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I went ahead and published my young adult novel. For reasons I'm sure everyone can understand, I'm using a different pen name for it, but I don't think there's any point in working too hard to disguise the connection... I'd be sure to mess it up, if I tried - I'm terrible at keeping secrets!

Anyhow, it's fun to try a new genre, but nerve-wracking as well. I have to figure out ways to promote the book and get people's attention on it, and I have NO name in YA (not that I'm a superstar in Romancia, but at least I know a few people).

If anyone's interested in getting a free copy of the book in exchange for a review of it, let me know - Amazon, Goodreads, your blog if you have one - wherever. And the review should absolutely be honest - well, if you HATE the book, I guess I'd appreciate it if you refrained from reviewing rather than leaving a total stinker, but that'd be your call. No coercion here, just one of many efforts to get the title in front of people's eyes.

Definitely my least favourite part of this writing business, but, whatever... I guess it's a necessary evil.

If you'd like to see more about the book, please check out Amazon, Goodreads, or my alter ego's blog!

I know, you guys didn't sign up for a bunch of YA babbling, but... you got it anyway! It's a special bonus! You're LUCKY!



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You know you're on too many social media sites when it takes the better part of an hour to change all your avatar images to show your new release.

Well, you know you're on too many social media sites AND are not all that great with computers.
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Yes, I've been at Goodreads. Reading reviews of my books. I know, it's never a good idea, but... I am weak. Very, very weak.

And, for the most part, undisturbed. I have a thick skin. I accept that all readers will not like all books. I realize that a criticism of a novel I wrote is not the same thing as a criticism of me. Seriously, all of this is true; I'm generally just fine reading reviews.

But in the name of all that is holy... Dark Horse is in third person. I swear, it is. You can tell because the narration uses "he" and "they" instead of "I" and "we" or, more strangely, "you". Third person, my hand to god.

It's in present tense, of course. I know. Lots of people don't care for present tense. I get it, I accept it, and I haven't written in present tense since my Dark Horse days. Not because there's anything wrong with present tense, but because people aren't used to it and it jars them. And because, apparently, it makes them think that the book is written in something other  than third person. (!!!)

Okay, I'm done now. Thanks to everyone who comments on any of my books, etc. It's just... *sigh*. Third person. I swear.

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I don't know if anyone within reach of these posts is interested, since you all probably read English or wouldn't find my posts at all interesting, but... Caballo Obscuro is almost here! The Spanish translation of Dark Horse is released from Dreamspinner this Tuesday. (Australians and the rest of you other-side-of-theworld-ers... I don't know what that means for you. Synchronize your watches, and check the site two days from... NOW!)

I don't know what sales will be like, but it's really fun to have one of my stories 'in translation'. And with the Shying Away audio-book coming out (eventually...)... step aside, Howard Stern! I am the NEW Master of All Media! (Hee!)



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Last chance to pre-buy your copy of my upcoming novella, The Shift, for only $.80 at Diesel e-books. It's not out until May 22, but for $.80?!? It's worth buying now and reading later.


Two men, too many monsters.

Raised off the grid, Cash has trained all his life to protect humanity from The Shift—a mysterious force that creates monsters capable of unspeakable destruction. For Cash and his warrior family, risks are just part of the job and death is an ever-present possibility.

When his daredevil tendencies defeat a monster but leave him over his head in a puddle of green goo, Cash figures his number is up…until he’s plucked to safety by a devastatingly handsome stranger.

Toby needs no weapons to fight The Shift, that’s why he’s perfected the art of laying low. Sudden moves draw unwanted attention, but he can’t stand by and watch Cash drown. Big mistake—it isn’t long before Cash is returning the favor, rescuing him from kidnappers intent on harnessing his genetic enhancements.

On the run with danger nipping at their heels, romantic sparks fly between them. But there’s no trust without truth, and things get complicated when Toby reveals everything Cash has fought against is a lie. The time has come to decide who’s the real monster—and whose side he’s on.  

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Dani Alexander is a sweetheart, a talented author, and a complete goof.

Those who know him do not need evidence of this. For those of you who do not know him... allow me to make a few points.

Points... )

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They made an audiobook of Shying Away, and it is currently playing on my iPod!!! My book, being read by... I don't know, some guy... I should probably figure out his name, right? But I'm too excited right now!

Excited and a little bit creeped out. I think I'm focusing too much on the reader, rather than the story. It's just WEIRD to hear a stranger reading my words. I'm trying to picture him, and I can't really do it. And I really don't know if I can listen to him reading the sex scenes... I'm getting embarrassed just thinking about it. (I'm a bit high strung today. I'll be better soon).

Anyway, I've just got the preview copy, and apparently it'll be a month or two before it shows up in the stores (Audible, Amazon, and iTunes). I'll be sure to tell y'all if I see it available somewhere, and if you see it first, let me know, okay? I'm VERY excited about this!!!

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The Shift isn't out until May 22nd, but if you're thinking about pre-buying it, you should check out Diesel e-books this Wednesday at 11am EST. First come first served, ten copies available for just 80 cents each!
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I've been busy writing.

I'm working on this dystopian series (whore with heart of silver, rich guy with brain of mush) and I'm really enjoying it, but I'm really not sure what it's turning into. The whore is broken, and it's going to take a long time for him to recover to the point where he can actually trust and love anyone, which I think is realistic... but it means I have to fill a lot of space in the books with stuff that really isn't romance! So I'm not quite sure what I'm writing - the series as a whole definitely fits the Romance rules, but the middle book especially is spending a lot of time on stuff that I'm worried might kind of be like those Intergalactic Trade Wars in the new Stars Wars series... and who really cared about the Intergalactic Trade Wars?!?

So I'm waffling on the self-publishing, AGAIN! It might be nice to have a professional opinion on this one. Maybe my first self-published book should be a straightforward contemporary Romance, not a sprawling SciFi extravaganza.

Other than that... I've been doing some reading! I finally read Dani Alexander's Shattered Glass, and really enjoyed it, although there were a few spots where I got a bit lost. The characters were real and interesting, though, and really, that's what I care about in a novel. And I read Tigers and Devils, which I liked, but not as much as I'd expected...it has SUCH a great reputation so maybe I was expecting too much. For me, though, the final conflict wasn't very satisfying. I couldn't figure out what the hell the characters were so mad about! And I read Janey Chapel's False Start; which I liked very much. I wish it had been a novel, though - I wanted more details and a more active participation in a lot of the events. Still, a good read!

Other than that? I've been cleaning up after the winter, trying to get the garden in shape, and planting fruit trees! I love the idea of having a little orchard, and if I have the space... why not? Now we'll see if they survive.
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Dreamspinner's Spanish version of Dark Horse is on the Coming Soon page - it's set for release on May 15th.

I do not speak Spanish, but I do not care! (Well, you know - it would be nice to speak Spanish, just 'cause. But not speaking Spanish does not diminish my joy at having a book available in Spanish. You get what I mean.)

I have no idea what sales will be like. Obviously I hope they're good, but it's really just fun to think that my words got translated! I don't know... not a lot of deep thinking in this post, obviously. Mostly just... Caballo Obscuro is coming! Yippee!

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2930


WIP

Apr. 15th, 2012 07:13 pm
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I'm really getting in the groove for my new WIP! Why does this have to happen on the Sunday night before a long week at work? I NEED to write it, now! It's exciting, and fun, and I want to write it ALL THE TIME.

Hmmmm... my throat's a little sore. Maybe I need a sick day?

No, can't do it. Too much to do at work. Stupid 'being responsible.'

Oh well, there's a few hours to go before bedtime. I'd better make the most of them.
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I just stumbled across this clip. I really like the way the man has found a place for himself, and is doing his thing, on his own. And then, of course, I wonder what the story would be if the man was younger (and hotter). Why would a young man be doing this? What did he leave behind in the outside world, and will he ever go back? And what will happen when an ambitious real estate developer decides to tear down the ruins in order to build luxury condos? Or maybe just to salvage the scrap metal and avoid lawsuits. Or maybe there's a community outreach worker of some sort who takes it upon himself to check on the man living in the factory, and maybe that worker is young and hot! Hmmmmmm...

I think people who live on the fringes of society are fascinating. They've stepped outside our societal obsessions (eg. worrying about being young and hot) and must have an interesting view of the rest of us. I'd like to write this story someday.

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I think I'm usually too busy bitching about my anxiety to remember to appreciate and celebrate things that are going well. But I just checked Of Dark and Bright at All Romance E-books, and it's number six on the top rated list, site wide.

Now, that's based on only six ratings, but still... they were obviously good ratings, and I appreciate the positive feedback! And getting the  title on the front page of the site has got to be good promotion, right? There's also been lovely things said at Amazon and Goodreads. I'm not supposed to respond to reader reviews (don't want people to think they're being watched, etc.) but there are a LOT of m/m novels out there; ratings and reviews are a great way to help my books stand out from the crowd, and I really, really appreciate it when people take the time to comment.

So, thanks! I suck at the promotion side of writing, which makes me EXTRA appreciative of people who help me out with that!

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I've been so focused on writing, lately, that I've really fallen out of the habit of reading. Which sucks, because I LOVE reading!

And I've started again. I chose an excellent book to jump back into the reading pile with, Dani Alexander's Shattered Glass. Dani himself is an odd duck with a strange obsession with simians on equines, but damn, he can write! Great voice, good sense of humor, and I see some steaminess on the horizon...

And as much as I'm enjoying THAT book, I'm also racing through it so I can get to one of the next two on my TBR list - Life Lessons by Kaje Harper. It looks excellent, and has rocking reviews, and hot boys... what more could I want?

And then on April 25 we get False Start by Janey Chapel. I love the way Janey writes - every word counts. I'm looking forward to that one.

Long story short - YAY, reading! I missed my book-buddies!

Shocking!

Apr. 2nd, 2012 05:38 pm
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A WOMAN! And a MAN! Together, romantically! It's outrageous! I don't know what this world is coming to...

Shining Armor is now available! From the publisher, from Amazon, from ARe... it's everywhere, spreading its filthy message of love and acceptance, even for heterosexual couples. Disgusting.


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Well, no, not completely. But a little!

I have a new release coming out tomorrow, Shining Armor. It's a new publisher for me (Liquid Silver Books) so I don't really know what their process is (eg. will it it be released only on their website for a while and then go to other distributors, etc.). But that's not the big difference.

The big difference is Tara. My first female romantic lead. Yikes!

I like her. She's far from perfect, and a bit spoiled, but she's trying NOT to be spoiled, so that counts for something, right? And she's having a tough time right now. Her best-friend-forever, who is also her business partner (horse barn!), was just in a serious car accident. And that would be bad enough, but the BFF's brother is coming back to town in response to the accident. The same brother who Tara crushed on for most of her adolescent life, until the brother left town without a backwards glance, leaving his sister and Tara to struggle on without him.

It's not some revolutionary, change-the-romance-genre-forever story, but I like it. I like the characters, and the plot. But I can't deny it... Tara is female. Nobody's gay. Oh, wait, actually, somebody IS gay, but he doesn't get any action. Sorry 'bout that.

Anyway, I'm terrible at promotion, so this is about it. If you sometimes like to spice up your m/m diet with a little het, give Shining Armor a try. If you're a m/m diehard, on the other hand, you'd better stay away. But maybe you have a friend who only likes m/f, and that friend would like a recommendation?

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Amazon's being a bit weird about getting everything set up for Of Dark and Bright. For example - I have no idea why it says three print copies are available and ALSO says the book is sold out. No thoughts on that. And I don't really understand why the kindle version isn't linked to the print version, or why it's so hard to find the kindle version via searching. It'll probably sort itself out soon, but in the meantime, the kindle version is at http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Bright-Horse-Series-ebook/dp/B007OWFE76/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1332800463&sr=8-21

Okay. More writing, less stalking!



Oh.

Mar. 26th, 2012 06:36 am
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I've heard some people... fancy people... put links in their posts. I went for a slightly simpler approach, but I guess a link wouldn't kill me...

Of Dark and Bright is available from Dreamspinner press as an e-book or paperback. It's also probably available from your favorite e-book retailer, either today or tomorrow.



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Of Dark and Bright is the  third 'real' book in the Dark Horse series...

Jeff, Evan, and Dan have been living happily together for the past two years. They still have problems, especially between Evan and Dan, but they’re mostly able to convert the interpersonal disagreements to sexual tension—and then resolve it—so nobody’s complaining.  

 Then Dan’s long-lost sister shows up seven months pregnant and on the run from the law, and the situation goes from complicated to overwhelming. Jeff and Evan want to help, but with Evan fearful for his own sister’s safety and Jeff struggling to keep his health issues under wraps, they’re a little distracted. As Dan's sister struggles with her past, Evan's seems intent on gambling with her future. With emotions and family ties pulling them in different directions, the threesome have to hold together—or the people they love may tear them apart.


It's available in e-book and paperback from Dreamspinner Press, and I think it's also already at ARe. Amazon probably later today? Buying from Dreamspinner is the best for me, royalties wise, but if somewhere else is more convenient for you, go for it! A sale's a sale!

I'm feeling really insecure about this one. It's been a long time since I wrote in this 'verse, and I still love the boys, and I still know them inside and out, but my writing style has changed. People who loved the loose, rambling style of the first books, the way we all crawled inside Dan's head and stayed there for days on end... they might be surprised by this book, and I just hope it's not an unpleasant surprise, you know?

Yikes.

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I am STRUGGLING with the titles for this series of books I'm planning to self-pub. I've got the first story written, and I know the overall story arc and character development for the next two, so... it should be pretty straightforward to slap some names on them and get going, right?

WRONG.

Literally, all I've done since my last TO DO list post? Is struggle with the stupid titles. Well, obviously I've gone to my job, visited with friends and family, performed routine personal hygiene tasks, etc. But the only WRITING think I've done? Trying to find titles.

How does anyone feel about:

The Odds, Book One: Fear Itself

The Odds, Book Two: The Abyss

The Odds, Book Three: Nevermore

I know it's kind of hard to judge without having read the books, but trust me, it's pretty hard to judge when I HAVE read the books, or at least the one that exists at this point.

Is there anything glaringly weird about those titles? Am I missing something obvious? At this point, the words no longer really have any meaning for me...



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