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Guest Post: “Making It All Up” by Terry Milien

Hey, y’all! My good friend, Terry, had a new release this week. Today he’s here to talk about Iron Will and “Making It All Up.” So without further ado…




The fun thing about building a completely made-up world is you can do whatever the hell you want, and that includes the language(s), too.

Now, in this particular world of Iron Will, they do not worship gods and so have no concept of either heaven or hell. Thus, religion-related swearing and phrases wouldn’t make much sense. “What the hell,” “Jesus (Christ),” “Goddamn,” are all expressions that would not sit well, with the reader, and with myself.

Being a world dominated by science and technology, the engineers working day and night with such things as gears, engines, wires and all other manners of tools, developed their own slang. It didn’t take long for it to spread to non-Corporate folk.

“Gears,” “Grease,” “Uncross your wires,” “Still your gears,” “Shut your engines,” “You’re rusting my gears,” are all common sayings in the world of Iron Will.

Having grown up not only in the midst of a Corporate town, but in the very middle of Corporate life, Gael has picked up such idioms and phrases and it was a lot of fun to come up with them.

Iron Will was released from Less Than Three Press on April 9. If you want to win an eBook copy, follow this link ( to know how to enter the giveaway!

Thanks for tuning in.






Gael has never believed in “Steel Giants” and magic; they’re just stories told to captivate children and remind everyone of the power of the Corporation. Those beliefs fall prey to doubt, however, when he abruptly finds himself enemy number one and being hunted down by those who are supposed to protect…

Pairing: M/M/M/M

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It’s finally here! 5 countries in one month & the UK Meet

Hey, all! Later today I’ll be leaving for my first trip overseas! Needless to say, I am BEYOND thrilled. 😀 I’m making the trip with Sue, my best friend and sister cat. ❤ First stop is Rome, where we’ll be from 6/22 to 6/27. We’ll be hitting up the major sights in that city and taking a day trip to Tuscany while we’re there. Then on to Paris from 6/27 to 7/1, where we’ll be meeting Terry Milien and his husband. Terry is another of my best friends, and we’ll be meeting face to face for the first time in Paris, which is just awesome. We’ll be celebrating Pride together, and then Terry and his hubs are coming with us to London, where we’ll be visiting the Harry Potter studio on 7/2.

I’m staying in London from 7/1 to 7/12. While in town, we’ll be doing some touristy stuff with Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell, and I’ll hopefully get to meet Melanie Tushmore in person for the first time. We’ll generally try to see as much as we can before heading up to Manchester on the 12th for the UK Meet (if you’ll be there, come say hello!). After the Meet, I’ll be heading back to France, where Terry will be picking me up. I’ll spend a few days with him in Belgium before taking a train to Cologne, Germany. There, I’ll be staying with my friend, Carolin, who I haven’t seen in over a decade. My family hosted her for a school year when I was in high school, and now I’ll be hanging with her family for a few days before I head back home.

As you can see, it’s going to be a whirlwind trip. I’m equal parts nervous and excited, but I’m hoping everything will go well! I’ll have my laptop with me, and all of my hotels have wifi, so I’ll likely be able to update occasionally. Be on the lookout for pictures and news of my traveling exploits.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!


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