• News and Announcements,  Release

    Cover Reveal: Empty Vessels

    We are extremely excited to reveal the new cover for Empty Vessels! Originally released by Less Than Three Press, we’re working to re-release Meredith’s backlist independently, and since Empty Vessels is the first book in the Sixth Sense Investigations series (with the first sequel being released in late 2019!) we wanted a new look for it that we could carry over through additional books in the series.

    Please check out the Artstation of the fantastic RubyDianArts who made this cover absolutely come to life. You’re the best, Dian ♥

    Empty Vessels will be available for purchase again both in ebook and print within the next few weeks! I for one am beyond excited to hold this gorgeous book in my hands and stare soulfully at the Horned Boy’s beautiful, beautiful face.

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    EMPTY VESSELS

    A queer paranormal romance by Meredith Katz

    Words: 80,000
    Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Gay, Bi, Polyamorous (m/m/m)
    Learn more | Read an excerpt

    Haunted by the ghost of the man who saved his life at the cost of his own, Keith has developed an awareness beyond what humans can normally sense—a world of spirits, monsters, and fascinating people that can only be described as Others. When he starts to have prophetic dreams about strange creatures hunting down helpless Others, he realizes that there has to be something only he can do.

    Accompanied by Lucas, his best friend despite the complex feelings around his death, and the Horned Boy, a beautiful and mysterious Other, Keith knows that he has to confront his feelings and his fears in order to find his place in this new, strange world—and to protect the things that he’s coming to love.

    ♥♥♥♥♥

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  • News and Announcements,  Previous Updates

    Farewell, LT3

    We recently got some sad news that Less Than Three Press, the publisher that Meredith has been with for over four years (and Aveline more recently) is closing their doors. We’re amazingly grateful to the LT3 staff for all their hard work and kindness, and will definitely miss what they brought to the queer romance community.

    As for us… while this is a huge hit, we’ll be working as quickly as possible to swap over to a self-publishing model for Meredith’s (fairly considerable) backlog of novels and novellas. Both of us will be doing edits and rewrites on stories that were previously in LT3 anthologies and re-releasing those as standalone novellas in the near future. We also have some brand new stories that are drafted up and will soon be ready to go, with at least a few releases possible by the end of 2019.

    We’ll need your help! Building up a way to reach readers after losing a central hub like one’s publisher is not easy. We put together a quick list of how you can support us and would be forever grateful if you took a look, followed us on social media, and signed up for our newsletter so we can send updates when new books come out and old ones are re-released.

    We really just want to make sure we can continue getting our words out there. If you’re a fellow LT3 author, feel free to reach out to us if there’s anything we can do in the way of signal boosting. Meredith also put together a list of all LT3 authors and their sites/social media information, so please share the love around.

    Thanks so much for your support! You’ll still be able to purchase LT3 books for a short time, so if there is something you’ve been eyeing, our book list is here.

  • Reviews

    Review: Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley (2000)

    “”I leaned over him and felt as if I were staring into a seething cauldron, fires licking the rim of his face. Breathless, I kissed the maelstrom.”

    Kirith Kirin, Jim Grimsley

    Rating: ★★★★½
    Genre: High Fantasy
    Categories: M/M, wizards/magicians, royalty and political intrigue, fated lovers
    Content Warnings (highlight to read): Significant age-gap between the romantic leads, in the way of “just-barely-of-age-fantasy-protagonist.”
    Description: Told from the point-of-view of Jessex, a magician reflecting back on his youth and the series of events that caused him to pursue his fate. Kirith Kirin is very much high fantasy and floral prose—the kind of fantasy novel that has FIFTY PAGES OF APPENDICES with all the names and places and rules about magic.

    The story follows Jessex, a simple farmboy, who learns that he has a secret magical lineage and a daunting fate. In this world, immortals known as Kirith Kirin and the Blue Queen regularly ‘take turns’ as rulers in order to maintain their immortality, but the Blue Queen has decided that she’s had enough of sharing and is plunging the world into chaos. Jessex makes his way to the side of Kirith Kirin, destined to be his faithful magician—and, you know. More.

    The Blue Queen, upon resuming the throne while King Kirith Kirin’s eternality is renewed in the Arthen forest, has partnered with a magician of the dark arts. No longer does she need to leave the throne to renew her eternal nature. Swayed by promises of the magician, she has claimed the throne forever and is extending her influence to the far corners of the world.

    Malleable grey clouds, sidewinding wind and intelligent lightning bolts made the trip across the vast Girdle nearly impossible. Out of nowhere, the Blue Queen’s Patrols made haste to kill the boy and the warrior before they could safely reach the deep forest of Arthen. Riding upon two magnificent stallions, one a royal Prince out of Queen Mnemarra, Jessex and his uncle Svisal reached Arthen despite the deadly storm that reeked of magic. Thus begins Jessex’s new life as he arrives in Arthen and enters into the royal court of Kirith Kirin.

  • Release

    Upcoming Release: Happiness In Numbers Anthology (February 5)

    Guess who has a new novella releasing in less than two weeks? If you guessed both of us, then a gold star for you, my friend!

    Both Meredith & Aveline are super stoked to both be featured in Happiness in Numbers, a polyamorous short story anthology focused on family, releasing February 5, 2019 (edited by Nicole Field).

    If Wishes Were Fishes (Meredith Katz) (Read Excerpt)

    Poly, M/M/M, contemporary paranormal romance. A sequel to Empty Vessels, but can be read as a standalone! Featuring an anxious psychic, his ghost boyfriend, and their deer-antlered lover, If Wishes Were Fishes is a story about family and learning when to let go of the past… and also trying to get along with your immortal boyfriend’s grown-ass kid and a son-in-law that’s trapped as a fish.

    Heart and Parcel (Aveline Reynard) (Read Excerpt)

    Poly, F/F, M/F, F/NB, high fantasy. A scatterbrained witch, a put-upon demon crow familiar, a non-binary elf bodyguard with fantastic biceps, and a strong-minded princess. Priorities: figure out this relationship shit, stop keeping so many damn secrets, and save the country from an attempted coup.

    Please consider adding to your Goodreads to-read list or pre-ordering from Less Than Three Press! Additional purchasing options will become available after the release on February 5, 2019.

  • Reviews

    Review: Darkling by Brooklyn Ray (2018)

    “I don’t know what to do. One day I’m doing a reading with Liam, the next he’s going down on me on the hood of a car and I’m sucking his soul out of his body. What the fuck, Jordan? What do I do?”

    Darkling, Brooklyn Ray

    Rating: ★★★½
    Genre: Paranormal, Romance
    Categories: M/M, Trans, Witches, Demons

    Content Warnings (highlight to read): Scenes of bloodletting and death (and resurrection) of an MC.

    Description: A paranormal romance set in a small town where most of the characters are queer, witches, or (more often) both. In this world, there are clearly-delineated “types” of magic and the witches who practice them; the main character, Ryder, learns that he’s a necromancer, and has to tackle what that means for him and his circle-mate and best friend who is also all caught up in this strange magic with him.

    Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.