Recent Goings On

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Good Morning,

I got up this morning to see the UK decided to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s first interview from Scotland included a promo spot for his new golf course.

The world is freaking pear shaped right now. It blows my mind. It shouldn’t… but it does.

Over here in Graylin land, I’m working on the second Contessa story. It’s tentatively titled I Do, But First… It will release this November. If I finish it earlier, I’ll change the date during the pre-order process.

Arcane Court – For those of you waiting for the fourth book Fanged Deception, it will release this December. Each full length novel of this series comes out a week or two before Halloween.

If you missed it earlier this year, I am now an official member of the Horror Writer’s Association. I’m still giddy about that. It’s the first, and only, professional association I’ve joined. I’m hoping to make it to the convention next year (StokerCon).

This fall, I’ll be appearing at the Indie Book Fest in Orlando October 7-9th. It’s a lovely convention, smaller with a lot more interaction. I hope to see you there!

That’s about it for this week. I’ve been swamped at my day job. Which is fabulous and I’m grateful there are people who trust me with their fragile pain so they can heal.

Off to write more fights!

Graylin

 

2016 Plans

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After taking the month of December mostly off, I still thought about my upcoming books, I’m ready to tackle the 3 full length novels I’m writing this year.

For the Arcane Court fans, FANGED DECEPTION will be out in October (as is normal for Cim & Wretch), CONTESSA”s second novel will be out late this summer, and Kenna – the elf in the attached character graphic [by the amazing Syneca​] is getting her first novel completed.

I’ve sketched plots for Cim & Wretch through 2020 and Kenna’s first 3 novels.

In the true spirit of never resting on my laurels, Kenna will be submitted to a couple of traditional publishers this coming fall. The other two are published through Dark Fantasy Press​ – which I own.

Shadowed Vengeance Release Day!

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As a Dragon Lord of the Arcane Court, it’s my job to hunt down demons who toy with or kill humans. My bonus is the magic I absorb sucking down their putrid squirming souls. 

The new local demon lord, Kragen, is the oldest living drug dealer and we blew up his primary warehouse in Vegas last year. I’m sure he’s planning ways to pick my scales off one by one. 

ARCANE COURT SERIES description

Cimmerian is a dragon shifter who hatched in the Yucatan Peninsula 750+ years ago. He’s traveled the world including spending 400 years in Europe. During that trip, he met Wretched “Wretch” Spawn, a half-demon half-dragon who’s demon family wants him dead. He’s considered an abomination, they’re disgusted by him. Cim saves Wretch from Nitha (demon badass bitch) and the result is the Arcane Court. Ruling body for the paranormal world; no killing humans, no taking over human bodies, demons, even for a moment since your souls will begin the decaying process. 

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Google Play: http://bit.ly/1JFRt8p 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1P1qICB

FB Party for Cover Reveals!

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I changed the covers for my Arcane Court books to something darker. Well, they look amazing and I’m having a party to celebrate!
Stop by and ask my characters questions as I reveal the new Arcane Court covers and talk about the new Fae series starting in 2016.
I set up the FB Event to reveal the new covers..
If you can stop by, I’d appreciate it.
Shares, appreciated!

Stop by! 

Indie Book Fest 2015

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I’m heading to Orlando in a few weeks for Indie Book Fest. Come by and say hello!

There is a book signing on Saturday that is Open to the Public. Bring your books or buy them at the con from the authors.

Friday

9 AM Welcome

Keynote by Jana Oliver

9:30-10:15 AM Panels

1-Making Your Story Unique: Coming Up With Fresh Ideas
Melissa Lummis

Miranda Hardy

KS Thomas

Laura Stapleton

Lyssa Layne

2 -Stories For the Young At Heart (YA)
Jana Oliver

Susan Burdorf

Nadege Richards

Raine Thomas

Tricia Zoeller

Sarah Ross

10:30- 11:15 AM Panels

1-Making Your Story Orderly: How to Plot and Plan
Nadege Richards

HD Smith

Jana Oliver

Alexis Anne

Rene Folsom

2 – Stories That Spook (Paranormal)
Melissa Lummis

Stephanie Erickson

Graylin Fox <<— there I Am! 

Miranda Hardy

Tricia Zoeller

Mandie Stevens

11:30-12:15 PM Panels

1- Making Your Story Sharp (editing/proofreading)
Karen Hooper

Don Massenzio

Anna Zaires

Margo Bond Collins

Dima Zales

2 – Stories That Sizzle (adult and erotic romance)
Rene Folsom

Juli Valenti

Alexis Anne

Emma Fallon

Kristen Hope Mazzola

Lunch 12:15-1:15

1:30-2:15 PM Panels

1-Making Your Story Smexy: How to Write a Sex Scene
Abigail Lee

Julia Sykes

CJ Baty

Elise Marion

Hildie McQueen

Rene Folsom

2-Stories With Sweetness (sweet romance, including historical, con rom)
Ceci Giltenan

Laura Stapleton

Lyssa Lane

Heather Allen

Stacy Darnell

2:30-3:15 PM Panels

1- Making Your Story Pretty (formatting and covers)
Stacey Blake

C.G. Powell

Stephanie Erickson

Nadege Richards

Rene Folsom

 2-Stories That Intrigue (mysteries)
Don Massenzio

CJ Baty

Jana Oliver

Margo Bond Collins

Graylin Fox <<— Me again

Sharon Hamilton

3:30-4:15 AM Panels

1 -Making Your Story Shine (Promotion and Marketing)
Mandie Stevens

Ceci Giltenan

Julia Sykes

HD Smith

Jana Oliver

 2-Stories for a Brave New World: New Adult Lit

Amanda Jason

Michelle Soars

Kristen Hope Mazzola

N.L. Greene

Stacy Darnell

4:30-6:30 PM FAN FARE 
Come hang with your favorite authors and meet some new ones before the book signing.Enjoy some fun swag and join our fun scavenger hunt!  

***I’ve got some cool swag for you. 

Dinner On Your Own

9 – 11 PM

Gothic Romance Party <<<<—– I’m dressing up! 

Saturday

9-9:45 AM Panels

1 Stories That Make Us Laugh (humor in books)
Amanda Jason

Margo Bond Collins

KS Thomas

Don Massenzio

 2 Stories That Are Out of This World (fantasy/sci fi)
C.G. Powell

HD Smith

NL Greene

Graylin Fox <<—Wooo! 

Anna Zaires

Dima Zales

10- 10:45 AM Panels

1-Stories with Spirit: Spirituality in Fiction
Karen Hooper

Patrick Friar

Mandie Stevens

Tawdra Kandle

2-Stories with Diversity
CJ Baty

Elise Marion

Rick Chiantaretto

Hildie McQueen

SR Gibbs

Sharon Hamilton

11- 11:45 AM Panels

 1-Stories with Staying Power (serials, series)
Alexis Anne

Don Massenzio

Julia Sykes

Abigail Lee

Jana Oliver

Amanda Jason

2-Stories with Strong Women: Moving Beyond the Damsel in Distress
Tawdra Kandle

KS Smith

Megan Smith

Melissa Lummis

Juli Valenti

12- 12:45 PM Panels

1-Stories With Unforgettable Men (book boyfriends)
Hildie McQueen

Juli Valenti

Elise Marion

Patrick Friar

C. G. Powell

Lyssa Lane

2-Ad Lib My Story!

1- 2 PM – Lunch on your own

2-2:30 PM Signing Set-Up (authors only)

2:30-5 PM  Book Signing – Come chat! 

Dinner on Your Own

7 PM-Midnight

Author Hosted Parties 7- 10

“Fairytales & Happily Ever Afters” Hosted by HD Smith & Ceci Giltenan

Beach Hosted by Tawdra Kandle

Sunday –

8-9 AM  Blogger Breakfast

10- 10:45 AM

 1 – Making Your Story Blog-Friendly: Bloggers Share

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 2- Making Your Story Reader Appealing: What Readers Want Authors To Know
Win a Spot!

11- 11:45 AM

  1- Ad Lib My Story Part 2
TBA

 2-My Story: What I Learned During My First Year as an Indie Author (all new authors)

Stephanie Erickson

Mindy Ruiz

SR Gibbs

Patrick Friar

Ava Branson

Lyssa Layne

Florida Supercon 2015 Pictures

Here are many of the pictures I took at Florida Supercon. It was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Many thanks to Chelle Olson (Literal Addiction to Detail – Owner), Erika Hayden, and Brandon Timothy for the entertaining days, including the 1.5 – 2 hour commutes each way every day. We were very sleep deprived and giddy on Sunday nights drive home.

 

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Florida SuperCon

I’ll be at Florida SuperCon this June 25th-28th. It’s a large comic con held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. You can find me at the red booth – 1927. Over by the food. I have enough bookmarks for a library, stop by, chat about anything, and get some swag to take home.

Rane

 

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Cover Reveal: Shadowed Vengeance

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As a Dragon Lord of the Arcane Court, it’s my job to hunt down demons who toy with or kill humans. My bonus is the magic I absorb sucking down their putrid squirming souls. The new local demon lord, Kragen, is the oldest living drug dealer and we blew up his primary warehouse in Vegas last year.

I’m sure he’s planning ways to pick my scales off one by one. In the meantime, his most dangerous henchman captured human woman, chained them to a wall, and made sure I got a picture by also capturing a fellow dragon.

I know it’s a setup, I don’t care. No one hurts humans in my town. If my demon powers keep me alive long enough to survive the trap.

Coming for my enemies, October 2015.

Coastal Magic Convention 2015

I love this conference. It’s just up the road from me, very casual, and small so I really get a chance to hang out with other authors, bloggers, and readers.

This year, I’m posting pics as I go.

The lovely wine bottle decoration made by Chelle from Literary Escapism with the DEATH DEALER cover in perfect, tiny form.

The lovely wine bottle decoration made by Chelle from Literary Escapism with the DEATH DEALER cover in perfect, tiny form.

Less blinding look at friday morning.

Less blinding look at friday morning.

Good Morning Friday.

Good Morning Friday.

Coming over the intercoastal bridge seeing the ocean beyond.

Coming over the intercoastal bridge seeing the ocean beyond.

View of the Atlantic from my hotel room.

View of the Atlantic from my hotel room.

You can't beat this morning view.

You can’t beat this morning view.

This is when Damon Suede stripped to a t-shirt and boxers during Cinema Craptastique.

This is when Damon Suede stripped to a t-shirt and boxers during Cinema Craptastique.

I met a monkey and I liked it. Mr. Harris.

I met a monkey and I liked it. Mr. Harris.

 

Tigris Eden face painting at Saturday Night's party.

Tigris Eden face painting at Saturday Night’s party.

Flash Fiction is an amazing panel. Stories on the fly from audience prompts.

Flash Fiction is an amazing panel. Stories on the fly from audience prompts.

Red Lady Excerpt

Red Lady, the second of my Arcane Court books, was published on October 27, 2014. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful response.

Red Lady: The Second Arcane Court Novel

Here is an excerpt:

Chapter One

“Get up, you fucking, ugly ass excuse for a dragon! I leave you for a hundred years and you move into a mansion? You’ve gone soft, Cimmerian.”

My ex-fiancée in my bedroom—this was going to be a bad day. “Tanith, so nice to wake to your screeching. I’d forgotten what it felt like to hate my life from the instant I gained consciousness.”

The shift to dragon took me moments as I rolled out of bed to stand to my full 6’11 dragon height. As a human, I stood 6’ 6.

“Men and size. Did you get Wretch to spell you taller?”

She spoke with effort and, for the first time in years, I looked at the face of the only woman I’d ever considered marrying.

She stood with pride and elegance in every sinew, her normally translucent white skin marred with weeping wounds, her waist-length, natural red hair I loved matted to her head.

My shift back to human took place quickly as I ran to her side. “What happened?”

“Sex game gone crazy. You know how that is,” she said with effort. The lie didn’t make it to her eyes.

I’d play along. “You show up in my bedroom wounded from rough sex? Fucking demons again?”

“Yeah, they wanted to whip me until I couldn’t shift.” Her grip on the doorjamb loosened.

I put an arm around her. First time we’d touched since our wedding night a hundred years before. Then, she’d been astride me in bed, sweating profusely while ripping scales from my chest to get to my heart.

Her smell struck me as off. “You stink.”

“You still love me. If getting my ass beat was what it took, I could’ve paid for Wretch to do it decades ago.”

She sounded scared. I needed to know why. I’d missed her Scottish accent. Gathering her in my arms, I carried her to the bathroom.

“Uh, Boss?” George appeared in the doorway. He’d proved light on his feet for a lowland gorilla shifter. “Do we need Angie, or are you good?”

“You have quite the menagerie.” Her normal acrid tone had softened; probably by her wounds.

“Call Wretch. Tell him Tanith’s back, in bad shape, and to bring Angie.” I kicked open the bathroom door. “Make sure he shows up with clothes on.” He loved making her blush.

I had to admit she looked good with pink cheeks. Setting her down, I grabbed a washcloth.

“Who’s Angie?” Tanith held onto the counter while I turned on the water.

“Wretch’s human on and off girlfriend.” I began to remove her clothing.

Her back, covered with welts from a whip, looked swollen, oozing puss. The infected wounds prevented her from shifting. Our systems wouldn’t allow us to change shape with foreign objects or substances on our skin. The shift would distribute them to vital organs and our bloodstream—a knife may start out in your back and end up in your heart.

She laughed so hard she started to cough. “He has a human girlfriend?”

“Of course I do, you obnoxious bitch.” Wretch casually walked in, his long hair sticking up, sleep framing his hazel eyes. At least, he’d covered his naked human form with a robe, barely.

Angie—human, curvy, and pissed—pushed past him. “Shut up. We have an open relationship. He sleeps around, I sleep around, and we all get laid regularly.”

Her long brown hair smelled like shampoo, her ample figure dressed professionally, telling me she didn’t stay with Wretch last night. Angie worked as the Chief Coroner here in New Orleans. She had a secondary lab in the basement of this house for her demon DNA injection research. He’d brought her without the new werewolf assistant.

Her exclusivity with Wretch, after her ordeal escaping a deranged pediatrician, lasted twenty-four hours. George and I had placed bets on how long he could wait before he slept with someone else. I won. A millennium of being a demon slut wouldn’t disappear overnight, even if he did love the doctor.

He also did it to push her to safety. I stared at proof in front of me—knowing us came at a cost. Tanith winced. Angie examined her, shooing us out of the room.

“Let me guess. You flew to Vegas without telling me and picked her up at work?” Wretch moved to one of the couches in my huge room. He waved his hand, dressing himself in respectable clothing.

He stood six feet tall with dark blond hair to his shoulders and hazel eyes. His demon mother and dragon father would be proud; he could do demon magic with dragon strength and scales.

His family feared him. They should. It’s why they hunted us.

Hard for me to remember that as he sprawled on my couch dressed in what I called his demon dandy look—linen pants with a buttoned-down shirt, undone to mid-chest. He no longer wore the gold chains around his neck after a demon damn near yanked his head off with them, decapitation being the only way to kill demons, and Wretch.

“I woke up to her screeching. What the hell was she doing in Vegas and how did you know where she was?” Now I was pissed at him.

I spelled some clothes for myself. As a dragon that sucked down demon souls at the moment of their death, I had gained the ability to do spell work. Clothing proved my limit, thus far.

He looked sheepish.

That was new. “You checked up on my ex?”

He fiddled with his collar. “She tried to rip your heart out. I soiled a good shirt before I put you back together. It was in my best interest to know where she was at all times.”

“Demon contacts?”

“You bet.” He smiled at me and vanished.

“Ass.” The one ability I wanted to have and didn’t.

He’d told me he’d help me with it, but the fear of not reappearing or coming back without my favorite parts made me limit my travels to cars, legs, or wings.

Shouts erupted in the bathroom. Well, I now knew where he went.

“So, the two of you?” George came back clothed and washed up. His hair was black with some gray in it, cropped close to his head, his eyes dark brown, almost black. At a little over six feet tall and with a football linebacker build, he had enough body hair to be accurately categorized as furry.

I had to tell him the truth at some point. “We were going to be married. She left me at the altar. Something about the company I keep.”

A century later and the memories still tweaked my emotions. I left out the heart-ripping part. It hurt more. If he didn’t hear Wretch mention it, I wasn’t going to bring it up.

He smiled. “She’s back.”

“It’s because she’ll blame us for what happened.” Nothing new there.

“What’s the probability of that?”

“North of ninety-five percent.” More like ninety-nine percent.

 

 

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