Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Crested Butte Writer's Conference

Wow, what a beautiful setting!

I went with Marie Sexton and had a great time. Marie and I seem to have a lot in common, more than just both writing m/m fiction. I tried to keep my fan-girl under control but I love Marie's writing.  My favorites are the Oestend series. I urge you to check them out.

We met lots of great writers and other industry professionals like Mark Coker of Smashwords, Carlie Webber of Webber Assoc. (an agent), Christen Trimmer of Simon & Schuster books for young adults and Jessica Williams of William Morrow. The Crested Butte Writers are a great bunch of folks who write all kinds of fiction. 

Kristen Lamb ruled as the best speaker IMHO. Despite food poisoning and altitude issues, she was the most dynamic speaker I've seen in a very  long time.  Her three classes were not only funny and engaging but she gave lots of good information and really knew her topics including some cool back ground on communication through the ages. The best part, her classes weren't just plugs for her books! I really hate when I sit through an hour long live infomercial. Thanks to Kristen I have a new plan for blogging.  Yes, I will be blogging more often and bopping over to facebook and twitter, too. 

I'll be picking up her books: "We Are Not Alone" and when it comes out July 4th, "Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World".  You can find out more about Kristen on her blogs: and

She's created a whole online community called the WANA's.  I've been checking that out too.  Looks really cool.

Who are your favorite speakers?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Denver Pride Fest This Weekend

Join me and my fellow Colorado LGBT writers including Marie Sexton, George Seaton, Caitlin Ricci, Tabatha Heart, Carter Quinn and more  at Denver PrideFest this weekend.  We'll be in booths B16 & B17. Stop to chat with us.

In addition to meeting the authors, you can purchase books including the anthology "Out in Colorado" with stories from six Colorado authors: George Seaton, Cari Z, Tabatha Heart, Caitlin Ricci, Lichen Craig, P.D. Singer.  Here's the blurb from publisher Storm Moon Press:

"This collection brings six talented authors from the Centennial State together under one title, all offering their take on what it means to be Out in Colorado. These stories explore the cultures and mores of the state as only native authors can, each bringing a unique perspective on the diverse peoples and changing attitudes that are quickly coming to define this state in transition. First, in Something Old, Something Blue, Justin Pauldino, the adopted son of Denver's Italian mob boss, is a one night stand kind of guy and likes it that way, until his latest bed partner, Michael Blu, upsets his applecart world enough to make him consider settling down. When Justin decides to put his best foot forward with Michael—a third generation attorney, whose father and grandfather have an unpleasant history with Justin's adoptive father—Justin's world is turned upside down when his good intentions set in motion a series of events that will change his life forever. Then, Joey Graham has demonstrated his Casual Brilliance and landed the job of his dreams out of school; the only catch is that he has to move to Colorado to do it. Fortunately, Joey's got a new coworker who's more than happy to introduce him to everything his new home has to offer. Next, in a yearly tradition, five friends had gotten together in a cabin in the winter mountains of Colorado, but one of them has been lost for years. This year, all five friends will be back together and discover secrets that will change their lives forever, in Spirit's Fire.

In Take a Bow, Brandon's daughter's wedding is approaching quickly, and the nervous father realizes that if he is to keep from embarrassing his little girl during the father-daughter dance, he needs some lessons pronto. But the gorgeous and charismatic dance instructor, Crispin, has Brandon too distracted to learn when all he can think of is dragging the man down for some dancing of a more horizontal sort. Next, stuck in an abusive relationship with the cultured and sophisticated (and closeted) Ethan, a relationship that is quickly spiraling downward, Trevor feels Frozen, lost and left behind as everything spins on around him. When a sudden turn of violence forces Trevor to face the tragedy that his life has become and make a hard choice, it could be the awakening he needs, or it could be the last decision he ever makes. Finally, being an otter shifter, though fun, comes with its own set of problems for Lon, not the least of which is the need to be in his shifted form for at least a few hours every week. This biological imperative threatens his budding romance with University of Colorado adjunct professor Corey when an accident in the back country leaves Lon unable to make his shift without revealing his furry secret, in Slip/Slide/Snow."

 If you can't make it to PrideFest, the anthology can be purchased here.

Find out more about PrideFest at their website:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

National Relief Efforts -- Matching Funds Aid to Oklahoma Disaster Victims

From the desk of Margaret Riley

Wanna help? We do too. Use the code Relief2013 on any order and we'll give you 7.5% off your entire order, and we'll add a matching 7.5% donation to aid national relief efforts for victims of the Oklahoma disaster. (Unrestricted discount code, and you may use this code more than once)

Margaret Riley

Monday, February 4, 2013

News release from TRS

  • Changeling Press Birthday Party @ TRS February 5th!

    Join us for a special party to help celebrate the ninth birthday of Changeling Press! One lucky winner will win 9 books from Changeling Press, their choice of titles!

    Anne Kane
    Ashlynn Monroe
    Ayla Ruse
    BJ McCall
    Brannan Black
    Cynthia Sax
    Kate Hill
    Marteeka Karland
    Megan Slayer
    Melyssa Jay
    Renee George
    Sam Cheever
    Sarah Makela
    Sean Michael
    Shelby Morgen
    Zenobia Renquist

    The event will be held exclusively at our PARTY SITE. Hope to see you there!

  • Thank you!

    The staff at The Romance Studio

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    For a limited time, Island Wolfman: Paradise at 20% off

    Island Wolfman: Paradise now available through Coffee Time Romance. For a limited time buy it a 20% discount!

    Read the entire first chapter at D. ReneƩ Bagbypresents first chapters!

    Marooned. Alone with only the voices in my head -- and an island full of sex crazed wolfmen... They call this Paradise? Really?
    What started out as a romantic cruise -- a last ditch effort to save our fading marriage -- turned ugly when my wife, Cecily, dumps me off me on an island in the middle of the Caribbean. To be fair, the virus was turning the men into monsters. All the men got left behind, to keep the women safe. But did she have to look so happy to get rid of me?
    Immune to the virus that's ripped our world apart, I'm the only human left on this damnable island. I'm a slightly neurotic forty-year-old college professor playing Robinson Crusoe on the Island of Dr. Moreau.
    "Oh please, Ari. You're far from Robinson Crusoe. He was a real man."
    Oh, and my wife? She's still nagging me, if only in my mind. And now there's a certain wolfman after me who just doesn't understand I'm not looking to switch teams. Then there's the heat and humidity, wild wolfmen ready to attack, and a hurricane looming on the horizon.
    Island life is far from paradise.

    Praise for Paradise
    "Zack is incredible and his pack members are fascinating. They are a powerful combination of innocence and instinct... all the makings of another great ride. I can't wait for the next."
    -- 4 Stars from Emma, Night Owl Reviews

    "This book was a great read. Each of the characters vividly come to life and emotions jump off of the pages in this story."
    --4 Hearts from Gabrielle, Love Romances & More
    "Paradise is an original, a kind of quirky yet fascinating look at life which proves that there can be a happily ever after even in the strangest of circumstances..."
    -- Lisa, Joyfully Reviewed
    "I grinned when I first read the blurb for the first book of the Island Wolfman series. I was going to get more of the rough stuff, meet new characters and just enjoy Black's terrific world. I got just what I had expected. Recommended for readers who like it different."
    -- 4 Stars from Valentina Heart, The Romance Reviews

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Straight from the desk of my editor:

    "It's Inauguration time in the US! All politics aside, here's to another 4 years. :-)
    And of course there's a discount code for that -- what's a party without a sale? 10% off on any purchase, unrestricted, from now till it's not 1/21/2103 anywhere in the world. Code: Inauguration2013

    Margaret Riley   Publisher"

    And that includes my newest release, Bind Faith, Wolfman Tales 3.

    Blind Faith, Wolfman Tale 3 Now available at Changeling Press

    Love is a leap of faith. And love conquers all. Right? If only it were that easy.

    Blurb: Life among humans. Not something my two wolfmen ever expected to experience again. The women at the compound are just as surprised to find themselves sharing their sanctuary with the very wolfmen they're trying to protect themselves from. Learning to trust each other won't be easy but I have faith, in my wolfmen and our love. Love conquers all. Right? If only it were that easy.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Blind Faith, Wolfman Tale 3 coming Jan 18

    Love is a leap of faith. And love conquers all. Right? If only it were that easy.

    Blurb: Life among humans. Not something my two wolfmen ever expected to experience again. The women at the compound are just as surprised to find themselves sharing their sanctuary with the very wolfmen they're trying to protect themselves from. Learning to trust each other won't be easy but I have faith, in my wolfmen and our love. Love conquers all. Right? If only it were that easy.

    Coming Jan 18 to Changeling Press

    Adult Excerpt:

    The waiting room smelled of warmed fake leather, worn carpet and antiseptic. Some heat radiated off the windows. I bet it was nice outside. Being cooped up here sucked, major sucked.

    A loud bang rattled a glass window.

    "Eeek!" I nearly fell off the stiff seat of the waiting room couch I jumped so hard.

    "Sorry, Mei, didn't mean to startle you." Derek flopped down on the couch next to me with a frustrated huff. I pulled him to lay his head on my lap and ran my fingers through his silky hair, gentle little strokes designed to soothe. He let out a deep sigh and let go of a small amount of the tension thrumming through his body. I ran soft, teasing caresses over the tight line of his jaw, smooth since he'd just shaved. He settled a bit more.

    The sound of Jay's pacing echoed around the otherwise too quiet waiting room. My boys did not take inactivity well. Especially not forced inactivity. And until the women of this refugee compound said otherwise, here we had to stay.

    Actually, they had to stay; I could leave anytime. I think that irritated them even more, that I could come and go at will while they would be shot for poking their noses out the door.

    "Jay, sit your ass down. You're making me crazy!" Derek snarled. All the tension he'd let go returned with friends. It radiated off him like sparks of electricity.

    Jay's frustration came out in a deep growl. "Sorry, Derek, I just hate sitting still."

    Derek growled back, a deep dangerous sound that vibrated from deep inside. His head jerked up from my lap.

    I offered soothing strokes through the tangle of his long hair and a gentle tug. "Shh, Derek. It's OK. It'll work out." I hoped to distract them from their restlessness. No such luck. My guys were more about action than words. It made me realize just how much time we'd spent rolling around in bed or asleep those first few days. After that, they roamed near the shelter while I enjoyed the fresh air. Were all wolfmen this active by nature? "Have you had any more thoughts on how to help them increase their security?"

    "How am I supposed to do that when we're caged up in here?" The tight clip of his words expressed his agitation quite clearly.

    Gently, I tugged at his hair, urging him to lie back down. "I know, lovers. Waiting is never easy, but we don't have a lot of choices at the moment."

    I heard rustling and then Jay sank down against the front of the couch. He flopped back against me and I stroked his head. "Jay? What happened to your dreads?" A short wiry brush replaced the tangled mat that turned into nature's own dreadlocks.

    He leaned into my touch, a soft sigh escaping his lips. "Derek helped me with it this morning. Do you like it?" He sounded hesitant.

    I ran my fingers all over his head searching through tight curls no more than a quarter inch long. "Yes, mate, I do. Nice to card my fingers through your hair."

    We stayed like that for a while, me stroking them. Contentment filled me, something I never thought I'd feel again. And love. God, how I loved my wolfmen!

    Derek shifted in my lap, leaning over to nuzzle Jay's neck. Jay turned, kissing the inside of my wrist. With my hand on his cheek, he leaned in to kiss Derek. Strong jaw muscles danced under my hand as their kiss swiftly moved from sensual to heated. Tingles flowed up my arm, lighting sparks all along my skin.

    Hot, moist lips kissed my hand, my wrist. Derek sucked my thumb into his mouth. Ahh, that felt amazing! A zing of passion zipped down to my pussy.

    Jay nibbled down my arm until he kissed Derek with my thumb sucked from one mouth to another. My breath caught. Heat flushed my body.

    I ran my now wet thumb down Jay's throat as my other hand tugged and stroked in Derek's silken locks.

    They went back to kissing each other, encouraging me to "watch" them with my hands. Soft sexy rumbles purred through their bodies and right to my sex like great big vibrators.

    Derek rolled over so his face was buried between my legs. "Mmmm, Mei smells hot!"

    Having a man's face sniffing my crotch shouldn't have been as sexy as it was. The little growly groans had my panties wet in no time. Next thing I knew, Jay was on the couch with me, laving hot kisses on whatever wasn't covered in cloth. His big strong hands cupped my breasts, tweaking my nipples with his thumb.

    I sucked in a deep breath, desire radiating out from his touch. Derek had pulled his head out of the way and skilled fingers rubbed over my mons. God, I was burning up! And then it stopped. Completely stopped. Irritated growls issued from both guys.


    "Got an audience."