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Coded Messages (Life Prison; original prisonfic/mentorfic)

Title: Coded Messages.
Author: Dusk Peterson.
Where to find me: Website, DW/IJ/LJ/list, AO3.
Series: Life Prison, a speculative fiction series about male desire and determination in nineteenth-century prisons. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one (though the first story in the series is free, if you prefer to read the series in order; "Coded Messages," a side story, is chronologically second).
Categories: Original gen, with original slash subplots. Prisonfic and mentorfic.
Length: Short story (3,000 words).
Note: This is an older story that I've put back online.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Rating: PG-13.
Summary: One of them rapes prisoners. The other wants to help prisoners. So why are they talking to each other?

As guards send each other telegraph messages through their prisons' coding offices, strange developments occur in the life prisons of the Magisterial Republic of Mip: hardened prisoners become reformers, idealists dally with danger, and the prison keepers struggle to keep control. The strangeness will only become odder when two guards, who hold very different views on the proper handling of prisoners, strive to find common ground.

"Sweet blood, Tom, sometimes I wonder at your innocence. Why do you think that your prisoners were sent to prison? It wasn't for lacing daisy chains."

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

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FIC: Law Links 6: The Balance (The Three Lands; original fiction) - the last part of the novel

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Title: Law Links.
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 Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but those of you who have may wish to know that Law Links begins twenty-one years before the beginning scene of Blood Vow.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plots) and male/female platonic feelings (subplots). Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, military fiction, spy fiction, slave fiction (subplots), family themes, race/ethnicity themes, and spirituality themes.
Note: You can also take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all the novels and stories in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Novel length: 160,000 words, divided into six parts.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. . . . Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

"You asked whether you could do anything for me; now comes the moment when I must take up your offer."

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FIC: Law Links 5: God of Judgment (The Three Lands; original fiction)

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Title: Law Links.
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 Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but those of you who have may wish to know that Law Links begins twenty-one years before the beginning scene of Blood Vow.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plots) and male/female platonic feelings (subplots). Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, military fiction, spy fiction, slave fiction (subplots), family themes, race/ethnicity themes, and spirituality themes.
Note: You can also take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all the novels and stories in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Novel length: 160,000 words, divided into six parts.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. . . . Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

"Spies don't fight – remember that."

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FIC: Law Links 4: The Bird (The Three Lands; original fiction)

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Title: Law Links.
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 Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but those of you who have may wish to know that Law Links begins twenty-one years before the beginning scene of Blood Vow.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plots) and male/female platonic feelings (subplots). Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, military fiction, spy fiction, slave fiction (subplots), family themes, race/ethnicity themes, and spirituality themes.
Note: You can also take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all the novels and stories in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Novel length: 160,000 words, divided into six parts.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. . . . Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

The slaves are a second mystery.

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FIC: Law Links 3: God of Mercy (The Three Lands; original fiction)

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Title: Law Links.
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 Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but those of you who have may wish to know that Law Links begins twenty-one years before the beginning scene of Blood Vow.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plots) and male/female platonic feelings (subplots). Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, military fiction, spy fiction, slave fiction (subplots), family themes, race/ethnicity themes, and spirituality themes.
Note: You can also take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all the novels and stories in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Novel length: 160,000 words, divided into six parts.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. . .. Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

"As it happens, we have a special discipline for this type of episode – a test that should teach you not to make this mistake again."

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FIC: Law Links 2: The Sword (The Three Lands; original fiction)

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Title: Law Links.
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 Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but those of you who have may wish to know that Law Links begins twenty-one years before the beginning scene of Blood Vow.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plots) and male/female platonic feelings (subplots). Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, military fiction, spy fiction, slave fiction (subplots), family themes, race/ethnicity themes, and spirituality themes.
Note: Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to be announcing the installments here, but I've decided to serialize the novel in six parts rather than 27 chapters, so announcing all the installments here is now doable. Also, you can take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all the novels and stories in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Novel length: 160,000 words, divided into six parts.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. . .. Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

But what if I were to reverse the picture? What if I were to become the jackal and pursue them?

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FIC: Law Links (The Three Lands; original fiction)

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Title: Law Links.
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). I am serializing this novel weekly. This is the only announcement of it that I will make at this community. If you want to receive notices of each new chapter, please Friend my blog, subscribe to my blog's feed, or subscribe to my e-mail list
Series: The Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but those of you who have may wish to know that Law Links begins twenty-one years before the beginning scene of Blood Vow.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings (main plots) and male/female platonic feelings (subplots). Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, military fiction, spy fiction, slave fiction (subplots), family themes, race/ethnicity themes, and spirituality themes.
Note: You can also take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all the novels and stories in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Length: 160,000 words, divided into 27 serialized chapters.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought. . .. Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

"Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

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FIC: On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon; original prisonfic)

Title: On Guard.
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). I am serializing this novel weekly. This is the only announcement of it that I will make at this community. If you want to receive notices of each new chapter, please Friend my blog, subscribe to my blog's feed, or subscribe to my e-mail list
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 other stories in the series to understand this one.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings and male/male attraction. Friendship fiction, male/male romance, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, and D/s (subplot). Time: 1880s, in a Gothic Revival manner. The setting is a medieval-style dungeon in a Victorian world.
Note: . You can also take part in the story discussions for this series or buy the e-book of all four novels in the series.
Rating: PG-13 for violence and for sexual references.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Length: 90,000 words, divided into 18 chapters, a prologue, and an epilogue.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and the abusive Hidden Dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, two loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the Eternal Dungeon's ideals.

A great man and his faithful guard – that was the tale of which ballads were sung.

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FIC: Men and Lads (Life Prison; original fiction) - 2010 holiday gift story

Title: Men and Lads.
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: Life Prison, a historical fantasy series about male desire and determination in Victorian prisons. You don't need to have read the other stories in the series to understand this one, but this story does contain major spoilers for the first story in the series.
Categories: Original fiction. Male/male platonic feelings and male/male attraction. Friendship fiction, mentor fiction, prisoner fiction, race/ethnicity themes, spirituality themes. Plus, trains and tramps. Time: 1892.
Note: At my blog, I've posted an entry with links to maps, period illustrations, and notes on my research of this story. None of these are necessary to understand the story.
Rating: PG-13.
Warnings: Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Warnings for this series.
Length: 16,000 words.
Feedback: Yes, please.
Story summary: Two guards. Two prisoners. A multitude of problems.

He knew what his prisoner's expression would be before he saw it: a mixture of apprehension, wary hope, and the expression he had come to fear most of all – determination.

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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.
Warnings.
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.