Saturday, July 4, 2020

Two Marriages (Marrying Men #5)

Two Marriages
by Hollis Shiloh
(Marrying Men #5)

This ebook contains two stories:

A Perfectly Respectable Husband
Tobias has to marry or lose his inheritance. He's made a deal with an old school chum that will cost him a great deal, but it's bound to be less than his uncle is currently stealing. Although the situation will be less than ideal, he can endure it. However, when sweet Perry steps back into his life, needing help and offering to be "a perfectly respectable husband" to help him in return, all bets are off... ~9800 words

A Gentle Man
Edwin is distressed by his second cousin's engagement to an absolute bounder. Fortunately, his old friend and secret crush Sampson is here to help... ~9300 words

In the "Marrying Men" series, pseudo-historical tales feature men marrying one another in various worlds and ways. Happy ending are to be expected.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Mill House (shifters & partners #25)

Mill House
by Hollis Shiloh
shifters & partners #25

Andy has had a rough life. As the lovechild of a wolf shifter and a big cat shifter, things were never destined to be easy. A mate mix-up and his time in prison didn't exactly help, either. But he's getting back on track now. He's in a program to help troubled shifters re-integrate into society.

Mill House becomes the first real home Andy's ever had. When he has to leave, it's not easy. If there's a way back, he wants to take it. Even if that means working with Isaac Knowles. Isaac is far too attractive for his peace of mind. Andy certainly knows better than to fall for another man ever again. When you're wrong once about a mate, there's no second chance...right?

Length: 42,000 words
Heat level: sweet

Monday, June 1, 2020

A Wizard's Shelter

A Wizard's Shelter
by Hollis Shiloh

Elliot's magic is broken—and so is he. The trip to the lighthouse isn't a vacation. It's a place where he can't do much harm, while he waits to find out what his punishment will be. Oh, it's not his fault his magic is broken—nobody knows what happened or why. But he's dangerous now, too dangerous, perhaps, to be allowed to live. In his state of shock, the sea and his sister are good company.

And so is Rue, the handsome young man he meets there. Rue is sweet and strong and kind, and isn't afraid of him. Being around Rue calms Elliot's magic in unexpected ways. He's not sure why he's so drawn to Rue, or what it might mean about his sexuality, but the friendship between them is a lifeline in a turbulent sea.

Rue has some mysteries, too—specifically, his heritage. He's a selkie, and selkies mate for life, if at all. Loving Elliot would be a huge risk for him, but he can't let Elliot go, either.

Whatever the truth of Elliot's magic, and the risk for Rue, the two of them are better together. If they'll be allowed to stay together.

Heat level: sweet
~32,000 words
2nd edition

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Brian's Mate in KU

(2nd edition - no significant changes)

Brian is the alpha of the least impressive pack of wolves at the whole Moon Ceremony. When a non-shifter is discovered uninvited in their midst, Brian bonds with the man to save his life.

Luke has some misgivings, but Brian's tenderness is just what he needs—and not what he expected from a "werewolf." He's starting to develop feelings for the gentle wolf shifter who rescued him.

Both Brian and Luke expect to quietly dissolve the bond later. But some bonds are not so easy to cast aside. If they want to actually build a life together, it will take love, dedication, and hard work. Especially with all the new wolves who keep inviting themselves into their family.

low heat
~42,000 words

Currently in Kindle Unlimited

I have my older stories back from Dreamspinner Press.  I'm planning to republish them one at a time, into KU, as well as send them to Patrons.  I don't know if this will work well or not -- if they don't do well, I'll take them out and put them wide.  I might change plans. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

payhip sale

25% off sale for all my titles available at Payhip
use code UB4HI5RGOC
(good till the end of the month)

I hope you are all well!  xo Hollis

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Of Bread and Boyfriends

Of Bread and Boyfriends
by Hollis Shiloh

Jacob is a wolf shifter and a country boy, the alpha of a hardscrabble pack barely making ends meet.  He loves his home and family dearly, but times are tough.  It's a lot of responsibility to carry.  

The newcomer to town, a handsome, shy bear shifter, has caught his attention in a big way.  Jacob has no problem with being gay.  He just wishes he could get Henry to talk to him for more than a couple of seconds at a time.  And maybe marry him tomorrow.  Henry's annoyingly hot friend keeps getting in the way, though...

Henry is a sweet, gentle baker who has problems of his own.  He isn't sure he'll ever be ready to commit to a mate, but he's definitely drawn to Jacob.  He daydreams about him, bakes for him, looks forward to his every visit...but wolves don't do casual, and Henry can barely make plans past next week, much less for his whole future.

Fox shifter Atticus, Henry's dearest friend, has complicated feelings of his own.  He loves Henry devotedly, even if his feelings will never be returned.  This new, prickling tension between him and the wolf shifter is no fun.  Does he have to keep feeling things for guys who will never be interested?  Besides, he plans to stay single for life.

Can Jacob, Henry, and Atticus each figure out what they want out of life—and what, if anything, they'll be to each other?

low heat
~55,000 words

a baking bears story

Friday, December 27, 2019

My 2019

Writing Year in Review

This year, I published four novels, 5 short stories, 1 novella, and 2 box sets.  Obviously the lengths of story definitions can vary, but I'm not feeling too technical right now. :)  I should add that some of the short stories were written before 2019 as Patreon rewards.

For me, this year held some hard times and some burnout, and I ended up getting less done than I'd hoped.  Some things I was very proud of, and sometimes I just felt discouraged and like none of it was really worth bothering with.  The most meaningful story for me to write (and the hardest) was "You're Worth It."  But I'm not sure it was the best.  I'm not sure there was a best this year! 

I wrote about 281,000 words this year, which I do not consider highly productive.  It's less than 800 words a day--not my best average!  (Average obviously doesn't mean the pace at which I actually write, because I had one month with under 1k, and one month with over 80k.)

And I don't know how much of the year was devoted to editing--whether you can tell or not, haha--but I can tell you it was a lot, and I found it challenging.  For me, writing is easier than editing by a long shot.  Not always easy, but much less awful than questioning everything I wrote and trying to fix it all up.

I've had years where I wrote over a million words of fiction in a year and published most of it.  (But that could be one of the reasons I've been struggling with burnout.  That may have been an unsustainable pace for me.)

I won't deny I'd like to step up my game as an author in 2020, but I can't promise anything.  I'm not planning any new ventures like audio, and I can't promise that I'll be a better or faster writer, or how much I'll manage to write and actually publish.  I can only tell you that I'm still trying, and I think I still have some stories to tell.  I'm currently plugging away, as well as trying to regain the joy of writing and replenish my idea well.

Thank you for sticking with me this year.  I hope you have a great 2020.