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Hey everyone! It’s been a while, 2020 is a crazy year. But I’ve been working over the last six months to make sure all of my titles are available for wide distribution and I’ve finally succeeded! If you’ve been waiting for one of the Profane or Pacchia titles to be available at a retailer other than Amazon you should now be able to find them wherever ebooks are sold!
Old Oaths, Lon Remembered by Lia Cooper (C) 2019
Authors Note: I wrote this for submission to an anthology earlier this year. It wasn’t accepted (obvs) and it’s just been sitting in my folders ever since. I don’t know what to do with it tbh, but it’s set in a wider fantasy world I’d one day like to write. For now, I’m releasing it here to the wilds of my website in case there’s anyone still out there interested in what I’m creating. Here’s a freebie.
This short story is set in a world where a knight came to save a sleeping beauty who ended up saving herself. F/F
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It wasn’t the most absurd thing she’d ever done, surely. Though Jean couldn’t recall a more ridiculous situation.
“Time is getting away from you, old girl,” she muttered under her breath, checking the tension of the leather straps holding her riding leathers to her chest and back. “Making you forget.”
Because of course this wasn’t the most dangerous situation, nor the most puzzling, or even the most frightening. It should have been. Their future hinged on how well she and Mel played their parts in the coming days. They faced destruction, an upheaval to everything they’d spent the last twenty-five years building.
But while Jean couldn’t think of a moment that stacked up to this one in sheer dumb-fuckery, she found herself strangely serene.
She wasn’t afraid.
Her aide pulled on her right glove and began tightening it down. The weight of the oiled leather and riveted maille made an old injury in that wrist twinge. She’d woken that morning with three fingers curled painfully from a malady in the joints, and she couldn’t stand this long without periodically relieving the pressure on her knees and hips. Her body felt every previous battle, every fight, every one of her forty-eight hard lived years.
She should be afraid, but she didn’t feel anything.
“Sir?” the aide asked, freezing with the left glove in her hands.
Jean shook her head. “Who is readying my horse?”
*timidly opens door and pokes head in*
Hi, I’m still alive. I’m here. I’ve even been writing a little bit though I haven’t been posting about it on this website, which is a massive oversight from me. Maybe I’ll catch up on posts I should have posted. Maybe.
In the meantime, I did want to say I’m trying to work on and finish Profane #3 for release this year. It’s been languishing at around 13000 words for the past two years, actually since I published A Sanguine Solution, and I WANT to finish it. I WANT you guys, the few of you still out there who gaf about these characters (hopefully there’s a few of you? uwu) to finally get some answers.
For now, here’s the first chapter. It’s smut. It’s almost happy smut. How often does that happen?
BAD BLOOD – CHAPTER ONE
January 2013 – Capitol Hill – Lachlan
“You and Ethan were talking for a long time tonight,” Vector said in a soft voice.
The werewolf had stripped out of his nice clothes until he stood next to the bed in only his tight boxer briefs, bare chest glowing softly with the warm yellow lamplight bathing that half of the bedroom. The sight made Lachlan’s mouth dry—so dry that he had to remind himself not to swallow. The last thing he wanted tonight was to aggravate his throat and send himself into a coughing fit.
New Paranormal Series!
Well, gentle readers, it is finally here: Beyond Death (The Witch of Meridian #1). If you follow me on twitter you might have seen this book soft drop under a new pen name. In the month since its release, I’ve reavaluated whether or not I truly wanted to go with a new pen name and it turns out–I don’t. I like having all of my books here under my main name where you can find everything you’re looking to read. With that in mind, I’ve relaunched Beyond Death under my main name and I’m pleased to say there is ALSO a print edition available with this book. If you purchase the print edition be sure and download the ebook for free via Amazon Matchbook!
The Witch of Meridian Series
This brand new series began with a desire to write about the quirky small towns you find on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington. A couple of years ago I visited Port Townsend, WA with a friend of mine and instantly fell in love with the Victorian town’s charm and I knew I had to write about it–or if not it directly, than about a place inspired by Port Townsend. I also wanted to use my experience running a tea shop and bakery as the setting for my protagonist. Throw in a little magic, a little vampires, and everything else that goes bump in the night, and the Witch of Meridian Series was born.
This is my first series also featuring a female protagonist. I love writing M/M but as a demisexual woman, I’ve long desired to write a character who was also demisexual, which Miranda Ellison most definitely is–even if she hasn’t figured it out quite yet 😉 Unlike my previous novels, Beyond Death is much more focused on action and personal growth of the protagonist rather than on romance. If you’re looking for a cozy, genre-bending paranormal series in the same vein as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, or the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I hope you’ll check out Beyond Death!
“I’ve lived and worked and loved my entire life in Meridian. I always knew I’d die there too.”
Miranda Ellison has been the witch of Meridian–a tiny seaside town nestled at the tip of the Olympia Peninsula–for over a decade. Her life was everything a witch could want: quaint little emporium and tea shop business, engaged to her high school sweetheart, and a place in the magical community that awarded her the respect she knew she deserved. But all of that is ripped away from her one dark night, on a rain swept road, as fate tumbles Miranda into a world that looks familiar, but is anything but.
Now, surrounded by people familiar but distant, Miranda searches for a spell that will send her home to the people she loves. It might take ripping a hole in the fabric of reality, but she might just be willing to do it.
For fans of genre-bending fantasy set in small towns such as Charlaine Harris and Teen Wolf.
Lia’s Hearty Kale & Bulgar Winter Soup
1 large onion (white, yellow, sweet, anything but red)
4-5 cloves fresh garlic
1 Sweet Potato
1 Potato (medium size, yellow)
5 kale leaves (thick stiff dark green variety or however much you want)
1 cup bulgur wheat
1 can cannellini beans
2 tbs butter
~2 tbs olive oil
4 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
4 cups water
1 tsp dried Italian Seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
Salt to taste
½ tsp red chili flake
Melt butter and heat olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven. Dice onion and garlic. Cook onion on medium heat until translucent (do not burn or color too darkly), add garlic and continue cooking being careful not to burn the garlic. Chop the rest of the veggies (carrots, sweet potato, parsnip, and potato) into medium size chunks.
Once the onions are nice and soft add the veggies except the regular potatoes and continue cooking for 5-6 minutes. Add in the regular potatoes and cook for another minute.
Add water and stock and bring to a simmer. At this point add the Italian seasoning and parsley (you can add a bit more than 1 tsp of each, I just eyed it based on personal preference. Fresh parsley would have also been nice in this recipe). Once simmering reduce heat to medium or medium low, cover and cook the veggies for 20-25 minutes.
Clean and de-rib the kale (pull the leafy portion off the stiff center core, discard cores). Roughly chop to personal preference.
After 25 minutes max, stir everything to make sure its not sticking to the bottom, pour in the bulgur wheat (pearled barley would also make a nice substitute if you have that. Farrow might also be good though I haven’t tried it with that), add the chopped kale, and gentle stir in the drained can of beans. Reduce heat to medium low so that it’s still simmering but not to hot, cover and cook per your grain’s directions. For bulgur wheat i cooked it 12 minutes covered.
Give everything a nice stir, make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pan, add the red pepper flake, fresh ground pepper (to taste, i probably put in 2-3 tsp of black pepper) and salt (to taste, I honestly don’t know how much i added here but don’t be too afraid of salt, it brings out all the flavors.).
You’re done, hearty winter soup ready to go!
If you use pearled barley that requires longer cooking time, for example 30 minutes to cook, go ahead and add it into the soup at the beginning when you add the stock and cook everything until it’s done OR cook the barley/grains separately and then add them after you’ve cooked the kale. 12 minutes in the pot was plenty of time to cook the kale and make it nice and chewy without being soggy or too stiff.
Makes 5-6 servings. Serve with crusty bread.
It’s finally here lovely readers, the long awaited sequel to The Symbiotic Law!
Writing the original trilogy was an amazing experience and I knew very shortly after publishing The Symbiotic Law that I had to write a follow-up story delving into the emotional fallout from that novel, but I’ll admit that it took me some time to be in a place where I felt that I *could* tackle that narrative. A Sanguine Solution is the result of several years carefully feeling my way through Ethan Ellison’s tangled emotions and I couldn’t be more pleased with the direction the story took.
Writing A Sanguine Solution this year has truly opened up so many new creative avenues and new plot threads in this universe that I’m excited to continue exploring. And while this will truly be the last book in the Blood & Bone series, I can say for certain that it won’t be the last story about these characters (but I’ll have more to say on that in the coming months ;))
For now, please enjoy Blood & Bone #4: A Sanguine Solution.
How do you keep getting up in the morning when you can’t to look at yourself in the mirror?
Having returned to Seattle, Ethan Ellison would say that he’s trying to piece his life back together but who is he kidding? There’s no returning to life as he knew it, not after Ali’s revelation about their parentage. Now, Ethan’s haunted by personal ghosts and plagued by increasingly temperamental magic.
For Patrick Clanahan, returning to work should be easier than dealing with a mate who can’t stand his touch. But there’s nothing easy about a series of murders that all point to vampire activity in a city where there are no vampires. It’s bringing back to mind the murder of his last partner, slain by vampires a year before he met Ethan—as though Pat didn’t have enough to worry about.
Return to the world of Blood & Bone’s alternative supernatural Seattle, where Ethan and Patrick are about to face their darkest inner demons and scratch the lid on a cover-up bigger than either of them.
Hello my lovelies! I wanted to write up a quick life update because things have been a little crazy out here in my neck of the woods and whenever life gets busy it has a habit of affecting book releases.
If you don’t follow me on twitter, I’ll start by saying that I’ve started working as a barista again for the holidays at a very busy starbucks. It’s a great opportunity to work with a lot of really cool people but it did come at a time when I’ve been struggling to balance so many creative projects. I’ve also been participating in NaNoWriMo, vlogging the first half of November, and finishing up edits on B&B #4. As I’ve mentioned here a few times, I’m intending to release Blood & Bone #4: A Sanguine Solution in the very near future. Originally I had hoped it would be out at the end of October but now we’re looking at “before Christmas.”
Since there’s a little bit more of a lead on the release, I thought I would take the opportunity to offer ARCs of B&B4 to interested book reviewers in exchange for an honest review after release. Seeing as this is the fourth book in a series in an extended universe, I do have a short little questionnaire for you to fill out to request an ARC if you’re interested:
Copies should be made available sometime in the next two weeks, so please fill out the form and let me know before then!