City of Gold.

Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, 1131 AD.

** "City of Gold" is now the prologue to "City of Jade," which is available at Dreamspinner Press. (Paperback.)

Gallienus has spent his life in service of his country, and now his scarred body is no longer up for the fight. Assigned to work the gates of Constantinople, he is charged with examining the cargo brought into the city from all over the world. Misahuen is part of the merchant train bringing wares from the Silk Road to trade, but it's not Misahuen's cargo that interests the wounded soldier. Gallienus thought his heart was too battered to love anything but his country. Does he have the courage to dream of a future beyond service to the City of Gold?

Read an excerpt here.

"City of Gold" was reviewed by You Gotta Read, who said, "The encounter, lacking the elements that make even for a short story (plot, pacing, climax, resolution) cannot be judged as a novel or novella, but more like a well-crafted chapter. I would award it a 4 out of 5 for the delicacy and sensitivity of the writing. The characters really deserve to be in a novel, and I am eagerly waiting for that to happen. PE
Read the full review here.

"City of Gold" came in the top ten of the Pre-editors and Editors 2011 Reader Awards for Best Short Romance Story.


Erotica Apocrypha.

All mythologies have them--those dark, twisted, horrible elements that are just Eros turned inside out. From the Biblical to the Norse, the familiar to the esoteric, the twelve stories in this anthology reinterpret and re-imagine these themes. Join us as we explore the known to make it new, and tease the erotic out of the darkness.

Out of Print 2012.


Desperate Adoration: An Anthology Celebration of Love and Life.

Put together in 2010 by J. P. Barnaby to raise money and awareness for victims of violence. My story, Art of Living, is a snapshot from the very long lives of two Archangels: Michael and Gabriel. Michael is feeling the weight of his responsibilities and wondering if there is any hope. Gabriel takes him to see lives being lived to the fullest, hope in landscapes and humanity.

Out of Print.

About L. J.

L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She enjoys music, languages, TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching. L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.