Thursday, May 31, 2012

Release Day for Judgment



Tomorrow, June 1st, my short novella, Judgment will be available at DSP. It's part of the Time Is Eternity Daily Dose for June. And about the cover, since I've been asked before, if the stories hit 18k or go over, they get their own unique cover but if they don't, then the cover that was made for the submission call gets made into yours. So I have the clock from the call and my title. It is, as I said a while back, the first piece of sci-fi I have ever written so if time-travel and that kind of stuff doesn't appeal to you, might want to steer clear of this one. For those of you who do take the plunge, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Booyah Books! The OMG, It's Already May Edition

 The lovely Lisa from is here again with another edition of Booyah Books, highlights from her month of reading. If you have not checked out her site,  
The Novel Approach yet, you certainly should.

It’s hard to believe another month has passed, yet here we are at the end of May, rocketing into June, and ready to kick off another summer of warm days, vacations, and shiny new reads.
I had the privilege of participating in the Hop Against Homophobia earlier in the month, which, if I can gauge by the number of authors, publishers, and bloggers who joined in, as well as the huge number of readers who hopped around, leaving comments on the stories and posts that touched them, it was well received.
It was a terrific month of reading, too, with a few much-anticipated sequels being released in some of my favorite series, and they all delivered in a huge, huge way. So, without further ado, here are my picks for this month’s installment of Booyah Books.

Are there any Ty Grady and Zane Garrett fans here? ::raises hand:: Yeah, I'm saying it loud and saying it proud--I LOVE THEM. They give me anxiety, in a shut-up-and-just-love-each-other kind of way. Well, I got my wish in Armed & Dangerous, the latest installment in the "Cut & Run" series. Abigail Roux has taken over the reins and is flying solo and has performed brilliantly, finally, finally getting this couple from point A to point I-don't-want-to-live-without-you. And lemme tell you, if they hadn't done it sooner rather than later, I was going to buy them a map and two new hands so they could both find their own behinds and give themselves a good kick in the arse for the trouble. This is mushy Ty and mushy Zane, some incredibly hot sex, and Julian Cross. If you haven't read Warrior's Cross yet, read it before you pick up Armed & Dangerous, because you absolutely must know Julian. He's to die for, seriously, and he figures prominently in Ty and Zane's latest assignment. Filled with lots of action and double crossing and fantastic dialogue, as well as watching Julian and Ty outwitting each other at every turn, this was definitely worth the price of admission.
Buy Armed & Dangerous HERE.

My next pick is Andrea Speed's Infected: Shift, and I've got to say, right here and right now, I think this series just keeps getting better and better. Andrea rocked this one out of the ballpark, with two separate mysteries, each strongly paced and plotted, which are interconnected by the ongoing evolution of Virus Child, Roan McKichan, and his on again/off again relationship with his desire to live. The love of his life may be gone, but he's not forgotten, and is so ingrained into Roan's very being that Paris acts as Roan's conscience/subconscious, and God, does Roan need him. But he needs his new love Dylan, too, and he needs Holden and Fiona, and an entire hockey team that has become a part of Roan's life. He needs them to remind him that he has so much to live for--that is, as long as the virus that causes him to "lion out" doesn't take that choice away from him.
This is wicked good Urban Fantasy and I, for one, cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Buy Infected: Shift HERE.

I'm having a deeply intimate and public love affair with Carole Cummings' "Wolf's-own" series, and the third installment, Koan, was nothing short of brilliant. The series takes a shift in this book, following Fen Jacin on the beginning of his journey to fulfill a destiny for which Fate has groomed him across lifetimes. Jacin is pain; he is anger; he has been betrayed and manipulated and used and now, now he must come to terms with who he was, who he is, and who he will become.
This is a series of belonging and of finding the someone who becomes the someplace that becomes safety and security and unconditional love and acceptance. It becomes a journey of fear and choices, and gain and forfeit. This is utterly incomparable fantasy set in a world where immortals, mortals, the gods, and magic intermingle to create an epic saga that is a feast for the reader who loves symbolism and looking beneath the surface of the written word to what lies beyond the obvious.
Every word I write about the books in this series is a love letter, and Incendiary, the fourth and final book in the series, will end up right here when it's released, I'm sure of it.
Buy Koan HERE.

My final book this month is the first in a new series by Jordan Castillo Price called Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory. Daniel Schroeder lives in a world where dreams and fantasies can be bought for the right price. A mnem is a memory that isn’t designed to last; it’s designed to be a mnevermind, like a story that the subject writes with a beginning, middle, and end that a sherpa like Daniel is paid to orchestrate. He’s a tour guide of the subliminal who enters the mnem, doesn’t interact with the subject or manipulate the illusion, but is there to make sure it comes to a safe and satisfying conclusion. The routine is so familiar to Daniel that he could pretty much do the job with his eyes closed; there aren’t many surprises, until the day he enters a mnem and meets a man in black who is tangible and sentient and becomes a part of Daniel’s existence.
Elijah Crowe is that man and he is an enigma. He’s able to be where he shouldn’t be, and he becomes a near obsession for Daniel. They relate to each other on a visceral level in their fantasy world, where they talk and touch and kiss, then Elijah disappears and leaves Daniel to decipher the puzzle of who he is and leaves him determined to find his man in black in the real world. When he does, though, Elijah is nowhere near the same sexy and confident man he is within the mnems he prowls.
Mnevermind 1: Persistence of Memory is just the beginning of the mnem, so don’t expect a tidy middle or end to this chapter in the series or you’ll definitely be disappointed. Just expect an outstanding story from an author whose imagination shines brilliantly, and you’ll get exactly what you’ve paid for. The only reason I was disappointed when this book ended was because I knew I was going to have to wait for Daniel and Elijah’s complicated connection to tease out.
Buy Mnevermind HERE.
And that's it for this month's installment of Booyah Books! Until next month, happy reading!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Free Book Winner

So the Erotic Romance Scavenger Hunt has concluded and I have to give a shout out to Miho Li for her vision in putting it together and for all the hard work that went into making it a success. Awesome job! I hope everyone had a good time visiting all the blogs and reading the excerpts. As for me, I got to use that cool randomizer thingy again and jadis31, it's you! Please email me offline at mmcalmes@hotmail.com and let me know what format you would like your book in. Thank you everyone for commenting, have a great week!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Quick News

Some quick news, I have a Freebie over at Hearts On Fire Reviews and if you're following The Erotic Romance Scavenger Hunt, then you've found my short story Live & Learn. I hope you enjoy it.

The Erotic Romance Scavenger Hunt is a blog hop featuring nineteen authors, a ton of exclusive material and fantastic giveaways, and an amazing grand prize for one lucky scavenger hunter.

Just joined the hunt? Click here to start from the beginning.

RULES: Hidden within each post on the hunt will be a single letter that is red. Jot those letters down because they're part of the following mystery phrase you'll need to unscramble:

_ _ _ _ I _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ R     _ _ _ _


At the bottom of each post will be a link to your next stop on the hunt. Once you've completed the hunt, read all the fantastic exclusive material and entered all the individual giveaways, unscramble the letters you collected to reveal the mystery phrase. When you've uncovered the phrase, fill out the entry form in order to qualify for the grand prize. Grand prize is open internationally. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The hunt will only be open for 72 hours so play fast! Entries sent without the correct phrase or without contact information will not be considered. All entries must be received by May 28 at noon Central Time.

On with the hunt!

Today, I have the privilege of hosting the amazingly talented Sloan Parker here on my blog.

Sloan Parker has been writing and playing with fictional characters for years, but she finally found her true passion when she began telling stories about two men (or more) falling in love. Now she spends her writing life creating m/m erotic romances and romantic suspense. She loves to explore the lives of people who are growing as individuals while falling in love. Her novels MORE and BREATHE are winners of the 2010 and 2011 Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Contemporary Romance.

You can read more about Sloan's work at www.sloanparker.com.

NOW FOR SLOAN'S EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL!


The following is a sneak peek at the next installment (part 5) of my free serial novel More Than Just a Good Book. This is an unedited excerpt of a work-in-progress, so the content may change slightly in the final version.

Mark entered the dining hall and zeroed in on Scott. There weren't many students sitting alone with their heads bent over a book. Almost all the others were banded together in groups, either chatting with wild animation or scarfing down their meals in zest, as if this was their last chance to talk or eat for the rest of the semester.

He approached Scott's table near the floor-to-ceiling windows that lined the back wall of the large, circular room. Ominous storm clouds were rolling in across the campus, and the dining hall grew darker with every minute. The wind had picked up outside. A storm was definitely on the horizon. Kind of like his life right then.

And there sat Scott, reading and not even noticing the approaching storm.

He had a nearly full plate of food beside his open book, an almost empty bottle of Mountain Dew clutched in his hand. There was a stack of books next to his backpack. All new releases. Someone had spent a few hours at the library. That had Mark smiling, despite what he'd been through since the day before.

"Hey."

Scott's head snapped up. A smile formed. Nothing shy or reserved about the thrill visible on his face at seeing Mark again.

Mark couldn't resist. He leaned down and kissed him.

He'd meant for it to be a quick, publicly acceptable kiss, but Scott's lips lingered over his and a hand wrapped around the back of his neck. A still-somewhat-tentative grip, yet one he didn't want to walk away from.

He needed the touch, the comfort of having Scott close, of being with someone, other than Dr. Wolfe, who would believe him. The cops sure hadn't seemed like they did.

Would Scott?

Reluctantly, he pulled away and took a seat across the table. The scent of pizza and garlic bread filled the dining hall. This was the first time he'd felt hungry since the day before. He stole a fry from Scott's plate. It was ice cold. "How long have you been here?"

"A couple hours. Got started reading and…" He shrugged.

Mark gestured to his plate. "You didn't finish your dinner."

"I wasn't that hungry." He bounced a little in his seat. "So…what did they say? What questions did they ask? When will you know how it went?"

"Not anytime soon. They had to reschedule before we even got started."

"You're kidding? That sucks."

"Not as much as what I spent yesterday and today doing instead of defending my dissertation." He did not want to admit any of it. Who wanted to date someone with this kind of baggage? The thought of Scott leaving him sent panic surging. An ache worse than any humiliation or frustration during the past twenty-four hours. He wouldn't keep this from Scott, though. Not even if it meant watching him walk out of his life.

"I was taken to the police station for questioning."

Scott's posture stiffened. His eyes widened. No more bouncy excitement. This sucked worse than the fingerprints and DNA sample, worse than the glare of the cop who'd taken his statement, than the call to a lawyer specializing in this kind of defense.

"Because of Bruce?" Scott asked.

"Yeah, but not for the reason you think."


To read more of Mark and Scott's story, visit http://www.sloanparker.com/free-MoreThanJustAGoodBook.htm
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WAIT, THERE'S MORE!


To win an ebook copy of anything from my (Mary's) DSP backlist, just leave a comment with your email address on this post, tell me what you would like, and I will pick a winner on Sunday, May 27th.

Ready to move on? The next stop on the Erotic Romance Scavenger Hunt is... Carole Cummings!

Good luck!

Monday, May 21, 2012

End of the hop and the winners

Well the hop turned out fantastic! I was so happy to see how great it went. I visited quite a few blogs and was so impressed. I wish we wouldn't have to do it next year, I wish a year from now it would all be fixed and perfect with sunshine and rainbows and everybody married who wants to be and driving a hybrid. Let's hope so. If not, we do it again next year, vote in the meantime, and raise our voices for what we believe in...Love.

As for my winners: Congratulations to Marleen, who won a signed copy of Acrobat, and Tami B who gets to pick whatever she wants from my backlist. By the way, I never used that randomizer thing before, it's way cool. :) So email me offline at mmcalmes@hotmail.com so I can get you your books. Thank you so much everyone for coming by and visiting me and for participating in the
Hop Against Homophobia.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hop Against Homophobia



Two years ago a friend of mine got divorced after 16 years of marriage. I was so sad for her and for her kids and really, even for her husband, who has since remarried. Divorce is sad and I was telling another friend about it and he agreed. I asked if he ever worried about he and his partner calling it quits. He laughed over the phone and said, "are you high? After 19 years? No, honey we're good. And we can't get a divorce anyway since we're not allowed to get married in the first place."
That's such crap.
I have friends who have been together 22 years, 18 years and  27 years, (they just celebrated last weekend), and all of them are gay and none of them live in a state where it's legal for them to tie the knot.
It's hard to even wrap your brain around it.
I've been seeing all these gorgeous commercials lately for Marriage Equality. The one where the guy comes home from being deployed and proposes to the man he loves, I got all teary. And that fantastic one from Australia where it's a whole timeline of a love affair that leads to a proposal...that one I watched like 5 times in a row. But afterwards, after the shmoopy wore off just like it does after I watch Pride & Prejudice, once the euphoria was over I got mad because really, why the hell do those even have to made? Why do people have to be convinced that this should be a right? Why in 2012 are we even thinking about this anymore? Why isn't it just normal? Why can't men and women marry whoever they love? It's just so illogical, so counter intuitive, that I just sit in wonder and think...how? I've shown those videos to my nine year old son and he was all grossed out NOT because there were men kissing but because ANYONE was kissing. We watch Grimm and he gags, we watch Supernatural and he retches. Not over the blood, no bring on the gore, but the lovey-dovey stuff, that's the part he's all grossed out over. The commentary on Marriage Equality?
"Do you think two men should be able to get married?"
"Yeah, why not?"
Of course why not, because it makes sense.
He has uncles, (who are not blood related to him, but in Hawaii everyone is "uncle" or "auntie" your hanai, or adopted family, being as important as the real one), that are gay. They know, both my kids, my daughter and my son, and they don't care. What matters to them is if you play video games with them when you come over, that you take them to the beach or watch movies on the couch. Kids don't care about "gay" unless they're taught to care. Mine don't care. We should try and make sure that even if kids learn prejudice somewhere that everywhere else around them, they see that it doesn't matter. Its why I love all the Marriage Equality videos and show them to them every time I find a new one. And for me, it's why I write romance. In my world, things work out as they should, because even though I got a D in logic in college, I know what makes sense and the more you put it out there, the more videos there are, the more we talk, the more the President says that it makes sense to him too, the more things will change. We need things to change, it just makes sense.

Over the next four days I will be taking part in the 
 Hop Against Homophobia. If you follow that link, or click the badge at the top of this post, you will get to a page that links to other authors who are also participating. The participants are offering prizes, including me, so please visit as many places as you can.
 The giveaway extends from Thursday, May 17th, to Sunday, May 20th.
* Prizes include a signed paperback copy of Acrobat (which will go anywhere in the world, cross my heart) and any Dreamspinner Press ebook from my backlist of your choice.
*Anyone who comments on THIS POST of my blog is eligible to win.
* Winner will be chosen by the randomizer at nine o'clock, HST, (that’s Hawaii Standard Time in case you weren’t sure) Sunday the 20th.
* I'll announce the winner in a separate post.
* Even though I will post again OVER this post, only people who comment on THIS post will be counted. 
That's it everyone, thank you for stopping by. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chatting on Saturday

So Amy Lane and I are going to do a chat on Dreamspinner Press's Facebook page on Saturday, May 12th, 1 p.m. PST, (4 p.m. EST and 10am HST- I had to put that in there), to chat about our new releases, our guys, what's coming up, (Amy has a ton coming out), and whatever else. If you have time, please pop over and visit otherwise we'll end up talking about episodes of Supernatural or the Avengers which gets really geeky really fast. Hope to see you there.                                                                                                                                                

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The weekend looking to Monday...



I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, I am trying to get my boy to the Avengers and finding a show that is not in 3D is problematic. Trying to put the 3D glasses on over my own glasses is a pain and he's only 9 so his little nose won't support the weight of the glasses. He has had to hold them on his face for two hours when we went to see Thor. He was not a happy camper. I want to see the movie too because just Thor and Loki again would be worth it to me, the others are just gravy. I think we have to go at like 10:30pm tonight.
And May 7th is this Monday and that's when Acrobat will be out. I don't know why novels are more of a worry then novellas, they should all be the same probably. Maybe it's the time it took, not sure, but I always stress extra about them. So as always, if you pick it up, would you guys pop back over and tell me what you thought? I would love to hear from all of you. Happy Cinco de Mayo everybody. Remember, if you can't be good, be careful. ;)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Anniversary party at Dreamspinner Press

Dreamspinner Press turns five this month, and with it comes a huge, month-long celebration that includes sales, giveaways, prizes, and more!

Over the course of the month, all titles will be discounted according to how long the author has been with DSP.

May 1-5, will offer a 40% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks) by authors who signed with DSP during the first year of business: Rhianne Aile, Eric Arvin, Connie Bailey, Alix Bekins, Nicki Bennett, Giselle Ellis, Catt Ford, Shay Kincaid, Marguerite Labbe, Clare London, Dar Mavison, Anais Morten, Chrissy Munder, Zahra Owens, D.G. Parker, Abigail Roux, John Simpson, Fae Sutherland, Ariel Tachna, Madeleine Urban.

May 6-12, will offer a 35% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with DSP during the second year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 13-19, will offer a 30% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with DSP during our third year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 20-26, will offer a 25% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with DSP during the fourth year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 27-31, will offer a 20% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with DSP during the fifth year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

In addition, there are three scheduled giveaways for the month!

One lucky participant in the Time Is Eternity Daily Dose chat at the Literary Nymphs Yahoo! group on May 5 will win a Kindle Fire!

One lucky participant in Jeremy Pack's Meet the Author at Dreamspinner Press's Facebook page on May 19 will win all the eBooks on his or her wishlist!

One lucky customer on the web site during the month of May will win an iPad! Each purchase from midnight EST May 1 to midnight EST May 31 constitutes an entry.

There will also be special flash sales, so keep an eye on the web site for unannounced excitement!