One of the things I love doing on this blog is introducing my regular readers to a new Samhain author.  Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Vaughn Demont.  Not only did Vaughn’s book, House of Stone, released a couple weeks ago, so to help him celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Vaughn’s House of Stone to a commenter. (I’m going to close this contest off on Sunday at 10 a.m. and will announce the winner Sunday afternoon.)

Vaughn Demont

I’m a gamer geek. Old school. Pencil and paper. Table top. Kick in the door and roll for initiative, that’s me. I’ve been playing RPGs since I was seven, when I had to take over my cousin’s Dungeons & Dragons character because my aunt didn’t want him playing “the devil’s game”. She apparently had no problem with me playing it though. I was hooked instantly, and I’ve been a gamer geek ever since. White Wolf games helped me hobble through those awkward teen years, much in the same way I’d expect comic books and Dr. Who helped other disaffected nerds. I started playing werewolf musicians, and then vampire knights, until I found my calling in playing a young mage newly awakened to his power and forever living on the fringes of popular culture. It was from this character, who I named G. James Black, that I created a setting I called The City.

College brought along more serious attempts at writing, but I never thought it was going anywhere. The electives I would take in abnormal psychology and sociology would be for general education requirements, so I would claim. In reality I just wanted to know how to write more convincing societies and have a better idea why villains were so screwed up inside. I took a course on city planning and read everything I could find by Richard Florida to keep my setting somewhat believable, even though I’d have to account for the effect of a population of vampires and gods and werecreatures and all matter of supernatural beings that might have an opinion on zoning laws.

It was fun, though, asking all of these questions and coming up with the answers myself. It was fun to find and meet the more interesting citizens of the setting I’d created. But I wanted characters that were unlike the ones I’d read before, characters that had had every advantage. I wanted to look at the opposite end of the spectrum, such as a vampire who works as a data entry clerk, or a werecat who works a drive-thru window, or an all-powerful sorcerer that makes ends meet washing dishes in a diner.

Or, in the case of Richard Stone, the protagonist of my latest novel House of Stone, a minor Fae noble who works in porn because it’s the only creative outlet in his county. I asked all of the usual questions I ask a character, so as how they get by, do they like their lives, their opinion of their society, and most importantly, who their favorite band is. (Richard’s is Pearl Jam.) It all grew from there, taking a few turns I didn’t expect along the way (originally, in fact, Richard was supposed to slay a dragon, which the opening scene was supposed to foreshadow), until suddenly the short novella I’d been working on had turned into a full-fledged novel. I’m really proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish with Richard, and I’m looking forward to telling more of his story.

Vaughn R. Demont (the R stands for truth, justice, and sleeping late on Saturdays. It also stands for Radcliffe) is a writer trying to beat the odds and be a career writer. Gay, poor, and living in the sub-arctic tundra of Central New York, Vaughn likes to think of himself as a quintessential Scorpio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Oswego State University, and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He has published numerous essays, short stories, novellas, and a novel online.

Want to know more about Vaughn? Visit his page over at his webpage or follow his reviews at Goodreads.

House of Stone
Vaughn Demont

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Gay-Lesbian Romance
ISBN: 978-1-60928-061-1
Length: Novel
Price: 5.50
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Cover art by Mandy M. Roth

A modern knight, a noble quest, and a magical sword. What could go wrong?

Welcome to the City, where gods run nightclubs, goblins hire out as mercs, sorcerers work their magic, the Fae hold court over every neighborhood…and humanity is blissfully ignorant of it all.
For minor Fae noble Richard Stone, life is going well. He has a decent fiefdom (okay, it’s a slum), a budding acting career (okay, so it’s porn), and one of only five magical swords in the City. An arranged marriage is barely a blip on his worry meter—until his family blade loses its magic. The shame of it puts his noble standing in jeopardy.

To regain his status, Richard needs help. Fortunately, his new bride is a sidhe knight and his servant Simaron has, er, his back. Together they embark on a quest to find the demon who slew his father, investigate a conspiracy that goes to the highest echelons of Fae nobility, and discover a secret family legacy that could ruin his House.

All while keeping up appearances to a society that demands perfection. And they say a noble’s life is easy…

Warning: This book contains explicit gay sex, not-so-explicit gay sex, explicitly implied gay sex, routine breaking of the fourth wall, occasional bouts of Pearl Jam fanboy-ism, and plot. Side effects include confusion and headaches, and are best avoided by reading the pages therein in numerical order.

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12 thoughts on “Introducing Vaughn Demont’s House of Stone

  • July 9, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Sounds like it'll be a fun ride…I mean read. *grin*


  • July 9, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Sounds interesting! (and humorous, which I like)

  • July 9, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Greetings from the arctic tundra (currently a sweltering 90+ degrees)!

    I'm a graphic designer working at SUNY Oswego and think you are just swell. 😉

    I look forward to reading your story and wish you well.

    Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr
    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  • July 9, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Hi Vaughn, it's great to virtually meet you 😀

    This book sounds awesome. I've had my eye on it pretty much ever since it hit the Coming Soon pages. I've promised myself that I can buy it (as well as some other books I've been wanting) as soon as I'm done with the class I'm teaching right now. Work, work, work, OMG! LOL. I want to just sit and READ for a change! Thanks for sharing your story, it was cool hear how this book came into being. I love stuff like that 🙂

  • July 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    This is such an intriguing sounding book that crosses many of my favorite genres. I've become a big fan of the m/m genre and love discovery a new author writing in my favorite new genre.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  • July 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Sounds like a great read with some interesting twists to the characters. I love paranormal to begin with, and you have a Mandy cover.. definite sign there..
    This ones going on my wishlist. I like the different favor if you will that male written M/M have. They are a nice change from the female written M/M..
    Congrats on the new release.
    Thank you Leah for giving everyone a chance to win a copy, and for the heads up to begin with.

  • July 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, Vaughn, I had to chuckle when you said your middele initial, R, stood for truth, justice and sleeping late on Saturdays. I really relate to that!!

    Though I really LMAO when you described your main character, Richard Stone,as having a nice fiefdom (ok, slum) and his budding career( ok, porn). I love your sense of humor and quirkiness. It really sounds like a fun story and would love a chance to read it.

    Wishing you much success.

  • July 10, 2010 at 6:54 am

    No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to let you know I've got this posted at Win a Book for you. Thanks for the e-mail.

  • July 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Anna, Jen: Thanks so much for the kind words. I really hope you enjoy it.

    Miranda: Nice to see another Laker! 🙂

    Ally, Joder, Iokijo: I hope you enjoy the book, I'm particularly proud that I got Mandy to do the cover. It's good have the chance to write gay urban fantasy, there's not a lot of it out there. 🙂

    Armenia: I actually did a whole post on my blog once about responses I've given to readers who asked what the R stands for, since it was by far my most asked question. I couldn't help but have a little fun with the responses. 🙂

  • July 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like a really bumpy ride. Thanks for the possibility.


  • July 13, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Ooops, sorry – I forgot to draw the winner.

    It's… Armenia!

    Armenia, send me an email at contest @leahbraemel DOT com with your choice of format (go over to the Samhain website for a listing of what's available. ) And I'll send you your copy of Vaughn's book.

    (Usual legal stuff, you have seven days to claim your prize or I draw a new winner.)

    There were 8 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

    1. Armenia
    2. Ally Blue
    3. s7anna
    4. Joder
    5. Jennifer Thorne
    6. Sweet Vernal Zephyr
    7. Iokijo
    8. Bernita

    Timestamp: 2010-07-13 14:30:02 UTC

  • July 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Thanks, Leah. Sending email. *smiles*

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