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September 30, 2016

By the end of 2016, I will have released five books: one sequel to an existing series, and four new works.

(Have you pre-ordered Murmuration yet? One more month!)

In 2017, it'll be the opposite: one new work, and four sequels.

Here is what 2017 looks like:

February: Until You (Tell Me It's Real 3)
April: Olive Juice
June: A Destiny of Dragons (Lightning 2)
August: The Long and Winding Road (BOATK4)
Oct/Nov: The Consumption of Magic (Lightning 3)

I'm going to make 2017 my bitch. =D

Tj
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Published on September 30, 2016 06:28 • 631 views

September 20, 2016

Originally posted at: http://lovebytesreviews.com/2016/09/2...


At the beginning, there is this:

A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. These flocks may include other species of starlings and sometimes species from other families. This sociality is particularly evident in their roosting behavior; in the non-breeding season some roosts can number in the thousands of birds.

On October 28th, 2016, I will give you a story of which I have two strong opinions about.

First, this is the most romantic thing I’ve ever written.

Second, this being the fifth and final book I am releasing this year, I’m truly of the mind that I’ve saved the best for last.

My hope is that once you’ve read this story, those opinions will become yours as well.

I have kept much of this book a secret. There are specific reasons for that, which you will soon see. I know this day and age we all want to know everything we can as soon as we can, and I usually am pretty lenient with giving out teasers of what’s to come. However, here, I am going to keep as much of this a mystery as possible. Trust me when I say you will want to go into this spoiler-free.

But know this: the basis of this book—it’s foundation—came from a simple question I asked myself: how far would a person choose to go for the one they loved?

(Yes, there will be Wookiee Cry Face.)

I can’t wait to show you what tricks I have up my sleeve.

Pre-Order: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/boo...

Blurb:

In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.


COVER BY REESE DANTE


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Published on September 20, 2016 05:00 • 324 views

September 2, 2016

So, these past few weeks have been pretty amazing. Lightning potentially becoming a stage play, releasing my fourth book this year last week, standing at Stonehenge yesterday.

Nothing could top all that, right?

Wrong.

Dreamspinner and I have been approached by a production company wanting to acquire the rights to make my novel, How to Be a Normal Person, into a film.

A goddamn MOVIE.

Obviously, this is very VERY preliminary, but holy hell. This could potentially be the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. Gus and Casey on the big screen? Sign me the fuck up. Once I know more, I will be sure to let you all know, but this could mean huge things for me, the readers, and other authors in the MM genre.

Man, did I quit my job exactly at the right moment.

Tj
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Published on September 02, 2016 04:12 • 808 views

August 23, 2016

Crisped + Sere comes out today, and I am happy this two book arc is finally over.

A few reasons why.

First, cliffhangers suck. I know that. I took that into very serious consideration when making the decision to split this away from the previous book, Withered + Sere, making two novels, rather than one long one. So I am pleased that cliffhanger will be resolved.

Second, these books took a lot out of me to write. They are darker than I normally go, and show just how desperate humanity can become when backed into a corner. There is light, and hope, but it is a bleak world. The ending is a happy one, because I believe that people will stand up for what’s right, regardless of what they’ve done in the past.

Third, I am proud of this resolution, the way Crisped + Sere tells its story. Withered + Sere was a psychological novel, about the fractures of the mind. It was cerebral. Crisped + Sere is a novel of war and family, of protecting those you love, no matter what it takes.

That being said, the first thing a reader needs to do is protect themselves, which is why I am going to give this warning: Crisped + Sere is not a horror novel. It’s not scary in the traditional sense. That being said, it is violent. I understand that this is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay. I would rather you not be triggered than force yourself to read something you might not like.

But.

If you are adventurous, and want to see just how far Cavalo will go to protect Lucas, a man he can’t help but be drawn to, then I have a story to tell you. Remember, there is light in the dark. You just have to reach for it.

And hey, Withered + Sere just won the FAPA Gold medal for Science Fiction! I’m very happy that it was recognized as such. Thanks, FAPA!

Withered + Sere is available at:

Dreamspinner Press Publications
https://www.dsppublications.com/books...

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Withered-Sere-...

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/withe...

Crisped + Sere is now available at:

Dreamspinner Press Publications
https://www.dsppublications.com/books...

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Crisped-Sere-I...

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crisp...
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Published on August 23, 2016 05:45 • 345 views

August 9, 2016

You know what's cool?

Publishing a book like The Lightning-Struck Heart.

You know what's even cooler?

Having people love it almost as much as I do.

You know what's the coolest thing of all?

Having a theater company in Spain contact your publisher because they want to adapt Lightning into a stage play.

I. Am. DYING.

I hope to have more news soon! Who wants to go to Spain with me?!?!?!

(Gary. IN SPANISH.)

(Cheesy Dicks and Candlesticks. IN SPANISH.)
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Published on August 09, 2016 12:02 • 747 views

August 1, 2016

The audiobook for the Queen & the Homo Jock King, narrated by the fabulous Michael Lesley (he of Tell Met It's Real and The Lightning-Struck Heart) has been released as of today! I hope you're ready to hear the Sandy and Darren brought to life. Michael will again show you why he is one of the absolute best narrators in MM today (yes, I am biased because of my adoration for him. I mean, come on! He's Gary, for fuck's sake).

I hope you enjoy it!

Tj

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The...
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Published on August 01, 2016 10:50 • 154 views

July 23, 2016

(FYI--at the end of this post, there is a NSFW illustration from my upcoming book, Crisped + Sere. Don't read this while you are in church because Jesus will not like it.)

Wolfsong came out a little over a month ago.

Honestly? I didn’t really know what to expect with it. I have the wonderfully strange knowledge of knowing that my books sell well, and that most of the time, people are willing to follow me as I try something different. It’s uncomfortable for me, sometimes, to think about that, because I’m still not quite sure how it happened. When BOATK came out and exploded, I was in shock, but figured it to be a fluke. And that’s what I told myself with each subsequent book that would go onto to sell a lot. Oh, sure, there are plenty of people out there who don’t believe I deserve any success, and can’t believe that I continue to get it, and that’s okay. People are allowed to form whatever opinion they want of me. I’m not here to try and change anyone’s mind, because that’s not my job. Read my books or don’t. It’s your hard earned cash, right?

So, no, I didn’t know what to expect with Wolfsong.

I mean, werewolves.

Werewolves.

Dudes. What the hell.

For some reason I don’t quite understand, you have made it one of my biggest sellers, and it’s only been out for a month. I might have severely underestimated the strength of paranormal romance (because if you really think about it, I’ve only dabbled in it one time in the form of Into This River I Drown—and that was more…philosophical (??) than paranormal).

Thank you for buying and reading Wolfsong. Thanks for continuing to support my books as you do. It really has lifted a weight off my shoulders about this whole full-time writing gig I’ve got going on now.

So, want to know some secrets about Wolfsong?

Spoilers ahead. Legit, if you haven’t read Wolfsong and plan to, do not read any further as I will be discussing events that happen throughout the story.

Three years. One month. Twenty-six days.

Probably the hardest part of the book, right?

In the original draft, it was even harder because it was four years, one month, twenty-six days. Yes, I was an even bigger bastard initially, in that there was an entire other chapter after the third year where it showed the struggle of the Bennett pack, where they were essentially losing hope that the others would ever return. Ox was getting pressure from back East to accept his role as an Alpha on a larger stage, and it just went on and on and on and—

It was too much. By that point, I thought maybe I was hurting Ox just for the sake of creating drama, and that’s not something I ever want to write. I don’t want manufactured angst just to have it. That’s ridiculous.

So I cut the entire chapter.

It read better. The agony of the separation was just this side of being lump-in-the-throat and bittersweet. There was no need to ruin it.

Mark and Ox were supposed to sleep together.

Yes. You read that right.

My original plan was for Ox and Mark to have sex during the last year of the division between packs. It was going to happen because both Mark and Ox were sad and lonely and needing something to cling to, and in bit of furious weakness, they fucked once, and that’s all it would have been.

Then Joe and Gordo (and the others) would have come back, and it would have eventually come out and drama drama drama.

Blah.

See above where I talked about manufactured angst.

That was a small part of why I nixed the idea before it even went to page.

But the bigger part of it was the badwrong idea of it. It just seems like a terrible idea, right? They are close—pack, after all—but by the time I got to the point where I was going to consider it, they were practically related, and it just seemed like it was going to be a terrible thing to do.

But I needed some source of conflict for Joe (aside from Ox’s anger), something to show that Ox built a pack that he wasn’t a part of.

Robbie was born.

Yes, Robbie came into being because I chickened out at having Mark and Ox bone. And he turned out to be one of my very favorite characters (FYI—I also have an extreme soft spot for Carter and Kelly too).

Mates.

That wasn’t supposed to be a thing in Wolfsong. At all. I didn’t want that. I was already writing about werewolves, for fuck’s sake, and I wanted to avoid the whole destined forever bullshit. I failed, at least a little bit. Mates are a thing in Wolfsong, but they’re not destiny or the like, because I like the idea of choice. You can call them mates, sure, but I like to think they chose each other because they wanted to.

Death.

Ox’s mother was always going to die.

Thomas was always going to die.

Sorry.

Anger.

You know what I hate? When I’m reading a book, and a character does something stupid, and then is immediately forgiven, confetti, hurray, happy ending!

I hate that.

Where is the groveling? Where is the shouting? Dudes and lady dudes, we are emotionally complex human beings, and for the most part, we do not forgive and forget, and a plague on your house if you make your characters a doormat who just accepts bullshit. Was Joe right? I don’t know. Was Ox right? I have no idea. But mistakes were made and they were not going to be swept under the rug. Yes, it was hard to read, but both of them had a right to be as angry as they were, even if they were both partly to blame. Joe is headstrong. Ox is obstinate. And they are both human (ish), and I needed them to have human reactions.

Sequels.

Yes. There will be. Don’t ask me when. I promise I will get to them when I can, but these books (as most of mine are, natch) are long and involved, and I don’t want to force it when I’m not ready to write it.

But.

Ravensong will be about Mark and Gordo.

Heartsong will be about Kelly and Robbie. (Also, did anyone else catch that Kelly is asexual? That’s going to be awesome.)

???song will be about Carter and ???. But ??? will be male. Carter’s going to be in for a rude awakening, I think. (I’m not being a jerk here, honest. I have no idea who ??? is yet.)

What’s next?

I’m glad you asked.



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One month from today, the second book in the Immemorial Year series that began with Withered + Sere. W+S was the beginning, and C+S is the end. I can promise you a few things: there will be violence, there will be war, and as you can see from one of six of Blake Dorner’s new illustrations below, Cavalo and Lucas will finally get down and dirty.




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Epic, right? Blake has really outdone himself in Crisped + Sere.

(Yes, there is a happy ending.)

And as always, thank you again for supporting my work as you have. I can’t wait for you to see what’s next!

Withered + Sere is out now!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Withered-Sere-...

DSP: https://www.dsppublications.com/books...

Crisped + Sere Pre-Order!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crisped-Sere-I...

DSP: https://www.dsppublications.com/books...
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Published on July 23, 2016 06:16 • 484 views

July 2, 2016

Hi!

Few things:

Thanks for all the love for Wolfsong. I am truly blown away by the response the book has received.

(I will admit to cackling gleefully watching people's reading progress with the book

7%--Kind of sad! Not too bad.

18%--This is really fluffy!

25%--THIS IS FUNNY.

32% YAAAY EVERYTHING IS SUNSHINE AND HAPPY

40%-80% MY EYES ARE FILLED WITH SADNESS AND MY HEART FEELS LIKE IT IS GETTING PUNCHED BY PORCUPINES.)

You guys are awesome.

But! That book is so two weeks ago.

I have another story to tell you.

Cover is by Kyle Thompson.

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My first shirtless torso book cover!

(heh.)

(notice the tattoos? Paul Richmond did those. Subtle, subtle, subtle.)

Crisped + Sere is the sequel/part II/ending to the story that began in Withered + Sere. C+S is a novel of war, and completes the arc of Cavalo, Lucas, Bad Dog and Sirs. There is violence and sex and six illustrations done by Blake Dorner that exceed everything he did in Withered + Sere (seriously, out of all the illustrations he did, my top three are in C+S). It will be released August 23rd.

Blurb:

Twenty-one days.

In a world ravaged by fire and descending into madness, Cavalo has been given an ultimatum by the dark man known as Patrick: return Lucas to him and the cannibalistic Dead Rabbits, or the town of Cottonwood and its inhabitants will be destroyed.

But Lucas has a secret embedded into his skin that promises to forever alter the shape of things to come—a secret that Cavalo must decide if it’s worth dying over, even as he wrestles with his own growing attraction to the muted psychopath.

Twenty-one days.

Cavalo has twenty-one days to prepare for war. Twenty-one days to hold what is left of his shredded sanity together. Twenty-one days to convince the people of Cottonwood to rise up and fight back. Twenty-one days to unravel the meaning behind the marks that cover Lucas.

A meaning that leads to a single word and a place of unimaginable power: Dworshak.


Pre-Orders now available!

Dreamspinner: https://www.dsppublications.com/books...

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crisped-Sere-I...

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crisp...

Add on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Last thing!

I am on Rainbow Gold Reviews today, discussing Withered + Sere and Crisped + Sere in an interview. You can also comment for a chance to win a copy of W+S or an audiobook of How to Be a Normal Person.

https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress....

Good luck!

Tj
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Published on July 02, 2016 07:20 • 281 views

June 20, 2016

Hi!

Dudes.

Werewolves + Angst + Klune = Wolfsong.

If you dig that equation, then have I got a story for you!

Wolfsong is now out.

The buy links are below.

ALSO!

Gay Book Reviews has an excerpt, an interview about the book, and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the bookseller of your choice!

http://gaybook.reviews/2016/06/20/t-j...

Enjoy!

Tj

Buy links:

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/boo...

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wolfsong-TJ-Kl...

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolfs...

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/prod...
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Published on June 20, 2016 05:19 • 155 views

June 10, 2016

Remember this?

"This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard," the Kid says, scowling at me and interrupting my epic story. He sits up in his bed, the covers falling down at his sides. "Bears don't have wings!'

"Fat with my love for you?" Otter says incredulously from his spot next to me on the Kid's bed. "You made me pregnant and said I was fat with my love for you?"

"What the hell are you guys talking about?" I ask, feeling insulted. "That was getting really good!"

"If by good you mean not good, then, yes, it was getting very good," the Kid retorts.

"You made me a pregnant shifting otter!" Otter yelps

"Whatever," I say as I roll my eyes. "Mrs. Paquinn told me that shifter stories are more popular than any other subgenre and that I should try to cash in on them."


Yeah. That was pretty much how I felt about shifter books. That opening chapter of Who We Are was as close as I ever wanted to get to writing about were-otters and were-bears. Werewolves? I scoffed to myself. Not this author, no sir!

The three most popular email topics I get from readers:

1) When is (fill in the blank sequel) going to be written?

2) Thank you for writing (fill in the blank).

and

3) Tj, I really like your comedies, but when are you going to write something angsty again?

Fun fact!

I am known for my comedies. For the last year, it's pretty much all I've released. There's been some minor angst, but nothing that couldn't be chuckled away with a well placed zinger or two. The exception being, of course, Withered + Sere, which is a mind fuck of a book, but even that wasn't about angst as much as it was the low-down-dirty-grit-under-the-fingernails of a post apocalyptic world.

I am good at funny.

But, if readers are to be believed, I'm good at angst, too.

For the longest time, though, I didn't want to write anything angsty. Too much shit had gone on in my life--none of which needs to be rehashed here--that I only wanted to write happy sunshine crack.

And I did. Lightning, Normal Person, Queen. Withered + Sere and its sequel, Crisped + Sere, were 3/4th of the way finished when shit went cray-cray, so I pushed through the rest of that before going back to the feel goods.

But a funny thing happened. With those stories, I was able to build myself back up again to the point where I thought I could once again consider writing something a little more...soul crushing.

The idea was this: two boys meet when they are young. They become best friends, they grow up together, but everything seems to keep them apart: families, friends, their own stupidity, life, bad decisions, blah blah blah.

So, essentially Ty and Dom from The Art of Breathing.

I had to stop, then, because I had already told that story.

I took a step back and thought, what could I do that's different? Something I've never done before?

I really wanted to tell a story that covered a long span of time, like a decade. And I really liked the idea of childhood friends.

I said fuck it and started writing, conscious of the fact that Ty and Dom exist and not wanting to rehash the same story.

And then something weird happened.

One minute, I was happily typing along (thinking, hahaha, people are going to cry their faces off when they read this HAHAHAHA) and then I accidentally wrote a bad pun involving werewolves that really had no context and--

Tj's Brain: Okay, but what if we--

Tj: Absolutely not.

Tj's Brain: But just think about--

Tj: No. No. That's stupid. I absolutely will not.

Tj's Brain: I just won't let you forget it, then. Or that Katy Perry song you tell everyone you hate but secretly like.

Tj: Fuck you so hard.

Tj's Brain: Werewolves. And baby, you're a fiiiiiiiirework! Come on, let your colors burst--

Tj: WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. I told myself I would never do shifters!

Tj's Brain: --as you shoot across the skyyyy--wait what? Why not?

Tj: Because that's stupid. I want to write serious literature.

Tj's Brain: Wow, you sound like an asshole. Also, Gary the gay hornless unicorn exists, so any chances of you writing serious literature is pretty much gone.

Tj: Huh. Well played.

So I went back, read through the 20K or so words I'd written and saw it wouldn't be too hard to switch it up.

Then I went and researched wolves and wolf packs for a week. I told myself if I was going to do this, if I was actually going to write a shifter book, then it was going to be the best goddamn shifter book I could write.

Also, I am an asshole. Because you know what?

I wrote a book about werewolves, and I had a goddamn blast.

Yes, I am going to shred your poor little hearts with this. Ox and Joe are two of the most heartbreaking characters I've ever had the pleasure to write. They will get their happy ending, but my god, are you going to work for it. A comparison? Not as angsty as Into This River I Drown (I doubt anything I write will ever be). Maybe a little more than the BOATK series, specifically The Art of Breathing.

And while werewolves are, you know, werewolves, I went about this as seriously as I could. Because it's not just a story about werewolves. In fact, that's not even the major part. The biggest thing in this story is the idea of self worth. What happens to a person who has been told their whole life that they'll never amount to anything? How does that shape them? And, if they are already beaten down, how would they act when a great secret is bestowed upon them?

And most of all, I wanted to tell an epic love story. Because, dudes and lady dudes, I love love. I do. I really fucking do. And I wanted to show that in this story. I wanted these two boys, Ox and Joe, to grow with each other so that when familial love turns to something more, it just explodes. That it would turn into something truly magical, that anyone could see that Ox and Joe were just meant to be. With werewolf romances, there is usually the idea of mates and the like, and I do touch upon that within Wolfsong, but I wanted it to be more than that. By the time the reader finished, I wanted them to see what I did, that there is no one else for Ox other than Joe. And that Joe would always need his Ox.

Whether or not I succeeded is up to you, of course. But I can't wait for you to read this. Because I might have started with a half-baked story about two boys growing up together that suddenly involved werewolves, but it turned into so much more than that. It's about family, and sacrifice, and what a boy named Ox could become if only he found the strength to believe in himself. It's about brothers and sisters, healing the parts that are broken, and the long reaching sins of a father. It's about standing tall, even if you're bruised and bleeding and the odds seem insurmountable.

It just also happens to have werewolves.

I can't wait for you to read it!

Pre-Order:

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/boo...

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wolfsong-TJ-Kl...

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolfs...

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/prod...
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