Way back in 2014, I wrote my debut novella, Consorting with Dragons, for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet story telling event. While I had spent ten years writing fan fiction, this was my first foray into original work. I had no idea what reception the book would get. The event was very big, with lots of stories by more established authors. And honestly, I was a little disappointed with how it turned out—because there was a strict time limit on how long I had to write the story, the ending was incredibly rushed. I also didn’t have enough time to really dig into the world building and the relationship between Jasen and Rilvor the way I wanted to.
So I was very surprised that Consorting with Dragons was so well-received. It remains my most popular work, with over 900 ratings on Goodreads. It won third place for Best Debut in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards, and people still contact me to tell me how much they enjoyed it. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction into the world of original m/m romance!
After the event was over, I immediately began plans to expand the original novella to make it the book that I had hoped to write the first time around. I was sure that it would be just a matter of redoing the ending, adding a couple of other scenes, and voila. Surely that would be easy!
Turns out, not so much. However, four years and three books later, I am happy to announce that the expansion of Consorting with Dragons is at last finished! At around 90,000 words, the book is more than twice as long as the original novella. Don’t worry—the core story hasn’t changed, but now there’s more romance and more hijinks! There are several new characters, such as a sinister minister who plots against Jasen, and an old boyfriend who shows up to make trouble. You’ll get to see more of the Allied Realms, including Rilvor’s home country of Rakon, and of course, Grumhul, where you’ll also meet Queen Urga the Unimpressed. There’s a pair of cursed shoes, a ghost, and a grand ball (it is a Cinderella story, after all). I’m really excited for you guys to read it!
But before I can get it to you, it needs some polishing. I’m hoping to publish it mid-to-late March, April at the latest. In the meantime, I’m making the first three chapters available for free. There’s not much new here other than some tweaks to the world-building (gender equality has come to the Allied Realms!), but if it’s been a while since you’ve read it, you might enjoy refreshing your memory. And if you haven’t read it yet, it’s a good intro! You can claim your copy at Instafreebie or Bookfunnel. Let me know if you have any problems, and I'll get it to you directly. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And while you’re waiting, why not check out some free books? I’ve got two great giveaways I want to tell you about—one that’s romance centered, featuring authors such as Layla Woolf, Abra Harrington, Lina Langley, and Amy Tasukada, among others. There’s some MMF in there with the m/m—I’ve always meant to give that a try, so I snagged a few of those. The other giveaway is for LGBTQ+ fantasy books, with books by JR Thorn, LC Mawson, RA Steffan, and more. Go check them out!
Thanks to everyone for your patience - I know it's been a long wait, but hopefully it will be worth it!