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New Hanukkah romance coming this December!

When I first decided to corner the gay Hanukkah romance market, I didn’t realize that there would be an actual market. I mean, how many people want to read about latkes with their steamy gay sex?

Many people!

So many that I feel bad on the years I can’t deliver a holiday romance because I’m too bogged down in other writing projects.

So this year I made it a priority to get a happy holiday romance completed in time for the season. And I’m pleased to announce that the final volume of the Holidays with the Bellskis series, Wedding Bellskis, will be coming this December from Loose Id!

Actual release dates, cover info, and blurbs will follow in the next few weeks. Until then, know that the manuscript has been submitted to my awesome editor, and we’re well on our way for a Happy Hanukkah.



Release Day for Trustworthy!

Hooray! New Book Day! Trustworthy is now available at Loose Id!

Although this is a sequel to A Policy of Lies it’s totally readable as a standalone. So get your copy today! Or don’t. Totally up to you. I’m not a big fan of command form anyway. ūüôā


Announcing Trustworthy, coming May 9 from Loose-Id!

Hey peeps! I’m thrilled¬†to announce the publication of the long-awaited sequel to A Policy of Lies. Trustworthy will be available May 9 from Loose-Id. Stay tuned for more details.

This futuristic romance is set in the same universe of A Policy of Lies. Hope you like cybernetic enhancements, melancholy, and **epic feels**. Oh, and a love that lasts forever.


Reaper’s Ride available today!

The¬†amazing weird west anthology Once Upon a Time in the Weird West, with my story “Reaper’s Ride” included, is now available through Dreamspinner in print and e-book formats! Order it today and enjoy it just in time for Hanukkah AND Christmas!


I’m talking PONIES over at Boy Meets Boy Reviews today

Hello Loverlies,

I’m talking about the amazing Pony Express, PONIES, and my upcoming story in Once Upon a Time in the Weird West over at Boy Meets Boy Reviews. PLUS I’m giving away a copy of The Devil Lancer, so join the conversation!

Reaper’s Ride is my contribution to this amazing collection of weird west fantasy stories by an incredible array of authors.

Johnny Jenkins loves most aspects of riding for the Pony Express, but the loneliness can be hard to abide. When a raid injures the station keeper at remote Jacob’s Well, Johnny is left alone to tend the incoming riders until a replacement can be found. Isolated and without even a horse to keep him company, Johnny thinks he might go mad from solitude.

That is, until he meets Sye Fairchild, a rider for a different kind of express. This one operates in the shadows, and the deliveries are of a much darker nature. Sye is dashing and kind, but he‚Äôs also under a deadline‚ÄĒhe‚Äôs got to finish his deliveries by Friday, or he breaks a very old and very serious bargain.

And as Johnny finds a kindred soul in Sye, he realizes that soul needs saving‚ÄĒeven if it means ruining his own.

The book is out December 16 (THIS FRIDAY) so order your copy today!


Reaper’s Ride coming December 16!

I have a new speculative fiction short story being released December 16 through Dreamspinner Press. It’s part of an amazing anthology of wild west-themed magical stories, Once Upon a Time in the Weird West.

This isn’t the same old Wild West. The usual suspects are all present: cowboys, outlaws, and sheriffs. There’s plenty of dust, tumbleweeds, horses, and cattle on the range, but there are also magical gems, automatons, elementals, airships… even dinosaurs and genetically modified insects. Roaming among the buffalo and coyotes, you’ll encounter skinwalkers, mad engineers, mythical beings cloaked in darkness, and lovers who stay true to their oaths… even beyond the grave. On this frontier are those at the mercy of their own elaborate devices as well as men whose control of time and space provides a present-day vision of the West. There might even be a dragon hidden amongst the ghost towns and wagon trains.

If you like your Westerns with a splash of magic, a touch of steampunk, and plenty of passionate romance between men, these genre-bending tales will exceed expectations.

Hold on to your hats, cowboys and cowgirls. The West is about to get weird, and you’re in for a hell of a ride.

Reaper’s Ride by Astrid Amara

Johnny Jenkins  loves  most aspects of riding  for the Pony Express, but  the  loneliness  can  be  hard  to  abide.  When  a  raid  injures  the  station keeper  at  remote  Jacob’s  Well,  Johnny  is  left  alone  to  tend  the  incoming riders until a replacement can be found. Isolated and without even a horse to keep him company, Johnny thinks he might go mad from solitude.

That is, until he meets Sye Fairchild, a rider for a different kind of express. ¬†This ¬†one ¬†operates ¬†in ¬†the ¬†shadows, ¬†and ¬†the ¬†deliveries ¬†are ¬†of ¬†a much ¬†darker ¬†nature. ¬†Sye ¬†is ¬†dashing ¬†and ¬†kind, ¬†but ¬†he‚Äôs ¬†also ¬†under ¬†a deadline‚ÄĒhe‚Äôs ¬†got ¬†to ¬†finish ¬†his ¬†deliveries ¬†by ¬†Friday, ¬†or ¬†he ¬†breaks ¬†a ¬†very old and very serious bargain.

And ¬†as ¬†Johnny ¬†finds ¬†a ¬†kindred ¬†soul ¬†in ¬†Sye, ¬†he ¬†realizes ¬†that ¬†soul needs saving‚ÄĒeven if it means ruining his own.

Pre-order today! 



Working working working! I’ve been busy this season on a new sci-fi romance, the sequel to Policy of Lies. Since I don’t contract my books until they’re¬†written¬†(deadlines were giving me stress-explosions), I don’t have a release date. But know that something is planned for early next year.

AND I have a short story coming out this winter in a collection being published by Dreamspinner. I can’t share all the great details yet, but stay tuned! There will be a cover reveal in November and information about pre-ordering. I’m so excited I can hardly wait!

Until then, may a recommend a fantasy series? I just finished Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy and I’m a complete fangirl now. I’ve never read a book that makes truly evil bad characters genuinely likable. You actually root for them. While they complete horrific crimes. And if you’re an audiobook lover like me, I highly recommend the audiobook versions narrated by Steven Pacey.

Happy autumn, and I’ll be shortly announcing details on my upcoming December title!




My Geek Girl Con schedule

Geek Girl Con

It’s finally here! My favorite con, Geek Girl Con, is happening this weekend in Seattle, Washington, and if you’re coming, come visit me!

On Saturday I’m really excited to be part of Gay Romance Northwest/Old Growth Northwest’s panel Out of this World! Exploring the Awesomeness of LGBTQIA Sci-Fi & Fantasy at 5:30 in the Korra room. I’ll be joined by amazing authors Evan J. Peterson, Laylah Hunter, Matthew Buscemi, Nisi Shawl, and Tracy Timmons-Gray.

Then on Sunday the 9th I’ll be signing books 12:00pm – 12:45pm. I’m not sure where they are doing book signings this year, but ask around – all the signings will be happening in the same area.

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you there, fellow nerds!



Geek Girl Con 2016! You Coming?

Geek Girl Con

Not only do I get to go to my second favorite con this year, Geek Girl Con, (the first being Yaoicon of course), but I even get to participate! Join me and fellow Pacific Northwest authors on the “Out of This World!” panel Saturday afternoon. More info about this amazing convention is here:¬†

Hope to see you there!

See you at GRNW Sept 24th!


This year’s Gay Romance Northwest meetup will be Saturday, September 24, and I hope to see you there!

In addition to participating in the day long event, I’ll also be selling books at the Bookfest from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. This is my favorite event of the year, because I get to meet all of you readers, shoot the shit, and warn you about the dead horses in my upcoming novels.*

For more information, visit the GRNW website at¬† Can’t wait to meet you!

*Note: Horses in next novel are not dead. Yet.