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Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love. Historical adventure speculative fiction & suspenseful lgbtq novels: duskpeterson.com

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PROGRESS METERS FOR 2017


Progress meters courtesy of Rikki A. Hyperion.


Wordage


12612 / 250000 (5.04%)


New stories


1 / 12 (8.33%)


New collections and reissues


1 / 30 (3.33%)
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2017-02-19 03:30 pm

The Whipping Post (The Eternal Dungeon) | #ao3 #fic

The Eternal Dungeon


After his love-mate had been escorted weeping from the great entry hall, nothing was left to distract his mind from what was to come.

Ten minutes left to contemplate what lies ahead, before the end begins.

Read online or download as a free e-book: The Whipping Post (The Eternal Dungeon).


My bio )
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2017-02-15 06:12 pm

My January 2017 reading

Blurbs are generally stolen from the author or publisher.

Top pick of the month

Naraht: "Að fara til Íslands" [uploaded 2011]. Historical fiction set in England, Iceland, and the Arctic during the early 1930s. Slashfic of Mary Renault's The Charioteer; can be read without knowing the original canon. "He had spent last year's summer holidays working his passage to Iceland and back in a trawler." (Don't read the story header, except for the blurb; toward the end of the story, you'll enjoy the delightful surprise that I did.)

Original fiction

Naomi Novik: Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2) [2006]. Historical fantasy adventure set during the Napoleonic Wars. When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon's egg - Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte's invading forces. Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands - and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East - a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.

Noel Streatfeild: Theatre Shoes (Shoes #4) [1945]. Children's fiction (school fiction and domestic fiction) set during World War II. When their father is captured during the war, three children come to London to live with their grandmother and join their talented theatrical family in a school for stage training.

P. L. Travers: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1) [1934]. Ill. Mary Shepard. Children's fantasy set in London during the early 1930s. Life was never the same again for the Banks family after the astonishing Mary Poppins blew in with the east wind.

Fan fiction

(Both these stories can be read without knowing the original canon.)

lastwingedthing: "as morning steals upon the night" [uploaded 2016]. Historical fantasy set during the early twentieth century. AU slashfic of E. F. Benson's David Blaize. Frank is even more special than David first realised.

Jay Tryfanstone: "The Very Secret Diaries of Saint Augustine" [uploaded 2012]. Historical fiction RPF set in the fourth and fifth centuries; can be read without reference to the canon, though it's way funnier if you've read St. Augustine's Confessions. "404. Correspondence Jerome continues. Infuriating. Do not understand why he does not see my point! Translation of 'gourd' vital to understanding of gospels."

Pleasure nonfiction

(This category is for nonfiction that I'd be willing to read for fun, though sometimes I peruse it for the sake of research.)

Mroctober: "Adventures of a Cat Slave" [2011]. Daily-life post only lightly fictionalized, as any cat's companion can testify. "Your master welcomes you back to his domestic holdings with a meow at the top of the steps."

Joseph Husband: A Year in a Coal-Mine [1911]. Adventure memoir. "Ten days after my graduation from Harvard I took my place as an unskilled workman in one of the largest of the great soft-coal mines that lie in the Midwest."

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: The Freelancer's Survival Guide [Third Edition, 2013; also online]. Business book for authors and other freelancers; includes lots of autobiographical anecdotes. Most people become freelancers without any idea of how to run a business. They learn in the school of hard knocks. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has taken the school of hard knocks and made it into one of the most useful business books written in years. (That's the official, effusive blurb, but it's true.)

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2017-02-15 01:37 pm

"'He's your friend, isn't he?'" | On Guard 10/10 | #fic #ao3

On Guard


Final installment: The final chapter and historical note of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
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2017-02-14 10:54 pm

Rule #1: Never schedule a chapter posting on International Fanworks Day

I've just spent three hours trying to post the historical note to "On Guard." No luck; the server is spinning its wheels as fans converge on AO3. I'll post the historical note - and the official Chapter Ten announcement - tomorrow (that is, if the crowds have thinned by then), but in the meantime, I did manage to post the last chapter of "On Guard" before I began getting "Archive Down" notices.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/9591827/chapters/21931067
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-13 06:41 pm

"His mind was focussed, his goal clear." | On Guard 9/10 | #lgbtfiction #lgbtqfiction

On Guard


New installment: Part 9 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-12 01:19 pm

"Nervous?" | On Guard 8/10 | #mmromance #mmfiction #romanticsuspense

On Guard


New installment: Part 8 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
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2017-02-11 07:40 pm

"He knew at once that something was wrong." | On Guard 7/10 | #mmromance #gayromance

On Guard


New installment: Part 7 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-10 05:01 pm

"A great man and his faithful guard - that was the tale of which ballads were sung." | 6 | #fic #ao3

On Guard


New installment: Part 6 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-09 11:19 am

"Imprisonment is one thing. What we do in the rack room, though . . ." | On Guard 5/10 | #fic #ao3

On Guard


New installment: Part 5 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
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2017-02-08 12:36 pm

"An . . . electric rack, you say?" | On Guard 4/10 | #althistory #scifi #freeread

On Guard


New installment: Part 4 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
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2017-02-07 02:01 pm

"The prisoner was meek and gentle and very, very afraid. " | On Guard 3/10 | #gaymystery #freeread

On Guard


New installment: Part 3 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Part 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-06 11:10 pm

"Seward picked up the revolver." | On Guard 2/10 | #gaysuspense #freeread

On Guard


New installment: Part 2 of On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Chapter 1.

Blurb:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.
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2017-02-05 05:56 pm

On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon, Vol. 4) 1/10 | #althistory #HistFic

On Guard


New serialization:

"'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.

Read online or download as a free e-book: On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon, Vol. 4). Bookstore version: On Guard.


My bio )
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2017-02-03 05:06 pm
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To the barricades

I've been refraining from posting here about current events; I figure that Twitter and Tumblr are better venues for that. However, I thought some of you might be interested in this list of links I just posted at my other accounts.

Writers, academics, historians, librarians, and museum curators get a tad bit testy )
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2017-02-03 03:05 pm

"'Princess.' The voice carried a tinge of warning. 'It is time for our paths to part.'" | #fic #ao3

The final chapter of Adversaries (The Three Lands: Breached Boundaries #1) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Chapter 1.

Blurb:

"Lying on my stomach in the passage, I held my breath. Knowing the man who spoke, I had no doubts as to what he was suggesting."

When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.

Life is not easy for Serva, the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis. Alternately treated as a slave and as a princess, she is distrusted on all sides . . . especially by her old rival from the nursery, her cousin the Prince.

When the Prince begins to hint that she is a threat to his ambitions, Serva must make a decision that will determine the course of her life. And that decision will determine the fate of a spy who is due to be hanged. . . .
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2017-02-02 07:53 pm
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Warning: More stories to come

There are all sorts of warnings going around social media at the moment that, if you're an author, you risk damaging your brand if you post about political matters.

I'm therefore bemused to announce that (1) nobody unsubscribed from my e-mail list when I urged people not to vote for Mr. Trump in November, and (2) four people have unsubscribed from my e-mail list since I began announcing installments of my female-protagonist novel a week ago.

Mind you, it could be they unsubscribed because I've been posting so often. In case that's the problem, I should give fair warning that this is how my story-posting schedule is going to go this year. I've got over a million words' worth of stories (old and new) to post online during the next couple of years. Since I'm going to be online nearly daily for the foreseeable future, I figure the best way to keep from inundating you folks with too much daily wordage is to serialize longer works. The trade-off to that is that you'll be getting daily or near-daily posts from me whenever I serialize. I realize this is going to be too many e-mails / posts for some of you, and I'll understand if you feel the need to unsubscribe. I hope, though, that most of you will enjoy the more frequent story announcements.
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-02 07:52 pm

"Stay quiet." | #fic #ao3

Chapter 9 of Adversaries (The Three Lands: Breached Boundaries #1) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Chapter 1.

Blurb:

"Lying on my stomach in the passage, I held my breath. Knowing the man who spoke, I had no doubts as to what he was suggesting."

When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.

Life is not easy for Serva, the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis. Alternately treated as a slave and as a princess, she is distrusted on all sides . . . especially by her old rival from the nursery, her cousin the Prince.

When the Prince begins to hint that she is a threat to his ambitions, Serva must make a decision that will determine the course of her life. And that decision will determine the fate of a spy who is due to be hanged. . . .
duskpeterson: (bookshelves)
2017-02-01 02:54 pm

"I am not sure how long we continued to look at each other." | #onlinefiction #ao3

Chapter 8 of Adversaries (The Three Lands: Breached Boundaries #1) is now available. If you haven't already done so, you can start from Chapter 1.

Blurb:

"Lying on my stomach in the passage, I held my breath. Knowing the man who spoke, I had no doubts as to what he was suggesting."

When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.

Life is not easy for Serva, the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis. Alternately treated as a slave and as a princess, she is distrusted on all sides . . . especially by her old rival from the nursery, her cousin the Prince.

When the Prince begins to hint that she is a threat to his ambitions, Serva must make a decision that will determine the course of her life. And that decision will determine the fate of a spy who is due to be hanged. . . .