Coral Were His Bones

Seventh (and more) selkie books: other Loose Id authors

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts.

For my last day of selkie books, I’ve got three author Loose Id authors to feature. Yes, there are four of us from the same publisher writing m/m selkie erotica! Is that enough to officially call it a sub-genre?

spindriftSpindrift by Jules Jones

When myth comes to life, love becomes legendary…

Writer Richard Dunn’s managed to get himself accepted by the fishermen in the village he lives in for half the year. Just how well accepted he doesn’t realize, until the night he stumbles on an argument involving a local man he hasn’t met before–and finds himself asked to give a silkie a bed for the night.

Niall is a silkie. A creature of legend–a seal, able to become human by removing his skin and to become seal again by slipping it back on. That’s a bit of a problem, since Niall’s seal-skin has been stolen by a man in love with Niall’s sister. The thief will only give it back in exchange for his sister’s, which means he’s trapped in human form. Unless he betrays her, or his friends find his skin.

Trapped ashore, with no official identity and no bank accounts, Niall needs a refuge. His human friends think that a wealthy writer with a known ability to respect other people’s secrets might be just the ticket. All the better that both of them are gay and single…
But Richard’s only too aware of the legends of silkie women abducted and forced to marry land men. It’s hard to ignore the old tale, when one of the fishermen has just made a bid to re-enact it. It’s not an example Richard wants to follow. He’s determined to help Niall get his skin back, even if it costs him the love of a lifetime.”

Under His Skin 1: Tease by Mina Kelly

“When Barnabas rescues a stranger from a storm, he knows he’s in for a tempestuous time. Lust wars with more altruistic feelings to paralyze Barnabas until the stranger makes the first move for him — and then there’s no stopping either of them.
Inside, outside, against the wall, and even occasionally on the bed. But Barnabas starts to wonder if the sex is a distraction from something more important, something his English language challenged new lover isn’t saying. When the truth is finally revealed, the betrayal cuts deep, and for Barnabas, it may be too little, too late.”

The Brotherhood 10: Salt of the… Earth? by Willa Okati

“Alex is hot, he’s hip, and he knows how to play the dating game. A former male escort and current valet, his firm look but don’t touch policy is wreaking havoc on his personal life. He’s out at Amour Magique with one goal in mind: find someone absolutely down to earth, have a fabulous night, and hopefully get laid.

What he finds is Dylan.

Dylan, with his sparkling green eyes, impish sense of humor and fascination with sports is exactly what Alex wants. They’re set to have a wonderful time when Alex discovers that the man he thought was the salt of the earth isn’t actually from terra firma at all.

And Alex knows what kind of creature Dylan is.

A selkie.”

One more week of links, and it’s a random assortment of what I can only call mixed media!

Sixth selkie book: False Mermaid by Erin Hart

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts.

I’ve got a mystery for you today–it’s book three of a series that combines forensics, archaeology, and history with Irish myth and mystery, False Mermaid by Erin Hart.

false-mermaid“American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Tríona. Nora can’t move forward until she goes back—back to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets. Determined to put her sister’s case to rest and anxious about her eleven-year-old niece, Elizabeth, Nora returns to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to find that her brother-in-law, Peter Hallett, is about to remarry and has plans to leave the country with his new bride.

Nora has long suspected Hallett in Tríona’s murder, though there has never been any proof of his involvement, and now she believes that his new wife and Elizabeth may both be in danger. Time is short, and as Nora begins reinvestigating her sister’s death, missed clues and ever-more disturbing details come to light. What is the significance of the “false mermaid” seeds found on Tríona’s body? Why was her behavior so erratic in the days before her murder? Is there a link between Tríona’s death and that of another young woman? Nora’s search for answers takes her from the banks of the Mississippi to the cliffs of Ireland, where the eerie story of a fisherman’s wife who vanished more than a century ago offers up uncanny parallels.

As painful secrets come to light, Nora is drawn deeper into a past that still threatens to engulf her and must determine how much she is prepared to sacrifice to put one tragedy to rest . . . and to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.”

Fifth selkie book: Selkie by Anne Cameron

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts.

Today’s pick is pure CanLit, albeit of the magical realism flavour–Selkie by BC author Anne Cameron. Her stories are often narratives of abuse, narrative, and the survival and resilience of the human spirit, frequently with queer and aboriginal characters. I like her books, but have to take a break in between them to read something lighter.

selkie-cameron“One morning it starts raining in Cassidy’s house, and nobody can get it to stop. Like everyone else, Cassisy figures it’s just a problem with the pipes. She doesn’t know that she’s about to embark on the ride of her life. She doesn’t know that before the year is out, she will have wound up in hospital with every bruise and welt from her twenty-year marriage showing on her body, and survived a surreal whale-watching raft accident, and travelled through lifetimes and constellations, and written her life story into a salt-encrusted rock on a deserted beach. Even more strange and wonderful, she will have experienced the selkies, those mythical creatures, half-seal, half-woman, who swim through the deepest waters of every woman’s heart.”

Fourth selkie book (or story): “In Salt Sea Tears” by Seanan McGuire

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts.

In Salt Sea Tears is a short story from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, and she recommends you read it after the fifth book, One Salt Sea. Selkies feature into the series as a whole, but I thought I’d highlight this short story because it’s all about selkies, and it’s a free download from her website. Selkies and girls in love with each other–I’m in favour of both. She’s done some fantastic, heartbreaking things with the selkie mythology in her books, and her sea witch is much more ambivalent than the sea witch that figures into the Tempest series.

In Salt Sea Tears cover“It was 1972, and a teenage girl named Elizabeth Ryan thought her world was coming to an end. The daughter of two Selkies, Elizabeth had just been passed up for a skin. But when a mysterious cousin who calls herself Annie appears, Elizabeth finds other things to think about…

It can be easy to forget that worlds don’t wait for heroes before they begin. It can be easy to forget that things happened before the lights came up and the story started. This is one of those things that happened: this is one of those tales that slipped through the cracks. It is the story of a girl named Elizabeth, and a girl named Annie, and what they were to one another, in the sight and sounding of the sea.

Maybe it isn’t fair. But fairy tales never really are.”

Bonus filk songs! “In This Sea” and “Still Catch the Tide” on the album Stars Fall Home, and a con recording of the author and her friends performing Still Catch The Tide .

Bonus-bonus link! I wanted to include Gail Carriger’s short story Marine Biology because it’s about a romance between a gay werewolf and a flirty merman, but had a hard time justifying giving it its own post this week because the selkies are secondary characters. So here it is.

Third selkie book: The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts.

I haven’t read The Folk Keeper myself, but I had enough people recommend it to me and talk about loving it that I had to include it. Kids’ books can be awesome, too, and I’ve added it to my to-read pile. This isn’t where I got Eddie’s last name in Coral, but…

folk keeper cover“She is never cold, she always knows exactly what time it is, and her hair grows two inches while she sleeps. Fifteen-year-old Corinna Stonewall–the only Folk Keeper in the city of Rhysbridge–sits hour after hour with the Folk in the dark, chilly cellar, ‘drawing off their anger as a lightning rod draws off lightning.’ The Folk are the fierce, wet-mouthed, cave-dwelling gremlins who sour milk, rot cabbage, and make farm animals sick. Still, they are no match for the steely, hard-hearted, vengeful orphan Corinna who prides herself in her job of feeding, distracting, and otherwise pacifying these furious, ravenous creatures. The Folk Keeper has power and independence, and that’s the way she likes it.

One day, Corinna is summoned by Lord Merton to come to the vast seaside estate Cliffsend as Folk Keeper and family member–for she is the once-abandoned child he has been looking for. It is at Cliffsend that Corinna learns where her unusual powers come from, why she is drawn to the sea, and finally, what it means to be comfortable in her own skin. Written in the form of a journal, The Folk Keeper is a powerful story of a proud, ferociously self-reliant girl who breaks out of her dark, cold, narrow world into one of joy, understanding, and even the magic of romance. “

Second selkie book: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts. 

And now for something much lighter than Margo Lanagan! Today’s book, Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler, is the first of an urban fantasy series about the daughter of a selkie. (Yes, that’s technically a spoiler but come on, I’m talking about selkie books, and it’s right on the back cover!) Genre-wise, think Sookie Stackhouse, Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, or C.E. Murphy’s Walker Papers.

Tempest Rising book cover“In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True—26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer—has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp. For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean. This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human.

With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu. When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies. For someone is killing half-humans like Jane. The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings?”

First selkie book: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts. 

Very few people can combine fairy tales and dark and disturbing and come up with more than the sum of its parts like Margo Lanagan can. The Brides of Rollrock Island, originally titled Sea Hearts in Australia, is her take on selkie mythology and its potential consequences, and has racked up an impressive number of awards and nominations.

Rollrock Island US cover“On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.

The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.

Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.”

Seventh selkie song: Selkie by Tori Amos

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts. 

Tori Amos CD coverHa, I’ve been hoping this would actually be released in time for me to feature it. Tori Amos has a song called, what else, Selkie, on her new album Unrepentant Geraldines. Not only is it something new, but it’s a hopeful song that speaks of trust and taking chances, and that’s where I want to get Finn to in my Tempest series. I have a lot of Tori Amos songs on my various writing play lists, but sometimes her stuff takes me in directions I didn’t expect! You know the drill by now, preview the song on Itunes or last.fm

Next week–selkies showing up in books!

Sixth selkie song: You Brought Me Up

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts. 

Silver Sea CD coverToday’s song is You Brought Me Up from Irish artist Meav Ni Mhaolchatha. Listen on Itunes or last.fm. Again, heartache and betrayal, but it’s such a pretty, pretty song.

And if like me, your skill with Celtic languages is non-existent, here’s some helpful fan suggestions on pronouncing her name.

Fifth selkie song: First Rising Tide

To celebrate the release of my new book, Coral Were His Bones, I’m going to be posting a month’s worth of things about selkies. Coral is a m/m paranormal erotica novel about Finn, a selkie who’s in love with his childhood sweetheart Devon, but bound in a magical contract to a cruel master. It’s a story of modern magic, snark, sex, and how to heal when everything hurts. 

CD CoverClick on through to bandcamp to listen to a sample and see the lyrics for First Rising Tide by Alexander James Adams for a different tact, this time the point of view of the selkie in love yearning to leave the ocean. Alternatively, last.fm or the musician’s own site.

When I came across the song, it seemed there was some sort of connection with filk artist Heather Alexander–and Wikipedia solved the mystery for me! His official bio is a bit more whimsical.