Hollis Shiloh

Hollis Shiloh - author

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

things about writing

So, you may or may not know I'm a fan of the Dean Wesley Smith school of writing fast and letting your right-brain have more control than your left- brain.  It's the creative side, and accessed more easily than when you're writing slowly and agonizing over the plot, it seems.  It tends to work well for me, and sometimes the faster I write a story, the better it is overall.  (Of course, you have to make time for changes and edits--fixing the things you didn't get right in the first draft!)  There's a certain amount of jumping off a cliff and learning to fly...and a certain amount of trusting the process, fighting back your fear, and seeing what your subconscious wants to talk about today.  You'll be surprised how fun it is, if you haven't tried!

I tend to focus on this method when I talk about writing.  But the truth is there's another method I follow.  The method of starting a story, getting stuck, and letting it stew for weeks or months till I can tackle it again with fresh ideas.  I find this process discouraging.  I don't like it very much.  It feels like a kind of death, setting a story aside and knowing I may never finish it.  (And with many, I really don't--even ones that are really quite long.)

But this method is as tried and tested and true, for me at least, as the other.  It's whatever a story demands.  I could tell you which of my stories have taken the longest and the least amount of time to finish.  (I'd rather not, though!!)  ;)  It's surprising that some stories have taken so long, but it's because of this--getting stuck and having to just give up and set them aside.

For some people, outlining works and they don't get stuck this way.  But normal outlines don't tend to work for me.  I do, however, take a lot of notes about character and the direction of the story and things I'd like to work in--themes, plot elements, emotions.  Stuff like that.   They tend to be short notes in my handwriting, which probably nobody else could actually read, but they can help jog my memory and settle my ideas and plans.

And then sometimes I write out what I think will happen and the exact opposite happens.  Or nothing happens, because it's another "lost story."

I have so many unfinished stories on my computer, and I'd be lying if I said they didn't discourage me.  But for me, it's part of the process.   Jumping off the cliff, flying on the way down, not knowing if the story is going to work, trusting the process...  And seeing some littered wrecks along the way.  I have to trust and hope that each one taught me something.  And maybe some of them are still in the other process, and somewhere my subconscious is planning how to finish them.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dirt Magic

Dirt Magic, by Hollis Shiloh

Trey has dirt magic.  It's messy and not very fun.  But some miners in his old hometown are trapped underground, and he feels duty-bound to see if he can help.  He doesn't expect to meet a nerdy, weird gay romance writer who just might have a talent or two of his own.  But Leo has a way of growing on Trey—and together, they might just have what the situation requires.  Not to mention each other…

A quirky gay paranormal romance

Length: 18,000 words 

Heat level: low

Purchase or Borrow:

This story turned out weird.  It's just...the characters are weird.   It's not terribly sexy but the main character has, what my mother used to call "a dirty mouth on him." 

There are a couple of tongue in cheek references in this story--some of them more authentic than you'd think.  

I, like the author character in this book, am sometimes really annoyed by editing, and the fact that I've found myself writing "than" instead of "that" accidentally.  

I also do some of my editing on my ereader.  I also love Fiestaware.  (It's bright and pretty!).  I have a Doctor Who themed mug that I love.  I want to buy this shirt, although I don't own it yet: http://shirt.woot.com/offers/go-sports

And I really enjoy writing my stories, even if I don't always think they're very good.

But that's all.  Nothing else about this story is true to my life!   ;)

Hope you have a great (and not paranormal) Halloween!
(NOTE: this story is not Halloween themed.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Good Place - short story

Jesse is looking to get back to the land. He jumps at the chance when an old friend offers him a job on his ranch…even before he meets the quiet, handsome, and scarred ex-Marine who works there as a cook. 

A short, sweet gay romance - 12,700 words 
Heat level: very low 


Amazon UK

Currently only on Amazon - if you need a different file, or a review copy, please write to me!  :-)
(If you are trying using the Kindle Unlimited program, you can read it for free and I will still be paid.)

Sunday, October 5, 2014


So, a big day today.

Brian's Mate is both a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention and a Rainbow Award Finalist in the Gay Paranormal Romance  section.  (It's still on sale at Dreamspinner, too.)

And...I just signed a contract for the second book in this series!!  :-D  It's currently called "Farn's Son," though I hope we can find a better title before it comes out.  (If you recall, Farn...and his son...were sort of the villains in Brian's Mate, so hopefully you'll find this interesting!  Farn isn't exactly homophobic...he just doesn't want his own son to be gay.  But his son is...and that means striking out on his own and finding a way to build a life.

It's tentatively scheduled for May / June 2015 from Dreamspinner Press.  I'm excited!!  :-)  (This is a full length novel so it will be out in print!)

(By the way, My Partner the Wolf, which isn't published through DSP, is in the same universe, but with a completely different slant or focus.  My Dreamspinner wolf title(s) more or less revolve around family and mates and sweet relationship growth.  Partner revolves around angst...with a little crime solving thrown in!  But mostly angst, to be honest.  ;)  I hope to write lots more in each vein, but...we'll see!  :-D

In other news, I am currently reading the Whyborne and Griffin series (loving it!!!) and recently fell in love with Amy Crook's books "The Courtship of Julian St. Albans" and "The Apprenticeship of Julian St. Albans."  So sweet!  (I've actually been reading lots more but I've been too busy to post properly about them all.  There are so many good books out there!!)

Also tried my hands at Twitter fic...not sure that's the perfect format for me, LOL.  https://twitter.com/thehollisshiloh  ;)

You guys take care now, and I hope you have a great week.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

upcoming stories

Here are the covers for some of my upcoming stories:

cover design by Book Cover Artistry

cover design by Clarissa Yeo

cover design by Marion Sipe, Dreamspring Design

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Partner the Wolf

Cover done by the brilliant & skillful Kanaxa.  Editing by the ever-wonderful Martin O'Hearn.  :-)

So, I'm really excited about this one!  I hope you guys will like it.  :-)

I'm launching it at 99 cents for only a couple of days, so get your copy while it's cheap.  (Or borrow through Kindle Unlimited in the US.)

If you need a review copy or a different format, please write to me!  

Here's what it's about:

Chemistry off the charts—but is that enough?

Tom Langley and Sean Goods work together in a human-and-wolf shifter partnership, assisting the police, rushing in to solve crimes wherever their bosses send them. They're a great team, and they have fun together, too: joking and enjoying each other's company in a way that doesn't happen every day. 

Tom is also a married man. And his husband hates the wolf shifter with a passion. Tom tries to balance the sides of his life—one minute on a high-pressure chase with Sean, the next placating his husband Lowell. 

Then the unthinkable happens: his marriage ends. Heartbroken, he's not expecting to ever get over Lowell's betrayal or to be able to love again. 

Sean offers a solution: sex as friends. They have chemistry, and they trust each other. 

But can they change their partnership that much? And is Sean secretly harboring feelings for him—expecting more than just sex? 

Sean is a loveable, funny, strong, and protective. He's the best buddy a guy could have. But Tom might not be able to keep from breaking his heart—if Sean is in love with him, and Tom can't love him back. 

Standalone novel from Hollis Shiloh

Sexiness level: Medium-high 

Length: 78,000 words 

Themes: paranormal, contemporary, cops, partners, wolf shifters / werewolves, friends-to-lovers, angst, emotional 


I walked up to him and dug my hand into the ruff of his neck, grounding him. He'd started to shake from the tension. The whole case, the little girl's life, it all rested on his shoulders right now, and there was no escaping that in any form. 

"C'mon, bud. You'll be all right. Want a drink?" 

He hesitated. 

I nudged him with my knee. "While the air clears." I started to reach into the backpack for a bottle of water. I always brought some with us, especially in the heat. He could get dehydrated if he wasn't careful. 

He shook his head, pushing past me, moving on, at first without any assurance, and then more confidently. He was moving off the road now, casting around in the grass on the verge and the bushes. I couldn't see any tire marks. 

All of a sudden he gave off an arf that told me to hurry up, and off he dashed into the undergrowth. 

What the hell? Well, I wasn't going to doubt him. 

I looked back at the men. "We're close. Radio for backup. And remember we're probably dealing with a hostage situation." 

We could all hope the girl was alive, anyway. He'd damned well better hope she was. Whoever he was. 

I saw one of them lifting the radio to call in more people. Then I charged into the undergrowth after Sean.

Buy links:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NN6LEDU
Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00NN6LEDU

Contact me for other formats.  I'm easy about it, I promise!  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Through A Fog

Seasickness and an annoying (and strangely attractive) officer are the least of Mark's worries as he transports a huge, magical egg across the ocean on a wooden ship. Because the egg is beginning to hatch…

Length: 15,000 words 
Heat level: low 
Angst: some 

A new gay romance / fantasy short story from Hollis Shiloh.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N1LNFRK
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N1LNFRK

If you need a different format or a review copy, please contact me!  :-)