It is available for preorder! About two weeks until it drops, so you’ve got that long to snag it for 15% off. ^__^ I’m quite fond of it and it’s lovely ridiculousness. It focuses on Laurence Wickes, a newly turned drinker (a.k.a., vampire, but no one calls them that anymore b/c it’s soooo outdated), and his psychiatrist, Dr. Ira Ashdown. Laurence was a hunter, in charge of keeping drinkers in line, right up until he was bitten on the job. To keep that job–which he does want–he has to convince his government-mandated psych he’s not a danger to society and get the right certification. He expects a stuffy old man and instead gets Ira, who’s pretty much the opposite of stuffy old man. Everything seems to be going well for Laurence and Ira, until Ira’s (secret, mysterious) past comes back to haunt them…
You can check it out here, complete with excerpt and Megan’s (better than mine) summary. :3
Audiobooks! LT3 has gotten the first of many audiobooks back from Red Planet Audiobooks. We opted for Megan’s Prisoner first, b/c that seemed to be most in demand. ^__^ I did a quality check (a.k.a., listened to the whole thing). It’s AWESOME. Seriously, I can’t even with how awesome it is. Links will go up on LT3 soon to where you can buy it, but also go visit M’s blog for a chance to win a free copy. ^__^
What am I doing now? Working on my next serial (it’s a Snow White rewrite that I’m already inordinately fond of) and working on my auction peeps’ commissions. ^__^ Will hopefully have something to show for those soon. Also, the ongoing website update, which fell to the wayside with Proud to Be a Vampire and travel taking up ALL of my time lately. Both are about wrapped for now, so I’m hoping to really dig in and finish that up.
That’s all I got for now. ^__^ Hope ya’ll are having a lovely October.
I think I update like, once a month now? It’s quite ridiculous. Also ridiculous is the way I start every post talking about how often I post. ;3
In any case, Seattle! In two weeks, Sam, Megan, and I will be flying out to Seattle for Gay Romance Northwest, which looks to be all kinds of awesome and fun (and short! a two-day affair, it’s quite refreshing!). If you are attending, say hi! Megan’s doing a reading and a panel, Sam is doing a panel, and I’m there for decoration. ;3 Regardless of whether you’re attending, you should definitely check out the GRNW goodreads group. It’s a public group, so anyone can join, and they’ve got all sorts of awesome stuff, including author interviews and this secret story thing (wherein a bunch of the GRNW attending authors anonymously wrote stories, posted exclusively in the group). I can neither confirm nor deny that I wrote one (secret), but you should check them out regardless. ^__^
Elsewise, I’m working on writing and editing and web stuff. It’s all Big Project stuff right now, so it seems like I’m doing nothing when in reality I’m slowly getting there. The new LT3 Book Market is going to have some pretty neat features, so I’m really excited about that … but with all the travel and other projects, it’s (and the new web design) are probably a few months out still. x__X;;
That’s all I got for now. Hope ya’ll had a good August, and have a bodacious September.
I am really failing at the “posting more when I have no day job” thing. >_>;; Ah well, in any case, I come bearing news!
First up, I’m participating in Dear Author’s August giveaway extravaganza. ^__^ You can see the calendar of giveaways here (it shows the current month, so if we’re still in July when you click that link, you’ll have to change the month, which I’m only saying because it took me forever to realize that was why it wasn’t working for me >__>;;).
Anyway, I am scheduled for a giveaway on August 2, in which I’m giving away a signed paperback from my backlist, international winners included. Megan’s post is the following day — she’s giving away copies of Dance, and LT3 has its own giveaway on the 18th, so keep an eye out for that as well. ^__^ I’ll try to post a link to it directly when my giveaway is live but…
Travel! I’m dragging Megan up to New York for family stuff. We’re visiting my parents for a few days, and then heading over to my sister’s (about 4 hours away) for wedding shenanigans. Should be good times, but we’ll be on the road and out of touch a lot, so uh, replies and posting of giveaway links may be delayed (at least on my part, I am terrible at remembering things when I’m not in front of a computer).
The More Travel bit comes in with Authors After Dark, which LT3 will be hitting up in a few weeks. Me, Megan, and Sam will all be there. It’s our first time at AAD, but should be good times. ^__^ We’re renting an SUV to haul all the crap we’re bringing, which should be fun. ^__^
In non-travel news, I’ve spent most of July working on three things (1) HR stuff for LT3 (which you probably don’t care about ;3), (2) website stuff for LT3 (still in progress, but definitely getting there on the rehaul!), and (3) writing, mostly on my Proud to be a Vampire story, which is titled Drinker Class X and mostly deals with how I feel government would bureaucratize the hell out of vampires. :3
For the interested, an excerpt…
Okay, so this is going to be a huge ass long ass post, so you are forewarned.
First up! M and I sort of kind of collab’ed a few months back to write a matched set of stories featuring a pair of hedge witch brothers. Beach Remedy and Herbal Remedy are set in the same ‘verse as my story Quality Control, in That Famous Happy End anthology and also M’s story The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn in the Bad Moon Rising anthology.
Basically, Quinn is one of the main chars in Quality Control; M stole his brother Astor for Grey Lake Inn. Lee, the MC of Beach Remedy, is Astor’s cousin, and he ends up with Jayden, whose brother Jordan is featured in M’s Herbal Remedy. :3 Confused yet? :3
You can preorder them for another week and then buy them thereafter. ^__^ Also, I reaaaally like the covers.
Second up. I no longer have a day job! I am working LT3 full time, though my mind hasn’t quite wrapped around that yet and I keep telling myself I have to go to bed to get up for work in the morning despite not having to get up until I want to. :3
Some of my major projects include setting up HR stuff (401k, health insurance, etc.) for us, doing a complete rehaul of the LT3 website (upgrade software, webhost, other software, look and feel, etc.), and ALL of the writing (anthology story catchup, Stolen Hearts book 2, a snow white fairy tale rewrite, and more). Should be funtimes. ^__^
Oh, and if anyone has anything they’d like on LT3 with the site overhaul, let me know and I will see what I can do. <3
Third up, this is going to be a busy summer/fall season for travelling. o_O;;
June 22 - M and I are gallivanting off to Georgia for a stop on Neil Gaiman's last U.S. signing tour.
July is pretty quiet
August 2-4: My sister is having her bachelorette party and bridal shower, which will necessitate a trip to NY
August 7: Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 concert in NC
August 15-18: Authors After Dark convention
Sept 14: NW Gay Romance Meetup in Seattle
October 12: Sister’s wedding in NY
I was told there’d be no math! :3 (Stealing that line shamelessly from LT3′s CFO. ;3) Before I get started on this topic, I’m meaning this to be informational. A lot of peeps know third-party vendors take a cut, and I’m putting solid numbers out there for those who are curious about the exactitudes of that cut. ^__^
Okay, so LT3 supplies our books to eight or so third-party vendors. Third-party vendors get us more exposure and make people more inclined to buy our books while they’re doing their other shopping (typically for books from other publishers). Sort of like the way WalMart and other stores picked up the super center model with groceries, general merch, and pharmacy and the like.
A rundown of LT3′s third party vendors:
Barnes & Noble
(We also do Smashwords, but their system is extra special complicated so for simplicity I’m skipping that one.)
Let’s start with Amazon. If the book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99, they’ll give you 70% of the list price. If it’s less or more, you get 35%. But wait! Amazon distributes to a bunch of different countries (think Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.com.br, etc.) If you don’t exclusively distribute with Amazon (the KDP Select program), you can only get 35% of the price in India, Japan, and Brazil. There’s no 70% option there.
Barnes & Noble has a similar tier setting. If your book is between $2.99 and $9.99, they’ll give you 65% of the list price. Anything else, you get 40%. No ifs, ands, buts here, just two simple tiers.
iTunes is simple and complicated. They give us 70% for all books, regardless of price. However! You have to match their price tiers. This is pretty easy for USD prices, as their price tiers pretty evenly match ours (everything must end in .99), but gets trickier when you start to do conversions to Euros, GBP, etc. >_<
Kobo also does tiered percentages. If you're between $1.99 and $12.99, you get 70%. Everything else gets 45%.
AllRomance and Rainbow Ebooks both take a solid 40%, giving us 60%, and Bookstrand splits it 50-50.
So what does this mean? Well, LT3 gives our authors 40% of the price from books sold through LT3, and 35% of the gross we get from third party sales. Here's what that looks like (math!):
(Apologies for the size of that image, but no way was I coding that table by hand. x__X;;)
There you have it. ^__^ If you’ve got any questions, drop ‘em, though I may have to ping Sam to answer any tough ones.
I’m sure it’s no surprise that I suck at updates by this point. :3
Yaoi-con was fantastic, and I have a lovely, lovely tattoo to show for that trip to CA.
It hurt, of course, both more and less than I thought it would. IDK why I assumed every stab of the needle would hurt the same, duh of course not. Things I did not know: it itches like a mother fucker and it loses a layer of inked skin. Seriously, why does no one talk about the itching? Because holy mother of god, did it itch. (Did I mention it was a tiny bit itchy? :3) Also, you’re supposed to not wear constricting/rough stuff over it (a.k.a., jeans) and I totally planned ahead and packed mostly … jeans. >_>
GRL was next, which was cool in some ways and utterly frustrating in others. The peeps we met were the highlight, ffs. Putting faces to names and just hanging out with peeps was totally awesome. ^__^ Hopefully the frustrating parts will smooth out in future years as the con is around longer.
Private Dicks: Undercovers is out! ^__^ I love this anthology, no lie. There are some super awesome stories in here, and you should definitely check them out when you get a chance. Everything from contemp to paranormal to knights (::coughMegancough::) to sci-fi (me? WTF?).
With a Touch is my contribution to the Halloween Rentboys collection that comes out tomorrow. It’s fantasy, as per usual, and is a cute little short about a man who’s trying to find a missing person of magical means, and finds much more than that.
I think that’s it? IDK, I thought I had more. We’ll go with it.
Saving Liam comes out tomorrow! (late tomorrow, technically “Wednesday,” but I don’t think anyone doesn’t know that we do updates the night before at this point. :3)
God, this story was a monster to write. It took me over a year (with other projects in between), and it’s one of the longest I’ve written, if not THE longest. It’s definitely one of the best, IMHO, and I am really, really fucking happy with the way it turned out. I haven’t heard much from peeps about it, but what I have heard is positive (which makes me really happy). ^__^
Oh, if you’re interested, there are two giveaways going on: one at Goodreads, which closes at 10:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, and one at Babes in Boyland, which closes at 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday. (Oh, god, those are different time zones. /resists urge to convert them)
Leyton lived a quiet, simple life as a prosperous, thriving merchant alongside his twin brother Liam. But that life is shattered when Liam goes missing, and Leyton is told that the only way to save his brother’s life is to seduce a king. The task proves to be even more difficult than Leyton feared, and soon he is swept up in a tide of political machinations, betrayal, and a looming threat of execution once the men who blackmailed him are caught.
But the threat of his pending death is nothing alongside the constant fear for his missing brother’s safety—and the tangle of intrigue in which he is caught is nothing like the tangle he put himself in after breaking the heart of a king…
Also, if for any reason you do not follow M or didn’t catch this on the LT3 site, we’re kicking off our moving-three-states-east shenanigans within a few days. That means less communication (b/c, y’know, I’m so chatty now. :3), and much slower response times. Do not burn down the internet while I’m not there to help, plzkthks.
Also, oh my god the books and sneak peeks are so out of date. /o\ ::adds updating the website to the to-do list::
Three bits of writing news tonight! ^__^ First up, Vixen, LT3′s first F/F anthology, is out! It’s an awesome collection of stories, and I super enjoyed writing Slaying Dragons. I really want to do more F/F now. :3 I actually have an inkling of an idea for one of the women who shows up in Saving Liam, so uh, that’s also on my rather lengthy ‘to write’ list.
But back to Vixen — if you are at all interested in F/F, you should definitely check it out. I really love all of the stories in this anthology, though my favorite is The Thicket by Liz Lambdin. It’s a Rapunzel remake, and a super awesome one at that. ^__^ I love it. Cavatina, Cabaletta by Rachel White is also really cool (it has an operatic setting, which is awesome). The other stories are no slouches either. You can check it out here. ^__^
Next point of business. ^__^ There’s an LJ comm called pic for 1000 (linked ’cause LJ tags don’t work on my website), that challenges you to write exactly 1000 words, no more, no less, based off a picture prompt. This was my picture, this is my story. Enjoy! ^__^
Last up, I signed up for another challenge (b/c I don’t have enough to write, apparently. :3) in the M/M Romance community on Goodreads. It’s called Love is Always Write, and members of the comm put forth “Dear Author” letters with a photo and prompt. Authors then go and pick one, and write a short story for it. ^__^ This is my prompt, and it should be a lot of fun!
He was told that everything happened for a reason, that there were things out there that watched your every move. He just never thought that the people telling him this were telling the truth. Until he happened to glimpse something out of the corner of his eye, something that he couldn’t explain.
And now there are things in the shadows, things that want him. And he’s not sure if he can hold out any longer. If only he hadn’t picked up that apple on that fateful day, then the ones in the shadows would have noticed his presence.
Okay, so I suck at updating. This should come as no grand surprise to anyone. The LT3 Kiss Me Quick stories have been eating a lot of my time this past month, but since tonight’s the last of them up, I shouldn’t be as tied up as I have been lately. Not that that means I’ll post more, but I’ll probably be writing more, which is the important thing, right? ^__~
Tangentially related, I’ve got a second KMQ short being released with the fourth week of stories. ^__^ It’s called Smoking is Bad for You and I’m really excited for it. It’s contemp, which is weird for me, and police detectives, which is even weirder for me. I really like the characters, though, and I’m hoping to play with them in a full-length story down the road. Check it out, if you are so inclined:
With nothing better to do until his contact shows up, Detective Keith Halfen notices a man who looks familiar, but whom he cannot place. Curious, determined to place the man, he strikes up a conversation and finds himself drawn in when he learns why the man is lingering outside a restaurant smoking a cigarette…
Drawing a huge blank on a premise for a Christmas story. I cannot for the life of me come up with an idea, so I’m asking for suggestions. ^__^ Any ideas, lovely flist? The only stipulation is that it has to be holiday themed, even if loosely so.
I finished typing up my Vixen story the other day. ^__^;; Took me long enough, and I put up a snippet here, if anyone is interested in a silly slaying-dragons-and-being-badass short story. :3
That’s all I got. Uh, also lots of editing. Oh, and Yaoi-con next week. I’m flying for the second time in my life, with the first plane switchover. That should be interesting. ^__^;;