Release Day – Pine Tree Mary

It’s release day!!! It’s also my daughter’s birthday so we’ll be celebrating with cake.

Pine Tree Mary is a story about a cop and a hulder – a forest creature from the Scandinavian folklore. A few years ago I wrote Silent Woods which has the Neck, a male water nymph from the Swedish folklore. He’s a fascinating creature who bewitches people by playing the violin. The Neck is always male, and in Pine Tree Mary I’ve cheated because a hulder is always female…only here my main character is male.

I talked a little about the old stories with hulders in a previous blog post, but mainly they lure unassuming men into the forests and have their way with them. In Pine Tree Mary, we have Hush, the only known male hulder in the world.

Detective Manning is following a known drug lord into the forest and what he sees there will forever change his life. Creatures with tails and holes in their backs only exist in fairy tales, and it isn’t normal to ride on moose…unless you’re a hulder of course.

Manning in convinces Hush is the key that will help him put the drug lord behind bars so he decides to keep Hush close at all times. Hush doesn’t always understand why humans do what they do, but he likes Detective Manning so he tries to help him get what he wants.

“So, Hush.” He didn’t look at him as he zigzagged between the people on the sidewalk. “How did you first get to know Diamond?” It was a question he should’ve asked a long time ago.

“Oh, it was pure luck on my part.” Luck? Manning glanced at him. He was utterly beautiful—his hair shiny and soft-looking, his unusual eyes sparkling, and despite his lips being swollen from the beating, Manning wanted to taste them. Highly unprofessional.

“How do you figure it was luck?”

Hush stopped. A person behind them cursing as he stepped around them. “Well, I was walking around in the forest and there they were, both Diamond and North.”

Manning wished he’d continue, but instead, he watched the cars glide by on the street. Reaching out, Manning put a hand on Hush’s lower back, or he attempted to. His hand kept going, the fabric of the dress touched his hand but there was nothing underneath. Hush jumped forward, hurrying to put a couple of steps between them.

An invisible fist curled around Manning’s throat. He had touched him, his palm had pressed in where there should’ve been a solid back. A chill shot up his spine until the hairs on his neck stood on end.

“He said he’d been looking for me.”

Manning forced down a breath. “Who?” Was he going insane? Hush had a back, right? He was walking around, he was standing, moving, gesturing. Where was his spine? Nausea blocked his throat.

“Diamond. But he couldn’t have, not me specifically. No one knew I existed. Solstice said I never could show myself to anyone. I had to, though. I have to feed sometimes. I’m not like them, I don’t have a steady stream of men coming to—” He cut himself off and looked around as if looking for an escape route. “I talk too much.”

“No, no you don’t.” He should talk more.

“Clover will bring the cat out of the bag.”

“You have a cat?” Manning didn’t care, though he could see Hush cuddling up with a fluffy little hairball.

“The cat o’ nine tails.” Hush avoided his gaze and kept walking without any real aim, bumping into people as he went, apologizing left and right. Cat o’ nine? The nausea hadn’t gone away but now it grew in the pit of his stomach. Were the women in the forest flogging Hush? If so, why did he go back there?

“What did Diamond say when he found you? Hey, this way.” He caught Hush’s arm and a current almost like electricity poured into him, only it wasn’t unpleasant. He had to let go, or he’d pull Hush into his arms. What would his hair smell like, his skin taste like?

Manning shook his head and opened the door to Jacobs’s building. “Jacobs lives on the third floor. We can take the elevator.” He never did, running up the stairs was good for him, but Hush was in pain, though he hid it well. Manning sneaked a glance at him. Did the arm look better? It wasn’t as blue as it been in the diner? A trick of light. He was seeing things that weren’t there.

Hush clung to the brass banister on the way up, staring wide-eyed at the sliding doors. When they opened, he stumbled out. Manning grinned. The man sure was strange.

He rang Jacobs’s doorbell, knocked loudly, and when nothing happened, he tried calling him through the door.

“I don’t think he’s home.” Hush was playing with a strand of his hair, looking uncomfortable.

For a few more days you can get a 20% discount on Pine Tree Mary over at JMS-Books.

Pine Tree Mary

Detective Quinn Manning wants nothing more than to see Diamond Dace, one of Fagerdal’s most notorious drug lords, behind bars. After years of the man eluding the authorities, when Manning accidentally stumbles onto an opportunity to catch the powerful dealer red-handed, he doesn’t hesitate. But what should be a simple tail, instead drops Manning into a real-life world of myth and legend.

Hush is a hulder, a forest spirit also known as a pine tree Mary. Since the beginning of time, his people have lived in the forest, feeding off the energy they derive from the lust and desires of passing hunters. But Hush is an abomination, the only male of his kind.

After a lifetime of starvation, Hush has struck a deal with a human. A simple trade that will give the human what he desires and keep Hush from wasting away completely.

When Manning saves a young man from Diamond and one of his men, his view of reality is altered forever. And Hush, who has never met anyone like Manning, finds the man’s attraction to him enough to finally stave off his constant hunger.

When together they set out to rescue Manning’s partner, their connection to one another grows. But can a human detective have a future with a creature of the forest, a creature who isn’t supposed to exist?

Pine Tree Mary is part of Legendary Loves Vol 1 which is a story collection of three stories with legendary creatures. It too is on a 20% discount at JMS-Books.

legendary lovesJMS Books’ Trios are themed collections of three gay romance stories by a trio of authors. Each story is available separately, but readers can get all three for a discounted bundle price.

Legendary Loves Volume 1 contains three paranormal shifter M/M romances just in time for Halloween! Contains the stories:

Metamorphosis by Pelaam: When Ryker arrives in Puerto Rico, he doesn’t anticipate falling for the handsome and flirtatious Alejandro, who works at the hotel where he’s staying. There’s definitely something between them, and then Ryker uncovers a world he couldn’t have dreamed existed. He already knows he’s in love with Alejandro, but something dark and deadly is stalking him.

Pine Tree Mary by Ofelia Gränd: What should be a simple chase drops Detective Quinn Manning into a real-life world of myth and legend when he stumbles upon Hush, who is a hulder, a pine tree Mary. His people live in the forest and feed off energy of passing humans. When Manning’s partner disappears, he needs Hush’s help. While working together, their connection grows, but can a human have a future with a creature of the forest?

The Pooka’s Share by K.L. Noone: Aidan’s on an easy Magical Enforcement Division case: stolen apples. But the apple-thief faerie-horse shifts into gorgeous young man, Ink, who left his herd to find adventure. He likes Aidan’s hands, and that enchanted bridle, on him. But ritual magic and complicated powers collide, and the family legacy Aidan’s avoiding becomes important, but maybe not as important as keeping Ink in his arms.

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Think of England

Why haven’t I read this before? Think of England by K.J. Charles is bloody brilliant! And, maybe, just maybe, I should stop saying I don’t like historical stories…awesome! LOL

Captain Archie Curtis was injured in a military accident – that’s usually when I stop reading, but not this time. He lost three fingers, banged up his knee, and perhaps more importantly, watched his fellow soldiers die.

He suspects foul play and his research takes him to a country house. He’s invited to a two-week stay and there he meets Daniel da Silva, a queer poet with a sharp tongue.

I loved Daniel! Not that I disliked Archie, but Daniel did it for me. Things aren’t always what they seem to be and it doesn’t take long before Archie and Daniel realise they have more in common than they thought and decide to work together to find out what’s going on behind the scenes…and the mirrors. And that is good because then Archie gets to think of England LOL.

I also have to say, I love caves. Not so much to be in, but to read about. I find them very frightening, the thought of being trapped underground is right up there with drowning on the list of ways of how I don’t want to leave this earth. And here we have caves…

If you haven’t read it, do! And when you have a hop over to K.J. Charles’s website and read Song for a Viking, it’s a free short story in Daniel’s POV. *

Think of EnglandLie back and think of England…

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.

Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.

As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…

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Friday Reads | The WAG and The Scoundrel

Are you reading this Friday? I’ve just started Debbie McGowan’s The WAG and The Scoundrel (Gray Fisher #1).  I can’t really say anything about the plot since I’ve just begun but this book makes me want to curl up on the sofa and just let myself get sucked in. It has that feel to it.

I know I write this every time I read something by Ms McGowan but I love her voice. I can’t really describe it, but her language is…rich. Many books I read are easy, mindless almost. I deliberate pick them, hey I have four kids and a gazillion animals, don’t judge!

People talk about mindfulness but I need some mindlessness every now and then. So most often I pick these “easy” books. I read line after line, not paying attention to the language, and then when I’m finished I close the book and a few days later I’ve forgotten most of it. That does not happen with a McGowan book, you don’t skim! You read every word, and they are beautifully crafted. And some days that’s what you really need, to read something skillfully created.

I’m excited to see where this story goes. If you’re in the mood for mystery check it out! *

Three years after the death of his civil partner, DCI Gray Fisher is finally ready to make the break from the police. For too long, he has used his work as a means of survival; now, he’s looking forward to a nice, quiet life in academia.

Investment banker Will Richards is a walking, talking contradiction. With his love of surfing and his farmhouse menagerie of rescue animals, he’s far removed from Gray’s idea of the perfect man, but that’s ‘not a problem’. Gray wants nothing more than friendship, and Will seems happy to accept that. After all, with his mum’s illness and resigning from his job, he’s got enough on his plate already.

Assuming, of course, he’s telling the truth.

When former colleague, Rob Simpson-Stone, asks for Gray’s help with a case of a destitute banker who faked his own death, Gray is understandably reluctant to get involved…until Rob reveals the identity of one of the suspects.

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