Winter has done it's best to knock me on my writerly butt, but alas, I'm back up and pounding the keyboard. When I'm not getting sucked into my new favorite hobby of embroidery. Just give me my old lady badge already, okay? I forfeit youth.
Anyway, lots of stories in the pipeline. The one that doesn't spill oil in your prettiest puddle. First up is another faerie story set in, you guessed it, New Berlin! Matthew Goode is a third (or fourth or fifth, he's really not sure) generation fey descendant who's having some trouble with his personal life. Which is to say he doesn't have one. What he does have is a crappy job keeping the books for an ungrateful employer, and a crush on his employer's rough-and-tumble errand boy, McCarthy. Of course Matthew knows he'd never have a chance with a man like that. He's a nice shy boy, maybe a little on the boring side. He understands most men aren't attracted to the quiet, dull type. Which is why he's never tried too hard to find one. What the hay. He's got a pet parakeet named Delilah and she could shit all over any human man.
And then Delilah dies. Matthew goes off the deep end. Demands a raise, gets turned down for a raise, steals a gemstone worth millions of dollars, and tries to run away to start a new life in England, where boring men like him meet each other over cups of Earl Grey every day.
What Matthew doesn't know: His employer is a powerful witch not know for being merciful. His crush, McCarthy, is actually one of the dark fey, a changeling adopted by the witch a hundred years ago and serving as his enforcer ever since. And then gemstone he stole? It's a magical talisman beyond any price tag, and the witch wants it back. Now.
Who better to send after an errant fey than one of the dark fey? Unless that dark fey has a soft spot for nervous reclusive bookkeepers harboring secret dirty fantasies.
If revisions go well, Iron & Bone will be publishing with a real cover in late spring/early summer of this year. In the meantime, you can check out the in progress second draft at either FictionPress https://www.fictionpress.com/u/384634/LFBlake or Wattpad https://www.wattpad.com/user/lfblake.