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Bone Cup Cover

Guest Post: Female Characters in The Bone Cup by LJ LaBarthe

Bone Cup CoverThank you so much for having me again, Jacqui. I’m so happy to be visiting your blog again!

The last book of the second trilogy of “The Archangel Chronicles” is out, and I’m very excited to talk about it. This book is called “The Bone Cup,” and is book six in the series. (Full list of all books is here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=598) The blurb is:

Gabriel and Michael, hand in hand and leading the Brotherhood of Archangels, the Venatores, and the Archdemon Guild of Glass Knives, march into the mouth of madness to retrieve the Holy Grail with the blessings of both God and Lucifer. They cross dimensions and battle for the future of all realities: Heaven, Hell, Earth and Purgatory.

In Purgatory they are reunited with Naamah and meet her children, who are terrified of her. One of her allies is an angel, but they can’t identify the traitor. Gabriel faces his worst fear when Michael is injured and he might lose the unwavering comfort Michael embodies. If Gabriel cannot save the Holy Grail, he risks losing more than his one true love—all of creation might be destroyed along with them.
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City of Jade

Guest Post: City of Jade by L.J. LaBarthe

City of Jade

Today I’d like to welcome L.J. LaBarthe back to my blog to discuss her m/m historical novel, City of Jade, set on the Silk Road. Over to you, L.J.!

Thanks for having me guest on your blog again, Jacqui. It’s always great to be here and I’m thrilled to be able to talk about my latest release, City of Jade.

City of Jade is set in the twelfth century and is the story of Misahuen of Gyeongju in Korea and Gallienus of Constantinople. The laws of the period were extremely harsh in regards homosexuality in the Byzantine Empire and the West, and Gallienus and Misahuen, because of those laws, planned to leave Constantinople and seek their future elsewhere. The book explores their deepening relationship as they work as caravan guards for a merchant and his family, travelling along the Silk Road from Constantinople to Hangzhou in China.
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Body on the Beach

Historical Research for ‘The Body on the Beach’: Guest Post by L.J. LaBarthe

Body on the Beach

Today I’d like to welcome L.J. LaBarthe as my first guest blogger from the Under the Southern Cross anthology. Take it away, L.J.!

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One of the great things about writing a historical—at least, for me—is seeing how a place has changed over the years… or how it hasn’t. In researching for “The Body on the Beach,” I learned a lot about the buildings on Hindley Street, Adelaide, and what they were originally used for. Places that I know to be seedy, awful dives, never used to be; once upon a time, they were considered formal establishments. Other places, which I know as, for example, a McDonalds restaurants, used to be a seedy dive of a pub. It’s so interesting to see how things have changed, where a new coat of paint can liven up an exterior.

Hindley Street has always had a bad reputation for as long as I can remember. While efforts have been made in the last ten to fifteen years to clean it up a little, introducing things such as uni student housing, more restaurants and a strong police presence at night, there’s still the lingering remnants of what was considered the underbelly of Adelaide. In the 1980s, Hindley Street was home to late night cafes and falafel houses—those still exist and still make the best damn falafel rolls I’ve ever had—and there were dingy, dirty, smelly pubs with carpet that was so sodden with spilled booze and who knows what else it was like walking on a sponge. Those pubs are gone now, changed hands and cleaned up, to become pokie pubs or uni student pubs or blues lounges.
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