I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve sold another story. ”In the Service of Hell” will appear in the succubus-themed anthology, Seductress: Tales of Immortal Desire, edited by D.L. King and due out from Cleis Press sometime around October. For those keeping count, this will be my fourth piece to appear in a Cleis Press anthology this year, and my eleventh erotica sale in total. Obviously, I’ll have more details in the months to come.
Howdy, folks. I just wanted to remind you all that my story, “The Devil’s Masquerade,” is still in the running for the Best of Circlet Press’ Digital Library contest/poll. Winners will be reprinted in a swanky new print anthology and immortalized forever, or at the very least have nice bragging rights. Now, since I’ve already posted two juicy excerpts, there’s not much else I can do at the moment, except ask you very nicely to go over and vote for me Voting ends March 15th.
Here’s a few reviews of my story, if you need any encouragement:
The Readventurer: ”…Michael M. Jones is skilled enough in his writing. I’m sometimes wary of ebook releases but there were absolutely no editing errors that drove me up the wall which was refreshing and I quite liked Jones’ style.” (Click through for the full review.)
Elisa’s Ramblings: ”…Grace and Starling are demon hunters in a fantasy kingdom, partner in job and lives. They are at the opposite, Grace petite and light, Starling tall and rubenesque, but between them there is a camaraderie that fits their attitude in life.” (Click through for more.)
Remember, you can buy Masked Pleasures if you’re in the mood for some excellent erotica with an unusual photo prompt theme! Or, if you’d like a review copy, drop me a comment and let me know. Supplies limited, act quickly.
Hey folks. Just a gentle reminder that I’m still up for consideration in the Best of Circlet Press’ Digital Library, and every vote helps to keep me from dropping to the bottom of the charts where I will be unmercifully mocked and used as a footstool by my esteemed and wonderful competition. To that end, I’m offering up another excerpt from “The Devil’s Masquerade,” my erotic lesbian fantasy adventure in which our two intrepid heroines have gone undercover at their city’s most decadent event of the year.
Hello, everyone. As I mentioned last time, my story, “The Devil’s Masquerade,” is one of the stories being considered for inclusion in Circlet’s upcoming “Best of…” anthology. The catch is, only the top vote-getters will make it in, and let’s be honest: some of my esteemed competition are kicking my butts. I can only assume they have more friends, a larger family, compromising pictures of the right people, better social media skills, or pacts with unnamed dark forces. (Or, of course, they could be really awesome authors with whom I’d be lucky and honored to share a table of contents…) What’s a guy to do?
Why, share a little of the story with you! In the interests of thoroughly whetting your appetites and convincing you to vote for me and/or go out and buy the book, I’m giving you a taste of the story. So just jump past the cut to read on!
Now, I don’t usually do this. I’m not the most aggressive of self-promoters, but y’know… It’s like this: Circlet Press is putting out a Best Of anthology to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and they’ve posted a whole lot of stories from their various ebook anthologies. Yours Truly actually has a story in the running, and I’d love it if folks dropped by to vote for me. If you love me, do it because it’ll make me happy. If you hate me, vote for me because if I win I’ll die of shock. If you don’t care, vote for me because I’m the lesser of two evils.
The story in question is “The Devil’s Masquerade” and it was originally published in Masked Pleasures. It’s an erotic fantasy piece starring my lesbian adventurers, Grace and Starling, as they investigate the strange doings at their city’s most notorious annual event. I’m quite proud of it.
You can vote here. I’m willing to supply people with a copy of the story in question if they need a refresher course on why it’s awesome. Ask nice, I might even have a limited number of the full ebook to give away. Though if you were to, I dunno, buy it, that’s fine also.
As long as you’re there, please vote for four other stories. There’s a lot of wonderful stuff written by excellent authors, and I know some of them deserve to be in an anthology with me. So get to it!
My newest review has gone live over at Tor.com. I take a look at Jason Stoddard’s Winning Mars, in which a television executive tries to take the reality show to the Red Planet. Go see what I had to say, and leave some comments.
I’m pleased as punch to announce that my story “Thwarting the Spirits” has sold to She-Shifters: Lesbian Paranormal Erotica, edited by Delilah Devlin. It will come out from Cleis Press in Fall 2012.
While I’d love to say more about the story, for now, let me just give you this: It’s about a werecobra and a weremongoose who fall for one another despite being mortal enemies. It’s another one of my Puxhill stories, and features a few guest stars I rather enjoyed squeezing in. When I have more info, I’ll share it here.
I’m extremely happy to announce that I’ve sold another story.
“The Long Night of Tanya McCray” has sold to Kristina Wright’s upcoming anthology of erotic retold fairy tales, Lustfully Ever After. It will come out from Cleis Press in 2012. I’ll share more details when I have them. In the meantime, just know these two things: A) It’s urban fantasy/paranormal romance, and set in Puxhill, like many of my other stories. B) It was inspired by the somewhat obscure tale, “The Boots of Buffalo Leather.”
This looks to be an awesome anthology, and I’m in good company. I am pleased.
As a few people might know, among the many hats I wear is that of the Microfiction Editor for Circlet Press. While I took over the position earlier this year, my reign only truly began this past Friday, when the first of the microfictions officially bought during my tenure went live on the site. Now, I have a very nice selection lined up for the immediate future, but we’ll need more.
What are Circlet Microfictions? They’re short (under 1000 words), sexy, provocative pieces of speculative erotica. They’re free, fascinating, and very NSFW. So feel free to go and check out what’s been posted in the past, and drop by every other Friday for a new story. And maybe, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try submitting one to us.
Examples of past Microfictions can be found here.
Guidelines can be found here.
(As always, be advised that you may be exposed to sexualities, kinks, or things beyond your normal comfort zone. Circlet stories come in all flavors and types. Microfictions tend to alternate between science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy, as well as gay, lesbian, hetero, and so on, depending on what we receive and accept. Please read and enjoy responsibly.)
While it won’t be out for a while (next spring or summer), I’m pleased to announce the sale of my story, “Love On A Real Train” to the Cleis Press anthology, Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians, edited by Sacchi Green. Like all the rest of the stories contained within, my tale is quick, hot and intense. And if you think you recognize that title, it’s because you’re right. I am referencing Risky Business. (Shhh, don’t tell Tom Cruise.) Details and the full TOC can be found here. I’ll be sure to let you all know when it’s out.
Today is the official release date for Jack-o’-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy, edited by Karen A. Romanko, from Raven Electrick Ink Press. My story, “Who Killed The Pumpkin King?” stars Nick St. Claus, urban fantasy PI and ex-spirit of Christmas, as he investigates the murder of an old colleague. It’s a fun little story, and I’m quite pleased to see it out in the wild.