What's my story about you ask? It's going back into my Much Ado About Demons world (Verona), and is Kem and Tuli's story. If you've read In Fairy Verona, you met Kem and Tuli briefly as their impromptu marriage ceremony was interrupted. It comes in at just over 40K, so it's a novella, but I still managed to pack a lot into the pages. ?
Demon for the Win:
Dryad Tuli Cato has 3 rules he lives by: No relationships, no drama, no trouble.
When gorgeous incubus Kem Balthasar offers him a night of no-strings passion, Tuli readily agrees.
Only that no-strings night sure feels like a lot more.
Okay, Tuli has 2 rules he lives by: No drama, no trouble.
Being the sous chef at the most exclusive restaurant in town makes no drama a challenge. Especially when the kitchen’s in an uproar after a staff member turns up dead. Murdered.
Um, Tuli has 1 rule he lives by: No trouble.
Surely, he can stick to this 1 simple rule. . . except it turns out, he might be the murderer’s next target.
Fine. Tuli has 3 GOALS he lives by: date Kem, become the executive chef, stay alive. Not necessarily in that order.
Sounds easy, right?
Fairy and Impartial: A Starfig Investigations Novel, Book 4
Cover art by Lou Harper
All Twig Starfig wants is to settle into mated life with his wizard and be a good leader to his clan. No drama. No heartache. A happily-ever-after fit for a dragon. Or half-dragon, at any rate.
Instead, Twig and Quinn get roped into a new case involving missing orc stones. Yes, those really are a thing. Twig’s dad is on the PR warpath . . . again. Quinn's little brother can't seem to stop pining over their housemate. Someone—or something—seems to be following them. And getting quality time alone with his wizard is more difficult than keeping one’s virginity at an incubus party.
To make matters worse, Twig's old enemies start dropping like fairyflies, and they find themselves smack in the middle of an inconvenient murder investigation with a certain red fury as the main suspect. With everyone in Lighthelm convinced of Bill’s guilt—and by association Twig’s—Starfig Investigations is on the case.
Is there no one in the Elder Realm who’s fairy and impartial?
The Demon's in the Details
Cover art by Alexandria Corza
Narrated by Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux
I love this story and I'm still swooning over the cover Alex Corza made. THIS. IS. POE. I couldn't have chosen a better model and I love that she incorporated a raven on the cover.
And it's also on audio! I don't make any secret that I adore Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux. He's not only a fab narrator, he's a friend. He also hit this one right out of the park. He captured the essence of Tommy and Poe and I couldn't love this audio more.
I skew toward writing MM fantasy romance, but I also love a good urban fantasy/paranormal story. I just hadn't had a lot of opportunities to write one. I'm pleased to say that this one exceeded my expectations and it's encouraged me to stretch my wings and add more UF/PNR to my writing schedule . . . though, of course, I'm still going to be bringing more Starfig Investigations and the Must Love Demons universes your way.
**Also a reminder that this story was previously published in the Fables Retold Anthology. ~60,000 words. No new content has been added.
Can a sexy demon really spin straw into gold?
Poe Dupin, raven shifter and thief extraordinaire, is in trouble with a capital ‘T.’ Not only did he get his wing caught in the cookie jar during his latest heist, but his loser stepdad, the alpha, seems determined to run their roost into the ground. And Baltimore is many things, but forgiving is not on the list.
When his stepdad puts the roost in peril, Poe sees no choice but to bargain with Charm City’s only demon, Tommy Tittoti. Rumors are that Tommy eats the souls of those foolish enough to try. Three strikes and you’re out. But really, Poe wasn’t using his soul anyway. And if it saves his roost? Worth it.
Tommy isn’t what Poe expects. Demon—huge, horned, hairy, and scary, right? Nope. Blond, gorgeous, with a bubble butt, and a lilting drawl that beckons Poe to come play. Total hookup-app fantasy material. Even if he is a murder twink.
Poe’s no angel, but Tommy . . . well he’s more devil than demon. Yet, Poe just can’t seem to keep his feathers out of the fire. As one bargain turns into two, and then a third tragedy strikes the ravens, Poe finds himself falling for a guy who may very literally be the death of him. Or maybe the flames will burn them both.
The Demon’s in the Details is a fast-paced, roller coaster of a romance with a guaranteed HEA and lots of steam. Shenanigans include: a gold object that is definitely not a ring, a best friend who’s trigger-happy, and a demon who’s got a few surprises up his, uh, sleeve.
A quick annoucement! For those of you who are active on Facebook: I've just opened my reader group: Maslow's Mischief, Magic, and Murder. I'd love to have you there! We'll be talking books, I'll post snippets, and have giveaways. I aim to make this space one huge blanket fort where we can all go to get away from the outside world.
The Amazing Sarah Jo Chreene did a portrait of Twig and Quinn! I absolutely love it! Expect to see this image show up on swag and possibly merch in the near future.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Sarah Jo's work, she recently did a rockin' cover of "Eryx" for Jaclyn Osborn and she did her very first graphic novel for "Try" by Ella Franks.
News and other happenings. . .
Well, St. Louis didn't happen . . . again. A sickness in my family came up and I needed to be present to help out. I'm sad to miss it, but happy I'm here for my parents. I'm planning to attend GRL in 2022 (it's in Portsmouth, VA). Let's hope that 2022 is a better year and I hope those going to GRL this year have a fantastic time!
*Meghan Maslow Mischief, Magic, and Murder graphic by JJW