Tags: m/f platonic feelings


FIC: Adversaries (original gen and original pre-het)

Title: Adversaries.
Author: Dusk Peterson.
Where to find me: Website, DW/IJ/LJ/Tumblr/list.
SeriesThe Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romantic friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one.
Categories: Original gen and original pre-het.
Length: Novella (34,000 words).
Feedback: Yes, please.
Rating: PG-13.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories.

When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.

Life is not easy for Serva, the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis. Alternately treated as a slave and as a princess, she is distrusted on all sides . . . especially by her old rival from the nursery, her cousin the Prince.

When the Prince begins to hint that she is a threat to his ambitions, Serva must make a decision that will determine the course of her life. And that decision will determine the fate of a spy who is due to be hanged. . . .

Lying on my stomach in the passage, I held my breath. Knowing the man who spoke, I had no doubts as to what he was suggesting.


FIC: A Sexual Minority Speaks Out (originalfic)

Title: A Sexual Minority Speaks Out.
Author: Dusk Peterson, with additional material by Ruthless.
Where to find me: Website, DW/IJ/LJ/list.
Series: Rebels, humor and satire about transgressive sexuality in the twenty-first century. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one.
Categories: Originalfic. Tags: contemporary satire, heterosexual characters, far-from-straight characters, business people, police, church folk, psychology.
Length: Short story (3,000 words).
Note: This is an older story that's been offline for a while.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Rating: R (for subject matter).

I am an adult male belonging to a rare minority group that is called, in layman's language, Plain Vanilla Straight. I have had these sexual desires for as long as I can remember . . .

Also, I've posted my September 2014 newsletter, listing my recent e-books, bestsellers, and news.


A prisonfic smorgasbord: original gen, slash, bisexual, asexual, and het

Author: Dusk Peterson.
Where to find me: Website, DW/IJ/LJ/list.
Fandom: My Turn-of-the-Century Toughs 'verse. You don't need to have read any of the previous stories to understand these.
Category: Original fiction. Historical fantasy.
Length: Short stories.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories.


In the Silence (Life Prison)

The prisoner can't speak. He can barely see. He experiences only fear and the faint whispers of something he had once known.

But an intruder into his secure retreat from danger will pull him into awareness of what stands before him. What stands there is renewed danger. . . and the hope of something more.

¶ PG-13; gen/slash; e-book.

Images came, like flickers of a candle: Dark stones. Dark metal. Faint fire. A spoon in his hand, as someone urged him to eat. A stinking pit that he knew he was duty-bound to fill. A loom nearby that he vaguely remembered he had once known how to work, but which now stood as silent as the rest of his world.


Cell-mates (Life Prison)

Sentenced to life in prison, Tyrrell didn't have many opportunities for bed-play . . . unless he could count what the guards did to him as "play." So his future seemed brighter when he was paired with a cell-mate he'd been eyeing for a long time with affection and lust.

If only Tyrrell could keep from becoming his cell-mate's latest murder victim . . .

PG-13; gen/slash/het; asexual and bisexual characters; e-book.

They had to settle the issue of sex first.


Never (The Eternal Dungeon)

She was attending the ball at the palace to dance. That was all. Which made it annoying to face a proposal of marriage from a guard who was distinctly not the sort of man she would ever consider marrying. Certainly not.

It was even more annoying to find that she kept thinking about the man. Why would she want to continue to speak to a guard who rudely implied that she led a frivolous life?

And why oh why were all the balls in the capital suddenly so boring?

¶ PG; het/gen; 50 Darkfics challenge; e-book and online fiction.

He had not seemed a threat at first, even after it became apparent that he was attending as an honored guest. He had no fortune, his face was pleasant but nothing to boast about, and he said not a word about his deeds, though he might easily have done so, with the Queen's medal of honor glittering upon his chest.


Over a million words of my powerfic | originalfic & rare litslash | slash & gen & het

So you know how I link each year or so to all the stories I've published/posted/reissued recently, so that everyone can catch up?

Well, since my last update, I published/posted/reissued practically everything. Eleven novels and twenty-five pieces of shorter fiction. ("Shorter" usually means novella-length.) Enjoy.

Below, I've linked to all my online fiction and e-books during the past year or so, divided by series.

Here's my official bio: "Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, contemporary fiction, and New Adult speculative fiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson's stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess: friendship, family, heterosexual romance, gay love, and faithful service are recurring themes."

Fandom translation of my bio: Originalfic and rare litslash. Gen, het, slash, friendshipfic, romance fic, powerfic, prisonerfic, slavefic, warfic, DSfic, darkfic, hurt/comfort fic, angstfic, and humorfic.

Boilerplate warning for all my stories.
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FIC: If Dante Had a Beta Reader (meta fic: Fandom and Divine Comedy crossover)

Title: If Dante Had a Beta Reader.
Author: Dusk Peterson
Where to find me: Website, Dreamwidth blog, InsaneJournal mirror blog, LiveJournal mirror blog, e-mail list.
Fandoms: The fan fiction community and Dante's Divine Comedy. If you're a fanfic reader, consider this a crossover. If you're an originalfic reader, consider it originalfic.
Characters: Beta reader and Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321).
Categories: Gen, with references to slash, het, and pretty much everything fannish.
Series: Leathermen, Fan Fiction Writers, and Other Rebels. There's only one thing worse than leather-clad, kinky gay bikers demanding their rights: mild-mannered vanilla heterosexuals demanding their rights. . . . You don't have to have read any of the other stories in the series to understand this one.
Rating: PG-13. Includes references to mature topics.
Length: 2,000 words.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Summary: Who needs the Muses for inspiration when you have a beta reader to tell you what to do?
Warning: Do you write PG-rated stories, while your beta reader is a fan of NC-17 stories? Fine, then there's nothing in this story that you haven't had nightmares about.

"Dear Dante (do you mind if I call you Dan?) . . ."


Another two years' worth of original powerfic (2010-2012)

Here's a list of the new stories I've posted online or published as e-books in the past two years: original slash, original gen (often friendship fiction), and original het. They're works of fantasy, historical fantasy, and contemporary fiction which feature:

* gods, priests, and mortals
* rulers and subjects
* lords and liegemen/liegewomen
* mentors and students
* masters, servants, and slaves
* dominants and submissives
* torturers, guards, and prisoners
* soldiers, spies, and railroad men
* siblings

Not all at once, of course. :)

As the boilerplate warning for all my stories puts it, "All of the stories feature love or respect, though sometimes it takes a while to get there." I also have a bunch of older stories that I haven't listed here. To see them all, you can visit my home page or simply click on the links to the series pages below. If you want to, you can Friend my blog or sign up for my updates e-mail list.

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Plus Love (Loren's Lashes; originalfic; holiday gift story)

Title: Plus Love.
Creator: Dusk Peterson.
Where to find me: Website, Dreamwidth blog, InsaneJournal mirror blog, LiveJournal mirror blog, duskpetersonbooks (e-mail list with announcements of my stories).
Categories: Original fiction. Male/female platonic feelings and male/male attraction. Friendship fiction, family themes, mental illness themes. (The powerfic category isn't tagged for because it would constitute a spoiler.)
Series: Loren's Lashes. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one.
Rating/warnings: PG-13 for profanity and sexual references. Boilerplate warning for all my stories.
Length: 8000 words.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Everyone calls her a fag hag. But Gay Pride Day has arrived, and her best friend is about to give her a new name.

"Tell me you're gay!" Gary nearly knocked her to the floor as he scrambled over her. "Please tell me you're gay!"


duskpeterson.com update: New prisonerfic, leatherfic, & story recs

Cover for Love in Dark Settings Omnibus

The highlights:

He had awoken, on that day after, to find himself lying alone in bed. ¶ Two volumes in the Eternal Dungeon historical fantasy series are posted.
"The police were inclined to think of me as the victim, since I had been bound." He gave what Melody referred to as his shark's smile. "Their mistake." ¶ The beginning of a new serialized leather novel in the Loren's Lashes series is posted, with an accompanying e-book.
—A new edition of Love in Dark Settings Omnibus is published, and an update is posted to the story recommendations at Buried Treasure.

The details.


FIC: The Unanswered Question (The Eternal Dungeon; original fiction)

Title: The Unanswered Question.
Author: Dusk Peterson.
Where to find me: Website, Dreamwidth blog, InsaneJournal mirror blog, LiveJournal mirror blog, duskpetersonbooks (e-mail list with announcements of my fiction).
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, a historical fantasy series set in a land where the psychologists wield whips. You don't need to have read the rest of the series to understand this story.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plot) and male/male erotic attraction (subplots). Mentor fiction and prisoner fiction.
Note: This is my 2009 holiday gift story to my readers. You can see the prompts from my readers that inspired the novella and my response to their prompts (both with major spoilers, so they're best read after you've finished the story).
Rating: PG-13.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Summary: No weapons, no allies, and no guarantees that he will survive the test.

He was weaponless. Or rather, not quite weaponless, for he knew what he was capable of doing with his body, but he bore no blade, nor any whip, nor any lead pipe with which to stun his victim, nor any rope with which to strangle the victim . . . The number of potential weapons he had deliberately laid aside was frighteningly high.


duskpeterson.com updated with originalfic: lord/liegeman, slaves, prisoners, leather

Cover for Blood VowHe vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . . A new fantasy novel about friendship, romance, and betrayal has been posted at The Three Lands with an accompanying songvid.
¶ m/m platonic feelings, m/f platonic feelings (subplot), m/f erotic attraction (subplot), PG-13.

They are imprisoned until death, and their lives cannot get worse – or so they think. . . . The first two stories in a historical fantasy novel have been reposted at Life Prison.
¶ m/m erotic attraction, m/m platonic feelings, R and PG-13.

In a society where the rank of master or slave defines every aspect of a person's being, what do you do when you're a master and you envy your slaves? . . . A slavefic fantasy novella has been reposted at Master/Other.
¶ m/m erotic attraction, m/m platonic feelings (subplot), R.

A potluck. A hamburger joint. A college waltz party. Perfect places for leathersex. . . . The next story installment is posted at Leather, Licking, and Lawnmowers.
¶ m/m erotic attraction, NC-17.

A grand master dies. . . . True Tales e-zine plays tribute to a major leather author upon his death.
¶ m/m erotic attraction, at an adults-online e-zine.

Click the link for longer story summaries and for links to the online stories:

"I had come to tell him, in the cheerful manner boys have, that our world was about to be destroyed."