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Seriously, this one was just an honor to be nominated. I was up against some very good writers and some very fine books for this year’s NLA-I Writing Awards. I was concerned that perhaps the way The Prince’s Boy skirts non-consensuality and dubious consent might be a problem for some judges. But they saw fit to give it honorable mention. (And congrats to Jeff for winning!)

Laura Antoniou won a short story award, Mollena for essay, and tireless anthologist Rachel Kramer Bussel bagged both the win and the honorable mention in the anthology category. Gayle Rubin won the non-fiction book award.

Circlet Press is running a congratulations special for 50% off the ebooks of The Prince’s Boy to celebrate, both volumes 1 & 2 (catalog: http://www.circlet.com/?page_id=3), and of course the whole serial is still free to read on circlet.com.

In other news, the Kickstarter for Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is only about $550 from the goal with 10 days left! I’ll post more about that separately, but full deets here: http://kck.st/IlE7Bi

Here’s the full NLA-I press release:

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Rainbow awards honorable mentionSqueeeeee! The Prince’s Boy (vol 1) has won Honorable Mention in the Rainbow Awards in “Best Gay Fantasy”! These are the annual awards arranged by Rainbow Reviews, Elisa Rolle’s fabulous review blog. Full results on all the winners and the comments from the judges are on LJ at: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1462385.html

(That is, if the DDoS attack will let you get at LJ. I was able to read the post just fine, but not comment.)

Check out what the review posted with it says: “This story needs to come with a warning. *Do not read if you have any sort of cardiac issues* LOL. No, really. Brilliant from start to finish, but whew! What a marathon! You’d better train up for this one, or be prepared to read it in small bite sized pieces (if you can put it down, and yes, it is that good). There is graphic torture, rape, slavery, every form of questionable behavior one could think of. And with all that? A story not to be missed. By turns gritty and lyrical. It is the chiming of tiny crystal hand bells and the inescapable, thundering peal of the bells of Notre Dame. A powerhouse, a tour de force. –Cherie”

Yes, oh yes. I’m so glad readers feel that way since, well, that was the goal. (*Grin.*)

If anyone’s interested in purchasing a signed copy of the paperback for the holidays, or an ebook edition for anytime, links are below the cut. But mostly I just wanted to squee!

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The Prince’s Boy: Volume Two
by Cecilia Tan
$19. 95 paperback 978-1-61390-010-9
or $9.99 ebook 978-1-61390-014-7
(For $9.99 get any single ebook format. For 99 cents more, download a zip file with all available formats!)

In this conclusion to the gay fantasy saga begun in THE PRINCE’S BOY: Volume One, in Volume Two thwarted lovers Jorin and Kenet must reunite in order to defeat their common enemy, the scheming mage Seroi. Seroi has twisted Kenet’s father’s mind and is set on ruling the country for himself… as well as making Kenet into his magically bonded sex slave. But the bonds of love, not only between Kenet and Jorin, but between other characters as well, may be stronger than the magical chains Seroi would use to enslave them all.

Warning: graphic sex in copious amounts, graphic BDSM, homosexuality.

The ebook edition includes “Sergetten’s Tale,” a bonus short story that did not appear online in the original serialization.

Excerpt! Volume Two begins here…

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So, now that The Prince’s Boy is really and truly done with, all chapters and the epilogue are posted… of course I’m starting to think about a sequel.

I have bunches of ideas that have been nipping at my heels…

In the epilogue of course I set up one direction the sequel could go, with Kenet and Jorin (and who knows who else…) making the trip to Pellon to meet the Frangi delegation. I would love to set some chapters in Frangit itself, too, the land of mystery.

But tell me, dear readers, what would you love to see? What questions did I raise in TPB that you want answered? Who do you want to see more of? What stones did I leave unturned?

Comment in any of my journals or drop me an email at ctan.writer (at) gmail (dot) com.

    The other Prince’s Boy wrapup posts…

  • Leave a review, get a special copy of Sergetten’s Tale via email
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    And here it is, the final official post of The Prince’s Boy by Cecilia Tan! Thank you, thank you, readers, for following the adventures of the boys for nearly two whole years! Kenet had the first word in the story, and so he shall have the last…

    Epilogue: Kenet
    I was in a small room deep in the castle archives, reading, when Velred crept timorously up to the door.

    I saved him the trouble of having to disturb me by yawning and turning toward him. “Oh, hello, Velred. Is it time for banquet already?” It was not unusual for me to lose myself in the diaries and arcana for hours at a time, as I searched for knowledge about my power.

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    So, volume 2 of the ebook/paperback (and also the complete hardcover) include a special bonus story called Sergetten’s Tale. I know some readers aren’t flush with cash and can’t pay for it right now, but really want to read the story. So here’s a way you can, and help out The Prince’s Boy at the same time.

    Do any of the following things and then email me about them with a link:
    1)Post a nice review at Amazon.com
    2) Post a nice review at Goodreads
    3) Post a fic rec in your own blog or fanfic journal, linking people to chapter one.

    Email me at ctan.circletpress@gmail.com with a link to your post or letting me know where to find it, and I’ll email you back a copy of Sergetten’s Tale in thanks.

    In fact, I’ll email it right away! You’ll get to read it first, before anyone else! :-)

    (I’ll re-post this during the week so that folks who went away from the Internet for the Memorial Day weekend can have a chance, too…)

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    96: Jorin

    When Seroi pulled free of me at last, I had no fight left in me. That had been his purpose, of course, to break down my resistance. But I never begged for mercy. I never gave him that satisfaction. I never truly broke.

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    95: Kenet

    Oh Jorin, forgive me. This time I must ask you to forgive me the way I forgave you. I knew what he was going to do and there was no way around it. There was no way I could prevent any of it. I tried. You know I did. I tried to offer myself to him. But the mage believed you had to be defeated before he would try take me for his own.

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    94: Jorin

    From within the glare of the candles, I could barely make out what was going on in the room. Seroi dragged the king in front of Kenet, but what were they doing to him? I could not quite see nor hear, as the stronger Seroi grew, the more like a wall the ring of light and smoke became.

    But then I could see the scuffle and feel the power shifting in the room. Now everyone out there was moving. Had reinforcements arrived? Perhaps they could, collectively, defeat the damn snake…?

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    93: Kenet

    I tried to be stoic as the fight began. I tried to kneel off to the side where the mage had put me and draw no attention to myself. I needed him to believe me harmless and cowed.

    When Jorin felled Bear, though, I am sure I must have been as wide-eyed as an owl. I had never seen Bear bested in combat, and I had never seen Jorin attack someone that way. I held my tongue, though, saying nothing, not even a whimper.

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    92: Jorin

    Oh, it was hard to watch Kenet display himself before the mage that way. It was even harder to watch him pretend to lust for the man. But I never doubted him. I never thought for one moment that Kenet might betray me, or us, for his own comfort or pleasure. I never thought for one moment that he was doing anything other than manipulating Seroi.

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    91: Kenet

    We were making our way through the twists of the tunnels that would bring us within sight of the Rose Gate when I heard the sound of footsteps ahead of us, someone climbing in a hurry.

    Before I could react, Kan came bounding up the steps, his sword sheathed. He stopped short and just stared at the three of us in the gloom. “Kenet?”

    “Yes, and Bear is with me, and… and our father.”

    “Who is this, Kenet?” My father said from behind me.

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    [Woo! The Prince's Boy volume one ebook went live today for Kindle! Please go click "like" and leave reviews there! It'll really help! Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W9BTGE]

    90: Jorin

    Kan followed me through the passages. We went past the room that Kenet and I had shared in the years we had lived here, but there was no time to pause for nostalgia.

    I was making for the tower that Seroi called his own. “If he is holding Bolan’s son and the other boys hostage, I would wager that is where they will be,” I said to Kan.

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    The Prince’s Boy: Volume One
    by Cecilia Tan
    ISBNs: 978-1-61390-009-3 paperback, 978-1-61390-013-0 ebook
    Word Count: 111,207
    Page Count: 328 pages
    List Price: $9.99 ebook

    Or order the print edition(s) today! Volume 1 trade paperback $19.95 (chapters 1-56), Volume 2 trade paperback $19.95 (chapter 57 to the end and including the bonus story “Sergetten’s Tale”), or get both at the same time and save $5!

    Or splurge on the hardcover special edition, signed and numbered, including ALL chapters, art gallery, Sergetten’s Tale, $75.00. (See bottom of page for all purchase links.)

    Also Available from the Amazon Kindle Store, Fictionwise, All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, Scribd, Rainbow eBooks, The GLBT Bookshelf, Barnes & Noble.com, and other online retailers.

    In a fantasy world where male/male lust fuels Night Magic, Prince Kenet lives a sheltered life. Isolated from the war that threatens the kingdom, he and his whipping boy Jorin are of age, but still sneak forbidden pleasures in their bed at night. When a dark mage tries to bespell Kenet into sexual submission, the prince and his boy are thrust into the world of intrigue, sex, and war.

    Volume One of The Prince’s Boy collects chapters 1 through 56 of this wildly popular gay erotic web serial by Cecilia Tan. Begun on July 29, 2009, chapters were posted weekly, following the adventures of Prince Kenet and his whipping boy, Jorin. Drawing on complex themes of dominance and submission, the need for secrecy in a world where homosexuality is not accepted, and the intertwining of sex with magic, Tan weaves a complex, sex-filled adventure that is part Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” and part Anne Rice’s “Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.”

    Cecilia Tan
    is “simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,” according to Susie Bright. She is the author of many novels and short stories, editor of dozens of erotic short story anthologies, and the founder of Circlet Press. She was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010. Her previous books include Black Feathers, White Flames, Edge Plays, The Siren and the Sword, The Velderet, The Hot Streak, and others.

    Read an excerpt:

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    89: Kenet

    “My prince, this is… this was not in the plan,” Bear said nervously.

    “Rescuing my father most certainly was in the plan,” I answered as I picked my way to the top of the Snake Ladder.

    “You gallivanting off alone was not in the plan,” he clarified.

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    88: Jorin

    We approached the Rose Gate on horseback, in what felt like the most brazen sneak attack in the history of war. We marched right through the village, me and Kan in the lead, our faces hidden by the hoods of our cloaks, with several men on horse coming behind. Roichal and Marksin were not among them, however. They hung back, dressed as traders.

    The people of the village eyed us nervously, but we were not challenged.

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    88: Jorin

    We approached the Rose Gate on horseback, in what felt like the most brazen sneak attack in the history of war. We marched right through the village, me and Kan in the lead, our faces hidden by the hoods of our cloaks, with several men on horse coming behind. Roichal and Marksin were not among them, however. They hung back, dressed as traders.

    The people of the village eyed us nervously, but we were not challenged.

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    87: Kenet

    Bear came with me, and six of the Night Riders, and four of Marksin’s best men. My breath caught as we cleared the trees for the first time and I caught sight of the castle up the mountainside. Maldevar is the name of the castle, and the mountain, and the village which houses those who do not live inside the castle walls. Inside the walls, though, the castle was like a city unto itself, not so large as Port Aris, but quite sizable.

    Looking up at the towers and the dark bulk of the buildings molded into the mountainside, I considered it a miracle that I had ever escaped from there.

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    87: Kenet

    Bear came with me, and six of the Night Riders, and four of Marksin’s best men. My breath caught as we cleared the trees for the first time and I caught sight of the castle up the mountainside. Maldevar is the name of the castle, and the mountain, and the village which houses those who do not live inside the castle walls. Inside the walls, though, the castle was like a city unto itself, not so large as Port Aris, but quite sizable.

    Looking up at the towers and the dark bulk of the buildings molded into the mountainside, I considered it a miracle that I had ever escaped from there.

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    85: Kenet

    I slept in his arms. Yes, I did. I was a fool to waste even a moment grieving over my petty illusions, wasn’t I? A fool to waste even a moment of precious time we could have spent together. We might all be killed in the coming attack on the castle. And my suffering was nothing when weighed against his. Nothing at all. I should have been the one tied to the post and called a fool.

    I would waste not a moment more. I slept in his arms, where I had belonged ever since the first time I had clung to him and refused to let go.

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