Hollis Shiloh

romance

Monday, November 27, 2017

Felix Navidad





Felix Navidad
by Hollis Shiloh

Justin isn't a fan of Christmas (or holidays in general) at the best of times. But now his long-term boyfriend has broken up with him, and he's even more gloomy than usual. The hot and unfortunately straight Felix, his partner on the force, keeps trying to help. It's really not working until Christmas Day arrives, and brings with it an unexpected gift...

9,300 words
(friends to lovers, buddy cops, sweet gay romance, holiday)





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coming up...

December's Patreon Story will be:

 CARE

Caleb's a tracker.  Eli's a precog.  They aren't exactly friends.  They both work for the ESRB, but very much alone — no matter how Caleb feels about Eli.  But when he faces one of his hardest missions yet, Eli invites himself along...

~8,000 words - low/medium heat

 Patreon ($1 pledge or more)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Patreon short stories



Hey guys.  I'm trying something new: Patreon short stories.  Basically if you pledge $1 or more you'll get a new short story a month.  (There are a couple of other choices as well.)  

But yeah.  If I can't manage it, I'll pause or cancel after a few months.  The first three short stories are already written, so, we'll see what happens during that time.  If you guys are interested.  If I have enough ideas.   Etc.

Looks like the first short story will be out in December (and you won't get charged till then if you take the plunge).

If you're not into Patreon, don't worry: everything I write for it will eventually be published elsewhere.  If you don't like short stories, don't worry either, as I hope to keep writing novels, as well. Just not quite as fast as I was trying to for a while.

We'll see what happens.  :-)

take care ~

Friday, October 20, 2017

LOYAL


Enforcer wolf. That's Riley. A gangster took him in when he was young, and he's been loyal ever since.

It's getting harder and harder for big, soft-hearted Riley to unquestioningly follow orders...but he doesn't want to be alone without a pack. Almost anything is better than that.

What would it take for a guy like Riley to switch sides and work for the cops instead? Maybe not very much at all.

A shifters and partners novel
68,000 words
Low heat




Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Goals

This year, I've tried to have a release a month out.  It's not always been easy.  I'm finding that, especially when I write longer stories, it's not working for me.  My goal is to move to a month and a half between releases, and see how that works.  I don't like feeling burned out, which sometimes happens when I'm feeling rushed (and I know you guys don't like reading stories that feel rushed, either).

So, for 2018, my goal is 8 books instead of 12.

But I have another goal: make a Patreon account and offer readers who join a short-story-a-month.  I have several reasons for wanting to try this.  One, some authors are making it look really good right now!  Y'all are killing it!  Two, I gotta say, the monthly guarantee of a certain amount of money (as long as I hold up my end of the bargain) sounds...nice.  It's not something authors really get in general.  And three...I like writing short stories!  I miss it!

Anyway that's my goal.  A short story a month, and a book every 45 days.  We'll see what happens.

I'm really excited!  I've always liked writing short stories, but most people prefer reading longer stories.  So we'll see if there's enough interest (from readers) and enough ideas (from me) to do this.

Two notes: 

1) I'll still publish the short stories elsewhere, but not for probably a month or two.  It's not that they'll be exclusive content, just "first" content.  Some will be in established worlds, some won't, but by definition, they won't be something you have to read in order to enjoy the rest of any series.

2) I'll probably try the Patreon short story thing for 4-5 months, and if I'm enjoying it, and readers are going for it, I'll keep doing it.  If not, I'll focus my efforts elsewhere.  Maybe try to speed up my novel writing, maybe not.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Body in the Backyard



The Body in the Backyard
by Hollis Shiloh

Clarence Collin is pushing up daisies—in Abe's bed of zinnias!

When the caustic critic of a TV gardening show winds up murdered in Abe's well-groomed backyard, both Abe and his hunky-but-irritating neighbor Gregory might be on the suspect list.

Abe starts amateur sleuthing in self-defense...and to spend time with Gregory. When the two green thumbs look into their neighborhood's dirty little secrets, who knows what they'll dig up?

A cozy gay mystery
51,000 words


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

All My Broken Pieces


All My Broken Pieces
by Hollis Shiloh

Tim is a small wolf shifter, partially disabled, not good at confrontation, and very alone. Life isn't easy at a precinct where he's never been fully accepted. He spends far too much of his time trying not to overhear coworkers mocking him. His best friend (okay, pretty much his only friend) is a drug-addicted fox shifter. 

And Tim certainly knows better than to fall in love; that didn't work out so hot before. These days, he sticks to anonymous encounters. He doesn't believe in mates or true love, not for someone like him.

But he's worked for the cops almost a decade now, and really, there's no reason at all why he should have to go through a stupid certification course. They didn't even have those when he started!

Life takes an unexpected twist when one of his anonymous encounters turns out to be attending the same certification course. Levi is a big, sweet guy he'd never expected to see again. 

Tim doesn't want to let Levi see the flaws and cracks that anything more than a quick hookup would reveal. He certainly doesn't plan to spend any more time with the guy, much less get feelings for him...


Length: 65,000 words
Heat: somewhat low
A "shifters and partners" novel 
(standalone)

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Harry Ever After: a shifters and partners novel


Harry Ever After
by Hollis Shiloh

Police are the enemy. But when the choice is between working with them or letting the pack starve, Clay does his duty as the alpha and takes a job he'd never otherwise have chosen. He doesn't expect to find a certain sheriff so absolutely captivating. Harry makes him want things that are dangerous. After all, everybody knows non-shifters don't make good mates...right?

A shifters and partners novel
Length: 51,000 words 
Heat level: very low

EXCERPT

I watched his hands as he fiddled with the straw wrapper, as he squeezed lemon into his water. He had particularly watchable hands, with character, deft and careful and precise. They were hands that could mesmerize. Not young and smooth, they were large, rather tanned, with prominent knuckles and with some dark hair on the back of them. They were hands that had worked hard, and also hands that were careful. He turned a salt shaker round and it was all I could do not to stare as we waited for our food to arrive.

He'd ordered for both of us. At least, he'd gotten a burger and fries and looked at me inquiringly. I'd just said "Same." I would have even if he'd ordered the worst thing on the menu. I was hungry enough I wouldn't care. Still, I'd heard good things about the food here, and it always smelled wonderful when I was walking past.

It smelled good today, too, but even so, it couldn't distract me from my obsession with his hands.

"So what can I do to ensure that you're happy working at with the sheriff's department?" said Harry.

I can think of a few things. My mouth was dry, but I forced myself to look up and meet his gaze. I tried my best to banish sexual thoughts...and those damnable fluttering feelings thumping around awkwardly inside my chest.

Oh, his eyes were just so damned blue.

"It's fine," I said. "As long as I get paid." And it's enough to help the pack. "Flexible hours are good, too, when I'm working construction in the summer." At least if I could get any construction work this year.

He nodded seriously, paying careful attention to me. It was a heady experience.

"That's pretty much it." It would help if I weren't targeted by anyone inside or outside the sheriff's department for my involvement, but that was probably too much to ask. No, I would have to weigh any increased risk against the decreased risk of being run down (assuming being seen with the sheriff eating in public did affect that risk in the right direction).

Harry smiled at me gently, but in a slightly scolding way. "There's something you're not telling me."

I couldn't help grinning. It felt like we were old friends, even though we'd barely met. I put a hand against my chest, miming shock. A slightly camp gesture, but one I didn't feel funny making around him. "Moi?"

He laughed: a genuine, out-loud laugh, just from my nonsense joke. It made me grin harder; it made my toes curl up in my shoes. It was a delicious surprise, his laugh.

"All right, fair enough," he said. "I suppose you're allowed to keep some mysteries. I'd just hate to see you leave for greener pastures as soon as we get used to each other."

I looked at him, and thought, That is never going to happen.

And heaven help me, but that made my inner wolf as wary as anything that had happened in months. If already I didn't want to leave...and not just because of the pack, but also because of him...then I was in a bad way.

Dial it back, Clay.

My smile must have slipped, because he looked concerned. "Something I should know, Woodley?" he asked, a bit of tension entering his voice. "You already have another job lined up?"

He was really worried about me leaving...the job, not him. That was all he cared about, of course: the work I could do, the use I could be to him. And that was how it had to remain. Anything else was in my head, and shouldn't even be there.




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Friday, June 30, 2017

What's Up

Hi guys!  So I haven't made many "bloggy" posts for awhile.  Mostly I'm just using this as a landing space for my new release information.  But, I thought I'd do a general update, and talk about some of the stuff I'm reading as well.  Just for today!  :-)

Moving!

I've moved, for one thing.  It's pretty great.  I live in a much quieter area now, in a cute little place, and the air is cleaner, which is really helpful for my allergies and general peace of mind.

I'm healthier than I've been for a while, and the move is a big part of it.

To be upfront about it, I couldn't have moved at all without you guys.  Thank you for helping to support my writing habit, life, and now my move!

There are a lot of birds here, and rabbits, and it's extremely quiet.  I love it.  I'm getting more work done, too.


Writing

Writing is going pretty well.  I'm hitting my word counts and then some.

I'd been hoping to write some completely non-angsty stuff, but the muse still sort of dictates what it wants, and my input only goes so far.  (I know that sounds strange, like I should have more say in what I write, but that doesn't really work for me!)

It's still mostly wolves right now.  I have a lot of ideas in the shifters and partners series, and fewer elsewhere. There are two novels right now in the works, one with the working title "enforcer wolf," the other without any working title at all, about a physically handicapped wolf shifter.  Don't know which will be done first, hopefully one of them for August.

I want to write more ESRB stuff, too, but the muse isn't there yet.


Some things I've read recently:

The Holiday Hoax, by Skylar M. Cates (a re-read, in audio this time)
One Hex Too Many, by Lou Harper (re-read; from the Charmed and Dangerous anthology)
Death By Silver, Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold (audio)
Rite of Summer, Tess Bowery (Not my usual fare, but well done.  It's no longer for sale anywhere, though.)
Feral Dust Bunnies, Angel Martinez (loving this series!)
Lily White, Rose Red, by Catt Ford (noir gay mystery)
most of the Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price (re-read, some in audio, some not)
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell (finally got around to reading it!)
Hearts Alight, Elliot Cooper (a Hanukkah story!)
Job Hunt, Jackie Keswick
The Blind Side, by Michael Lewis (I never thought I'd read a book about football.)
Bow Wow, by Spencer Quinn (audio) (This is part of a children's series about a girl and a dog solving mysteries on the Bayou.  I'm generally over children's fare, but I enjoy this series for some reason.  It's from the dog's POV.)
Seven Summer Nights, by Harper Fox (I just realized this story has more female characters than you sometimes find in a whole fleet of gay novels...and they all belonged there and didn't take away from the main romance one iota!  Just one of the amazing things about the story.)
North on Drummond, by K. C. Burn (a re-read - this was one of my first paranormals!)


What I'm currently reading:


Skin After Skin, JCP (the latest Psycop story)
Mobsters and Miracles, by Lavinia Lewis (cop partners falling for each other)
Echoes of Deviance, Lyn Gala (a great series, plotty, paranormal, original)
A Christmas for Oscar, Alex Whitehall (I really like Christmassy stuff, ok)
Playing With Fire, Jambrea Jo Jones (just starting this one)
Red Rising, by Louise Bourgeois (I didn't realize it was about vampires, and now it's too late and I'm invested!)
Draakenwood, Jordan L. Hawk (the saga continues...!)
Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (It's about textiles, with lots of fascinating historical context.)
Preacher, Prophet, Beast, by Harper Fox (YASS)


In general, thanks for everything.  Take care of yourselves in the hot weather!


~hollis

Saturday, June 3, 2017

LOCK


LOCK
by Hollis Shiloh

Drew leads an ordinary, boring life—until one day the ESRB assigns him a bodyguard because he's in danger. They don't know why, only that he is.

It's the most exciting thing that's ever happened to Drew. Naturally, he develops a massive crush on his bodyguard, Neal, as the two try to figure out why he's in danger and what it has to do with the ESRB.

When Drew turns out to have an unexpected—and rare—talent, things take a turn for the worse. Because Neal might not be enough to keep him safe after all.


A Men of the ESRB story
35,000 words
Heat: very low

gay paranormal romance

The Extra Sensory Regulatory Bureau rates talented individuals like empaths and clairvoyants. They have special gifts—and often some extra burdens that go along with them. The ESRB takes care of its own, but these guys still have a lot to figure out about life—and love. Stay tuned for more tales from the men of the ESRB.



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Friday, May 5, 2017

Missing Things (Men of Magic)



Missing Things
by Hollis Shiloh

Men of Magic book 2


Is there a way to save the captive fae? 

Jocelyn and Ellis, magicians and life partners, grapple with dilemmas and a miasma of magic and mystery. 

Jocelyn searches out magical artifacts, and struggles with the troubling gap in his memories — and the feeling that his and Ellis's partnership is falling apart. 

Meanwhile, Ellis works desperately to dig into a wicked injustice being perpetrated against a kidnapped fae...and finds it may be too much for him to handle alone. 


43,000 words
Men of Magic book 2
Very low heat

Takes place after Forgotten Things
and contains the same characters.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Second Time Charm


Second Time Charm
by Hollis Shiloh

a shifters and partners novel


 I've wanted to work with a wolf partner for as long as I can remember.  This is my third — and final — chance of being chosen by one.

You know what they say.  Be careful what you wish for. 

I had no idea wolves could be as broken as my new partner is.  He has an intense phobia of dogs, his attitude reeks, he barely knows how to take care of himself, and doesn't care about much of anything — except having lots of sex.  

That's the best thing about our partnership, the sex.  But sometimes I wonder if it's worth it.  I don't know how to fix this.  He's difficult, annoying, handsome as hell...and I don't want to give him up.

My dream come true is starting to feel like a nightmare.  But the one he's living turns out to be far worse.



63,000 words
Heat level: medium
a shifters and partners novel
(standalone)


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Not My Mate


Not My Mate
by Hollis Shiloh 
a shifters & partners novel

  Charlie is a wolf shifter with a massive, heart-aching crush on his boss. He loves the man but knows he can never have him. Sahil is so kind to him, so sweet — and so lonely, when his real mate is gone. Meanwhile, Charlie's friend/enemy/coworker Russ gets irritated with Charlie about the crush — and about any and everything else, too. He's another wolf shifter, but he's not sweet; he's big and rude and annoying. He's very loyal, though — and perhaps he's hiding a secret of his own... 

52,000 words
Heat level: very low
a shifters and partners novel
(standalone)

Contains a short excerpt from the next book in the series.


Available at:


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Goodreads link
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Foxed Up


Foxed Up

   Wallace and Jon have been together for six months, and things are going well — it's time for Wallace to meet Jon's son, time to start getting serious. But an overheard conversation makes Wallace doubt everything. Is Jon for real, or has he been using Wallace all along? Relationship issues come to a head...and then have to take second stage when Wallace becomes involved in a dangerous undercover operation. Will their love survive...and will Wallace?

A shifters and partners novel

Takes place after "FOXED"

~62,000 words


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Adrian's Librarian - 99c sale @ Dreamspinner Press!


One night at a masquerade party, rakish Adrian Knowles kisses the wrong man by mistake and meets Oliver Windham. Feisty yet wary and broken, Ollie desperately needs a friend. Almost against his will, Adrian finds himself playing the hero… and falling in love.

Adrian hires Ollie to set his library to rights—after having his servants put all the books out of order. He promises himself he’ll treat Ollie only as a friend, but Ollie quickly becomes the only man he wants.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Books for Sale - Payhip

Following Jay Northcote's example, I've set up a Payhip shop.  Here you can buy MOBI, PDF, or EPUB formats (the same ones I used to offer through All Romance eBooks).  If you don't buy through Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, or Amazon, this is your chance to get the format you prefer.


It works with Paypal/etc.  Files are yours.  I get a bigger cut of the money, and I get paid right away (not quarterly).  So, we'll see, this could be another good option.  :-)

I don't have all my stories uploaded, but there are some there already.  I'll be adding new ones as I publish them, and any older ones you guys want.  Just let me know.  Currently my last couple of releases, the Baking Bears stories, the ESRB books, my steampunk stories, and the box set of "shifters and partners" are for sale there.


Here's a coupon if you want to buy anything 30% off for the next week: 
RHD8ENM17M


Monday, January 9, 2017

Steampunk Series Explained

These four books take place in the following order, and have many of the same characters in them:

Wes & Kit
Robert & Louie
Mystery at Skeffield Manor
STRANDS





These three books take place in the same universe and may or may not have some of the same characters, but are independent stories:

Like A One-Eyed Cat
Gear Heart
Cold Hands, Warm Heart


 



I also started a connected series (only one book so far) with more of a focus on the magical elements of this universe:

Forgotten Things (Men of Magic book 1)







The heat levels of the books vary, but most are pretty low, in my opinion.  :-)  Many of them contain some sort of mystery element.

Trivia:  The first one I wrote was Like A One-Eyed Cat.  I wrote it in a very brief time; it just poured out of me.

I realize that gay romance mystery steampunk is not a hugely popular genre, and I wrote these stories because I felt passionate about this world and the characters in it.

I don't know if I'll write more or not.  I feel like I've completed the four-book arc that started with Wes & Kit.  But I hope to write some more in the Men of Magic series set in the same world, and there could always be further steampunk romance standalones that don't necessarily connect closely with the other stories.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

ARe ebook replacement copies - free as needed

If any of you guys are having trouble accessing books of mine you bought through All Romance eBooks, please just send me proof of purchase (forward the email receipt they sent you, or take a screenshot of part of it, etc.), and I'll replace whatever format you need free of charge.  None of this is your fault!  I appreciate my readers.  I hope we all can get through this difficult time.