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A Spell For Luck is out in the Fool For You anthology from LT3!

This story ... is about a demon that shouldn't be horny, but is. He meets a grumpy young witch-in-training and the two work together to get what they want. Don't forget that you can read an excerpt right here.

This was a lot of fun to write, and I can't wait to never be able to look directly in the eyes of anyone who reads it. Spell For Luck is short, about 10,000 words, and a lot of that is straight-up boning so. Enjoy!

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A witch meets a demon...

A Spell For Luck is the story of a grouchy young witch named Tom who does not want to be stuck in a small town all summer learning magic from his aunt. Only, his aunt has another houseguest: Simon, a house demon who has been in the family for... well, no one knows how long.

Simon has his own problems. Mainly, all these weird, strange, new, uncomfortable feelings he's dealing with. Feelings that maybe a human like Tom can help him explore.

A Spell For Luck is straight-up 10,000 words of fucky demon porn and I am very excited for it to be unleashed on the world.

It's going to be part of LT3's anthology, A Fool For You. The book will contain stories about tricksters, demons, witches, and all those untrustworthy sorts.

A Spell For Luck takes place in the same world as Sparkwood, but each story stands alone.

I'll keep this space updated with release dates, etc. about the story. If you want to read a bit of it right now, you should sign up for my newsletter. I include a snippet of my latest work with the welcome email, and A Spell For Luck is featured right now!

Teaser

In defense of boning your enemies

At the beginning of Sparkwood, Robin and Finn have never met, but boy do they resent each other.

Finn has found out that his brother Luke, who ran away to live with fairies a year ago, was murdered. And Robin is a fairy—who knew Luke, and who finds Finn's bias against fairies less than endearing. Actually, really offensive.

I wrote the book for LT3's enemies to lovers call, My Dearest Enemy. Robin and Finn didn't just need to be snarky at each other—they needed to actively dislike each other. They needed tension.

One of my favorite posts on writing tension comes from CS Pacat, the author of the Captive Prince series. I actually read this post when I was doing my second big editing pass. You know, the one after we had fixed the really shitty first-pass mistakes, so that suddenly every narrative problem was blindingly clear, and I was rearranging and deleting and rewriting and weeping.

This post was like a bolt of clarity. Here's some of Pacat's advice:

In my own writing, I often ask myself: Can I play this moment later? If the answer is yes, then I reserve the moment for later. If the answer is no, then I know that I've found the right moment to play the note.

 

There's a moment—as there must be in enemies to lovers romance—where Finn needs help desperately, and there is only one person he can turn to. The poor guy has been put through the wringer, physically and emotionally.

But in earlier drafts, I had played some notes too early. The physical part of being put through the wringer—that was over and done with by the time Finn got the emotional punch in the face. It meant that some of the tension had defused—Finn was less desperate, and since he's the POV character, the stakes didn't feel as high.

What a blessing rewrites are.

Drawing out Finn's misery so that everything came to a head at once didn't just make the story better. It helped the character too: to ask for help from a fairy, Finn needs to be brought to his knees.

Conversely, you know what's great for romantic tension? Forcing someone who hates someone else to take care of them when they're physically helpless.

Sorry, Robin.

Sparkwood comes out next week! It can be pre-ordered right now from LT3.

Giveaway

Sparkwood is just being GIVEN away

This post is just to say... you can enter to win a copy of Sparkwood! And you should!

If you comment on this post on LT3's Goodreads page, make sure your inbox is open because you might get a free copy of my book!

Sparkwood is a romantic murder mystery full of fairy lies, magical disasters, rivals becoming lovers, and more fun stuff besides. If you do enter and win, I would so appreciate an honest review on GoodReads or Amazon. That stuff is a) super helpful for other readers and b) super helpful for me!

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