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*Myths, Moons, and Mayhem* Dale Cameron Lowry Blog Tour

Today we celebrate the release of Myths, Moon, and Mayhem edited and contributed to by Dale Cameron Lowry. *Whoot, clapping*. Dale joins us to share a little about themselves, the writing life, and the undefinable curelom. Be sure to check out the special offer on deck for today only!

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Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies.

Dale spent the summer editing Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, a paranormal gay menage and erotic romance anthology with stories from nine talented authors, including Clare London, Rob Rosen, and Morgan Elektra.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Myths, Moons & Mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

The book comes out today in print and ebook, and to celebrate, Dale is offering a special gift when you order Myths, Moons, and Mayhem by the end of TODAY, Friday, Oct. 13. Read on to find out more. 

 Why ménage a trois?

I love exploring the dynamics of three-person relationships. As a writer, having three people in a romantic or erotic relationship means I get to explore more characters at a deep level. I get to learn about their personalities and how their moods, desires, and quirks affect their partners. Like couples, every triad is different, with each person in the relationship bringing different strengths (and sometimes weaknesses) to the table. Sometimes this makes things more complicated; other times, having three people keeps things more balanced. For example, in Morgan Elektra’s story for Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, “The Endless Knot,” the fiery romance between a vampire and a werewolf threatens to burn itself to the ground because they’re both stubborn and controlling. But the introduction of a third person—a mere human—helps them see each other in a new light. As a couple, they never worked, but when they become part of a triad, everything clicks into place.

 What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

It’s hard to choose between my sitting-standing desk and my Kinesis Advantage ergonomic keyboard. Both have been invaluable in helping me continue to write in spite of physical limitations.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I am obsessive about research. Stories need detail to feel real, and one of the best ways to get that detail is research. I stick to this approach even when writing fantasy. For example, when writing my paranormal story “The Cave” in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, I traveled ten thousand miles to Madagascar just to get a sense of the scenery.

Okay, I exaggerate. I went to Madagascar for other reasons. But I took notes and snapped pictures the whole time I was there, because I knew I’d want to remember everything.

When it came time to write “The Cave,” I was no longer in Madagascar, so I had to rely on my notes, several non-fiction books, and the internet to get the details right. I emailed friends from Madagascar about how to talk to your sweetheart in Malagasy, the main language spoken there, and went on internet chat rooms to make sure the bits of French scattered throughout the story were believable. (Madagascar was formerly colonized by France, so French is still spoken in many areas of the island.)

My photographs also came in handy for remembering what the towns and forests looked like, as well as little details like the color of a lemur’s eyes.

My research process isn’t the same for every story, but it follows this general model. If there’s something I want to write about and I’m not already familiar with the subject, I throw myself into it head first. After swimming in it for a while—hours, days, weeks, or sometimes years—I start to write. As I write, new questions arise and I research those as well.

Research is one of the funnest parts of writing.

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?

Chill. The. Fuck. Out.

As you can guess from my above answer re: research, I still need to hear that advice sometimes.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Not secrets, exactly. More like Easter eggs—things that you don’t have to notice to enjoy the story, but that will add extra layers of meaning if you catch them.

I’ll use “The Cave” from Myths, Moons, and Mayhems as an example again. In that story, you don’t need to know the meaning of the Malagasy name Mendrika to enjoy the character. But if you know it (or look it up online), you’ll see how it relates to the story.

There’s another Malagasy character who appears briefly in “The Cave.” She’s a scientist named Hanta who studies lemur fossils. If you’re familiar with lemur research in Madagascar, you might guess at my inspiration for the name.

As a writer, what would you choose as your spirit animal?

A curelom.

A what?

Exactly.

A curelom is an animal with an unknown identity mentioned in the Book of Mormon, scriptures that were first published in the 1830s and are considered sacred in several offshoots of Christianity, including the Church of Jesus  Christ of Latter-day Saints. But my reasons for choosing a curelom have nothing to do with religion. I like it because nobody knows what it is. It could be a rhinoceros, it could be a capybara, or it could be a three-headed dragon. Maybe it’s a firefly.

Well, sometimes I’m not sure what I am either. I am a warm-hearted person who loves cuddling with my cats, or am I the person whose path you shouldn’t cross before I get my morning coffee? Am I a prolific writer, or someone who stares blankly at the screen and barely manages a hundred words before lunchtime? Am I a good listener, or do I talk over people? Do I write sci-fi and fantasy, or do I write romance?

Sometimes I think I know the answers to those questions. But just as often, my answer is, “I have no idea what I am. Guess that makes me a curelom.”

Do you believe in writer’s block?

No. I have good writing days and not-so-good writing days, but barring illness, injury, or emotional upheaval, I can always write. I learned how to do that as a newspaper journalist churning out up to three articles a day, and I’ve been able to apply that to my writing. Even in the bleak, foggy weeks after the president-who-shall-not-be-named was (sort of) elected, I managed to write a few hundred words on most days. It was a bit like pulling out one’s beard a whisker at a time, but eventually I made progress.

Natalie Goldberg has a book called Writing Down the Bones that I recommend for people who struggle with writer’s block or get held back by self-doubt once they start to write. It’s excellent for helping writers learn to put one word after the other and keep going.

What’s the gift for people who order Myths, Moons, and Mayhem today?

If you order Myths, Moons, and Mayhem by the end of today, Friday, Oct. 13,  I’ll send you seven of my paranormal and speculative stories collected into an ebook I’m calling Chance & Possibility: Seven Fantastical Tales of Gay Desire.

Chance & Possibility is an eclectic selection of ny stories previously published in multi-author anthologies and my mixed-genre collection Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love. They range from sweet fairy tale romances to scorching hot tentacle erotica. In its pages, you’ll find fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal stories, and you’ll meet:

  • an unemployed journalist whose sentient iPhone hooks him into rescuing stray cats—and leads him to love
  • a college student who falls in love under the full moon of the Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot, but finds that his new boyfriend shies from his touch when the moon wanes
  • a professional horticulturalist who develops a more-than-scientific interest in a strange new plant he’s been assigned to care for

Chance & Possibility: Seven Fantastical Tales of Gay Desire isn’t available to buy anywhere. The only way to get it now is by ordering Myths, Moons, and Mayhem at your preferred store, then forwarding the receipt to mmm-giveaway@dalecameronlowry.com. I’ll send your choice of a mobi (for Kindle) or epub (for all other e-readers) this weekend.

It’s my way of saying thanks for supporting the authors behing Myths, Moons, and Mayhem and giving our stories a try.

Here are the links for ordering it online from Amazon, Kobo, and other popular retailers:

You can also read more about it on my website at dalecameronlowry.com/books/myths-moons-mayhem/.

Myths, Moons & Mayhem

Paranormal Gay Menage and Erotic Romance…..(I’m hooked already!)

(Isn’t the cover beautiful?) – Please read on for in-depth information on the contributing authors and short stories! ❤

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Available in print and ebook October 13; pre-order now!

 Title: Myths, Moons & Mayhem

Editor: Dale Cameron Lowry

Authors: Rebecca Buchanan, Elizabeth Coldwell, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Morgan Elektra, Greg Kosebjorn, Clare London, Dale Cameron Lowry, Carl Redlum, Rob Rosen

Publisher: Sexy Little Pages

Genres: anthology, paranormal, menage, LGBT, MMM romance, MMM erotica

Date of Publication: Oct. 13 (preorders begin Oct. 3)

Length: 215 pages

ISBN: 9781386972891 (ebook); Print book will also be available

ASIN: B07654NZQ2

Universal ebook Link: https://books2read.com/mythsmoons

Amazon universal link (paperback): getBook.at/mmm

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/36368999-myths-moons-and-mayhem

More information: https://dalecameronlowry.com/books/myths-moons-mayhem/

Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons & Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

Inside Man by Clare London—At a London pub, a tear in the veil between the dead and living opens up new possibilities for a ghost who could only ever watch the men he desired, but never touch.

The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry—Losing sleep to the sounds of his tent-neighbors’ nightly lovemaking has nature photographer Ethan at his wit’s end. What kind of magic can convince the two men he should join them?

The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra—The fiery romance between a vampire and a werewolf threatens to burn itself to the ground until a human teaches them to temper the flame.

Squatchin’ by Greg Kosebjorn—Two Bigfoot hunters get more than they bargained for when they set out on an overnight camping trip to trail the legendary beast.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.

Close Encounter of the Three-way Kind by Rob Rosen—In this quirky comedy, aliens arrive from another galaxy, but they’re more interested in consensual exploration than invasion. Alien probing never felt so good!

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About the Editor

Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies. Find out more at dalecameronlowry.com.

 

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