Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It would be so sad

Hard to even know how to start a post on great big things when I am usually updating about pictures I love, or books I have coming out, or general newsy bits. But so many people are debating the question of plagiarism and now, whether or not to continue to review books or buy books from Dreamspinner Press. I hope they don't follow through on those threats. That would be so sad.

I mean, if you aren't going to read anymore DSP books you will miss the fifth in the Cut & Run series, Armed & Dangerous, when it releases in May. You will miss the sequel to Hot Head, the sequel to Bear Otter And The Kid, and the continuing beloved Andrew Grey sagas as well as Ariel Tachna's vampires. It would be a loss to miss out on what those amazing authors have planned. I mean, there's a whole fleet of talented DSP authors, just go by and check out the homepage, the list is long and impressive. It would be... no more Amy Lane? But there's a sequel to Chase In Shadow about Dex planned. Don't you want to read that? I want to read that. So isn't this the whole baby with the bathwater thing? Ashlyn Kane has a post HERE which is far more articulate than I could ever be. Amy Lane has one HERE that spells out all the points. But it seems to me that to see things all one way or another does everyone a disservice. Maybe we could all just remember the things we love about our genre instead. That will carry us through. And as for DSP, when everyone else said no, when I was shopping Change of Heart around and no one wanted the first-person POV, werepanthers or Jin, Dreamspinner said yes. How could I ever be anything but grateful and loyal? Those things are important too.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

First Installment of Booyah Books!

I am so happy to welcome the wonderful Lisa, of
The Novel Approach to my blog today for what I hope will become her monthly feature on her favorite books:

Booyah Books! A Happy Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Fiction

In case the title of this post wasn’t enough of a clue already, I’ll let you in on a bit of a secret: good books make for a happy me. They just do. I mean, I’m generally a pretty happy person to begin with, but when I run across a really good read, or better yet, a really good read by an author I’ve never heard of, well, that’s just better. And what better way to spread that happiness than for me to share some fantastic fictional finds, right?

Well, Mary has invited me to do just that here on her blog, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here. So rather than ramble on and on about these great books I’ve read recently, how about if I share instead? And if you’ve already read any or all of these books yourselves, you go ahead and spread the good word about them too. J

My first book was a lucky find called Shattered Glass by Dani Anderson. This was one of those books that dialed the WOW! factor up to at least eleven for me, A.) because, if I’m not mistaken, this is Dani’s first published novel and B.) because, if I’m not mistake again, it’s self-published.

Shattered Glass is the story of Austin Glass, a trust fund baby whose relationship with his family puts the function in dysfunction. Austin is a police detective with very definite career goals: he wants to work his way up to the FBI, but all those carefully laid plans go a bit awry when he discovers he’s gay and becomes fascinated with Peter Cotton, a man with a decidedly chequered past, a man who wears bunny slippers and still looks as irresistibly delicious as the whipped cream on top of the CINN-A-STACK pancakes at IHOP, and a man with secrets so dark and complex it takes a flashlight, a roadmap, and every bit if Austin’s investigative skills to maneuver through and around them.

Their road to romance is about as full of potholes as a dirt road in the middle of March, but the bumpy ride is all a part of the fun of this book. Austin is missing that self-editing gene, the valve that filters what pops into his brain and comes out of his mouth, which often results in some pretty funny and uncomfortable moments for him throughout the book. If you love snark, then you’ll love the smartass that is Austin Glass. If you love a good mystery, tension, angst, conflict, lies… well, you get the hint. Give this one a go.

A whole host of side characters help to tell the story and, as this is only book one of the series, I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the next and the next, which, based on the end of this book, promises to be just as exciting and entertaining.

You can buy Shattered Glass http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shatteredglass-677420-152.html”>HERE

I confess I’m not usually a great fan of anthologies, but in the case of Irregulars, a compilation of stories from authors Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara, and Ginn Hale, I can honestly say that I’ve never read an anthology quite like this one before.

The thing that makes Irregulars unique is that it’s a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. These incredibly talented authors didn’t just write four separate stories that complement one another. These authors wrote four separate stories that weave together into a single and superb world of Urban Fantasy, overlapping characters and magicks that require these stories to be read in order.

The NATO Irregular Affairs Division monitors and maintains order in a world where demons, faeries, pixies, brownies, witches, vampires, goblins, and all other manner of mystical creatures reside. It’s a world where anything can and does happen, where murder, intrigue, and secrets lurk to draw the reader into an incomparable world of mystery and romance that begins with a bang and never lets up till the very end.

I confess I bought this book because I worship at the altar of Ginn Hale, and she didn’t disappoint, but Astrid Amara stole this show, in my opinion. It’s all relative, though, because each of these stories rocked.

You can buy Irregulars http://weightlessbooks.com/publisher/blind-eye-books/irregulars-preorder/”>HERE

The final book on my list this month is one I’m going to call a Challenge Read. First off, it’s not romance, so be forewarned. Second, this is a collection of stories that takes a dark and twisted and humorous and sometimes slightly disturbed look at the human condition.

The book is The Infernal Republic by Marshall Moore, and it’s a collection of short stories and flash fiction, some fantasy and some not, that reflects upon the concept that we’re all merely pawns in a preternatural game of chess, as well as delves into the desensitized nature of the society that we’ve become. Mr. Moore offers a slew of terrific tales of death, suicide, hatred, obsession, madness, vengeance, lost love, accountability, and children who can be taken apart and reassembled at the whims of the adults who only want them to acquiesce to their demands.

By turns caustic and unsettling, moving and provocative, The Infernal Republic is a masterwork for the disturbed, for those of us readers who want to turn out the lights and see what resides behind the fa├žade of the well adjusted.

Information on where to find The Infernal Republic can be found http://signal8press.com/style/infernalRepublic.html”>HERE

And that’s it for this month. Until next time, happy reading!

Lisa J

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Contest for Mine

The wonderful Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is running a giveaway contest for Mine that starts today! So please pop over to her place and enter. Just hit the button and you'll be there.

And has everyone see the awesome banner Reese Dante made me, is it not gorgeous? The picture is by DWS Photography.

Monday, February 13, 2012

sales and stuff

Dreamspinner will be having two promotional opportunities for Valentine's Day. For the day itself (Eastern time) everything on the site will be 20% off. In addition, there will be a
Hearts and Flowers
scavenger hunt, with a heart graphic hidden in various places around the web site. Each time a person finds the graphic and clicks on it, they get a code for 20% off all the publications by the author whose page the graphic is hidden on. The graphics will go up tonight and will be up for the rest of the month. It all sounds good right?

Okay so I have never been to Cleveland Ohio. I have never even thought much about Cleveland. You're wondering why I bringing this up. Well, I just found out that I, me, (amazing) am in the public library there. Now I know to most of you this might not be a big deal but to me, it's a HUGE deal. I'm in the library. Me. Still reeling.

Did everyone see the Dreamspinner book of the month club? Dreamspinner Press invites you to join the new monthly book discussion club starting on our Goodreads group this March. You'll have the chance to vote for the novel and novella to represent the monthly theme, and interact directly with the books' authors in discussions throughout the month. Best of all, Dreamspinner will offer a 20% discount code for the monthly book club selections and any other titles by those authors for the month.

The first poll is posted now, so go by and vote for your favorites. They'll post a discussion thread on March 1 for everyone who wants to participate.

How newsy was I today? Huh?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Steve Walker

"I hope that my paintings inspire, entertain, provoke, challenge, and in a small way make this world a more beautiful place to live. I hope that they live on long after all of us."
Steve Walker (1961-2012)

One of my favorite artists, Steve Walker, passed away and I wanted to take a moment to say how much I was going to miss him. Not that I knew him personally, but his art inspired me every time I saw it. This picture here, titled Parallel Dreams, inspired my novel Acrobat which will be out in May. It has a quiet, sweet feel to it that really moved me when I saw it and that I wanted to capture not in the overall book, but in the romance between the two men, Nate and Andreo. I hope I did.

Anyone who has been on my blog has seen the picture on the left side and Steve's name and the link will shoot you over to his website. I wanted everyone to see his stuff so have had it up from practically day one. I hope you will take the time to look now if you have not before. They are truly beautiful. I will miss seeing what else he was going to create.

Monday, February 6, 2012

And here's the blurb...

My new novel Mine has a release date of Monday March 5th! So excited, can't wait, slightly, totally, terrified, hope you all love it...

Here's the blurb:
Trevan Bean has a job that’s going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend’s estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry’s going to have it if it kills him!

It just might.

Landry Carter was a broken doll when they met two years ago but has grown into a partner who can stand at Trevan’s side… most of the time. Now that Trevan’s life just got scary—and Landry just got himself kidnapped—Trevan has to hope Landry’s love stays strong through this newest challenge, because the happily ever after won’t happen if Trevan has to go it alone.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Warm Up Your Winter

Hey everyone, for those of you there in the Northern Hemisphere, winter still has you in its grip. To help warm up those cold winter nights, Dreamspinner is offering 20% off all eBook and paperback titles this Super Bowl weekend. Stock up now and save!