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Sunday Small Talk

Other than I’m trying to get neck deep into my nano novel the other thing that has been consuming my soul is that my vampires in Vegas novel comes out at long last in just two days. I can’t even believe it really. I love Arrigo and Luc and I hope you will too. It’s more urban fantasy with a strong romantic subplot than it is simply a romance. There are some life or death moments in it. And I’ve talked a lot about it at various places. I’ve collected the first week of the tour here and there is a giveaway so there’s that. Check out all these wonderful blogs to whom I am grateful. And a huge thanks to Other Worlds Ink for arranging the tour!

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

MM Good Book Reviews.

Love Bytes LGBTQ book Reviews

Valerie Ullmer’s blog

Amy Aislin’s blog

MM Midnight Cafe

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Blurb
Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

Dreamspinner Publications

Amazon

And have a few writing links too.
Writers Beware of the Legal Pitfalls – Copyright Basics Part 3

The Dual Plot Structure That Makes Stories a Success

81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist Not necessarily writing specific but we all need self care

Crafting Resonance: Music and Writing

Tips On Horking Up Your Novel’s Zero Draft

10 Tips for Hosting a Successful Book Launch Party

Book Selling Strategies and Tactics (Don’t Get Caught In The Monkey Trap)

What is Written Fluency?

Sunday Small Talk

I wish I had more time for small talk. Between struggling to convert a class to an online class at the last minute and doing nano and writing my sabbatical request I haven’t time for much of anything.

I am however doing nano under my other pen name and it’s going all right but I’ve been slowing down because of test making and last minute class stuff for the above mentioned class.

Heck I’m not even had time to say that my novel is coming out in NINE days so here’s me saying that.

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Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can pre-order the paperback here (currently on sale)

the ebook here

It releases November 13th!

And have some writing links

FIVE THINGS EDITORS WISH CREATIVE WRITERS KNEW

The 7 Deadly Sins of Editors (According to Novelists)

Writing When Life Is More Trick Than Treat

Self-Publishing 3.0 And How To Build Success As An Indie Author With Orna Ross

How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas

Create the Villain Readers Love to Hate

From around the web

This is a Truly Bizarre Way to Write a Novel

Writing Women With Sharp Edges

How Dedicating A Whole Year To Write About Happiness Changed My Life

Is It Real? 25 Famous Writers on Writer’s Block

Vision Boards for Authors


Five Fantasies Driven by Unconventional Minds

Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation

For World Mental Health Day: When Writer’s Block Is Actually Depression

Here Is How You NaNoWriMo, You Ruinous Monster, You

3 Ways to Use “Accidental Research” to Write More Authentic Fiction


Write, Critique, Revise, Repeat: On Le Guin and Asking the Hard Questions of Ourselves

Sunday Small Talk

Uber small this week because I have no notes ready for class this week nor is the solarpunk story done. I want both done by tonight. Also had to get the galley proofs in for my holiday contemporary story Purrfect Holiday which are back in.

Life was on hold writing wise this week anyhow as I concentrated on making the world not spin (inner ear infection)

So here are those links I wanted to share. Happy writing.

From around the web – tweet on the joy of handwriting by Neil Gaiman (just because it captures how I feel)

Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

Trust In The Process

How to Write a Galley Letter (And Get Book Reviews)

Jewel words, crux and flavor words, and everything in between

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

Why a Good Cover Sells More Books The problem with this is hiring a good cover artist could cost more than you’re going to make (hopefully not but…)

How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

The Writer: Episode #1

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Self-Publishing My Book

My Five Favorite Books On Writing

A Writing Career Is A Series Of Cliff-Mitigation Exercises


Ian McEwan’s Advice for Aspiring Writers

How to Promote Your Book

31 Podcasts For Every Type Of Book Lover

What Type Of Book Editing Do You Need? And When?

And from my friend

Six Pieces of Misunderstood Storytelling Advice

Why English Needs Singular They

The Chunky Method ~ By Allie Pleiter

5 Unconventional Book Launch Ideas from Professional Marketers

What Puts the “Super” in Supervillain?

How to Write a Synopsis Agents Will Notice

eBook Pricing Strategies to Sell More Books and Maximize Author Earnings

SECONDARY CHARACTERS: The Good, The Bad & The Quirky

Sunday Small Talk

Very small talk since I’ve been spending my time finishing a 15 year old fanfic novel. Not the best use of my time but right now at the chaotic start of a new semester that was much easier than using my brain power to think up my own stuff…

But I AM back to my solarpunk story but time is quickly running out for me to finish. I had best hurry. (and by that I mean be gone every weekend and accomplish nothing because next weekend is the Mothman Festival and the weekend after the Steampunk Spectacle and in between all that me grading exams).

But let me bring you two wonderful things. First, my beautiful cover for Blood Red Roulette. I linked to the reveal last week but here it is on my own space. The colors work so well in this and it does capture Arrigo’s essence. Huge thanks to Tiferet Design on this one!

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Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can pre-order the paperback here (currently on sale)

the ebook here

It releases November 13th!

And check out my good friend Leigh Dillon’s debut novella Raising the Bar

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Blurb : Destin Bellingham has inherited a problem. Thanks to his late playboy father, Destin faces putting a For Sale sign on his family’s historic horse farm. Getting his talented stallion, Black Sambuca, into the Grand Prix show ring would put Bellmeade back on the map—if only someone could make “Sam” behave like a show horse.

Disgraced top rider Tonio Benedetto has his own problems, but he can work magic with difficult jumpers, so Destin hires him despite his bad-boy reputation. The street-smart, openly gay loudmouth from Miami and the closeted, buttoned-down son of Old Dominion Virginia make a rocky pairing, but time is running out to save Bellmeade from bankruptcy.

Opposites attract, sparks of tension grow into flames of passion. But if Tonio fails to tame Sam, will true love become a lost cause too?

You can buy it here

And have a big mess of writing links while you’re at it

From my friend How Do I Portray a Smart Character?

Five Common Harmful Representations of Disability

5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator

How Frequently Should I Publish on Social Media? A HubSpot Experiment

Accounting for Character Identification

Five Ways Gods and the Afterlife Change a Fantasy Setting

On Wildness, Cracked Worlds, Monsters, and the Odd Nature of the Short Story

Bullet Journaling as a Fantasy Writer

Why Writing A Series (Especially As A New Author) Is Really Goddamn Hard The usual Chuck Wendig language warnings apply

Sometimes It’s Okay To Quit Writing The Thing You’re Writing ditto

Your ISBN: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

The Three-act Structure: Formulaic or Foundational?

Writing For A Cause People who know me know I’m BIG on this one. Yes, this is also one place I’m also willing to give away stories

Evil in a Teacup: Fighting the Institutional Authority of Dolores Umbridge This one is actually subtle in just how good it is. Villainy doesn’t have to be cartoonish and over the top.

Writing Process, Routine, and Craft

Sunday Small Talk

I planned to use the drive to Ohio to work out the end game for my solar punk story but it refused to cooperate. It rather natter on about nonsense. Then I get home to find out my internet is out because some yahoo cut the wires outside the apartment. AGAIN. This time I’m going to go paint them day-glo orange or tie flag to them or something.

I was thinking about synchronicity and inspiration on the drive though. Someone from my writer’s group had a one off line in her urban fantasy about elf blood being poisonous to vampires but in small doses acted like a great drug. I thought that could be fun to run with. Then I got into one of Kim Fielding’s books and elf blood is delightful to vampires. Ah well. It’s still a really cool idea though. It’s all in what you do with it, I suppose. You could have that as an anthology theme and still have a dozen complete different takes on the idea.

Writing wise, I haven’t done much. It’s the start of the semester and that comes with a week-early start for me with the all new science camp for which I have to come up with all the biomedical scenarios. I have been thinking though about how much I appreciate publishers who use auto-reply for their submission email to let an author know their story arrived. I mean it’s easy peasy to do with most emails. I wish the last one I sent a short story to had one because I’ve heard nothing and my paranoid mine is like ‘did they get it it? I bet they didn’t get it.’ Ah brain, shut it.

From my friend: Podcast
182 – Literary Devices

How Do I Avoid Endorsing My Protagonist’s Actions? i.e don’t be preachy

Four Challenges of Nonlinear Narratives Maybe I need to look a this one to figure out WTF is wrong with Splinters’ opening chapter.

The Right Agent for a Debut Author

masterpost for writers creating their own worlds, or even just characters

And from around the web


10 Tips To Focus On Writing

Seven research tips for informed writing

The Pros and Cons of Getting Published

Take Up Some Room, and Other Public Speaking Tips for Women Writersl

“Write a Sentence as Clean as a Bone” And Other Advice from James Baldwin

Entitlement issues… This is by Neil Gaiman (and is directed more to readers/fans)

The Midwife as Story Teller

The 10 Beliefs That Drive a Passionately Authentic Life


How An Editing App Can Increase Writing Productivity


Unknown Unknowns in Writing


10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

Sunday Small Talk

I can’t talk about my writing since I haven’t been doing much. It has been a mess of me mismanaging time, visiting family and getting ready for the new semester. I at least know where my solarpunk thing is going. It’s all a matter of me not pissing around to get it done.

The other fun thing that’s been rolling through my head this weekend is the thoughts of fan art and fan fic. I’m doing the latter finishing up a project 15 years in the making (i.e. set aside forever) and Queer Sci-Fi’s post about fan art reminded me of the few pieces I’ve received and loved very much.

I know some creators who don’t like it. To be honest I wouldn’t be thrilled if people changed the characters sexuality BUT I know that’s how fanfic goes. I wouldn’t be stressing about it. I sure as hell wouldn’t be calling fan ficcers/artist ‘rapist’ (still have not forgiven Gabaldon for that, while now erased here’s a good post about it – see here

Quite the opposite, if you are so moved to do fan works for MY stories I will weep in joy and be thankful something I wrote moved you to create something. If you feel moved to share it please do.

And how about some writing links

From my friend – Christmas in July – What Makes a Good Christmas Story?

10 Top Book Marketing Takeaways from RWA 2018

The 13 Most Common Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

PUBLISHER QUESTIONS: WHAT TO ASK BEFORE YOU SIGN A BOOK CONTRACT

Please Don’t Buy My Book

And from around the web

Beta Reading: How Being a Beta Reader Has Made Me a Better Writer

12 Reasons Why Book Production for Indie Authors Means Thinking Digital

How Indie Authors Can Learn to Love Financial Management

Cockygate Closes

The Magic Of Storytelling

Why I Wrote My Three Books In My Pensioner Years

Five Lessons on Writing and Motherhood

An Open Letter to My Future Writer Self

Writing and Determination

Seven Ways To Become A Better Writer

8 mistakes Americans make when writing British characters

Sunday Small Talk

One day late and for a bad reason: my computer is sick and I’m having to share with my mother.

I don’t have a lot to say anyhow. I mostly wanted to share some of the accumulated writing links.

I am, however, getting more time on my post-apocalyptic solarpunk because the deadline I swore was at the end of the month is now September. That’s great.

Camp nano is going well. I’m about halfway to my goal.

Have some links from my friend Betty

The No. 1 Rule for Flashbacks in a Story Opening

6 Easy Writing Exercises to Fuel Your Creativity

Redesign Your Life To Prioritize Writing With David Kadavy

Five Story Elements That Worked in One Story but not in Another

Creating a Magic System for Superpowers

Creating Character Chemistry podcast

And from around the web

Writers and the “F” Word: Coping With Failure

The Psychology of Author Marketing

The Power of Sharing Writing, Even in Draft Form I think I shared this last week but it’s worth sharing again. And seriously I’m up for sharing.

The Delights And Dangers Of First-Person Narration

Conducting Interviews For Research: Identifying And Contacting Expert Sources

Make A Plan To Start Writing Your Book