Last year I wrote two full-length novels under a pseudonym. If you haven’t come across them already, you can read them now. You can read them in either order.

Laura's Wolf (Werewolf Marines). Werewolf Marine Roy Farrell meets reformed con artist Laura Kaplan in Yosemite. Features a snowed-in cabin in the woods, banter, domesticity, PTSD, gun fights, werewolf fights, “let’s get you out of those wet clothes,” light femdom, trauma and healing, out-of-control superpowers, the heroine rescuing the hero, and a pack of traumatized psychic werewolves held hostage by a criminal mastermind.

Prisoner (Werewolf Marines). Werewolf Marine DJ Torres meets genetically engineered assassin Echo in a secret underground laboratory. Features banter, romantic comedy, desperate treks through the desert, martial arts fights, gun fights, werewolf fights, psychic powers, clones, dyslexia, bonding in a bar on the Las Vegas Strip, a dysfunctional werewolf pack, and discussions of Norwegian death metal and Filipino hip hop. (DJ is, in fact, also a DJ.)

Laura’s Wolf is complete on its own, but I will eventually write sequels. Prisoner is the first of a three-book series. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but they are not eaten by the shrieking eels at this time don't get out from under the thumb of the evil lab in this book.

Laura’s Wolf has more genre romance conventions (with substantial twists); the hero and heroine are sexually attracted on their first meeting and bond quickly. It has somewhat unconventional gender roles. Prisoner has fewer romance conventions and subverts the ones that it does have more, and features a friends-to-lovers romance. It has very unconventional gender roles. Laura’s Wolf sold better, but Prisoner attracted more attention in the romance blogosphere.

In case you’re wondering, I have been paying my rent with these books. Which is to say, I didn't make tons of money, but I did make as much or more than if I'd traditionally published. Both of them are way too unconventional, structurally and in terms of content, to sell to any but a small press, so it made sense to self-publish. And the series got two Yuletide nominations, so that makes it all worthwhile.

I wrote them under a pen name because I wanted to write without baggage, emotional and otherwise. Consequently, they are written completely from the heart. Complete with earnest afterwords about PTSD and dyslexia. (They’re self-published, I can put in earnest afterwords if I want to.) Also, I did not want precocious ten-year-old readers of Stranger (or their parents) to type my real name into Amazon and find books with explicit sex.

I wasn’t sure until somewhat recently whether I would ever publicly reveal my real identity. This was unexpectedly freeing. I normally am not capable of writing two full-length novels in a year, while I’m working and in grad school! But I decided to go ahead and reveal so any of you who might enjoy them can find them, given that you otherwise might never read that sort of thing.

Laura’s Wolf is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, ARE, and in print. Prisoner is currently only available on Amazon and in print. If you’d like a copy in any other format, you can purchase it directly from me by either emailing me at Rphoenix2 at gmail or by commenting here with your email address and your preferred format.
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From: [personal profile] qian

I saw a reference to your books on Twitter!

(You've got to scroll down a bit.)

I will send them to this post!
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From: [personal profile] hawkwing_lb

And Zen has sent me here, for which I am grateful. How may I purchase from you an epub copy? My email address is bourkeen at gmail dot com.
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From: [personal profile] laurashapiro

::grabby hands:: I would love to buy Prisoner in Kindle-friendly format (from you, not from Amazon).
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn

Just read Laura's Wolf today -- basically neglecting everything else for the pleasure of the well-written, absorbing story.

I'll be posting reviews at Amazon and Goodreads and LJ/DW, but in the meantime -- wow!

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And they are truly excellent, excellent books, and I recommend them to EVERYONE ( who doesn't mind sex and werewolves)

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Someday, when I have time to read again, I will absolutely check these out for those summaries alone. :)

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I think I saw

several titles under your pen name at Amazons.

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Oh! I'm halfway through Stranger, and I had no idea (duh) that you were the author of Prisoner. I bought it on a Book View Cafe recommendation and really enjoyed it. Loved both Echo and DJ!

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I somehow missed seeing this comment until now - thank you very much! I'm in the final stretch of the sequel, Partner.
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From: [personal profile] ivy

I just discovered these through a discussion of "Stranger" and tore through them this weekend -- thanks for writing! I reviewed them here. Despite being not at all a conventional reader of the genre, these are great and I eagerly await the sequels. [grin] (I have friended you so that I hear about them. Hi! Nice to meet you!)

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Pleased to meet you, and thank you so much for the link! I'm glad you enjoyed the books. I'm working on Partner (sequel to Prisoner) right now and crossing my fingers for a January release.
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From: [personal profile] melebeth

I just wanted to say that I finally got around to reading Prisoner (it's been a busy year!), and I love DJ and Echo SO MUCH. (I also enjoy Charlie a great deal.) I made my therapist wait for me until I finished the chapter I was in the middle of :) Stranger is next on my list, once I get through Job Interview Wednesday. Well, next on my physical-reading list. I've been carrying my kindle to commute, which is great, except when the book I want to read isn't on it!!!! So instead, I'm reading Joy Ladin's amazing memoir. Which isn't exactly a sacrifice.

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Aww, that's fantastic! I'm nearing the finish line on Partner, the sequel to Prisoner.

What's the memoir about?
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From: [personal profile] melebeth

It's about her gender transition while on the faculty of Yeshiva. So about judaism, gender identity, literature, family, and all of the intersections therein. She came to talk to my class last year, and I developed an ENORMOUS brain crush on her.

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