I have a new column up at Romancing the Blog. This time I’m talking about pro writers blogging, and whether it might be a good idea to have multiple blogs (or journals or mailing lists or forums or whatever) for different types of posts, so people who just want to know when your new books are out or how your dog is doing can subscribe to your more “mellow” blog without having to scroll past your political analyses or your dissections of someone else’s book.
I’m responding to a couple of other posts that went up within the last few days, but you don’t have to read those if you don’t want to; I’m pretty sure mine makes sense on its own. The earlier topics were about whether a writer should express strong opinions on their blogs, or even controversial opinions. My thought was compartmentalizing, so readers can choose for themselves what they want to subscribe to.
What do you think?
I have a free story up at Torquere as part of their anniversary month. It’s called “The Last Anniversary” and it’s a longish epilogue to “A Spirit of Vengeance.” For everyone who ever wanted to actually see the boys get their Happily Ever After, here it is, along with their first meeting, and some scenes showing what happened in Josh’s life after Kevin died.
Included at the end is a recipe for Kevin’s Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip Muffins, which appear in every scene of the epilogue. ;D
For anyone who doesn’t have a copy of “Spirit,” it’s on sale right now for 20% off, which makes it $1.99. I don’t know how long it’ll be on sale for, so get ’em while they’re cheap. 🙂
My novelette, A Spirit of Vengeance, is on sale at Torquere for 20% off, which makes it $1.99. I have a free short story coming out on the 30th which is an epilogue to this story, so if you haven’t read “Spirit” yet, this is a great chance.
I just ran across this great review of “A Spirit of Vengeance” from back in June over at Two Lips Reviews. Obviously I don’t do enough vanity searches. 😀
Reviewer Bella gave it 4.5 kisses and said:
Josh is still reeling from the death of his lover, Kevin, when strange things begin to happen that make him question his sanity. In the middle of the numbness that has wrapped Josh since the news of Kevin’s death, Josh has started to “hear” Kevin’s voice in his head. And that can only mean that Josh is losing it, right? But as Josh begins to believe that Kevin is really there, he also feels compelled to find and punish Kevin’s killer.
Will Josh survive Kevin’s visits and eventual absence?
A Spirit of Vengeance is a heart-wrenching paranormal romance that will make readers hope for the “life” after death that is experienced through Kevin. Both men will invoke strong feelings of love, sadness and joy as they come to terms with what is left after Kevin’s death. Angela Benedetti did a wonderful job of creating characters that will pull at every heartstring, while delivering a quick paced and entertaining suspense. A Spirit of Vengeance is a great read that should not be missed!
Thanks so much to Bella!
Torquere Press is five years old this month, and to celebrate they’re holding a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a Kindle loaded with Torquere e-books.
Go here for the rules and a list of links to journals and web sites where participating Torquere authors have hidden a graphic. Find all the URLs where the graphics are hidden, fill in the blanks on the contest page, and enter to win!
If you want to start with me, my graphic is hidden on my LiveJournal, which is here. Luck!
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More Anniversary Freebies!
All through the month of September, there’ll be free short fiction themed to the stages of a relationship, along with recipes and coupons, and a clue to finding one of the scavenger hunt graphics. Check out Torquere’s Anniversary Page every day for something new!
First Book is having a vote in their What Book Got You Hooked? campaign, and will be donating fifty thousand books to kids in the winning US state.
Go here to vote. All you have to do is vote for your state (or whichever state you want the books to go to), but you can also tell them what your earliest favorite book was and why if you want to. Name and e-mail are also optional.
You can vote once a day between now and 15 September. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. 😀
By the way, my favorite book when I was little was The Gingerbread Man. Hey, it’s about someone who runs around having fun and causing trouble, and that’s pretty cool when you’re four or five. 😉
Thanks to Kerry Allen, one of my fellow Romancing the Blog columnists, for posting about this.
I got a wonderful four-flute review of “A Spirit of Vengeance” from Singapore Sling over on Cocktail Reviews!
Josh, an artist, comes home from an exhibition and learns that his lover, Kevin – also an artist – has been murdered in the home they share with Josh’s actress sister, Kat. The killing appears to have been done by a homophobic gang, but the police can’t find anything to go on.
While he’s coming to terms with his grief, Josh hears Kevin’s voice and feels a wind blowing around him indoors. Kevin urges Josh to catch his killers and get revenge. At first Josh thinks he’s gone crazy, but soon Kevin is coming to him in dreams that feel very real. Kevin reveals that Oscar, his agent, murdered him when Kevin started to suspect Oscar of defrauding him.
Can Josh find a way to unmask Oscar as the killer – or will listening to the advice of a ghost lead him and Kat into danger?
This novelette had a most interesting premise. The opening was powerful, full of raw emotion as Josh struggles to deal with Kevin’s death. The ghost story begins tentatively, with Kevin’s spirit at first so full of rage that he scares Josh. Kevin’s frustration with his new spirit form and his desperation to make Josh believe what’s happening is both sad and touching.
Josh is a likeable hero, numb with grief yet still able to reach out to his sister, Kat, and share in her small triumphs. His longing for Kevin is one of the driving emotions in this story, and his fear of letting go and losing Kevin forever is very moving.
Ms Benedetti gives the reader a different yet satisfying story. My only complaint is that I wish there’d have been more of it – this could easily have been a novella!
This is so awesome, I’m going to be beaming for days!
I just posted a new column on Romancing the Blog. This time around I’m talking about an issue brought up during a discussion on Torquere’s Yahoo group regarding the reasons why the editor-in-chief of Ace and Roc thinks there’s no print market for m/m romances. She’s just repeating the party line which is passed around the New York publishers, but it seems to me that the basic premise behind that party line — that women won’t buy m/m romances because they want to insert themselves into the story in the heroine’s place, and since m/m books don’t have a heroine there’s no part for the reader to “play” — is deeply flawed. If it’s impossible for the (presumably female) het romance reader to enjoy an m/m romance because there’s no female protag, that implies that it’s impossible for anyone to enjoy reading a book where there’s no same-gender protag. Am I the only one whose eyes cross at that particular piece of logic…? [squint]
Aside from the fact that most of the m/m romances being sold right now — in print as well as e-pub — are purchased by women. [cough]
Anyway, I’m collecting data from readers — come give me your two cents’ worth. 🙂
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Beth Anne at Joyfully Reviewed wrote a review of my Holiday Sip, “The Joy of Exchanging Gifts.” She said:
“Anthropologist Lowell, is studying the Enknopans, and though he’s made a good friend of Tiklup, Lowell is excluded from an Enknopan ‘turning year’ celebration because of the Enknopan restriction on outsider’s participation. To participate or observe, one needs to be related to one of the Enknopans.
To show no hard feelings for the exclusion, Lowell tries to share his Santa tradition by leaving a surprise gift for Tiklup, in a traditional Santa method. Only issue for Lowell is the architecture of the Enknopan homes. No windows for Santa, so Lowell uses the ‘house’s smoke hole’ and becomes stuck in the chimney. As Tiklup and his friends return and discover Lowell’s predicament, a delightfully sexy gift exchange commences all taking place while Lowell is still stuck in the chimney.
Do you ever just laugh out loud while reading? The Joy of Exchanging Gifts had me alternatively laughing out loud and then just plain giggling for the naughtiness. I know it’s a Nice Sip, but for me, Lowell and his friends are just plain naughty, in a very nice way! The Joy of Exchanging Gifts is a hilarious, fun, sexy off-world read!!”
Thanks so much to Beth Anne; I’m glad she enjoyed my story. 🙂
I had a new column go up on Romancing the Blog this morning, this time on worldbuilding. I’ve been heavily into science fiction and fantasy since I was small and this has always been one of my favorite topics. 🙂 Head on over and let me know what you think.
Building Your Own World