Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book giveaway!

As part of Rainbow Gold Reviews' celebration of historical romance, you can win a FREE copy of my book The Station:

Ever since Cambridge-bound Colin Lancaster secretly watched stable master Patrick Callahan mastering the groundskeeper, he's longed for Patrick to do the same to him. When Patrick is caught with his pants down and threatened with death, Colin speaks up in his defense, announcing that he, too, is guilty of "the love that dare not speak its name." Soon they're both condemned as convicts and shipped off to the faraway prison colony of Australia. 

Patrick learned long ago that love is a fairy tale and is determined that no one will scale the wall he's built around his heart. Yet he's inexorably drawn to the charismatic Colin despite his best efforts to keep him at bay. As their journey extends from the cramped and miserable depths of a prison ship to the vast, untamed Australian outback, Colin and Patrick must build new lives for themselves. They'll have to tame each other to find happiness in this wild new land. 

Comment to win! Contest closes end of day tomorrow, April 16.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New! .... well, kind of.

Sunday again? Man, they just keep coming, don't they?

Torquere released two previously published works of mine and I'm delighted about both of them! The first is a collection of my short stories.

Whether a fairy tale or a story grounded in reality, there is room for romance anywhere. From the secluded hospital bed to the back room of a tattoo shop, that spark can be found in the most unlikely places. This collection of stories will take you to four very different spots as the men within discover that love turns up in unusual ways. A tattoo artist, a hospital worker, a set of white wings, and ghosts in the attic all await the reader in this unique collection.

You can get the Tory Temple Collection RIGHT HERE. 

The second release was from the Kegs and Dorms anthology, so if cute college boys are your thing, then definitely check this one out.

Maxwell has been looking forward to college for the last two years. Finally at the university of his choice, school is everything he hoped it would be, especially the fraternity he's decided to rush for. It doesn't hurt that one of his fellow pledges, Devin Page, is really good looking and likely into guys, if his flirting is any indication. But what Max finds out pretty quickly is that things are not always as they seem, especially when it comes to cute guys. Devin has a very specific set of rules for what is supposed to happen at college. Max is hoping for more than just rules to define what they have together. Will the two of them be able to find a common subject to study, or will their budding friendship take the road to failure?

What it's All About is available RIGHT HERE

As for new stuff, stay tuned. A finished novel is being sent off to my editor today! This one is going to be pretty special, so I'll explain more next time. Have a good one, slashers!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Opening Night!

Not the theatrical kind, which is more common in my life, but the baseball kind! My team opened the season on the road this year, so we've had to wait an extra week for them to come home to play. (Boo! *pout*) I won't be at the sold-out game, alas, to watch those tight-panted young men run the bases, but I shall be watching from home. It's a bit of a springtime ritual for me to make a dinner in keeping with the day (baseball-geek-meets-foody), whether it's the classic hot dogs and apple pie or a homemade version of Ivar-dogs and slaw. I believe last year I bought sushi for the occasion. (Yes, at our ballpark, sushi is an option.) This post about some of the new menu items is making me hungry already!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Running into Spring

Over a family vacation to Florida, I managed three runs and two 20k step walking days over the course of a week. No pain. None other than the usual tired muscles and exhausted mind. After all the ups and downs I’ve had over the past couple of years, I shouldn’t get excited, but I am. A three run in a week streak hasn’t happened since I broke my foot, never mind those heavy walking days! I had another great run this morning, too, and I’m registered for a 5k race next weekend. I might hit a “down” again, but that won’t slow me now. It feels great!

I have more to share from the vacation, including the run of Solo Flight up ARe’s Best Seller’s list, the termination of my relationship with Silver Publishing, and a new Day Job. I’m still unpacking, doing laundry, and making up to the cats who won’t leave my side for more than a few minutes since my return, so I’ll be sharing more on my website later, throughout April.

Happy spring, dear readers!



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reconnecting

I got to hang out with an old friend of mine today. I don't get to see him nearly often enough. We got to chat about travel adventures, writing adventures, and life adventures. It reminded me that I need to get out of my shell/house/computer more often and see my friends in the real world. Sure, I knew some of what he and his hubby have been up to via his Facebook feed, but that is no substitute for tea at the dining table, a walk in the rain, lunch at the pub, and a genuine face-to-face chat and laughter. So remember from time to time to log off the 'net and log into RL. The intarwebz will be there waiting whenever you get back.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Keeping Karma

I got a contract renewal for one of my older books this week and I spent some time rereading it, just for fun. I loved writing Keeping Karma because Alex, the main character, has a talent that I've longed for my whole life -- he can hear animals' thoughts. With the number of animals I have in my house, this would make my life a heck of a lot easier!

Here's a little excerpt, and you can buy Keeping Karma here.



Alexander Myers stared into the face of a small, black and white rabbit and was not swayed by the twitching nose or the soft, floppy ears.

“This thermometer is going in,” he informed the bunny. “And I don’t mean your mouth.”

The rabbit stared back at Alex impassively, not impressed in the least. Alex glanced up at the elderly woman who was stroking the rabbit’s fur with a withered hand. “I’ll try to hold him,” she said in a quavering voice. “But sometimes he kicks.”

Alex smiled at her. “I can do it.” And with one swift move, he pinned the rabbit to the table and inserted the thermometer.

The rabbit did indeed give one strong kick before pretending that its life had ended and going limp on the table. Alex snorted. “You’re fine,” he told it, waiting for the thermometer to beep.

The rabbit did not respond, preferring instead to play dead, so Alex shrugged and watched the digital numbers on the thermometer. It eventually beeped and he withdrew it, jotting the animal’s temp down on the chart.

“Is it high?” the woman asked, like they always did. “Can you tell what’s wrong?”

“A little high,” Alex admitted. “The doctor can tell you more. He’ll be right in.” He cleaned the thermometer and deposited it back in the drawer before making a hasty exit. Patients always thought Alex knew more than he did, just because he was the first one they saw before the doctor. He really wasn’t sure how weighing an animal and taking its temperature could be good indicators that he knew what was wrong with their pets, but they always asked him anyway.

The thing was, he usually did have an idea what was wrong with them. But not for the reasons the clients thought.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Free ebook during Read an Ebook Week


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Read An Ebook Week is upon us again. Every year I offer up a different free title for you guys. This time around I'm giving away copies of Bottom's Up. You can get your copy by visiting the book's page on Smashwords, adding the title to your cart, and then using the code RW100 at checkout. The book will be 100% free and with no strings attached. 
Here's the link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/336667 
Happy Reading!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Solo Flight

The official reveal should be coming soon, so I can't share the lovely cover art with you just yet, but stay tuned to my blog over at www.piaveleno.com for the full details on Solo Flight sometime this week.

In the meantime, check out Loose Id's Tumbler for a contest LI is running alongside the release of these wonderful books. Yes, plural, Solo Flight  is part of the Eostre's Baskets release. There will be several books by several wonderful authors. As each one is revealed each it will be listed HERE, on the Eostre's Baskets page of LI's website.

Oh, and I didn't forget... You can read about the contest and how to enter on Loose Id's Tumbler page by clicking HERE.

Happy March, dear readers, and don't forget to pop in later this week at www.piaveleno.com for art, blurb, and release/buy details for Solo Flight.

~PV

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

That moment when...

That moment when your characters first meet and sparks fly.
That moment when they begin to reveal secrets that you, even as the author, didn't know they had.
That moment when you discover a third voice is necessary to tell the story.
That moment when your "short story" passes 31K with no signs of slowing down.

I love that moment. :-D

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Diversity in m/m fiction -- and a giveaway!

I'm over at Boys in Our Books this week talking about diversity in gay romance (and the lack thereof), and also giving away a FREE copy of my new contemporary figure skating romance Cold War. Check it out!

And here, have a pretty picture of the man who inspired my main character. :D

 


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Building a Steampunk World

It feels like ages since I've done any proper world building. I did so much of it for several years running, and then poof! Nadda. Just last month, that began to change. I love to read steampunk stories. I attended Steamcon V last October. These days, it is my favourite costuming genre to peruse online and find excuses to build. For a couple of years now, I've wanted to write my own steampunk story in my own steampunk world. My first attempts were with potential co-authors, but for varying reasons we simply couldn't get on the same page. (No pun intended.) Then I tried for months to work on an idea of my own, but the damned thing wants to come out as a movie script and that is just not something I can deal with right now. Plus, it has too many ambiguities even for me, and I am a classic example of a pantser. Now, at last, I'm in a groove. A writing groove, a world-building groove, a steampunky groove.

I've built the framework of the world and the general mores of two societies. I've done research that was more than just a string of increasingly unrelated distractions. I've presented a number of hurdles to my characters, and they are working hard to leap each of them in their arduous journey towards their HEA.

Now, if you'll excuse me, the two fine gentlemen talking at me inside my head would really appreciate having their story written down. I oughtn't keep them waiting.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gay Figure Skating Romance Giveaway!

Release day — and a sale! Cold War is available now at Loose Id, and four of my backlist books are on sale. Check out the slashed prices in red!

Enemies on the ice — lovers in the locker room

ka cold war web sm 206x300 Will figure skating ever be fair?After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

Plus — enter to win!

I'm giving away three copies of Cold War as part of the Sports Romance Blog Hop. Contest closes Feb 5 at 11:59 eastern. Good luck!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Editing, Proofreading, and Taylor Mali

I'm working on edits this weekend. In honor of this process I give you Taylor Mali "The The Impotence of Proofreading"


If you enjoyed this clip, Mali also has a video about speaking with competence and another about teachers. Well worth the time to explore all of his work.

Next month, I'll share more information on the upcoming release. Have a great February, dear readers!

~Pia

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Giveaway!

Hopefully you already know about the fantastic contest being run by Samhain Publishing because it's nearly over. Check out the details in this post at Give Me Books. My first novel, The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing, is among the 32 titles being offered as prizes!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Can these Olympic skaters put their attraction on ice?

In my new figure skating romance, Cold War, figure skater Dev can't stand his Russian rival. But he soon finds out ice-cold Misha is smokin' hot in the bedroom!

ka cold war web sm 206x300 Will figure skating ever be fair?After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?


 Gay figure skating romance — available February 4 from Loose Id and soon after at Amazon and other resellers!
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