Nov. 11th, 2017

November 2017 fiction round-up. Theme: Resist!


THIS MONTH'S THEME: Resist!

After checking to see which of my series cover the topics of rebellion and reform, I was tempted to say, "Just go read my fic." However, for the record, here's the full list.

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The Three Lands centers upon the efforts of a group of men and women to reform oppressive aspects of society in three nations, such as slavery. Sometimes these practices are justified on religious grounds, sometimes on the basis of maintaining an orderly, law-abiding society. Some of the efforts at reform take place from within the governments; other efforts are most decidedly outside the channels of accepted law-making. Here be rebels and spies.

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The fourth and fifth volumes in the Eternal Dungeon series, On Guard and Sweet Blood, feature a rebellion by a group of prison-workers against the accepted practice of torture in a royal prison that is already well known for its past reforms. The seeds for the rebellion are sown in the first three volumes of the series. The story of the Eternal Dungeon continues in the Dungeon Guards series.

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Michael's House is about an ex-prostitute who takes a most unusual approach to helping youths trapped in prostitution. Opposing him are the owners of houses of prostitution, the government, and all of respectable society.

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Life Prison is about a rebellion from within: When a couple of abused prisoners decide they've had enough, their efforts at creating change give rise to a battle over how best to handle prisoners within a nation's prison system.

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Waterman and Young Toughs are set in a society where one's rank is determined at birth, and where sexual relationships are forbidden between ranks. When a couple of youths set out to break both rules, trouble lies ahead – trouble that will be spearheaded by a group of young men and young women.

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Princeling is set in a world where the noble soldiers fight each other in order to protect the "petties," the commoners. After centuries of warfare, the petties are tired of all this protection. When one of the nobles becomes disabled, he must decide who to side with in this emerging conflict between protector and protected.

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Debt Price (Master/Other) is about a young terrorist who discovers that there are other paths to resistance than the one he has chosen.

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Finally, the difficulty of determining who the villain is in any clash between society and societal rebels is explored in my contemporary novel Twenty Thousand Gold Stars (Unmasked).
 


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NEW E-BOOK: Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon)

"Oh, Mercy and Hell. He would gladly allow himself to be flayed for eternity if he could thereby escape the responsibility of disciplining his love-mate for any future violations of the Code."

The Eternal Dungeon has been split by a civil war, with the division clearly marked by a quarrel between two Seekers (torturers) whose faithfulness to each other has already become legendary. Into this explosive situation arrives a new Seeker, one who is determined to see that past evils do not continue in the dungeon. But can he keep control of himself when assigned a prisoner who falls in love with him?

This tale of friendship, romance, and suspense can be read on its own or as the fifth volume in The Eternal Dungeon, an award-winning alternate history series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of diverse alternate history series (The Eternal Dungeon, Dungeon Guards, Michael's House, Life Prison, Commando, Waterman, Young Toughs, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

Available as a free multiformat e-book or as a 99c Kindle e-book: Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon).


Excerpt )


NOW AVAILABLE AS MULTIFORMAT E-BOOKS: The Three Lands

Click on the covers for more information.

Law LinksBlood Vow


NEW ONLINE FICTION: The Eternal Dungeon and The Three Lands

Information about my online fiction. Click on the title for the full blurb, tags, and story.
 

Checkmate (The Eternal Dungeon). The Eternal Dungeon is no longer a prison. It's a battlefield. (E-book.)

Famine or Feast (The Three Lands). Adrian knew that friendship was a fundamental custom of all mankind. Or so he thought, until his closest friend discovered a mysterious journal. [Includes spoilers for Law Links; see below.]


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CURRENTLY ONLINE SERIALIZATIONS: The Three Lands, The Eternal Dungeon, and Life Prison

Information about my online fiction. Click on the titles for the full blurbs, tags, and stories.
 

Law Links (The Three Lands). Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. (E-book.)

Truth and Trust (The Eternal Dungeon). He has ten days to prepare for his performance in the Eternal Dungeon's first play. He may have fewer days than that to fight for his career and to save his prisoner's life. (E-book.)

Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison). A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy. All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies. (E-book.)
 


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MY NEW HISTORICAL RESEARCH BUSINESS

Historicalfic: Historical Research for Fiction Writers is my new business. Those of you who read or write historical genres may be interested in Historicalfic's Twitter account, @historicalnovel, where I've been posting links to resources on historical research and historical genres. If any of you know of writers who might be interested in my research services (now or in the future), or know of writing communities whose members might be interested, I hope you'll spread the word.
 


ONE MILLION WORDS

I reached a new milestone in October: I've now posted over one million words of online fiction. This year alone, I'll have added half a million words to my collection of online fiction. I hope that you're all enjoying the stories.

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I began posting fiction to e-mail lists in January 2002. This is the table of contents of my first website, from May 2002.



REVIEW: The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon)

"Wow! This short fantasy left me hungry for more." —Gina Marie (Amazon customer) on Rebirth 1: The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon).
 


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NEW STORY TAGS

I've updated the story tags page with a new category: Stories of home life and community life. Amidst all my usual stories of threats to life or limb, I've been sneaking in a fair number of stories on quiet domestic life. (Or as quiet as my characters are ever permitted. Usually there's a threat to life or limb somewhere in there.)
 


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FEATURED BACKLIST TITLE: Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 1)

"'This prisoner deserves special treatment.' The hooded man looked over at the young man again."

Elsdon Taylor, a prisoner accused of committing a terrible murder. Layle Smith, a torturer with a terrible past. Their meeting in the Eternal Dungeon appears certain to bring out the worst in both men.

Yet neither man is quite what he appears. As the prisoner and his torturer begin to be drawn toward each other, the ripple effects of their meeting will have a powerful impact on other inhabitants of the Eternal Dungeon: Layle's faithful guard, struggling to contain his doubts. A younger guard determined to take any shortcuts necessary to ensure that his life follows the path he has already chosen. An old love from Layle's past, still sorrowing. And most of all, a prisoner who has not yet arrived at the Eternal Dungeon, but whose fate will depend on how Layle handles Elsdon Taylor . . . and on how Elsdon handles Layle Smith.

A winner of the 2011 Rainbow Awards (within the "Eternal Dungeon" omnibus), this tale of friendship, romance, and suspense can be read on its own or as the fifth volume in The Eternal Dungeon, an alternate history series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of diverse alternate history series (The Eternal Dungeon, Dungeon Guards, Michael's House, Life Prison, Commando, Waterman, Young Toughs, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

Available as a free multiformat e-book or as a 99c Kindle e-book: Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon).


Excerpt )

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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