @ 1:00 - 1:45

Friday, 10/18
Author lounge @ 2:00 - 2:45
Q&A @ 5:30 - 6:20

Saturday, 10/19
10:00 - 12:30

Once the Guidebook app has been updated for the 2019 convention, you can create a custom schedule and add all of these to your smart phone. That way, you'll never miss your favorite events!

What do these events mean?

Author lounge = Come by for laid back chit-chat and awesome swag!
Q&A = Ask Poe ridiculous questions along with two other authors on a panel.
Author signing = Pick up Saturday-exclusive swag, buy paperbacks, and get signatures on books!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Mystery of the Bones LIVE

The fourth and final installment in the Snow & Winter seriesThe Mystery of the Bones, is live! Thank you to everyone who has read and supported me over the last four years as this series slowly chugged along. You all mean the world to me. I do hope you'll stick around for the next adventure I'll be releasing in early 2020!

Blurb: It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow together with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter. Patience, sanity, and their very lives have been put to the test, but love has persevered. Although Sebastian is now New York City’s best-known busybody, he’s done solving crimes and wants nothing more than to plan a romantic budget wedding.

Then Snow’s Antique Emporium receives a decapitated human head in the mail and the holidays are gory once again. Sebastian patently disregards the mystery of a lifetime because he is done with death and danger—but the killer escalates. Before Sebastian knows it, his closest friends and family are dragged into a series of horrific murders with antiquated clues hinting to the infamous Victorian American Bones Wars.

The clock is ticking to recover a long-lost artifact linked to paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope and to capture a murderer. But it’s not Sebastian who may become the next target—it’s Calvin.


You can also add Bones to your Goodreads shelf or BookBub page.

And if you're new to the series, I have a fantastic sale still live that you can partake in.


#1 The Mystery of Nevermore $0.99
#2 The Mystery of the Curiosities $1.99
#3 The Mystery of the Moving Image $2.99

Monday, September 16, 2019

Retrospect: The Mystery of the Bones

Welcome to the final retrospect of the Snow & Winter series! If you're just coming into the posts, you can visit the previous titles here at: Nevermore, Curiosities, and Moving Image. I suppose this isn't technically a retrospect, as The Mystery of the Bones is actually releasing next Tuesday, but I want to give the conclusion of Sebastian and Calvin's lives the same send off. So without further ado, let's dive into this whirlwind!

Man... now that I'm really staring at THE END, what is there to say? In a small sense, these individuals represent parts of me. I mean, look, it's fiction. But the fiction came from somewhere—my brain, specifically. Sebastian is my sarcasm, Pop is my love, Calvin is the patience I wish I had more of. I invented these characters, sure, but I hope I managed to properly pour in elements of myself, be them good or bad, to shape and define them all into believable personalities. 

I want the time and investment readers have made to feel worthwhile. I want readers to have enjoyed an adventure, wracked their brains to solve a mystery, maybe fall in love a little, but if nothing else, to feel content as they finish and close Bones. I think that's all any author can hope for, really.

Bones was tough to write, but I don't think it really had anything to do with plot or characterization, and mostly everything to do with making sure I tied up loose ends and bid my cast a proper farewell. I needed to make sure by the end of the Snow & Winter series that Neil was redeemable, that Calvin was going to be okay, and that Sebastian learned to love himself in ways he'd been too afraid to even realize. I think I managed to do this. Sebastian and Calvin certainly deserve their vacation away from me and my 'oh but what if there's just one more dead body' thought process! Neil—we're not done with him. He'll be back.

I mentioned before that I enjoy writing dialogue, but as the relationship between Sebastian and Calvin progresses, I love their interactions just a bit more every book. Flirting between couples in healthy, long-term relationships is some of my favorite stuff, especially when there's wit and smartassery involved! Here are a few spoiler-free excerpts below.

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“Seb.”
I blinked. “What?”
“Stop,” Calvin said firmly.
“But I—”
He took a step closer. “I can see the cogs turning, baby.”
I put my hands up, like I’m innocent, copper! Innocent, I tell ya!

“You shutting me down, Detective?” I asked, turning back to Calvin.
“I know it’s your busiest time of year.”
“What’s money matter? Now I have time to pick up our Christmas tree. It may end up being a Charlie Brown, though.”
“It wasn’t that long ago I threatened to arrest you for being a smartass,” Calvin warned.
“And instead you put a ring on it,” I said, raising my left hand and tapping the matte tungsten band with the tip of my thumb.

“Please don’t start poking around.”
“I’m not,” I replied. “The deerstalker is hung up for good.”

“You know why this entire thing sucks?” I asked suddenly.
“I can think of a few reasons.”
“We haven’t had sex in six days.”
Calvin snorted. “You keep track?”
“Not intentionally.”

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Bones releases next Tuesday and is slated for audiobook production. (Date TBA) To celebrate its release, the first three books of the series are on sale and can be found below at the following third party vendors.


You can add the book to your Goodreads shelf or find it on BookBub. Codas are also available for free at my website.

Make sure you check out the giveaway below. I'm offering one signed paperback of The Mystery of the Bones! Event ends September 23, 2019.

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Well, that's it. The Mystery of the Bones goes live in one week, and the Snow & Winter series draws to an end. Thank you for staying with me throughout these posts and for your support these last four years. I hope you'll give my upcoming books a chance, which includes a new mystery-romance series starring two NYPD detectives, as well as a Steampunk-romance series taking place in alternate-1882 New York City.

Random fact: Bones was the hardest of the four titles to come up with, despite it being very obviously the ideal name!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

C.S. Poe titles in French

I'm very excited to share some news about newly released and upcoming titles that are being sub-licensed to French publishers!

The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2) is now available through Reines-Beaux.

Devil Take Me (Book 1) featuring Rhys Ford, TA Moore and myself, is currently available for pre-order through MxM Bookmark and will go live on September 25, 2019. Book 2 will follow up with the additional three authors in the original anthology, Jordan L. Hawk, Ginn Hale, and Jordan Castillo Price.

And most recently, Kneading You was licensed to MxM Bookmark. When a release date and sale links are available, I will make a follow-up post for this short story.


Le mystère des curiosités (Snow et Winter 2)

La vie est belle pour Sebastian Snow. L’Emporium prospère et sa relation avec l’agent Calvin Winter de la brigade des homicides au NYPD est tout ce qu’il a toujours voulu. À l’approche de la Saint-Valentin, la seule préoccupation de Sebastian est de savoir s’il doit inviter Calvin pour un dîner romantique. C’est lorsqu’un inconnu pulvérise la fenêtre de l’Emporium en laissant derrière lui un mot intriguant que ses plans se retrouvent mis de côté. L’heure est à un nouveau mystère.
Sebastian est rapidement emporté dans une série de meurtres terribles qui ne sont pourtant, a priori, pas liés. Les seules connexions entre ces morts sont des curiosités provenant du P.T. Museum disparu. Malgré les tentatives de Calvin pour garder Sebastian en dehors de l’enquête, quelqu’un lui force la main et il devient évident que l’énigme tout entière n’existe que pour être résolue par Sebastian. Chaque indice qui le rapproche du meurtrier le conduit davantage dans les affaires officielles de Calvin.
Bien plus que son gagne-pain ou sa relation, c’est la vie de Sebastian elle-même qui est en jeu.



Devil Take Me

La tentation rôde à chaque coin de rue dans des mondes tantôt sombres, tantôt effrayants. Y céder peut être à la fois dangereux et enivrant, mais toujours imprévisible. Bien que les avantages soient attrayants, il vous en coûtera votre âme et le diable attend son dû. Parfois suaves et charmants, parfois calculateurs et cruels, ces démons sont prêts à tout pour assouvir leurs desseins, et leurs désirs...
Embarquez en compagnie de six auteurs incontournables de l’urban fantasy LGBT et de la romance paranormale pour une virée trépidante et imprévisible. Voyagez au sein d’un monde crépusculaire, arrêtez-vous dans une ville située de l’autre côté de la réalité, flânez au milieu d’une version décalée des années 60 et 70. Passez quelques heures en compagnie de démons affublés de chapeau et veston, d’un prêtre motocycliste défroqué et d’un antihéros genderfluid, parmi tant d'autres. Humour, romance, horreur, action, intrigue et magie sont les maîtres mots de ces histoires, qui ont toutes un point commun... Vous faire passer un moment diablement exquis.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Retrospect: The Mystery of the Moving Image

Welcome to the third retrospect post of the Snow & Winter series! If you missed the first two, you can find Nevermore and Curiosities at these links. This is my first complete, published series that has been with me from the beginning of my professional journey. I wanted to see Sebastian off properly after all the mysteries and murders we've been through together!

Moving Image was, in a sense, the easiest of the four books to write. I have a BFA in film production, with an emphasis on directing and sound recording. I worked freelance in the film and television world for a brief time, as well as at a rental house in the city. So film, both the history and practical, is my forte.

But having a degree and background in the topic surrounding Book Three's plot also made it a challenge. There were certain instances I had to rein myself in, lest the mystery turn into a non-fiction retelling of intriguing factoids. Especially when it comes to the likes of Buster Keaton films or correcting the general public on how little Edison was actually involved in the process of creating moving images.

Moving Image, like the previous titles, went through some re-writes. But unlike Nevermore, the characters were established and their relationships were no longer causing issue. And the artifact was exactly what I had planned from the beginning, so there was no trouble with that facet, like in Curiosities. The re-write actually had to do with the location. My original plan was to pull Sebastian and Calvin out of New York City (I knowwhat?) and put them in Vermont. It didn't work. I still love the concept, but it took too much focus off Sebastian, and this series is his to tell, so that became extremely problematic very quickly. And frankly, it was an issue getting the man around outside of a densely populated, urban environment!

Some of my favorite dialogue I added to the book were little opportunities to lovingly poke and prod at the film industry. I think, even without coming from that world, most folks can appreciate the jokes. I've shared a few excerpts below.

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“Truth is stranger than fiction,” I stated.
She nodded. “It’s a story perfect for a movie, don’t you think?”
“Which some screenwriter would inevitably destroy by inserting made-up drama or a romantic side plot that never existed,” I replied.
Greta laughed, deep and hearty. “Don’t I know it.”

“Did he rob you?”
“No. Well, yes, technically. I had a canister of film. He took that and wanted more movies.”
Neil stared blankly.
“That machine you were fingerprinting at the Emporium is a movie viewer.”
Neil took a hand from his pocket and held it up. “So this may have been the man who killed Dumpster John Doe?”
“He certainly wasn’t after my Buster Keaton collection,” I answered.

“You really want to go all the way to Queens?”
“That’s where the Museum of the Moving Image is.”
“You don’t have to take the train, though. I can drive you.”
“They don’t open until after ten,” I replied. “And I’ve no desire to wait around in the desolate, ass-end of Astoria with a bunch of overworked and undercaffeinated filmmakers..."

“Hundred-twenty-year-old movie,” Max said with an astonished tone. “It’s going to be either porn or cats.”

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Since Moving Image's release in 2018, it has been contracted into French with Reines-Beaux (no release date yet) and is also scheduled to be produced into audio! Moving Image recently won second place in adult mysteries with the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, which was a great honor. To celebrate the upcoming release of Bones, Moving Image's ebook is on sale for $2.99 across all third-party vendors.


You can add the book to your Goodreads shelf or find it on BookBub. Codas are also available for free at my website.

Make sure you check out the giveaway below. I'm offering one signed paperback of The Mystery of the Moving Image! Event ends September 16, 2019.

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Is everyone enjoying these retrospects? They've been a lot of fun to write—a bit of a trip to think back to the actual production and all those highs and lows. If you're new to the Snow & Winter series, I do hope these posts have tempted you into giving Sebastian and Calvin a go! Please join me next Monday for our final look back—rather forward— at The Mystery of the Bones! There will also be a final giveaway at that time.

Random fact: Steinway Bierhaus is based off of a real beer garden in the film neighborhood of Astoria. I also included the location in my novella, Lights. Camera. Murder.

Friday, September 6, 2019

August Reads


The writing schedule is getting back on track here at Chez Poe! I've still found some time to enjoy a number of re-reads though, these titles by my go-to author for laughs and feel-good hangovers. Below are the BookBub links to my reviews, but they're also mirrored on Goodreads if you prefer that site.

Gravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez

Potato Surprise (Brimstone 1) by Angel Martinez

Hell for the Company (Brimstone 2) by Angel Martinez

Fear of Frogs (Brimstone 3) by Angel Martinez

Monday, September 2, 2019

Retrospect: The Mystery of the Curiosities

We are now in September, which means The Mystery of the Bones inches ever closer to release! Because Snow & Winter is my first published series to be concluded, and what really set off my professional career as an author, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the previous titles and share some of the history behind the finished products. For those of you joining the discussion for the first time, you can find Retrospect: The Mystery of Nevermore here.

Like most of my books, if not all of them, now that I think about it, Curiosities went through hardcore re-writes. It wasn't so much a character issue, as the nuts and bolts of who Sebastian, Calvin, and Co. were had been successfully established in Nevermore. This was a problem with the historical artifact the plot revolved around. Originally, the story was centered on some Japanese wood block prints from the late 1800s. It was a really fascinating subject matter to research and explore, but I'd say about... sixty percent of the way into the book it simply wasn't grooving with the overall arc I had in mind for the series. The rest of the books revolved around Victorian-America, so this item of Japanese origin just didn't exactly fit.

I tossed the whole thing. P.T. Barnum was an obvious choice when I thought about it for a minute. I used to spend my mornings in high school sitting in the library and I did a lot of research on Barnum after stumbling across some books on him shelved in a dark corner. Such a fascinating figurehead in entertainment history and what a curious choice for Sebastian to explore. I honestly don't remember much of that original draft, except for one scene where Sebastian had (against Calvin's word) confronted a suspect who had a few ukiyo-e in his possession and some serious danger was about to go down. I think I remember that scene because that's when I realized I was writing the wrong book. But I incorporated, not the actual scene, but the elements of the danger, into Curiosities when Sebastian goes to Ricky's Private Parties.

So much of this series ended up on the cutting room floor, if you'll pardon a film expression. But I don't like to keep those around to recycle. To me, they got tossed for good reason. There was a fundamental flaw that kept those scenes, dialogues, or entire concepts from meshing with the rest of the book or series. I don't miss them, wherever they are in dead computer heaven. But I'd love to share a few of my favorite moments with you all that are in Curiosities!

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Saul's Diner's slogan was “Get stuffed.”
But brunch was neither the time nor the place for that.

Calvin sat up and pulled his wallet from his back pocket. He took out a few bills and handed them over. “Take a cab back.”
“I have money.”
“Seb—”
“Fine. Fine, fine.” I took the money and shoved it into my coat pocket. “I’m just going to use it to buy cupcakes and whiskey, though. You can find me at Pop’s between the hours of now and forever. I’ll be drunk under a blanket, watching television.”
“Atta boy.”

“If by doing so, are you going to do something illegal, and does that make me an accomplice?”
“No.”
“Why do I not believe you,” Max said absently.
“What do you want in return?”
“A raise.”
“Fat chance. I’m homeless. If either of us is getting a raise, it’s me.”

“I should have arrested you back in December when I had the chance.”
“I love you too.”
“I’ll be there soon.”

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Since the release of Curiosities in 2017, it has become available for pre-order in French (currently at iBooks,) published with Reines-Beaux, as well as audio, narrated by Derrick McClain. And to celebrate the upcoming release of Bones, the ebook of Curiosities is on sale for $1.99 across all third-party vendors.


You can add the book to your Goodreads shelf or find it on BookBub. Codas are also available for free at my website.

Make sure you check out the giveaway below. I'm offering one signed paperback of The Mystery of the Curiosities! Event ends September 9, 2019.

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I hope everyone has enjoyed this second retrospect of the Snow & Winter series! If you're new to the whirlwind lives of Sebastian and Calvin, I hope these posts have been interesting for you. Be sure to join me next Monday as we kick off a look at The Mystery of the Moving Image and host the third giveaway!

Random fact: Pop's apartment is designed after one rented by a couple who were in the art department of the first film I ever worked on.