Drinker Class X is being released next week on October 30 (just in time for Halloween!). I’m really happy with this story, and I hope ya’ll will like it as well. ^__^ I wholeheartedly and completely blame it and all my other vampires on Megan, b/c when I started this writing stuff I was vehemently anti-vampire in any way, shape, or form. She has convinced me otherwise, so you can blame my bastardizations on her. :3
In any case, to celebrate, I’m throwing a giveaway because why not. Comment on the website post (not on the cross-posted LJ post*) with your favorite Halloween candy or tradition. Giveaway is open until Wednesday, October 30th around noon Eastern Time (basically if I haven’t commented with the winners, you’re good to enter). I will pick two winners with random.org and they’ll have 24 hours to claim their prize of any e-format of Drinker Class X that they would like.
If you’d like to just buy the book (I LOVE YOU), it’s on preorder until Tuesday, October 29 for 15% off at LT3. ^__^
Drinker Class X
Bitten on the job, Laurence is left to readjust to living as one of the drinkers he has always hunted. In order to be declared a stable citizen—and get back to work—he must attend a series of court-mandated sessions with a psychiatrist specializing in newly-turned drinkers.
The worst part of being a drinker, besides adjusting to life without sunlight, is that it’s mostly doctors and red tape and tedium—right up until it isn’t.
(*I’ll shut comments off there, but if LJ has opened that up on me in the past after I close it, so just in case.)
I’m in the middle of NYS with a slow-ass hotel internet connection, but I wanted to do a quick drive-by post to let ya’ll know you can throw your name in the hat for a signed copy of any of my paperbacks. Check it out here! It looks like it’s open for 1 day 9 hours more, which I think (if I can math) means it closes tomorrow, August 3 at midnight Eastern Time. ^__^
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…
If you haven’t had a chance to read, and want to throw your name in the pot for a chance at a free matched set, there are two giveaways going on as part of our haphazard blog tour. You can stop by Babes in Boyland or The Armchair Reader (both awesome sites, by the by, in case you were looking for places to follow ;3). The giveaways there include a copy of Beach and a copy of Herbal, and both giveaways close on Tuesday whenever I remember to go pick a winner (so probably mid-afternoon or early evening Eastern time. :3)
Randomly, because I’ve seen it asked, I am planning to jump feet first into the sequel to Stolen Hearts: Book 2 once I clear off some of the other projects (anthologies!) on my plate. ^__^ Other writing plans include (1) a fairy tale rewrite of Snow White, (2) a follow-up to Living Words, and (3) a vampire story for the vamps anthology (so, so late on that), and stories to catch up on all of LT3′s active anthology calls.
If there’s anything you’re specifically looking for outside of the above, let me know! I’m always curious to see what peeps want to see. ^__^
So right now, Sam and Kathrin are visiting, so the house is kind of full and we’re running around doing awesome things. So far, Sam and Brandie have gotten new tattoos (Megan and I are slated for Wednesday this week), we’ve gone to the Battleship North Carolina, hit up a bar downtown called Hell’s Kitchen (no relation to the show), seen Man of Steel (my review: meh), and celebrated LT3′s full-time situation at The Melting Pot (so, so good).
Not sure what else we’ll be getting up to before Sam and K go home on Thursday, but Friday, M and I are driving over to Georgia to hit up the Neil Gaiman signing in Decatur. Should be fun.
Also other boring life shit: (1) monitor and report any further issues with the internet, (2) call M’s insurance for busting up her car’s bumper on a blown-out 18-wheeler’s tire, (3) bridesmaid stuff for my sister’s wedding, (4) uhhh, all the LT3 things? IDK. LOTS TO DO. GOING TO GO WORK ON STUFF NOW.
Transphobia and homophobia are major issues IRL, but I rarely, if ever, include them in my stories. My portrayals of homosexuality in the context of my fictional societies are idealized, I won’t front. (I can’t speak to trans* characters because I haven’t written any(1), but I can tell you that I’d probably do something similar.)
I’ve heard it said more than once that excluding transphobia or homophobia from fiction isn’t realistic, even in fantasy (which is my first and true love; coffee, I’m sorry, you’re taking a backseat) and other non-contemporary genres.
I think that’s horseshit. (I’d say pardon my language, but fuck that noise. ;3) To say that a world cannot be realistic unless there’s some segment of society that rails against LGBTQ persons in vicious and often violent ways is absolute horseshit. I write my worlds without transphobia and homophobia because I believe that’s something to aspire to, that’s something societies can be capable of, be they fantasy or contemporary.
When I was younger, I was teased a lot (not viciously, but normal kid stuff). I was shy and introverted, and my escape was my books. I loved seeing new worlds where silly things like weight and clothing and that sort of thing didn’t matter. It’s important to have books that deal with transphobia and homophobia, but I feel it’s equally important to have books that show places and times where it’s not an issue.
Books that normalize LGBTQ characters, that show them as primarily a king, primarily a mage, primarily an accountant, and oh yeah, they’re trans*/lesbian /bi/etc. are, to me, just as important as those that deal with the wrongs of society. That’s what LT3 is aiming for, and that’s why I write what I write.
(1) Footnote! I’d love to write a trans character, but quite frankly, I don’t have the guts. I’m entirely and thoroughly cis-gender and I’m not sure I could do a trans* character justice. Maybe one day I’ll have the courage and ability to make it work. In the meantime, I’m going to search harder to find and support the awesome work that’s already out there.
Definitely go and check out the rest of the Hop posts; they’re sure to be poignant and much better written than my little, non-scholarly thing. ^__^
Okay, so, giveaway. I’m offering up (1) a $50 donation in your name to The Point Foundation, an LGBTQ scholarship foundation that provides financial support to at-risk gay and lesbian students and (2) an ebook from my backlist, in the format of your choosing, anthologies included.
Winner will be picked at the conclusion of the hop using random.org. If you’re reading this on my LJ, please hop over to my website to post a comment, as I’ll only be picking from the website comments. To enter, please include your email address and what your absolute favorite LGBTQ story is. (You can leave multiple comments, FYI, on the off chance you forget something, but I’ll only count you once. ^__^)
The lovely Kay Berrisford interviewed me on her blog (ETA: here! I fail at all the linking today, yikes)! Kay’s good peeps, writes awesome and sexy fantasy stories, and you should check her out if you have not yet. (Prisoner of the Mountain Watch is her new short freebie, if you want to dip your toes in before jumping into the deep end with one of her novels. :3 Link is to ARe, but it’s available most retailers for free.)
… distracted. Uh, but if you’re inclined, stop by and check out the interview, and toss your name in the hat for the giveaway (backlist book or serial time!).
Also, M and I totally collab’ed in a mutual ‘verse sort of way to bring you the following short stories, due out in June. They’re all vampires and witches and shenanigans, oh my. :3 Will be up with official blurbs at some point tonight, but I’m impatient and posting them now (even though I’m in charge of posting them to LT3, yes, I know, but logic and I never get along).
I’ve been interviewed! ^__^ K-lee at Chaos in the Moonlight is running a series of author interviews and giveaways on her blog throughout the month of December. You can check out my silly, off-the-cuff interview here, and leave a comment for the chance to get a free copy of any of the titles in my backlist for free. ^__^
I grew up in a very small town in the middle of nowhere. When I was younger, it always seemed like there were only a couple hundred people who lived there (it was really 7k or so). We were a 45 minute drive from the nearest interstate and mall. There was no movie theater, and half the time we didn’t have a clothing store (they went in and out of business like going bankrupt was in style).
In other words, I grew up under a rock. :3 Half the rock was my own making; I was an introvert and much more interested in reading than in the same 200 boring people that inhabited my town. (None of them had magic! How could they compete?) Homophobia didn’t seem real to me; it was an abstract concept that I’d never experienced or recognized in anything around me. (This is not to say it wasn’t there, but to say that I was an oblivious, self-absorbed young person, a.k.a., a typical teenager.)
High school really cemented this. I can remember three gay classmates off the top of my head. Two had been out for as long as I could remember (the girl actually asked me out once; I declined on the grounds she was too short (seriously, I was a strange, strange teenager)). The third was a little older, a year or two before me in high school; he was the stereotypical jock, on the football and basketball teams. I remember he came out when I was in high school, and I couldn’t figure out why it was gossip. I don’t know if anyone gave him a hard time about it, but nothing seemed to change. He was still friends with the same people and did the same things.
It wasn’t until I got to college and had my own computer and a connection to the world (the great and wonderful internet!) that I realized that things like homophobia, racism, etc., weren’t just theoretical concepts. I had never experienced or witnessed any overt homophobic actions, but the internet brought me to people who had. I was connected to wonderful, creative, lovely people who had experienced homophobic discrimination, who had suffered and looked down upon because other people thought less of them because of who they loved.
So, while it may seem like common sense that gay people are first and foremost people, and deserve all the respect that entails, it’s always worth repeating. It’s never, ever right to ridicule or discriminate against someone because of who they are and who they love.
In support of the Hop, I’m offering a giveaway prize of one copy of any paperback in my backlist.* To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post on my website or LJ (tumblr will not be counted because I don’t actually understand tumblr). Please include your email address in the comment so I can get in touch with you. ^__^
Givewaway technically ends on May 20 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, but I probably won’t draw until the morning of the 21st because I like my sleep. Winner will be selected using random.org and will have 48 hours to get back to me after being notified, after which point a new winner will be selected.
** If Saving Liam is chosen, it will ship as soon as it is in my grubby little hands (very, very soon).***
*** I promise no grubbiness will be transferred to the book. ^__~
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::
The Trouble with Magic Giveaway
This is just a reminder that the giveaway contest for a free copy of The Trouble with Magic is still open until next Tuesday, September 27. You can enter both the contest here on my website and the contest open in the GoodReads group; we’ll just pick again for the second contest if the same person wins both. Good luck!
I love creating websites. ^__^ I’m not an expert, but I’m a pretty fair hand at it, if I do say so myself. (Humility, what?) One of my biggest stumbling blocks, though, is color. I’m good at basics; blue and orange are complimentary colors! No dark backgrounds and light text unless you like giving your readers eyestrain! But color schemes? I’m not so good. I’m especially bad at picking the perfect shades of colors to match a pretty header. It usually takes a bit of trial and error before I’m happy.
Usually I pick a color from the header and toss it in a color scheme generator (usually whichever one pops up in Google first). I also really like Kuler, which is an Adobe project, which has some really dynamic color selection tools. I totally burned my Sunday re-doing Megan’s LJ layout, and I went to Kuler to find a color scheme to match her Halloween-y banner.
Only to find they’ve made a super awesome cool enhancement. You can upload an image–any image–and Kuler will automatically generate a color scheme based off that image! It worked really damn well with M’s header image, though I haven’t tried anything else, but it was really, really exciting for my color-challenged self. :3 Exciting enough I had to share. ^__^
Other than web stuff, I’m diligently working on editing, not dying, editing, writing, keeping the kitties in line, cooking, writing, editing, cleaning, and breathing. All worthy endeavors.