Mar. 7th, 2016

Interview of me by Tami Veldura

[This interview originally appeared in the March 2016 newsletter of Tami Veldura, who writes science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and queer fiction. Because of a formatting glitch, I've combined her questions with my answers as I originally sent them to her (except for the links, which I've added here).]

Today's interview with Dusk touches on apprenticeship, history, and alternate universes. They've written and published over 70 books. They read and write almost exclusively historical works.

Q&A )

Jan. 1st, 2015

FIC: Rain 4: Happiness (Michael's House)

This mini-cycle of five stories is a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. It's also written in response to the 50 Darkfics challenge (prompt #79: rain). I'm posting one story each day through . . . well, January 2.

Sorry for being late with the fourth installment, folks. Like a lot of other people, I'm in the midst of a two-day professional crisis of dealing with VAT MOSS. I'll post the final story in this cycle tomorrow.

Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

There was a gate there, meant to keep out the likes of him and his companion, but nobody was guarding it at the moment.

Apr. 9th, 2013

Interview by Hearts on Fire Reviews

Aggie at Hearts on Fire Reviews interviewed me with a whole slew of questions. We ended up discussing my early days as a young writer, which writers have influenced me, the historical research for my novels, darkfic, The Eternal Dungeon and Michael's House, the connection between comedy and tragedy, original slash and m/m romance, the origin of my pen name, and (*gulp*) Twilight.

There are major spoilers for Rebirth and Whipster in the middle portion of the interview; otherwise, the interview is spoiler-free.

Hearts on Fire Reviews ends the interview by saying, "Leave a comment before 4/15 for a random chance to win your choice from Dusk Peterson's backlist."

Jan. 22nd, 2013

New review: Michael's House

"The detail the author gave in regards to the relationship between Michael and Janus was remarkable. It was at the same time very complex and very simple, two halves of a whole. I started this story a little skeptical because of some of the subject matter, but soon realized that it was so much more." —Four-star review of Whipster (Michael's House) by Jerry at Top 2 Bottom Reviews. (Note: Website includes not-worksafe images.)

Jan. 15th, 2013

New reviews: "Michael's House" and "The Eternal Dungeon"

"Does a wonderful job in creating a unique world set during Edwardian times. From the buildings to the wardrobe and the attitude of the people, every detail is described in a way that drew me into the story and made the story come to life. . . . Brimming with character interactions, emotion and introspective character narrations, the concept behind the story was brought to the page in an engaging and understanding way." —Four-star review (with major spoilers) of Whipster (Michael's House) by Shirley Frances at LeAnn's Book Reviews.

"[A] quiet tale about the plight of the lower classes in a heartless society . . . What makes Whipster an ultimately satisfying read is Michael's growth and change. He makes the effort to help himself and try to heal his soul and in the end the reader will be happy, or at least hopeful." —Four-star review (with minor spoilers) of Whipster (Michael's House) by Aggie at Hearts on Fire Reviews.

"The author takes one of the most difficult subjects, and makes it explode with excitement, intrigue and takes you thru thought provoking events on every page of the writing." —Five-star review of The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon) by thewildpig at Amazon.

"It was a book I couldn't put down. The characters were well written and the emotions came off the screen and grabbed your heart."  —Five-star review of The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon) by Cassandra Law at Amazon.

Jun. 7th, 2012

New covers: Michael's House

Covers for 'The New Boy,' 'Offstage,' and 'Blurred Lines' )

May. 21st, 2009

"Whipster" is now available as a Kindle e-book

Whipster. Click the link for the novel's summary.

I'm sorry about the price for the customer price being a bit higher than I'd like. It's due to the vagaries of Amazon's royalty structure, as explained here, in an article I heartily recommend to other Kindle authors who submit their books via DTP.

Feb. 25th, 2009

ONLINE SERIALIZATION: Whipster 3: Blurred Lines (Michael's House)

Michael has survived poverty, prostitution, and the loss of love, but not even his partner may be able to help him overcome the latest challenge.

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

"You'll break his heart." "He's got no heart. That's the point. Have you ever seen him cry?"

Jan. 21st, 2009

ONLINE SERIALIZATION: Whipster 2: Offstage (Michael's House)

It is intended as the model pleasure house, the one that will transform the manner in which male prostitution is conducted in the kingdom of Vovim. But Michael's House is facing ruin – unless one of the partners falls back on old ways.

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

It was when Michael's voice went flat and his face drained of expression that Janus would begin to worry.

Dec. 7th, 2008

ONLINE FICTION: Whipster (Michael's House)

Cover for Whipster

Michael is an ex-prostitute, which means that nobody in polite society wants anything to do with him. He believes that the only way to help other male prostitutes is to make their working conditions bearable. His friend Janus is an upper-class gentleman who believes that his duty to the gods requires him to fight against sexual immorality. Now Michael wants Janus to help him run a house of prostitution.

Male friendship and gay love intertwine in this multicultural historical fantasy series based on the Edwardian Era, a time when society seemed as stable as ever, though it was about to be turned topsy-turvy.

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

He could not recognize most of the items before him, which he instinctively knew was a bad sign.

Sep. 25th, 2008

E-BOOK & ONLINE FICTION: Whipster 1: The New Boy (Michael's House)

Cover for The New Boy

Yes, I know I said I wouldn't be releasing Whipster this year. As a compromise, here is the first part reposted; it can be read as a stand-alone novella. It's also available as a Kindle e-book.

Running a business seemed a simple enough matter: you learned what the patron wanted, and you forced an employee to satisfy his needs. Then along came the new boy.

Now the centuries-old system of male prostitution in the Kingdom of Vovim is in danger of being overturned in favor of a new way of doing business. But will the young man who is carrying out this revolution be able to keep himself from repeating history?

"We'll be hiring the finest craftsfolk in the city, giving them hours of training to perfect their much-demanded skills and allow them to perform their tasks to the peak of their mastery – and the peak of the satisfaction of those who buy our goods."

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