Friday Reads | Jonathan Trilogy

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These last days I’ve read the Jonathan Trilogy by Hans M. Hirschi. Hans is a fellow Beaten Track author and I was given Jonathan’s Hope, Jonathan’s Promise, and the ARC of Jonathan’s Legacy (will be published on the 29th) in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve only read a short story by Hans before so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into with the Jonathan books. I figured from the titles they would be about a guy named Jonathan—they are and they aren’t. They are about a whole lot of characters and they weren’t at all what I had expected.

In Jonathan’s Hope Jonathan is only seventeen years old. We get to follow him as he fights for his life before he is rescued by Dan. Sparks fly and life will never again be the same for either of the characters. As the books proceed the main focus isn’t on Jonathan and Dan but on their children and grandchildren as well. I have to admit the beginning of Jonathan’s Promise both surprised and touched me, I hadn’t expected that. Even with the epilogue in Jonathan’s Hope, I hadn’t expected that.

What I liked about the stories was that we’re served a slice of life, we get to follow the characters through ups and down, through sickness and health, and we get to see them age.

What I struggled with was the LOVE. I generally like my books with far more blood and gore and far fewer confessions of undying love. I generally avoid everything close to insta-love, and I prefer the candy floss out of sight. But that’s just me, if you’re a romantic you’ll love these book. I guess I’m too Swedish when it comes to love declarations—I love my husband and if that changes I’ll let him know, until then let’s not talk about it, okay? 😀

These books touch on many important issues—homophobia, sexual abuse, overcoming the loss of a partner, being a parent etc. but I would have wanted more depth. I know you can’t dive into these questions too deeply in a book but some (not all, some we really do go into depth on) are brought up, discussed in a few lines, and then quickly hurried past.

Jonathan’s Hope was published in 2013 if my sources are correct whereas Jonathan’s Promise and Jonathan’s Legacy both are published now in 2016. I thought there was a huge difference between the first and two last books when it came to author voice. I truly do believe we develop as writers for as long as we keep at it and where I thought Jonathan’s Hope was a bit confusing at times with mixed POVs and stuff Jonathan’s Promise and Jonathan’s Legacy are skilfully penned.

If you want something more than just a quick fix you should check these books out. You’ll find love and loss and love again, and you’ll get reminded of what’s really important in life.


Book Cover Jonathan's Legacy Hans M HirschiJonathan’s Legacy returns to the roots of the Jonathan Trilogy: the love for those weakest amongst us, children, particularly the undesired ones, street kids who find new homes and love, just as Jonathan and Dan once had, in their youth.

We follow the Jackson family, founded by Jonathan and Dan, as they grapple with the loss of their family patriarch. Parker and Cody set out to start a patchwork family of their own, while Marc comes to terms with his loss. And who is Kim Hwan?

This is the third and final book in this accidental trilogy, a book written out of the desperate search for answers, to bring hope where there was only despair, and to find much-needed closure. Anything but a happily ever after is unimaginable.

In this trilogy:
Jonathan’s Hope (Book 1)
Jonathan’s Promise (Book 2)
Jonathan’s Legacy (Book 3)

Release Day Flight

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front-coverThe 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology, Flight, is here, and my story A Cup of Coffee and a Slice of Death is in it…in the horror section.

It’s a really cool concept:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

The book us available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).


Buy Links

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Excerpt:

Smoke, by Zev de Valera

He rubbed his temples and squinted at the soft light of his surroundings through the fans of his thick eyelashes. The last drink had been a mistake.

Was that a shaker he’d felt, or the onset of a hangover?

He clutched a silken pillow and waited.

Suddenly, he felt his home tremble; a few pieces of glass

and ceramic ware teetered and then fell to their demise.

Shit. This is the real thing.

With an effort, he hauled himself from his bed.

How many years had it been since the last one?

Sixty? Seventy?

The shaking ceased, and he looked around his small dwelling.
A model unit when he’d purchased it. Now filled with the result of years of collecting: a gramophone, a first generation television set, a water clock. And much more. All of it all had sentimental value—as did the photos of the various men that sat atop or alongside the items in his collection. Some of these men had loved him. All of them had once owned him. Now he owned their memories. That was the bargain.

Another shake. Followed by several unnerving tilts. He willed his cherished possessions to remain in place and willed himself into sobriety and a more becoming appearance as he prepared himself for work.

What to wear?

He selected a red brocade tunic and pants. A classic look always worked best for the initial consultation.

A resounding thud.

He peered up into the small shaftway at the center of the ceiling.

A pop.

Then a small circle of light at the end of the shaft.

He sighed, folded his arms, and transformed into a cloud of red smoke.

Up and away to meet his new master.

 

Judge’s Choice — J. Scott Coatsworth 


Author Bio:

In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”.

This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

 

The authors:

Colton Aalto
Kiterie Aine
Odin Alexander
John Allenson
Tam Ames
R.R. Angell
Bran Lindy Ayres

Jeff Baker
Jessica Bansbach
J.P. Barnaby
Capri S. Bard
Jonah Bergen
Michael J. Bode
L.M. Brown
Marie Brown
Michelle Browne
‘Nathan Burgoine
Iona Burnfield
A.M. Burns

Katelyn Cameron
Hank T. Cannon
Foster Bridget Cassidy
Skylar M. Cates
H.J. Chacon
M.A. Church
Rebecca Cohen
S.A. Collins
J. Comer
Ross Common
Elliot Cooper
Gretchen Crane

Jase Daniels
Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Avery Dawes
Zev de Valera
Bey Deckard
Jana Denardo
Nicole Dennis
Kellie Doherty
Jude Dunn

Tray Ellis
Rhi Etzweiler
Thursday Euclid

K.C. Faelan
Christina Mary Francis
L.E. Franks
J.R. Frontera
Liz Fury

Elizabella Gold
Ofelia Gränd
S.E. Greer
M.D. Grimm

Jenna Hale
Kaje Harper
Qaida Harte
Saxon Hawke
Kelly Haworth
Cheryl Headford
Valentina Heart

Jaylee James
Jambrea Jo Jones
Michael M. Jones
Ryvr Jones
Ellery Jude

Jon Keys
K-lee Klein

Jennifer Lavoie
A.M. Leibowitz
Mario K. Lipinski
L.V. Lloyd
Clare London
Meraki P. Lyhne

Lloyd A. Meeker
Eloreen Moon
John Moralee
Christopher Hawthorne Moss
E.W. Murks

Rory Ni Coiliean
Jackie Nacht
Thea Nishimori
Bealevon Nolan
Alicia Nordwell

Mathew Ortiz

Nina Packebush

Donald Qualls
Kirby Quinlan

Mann Ramblings
Loren Rhoads

Jojo Saunders
Brent D. Seth
L.M. Somerton
Rin Sparrow
Andrea Speed
Paul Stevens
Ginger Streusel
Jerome Stueart

Julia Talbot
Jo Tannah

Natsuya Uesugi

Allen Walton
A.T. Weaver
Missy Welsh
Eric Alan Westfall
Brandon Witt
Alexis Woods
Christine Wright
P.T. Wyant

Victoria Zagar

 

Friday Reads | Tainted

It’s Friday and I’m still immersed in the Channeling Morpheus series. I’ve reached Tainted which is the fourth story in the series and am right now in the middle of some blood sucking in a fitting room.

I’ve said it before but I really like Jordan Castillo Price’s way of writing. I only have one small complaint and that is that I would’ve wanted a little more focus on the plot. I get that it’s erotica but I really believe these stories could’ve gained from a few more sex-free pages. Not that I mind read about what Wild Bill does and wants to do, I’d gladly bleed for him too, but still. There are some amazing characters that we’re only brushing upon on our way to the bedroom, but that’s erotica I guess.

I like that we get both Michael’s and Bill’s POV in these stories, not in the same story (so far at least), but that the novelettes have different POVs. I can only assume that the staking will continue now that Bill got Michael a pink new toy. Off to see more bad vampires and to lose myself in the mix of sex and blood!


Vampires agree that vampirism must be spread through sex, because if a bite on the neck could turn someone, the world would be overrun with legions of bloodsuckers by now. So Wild Bill’s been careful. The last thing he’d want is to turn anyone. Especially his boytoy.

Despite Wild Bill’s caution, Michael’s looking pale and thin…more so than usual. He wears it well, just like the leather jacket, the black-dyed hair and the eyeliner. But for someone as starved as he is, food should hold more of an appeal. And is that a preternatural grace Bill detects in Michael’s movements?

(Second electronic edition – novelette – 12,000 words – gay content)