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The Future of My Books.

This is an update on my books. I realise that I have not posted for quite a while, unfortunately my time and energy has been filled with other things. As such, I feel that now is a good time to post what is going on with my books, website and myself.

My website:

As has been noted, the www.ljlabarthe.com website is now down. I decided not to renew it when the bill came in and let the site die, because of the situation with my books. I am unsure at this point whether or not it will go back up in the future. At the moment, I feel that my Dreamwidth account will suffice for now.

Less Than Three Press:

It was with great sadness that I was told of the closing of LT3; a feeling shared by many I have no doubt. They were one of the first to publish me, with a little story about an angel and his human lover in their angel anthology. With my rights reverted back to me, I am pondering what to do with them, though I am considering that I will most likely publish the trilogy I was aiming (hoping!) to publish with them. I hope that another publisher will take them on, although I am waiting to get some editing and beta'ing done on books two and three respectively before putting out the feelers on those. At this time, however, all my books with LT3 have been pulled and are no longer for sale.

I will miss working with LT3, they were a great indie publisher, very no-nonsense and very approachable. They were willing to take risks and publish good quality work, to provide excellent editing services and tremendous art. I will always treasure the covers done for me by Aisha, her art always took my breath away and exceeded every expectation and hope I could have. I always felt that this publisher had my back and the backs of all their signed authors and I will miss them.

Dreamspinner Press:

Several weeks ago, I asked for my rights back. I have recieved them. I don't know what I'll do with those books, I am considering self-publishing City of Jade, my historical set on the Silk Road during the time of the Byzantine Empire, and perhaps, if life gets quite a bit less hectic, the Archangel books, but condensing them considerably so that they are three books instead of nine. Beyond that, I think the rest of my books would be best left to retire.

Dreamspinner were also one of the first publishers to sign me, for a Daily Dose collection. I was very blessed to have a wonderful editor in Erika, and the amazing art of both Anne Cain and Reese Dante for the majority of my books. I'm also grateful to Elizabeth for agreeing to let me put together an all Australian anthology, Under the Southern Cross, and to Anne Regan for assisting us in doing it, and Lynn West for editing.

I'm sad it's come to this, but I feel that it's the right outcome for everyone.

The future:

As I do/don't release things, there will of course be updates here, on my Twitter (@brbsiberia), my Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lj.labarthe.9) and my Instagram (@ljstar239). If you're interested in my daily life of cats, retweets and randomness, please feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram; if you have a Dreamwidth account or Livejournal account (I use the same name there), feel free to follow me. Everything from Dreamwidth is copied to my LJ account.

Thank you everyone for the past years of support, reading, feedback and reviews. I wish you all the very best for the future and I hope to see you in bookshelves soon. <3

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New Release From Asta Idonea.

Super for You, Bad for Me
Asta Idonea
Dreamspinner Press
14 August 2018
60k/200 pages
MM/Fantasy/Superheroes



Struggling actor Oswell Outterridge thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s chosen to play a scene opposite his idol, Kane Teague, in a superhero movie. However, things take an unexpected turn when the slime he accidentally ingests gives him telekinetic powers. Then Kane asks him out, against all expectation, and it seems that life couldn't get any better—aside from the little matter of keeping his identity secret from his celebrity boyfriend. Oswell goes from a nobody with little social life and few prospects for the future to dating the man of his dreams and using his superhuman abilities to defend innocents. Everything is perfect, and it seems he’s finally achieved a happily ever after worthy of the silver screen. But when a supervillain arrives, determined to defeat Oswell and win Kane's affections, everything falls apart. In the ensuing conflict, Kane gets caught in the crossfire, and Oswell faces his toughest fight yet. Can he remain the hero he’s always imagined himself, or will a dark desire for vengeance change him forever?

SoundCloud Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/super-for-you-bad-for-me-by-asta-idonea-excerpt
YouTube Excerpt: https://youtu.be/RmbDY_g0kNc

Buy
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/super-for-you-bad-for-me-by-asta-idonea-9809-b
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G53GVFY
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/super-for-you-bad-for-me-asta-idonea/1127915418?ean=2940161934173
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/super-for-you-bad-for-me
The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Super-for-You-Bad-for-Me-Asta-Idonea/9781641080095

Author Bio & Links
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J. Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/aleera21
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickijmarkus/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

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New Release From Asta Idonea.

Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods
Asta Idonea</b>
NineStar Press
23 July 2018
60,000 words
MM/Contemporary/Anthology



They say magic doesn’t exist in our modern age. But is that really true?
Without magic, how could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?
What could spark romance at a workplace assessment, or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?
Six fairytales and myths receive a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, which prove that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.

Dragged Into Love (Þrymskviða)
When Theo’s landlord steals his guitar in lieu of overdue rent, he tells Theo he will only return the instrument if he can go on a date with Theo’s twin sister. With Fran less than willing to play along, Theo is left with one option: to go in her place.
Love’s Code (Ariadne and Theseus)
In order to keep his job, Andre must pass an examination. However, his unspoken love for fellow programmer Eren proves a constant distraction, as does the identity of a mysterious benefactor who offers helps along the way.
Guessing Games (Rumplestiltskin)
A little white lie, told in his job interview, won Sasha his dream role. Only now he faces a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete. When someone comes along with a solution to his dilemma, he is thrilled. But what price will he have to pay
Assignations and Ultimatums (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)
Hunter and Ross are deeply in love, but Ross’s father is intent on setting him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men. That’s bad enough, but the situation worsens when the latest of these potential partners turns out to be Ross’s boss.
Lost and Found (Cinderella)
Attendance at the company’s masquerade ball is compulsory. Cillian intends a swift departure once his presence has been noted, but he changes his mind when a dashing stranger asks him to dance. Love is in the air…until he uncovers the man’s identity.
A Debt is a Debt (Beauty and the Beast)
Dunstan Griffin is not a man accustomed to letting a debt slide. Therefore, when Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts. He intends to make the most of his new worker, but soon his desires change.




SoundCloud Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/beastly-businessment-guitar-gods-by-asta-idonea-excerpt
YouTube Excerpt: https://youtu.be/vA7BSQmLoTg
NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/beastly-businessmen-and-guitar-gods/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FP21GZL
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/beastly-businessmen-and-guitar-gods-1
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beastly-businessmen-and-guitar-gods-asta-idonea/1129117785?ean=2940161611043

Author Bio & Links
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/aleera21
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickijmarkus/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

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The Cocky Cockers Anthology--Preorder Available.



The Cocky Cockers
a romance anthology


Release Date: June 25, 2018

What do you get when you cross cocky heroes and heroines with Cocker Spaniels? Why, Cocky Cockers, of course.

All the stories in this anthology feature a Cocker Spaniel and a happily-ever-after (or happy-for-now) ending. How they get there? Well, that’s all the fun!

Warning: The stories in this anthology run the gamut from G to NC-17 ratings and include examples of nearly every subgenre–including contemporary, historical, paranormal, and steampunk–as well as m/f, m/m, and f/f pairings.

Proceeds from this anthology will first be used to defray any legal costs associated with its publication, and secondarily donated to the Romance Writers of America’s Perseverance Fund.

Amazon US Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DLHHBNC/
Amazon Australia Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07DLHHBNC/
Amazon UK Preorder link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DLHHBNC/

Contributing Authors:

Shiloh Walker https://www.shilohwalker.com/website/

Sela Carsen http://selacarsen.com/

Tom Eden http://www.tomeden.com/

Ann Gaston https://annegaston.com/

Missy Jane https://authormissyjane.wordpress.com/

Sadie Jay

Taryn Kincaid https://tarynkincaid.com/

Lucy Kinsley and Tara Song

Rachael Kerr

Mia Koutras http://www.facebook.com/mia.koutras

L. J. LaBarthe http://www.ljlabarthe.com/

Elise Logan

Carrie Lomax https://carrielomax.com/

Mara Malins

Siobhan Muir https://www.siobhanmuir.com/

Marie Piper http://www.mariepiper.com/

Joanne Renaud http://joannerenaud.com/

Dominique Rothford http://dominiquerothford.com/

Selene Grace Silver http://selenegracesilver.com/

Naomi Tajedler

Emily Veinglory https://www.facebook.com/veinglory/

Jules Voigt

Jody Wallace http://jodywallace.com/

Mary Winter https://marywinter.com/

Julia Wolf http://juliawolfwrites.com/

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Cocky Dogs and Books.

By now, you may (or not!) have heard of #cockygate, where one woman has tried to trademark the word "cocky."

Subsequently, there is an anthology call from Jackie Barbosa, which may be of interest to many of you. Here's the details:

From her tweet here:

THIS IS REAL: THE COCKY COCKERS:
1) Romance, any subgenre
2) Must feature a cocker spaniel
2) ~5k words
3) Due 05/31/18

If interested, email (jackie at jackiebarbosa.com ) or DM. I'll edit, get cover art, format, etc. Royalties to legal costs, equally distributed if none.


She also says m/m is just fine.

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Additionally, a group of authors are doing a giveaway from the 15th to the 30th of May on Instafreebie. It's not live yet, but keep an eye out on this space as more books are added so you can grab some amazing romance books for free, in all genres, subgenres, heat ratings, pairings, and so on. I have a book in this too, I'm honoured to be among so many amazing authors.

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New Release! "The Outsiders" Novel.

It's out. The Outsiders, book one of The Second Chances trilogy is out with Less Than Three Press. At this time, it's only in ebook, but there will be a paperback release too. I'll post that link as soon as it's available. The beautiful cover is done the amazing Aisha Akeju.

Blurb: Ninety-nine years after going into cryo, Matty wakes up to a world he doesn't know, with no memories of the world—or the man he loves—that he left behind. This new world is full of suspicion and darkness, humanity having moved underground in the aftermath of the mysterious Event.

And as Matty's memories return, along with his beloved Arkady, instead of his life getting easier, he finds his new reality only getting more complicated—and more dangerous.

Get it here: The Outsiders page.



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New Release! "Capsicum Head" Novella.



Capsicum Head is out now! This is a re-release of my novella that was first published in the Rocking Hard anthology. For this release, it has been reworked and new material added.

Blurb: Determined to get their band out there, Jon, his lover Pete, and their bandmates decide to try taking gigs in other towns. Their first attempt, however, is a complete and total disaster, leaving them all leery of a second attempt.

You can get it now at Less Than Three Press: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=90&products_id=1522 and other good ebook retailers.

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Romance Cares Giveaway.



Rachel Lacey and Mia Sosa have teamed up with over 30 romance authors to offer you a special giveaway, in light of the recent natural disasters that have affected parts of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. To enter, just email us at romancecares@gmail.com showing proof of a donation (please remove sensitive information) to disaster relief efforts, and you will receive 1 or more free ebooks - chosen at random - from a list of books from participating authors. Some people will even receive an entire series! Please help us spread the word by sharing this giveaway on social media using the hashtag #romancecares.

Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone who's been affected. <3

Entry Details:

1. Please email romancecares@gmail.com by Friday, October 13 showing proof of a donation to disaster relief dated between August 1 and October 13, 2017.

2. In your email, please indicate your preference of Kindle or Nook copies for your gifted ebooks.

3. If you've already read any of the books included in the giveaway, please let us know in your email, and we'll do our best to gift you a book or books you haven't read yet.

Our Awesome Participating Authors:

Jennifer Bernard - Setting Off Sparks
Marnee Blake - Altered
Asa Maria Bradley - Viking Warrior Rising
Laura Brown - Friend (With Benefits) Zone
Celeste Castro - Homecoming
Olivia Dade - Ready to Fall
Alexis Daria - Take the Lead
Jen Doyle - Calling It
Kate Forest - Interior Design and Other Emotions
Calista Fox - His Angel of Starlight Bend
Megan Frampton - the Dukes Behaving Badly series
Codi Gary - Crazy for You
Mia Hopkins - Cowboy Rising and Cowboy Karma
April Hunt - Hard Justice
Ryvr Jones - Shadow and Bones
L.J. LaBarthe - The Archangel Chronicles (complete 9 book set)
Rachel Lacey - Crash and Burn
Ruby Lang - Hard Knocks
Jessica Linden - Fight For Me
Tracey Livesay - the Shades of Love series and the In Love with a Tycoon series
J.L. Lora - Boss
Sarah MacLean - the Scandal and Scoundrel series
Kelly Maher - The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane
Tif Marcelo - North to You
Liz Maverick - The Transporter
Harper Miller - The Sweetest Taboo
Steph Nuss - the Love in the City series
Priscilla Oliveras - His Perfect Partner
Tamsen Parker - Rogue Desire and In Her Court
Annie Rains - Forbidden Kisses
Sara Rider - Going for the Goal
Lydia San Andres - A Summer for Scandal
Susan Scott Shelley - Making His Move
Sabrina Sol - Delicious Satisfaction
Mia Sosa - Acting on Impulse
Elisabeth Staab - Losing the Fight
Mia West - Marked by Fire
Tara Wyatt - Dirty Boxing

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For Authors, For Readers, For Everyone!

AUTHOR FRIENDS: If you're interested in helping with donations for disaster relief for the recent floodings and earthquakes, may I point you towards this tweet. Go here. These two women are putting together a great way of raising money and want you involved. LGBTIQA welcome! Private message Mia Sosa for more information. I'm giving away three complete sets of the nine book series "The Archangel Chronicles" as part of this fundraiser.

READER FRIENDS: (I know the two overlap, authors are readers too!) Anyway, I haven't had a chance to post about this because of that thing called Life. Big congratulations to my dear friend Robyn Walker who got an Honourable Mention and one of the five Judge's Choice Awards for this years' Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Competition and to L. V. Lloyd who has a story in the anthology.

The ebook anthology, titled Renewal, is now available for purchase from these retailers:

Mischief Corner Books
Amazon
Kobo
24 Symbols
Playster

And the paperback is available here.

This is the list of Judges' Choices and Honorable Mentions again (alphabetical by author's last name):
R R Angell, To Be Seduced is To Be Reborn – HM
‘Nathan Burgoine, First Shift – HM
Foster Bridget Cassidy, Springtime Fae – HM
Rory Ni Coileain, Longitudinal Case Study – HM
J. P. Egry, Coffee Cat - HM
Steve Fuson, Mating Season – HM
Lia Harding, Homefront – HM
Hannah Henry, The Tiger and the Lily - HM
Emily Horner, Bluebonnets – Judge’s Choice – Scott
S R Jones, In a Bind – HM
Ellery Jude, The Sprout - HM
Jackie Keswick, Patience – HM
Kristen Lee, Rings of Blue – HM
Elsa M León, Love Rituals – HM, Judge’s Choice – Jerome
Leigh M. Lorien, Green Burial – HM
Carol March, The Shaman – HM
Lloyd Meeker - Renewal - HM
Siri Paulson, Urban Renewal – HM
Ada Maria Soto, The Dust – Judge’s Choice, Angel
Ginger Streusel, Auto-Renew – HM
Soren Summers, Lament – HM
Robyn Walker, Wrong Daughter – HM, Judge’s Choice – Ben
Eric Alan Westfall, Merry Go Round – HM
E R Zhang, ARC – Judge’s Choice – Clare


This is the list of all the other wonderful authors in the book (alphabetical by author's last name):
Colton Aalto, Third Seat
Kiterie Aine, Gen 2547
Martha J. Allard, Snowless
Tam Ames, Vernalis
Richard Amos, Again
Jeff Baker, Restoration Inc
Redfern Jon Barrett, Alif
Abby Bartle, Werewolf
Joe Baumann, Walkers
Rose Blackthorn, A Circle Has No End
Dustin Blottenberger, Fields
Jaap Boekestein, That Part You Love
Matthew Bright, Below the Hill
L.M. Brown, Upgrades
Michelle Browne, The Birthing Pod
Jenn Burke, Chrysalid
L. Brian Carroll, Rumble
Fenrir Cerebellion, Faulty Resistance
Lex Chase, When Light Left
Rebecca Cohen, Late Fees
Ross Common, Tattoo Artist
Carey Ford Compton, I Will Be Your Shelter
PW Covington, Dash T
Andi Deacon, The Test of Gold
Vivien Dean, All That Fire
Bey Deckard, Soul Food
Jana Denardo, Falling Waters
Nicole Dennis, Mystic Blossom
Zen DiPietro, A Fertile Mind
Matt Doyle, Torin
Jude Dunn, The Whole World is Watching
Sarah Einstein, The Witches’ Garden
Tray Ellis, Fresh Start
K.C. Faelan, Ouroboros Undone
J.S. Fields, First Commission
Ofelia Gränd, A Fake Cup of Coffee
Sacchi Green, Third Time’s a Charm
M.D. Grimm, Ophiolatry
Nephy Hart, Rebirth of a Dragon
Kelly Haworth, Shedding
S R Jones, In a Bind – HM
Dustin Karpovich, Rainbow Powers
Lin Kelly, The Projector
Jon Keys, Gift of the Little People
Reni Kieffer, New Reign
Mia Koutras, Real Time
Aidee Ladnier, LightHeart
CB Lee, True Love’s Kiss
A.M. Leibowitz, Fresh
L.V. Lloyd, The Librarian
Mary E. Lowd, A Jetpack of a Different Color
F.T. Lukens, Checkpoint
Catherine Lundoff, Firebird
Anne McPherson, Brick and Blood
Xenia Melzer, The Joys of Death
R.L. Merrill, Exchange
Daniel Mitton, The Unmarked Grave
Eloreen Moon, First Contact
John Moralee, After the Fall
Lyda Morehouse, Murphy’s Landing
RL Mosswood, Molt
E.W. Murks, Chrysalis
Milo Owen, Seeing You
Carrie Pack, Allora’s Kiss
Terry Poole, All Hail the New Queen
Irene Preston, Certified Organic
Shilo Quetchenbach, Blackout
Wendy Rathbone, The Groomsman
E.J. Russell, Reboot V5.0
Ell Schulman, Take a Third Option
Patricia Scott, Hope’s Renewal
Andrea Felber Seligman, On the Day After the Second Long Rains
Stephanie Shaffer, Miss You
Mindy Leana Shuman, Genesys
L M Somerton, Library Fines
A.M. Soto, The Dust – Judge’s Choice, Angel
Andrea Speed, The Return
Andrea Stanet, The Harbinger
Paul Stevens, Winter Idyll
J. Summerset, The Ritual
Naomi Tajedler, Gilgul
Laurie Treacy, Coffee Break
Natsuya Uesugi, Switch
Zev de Valera, The House of Many Windows
J. Alan Veerkamp, Loyalty Index
Brigitte Winter, Sunrise
Alexis Woods, Fealty
Christine Wright, Rejuvenation


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Author Happy Holidays Blog Hop!

Christmas is always a busy time, and in my little part of the world, it's no different. Our family celebration is small, but there's plenty of food and drink, conversation and laughter.

It's always hot, too. Christmas here in Australia is usually a warm one, with various ranges in temperatures depending on where you are in the country. No snow here on our Christmas day! Just sunshine, maybe some wind, and if we're very unlucky, it'll be over 40oC/105oF. Luckily in my home, there's airconditioning and a ceiling fan!

In the spirit of giving, I'm giving one reader an eBook copy of my latest release, Book, Line and Sinker. Leave a comment to go into the draw!



Blurb: After seventeen years serving in the Australian Army, Ash returns to his childhood home in the outback town of Quorn. Filled with the desire to live a happy life in peace and with loved ones, Ash is grimly determined to beat his PTSD and tackle his flashbacks.

What Ash isn’t prepared for is Jaxon, the new librarian in Quorn. Jaxon is calm, gentle, kind, and a rock for Ash’s battered psyche. Ash finds himself falling for the handsome newcomer, even as his mind and memories of the past torment him.

When he has the idea for a mobile library to bring books and entertainment to remote communities in the far north, Ash is delighted that Jaxon is with him every step of the way. But though the library, called Book, Line, and Sinker, takes off, Ash’s past continues to plague him. Can Jaxon’s love be enough to keep them together until Ash is strong enough to stand on his own?

Enjoy the Blog Hop!

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