Give-Away on ARe

ARe (All Romance e-Books) is releasing a set of eleven novellas this month, all “bad boy” romances by a variety of writers. A few of them are even m/m, which is great — ARe is very supportive of GLBT romances.

They’re doing a big promotion/give-away thing, too — the top prize is a $50 gift certificate for ARe, which is enough to buy all eleven e-books with some cash left over. I get most of my romance e-books from ARe (I’m still Neanderthal enough to prefer PDFs, and that’s one of the formats they offer) so this is pretty cool. Anyone else who’s into romances, head over to the Bad Boys Giveaway page and check it out.

Angie

Review and Giveaway

Pattycake at Mrs. Condit Reads Books reviewed an ARC of Captive Magic and seemed to like it a lot:

Captive Magic by Angela Benedetti is a wild ride of a story that starts out with a touch of the paranormal, then takes a left turn into the Twilight Zone! The blurb covers the bare bones of the tale, but to really appreciate the unique and original twists that this story takes, you need to check it out for yourself.

Click through for the rest.

There’s also an interview where I ramble on for a while about such things as how I got into writing fantasy romance, which had to do with the early mainstream fantasy and “futuristic” romances falling so far short of the mark, in my opinion as a long-time SF and fantasy fan.

If you leave a comment on the review post, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a complete set of the Sentinels books — three novels and a short story.

Thanks to Pattycake — I’m so glad she liked the book! — and to Mrs. Condit for hosting the review and giveaway.

Captive Magic will be release on 4 September.

Angie

Drawing Winner

I put the names of everyone who commented on my guest post on Jessewave’s about what love looks like into a pot and pulled out Sirius’s. She gets her choice of one of my published e-books.

Congrats to Sirius, and thanks to everyone who came to hang out with me. I had a great birthday, because I am a geek and spending my birthday with friends online is cool. πŸ˜€

Angie

Over at the Torquere LiveJournal Today

I’m hosting the Torquere LiveJournal Community today, talking about Emerging Magic and anything else that comes to mind. We have candied bacon, so come on over and hang for a while.

I’m going to do a drawing tomorrow for a $10 Torquere gift certificate; for every post of mine you comment on over there today (up through noon Pacific time tomorrow) you’ll get a slip in the drawing. I’ll be posting throughout the day, so check back a few times, or just wait till later and do it all at once — maybe during a gap in the Olympics coverage or something. πŸ™‚

Angie

Blogging at Torquere

I’m hosting my publisher’s blog today, and I’ll be giving a $10 Torquere gift certificate to one of the commenters. Check out my first post for details, and a discussion of holiday and climate and assumptions. There’ll be more posts later in the day for more chances to win. (Except I’m going to bed as soon as I have all this posted, so the next one won’t be for a while. πŸ™‚ )

Angie

Artist Wanted

For anyone with an artistic bent, Josh Lanyon is looking for a cover for a short story. He’s getting the rights back to an anthology story soon and plans to self-publish it. Drawing/painting/photomanipping isn’t his thing, though, so he’s holding a contest — if he chooses to use your cover, he’ll pay $50 for it. (I know that’s not a lot, but it’s pretty much the going rate on this end of the industry.)

Luck to anyone who gives it a shot. πŸ™‚

Angie

Anniversary Contest

Torquere has been around for seven years in September, which is, like, practically pre-Gutenberg for a small e-press. πŸ™‚ They’re having a contest to celebrate — a scavenger hunt, with a Nook as the major prize, plus a bunch of smaller prizes. Check out the contest page (the last link below, at the bottom) each day in September to participate in the anniversary celebration and try for some great free stuff. πŸ™‚

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Torquere Press Celebrates 7th Anniversary!

Seven years?! No, we can hardly believe it either. Seven years of bringing readers the best, the sexiest, the most romantic GLBT fiction. And to celebrate, we’re giving away prizes — great themed gift baskets, gift certificates for free books every day, and a scavenger hunt that will give readers a chance to collect a deck of cards that will win big — a Nook from Barnes & Noble!

Readers will get the chance to “collect cards” by visiting each participating author’s website, blog, or Facebook page. By collecting all the cards and filling in the form, players have the chance to win free books daily, a gift basket once each week, (including BDSM, werewolf and mΓ©nage themed baskets), and be entered in the grand prize drawing for the Nook.

We’ll also be having random sales via our blog GLBT Romance, Facebook, and Twitter

With bestselling GLBT romance authors like Chris Owen, Tory Temple, Kiernan Kelly, P.D. Singer, Sean Michael, and B.A. Tortuga, you’ll have a blast playing along. Just log onto Torquere Press’s website, check out the contest page, and start hunting!

So, ya feel lucky, dude? Let’s play!

New Release

I have a new story out, a short called Unfinished Business. It takes place right after A Hidden Magic wraps, focusing on a couple of supporting characters — master mage Aubrey and his apprentice Cal — and a bit of unfinished business left hanging after the novel was over. It’s short and fun and sexy; I just had to write it and let the boys finish what they’d been doing earlier. πŸ™‚

Drawing: I’m hanging out on Torquere’s LiveJournal community today, playing host, talking about whatever comes to mind, and holding a drawing. For each of my posts you comment on today, you get a ticket in the drawing, and tomorrow I’ll pull a name and send the winner a $5 Torquere gift certificate.

Sale: It just happens that Torquere’s having a sale today and tomorrow. Enter “prejuly” in the coupon code box when you check out, and you’ll get 15% off your purchase. Add that to the fact of the backlist books’ prices going up on 1 July, and that makes these two days a really wonderful time to grab some bargains. Or to just have your five dollars go that much farther if you win the drawing. πŸ™‚

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From “Unfinished Business:”

After a morning of saving the world, apprentice mage Cal Toscani heads down and works a full day in his busy restaurant, because foiling the bad guy doesn’t pay the bills. After midnight, bruised and aching from the aforementioned foiling, and exhausted from a long day of work, Cal goes home hoping for a hot bath, a nice massage and some sex, not necessarily in that order. His lover and master, Aubrey Fletcher, unfortunately remembers that he’d given Cal a lesson that morning before everything got exciting, and he’s determined that Cal’s going to finish that lesson before anything else happens — yes, right now. Cal finds himself naked in bed, trying to figure out how to remove Aubrey’s spell, while a naked Aubrey does his best to be distracting. Cal’s pretty sure he’s going to explode long before he figures the damn thing out!

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Cal grinned, tossed his jacket onto a chair, then spread his arms and did a slow rotation in place. “No orc bites!” he reported, his expression a parody of relief.

Aubrey just raised an eyebrow, then pointed at him and drew a twitchy little sigil Cal couldn’t quite catch before it was gone. An ominously familiar warm weight on either side of his head made him groan. Those damn ass’s ears again!

“Now?” he griped. “Come on, I just finished work, I’m tired, I want a shower and was kind of hoping for a nice massage and sex. Can’t we finish this tomorrow?”

His master crossed his arms and leaned against the doorway. “Do you think enemies–”

“–will wait until you’re rested and ready?” Cal chorused with him. “No, I know, but come on!”

Aubrey just stared at him.

“Fuck.”

One corner of Aubrey’s mouth twitched and his eyes twinkled up into Cal’s. “Maybe.” He uncrossed his arms and moved closer, leaning in until their bodies touched from chest to knees. “Maybe you need some incentive?”

Cal felt a hand slide between them and rub at his suddenly-interested cock. The hand moved away again immediately and he moaned in protest.

“You have six pairs of ears right now,” said Aubrey. His eyes were still twinkling and the old bastard sounded like he was having a grand time. “They’re quite colorful and rather cheery, but I’m assuming you want to get rid of them. For every pair you banish, I’ll escalate.” He lifted up on his toes for a moment and gave Cal a quick kiss, then backed away.

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Read the Rest

Raffle!

Today and tomorrow, PD Singer, Mara Ismine and I are taking over the Torquere Social community on LiveJournal to celebrate the release of our mini anthology, Walk the Plank. A number of the posts — well, most of them so far — are marked PIRATE RAFFLE in their titles. If you comment on those posts and participate in whatever activities we’ve got going there, you’ll be entered into the drawing for one of three free copies of the anthology. For each post you participate in, you’ll get one chit in the hat; hang out with us both days and you could really stuff the raffle. πŸ™‚

The first Pirate Post is here, with Mara on watch alone for a while ’cause she’s in England. I chime in here with a story from my misspent youth [cough] and an invitation for others to share, for a raffle entry.

We’ll be around all day today, and tomorrow through midnight Eastern or so. Come hang with us, have fun, and enter to win one of the free anthos!

Angie

Come Spend the Day

I’m driving the bus over on Torquere Social today, so come on over and hang out with me. I’ll be posting a series of questions and contests, and collecting names of folks who participate into a hat (well, probably a bowl, but close enough) and drawing a name for a five dollar Torquere gift certificate. (You can get about half my backlist for five dollars, so if you’ve wanted to try my stories but haven’t had the money, this’d be a great opportunity. πŸ˜€ )

I’ll be posting throughout the day, so check in whenever you’re around. [wave]

Angie