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30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 27: Oestend and Davlova (with giveaway)

The official topics for my blogging challenge over the next few days are all boring, but I’m having a hell of a time coming up with anything interesting to say.

Well…

For lack of anything better to do, how about if I share some excerpts from a few of my lesser-known novels? I’m mostly known for the Coda books, but if you’ve only read Coda, I truly believe you haven’t read my best work. So maybe I’ll spend the next day or two highlighting some of those stories that people tend to skip over. Today, I’ll concentrate on my genre mash-ups.

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30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 9: My Handwriting? (And a discounted ebook!)

Today’s topic is supposed to be a picture of my handwriting. I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to make an entire post out of that, but I’ll give it a shot.

How Can Anyone Read That?

Honestly, I have pretty crappy handwriting. Remember that line in Steel Magnolias where Clairee says to Ouiser, “You have the handwriting of a serial killer”? Well, mine isn’t quite that bad, but it sure isn’t good either!

(By the way, I had no idea that was how they spelled her name until I looked it up on IMDB. I always assumed it was “Weezer”.)

Anyway…

On with the post.

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Return available now. Release FREE this week only!

Return is available now, and to help celebrate, I’ve made book one of the series, Release, FREE on Amazon!

Return-500x750Even in Deliphine, most people think the Dollhouse is a myth, but Misha knows the truth. The Dollhouse is real. It’s ruthless. It has an agenda.

And now, it wants Ayo back.

Get Release here (FREE, this week only!)

Buy Return here.

Also, I’m at The Novel Approach today as part of the GRL Blog Tour, so please stop by!

Return now available for pre-order!

The exciting conclusion to Release, available August 31!

Return-500x750Fire rages through Davlova in the wake of a bloody revolution. The tyrannical upper class has been overthrown. In the midst of the chaos, Misha and Ayo escape on Miguel Donato’s boat and flee across the sea to the distant city of Deliphine.

All his life, Misha has dreamed of leaving Davlova behind, but now the only thing he wants to do is go home. He has no idea if the city still stands or how many of his friends have survived. But before he can return to Davlova and find his place in the wrecked landscape of the trenches, he’ll have to face a new threat in Deliphine – the Dollhouse.

Even in Deliphine, most people think the Dollhouse is a myth, but Misha knows the truth. The Dollhouse is real. It’s ruthless. It has an agenda.

And now, it wants Ayo back.

Or preorder it on Kindle.

Release now available at Amazon!

Sinfully Sexy says, “I have read and enjoyed Marie Sexton as a writer. But Marie Sexton writing as A.M. Sexton… I LOVE!!! The writing is flawless, a mixture of beautiful prose, darkened by the details of this cruel and evil world she has created. It’s smooth and it flows and somehow she creates a haunting experience. I was enchanted by this story told from Misha’s point of view. It was a truly excellent read and I want more!”

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BUY the paperback from Amazon HERE

Addendum: So, the ebook isn’t ACTUALLY available on Amazon quite yet. That’s what I get for trying to do ten things at once. Sorry about that! But rest assured, the ebook WILL be on Amazon very, very soon. 🙂

Release now on Kobo!

Release-500x750You can now preorder Release from Kobo.

Release is also available for preorder from B&N and iTunes. It’ll be on Amazon and OmniLit on June 24. (Although due to me being new at this whole self-publishing thing, the paperback is already listed on Amazon. I need to fix that listing — the blurb is all messed up — but the book is there, if you want to get it before anybody else.)

And don’t forget, I’ll have advance paperback copies at Denver Pride, June 21-22. I hope to see you there!

RT14, Release, and Other Randomness

I’ve been back from RT for several days now, although I still haven’t unpacked. As always, RT was fun but exhausting. Shockingly, I seem to have spent most of my time in the bar. Here are a few pictures.

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Heidi Cullinan and her friend, the mermaid.
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With Caroline Hanson at Samhain’s Saints and Sinners party.
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It’s the wrong team, but it’s the Vince Lombardi Trophy!! (Sort of.)
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Wyoming-born girls! L to R: me, Wendy Russo, Alanna Coca
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At Mardi Gras World
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With Amber Kell. I’m not sure how I always end up in this pose.
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With Devon Rhodes at Mardi Gras World. The creepy clown is totally scoping Devon’s boobs.
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The Rescuers has always been my favorite.

I really enjoyed wandering around Mardi Gras World, and it’s alway great to hang out with friends I only see once or twice a year.

Now that I’m home, I guess it’s time to get back to work. There’s the aforementioned unpacking to do, of course. Also, I found out when I checked in at the Denver airport that my license is expired. Thank goodness TSA still lets you board the plane, as long as it’s not more than a year past its expiration, but that means I get to spend today standing in line at the DMV. Excellent. What more could I ask for, right?

I’m down to crunch time on my dark, kinky, semi-cyberpunk novel, Release. Yes, this is the one I’ve been prattling on about for nearly two years now. It’s in edits, and I’m awaiting the final artwork. I should have a cover to share within the next week or two, and (even better) the book should be available for pre-order (on certain sites) by the end of the month. Release will be available June 24, 2014. Don’t forget, I’m publishing this under a slightly different pen name, A.M. Sexton. If you missed that news, you can read my full explanation here.

I’ll be at Denver Pride on June 21 and 22. If you’re in town that weekend (perhaps for RomCon?), please stop by and see us. I’ll be with the Out in Colorado crew, which includes (but is not limited to) M.L. Rhodes, Caitlin Ricci, Cari Z, George Seaton, and Carter Quinn. I’ll also have advance paperback copies of Release available.

Speaking of Out in Colorado, we attended the NOH8 photo shoot in Denver back in March. Check it out.

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L to R: Me, Cari Z, Caitlin Ricci, Fae Winters, Patrick Wendling-Markwell, Mr. Fae Winters

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That’s all I have for today, but stay tuned for cover art and pre-order information for Release!

Introducing a New Pen Name: AM Sexton

After a great deal of debate, I’ve decided to publish Release under a slightly different pen name. I did not make this decision lightly. On the contrary, I’m sure I drove a few people absolutely nuts, hashing out the pros and cons again and again.

On one hand, starting over with a brand new pen name sounded daunting. And after all, Release does feature m/m themes. It’s not as if I’ll suddenly be publishing middle-grade graphic novels or upmarket women’s fiction under Marie’s name. And anybody who follows me on Twitter has already heard me talk incessantly about my dark, kinky, semi-cyberpunk. Everybody knows I’ve been working on this book for ages. So why not publish it as Marie?

I almost did. But I could already hear the angry cries of readers who bought Release expecting warm fuzzies and found cold, hard anger, instead. And that’s what really drove this decision. The truth is, Release is unlike anything I’ve ever written. The closest I’ve come is Oestend, or maybe Blind Space, but even those stories were gentle at heart. Even they had a seed of purity in their center. Release, though, is a different beast entirely. It’s dark and sexy, with corruption and a great deal of moral ambiguity at its core. It contains violent and graphic scenes that may be called dub-con. And although the overall arc of the series includes plenty of love, the first novel, Release, could never be called a romance.

In the end, after talking to close to a dozen of my friends about it, it was ZA Maxfield who finally convinced me. The best choice seems to be to somehow split the difference — publish the book under a new name, but one not too far removed from Marie. I decided on AM Sexton. I will continue to be absolutely open about the fact that AM Sexton and Marie Sexton are the same person, but I hope having a new name on the cover will underscore one very important point: THIS ISN’T CODA.

With all that being said, Release may not be a lighthearted romance, but it’s still me. I hope readers who decide to take a chance on this new series will find what they’ve come to expect from my work. I hope they’ll feel I’ve given them complex, emotional, well-developed characters, striving to make the best of a bad situation. I think my fans will see that I’ve poured my heart into this story. The name on the cover doesn’t change that. If you love genre mashups, darkly erotic AU, or extremely damaged heroes, I hope you’ll take a chance on Release.

Release will be published June of 2014. The sequel, Return, will be published in October of 2014.