Thursday, December 24, 2020

Happy holidays from C.S. Poe


2020 might not have been the year any of us signed up for, but it has certainly reminded me of how lucky I am to be graced with the folks I've met in this industry over the years.

To the readers. Whether you read me, have my titles on your TBR, or have no idea who I am! The publishing industry needs and appreciates you. I'd be telling these stories to my cats without your support.

To my fellow authors. Those I read and adore, those I admire and look up to, and those I've yet to meet. Keep working on your craft in these turbulent times, and never forget we too, are readers. We need the escape of a good book as well!

To the production teams. Those ladies who make me far more polished than I ever could hope to be on my own—you do incredible work. And to the teams behind some of my favorite creators in the genre, us authors salute you.

To the narrators. You all bring a special sort of joy to the industry. There's nothing quite like hearing characters you've constructed out of nothing, being brought to life by another human. You keep us entertained on commutes, during quarantine exercising and cleaning, and offer a service for readers who might not read with their eyes.

To the translators. You take financial chances on us and bring our work to audiences around the world. It's a gift knowing that someone in France or Germany or any other country, found happiness in our book after it was released in their native language. You do amazing work.

To the cover artists. Thank you for bringing yet another aspect our of ideas to life through a method that, at least for me, we have limited skills in. You make our books pop, stand out, and give us a chance at being read. Your art inspires me.

And happy holidays to every single person in between—the bloggers, the convention organizers, the assistants, spouses, and more! Now, more than ever, we all need love and support and understanding. Thank you so much, and my sincere wishes for a better New Year for all.


C.S. Poe

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

House of Mystery Guest


 

I'm a guest on House of Mystery Radio Show with Alan R. Warren tonight. You can listen live at 9:00p.m. PT on KCAA 106.5 F.M. Los Angeles / 102.3 F.M. Riverside /1050 A.M. Palm Springs. If you're not in the area or around at 9:00p.m., the episode will be available online by Thursday, and you can find it posted here.

I will be discussing The Gangster and what exactly is steampunk? As well as the Auden & O'Callaghan Mysteries and the co-writing process with Gregory Ashe.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Color of You - audio sale

 


For a limited time, Color of You (A Lancaster Story: Book Three), narrated by Greg Boudreaux, is on sale for only $1.99!

This offer is exclusive to Chirp. Pick up a copy here!

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 old scars that could bring an end to their budding relationship after someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive, 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.

Holiday-lite sale

 

3 of my holiday-lite stories are on sale, now through December 25th! 99c with all vendors, these contemporary romances feature gamers, artists, and animal conservationists! Pick up any of these sweet and charming shorts with just the right amount of holiday cheer.

 

| New Game, Start | Love in 24 Frames | That Turtle Story |


Monday, October 26, 2020

Key West themed sale!


Some of you might follow me on other social media and know that I'm moving this week! Yup, after kickin' it in the Keys for a few years, I'm finally heading back to my beloved home: New York City. So until November 1st, I've got two titles that are set on the wacky island of Key West—Southernmost Murder and That Turtle Story—both of which are 50% off, sale exclusive to Amazon. (Sorry for any inconvenience, but with moving, I only had the spare brainpower to discount one vendor.)

If you've read these titles already but are still hankering for a sale, The Engineer is still .99c until October 31st at Amazon US/CA. And at Google Play only, you can pick any title from A Lancaster Story series for 50% off through November 1st. Please use this link and redeem code: 44YBHV4NET80D

How about these tasty goodies for a Halloween treat, eh? Tell you friends! And keep wearing those masks, drinking water, and keeping safe.

Friday, October 23, 2020

A Lancaster Story series sale

Halloween is coming, but I never offer tricks—only treats! From October 23, 2020 - November 1, 2020, A Lancaster Story series, including: Kneading You, Joy, Color of You, is 50% off. 

This sale is exclusive to Google Play.

Link: https://play.google.com/redeem?code=44YBHV4NET80D

Code: 44YBHV4NET80D

Don't forget that The Engineer is still on sale at Amazon US/CA for only .99c through October 31, 2020.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Quarterly Update

Quarterly Update with C.S. Poe

 

The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One) is on sale the entire month of October at Amazon US and Canada for .99c.

Blurb: 1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.

Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.

If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.


The Gangster (Magic & Steam: Book Two) is now available for pre-order with all online vendors. Release is December 15, 2020.

Blurb: 1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton, magic caster for the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam, has recovered from injuries obtained while in Shallow Grave, Arizona. Now back in New York City, Gillian makes an arrest on New Year’s Eve that leads to information on a new gangster, known only as Tick Tock, who’s perfected utilizing elemental magic in ammunition without a caster. This report complicates Gillian’s holiday plans, specifically those with infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly, who promised they’d ring in 1882 together.

The two men stand on the cusp of a romance that needs to be explored intimately and privately. But when Gillian’s residence is broken into, by a magical mechanical man who tries to murder him on behalf of Tick Tock, they must immediately investigate the city’s ruthless street gangs before the illegal magic becomes a threat that cannot be contained.

This might be Gillian’s most perilous case yet, but criminal undergrounds don’t compare to the dangers of the heart. If he can’t balance a career in law enforcement with his love for a vigilante, Gillian may lose both entirely.


A Friend in the Dark (An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery: Book One) will be going into audio production this October! Narrated by new voice to the genre, Garrett Kiesel, expected release date is November/December, 2020.

Blurb: Rufus O’Callaghan has eked out a living on the streets of New York City by helping the police put away criminals as a confidential informant. But when Rufus shows up for an arranged meeting and finds his handler dead, his already-uncertain life is thrown into a tailspin. Now someone is trying to kill Rufus too, and he’s determined to find out why.

After leaving the Army under less than desirable circumstances, Sam Auden has drifted from town to town, hitching rides and catching Greyhounds, until he learns that a former Army buddy, now a police detective in New York City, has died by suicide. Sam knows that’s not right, and he immediately sets out to get answers.

As Rufus and Sam work together to learn the truth of their friend’s death, they find themselves entangled in a web of lies, cover-ups, and accelerating danger. And when they witness a suspect killed in cold blood, they realize they’re running out of time.


Color of You (A Lancaster Story: Book Three) audio, narrated by Greg Boudreaux, is now available with a host of new vendors, including Kobo, Google Play, Chirp, and Scribd. More to come throughout the next two weeks!

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 old scars that could bring an end to their budding relationship after someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive, 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.


The Mystery of the Bones (Snow & Winter: Book Four) is now available in audio, narrated by Wyatt Baker. Currently listed with Amazon and Audible, with iTunes to come.

Blurb: It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought together antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow with 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 finished with crime solving 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.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Engineer .99c sale!


The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One) is an October Kindle Monthly Deal! Pick up a copy of the first title in my gay steampunk series for only .99c, sale exclusive to Amazon US and Canada

And don't forget that The Gangster is available for pre-order now, release date December 15, 2020.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Audio: The Mystery of the Bones

The Mystery of the Bones (Snow & Winter: Book Four) is now available in audio! Narrated by Wyatt Baker, this at long last brings the entire series to completion in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. You can pick up a copy at either Audible or Amazon (with iTunes to go live shortly.)

Blurb: It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought together antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow with 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 finished with crime solving 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.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A Friend in the Dark release day


It's release day for my first co-written project and Book 1 in an all-new mystery series: A Friend in the Dark (An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery.) My co-writer is none other than good friend and wildly talented mystery author, Gregory Ashe. I'm so thankful for the opportunity we had to write this book, as it was a vehicle for me to explore the angst and grit that's in my author voice, but hasn't had the proper home in any of the current series I write under my own name.

How we wrote this book was also a lesson in discipline. Everyday, we hopped online and wrote in the same Google Doc—literally line by line we combined our voices and styles into something that I feel is wholly unique from just Ashe or just Poe. It was a lot of fun and wild and jump-started my stalled out creativity at the beginning of 2020.

I really hope you enjoy the danger, adventure, and complicated romance of Rufus and Sam!

Blurb: Rufus O’Callaghan has eked out a living on the streets of New York City by helping the police put away criminals as a confidential informant. But when Rufus shows up for an arranged meeting and finds his handler dead, his already-uncertain life is thrown into a tailspin. Now someone is trying to kill Rufus too, and he’s determined to find out why.

After leaving the Army under less than desirable circumstances, Sam Auden has drifted from town to town, hitching rides and catching Greyhounds, until he learns that a former Army buddy, now a police detective in New York City, has died by suicide. Sam knows that’s not right, and he immediately sets out to get answers.

As Rufus and Sam work together to learn the truth of their friend’s death, they find themselves entangled in a web of lies, cover-ups, and accelerating danger. And when they witness a suspect killed in cold blood, they realize they’re running out of time.

Available with all vendors—ebook and paperback!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Barnes & Noble sale!

 


From September 5 - 10, six of my mystery titles are 50% off, offer exclusive to Barnes & Noble! Just use coupon code at checkout: BNPMYSTERYPOE to pick up any of the following books:

The Mystery of Nevermore

The Mystery of the Curiosities

The Mystery of the Moving Image

The Mystery of the Bones

Southernmost Murder

Lights. Camera. Murder.

Pick up the entire Snow & Winter series, meet Sebastian's friend Aubrey, or give my new series, The Silver Screen a try. Or just mix and match to your heart's content!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Exclusive Excerpt: A Friend in the Dark


A Friend in the Dark (An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery: Book One) by Gregory Ashe and C.S. Poe releases Tuesday, September 8. But if you're the sort of who loves a good sneak peek—Love Bytes Reviews has an exclusive excerpt featuring our heroes, Rufus and Sam!

Check it out here.

| Buy Links | Goodreads | BookBub |

Monday, August 17, 2020

Soundtrack: A Friend in the Dark

When writing A Friend in the Dark with Gregory Ashe, we literally hopped onto the same Google Doc for a few hours at a time, as consistently as possible, and completely wove our storytelling together. So the opening paragraph of a chapter might be his writing, then there's a sentence from me, a sentence from him, a paragraph from me, so on and so forth. It was something I'd really wanted to try for a long time, and not only was it fun, but I think we managed to create a pretty good book!

But because I wasn't in my own head the entire time—instead reacting to dialogue and description Greg wrote—that by its very nature, has a feel different from my own writing, I had to let my music choices sort of wander and run wild. Whatever worked is what was kept on repeat. Some of the songs make sense to a character's personality, or a pivotal moment, and others were just good to zone out to.

A Friend in the Dark releases September 8, 2020 with all online vendors!


Avicii - Levels


5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood


Bastille - Of The Night


Bebe Rexha - Last Hurrah


The Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia


Ellie Goulding - Lights


The Lumineers - Ophelia


twenty one pilots - Tear in My Heart

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Pre-order: A Friend in the Dark

I'm thrilled to announce a new—and my first co-written—project! I've teamed up with the extremely talented Gregory Ashe (Hazard and Somerset Mysteries, Borealis Investigations, Hollow Folk) and we've written Book 1 in the exciting mystery-romance series: An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery and it's up for pre-order now.

A Friend in the Dark can be picked up with all major online vendors (Google Play to come soon) and releases September 8, 2020.

Pre-order links: https://books2read.com/AFriendintheDark1

Blurb: Rufus O’Callaghan has eked out a living on the streets of New York City by helping the police put away criminals as a confidential informant. But when Rufus shows up for an arranged meeting and finds his handler dead, his already-uncertain life is thrown into a tailspin. Now someone is trying to kill Rufus too, and he’s determined to find out why.

After leaving the Army under less than desirable circumstances, Sam Auden has drifted from town to town, hitching rides and catching Greyhounds, until he learns that a former Army buddy, now a police detective in New York City, has died by suicide. Sam knows that’s not right, and he immediately sets out to get answers.

As Rufus and Sam work together to learn the truth of their friend’s death, they find themselves entangled in a web of lies, cover-ups, and accelerating danger. And when they witness a suspect killed in cold blood, they realize they’re running out of time.

Excerpt: Sam brought up the M9. “Get on the ground. Drop the fucking chips and get on the fucking ground.”

The guy shoved a few more chips in his mouth and crunched loudly. “You don’t live here.”

“But I’ve got the gun, fuckwad. Get on the ground. Let me see your hands.”

The skinny kid dropped the bag unceremoniously. Crumbs littered the hardwood at his feet. He licked salt from his fingers and then wiggled them. “Here they are.”

Sam felt a moment of panic; he could feel the shakes getting started, and worse, he’d never faced down with a freckled asshole who wouldn’t just get on the fucking floor when he had a gun pointed at him. In thirty seconds, forty, the tremors would be visible. How fucking scary was a gun when the guy holding it couldn’t keep it steady?

He let the muzzle drop, M9 along his thigh, steadying his hand against his leg. “Who the fuck are you?”

“Rufus.”

Sam came the rest of the way into the apartment, then shutting the door behind him and leaning against it. Anything to stay steady, stable, solid. “Why are you in Jake’s apartment?”

The cocky smile Rufus had been wearing was gone. Suddenly. Without warning. He stood from the chair, chips cracking under the heel of his Chucks. “How do you know Jake?”

Cover art: Reese Dante

Add to your Goodreads shelf or save it to your BookBub wishlist!

Audio: The Engineer

 

The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One) is now available in audio, narrated by new voice to the genre, Declan Winters! You can pick this up at both Amazon and Audible.

Blurb: 1881 - Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly. 

Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership. 

If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

Purchase links for Magic & Steam:

The Engineer

Saturday, July 4, 2020

June 2020 Reads


2020 has been a hell of a year so far, hasn't it? I'm just happy I'm getting any pleasure reading done at this point! Despite the pandemic, cancelled work conventions, and a delay in my own moving plans, I'm healthy and still going strong on my production schedule, so I really can't complain.

Below are the links to my BookBub reviews, but they're mirrored at Goodreads, if that's your platform of choice.

Criminal Past (Hazard and Somerset 6) by Gregory Ashe

Hazard and Somerset Off Duty (Off Duty 1) by Gregory Ashe

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Publishing anniversary

June is a pretty terrific month for me, even with all the mud 2020 has been flinging. It's my birthday (I mean, I'm just showing up for the cupcakes), Pride month, celebration of marriage equality, and it's also my publishing anniversary—fifth year!

I shifted my business model to 100% self publishing this year too, which allowed me to look at every single project while I got them organized and re-published under my company, Emporium Press.

From 2015 - 2020:

6 short stories
4 novellas
7 novels
1 anthology
11 French translations
1 German translation
7 audiobooks
(+2 novels, 1 novella being written)

Some of these numbers are still projects in the production phase (edits, audio QC, mid-translation, etc.) but there's so much behind-the-scenes work that I'm counting them all, even if they're not quite live yet. Anyway, it's not that bad of a backlist! I'm a slow creator, but I think I'm getting better at streamlining, now that me, myself, and I are the boss.

Thank you to everyone who has ever read or listened to one of my books. I'm afforded the incredible opportunity to write full time because folks like you support indie authors and the gay fiction genre. I've got plenty more stories releasing throughout 2020 and 2021, including a trilogy spin-off featuring Neil Millett from Snow & Winter, an all-new NYPD mystery series, as well as the rest of Magic & Steam and The Silver Screen. Heck, I've even got more than that simmering, but a girl's gotta keep her secrets.

Thank you again for believing in these books.

cspoe.com

June 2020 Video Games

I used to be a huge video game fanatic when I was younger. I still am, I suppose, but I honestly haven't had the time to play anything in years. I love the classics, especially JRPGs. I still own all of my consoles, from the Super Nintendo to Dreamcast to Playstation 2. (I can't believe the PS5 is coming out this year!)

2020 has been wildly busy and stressful—even without the pandemic, cancelled research conferences, and the delay of personal plans (like moving), owning and operating a publishing company has been nuts. I absolutely love it, but wow there's so much happening all the time, and writing is such a teeny tiny portion of this 7 days a week job! So I decided to drag out some of my old video games as a way to completely turn my brain off from anything related to work, because even when I'm reading... there's an element of work attached.

This month's completed game was: Cooking Mama
Release Date: 2006
Platform: Nintendo DS

I didn't get gold on every recipe, but I did unlock all 76! It's still a fun and relaxing puzzle game—literally what the title suggests: cooking with mama. The recipes are varying combinations of easy, complex, tedious, and silly (like catching the raining hot dog ingredients!) But it's a terrific game for turning off the brain, and is set up in such a way that for those of us who can't do anything less than 100%, you're utterly determined to cook, bake, and create every single recipe for mama! And letting her down is simply unacceptable.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Gangster cover art

I wanted to share the cover art for Book 2 in the Magic & Steam series, The Gangster. This was designed by none other than the very talented Reese Dante! No firm release date yet, although it should be late summer, 2020. Once there are official pre-order links and a blurb I will share that information.

The dangers of New York criminal undergrounds don't compare to the dangers of the heart. If Gillian Hamilton can't find a balance between his job in law enforcement and his affection for outlaw, Gunner the Deadly, he might ring in 1882 with neither.

You can add this book to your Goodreads shelf, or if you're new to this wild steampunk adventure, start with Book 1, The Engineer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Audio: The Mystery of the Moving Image

At last, the long awaited audiobook for The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter: Book Three) is live! Narrated by Wyatt Baker and available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Blurb: It’s summer in New York City, and antique shop owner Sebastian Snow is taking the next big step in his relationship with 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 19th 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.

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.

Buy links for Snow & Winter:

The Mystery of Nevermore
The Mystery of the Curiosities
The Mystery of the Moving Image
The Mystery of the Bones

Monday, June 1, 2020

Interlude (Snow & Winter Collection: Volume One)


I'm very excited to announce a new Snow & Winter project—no, not a new mystery—but the collection of codas I've written over the years are now being compiled and published into ebook and paperback: Interlude (Snow & Winter Collection: Volume One.) I will also be including a few never-before-read codas to celebration the release!

This volume has also been contracted by Reines-Beaux (an imprint of MxM Bookmark) to be translated into French. Release dates for English and French are to be announced.

The Engineer audio & translations!


I am very excited to announce that The Engineer has been contracted into audio with an all-new narrator to the gay fiction genre—more to come on him shortly! Pending the Audible review system, this audiobook will be available in July/August, 2020.

The Magic & Steam series has also been contracted by Reines-Beaux (an imprint of MxM Bookmark) to be translated into French. Release dates to be announced.

Lights. Camera. Murder. 2nd edition


Lights. Camera. Murder. has been re-released through C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! Originally featured in Josh Lanyon's Footsteps in the Dark anthology, this title is now available on its own with all online vendors for $3.99 in ebook format.

The content remains original to the anthology, but the cover art is all-new, designed by Reese Dante! And I am happy to announce this is now Book 1 in an exciting new series: The Silver Screen. Each book will feature PI Rory Byrne at the helm as he navigates bizarre film and television related mysteries, while also trying to juggle a relationship with television star, Marion Roosevelt.

Lights. Camera. Murder. buy links.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Engineer release day

The Engineer, first book in the Magic & Steam series, is live! This book means so, so much to me and I hope you'll give this wild romantic and steampunk adventure a try. These characters are nearly fifteen years old, and have for so long, been told by agents and houses alike that there was no market for steampunk, and no audience for two gay outcasts finding acceptance and footing in their fantastical world. Gillian and Gunner have undergone transformations over the years as I fine-tuned their characters and story, but what remained, no matter what, was their love. And the explosions. Of course.

A salty federal agent.
A gentleman thief.
And a romantic steampunk adventure that'll rock 1881.

Blurb: 1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.

Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.

If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

Based on the short story, "Gunner the Deadly." Entirely revised, newly expanded, and Book One in the exciting new steampunk series, Magic & Steam.

Buy links for The Engineer here.

And stay tuned—audio has been contracted, and a new voice to the genre will be bringing Gillian and Gunner to life!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Engineer in 1 week!

The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One) releases in just one week! Pre-order your copy today with any ebook vendor and have it ready to read on May 28, 2020.

To celebrate the start of an all-new series, I've shared small excerpts from Chapter One throughout May. This is Part 3, and you can find previous posts here: Part 1 and Part 2. If you're new to steampunk, which is an alt-historical timeline that celebrates steam-powered machinery and Victorian aesthetics, this is your chance to get a free taste of what I've got up my sleeves!

Magic & Steam features action, adventure, a few explosions, plenty of the historical oddities C.S. Poe is known for, and of course—a healthy dose of romance along the way.

BLURB:
1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

EXCERPT:
Before he had a chance to respond, a palm-sized brass ball, perfectly round and smooth, dropped onto the ground between us. It splintered open, stood on spiderlike appendages, and then the tiny inner mechanics began to spin and whir, the sound growing louder than what such a small object should have been able to produce.
“The hell is this?” I asked.
The cowboy ripped away from my distracted hold. “Get up. Now.”
His unease brought me to my feet without conscious thought.
“We need to go.” He grabbed my arm, his strong blunt fingers digging into my clothing and flesh, and dragged me away from the inadequate safety of the wooden wagon.
I began to protest as the cowboy broke into a sprint that my much-shorter stature could hardly keep up with, but then I caught sight over my shoulder of what had managed to put the fear of God into him. That little brass oddity had grown to an impossible size, nearly the height of my own shoulders, and was ambling after us on its spider legs of spinning gears and steam-hissing joints. The top portion of the ball retracted back, and the ten-barrels of a Gatling gun unfolded from within. The cogs tick, tick, ticked as it adjusted its trajectory and put us in its path of destruction.
“Christ Almighty,” I swore.
I gave the stranger a shove and tore free from his grip. I raised an arm up and extended my fingers toward the sky. Thunder boomed from every corner of Shallow Grave and the air prickled and hummed with electricity as I tapped into the natural stream of magic encompassing Earth. When a caster—an individual with the ability to sense and utilize elemental magic—generated a spell, our bodies acted as a natural conduit. The raw magic passed through us without harm to our internal workings, while concurrently, our life energy replaced what was taken from the stream.
It wasn’t a perfect relationship.
Years of spell casting built up a certain amount of magic refuse in our systems. It was dangerous for new or young casters to make physical contact with us veterans. The magic in our systems could shock, burn, or maim them in a dozen other grisly ways. Then there were the hazards of interacting with a caster who was our elemental opposite, and of course, it was always possible to overtax our bodies and temporarily lose the ability to cast.
Hell, as if there weren’t enough safety considerations to living the life of an architect, scholar, or caster, it wasn’t even a legal life until the Caster Regulation Act of 1865. Congress decided it was better—safer for the masses—to allow the practice of magic out in the open after its devastating uses during the Great Rebellion. Of course, bringing the magic community out of the shadows meant putting us under the strict guidance of the government.
Enter the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam.
Mandatory documentation was the price I had to pay, but in return I’d been given a badge and a certain amount of respect that, as a boy, I’d never imagined possible. While I might have been under more scrutiny than most agents—the last thing the government wanted was someone of my skill level going rogue or losing all sense of their faculties—at least this aspect of my life was no longer considered shameful.
A bright bolt of lightning shot down from the sky and into my outstretched hand. The fractures of energy crackled, popped, and washed out Boot Spur Street in an illumination of a billion volts of natural power. I swung my arm around, looping the lightning like a lasso, then threw it with all my might at the Gatling spider.
It immediately exploded.
Metal screeched as it was torn apart.
Nuts and bolts, cogs and gears, whizzed through the air like miniature projectiles.
The Gatling ammunition detonated.
I waved at the smoke and unsettled dust in front of my face. The air cleared enough to show scorched black earth where the spider had stood. And it also appeared I’d set the wagon and gambling hall on fire.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Engineer in 2 weeks!

The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One) releases in two weeks! Pre-order your copy today with any ebook vendor and have it ready to read on May 28, 2020.

To celebrate the start of an all-new series, I'm continuing to share a small portion from Chapter One today and the 21st. You can find Pt. 1 here. And if you're new to steampunk, which is an alt-historical timeline that celebrates steam-powered machinery and Victorian aesthetics, this is your chance to get a free taste!

Magic & Steam features action, adventure, a few explosions, plenty of the historical oddities C.S. Poe is known for, and of course—a healthy dose of romance along the way.

BLURB:
1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

EXCERPT:
I watched from underneath the wagon as a pair of black-clad legs—presumably the Waterbury owner—ran by like the hounds from Hell were giving chase. The man skidded to an abrupt stop in the middle of the dirt road, turned, and another shiver of manufactured magic creeped along my arms seconds before the Waterbury shot another triple round at a target somewhere out of sight to my left.
I scrambled to my hands and knees and moved into a crouch. Peering around the edge of the wagon, I raised a hand to shield my eyes from the setting sun and saw, standing against a fiery desert backdrop, a cowboy straight out of a dime novel. He was tall, like he could steal the stars from the sky at night. Not a big man—lithe was the word—but imposing nonetheless in head-to-toe black attire, including a Stetson hat hanging from his neck. He remained in a shooting pose and cocked the hammer on his Waterbury. But as the ammunition came to life for a third time, gunfire erupted from my left again and sent the cowboy running for cover.
Specifically, my wagon.
He slid across the ground, sent up a cloud of dirt, and rolled out of the way as several bullets ricocheted off the hall. I’d stumbled backward at his approach and been knocked flat on my backside when he’d all but fallen on top of me to save his own skin.
He pointed the Waterbury at me, I revealed the federal badge pinned to my waistcoat, and we both spoke at the same time.
“You’re under arrest,” I directed.
“Who are you?” he demanded.
A beat.
The cowboy didn’t break eye contact, didn’t flinch, didn’t seem to give a damn that I intended to read him his rights for gunfighting. But he did pull the black bandana down to reveal his face, and God save me, the man could have been divinity. Strong jawline, clean-shaven, surprisingly pale complexion, given the location, and blue, blue eyes that deserved a better, more beautiful adjective. Cobalt? Sapphire? Yes. His eyes glittered like dark gemstones.
Apollo himself would have taken inspiration from this man’s face.
My throat was parched. I coughed a few times and managed, “Special Agent Gillian Hamilton with the Federal Bureau of—”
“Special Agent Hamilton,” he interjected before beginning to rise, “I’m a little busy at the moment.” For a man who’d just been shot at, his tone was frighteningly calm.
I grabbed at his coat sleeve and yanked. “Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam,” I finished as if I hadn’t been interrupted. “And you’re under arrest for gunfighting and possession of an illegal magic firearm.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

11:59 2nd edition


11:59 has been re-released through C.S. Poe's Emporium Press, and is available for the first time outside of the original 2018 anthology. There has been no change to the content, but the entirely new cover art was designed by Reese Dante. This ebook novella is $2.99 with all online vendors.

11:59 buy links.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Engineer in 3 weeks!

The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One) releases in three weeks! Pre-order your copy today with any ebook vendor and have it ready to read on May 28, 2020.

To celebrate the start of an all-new series, I'm going to share a small portion from Chapter One today, the 14th, and 21st. If you're new to steampunk, which is an alt-historical timeline that celebrates steam-powered machinery and Victorian aesthetics, this is your chance to get a free taste!

Magic & Steam features action, adventure, a few explosions, plenty of the historical oddities C.S. Poe is known for, and of course—a healthy dose of romance along the way.

BLURB:
1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

EXCERPT:
I
October 10, 1881

The trch, trch, trch of Gatling gun rotating cylinders had been my only warning before the gunfire began. Bullets pierced the sun-bleached façade of the gambling hall behind me, and splintered wood rained down like an unexpected desert shower. I held on to my bowler, dove behind a nearby wagon, and scrambled up against the wheel. By way of defense, it offered little, but I desperately needed half a second to gather my bearings. I’d just entered Shallow Grave, Arizona, hadn’t even flashed my badge yet, and already I was being shot at.
I yanked my traveling goggles over my head and accidentally dropped them as another round of shooting began. Windows shattered, a woman’s scream echoed from a few storefronts to my right, and the scorched red earth around me billowed up in miniature dust storms where bullets became embedded in the packed clay.
I lifted the headband and over-ear receivers of my Personal Discussion Device from my neck and fitted them into place. I raised the handheld transducer, punched in a code on the brass buttons that would connect me to my director back in New York City, and waited for Loren Moore’s smooth tenor voice to answer.
But nothing happened.
I tried again.
Not even static.
“Send Gillian out West,” I said in a self-mocking tone. I attempted contact a final time, but it was in vain. “Milo Ferguson won’t stand a chance against him. Of course not. But the utter lack of basic amenities and technology?” More gunfire, and I winced before sliding down farther and trying to make myself as small a target as possible. “Gillian will love it.” I wrenched the band down to rest around my neck, then rolled onto my belly to peer under the wagon.
There was a sudden crackle in the atmosphere—the snap of aether magic being activated. The sensation raised gooseflesh on my arms, and I recognized the spell for what it was.
Manufactured.
Illegal.
Not magic invoked by a caster like me, but by a physical weapon and someone with the wealth in which to afford its use.
And then three near-simultaneous shots fractured the air like seven years bad luck. No doubt, that had come from a triple-barrel Waterbury pistol. But it didn’t line up with the intelligence the Bureau had on Milo Ferguson. Yes, he was wanted for his improper use of steam energy to power unregistered innovations, as well as his amassing of aether ammunition, but he hadn’t once owned a Waterbury pistol or Jordan rifle, the only two weapons capable of firing magic-laden bullets.
Ferguson was an engineer. And mad though he might be, he was gifted at any sort of construction that had a lethal edge to it. His inventions were what had recently taken out half of Baltimore. His self-designed, magic-compatible monstrosities of brass and copper and iron were why I had been directed by the Bureau and the President of the United States to haul ass to Arizona territory.
So the shots in retaliation to the Gatling gun hadn’t come from Ferguson. They’d come from yet another individual hellbent on breaking the law. And me with only one pair of handcuffs and no idea where the town jail was located….

Friday, May 1, 2020

April 2020 Reads


Wow. I'm not sure where my life went for the last three months. As my lack of 2020 Reads posts would indicate, I've been a bit busy: republishing my complete backlist, prepping anthology novellas to be available for sale solo for the first time, writing my steampunk series, and now this pandemic throwing us all for a tailspin...

But I did read in April! Below are the links to my BookBub reviews, which are mirrored on Goodreads if you prefer that website.

Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon

Night Watch by Josh Lanyon

A Case of Christmas by Josh Lanyon

Destiny's Bastard by Hank Edwards

Pre-order: The Engineer

I'm very excited to announce that the first book in my new steampunk series, Magic & Steam, is now available for pre-order! The Engineer is at all online vendors for $2.99 and will release May 28, 2020. Book One is a novella that introduces readers to this fantastical universe and its reluctant heroes, Gillian and Gunner. The rest of the series will be full-length novels with plenty more steam, brass, magic, and mayhem!

Universal vendor links: The Engineer

Blurb: 1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.

Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.

If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

That Turtle Story 2nd edition


That Turtle Story has been re-released with C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! There has been no change to the content, but a new cover was designed by Reese Dante. This short story is available with all vendors for $1.99.

That Turtle Story buy links.

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Mystery of the Moving Image - Coming to Audio!


The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter: Book Three) is coming to audio this summer! The series has been picked up once again, with Wyatt Baker now narrating the adventures of Sebastian and Calvin. Wyatt also narrated Southernmost Murder, where if you've not read or heard the audio, you can enjoy a cameo of Sebastian Snow in Chapters 2 and 14. He did a wonderful job with Aubrey and Jun as well as providing a great nod to the personality Derrick McClain brought to Sebastian.

The book is in good hands. Stay tuned for updates on a release date!

Friday, April 3, 2020

New Game, Start 2nd edition


New Game, Start has been re-released with C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! This 2nd edition short story has had no changes to the content, but a new cover was designed by Reese Dante. It is available with all vendors for $1.99.

New Game, Start buy links.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Love in 24 Frames 2nd edition


Love in 24 Frames has been re-released with C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! The 2nd edition has had no changes to the story content, but the new cover was designed by Reese Dante. This contemporary romance short story is available in ebook format at all online vendors for $1.99.

Love in 24 Frames buy links.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Kneading You 3rd editon


Kneading You (A Lancaster Story) has been newly re-released with C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! This is technically the 3rd edition—1st edition was featured in the now out-of-print anthology, Simmer in 2016. It was re-edited and released in the 2019 2nd edition, and this 3rd edition remains unchanged from the 2019 content, although the new artwork was designed by Reese Dante.

Each title in A Lancaster Story series is a standalone. Occasional character crossover occurs, so consider picking up all the books for maximum enjoyment. This series includes other titles: Color of You (available) and Joy (to be re-released soon.)

Kneading You is a small town contemporary romance and available in ebook format at all vendors for $1.99.

Kneading You buy links.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Color of You 2nd edition


Color of You (A Lancaster Story) has been newly re-released through C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! The 2nd edition remains unchanged, in terms of content, but the paperback has been redesigned by Reese Dante into a beautiful 5x8 matte. If you wanted to pick up a paperback from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, please be certain to choose "other formats and editions" and select the Emporium Press, March 2020 edition. This is the preferred edition.

This contemporary romance is available at all vendors as an ebook for $4.99. Audio is also available, narrated by Greg Boudreaux. Please note: Each book in A Lancaster Story is a standalone, but occasional character crossover does occur. I recommend reading all of the titles for your ultimate enjoyment.

Color of You buy links.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Southernmost Murder 2nd edition


Southernmost Murder has been newly republished by C.S. Poe's Emporium Press! The 2nd edition remains unchanged in terms of story content, but the paperback has been redesigned by Reese Dante and is now a gorgeous 5x8 matte with a fresh backside. If you were interested in picking up a paperback, please be certain to go into the "other formats and editions" options at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and choose the Emporium Press, February 2020 version.

If you are new to this standalone mystery-romance, meet narcoleptic historian Aubrey and his FBI special agent boyfriend Jun, as they solve a century-old mystery in Key West involving pirates, treasure, and modern-murders. The ebook is available at all vendors for $4.99. Happy reading!

Southernmost Murder buy links.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Snow & Winter 2nd edition


The Snow & Winter series has been newly republished through my own company, Emporium Press! These 2nd editions remain unchanged in terms of story content, but the paperbacks have been redesigned by Reese Dante in a 5x8 size with a matte cover. If you were interested in picking up the paperback via Amazon or Barnes & Noble, please be certain to click "other formats and editions" and choose the Emporium Press, February 2020 version.

If you're new to this mystery-romance series featuring a colorblind amateur sleuth and his NYPD homicide detective boyfriend, the books are also available at a new, lower price of $4.99 each. Happy reading!

Bk 1: The Mystery of Nevermore
Bk 2: The Mystery of the Curiosities
Bk 3: The Mystery of the Moving Image
Bk 4: The Mystery of the Bones

Monday, February 3, 2020

Cover reveal: The Engineer

I am so happy to share the official cover art, created by Reese Dante, of The Engineer (Magic & Steam: Book One).

Release is March, 2020. You can add the title to your Goodreads shelf and stay updated on when the pre-order goes live this spring!

Blurb: 1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer—as the engineer stops at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.

(Newly rewritten and expanded. Based off the original short story, Gunner the Deadly, previously published in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology.)

January 2020 Reads


Welcome to 2020, friends! I have been slammed since the first day of this new decade, but I did manage to get a few good reads in, and as always, I wholeheartedly recommend these titles.

As I did in 2019, below are the links to my BookBub reviews, but they are mirrored on my Goodreads page if you use that website instead.

Guilt by Association (Hazard and Somerset 4) by Gregory Ashe

Reasonable Doubt (Hazard and Somerset 5) by Gregory Ashe

The Solstice Pudding by Angel Martinez

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Upcoming cover reveal: The Engineer

I will be revealing the cover for The Engineer on Friday, January 31, 2020 in my Facebook group, C.S. Poe's Curious & Mysterious. This is the first book in my upcoming Steampunk series, Magic & Steam! Based off the original short story, Gunner the Deadly—The Engineer has been entirely re-written, expanded, and boasts some beautiful art by Reese Dante.

If you're not on Facebook, don't fear. The cover will go live everywhere on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Le Mystère du Kinétoscope pre-order


I found out this morning that Le Mystère du Corbeau (The Mystery of Nevermore) published in French by Reines-Beaux, was their #8 best seller in the 2019 catalogue! I am so thankful to French readers who took a chance on Snow & Winter and an author who was new to their community.

And speaking of, Le Mystère du Kinétoscope (The Mystery of the Moving Image) is now available for pre-order! Release with Reines-Beaux, April 29, 2020.

 
BLURB
: C’est l’été à New York, Sebastien Snow et Calvin Winter franchissent une nouvelle étape dans leur relation : ils emménagent ensemble.
Ce qui aurait dû être une semaine de célébrations s’achève brusquement lorsqu’un mystérieux paquet arrive à l’Emporium.
À l’intérieur se trouve un kinétoscope Thomas Edison inventé par le grand-père du cinéma moderne, W.K.L Dickson, accompagné par... des images d’un meurtre vieux de cent ans.
Sébastien résiste à l’envie de faire des recherches, même si le coupable est mort depuis longtemps et qu’il semble n’y avoir aucun danger en vue.
Mais après une série de cambriolages Sebastien se rend vite compte que résoudre ce meurtre pourrait le mener au voleur.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

November & December Reads


All right. Better late than never, wrapping up some of the reading and reviewing of November and December, 2019! I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be last year, but overall, I'd give my efforts a strong B! I plan to do much better in 2020.

This little experiment really rejuvenated my skills for reviewing. I know, from an author's point of view, how important reviews are for a book's livelihood, but also for readers, the trust we put in each other when searching out a new story to devour. So I hope the reviews I've written over the year have been beneficial for each side of the coin. But most importantly, I was reminded of how much fun reading is and how critical it is to sometimes stop writing, stop administration, and just fall into a good story!

As before, below are the BookBub links to my reviews, but they are mirrored on my Goodreads page, if you prefer that website. Happy reading! Let's rock 2020!

Transposition (Hazard and Somerset 2) by Gregory Ashe

Paternity Case (Hazard and Somerset 3) by Gregory Ashe

Dread of Night (Critter Catchers 7) by Hank Edwards

Snowflakes and Song Lyrics (A Williamsville Inn Christmas Story) by Hank Edwards