Dusk Peterson

Biography

Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes fantasy and science fiction with historical settings, including lgbtq novels. 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: romance, friendship, and faithful service are recurring themes. Visit duskpeterson.com for e-books and free fiction.

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Books

The Consultation (The Eternal Dungeon: Transformation #4)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,310. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Separated from his love-mate and forced to serve in a prison whose practices violate the ethical code that he has long obeyed, the High Seeker finds himself surrounded by temptation: the bodies of prisoners, stripped to provide pleasure for their torturers. Then the greatest temptation of all arrives. This one, he realizes, he may need to surrender to, for the sake of his ethical code.
A Prisoner Has Need (The Eternal Dungeon: Transformation #3)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 2.3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,020. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Reeling from a personal tragedy, Weldon Chapman is assigned what appears to be a clear-cut case of extracting a confession from a young man who has committed murder in front of dozens of witnesses. But as Weldon penetrates the mystery surrounding his prisoner, he will come to realize that he cannot keep his distance from the agony of this tragedy, nor from the agony that lies within himself.
Twists and Turns (The Eternal Dungeon: Transformation #2)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 2.2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,300. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
In the royal prison, a young torturer is forced to choose between his principles and his love. Meanwhile, a homeless youth living elsewhere in the capital receives comfort from a rich man mourning the loss of his son. But when the youth decides to fight the prison's torturers in order to defend the liberty of his patron, he comes to realize that his battle must extend further than he had expected.
Deception (The Eternal Dungeon: Transformation #1)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 2.1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,580. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Having worked for many years in a prison where he is forbidden to marry, Weldon has long since reconciled himself to the fact that his relations with female prisoners must remain strictly professional. But Weldon is about to learn that his own past is as much a mystery as his prisoner's . . . and that his prisoner holds the key which will open the door to that mystery.
Tops and Sops (The Eternal Dungeon: Rebirth #6)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,680. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The torturer was young, inexperienced, and lacking in knowledge of the world. The prisoner was tough, worldlywise, and had an infallible plan that would give him escape from this place. So why did the prisoner feel as though the torturer had the edge?
As a Seeker (The Eternal Dungeon: Rebirth #5)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,130. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
As the Eternal Dungeon's head torturer spirals into the darkness within his mind, two men strive to bring him back. One is the High Seeker's love-mate. The other is Layle Smith's second-in-command, Weldon, who must find a way to breach the wall between himself and the High Seeker. He must also find a way to end his resentment against the love-mate who took the place of Weldon at the Layle's side.
First Time (The Eternal Dungeon: Rebirth #3)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,710. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
One man seeks to heal from abuse. The other man dreams of abusing. Now they're in love. As the Eternal Dungeon's chief torturer and newest member strive to find a middle ground, their lovemaking forces Layle Smith to return in his mind to an older dungeon he had long abandoned. In that dungeon lies a helpless prisoner . . . yet perhaps the prisoner is not quite so helpless as he appears.
In Training (The Eternal Dungeon: Rebirth #4)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,000. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Assigned by his Queen with the task of bringing peace, Elsdon Taylor has witnessed his mission go terribly wrong. Now he is left in a desperate position. His only hope lies with the man he loves most, but Elsdon is beginning to realize that he knows much less about his love-mate than he had assumed. Can Elsdon find the strength to hold out for as long as it takes for rescue to arrive?
Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, Volume 1)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 94,500. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy. All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks...and so may their closest allies.
Spy Hill (Commando)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,520. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The life-long bond between army officers Rook and Fairview is about to meet its greatest strain, when they are ordered to seize and defend a hill whose landscape is unknown, in the company of soldiers who may be incompetent or treacherous. Will Rook and Fairview's friendship remain by the end of the battle? Or will their lives take an unexpected detour as they struggle to survive on Spy Hill?
Trial (Life Prison: Hell's Messenger #1)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,880. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
For fifteen years, Tyrrell has struggled to better the lives of his fellow prisoners. Now he has been transferred to Compassion Prison, reputed to be the worst life prison in his nation. The first sign of trouble is a Keeper of mysterious motives. But Tyrrell knows that, when he walks into his new cell, he'll face danger beyond measure: the prisoners of Compassion, who are waiting to test him.
Men and Lads (Life Prison: Mercy's Prisoner #2)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,190. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Two guards. Two prisoners. A multitude of problems. As a tramp beats his dangerous way to a new destination on the Western Mippite Railroad, he is joined by a prison guard seeking guidance on a difficult prisoner. The guard's guidance must come from a man who is longing for a human bond . . . but who has a reputation to establish.
Noble (Sweet Suffering: Princeling #1)
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Series: Sweet Suffering. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,370. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
He has lost his title, his work, and everyone's respect. That will be the easy part. . . . Corbin lives in a world that has been at war for generations, in which only the nobles who command raids are considered to have honor. Deliberately maimed by an enemy, Corbin cannot seek a new life unless he receives the help of one man: his enemy's son, who has warned Corbin that he will betray him.
Pleasure (Slaves of the Northern Corporate Dominion)
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Series: Sweet Suffering. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,830. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Egon had a position that won him respect, friends who raised his spirits, and lovers who gave him pleasure. Then a man came into his life who would take all that away from him. If Egon was lucky. . . . This science fiction novella of gay love and service can be read on its own or as part of Slaves of the Northern Corporate Dominion, a science fiction series on exploitation and love.
Right or Right (Darkling Plain)
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Series: Sweet Suffering. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,100. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Linnet is trouble. Everyone agrees about that. Driven from her native barony, she arrives at Goldhollow in hopes of beginning a new life, only to discover that she cannot escape her past. As Linnet is drawn into memories of a dark young man she once knew, she must deal in the present with a boy who is headed toward danger, as well as a child-like baron who may force her to betray her past.
Lost Haven (Waterman)
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Series: Waterman. Price: Free! Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00)
Meredith has brought his beloved master to the island where he spent the happiest days of his childhood. But when danger descends upon them, they must seek refuge, and Meredith must confront the tantalizing sorrows and rewards of change. . . . This short story about love between two young men can be read on its own, or as a side story in Waterman, a historical fantasy series.
Night Shadow (Darkling Plain)
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Series: Sweet Suffering. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Young though he is, Farsight has inherited a powerful gift from his father that allows him to protect his realm. But when a conniving king in a neighboring country sets his sights on Farsight's mountain of gold, the prince will need help to protect himself against an assassin's knife. Will a newfound companion-in-arms be enough to save Farsight, once the Night Shadow crosses the border?
Never (The Eternal Dungeon)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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. . . . This short story can be read on its own or as a side story in The Eternal Dungeon, an award-winning historical fantasy series inspired by late nineteenth-century life.
Cell-mates (Life Prison)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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 . . .
In the Silence (Life Prison)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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.
Curious (Life Prison: Mercy's Prisoner #5)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,970. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Backbiting, threats, violent encounters, forbidden desires played out at night and in stark daylight . . . all this Ulick must face in his new job as a prison guard. At the center of the maelstrom lies Merrick, a foul-mouthed prisoner with a notorious reputation. But behind Merrick stands another man, hidden in the shadows, and Ulick's future depends on what that man wants of him.
Isolation (Life Prison: Mercy's Prisoner #4)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A prisoner's life takes an unexpected turn when he learns he may be able to play a role in changing the harsh conditions at Mercy Life Prison. To do so will mean risking what remains of his life, as well as turning away from the only life he has known. What reward can he hope to receive in exchange for such a sacrifice?
Searching (The Eternal Dungeon)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Walking into a trap may be the only way to create one. Danger runs high for Vito when he arrives at the Eternal Dungeons. In this royal dungeon, prisoners are "searched" for their crimes, by torture and by more subtle means. Vito knows that he will be searched. But he has his own searching to accomplish, and to do so he must undergo the scrutiny of the queendom's most accomplished torturer.
Fan Fiction Fan (Pixel-Stained: a documentary memoir of the electronic publishing revolution in gay genre fiction)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Biographies
A decade before e-books and self-publishing shook up the publishing industry, an author faced a dilemma: When you've written stories in a genre that is rarely published, what do you do? This first volume in Dusk Peterson's memoirs on the rise of gay genre fiction e-publishing includes reminiscences, stories, and art from mdbl, Steve Berman, J.M Snyder, and Emily Veinglory.
Queue (Waterman)
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Series: Waterman. Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
What should a young servant do when his employer may fire him at any moment, his employer's beautiful daughter is absorbed with her high school textbook ("How to be Firm with Servants"), and he's blocked from carrying out a simple task by a snooty cyborg? . . . This flash fiction blends science fiction with 1960s domestic comedy. It is a side story in Waterman, a retrofuture series.
Master and Servant (Waterman)
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Series: Waterman. Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 162,560. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When he and other students at his boarding school become the latest participants in an ongoing battle between the oystermen of their Bay, Carr finds that his position of power may bring danger, not only to himself, but also to a schoolfellow he is drawn toward.
Unmarked (Waterman)
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Series: Waterman. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
"Fair play" is the motto of the Third House at Narrows School, but that motto takes on a different meaning when a lonely member of the Third House is secretly wooed by a young man from a rival House. . . . This novel can be read on its own or as the third and final story in the "Master and Servant" volume of Waterman, a historical fantasy series.
The True Master (Waterman)
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Series: Waterman. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,170. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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? This fantasy novella of gay love can be read on its own or as the second story in the "Master and Servant" volume of the Waterman series.
Pro-Gay and Ex-Gay Christians - Is There Room for Dialogue? Narratives and News on Christianity and Homosexuality during the 1990s (Narrative Nonfiction)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,920. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Biographies
In the late 1990s, most Christian denominations and other faiths remained deeply divided on the issue of homosexuality and related topics, such as gender roles. This collection of narratives and traditional news articles looks back at that tumultuous period, when Christians around the world engaged in battles and occasional dialogue in an attempt to determine the future of the Christian Church.
The Abolitionist (Waterman)
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Series: Waterman. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,360. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When a foul-mouthed, seditious foreigner turns up at your door, what are the benefits of letting him in? This novel about an unconventional pairing features a special appearance by a character from the Slave Breakers series by Sabrina Deane. It is the first story in Waterman, a historical fantasy series and retrofuture series inspired by the Chesapeake Bay oyster wars.
Torture (The Eternal Dungeon / Life Prison)
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Series: Life Prison ยท The Eternal Dungeon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When the High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon visits a foreign prison, he discovers that his dark reputation has preceded him. The host is eager to show him that matters are run very differently in Mercy Life Prison. The High Seeker has his suspicions about what he will find in that prison, but even so, he is not prepared for what the prison has to teach him about man's nature . . . and his own.
Milord (Life Prison: Mercy's Prisoner #3)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,360. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
He was the model prisoner, respectful to his guards and loyal to his fellow prisoners. What no one knew was that he held the key to destruction. . . . Friendship, desire between men, and the costs of corruption and integrity are examined in this multicultural historical fantasy series, which is based on late Victorian prison life.
Life Prison (Life Prison: Mercy's Prisoner #1)
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Series: Life Prison. Price: Free! Words: 37,010. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
In the unmerciful world of Mercy Prison, there is no rule but unending pain. For Merrick, the arrival of his new guard provides hope that he may break beyond the boundaries of his life prison. But appearances can be deceptive, and Merrick does not yet recognize the danger this guard poses to his future.
Love and Betrayal (The Eternal Dungeon: Rebirth #2)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,650. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
As a torturer learns the art of questioning prisoners, he discovers that the word "love" can have a darker meaning than he had supposed.
Re-creation (The Three Lands)
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Series: The Three Lands. Price: Free! Words: 18,660. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Despite his father's desire that the imperial heir maintain a formal distance from servants, Peter finds himself drawn in friendship to the younger boy who serves as his slave. But a shocking revelation on the eve of the New Year forces Peter to confront his own motives for keeping the slave close by. And that in turn will help him understand the deeper meaning of the gift-giving festival.
The Three Lands: an omnibus of fantasy novels set in the Great Peninsula
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Series: The Three Lands. Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 367,700. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.50)
If a god were to appear in the Three Lands, would his appearance bring an end to the fighting between nations? Or would he merely help to spark an inferno of war? . . . This 360,000-word omnibus contains two novels, two novellas, and a novelette in The Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace.
Waterman: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy and retrofuture science fiction
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Series: Waterman. Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 163,160. Language: American English. Published: September 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00)
In an alternate universe where the New World was settled by the Old World in ancient times, by the twentieth century the Chesapeake Bay region has become a battleground for conflicting interests. This 160,000-word omnibus contains a novel and a piece of flash fiction in Waterman, a historical fantasy series and retrofuture series.
The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon)
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Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.1. Price: Free! Words: 30,480. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.00)
The prisoner knew that the Eternal Dungeon was a place where suspected criminals were broken by torture, and he was prepared to hold out against any methods used against him - except the method he could not anticipate. . . . This novella can be read on its own or as the first story in The Eternal Dungeon, a speculative fiction series set in a land where the psychologists wield whips.

Smashwords book reviews by Dusk Peterson

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 05, 2011

    I appreciate that the style guide provides so much useful information, and that it is refined periodically. It has gotten a lot better in the two years since I first read it. However, I agree with what L. Frank Turovich says: "I think the guide would be much improved if the steps were more layered in organization. I know I don't want to wade through page after page looking for that one specific step I need to remember, then read through several long paragraphs for the exact info I need." His suggestions for how to layer each step are terrific.