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05 February 2016 @ 12:49 pm
I just paid our tickets for EuroPrideCon 2016 in Berlin!

Already more than half a year has passed since we were in Munich for the first EPC, and my God, so much has happened in the past seven month! One new book is already published, and by all probability, two more will be until summer, with many more projects taking shape, step by step, day by day. These last months have been an amazing, if sometimes exhausting, adventure for both of us.

Last year, EPC has brought such a burst of energy and opportunities, it is really hard to imagine this happening again. But who knows. We've met great people in Munich, made new friends and learned a lot. Chances are good Berlin will bring more of the same. At least, it'll be a long missed opportunity for us to hit the oyster bar of the KaDeWe! :)

So, as you can imagine, we're already very much looking forward to EPC this year. And if anyone has good suggestions where to eat or where to go with friends (both old and new and in the making) in Berlin in summer, please let us know! A good plan is half a win, as they say, and we can't keep eating oysters all weekend...
While we are currently adding the last polishing touches to 'Lucia', hoping to get everything perfect for the scheduled release on February 2nd, we have continuously been working on the books after that. So we (mostly Beryll) have been diligently editing our next m/m novel 'Loving Djinni', and we (mostly I) have been just as diligently writing the m/m novel after that. And finally, after months of relative cluelessness, we have come up with a cool title for that overnext book. So, say welcome to:

Smilodon Pride, Book One: Softpaw

Okay, I think that needs a little explanation. The overnext book will be the first in a group of three books dealing with the adventures (and love lives) of three siblings - three sabretoothed werecat littermates, ergo, a smilodon pride. The books will not be sequels to each other, but will work in parallel storylines that might allow individual sequels later on, or even a crossover, in the unthinkable case that there is sufficient demand. :)
Softpaw is the 'youngest' member of the litter, the nice guy of the team. He is currently living in Paris, France, on the houseboat of his sister, working part time as a museum guide and piano player in a gay bar. So as you can see, there is a lot of room for things to get really interesting...

More to come soon.
20 December 2015 @ 01:25 pm
Alright. Just to make this official, even though many of you might have heard this already: Our next book will be 'Lucia', a darkly poetic German vampire novel joining its heroine on her voyage through the centuries, on the way towards her destiny and herself. So no sparkles here. ^^

And to point this out right in the beginning: the novel will be in German. I know, this has been met with very uneven reactions - but this novel started out in German, and will stay that way. Right now, there is no English translation planned, but we don't want to rule out anything.
But one of the most fun parts of seeing the project come together was commissioning the cover art and finally seeing the images we so far had only in our heads:

Isn't it awsome? Cover art is by the vastly talented and on top of that utterly charming Natalia Nesterova, who already did the cover art for 'Lovers in Arms'.

So this all has been a tremendously exciting last months, and just today we received our next English-language novel back from the editor! It's still quite a bit to do, but you can look forward to another new Brackhaus novel in 2016. A big thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us!

09 November 2015 @ 01:31 pm
Now, it's been rather quiet here for a while, but with very good reason.

After the publication of 'Lovers in Arms', my wife and I took some time to lean back, watch and learn. Getting a book on the market with a traditional publisher was a good experience, and the folks at Forbidden Fiction were nothing but nice. But their portfolio doesn't really match the kind of stories my wife and I like to write together. Though, probably, no publisher would really find a good spot for our unique mix of romance, fun and adventure. So given the current developments in self-publishing, my wife and I decided that we would embark on another adventure together.

Beginning early next year, we will be publishing our co-written books ourselves. That is, until we decide that we'll do things differently yet again. ^^

Preparing to self-publish is a lot of work, and I am lucky my day job has trained me in project management over the last years. But on the other hand, it feels incredibly liberating to have to make all the decisions - yes, we carry all the risks, but if we fail, it's our failure entirely. Over the last months, we have been busy deciding on a publishing queue for our project, finding the right partners, writing, editing, proofing. And writing. Did I mention we write like mad, recently?

So, you can look ahead to a rather steady stream of books, lovingly written by Beryll and me, carefully edited and proofed, prettied up and sold via all the usual suspects. At least, we're looking forward to them. :)

I will keep you all updated about the developments in the coming weeks, and I hope some of you will be around when we celebrate the release of our next book early next year!
14 August 2015 @ 05:42 pm

Maybe some of you remember why this is relevant - but here is a picture of what I pinned to the lintel just above our main door.

I feel safer already. :D

16 July 2015 @ 02:43 pm
Wow, what an experience! I am still feeling rather giddy, even several days later. Even my completely banal day job couldn't douse my spirits.

There is little point in actually summing up the events one by one. I think the lovely Julie Bozza has made a tremendous job of that already, have a look here.

So, what made this con so special? The usual, of course - putting a bunch of people together who share the same passion and many experiences is bound to make for a really interesting and exciting time. And while this con definitely didn't always run as smooth as this German would have liked, the staff managed one pivotal thing to the point of perfection: From the youngest, shyest reader to the famous keynote speakers, everyone felt included. And probably because of that, conversations always started flying after a few sentences. We were readers, publishers, authors, each of us with varying degrees of experience - but it felt as if we were all just fans of the same genre, all chatting each other up, trying to get more fun out of the whole business.

It was great. It was exciting, productive, inspiring, and last but not least, encouraging.

So a big hug and 'thank you' to Marc, Dani Elle, Anna and all the others for their great work.

And personally? The panel I felt so insecure about actually turned out pretty great. I mean, it wasn't hard considering I was sitting there with Rebecca Cohen and Justine Saracen. Even though we didn't really find anything we could disagree upon, we managed to talk about what makes historical romances tick, and where we would draw the lines to alternate history, steampunk or historical fantasy (or, as Justine put it: historical goofing off - a completely respectable genre!).

The few books I brought were sold and signed in no time, and I am still completely flabbergasted by that fact. Admittedly, the cover of Lovers in Arms is outstanding, and a strong selling point in its own right besides fitting the story perfectly. So kudos to Natalya Nesterova, who did the artwork.

So in sum, there is only one thing left to say - come 2016, I will be back for EuroPrideCon in Berlin!

07 July 2015 @ 10:50 am
Well, now it's official.

I will be part of the Masters of Time panel at EuroPrideCon this weekend, together with the talented Rebecca Cohen and Justine Saracen. I have barely overcome that dreadful sensation of feeling like a fraud everytime someone called me an author. How can I even?

Well, I guess it'll have to be as always - I'll prepare as well as I can, then realize it's all completely useless because I have no clue at all what to prepare for, actually, and then go do it anyway and smile and hope no one will notice. Worked out quite well for me so far. I think. I hope.

But how DOES one prepare for such a panel anyway? Do I talk about what I considered right when I wrote 'Lovers in Arms'? Or what I think I should have done by now? Or what I think would be right for historic romances in general? Do I brush up on my old 'story vs history' talk? What about the 'author as mediator between content and recipient' spiel? Or the old discussion about what my audience expects of me and how the bleep to figure out those expectations in the very first place? What about ‘historic and futuristic novels are essentially the same, as both require the same extensive worldbuilding’? And at what point am I overthinking all this? After all, it’s gonna be just an hour, and I am not supposed to talk all the time. Am I rambling yet?

So at this point of my thought process, I usually lean back, take a deep breath, and try to think of the whole affair as a wondrously exciting adventure weekend. I have never been to Munich before. I have never met other authors (except my lovely wife), and never been to any event this prominently GLBT. There will be a late night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday night, which we hope to attend, which would be another first for me. There will be a Bavarian Dinner Buffet Gala, which fills me with terror and giddy glee in equal measures. I really look forward to meeting people who, until now, I have only met online. However the individual parts will turn out, it will be an exciting, cool and inspiring weekend.

And in the end, it all comes down to the one, dreaded, central question: What the hell am I supposed to wear?

21 May 2015 @ 05:55 pm
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Destroyer of Worlds
Part: 1/1
Rating: G
Configuration: Yaden/Colin
Warnings: /
Word Count: 2000
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index or the Phoenicipedia
Characters: Colin, Yaden, K'gosi
Summary: Attending a meeting of Ynagra priests on the Youh'Kai homeworld of Far'Gesh turns out a little less harmless than Colin thought.
Feedback: Yes, please!

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12 February 2015 @ 09:14 am
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Bare your Soul to Millions
Part: 1/1
Rating: R
Configuration: /
Warnings: /
Word Count: 4800
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index or the Phoenicipedia
Characters: Bobby Dover, Vian, M'tini, B'cardi
Summary: A karaoke night out with Bobby, Vian, M'tini and B'cardi ends up with the most unexpected consequences...
Feedback: Yes, please!

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16 January 2015 @ 09:08 pm
10921987_943474745671367_695817158_n (1)Maybe it's old news to you, maybe not. This year, for the first time, there will be a continental European meet of GLBTQ authors, readers, publishers, bloggers, et al, modeled after the great UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet.

It's the first Euro Pride Con, and it's going to happen on July 11th and 12th 2015 in Munich, Germany.

I just finalized my bookings and am so very much looking forward to meet so many of the people I have so far only seen as usernames on my screen. This is going to be so exciting! Hope to see you around this summer in Munich!