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Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love. Historical adventure speculative fiction & suspenseful lgbtq novels: duskpeterson.com

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New stories

14 / 24 (58.33%)

New collections and reissues

22 / 24 (91.67%)

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My to-read list of new releases

Jan. 16th, 2017 | 07:06 am

Published in 2016: "Children of the Earth and Sky," by Guy Gavriel Kay.


Published in 2016: "Can't Hide from Me," by Cordelia Kingsbridge.


April 4, 2017: "Blood Enemies," by Susan R. Matthews. (Sample chapters and eARC are out now.)


May 16: "Thick as Thieves," by Megan Whalen Turner.


June 27: "Seven Stones to Stand or Fall," by Diana Gabaldon.


Online fiction writers who release stories regularly:

Rolf and Ranger


PuckThePlayer (AU fanfic)


Cordelia Kingsbridge (by subscription)


Still waiting for promised new releases from these authors:

Dani Alexander.


Manna Francis.


Authors whose past releases I need to catch up with:

Catherine Jinks.


Sharon Kay Penman.


All those YA dystopian writers whose novels I'm gleefully making my way through.

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Life-or-Death Frugality | #frugal #frugality @frugalwoods

Jan. 15th, 2017 | 05:57 pm

Inspired by Frugalwoods and desiring some accountability, I've decided to post my monthly budget this year. I'm calling this feature "Life-or-Death Frugality" because that's what it is for me.

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Feedback, folks? Do you think my budget is appropriately frugal for my circumstances? (This isn't a rhetorical question; I'd really like to know.) Feel free to share your own budgets if you like.

Next month: We see whether I can stick to my budget.

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Shifts (The Eternal Dungeon) - holiday gift story 2016 | #AO3 #fic #mmromance

Dec. 21st, 2016 | 10:48 am

"There was trouble here. He was determined to find and break the troublemaker."

Midwinter's god is as cold as cruelty and as warm as a loving heart.

Winter solstice begins the sacred season of Hell's Fast, when Hell's worshippers sacrifice food for the sake of the underworld god. But the High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon is in no fit mood for holy rituals; duty has deprived him of the presence of his new love-mate.

Then comes trouble, in the form of an invader to the High Seeker's privacy and comfort. . . .

This story is a 2016 holiday gift fic for Dusk Peterson's readers.

Read online or download as a free e-book: Shifts (The Eternal Dungeon).

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"Risk" has received honors in the Rainbow Awards

Dec. 8th, 2016 | 11:27 pm

My latest e-book, Risk (Dark Light), ended up with the following honors this year in the Rainbow Awards for LGBT literature:

Honorable Mention. "Books receiving at least one [judge's rating] of 36 or more out of 40." Two judges rated me that high.

Finalist. "Books receiving an average [rating] of 30 or more out of 40."

Winner, Alternative Universe/Reality category. This was the genre category for my entry.

Third Place, Best LGBT Book category. This was the top category for books of any genre that featured a variety of LGBT orientations/identities.

(In other news, I'm still bedbound after surgery, though my foot is showing helpful signs. In the meantime, I'm editing.)

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Surgery update

Nov. 25th, 2016 | 01:45 am

My foot surgery went fine, but there've been a couple of minor complications since then that have delayed my recovery. Except for meals and bathroom breaks, I've been spending my days in bed, with my legs propped up, ice on my foot, and my smartphone in hand. Digital technology makes even lengthy convalescence bearable.

I'd like to report that I've taken this opportunity to write lots of stories with the aid of my Bluetooth keyboard, but the combination of the World Series (I'm a Cubs fan, having been born near Chicago), the presidential election, and the increasingly pressing need to launch my new business soon have all kept me distracted. Also, Twitter. I did write a couple of short stories, though.

I hope the rest of you are having a more fruitful NaNoWriMo. Any tales to share of your writing life?

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"Burn this into memory. Wake up tomorrow: the fight will await you." | #ElectionNight

Nov. 9th, 2016 | 01:57 am

[These words were posted tonight at Twitter by an account that usually devotes itself to parody of a scientist. Not tonight.]

The future is never gone, never hopeless. No one has ever lived in the best possible world. There has always been a fight to fight.

No jokes tonight. Do not laugh and look away. Watch this, stay here. Burn this into memory. Wake up tomorrow: the fight will await you.

Tonight is different. This election is different. We are here, in this place and time, through no special providence or destiny--

--But we are here. We find ourselves with a job to do, no matter how hard, no matter the pain in our hearts. Do not shrink away.

FIGHT. Donate time, money, expertise. Come out of this cloud of distractions, from those that mock you and those that want your love alike.

Retweets are not actions. Work in your cities, vote and advocate, teach yourself and give to others.

This is the end of nothing. This is the beginning of something new and solemn and so important. You must be part of what comes next.

My children will not believe what I tell them about this tomorrow morning. They will cry. They will be confused and hurt and angry.

My job as a father is to do more than to just soothe. My job is to show with my mind and heart, with word and action, that I am with them--

--That I am not disheartened. That I will stand up. That there is another day and another fight and I will never stop fighting for them.

I will, until my heart breaks and my body fails, fight to smooth and shape this world for my children. To make for them a better world.

I will not show them despair and anger. I will show them fierce, brave love and hope born of sure knowledge that history arcs upward.

There is sunlight ahead, there is victory and a gentle peace for all, a future of truth and concord. We will not all see it.

But we will - must - fight. Fight, for the truth that must burn undimmed in your heart. Fight, for the love that we must kindle in the world.

Tonight is the beginning. The last old day has set. Wake tomorrow, and remember. Tonight is the beginning.

I pledge, tonight, for my children and my own aching heart, to dedicate myself to a better world. I will fight. I will love.

I will not despair. I will not give in. I am not done. We are not done. I will. I will. I will.

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A word about the American presidential election

Oct. 20th, 2016 | 12:44 am

For various reasons, I don't normally comment on politics at this blog. However, as many commentators have observed, this isn't an ordinary election year in the USA. In light of recent concerns expressed that violence might break out in the nation after Election Day, I feel it would be unethical of me to refrain from giving my view on the election.

So I'm going to make two suggestions. One is to folks who are sick at heart about the election and need a little levity in their lives. If you haven't already done so, have a look at the Saturday Night Live sketches about the election.

The other suggestion is to anyone who is voting in the election. You may be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green Party, some other party, or independent. Whatever your political affiliation (or lack thereof), I'd like you to read an article - to the end, to get its full effect:

This is what is at stake in this election.

(Comments to this post are left open, but keep in mind that I won't be able to moderate the blog after Thursday, so please take extra care to keep the discussion civil.)

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Taking a short break

Oct. 18th, 2016 | 08:51 pm

I'm scheduled to have bunion surgery on the afternoon of Friday, October 21st. (On Friday, Jo/e will tweet at his Twitter account how the surgery goes.) I should be back in shape to work within a month, possibly well before then. But till I'm over the worst of the pain, I'll be taking a break from posting stories and from responding to e-mail and comments.

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Wildfire (The Three Lands) | #ao3 #fic #webserial

Oct. 16th, 2016 | 02:02 pm

"He had acquired a reputation in this part of Koretia, early on, of being more wild, more daring, more of a trickster than any other boy, save his blood brother, his co-conspirator in all mischief and pranks. When had that wild boy died?"

He was a loyal servant of the god. But even loyal servants have their limits.

When Griffith is cast into the role of leading a deadly blood feud against a rival village, he must decide how strong his faith is in the religion that decrees such feuds must occur. Griffith has always been a prankster . . . but can he trick his way out of this dilemma?

Read online or download as a free e-book: Wildfire (The Three Lands).

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