Sunday, 29 April 2012

"What He Wants" - 30 April 2012

No-longer a WIP, I'm proud to introduce my new baby: What He Wants, which will be available from Amazon, Smashwords and AllRomanceeBooks from April 30th.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Author Interview - Jason Boyd

Today I'm interviewing Jason Boyd, author of What Eats Us.


A tiger terrorizes a Stone Age town. Young boys Dori and Git must leap forward centuries in thought and craft a bow and arrow or they'll be eaten next. Several thousands of years later, a graffiti artist named Brandon trades his cans for money from an art project. Robert, his new tutor, struggles to decide whether to risk his career to give them back or watch Brandon's soul wither away like his own. These two tales mingle across centuries, trading dirt for concrete, but end the same -- with a beast and a bow.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Author Interview - Jade Varden

Today I'm joined by Jade Varden, author of the YA Deck of Lies series. Book one, Justice, and book two, The Tower, are available now.

 

Deck of Lies Two: The Tower


…And They All Fall Down

Death brings some families closer, but it’s ripped mine apart. I wanted to convince the police that they had the wrong suspect…but I never expected them to start suspecting me. Now, I have no choice but to keep searching for the truth, even if all my relationships fall to pieces around me. 

Friday, 20 April 2012

Shhhhhh!

April 20th 2012 is officially a Day of Silence. Created by then-student Maria Pulzetti, the first event was organized by students at the University of Virginia in 1996. Pulzetti explained: "I wanted to do something for BGLAD week that would impact many people at the school and that would be very visible...I knew that if we held panel discussions and events like that, the only people who would come would be the people who already were fairly aware." In 2000 Gilliam, Chloe Palenchar, and GLSEN National Student Organizer Chris Tuttle developed the proposal for the day to become an official project of GLSEN. GLSEN developed its first-ever "student leadership team" as part of the Day of Silence. In recent years, the Day of Silence has been reported as "the largest one-day student-led grassroots action on LGBT rights in American history."

Thursday, 19 April 2012

What to Do if Your Book is Pirated

Further to my recent success with having a pirated copy of my book removed from a forum site, several people have asked how I found the IP address and subsequently the host of the site in question.

Firstly, I advise everyone to follow regular protocol: send a standard DMCA notification with a specified time limit for a response. Most sites will respond to those notifications without you needing to take the matter further. However, if you don't get any joy from that, here's what you do next.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Author Interview - GM Clark

Today I'm joined by GM Clark, author of Tick Tick Tick. Tough detective stories don't come much harder than this. D.I. Robert Downey and his colleagues search for a serial killer. The tension ratchets up until it seems it can go no further - and then the author add a few more twists and turns. The language is tough and the body count is high.


Monday, 16 April 2012

Author Interview - Ryan Krauter

Today I'm interviewing Ryan Krauter, author of the military sci-fi novel Birthright: Battle for the Confederation- Invasion and its sequel Reprisal.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Author 1 - Pirates 0

Yup, this week I made it - one of my books was pirated on an illegal filesharing website. While I was revelling in hitting the "big time" I was obviously less-than-pleased that people out there were brazenly robbing my blood, sweat and tears.

Now I'm not one to lose sleep over stuff like this. I'm an indie, I'm well aware that it's an occupational hazard, but I do think we have to defend our intellectual rights where we find them compromised if we want to retain control over our work. On one level it's a compliment, on another it galls: I'll consider it a bit like a free promo, but I don't want it there indefinitely.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Kyell Gold - Furry Wonder

If you'd asked me a few months ago, I'd have said I had no interest in anthropomorphic novels. They're the ones where animals live as humans. Silly of me really, because I've always really liked Brian Jacques' Redwall series (and actually I have signed copies of several of them). Anthropomorphic novels have always, in my mind, belonged in the realm of fantasy, usually aimed at children. I used to love Brer Rabbit when I was younger, although Beatrix Potter irritated me. Sickly sweet even when I was five years old.

Well in Kyell Gold's novels those stories reach maturity. He writes anthropomorphic novels for adults - with sex and everything. It should be weird, it should be gross, but somehow it's...not.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Ava March - A Love/Hate Relationship

Confession time: I've discovered Regency mm romances, and I love them. I'm a history geek anyway (side-effect of studying all those Victorian novels at uni, I'm a lay-expert in the time period, and Regency isn't that much different). In the last couple of months I've devoured everything that March has ever written, and I'm on tenterhooks waiting for the third instalment of her Brook Street trilogy. (Soon, soon...)

Now BDSM ain't usually my bag. Getting tied up and whipped isn't my idea of a fun Friday night, and I don't feel any particular urge to be the one wielding the whip either, but holy hell her sex is hot. My poor Kindle smokes and I've seriously considered investing in a fan to cool it down. It's not so much the acts, but the raw want that drips from the page (screen?), the desire her characters have for each other, so palpable that you can taste it.

Author Interview - Jen Walker

Today I'm interviewing Jen Walker, author of paranormal romance The Ending Dark, the story of Athena Martin, an Oklahoma girl who moves to Paris and falls for her history professor, the handsome and enigmatic Luc Moreau. However all is not as it seems, and a dark secret from Luc's past threatens to consume them both.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Short & Bittersweet

Today I published a FREE collection of flash pieces on the destructive nature of love. Short and Bittersweet is available from Smashwords now, and will be rolling out to B&N, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Diesel in the new two weeks.


Friday, 6 April 2012

Author Interview - Jack A. Urquhart

Today I'm interviewing Jack A. Urquhart, author of So They Say, a collection of stories following Rex Fordham on an epic journey of self-discovery.


From Kirkus Indie Review: "Urquhart wisely restricts himself to his character's interior lives and desires rather than attempt to dole out history lessons in 20th-century LGBT life... richly resonant, even for non-gay readers."

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Author Interview - Phil Duke Ph.D.

The doctor is in the house! Today I'm interviewing Phil Duke Ph.D., author of a staggering fourteen books on a miscellany of subjects, from Sherlock Holmes to urology, all available from Amazon.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Author Interview - Loukia Borrell

Today I'm interviewing Loukia Borrell, author of Raping Aphrodite.


Tash Colgate is a woman with the life she always wanted. She owns her own art gallery in Norfolk, VA., and is married to the love of her life. But when she agrees to exhibit items from her gallery in Cyprus, she begins to unlock the door on family secrets those close to her wish would have stayed closed. Her husband, Christian, figures it out, but will he also choose to stay silent? Or will he tell his wife who she really is?