See why I LOVE my cover artists? All of them are so fab! Sam Pray knocked it out of the park again with this little lovely for the third of my Urban Grimms, The Temptation of Eve. Eve will be releasing soon from Under the Moon!
31 March 2009
26 March 2009
As I said, I'll be bringing out some of my OOP (out of print) books again. Most are coming out from publishers like Mundania, Phaze, and Under The Moon.
However, a few will be brought out by me in places like Fictionwise (the contract being favorable), Amazon DTP/Kindle, and Amazon CreateSpace (for new trade paperback versions of the books). Beyond the Veil and Snapshots from a Poet's Life are already available for the Kindle, and Snapshots should be releasing in a trade version this coming week.
The next project for the OOPs is the original Prophecy serial. It is slated to release in Kindle and trade this summer. I may further serialize it to try for that Fictionwise release.
But, that's only the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to Prophecy news. Mollie has finally grown up and demanded the HEA readers of the original release of Prophecy: Revelations and Rapture have asked for all these years. To celebrate the coming re-release of Revelations and Rapture...and to whet the appetite of readers for the new Prophecy story, Rampage, I've posted a sneak peek at the hero of Rampage (Gavin). Remember, just like Joe had, Gavin has a rather...troubled past. Rest assured that he's a much different man when Mollie finally meets him.
WARNING: This excerpt is intended for adult audiences only. Clicking the offered link signifies that the reader is an adult and able to legally access adult materials. I AGREE
24 March 2009
What a month! Here we are...most of the way through...and I'm buried in new releases. Not that I'm complaining, but you'll get the idea, by the end.
To start us off, we've got Animal Instincts from Phaze! It's the first of my Instincts series stories. The second is already submitted to Coming Together, and a third is percolating.
You've got, Anha, a Lyx (werewildcat) fem in heat...and, Mattayas, a Wul (werewolf) buck who can't resist her. What follows includes murder, stalking...and a whole lot of hard choices. Is home where the heart is...or where the den is?
Next up is Close Enough to Human from Loose-Id. It's the first of my Xxan series. The second is already half on paper (and the 3rd-5th in the works), and she's one heck of a world!
Meet Miri, an illegal crossbred Xxan-human, being used as a decoy by the Xxan to hide an attack on the human council...and Aleeks, a natural crossbred, born on Earth. He's the leader of an elite military unit, and he's determined to bring Miri in. Aside from the fact that she's innocent in the plot against the human council, nothing makes sense about her. Worse, with Miri at the height of her budding sexuality, Aleeks may not be able to stifle his Xxanian instincts to dominate and claim her as his mate. Then again, does he want to stifle it?
I'm busy re-releasing some of my OOP titles from Amazon DTP/Kindle. Beyond the Veil includes my three award-winning shorts/novelettes from NOBODY: An Anthology of Dark Fiction (Trick or Treat, Anima ex Machina, and Phantom Dreams). It will be released (for now) in e-book only. At some point in the future, I may do a print anthology, containing these stories and more.
Last...uh, not quite last... I've re-released my EPPIE finalist book of poetry, re-edited and updated to include some of my poetry from the EPPIE finalist PHAZE IN VERSE, in Amazon DTP/Kindle, under the title Snapshots from a Poet's Life. Sometime in the next week, I anticipate it also releasing it in trade paperback on Amazon! More news on that coming up soon.
But the month isn't over, and we're not through yet. We should still see the print releases from Under The Moon for Three Wishes (Urban Grimms collection) and Undead Embrace (straight-genre zombie anthology)...as well as the e-book releases from Under The Moon of Undead Underway (Undead in Blue series) and The Temptation of Eve (Urban Grimms collection).
And don't expect the pace to slow down anytime soon. It looks like I'll have another 3 releases or so each in April and May and then 4 each in June and July. Re-releases, new releases, new releases from old series... It's all coming your way!
22 March 2009
It's a first for me! The first release of a were story is today. ANIMAL ATTRACTION, which includes both werewolves and werewildcats, has released for sale from Phaze!
And now for the blurb...
Mattayas is the eldest son of the alpha pair, the buck destined to lead his Wul pack when his father dies. Anha is a proud young Lyx fem, a strong hunter and fighter for her nest. Their mating instincts drive this unlikely pair together, sending Mattayas into a murderous rage that leaves them with horrific choices to make. Can their instincts overcome the problems inherent in such a match?
21 March 2009
Contest time! Be on the lookout for this banner. Visit the contest page by clicking the link on the banner below. Find the authors' sites you have to visit and the questions you have to find the answers to. I've made it easy for you. Not only should you be able to find the right page easily on my new site map, the page has a matching banner at the top! Happy hunting and happy reading.The contest starts tomorrow morning. Don't be late. The early bird just might take the big prize!
20 March 2009
What's the distribution like?
If both, do they offer e-Book first and then print? In which case, what bar do you have to reach to get print? How is it handled? Does everyone that makes the bar get print? Don't assume they do.
Do they do e-Book and print together, a simultaneous release of the two? That will likely extend your time to release, but if you want both e-book and print, it's a guaranteed way to both.
If they do e-book only or print only, do you retain your rights to the other to take them elsewhere? Don't give that up. If they don't do both, don't give them both. For that matter, if they don't intend to use both, don't give them both.
Does the publisher encourage authors to work together to promote and facilitate opportunities for it?
Does the publisher encourage mentoring of new authors, so they can learn from the established authors and/or publisher staff?
18 March 2009
Now, what makes this one so very unique is that she's selling (among the true pirated copies of NY Times bestselling authors like Grisham) copies of FREE reads, offered by authors of Phaze. The idiot... (I will explain why I believe this person is an idiot shortly.) The idiot doesn't even have the excuse of believing it's okay to resell a used e-book, as you would a print book, because she's offering FIVE lots of the same ten books. How stupid do you have to be to actually believe you have the right to do that? It's probably not stupidity, of course. She's probably well aware of what she's doing, but...
Now, why is she stupid? Beyond the fact that she's pirating NY Times bestsellers on eBay... Beyond the fact that she claims that re-selling e-books is fine... Beyond the fact that she's selling multiple copies of the same books... Aw, come on. I expect that from any pirate.
When contacted with a C&D from the publisher, she demanded proof that the books were contracted works. Uh...check the covers and the copyright page, anyone? When presented with that, she claimed she "purchased" them from ARe (as if we don't know they are free reads?), so it was okay for someone to purchase them from her. eBay currently has a formal complaint in their inbox, and may they cancel her account for violations of law, the TOS...and rank stupidity. Stupidity should be painful.
But, back to the thrust of my blog post today. Someone raised the following question of me, and I felt it deserved an answer.
If it's a free read, wouldn't you want people passing it around? Why would you stop a pirate who's passing free books?
When I first found the pirate, I debated that question for about .5 seconds. This is what I came up with.
If they were giving it away for free, I wouldn't say word one. They could put it on BitTorrent, and I wouldn't care. Well, I would, but only because it sets a bad example, because people seeing it pass don't know it's a free read. Ideally, it would pass with a note that the author had given permission for it to pass, which is the best of all worlds. It's a free read, and I want it to pass as far and wide as I can manage. In fact, I would gladly give direct links to every free read I have available and encourage readers to pass them, with a note of my permission.
Why a problem then? Because the idiot is selling them! They are free reads. They are my gift to readers and potential readers. Selling them is taking advantage of the readers I adore, and I can't abide by that.
What I find immensely amusing about the whole thing is that pirates often say they are trying to help authors and readers by pirating books. Bunk, but... In this case, you have a self-serving pirate who is hurting other readers in pursuit of a few bucks. Pathetic.